301: Limerick

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Limerick
Fun game: try to post a YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: this is impossible)
Title text: Fun game: try to post a YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: this is impossible)

[edit] Explanation

A limerick is a type of poem that follows a very specific and idiosyncratic scheme. The rhyme is AABBA, as in here, and the rhythm is hard to describe, but instantly recognizable.

Slashdot is a venerable techie site. On many sites, the user base can vote comments "up" or "down", but at Slashdot, only moderators (these are randomly drawn from the pool of registered users) may up or down vote comments, and the moderator may select a reason for his or her up or down vote. Instead of a simple +1, a comment may be voted +1 (Funny). Similarly, instead of -1, a comment may be voted -1 (Off-topic). +5 is the maximum positive score. A comment rated +5 (Insightful) has been upvoted at least 5 times, and has a plurality of "Insightful" votes.

Cueball's limerick says that he does not like Slashdot anymore, because his sarcastic comments are being treated as "insightful" by the very people he's being sarcastic to.

The title text refers to the notoriously awful comments on YouTube.

In both cases, Randall is invoking Poe's law. Both sites have become so full of extremes that you can no longer mock the extremists without looking like a sincere extremist yourself.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball sitting at computer, typing.]
Cueball: I used to find slashdot delightful,
Cueball: but my feelings of late are more spiteful;
Cueball: my comments sarcastic
Cueball: the iconoclastic
Cueball: keep modding to plus five (Insightful).
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Discussion

Wow, I just stumbled across this comic via the "Random" button, and I realized that I haven't looked at Slashdot in over a year... Feels good to be free! Now back to obsessively reloading Reddit... 173.245.55.210 20:40, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
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