self-link trainwreck in progress January 16, 2006 5:32 PM   Subscribe

Err, self-link trainwreck in progress on the blue. Thanks, that is all.
posted by killdevil to MetaFilter-Related at 5:32 PM (28 comments total)

Goddamit, can't you see he's trying to EXPAND OUR INTELLECTUAL FUCKING HORIZONS?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:35 PM on January 16, 2006


I'm sorry. I'm completely off my meds.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:37 PM on January 16, 2006


Prepare the Ban-machine for operation. It's time to go to work.
posted by euphorb at 5:38 PM on January 16, 2006


*warms hands with flames*
posted by puke & cry at 5:40 PM on January 16, 2006


I'm a bit concerned about the habit of going "soandso is a <insert henious characterization>" when people self-link. Does it show up in search engines? It's immensely, unjustifiably, horrendously vindicative if it does.
posted by Firas at 5:42 PM on January 16, 2006


XQUZYPHYR writes "Goddamit, can't you see he's trying to EXPAND OUR INTELLECTUAL FUCKING HORIZONS?"

Exactly. If he doesn't fight the good fight against the despotic, lie-beral, PC overlords, who will?

His art's pretty impressive. Too bad he's a dipshit.
posted by brundlefly at 5:43 PM on January 16, 2006


Firas, what you are seeing is vigilante justice. These self-linking bastards must be held accountable.

Not until the punishment for self-linking becomes so heinous, so unthinkably horrible that none would risk self-linking, will self-linking end.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:46 PM on January 16, 2006


Are you kidding? This is the kind of thing that destroys relationships and careers. I'm hoping that either deleted threads don't show up on search engines or matt and/or jessamyn have the foresight to clean up the character assasination.
posted by Firas at 5:48 PM on January 16, 2006


I am 100% with Firas, Baby_Balrog, get a grip.
posted by loquax at 5:49 PM on January 16, 2006


Were I an adult balrog, I would crush him.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:50 PM on January 16, 2006


This is the kind of thing that destroys relationships and careers.

Oh please. The posts that you call "immensely, unjustifiably, horrendously vindicative" are clearly over the top and meant to be taken as such. Yes, they are intended as punishment, and yes, that's a Good Thing. There are precious few things keeping this site from getting flooded by assholes who deliberately ignore one of the site's most important guidelines. Making sure that searches for their name pull up the obvious evidence of the asshole's lack of concern for at least one online community is the least we can do.
posted by mediareport at 5:59 PM on January 16, 2006


My life was once destroyed by a mean thing someone once said about me online.
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:07 PM on January 16, 2006


My life was destroyed several times by mean things said about me online. To be fair though, they were entirely true.
posted by euphorb at 6:08 PM on January 16, 2006


Yeah, but now you're an undead being from space. I don't get what the hell you're complaining about.
posted by selfnoise at 6:08 PM on January 16, 2006


Well, I'm not interested enough in the issue to pursue this further, but it does smack of not just juvenility but taking things to an unnecessary level (seeding evidence for "the asshole's lack of concern"). But what do I know; many people care far more about the site than I do, maybe enough to bring contentions from posts and threads here to face-to-face interaction.
posted by Firas at 6:10 PM on January 16, 2006


I don't see what's wrong with pointing out that Stephen Barnwell broke the rules. Stephen Barnwell made a choice to self-link, and to be aggressive and unapologetic about it after being called out.

If you feel any pity for him, I strongly suggest you search for his very first reply, and look for the sincere and heartfelt apology that accidental self-linkers tend to give.
posted by I Love Tacos at 6:13 PM on January 16, 2006


Yeah, but now you're an undead being from space.

I am, in fact, an undead human spaceman. So, no, I am not from space at all. Why must I keep battling these rumors?

It's all starting again!
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:13 PM on January 16, 2006


Firas, self-linking is a direct attack on the heart of the site. Many of us think it's possible that self-linking will become a much bigger problem here very soon, as more and more viral marketers balance the $5 membership fee against the benefits of a few hours' (or days') worth of traffic sent to their site from the front page. MeFi's a sitting duck for that kind of crap, and we have very few weapons to hand that work against it. Galvanizing the community to punish folks who shit on us is, again, the very least we can do.
posted by mediareport at 6:16 PM on January 16, 2006


all they do is ruin google hits. calm thyself.
posted by shmegegge at 6:17 PM on January 16, 2006


Dang, it got pulled. And just after I noticed that his history of the conquests of islam includes the Crusades.
posted by I Love Tacos at 6:17 PM on January 16, 2006


It's over, now.
Cake and mints will be served in the smoking lounge.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 6:17 PM on January 16, 2006


I got the last post. I'll be in the lounge rolling on chrome with some snow for my nose.
posted by selfnoise at 6:19 PM on January 16, 2006


i am still thirsty.
posted by wakko at 6:20 PM on January 16, 2006



Not until the punishment for self-linking becomes so heinous, so unthinkably horrible that none would risk self-linking, will self-linking end.


bears with guns
posted by wakko at 6:21 PM on January 16, 2006


I'm seriously considering beating a hedgehog to death and dipping some cocktail shrimp in its blood.

That might be the coke, though.
posted by selfnoise at 6:21 PM on January 16, 2006


so, did the guy get banned? I hope so. what a dildo.
posted by shmegegge at 6:22 PM on January 16, 2006


You brought cocktail shrimp? Wonderful! I've been meaning to do something about those pesky hedgehogs.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 6:23 PM on January 16, 2006


closed. All the google bombing "he beats his wife" crap is really juvenile.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:24 PM on January 16, 2006


« Older Greasemonkey Killfile   |   Who's had a post, comment or thread deleted on... Newer »

This thread is closed to new comments.