MetaRacism?? April 25, 2007 7:54 PM   Subscribe

Metafilter's background is white? Have I gone insane??
posted by matkline to Bugs at 7:54 PM (57 comments total)

It's an occasional thing that happens. Something to do with a broken cookie, I think. Reloading will help.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:59 PM on April 25, 2007


Dry your eyes, kid, and have a broken cookie.
posted by AwkwardPause at 8:00 PM on April 25, 2007


Or you changed your preferences to plain text by mistake.
posted by amro at 8:06 PM on April 25, 2007


It's still possible you've gone insane, though. We'll need some more data before we can answer that question.
posted by cerebus19 at 8:11 PM on April 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's much more professional that way.
posted by danb at 8:12 PM on April 25, 2007 [7 favorites]


i can only assume you'll want a slice of lime and some salt with that shot.
posted by phaedon at 8:13 PM on April 25, 2007


Metafilter is indeed mostly white, but one sixteenth Cherokee indian.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:22 PM on April 25, 2007 [3 favorites]


Snappy title.
posted by carsonb at 8:22 PM on April 25, 2007


Metafilter's background is white?

No, it's not. Check your cookies, check your stylesheet setting.

Have I gone insane??


outlook not so good.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:23 PM on April 25, 2007 [3 favorites]


Is it still white? Are you still with us, matkline? I hope this doesn't end hardcore.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 8:24 PM on April 25, 2007


So, I've switched to (gasp!) INTERNET EXPLORER, and the colors work. However in Firefox, metafilter is white, as is gmail.
posted by matkline at 8:25 PM on April 25, 2007


INTERNET EXPLORER!!? ARE YOU INSANE!!?

That's funny, my gmail background is lime.

posted by and hosted from Uranus at 8:34 PM on April 25, 2007


Can one be really called insane if they retain the capacity to question their sanity?
posted by Burhanistan at 8:34 PM on April 25, 2007


Have I gone insane??

Quite possible, I wouldn't rush to discount this possibility.
posted by edgeways at 8:40 PM on April 25, 2007


th sur t st of insanity onlin is if your mind is sudd nly unabl to s the l tt r " " ... as long as you can still r ad and s th " " in v ry word you'll be just fin
posted by pyramid termite at 8:41 PM on April 25, 2007


MeTa
posted by kosem at 8:44 PM on April 25, 2007


ANSWER IS HAZY, ASK AGAIN L8R
posted by blue_beetle at 8:50 PM on April 25, 2007




gmail is white? Isn't it always white matkline?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:09 PM on April 25, 2007


As long as you're seeing MetaTalk with its usual purple background, I wouldn't worry about being insane. If it starts looking gray, though, you may have cause to worry.
posted by cerebus19 at 9:09 PM on April 25, 2007


gmail is white? Isn't it always white matkline?
posted by mathowie at 9:09 PM on April 25 [+]
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Its happening to you too, matt?? Wierd...
posted by vacapinta at 9:13 PM on April 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Gmail is lime. Gmail has always been lime.
posted by Jimbob at 9:28 PM on April 25, 2007


You may have stumbled on another plot by the cabal. I heard, from an anonymous informant, that they changed the background to white a long time ago, but that we were then brainwashed to believe we were seeing green where we were really seeing white. If you have been able to defeat their mind-control, then I worry for your safety.

Shutdown your computer. Take your phone off the hook. Grab any essential family/possessions. Leave town. Find secluded forest dwelling. Pray for obscurity.


There is no cabal.
posted by philomathoholic at 9:36 PM on April 25, 2007


Go see a therapist.
posted by liquorice at 9:44 PM on April 25, 2007


I was gonna propose that this question be awarded a Metafilter History tag, but I just realized that MeTa posts apparently can't have tags.
posted by jayder at 9:58 PM on April 25, 2007


My cabal internet was out for several hours again today... MetaFilter was totally blank.
posted by wendell at 10:25 PM on April 25, 2007


It's something that's been happening to me intermittently for the last couple of weeks. I think it's due to a failure to load the CSS file.

Matt, is that file on some other server?
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 10:35 PM on April 25, 2007


Gmail is always white.
posted by puke & cry at 10:45 PM on April 25, 2007


Have I gone insane??

If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane (insert musical notes here)
posted by amyms at 11:09 PM on April 25, 2007


The invasion of Andorra was in full swing. Agent Howie stood atop his tank, staring out at the swarm of Agency troops as they mercilessly cut down the Andorran defence forces. Arms folded, he could not help but feel proud of all the work that had gone into this one moment; his moment of victory. Operative R would be pleased.

And then it came to him; a flash of inspiration that had never occurred to a loyal company man such as How before. If he could accomplish this... if he could conquer an entire principality... why could he not also conquer Operative R and The Agency itself?

"Yes..." thought Howie, a decidedly evil smile crossing his battle worn face . "Andorra is now mine.... and so too will control of The Agency soon come to me."

Meanwhile, back in the United States, as the carnage and abject horror of the invasion of Andorra unfolded, Agent Cortex manned his new post in the bowels of Agency HQ. He was in charge of Project Metafilter now that Agent Howie was occupied in the trenches of war overseas.

Sipping a strong coffee from his Garfield mug*, Agent Cortex looked over the folder he had been given earlier that day from Agent Matkline. It contained orders from Operative R himself.

