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I was reading a meta.SE post about Community user. https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/184485/301070

The last comment against this question post was "Your Skeetage may vary", and it received 4 upvotes.

The context of the discussion is as follows; to control the uncontrollable Community user bot, members suggested praying to Jon Skeet (probably the most famous member of StackOverflow); the discussion continued on about the methodology of such praying. At the end of such discussion, this comment was made.

Now, I could understand the word 'Skeetage' refers to some sort of methodological attitude toward praying to, Jon Skeet. What I don't understand is how does the Skeetage connotate such meaning and make sense as a joke (I think this comment is a joke, but not for sure.)

Question

In the discussion of the meta post, how does 'Your Skeetage may vary' joke(?) work?

The exerpt of discussion

  • I fear the team lost control over that bot! :P – Shadow Wizard Jun 14 '13 at 20:16
  • @Undo: I can suspend it, but I'll get yelled at if I do it :P – Manishearth Jun 14 '13 at 20:18
  • @ShaWizDowArd they never had control. Control is an illusion, created by Community. The only one with control now is... Mr. Skeet! – Richard J. Ross III Jun 14 '13 at 20:29
  • @RichardJ.RossIII: Ha! How do we pray to the Skeet again? – Manishearth Jun 14 '13 at 20:36
  • @Manishearth first, you chant his name 3 times... then, you spin around twice, light 5 candles, do the skeet-u-flect, and drink a bowl of milk, because that sounds like fun. There, you've successfully prayed to our god, Mr. Skeet. – Richard J. Ross III Jun 14 '13 at 20:38
  • @Richard I think that just buying one of his books would suffice. ;) – Shadow Wizard Jun 14 '13 at 20:44
  • @ShaWizDowArd that's like paying a tithe or something, not prayer. – Richard J. Ross III Jun 14 '13 at 20:55
  • @Richard OK, but doing what you said before while holding a book of Him would greatly increase chances for response, right? :D – Shadow Wizard Jun 14 '13 at 20:57
  • @ShaWizDowArd Our god does not offer guarantees of any kind on his prayers, and is not responsible for any jobs lost due to performing the prayer rituals at work. – Richard J. Ross III Jun 14 '13 at 21:00
  • @Sha Your Skeetage may vary. – Undo Jun 14 '13 at 21:05
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The use of

Skeetage

is a play on the word

mileage

Where the outcome is not certain, the full phrase is

Your mileage may vary.

It is a disclaimer used by car manufacturers when stating the mileage their cars get.

In your example the key sentence is

Our god does not offer guarantees of any kind

which is the same as

Your mileage may vary.

NB: The txting usage is "YMMV"

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    Could you substitute milage with mileage? I suppose it's typo; I don't have enough privilege to fix it right away. – Yuki Inoue Jun 11 '18 at 2:19
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    @YukiInoue According to online dictionarties such as this one, milage is a variant spelling of mileage. – Mr Lister Jun 11 '18 at 7:15
  • I see,, got it. – Yuki Inoue Jun 11 '18 at 9:50

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