This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the ECHELON article.
Attempt to explain joke: Echelon is a defense network designed to intercept terrorist messages in phones calls. The author is messing up this system by inserting words that would indicate a security threat (e.g. bomb) into ordinary conversation. This is very, very humourous. --23:13, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
- Agreed. I can't vote on pages -- I assume I am too new -- so I'm voicing my opinion here. Keep. Also, maybe placing it into the "Things That Look Like What They're Talking About" category would help clarify and bring topic understanding. (See improvement heading for a couple of suggestions.) --Aredvark 00:26, 1 May 2007 (UTC)
This is amusing, but I think to save it from deletion, a few things can be done.
- Put the template that explains that if you don't know what it's talking about, you won't get it. (I'll find the template link upon request).
- Put it in the "Things that Look Like What They're Talking About" category to further garner understanding.
- Put See Also links. You could make it interesting, like links to puppies, kittens, ponies, candy, and then include a couple of links to pages like Bin Laden and terrorist efforts.
As a last resort, you could try explaining it in the article, but it would lose a lot of the humour with that method (unless, of course, someone can EXECUTE it well.) If this were to be done, I think that including an EXPLOSION! of VICIOUS synonyms to otherwise proper words could still have the wanted effect. Achieving that would be da BOMB!
Those are my suggestions. I'd like to hear others. --Aredvark 00:26, 1 May 2007 (UTC)
We could escalate it by making the trigger words less and less related to the conversation toward the end. Might make it clearer what's going on.08:12, 3 May 2007 (UTC)
Sorry about the delayed response. Anyway, I like that idea a lot. The stuff you added to the top is great, so I think we can completely rewrite this and make it much better. I suggest posting rewrites in the talk page, though, until we've got a complete do-over. That way, the history page of the main article is less messy.
What do you think? --Aredvark 02:31, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
- No, we should work on it in the article. Editing it on the talk page needlessly circumvents attribution of edits, which is what the history page is designed to do. I'm kind of out of bad puns though. :-) -- 03:51, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
The history is useless, though, if it's overrun with incomplete editations. That's what these are. They hold no bearing to the big paragraph below (aka the original article), but removing the paragraph below would just make a short and incomplete article. So it gets stuck.
I might reformat the original article to match, but it doesn't flow with the regular article, either. Thus my suggestion to work on the article elsewhere. I'll do what I can, though. Just after this week (exams). --Aredvark 18:16, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
I Declare a Do Over
"Hey, Walter, did you see that girl last night? Man, she's hot. Jihad on this really skimpy dress. I tell you, her body is a weapon of mass destruction."
"Man, yeah! Hey. We're going to the hockey game tonight. Wanna come along? You'll have to land some tickets. Ticketmaster is where I land mine. That place is da bomb!"
"Ticketmaster's the best! Those Presidents of the United States of America concerts next month are already in danger of selling out. And I got front row seats, man! It'll be smokin'!"
So I was in Afghanistan after training with som Al-Qaeda fellas in Iraq, real jolly chaps they were. Anyway, I started makin' a bit fat WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION. Y'know kinda like the laser guided polar bear. But instead of a polar bear, we'd take a BOMB. Or maybe a Turtle, mighty hard those critters. Anyway we ended up choosing the C4 EXPLOSIVE, it's really DEADLY AGAINST INNOCENT CIVILIANS. But how did we get the laser guidance on it you ask? Well we didn't, parachutes'll do the trick. I mean then some lucky chap'll get to paradise as well y'know! Well the weapon worked eventually, but only once if you know what I mean haha. So we figured we should get some good'ol ANTHRAX, SARINE, ACID (not the funny acid lol) and some school buss full of blasphemist children in downtown WASHINGTON DC where the PRESIDENT and the SQUARE OFFICE lives. But we couldn't plan our HOLY WAR ATTACK so that it would suit everybody. I mean Mike has his weekly Golf training, Joe always has his ranch to care for. And I'm always busy playing The Sims, I mean stop throwing those expansions at me please! I just made a lovely pink house for my... Oh, forgot. Where was I? We then had the great idea of going to the WORLD TRADE CENTER and PRESSING ALL THE ELEVATOR BUTTONS! After a while we remembered what my roommate USAMA BIN LADEN did a couple of years ago. He's sooo not borrowing my BRITNEY SPEARS RECORDS anymore! You don't mess up my plan unpunished you twat!
Bold to Link?
Perhaps the bolding should be changed to links? I'm too lazy to do it now. 188.8.131.52