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?
Unlike most Sporclers, I haven’t been hooked on a quiz. I did google for quizzes to play, but once I reached the website, the first thing I did is read FAQ, blog and other texts and created an account before playing any quiz. I was amazed by the options available, the well thought-out structure of Sporcle, and only later found out that the quality of quizzes and the community match the idea. It was a love at first sight.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
Puzzle: After my first three or four months of active quiz making, I felt that I could contribute even more in a Curator role and after a slight nudge from one of the pillars of the Sporcle community, bowsntoys, I decided to apply for the Puzzle subcategory, as it’s a place for some of the most creative quizzes.
Africa: After several months as a Curator, I got accustomed to the role and decided to take another subcategory. As Geography is my favourite category, I applied for Africa and Europe and was accepted for the first one.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Puzzle: I’m not sure if it’s fact or fiction, but I was always amused by a story that tells how the first crossword puzzles were played by a prisoner who used the shade of the window bars for squares to put the letters in. I guess the fact that the shade was moving is some kind of an ancient time limit.
Africa: Absolute favorite is that Africa is much larger than the world map (Mercator projection) shows, especially in comparison to Canada. Take your world map out and ponder this: Africa at 30.2 million square kilometers is more than three times larger than Canada (9.1 million square kilometers).
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Puzzle: One cannot appreciate enough the amazing mind of sproutcm in his Sporcle Puzzle Hunt, a series of puzzles I enjoyed very much. I’ve also enjoyed NYYanks‘s Picture Click Logic Puzzle III: Circular Grid which really pushes players’ minds to their limits. Also, the incredible idea and execution by rockgolf in his Sporcle Crossword: Deal With It.
Africa: Love this clickable quiz made by Treverbeast454: African Countries by Borders. Another classic is Unidentifiedkiwi‘s African Metros over 1,000,000, a quiz that shows how neglected this continent is in terms of common knowledge. Countries of Africa Without Outlines made by the brilliant kfastic is a quiz you can play over and over. There are many others of course.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Puzzle: I’m sure these will not stay contributed-only for too long: ★ Star Maze 2! ★ by AuroraIllumina, Treazer‘s Faulty Digital Clock Puzzle and sproutcm‘s Multicolor Paint-by-Numbers 1.
Africa: There are more than just a few, but I highly recommend checking on Scuadrado‘s African Great Lakes (Picture Click), geshmonkey‘s ☢ Armageddon! ☢ — African Capitals, timmylemoine1‘s Isogram Capitals of Africa (Pic Click) and Historical Flags of Africa made by Prussian_Fool.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Just click on bhenderson79, close your eyes and randomly click on a link. Personally, I hope you’ll click on Evolutionary Word Tree, but you can’t go wrong. Another fascinating quiz is 100 Things Worth ‘Giving’ by needapausebutton, and ladder lovers should definitely check out teedslaststand‘s The Solar System Ladder.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’m not sure. I frequently check the Recent Discussions page and pick topics more on the title than on the group itself. I always make sure that a How-to question doesn’t remain unanswered.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
In person. Anyone visiting Novi Sad should message me. Beer’s on me. If such a trip is for some unknown reason not on your schedule, feel free to shoot me a message on Sporcle, whether you need to discuss things or need advice on a quiz. I also support self-promotional messages – alert me if you’d like me to take a look at your quiz.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
It’s one of the amazing things with Sporcle–new and exciting quiz makers quickly rise to prominence, or at least, don’t get overlooked by our excellent Curator & Editor teams. Not long ago, I found my name and the names of now-established Sporclers in this section of Curator Knows Best, but times are a-changin’. The new wave brings excellent contributors fronted by pecheneg, petenge, shirleyalpha and Pushcake, who have all been making good quizzes for the past six months. It’s just a matter of time until they’ll all be well known for their work.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
-Why do you always answer my questions with a question?
-Why wouldn’t I?
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.