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
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多読 Round 2 rule changes

Unlike the last round, the rule changes this time are very light.

 

  • Participants reading multiple languages will have their  score  over all languages combined and displayed that way. When you sign up for the contest you will be able to say which languages* you will be reading so you can post from one account instead of 2 like Little_strokes last contest.
  • I am adding the #dr (double row) function for those of us that have books like this. This will give you a little more “page” since you are reading more than a standard page.

I anticipate the “new” server being ready soon so be looking out for my register opening announcement on twitter!

 

 

*Languages other than Japanese require you or me (preferably you) to get an average paperback sentences per page number for that language

 

ReadMOD 2.0 Rules

The rules are mostly the same as last time but with a few differences. These changes will be in bold. (the following are equivalent to 1 page)

  • 1 page in a regular book or novel
  • 5 pages of a manga/comic/graphic novel
  • 1 newspaper article*
  • 1 blog post on the internet
  • 1 webpage*
  • 1 page in a magazine
  • The lyrics of 1 song
  • 5 minutes of subtitles in your L2**
  • 2 pages of a script/play
  • 10 minutes of niconico comment reading***
  • 6 screens in a full-screen game (like Umineko, or Higurashi where the whole screen fills with text) example
  • 11 screens in a regular game where you read from a textbox. (This assuming you are playing a text heavy game. if not count sentences!) example
  • You may also re-read pages for lesser value (half each time) ex: first read 10 pages, second read 5 pages, third read 2.5 pages etc.

If in doubt a 400 characters is usually around ~17 sentences.

Note: SRS reps do not count toward your reading count.

*[A newspaper article or webpage counts as 1 page if it has roughly the 3 paragraphs worth of text, give or take a sentence. If the webpage or news article is unusually long, you may count it as more than a page.]
**[For example, if you’re watching a movie in your L2 that also has subtitles in that language, and you read all of the subs, 5 mins of doing that = 1 page.]
***[For reading comments on a NicoNico video. Obviously not counting “wwwwwwwww.”]

Details regarding the new pagecount updating system will be here soon so be on the look out!

Rule Changes

After the last contest I asked around and thought up some ways that could even out the page values a little bit.  The changes we’ve come up with so far are as follows:

1. Instead of 10 pages of manga being 1 page, 5 pages of manga shall now be 1 page.

2. Counting in games shall be separated to games that display text full screen and games that utilize the standard textbox

    Full screen – 6 screens = 1 page

    Regular – 11 screens = 1 page

3. The last change adds the rereading feature. Now instead of only getting pages from new material, you can get pages from old material at half the value. EX:  first read 1 page, second read .5 page, third read .25 page and so on.

Read or Die Returns with More Reading and Dying!!

Hey there kiddos!
It’s reading time again! Contest starts August 1st, 2010 and continues until the end of the month. Read on for contest rules and explanation.

What counts as a page?

Essentially, a page can be any of the following. Naturally, it must be entirely in Japanese****:

    1 page in a regular book or novel
    10 pages of a manga/comic/graphic novel
    1 newspaper article*
    1 blog post on the internet
    1 webpage*
    1 page in a magazine
    The lyrics of 1 song
    5 minutes of subtitles in your L2**
    2 pages of a script/play
    10 minutes of niconico comment reading***
    Etc
    Note: SRS reps do not count toward your reading count.

*[A newspaper article or webpage counts as 1 page if it has roughly the 2 paragraphs worth of text, give or take a sentence. If the page is unusually long, you may count it as more than a page.]
**[For example, if you’re watching a movie in your L2 that also has subtitles in that language, and you read all of the subs, 5 mins of doing that = 1 page.]
***[For reading comments on a NicoNico video. Obviously not counting “wwwwwwwww.”]
****[Other L2s are welcome to join.]

    Basically, if in doubt, think of it this way:
    1 page = 2-3 paragraphs
    1 paragraph = 5-8 short sentences OR 2-4 long sentences

Keeping track of the number of pages read

Keeping track of your number of read pages is your responsibility. Make sure to write down everything you’ve read or keep a tally using the guidelines above.
Your page count will be taken as a matter of merit, feel free to ask questions, but overall use your own judgement.

How do I report my weekly/monthly progress?

1) Posting a quick progress update here as a comment stating your number of pages.

2) Using twitter. We’ve got our own hash tag, too! Use it!: #tadoku

3) Make sure to include your name and lots of trash talking.

 

-Pbadger