How much participation is enough? November 7, 2007 12:32 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to participate...

But frankly, I'm a little intimidated. I check out sites, answer questions when I can. But I'm afraid to post anything which might seem whimsical or not serious enough on MeFi or AskMe. Am I right to be this cautious?
posted by Fferret to Etiquette/Policy at 12:32 PM (121 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Well you're right to be a little cautious on AskMe since that part of the MetaFilter universe has stricter guidelines than the rest of the site. Being humorous is fine but you have to also be answering the question or your remarks may be deleted. On the other hand, unless this becomes a chronic problem, that's *all* that happens., so feel free to try things out and get to know the place.

You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments, it's totally okay to participate when you have an answer or a comment and let the place go on without you the rest of the time. If you're a geek and a SF fan you'l likely fit in here just fine.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:36 PM on November 7, 2007


FUCK OFF ASSHOLE

(welcome to Metafilter! if you are intimidated, just remember that we're all nasal-voiced losers with no lives)
posted by nasreddin at 12:39 PM on November 7, 2007 [9 favorites]


Whimsical is fine on Mefi, as long as it's a good link(s). Dive on in!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:40 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


BALEET THIS SHIT NOW. BANHAMMER!
posted by quonsar at 12:43 PM on November 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


Don't worry about. People will give you shit around here pretty much no matter what. Just roll with it.
posted by puke & cry at 12:45 PM on November 7, 2007


we're all nasal-voiced losers lovers with no lives lice!

Fixed that for you.

If you find "fixed that for you" jokes funny, you may like it here.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:46 PM on November 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


Make a friend. With memail (pushing for this over metamail), it's easier than ever to contact mefites to have them vet your posts.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:47 PM on November 7, 2007


Don't joke around in askme.

Other than that, joke away.
posted by empath at 12:48 PM on November 7, 2007


Posting on MeFi is a lot like having sex. Just do whatever feels good, and if it isn't working out you're going to hear about it. Loudly.
posted by baphomet at 12:48 PM on November 7, 2007 [15 favorites]


I'm awesome and I've never posted on the front page.

You can be too!
posted by cowbellemoo at 12:49 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Seeing as this is your second MetaTalk post and that you posted your first about a month ago, I suspect that you really aren't intimidated at all. I think you enjoy nude skydiving and throwing yourself to the lions in your spare time.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:49 PM on November 7, 2007


@jessamyn: Does this extend to posting whimsical questions on AskMe, ala The Internet Oracle? As it turns out, I am an SF fan and a geek, so I'm not too trepidatious, but I have noticed that some folk have prefaced their entry/question with '*filter:'. Would questions prefaced with 'Whimsyfilter:' or 'Humorfilter:' be appropriate?
posted by Fferret at 12:50 PM on November 7, 2007


Here's where someone soberly reminds you that we don't use the "@[USERNAME]" convention here.

Not me, because I think it's pretty handy and pops out.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 12:51 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments

Goddamn it. *goes outside*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:52 PM on November 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


#soundofsuburbia: Rats! You've found me out! Actually it's nude skydiving with lions, but if you can't handle the two at once....
posted by Fferret at 12:53 PM on November 7, 2007


Would questions prefaced with 'Whimsyfilter:' or 'Humorfilter:' be appropriate?

Do not do this.

Does this extend to posting whimsical questions on AskMe

If your question is a real question that is answerable, go for it, cloak it in some whimsy if you like. If you're just fucking around, best not. Although there is some precedent, idle japery-in-the-form-of-a-question wastes everyone's time.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:55 PM on November 7, 2007


Link to thy neighbor but not thyself. The rest is commentary. Go study.
posted by kosem at 12:55 PM on November 7, 2007 [4 favorites]


How much participation is enough?

Too much is never enough.
posted by dersins at 12:57 PM on November 7, 2007


Does this extend to posting whimsical questions on AskMe

Read the FAQ. Get to know the place. If your question is a made-up hypothetical (and not about physics), or chatty, or not really a question, it will usually get removed. AskMe is for questions, things you need answers to, not (usually) performance art or writing exercises. If you have a sincere information need that you think people can help you with, ask. If you just want to talk about a topic, yeah you can do that someplace else and neither AskMe or MeFi is quite right for that, though there are some good discussions both places.

MetaChat is a nice site with a lot of MeFites and others that is often better for chatty fun discussions. You might want to check it out also.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:58 PM on November 7, 2007


!stavrosthewonderchicken: I thought you went outside...

