When to Post
December 25, 2003 9:00 PM   Subscribe

How important, with MeFi or Meta posts and comments, are extraneous factors like time, caffeine, midwork intervals or alcohol? Is there really a before and after coffee; a morning and late night inflection; according to how long you've been up and what you've ingested to get through the day? I think there is. Is the time-stamp your best counsellor and friend? Specially considering the wildly disparate time-zones? No names mentioned; just saying. In my humble opinion, the hour (and the perceived condition or, more generally, circumstances) says as much as the name. If not more.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 PM (41 comments total)

It was really bugging you that there weren't any threads here for the past two days, huh?
*snicker*
posted by batgrlHG at 9:12 PM on December 25, 2003


Huh? *hic* lisshen buddy, I'll opst anythinn i want to aaand it dronk matter if I'nm dunk or not.

(Okay, in all seriousness, anybody who says those things never affect their posting style either doesn't come here very often, or is some sort of cyborg.)
posted by arto at 10:14 PM on December 25, 2003


AAAAUUUUUGHAUGHAUGHAUGHAUGHAUGHAUGH!

*shrinks into corner hugging stuffed iguana*
posted by quonsar at 10:27 PM on December 25, 2003


*pees pants - grins and shivers*
posted by Witty at 10:43 PM on December 25, 2003


I have only begun posting, and only when drunk or at work. Same thing, really. The time stamp is meaningless, and I am sure it only applies to those who argue about American politics.

*sips Martini* *snickers* *gets out wanking spanners*
posted by malpractice at 3:49 AM on December 26, 2003


I work third shift (for another week anyway), and that seriously fucks with any kind of routine sleep schedule. I am usually rushing on caffeine from 8 pm to 6 am, crashing from the high until 10 am, and then knocked unconscious by Ambien from noon on.
posted by mischief at 3:57 AM on December 26, 2003


judging by the time stamp of your post, miguel, you either feel very frisky in the early morning hours, or you've been up all night drinking Portuguese eggnog...
posted by taz at 4:37 AM on December 26, 2003


I have to apologize for most posts made by me around 3pm weekdays Australian time - about the time I'm getting sick and tired of work and feel like "having a go" at someone on Metafilter. It's usually about the time of day I start dreaming of a peaceful anarchist utopia, and come down particularly hard on conservative types. Similarly, I should apologize for some late night and weekend posts, when I've got a few drinks in me. You can usually disregard any post by me with glaring typos or messed up words. The time-zone thing is funny though, isn't it? When I'm usually at my PC, Metafilter is kind of dead. When I wake up the next day, the front page has flooded with posts that have appeared and fizzled out in the night.
posted by Jimbob at 5:26 AM on December 26, 2003


Would it be better if everyone's post had *their* posting time put on it? This post could say "posted at 14:20 GMT" - taking the GMT from my preferences page.

Of course, i can see that being a lot of work.
posted by bonaldi at 6:16 AM on December 26, 2003


Miguel, do you really... oh, forget it. If Matt leaves it, it must be good. Selah.
posted by languagehat at 6:37 AM on December 26, 2003


Mmmm, coffee sounds good.
posted by carter at 7:49 AM on December 26, 2003


Miguel, for Christmas I am willing to get you your own typepad blog, in which you can go on and on about metafilter. Will you take me up on the offer?
posted by djacobs at 8:22 AM on December 26, 2003


It's official, Matt is out of town.
posted by machaus at 8:58 AM on December 26, 2003


I have to apologize for most posts made by me around 3pm weekdays Australian time...

3pm weekdays in Australia is like midnight two days before for the rest of us, right? ; >
posted by amberglow at 9:15 AM on December 26, 2003


Matt's out of town WOOO!

[sticks dick in the mashed potatoes]

I post when I can, which is during 1st coffee, mid-afternoon at work, and sometimes in the evening. I have eased up on the evening drinking in past months and have found myself in (slightly) fewer altercations and those of (noticeably) lower pitch. My morning posts, like this one, are v e r y slowly composed and often meandering.

I second djacobs suggestion and will be happy to join you by your virtual hearth for eggnog and chat, Miguel.
posted by scarabic at 9:36 AM on December 26, 2003


Miguel - I'm not sure, or - rather - I AM sure that you're right overall. But you really liked this "comment" of mine (a short story of sorts, really). You may have missed my subsequent post on that thread :

"MrBaliHai - Well, no. That was a different ex-girlfriend who - when I met her, was working as a farrier - shoeing horses, that is. I hope the other ex-girlfriend doesn't read that little bit I just wrote there and kick my ass.

Plep - I'm glad. I blame it on a nip of "Yukon Jack" chased by a 40oz bottle of Bush beer.....

