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Can you name the 500 Largest US Cities Using the Flash Map?
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Jan 9th, 2012 at 01:17 GMT
first of all a HUGE thanks to 'tobley' who helped me with the coding so I could learn how to develop quizzes like this on my own - have learned a lot in a short time so hopefully some similar flash quizzes on my own on their way like this one. I may tweak this one or make similar ones for less cities - I know this one is huge. Hopefully everything should work well, but let me know of any bugs. And check out tobley's puzzle quizzes if you haven't they are excellent!
Jan 9th, 2012 at 01:24 GMT
From up here all those big cities just seem like little dots! Great quiz.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 01:29 GMT
I feel so lost..
Jan 9th, 2012 at 01:43 GMT
Im on a mac... right clicking doesnt get me an enlarged view and when I drag the entry box somewhere on the map, nothing happens- anyone have any advice?
Jan 9th, 2012 at 02:38 GMT
I got 500/500, but it still said I was missing 1 New England city and like 6 Midwest cities (but every single dot on the map was red). ???
Jan 9th, 2012 at 03:17 GMT
@coulra: fixed - I had overcounted the MW and NE cities. thx for the heads up.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 04:12 GMT
LoL you should change the NE answer from "Wicked Good" to "Wicked Smaht"
Jan 9th, 2012 at 06:25 GMT
Could you increase the timer on the quiz itself? I didn't have enough time to type in all the codes I had gained.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 08:43 GMT
Darn... I somehow missed one of the Top 50 but I couldn't figure out which one. Getting it would have snagged me both the Top 50 and the Top 100.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 12:02 GMT
I was also racking my brain over which of the top 50 cities I missed. In the end I figured out it was Chicago - couldn't see it under all its suburbs.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 12:18 GMT
@cuendillar: no prob - made it 2 min.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 21:11 GMT
As a fan of city population quizzes, this quiz is an instant favorite.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 21:43 GMT
Just like to point out that the Livonia, MI dot is pretty much impossible to see. I only remembered I had missed it when I had 5 seconds left- not enough time to type in the codes.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 21:45 GMT
This is the best quiz on Sporcle right now. 5 emphatic stars. Only nitpick: it would be nice to see codes and scores for the South (excluding TX), mid-Atlantic, and West (excluding CA). They're the only parts left out.
Jan 9th, 2012 at 23:24 GMT
@Someone: yeah, not too much I can really do, was thinking of having an option that the dots would animate then disappear instead of turning green, may add that (but then you can scroll over to see what you've guessed already). @XY: may add a few more categories soon, working on a Europe version now first.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 00:06 GMT
I've refreshed a good dozen times and still can't get the map. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Tragic - seems like it would be a fun quiz.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 00:16 GMT
@darinh: You could just draw all the green dots first, and then draw the red dots, so the red dots would be on top (assuming this is how the drawing system works). This way it's clearer where the missing cities are. On the other hand, green dots would tend to be buried, so this might obscure indications of the progress that has been made, but probably that information isn't as important to see as the locations of the cities that haven't been entered yet.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 00:17 GMT
By the way, I love this quiz. Great job!
Jan 10th, 2012 at 00:38 GMT
@ScienceProject: dunno..make sure flash is working on other websites maybe. @zifyoip: thanks..I could make the larger cities have larger dots, but problem is that helps give away what the top 50 and top 100 bonuses are, so going to leave as is for now. Improvements will be made on future quizzes...
Jan 10th, 2012 at 12:40 GMT
This is outstanding, well done. If you're taking requests, I think a similar quiz with metro areas instead of cities would be interesting, and you wouldn't have the issue with the dots being clustered together.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 13:01 GMT
@jws: thanks! i have many more ideas including metros so look for plenty more to come, now that I have one down it doesn't take too long to add variants and make improvements. the world one will be an absolute beast in a few weeks :)
Jan 10th, 2012 at 13:50 GMT
I'd have preferred top 100. 500 is more than I want to know.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 21:03 GMT
I would contest the inclusion of towns in New York, as they are more akin to townships in other states. For example, the MSA is Albany--Schenectady--Troy, named after the three largest incorporated settlements, not Albany--Colonie--Schenectady. I do agree with the inclusion of charter townships in Michigan, however. Regardless, this quiz is fan-effing-tastic.
