Why was my reply to post 78716 removed? December 15, 2007 2:17 PM   Subscribe

Why was my reply to post 78716 removed? All I did was complete the quotation used by the original poster. It was from the Young Ones TV program. I really am not a fan of censorship, and AksMefi is not where I expect to encounter it.

http://ask.metafilter.com/78716/crop-rotation-in-the-14th-century-was-considerably-more-widespread-after
posted by kenchie to Etiquette/Policy at 2:17 PM (131 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Because that wasn't relevant to the question being asked.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 2:20 PM on December 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


Your comment was, in its entirety, the word "John?" It made no sense as an answer to the question for someone not familiar with the Young Ones and looked like maybe you had commented in the wrong thread. AskMe comments need to be answers to the question and yours didn't seem to be. You seemed to be a long timer user so I didn't drop you a note about it, sorry about that.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:20 PM on December 15, 2007


(A) No one can see your response, so it's hard to rally any particular support for the cause. (B) You can use the link button beneath the posting window to insert a hyperlink. Thank you.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 2:22 PM on December 15, 2007


What Jessamyn said. Random riffing—even if you're spiking someone else's bump-and-set—is not kosher in Ask Metafilter. Comments should be answering the question, and we routinely delete riffing, jokes, one-liners, and other such non-answer noise. If this is a surprise to you, I'd recommend you spend some time reading through the parts of the FAQ regarding the AskMe guidelines and good/bad comments.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:22 PM on December 15, 2007


yay! 19k is a long timer! suck it, haters. etc etc

Wasn't kenchie the short guy in "Hogan's Heroes"?
posted by Rumple at 2:23 PM on December 15, 2007


So my post can be deleted because someone doesn't get a joke? The original poster would have got it, which makes it relevant to his question.
posted by kenchie at 2:25 PM on December 15, 2007


The original poster getting a joke doesn't make it not just a joke. It was a joke. That's not an answer. We delete those, and it's been that way for a very long time.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:27 PM on December 15, 2007


I still have to say I'm extremley disappointed by this. FFS. Ask the OP if he was offended by it. I don't think he would be. Lighten up?
posted by kenchie at 2:33 PM on December 15, 2007


That's OK people. I've been used to being SILENCED ALL MY..... John?
posted by grouse at 2:34 PM on December 15, 2007 [10 favorites]


There has aways been a zero-tolerance of jokes in Askme - especially obscure ones, especially if they are stand-alone comments. Sometimes a joke coupled to a helpful answer is allowed to stand. It has always been thus, historically, and down through the ages of time. Offense to the OP is not the principle at work here.
posted by Rumple at 2:35 PM on December 15, 2007


If AskMe is not where you expect to find censorship, then I think you don't get AskMe at all, as it is by far the most heavily censored part of MetaFilter. By design. AskMe is about answering the question only. All other responses the Admins have time to hunt down are sumarily executed. Always have been.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:35 PM on December 15, 2007 [3 favorites]


Summarily, even.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:47 PM on December 15, 2007


kenchie: "I still have to say I'm extremley disappointed by this. FFS. Ask the OP if he was offended by it. I don't think he would be. Lighten up?"

Dude, listen to yourself and get some perspective. If you can't, let me tell you how you're currently sounding to everyone else reading this thread.

OH NOES! MY PRECIOUS BEAUTIFUL SNOWFLAKE OF A COMMENT WAS DELETED FROM AN INTERNET SITE AS PER ITS ESTABLISHED RULES! I AM CENSORED!!!!1111!!11!

May I humbly suggest that it is you, sir, who needs to lighten up.
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:48 PM on December 15, 2007 [17 favorites]


OK so my one word post, quoting a UK TV series, mentioned by the original poster who is also in the UK, was deleted because some people in North America didn't understand it. I see.
posted by kenchie at 2:50 PM on December 15, 2007


Everyone understood it. And everyone hated it.
posted by mullacc at 2:51 PM on December 15, 2007 [15 favorites]


OK so my one word post, quoting a UK TV series, mentioned by the original poster who is also in the UK, was deleted because some people in North America didn't understand it. I see.

No. It was because it didn't answer the question that was being asked.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 2:53 PM on December 15, 2007


OK so my one word post, quoting a UK TV series, mentioned by the original poster who is also in the UK, was deleted because some people in North America didn't understand it. I see.

Clearly, you do not see. It wasn't deleted because we didn't get it. It was deleted because it was irrelevant.

AskMe is intended to be used as a reference resource. Would you, as an editor, encourage quips, japes, & joshing in the OED? If not - apply the same standard here. If so - then there is no pleasing you.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:54 PM on December 15, 2007


I think somebody needs a hug. With pitchforks.
posted by nevercalm at 2:54 PM on December 15, 2007 [3 favorites]


You're not getting it, kenchie. Your post was deleted for one simple reason: It didn't answer the question. No more, no less. It's nothing to get all riled up about. It's happened to most of us.
posted by amyms at 2:55 PM on December 15, 2007


Your response was removed because it was noise, not because it was offensive or because it made a bunch of foreigners feel sad and stupid. An in-joke everyone in MeFi knows would also have been deleted if it didn't help answer the question.

