New subsite idea: theveryidea.metafilter.com December 9, 2016 3:28 PM   Subscribe

It would be a complement to Jobs and Projects - a place for Mefites to post ideas that they, personally, are not going to use, and thus make them freely available for other creative and talented Mefites to run with.

For example, the idea I just had for a story about a skimming phlebotomist vampire (like those tales of smart computer programmers who worked for banks and routed the rounding errors into their own accounts). I, personally, am not going to write that story. But maybe someone else would like to?

I'm sure frimble has plenty on their plate right now, but it kind of seems like a copy of the code base for Projects would be a good starting point.

This post is, of course, a meta, it being itself an example of an idea that I think would be cool but which I, personally, am not planning to implement. But if the community thinks it would be a good thing and the cabal thinks likewise, I would be delighted to see it exist in the world.
posted by kristi to MetaFilter-Related at 3:28 PM (68 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

This is a fun thought! I don't see an actual subsite being on the to-do list, but I'd enjoy hearing other people's spare ideas in this thread.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 3:30 PM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I always wanted to make a Jacuzzi into a giant bong.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:34 PM on December 9, 2016 [17 favorites]


Half Bakery is already a thing.
posted by zamboni at 3:51 PM on December 9, 2016 [9 favorites]


Always go full bakery.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:52 PM on December 9, 2016 [5 favorites]


The story is about a phlebotomist who is actually a vampire? And every time they draw blood it's like one tube for testing, one tube for me? Then what happens?
posted by fixedgear at 3:55 PM on December 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


No. This would not be a useful use for the (limited) mod time
posted by Faintdreams at 3:55 PM on December 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


{searches half bakery} Hmmm. I know someone who would be interested in this.
posted by Wordshore at 4:01 PM on December 9, 2016


Wiki page, maybe? But then, who visits the wiki? Better to post the idea as a job paying zero dollars. Alternatively, just put all of your project ideas here in this thread and maybe someone will snag one.
posted by Going To Maine at 4:03 PM on December 9, 2016


The story is about a phlebotomist who is actually a vampire? And every time they draw blood it's like one tube for testing, one tube for me? Then what happens?

They drink blood from a patient who has been self-medicating with massive doses of odorless garlic supplements.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:08 PM on December 9, 2016 [10 favorites]


And every time they draw blood it's like one tube for testing, one tube for me? Then what happens?

Their whole business goes down the tubes.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:37 PM on December 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


Yeah, but that's no reflection on them, though.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:40 PM on December 9, 2016 [16 favorites]


It's a high stakes business.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:41 PM on December 9, 2016 [7 favorites]


> {searches half bakery} Hmmm. I know someone who would be interested in this.

Wow. Does it strike anyone else how... oldtimey the comments are? It reminds me of how things used to be — not adversarial or snarky or sarcastic, but instead somehow earnest and innocently jokey. I'd forgotten how much things have changed.
posted by snap, crackle and pop at 4:44 PM on December 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


Invasive plant species tournaments. Three or four species with similar environmental requirements and growth habits in a big concrete tub.
posted by Bruce H. at 5:19 PM on December 9, 2016 [29 favorites]


Not just invasive but aggressive, prodigious, and fecund could be their own leagues.
posted by Stanczyk at 5:30 PM on December 9, 2016


> Wow. Does it strike anyone else how... oldtimey the comments are?

They read to me like the partially earnest technical discussion that happens after an absurd idea is acknowledged as mostly just being a joke.
posted by lucidium at 6:05 PM on December 9, 2016 [3 favorites]


Invasive plant species tournaments.

"Annnnnd in this tub we have kudzu! Bamboo! Scotch broom! And the wild card… dodder! FIGHT!!!"
posted by Lexica at 6:07 PM on December 9, 2016 [5 favorites]


Night Soil Compostery: Supply eco-friendly toilets 🚽 at a reduced price on one end and sell (dried) sustainable compost at the other.
posted by leotrotsky at 6:16 PM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter wouldn't have a 'half-bakery', we'd have an "over-bakery".
Or just a "bean-platery".
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:21 PM on December 9, 2016 [5 favorites]


I once had an idea to somehow share My Pets by Alexandre Dumas somewhere in an FPP, but it didn't work out.

