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Posted on 12-Dec-2003 08:31 GMT by takemehomegrandma65 comments
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Have you heard about the column "Ask Fleecy" at some other website? You know, where people ask simple and straight forward questions and get a nonsense answer in the strange "dotcom-ish" language? Wrongplanet's "Ask Ralph" is just that, but the other way around; the answeres is delivered in the patented "The Ralph Style" (tm). :-)

http://pulp.wrongpla.net/news/article71.html

Ask Ralph : Comment 1 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Fredrik on 12-Dec-2003 07:54 GMT
So, you want to start a flame war?

Haven't we had enough of those flame wars???
Ask Ralph : Comment 2 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Grzegorz Kraszewski on 12-Dec-2003 08:01 GMT
Pathetic.
Ask Ralph : Comment 3 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by MrZammler on 12-Dec-2003 08:05 GMT
LOOOOOL, I found it very amusing... cheer up guys.
Ask Ralph : Comment 4 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by takemehomegrandma on 12-Dec-2003 08:11 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Fredrik):
Come on, where is your sense of humor? ;-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 5 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Fredrik on 12-Dec-2003 08:26 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (takemehomegrandma):
Well, put yourself into my/our position. Comments like these realy hurt.
Ask Ralph : Comment 6 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by grandmother on 12-Dec-2003 08:27 GMT
Let's go home, Troll...
Ask Ralph : Comment 7 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Emeric SH on 12-Dec-2003 08:29 GMT
I found it really spectacular. It's a joke, a pretty good one, so don't take it seriously. :)

At times we have to learn to laugh at ourselves. :) Relax!
Ask Ralph : Comment 8 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by kalmar on 12-Dec-2003 09:08 GMT
That's genuinely pretty funny! Good work wrong pla.net :)
Ask Ralph : Comment 9 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Peter Gordon on 12-Dec-2003 09:17 GMT
Wow! Something on WrongPlanet that I actually found funny ;-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 10 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Dec-2003 09:20 GMT
the patented "The Ralph Style" (tm)is also mostly nonsense and bullshit :)
Ask Ralph : Comment 11 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Jope on 12-Dec-2003 09:32 GMT
C'mon, the great thing about Wrong Planet is, that it at least attempts to distribute the jabs evenly.

Let 'em do parodies of everyone equally. :-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 12 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by SlimJim on 12-Dec-2003 09:33 GMT
This was funny. Best of all, tt's both cutting into the "blue side" as well as
handing "the red side" a fair share of the satire. Better writing quality than
previously too. Still is more of a chuckle than a straight out laugh, but it's
getting there.
.
SlimJim
Ask Ralph : Comment 13 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by hooligan/dcs on 12-Dec-2003 09:40 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (takemehomegrandma):
I don't know where my sense of humour is.. but I didn't find this article a bit funny. Sorry.. next time, maybe.
The idea is good but is poorly executed.
Ask Ralph : Comment 14 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Lollero on 12-Dec-2003 10:28 GMT
HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHH

I FF.. HAHAHAH Found it vvv HAHAHAHAHA funny HAHAHAHA

hesdeadjim: Are you envisioneering killer methodologies along the horizontal market base to substantiate the orchestration of 3D content and revolutionise the Morph Avoidance of Lame Mac 2D RTS Ports Platform (MALMC2RPP)?

HAHAHAHAHAHAH HAHAHA.

Ralph Schmidt: 3D is not important, we don't have time to spend on something so useless. There are no 3D games for MOS anyway. Buy an XBox.

HAAHHHAAAAHHAAAHAAAHH. HAAH WAAK WAAK HAAH HAHAHAHA.
Ask Ralph : Comment 15 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Bill Hoggett on 12-Dec-2003 10:29 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (hooligan/dcs):
It depends on people's perceptions. Some people find the jibes at the blue side funny but the ones aimed at the red side to be puerile, and others will see it the other way round.

My own take on this particular one is that it was an opportunity missed. Like you said, the idea was good and had a lot of potential, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Hint: focus on the joke and exploit it properly (in this case I presume the joke was supposed to be the brusqueness and arrogance of the Ralph character). The stupid questions only serve to detract from the humour.

Verdict: could do better.
Ask Ralph : Comment 16 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Chris Hodges on 12-Dec-2003 10:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (SlimJim):
Yeah, that article gave me lots of smiles, but considering that most of the things said there are true... hm :)))
Ask Ralph : Comment 17 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Dec-2003 10:44 GMT
HEhe this was actually funny. Both Red ( stupid way of asking questions) and the blue (If we didn't implement it, it's useless anyway. Hint: AGP1x).

