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New Feature: Copy Your Quizzes

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Have you ever made an amazing quiz, and wanted to make a sequel with all the same settings and style? Now is your time. You can copy any of your own quizzes whether they are a draft, contributed or published. All you have to do is navigate to your game management dashboard, look for copy icon (right next to the edit game link), and you can start happily cloning quizzes all day long.

Just remember: Game play data, ratings and favorites are not copied along for the ride, but all other info, including answer data, and map marker locations, will be preserved in the new quiz.

New Badge Alert Email

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Ever forget to earn badges? 

We release a new round of badges each week (on Tuesdays.) But if you’re like us, you already have too many things to keep track of. That’s why we put together the new badge alert email.

No more checking your badge page, scouring the Sporcle blog, or missing the release of a new holiday badge. Start earning badges right away, just by checking your email.

How do I sign up?

You may have already received one of these emails in your inbox. If you haven’t, go to your email settings, and make sure to check the box under Badges that says “ .”

Note: If you’re getting this email, but don’t want to be, go to your email settings and uncheck the box. 

 

Introducing OctoQuiz – a little something different from Sporcle

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Meet OctoQuiz.

What the heck is this you say?

OctoQuiz is a new quiz platform from Sporcle Labs that is intended to be a bit more personal. Where Sporcle is all about mentally stimulating diversions, OctoQuiz is about the lighter side of trivia. OctoQuiz offers multiple choice question formats as well as personality quizzes (with more quiz types to come).

OctoQuizzes are fun, bite sized, very shareable quizzes that now anyone with a Sporcle account can create. Just login using your Sporcle credentials (or create a new account on Sporcle) and you’re off and running.

The quizzes are easy to play (on your desktop or mobile device) and only take a minute of your time, so give em a whirl.

And now for your questions:

Why would you do this?

We thought this was fun and figured you would too. Add pictures, create silliness, search your soul. Trivia is educational but fun, go with it.

Why not just add all this to Sporcle?

If you recall, a little over a year ago, we tried to put a similar type format on Sporcle itself, and it just didn’t quite take. We learned that these quizzes needed a home of their own.

Does this mean that multiple choice questions will never come to Sporcle?

Well, never say never. This is certainly something we may do in time, but it would have to have its own Sporcle slant to it.

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:


The Latest Sporcle Mobile App: Version 3.3

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note to explain some of the changes included in the latest update.

With this release, we have hopefully fixed one of the major complaints with our new update, which is that playing games offline is more difficult.

With this update we have given you the opportunity to pick which categories and topics you’d like to have downloaded completely to your phone.  On the Options screen, you can go to the ‘Play Offline’ menu, and turn on downloading for each category you care about. Once selected, all the available games for that category will be playable without an internet connection.

A word to the wise regarding using this new feature.  Your updates WILL take longer.  This is because we have to download all of the data for every game, instead of just the title of it.  For those who want this feature though, it’s worth it so that Sporcle can help you pass the time on your train or bus ride every morning.  Offline downloading is OFF by default however, so we can keep performance and waiting times speedy for those who can use the app with a network connection.

Now we keep moving forward, as we march towards making this the flat out best trivia app on your phone or tablet.  Future updates will include improving the iPad game flow, more themes, plus access to even more games from the website, and more!

Please keep giving the reviews, and tell us your thoughts, concerns and suggestions either through the feedback button on the Options screen, or the review system.  We read them all and they help inform us as to the most important features for you.

Best,

Your Sporcle founder and update writer extraordinaire, Matt Ramme

 

The Latest Sporcle Mobile App: Version 3.2

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note to explain some of the changes included in the latest update.

Thank you once again for your candid and thoughtful feedback and reviews.  You are the most important asset to the Sporcle App, and we strive to give you the very best experience, and also to make this app the best trivia app in the store.

To that end, we’ve decided to make a change in both the paid/upgraded and free versions.

Paid/Upgraded experience: We’ve removed tokens from the main game play experience. All games are unlocked, and you no longer need tokens to play any game.  Furthermore, playing a game will earn you a token, which you will be able to use for new and exciting features now and in the future.

