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?
Back in 2009, two friends of mine had a contest to see who could do better at naming the Countries of Africa. That first exposed me to Sporcle. I pretty much forgot about the site after that, until late 2012. I started playing games and very quickly became interested in creating my own quizzes, so I made an account at the start of 2013. It’s hard to believe it’s been 4+ years since then!
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I seemed to be at the right place at the right time. The positions were open, I applied, and someone was crazy enough to say “Go for it!”…on multiple occasions, no less!
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Decade: The US has never gone a decade without war since its independence, though the US Congress has declared war only 11 times.
Letter: The letter distribution in Scrabble was determined through studying and calculating the frequency of letters as they appeared on the front page of The New York Times.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Decade: Same Decade, Sporclin’ Through the 90s, and Historically Small US States are some of my favorite quizzes and show the diversity of topics covered by the Decade subcategory.
Letter: Five-Letter Word by Pattern, Countries – A, P, R, I, L, F, O, O, L, S, and Word Overlaps are just a small sample of the wide array of clever games in the Letter subcategory.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
The reason I award CPs to particular quizzes is because there is something special about each quiz. It’s too hard to pick only a few from the long list of quizzes I have come across in my subcategories, so I suggest you look through my list of recent Decade and Letter picks.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I am always up for good word ladders and other word-based games. I especially love betraisefold’s Laddyrinth series. And you can never go wrong with a classic like Countries of the World.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are TONS of talented quizmakers, but needapausebutton in particular goes so far above-and-beyond in every aspect of the site—including quiz making—that I can only hope that others continue to appreciate all of his hard work and effort.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
What do you call an
Elephant that doesn’t matter?
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.