Sporcle’s 8-Question Quiz Contest

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It’s been waaaaaay too long since we’ve had a quiz contest. So we thought, let’s change that! This contest is different from those in the past, because it’s an OctoQuiz Contest.

What’s OctoQuiz? It’s a new site we’re developing, that features 8-question quizzes. (You can read more about it in this blog post.) The Sporcle Staff have been having an OctoQuizmaking contest for the whole month of March. And we’re inviting you to join us for the final week.

The Rules: 

medal1. Go to the Create section, and click the ‘Create an Octoquiz’ button. (Or go directly to OctoQuiz here.)

2. Login with your Sporcle credentials.

3. Click ‘Create a Quiz’ and choose whether you want to make a Multiple Choice or Personality style quiz.

4. Experiment with the quiz format and add some images. When it’s ready to go, click the green ‘Publish Quiz’ button.

5. Come back to this blogpost and post your quiz in the comments.

Multiple entries are accepted, and you have until the end of March to submit them.

We’ll review all the quizzes, and the winning one will be promoted on the Sporcle homepage and the OctoQuiz Facebook page. Even if your quiz doesn’t win, there’s a good chance it will be published on OctoQuiz in the coming days and months.

And the most fun part is sharing these quizzes with family and friends. Share your quiz on Facebook or tweet it at someone you think will really enjoy it.

 

New Badge Alert Email

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Ever forget to earn badges? 

We release a new round of badges each week (on Tuesdays.) But if you’re like us, you already have too many things to keep track of. That’s why we put together the new badge alert email.

No more checking your badge page, scouring the Sporcle blog, or missing the release of a new holiday badge. Start earning badges right away, just by checking your email.

How do I sign up?

You may have already received one of these emails in your inbox. If you haven’t, go to your email settings, and make sure to check the box under Badges that says “ .”

Note: If you’re getting this email, but don’t want to be, go to your email settings and uncheck the box. 

 

Meet the Staff: Holly Minshull

holly-2Name: Holly Minshull (minshkins)

Position: Associate Product Manager

Originally from: Seattle, Washington

Worked at Sporcle since: November 2012

About:  After studying Middle English at Western Washington University, Holly moved back to Seattle and joined the team at Sporcle. When she’s not Sporcling, Holly works with special needs kids, spends time with her friends, and plays in a rec soccer league. When SporcleHQ cast employees as Disney characters, Holly was chosen to be Belle.

Interests: Holly’s an avid fan of Seattle sports. (We recommend not asking her about the Sonics or the most recent Super Bowl.) She likes Indie Rock music, but she’s known around the office for being an enthusiastic Sam Smith fan. Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones are two of her favorite series – both the books and on-screen. She also regularly attends Sporcle Live trivia nights.

Her favorite Sporcle quiz is Oldest to Youngest Minefield. But she holds a special place in her heart for quiz that introduced her to Sporcle–Countries of the World.

Strange Fact: When Holly was young, she had a large Tasmanian Devil collection. It included stuffed animals, an eraser, piggy bank, and other knick-knacks. She proudly shared them at her 3rd grade show-and-tell. 

Here at Sporcle: Holly is passionate about creating and promoting fun quizzes. She schedules content for the homepage, Facebook and other social media platforms. She works with our engineers to develop new products and improve the site. And she’s helping develop Sporcle’s newest quiz platform: Octoquiz.

Favorite thing(s) about working at Sporcle: Holly likes that every day is different at Sporcle. She likes the people and the community. And she loves the opportunity to be creative–whether coming up with a new product idea or creating a new quiz.

New Badges: That’s No Moon, The First Folio and Jam Session

We’ve got a good feeling about these badges…

UseTheForce_4That’s No Moon: You know you’ve always wanted to be a Jedi Master. We can’t transport you to a galaxy far, far away, but we can promise you an afternoon full of lightsabers and The Force. Play 50 Star Wars games and earn this badge to show off your knowledge of all things Star Wars.

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The First Folio: How well do you think you know The Bard of Avon? Prove your knowledge of Shakespeare by getting 100% on Shakespeare Plays, then display this badge. We promise you won’t even have to say “hath” a single time.

badges_jamsessionJam Session: Get those earbuds in, and warm up your fingers. It’s time for a Sporcle music jam like never before. Play 25 Music quizzes in one day, and this badge will be an everlasting sign of your musical achievement.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Meet the Staff: Eric Hill

EricName: Eric Hill (walrusboy)

Position: UI/UX Designer – a.k.a Head of all things design for Sporcle & Sporcle Live

Originally from: Dallas, Texas

Worked at Sporcle since: May 2011

About: Eric describes himself as a goofy guy who likes to laugh. He likes spending time with his kids and their new family dog. Other places he’s lived include Singapore and southern California. He’s known around the office as the resident Star Trek fan and the voice of Slackbot.

