Universes

TypeRacer for Kids – October 2019 Update

Posted on October 28, 2019. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

Hey teachers and students!

We’re expanding TypeRacer for Kids with new content carefully curated for educational contexts. This month we added new texts from books earning the ALSC’s Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and other Honor Books. You can access the 100%-free educational typing environment here: http://play.typeracer.com/?universe=education

🏫 New Content – TypeRacer for Kids

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Some of the selections included in October’s update.

This month, we’ve added texts from the following books:

One of our favorites here on TypeRacer is Alma and How She Got Her Name. Alma, the main character, is puzzled about why she has so many names that don’t seem to fit her. It’s a tale of self-exploration and understanding one’s roots, and through her father, she comes to appreciate the traditions of her ancestors that gave birth to her long name. What seemed so weird to her actually fits her perfectly and connects her to her precious heritage.

We hope students love improving their typing speed on age-appropriate and engaging content! For more information about TypeRacer for Kids, please read our previous blog post.

🍎 Teachers – you can contribute, too!

This is a new offering. Please let us know your feedback so that we can continue to make improvements. If there is content that you use with your students and want to see on TypeRacer for Kids, feel free to recommend it to us. You can contact us at education [at] typeracer.com.

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Introducing TypeRacer for Kids – a free, educational TypeRacing experience

Posted on August 31, 2019. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

To celebrate the back-to-school season, TypeRacer is announcing TypeRacer for Kids. It’s the same as the classic, public TypeRacer environment you’re familiar with, but with its own texts, high scores, and unique URL. Most importantly, the carefully-curated race content is optimized for educational contexts with students 14-years-old and below, e.g. classrooms, homeschooling, computer camps, etc.

It’s available here: http://play.typeracer.com/?universe=education 

🏫 What’s inside?

Some of the selections included in TypeRacer for Kids.

TypeRacer for Kids is loaded exclusively with  educational texts from the ASLC’s notable children’s book lists. The ASLC is a division of the American Library Association, and each book has been carefully selected as having “especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.”

 

🌌 How is this different from “TypeRacer for Schools”?

TypeRacer for Schools is a paid product which affords teachers full control over their students’ typing — from controlling access to their private universe, and customizing every text their students type. It’s also 100% ad-free and optimized for student privacy. Click here for more info.

TypeRacer for Kids is a free, ad-supported environment which is accessible to anyone on the internet. Each race text is optimized for kids — being age-appropriate and bolstering educational value.

 

🙋 Other FAQs

❓I’m a TypeRacer for Schools customer. Can I use texts from TypeRacer for Kids?

Sure! Shoot us an email at education [at] typeracer [dot] com and we’ll help you set it up.

❓There are users with inappropriate usernames/profile pictures in the TypeRacer for Kids environment! Can you help? 

Because TypeRacer for Kids is a free, publicly-available environment, we cannot guarantee bad guys don’t get in. For a fully private environment, you can consider TypeRacer for Schools.

However, you can right-click and “report” offensive users. Our moderation team will address it as soon as possible.

❓I have some content I’d love to see in TypeRacer for Kids. Can I recommend it?

Sure! Please click the “Contribute” link at the bottom of the main TypeRacer page and fill out the form with your favorite content. Note that we’re currently only accepting award-winning content from American Library Association’s children’s book lists. After submission, please shoot us an email letting us know which list(s) your content is from.

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New English Texts Added – May 2019

Posted on May 27, 2019. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

💬 Chat with other typists in the official TypeRacer Discord!

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We’ve reviewed and collected your text submissions this month, with ~150 new English texts activated and ready to be typed! The “play” universe has now officially reached 6,000 unique texts.

Special thanks go to Styro (styrofoamTRData) and JGG (jgg_im_bad TRData) for reviewing hundreds of user-submitted quotes, as well as Pentalon (pentalon TRData) for managing recent user feedback and corrections.

💡 We’re listening to feedback!

