Is xkcd "A webcomic of rsm&l"? anymore?

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Is xkcd "A webcomic of rsm&l"? anymore?

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:45 pm UTC

Is xkcd "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." anymore? not really right?

Thinking back on the last few hundred strips, there have been very few "romantic" strips, and any that could possibly be so called are more concerned about sex than romance, and I can't remember a time with a "pure mathematics" strip. Sure there are statistical strips, and I suppose there have been a handful of language strips recently, (the herpetology one springs to mind) but are they common enough to warrant 1/4 of the comic's subtitle?

The subtitle is so ingrained into what xkcd is though, I doubt it will ever change, but it seems silly to not change the subtitle even though the comic itself has evolved so much.

I was thinking a better description would be "A webcomic of science, sarcasm, statistics, and human nature."

Science would cover both computer science and engineering, statistics would be a more suitable replacement for math, and human nature is definitely one of the main subjects for xkcd strips.

Thoughts?

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Re: Is xkcd "A webcomic of rsm&l"? anymore?

Postby Chris Dude70 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:11 am UTC

I see alot of science, computing and satire.
No mention of that in the subtitle.

Romance, sarcasm, math, and language still show up from time to time, but xkcd is soo much more than that.

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Re: Is xkcd "A webcomic of rsm&l"? anymore?

Postby rigwarl » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:09 pm UTC

I feel like there have been just as many recent romance strips as xkcd has ever had.

http://xkcd.com/968/
http://xkcd.com/983/

I have no idea if my perceived frequency is accurate though. If you want, you could do some statistics on the number of romance strips per 50 comics or so since the beginning of xkcd and see if it decreases =P

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Re: Is xkcd "A webcomic of rsm&l"? anymore?

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:14 pm UTC

rigwarl wrote:I feel like there have been just as many recent romance strips as xkcd has ever had.

http://xkcd.com/968/
http://xkcd.com/983/

I have no idea if my perceived frequency is accurate though. If you want, you could do some statistics on the number of romance strips per 50 comics or so since the beginning of xkcd and see if it decreases =P


i was thinking of doing that but I'm too lazy, and yes I suppose the first one of those is romantic, but could equally come under "human nature" in my suggested subtitle, the other, as I said in the OP, is more about sex.

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Re: Is xkcd "A webcomic of rsm&l"? anymore?

Postby meatyochre » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:31 pm UTC

Romance and sex are synonyms in marketing-speak. Romance is used when the word sex isn't PC enough.
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