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Comments on the FML comments


Here at FML headquarters (a basement under a pet shop), we get to read a lot of comments made after a story is published. We have to do this to make sure things don’t turn into a mud slinging match, racking up Godwin points all over the place. This is a small collection of what we’ve noticed trending amongst some users. Most comments are well thought out and reasonable, but sometimes it's all a bit WTF. This article should however start with a sort of disclaimer: this is obviously not a rant designed to have a go at some FML members. We’re just in the mood to gently mock certain recurring themes, because we’re a bit like that, mocking insolent arsecandles. So, here is a list of themes we’ve noticed in the past two or so years Fmylife has been going:


The “FIRST!!” people: 

As the name suggests, they wait for FMLs to be posted just to be able to be first to post a comment. Where do they come from? Why do they do it? What’s the point? We have this Venn Diagram which probably sums it up the best:



There’s a subspecies of this sort of poster, the people who just write random things just to get to the top of the list, stuff like “ha”, short enough to just get in there. Woohoo. Well done.


The Creepers

They will take any chance they have to comment on some poor innocent girl’s profile picture (rarely girls hitting on guys, weirdly), usually saying really attractive things like “ur hot”. Yeah, that’s going to work. Try it out in a bar, see how far it gets you.


The Grammar Nazis

These guys do have a bunch of valid points, but attacking people for poor spelling, grammar, education and for lacking a basic understanding of the way words are usually put together in a coherent fashion is like punching bankers : it’s very satisfying on a basic human level, but doesn’t make anyone a better person. A subgroup to this lot would be the self-righteous brothers, who enjoy pointing out that no, in fact, you are wrong about that, and here's why you are wrong and that I'm right, so there, and that's obviously fake, not because I have any proof, but because it's what I believe, so I must be right about that as well.


The chatroom posse

The comments section is supposed to be about discussing the FML at hand, empathizing, or, in the case of some unmanaged anger issues, kicking someone when they’re down while cackling. But sometimes it turns into a giant chatroom, not unlike an internet youth club, where discussions about whether or not their profile pictures look either “hot” or “not”, question someone else's sexual orientation, whether their parents were blood relatives or not, or if they even know them on a personal basis, and sometimes go on a long mental journey and rehash well worn out jokes (the women/kitchen reference seems very popular, even though it's not 1975). Oh, and they often use txt language, which can be infuriating to most people with eyes.


The moral guardians

This lot are a bit odd; and we don’t really know why they’re on such a profane website as Fmylife. Usually teenage girls, but can be teenage boys, who can't get any and feel the need to lash out at a world that is doing "it" on regular basis. As soon as someone posts a story about sex or pregnancy, they will say things like “serves you right for having sex outside of marriage”. Seems a bit antiquated to us, but we respect everyone’s beliefs, no matter how anachronistic.


The theological debate society

For some reason, debates often spring up about the existence of God, the teachings of Jesus and whether some cults are a better alternative to having any money in your bank account. This is obviously a sort of regular occurrence across the entire Internet, and we try and delete this sort of thing, simply because it’s not the place to have a go at believers or non believers. We, as a team, believe in the power of song and dance, better represented by Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”.


The obvious trolls

We’ve saved the best for last. And by “best” we mean the most annoying. Trolling is a fine art, it requires finesse, a sense of humour, and the intricate knowledge required to insert a minute and seemingly innocent comment into a discussion to start the ball rolling. But there are also the really obvious ones, no finesse, and straight in with a blunt machete; bad bad bad. Luckily, there are some astute members who can detect them straight away, defeating the purpose of the trolling mission. We are grateful for these members.


We could probably find more examples of what goes on in the FML comments section, but as comments are possible under this article, it’s up to you lot to get the last word. It’s now time to let loose and tell us what you think, and maybe tell us if you’ve spotted some other categories!

#932 - About FMyLife - On 05/07/2011 at 3:14am by Alan, FML community manager - 120 comments

The usual FML cheat

So, last week we were all Norwegian and stuff and it felt pretty good, according to Doortje and Edvard Munch. Oh yes Edvard just loves FML. Come on, where do you think he got the inspiration for "The Scream" from? That's such an FML face.
Anyway, today we're going Dutch.

-Who are you ?
-My full name is Oskar van Velden

-Where are you from?
-I'm from Dordrecht, a town nearby Rotterdam in the Netherlands

-How old are you?
-I passed the 30 benchmark last November ;)

-Wasn't it too hard?
-Nah... when you are young, you think 30 is so old... but it's true what they say... 'you are as old as you feel'. And i still feel like I'm mid-20 ... so that's the best age.

