Topless Robot Contest: Suggestion Box


First order of business: Topless Robot will be closed for business Thursday and Friday. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. TR will return to normal posting on Monday morning on November 28th. Second order of business: Check out what Topless Roboteer Helen T. made me!

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?Yes, it’s another awesome FFF cross-stitch. Ladies (and cross-stitching gentlemen), I’m dead serious when I say I want more of these. They don’t have to be this same line; I want cross-stitches of all the FFF hits. The fact that I don’t own a “WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS?!” cross-stitch yet bewilders and devastates me.

Third order of business: Although there won’t be an FFF this week, there will be a contest, and it begins right now: Tell me how to make Topless Robot better. Seriously. No jokes or anything, I really want to know what you’d like to see — and what you’d like to see changed — about TR. It can be content-wise, design-wise, you can tell me how much I suck, you can submit list and/or contest ideas… anything. What would you like to see covered more? What do you want to see covered less? Are you tired of the current TR robot? Seriously, anything goes.

Now, since the suggestions are for me, not the general TR public, and since all decent suggestions are going to be equally valid, I’m not going to be able to judge them as usual. Instead I’ll pick four random comments — random constructive comments, not just people replying to somebody — and award those people shirts. So if you’ve ever thought you weren’t creative enough or didn’t have any good nerdy tales, this is your chance.

Enter as many times as you like, obviously. The contest doesn’t end until Monday, 12:01am EST on November 28th, so you have a ton of time to enter (and hopefully that means I’ll get a lot of great suggestions). Thanks to everyone in advance for your help; I really do want to make TR better if I can. Anyways, happy Thanksgiving to everybody who cares about Thanksgiving, and everyone else just try to overeat a bit. I’ll see you guys on Monday.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.