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.