Craniac is spamming November 4, 2005 5:10 AM   Subscribe

Craniac seems to be spamming conversations with random posts pushing the metafilteruser tag on Flickr:
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posted by anastasiav to Etiquette/Policy at 5:10 AM (63 comments total)

I've got my pitch fork.
posted by Mitheral at 5:14 AM on November 4, 2005


The idea he is promoting is not even a good one.
posted by fire&wings at 5:15 AM on November 4, 2005


Yeah, I'd noticed that. I quite liked the idea, but since he's being such a total knobend about it, I'm going to add a 'craniac is a knobend' tag to the images I've tagged with metafilter_user.
posted by jack_mo at 5:23 AM on November 4, 2005 [1 favorite]


Can we set a one-day record for unrelated bans? That would be sweet.

also what is this mania with replicating the effect of flickr groups by tagging? it's weird and it oppresses me. Help me, I'm being oppressed!
posted by selfnoise at 5:35 AM on November 4, 2005


seems to be..?”
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:36 AM on November 4, 2005


But.. every 21ker is precious, right?
We can't spring him off just because he's being an ass.
posted by NinjaPirate at 5:43 AM on November 4, 2005


Actually, on relection, sure.
posted by NinjaPirate at 5:43 AM on November 4, 2005


"Sure, tracing down your bio-parents is interesting, but what's even more exciting is putting names to faces with the new metafilteruser flickr tag!"

What a dick.
posted by nthdegx at 5:50 AM on November 4, 2005


Er, um.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:52 AM on November 4, 2005


Craniac is an otherwise excellent MeFite and I suspect he's just excited about the idea which I've found sort of fun. That said, yeah he probably needs to ease up a bit. Stav points to the in-thread callout about this one post down, and I think we can roll all annoying repetition complaints into that thread.
posted by jessamyn at 6:43 AM on November 4, 2005


The idea was okay, but in addition to the MeFi spammming that craniac is doing, some folks are spamming the tag--or at minimum using it differently than its intended purpose.
posted by terrapin at 6:43 AM on November 4, 2005


Does this explain it at all?

No?

Oh, okay. Never mind, then.
posted by armage at 6:44 AM on November 4, 2005


Terrapin points out the reason you really might want to make an endeavor like this into a group thing instead of a tag thing. [though I'm not sure what you're referring to specifically]
posted by jessamyn at 6:44 AM on November 4, 2005


It was a pretty neat idea, actually. But then he started spamming it everywhere; and then, some jackass called "buriednexttoyou" began to spam it with with a bunch of retarded nonsense. So yeah, it's time to stop.
posted by cribcage at 6:45 AM on November 4, 2005


Oh I get it. I bet he's having trouble with the uploadr. Sometimes it hangs on to tags from upload to upload. Did anyone drop the guy a note? I did.
posted by jessamyn at 6:48 AM on November 4, 2005


Stavros: Er, um indeed.
But I already used my MeTa this week...
posted by klangklangston at 7:08 AM on November 4, 2005


Thanks for calling this out. I almost made this post last night but decided not to.
posted by puke & cry at 7:21 AM on November 4, 2005


I like the idea. Buriednexttoyou has indeed made it annoying. I've only encountered craniac's repeats in the thread below and in this one, so they haven't (yet) annoyed me any.
posted by OmieWise at 7:42 AM on November 4, 2005


I removed the comments. So very lame.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:46 AM on November 4, 2005


"Sure, calling me out for being weirdly lame and annoying is something you can do, but did you know you could also view Metafilter users on Flickr using my 'tehsuck' tag?"

Blech. I'm untagging my photo out of pathetic spite.
posted by tpl1212 at 8:04 AM on November 4, 2005


After this, and seeing buriednexttoyou's gimmick photos in the metafilteruser tag, I'm untagging mine. This is why we can't have nice etc. etc. etc.

On preview: and spite! Can't forget spite.
posted by brownpau at 8:09 AM on November 4, 2005


Shame on me. sorry.
posted by craniac at 8:22 AM on November 4, 2005


Blech. I'm untagging my photo out of pathetic spite.