$kosem: Rambam would approve. A bi gehzunt, lantzmann.

&beaucoupkevin: Really? Thanks for the tip.
posted by Fferret at 12:58 PM on November 7, 2007


You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments

Goddamn it. *goes outside*


Grinding for xp outside isn't any faster, stavros.
posted by juv3nal at 12:59 PM on November 7, 2007


I am just going to go ahead and say what everybody else is thinking: I fucking hate whimsy. Seriously. Fucking hate it.
posted by ND¢ at 12:59 PM on November 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


Don't joke around in askme.

And don't be one of those asshats that posts off-topic comments in AskMe using the small tag. Guess what...we can still see your comment - it's just smaller!
posted by iconomy at 1:00 PM on November 7, 2007


I fucking hate whimsy.

I do also, so that ! $ & stuff wears out real fast.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:01 PM on November 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


You will make a fucked up post and regret it. Maybe not the first time, but you will. Then you will get over it and resume making useful posts.

Also, there's no reason to post for posting's sake. One great post will be better regarded than a string of mediocre posts.

But either way, they're basically gone in a day. Like tears in the rain...
posted by GuyZero at 1:01 PM on November 7, 2007


A technician will arrive to install your cabal box between 10 am and 4 pm tomorrow.
posted by breezeway at 1:03 PM on November 7, 2007 [6 favorites]


You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments...

Tell that to my avatar!

*casts Modblock spell, fires grappling hook, sprints across tightrope, vanishes into MetaFram mailing list*
posted by hermitosis at 1:05 PM on November 7, 2007


Just post. You'll learn as you go.
Like I just did about iconomy. Damn!
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 1:06 PM on November 7, 2007


You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments

Then what am I'm paying those Chinese comment farmers for?
posted by felix betachat at 1:06 PM on November 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments

Damn, and I've been collecting favorites for months in hopes to make [Emperor's New Cloak].
posted by iamkimiam at 1:08 PM on November 7, 2007


Jessamyn, look what you've started with that comment?

Geeks, reveal yourselves!
posted by iamkimiam at 1:09 PM on November 7, 2007


With memail (pushing for this over metamail)

Wrong. It should obviously be "milfmail." Hell, if melissa may used it, it must be correct.

As for how much participation is enough, there is no answer to that. There are users that pop in every once in a while (in MeFi and MeTa at least) who make single comments that contribute a lot to the site. Then there are people like the aptly named loquacious and delmoi who have commented in every single thread in the last 10 years. Or there's me who just contributes unfunny snarkish and trolly single line comments with lots of exclamation points in an attempt to cheaply garner favorites and feed my already gigantic ego. Just participate howsoever much you feel the need to.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:10 PM on November 7, 2007


It's a little scary, but dive on in. If you do something wrong, believe me, you'll hear about it.

BTW, no need to use @ or # or ! preceding someone's name when addressing a comment to them. It kinda goes against house style aound these parts. If it's a really long thread and you're addressing a far-back comment, it's fine to bold the name of the person whose comment you're responding to, or you could link to their comment. Welcome!
posted by rtha at 1:13 PM on November 7, 2007


Oh, look! Feisty Ferret's back!
posted by Floydd at 1:17 PM on November 7, 2007


it's fine to bold the name of the person whose comment you're responding to

Sez you.

or you could link to their comment

Much better. Or if you want something easier, just use their name, with a comma or colon afterwards.

Now I should go outside

Hi iconomy

posted by grouse at 1:21 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


You're gonna get peach juice all over yourself, Prufrock.
posted by Falconetti at 1:22 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Despite the inevitable level of abuse a question like this generates, I wish everyone put more forethought into their participation in, well, everything. So good for you.

Review the guidelines page. Look over the FAQ and pay special heed to the guidelines for Ask Metafilter. It basically boils down to, very little hijinx is tolerated in Ask, with questions or answers. Use it to get group feedback on legitimate questions, not as a place to make a spectacle of yourself. Double check the entry on what makes a good front page post. Really take a look a those best post contest entries - that's the kind of thing that really hit some universal appeal. Then have fun digging into the results of a search like this to remind you that there are few hard and fast rules, and nobody (including the moderators) really agrees about the guidelines or how they get applied. So there's little point overthinking everything.