Interests: Eric has a wide variety of hobbies and interests. He spends a lot of time with old computer hardware, collecting retro games to play and share with his kids. He has a 1986 VW Wesfalia Camper van which he’s steadily restoring to pristine condition. And he keeps up on trends in the music industry, with electronic music being his current genre of choice.

For a long time, Eric’s go-to Sporcle quiz was 3 Letter Body Parts. As he tells it, it’s a quiz that covers basic knowledge, but if you’ve been away from it for a few months, it can be a challenge to remember every last answer.

Strange Fact: Most people wouldn’t know that Eric used to be in the military.

Here at Sporcle: Eric is the guy we go to for all design-related questions (he also has good restaurant recommendations.)  Eric loves designing for mobile–one of his first projects at Sporcle involved redesigning the main Sporcle mobile app. On the web, some of his favorite pages to design are the games pages. Eric has an exceptional eye for detail, and he works to make our products appear polished and eye-catching.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: Eric likes Sporcle for the “fantastic” team vibe. As he puts it, “Egos are left at the door…everyone is focused on producing a great product.” Though there’s a lot of work to be done, he says, there’s an attitude that we’re here to have fun. And it’s pretty awesome to get paid for that.

Meet the Staff: Mark Adams

Mark being a Pacific Northwesterner

Mark being a Pacific Northwesterner

Name: Mark Adams (markadams543)

Position: VP of Operations – Live Trivia

Originally from: Canton, Michigan

Worked at Sporcle since: January 2013*

About: Mark describes himself as creative and never satisfied.

Interests: Mark is an avid baseball fan (read: Detroit Tigers fan) and likes to attend live concerts. His claim-to-fame is that he’s seen the Dave Matthews Band perform 70 times. (Read that sentence once more. Hard to believe, we know.) He recently moved to Seattle and enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Mark’s favorite Sporcle quiz is WWE Wrestlers by ’80s Action Figure. He says he doesn’t have a favorite movie, but he’ll see any movie with Tom Hanks in it.

Strange Fact:  In 3rd grade, Mark got to ride in the fire truck for the Westland, Michigan 4th of July parade. The occasion? He’d written the best essay on fire prevention.

Here at Sporcle:  Here at Sporcle, Mark oversees all areas of Sporcle Live. This includes managing the Sporcle Live team and hosts, as well as providing leadership in sales, marketing and staffing.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: Mark likes working at Sporcle because every day presents a new challenge. As he puts it, “When you’re working with 200+ bars and 100+ hosts, you never know what you’re going to get.” 

Special Message from Mark: “If you haven’t already, you should play Sporcle Live. It’s completely different than what you play on the website. It’s a great way to spend a night out with friends.” And he adds, “We need more good hosts…apply today!” (Quite the salesman, this Mark fellow.)

* The date that Great Lakes Trivia became Sporcle Live. Mark put on the first live trivia show of then-named Motor City Trivia on March 29, 2009.

Back to Sporcle 2014: Summer Badges

We’ve been swimming in great new badges all summer long. Scan through this list – placed in alphabetical order for your convenience – and look at the fun to be had.

1000Entertainment3All That Jazz: If all of your friends consult you for all of their pop culture questions – on everything from celebrity selfies to cereal mascots – then this badge is for you. Just play 1000 total games in Entertainment.

BakersDozen_1Baker’s Dozen: To earn this badge, simply play at least one game for thirteen consecutive days. Not quite as demanding as the Century Club, but still satisfying. Victory never tasted so good.

BorderBandit_1Border Bandit: Want to travel the world? You can from the comfort of your desktop. Earn this badge by getting 100% on African Border BashAmerican Border BashAsian Border Bash and European Border Bash. It’s not quite the same as crossing all those borders on your own, but we’d like to think it’s still inspiring.

TheBoyWhoLived_2The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter’s birthday is a holiday in its own right. We decided to celebrate it by releasing this badge, which can be earned by playing  Harry Potter: Close-Up!Hogwarts Wizard Training and Harry Potter Minefield on Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st).

