Curator Knows Best: hcd199

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The vinyl version of this post has a hidden question on the runout groove


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.

This week we feature hcd199, curator for the Album subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Sometime around 2009, I was searching for trivia games online about various topics of interest, and Sporcle seemed to be one of the better ones. As far as I remember, I created an account here the day that I realised I could create games as well as play them, only to not visit the site again for a couple of months. Since then, I’ve slowly become more and more involved.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I’d been considered taking up a curatorship for some time, but was also quite hesitant about it; I nearly applied for one when vacancies were listed in the Groups, but decided against it at the time. When I finally decided to take one up, Album seemed like it would be interesting to curate, as well as being a subcategory broad enough that it really oughtn’t to have been vacant. I’ve only been doing it a couple of months, but it’s been enjoyable so far.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Hard to choose a favourite with this kind of thing, but one story that I liked was that the track Train In Vain was a late addition to London Calling, so its existence was only disclosed to listeners in the runout groove on the final side of the second LP. The “hidden track” as a whole has been of interest to me since owning a Five album as a kid which had a hidden “track 55”; it will be interesting to see whether artists continue to include hidden content in the era of digital downloads and streaming services (perhaps more tracks hidden in the pregap?).

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
rockgolf‘s “combination lock” concept is a great one generally, but it works particularly well in the context of tracks from the same album. I’m especially fond of Combination Lock: ’90s Albums. Albums – First Words from paranoid_android is a fun challenge also.

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I enjoyed this recent one from hatefulmissy about artists’ final studio albums: Singer by Last Studio Album Released Before Death. Another good quiz is manonthemoon‘s 2 Albums, 2 Decades.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Being a massive Doctor Who fan, I greatly enjoyed SapphireStage‘s Doctor Who Video Clips (no matter how frustrating it was to miss out on a perfect score on the final clip!), and bazmerelda‘s Cricket Fielding Positions is always fun to play too. And really, it’d be remiss of me not to mention Countries of the World, given how many times I’ve played it (a fair few more than are listed on my profile).

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I wouldn’t say I frequent any one group more often than another; for the most part, I just tend to browse Recent Discussions.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Anyone who wants (or needs) to get in touch with me, for whatever reason, can make contact through Sporcle Messages; I’m happy to help with any questions people might have!

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I could honestly list pretty much every regular Music Clip quiz contributor here, because making them often requires investing a lot of time and effort, but the results are so incredibly good! To single out one Sporcler from that group who’s yet to hit the front page, I have always enjoyed phil_quiz‘s contributions.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Ten second haiku
Just write what comes straight to mind
There! I have finished.

Pearl Wellington

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.

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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.