Talk:2131: Emojidome

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I've checked the network tab and console - nothing really seems to happen when you vote, which may be something we want to put on the explanation tomorrow - Myxoh

I suspect the real april fools joke is going to come on Wednesday when xkdc posts an app showing us our psychological profiles that they are now selling to marketing companies after data-mining our emotional preferences to marketing firms - Nosajimiki

@Nosajimiki: psychological profiles of xkcd fans. That might be some interesting marketing. - 5Cincinatus

@Myxoh: I came here to see if anyone else had noticed this! But, I do also see a websocket connection to, I bet it's counting votes that way.

There is a websocket connection. A message is sent every time you vote. It looks like there are also status update messages every second (saying which emoji currently has exactly how many votes, i suspect this changes the amount of hearts that show up), and "bracket start" messages every so often. The bracket start message seems to contain hundreds of upcoming emoji pairs. Edit: a bracket start is sent at the start of every match (so every ~30 seconds). It also contains logs of which messages to show for previous matches, and which emoji are currently battling. 16:30, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

There seems to be nothing stopping me from clicking multiple times. Do you think it actually counts it all those times? Can I click-spam to say "this is much better"? Fabian42 (talk) 16:48, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Randall just confirmed that you can vote multiple times, although if you click too fasr you get rate limited. (*warning: generic ip address assigned to phone data.*) 22:35, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Well this is fun. Look like there are 512 symbols, meaning 256 first-round contests. The first round would take (at 38 seconds / round) ~2.7 hours. The remaining rounds, from an estimate of geometric progression, would just under double this, meaning this comic will run for ~ 5 hours until we have our winner... ~alexandicity 16:51, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Did he just add a scroll bar to the previous matches? I didn't notice it earlier 18:17, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Nope, you were able to scroll before, too. At least about 2 hours ago. Fabian42 (talk) 18:20, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

While some of the recaps of past battles are generic (taco vs sandwich: "One for the history books"), many seem to be specifically written for the battle (light bulb vs candle: "Some would argue that this one was settled in the 1800s"). I wonder if/how much this will continue into round 2.

Round two has just begun, and the timeout has been bumped to 60 seconds. --Anarcat (talk) 18:41, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

If that trend continues, the full competition will take pretty close to 24 hours. Fabian42 (talk) 18:45, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
It looks like it's 1:14/round, which is double what the time was in round one. Will round three be 2:28? 1:51?
It's just over 1:15/round from the history JSON (plus some hundredths of a second, but it appears 1:15 is the intent)
Hadn't looked there. Round one concluded at 18:39:20-ish, 9560 seconds from 16:00:00. At 256 battles, that's 37.34 seconds/battle. However, it looks like the first battle ended at 15:59:57, which would add about 40 seconds, 9600 seconds/256=37.5 seconds exactly. Doubling for round 2 gives 75 seconds.
2 minutes 30 seconds per battle now. Looks like each round will be 2 hours 40 minutes long.
Well it is after 5:00 PST and round 4 just started - and this thing is at exactly 5 minutes a round - which means another 160 minutes for the round. Will see in 2 hours and 40 minutes if the times go up to minutes. -- 00:25, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

And while the match-ups winners are typically colored, and underlined, the losers are endgame grey.

Has anyone determined if multiple-voting is actually counted? For me at least the vote button fades back to gray after I click it, which implies you can/should click it again, but that may not actually be processed. We might add a clarification about that to the explanation. - jerodast (talk) 19:01, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

A reddit user on the r/xkcd thread ( claims to have attempted "vote stuffing via the console" with no noticeable change in vote totals. So it looks like it may be sending it client-side, but only counting the vote once server-side --l
Just few minutes ago there was message in "fun facts" that you can click multiple times, although it's not counted if you click too many times (or something like that). I guess that vote stuffing was too much. -- Hkmaly (talk) 22:34, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

It would appear that we are supposed to believe the commentary is live, and unscripted: " {"This one is a true test of the audience today.", "Just to stress this again. Live commentary, folks. Completely unscripted and coming in hot.} "-- 19:20, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

It's clearly live because the result of a previous round is affecting the next round's commentary - and the combinatorial explosion would prohibit that from being remotely plausible. We're watching live comedy here! SteveBaker (talk) 19:30, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
On the dog vs. wolf, he said "Again, we are getting a lot of questions on this today. This is live commentary, folks." Proof I guess. HI RANDALL! 19:31, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Is there really anything we can put for the transcript? 19:25, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

