We're not talking about this. Period. December 4, 2013 9:59 AM   Subscribe

Am I correct in inferring that there has been some moderate moderation to this thread (about how fraught the use of periods has become in texting and other new communication methods) to remove references to President Obama's repeated use of the word "Period!" in speeches to attempt to add veracity to an oft-repeated lie?

It seems curious, given the wide-ranging nature of many discussions hereabouts, that this obvious wrinkle in the topic of "periods" is nowhere to be found in thread. I also observe the thread seems to include comments that would only make sense if responding to some troll who brought up that uncomfortable topic.
posted by Infinity_8 to MetaFilter-Related at 9:59 AM (142 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

There has been nothing deleted from that thread, no.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:02 AM on December 4, 2013


http://www.metafilter.com/contact/

This is a perfect use for the contact form.
posted by edgeways at 10:02 AM on December 4, 2013 [14 favorites]


Hey, you know, this seems like the kind of MeTa that would have been better off just asked of one of the mods via the contact form rather than throwing this open to the community to speculate about and inevitably argue about.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:04 AM on December 4, 2013


Spoken like someone in the back pocket of Big Cortex.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:05 AM on December 4, 2013 [55 favorites]

Big Cortex is back
I'm back
Standing tall again
I had to have a lot of help from all my friends
I appreciate that
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Hi folks I'm Big Cortex
Welcome back to the State Fair of Cortexas
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posted by edgeways at 10:09 AM on December 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


It's not the size, it's the folds.
posted by planetesimal at 10:12 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


For a flaccid brain, anyway.
posted by planetesimal at 10:13 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


There has been nothing deleted from that thread, no

But if you had removed something from that thread, that's exactly what I'd expect you to say PERIOD
posted by octobersurprise at 10:18 AM on December 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


I love it when you call me Big Cortex
Throw ya hands in the air if yousa true player
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 10:18 AM on December 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


this obvious wrinkle in the topic of "periods"

FWIW I've never noticed Obama saying the word "period" for emphasis, and this is the first I've heard anyone mention noticing that he does that. I mean I'm sure he does sometimes, but it's a common enough idiom that the fact that you're noticing (and clearly annoyed by) it is I think maybe one of those things that is more about you than about him
posted by ook at 10:18 AM on December 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


"Let me be clear" is the verbal tic I associate with Obama.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:23 AM on December 4, 2013 [58 favorites]


And I see zero things in the thread that "would only make sense if responding to some troll who brought up that uncomfortable topic."

This one seems apposite though
posted by ook at 10:26 AM on December 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


Now of course the Streisand Effect will take hold and I will notice every single one of Obama's "period!"s.
posted by chavenet at 10:33 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now of course the Streisand Effect will take hold and I will notice every single one of Obama's "period!"s.

I find it more informative to track his ovulations. Fingers crossed for a little Admiral Obama!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:35 AM on December 4, 2013 [26 favorites]


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posted by Naberius at 10:37 AM on December 4, 2013 [16 favorites]


Now they never reopened that worthless web site
They just placed a marble stand in front of... ite


This made me laugh really loud. Well done.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 10:38 AM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


FYI, still nothing deleted.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:41 AM on December 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


"FWIW I've never noticed Obama saying the word "period" for emphasis, and this is the first I've heard anyone mention noticing that he does that."

Given Obama's oratorial style, he might be better served by emphasizing the word, "Semicolon."
posted by klangklangston at 10:44 AM on December 4, 2013 [23 favorites]


Mods, I require updates every 30 minutes on whether something has been deleted.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:45 AM on December 4, 2013 [11 favorites]


Quietly on the site, without any fuss... the periods were going out.
posted by zarq at 10:48 AM on December 4, 2013 [19 favorites]


Big Cortex, he's on his way he's modding it
Big Cortex, got to delete your post yeah
Big Cortex, so much modder than life
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:50 AM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


I do love these "AHA! I've caught you mods enforcing your agenda!" "what" threads.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 10:50 AM on December 4, 2013 [14 favorites]


But there's no "what" there. With one drive-by MeTa, Infinity_8 has successfully accomplished his goal anyway, which was to keep promulgating the "Obama is a lying liar who lies" meme, regardless of what imaginary proof the promulgators of this and other bullshit fantasies think there is.
posted by Curious Artificer at 11:05 AM on December 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


FYI, still nothing deleted.

