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April 24, 2013 5:26 PM   Subscribe

Maybe I missed something, and if I did, I am sorry, but...

It appears to me that the last time somebody posted FFF (no, not the user, and not to be confused with Fan Fiction Friday), Flash Friday Fun on the front page of the blue was 4/20/12, prior to that was 2/4/11, etc etc.

(FFF Tag pulls up 14, FlashFridayFun pulls 7, and plain old Flash Friday pulls 27, mostly Friday. Duh. I am sure lots of old FFF post never got correctly labeled as such)

1) I most defiantly remember them more frequently.
2)I sorta thought they were a established "thing" on the blue.

My meta question is: Is it acceptable to post FFF on the blue? And if not, why? Or is it a case of Flash, the software, being outdated, unused, etc etc that has caused a FlashFridayFun drought? Discuss.
posted by QueerAngel28 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:26 PM (39 comments total)

I feel like they get posted fairly regularly (and it's totally fine in theory.) I suspect inconsistency of tagging is the problem.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 5:29 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


friday+fun pulls up 25 posts.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:30 PM on April 24, 2013


When I wrote out the question, I meant to include the possibility that the whole just of it was a group of members who regularly posted FFF, and then the possibility that now they are all dead.

Silly Queer!
posted by QueerAngel28 at 5:40 PM on April 24, 2013


It was just barely ever a Thing, I think.

If you find something great that happens to be made in using Flash, it makes little to no sense to wait until it's Friday somewhere in the world to post it. And looking at it from the opposite direction, if you are going out looking for things made in Flash to post to Metafilter just because it's Friday, then you are Doing It Wrong, I reckon.

If you find something cool on the web and want to share it, just do. It shouldn't matter what day of the week it is.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:41 PM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


What day was Elephant Day again?
posted by carsonb at 6:20 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


87.32% of the userbase now reads Metafilter on iPads and thus can't use flash.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:29 PM on April 24, 2013 [8 favorites]


You misspelled "flash" as "flast" in one of your searches. If you correct that you'll find two Flash Friday posts from just last month.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:31 PM on April 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


87.32% of the userbase now reads Metafilter on iPads and thus can't use flash.

That's what I wanted to hear. Thank you.

Also Rhomboid, thank you. It was all marked squiggly red, and after ten hours staring at a screen, I just didn't notice it.
posted by QueerAngel28 at 6:38 PM on April 24, 2013


I wouldn't take umbrage if you posted one. Of course, I've been in and out of sensory deprivation for about a year now (which is my fault), and Flash is blocked at my workplace (which is not my fault), and WHAT IS THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN, DO IT.

(I'm sorry, but I have to help run Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day tomorrow, and I'm a little on edge.)

On preview, re: Tell Me No Lies -- I too use an iPad at home. So... No Flash at work or at home for me. I skip FFF posts for those reasons.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 6:38 PM on April 24, 2013


If this was AskMe, Rhomboid just got best answer!
posted by QueerAngel28 at 6:42 PM on April 24, 2013


I most defiantly remember them more frequently.

Insolence! You must FFForget!
posted by Kabanos at 7:06 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Flash games account for a fair proportion of my posts, but I don't think I've ever saved them for a Friday (nor used some sort of FF tagging).
posted by juv3nal at 7:06 PM on April 24, 2013


Elephant Day (October 8, 2006) was an early stand-alone complex. It began here.

I thought you could link to a specific day on the blue but I can't figure it out now...
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 7:21 PM on April 24, 2013


Tell Me No Lies: “87.32% of the userbase now reads Metafilter on iPads and thus can't use flash.”

QueerAngel28: “That's what I wanted to hear. Thank you.”

It may seem ironic, but I do believe Tell Me No Lies is pulling your leg here. The last time we talked about browser stats for Metafilter was two years ago, but back then users who were dialing in from Safari for iPhone / iPad were hovering at around 9%; and while that was pretty high compared to the rest of the internet, it still wasn't even 10%. Maybe it's possible that, in the past two years, everybody on Metafilter ran out and got iPads – heaven knows they have gotten very popular, and I like mine – but still, 87.32% sounds like a (ahem) made-up number.

