Important feature proposal for FPP process March 25, 2008 11:45 AM   Subscribe

Pony request - auto ban for cracked.com posts

Details of the proposed feature:

Upon submission of an FPP the Link URL, description and extended description will be checked for links to URLs within the cracked.com domain. If they are found the following action will be taken:

* The post will be deleted.
* The user making the post will be immediately banned.
* The users $5 will be forfeit.

Please note:

* No warning will be given.
* This feature should not be documented.
* Any explanation will be harsh, unforgiving and impersonal in tone. There may not be an explanation at all.

If no link to cracked.com is found the FPP submission will proceed as normal.

I believe the above feature to be not only desirable, but essential.
posted by Artw to Feature Requests at 11:45 AM (115 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

No. The system works as is. There's nothing wrong wiht the occasional cracked.com link and I don't understand why the mean-spirited GRAWR about it?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:46 AM on March 25, 2008 [4 favorites]


You really don't like cracked.com.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:48 AM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'd prefer an auto-ban for people who suggest auto-bans. Fits right in with the whole recursive palindrome thang.
posted by waraw at 11:49 AM on March 25, 2008 [10 favorites]


I saw GWAR once. It was everything I had hoped it would be.
posted by everichon at 11:50 AM on March 25, 2008 [12 favorites]


What a long, strange trip it's been.

Well, brief and amusing.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:50 AM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


I can prepare a more detailed proposals with graphs and diagrams if necessary.
posted by Artw at 11:53 AM on March 25, 2008 [4 favorites]


I must admit, I'm a little disappointed that awful Tina Fey thread got closed, because the pun I made about the Scottish Jacobite Uprising was hella sweet. Ah, well. Silenced all my life, etc.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:53 AM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


WTF?
posted by languagehat at 11:54 AM on March 25, 2008


What's so wrong with cracked.com that you should decide no one can link to it? True, Cracked had long been a pathetic Mad imitator, but I've found a lot of their articles over the past few months to be informative, entertaining, and sometimes terrifying. (I refer of course to the horrifying insects discussed here.

Hmm, look who wrote the first comment, not in anyway a discussion of the linked article, but an unjustified attack on cracked. What bugs you so much about it? (Pun not necessarily intended, but it works).
posted by yellowbinder at 11:55 AM on March 25, 2008


That was blatant clapter-bait and you know it, Greg Nog.

Thanks for the reminder, I meant to favorite it!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:57 AM on March 25, 2008


[!] pick a reason to flag:

not that funny in-thread the first time
still not funny in-thread the second time
unreasonably axe-grindy
hey you kids get offa my lawn
harsh, unforgiving and impersonal in tone
OP too impressed with self
too meta
breaks the guidelines
other

posted by pineapple at 11:57 AM on March 25, 2008 [6 favorites]


I'm really interested in those graphs and diagrams. Get on it, sonny.
posted by jmd82 at 11:58 AM on March 25, 2008


Bring back Crazy!

Related: Kaspar the Dead Baby in "Die, my baby, Die!"
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:58 AM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Less GRAWR more GARWOR.
posted by cashman at 11:58 AM on March 25, 2008


auto-bans are as good of an idea as zero-tolerance drug policies. You make a rule, people break it, and they get punished. Sounds perfect, right? We totally won the drug war with it!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:59 AM on March 25, 2008 [20 favorites]


I want to make an auto-bahn joke, but I can't think of one.
posted by yellowbinder at 12:00 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


p.s. dear mods, I'm sorry that in trying to mimic the look of the flagging drop-down, I accidentally did needlessly flag another comment in this thread. I'm sure waraw is a fine person who didn't deserve my flagrant abuse of the flag system, for which I deserve to be flagellated. hugs.
posted by pineapple at 12:00 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


You know who else wanted autobahns?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:00 PM on March 25, 2008 [46 favorites]


We've been very consistent about it, delivering a dependable 1-3 links to cracked.com per month, every month for some time now.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:01 PM on March 25, 2008


Come Ful of the Moon the sadness cracked post gets too much the dog Artw goes mad. It follers on the man and womans track and arga warga if it catches them.
posted by everichon at 12:01 PM on March 25, 2008


Nicely done.
posted by yellowbinder at 12:01 PM on March 25, 2008


Cue: "De fahn fahn fahn ov de auto-ban"
posted by everichon at 12:03 PM on March 25, 2008 [5 favorites]


Top Ten Most Awesome Reasons Why Artw's Proposal is Bad!

