TypeRacer News

Introducing points and competitions

Posted on July 26, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

Until today, we really only had two metrics that let you compare your performance with other racers: typing speed and number of races.  Now we’re introducing a new metric: points, calculated as the number of words typed multiplied by typing speed (in words-per-second).  We’ve already used this metric on the blog, but now we’re officially adding it to your typing stats.  We hope this addition gives more racers a chance to get to the top of the rankings: people who type slower but type more words (finish more races or type longer texts) now have a reasonable chance to get to the top.

Speaking of which, we’ve also created a new Competitions stats section in addition to the old Hall of Fame. This section ranks people by most points earned today, this week, this month, and this year.  We hope to eventually start giving awards to the top 3 winners in each category.

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Unfortunately, due to some technical limitations of our database, we can’t award points for races done before this metric was added (i.e. before today).  But the silver lining here is that everybody gets a chance to start with a clean slate 😉

I am hopeful that this new addition will spur even more competition than before.

Please let us know what you think in the comments!

– Alex E. (typeracer)

 

 

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New Quotes Added Today

Posted on July 24, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

Check out other recent news about speed records and moderation on TypeRacer. Quick links:
TypeRacer Chat
TypeRacer on Facebook

Hi TypeRacers!

You’ve told us through the TypeRacer Quotes Survey that you want to continue adding more quotes — as of today, 92% of respondents said more quotes makes TypeRacing even better. We’re going to keep the survey going for a few more weeks, but so far the community has indicated their favorite content to type is Fiction (70%), Movies (62%), Games (55%), Non-Fiction (54%), and Songs (53%). Vote today if you haven’t, or share your thoughts in the comments!

Today we added 700 new English quotes, bringing the total to just over 3,200. A list of the sources we’ve added the most quotes from is below. Another 200 (with fewer quotes) are also included in the update, but excluded from the list below.

As a reminder, anyone can recommend a quote for TypeRacer by clicking the contribute link at the bottom of the main TypeRacer page. Thanks to the all TypeRacers who contributed quotes that were included in this update. Their usernames are listed at the bottom of this post.

Hope everyone enjoys the new quotes! See you on the track!

David (valikor)
Typeracer

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User submissions included in today’s update:

Chelseardm2
estevaoima
tokyuu
Badeos
Ahabel
ppubalo
Aryore
peppermint120
niirokitsune
jenpot0709
razgrizaces
jeremy0d
Qurf
Patli
mitch7656
jayanth2803
offbrandmtndew
blade5468
mahler9
typinnut
RShackleford93
morcica
mattbierwirth
akirafl
o0bananarama0o
della_a
chrisadame96
cdbriggs
Stedno
atthetop

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Keeping TypeRacer Clean – Thanks to the Moderation Team!

Posted on July 16, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

Hi Typeracers!

Maintaining a clean and fair environment is key to the vision of Typeracer; our founder Alex (typeracer) once dreamed that in terms of the quality of the participation experience, the reputation and degree of legitimacy of the site, and the rigor of the competitive environment, Typeracer hopes to be “somewhere between your local bowling league and the Boston Marathon”. The site still has a way to go to meet this goal, but we’re taking steps in that direction.

Cheating and other offensive behavior have been a key barrier for Typeracer reaching this goal; in the early years, attempting to keep the site clean was almost a full-time job: the process of searching out and reviewing logs from the server was time-consuming, and oftentimes we weren’t able to accurately identify all the cheaters. Similarly, by the time we identified users bothering others with profanity, spamming, and other offensive behavior, it was generally too late to do anything about it. Moderation was an uphill battle overall — a labor of love for sure, but also a severe drain on resources.

Want to try your skills against TypeRacer’s anti-cheating mechanisms? Check out the new cheating universe, where anything goes. Can you beat 6277 wpm?

Seeking Moderators

We have recently built the back-end tools to support a robust moderation system, and starting last year, we’ve been bringing on some of our most dedicated users to help us form an effective moderation team. Our current team is listed below, and they’ve been doing a great job, banning 2,500 undesirable users in the past year!

Moderation Team

houjuunue
kellysgreens
deroche1
hujala
daniel598
mark40511
lelzarenn
jackeman
licahfox
jlachney
pentalon
acenonquit
dudiellon

These folks – many among the best, most dedicated typists on the site — have been working in Typeracer’s new moderation console, which enables them to review user reports, investigate accusations of cheating, etc., and take the appropriate action – warning the user, modifying inappropriate language in display names, or banning the user if necessary. Thank you all!

How You Can Help

  1. Use the “Report User” function! We have a team of dedicated community members around the globe reviewing these daily.
  2. Volunteer to be a moderator! Shoot an email to support@typeracer.com if you’re interested; we will give preference to long-time users of the site.
  3. Review the rules below. These should be common sense, but some folks may need a reminder.
  4. Let us know your suggestions

Cheating Universe

Want to test yourself against TypeRacer’s anti-cheating mechanisms, without being unfair to others and getting banned? We created a sandbox with an “anything goes” philosophy. You can test your cheating programs etc. here. Can you beat Michael DeRoche’s (deroche1) 6,000wpm score?

