We are so happy to receive feedback! We read and try to respond to every piece of feedback we get. Lately, we’ve gotten some requests about improving our stats. I thought I’d take a minute to talk about what we gather and what we are working on around stats.
First, we’ve all been busy playing! Across all the players that have gathered, we have played many millions of games… I couldn’t believe it was that many! Behind all of that is a giant data warehouse that we’ve been quietly building. We have been collecting lots of data on every game since launch. Our leaderboards, today, only show things that are easy to compute in our service with no “offline” data analysis or crunching. That’s about to change. The top few requested things that people have asked for in the stats space are:
- Show me my (and other people’s) best words
- Create a leaderboard based on “average score”
- Fix my average score, because it looks too low
Let’s start with words: We’ve been collecting the words you play for a while now. Part of this is to help tune our dictionary. Another part of this is to look for cheaters, like the one we caught the other day (skitzo, including his response), and lastly, to improve the leaderboards with fun stats about the words that you and everyone else is finding.
On the average scoring front, let’s talk about “warm up games.” You know: the game you jump into as the first in a series? It turns out that with Wordament, like Pringles, “you can’t stop with just one.” In fact, most of us are playing at least 4 games in a session. But, we record any game where you get a non-zero score, and non-zero word count. So, if you are really concerned about your average, then don’t play the half games. But, here’s why it doesn’t matter:
- We are working on a new system for computing your average score that doesn’t just take sum(score) / count(games). We are looking at something like: dropping the top 5% and the bottom 25% of all game scores and averaging the rest. This will be a lot closer to each of our “real skill level” and should make each of us much more comparable.
When we do this, we will add a new leaderboard and announce it here on the blog. With all of our leaderboards, we really want to have lots of ways for people to look at themselves. This will be one more pivot.
We love this game, and love to hear what you like and want too. Please continue to drop us notes. We are listening and are continuing to make this a great game.
— Black Snapper