[2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

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Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by DonRetrasado » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:46 am

Edminster wrote:
Guest wrote:this thread is specifically why zach doesn't visit the forums or even think about them.

Nah, he hasn't logged in since 20 May 2011, just over a week before he got married.

omg stalker

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Edminster » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:55 pm

Guest wrote:this thread is specifically why zach doesn't visit the forums or even think about them.

Nah, he hasn't logged in since 20 May 2011, just over a week before he got married.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Guest » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:39 pm

this thread is specifically why zach doesn't visit the forums or even think about them.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Lethal Interjection » Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:22 am

I assume other webcomics still have fairly active forums? I'd guess that Zach (and any of his web designers) just assume that SMBC does as well. I mean ours is active. Half of the activity is our community of regulars (maybe 12 people at any given time?) just talking about whatever, and many of us don't even read the comic anymore. The other half is in the Latest Comic Discussion, which would be redundant with social media if it wasn't for the 1/4 of posts that are criticisms and would unlikely be heard without the anonymity of the forum.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Edminster » Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:32 am

They've had multiple opportunities through the years to take it down, they just don't. I've lived through at least four server migrations, and for a while with the latest one I thought we were goners for sure because we were down for like a week after Zach joined Hive but eventually the drones put it back. I've even got a tech support contact out of it because I am literally the only person apart from Zach who has Admin access, so I'm the one who approves all registrations and the drone needed to make one so as to test everything working properly.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Guest » Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:55 am

Why wouldn't it be here? There's no real reason to get rid of it. Or maintain it, but getting rid of it probably requires giving it a thought.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Felstaff » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:28 pm

Maybe the forum's still here for tax purposes?

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by nope » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:35 pm

This is the oldest joke ever. Years ago my pastor used to tell a joke about a pastor who didn't write a sermon and instead relied on the Holy Spirit to give him the words to say. When he got up on Sunday he heard the voice of God say "you should have written a sermon"

Both comics are a take on an ancient joke of "character tries to cheat in one way is told character should have done work". I'm not saying Zach didn't steal the joke. Maybe he hadn't heard it until he read the other comic. but recycling happens all the time in comedy and this is a very old joke format.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Lethal Interjection » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:47 pm

smiley_cow wrote:
Edminster wrote:
smiley_cow wrote:I don't understand how this forum still exists.


To be fair, I've wondered about that too.


Many, many times.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by smiley_cow » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:08 am

Edminster wrote:
smiley_cow wrote:I don't understand how this forum still exists.


To be fair, I've wondered about that too.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Edminster » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:52 pm

smiley_cow wrote:I don't understand how this forum still exists.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by smiley_cow » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:49 pm

I don't understand how this thread is still active.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Guest » Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:40 pm

Hi, guys. Guest here. In the way of an anonymous reporter, I'd like to ask a facetious question that is actually making a point. Since this is not a 100% serious forum, I expect to get multiple "no" answers.

Isn't it possible that multiple people, whose job it is to think of funny things, who tend to focus on satirizing society in one way or another, and who are seem to be part of said society's hip intelligentsia—think similar hot topics are funny and thus write comics about them?

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by Guest » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:54 pm

The joke is not exactly the same. It differs a bit in the punchline area. That said, the setup is similar enough that you could reasonably assume copying. The dinosaur comics joke isn't really close at all. It's just a separate trolley problem joke. At most you could say Ryan got the idea of doing a trolley problem comic from Zach's, which probably isn't even true.

Re: [2014-1-21] Wherein Zach steals jokes from other comics

Post by muteKi » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:45 pm

dinosaur comics also made a joke about the trolley problem like last week

someone call the joke police

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