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October 26, 2006 9:37 AM   Subscribe

Shouldn't Matt and Jess be the ones who decide which posts are deleted?
posted by bonaldi to Etiquette/Policy at 9:37 AM (77 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Do please tell us more.
posted by dame at 9:39 AM on October 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


I thought they were.
posted by macadamiaranch at 9:39 AM on October 26, 2006


Sorry: am calling out meatbomb for his posting screeds of shit in that thread.
posted by bonaldi at 9:39 AM on October 26, 2006


Ach! It wasn't actually deleted when I posted this, only effectively. Oops!
posted by bonaldi at 9:40 AM on October 26, 2006


Wow, Meatbomb has discovered something more annoying than 43 animated .gifs in a row. I don't know whether he should be awarded a prize for services to annoyingness studies or brutally kicked in the knackers. Probably the knackers one.
posted by jack_mo at 9:41 AM on October 26, 2006


Well, see that's what happens when you get rid of the IMG tag: text. FREE IMG!
posted by dame at 9:41 AM on October 26, 2006


Or just combine those two thoughts.
posted by peacay at 9:42 AM on October 26, 2006


Next, Matt will ban comments longer than 10 words! Yay!
posted by muddgirl at 9:45 AM on October 26, 2006


So this is a callout about acting badly in a post that was certainly going to be deleted becasue it was a double.

More noise to signal please
posted by edgeways at 9:46 AM on October 26, 2006


Doubles have been allowed to stand before, so dumping enormous text turds all over the shop could be considered forcing the issue.
posted by jack_mo at 9:51 AM on October 26, 2006


People should really make their MeTa posts more informative so we can know what it is about which we are suppossed to be indignant. As it is, I had to read through that whole double post before concluding that this one is not necessary.
posted by OmieWise at 9:52 AM on October 26, 2006


People should really make their MeTa posts more informative so we can know what it is about which we are suppossed to be indignant.

I dunno. If in doubt, pick something at random. Missing socks. Baby seals: Cute and fuzzy or underestimated menace? Parking meters. People who blockquote inside two nested small tags. Undersupervised children on a sugar/caffiene high.

Me? Today it's rainbows. I really hate the fuckers. Looming there all pretty-like in the air going 'la-de-dah i'm a fucking rainbow, look at me you stupid wet fucker haha!' and shit. Fuckers. Can't shoot 'em. Can't turn 'em off. Can't irradiate them with a megawatt magnetron. They suck so much.
posted by loquacious at 10:02 AM on October 26, 2006 [4 favorites]


A simple image macro would've sufficed, but nooooo.

RIP IMG NVR 4GET
posted by Eideteker at 10:02 AM on October 26, 2006


Am I the only one having to physically restrain himself from posting the Magna Carta here?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:05 AM on October 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


So this is a callout about acting badly in a post that was certainly going to be deleted becasue it was a double.

So this is you posting to a MeTa thread about a callout about acting badly in a post . . .

Look, someone concocted a fascinatingly horrible new way of taking a shit on the site in our post-img tag world. We're not supposed to point that out any more? Why even have MetaTalk? Because if it's just for feature requests and meetup listings any more, then fuck it.
posted by Skot at 10:06 AM on October 26, 2006


I deleted it because it was a double.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:10 AM on October 26, 2006


Jesus, I didn't see the tail end of that thread. What an utter douchebag. Those posts are like flagrant I AM POSTING NOOOOOIIIISEEEE EVERYONE LOOK AT ME POSTING GIBBERISHHHHH.

So annoying. Meatbomb, you're out of the site for a week.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:12 AM on October 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


GuyZero, please don't. Seriously, it's worse than heckling when you post ten pages of filler text like that. Just link to the damn thing if it is pertinent.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:16 AM on October 26, 2006


I posted the Magna Carta for those wondering why Matt is rebuking me. Sorry Matt. Poor impulse control. I blame GIF withdrawal.
posted by GuyZero at 10:20 AM on October 26, 2006


It's not very fair that Matt and Jess are the ones who decide what gets deleted, but the rest of us goofballs are the ones who decide what gets posted in the first place.
posted by jimfl at 10:21 AM on October 26, 2006


man, I was just about to post the Bible to that thread to counter Meatbomb.
posted by boo_radley at 10:21 AM on October 26, 2006


Wow, temp banned over that? It's happened before in other threads, within the spirit of naughty mayhem. Has losing the img tag taught us to be so serious so fast?
posted by OmieWise at 10:29 AM on October 26, 2006


On 10/22, everything changed.
posted by GuyZero at 10:33 AM on October 26, 2006


OmieWise, it's the very definition of noise. I'd like to retain some semblance of signal here to offset off-topic noise. Posting several thousand word essays copied from somewhere online is totally pointless and slows the database and the site down having to store and fetch all of it.