10...
posted by sourwookie at 12:06 PM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


I get a little itchy about lots of posts linking the same site, too, but mostly I just write that off as me getting itchy about things that don't need itchiness. Every once in a while we see a real cascade and I think we've culled the latest (and meh) post in a storm on a couple of occasions like that, but mostly it's not a big problem if the content is actually good, entertaining stuff.

You could make the same argument about WFMU, but WFMU basically just puts together completely awesome and unique and varied content on a regular basis. It's kind of a game of balance, more than anything where a bright-line threshold makes sense.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:06 PM on March 25, 2008


I believe the above feature to be not only desirable, but essential.

Essential to what? Life? A healthy weight? Fresh breath? Good hair?

If you're going to try and give your special snowflake rant a sense of reasonableness, don't crap out in the end.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:10 PM on March 25, 2008


Feature request:

The first comment in every Metatalk post should automatically be “Shut up.”
posted by bondcliff at 12:10 PM on March 25, 2008 [19 favorites]


We need to move quickly with the SnigletFilter and decide upon a term that describes a publication that fails as a print mag, but is pretty successful as a website. Cracked has gone under, what, 3-4 times now? It's time we invent the term and spread it to the rest of the world. Time is short!

Sylvesterization?
The Anti-MAD?
Magazine2020?
posted by unixrat at 12:11 PM on March 25, 2008


Oh, somebody get cortex a flee collar, he's ruining his shiny, glossy coat.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:12 PM on March 25, 2008


This is hilarious.
posted by lunit at 12:12 PM on March 25, 2008


The first comment in every Metatalk post should automatically be “Shut up.”

I am irretrievably in favor of this.

Yes, I meant irretrievably.
posted by aramaic at 12:13 PM on March 25, 2008


Wolfdog: We've been very consistent about it, delivering a dependable 1-3 links to cracked.com per month, every month for some time now.

Unless of course, you count the deleted cracked threads also, which your search results do not include. We have had two deleted today alone.
posted by mrzarquon at 12:15 PM on March 25, 2008


I don't think that Artw is really proposing auto-bans. Rather, he is using a hyperbolic suggestion as a way of expressing his displeasure with a particular site or cultural trend. He just wants some sympothy regarding his irritation.

Deep down, he's just saying he needs a hug.
posted by SpacemanStix at 12:16 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


I read in Foxfire somewhere that a giant donut, administered orally, will stop the itching.
posted by everichon at 12:16 PM on March 25, 2008


sympathy, of course.
posted by SpacemanStix at 12:16 PM on March 25, 2008


mathowie: "auto-bans are as good of an idea as zero-tolerance drug policies."

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MATT HAUGHEY IMPLICITLY CONDONES DRUG USE. DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING WHETHER FIONA SHOULD BE TAKEN AWAY. ARE ANY OF OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM THIS MONSTER? OUR EXPERTS REPORT AT 11.

*Animated logo for Action-Packed WJRN Channel 41 Investigatory News*
posted by Plutor at 12:19 PM on March 25, 2008 [4 favorites]


it's too bad that got deleted. i was going to post my own error message.
posted by quonsar at 12:20 PM on March 25, 2008 [17 favorites]


I'm confused. Again.
posted by slogger at 12:26 PM on March 25, 2008


I'm glad to know I'm not the only person in an unreasonably shitty mood today.
posted by tkolar at 12:30 PM on March 25, 2008


You'll be sorry when Cracked.com wins the Nobel Peace Prize for Comedy.
posted by mkultra at 12:30 PM on March 25, 2008


It's a conspiracy. Artw really works for MAD Magazine.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:36 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


You posted two comments saying pretty much the same thing, and you were so pleased with yourself that you came back here for an encore, presumably because it was just soooooo funny the first time?

Pathetic.
posted by dhammond at 12:46 PM on March 25, 2008


If it's any comfort, slogger, now I'm having quite confused feelings about Mr. Glossy Coat.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:54 PM on March 25, 2008


I had never heard of cracked.com until now! Thanks, and I look forward to using it in my future FPPs!
posted by brautigan at 12:55 PM on March 25, 2008


So, honestly though, at what point does Cracked reach the same point as the Onion as far as links?
posted by LionIndex at 1:08 PM on March 25, 2008


Man, I made my favorite comment ever in that first thread, and linked to it in the second. Both get deleted. I'm not sure if it's Cracked that's radioactive, or my comment.
posted by COBRA! at 1:10 PM on March 25, 2008


I would like to requst more porn and ban anyone who doesn't provide it.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:11 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


A virtually exhaustive list of things that will help you itch less: rayon sweaters, acrylic sweaters, calamine lotion, merino sweaters, Cortizone-10, not rolling around in chigger-infested lawns and/or forest duff, hot showers or baths, the sweet release of death.
posted by cog_nate at 1:12 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm sorry ArtW... really really sorry, but I actually like Cracked.

