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)

 

Better Know a Curator: Stanford0008

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Stanford0008

This is part of the Sporcle blog’s long-running a series highlighting some of 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 Stanford0008, curator for color, former curator for Video Games, and new Editor for Gaming.
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Better Know a Curator: Tolkienite

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Tolkienite

This is part of the Sporcle blog’s long-running a series highlighting some of 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 Tolkienite, curator for superhero and DC Comics.
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Better Know a Curator: CCCP

 

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CCCP

This is part of the Sporcle blog’s long-running a series highlighting some of 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 CCCP, curator for border and discovery.
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New Badges: LOTR, Minefield, and Century Club

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

RingbearerRing-Bearer: When it comes to Lord of the Rings’ trivia, there’s one badge to rule them all. Play 25 total Lord of the Rings games and you’ve achieved Sporcle-ring-bearer status.

KaboomKABOOM!: This badge is not for the faint of heart. Get 100% on Most Populous Nations MinefieldEye Numbing Numbers, and Smallest-to-Largest Minefield and the only ‘KABOOM!’ you’ll be hearing is the sonic boom from your celebratory fist pump.

CenturyClubCentury Club: Want to join Sporcle’s newest (and coolest) club? All you have to do is play at least one game for one hundred consecutive days. Get started today.

New Badges: Pokémon, Canada, and Odds and Ends

New badges have arrived! Make sure to check the badge page for the latest updates.

PokemonMasterPokémon Master: If you’re a big fan of those little Japanese pocket monsters, Sporcle has the badge for you. Whether you’re the first generation or beyond, anyone can become a Sporcle Pokémon Master. Just play 25 total Pokémon games and the badge is yours.

BlameCanadaBlame Canada: Get 50% or better on Country Quiz: CanadaCanadian Provinces,Canada Populous MetrosO Canada Lyrics, and NHL Teams of Canada and you’ve proven you know a thing or two about that large country north of the United States.

OddsandEndsOdds and Ends: We can’t think of a better way to spend your spare minutes than in our Miscellaneous section, a veritable flea market of random trivia. Play 1000 total games in Miscellaneous and you’ll earn a badge for your effort. As if the knowledge itself wasn’t reward enough.

If you have feedback or ideas for future badges, write to us at feedback@sporcle.com

New Badges: Capitals, Logic, Harry Potter and more

The badges just keep coming! Make sure to check the badge page for the latest updates.

Here’s your new goals to earn:

CapitalPunishment

Capital Punishment: This badge is, obviously, a play on words because who doesn’t love reciting the capitals of the world? Get 100% on Capitals of EuropeAfricaNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsia, and Oceania and you’re prepared for any capital quiz that comes your way.

MindBenderMind Bender: Love Logic quizzes? Of course you do. Get 100% on Country Trivia Logic PuzzleTrue or False Logic, and Say No to Tic-Tac-Toe! to join the ranks of logic puzzle experts.

DeansListDean’s List: Looking to add extra prestige to your Sporcle resume? Set your sights on this new badge. Get an Editor Pick in each category, and you’ve officially made the Sporcle Dean’s List.

SortingHat

Sorting Hat: If the number of Harry Potter quizzes on Sporcle is any indication, Sporclers are big fans of the series. Play 25 total Harry Potter games and you’ll be awarded the Sorting Hat badge. Celebratory butter beer, anyone?

Jukebox

Juke Box: Your classic Sporcle music education starts here. Even if you decide to just major in the Beatles, Sporcle has you covered. Play 1000 total games in Music and you should be ready with the perfect song for any occasion.

StarsandStripes

Stars and Stripes: It’s time for fireworks, barbecues, and celebrating American independence. Play US Independence DayOriginal 13 Colonies, and Grand Old Flag on July 4th, and your Sporcle profile can sport the stars and stripes, too.

Head’s Up!

Sporcle has a new header!

You may not realize it, but Sporcle is more than just a trivia site. In addition to the games on the site, we also offer a variety of Sporcle apps. And in January, we added Sporcle Live, a live trivia experience brought to local bars and restaurants.

It’s still the same site you know and love, but our homepage will now be the full-service, Sporcle hub.

What’s New?

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One of the biggest changes is in site navigation. We renamed some headings (i.e. User-Created is now called ‘Discover‘), and each category now shows subcategories based on the general section you’re in. *With all the new info being displayed, a few categories–Gaming, Entertainment, Religion, and Holiday–can now be found under the ‘More’ heading.

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Sporcle Live now has a place on our main site. Check out the Sporcle Live homepage, the Sporcle Live locations page, and more. Also, check out our new Apps page. It lists all the apps available for each device, along with links to product pages.

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Site regulars have probably already noticed some gradual updates to game pages. This new installment includes a more prominent spot for the Search feature and a new look for the Random Quiz button. There’s some other small style changes throughout the site.

We have awesome users, and we haven’t heard any complaints about the look or feel of the site. Still, we knew it was getting outdated. More often, we focus on developing new features, new badges, and new quiz types. But it’s important to keep the site looking its best, too.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback! Write to us at feedback@sporcle.com.