Thanks, jessamyn August 17, 2010 5:33 PM   Subscribe

Kudos to jessamyn

I'm relatively new to MetaEtc. A year and a half ago, I started a Facebook page, just to see what the fuss was about. Today I have 12,600 "fans." Who knew.

Increasingly, my page wall gets spammed. Most are easily dealt with: delete. But, today, someone important to my organization, and to me, posted blatant spam. What to do?

I swear, no word of a lie, I thought: what would jessamyn do? (The other mods are great, I have learned from personal experience, but for whatever reason, I feel most sympatico with jessamyn, the poor dear.)

And I had my answer. I zapped it, then prepared a detailed, policy-related response, laying out my rationale. I have yet to hear back from my beloved offender, but, I know my course.

So. Thanks.
posted by Short Attention Sp to Etiquette/Policy at 5:33 PM (54 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

You're welcome. I appreciate that you're not spamming MeTa but maybe you can tell us without being all linkylinkylookatme, what's your facebook page about?

the poor dear

I'm well compensated and well appreciated here and mathowie is the best boss on earth, so don't go worrying about me.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:36 PM on August 17, 2010


Posting under the influence is discouraged.
posted by Electrius at 5:37 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


under the influence of what?
posted by jonmc at 5:40 PM on August 17, 2010


Gravity.
posted by FishBike at 5:42 PM on August 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Why do I think that Short Attention Sp has already lost interest in this thread?
posted by amro at 5:42 PM on August 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


Ahhh...

*falls*
posted by jonmc at 5:44 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Okay, fine. My post sounds like I'm sucking up. I don't care. What I said is true.

jessamyn, my page is work related, sales professionals who are about 50% members of my association, half of whom are in the same field, but not dues-paying members.

jonmc, I am under the influence of a glass of pinot grigio.

amro, why would you say that?
posted by Short Attention Sp at 5:53 PM on August 17, 2010


say what
posted by Bookhouse at 5:53 PM on August 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


the poor dear
posted by gman at 5:53 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


amro, why would you say that?

Your username, perhaps?
posted by zarq at 5:54 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


hahaha, you are in sales, never would have guessed that.
posted by mlis at 5:57 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


what would jessamyn do?

T-shirt. Now.
posted by Gator at 6:01 PM on August 17, 2010 [35 favorites]


I zapped it, then prepared a detailed, policy-related response, laying out my rationale.

I.e. "DTMFA"
posted by DU at 6:10 PM on August 17, 2010


Short Attention Sp knows the truth. Jessamyn is the only mod here that has a hard job. Cortex? Mathowie? Lazy slobs who do nothin and lean on poor J over there. SHAME ON YOU GUYS.
posted by Plutor at 6:10 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


The other day I was cornered by an enraged pitbull.

I thought to myself, "what would Jessamyn do?"

And I shot him dead.

This story is not true.
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:12 PM on August 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


amro, why would you say that?

Pretty sure amro was just making a THAT DOG HAS A PUFFY TAIL
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:13 PM on August 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


I interpreted this as a really roundabout way of saying that Jessamyn does a kick ass job, that Short Attention Sp considers her modly performance as example to be emulated, and wanted to issue kudos after what seems to be a particularly crappy week in mod land with with what seems like particular disdain expressed for Jessamyn.

I totally agree. Lord knows I couldn't do the job. I'd have to tape my eyeballs into my face because I'd roll them so much they would detach and roll all around the room like toddlers freed from their playpen and adult supervision.
posted by julen at 6:13 PM on August 17, 2010 [10 favorites]


Thanks jessamyn.
posted by lucidium at 6:15 PM on August 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Cortex? Mathowie?

Eh, we already know what they would do. Write a song about it, and go ride a bike, respectively.

We kid because we love.
posted by Gator at 6:16 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thanks jessamyn.

O.M.G. My kids are about to have their minds BLOWN by this.
posted by DU at 6:18 PM on August 17, 2010


There are definitely times at work when I find myself thinking "if the MetaFilter moderators can respond to this sort of foolishness without losing their collective shit, then so can I" as kind of a motivational technique. So there are definitely things they do here that I find worthy of trying to emulate.

On the other hand, I am sort of finding myself inserting a lot of softening verbiage in what I write as a way of pre-defusing an otherwise potentially hostile reaction kind of thing. Phrases like "sort of", "kind of", and "kind of thing", for example. I think I might have picked that up from cortex. I kind of think maybe I should sort of try to do less of that kind of thing, but it seems to work, so why not?
posted by FishBike at 6:25 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


... and Short Attention Sp, your user name never fails to amuse me every time I see it. Thanks for repeatedly brightening my day in that fashion.
posted by FishBike at 6:27 PM on August 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


Phrases like "sort of", "kind of", and "kind of thing", for example. I think I might have picked that up from cortex.


Floyd The Barber
Cortez The Killer
Cortex: THE QUALIFIER
posted by mintcake! at 6:31 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Thanks, FishBike.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 6:40 PM on August 17, 2010


It's like the dad voice, except it's the mod voice. A cross between the irate mom voice, the firm librarian shhhh, and the crushing finality of all dissent being sucked into a black hole.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 6:43 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


One night I had a dream--
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with jessamyn
and across the sky flashed the MetaFilter RSS feed.
For each thread I noticed two rows of footprints,
one belonged to the users and the other to jessamyn.
When the last post flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the course of the day,
there was only one row of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened during the very worst flameouts
and saddest pileons.
This really bothered me and I questioned jessamyn about it.
"Jessamyn, you said that everyone needs a hug,
but I have noticed that when people are asking about circumcising their kids, when they are ganging up on a Christian, or laughing at a fatty
there is only one set of footprints.
"I don't understand why in times when we needed you most,
you should leave us."
Jessamyn replied, "You must have me mistaken for cortex."
posted by felix betachat at 6:48 PM on August 17, 2010 [22 favorites]


What would Jessamyn do?

