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posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM (111 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

1. I love this! Oh boy, do I love this.

2. I don't think I love the theme :(. Maybe it's just me but it seems slightly hard to really get a grasp on what I'm reading without first clicking through and I'm internet lazy.

That doesn't mean I won't click through and read every g'damn one of these because yes, I will. I WILL BE DOING THAT.
posted by youandiandaflame at 1:33 PM on May 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


it is decidedly so

(I like this)
posted by obloquy at 1:38 PM on May 23, 2013


You can't search people's usernames; therefore, I am unable to stalk my own wisdom and preen accordingly.

Otherwise, it's pretty great.
posted by Madamina at 1:46 PM on May 23, 2013 [17 favorites]


This kicks ass on several levels. Thanks for pointing it out.
posted by Mooski at 1:55 PM on May 23, 2013


oh great a new way to run out of favorites even with the increased limit.
posted by sweetkid at 1:59 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am falling behind in the bon mot arms race it seems.
posted by GuyZero at 2:01 PM on May 23, 2013


So it's a blog full of Greg Nog and Miko, right?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:06 PM on May 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


So it's a blog full of Greg Nog and Miko, right?

I hate when people say stuff like this
posted by sweetkid at 2:07 PM on May 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


Why? They are the best people.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:08 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Needs more Whelk.
posted by MoonOrb at 2:08 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Glad that you people are liking this! I was a bit worried that copy pasting comments verbatim would be disliked but hopefully the attribution takes care of that.

youandiandaflame, yeah I'm not that happy about the theme either (really was the least unusable thing I could find on Tumblr's theme repository). Looking for better alternatives or might end up coding one myself.
You can't search people's usernames; therefore, I am unable to stalk my own wisdom and preen accordingly.
Heh. Just the other day I found out that Tumblr's search is actually absurdist performance art and not a search engine because the only thing it searches is the question that never was.

I'm trying to only post 5 posts per day - let me know if that's too much or too little.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:10 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tumblr? Needs more instagrammed nipples.
posted by klangklangston at 2:13 PM on May 23, 2013


Why? They are the best people.

Because I dislike "ranking" people on Metafilter? Everytime BEST AT stuff comes up I feel this way.
posted by sweetkid at 2:14 PM on May 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


I was a bit worried that copy pasting comments verbatim would be disliked but hopefully the attribution takes care of that.

Yeah, I'm not a fan and I'm a little surprised this is (apparently?) okay with the mods. But as long as I'm not included in it, what do I care, so hey, more power and fun to those who dig it.
posted by cribcage at 2:18 PM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


Because I dislike "ranking" people on Metafilter? Everytime BEST AT stuff comes up I feel this way.

I apologize. I was really only trying to express my enthusiasm for people, which is something I am attempting to do more of.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:20 PM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


Don't apologize, you're hardly the only person who likes to play Best At Metafilter. It's just kind of cliquey and not great, to me.
posted by sweetkid at 2:22 PM on May 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


sweetkid, we can all be best at metafilter, just by participating.

Also, have a hug.
posted by garlic at 2:26 PM on May 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


we can all be best at metafilter

it's not ABOUT THAT (pouts)

no seriously, not a huge deal.
posted by sweetkid at 2:29 PM on May 23, 2013


Jesus, I'm really sorry. Can someone delete my comment upthread?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:29 PM on May 23, 2013


it's not a big deal now I feel bad shakes
posted by sweetkid at 2:30 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


sweetkid is the best at making shakes feel bad!

Favorites for everyone!!!!
posted by phunniemee at 2:31 PM on May 23, 2013 [24 favorites]


oh yay I won something
posted by sweetkid at 2:33 PM on May 23, 2013 [15 favorites]


Now, if you would be so kind, please get off my lawn.
posted by y2karl at 2:39 PM on May 23, 2013


At least we can all agree I am the worst!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:43 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Only in fishing for compliments, only in fishing for compliments.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:44 PM on May 23, 2013


Worst At Metafilter
posted by sweetkid at 2:44 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was a bit worried that copy pasting comments verbatim would be disliked but hopefully the attribution takes care of that.

For my part I sort of go by the idea that anything I post here is fair game to be reposted elsewhere, as long as attribution is maintained. If somebody thinks something I said is clever enough to repeat elsewhere I can only be pleased. It's not as if there's mad money to be made by selectively reposting MeFi shit.

