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Friday, August 8, 2008

Is Our Bloggers Learning?

posted by on August 8 at 15:00 PM

This website can determine what your blog’s reading level is. You can also test entire websites.

Slog is high school reading level:

blog readability test

Also in the high school reading level: Defamer, Wonkette, Bookninja, Bookslut and the New York Times.

But The Stranger as a whole website rates higher:

blog readability test

And we apparently have the smartest film section in town, because when you run the Stranger film page alone, you get this result:

blog readability test

Perez Hilton and Gawker are both junior high school reading level.

The only elementary school level blog I could find? Ain’t it Cool News. Me no surprised.

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You can thank Annie Wagner for that genius tag. She will be missed.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 8, 2008 3:01 PM

ha ha SoundPolitics is jr. high level.

Posted by vooodooo84 | August 8, 2008 3:08 PM

I did that one a few months ago, didn't post it because I also read the result image has some embedded code that sets off false "spam site" readings for web ranking and search engine ranks. (mine was genius too, which is actually bad as I need to make mine more readable for everyone)

A better one is here, it gives a bit more detailed results if you're interested.

Posted by unwelcomed | August 8, 2008 3:08 PM

Ha! My company's website (the copy of which is dictated by our grammatically retarded CEO) received an "Elementary" tag.

I'm not surprised.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | August 8, 2008 3:09 PM

Wait. Annie Wagner has died?

No way am I going to believe that Bradley and Amy Kate and now Annie all died of some unnamed cause within weeks of each other. What killed them?!?

Posted by elenchos | August 8, 2008 3:10 PM

Mensa's is "College - Post Grad"

Posted by Michael | August 8, 2008 3:10 PM
Posted by demo kid | August 8, 2008 3:11 PM

If you give a shit about this, you're level is mildly retarded.

Posted by left coast | August 8, 2008 3:12 PM

I wonder what Gerard Vs. Bear ranks in at.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | August 8, 2008 3:12 PM

Oh... wait. Should have known that this would have been jumped on the second it came out.

Posted by demo kid | August 8, 2008 3:13 PM

Oh wait... should have known any pit bull story would have been jumped on immediately.

Posted by demo kid | August 8, 2008 3:13 PM

Gawker's level is Junior High? My first handle was executed from Gawker. I was also kicked out of my first Junior High. Sounds about right.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 8, 2008 3:15 PM

The blog that has nothing but pictures of my kid on it is "Genius." I call bullshit.

Posted by elenchos | August 8, 2008 3:17 PM

"These Douchebags" (enemies of slog) comes in at genius. Depressing.

Posted by heywhatsit | August 8, 2008 3:19 PM

Not that we give these things ALL that much credence, but just for fun I punched in the URL to Moby Dick on Project Gutenberg

The verdict? Junior High School.

Posted by MonkeyNose | August 8, 2008 3:22 PM

The Drudge Report is also Elementary School level. Haha.

Posted by David | August 8, 2008 3:26 PM

@15, pretty smart junior high kids!

Posted by arduous | August 8, 2008 3:26 PM

Running Slog through the more detailed readability rating site gives this:

Gunning Fog Index 8.16 (Reader's Digest/TV Guide reading level)

Flesch Reading Ease 57.05 (60-70 is recommended)

Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.76 (A fifth grader should be able to read it)

Posted by unwelcomed | August 8, 2008 3:30 PM

The NORML blog comes in at "genius" level. There's why we still have so many misconceptions about the herb - the main advocacy blog is too difficult for most people to understand.

Posted by jmr | August 8, 2008 3:38 PM

Hey,, which is - if you share my tastes (and you probably don't) one of the smartest blogs of all time. ALL TIME I TELL YOU!

It was judged Elementary Level. Stupid bullshit robot, doesn't like the funny.

Posted by Dougsf | August 8, 2008 3:41 PM

This site is so broken, Gerard Vs. Bear comes in as genius.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | August 8, 2008 3:47 PM

Readability is GOOD, not bad.

(at least I hope so, because my blog comes in at "elementary school.")

Posted by Seth | August 8, 2008 3:58 PM

@20, I also love, so I tested it with a few other comedy sites, all of which have pretty high reading levels, but plenty of cusses.

They all came in at "Elementary School" or "Junior High."


Posted by Karla | August 8, 2008 5:02 PM
24 The geeky site of wonderful hacks for Make Magazine. (make your own homemade spot welder, MIDI controlled wall harp, a breathalyser in a microphone enclosure, etc.) got an "elementary school" level.

Posted by Andrew | August 8, 2008 6:53 PM

McSweeney's got an elementary level rating.

Posted by vika | August 8, 2008 7:09 PM

Your ugly and smelly cousins on the Forums got a genius rating for our Politics and Now I am Drunk Sections. Religion is Junior High, but what do you expect.

Posted by toasterhedgehog | August 8, 2008 8:30 PM

Well don't start sucking each others dicks just yet...

The hun got a Genius rating too.

Looking at nipples and dicks amongst other forms of hardcore pornography is the same as the strangers film section.

Yeah, you guys rule.

Posted by ecce homo | August 8, 2008 9:28 PM

I think I would prefer reading a blog that read at elementary level, but explained genius-level concepts.

Posted by Steve | August 9, 2008 2:12 AM

My blog content is mirrored at blogspot and myspace. I received 3 different ratings for the exact same content.

1. - high school
2. - college (post grad)
3. myspace - elementary school

go figure.

Posted by Miss Poppy Hussein Dixon | August 9, 2008 5:49 AM

I hate to break it to you guys, but reading level doesn't reveal how smart the authors are, it reveals how complex the sentences are. So if a website's reading level is post-grad, it means that the authors can't construct a clear thought, not that the readers are super-smart.

Posted by gillsans | August 9, 2008 12:16 PM

The way popular porn website Gals4free is rated "genius." I knew I was learning something!

Posted by Gurldoggie | August 9, 2008 2:25 PM

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