if you make a joke on Mastodon, no matter WHAT the content is, after 50+ boosts people will appear in the replies that take it completely at literal face value.
you could post "a man walks into a bar, says ouch!" and if it receives 50+ boosts, then you will begin seeing replies like "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STEEL BAR PLACEMENT IS DEREGULATED BY PROFIT DRIVEN CROOKS!"
this theory is commonly known as Eugen's Gambit. and i love it.
@jackdaw_ruiz there's a podcast about social media called Blocked Party (Stefan Heck's new show, if you know him) that's started referring to this as Dutchposting after they noticed a lot of these replies were from the Netherlands or nearby countries
this certainly makes sense. in my anecdotal/personal experience, it's usually been the Germans.
but my perceptions are always skewed on this topic because back in the 90's, Germans and Russians were the first long-distance english speaking friend circles i made on the internet, and there was a MARKED DIFFERENCE between Russians being able to parse American humor, and Germans really fumbling with it.
@jackdaw_ruiz yeah the German thing is very familiar to the point of being cliche. I think they might have actually fudged it a bit (because Germany definitely is included as one of the nearby countries) because it's just a funnier term than Germanposting and is an opportunity to do a less explored comedic accent
@jackdaw_ruiz now, what more research needs to be done is how many of those replies are serious, and how many of those are someone trying to riff
i make all of these determinations the old fashioned way -- based on whether a uranium atom has decayed or not.
@jackdaw_ruiz I looked back at my most boosted toot (44) and you're flicking right
another archetype is represented here: the "compassionate unsolicited advice". I get that a lot. I swear I can literally shitpost about IBS or something and ten boosts in, there is guaranteed to be a reply from a complete stranger starting with "I'm sorry you're going to this, did you talk to an internal medicine specialist about it? did you ever try healing earth?"
@jackdaw_ruiz (extremely seriously) I'm going to help get this to fifty boosts so we can put this hypothesis to the test!
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