Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

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Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby Zaxecivobuny » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:38 pm UTC

I was really hoping there'd be an easter egg at xkcd.com/0/, but no such luck. If this question has been answered elsewhere, I missed it.
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Re: Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby eSOANEM » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:12 pm UTC

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Re: Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby Zaxecivobuny » Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:11 am UTC

eSOANEM wrote:Reason (with a link to comic 163. I can't link for some reason.)


A very apropos comic, but it doesn't exactly answer my question. Your answer is a "because that's the way Randall did it" instead of any kind of justification. If anything I would say that the book convention is to start with volume one or not to number the first book at all, and number subsequent volumes. Unless Randall is lampshading the very trope I am referring to. Is that the joke?
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Re: Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby farnsworth » Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:11 am UTC

First, starting lists with 0 is a joke that comes from various programming languages starting array indexes at zero. This is why it's labeled "Volume 0." When he first set up the site he probably didn't think of making this joke, and if he changed it now, it would break all the links to his comics.
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Re: Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby thorgold » Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:18 pm UTC

farnsworth wrote:First, starting lists with 0 is a joke that comes from various programming languages starting array indexes at zero. This is why it's labeled "Volume 0." When he first set up the site he probably didn't think of making this joke, and if he changed it now, it would break all the links to his comics.

That wouldn't stop him from going in and putting an easter egg at xkcd.com/0/ anyway. It's not like he'd have to shift every comic back one number, just put something special at /0/.
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Re: Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:46 pm UTC

Maybe he should. Make it some sort of grand introduction... drawn sloppily on graph paper so it looks like an authentically old drawing.
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Re: Book is "Volume 0," first comic is xkcd.com/1/. Why?

Postby farnsworth » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:12 am UTC

Or, maybe to mess with people, a 404 page?

Oh, wait...
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