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November 25, 2002 12:04 PM   Subscribe

How can Staggernation be member 17200 when the front page says there are 17136 members?
posted by feelinglistless to Bugs at 12:04 PM (78 comments total)

Perhaps because there are 64 (or more) banned/test/nonexistant accounts?
posted by sir walsingham at 12:10 PM on November 25, 2002


Yeah, how does the number system work?

There is user polygon (#17209) & particlepure (#17211), but no user #17210?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 12:24 PM on November 25, 2002


See this thread here, which was referenced in this thread about passing 16,000.
posted by me3dia at 12:24 PM on November 25, 2002


It's the Enron numerical system. Kinda like the decimal system, but it doesn't sweat the details so much.
posted by Shane at 12:55 PM on November 25, 2002


It's the Enron numerical system. Kinda like the decimal system, but it doesn't sweat the details so much.

"close enough for MetaFilter work"
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:05 PM on November 25, 2002


What is your secret plan for all those numbers you skip?
posted by timeistight at 1:40 PM on November 25, 2002


It's the Enron numerical system. Kinda like the decimal system, but it doesn't sweat the details so much.

close enough for MetaFilter work


Both of you have given me my newest catch phrase[s] of the week. Thank you.
posted by plemeljr at 2:26 PM on November 25, 2002


Just thought it was wierd in an X-Files sense. Now that I have avoided temptation I will diminish and go into the north.

This, then is another quirk we should love Metafilter for ...
posted by feelinglistless at 2:32 PM on November 25, 2002


How in heck are you guys even finding these numbers? Is there a list of users somewhere?
posted by hama7 at 3:07 PM on November 25, 2002


matt, i was going to take this opportunity to point out the gargantuan list of user homepages which i have so enjoyed exploring in the past, however, there seems to be a problem with http://www.metafilter.com/links.mefi:

Connection Failure
posted by quonsar at 3:54 PM on November 25, 2002


hama7: If you go to your user page you'll see http://www.metafilter.com/user.mefi/14405 in the address field at the top of the screen. 14405 is your user number.

Of course we're not supposed to obsess about user numbers; user number one doesn't like it.
posted by timeistight at 4:14 PM on November 25, 2002


Umm.... if we're not supposed to obsess with our user numbers, then why is Matt selling them on t-shirts to us? :)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:18 PM on November 25, 2002


Metafilter: It Doesn't Sweat the Details So Much.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 4:20 PM on November 25, 2002


Metafilter: It Doesn't Sweat
posted by y2karl at 4:43 PM on November 25, 2002


I am not a number! I am a person!
posted by cortex at 5:12 PM on November 25, 2002


Of course you are number 7418.
posted by timeistight at 5:16 PM on November 25, 2002


14405 is your user number.

That much I do know, but how are users able to find gaps in other user numbers like S_@_L pointed out , between 17209 and 17211? Fascinating.

And you! 14155! No more gruel!
posted by hama7 at 5:22 PM on November 25, 2002


how are users able to find gaps in other user numbers

Some people have waaaay too much time on their hands.
posted by gleuschk at 5:29 PM on November 25, 2002


Umm.... if we're not supposed to obsess with our user numbers, then why is Matt selling them on t-shirts to us?

The joy of life exists in its complexities.
posted by rushmc at 5:32 PM on November 25, 2002


I have no idea, but I was happy that fate dealt me such a nice round number.

You can't catch me, I'm a runaway law!
posted by staggernation at 5:33 PM on November 25, 2002


"Metafilter: It Doesn't Sweat the Details So Much"

don't sweat the petty things
pet the sweaty things. :)
posted by mkelley at 5:46 PM on November 25, 2002


since XQ brought up the shirts, what happened to make the prices come down 2 dollars?
posted by Recockulous at 5:47 PM on November 25, 2002


but how are users able to find gaps in other user numbers like S_@_L pointed out

Well, first off you start by clicking on your own username so that you get your profile page and a nice handy URL in the address bar and then, just for a laugh, you start changing the number shown at the end of the URL and pressing Enter. Of course, by "just for a laugh" I mean "just for the chance of finding something weird about MeFi". Because it just isn't weird enough yet. But soon...
posted by MUD at 5:51 PM on November 25, 2002


just for a laugh, you start changing the number shown at the end of the URL and pressing Enter.

Oh, that's it? I thought there was some cool secret database or something like the donate page list where all names and numbers are.

