WHAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH
In an ideal world, KYM wouldn’t need a deadpool, because everyone would submit meaningful entries. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world, and the content (and population) of the internet is anything but “meaningful”
About half of the deadpooled entries I see are either re-entries of older entries (often by newbies), or things that would not be exactly what we are looking for, a.k.a. not a meme (often by newbies). And the flow of deadpool entries is fairly consistent.
Think like this.
What would you define a car as? I would say, “A machine with four wheels that can move people from one place to another”. Would you say that too? Or would you say “A Ford, or an Acura, or a Toyota”? Well, if someone doesn’t know exactly what a car is, they’re certainly not going to know what a Ford, or Acura, or Toyota is.
Likewise, what is a meme? Ask a KYM newbie this, and he/she may say “Stuff like mudkipz, or desu, or LOL WUT”. But guess what? That doesn’t mean anything. Definitions consist of explainations and meanings, not examples. A good portion of submissions come from people that don’t even know what they’re doing. And why?
Because no one has told them how this site works, that’s why.
The point of this site isn’t just to achive memes and internet culture. It’s about giving meaning to all this nonsense, and explaining how these cultures, ideas, and followings develop in the first place. If anyone had the slightest grip of what a meme is, and how they work, the only deadpool entries we’d have to worry about are the ones from assholes who think they’re funny (of course, there would still be the odd mistake).
NOW, FOR MY “GOOD IDEA”
Simple. A new tab (along with Memes, Images, Episodes, Discussions, and Shirts), preferably the first tab, dedicated to general meme info (What is a meme, meme FAQ, all that good stuff). Basically, a go-to place for learning about meme lore, and also general KYM info. I say it should be a distinctive link on the front page because no one ever sees that little statement on the top left of the homepage, and no one goes to that “About” link at the bottom (which isn’t the most informative page in the world). And no, it wouldn’t be edited by other users, because then jerks would just mess it up. Lastly, I don’t mean to be sounding like all the good ol’ admins are not doing their job, I’m just making a super detailed suggestion.
Is I be this doing what right?
EDIT: This has nothing to do with the forum. NOTHING.