Getting Published: Daily Dose Edition

Getting your daily dose quiz published…a love story.

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Time and time again when getting Daily Dose quizzes (Missing Word, Word Ladder, and Quick Pick) ready for publish, we find that we have to make many of the same changes. So if you have learned how to create a classic quiz and have reviewed these musings on getting published, it might be time to use the checklist below to get your quiz one step closer to the Sporcle home page.


Title:

If making a Missing Word, add ‘Missing Word:’ to the front of the title, same goes with Word Ladder and Quick Pick.

Category:

Set this to ‘Just for Fun’. We might add some more functionality to the tools here around this in the future. For the time being, all Daily Dose quizzes should be categorized as JFF.

Tags:

Make sure the appropriate Daily Dose tag (e.g. Missing Word) is applied. Also add any relevant or interesting tags to the quiz.

Crosslink:

Set this to another published, related Daily Dose quiz. If you make a ‘Missing Word: 90s Boy Bands’ and we published ’Missing Word: 80s Boy Bands’, link to that.

Comments:

Be responsive to comments and make changes as necessary. If the community has pointed out errors and flaws, be sure to review those comments and update as you see fit.

Duplicate Check:

Check to make sure your quiz hasn’t been done before. Do a search on the site or spend some quality time reviewing quick picks, word ladders, and missing words.

Game Description:

The Game Description (Can you name…) should be something like – ‘Can you name the four-letter words in this song title-themed ladder?’ not like ‘Can you name the four-letter words in this super awesome ladder about music and song titles yay baby!’


Those are the basics. For every Daily Dose we publish we use this checklist. Do you have any suggestions or other best practices? Let us know in the comments.

How to Make a Marvelous Picture Click Quiz

By now you’ve definitely noticed our latest quiz type popping up around the site. Picture Click quizzes are a hybrid between Map and Clickable quizzes. And they are awesome! This post is for anyone interested in creating a Picture Click quiz on Sporcle, but who isn’t sure how to get started.

Read through the instructions, contribute a quiz, and you’ll be a Picture Click master before you know it!

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Getting Started

First things first, navigate to the Game Creation Center and click the orange ‘Create a New Game’ button. Then enter some basic information about the quiz you’re making.

Game Name:
Start by typing in the name of your quiz. (Don’t worry, you can change this later if you want.)

Similar Games:
If your quiz has already been made by another user, it will display in the ‘Similar Games’ box below.

Game Type:
For ‘Game Type,’ choose ‘Picture Click.’

After selecting your game type click the ‘Create Game’ button.

Once Your Draft is Created:

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1. Upload an Image

Now that you’ve created the game, you’ll start off in the ‘Game Info’ tab. Like when making a Map quiz, you’ll notice there is a field for an Image URL near the top.

First, upload the image you’d like to use to a popular image hosting site like FlickrImgur or Photobucket, and paste the URL of the image into this field. Images must be smaller than 400kb in size, and cannot be more than 920 pixels wide.

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2. Enter the Data

Before you can start drawing shapes on your image, you must enter all the answers you’d like to use in the data tab.

The data you enter into the ‘Hint’ column will be what you are being asked to click on. The data you enter into the ‘Answer’ column will be what displays when you click the shape on the image.

3. Draw your Shapes

Now that you’ve entered your data, go back to the ‘Game Info’ tab, and click the ‘Edit Map’ link above the Image URL.

On the ‘Edit Map’ page, you’ll see all the answers you entered on the data tab in a box to the left and your image in the middle. Simply drag your answer to a spot on the map, and that’s where it’ll show up when someone guesses it. (Note: All changes are automatically saved on this page.)

When an answer is selected, click the box with ‘Draw Shape Area’ written next to it. You can now begin drawing the shape for the selected answer by moving your cursor over the image and simply  clicking your way around the portion you want quiz players to choose. You’ll notice small, white boxes appear after each click. Once you have made your way entirely around the part of the image you want people to select, click the first white box you placed to enclose the shape. You also can click the ‘Close Shape’ button to do this automatically. The small white boxes can be moved around and adjusted as needed once the image is complete.3

If you are unsatisfied with the shape you drew, you can click the small trash can icon to delete it and start over. Once all shapes have been drawn you can test the game.