I guess not.
posted by hama7 at 5:58 PM on November 25, 2002


By the way, who's this person?
posted by hama7 at 6:00 PM on November 25, 2002


Talk about round numbers - # 10,000 Colombi has never graced us with one single comment, #1000 Donald has only posted 3 measly comments; good old #100 Jeremy is fine - and #1, of course, rules. As does very cool, more oblique than round Mr.111, who was kind enough to solve my browser problem yesterday. :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:09 PM on November 25, 2002


17,200? i think i had a modem that speed once...
posted by quonsar at 6:25 PM on November 25, 2002


how are users able to find gaps in other user numbers

I just tried some diffrent numbers untill I found some that didn't jive... I was really bored today...
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 8:01 PM on November 25, 2002


Among other things, my user number is also a Zip Code in Buffalo, New York. (Just by chance.)
posted by jaronson at 9:15 PM on November 25, 2002


Speaking of bored...I'm from the class of August 9, 2002, which runs from 14893 to 14938 (a, um, famous user). 45 "users" (there are many blanks) from a time when there were only 20 (or maybe 10, I forget) new registrations permitted per day. I'm going to go to sleep now...
posted by footballrabi at 9:24 PM on November 25, 2002


--==07/09/39==--

Be ready - that's all I'm sayin'.
posted by Opus Dark at 10:15 PM on November 25, 2002


Connection Failure

quonsar: The http://www.metafilter.com/links.mefi link is working now. Thanks.
posted by hama7 at 11:23 PM on November 25, 2002


my friend got banned and I came bloody close. so that accounts for one missing number.
posted by Frasermoo at 2:01 AM on November 26, 2002


By the way, who's this person?

Maybe he really has posted links and comments, and we just can't see them?
posted by Shane at 5:57 AM on November 26, 2002


I'm an Atari.

***Beep***Bloop***
posted by thewittyname at 6:33 AM on November 26, 2002


I'm an ice cream scoop.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 8:20 AM on November 26, 2002


By the way, who's this person?

That would be one of those unused numbers everybody's been talking about. The default info is such pages, but none of the personal info.

By the way, I'm Mount Vernon, New York!
posted by me3dia at 8:38 AM on November 26, 2002


I am responsible for requiring mid-level guard rails on staircases at construction sites.

Bow before me!
posted by PrinceValium at 8:48 AM on November 26, 2002


I tried to resist. But I can't, because

I am the beginning of calculations of second-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities in III-V and II-VI semiconductor heterostructures.
posted by taz at 9:18 AM on November 26, 2002


Database ID: EST279571 (Also known as 14991, H19633)

Left = TGTCAAGCTCCACAAATTTCA
Right = ATGGGAGATTTCTGTTAAAAGAATG
Product Length = 145
posted by Stan Chin at 9:36 AM on November 26, 2002


I'm the nicest kind of person you could ever hope to find.
posted by transient at 9:50 AM on November 26, 2002


I'M GUMBY, DAMMIT!!
posted by Shane at 9:52 AM on November 26, 2002


I am a Baltic Elegy (as well as an unfunny link with only three comments).
posted by languagehat at 9:54 AM on November 26, 2002


I'm apparently a communications satellite.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:04 AM on November 26, 2002


Well, you can orbit me, crash, cos I'm a spiral Galaxy.
posted by jonmc at 10:19 AM on November 26, 2002


i am a sleek porsche!
posted by quonsar at 10:19 AM on November 26, 2002


I'm Hula Gumby Bobblehead, dammit. Now are you impressed?
posted by Shane at 10:29 AM on November 26, 2002


I got you all beat. I am a sweet angel bear ready to wing her way into your heart on her lavender wings and matching paws.

Or a pedestal sink, I'm not sure which.
posted by yhbc at 10:46 AM on November 26, 2002


I am the reason the Internet is slow,
posted by dhacker at 11:22 AM on November 26, 2002


Wow, I am transcending space and time.
posted by JoanArkham at 11:30 AM on November 26, 2002


I am a Leukemia inhibitory factor receptor.
posted by azazello at 11:54 AM on November 26, 2002


me

Aaw, I miss the 'what are you fpp's. I know, I know, they suck. *sigh*
posted by ginz at 12:44 PM on November 26, 2002


I'm in Swedish! And it looks as if I am a Shetland Pony's family tree. It's a little disturbing.
posted by nomis at 12:57 PM on November 26, 2002


I am the The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.
posted by riffola at 1:15 PM on November 26, 2002


The 2 the's were uh intentional.
posted by riffola at 1:52 PM on November 26, 2002


And it looks as if I am a Shetland Pony's family tree.

