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An update on Fark's annual Headline of the Year contest and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 7/17 - 7/23 
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Hey everybody, it's time for Headlines of the Week.

You might notice that this page no longer says, "Posted by Drew". We had high hopes that he'd be able to post something new every week, but that sorta went out the window pretty quick. He's been busy and I hated to keep asking him week after week if he had something new to add, so I finally just got a separate page out here that I'll populate myself, mostly with stuff about Headline of the Week and the annual Headline of the Year contest.

On that note, there are a couple of updates on Headline of the Year this year:

1) In years past, we always ran the contest in the same calendar year. In other words, the contest really just covered January 1 through whenever we got things wrapped up. It didn't make much sense to have December from the previous year in a contest for that year, but it also meant that whoever came up with awesome headlines in mid- or late December got jobbed pretty bad. So this year, the 2011 contest nominees will include December 2010. It seems fundamentally unfair to do it any other way, unless we push our contest crap until after the new year, but we like to do the press release stuff in December when all the news outlets are doing their own end-of-year wrap ups and are more likely to give us a look and link to us. They're also less busy and most of us (that aren't in retail) have more time to mess around in December.

2) Unlike years past, I'm trying desperately to get the preliminaries done first so that it isn't as much work at the end of the year. I have a lot of the Dec 2010 headlines done now, but I'm trying to get them formatted so that they're easier to read and vote for. It's not difficult, just time consuming. I expect to have at least December up later this afternoon and the others up as soon as possible. Time is holding me back, I have some analytics training in an hour or so, and also need to get cracking on questions for Friday's weird news quiz.

All three of the first quarter threads will go to TFD and I'll let the TFers vote on their favorites, and then the top 10 from each of the first three months will go to a mainpage thread in the next week or so to let the rest of you have a crack at it. Things you won't see in the mainpage thread: subtab headlines, context headlines, wordplay headlines, etc. Will get to those separately once I'm able.

3) There won't be a Parents of the Year category this year. It was just depressing as hell every year and I'd rather do a different category. Maybe best headline or weirdest story with the Florida tag. I dunno, still thinking about it.

Anyway, that's it. If you really love the Headline of the Year stuff every year and want to help, I have some relatively easy tasks that will save me a ton of time. Just shoot an email my way and I'll let you know what I need.

Enjoy, everybody.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2011-07-17 to Sat 2011-07-23:

img.fark.net  "Panties Across the Bridge" campaign raises awareness for cervical cancer by stringing panties across the length of a Cincinnati bridge. Unfortunately with it being Cincinnati's population, it only took eight pairs    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Young Russian women are being urged to shed their clothes as a way of a) doesn't matter b) doesn't matter c) doesn't matter or d) all of the above    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Extreme couponers under fire. Seen taking cover behind massive stack of toothpaste and canned eel    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Man sets new record for largest tonsils, leaving previous record holder frustrated adenoid    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Casey Anthony's relatives insist they do not know where she is. Will probably report her missing after 31 days    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Lesbian couple told to stop holding hands at a gallery featuring a lesbian artist. You could cut the tension with a scissor, er... knife    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Woman tries to feed the birds, ends up feeding the worms. Which, indirectly, feeds the birds. Success    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Leaving skid marks, Texas truck driver wipes out and dumps load of toilet paper. Great Scott    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  After numerous challenges to its accuracy, Nepal planning to remeasure the world's tallest mountain. Climbers wonder if this dispute about height will ever rest    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Man run over by 32,000-lb. tractor-pull sled, is expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday Sunday SUNDAY    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Woman fatally shot in New Jersey identified as Orange resident. Redundant?    img.fark.net


Sports:

img.fark.net  A cups beat C cups for World Cup    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Cameras catch Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum parking his BMW across two handicapped spaces. NBA refs call it the mother of all lane violations    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Plaxico Burress believes he can provide the Miami Dolphins a much-needed shot in the leg    img.fark.net


