When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I’ve only been around for about a year and a half now and I don’t remember exactly how I came upon the site at first as a player – but my play stats indicate I spent my first day on Sporcle playing quizzes about Queen songs, insect taxonomy, the Hobbit, and metal bands. That sounds about right for me.
I began to get really involved with the site around November 2015 when I decided to create a few quizzes and El_Dandy and Stanford0008 gave me my first CP & EP. Having early success with my contributions encouraged me to keep creating & to apply for a curatorship a short while later.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
It wasn’t a tough choice for me – of all the subcategories that exist on the site, I think the three that are most relevant to my own nerdy interests are Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Arrested Development. I was extremely fortunate that two of those were open when I was looking to apply last year, and I was able to take up curatorships in topics of extreme interest for me.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Arrested Development: I think my favorite piece of Arrested Development trivia will occur when I learn an official date for a fifth season or a film. I miss it so much, and would love some more show content to help ramp up contribution in the subcategory, which has been slow without any new episodes for a couple of years!
Lord of the Rings: It might be that Galadriel is Arwen’s grandmother. I bet a lot of fans (at least those who follow the movies rather than books) would find that surprising.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Lord of the Rings: As a big fan of both geography & fantasy literature, it also makes sense that I’m quite keen on fantasy geography. I always love studying the maps when I read Tolkien or the Wheel of Time series (and this is probably also apparent from the large number of map-based Harry Potter games I’ve created on Sporcle). With that in mind, one of my favorites is MrChewyPoo’s Tolkien’s Middle-Earth Map.