Another shot!
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:03 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


"(I)f the MetaFilter moderators can respond to this sort of foolishness without losing their collective shit, then so can I"

I used to think that, too, and then I just decided the mods all better people than me. My co-workers aren't delighted with my decision.
posted by Nabubrush at 7:06 PM on August 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


What would Jessamyn do?

Another shot!


Perhaps. But of what, sir, of what?
posted by jonmc at 8:08 PM on August 17, 2010


Funny thing is whenever I am in a tight spot or jam, I ask myself what would Frank Sinatra do in this situation and I usually end up calling my connected friends to take care if it.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:10 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I ask myself what elvis would do and wind up singing a song, then having a bacon-based sandwich and some narcotics.
posted by jonmc at 8:16 PM on August 17, 2010


jonmc: "I ask myself what elvis would do and wind up singing a song, then having a bacon-based sandwich and some narcotics"

You wait for a situation to have some narcotics? Why?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:26 PM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Perhaps. But of what, sir, of what?

Moderator Jessamyn strikes me as a salt of the earth Whiskey drinker. Neat. No nonsense. Right to the point. Effective. But when she takes off that Mod hat, she is an umbrella in the glass type of drinker.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:30 PM on August 17, 2010


You wait for a situation to have some narcotics? Why?

Call me a sentimental old fool.
posted by jonmc at 8:34 PM on August 17, 2010


No, Jessamyn is f'n great!
(something lost in translationparty.)
posted by iamkimiam at 8:52 PM on August 17, 2010


She lives in Vermont, right? Do they make maple-flavored Everclear?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:21 PM on August 17, 2010


Is there a maple-based rum equivalent?
posted by kenko at 10:09 PM on August 17, 2010


Dave Wondrich says yes!
posted by kenko at 10:12 PM on August 17, 2010


She lives in Vermont, right? Do they make maple-flavored Everclear?

There is anything-flavored Everclear if you have some Everclear and some anything.
posted by pracowity at 10:59 PM on August 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


Those bracelets with WWJD on them - that's for what would jessamyn do?
posted by Cranberry at 11:40 PM on August 17, 2010


There are definitely times at work when I find myself thinking "if the MetaFilter moderators can respond to this sort of foolishness without losing their collective shit

Come on. You know what you see here is just a carefully-constructed fa├žade. Behind the scenes they're punching walls, constantly self-medicating with crateloads of pills and liquor, and alternately weeping piteously and screaming the very worst non-MeFi-approved obscenities at their screens. That is the real life of the moderator.
posted by Decani at 3:33 AM on August 18, 2010


julen: I interpreted this as a really roundabout way of saying that Jessamyn does a kick ass job,

Exactly. This MeTa is like one of those really sweet drunk-dial calls you get from a friend if you are lucky.
posted by three blind mice at 6:56 AM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is there a maple-based rum equivalent?

We could probably just thin out this recipe for rum-flavored maple sauce and make our own.

I suspect it would taste pretty awful, though.
posted by zarq at 7:29 AM on August 18, 2010


What would Jessamyn do?

Well, based on personal experience, I'd say she'd wait until someone was having a catastrophically shitty day, and then, completely out of nowhere, she'd say something short and totally uplifting that would put everything into perspective and brighten the mood considerably.

I'll feel a lot better about myself as a person when I seriously start trying to emulate "what Jessamyn would do".
posted by quin at 7:30 AM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


This MeTa is like one of those really sweet drunk-dial calls you get from a friend if you are lucky.

... but where you look at the caller ID for about thirty seconds before deciding whether to pick up the phone at all...
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:12 AM on August 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Maple schnapps.
posted by fourcheesemac at 9:27 AM on August 18, 2010


Related: when I'm feel indecisive about something, I find myself trying to rephrase the situation to myself as an AskMe question. It seems to help me figure out the important details, and very often I'm able to come to a decision.
posted by epersonae at 9:28 AM on August 18, 2010


Epersonae: I do that too. I have whole days where I phrase everything as an AskMe question, but I usually figure out what I need to know before posting.
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 10:27 AM on August 18, 2010


I have whole days where I phrase everything as an AskMe question, but I usually figure out what I need to know before posting.

I pretty much make all my major life decisions by imagining each available option as a MetaFilter comment. Then I go with whichever one I think would get the most favorites. This approach is working out spectacularly badly so far.
posted by FishBike at 10:30 AM on August 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


epersonae, I do this as well. I'm constantly dumping the motherfuckers already, including clerks at the grocery store and once, embarassingly, a traffic cop.
posted by Nabubrush at 10:49 AM on August 18, 2010


I always think to myself, "What would Jessamyn do?" and then I think to myself, "I don't know what Jessamyn would do".
posted by everichon at 1:14 PM on August 18, 2010


<3 You are the buddha something something.
posted by jeoc at 5:31 PM on August 18, 2010


I sometimes wonder if Jessamyn is scared to leave the house. She must get hundreds of askemefi questions a day from anonymous people; scary, sad questions like "I looked up my coworker's skirt and now I wonder if I should call off the wedding with my depressed spouse who I never loved to begin with and whose teenaged son is using the n word and hitting on me and putting tape on my toddler." She gets an in-depth glimpse at What Lurks Below, that's for sure. We're out here, Jessamyn, seemingly normal, but right underneath? The horror. The horror.
posted by staggering termagant at 3:26 AM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


this

just imagine the anonymous askmes that *don't* make it.

*shudders*
posted by Reverend John at 9:35 AM on August 19, 2010


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