User talk:Arctangent

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edit Welcome to Uncyclopedia

Spike the Dog (06b)

Spike is a grumpy old dog. You can stroke his fur, or you can be smitten by his stick. It is up to you.

Hello, Arctangent, 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! Spıke ¬ 11:52 29-Mar-13

edit Vendredism

Hello, welcome, and thanks for this contribution! Spıke ¬ 11:52 29-Mar-13

edit Modus tollens

Alongside modus ponens (Latin for "method of putting in," like one's two cents), there is modus tollens ("method of taking out"). This natural symmetry is based on the philosophical postulate that "Whatever goes up must come down."

Modus tollens takes the following canonical form:

  1. PQ
  2. Not Q
  3. Not P
  4. ∴ Nah, never mind.

The reader can keep this in mind whenever he puts in his two cents but decides he'd rather have them back in his pocket.


Use or adapt the above if you want; otherwise, don't. Separately, of course you can vote for your own article. As you see in the front matter of VFH, you are suddenly able to nominate your own "work," a subtle but disastrous rule change by which Aleister says I nailed down an awkwardly high feature count for 2012. Previously one had to belong to cliques. Spıke ¬ 01:12 31-Mar-13

Hello, and welcome. Nice work, and I will give you two thumbs up something on your feature nomination. Yes, Spike had the most features here in 2012, and deservedly so. He beat out some good competition to do so. You could nom your own articles, but only after they had gone through pee review and were improved from whence they came. Aleister 8:55 31-3-'13

Lol, I know about modus tollens and modus ponens. Philosophy is my thing, haha. I'll write an article later, I like your structure. Thanks for the input! Arctangent (talk) 06:42, March 31, 2013 (UTC)

I just realized, you weren't trying to explain it to me, you were giving me potential content for the article. I see! Okay, I'll add it now.Arctangent (talk) 06:44, March 31, 2013 (UTC)
As you have done. I admire your concern to add enough explanation so that the reader knows what it is we're making fun of; this helps everyone get the joke. However, is including the actual canonical form too dry and symbolic? Does it break the flow? My concept of the joke was: As well as using symbolic logic to pwn your counterpart, you can also use it to abandon a train of thought whenever expedient! My concept was not: Look what cute stuff we've done to the canonical form of modus tollens--more of an inside joke despite trying to remedy it. Similarly, I used the word "Not" rather than a symbol for a better segue into "Nah." (This is not a formal "collaboration," and the approach is entirely up to you.) Spıke ¬ 12:23 31-Mar-13
How does that look? Arctangent (talk) 18:21, March 31, 2013 (UTC)
A skillful compromise, sir! Spıke ¬ 19:17 31-Mar-13

Your Modus ponens got a 9-0 vote (which is a ton of votes, these days) and has just been selected to run on the Uncyclopedia main page! Congratulations! Spıke ¬ 19:47 6-Apr-13

Awesome! It was definitely a very warm welcome to this site!Arctangent (talk) 06:58, April 7, 2013 (UTC)

Here is one more, and belated: You now have Autopatrolled, which will make your edits stop showing up at Special:RecentChanges with an exclamation point inviting special scrutiny from our overnight vandal patrol. You should see no difference. Spıke ¬ 10:59 7-Apr-13

I'm certainly no troll, though it is admittedly sometimes difficult to tell the difference between genuine humour and trollish humour on this site :) Arctangent (talk) 11:11, April 7, 2013 (UTC)

There are all types here--and at all stages of refinement. Cheers! Spıke ¬ 11:14 7-Apr-13

edit Vendredism

This article is brilliant! Please come back and write more like this! I think it's worth featuring, and am going to nominate it on VFH. You can, and should vote on it here. Sir Reverend P. Pennyfeather (fancy a chat?) CUN VFH PLS 12:11, June 6, 2013 (UTC)

It is now featured, and will probably stay on the main page for another day or two. It achieved one of the best VFH scores in a while (10.5), well done. Sir Reverend P. Pennyfeather (fancy a chat?) CUN VFH PLS 14:08, June 13, 2013 (UTC)
Give us moar nao Spıke ¬ 14:22 13-Jun-13
I hope you realise what the word "nao" means in a slang context, Spike, as it certainly does not mean "now!" Sir ScottPat (talk) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 05:55, June 25, 2013 (UTC)

edit Hello There!!

ScottPat here, just came to say that I noticed your new article you are writing, Brain in a vat. Like your previous articles it is coming on splendidly and will no doubt be your next feature. Have you considered submitting it for the PLS competition though where it can compete against the greatest to acheive the ultimate prise? Just a thought. Sir ScottPat (talk) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 18:24, June 26, 2013 (UTC)

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