Finally, relax. Worse than the occasional brain-dead post that gets mocked and deleted is the person who takes it deeply to heart and either gets crazy protesting it's deletion on MetaTalk or else gets into some "oh what does it take to satisfy you people?" conversation. Some people hate everything. Everybody hates some things. If you get deleted pay attention to the response, email the moderator if you don't understand it, and don't take it to heart. Hell, I'm a peerless Metafiltarian and just the other day I was cleaning out the email archives and found an email from Jessamyn with the subject line "I just deleted your crap FPP." To err is human. Don't self-link and post away.
posted by nanojath at 1:23 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


If you find "fixed that for you" jokes funny, you may like it here.

And if you like pointing out how much you hate those jokes instead, you may also like it here.

Mefi has dualism down cold.

You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments

Unless you buy the expansion, anyway. Inquire within. Reasonable rates.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:27 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's not the same guy, Ffloyd. FF's name was "Chance Ruder," he was from Texas and he would be 15 now. Fferret's name is Michael Thompson, he's from Maryland and he's a network admin, and they're usually older than 15.

Nobody knows what happened to "Fiesty Floyd," all record of him vanished from the Metafilter servers... as if PURPOSELY EXPUNGED.
posted by nanojath at 1:29 PM on November 7, 2007


I smell a whimsical meetup at the Timonium Fairgrounds in the works. Ponies and cotton candy for all!
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 1:33 PM on November 7, 2007


Fferret, learn to go through the archives of MeTa and read every other fucking thread about this same goddamned pusillanimity.
posted by klangklangston at 1:36 PM on November 7, 2007


This thread has shown me that everything I thought about whimsy was wrong.
posted by tepidmonkey at 1:36 PM on November 7, 2007


The real trick is to not give a fuck and post what you like -- for the most part anyway. Shit will get deleted on occasion, and people will mock you on occasion, but really, in the grand scheme of things its just a web site.
posted by chunking express at 1:40 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


*shakes fist at grouse*
posted by iconomy at 1:41 PM on November 7, 2007


You win.
posted by grouse at 1:42 PM on November 7, 2007


BALEET THIS SHIT NOW. BANHAMMER!
I'm taking some medicine that makes me extremely loopy, and I read that as HAMBANNER. This got me pretty darn excited.


I have nothing of value to add, and I apologize.
posted by boo_radley at 1:44 PM on November 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


Whimsy is fine, so long as you infuse it with half a liter of extra virgin bonobo bile, heat it over a white-hot flame in a non-reactive crucible until it reduces to a rancid, oily tar, thin it with a Tablespoon of concentrated baby's tears, and inject it straight into a kitten's eyeball.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:46 PM on November 7, 2007 [4 favorites]


...he's a network admin, and they're usually older than 15. Clearly you've not attempted to get anything done with a network admin who's too far away to smack.

Here's a trick: don't post about something unless you know enough to know how little you know about it.

*narrowly avoids Real Genius quote*
posted by Skorgu at 1:46 PM on November 7, 2007


Just don't post from Digg.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:47 PM on November 7, 2007


Fferret: You should try and go to a meetup. These people here are surprisingly normal. Even tube. Don't feel bad about not posting.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:50 PM on November 7, 2007


HAMBANNER
posted by breaks the guidelines? at 1:51 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


HAMBANNER
posted by ND¢ at 1:53 PM on November 7, 2007


I hate whimsy.
posted by DrGirlfriend at 1:56 PM on November 7, 2007


Fixed that for you.

Fixed that for YOU.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:16 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


HAMBANNER
posted by trip and a half at 2:24 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm trying to participate... But frankly, I'm a little intimidated.

I can smell your brains.
posted by loquacious at 2:25 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


HAMBANNER
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:31 PM on November 7, 2007


You ask if whimsy is ok.
On AskMe, questions like this are ok:
-If I have an XYZ cable and an ABC box, what kind of connector do I need?
-Is any naturally occurring material harder than diamond?
-Where is the best sushi in Tulsa?
-Is there a movie from the 1970s with a mermaid who rides a motorcycle?
-What's the origin of the expression "madder than a wet hen"?
etc.
Even though some of these questions are trivial, they have real well-defined answers.

Questions like this are NOT ok on AskMe:
-Do you like X-men or Superfriends better?
-If you were a rock band, what band would you be?
-Why does the midwest suck so much?
-What if puppies and kittens could have babies?
etc.
These are questions that are whimsical in the sense of being just chatty with no real answer, where you're basically asking in order to start a conversation. That is "chatfilter", and therefore not AskMe material. You could try these out on Metachat, linked above.

