Origin: Possibly Jeff Atwood / Strongbad: Trogdor the Burninator (no Flash Youtube video)
Cultural Height: 2010 - …
Background: Used in reference to deleting a tag from the system.
See Also: The official burninated dragon *New proposed graphics, Trogdor the Video Game.
Meme: Parsing HTML with RegEx
Cultural Height: Untl̕L H̸̡̪̯ͨ͊̽̅̾̎Ȩ̬̩̾͛ͪ̈́̀́͘ ̶̧̨̱̹̭̯ͧ̾ͬC̷̙̲̝͖ͭ̏ͥͮ͟Oͮ͏̮̪̝͍M̲̖͊̒ͪͩͬ̚̚͜Ȇ̴̟̟͙̞ͩ͌͝S̨̥̫͎̭ͯ̿̔̀ͅ
Background: This meme began as bobince has unofficially become the Assistant Don't Parse HTML With Regex Officer. He has described the terrible maw of horrors that will uproar if HTML is ever parsed ...
Meme: The Tim Stone Bat Signal
Originator: animuson in chat
Cultural Height: TBD
Background: User Tim Stone is well known for his in-depth knowledge of the system and his ability to find/answer bug questions. After the Trogdor the Burninator request image was created, a "Summon Tim Stone" image was created to summon Tim to investigate a bug report.
Yeah, it was a joke (and I hope they didn't really downvote you!) It's a meme here on MSO; people often draw freehand red circles on screenshots of the SE user interface to highlight things that are broken or otherwise should be attended to.
Here's an example of one such screenshot:
Meme: Porblem, Proble, Halting Issue, Pro-blem, pr0blem, proble*
Originator: Kevin Montrose
Cultural Height: TBD
Background: Late 2011, the SO devs decided to add a filter to question titles blocking (among others) the word Problem. Even though this change undoubtedly managed to block a lot of crap (if just for a short time), it lead to great discontent ...
Meme: Meta effect.
Originator: Mat (?)
Mentioned: MSO comments, 2011-09-08
Background: Increase of voting activities observed on main-site posts that have been exposed at meta. Most ironic when someone complaining to Meta about "unfair downvotes" on another site gets more downvotes. Also seen: closing, re-opening, deleting, etc. Often the opposite of ...
Meme: Puns in the titles of tag-related requests
Cultural Height: 2015
Background: With first appearances in 2013 (Burn the movement!
| Hack at the hacking tag), it has become customary that burnination requests have catchy titles that pun on the name of the tag. Highlights (by vote count) include
I want to delete the [internet]
| Stop ...
First Heard: February 3rd, 2013 (Deleted. >10k only. Screenshot for mortals)
Cultural Height: Oscillates between then and now
Definition: The repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value (often a point of equilibrium) or between two or more different states (Wikipedia). ...
The title should be edited correctly and the post locked. The users involved should at least be looked at closely. While perhaps not intended as such, it's just internet vandalism and isn't really what this site is about.
Meme: Caching (“caching, it's always caching”)
Originator: Jonathan Sampson (here)
Cultural height: just now
Background: Many "bugs" turn out to be a caching issue (client-side, or server-side, or in between) resolving itself later due to a cache refresh. Currently there are over 1150 comments on Meta mentioning caching.
Taken to new heights while ...
Meme: Tim Post lost his keys
Originator: Tim Post
Cultural Height: TBD
Background: In his answer to Should 'drive by' downvoting be more effectively caught?, Tim Post describes a long chain of events, starting with him losing his keys, to explain why an answer was downvoted. Since then, "Tim Post lost his keys again" has become a somewhat frequent ...
Meme: Calvin and Hobbes-rolling
Originator: Pekka, Collaborator: Tim Manishearth
Background: In an effort to make it more fun for users who try and get around the question-asking ban on Stack Overflow by asking their wildly off-topic questions on Meta, it's now possible to get a customized "Calvin and Hobbes" answer, free of charge.
Searching web for six to eight weeks leads to Muppet Babies TV series, Episode 603: Six-to-Eight Weeks which sounds painfully familiar:
The Babies anxiously await the arrival of a playhouse that Nanny ordered for them, which was supposed to arrive in six to eight weeks...
Muppet babies wiki says "Air Date September 30, 1989", about 20 years before ...
Meme: name change to "Tim something".
Originator: Tim Post (?)
Mentioned: Tavern, May 14 2012
Background: Extraordinary ping-ability of the name @Tim.
