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25 Quizzes a Month for All!

the-alphabet-movie-meme-L-XxZDUEWe have some great news for quiz contributors today, we’ve raised the limit for all quiz creators from 11 quizzes per month to 25.

This is the first time we’ve raised the contribution limit in over 3 years, and we’re really excited to see what kind of quizzes are released. In addition, we’re not allowing all users the ability to contribute 100 private quizzes per month, so if you enjoy making lots of quizzes for studying or friends, the world is your oyster.

We’ve also made a slight tweak to the quizmaster formula, so private quizzes will no longer count towards the score. It shouldn’t have much of an effect on most scores, but if you see your score drop slightly, that’s the reason.

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.

Embedding Clickable Quizzes

Up til now there hasn’t been a way for you to embed a Clickable quiz on your own site. That oversight ends today! Now you can embed any published Sporcle clickable quiz on any website. It’s just as easy as any classic Sporcle quiz.

All you have to do is click the embed link at the bottom of any published clickable quiz, copy the embed code, and paste it on your blog. Check out the example quiz below:


Do the Electric Slide…show!

A Slip n' Slideshow is a whole other thing.

A Slip n’ Slideshow is a whole other thing.

So you might have seen some of the new Slideshow quizzes that have been appearing in our Discover area lately? 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.

1. How do I get access to creating slideshow quizzes?

Well, it’s pretty darn easy. When you’re in the game creation center, create a new game, and look for the link on the right hand side that says ‘Request Access’. Click “Yes, please” on the pop-up, and you should hear back from Sporcle in the next day or two with further instructions.

2. I have access to Slideshow Games, so how do I make one?

Congrats! 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 column in the data tab to display hints or other text.
  • Though you can use any accessible image URL on the web, you may need to host your own images on a separate site. 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 this brand new tool. It’s still very much in the early stages, so we hope to add some tweaks and new features soon!

Head’s Up!

Sporcle has a new header!

You may not realize it, but Sporcle is more than just a trivia site. In addition to the games on the site, we also offer a variety of Sporcle apps. And in January, we added Sporcle Live, a live trivia experience brought to local bars and restaurants.

It’s still the same site you know and love, but our homepage will now be the full-service, Sporcle hub.

What’s New?

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One of the biggest changes is in site navigation. We renamed some headings (i.e. User-Created is now called ‘Discover‘), and each category now shows subcategories based on the general section you’re in. *With all the new info being displayed, a few categories–Gaming, Entertainment, Religion, and Holiday–can now be found under the ‘More’ heading.

sporcle live logoNew Pages

Sporcle Live now has a place on our main site. Check out the Sporcle Live homepage, the Sporcle Live locations page, and more. Also, check out our new Apps page. It lists all the apps available for each device, along with links to product pages.

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Site regulars have probably already noticed some gradual updates to game pages. This new installment includes a more prominent spot for the Search feature and a new look for the Random Quiz button. There’s some other small style changes throughout the site.

We have awesome users, and we haven’t heard any complaints about the look or feel of the site. Still, we knew it was getting outdated. More often, we focus on developing new features, new badges, and new quiz types. But it’s important to keep the site looking its best, too.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback! Write to us at feedback@sporcle.com.

Sporcle Just Got Super-Awesomer

“This quiz is great, but I hate all the scrolling.” - Pretty much everyone

leonardo_mona_lisa_cat_smSo you’ve probably noticed once or twice that some of our quizzes are a little long. In fact, some of our most fun quizzes are those huge guys that you can just settle in, block out twenty minutes and start naming  the top 300 of something. But you know the drill, once you got past the first 50, the dreaded scrolling game started and you had to scroll back and forth to see both the hint and the answer box. Yeah, we’re adults (mostly), we’ll admit it, that wasn’t fun for anyone.

That’s all over today. Now the answer box will scroll right along with you. Check it out on this bad boy. Isn’t that something?

It’s basically like we took the Mona Lisa and added a big fat cat. Super. Awesomer. Yeah, we went there.

Embed! Embed! Embed!

If you’ve got a blog or website, you can now embed Sporcle quizzes in seconds.

You may have seen Sporcle quizzes on websites like ESPN and the Smithsonian. Now you can do it, too! Whatever site you call home–Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress or a personal website–you can now embed Sporcle quizzes directly from Sporcle.com.

Starting today, when you make a classic quiz, share it! It’s as easy as clicking the ‘Embed Game’ option located in the quiz info box. You can also embed all classic published quizzes.

Take a look:

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You can even choose whether you’d like a wide or narrow layout:

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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.

New Badges: Beer, Film, and Groundhog Day

If you’ve checked your Sporcle profile recently, you may have noticed some new badges!

Here’s the scoop on the latest badges:

Beer Nut: This badge is for those of you out there who know your beer. You know which countries consume the most beer, the origin of each brew, and you can name these off while singing the famous ’96 Bottles of Beer on the Wall’ song.

 

Film Critic: This badge is for the ultimate Sporcle film geeks. To earn it? You simply must play 1000 Movie quizzes. Three, two, one, ACTION!

 

Ned Ryerson: This badge is a one-day special, premiering on Saturday, February 2 (aka Groundhog Day.) But while Bill Murray had multiple chances to give Ned Ryerson a warm greeting, you’ll only have 24 hours to play Groundhog Day, ‘I Got You, Babe’ Type-a-Long, and Bill Murray Movies. Now, go buy some life insurance.

 

 If you have questions or suggestions, write to us at feedback@sporcle.com. Or join the discussion on Sporcle University.

Progress Tracking for Badges

While we’ve slowly rolled out more and more badges over the last few months, we’re also listening to closely to requests for new features around them. With the release of the World Traveler badge, the request was made by many of you for the ability to see just how close you are to getting that badge.

Well, today we released a profile update that allows you to see your progress on that badge, as well as any other that requires multiple plays. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the progress bar to see just how far you have to go. Good luck, and thanks for the great suggestions.