Who are we? January 4, 2007 11:41 AM   Subscribe

Just a curious question... what is the real demographic of MeFi users? As much as we think of this as the hive mind, my sense is that about 80% of the poeple on here fit in the white, male, 24-35 variety. A very homogenous set of bees me thinks. Am I totally off?
posted by elfollador to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM (201 comments total)

I can't imagine there's any way to really find out. Especially if your definition of "users" includes people who just read and don't post.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:43 AM on January 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think it's all monkeys with keyboards; typewriters are so yesterday.
posted by caddis at 11:45 AM on January 4, 2007


How are we to know? If people enter such data about themselves in their profiles, there's no guarantee that it's not made up. And any voluntary poll is unlikely to be a representative sample of users.

That said, I fit that demo. Except once a month when I involuntarily assume my wolf form for a few hours.
posted by chinston at 11:45 AM on January 4, 2007


There's no good way to pin it down. In a straw poll, only a tiny handful of the site's members (let alone readers) will opt-in, so that won't work.

Matt could hit IP logs and make best-bet estimates by correlating against the census demographics for the cities/states/countries that IP groups resolve to, weighted proportionally, but even that's armchair at best.

Matt could run a mandatory demographic poll, but I'm under the impression he likes having any readers at all and so he probably won't do that.
posted by cortex at 11:46 AM on January 4, 2007


Not me. I'm a 48 year old brand new grandma.

I AM white, though.
posted by konolia at 11:47 AM on January 4, 2007


Also, it's only homogeneous if you believe that all white men of a certain age are bound to think alike, you racist/sexist/ageist bastard.

Just kidding. I take your point. Homogeneity is all relative, I guess.
posted by chinston at 11:49 AM on January 4, 2007


It's been asked before, many times.
posted by justgary at 11:50 AM on January 4, 2007


Had to get the grandma thing in, eh? Congratulations!

Like I always tell the New York Times, I'm a 110 year-old Eskimo living in Albuquerque. You'd be surprised how many of us there are.
posted by yhbc at 11:51 AM on January 4, 2007


Well, at least several.
posted by justgary at 11:52 AM on January 4, 2007


When you say "80% of the people here" do you mean 80% of people who are active participants, people who do front page posts, holler about trivialities in MetaTalk?
posted by jason's_planet at 11:55 AM on January 4, 2007


Is this what you're looking for?
posted by grateful at 11:57 AM on January 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


80% male? Are you kidding?
posted by delmoi at 12:00 PM on January 4, 2007


Congratulations Konolia. Got any pictures?
posted by caddis at 12:00 PM on January 4, 2007


I've found that there are more active MeFites over 35 than I had previously assumed, so the median age is probably over 30, easy. Though probably mot as old as when there were <1 0k... of course, those 10k's are all 5-7 years older than when they joined.br>
We could probably use the lat/long data to determine urban vs. suburban vs. rural (those who still get their internet delivered by horse and buggy). That would be interesting.
posted by wendell at 12:02 PM on January 4, 2007


What's wrong, delmoi? I've always thought you were 80% male.
posted by grateful at 12:04 PM on January 4, 2007


Wow 40% of us can program?
posted by delmoi at 12:06 PM on January 4, 2007


I agree with konolia. She's 48 and is a grandma.

It just happens so rarely, so I wanted to take advantage of the moment, you know?
posted by eustacescrubb at 12:06 PM on January 4, 2007


(blog link in my profile)


I think we have more teens posting these days than before-we've always had our share of old farts (me being one.)
posted by konolia at 12:08 PM on January 4, 2007


I sometimes get a whiff of sausage around here...
posted by loiseau at 12:10 PM on January 4, 2007


2 in 5 have cats?! That's freaky.

i-am-an-individual|i-am-an-individual|i-am-an-individual
i-am-an-individual|i-am-an-individual|i-am-an-individual
i-am-an-individual|i-am-an-individual|i-am-an-individual
posted by jouke at 12:13 PM on January 4, 2007


21% of those responding has an SO who also reads MeFi.

I would love to meet a woman who reads mefi. Haven't yet.

I also live in a swamp. That's pronounced, swarmp.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:14 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm just barely over 35, but I am extremely white and incorrigibly male. Guilty as charged.
posted by jonmc at 12:15 PM on January 4, 2007


hm. white, yes. male, no. 24-35, only for another five months.
posted by Karmakaze at 12:16 PM on January 4, 2007


2 in 5 have cats?! That's freaky.