-At least, you are honest enough! Now what's your story?
-That's a bit longer than the answer above... but OK...
-(Of course, you have 30years to tell us about)
- Hm hm! Let's start. When I was just a little boy, I wanted to become a comic artist. I drew daily, but when I got older, I came in touch with computers and at some point I found more pleasure in playing games and programming on the computer... instead of drawing comics. Eventually it became my work and I started to miss the drawing and comic creating part of my life. So a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to try to follow that childhood dream I had... in becoming a comic artist for a living. I just had to start my own webcomic to push myself further. And so at the beginning of 2010 I started my own webcomic, Mojo. And ever since I've been drawing and creating comics every week. And still loving it. My biggest inspiration is Bill Watterson with Calvin & Hobbes. Really, that guy is amazing and I'd give my left leg to be as good as he is/was. His writing was amazing, the world he created is stunning and his drawings were so simple, but so clear. (The End)


-(Credits roll) What's your job now?
-I'm still working in the computers business I work as a Flash Developer at an interactive online advertisement company. To make things easier, I work as a programmer, I create Flash websites.
-Oh! So you're the guy who creates awful websites full of music and animations that sometimes take hours to load?
-Hhm, oooh! If I do my job right you can skip the music enjoy the animations and the loading is all done in the background, while you enjoy the rest.I know how people feel about Flash websites, but they are way better than 10 years ago... !

-Great, we can continue this interview.
-What are your projects?
-Currently I'm completely focused on maintaining the webcomic. I'm also in the progress of updating the website, adding some more pages, I'm working on a how-it's-made page, where I show how I create the webcomic. The thing is that my webcomic isn't generating any money (yet). And another project is my newborn son, Tobias. He's now 2 months old and a lot of my spare time is going to him.


-Does he read FML?
-I read the stories to him every night before going to bed... the problem is that he's too young for most of the stories so I filter out the ones which are rated R.... which are almost all the stories...
-You're the greatest dad ever, now record him while he's dancing in front of a Beyonce's movie-clip or laughing because you're tearing papers up or even after the he visited the dentist, post it on youtube, end up with millions of views and he'll become the greatest son ever.
-I don't think I want to force him into such stardom. let him discover the world step by step by himself.
-(That's not what they did ...)

-What makes you laugh?
-The best laughs I've had were about funny absurd moments... or word jokes. Sometimes they were so silly or you had to be there to understand. That really makes me laugh, being creative with words. Or jokes which are totally absurd. For instance my fellow comic creator and FML illustrator, Dan Long. He sometimes has such an absurd kind of humor, really makes me chuckle.
-~♥Dan Long♥~ ! (Yes, forget about the Biebs, Dan's lock is in the place). And now last question! Why did you choose this FML?
-I really enjoyed how the boyfriend was all naive and thought his girlfriend had cheated on him as well. I could just imagine how he felt... and how she felt after that. It just made me laugh instantly... like a lot of FMLs. And of course I love maths!
-Of course, you're a programmer. A flash programmer. *shiver*




Well that was fun, for real this time! Thank you very much for both the interview and the comic Oskar, may the force be with you.


Oskar's website:


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with her, and she'll tell you what you have to do!

#914 - Illustrated FML - On 04/30/2011 at 12:29pm by Alice - 2 comments

FML video: FML's pillow talk


Here's another FML video from our friends at Enjoy!



"Today, I slept with this new guy for the first time. After sex, he said the doggie style position was fun, it made him wonder what it would be like to rape a girl. FML" is first of all three girls: Anna Akana ("Anna Banana", who barks all the time but doesn’t bite – producer, writer, actress), Deidre Devlin (graduated from USC with a degree in screenwriting - also an actress - her ultimate dream is to nab a tampon commercial), and Alexis Dickey (the third actress - more commonly referred to as "Dickey", you can guess why). There’s also Shaun Jones (DP and occasional guest star for 10ST - since he knows how to shoot guns, and because of his camera skills, the girls have to approve everything he says).


#926 - Videos - On 04/28/2011 at 7:43am by The FML Team - 176 comments

FML’s video traumas

We’ve come across a team of unsuspecting geniuses. They write, direct, produce and star in a series of 10-second videos under the name They’re just starting out, but they are full of promise, and seem to be as prolific and productive as a bunch of rabbits on energy drinks.