This seems like the perfect use case for the new Post Deletion Canary: "No comments have been deleted from this thread. Please watch for the removal of this sign."
posted by The Michael The at 11:05 AM on December 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


The tricky thing being that if we removed that comment we'd have to remove it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:06 AM on December 4, 2013 [19 favorites]


Everything has been removed from this thread, and only the comments were put back in. WHERE IS EVERYTHING ELSE??!?!
posted by blue_beetle at 11:16 AM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've always suspected the mods go into my threads while I'm away, delete all the comments, and then put them all back in the exact same places.
posted by mbrubeck at 11:17 AM on December 4, 2013 [19 favorites]


I've always suspected the mods go into my bedroom while I'm away, steal all my underwear, and then put them all on stray cats throughout the neighborhood.

It's the only explanation I can think of.
posted by charred husk at 11:20 AM on December 4, 2013 [13 favorites]


There has been nothing deleted from that thread, no.

If you like your thread, you can keep it. Period!
posted by Drinky Die at 11:27 AM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


The mods did not delete any comments. Period!
posted by klarck at 11:28 AM on December 4, 2013


Let me be clear.

*activates Predator camoflage*
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:28 AM on December 4, 2013 [52 favorites]


Let me be clear.

*becomes free of the influence of engrams*
posted by Sticherbeast at 11:33 AM on December 4, 2013 [23 favorites]


The moderator's aim was deadly with the big cortex on his hip
big cortex on his hiiiiiiiip
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:37 AM on December 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


Has this comment been deleted? Watch this space!
posted by rtha at 11:37 AM on December 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


FWIW I'm not claiming "Period" is a constant verbal tic of the President's. However it's easy enough to find examples of his using it in his promise that folks who liked their coverage could keep their coverage under the ACA. Which is why I wondered if there was some agenda to keep it out. Thanks for clarifying, Big C ;)
posted by Infinity_8 at 11:43 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Welcome back to the State Fair of Cortexas

That's reason alone for a woman in her thirties to move to Cortexas. Still, cost of living's better in Jessamaine and Mathowissippi.
posted by ignignokt at 11:44 AM on December 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


*puts on a pair of sunglasses*

*puts on another pair of sunglasses, smaller than the first*

*a third pair of sunglasses, smaller still*

I'm a Warrior for the Cause. My Job Here Is Done
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:45 AM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


rtha: Has this comment been deleted? Watch this space!

This is why I screencap every thread I read. Sure, I have a few million images of threads, but I have a True Record of what I read at that time.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:45 AM on December 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Infinity_8: "Which is why I wondered if there was some agenda to keep it out."

This is true approximately never, in my experience.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:46 AM on December 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


Which is why I wondered if there was some agenda to keep it out.

To be clear, it didn't need asking; that's so far from being a plausible mod policy here that the idea is ridiculous on its face.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:47 AM on December 4, 2013 [30 favorites]


It always makes me laugh a little when I see someone talking about Metafilter's "agendas". Yes, yes, of course, the most logical explanation for seeing something here you don't like, or not seeing something you expect to see, is always "there must be an agenda!" and not "I wonder if my assumptions about this issue might not be accurate?".
posted by palomar at 11:47 AM on December 4, 2013 [15 favorites]


It's agendas, all the way down.
posted by zarq at 11:49 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think Metafilter absolutely has... not an agenda, but a bias, but that bias is not in favor of a particular political position but rather in favor of a particular style of interaction, with usually good but sometimes bad outcomes.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:52 AM on December 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


Yes, I probably should have simply asked if I was correct in inferring that something had been moderated out, and pointing out that I would have thought the thread might have included a mention of the President's famous recent use of the word given the wide-ranging nature of threads hereabouts.

