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Early discussion of Fark's Headline of the Year contest, plus some of our favorite Headlines of the Week for 7/4 - 7/10 
Posted by Drew at 2010-07-13 1:44:58 PM (44 comments) | Permalink
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Lots of stuff happening, but most of it has been happening for a while so at this point it's periodic updates. Seeing so many headlines every day, it's all beginning to blur, I start wondering why President Lebron isn't doing more to stop bad World Cup officiating at the BP oil spill in Miami.

We are, however, just past the halfway point of the year, and Unfreakable is working on the Headline of the Year contest. The primary categories will still be:

Headline of the Year
- Main
- Sports
- Geek
- Showbiz
- Politics
- Business
- Music
- Puns and Wordplay

As well as Dumbass of the Year, Parents of the Year, and the Weirdest Story of 2010. In years past, there's always a bit of conflict on the Headline of the Year contest, because some of the best headlines are spit-out-your-drink hilarious, but only in relation to the linked story. On a t-shirt, it wouldn't be funny all by itself.

But since many of these these are Fark favorites, we're adding a new category for "context" headline this year. Hopefully in November the articles they linked to will still be available, but regardless, we're going to have a contest for those, too, so that everybody gets time to consider.

Usually we don't get spooled up on any of this until November, but then we have to crush things through and we'd rather be done with the contests by December 15 because the media starts shutting down the last two weeks of the year, just like most non-retail businesses.

So in the next two weeks we'll be putting up some voting threads in Totalfark to let the TFers vote on their favorites from January through June, as well as those sub-contests, so that by Thanksgiving we're ahead of the game and can start putting up the threads the first two weeks of December. So if you're not a member of TF and you want to vote on the HOY primaries, now's the time to part with a fiver.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-07-04 to Sat 2010-07-10:

img1.fark.net  Female suicide bomber kills four in Iraq after being promised an eternity of subjugation and second class citizenship in the afterlife    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Colombian cops find World Cup made of cocaine. They were unsure of the intended destination of the coke, but since it was in the form of the World Cup they immediately ruled out the United States    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Man who blew his arm off fooling around with fireworks is "beating himself up" over his foolishness. Only on one side of his body, though    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Queen Elizabeth II to address United Nations and visit Ground Zero in her first visit to the United States since Reggie Jackson's failed assassination attempt    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  92 year old woman dies from heat, being 92    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Man holds his mom hostage for not ironing clothes. Authorities don't expect her to even press charges    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Men who do household chores are more attractive, say women who don't like to do household chores    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Anne Frank's Diary has been translated into a graphic novel. The inevitable movie adaptation that is 2.5 hours long and misses the point while changing the best parts will be released next year    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  There once were reporters on KARK. Who posted funny videos as a lark. Since they used their own station. Unemployment was hastened. And now they're a headline on FARK    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Jasmine's aroma equals the calming effect of valium. After she gets off the pole, of course    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Woman gives birth to two ten-pound babies, is now headed to Gulf to replace containment cap on Macondo well    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  Caster Semenya hopes that he will soon be able to compete again in womens athletics    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Sports scientists say athletes who most exuberantly slap teammates on the butt have the best chance of winning, scoring    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Son of former NFL coach Dennis Green arrested for possessing child porn, claims the images WEREN'T WHO HE THOUGHT THEY WERE    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  New Zealand scientists discover that fish talk to each other in a "secret language of grunts, growls, chirps and pops". Much like New Zealanders, in fact    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  New device will vibrate your car seat when something moves into the car's blind spot. Subby will be backing in and out of her garage for a while, if you need her    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Google avoids classic blunder, doesn't get involved in a LAN war in Asia    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Harlan Ellison announces The Great Book Purge, a sale of rare items from his own library, including first editions and unproduced scripts. Buy something or he'll sue you    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  ♫ LiLo, LiLo, it's off to jail you go. ♫  