Geek:

img.fark.net  Researchers find women are more likely to sext than men, although it's probably because they're using both hands    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Victim of moped-jacking treated for gunshot, shame    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Archaeologists cause a minor flap by uncovering the lost city of King Labaya near the Palestinian city of Nabalus    img.fark.net


Entertainment:

img.fark.net  Cash Cab production company apologizes after game show taxi kills Vancouver pedestrian. Also offers $100 for guessing age/sex of victim    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Poll finds 'Jersey Shore' isn't affecting how nation views NJ. In other news, nation aready thought NJ was full of drunk, cursing guidos    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Artist Lucian Freud penises away at age 88    img.fark.net


Politics:

img.fark.net  Herman Cain believes the impending Muslim invasion is starting in Tennessee. Because when you think "recklessly permissive and open to outside influence," you think "Tennessee"    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-unce) claims budget discussions are being held up because Obama is black. Negotiations, please    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Six GOP candidates hold a debate on Twitter. Amazingly appropriate since Twitter has 140 characters and so does the Republican presidential race    img.fark.net


Business:

img.fark.net  New study shows a federal workers' job security is so great that its only primary threat is death ... usually caused by the customer they're ignoring    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Quizno's Subs may violate the terms of their loan agreement, effectively torpedoing the company's profits. It looks like Quizno's Subs might finally be... toasted    img.fark.net

img.fark.net  Hot Wheels co-creator dies. Per his wishes, he will be interred in a handy carrying case    img.fark.net
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2011-07-27 04:45:43 PM
An update on Fark's annual Headline of the Year contest and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 7/17 - 7/23
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2011-07-27 04:48:01 PM

Albert Lake: An update on Fark's annual Headline of the Year contest and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 7/17 - 7/23
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2011-07-27 04:50:15 PM
Is july.

Preparation f.
 
2011-07-27 04:53:23 PM

Bartleby the Scrivener: Is july.

Preparation f.


True, but waiting until November nearly killed me in years past. Half the year is gone, so half of the headline of the year candidates are already done. Easier to sort now than later.
 
2011-07-27 04:54:05 PM
Hot Wheels co-creator dies. Per his wishes, he will be interred in a handy carrying case

YAY! I am humbled and honored to have a 'headline of the week' :)
 
2011-07-27 04:54:58 PM
Dammit. Ofer. I had i think 3 last week. ehhh.
 
2011-07-27 04:57:40 PM
Unfreakable:
I know you aren't up to there yet, but just keep the "How do you solve a problem like Urea?" headline in mind when you get to it.
 
2011-07-27 05:00:05 PM

Unfreakable: Albert Lake: An update on Fark's annual Headline of the Year contest and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 7/17 - 7/23
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That's Jay Leno.
 
2011-07-27 05:02:26 PM

Unfreakable: Albert Lake: An update on Fark's annual Headline of the Year contest and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 7/17 - 7/23
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I'm guessing it's a reference to Leno's Headlines segment on The Tonight Show.
 
2011-07-27 05:02:46 PM
How are headlines of the week decided? Just the ones Unfreakable likes best? Is there a poll of mods? Is it influenced by voting (which is only available to TFers) or number of clicks or number of applause.gif images in a thread? Just curious.
 
2011-07-27 05:05:11 PM

siyuntz: How are headlines of the week decided? Just the ones Unfreakable likes best? Is there a poll of mods? Is it influenced by voting (which is only available to TFers) or number of clicks or number of applause.gif images in a thread? Just curious.


Dartboard.
 
2011-07-27 05:06:06 PM

Ponzholio: siyuntz: How are headlines of the week decided? Just the ones Unfreakable likes best? Is there a poll of mods? Is it influenced by voting (which is only available to TFers) or number of clicks or number of applause.gif images in a thread? Just curious.

Dartboard.


I KNEW IT!
 
