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) Here you go, you're free now. --199.27.128.150 01:55, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

In saying: "The programming language Lisp (also featured in 224: Lisp is known for large numbers...", a closing parenthesis was omitted. Was this intentional?

Maybe. >.> <.< lcarsos (talk) 03:21, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
You would need to check the source to be sure... --B. P. (talk) 19:08, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
(Muahahahahahahahaha! 108.162.245.8 02:04, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

If this comic bothers you, #312 can help. Joey (talk) 03:07, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

I do not think it's productive to explain the joke using the joke itself without clearly indicating that such is happening. So, It also refers to this awkward feeling when you see something (like an unmatched parentheses, speling error or a randomly-placed, comma. does not explicitly indicate the reflexive usage of the joke. I hope I'm not being overly pedantic, but my first instinct was to correct the spelling error. An an example the passage is fine, but it should be made to stand apart from the "real explanation" in some way, maybe in a callout or italicized as I have it here --Smartin (talk) 03:36, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

"I hope I'm not being overly pedantic [...] An an example the passage is..." Perhaps you meant "As". 108.162.237.161 04:41, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

This reminds me of when I used to program the TI-83. It would automatically close any parentheses at the end of a line, and all the programming guides told me not to close them, since it would save a tiny bit of memory. I must have annoyed my teachers a lot when this bled over into my homework. I know I've gotten graded down for it. 70.102.89.181 04:17, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

This happens to me too!! Sometimes when I'm writing something, I don't put the closing ), though, I think this happens to most people sometimes. anyway, here's some TI-BASIC code:
-1→Xmin:1→Xmax
-1→Ymin:1→Ymax
AxesOff
Degrees
While 1
For(X,0,359,5
sin(X-120→A
sin(X→B
sin(X+120→C
Line(0,1,A,.3
Line(0,1,B,.3
Line(0,1,C,.3
Line(0,-1,-A,-.3
Line(0,-1,-B,-.3
Line(0,-1,-C,-.3
Line(.3,A,-.3,-B
Line(.3,A,-.3,-C
Line(.3,B,-.3,-A
Line(.3,B,-.3,-C
Line(.3,C,-.3,-A
Line(.3,C,-.3,-B
End
End
('s: 16
)'s: 0
(However, technically there are no ('s, because they are actually part of the For(, sin(, and Line( tokens, not the separate symbol.
I still get syntax errors when programming in other languages! 173.245.56.180 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)


))))))))) aaaahhhh Plm-qaz snr (talk) 12:39, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

My hobby is (not really an hobby but a life's work (or calling)) (is explaining in detail (especially detail allowing me to indulge my hobby (not really an hobby but a life's work (or calling) where did this come from>)?

Damn!

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 14:44, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

I know lisp and see the connection, but where in the comic does it actually mention programming? Parentheses are used in ordinary English too, and they also have to be paired with each other. I think this comic is actually about lack of closure in a much more general way. Only the title text brings up programming, but only in the context of parsing strings. 108.162.219.180 23:12, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

I'd like to mention that Google's result page shows the title of this comic differently from the other xkcd comics. I think Randall broke it. 108.162.237.161 04:41, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

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