The Art of Curating: Quiztopia

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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.

quiztopiaThis week, we feature Quiztopia, curator of Clip.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I was looking for sites that had a good selection of music quizzes and I found Sporcle, which was far better than any other quiz site at the time and still is!

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I’ve always loved music quizzes and several times a month I go to pub quizzes where you have to identify songs from a clip. So this seemed a natural role for me.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
Zager & Evans are the only act to have had a number 1 hit single in both the US and UK, and to not have any other charting song. Thus, their song ‘In The Year 2525’ is often considered the ultimate one-hit-wonder.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Sporcle has published very few clip quizzes over the last few years. Most of the published clip quizzes are over 5 years old. The clip quizzes contributed since then are generally of a higher standard of production, as you would expect over time. There have been many great and original clip quizzes that have not been given the opportunity to be published. As such, I encourage less focus on published clip quizzes and more awareness of the many other great quizzes that have been contributed since then.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Quizzes with an exceptionally clever idea are often compiled over a period of months or years. It’s not possible to sit down one afternoon and think of enough examples that fulfill the quiz’s criteria. This one by hcd199 is a perfect example.
I love clip quizzes with a wide variety of genres, including stuff that doesn’t normally make it to audiences in the US or the UK. This series by JeroAdmi is fantastic for its variety and you’ll probably find stuff you like that you’ve never heard of before.
It’s always exciting to get a new regular contributor to your subcategory who produces good quality quizzes. I like this series by RobboPOSH and welcome him to our subcategory.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
This series containing about a selected country is beautifully presented and thoroughly researched. I can’t praise it enough.
Identifying celebrities from unusual photographs is always fun

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’m not a frequent visitor of any of the groups but if I have a question about a quiz I’m thinking of making, I visit the relevant group and there always seems to be knowledgeable people who can give a good answer.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Send me a message through Sporcle. I’m happy to give out my email address if more detailed clip-making advice is needed.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
The above series by pecheneg deserves far more plays than it’s got so far. A Publish would help. Also, for whatever reason, clip quizzes have only been published a couple of times over the last several years. The contributors to our subcategory deserve more reward for their efforts than they have received so far. Music is a popular category and for sure there are thousands of people who would enjoy our clip quizzes who but just aren’t aware of the quizzes that we have available.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
Why did the invisible man turn down the job offer? He couldn’t see himself doing it.

Thanks for the interview Quiztopia!
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The Art of Curating: oregonisamazing

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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.

oregonisamazingThis week, we feature oregonisamazing, curator of Famous.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I first got involved with Sporcle in late 2015. I started playing quizzes, and eventually made an account in early 2016. I don’t really know how I came across the site, but I imagine I was looking for some sort of US state quiz or something like that.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
The summer of 2018 was honestly when I first started getting really involved with Sporcle. I started to make quizzes and got my first Curator Picks. I started learning a little bit about curatorships, and I decided that I would like to try to become one. When ‘Famous’ opened up, I decided to apply for it, and lo and behold, I got the curatorship.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
That is a hard question that I don’t really have a good answer for. I guess a weird fact about my subcategory is that Beyonce has a species of fly named after her. It’s called Scaptia beyonceae.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
One quiz that I find hilarious and absolutely love is Celebrity or Star Wars Character by bareodin2. It’s a really funny quiz that always makes me laugh. Another quiz that I enjoy is Picture Me! by PenguinsMeerkats. The final result is some amazing artwork.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I like things that make me laugh. So one of my favorite quizzes is Dumb Celebrity Quotes by Pilgab. It’s celebrities saying completely ridiculous things, and it is really entertaining to play. Another quiz that never fails to make me laugh is Donald Trump Filmography by Darzlat. Every time I play it, I think of Donald Trump appearing in the movies, and I just crack up for some reason.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
There are two types of quizzes that I am very fond of. One is really big Mario character quizzes, such as 100 Mario Characters by knighthikaru. The second type of quiz that I enjoy a lot is large US city quizzes, a la 6 Most Populous Cities in Each State by robhop.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I don’t spend a lot of time in Groups, but when I decide to visit a couple groups, I visit General Discussion and Trophy Case.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
The best way to contact me is by sending me a message. I will always respond within a couple days.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are a lot of Sporclers who I think deserve more attention. I’ll just highlight one for now. aglick is an awesome up and coming quizmaker who makes a ton of entertaining quizzes. He is going up in popularity, and I think that he totally deserves it. There is not a single one of his quizzes that is not fun to play.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
Did you hear about the scarecrow who won the Nobel Prize? He was outstanding in his field. During his acceptance speech he was quoted as saying, “Hay! It’s in my jeans.”

Thanks for the interview oregonisamazing!
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The Art of Curating: bortoluka

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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.

bortolukaThis week, we feature bortoluka, curator of Superhero.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
The first time I came across Sporcle, it was accidentally: I was searching for the name of a comic character, and found instead a list of names to guess. I found myself caught in the world of quizzes, I devoured the quizzes by Sepa first, but my hunger rather than satisfied, increased. I started therefore to hunt quizzes from the Marvel subcategory and the neighboring subcategories, conquering thereafter undiscovered lands (and badges).

