General Info

Purpose of Study

We're working to develop a machine learning system to help people write funny oneliners. If you choose to participate, you'll be contributing your oneliners and their edit sequences, as well as your votes. We'll use this information to improve our collaborative oneliner-writing system; you can read more about that here.


You might improve at making jokes (no guarantee here!), but the main benefit to you is that you'll win $20 if one of your oneliners wins a contest.

Although it may not directly benefit you, the information gathered in this study will contribute to an understanding of what people think is funny, how humor works, and the way people go about creating a oneliners.


If you decide you'd no longer like to participate you can just leave the site. That's it!


As mentioned, if one of your oneliners receives the most votes in a given contest, you'll win a $20 Amazon giftcard. We'll email the giftcard to the email associated with your username.


Send them to!

Information and Confidentiality

Personal Information

If you do make an account, we'll store only the username, email address and password you register with. Your username will be displayed on any oneliners you submit. Your password will be used only for loggin in. We'll use that email only to send you your giftcard should you win a competition or to reset your password.

If you don't make an account, we won't store any information about you.

Oneliner information

When you submit a oneliner, we store the sequence of edits you make to produce that oneliner. A single edit looks like this:

{ 'operation' : 'insert', 'chars' : 'hello', 'index' : 0, 'time' : 123456789 }

Data Storage

All data is stored on a secure server and only those working on the project have access to it. We use Django to store passwords; you can read more about how that's done here.

This research has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

You may talk to them at (303) 735-3702 or if:

  • Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team.
  • You cannot reach the research team.
  • You want to talk to someone besides the research team.
  • You have questions about your rights as a research subject.
  • You want to get information or provide input about this research.

last updated 04/18/2018