2011-07-27 05:35:02 PM

RexTalionis: Unfreakable:
I know you aren't up to there yet, but just keep the "How do you solve a problem like Urea?" headline in mind when you get to it.


Already saved in the context category for Headline of the Year.
 
2011-07-27 05:45:39 PM

siyuntz: How are headlines of the week decided? Just the ones Unfreakable likes best? Is there a poll of mods? Is it influenced by voting (which is only available to TFers) or number of clicks or number of applause.gif images in a thread? Just curious.


Sort of. Every week I sort through the headlines by tab (Main, Sports, Geek, etc) and pick a group of the funniest headlines. Most of the time they're upvoted, but not every upvoted thread is necessarily a candidate. Example from our Link Voting page is the third one down, which is currently: "(In a Jon Stewart voice) ehem....Nailed It"

The headline isn't particularly funny, nor does it stand alone, but political threads get upvoted and downvoted based on considerations other than whether the headline is funny.

So I pick the top 30 from the 500 or so headlines in Main, and about 10 each from the subtabs, and let the admins and mods vote on their favorites. The top 11 from Main and the top 3 from the subtabs based on admin/mod votes are what you see above each week.
 
2011-07-27 05:46:52 PM

Barnacles!: YAY! I am humbled and honored to have a 'headline of the week' :)


Good work, man.

rickythepenguin: Dammit. Ofer. I had i think 3 last week. ehhh.


It's streaky like that.
 
2011-07-27 05:47:22 PM
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2011-07-27 05:49:02 PM
3) There won't be a Parents of the Year category this year. It was just depressing as hell every year and I'd rather do a different category. Maybe best headline or weirdest story with the Florida tag. I dunno, still thinking about it.

How about a Laughiest Out Loud Comment of the Year. You could even award the commenter something like say a TF subscription for the next year. Difficulty, no nominating yourself.
 
2011-07-27 05:53:21 PM

Do the needful: How about a Laughiest Out Loud Comment of the Year. You could even award the commenter something like say a TF subscription for the next year. Difficulty, no nominating yourself.


I love the idea, and I've done something similar a few times, but sadly 99% of the nominations are from something within the previous ten days, and most of those were from something within the previous 24 hours. I'm all for it, have you saved any?
 
2011-07-27 06:09:54 PM
Great, now all the December submitters are going to get all uppity.
 
2011-07-27 06:12:35 PM
so really this site is run by Unfreakable now.

sigh.

I know Drew busy but I miss the background mod. Now it's all "will this same guy that lives on this site show up in a thread and start ruining or will he not show up and prove how hypocritical the site is letting a BIE Amazon Wishlist whore session hit 5000 posts but moderate the hell out of a 40 comment thread because someone might get their feeling hurt.

Go back behind the curtain.

I like trains.
 
2011-07-27 06:13:02 PM
Casey Anthony's relatives insist they do not know where she is. Will probably report her missing after 31 days

Big fan, Subby... big fan of this.
 
2011-07-27 06:13:41 PM

Smiths: sigh.


He's too busy out meeting people. You've met him, haven't you?
 
2011-07-27 06:16:20 PM

Unfreakable: Do the needful: How about a Laughiest Out Loud Comment of the Year. You could even award the commenter something like say a TF subscription for the next year. Difficulty, no nominating yourself.

I love the idea, and I've done something similar a few times, but sadly 99% of the nominations are from something within the previous ten days, and most of those were from something within the previous 24 hours. I'm all for it, have you saved any?


I didn't know there would be a test. :) I do know that I have seen a few profiles with their favorite replys. Maybe if you had a submission button open all year then you could widen the nominations.
 
2011-07-27 06:17:54 PM
Unfreakable:

You do a hell of a job there, T.
 
2011-07-27 06:18:33 PM

Do the needful: I didn't know there would be a test. :) I do know that I have seen a few profiles with their favorite replys. Maybe if you had a submission button open all year then you could widen the nominations.


