Okay let me dive head first into this controversial topic, but we’ll have to address this eventually.
If you all remember, we had a hard time deciding what goes in the memes category and what doesn’t, and now we don’t have one. (Our discussions were in this post: https://community.byte.co/t/is-this-meme-category-material/) The term meme is so loosely defined that it makes the prospect of moderating it in the future a huge potential flash point. But I think there’s a legitimate way to give this a chance.
As a super-broad, tentative definition of a meme, they should generally:
- Make a reference to pop culture
- Hop onto a cultural trend or flash trend
Obviously, if you go to /funny, you see comedy jokes and skits mostly. If you go to /trash, you see that “raw wtf energy” bytes mostly. These are the only places the memes fit in, but we don’t see many memes there. So we need a place for memes, cuz right now, they’re present but hidden.
In retrospect, imo what we were really confused about was if the creator can be in the meme. Here’s what @dom said when memes category launched: “in very many cases you as a person are not a meme”. But I would argue that you can still be a PART of the meme byte. So The answer to our previous confusion is to make two channels:
/memes and /memeswithyou
Here’s some examples of what would go in each one:
https://byte.co/b/CMj5E3Pyk8m (I made this one, it includes another Byter who isn’t me)
I already made an entry for /memes in “suggest a channel“, but not /memewithyou. What do you think?