Hey there! Joker here representing
our Dev team to talk about an incredibly important milestone, then
following up with some results from the latest Clear The Queue event!
When we started this thing four years ago, we simply did not expect that we would A) get so many people involved and B) make this much of a difference across Reddit. We have every single one of you to thank for that!!!
thing about starting a new project from a development perspective is
that you must make allowances based on how much you think your system
will ever have to handle. If you build and build and build to make the
perfect system, it will never launch -- and is therefore imperfect. Or
you can get most of the way there, then launch and build on what you
have. How far you build before launching is entirely dependent on how
long you think the overall system will run.
Well... since we didn't think this was going to be a big thing... we took a lot of shortcuts.
fact that the subreddit has ever run as well as it has is testament to
our wonderful dev team and all the time and effort that have been poured
into keeping everything alive -- but as the years went on, the
technical debt of these choices continued to grow. Eventually we hit a
point where we were delaying new features because we had to keep
squashing bugs. We sat down together and decided that the bugs were
winning, and it was time to blow away everything and rebuild it -- and
do it right this time.
particular post won't go into the details, but we do have a post where
we talk about about a lot of the technical decisions that went into it
and more about how the new system works! You can find it over here on
our brand new engineering blog as its very first post: https://grafeas.org/posts/to-infinity-and-beyond-redesigning-from-the-ground-up/
lots of small moving pieces => one big piece that tells the others where to go
all of our data is now in one location
opened up so many new possibilities for future expansion
made entire experience a little faster (this was an accident, actually)
completely reworked... everything, really
If you have the
flair, thanks for joining us while we were getting started! Your
feedback and help over the past few years have been integral in making
sure that we're delivering the absolute best experience that we can.
Thanks for helping to make the world a better place!
That's it from me for the Dev side; now let's take a look at the CtQ results!
Clear the Queue, Q2 2021
decided per your votes, we will be hosting our Clear the Queue (CtQ)
event regularly at the start of each quarter -- transcribing every post
in our queue until none are left!
month we had the CtQ for the second quarter, the third official attempt
so far. It was a smashing success; not only did we actually clear all
the posts, we also did it even faster than last time! In just a little
over 9 hours everything was clean and tidy.
A big thank you to everyone who participated -- 26 volunteers in total, with more helping out and giving advice on Discord too!
Here are all the stats in detail:
CtQ in numbers
Participants, 47 Subreddits, 39 Post types, 413 Transcriptions, 38,820
Words written & 242,341 Characters typed, 9:06h Duration.]
had slightly fewer participants (26 as opposed to 29) and
transcriptions (413 as opposed to 548) than last time, but that
certainly doesn’t mean we did less work! A couple of super long videos
and text posts definitely kept us busy. In fact, we actually typed more
words and characters than last time (38,820/242,341 as opposed to
graph displaying how long CtQ ran for Vs how many transcriptions had
been done. It’s a consistent, almost straight line in a ~45° angle.]
We worked pretty consistently through the entire duration and a lot of people even stayed from start till the end.
Top 10 contributors with the most transcriptions
horizontal bar chart displaying the participants with the most
transcriptions: Cloakknight: 98, MurdoMaclachlan: 71, Tim3303: 34,
ElliePlays1: 26, knightttime: 23, Impressive-Neck2178: 20, astheriae:
18, Kyle4961: 17, fatalgift: 14, --B_L_A_N_K--: 12, Other Volunteers:
We have a lot of
familiar faces with Cloak and Murdo making it to the top again. However,
we also had a lot of new people join in on the fun! It’s great to see
so many people transcribing together :)
A full list of participants can be found in the comments. Thanks to everyone who joined in!
Top 10 subreddits with the most transcriptions
horizontal bar chart displaying the subreddits with the most
transcriptions: aaaaaaacccccccce: 35, me_irl: 31, ProgrammerHumor: 29,
blursedimages: 28, CasualUK: 23, HistoryPorn: 23, CuratedTumblr: 22,
technicallythetruth: 21, hmmm: 21, traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns: 16, Other
We had a very balanced amount of posts from each subreddit. Pride month definitely pushed the LGBTQ+ subs to the top though!
A full list of subreddits can be found in the comments.
Top 10 post types
horizontal bar chart displaying the post types with the most
transcriptions: Image: 131, Meme: 57, Picture: 42, Tumblr: 25, Reddit:
24, Twitter: 21, Facebook: 20, Comic: 15, Video: 11, Chat: 10, Other
Similar to last
time, image posts which take a bit more effort transcribing have
dominated the queue again. Popular social media posts like Tumblr and
Reddit were still represented a lot though.
Top 10 contributors with the longest transcriptions
horizontal bar chart displaying the participants with the longest
transcriptions (in characters): Tim3303: 16538, knightttime: 15271,
astheriae: 6950, Impressive-Neck2178: 3466, MurdoMaclachan: 3403,
halailah: 2383, part-time-ceo: 2171: Cloakknight: 1790, ElliePlays1:
1419, fatalgift: 1401.]
queue challenged us with some mega posts, but we didn’t let that keep us
down! A very detailed post about medieval medicine on Tumblr and a
gigantic video that was completed in a joint effort by knightttime and
Cloak were just the tip of the iceberg.
Transcription length vs. transcription count
scatter plot displaying the median transcription length of a user in
characters (x-axis) in relation to the number of transcriptions the user
made (y-axis). The transcription length ranges from 0 to about 800, the
transcription count from 0 to about 100. The user points are spread
quite evenly in the 200-600 length range and the 0-20 count range, with a
cluster at 300-400 length and 0-20 count. Notable outliers include a
~(0, 0) point (probably an error in our stats generation script), a
~(200, 99) point (Cloakknight) and a ~(400, 71) point (MurdoMaclachlan).]
we always say, quality goes over quantity! We saw many volunteers
trying out new challenging post types and putting extra care in their
transcription. Well done!
that’s all the stats we have this time. If you didn’t get the chance to
join in, don’t worry! We will do four CtQs every year, so you will get
another opportunity soon. Keep your eyes open for announcements on
Reddit or Discord.
As always, a
big thank you to all volunteers for putting so much work into making the
internet more accessible for everyone. Your help is highly appreciated!
See you all for the next one!
Wanna see how much we've grown?
Number of registered volunteers: 4620
Number of completed transcriptions:
185,466 bug in script. It's about 30k lower than this.