Similarly in AskMe comments, there is little tolerance for jokey whimsical answers that are "just meant to lighten things up". Resist the temptation to make a joke in that "what material in nature is harder than a diamond" thread, for example.

Also about AskMe:
Even though some people do preface their question by saying "SomethingFilter:", there is no purpose served by it, and lots of people dislike it. I would avoid doing that.

On the other parts of the site, whimsy is a-ok in comments, and you're probably safest confining it there.

Metafilter posts (the front page) -- post cool things you find on the web. Whimsical links are fine. But: the linked site has to be good. Don't try to fancy up a crappy link with whimsical description here, because people will see through that and will just deride you.

MetaTalk posts tend to be more or less businesslike (though the comments don't), and if you make whimsical posts here the comment vultures will come and pick over your mouldering corpse. Again, even though it's called "talk", this isn't mostly a place for chatty posts; those go better on Metachat. There really isn't a natural venue on Mefi for chatty posts.
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:32 PM on November 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


Whimsy is fine, so long as you infuse it with half a liter of extra virgin bonobo bile, heat it over a white-hot flame in a non-reactive crucible until it reduces to a rancid, oily tar, thin it with a Tablespoon of concentrated baby's tears, and inject it straight into a kitten's eyeball.

Sublime. Thank you.
posted by jennydiski at 2:36 PM on November 7, 2007


Post whatever you like. Here's what will happen:

First, someone will come along and inform you that it's a double post dating back to 1973.

Then someone else will comment in lolspeak.

Then languagehat will correct their grammar.

After that, quonsar will post something in all caps.

Then grumblebee will say something reasonable, and a bunch of people will post comments about how fucking great that is.

And finally, Ethereal Bligh will drop by to tell us all in excruciating detail what we really think.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:40 PM on November 7, 2007 [4 favorites]


You can make a joke in AskMe, but only if you pre-purchase a humor tax stamp, lick it, and attach it to your comment. The catch 22 is that anyone attempting to buy the humor stamp is in violation of the no funny stuff in AskMe rule, and automatically is banned. I could be wrong about all that.
posted by found missing at 2:40 PM on November 7, 2007


Whatever you post about, avoid padding it out with a Wikipedia or Amazon link. Go to the bother of looking up a link or few of something other, original, informative and worthwhile on the subject at hand. Wikipedia and Amazon links are the suck, imho.
posted by y2karl at 3:02 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm afraid to post anything which might seem whimsical or not serious enough on MeFi or AskMe

Don't make any [more inside] jokes, as in: blah, blah blah and, as always there's [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 3:09 PM on November 7, 2007


Posting on MeFi is a lot like having sex.

I think that tells you all you need to know about this group.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:10 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


ND¢: I am just going to go ahead and say what everybody else is thinking: I fucking hate whimsy. Seriously. Fucking hate it.

I have never done this, in fact I find this kinda annoying... however:

eponysterical!

There... now I feel ashamed of myself.

Whimsy is fine. There are people who'll growl at you but they're paper tigers (except mathowie. he is r00t. ph34r h1m luz3r. if you're p0st suxx0rs. h3 0wnzorz U).
posted by Kattullus at 3:33 PM on November 7, 2007


See this here? This is why identifying sockpuppets so fricking easy. This guy is clearly new.

When a new user shows up with an attention whore account name like Uncle .38 Spackle Bloody Pants (or one clearly traceable to a site reference) is one sign. Another is when they immediately start dropping shots in Metatalk like they have been here for years. You can be certain such accounts are a sockpuppet. New users tread lightly at first like this poster.
posted by dios at 3:34 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


WMSY has been trading in the low teens ever since the IMG tag bubble burst, but every now and then it surges.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:35 PM on November 7, 2007


But frankly, I'm a little intimidated.

Just pretend that your audience is in their underwear, or even naked...
posted by R. Mutt at 3:36 PM on November 7, 2007


Just pretend that your audience is in their underwear, or even naked...

And that's different because ...?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:01 PM on November 7, 2007


"Whatever you post about, avoid padding it out with a Wikipedia or Amazon link. Go to the bother of looking up a link or few of something other, original, informative and worthwhile on the subject at hand."

