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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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How to Make a Fantastic Map Quiz

usaMap quizzes, your day has come.

While they’ve been a big part of Sporcle since the beginning, we haven’t allowed Sporclers to create them. Until today. Everyone who has access to creating Slideshow quizzes can now create Map quizzes as well.

Below is a guide to help you get the best out of our map quiz tool, so you can create something that is truly fantastic.

Note: If you have yet to sign up for Map/Slideshow access, go to your Create Game page and click the Request Access link.

Jump to a Topic

1. The Basics
2. The Options
3. The Style

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How to Make an Awesome Slideshow Quiz

slideshowSlideshow quizzes have been out for a couple of months now, and so far we’ve received a few questions about what we look for when publishing one of these quizzes. The post that follows is a series of guidelines that can be followed in order to make the best use of our Slideshow game feature.

1. Consistent Image Sizes

Slideshow quizzes (unlike Picture Box) can include any size images you want, but Slideshows with consistent image sizes are preferred. It’s a much less jarring experience for the user as they click through, and it helps the quiz feel more cohesive. If you must vary the shape of the image to varied sources, make sure that all of your images of a certain shape are the same size (Rectangles as 640×480 & squares at 480×480, for example)

2. Use Larger Images

The maximum image size for a slideshow quiz is 640×480, but while you don’t have to max out the image size for every quiz, try to keep your images above 300×300. If your source images are much smaller, the important thing is to use Rule #1 and make sure they are a consistent size.

3. Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs can be fun, but they may be hard to find and they can vary wildly in size. You’ll want to size them down if you can, as you want to minimize the loading time as much as possible. Anything over 2MB is going to take too long to load for most users.

A good example of this is the TV Intro Quiz, the GIFs are smaller than most Slideshow quizzes, but the size is the same from image to image, and they download quickly. It’s a trade-off, but makes for a well-crafted quiz.

4. Multiple Image Sizes

In certain cases you may be collecting similarly themed images from across the Internet, and you won’t be able to include a consistent image size. The important thing to do in this case is to group similar-sized images together. Check out this Misspelled Signs quiz for an example of how that might work.

5. Forced Order

Be very careful with forced order image quizzes. It can be frustrating for players when they are unable to advance further in a quiz, especially when they feel as though they might know other answers.

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Wrong Answers on Slideshow Quizzes

Hey everyone,

One of the top requests and something we planned from the beginning is to allow incorrect answers on Slideshow quizzes.  We’ve released the feature in an update today, and here’s a quick guide on how they work.

  1. Much like a classic quiz, the hint columns for the correct/incorrect answers need to match, and the wrong answer must have ‘ee’  in the third column. See example image below:example1
  2. You do not have to enable wrong answers, like Clickable quizzes, all bonus answers are considered wrong answers.
  3. “Wrong Answers End the Quiz” can be enabled on the options tab.

As per usual if you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comments section below or visit our feedback page.

Multi-Column Match Quizzes

A few months ago we introduced a variation of Clickable quizzes that we like to call ‘Matching’. While we were developing these Matching quizzes, we had some ideas about games where you could match more than 2 columns, sort of like the Slot Machine quizzes we’ve featured on the homepage in the past.

It took us some time to iron out the kinks and we allowed the Sporcle Editors to test them out for a week, but today we’re pretty excited to release them to the entire Sporcle community.

How does it work?

In order to enable this format, you must go to the Options tab of a Clickable game. You’ll see a heading titled Matching.

Multi-Column Match Options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select Multi-Column Match from this section, then decide how many columns you’d like to match (up to 6). You can also choose whether or not a wrong match will count against the total, or if the player will be allowed to guess as many times as they’d like.

Other display options for this type of quiz are similar to other Matching and Clickable quizzes with regards to display order and button size.

Data Tab

Example of the data tab on a multi-column match quiz.

In order to implement this feature we had to change the way you input data for just this kind of quiz. Depending on the number of columns, you need to separate them with slashes individually. For 3 column quiz your data column answers would look like this.

Answer 1/Answer 1/Answer 1

Answer 2/Answer 2/Answer 2

The number of slashes is dependent on the number of match columns, for example, on a quiz with six columns, you need to add six answers on each line in the data tab.

Answer 1/Answer 1/Answer 1/Answer 1/Answer 1/Answer 1

Answer 2/Answer 2/Answer 2/Answer 2/Answer 2/Answer 2

As usual, please let us know if you have any questions about Multi-Column Match at our Feedback Page or Sporcle University.

Sporcle Matchable Quizzes

We’ve been playing around with a few fun concepts at our Sporcle R&D Labs (aka the line at the local taco truck) and we came up with a fun variation on the Clickable format that has now become a reality: Clickable Matching Games.

So How Does it Work?

