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Ten days on #mefi
September 13, 2007 12:09 PM   Subscribe

We used PieSpy to visualize the social structure of #mefi. Here's an animation of the last ten days.
posted by dmd to MetaFilter-Related at 12:09 PM (41 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Very cool. Do the lines get thicker when you reply directly to another person? The program must look for usernames mentioned in messages, right?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:12 PM on September 13, 2007


That gets the biggest weighting, but the bulk of the data comes from temporal information - who talks near in time to whom.
posted by dmd at 12:18 PM on September 13, 2007


31d1 and brownpau game the system
posted by dmd at 12:48 PM on September 13, 2007


Updated those links per yer request, dmd.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:52 PM on September 13, 2007


A few things occurred to me while watching that.

1. That was like that scene in hellraiser where the dude grows up out of the floor after some blood is spilled.

2. Cortex is such a flirt! Look at him, all talking to everybody all the time... with his... rock music. At least moift and limepi went and got a room.

3. I always imagined that #mefi is like MST3K for metafilter. With everyone cracking wise about the front page as new stuff happens. Tell me it's so.

4. so what does it mean when someone's way out on the end? Does it mean that they haven't spoken in a while, but remained in the channel, or what?
posted by shmegegge at 12:52 PM on September 13, 2007


ok, that 31d1 v BP one is fascinating. how did that happen?
posted by shmegegge at 12:53 PM on September 13, 2007


I dig the part where it organically adjusts to form Goatse and then morphs into a pissing elephant.
posted by sciurus at 12:55 PM on September 13, 2007


I said something to everyone, and then bp started saying hello to everyone, and then i fought back, with panache but ruthlessly.
posted by 31d1 at 12:55 PM on September 13, 2007 [3 favorites]


31d1: with panache but ruthlessly, indeed! well played, sir! bravo!
posted by shmegegge at 12:57 PM on September 13, 2007


sciurus: hi.
posted by shmegegge at 12:57 PM on September 13, 2007


cortex: what up, playa!
posted by shmegegge at 12:57 PM on September 13, 2007


dmd: keep it up, dawg!
posted by shmegegge at 12:57 PM on September 13, 2007


mathowie: yo, bro!
posted by shmegegge at 12:58 PM on September 13, 2007


31d1 won. But winning at IRC bot gaming is like special olympics etc etc etc
posted by brownpau at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2007


Is this one of those things you would need an archaic chat client to know about?
posted by blue_beetle at 1:06 PM on September 13, 2007


Does this look archaic to you? If so, yes.
posted by dmd at 1:12 PM on September 13, 2007


Whatever happened to the Jabber server?
posted by brain_drain at 1:17 PM on September 13, 2007


3. I always imagined that #mefi is like MST3K for metafilter. With everyone cracking wise about the front page as new stuff happens. Tell me it's so.

I went in once and was greeted with a string of racist jokes.

Once is enough for me.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:19 PM on September 13, 2007 [6 favorites]


Does this look archaic to you? If so, yes.

It does to me, but then again I come from the year 2345 and was sent to tell Rod Johnson of 433 West 5th Street not to marry Nancy Billingsley on September 12th, 2007, wait, what's today's date? Oh crap.
posted by Pollomacho at 1:22 PM on September 13, 2007 [6 favorites]


I went in once and was greeted with a string of racist jokes.

Sometimes #mefi is kind of like what would happen if Lenny Bruce managed to get even higher than normal and exploded into about a dozen pieces, and then each of those pieces found an IRC client and started working on new material.

But a lot of the time it's just kind of goofy riffage. Not near as cuddly as #bunnies, mind you, but that's why IRC has multiple channels.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:27 PM on September 13, 2007


I just went into the IRC channel (this being my very first time on IRC) and was surprised. It's like there is this secret underbelly to the internet, and anyone can get in, but nothing makes sense unless you are an initiate.

Which I, most certainly, am not.
posted by arcticwoman at 1:30 PM on September 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


considering irc is a protocol and not a client I'm not quite what kind of retardation blue_beetle is spewing.
posted by cellphone at 1:31 PM on September 13, 2007


sure
posted by cellphone at 1:31 PM on September 13, 2007


Weird. I always thought that the IRC protocol was a client-server model.

Live and learn, I guess.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:13 PM on September 13, 2007


Ahh. Yes, here it is, from wikipedia.
Users access IRC networks by connecting a client to a server.
So blue_beetle would need a client to send messages using the IRC protocol.


retard.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:31 PM on September 13, 2007


Hurf. Set a MIME type on that mp4, wouldya?
posted by ikkyu2 at 2:45 PM on September 13, 2007


ikkyu2: Good idea. Done.
posted by dmd at 3:08 PM on September 13, 2007


Hey - I wanted to see what the dead of night looks like! Seems to skip the wee hours?
posted by mzurer at 4:07 PM on September 13, 2007


Finally home where I could watch this.

It resembles nothing so much as an animation of an illustration from a Stanislaw Lem book.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:21 PM on September 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


#mefi is just bizarre (went on for the first time a few minutes ago and then left after wtf norwegians and breast implants...)
posted by misha at 4:38 PM on September 13, 2007


wtf nerwogians?!
posted by 31d1 at 5:00 PM on September 13, 2007


This looks like a story arc summary of Cheers.
posted by paulsc at 5:10 PM on September 13, 2007


I went in once and was greeted with:
>slart!
>can't be
>slart is shit
>shit can't type
posted by tellurian at 5:50 PM on September 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


#mefi hasn't been cool for lo this many years. That animation; however, is indeed the shit.
posted by dg at 8:14 PM on September 13, 2007


Ha! This thread has helped me to understand that I can double the effectiveness of my snark by including the word "archaic". I will endeavour to use it in all my future archaic conversations.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:33 AM on September 14, 2007


Suggestion.
posted by bardic at 1:39 PM on September 14, 2007


It's like there is this secret underbelly to the internet, and anyone can get in, but nothing makes sense unless you are an initiate.

I believe you're romanticizing the cesspool that is #mefi on slashnet to an unwarranted extent. It's nothing like 'metafilter in realtime' a la shmegegge's hope; it's a downright blight. Think SomethingAwful hopping around in pain after being castrated and attempting to shriekingly prove its insipidity credentials.
posted by Non Prosequitur at 10:16 PM on September 14, 2007 [10 favorites]


Did your mother not love you enough, Non Prosequitur?
posted by Jimbob at 10:42 PM on September 14, 2007


He must be the guy who comes in and spams the channel with links to ukunderpanties.org
posted by Krrrlson at 11:25 AM on September 15, 2007


Krrrlson ate my balls
posted by cellphone at 7:17 AM on September 16, 2007


A whole week's worth.

And that'll be all, I shut it down today. Kinda a one-trick pony.
posted by dmd at 6:52 PM on September 27, 2007


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