Curator Knows Best: Toby123


This is bound to be the most Popular edition yet!

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 Toby123, curator for the Cricket and Popular subcategories.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I was actually randomly searching for some Simpsons Trivia on a rainy summer’s day during my break from school. I of course stumbled across The Simpsons on Sporcle, and had a browse of the site. When I saw that you could create your own quiz, I signed up immediately and here I am almost 7 years later!

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
When I started making Sporcle quizzes, I always spoke quite a lot to various curators in different subcategories about how to make my quizzes better. After I’d been creating for a while, I decided it would be pretty cool to take on a bit of responsibility myself, and to help others like various curators had helped me! As a massive cricket fan, and lover of all things popular culture, my decision to apply for the roles I have was an easy one!

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Cricket: The Ashes always belongs to England – sort of. As the Ashes Urn is too fragile to travel, it remains housed at the MCC museum at Lord’s, having only been taken to Australia twice since 1929 in 1988 and on tour with the MCC in 2006-07!

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Cricket: bazmerelda’s Cricket Fielding Positions has to be a favourite, as it’s always a useful tool for revising before the season starts, along with Test Match Run Scorers–especially as the quiz is always kept up to date and is interesting to redo after another summer of cricket!
Popular: I’m a massive fan of triplet_3’s Foods That Are… series and, of course, who doesn’t love playing Dog Breeds by Puppies, especially as it’s a perfect quiz to play with my younger siblings!

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Cricket: I really love English Cricketer Or English Village?, and Cricket Umpire Signals – Map deserves more recognition! I have to mention Cricket Venn Diagram too as I love the format and concept–it would be great to see more quizzes like these!
Popular: The Baby Names quizzes are always fun to play, and there are so many on Sporcle to play that it’s difficult to choose just one or two! I have to mention a quiz I only came across recently–Popular People on Wikipedia Born in the UK, and there’s a whole playlist to play your way through!

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I really love Mixed Word quizzes, and one of my all-time favourites has to be needapausebutton’s Mixed Word: Clues in the Style of Their Answers, along with Famous… with Mouth-Eyes! which makes me laugh every time. Of course, how can I not mention Countries of the World despite the peferct score still being a way off!

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I don’t really look on Sporcle Groups as much as I used to, but when I do I tend to read any self-promotion threads–I think it’s a great way of finding great quizzes from users you might not always ‘see around’ on Sporcle!

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
I always read my messages on here, so that’s a good way of getting in touch! I’m always happy to play quizzes in my categories, and there’s no shame in a bit of self-promo!

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are loads of great quiz makers in my categories, but I’d have to say that wallstreet29ers deserves more attention, along with emmafrisbee who has some really good quizzes in the Popular subcategory. I’d also have to say that TheCleverone is always a user whose quizzes I really enjoy!

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Why did the chewing gum cross the road? Because it was stuck to the chicken.