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posted by poppo to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM (71 comments total)

n00bs.
posted by keswick at 10:10 AM on July 13, 2006


Round numbers are fun.

Meaningless, but fun.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:12 AM on July 13, 2006


so. for 39199 members, does that mean 801 people have been banned?
posted by nadawi at 10:19 AM on July 13, 2006


So? 40025, too.

Hey look, it's Clippy!

It looks like you're writing a post about usernumbers. Would you like to
(a) imply that Matt must be raking in the dough now from all the $5 n00bs;
(b) moan about the expoding ratio of noise to signal, and the corresponding decrease in civility and a sense of community;
(c) complain that AskMe threads scroll off the page in an hour and a half now that there's so many new users who join just for AskMe; or
(d) predict the iminent Death of MetaFilter?

posted by yhbc at 10:20 AM on July 13, 2006 [2 favorites]


sirrah, you may be reading too much into poppo's simple joyful declaration.
posted by cortex at 10:22 AM on July 13, 2006


or

e) gaze in astonished wonder that so many people enjoy this place as much as I do
posted by poppo at 10:25 AM on July 13, 2006


I so sick and tired of flowerangel's crap: her constant derailing of threads, her horrible opinions, her super-lame "hey look at me" FPPs, her ad-hominem attacks on other users. If Matt doesn't ban her it will be the end of Metafilter, I tell you.
posted by LarryC at 10:43 AM on July 13, 2006


But, I am sad to say, my sense of pride quickly turned to rage when I realised the ramifications of this spectacle. Gentlemen: what business has a beagle to be in a taxi?
posted by poppo at 10:49 AM on July 13, 2006


I was about to laud her perfect post to comment ratio.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:49 AM on July 13, 2006


Right back atcha, sunshine.

posted by flowerangel's crap at 1:52 EST on July 13
posted by OmieWise at 10:50 AM on July 13, 2006


There are now 14533 noobs who are noobier than I.
posted by jrossi4r at 10:59 AM on July 13, 2006


jrossi4r writes "There are now 14533 noobs who are noobier than I."

~10K to go for you and there will be more noobs than not.
posted by Mitheral at 11:00 AM on July 13, 2006



posted by loquacious at 11:05 AM on July 13, 2006 [3 favorites]


I just noticed this morning that nearly 10k members had joined since I signed up. Granted, most of that 10k is sock puppets and people responding to FPPs about them...

And speaking of sock puppets, Bizarro Curley needs to be exposed to some Blue Kryptonite.
The regular one could probably do with a dose of the green kind as well, IMO.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:09 AM on July 13, 2006


Once you remove all the sockpuppets, though, there's only like a couple of dozen users.

Let me take this opportunity to compliment the teenage girl in Korea who does the all dueling dios/matteo comments. You're really entertaining, and I'm a big fan of your work.
posted by Gamblor at 11:12 AM on July 13, 2006 [1 favorite]


Dammit, Alvy...
posted by Gamblor at 11:14 AM on July 13, 2006


We should remember that:

1) That 40000 includes a bunch of users who don't exist.
2) It also includes five-dollar-newbs who never paid their five dollars and thus aren't really users.
3) The count on the front page (i.e. "39199") is only updated every 24 hours.
4) Huge numbers of people registered and never came back. About 17 months ago, Matt said that there were about 6k unique monthly logged-in users on MeFi, and under 4k each in MeTa and AskMe. I doubt that's changed significantly since then.
5) That doesn't include the non-paying and non-logged in lurkers, which Matt admitted on the previous link is "many times the registered numbers".

All that aside, huzzah! 26 x 54!
posted by Plutor at 11:15 AM on July 13, 2006


Huge numbers of people registered and never came back...

...after jessamyn posted the chicken fucking pictures.
posted by Gamblor at 11:21 AM on July 13, 2006


Will I ever have the chance to say this again? No.

"Take THAT, Gamblor!"
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:25 AM on July 13, 2006


We should delete all the unused accounts to save on bandwidth...

tee-hee
posted by briank at 11:53 AM on July 13, 2006

We should delete all the unused accounts to save on bandwidth...
And we should all use the "small" tag so that our posts take up less space in the database.
posted by Godbert at 12:12 PM on July 13, 2006


plutor: Now express it as a sum of fibonacci sequences.
posted by boo_radley at 12:18 PM on July 13, 2006


My total at the checkout the other day was $6.66, so I say, "Ooooh--scary!"
The checkout girl says, "Yeah, like totally," no pun or irony intended, and looks at me like I'm the devil.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:27 PM on July 13, 2006 [1 favorite]


"But ye fuck ONE sheep...."
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:30 PM on July 13, 2006


And so jessamyn instigates yet another MeFi beastiality meme.

