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(Slate)   Today's Slatesplanation: Why "Wordle" has become such a world-wide sensation. It's because of New Zealand   (slate.com) divider line
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2022-01-19 1:27:53 PM  
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2022-01-19 3:25:42 PM  
Paywalled for me

Anyone care to post the text?
 
2022-01-19 3:38:58 PM  
I tried it but Red Dead is more funner.
 
2022-01-19 3:40:23 PM  
Wut?
 
2022-01-19 3:41:45 PM  
I remember when Chuck Woolery hosted this.

/lingo
 
2022-01-19 3:41:51 PM  
If I never heard of this world-wide sensation, does that make me a Boomer or a Zoomer?
 
2022-01-19 3:43:24 PM  

Begoggle: If I never heard of this world-wide sensation, does that make me a Boomer or a Zoomer?


It makes you Wordleless.
 
2022-01-19 3:45:08 PM  
 Never hear  of it. In my days we were satisfied playing hangman in the snow, up the hill, both ways.
 
2022-01-19 3:47:52 PM  
Felt lucky today.

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2022-01-19 3:49:08 PM  
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2022-01-19 3:54:44 PM  
That's be difficult because the map I have says New Zealand doesn't exist.
 
2022-01-19 3:55:05 PM  
Because it's easy and doesn't require knowledge of obscure vocabulary.

I'm not a great scrabble player; I don't think it's ever taken me more than 4 tries to solve the Wordle.
 
2022-01-19 3:58:40 PM  

Summoner101: That's be difficult because the map I have says New Zealand doesn't exist.


I assure you. We do not exist.
 
2022-01-19 4:00:39 PM  
Aww come on I just discovered Minecraft.
 
2022-01-19 4:04:22 PM  
'Wordle' sounds like a walking description one does after too many scrumpies in a pub in west country Britain.
 
2022-01-19 4:04:33 PM  

Begoggle: If I never heard of this world-wide sensation, does that make me a Boomer or a Zoomer?


My coworker sent it to me just last night because I am home sick... It was pretty fun but I didn't realize until today its a hot game fad. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I like word games, I'm in
 
2022-01-19 4:07:48 PM  

Summoner101: That's be difficult because the map I have says New Zealand doesn't exist.


And that is how we like it..
 
2022-01-19 4:10:03 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [Fark user image 425x427]


I wonder how many slang, urban-dictionary type words it includes. I tried one or two that weren't recognized.
 
2022-01-19 4:11:53 PM  
Will the online Scrabble ever return? I played it a lot, got really good at it, and then....the usual corporate greed 'n what nots decided to nix the game for the rest of us. Why, yes, I did sign the 42,000+ online list of discontent with a very strongly worded sentance of my ire. Ire.
No, I will not play Words with Friends. 'Cause the randos there have access to Super Computers to find incredibly arcane words and that's not fun. Nope, I'd rather just game the Scrabble system and feel smugly superior. So, I have that going for me.
 
2022-01-19 4:22:03 PM  
oh, new zealand exists, alright.
arkansas is made up, tho.

/dont believe the hype
 
2022-01-19 4:22:19 PM  
I think they are getting paid for mentions on this.  Every time I click on the site for the last couple weeks there is something about Wordle on there.
 
2022-01-19 4:27:27 PM  
"New Zealand" is more than five letters.
 
2022-01-19 4:29:26 PM  
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2022-01-19 4:29:43 PM  
Yes, we kiwis love us a good wordle in the morning
 
2022-01-19 4:36:51 PM  

HoratioGates: I think they are getting paid for mentions on this.  Every time I click on the site for the last couple weeks there is something about Wordle on there.


It effectively becomes search engine fodder, and generates more traffic to the website, leading to more ad revenue. This is why the latest fads always become "news" articles.
 
2022-01-19 4:42:25 PM  
Off topic but does every slate submission have to be called a slatesplanation? It seems like a bad joke that's stuck. Like the daily mail "I now doubt the existence of xyz"... It's not funny. If you don't like it as a source don't submit from it and give it the advertising revenue from your clicks.

/I know, I've had a shiat day, taking it out on you, but it's true.
 
2022-01-19 4:43:06 PM  
The word list is in the viewable source code.  I've heard in daily order. I'm not about to check and ruin tomorrow's puzzle.

I'm also not going to read this thread anymore because someone will probably post spoilers
 
2022-01-19 4:45:30 PM  

Artist: Will the online Scrabble ever return? I played it a lot, got really good at it, and then....the usual corporate greed 'n what nots decided to nix the game for the rest of us. Why, yes, I did sign the 42,000+ online list of discontent with a very strongly worded sentance of my ire. Ire.
No, I will not play Words with Friends. 'Cause the randos there have access to Super Computers to find incredibly arcane words and that's not fun. Nope, I'd rather just game the Scrabble system and feel smugly superior. So, I have that going for me.


I'm on Words With Friends and the number of catfishing attempts trying to get me to go to Google Hangouts is astounding.

/also agree with the assessment of cheating
 
2022-01-19 4:46:30 PM  

Slaxl: It seems like a bad joke that's stuck.


Been on Fark long?

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2022-01-19 4:48:56 PM  
No one tries to catfish me on Words With Friends. What am I doing wrong?
 
2022-01-19 4:49:58 PM  
Today:

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2022-01-19 4:54:37 PM  

skyotter: Felt lucky today.

Wordle 214 3/6
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I'm going to guess what your second word was. Without giving it away for others: is it something you do in basketball?
 
