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Srs Bsns Should joke entries be removed from the madlibs?
Poll: Should joke entries be removed from the madlibs?
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MC Banhammer

Avatar: 1887 2011-07-31 00:40:59 -0400
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[Good Omens]

Level 69 Troll

Trying to create drama to drum up the ratings by any means necessary!

Currently, CZ has some joke entries in the madlibs. For example, the month “Smarch” in @month (from the Simpsons), “competitive eating” as a @team_sport, and the ever-popular @school_lesson, “radioactive waste would kill a turtle before it would have a chance to turn into a ninja”.

These joke entries can mess up submissions worse than unintelligencer imo. And they can’t be easily toggled on or off, like unintelligencer eventually will be*. The only way to do it is for JB to go through the entries and manually remove them. That’s a lot of work.

Hence this poll. If there’s enough of a “Yes, get rid of them!” outcry, JB is willing to remove them — if we point them out to him.

*for variable values of “eventually”

ChilePepino

Avatar: 101005 2010-01-24 16:17:40 -0500
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[Full of SbumSS]

Level 35 Permanoob

Well, spf357 really rocks.

they only appear eventually together with the more serious entries so I don’t see the problem.

MC Banhammer

Avatar: 1887 2011-07-31 00:40:59 -0400
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[Good Omens]

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ChilePepino Posted:

they only appear eventually together with the more serious entries so I don’t see the problem.

I don’t understand. You’re saying that because they show up randomly, they’re okay? That you’re okay with entries like “User was banned on Smarch 31 for <not being in line with whatever this forum’s about>”?

Jalapeno Boo-
tyhole

MODERATOR
Avatar: 44 2012-11-06 12:31:55 -0500

[Crotch Zombie]

Level 44 Emo Kid

Happy fifth anniversary, Forumwarz! :pumpaul:

Thanks, MCB. I’ve wondered how strongly people feel about this myself.

Voted, and not the comedy option.

ChilePepino

Avatar: 101005 2010-01-24 16:17:40 -0500
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[Full of SbumSS]

Level 35 Permanoob

Well, spf357 really rocks.

MC Banhammer Posted:

I don’t understand. You’re saying that because they show up randomly, they’re okay? That you’re okay with entries like “User was banned on Smarch 31 for <not being in line with whatever this forum’s about>”?

yes that was what i was saying, it doesn’t happen everytime.

MC Banhammer

Avatar: 1887 2011-07-31 00:40:59 -0400
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[Good Omens]

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ChilePepino Posted:

yes that was what i was saying, it doesn’t happen everytime.

Okay, well, yes, I knew that. I just think when they DO show up, they make the entry stupid, not funny. I don’t think that’s the goal.

Joseph of Su-
burbia

Avatar: 182182 2014-04-26 03:28:23 -0400
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[Brainfreeze]

Level 69 Hacker

Perpetually Gay

I actually have seen this a bit too much. Currently, a few of my entries have a probable cause of sucking because of joke entries (also because they aren’t that funny). I’d give examples, but… voting is still happening.

So, I do believe there shouldn’t be joke submissions in the mix.

Aldo_Anything

MODERATOR
Avatar: 32555 2014-07-18 11:39:53 -0400
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[Brainfreeze]

Level 69 Troll

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They never bothered me. Voted no.

Johnny Mac

Avatar: 37704 2011-07-31 00:49:39 -0400
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[Full of SbumSS]

Level 35 Troll

hot horse great times lover

I find an occasional Smarch refreshing.

wtfmcnuggets

Avatar: 104315 Sat Apr 11 13:02:16 -0400 2009
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[The Scrotal Safety-
Commission
]

Level 36 Troll

i finally grew a male reproductive organ

Aldo_Anything Posted:

They never bothered me. Voted no.

i actually like to see the weird, random joke entries. it makes doing forumbuildr a little more fun.

man-man

Avatar: 156485 2010-01-24 16:36:14 -0500
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[Harem and Sushi Bar]

Level 69 Hacker

Selfish fine upstanding member of society

While we’re requesting madlib changes, one thing that would solve both this and another problem is being able to block certain madlib entries from being selected.

Even if they aren’t joke ones, sometimes the theme of a madlib is what you want, but it’s got more in it than makes sense in your sentence. Like “that’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard all @time_unit” will give you “all year”, “all week”, “all day” etc. but also “all nanosecond”, “all eon” etc.

An even more general ‘fix’ would be adding some syntax for something like @{day, month, year} for on-the-fly madlib creation. That’s probably a lot more work than just removing a few jokes from the madlibs though… so I guess it’s one for the “nice to have, but you won’t see it this year” pile.

-XI-

Avatar: 65028 2009-09-29 14:53:15 -0400
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Level 40 Troll

THEY'RE GONNA TASTE GREAT!

Voted no, because that turtle one made me lol.

GOLDENSAUSAGE

Avatar: 63088 Thu Nov 20 00:23:00 -0500 2008
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[Domination Nation]

Level 45 Emo Kid

“Tearleader”

naw i think they’re great. keep them. it makes forumbuildr more hilarious. Log in to see images!

Ricket

MODERATOR
Avatar: 4300 2011-11-01 00:56:47 -0400
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[The Scrotal Safety-
Commission
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Level 69 Troll

Good poster, upvoted.

Voted no, but how about a ::nojokes modifier?

MC Banhammer

Avatar: 1887 2011-07-31 00:40:59 -0400
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[Good Omens]

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Ricket Posted:

Voted no, but how about a ::nojokes modifier?

MC Banhammer Posted:

they can’t be easily toggled on or off

Ricket

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Avatar: 4300 2011-11-01 00:56:47 -0400
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[The Scrotal Safety-
Commission
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Level 69 Troll

Good poster, upvoted.

...right, I meant how about CZ adding a ::nojokes modifier?

If someone has to manually sort through all the madlibs, it wouldn’t be much additional work.

dobnits

Avatar: 58842 2010-01-24 16:19:10 -0500
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[The Scrotal Safety-
Commission
]

Level 69 Troll

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOBS

I enjoy the occasional joke madlib, but perhaps a well defined ratio should be in order.

Skyman747

Avatar: 115546 2011-07-31 00:23:14 -0400
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[Harem and Sushi Bar]

Level 69 Hacker

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-XI- Posted:

Voted no, because that turtle one made me lol.

drussthebrit-
ishbastard

Avatar: 61156 Fri Jan 09 16:01:01 -0500 2009
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Level 68 Troll

Finest upstanding member of society, ever!

A lot of the humor is derived from how insanely random some of the posts on the internet can be. And madlibs with joke entries only add even more to the randomness.

I guess you can have a serious madlib bit for serious entries (i.e. @month would just include all 12 months) and have ones for joke entries included, or even make a variable to add/omit joke entries. I’m just throwing that idea out there.

Jalapeno Boo-
tyhole

MODERATOR
Avatar: 44 2012-11-06 12:31:55 -0500

[Crotch Zombie]

Level 44 Emo Kid

Happy fifth anniversary, Forumwarz! :pumpaul:

So, looks like there’s a pretty strong mandate to keep the joke entries in.

If you feel strongly about any egregiously bad examples, list them here or Tubmail me and I’ll consider removing a couple.

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