Cheating Universe – http://play.typeracer.com/?universe=insane

Typeracer Rules:

Your account may be moderated if you engage in the following behaviors. Moderation actions are reversible and mistakes do happen sometimes, so if you believe you were banned in error, please contact support@typeracer.com.

  1. Content/Profanity – Avoid kinds of language that your teacher or your boss wouldn’t be okay with, such as the following:
    1. Profanity – Any words that would be censored by editors in newspapers, magazines, etc.
    2. Racist, discriminatory, or hateful terms
    3. Sexual or crude anatomical references
    4. Graphic violence and drug references
  2. Harassment
    1. Sexually-suggestive communications
    2. Repeated undesired, unsolicited communications
    3. Rude and disrespectful behavior, e.g. name-calling
  3. Cheating
    1. Any use of scripts or programs to simulate or aid in the typing of text
    2. Use of macros, copy-pasting, etc.
    3. Disabling or tampering with Typeracer’s input or anti-cheat mechanisms
  4. Spam
    1. Any disruptive, distracting, repetitive messaging
    2. Advertising of non-Typeracer related content

We look forward to an increasingly fair and clean site over the coming years. See you on the track!

David (valikor)

Typeracer

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New quotes added to TypeRacer – and tell us what you like to type!

Posted on July 1, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

[7/16 Update] The direct link to the TypeRacer Quote Survey is here. Take the survey to help determine what content to add to TypeRacer! 

Hi TypeRacers!

New Quotes

In January we announced that around 1,500 new quotes had been added over the previous several months, bringing the total to just over 2,000 in the main English universe. This is a part of our ongoing effort to keep the site fun, educational, and competitive.

This week we added approximately 500 more, bringing the total to just over 2,500. We’ve focused on classic movies, songs, and books; since there are quite a few gamers in the TypeRacer community, we also bolstered our selection of quotes from games, adding 75 new ones. Across all types of quotes, we included a mix of popular sources and sources with cultural and historical significance, with an aim to make TypeRacer both as fun and educational as possible. User submissions were also included.

Here are some of the sources added in this update:

Thanks to all who contributed!

The quotes on TypeRacer are selected and managed as a community effort. Thanks to blade5468, estevaoimathe_hoarse_whispererlaurenryuzakisultan, aaronadams and everyone else who contributed quotes included in this update!

In addition, I’d like to take this opportunity to call out a big “Thank you!” to Michael DeRoche (deroche1) and Sean Wrona (arenasnow2) — the #1 most dedicated and fastest TypeRacers in history, respectively — for their tremendous support in selecting quotes, entering them into the system, etc. If anybody is interested in helping out with quote management, feel free to email me at david@typeracer.com.

Tell us what you like to type — or submit your favorite quotes!

One of our key goals is to select quotes that the community is going to enjoy typing, so we’ve created a new survey to collect people’s preferences. This is a brief survey with just a few questions, and we’ll continue to refine it moving forward as needed — for example, if we see that TypeRacers really want to type songs, we’ll consider a future survey on specific genres of music people like to type most.

Take the Survey 

As a reminder, you can also submit your favorite quotes directly to TypeRacer by clicking the “Contribute” link at the bottom of the page. Texts in other languages can also be submitted. If your language is still using Google Translate quotes, submit the content you want to type and once we get enough for your language, we can replace the Google Translated quotes with user-submitted ones.

Note that only complete submissions can be considered. 

Thanks all! We hope the new quotes help keep TypeRacer fun and fresh for everyone.  See you on the track!

 

David (valikor)

Typeracer

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New Pit Stop features: full race history and typing replays

Posted on June 20, 2017. Filed under: Stats, TypeRacer News |

To supplement the typing replays that were enabled earlier this month at the end of each race, we are now adding the ability to view typing replays of your prior races, as well as those of your opponents!  When you open the TypeRacer Pit Stop page, you can now view your full race history:

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You can also view the race history of any other user by using the search form at the top of that page.  When you click on any race that occurred after we introduced the typing replays, you can watch the recorded replay.  The race result details page also displays the users whom you raced, so you can watch their replays too!

Hope you find these new data pages useful.  Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!

 

 

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Back by popular demand

Posted on June 5, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

In response to your comments about our new typing interface, we have added the option of reverting back to the old typing interface, at your discretion.  If you feel that the new typing interface is too distracting for you, feel free to click on the “change display format” link in the bottom right corner of the text.  The following screenshots illustrate the 3 different options that you may select:

1. New-style (default): our new typing interface

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2. Old-style 1: this used to be the default interface for many years, until now

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3. Old-style 2: this is the original interface we used when TypeRacer launched

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The option you chose will be saved in a cookie, which will be retained as long as you keep using the same web browser.

