Curator’s Corner: What Makes a Good Curator Pick?

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What is a Curator Pick?

Before we go any further, make sure you know what a curator is. Also, before we get into what makes a good curator pick, we should do a quick review on what a curator pick even is.

A curator pick gives a certain amount of notoriety to a quiz on Sporcle. A curator pick (CP) highlights a quiz in a given subcategory. They are meant to be discoveries of excellent content and recognition of a quiz that has been well put together.

When a curator chooses a CP, the following things happen:

  • The quiz is highlighted on the Curator Pick Page
  • A CP tag is added to the quiz itself
  • An email is sent to the quiz-maker letting them know their quiz was selected
  • The quiz is put on the subcategory page in which it belongs.
  • It also gives the person who received the CP the Curator’s Pick badge – https://www.sporcle.com/achievements/badges/curator-pick

All in all, when a Curator gives a quiz a CP, it receives some nice exposure, and Sporcle will perhaps eventually publish it.

What makes a good curator pick?

We will go into more detail in another post about what makes a quiz good; look for our upcoming Best Practices When Making a New Quiz – coming soon. Beyond that, however, here are a few considerations curators keep in mind when making a CP.

Is the quiz original?

Generally, when a curator designates a quiz as a CP, they check to see if the quiz is original. For example, if the curator is looking at giving a quiz called Pixar Movies a CP, then they should check to see if a Pixar Movies quiz had already been made (link). Curators will search the site checking the quiz title and content, as well as different combinations of terms and spellings, to help ensure that the quiz they’re about to pick is the first of its kind. It is worth noting that sometimes the original quiz made on a topic is beyond repair. If that is the case, the curator may consider a better, non-original quiz.

Has the quiz already been CPd and/or EPd?

A single quiz can get multiple CPs. But, for the most part, curators try not to CP quizzes that have already been recently CP’d or EP’d (Editor Picked). For example, if a curator for Harry Potter gave the quiz a pick, but that same quiz also appeared in the Young Adult, the Young Adult curator should wait a while before considering that quiz for a pick.

Is the quiz meant for a larger audience?

There are instances where a quiz-maker creates a quiz but does not intend it for a larger audience. This could be an inside joke, a study guide, or some other type of educational quiz. This doesn’t mean that a curator should not make this type of quiz a CP, but it does mean that the quiz-maker may not be open to revising or improving the quiz for easier playability.

How responsive is the quiz-maker?

Often, curators will message quiz-makers or leave comments on their quizzes with helpful insights or guidance on their quizzes. Another factor curators consider when they choosing CPs is how responsive the quiz-maker is to that feedback. It doesn’t mean that the quiz-maker has to take everything the curator says as gospel, but it does mean that they should be receptive and communicative. Even if a quiz-maker doesn’t respond to a comment or a message, it can make a difference if they responded by taking action on their quiz (i.e. implemented a suggested correction).

Finally, it is good to remember that these are just guidelines for curators when it comes to making a pick. In the end, when curators pick CPs, they ask themselves the following question: Was the quiz fun to play and well put together? On Sporcle, fun goes a long way.

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