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
For a balancing between yin and yang, I felt compelled to give my contribution in quiz-making. And after experiencing the pleasure of seeing these quizzes played and picked, I decided to support other users by curating a subcategory I love, superhero.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Professor X, Black Panther and hundreds of other heroes are all offspring of the same father: Stan “the Man” Lee.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
One of my favorite quiz is the mismatched click of Marvel and DC characters by stevenmiller61. I want to recommend also the Marvel Picture Finds playlist by MitchellGoosen, containing many published quizzes interesting for both die-hard nerds and casual players.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Among the contributed quizzes, I want to mention the map quizzes in the DC Picture Finds playlist by ddd62291. I’d like also to suggest another quiz I recently picked: the Superhero Alphabet by freddie3000.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I love the games about Sporcle, like this by kfastic, and I cannot wait for updates in the playlist about soccer cities by LabinotHarbuzi.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’ve learned a lot from the How to group, while I’m now often keeping an eye on the contests and collaborations page.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
I welcome everybody to write me on the message page.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
The short answer is “yes”, the long one is a list of hundreds of users. Not to totally escape the question, I’ll confess a (too) short list of names: Thebiguglyalien, HappyWife, and CGMFan1.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
Batman doesn’t make New Year’s Resolutions. He enforces them.

Thanks for the interview bortoluka!
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The Art of Curating: gordonallan79677

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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.

terracottaThis week, we feature gordonallan79677, curator of Novel.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I don’t remember when I started playing on Sporcle but it was a few years before I signed up. I just did it through the Facebook login which I think is why I’ve ended up with the username I’ve got.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I read a lot of books so when the Novel category came up I thought I would apply. I probably would not have applied for many other categories.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
A lipogram is a work written while omitting a certain letter or letters. In 1936 Ernest Vincent Wright publish Gadsby which has over 50,000 words while omitting the letter E. Or just because I love the book; the Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil is based on The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Most of the Novel quizzes I like are quite niche. I like quizzes that are about the books themselves. There are a lot of good literature quizzes around naming Authors or Book titles but there are separate Author and Book subcategories. It means that a lot of quizzes that I like in my subcategory do not get picked because they are too specific. However I liked these:

I thought they were all interesting quizzes and a bit different.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I thought this quiz about picking the novel with the wrong colour was really good use of the new format
This quiz about Dracula was a good example of the type of quiz I like for the Novel category. Great URL too!
This was a Literature General Knowledge Quiz which I thought was great for Literature fans.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I like the classics; countries of the world, US Presidents etc. I also like quizzes that are a bit different. AuroraIllumina created this quiz by asking users to draw a picture based on a random description and then asked players to try and guess what it was. I thought it was a great quiz
bhenderson79’s little pictograms playlist is also really good.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Probably Shameless Promotion. I don’t create a lot of quizzes so I don’t post a lot but I created a Post your one-bombed quiz thread because I noticed that there are a lot of posts about people complaining about their quizzes being one-bombed. I hoped it would be a place people could give some feedback and if the quiz was good we could get some upvotes to bring the quiz score up. People get too upset about one-bombs – it is the internet, if you get that upset every time someone does/says something unkind then best to just turn off your computer.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Sporcle Messages definitely. I don’t get very many messages but I always respond when I do. There are not a lot of Literature Quizzes which aren’t Harry Potter, ASOIF or LoTR (they have their own subcategories) so new quizzes or old quizzes that have been missed are always welcome.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
To be honest I do not pay a lot of attention to who has created the quiz. I tend to play most new Literature Quizzes that aren’t HP, ASOIF or LoTR and then just look for quizzes with interesting titles that sound like they are a bit different.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
I just heard this one but it is a bit difficult to get across when written own but I’ll try anyway:
Did you hear that Norway has introduced Barcodes on their boats? When they come into port they want to Scan Da Navy In (just in case Scandanavian)

Thanks for the interview gordonallan79677!
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The Art of Curating: KingPhoebus

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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.

capture--This week, we feature KingPhoebus, curator of Children’s Books.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Back in 2013ish, I was missing my old school trivia competitions and I set out to find an online trivia site. Some determined googling brought me to Sporcle and it was exactly what I was looking for. I created an account a few months later when I decided to earn badges and make quizzes.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I’d been thinking about getting more involved with the site when several Literature positions opened up at the same time. I dove into the scrum and emerged with Children’s Books. It’s a happy subcategory–lots of nostalgia and humor.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
It blew my mind when I found out that E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, is also the co-author of the Strunk & White Elements of Style.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
michaelgeorgebar’s Missing Words from Titles and Rackie’s Paint the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I like MissDianaP’s Cover Click quizzes like the Newbery Award winners. PurpleParrot’s Who Was? Series  is also fun, especially this one.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I’m a fan of logic puzzles, and I think BlueOrb’s Mathematical Murder Mystery is one of the best. I’m also endlessly amused by beisaa’s TripAdvisor Reviews of Middle-Earth.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I lurk in How To & Tips and General Discussion.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Sporcle message.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are so many good quizmakers I follow I’m not even sure which of them are short on attention. The most important thing new quizmakers can do to increase their exposure is to tag their quizzes correctly to make sure their quizzes show up in searches and filters.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
What’s the difference between roast beef and pea soup? Anyone can roast beef.