It might be something better for next year, but I think it would be great if there was a simple one-click way to save our favorite comments, because that would be a fantastic way to finish out a year.
 
2011-07-27 06:19:20 PM

phlegmmo: Unfreakable:

You do a hell of a job there, T.


Lots of people do, I'm just the most visible in this and the quiz. But thank you for the compliment.
 
2011-07-27 06:24:30 PM
From the above post -

Unfreakable: If you really love the Headline of the Year stuff every year and want to help, I have some relatively easy tasks that will save me a ton of time.

You know I'm down, man.
 
2011-07-27 06:32:49 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: You know I'm down, man.


Email sent.
 
2011-07-27 06:35:30 PM
Anyway, that's it. If you really love the Headline of the Year stuff every year and want to help, I have some relatively easy tasks that will save me a ton of time. Just shoot an email my way and I'll let you know what I need.


I literally sit in front of a computer for 11 hours a day, but in all actuality have no technical skill whatsoever. So obviously I'd be a big asset to the team, but if you have any menial tasks that any idiot could do I'd be more than happy to lend a hand.
 
2011-07-27 06:41:15 PM

mitchcumstein1: Anyway, that's it. If you really love the Headline of the Year stuff every year and want to help, I have some relatively easy tasks that will save me a ton of time. Just shoot an email my way and I'll let you know what I need.


I literally sit in front of a computer for 11 hours a day, but in all actuality have no technical skill whatsoever. So obviously I'd be a big asset to the team, but if you have any menial tasks that any idiot could do I'd be more than happy to lend a hand.


Fluffer?
 
2011-07-27 06:46:38 PM

Unfreakable: Do the needful: I didn't know there would be a test. :) I do know that I have seen a few profiles with their favorite replys. Maybe if you had a submission button open all year then you could widen the nominations.

It might be something better for next year, but I think it would be great if there was a simple one-click way to save our favorite comments, because that would be a fantastic way to finish out a year.


Well, now that I know it might be possible I might start saving them when I run across something. I know there have been a couple lately that have just had me in tears. One was in the thread about the twins joined at the head and everyone was wondering how they put their shirts on. Someone posted a picture of a huge loom and commented that they stood there while the shirts were woven around them.

Back to the button, it could save our favorite comments just to our account so, then at the end of the year would could nominate from that list.
 
2011-07-27 07:01:07 PM

Do the needful: Well, now that I know it might be possible I might start saving them when I run across something. I know there have been a couple lately that have just had me in tears. One was in the thread about the twins joined at the head and everyone was wondering how they put their shirts on. Someone posted a picture of a huge loom and commented that they stood there while the shirts were woven around them.

Back to the button, it could save our favorite comments just to our account so, then at the end of the year would could nominate from that list.


Brilliant.
 
2011-07-27 07:01:35 PM

mitchcumstein1: I literally sit in front of a computer for 11 hours a day, but in all actuality have no technical skill whatsoever. So obviously I'd be a big asset to the team, but if you have any menial tasks that any idiot could do I'd be more than happy to lend a hand.


Send me an email, I'll hook you up.
 
2011-07-27 07:01:50 PM
...so to speak.
 
2011-07-27 07:21:48 PM

Unfreakable: Send me an email, I'll hook you up.


Sent, I think, internet is being a little janky right now, but I'm fairly sure it went through.
 
2011-07-27 08:03:44 PM
Anyway, that's it. If you really love the Headline of the Year stuff every year and want to help, I have some relatively easy tasks that will save me a ton of time. Just shoot an email my way and I'll let you know what I need.

Totally sent and stuff
 
2011-07-27 09:19:23 PM

Ender's: Smiths: sigh.

He's too busy out meeting people. You've met him, haven't you?