I mean, it's kind of a funny book on its own, and who knew the guy had a vulture from his trip to North Africa or that (also from his trip to North Africa but covered in another book) his brief observations on colonialism might for some call to mind W.E.B. Du Bois's concept of double consciousness. Although My Pets doesn't include that particular anecdote, it does have some stuff about how Dumas experienced being known as a person of color and how he related to his household—e.g. his Ethiopian valet de chambre and his Antillean zookeeper/valet, ironically (?) nicknamed for the Emperor of Haiti. But Dumas's novel Georges is considerably better known for drawing on his family history, and his six volume memoirs famously include a "highly romanticized" [NYT] portrayal of his father, "The Black Count" (previously), so none of this is news. Plus a relatively minor book from the Internet Archive probably isn't a great anchor for an FPP anyway, and however charming it may otherwise be, it does have problematic language. Still, since I had found that Peter Greenaway was planning to make a movie based on Dumas's travels in Russia (something that apparently Gérard Depardieu had also done?), I wondered if looking more at Dumas's non-fiction would take the idea somewhere. Unfortunately, I couldn't find his Russian travels free online in English—just his books on traveling in the south of France, sailing on the Emma and hanging out with Garibaldi's "Thousand" in Sicily, further travels in Sicily, and some stories based on his trip to the Caucasus. So that was an even bigger mound of books with no good summary or commentary article, and I basically gave up. But somewhere in the middle of all this, I'd been impressed by one person linked to Dumas, Adah Isaacs Menken, so I briefly looked for something more than an encyclopedia kind of article about her too. Her poetry is sort of interesting, and there are photo archives, but the one bit of commentary I could find that offered a real perspective on her seemed too short.

Anyway, yeah, it never narrowed down to something easy to consume as an FPP, but putting it all here seemed sort of in the spirit of throwing out an idea I'm not going to use on the off chance that someone else will find it interesting.
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:31 PM on December 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


Invasive plant species tournaments. Three or four species with similar environmental requirements and growth habits in a big concrete tub.

L-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-let's get ready to photosynthesi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ze!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:01 PM on December 9, 2016 [7 favorites]


Invasive plant species tournaments. Three or four species with similar environmental requirements and growth habits in a big concrete tub.

We've got a grudge match this evening, ladies and gentlemen! In this corner of the circular tub, grey dogwood! And in this corner dog-strangling vine!
posted by sebastienbailard at 12:46 AM on December 10, 2016


- inclusive restroom signs.
- nametags with pronouns: "Hi my name is... and my pronouns are...."
posted by aniola at 9:07 AM on December 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


Food bank donation boxes right outside price clubs, so you can take home the amount you really wanted in the first place and give the rest away while it's brand new.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 9:36 AM on December 10, 2016 [14 favorites]


- A thoughtfully designed app for pain monitoring (esp viz a viz lifestyle factors, like sleep etc, and medication and/or supplements), for both iOS and Android. There are a few out there, but most of them suck, and all of the free ones do. E.g. most have a set and very limited bank of pain word descriptors - which I understand, it's simpler that way, and I guess you wouldn't want unnecessary duplication or overcomplication for people for whom English isn't a first language, or who might not have a super high level of literacy, but I'm not sure the already well researched & validated pain questionnaires (e.g. Melzack et al.) are used... There are also usually limits on the number of symptoms you can track - not great for people monitoring multiple symptoms or conditions. Often, no space for descriptions of onset, timing, duration, or lifestyle factors or meds/supplements. The kind or amount of data you can save or export for analysis is often limited. And the interface is just less than ideal, in a lot of them.) For a model of an interface I think is beautiful - I adore Simple Workout Log.

- I don't know if not that girl is still working on a planner for people with chronic conditions? But I think a "count your spoons so you can work and GSD" app - maybe integrated with a solid pain tracking tool - is a fantastic idea.

