The Art of Curating: Bratista

 

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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.

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This week, we feature Bratista, curator of Chemistry.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I was trying to find trivia online and googled “fun trivia quizzes” and happened upon Sporcle. I played quizzes for over half a year before deciding to set up an account.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I wanted a new challenge. Once I had completed a lot of badges, I decided to try quizmaking, and once I felt more confident in that, I wanted to see what curating was like. It’s been rewarding so far!

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
There are lots of neat little trivia facts having to do with chemistry, but if I have to choose one to share, I think one of the most practical ones is that bee stings are acidic, while wasp stings are alkaline, so if you are stung by a bee, use baking soda to counteract the effect (and use vinegar to counteract wasp stings).

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
There are so many great Chemistry quizzes that have been published, although one of my favorites with the tag would be Same Beginning: Elements and World Capitals because it combines my two favorite categories on Sporcle. I also enjoy the humor of this quiz: Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Again, a lot of the contributed quizzes are well-made, but some of my favorites that I have picked are Chemical Element Name Origins , which I really enjoyed because I am fascinated by word origins. I also really liked 5 in 15: Elements because even though I normally don’t like blitzes (I don’t like to feel rushed), this was very fun and challenging in an enjoyable way.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I love Geography quizzes, and some of my favorites are the ones like this Anything But Belarus . Also, this quiz was made for me as part of the Secret Santa Countries Hidden in the Periodic Table and I feel it did not get enough appreciation for how cool it truly is.

Which Sporcle group do you frequent most often?
Probably “Off Topic” because the threads are interesting and I like finding out more about my fellow Sporclers.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Messaging me is fine! I actually don’t receive many messages, but had someone reach out to me for help making their first quiz about a week ago and I really liked getting to help them! It was quite rewarding.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Definitely, but I don’t want to pick and leave anyone out. I will say that I am floored by the talent of creators on this site, and there are so many great quizmakers that it would be hard to give everyone the attention and credit they are due consistently.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both)
What do you do when a chemist gets sick? You try to curium.
And when they die? You barium.

Thanks for the interview Bratista!
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The Art of Curating: Exodiafinder687

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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.

Exodiafinder687 Exodiafinder687, curator of South Park.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
It’s honestly been such a long time since I first signed up that I don’t quite remember. I used to love playing computer games (especially Point & Click games and anything involving Room Escape and puzzles) so I was most likely using Google to try to find other gaming websites and was lucky enough to stumble upon Sporcle.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I’ve wanted to take a more active role in the site for a while now so I decided to become a Curator. The only problem was finding a subcategory I was passionate about. South Park is one of my favorite cartoon shows. I have seen every episode and the movie so it felt like it was right up my alley.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
In their very first season, South Park managed to get George Clooney to voice a character on their show. Rather than play himself or some other big character he voiced Stan’s dog, Sparky. He did a few barks here and there which was the entirety of his voice acting for that episode.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
I really like South Park Characters by Matt as I feel it shows all the most important character and I have always loved visual quizzes. South Park Celebrities is another good visual quiz by druhutch for any South Park fans who frequent the site. The Chewbacca Defense is a very funny quiz by golions84 that is based around one of the most nonsensical scenes of the show.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I quite enjoy South Park Hats and Hair by matthijsbp, South Park Characters (Picture Click) by babymonkee and South Park Character Blitz by Thebiguglyalien as great examples of visual quizzes for the Show. I also feel South Parkified Disney Princesses by RioMadeira is a nice combination of 2 very different subjects.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Two puzzle quizzes in series I really enjoy are Mini Paint-By-Numbers by sproutcm and Building Bridges by jyrops. I also know it is already one of the most played quizzes here, but I still really love Countries of the World by Matt. It really helped me learn so much of the world which in turn helps out with so many other quizzes here.

Which Sporcle group do you frequent most often?
That would definitely have to be Shameless Promotion. I am still an active badge hunter here and with me being down to mostly just needing those publishing badges, any extra plays can really make the difference between a possible EP/CP or struggling to even top 100 plays.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
The best way to reach me is through Sporcle Messages as I don’t often check my e-mail so messaging me is definitely the quickest way to get through to me.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are many I feel get overlooked who release great quizzes. I’m sorry if I forget anyone, but I’ll try to focus on the ones who have under 10 publishes so far: Bratista, aglick, alvir28, caseyw690, Holly62092, jrage2009, CGMFan1, I-Am-Batman, treessimontrees, bortoluka, matthijsbp, Robzle, Burnley_Bloke and Lukedude are all talented quiz makers who I believe we will continue to see great things out of here on Sporcle.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both)
What is a haiku?
It sounds like a nonsense word
Don’t try fooling me

A man was visiting his father to read him the paper as he does every week. When he got to an article on an overturned Nike truck on the highway his elderly father burst into tears. After a few minutes the son was able to console his father and ask him what upset him so much. His father wiped a tear and said, “It’s just hard hearing about how many soles were lost in that accident.”

Thanks for the interview Exodiafinder687!
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The Art of Curating: Squidward-Master

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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.

