Screen shots featured in Computer Games Magazine December 9, 2005 5:44 PM   Subscribe

As a followup to this post back in October, I thought you all should know that my little blog featuring said screen shots was further featured in the most recent Computer Games Magazine. I was so excited, I posted about it again in my blog, making the circle complete. I've heard, through sources, that the editor's attention was bought over by mentions on Mefi and Quarter To Three. Thanks for the exposure, Metafilter!
posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter-Related at 5:44 PM (42 comments total)

I'm sorry, I just just woke up, but are you telling us that the original Metafilter thread was a self-link, and while doing that, you're taking the opportunity to link to your own site again?

Impressive, if so.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:51 PM on December 9, 2005


Ummm. That's how I read it, too. It's... interesting, I guess.
posted by stet at 5:55 PM on December 9, 2005


Blast! "nark on this user" is not an option when trying to flag this post. You win this time... thanotopsis.
posted by banished at 6:09 PM on December 9, 2005


uh oh. Yeah, it looks like it was a self-link. Oh well, people enjoyed the post, the magazine got the story. All's well that (started poorly) but ended well.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:24 PM on December 9, 2005


I'm confused, "Self-linker Narcs self out?" Is that it, pretty much?

thanotopsis, can you explain?
posted by snsranch at 6:26 PM on December 9, 2005


No pitchforks eh? Oh, well, at least he/she was gracious about it! Yea!
posted by snsranch at 6:27 PM on December 9, 2005


Shit, 14ks get away with everything.
posted by sciurus at 6:53 PM on December 9, 2005


BAN HIM!
posted by xmutex at 6:54 PM on December 9, 2005


thanatopsis, in case you're confused: the one absolute rule around here is that self-linking on the blue, as part of a post (as opposed to a comment inthread), is verboten. Your post apparently slipped through the cracks.

mathowie's letting this thread stay, it seems. Not sure why.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:55 PM on December 9, 2005


jeeeezus. BAN HIM!

*froths*
posted by xmutex at 6:57 PM on December 9, 2005


So much for the collective detectives.
posted by crunchland at 7:14 PM on December 9, 2005


crunchland: it's no fun when the suspect confesses before we even begin to sodomise him with a truncheon.
posted by atrazine at 7:23 PM on December 9, 2005


October 21, 2005: the day Metafilter stood still
posted by edgeways at 7:24 PM on December 9, 2005


So....are you thanking us for something that you did?

Uh...yeah.. You're welcome.
posted by graventy at 7:45 PM on December 9, 2005


Delete this thread and the previous one and ban him. No mercy, no retreat.

Seriously this is like a Mobius strip of self-linking.
posted by Falconetti at 8:05 PM on December 9, 2005


Please don't delete! Let the evidence stand as is, so that Saturday Morning Drunken Mefites can set about having a really decent lynching.
posted by snsranch at 8:40 PM on December 9, 2005


Maybe (s)he's just trying to nicely state that METAFILTER GOT P4WNED!
posted by panoptican at 8:45 PM on December 9, 2005


How much did you get for Metafilter at the P4WNSHOP, anyway?
posted by loquacious at 10:02 PM on December 9, 2005


Metafilter: Thanks for the exposure!
posted by Duncan at 10:58 PM on December 9, 2005


I go out for dinner and to see a movie and come back and he's still not banned?!?!?!??!
posted by xmutex at 12:42 AM on December 10, 2005


what movie?
posted by hototogisu at 1:33 AM on December 10, 2005


An example to self-linkers everywhere!
posted by Marquis at 5:10 AM on December 10, 2005


All's well that (started poorly) but ended well.

Are you fucking kidding me? You're just going to let it go, pat him on the back even? So let me get this straight: self-linking is bad, bad, bad if it's caught by another MeFite, but if not, then the self-linker gets to crow about it, get a double dose of MeFi linkage, and get compliments from #1. OK, now we know.
posted by languagehat at 6:22 AM on December 10, 2005


Where will it end? If enough well-respected MeFites decide to designate one day out of the year to self-link, and it's done cleverly enough, will that get excused as well? How well would the joke last if it becomes a weekly deal, even against Matt's better intentions? Or what if he shrugs again and laughs? We might as well drop the pretense about this "community" business and admit the site's a web-based bulletin board sans the blinking avatars and sig files.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:15 AM on December 10, 2005


What do you expect us to do, languagehat? Delete an old thread that's already closed? Ban his account? Hunt him down and kill him? There's an old saying about closing the barn door after the horses have gone out. And I would argue that this little tableau indicates that self-linking is bad, bad, bad only if you do it in such a way that we find out about it. If you have an ounce of subtlety (and $5), self-linking is perfectly ok.
posted by crunchland at 7:34 AM on December 10, 2005


If you have an ounce of subtlety (and $5), self-linking is perfectly ok.