Meatbomb posted 6 or 7 monster text files, about the equivalent of a book in a single thread. Maybe once is funny. Twice, perhaps. 6 or 7? That's inexcusable.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:34 AM on October 26, 2006


Hell, even I thought it was annoying. At least try and get a little creative.
posted by loquacious at 10:44 AM on October 26, 2006


Could someone summarize what happened in small words so I can understand?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:53 AM on October 26, 2006


meatbomb bombs FPP double with text of famous treaties, sits in corner for a week.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:58 AM on October 26, 2006


There was a double post, and someone said "where are the animated gifs" and a few comments later Meatbomb copies and pastes a state constitution or something, the follows it up with the entire geneva convention. He does several more monster ten thousand word documents.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:58 AM on October 26, 2006


Copy/paste large historical document in plaintext, repeat.
posted by loquacious at 10:59 AM on October 26, 2006


meatbomb took this comment to heart. I believe he also posted the text of the Louisiana Purchase.
posted by NoMich at 11:00 AM on October 26, 2006


I predicted my whole life.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 11:07 AM on October 26, 2006


I'd just like to add that Dilbert sucks
posted by matteo at 11:16 AM on October 26, 2006


Of course, that was the old Geneva Convention. The new Geneva Convention is about one-tenth the size, and could easily pass for an Ethereal Bligh comment.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:19 AM on October 26, 2006 [2 favorites]


meatbomb was in a thread. meatbomb wrote lots and lots of words. mathowie saw meatbomb's words. mathowie was mad. mathowie gave meatbomb a time out. meatbomb is very sad.

meatbomb was a bad boy. He wrote lots and lots of words. mathowie saw meatbomb's words. mathowie was mad. mathowie gave meatbomb a time out. meatbomb is very sad.
posted by pardonyou? at 11:21 AM on October 26, 2006


Geneva 2: There's a New Serif in Town!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:22 AM on October 26, 2006


Wait! That didn't come out right. Damn clipboard! How's that two-minute editing feature coming? It was supposed to look like this:

Could someone summarize what happened in small words so I can understand?

meatbomb was a bad boy. He wrote lots and lots of words. mathowie saw meatbomb's words. mathowie was mad. mathowie gave meatbomb a time out. meatbomb is very sad.


There goes the funny
posted by pardonyou? at 11:23 AM on October 26, 2006


"Could someone summarize what happened in small words so I can understand?"

In the spirit of yesterday's "six word stories" thread:

Image tag pulled, mass text ensues.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:30 AM on October 26, 2006


It was still funny, pardonyou. I thought you were writing lines.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:35 AM on October 26, 2006


It's worth pointing out: Those are the people who miss the IMG tag. And when they can't use that tag, they find substitute ways to make their obnoxious outbursts, which nicely underscores folks' objection to the stupid IMG tag in the first place.
posted by cribcage at 11:42 AM on October 26, 2006


Of course, that was the old Geneva Convention. The new Geneva Convention is about one-tenth the size, and could easily pass for an Ethereal Bligh comment.

Which is huge, compared to GenevaCon3 - The Decider's Cut
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:44 AM on October 26, 2006


March 2002 discussion of posting noise in "dead" threads.
posted by Mid at 11:50 AM on October 26, 2006


Yeah, GenevaCon3 is gonna be a lot smaller without all those bits about torture that no one was paying atention to.
posted by micayetoca at 11:52 AM on October 26, 2006


cribcage has a point. Those people should wear star or something.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 11:55 AM on October 26, 2006


I miss the img tag. I haven't posted any massive text feeds, nor in any other way attempted to game the site. You might want to restructure your worldview a bit, cribcage.
posted by cortex at 11:57 AM on October 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


"Missing socks. Baby seals: Cute and fuzzy or underestimated menace? Parking meters. People who blockquote inside two nested small tags. Undersupervised children on a sugar/caffiene high."