(I think collection of all that data over time could also be super useful from a public health perspective... especially as people pick up diagnoses, and lifestyle factors and treatments get logged - for developing predictive models for diagnostic algorithms or health services planning.)
posted by cotton dress sock at 9:57 AM on December 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


While I might use something like this, I feel it benefits the giver far more than it benefits any potential audience. I feel like there's very few people that make things that are starving for ideas and need to go to an outside source. People that want to make things are usually drowning in ideas and starved for implementation time, in my experience.

Maybe cast as an idea graveyard, it'd be more honest. It could be a place to publicly put to rest ideas you're never going to get to so you can move on. Bury it and move on!
posted by ignignokt at 11:41 AM on December 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


I think we don't really need a subsite for this but something to collect them would be cool!
posted by bleep at 2:39 PM on December 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


Invasive plant species tournaments. Three or four species with similar environmental requirements and growth habits in a big concrete tub.

This is not dissimilar to my research program, except that I currently lack funding and greenhouse space.
posted by pemberkins at 3:02 PM on December 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I think we don't really need a subsite for this but something to collect them would be cool!

Very cool! (You're so quick!) Where will the answers go?

also. #asnotseenontv - a right- (and/or left-)handed handle for luggage/grocery carts, that extends forwards, parallel to the ground, with a 45 degree angle (on the side nearest the body) so you can pull using a secure, neutral grip that doesn't strain wrists or elbows, and a curve following the top/out-side of your hand around the other side, so if you want, you can relax your grip and the handle can just rest on your (neutral, comfortable) hand and just pull the thing that way. someone plz make this or direct me to where it exists please & thank you
posted by cotton dress sock at 6:37 PM on December 10, 2016


Guys! I've got it! Take live tuna fish, and feed 'em mayonnaise!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:35 PM on December 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


I would love it if someone would take my "Murphy Urinal" idea and run with it.
posted by wats at 12:26 PM on December 11, 2016


I, too, like the spirit of this even if I don't really see any sort of subsite situation being plausible. I'm all for sharing inchoate ideas and brainstorming and such. If what happened is there was just a MetaTalk thread now and then in that vein, hey!
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:53 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also, somebody should make a Number Cruncher game except it's actually Numberwang and nothing makes sense.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:53 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Mr. Potato Copter: something you stick into any kitchen vegetable to make it into a quadcopter. Plus a big plastic nose and mustache, I guess.
posted by XMLicious at 3:08 PM on December 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


... my "Murphy Urinal" idea ...

So this is a urinal that folds up into the bedroom wall?

Google doesn't enlighten me.
posted by Bruce H. at 4:00 PM on December 11, 2016


Murphy's Urinal Law: Anything that can flow wrong, will flow wrong.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:22 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


What's the first thing you do when you get home? Take off your shoes. Wouldn't it be nice if you could take your shoes off well in advance of getting home? Or if you didn't have to wear shoes? Someone should invent...something about this, I don't know.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:47 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Uber, but for chairs.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 7:47 PM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


Uber, but for Uber.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:04 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I would love it if someone would take my "Murphy Urinal" idea and run with it.

Preferably far beyond the Irish Sea.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:32 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ideas are nothing, no writers or directors want your excellent idea because they themselves are full of creative ideas that they do not have the time and energy to realize. This is not an original thought, I read it elsewhere on Metafilter. "If only there were a bunch of dullard creators with no imaginations of their own, waiting to hear from someone like me, to flesh out and develop my wonderful half-baked idea!"

Here's any idea - cynic.metafilter.com, where you float your idea and we all shoot it down and explain how it sucks.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:44 AM on December 12, 2016 [7 favorites]


> Also, somebody should make a Number Cruncher game except it's actually Numberwang and nothing makes sense.

I got pretty far in development on one but it always crashed with a Mornington Crescent error.
posted by ardgedee at 3:39 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Uber but for "Uber, but for" ideas.

