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?
It was in April of 2010 when I’ve opened my first account. My girlfriend and I stumbled upon (literally, using SU website) Countries of the World quiz. We immediately liked Sporcle and soon opened an account to track our plays. But, unfortunately, I didn’t involve myself deeper in Sporcle at that time. So, we occasionally played some quizzes, for a few days in a row a few times a year or something like that. Major twist happened last year in September when we decided to open new accounts so we could challenge each other. It hasn’t taken long for me to get addicted to badges, and they were the reason I’d created my first quiz. I had no idea that it would become so much more.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
Since I’ve quickly become familiar with how Sporcle works (picks, the role of curator/editor, publishing and so on) and I’ve played a lot of quizzes (especially Geography ones), I’ve thought maybe I could do that. Fortunately, Continent subcategory was opened for applications at that time and I applied. I couldn’t believe when I got the position. It was one of the greatest Sporcle moments for me. Recently I’ve switched from Continent to Europe since the position was opened and I wanted something more specific, and Europe subcategory is really the thing I dreamt about from the beginning. I feel a great honor that I’m now Sporcle’s curator for Europe. 🙂
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
(Random) Fact Zone: Only 1% of the items kept at the British Museum are actually on display; Europe’s highest toilet is on Mont Blanc at over 4,250 m (14,000 ft); Iceland has no mosquitoes at all; Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established in 681 AD. Oh, and probably my favorite: during Liechtenstein’s last military engagement in 1866 they sent out 80 soldiers and came back with 81. Apparently, they made a friend in Italy.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Countries, Capitals, and Flags of Europe are my all time favorites because that kind of quiz got me hooked on Sporcle. Of course, there are a lot of great and creative quizzes like Fix the Europe Map by mikenew, Where’s My Border Gone? by braverobot, the Hidden Neighbors of… series by markassonne or Invisible Countries of Europe by ruuub.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Huh, quite a few, here are some of them: Europe by Banknote (Slideshow) by william2, Google Earth : Europe Countries (Slideshow) by xyz_, Badly Drawn Flags of Europe (Slideshow) by NarwhalNukeYT, and NO_r_WAY‘s Click Europe: Peninsulas and Click Europe: Mountain Ranges.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I’ve just checked my favorites and I must admit that most of them are from the Geography category. But of course, Sporcle is full of great quizzes in other categories as well, to mention just a few: Evolutionary Word Tree by bhenderson79, Language Family By Map by Scuadrado, the Geological Landforms series by hockeystix3 and the Political Photos from the… series by megascarp.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Basically, I check only Recent Discussions at least a few times a day, so that covers whole Groups. Occasionally, if I’m offline for a day or more I’ll check General Discussion and Sporcle News in the case I missed something.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
The best way would be using Sporcle messages. I instantly get an email notification, so basically I’ll see the message in no time. Feel free to contact me if you need help with quiz creating or just advice about Europe subcategory or Sporcle in general. I’ll gladly help if I can.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
It’s hard to single out some quiz makers because I’m sure many people are giving their best to make great quizzes. Here are a few which may not be so lucky to get frequently published, and they surely deserve that: chaosBEE, gazzso, LisaSimpsonOH and Scuadrado. Check out their quizzes and playlists, you’ll find a lot of innovative, fun, informative, visually attractive and interesting stuff there.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
I play two quizzes,
before I play two quizzes,
then I play two more.
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.