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How can we improve the profile stats page?

How do you like your top-level profile stats page? Any ideas for ways to make the information more interesting? Any ideas for more information to include? I'm open to all ideas.
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    It seems that the coloring on some of the You vs The World tables is backwards. I would think the "Avg time to 750" and "Avg distractions" would be green when you are less than the World. Seems like these would be a golf score type of measure.

    The "Maturity" table seems to have have similar coloring backwardness, though I'm not sure how I feel about giving those a red or green since it really depends on the person as to whether or not swearing and sexual content are "bad" that seems implied by the red.
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    • I agree about the colors. An idea: change green to black. Therefore, it'll follow the banking system (black = above / deposit, red = below / withdrawal) and just show you where you are by comparison data-wise without the psychological red/green = stop/go = bad/good connections.
    • I was thinking the same thing, it was a little confusing the way the colours were. I thought if I had less breaks-it should have been green etc.
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    One thing I've been craving for a while is a bar graph of sorts which shows what time of day you have written in most often. i.e. Time of day against frequency of posts. Since this is supposed to be morning writing after all.

    I think the profile stats page is the perfect place for such a feature, if its what people want.
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    I'm keen to share my stats page as an incentive to keep up, but what puts me off is the presence of the "frequently used words" section. For me this completely breaks the private nature of the writing. I don't mind sharing the other pseudo-scientific nonsense as the site is already dripping with disclaimers about how wrong it may be, but showing a collection of words I have used, particularly the most common ones is a step too far.

    Please provide a way to share just the measured and inferred information, without sharing any of the actual words.

    Thanks,
    Frank.
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    Ah. Perhaps a bit of explanation *before* you click on share might help, then?

    I looked everywhere I could find for an appropriate setting and did not feel comfortable sharing without it. I had no idea that there would be any further questions or options, and assumed that a "share this page" link would do just what it said!
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    Wondering if there is a way to exclude an entry from the stats. For example, today I wrote up a bunch of ideas concerning the game I'm working about - which, due to the subject matter, don't really "fit" any sort of overall profile stats.
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    • This is what I came here to post about. My data is all screwed up because I got dragged away this morning and decided to just close the page after one line and restart when I had the time again in the evening. I thought I would get a distraction point maybe-but I was quite pissed off to see that the site counted me as taking 900 odd minutes to write 750words! As one of the main reasons I use this site is to track my progress, it really doesn't give me an accurate idea of what my averages are etc and I was hoping not to have to cut and paste for the next few days to get it back to giving a realistic view of what I am achieving.
    • I'll also agree here, I'd love to be able to exclude an entry from my overall stats. I sometimes have to write offline and paste it in, which makes it look like I type thousands of words per minute, which is obviously ridiculous and messes with my averages. If I could just exclude those from the overall stats it would make the averages make more sense.
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    I've love to see specifics on why emotions, concerns, maturity, and word usage is coded the way it is. One surprising thing for me today was the "Ahs and Ums" ... I just don't see it when I review my writing, but apparently all of the sudden I'm higher than the "world."

    I've browsed the links you provided, but it would be cool if there was a "why?" link next to the statistic that gave some examples as to why your post(s) scored the way they did in the various categories.
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    • This is the exact comment I wanted to make. I would love to see why things are coded like they are. Maybe even a list of the words (or types of words) that are coded for each category.
    • You can do this- go into This Month, then click on a date in the past and then click on the link to view how words are interpreted- then you can mouse over anything to see how/if it was interpreted. Very interesting- not perfect by any means but I kind of didn't go too far into this because my natural response would be to avoid or promote certain words just to alter my stats- even though they really have no important meaning...
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  • I’m not a deal breaker
    i'll try on a different browser, but when i print from Firefox (3.5) on a PC the nice bar charts get smudged on top of each other where my stats aren't visible. overall, AMAZING SITE!!
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    When I hover each of the graphs I'd like to see the specific words that I used that drove that graph. For example, I have no idea why a specific day was PG but another was G. What word(s) is driving this?
    ...dave
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    I'd like to see some way of comparing emotion levels to word count or distractions.
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  • Something I noticed, may be a defect:

