Way to be an adult, man. October 27, 2005 7:17 PM   Subscribe

Pretend you are a new user. After an excellent first post, you slip up and post some discredited bunkum. A predictable (and pretty funny) pile-on ensues. How do you respond? With class and grace.
posted by LarryC to Etiquette/Policy at 7:17 PM (51 comments total)

Well played, Mr. King, well played.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:18 PM on October 27, 2005


Yes, but now in this Meta thread you can have a crazy flame out and vow to never come back, threaten other members and generally act like a maniac. This is your right. You've earned it.
posted by chunking express at 7:23 PM on October 27, 2005


I was so disappointed. I really wanted a flameout, too.
posted by keswick at 7:30 PM on October 27, 2005


I've done several flameouts and I'm still here. PTHTHTHT!
posted by davy at 7:36 PM on October 27, 2005


But where are the histrionics, the temper tantrums, the cursing and calling of names? These are the very foundations that MeTa is built on! Did you forget that MeFi only exists to provide fodder for MeTa threads?

Talk about letting the side down. They just don't make users the way they used to. Ever since we passed the 15k mark, they haven't been up to scratch at all.
posted by dg at 7:39 PM on October 27, 2005


Big ups, King.
posted by Pseudoephedrine at 7:47 PM on October 27, 2005


He obviously deserves his own blog.
posted by furtive at 7:51 PM on October 27, 2005


Course there is no evidence Mr. King knows about the grey...
posted by R. Mutt at 7:54 PM on October 27, 2005


Course there is no evidence Mr. King knows about the grey...

Which would explain his civility.
posted by cortex at 8:11 PM on October 27, 2005


Props to Edward King. He's willing to learn the ways of the MeFi community.
posted by ericb at 8:14 PM on October 27, 2005


Where do I send the balloons?
posted by odinsdream at 8:25 PM on October 27, 2005


Forget the balloons, send him some baboons! That'll get things started nicely.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:26 PM on October 27, 2005


What would this be? It isn't a call out.. it isn't a flame out...
posted by TwelveTwo at 8:31 PM on October 27, 2005


Edward King is clearly a fark undercover agent. His calm and gracious response was just a clever attempt to lull us into a sense of false security. He will spring his notorious plan soon enough.


WE'RE ON TO YOU KING!!!! YOU WON'T GET AWAY WITH THIS!!!!1!11!!
posted by oddman at 8:32 PM on October 27, 2005


He forgot to stop by MeTa for the obligatory flame-out!

See? This is why we can't have nice things....
posted by Floydd at 8:32 PM on October 27, 2005


When davy does it it's really more of a Flame-In.
posted by soyjoy at 8:35 PM on October 27, 2005


all my people in this place,
lookin' good with style and grace,
say yeah!
if you know you keep it tight,
say yeah!
if you know you do it right!
posted by quonsar at 8:43 PM on October 27, 2005


yeah?
posted by TwelveTwo at 8:46 PM on October 27, 2005



King Edward planning revenge.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:00 PM on October 27, 2005


Would this be the same Edward King who was twice nominated to the Supreme Court by President Tyler (1844 & 1845) and twice rejected?
posted by R. Mutt at 9:11 PM on October 27, 2005


Ed King, the writer of the most famous strat lick in history!
posted by kosem at 9:27 PM on October 27, 2005


soon the student will be the master
posted by edgeways at 9:32 PM on October 27, 2005


Ed King is my doppelganger.
posted by ed at 10:27 PM on October 27, 2005


Ed King is my doppelganger..., and so is my wife!
posted by qwip at 10:53 PM on October 27, 2005


yay!

now, the real question is: what if we called him a drama queen?
posted by shmegegge at 11:10 PM on October 27, 2005


Drama King, surely?
posted by benzo8 at 12:13 AM on October 28, 2005


MY GOD THEY GOT TO SNOPES TOO!

My favorite comment.

He certainly responded well. I do recall that lot of weblogs found it an interesting post.
posted by jeblis at 1:24 AM on October 28, 2005


Responding to jibes with class and grace are anathema to the metafilter ethos , we want tasty , flame grilled threads with little barbecue marks on them.

Hallo Konse !
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:23 AM on October 28, 2005


It was really nice to see. For serious. +++ WRTPA!!1!

("Would Read This Poster Again". I just made that up! Woohoo!)
posted by taz at 3:08 AM on October 28, 2005


I'll be using that acronym.
posted by shmegegge at 3:38 AM on October 28, 2005


Thanks for this non-callout—not only is it a deserved pat on the back to a nice guy, but I had missed that classic pileon, which literally had me crying with laughter. I'll be remembering MY GOD THEY GOT TO SNOPES TOO! every time I see a debunking. And I voluntarily send all my keystrokes to the ZOG...

