Trifecta Talk: Rackie

 

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Do I smell a rat?  Also, please don’t sue me for copyrat, or for bad puns.

Hello everyone, welcome to another installment of Trifecta Talk.  This week, a certain rodent master among mankind is featured: Rackie!  Let’s scurry right in…

When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?

I first started making quizzes back in 2009, when quiz creation was first introduced. Before this point, if you had a quiz idea, you’d email HQ with suggestions. Being able to finally create your own quizzes was a big step!
Although I made a number of quizzes during the early years, it wasn’t until 2014 that I really started to put lots of effort and thought into quiz creation. I earned the Big Three as follows:
Honor Roll: March 30, 2016
Dean’s List: May 10, 2017
Crazy Ivan: June 6, 2017

What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?

I believe my first CP was for my ‘Greek alphabet backwards‘ quiz. It was early days into Curating, and I don’t think I realised it had been picked for a long time!
My first publish wasn’t until 2015, a good 6 years after making my first quiz. I remember I was at work at the cinema when I read the email, and I did a little dance around the projection booth in the cinema when I saw the email… I hope nobody was looking…

What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?

My weakest categories have always been Sports and History, as they’re the areas I have the least knowledge in. However, I managed to luck out making a series of Sports quizzes that have been popular. Religion and Holiday are always tricky, as the subjects are so narrow.
The easiest categories for me to come up with ideas for are Science and Movies, as they’re my strongest subjects. Science was somehow the last CP for my Honor Roll though!

Who helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?

I’ve had a lot of help over the years from a variety of people, two people that spring to mind first though are beforever, who gave me some advice on the quiz that eventually became my first publish, and sufradley who’s supported a lot of my Science quizzes and ended up giving me the final CP I needed for Honor Roll.

Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?

I’m not sure when I started trying to actively pursue the badges. I’d been playing Sporcle for a number of years before badges existed, so they were never my original reason for playing/creating quizzes. I enjoy ‘collecting’ though, so it was inevitable I’d eventually want to pursue them all. Now I try to keep up with the weekly releases, whilst also aiming to actively create quizzes in the areas I don’t yet have badges in.

What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?

I really enjoy positive comments people leave on my quizzes. My family also plays the quizzes I make, which is always fun to watch!

Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?

I’m proudest of Animals Narrated by David Attenborough quiz series. It’s had a relatively low number of plays over the years, but it took me a while to make them (a good couple of years after I first created the draft quiz!) and I feel like the effort paid off. The first one was also my first quiz played on SporcleTV, which was an added bonus.

Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. I don’t message curators/editors specifically asking for picks, but I do ask for advice and critiques on my quizzes. It’s always useful to have a second pair of eyes to look over a quiz, particularly if it’s in one of your weaker categories.

Thank you Rackie for the interview!  It certainly doesn’t take a genius to compute the long-standing Computer curator’s impact on the site.  

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Trifecta Talk: christopherjulia

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One time I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out, Side note: which one do you think is Christopher and which one is Julia?

Hola Sporclers, welcome to some more Trifecta Talk.  It seems we are on a sports curators streak, so let’s jump right in with an interview from Sporcleverse author and curator for NHL and Quote: christopherjulia!

When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?

First started properly November 2016: got Honor Roll really quickly (less than three months I think), then Dean’s List and Crazy Ivan both happened within a month of each other around April (might have to check that). [He earned Dean’s List February 6, 2018 and Crazy Ivan March 26, 2018.]

What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?

It was this quiz.  Thebiguglyalien picked it in Minefield. I was, as the youth say, “shook”.

What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?

I definitely struggled with Science and still do: it’s my weakest subject and has been since school. Television took a while for me to get an EP in as well due to my quizzes being a bit too specific and not broad enough. I’ve always enjoyed Literature and Geography as categories, there’s a lot you can do with them!

Who helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?

I’d say Rackie, JeluPotter25 and Pushcake really helped me churn out more content, but you’ve got to thank the whole Editing and Curating team as well, especially people like El_Dandy and needapausebutton.

Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?

I didn’t try for Honor Roll initially, it just kinda snowballed! I got a few pics in different categories quite quickly. Dean’s List and Crazy Ivan I definitely put more effort in for: I’d say Dean’s List actually took more work, as weird as that sounds.

What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?

It’s definitely fun to make something that’s new and causes people to think, I guess.

Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?

With that in mind, my When Harry Met Movie Quotes quizzes are definitely the ones I’m proudest of. You don’t actually need to know any Harry Potter to do well which makes them more accessible.

Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?

Don’t necessarily churn out quizzes for the sake of them. Find an idea that’s good and gradually add to it to make a series. MoMosMoProblemssubtitle series is a good example of this.

