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By semi-popular request, I present to you: Metafilter: The Deleted.
posted by Mach5 to MetaFilter-Related at 2:29 PM (52 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

These are all the deleted threads with a reason.

Some stats:
4585 deleted threads (with a reason)
349 contain 'previously'
192 contain 'double'
106 contain 'self' and 'link'

I'm currently running a script thats counting the biggest offenders. Go go gadget python!
posted by Mach5 at 2:34 PM on January 13, 2007


puke & cry just revived Deleted Thread too.
posted by iconomy at 2:41 PM on January 13, 2007


Well now he can be like a tomato and ketchup!
posted by Mach5 at 2:46 PM on January 13, 2007


I suppose hindsight is 20/20.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 2:59 PM on January 13, 2007


Well now he can be like a tomato and ketchup!

Or he could make like a tree and leaf the deleted threads to you ;)

Some of those deleted thread reasons are brilliant. Very entertaining to see them all in one place.
posted by iconomy at 3:01 PM on January 13, 2007


...in other news, Mr. T got a chip stuck in his tooth today and Mr. Belvedere stubbed his toe while gardening. Holy shit that's funny. I can almost taste the derision dripping from it.
posted by econous at 3:10 PM on January 13, 2007


Hm, I wonder if you can retroactively post stuff on blogger. I'd like to get all those up under their appropriate dates but I really don't know how to do that and I don't have the authority to do it any way. I'll ask bigmusic about it.
posted by bob sarabia at 3:30 PM on January 13, 2007


Yes, you can retro-date posts on Blogger. I have.
posted by cribcage at 3:33 PM on January 13, 2007


"This post was deleted for the following reason: you did not really just link to your own metafilter post form two days ago in this post, you did not seriously do that ... did you?"

Heh. Thanks for this!
posted by languagehat at 3:33 PM on January 13, 2007


Yes, this is good. Thanks!
posted by snsranch at 3:36 PM on January 13, 2007


Ok, I guess I should have poked around blogger a little. Turns out it's really easy to retrodate stuff. Now I know what I'll be doing Sunday.
posted by bob sarabia at 3:39 PM on January 13, 2007


"Go into the metafilter timeout corner and think about what you did" is my favorite.
posted by iconomy at 3:52 PM on January 13, 2007


"too stupid for metafilter"

Ooo, burn.

(this is good)
posted by shelleycat at 3:56 PM on January 13, 2007


This is fun to look through... Some of the deletion reasons are like works of art...

We should all promise not to click through on any of the self-linkers' links, though... Don't want them getting any residual traffic from their bad behavior.
posted by amyms at 4:04 PM on January 13, 2007


Heh. I think my favorites are the ones where Matt double-posts.
posted by trip and a half at 5:02 PM on January 13, 2007


crap, I hate to do this, but it's Matt's words, so forgive me...

Metafilter: oversensationalized, pointing to dubious sources. Mountains out of molehills.
posted by quin at 5:03 PM on January 13, 2007


This post was deleted for the following reason: I am r00t. ph34r m3 luz3r. you're p0st suxx0rs. you R 0wnzered.

N1C3.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:20 PM on January 13, 2007


The deletion reasons are true works of art. I'm so glad they are finally getting a wider audience!
posted by serazin at 5:30 PM on January 13, 2007


I suppose hindsight is 20/20.

Posted on February 11, 2003 ?

That's foresight rather than hindsight.

Not that it was anything more than shooting fish in a barrel.

And, just for the record: I told you so.
posted by y2karl at 5:47 PM on January 13, 2007


Neato, thanks!
posted by AV at 5:56 PM on January 13, 2007


Upon further examination: what am I doing? posting the worst newsfilter post I can?

Should one feel paranoid or schadenfreude ? That is the question.
posted by y2karl at 5:56 PM on January 13, 2007


So even early on it appears that the whole issue of Canadian Prime Ministers was judged too boring for Metafilter!
posted by clevershark at 6:06 PM on January 13, 2007


Awesome!

It would be really great if "[Link]" was the thread title, though.
posted by Chuckles at 8:15 PM on January 13, 2007


Oh ya.. I really hope you've added noindex/nofollow to those links, otherwise you are increasing the page rank of those self-linking whores..
posted by Chuckles at 8:23 PM on January 13, 2007


Heh. I got mentioned by name on the deletion reason.
posted by jonson at 8:49 PM on January 13, 2007


i like it-- but yeah, ditto on having the thread title as the link text and maybe put the username somewhere.

Name and Shame, people, Name and Shame.
posted by empath at 8:52 PM on January 13, 2007


Now all we need is a crown for the King of the Shitpile.
posted by Mid at 9:24 PM on January 13, 2007


wow, just when I think I can't laugh anymore by what someone's written on MeFi, I come to Mach5's handiwork (nice job btw Mach5 - must have been a labour of love). There are some amazing reasons here. I loves the metastats...
posted by rmm at 10:05 PM on January 13, 2007


It's surprising how many people still try to get away with self-links. Douchebags.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 10:10 PM on January 13, 2007


your favorite band sucks and this bad trend stops here.