img1.fark.net  Tori Spelling says Dean McDermott's motorcycle crash has been hard on their young children. Not as hard as watching their mother on 90210 reruns, but still pretty hard    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Israel plans to take concrete steps with the Palestinians. They'll also take Palestinian concrete walkways, concrete walls, and concrete foundations    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  "Little Obama" movie opens in Indonesia. Looks promising at first, but then turns out to be disappointing and you end up paying $127.50 to exit the theater    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  John McCain announces his intent to vote against the Kagan confirmation, ensuring his aging body remains mercifully free from the ravages of integrity    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Pet Shop Boys put next album aside to score a ballet. What have we done to deserve this?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Dave Mustaine releasing autobiography next month. It's uncertain whether or not Metallica will include a few chapters of Dave's book in theirs    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Lady Gaga influenced Usher's latest release. In an unrelated story, there's still no confirmation on whether Usher has a penis    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  In a move sure to stirrup trouble, Roy Rogers' debt saddled heirs rein in their sentiment, and auction Trigger despite protests of neigh-sayers    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  French company to launch new "torture tours" in which tourists pay to be tied up and imprisoned in a small box for up to ten hours at a time. Continental Airlines to sue for trademark infringement    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  McDonald's to food nannies: No, we're not getting rid of Happy Meals, you publicity-seeking nags. So bite our hairy purple Grimace    img.fark.net
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44 Comments   (+0 »)
   
 
2010-07-13 02:03:41 PM
slow week, imo.
 
2010-07-13 02:05:13 PM
Your mom, Deez nuts, I win!
 
2010-07-13 02:07:06 PM
...and liters don't deserve to vote why?
 
2010-07-13 02:08:32 PM
Bite our hairy purple Grimace was a fun thread!
 
2010-07-13 02:10:14 PM
agwood18: ...and liters don't deserve to vote why?

Liters get to vote later in the process. But voting early is one of the TF perks
 
2010-07-13 02:11:32 PM
agwood18: ...and liters don't deserve to vote why?

Because liters are plebs, you patrician advocate for the oppressed and downtrodden!
 
2010-07-13 02:12:05 PM
It seems like these things keep getting earlier every year. Kind of like the holidays. Someone should do a write up about it!
 
2010-07-13 02:15:05 PM
Yomoxu: agwood18: ...and liters don't deserve to vote why?

Because liters are plebs, you patrician advocate for the oppressed and downtrodden!


Not covered in shiat either....

www.affordablehousinginstitute.org
 
2010-07-13 02:15:48 PM
The Dennis Green headline is the clear winner here.
 
2010-07-13 02:21:38 PM
Treygreen13: The Dennis Green headline is the clear winner here.

Tune in after the trial when THEY LET HIM OFF THE HOOK.
 
2010-07-13 02:21:57 PM
Headlines of the year? In mid July?!?!?

Is this like the Fark All Star game? AKA Fark mid-summer classic?
 
2010-07-13 02:22:26 PM
It's just like the Democrat Primary system. TFers are the Superdelegates who vote first; Liters are the dumb schmucks that we con into thinking they have a choice.
 
2010-07-13 02:31:14 PM
Yomoxu: agwood18: ...and liters don't deserve to vote why?

Because liters are plebs, you patrician advocate for the oppressed and downtrodden!


Indeed, we are poor, Irish, and completely Hatless.

Treygreen13: The Dennis Green headline is the clear winner here.

I dunno, I liked the Israel Concrete Steps one.
 
2010-07-13 02:31:44 PM
The Third Man: Treygreen13: The Dennis Green headline is the clear winner here.

Tune in after the trial when THEY LET HIM OFF THE HOOK.


I agree. The moment I read it I thought HotY.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2010-07-13 02:32:23 PM
Shouldn't "Dumbass of the Year" be retitled "Dolt of the Year"?
 
2010-07-13 02:32:42 PM
can we vote for Farkers in the dumbass of the year category, or does it have to be the subject of a news story?
 
2010-07-13 02:40:17 PM
"Jesus Receives Oral"

HANDS DOWN the best headline so far this year. That is all.
 
2010-07-13 03:00:28 PM
What's this, no "Candygram For Mongo"?
 
2010-07-13 03:01:16 PM
kaylward: What's this, no "Candygram For Mongo"?

This is headlines 7/4 - 7/10
 
2010-07-13 03:14:12 PM
Unfreakable: kaylward: What's this, no "Candygram For Mongo"?

This is headlines 7/4 - 7/10


Doh! RIF fail by me.
 
2010-07-13 03:23:45 PM
Best this year? "Jesus prepares to receive Oral" was the best headline ever.
 
2010-07-13 03:36:54 PM
irrelevance: "Jesus Receives Oral"

HANDS DOWN the best headline so far this year. That is all.


Crocoduck: Best this year? "Jesus prepares to receive Oral" was the best headline ever.

Is it ok if I appreciate, but don't completely worship, the picking of low-hanging fruit?
 