Though I don't think linking to it really belongs here... I tend to get all my Cracked needs on infrequent visits over to Digg. But, god do I feel dirty afterwards, though... it's like visiting that town where they all drink Fudd beer or something.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:19 PM on March 25, 2008


cortex said "I get a little itchy about lots of posts linking the same site"

Me too. Especially when it comes to youtube post. They just make my skin crawl.
Even better, there should be an auto-ban for ALL posts. That'll teach 'em.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 1:20 PM on March 25, 2008


I like Cracked so much that I subscribed to their RSS feed. 90% junk, 10% brilliance.
posted by blue_beetle at 1:23 PM on March 25, 2008


Metafilter isn't about the links. It's about making fun of YT's comments.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:23 PM on March 25, 2008


WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE YOUTUBE COMMENTS
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:25 PM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


Sorry, Artw. I get that you don't care for the cracked.com, but this callout is less funny than cracked. It's not even comedy bronze, man. Graphs and diagrams are the only thing that can save this thread, but it's gonna take the equivalent of a natural 20 (same as in town).
posted by mumkin at 1:25 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


BAN LINKS FROM ANANOVA NYTIMES THE REGISTER BOINGBOING YOUTUBE CRACKED!
posted by eyeballkid at 1:27 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think Artw gets points for being The Lone Voice of Reason in a World Gone Mad - on a mission to rid the world of Wrong Thinking People.

Incidentally, someone I know and respect used the word "The Ints" today to describe what would hitherto be described as Teh Intrernets. I mention it only because half of me hates the expression, and the other half wants to be the first on MeFi to use it. Discuss.
posted by Jofus at 1:36 PM on March 25, 2008


Incidentally, someone I know and respect used the word "The Ints" today to describe what would hitherto be described as Teh Intrernets. I mention it only because half of me hates the expression, and the other half wants to be the first on MeFi to use it. Discuss.

Ewww.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 1:38 PM on March 25, 2008


I think we should just ban links, period. Posting links is monstrously insensitive to those of us who choose not to--or cannot--post links.
posted by everichon at 1:38 PM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


I wholeheartedly endorse this suggestion and the shut up one as well.
posted by Skorgu at 1:40 PM on March 25, 2008


Oh, heavenly fuck. I had completely forgotten about Kaspar the Dead Baby. Like, I didn't even remember it enough to post a vague, unanswerable AskMe about it. ("I remember a cartoon, or maybe it was a video game, where a baby with big eyes gets killed. Or maybe it was a tuna noodle casserole with potato chip crumbs on top. Does anyone remember this?") And now it's back in my head, settling down into the shadowy hollow it once occupied, ready to whisper at me when I'm leaning cautiously over the cliffs of slumber.

So I guess thanks.
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 1:43 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]




That Tina Fey post was weak tea. I considered commenting:

What you've just posted is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever seen. At no point in this rambling, incoherent article was cracked.com even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no favorites, and may God have mercy on your soul.

But I thought better of it. I figured no one would get the Billy Madison reference and in any case it'd start a nasty fight.
posted by Tehanu at 1:46 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Tehanu: "That Tina Fey post was weak tea. I considered commenting:

What you've just posted is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever seen. At no point in this rambling, incoherent article was cracked.com even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no favorites, and may God have mercy on your soul.

But I thought better of it. I figured no one would get the Billy Madison reference and in any case it'd start a nasty fight.
"

Not to burst your bubble, but I'm pretty sure many people would have gotten it, and it still wouldn't have been funny.

hug.
posted by booticon at 1:48 PM on March 25, 2008


:(
posted by Tehanu at 1:49 PM on March 25, 2008


Incidentally, someone I know and respect used the word "The Ints" today to describe what would hitherto be described as Teh Intrernets.

Surely you meant "knew" and "respected."
posted by enn at 1:50 PM on March 25, 2008 [3 favorites]


I mention it only because half of me hates the expression, and the other half wants to be the first on MeFi to use it.

