Disallow Parodies

The site is starting to become quite heavy with jokes, with lots and lots of parodies being added that are created by our own community, and then posted, rather than finding something thats out on the Internet and is popular, and writing an article about it. This parody policy seems to have made it worse, as people are using this as justification for the content to be there in the first place, while breaking several of the rules in it. Including :

1. Be funny and not stupid.

Most are stupid, and aren't funny

4. Humour must appeal to everyone

It doesn't most of it is internet meme humour for geeks and nerds (of which I am one)

7. Don't fall in love with your article

It seems to be a clique of people who vote to keep these articles, the same 5 or 6, who were also contributors.

8. Don't overdo it

Self explanatory. There are 9 parodies out there already!

9. Potty-Mouth Pete Bald, Limp guy (theory) breaks this.

I would suggest we keep the following "comedy theories"

Box, a highly edited Bald, Limp Guy (theory)

and then remove the rest. --plkrtn 12:52, 5 September 2006 (PDT)

Nah. Things do need to be cleaned up a bit, but the Parodies (like the Literary References) need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Some need to go, some should stay, and some should be rewritten if we want to keep them. It's not all black and white, neh? --Doc 13:05, 5 September 2006 (PDT)

Disallow most parody content

Unless the content is professionally made (like KFC Hawaii, Little Britain Abroad etc) or extremely popular web based content (500,000+ views on YouTube, verifiable 500,000 hits on a website containing the content) I think we should remove the parodies. They don't really add anything to Lost. They aren't documenting anything relevant to the show either  Plkrtn  talk  contribs  email  08:22, 7 June 2007 (PDT)

  • I agree, Lostpedia shouldn't be used as a springboard for parodies. Let's take a look at some of the parodies that are featured as original content on Lostpedia:
    • Bald, Limp Guy (parody theory) - A theory that compares Locke to a penis, and the Island to a vagina
    • Selling Out (parody theory) - A theory that compares Rose to Aunt Jemima. The article does apologize for being racist, so I guess that makes it ok.
    • Chuck Norris (parody theory) - A theory that just mentions the name "Chuck Norris" a lot
    • Pink Bunny (parody theory) - "There is a pink bunny in a space ship controlling everyone and everything on the island. He's not happy". That is pretty much the whole article.
  • These 4 theories pretty much advertise to the world that Lostpedia is a great place to host penis humor, racist humor, and humor that has no connection whatsoever to Lost. Delete these, or just move them to personal user pages. -- Dagg talk contribs4 8 08:50, 7 June 2007 (PDT)
  • Another comment... Below is some of the criteria used for people's votes on Talk:Lol*lost. (I'm cutting and pasting some of the comments, but I'm not adding who made the comments because I don't want to confuse anybody). Note that Lol*lost was deleted using this criteria:
  • The content is while lacking, it doesn't add anything the least bit educational or useful to the wiki, the images verge of violating fair use, and the captions are rather immature
  • Its parody value is very poor, extremely low brow, and a number of the examples were either not funny or slightly rude
  • Not noteable.
This same criteria could be applied to all the parody theories I listed above, so I think we should delete them and/or move them to personal user pages. -- Dagg talk contribs4 8 14:47, 7 June 2007 (PDT)
  • Here's my opinion: 1) Lostpedia should not be a source of original parody. This includes parody theories. 2) Lostpedia should not be used to document every site on the WWW that makes a Lost joke. 3) Popular parody, such as the "Nobody's Watching Lost" thing would be acceptable to document.    Jabberwock    talk    contribs    email   - 11:06, 8 June 2007 (PDT)
  • As much as I like some of these parody theories, I also agree that they should be deleted (with the exception of LOST is a TV program (parody theory)). After all we are an encyclopedia. I exclude the TV show parody theory only because I have heard it in numerous places (I will try to supply links). --Mr. Crabby (Talk) 08:01, 11 June 2007 (PDT)

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