Taunting French Guard

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Toss Papers In The Air | WANTS SOME TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP MAKE IMGFLIP EASIER? | image tagged in toss papers in the air | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
The number one tip to imgflip is to have fun. If you're only here for points and to make the front page, you likely won't succeed at either.

1. The biggest tip from my person perspective to become an active part of the community. Post on other member's memes, reply to people who reply to your memes.
2. Spelling is important, but even more important is grammar. Memes can make the front page with minor spelling mistakes, but grammar mistakes are much harder to overcome and often make your meme confusing. Take time to proofread your submissions just like it was a school assignment!
3. If you submit a meme on an established template at least 15 minutes before the hour, it'll likely post the upcoming hour.
4.Custom templates only get approved several times a day, and it's really a guessing game when those times will be. It's very hard to know when the best time of day to submit a meme is. Custom templates also seem to have fewer approval times on the weekends.
4. Ever heard of a Page 9 Party? Every Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern time we head over to Page 9 of the newest pages and upvote all the memes there and comment on them all as well. We do this to help get newer or lesser known members more visibility by giving them a big boost. Many weeks multiple memes that were featured during a page 9 party end up on the front page. It's also a good way to earn points and get known by other established memers.
5. Using the right picture and word choice count. The more concise you can make your text, I feel the better it will do.
6. If you put too much text in your meme, and it's really tiny when people scroll through the newest or hot pages, they very well may just scroll past your meme with tiny text.
7. Sarcasm does not translate well to the written word. Try to avoid it unless it's a template known for sarcastic remarks.
8. Did you know can use custom colors in your fonts? Google "Custom HTML Color Codes" and you'll find sites that give you the code to paste into the box. Sometimes you want a dark green font, not that default neon green one!
9. You can submit blank replies by typing any character into either text box and changing the font size to zero.
10. You can add custom tags to your memes to make it easier for others to find.
11. Don't be afraid to comment on leaderboard members memes, we don't bite. We're memers just like you.
12. There is NO logic for what will make the front page. Any top user will tell you memes they thought would make it barely got 5 upvotes.
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13. When going through a meme for comments, the original poster (OP) will have their name colored in green, this makes it easier to find their specific replies in their memes.
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←DON'T FORGET THE MORE OPTIONS BUTTON | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
14. Use the more options button. It lets you add additional text boxes which are extremely useful and serve multiple purposes. You can change the font, but in my opinion in most cases for most memes the default Impact font is perfect. You can change the font size to 0 here. This is the easiest way to submit "a blank meme." You can toggle off font shadow, ALL CAPS, and if you're on mobile this is where you can enable drag/drop and resize which is always available on desktop. You can also use original resolution of a template image, but in my opinion bigger pictures can lead to users skipping over if you can't read everything at one time.
15. As mentioned, adding text boxes and using additional text boxes can be impactful. Did the lowercase "imgflip" in my meme's main picture catch your eye? To do that I used two different boxes. Manually typed everything in all caps except "img" and used a second text box to make font red for "flip"
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16. I've seen this question asked a few times in the week or so: "When do your meme submissions for the day get reset?" You currently get your fresh set of submissions at midnight Pacific time, so 3 a.m. Eastern. Sorry international folks, you'll have to do the time conversion yourself and don't forget to look up how the U.S. daylight savings time might be different from your time zone when it's in effect.
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First World Problems Meme | YOU MADE MEME MAKING SOUND LIKE WORK. | image tagged in memes,first world problems | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
A lot more tips than I thought! Pretty useful though!
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Steve Harvey Meme | TIRED OF THE GUESSING GAME THAT COMES WITH USING CUSTOM TEMPLATES, AND GETTING BURIED ON PAGE 9 OR HIGHER? | image tagged in memes,steve harvey | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
18. I can't help you with Custom Templates that you'll use only once, those are always going to be a gamble as to when they'll actually feature. Feature times seem to depend on what imgflip mod is working at the time. However, IF YOU'RE GOING TO USE A CUSTOM TEMPLATE MORE THAN ONCE, there's a great way to guarantee that AFTER YOUR FIRST SUBMISSION, your future submissions with the template will post within 2 hours.

