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a'splain.
posted by poweredbybeard to MetaFilter-Related at 2:13 AM (26 comments total)

Stan Chin made a post indentical to what I presume was the very first Metafilter post ever, 8 years ago today. As an anniversary commemoration I guess.

CATSCANS
posted by Justinian at 2:17 AM on July 14, 2007


a'splained!
posted by poweredbybeard at 2:23 AM on July 14, 2007


Just a question: why are the people posting on 14 July 1999 shown on their profiles as having joined during 2000?

I'm not sure why I'm interested.
posted by athenian at 2:58 AM on July 14, 2007


So now it's those who remember history who are condemned to repeat it?
posted by Abiezer at 3:10 AM on July 14, 2007 [3 favorites]


Doesn't this belong in the other thread?
posted by Brittanie at 3:38 AM on July 14, 2007


When the site started, signups didn't have their date recorded. Some OG profiles say "sometime in 1999" or "sometime in 2000".
posted by blasdelf at 3:44 AM on July 14, 2007


a'splanation
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:46 AM on July 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


But what does "." mean?
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:37 AM on July 14, 2007


Just a question: why are the people posting on 14 July 1999 shown on their profiles as having joined during 2000?

I think it's because they weren't posting on July 14 1999. That's when mathowie posted the thread, but the first comment wasn't actually posted until October 13, 2000. Right?
posted by lampoil at 6:31 AM on July 14, 2007


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 years ago.

Happy Cat-Scan day, MeFi.
posted by carsonb at 6:39 AM on July 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


the first comment wasn't actually posted until October 13, 2000.

well that's because, ya know, the post sucked.
posted by quonsar at 6:54 AM on July 14, 2007


we already have two today ... maybe we should try for eight?
posted by lester's sock puppet at 7:28 AM on July 14, 2007


I think it's because they weren't posting on July 14 1999.

I don't think so. I'm pretty sure Matt said somewhere that he arbitrarily assigned the year 2000 to everyone who was a member at some point, because before that he didn't have records of when exactly people joined.
posted by languagehat at 7:30 AM on July 14, 2007


You may be right, but so am I. At least, if phooey's posting history is to be believed:

does anyone read the posts down here?
posted to MetaFilter by phooey at 1:50 PM on October 13, 2000 [1 favorite +]
posted by lampoil at 8:56 AM on July 14, 2007


I don't think so. I'm pretty sure Matt said somewhere that he arbitrarily assigned the year 2000 to everyone who was a member at some point, because before that he didn't have records of when exactly people joined.

It was "Sometime in 1999" (cite).

Judging by the user numbers of posters in this thread, I'd say that these folks really were posting in 2000.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 9:02 AM on July 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


we already have two today ... maybe we should try for eight?

If you read Cortex's ReMeFi blog (the link ain't handy), he explains that it's a tradition to double-post the cat scan post...or something.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:12 AM on July 14, 2007


It was "Sometime in 1999" (cite).

Ah, thanks, croutonsupafreak—I had the right idea but the wrong date.
posted by languagehat at 9:23 AM on July 14, 2007


I'm a proud member of the "Sometime in 1999" club. I want a tshirt.
posted by corpse at 9:23 AM on July 14, 2007


Last "Sometime in 1999" member
posted by corpse at 9:33 AM on July 14, 2007


Ass Plane.

Also, I eat OGs for coffee break snacks.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:02 AM on July 14, 2007


Octuple
posted by Cranberry at 11:38 AM on July 14, 2007


this post in particular implies that it's MeFi's birthday as well as potentially cat-scan's birthday.

Looks like some sort of meta-birthday celebration.
posted by twiggy at 11:59 AM on July 14, 2007


I suppose my sarcasm probably didn't come through in the above. Maybe it'd be good to read the metatalk below...
posted by twiggy at 12:01 PM on July 14, 2007


Abiezer writes : So now it's those who remember history who are condemned to repeat it?

I think in this case it's more like: Those who repeat history are condemning the rest of us to remember it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:17 PM on July 14, 2007


And in case you're wondering why the first-ever MeFi post is number 19, it's because posts 1 through 18 were all deleted on account of being doubles.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:24 PM on July 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


I guess the link in post zero musta been really hot shit, huh?
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:23 PM on July 15, 2007


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