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?
I read the Harry Potter series to my daughter when she was young and so to thank me for those many long nights of bedtime reading, she would later introduce me to Sporcle. (I guess to test my reading retention skills). Come to find out there were a great many holes in my trivia knowledge that needed to be filled. That was sometime in late 2009. I created an account in August of 2010 and began contributing quizzes in May 2013.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
My son and I had been fans of The Walking Dead since its first season, so when the Walking Dead category was opened I jumped at the opportunity to curate. I really hadn’t been thinking about curating, but the moment seemed right. Later, when the Lost category became available, I had to apply. As with my other Sporcle decisions, it was based on family experiences. Lost was the first TV show that my kids joined my wife and I in watching together.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
In both shows, a bad guy with an eye patch kills off a fan favorite.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
There hasn’t been really enough of a sample published to get beyond the basic “name the characters” quizzes for either subcategory. Perhaps LOST Characters by Their Eyes. The quiz is well laid out and meaningful since eyes seemed to play a big role in the series.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Now here, there are a ton of quizzes that deserve recognition and plays.
Lost: In the LOST subcategory just a couple of examples are; The LOST Periodic Table by needapausebutton and LOST Musical Scenes (Picture Click) by beisaa.
The Walking Dead: The Walking Dead Logic Puzzle by mwl4h9 and Shoot all the Zombies by Geoff_Clark are both nicely done and fun in completely different ways.
I do have to give one shout-out to my son. He’s started contributing recently and one of his first contributions was, of course, a Lost quiz–LOST: Episode 1 Scene Order.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I really like the Blind Secret Country series by goc3. They require an almost perfect ratio of geography knowledge to puzzle skills to do well, and they just look good.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
My Sporcle activities mainly revolve around curating my categories and badge hunting, though I do play lots of quizzes in the lab. I may occasionally see whats new in the Badge Talk group or the General Discussion group, but chat rooms aren’t really my scene.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Message me–I’ve gotten around to playing (or at least have attempted to play) every single contributed quiz in my curated categories, so if your quiz is tagged properly, I’ll find it. But feel free to contact me if you believe I’ve missed something.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
A guy is late for an important meeting, but he can’t find a place to park. In desperation, he begins to pray. “Please Lord, if you help me find a parking space right now, I promise to go to church every Sunday and never drink again!” A moment later, he sees a perfect empty spot right next to the entrance. “Never mind. Found one!”
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.