If you save an image to the public directory (so that anyone can use it, and then it shows up in your "My Templates" tab), and then use that image in a submission initially, then from then on out it doesn't get treated like a custom submission. Once it's been approved and featured once, it's what I consider an "established template" and established templates get featured just as quickly as the popular templates. For example, if ANYONE used any of my 10+ Halo/GhostOfChurch templates they'd feature almost immediately because I've made submissions with all of them in the past.

Examples you can look at are any of my custom memes tagged with "My Templates Challenge" When you look at them you'll see they've got at least one feature under their belt so they'll post quickly.

The same works for when you're searching the img template database. When you click on the template you can figure out if it will post right away, or be treated like a custom submission based on if it has any featured memes tied to it. An example of this (as of 11/13/16) is "sniper dog." Right now there's 3 "sniper dog" templates out there, and two of them don't have any features. These would be treated as custom templates. If you find the 1 that has my "Grumpy Cat Got You Down?" caption, that would get posted right away. LONG STORY SHORT, if you see multiple versions of the image you want to use, look use the one that already has been featured!
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17. After a painful realization, the maximum number of custom templates that load into your "My Templates" tab is 200.
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12 ups
Thank you it helped me!
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9 ups, 1 reply
Can you recycle out one's that were a one time only to make room? On my custom templates I have double to triple of the same photo (errr).
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Yup! Go to your profile page, click my templates, then you can delete them from there. MAJOR SUGGESTION - click view template to get the delete button, but make sure you are deleting the ones that don't show featured memes. That way if you want to submit a meme with it in the future, and you've already submitted a meme with it, it'll post much quicker. If you have questions send me links to all three template pages in question and I can help you out.
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8 ups, 1 reply
[Insert happy cat picture here] You're welcome!
I keep meaning to download various cat and dog pics for replies just like this one, but have been so buys I haven't had a chance to do so.
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8 ups, 1 reply
So I heard- congratulations on your marriage!
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8 ups
Thank you. Not sure how I missed this notification.
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[email protected] pic. It'll always be in my profile tagline, so feel free to visit it anytime.
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A prior resource you can check is H2O's meme, found here: https://imgflip.com/i/168g11
I believe Socrates may have one out there too, and if I'm able to get a link to it, I'll link it.

Please add your own below!

Let me get started by start by saying I've barely been here for over 3 months, but that this is best online community I've ever been a part of. Sure there's trolls and hiccups along the way, but this community here does a good job of self-regulating.

I plan on leaving a link to this to my profile tagline as an easy resource for all newer members, or those who don't visit often. If someone asks about imgflip etiquette, you can just tell them "ghostofchurch has a good one in the tagline on his profile, go check it out."

First, let me say the site is about fun, and for me about the community. If points and upvotes are important to you, it will really help if you're a respected member of the community. You don't have to be on the leaderboards to be a "top user." To me, a "top user" is simply a good member of the community. Granted, in order to make the leaderboards you really have to be a good member of the community.

I'll try to point out some of the site etiquette as I've encountered it.
1. As the gentleman with the hat points out, be polite. We're all here to have fun, and who wants to bicker back and forth? No one comes out ahead in that.
2. One of the main things new users don't catch onto right away is upvoting users who comment on their memes. If someone takes the time to recognize your meme, it's a good idea to upvote that comment. Replying back also has benefits of getting you more well known. If someone says something mean, you're not obligated to upvote them.
3. When you reply to someone else's meme, or a comment on someone else's meme, it's customary to upvote the meme and/or the person's response that you're replying to. Sometimes people forget to upvote when they comment, I know I've been guilty in the past many times!
4. It's ok to disagree with someone, or for someone to politely disagree with you. As long as it's still a civil conversation I would recommend upvoting each other along the way.
5. Don't intentionally repost something that someone else has created, even a comment. If you see something you think might be front page material, encourage the original creator to submit it!
6. Don't become an imgflip troll! If you see a meme you don't like, just keep on scrolling. Leaving a nasty comment only hurts your reputation.
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15 ups, 1 reply
I don't agree with #5. "Don't intentionally repost something that someone else has created, even a comment."

