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Getting Started

What is Water Cooler Trivia?

It’s weekly office trivia contests. Learn who’s keeping up with the Kardashians, who’s an undercover bookworm, and who’s just a really good guesser.

It's also super-low-maintenance team-building to keep employees engaged and morale high. It's also also a company built with love and care by three trivia nerds. It's also also also the best use of a tiny fraction of your office social budget you've seen all year. It's also also also also a lot of fun.

How does it work?

If your office has a group, stop reading these FAQs and ask a coworker to invite you to join the group. They will have an invite link in every email they’ve received from us.

If you’re looking to create a new group for your office, sign up here. Just choose a group name and some details on when you want your weekly quiz. Most groups choose to get a quiz at 9am on Monday mornings to make the start to the work week a bit cheerier. Everyone in the group will get the same quiz, and we email the group results and your individual scorecard the next day.

How often will I receive contests?

Once per week. No more, no less. We don’t like spam or ads in our inboxes so we respect yours. Although, it is possible to make them more frequent if you'd like. A few groups get daily contests. Just email [email protected] if you'd like this super-secret ability for your group.

How many people in my office can participate?

An unlimited can sign up to receive trivia contests, we’re not going to rain on your parade. If you're planning on setting up multiple groups under a single enterprise account, email [email protected] and he can help.

How much does it cost?

The first four contests are always free. After that, the cost depends on how large your group is, starting at $10 per month for groups with 10 or fewer people. Check out the pricing page to learn more about keeping the trivia coming at your office.

What if people cheat?

We operate on the honor system. If a coworker is cheating, that’s just a bummer because we’re not offering prizes. Water Cooler Trivia aims to spark conversations and competition in the office. We recommend politely asking the coworker in person if they are using the internet to aid their brain. Maybe they’re not, and they have a surprisingly robust knowledge of world capitals and Oscar winners. Put simply, a prize-less trivia contest is worth risking one's professional reputation over. Yeah, we ended that sentence with a preposition, but it felt right.

What do most companies choose for their settings?

Usually, it’s a 9:00am Monday quiz that closes for submissions at 7:00pm Monday night with results coming 10:00am Tuesday morning. And folks tend to like Easy or Medium question difficulty. Surprisingly, most groups actually don’t elect to set up a personalized category of questions. That’s okay, it makes our trivia-writing burden lighter.

What’s a kickoff quiz?

As soon as you create a new group, we launch a "kickoff" quiz as a demo. This kickoff quiz is open for responses for 16 hours, and then results come 8 hours after that. So the results should be arriving exactly one day after you’ve signed up. Moving forward, your weekly trivia contests will occur at the time you choose in your group settings.

Got any cool data points about Water Cooler Trivia you can share?

Indeed! More importantly, more than 95% of our groups come back for more trivia fun each month. That's because over 50% of participants have gotten to know a new coworker better through trivia contests and 25% have met a new coworker through Water Cooler Trivia. Also, thousands of groups have submitted over a million trivia responses. So that’s pretty neat.

Is there a mobile app?

Nope. But the site works pretty well on mobile, so feel free to submit your contest responses while on the subway. And there is a Slack app.

Have the WCT makers ever been on Jeopardy?

Final stage of auditions three times… but no cigar. We’re pretty sure Trebek has a personal vendetta against us for stealing his quizmaster thunder.

Still wondering what's going on?

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Teams & Roster

How do I invite more of my coworkers to join the trivia fun?

Just head here. You'll be able to email an invite or copy a private “join link” that you can share.

How do I add multiple coworkers at once?

Paste multiple email addresses at the link mentioned in the above question or shoot us a note at [email protected]

How can I delete someone from the roster?

Head to your group's roster. From there, click the trashcan icon on that person’s row. Note: only group Captains can edit the roster

How can I edit the name or email address of someone on the roster?

Head to your group's roster. From there, click the pencil icon on that person’s row. Note: only group Captains can edit the roster

What’s this “Teams” thing?

Well, we know that winning against the whole office is hard sometimes, so we want to also give you the ability to compete against your team (like a department or division). Each contest, you'll get two rankings: 10th of 49 participants at Company, but 1st of 10 within Accounting.

We’ll also let your group know which Team scored highest that contest. Team score is the sum of the top three individuals from the team.

Here's what that looks like in the results email.

How do I add new Teams?

Head to your group's roster. Then click Teams where you can add, edit, and delete teams.

How many teams can I add?

Infinite. On second thought, at least 200, which should be way more than you need.

Two teams tied. How’d you decide which one was the winner?

The winning team is the one that had the highest-scoring individual.

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Contest Customization

Can I customize my trivia contests?

Yes! During the sign up process you could nix the Sports & Games questions or add a custom category for New York City. You can also adjust the contest difficulty, length, and timing. Just head to your group's settings.

How do tiebreakers work?

