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zarq's 500th post
October 10, 2012 1:24 PM   Subscribe

A tip of the ol' fedora to zarq, for 500 posts of quality.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter-Related at 1:24 PM (48 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Peer recognition!
posted by Egg Shen at 1:28 PM on October 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Huzzah!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:30 PM on October 10, 2012


...and a moment of silence for the 500 he's had deleted.

Mazal tov, zarq!
posted by griphus at 1:32 PM on October 10, 2012 [8 favorites]


Your prize is a banjo from a secret admirer.
posted by Jahaza at 1:33 PM on October 10, 2012 [9 favorites]


ArtW just felt a subtle quickening - there is another
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM on October 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


Huzzah for zarq!
posted by homunculus at 1:37 PM on October 10, 2012


zarq is my favorite user with the letters z, r, and q in his username.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:44 PM on October 10, 2012


So what's the threshold to make first ballot Hall of Fame?
posted by m@f at 1:45 PM on October 10, 2012


ArtW just felt a subtle quickening

He could coast for a long time in 3rd place.

y2karl on the other hand may want to get his act together.
posted by Egg Shen at 1:47 PM on October 10, 2012


Go zarq! You are good at MeFi.
posted by Miko at 2:01 PM on October 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Huzzah!
posted by gauche at 2:03 PM on October 10, 2012


I like you, zarq. You're a good egg.
posted by brina at 2:03 PM on October 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Quality stuff.
posted by Artw at 2:11 PM on October 10, 2012


shakespeherian: "zarq is my favorite user with the letters z, r, and q in his username."

Across the US, three lonely users quietly shed a tear at being denied shakespeherian's boundless affection.
posted by Phire at 2:28 PM on October 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Thanks, Zarq. I always look forward to your meaty - and excellently tagged! - posts.
posted by smoke at 2:37 PM on October 10, 2012


Across the US, three lonely users quietly shed a tear at being denied shakespeherian's boundless affection.

It's true, I'm a prick.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:39 PM on October 10, 2012


A friend, on gtalk: "You been called out in metatalk."
Me: "Aw shit. Again?! What did I do now?"

Thanks, flt! Was nice of you to notice. :)

Especially since um... I didn't? Forgot I was getting so close and didn't realize I was making post #500 last night. Totally didn't know until I saw this post. Had been working on a biggish fpp about Browncoats: Redemption and figured that would be #500. Instead, I made a SLNYT. Doh.
posted by zarq at 2:43 PM on October 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


Yay, zarq!
posted by brundlefly at 2:53 PM on October 10, 2012


Congrats, zarq!
posted by Kevin Street at 3:05 PM on October 10, 2012


zarq is my favorite user with the letters z, r, and q in his username.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:44 PM on October 10 [+] [!]


I thought about registering an account called "zrqfuck off shakespeherian" but I decided not to because I am classy and cheap. On the other hand, I thought it was funny enough to mention. I recognize that this sentiment might not be universal.

Also, yay zarq!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 3:14 PM on October 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


zarq, if you like, I could get all fighty in your 500th thread and see if I could take it out with me. Or you could somehow subtly one-up the Browncoats post, earning it spot #501.


The Whelk: ArtW just felt a subtle quickening - there is another

Egg Shen: He could coast for a long time in 3rd place.

y2karl on the other hand may want to get his act together.


That jonson guy should get back in the game. Postroad is next in line for the #5 spot. And I feel bad that mathowie lost #1 spot in the very month of his 40th birthday. homunculus is a jerk.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:47 PM on October 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


He could coast for a long time in 3rd place.

That's a little frightening. Especially as I'm not sure the othe 2 post that much these days.
posted by Artw at 3:51 PM on October 10, 2012


It's true, I'm a prick.

Yes, but you're our prick dammit! And I have to second the mazal tov for zarq.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 5:12 PM on October 10, 2012


zarq is awesome all around. Yaaay!
posted by cmyk at 5:14 PM on October 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Had been working on a biggish fpp about Browncoats: Redemption

For the love of all that is good and shiny, do not give up on making that post.
posted by cooker girl at 5:24 PM on October 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Or you could somehow subtly one-up the Browncoats post, earning it spot #501.

For the love of all that is good and shiny, do not give up on making that post.

Definitely still working on it! It's going to be a few days tho. I have WAY too many links to organize into something coherent.

Thanks, everyone. *hugs all around* :)
posted by zarq at 5:34 PM on October 10, 2012


AND THE RESULTING MASS HUG KILLED SEVERAL.
posted by The Whelk at 5:38 PM on October 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Congrats! Your name is on my short list of users I expect good things from. (The list of users I expect bad things from is much longer).
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 5:39 PM on October 10, 2012


You guys planned this, didn't you?!

