But I went to ytmnd.com and it was giving some PHP database errors.
And now they have a status message:
> rip db
>YTMND is down for temporary maintenance. This gives us time to optimize the database, free up unused space, deploy new features, and generally just break stuff. This should not take very long, so feel free to stick around and chat or go away. If you have any trouble accessing the site, or concerns about the direction in which your life is heading, feel free to send an email to support @ ytmnd.com (and expect to be ignored).
edit: It seems this is all very poor reporting. Gizmodo, et al have jumped on the story. YTMND has shut down!
All based on some speculation on a forum because the site was down for a while?
YTMND has suffered a catostrophic failure. Whether or not the site will ever be back is still undecided. I am actively working on data recovery, but who really knows what the future holds. Join the chat to reminisce, or if you have concerns about the direction in which your life is heading, feel free to send an email to support @ ytmnd.com (and expect to be ignored).
Edit: It turns out I had the year of the cease and desist wrong; it was 2002. I'm amused that evidence still exists of my small contribution to this meme.
Image macros, the lowest form of comedy on SA, became memes and is still the lowest form of comedy.
SA was my first paywall for content, my first micro-transaction (forum avatars, titles, etc.). There were elements of reputation and social networking. I don't know how it all went so wrong.
I'm wistfully in what-could-have-been mode since the products I use these days (Reddit, Twitter) are a poor approximation for what SA was at its height.
There's a joke about one of these events.
One year the SomethingAwful.com forum moderators got annoyed at the annoying anime fans, so they banished them. 4chan was born, yadda yadda, Donald Trump is elected president.
And, I don't think you can blame SA for 4chan, nor 4chan for trump. Both trump and 4chan meet a demand, and that demand would have been filled, one way or another.
Would there still be something that fits roughly the same niche as 4chan, if 4chan didn't exist? Most likely yes. But it wouldn't be anything like the 4chan we know today.
Permabans are not common.
If you used to post on the SA forums, you'll probably get a load of nostalgia hearing this again
(this was the background music of the board where deleted threads went to die)
Nedm is another meme.
I officially am a boomer spotcorrecting ancient memes
I wonder whether the original comment about "doom music" is also a reference to the film? I had never heard of it.
It has a complicated origin, but a lot of YTMND was organic and weird like that.
It makes me wonder what will happen with similar online communities as time drags on, and makes me sort of concerned for them too and the content that could be lost due to their disappearance.
With the web going forward, it seems as if similar memetic communities will primarily exist on platforms such as reddit, and possibly tumblr?
"YOU'RE THE ARCHIVE NOW, DOG: Archive Team took a full copy of You're The Man Now Dog (YTMND) last year - should be playable in Wayback Machine now or soonish."
Greatest open secret of the last 5 internet years: Real social media happens in private chatrooms and group “texts”. People are tired of posting publicly.
Also, with the tightening of privacy, there's less and less recruitment going on which makes me pessimistic as to the long-term viability of these private groups and forums. They seem to be slowing down with fewer posts every month. Many smaller ones which made the transition from IRC to webforum to some modern software are a pale shade of their former selves even when the Internet around them has been booming.
My favorite was "amorningfilledwith400billionsuns" - or also known as "A Still More Glorious Dawn Awaits sagan" with the auto-tuned version of Carl Sagan singing about our possible future.
Hard to pick a single favorite actually. There were so many great ones.
Places like tumblr and reddit are much more easily archivable as they're just text and image files, and now video files which with modern web standards can just be grabbed as is and put into archival systems with automatic transcoding as standards change.
I just hope whoever was running it at the end makes the archive publicly available.
edit: ironically, one of the non-flash versions doesn't work in Safari since it doesn't like a raw MP3 file in an OBJECT tag. The MP3 file is there though. https://web.archive.org/web/20060603154932/marioteachesptkfg...
I know of a certain adult website which hosts "webteases", which are basically interactive/choose your own adventure slideshows. The content was originally provided with Flash, but now they reworked it to use HTML5 and most of the content seems to work because it was using the website provided framework for the content.
