Talk:1506: xkcloud

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The lack of a hover text breaks all sorts of things :) e.g. Floern's unofficial xkcd browser linked here via the hover text but it won't display the link or the lack of give text if there's no hover text! We may get a few less visitors for this comic as a result...

108.162.229.115 08:42, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Still getting swamped, it's business as usual for April 1st. Davidy²²[talk] 09:06, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Why is "literally on fire" a question? 108.162.249.163 09:52, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

It indicates uncertainty. He's not really asking a question, but making a statement hesitantly. 141.101.99.22 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Indeed, see also uptalk. Pesthouse (talk) 10:03, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

How does i work? Does it work? When i click the "Help us"-Button i just get a blank comic with "..." written at the top :( 108.162.254.148 10:14, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

same here. any hint? --141.101.92.82 22:58, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Oh boy, time to find out if mediawiki does imagemaps.--Henke37 (talk) 10:31, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

The image was updated on xkcd.com the button now reads "Click here to help us recover user data before facebook & ca notice we lost it ẞ qwertz (talk) 10:48, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Can someone update the picture without just making a screen shoot? It is not like you can save it the normal way. --Kynde (talk) 14:39, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
I have never understood how this works. I did try to change to the new version, but it somehow keeps loading the old version, even though I know that I did load a new version up. Even on the file page my file loads as the wrong one. I have tried this more than once... Previously the image has updates to the new version later without a new upload appearing. But I have no idea why...? --Kynde (talk) 19:39, 1 April 2015 (UTC)


I decided to man up, get the train rolling and submitted the first revision of the explanation. Do expand, retouch, overwrite, format and correct my simple explanation. I didn't know if the 3 already existing posts, the ambiguous text posts or the drawings are user-based, so I avoided saying so in the explanation. I'll just add something about the covet/thirst/hanker/crave in a moment, and I'm done. 173.245.53.151 11:11, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

This comic has an empty alt text. See http://m.xkcd.com/1506/. 108.162.221.201 13:50, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

  • There's a silent character limit (no error message, just non-acceptance; You can still comment the image again, but the text is lost unless you copied it first) somewhere between 222 and 298 chars. I tried to make a start at playing Identik with an image, but only came half way through. Guess, I have to write shorter...
  • Someone figured out, how to copy&paste some grayscale image.
  • I managed to submit a color image, but haven't seen it coming back yet. Tell me when you find a red one.
  • There is at least one image that is too fine to have been drawn in that minimal editor (squirrel+football). I guess, it's one of the initial images that Randall provided. -- Xorg (talk) 14:00, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
    • There's also an image of Buzz Lightyear that appears to be copy-pasted in. I'm not sure how someone would have accomplished that. How did you mange to get color, user 2 above me? If anyone seems a stick-figure comic titled 2006 in which one character says to the other "You're never going to achieve anything if you spend all your time on that web comic ... Now back to my Zune research", that's mine. Post here and let me know! TheHYPO (talk) 14:33, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Here is the Buzz lightyear permalink http://xkcd.com/1506/#post/c5e85bbb-6757-5912-91d1-b51e2703144d Below is a description on how to "copy paste" a picture in. Although it has nothing to do with copy. --Kynde (talk) 19:17, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
      • I used the web console to get a drawing context on the canvas object. After submission the image was actually transferred to the lower area, but now, I suspect that it wasn't really the data that got uploaded... -- Xorg (talk) 15:00, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
        • I used a similar method (injecting modified base64 directly into the stream) to submit goatse :) --Okofish (talk) 22:41, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes although I'm certain that most of the images are from users, it would be nice to hear from someone who can confirm that one of their images has been spotted -- Kynde (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I can at least confirm that one of my texts has been spottet by someone else. I got the black image and wrote "I finally managed to disable the flashlight of my camera". Later I saw an image combining a hammer, a nail and a camera to depict my description. -- Xorg (talk) 15:00, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
(I'm not sure if I'm doing this commenting thing right, but) on the "Pictures posted by users" page here I saw a drawing I did in response to text along the lines of "Sauron, stop staring."173.245.50.160 21:02, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
The last computer device at the far right is a first generation SNES. 173.245.56.193 15:12, 1 April 2015 (UTC)X
I keep reading the unidentified computer (second to rightmost) as a SunSPARC (that could kinda be the Sun logo) or a NEXT cube (right shape but no match to the logo) or something. Not sure where someone got 'radio transmitter'. Ijkcomputer (talk) 19:56, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
My first reaction to the second-to-rightmost was some kind of homebrew like an S-100 CP/M system with open-air cards in slots and a cased power supply or maybe a storage device, and a CRT with a graphic shown on it.Taibhse (talk) 04:45, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I think the general idea is based on a game that I think is called the fax machine game? 198.41.242.5 15:29, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

