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.

Meet the Staff: Matt Selby

SelbyName: Matt Selby (mselby)

Position: Product Manager

Originally from: Arlington, WA

Worked at Sporcle since: October 2010

About: Matt describes himself as an expressive person who is interested in many things. He likes cartoons – most notably, Adventure Time and The Venture Bros. His favorite movie is Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, and he has a healthy fear of horses.

Interests: Matt is an avid home brewer, film snob and vinyl collector. He has an old Volkswagen that he likes to work on (a 1970 Karmann Ghia). And as those who know him will tell you, he loves sandwiches. His favorite Sporcle quiz, in fact, is Sandwich Time. Made on a whim, the quiz has now become a Sporcle classic.

Strange Fact:  For many years, Matt has been attempting to make a shot-for-shot remake of Journey’s Separate Ways (World’s Apart). You can view it here. (And for reference, the original looks like this.)

Here at Sporcle:  Here at Sporcle, Matt schedules quizzes, writes quiz text, and interacts with users on a daily basis. He also writes blog posts, writes product specs, and manages our internal team of content moderators.

His current goal is to be a positive influence at the office, and he’s started a trend of saying a cheery good morning when he walks in the door each day. Early results show that it’s working.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: ”The main thing I like about Sporcle is every day there is something new and weird that surprises me. That can be hard to find in a job, except maybe if you’re a homicide detective. But there’s less dead bodies at Sporcle.” The other great thing about working at Sporcle? There’s a coffee maker.

Meet the Staff: Amy Van Groningen

amyName: Amy Van Groningen (amyevg)

Position: Content Moderator

Originally from: Auburn, CA

Worked at Sporcle since: October 2011

About: Amy describes herself as energetic and efficient – and we agree! Amy is about to graduate as an Accounting major from Seattle Pacific University. She also loves being around people and would “do anything legal for a good story.”

Interests: When Amy’s not studying or Sporcling, she likes to visit Seattle-area restaurants and try new food. Her favorite band is The Killers, and she’s an avid fan of the TV show Friends. (No surprise, her favorite Sporcle quiz is The Ultimate Friends Quiz.)

Strange Fact:  As a 10-year-old, Amy got magnets stuck up her nose. As she tells the story, her babysitter bought her magnetic earrings and she put one in her nostril. She liked it so much she thought she should have TWO nose piercings! The two magnets were clearly attracted to one another and “met in the bridge.” (Reminds us of this quiz.)

Here at Sporcle:  When Amy’s in the office, she meticulously reviews upcoming quizzes that are scheduled for the homepage. She also works Photoshop magic to create and edit Image and Slideshow quizzes, among other projects.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: “I really like the discussions we have in the office…there are so many ridiculous conversations. Everyone who works at Sporcle has a good sense of humor.”

 

New Badges: Friend Zone, Bunker Buster, and Winter is Coming

Badges are just the best, aren’t they? That’s why we’re releasing 3 brand new ones, just for you. 

Mr_MrsPopular_1Friend Zone: Here at Sporcle, the Friend Zone is a party you for sure want to join. Make 25 friends on Sporcle and you’re part of ‘da club. (To become friends with another user, both users must ‘Follow’ each other.)

BunkerBuster_3Bunker Buster: Bunkers are busting up all over, and we think you deserve some credit for that excellent work. Get 100% on Geography Bunker, Movies Bunker and US Presidents Bunker. Then go get a massage or something – you’ll need to relax!

GOT_CrownWinter is Coming: Game of Thrones is everyone’s new favorite show. And the true fans have read the books. Celebrate family lineage and royal loyalties by playing 25 A Song of Ice and Fire games. (If you’re playing a Game of Thrones game, be sure to check that it has the A Song of Ice and Fire tag.)

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

Better Know a Curator: DesertSpartan

 

DesertSpartan

DesertSpartan

This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog. 

This next post is from DesertSpartan, curator for show.

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Better Know a Curator: NYYanks

NYYanks

NYYanks

This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog. 

This next post is from NYYanks, curator for Halloween and former curator for year.


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Better Know a Curator: montaukfd

montaukfd

montaukfd

This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog. 

 This next post is from montaukfd, curator for Marvel.

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