P.S. Don’t worry, the new typing replay feature will still be available regardless of how you prefer to see the text!

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Typing Replays

Posted on June 3, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

We’ve just rolled out an update of TypeRacer, featuring a new and improved typing interface, which allows us to record your actual typing and show you a replay at the end of the race.  It looks like this:

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You can use the playback controls to see exactly what you typed, while the analysis section below the replay shows you a list of words where you made mistakes you made (clicking on these words takes you to that spot in the replay).  You’ll notice that there’s also a column chart that shows your typing speed on different segments of the text.

I hope you like this new feature.  Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!

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Detailed info now available in racing history

Posted on April 12, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

Hello Typeracers!

I’m pleased to report that we have just deployed a new version of typeracer.com.  The most prominent new feature that we added was the ability to view detailed race info in your race history (“My Scores” section).  If you click on one of the race numbers, you will be able to see the full text that you typed in that race, along with other details.  Check out the following screenshot:

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This is a feature that many of you have been requesting, and I’m happy to say that we finally got around to making it happen!

We hope that you will find this new information useful.

See you on the racetracks,

Alex E. (typeracer)

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TypeRacer adds a thousand quotes from classic literature and films – reaches 2,000+ quotes total!

Posted on January 16, 2017. Filed under: Stats, TypeRacer News |

Hi everyone,

Reading this old Reddit thread, and seeing the following comment, got me thinking.

[–]maelfyn -2 points 8 years ago

Game needs more quote variety. I think I was typing about ten different quotes. Averaged about 98 wpm

After reading this, I realized that an announcement about our progress on adding new, richer texts is long overdue. So, without further ado. . .

Typeracer Texts/Quotes – 2017 New Years Status Update

We’re starting to build up a regular cadence for adding new quotes. As of January 14 2017, we are at 2,058 quotes in the main universe, play.typeracer.com ! Of those, a total of ~1,500 new quotes have been added since Sep. 2016. Typeracer’s quote environment is the broadest, and freshest, it’s ever been.

If you’ve been racing much recently, you’ll have noticed the new quotes. Our newest batch has includes a selection of user submissions; as a reminder, you can always submit your favorite quotes using the “Contribute” link at the bottom of TypeRacer . (We will review it only if the submission is complete.) Thanks to everyone who has been submitting! Everyone has a part in defining what Typeracer becomes by submitting their favorite quotes, so if you have any ideas, be sure to submit them.

In addition, we’ve included loads of new quotes from classic films and books.  For example, we added the following quotes/sources in December:

Title Author # of texts
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 15
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 15
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky 15
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 15
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 15
Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell 15
Ulysses James Joyce 15
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 15
V for Vendetta James McTeigue 15
Moby Dick Herman Melville 15
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 15
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinback 15
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 15
Great Expectations Charles Dickens 15
The Aeneid Virgil 15
David Copperfield Charles Dickens 15
The Godfather: Part III Francis Ford Coppola 15
Hamlet Shakespear 10
The Odyssey Homer 10
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 10
The Iliad Homer 10
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 10
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky 10
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 10
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 10
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 10
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 10
The Trial Franz Kafka 10
The Arabian Nights Anonymous 10
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift 10
The Stranger Albert Camus 10
The Fault in Our Stars John Green 10
Citizen Kane Orson Welles 10
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Stanley Kubrick 10
The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola 10
The Godfather: Part II Francis Ford Coppola 10
The Wall Pink Floyd 5
Sawdust and Tinsel Ingmar Bergman 5
Economix Michael Goodwin 5
The Art of War Sun Tzu 5
The Backpacker’s Handbook Chris Townsend 5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling 5
Twilight Stephenie Meyer 5
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer 5
Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock 5
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola 5
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera 2
Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery 2
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1

We also added both quotes from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s books (we kept it to 2 quotes per candidate!). I hope you enjoy all of these new quotes as much as I have. For me it’s been a learning experience being exposed to many of these classic works for the first time during a race. Does exposure to texts through a typing game translate into any kind of comprehension, spark any interest, or create any other value? I’ll leave that to the community to decide, but I’m optimistic, and look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.

On the competitive side of things, the freshness of quotes has made the high scores on individual texts more accessible than they’ve been in years. Typeracer’s fastest typists haven’t been able to race on many of the new quotes, and some quotes have barely been raced at all. It’s fun to be among the first people to type a new quote, and as an added bonus, anyone who completes these quotes is bound to get on the high scores list for that quote.

Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

There are a lot of folks we need to thank for their contributions in helping us passing the 2,000 mark – you know who you are and thank you for everything. In particular, I’d like to thank Sean Wrona (arenasnow) who has given us much inspiration in terms of our vision for our texts.

