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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About JeluPotter25

Curator for Literary Character and The Hunger Games on Sporcle.
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