Jan 10th, 2012 at 21:56 GMT
Updated and added "hide" button to hide/show guessed cities. @Fergenaprido: yeah, I decided to include some, there are issues with NY/PA/MI townships but I kinda make a judgment call on which to include. Some ones are and some aren't generally included in city quizzes.
Jan 11th, 2012 at 00:46 GMT
Just added a 'size' button as well - may help out with guessing and seeing cities as it makes the dots scaled based on population.
Jan 11th, 2012 at 14:31 GMT
I know a lot of work was put into this quiz but IMO and after some investigation cities were missed ie... Youngstown,St cloud Naples Yorba Linda and on and on.
Jan 11th, 2012 at 14:36 GMT
@robt: those are below the top 500 per the US 2010 census...I think the cutoff was around 70,000 - all of those are mid 60's or so. make sure you're looking at all cities, towns, townships, etc - everything but CDP's.
Jan 11th, 2012 at 18:46 GMT
My favorite thing about this quiz is that while other quizzes have taught me to be able to rattle off lists of cities in California or Texas or wherever, now I can actually see where those cities are located and where they are in relation to one another (which is way more valuable than just a list of random names). Excellent work!
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Jan 11th, 2012 at 21:44 GMT
my code 2l9ekf wasn't working :(
Jan 11th, 2012 at 22:03 GMT
I might be wrong, but shouldn't Lubbock, Texas be on here? Thought is population was around 100,000? If it's not, what the hell is that lonely dot in northwest Texas I didn't get?
Jan 11th, 2012 at 22:07 GMT
@Morbo: Lubbock is there..maybe you typed wrong? @Fritser: a "one" not an "el"...can you please delete the code in your comment if possible.
Jan 11th, 2012 at 22:50 GMT
Have no idea how to play. Can someone elaborate more? Do you enter the city in the "Enter guesses here" box? After you finish doing all the ones you can think of, what do you do? What codes do you enter? Where do you find them? Thank you.
Jan 12th, 2012 at 00:49 GMT
I admit that I cheated on this quiz the last time I took it. Since you can't see the answers, I thought it would be fun to look up the most populous cities in different states and enter them so I could learn where they were. And it was fun- until I got to New York. According to every source I could find, two cities in the NYC metro area do not exist- and I had to look really hard before I could find sources that recognized the suburbs of Buffalo, Rochester and Albany on the map. So even while cheating, I could not do better than 498/500.
Jan 12th, 2012 at 02:55 GMT
@monty: yes just begin by naming all the cities you can, DON'T start the sporcle quiz until you are all done with the city quiz...if you have done well enough if certain categories, such as # of cities entered, # cities in California, etc (the categories listed in the sporcle quiz itself), you will have codes appear in the city quiz you are taking. When done guessing cities, just start the sporcle quiz and enter the codes you had generated.
Jan 12th, 2012 at 03:05 GMT
@darinh: Tried the quiz again and got it. I actually think I got it the first time, but didn't see it go up, thought it was a different map dot, then kept trying it and got frustrated when it didn't take. In other words, I'm an idiot :)
Jan 12th, 2012 at 04:04 GMT
Yet another reason to hate the suburbs . . .
Jan 12th, 2012 at 09:15 GMT
I can't delete it sorry. Maybe downvote it so it won't be shown?
Jan 12th, 2012 at 18:16 GMT
Thanks for including the "charter townships" of Michigan. No one in the Detroit area doesn't consider Clinton Township, for example, a real city (especially with its ~100000 population)!
Jan 13th, 2012 at 02:36 GMT
I really like the population counter, and I also think it would be really cool if there was a population counter going backwards too
Jan 13th, 2012 at 20:02 GMT
I finally figured out what the remaining NY towns were, but how did you decide which ones to include, because it seems like some larger ones are missing (Amherst and Ramapo, for example).
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