The Art of Curating is a continuation of the Curator Knows Best blog series on the Sporcle Blog. The series features opinions, top-notch quizzes and quizmakers, bits of trivia, and even a joke at the end from Sporcle’s great curators.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
We first got involved after hearing about it in around Year 7 or 6 at school here in the UK- roughly 11 or 12 years old. Sporcle was regularly played during our some of our classes. From that point on we have been building our periodic table, country and states knowledge, and spent a considerable amount of time being diverted by mental stimulation!
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
We decided to try to become a curator in late 2017. This was after we figured it would be interesting to develop our role on the site, after a year of involvement with Sporcle. We wanted to be able to give advice on quizzes and try to promote and champion original quiz ideas. The city subcategory is one we are delighted to run, given its diversity and breadth, and the vast quantity of new quiz-makers it attracts every week. We look forward to seeing more great ideas.
What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Damascus- the capital city of Syria- is the oldest current capital city, having been officially designated as the capital since the year 661.
What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
The ‘Twenty City Snapshot’ quizzes by RobPro are always an enjoyable challenge, and the classic ‘Where Am I in…?’ by bhenderson79 quizzes have always been a favourite of ours. Also, recent publishes for RobFitz’ ‘Absent Letter Cities’ quizzes were certainly thoroughly deserved.
What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
One of our favourite series of quizzes is the ‘Sporcling through…’ (such as this one) created by Zipcity, given the depth of knowledge the series tests, while still keeping to the ‘City’ subcategory.
What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
‘Hand-Drawn History’ was one of the first quiz series that we remember playing on the site, so it has a special meaning to us, whilst ‘History As We Heard It’ is another of our favourites.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
The General Discussion group normally gives you a pretty comprehensive guide as to what’s happening in the Sporcle community, so we spend most of our time browsing that one.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
We are more than happy to respond to quiz makers with genuine queries or quiz suggestions, normally through the site’s own messaging service.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Two Robs- RobFitz and Robzle have been regular contributors to our subcategory, and we always enjoy their creations!
Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
Haikus can only be
Seventeen syllables so
They are quite diffic.