Who sets the read time estimates?

post by Holly_Elmore · 2018-12-28T16:41:26.014Z · score: 9 (4 votes) · EA · GW · 3 comments

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They seem really short...

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answer by G Gordon Worley III (gworley3) · 2018-12-28T18:39:04.782Z · score: 7 (5 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

I believe they are set at 300 words per minute, so a 1000 word post would either show as 3 or 4 minute read (depending on how it rounds). There was some discussion [LW · GW] of this feature on LW recently if you wanted to join the conversation there about the feature as it's implemented upstream.

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comment by Holly_Elmore · 2018-12-28T21:38:07.364Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Do you know why 300 words per minute was chosen? I think I'm below that and I know I'm not a slow reader. I feel like estimates that help you decide how to spend your time should be a little more generous. (But maybe I *am* a slow reader, idk.)

comment by Habryka · 2018-12-29T00:51:20.035Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Mostly just copying Medium's implementation, which seemed to be what most people were familiar with. I think they now use the slightly lower 265WPM, which they list as the "average reading speed of an adult", and I do expect readers of LW and the EA Forum to have a slightly higher reading speed than average.

comment by Habryka · 2018-12-28T20:34:34.290Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

(This is correct)