If you’ve ever just wanted to be able to match answers in a Sporcle quiz, without the quiz being in a forced order, the Clickable Matching game is going to be your best friend. As you can see, it divides the normal clickable game interface into hint and answer sides. Just click each the pairs that match, and the answer box will turn green (hovering over an answer box will show both matching pairs as yellow).

Matching quizzes also have a default “Study Guide” option that will allow you to guess until you have all the answers correct.

How do I Make a Matching Quiz?

Creating a matching quiz starts off just like creating a Clickable quiz, however, when you get to the Options screen you must select the new matching options:

Selecting the “Match hints with answers’ box enables the matching mode, but the quiz taker can guess as many times as they like. If you’d like them to only be able to guess as many times as there are answers, then you also must select ‘Track incorrect answers”.

Additionally, ‘decoy’ answers can be added by using ‘ee’ in the ‘extra’ column. If you want to add a decoy answer on the left side, just add the decoy to the hint column (and leave the answer column blank). If you’d like the decoy to display on the right, add the decoy to the answer column (and leave the hint column blank).

As a further twist, you can also enable the option to end the quiz on a wrong answer (minefield style).

What’s next?

We’re sure you’re going to have some suggestions and feedback on this new option, but rest assured we have some plans for future iterations of this type of feature, so stay tuned!

Custom Answer Field Colors

Color: it’s a beautiful thing. Imagine if our world were simply black and white? Or even worse, if Sporcle quizzes were only black and white??

So far, you’ve done a good job of using the color options provided by Sporcle’s quiz creation tools. But in your quest to up the quality of quiz presentation, you’ve been asking for more. For example, why does the entire answer column have to be the same color? We honestly couldn’t think of a reason why not.

Which is why, we’re proud to announce: COLORFUL ANSWERS! As of today, you can choose colors for each individual answer cell. We’re excited to see the ways you’ll find to use this new feature. For more details on how to use this, please see the guide below:

1. Create a new Sporcle quiz, or edit an older one. (Note: This feature is not available for Clickable quizzes)

2. Under the GAME OPTIONS tab, check the box that says “Use extra column for color values”

3. Under the DATA tab, use the “Extra Info” column to fill in the colors that you want each answer cell to have. (Note: Using this feature allows you to only have one or two column quizzes)

Inputting colors:

Enter colors using either HTML color names or HEX values. This helpful list is a great reference. Both color names and HEX values will work, and the values do not have to be consistent for the whole quiz.  Have fun creating mixtures to find the perfect color to go with your quiz.

Your finished quiz could look something like this!

As always, write us at feedback@sporcle.com with any questions or concerns you have. Have fun with this new feature!

 

Hide the Previous/Next Buttons (Clickable)

We’ve been making small tweaks here and there to Clickable quizzes since we released them just a couple of weeks ago. We’ve also had quite a few feature requests, and this new clickable option will hopefully be the first of many more:

Introducing: Hide the Previous/Next Button

This feature functions much like ‘force order and hide the next clue’ in our classic quiz type. The idea is that a user will not be able to movie forward or backward, and will only be able to follow the path that you lay out for them in the quiz. This could be used for Clickable Bunker type quizzes or strange new ideas we haven’t thought of yet.

Please let us know if you have any questions in the Sporcle Blog comments section.

Sporcle’s New Clickable Games

Today we’ve unleashed an entirely new quiz type on Sporcle. The ‘Clickable’ quiz. We’ve long had users ask us for ways to make Sporcle more accessible and we think the new clickable game type will help the poor spellers, poor typers, and mouse enthusiasts among us. Check out the below screenshot below to see what we’re talking about.

This new quiz type features a host of options similar to other quizzes on Sporcle, and allows wrong answer, answer in order, and something we like to call ‘decoy’ answers, where any bonus answer featured in the quiz will be displayed as a ‘decoy’ on the screen. (i.e. Somalia in the example above)

Check out some example games below, and an entire How-To guide after the jump.

Adds up to 11

State Abbr. Button Blitz with Booby Traps

Numbers in Spanish (Clickable)
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Getting Published on Sporcle

Editors Note: Sporcle curator hscer posted the following post on his personal blog recently, and we liked it so much we asked if we could post it on the official blog. We appreciate hscer allowing us to to share his advice with all of you.

With over 180,000 unpublished contributed games, even if the Game Creation feature were shut down today, at the current rate of 57 publications a week (9 each weekday and 6 each Saturday and Sunday) it would take 3,158 weeks–that’s 61 years–for Sporcle to publish every game. Given these numbers, it’s easy to get discouraged if you have a hard time getting your quiz published. I know there are a lot of folks out there in that situation, as I have seen it in many a comment on many a quiz. There are plenty of things you can do besides lash out in a comment to increase your publication odds. I’ve layed out some helpful hints after the jump.

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