I get that even absent an agenda, comments that don't meet a certain seriousness threshold frequently are moderated, and I'm fine with that. I also have observed that on any site, not just this one, that threshold is higher when the opinion being forwarded is unpopular. I was merely curious about what happened here and so I asked.
posted by Infinity_8 at 11:53 AM on December 4, 2013


that's so far from being a plausible mod policy here that the idea is ridiculous on its face

QFT

Understanding this would curb so much of the angst I see in MeTa.
posted by blurker at 11:55 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would have thought the thread might have included a mention of the President's famous recent use of the word given the wide-ranging nature of threads hereabouts.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz warms up the bethechangeinator...
posted by Etrigan at 12:02 PM on December 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


While there is active moderation on the site, you'll find the mods use a deft touch, to the extent that even a little trolling will go undeleted.
posted by klarck at 12:03 PM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


chavenet: "Now of course the Streisand Effect will take hold and I will notice every single one of Obama's "period!"s."


This would more accurately be termed the "Baader-Meinhof phenomenon."
posted by Corinth at 12:04 PM on December 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


To be clear, it didn't need asking; that's so far from being a plausible mod policy here that the idea is ridiculous on its face.

Uh, that's not ridiculous, that's a beauty mark.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:05 PM on December 4, 2013


Great, now I'm going to see references to the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon everywhere.
posted by troika at 12:14 PM on December 4, 2013 [35 favorites]


Just try to suppress it.
posted by 0 answers at 12:18 PM on December 4, 2013


Which is why I wondered if there was some agenda to keep it out.

Somebody does seem to have an agenda in this Meta, but it ain't the mods.
posted by kmz at 12:26 PM on December 4, 2013 [18 favorites]


Can we keep that one out too?
posted by Corinth at 12:28 PM on December 4, 2013


It always makes me laugh a little when I see someone talking about Metafilter's "agendas". Yes, yes, of course, the most logical explanation for seeing something here you don't like, or not seeing something you expect to see, is always "there must be an agenda!" and not "I wonder if my assumptions about this issue might not be accurate?".

I've probably told this story before but many moons ago I used to be in charge of a fairly active forum. I got this obscenity filled email from a guy summed up as Y U CLOS MY THREAD. I was puzzled and sent him a link to the still-open but terrible thread he'd made that no one was posting in. I immediately got back an "AHA! Clearly you re-opened the thread when I got you at your cunning game." Again puzzled, I consulted our moderation logs and found no, nobody had even touched the thread because it was a bad thread but not rule-breaking and it was swiftly buried in the front page churn, and told him as such. I checked the forum and found him going on a rampage about corrupt mods and the usual BS and promptly banned him so he could cool down. I got another email accusing me of somehow hacking the server to delete the evidence of the server logs of me closing his thread.

So, just to recap, the following was a plausible scenario:
-I read an inoffensive but dumb thread
-I decided to close it because of my agenda
-Immediately called on my villainy, I backpedaled and re-opened the thread
-Then I promptly hacked into the server somehow and erased all evidence of this deed
-I also somehow erased all evidence of my hacking into the webserver so our web guy and IT team would never find out
-Even though I was the only one that cared about the forums
-And if I had actually closed the thread, nobody would've given a shit because my entire job was moderating the forums

But "Oh I guess I made a bad thread" was, of course, totally implausible.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 12:28 PM on December 4, 2013 [24 favorites]


Yes They Could

have deleted those comments but they didn't period
posted by Namlit at 12:29 PM on December 4, 2013


I've always suspected the mods go into my threads while I'm away, delete all the comments, and then put them all back in the exact same places.

