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Lacking humor/humor

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5:29 pm on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is one of the best webmaster forums on the internet and, like thousands of others, I have found it to be an invaluable place for the exchange of ideas. WW is an amazing resource.

But why is it so humorless/personality-less? I've heard many people say this about WW. It's one thing to be professional, but when even threads of 100 messages don't have a single humorous or witty remark in them you begin to think 'used by humans or robots?'

Not of significance, but just interested what other people had to say.

6:02 pm on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think thats a bit harsh, i see plenty of humour it just tends to be very subtle so that what is intended as a professional discussion doesn't degrade into casual chit chat.
6:02 pm on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think you're just reading the wrong threads. Try Foo, and you'll find a joyous bunch, and it often spills over into the threads I read in other sections.

BTW, did you hear the one about the chicken and the nun...? :)

6:27 pm on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There's so much humor in this board that I really laugh a lot here. Just think about all the black-/white-hat discussions, Google update theories, ... Just a different type of humor I guess.
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I've heard many people say...

Many years ago I was sitting outside of a cafe on a very fine afternoon sipping a coffee or tea, chatting with a friend about the relative merits of mass popularity as a goal for a novelist.

All of a sudden a fight broke out between two large men and a smaller one. A crowd formed and some in the crowd cheered the larger men as they brutalized the smaller one.

My friend turned to me and said, "That's a perfect example of why you don't use people as a measure for what is right, wrong, successful or good."

"If you beat someone up there will always be some idiot to come up and applaud you. Are you going to believe that applause?"

"And what" he continued, "does that say about praise, adulation, popularity, and how much it's worth?"

8:01 pm on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Q: How many webmasters does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. Thats a hardware problem. ;)
8:27 pm on Jan 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Q: How many webmasters does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Nonsense - all 4,500,000 pixels are light!
2:46 am on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I tell jokes all the time -- they're just not funny to anyone else. :(
9:09 pm on Jan 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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LOL @ Brett!
1:39 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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*laughing* Okay, you can ALL come.... to paraphrase one of my fav lines from one of my fav movies....
6:39 am on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, you can't say we don't try! usually the humor is hidden in the context, so not everybody always gets it ;-)

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8:35 am on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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2 fonts walk into a bar and sit down to order drinks. The bartender says "get lost, we don't want your type here."

da dum!

12:36 pm on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There was a wonderful spoof complaint thread a couple of years ago which was so subtle that one of our best (and usually wisest) female members fell for it hook, line and sinker (to use an appropriate metaphor). I can't even remember what it was about, though I think it was Google update connected, but I remember roaring laughing an it was definitely one of the funniest things I've ever seen online (though strictly for a small audience).

Anyone remember or able to point to it (I'm sure the lady in question does ;)).

5:32 pm on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Your joking, right...?

I think there is more personality on this website than any other I visited.

I literally cried with laughter reading this [webmasterworld.com] :)

10:37 pm on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Case in point: not too long ago we had a thread in Foo about New Year's traditional food. One of our members proposed "chicken pot noodle". Another member riposted with beef was the only pot noodle worth eating.

I, being a foodie of the first water (and in my own defense, a US'er, not a UK'er!) requested the recipe. Which of course caused some not so subtle jibes at my expense, being as "pot noodle" is to the UK'er what cup o' soup is to those of us here. But that's okay - I can laugh at myself with the best of them.

I actually do find posts outside of Foo which cause me to laugh, though I do have to state up front that my sense of humor is fairly far out and pretty sideways as well. In any case, the humor is there, it's just usually a more subtle side of funny....

3:46 am on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Proof there is humor at WW:
I don't get commissions from my wife [webmasterworld.com]
;)
8:35 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I like the serious atmosphere in the discussion threads. People being silly often get in the way just as much as people tooting their success in algorithm discussion threads.
5:31 pm on Jan 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9!

Humor here is usually between the lines.

 

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