Sometimes, it's good to celebrate the wins October 1, 2012 8:11 AM   Subscribe

Bearing in mind how this AskMeFi query turned out in the end, is there a word, saying, acronym or something that means "A win for the MetaFilter community"? If not, could or should there be one?
posted by Wordshore to Etiquette/Policy at 8:11 AM (59 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I don't know, but I was happy to read that update as well.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:12 AM on October 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Awwww, that's so sweet!
posted by Floydd at 8:17 AM on October 1, 2012


Yes! That's adorably sweet. Hooray! And hooray for MeFi helping folks get busy!
posted by rmd1023 at 8:18 AM on October 1, 2012


I think the word is usually just "yay".

Which, yay!
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:21 AM on October 1, 2012 [6 favorites]


I couldn't believe he still almost missed the boat. All's well that ends well, though.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:24 AM on October 1, 2012 [6 favorites]


Metafilter: yay!
posted by tilde at 8:24 AM on October 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: WE DID IT!!!

*balloons, confetti drops*
posted by inturnaround at 8:26 AM on October 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


That made me smile. Thanks for sharing. Yay!
posted by knile at 8:27 AM on October 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was already having a pretty good day but that follow-up made it even better. Hooray for sexyfun times!
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:39 AM on October 1, 2012


I'd vote for "mission accomplished", with corresponding photo.
posted by subtle-t at 8:39 AM on October 1, 2012


subtle-t: I'd vote for "mission accomplished", with corresponding photo.

Better photo.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on October 1, 2012 [15 favorites]


I like how hilariously obtuse the poster is. (Mainly because I've been there. "Hey wait a minute...remember when that girl that kept talking to you all the time came to your room and tackled you onto a bed and wrestled around years ago? I think...she might have...nah.")
posted by DU at 8:40 AM on October 1, 2012 [13 favorites]


also - eponsyterical!
posted by tilde at 8:41 AM on October 1, 2012


Oh man, I'm literally sweating at how close that guy came to blowing the opportunity. Anonymous person who is as bad at taking hints as I am: I congratulate you!
posted by ook at 8:45 AM on October 1, 2012 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: We built it!
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:45 AM on October 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just came in to say that "mission accomplished" and "we built it" have been widely used in the past in a somewhat deceptive manner... perhaps we could just stay with "yey!". :-)
posted by HuronBob at 8:47 AM on October 1, 2012


Hurray!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:48 AM on October 1, 2012


or "yay!" sheesh...
posted by HuronBob at 8:48 AM on October 1, 2012


Finally. Someone successfully uses the Internet for sex.

(No but seriously that is VERY SWEET and ADORABLE and HEART-WARMING. I wish there were more updates to AskMe!)
posted by RJ Reynolds at 8:54 AM on October 1, 2012 [9 favorites]


There should be a little counter in the upper right that increments every time Metafilter helps someone get laid. Maybe a couple other counters for every time someone DsTMFA or eats something they probably shouldn't.
posted by bondcliff at 9:00 AM on October 1, 2012 [17 favorites]


Before, he spotted her, but he was, so he asked MetaFilter, and then the next time he, and they then, and so all of MetaFilter yay!
posted by Wordshore at 9:07 AM on October 1, 2012 [7 favorites]


You know, a counter at the top of the AskMe page with the number of "resolved" threads to date makes sense to me.

It's not obnoxious, in the way a plea for favorites would be. It's not a, "Hey, I win teh internets!" one-upmanship, either.

It's just a feel-good, Life is Full of unicorns, narwhals, hedgehogs and prancing ponies, "Yeah, the community helped someone!" shout out.

I know I didn't personally help with the woman who was locked into her own room, for example, but reading that thread later, just seeing how it all played out in real time was exciting and happiness-instilling. And what about the kitteh on Devil's Tower who made it home safely?!
posted by misha at 9:48 AM on October 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


There should be a little counter in the upper right that increments every time Metafilter helps someone get laid.

