If you’ve been around Sporcle for a little while, you’ve probably seen a few This or That quizzes. If you haven’t, This or That quizzes usually consist of a series of hints which you must then classify into one category or another.
- In Marvel or DC, for example, users are given a comic book character as a hint, and then must decide if that character appears in Marvel or DC.
- In Gandalf or Dumbledore, the hint is a quote from one of the two wizards, and users must then pick who said it.
- In another example, Drug or Pokémon, you’re given a name, and then must decide if it is a Drug or a Pokémon.
The possibilities for This or That quizzes really are endless. Making these quizzes can be a bit tricky, though. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Here are some basic guidelines for setting up a This or That quiz of your own.
First things first, head over to the Quiz Management Dashboard and click the orange ‘Create a Sporcle Quiz’ button. You’ll be prompted for some basic information about your quiz.
You’ll want to give your quiz a good title that is representative of what your quiz is going to be about. Don’t worry if you’re unsure what to call your quiz, you can easily change the title later.
If your quiz has already been made by another user, it will display in the ‘Similar Games’ box below.
In the ‘Game Type’ drop-down menu, choose ‘Classic’ (NOTE: Users have gotten creative and utilized other quiz types to make This or That quizzes, but for this tutorial we’ll focus on the standard Classic version).
After selecting your quiz type, click the ‘Create Game’ button to make your draft.
Creating Your Quiz
1. Game Info
Now that you’ve created the game, you’ll start off in the ‘Game Info’ tab. Here, you can edit your game description, set the game timer, and pick the appropriate Sporcle category for your quiz.
2. Enter the Data
Now you’re ready to enter some data for your quiz. For This or That quizzes, this is where things can get a little tricky.
In the first column, you will enter your quiz hints. This might be a character, name, quote, whatever. We’ll use the Marvel or DC quiz as an example. In this case, all the hints are character names.
Once you’ve added your hints, it’s time to add your answers. Every answer should be either one thing or another, depending on what your quiz is about (hence the name, This or That). Using our Marvel or DC example, notice that all the answers are just that (Marvel or DC).
NOTE: Typing out full answers can be tiresome to players, especially if there are many questions in the quiz. For this reason, we suggest allowing users to enter single characters to answer. If you look at the Marvel or DC quiz above, you’ll notice DC answers have a ‘/D’ after them, and Marvel answers have a ‘/M’. Whatever is before the slash is what will display on the quiz, but anything after the dash will be an accepted answer. So for this quiz, all you need to type is either ‘D’ or ‘M’ to answer. It might seem like a small thing, but trust us, quiz players will thank you for doing it.
3. Wrong Answers
Since most This or That quizzes only have two possible answers, it isn’t much fun if the quiz doesn’t penalize you for getting a question wrong. To add wrong answers to your quiz, copy and paste all your quiz hints so that they appear exactly the same once more in the data tab (i.e. For Marvel or DC, each character show should up as a hint twice).
Each answer for these second set of hints should have some sort of display answer, followed up with a slash and the WRONG answer. In the third column, enter in ‘ee’.
Here is a visual to help illustrate:
In the example above, entering in ‘M’ for a character that is really DC will result in a message that says, ‘Sorry that’s DC’, and you will get that question wrong in the quiz.
Here is one more example from another This or That quiz:
Now that you have your data all squared away, there are some important boxes to check in the ‘Options’ tab.
Make sure that the box next to ‘Force answers in order’ is checked. This will ensure that users go through the quiz one question at a time.
You’ll also want to make sure that ‘Accept single character answers’ is checked. This will allow users to enter single character answers, like we talked about above.
Now that you’ve taken care of the important stuff, you can spend some time fine-tuning your quiz. Add some color, play around with the formatting, add tags so users can find it more easily, etc. Sometimes it’s the little things that can really make an ordinary quiz into something special.
Now get busy making quizzes!
Mark Heald is an Associate Product Manager and Sporcle Admin. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and bemoaning the fact the Sonics left Seattle.