I want to break a rule here and propose a shoutout November 19, 2002 8:09 PM   Subscribe

I want to break a rule here and propose a shoutout - a cheerleader post, if you will indulge me. I note a immense upward jump in the quality of both MeFi and MeTa posts and comments, with a corresponding downward jump in noise, trolling and trash. I note comments by Matt have a more relaxed tone than in the past few weeks. I see discussions kept to a mostly civil if not downright respectful tone. I observe efforts running the gamut from herculean to humorous by members like frykitty, y6y6y6, waxy, riffola, adrianhon, et al, to help make this wondrous place ever more enjoyable and user friendly. I want to say thank you, to everyone. [*Cue Dorothy, who taps heels of ruby slippers 3 times, chants "There's no place like Metafilter, there's no place like Metafilter, there's no place like Metafilter...*]
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 8:09 PM (21 comments total)

Oh, pi___ aqieru%! ***9~[]!!

I just can't do it! I can't make the first snarky comment after something like that! Someone else is going to have to do it!!

* sobs, weeps, etc. *
posted by yhbc at 8:18 PM on November 19, 2002


Wholeheartedly agree. Follow the blue brick road.
posted by gsteff at 8:38 PM on November 19, 2002


*clap* *clap* *clap*
posted by hama7 at 8:39 PM on November 19, 2002


You're gonna jinx it!!!
posted by Dark Messiah at 8:42 PM on November 19, 2002


I don't know, I'm not sure if deleting all those Michael Jackson baby crisis posts would have been very relaxing today.

Is that snarky enough?
posted by Stan Chin at 8:44 PM on November 19, 2002


Agreed, Lynsey. It seems like the prospect of 'imminent demise' comes and goes, cyclically. We're definitely in a good stretch at the moment, I think.

Maybe this place does scale (although there are many voices I miss who either lurk or no longer visit at all).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:59 PM on November 19, 2002


I guess I could make a snarky stupid joke about how, now that MeFi's doing well, I'm going to make lame holiday posts about Winona Ryder's sentencing and her new Xmas card (Betty is pretty funny sometimes, like when she goes on about Creflo Dollar, who is perfectly surreal when you catch him on late night TV), or about the fact that Martha's Xmas Special has been cancelled (while K-Mart backs slowly away from her).

Nah.
posted by Shane at 9:05 PM on November 19, 2002


Really? I didn't really see this as a particularly great time in MetaFilter's history. The front page is loaded with news posts, and comments don't seem a whole lot different than usual. Perhaps I'm just not noticing.

... Or maybe... you've all... gone mad!
posted by Hildago at 11:30 PM on November 19, 2002


Even if it was the case, you probably jinxed it. Note the reappearance of a Michael Jackson thread and someone asking for parenting advice. Oh, for shame!
posted by The God Complex at 12:09 AM on November 20, 2002


Nurse! Scalpel, forceps, faq - stat!
posted by taz at 2:13 AM on November 20, 2002


But Doctor! This isn't the patient, it's the waiting room sofa!
posted by hama7 at 3:31 AM on November 20, 2002


hama7, the emergency procedure is for the case referred by Dr. Complex, above....
posted by taz at 5:22 AM on November 20, 2002


I note a immense upward jump in the quality
and then the motown frankenstein dangled an infant over the abyss...
posted by quonsar at 5:29 AM on November 20, 2002


I don't see it myself, but YMMV. /shrug
posted by rushmc at 6:43 AM on November 20, 2002


the motown frankenstein
...choking...please...call..ambulance...
posted by Fabulon7 at 6:55 AM on November 20, 2002


Well maybe he was just upset the kid was smoking pot and wanted advice from the people on the ground below.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:47 AM on November 20, 2002


Thanks Lynsey, but I don't think I help out much, I usually add to the noise around here. :)

I think MeFi is getting better all the time. There will always be a few awful threads, but it's getting better. And basically what stavros said above.
posted by riffola at 10:55 AM on November 20, 2002


For those who are students of the evolution of communities, both online and off - what stage is Metafilter at ? What's in store next year?
posted by Voyageman at 2:44 PM on November 20, 2002


1) cromagnan.
2) extinction.
posted by quonsar at 2:50 PM on November 20, 2002


I say parahippus. (the evolution ends at "pony") ; >
posted by amberglow at 2:56 PM on November 20, 2002


For those who are students of the evolution of communities, both online and off - what stage is Metafilter at?

Hmm. Good question.

When I walk down a dirt road, I leave knuckle marks. Maybe that's a clue.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:38 PM on November 20, 2002


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