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2017 TypeRacer Competition Winners and Assorted Announcements

Posted on January 7, 2018. Filed under: Contests, Stats, TypeRacer News, Universes |

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Today we’re pleased to announce the TypeRacer 2017 yearly competition winners. The concepts of Points and Competitions were introduced in July; for anyone who’s not familiar, points are earned by completing Type Races (calculated as Points = Typing speed * Text length) and competitions are conducted daily, weekly, monthly, and annually, with winners being calculated based on total points accumulated. The feature wasn’t applied retroactively, so today’s 2017 competition winners are those typists who accumulated the greatest number of points from 7/26/2017 to the end of the year.

The list of the top 50 typists in 2017 is below in this blog post (the full top-100 is in TypeRacer Speed Records and Contest Winners (Google Docs]). Coming out at the top were TypeRacer stars Wordracer888 (TRData) and Deroche1 (TRData) — both averaging between 124-125wpm this year — as well as newcomer Viellain (TRData). We’ll be sending them some TypeRacer T-shirts to say “Congrats!” — it’s great having you guys on the site.

What better way to let people know you’re serious about typing than sporting a TypeRacer T-shirt or hoodie?

We’ll also be sending a TypeRacer t-shirt to the guy whose last on the list below — Mr. Jon Lachney (jlachneyTRData) — for a couple reasons. (1) To thank him for doing a great job leading the TypeRacer moderation team, and (2) To congratulate him on his 2017 typing performance (after all, #50 may be last on the list below, but it’s definitely not shabby out of millions of registered users!).

We’re offering a free year premium subscription to the other leaders in the top-10 — although at least half of them have already supported TypeRacer by purchasing one. We’ll give them next year free if they want.

Congrats to everyone, and good luck in the 2018 contest! The winners are listed below, and a few additional announcements are at the bottom of the post.

2017 TypeRacer Competition Winners

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 wordracer888 3,544,345 124.4 WPM 172 WPM 98.30% 31627
2 deroche1 2,901,098 124.8 WPM 317 WPM 97.80% 34193
3 viellain 2,831,396 105.4 WPM 222 WPM 97.90% 40325
4 bblaise 1,710,602 141.5 WPM 203 WPM 99.10% 14674
5 pjayys 1,625,837 93.7 WPM 132 WPM 97.70% 19663
6 chimchimchim 1,589,109 116.8 WPM 170 WPM 98.20% 15227
7 northern_lights 1,511,745 99.1 WPM 145 WPM 98.60% 16762
8 mikerubby 1,306,127 75.4 WPM 136 WPM 97.00% 20465
9 atthetop 1,252,103 122.2 WPM 232 WPM 96.90% 13796
10 kayak1 1,158,499 114.8 WPM 172 WPM 97.50% 11103
11 khronic 1,086,700 107.1 WPM 200 WPM 97.80% 11766
12 p0sh 1,053,562 133.5 WPM 225 WPM 98.60% 10434
13 disclo5ure 1,047,064 149.6 WPM 222 WPM 98.80% 8702
14 lithox2 1,001,555 128.4 WPM 200 WPM 97.60% 8994
15 crdm0 972,073 139.0 WPM 209 WPM 98.50% 8453
16 alpha_panda 959,177 148.0 WPM 285 WPM 98.50% 8665
17 newkeyboardlove 903,845 133.6 WPM 243 WPM 98.10% 10105
18 modest_ked 891,694 132.8 WPM 259 WPM 97.10% 8384
19 mark40511 851,227 114.5 WPM 164 WPM 99.20% 9867
20 thunberg123 791,723 116.4 WPM 168 WPM 98.10% 7936
21 oneguardsam 782,917 78.7 WPM 117 WPM 97.00% 11300
22 typingartist2 753,037 149.4 WPM 207 WPM 98.20% 5825
23 oooyay 751,409 96.4 WPM 137 WPM 97.20% 8703
24 rportnoy 749,107 88.6 WPM 126 WPM 98.70% 9762
25 tajiracer 744,474 103.7 WPM 160 WPM 98.70% 8221
26 vdud3 743,565 129.6 WPM 181 WPM 97.90% 7148
27 vinniwooh 739,708 133.0 WPM 280 WPM 98.60% 11696
28 smallchicken 736,896 93.3 WPM 165 WPM 97.40% 9214
29 mcaso123 735,811 154.0 WPM 246 WPM 97.30% 7403
30 get_a_lif3 698,900 115.5 WPM 177 WPM 97.80% 6775
31 vinninq 691,569 124.0 WPM 205 WPM 98.00% 10976
32 shariqueahmer 690,667 109.9 WPM 175 WPM 95.90% 7233
33 vixt 681,851 99.8 WPM 175 WPM 97.00% 7701
34 neopergoss 679,803 104.9 WPM 136 WPM 98.40% 7217
35 mc0sta 678,301 63.3 WPM 96 WPM 96.90% 12850
36 alanis 657,551 115.2 WPM 167 WPM 97.80% 6319
37 hujala 649,283 150.1 WPM 222 WPM 98.50% 5594
38 volhosis 630,919 129.6 WPM 249 WPM 97.50% 7107
39 miket349 630,723 103.5 WPM 144 WPM 98.00% 6950
40 mattbierwirth 624,798 102.7 WPM 138 WPM 97.20% 6752
41 ronakkaria 619,250 74.6 WPM 121 WPM 96.60% 9500
42 mako640 608,723 155.6 WPM 190 WPM 99.10% 4377
43 amun 598,470 127.5 WPM 184 WPM 98.30% 5295
44 shefakala 595,091 92.1 WPM 140 WPM 96.30% 7474
45 justiceex 588,105 88.2 WPM 138 WPM 97.00% 7490
46 stewiegriffin666 581,453 94.1 WPM 140 WPM 97.30% 7310
47 alyciahtollison 560,395 109.3 WPM 152 WPM 98.40% 5730
48 dizo 554,337 74.3 WPM 103 WPM 97.90% 8499
49 nameless337 546,723 132.8 WPM 165 WPM 99.20% 4564
50 jlachney 543,211 124.8 WPM 225 WPM 97.40% 6435

