21 Quizzes You Might Have Missed (April 2014)

432004_10151382834450010_1179365295_nIt was a busy month here at Sporcle, and if you skipped a few days of Sporcling, you might just have missed one of the best quizzes of the month.

Instead of feeling bad about it, we thought we’d put together a monthly recap of all the most interesting games on Sporcle.

Take a look at our full list of top games below, and let us know about your favorites in the comments.

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How to Make an Excellent ‘Interpretive’ Quiz

The latest quiz type from Sporcle is here, and it follows a much different ‘path’ than the others. If you’re curious about how you can make your own version of ‘What Type of Coffee Are You?’ or other personality quizzes, then this guide should help you get started. It looks a little confusing at the get-go, but once you get the hang of it we know you’ll wow us again with your creative and imaginative quizzes!

First off, there are three parts to creating an Interpretive quiz:

  1. Creating the questions & answers
  2. Creating the results section
  3. Adding images to the results section

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Can You Find Ukraine?

Ukraine_Full-1024x535The Washington Post recently found that only 1 in 6 Americans can locate Ukraine on a map.

When we saw the above map from Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, we were totally blown away. Apparently there are a bunch of people in the world that think Ukraine is in Greenland. Or somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Wow.

When we come across something like this, our first instinct is “Can we make it into a quiz?” (Or at the very least…a humorous tweet?)

In this case, the quiz had already been created! We have fascinating data that compares the people who were polled by the Washington Post and Sporcle. It turns out that since we’re well-past one billion plays, we can shed some light on areas of the world or history that people have forgotten. (Sorry President Hayes...)

In the original article, pollsters asked a two-part question: 1) Would you support US Intervention in Ukraine and 2) where is Ukraine located on the map. Only 1 in 6 respondents could find the country, and those that couldn’t were much more in favor of military action.

We decided to look into our own data,  going first to one of our most popular location quizzes, On a Map: Europe.  On this quiz, Ukraine is guessed correctly over 76% of the time. That means that out of the 140,000 game plays, over 105,000 correctly located Ukraine.

Next we went to one of our most played quizzes: Countries of the World. On this quiz, Ukraine has been answered correctly 73.9% of the time. Even in a much larger pool of countries, most Sporclers have a firm grasp that it’s actually a country. (Nauru on the other hand…)

So what can we glean from all this? While we have a much larger sample size–Sporcle users hail from many countries around the world, not just the United States–people who play Sporcle quizzes are actually gaining useful knowledge about our world and the places where significant events are happening.

Here at Sporcle HQ, we’re proud of our users. And we’re glad we could share some of this cool info with all of you.

Check out Sporcle’s Top Comments of the Week (04/18)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: 30 Countries With Lots of Old People

bmo1616: I’m surprised Georgia made the list, usually all the old folks retire to Florida :P


2. From: Most Guessed Capitals A-Z

abard124Berlin over Bishkek? I expected better out of you people!


3. From: 30 Famous Movie Redheads

CaptcrunchWhat a soulless quiz


4. From: Verbose Novel Titles

tomboIt is indeed the case that this quiz is worthy of being given a rating of globes with a number one higher than 4 and one less than 6.


5. From: 30 Things You Should Know that Start with ‘H’

khobman76Am I the only one seriously depressed that Paris Hilton gets answered better than Handel?

New Game Pages Are Here: Features & Frequently Asked Questions

game-page-example1It’s here! We warned you about it just a few days ago, and we’ve just released the krak…err…new game page. There are tons of changes to the new page, and we wanted to highlight just a few of the new features as well as answer some common questions we’ve received. Without futher ado, let’s move on to some of the highlights.

New Features

  • ‘Challenge Your Friends on Facebook’ Option.
  • New Facebook Share buttons
  • Random Category & Subcategory link on each game.
  • Improved look and feel for embedded pictures & videos.
  • Updated ‘Popular Games’ today section
  • Restored the Hide Comments button.
  • Reduced time before the ‘give up’ button appears. Now 7 seconds instead of 17.
  • More room for game notes, including the ability to add HTML to a game note. (Tags accepted:<br><b><h1><h2><h3><h4><i><li><ol><strong><u><ul>)

Frequently Asked Questions

The game pages seemed fine, why’d you change everything?

We wrote out a few reasons for changing the game pages in our preview post from earlier this week. The short answer is that we wanted you see the most important pieces of the game page first, and to do that we had to make some major changes.

Where’s the link to the comments?

The comments link is now at the top of the page right next the number of game plays, and the rating. Clicking that link will open the comments section. You can also click the show comments link at the bottom of the page.

Where did the game notes go?

All game notes are currently displayed under ‘How to Play’. We’ve increased the number of characters that can be added to that section, and you can use limited HTML when creating games.

What are those little icons next to the ‘How to Play’ section?

We’ve simplified our game instructions and now they’re visual icons. Hovering your mouse over the icon will give you an explanation of what each of them does.

Why can’t I leave a note when I nominate a quiz?