EverythingsComingUpMilhouse_3Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse: You’re a Simpsons fan and you know it. Crack open a Duff, grab a donut, and play 50 Simpsons quizzes for the honor and glory of Springfield, USA.
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Back to Sporcle 2014: Haiku Contest

Welcome to Day 3 of Back to Sporcle Week! 

Summer-is-overSad to say goodbye to summer? Drown your sorrows in Sporcle quizzes. They’re sure to cheer you up, and the self-esteem boost from memorizing the Countries of Africa is a joy known by few.

During Back to Sporcle Week, we fill you in on what transpired at Sporcle over the summer. (If you’re just joining us, check out the posts from Day 1 and 2: New Features & Sporcle’s Top Summer Games.)

But Back to Sporcle Week isn’t just about us. It’s also about YOU, our users!

sporcle haikuSporcle Haiku Contest

Last year’s haiku contest was such a success, we’re goin’ for round 2. Show off your creative chops by submitting a Sporcle-themed haiku.

What is haiku?

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables (also known as on or morae). There are three lines, consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.  Haiku is known for juxtaposing–or placing next to each other–two  contrasting images.

There are numerous tutorials on how to write haiku, for example this one. There are no tutorials on writing a Sporcle haiku. But we’re quite friendly and accepting.

pen-and-paper-writing-9349790-2048-1536The not-so-fine print:

- Write an original haiku related in some way to Sporcle.

- Post your username and haiku in the comments section of this post

- The winning poems will be posted on the Sporcle Facebook page

Need inspiration? Check out the comments section from last year’s haiku contest.

Meet the Staff: Rachel Nanning

rachelName: Rachel Nanning (nanners)

Position: Content Moderator & Customer Service Representative

Originally from: Round Top, Texas

Worked at Sporcle since: March 2011

About:  Rachel describes herself as independent, goofy and curious. She’s an avid reader with a love for history. She also loves music, trivia and traveling.

Interests: Rachel spends a lot of time curating Spotify playlists. She’s on a constant quest to find new music, particularly international. On Sporcle, she gravitates toward History games. Her favorite Sporcle quiz is Forty Famous Women, and pretty much any quiz about Russia.

Strange Fact: This fall,  Rachel will be living in Kyrgyzstan!  A linguistics and Russian major, Rachel is making the trip to complete her degree.  When plans to go to Russia fell through, Rachel was offered the option to go to Kyrgyzstan instead. Only a Sporcler could be this excited. Rumor is she’ll be learning how to build a yurt. She’ll also be blogging about her experience here on the Sporcle blog.

Here at Sporcle:  Rachel is the face of feedback at Sporcle. If you’ve ever written in using the Sporcle feedback form, there’s a good chance you emailed with Rachel. She also monitors our Twitter feed, reading your tweets and responding with wit and an occasional meme. And through it all she helps moderate quizzes and other content on the site.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: Rachel likes working at Sporcle because she can let her curiosity run wild. As she put it, ‘I’m constantly learning–but in a way that requires few exams.’ For a person who’s been a full-time student throughout her tenure at Sporcle, that’s saying something!

Meet the Staff: John O’Brien

johnName: John O’Brien (John)

Position: Software engineer

Originally from: Born in Connecticut, but grew up outside of Philadelphia

Worked at Sporcle since: July 2011

About: John is described by one co-worker as ‘unfailingly thorough, fun to work with, and largely responsible for the infrastructure and design of badges on Sporcle.’  His favorite Sporcle quiz is Countries of the World. He claims it was the first quiz he really tried to beat by memorization (he got 100% after only a few months on the job – October 6, 2011 to be exact.)

Interests: John’s big hobby is skiing, and in the wintertime you can find him on the slopes just about every weekend. In the summertime, he enjoys mountain biking. And any time of year he likes drinking beer.

Strange Fact:  John couldn’t come up with any strange facts about himself, so we went to Twitter. We learned, for example, that John did not know what a cow was until the age of 8. Check out #strangefactsaboutJohn and help us tell the story of his strange life.

Here at Sporcle:  Here at Sporcle, John’s work falls into two categories: keeping the website running and adding new features to the site. Recent projects he’s worked on include new game types, Trivia Bingo, and improving our badge creation tools.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: John describes the Sporcle team as ‘a fun group of people that like to get stuff done.’ Because it’s a small group, he says, there’s a variety of projects that come your way. You could be working on anything when you walk in the door for the day.