How fast do you type your posts?

How fast do you type (words per minute) when posting to ENW?

  • less than 10 wpm

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • 10 - 20

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • more than 101 wpm

    Votes: 3 18.8%


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... in words per minute (WPM).

For this poll, "type" means whatever your usual input mechanism (keyboard, smartphone, voice-to-text, etc); and the context is whatever mode you use specifically for ENW posts (as opposed to at work, etc, in case that's different).

edit: If you don't know but are curious to get a quick estimate, there are short typing tests online. A randomly googled one is:
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I have no idea (in wpm). Reasonably fast, I think, for someone who isn't a professional typist. But that might be a case of "most people consider themselves above average". :)

Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome

Let's just say I'm keenly aware that there's a limit to how many posts one can make per minute here.


Long ago, I was looking for graphic design work through a Temp Agency, and the agency I went normally specialized in administrative assistants, so they had a required typing test I had to take in the application process, and I discovered, I typed accurately about 70 wpm, though I can type as fast as 100 wpm, but I make mistakes when I do that. Back when I was in high school, driver's education you took in the semester you turned 16 years old, which was a 9 week course. You had to fill the other 9 weeks of the semester with another class. The only 9 week course available was typing (using an old fashioned typewriter). So I actually know how to type, and all the desktop publishing and writing I do. I may even type faster with more accuracy, but I don't ever test myself (nor care for that matter), but imagine I'm closer to 90 wpm with accuracy these days - that's just a guess.

I avoid sending texts on my phone for my communications, except where I have to. But I don't use a phone to on ENWorld, FB nor anywhere.

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
It depends.

If it has to with boring RPG history, Greyhawk, or the perfidious peccadilloes of Bards, my verbiage exceeds the capacity of containers and comes forth at close to the speed of light.


My father tells the story of when he came back from Viet-Nam to be stationed with the 82nd. The only time he volunteered was when they asked who can type to the company. It was him and some other guy back from the bush typing with two fingers for the last 6 months before being outprocessed. He says that the sergeant that was in charge of the office could tell that they were terrible at typing but were at least detail-orientated.


A suffusion of yellow
Anything from 30 seconds to 2 hours depending on how much Im reading. With the autosave function it can sometimes be 2-3 days


I learned to type on an electric typewriter I got when I graduated from junior high. I was self-taught, using the hunt-and-peck method, and using only my two index fingers and occasionally a thumb to hit the SHIFT key. I got really good at it, often typing faster than others who use all of their fingers in the more professional manner. (And this is still how I type today, by the way.)

So, the way I like to explain all of that is: I learned to type using the hunt-and-peck method, but I've gotten so fast at it that I no longer have to hunt for where the letter are on the keyboard.

Now I'm just a pecker. :)



On a good day, somewhere around 25 words per minute, depending on whether I'm writing on my own or copying something.
Despite having actually taken a typing class in eighth grade, I never really learned to type. I look at the keys as I'm typing instead of at what I'm writing, so copying things down is much slower than just writing on my own. And I only use three or four fingers on each hand and don't keep my hands on the right keys the way you're supposed to.
Sometimes I reach across the keyboard to hit a key with my other hand because it's quicker than trying to put my hands back into the correct position and doing it the right way.
So, basically, I picked up some basic tools and reinvented the wheel instead of using them the way I was supposed to.

Which actually happens to me a lot - my brain is just wired to process how to do things a little differently than normal.


Staff member
It depends on the device.

On my desktop, I’ve been tested at 70+WPM after learning touch typing in the summer after 8th grade, and I haven’t really slowed.

On my iPad, I can still touch type, but the keyboard is slightly smaller than standard and has no home key blisters, so I get slowed a bit because of errors…and autocorrect. Probably still hitting 45+WPM though.

On my iPhone? Slooooowwwwwww. I’m basically using 2 fingers of 1 hand- typically my thumb & index.

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