Oh, just give me a reason to say that to someone, anyone.
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! at 12:07 AM on January 14, 2007


dear lord i love this. thank you so much.

the mathowie deletion y2karl linked is amazing, btw. anathema sneaking in just before the deletion to say "i saw that, fuckwit!" is very nearly prescient. amazing.
posted by shmegegge at 1:11 AM on January 14, 2007


I really hope you've added noindex/nofollow to those links, otherwise you are increasing the page rank of those self-linking whores.

That's irrelevant. Every deleted thread contains the <meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW"> header which means that it's not going to be in the search engines' indices no matter how it was linked.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:28 AM on January 14, 2007


Years back, on Houston Street in New York City, in that former home of the musical avant-garde known as the Knitting Factory, there was a big wall that was completely covered in stacked-up cassette tapes, thousands of them, from floor to ceiling. They were demo tapes containing the music of hopeful bands trying to get a gig at the club. Bands that had all been rejected.

This page of deleted posts is not by a long shot as sad and depressing as that wall, but it reminds me of it nonetheless.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:39 AM on January 14, 2007


"He's busy revving up the powerful Mach5!" Nice, thanks.
posted by fixedgear at 6:31 AM on January 14, 2007


Wow, you're welcome everyone, this went over way better then my last MetaMeta.
posted by Mach5 at 7:35 AM on January 14, 2007


This is a hateful and bitter site and I see nothing good coming from it but spiteful recriminations and attempts at one-upmanships by comparing deletion reasons.

That said, can you insert some air between "[LINK]" and the following block, so I can tell whether the [LINK] belongs to the block above or below? It'll make the page so much more useful. Also a voting form for 'best deletion reason'.
posted by ardgedee at 8:38 AM on January 14, 2007


My favorite so far is this one. It must be nice to be able to go back and pull the plug on your own posts.
posted by koeselitz at 9:59 AM on January 14, 2007


Yeah, I deleted my own usually 3-4 minutes after I posted them. I'd reload the front page, read my post and ask "wtf am I doing here with this crap?" and I'd delete it.

It's fun reading these again. Since very few people saw them, I used to put a lot of effort and snark into them, trying to make the 4-5 people that might see it crack up. Also, I figured the original post author would never see it so I could mock them too.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:05 AM on January 14, 2007


This is a hateful and bitter site and I see nothing good coming from it but spiteful recriminations and attempts at one-upmanships by comparing deletion reasons.

Glad you enjoyed it.

That said, can you insert some air between "[LINK]" and the following block, so I can tell whether the [LINK] belongs to the block above or below? It'll make the page so much more useful.

Done.

Also a voting form for 'best deletion reason'.

Maybe someone else would like to do that?
posted by timeistight at 2:21 PM on January 14, 2007


What fun. Great way to spend half an hour on a rainy, cold afternoon.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:44 PM on January 14, 2007


I laughed, I cried, etc.
posted by GuyZero at 7:17 PM on January 14, 2007


missed this one
posted by delmoi at 9:57 PM on January 14, 2007


Awesome! :)

16 "earlier"... variants
38 "already"... somethings
151 "double"
130 "previously" and
458 "posted previously" - :o
Plus a bunch of "meh", "lame" and "dumb"
And these are just the obvious ones - I'd love to be able to do some proper analysis... how about standardised deletion tags?

Favourites:
"I cast the devil out of ye! SMMMAAAAAACKKKK!"
and
"Keanu says whoa, I just had deja vu"
posted by Chunder at 3:47 AM on January 15, 2007


wtf is "hurf durf"?
posted by quonsar at 4:21 AM on January 15, 2007


Probably something like this.
posted by ardgedee at 5:53 AM on January 15, 2007


I don't know where it originated but I first remember seeing it on metafilter here. See also.
posted by Rhomboid at 5:56 AM on January 15, 2007


Very nice.
posted by safetyfork at 6:13 AM on January 15, 2007


Thanks, Mach5! Matt's gnomic comments are really fun to read.
posted by orange swan at 6:29 AM on January 15, 2007


I'm currently running a script thats counting the biggest offenders. Go go gadget python!
posted by Mach5 at 4:34 PM CST on January 13


I'll save you time. It's postroad. The only one that might be close is mathowie himself, since it now appears he deleted several of his own threads in the early days. But excluding him, it's got to be Postroad by a mile.
posted by dios at 9:05 AM on January 15, 2007


I ran the script but i accidentally shut down before it was done (it takes like 6 hours). I was watching the scroll though, mathowie was actually "winning", with postroad 10 posts behind, however a lot of those were tests.
posted by Mach5 at 10:20 AM on January 15, 2007


Sweet, thanks.

Noted.

posted by and hosted from Uranus at 8:23 AM on January 16, 2007


I'm surprised it hasn't been said already (or did I miss it?)...

but wouldn't this be interesting for AskMefi as well?
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:45 AM on January 16, 2007


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