Better Know a Curator: amazingjosh

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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 amazingjosh, curator for novel, country, former curator for quote and new curator for Chinese.

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New Badges: Animal Lover, Hunger Games and Redux

It’s an exciting month, folks! Right on the heels of last week’s release, we have a whole new set of badges. As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

AnimalLover_5Animal Lover: Who doesn’t love animals? Especially when they’re emoting so many feelings. Get 50% or better on Happy AnimalsSad Animals, and Angry Animals, and you’re practically Doctor Doolittle.

HungerGamesDistrict 12 Tribute: Ready for the cinematic premiere of Catching Fire? We sure are. Play 25 Hunger Games quizzes as you channel your HG enthusiasm. And if you want even more fun, check out our Hunger Games app!

ReduxRedux Redux: The point of a redux quiz is to go over classic knowledge in a more fun way (hint: minefield!). Whether you can name all 197 countries of the world or not, you probably have a chance at clicking all 197 countries. Get 100% on Countries of the World (Redux)Capitals of the World (Redux), and US Presidents (Redux) and you’ve officially reduxed the redux.

New Badges: Doctor Who, Common Words, and History

Did someone say…badges?? You heard right! As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Doctor WhoThe Doctor: For those Sporclers who double as Whovians, we have a special badge for you. Coming out just in time for the 50th Anniversary, this badge celebrates all great Doctor Who trivia. Play 50 Doctor Who games, and your profile will be graced by the Tardis.

WordDecimatorWord Decimator: Some people release anger with a punching bag. But we’ve found it’s better to use your words. Get 100% on Commonest English Words and you can channel your renewed focus into building the destroyed words into functional sentences.

History HotshotHistory Hotshot: It’s said that those who don’t read history are doomed to repeat it. Here’s your chance to learn some history! Play 1,000 History games and you can join the ranks of Sporcle’s History Hotshots.

New Badges: Trendsetter, Halloween & Premier League

New Badges! As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Referral_6Trendsetter: Ever told someone about Sporcle? Of course. We’d have to agree that it’s a pretty fun way to spend time on the Internet. Refer 5 users to Sporcle, and you’re officially a Trivia Trendsetter. Want to give credit to the user who first told you about Sporcle? Go to your profile settings and fill in the ‘Referred by’ field.

Halloween_4Trick or Treat: It’s that time of year! Time for costumes and candy and fall festivities. Play Famous Faces by Carved Pumpkin, Candy!!! and A Halloween Murder Mystery on Halloween and you’ve got the badge.  For those of you still trying to come up with a costume–Sporcle globe, anyone?

PremierLeague_3Alan Shearer: Named after the long-time English striker, this badge is the ultimate achievement for Premier League fans.  Shearer scored 260 goals during his time in the Premier League.  All you have to do is play 260 Premier League games.

New Badges: Broadway, TV, and Sporcle MD

New Badges! As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

MusicalMavenMusical Maven: Start spreading the news….a Sporcle Broadway badge has arrived! Play 25 total Broadway games and you may be nominated for a Sporcle-Tony.

SofaSpudSofa Spud: Consider yourself a channel surfer? Start surfing the Sporcle Television category and you’ll earn a badge in no time. All it takes is playing 1,000 Television games.

SporcleMDSporcle MD: The Doctor is in, at least here at Sporcle. Get 100% on 3 Letter Body PartsHead-to-Toe BlitzThings In People,Human Body Systems, and Human Bones. Next step is the MCAT.

Back to Sporcle 2013: Wrap-Up

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Thanks for joining us for Back to Sporcle last week! We had a blast reading each Sporcle haiku, seeing so many people earn the Back to Sporcle week badge, following the Reddit quiz contest, and even celebrating Talk Like a Pirate day. We hope you had fun, and that you’ll be a Sporcle regular as we move into fall.

Haiku Contest

Quill-PenWe had an overwhelming turnout as you took poetic fingers to keyboards and shared Sporcle-inspired haiku. The themes ranged from Sporclitis to difficult badges, and from the addicting power of Sporcle to the general praise of knowledge. Oh, and of course Kyrgyzstan. We’ll be posting these on the Sporcle Facebook page over the next few weeks.

Here’s a few of our favorites:

A slip of the mind.
I can’t believe I forgot.
Sorry, Kyrgyzstan.

-lil2

Know every flag now
But I’m three days late for work
Thanks a lot, Sporcle

-maxgar

Improve your spelling
Expand your knowledge
Scream as the time expires

-ChargingTiger

Reddit Quiz Contest

sporcle redditThanks to everyone who participated in the Reddit quiz contest! We had many great entries, and users offered each other great advice and praise. The winning quiz was BR8NO3epsilon‘s European Countries, Capitals, and Flags. Head over to the Sporcle subreddit to see all the entries.

Where Do You Sporcle? Photo Contest

We had some good entries in the Sporcle photo contest. Thanks to MrChewypoo, amazingjosh, and Droxnar for their submissions. If it’s true that amazingjosh really Sporcled while on a chairlift…well, we’re impressed.