Oh, totes. Hella totes.

I think we should just ban links, period. Posting links is monstrously insensitive to those of us who choose not to--or cannot--post links.

I have to admit, this would rather cleanly eliminate the self-linker and spammer and SEO bullshit we have to deal with currently.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:52 PM on March 25, 2008


Definition of a knee-jerk.
posted by Dave Faris at 1:55 PM on March 25, 2008


Should we maybe compile a short list of sites that we could suggest new members maybe avoid linking to? The Onion would be on there, obviously, maybe Cracked now, as well (not calling jbickers a new user, by any means). I also remember a few months ago when someone posted a McSweeney's link and you could practically hear the comical needle-scratching-off-the-record sound effect.

Just to help new users avoid some fraction of the snark their first few times out, should we maybe give them some suggestions?
posted by Navelgazer at 2:00 PM on March 25, 2008


I think artw isn't really serious about the banning. That was just hyperbole to show how much he really, really hates links to cracked.com. They are pretty lame as posting material, but if they had something really good I'm all up for seeing it posted. Sometimes those Fark like things can be funny (see redneck surfing for example).
posted by caddis at 2:03 PM on March 25, 2008


We could run a sidebar widget featuring Wired's "Wired - Tired - Expired" lists, filtered for websites, and prominently featuring the list itself at the top of the list.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:04 PM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


Thank you for your exciting and valuable feedback guys! Keep it coming! Some of these suggestions really ought to be implemented, and I think we are united on the core presumptions:

* That humour is not relative.
* That automated solutions to humor based problems are the way forwards.
* Fear and surprise are important tools in this.

To address a concern raised by some of you regarding an overabundance of comments negative to cracked.com I can assure you that full consideration has been given to:

1) The unwanted continued existence of Cracked.com
2) The unwanted intrusion into metafilter of posts linking to Cracked.com
3) The wanted intrusion into metafilter of posts and comments critical of Cracked.com

Please note that by eliminating item 2, almost all future incidents of item 3 will be prevented! That’s a big win for all of us I hope you’ll agree. Sadly at this point no solution exists for problem 1, though considerable thought will be given to it.

Thanks all, again!
posted by Artw at 2:14 PM on March 25, 2008


Did cracked.com give you a dry wrister, Artw?
posted by kosem at 2:20 PM on March 25, 2008


Oh, heavenly fuck. I had completely forgotten about Kaspar the Dead Baby.

I first encountered it at the ripe age of 8. It's the kind of thing (child murder being played up for laffs) that sticks with you as a kid. (I'll bet I still have that issue packed away somewhere.)

*rummages*
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:28 PM on March 25, 2008


Your search - "dry wrister" - did not match any documents.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:30 PM on March 25, 2008


Cracked.com

Please don't ban me
posted by KokuRyu at 2:38 PM on March 25, 2008


I get the feeling Artw makes a lot of powerpoint presentations.
posted by johnofjack at 2:48 PM on March 25, 2008


Incidentally, someone I know and respect used the word "The Ints" today to describe what would hitherto be described as Teh Intrernets. I mention it only because half of me hates the expression, and the other half wants to be the first on MeFi to use it. Discuss.

I see no reason to upset the status quo, and shall continue to use the proper vernacular; Teh Intertubes.
posted by Tube at 2:59 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


I am so using "The Ints." I mean, how much worse is it as a term than "blog?"
posted by eyeballkid at 3:02 PM on March 25, 2008


Oh, okay, I think I get it now. Artw really doesn't like cracked.com. That makes sense, I guess.

I mention it only because half of me hates the expression, and the other half wants to be the first on MeFi to use it.

Oh, totes. Hella totes.


Like, wevs.
posted by slogger at 3:19 PM on March 25, 2008


Your search - "dry wrister" - did not match any documents.

I totes neologitized!
posted by kosem at 3:25 PM on March 25, 2008


Ints is already taken and its spelled with an E damn it.
posted by Sailormom at 3:38 PM on March 25, 2008


* Fear and surprise are important tools in this.