Heh. Me too. I no longer endorse this product or service.
posted by nylon at 8:24 AM on November 4, 2005


I apologize for being a knob end.

Please think of the children before untagging. The children.
posted by craniac at 8:28 AM on November 4, 2005


Think of buriednexttoyou and his dumbass tagged photos, too.
posted by puke & cry at 8:31 AM on November 4, 2005


I should probably be given a three week vacation for this. I plead stress in my personal life for this unwise behavior, which will be alleviated after thanksgiving.
posted by craniac at 8:34 AM on November 4, 2005


Please think of the children before untagging.

I did, and the children don't like buriednexttoyou's "performance art."
posted by tpl1212 at 8:38 AM on November 4, 2005


I thought buriednexttoyou just tagged *all* of his photos with metafilter user (hopefully by mistake)...was that not actually the case?
posted by hototogisu at 8:44 AM on November 4, 2005


looks like he untagged them now.
posted by puke & cry at 8:46 AM on November 4, 2005


I forgive craniac for one excellect reason:

I had never heard of someone being derisively called a "knob end" before. a knob? nob? sure. but not knob end.

maybe it's because I've never been to England, despite my fervent wish to do so.

all is forgiven, craniac. And yes, I speak for everyone on this.
posted by shmegegge at 8:49 AM on November 4, 2005 [1 favorite]


looks like he untagged them now.

Yeah, it was a mistake. I emailed him about it and he figured it out and untagged them. I ♥ Craniac.
posted by jessamyn at 8:57 AM on November 4, 2005


shmegegge, you knobend, you don't speak for me. (Although I was never upset in the first place.) Also, I saw a big crane driving on the road yesterday that had "putz meister" on the back of it. I think it was actually the company name.
posted by OmieWise at 8:57 AM on November 4, 2005


It's true. He passed around a greeting card and everything.

*hands craniac card*

You don't have to read it now if you don't want to.

posted by cortex at 8:58 AM on November 4, 2005


off with his head.
posted by crunchland at 9:17 AM on November 4, 2005


Omie - I saw the exact same thing - I did a serious doubletake, then had to hit the brakes real hard...
posted by grateful at 9:19 AM on November 4, 2005


It's mildly annoying, in my opinion, but not warranting a callout. I mean, he was just enthusiastic about getting people to participate in this neat idea he had about mefites' photos. It was clearly with good intentions and no malice, or even reckless disregard for others. Meanwhile, real malice flows through all of MetaFilter like a river. But, hey, craniac himself seems to think that he needs a timeout, so I won't contradict him.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:27 AM on November 4, 2005


not warranting a callout? It was noise in the threads he posted in.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:41 AM on November 4, 2005


Please, Knob End must be two words. Knobend just ruins it.
posted by klarck at 9:45 AM on November 4, 2005


to use the "craniac is a knob end" tag, it has to be included in quotation marks--just a tip.

Also, I would like a copy of the Crane with "putzmeister" on the back, if anyone gets a shot. It perhaps should be uploaded with the "craniacisaknobend" tag as well for future reference.

/awaits vacation
posted by craniac at 9:51 AM on November 4, 2005


I desperately hope that Knob End is a subdivision somewhere in the exurbs of America.
posted by klangklangston at 9:53 AM on November 4, 2005


Relax, Craniac. You're penitant, right, not just taking the piss?
posted by klangklangston at 9:54 AM on November 4, 2005


Ok -> noise in threads? Lame, worthy of callout.
Untagging your photo's as a result? Just as lame.
posted by Quartermass at 10:04 AM on November 4, 2005





shmegegge, you knobend, you don't speak for me. (Although I was never upset in the first place.) Also, I saw a big crane driving on the road yesterday that had "putz meister" on the back of it. I think it was actually the company name.


Speaking of Flickr and oddly named crain companies...