When two folks tie for first place, we ask one “numeric” question each week, like “how many total points were scored in the 2018-19 NBA season?” Whoever's response is closer to the correct answer wins. It's not "Price Is Right style," so you can guess too high and still win.

Can I change the group name?

Sure can, just head to your group's settings. You can only do this if you’re a group Captain.

Can I change my group’s personalized category?

Indeed, as many times as you want. Head on over to your group's settings. Our favorite categories to write questions for: Coffee, Early 2000s Music, NYC, Chicago Cubs.

I changed the timing of our contest but it's broken. Why?

Well, it depends. If you have an active contest right now, you can change the closing and results time, but you can’t change the send time, because it’s already been sent! In that case, you’re changing the setting for all subsequent quizzes. Shoot [email protected] a note if you’re still having trouble.

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Data Privacy

What data do you collect?

Names and email addresses and trivia responses. That way we can let you know how you did and let the group know the winner’s name. We don’t collect gender or birthday or favorite color or social security number or blood type or the street name of your paternal grandfather’s elementary school.

What do you do with that data?

We email you about trivia. Your group Captain can export the group roster and data. And that's it.

Do you sell ads?

No. But sometimes we buy ads for the Water Cooler Trivia brand, like in Google Ads or on podcasts. We make our money by making your work week better, not by selling your data.

Do you do anything nefarious at all?

Sometimes we chortle at misspellings in the responses, but we don’t do anything else nefarious. And we definitely don’t do anything nefarious with your data, like sell it or store it sloppily. That’s not our game.

Do you have more details on your data protection agreement?

Sure do. Want to read the gory, legal details? Here’s the Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy. And if you want to share a template DPA form your company users in order to do business together, we’re game. Just shoot an email to [email protected]

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Plans and Pricing

How do I start a free trial?

Click the big, orange button at the top of this page. Or just click here.

My free trial is about to expire. What do I do?

It depends. Want to keep the sweet trivia flowing? Then head to your group's subscription page. Want to permanently end the trivia fun? Do nothing, that's what expirations are for after all.

How do I just sign up and start paying without a free trial?

We’re big believers in free samples, so go for the free trial and a couple weeks later we’ll email you about a paid subscription. We don't require a credit card. We hate sneaky charges.

Which plan do I choose?

We’re making the decision easy for you: plans are based on the number of people in your trivia group. We only charge for active participants, because it's not fair to make you pay for folks who aren't participating int he trivia fun. You can deactivate people who’ve left the company in your roster page.

What happens if new coworkers want to join but we’re at the max number of people in our plan?

We won’t start charging you extra money! We’ll shoot you a note and let you know you should either: upgrade your plan to the next tier or manage your roster to deactivate other coworkers to make room for the new one.

What’s the difference between monthly and annual subscriptions?

Annual comes with three months free. Otherwise, they're exactly what they sound like, annual means you pay once per year and monthly means once per month.

Do you have any referral bonuses?

Not yet... but if you refer a friend to sign up her office, email [email protected] and he’ll send something nice your way. Something nice = some very fly stickers.

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How do I change my subscription plan?

Then head to your group's subscription page. From there you can change your plan, cancel your subscription, or change your billing details.

Is it easy to cancel my subscription?

Yes. Head to your group's subscription page. Then click "cancel." Boom, done.

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Slack Integration

So… what’s the deal with this Slack integration?

Water Cooler Trivia was first built for email. But we love that Slack is eating the world of email, so we’re making it easier to access trivia contests directly via Slack. This means a weekly post in a #channel when the contest is ready for your brain, then a post in that channel with the results. Participants can also opt-in for Slack DMs to replace email for reciving their contest and results each week.

Did Slack review your app?

Yep, we jumped through those hoops. Here you can see we’re an official app.

How do I set up the Slack integration for an existing group?

Head to your group's Slack page. Should be pretty straightforward from there.

How do I create a new Water Cooler Trivia group via Slack?

Just click this link.

How do I manage my notification settings?

Head to your profile and you can decide whether you’re receiving contests and results over email, Slack DM, both, or, well, neither.

Do I need to sign up with email first and then add slack later?

No, you can sign up exclusively with Slack. Just head to the Slack #channel where your the Water Cooler Trivia app is installed and scroll up to the welcome message. Should be a nice, inviting link awaiting your mouse-click.

I have a question/feedback about the Slack integration.

Heck yes, we love questions. Email [email protected] for a speedy, humanoid response.

We can’t add the Slack app. What gives?

This likely means you’re not an Admin on your Slack workspace and your group has restrictive permissions on who can add apps. Fear not: when you try to add the Water Cooler Trivia Slack app, Slack will let your Admin know. If you’re still running into problems, shoot us a note.

Do you have a Microsoft Teams integration?

Not yet. But we want one, and we shall be building it quite soon... stay tuned.