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Add Sporcle to Your Facebook Timeline

Good news, now you can add Sporcle to your Facebook Timeline!

By connecting Facebook to Sporcle, you can include Sporcle activity such as creating games, picking favorites, rating, and playing games on Facebook. To share Sporcle, click the Get Started button at the top of the screen (or go to your settings page and connect to Facebook.)

That’s all there is to it! Sporcle will automatically be added to your Timeline.

If you decide you don’t want to share Sporcle anymore, you can always disable this option by going to your settings page and turning this option off.

Enjoy and happy Sporcling!

Backspace Means Backspace

We’ve heard a lot of feedback here at Sporcle about the Backspace key. You might be playing a quiz (ie US States Blitz) and you’re trying like mad to spell Massachusetts right as the time counts down from zero to one. As you backspace to retype your answer, the time runs out,  your backspace key sends you back a page in your browser and your score isn’t counted.

This kind of thing is frustrating, we understand, but there is a solution. As this problem usually happens just in Google Chrome (Our personal favorite), you can download an extension that makes this problem go away. In the future, you can play any of our great online blitz quizzes and never have to worry about the backspace key having a negative effect on your Sporcling.

Quiz Rating Guidelines

Something we get a lot of feedback about here at Sporcle is quiz ratings, and what to do when you believe your quizzes has been unfairly targeted with ratings abuse, or if your account has been blocked, and you’re not sure why.  With over 160 thousand quizzes on the site, ratings are a very important way for the Sporcle staff (and editors) to discover great new quizzes. We’ve had users in the past rate many quizzes a 1 in order to remove it from the ratings chart to give their own quizzes a better shot, and that’s something we don’t tolerate. If we feel you’ve been abusing our ratings policy (outlined below) all of your ratings will be removed and your ability to rate, comment and create quizzes will be blocked. Alternately if you feel like you’re quizzes have been targeted with undue low ratings, please notify us at our feedback page.

To give you a better idea of what we’re looking for in different ratings on a quiz, we’ve compiled a few guidelines that you should follow when rating quizzes.

5- Great quizzes: Well laid out, well constructed, fun and challenging to play. These
quizzes are creative and original or a clever twist on an old idea. The creators of these
quizzes are responsive to user comments. Worthy of a nomination and a front page
publication.
4- Good quizzes: A step below the best, these quizzes are still fun to play and well
constructed. Many quizzes in this category are still worthy of a front page appearance.
3- Average quizzes: Education and Entertainment value is undermined by errors in quiz
construction, mistakes in answers or questionable subject matter.
2- Poor quizzes: Significant errors, poor design/layout and poor execution.
1- Abysmal quizzes: No redeeming value. Quizzes are unplayable, based on
inappropriate subject matter, personal information or minutiae. This rating should not be
used to target specific individuals nor to attempt to remove successful quizzes from
leader boards. Misusing this rating may result in the disabling of your Sporcle account.

Private Quizzes

Ironically, quizzes about Columbo should not be marked private.

Let me start off by introducing myself to all the blog readers. My name is Kyle (username: puckett86), and I’m currently the Just For Fun category editor. This category is loaded with a wide variety of novel and addictive quizzes, but also happens to be home to quite a few quizzes that should have been contributed as private. In this post, I’ll discuss all the ins and outs of why a quiz should (or shouldn’t) be made private.

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