2022-01-19 4:56:57 PM  
New Zealand Twitter was playing a lot of the game

I hate NZ Twitter.

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2022-01-19 4:58:36 PM  
It takes ten minutes in the morning, it's low-stress and gives you something fun to do before work, it makes you feel clever even though the game itself isn't actually that tough, and because you can only play one a day you don't get burned out and you keep coming back for more.  The way you can share it with other people is icing on the cake.
 
2022-01-19 5:04:50 PM  

Super Chronic: skyotter: Felt lucky today.

Wordle 214 3/6
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I'm going to guess what your second word was. Without giving it away for others: is it something you do in basketball?


I don't know basketball, but maybe?  It's something Ross shouts in that one Friends episode.
 
2022-01-19 5:05:31 PM  

Artist: Will the online Scrabble ever return? I played it a lot, got really good at it, and then....the usual corporate greed 'n what nots decided to nix the game for the rest of us. Why, yes, I did sign the 42,000+ online list of discontent with a very strongly worded sentance of my ire. Ire.
No, I will not play Words with Friends. 'Cause the randos there have access to Super Computers to find incredibly arcane words and that's not fun. Nope, I'd rather just game the Scrabble system and feel smugly superior. So, I have that going for me.


i farking hate WWF. the game itself is fine, it's just Scrabble with a different board. but the app is the chattiest, thirstiest, most desperate-for-interaction piece of shiat i've ever deleted from my iPhone.
 
2022-01-19 5:05:40 PM  

dothemath: Last Man on Earth: The way you can share it with other people is icing on the cake.

If thats the icing then that is some dry ass, unsatisfying, day old, cat walked on cake, my friend.


That may be, but if the social media posts of people's results are any indication, it's a cake that a whole bunch of people are enjoying.
 
2022-01-19 5:06:47 PM  

cleek: Artist: Will the online Scrabble ever return? I played it a lot, got really good at it, and then....the usual corporate greed 'n what nots decided to nix the game for the rest of us. Why, yes, I did sign the 42,000+ online list of discontent with a very strongly worded sentance of my ire. Ire.
No, I will not play Words with Friends. 'Cause the randos there have access to Super Computers to find incredibly arcane words and that's not fun. Nope, I'd rather just game the Scrabble system and feel smugly superior. So, I have that going for me.

i farking hate WWF. the game itself is fine, it's just Scrabble with a different board. but the app is the chattiest, thirstiest, most desperate-for-interaction piece of shiat i've ever deleted from my iPhone.


App?  I just use the website.
 
2022-01-19 5:15:43 PM  
What is that? Seriously. I have no clue what it is. Any help would be appreciated
 
2022-01-19 5:17:20 PM  

skyotter: Super Chronic: skyotter: Felt lucky today.

Wordle 214 3/6
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I'm going to guess what your second word was. Without giving it away for others: is it something you do in basketball?

I don't know basketball, but maybe?  It's something Ross shouts in that one Friends episode.


Yeah that's the one.
 
2022-01-19 5:20:47 PM  
Whoever was trying to do the one at the top of the article has no farking clue what they're doing.
 
2022-01-19 5:21:22 PM  

ukexpat: Whoever was trying to do the one at the top of the article has no farking clue what they're doing.


Oh and

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2022-01-19 5:24:42 PM  
Wordle 214 3/6
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Pretty colours...
 
2022-01-19 5:24:44 PM  

dothemath: Not many people can claim access to such a large pool of lonely, sexless nerds. Selling them a word game might stave off suicide for a few minutes.


Are you talking about Slate readers or Farkers?  Lol...
 
2022-01-19 5:31:08 PM  
I've settled in on Death Irons as my go-to opener pair. Got today's in three.
 
2022-01-19 5:31:34 PM  

cyberspacedout: HoratioGates: I think they are getting paid for mentions on this.  Every time I click on the site for the last couple weeks there is something about Wordle on there.

It effectively becomes search engine fodder, and generates more traffic to the website, leading to more ad revenue. This is why the latest fads always become "news" articles.


Difficulty: no ads. So how are they making money?
 
2022-01-19 5:37:10 PM  
Since other farkers are sharing:

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2022-01-19 5:38:17 PM  

thornhill: Because it's easy and doesn't require knowledge of obscure vocabulary.

I'm not a great scrabble player; I don't think it's ever taken me more than 4 tries to solve the Wordle.


I was rather amused the first time I made a guess and it didn't go "That's not a word" but rather, "That's a word, but not one of the ones in our bank." Well, I suppose I should be grateful they don't let me guess words they won't choose, but I also wonder why they would just leave out words.
 
2022-01-19 5:40:18 PM  
I don't understand why people share their boards, though. It's only slightly a game of skill, and mostly a game of chance based on how useful your first guesses are. It's like sharing how many moves it took you to win Sorry, as though it was your superior intellect that made you win and not simply the luck of your die rolls.
 
2022-01-19 5:41:54 PM  

Zeroth Law: cyberspacedout: HoratioGates: I think they are getting paid for mentions on this.  Every time I click on the site for the last couple weeks there is something about Wordle on there.

It effectively becomes search engine fodder, and generates more traffic to the website, leading to more ad revenue. This is why the latest fads always become "news" articles.

Difficulty: no ads. So how are they making money?


I was talking about news sites with articles about Wordle.

The author of the game doesn't plan to monetize it.

https://www.theguardian.com/games/2022/jan/04/wordle-why-inventor-of-fiendishly-addictive-online-game-doesnt-want-your-money
 
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