On the contrary, there's nothing that I like better than to see people repost my memes or post my comments as memes. It's the highest form of respect possible on a meme site, and I wouldn't want anyone to discourage people from doing that.
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11 ups, 1 reply
Good point, I still feel it's polite to ask first.
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10 ups
No harm in that.
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13 ups, 2 replies
Great job, ghostofchurch! Well thought out, and a wealth of information. I always wondered how page 9 parties worked.

For new users that are concerned with points...try not to make too many memes with polarizing ideals, until you are an established user. You will only make a host of virtual enemies, that will likely seek you out, and downvote all your stuff.

Curse words in your memes will cause them to be marked Not Safe For Work. Lots of users don't have that box checked for obvious reasons, and will not see your submission. So try to find a way to word it that is clean.

Lastly, be yourself. Imgflip has an astute community for the most part, and they will see through the bull crap eventually.

Okay, last tip for sure....if you aren't finding much humor on a given day, just take a break. You might be in a bad mood, or memes that day may be rife with current events you don't agree with. Do Not take out your anger in the comments section. People always remember negativity.
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Great points SWM! Definitely agree about the polarizing ideals (politics and religion mostly). Like pointed out in H2O's link above, some people are great at that, but in my opinion it's difficult to master. It also invites many opposing views who may not be so polite in their responses.
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8 ups, 1 reply
Actually, not all curse words get flagged NSFW, and even some seemingly benign words do. I did a meme for the community to help make a list of "safe"/"unsafe" words...

imgflip.com/i/188f3m
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7 ups
Thank you!
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13 ups, 1 reply
So many of my questions answered! Thanks for the guide! I'm gonna check out the link to the other one as well.
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You're welcome! It'll always be in my profile tagline if you forget. I'll dig through Lynch's memes and see if I can find hers too. If I do I'll add them in the comments section.
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16 ups, 1 reply
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Nice!! These are all great tips, and I personally did a lot of these thing to help my memes get noticed. Very good!
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15 ups, 1 reply
Thank you for the input!!!
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14 ups, 1 reply
Another great tip! Make sure you're properly caffeinated before making memes!
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Last main point, any user should feel free to ask me any questions about the site. If I don't know the answer, I bet I know someone who does and will try to find out for you.
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13 ups
Yeah, you definitely should. I asked a question and it became one of the most viewed memes on my profile...
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12 ups
Thank you sir.
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11 ups, 1 reply
Thanks from a noob for the tips and tricks:)
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9 ups
You are more than welcome sir!
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10 ups
:)
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8 ups, 1 reply
Do you have any tips on getting a meme with an original template to be viewed more? imgflip.com/i/1byadx
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It's all about timing. Custom/original templates only post at certain times of the day, and even fewer times on the weekend. For this reason, it is extremely rare that you will ever see me post a custom template between noon Central on Friday and midnight on Sunday. If you're able to figure out when custom templates get released each day, it's best to try to submit two hours before that time, so that they have time to be approved before that batch gets released, and also doesn't get buried under 4, 6 or even 10 hours worth of custom submissions posting all at once.
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6 ups, 2 replies
Okay, thank you. Is it kosher to go back and repost an old meme with bad timing?
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I usually wait at least a week, usually 3-4 before I repost something if I feel it truly had front page potential. (Note the difference in timing between my Vader/Luke/Vader posts...which went from 21 upvotes to over 210 upvotes...and were several weeks apart...then note my Prank Level: Grandmaster repost which was only about a week apart with minimal gain). I know Socrates has reposted within a week, but when he has I haven't seen significant improvement in upvotes for the ones I've noticed.
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7 ups, 1 reply
It's funny that you're talking about this because just the other day I resubmitted my "Cat Golfing" demotivational and my "Breaking Bad Alf" meme because I submitted them too late on Sunday afternoon and they didn't feature until the middle of the night...that's pretty much the kiss of death to any meme...less than 20 views each and only 3 upvotes...so I resubmitted them early Monday morning and deleted the previous two...much better timing the second time around.
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6 ups
Lol, I thought the alf one was familiar, but didn't see the car golfing one before.
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6 ups, 1 reply
Thank you! I love this site because of people like you who help us noobs out ;)
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SpeKi g of reposting, I notice that there is no option for that. In the past, to repost, I'd download a meme, and just put a period in a text box, size 1 pixal, and post. Still, that's no guarantee, for me, it will be featured. It seems the mods look for the actual text in the meme.