Monthly Competition Winners

DEC 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 deroche1 939,780 150.5 WPM 317 WPM 98.60% 6996
2 bblaise 496,608 143.1 WPM 203 WPM 99.10% 4175
3 newkeyboardlove 459,383 129.9 WPM 243 WPM 97.90% 4415
4 wordracer888 388,218 128.7 WPM 172 WPM 98.30% 3277
5 pjayys 381,254 98.4 WPM 132 WPM 97.90% 4313
6 viellain 325,623 143.2 WPM 222 WPM 98.10% 2779
7 shariqueahmer 316,345 112.1 WPM 175 WPM 96.00% 3230
8 trihard7 311,221 86.6 WPM 123 WPM 97.90% 4089
9 typingartist2 296,175 152.1 WPM 207 WPM 98.50% 2191
10 vinninq 284,243 124.5 WPM 205 WPM 98.00% 3872
11 atthetop 280,335 122.5 WPM 232 WPM 96.80% 2728
12 kayak1 266,717 113.1 WPM 165 WPM 97.40% 2551
13 lowda9 256,275 87.2 WPM 122 WPM 98.20% 3296
14 argyrwnt 241,521 54.5 WPM 87 WPM 95.90% 5571
15 chimchimchim 238,712 118.9 WPM 170 WPM 98.50% 2189

NOV 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 northern_lights 777,667 100.2 WPM 145 WPM 98.50% 8500
2 deroche1 634,416 88.3 WPM 308 WPM 97.70% 11568
3 wordracer888 569,763 125.5 WPM 170 WPM 98.30% 5043
4 viellain 511,373 142.4 WPM 218 WPM 98.00% 4360
5 smallchicken 492,835 93.1 WPM 159 WPM 97.40% 6180
6 crdm0 369,829 140.8 WPM 209 WPM 98.40% 3240
7 bblaise 347,570 143.8 WPM 202 WPM 99.10% 2963
8 mikerubby 342,289 79.4 WPM 136 WPM 97.00% 5351
9 analternateaccount 302,703 109.3 WPM 168 WPM 97.80% 3111
10 vinninq 283,474 124.2 WPM 202 WPM 97.90% 4851
11 lithox2 281,471 129.9 WPM 197 WPM 97.50% 2614
12 p0sh 281,302 134.4 WPM 221 WPM 98.60% 2963
13 pjayys 278,058 96.9 WPM 131 WPM 97.80% 3200
14 y4mz 263,551 98.5 WPM 150 WPM 96.50% 2981
15 tajiracer 262,624 102.7 WPM 137 WPM 98.60% 2815