And ruthless efficiency?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:43 PM on March 25, 2008 [3 favorites]


Where's the god damn charts and diagrams, you clownsuit-engined son-of-a-bitch?
posted by BeerFilter at 3:50 PM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ruthless efficiency is implicit given the programmatic nature of the deletions and bans. Though I believe there are psychological arguments for making it LESS efficient, making the process more arbitrary by introducing a random factor – say a 35% chance that any one post to cracked will be left undeleted and a ban not enforced, this percentage being low enough that repeat cracked.com posters will soon be eliminated. For this psychological ruse to work completely a complementary system should be implemented where a small percentage – and it bares repeating that this should be vanishingly small – of posts that do not link to cracked.com result in an automatic deletion of the post and banning of the user.
posted by Artw at 3:54 PM on March 25, 2008


An appropriate sharepoint project to contain the full documentation, with charts and diagrams, is in the process of being requisitioned.
posted by Artw at 3:55 PM on March 25, 2008


But I thought better of it

A bunch of us didn't.
posted by quin at 4:01 PM on March 25, 2008


You know who else wanted autobahns?

Eisenhower.
posted by Avenger at 4:01 PM on March 25, 2008 [4 favorites]


Oh, Cracked, never quite as funny as the same joke you saw somewhere before reading Cracked.

I support ArtW's proposal.
posted by klangklangston at 4:16 PM on March 25, 2008


Artw is completely wrong. All posters should be given a randomly picked cracked.com link that they must work into their post or else be banned for life.

"Oh, that's an excellent history of how music affected and was affected by women's suffrage. Now work in the 25 worst comic book dog names or your IP is blocked."
posted by Gary at 4:21 PM on March 25, 2008 [4 favorites]


Incidentally, someone I know and respect used the word "The Ints" today to describe what would hitherto be described as Teh Intrernets. I mention it only because half of me hates the expression, and the other half wants to be the first on MeFi to use it. Discuss.

I think you must be mistaken, clearly your friend meant "The Ents"
posted by pupdog at 4:30 PM on March 25, 2008


"Oh, that's an excellent history of how music affected and was affected by women's suffrage. Now work in the 25 worst comic book dog names or your IP is blocked."

Actually, I think their article on the Hottest Women of the 1800s would probably be more appropriate.

Artw- I can see about working up a keynote or venn diagram that would be suitable. Possibly something with some vector art. I've been meaning to use them forever.
posted by mrzarquon at 4:33 PM on March 25, 2008


I support the vanishingly small chance that any given post will result in an auto-ban, but with the corollary that the explanation is simply, "you know why."
posted by Navelgazer at 5:14 PM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


I read in Foxfire somewhere that a giant donut, administered orally, will stop the itching.

Snark in Russian.
posted by Cyrano at 6:24 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Free beer for the first mod to put "deleted for matching rule 22 --autoban.exe" as a deletion reason.
posted by popechunk at 6:45 PM on March 25, 2008


Support artw's proposal? My view is we ought to double artw's proposal. And someone should tell me what GRAWR means.
posted by ~ at 6:48 PM on March 25, 2008


Navelgazer:"Just to help new users avoid some fraction of the snark their first few times out, should we maybe give them some suggestions?"
Then what would we do with MetaTalk?

eyeballkid: "I am so using "The Ints." I mean, how much worse is it as a term than "blog?""
Until today, I had thought that nothing could be worse than "blog". Now I'm not so sure.
posted by dg at 7:20 PM on March 25, 2008


Cracked - always the also ran licking Mad's bunghole. Too bad Mad just doesn't have an online presence worth noting. National Lampoon was always my favorite subversive rag (Cracked never was subversive by the way). The mathematical tables for calculating when to drop a watermelon from a bridge onto a car passing on the highway below, based upon the height of the bridge and speed of the car, were just one example of going over the edge, at least in the mind of a twelve year old who would never think of dropping a watermelon onto a car (when he knew that a water balloon would do less damage). There was always the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fritz the Cat for real subversion, but you had to have a crazy uncle or someone to buy them for you where I grew up. Lampoon was always way more erudite in its subversion anyway. Cracked was for losers, the kids who needed help reading Sally, Dick and Jane. Lampoon was a bit too Harvard, although that probably played just fine with the MeFi crowd, but Mad hit that sweet spot of subversion, like Playboy for kids with something other than sex substituting in the subversion. They lampooned the establishment, your parents, your teachers, your stuck up friend, even you, and they were spot on enough that you not only laughed, but you thought, but mostly laughed, and that is why they hit the nail on the head for the average tween, early teen boy, and a few girls too. Spy vs. Spy, oh yeah, and when you were worrying about the Soviets dropping the bomb, even more oh yeah. The subversion is all the more impressive when you consider the times and the price paid for speaking out. There were some brave and outspoken artists, such as Lenny Bruce, the Smothers Brothers, Laugh-In, Bill Cosby (yes, Bill), George Carlin, etc. They paved a path for the speech today. Through history it has often been through our comedians that real discussion of social change occurs. They lower the barrier to discussion through the jokes. If you negotiate with difficult people and can crack a joke you know how this allows you to make the tough point known without throwing the negotiation into turmoil. What's the modern equivalent? South Park, the Simpsons? The Simpsons are too tame to claim that mantle, yet brilliant in their own way. Anyway, I ramble. There is nothing wrong with pure humor, but the biting satire that changes society, that moves minds (Daily Show, Colbert, etc.) that is head and shoulders above the pure bathroom humor of Cracked, which says or does nothing. It's still fun to laugh, but when the laugh is coupled with think (Colbert at the correspondent's dinner in DC) then you laugh from quite a deep core.
posted by caddis at 7:25 PM on March 25, 2008