2010-07-13 03:40:14 PM
Unfreakable: ...voting early is one of the TF perks

The Liter Community frowns upon your shenanigans
 
2010-07-13 03:59:29 PM
Crocoduck: Best this year? "Jesus prepares to receive Oral" was the best headline ever.

I respectfully beg to differ.
 
2010-07-13 04:00:58 PM
Lots of low vote totals in the Link Voting tab these days? What gives?
 
2010-07-13 04:03:18 PM
Considering the links provided today. I sense a shift in the force.


Something is going on.

/More POP type links on the main page?

ie: this link normally has a lot of comments. Lotsa new names, revived older accounts.

???? Dumbing down?
 
2010-07-13 04:12:18 PM
Coup succeeds in detaining Niger president, exciting teabaggers who misread the headline

Link
 
2010-07-13 04:21:10 PM
ritalinchild 54: Considering the links provided today. I sense a shift in the force.


Something is going on.

/More POP type links on the main page?

ie: this link normally has a lot of comments. Lotsa new names, revived older accounts.

???? Dumbing down?


Actually, this is pretty normal. Sometimes Drew's posting generates a lot of comments, depending on the topic, but on days when there isn't really a topic discussed, this is roughly normal.

The bigger Headline of the Year threads will be later this year when people get to discuss them.
 
2010-07-13 04:23:14 PM
I first encountered Fark prior to Y2K, so I have been reading the headlines for a decade, and have been posting since 2004. I have been a TotalFarker a couple of times so I have also seen the full feed. I perceive that there has indeed been a dumbing down of Fark headlines, especially in the past year or so. I do not blame the submitters, I blame the greenlighting process.

To put it bluntly, I believe that the most clever headlines often don't get greenlighted because they are considered too subtle. I believe the mods tend to choose headlines in which the humor is obvious and in which the joke is too explicit. There is perhaps an incentive to pander to the lowest common denominator (or a least a lower one, if not the lowest).

I do not think this is necessary, because the Fark audience is more sophisticated than most online communities. Some may find this hard to believe (especially in the politics tab) but we've all seen what is on other sites. Farkers are a pretty savvy crowd.

On the other hand, I'm older now, so this could also reflect that I am becoming a curmudgeon or that I've seen too many headlines in my time. But I don't think so.
 
2010-07-13 04:39:26 PM
Nakito: I first encountered Fark prior to Y2K, so I have been reading the headlines for a decade, and have been posting since 2004. I have been a TotalFarker a couple of times so I have also seen the full feed. I perceive that there has indeed been a dumbing down of Fark headlines, especially in the past year or so. I do not blame the submitters, I blame the greenlighting process.

To put it bluntly, I believe that the most clever headlines often don't get greenlighted because they are considered too subtle. I believe the mods tend to choose headlines in which the humor is obvious and in which the joke is too explicit. There is perhaps an incentive to pander to the lowest common denominator (or a least a lower one, if not the lowest).

I do not think this is necessary, because the Fark audience is more sophisticated than most online communities. Some may find this hard to believe (especially in the politics tab) but we've all seen what is on other sites. Farkers are a pretty savvy crowd.

On the other hand, I'm older now, so this could also reflect that I am becoming a curmudgeon or that I've seen too many headlines in my time. But I don't think so.


It keeps the advertisers happier.

/Still better than other sites.
 
2010-07-13 04:41:46 PM
Nakito: I first encountered Fark prior to Y2K, so I have been reading the headlines for a decade, and have been posting since 2004. I have been a TotalFarker a couple of times so I have also seen the full feed. I perceive that there has indeed been a dumbing down of Fark headlines, especially in the past year or so. I do not blame the submitters, I blame the greenlighting process.

To put it bluntly, I believe that the most clever headlines often don't get greenlighted because they are considered too subtle. I believe the mods tend to choose headlines in which the humor is obvious and in which the joke is too explicit. There is perhaps an incentive to pander to the lowest common denominator (or a least a lower one, if not the lowest).

I do not think this is necessary, because the Fark audience is more sophisticated than most online communities. Some may find this hard to believe (especially in the politics tab) but we've all seen what is on other sites. Farkers are a pretty savvy crowd.

On the other hand, I'm older now, so this could also reflect that I am becoming a curmudgeon or that I've seen too many headlines in my time. But I don't think so.