Or just post the one link you found that you thought was cool. That works, too.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:04 PM on November 7, 2007


I think you should start off by posting a Front Page Post about cat scans. Not the medical thing, but the actual scanning of cats. That seems to always do well.

Other than that, hang around, be yourself, and before you know it, people will ignore you just as much as they ignore me.
posted by The Deej at 4:06 PM on November 7, 2007


Who are you, again?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:19 PM on November 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


I'm... uh...

What?
posted by The Deej at 4:32 PM on November 7, 2007


Askme: serious business.

MeFi: Not so serious, plenty of room for whimsy.

MeTa: hmm, that's more difficult;

Picture your average mefite, covered in blood, smearing shit on the walls and screaming, "I'm going to cut off my hand! Agree with me or ban me! Give me my damn pony!"

MeTa: It's kinda like that.

But even more fun than you'd think.
posted by quin at 4:39 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Or:

Askme: Kinda like going to work.

MeFI: Kinda like hanging out with your friends.

Meta: Kinda like having to visit the family at the holidays. (think Festivus)
posted by R. Mutt at 5:02 PM on November 7, 2007


I fucking hate whimsy.

I'm guilty of paying her the occasional booty call, but I'd never be seen out with her in public.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:34 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Don't worry about. People will give you shit around here pretty much no matter what. Just roll with it.


Yeah, I'm earning my stripes here too. So far, I've had posts deleted, comments deleted, been berated, and essentially been told I'm an idiot. Par for the course.

It's just like anything else. Learn the ropes, do your best, and let those who have nothing better to do than to be assholes go their way.

Remember-- at the end of the day, it's just words on a screen. Or people at a meetup, but that you can easily avoid.
posted by Rykey at 5:40 PM on November 7, 2007


AskMe is a Pinot Noir. Difficult, but rewarding. Usually makes a good impression, might even get you laid, occasionally, but can be intoxicating in excess. Has been known to leave a killer hangover the next day. Good with Gouda.

MeFi is a beer. Sometimes a hearty craftsman or clever micro brew, sometimes a simple, honest beverage. Lively. May lead to questionable epiphanies, drunken laughter, or public humiliation and years of regret. Good with Philly Cheesesteaks.

MeTa is tequila & moonshine. Sweet, sweet liquid death. Good with a living will and sticky restroom floor tiles.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:40 PM on November 7, 2007 [5 favorites]


Who told you you could respond in this thread Rykey? Get back in your hole. BACK IN YOUR HOLE NOW.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:41 PM on November 7, 2007


NO! NO! NOT THE HOLE AGAIN! NOT THE
GAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...
posted by Rykey at 5:48 PM on November 7, 2007


AskMe is a giant whale burning fuel before it lands, more differential than integral. Often ends up intercepting the message before it escapes the lips of the rightful heir to the barracks. The escape velocity takes years to master, but the effect is so upsetting you won't be able to go back and stop yourself from ever having done it.

MeFi is a trough to be hoisted and reverted to the initial inventory of cat wranglers. Taking a moment to abdicate an empty nest? You'll want to rehearse before you decide. It always tears it up together, out of pieces. There's never enough dredge to tip the basin. Don't let that stop you from pontificating.

MeTa is a homeless man on a spaceship. He'll yell at you and won't budge if you try to drag him into the ocean, but you'll sure feel it in the morning. It's a cliff-hanging panoply of a marathon without runners, only lap-timers.
posted by tepidmonkey at 6:06 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


You know, you can ignore 90% of this advice if you just refrain from posting stuff that relates to you (except in projects), otherwise go.. make mistakes, foster enmity and friendships. It's just the internet, and we are all in our underwear/nude, sometimes both at once.
posted by edgeways at 6:09 PM on November 7, 2007


If you get deleted pay attention to the response, email the moderator if you don't understand it, and don't take it to heart.

And for the love of sweet bleeding Christ don't start a whiny MetaTalk post about it. People will savage you in a way not seen since the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, and I regret to say I will be one of them. (I keep a barrel of tar on the stove at all times for such occasions.)