OCT 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 wordracer888 1,103,479 123.1 WPM 171 WPM 98.30% 9945
2 viellain 811,400 131.5 WPM 213 WPM 97.70% 7673
3 northern_lights 599,526 97.8 WPM 139 WPM 98.70% 6760
4 deroche1 546,637 131.1 WPM 287 WPM 97.30% 8827
5 crdm0 523,935 138.3 WPM 205 WPM 98.50% 4500
6 lithox2 470,454 125.6 WPM 200 WPM 97.60% 4199
7 p0sh 294,190 131.7 WPM 213 WPM 98.50% 2462
8 mikerubby 273,533 77.1 WPM 124 WPM 97.10% 4116
9 largev 272,617 121.0 WPM 188 WPM 97.70% 3974
10 bblaise 260,967 143.5 WPM 192 WPM 99.20% 2219
11 kayak1 258,305 114.6 WPM 163 WPM 97.50% 2477
12 atthetop 257,956 122.7 WPM 226 WPM 96.90% 2644
13 pjayys 252,915 96.5 WPM 128 WPM 97.90% 3031
14 alpha_panda 250,876 147.4 WPM 271 WPM 98.30% 2288
15 oooyay 248,704 98.2 WPM 137 WPM 97.20% 2817

SEP 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 viellain 1,142,533 86.4 WPM 204 WPM 98.00% 25172
2 wordracer888 782,754 124.2 WPM 170 WPM 98.30% 7014
3 deroche1 758,946 153.3 WPM 300 WPM 97.70% 6599
4 chimchimchim 369,278 117.0 WPM 163 WPM 98.20% 3521
5 modest_ked 367,990 131.6 WPM 216 WPM 97.10% 3314
6 mikerubby 317,123 71.4 WPM 109 WPM 96.80% 5209
7 pjayys 315,874 91.3 WPM 126 WPM 97.60% 3979
8 kayak1 280,721 116.5 WPM 172 WPM 97.50% 2690
9 thunberg123 277,777 115.8 WPM 168 WPM 98.20% 2855
10 vinniwooh 274,627 133.2 WPM 194 WPM 98.70% 4749
11 disclo5ure 271,543 150.1 WPM 218 WPM 98.80% 2401
12 wumpified8 265,723 136.2 WPM 193 WPM 97.60% 2180
13 dizo 244,025 74.4 WPM 101 WPM 97.90% 3741
14 susavile 220,000 85.0 WPM 119 WPM 97.80% 2916
15 primalknight 218,547 129.5 WPM 211 WPM 97.70% 2966

AUG 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 wordracer888 620,240 123.3 WPM 169 WPM 98.40% 5626
2 vixt 426,588 98.7 WPM 158 WPM 96.90% 4880
3 chimchimchim 418,640 115.8 WPM 165 WPM 98.10% 4131
4 pjayys 397,735 88.0 WPM 118 WPM 97.60% 5140
5 typingartist2 383,871 147.7 WPM 206 WPM 98.00% 3055
6 bblaise 351,537 138.1 WPM 192 WPM 99.00% 3134
7 oooyay 271,887 94.1 WPM 134 WPM 97.10% 3233
8 ultrashibe 246,676 118.5 WPM 180 WPM 97.00% 4158
9 modest_ked 245,952 132.2 WPM 220 WPM 97.30% 2417
10 vinniwooh 242,717 130.2 WPM 188 WPM 98.60% 3725
11 atthetop 240,046 121.4 WPM 215 WPM 96.90% 3061
12 dizo 239,694 74.0 WPM 103 WPM 97.90% 3690
13 khronic 223,622 106.0 WPM 193 WPM 97.70% 2421
14 mark40511 207,607 109.3 WPM 160 WPM 99.00% 2148
15 tencion 202,495 102.6 WPM 143 WPM 97.10% 2230

JUL 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 erikjscott 133,865 145.2 WPM 219 WPM 98.70% 1113
2 bblaise 125,339 138.8 WPM 183 WPM 99.00% 1090
3 jlachney 114,565 119.6 WPM 196 WPM 97.30% 931
4 playscrabble 108,781 131.9 WPM 182 WPM 98.30% 920
5 vixt 106,303 91.9 WPM 131 WPM 96.50% 1316
6 fastermart 102,641 108.1 WPM 159 WPM 97.80% 964
7 atthetop 81,944 121.3 WPM 213 WPM 96.80% 991
8 wordracer888 79,892 124.9 WPM 170 WPM 98.20% 722
9 alanis 75,709 112.2 WPM 156 WPM 97.80% 775
10 typingartist2 72,901 148.3 WPM 205 WPM 98.10% 578
11 oooyay 70,907 92.6 WPM 120 WPM 97.10% 868
12 jessegarcia 70,849 135.3 WPM 186 WPM 97.70% 609
13 tereterna 63,439 112.0 WPM 145 WPM 98.00% 639
14 elusoryx 60,809 136.6 WPM 174 WPM 98.50% 514
15 tesla_diesel 58,696 120.4 WPM 153 WPM 98.70% 522

