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October 31st, 2008
11:18 pm

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XKCD's Hat Guy

Is a Good Guy
0(0.0%)
Is a Bad Guy
1(1.9%)
Hero!
0(0.0%)
Anti-Hero!
6(11.1%)
Is a Morally Ambigous guy!
4(7.4%)
Should be cliffed
0(0.0%)
Should be shagged
0(0.0%)
Should be married
0(0.0%)
Hat guy killed my tickyboxen, you insensitive clod!
6(11.1%)

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From:meihua
Date:October 31st, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Hat Guy (or classhole, depending on what you decide to call him) defies your classification.

Whatever you do, though, don't marry him.
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From:cathedral_life
Date:October 31st, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Who is Hat Guy?
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From:atreic
Date:October 31st, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
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A character in the webcomic xkcd who wears a hat.
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From:robert_jones
Date:November 1st, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
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Can you provide a link for those of us unfamiliar with the gentleman in question?
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From:atreic
Date:November 1st, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
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Hmm. I could have provided a link to XKCD, but it is the first hit when you google XKCD, so I didn't bother. And then when Cathedral Life was still confused I did anyway. I wandered round the XKCD website for a bit to see if it had a guide to characters, but it's not really that sort of webcomic. It has an about page, but it wasn't really any use for the question at hand. I guess if I'd really cared I could have carefully gone through XKCD selecting out strips where Hat Guy did stuff and linking to them, but I'd either have had to find very strip he'd appeared in, or in the very act of selecting which strips to link to bias my poll.

Obviously the correct thing to do would have been to include a "Who?" tickybox, so people didn't feel excluded...
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:November 1st, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, when I wasn't sure, I wondered if there would be any sort of helpful link. But it seemed obvious there wouldn't be, it's hard to give much helpful about a character if you don't already know him. A link to one strip would help a little for people who are curious, if they've really not seen any xkcd, but not enough to help answer the poll.

Ironically, just now, xkcd.com was inaccessible!

(Some webcomics have databases of character appearances in strips, it's fairly easy if the author sets up some sort of system that lets the fans do all the tagging. You'd think xkcd might, but it doesn't.)
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:November 1st, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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From:simont
Date:November 1st, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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I refuse to believe that "cliff" is a verb!
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From:atreic
Date:November 1st, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
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You _must_ have played Cliff, Shag, Marry, right, and are just being pedantic about the unfortunate verbing of the english language?
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From:simont
Date:November 1st, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
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Hm. I've heard of a game called "Shag, Marry, Kill", but never played it. I therefore have to assume that the use of "cliff" as a verb is not common to all variants of the game. And it's still an abomination :-P
From:ex_robhu
Date:November 1st, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
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OH that's what Cliff meant.
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From:ilanin
Date:November 1st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
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Well, I haven't....
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:November 1st, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
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Ah! I'm aware of the general concept, but I've never played it, or at least, only in passing as "X or Y", and I don't remember it being called that; I was genuinely confused by "cliff", until you made this concept, and my brain worked, and I realised what "cliff" obviously meant.

I'm not feeling hard-done by by the poll, just interested that we have different experiences! (This is why silly polls are good, they produce interesting conversation!) I wonder if it's a male/female thing? I get the feeling the male version ought to be "fuck/kill/both/neither", but that's just a guess.
From:ex_robhu
Date:November 1st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
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WHAT a good poll. I have NO idea.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:November 1st, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
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Hm. I wouldn't even know how many distinct characters there are in xkcd, my brain doesn't well recall the distinction between generic stick-figure and recurring character, especially if it's only expressed in tone of voice. But I checked back on half-a-dozen hat guy comments to get an idea. Leaving aside a comic exaggeration, he seems to be Greg House, someone you like, but is a complete asshole to people, even people he likes. Greg House people seem to fawn over as long as he's fictional, but know not to let get to your heart in real life, which seems to make sense.
From:ex_robhu
Date:November 1st, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
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This is a very good comparison.
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From:aureo1e
Date:November 1st, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
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It was lupus once, though.
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