Genuine advice I'd like to tell new quiz-makers
First published: Friday April 9th, 2021
Hey there, good to see you here! In this blog there won't be much
yet again, I simply would like to address a few things on quiz-making. I've actually written one of those blogs before but it seems like that didn't really help. So without further ado...
You can't make a good quiz without conducting any sort of research.
Don't be lazy and just type some words in the Google search bar et voilà! Okay no, it's not a hard thing to do but that's just oversimplified. You see, you don't want to make a historical quiz and base your map off a random alternate history .png you find online. Grab a few sources and compare them, then use what information you think is reasonable.
Also remember that crediting is a thing
Spamming is a big no no
*sighs* I beg you, don't spam quizzes. I get it, everyone wants some sort of attention, but hear me out, spam-making quizzes paints a terrible picture of you. If the quality of your quizzes isn't any good, avoid making more than one quiz per day.
Nothing to see here, just make sure you have a thumbnail that isn't flaming garbage, a description that is more than 5 words long, and have caveats when needed. Don't spam CSS and disgusting amounts of HTML. Also, the formatting of the hints and answer cells... Just don't make it ugly alright?
Other aspects to consider
- Add an SVG map when suitable (so don't add one if it's not going to be appealing or if it is ultra cramped)
- Don't take people's quizzes and make a crappier version of their creation (I won't be publicly shaming anyone here. If you do that, please stop, it's purely annoying)
- Don't be toxic if someone points out something about your content, do some research on whatever they've requested and respond to them properly, and update the quiz if needed. Even if they're purely nitpicking on something that isn't at all your problem, just keep the fires to yourself
- Make quizzes because you are passionate about it, don't make them for takes
- Remember to spell-check and grammar-check before you upload
- Check the type-ins and change them manually when needed. You would be disappointed if a quiz doesn't accept USA for the United States
- Don't use GT or any other service to translate your quizzes into countless other languages you know nothing about, no regular human knows 50 languages and can be such great at rather distant ones like say Mandarin Chinese and Amharic
- If you want to make a quiz that is a sequel to someone else's, it's always best to first contact them and ask for permission
- Try to work on improving your map-making skills since people tend to like quizzes with a good SVG map, they just make the whole quiz look loads better
- Make sure that the quiz you plan to make doesn't already exist
- Your title, description and caveats need to make sense. If they are not clear enough, that would be an issue
- Please don't spread propaganda, this site is meant to be family-friendly
- Low-effort and unoriginal content such as Fast Typing (insert letter) should be avoided, or be posted solely as private joke quizzes
- Lastly, be creative
P.S. Many of those I've stated apply to blogs too
Thanks for reading till the end! Hope this blog helped new quiz-makers a bit
and that we will be seeing less and less painfully low quality content. Have a nice day :D