A fair point. I've been around since 2003 myself, and I think it sort of comes and goes. Some weeks are phenomenal, others are a bit more flat. The greenlighting process hasn't changed, but it really depends on the hour, or the day, or the week. That's my take on it, though. We still get phenomenal headlines, but sometimes we get them a day after we ran the story with a good, but not great, headline. It happens.
 
2010-07-13 04:42:43 PM
tdyak: It keeps the advertisers happier.

/Still better than other sites.


The advertisers have no editorial control.
 
2010-07-13 04:53:30 PM
Unfreakable: Nakito: I first encountered Fark prior to Y2K, so I have been reading the headlines for a decade, and have been posting since 2004. I have been a TotalFarker a couple of times so I have also seen the full feed. I perceive that there has indeed been a dumbing down of Fark headlines, especially in the past year or so. I do not blame the submitters, I blame the greenlighting process.

To put it bluntly, I believe that the most clever headlines often don't get greenlighted because they are considered too subtle. I believe the mods tend to choose headlines in which the humor is obvious and in which the joke is too explicit. There is perhaps an incentive to pander to the lowest common denominator (or a least a lower one, if not the lowest).

I do not think this is necessary, because the Fark audience is more sophisticated than most online communities. Some may find this hard to believe (especially in the politics tab) but we've all seen what is on other sites. Farkers are a pretty savvy crowd.

On the other hand, I'm older now, so this could also reflect that I am becoming a curmudgeon or that I've seen too many headlines in my time. But I don't think so.

A fair point. I've been around since 2003 myself, and I think it sort of comes and goes. Some weeks are phenomenal, others are a bit more flat. The greenlighting process hasn't changed, but it really depends on the hour, or the day, or the week. That's my take on it, though. We still get phenomenal headlines, but sometimes we get them a day after we ran the story with a good, but not great, headline. It happens.


Part of the problem, certainly. Too many greens resulting in premature greenadulation (patent pending). I never submit anymore, so blame me a bit if you want. I can't be the only one
 
2010-07-13 04:55:59 PM
But since many of these these are Fark favorites, we're adding a new category for "context" headline this year.

img39.imageshack.us

/got nuthin
 
2010-07-13 06:05:37 PM
I wish they would let us submit a link again, that way they can pick a really good headline.
I am pretty turned off to submitting after getting told so many times that it has already been done.
Perhaps a link check tool.
Thanks for the giggles Unfreakable.
 
2010-07-13 06:09:50 PM
Dennis Green or Princess Bride? Both headlines could be the one. Good thing they're in different categories or else we'd have to blame Guilder for the ensuing conflict.
 
2010-07-13 06:13:28 PM
My vote is for

Protip: If you want to impress the ladies, hide the smoked sausage down the FRONT of your pants
 
2010-07-13 06:37:30 PM
Tired Gay Succumbs to Dix LOLOLOLOLOL
 
2010-07-13 07:30:38 PM
Plastic Diver Guy: Good thing they're in different categories or else we'd have to blame Guilder for the ensuing conflict.

talentedapps.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-07-13 09:14:32 PM
a.imageshack.us

Yes, it really is his new car. Awesome color choice, don't you think? Anyway, it is very heartening to know that Drew is finally making decent money from Fark, and I am glad we can now put all the talk of how unprofitable Fark is to rest once and for all. Congratulations Drew!
 
2010-07-13 09:57:45 PM
You can all blame me for the stupid greenlights...

...oh, wait, actually you can't. Outside of the times I am somewhat harshing for a green I try to submit headlines that aren't part of a meme or a tired joke.

For an example see my Anne Frank headline above. I could have gone the "Helen Keller" route but decided to do something different yet equally funny/joking.

Of course, this is all opinion and you are all assholes.

;)

:P
 
2010-07-13 10:23:34 PM
spidermann: For an example see my Anne Frank headline above. I could have gone the "Helen Keller" route but decided to do something different yet equally funny/joking.

That's what I like about your headlines.
 
2010-07-13 10:39:08 PM
As a liter, I would just like to say that the Politics headline from a few weeks back making use of the filters to jab at Palin (optimistic until, webiatchanges) better make it to the end of year voting.

Please.
 
2010-07-14 01:06:56 AM
CT Zeal: As a liter, I would just like to say that the Politics headline from a few weeks back making use of the filters to jab at Palin (optimistic until, webiatchanges) better make it to the end of year voting.

Please.


As a human, I would like to agree with you.
 
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