*Shakes head, clucks tongue, fondles giraffe*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:49 PM on July 13, 2006


I said it before and I'll say it again. All the best user numbers are taken.
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:53 PM on July 13, 2006


I, for one, welcome our new flowerangel.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 1:04 PM on July 13, 2006


"The hedgehog can't be buggered at all"

BTW who said anything about SHEEP.
Necrophyliac chicken sex was the order of the day
posted by edgeways at 1:10 PM on July 13, 2006


boo_radley: "Now express it as a sum of fibonacci sequences."

You could obviously do it a number of ways, considering that f(n) = f(n-1) + f(n-2). But here's the expression with the fewest summands:

40000 = f(3) + f(5) + f(7) + f(14) + f(21) + f(23) = 2 + 5 + 13 + 377 + 10946 + 28657
posted by Plutor at 1:34 PM on July 13, 2006


I *knew* I should have waited a week or two. Damnit! I would be celebrated and shit. So what does emma win? I like her username.

I don't know how you do it, and put up with it, mathowie, but kudos to you and jessamyn for consistently greasing the rails with pony fat and letting us all have fun here. Truly impressive.

And mark my words: my sock puppet will be 50000.
posted by persona non grata at 1:35 PM on July 13, 2006


my sock puppet will be 50000

Which you could have RIGHT NOW if you coughed up $49,875.
posted by hangashore at 1:43 PM on July 13, 2006


Actually, you just need a bunch of email addresses. As already discussed, you don't have to pay for burning through all those user numbers.
posted by rxrfrx at 1:50 PM on July 13, 2006


I was more impressed with Plutor's math, hangashore.
posted by horsewithnoname at 1:53 PM on July 13, 2006



posted by cellphone at 1:56 PM on July 13, 2006


And to think, I was relieved to get in just under the 30k wire. Some day, years from now, metafilter will have 7 billion members and we will all laugh about this.
posted by SassHat at 1:59 PM on July 13, 2006


Damn 7000K noobs
posted by InfidelZombie at 2:18 PM on July 13, 2006


Soon, there will be a user number so huge, it will devour us all!
posted by Sibrax at 2:21 PM on July 13, 2006


As already discussed, you don't have to pay for burning through all those user numbers.

NOW you tell me (after I've gone and burned through $4000 already).
posted by hangashore at 2:23 PM on July 13, 2006


*Shakes head, clucks tongue, fondles giraffe*

My goodness you're tall!

Oh, and fucking warped.
posted by loquacious at 2:24 PM on July 13, 2006


I love all of you, regardless of your user number. You're beautiful. It's true.
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity at 2:35 PM on July 13, 2006


It's not true.
posted by cellphone at 2:45 PM on July 13, 2006


Fucking James Blunt. :-(
posted by persona non grata at 3:10 PM on July 13, 2006


we are beautiful--no matter what they say

/christina

Welcome 40kers! Now make us proud! : >
posted by amberglow at 3:12 PM on July 13, 2006


Like they used to say back in the '60s: "Don't trust anyone over thirty (thousand), man."
posted by Gamblor at 3:23 PM on July 13, 2006


The thread is still open to new comments.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:23 PM on July 13, 2006


It's funny how now, 4 years later, the 14Kers are still the coolest thousand by far. The smartest, most involved, best contributors, best looking, coolest, etc.
posted by jonson at 3:30 PM on July 13, 2006


The funny part is that none of that is true, and the 14K generation is actually the most deluded.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:12 PM on July 13, 2006


Oh, crash, let the kids pretend. Their fantasies are all they have, after all.
posted by crunchland at 4:23 PM on July 13, 2006


As an entirely objective observer, I can attest that what jonson says is the full and complete truth.
posted by languagehat at 5:10 PM on July 13, 2006


The 14k is the most deleted.
posted by cellphone at 5:17 PM on July 13, 2006


*wonders why Drudge hasn't yet implemented a "Stop deeplinking Mefites! You're hurting America" image*
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:20 PM on July 13, 2006


I noticed that the preview page lists everyone by the username.mefi link, not the user number. Is this new, and perhaps the dawning of a new, numberless society?
posted by Eideteker at 5:30 PM on July 13, 2006


Does this make the 20 thousands Mefi's cynical Generation X?

Dude, whatever.
posted by generichuman at 5:31 PM on July 13, 2006


No, it's been like that for a long time. I'd like it it was like there everywhere else too. I just bookmarked the link and change it when I want to look up someone.
posted by puke & cry at 5:53 PM on July 13, 2006


What's interesting to me is that it seems like it's only now that the 2004 crowd (my April Fools cadre and the Nov-Dec cadre) are not the majority of the new users. All the sub-20k folks seem (relatively) like geezers now. I'm still much more impressed by the four-digit users (in terms of seniority) than, say, the 14k folks.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:19 PM on July 13, 2006


Get off my lawn.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:54 PM on July 13, 2006


I'm still much more impressed by the four-digit users (in terms of seniority) than, say, the 14k folks.