SquidwardThis week, we feature Squidward-Master, curator of Spongebob.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
In 2013, my 4th grade class did the Countries of the World quiz to test our knowledge, but I didn’t actually really get into it until around January of last year (2018), when my friend showed me all the varieties of quizzes that were actually fun, unlike the quizzes we had to take in school. So in February, I created an account so I could play against him, and also to keep track of what quizzes I’ve played.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
Ever since I was 2 years old I’ve been watching Spongebob, even though I wasn’t alive during the Golden Era, the originals and even the new ones always made me laugh. Over the years I had become an overall Spongebob master, and when I saw the available spot for the Spongebob subcategory in mid-October, I immediately sent the email to the Sporcle Team with the whole thing you have to do, and I got accepted November 1st of 2018.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
Squidward is actually an octopus, but Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show, thought “Octoward” sounded too weird, so he just went with Squidward.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Some of my absolute favorite published Spongebob quizzes on Sporcle are these by Treverbeast454, I’ve always loved word ladders, so this one also by Treverbeast454 was a good one, and this one by Cowboys277 I really like because Spongebob at times says smart things, so comparing his quotes with quotes by Nietzsche was actually a lot harder than one might think.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I just found this quiz a few weeks ago, and I think it’s really cool, because it’s just simple trivia that gets progressively harder, and it makes it like it’s a real game show. That would be (this one by Pholicious. Another really cool contributed Spongebob quiz was this one by Creed89. This quiz is one of my favorites, because it comes from my absolute favorite episode from Spongebob, ‘The Camping Episode,’ and though it seems easy, there are little parts where if you don’t pay enough attention you may get it wrong.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Besides Spongebob, I’ve also always been a bit of a geography fan, so this quiz was a fun challenge for me and my friends. I’m also a Harry Potter nerd, so (this quiz was a fun one to do after I hadn’t played it in a while and I wanted to make sure I still knew it.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I actually don’t get too involved in Sporcle groups, but every once in a while I’ll check the open curatorships just to see what’s there.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Really the best way is to just directly message me on Sporcle, but if needed you can send me an email at b0ssguy300@gmail.com, just make sure to include your Sporcle username so I know who you are.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Servasyuzfairly is an awesome Sporcler who makes some quality Spongebob quizzes, among lots of other really fun quizzes, and also Kanpo1 makes lots of really cool quizzes, also including some Spongebob, but mostly other things, some of which I haven’t even heard of, but I still had fun playing them. Kanpo1 was also the last Spongebob curator before me, and would always encourage me to do more, and also helped when I was having trouble with some stuff. I hope both of these amazing Sporclers continue to grow and make quizzes on Sporcle.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
It’s about a sponge
That lives in a pineapple
How does this make sense?

Thanks for the interview Squidward-Master!
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The Art of Curating: CGMFan1

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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.

MoretzThis week, we feature CGMFan1, curator of Poem.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Actually, that’s a pretty interesting story. I was at my neighbor’s house for a party, and some people were talking about a trivia site called, “Sporcle” One lady told me about it and suggested that I check it out. I’m glad I did. Who knows, maybe she’s reading this.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I always wanted to be a curator, but it had to be for the right subcategory. If it wasn’t right, then I don’t think I’d have done a good job at the curator. My BS is in English Literature and have taken a lot of poetry classes.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
What I love about poems is that our background shapes how we read and understand poetry. I could read one poem and view it a certain way, and someone else could read the same poem, and get a different meaning or message from it. That’s the power of poetry.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Here are two that I really like: In Plain English: Much Ado About Nothing from druhutch and Who’s Writing Green Eggs and Ham? from chair.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I love this one by Droxnar and this one by nabean.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I always enjoy quizzes by bhenderson79. Here’s one of his: TV Characters by Browser History. I also enjoy needapausebutton’s quizzes, such as Batman Villians by Other TV Role. These two quiz makers put a lot of thought into their quizzes.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Usually it’s Badge Talk, Off Topic and General Discussion.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
The best way to contact me is via Sporcle.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are a lot of great quiz makers, don’t get me wrong. I really like Exodiafinder687 and Pastor_Maldonado‘s quizzes. They deserve more plays.

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both):
Two muffins are in an oven. The first muffin turns to the second one and says, “Boy it sure hot in here.” The second muffin replied, “Holy Cow, a talking muffin!”

Thanks for the interview CGMFan1!
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The Art of Curating: Arcarial

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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.

ArcarialThis week, we feature Arcarial, curator of Anime.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I initially came across Sporcle during my final year of school, and played a decent amount of geography and science quizzes every now and then. About two years later, during my second year at university, I started playing anime music quizzes with some friends. At that point I was already hooked, but I became even more so after I made my first few Sporcle quizzes.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed playing, creating and commenting on anime quizzes. In May, FilipinoBreloom reminded me that the curator spot was available, and encouraged me to apply for it. I decided to do just that, because I thought it’d be a great way to make more contributions to my favourite (albeit niche) subcategory.

What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
Akira, a cyberpunk manga (which was later adapted into an anime movie), correctly predicted that Japan would host the 2020 Olympics…way back in 1982! The story is set in 2019, and there’s a billboard that mentions the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
NietosPick the Studio Ghibli Movie quiz contains some of the best, and most famous, anime movies.
I also like jr637’s 3-Word Anime Name Matching quiz because of how it covers a range of different anime.

What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I really like fraideii’s Anime Music Crossword, which asks interesting questions in a creative way.
Another favourite quiz of mine is Anime Doubles! (Slideshow) by deal647. It’s fun, challenging and presented nicely.

What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Hogwarts Potion Exam by bhenderson79 is a fantastically well-made quiz. I love how the clues rhyme as well!
Additionally, I find that quizzes like Escaho’s Find That Country: Hot or Cold are quite exciting to play.

Which Sporcle group do you frequent most often?
I have to admit that I only check out Groups occasionally. But when I do, I tend to browse through Off Topic and Sporcle Curators.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Please send me a private message for feedback, advice or a general discussion, and also if you’d like me to consider a quiz for a CP! Alternatively, you can mention me in a quiz comment.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I think there are loads of Sporclers whose quizzes deserve more attention (especially, but not limited to, those who are creative and/or have put a lot of effort into their quizzes).

Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both)
I needed a password eight characters long, so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Space is limited
In a haiku, so it’s hard
To finish what you-

Thanks for the interview Arcarial!
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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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