If you want to share or extend a joke with somebody, use MeFiMail instead of AskMe. AskMe is about answering questions, not furthering in-jokes.
posted by maudlin at 2:55 PM on December 15, 2007


OK I give up - bring on the hate.
posted by kenchie at 2:56 PM on December 15, 2007


Your John, he gone!
posted by Abiezer at 2:57 PM on December 15, 2007


We don't hate you, kenchie. We just think you're a complete idiot.
posted by dhammond at 2:57 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


John?
posted by psmith at 2:58 PM on December 15, 2007


You can't just "give up," kenchie. You have to cry "Uncle!" and acknowledge that you were wrong.
posted by amyms at 2:59 PM on December 15, 2007


You have to cry "Uncle!"

Anyone know the origin of crying "Uncle?" Why "uncle," specifically?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:03 PM on December 15, 2007


I had a few of my joke posts deleted a years back.

Now, I still type the jokes in the comment field, but I refresh the page without actually ever posting the joke. So I still get that warm glow inside when I think about how clever I am, but I don't pollute AskMe with non-answers.

Plus, the glow you get from actually posting a correct and useful answer is way better than the one you get from posting jokes.

On the other hand, once you start taking askme really seriously, it's hard when you know an answer but you just can't get it out in time.

Like, this one time, this person asked what the name of the latch is that has a screw in the middle and you turn it to close a door or something. And I thought I should totally know, because I've used them before, but I was out of town at a wedding and my routine was all off.

That evening at the wedding, I asked the folks that were sitting at my table if they knew what it was called. We had a bit of a discussion about it, and then I explained why I needed to know. They were fascinated by my tales of the Blue, Green and Grey. I told them about meetups, call-outs, favourites, best answers and the admins. We ended up having a 10 minute conversation about MetaFilter. They were at once utterly amazed, bewildered and intrigued by the new world that I told them about.

I don't know if I ever did post an answer in that thread.

Also, last week I was going to post a joke in MetaTalk that referenced the fact that mathowie is blind in one eye. I hemmed and hawed, but in the end decided against it, not knowing how he would take it.

P.S. MetaTalk is the only place where you can post pretty much whatever you want.. I don't think the mods delete comments here.
posted by davey_darling at 3:03 PM on December 15, 2007 [3 favorites]


Argh. Why do people always claim CENSORSHIP! Deletions are almost never censorship here. The moderators are not trying to deny your existence or the existence of your views. It's a stupid inflation of self-worth to think that anything you say here is important enough to be censored, especially the deletion of a continuation of a quote. What power does that word have, to need to be censored?

By posting on this site, you accept the guidelines that are stated by the owner of this site, and things that go outside these guidelines are fodder for deletion.

Luckily, you have millions of other places to express your precious viewpoints.
posted by that girl at 3:09 PM on December 15, 2007 [3 favorites]


I actually got the joke, it was funny. The Young Ones are great and seeing Motorhead play the Ace of Spades in the living room there was one of my favorite TV moments ever. However, we do remove comments in AskMe if they're not meeting the guidelines. Each part of the site has differnet guidelines about participation. davey_darling is right, we almost never remove comments in MeTa, we sometimes remove them from MeFi, and we often remove them from AskMe. It's not a black mark on your record, it's just how the place works.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:10 PM on December 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


Anyone know the origin of crying "Uncle?" Why "uncle," specifically?

Here's what the Word Detective says:

The exact origin of "say uncle" or "cry uncle," an American invention first appearing in written English around 1918, is unclear, but there are, as usual, some interesting theories. One theory posits that "uncle" is actually a mangled form of the Irish word "anacol," meaning "protection" or "safety," making a demand from an aggressor to "cry uncle" equivalent to the thug demanding that his victim "cry for help" as a signal of surrender. There's no real evidence to support this theory, but there certainly was no lack of recent Irish immigrants in the U.S. around the turn of the century, so it's not entirely implausible.

The other popular theory about "cry uncle" suggests that the phrase may actually be thousands of years old, and that its origins go all the way back to the Roman Empire. According to this theory, Roman children, when beset by a bully, would be forced to say "Patrue, mi Patruissimo," or "Uncle, my best Uncle," in order to surrender and be freed. As to precisely why Ancient Roman bullies forced their victims to "cry uncle," opinions vary. It may be that the ritual was simply a way of making the victim call out for help from a grownup, thus proving his or her helplessness. Alternatively, it may have started as a way of forcing the victim to grant the bully a title of respect -- in Roman times, your father's brother was accorded nearly the same power and status as your father. The form of "uncle" used in the Latin phrase ("patrue") tends to support this theory, inasmuch as it specifically denoted your paternal uncle, as opposed to the brother of your mother ("avunculus"), who occupied a somewhat lower rung in patrilineal Roman society.

posted by amyms at 3:11 PM on December 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


People who quote TV shows are allowed to call them jokes?