    Total time is less than the time it took to get to 750, perhaps the labels are transposed?
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    track changes in time orientation and the "Us and them" variables which might look somewhat like rescuetime (see below)



    with "self centered" and "other centered" for above 0 and below 0 values

    some extra info on those variables would be great too. For time perspective the book by phillip zimbardo (http://www.thetimeparadox.com/ ) has some really interesting and well established views and ways of measuring it. Since he offers ways of changing long term time perception to likely achieve increases in happiness or productivity, one might track the success of those intervention with the content analysis you provide. (I would also suspect a change in time perception solely due to the writing exercise)

    his assessments look like this on his website


    The "Us and them" on the other hand is likely to be a valid indicator for self esteem (the more often one uses I, me, my the less self esteem one seems to have)
    which I would predict will change the more you write about yourself anyways but such development could be reinforced by giving background information on this topic .

    being a scientist by training, I'd love to see a button that allows people to also share their information for scientific research.

    ... too bad you haven't responded to my offer via facebook to help you with this section more deliberately. I'd still be delighted to hear from you so we can share some thoughts :)
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    Well, I just noticed that the wpm appears to be calculated by taking one's overall words (no matter how long they took to put down) and dividing by the time it took to get to 750. (Today, for example, it took me 0:17 to get to 750, but I kept going until about 1500 words, which gave me an overall wpm of 80+, which is gratifying, but inaccurate.)
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  • This is such a great site. I used to do this by hand way back before everything went online. I love the graphs and am looking forward to see what you come up with next.
    I'm on my second day and I've got an idea already.

    The site should use the local time to select the current day of writing.

    On my first day I had to quit before I got to 750 words, after midnight in my country I started again expecting it to count as new day. So now I've got really bad stats since the site counts average words for just the one day based on a really long time period.
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    Add suport to other languages! I write in portuguese, so it's very odd to look at my stats. Even if i tell a story about my cat, it will be rated as "Violent".. lol

    Sorry, my english is too bad, but a can help in translating, if you have enough patience... ;-)
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  • I’m sad
    the ability to share your stats for all time, the subconscious part. not just the daily stats
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    First of all, I love this site so much. It's beautifully designed.

    I see that you're already starting this (with the meta data concept graph), but an over-time stats page would be pretty neat. Something line line graphs, or the neat area/line graphs that John Mall posted earlier.

    This way, you can watch your stats and how they change over time at a glance. This could be a more meaningful look back than looking at every page/sampling random ones.

    Some stats that may be neat over-time include:

    - Frequency of words. Maybe only include the top 20 words you've used in a given time frame and chart them over.
    - Straight-up mappings of primordial emotions, i/us/they, etc. over a simple line graph
    - "Cumulative" mappings (which might be better) which perhaps are smoother and give a more "general" view. Just basically a smoother version of straight-up mappings, because day-to-day might fluctuate a lot and not be able to give meaningful trends.
    How can this be implemented? Perhaps, it's displayed by average of blocked days. Or maybe it's a running average of the 5 or so most recent ones, so things move fluid. Just a way to view emotions over time in a meaningful way that isn't too jerky or erratic to be useful
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  • I’m inconceivable
    I second the word frequency for time frames. excluding common meaningless words and only looking at searched for words (probably names of people) or more specific ones like "work" "free time" "happy" over time might be insightful etc. If people share their info, one might also track global words like: "haiti" "terrorism" "obama" :)

    - Count the number of unique words written (as a measure of verbal IQ) but exclude misspellings. (some kind of leader board for this would be an interesting addition as well) checking for really uncommon academic words might make this more straight forward.