Other than that, welcome, post away, and have no fear!
posted by languagehat at 6:16 PM on November 7, 2007


How does your "barrel" not burn, it being on the stove?
posted by yhbc at 6:21 PM on November 7, 2007


Hope is the thing with feathers. What we do here is strip the feathers off the hope--that's a fairly standard recipe for despair. Then languagehat scoops some tar from the ashy remains of his barrel, and we're good to go.
posted by Kwine at 6:39 PM on November 7, 2007


I was just about to post "Doesn't this belong in MetaTalk?" Until I realized this is MetaTalk. I love you plain theme, but sometimes I don't know who you are anymore.
posted by ALongDecember at 6:40 PM on November 7, 2007


I'm a little intimidated....I'm afraid to post anything which might seem whimsical

You're right to be intimidated. Leave whimsical alone, you cand possibly be as good at it as I am.
posted by jonmc at 6:48 PM on November 7, 2007


But frankly, I'm a little intimidated.

Just pretend that your audience is in their underwear, or even naked...


Well, chances are...
posted by jonmc at 6:50 PM on November 7, 2007


You can be certain such accounts are a sockpuppet. New users tread lightly at first like this poster.

Fuck that, I barreled in like I owned this shit.
posted by The Straightener at 7:03 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Straightener, but you work where wise men fear to tread.
posted by Quietgal at 7:33 PM on November 7, 2007


MeFi... she trembles at my touch.

AskMe ... she is a stern taskmistress, and glares at me coldly.

MeTa... a slut!
posted by The Deej at 7:36 PM on November 7, 2007


See this here? This is why identifying sockpuppets so fricking easy. This guy is clearly new.
posted by dios

That suspicioulsy sounds a lot like what the owner of a brand new sockpuppet would say, dios.
posted by micayetoca at 7:57 PM on November 7, 2007


Ah, but isn't that exactly what you would expect the sockpuppet to say?!?

/too lazy to look up the line to plagiarize it properly; it's from Princess Bride, look it up yourself
posted by yhbc at 8:00 PM on November 7, 2007


nasreddin said: just remember that we're all nasal-voiced losers

Speak for yourself. I'm a nasal-voiced winner!

Welcome to Metafilter, Fferret. Don't worry, you'll be fine. No one wants to be mean to a cute furry animal!
posted by amyms at 8:01 PM on November 7, 2007


MeFi is mathowie
MeTa is cortex
AskMe is jessamyn
posted by found missing at 8:01 PM on November 7, 2007 [5 favorites]


nasreddin said: just remember that we're all nasal-voiced losers

Speak for yourself. I'm a nasal-voiced winner!


I'm actually a deep-sonorous voiced loser.
posted by jonmc at 8:14 PM on November 7, 2007


Rykey writes "Yeah, I'm earning my stripes here too. So far, I've had posts deleted, comments deleted, been berated, and essentially been told I'm an idiot. Par for the course."

Well, darn it. I thought I'd been earning my stripes too, but I guess I haven't. No deletions, beratings, or being called names. What have I done wrong?
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:56 PM on November 7, 2007


You're a mouthbreathing fartfaced fuckstick.

(I'm here to help)
posted by jonmc at 9:07 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Now I feel all warm and fuzzy.
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:23 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Mefi is the what.
Askme is the how.
Meta is the why, you fuckers, why.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:27 PM on November 7, 2007 [5 favorites]


If you get deleted pay attention to the response, email the moderator if you don't understand it, and don't take it to heart.

And for the love of sweet bleeding Christ don't start a whiny MetaTalk post about it. People will savage you in a way not seen since the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, and I regret to say I will be one of them.


Me too, except I won't regret it. It will make me very happy.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:29 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


No matter when or where you post, nor the eventual abuse heaped upon you by unfeeling brutes who never leave their computers, remember one thing: you will always be a special little snowflake.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 10:13 PM on November 7, 2007


Well, I am one of those snowflakes that always asks stupid embarrassing questions. And I always get good advice. However, I have never posted to the blue, or the grey. But, dammit, I am here nearly every day. Rootin' for the underdog. Best I can figure, i'm a "heavy-use lurker," or that's what they call me at meetings, anyway.

I am not a computer person, so this is the last place I ever imagined enjoying as much as I do. A web designer pal told me about it, and I uber-lurked for almost two years before I finally joined.

Then i asked really REALLY stupid questions...

"I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record."

And some embarrassing, but really important-to-me questions. Then i found out that people I know are members.

Fuck. Fuckity fuck, wow I suck Fuck.

I completely mis-interpreted things. My days of wine and fuckin' roses are over, dammit. I will never type another ......crap. Damn...usefulness, helpfulness, smart...well.

Don't say I didn't....get in there.

