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Hello, Alexschmidt711, and welcome to Uncyclopedia. This is a wiki (a collection of pages anyone can edit). Words in blue are "links" and can be clicked to take you to another page. This wiki is for comedy. It pretends it's Wikipedia, but we make people laugh, not bore them. If you aren't interested in a fake encyclopedia but in writing fake news stories, we have UnNews, and there are other projects for scripts, lyrics, how-to guides, and so on.
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I hope you enjoy it here and write a lot of funny stuff!18:07 18-Jul-14
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You are obviously a knowledgeable writer, with a knack with words too! I hope you pick a user name and stick around! You can use spaces instead of underscores in links.02:57 18-Jul-14
edit National Mall and Fillmore
Thanks for commending my Fillmore article! I was surprised that no article on Fillmore was there. The ideas in the National Mall aren't entirely original, although most were created by me at some time. If there is a way to add content, it could become a great article. Alexschmidt711 (talk) 17:45, July 18, 2014 (UTC)
- Thanks for registering! This article is now at User:Alexschmidt711/National Mall, where you can continue working on it at your leisure. 18:07 18-Jul-14
- PS--I have tagged Millard Fillmore, as there is nothing beyond your nice Intro. If this will take time, let me know and I'll move it to your userspace as well. (You will see a Move button in a few days with which to do this yourself.) 19:23 18-Jul-14
- @Spike: I have improved Millard Fillmore somewhat. Is it out of the ICU now? I requested a pic of Fillmore wearing a wig.
- OK, sure, but keep going. I saw your request of RadicalX, but he has Not Been Down For Breakfast for a long time. We usually steal from Google Images. The usual approach is not necessarily to wait for the perfect shoop, but to get a relevant photo from somewhere and make it funny by the caption you write. 03:00 19-Jul-14
PS--When I think of "shopping" at the National Mall, I think of "buying" favors, exemptions from the tax code, waivers from Obama-care, etc. Your article might pursue this "commerce."16:29 19-Jul-14
- Feel free to add that to there if you can find a good place. I added fake descriptions of the stores in the Mall. Alexschmidt711 (talk) 16:33, July 19, 2014 (UTC)
But it's starting to read like a sales brochure and not an "encyclopedia article."01:47 20-Jan-15
- Exactly my purpose. It's supposed to sound like a brochure. That's the joke. Alexschmidt711 (talk) 04:55, January 22, 2015 (UTC)
You are not telling a joke but breaking the cover joke, which is that we are an encyclopedia.13:09 22-Jan-15
- Yeah, I know that's a problem. Maybe the article could be turned into a picture of the actual brochure, or somehow a better home could be found for these nuggets of humor? Alexschmidt711 (talk) 15:25, January 24, 2015 (UTC)
It should be easy to use these same nuggets, just style it as a seemingly dry, third-party description — the way you began the piece. A separate problem is that the article is getting very listy. If it hits the main encyclopedia, you'll find that anonymous overnight editors will feel that adding one or two or twenty "stores" is within their capability and they will all be Toilet Humor. To kill two birds with one stone, consider reorganizing in major sections, each of which presents one style of humor (allegory about government waste, products no one needs, excessive self-promotion, and so on). The names of the stores could be in boldface without each being a section heading. Puns sometimes work better when they (like illustrations) simply supercharge the writing style of a section, rather than trying to build a section around a pun or a photo.15:58 24-Jan-15