Sung to the tune of "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows."
posted by Floydd at 12:09 PM on October 26, 2006


You might want to restructure your worldview a bit, cribcage.

"Mental note: Rules have exceptions."

I am in your debt.
posted by cribcage at 12:12 PM on October 26, 2006


What cortex said. And I suspect that most of the people who miss the IMG tag didn't in fact post lots of images.
posted by dame at 12:22 PM on October 26, 2006


"Mental note: Rules have exceptions are often embarassingly incorrect, and insulting to the folks to whom they are misapplied."

If you want to declare a goodly chunk of the mefi community to be mouthbreathing retards, at least be straigtforward about it.

I am in your debt.

So...lump sum, or would you prefer a schedule of monthly payments?
posted by cortex at 12:59 PM on October 26, 2006


If you want to declare a goodly chunk of the mefi community to be mouthbreathing retards, at least be straigtforward about it.

If you insist on declaring yourself to constitute "a goodly chunk of the mefi community," then sure, you can assume I consider that particular chunk to be comprised of mouthbreathing retards.
posted by cribcage at 1:12 PM on October 26, 2006


I think your grasp of Meatbomb's motive was extremely accurate, bonaldi.

He's apparently given up trying to start a new religion, and is now attempting a rather Chapmanesque hostile takeover of MetaFilter!

Watch out mathowie and jessamyn!
posted by jamjam at 1:39 PM on October 26, 2006


If you insist on declaring yourself to constitute "a goodly chunk of the mefi community," then sure, you can assume I consider that particular chunk to be comprised of mouthbreathing retards.

Lord knows that's precisely what I was doing. Spot on.

Look, cribcage, you might be right: those who miss the img tag are universally obnoxious, unselfconscious litterers, with a possible few exceptions (who, even then, are mouthbreathing retards if they contradict you).

I don't have any citations to disprove you. I don't think you have anything to offer to the contrary, either. Short of a sitewide poll, we'll probably never have any meaningful data to throw at the question. So, huzzah, it's undecidable. Excuse me for giving my fellow community members the benefit of the fucking doubt.
posted by cortex at 1:52 PM on October 26, 2006


And, goddammit, I'm arguing in Metatalk again. Fuck it.

cribcage, please consider this my mannered rewrite: I disagree with your perception of the mefi img-o-sphere, and I think it's an insulting and uncharitable position to take.
posted by cortex at 1:56 PM on October 26, 2006


I miss the img tag, have never posted an image, breath through my nose most of the time and I vote.
posted by Floydd at 2:04 PM on October 26, 2006


A sitewide poll.

Do you miss the IMG tag? Y[ ] N[ ]

If yes, are you

[ ] an obnoxious, unselfconscious litterer

[ ] a mouth-breathing retard
posted by dame at 2:11 PM on October 26, 2006


edit:

I declare you want to mouth a godly hunk of me if straight breathing for the ward retards be community, beat it about at least.

If you yourself, breathing, constitute "a godly hunk" you can assume then I insist on declaring to the community I consider that particular hunk of sure mefi mouth to be comprised of retards.


/burroughs
posted by loquacious at 2:13 PM on October 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


"To be composed of" or "to comprise."
posted by occhiblu at 2:16 PM on October 26, 2006


Do you miss the IMG tag? Y[X] N[ ]

If yes, are you

[X] an obnoxious, unselfconscious litterer

[X] a mouth-breathing retard

[X] a killer of small, fuzzy animals

[X] an insufferable bore in bed

[X] a stealer of lollipops from babies*

*in defense of the last answer, babies shouldn't really have lollipops, anyway. They're a choking hazard.
posted by pardonyou? at 2:17 PM on October 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


when the level of discourse rises to the point of people calling other people retarded, that's when metafilter gets really good....
posted by crunchland at 3:41 PM on October 26, 2006


I miss the IMG tag
posted by pwb503 at 3:50 PM on October 26, 2006


I don't.
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:58 PM on October 26, 2006


cribcage, politely go and get run over by a bus. tia.
posted by bardic at 5:19 PM on October 26, 2006


A message from beyond:

Dear MetaFilter,

I apologize for my hi-jinx in that thread, I don't know what came over
me. It seemed like such a cute idea at the time. Should have just
left it at the Treaty of Westphalia, but then I found the Treaty of
Brest-Litovsk, and then the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and after that it
just kind of snowballed.

