YMMV / Know Your Meme


  • Acceptable Targets:
    • 9gag and Twitter are hot topics at best on KYM and memes that originate from them tend to be disliked. Reddit may be developing into this as well.
    • Social justice warriors, due to recent events, are a massive Berserk Button for the users. More so if they happen to be from Tumblr with a Vocal Minority developing a hatred for Tumblr as a whole.
    • Those on the extreme opposite end of social justice warriors are also mocked by members of the userbase. Specifically people who refer to themselves as "red pillers" that happen to hold political or social opinions similar to that of the infamous /pol/ *chan board. Said people are usually mocked for basically coming off as sounding legitimately racist or sexist.
    • As a result of the dramatic increase in right-wing users on the site during the 2016 election season (partially the result of Republican candidate Donald Trump spawning numerous pages due to his prolific nature on the internet), the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has become a rather notable one, largely due to the controversies surrounding her use of a private server for federal emails and her claiming responsibility for security lapses during the 2012 Benghazi attack.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Molly Horan became much less unpopular when she abruptly left after a few months.
    • Occasionally, shit-posters will make a name for themselves on the site. For the most part, their comments are buried very quickly, but people seem to "miss" some after they leave without being permabanned. For instance, Liberal_Genius, whom one mod actually expressed a bit of nostalgia for when LG was still running around.
  • Broken Base:
    • When the site saw a rise in individual articles pertaining to well known internet fetishes, there were some users wondering if the creation of the individual pages was necessary when the general "Internet Paraphilia" page already existed, and others defending the pages by stating that said fetishes have a significantly large enough presence in places like online art communities to justify individualized articles.
    • When Joel of the streaming group Vinesauce got a page on the site, he later voiced his displeasure at the article by saying it was "really shitty." Users on the site who are fans of Joel tried to then apologize for the quality of the article, while others said that, while Joel has every right to voice his displeasure, the way in which he was voicing said displeasure came off as needlessly hostile towards the site itself (even some of the site's own mods felt Joel wasn't handling the situation well, with one mod pointing out that Joel sent an email to the admins that was nothing but complaining with no suggestions on how to fix the article).
    • Many articles pertaining to feminism, or general SJ activities. The admins understandably want to stay neutral, but a number of comments from either side seem to want to start a Flame War.
    • An article regarding "controversies" relating to the game Fire Emblem Fates has been met with many different responses. Some simply don't care about the entire thing, some think the controversy is a big enough deal to try and resurrect a certain specific subset of the userbase that's been rather controversial on the site since late 2014, while some others mock the latter group for things like creating strawman arguments and for generally blowing the entire subject in question way out of proportion.
    • The website's reaction image gallery was later closed after too many users ignored a rule stating that reaction images relating to a movie/tv show/video game/meme that had an entry on the website (such as Pokémon or Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy) should be put in the appropriate entry rather than the reaction image gallery. Some users understood the reasoning behind the gallery's closing and owned up to any rule-breaking they had caused. Others thought it was Disproportionate Retribution and accused the mods of making a mountain out of a molehill. Similar debates also exist to some extent with the Ruined Childhood gallery and other popular galleries that closed as well.
    • The numerous amount of pages pertaining to the 2016 United States presidential election has caused right-wing users to significantly increase in prominence. Given how controversial politics is, this has resulted in a split between conservative and liberal users on the site. Conservative users are attacking Hillary Clinton for her email and Benghazi controversies, calling pro-Clinton users shills and repeatedly asking for her to be imprisoned. Liberal users, meanwhile, have been attacking Donald Trump for his numerous gaffes and past misdeeds (more often than not pointing out Trump's inflammatory remarks towards Mexicans and proposed ban on prospective Muslim immigrants), calling the man a bigot and consequentially viewing the right wing in various negative lights for supporting him. As with anything related to politics, Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement heavily applies here.
  • Creator's Pet: The Fine Bros React videos often get put on the front page, even though the community keeps downvoting them. Also counts as Acceptable Targets.
    • The same goes for articles on Advice Animals - most of the time, the content will make the front page (even with little spread outside of Reddit) and will irritate the community, and if an article of the sort is confirmed, users are annoyed even more. Some Advice Animals are not subject to this treatment, but most of them are.
