Ongoing slowness and other issues - UPDATED
Hey all. It's been awhile since I last posted - sorry about that. Just want to give a status update... Perhaps you've been noticing some intermittent slowness when using Quizlet. I've been noticing it too - 30 second load times for each page are no fun. Sometimes it's nice and snappy, sometimes it's…

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Posted by Andrew May 23, 2007 · View post
Quizmarklet now does user-contributed definitions, Gmail, plurals, and more
I just made some great updates to the Quizmarklet. Here's what it can now do: User-contributed definitions. Before, it was just using the (excellent) WordNet dictionary, but I have now expanded it to use the ever-expanding word lists from Quizlet's users. It only uses words that are in sets open to…

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Posted by Andrew May 7, 2007 · View post
Back online after some major downtime
Good morning! It's been a rough day, with Quizlet experiencing its first major downtime ever. Quizlet is now back and rolling as normal. I believe the problem started around 6 AM, and has just been resolved at 12:45 PM. My sincerest apologies go out to everyone who couldn't use Quizlet this morning.…

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Posted by Andrew May 3, 2007 · View post
Announcing the Quizmarklet
How often do you crack open a dictionary when you see a word you don't know? Probably never. So, what can Quizlet do about that? More than you can possibly imagine. Muahahaa Friends, meet the awesome that is THE QUIZMARKLET: (to clarify, 'awesome' is a noun in colloquial teenage slang these days) (…

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Posted by Andrew April 30, 2007 · View post
Experimenting with some small-time advertising
It's the day you've all feared. The Ads have arrived! The dreaded. The unsightly. The annoying. The Online Ad. # Quizlet's different, hopefully? I'm now experimenting with a little advertising on Quizlet. You know what I hate? Big stupid flashy banner ads. I bet you do too. So Quizlet doesn't have t…

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Posted by Andrew April 23, 2007 · View post
Send in your suggestions for new games
This past week I've been working on a lot of little things, fixing bugs and tweaking some text stuff. Thanks to everyone who has sent in bug reports - they've been very very helpful. But I'd like to take the opportunity to give a quick demonstration of a new game I'm working on for Quizlet - codenam…

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Posted by Andrew April 18, 2007 · View post
A zombie by day, and a Quizlet programmer by night
So it's spring break. And I've been filming a zombie thriller instead of doing my homework! My bloodiness looked a lot more realistic when it was first applied, so that picture doesn't really do it justice. Anyways, I can post a link to the video when it's finished :). But that's just my day job. I…

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Posted by Andrew April 12, 2007 · View post
April Fools!
It's all a cruel joke! Quizlet is free and will remain free indefinitely. Sorry to those who took me seriously :) On a serious note, Quizlet's only recurrent expense is the web hosting account that Quizlet.com runs on. I can keep supporting it on my own for a long long time. Thanks for your concern.…

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Posted by Andrew April 2, 2007 · View post
Unfortunate news: Quizlet must stop being free
[[ Ok, to make this extra clear, all of the following information is completely FALSE. It was my little April Fool's joke :) ]] I have been trying to hold this off as long as possible, but the choice has finally caught up with me. I just got off the phone with my accountant and several advisors. The…

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Posted by Andrew April 1, 2007 · View post
Trying out some new features - UPDATED
I have some exciting things coming up for you guys. Forums! Each group on Quizlet will have its own private forum, and there will be several global forums. The current global forums are: Quizlet Suggestions and Vocabulary Help. There will be no casual hangout forum spot. Here are some screenshots I'…

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Posted by Andrew March 31, 2007 · View post
Yay!...Davidson application sent
I'm so relieved to have finally sent my Davidson scholarship application. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be...The UPS package I shipped contained 43 pages of juicy Quizlet secrets and documentation, plus a ~10 minute video of me prattling on about Quizlet. But that's not all - each o…

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Posted by Andrew March 29, 2007 · View post
10,000 users + lots of new features + Davidson scholarship
Quizlet is humming along as usual. Here are some cool announcements: Quizlet reached 10,000 users on Wednesday, March 16. Not too bad for 56 days of existence. I just added a wave of new improvements to Quizlet. Read on. I'm entering Quizlet for the Davidson Fellows scholarship. So far, I've writte…

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Posted by Andrew March 17, 2007 · View post
Feature preview: custom accents and symbols
Hey again. I'm working on a super-slick new preference for customizing your accents and symbols. Any language you enter will be supported. Click on the image below for a preview: You can enter as many symbols as you want, and they can be anything you want. If you want to enter a Japanese alphabet,…

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Posted by Andrew March 6, 2007 · View post
500 days of Quizlet - The State of The Quizlet #2
After the serious philosophical contemplations in my last post, I thought I might freshen the mood with some fun statistics on how Quizlet is doing. But before I dive in I'd like to thank everyone for the huge flow of ideas coming in through the blog and the feedback box. It's a little overwhelming,…

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Posted by Andrew March 2, 2007 · View post
Quizlet in the classroom - a discussion
A number of teachers have contacted me recently expressing concern about the Discussion and Private Message features. The recent poll also roused some complaints about the potential of a forum feature. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss the general social atmosphere of Quizlet and how I envisio…

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Posted by Andrew February 24, 2007 · View post
Poll: What should Quizlet do next?
The Scatter release was rocky initially (sorry guys!), but it seems to have been a general success. Looking at my statistics, it looks like people are spending hours at a time on Scatter. Nice :) Now that Scatter is done, I want to find out what I should work on next. In the last poll, "Creating an…

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Posted by Andrew February 23, 2007 · View post
Learn mode restored (part 2)
Hi. There was a bug in learn mode this morning that was causing it to fail terrifically . Sorry, it was completely my fault. Not that it matters to anyone, but the problem was one character in my 30,000 lines of code. I found the right character to fix though :) It's fixed now. Thank you to the 17 p…

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Posted by Andrew February 21, 2007 · View post
Scatter lifts off, with a bazillion other things! Woohoo!
Because of the all the big changes listed below, many of the files on Quizlet have changed (71 of them, in fact). If you have any issues with Quizlet's looks or functionality, you probably don't have the right files. To make sure you have the latest copy of all the files, you'll need to empty your b…

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Posted by Andrew February 21, 2007 · View post
On bugs, and how I recently squashed a particularly nasty one
Bugs are a fact of life for software programs, and Quizlet is no different. The extended 450-day testing cycle I put Quizlet through before it was launched to the public helped get rid of a vast majority of them, but there will always be those that get through. The feedback feature at the top-right…

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Posted by Andrew February 17, 2007 · View post
You are a chatty bunch! 20,000 discussions
I was browsing the database statistics this evening and noticed that there are now more than 20,000 discussion messages logged in the database. That's very surprising, considering there have only been 4,300 sets created. So I dug a little further and discovered 3 sets with over 3,000 messages each.…

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Posted by Andrew February 12, 2007 · View post