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Topic #289: Webpbn Forums Wordled
By Jan Wolter (jan)

#1: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 9, 2011

#2: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 9, 2011
So this is the result of feeding the entire contents of the forum to wordle.net.

Well, after a lot of fiddling. I eliminated a couple hundreds common words like "and", "a" and "enough". I did some stemming, so "puzzle" and "puzzles" are both counted together.

Just noticed that I didn't merge "thank" with "thanks" or fix the capitalization of "ok". Oh well.

Until I tried making one, I hadn't realized how much manipulation goes into them. I could, for example, have eliminated "make" as a common word, since many instances are probably just things like "It doesn't make any difference to me", but by leaving it in I'm giving perhaps undue emphasis to webpbn as a place where people make things.
#3: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 9, 2011
New version, with more stemming and some other fixes:
#4: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 9, 2011
Just to emphasize how much manipulation goes into these things, here's a raw version for comparison:

#5: Kristen Vognild (kristen) on May 9, 2011
That's funny! You'd think the program would be smart enough to leave out articles and prepositions.
#6: Gator (Gator) on May 9, 2011
Very cool!
#7: Teresa K (fasstar) on May 9, 2011
How fun! I like the first one.

Hey, Gator, Jota, and Tom, we're in there! You too, Sarah and Bugaboo (if you squint). :-D
#8: Liz P (lizteach) on May 9, 2011

The last one made me smile. "And the I to you" too!
#9: Kristen Vognild (kristen) on May 9, 2011
Don't forget Jan & Adam. I thought I also saw "qwerty" in the top image, but that might've been "lovely" :D
#10: Byrdie (byrdie) on May 9, 2011
Just an observation: The first one says "pretty Adam" and the second says "bad Adam."
#11: Brian Bellis (mootpoint) on May 9, 2011
This is such a cool thing. Does the size of the font represent the frequency of words? If that is the case, mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint
#12: Adam Nielson (monkeyboy) on May 9, 2011
What can I say? I am "pretty bad." :-)
#13: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 10, 2011
Yes, size of font indicates frequency of the word. Placement and color of words is random.

I later noticed a switch on the wordle web site that makes it eliminate common words, but I had already done it manually. It doesn't do stemming, I had to do that manually.
#14: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 10, 2011
The word cloud is basically a cloud of positivity.
#15: Sarah Andrews (sarah) on May 10, 2011
This is really cool.
#16: Brian Bellis (mootpoint) on May 10, 2011
Wow Jan! mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint this is such an interesting site. I, mootpoint always learn so much. Is there any difference between a wordle and a word cloud asked mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint? Cloud of positivity? mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint
#17: Sarah Andrews (sarah) on May 10, 2011
I'll add some for Brian. mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint mootpoint :)
#18: Liz P (lizteach) on May 10, 2011
LOL @ Brian.
#19: Jan Wolter (jan) on May 10, 2011
I think "word cloud" is a general term, and wordle is a specific website that generates them.

I don't expect to re-run this in the future, since I doubt if there'd be substantive differences. If I ever do, I might just have to add "mootpoint" to the stop list.

I suppose I could word cloud individual users...nah, why go there?
#20: Brian Bellis (mootpoint) on May 10, 2011
Thank you Sarah Sarah Sarah Sarah
#21: Jota (jota ) on May 25, 2011
I love it! Thanks!
#22: Joe (infrapinklizzard) on Aug 14, 2013
There's another site that does this sort of thing, but adds two more visualizations. The Correlation Wheel looks especially interesting. http://***textisbeautiful.net***/

This link has died and gone to spam hell.

Here is what the Correlation Wheel looked like:
#23: Joe (infrapinklizzard) on Sep 21, 2023
Free word cloud apps disappeared for a time from the web. They are back now, and here is a word cloud of this thread:
#24: Joe (infrapinklizzard) on Sep 21, 2023
(I like the Manipulation Brian Correlation in the lower right -- very appropriate considering the giant MOOTPOINT in the middle)
#25: Valerie Mates (valerie) on Sep 22, 2023

I had found the word-cloud image that Jan posted in #1, but I hadn't seen this thread.

When I am reading new postings in the Forum, it always bugs me when I reach the end and it dumps me into a nearly blank screen, so on the staging site for a while I had it set to show the word cloud image on that screen too, to make it less blank. Now, if I remember right, the staging site chooses randomly between showing the word cloud and showing the "find a random puzzle" page. (But it's been a while since I looked at that code, so I may be remembering it wrong.) Anyway, the plan is to ask about this in a forum thread at some point and then add something to that screen. I think it would be neat to have a webpbn word cloud there.
#26: JoDeen Mozena (ozymoe) on Sep 22, 2023
That would be really neat, Valerie...it's a work of art in itself!
#27: Brian Bellis (mootpoint) on Sep 22, 2023
Wow! That is weird. Why is my username so prominent?

Oh, I just found out. Read comments 11, 16, & 17

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