Heh, "Highlander van Bunswaard." "Rose Petal of Marshwood." Heh heh...
posted by Shane at 1:54 PM on November 26, 2002


I'm the following quotation from Dickens: "Kent, sir—everybody knows Kent—apples, cherries, hops, and women."
posted by oissubke at 2:00 PM on November 26, 2002


My choices are an Executive Order from 1995, or a porn star.
posted by JanetLand at 2:06 PM on November 26, 2002


Some people have waaaay too much time on their hands.

Indeed they do.
posted by timeistight at 2:15 PM on November 26, 2002


Good gravy that's disturbing! I'm alternately Notice of Findings on Penalty Assessment Order or Stop Order or a clean steam generation standard or a nitpicky item about the Goonies movie or even a section on cast iron boilers!. Gak!
posted by blue_beetle at 2:30 PM on November 26, 2002


"My choices are an Executive Order from 1995, or a porn star."

In the Clinton White House, that could have been the same thing: "Hello, Pr0n-2-Go? I'd like a busty, somewhat chunky brunette delivered to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, please."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:02 PM on November 26, 2002


i'm an rfc: SMTP Service Extension for 8bit-MIMEtransport

also, this is silly.
posted by modge at 3:11 PM on November 26, 2002


I'm a famous quotation!!

NUMBER:16104

QUOTATION:Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.

ATTRIBUTION:Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859), British author. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, pt. 1 (1822).

That makes sense. Opium. Cows.
posted by Winterfell at 3:19 PM on November 26, 2002


I am Derritt Meister. Don't I look fine? Good Prussian posture.
posted by dness2 at 4:04 PM on November 26, 2002


I have no idea what I am, because I don't speak French. I don't look very exciting, though (art imitating life?)
posted by dg at 4:17 PM on November 26, 2002


dg, I don't speak French either. Thankfully, Google does, albeit badly:

"The title fell of 53% since the top reaches on May 31. 2001 of 7.07. MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATIO is folded up in a channel bear. For the continuation, the loss of ground is announced and there is resistance towards the ceiling of the channel bear. Restricted liquidity (exchanged 5% of the days, with on average 0.00 mill euros per day) what reduces the range of this analysis. "

Apparently whatever you are, you are "folded up in a channel bear", which can't be too comfortable.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:19 PM on November 26, 2002


i am the birthplace of jello !
and a pornstar!
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:31 PM on November 26, 2002


I'm The World's Smallest Radio-Controlled Car-- this years hottest Christmas gift!
posted by y2karl at 6:47 PM on November 26, 2002


maximum toilet comfort

[costanza]I feel like a gargoyle sitting up there![/costanza]
posted by mblandi at 7:20 PM on November 26, 2002


User #15971 - self portrait
posted by madamjujujive at 7:34 PM on November 26, 2002


8" In-ground Stake!
posted by tss at 8:13 PM on November 26, 2002


Oh dear, among other truly freaky things, I'm apparently an Irish Masonic lodge that was started in 1908.
posted by Lynsey at 9:25 PM on November 26, 2002


hee-hee...I'm "Mambo with Power." I'm also a picture of Chuck Yeager and some other guys.

But wait, there's more!

I'm a lovely (errr...maybe) diamond pendant...

...I'm a cat looking at a king...

...and I'm an exploded Tandy laptop computer.

Go me!
posted by Vidiot at 11:00 PM on November 26, 2002


I am an enumeration of the standard protocols that a host connected to the Internet must use.
posted by xiffix at 8:03 AM on November 27, 2002


I am not a number, I am a Russian assault rifle. (Gas-driven, yet. How appropriate for MeTa.)
posted by rory at 8:17 AM on November 27, 2002


I am Asian Cucumber Salad. Served cold, no doubt.
posted by ColdChef at 1:26 PM on November 27, 2002


i'm a canadian ship to shore bed and breakfast. i'd make a saucy nudge-nudge-wink-wink lonely sailor come-on to all and sundry but this thread is too old and i'd just end up talking to myself and feeling silly. yah.

i serve pancakes.
posted by t r a c y at 4:22 AM on November 28, 2002


I'm a policy for Seismic Hazard Reduction at the University of California (apparently earthquakes are of real concern at Santa Barbara campus)
posted by feelinglistless at 5:44 AM on November 28, 2002


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