Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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== Explanation ==
== Explanation ==
|−|To the left of the main frame is the feeling [[Cueball]] gets when he sees a thread on an online forum with the same error and no solution. Those type of hanging posts with no conclusion are majorly annoying, which is why you see Cueball standing up and shaking his monitor in the right frame. | |
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|−|In many forums it is considered polite to post the ''exact'' fix that you came across, so this exact event can be avoided. |+|
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In [[1024|a few comics]] Cueball will get the help he wants.
In [[1024|a few comics]]Cueball will get the help he wants.
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Revision as of 19:51, 23 February 2013
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Title text: All long help threads should have a sticky globally-editable post at the top saying 'DEAR PEOPLE FROM THE FUTURE: Here's what we've figured out so far ...'
Cueball is having a tech problem and Googled around to try to solve it. Someone on an online forum had the same error and made a thread about it, but no resolution was posted. These hanging posts are pretty annoying when trying to find a solution. (For those who haven't been through this, imagine finding an FAQ with questions but no answers.)
In many forums, it is considered polite to post the exact fix that you came across. That way the discussion becomes a useful reference for future people with the same problem.
In a few comics, Cueball will get the help he wants.
- [A poem is written outside the only panel, right justified along the left edge of the only panel.]
- Never have I felt so close to another soul
- And yet so helplessly alone
- As when I Google an error
- And there's one result
- A thread by someone with the same problem
- And no answer
- Last posted to in 2003
- [A person stands in front of his computer, shaking it violently while looking at the screen.]
- Cueball: Who were you, DenverCoder9? WHAT DID YOU SEE?!
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"There was uh, a thing called a segfault that made my computer like, all blurry and stuff." Davidy22[talk] 06:58, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
That was one reason why StackOverflow came to life: main authors fed up with (mis)using forums for query & answer site --JakubNarebski (talk) 23:03, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
Just two googling steps brought me here:
Relevant for "Trivia"? Even the year fits! 126.96.36.199 11:28, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
- From the HTML source:
- <!-- Well, you got me. -->
- <!-- This is a spoof; a reaction to xkcd.com/979/ -->
- <!-- Okay? -->
- <!-- Apologies. -->
- Cute theory, though. -188.8.131.52 12:23, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
- Even better, looking at other stuff in that source:
- <td><input class="button" value="Log in" tabindex="104" title="Enter your username and password in the boxes provided to login, spin round three times, vomit, click your heels together and TA-DA!" accesskey="s" type="submit"></td>
- Will this actually enter properly, or will those formatted tags not be input scrubbed? Tables ... Keybounce (talk) 08:34, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
The link above seems to be dead now. DNS failed. 184.108.40.206 09:03, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
- Working now --Keybounce (talk) 08:34, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
2nd paragraph of the explanation is nonsense! A forum post is nothing like a FAQ entry. The problem didn't get solved and was probably put away and forgotten. Happens all the time. 220.127.116.11 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
"The title text is a suggestion to forums to be aware of the fact that people are likely going to come across such posts in the future" My pet peeve is when I Google an error and get led to a post like in the comic, and one of the last comments is a person necro-bumping with new information on the same issue, but then a moderator locks the post because its X years old and needs to be left alone. This is the fucking Internet; data doesn't rot. 18.104.22.168 13:52, 15 July 2017 (UTC)