May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1019: First Post (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.

















Scene: A bar graph with two bars. The first bar is nearly as tall as the y-axis and has a dollar amount of $1,500,000 at the top. It is labeled “Cost to buy an ad on every story on a major news site every day until the election.” The second bar is much shorter and has a dollar amount of $200,000 at the top. It is labeled “Cost to pay five college students $20/hour to camp the site 24/7 and post the first few comments the moment a story goes up, giving you the last word in every article and creating an impression of peer consensus.”

Hover text: Nuh-uh! We let users vote on comments and display them by number of votes. Everyone knows that makes it impossible for a few persistent voices to dominate the discussion.


Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). Comic by Described by BlindGadget under the Creative Commons license.

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