    - Misspelled words might indicate attention quality (like this morning when every third word was misspelled because I was still asleep) and if people tend to correct them later it might indicate neatness ;)

    - Determine sentence length. (depending on writing style this might indicate working memory capacity)

    -since a lot of data will be gathered with your site, I would again like to emphasize the possibility to voluntarily let people participate in Psych tests (like short IQ and EQ measures and working memory/attention tests) to correlate measures.
    quite possible to find new relationships between variables that would be impossible to find using conventional psych testing/correlation techniques (because here is more/better quality data)

    have a great day and best wishes
    Jonathan
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    • I would really like to see a Frequently Used Words list for the past month, and one that is "all time". I think it would be really interesting to see what themes would develop.
    • There isn't a list for all time (yet?), but if you look at the month's stats, you can see the word cloud for that month. The easiest way I know to get there is to check "this month's writer's" (the page with your overall stats, monthly stats, etc.), and then click on the month's title on the right-hand side.
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    I love the statistics - and especially the fact that you can compare yourself to world averages. It's a fantastic way to evaluate your writing and to compare your thinking to others, which is really exciting to me. I've long been a believer in the positive results you can achieve through feedback. That said, here is something I would like to see on the Word usage section of the feedback page:

    I'd like to see the word usage grouped by "good" and "bad" writing styles, according to what is generally accepted to be "good" and "bad" in writing. For example, "ah's and ums" are generally considered to be bad when speaking (and I suppose when writing as well), but I suspect that quantifiers and auxiliary verbs are generally neutral. I have no idea, however, about some of the other categories. I could benefit a lot from being able to compare some of those statistics.

    Once again, I want to congratulate you on the awesomeness of this site. It's an incredible mechanism for digging into your subconscious. It's only too bad that it takes discipline to write 750 words every day - I hope that I am able to keep up with it for good because it seems like one of the most important routines I have!
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  • I’m bedoezeld
    you might have thought of this yourself already but

    -make it possible to upload old diary entries (like old blog posts etc.) so one can see changes between the young and current "I" . Simply add a page with a question mark left to all the pages of the current month with the possibility to date the entry oneself.

    -giving people to opportunity to drop any kind of text in a form to analyze on the fly would be neat too (imagine getting a long email from a friend and wanting to compare his unconscious with yours!)
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    Ok so this is strictly my ego talking but I wonder if you could find an algorithm that would make some guesses at your IQ based on your writing. Or maybe just some more traditional writing statistics like Flesch-Kincaid or average mispelled words and stuff.
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    I would love to see a word cloud in the "eternity" page to see most frequently used words EVER. :-) Loving the site!
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    I know there is a daily stats page but is there a monthly one that shows the same things but for the whole month? I would be interesting to see if your "bad" days are more than "good" days and other interesting data.
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  • I'd like to see a lifetime points and lifetime ranking section.
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  • I would like the ability to filter out specific days. The one day your server went down makes my time to 750 seem huge. If I could take that out I'd have a more accurate account of how long it takes me.
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    I'd like to see support for other languages. I write in spanish and the stats make no sense at all...
    Though it's not a big deal, it'll be cool to see my stats.
    Anyway, if it's too hard or too time consuming to get it to work, I think I can live without the metadata or the subconscious statistics...

    Thanks anyway! I really appreciate your work!
    • I agree. i write in French...and "son" means "his/her". You guess that Family seems to be what i think the most about for english stats! I know this text analysis system "the Regressive Imagery Dictionary" (for the emotions) is available in some others languages. I don't know if you could upload it, but it would be great.
      Anyways, as marcus.thorne told earlier, I can live without stats. And your site is really impressive! Thanks.
    • +1
      I'd like a french version too, it would be great if those stats made sens.
      I can even help, I have knowledge in PHP, so maybe if you need me : polichinel8 [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  • I’m questioning
    Would it be possible to tie the words from the day's writing that make up the category scores in the Eternity->Enter Your Sub-Conscious->Maturity [Swearing / Sexual content / Violence] to the Frequently Used Words in the Today->View Today's Stats section (possibly color code)?? I see scores in the Maturity [Swearing / Sexual content / Violence] categories and can't figure out why there would be any score based on what I wrote for the day.
    Thanks. Great site!
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  • I’m cheery
    I've had a look through other topics but haven't found these suggestions so apologies if they have been mentioned already.