*starts laughing helplessly again*
posted by languagehat at 6:02 AM on October 28, 2005


There still hasn't been a flameout. I think someone else needs to rise to the challenge. Come on people!
posted by chunking express at 6:31 AM on October 28, 2005


Jesus Christ. I'm sick of this place. Your echo-chambery Bush-envying PC hypocrisy, your rabid bloodlust at the first sign of weakness or difference in a new poster, your collective and organized unwillingness to even ATTEMPT to apply critical thought to ANYTHING AT ALL instead of just reiterating the same tired fucking cliches over and over and OVER

IT'S JUST ALL SO MUCH BULLSHIT. YOU PEOPLE ARE BULLSHIT. YOU ARE MADE OUT OF SHIT THAT CAME FROM A BULL, AND I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF IT.

SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE SCREEN DOOR HITTING MY ASS ON THE WAY OUT BECAUSE IT WON'T BECAUSE YOU IDIOTS ALREADY STOLE IT AND PUT IT ON THE WARPED AND YELLOWED EXCUSE FOR A SUBMARINE THAT IS THIS SINKING FUCKING SITE



I'M CUTTING MY HAND OFF RIGHT FUCKING NOW
posted by cortex at 7:59 AM on October 28, 2005


whoa....all those who had hope of a flame-out..stay tuned..looks like cortex has picked up the gauntlet. who's got weiners?
posted by spicynuts at 9:10 AM on October 28, 2005


Nice try cortex but you forgot the hastily misspelled words. Bonus points on the mid-sentence all caps words though. I'll give it an 8.5.
posted by Mr T at 9:24 AM on October 28, 2005


Dammit. I promise to study hard and do better next time.
posted by cortex at 9:29 AM on October 28, 2005


Any references to cutting off your right hand earn you a 9 in my books my friend. Fuck yeah.
posted by chunking express at 10:21 AM on October 28, 2005


Dammit. I promise to study hard and do better next time.

And see here is another big mistake. Don't fall into the trap of apologies! Fall into the warm embrace of apoplexy!

Never go on the defensive when you can go apeshit instead.
posted by Ryvar at 11:00 AM on October 28, 2005


Exactly. You should have challenged Mr. T to a hand-cutting-off duel.
posted by Mid at 11:03 AM on October 28, 2005


Metafilter: Never go on the defensive when you can go apeshit instead.
posted by CKZ at 11:48 AM on October 28, 2005


FUCKING HELL YOU PEOPLE JUST DON'T GIVE UP

YOU KNOW, A GUY MAKES A MISTAKE AND IF HUMANS ARE INVOLVED THAT'S THE END OF IT

BUT NO YOU SHITLICKING MORLOCKS CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH CAN YOU

YOU JUST BITE AND BITE AND BITE AND IT NEVER FUCKING ENDS &apm;c
posted by cortex at 11:51 AM on October 28, 2005


goddam entity codes
posted by cortex at 11:51 AM on October 28, 2005


No no, that was good, the messed up html lends to credibility. The careless attitude toward puctuation is a nice touch. By the way 'shitlicking morlocks'; pure gold.
posted by Mr T at 12:58 PM on October 28, 2005


I don't know; I feel I that on a close reading the attempted use of an entity code for the ampersand betrays a degree of forethought at odds with the notion of unhinged ranting. The only thing worse would be an em-dash, really.

I wonder if Hemmingway ever felt like this when he was posting to Internet forums.
posted by cortex at 1:02 PM on October 28, 2005


Little known fact: Hemingway was trying to cut off his hand when something went terribly wrong, resulting in a fatal gunshot wound.
posted by soyjoy at 1:45 PM on October 28, 2005


YOU ARE MADE OUT OF SHIT THAT CAME FROM A BULL, AND I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF IT.

*wipes eyes*

Now, where did I put that BUCKET OF COCKS?!
posted by scody at 2:06 PM on October 28, 2005


Cortex: true, entity codes might be overdoing it. Oh well, good try. These skills might come in handy some day—I know I've learned something.
posted by Mr T at 2:06 PM on October 28, 2005


scody: yeah, that was the line that, I hoped, signalled the transition from ambiguous is-it-or-isn't-it flameout rant to undeniable parody.

Somebody give me a scholarship, so I can make Mefi my thesis.
posted by cortex at 2:36 PM on October 28, 2005


Metafilter: Now, where did I put that BUCKET OF COCKS?!
posted by eriko at 5:39 PM on October 28, 2005


Uh... wow. I did not know about this page. I'm new at all this, so be patient. I really appreciate the WRTPA label. As my governator would say, I'll be back! Thanks to all.
posted by Edward King at 11:52 AM on November 2, 2005


By the way, I'm neither Pres. Tyler's Supreme Court nominee (although sometimes I feel that old) nor am I the other Ed King of Skynard fame (thanks, Google -- had to look him up).
posted by Edward King at 2:46 PM on November 2, 2005


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