"AGENT CORTEX. YOU ARE TO CHANGE THE BACKGROUND OF PROJECT METAFILTER FROM BLUE TO WHITE. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT ANY POST GENERATED BY A LIBERAL SCUMBUCKET ABOUT THE INVASION WILL BE a) UNREADABLE and b) IGNORED BY THE INEVITABLE METATALK POST. THE COLOR WILL BE CHANGED BACK TO BLUE ONCE ANDORRA IS IN OUR HANDS.

YOU ARE ALSO AUTHORISED TO DELETE ANY POST ABOUT THE INVASION. THERE MUST BE NO PUBLIC RECORD.

- O.R

Agent Cortex dutifully carried out his orders, as he always did. And even as the first crazed screams of the white background appeared on MetaTalk, Agent Howie and his men lifted the flag of The Agency on the soil of Andorra.

Victory was theirs that day, but all would soon come to remember that day as the beginning of the end of the world...

* See 'The Adventures of Agent How #123: The Troika of Moderation' wherein it is established that Agent Cortex is a huge fan of the Garfield comics, and an apologist for that sell-out asshole Jon Davis.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:25 PM on April 25, 2007 [6 favorites]


Whether I like it or not, I'm pretty white too. Really, it's not so bad once you get used to it.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:27 PM on April 25, 2007


Jon Davis? WTF? I'm sure I typed Jim. Oh well.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:29 PM on April 25, 2007


Have I gone insane??
Shouldn't this be on AskMe?
posted by sanko at 11:53 PM on April 25, 2007


How dare you continue to be awesome, Effigy.
posted by liquorice at 11:54 PM on April 25, 2007


Hey dudez, how did Effigy2000 get a gold star by his name LOLOCOPTER
posted by reklaw at 1:51 AM on April 26, 2007


A gold star? It looks pretty white to me.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:57 AM on April 26, 2007


Brass-plated. Made in Pakistan.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:25 AM on April 26, 2007


Huh, Gmail turned white for me today, too. The cabal is expanding!
posted by Plutor at 3:53 AM on April 26, 2007


Metafilter like me.
posted by trondant at 3:58 AM on April 26, 2007


My cabal internet was out for several hours again today... MetaFilter was totally blank.
posted by wendell at 1:25 AM on April 26 [+]
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stop doing my joke or by god i'll turn your background white.
posted by quonsar at 4:04 AM on April 26, 2007


Concern for the background color in the face of cross-browser compatability issues is the product of a rational mind, so clearly you are sane. However, you would have to be crazy to see MetaFilter with a white background. But the moment you express concern about the white background, that proves you are sane, and therefore you must continue to look at MetaFilter with a white background.

/heller
posted by TedW at 5:15 AM on April 26, 2007


stop doing my joke or by god i'll turn your background white.

I thought you were cornering the JRun market?
posted by trondant at 5:32 AM on April 26, 2007


My favorite question on MeTa is "Hey, how did Effigy2000/madamjujujive/hindmost get the shiney star?!"

Only because it's been asked in nearly every MeTa thread that one of them posts in.
posted by that girl at 6:07 AM on April 26, 2007


Maybe he's insane but hallucinating that he's sane. It works for the Bursar.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 6:08 AM on April 26, 2007


The white background looks classy and professional, everyone knows that.
posted by Mister_A at 6:37 AM on April 26, 2007


How come I don't get a shiny star?

It's because I'm white, isn't it?
posted by miss lynnster at 7:36 AM on April 26, 2007


Am I going crazy, or has Ask MeFi turned a darker shade of green recently?
posted by Bugg at 7:50 AM on April 26, 2007


You're yella on my screen miss lynnster. [NOT CHROMATICIST]
posted by Mister_A at 8:14 AM on April 26, 2007


Huh, Gmail turned white for me today, too. The cabal is expanding!

Pretty soon Gmail will be hacking into our POP accounts.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:51 AM on April 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


what do I wiht all this white? weep for my lost melanin?
posted by infini at 11:30 AM on April 26, 2007


I've seen this happen a few times over the last week or so. (Firefox, XP.)
posted by malocchio at 1:05 PM on April 26, 2007


I had this happen just now on Ask, though it was clearly some kind of connection hiccup: neither the CSS nor the images loaded.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:19 PM on April 26, 2007


It's white because someone beat the shit out of it.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:45 PM on April 26, 2007


YOUR joke, quonsie? According to the Official MetaFilter Yahoo Search, there has been no prior use of the phrase"cabal internet" on MetaFilter, or MetaTalk, and the first use of the phrase on MetaChat was credited to ME. If you can't show me some 'prior art', don't call me Todd Goldman, bubbie.

Besides, I think it actually belongs to my local cabal company.
posted by wendell at 3:44 PM on April 26, 2007


wendell, quonsar, you BOTH lose

meow
posted by pyramid termite at 9:29 PM on April 26, 2007


Try jiggling it.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:00 PM on April 26, 2007


wendells, somewhere in the dusty past there is a comment of mine which was faved by a few folks where i made reference to banging the side of my tv in response to someone else saying "there is no cabal". but the saved favorites page is borked as usual, and won't go back that far.
posted by quonsar at 4:41 AM on April 27, 2007


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