Behind the curtain, please May 31, 2007 6:47 PM   Subscribe

cortex notes in passing something about the "admin console." Jessamyn drops a dark reference to the "admin-facing flags" interface. Come on MeFi elite admin caste! Let's see screenshots! Feel free to lie if the truth is not interesting.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 6:47 PM (56 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Fanciful wireframes/mockups from non admins also welcome.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:47 PM on May 31, 2007


There was a picture of it in Matt's presentation here.

Done!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:54 PM on May 31, 2007


slide #45 in that presentation shows a tiny sliver of the recent flag hotspots and the tail end of "the matrix" view which is last 100 flags as they came in.

The rest of the tools aren't that interesting, it's all plain text data views.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:02 PM on May 31, 2007


Matt can see us all naked through our webcams.
posted by ColdChef at 7:03 PM on May 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Ceiling cortex watches you masturbate.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:05 PM on May 31, 2007 [7 favorites]


Hmmph. If I were coding this place, you can just bet there'd be plenty of flashing, beeing things and a big, red, throbbing . . . button. A banhammer would be just TOO obvious.
posted by yhbc at 7:05 PM on May 31, 2007


Beeping, also. Lots of beeping things.
posted by yhbc at 7:06 PM on May 31, 2007


Gentlemen, what does it say about us that we all responded the way we did within three minutes of each other?

Yeesh. I feel dirty. And strangely attracted to both ColdChef and crash. Which makes me feel even dirtier.
posted by yhbc at 7:09 PM on May 31, 2007


I imagine that in a hidden room, in each of their houses, they have a terminal that allows them to connect to the Gibson which hosts MeFi.
posted by Loto at 7:14 PM on May 31, 2007


You can't handle the truth, stupidsexyFlanders.
posted by Dave Faris at 7:17 PM on May 31, 2007


I was picturing lots of greyish bluish metal, mag tapes spinning, oscilloscopes and Colt 45 malt liquor. Am I close?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:21 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


cortex linked to a screenshot in the flagging thread.
posted by jacalata at 7:23 PM on May 31, 2007


How naive are all of you? Do you REALLY think they'd show us the ACTUAL Admin pages?

Sheesh.

This is totally a red herring so we don't know the truth - all the secret notes where they laugh at us, all the secret inline IMGs they add to threads that NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE, etc.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:26 PM on May 31, 2007




You're not cleared for that.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 7:33 PM on May 31, 2007


I heard Craig of craigslist has a ban-button labeled "Sweep the leg!"
posted by loquacious at 7:36 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey, CitrusFreak12... just WHAT are you trying to hide? Your version left out some pertinent info.
posted by The Deej at 7:56 PM on May 31, 2007


Jessamyn drops a dark reference to the "admin-facing flags" interface.

Jessamyn was prevaricating, but everyone at the Northern New England Meetup got an admin panel tour. Ask them.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:16 PM on May 31, 2007


    **** COMMODORE 64 BASIC V2 **** 64K RAM SYSTEM  38911 BASIC BYTES FREEREADY.BAN QUONSAR Y/N? 
posted by Rhomboid at 8:44 PM on May 31, 2007 [81 favorites]


I suck at the internet.

-presses Y over and over until his hands bleed-
posted by Justinian at 9:09 PM on May 31, 2007


I dunno, I always pictured it being something like this. (Sorry, Matt, someone had to...)
posted by greatgefilte at 9:23 PM on May 31, 2007 [11 favorites]


I love the wheels on that console, whatever the hell they would be for.
posted by Mitheral at 9:41 PM on May 31, 2007


Steering the information superhighway. Duh.
posted by item at 9:49 PM on May 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


That console is a something-something on a submarine or battleship or something, as I recall. That's right, a something-something. (That is, it's not a computer)
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:01 PM on May 31, 2007


I'm not so much interested in the admin screens, but more in the secret MeFi undersea base staffed by bond villains where it is housed. Or possible a moon base. A giant Zeppelin? Wait, ninjas?
posted by blue_beetle at 10:18 PM on May 31, 2007


That console is a something-something on a submarine or battleship or something, as I recall.

