Who sets the read time estimates?
post by Holly_Elmore
This is a question post.
They seem really short...
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↑ comment by Holly_Elmore ·
2018-12-28T21:38:07.364Z · 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.) Replies from: Habryka
↑ comment by Habryka ·
2018-12-29T00:51:20.035Z · 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.