"Tim" Site is a Forum
"Tim" Yi Jiang
"Timootinator" see note on usage specifics below
"Tim" Rob Hruska
Three Tims for the Elven-devs in the Tavern,
Meme: bring back the polyglot
Originators: gparyani, the4kman
Background: It started when the Stack Overflow 404 page was changed to no longer include the polyglot. gparyani asked Bring back the 404 polyglot on Meta Stack Overflow, and then the4kman answered saying he changed his profile picture to this:
And everyone was free to join him. Many users have ...
Meme: We Hate Fun
Originator: Jeff Atwood, https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/01/stack-overflow-where-we-hate-fun/
Mentioned: Wherever fun is being had.
Background: This meme may have started before the blog post concerning fun questions on Stack Overflow, but since the blog post it has seemingly grown to cover the suppression of fun in general.
Meme: GIF of fox jumping in the snow
Originator: TGMCians, in chat
Cultural height: TBD
Background: TGMCians posted the animated GIF of the fox jumping in the snow in chat, and later, the image was posted several times and some people even added it to the "about me" on their profile. The fox GIF looks like this:
The fox is actually catching a mouse ...
Meme: A Stack Overflow Carol
Originator: Tim Post
Cultural Height: Christmas
About: One day near Christmas 2011, Tim Post decided to change his name to Tiny Tim, a character from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. That prompted other users to change their names to other characters from the story, including...
ChrisF - Scrooge
Anna Lear - Mrs. Cratchit
I can't prove that this is what Jeff had in mind, but cereal box mail-order prizes* like secret decoder rings or propeller beanies famously ask you to "please allow" "4-6 weeks", or "6-8 weeks" for delivery after sending away for them.
I've found two mentions of that specific time frame:
...and Pac-Man vowed ...
Meme: Too Many Shogs
First Heard: A bug report posted by JAL where when Shog closed a question as multiple duplicates, the iOS Stack Exchange App would show that the question was closed by multiple Shogs.
Cultural Height: Shortly after the bug report was opened.
Background: Due to shortcomings with the Stack Exchange API, a question ...
Meme: Paddington Bear Choppertars
Cultural Height: SF regulars are pretty ADD - Most of us switched back to normal avatars about a week after that meta question was asked.
Background: See Paddington Bear Choppertar, it's all explained.
Seriously, how is this a Meta meme? Maybe it is, maybe it ...
Originator: Bart, in chat
Cultural Height: The usage of the iconic glasses as profile images by multiple users.
Background: Bart, his glasses, his smiting stick and his stars are legendary in the Tavern on the Meta, as evident from the topic of the room "MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF STARS!"
Usage: If Bart posts a message, ★ it!
Meme: Twitter-driven development (also occasionally called Twittergate)
Origin: Meta Stack Exchange on revisiting the Hot Network Questions feature Twitter
Cultural height: Whenever a feature is proposed or a bug is reported
Background: In April 2018, a Medium post detailing issues with Stack Overflow's issues with welcoming new users was shared on ...
To seriously answer (even though it's crying for joke answers), the Meta community does an awesome job of giving support to users who have questions, problems, ideas, and so on. This isn't always easy, since you're often dealing with trolls, cluelessness, language barriers, and "where did my rep go" questions.
Memes like the "Eeeek!" thing give Meta a ...
Meme: Thanks in Advantage
Originator: Stack Overflow
Cultural Height: Unknown
Background: On Stack Overflow it had become somewhat common for a new user to place 'Thanks in advantage' in their questions in order to thank any users who answered. Besides this terrible spelling mistake, 'thanks' in posts is not allowed and as of March 2015 has been ...
Meme: Moderator paper bag
Originator: Martijn Pieters
Cultural Height: It was highlighted as a needed thing from this comment: Why was I suspended? but seems to have only two instances (latter links)
First Seen: Why was a proper flag declined?
Background: Moderators have a tendency to fess up to their mistakes. They do so by wearing their paper bag of ...
I was the OP of the SO question being debated here and I'm sorry for creating such a hubbub.
I'd like to point out that I made the first rollback with a note attached explaining my reasons -- as well as the second (because I was feeling chuffed) but the flurry of edits that followed came from 2 unrelated users, not me.
I chose the original title because it ...
Found some relevant discussions:
Stack Overflow: Where We Hate Fun - Jeff basically says some fun will be tolerated, as long as it's not disruptive. But no smiling.
Joke Questions: Please Refrain - more problematic than just a joke in the title, but the issues are related
Should April Fools' Day questions be only asked on Meta?
Why was the "How to ...