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TropeEater That One Troper from the depths of Hell
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Aug 9th 2012 at 6:39:08 AM

It's an image macro. I like it, and it demonstrates the trope (after all, the trope is about online discussion), and I really would like to keep it, but it's still an image macro. Should we keep it, or should we take it down?

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ShadowHog from Earth Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Aug 9th 2012 at 7:50:29 AM

Here's the raw, if we decide to keep it, but without image macro-ness.

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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Aug 9th 2012 at 2:03:05 PM

Pulled the current. If someone could do a stick figure or cartoon person saying something completely random and unrelated to the page content, that could work.

I'm sorry, what were we talking about again?

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bananasloth serial tweaker, sorry from Budapest
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Aug 10th 2012 at 5:31:21 AM

[up][up] If it's enough that the question is unrelated to the page content, practically any conversation starter from Lucky Star could work, them having Seinfeldian Conversations all the time (the questions are frequently unrelated to anything in the show too). A single-panel subbed screencap might do the trick, e.g. [1].

[up] That one doesn't seem too Left-Fielder-y to non-programmers, I don't think. If we could change "Grammar!" to, say, "Birthmarks!" or something that's obviously unrelated, it would be great. Can we do that though?

edited 10th Aug '12 6:12:24 AM by bananasloth

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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Aug 10th 2012 at 6:30:01 AM

[up] I don't think we're supposed to make content changes like that...could be wrong, I can't think of a case off the top of my head where we have.

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bananasloth serial tweaker, sorry from Budapest
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Aug 10th 2012 at 6:46:28 AM

I highly doubt it myself, just thought I'd ask. I don't think the xkcd comic works with "Grammar!" though.

edited 10th Aug '12 6:47:10 AM by bananasloth

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AnotherDuck No, the other one. from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Aug 10th 2012 at 7:47:25 AM

I'd still say someone jumping in from the left for no reason counts for the trope, and illustrates it well. Changing the word doesn't really do anything to make it more of a Left-Fielder.

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bananasloth serial tweaker, sorry from Budapest
serial tweaker, sorry
Aug 10th 2012 at 1:35:38 PM

If the suggestion is to keep the first panel, then I wouldn't say introducing the topic of grammar (in however extravagant a fashion) at a language conference is a Left-Fielder. Even if you're a programmer/mathematician/linguist and get the joke, it's still related.

If the intention is to cut the first panel and just have someone appear shouting "Grammar!" on a page that's about online discussions, that would probably conjure up the image of a Grammar Nazi to most, which I think is misleading.

edited 10th Aug '12 1:41:43 PM by bananasloth

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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Aug 10th 2012 at 1:38:34 PM

Maybe we could put a pic of a famous baseball pitcher or catcher up there...that way you get both an example and a Stealth Pun...or would that have too much potential to mislead?

edited 10th Aug '12 1:39:37 PM by Willbyr

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SeptimusHeap from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Aug 10th 2012 at 1:42:59 PM

Why am I tempted to grab a screenshot of an offtopic thump in these fora?

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Aug 10th 2012 at 1:44:33 PM
Thumped: This post was thumped by the Stick of Off-Topic Thumping. Stay on topic, please.
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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Aug 10th 2012 at 3:53:46 PM

How's this?

Yer OUT!

edited 10th Aug '12 3:55:19 PM by Willbyr

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SeptimusHeap from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Aug 11th 2012 at 1:15:05 AM

With a reaction shot attached (as in: *Thumped post* Next post: "What has that to do with anything?") it might work even better, but alone it can work too.

Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Aug 11th 2012 at 8:22:00 AM

[up] Well, I thumped myself to get that...trying to do that setup would likely involve finding an off-topic thump with a comment like that afterward, or setting up a thump and a reaction...no time to do either right now.

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AnotherDuck No, the other one. from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
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Aug 11th 2012 at 10:31:00 AM

[up]What's that got to do with anything?

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Indigo12ash from Aperture Science
Aug 16th 2012 at 4:13:32 PM

Septimus, that's exactly what I was thinking. And poking around the OTC threads helped me find this and a whole string of thumps here. We could also poke around this OTC thread which has tropers discussing on-topicness.

Momentum, a function of mass and velocity, is conserved between portals. In layman's terms: speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out.
SeptimusHeap from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Aug 16th 2012 at 4:21:25 PM

I'd be cautious against using such "Real TV Tropes" examples, as opposed to "artificial" ones.

Does somebody have the ability of pasting together Willbyr's shot with a reaction shot? I'd try myself but between sluggish connection, late evening and inexperience at photoshopping it would be hard.

Indigo12ash from Aperture Science
Aug 16th 2012 at 4:45:06 PM

[up] Good point. We could set up an artificial one in this thread and then get a screenshot.

[down] Whoever posts after me, please say something along the lines of "What does that have to do with anything?" Then I'll get a good screenshot of it.

edited 17th Aug '12 12:43:50 PM by Indigo12ash

Momentum, a function of mass and velocity, is conserved between portals. In layman's terms: speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out.
Indigo12ash from Aperture Science
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:42:37 PM


This post was thumped by the Stick of Off-Topic Thumping.
Stay on topic, please.


Momentum, a function of mass and velocity, is conserved between portals. In layman's terms: speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out.
ShadowHog from Earth Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:44:30 PM

[up] ...what was that about?

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Telcontar In uffish thought from England
In uffish thought
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:49:15 PM

We can get this thump ourselves — edit [*[offtopic]] into your post without the asterisk and it'll display properly (see below) but not be on your record. The edit mark won't be visible.

Can I suggest the reply post has "No, the mod team are not sea slugs. Stop derailing."?

edited 17th Aug '12 12:51:33 PM by Telcontar

That was the amazing part. Things just keep going.
Telcontar In uffish thought from England
In uffish thought
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:51:12 PM


This post was thumped by the Stick of Off-Topic Thumping.
Stay on topic, please.


That was the amazing part. Things just keep going.
ShadowHog from Earth Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:58:48 PM

[up] No, the mod team are not secretly space aliens from the planet Tropelon. Stop derailing.

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