I would DTMFA and throw out room-temperature potato salad every day if it had that kind of guarantee.
posted by headnsouth at 9:50 AM on October 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


In my perfect world, the counter looks like this. Because ponies!
posted by misha at 10:08 AM on October 1, 2012


I have so been that guy, and his update sounds so damn familiar, especially the part where she finally gives up, clubs him over the head & drags him into her apartment. If only I'd had the internet in my insecure youth...
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:09 AM on October 1, 2012 [6 favorites]


am-wa

AskMe wins again.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:11 AM on October 1, 2012


TSTBTYBAMF

or 'Test Bitty Bamf'

--This Sexy Time Brought To You By Ask MetaFilter.
posted by Mister_A at 10:21 AM on October 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


DU: "I like how hilariously obtuse the poster is. (Mainly because I've been there. "Hey wait a minute...remember when that girl that kept talking to you all the time came to your room and tackled you onto a bed and wrestled around years ago? I think...she might have...nah.")"

Yea, that was me as a youth. "Take me upstairs, now!", worked on me but anything more subtle would go right over my head.
posted by octothorpe at 10:37 AM on October 1, 2012


Yay!

I asked for an update in that thread, and I'm so happy to have a happy one!
posted by Specklet at 11:05 AM on October 1, 2012


If you successfully got laid, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great website somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable possibility of you getting laid that allowed you to thrive. Somebody told you should wanted to do you. If you've got laid—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.
posted by General Malaise at 11:14 AM on October 1, 2012 [20 favorites]


This needs some stock footage for a proper celebration: a steam train rushes into a tunnel, a rocket is hoisted up to vertical and launched, Old Faithful suddenly erupts, and so on.

But "yay!" will do for now!
posted by Zonker at 11:22 AM on October 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


AskisMeta?

Hm, some unfortunately prolongable sibilants there-- may need a little work.

I had a coffeehouse friend good looking enough that it was amusing to count the number of women's heads that would turn toward him and linger for a beat when he walked in. It was more than 50%, in my observation (not to mention about 20% of the men).

He asked me several times over a couple of weeks whether a certain very attractive woman there could possibly be interested in him. I assured him that it was clear she was (and it was!), but he resisted.

They ultimately talked, he offered to help her with her homework, and she invited him to come over to her house at a certain time on an agreed afternoon.

When he arrived and knocked on the door, she called to him to come around the side of the house and into the backyard-- where he found her sunbathing in the nude.

And he still came back to the coffeehouse the next day to ask me if I thought she 'meant anything' by that!

They finally did get together, and they were so happy with each other it lit up the whole place when they came in as a couple, but I never found out what it took to get through to him. He was a math major, and quite talented.
posted by jamjam at 11:36 AM on October 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Very sweet!
posted by foxhat10 at 11:46 AM on October 1, 2012



Awww. This made my cold cold heart go all lukewarm for a minute. :) Excellent job, and may I add -- YAY!
posted by blurker at 12:25 PM on October 1, 2012


but I never found out what it took to get through to him. He was a math major, and quite talented.

I think I've found your problem.

(I say having spent quite a happy night with my oblivious math major the evening before.)
posted by WidgetAlley at 12:36 PM on October 1, 2012


Theme song for the thread.
posted by aught at 12:56 PM on October 1, 2012


He was a math major, and quite talented.

I didn't realize I had such a ready-made excuse.
posted by endless_forms at 1:07 PM on October 1, 2012


This blew away my jet-lag. Awww
posted by Namlit at 1:48 PM on October 1, 2012


If you've got laid—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Thankfully, no. My last name is not Frankenstein. (Or Fun Factory, for that matter…)
posted by Lexica at 2:28 PM on October 1, 2012


I love the people on this site! You people are just so damn "huggy." Everyone could use some of that! And "YAY!"
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 5:03 PM on October 1, 2012


Aww!! I snagged my husband 22 years ago with that very "if you're too drunk to drive home, you can crash on my floor."

*snort* "floor."
posted by Occula at 6:14 PM on October 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Yay! Mrs A had to club me over the head to get past my oblivious tendencies.
posted by arcticseal at 9:24 PM on October 1, 2012


I don't know what the term should be, but I do know that was completely awesome and made even my carbonised old ticker feel all tender.

Also, it would make a fabulous screenplay. I'd watch it!

ETA: nthing (?) the "resolved Asks to date" ticker. that would be a nifty & productive metric!
posted by batmonkey at 10:26 PM on October 1, 2012


I'm really happy for them too - it cheered me up a lot to read that thread. Part of me now wishes that MetaFilter had been around in the 90s to guide me through my life then. I cringe to think back at some of the blatant clues I completely missed.
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty at 4:19 AM on October 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aww. (:
posted by undue influence at 5:41 AM on October 2, 2012


Hey, it feels weird to pop in on this what with the anonymous question, but the reason it was anonymous in the first place is now moot and we're kind of inside the clubhouse here in MeTalk. So... that was me.