No, they replace them with exact replicas.
posted by JanetLand at 12:30 PM on December 4, 2013 [16 favorites]


This is dumb.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:32 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great, now I'm going to see references to the

contact form everywhere.
posted by Namlit at 12:33 PM on December 4, 2013


Obama was at my work place last week and he never used "Period." but he did use "Let me be clear".
posted by Hairy Lobster at 12:33 PM on December 4, 2013


This Meta might be the first ever instance of someone begging the declarative.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:41 PM on December 4, 2013 [13 favorites]


Obama was at my work place last week and he never used "Period." but he did use "Let me be clear".

yeah well Obama was at my work place yesterday and collapsed into tears when my boss turned in his office chair and said Well If It Isn't Bawrong Obumbler
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:43 PM on December 4, 2013 [30 favorites]


Why do super-partisan internet commenters love inane punning-on-names insults so much? Is it just a political-party-as-tribal-identification thing? (Do sports fans do the same w/r/t rival teams?) Even if I agree with their gist it's just so...cringeworthy. Why aren't they cringing?
posted by nobody at 12:51 PM on December 4, 2013 [10 favorites]


.
posted by 4ster at 12:52 PM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


(Do sports fans do the same w/r/t rival teams?)

Oh, hells yes. They even do it to their own teams -- I think I've only ever heard Clevelanders calling their NFL team the Clowns.
posted by Etrigan at 12:56 PM on December 4, 2013


I've always suspected the mods go into my threads while I'm away, delete all the comments, and then put them all back in the exact same places.

Folgers Crystals Folgers Crystals Folgers Crystals.
posted by zamboni at 1:02 PM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


The mods never ask for a second serving of my comments.
posted by misha at 1:06 PM on December 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Why do super-partisan internet commenters love inane punning-on-names insults so much? Is it just a political-party-as-tribal-identification thing?

I think my favorite thing about it is watching the evolution of the dipshit pun names from things that sound sort of like the original pun to something that the commentor probably thought sounded clever in their head. Like, it started with Obummer and then we got to Obozo, and at least Bozo starts with a B, I guess, and then eventually you're reading the comments on some article (my first mistake, yes, I know), and someone can't help but mention how Odumbass is curiously silent on Benghazi.

It's right up there with libturd. Like, how the fuck do you even arrive at that?
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 1:16 PM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's right up there with libturd. Like, how the fuck do you even arrive at that?

BY READING A LITTLE THING CALLED THE CONSTITUTION

MAYBE YOU'VE TURD OF IT
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:18 PM on December 4, 2013 [41 favorites]


I think my favorite thing about it is watching the evolution of the dipshit pun names from things that sound sort of like the original pun to something that the commentor probably thought sounded clever in their head.

My first thought for that comment was "Balloon Ontario."
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:20 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


            -------------------------------------
            | All of the topics in the universe |
            -------------------------------------
                /                            \
--------------------------       ---------------------------------------
| Topics discussed on MF |       | Topics the Mods Specifically Censor |
--------------------------       ---------------------------------------
There is no third category.
posted by kiltedtaco at 1:20 PM on December 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Baradict Obamabatch.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 1:21 PM on December 4, 2013 [38 favorites]


MY AGENDA is to eat this cupcake that my colleague brought. But! Not before I get some coffee to accompany it. Because, you know.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 1:23 PM on December 4, 2013


Baradict Obamabatch.

an episode of Sherlock, but Sherlock is Obama, Watson is Biden, and the real mystery is why ordinary middle-class Americans don't have healthcare they can afford
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:25 PM on December 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


---------------------------------
| Things not yet discussed on MF|
---------------------------------
posted by edgeways at 1:26 PM on December 4, 2013


Osama bin Laden ==> Obama sin laden
posted by jamjam at 1:26 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


an episode of Sherlock, but Sherlock is Obama, Watson is Biden

Change it to Watson being the Onion's Diamond Joe Biden and I would watch every episode.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:30 PM on December 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


FYI, still nothing deleted.

How about now?

Still no?

Well then how about...






















now?
posted by Sebmojo at 1:38 PM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


I think Metafilter absolutely has... not an agenda, but a bias

Bias in favor of cameras, things that vibrate, narcoleptic sonambulant vikings, and bunnies with pancakes on their heads.
posted by Jahaza at 1:38 PM on December 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


He wasn't literally a viking! Christ.

hamburger
posted by Elementary Penguin at 1:46 PM on December 4, 2013


You gaggle of magnificent idiots, I love you all!
posted by Mister_A at 1:54 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bias in favor of cameras, things that vibrate, narcoleptic sonambulant vikings, and bunnies with pancakes on their heads.