These guys were building an apartment year or so ago.
posted by delmoi at 10:26 AM on November 4, 2005


Might I propose a GYOFBA tag? Get your own fantastic banner ad?
posted by VulcanMike at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2005


i've always spelt it nobbend. I'm sure it was in The Young Ones book like that.
posted by Frasermoo at 10:27 AM on November 4, 2005


I should probably be given a three week vacation for this. I plead stress in my personal life for this unwise behavior, which will be alleviated after thanksgiving.
posted by craniac at 8:34 AM PST on November 4


shut up
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:30 AM on November 4, 2005


That crap makes him look like an outrageous idiot or some sort of automated outrageous idiot. I don't know if a ban is really called for but, dude, shut the hell up already.
posted by xmutex at 10:33 AM on November 4, 2005


I apologize for being a knob end.

I'll remove me 'craniac is a knob end' tags immediately. I have a horrible feeling I insulted your wife on AskMe recently too. It really is nothing personal craniac, I swear!

Still, some good has come of this - I haven't seen so many uses of the term knob end (apologies for earlier word collision) since I was about seven.

I had never heard of someone being derisively called a "knob end" before
It's a Scouse thing, as far as I know (or, rather, a Birkenhead thing in my case).

posted by jack_mo at 10:38 AM on November 4, 2005


He already apologized. Sheesh.

And knobend has to be one word in this context. A knob end is just the end of a knob. As evidence, this will be entered in the record as Exhibit A.
posted by languagehat at 10:41 AM on November 4, 2005


"not warranting a callout? It was noise in the threads he posted in."

Yeah, but it wasn't malicious noise. It wasn't willfully careless or reckless noise. It was well-intentioned noise.
It's the kind of thing you kindly correct, not get angry or abusive over. Anyway, that distinction makes a big difference to me, for whatever reason.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 11:19 AM on November 4, 2005 [1 favorite]


It took a tatooed boy from birkenhead to really really open our eyes.
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:30 AM on November 4, 2005


>nobbend occurences in google print
posted by craniac at 11:36 AM on November 4, 2005


omiewise, I totally speak for you.
posted by shmegegge at 11:47 AM on November 4, 2005


ok
posted by OmieWise at 12:27 PM on November 4, 2005


C'mon, languagehat, it's either two words or hyphened, because it clearly hasn't reached the type of common usage required for conjunction. It's like dick end or cock end, which should be clear in context. (If you prefer, dick-end and cock-end).

Heh. At least, that's what William Safire would say.
posted by klangklangston at 1:05 PM on November 4, 2005


"Saddam Hussein is a bellend, sort him out.".
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:55 PM on November 4, 2005


No discussion of cranes would be complete without: SCHWING!

And clearly nob end is two words. Richard Letterer just told me. I have him on speed dial.
posted by Mr T at 2:01 PM on November 4, 2005


klangklangston, I'm willing to compromise on a hyphen.
posted by languagehat at 3:10 PM on November 4, 2005


Saddam Hussein is a bellend, sort him out.

perhaps my favorite Ali G moment evar! +10 to D_W.
posted by Hat Maui at 3:36 PM on November 4, 2005


languagehat writes "klangklangston, I'm willing to compromise on a hyphen."

lh-It's this kind of creeping compromise that's ruining this site. Stand strong!
posted by OmieWise at 6:41 PM on November 4, 2005


Heh. At least, that's what William Safire would say.

Yes, yes, but only as an aside whilst ordering two Whoppers Jr.
posted by cortex at 10:05 PM on November 4, 2005


It took a tatooed boy from birkenhead to really really open our eyes.

I don't have any tattoos, sarge ;-)

Ah, bellend/bell end/bell-end. On the path to my primary school there was a massive bit of graf that said 'Robbo has a dead cheesy bell end and is a prick', illustrated with the traditional spunking cock and hairy balls, helpfully labelled 'Robbo' for the illiterate passer-by. Weirdly, no one washed it off the entire time it was there, so a generation of Birkenhead school-children learnt how to swear wonderfully on their way to the first day of school. (Though this being Birkenhead, I suppose most of them could swear like fishwives already...)

Knobshine was another favourite, I remember.

Ah, memories.

*wanders off to listen to HMHB and ponder Tranmere's disastrous season*
posted by jack_mo at 2:22 AM on November 5, 2005


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