    • Twitter hashtag movements are developing into this. They get added every other week but are almost never substantial enough to be confirmed and the community (and the internet in general) despises them.
    • Donald Trump. It's certainly Not Hyperbole to say that a new page is created literally every time the man does something noteworthy, to the point where numerous Trump-related articles can pop up in a single day. Everyone, even the increasing population of right-wing users, is growing exasperated about it.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the episode about "The Lying Down Game", they discussed how memes can undergo a sort of convergent evolution, comparing a photo fad in Britain of people lying down in strange places to a different, Korean photo fad of people playing dead in reference to Crayon Shin-chan. They compared this type of thing to how the flying squirrel and sugar glider evolved separately on separate continents, one as a marsupial and one as a mammal. It could possibly be excused by how they focus in the study of memes and not much else.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Bad Luck Brian image macro has become the community's poster child for a legitimate meme that's been ignored by the mods in favor of fads or Forced Memes. The profile image of BLB itself lampshades it! Impressive, considering BLB was initially utterly hated by the community.
    • Super Robo Jesus is considered to be the Memetic Badass of Deadpooled Memes because of how the article is So Bad, It's Good.
    • Deadpool is treated by the community as the site's unofficial mascot.
    • DON, so much so he himself became a meme.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Due to the Vocal Minority opinion on feminism or SJ topics, a number of commenters have little tolerance for the social justice spheres on Tumblr and other such sites. (Read above on Acceptable Targets.)
  • Friendly Fandoms: Due to their focus on memes, the site gets a lot of overlap with the various Imageboards, Imgur, and other such sites. This Very Wiki being among them. Tumblr seems to be on-and-off, but due to recent events which will not be mentioned further, it's leaning more towards the "off" side.
  • Growing the Beard: There's usually a substantial increase in quality before an article is confirmed.
  • Jumping the Shark: "The Family Guy Effect" in a nutshell; if a meme gets used on Family Guy or in any media that isn't directly related to the source of the meme, then it generally causes users who liked the meme to decide it's gotten overused and move on.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Users on the website who say or do something stupid multiple times often wind up becoming forever associated with the stupid thing they did for extended periods of time. One user's username and avatar note  in particular became synonymous with the phrase "I don't get it." among the website's users after a long period of time when the user in question would claim to not get even the most obvious of jokes or references, seemingly just to get a rise out of everyone else.
    • A negative version of this trope would be when someone says something offensive or dumb that results in their comment/post getting "buried" (i.e. getting more than ten down-votes), as for weeks afterwards they may get down-voted by some users just for daring to show their face again, even if they apologized and the majority of people accepted it or if most of the users had forgotten about the incident by that point.
  • Network Decay: People in the comments have been concerned that the site is starting to drift too much into a news site, especially in relation to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the United States election, or into a fads website displaying every trend on Reddit, Tumblr, and hashtags that trend on Twitter.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Twitter fads and hashtag movements eventually began replacing Advice Animals as the run-of-mill "meme" of the week, to the point some users expressed less hatred toward the few AAs that did appear.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Any meme that manages to get itself un-deadpooled has achieved this. Bad Luck Brian and Marauder Shields are two good examples.
  • The Scrappy: Deadpooled memes, though some get enough popularity to be un-deadpooled. The only real exception is the page on Deadpool himself, a well-renowned page that continues to be deadpooled if only for the sake of a meta joke.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: After KYM changed hands from Rocketboom to Cheezburger, a good portion of the userbase reacted negatively.
  • True Memes Are Ancient: Good luck getting a meme confirmed if it's still the same week it became popular.
  • Vocal Minority: A lot of the comments look like it's either SJW's or anti-SJW's (or more recently conservatives vs. liberals) fighting against each other, sometimes stretching outside even the topic of the meme, when most people want nothing to do with either side. Noticeably as of late, a growing number of people will Take a Third Option, and have Pass the Popcorn reactions, with moderate commentators even point out that many Anti-SJW's act like SJW drama queens in their rather common rants.

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