Ya can't possibly be dumb as me, eh?
posted by metasav at 11:39 PM on November 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


You don't level up or anything after a certain amount of time or number of comments
You can, however, get a gold star if you play your cards right.

ThePinkSuperhero: "... don't start a whiny MetaTalk post about it. People will savage you in a way not seen since the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, and I regret to say I will be one of them.
Me too, except I won't regret it. It will make me very happy.
"
And I'll come in about nine hours later and deliver a few late but well-aimed kicks to the groin just when you were thinking about getting up again. And I'll like it.
posted by dg at 11:49 PM on November 7, 2007


MeFi is the !
AskMe is the ?
posted by philomathoholic at 12:13 AM on November 8, 2007


...which makes MetaTalk the &*$#%
posted by dersins at 12:24 AM on November 8, 2007 [3 favorites]


... so cortex is a slut?
posted by needled at 4:25 AM on November 8, 2007


If you don't get XP for grinding on this site, then why the hell is seanyboy paying me for this shit.

I call bullshit.
And I am going back to the Gold Farming. At least then, I felt I was doing something that mattered.
posted by seanyboy at 4:55 AM on November 8, 2007


Metatalk: cortex is a slut
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:02 AM on November 8, 2007


It depends on what you want. If you want to be a productive member of the community, follow the above advice. If you want to be a beloved or banned or beloved banned member, ignore all the advice and post whatever the hell you want wherever you want.
posted by MarkAnd at 8:28 AM on November 8, 2007


Am I too late for this communal jizzfest?

I bought a fucking t-shirt too.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 8:44 AM on November 8, 2007


-What if puppies and kittens could have babies?

You just blew my mind. Whoa.
posted by inigo2 at 8:56 AM on November 8, 2007


Wow. It's amazing what you come back to, sometimes. Well, having broached the subject, I might as well subject my latest question to your tender mercies.

jessamyn: I will behave myself. Mostly.

dios: Thank you. I was raised to be polite, and that extends to the Internet as well. It does astonish me sometimes the lack of polite that I see on the 'Net, perfectly sensible people become raving assholes just because they (think they) are anonymous. As a netadmin, I know damn well that I can track back most users. Very few bother with anonymizers, or proxies.

To the rest: Thanks, or fuck off ( ;-)> ) depending on your attitude.
posted by Fferret at 11:22 AM on November 8, 2007


See, now you're getting the hang of it. Throw in a few LOLcats and a bucket of cocks and you'll be truly one of us.
posted by dg at 1:08 PM on November 8, 2007


Not to get all dismissive or anything, but at the end of the day Metafilter is just a frikkin website. Sure, it also can be a closeknit community, but worst case scenario you do something totally foolish, are banned, and maybe 100-500 largely anonymous people (depending on how spectacular your exit is) think you're an idiot.

You will still be able to carry on your life, (probably) have sex with others, and find work, even if it is in a slaughterhouse in Montana.

The world, in general, does not need to be treated with kid gloves; websites, even less so. I've managed to survive on this website for a couple of years without pissing too many people off that much. I've had a few deleted comments and none of my fingers or toes were missing the next day.

Lighten up, there are no rules, be nice to everybody if you can, snark away when necessary, and occasionally take it to Meta.
posted by Deathalicious at 2:17 PM on November 8, 2007


Inquire within. Reasonable rates.

$20, just like in town.
posted by Deathalicious at 2:18 PM on November 8, 2007


Oh, damn. What chungking said.
posted by Deathalicious at 2:19 PM on November 8, 2007


jessamyn: I will behave myself. Mostly.

That is really all we ask.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:33 PM on November 8, 2007


Welcome! Have a beer.
posted by sjvilla79 at 2:33 AM on November 9, 2007


How does your "barrel" not burn, it being on the stove?

I use one of those thingies—what are they called, trivets?—that buffer the object you're warming from the burner itself and provide a nice, even warmth that keeps the tar bubbling fresh.

Sorry about the delayed response, I've been having router problems. And I got them fixed without AskMe, because I'd rather spend an hour talking to a guy in Bangalore than subject myself to the mercies of you lot.
posted by languagehat at 9:44 AM on November 9, 2007


A double-boiler is the best for keeping your tar nice and hot without any risk of burning it. You can always transfer it to your barrel when it is needed. Your feathers may have a tendency to bunch up when humidity is high. A few minutes in the microwave on low will get them fluffy and ready for use.
posted by found missing at 10:38 AM on November 9, 2007


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