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December 15, 2005 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Christmas. Christmas. Smoke. We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies, folks.
posted by frecklefaerie to Etiquette/Policy at 1:08 PM (52 comments total)

The smoke pics (last link) were cool, but some kind of exposition in the post would have been nice. The other two just don't make mefi look like all that interesting a site.
posted by frecklefaerie at 1:09 PM on December 15, 2005


Hey!
posted by 31d1 at 1:13 PM on December 15, 2005


We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies

What? No we can't.

But thanks for your little quality review. It's appreciated.
posted by scarabic at 1:14 PM on December 15, 2005


It's a dark day for MetaFilter, indeed.
posted by fixedgear at 1:15 PM on December 15, 2005


Metafilter: now with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
posted by Ryvar at 1:16 PM on December 15, 2005


Note that the entry form for posts is set up in a way that actually seems to assume that you are making a one-link post. Other links are icing, as far as Post A Thread is concerned.
posted by 31d1 at 1:20 PM on December 15, 2005


Smoke: pictures of smoke.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:21 PM on December 15, 2005


I guess it's a slow day on the interweb. Sllloooowwwwwww day. Nothing new or interesting going on here. Nope. No sir.

If I find anything worthwhile in the next eight hours, I'll be sure to post it, but I just don't see that happening.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:23 PM on December 15, 2005


We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies, folks.

I can do better!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:25 PM on December 15, 2005


He's a one-trick pony
One trick is all that horse can do
He does one trick only
It's the principal source of his revenue
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:34 PM on December 15, 2005


frecklefaerie: "We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies, folks."

Nothing says "MeTa newbie" like complaining about one-link FPPs. What does . mean?
posted by Plutor at 1:36 PM on December 15, 2005


Wrong.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:37 PM on December 15, 2005


I saw the two xmas posts and figured hey, remember when we were in elementary school and it was almost xmas and there was like a day or two to go until a long vacation and everyone was totally phoning it in and we were given busy work and fake assemblies to attend?

one-word, one-link posts are just like the combination of glitter, construction paper, and paste being dropped on your desk.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:39 PM on December 15, 2005


mathowie one-word, one-link posts are just like the combination of glitter, construction paper, and paste being dropped on your desk.

Yeah, but who wants a desk so covered in the stuff that you can't see the angel underneath it all?

Really, one link posts can be clever and timely, but three in a day? C'mon.
posted by frecklefaerie at 1:45 PM on December 15, 2005


I like one-word, one-link posts.

Really, one link posts can be clever and timely, but three in a day? C'mon.

Maybe mathowie can code some kind of timer for one-link, one-word posts. Set it up so that only one can be made a day or a week.

Would that be good enough to stop all the whiny fucking MetaTalk posts about them?
posted by eyeballkid at 1:50 PM on December 15, 2005


3 out of 19 posts does not come remotely close to covering the desk. Just gently push it to the corner and look for something else to read.
posted by brain_drain at 1:54 PM on December 15, 2005


Yeah, but who wants a desk so covered in the stuff that you can't see the angel underneath it all?

I hated "Touched By an Angel" FWIW. Angels scare me. When I see an angel, I think to myself, "Is this angel here to steal my soul or to guide me through life with an all-knowing hand." Bottom line? Can't trust those damn angels as far as you can throw em. Besides, they'd just fly away only to return and terrorize me once again.

What were we talking about again?
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:56 PM on December 15, 2005


You're supposed to cut the paper up into an angel shape, paste it, and then sprinkle glitter on it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:57 PM on December 15, 2005


I agree. I like one link posts too. Why do we need to pad out a post with extra links, just for the sake of having more links. The smoke post is cool in and of itself. What exactly do you want from it?
posted by chunking express at 1:58 PM on December 15, 2005


Angel
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:58 PM on December 15, 2005


Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies?
and even if one of them pressed me suddenly against his heart:
I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
Every angel is terrifying.
posted by underer at 2:01 PM on December 15, 2005


Wouldn't secular cutouts be more appropriate for metafilter? Snowflakes perhaps? We even have scientific proof that snowflakes exist.

The glitter cartel, however, is corrupt to the core.
posted by whatnot at 2:04 PM on December 15, 2005


I'm just going to slink back to my Holiday tree and finish decorating.
posted by bluesky43 at 2:10 PM on December 15, 2005


I saw the two xmas posts and figured hey, remember when we were in elementary school and it was almost xmas and there was like a day or two to go until a long vacation and everyone was totally phoning it in and we were given busy work and fake assemblies to attend?
posted by mathowie at 1:39 PM PST on December 15


I swear that that's exactly I thought, too.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:13 PM on December 15, 2005


Combo of glitter,
construction paper, and paste.
What would Jesus make?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 2:19 PM on December 15, 2005


wine
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:29 PM on December 15, 2005


Apparently all posts are to also include a link to some fucking wikipedia article with that key word in it, just in case anyone doesn't know what smoke is and can't look it up themselves.
posted by Space Coyote at 2:29 PM on December 15, 2005


I've noticed that your cursive has gone to shit this week, Matt.

