Happy April, Transcribers of Reddit! Today might be April Fools’, but we have something serious to celebrate…
On April 1, 2017, /u/itsthejoker and /u/CaptCoe launched Transcribers of Reddit to organize their hobby of transcribing greentext over on r/DnDGreentext.
Almost immediately, they realized two things: 1) people were actually
interested in participating in this little project, and 2) these
transcriptions they were doing for fun had the potential to seriously
improve accessibility on Reddit for the blind, visually impaired, and
anyone else who needs or wants transcriptions to engage with content.
Here’s a little trip down memory lane to remember all of the things we’ve accomplished in the past five years!
2018: We refer volunteers to Boston Public Library’s project
transcribing their archives of anti-slavery manuscripts. 56 ToR
volunteers transcribed 281 pages over 104 documents. Check out our wiki
page about it here.
23, 2018: We hold our first Clear the Queue, launching one of our most
popular events and transcribing 267 posts in 24 hours. For a comparison
of how much we’ve grown, our most recent Clear the Queue in January 2022
transcribed 851 posts! See where it all started here, and last month’s meta for our most recent attempt!
2018: Our parent organization, Grafeas Group, is granted 501(c)(3)
charity status and becomes a nonprofit! Our nonprofit status is critical
to our ability to organize and fund this project. Check out our website
here, and a meta post we did last year discussing life as a nonprofit here!
2018: We are featured in a display at the Indianapolis Public Library!
Check out some photos of our display case: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
23, 2020: Our work is the subject of an article in WIRED, featuring an
interview with two mods and two volunteers. Read it here.
11, 2020: Our Engagement Team launches the ToR Treasure Hunt, a
recurring ten-day challenge to transcribe a particular set of posts in
pursuit of exclusive stars in our Discord. We just celebrated our
fiftieth Treasure Hunt! Admire the winner’s board here.
16, 2021: We launch our merch shop! Proceeds from merch sales support
the costs of keeping this project running. Buy our swag here, and for the next three days, use the coupon code FIVEMOREYEARS to get 10% off any order of $20 or more!
11, 2021: we officially leave Beta with the launch of our new
infrastructure, nicknamed Bubbles. Read our blog post about it here!
November 2021: We hit 5,000 volunteers! Look back at our celebration, including a custom balloon confetti tribute, here.
January 15, 2022: Our Dev Team launches our new Discord bot, Buttercup. Check out our open-source code here.
finally, here are some truly incredible stats: In the first five years
of our project, 5,440 volunteers have transcribed 233,748 posts in the
name of increasing accessibility on Reddit and spreading awareness of
digital accessibility around the world.
would like to genuinely thank everyone who has participated in and
supported this project: all 5,440 volunteers across all seven continents
(yes, even Antarctica), the 33 people who have served as mods present
and past, the non-mod behind-the-scenes folks who keep us running
including our fantastic lead dev /u/personal_opinions,
our 97 partner subreddits and each of their wonderful mod teams who
have welcomed us into their communities, the 909 people in our Discord,
community and mods for their vital feedback to help us better meet
accessibility needs, and everyone who has supported us with their
donations, merch purchases, upvotes, awards, kind comments, and “good
human”s. We truly could not have done this without every single one of
Let us know in the comments
about your experience with Transcribers Of Reddit over our first five
years. What has this project meant to you? What are your favorite
memories? Do you have a favorite transcription you’ve done? Let’s