tl;dr
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:07 PM on March 25, 2008


Cracked Filter cat is watching you.
posted by tellurian at 8:31 PM on March 25, 2008


Ah, I loved that insects post. If I'd been a member and more cognizant of MeFi conventions, I would have said

Metafilter: an unholy plague of hell-born death engines.

Let cracked.com stay!
posted by adamdschneider at 8:59 PM on March 25, 2008


Way to post an unnecessary and stupid MeTa post, reprobate.

I suggest Artw be banninated for this stunt.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:25 PM on March 25, 2008


I have seen mention of charts and diagrams and always this leads me to think of PPT files. Seeing as this is one of those threads where comments don't need to make any sense I would just like to type one thing.

"PDF presentations"

Stick that in your google box and search it.
posted by Salmonberry at 10:48 PM on March 25, 2008


There was always the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fritz the Cat for real subversion

Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fritz the Cat:Real Subversion::Cracked:MAD
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:55 PM on March 25, 2008


This happens to many sites after much linkage - seems part of the crowd here simply does not like the well-beaten path leading anywhere regardless if it is youtube/onion/Cracked/[insert newspaper here]/Huffington post and so on. As if "best of the web" simply has to be "not hosted on huge site where we've seen other things before". It might be a reaction caused by the double-post bannage. A small site can only get linked once, a site like youtube can get linked once a day. Seems unfair somehow.
* I don't care either way personally, I just skip the posts I don't like.
posted by dabitch at 5:47 AM on March 26, 2008


Thanks Alvy, I just spent a good two minutes thinking to myself "Shouldn't it be Subversion::Cracked::FabulousFurryFreakBrothers.." before I realized you weren't talking about CPAN.

Time to start drinking heavily.
posted by Skorgu at 6:16 AM on March 26, 2008


I tried using that module once, but the behavior was, shall we say, undefined.
posted by felix at 8:07 AM on March 26, 2008


Man, usually when a MeTa thread gets this long it's full of either vicious argument or hilarious repartee. This is just an extended beer belch. The thread should have been closed after jessamyn's first comment, which said all that needed to be said, and the poster should have been given a lifetime subscription to Cracked.
posted by languagehat at 9:39 AM on March 26, 2008


Huh. I need to make a callout requesting autobannings for links to cheese-of-the-month.com, then.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:16 AM on March 26, 2008


[deletes post he was in the middle of, hurriedly changes WHOIS info on cheese-of-the-month.com]
posted by heeeraldo at 10:41 AM on March 26, 2008


We could always ban everyone who posts at all, essentially making each FPP a $5 affair.
posted by davejay at 4:29 PM on March 26, 2008 [1 favorite]


Are you here for an affair, sir?
posted by philomathoholic at 1:47 AM on March 27, 2008


From the Globe and Mail:

The result is content of impressively consistent funniness. Cracked lists, with their offbeat research and finely honed snark, have become fixtures on social media sites like Digg and MetaFilter, which can direct thousands upon thousands of readers with a single link.

Fixtures. Dammit.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:40 AM on March 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


That article is like a vision of hell.
posted by Artw at 9:47 AM on March 28, 2008


Guided tours of wikipedia are fixtures? Badness.
posted by Tehanu at 11:22 AM on March 28, 2008


Awesome! The new functionality has been added and is apparently operational! Great work guys! Now how do I test it without banning myself?
posted by Artw at 11:13 AM on April 1, 2008


If you are going to test it, test it with this article from Cracked which would actually be an acceptable FPP: The Five Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught in History Class.
posted by caddis at 12:53 PM on April 2, 2008


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