Miguel - Thanks. That means a lot, coming from you......"

Perhaps I'm just repressed, or tightly wound.
posted by troutfishing at 11:01 AM on December 26, 2003


ok, but what are wanking spanners?
posted by andrew cooke at 12:24 PM on December 26, 2003


No matter what I ingest or how many naps I take, this post still remains pointless. Though while drunk it was pointless and I just couldn't work my keyboard to reply.
posted by FunkyHelix at 12:27 PM on December 26, 2003


I've figured out the point of this thread, thus:

Since the site does not allow a new MeFi FPP until 24 hours after the last one, and the most prolific of posters mumble mumble Miguel can't post anything until 24 hours and a few minutes, inevitably the 'time slippage' results in being forced to do your FFPs at inconvenient or awkward times. With a little statistical analysis an obsessive-compulsive MeFite mumble mumble Miguel could determine which hours of the day/night at which to do posts about Music, Food & Drink, Philosophy, Art, Way-Too-Personal-Stuff or Headline News while getting the most positive comment-attention and the least negative. And a pony.
posted by wendell at 1:37 PM on December 26, 2003


I only post after I've killed again.
posted by namespan at 1:44 PM on December 26, 2003


/leers at everyone with creepy smile
posted by namespan at 1:46 PM on December 26, 2003


/points to the bloody axe in namespan's hand; runs
posted by amberglow at 2:02 PM on December 26, 2003


Hey namespan - that axe of yours, it's.....it's......made out of licorice!
posted by troutfishing at 4:40 PM on December 26, 2003


I want to play Lamont.....
posted by clavdivs at 6:09 PM on December 26, 2003


scarabic: I have eased up on the evening drinking in past months...

Me too, but breakfast hasn't been the same since.
posted by cedar at 8:23 PM on December 26, 2003


Hey namespan - that axe of yours, it's.....it's......made out of licorice!

See amberglow? It's not really bloody... it's just red licorice! Mmmm!

(Though of course I learned to kill with nothing but licorice back in 'nam.)
posted by namespan at 11:26 AM on December 27, 2003


My son knows how to make napalm. Actually, so do I.
posted by konolia at 11:49 AM on December 27, 2003


Metafilter: of course I learned to kill with nothing but licorice back in 'nam.

(and konolia: what, what what?!?)
posted by amberglow at 12:06 PM on December 27, 2003


Napalm? Yeah, had it at Thanksgiving Dinner with my in-laws three years ago (either that or over-microwaved canned gravy... pretty much the same thing).

I can kill a man with a keychain... as long as my car key is on it.

Now, what were we talking about?
posted by wendell at 12:55 PM on December 27, 2003


Now, what were we talking about?
How many ways mefi members can kill, of course ; >
posted by amberglow at 12:57 PM on December 27, 2003


Well he once killed a man with a guitar string
He's been seen at the table with kings
Well he once saved a baby from drowning
There are those who say beneath his coat there are wings
posted by homunculus at 1:05 PM on December 27, 2003


Keychains? Licorice? HA! - Some can kill through deftly applied guilt.

It's the delicacy of the method which establishes the artistry - the use of minimal force or effort. Some rumours have it that the The Way of Emotional Assasination contains methods for murder by annoyance. This is apocryphal me though, as I can't find a copy anywhere.
posted by troutfishing at 4:18 PM on December 27, 2003


Some can kill through deftly applied guilt.
I didn't know you knew my family, trout
posted by amberglow at 4:23 PM on December 27, 2003


Some rumours have it that the The Way of Emotional Assasination contains methods for murder by annoyance.

And so we return to the topic, despite some good efforts.
posted by namespan at 5:32 PM on December 27, 2003


I can kill with a word...

...a mobile phone, a phat bank account, and the number of a reputable hitman.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 5:33 PM on December 27, 2003


can i play MacGyver?
posted by clavdivs at 6:58 PM on December 27, 2003


This is supposed to be funny?
posted by adamgreenfield at 7:00 PM on December 27, 2003


can i play MacGyver?
you can kill with chewing gum and a paper clip? ; >
posted by amberglow at 7:00 PM on December 27, 2003


inpHillltr8r's hired assasin was in place, weapon loaded. But Lo! - He was unexpectedly killed by a high velocity paperclip that penetrated his eyeball, to lodge in his left frontal cortex.
posted by troutfishing at 9:11 PM on December 27, 2003


Well, at least we managed to kill the thread. :)
posted by namespan at 8:32 PM on December 29, 2003


This is the single greatest discussion I've ever read.

Thank you all for making the internet worth logging on!
posted by bluedaniel at 4:17 AM on January 2, 2004


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