I'm not much of a poster to the blue, but I agree with the rest of the sentiment here that his account should be banned. Rules are rules, and there's no good reason to bend them here just because he was naive enough to brag to MetaTalk about it, (but a 14ker, seriously!)
posted by onalark at 7:43 AM on December 10, 2005


This makes me feel thanotopsy-turvy.

Going by the tone of this post, thanotopsis genuinely didn't know self-linking is verboten? Or he did and this post is a massive two-fingers up to the lot of us?

Explain yourself, thanotopsis!
posted by jack_mo at 8:48 AM on December 10, 2005


I'm with the pitchfork committee.
posted by scarabic at 10:35 AM on December 10, 2005


He kind of implies they are his in the original thread but I guess nobody in the Scooby squad was paying attention. After somebody remarks on the poor resolution of the photos, he replies:

You can blame it on a bad video card. That card is representative of how good things looked ...3 years ago?

In addition, in order to save space and bandwidth costs, those images are reduced to JPG 25% compression. Originals are 1.2MB TGA files.


Put me on the just-let-this-one-go side.
posted by vacapinta at 10:47 AM on December 10, 2005


Thanks for the exposure, Metafilter!

I think that's the line that makes a lot of us think you're a total asshole right now, thanotopsis. Instead of "thanking us" for not catching your blatant violation of the rules- the one violation that gets you banned without (until today) any exceptions- maybe you should buy an ad or something.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 11:26 AM on December 10, 2005


What do you expect us to do, languagehat?

"Us"? When did you become an admin? What I expect Matt to do is ban the asshole and make it clear this kind of thing won't be tolerated.

thanotopsis genuinely didn't know self-linking is verboten?

Give me a break. Everybody knows it's verboten. And everybody who gets caught at it looks all abashed and mumbles about how they didn't check the rulebook or they were out of the classroom that day or some bullshit excuse. Just like cheating spouses: "Honest, I was giving mouth-to-mouth!"

But then I don't approve of juries going easy on defendants because they look cute, either.
posted by languagehat at 11:42 AM on December 10, 2005


All right. Ban him. $5 says he'll be back for his next self-promotional endeavor. Meanwhile, you stay diligent and ferret him out when he does.
posted by crunchland at 1:54 PM on December 10, 2005


languagehat is on fire - I like it
posted by scarabic at 4:34 PM on December 10, 2005


Well, now that Richard Pryor is gone, somebody has to be on fire.

*rimshot*
posted by languagehat at 7:01 AM on December 11, 2005


Must be a friend of Matt's. I can't think of any other explanation. Well, other than that Matt enjoys the occasional gladiatorial thumbs-up to flex his Roman authority: how brazenly Commodus flouts consensus opinion!

Eh, more likely they guy wrote Matt a letter.
posted by squirrel at 5:41 PM on December 12, 2005


WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
MATT?
posted by Kwantsar at 9:00 PM on December 12, 2005


Well, now that Richard Pryor is gone, somebody has to be on fire.

Heh. It's funny because it's sad.
posted by soyjoy at 10:31 PM on December 12, 2005


This is awesome. One way to solve the egg-on-your-face problem is to smear sausage all over it.
posted by OmieWise at 5:56 AM on December 13, 2005


Well, he'd only been a new user for a month or so when he posted that link, he might not have known the rules. I'm sure he does now.
posted by delmoi at 8:25 AM on December 13, 2005


Face it, delmoi: it was arbitrary clemency.
posted by squirrel at 9:09 AM on December 13, 2005


Well, he'd only been a new user for a month or so when he posted that link, he might not have known the rules. I'm sure he does now.

He's been a user for over 3 years. He should have known better.
posted by onalark at 7:34 AM on December 14, 2005


"I'm with the pitchfork committee."
posted by scarabic at 10:35 AM PST on December 10

Uh, I'm with Scarabic again. (I followed Squirrel's link here from a more recent metatalk thread on self-linking and found Scarabic agreeing with me before I'd said anything, so either he's not so always bad after all -- or I've got some MIGHTY mind-rays y'all should ph34r!.)
posted by davy at 3:44 PM on December 23, 2005


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