Starry Starry Night.


Starry Starry Night

Back when I initially set this up, the star rating plugin that I used was a top rated plugin that was simple and effective. Over time it became more feature rich. Fortunately after every update it was smart enough to just keep working like it always did. Then the updates stopped… then the plugin was no longer available… now this abandonware is being abandoned by the visitors.

So what? Just leave it there. It’s not hurting anything.

Perhaps not. Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities on this site. Since the star rating plugin was abandoned, it may be possible that a hacker could find a security hole and compromise the site. Also large swaths of unrated content can make a site look all the more desolate and lonely.

Couldn’t you rate them yourself?

No. I never rated the jokes because I felt it would have been unethical. Besides… I consider every joke I publish to be a 10 star joke!

So if you’re wondering what I’m going on about… There used to be a star rating system for the jokes. Only two visitors were using the system, and over time they stopped using it. I’m taking this opportunity to remove the plugin before it becomes a security hazard.

Pax

f2x

Starry Starry Night.
So how would you rate this?

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4 Responses to Starry Starry Night.

  1. The oldest rater says:

    Didn’t stop using it. I stopped rating jokes that didn’t even make me smile.

    C’est la vie.

    • The Joke "Curator" says:

      I hear ya… Try being the guy who has to decide which among the submitted jokes to publish.

      Here’s a raw one that just came in today:

      Q. What did the cannibal do just after he dumped his girlfriend?

      A. Wiped his ass.

      Oh the hilarity. :-/ Can’t wait to feature that one on Friday.

      Like anything that causes humans to get high, people tend to build up a tolerance to jokes and require stronger and stronger material to get their laugh fix. These “daily” jokes probably aren’t enough for you anymore, and you’ll need prescription strength humor just to feel a chuckle.

      Personally I’m so burnt out, I have to use dead baby jokes if I want to laugh now.

      Q. How many dead babies does it take to change a light bulb?

      A. More than 15, because my basement light is still out.

      Oh yeah, man… That’s comedy gold right there.

      When I get around to it, maybe I’ll look for another post-rating plugin that’s still supported and “free as in beer”. Until then, I’ll just have to rely on your occasional feedback to let me know when I’ve gone too far off the rails. ;)

  2. The oldest rater says:

    That first one works best if the punch line is just “Wiped.”

    Did you hear about the cannibal who passed his friend on the trail one day? ….

    I first saw the second one as “How many dead hookers” and the punch line is “More than 4, my basement is still dark.”

    My rule of thumb is, if it gets reposted to Reddit more than 1/week, it’s not original enough to be really funny. Given how much traffic /r/Jokes gets it’s a pretty tough row to hoe.

    • The Joke "Curator" aka f2x aka Diet. says:

      >My rule of thumb is, if it gets reposted to Reddit…

      {Shudders} I’m avoiding all of reddit like the plague these days. It’s true I used to read reddit a lot. Heck, you even called me out for lifting material from /r/jokes a while back, but these days I stick with the emailed material. It seems to be more lewd leaning than I would like, but I take what I can get. Every now and again a coworker tells me a funny one.

      Here’s one Delbert told me a few days ago:

      Delbert: Guess who’s in the hospital.

      Me (terror stricken): Oh my gosh! Who?!

      Delbert: Sick people.

      Yeah… His name really is Delbert, and he tells me these “Dad jokes” all the time.

      Anyway, unless there’s a currently supported free plugin that I’m not aware of, we’re just going to have to make do without “GD Star Rating”. It’s successor “GD Rating System” is crippleware that costs $35/year, and I wouldn’t even pay it if I were using your credit card! (A one time fee, perhaps, but per year? To hell with that!)

      Other than that, it’s business as usual. Time to get back to work…

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