Joke Response System Request—Things

The performed joke and the reaction to the joke are the primary entities about which we want to capture data. A key piece of that data is the text of the joke being performed.

Separate from its performance, a joke includes attributes of the typical text of the joke, perhaps including markup (in whatever form) indicating the setup, pauses, and the punchline, and anything else useful for identifying how a joke is intended to be told.
  • Each joke should be tagged with one or more genres and an indicator of whether it is a blue joke.
  • A short version of the joke, possibly extracted from this longer version, or other short descriptions, such as a short name for the joke might also be helpful.
  • The joke could identify the date it was written, when that is known, and the author of the joke.
  • A single joke may be performed in multiple sets or shows and even by more than one comedian. However, each performance of a joke has its own exact text, gestures, pauses, etc that might vary from performance to performance. It is not always obvious whether one joke performance stems from the same "root joke" as another. Our intent would be to classify joke performances as pointing to the same root joke when it is likely that the performer would classify it that way. In other words, if two performers tell similar jokes, but consider the joke as their own, the joke should be separate from the first unless the text is identical. If a single comedian has a joke in their planned set that is told multiple times and it varies in each instance, each joke performance of that joke may point to that same root joke. The text of the performed joke might still be different, however.
  • While we will capture this "intended joke" by way of an event at which it was performed, we will not record other information about what was intended, such as the planned order of jokes in a set. Most of the data captured are directed to the past -- data about a joke performance.
  • The data modeler will need to make a call on whether to identify such data as the punchline of a joke as part of the joke performance, the joke, or both.
Additional resources
A URI to an audio or video recording, a page where you can contact some who owns copyrights, or any other relevant web-based resource. Even if the resource is a person, it should be given in the form of a URI, rather than pointing to any people otherwise captured in our system.

Litter Box

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