    Some additional measuresI would find interesting:
    Amount of characters - it would show me if I'm writing simply or using more complex language.
    Average length of each word - an alternative to the suggestion above.
    Length of sentences - maybe a bit tricky as I use lots of odd punctuation but again this might give an idea of complexity (not necessarily always a good thing!)
    Complexity of language/Uniqueness of words - I've seen previous mentions of using metrics to guage the variety of words that are used and would just like to add my support for this.

    Thanks for putting this site together. It's fun to use.
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  • I'd like to be able to extend the word associations for the stats. For the most part, I'd largely do this with people's names. If I'm talking about my wife and calling her by name, it would be nice to have it count towards talking about family. If I'm talking about my boss, it would count as work, etc. A few other things like the name of the software I work on, or the names of our cats or that sort of thing would be nice to get into the analysis as well. Not sure what I'd like if I were in a situation where my boss and my wife had the same name (or my boss and my cat!)
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    In my opinion extending the word associations is not the most important thing to do in this page. As we have already seen many are concerned with their privacy and we know that, sometimes, we can share almost anything but our values. So what if you wrote of your lover, if s/he had your partner's name, or if you considered her/him part of the family, or even work?!
    I'd like to be able to quickly compare my stats of the day with those of the previous month/s. Writing for 750words is a streaming process (at least it is so for me), yet I'd like not to lose track of what has flown away, of my evolution. Perhaps I am too curious but when I left at the end of March, to a place where no internet connection is available, I kept thinking of the month's racers and as soon I came back I went and looked for the results. Can you be so kind to tell me where you have put them? :) As you see I am not a geek, so I thought my inexpertise would help you making your site as user-friendly as possible.
    Love from Roma
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  • I’m delighted by your site.
    I love your site! I thank you for your creativity and your dedication. Thank you for your love of data!
    As I type, I note that sometimes I stream and sometimes I edit midstream.
    It might be interesting to measure and track backspacing.
    Also, it would be fantastic to be able to look at the subconscious of the world, and be able to filter the world by demographics like geography, age, gender, etc. An aggregate view would need a minimum number of users in order to respect individual privacy.
    Once again, thank you.
    Another thought: it might be fun to give out badges for an expanded set of observable behaviors, like cheating by copying text into the field or typing words in an obvious pattern or crossing a threshold for most happy post to date... you get the idea.
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  • I’m curious?
    Not sure what page this would fit in but I would be very interested in knowing when people write their daily pages (morning/day/night by writer's local time zone) and if there is any geographical correlation for writing time preference?

    Would it be possible to track the number of writers that complete their pages: 4AM-12PM (morning) or 12PM-8 PM (day) or 8PM-4AM (night) - all local time - superimposed over a map of the world that showed number of writers by time zone?

    I'm a night time writer myself and wonder how many fellow night owls are out there in the world...
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  • I’m pleased with the analysis--just longing for more.
    It would be interesting to see the actual words used in the metadata instead of just the statistics comparison. As the data has already been gathered could the actual words used in the analysis be made visable when you roll your mouse over the bar graph or score display? That way I could have more confidence in the numeric data. Thanks.
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    i'd love to know all of the individual month's scores over time, and what my current month's score is for comparison, so that i can see if i'm improving the amount i write every month. i think this would motivate me more to try and beat last month's score. thanks!
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  • I’m loving the stats page.
    Just wanted to mention that I love the word frequency tool, and I even greatly enjoy that it includes both important and "common" words.

    The result is often a beautiful, alphabetical poem... with the names of whomever I'm talking about scattered within any adjectives or verbs I seem to be leaning hard on that day.