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Thanks again to everyone who joined us for Back to Sporcle week! Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more of the Sporcle content you love. And if you ever have feedback, feel free to write to us at feedback@sporcle.com.

Back to Sporcle Day 4: Photo Contest

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Welcome to Day 4 of Back to Sporcle week! Whether you’re just joining us or you’ve been with us the whole week, we hope you’ve found Back to Sporcle fun and helpful.

Throughout the week, many of you have created new accounts. We’ve even received a few requests to add schools to the list of schools for your profile. (If this is you, write to us at feedback@sporcle.com.) There’s been a flurry of poetic activity going on in the comments section of Back to Sporcle Day 2. Join in the fun by submitting your original, Sporcle-inspired haiku. And yesterday we highlighted Sporcle Study Guides–the first-stop for all your study needs.

cameraToday we’re announcing a new contest: ‘Where do you Sporcle?’ Photo Contest!

We have Sporclers around the globe, of all ages and life stages. We’ve heard from users playing Sporcle at home, school, work, and who knows where else. That’s why we want to know, ‘Where do you Sporcle?”

Rules

-Take a photo of yourself playing Sporcle on your computer or mobile device. It can be taken in your regular environment, or somewhere more exotic or extreme (Any extreme ironing fans out there??) If you don’t want to include yourself, take a photo of your “Sporcle workspace.”

-Upload your photo(s) in the comments section of this post.

- We’ll pick some of our favorites to feature in Friday’s post, but you can submit photos throughout the weekend.

And don’t forget to earn your Back to Sporcle badge! All you have to do is play 25 quizzes by the end of Friday. Get it while you can!

 

Back to Sporcle Day 3: Sporcle Study Guides

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fall stock photo croppedWelcome to Day 3 of Back to Sporcle week! If you’re just joining us, we started the week talking about ways to become more involved on Sporcle. And yesterday we announced the first-ever Sporcle Haiku contest!

Today we want to talk about Sporcle Study Guides. This is a new section of the site, and we hope you’ll check it out. This section combines some of the most informative and academic Sporcle quizzes in each category.

sporcle study guide screenshotWe’ve heard from users–both students and teachers–about the educational value of Sporcle. Whether studying for a test or just gaining knowledge in a particular subject matter, users can find what they need in Sporcle Study Guides. Instead of having to search for a quiz to help you study for that Spanish or Chemistry test, you can start by checking out the Language or Science Study Guide.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Search the site to see if there’s a better quiz to fit your needs. You can always create a quiz of your own!

Back to Sporcle Day 2: Haiku Contest

back-to-sporcleFall-1Welcome to Back to Sporcle week! It’s Day 2 of our official kick-off to fall. If you joined us yesterday, we talked about making an account, creating quizzes, and earning badges.

Today, we want to announce our first contest: Sporcle Haiku!

Whether you consider yourself a poet or not, anyone can write a haiku. It’s 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.

Quill-PenThe rules:

- 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
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Back to Sporcle: Day 1

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fall-school-busWelcome to Back to Sporcle week!

Many of you are heading back to school, and even if you’re not, the summer days are winding down. The dark arrives sooner each day, and the summer memories are being retold enough times to become lore.

But don’t be too sad–Sporcle is still here! If you’ve taken a break over the summer, we hope you’ll return. Now that you have to spend more time inside anyway, why not check in to see the newest Sporcle quizzes each day?

Here’s some basic ways to become more involved at Sporcle.

Create an Account

Fall is a time of new beginnings. So why not try something new on Sporcle? Maybe you’ve never created account. Set one up, and start tracking your top scores. If you have friends on the site, you can follow one another and see how you match up.

Make a Quiz

Ever wished you could make your own Sporcle quiz?  You can! Check out our FAQ page to get started. And if you have further questions, check out the discussion on Sporcle University. You can always email us at feedback@sporcle.com with any additional quiz-making questions.

Earn a Badge

How’s your badge profile looking? A bit sparse? Now’s the time to get cracking! One badge you should definitely earn is the Back to Sporcle badge. All you have to do is play 25 quizzes throughout the week (ends Friday at midnight.) After you’ve earned a badge, you can share the news on Facebook or Twitter.

We have a great week ahead, so stay tuned to the Sporcle Blog for all the latest info! There will be contests, activities, and so much more.

In the meantime, check out the top Sporcle quizzes from the summer of 2013:

Criteria Countries (Europe) Almost Useless Science Trivia
European Cities: North to South Are You Smarter Than a College Student? XIII
The Classroom: A Logic Puzzle I Spy Challenge
Clickable Concentration Redux Restaurant Logos Close-Up
High School Election Logic Puzzle Misspelled Americas Blitz
Don’t Say the F-Word That Awkward Moment When… (Movies)
Head-to-Toe Blitz Figure out the Disney Lyrics XI
Movie Time II Famous Athlete Logos
Word Cloud Titles Name That Punctuation!
Cheese or Crackers? Popular Song Match (2000s)