I do have a meme that I submitted on Thanksgiving, using a user template, that never featured. It fell within all the parameters, but I'm waiting to resubmit it. A little difficult right now, as I've seen a few memes with the same subject and punchline. Still hasn't featured though, even with 30+ views, upvotes, and some comments.
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As ghost said, I've hit the same wall uploading a fully-done meme to resubmit. I'd recommend recreating it from scratch with the template.
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Yeah, those usually don't get featured in my experience. imgflip wants other users to be able to reuse the image you submitted, so if it's already got the text on it and other memers can't really customize it, they don't seem to get featured. That's what happened with 2 of my 9 that didn't feature.
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Another thing to note is if you're saving the image to your templates. If you saved it to your templates, then the next time you use it, it's not a "custom" tempate and will post within 2 hours. If you look at most of my memes that seem to be custom templates you'll notice most of the are tagged with "my templates challenge" (my way of keeping track which custom templates of mine I've posted). That's so that they'll be established templates when I actually come up with a good idea for them, and I won't have to wait for the timing of a custom template. Take my Today Was A Good Day meme for example. It was a custom template and took ~4 hours to post yesterday evening, but now if I decide to use it this afternoon, it'll post in less than 2 hours guaranteed.
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Making the meme legible is important, too. You mentioned overly wordy memes, but there are other considerations.

Black and white photo? Use a yellow fill instead of the default white.

Cartoon captions: thiseme, board room, and Rock Driving actually are easier to read if you turn off the font shadow, change the font to Arial, and the fill to black. Half time, I can't even read the boardroom memes because the defaults are not caption sensitive.

Don't cover the character face with text. Use the draeh and drop option and shrink the text or move it to the side.

Contrast! Highly important, especially if your meme ID for an advertising purpose. I generally bump up the font shadow to 10-35, depending on the meme. Use dark/light contrast for the fill and shadow. Take the background of the meme into considerationas sell.
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7 ups
Unfortunately, yes, he is.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Not tips necessarily, but you might the find the community based meme stream helpful as well. You can copy and paste it from my profile tagline. It'll always be there in case you forget.
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5 ups, 1 reply
Thnx I took screenshots of the tips too so hopefully I won't forget
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Any Time!
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5 ups
;)
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6 ups, 1 reply
Awesome FAQ, ghostofchurch! You seem like a super helpful member! Thanks for the link.
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You're quite welcome!
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6 ups, 1 reply
Has it already been 2 months
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6 ups, 1 reply
LOL, for this meme? I know, it doesn't seem that old!
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7 ups, 1 reply
IMG goes by fast lol
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6 ups, 1 reply
I think it only had 20 upvotes after it fell off the hot pages, so people are still finding it which is good.
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7 ups, 1 reply
You were tagged imgflip.com/i/1eriz8?nerp=1480096576#com1132268
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5 ups
Rock on!
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6 ups, 1 reply
First of all, thank you so much for this guideline!!!

Now let me ask you some questions, concerning your points:

1.) cue: page 9 party --> how can I go to "page 9" or is this just an expression of the community?

2.) Custom template and regular meme: If I upload a file (i.e. *.jpg) via "add image", does that count as "custom" or "regular"?