Free experience: Instead of receiving one token per day, you will earn one token for each game you play.

What new and exciting features will paid/upgraded users put their coins toward? The first is Themes.  Not a fan of the default orange theme?  Pick one of the other two themes available (with more to come in future releases) to customize your playing experience.  The theme picking dialog is found under the paintbrush icon on the Options tab.

We also moved the answer entry box to be attached to the keyboard.  This was where it was in the old version of the app, and many users said they preferred it there, so we put it back.

The next big task for us is to improve the offline experience.  Since we provided access to so much more content with this new version, we couldn’t download all of the data for every game every time there were new games, or the app would respond very slowly.  We think we have a solution which will not adversely impact performance for users with an internet connection, but will allow those that play offline a way to continue to do that.  That change will be part of the next update, so stay tuned.

As always, continue to leave us reviews (we of course love the 5* ones, but we pay attention to the 1* reviews just as much, in hopes of making you a 5* next time).

Your ever benevolent and faithful Sporcle founder, Matt Ramme.

The Latest Sporcle Mobile App: Update Coming!

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note to explain some of the fixes that will be coming with the latest update.

First off, thank you to everybody for all the feedback, both positive and negative. We are working hard to address all of the concerns brought up, and we will continue to do so as quickly as possible.

I would like to apologize for the removal of the no-timer option in the last update.  That was an unintended consequence of no longer using Apple’s settings app for our preferences. The no-timer feature is back with this update, and the ability to turn it on and off will be in the options tab.

In regards to the tokens we introduced into this new update–we have read your comments and believe we have come to solution that will address your thoughts and concerns. That change will be part of the next update, so stay tuned for more details.

We also made some changes in regards to how games are downloaded to your device. We realize now that the new version made playing Sporcle in a network free environment more difficult. In subsequent updates we will be making changes and improvements which will allow you to more easily download games for offline play.

Please continue to give us feedback both with reviews and through the feedback inside the app (click ‘Feedback’ on the Options screen). We will continue to make updates and improvements, and your rational and thoughtful responses will help guide our path.

Your faithful and humble Sporcle founder, Matt Ramme

The Latest Sporcle Mobile App is Here!

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note outlining the thought process behind the big changes.

We put out the first version of the Sporcle app back in 2010. Apps were still a new thing, and we had wanted to give you a way to play Sporcle that would work better on smaller phones and iPods, while also allowing you to play games even if you didn’t have an internet connection. This app has consistently been in the top 10 of paid trivia apps, and for that we are eternally grateful. It is now time that we give you the Sporcle app you deserve.

The biggest complaint we heard was that there weren’t enough games available on the mobile app in relation to sporcle.com. With this update, that is no longer the case. You can search for any game we have ever featured, or use the many lists throughout the app to find the trivia game that perfectly matches your need of the moment.

Now we give YOU the power to decide which games you want to play, instead of being stuck with only the games that downloaded the day you happened to launch the app. Every day, we give you free Sporcle Tokens which are used to unlock any game you want. Once you unlock a game, you can play it as many times you like. Unlike Dragon’s Lair or Dance Dance Revolution, you won’t have to continue to feed Tokens each time you want to play.

The goal here was to give you as much free content in the app as you had before, which was approximately 2-3 games a day for Sporcle, (and only 2 games a week for Sporcle Lite). And now you will get free Tokens every day which will allow you to unlock that many games. The big difference being that you get to pick the games you want, where before you only had access to what was given to you.

Most importantly, this is not the final product. We realized that it has been some time since we updated this app, so we wanted to try to get this new version out as soon as possible. We believe the stability and performance of this version is so much better than the previous versions, not to mention things like 4” screen support, that we felt it was wrong to wait until we had every single new enhancement in place before letting you have it. So expect to see a lot of updates and improvements coming in the next few months. New features, new game types, and more! Obviously we will also continue to use your feedback to help inform to us what we are doing right and wrong. Our goal always has been to give you the best trivia experience possible, and with your help, we intend to do just that.

With warmest of regards,
Matt Ramme, founder of Sporcle, and the rest of the Sporcle team.