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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 3:46 p.m. PST

Just type in the URL and see what it says:

(expired link)

For the record, and my blog, , both had a reading level of Elementary School. (Which is good, as I wanted them both to be highly readable.)

My game site, has a reading level of Genius. (Appropriate for a spaceship combat site, I suppose.)

And our own TMP has a rating of Genius.

So congrats, everyone! If you understand this, you're a genius! :-)

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 3:49 p.m. PST


Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 3:51 p.m. PST

My favourite website is probably TMP, but my own website only ranks at a jr. high school level. I wonder what that says about me.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 3:52 p.m. PST

Here is the last website I read though:


It says that it is at genius level. So I guess I float between Einstein and SuperFudge.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 3:55 p.m. PST

so trying a bunch of different (wildly different) things, I get totally non sensible results. gets college level for example.
It is pretty fun though, thanks for posting.

Plynkes Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 4:01 p.m. PST

My blog is Genius level!

Is that good or bad? Does it mean that nobody can understand it? That would make sense, thinking about it.

Germy Bugger Fezian Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 4:07 p.m. PST

Don't get it. is Elementary but is Genius?

Germy Bugger Fezian Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 4:07 p.m. PST

Irony being that I spelt the url wrong when posting about the genius of my site ;)

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 4:12 p.m. PST

Yeah cos you're just talking about toys and they are talking about serious adult stuff like Viagra and bisexual dating.

That is totally college talk. Like the difference between White Zombie and REM. Sure White Zombie rocks and if Rob Zombie ever met up with the guy from REM his boots could stomp the snot out him all by themselves, but REM is college music and it wins out this time.

So you compare to White Zombie, that is a good thing.

mweaver Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 4:13 p.m. PST

I confess I am dubious about the reliability of this rating system…

Plynkes Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 4:16 p.m. PST

Don't be so negative, Michael . It is obviously 100% accurate judging by its rating of my site.

Zagloba26 Nov 2007 6:48 p.m. PST


You only got a genius rating because of all the sand winkies. Sophisticated stuff, that.


mweaver Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 7:36 p.m. PST

I stand corrected.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 8:03 p.m. PST

Fun but keep in mind it only checks a single page. So my front page is at Elementary School, my Lexicon at Genius and other pages in between…

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2007 8:27 p.m. PST

Well, since the front page of my G.O.B.S.! site consists of a big graphic image and the phrase: "[odometer] Admirals have perused this site since 3/10/05," it clearly doesn't take much to be a genius these days. Maybe only geniuses use the word "perused."

Ditto Tango 2 1 Inactive Member26 Nov 2007 9:50 p.m. PST

My site, is rated junior high.

legatushedlius27 Nov 2007 12:59 a.m. PST

All of my many blogs are genius level except for my Darkest Africa one which is only college level.


I'd love to know how it works. Perhaps including foreign names and words ups the rating..?

Mark Plant27 Nov 2007 2:20 a.m. PST

I'm sure all the technical terms increase the rating. How is it going to make sense of this, for example:

6th Cavalry Brigade, Colonel Dunnoski
1st “Krechowiecki” Ulans, 400 “riders”, Colonel Dziewicki
12th “Podolian” Ulans, 120 “riders”, Captain Komorowski
14th “Jazłowiec” Ulans, 400 “riders”, Major Plisowski

Things like that push my pages to college graduate level.

Mark Plant27 Nov 2007 2:23 a.m. PST

There are several well known readability tests. We were advised on their use in teacher training college. They range in sophistication greatly.

One of the more famous is Flesch-Kincaid, which I think is what Microsoft Word has built into it:

Austin Rob Inactive Member27 Nov 2007 9:06 a.m. PST

Frothers is Jr. High Level.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2007 11:48 a.m. PST

"Frothers is Jr. High Level."

This comes as no surprise to me at all.

Brandlin Inactive Member27 Nov 2007 1:43 p.m. PST

If it rates as genius, that means you need to be of that level to understand it. So that would also mean that it has poor grammar and spelling, poorly constructed sentences etc. So you need to be smart to understand a website written by an idiot.

Likewise you actually need to be quite smart to write in a way that is simple enough for elementary school kids to understand.

My theory of course does not apply to frothers. Its the exception that breaks the rule.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Aug 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

If you still need a link on readability, this might do:

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