The feature where you could leave a note along with your quiz nomination wasn’t used all that often, and many people thought it was a requirement. We’ve simplified the nominating process so now all you have to do is click the button. We hope this encourages more people to nominate the quizzes the love.

A quiz I made looks terrible in the new game format, what do I do?

Please report the quiz using the ‘Other’ designation and let us know what’s wrong. We’ll get it fixed.

21 Quizzes You Might Have Missed (March 2014)

432004_10151382834450010_1179365295_nIt was a busy month here at Sporcle, and if you skipped a few days of Sporcling, you might just have missed one of the best quizzes of the month.

Instead of feeling bad about it, we thought we’d put together a monthly recap of all the most interesting games on Sporcle.

Take a look at our full list of top games below, and let us know about your favorites in the comments.

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Brace Yourself: A New Game Page is Coming

Despite today being April 1st, this is not an April Fool’s day joke. We promise!

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The classic game page is not long for this world.

Very soon we’re going to be making a huge update to your old friend the Sporcle game page. That’s right, we said it. Everything you know is about to change.

We know that big changes on a site don’t always go over well (We’re looking at you Facebook!) but in this case we’ve spent a lot of time putting ourselves in your shoes (nice shoes, btw) and doing our best to figure out how to take the game page from “Eh, it’s fine” to “!!!!”.

We know it can be really jarring when a site you like updates its look and feel, so this post is all about giving you a look behind the scenes before we release this thing into the wild. Check out our top 4 reasons below to get an idea of why the heck we’re doing what we’re doing.

4 Reasons Why We’re Changing the Game Page

1.  We wanted you to see the things that are most important.

When we began working on this project we realized that many of the most interesting elements of a game were not at the top of the page. They were actually hidden, below the game and out of sight. We’re now moving the most important pieces above the play game button, right where you can see them.

2. We wanted to make sharing easier.

You might have noticed that we’ve changed our sharing buttons on more than one occasion.  We want to make sharing quizzes as easy as possibly without looking messy and cluttered. Once we release the new page, sharing will be much more simple.

3. We wanted to make Sporcle even more interactive.

Some of the new features involve making it easier to challenge and find your friends on Facebook, and we needed to find a place to highlight this unique way of playing Sporcle across sites.

4. We wanted a fresh start.

When you make small tweaks and updates to a page, you end up with a page that’s a strange mixture of design elements (basically what we have now). If we were going to make the significant improvements to these pages to make it a better experience for everyone (for exclamation points, at least), we needed to start from scratch.

When the new page comes out, you’ll see dozens of small tweaks that we would have never been able to make if we’d attempted small tweaks over time. We’ll have a full recap when we release this thing to the wild, so stay tuned.

So without further ado, here’s a small preview of the new game page:

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The rest of the page will revealed soon. As per usual, please let us know any thoughts you have in the comments section.

New Badges: Mouse Ears, Joe DiMaggio and Suit Up!

Who’s ready for a new round of badges? We’ve got three great ones for you, including a brand new Sports badge. As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Mouse EarsMouse Ears: You’ll feel like you just won the Super Bowl after you’re done playing 25 Disney games to earn your Mouse Ears badge.

 

NoneJoe DiMaggio: Joltin’ Joe had a hit in 56 consecutive baseball games, but all you have to do is play an MLB quiz every day for 56 days. Joe had it a little harder.

 

Suit Up!

Suit Up!: Wash the taste of the HIMYM finale out of your mouth by playing How I Met Your Mother Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Check Out Sporcle’s Top Comments of the Week (03/28)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Don’t Pick the Wrong Day!

rahenson1: I swear about halfway through the quiz the days looked like they were spelled wrong. It was surely just me, but letters seemed to be in all kinds of crazy places in the words.


2. From: Two Different Clues, Same Answer

ronnymexicoOne of the seven dwarfs and every Adam Sandler character: Dope


3. From: 10 Smallest US States

DixonMasonGot the 9 smallest right away… stared at quiz for a good minute… clicked wrong answer.


4. From: Presidential Letters Minefield

JaspersYes, of course, President Harry Struman.


5. From: Childhood Games

lawsigWell, I’m not sure it is for children, but I enjoy rock paper scissors lizard spock.

Check Out Sporcle’s Top Comments of the Week (03/14)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Pick the Right Spelling

Antithesys: There’s a mistake. For “a cloth used for wiping the nose” I clicked “tablecloths” but it was marked wrong.


2. From: Who’s Crossing Abbey Road?

hbakerFunny that the Beatles aren’t the number one guess… or sad. Sometimes I confuse funny and sad.


3. From: Let’s Dance!

cslSo much Travolta. If only there had been a dance sequence in Battlefield Earth to round it out


4. From: Asia by ANY 3 Letters

JesuslovesyaSo I was racking my brain for the last minute and a half to find which one country I was missing, only to realize that it was… China. Yeah, that happened. That’s a clear cut case of Sporclitis.


5. From: Geography by Numbers VI

PoggingtonI got all the U countries except Ukraine. If only that country were mentioned on the news once in a while…