# "There are 84 replies with an estimated read time of 0 minutes."

I have a forum post where I simply collect images of developer memes:

The summary below the introduction post says (in German):

Es gibt 84 Antworten mit einer geschätzten Lesezeit von 0 Minuten.

This translates to English as:

There are 84 replies with an estimated read time of 0 minutes.

In my opinion, it will take more than zero minutes to “read” (i.e. look at) the images.

### Suggestion

My suggestion would be to have a minimum value of 1 (instead of 0) for the estimated reading time to cover edge cases like mine with actually zero text but only images.

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This is rather funny

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Yeah I agree, I don’t think any post can be read in less than say 2 seconds. So we should start there with 2 seconds as a minimum.

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@maja can you add that to your list?

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I dont’ know how your algorithm calculates the time. I guess based on the number of characters and/or words.

If I’m correct here, how about adding a factor for every image, too?

Maybe even different factors for small/medium/large images?

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Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, so

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@nbianca can you add that to your list?

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I replaced the floor with a ceil operation to ensure that we always show at least “1 minute”.

Also, it will try to choose the maximum between the old formula (word count / read_time_word_count) and the minimum reading time (4 seconds per post; 4 because that is how long it takes me to read a short post or see an image and scroll to the next post).

For that topic, the formula gives 6 minutes. I managed to read the topic in a little under 6 minutes, so I’d say it works fine.

https://github.com/discourse/discourse/pull/7842

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