1. Syncing the audio and video. It is difficult to sync a gif with audio. They have to be started at the exact same time, be the exact same length, and never get out of sync due to lag/stutter. This wasn't important for early YTMNDs, but mattered later when people created what were disparagingly referred to as "___ short films".
2. Bandwidth. I think Max had said the Flash solution was more efficient than serving the raw audio and gif. Think of it as an early version of WebM.
I think the use of Flash could be controlled on a per-YTMND basis - the creator could disable the use of Flash. And/or maybe it was that Flash was only used for animated gifs?
This works for me even on iPad, so no Flash is needed. Also, you can search by tweaking the end of this URL:
It will only work for search result pages Archive.org saved, and only for the first page of results, but they archived a LOT of them, so most relatively common search terms should work.
The archived YTMND also has a comprehensive list of "fads", which is great for context and examples:
Also, the most-viewed YTMNDs of all time:
Lastly, this MetaFilter post I did rounded up some of my favorites:
I was never a user, don't enjoy memes at all, but for some reason they were in my head yesterday.
We Didn't Start This Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-DMIf-WZYU
YTMND was a bit before my time, but I can appreciate it's place in early "meme culture". At least Something Awful is still around.
My freshman year of college, 06/07, my roommate spent a boatload of time on his laptop at his desk; he'd sleep in, skip class, and stay up late, spending all his time on his laptop. I peeked over his shoulder a few times, and he was just browsing YTMND constantly.
Anyways, at the end of the year in the start of finals week, somebody started knocking on our door at like 7am or something, some time that's ungodly early for a college student. As soon as I stumble over and open up the door, somebody says, "This is the FBI, we have a warrant to search your room" while naming my roommate.
Turns out it wasn't a prank, the actual FBI was raiding my dorm room to find my roommate. They took me into a lounge "to ask some questions" and I was too young to have fully developed my "don't talk to the cops" senses, so I went along with it. They asked me a bunch of questions about my roommate (what classes is he taking, what's his major, what are his hobbies, how does he spend his time) and when they asked about his hobbies I had to say "well, he mostly spends a lot of time browsing You The Man Now Dog online".
The fbi, of course, asks for clarification. I don't know if you've ever had to explain the idea behind YTMND to the FBI when you're a 19 year old college student at 730 am on a wednesday during finals week, but let me tell you: it's not fun.
"It's a website where people make other websites that feature a tiled image background, a looping sound clip, and some kind of word art over everything."
They look at each other, shrug, and continue with the questions until we get to "Have you ever seen your roommate do anything inappropriate near a child", which is probably the closest i've gotten to an actual record-scratch moment in real life. I explain that i've never seen my roommate outside of our dorm room, let alone off the college campus, and there just aren't that many kids around. After that, they conclude the questioning and let me know that they believe there's evidence of federal crimes on my roommate's laptop.
So we go back to the room, the other agents have finished confiscating his laptop, it's around 745am, and my roommate rolls over and goes back to sleep. So I'm like, "dude, do you want to explain to me why the fbi felt the need to come to our room at 7 in the morning and take away your laptop?"
He says, "Oh, I was posting links to child pornography on YTMND and so now they think there's child porn on my laptop."
I say, "Did it ever occur to you that that was a really fucking stupid idea?"
He goes, "yeah well I know that NOW", in the most incredulous tone of voice, like he couldn't believe the FBI agents didn't understand that he was doing this as a joke and not out of an earnest love for CP.
Later that day he called his parents and left without packing up his stuff, and I never heard from him again; he did not continue to matriculate and I have no idea how his whole saga wrapped up.
But now it's impossible for me to think of YTMND without a) wondering what the fuck my roommate was thinking and b) remembering the time I had to explain the idea of stupid internet memes to federal agents.
Almost weeping with laughter. I can't say I've ever had that specific experience but I've certainly dealt with clients where it's felt a lot like I imagine that would feel.
If the audio doesn't work, click one of the arrows in the top archive.org bar to go to another page. It doesn't appear to work if you load the page, but it does work after navigating.