The BBS Glossary and Gazetteer

Welcome to the BBS, Internet home to many a Happy Mutant. Confused? Lost? Don’t know what the carp people are talking about? This wiki is here to help!

First thing’s first, the official and current rules can be found through here. Reproduced for your convenience is the TL;DR portion:

  1. Be cool. Don’t post insulting, bullying, victim-blaming, racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks.

  2. Stunt accounts and throwaways may live, but sock puppets, astroturfers and spammers will die.

  3. Stay on topic. Don’t hijack threads, repeat yourself or post generic talking points.

  4. Constructive criticism is welcome. Hostile, whining hand-wringers will be eaten.

  5. Like the good, Flag the bad, and avoid contentless comments.

  6. Don’t post e-mail addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, URL-shortened links that obscure the target, porn, or gore.

  7. We politely insist you do not post stuff you do not have the right to post.

  8. We have the right to delete an account or content at any time for any reason. Remember to export your data right after making dodgy comments.

  9. Enforcement may be lax or draconian as befits the whims of the Entity. The rude will be eaten first.

  10. Rules lawyering will fail. Be sure to read our exciting Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Rather than dictate a format, I’ll let the wiki take shape as more entries get added, but I will add three entries to get things rolling.

How to Edit the Wiki:

Just click the top right corner of this post.

Christ, What An Asshole:

An observation made by Charles Lavoie on the now defunct Modern Arthur blog, is that every New Yorker cartoon could meaningfully be captioned, “Christ, what an asshole.” Publicized on BoingBoing by @doctorow in 2010, it was quickly realized that it applied to any comic, and then a lot of people. It’s fairly versatile. Someone poured hot sauce in your underwear drawer? Christ, what an asshole. Just discover that many species of worm excrete through the same hole they use to ingest? Christ, what an asshole.


Not as clumsy or random as the banhammer. An elegant weapon… for a more civilized age. This mod tool is still sometimes employed in various parts of the Internet, and is within the power of the Mods here, but rarely employed. It refers to the practice of deleting every single vowel in a comment, rendering it readable, but ridiculous. Unlike comment deletion it leaves the troll’s bare ass available for all to see and laugh at. And laugh they will.

Just Look At It:

BoingBoing has a thing about bananas. We like to look at them. We’re not sure why.

Ketchup on a Hot Dog:

An abomination unto the Lord. There is some disagreement about this in the various corners of the BBS. Some say that ketchup is a perfectly cromulent condiment for the purposes of hot dogging. Those people are wrong. But their wrong opinion is noted and tolerated.

Slurping GIF:

What is the quickest path to memifiying something you wish people wouldn’t? Discuss how much you dislike it in front of Happy Mutants. The slurping GIF seems to have been with us since time immemorial, but the reality is that unlike disemvowelment and just looking at bananas, its a much younger meme, kept alive by a small cadre of dedicated followers. It’s used to point disdain at comments and concepts that are blazingly stupid or to call out obvious trolls. It is simultaneously a call to arms, a rebuttal, a thrown gauntlet, and a finger the eye. Don’t like it? I have only one thing to say to that…


Why do you ask about Questions? Why is it one of the longest running Game threads? Is it really just a place for us to say things without saying things? Who knows?


In general, when a headline or article refers to someone as a “gentleman,” it isn’t complementary.


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