Other Announcements

We have a few additional announcements below:

  1. Typist⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘕𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘯 (osuboraTRData) has made a generous $20 contribution for the sake of sponsoring this year’s first monthly contest. I’ve personally matched his contribution, so we have a $40 prize pool for January. The prizes for the January competition are: 1ST PLACE – $20; 2ND and 3RD PLACE – $10. (Paypal account required). Good luck!
  2. The winner of TypeRacer Christmas art contest was been updated on the blog post here.
  3. As a quick “Christmas gift” to a few folks in the community who’ve been asking,  we’ve made two recent changes to TypeRacer universes. (1) began a pilot of a new “marathon” universe  dedicated to ultra-long texts  — currently they’re between 1,500 and 8,000 characters. (The longest texts on TR today are around 850 characters). We included texts such as  The Declaration of Independence (8,000 characters) and MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech (3,000 characters). This track is not for the faint of heart! Make sure you click “Change display format” and choose to display text on a single line. (2) The “code” universe, which features texts in various programming languages, has received some new texts. Feel free to submit texts for either universe!

That’s all for today – happy new years and good luck improving your typing in 2018!

♕ David ♕ (valikor – TRData)

In the Marathon Universe, the ultra-long texts might not fit on your screen unless you change your TypeRacer display settings to use one line only. Recommended for only the most serious typists 🙂

 

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TypeRacer Portuguese Refreshed

Posted on October 15, 2017. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

Chat with other typists on the TypeRacer Discord, and scroll down in this blog post to see how to help make TypeRacer better in your language

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Hi all,

This past week we replaced the Google Translate texts for TypeRacer Portuguese with high-quality, user-submitted texts. This is a continuation of the TypeRacer International project which began years ago back in 2009.

We’d like extend a big “thank you!” to Dudiellon ✟♔AhK♔✟ (dudiellon) for his help in collecting and entering the texts into the system. (Additional thanks go to Jorge Luiz, Gilberlan, Dan Cordeiro, Junior Panizio, and Felipe Moutinho). Dudiellon is also a TypeRacer moderator and one of our champion Portuguese/Brazilian typists, with 47,000 races and a top score of 190wpm. We asked him for a statement for this announcement, and here’s what he has to say:

“Olá comunidade Typeracer… Gostaria de expressar aqui toda minha alegria e satisfação pela conquista que obtivemos no universo Português. Há muito tempo que estamos já na busca de novos textos para o nosso idioma.  Quero agradecer a todos que se disponibilizaram a nos ajudar nessa empreitada. Sem vocês nada disso seria possível; Jorge Luiz, Gilberlan, Dan Cordeiro, Junior Panizio, Felipe Moutinho (Me desculpem se esqueci de alguém kkk). Obrigado por nos ajudar com os novos textos e sempre estar nos motivando. E especialmente ao David Valikor e ao Alex Epshteyn por toda paciência que tiveram comigo.  Muito obrigado!” — Dudiellon ✟♔AhK♔✟ (dudiellon), Oct. 15 2017

TypeRacer Language Picker

Use “More Options” on the main TypeRacer page to choose the language you want to TypeRace in.

Interested in helping add texts to TypeRacer in your language? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Submit quotes using the Contribute link at the bottom of the TypeRacer page.
  2. Help us review quotes for your language, and enter them into the system. We speak English/Russian/Chinese/Spanish, but we can’t review text submissions in any other languages. Email support@typeracer.com if you want to help.

Thanks!

David (valikorTRData)

Portuguese TypeRacer

The quotes in Portuguese no longer use Google Translate, making them easier, more fun to type, and better for real-world practice.

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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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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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Typeracer International Ready for Next Step–Seeking Typist Volunteers from Around the World!

Posted on August 17, 2013. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

[8/25/2017 update] Please click the CONTRIBUTE link at the bottom of the TypeRacer page to submit quotes in your language! Only complete submissions can be considered! Thanks!

 

Not a good way to translate, but it was the best we could do at the time.

Not a good way to translate, but it was the best we could do at the time.

As some of you may remember, Typeracer International was first created in 2009. At the time, we used Google Translate to automatically translate the English texts into all the other languages on Typeracer. We’ve made an effort to improve these, and people have offered to assist, but we didn’t have enough resources to coordinate this kind of large-scale project while also keeping up with fixing bugs, developing new features, staying compatible with new browsers, etc.

