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Explanation

Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: This is one of those complicated interactive entries, more like reviewing a video game than explaining a normal comic.

In this April Fools interactive comic, Cueball, presumably representing Randall, admits to the readers he built a flimsy cloud services company using spare computer parts. His setup failed and in part caught fire, making him lose data he was required to hold as part of his service. He requests the users help him recover, make up and reimagine the lost data by pressing the large red button at the bottom of the comic.

Pressing the button shifts the comic into a survey displaying either a poorly drawn picture or an ambiguous text post, prompting the reader to choose a matching text post or poorly drawn picture respectively. The survey also allows the reader to make up a text post or drawing, completely defeating the purpose of recovering the lost data. By completing the survey, the reader's entry is added to three other posts. These posts are accompanied by a button similar to Facebook's "Like" button, which reads, amongst other, Covet, Crave, Hanker, Thirst and Yearn. All of these are synonyms of "want".

This comic may be a reference to the 2008 film Be Kind Rewind.

Might be related to 908: The Cloud.

Transcript

[This transcript only transcribes what can be seen in the first picture shown at the top of the explanation here. For more see link below]
[One large frame with a five part comic and a large red button at the bottom.]
[Cueball sitting behind a desk.]
Cueball: We've made a huge mistake.
Desk: XKCD.COM
[Cueball points at a bunch of computers]
Cueball: I figured starting a cloud services company would be easy.
Cueball: After all, I've got tons of computers!
[A zoomed view on Cueballs head.]
Cueball: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr— they all struggle to protect privacy and user data...
Cueball: And we offered a solution.
Cueball: I forget what it was, though.
[Cueball is standing with his arms up.]
Cueball: Anyway, long story short, we screwed up immediately and lost tons of their data.
Cueball: Also a bunch of stuff is literally on fire?
[Cueball standing behind a desk.]
Cueball: We can fix this.
Cueball: But we need your help.
Desk: XKCD.COM
[Below the above is a large red rectangular clickable button, that will take the reader on to the interactive part of the comic. On the button it says in large white letters:]
CLICK HERE
To help us recover user data
before Facebook & Co notice we lost it.
[The standard text for the next possible pages can be seen on the link to the continued transcript. Also here will be a list (which may not be possible to make complete) with possible text for the lost data.]

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