I just really wanted to say that I'm so happy that my stupid dilemma ended up so well for me and ended up making a few people feel good, and that I love MetaFilter. You guys have made a concrete positive difference in my life in more instances than this one. This one is definitely my favorite so far, though.

And yes, I can be hilariously obtuse. Fortunately, at least one person likes that about me.
posted by cmoj at 10:01 AM on October 2, 2012 [15 favorites]


cmoj, when you were saying why she was out of your league, can you explain for this Brit what the signficiance of 'brick house' was on her list of qualities? Did you just mean she lived in one?
posted by biffa at 10:10 AM on October 2, 2012


He means that she's a brick [funky horn riff] house. She knows she's got everything that a woman needs to get a man, &c.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:22 AM on October 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was the link I was going to post. I was notified in that thread that that can be offensive, though that song is the only origin of the term that I know.

And I now agree that the whole idea of someone being out of someone's league is pretty stupid and useless.
posted by cmoj at 10:25 AM on October 2, 2012


Some quick history, glancing at the OED: "brick house" may be Lionel Ritchie et al's specific coinage as of that song; the dictionary has no earlier cites, at least.

The older phrase from which that is likely somehow derived is "[built like a] brick shithouse", which is usually more a reference to a big muscles-aplenty man, though OED notes that it has some derogative-toward-women use specifically in British English as well. Brick shithouse is cited back to the turn of the 20th century, also "brick schoolhouse", "brick barn", and so on.

I was always confused as a kid by the idea of a brick shithouse because I had seen a lot of port-o-potties in my time but they were all made out of plastic. One time I used a real actual outhouse but even that was made of wood.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:31 AM on October 2, 2012


What a doofus, that girl has her work cut out with him. Which I mean in the best possible as my cheeks hurt from smiling over this. I'm glad she persisted.
posted by sparklemotion at 11:50 AM on October 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the explanation, glad to clear that up, obviously I am familiar with the brick out/shit house, and that was what came to mind, so was struggling to square it with the percieved intention. Good work also.
posted by biffa at 11:59 AM on October 2, 2012


In the song, the horn riff is a leitmotif for the word "shit" in the well-known idiom. I will always believe this.
posted by rhizome at 2:01 PM on October 2, 2012


When I think of that song, now, I think of the opening of Muppets From Space.
posted by rmd1023 at 2:10 PM on October 2, 2012


I, too, am ridiculously dense about flirting and 'liking'. It makes me happy that it worked out, and it makes me hopeful.
posted by theora55 at 5:51 PM on October 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, man! I'm so glad I came back to visit this thread. cmoj, you're adorable.
posted by taz (staff) at 12:27 AM on October 3, 2012


(and I thought you were adorable when I read the anonymous post; I was like, "he used the word 'twitterpated' -- how could she not be in love with a guy that says 'twitterpated'?")
posted by taz (staff) at 12:29 AM on October 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


We had a good time and as the party broke up, I drove her the two blocks to her place. She asked if I was okay to drive home and did I need to stay the night.

Oh yeah.

I said something like, "Oh yeah, I'm fine."

Wait wha...

And as she moved to get out of the car

Wait I wasn't finished from before, you totally should...

I blurted something like, "But, hey. I've been having a great time hanging out with you and I really like you. I think you're pretty amazing."

Whew getting back on track!

And she looks a little confused and thanks me and says she likes me too. She still looked confused, so I paused and asked, "But not like, like that?" But, no, she said. Like, like that.


Ummm let me read that again to check I understand it...

But then I was confused about why she was confused

So its not just me

and she was halfway out the door and so too far away to move in for the kiss, so I say, "Well, then... Can I kiss you?"

Couragous.

She says, "Yes! That's why I just invited you in!"

Oh yeah.

That was literally my thoughts as I was reading that. Nice rescue, thats some serious bravery right there. How fast was the heart beating?
posted by Admira at 12:47 AM on October 3, 2012


I was actually pretty calm... just dumb. The whole thing about actively making the decision to hang the outcome of something like that on an external force works very well for me. Come to think of it, I even learned that from a book that was recommended by someone on Ask!

Thank you, Taz. /blush
posted by cmoj at 8:52 AM on October 3, 2012


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