The Sporcle Curator’s Guide
Congratulations on becoming a Sporcle curator! This guide will lead you through your new responsibilities and privileges that are now available to you on Sporcle. Review it at your leisure and keep it handy to refer back to as questions arise.
We also encourage all curators to take some time to review the Sporcle Curator’s Guide Supplement. This will provide many more tips, suggestions and recommendations to support you as you begin your curatorship.
Requirements for being a Curator
- We strongly suggest that you make a minimum of 1 pick per week or 4 picks per month. We realize some categories may have a small amount of content and may be seasonal. The availability of quality quizzes, which can vary depending on the subcategory, should dictate the number of picks. However, assuming that there are quality quizzes available, making regular picks is key to being a good curator.
- When commenting in others’ games, your comments and criticism must be both supportive and constructive.
How to make a Curator Pick
The most important responsibility of a curator is choosing games as Curator Picks. Making a game a Curator Pick separates it from the dozens of other games that are contributed each day and tells the rest of the Sporcle community that it’s a game worthy of their attention. Curator Picks maintain higher visibility, increasing the number of plays a quiz may get and giving them a higher profile.
You can make a curator pick by going to the Game Creation Center. Curators have a special option available to them called Nominate Game. Clicking on the ‘Nominate Games’ tab takes you to the nominate page. On the upper left-hand portion of that page, you’ll see a box like the one below. This is where you make a curator pick
To make a quiz into a Curator Pick simply copy the URL of the quiz into the appropriate space. You may add a message about the game in the optional lower box. If you choose not to enter a message, simply click on the lower box but do not add text. Once you have copied in the text and added a message about the quiz (if you so choose*), then click on the “Nominate this game” tab and your Curator Pick is complete.
*Please note: If you do not choose any text, the quiz’s ‘Can you name the…’ text for the quiz will be used by default.
If you make a typographical error in the message box, go to the right-hand box, remove the pick, then remake it with the correct message.
How to Find Curator Picks
Picks should not only be made because “you liked it” but also whether it is well-constructed, and accurate. “Would this game be appealing to players attracted to the subcategory?” is the key question. Occasionally, games which are more geared to experts can be rotated into your picks.
Here are four ways to look for quizzes which might be suitable candidates for a CP:
- Review the games recently released which appear on your Subcategory Tag page.
- Review the games recently released on the main Category pages (i.e.,Categories where games with your subcategory are usually released). Quite often, contributors do not apply tags to games which clearly fit a given subcategory, and may be worthy of a CP. Scanning the titles of recent games, you’ll occasionally spot some of these – and if they are CP-worthy, you can add the appropriate tag (Click on ‘Tags’ under the Extras heading at the bottom of the game page.)
- Periodically scan through archived quizzes within your subcategory tag to see if any worthy games may have been overlooked.
- It is OK to periodically CP your own games, provided the game in question is worthy of a Curator Pick, and not merely a way to promote yourself.
In addition, it may be worthwhile to peek at quizzes which were previously published, EP’d, and CP’d. This way you’ll be able to avoid duplication when you are considering making picks; and you may get a good idea of what types of quizzes were subsequently well-received per their comments and ratings.
Other Curator Duties:
- Providing solid, helpful and supportive feedback. New users may look to Curators for assistance in formatting quizzes and improving their experience in game play. Try to make your comments positive and instructive where possible. It’s ok to proactively make some simple “tweaking” suggestions to a contributor if you feel they are a necessary prerequisite to making a pick. Be sure to bookmark those games so you can follow up.
- Mentoring. This is not a requirement of the position, but it IS an inevitable by-product of the manner in which you comment in game, or how you respond if you are contacted via e-mail (which is optional; if you’ve posted it on your profile page). Many a “newbie” has become a talented and prolific contributor partly owing to assistance they received from curators early on.
- Make suggestions. We are constantly striving to improve the experience of people taking quizzes and making quizzes at Sporcle. Your feedback on ways to improve that experience is very helpful.
Staying in touch:
There are a number of ways to maintain contact with Sporcle HQ and with your fellow Curators. Among them are;
- Sporcle Groups: As a curator, a great way to connect and share ideas with other curators, editors, and staff is through Sporcle Groups. All curators should join the Sporcle Curators group here. Curators should also monitor any key groups related to their curatorship. Once you acclimate yourself to Sporcle Groups, feel free to jump into conversations, make suggestions, and offer any ideas you might have.
- Email: Marie and Mark can regularly be reached by email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.