I don't know how these eight year olds got to be vikings in their sleep, or why.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:00 PM on December 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Baradict Obamabatch.

Butablackguy Cantbepresident is a remarkably plausible tagline for the Birther movement.
posted by kagredon at 2:02 PM on December 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


Dumbest comment so far award

And I say that with love. It is not easy to be the dumbest comment in this thread.
posted by Mister_A at 2:06 PM on December 4, 2013


kiltedtaco: "There is no third category."

Topics discussed on MF are further subdivided into the following categories:

  • Those that belong to the mathowie
  • Those concerning how to hide a body
  • Should I go to a doctor?
  • Should I eat it?
  • Exploding whales
  • Jokes by the Whelk
  • Stray dogs
  • Those that are included in this classification
  • Those that tremble as if they were mad
  • SLYTs
  • Those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush
  • James Brown death threads
  • Those that have just broken the flower vase
  • Those that, at a distance, resemble reddit
posted by Chrysostom at 2:16 PM on December 4, 2013 [16 favorites]


now?

no.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:25 PM on December 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


jessamyn: " no."

LOL

We should make a gif of all the mods saying "No" all at once.
posted by zarq at 2:43 PM on December 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


You can imagine where it goes from here. The cabal is fixed.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:43 PM on December 4, 2013


Here's what I don't understand about this MeTa:

If you are reading a thread, and you think of a trenchant, nay, brilliant, observation on the subject of the thread, and you check to see if anyone else has made that observation, and they haven't, wouldn't you just post your trenchant, nay, brilliant, observation in the damn thread?

Why would you assume that the observation must have been made by someone else already, and then suppressed? Is it low self-esteem? It's low self-esteem, isn't it?
posted by misfish at 2:44 PM on December 4, 2013 [16 favorites]


We should make a gif of all the mods saying "No" all at once.

I envision a three-second Youtube video of all the mods, a humourless look on every face, shaking their heads and saying "No." in the most exhausted, how-am-I-still-dealing-with-this-shit tone of voice.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:44 PM on December 4, 2013 [11 favorites]


If I were a bad person I'd post 'In the name of the most holy and individual Trinity: Be it known to all, etcetera blah blah blah' and it would get deleted!

It would be deleted due to the nefarious anti-Westphalian agenda of this benighted site.
posted by winna at 2:45 PM on December 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Man, I even dislike Obama and have never noticed that, so not odd it's absent. However, this thread gave rise to Cortex songs, so I declare victory.
posted by corb at 2:47 PM on December 4, 2013


My favorite part of this is that we have to actually check a box marked "My request requires community input and cannot be addressed by contacting MetaFilter staff." in order to make a MetaTalk thread.

I haven't heard of this "period" thing, so I looked and it's popped up on Breitbart and American Thinker, two websites which are so consistently full-of-shit that you'd be better off reading goose entrails.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:20 PM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Periodic Table of Your Period. (pdf)
posted by themanwho at 3:22 PM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


James Brown is dead?
posted by Meatbomb at 3:25 PM on December 4, 2013


Is dead as as not dead as Abe Vigoda is.
posted by edgeways at 3:30 PM on December 4, 2013


We should make a gif of all the mods saying "No" all at once.

This is close.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:39 PM on December 4, 2013 [26 favorites]


jessamyn: " This is close."

I love that video. :)
posted by zarq at 3:40 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I forgot how much fun that video was.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 3:48 PM on December 4, 2013


This is close
…we need it more concentrated, though, a super cut type of thing. Like this, but with no.
(one could also ask Martin Freeman as a stuntman here; he has at least fifty shades of no).
posted by Namlit at 3:59 PM on December 4, 2013


I forgot we even made that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:00 PM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


I could only make it to the 3:03 mark of that video I was getting so frustrated. How does it end? Is it done yet?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:00 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you cut out early you miss my awesome cameo!
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 4:17 PM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Am I ghoulish to laugh at this question occurring in place where whole threads are made up of periods, sometimes?
posted by Anitanola at 4:18 PM on December 4, 2013


I kind of think this thread has come to a full stop. It certainly feels comma to me. Anyone else?
posted by Jofus at 5:08 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you cut out early you miss my awesome cameo!

