Latest UserFriendly Comic Strip Pokes Fun at Mozilla

Thursday April 22nd, 2004

Gabriel and Alex Vincent both wrote in to tell us that Mozilla is the subject of the latest UserFriendly comic strip. The cartoon was apparently produced as a result of an email Alex sent to UserFriendly creator JD "Illiad" Frazer.

Update: The Mozilla series continues with Friday's UserFriendly strip and Saturday's cartoon.

#1 re:

by wde

Thursday April 22nd, 2004 10:13 PM

Somebody should make a comic strip making fun of that comic strip.

#2 Re: re:

by lladnar1

Thursday April 22nd, 2004 11:18 PM

Actually, I'm a huge fan of this comic strip and as far as I can tell this isn't a very serious slam on Mozilla.

#3 Re: Re: re:

by gssq

Friday April 23rd, 2004 12:16 AM

Ditto :)

#16 It's been done

by jalefkowit

Friday April 23rd, 2004 6:46 AM

Someone already did:

#4 re:

by wde

Friday April 23rd, 2004 1:11 AM

I wasn't saying they were slamming us. I just didn't find it funny.

#6 Re: re:

by gurnaik

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:12 AM

So what? Not everybody has the same sense of humour,

#19 Re: Re: re:

by wde

Friday April 23rd, 2004 11:01 AM

looks like a lot of other people agree with me.

#5 Could have made it more funny

by MvD

Friday April 23rd, 2004 1:25 AM

If they are going to make fun of Mozilla, why do it properly? Rather then some semi-cooked humor? Why not mention the famous name-changing? Or the disconnection between the evs and the users. Btw, I am not saying that that's true, just it seems to be a common problem of open-source.

#7 SVG can't come soon enough!

by Chilliwilli

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:14 AM

Normally I find userfriendly hilarious but I just don't get this one? It is with much shame that I ask... Could someone explain it to me?

#8 Where the hell did that title come from???

by Chilliwilli

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:16 AM

Whoops would seem Mozilla remembers one more thing than username and pass on m'zine.. it seems to have also remembered my last post's title.

#10 Re: SVG can't come soon enough!

by SomeGuy

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:20 AM

It's funny because they obviously like mozilla but are pretending to find something bad to say about it like they do with so many other products - but they can't find anything actually bad to say!

#11 Re: userfriendly explanation

by webgremlin

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:32 AM

This isn't terribly funny, but I think the joke process goes something like this: Random reader notes that Userfriendly hasn't made a crack on Mozilla yet. Frzer decides to make a strip poking at Mozilla. Frazer tries to think of something annoying about Mozilla that he can effectively make fun of. Frazer can't think of anything both annoying and funny about Mozilla (earlier commentator was right that the name changing thing might have worked), so decides to make a joke out of the fact that he can't think of a joke.

Various comedy-type-folks do the same thing. I can think of a song by political satirists Capitol Steps spoofing Billy Joel's "Logest Time." Instead it was "Boris Yeltsin is the hardest rhyme"--lamenting the fact that it's very hard to satirize Yeltsin in song because you can't rhyme with his name, and all the way through making ridiculous over-stretched attempts at rhyming anyway (e.g., "If we can't rhyme with Boris Yeltsin, / We'll have to pull our belts in / Do something else besides just finding rhymes.")

#12 Re: userfriendly explanation

by webgremlin

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:55 AM

The latest strip seems to confirm the explanation SomeGuy and I have offered.

#9 Funny Dilbert parody

by SomeGuy

Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:16 AM

Here is a funny parody of a dilbert strip including Mozilla Note that that is a parody not an actual strip, it seems Scott Adams would never actually mention any product by name these days.

#23 Re: Funny Dilbert parody

by wde

Saturday April 24th, 2004 2:18 AM

now that was funny

#26 Re: Re: Funny Dilbert parody


Saturday April 24th, 2004 1:17 PM


#13 browser formerly known as...

by buff

Friday April 23rd, 2004 4:24 AM

the browser formerly known as Phoenix, formerly known as Firefird, formerly known as Firefox, formerly known as [ enter a new name selection ]. There are some parts of the Mozilla struggle which are a little absurd but funny.

#14 new strip about mozilla

by jimich

Friday April 23rd, 2004 5:05 AM

... round??? shocking :-)

#15 Serious question on the "Strict" warnings

by MarkHB

Friday April 23rd, 2004 5:33 AM

Since the release builds of Mozilla (or at least 1.6) don't have a Debug section in Preferences (that I can see, anyway), does anyone know if (and how) it's possible to turn the JS Strict warnings on in the formal release builds? TIA.

#18 Re: Serious question on the "Strict" warnings

by nonpareility

Friday April 23rd, 2004 8:11 AM


javascript.options.strict = true

#20 Thanks! (N/T)

by MarkHB

Friday April 23rd, 2004 1:29 PM

no text

#17 javascript?

by roseman

Friday April 23rd, 2004 7:46 AM

hear the one about the Priest, the Java, and the Javascript, enter a bar... ok, ok, how many javascript errors does it itake to change a lightbulb image in MS-IE? NONE! it's a microsoft problem... alright, now about the sheepherder and the javascript... how can you tell when an IE user has been using your computer? white out all over the monitor. heard about the HTML actor that lost his job? -- couldn't remember his javascript

#21 It's not funny, but not why you may think...

by coldacid

Friday April 23rd, 2004 2:39 PM

It's not funny because the attempt at making fun of Mozilla. It's not funny simply because there's no humour to it. Or any UF strip in the last couple years. I don't want to sound like the BSD troll, but UF is dead and only Iliad and his posse of fans don't realize it yet. Don't waste your time on this, just stick a fork in it and call it done.

#22 Re: It's not funny, but not why you may think...

by Tanyel

Friday April 23rd, 2004 10:07 PM

"I don't want to sound like the BSD troll, but UF is dead and only Iliad and his posse of fans don't realize it yet. Don't waste your time on this, just stick a fork in it and call it done."

I remember the same thing being said about Netscape\Mozilla.

#25 Re: Re: It's not funny, but not why you may think.

by dpol

Saturday April 24th, 2004 4:46 AM

Tanyel! You're back! Ah, it's been too long! I remember days of yore, way back when the project just got started, and you were here for all of us, with your ladylike trolling, brightening our days. Welcome back, we've all missed ya.

#24 It's funny, getting fynnyer

by RKA

Saturday April 24th, 2004 3:23 AM

on the frontpage right now:

#27 I don't know why people don't get the humor.

by tseelee

Saturday April 24th, 2004 4:01 PM

Ok, so it's not knee-slapping funny, but it's got humor. Oh well, I guess everyone's taste is different.

#28 Made me SMIL

by skeeter

Sunday April 25th, 2004 12:36 AM

Now that would be great in SVG, duh --- opps wrong thread.

What they said to me.

1st joke, a big complement to javascript pop-ups being blocked. 2nd joke, two-fold a)also a complement, many feel the mozzy is full of bugs that make it unuseable. b)Mozilla moves you out of the square world. Kind of a Matrix joke. 3rd joke, part two of 2nd joke a)

The folks there really like Mozilla and were just giving it the biggest thumbs up that they could. Never seen their site before, and probably won't go there again, however nice to see the spreading of the word as in the Dilbert cartoon that was linked to earlier in this thread.

#29 better

by tobypowell

Monday April 26th, 2004 1:51 AM

It's building up slowly.. .more cartoons today (monday)

#30 Communist Blimp

by lladnar1

Tuesday April 27th, 2004 3:14 AM

I laughed pretty hard at todays (April 27th) thinking of the communist blimp on Mozillazine