Good point. I've met him. Twice ;)
 
2011-07-27 10:39:21 PM
I like the saving or voting for favorite comments idea. I wouldn't really like every comment I've ever chuckled at to be quoted in my profile, though, or it would be four miles long. But if there could be a little script that could show you the top, say, 100 "upvoted" comments every month, perhaps you could whittle it down from there. Just as YouTube and Facebook allow users to "like" or "dislike" comments (or is that some sort of proprietary thing). Might be useful for the moderators too, if they can quickly see a comment with a lot of negative votes. Might encourage the trolls, though, and Lord knows they don't need it.
 
2011-07-27 10:46:37 PM
Barnacles! [TotalFark]
I am humbled and honored to have a 'headline of the week'

Huh? Make up your mind, but it can't be both. Given that you're posting about it, I'd say it's the latter.

/justifiably
 
2011-07-27 11:00:39 PM

Unfreakable: Do the needful: Well, now that I know it might be possible I might start saving them when I run across something. I know there have been a couple lately that have just had me in tears. One was in the thread about the twins joined at the head and everyone was wondering how they put their shirts on. Someone posted a picture of a huge loom and commented that they stood there while the shirts were woven around them.

Back to the button, it could save our favorite comments just to our account so, then at the end of the year would could nominate from that list.

Brilliant.


Just curious, the comment or the button?

The button could have an option to turn it on or off via our profile. Otherwise we use it just like we favorite users.
 
2011-07-28 08:36:50 AM

Burninate: Totally sent and stuff


Will get back to you later this morning, thank you.
 
2011-07-28 08:38:04 AM
Wow, is it really that time already? I tell you, these past 2 years have flown by.
 
2011-07-28 08:39:32 AM

siyuntz: I like the saving or voting for favorite comments idea. I wouldn't really like every comment I've ever chuckled at to be quoted in my profile, though, or it would be four miles long. But if there could be a little script that could show you the top, say, 100 "upvoted" comments every month, perhaps you could whittle it down from there. Just as YouTube and Facebook allow users to "like" or "dislike" comments (or is that some sort of proprietary thing). Might be useful for the moderators too, if they can quickly see a comment with a lot of negative votes. Might encourage the trolls, though, and Lord knows they don't need it.


I prefer a way to save them, the way we can favorite threads now.
 
2011-07-28 08:41:13 AM

Do the needful: Just curious, the comment or the button?

The button could have an option to turn it on or off via our profile. Otherwise we use it just like we favorite users.


Both. I think that the topic of favoriting or upvoting comments somehow is already being discussed with the comments redesign, but if it's not one of the big topics I'll make sure it becomes part of the discussion.
 
2011-07-28 08:45:22 AM
I just wanted to say two things here:

#1: Like I do every year, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Unfreakable for being willing to do the HOTY stuff. It is a big pain in the ass I am sure, but always seems to be worth it somehow.

#2: This has been a bad year for headlines, IMO. There have been some great ones, to be sure. But this has been the first year that I have not bookmarked a single one. None that I saw made me do more than chuckle. Granted, I am sure that I haven't seen every headline that there is, but that is why we have Unfreakable. Still, as a comparison, in past years I would have at least 12 saved headlines. This year...nada. It may be my own faulty perception, but I also think that there were more cliche headlines this year than ever before. (Your dog wants..., *removes sunglasses*, etc.)
 
2011-07-28 05:47:12 PM

Balchinian: I just wanted to say two things here:

#1: Like I do every year, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Unfreakable for being willing to do the HOTY stuff. It is a big pain in the ass I am sure, but always seems to be worth it somehow.

#2: This has been a bad year for headlines, IMO. There have been some great ones, to be sure. But this has been the first year that I have not bookmarked a single one. None that I saw made me do more than chuckle. Granted, I am sure that I haven't seen every headline that there is, but that is why we have Unfreakable. Still, as a comparison, in past years I would have at least 12 saved headlines. This year...nada. It may be my own faulty perception, but I also think that there were more cliche headlines this year than ever before. (Your dog wants..., *removes sunglasses*, etc.)


Don't forget
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