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Is there a site for asking joke questions, or is that just not in the spirit of Stack Exchange?

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    What's a "joke question", exactly? Do you have an example?
    – cigien
    Dec 21, 2021 at 3:42
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    Why is my negative Gravioli detector detecting positive Gravioli?
    – Dave
    Dec 21, 2021 at 3:43
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    No. It's not in the spirit of Stack Exchange. We only discuss crime, death, bad code, hats... and unicorns. (Very, very, very seriously, of course.)
    – Joe Kerr
    Dec 21, 2021 at 3:44
  • But if you want to create a new site for jokes, propose it on Area 51. (area51.stackexchange.com)
    – Joe Kerr
    Dec 21, 2021 at 3:44
  • Additionally, every year, Mi Yodeya has something called Purim Torah where they ask often humorous/satirical questions. Note that this is only on-topic for a specific time, and that such questions are closed once the occasion passes Dec 21, 2021 at 17:34
  • Note that it's possible to ask about interpreting a joke, if you don't understand English sufficiently well, but telling jokes is off-topic everywhere (unless you succeed in creating a new site), and humor should be very carefully incorporated into questions, answers and comments; as some people had their sense of humor shot off in the war.
    – Rob
    Dec 21, 2021 at 20:53
  • Related on Area 51 DIscussion: The Closing of Humor Dec 27, 2021 at 18:55

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There was one such actual proposal in the past, as far as I can tell, it was called Apocalyptic Defense. The proposal itself was closed and deleted despite people here appealing the decision.

If you want to take a look, there's web archive of it. In case it's taken down, here's also a screenshot.

Bottom line: Stack Exchange is meant for professional sites, not jokes or humorous sites. No point suggesting such a site, as it would be rejected.

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There is no such site in the Stack Exchange network at the moment.

You could try suggesting such a site on Area 51, but be aware it takes quite a bit of time and energy to actually make a new community happen.

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  • Reddit is far easier for this sort of thing: just set up your own r/whatever.
    – Toby Mak
    Dec 21, 2021 at 5:43
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Questions on Stack Exchange have definitive answers. Sites that accept subjective questions have ways of vetting answers that prevent it from being a free for all. That's why your example joke question wouldn't fly anywhere.

Still, some sites have what may be considered "joke questions".

  • Puzzling: Questions are puzzles, some of which are written in character. The puzzles can't be open ended.

  • Code Golf: Questions are code challenges, some of which are written in character, though they always have to find a way to mention what golfing rules are being used.

  • Worldbuilding: Questions are about making a fictional world, sometimes written in character

  • Writing: We accept some questions about writing jokes. For example How to make innocent jokes

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  • For all intents and purposes, "joke" questions are off topic on Code Golf. Challenges do still include the odd bit of humour in their specifications, but so do a lot of questions across the network Dec 21, 2021 at 17:41
  • @cairdcoinheringaahing I edited to try to clarify. I'm talking about questions tagged code golf that are written in character (quick example). I've also seen the rules written in character but they're always at least acknowledged.
    – Laurel
    Dec 21, 2021 at 17:46

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