Additionally, you can show or hide the answer boxes using the Answers link. If you’d like to line up your answers perfectly on the same line use the Grid option as well as Grid Snap which aligns your answer boxes to the nearest grid row or column. You can toggle through shape visibility by using the Finished Shapes icon.

After that, your quiz is all ready to play, and all that’s left is tweaking a few options so your quiz can be played just how you want it.

How to Create a Classic Quiz

Have you always been interested in creating a Sporcle quiz, but weren’t sure how to get started? This guide is for you! Read through the instructions below, contribute a quiz, and you’ll be a great quizmaker before you know it.

Getting Set Up

If this is your very first time, you’ll need to accept our quiz creation terms of service before you can start making your quiz.

Once you’ve accepted the terms, navigate to the Game Creation Center and click the orange ‘Create a New Game’ button. You should see a screen like the one below.

 

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All you need to do is enter some basic information about the quiz you’re making.
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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

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Note: After you learn the basics of Slideshow Creation and Image Hosting here, use the information below to learn even more about how to make great Slideshow quizzes.

Slideshow 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 adjust the shape of the image, make sure that all of your images of a certain shape are the same size. Rectangles should be 640×480 pixels, and squares should be 480×480 pixels, for example.

2. Use Larger Images

The maximum image size for a slideshow quiz should be 640×480 pixels. Any bigger and the image will be re-sized. While you don’t have to max out the image size for every quiz, you should try to keep your images above 300×300 pixels. If your source images are much smaller, then remember to follow Rule #1 and make sure they are a consistent size. Make sure to double check your images to ensure that they do not display blurry or distorted.

3. Image Quality

Sometimes an image might look clear when you find it, only to show up blurry or distorted on the quiz. This can happen especially if images are stretched to bigger sizes. Always double check your images to ensure that they are clear and of good quality. Replace any images that show up unclear with new ones.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Image Hosting

Though you can use any accessible image URL on the web, we strongly recommend that you host your own images on a separate site. Images taken directly from the web are unreliable as sites go down, have issues, or images load too slowly. Image hosting sites like Imgur andPhotobucket are free and very dependable, and we’d recommend using those. Sporcle does not provide image hosting.

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:
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  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.

How to Make a Basic Slideshow Quiz

Note: For advanced tips check out our post ‘How to Make an Awesome Slideshow Quiz‘.

A Slip n' Slideshow is a whole other thing.

A Slip n’ Slideshow is a whole other thing.

So by now you’ve probably seen Slideshow quizzes all over the place on Sporcle. Pretty neat, right? If you’re interested in creating your own Slideshow quiz, or already have access and want to learn some tips and tricks, this is the post you’ve been looking for.

How do I get started making a slideshow quiz?

It’s actually really simple to create a Slideshow quiz, but the tool works very differently than Classic or Clickable games. View the steps below for complete info and some tips & tricks.

    • Create a New Quiz, and select Slideshow from the ‘Game Type’ dropdown.
    • The Game Info tab is very similar to one you might encounter for Classic/Clickable. Enter the game details here.
    • The Options tab allows you to specify whether or not you force users to answer in order, or if you want them to skip ahead.
    • The Data tab is where things differ from a normal Sporcle quiz. You must add the URL of the image you want to use to the ‘HINT’ column (see example below).

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  • Images can be any web image format (GIF, JPG, PNG).
  • You may use the ‘Extra Info’ column in the Data tab to display hints or other text.
  • Though you can use any accessible image URL on the web, we strongly recommend that you host your own images on a separate site. Images taken directly from the web are unreliable as sites go down, have issues, or images load too slowly. Image hosting sites like Imgur and Photobucket are free and very dependable, and we’d recommend using those. Sporcle does not provide image hosting.

We’d also love to hear any feedback you have on our slideshow creating tool!

Multi-Column Match Quizzes

Column_1A 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.

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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

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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).

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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:

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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”

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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)

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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!

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