Apologies if I'm explaining a joke that everybody else already got. Personally, I think Rhomboid has it – it was just a misspelling. Like you, I can totally remember us having these recently.
posted by koeselitz at 7:35 PM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


And cripes, even if 90% of the user base is using a substandard general computing device sharing the love with those of use who aren't is still encouraged.
posted by Mitheral at 8:08 PM on April 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


It shouldn't matter what day of the week it is.

If it is a one day week, that is.
posted by y2karl at 8:20 PM on April 24, 2013


I have used: Friday Flash Fun, Fun Flash Friday, Friday Flash Fantasticnes, and Flash Fun Friuesday (because it was a Tuesday). Last one was April 6, 2012, but I've also only made one post since then so there's that.

Now I almost never play games on anything other than an iP*d, so all of Friday's flash fun has to be had by others.
posted by phunniemee at 8:32 PM on April 24, 2013


I recall it was a lot more common a few years back. I don't think it's a faulty memory, I think it's idiosyncratic titling/tagging.
posted by Miko at 9:19 PM on April 24, 2013


In related news, Unity drops flash.
posted by phaedon at 11:19 PM on April 24, 2013


Coming soon, once it actually runs nicely for anything bigger than pong:
HTML5 Hursdays!
posted by kaibutsu at 11:33 PM on April 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


In related news, Unity drops flash.
posted by phaedon at 11:19 PM
Hurray!
posted by Cranberry at 11:54 PM on April 24, 2013


Whatever happened to TCP/IP Tuesdays?
posted by mazola at 12:01 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, it's possible I might have exaggerated the percentages a little.

As my penance I present you with some real data:

The number of posts containing the word "flash" per month, January 2006 through March 2013.


Not exactly what you asked for, but indicative nonetheless I think.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:50 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, it's possible I might have exaggerated the percentages a little.
posted by Tell Me No Lies
Eponyhypocritical!
posted by drlith at 2:58 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


but we do have spider weeks. I enjoy those.
posted by angrycat at 3:26 AM on April 25, 2013


I DON'T
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:57 AM on April 25, 2013


April 25. Lest we FFForget.
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:14 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


kaibatsu, if you want a fun free HTML5 game, try Triton:Neptunes Pride 2
posted by wilful at 4:26 AM on April 25, 2013


I'd like to see more Flask Friday posts.
posted by box at 5:20 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would totally win a Flask Friday competition.
posted by The Whelk at 5:55 AM on April 25, 2013


You misspelled "flash" as "flast" in one of your searches.

I could dig some Flastulence Friday posts. Whatever came of GoogleNose? Have they dealt it?
posted by 0 at 5:58 AM on April 25, 2013


Tuesday is ice cream day.

(post on the wrong day? Go to jail.)
posted by ColdChef at 6:21 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Flash! Ah-ah! Savior of the universe!
posted by Chrysostom at 6:44 AM on April 25, 2013


Whatever came of GoogleNose? Have they dealt it?

Yes, they did.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:21 AM on April 25, 2013


Still waiting for Silverlight Saturdays.
posted by octothorpe at 7:43 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd like to see Friday Flash Fun evolve into regular posts about spontaneous public nudity. Who's with me?
posted by mkultra at 7:44 AM on April 25, 2013


I'm with you, mkultra. My place, twenty minutes, bring a camera.
posted by It is better for you not to know. at 7:58 AM on April 25, 2013


From the metafilter n-gram viewer: The relative frequency of posts with "flash fun" in the titles peaked in 2004, then stayed relatively constant from 2005 through 2011, but has basically dropped to zero the past couple years: http://mefingram.appspot.com/?content=flash+fun&corpus=mefi

For reference, there were 7 posts in 2011 with titles containing "friday flash fun", and 0 in 2012.
posted by jjwiseman at 10:49 AM on April 25, 2013


I miss fustian Thursdays.
posted by TedW at 1:05 PM on April 25, 2013


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