It would be different if there was some Metafilter clone ala those Wikipedia clones just reposting everything, of course.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:48 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


and thus did shakes learn a valuable life lesson

only by hating things can everyone truly be happy
posted by elizardbits at 2:48 PM on May 23, 2013 [13 favorites]


Mediocre At Metafilter?
posted by The Whelk at 2:48 PM on May 23, 2013


I have added the Oracle to my "MetaFilter" category on TTRSS, which already includes feeds for "Best of MetaFilter", "Popular Comments on MetaFilter" and "MetaFilter Deleted Threads". I have achieved Ultimate Metadom.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:49 PM on May 23, 2013


I hate don't anything* elizardbits, and I'm perfectly happy.

(except damned filthy anteaters, and the patriarchy, but mostly anteaters.)
posted by The Whelk at 2:49 PM on May 23, 2013


I don't know if anteater is some sort of hip lingo standing in for something else, but HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY HATE THIS LITTLE GUY.
posted by phunniemee at 2:51 PM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


he's so tiny and like 83% nose!!!
posted by phunniemee at 2:52 PM on May 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


aah thanks for posting that OBLIGATORY anteater pic.

Remember everyone anteater pics are OBLIGATORY don't you know the rules?
posted by sweetkid at 2:53 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Aha, somebody made their picky favorites into a tumblr! That's good, if I'd have done so it would have been 50% #1 quidnunc kid and that's kind of embarrassing.

Also I don't get where people get the idea that this is some sort of secret private space. We're on the internet. We quote things from people on the internet all the time. Sometimes it is with approval. Commonly it is... not. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
posted by furiousthought at 2:54 PM on May 23, 2013


Which comments asserted MetaFilter is "some sort of secret private space"?
posted by cribcage at 2:59 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't think phunniemee is very good at math...
posted by garlic at 3:00 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


How did this make it through the Memorial Day queue?
posted by cjorgensen at 3:22 PM on May 23, 2013


By the skin of its teeth.
posted by GuyZero at 3:23 PM on May 23, 2013


I think the queue starts over the weekend?
posted by zarq at 3:32 PM on May 23, 2013


I made the list. You naysayers can go pound sand.
/me flexes, grunts, hurts himself, sits back down
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:35 PM on May 23, 2013


I think the queue starts over the weekend?

Oooohhhh... what are we all lining up for? Vampire Weekend tickets?
posted by GuyZero at 3:40 PM on May 23, 2013


Which comments asserted MetaFilter is "some sort of secret private space"?

Which comments are weird sort of passive-aggressive shittiness? People from outside Metafilter can, if they want to, quote comments made here, because these comments are being made in public. This is fine and just.
posted by furiousthought at 3:47 PM on May 23, 2013




Which comments are weird sort of passive-aggressive shittiness?

I don't see any. Yours appear to be picking a fight where none existed.
posted by cribcage at 3:52 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


"some sort of secret private space"

"I'm a member on a pretty exclusive website, you probobly haven't heard about it, it's pretty underground...."
posted by The Whelk at 3:53 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think the queue starts over the weekend?

Yep, starts tomorrow.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:56 PM on May 23, 2013


"Because I dislike "ranking" people on Metafilter? Everytime BEST AT stuff comes up I feel this way."

Aw man because I was gonna list you as the BEST AT disliking ranking of members
posted by klangklangston at 3:59 PM on May 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


I totally win at humbleness. I am the best at being humble.
posted by The Whelk at 4:00 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


"I'm a member on a pretty exclusive website, you probobly haven't heard about it, it's pretty underground...."

Your Favorite Comment Sucks
posted by capricorn at 4:01 PM on May 23, 2013


I'm the best at complaining about myself!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:02 PM on May 23, 2013


I don't see any. Yours appear to be picking a fight where none existed.

Okay then. If your reasons for feeling the way you do about it differ from the ones I inferred, feel free to share! Otherwise you read like you're sniping.
posted by furiousthought at 4:07 PM on May 23, 2013


I'll back up all the way. Why do you think this blog is improper and why would you not like it if you were included in it?
posted by furiousthought at 4:25 PM on May 23, 2013


The best at being humble:
That should be posted in huge, blinking neon lettering. Like the Internet version of The Hollywood sign.


"I'm so HUMBLE!!!!"
posted by Michele in California at 4:32 PM on May 23, 2013


I'm not there, so how good could it be?
posted by jonmc at 4:41 PM on May 23, 2013


jonmc: yes, you are.
posted by batmonkey at 4:56 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh well then. carry on or whatever
posted by jonmc at 4:58 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think the queue starts over the weekend?

