unrepentant self-link shivers me timbers September 19, 2005 10:48 AM   Subscribe

Arr Mateys - all ye hearty sea-dogs know me for a solid crewmember of the good ship "Flag and Move On" but an unrepentant self-link on Talk Like A Pirate Day is just too good to pass up. Perhaps the Good Captain can even leave the thread flapping in the wind a while, strung from the yard-arms, while we have our way with the pox-dripping dog and swive him from stem to stern?
posted by freebird to Etiquette/Policy at 10:48 AM (53 comments total)

Uh, oh, now he's gone and offended the pirates.
posted by Plutor at 10:52 AM on September 19, 2005


Yeah what was that? I removed the post.
posted by jessamyn at 10:54 AM on September 19, 2005


Indeed - he posted a self-link, and I at least felt that a excoriation in the piratical vernacular was both well-deserved and timely. I was quite enjoying the act, particularly inasmuch as the fellow seemed quite unrepentant, and thought it might be fun on Talk Like A Pirate Day for the general populace to take part as well.

ARRRRR
posted by freebird at 10:58 AM on September 19, 2005


unrepentant indeed. That little bastard was almost gleeful to self-link.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 10:59 AM on September 19, 2005


So, out of curiosity - do you net detectives investigate EVERY FPP, or only those that promote a product? I can never fathom why you always find these self-links.
posted by tristeza at 11:13 AM on September 19, 2005


Arr - I gutted the last man to accuse me of "net detectivery" ye thick-curled knot-tangling bilge-swimmer of a lubber! And left his twitching corpse in the gutter of Lisbon. Ye can join him if ye like, just keep flinging these accusations about like a loose cannon on a greased poop-deck, ye squid-humper!

I was actually interested in what he linked to, and was checking it out to see how it compared to LibraryThing. When I went back to the thread, I noticed the poster's name was the same.
posted by freebird at 11:19 AM on September 19, 2005


Not an accusation, an inquiry - self-posts are pretty much always discovered here, and I'm wondering why people bother to check FPPs, or what the criteria are. In general.
posted by tristeza at 11:23 AM on September 19, 2005


It's more important to get a self-link off the page when someone's 1.) trying to make a buck off their sites 2). signed up exactly 7 days ago and this was their first and only post and 3). knew what they were doing was wrong.

Yarr, or something.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:25 AM on September 19, 2005


Uh, oh, now he's gone and offended the pirates.

Please. Swashbuckling-Amerrrricans.
posted by jonmc at 11:25 AM on September 19, 2005


Ah, freebird, you are a jewel. I loved the dash and spectacle of the (in-thread, especially) callout! Arrr!
posted by taz at 11:25 AM on September 19, 2005


do you net detectives investigate EVERY FPP, or only those that promote a product? I can never fathom why you always find these self-links.

There's something fishy with most every self-link. It's usually a mix of strange website + someone making money or selling something on the site + new username I've never heard of.

You check their history, see if they've contributed other stuff and oftentimes you realize that every comment linked to the same site that their post did and if you dig into their user page and the "about" page on the linked site, you often find some similarities.

But really it all starts with a hunch that goes "huh, why would someone think that was a good link, it kind of sucks" and then a few minutes later you realize it's because they built it themselves and were trying to get some traffic to the site.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:27 AM on September 19, 2005


Arr, now it's an Inquiry is it Tristeza? I'll tell you the same bloody thing I told the Spanish Inquisitors when they wanted me booty. It ends with "R" and starts with "Arr".
posted by freebird at 11:36 AM on September 19, 2005


Arr, now I've spit me grog all over the monitorrrr, darrrrn it.
posted by dness2 at 11:39 AM on September 19, 2005


Dammit Matt, you're not being piraty enough. I actually understood what you wrote.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:49 AM on September 19, 2005


Maybe Matt's not a Pirate at all - maybe he's a Ninja! The Flying Spaghetti Monster will judge his scurvy soul in the leaky afterlife, aye!
posted by freebird at 11:56 AM on September 19, 2005


FEED THAT SCURVY BELLY-CRAWLIN' DOG TO THE CAPSLOCK ARRRR
posted by loquacious at 12:04 PM on September 19, 2005


Arrr, all ye non-piratese speakin' landlubbers shall be made to walk the plank or be keelhauled - first mate's choice!

* adjusts eye patch *
posted by deborah at 12:09 PM on September 19, 2005


Where's that pirate ninja picture when you need it? P_G and his incredible picture collection seem to be behind the curve today.
posted by mystyk at 12:09 PM on September 19, 2005


oh, yeah!
ARRR
posted by mystyk at 12:10 PM on September 19, 2005


Uh, oh, now he's gone and offended the pirates.

Please. Swashbuckling-Amerrrricans.


Huh. Typically USA-centric. Privateers came from many nations.
;-)
posted by i_cola at 12:17 PM on September 19, 2005


freebird, I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition.
posted by yhbc at 12:24 PM on September 19, 2005



posted by stet at 12:24 PM on September 19, 2005


"Talk Like a Pirate Day" is dumb, and the people celebrating it are pussies.

