0256: "Online Communities"

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0256: "Online Communities"

Postby Iluvatar » Wed May 02, 2007 4:05 am UTC

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Large: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/online_communities.png
Small: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/online_communities_small.png

Just freakin' awesome. There's just a thousand little jokes here: "Stallman's Airship", "Google's Volcano Fortress", "Attractive Myspace Images".

I especially like the sunken Usenet.

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I'm waiting for the day when, if you tell someone 'I'm from the internet', instead of laughing they just ask 'oh, what part?'

/me crosses fingers and hopes he didn't break any rules with this post
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Postby athelas » Wed May 02, 2007 4:06 am UTC

Yep, awesome. My favorite bit is the "Bay of Trolls", around Fark, Digg, et. al.

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Postby ysth » Wed May 02, 2007 4:07 am UTC

Sulawesi?

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Postby Ankur » Wed May 02, 2007 4:07 am UTC

"The Wikipedia Project" is actually the Wikimedia project. Not to nitpick, of course :)

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Postby Sitnaltax » Wed May 02, 2007 4:08 am UTC

It used to be that I had to look at the night sky or the ocean to feel very, very small.

Now the Interwebs do it for me.

Oh: viva the People's Democratic Republic of xkcdia!
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Postby Iluvatar » Wed May 02, 2007 4:14 am UTC

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Postby Phil » Wed May 02, 2007 4:14 am UTC

Dou you have an even larger version? I can't read the name of some of the islands in the Blogipeligo.
Also, I don't see xkcd. Is it there somewhere? If not, I think it should have been a little to the south of the center, between the Deviant Art and the Rose-Compass-Shaped island.

Iluvatar, don't forget to mention how AOL, Windows Live, Yahoo, Myspace and the like are all around the Noob Sea!

[Edit] Do I see "Spaaaata!" and "Soviet Russia"? This comic is full of jokes, probably my favorite in a while!

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Postby umbrae » Wed May 02, 2007 4:18 am UTC

Great stuff.

Even better would have been to add Xkcdia somewhere like the people are talking about over in serious business.

Edit: reference: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?t=3148

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Postby Iluvatar » Wed May 02, 2007 4:20 am UTC

As cool as it would be to have XKCD on the map, it's not really large enough to constitute a major online community. I mean, there are plenty of forums large than this that didn't make it.

Although, maybe for reference, he could put a "you are here" marker for XKCD. :)
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Postby Phi » Wed May 02, 2007 4:23 am UTC

Haha, I noticed "The Lonely Island" in the corner and smiled.

To be honest, if this was made into a poster I'd probably have to buy it.

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Postby Durinthal » Wed May 02, 2007 4:27 am UTC

This needs to be a poster.

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Postby apricity » Wed May 02, 2007 4:29 am UTC

I didn't know Your Base was so close to Soviet Russia. *The more you know!*

ETA: I'd buy the poster too. Especially if that meant I could read the tiny ones :)
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Postby Arturion » Wed May 02, 2007 4:29 am UTC

Phi wrote:Haha, I noticed "The Lonely Island" in the corner and smiled.

To be honest, if this was made into a poster I'd probably have to buy it.


Seconded.

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Postby Arcanum » Wed May 02, 2007 4:32 am UTC

This is my first (and possibly only) post, but I registered just to support the idea of a giant poster made out of this comic. :)

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Postby Unguided » Wed May 02, 2007 4:36 am UTC

Very nice, but I have a few questions.

First: shouldn't 4Chan be in the sea of memes?
Second: That unnamed landmass to the SE of Runscape, is it the Kingdom of Loathing? I do know that those two are in the middle of an unspoken war right now.
Third: Where are the Shareware, Indie Freeware, and Abandonware nations? Sure, their golden age is over, but they still have a presence.
Lastly: Why are the webcomics missing from the Ocean of Subculture?

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Postby Shii » Wed May 02, 2007 4:39 am UTC

edit: I had some earlier riffs on the same idea here

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/4373 ... mapwd8.png

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/697/ ... et5nn5.jpg

Originally I thought xkcd had seen these, but after noticing that compass I realized he put a lot more effort into his map than I thought.
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You forgot OO!

Postby The Meal » Wed May 02, 2007 4:40 am UTC

Phenomenal.

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Postby Berge » Wed May 02, 2007 4:44 am UTC

Also casting a vote of support for that poster.
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Postby TLP » Wed May 02, 2007 4:48 am UTC

This is fantastic -- definitely one of my favorites.

I'm going to be reading this for hours trying to pick up on the little things I've missed.

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Postby niteice » Wed May 02, 2007 4:51 am UTC

Shii wrote:Methinks xkcd should give credit where credit is due, even if his map is higher quality.

[images]


Hmm, isn't that just the internet according to 4chan?

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Postby Belial » Wed May 02, 2007 4:53 am UTC

Shii wrote:Methinks xkcd should give credit where credit is due, even if his map is higher quality.


Those maps lose their rights due to inappropriate use of homosexual slurs for no clear reason.

