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From News Discussion / Onion offers To Buy Out Spoof and Eliminate Embarrassing Satire
Posted 17 Apr 15 23:54
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I don't get it. Publishing anywhere should warrant correct spelling, correct grammar, etc. It matters for every writer I come across. It doesn't matter where your drivel is located on the internet! *It's true that there are a lot of stories on here I don't get, or personally find funny because they aren't my cup of tea. At least the vast majority are spelt correctly, and are punctuated properly. I know there are a few errors that are missed, but the moment they are spotted, the writer tends to correct them.

And, there are a few very successful writers (novelists) who post here who are quite funny and they take the time to make sure the alleged crap they write on here is written in...I don't know...proper English!

* I went back and edited.

 
From News Discussion / Onion offers To Buy Out Spoof and Eliminate Embarrassing Satire
Posted 17 Apr 15 01:27
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Oh sorry. I forgot to mention, of course you can use quotes. However, when a story is only 4 paragraphs and 3 of those are dialogue, then it's not much of a story.

Mark wrote a long post about it some time back.

Your website is interesting, by the way.

 
From News Discussion / Onion offers To Buy Out Spoof and Eliminate Embarrassing Satire
Posted 16 Apr 15 22:35
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A professional writer such as yourself, Sir, should care more about the craft and spell and punctuate things correctly.

And go ahead and take a crack at me, too.

 
From News Discussion / Onion offers To Buy Out Spoof and Eliminate Embarrassing Satire
Posted 15 Apr 15 02:31
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I'm surprised that got through....it was largely all quotes. Mark used to send back stories for being all quotes.

And, yes. There's punctuation, but it's not correct. That's not how dialogue is punctuated!

Here's an example taken from an actual news article:

"The new aircraft seats are the widest economy seats available in the single-aisle 737 market and offer a unique design that gives our customers what they asked for: more space," said Southwest chief commercial officer Bob Jordan in a statement.
Awesome read about airline seats!

If you're going to call other writers bad writers, at least have the decency for doing so in a properly punctuated piece of writing!

For some information on colons, you might want to click here: How to use colons. You'll notice that colons are only used with dialogue when writing a screenplay.

Other than that, Mark sure does look cute as a young lad!

 
From General Discussion / spoof editors tampering with writers original material?
Posted 13 Apr 15 21:04
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Might I suggest you just talk to Mark directly since you're so unhappy? Although, he's already told you why he did what he did.

If you're going to call writers on here shit then perhaps you need to be prepared for your stories to be scrutinized more carefully by other writers.

Please refrain from name calling. I get you're upset, but there's a lot better ways of handling yourself on line than this.


Ellie

 
From General Discussion / spoof editors tampering with writers original material?
Posted 13 Apr 15 01:52
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I just want to know when, in US papers, we started using colons to indicate dialogue? We don't do that here.

I'm also curious about the overuse of hyphens.

A crash course in APA punctuation

And, honestly, it's Mark's website. He can edit jokes where he see fits. If you were to submit to The Onion, The Chive, Funny or Die, or anywhere else, an editor would edit things. That's what they do!



 
From News Discussion / Stock photo model admits "My life isn't that exciting"
Posted 20 Mar 15 04:18
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Yes....I agree. There are some good bits in this.

I used stock photos just today in a marketing presentation.

Ellie



 
From News Discussion / Study finds "referring to yourself in third person" still most reliable way to get ahead in career
Posted 12 Mar 15 03:45
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A nice effort. I like stories with fake scientific studies in them.

Ellie

 
From General Discussion / The Spoof is Home to Unfunny Writers
Posted 5 Mar 15 05:29
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Radiogagger used The Spoof to practice his jokes so he could get to a point where he could submit to a BBC show called Newsjack. It worked for him.

JAG got his inspiration for his book here.

IANB published a book of his There's an App for It spoofs.

The Spoof has done great things for a lot of people, I'm sure. You get what you give. I don't write here currently but I hang out because of the friends I've made. And I'm proud of a few of my stories. The others are shit, but some I'm really proud of.