"Talk, Dress, And Act Like Richard Simmons Day"--now that would take guts.
posted by fandango_matt at 12:33 PM on September 19, 2005


Until Richard Simmons has a page that compares him to ninjas, nobody on the internet is going to take him seriously.
posted by taz at 12:39 PM on September 19, 2005


Thanks for the explanation, Matt. Arr.

Oh, and I would SO TOTALLY be down with "Talk, Dress and Act Like Richard Simmons Day" - I fucking love him.
posted by tristeza at 12:42 PM on September 19, 2005


I can't wait for "Talk Like Pontius Pilate Day."
posted by goatdog at 1:08 PM on September 19, 2005


I fu*king hate that website.
posted by NinjaPirate at 1:10 PM on September 19, 2005


Me, I'm hoping for "Talk Like James Earl Jones Day."
posted by fandango_matt at 1:12 PM on September 19, 2005


I'm holding out for "Talk Like An Egyptian Day."
posted by fixedgear at 1:21 PM on September 19, 2005


The FSM will roast yer blaspheming souls o'er the smoking ruins of all your coastal base.
posted by freebird at 1:25 PM on September 19, 2005


Yarr, a flying me monster.
posted by spaghetti at 1:39 PM on September 19, 2005


How 'bout "Stab a Geek in the Face for Coming Up With Such a Stupid Idea for a Day, Day"?

Or "Beat Mercilessly With Tyre Irons for Continuing to Promote Such a Stupid Idea After the Joke Got Really Old the First Time Around Day"?

Or (my personal fave) "Put Anyone Who Has Ever Used the Word 'Grok' As a Real Word's Face on a Bacon Slicer Without Any Fear of Punishment Day"?

And so forth...
posted by i_cola at 1:44 PM on September 19, 2005


"grok" is just "grog in Russia, arrr.
posted by tracicle at 1:51 PM on September 19, 2005


It may be Talk Like a Pirate Day for you all but its Accidentally Mash Your Fingers Day for me. Damnit.
posted by fenriq at 2:00 PM on September 19, 2005




Not an accusation, an inquiry - self-posts are pretty much always discovered here...

Yar! Only ther ones which are discovered are discovered, if ye ken. The rest slip by in the dark o' ther night, and in doin' so, well, slip by in the self-same dark. For who kin call a mate a thief, if thar be no one who noticed th' crime?

YARRR!
posted by cortex at 2:15 PM on September 19, 2005


ARRR, i think i_cola be volunteering for the new trepanning program me hearty shipmates be instituting! Ever since the pirate union joined them slack-chested Teamsters, the health plan has been scurvier than a catamite raised on bilge-water.
posted by freebird at 2:36 PM on September 19, 2005


So what happens to people when they egregiously self-link like that? Do they automatically get their posting/commenting privileges suspended for a period of time or are they just out on their asses permanently?
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs at 3:11 PM on September 19, 2005


Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Our chief weapon is surprise ...
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:24 PM on September 19, 2005


Wow, three whole hours. I gotta get better bait.
posted by yhbc at 3:44 PM on September 19, 2005


Cortex, that's deep.
posted by Plutor at 3:53 PM on September 19, 2005


(yarwn)
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 4:55 PM on September 19, 2005


And fear. Now if someone will just mention ruthless efficiency, we can all go home to our families. Arr.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:03 PM on September 19, 2005


Oh, cripes. You gotta do everything yourself around here.

Ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.

Arrr.
posted by yhbc at 5:11 PM on September 19, 2005


freebird is a gem

kuchin nsfw
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:25 PM on September 19, 2005


Ummm, P_G? I'm not even sure what to think about that pic. Sure, you have some great oddball pics in your collection, but wtf??
posted by mystyk at 5:33 PM on September 19, 2005


Listen chico, you want me back on the curve, you're going to get curveballs.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:45 PM on September 19, 2005


Actually, I can understand your distress at the image. You're an American. Here in Europe, most men are uncircumsised. It's nothing to fear.

Asphyxiation however is a hazard to avoid
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:49 PM on September 19, 2005


Actually, I can understand your distress at the image. You're an American. Here in Europe, most men are uncircumsised. It's nothing to fear.

Unless'n ye be the peg-boy, sailor! Yarrr! Walk the plank!
posted by ikkyu2 at 6:53 PM on September 19, 2005


I'm really, really sorry about this whole mess, and, you know, the whole pirate thing is behind me now, and... Plus you kinda killed Steve, and burnt my ship and, so, if you could give us a lift out of here I figure we'd just call it squaresies.
posted by darukaru at 7:37 PM on September 19, 2005



posted by i_cola at 2:52 AM on September 20, 2005


I am very irate about this! I demand the thread be closed! Ah, fuck I'm too late.

you're welcome.
posted by shmegegge at 3:44 AM on September 20, 2005


Cortex, that's deep.

Yar, deep as the blimey blue witch that swallows us all in the end, sure as the wind blows and whores overcharge!
posted by cortex at 9:41 AM on September 20, 2005


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