Corrections of the texts such as typographical errors and non-typeable characters have been implemented across a variety of languages based on user feedback. See a problem? Email support [at] typeracer.com, or head to our Discord. We read 100% of messages shared in the #feedback channel, and also have #new-text-discussion, channel dedicated to discussion round new content in any language. As always, we hope you enjoy the new content.

📝 Want to contribute?

Do you want to type your favorite quotes on TypeRacer? We’re encouraging everyone to send in submissions! Just click on the “Contribute” button at the bottom of the page to submit any content (in any language). Typos and formatting issues will generally result in your submission being denied. Remember, only complete submissions will be considered, including a valid ISBN-10 or ASIN number for all English content. You can find ASIN or ISBN-10 numbers by scrolling down on the Amazon product page for any book/movie/etc. and checking the “Product details“.

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Thanks to these users whose content submissions were activated in the batch:

musashiaharon, baited, doodled, volhosis, Purple_love, viggojohansen, robodude22, kido2976, mysticaleevee, tkpwaeub, LeCleric, terrible_typist, Eruannion, plorksauce, trickroom, ashbygeek, mattbierwirth, newchip35, rom10cort, Tayloryams, joeborez79, lilblukat, aaronadams, dragoness_lily, lion2509, 4beth_esda, mxlxdx, jgg_im_bad, hyper_racer, lunardrift, teiloq, styrofoam, Mavanore, Jazzanaih, ridlzz1, aji3, timjeffery44, KeeganT, h0nny, joshybigmac, ciaerwinbtanpiengco, ambizzle, svt17, toowanjeon, delawarelights, chakk, baconhawka7x, lewist, and BioLlama112.

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New English and International Texts – Apr. 2019

Posted on April 14, 2019. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

Chat with other typists on the TypeRacer Discord chat!

Over the past couple weeks we activated a bunch of new content on TypeRacer. In English, there’s a total of ~250 new user-submitted English quotes, bringing the total number of English quotes in the main “play” universe up to 5,900. A special thanks goes to Styro (styrofoam – TRData) and JGG (jgg_im_bad – TRData) for reviewing hundreds of user-submitted quotes here, as well as Pentalon (pentalonTRData) for curating a list of high quality content activated last week.

If you see your name at the bottom of this post, at least one quote you’ve contributed is now active, and the user-submitted quotes spreadsheet above will help you see which of your submissions were accepted.

TypeRacer International also continues to move forward. We recently added:

Corrections to texts (typographical errors, non-typeable characters) have been implemented across a variety of languages, based on user feedback. See a problem? Email support [at] typeracer.com, or head to our Discord. We read 100% of messages shared in the #feedback channel, and also have #new-text-discussion channel dedicated to discussion around new content in any language.

As always, we hope you enjoy the new content, and we encourage everyone to click the Contribute link at the bottom of the main TypeRacer page to submit the content you want to type on TypeRacer (in any language). As a reminder, only complete submissions can be considered (including a valid ISBN-10 or ASIN number for all English content). Typos and formatting issues will generally result in your submission being denied.

Thanks to everyone who contributed! See you on the racetrack.

David (valikor – TRData)

 

Users whose content submissions were activated in this batch:

23bmoney23
aaronadams
abigail_w
aji3
akgabe
alstr
arielhsu2011
Aryore
atthetop
Avanier
awesomerly
BenyoBoy
bhuyquang1
blade5468
bookaddict13
boydkeizer
cdbriggs
chakk
ciaerwinbtanpiengco
cws2002
Cymek
Dauxsis
doodled
dr_gammaray
erono
estevaoima
ethbomb
Favidavid
FlyingAce
foggyy
Fusion035
Garvin Lim
guccigraain
iamvariant
jack_ery
jgg_im_bad
Jody
johanliebert
josh924
jostwiththemost
loltyger1
m7anfash
mattbierwirth
MrBumblepants
myle_7894
Polyatomic
ppubalo
ryuzakisultan
sigma_phi_delta
skylos
SlagTheRisen
slickserpent99
specialized
spu-qwerty
styrofoam
timjeffery44
trickroom
volhosis
xKDxx