Gratz, zarq!
posted by deborah at 6:18 PM on October 10, 2012


Zarq is one of those names that I look out for when check to see who has made an FPP. Consistently good material and thoughtful comments. Thanks zarq!
posted by arcticseal at 6:44 PM on October 10, 2012


Ah man jonson was good people. Fie on zarq! BOOO!

Nah just kiddin' zarq's good people too.

The zarquon triplets though, don't get me started!

Nah just kidding.
posted by Mister_A at 7:23 PM on October 10, 2012


All of the zrq possessors are good dudes.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:47 PM on October 10, 2012


Neato!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:53 PM on October 10, 2012


Love me some zarq!
posted by jgirl at 8:20 PM on October 10, 2012


Hear, hear! (Or should that be, "read, read!")
posted by smirkette at 8:21 PM on October 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yay zarq! Here's to 500 more!
posted by madamjujujive at 9:17 PM on October 10, 2012


My contribution index* is exactly one.

Heh.

* It is simply the sum of all the times a user has posted on Metafilter (comments or threads on the blue, gray and green) divided by the number of days they have been a member.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 10:33 PM on October 10, 2012


YAY zarq! <3
posted by IndigoRain at 3:42 AM on October 11, 2012


Yay, zarq!
posted by .kobayashi. at 7:28 AM on October 11, 2012


deborah: You guys planned this, didn't you?!

Nope. Well, he didn't plan on this follow-up. zarq posted about my 500th without prompting, and I saw that he was close to his own 500 mark. I couldn't let it go by un-noted, so I made this post. zarq wasn't warned ahead of time.


zarq: I have WAY too many links to organize into something coherent.

Says you. There is no such thing as too many links. You just need to spend an inordinate amount of time crafting the structure of the post. I am generally available to consult on such undertakings, should you wish to tackle a very large post.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:09 PM on October 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I shouldn't feed the monster that is the MegaPost trend, but I have fun digging through them, and there are still enough short threads that I think the MegaPost isn't the norm.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:10 PM on October 11, 2012


Thanks, 500 times over, zarq!
posted by bearwife at 12:50 PM on October 11, 2012


Megapost is for wimps. I am working on gigapost! That's why I haven't posted anything in so long!
posted by Mister_A at 1:57 PM on October 11, 2012


filthy light thief: " Says you. There is no such thing as too many links. You just need to spend an inordinate amount of time crafting the structure of the post. I am generally available to consult on such undertakings, should you wish to tackle a very large post."

Heh. No, I meant, "I have way too many links to organize into something coherent, so I won't be getting it done today. It will take me a few days." I love digging deeply into megaposts. They're one of my favorite things about this place. But man they do take time to construct.

Can I ask you a question, since you're a mefite who makes consistently fantastic link-heavy posts? Do you ever find your final product looking very different from what you originally envisioned? It seems to happen to me a lot -- I find some compelling thing while researching a post that changes either my outlook on a topic, or the way I want to present it to the community. This is a good example of a post where that happened. It began as a single link to the Audacity essay. But then I read the entire True Stories section on their site and it contained that powerful collection of Unemployment essays. The final version of the post wound up burying the Audacity essay in a group of other links.

Do you find the process similarly organic? Or do you have a clear idea of how each post is going to be structured when you begin?
posted by zarq at 2:03 PM on October 11, 2012


This is Metafilter, we don't tip our fedoras, we tip our trilbys...
posted by Ranucci at 8:35 PM on October 11, 2012


Late to this party, but much love for zarq and his quality posts!
posted by immlass at 9:55 AM on October 13, 2012


also late..... 500 posts wow..... oct 11 i was here 10 years and still haven't found what i'm looking for
posted by 404 Not Found at 9:23 PM on October 13, 2012


Do you find the process similarly organic? Or do you have a clear idea of how each post is going to be structured when you begin?

If I think I know the topic fairly well, say if I've read an interesting book or article recently, I'll have an idea for the direction of the post. But if I'm learning about a topic as I compile the post, the end product is often different than what I first had in mind.

And sometimes, after stewing on a post for a while, I realize my first outline could be compacted by presenting the information differently, reducing some redundancies and whatnot. For example, I tried to re-write the the Orbital mega-post after seeing how long the first draft was. I pruned down a portion of the beginning, but ended up keeping most of the remainder, as I had become happy with the flow of it.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:17 PM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


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