And I'm grateful for the friends I have made, and I would never have met them if it weren't for The Spoof.

Ellie



 
From General Discussion / The Spoof is Home to Unfunny Writers
Posted 24 Feb 15 17:22
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Welcome Jason. I couldn't have said it better myself. Comedy is very hard to write. That's why most comedies are written within a partnership or a team.

Ellie

 
From General Discussion / War on Terror
Posted 12 Jan 15 01:23
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I ride horses and have a cowboy hat, but I hate guns!

 
From General Discussion / Je Suis Charlie - Where Murder And Humor Have Met
Posted 8 Jan 15 15:00
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Well said. Thank you...I couldn't have said it better.

Je suis Charlie.

 
From News Discussion / Jeb Bush Hopes To Become Second Dumbest President In Nation's History
Posted 18 Dec 14 15:00
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But I'd take him over that Rubio guy any day.

 
From General Discussion / High price tags for humor sites are a big joke
Posted 12 Dec 14 05:24
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Then we'll finally get paid?

 
From News Discussion / Black Suspect Who Died in Police Custody Suffered from a Pre-existing Condition (Actually, Two)
Posted 11 Dec 14 17:15
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Very good satire.

Ellie

 
From General Discussion / Fake news stories about Ferguson
Posted 9 Dec 14 01:08
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The story in question was not from The Spoof. It's from another fake news site that no longer indicates to the reader a story is meant to be taken as fake or satire. They leave it up to the reader to decide if it's fake or not. The sole purpose is NOT to entertain, to be satirical, etc. The sole purpose of this story is to go viral. So, they write a story that COULD be true. And people have very strong opinions about it and sometimes don't see how something like this could be fake.

There is nothing wrong with having a Spoof story go viral. But, The Spoof's main purpose is to be funny, satirical and entertain. Right?

What I find so horrible about this story that was written about Ferguson is that they chose to use a picture of someone who died in a motor cross accident yet claimed it was the police officer. I see nothing funny about using a dead person's photo and linking it to Ferguson just to have a million hits on a story.

Does it give someone a high or something? I don't know. I don't get it.

None of those stories I've read on a site like National Report are even funny.




 
From General Discussion / Fake news stories about Ferguson
Posted 23 Nov 14 15:45
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This story came across a local news station. As people who write fake news, I'm just wondering what your thoughts are.

For me, there are lines I won't cross. And this story seems to have crossed every single one of them.

Fake News Stories Spark Anger

 
From General Discussion / Things Barista's Think About You...but never say.
Posted 7 Oct 14 03:38
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That made me laugh out loud!




Quote: victor nicholas

I'd like to froth your aorta




 
From General Discussion / Things to say to a Barista
Posted 5 Oct 14 03:37
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Quote: victor nicholas

I'll have an Ariana Grande



Yes, but do you want that Skinny? Whip or no Whip?

 
From News Discussion / NFL Mandates Owners To Develop More Accurate Team Names
Posted 26 Sep 14 19:14
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What would you name Dallas?



 
From General Discussion / Robin Williams. Damn.
Posted 14 Aug 14 02:19
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Very, very sad. I loved his dramatic roles.

Celebrity deaths rarely make me this sad. HIs does though.

 
From News Discussion / A Dyslexic Pope bans Satin
Posted 22 Jul 14 03:48
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Sorry......it wouldn't let me comment and then added it automatically.

Just wanted to say this was very clever, my friend.

Ellie

 
From General Discussion / Sorry for the lack of service
Posted 11 Jul 14 22:01
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The app for Android also isn't working!

 
From News Discussion / Man Rushing To Complete Spoof News Article While Waiting For Flight Misses Boarding And Is Now Stranded In Houston, Texas
Posted 22 Mar 14 03:58
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Surely there were cheaper places to stay near Hobby! But, at least you were in a part of town with excellent tacos!

Ellie

 
From News Discussion / Local Bachelor Prefers Drinking Milk of Froot Loops Over Milk of Coco Puffs
Posted 31 Jan 14 01:11
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Everyone knows chocolate rice krispies has the best milk!


Welcome.

Ellie

 
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