When they offered to make clips based on FML stories, we told them, “Why not, let’s give it a shot…” but when we finally clapped eyes on the quality of their work, we jumped up and down, exclaiming stuff like “Yay! That’s ace! Keep going! Have our babies!” They do their shoots on Sundays, and we imagine that they all have day jobs, so we have to wonder when they find the time to sleep… They’ll probably be able to sleep later, when fame knocks at their door, because we can guarantee that these bunnies will soon be famous. 

Who are these nutcases? is first of all three girls: Anna Akana ("Anna Banana", who barks all the time but doesn’t bite – producer, writer, actress), Deidre Devlin (graduated from USC with a degree in screenwriting - also an actress - her ultimate dream is to nab a tampon commercial), and Alexis Dickey (the third actress - more commonly referred to as "Dickey", you can guess why).

There’s also Shaun Jones (DP and occasional guest star for 10ST - since he knows how to shoot guns, and because of his camera skills, the girls have to approve everything he says).

Around them is a team of talented actors and movie technicians who view shootings in the same way others paint, thinking more in terms of having fun before considering commercializing their work: they’ve thus understood how to quickly get better at what they are passionate about. 

Oh yeah, below is how these crazy people organize their workload (it made us laugh, it’s a bit like the FML team trying to decide which one of us is going to get the beers).

Don’t hold back on your comments, give them some encouragement; it may be thanks to you that they hit the big time soon.

#920 - Videos - On 04/22/2011 at 5:13am by Didi - 151 comments

Fjord My Life

It's cold, it's far far away and it's a country which serves Reinsdyrsteik, roasted reindeer. This is not a joke. 
Yes! Today we're visiting Norway and which is so cool, not only because the boys and girls are awesomely blond, but because FML has never welcomed a Norwegian artist before. Or a blond artist either. Now that's done, let's enjoy the view of the fjord while interviewing Simon.



-God morgen Simon, please present yourself to the FML audience
-Simon Gustavsson

-How old are you?


-Oh (that's cute) you're pretty young, aren't you shocked by some of the stories you read on FML?
-Yeah haha! No, not really! I'm kinda used to the internet so that's not anything I worry too much about. Though I think there's a bit too much stuff on the "intimacy" section...


- That's odd to hear from a teenager. So, Norway, how coldool, but where do you live exactly?
-On a little island called Nøtterøy.

-Oh right. (This interview was done on Skype, and I'd never heard how the "ø" is supposed to sound, so let's ask Simon so we can actually learn something today) By the way, how are you supposed to read the stroked "o" ?
-It's kind of a mix between o and e. It's pronounced like the u in "sure"


-What do you do for a living?
-Yeah I'm a student, so I've got no full time job, but I do some freelancing in my spare time! And by freelancing I mean mostly iOS design: icons, UI...



-What's your story?
-I've always kind of like drawing and also painting, but it never got into something. about 3-4 years ago I started with photoshop, and from there on I kinda tried out all kinds of different stuff. And last year I got invited to a site called which gave me a boost with design and particularly iO. So basically the freelancing I got going today I can thank dribbble for!


-Tell us more about this website.
-It's an invite based site (you need to get an invite from one of the members) mainly for designers and illustrators where you can show off a 400x300px screenshot of "what you are working on". It's basically a giant pile of awesome creatives showing off high quality icons, illustrations, UI and logos. And of course, that's where I got my inspiration to start with these things from.


-That's a great concept. So what are your next projects?
-Well I'm about to design a full iPhone/iPad game with UI and everything! And some other iOS stuff that I'm not allowed to talk about...


-If it involves pigs and birds, you'll be our hero. Just saying.
-Haha yeah!


-Now tell us more about your own website is simply my portfolio, where I showcase my latest creations! And that's mostly icons and iOS stuff!


-What inspires you?
-Other peoples work! may it be icons, design, photography or animation, things that looks good makes me want to create stuff!



-What makes you laugh the most?
-Probably internet memes haha! Or being with funny/creative friends really


-And one last question before I let you do Norwegian stuff again: why did you choose this story?
-Because I wanted a story with people that have weird facial expressions, plus illustrating sexual stuff isn't something I prefer illustrating.


-That's pretty uncommon for an artist.. In any case, thank you a lot Simon for your great comic!
-Ahah yeah maybe. My pleasure! Now I can go take a shower. I mean, not in a naughty way. But take it as you want!


You just get us Simon.







If you want to be the next published artist, send me an email to alice [at] including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!

#913 - Illustrated FML - On 04/14/2011 at 9:50am by Alice - 4 comments