Also, for looking like they came off 4chan. Nothing worthwhile ever comes from 4chan.
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Postby Shii » Wed May 02, 2007 4:59 am UTC

Belial wrote:Also, for looking like they came off 4chan. Nothing worthwhile ever comes from 4chan.
Do you consider this xkcd comic worthwhile?

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Postby Alisto » Wed May 02, 2007 5:00 am UTC

Durinthal wrote:This needs to be a poster.


+1

Also, those maps are obscure enough that he's probably never seen them. First time I've seen them.
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Postby Shii » Wed May 02, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Alisto wrote:Also, those maps are obscure enough that he's probably never seen them. First time I've seen them.
But he lists 4chan on his map :lol:

On second thought, you're probably right. I like making imaginary maps too.

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Postby aroon » Wed May 02, 2007 5:05 am UTC

Phi wrote:Haha, I noticed "The Lonely Island" in the corner and smiled.

To be honest, if this was made into a poster I'd probably have to buy it.


ditto^2

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Postby OmenPigeon » Wed May 02, 2007 5:07 am UTC

Belial wrote:
Shii wrote:Methinks xkcd should give credit where credit is due, even if his map is higher quality.


Those maps lose their rights due to inappropriate use of homosexual slurs for no clear reason.

Also, for looking like they came off 4chan. Nothing worthwhile ever comes from 4chan.


If we were being sticklers for attribution those would have to give credit to this and this and this.

People on the internet have the same idea. 'S what happens.

(Also, yay for Qwghlm.)
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Qwghlm

Postby pianojosh » Wed May 02, 2007 5:07 am UTC

In addition to the general praise, nice to see a Stephenson reference, xkcd.

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Postby Xial » Wed May 02, 2007 5:14 am UTC

Two questions

Is that MIT island connected to the Wikipedia project?

and

Does Ted Stevens have his fortress in the series of tubes?

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Postby Kalpurna » Wed May 02, 2007 5:16 am UTC

Man, I want a poster of this so bad

SO BAD

I would hang it in my bedroom and put a little pushpin to show my location

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Postby cephalopod9 » Wed May 02, 2007 5:19 am UTC

Xanga is bigger than livejournal?
I haven't heard about xanga in years, weird.
I wonder if that includes the livejournal knock offs, like deadjournal

"Compas Rose-Shaped Island" bahahahaha
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Sulawesi

Postby petermottola » Wed May 02, 2007 5:20 am UTC

Absolutely cracked up at Sulawesi. Possibly the best-shaped island in the (real) world.

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Postby MHZmaster » Wed May 02, 2007 5:23 am UTC

Poster (n+1)'ed

I will do anything to have this poster hanging in my room. If you (you being Mr. Munroe) don't sell it, I will be forced to obtain a high(er) resolution copy of the map from you (by force, if necessary) and get off my ass and print it at kinkos. You don't want this to happen

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Postby Jongpil Yun » Wed May 02, 2007 5:26 am UTC

2channel is enormously too small. It's at least 3x larger than every other online forum.

I'd have to say this is the worst XKCD to date. Not only is it a rehash of an old joke, it doesn't make any improvements on it. In fact, half of the poorly MS Paint'd internet maps I've seen are better.

The only redeeming quality is that Gaia isn't on the map.

Check Alexa.
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Postby Twasbrillig » Wed May 02, 2007 5:36 am UTC

I object to the relative closeness of WoW and 4chan.

*thinks*

No, wait, what point was I trying to make here?

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Postby Ogre » Wed May 02, 2007 5:43 am UTC

This is fantastic.

Also, I saw it change between viewings. Something Awful got put where Soviet Russia was originally. I had the large version in one tab and the small one in a thread on another forum when I noticed Soviet Russia wasn't in the same place. Reloaded the large one, and *poof*, Something Awful appeared.

Wish I'd saved the original, it will be a collector's item some day, like a Revenge of the Jedi poster.

Actually, I did manage to rescue it. Compare to the current version:

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Postby naitram » Wed May 02, 2007 5:58 am UTC

poster ++

This could give me a (not much needed) excuse to pick up some shirts at the same time. I'm a sucker for saving on shipping *sighs*

(and alliteration apparently)

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Postby pi-3 orionis » Wed May 02, 2007 6:01 am UTC

The only thing that would be better than a map of the webweb would be an atlas of the webweb; to delve even deeper into things.

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Postby Archgeek » Wed May 02, 2007 6:03 am UTC

Query, can anyone read that bit of text on the far east of the web1.0 mountains, in the icy north? 'Looks like "cmscm squiggle" under the scrutiny of Opera's hyperzoom.
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Postby kisielk » Wed May 02, 2007 6:04 am UTC

A long time xkcd reader, but first time forum poster. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite xkcd comics. Just want to support the poster concept. Also, how about an even higher-res (printable) version of the image or even an SVG version?

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Postby DetectiveDaughter » Wed May 02, 2007 6:04 am UTC

First: "Spaaarta!" <3. It's so painfully true.

Second: This made me realize I spend way, way too much of my life in front of a computer. I'd definitely put this up on my wall.


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