No concern for the .16 of a person we each have living in our house though, huh?
posted by jerseygirl at 12:17 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm 24-35, but I wasn't when I joined.
posted by cortex at 12:19 PM on January 4, 2007


I was 37.
posted by cortex at 12:19 PM on January 4, 2007


I was 24-35 when I joined, but, alas, am no longer.
posted by mikel at 12:21 PM on January 4, 2007


I hate this ASL shit. I thought I got away from it when I stopped frequenting public IRC channels.
posted by Plutor at 12:22 PM on January 4, 2007


It's been asked before, many times.

sorry, justgary, i did a search for "metafilter demographics" and did not come up with the myriad responses. clumsy.

and i always understood there could be no real answer, i just had a feeling that this communal thing we enjoy isn't as all-encompassing as we really think, and wondered if others thought that to be true.

loved that statistically unfound questionaire too.
posted by elfollador at 12:23 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm none of the above, except for the cats.
posted by puddinghead at 12:23 PM on January 4, 2007


Oh, wait, I'm white! I forgot.
posted by puddinghead at 12:24 PM on January 4, 2007


I don't see race. Mefi'ers all look yellow to me.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:26 PM on January 4, 2007 [2 favorites]


i just had a feeling that this communal thing we enjoy

waitaminute, there's commies here?
posted by jonmc at 12:26 PM on January 4, 2007


I am 9 feet tall and green. I am also the person who owns minus-1 hamster.
posted by Mister_A at 12:26 PM on January 4, 2007


I am 9 feet tall and green.

"Hohoho..."
posted by jonmc at 12:29 PM on January 4, 2007


On disadvantage of this is that we have had to rely on folks like languagehat to represent all-languages-other-than-English. This is too much to ask, even of him, and in this example going on right now, shows how we miss out on formal usage vs. the informal.

Even if Metafilter is in English, there is a distinct "voice" that other cultures bring. I recall when Miguel Cardoso was a frequent poster here, for example, he had that formal yet chatty and familial way of writing and communicating which, to my mind, is sooo typical of Latin and many Mediterranean cultures. Reading his posts always felt to me like one of my uncles was here on Metafilter.

The recent AmbroseChapel post depressed the hell out of me. It was a long conversation between the self-appointed defenders of other cultures (how patronizing) and those who also misunderstood them but in a different way. Everything, even stavros great writeup of Korean culture, is as seen through this filter of how-we-see-them.

When AmbroseChapel wrote something about they should just call the police I could hear my Mexican mom's voice in the background: "Those silly Americans. Calling the police and calling lawyers. We're all people who share a community and what we need to do is to talk openly - not just blindly act on the assumptions we make about each other."
posted by vacapinta at 12:29 PM on January 4, 2007 [3 favorites]


Like I always tell the New York Times, I'm a 110 year-old Eskimo living in Albuquerque.

You too? I just moved here from 90210, actually. Too many damn Laplanders.
posted by loquacious at 12:29 PM on January 4, 2007


Neck beards, B.O., libruls, cradled PBRs. Lots of Axe Body Spray...Oh wait.. that's the Fark demo. Soz.

MetaFilter People are high-minded, upstanding citizens.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:33 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm one of the non-practicing atheists. I haven't not been to church in years.
posted by Plutor at 12:35 PM on January 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


Neck beards, B.O., libruls, cradled PBRs. Lots of Axe Body Spray...Oh wait.. that's the Fark demo.

Dude, I used Axe body wash this morning. I guess I should go over to Fark, now.
posted by jonmc at 12:42 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm an outlier. (I'm tempted to accuse someone else of being an "outed liar" but I don't know who to tag with it.)
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 12:47 PM on January 4, 2007


MetaFilter is 90% angst ridden, black and rocking the alt hip-hop. Word.

Don't you read MetaTalk?
posted by eyeballkid at 12:51 PM on January 4, 2007


I was 24-35 when I joined, and I will be for the next ten years. I am also white and male and, yes, will be for the next ten years.
posted by yeti at 12:52 PM on January 4, 2007


C'mon admit it this is just a clever way of cloaking the real question which is 'any hot asian babes out there who like 35 year old white geeks please email me kthxb'.
posted by pleeker at 12:54 PM on January 4, 2007


Also we love anagrams, killed ebay.
posted by Mister_A at 12:55 PM on January 4, 2007


i love posts by kthxb, she's the best.
posted by nola at 12:59 PM on January 4, 2007


Didn't Mathowie post some sort of marketing survey a while back? Are the results for this publicly available?
posted by Afroblanco at 1:03 PM on January 4, 2007


What the heck is a "neck beard"?
posted by nevercalm at 1:05 PM on January 4, 2007


Oh, for the love of the image tag.
posted by loquacious at 1:08 PM on January 4, 2007


Homogeneity and diversity have absolutely nothing to do with skin and everything to do with what's inside it.

See last year's Republican convention or the UC Berkeley campus for examples of places where there are plenty of different races, ethnic backgrounds, etc, but where everybody thinks the damned same.

I think MeFi is pretty diverse.
posted by koeselitz at 1:12 PM on January 4, 2007


I myself am 80 percent male.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:14 PM on January 4, 2007


I am 20 percent neckbeard. Aaaaaargh!
posted by Mister_A at 1:17 PM on January 4, 2007


I went to a mefi meetup this year for transexual nazi eskimos (in Taos, natch). there's 8.
posted by carsonb at 1:20 PM on January 4, 2007


Other.
posted by icontemplate at 1:26 PM on January 4, 2007


The most famous neckbeard.