But I was expecting a lot more blame the F@#$%ing ArticiaS ;-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 18 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Amon_Re on 12-Dec-2003 10:56 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (Bill Hoggett):
I agree, while the awnsers were very funny, the questions could've been better, lets see when the next episode is ;)

Cheers
Ask Ralph : Comment 19 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Matt Parsons on 12-Dec-2003 11:14 GMT
So when do we get "Ask Aaron"?
Ask Ralph : Comment 20 of 65ANN.lu
Message removed by Christian Kemp for violation of ANN's posting rules.
Specific reason from moderator: Trolling
Ask Ralph : Comment 21 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Dec-2003 11:42 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Emeric SH):
>At times we have to learn to laugh at ourselves.

Don't worry, we alrady laugh at you
Ask Ralph : Comment 22 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by takemehomegrandma on 12-Dec-2003 11:49 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (Bill Hoggett):
Personally, I think the questions was a piece of art! :-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 23 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Chunder on 12-Dec-2003 13:11 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (Bill Hoggett):
Erm - I thought that the whole object of the spoof was to poke fun at the way Fleecy gives a buzzword-laden response to a simple question.

Here, they're asking phenomenally incomprehensible questions (laden with as many buzzwords as they can manage), and "simulating" Ralph answering them - yes, in a brusque and concise manner.

Pretty funny, IMO. To each his own, though.
Ask Ralph : Comment 24 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by AdmV on 12-Dec-2003 13:20 GMT
This is lame, Ralph is one of the good guys. I don't always agree with him but I never demand that idiocy anyway. Does not make someone a bad guy.

AdmV
Ask Ralph : Comment 25 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by XraalE on 12-Dec-2003 13:35 GMT
In reply to Comment 24 (AdmV):
Of course Ralph is one of the good guys. He is reknowned for giving straight answers, even with the answer is a little too straight. We just thought it made a great contrast to the Ask Fleecy, whos readers seem to like harsh realities wrapped and hidden away in buzzwords and unlikely promises.
Ask Ralph : Comment 26 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by kalmar on 12-Dec-2003 13:44 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (Bill Hoggett):
> Hint: focus on the joke and exploit it properly (in this case I presume the joke
> was supposed to be the brusqueness and arrogance of the Ralph character). The
> stupid questions only serve to detract from the humour.

The "stupid questions" are just as funny as the brusque answers, if you recognise them as an exaggeration of fleecy's Q&A style.
It's funny how various people are only "getting" one half or the other of the joke, when it seemed to me to be very equally satirical of both parties. I don't understand how people can be so wrapped up in the politics that they would completely miss that.

Or maybe it's a cultural thing. Some cultures don't "do" irony, I hear :)
Ask Ralph : Comment 27 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Stephane Desrosiers on 12-Dec-2003 13:56 GMT
In reply to Comment 26 (kalmar):
I liked it. ;) Interesting to read "fleecy-style" questions with "ralph-style" answers. :P
Ask Ralph : Comment 28 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by the man in the shadows on 12-Dec-2003 13:57 GMT
Nice, but like last time the humor in this escapes me. I didn't think there was much humor in the "encyclopedia amigaca" either so perhaps I just don't see the humor on the same level. Now if the user who created the yellow tabloid (don't remember the name) would come back, that was humor. A direct plug to make someone look like an idiot isn't humor, a poke at the general population making you feel like a fool is humor. The whole "been there done that" syndrome.
Ask Ralph : Comment 29 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Alan LM Buxey on 12-Dec-2003 14:43 GMT
..i wasnt sure what i was going to read. its certainly wry humour, suited
to particular tastes.

i think those of us who've been around a little while longer will appreaciate this article a little more than others ;-)

alan
Ask Ralph : Comment 30 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Darth_X on 12-Dec-2003 15:03 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Grzegorz Kraszewski):
Pathetic.

I thought it was actually funny.. which is rare from wrongpla.net, which I normally don't find funny.
Ask Ralph : Comment 31 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Darth_X on 12-Dec-2003 15:08 GMT
In reply to Comment 28 (the man in the shadows):
Nice, but like last time the humor in this escapes me. I didn't think there was much humor in the "encyclopedia amigaca" either so perhaps I just don't see the humor on the same level. Now if the user who created the yellow tabloid (don't remember the name) would come back, that was humor. A direct plug to make someone look like an idiot isn't humor, a poke at the general population making you feel like a fool is humor. The whole "been there done that" syndrome.

Well, its time for you to submit an article that you find funny. Either that or don't visit the website. Its as easy as that.
Ask Ralph : Comment 32 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Bill Hoggett on 12-Dec-2003 15:10 GMT
In reply to Comment 26 (kalmar):
> The "stupid questions" are just as funny as the brusque answers, if you
> recognise them as an exaggeration of fleecy's Q&A style.

