The Sporcle blog is running a series to highlight some of our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog.
1) How did you first get involved with playing Sporcle?
Like an expectant father I needed to distract myself whilst my A-level students sat their Biology exam. Several needed to do well to get on to study medicine and I was incredibly tense waiting. I played Human Bones to help pass the time, it beat pacing the corridors and a love affair was born.
2) What are your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
My favourites from the animal subcategory include Animals by Skeleton and Animal by Eye Close Up. Hejman is the man when it comes to animal picture quizzes so all of his are very nice ways to while away some time. The Biology subcategory has far fewer published quizzes (something I hope will change soon…) but my favourites there include Famous Biologists and Organ Words.
3) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Science Trivia (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math) Quiz is a good way to test your basic science knowledge across the disciplines. There are many excellent quizzes made about very specific subjects but this one is aimed at the general, everyday Sporcler and that’s what I like about it. For more of a specific Biology quiz there are several great ones I’ve been pleased to see go on to become published quizzes. Some more I’d like to see make it to the home page include Common Things by Fancy Medical Term, Top 300 Words in Darwin’s ‘On The Origin Of Species’ and I’ll sneak in one of my own How deep is your love (of Biology)?
4) What are your favorite published quizzes from an entirely different category?
Most of the Geography quizzes based on naming countries, with the trusty Countries of the World being at the top. I love that category but I’m completely rubbish at capital cities, rivers, lakes, currency…I would say my knowledge there is fairly broad but shallow enough that an ant wouldn’t need wellies.
Less obvious maybe are Fictional Logos, 100 Tiny Movie Scenes II (the first one was also great but MrChewypoo included one of my favourites in the sequel!) and Halloween Murder Mystery this is a logic puzzle, brilliantly put together by MovieGuru.
5) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from an entirely different category?
In other categories I like beforever’s series of vocabulary quizzes. I always feel pretty smug about doing well in them, only to see I’m still not up there in the top percentile!
An absolute favourite though has to be Things Kim Jong il Is Looking At. A joy.
6) Are there any quizzes you’ve made that didn’t get the attention you were hoping for?
I have often been surprised by which ones have caught on and which have disappeared without a trace. My favourites from the later are Fictional Scientists and Mammals from Wikipedia. I have a few fairly niche quizzes that I like but know have limited appeal including Amélie likes… based on one of my favourite films.
7) Who’s a user whose games you think deserves more attention?
Tallsaul one of the few users who contributes well made quizzes to the Biology subcategory.