Man, I guess I should have put a duck at the end of my sentence above. Sorry.

By the way, this oracle is great!
posted by cjorgensen at 5:00 PM on May 23, 2013


How did I miss this astonishing philosophy lesson from hank_14?! And then it ends like one of those hilarious indie comedies. Perfection.

...I think I'm going to keep saying stuff like that as I read through these. Amazing collection, Foci for Analysis! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Heck of a way to organize those favourites finally, too, I'll bet.
posted by batmonkey at 5:13 PM on May 23, 2013


Tumblr? Needs more instagrammed nipples.

klang, Can I just point out that you made me spend over 20 minutes trying to make a decent quality ASCII image of my own nipple? Fortunately, I failed to get anything that was acceptably nipple like.
Alo, nothing that was too nipple like, either.
posted by ambrosen at 5:39 PM on May 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


First we filter the meta and then we filter that filtration and that's how you get fertilizer brandy!


I like it.
posted by Divine_Wino at 6:17 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


*chills snifter*
posted by jonmc at 6:46 PM on May 23, 2013


*sniffs chiller*

this was a bad decision
posted by elizardbits at 6:48 PM on May 23, 2013


*lists flincher*

i am doing this wrong
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:08 PM on May 23, 2013


*Dave Fincher*
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:09 PM on May 23, 2013


Heck of a way to organize those favourites finally, too, I'll bet.

HAH!
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:12 PM on May 23, 2013


I AM THE MOST HUMBLE
posted by a humble nudibranch at 7:36 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am the worst at faux humility, but I am getting better at real humility, although I admit that I feel a little arrogant when I contemplate my progress.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:53 PM on May 23, 2013


I'm not a fan and I'm a little surprised this is (apparently?) okay with the mods.

We don't own the content. We gave specific advice about being careful about stuff that seemed really personal or seemed to be making fun of users and suggested the users be contacted and asked for permission. That's about it.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:57 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I am the most garlicky.
posted by garlic at 8:26 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm the blandest!
posted by h00py at 8:28 PM on May 23, 2013


I am the best at corgis.

ELIZARDBITS I WILL FIGHT YOU ON THIS.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:57 PM on May 23, 2013


I'm not really the best at corgis. That was just hubris.

I'm awesome at hubris though.

posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:58 PM on May 23, 2013


that's okay cause i'm best at pugs

pug life yo
posted by elizardbits at 9:19 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


PUG LIFE
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:53 PM on May 23, 2013


STRONGER THAN AN PUGGLE

Seen here!
posted by The Whelk at 9:56 PM on May 23, 2013


"An puggle"?

"AN puggle"?!

GRAMMAR RAGE
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:10 PM on May 23, 2013


u mad bro?
posted by The Whelk at 10:12 PM on May 23, 2013


GRAR
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:13 PM on May 23, 2013


jelly.
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 PM on May 23, 2013


Well, golly, to back up a bit, this is neat!
posted by From Bklyn at 12:17 AM on May 24, 2013


Personally I think that if you're going beyond just quoting a small amount here and there (which you totally are given the whole thing is taken from here) then you really need to ask the copyright holders for permission before reposting their work. Just because something is on the internet doesn't mean it's free for anyone to republish any way they like, and that whole 'copyright belongs to the poster' thing is supposed to mean something.

But I also recognise that pretty much all of metafilter is scraped and reposted all over the place anyway so whatever.
posted by shelleycat at 1:53 AM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

We don't own the content. We gave specific advice about being careful about stuff that seemed really personal or seemed to be making fun of users and suggested the users be contacted and asked for permission. That's about it.
Ok I never got that mail :/ Did you guys send it to my Mefi Mail or...? I knew something was off because usually you reply super fast. Could you please re-send it (mefi mail is ok)?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:53 AM on May 24, 2013


I totally win at humbleness. I am the best at being humble.

I'd give you my Metafilter Humility Medal, but they took it away from me when I tried to put it on.
posted by marxchivist at 5:34 AM on May 24, 2013


Ok I never got that mail

We resent it. If you're expecting a reply from us and you don't get one within about 15-30 minutes, please let us know about it. In this case restless_nomad replied to your email address (not MeMail, we like to cc all the mods on communications with users) and maybe that one doesn't get to you?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:52 AM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


We resent it.