Thanks for taking some time on the other side of the interview, christopherjulia.  To quote ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’ (or probably a dozen other, better movies), “Not too shabby”.   Hey, at least I didn’t quote ‘Jack and Jill’.  All Adam Sandler bashing aside, thanks for the interview!

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Trifecta Talk: alinrotundu

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What do you think he’s questioning?  One may never know, I guess.

Hello everyone, welcome back to another edition of Trifecta Talk.  Today, we feature the most recent recipient of the Big Three badges, tennis curator and presumably the reason Romania has so many views on this site: alinrotundu!  I’d love to serve you up an interview, so let’s net waste any more time.

When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?

My first created quiz was on Oct 18, 2015 and I’ve got the Trifecta when I received the Crazy Ivan on May 7, 2018. So less than 3 years after I started to get a grip on quiz making.

What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?

My first curator pick, editor pick and publish came for this quiz.  My reaction when I got the first pick was strange if I’m thinking about it right now. I didn’t know what a curator/editor pick or publish means and when I read the notification with the first curator pick I was happy and started to refresh the first page to see where my quiz is. Of course I didn’t find anything there and gave up. Few days later, when I got the editor pick I was confused. I figured out that my quiz can’t get “published” twice and started to read the groups to find out what those picks means. Much later, when I got the first publish I was so happy that I remember that I did nothing at work that day. I was at work when I saw the notification and all I did that day was to refresh the quiz page and be amazed by how fast the plays on my quiz are growing.

What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?

I’m not a native English speaker and kind of it’s obvious that Language was the hardest category to crack. As for the easiest, for sure is the Geography.

Who (or what) helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?

It’s hard to say. I like the idea of badges and since when I started on Sporcle I wanted to get them all. But to get the badges which requires publishes you always need to increase your quiz making skills and to do this you need to watch what the best quizmakers do and also always to take in consideration all the feedback you receive on your quizzes.

Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?

Yes, as I already said, I like the idea of badges and started to hunt them since the beginning. Probably I started one or two days after I created my account.

What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?

This is really a difficult question. There are too many rewards and it’s hard to choose the most rewarding part. I think I’ll say that the knowledge you get when you make a quiz is the most rewarding one. You always learn new things no matter how much you already knew on any topic. I, for example, usually make a lot of research before launching my quizzes and because of this I learn a lot more when I’m creating a quiz than when I’m playing one.

Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?

I’m proud of all my quizzes, doesn’t matter if they are published or not. I am not able to choose only one. But the most close from my heart is this one about my country.

Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?

Do what you like to do. It’s important to have fun and spend quality time on Sporcle.

Once again, thanks to alinrotundu for the interview!  For a non-native speaker, I can imagine that language isn’t easy.  Still, the skill it takes to reach across categories is one of the many reasons that they has joined only a handful of other users in earning these badges.

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Trifecta Talk: bhenderson79

 

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When it comes to MSPaint cat costumes, there’s no place like bhenderson79’s profile

Hello Sporclers, today I am pleased to release my first blog post on Sporcle as part of a new series, Trifecta Talk.  The goal is to gain insight into the greatest minds of Sporcle’s Quiz Lab.  All of the interviewees will have earned the Big Three badges, Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Crazy Ivan.  Today, we feature resident Science editor, quizmaking juggernaut and cat owner bhenderson79.  Let’s tap our heels together three times and go straight to the interview!

When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?
What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?

These questions are kind of intertwined, so I’ll tackle them together.
I made my first few quizzes in March 2015, but those were really just some very niche things I made for myself. They still have almost no plays, and rightly so. :)
In October of that year, I spent a few weeks creating a puzzle hunt as a bit of a brain exercise and a way to learn the quiz creation tools. I had no expectation of anybody playing it, but it was a fun learning experience.  Later that month, I got to chatting with El_Dandy, who had enjoyed the video game quiz in my puzzle hunt and he encouraged me to make some more quizzes with wider appeal. So on Halloween 2015, for the first time I made a quiz with the hopes that other people might check it out – and it was this one.  It received both a CP and EP within the first day, and I immediately got the quiz-making bug. I churned out a ton of content in November that year and managed the Honor Roll within 23 days of my first CP. The first publish came on a Missing Word quiz a couple weeks later, which was quite exciting at the time. I believe Dean’s List happened just in shy of 3 months, and Crazy Ivan was about 8 or 9 months from that first publish.

What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?

I definitely gravitated towards Geography (like many quizmakers and players do) and Literature (due to my interest in Harry Potter trivia) early on.  I suppose, perhaps surprisingly, I feel like I struggle to get good ideas for Language quizzes – simply because it’s the category that lends itself the least towards visual/image-based quizzes, and that’s really my strong suit.