Disclaimer: I had a neckbeard in my misspent yooot (which granted was some 35 years ago), but it was because I couldn't grow a 'stache for love or money. Ah, how times have changed! I now can grow hair from my fingernails.
posted by SteveInMaine at 1:32 PM on January 4, 2007


Which answer will get me in the free lunch program?
posted by The Deej at 1:33 PM on January 4, 2007


Ah yes, "The Purification" of race every year in Taos settles all discourse on silly demographics.
posted by yeti at 1:33 PM on January 4, 2007


The next-most-famous neckbeard.
posted by saladin at 1:40 PM on January 4, 2007


Yes; yes; yes for now but no in less than a year.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:41 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm only mostly white. Great-great-Grandmother was a Blood from Alberta on my grannie's side and we had another Indian in the woodpile on the other side of the family that everyone was supposed to be hush-hush about. Also a great-great grandmother. All we know is her name was Hammerhead Annie. Plus, I'm old.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:46 PM on January 4, 2007


But so far no bees at all. I guess that dispells that stereotype.
posted by nebulawindphone at 1:49 PM on January 4, 2007


Yes, but now we know MetaFilter is 28% Amish.

Nice neckbeard, Jebediah!
posted by fandango_matt at 1:53 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm 56. I'll bet that makes me outliier than Steven Den Beste.

In fact, I believe I'm the second outliiest regular, next to Paris Paramus. But I'd love to be proved wrong.
posted by timeistight at 1:57 PM on January 4, 2007


I am from Zuban 5, and my age is approximately 2785 of your Earth years.
posted by ninjew at 2:01 PM on January 4, 2007


loquacious writes "I just moved here from 90210, actually."

I commute between there and H0H 0H0.
posted by Mitheral at 2:01 PM on January 4, 2007


timeistight, you're a man outlying in your field.
posted by cortex at 2:02 PM on January 4, 2007


my sense is that about 80% of the poeple on here fit in the white, male, 24-35 variety

Well, I guess 0 out of 3 ain't bad. Yay!
posted by dios at 2:06 PM on January 4, 2007


I was white-ish around September and I was constantly criticized for it. Seems like living in the tropics and sporting a PC-monitor tan is one of those things that people just won't forgive.

I tanned outside for a while, but now with the mock winter we get here the sunshine doesn't really hit the pool, so I am slowly and gradually turning white again. I guess I could say the colour of my skin is seasonal. Where should I stand in line?
posted by micayetoca at 2:08 PM on January 4, 2007


dios are you a young black chick?
posted by Mister_A at 2:14 PM on January 4, 2007


dios are you a young black chick?

that changes everything, aye? But it could be true. The other day I overheard someone saying that Beyoncé was god.
posted by micayetoca at 2:24 PM on January 4, 2007


Haha, you basically just posted "a/s/l?" to metatalk.
posted by frecklefaerie at 2:27 PM on January 4, 2007


But, the real question is what percentage is ethnically troll, and where do they live? Still under bridges, in hi-rise apartment complexes? Of the statistical goodnes that could come from this is unbound, just THINK of the new markets we could cater to!
posted by edgeways at 2:30 PM on January 4, 2007


quantcast
posted by Dave Faris at 2:47 PM on January 4, 2007


24-35 years old, male, octoroon.
posted by jack_mo at 2:48 PM on January 4, 2007


Most common Metafilter mistake made by newbies: Believing there are thousands of users, when, there are actually only seven, each with hundreds and hundreds of sock puppets.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:49 PM on January 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wouldn't that mean that there's no such thing as a newbie, and that what you call a common mistake is really just the sad, repetitive pantomime that we seven act out day after day?
posted by Plutor at 2:55 PM on January 4, 2007


You knew you were going to say that.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:58 PM on January 4, 2007


I think we have more teens posting these days than before...

Present. I'm 18 (ok, in about a week), and have been lurking for the past few years.


And thanks blue_beetle. That explains a lot.

Who's sockpuppet are you?
posted by niles at 2:59 PM on January 4, 2007


Heh. The current quintcast screenshot has the meficomp ad in it. Gone, but not forgotten!

buy the album, dammit!
posted by cortex at 3:03 PM on January 4, 2007


Yowza, this comment in that neckbeard askme thread is spit-take inducing on many, many levels.
posted by nevercalm at 3:04 PM on January 4, 2007


Seven, huh? I thought there were nine of us.
posted by Elmore at 3:08 PM on January 4, 2007


Memberships and lurkers are one thing, but it's the posts and comments that shape this place, and the index gives the impression that men (identified either in profile or comments) do most of the posting and commenting.

White, female, over 35 and no neck beard last time I checked.
posted by tula at 3:10 PM on January 4, 2007


Not male, not 24-35.

