Fixed Wordle sequence issue after switching to New York Times website


Wordle is a free daily word game that confused us all when colorful squares started popping up all over Twitter. It was brilliant, both in its simplicity and in the way it limited players to one game per day: it was impossible to get bogged down because after solving (or not) the daily puzzle, we were done until the next day.

Naturally, this delicate piece of perfection couldn’t be left alone: ​​towards the end of January, just months after its October 2021 debut, the New York Times bought it. Creator Josh Wardle said that as part of his deal with The Times, he was working to preserve player stats, so wins and streaks would continue. Unfortunately, there have been a few bumps in that particular road: the transition to the NYT happened today, and a number of players found when they went to play daily that their streaks were over.

The Times recognized fairly quickly that something wasn’t quite right, but said the issue had been resolved and he was “actively working on a solution”. Several hours later, the very simple solution was revealed: use the old Wordle URL to enter the game.

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“To preserve your footage, please open the old URL last used to play Wordle. This will automatically redirect to the NYT Wordle page, taking your footage with you,” the Times tweeted. “If you go directly to the NYT Wordle page without a redirect, your stats won’t go with you.”

It seems effective. I had completely forget about Wordle’s move to the Times (and I was briefly taken aback by the minor cosmetic changes to the splash screen), so I went to the game via the original URL – /wordle/, if you need it – which now redirects to the Times. After completing the puzzle, my stats appeared as they always were: streak, winning percentage, and everything else.

(Image credit: New York Times)

By the way, you don’t need to continue using the original URL to keep your old statistics: after being redirected once from the original URL, your sequence information will be there even if you switch to the URL.

Aside from the tweaked URL, Wordle on the Times is virtually identical to the original game, but some gamers are a little worried about what the future might hold for their favorite daily entertainment. The NYT promised that Wordle “will initially remain free to new and existing players,” but the presence of “initially” in that statement couldn’t be overlooked: games on the Times website have varying pricing structures, but the The bottom line is that a major media company doesn’t drop a million dollars or more on a pun without thinking about making money from it somehow.


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