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==The Validator==
 
==The Validator==
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The validator is available from the user's profile (under 'Edit Novel Info').  Whereas previously the file had to be uploaded as a .txt file (which often caused issues with users who did not save in this format and were not aware of how to convert it), the current validator allows a simple copy and paste into a text box.  The entire process is done by computers, so the words are never seen by human eyes and are deleted off the site once counted.  The validator cannot handle exceptionally large volumes of text and tends to time out around 110,000 words; [[Overachiever|overachievers]] above that mark must submit only a portion and then correct their wordcount manually.  Users are encouraged to check the validator regularly to avoid surprises as some programs (such as a known glitch in Open Office involving smart (curly) quotes) produce higher wordcounts than the validator due to bugs or different algorithms.
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The validator is available from the user's profile (under 'Edit Novel Info').  Whereas previously the file had to be uploaded as a .txt file (which often caused issues with users who did not save in this format and were not aware of how to convert it), the current validator allows a simple copy and paste into a text box.  The entire process is done by computers, so the words are never seen by human eyes and are deleted off the site once counted.  The validator cannot handle exceptionally large volumes of text and tends to time out around 120,000 words; those above that mark must submit only a portion and then correct their wordcount manually.  Users are encouraged to check the validator regularly to avoid surprises as some programs (such as a known glitch in Open Office involving smart (curly) quotes) produce higher wordcounts than the validator due to bugs or different algorithms. On the other hand, the Validator can also show higher word counts than some programs, such as Microsoft Word, due to bugs or different alogrithms. Whether the Validator adds, subtracts, or maintains the word count of one's word processor is decided instantly at the beginning of the month when the user opens their program of choice for the month for the first time of the month.
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Although it is unknown exactly what algorithm the validator uses, it is believed to function by counting the number of things between spaces, similar to the 'wordcount' (wc) function of Unix.  Because it does not identify different types of non-space characters, the phrase "Well...no" will be counted as one word, whereas "Well - no" will be three.  It also does not distinguish characters used to place a break between scenes - the characters "***" will be read as one word, whereas "* * * * * * * *" will be read as eight. Some Wrimos use this as a form of [[padding]].
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Although it is unknown exactly what algorithm the validator uses, it is believed to function by counting the number of blank areas between words or other non-space characters, similar to the 'wordcount' (wc) function of Unix.  Because it is completely iliterate, it cannot recognize anything but spaces,so the phrase "Well...no" will be counted as one word, whereas "Well - no" will be three.  It also does not distinguish characters used to place a break between scenes - the characters "***" will be read as one word, whereas "* * * * * * * *" will be read as eight. Some Wrimos use this as a form of [[padding]].  
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Each blank area, whether it consists of 1 press of the space key, or more than that, is counted as one word. One final word is added to the total after the final non-space character in the document. If a user indents the first line of his or her novel, one word is added to the total before counting of any further blank spaces begins.
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