There was a MeTa ages ago about a call for collaborations section in projects, which I envisaged looking a lot like FanFare clubs. This sounds a little like that. I liked that idea (but can see why it didn't get anywhere).
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:21 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


An app which constantly monitors which specific underwear from your collection:
- You are wearing
- Is used and therefore awaiting laundry
- Is clean and fresh and ready for selection and wearing

This is synchronized to your online calendar and to any dating websites e.g. OKCupid which you are signed up to. For example, if you are arranging a liaison on a dating website for tonight after much frisky talk and you suspect that third base may be quickly reached, the app would detect this and send you a message such as:
- "You can choose between the frilly, lacy ones or the sleek silk ones"
- "Warning: the only underwear you have available to wear are the passion-killing grey briefs that your mom bought you in 1991 and you never threw away"

This would give you time to either purchase new underwear, or wash, dry and iron (you do iron your underwear previous to a date, yes?) the most appropriate selection. And would also mean avoiding the horror of, when dressing up for a date with the hot person you discovered online (at least their picture is), finding that you only have those grey briefs.

App name: Internet of Thongs
posted by Wordshore at 4:36 AM on December 12, 2016 [8 favorites]


Fine, let's get this out the way:

An app which records minor damage to vehicles.
Internet of dings

Uh,, this one is pretty well covered...
Internet of flings

Just a grandiose name for a chess app.
Internet of kings

A tiny tracker that you can attach to priceless vases and/or tyrannical rulers of the planet Mongo.
Internet of Mings

Crowd sourced Sonar!
Internet of pings

A protocol for remotely evaluating jewellery.
Internet of rings

An app that geolocates nearby sources of fresh water
Internet of springs

A smart device to assist in the laying of giants when you are not a giant.
internet of slings

Like the normal internet but it just goes on and on and on and on for hours.
Internet of Stings.

An app to help you plan flights.
Internet of wings

A small device that's attached to the lower leg to monitor tendon stress.
Internet of hamstrings

App to help you plan economic reforms in china
Internet of Deng Xiaopings
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:53 AM on December 12, 2016 [10 favorites]


Bandcamp is an internet of sings.
Amazon is an internet of brings.
Okcupid is an internet of clings.
posted by ardgedee at 4:58 AM on December 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


MetaFilter: Fine, let's get this out the way
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:47 AM on December 12, 2016 [8 favorites]


Just a grandiose name for a chess app.
Internet of kings


Careful with that one, you don't want to become a p@wn addict.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:32 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


An app to find apps that couldn't be more internet: The internet of Bings.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:08 AM on December 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


you don't want to become a p@wn addict

ಠ_ಠ
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:43 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


double decker sofa
posted by grumpybear69 at 10:22 AM on December 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: where you float your idea and we all shoot it down and explain how it sucks.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:28 AM on December 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


never forget: when cortex had this as a personal tumblr called THINK STANK
posted by clavicle at 10:41 AM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


A protocol for remotely evaluating jewellery.
Internet of rings


Excuse you I think you mean internet of blings.
posted by clavicle at 10:44 AM on December 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


Internet of Bongs

I think I'm starting to sense a theme, here...
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:13 PM on December 12, 2016


Browser- and SMS-accessible doorbell app: Internet of bing-bongs.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:18 PM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


A doo-wop app: Internet of Rama Lama Ding Dongs
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:21 PM on December 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


Someone could get a good start on this by combing through old Ask questions. "Does X exist" is often answered with "no."
posted by miyabo at 1:22 PM on December 12, 2016


Metafilter: Internet of dingdongs.
posted by clavicle at 2:41 PM on December 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


We could get some tin cans and make our own Internet of Strings.
posted by quinndexter at 8:07 PM on December 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


We could turn the whole shebang over to the Sikhs and have the Internet of Singhs.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:05 PM on December 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


App to have an age-appropriate backyard play structure delivered: Internet of Swings
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 11:58 PM on December 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


The Pengest Munch: the internet of tings. Mad tings.
posted by taz (staff) at 4:29 AM on December 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


App to locate fast food fried chicken and onion rings and fries: The Internet of Frings.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:36 PM on December 13, 2016


👌🏼
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:45 PM on December 13, 2016


This would read as a Meta version of @BoredElonMusk.
posted by rokusan at 7:49 PM on December 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


My idea that I don't want is selling jars of special snowflakes.
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 6:34 AM on December 14, 2016


Guide to delicious Tibetan street food: Internet of La-Phings
posted by the_blizz at 3:49 PM on December 15, 2016


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