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?
Some website I was on (I don’t remember which one) brought me to the Car Logos quiz, which I enjoyed playing. I looked around more and found the Countries of the World quiz, which happened to coincide with a recent decision to learn all the countries of the world. Soon I had deeply engraved all 196 (and now 197) in my memory and needed more of a challenge, so I memorized the Capitals of the World, followed by the Flags. By the end of it all, I wanted to create quizzes of my own, so I got an account and the rest is history.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
One day I was browsing a profile to look for other quizzes made by that contributor and I noticed some text notifying that the user was a curator, which intrigued me as I had never heard of a curator before then. That encounter led me to do a little research, and I discovered that a curatorship seemed like a pretty cool gig. Fast-forward a few months to when I was anxious to increase my presence in Sporcle-land, so I finally decided to pick up the Alphabet subcategory because I was already pretty knowledgeable. I would soon add also the Logo subcategory because logos were one of my favorite subjects (hence why my first quiz was a logo quiz). Now I love my ‘mini-job’ and have been curating ever since.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
This one comes from the logo subcategory. A lot of people have seen the what the Toblerone logo looks like, but most don’t realize that there is a bear hidden in the mountain. Even fewer people realize that the bear is a nod to the city where Toblerone was invented: Bern, Switzerland, the “City of Bears”. The mountain is the Matterhorn, another nod to Toblerone’s birthplace.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Alphabet: citkeane‘s Alphabet Soup, sproutcm‘s Alphabet Anarchy, and BillyJoelRulez‘s Alphabetical Threesomes.
Logo: RobPro‘s Honest Logos, Derek‘s classic Car Logos, and Slinenfest‘s Angry Brands.
And, satisfying both subcategories, I also need to give a shout-out to needapausebutton‘s Hidden Logos (A-Z Slideshow) which he so very kindly made for me as a Christmas gift!
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Alphabet: bhenderson79‘s Connect the Dots: Lord of the Rings, mvs‘s Does it Mix with ‘OIL’?, and Stanford0008‘s Alphabet Challenge Map.
Logo: HPGirl‘s 50 Logos of America, slipkid‘s Images ‘Hidden’ in Logos, and survivor‘s Logo Anagrams.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
The user JackDots hasn’t been making quizzes for long, but the recent ones are good quality, so he/she deserves some more attention.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Haikus can be fun
But sometimes they don’t make sense