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12 September 2005 @ 05:54 pm
Mod Post: In-Joke Poll  
Due to the responses in this post: http://www.livejournal.com/community/fm_alchemist/3063070.html

the mods have decided to put the "in-joke posting" issue up for public vote. If this issue matters to you at all, please spread this around. Everyone who cares, please make sure you take the time to actually vote.

You will have 24 hours from when this poll was posted to cast your vote. Any votes cast after 6pm PST tomorrow will not be counted.

Thanks for your time ^.^

Poll #569390 Community Vote: In-Jokes

Should in-joke posts be considered on or off topic?

On-topic. I want to be able to post/read topics like this on the community.
Off-topic. I don't care to post/read topics like this on the community.
I do not feel strongly about the issue either way.
Other (please explain in comments)

EDIT: I just realized I forgot to say how we're defining in-jokes here. The definition we're going by is "a reference to the FMA fandom that does not directly include anything from the canon."
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Küchenhexe (formerly Zanne Chaos)kuchenhexe on September 13th, 2005 10:22 am (UTC)
In-jokes? -_- Enough, already. I like a good in-joke as much as the next person (hell, I still randomly add "...now he dead from coke" to things once in a while while chatting with friends where appropriate </Fandom_Wank> and note the keywords: "where appropriate" and "with friends") but there's a problem with in-jokes:

They're only actually funny outside of their original context a small percentage of the time. And then when new people come in and find the original source, it's new to them, but old hat to the rest, and even teh funneh gets boring and old and dry when you've dealt with it for the millionth time.

Instead of abolishing in-jokes entirely, why not compile a list of in-jokes that are overdone and need to be retired? New in-jokes can have their day in the sun?
ACacdragonmaster on September 13th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
The thing is, though, no one can actually sit and dictate whether a joke is overdone yet or not. Most the major in jokes really aren't, it's just the other nonsense posts that were only funny about three times but have been posted thirty. Like, the "todya I saw someone who looked just like X!" posts, and the random sign posts. Usually instances of the true in-jokes come up in context that IS funny, or they just show up in the comments where it hardly matters either way, anyway.