When I was distance studying statistics (all by myself), I ran across outliers after Poisson distributions and thought initially that it was another French math term and embarassed myself publicly by pronouncing it "oot-lee-ers" - this is not hyper-bowl.

just had a feeling that this communal thing we enjoy isn't as all-encompassing as we really think: can we only be communal if we are all male, 24-35 and white? Perhaps what we can't be is fraternal.
posted by b33j at 3:15 PM on January 4, 2007


blue_beetle is my sockpuppet.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:23 PM on January 4, 2007


jonmc shaved my back during the World Series in '98.
He's gonna deny this, of course.
posted by Dizzy at 3:24 PM on January 4, 2007


Hitler's favorite neckbeard.
posted by agropyron at 3:28 PM on January 4, 2007


On MeFi I'm male, 24-35 and white, but I was born a poor black child
posted by InfidelZombie at 3:29 PM on January 4, 2007


So fellas, when is poker night?
posted by yeti at 3:30 PM on January 4, 2007


Dizzy! Where the hell have you been? I've been waiting in this hotel room for, what, a week now? Where's my ambassadorship?

Oh, and I'm 55, so I too am outliier than Steven Den Beste. Parts of my skin are kind of reddish, other parts are more pasty-pinkish. My beard waxes and wanes. I do not have any bees.
posted by languagehat at 3:32 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm so late but I have to point out that all the bees in the hive are pretty damn related to each other. Almost clones or something.

Also I am right in the middle of that demographic.
posted by Brainy at 3:37 PM on January 4, 2007


JayRwv's in his late 70s and Postroad's in his 70s too. I wonder if anyone's older.
posted by iconomy at 3:42 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm white [NOT RACIST], female and in the 25-34 bracket. I always though MeFi was mostly male (75 percent or so).
posted by Brittanie at 3:45 PM on January 4, 2007


I PUT ON MY ROBE AND WIZARD HAT AND CAST MAGIC MISSLE AT THE SEXY DARKNESS
posted by loquacious at 3:48 PM on January 4, 2007


THO I ANSWERED 'JEDI' ON THE CENSUS FORMS.
posted by loquacious at 3:48 PM on January 4, 2007


This post about high-frequency noise got a lot of (admittedly self-selected) ages in the comments., which somebody took the trouble to plot. Worth a look.
posted by Upton O'Good at 3:50 PM on January 4, 2007


I am a noisy Asian neighbor. Can I borrow a $20 or... a blender?
posted by jerseygirl at 3:51 PM on January 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oops! I mixed up Postroad and ParisParamus.

Sorry to both.
posted by timeistight at 4:05 PM on January 4, 2007


Baby_Balrog is my sockpuppet.
posted by Kwine at 4:07 PM on January 4, 2007


You're all my multiple personalities.
posted by moira at 4:17 PM on January 4, 2007


My beard waxes and wanes.

I am completely waxed by Danes. With beeswax.

And I'm almost out of the "evil" demographic. Any day now.

But it is the demographic that built all of western society as we know it, so I'm not sure exactly what your problem is with us. White power! Wait, that didn't come out right at all, shit.
posted by GuyZero at 4:25 PM on January 4, 2007


45, male, sort of 'Crayola crayon color formerly known as flesh colored.' You may borrow my blender.
posted by fixedgear at 4:27 PM on January 4, 2007


L-Hat!
There was a problem with your Amex.
Sending jonmc to shave, explain, shoot you in the face.
posted by Dizzy at 4:36 PM on January 4, 2007


You're all my multiple personalities.

If I'm one of your multiple personalities, can you please start using more imagination in your hallucinations? How about a geeky, glowingly pale girlfriend? And more steaks. And beer. I also want a faster computer. And since we're talking about outright hallucinations I would also like a flying car and a fucking unicorn.
posted by loquacious at 4:36 PM on January 4, 2007


Just be careful which end you fuck.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:38 PM on January 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


A little late to the thread, but I'm female, 32, and a veritable conucopia of non-white.

And I'm stepping in to clarify for the record, and to correct vacapinta (or I guess vacapinta's mom). AmbroseChapel is not American. I'm not denying that many idiots you meet online, and many knee-jerk reactionary cop callers are American, but that particular one's just not ours.
posted by nadise at 4:41 PM on January 4, 2007


a/s/l? any1 wanna cyber?
posted by Falconetti at 4:46 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm white but not the kind of white you mean. Because, yeah, just being the same colour doesn't make us all the same culture. Of course I'm also female so don't fit anyway.

A very homogenous set of bees me thinks.

