Curator Knows Best: Scott


Scott found a hidden immunity idol once and has stayed Reality Show curator ever since.

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 Scott, curator for the Reality Shows subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I first began Sporcling around 2008–my older brother shared The US Presidents quiz, which got me hooked on the site. I shared Sporcle with some high school friends and it began to quickly spread from there. Downtime in classes was soon spent tackling quizzes with friends. I remember contributing quiz ideas through a Facebook group at that time, so you can imagine my excitement when Sporcle launched the ability to create your own quizzes way back when. My involvement with Sporcle has varied over the years, and while I’ve slowed down on quiz making, I still try to contribute quizzes to the Reality Shows subcategory.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I grew up watching reality shows–I’m a massive Survivor superfan–and wrote to Sporcle HQ in March 2013 requesting the addition of the Reality Shows subcategory. They agreed and let me serve as the curator. I’ve picked up and dropped various subcategories through the years but have held on tight to Reality Shows!

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
As a big fan of Survivor and a former fan of The Amazing Race, I think it is interesting that Phil Keoghan was shortlisted to host Survivor. Its fun to imagine an alternative universe where Phil Keoghan is snuffing torches and you have Jeff Probst hosting The Amazing Race. Of course, I have an arsenal of Survivor fun facts, but I don’t want to geek out too much!!

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
I really enjoy Reality Show quizzes that cover either multiple shows or seasons, and am also fond of quizzes that are quite playful and show creativity. I think Pokemon or RuPaul’s Drag Race? and Reality TV or Not? check both boxes.

Of course, quizzes as simple and all-encompassing as Reality Shows (A-Z) also gives users a fun mix of old and new shows.

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
There are so many awesome quizzes that are too niche to ever see the homepage, but lots of fun for reality show fans.

As mentioned in my previous answer, quizzes that draw knowledge from multiple shows really appeal to me. Reality Show Glossary quizzes users on three of the most popular reality shows. Another great quiz is Same Named Survivor Contestants by Picture as it allows even casual Survivor fans the chance to do well by including examples from so many different seasons.

In my own Reality Show quizmaking, I’ve tried to play with using different quiz types like logic puzzles, crosswords, word ladders, and shooting galleries. Some quizzes from other users utilizing fun quiz formats include Survivor Grab Bag and Survivor Quotes (Clips).

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I mentioned loving playful and creative quizzes–which is why I love quizzes like Toddler Art or Modern Art? and Art or Not?. One series I always get excited for is the One, Two…not Three quizzes. I also am a sucker for good word games and logic puzzles.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I used to be quite active–at least an active ‘lurker’–in Sporcle University (back when it was run through Google Groups). I loved contributing quizzes to the competitions–several of which led to publishes for me. I admittedly have been much less active in groups over the last few years!

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Please send me a message! I am open for any self-promotion or nominations of other quizzes you come across. I tend to be biased with certain reality shows–especially US-based ones–and really appreciate any recommendations for shows you see getting less love (for example, RuPaul’s Drag Race… I unfortunately have only seen one season so I have a hard time judging the quiz quality!).

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I’d definitely like to give shoutouts to some of the great quiz creators in my subcategory —TBrown15 and survivorfan. A more established user who also has created several quality Reality Show quizzes–among their many other successful and clever quizzes–is Purple_Parrot.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
I will always love “Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field!”. The use of multiple wordplays makes me smile.