多読コンテスト Round 2 For Dummies

…or not since I’m horrible at explaining things. A lot of this is going to be the same as the old post, new parts will be larger and bolded.

Round 2 starts on 4/1/2011 0:00:00 your time and ends on 4/30/2011 23:59:59 your time

Updating your score

As in the first round, we shall be using the TadokuBot to update our score*.

The biggest changes here are :

  1. You can have multiple updates per tweet.

    Place a semicolon between medium updates inorder to update multiple counts with 1 tweet.
    Ex: @TadokuBot 25 #book; 65 #manga; 36 #sentence
    If you forget the semicolon get ready to use the #undo function
  2. Updates must be in a certain format.

  3. Updates must be in the following format “@TadokuBot [number] #[optional tag like dr or language tag] #“. Reasoning for this explained in number 3.
  4. You can have other numbers in your update tweets.

  5. As long as you follow proper format, you can put extra number in your updates now. So “@TadokuBot 1789 #book; I read 3 books today in 1 sitting!” will work just fine.
  6. Languages other than Japanese

  7. If you are reading a language other than Japanese you will have to let the bot know by including the languages tag before the medium.
    Ex.”@TadokuBot 542 #fr #sentences”
  8. Submitting reading times for Subs and Nico

    Instead of calculating the minutes your self, you can now submit times using the following format “@TadokuBot H:MM #subs”. H being hour and MM being minutes. Seconds are ignored on purpose since they are worth 1/300th of a page in subs or 1/600th if its ニコニコ.

list of all the current tags

  • #book
    • #dr ( for Japanese use only)
  • #manga
  • #net
  • #fullgame
  • #game
  • #lyric
  • #subs
  • #news
  • #nico
  • #sentences
  • #undo
  • #[insert language here]
    • #fr – French
    • #de – German
    • #es – Spanish
    • #en – English
    • #kr – Korean
    • #th – Thai
    • #cn – Chinese
    • #it – Italian
    • #nl – Dutch
    • #pl – Polish
    • #el – Greek
    • #ru – Russian
    • #eo – Esperanto
  • #repeat

The rest of this is mostly copied from the last “how to” post.

The non medium tags explained
  1. #Undo will obviously be used when you make a boo-boo in your updating tweet. It will make it so that your last update never even happened. Usage is as follows: “@TadokuBot #undo I f’ed up” That last part is completely optional :p (Note: Please wait until the undo action takes place to update your score again)
  2. #Repeat was born from our new rule letting you re-read material for a smaller return (#fifth is the maximum) . Syntax goes like this: “@TadokuBot 200 #manga #fifth” #fifth could be #second or #third etc.
  3. #dr means double rowed and is to be used in case you have a book that is formatted like this. It gives a small boost (*1.48) to equal out the extra reading you are doing per page. #dr is only to be used with Japanese books and requires the #book tag to work. ( f’n BDH)

Where you stand

Q: “But Silent, how will everyone know my awesome score if I’m only tweeting what I’ve read in the last [insert time period]”

A: Fear not, everyone will know just how awesome you are because TadokuBot will tweet your completely calculated score [so you guys might want to follow it] when you update it. You can also always view the scores the old way on the ranking list(won’t be active until the competition starts).

(small note : the new system updates every minute)

* Currently working on another method of updating, hopefully will be up this weekend.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hanikamiya
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 07:58:32

    I had to study for school, but tonight I would have time to look at Spanish and French books. Do you still need the stats? I also am kind of desparate for being allowed a fourth language – is the limit because of technical reasons, or to not make the participants burn themselves out?


    • readmod
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 08:04:15

      I would love some stats for spanish! And the limit is so that you get to actually extensively reading in all the languages. Having too many limits just how extensive you can get.


      • hanikamiya
        Mar 30, 2011 @ 17:23:29

        I looked at 10 paperback copies of Spanish books I own and averaged about 19,22 sentences per page. Authors like Llosa, Allende, Crichton, with quite different sentence length and typesetting between the different books. As comparision, one screen of Don Quixote (Gutenberg, html version) has 16,2 sentences with my screen settings.
        No idea if that helps.

        I know I still have to register, but I’m still thinking hard about my language combination and whether I can afford to postpone the fourth.

      • readmod
        Mar 30, 2011 @ 17:27:39

        Sweet, that will work just fine. Thank you! You’ve got another day or so to ponder your language choice 🙂

  2. hjordis
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:20:22

    I changed my twitter name just after registering because I realized it wasn’t what I thought it was(I don’t use my twitter much). Is that going to be a problem?


    • readmod
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:32:27

      There will be a problem. The bot has a different name for you and there is a large possibility that twitter search will ignore you for a while making you invisible to the bot.

      Try registering with your new account name. If the search doesn’t see you you will probably have to make a new twitter account just to make sure you can be seen by the time the contest starts.


  3. hjordis
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:31:50

    Also, I don’t own any double rowed books, but it seems like you’d actually be reading less due to the space in the middle… are the pages bigger or something? What about PDFs? For Japanese at least, a PDF page is significantly larger than a typical(paperback) book. It’s probably larger for most other languages too, but Japanese does tend to have tiny books.


  4. jsj2003
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 18:54:14

    I’m not cool enough to have an e-reader, soooo I’ll be reading directly from the Aozora Bunko website. I thought about using the “net” tag, but I’m not clear on how it works. Will you explain exactly what we’re counting when we use the “net” tag, or would it be best to use the “sentence” tag?


    • readmod
      Mar 31, 2011 @ 18:56:37

      Sentences are for short things like L2 definitions or tweets. the net tag is for internet reading. If in doubt count the characters on the page and divide them by 400


    • hjordis
      Apr 02, 2011 @ 18:55:05

      If you’re looking up words in a monolingual dictionary that only uses your second language, then those definitions are L2 definitions.


  5. melitu
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 13:18:36

    I posted 70 sentences but the TadokuBot increased my overall page count from 78.2 to 119.55, making 70 sentences equivalent to 41+ pages? Something seems off. Anyways, I undid the update for now.


    • readmod
      Apr 03, 2011 @ 13:25:45

      We are currently using the old bot so you cannot have extra numbers in your update. “70 #sentence レベル別日本語多読ライブラリー レベル1 Vol 3” is read as 703 sentences (the unicode number is skipped) which does come out to a little over 41 pages.


  6. melitu
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 13:30:04

    Ah, sorry! 分かりました。 I’ll put the 3 as an unicode number, too ^_~


  7. Arthaey Angosii
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 19:58:29

    I just sent #reg to @TadukuBot. I’ll be doing Spanish and German.

    I have a question about what units we’re supposed to use with the various media options, and what exactly some of the media are. It’s pretty obvious that #book should use number of pages, and #sentence is, well, the number of sentences. 😉

    But what units are expected for #net (presumably that’s reading web content)? #lyric? #news (like TV news, or news articles?)?

    And what do the following media options even refer to? #fullgame #game #subs #nico

    If I’m reading a German graphic novel, should I just use #manga?


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