explain xkcd talk:Explanation Completion Project

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"That's twice this thing has failed now. Do we just not have a big enough following for this to work, or is this not a good idea? If it fails again, I'll probably discontinue this"

No, it's totally working, we just need a judge to check each page at midnight to actually remove the incomplete tag, because NONE of us are comfortable doing it ourselves 21:18, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
I can totally do that. I'm checking all these anyways at the changeover. It'll just take a wee bit longer to read them. Davidy²²[talk] 00:24, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Um, it's been stuck on 503: Terminology for three days. Is something wrong? 18:51, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, I had final exams and this slipped my mind. My bad, switch'd. Davidy²²[talk] 23:08, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Can we do 256 soon? I've nearly got it done, but there's a few bits, like "The Lonely Island", "The Wet Sea" and "Chasm" which I'm really not sure if I'm missing something obvious. I can probably have the framework fully in place soon. 05:13, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm loath to do it so soon after chucking Online Communities 2 at people. I'll do it in a few days. Davidy²²[talk] 15:36, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
When ready, it's actually just a small bit more work to be completely done, which would be a rather good thing for one of the large images. =) 05:42, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Finished it today. 12:06, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

843 should be the Incomplete Explanation of the Day for February 4th. It's just appropriate. 00:45, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

I don't know where this is coming from, but sure. Why not? Davidy²²[talk] 01:55, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Oh, sorry. February 4th will be the first Tuesday of the month, and that's the specific day of the month that that particular comic references. Since that comic's page still had the incomplete tag, I thought it would be a fun sort of meta-humor. 14:39, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Aaah I'll be doing that then. Davidy²²[talk] 01:41, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Things we can do after this is finished[edit]

Along with the 3 items already listed, should we add "explain" pages for each of the weekly "What If" pages on xkcd?

This is requested a lot. I might make it a thing, but I'm reluctant to do so since they're already pretty self explanatory in themselves. Randall even cites all his sources and everything. I'm not quite sure what we could add to that. Davidy²²[talk] 06:24, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Adding dates to every comic[edit]

The dates for every comic is in the tooltip for cominc 45 onwards on http://xkcd.com/archive/ -- Some of the comics are related to current events and it would be worth having every explain page containing a date. Spongebog (talk) 14:37, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

That's not limited to after we've finished every explanation though, we could do that right now if we had access to that information. Davidy²²[talk] 14:52, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Agreed -- I have created this page explain_xkcd:xkcd_by_date with the data -- keeping it up-to-date should be a bot task, but at least this is a start Spongebog (talk) 19:52, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't see any need for this new page. At the List of all comics you can sort by date and much more. And I prefer two different date formats: ISO (2014-08-11) or easy readable for humans (August 11, 2014). --Dgbrt (talk) 21:41, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Humm.. good point, didn't see that page -- Im not sure how to delete it again. Davidy22? Spongebog (talk) 22:26, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Done and done. Davidy²²[talk] 02:39, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

100% completion?[edit]

It appears that there's nothing remaining in the incomplete explanations list. Assuming we can't explain comics head of time and before they exist, it might be nice to consider what else this site could need. As more comics go on, of course they will need explaining, but I'm just curious if there are any ideas (Other than, for instance, a new wiki called 'explain explainxkcd' where we go into detail as to every single explanation, give etymological background as to the words used, explaining the connotation of the html styling that the page expresses :p). Kirdneh (talk) 18:19, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

The plan was localisation, but I found it very suspicious that all of our incomplete explanations were finished overnight and it looks like a David Greener just went through all the pages marked incomplete and deleted the incomplete tags. False alarm, we still have a ways to go. Davidy²²[talk] 19:52, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

Incomplete Explanation of the Day???[edit]

"Incomplete Explanation of the Day" -- these are now staying around for weeks or a month without changing, so maybe they should be called something else, like "Incomplete Explanation currently needing attention" 02:59, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

That would probably be apt. I'll change it next rotation. Davidy²²[talk] 03:06, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
As there are currently 17 different pages needing attention, what's stopping us from having the need of the day rotate among those different pages? Pmw57 (talk) 00:12, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Partially laziness, partially the current one not being completed. Davidy²²[talk] 09:01, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

The problem is that it's always stuck on the big comics, and then it's impossible to fix, so if newer comics are incomplete, they're forgotten, and now there are like forty incomplete comics, some which would be relatively easy to finish if some more people knew about them. So maybe we should change the current incomplete explanation every week or so? Herobrine (talk) 06:25, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

XKCD Fandom[edit]

It's time somebody said it.

XKCD needs a fandom name. -- FandomsForever (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)


The full transcript would likely make the page overlong, so it's as complete as it can get. 09:46, 25 May 2015 (UTC)


I've renamed this project because the name was becoming grossly inaccurate and people bring it up a lot. Davidy²²[talk] 05:55, 26 March 2016 (UTC)


This page is wonderful! Every time a comic gets a complete explanation two more get classified as incomplete. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

If you have the time to be sarcastic why don't you actually help with some of the incomplete explanations? Herobrine (talk) 03:31, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

This really needs to be updated or deleted.[edit]

The 𝗦𝗾𝗿𝘁-𝟭 talk stalk 05:58, 18 January 2021 (UTC)


"Do a final proofread pass through every article." Apparently I've been working on this and haven't realized Danish (talk) 03:31, 19 January 2021 (UTC)