*flexes, sneers at languagehat*
posted by cortex at 9:41 PM on July 13, 2006


I await the Paul Ehrlich book setting off the alarm about MetaFilter's impending overpopulation catastrophe.*

Someone else can play the updated role of Julian Simon, only to find out that this time Ehrlich is right.

Mefi is doomed. Doomed I tells ya'.

* "If these trends continue, we will eventually - soon - press up against the theoretical limit of bandwidth capacity and human Youtube link tolerance."
posted by dgaicun at 9:53 PM on July 13, 2006


I lurked for years, and have no idea what my user number is. Maybe it's special. (I do know I'm a filthy five-dolla newbie though.)

I suppose I oughta post a link to the blue one of these days....
posted by bigbigdog at 11:11 PM on July 13, 2006


It's 19223 bigbigdog. Which isn't special at all. But don't let that worry you.
posted by MrMustard at 1:29 AM on July 14, 2006


MetaFilter 40,000: In The Grim Darkness Of The Future There Is Only War MetaTalk Callouts
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:28 AM on July 14, 2006


MeFi's chaos is from humans that have been totally corrupted, tentacles, crab claws, extra eyes, horns. Some people get confused and think Chaos is like Flickr. No, no, no. It's not just photos and comments, it's CHAOS. It's custard falling from the sky! It's an arm that turns into a sword! It's the ability to cut open your arm and mice pour out rather then blood. It's CHAOS, it's corruption!
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:55 AM on July 14, 2006


I have two accounts. I forgot the password for the first and Matt never replied to my begging letters.

*sniff*
posted by Blip at 4:49 AM on July 14, 2006


Four digit users? Don't make me laugh, you young whipper-snappers. Three digits is where it's at - we joined when oolong was just a twinkle in a rodent's eye and when the street of the internet were paved with gold, I tells ye! Who needs 'Ks'?
posted by adrianhon at 6:08 AM on July 14, 2006


You can't fool me with your faux-superiority, adrianhon. It is a fact of life that you sub-Ks aren't the cutting edge pioneers you like to suggest—you signed up not whilst but before the signing up was good. You were firing into the dark, desperately hoping to find something, anything to keep you warm in the dark early hours of the year 2000.

Yes, we four-digits signed up because we knew that the site was good and the time was right. Ours was a decisive, informed act. You signed up for Metafilter as one might sign up for a newsletter or—I'm not afraid to say it—registers an account with the NYT.

You ougta be ashamed!
posted by cortex at 6:33 AM on July 14, 2006


rxrfrx writes "Actually, you just need a bunch of email addresses. As already discussed, you don't have to pay for burning through all those user numbers."

Evil, evil rxfrfx.

Jonson, languagehat, et al: in our day you didn't have to pay to join Metafilter. It was a public service ... if you were one of the first few people to type an email address at the designated hour.
posted by Songdog at 6:50 AM on July 14, 2006



posted by The Jesse Helms at 7:54 AM on July 14, 2006


It's funny how now, 4 years later, the 14Kers are still the coolest thousand by far. The smartest, most involved, best contributors, best looking, coolest, etc.
posted by jonson at 3:30 PM PST on July 13

As an entirely objective observer, I can attest that what jonson says is the full and complete truth.
posted by languagehat at 5:10 PM PST on July 13


Aye.

Jonson, languagehat, et al: in our day you didn't have to pay to join Metafilter. It was a public service ... if you were one of the first few people to type an email address at the designated hour.
posted by Songdog at 6:50 AM PST on July 14


We didn't have to pay; we just had to ford the creek, dodge the searchlights and bribe the guards.
posted by timeistight at 10:37 AM on July 14, 2006


What is this $5 noob thing of which you speak?

~wave~
posted by jennaratrix at 1:14 PM on July 14, 2006


I have to admit that I do take satisfaction in being one of the very last users who didn't pay the $5. There's something about the fee that is so...tawdry.

This is all in jest. I don't really mean to encourage genuine mefi snobbery. Well, yes I do, just not this kind.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 4:09 PM on July 14, 2006


Back in my day, I had to type in all my sign-in information backwards on a Dvorak keyboard and then I couldn't even see the front page in blue, I had to read it in Lynx so my boss would think I was working. The table layout was hell and I liked it.

Just kidding. *wave cane*
posted by halonine at 4:33 PM on July 14, 2006


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