First you’ll notice how much of the Wordle conversation is taken up by shared scores. Generally it’s around 80% so, while a decent amount of people had complaints after the NYT bought Wordle, most people just posted their scores and moved on.
It is true though that score posts peaked just as the announcement was made. Numbers took a downwards turn from there, but after the game was moved to the NYT website, score shares are on their way up again.
Many players couldn’t stay away after the buyout news, while the game being on the NTY domain has likely got it in front of more people. For those who predicted interest would wane after Wordle “sold out”, the data is not on their side yet.
3. Is Wordle getting harder?
Since the switch to the New York Times domain, some users have suggested the game has gotten harder. The NYT has denied this and said they only removed words that may be considered offensive. On top of that, a look at the source code has shown no new or more difficult words have been added.
Nevertheless, maybe by coincidence, the game has taken more brain cells than usual recently. To see if this is true, we can analyze scores to see how people are faring.
We should note that this data is self-reporting, so this is by no means a rigorous analysis. It’s fair to assume people are more likely to share better scores although, looking at the data we collected, it’s clear there are a lot of honest Wordle players out there when it comes to reporting failure.