Who helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?

A ton of curators, editors, and staff members have helped a ton over the years, for sure. But I quickly developed friendships with El_Dandy, needapausebutton, and LTH – they’re my go-to guys for bouncing draft ideas and such, and they’ve all been tremendously helpful.

Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?

Oh yeah, definitely – I tried to focus on creating some compelling quiz series that were extendable across many categories as a way to help move things along. In particular, my “Clickable Sporcle Quiz Show” series did a ton of the work for me in moving towards all three trifecta badges.

What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?

I mean, I certainly love that my content gets out to the masses and a lot of people appreciate and enjoy it. But the most rewarding part is probably just having a consistent creative outlet. For my whole adult life, I’ve spent much of my free time writing and playing music. Over the past few years, band members and I have had children and don’t really find time to make that happen anymore… so sinking hours or days into crafting a Sporcle quiz has become a great replacement for that, creatively.

Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?

If I have to pick just one, I’d probably go with this one.  I always love the challenge of putting together of complex, themed word ladder. And this one also incorporates one of my favorite academic topics (evolutionary biology). I had the idea to put something together where the branches actually roughly follow Earth’s true evolutionary timeline, and didn’t know if I’d be able to make it work. It took a few days of redesign to get a sensible ladder, and I was ecstatic when I realized it would actually work!

Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?

I always advocate for quality over quantity. I feel like sinking a lot of time into crafting a really eye-popping quiz is the best way to get noticed. Most of the curators and editors do a really, really thorough job with their categories – so if you release something spectacular, it’s more-than-likely going to get recognized.

Thank you bhenderson79 for the interview!  It’s no wonder you rose through the ranks so quickly, as you have astonishing talent and an eye for detail.  And thanks to everyone who read the interview.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some clickable Quiz Shows to replay…

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Quiz of the Day: A Crossword a Day… Keeps the Cobwebs Away

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There can be something somewhat daunting about those cryptic crosswords you find skulking in the newspapers, so another Publish in this series by Qaqaq makes for a useful antidote to such ungainly beasts. The simplicity of this sixty-second word puzzle, however, should not overshadow the fact that a lot of work has gone into making this as devastatingly straightforward as it appears. In particular, the way in which the clues have been written takes a fair bit of effort, as it’s always good to give your hints a whiff of obscurity.

Also worth a nod from today’s Publishes is Click The French Speaking Countries. Fair warning: no matter how tempting it might be, you can’t click French Guiana as an answer. Quel dommage…

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Not For The Furious: 2 Fast 2 Blast

GOTCHA NOW you son of a badge.

Seriously, almost had a heart attack on the last quiz required to get it. One false move and you’ve had it: take too long and you’ve had it. It’s a tricky blighter, but it’s also mine. Geddit? ‘Cause it’s a minefield quiz? Admittedly, I’ve made better puns…

I also had the pleasure of earning Badgesplorer, which is rather fun as you play your way through lots of different Geography quizzes in lots of different subcategories in order to attain it, without necessarily needing to perform flawlessly. Sadly, we’re unlikely to see the word ‘Badgesplorer’ enter into common conversation anytime soon…

If you’ve yet to get your teeth into either badge, may I shamelessly suggest one of my latest quizzes as a warm-up? It’s both a Geography quiz and a Minefield quiz, so it’s win-win really…

Stay tuned for a review of other badges in due course!

 

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A Lull in Proceedings (this week’s Top Ten so far)

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How refreshing of you to join us, Kool-Aid Man!

Apologies for the radio silence of late, folks: it’s been a rather hectic week both physically and mentally. Rather than try and play catch-up and sift through a week’s worth of Publishes, I’ve decided to move on and tackle this week’s first.

So far this week (Monday onwards) there have been three quizzes that have caught my eye:

1. Food Mascot Blitz

Thebiguglyalien is no stranger to Sporcle’s Homepage and he’s shown why with a Blitz quiz that’s stylish, fun and challenging without being exasperating. Plus, you now have a valid excuse (as if you needed one) to yell “OH YEAH”, Kool-Aid Man style.

2. Never Relocated (NFL)

On the one hand, it’s always pleasing to see someone getting their first Publish (congrats Viktrodriguez) – on the other hand, who knew the history and location of the Baltimore Ravens could be so contentious?

3. Click the Baltic Sea Countries

Do I like this Quiz by PrincessMartell because of its stunning visuals; its challenging time limit; or the pun Sporcle made about Finnish Borders being Finnish Lines?

I think we know.

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