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Eumemics

Somewhere out there is a person with enough gumption and perseverance to write a Venus filter that would strip Planets of idiotic memes using some kind of clever heuristic or learning system. Perhaps we can call this the immoral study of “eumemics”. :-)

Because this would just be cheating:

exclude = (the nearest book)

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  1. I only play along with memes when my monthly post averages get dangerously low. The lowest I’ve ever got is two posts in a month. Never going to make that mistake again.

  2. I assume that you use /-ics/ to denote a scientific discipline, but /eu-/ is Greek and means ‘well’, so why did you use it? Apparently, /meme/ comes from the Greek verb /miméomai/ ‘to mimic’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#Etymology), so your formation /eumemics/ would probably translate as ‘the study of that which is well mimicked’ (or something like that…). Compare /euphemism/ ‘that which is nicely said’ etc.

    I’d call the discipline /memistics/ or /memology/. For the plugin, I suggest /katharsis/ ‘cleansing’ ;)

  3. Perhaps it would be better to increase the mutation rate. “Examine the man sixth closest to you. Poke him in the stomach, hard. Report the sixth sentence he says following this.”

  4. I propose excluding ” meme “. I’ve never seen a discussion even about a meme that was interesting. Ironically, this post would even be killed, but that would be OK by me!

  5. There is a definite pattern. Somewhere within the text, there’s a numbered list containing instructions, and the instructions never change. look for posts containing the same OL and perhaps set a threshold of 3 before blocking.

  6. Well.

    I just read the Planet and don’t post on it, but,

    I must disagree and say: I like meme post.

    I put on my Google Reader and one of my friends put it on his own blog and I think the whole stuff was funny.

    That’s all.

    Alberto.