It's a photoshop, not an actual picture. Or rather two actual pictures, combined in an amusing way.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:36 PM on May 31, 2007


The console in the back is one piece. The TV and the terminal in front were added in.
posted by RustyBrooks at 11:48 PM on May 31, 2007


That's no console. This is a console! (I still want Metafilter-as-Q3-mod.)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:18 AM on June 1, 2007




I love how in the Fermilab picture that Rhomboid links, amongst the vast array of monitors and oscilloscopes, there's a magic 8 ball sitting on the desk. As if, when the core is about to overload, with warning lights flashing and alarms blaring, the physicists would think, "fuck it, we'll just ask the 8-ball what to do". Do we eject the fuel rods or ventilate the reactor? ASK AGAIN LATER.
posted by Aloysius Bear at 1:03 AM on June 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


Jesus, haven't you guys watched any movies at all? The admin console is a VRML virtual world. (Once you are made an admin, you are fitted for a full v-suit to navigate said world--the StimShortTM undergarment is of particular interest.)
posted by maxwelton at 1:10 AM on June 1, 2007


Ceiling cortex watches you masturbate

ceiling cortex watches you matt'sturbate.
posted by quonsar at 4:10 AM on June 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sealing core tech swatches. You, master?

Uh, bate.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:21 AM on June 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


I think this may be it. All three hard at work...
posted by arruns at 5:29 AM on June 1, 2007


See link or text washes; you mass, stir bait.
posted by taz at 5:30 AM on June 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


(taz, your domain (at least the one I had bookmarked) went byebye and all the blogground textures too, and that makes me cry -- please tell me that it'll come back!)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:38 AM on June 1, 2007


Yes... that's true. I don't know if it'll come back (doubtful), but I can zip and send you all the bloggrounds... or actually, probably that whole section of the site, including the html, for the easier viewing. (plus, aw, you're sweet!)
posted by taz at 5:46 AM on June 1, 2007


Yes, please!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:47 AM on June 1, 2007




I've mailed you 'em, stav - without the html, as I realized it was not as organized as I thought. Have more, enough for a couple or five lifetimes, if you wantee.
posted by taz at 7:10 AM on June 1, 2007


Aah! I see you have the machine that goes 'ping'.
posted by SteveInMaine at 7:36 AM on June 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Aah! I see you have the machine that goes 'ping'.

Thanks. Now I have to get an MST fix this weekend.
posted by The Deej at 7:44 AM on June 1, 2007


I was making an amusing, inept drawing on this subject just the other day. Synchronicity!
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:52 AM on June 1, 2007


Thanks. Now I have to get an MST fix this weekend.

Huh? Please don't tell me MST has stolen this joke from Monty Python.
posted by mkultra at 7:59 AM on June 1, 2007


It would appear that blue_beetle has gained access to files outside of his clearance area. Dispatch the dirigible and the aquatic strike force. We must bring in this beetle fellow and have words.
posted by quin at 9:17 AM on June 1, 2007


Thanks. Now I have to get an MST fix this weekend.

Huh? Please don't tell me MST has stolen this joke from Monty Python.
posted by mkultra


No, no, not steal. They reference anyone and anything to riff on the movies. But, it immediately brought MST to mind for me. Can't remember the episode tho...
posted by The Deej at 9:28 AM on June 1, 2007


The admin console is a VRML virtual world.

Yeah, I always figured the admins at work would look something like this.
posted by Gamblor at 9:35 AM on June 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Stav, taz, I'm confused. Are you referring to citrusmoon? My very favoritest source ever? It loads for me, still.
posted by moira at 10:06 AM on June 1, 2007


I have a small collection of behind-the-scenes metafilter photos, if anyone's interested. This one's my favorite.
posted by iconomy at 10:10 AM on June 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


In slide 45, I see that a post got flagged as both "fantastic post" and "it breaks the guidelines." So often they do, so often they do.
posted by yeti at 10:24 AM on June 1, 2007


Bet it was chatfilter.
posted by moira at 10:43 AM on June 1, 2007


iconomy...
Awesome! I KNEW it!!!!!!!!!!
posted by The Deej at 11:15 AM on June 1, 2007


I'll never forget the time I tried using the Mefi server to help write love poetry for me. EPICAC has never worked the same since then.
posted by drezdn at 11:20 AM on June 1, 2007


I always picture it as something like this.
posted by MsMolly at 1:20 PM on June 1, 2007


moira, taz's citrusmoon typepad site is still there, but http://www.citrusmoon.net/, where the actual patterns were hosted, is gone... (at least for me).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:10 PM on June 1, 2007


Best part about the Fermilab pictures is that every workstation has a calculator... mounted on a wooden pedestal!
posted by heydanno at 9:56 PM on June 30, 2007


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