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 high school, I was involved in a high school trivia competition called Reach for the Top which I believe is unique to Canada. (In fact, beloved Canadian Alex Trebek hosted a television version back in the 1960s, as evidenced by this clip of him looking unsettlingly young). My team’s coach had been a Sporcle user for several years, and she suggested we check the site out to help us strengthen our grasp on the subjects we specialized in. As soon as I made an account, I was hooked (although I found myself more drawn to quizzes about musicals and word puzzles than the stuff I was supposed to be studying).
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
After being an avid Sporcler for so many years, I was excited to get more involved by becoming a curator. Of the subcategories open at the time, colour appealed the most because it could encompass such a broad range of quizzes. My first month of picks included a geography, a literature, and a music quiz that all fell into my subcategory. It’s always fun to check out the newest quizzes in my tag because almost anything could be awaiting me.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Researchers have found that many ancient languages have no word for the colour blue, and whether they acknowledged the existence of this colour at all is up for debate. I’m fascinated by facts like that one because they illuminate the strange subjectivity of colour–it plays such a huge role in our day-to-day lives, but there are still things about it that we don’t understand.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
I take night classes in American Sign Language at a local college, and this quiz on colours was a great study tool back in ASL 101. (It’s also a great example of how much quiz-making potential can be unlocked by using gifs.) I also love the highly original format of Colorful Bands Picture Click, and the rest of that series, though not published, is also excellent.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I’m always excited when nabean releases a new entry in her Hues Clued series. I’ve also been having a lot of fun with goc3’s Paint by Letter quizzes lately. Because they’re challenging without requiring intense focus, I burned through the whole list in one sitting while enjoying a podcast.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I stumbled on big8dog88’s series of Sudoku Picture Click quizzes a while back and fell in love, particularly with the ones featuring presidents and Dancing with the Stars contestants. The quizzes demand both celebrity recognition and logical thinking, and it’s really neat to see how combining these skills can lead to a solid score even if you’re not particularly familiar with the people in question.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’ve never been particularly active on the Sporcle forums, but I do like to keep an eye on the Contests and Collaborations group. Entering contests is a great way to put myself out there as a creator, and I love collaborative projects like Sporcle Secret Santa.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
The Sporcle messaging system is my preferred method of contact. Users are welcome to message me to consult about a quiz, suggest a CP, or chat about anything Sporcle-related.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
That’s hard to say! I generally have a better idea of whether a certain quiz I like is attracting the attention it deserves than whether a user’s entire body of work is as popular as it should be. However, one user who makes consistently great quizzes in an impressive range of formats and categories is onlyanorthernguy. Although they haven’t made many quizzes lately, their whole catalogue deserves more plays. Evita or Election? and Similar Looking Instruments are particular stand-outs.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Q: What happens when you throw a white hat into the Black Sea?
A: It gets wet!