We are often asked here at Sporcle, what is the best way for a quiz to get published to the home page? While there are a number of factors that go into what is published and why, sometimes the best way to get published is to keep in mind what NOT to do.
The How To Make A Bad Sporcle Quiz is not for everyone. If this quiz were your first experience to the site, it would be frustrating and might not make much sense. However, for the Sporcle faithful, those that have slogged through many a user contributed quiz or tried to make a quiz and found the end result less than satisfying, this quiz is genius.
It might take a few times, but play this quiz all the way through. At the end, use it as a checklist for quizzes. It is amazing how often people take the time to put together a quiz, but then don’t take the extra little bit of time to actually play their own quiz. The devil is in the details when it comes to quiz creation, and paying attention to some of these little features as highlighted by the ‘Bad Sporcle’ quiz can really bring things to light.
Remember, there are resources as your disposal as well. The FAQ has some good answers to questions and while somewhat dated, the original Game Creation Cheat Sheet still has good tips and tricks.
Of course a quiz has to be interesting and playable, but if you can avoid the pitfalls that the ‘Bad Sporcle’ quiz highlights, chances are you might see your quiz on the home page before you know it.
Got other tips and tricks or things to avoid? I’d love to hear em!
We are a couple weeks into have the user generated games available and so far things are going well. A few folks have written in and want to know what it takes to get a quiz noticed or played. Here are a few tips we can pass along.
The surest way to get your game played is, well, to make a good game. Original, topical, and playable games will bubble up to the top. If nothing else, the Sporcle Admins are more inclined to publish games that are of high quality. So what makes high quality? Here are a few guidelines:
A credible source.
Good game layout.
Playability and accepting plenty of alternate acceptable answers.
It’s fun to play.
If you feel that you have a high quality quiz on your hands, there are mechanisms out there to get your quiz noticed.
Here are a few ways in which you can ratchet up the plays on your quiz:
Post it on your blog
Post it to relevant user forums of sites that might be interested.
Put it on your wall on Facebook
Tweet it on Twitter
Email it or text it to your friends
What not to do:
While trying to get your quiz noticed, keep in mind there are sure fire ways to NOT have your quiz published. These include but are not limited to:
Don’t attempt to artificially inflate your quiz by posting a ton of comments on it or trying to game the system.
Don’t email the Sporcle admins demanding that we publish your game.
Don’t spam the comments of other unrelated games with your quiz.
At the end of the day, we ask that you basically be a good Sporcle citizen.
Lastly, hang in there. This is a new feature and we have a lot planned on the horizon. We have ideas on how to make games more discoverable, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, I hope this helps. If you have other ideas, please post them in the comments to this blog.
It would be great to hear what other tools and ideas people have.