It's never too late in the academic term to get a NS for penmanship.
posted by scarabic at 2:31 PM on December 15, 2005


Single word FPPs are shorthand for "pretentious BS within" and are a good sign to skip the content within. It'll just be double-posted tomorrow.
posted by Eideteker at 2:42 PM on December 15, 2005


oh, the huge manatee! to each their own.
posted by moonbird at 2:46 PM on December 15, 2005


Whine
posted by rottytooth at 2:48 PM on December 15, 2005


Single word FPPs are shorthand for "pretentious BS within"

Why?
posted by eyeballkid at 3:00 PM on December 15, 2005


We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies, folks.

By all means, go right ahead. I'm looking forward to your post.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 3:11 PM on December 15, 2005


ebk: Either the poster wants to be FRIST PSOT, or they want to be cleverly mysterious (or otherwise intentionally vague), or otherwise they don't deign to grace us with a more detailed description. Sorry, Majesty, to require extra keystrokes of you.

I don't post a lot of FPPs, but when I do (unless they're games), I like to put some amount of work into composing them. Links that say "go here" and nothing else are rude. When I'm with a romantic partner, and I tell her to follow an explicit set of instructions, she knows me well enough to know it will be for our mutual benefit. The surprise at the end will be worth it, and will justify the rudeness. I have no such guarantee on MeFi. Usually I'll check out the comments before...

Wait. That last bit doesn't sound good. Not very good at all. I meant like a scavenger hunt for a Christmas present! Oh, you people have filthy minds.
posted by Eideteker at 3:15 PM on December 15, 2005


I've got a secret for you
I cut yer angel in two
I left 'er bleedin' and soaked it
with a dry sponge
posted by koeselitz at 3:19 PM on December 15, 2005


There are only 2 one lin kposts now, so the desk is pretty clear.
-1 callout
posted by edgeways at 3:30 PM on December 15, 2005


that went well
posted by edgeways at 3:30 PM on December 15, 2005


It's never too late in the academic term to get a NS for penmanship.

Flagging your post fantastic is not enough - I want to come right out and publicly say that I love you for writing that.
posted by Ryvar at 3:38 PM on December 15, 2005


Either the poster wants to be FRIST PSOT, or they want to be cleverly mysterious (or otherwise intentionally vague), or otherwise they don't deign to grace us with a more detailed description. Sorry, Majesty, to require extra keystrokes of you.


Single link posts don't exist because a user is in a rush to make a post and they're not trying to hide something from you. Single link posts, like any post, have whatever description the post writer felt it necessary to include. Sorry, Majesty, that you can't be bothered to click a link and reveal the mystery inside.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:41 PM on December 15, 2005


You didn't read the entire comment. "Usually I'll check out the comments" before reaching a decision. I'm just saying how it comes across. You can't change my subjective experience to a one-word FPP, sorry!
posted by Eideteker at 3:52 PM on December 15, 2005


Glitter.
posted by SassHat at 4:46 PM on December 15, 2005


Read the instructions, SassHat. You have to put the glitter on the Angel. No gold star for you.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:11 PM on December 15, 2005


*instructions*
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:13 PM on December 15, 2005


Angel
posted by TedW at 5:48 PM on December 15, 2005


Angel
posted by TedW at 5:49 PM on December 15, 2005


(with glitter)
posted by TedW at 5:49 PM on December 15, 2005


Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout! (Don't eat the paste.)
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:56 PM on December 15, 2005


Ahhh, I'm so disappointed that the Merry Christmas post was deleted. This is a sad day in MetaFilter history.
posted by panoptican at 10:05 PM on December 15, 2005


The problem isn't the form, though it's something that does exacerbate the issue. The problem is shitty content. Sometimes one word one link posts are fine, when there's good content. Othertimes, they're shitty ciphers on the page.
(Who decides which is which? We all do Me. Just me.)
posted by klangklangston at 7:58 AM on December 16, 2005


Let's see....

We have one angel with so much glitter and paste the damn thing won't be dry until Valentines Day.

Here is an angel with its head cut off and stuck back on with paste so now it looks like a hunchback.

We got an angel with wings covered in paste and three lonely pieces of black glitter stuck on randomly.

Here is a meticulous angel that looks so much like the example that it is scary. Obviously a child who aims to please.

One sad little angel with a crumpled look, a small rip, and I think that might be a tear stain.

Finally, my personal favorite, an angel with feet covered in glitter and a nice drawn-on mustache.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:34 AM on December 16, 2005


I am glad, at long last, no one is immune to the community's ability to be uptight.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 8:30 PM on December 27, 2005


There is absolutely nothing wrong with one-link posts. I thought everyone knew this.
posted by kenko at 9:08 PM on December 27, 2005


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