Hey why does the total keep changing?!

So we’re well on our way now to our target of 1 million clicks in 100 hours.  Not that we want to get complacent though – keep classifying everyone!

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Being part of Galaxy Zoo gives me the opportunity to combine web technologies with science, a perfect mix!  When we came up with the idea of the Zoonometer™ we decided that if possible we’d like the total to update in near-relatime.  We launched the Zoonometer™ with it auto-updating every 10 seconds but quickly realised with the sheer number of people coming to Galaxy Zoo, this continual refreshing was causing the database to get pretty slow.  So onto version  1.1 of the Zoonometer™.  We’re now caching the count and recalcualting the total every minute and I’m pleased to say we’ve significantly lowered the load on the servers.

One side effect of this caching however is that if you refresh the browser you might hit one of the other webservers which has its own internal cached value.  There’s nothing funny going on I promise but you sometimes might see the  Zoonometer™ jump around a little.

Cheers

Arfon

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12 responses to “Hey why does the total keep changing?!”

  1. GwydionM says :

    The rate we’re going, we could easily manage two million.

    I just hope no one rushes.

  2. zeus2007 says :

    Ready those engines, we’re on a roll!

  3. oino says :

    I don’t need to see the total count change every ten seconds or every 60. I’m too busy classifying galaxies 🙂

  4. veggy says :

    I can see the fun and PR appeal of this and am happily clicking away myself, but can I point out that it does rather tempt people to be a little less careful in their assessments simply to get the numbers up. Not very scientific!

  5. Chris says :

    Hi Veggy

    When we’ve done similar things in the past, there’s been no change in the quality of the data. We’ll be keeping a close eye on things this time, though.

    Chris

  6. buffy3kins says :

    I’m still new to the Galaxy Zoo 2. I think I’m getting most of it right most of the time. I think I’m still a bit confused about the arc thing so I might miss it at times. I keep reading the tutorials for reference so I’m hopefully learning alot now and getting more of this done better. I’ll keep at it no matter how many galaxies are classified by any number of people. I’m really just curious to see what all is “out there” and maybe learn a little about galaxies. Maybe with the new Keplar Telescope we’ll soon find planets that could have some sort of life on them. I’d like to see that discovery in my lifetime.

  7. raish says :

    OMG WERE ARE GANNNA BE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. raish says :

    🙂 700,00O IT ALOT WE’ERE GONNA REATCH THE TOP IF WE ARE BE LIKE THIS ITS SOO COOL;)

  9. freak says :

    i hate u alll ulgly wasting ur time fidos 😦

  10. raish says :

    :)700,00 AT THIS RATE WE’RE GONNA BE AT THE TOP ITS SOO COOL;)

  11. raish says :

    :)700,00 AT THIS RATE WE’RE GONNA BE AT THE TOP ITS SOO COOL;)

  12. Marcy9 says :

    Hey Veggy.. I thought about this also, but i know “astronomy lovers” are thinking twice about each classification, bkz we don´t wanna only a big number… 🙂

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