23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here.
It's not news, it's Fark!Fark is a community news aggregator with irreverent humor, created by Drew Curtis in 1999. Fark was inspired by Curtis' love for bizarre, unusual, or just plain stupid news stories. Before user-driven content was really the "in" thing, Fark was already allowing website viewers to nominate such articles for consideration.Typically, a motivated "farker" will find an odd story somewhere online, think of a witty "headline" to list beside the link, and add one of a list of predefined "tags" that tell the reader what to expect. Only the best postings* make it to the main page, while lists of all submissions can be viewed by subscribing to the $5-per-month TotalFark. Consequently, having one's headline "greenlit" is a sign of prestige among the farking community. Once a headline is posted, comments can be viewed and made, blog-style, by clicking on the number to the right of the posted headline.Like everything else that's lasted this long, it's undergone a number of changes and evolutions, including the addition of daily (or semi-daily, or bi-daily) Photoshop contests, an "UltraFark" e-mail address, and (of course) Wil Wheaton. It's a hotbed of Memetic Mutation, and quite a few of the Internet's most memorable memes were, if not born, proliferated at Fark. It is one of the top 100 most visited English websites. That's some serious proliferation.If you're considering farking for yourself, there are a few things you should remember: Fark is one of the more intelligent and wittier communities online, but it's not nearly as nice as TV Tropes. You'll probably get Trolled, and flame wars break out almost hourly. A little research, thick skin, capitalization, and punctuation will go a long way if you plan on jumping in the deep end of the pool.Or, you know, you can just make oblique references to things like "extensible markup language".Penis.Oh, and, yes, there is a book.
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