I’ve just discovered Klepsacovic has had some fun trolling the official forums. Looks like Nethaera got there pretty quickly and locked the thread before too many sense-of-humour-failures whooooshed under the (let’s face it) reasonably visible joke threshold and spewed rage everywhere. She did write him a poem, though. I like that.
Whilst I’m not sure that the official forums need any more noise obscuring the signal, the post did make me grin. I guess, given my past form when it comes to “back in the good old days of WoW”, that’s not so surprising.
I’m always surprised by how many people *don’t* get jokes like these though. Looking at the timestamps, there were four responses in four minutes, and only two of them managed to spot the pun. I think some kind of alert (“warning: may contain jokes!”) should be part of the things that you’re taught when you first venture out onto the wild, wild internether. It’s twisty out there, after all [clique reference]. Perhaps we could also include:
Chat rooms/guild chat/forums are like huge pubs. You’ll hear lots of very interesting stuff. Not all of it will be true and not everyone will be nice. Also, at some point a drunken doofus will probably stumble into your conversation and talk utter crap until you find a way of getting rid of them.
Wikipedia/EJ/<community reference of your choice> is also like a pub, albeit a decent pub on quiz night where the cash prize is omg £250. There’s loads of smart people, loads of great information but you *still* can’t believe everything you hear. Even sophisticated smart people have a cognac too many every now and again. And that drunken bloke is probably still in here somewhere.
Internet commenters are like drunks. They reply first, think later. And faced with confusion, they either hit you or burst into tears. Or both. Whichever it is, your drink will be flat/warm/cold/gone by the time you’ve sorted everything out.
Ok, I think I’ve stretched that particular simile well past comfortable tolerances so I’ll stop there. Also, I need to stop drinking in Lewisham.