A Very 多読 Manual

I realized that tadoku may have been a little confusing earlier since all the information was spread around a bunch of old post so I am going to pool all that information into this post. This contest runs on twitter.

    1. Contest Months

The ReadMOD Tadoku contests runs during the months of Updated schedule in the top right of the blog This means that the contest starts the second that the timezone you inhabit hits a contest month. example  January 1, 2012 00:00:00.  Contest rounds end on the last second of the month. Example January 31, 2012 23:59:59.
    1. Mediums and Values

You can read various types of media for the Tadoku contest. Each medium has a different points (points = Tadoku pages) per page value associated with it.  The following list will show you the viable mediums and points per page (ppp) values.

        • #book  : 1 ppp
          • #dr [6] – (double rowed) Japanese Only : 1.48 ppp
        • #manga : 0.2 ppp
        • #net : 1 ppp
        • #fullgame [1] : 0.1667 pps (points per screen) [2]
        • #game[3] :  0.05 pps [4]
        •  #lyric: 1 ppl (point per lyrics for whole song)
        • #subs : 0.2 ppm (points per minute)
        • #news : 1 ppp
        • #nico : 0.1 ppm
        • #sentences : Language dependent
    1. How to Register

If you are using the application, registering to take part in the contest is as easy as hitting the “sign in with twitter” button on the site, pressing the register button, and then selecting which languages you want to read and optionally your goal for the month. Very straight forward! If you want to register via the bot, please follow the instructions below.

Registering for Tadoku contests usually starts 15 days before the start of the round and closes midway into the contest. Participants are restricted to 3 reading languages in order to ensure that they get to read extensively in each language.  When you sign up you will let the bot know you are registering by using the #reg tag followed by what languages[5] (separated with a semicolon) you plan on reading in. Example:

“@TadokuBot #reg #lang1; #lang2; #lang3”
If you only intend on reading  Japanese you simply submit “@TadokuBot #reg”. This will set your language to JP automatically.
If you only plan on reading 2 languages simply remove “; #lang3” from the first example : “@TadokuBot #reg #lang1; #lang2”.  Participants that only plan on reading one language (that isn’t Japanese) simply remove everything behind #lang1.  If your attempt to register is successful the bot should send you back a message confirming that you have registered.
  • Setting a goal

    You may set a goal as long as the register is open.  Simply tweet “@TadokuBot #target {number}“(minus the {}) to set your goal for this round. This may also be attached to your initial register tweet.
  • Submitting your read pages

Reading submissions, like registering, are handled by the TadokuBot. In order to submit your update to the bot you simply tell the bot how much(page, screens, minutes) you read and what medium it was. You are not required to do any page conversion, the bot will handle all that for you. Example:
“@TadokuBot 51 #manga”

Be very careful to section off other non-update related numbers with a semicolon.If you forget this the bot will include that number in your update. Example:

“@TadokuBot 94 #book; Man Harry Potter book 6 is awesome!”
The example above is a shows the correct way to section off other numbers from an update. If the semicolon had not been placed the bot would read the update as 946 #book. Please don’t forget your semicolons.
You can submit however many updates you like at once provided that you separate each medium’s update with a semicolon. Example:
“@TadokuBot 51 #manga; 12 #book; 982 #sentences”

a. Submitting minutes

The #subs and #nico mediums require you submit the time watched. The syntax for that is HH:MM, H being hour and M being minutes. Example:
“@TadokuBot 01:50 #subs” 
The colon must be present or the bot will ignore the update.
The bot will now take subs submitted just like the other format. ex.
“@TadokuBot 170 #subs”

b. Submitting pages you re-read (repeats)

If you have previously something before but would still like to read it for the contest you must tell the bot how many times you have read the text. You receive half as many points for each read. So if this is your second time reading a book you would use the #second tag. Third time? #third etc (note: the repeats only go to #fifth) Example:
“@TadokuBot 80 #book #third”

c. Undoing a mistake

If you incorrectly submit an update you can undo it by using the #undo tag. The #undo tag deletes your last update and recalculates your score.  If you previously submitted a tweet with 10 updates and made a mistake in the 5th update you have to undo all the updates that followed that tweet AND that update (thats 6 undos). Example (for 3 undos) :
“@TadokuBot #undo; #undo; #undo”

d. Submitting for languages other than Japanese

Previous examples have shown the way to submit pages for Japanese language reading. If you want to submit pages for another language all you have to so is specify which languages the submission is for. To do this all you have to do is add the language tag to the end of that particular update. Example showing multiple language submission:
“@TadokuBot 15 #book #pt; 86 #net #ko”
    1. Checking your score/rank

