Curator Knows Best: rolftheoaf

(Last Updated On: March 26, 2018)


If you thought North American geography was boring, you’d be bintu-wrong

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.

This week we feature rolftheoaf, curator for the North America subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I have a lifelong passion for geography. Since winning my school’s geography bee at 13 (and making it to states), I’ve been actively searching out geography content. I don’t remember when I first found Sporcle–I started as a quiz taker many years back. I don’t think I made my account for quite a while after that.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
After making quite a few quizzes, I started interacting with the Sporcle community via the message boards. I learned the “lay of the land” around here, and decided that I could help maintain the quality our awesome users have come to expect. I love that this site is an area of the internet where knowledge comes first, and the typical “comments section” behavior has no place.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
The North America subcategory is a strange one, because I leave State, United States, and Canada quizzes to their respective curators. Most of the time, I pick Central America and Caribbean quizzes. I feel that they would be otherwise underrepresented. That being out of the way, I would say that may favorite obscure trivia from my subcategory is all the Caribbean countries and capitals. So many of the countries are so tiny, and many of the capitals are these tiny hamlets. But you still need to know them all to master North America quizzes. 🙂

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Canada, Mexico, or US Capital?
North American Countries Mix-Up
Obscure Knowledge – North American Countries
North American Challenge: Top 4 Countries
Fix the North America Map
Let’s Draw the Central American Borders
Countries of North America on a Globe
Country Capital Minefield: North America

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
There are so, so, so many great contributed quizzes for North America, I could make a list hundreds of quizzes long. Instead, I’ll point you to a few of my favorite North America quiz creators–
For a look at the nitty gritty of North American historical and human geography, play the quizzes of Aztlan_Historian. I’ve featured some of the holiday quizzes from this creator, and there’s just so much great info.
mikenew makes so much content in this category, and it’s all wonderful.
I’ve featured all of Pastor_Maldonado‘s Anything but series in the Americas. It’s fun stuff.
timmylemoine1 has made a ton of great North America quizzes. Definitely check those out.
There’s even too many to name of these, but these creators came to mind immediately, so I guess they’ve impacted me!

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Honestly, I don’t play very much outside of geography. When I do, it’s a logic puzzle or whatever is featured that day. I do like history and science, but never got into those quizzes.

I just have a lifelong love of geography. That’s why I’m here–to showcase and enjoy great geography learning tools and try to pass on my love of geography via these great quizzes.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Right now I’m doing a lot in the Geography Talk. I’m always interested in the topics there, and play all the games. 🙂

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Hit up my Sporcle inbox. I’m checking in everyday, and messages in that inbox get forwarded to my email.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I love the quizzes of my best Sporcle buddy Pastor_Maldonado (who deserves so much credit as an inspiration and editor of my quizzes), the in-depth knowledge gained through the quizzes of Aztlan_Historian, and the stream of great quizzes from mikenew. I like zeppelinoid and mszzz quizzes for their consistent quality as well

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Intense? But we’re not even camping!

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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.