3.) upvote buttons: does it make a difference for a meme, if the comments have upvotes as well? Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to become #1 ... that would be utopian. Just to understand "how-the-system-works"

Thank you in advance for your replies! I'll recommend this post to other users!

Again, thx for this post!
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You're absolutely welcome. I've seen so many users have questions I wanted something that was easily accessible for everyone. I know people visit my profile page so that's why I include it in my tagline.

To answer your questions:
1) Anyone can join in the fun for Page 9 Parties. They've actually been extended an hour. Simply show up to Page 9 on the Newest pages, upvote the memes on that page, and start commenting (9 p.m. through 11 p.m. Eastern). Other users will be commenting as well. Start replying to the meme or other replies and you're part of party! From what I recall there were several success stories this week as well where those memes made the front page, and a few others made page 2 and 3 of the Hottest pages. Unless there's really low turnout (like the night of the debates), we're usually able to get several of the Page 9 memes onto the front page the next day.

2) If you upload via add image that counts as a custom template (at least the first time, read on to see the variables). If you click the checkbox for "Add to Public Directory" (I think that's the phrase) it will become part of the template database for all users to search and use. Once it's been featured once, I would technically call it an "established template" versus a "custom template" due to the fact that the next person who uses it won't have to wait until the next batch of custom memes get approved (which is only a few times a day, versus hourly for established and popular templates). This also adds it your tab for custom meme replies.

3) Upvoted comments on memes don't appear to affect a memes status as far as placement on the Hottest Pages as far as I can tell. Comments also don't appear to boost a meme up the Hottest Pages either. I have no way to really prove the following theory, but I believe having a lot of comments on a meme does help slow its decent down the Hottest Pages. Although, typically to get a lot of comments you usually need a lot of upvotes too. It's just a hunch I have at this point. Still trying to figure out a good way to eliminate variables and test it.
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5 ups, 1 reply
Ok thank you for your detailed reply! I appreciate it!

But my question concerning "Page 9 Parties" was: How do I get there? Do I just click in the upper left corner "Latest", or how does it work?
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Gotcha, click Latest, then scroll all the way down and click the "Next" button.

You can do that 8 more times, or go to the address bar and change the "2" to a "9" at the end of the address.
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5 ups
... and sometimes it is easier than one could imagine
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5 ups, 1 reply
Well done...
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5 ups
Thank you!
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5 ups, 1 reply
I've got a trick to pass on:

imgflip.com/i/1bt7r8 (the comments have better info)
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Thank you sir!
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My biggest tip; stay positive. A little kindness goes a long way, right?
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People come up with their own idea and try to get other people to participate. As the user base has grown its started getting confusing in the last few months with multiple weeks occurring at the same time, and how they are all essentially back to back to back now.

In an attempt to bring order to the chaos I essentially made a sign up sheet. https://imgflip.com/m/themeweek can be accessed through the community based meme stream as well (always in my profile tag line).

It's a fun way to be a part of the community. It's also challenging sometimes and makes you search for things you wouldn't normally search for.
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lol
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4 ups, 1 reply
In terms of tags, cause people already pointed out those are important, exactly how many tags/what kinds of tags should I be looking to add? For instance, could I make one tag of a sentence or would I have to tag each individual word of the sentence?
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That depends on your meme. For example: If I use the "Grumpy Cat" meme from the popular tablet, it will always have the tags "memes" and "Grumpy Cat". In order to make it more attractive, you could add "animals" and "cats".

Using every word from your title or from the meme content, doesn't make much sense, because the taglines are limited on a certain amount of characters (don't ask me how many but they are limited). So you should use your tags wisely.

Tags are only important for users, who search via Google or via the "search" function on imgflip. I personally look at the first pages of "hot" (usually from frontpage to page 9 or 11) and after that I'm working through the "latest" section.
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4 ups
Thank you for the useful tips.
Upvotes for Everyone
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4 ups, 2 replies
Lots of good helpful information! Thank you!
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4 ups
Anytime!
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4 ups, 1 reply
My tip above is REALLY helpful for meme comments...
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3 ups
Thank you!
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