Wikipedia:Whacking with a wet trout

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Whack!
The above is a WikiTrout (Oncorhynchus macrowikipediensis). It is used to make subtle adjustments to the clue levels of experienced Wikipedians.
To whack a user with a wet trout, simply place {{trout}} on his or her talk page.

  • For newcomers (or for a less spammy version), use a {{minnow}} or {{diet trout}}.
  • For not-so-subtle adjustments, try a {{whale}}.
  • Any Wikipedian who wants to advertise an openness to being trout-slapped can add {{trout me}} to the top of his or her user page.

History[edit]

The following is not intended to be reliable encyclopedic information, although it is as accurate an explanation as we could find.

Trout slapping originated in 1995 with internet relay chat (IRC).[1] While in an IRC chat room, the IRC client mIRC would allow users to enter the command:

  • /slap Sam

which would trigger the chat room to announce something along the lines of:

  • Steve slaps Sam around a bit with a large trout

The trout as the standard weapon-of-choice for slapping users in IRC (not to mention, the seemingly-extraneous declaration that it was "large") can probably be attributed to the surreal humor that computer programmers are known to appreciate.[2]

There is an old saying that some personal experience is "better than a slap in the face with a wet fish." A Monty Python sketch called The Fish-Slapping Dance may also be partly to blame, even though this sketch did not specifically involve trout (sardines and a halibut).

This phenomenon proved to be inordinately popular, and so the "trout-slap" became a kind of Internet meme of the generation, though at that point only cyber-geeks were aware of such things. Trout-slaps have endured in the hearts and minds of those individuals to the present day, and since those were the people to form Wikipedia's early fan base, the trout made its way into regular use here — with the notable and possibly mistaken change in wording to "whack", which was here from the beginning, and went unnoticed long enough to become commonplace.

Today, getting whacked with a wet trout can be compared to when your mother said she was "hitting you over the head with a wet noodle", and it makes about as much sense. When someone does something inadvisable that they had the experience and intelligence to avoid, you may likely see the suggestion that they be "trouted" — or "trouts all around", as it has recently become more stylish to blame all parties in a dispute instead of one.

Versions[edit]

  • {{trout}} - the original trout
  • {{minnow}} - a smaller trout, though still centered and nicely intrusive
  • {{trout small}} - a replacement reasonably-sized, left-aligned trout, suitable for trout victims to replace a regular trout after getting the message
  • {{whale}} - for larger jobs
  • {{troutalt}} - a barnstar-style trout-in-a-banner

For someone who doesn't like fish, but does like Monty Python, you could ask the {{colonel}} to stop things if they're getting too silly.

Real life trouting[edit]

  • Accrington, England - 25 February 2014.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wan, Bodacious. "troutslap". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Linda Weiser; Friedman, Hershey H. "Computer-Oriented Humor (COHUM): "I Get It"" (PDF). City University of New York. 
  3. ^ "Irish girl sought after fish-slapping incident in Lancashire". BBC News. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.