You may view your current page count and rank at any time by viewing the ranking page.
    1. List of all the tags

      • #book
        • #dr ( for Japanese use only)
      • #manga
      • #net
      • #fullgame
      • #game
      • #lyric
      • #subs
      • #news
      • #nico
      • #sentences
      • #undo
      • Lang tags
        • #fr – French
        • #de – German
        • #es – Spanish
        • #en – English
        • #ko – Korean
        • #th – Thai
        • #zh – Chinese
        • #it – Italian
        • #nl – Dutch
        • #pl – Polish
        • #el – Greek
        • #ru – Russian
        • #eo – Esperanto
        • #he – Hebrew
        • #sv – Swedish
        • #pt  – Portuguese
        • #af – Afrikaans
        • #ar – Arabic
        • repeat tags
          • #second
          • #third
          • #fourth
          • #fifth
  • Additional Information

    • What counts as a net page?

For those of us reading Japanese finding out our page count from text is as easy as copying the text into word and dividing the word/character count by 400. The rest of you however will have to estimate based on the length of the passage. If its short its best to just count the sentences.

    • Do SRSed sentences count?

Text that has be entered into a Spaced Repetition System is not allowed to be counted for the contest due to the high repetition.

If you have any questions you can comment here or contact me on twitter @LordSilent.

[1] : “Fullgames” are visual novels where text covers the whole screen.  Example
[2] : That’s (1/6)th a page
[3] :”Games” tag is for visual novels that display text inside a text box. Example (If you are playing a game that isn’t as text heavy please count the sentences and adjust them to games for submission.)
[4] : That’s (1/20)th a page
[5] : See the language tags above
[6] : The #dr tag is only to be used with the Japanese language and must be accompanied by the #book tag. Example

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.

Last Minute

The contest starts in about 8 hours in New Zealand so I’ll take this time to make some last minute announcements.

  1. Mletterlejp was kind enough to make a clicker program for use to use during the contest. Its called Tacriku and will be useful for keeping track of your screen count and things like that. Thanks Maikeru!
  2. The ranking page is up and is available here. If you click on a participants name you will see their “Stats of Wrath” page. This page displays what the participant has been reading, what percentage of their total a particular medium is and their daily reading average.  Also if you click “The Ranking” on the ranking page you will be linked to a breakdown of the all the reading in the contest.

I would also like to reiterate that the contest starts at January 1 2011 00:00:00 your time. Don’t get all excited and start submitting before time!

Update system clarification

I just want to make a few things about the updating procedure clear before the contest begins

  1. Unlike in the previous contest you do not have to do any calculations before you update.
  2. So lets say you read 50 pages of manga, there is no need to calculate how many pages that is just tweet “@TadokuBot 50 #manga”. Same for all the other mediums. Watched 45 minutes of subs? tweet “@TadokuBot 45 #subs”. No math required on your part. Cool right?

  3. No doubling up medium updates
  4. If you read 10 pages of manga and then read 35 pages from a book you can not tweet “@TadokuBot 10 #manga 35 #book”. The bot will interpret this as 1035 pages of manga and 1035 pages from a book (it’s not that smart). So keep your updates separate 🙂

  5. Sentences are for small amounts of text
  6. You know, like definitions and stuff that

If you guys have any more questions please let me know. I’ll try to answer them as clearly as possible.

Edit: Updated the rules post with example pictures of the 2 different types of games

Edit 2: General claification

  • The tadoku competition starts when the clock strikes January 1 2011 your time and ends January 31 2011 23:59:59 your time

Ebook Readers, or How the Cool Kids Read

This time around a lot of participants (within the irc.rizon.net #ajatt crew at least) are purchasing kindles and nooks to read their Japanese materials on so I’ve gathered up some links for you guys. Also a few days ago nac_est asked about counting pages on ebook readers, having foreseen this problem I asked BlackDragonHunt to make a script to add the page count into the files (explained in the Tadoku Tools link below).

The Links

  1. Tadoku Tools
  2. Using Your E-Reader for Evil (And a Little Japanese) ←You really want to take a look at this if you are using the novel packs or 青空文庫
  3. All aboard the kindle bandwagon
  4. How I use my kindle

ReadMOD 2.0 and You

Updating your score

We will be using a “new” system for updating scores. As you probably guessed from registration, it involves the TadokuBot. So let’s get into it.

