HowTo talk:Sexually Stimulate an Ant

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Nice article - I loved the repetition of 'the fluid is completely green' and the dialogue exchanges are a nice touch. Black censor bars used effectively too Hooray For Zoidberg 04:16, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

What. The fuck. Ж Kalir yes, I play Pokémon 20:29, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
ahahahahahahaha I'm a crazy kook.   Le Cejak <May 02, 2008 [20:40]>
I liked the beginning very much and the rest was Cajekilly... but the censored thing spoiled it a bit --Sir DJ ~ Irreverent Icons-flag-au Noobaward Wotm Unbooks mousepad GUN 15:29, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

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edit HowTo:Sexually Stimulate an Ant, MrN9000 (May 15)

Humour: 7.5 I remember the first time I read this... When I added that Adam Ant pic... [1]. The start read...

"Being an ant keeper is tough: nobody knows what your job is[1], and the market for "ant honey" is less than lackluster. The main objective as an ant keeper is to find ways to keep your colony going and growing. There is nothing more rewarding than watching your little friends get it on like some kind of sick, giant, self-aware being that controls their existence."

For me, that's a lot more funny than what you have there now. I don't want to say you have edited this too much, but. Well, OK... I just thought it was more funny before. You have removed some of the rough edges, but generally, I'm not sure you have added much new here, and I think with all your editing you may have forgotten why you thought it was funny to start with... This might be something which you have been doing a little generally, perhaps in some of your other articles also. I know you are getting a bit bored with Uncyc at the moment, so I just want to encourage ya to try to avoid doing this. I love most of what you write dude, and I think it's important to keep the essence of your writing style together. Cajek is controlled random. No one does it better than you, and this start just looks like, well... It's had some dick like me pissing all over it. Oh, I am pissing all over it? Anyway. You get the idea. When you look back at something you have written before, think twice before changing it. Maybe you could improve the above a bit, but in the latest version you have lost the essence of the humour. The concept is still there, but it's been watered down and MrNed (that's an insult btw) to such an extent, that it's just not really funny now. Careful, you don't want to turn into me!

I think you did this a bit with Why take your fish to work also... I actually liked some of the early versions a lot more than the one which got featured. When I nominated, I seriously considered reverting back about 10 or 15 revisions before I did...

"In fact, if, after a while of watching, you too start getting the urge to merge, try to not mate with the queen herself. It would put the colony itself in jeapordy." = Not funny.

I also thought that in the older version:

"As a Christian, I feel like I should warn you: before your ants have sex, make sure that they're married. It reduces the dignity of these 6-legged-dirt-eaters if they could just have sex whenever they want. Make sure that you have a ceremony with a registered minister for each pair you plan to mate."

Was probably better than what you have now. The extra bits, especially "DISCLAIMER: I'm not saying that just because they're married they won't necessarily go to hell for having sex, I'm just saying that it's a good idea for them to get married. God didn't create ants to watch them have kinky sex all the time, for God's sakes! Ants are freaking gross close up!" is just pants. Before it was funny. You had told the joke, and that was that. Now, it's got all this other stuff added to the section, for no new funny...

Here is the difference between the two versions. [2]. I would be interested to see if you agree with me on this point, maybe I'm off the mark...

Anyway, I'm going to stop going on about the old version now, you get what I'm saying I'm sure...

OK... The Original Jesus quote is pants. Loose it, or get a better one.

I like the "They probably change sex at will or something immoral like that." line. Awesome, great style.

An Ant's Sexual Adventure: Pants. Loose it.

Concept: 8.5 Hmm, I'm sure I read something a bit like this before. Oh, someone wrote something about Terminators or something I think. It's obvious reading this, that your sharing some of your ideas between the two articles. Not that it's a problem I guess. Anyway, what are you supposed to write in this dam concept section again? Oh, that's it. How funny can this be? Well, I look at the guidelines which some assholes wrote, and it says the concept score relates to how funny the article could be given the skills of the author. Well, I know you can make this a lot more funny if you strip out a lot of the rubbish, and stick to the ideas which make this funny. You know what they are, just take another look through and remove the padding. This can be more funny which is why you get 8.5 even though it does not really deserve it now.
Prose and formatting: 7.5 I did not find some of the hidden text which you have to revel worth the bother. Some of the lines are rather lame, Uncyc in-jokes, or just generally pants. It also makes the article look really ugly. I would not mind if they were funny enough, but na. I would probably get rid of most of them. Did I miss the point here? I would keep "CENSORED!! OH DEAR LORD, CENSORED!!" and "AAAHHH I HATE YOU, YOU DAMN ARTICLE!!!", but loose the some of the rest. I like the stuff to do with the "fluid is completely green!", so I guess you need that, but I think you have gone over the top on the hidden text.

