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?
Years after the fact, I remembered a geography test in which we seventh graders were given a blank sheet of paper and asked to draw the countries of the world. I wanted to try something like that again and came across the famous Countries of the World quiz. It brought back the student in me, and I determined to ace it. Though I didn’t become a member until later, that was the quiz that got me hooked.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I had been playing Bible quizzes, and one day, I happened to see the opening for the position. It kind of stopped me in my tracks. I hadn’t before understood that the editors and curators come from the active community, and the idea that I could contribute in this way to one of my favorite subjects on the site was exciting, humbling, and terrifying. After mustering up the courage for a few days, I decided to apply. A while later, I picked up Verse. It’s been great to cultivate both with a bird’s-eye view to reduce overlap and expand each subcategory to include more creativity in format and approach of subject matter.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
The Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years in three different languages by 40 different authors from three continents. Shepherds, kings, scholars, fishermen, prophets, a military general, a cupbearer, and a priest wrote about history, laws, poetry, prophecy, and proverbs from palaces, prisons, the wilderness, and places of exile. Given the number of topics contained within its pages, the Bible is, in a way, the shortest book in the world. That’s pretty remarkable.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Without a doubt, I have played Bible Top 200 more than anything else. As for Verse, I was glad to see christopherjulia’s The Bible, Translated published recently.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Perfect scores on goc3’s Common Biblical Passages series require an ambient knowledge of each book, but the 50/50 format works well for Sporclers of all Bible familiarity levels. Also, scole9179’s Bible Verses playlist features some great Quick Picks.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Both emberly13’s Clickable Conspiracies and babymonkee’s Odd But True series translated into hours of Wikipedia tours for me. I’ve also played nearly all of partyprincess14’s Baby Names playlists.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Mostly, I lurk about the General Discussion threads.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Though I try to follow up on threads and comment mentions, I prefer messages in my personal inbox for longer conversations about quiz tweaks and troubleshooting. Don’t be shy! It has been my pleasure to work with people of all sorts of religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
gazzso’s creativity never disappoints, particularly Build New York City: A History Challenge, and while there’s no statistic to reflect how patient, insightful, and downright delightful needapausebutton, Aprilli, JoeBeta, sufradley, FreeWorld85, Scuadrado, Yacht, Tom_the_Terrible, triplet_3, Hejman, bowsntoys, and geshmonkey are as quiz mentors, I can only heartily encourage others to glean from their exemplary contributions in as many ways as possible.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Need an ark? I Noah guy.
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.