Which is the whole point of a hive. They're all siblings so helping their parents continue to reproduce is genetically the same as reproducing themselves (and are much more closely related than siblings produced elsewhere). Working for the greater good of the hive over the good of the individual isn't altruism. Which is why I've always found it weird, the whole appealing to the hive mind. Done right you're not really bringing in outside resources or viewpoints just consulting a greater uniformity of which you are a part, and conformity is to be expected.
posted by shelleycat at 5:24 PM on January 4, 2007


Given the constraints that English is the language used here, that you need a computer and internet access, that it costs a few bucks to join, that we tend to skew (through design or serendipity) towards the articulate/artsy/literary/geeky/techy interests (since day one, I'd say), I reckon we've got a reasonably diverse membership. Could be more so, sure, but it could be a lot worse.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:35 PM on January 4, 2007


Yep, a more diverse bunch of geeks than you'll find anywhere else on the Intarwebs. Because, really, any artificial grouping of people is always going to be skewed in some way. People group together because of some (if only tenuous) shared link, after all.

Even in those areas where we are not actually diverse, I think we are well and truly capable of diverse thinking which has the same end result. We don't always exercise that capability, of course, which is our curse.
posted by dg at 5:51 PM on January 4, 2007


I started reading when I was a junior in college (about 19-20 years old). I didn't sign up for an account until after graduating.

(FTR: currently 22, white, female.)

I think that there's a great deal of diversity here. If not in terms of age/race/favorite bubblegum flavor, then in life experiences. Then again, I tend to hang in the green most of the time.
posted by sperose at 6:38 PM on January 4, 2007


White, male, 34, 2 cats, rectangular glasses, utterly unoriginal.
posted by everichon at 6:52 PM on January 4, 2007


Has anyone ever tried to initiate a MeFi census?
posted by ORthey at 7:20 PM on January 4, 2007


The results of the last and only one were linked twice in this thread, so the answer there would have to be: yes.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:59 PM on January 4, 2007


is Dave Faris a crunchland sockpuppet, or vice versa?
posted by quonsar at 8:04 PM on January 4, 2007


I haven't seen anyone mention it yet, but I for one, am smoking hot. Line forms behind me.
posted by msali at 8:18 PM on January 4, 2007


I am a meat popsicle.
posted by djb at 8:21 PM on January 4, 2007


But how many of you 24-35/W/F are single, eh? EH?

BTW: I'm still waiting for brain_drain's missed connections feature.
posted by yeti at 9:12 PM on January 4, 2007


And in which I responded truthily, yea verily. I am white because my California tan has faded, a girl and in the same demographic as the other outliers. Also, my mom ("Hi, Mom!") is a member, so how do you like that for outlier status? (*preens, polishes outlier badge*)
posted by Lynsey at 9:26 PM on January 4, 2007


I'm not *quite* as old as languagehat.

But I'm not far off it -- 52 yr old white male.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:11 PM on January 4, 2007


21% of those responding has an SO who also reads MeFi.

My husband practically forced me to sign up for MeFi when the $5 accounts opened, I hadn't even heard of the place before. And now, I've posted fully twice as much. It's like he opened a $5 jar of internet heroin.

Oh, I'm female, older than I look, and a zombie.

My cat would like to report that she is 33% retarded.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:39 PM on January 4, 2007


(I guess you don't know how old I look. You're all just random words appearing from the magic screen. I look like I'm eighteen. I'm not.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:40 PM on January 4, 2007


Loquatious, your're the embodiment of my idealism. Unfortunately, that goes hand in hand with disillusionment.

Here's your fucking unicorn. (NSFW)

Also, I totally sent you a shoutout a while back. Does it count if you have a geeky, glowingly pale personal volcano artist?
posted by moira at 11:32 PM on January 4, 2007


Oh, my God, I'm older than languagehat! Not by much but, jeez, for some reason, I thought he was about the same age as my sister. Oh, man, I can't believe it.

But then if we did not flatter ourselves, we would receive little flatttery indeed. I believe La Rochefoucuald said that. Well, I'll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours. I says that.

Just make me pretty, Pierre.
posted by y2karl at 12:04 AM on January 5, 2007


For the record, I am not a homo.
posted by Pacheco at 12:23 AM on January 5, 2007


Dude, bees are like... homogeneous by nature. There is the queen, some drones, and thousands of workers that are all born from the queen and thus genetically very, very similar. Errr... if we're talking about honey bees. That's what's kind of bothered me about the whole "hive mind" thing. The analogy is based upon the nature of social insects; this nature is defined by a queen attended by many workers that are sisters. I guess, when querying the "hive mind" the queen must be jessamyn, and the workers the rest of Metafilter.

"A very homogeneous set of bees me thinks," thus sounds kind of weird if it is meant to make a point about the proposed lack of diversity on Metafilter because that's exactly what a set of bees is supposed to be. It'd make more sense if somehow you'd made it "a very homogeneous set of something that is usually outrageously diverse in nature." Like... mmm... I donno.

But this whole hive mind thing bothers me just the same. Each Mefite, whether black, white, beige, cyan, or whatever thinks differently. Even the world of white people is a vast and diverse place, which I think is something we miss out on here too. It's just as bad as stereotyping as Latinos as "Mexican."

I think what really unites us is that we all like Metafilter and the inherent geekiness of it all. We have formed a unique online culture that is mostly colorblind because we cannot physically see the other person. Sometimes a person's race comes out, but not often. And you know what? Even without seeing race or knowing another person's nationality, we're still often bastards to one another. I suspect it's not as bad as it could potentially be, but who knows?


