In the last edition of Curator’s Corner, we discussed how to go about commenting directly onto a quiz. In this edition, we’ll explore two other ways to communicate with quiz makers: e-mail and direct message. First, let’s talk about direct messaging.
One of the nice things about direct messaging is that you don’t tie up space on the quiz; however, you do lose the benefit of having other quiz makers see your feedback. Also, Curator’s will often choose to send direct messages because they are not comfortable commenting directly on the quiz and would rather have a more private discussion. Oftentimes, this is the case when you are giving feedback to veteran contributors, fellow curators, and editors.
So, if you’re just not comfortable commenting directly on the quiz itself, no worries! You can always send a direct message. Do what feels best to you.
Using Direct Messaging for Comment Follow-ups
You’ve made a comment on a quiz, but you still have a lot more feedback to offer. In this case, go ahead and send a direct message. Send a message reintroducing yourself and explain why you are reaching out to them. Perhaps you are clarifying a comment you made on their quiz, or perhaps you have a few more points would like to make. Either way, this is a great chance to explain your thinking in greater detail.
Much like direct messaging, you can use e-mail to explain your quiz making pointers in greater depth, and you will be able to save and organize your communications more easily than in the messaging system.
While we never require you to post your e-mail address on your profile, if you are comfortable using it then you can oftentimes avoid bombarding the comment sections, and you don’t have to worry about the possibility of losing track of your message interactions.
We generally recommend that you do not discuss quizzes via e-mail until you are familiar with the quiz maker, or you are aware that they would prefer to communicate that way. Otherwise, an email stating that you would like to talk about their quiz may seem a bit strange, and the quiz maker may not be sure where you are coming from.
One exception to this guideline may be when you come across an amazing quiz that needs some feedback that would be far to lengthy to discuss in the comments section. In this case, it may be best to first send a direct message and agree to move the conversation to e-mail.
Note: We do not recommend that you post your e-mail address in the comments section of a quiz.
If a communication calls for an e-mail, be sure to first send an introductory e-mail and explain why you are contacting them.
I’m [curator name], the curator for Sporcle’s _____ subcategory. I’m reaching out to you because I noticed that you had made your e-mail address available on your profile page. I’m a fan of your new quiz _____ and would like to offer some suggestions. My purpose as curator is to empower my fellow contributors, and in this case, I’d hope to help you enhance your quiz.
My feedback is a bit complicated, which is why I did not choose post it in the quiz comment section. If you are up for having a chat, let me know.
Hopefully, these last two editions of Curator’s Corner have given you some tips on how, when, and why to use particular communication methods. If you have any questions, comments, or points that we missed, please feel free to hit us up in the comments section.
Matthew Groner is a Staff Writer for Sporcle. He enjoys foraging for gourmet mushrooms and calculating the odds of the Kansas City Chiefs winning a Super Bowl in his lifetime.