Meet the Staff: Reid Weber

Reid

Name: Reid Weber (reidzor)

Position: iOS Developer

Originally from: St. Paul, Minnesota

Worked at Sporcle since: March 2015

Here at Sporcle: Reid builds the Sporcle Flagship app for iPhone and iPad. Basically, he stares at code all day and plays around with iPads.

About: Reid describes himself as a mix between a “total geek and a total jock.” As he puts it, “I like football and I like Pokémon.” He’s a big Seattle sports fan who loves the University of Washington Huskies, the Seahawks, and the Mariners.

He also enjoys going to see live music and playing music with his friends (he plays the bass guitar.) And when he was in middle school, he and some friends formed a cover band that continued through their high school years. They had weekly gigs, played at anniversaries and birthday parties, and it sounds like they were pretty well organized for a bunch of adolescents.

Favorites: On the quiz front, Reid’s favorites include Literary Characters Sorting Blitz, 151 Original Pokémon and Word Ladders. Some of his favorite movies are The Lion King, The Matrix, and–more recently–Interstellar.

Strange Fact: Reid was 10 1/2 pounds when he was born. On a similar subject, he shares a birthday with Bill Gates.

Best part about working at Sporcle: In his words, “I love how [Sporcle] is both oddly fast-paced and laid-back.” He describes how the team likes to get things done fast but also likes to tinker. There’s always people asking “what if we tried it this way” and continually working to improve the product. 

Anything else? “Sporcle’s better on mobile.”

Say Goodbye to Text Memorizer & Interpretive Quizzes

It’s fall cleaning time at Sporcle — and we’re bidding farewell to a couple of quiz types.

text-memorizer-screenshot

Text memorizer: This quiz type was from the early days of Sporcle. All published text memorizer quizzes now appear in classic quiz form.

Interpretative: This quiz type was an experiment. It was fun, and for a while Sporcle HQ was busy making and taking personality quizzes. But alas, it was not to be. If you want more of these types of quizzes, we recommend you check out OctoQuiz.

Note: If you created an Interpretative quiz, you will find the quiz in your quiz dashboard. All interpretative quizzes have been turned into classic quizzes and appear publicly as ‘admin removed’. But your data is still there.

Write to us at feedback@sporcle.com if you have questions.

 

Top Comments of the Week (10/23)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Any North American Metro A-Z

crouchingdomoQuebec City? No. Quetzaltenango? No. Come on, it’s gotta be Quebec City. No? Then Quetzaltenango. Seriously? Okay, what about Quebec City… 


2. From: The Blitz Blitz

armadillokingI can’t believe that 80% of people got “Blitz” but only 59% got “Blitz”!


3. From: Sporcle’s Easiest U.S. History

NY_MOBI have REALLY got to learn to spell Lieutenant and Sergeant in fewer than 5 tries.


4. From: Mario or Mari-No?

podpodA man from Sheboygan, Wisconsin once played the Super Mario Bros theme on a pink clarinet he named Gertrude while pedaling a unicycle across Abbey Road during a solar eclipse. False.


5. From: Colorful Companies

GoldenGraham*Looks at screen name* Pretty embarrassing that I missed Golden Grahams…

New Stats on the Sporcle User Profile

profile-page

Guess what? New stats were added to the Sporcle profiles!

Go to your profile, and check out the data:

- Quizzes played in last 30 days

- Average game rating given

- Total quizzes created

- Average game rating received

- Most played category

What statistic are you most surprised by?

Have You Seen the Unplayed Quizzes Tab?

unplayed-quizzes

A few weeks ago, we added a new tab to the homepage: Unplayed Quizzes.

Clicking on this tab will show you lists of Sporcle’s most-played quizzes…that you’ve never played before. Today, we put out an update. Before you could only sort by category. But now you can sort by category AND  quiz type.

You have to be logged in to use this feature, as we can only know what quizzes you’ve played if you are playing with an account. You might be surprised by some great quizzes that you somehow never got around to playing!

 

New Header on Mobile Web

mobile_web_3Sporcle released an updated header to m.sporcle.com, our mobile compatible version of the site. Check out the new included features!

1. Create Account & Login 

It’s as simple as clicking ‘Login’ in the top right-hand corner of the page. Follow the instructions from there.

2. Search

Search has a bigger text input field, and is easily accessible by clicking ‘Search’ in the header.

categories-33. Categories

Click the menu in the top left corner of the page, and the list of categories will appear. Get to your favorite category with speed and simplicity.

 

Meet the Staff: Traci Fortier

traciName: Traci Fortier (Traci)

Position: Finance Manager

Originally from: New Hampshire

Worked at Sporcle since: May 2012

About: Traci describes her life like this: I’m 28, I live with my boyfriend and my dog, and I love my small little family. She’s an animal person, with a special love for dogs. Outside of work she’s goofy and sarcastic, but at work she’s the picture of professionalism.

Interests: Traci likes to sit and watch TV for hours on end…or go for a hike. She likes a mix of the indoor and outdoor, and made it her goal this year to do more hiking. She also likes playing board games with friends.

Her favorite Sporcle quizzes are in the genre of Clickable 1-100 Mines and the Spacebar Challenge. Also, she’s a huge Walking Dead fan. (Our insider investigation found out that she’s played ‘The Walking Dead’ Episodes quiz 6 times, with a 100% score.)

Strange Fact: After college Traci traveled to Guatemala where she lived and volunteered in an animal shelter for a month. In her words, she is “weirdly obsessed with weird dogs.” She volunteers at a Seattle animal shelter, and her favorite dogs are the neurotic, nervous dogs.

Here at Sporcle: Traci spends her time in numerous spreadsheets, handling financial reports and administrative tasks. As she puts it “a lot of things come through me.”

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: Traci likes that everyone works really hard, while maintaining their sense of humor. She adds “I laugh at something at least once a day.” Beyond the mix of hard work and fun, she loves getting to wear jeans to work everyday.

New Badges: Grand Master, Line by Line & Happy Hour

Time for more badges! This week it’s a chance to learn some things about chess, remember your favorite movies, and enjoy a Sporcle-themed happy hour! 

GrandMasterGrand Master: In chess, there’s always more to learn. Brush up on the basics and add to your chess-knowledge by getting 50% or better on Chessboard SetupChess Trivia Chessboard and World Chess Champions. Your move.

LineByLine2Line by Line: Be it songs, movies or jokes, some dialogue is best heard a second time (or third or fourth.)  This badge is devoted to those who follow the lines. Now go play 50 total Follow That Line quizzes, and report back when you’re finished.

HappyHour2Happy Hour: At Sporcle HQ, happy hour means a trek down to the local brewery. (After earning a badge, of course!) Join in the fun by playing 10 quizzes between 4 PM and 6 PM in one day.

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

Sporcle’s 8-Question Quiz Contest

octoquiz-for-blog

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

newBadges

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.