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?
Once upon a time, I’d spend countless hours “predicting” the outcome of “Top 100” or “Greatest of All Time” lists. When AFI or TV Guide or Rolling Stone Magazine, etc., put out their lists of Greatest Films or TV Characters or Best Albums Ever, I’d take great care NOT to look at them, but instead scribble onto notepads who I thought would be the answers. I’d be stoked if I could come up with, say, 90 to 95% of them on my own. One day a sports site link led me to this quiz: Bill Simmons’ Basketball Pyramid–I instantly got hooked on playing dozens of Sporcle “Best” quizzes. This led to my joining, and eventually, my own homage quiz, ‘Best’ List Bonanza.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I was the first curator for Classical which I saw as an opportunity to help spotlight clip quizzes and assist quiz-makers. I then added Missing Word hoping to uncover games off the beaten path for Daily Dose. Next was lobbying for the creation of, and designing my great love, the Word Play subcategory. I eagerly gobbled up the April Fools’ curatorship when it opened up, and it is the one I’ve kept since becoming an editor & moderator. My appreciation for Curators has led to me devoting most of my time on the site to their development & training in various ways.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
You really trust me to provide a straightforward answer to that?
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Try The New Spοrcle 2.0 Features – Beta by MrChewypoo
April Fools Typing Challenge (Words & Phrases) by Probo11
Find the Element Spelled Correctly by strags11
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Triple Clue Phrases by skuban
Oddly Anagrammed Historical People by wiggytitch
Let’s Draw the US Borders by kfastic (That quiz brought up fond memories of time spent in my childhood with my sister. We had a large wooden-piece puzzle of the United States, and for more of a challenge, we spent hours and hours identifying the state-pieces one at a time, with our eyes closed, solely by the feel of their edges and borders).
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Easier to say that there are only a few I visit less than a dozen times per day 🙂
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Any Sporcler can Message me any time about anything.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
How to keep this list under 100….. I’ll just say I believe that every Curator deserves to have their Contributed Quizzes page reviewed at least on a semi-regular basis for hidden gems, niche quizzes for just the right time, or any quizzes on par with those published. Until you’ve been a curator or collaborated with many of them you just can’t appreciate the scope of their devotion and investment in time.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Dad’s puns were so bad
Grimace with your rolling eyes
I learned from the best!
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.