    I am curious... does it pick up any word you use TWICE, or are three or four occurrences required...?
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  • I’m excited about 750words--I have recommended it to several people.
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    Why not add a word cloud option like Wordle so individuals can see their primary topics?
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  • The maturity ratings need some work. I rate well below the world average on all of them, but I still have a 10% score on swearing (there is none in any of it); a 6% for sexual content (again none by any reasonable interpretation); and something less for violence (possible, given the broad interpretation of violence words, but in context there is none). I know content "analysis" is the most voodoo of sciences, more akin to the literary voodoo of deconstruction, but these ratings seem to be really off.

    I agree with James Proctor et. al. on the desirability of basic counts and stats.
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  • Could you make an option to make it public, so you can show it to friends?
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  • I’m thankful for 750words, it's helped me write more than before!
    The option to ignore some days might be nice - or to show actual time spent typing (rather than adding in "distracted" time as well).
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  • I’m sorta serious!
    This is a little odd, but how about parsing the journal entry to see whether it fits the E-Prime rules?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Prime

    :-)
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    When you calculate averages, you should take off the top and bottom 10% to prevent skewing numbers. I typically do like 10 minute/60-80 wpm posts, but I had a few where I'd start in the morning and then get interrupted by work and not get to finish.... outlier data just skews the averages stats up.

    Other than that I love the site, although I find that no matter what I do or what I write about I'm an introvert. Not sure what it takes to be an extrovert but that's cool I guess :-)
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    would love to see the frequently used words in the overall stats, just as it's in the daily stats
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    What would be really cool would be a ranking according to whatever streak you are on. So someone on a 200-day streak would be leading until they missed a day then they'd have to start all over and let the next person take the lead. Have that leader board posted and then the longer your streak is the less chance you are going to let it die. If you are religious about your writing 750 every day then you will probably be ranked high!
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    I think you should have the results on a tshirt.
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    After reading through several of the forum threads and finding that several people write in languages other than English, I'd love to see "Today, Saturday July 10th, has 242 amazing writers" changed to "Today, Saturday July 10th, has 242 amazing writers, writing in ## different languages."

    Love the site and am looking forward to the day I get my Phoenix. Thanks so much for creating and maintaining it.
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    Very simple stuff like: Longest sentence of the day (# of words). Longest sentence ever. Average sentence length.

    Readability index (grade level).

    Favorite word (no articles allowed) today, and forever. Least favorite, or one-off, words.

    I haven't fully explored the options yet so if this already exists, forgive me.
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  • Buster, what you have there already is so amazing, I am awestruck, thanks for this.:)
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  • Give me a spell checker. I know this is supposed to be spontaneous, but after I'm done, I'd like to correct things.
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    I really don't know why the Wall of Awesomeness and Wall of Shame carry over from one month to another. In other words, you can be on both lists at the same time. Both Walls should be refreshed each month and reflect the previous month's Challenge .
    Otherwise I really can't figure out what the point is! Can someone explain it to me?
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    John(...): I'll give it a shot! If that's still happening, it's funky and needs to be fixed. If you're on the Wall of Shame and complete a monthly challenge, it should erase you from there and pop you on just the Wall of Awesomeness.

    That said, I don't know what happens if you're on the WoA and end up back on the WoS...I would assume it'd be the inverse of the above, though.

    I do see the fun in refreshing it each month, but as someone who's only technically done the challenge a few times (yesterday was day 226 of my streak, though), it's nice to have it as a sort of all-time high-score board, where all you need for a high score is to succeed at what you set forth to do.
    • It is funky. You can go to both walls and find names on both. For example, you can "do a find" on both Wall... pages for "Buster Benson" and you would find him, (along with others, including my name, not my user name). So, yeah, if the intention of the "Walls" are to be reflective of the success or failure of the Challenge for the month, it needs to be fixed.
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    It might be more of a low-priority, long-term thing, but it would be great if the foreign-language versions of the Regressive Imagery Dictionary (I do believe those exist) could be implemented. Currently, it thinks I am writing about death because a German word for "the" happens to be "die"...
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