German polyglot Emil Krebs spoke 68 languages, but we at Typeracer do not. So, we need your help!

German polyglot Emil Krebs spoke 68 languages, but we at Typeracer do not. So, we need your help!

We hope that in the future, Typeracer can use real content from all of these countries and languages, and make Typeracer truly international!

We hope that in the future, Typeracer can use real content from all of these countries and languages, making Typeracer truly international and showcasing the beauty of our world community–in the one way we at Typeracer can!

The good news, though, is that we are now ready to take on this project! Of course, the Typeracer team does not speak 50 languages, so we can’t do it alone! As I mentioned last week, we will be looking for volunteers to oversee the collection of texts in other languages, and this project is officially launching now!

We hope to create small teams to collect texts in each language. Each team-member will contribute his or her favorite texts, as well as review the texts suggested by other users in the same language; this is to assure quality, meaning that the texts should be fun, interesting, and appropriate (no profanity, no offensive content, and nothing that is unsuitable for young users).

After all the members of a language team have approved all the texts (and removed any that they can’t agree on), the team leader (to be selected by the Typeracer team) will submit them to the Typeracer team for use on the site.

If you are interested joining the team to improve Typeracer in your language, please contact me at david@typeracer.com, and I will add your name to the list and provide more instructions. In the meantime, start collecting your favorite quotes! (Of course, if you don’t have time to review texts, etc., but still want to submit your favorite quotes, you can email them to me, and I will send them to the relevant language team, once it has been created!)

Thanks, and I look forward to racing some of you in other languages soon!

David Pritts (valikor)
Typeracer Administrator

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Design A New Universe

Posted on January 27, 2011. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

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athletics (noun): competitive activities such as sports and games requiring stamina, fitness, and skill.  — wiktionary.org

Over the past three years, TypeRacer has been a fun, even addictive, virtual world for personal development and sportive competition, visited by thousands of people every day. Although I like to think that my selection of funny and interesting texts for typing had something to do with TypeRacer’s success, the athletics of typing is really the main ingredient that keeps people coming back to the site. It’s fun to to compete against people from all over the world in typing, a vital, everyday skill, and it’s rewarding to see the improvement in your focus, stamina, and dexterity.

There is also a lot of potential in TypeRacer as a medium for learning new information and I believe that a community effort to create new sections (“universes”) within typeracer.com is the way to unlock that potential.

The technology for creating specialized new collections of texts on any topic is already in place. Last year we launched a number of new TypeRacer Universes (one for accuracy and fifty for different languages). If you are not yet among the twenty six thousand people who have already tried racing in another universe, let me explain:

A Typeracer Universe is a distinct version of the typeracer.com website which is accessed through its own unique URL such as (http://play.typeracer.com/universe/code). It has all of the same functionality, but with a distinct set of texts and stats (the high scores will represent only the races completed in that universe).

A small group of us, including David Pritts (famous for appearing in the TypeRacer walkthrough video as well as being able to comfortably type 140 wpm), and a number of school teachers, have been experimenting with this new medium since last summer. David designed two new universes: one for learning SAT vocabulary and another consisting of only the easy texts from the standard rotation (which might be a hit with our “race selectors”). Meanwhile, the teachers have been successfully using their private universes to teach their students.

With this technology ready to be put to wider use, I need your help to unlock its full potential. Let’s build some new universes this year!  We could have universes that teach history, science, languages, and just about anything else. At the same time, we could create universes with different themes just for fun. Please submit your ideas!

Examples:

  • texts with only lowercase letters and no punctuation (for devices like the iPad)
  • real texts in a different language (it’s not hard to do better than our machine translations!)
  • quotes from your favorite book
  • jokes / humor
  • typing code in your favorite programming language
  • subjects like history, law, biology, physics, classic literature, etc.

Please tell us about any category of texts that you would enjoy typing or learning. Some universes could become powerful learning tools for various subjects while others could exist just for fun.

How to participate:


Please submit your ideas as comments on this blog post and vote for ideas submitted by others (using the thumbs up/down buttons). If your idea is chosen, you will get a free TypeRacer Admin account, which will let you create and maintain a new TypeRacer Universe. Or, if you see an idea that you like, you could volunteer to help create that universe.

Creating your own universe with an admin account is simple: just enter your new texts or choose from a list of existing texts (take a look at the screenshots).

If you’re submitting an idea or an offer to help, please don’t forget to mention your typeracer.com username so we can contact you later.

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

The only limits are the limits of your imagination. Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud. — Bono

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