We know it is a sticky topic, but we are here to answer the question – Is Palestine a Country on Sporcle?
On November 29th, 2012, the United Nations voted to change Palestine’s status within the organization to a ‘Non-Member Observer State’. Politics aside, this was a pretty big deal at Sporcle as suddenly and without much warning Palestine met our criteria for what we consider a country. It took some time for us to get all of our quizzes ready for the update, but as of January 16th, 2013, Palestine now met the What is a Country standard on Sporcle.
Yep, we get it, this decision comes without some controversy, but our guiding principle in regards to controversial topics on Sporcle has always been one of consistency It boils down to this: If non-UN member countries like Vatican City, Taiwan and Kosovo are considered countries on our site, then we won’t exclude Palestine if it enjoys a similar country status as the others.
So what does this mean for Sporcle?
- As of January 16th, 2013 we added Palestine to every relevant Sporcle quiz. This included popular quizzes like Countries of the World, Countries of Asia, and Flags of the World, as well as hundreds of other quizzes where Palestine qualified.
- Also as of January 16th, when making quizzes, you’ll have to keep Palestine in mind.
- If you’re concerned about your ‘Around the World’ badge, don’t be, all previously earned badges will still count. Though anyone who wants to get the badge going forward will need to get 197 answers correct.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments section or directly at our Feedback page.