I am not white (I am blessed with a nice round ass for my genetic heritage). Maybe I will have to redefine my perceptions, but I don't care what the rest of ya'll are unless you want me to. Otherwise, I consider each and everyone here of the nationality "Mefite," and the race "Blue."
posted by Mister Cheese at 12:59 AM on January 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


All we really care about is your nice round ass, Mr Cheese. From now on, all of your comments will be coloured in regard to your firm assiness.

At least by me. Yes, I'm that shallow.
posted by maryh at 2:04 AM on January 5, 2007


Hello! I too am hu-man. Yes. Carbon based biped just like you. Made of meat. I enjoy procreating and consuming organic products, much like all normal hu-mans.

I would like to invite you all to my domicile to ritualistically consume charred mammal flesh and enjoy fermented starch-based liquid, as is your our custom.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:46 AM on January 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


I am also flesh-coloured and was incubated in and birthed from a female hu-man womb 25 of our Earth years ago. I also have a penis that I enjoy using and talking about.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:56 AM on January 5, 2007


No cats, or dogs. Had mice but they've moved on since I started putting all my food in plastic containers, and chasing them around the kitchen with 1 watt LED torch, spitting little gobbets of high acidity vinegar at their faces. They don't like that, and avoid my place now. Sometimes I miss them, but then I remember the pyramids of tiny poos under the sink. Got lots of flies though. The torch and vinegar thing don't seem to work so well on the flies. At least their shits are smaller. Although my walls are getting this dot-matrix effect which is none to pretty. I wear glasses and sometimes, also a hat.
posted by econous at 3:08 AM on January 5, 2007


Here's your fucking unicorn. (NSFW)

Oh, no. I've been around computers, the internet and weirdos long enough to know better. I'm not clicking that.

Also, I totally sent you a shoutout a while back. Does it count if you have a geeky, glowingly pale personal volcano artist?

Aw, man. I missed that. Now I have to click on it.
posted by loquacious at 3:23 AM on January 5, 2007


White, check (although 1/32 Mic Mac). Male, check. 25-34, checkity check check. Though I believe I was under 25 when I started reading, and simply wasn't able to join at that point.
posted by antifuse at 3:25 AM on January 5, 2007


Hello! I too am hu-man. Yes. Carbon based biped just like you. Made of meat. I enjoy procreating and consuming organic products, much like all normal hu-mans.

I would like to invite you all to my domicile to ritualistically consume charred mammal flesh and enjoy fermented starch-based liquid, as is your our custom.


Yay. Beer? Cow? I think you mean beer and cow.

I am also flesh-coloured and was incubated in and birthed from a female hu-man womb 25 of our Earth years ago. I also have a penis that I enjoy using and talking about.

Ack. Or not. OH GOD IT'S A COOK BOOK! IT'S A COOK BOOK, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
posted by loquacious at 3:25 AM on January 5, 2007


All you youngsters wouldn't be so impressed if you knew that loquacious puts his robe on one leg at a time, just like everybody else.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:16 AM on January 5, 2007


My other corporeal being is also carbon based.

Male, 39 and white
posted by hardcode at 4:53 AM on January 5, 2007


After a certain point, to much ironic CAPS LOCK becomes annoying to us old people. That's all I'm sayin', homies.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:59 AM on January 5, 2007


Schtick, bubbelah, let me tell you about schtick back in the old days, you should be so lucky! [NOT RACIST]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:01 AM on January 5, 2007


I am a hyper-intelligent shade of the color blue.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 6:49 AM on January 5, 2007


Here's your fucking unicorn. (NSFW)

"Forbidden
You don't have permission to access /misc/covers/cocorosie_noahsark.jpg on this server."

*cries*

My cat would like to report that she is 33% retarded.


My cats would like to report that they could kick the ass of grapefruitmoon's 33% retarded cat. Also that they'd like a greater variety of wet food, and that they would really appreciate a cat tree. Also that they don't want to see the word d*cl*w*ng here ever again. Is that all? Go chase each other, willya? I'm tired of taking dictation. Meow, meow, meow, it gets tiresome after a .... OW!
posted by languagehat at 7:17 AM on January 5, 2007


loquacious writes "Oh, no. I've been around computers, the internet and weirdos long enough to know better. I'm not clicking that."

Go ahead the link is permission denied/404'd.
posted by Mitheral at 7:23 AM on January 5, 2007


33, female, glow-in-the-dark white skin (because that goes with being a blue-eyed redhead). And I dislike cats, which probably makes me a statistical anomaly on MeFi.

For the record I'm not a gay man although, oddly, MeFites often seem to assume I am.

And before I started meeting you people I pictured you all as hot men of around my age;-)
posted by orange swan at 7:39 AM on January 5, 2007


Huh. Sickos.