Oh, I recognised them for what they were, but they didn't really touch the funny bone.

> It's funny how various people are only "getting" one half or the other of
> the joke, when it seemed to me to be very equally satirical of both parties.
> I don't understand how people can be so wrapped up in the politics that
> they would completely miss that.

You misunderstand. My comment or reaction is not remotely political. I simply feel that mixing the two jokes doesn't work, and neither aspect is actually tackled with much skill.

Sometimes even the most humorous ideas fall flat if they are approached with too much heavy-handedness. IMHO that's what happened here. The humour is just too forced.

> Or maybe it's a cultural thing. Some cultures don't "do" irony, I hear :)

Irony? That's like Goldie or Bronzie only made of iron, isn't it?

Actually, you may be right. Some cultures don't "do" irony.

...at least not very well.
Ask Ralph : Comment 33 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by kalmar on 12-Dec-2003 15:18 GMT
In reply to Comment 32 (Bill Hoggett):
Fair enough, it's not the greatest piece of comedy writing ever, but I'm sure it got the odd chuckle.
And if you had straight questios and funny RS answers, the same people who aren't getting that side of the joke would be complaining that it was a direct attack on Schmidt.
Ask Ralph : Comment 34 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Lennart Fridén on 12-Dec-2003 15:46 GMT
In reply to Comment 19 (Matt Parsons):
Won't happen. You AROS guys are busy actually DOING stuff WITHOUT attacking world+dog. So, you're too productive and polite I'm afraid.
Ask Ralph : Comment 35 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Muuh on 12-Dec-2003 15:49 GMT
The article wasnt quite funny, mostly because it was just plain truth.

Any way, fun is not the important question. That one would be
"Will such articles give Firewire, Floppy, etc. to MOS users one day in 2004?"
Ask Ralph : Comment 36 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Muuh on 12-Dec-2003 15:59 GMT
>Well, its time for you to submit an article that you find funny. Either that or >don't visit the website. Its as easy as that.

Yeah, stupid arses who cant take some honest opinion/reported impression always come up with such stupid answers.
Ask Ralph : Comment 37 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by MIKE on 12-Dec-2003 16:01 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Fredrik):
Heh, it is classic Ralph Schmidt, I think at one point he may of actually given out some of those answers.
Ask Ralph : Comment 38 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by mahen on 12-Dec-2003 16:13 GMT
very funny, even for MOS users like me :-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 39 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Bill Hoggett on 12-Dec-2003 16:30 GMT
In reply to Comment 33 (kalmar):
Well yes, put political correctness and humour should never mix. ;-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 40 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by tonya on 12-Dec-2003 17:12 GMT
In reply to Comment 39 (Bill Hoggett):
LAME.... yet another lame attempt to start a flamewar..
Ask Ralph : Comment 41 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Álmos Rajnai on 12-Dec-2003 17:32 GMT
LLLOOOL! ;)
Ask Ralph : Comment 42 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by JKD on 12-Dec-2003 18:19 GMT
Irony and parody....gave me a few smiles anyway. More so hilarious having participated in and being witness to some similar Ralph 'interactions.' Laire rules...accept no substitute ;-)

Former Self confessed 'blue' lunatic now doing time in the Jobs cult.
Ask Ralph : Comment 43 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Chip on 12-Dec-2003 19:04 GMT
ROTFL! :)
Ask Ralph : Comment 44 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Bill Hoggett on 12-Dec-2003 20:15 GMT
In reply to Comment 40 (tonya):
????
Ask Ralph : Comment 45 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Targhan on 12-Dec-2003 20:28 GMT
This was sick. It was disturbed. It was just plain WRONG.

And, I laughed through the whole thing. More please ;-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 46 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Dec-2003 21:22 GMT
This news just show what kind of people are making those news... EVIL RED TROLLS!
Ask Ralph : Comment 47 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by anonymous observer on 12-Dec-2003 21:27 GMT
ANN degrades..... and degrades further and further. Is the no end to this bottomless pit?
Ask Ralph : Comment 48 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Alkis Tsapanidis on 12-Dec-2003 22:11 GMT
In reply to Comment 45 (Targhan):
Hehehe, I found that quite funny. It's nothing astonishing by itself but it
gets REALLY interesting when you compare it with the truth:-)
Ask Ralph : Comment 49 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Matt Parsons on 12-Dec-2003 22:12 GMT
In reply to Comment 47 (anonymous observer):
What looks like degradation to you might look like an improvement to others... just an observation...
Ask Ralph : Comment 50 of 65ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 12-Dec-2003 23:41 GMT
ann degrades puagggggggggggg

it´s not amiga site.

it´s a trashcan site
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