Oh sure, we all screamed in the theatre, but it's a quick promotion for a movie that's two years down the line.
posted by The Whelk at 5:15 PM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


This Metatalk is weird and kinda dumb? ... . . . ...
posted by Justinian at 5:38 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


winna: "If I were a bad person I'd post 'In the name of the most holy and individual Trinity: Be it known to all, etcetera blah blah blah' and it would get deleted!

It would be deleted due to the nefarious anti-Westphalian agenda of this benighted site.
"

Haters gonna hate.
posted by Treaty of Westphalia at 5:56 PM on December 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


"Infer" doesn't quite mean the same thing as "assume". Period.
posted by fuse theorem at 6:00 PM on December 4, 2013


I'm still giggling over maybe you're turd of it because i am five
posted by davejay at 6:10 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Baradict Obamabatch.

All I can think of is there should be a tumblr of otters that look like punctuation.
posted by arcticseal at 6:47 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


This thread is so stupid it should be killed, stuffed, and placed in a museum as a testament to the great follies of history.

Seriously, this is the worst thread ever. This thread is metafilter's smallpox blanket. If we don't quarantine it it could infect and dilute other good threads.

Love you guys.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 7:22 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


This thread is an excellent use of that most precious of natural resources, gigapixels.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:34 PM on December 4, 2013


It's not as bad as the posturing foodie thread.
posted by planetesimal at 7:37 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I unfollowed that one.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:42 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can posture food in here too if it looks like this thread is in danger of going too well.

Yeah, if you thought something was missing in a thread, I don't know why you wouldn't just say it: "How about that Obama, always saying "Period.," right?" That seems like the more straightforward response.

Just had a look on like for a "days since last accident" sign generator and couldn't find one that would let me create "Seconds since last deletion."
posted by Miko at 8:59 PM on December 4, 2013


We have a "Days since a bannin'" box on the admin page, will that do?
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 9:00 PM on December 4, 2013 [14 favorites]


It warms my heart to know that.
posted by Miko at 9:00 PM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's currently at 1, thanks to a self-linker.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:06 PM on December 4, 2013


Aww, like the drunk driving signs at military posts? I am so happy indeed!

...wait, are you trying to see how high or how low you can get it? Maybe I should be afraid...
posted by corb at 9:14 PM on December 4, 2013


What is this "foodie" thread? I'm running out of things to be annoyed by today.
posted by turbid dahlia at 9:16 PM on December 4, 2013


Oh, what, no instant reply? Well then I guess I lied, I have found something else to be annoyed by.
posted by turbid dahlia at 9:22 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


wait, the thread that this thread somehow turned into?
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:49 PM on December 4, 2013


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posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:12 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Morse code, y'all.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:12 PM on December 4, 2013


howaboutnow
posted by Sebmojo at 11:58 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Still no.
posted by taz (staff) at 12:33 AM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


You can imagine where it goes from here. The cabal is fixed.

It was broken? Was it fixed using goose entrails? Do you need a whole goose worth of entrails, or do they work holistically?

I'm not supposed to be talking about these things, am I?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:32 AM on December 5, 2013


This thread is missing the real conspiracy, which is the mods' blatant pro-Iowa, pro-food agenda being pushed hard in the next thread down. Do I need to yell wake up sheeple or something?
posted by medusa at 3:02 AM on December 5, 2013


My recently observed example of the passive-aggressive dot:

"Long and rambling question. Discuss."

Don't discuss.
posted by Namlit at 5:28 AM on December 5, 2013


Do you need a whole goose worth of entrails, or do they work holistically?