Try this. (Dunno what the deal is with the other one.)
posted by moira at 7:52 AM on January 5, 2007


And before I started meeting you people I pictured you all as hot men of around my age

Before?
posted by cortex at 7:55 AM on January 5, 2007


You just need to expand the parameters of "around," Ms. swan.
posted by timeistight at 8:08 AM on January 5, 2007


"33, female, glow-in-the-dark white skin (because that goes with being a blue-eyed redhead)."

*swoons*
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:20 AM on January 5, 2007


orange swan: "And before I started meeting you people I pictured you all as hot men of around my age..."

timeistight: "You just need to expand the parameters of "around," Ms. swan."


Well, and "hot."
posted by koeselitz at 8:30 AM on January 5, 2007


Present! Pasty-white (despite 50 percent Mediterranean ancestry) penis owner, soon to turn as old as Jesus was when he kicked it.
posted by donpedro at 8:30 AM on January 5, 2007


Jesus kicked your penis?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:35 AM on January 5, 2007


Jesus was a sadomasichist.
posted by moira at 8:40 AM on January 5, 2007


Unfortunately, his "safeword" phrase was, "Eli eli lama sabachthani?!"
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:46 AM on January 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


Will the real MeFi demographic please stand up?

I suppose a large swathe of the actual demographic might not get that reference?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:00 AM on January 5, 2007


"Jesus kicked your penis?"

His pasty-white one, no less.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:26 AM on January 5, 2007


I am young, black and alternative.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 9:26 AM on January 5, 2007


I'm the real MeFi demographic!

*stands, sheepishly sits down quickly*
posted by everichon at 9:28 AM on January 5, 2007


I get it! Slim Shady! I'm still young and vital!
posted by Kwine at 9:29 AM on January 5, 2007


I am neither a pitcher, nor a belly-itcher.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:04 AM on January 5, 2007


I just turned 24. I'm male, but brown as crapped-on snow. Take that!
posted by sid at 10:07 AM on January 5, 2007


Hey, y2karl, if it's any consolation to you, I thought you were probably about 35 and a prodigy.

I myself am not quite 35 and not a prodigy. And I've only realized through the course of this thread that one reason folks have referred to me as Mr./Ms. and whatnot when addressing me is I've neglected that "gender" field in my profile. I am teh boy-type gender. White and more or less nerdy.
posted by cgc373 at 10:10 AM on January 5, 2007


Holy crap, I knew there were a few other old farts, but both languagehat and y2karl are older than me! My best throw it against the wall guesstimate is there are a sprinkling of 18-year-olds, a bunch of 20-somethings, a huge horde between 30 and 40, and a few of us who watched howdy doody when it was first broadcast. I don't get the feeling that there are many here who are in their 40s, but somebody has to work while we're reading MeFi.
posted by SteveInMaine at 10:10 AM on January 5, 2007


I'm 43.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:13 AM on January 5, 2007


I am a mineral with a molecular weight of 58.44 gm and a density of 2.17. I am white, clear, light blue, dark blue,and pink. Non-magnetic.
posted by Skygazer at 10:35 AM on January 5, 2007


everichon writes "I'm the real MeFi demographic!"

Me too. Though just barely on the age and I'm more of a milked coffee tan than white (there's a lot of, um, variation in my gene pool).
posted by Mitheral at 10:44 AM on January 5, 2007


Get off my lawn you kids!
posted by caddis at 11:22 AM on January 5, 2007


You had a gene pool? LUXURY! We had to soak genes up with the morning dew and wring them out from filthy, tattered rags. And we were happy to have them!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:27 AM on January 5, 2007


My cat will respond to the abuse heaped upon her by languagehat's cats as soon as she has finished the very important task of licking the windows.

This could take a while.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:45 AM on January 5, 2007


Jesus. Metafilter is full of old people.
posted by koeselitz at 11:50 AM on January 5, 2007


Kwine is my sockpuppet.

I'm female, 19 and white. IN THAT ORDER.
posted by Lotto at 1:01 PM on January 5, 2007


Skygazer are you Halite?

What do I win?
posted by Lotto at 1:03 PM on January 5, 2007


I am a very homogenous set of bees.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:07 PM on January 5, 2007


Jesus. Metafilter is full of old people.

Piss off, sonny.
posted by timeistight at 1:29 PM on January 5, 2007


What do I win?

A bucket of rocks.
posted by Skygazer at 1:37 PM on January 5, 2007


A bucket of rocks cocks.
posted by fixedgear at 1:43 PM on January 5, 2007


Cocks in a box.
posted by yeti at 2:53 PM on January 5, 2007


And you know what? Even without seeing race or knowing another person's nationality, we're still often bastards to one another.

Which is why I love this place.
posted by shelleycat at 3:05 PM on January 5, 2007


Not male, just turned 40, no neck beard (I shaved it off yesterday), bee tattoo on my pasty white ankle.
posted by deborah at 3:20 PM on January 5, 2007


I am the very model of a modern major general.