I really, really, hope that some people have seen my contributions. They're pretty damn funny. The Goyim speaks (talk) 17:20, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

There's a link(Don't contact us) at the bottom of the list on the left that leads to a chatroom.Foldark (talk) 22:29, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Seems like the comic stopped working right now? --Kynde (talk) 22:46, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

It is also not working for me. I had assumed I was personally blocked for polling the server too often... but maybe we DDOSed it. -452 (talk) 22:55, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
It's working for me again. -452 (talk) 22:56, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

I believe the 'Don't contact us' button is slowly fading away. 173.245.50.137 02:18, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

I believe the chat has been removed, I just got booted with a "This room requires a passcode", and now it won't load: https://euphoria.io/room/xkcd/ -452 (talk) 02:33, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
The contact is fading, but I can still see the text by tilting my screen. The link is still there. Maybe this is for the reason mentioned above in the explain. So only those who keeps coming back will remember eventually... And they can have the kind of chat forum that Randal talks about in 1305. I have just been at the chat. Maybe "452" just tried at a time when there were to many users on-line`--Kynde (talk) 19:17, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Since being disconnected from the caht with the "This room requires a passcode", I have tried multiple times to rejoin, and it never connects. -452 (talk) 13:01, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Looks like something Randall drew originally... https://xkcd.com/1506/#post/d6e6524c-80a5-5672-a539-8076c5c0342f --199.27.128.172 06:01, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes it sure does. Of course if someone used the method mentioned below they cold draw better than most can on the xkloud app. --Kynde (talk) 19:17, 2 April 2015 (UTC)


For people who wonder how to insert a picture that is not mouse-drawn. Follow these steps:

Find the picture you like.
In a grapical editor (such as GIMP) on your computer, make sure that the image only has two colours: black and white. in GIMP this is the 'posterize' option under the 'colors' menu. Save and export the image.
Go to http://base64online.org/encode/ and upload your image there. Tick the 'format as Data URL' checkbox.
In the following script, replace the 'BASE_64_ENCODED_IMAGE_HERE' for the dataURL you've made in the previous step. Copy this to your clipboard.


 function draw_custom_image(){
   context =  $('canvas')[0].getContext('2d');
   context.clearRect(0,0,100000,10000);
   base_image = new Image();
   base_image.src = 'BASE_64_ENCODED_IMAGE_HERE';
   base_image.onload = function(){
     context.drawImage(base_image, 0, 0);
   }
 }
 draw_custom_image();


In Chrome or FireFox (open on the xcloud page where you can draw an image), press Ctrl+Shift+I to open the Developer Panel.
Go to the 'Console' and paste the script from step 4 here. Press Enter.
If all went well, you'll see the image appear on the canvas, and you can submit it by clicking 'Upload Image' on the xkcloud page.

For the best results, ensure that your images are 451x338 pixels in size (as this is the size of the canvas). Good luck! 141.101.64.83 13:27, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Does clicking the "want" ("hanker", etc.) button do anything? Like, increase the chance that the picture/caption pair will be reused for other viewers? Djbrasier (talk) 20:18, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Clicking the "want" button first requests a token from http://c0.xkcd.com/xb/csrf/token then sends a POST request to "http://c0.xkcd.com/xb/praise/c794eb88-5cde-5024-8301-c7e261b3ae11" where the final segment is the comic ID, and the token is send as x-csrf-token in the request. Response from server is "Good taste!" on success. Whether or not this makes the post more popular is unclear. But Randall does appear to be recording the button presses. -452 (talk) 21:57, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

I have created a table out of the names listed in the extended transcript. I have started explaining the more obvious names. Maybe someone can have a look at some of the others. I'm sure many of the names I haven't touched yet have an obvious explanation. Good luck ;-) By the way at this moment 205 different names are listed... --Kynde (talk) 23:26, 4 April 2015 (UTC)


The eraser does not actually erase, it paints over it in white. The PNG is saved with a transparent background, so the erased portions can be clearly seen when displayed over a non-white background. -452 (talk) 03:31, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Look at the main image for xkcloud. Up in the top right corner.... is that... what I think it is? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x0ybZk68wk0/ULgs9fEPRKI/AAAAAAAAHP4/WsZx6N0euxY/s1600/TeleGames+Pong+Console.jpg.. A pong console? --JayRulesXKCD (talk) 16:20, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

It's broken for me. I get the three dots right now. Does this happen to anyone else? 172.68.189.229 23:01, 18 December 2019 (UTC)

Also broken for me, same three dots. Persisting for every refresh after pressing the red button on the first panel. Comic now broken? 162.158.187.119 19:44, 21 April 2020 (UTC)