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Maybe this is only the second best January 26, 2005 3:09 PM   Subscribe

I was thinking, you know, maybe a post about a celebrity giving money to charity isn't so "best of the web."
posted by orange clock to Etiquette/Policy at 3:09 PM (12 comments total)

They're updating the matrix, right?
posted by felix betachat at 3:11 PM on January 26, 2005


I dunno, it's kind of weak, but it's not quite worthy of deletion.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:13 PM on January 26, 2005


Metafilter: It's kind of...

oh, forget it.
posted by rushmc at 3:39 PM on January 26, 2005


I enjoy half-sour kosher dill pickles.
posted by stonerose at 3:48 PM on January 26, 2005


But it makes me feel so good about the world.
posted by angry modem at 3:59 PM on January 26, 2005


Deja vu?

(Wasn't this thread deleted a while ago?)
posted by mudpuppie at 4:04 PM on January 26, 2005


I thought it had been deleted as well. Strange, maybe I just assumed it would be deleted and deleted it in my head.
posted by fenriq at 4:32 PM on January 26, 2005


IMo there have been a number of weak posts lately, but I have long ago learned to either ignore them or keep my mouth shut as things move along.

But, I wonder, if a lame post garners huge comment #s does that encourage more of the same? I often notice really interesting well constructed posts have fewer then a dozen comments and a post to one link about a best-of-list or newsfilter or something else equally as trivial garners mass response of "oh-this-is-what-I-think-is-best".

Is it a disconnect for me to think of comment # as a tacit approval system?
posted by edgeways at 4:39 PM on January 26, 2005


fenriq, we have a great word for that in Swedish, repeat after me "förträngt", like you "förträngde" it. Good word aye? You have to spittle a little while saying it too.
posted by dabitch at 4:49 PM on January 26, 2005


Is it a disconnect for me to think of comment # as a tacit approval system?

No, not as a tacit system, but it definitely should not be used as a true measure of what whould and shouldn't be posted, or what a "good post" is. Like you said, the best posts often garner the fewest comments. Whether it is that people are scared off by all the links and words (read: lazy), or it's just that single links offer a better forum to sound off with your own opinion (rather than form actual thoughts based on the links)...it is not a good idea to base the quality of a FPP on the number of comments it gets. IMHO.
posted by rooftop secrets at 8:19 PM on January 26, 2005


Based on several people's reactions to the FPP, more specifically the mention of it being a "weak" post, I'm just curious as to what specifically everyone means by "best of the web"?

Don't get me wrong; this isn't a vigorous attempt at defending the post. I'm still learning this little corner of the web as I go along and I appreciate the input. With that said, I would like to know what exactly Mefites are looking out for because the posting guidelines don't seem to be too specific about it.

I wouldn't have posted the links if I thought there was anything wrong with them in keeping with the preferably non-commercialist, non self-promotional nature of Metafilter (despite the apparent subject matter of my post) Also, admittedly it's not an intellectually-provoking post in the least. However, I posted the links because I thought it had (relatively) unique elements like the custom-made Nintendo DS units and the charity auction dealie that made a trio of likely non-gamers plunk down big bucks for a $150 toy, and that it would make for some interesting discussion.

But judging from the overall negative reaction to the post, trust that I have learned to avoid putting up questionable material of the same ilk in the future. Maybe when I come across an article about the neurophysiological effect of anaerobic glycolysis on prosymbiotic organisms I'll share it. :-)

/apologizes for knee-jerk smarminess
posted by riffraff at 4:39 PM on January 27, 2005


Maybe when I come across an article about the neurophysiological effect of anaerobic glycolysis on prosymbiotic organisms I'll share it

please don't. ; >

and don't think that every post has to be exceptionally intelligent or anything--this is a good example. (and i didn't think yours was so bad at all)
posted by amberglow at 5:00 PM on January 27, 2005


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