How to React When Someone Tells You What They Would Have Done

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Reader Comments (32)

No fair! I just made soda come out my nose and onto my phone when I read panel 4.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDimitri Wolf

ooo Jinkins gets one in on the third panel - thanks Scott hope you smash that job

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Just an fyi, if you want me to not block the Snakehead Games advertisements then please consider removing the red frame around them. It makes them stand out like a sore thumb distracting my attention from the comic. leave them borderless.

Note from Scott: Funny. I only added the border because a reader complained that the ads were fading into the background without it.

Seriously though, Snakehead Games is paying me money in return for those ads. I think it's only fair that I don't actively camouflage the ads. They are far less obnoxious than virtually any other ads on the web, even with the thin red boarder. If they are a real problem, there are two other ways to read the comic without seeing the ads, and without resorting to an ad blocker (which I'm not sure would work, as they are simple image links) One is to use an rss reader (like google reader), in which case you'd only see the simple text link beneath the comic. The other is to become a paid subscriber, in which case you'd get the comics, in a much higher resolution format, e-mailed directly to you two weeks before they run on the site, 100% ad free.

Sorry if this response seems a bit dick-ish, I am grateful to anyone who takes the time to read my comic, but I don't think the thin red boarders on the static, gray-scale ads that I made an effort to make amusing are really all that garish.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFranpa

Oh also before I forget, nice comic :)

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFranpa

Panel 2 is gold.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRB

Advertisements are there to be seen. If I was an advertiser, paying Scott money, I would want my ads to be noticable, and to stand out. Besides, red is my favorite color. :)

Also, it's nice to see that Scott's not the only character Mullet Boss abuses. Hooray for proper distribution of misfortune! (That is; with most of the missfortune piled on Ric.)

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercally

I like the personally made ads. I look at them the same as I would any other bonus content you would choose to put up. The red outline doesn't make any difference positively or negatively to me.

Just my feedback on the ads, if you wanted it.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Nice ads. Almost makes me wanna click thru.....

ah, what the heck! I'll do it anyway!

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenegade

About the ads: I personally don't mind the red border (in fact, I like that it clearly differentiates the ads from the actual content of the page - I hate websites which blur the line between ads and content...), but what I find distracting is that the red borders don't display with the same thickness all around the images. It seems to come from two things:
- when you zoom in on the images, you can see that the borders are not a solid red (there's a lighter 1 pixel wide area on the inside) and aren't all the same width (the bottom border of "Snakehead Ad-top.png" is 1 pixel thinner);
- the "Snakehead Ad-side.png" seems to be too wide for the right column, and it gets cut by 1 pixel on the right (the image is 301 pixel wide - I guess the right column must be 300 pixels wide?).

BTW, I think it might be cleaner/more reliable to add the red border in the HTML/CSS code rather than in the image itself.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCyäegha

I hadn't noticed the snakehead games advert, with or without the border until I looked for it after reading today's comments.

I expect this means that my chances of getting a job at Scotland Yard are pretty slim.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Also, like Dmitri Wolf, a beverage was painfully forced down my nose when I read the last panel - in my case it was tea.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

I honestly hadn't actually noticed the Snakehead Games ad until I read Franpa's post.

Maybe you could put it in a popup that automatically spawns another popup when you close it?

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Scott, you can't please everyone. But I think its neat you did their adds in your cartoon style with your humour. If only all adds on the internet were as non intrusive and witty. And btw, in the Franpa post it wasn't your response that was dick-ish.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpasserby

Oh I hate the "I never woulda put up with that" guy.

Note from Scott: I know, right? It's the most efficient way I've found to simultaneously tell someone how great you think you are and what a wuss you think they are. It's also one of the fastest ways to get me to write you off as a tool.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermisterpold

The banner ad at the top of the site makes the page not display properly at 1024x768 resolution in Firefox. Without the banner ad, in the past, the page exactly filled the width of my monitor. Now it scrolls to the right a bit. This doesn't affect me adversely at all; I can still read the comic just as I did before. It does however cut off part of the ads, including part of the punch line on the lower square-er one.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessamy

Great comic as always.
I don't mind the ads. I think the thin red border is appropriate. You need it to stand out. I am not yet (but will be soon) in a position to be a paid subscriber. Until then I will continue to check out any ads you put up there. I feel it is a small price to pay.
Keep up the great work.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Who says "Righty-O!"?!

Per a quick Google, that seems to be the Irish, possibly, and Felix The Cat.

Oh well. "Right-o", or "Righty-ho", would have not stood out for me, so much. Perhaps none of them are common currency in your locale. I suppose you might have to consider carefully before using "Righty-ho". So many words that it isn't polite to use any more.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I think you should use a blue border. Red is 'danger, danger!'

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConfused-Us

I click on the ads just to help you out, if it does help you out.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Perhaps the content "Righty-O" could have bee highlighted with a thin red border. <snicker>. Sorry `bout that, I'm just being an a$$...

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Oddly enough, Jenkins is of course very "nebbish" but I have growing empathy for him... he is for your comedic world, the "George Castanza" person, and he fills the role with great aplomb!

As always, your comic is amazing and wonderful! Thank you for your efforts!


May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

@ Paddy - LOL! nice use of exaggerated understatement!

@Dmitri Wolf and Paddy - you must be newbies to this comic. Regulars know that you should NEVER be drinking or even holding a drink in your hand when reading this comic.

@Scott - non illegitimati carborundum ;-)

@everyone - Happy Star Wars Day - May the Fourth be with you!

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

I just glad that you didn't use "blink" to attempt to get our attention . . .

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I'm actually from Spy Battle, I'm a greeter over there, and I've been checking out the comic whenever I'm not helping out in KSS, it's a great comic and I wish I had the cash to subscribe. For now just reading will have to do.

I am definitely loving the sarcasm, it is hard to find a comic that can pull it off as well as you do. :D

Just for you, Scott:

Have you seen Proteus' blog for today? You have your own paragraph, figured I'd drop you a link. :P

Note from Scott: Thanks for checking out the comic! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMister Waffles

The "Righty-O" cracked me up.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I'd like to second Cyäegha's comment. I don't find the red border distracting, other than its uneveness, and I too agree that CSS is the way to go when it comes to borders.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervaltron

Thank you Franpa for pointing out the Snakehead Games ad! I didn't notice them before, but now I got an extra chuckle with my tri-weekly serving of webcomic comedy gold :)

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Bad news for advertisers: I'm another reader who just doesn't see them. I had not noticed that in this case they are extra comics by you!

Maybe if panel one of the comic is... no, no, no, bad idea.

Actually, I may respond to an advert that clearly tells me what's on offer, and maybe the price. (All of my free time? Actually... pretty cheap!)

I suppose that "Snakehead Games' Spy Battle 2165" gives me enough to work out what's going on.

...unless you're actually also sponsored by actual pirates. Star pirates. "The Somali adventure cruise you'll never forget! Awarded by Michelin! Deposit not refundable..."

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

It is a TINY red line, doesn't flash or dance or any of that garbage ....

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

I'm pretty aggressive about adblocking items that annoy me, but it literally never occurred to me to block the "red border" panels: a) they're marginally amusing (thanks!) and b) they neither detract from the main page nor spoil the visitor experience. Perhaps one day I'll even work up enough curiosity to click through one of them.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPete

As long as they aren't pop up ads, I don't mind them.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

Panel 2 just got me in trouble at work for laughing out loud. But I mean, in pretty big trouble. I regret nothing.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAktright
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