For the record, I was not drunk or stoned, I guess just temporarily
retarded. Apologies to all who were inconvenienced or angered by my
childish actions, especially Matt, whose server I did my little
poo-poo on.

See you next week,

Tom Topham / Meatbomb

# # #
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:15 PM on October 26, 2006


I miss the img tag. I don't think I've ever used it. Sometimes I've thought it should be limited to a certain (small) size, say 250 x 250 pixels, were such a thing possible.

* kills fuzzy animals, by boring them in bed *
posted by furiousthought at 6:21 PM on October 26, 2006


For the record, I was not drunk or stoned

*laughs*

Liar.

And I always, without exception, am PWIing. The only time I would be likely to be straight and posting would be in the rare cases in which I run out of drugs. It's a lifestyle choice, and part of my Church doctrine.
posted by mediareport at 7:08 PM on October 26, 2006


Liar.

Maybe straight is what came over him.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 5:44 AM on October 27, 2006


Ok, this whole "rule" and "exception" thing seems to be getting confusing, so I've started a tally.

People who Miss the IMG Tag and Support Text Bombing:
-meatbomb

People who Miss the IMG Tag and Oppose Text Bombing:
-cortex
-dame
-Floydd
-bugbread

People who Miss the IMG Tag and Haven't Indicated their Position vis Text Bombing:
-pwb503
-furiousthought
posted by Bugbread at 6:13 AM on October 27, 2006


Fuck it, I stand in the meatbomb queue. (Matter of degree, of course)
posted by If I Had An Anus at 6:17 AM on October 27, 2006


I generally like the image tag. I'm against text bombing in that it's impolite and shouldn't be done, but I don't support prior restraint.
posted by muddgirl at 7:20 AM on October 27, 2006


If this is turning into a poll, let me say I support the img tag, and agree with muddgirl on text bombing.

Not acting like idiots loses its meaning if there is no possibility of acting like idiots.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:26 AM on October 27, 2006


Not acting like idiots loses its meaning if there is no possibility of acting like idiots.

And that's why God mathowie gave us free will.

If we're counting, I'm with muddgirl too.
posted by languagehat at 8:06 AM on October 27, 2006


I used to be for the image tag, but that was when it was rarely used. Now that twuntfarmers bounce into a thread at the slightest provocation and fill it up with elephants, I don't. Like jack_mo said, with images on the recklaw thread would never have gotten as entertaining as it did, and would just have disintegrated into milling about and ceiling cat.

If you want a proper flame-out languagehat, it's much more likely with images off.
posted by bonaldi at 8:12 AM on October 27, 2006


People who Miss the IMG Tag and were left out by bugbread:
-Eideteker

muddgirl: "And, for your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint!"
posted by Eideteker at 8:23 AM on October 27, 2006


If you want a proper flame-out languagehat, it's much more likely with images off.

You've won me over. I'm changing my vote.
posted by languagehat at 9:00 AM on October 27, 2006


As fun as they may be, I don't think pointing out that flame-outs may get stunted by image pile-ons is an argument that antiIMGites will want to propagate often.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 9:14 AM on October 27, 2006


What muddgirl so eloquently said....
posted by Lynsey at 10:23 AM on October 27, 2006


People who Miss the IMG Tag and Support Text Bombing:
-meatbomb
-If I Had An Anus

People who Miss the IMG Tag and Oppose Text Bombing:
-cortex
-dame
-Floydd
-bugbread
-muddgirl
-StickyCarpet
-languagehat, maybe
-Lynsey

People who Miss the IMG Tag and Haven't Indicated their Position vis Text Bombing:
-pwb503
-furiousthought
-Eideteker

cribcage : "Mental note: Rules have exceptions."

I think when the exceptions vastly outweigh the rules, the exceptions become the rules, and the rules become the exceptions. So your initial comment should probably say:
It's worth pointing out: Those are not the people who miss the IMG tag.
posted by Bugbread at 5:59 PM on October 27, 2006


Fuck, man, now he's in your debt. This situation is not getting any more solvent.
posted by cortex at 6:45 PM on October 27, 2006


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