This is part of the Sporcle blog’s long-running a series highlighting 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?
I was looking for a quiz where I could name countries. I found Sporcle’s great quiz and I discovered more and more, and now I’m the curator for three great subcategories and a complete nerd (in a good way :D).
2) What are your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Elements – Just saying the periodic table is boring, I love ones involving elements in other ways like this quiz about elements in me right now. This 60 second blitz helped me discover einsteinium too. Maths – No matter how much I try, I can never get passed 141 on the digits of pi quiz, but I prefer pie. I also like the maths quizzes where you are tested on speed. Easter – Easter isn’t a very wide subcategory, there aren’t very many quizzes published in it, but I like this word ladder quiz because it is one of Sporcle’s best features mixed with the easter theme.
3) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Elements – My very first curator pick for elements was this quiz by mrsmith, a great quizmaker, because I am addicted to codewords and it wasn’t too challenging. Maths – Like I said earlier, I like quick math quizzes, and this one testing the ability to keep track of time, not click anywhere wrong and do maths is a great quiz. The other math quizzes similar to that are also quite good. Easter – Instantly, my decision is this quiz that brought Sporcle into the 21st century, it is where you are given a qr code and have to use your smartphone to answer the clue, very good and very fun.
4) What are your favorite published quizzes from an entirely different category?
5) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from an entirely different category?
All of darinh’s geography quizzes, mainly the coverage ones but every few weeks he will release a flash game, some are good, some aren’t, but they are all fun.
6) Are there any quizzes you’ve made that didn’t get the attention you were hoping for?
I posted a list of quizzes like that on the shameless self-promotion thread on the Sporcle University Google group. They include my best quiz, and are mostly geography.
7) Who’s a user whose games you think deserves more attention?
I have mentioned both of my favourite authors in the above questions, darinh and mrsmith, they make outstanding quizzes which are great in their own way (I’m amazed darinh’s games haven’t been published yet, they’re amazing).