A Very Forum Christmas


The Galaxy Zoo forum is a hub of activity in the Zooniverse. they talk about everything from merging galaxies, to supernovae and even tea and biscuits. Compared to these tea-drinking stalwarts of the Zooniverse community, I am a relative newcomer. I often wonder what they talk about for ages amongst those many forum sections and threads. For the Zooniverse Advent Calendar I thought I would find out – in the process I made a Christmas card for the forum!

I have taken every word from every forum posting of 2010 (over 100,000 posts) and given it to the Tagxedo website. The result is this lovely Christmas tree made up of all the most popular words used in the Galaxy Zoo forum. The size of the words shows their popularity, and only the 600 most popular words are shown in the image.

You’ll not surprised to see words like ‘galaxy’, ‘hubble’ and ‘universe’ in there. You might be more amused by the inordinate number of smilies that decorate the tree. I enjoyed the random alignment of the words ‘think different’ – which seemed very appropriate. You can also see the names of many of the forum’s more active members as well as words such as ‘friendship’, ‘welcome’ and ‘love’.

You can grab the image in 16 megapixel and 4 megapixel formats. Merry Christmas to our forum zooites!

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8 responses to “A Very Forum Christmas”

  1. elizabeth says :


  2. Alice says :

    Hahahaha! I love this, Rob! Coffee, chocolate, love, think, look, galaxy, morning, welcome, hello, nice eyes, yes away, people matter . . . I could pick things out of this for hours! I love the zoo and the zooites 🙂

  3. Paddy says :

    I love the tree and the advent calendar.
    I don’t know about anyone else.
    But why did I get this overwhelming urge to look at every single word.
    And ending up doing just that. Lol.

  4. Jo says :

    Awww! Very Christmasey. I love it 🙂

  5. Jules says :

    This is inspired!
    “Want Chocolate Hubble Interesting Try Left”
    ‘Nuff said!

  6. Alice says :

    I’ve found Paddy and Geoff on the tree here 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    (ooops – better get back to work!)

  7. Rona says :

    This is brilliant!

  8. Tsering says :

    How wonderful!

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