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“Hey Guys What’s Going On In This Thread?” is an expression used to insert oneself into a discussion in progress, or alternatively, to preface one’s reaction to the present state of the thread in question. The phrase is most commonly paired with animated GIFs to indicate that a topic of conversation has gone awry, similar to the use of “Abandon Thread” reaction images.
On December 24th, 2005, Forums of Loathing member poopedEINpants started a new discussion asking “Hey guys, what’s going on in this thread?”, receiving over 90 responses in the first 24 hours. On March 12th, 2006, GenMay Forums member isajeep submitted a new post titled “Hey guys, what’s going on in this thread?” On October 25th, 2008, the personal blog Crow202 posted an image macro of a guinea pig with the caption “Hay guys! / What’s going on in this thread” (shown below, left). On February 17th, 2010, BodyBuilding Forums member Malk1th posted a two-pane image macro of a dog peering out of a doorway and saying “aw shit” in replying to the OP’s trivia post about the sum of a roulette wheel’s numbers being 666.
On May 11th, 2011, Fark member GreatGlavinsGhost posted an image of the Muppet character Kermit the Frog with the caption “Hey! What’s going on in this thread!?” (shown below, left). On February 29th, 2012, a Facebook page titled “What’s Going on in This Thread” was launched. On February 26th, 2013, Comic Vine user beautifulrevery posted an image macro of a shark with the caption reading “O hay guyz / what’s goin on in this thread?” (shown below, right) in a discussion about a mud wrestling match between The Avengers superheroes Captain American and Thor.
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