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?
In the summer of 2010, a friend at work, well aware that I enjoy such things, told me about a quiz site he thought I would like called Sporcle. I checked it out, and obsession soon followed. I was content just to play a lot at first, but my son convinced me to start making quizzes, so I joined up in 2011 and have been (over-)active ever since.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I love movies, and I love lists, and the Oscars are a natural fit for both of those things. When I got to the point where I thought I knew enough about making quizzes to start helping other people with them, I looked around to see what curatorships were available. I was amazed to see that Oscar was unoccupied, so I threw my hat in the ring and was selected.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
The only Oscar-winning Oscar is Oscar Hammerstein II, for Best Song in 1941 and 1945.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Sometimes an obvious and elegant idea seems to fall from the sky, and that’s how I felt when I played aseligstein’s Oscar Noms: First Name’s the Same. I literally hit myself in the head for not having thought of it myself. Also, since film is fundamentally a visual medium, and because I love a good slideshow (that’s a hint to all of you wannabe Oscar CP recipients), I have a special appreciation for nscox’s Best Visual Effects by Picture and manonthemoon’s They Didn’t Win Best Picture.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
B_Awesome_87’s Click a Movie Initially playlist isn’t entirely Oscar-themed, and thankfully at least a couple of them have been published, but enough of them are Oscar-based to merit a mention here. In the best tradition of the long-form list-as-many-as-you-can-think-of style of quizmaking, I also thoroughly enjoyed rockgolf’s Most Oscar Acting Nominations by Director (Up to 2017).
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I absolutely love MrChewypoo’s Regurgitated Classic Rock Clips. I’ve enjoyed all of NO_r_WAY’s Fake Toys quizzes immensely. bhenderson79’s Paint by Trivia: The Beatles was really special. I don’t know if that was the first one of that style that he created, but it was the first one I saw, and it blew my mind.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I glance in at several of them, but General Discussion seems to occupy most of my time.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Sporcle messaging is far and away the most reliable way to get my attention.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Tobsodan has made some really nice Art Gallery picture clicks that have gotten a few Editor picks, but no publications. Pushcake has finally started to gain some momentum, but still may be undervalued. hatefulmissy is certainly established, but I would love for her splendid Vintage Advertisement quizzes to get more attention.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
How do you turn a duck into a soul singer? Put it in the oven until its bill withers.
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.