Thanks for the interview KingPhoebus!
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The Art of Curating: NO_r_WAY

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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.

NO_r_WAYThis week, we feature NO_r_WAY, curator of Politics.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I found Sporcle back in 2008-2009 while looking for geography quizzes. I wanted to learn all the countries, capitals and flags of the world and I found what I was looking for.
After playing sporadically for a while I made an account and started playing more actively in 2011.
I got hooked on quiz making after my Beer bottle quiz was published in 2016.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I got the job as the Politics curator after needapausebutton suggested that I apply for it. I had been thinking if I should apply for a position for a while, but wasn’t sure if it was for me. When I was made aware of the opening in the Politics subcat I applied since I have always been interested in politics, both in Norway and other countries I have lived in. I’m really happy I got the job, and its been a good (almost) year of looking through very interesting quizzes

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
The heads of state in San Marino are called Captains Regents, always come from opposing parties and are only chosen for only 6 months. The tradition dates back to year 1243. (I have a thing for tiny countries)

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
I like to follow independence movements, so this one.
I like the 60’s and I like politics, this one combines both.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I come from a Monarchy, so Click the Monarchial Countries (Picture Click).
Politics and World knowledge mix in  Countries by Political Parties

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I used to work on a fishing boat, so I found this one interesting.
I follow the English Premier League, so I enjoy Premier League Clubs All Time

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
I’m on Sporcle almost all the time, while eating breakfast, during breaks at work, in the evening; so a private message here would be the best

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I think Pastor_Maldonado is a very good quiz maker, and generally a very friendly guy. I think he will be getting more than his current 25 publishes in the time to come.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both)
Unfortunately my favorite Dad Joke is in Norwegian, and untranslatable (Har du hørt om mannen som var som en paraply? Overspent og utilregnelig!)
In English, because its both stupid and clever: The rotation of earth really makes my day.

Thanks for the interview NO_r_WAY!
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The Art of Curating: elzasezra

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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.

elzasezraThis week, we feature elzasezra, curator of Judaism.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I have always been a bit of a geography nerd and when I started college almost 10 years ago, one of my classmates challenged me to name all of the countries of the world and introduced me to the Sporcle website. I got 164/196 countries on my first try, and was hooked after that.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I was always intrigued by the idea to become a curator, but never applied as I was waiting for the right subcategory to open up. I was chatting with the previous Judaism curator about how to get one of my quizzes to be better, when he/she mentioned that the position would be open in a few weeks. Being Jewish myself, I immediately signed up as I feel that I am knowledgeable enough about the subcategory to assist other people with their quizzes.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
The Jewish calendar follows the lunar calendar rather than the solar calendar. Therefore the Jewish year consists of around 356 days rather than the 365 days of the Gregorian calendar. In order not to lose 9 days each year, the Jewish calendar has a “leap-month” 7 times each cycle of 19 years. This means that the month of Adar (which normally is around February/March) will be happening twice in such a year, Adar I and Adar II.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
It may be a bit stereotypical but I like the quizzes that have to do with food. For example the Kosher Animal Quiz by Mischief_managed and Passover food or not by scole9179
But I also very much like the cross-religion quizzes that may need information on more religions like “Judaism, Christianity or Islam” by MortyJSocks

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
There are so many good ones too chose from, but if I have to make a selection, these ones would be in it:
Famous with Kippah by aglick
Get the Picture by Purple_Parrot
and
Jewish foods by image by BanjoZebra

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I love logic quizzes. I take a pen and paper and write down all the clues to find the correct answers (I still don’t manage to finish most of the time). As a big Harry Potter fan as well I have lately spent quite some time on lizbsn‘s “Harry Potter logic puzzles” playlist which features 39 awesome quizzes to play.
I have also enjoyed Goc3‘s “erase the world quizzes, with “erase the world (few borders, no skips)” being my favourite.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I play “Find the star” on a daily basis where I will try to guess Lubumbashi, DRC whenever I can.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
I visit the website at least daily, so a Sporcle message will do.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are so many great quizmakers around and sometimes I do feel like the featured quizzed and the curator or editor picks come often from a same select group of quizmakers. I really recommend people to send messages with their quiz to the respective curator or use the “shameless promotion” group to give the quizzes which are worth it, more attention. Additionally these people can normally objectively look at your quiz and help you with improvements.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both)
Can I do my favourite quote instead? “Cigarettes are just like hamsters, perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it on fire”

Thanks for the interview elzasezra!
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