Actually entrails work homeopathically, so you only need a little bit -- about the same amount as a smear of fried chicken livers served on a cracker by your grandmother, in fact.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:46 AM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metric or imperial smear?
posted by planetesimal at 6:55 AM on December 5, 2013


Metric, I couldn't possibly, oh all right.
posted by gauche at 7:05 AM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


This thread is missing the real conspiracy, which is the mods' blatant pro-Iowa, pro-food agenda being pushed hard in the next thread down. Do I need to yell wake up sheeple or something?

Metafilter Network Inc. has secretly been purchased by a joint venture of the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Grinnell College and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau. Over the next weeks and months, you will gradually see more and more Iowa-related content. Mod-controlled sockpuppets will start asking questions on AskMe like "now that I'm back home in New York, where can I get some of that great Iowa beef that I enjoyed during my recent vacation in Des Moines?" An upcoming FPP about photographs of the bridges of Madison County, Iowa will inexplicably win the best post contest. The next podcast will include a full half-hour of Jessamyn talking about Iowa. Going forward, anyone asking for advice on where to live will hear a lot about how Des Moines is a great place to raise your children.
posted by Area Man at 7:07 AM on December 5, 2013 [14 favorites]


Yes, I probably should have simply asked if I was correct in inferring that something had been moderated out, and pointing out that I would have thought the thread might have included a mention of the President's famous recent use of the word given the wide-ranging nature of threads hereabouts.

If it makes you feel better, you're not the first person this sort of thing has happened to. Every once in a while there's a post made to Meta asking "why hasn't a post about X topic or event been made to the Blue? I was looking forward to talking about it!" The usual response is, "well, you haven't made one yet." :)

As far as I can tell, the people in the media who have been focusing most on the President's verbal tics are conservative pundits. Which is par for the course: President Bush's verbal tics were picked apart mostly by lefties during his time in office. American Mefites skew moderate and a bit to the left, so the lack of a comments about "Period" might also be a sign many folks don't watch or listen to right wing pundits regularly.
posted by zarq at 7:13 AM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


For the record, I have a "WHERE THE HELL IS GRINNELL?/WHO THE HELL CARES?" t-shirt at home; however, I grew up in Minnesota, and as a result I am barred, as far as anyone knows, from holding a voting seat on any Iowa-based cabal. Not that there is one. Which there isn't. As far as you know
posted by wenestvedt at 8:06 AM on December 5, 2013


Area Man: " Metafilter Network Inc. has secretly been purchased by a joint venture of the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Grinnell College and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau. Over the next weeks and months, you will gradually see more and more Iowa-related content. Mod-controlled sockpuppets will start asking questions on AskMe like "now that I'm back home in New York, where can I get some of that great Iowa beef that I enjoyed during my recent vacation in Des Moines?" An upcoming FPP about photographs of the bridges of Madison County, Iowa will inexplicably win the best post contest. The next podcast will include a full half-hour of Jessamyn talking about Iowa. Going forward, anyone asking for advice on where to live will hear a lot about how Des Moines is a great place to raise your children."

And the official site song will be by Dar Williams.
posted by Lexica at 10:27 AM on December 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


now its the next day at work and maybe youve turd of it is still making me laugh it is the gift that keeps on giving
posted by davejay at 10:27 AM on December 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


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posted by rmd1023 at 11:45 AM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Big Cortex makes me think of something like Big Mary, the blowsy, knowing, cantankerous madame of an old west brothel, except he runs a brain-brothel, where intellectually deprived youths sit knees together and hands clasped in a red-velvet-draped lounge for the opportunity pony up a few bucks to discuss the effects of Hegelian romanticism on the early American episcopal churches or something.

Which, come to think of it, was the hook of a Woody Allen short story from the 60s, if I remember correctly. And which, come to think of it, is pretty much what Metafilter is, I guess.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:37 PM on December 5, 2013


Speaking of dots, doesn't any one of you crazy encyclopedia FPP posters already have a decent Mandela obit post ready to quickly populate with a news link?

Glad that the lazy stabs are getting nixed, though.
posted by planetesimal at 3:04 PM on December 5, 2013


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posted by Treaty of Westphalia at 3:32 PM on December 5, 2013


Firefly is cancelled
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posted by clavdivs at 9:48 AM on December 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


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