 

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TypeRacer International – 9 new languages available with user-submitted content

Posted on December 16, 2018. Filed under: TypeRacer News, Universes |

Quick links:

9 Languages Refreshed on TypeRacer

Over the past few months we’ve been doubling down on expansion into new languages on TypeRacer. Although we first launched TypeRacer International way back in 2009, most of our non-English languages have relied on Google Translate — and the content quality has been poor. We remain committed to phasing out all of the bad Google Translate content and replacing it with 100% user-submitted content from TypeRacers like you, in different countries all over the world.

Today we’re pleased to announce that in the following languages, content is now 100% user-submitted – no more Google Translate.

In addition, the number of quotes in Portuguese and Spanish were significantly increased. See the latest status of all languages, including the number of texts, in Google Sheets here.

Thanks to the following users who contributed significantly to the efforts: typeASDFracer, Warrior, Brugen, Glevion, Jeronimo/SlowMotion, 4nn4n45, Jooker21, Andreaak00, ThePerfidious, Sponandi, Lorissou_, Fou Dubulbe, pissdrache, bhuyquang1, beporacer, uaqlover, oli86, Signal1, and sarait90.

How can you help?

The TypeRacer International project belongs to everyone, and we welcome volunteers to get involved, no matter how much time you have — from 10 minutes to 10 months.

If you want to contribute for 10 minutes

Most of our non-English languages have only 1-2 hundred texts, and we always need more — so help submit great content in your language. In addition, since all the content is user-submitted, and we don’t speak all the languages in the world, we know there could be some content errors — misspellings, grammar, even characters that cannot be typed. Let us know and we’ll fix it.

If you want to contribute for a few hours

In the past, it’s been challenging to engage with our volunteers to localize TypeRacer in different languages. Adding texts into our database was a manual process; we’d have to train people on how to do this (it’s extremely boring) and people would often lose interest quickly. We have now automated the text-entry, and that means our volunteers can now focus on the most important work – identifying high-quality, interesting content in your languages.

If you have a few hours, you can submit a spreadsheet to us (Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets) including all the required info for 50+ quotes, and we’ll upload your content directly to TypeRacer. Required info is title, author, actual content to type, language, type (book/movie/song/etc.), and ASIN/ISBN-10. See HERE for a sample.

Tips:

  • Only use content from published sources.
  • If your book/movie/song isn’t available on Amazon, use 0000000000 (ten zeros) for the ASIN/ISBN.
  • Use find/replace to remove non-typeable characters. The most common examples in English are below, but your language may be different.
    • — should be –
    • – should be –
    • “ and ” should be “
    • ‘ and ’ should be ‘
    • … should be …
  • If any of your quotes are long, consider also adding a short version, so typists of different skill levels can enjoy the content.

Since other TypeRacers may have already submitted some content in your language, you can also help us review previous submissions. To do so, you can (1) save a copy of our user-submitted content database to your Google Drive, (2) delete the bad content or fix any errors in your language, and (3) save the good content to the spreadsheet you send to us.

Since our submissions form previously was missing a lot of languages (and is still missing a few), you may need to check “Other” to find content in your language.

The bottom line: Give us a spreadsheet of high-quality content with 50+ quotes in your language (from your favorite books, and/or the content submitted by others) and we can add it to TypeRacer — usually within 3-5 days. See here for a sample.

If you want to be a dedicated leader for your language

Contact us at support@typeracer.com, or come to our Discord channel and check out #new-text-discussion. Because we can only read a few languages, we hope to find leaders for different languages who can help with reviewing submissions (same as above), reviewing feedback about typos/inappropriate content etc. and fixing them in our system, and coordinating with other volunteers in your language.

♕ David ♕ (valikor – TRData)

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2017 TypeRacer Competition Winners and Assorted Announcements

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

Chat with other typists on the TypeRacer Discord chat!

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 |

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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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