We can go into the socket data and pull out the commentary for each matchup. -- Bobson (talk) 04:05, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Aby ideas on how the commentary is done? It seems to sort of match the emojis. Svízel přítula (talk) 19:31, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

It seems that Randall is commetating this live, as he periodcally says it's live in the robot commentator text. See above. 19:36, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
Perhaps not "live" as each round 2 matchup was known 160 minutes before it was voted on. He could comment on the battle itself, and/or provide a comment if one or the other combatant won. I think he's a couple hours ahead of us.
I dunno. Whenever a new battle starts, there is a default message, that is soon replaced by a more pertinent message. That seems to suggest that he's doing it on the fly. 9yz (talk) 20:03, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
If that's live, Randall, and if you see this, give us a shout-out as proof. -Brent

This is a quick piece of python to see the json results (and commentary): import json, urllib.request d = json.loads(urllib.request.urlopen(" ").read().decode('utf-8')) for g in d['bracket']['played'][0]: c1, c2 = g['game'] print(f"{c1['score']} {c1['competitor']}-{c2['competitor']} {c2['score']}") Tammo80 (talk) 19:42, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

or if you want to see the vote count live in browser: -Andy 22:01, April 2019
Awesome, thank you 9yz (talk) 20:23, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

There must be some kind of manipulation going on with the votes. There is NO WAY the poop emoji would lose to the skull emoji in round two. It was my guess for the winner >:( 20:50, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

And the 100 emoji just lost to the shiny heart. :(

The second round bracket was released, but is hidden behind the bottom nav buttons: --Thefallen138 (talk) 20:56, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

And now the third round has begun. Strangely, the bracket is not visible yet: The delay has been bump to something above two minutes as well. --Anarcat (talk) 21:21, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

It's here 21:41, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Both the Emojidome and counter were brought together in iframes 23:39, 1 April 2019 (UTC)taikedz

Anyone have an IRC room for Emojidome discussion?

"Emoji" or "emojis" as the plural?

Due to the nature of the Japanese language, "emoji" is technically both the plural and the singular - however, the improper form "emojis" is used more as a plural frequently nowadays among English speakers. Which form should this explanation use? --Youforgotthisthing (talk) 22:27, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

The "friends in Australia" comment was made during the last round's wink vs upside down smile battle. This is probably a pun on how Australia is on the other side of the world from America; I don't think Randall was seriously saying he witnessed an influx of Australians inbound. 00:47, 2 April 2019 (UTC)


What would happen if any of the fights resulted in a draw? (same number of votes for both)

Given the # of matchups, it's not actually that unlikely.

We should try to test this. Gotta keep Randall on his feet!

Pretty sure one early on resulted in a tie.

The very first round was 0-0. I guess no one refreshed at exactly the right minute to see it. --Bobson (talk) 04:05, 2 April 2019 (UTC)
Actually, Birthday Cake vs Cupcake was a tie at 3658:3658. Birthday Cake advanced. I wonder why? (from the socket: [{"score":3658,"competitor":"🎂"},{"score":3658,"competitor":"🧁"}]) 04:54, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Emoji Fonts

Having an emoji font is required to see emoji displayed on sites such as . If anybody else is looking for a way to display these, there's a good free emoji font available here: It includes a script to replace the default Windows emoji fonts to get them to display properly on windows. Unfortunately it's only black-and-white in chrome. If anybody knows any better options, please let me know!

Commentary Transcript

I've written a script that pulls the commentary history and transforms it into a wiki table. It's up to date as of right now, and I'll run it again in the morning and one last time after the final round. If you have formatting suggestions, just put them here and I'll incorporate it when I regenerate the table. -- Bobson (talk) 04:58, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Successful Ballot-stuffing?

As I type this, I'm watching owl blast past 180000 votes in the owl-octopus bout. That means that in about 10 minutes, owl has earned more votes than all the votes earned in the entirety of any other individual bout. I could be totally off-base, but that seems vaguely suspicious to me. 05:28, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

I concur: that is highly suspicious. Fortunately, nothing of importance is at stake here, even if you were really pulling for the octopus. At this moment, we're ±10 minutes into bee vs pineapple and nothing comparable has happened. It may be an isolated incident. 05:50, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

I've seen enough hentai to...what? The *owl* has won? O RLY? I demand a recount! 08:10, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Avocado quote citation

I'm not sure where to put this. The "I like avocados because they taste pretty good and also they come with a cool wood ball you get to keep" quote is from here: . 07:15, 2 April 2019 (UTC)