The most significant change is that the system is now additive, meaning that you no longer have to calculate  your complete score every time you want to update your pagecount(nor do you have to do any calculating or adjusting depending on the medium). The second big change is the update format. No longer is the syntax for updating “#pagecount #tadoku”. Instead you will be specifying the type of reading you did.

Example score update:

@TadokuBot 56 #book

Pretty simple right?  here’s a list of all the current medium tags

  • #book
  • #manga
  • #net
  • #fullgame
  • #game
  • #lyric
  • #subs
  • #news
  • #nico
  • #sentence

Please be mindful to not include other numbers in your tweet other than your pagecount update.
Please do not retweet others’ score updates.
One medium update per tweet please. (Do not do this @TadokuBot 96 #books 5000000 #manga)

The other 2 #tags
  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. Syntax goes like this: “@TadokuBot 200 #manga #fifth” #fifth could be #second or #third etc.
  3. (still working on these 2 a bit)

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).

Linkage

As previously mentioned, there will be 4 tadoku/ReadMOD contests this year, each with its own respective winner. There will however be an overall winner for the year. That person will be the contestant who has read the most over all 4 contests. That should be plenty incentive to keep on reading even if you don’t win the individual contests 🙂

(small note : the new system updates every 5 minutes)

Registration for 多読 2011 is open!

The register is finally open! In order to register for the contest all you have to do is tweet “@tadokubot #reg [insert hilarious quote]” minus the quotes of course. You should get a tweet if your registration is successful. TadokuBot is a bot I made especially for tadoku! I’ll be posting details about it shortly. I’ll be keeping a list here but it may be outdated. To see the SUPER REAL-TIME list please  check here.

Current list

  1. e_dub_kendo
  2. burritolingus
  3. xatlasm
  4. Kanjiwarrior
  5. lordsilent ←俺
  6. loafyi
  7. BlackDragonHunt ← Previous winner
  8. emilyrct
  9. mletterlejp
  10. IvanMeredith
  11. Landorien
  12. KSaiydT
  13. qqkachoojp
  14. Moniiku
  15. momonigiri
  16. pbadger
  17. srunnels
  18. tummai
  19. Seizar86
  20. Little_strokes
  21. nac_est
  22. fahadalassiry
  23. diogovk
  24. rtkbot
  25. Yuffie89
  26. LizLearns
  27. mikotoneko
  28. mullr
  29. languageez
  30. Lorata
  31. curryisyummy
  32. aiorral
  33. hotsw4p
  34. JapanNewbie
  35. Sakatsu
  36. don_rivers
  37. incorporeality (Reading French)
  38. takkie3 (Reading English)
  39. Little_Stro_ENG (Little_Strokes #2 reading English. I expect him to be a pile of ash at the end month)
  40. tonesvenn
  41. mikankun
  42. sandkatt
  43. crystalcampbell
  44. funshinefirefly
  45. ImaginaryJapan
  46. ShiiraShiira
  47. zhongruige (Reading Chinese)
  48. spinnningcat
  49. HanaYanaa
  50. jimjamjeniko
  51. Juniperarrow ← Winner of that other reading contest
  52. distefam
  53. Squallxyz
  54. claudiofreitas
  55. akemidoll
  56. Nekesu
  57. danchanman
  58. shyxormz
  59. Brokenvai
  60. Mirohan
  61. mattosumisu
  62. mattiasjp
  63. Infernatotely (reading Spanish)
  64. firearnok
  65. c_nak
  66. Bbvoncrumb
  67. jyemenai
  68. eigokitsune
  69. kenrickchien
  70. mysterycheez (reading Italian)
  71. jBalaam
  72. jamesnowonline
  73. stargateheaven
  74. SheepyAU
  75. MrsMalone_emmie (reading English)
  76. giada51291 (reading Italian)
  77. CSmiles55
  78. hyrulehippie
  79. maryag
  80. Maya1924
  81. Cush1979
  82. kaoskastle
  83. simhuman
  84. kkgtokyo
  85. izanameii
  86. kiriyama_s
  87. sloppier_r (reading English)
  88. petromelsan
  89. revenantkioku
  90. Wicket_French (reading French)
  91. entreview
  92. ayaneko31
  93. youngenstein
  94. BuSensei
  95. veeontour
  96. NeoSamurai05
  97. chmijo
  98. Bluemchenblatt
  99. hanikamiya
  100. paboseki
  101. emhornerbooks
  102. HedgeCRM
  103. KiraKirai

(note: the bot updates every 5 minutes)

(note2:let me know if you plan on participating but will be reading something other than Japanese)

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