Welcome to 2022, Transcribers of Reddit! As we reflect on the last year… maybe we shouldn’t. Moving on!
you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who participated in our
annual December survey for 2021! We received 71 total responses this
year, just squeaking through at the last second to take the title for
the best response rate we’ve ever had! You all left some incredibly
helpful feedback that we are excited to review so that we can better
serve our community in 2022.
While we’re reviewing the feedback sections of the survey, here is some fun aggregated data to share with everyone!
Who took the survey?
of respondents are Initiates - although I bet some of you have ranked
up since taking the survey! We got responses from people at every flair
level except for Ruby, Jade, and Sapphire.
of respondents are frequent transcribers, scoring gamma daily or
weekly. In a fun statistical coincidence, another 39% are regular
transcribers, clocking in every 2 weeks to 1 month.
How do volunteers like to transcribe?
resounding majority prefer to transcribe screenshots of social media
(86%) and text messages (74%), with very short posts under 100 words
also appealing to over half (54%). Not surprisingly, video posts aren’t
always feeling the love, with only 9% of respondents preferring those
We crowned a new champion for volunteers’ favorite subreddit to transcribe: 24% of you gave some love to r/CuratedTumblr, which joined our queue in March of this year! Rounding out the top three are r/antiwork (13%) and r/AreTheStraightsOK (8%), both also 2021 additions to our family.
last year, volunteers had a variety of opinions on what makes them feel
the most rewarded, but one thing was clear - everyone loves getting
positive comments from non-transcribers!
How else do you all engage with us?
vast majority of respondents spend time in our Discord (77%). Of those
that don’t, most said it was because they do not use Discord regularly.
saw us ramping up engagement in Discord with community events! About
half of respondents who use our Discord said they’ve participated in at
least one community event this year, and our Treasure Hunts and Clear
the Queue events were the most popular, with about 30% participation
The Fun Stuff!
What does a cat like to eat on a hot day? A mice cream cone!
Why are transcribers so good at chess? They always make the write move
What do you get when you mix ducks and fireworks? Firequackers
definitively settled two critical food-related debates this year. Two
thirds of respondents believe that a pancake is a thick, fluffy
breakfast food that contains a leavening agent (as opposed to a thin one
that is not leavened). Just under two thirds say that the shape of
pizza is a circle.
Finally, exactly two thirds of volunteers agree that if a sentence
starts with an emoji, the first word after the emoji should be