That is to say, we sent it again.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:10 AM on May 24, 2013 [13 favorites]


cortex: you're self-actualized!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:17 AM on May 24, 2013


Would you please consider tagging with usernames, so that we can search by username?
posted by insectosaurus at 6:39 AM on May 24, 2013


I am the best at band-waggoning!

Guys? You still here? Is it too late? Did I make it? Dang!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:40 AM on May 24, 2013


Ok I never got that mail

We resent it.

That is to say, we sent it again.


I was wondering why Jessamyn was feeling resentful about the missing email. It seemed very out of character.
posted by insectosaurus at 6:41 AM on May 24, 2013


This is great, and I'm not just saying this because some of my wit and wisdom appears in the archive.
posted by item at 6:56 AM on May 24, 2013


..what was the...oh
posted by clavdivs at 7:48 AM on May 24, 2013


I get a big load of squares with writing in them. Is this how it should look?
posted by marienbad at 9:15 AM on May 24, 2013


Speaking for the middling masses, we're completely average at Metafilter.

Seriously, though, this is nice. I like connecting with fantastic comments I might have otherwise missed.
posted by elmer benson at 9:18 AM on May 24, 2013


We resent it. If you're expecting a reply from us and you don't get one within about 15-30 minutes, please let us know about it.

Got the email now! Thanks!


Would you please consider tagging with usernames, so that we can search by username?


I will! My only concern is that people might not like the privacy aspect of this...? Let me know what you guys think.


I get a big load of squares with writing in them. Is this how it should look?


Pretty much, unless you're seeing something that's broken.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:22 AM on May 24, 2013


This may be obvious, but not enough that I wasn't initially confused by it: both links in this post lead to the archive view. The front page is more traditionally tumblr-esque.
posted by Lorin at 9:39 AM on May 24, 2013


Ugh. Sorry. My bad.
posted by zarq at 10:11 AM on May 24, 2013


"In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility."
posted by nickmark at 10:34 AM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure I'm the skulliest.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:50 AM on May 24, 2013


Skulls are a dime a dozen around here. :)
posted by zarq at 12:01 PM on May 24, 2013


You can now find posts by username via the by [mefi username] tags:
by potomac avenue
by elizardbits
by miko

(O WHY DIDN'T I JUST USE USERNAMES AS TAGS, WHY?)
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:10 PM on May 24, 2013


You can use the archive to do mass tag editing, meaning you could fix that and actually use usernames as tags. Take you 20 minutes, but you could do it.
posted by klangklangston at 3:39 PM on May 24, 2013


I followed and now it's following me back and now before I hit reblog I keep anxiously asking myself WWFFAT?
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:56 PM on May 24, 2013


Ok, I actually read the shakes-sweetkid-phunniemee-elizardbits exchange aloud to my long-suffering boyfriend.

I also very much enjoyed the image of a resentful jessamyn glowering over email confusion, especially because it was such a bizarrely specific reaction to have. So thanks a lot for ruining that, cortex. >=|
posted by kavasa at 6:44 AM on May 25, 2013


Also I sympathize with both shakes and sweetkid. There's always kind of a rotating pseudoclique of mefintelligentsia, but I don't think those folks are actually trying to have that happen. They're just being themselves and talking with people they like to talk to. As sweetkid said, nbd.
posted by kavasa at 6:51 AM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just wanted to register it because I know there are other people who feel the same way. I don't want to demand the Best At stuff stop entirely obviously, which is why it's NBD and I know it's a way people engage with the site. I just think it's good to recall that there are other perspectives and a lot of people who contribute well here beyond the "usual suspects."
posted by sweetkid at 6:58 AM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


So thanks a lot for ruining that, cortex.

I enjoyed the bizarre ambiguity of it too, but then I had this lightning bolt vision of someone two years from now making some angry "you mods tell us to email you about stuff but you also tell people you're totally resentful about us not reading it fast enough WHY ARE YOU JERKS RUINING METAFILTER" comment in a metatalk thread and us being super confused about what the hell that was about, and man I just wanted to bury that hypothetical in a shallow grave in the desert ASAP.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:17 AM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks Lorin. That was what I expected, hence my confusion.
posted by marienbad at 8:12 AM on May 25, 2013


There'd better not be any woodchucks, is all I got ta say. 'Cause I've still got that staff around here, somewhere...
posted by MoTLD at 12:50 PM on May 25, 2013


Oh hey, sweet, I got picked!

yay!



for me!
posted by DoctorFedora at 11:02 PM on May 26, 2013


Cool!
posted by windykites at 5:15 PM on May 29, 2013


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