I like the use of footnotes. I can see a new style developing here. I really like where you are going with this encyclopaedic style, but with the person not really knowing what they are talking about. Tis cool. I think there should be more encyclopaedic style articles on Uncyc than all this other stuff, but that's just me I guess...

Images: 7 Here's a new image scale... The AOP scale... :-)

Awesome:

"That's actually a bee, but it's no skin off my proboscis.".

OK:

First, the male It's not funny when you first read it. The caption appears random and pants. When you have read the article, the caption makes sense, but who goes back an reads articles again?

Adam Ant Where did you get this pic from? It's rubbish. HeHe. I will go and put another caption on in a min or two... You dam Americans have no idea about early 80's British pop culture!

Pants: "You sick sons of bitches! Eh? WTF?

AAAAAHHHHH! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Why?

Miscellaneous: 7.6 Sausages egg and chips please vicar. {{Pee|7.5|8.5|7.5|7}}
Final Score: 38.1 Strip out the extra shit which does not add to the humour. You need another pic or two, and a decent quote at the top. I will try to toss a few edits in later tonight, and I find this less effort than trying to make too many suggestions. Don't compromise your writing style. The Cajek formula is generally pretty dam awesome, and in this article (in places) you wander away from that. Obviously it's fine to do that sometimes, but be consistent if you do. In places this looks like I wrote it, and in places, it looks like you wrote it. Short and funny is better than long and fat, unless your talking about your proboscis of course...
Reviewer: MrN Icons-flag-gb HalIcon.png WhoreMrn.png Fork you! 17:20, May 15


edit HowTo:Sexually Stimulate an Ant, Heerenveen (Apr 9)

Hey, don't blame me! It was the result of a contest with THE, so he suggested the title! Review, please. Be kind...   Le Cejak <Apr 08, 2008 [22:43]>

Humour: 7 It's not quite Cajek brilliance, but it's definitely alright. It opens by describing; the opening joke isn't all that great in my opine since it's so short, but it does help set up the rest of the article. I really liked the "Morality of Ant Sex" part, especially the line about reducing an ant's morality if it could just have sex whenever it wants, as it makes me picture an ant wedding ceremony, followed by my brain BSoDing. The VFD joke in the next section was also very good, though I would worry if commoners would get the joke. The article then takes a bit of a lull for a couple of sections in my opinion, and the "Get Them Excited in a slightly illegal way" section is annoying to me (I hate haet hat one-linne sections, but that's just me), but the thing comes back strongly for the "Ant Clothes" section, with "construction helmets on the males" being one of the best lines here. The article signs off much better than most HowTo's, with a strong, long, relative final section. What I feel you need to do is keep the reader's attention better during the middle dialogue parts, as I feel there's too much background work and not enough actual humour there. Overall, this is good though.
Concept: 9 This is the kind of article that Uncyc excels at in my opinion - a HowTo, zany enough to not quite be something you'd want to do in the real world, but not zany enough to be lost to the pitfalls of randomness, meme, and list. I doubt anyone will ever type this in in the search bar, but it's still a very good concept, and there are a load of original, non-repetitive jokes at your disposal. Right now, I feel that you've done well here, but it's not quite fulfilling its potential, mainly due to some of the dialogue.
Prose and formatting: 9 Nothing wrong here, as per usual. Spelling and grammar are top notch, italics and indentation are used to superb effect to show dialogue, where the prose was appropriate, it was very well written, images are all placed and formatted correctly, there is no title to bold in the article, so I'll gloss over that, and finally <breathes> a good, if slightly overdone use of the censored template {{C}}.
Images: 8 The images here are fine, not rip-roaringly funny, but they're more than good enough to support the article. I'm still flummoxed about how, but I like the repetition of the first image at the end, because, well, ants all look more or less the same. You have just about the right amount of images, and they all help the developing story. I would leave these alone, as they seem more than good enough here (though maybe I'd only do one repeat of the first image?)
Miscellaneous: 8.3 I really like these contests, by the way, they seem to produce rather good articles, and this is no exception.
Final Score: 41.3 This is a rather nice article that, while it's not going to challenge the Top 10 of 2008 anytime soon, is still a very good HowTo and better than 97.6% of articles on Uncyc (figure may not be exact). Your filler in the middle just needs to be a bit more humourous and engaging in my opine, and you'll be ready to go.
Reviewer: –—Hv (talk) 9/04 17:38
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