Quick Tip – “Texts completed”

As a quick tip, you can track your progress in the quotes (i.e., how many of Typeracer’s total quotes you’ve completed at least 1 race on) with the “texts” metric on http://www.typeracerdata.com/leaders. It’s a fun way to track your progress, and you’ll know that as long as you’re racing, you’re making progress.

Interested in helping out? 

Anyone interested in helping us add more texts to Typeracer (selecting sources, entering texts into the system, reviewing texts, etc.), please email me david@typeracer.com or message me on your favorite typing game site.  We’d love to work with you.

Hope you enjoy the new texts, and know that we have a lot more coming in 2017. Let us know what kinds of quotes you want. Leave a comment on the blog, or stop by to discuss with us in the unofficial Typeracer Discord channel.

https://discordapp.com/invite/0ywHG3vVlLFli5tD/ (NSFW – not formally affiliated with Typeracer)

Thanks!

David (valikor)

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TypeRacer Championship 2017 launched!

Posted on January 14, 2017. Filed under: Contests, Guest Column, Stats, TypeRacer News, Universes |

Happy New Year

Hi All – Happy belated New Year! On behalf of Typeracer I’d like to introduce our first (but hopefully not last) guest author on this blog. Noah (licahfox) is an old-timer on the site, and truly a top-rate typist. Back in Aug. 2008, the first month that Typeracer supported user accounts, and thus the beginning of all our data, Noah was the #1 typist, with an average of 160 wpm during that month. He also had the highest single score (213 wpm), a huge 50-60wpm higher than his next competitor.

I recall being one of the best racers myself (my 128 wpm average put me in 6th place in this timeframe, and I was the second most winning typist (982 wins) — second only to Bob Bongloaded (bob_bongloaded), who had an impressive 2,000+ wins! Noah was always able to beat me, but at least with his being a professional organist, I was okay with that!

In any case, later in the post we’re going to introduce a new exciting feature. The dedication of Typeracer’s fan base over the years has been inspiring to me, and the fact that we have a chance to collaborate with an old Typeracer fan who’s been playing since the beginning is completely ‘yuge, and we’re happy to be working with Noah to introduce this new feature.  Let’s consider it Noah’s “Christmas present” to the Typeracer community – a engineering marvel for armchair software engineer Noah “Licahfox”, pulled off in all the spare time that he most certainly does not have.

It any case, since this “Christmas Present”, a new Typeracer contest format, is based on the Typeracerdata.com platform, we thought we’d announce Noah’s main TRData website here on our blog at the same time.

What is Typeracer Data?

Typeracerdata.com: It’s an awesome website for Typeracer fans and racers trying to track their progress. It’s also motivating, with statistics like “text bests” (the average of a user’s best race on each text). For me personally, this lets me view every race as an opportunity to beat my record on the individual text–regardless of how hard or easy it is–and effortlessly track my progress. This might help keep Typeracer fresh for some people. The rankings on the site are unofficial, since the database is incomplete by nature, but at least for the fastest typists, the data is largely complete and should be pretty accurate. And, the more the site is used, the more complete the data becomes!

The competition on Typeracer is heating up

One last thing I want to call-out before I turn you over to Noah is that I’m truly impressed with how the competitive environment on Typeracer has blossomed over the past 8 years. Noah had the fastest average in Aug. 2008 but is now #59! We now have racers such as “Typeracer Domination” Award-Winner Izzy (blade5468), Typeracer Hall-of-Fame 2016 nominee Fyda, Romanian typing legend Andrei “Why didn’t anyone nominate me?” Cristescu (kakarotto), upcoming Sean-Wrona-challenger Shazzy (treiderik)  are setting a very high bar, and it’s been a lot of fun racing with you guys in 2016 🙂

Here’s to 2017, and I shall pass you over to Noah. Anyone else interested in guest authoring can email me at david@typeracer.com, or message me on Typeracer. Thanks!

 David Pritts (valikor)

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Typeracer Championship 2017

By Guest author: Noah (licahfox)

 

Hi Typeracers,

We’ve launched a new competition called TypeRacer Championship 2017! Each month, the Championship Universe will contain a small number of texts, on which top typists will compete to see who can achieve the highest overall score;  We award prizes to those who rise to the top, both for the monthly competitions and also for the overall winners of 2017.

For the current session of January 2017, which runs through the end of the month, TypeRacer will offer prizes as follows:

  • First place: $50
  • Second through fifth place: One free premium account for a chosen username

Many racers have already enrolled in the first Championship round, which began earlier this month. Whether you want to compete for a prize, or simply see how far you can climb up the rankings, we encourage you to participate this month in TypeRacer Championship 2017!

TypeRacer Championship 2017 Official Site

Hope you enjoy it!

Noah (licahfox)

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