Er, 36, M, pasty, cats:2 dog:1
posted by MarvinTheCat at 5:28 PM on January 5, 2007


I'm afraid of Americans.
posted by eparchos at 6:25 PM on January 5, 2007


I don't suppose you're an Englishman in New York?
posted by moira at 6:37 PM on January 5, 2007


Burn, Hollywood, burn. Anger is an energy. You'll dance to anything. This is not my beautiful house. This is our house. Who can it be now? Don't stand so close to me. Undead, undead, undead. The sky's gone out. Burning skies. Your name's not Dan. Shock the monkey. Whip it. Are we not men? Oh oh oh! No!
posted by loquacious at 6:48 PM on January 5, 2007


my sense is that about 80% of the poeple on here fit in the white, male, 24-35 variety

Have you ever considered what this says about you?
posted by scarabic at 6:50 PM on January 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Burn, Hollywood, burn. Anger is an energy. You'll dance to anything. This is not my beautiful house. This is our house. Who can it be now? Don't stand so close to me. Undead, undead, undead. The sky's gone out. Burning skies. Your name's not Dan. Shock the monkey. Whip it. Are we not men? Oh oh oh! No!

Everybody Wang Chung tonight.
posted by eparchos at 7:08 PM on January 5, 2007


53, penis, 2nd gen irish, 0 cats, 1 dog, 1 fish
posted by quonsar at 7:23 PM on January 5, 2007


I have eight fewer years and two more cats than quonsar. I also have fewer dogs, fish, and Irish ancestry.

Our penii are identical, numerically.
posted by yhbc at 7:42 PM on January 5, 2007


I have a greater than average number of legs.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 8:30 PM on January 5, 2007


Oh, that reminds me; I do not have a spleen - mine was removed after a motor scooter accident.

You bastard.
posted by yhbc at 8:35 PM on January 5, 2007


Daddy?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 8:42 PM on January 5, 2007


I'd tell how old I was and all that, but, but...

*sobs*

I don't... I don't think any of you really care!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:44 PM on January 5, 2007


I don't
posted by Catfry at 9:57 PM on January 5, 2007


See? I knew I was right.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:27 PM on January 5, 2007


We care a lot.
posted by moira at 10:40 PM on January 5, 2007


We care a lot about disasters, fires, floods and killer bees
We care a lot about the NASA shuttle falling in the sea
We care a lot about starvation and the food that Live Aid bought
We care a lot about disease, baby Rock Hudson rock, yeah!
We care a lot about the gamblers and the pushers and the geeks
We care a lot about the smack and crack and whack that hits the street
We care a lot about the welfare of all the boys and girls
We care a lot about you people cause we're out to save the world
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:48 PM on January 5, 2007


Oh it's a dirty job but somebody's gotta do the dinosaur.
posted by loquacious at 11:58 PM on January 5, 2007


You spin round right round like an egyptian baby round round right round.
posted by loquacious at 12:01 AM on January 6, 2007


I'm the moderator with my pocket banninator
I'm the moderator with my pocket banninator
I am banning and deleting
I'm patrolling and redacting
I'm the moderator with my pocket banninator
I'm the moderator with my pocket banninator
I am banning and deleting
I'm patrolling and redacting
By typing in a special string, it bans the luser by IP
By typing in a special string, it bans the luser by IP
I'm the moderator with my pocket banninator
I'm the moderator with my pocket banninator
posted by loquacious at 12:08 AM on January 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


god i love you so much right now, loq
let's get together
and cover that
live
posted by cortex at 6:30 AM on January 6, 2007


Though may I suggest this, for a tighter rhyme?

"By typing numbers known to me, it bans the luser by IP"?
posted by cortex at 6:31 AM on January 6, 2007


let's get together and cover that live

Wow, that'd be a real MeFi supergroup. As is the trendlet in cutting-edge music these days, perhaps you two could combine your user names and come up with some really intellectual-sounding band moniker. I've taken the liberty of coming up with a few (you'll forgive me if they're not all perfect anagrams, but people will get the idea):

coloquatexcious?
locortcious rex?
xeroctious clot?
exlac squat tric?

Feel free to use one of these! Maybe just send me a free record when it comes out?

and... maybe a backstage pass?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:20 AM on January 6, 2007


Hmm, I'm older than quonsar and younger than y2karl. I don't know how I feel about that, but it's intriguing.
posted by languagehat at 9:10 AM on January 6, 2007


Well, I know how I feel, but then that's pretty much the way how I feel all the time.
posted by y2karl at 10:43 AM on January 6, 2007


I nominate Loquacious for official Mefi court jester.
posted by Skygazer at 10:55 AM on January 6, 2007


this is all very useful for my dossiers.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:51 PM on January 6, 2007


53, penis, 2nd gen irish, 0 cats, 1 dog, 1 fish. So you keep your fish with your penis, great. Where the fuck do you keep your dog?
posted by econous at 12:03 PM on January 8, 2007


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