Nihon Scope
Asked 6 years ago

So I still see that the count down is pretty ridiculous...


I can't even get through reading in English before I lose like 2 points.




Why do I need to be a photo reader to be able to get a 5x once in awhile?


Why have points if you're going to do that?


Asked this many times before... Not sure if I totally care, but it's fun,

but perhaps give it a second before counting down so us slow readers

of 900 words per minute can maybe have a chance at snagging an

extra point here and there?


Yes that's 900... Should make you think about this right? Being

most educated college students read between 200 and 300 WPM.

But either way, if you are a speed reader or not, you can't even

truly comprehend some of these questions in the time that

little count down begins, let alone answer a question.


Lets put it like this... When you look at a word or several words.

This is called a "fixation," and it takes about .25 seconds on average.

You move your eye to the next word or group of words.

This is called a "saccade," and it takes up to about .1 seconds on average.

After this is repeated once or twice.... you pause to comprehend the phrase you just looked at.

That takes roughly 0.3 to 0.5 seconds on average.


So I'm not sure if you think you have that 1 second needed to really

give us a chance, but if you do... try 2 seconds, because I rarely see it

on my end. At times I see it delay, but it's weird... You'll have it delay

on really lame super easy one word type questions... yet when I have to

read a sentence then read through several different sentences, it starts

ripping through the count down as quickly as possible.


Just some friendly FYI from what I've seen since I've been here!

I agree. I still get 5x fairly often, but that's only with the short vocabulary or kanji drills. When there's a complete sentence, it's almost impossible to get 5x.

Commented 6 years ago


Commented 6 years ago

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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We'll look at increasing the initial delay.  Or is the point multiplier too confusing and should we remove it?

Answered 6 years ago

I think Griffith was saying that the multiplier should wait a little longer before it decreases. The initial delay on the multiplier is kind of fast. I'm sorry for the intrusion by the way.

Commented 6 years ago

No, I think that sounds reasonable. How long should the first countdown begin? 2 seconds? 3 seconds?

Commented 6 years ago

I think 3 seconds is good enough. Thank you for the suggestions.

Commented 6 years ago

Yeah like 2 or 3 seconds sounds good. Gives enough time to read the question.

Commented 6 years ago

I think the quick countdown is very helpful, especially for short drills. As was mentioned before, the only problem is for long sentences. I know it is more work to only change the countdown for one type of drill, but I think this is the best option. Otherwise the short drills cease to be challenging.

Commented 6 years ago

Making something easier does not make it better. I agree with the idea of giving a little more time for a longer sentence but for anything short keep it quick like it is. It's meant to challenge you into wanting to improve yourself so you get more points! You're not entitled to anything, you have to work for it!

Commented 6 years ago

I see some good points from okan and jbaerbock. It would be a waste of time and money if everything was easy to get. It would be boring if everyone mastered everything too quickly. As long as the longer sentences/problems get a little more time, it's fine by me.

Commented 6 years ago

From a more educational perspective, giving a delay of 2-3 seconds encourages people to actually read the question and think it over as opposed to simply memorising which answer is which to each drill (which I have done). I've no studies to cite here unfortunately but I would wager proper learning and thinking is a lot better in the long term, although certainly memorisation does have its place!

Commented 6 years ago