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Comment: Explain [whatever the topic is] in [whatever the context is].

Post: Explain [whatever] like IAmA/You Are A [anything you want, literally anything, like so literally anything that you can say "nothing" like "the existentialist void" and that is completely acceptable].

Example: Explain how silly putty picks up ink from comics like IAMA Nigerian email scammer slowly falling in love with you.


  1. Don't be an asshole.
  2. Top level comments must respond directly to the prompt.
  3. Top level comments must be 150 c h a r a c t e r s or more. Posters can allow an exemption by including the [SHORT] tag in the title.
  4. Top comments must be your own writing.
  5. Use proper spelling and grammar unless the question explicitly calls for something else.
  6. Prompts and responses should be well thought-out, not low-effort karma grabs.
  7. Prompts likely to start a flame-war ("Explain freedom like I'm Donald Trump") may be removed at the mods' discretion.
  8. Responses that could offend or start a flame war may also be removed. See recommendation 3, below.
  9. Please clear metaposts with the mods before making them.
  10. When in doubt, refer to rule 1.


  • Answers should be comprehensible to an English speaker. That is, replying 'WOOF WOOF WOOF' to 'ELIAMA dog' will get your comment removed. Foreign language with translation is fine.
  • Prompts should not be 'lazy', as seen in rule 6. That is, no joke prompts such as 'Explain like I am automoderator'; these will be removed.
  • If what you are writing is liable to offend any group, its satirical point should be clear.
  • Remain in character for the duration of your response. This is implied by rule 2.

The mods have the final say in removing posts, comments, or anything not following the rules. Good answers will get love, karma, & a secret present (flair).

Rule breakers face removal, flair of shame, and/or bans.

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