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.

@matt @jackdaw_ruiz In comfortable where I’m at, popularity-wise. But, I’ve only had one post take off like that. All my other “big” toots are around 35. The rule seems sound. I remember some sincere replies

@remulacfrommars @jackdaw_ruiz honestly I'm here to post extended puns and spelling mistakes so it's all water off of doug's back for me

@sexybenfranklin @remulacfrommars @jackdaw_ruiz I got 50 boosts and no one was sincere in my mentions; they just made fun of me (yes, this is specifically what i asked them to do but that’s beside the point)


matt why do i feel like in the past 8 months or whatever we've only actually interacted like three times. is that accurate or just a false sensation because your avi changes up?

@jackdaw_ruiz (I change my avi and screen name about once every two weeks to keep things interesting)

@jackdaw_ruiz lol neck beards showed up in my fortunato is stored in the walls post to inform me he wasn’t stored he was trapped.

@jackdaw_ruiz this is my goal with 20% of all posts I make, and 90% of all shitposts I make

@jackdaw_ruiz the other 80% and 10% I am the one who takes it too literally


@jackdaw_ruiz yes..50 boosts...a common problem for me that I always encounter

@laser @jackdaw_ruiz also no one ever reacted poorly to turban sage on the replies. Mostly just "great post Matt! Keep em coming 🤭🤭"

@matt @laser @jackdaw_ruiz I have like three reactions, months apart, and they all contradict the previous one

@matt @remulacfrommars @laser @jackdaw_ruiz they are but this is the closest they've been. You also both frequently change names and avatars

@Aleums @matt @remulacfrommars @laser @jackdaw_ruiz this phenomenon is known as the Matt-Rico Convergence, and if the Energy-Delta ever reaches zero, the Fediverse is doomed.

@Aleums @matt @remulacfrommars @laser @jackdaw_ruiz actually, Simmo-Witgenstein Convergence sounds way more scientific and I don't care if I spelled Rico's handle wrong

@Aleums @sexybenfranklin @matt @remulacfrommars @laser @wintgenstein

did anyone else see that rando come out of the federated mists and ask Rico to cw Magic the Gathering yesterday?

i was laughing so hard because they said MTG makes them feel very sad, and then offered to explain why if that information was desired.

like it wasn't even overly harsh, it was just earnest and misguided and hilarious.

anyway i'm going to lunch feel free to tag someone new into the impromptu hell thread.

@jackdaw_ruiz @sexybenfranklin @matt @remulacfrommars @laser @wintgenstein I absolutely didn't see this but it's an extremely fediverse moment. I love this website.
hey uhh @brogepi you have any odd interactions on here lately?

@jackdaw_ruiz this why i always post 100% sincere things meant to be taken at literal face value

@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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