Noodle? What noodle?
posted by Plutor at 3:12 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


davey_darling
Thank you for putting things in perspective. I have been rather surprised at the strength of feeling here, I will certainly think twice before attempting humour here again.
posted by kenchie at 3:13 PM on December 15, 2007


I'd just like to say that I am a fan of censorship, and it's always a delight to find it in AskMe.

Whoops, i mean bacon. I'm a big fan of bacon.
posted by lekvar at 3:14 PM on December 15, 2007


Flame-OUT! Flame-OUT! Flame-OUT!
posted by yhbc at 3:14 PM on December 15, 2007


I don't think the mods delete comments here.

Actually they do, but it's much, much, much, MUCH rarer. I had a comment deleted because it was a response to a comment where someone clearly posted in the wrong MetaTalk thread so cortex deleted the comment I was responding to and my comment, which made complete sense.

There was also a deleted MetaTalk post a few days ago because it was an veering into a personal and nasty attack on someone, so again, it made sense to delete it.

In short, posts and comments can and have been deleted on MetaTalk, but it's pretty rare.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:17 PM on December 15, 2007


kenchie: A little more perspective for you - The "strength of feeling" here wasn't related to your innapropriate attempt at humor (which most of us have been guilty of at one time or another), it was directly stemming from your stubborn unwillingness to acknowledge understanding that your comment was deleted simply because it broke the clearly posted, long-term guidelines in a very unambiguous way. An aknowledgement still outstanding, actually.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:20 PM on December 15, 2007 [3 favorites]


LURK MOAR!

See, this comment won't get deleted, even though it's contentless and unfunny, because of that nifty grey background! Score one for the fight against censorship!
posted by Kwine at 3:21 PM on December 15, 2007


kenchie said: I will certainly think twice before attempting humour here again.

Humor/humour is always welcome at Metafilter, even in AskMe, but there's a difference in AskMe (which you clearly still are not getting, or are you pretending not to get it so as to fan the flames?)... In AskMe, your response must answer the question being asked. Whether it's humorous or not is irrelevant.
posted by amyms at 3:23 PM on December 15, 2007


* beats drum, thrusts spear rhythmically into the air *

flame OUT flame OUT flame OUT flame OUT flame OUT

We can DO this, people!!
posted by yhbc at 3:26 PM on December 15, 2007


Kenchie, not sure how much you follow MetaTalk, but unless you are one of the more "recognizable" members of the site, any MeTa post complaining or protesting any aspect of the site will quickly turn into a rather rabid frenzy in an attempt to get the original poster to flame out.

The thread will then be mined for clever catchphrases that can be used in future MeTa threads (i.e. the I'M USED TO BEING SILENCED thing up above - it's from an earlier MeTa beatdown.)

Note that I am trying to post this in as neutral a tone as possible - I quite enjoy (but usually don't participate) in these sorts of threads, but the people poking you with sharp sticks tend to have a "pack of hyenas" quality to them.

In the future, if you have any beefs with deletions on the site, I'd recommend emailing Jessamyn before you do anything else - she seems like an exceptionally nice, nurturing person.

And regarding the humour in AskMe thing, you just need to consider what it would look like if the admins didn't clean up as many little jokes or snide remarks as possible - it would quickly turn into a game of one-upmanship and "who's the funniest guy around". In some ways, it's too bad, as there are some incredibly funny people on this site, but when it comes down to it, AskMe is only as cool as it is today because the moderation is done so aggressively.
posted by davey_darling at 3:30 PM on December 15, 2007 [8 favorites]


Now, I still type the jokes in the comment field, but I refresh the page without actually ever posting the joke.

Heh. I do this too, but usually I just think the joke.

We can DO this, people!!


Yes! Come on, kenchie, you've been here long enough to know the ropes. If you've got the time, we've got the tar!
posted by languagehat at 3:34 PM on December 15, 2007


By the way, if any admins are still hanging around, this is pure chatfilter. And if you delete it, we can get another aggrieved MeTa post!
posted by languagehat at 3:36 PM on December 15, 2007


davey_darling
Another insightful post from you, thanks for that. I rarely use MetaTalk as you have surmised.
posted by kenchie at 3:37 PM on December 15, 2007


John! Oh John!
posted by mlis at 3:49 PM on December 15, 2007


You rarely use it? You should spend more time nozin' around.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 4:23 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


John! Oh John!... he's only dancing.
posted by cedar at 4:28 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


just type your joke, and then below it, "some good answers already here" or "seconding [name]."

(Not that I've ever done that.)
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:36 PM on December 15, 2007


I rarely use MetaTalk as you have surmised.

All you need to know about MeTa is it's like a wild west town with a strong sense of frontier justice. If you ride into town and mouth of to the wrong cow poke you might find yourself tard and feathered by nightfall.

I've seen it one to many times before and it always hurts the most when a youngster is involved.


All over 'cept for the shouting y'all.
posted by nola at 4:36 PM on December 15, 2007


Kenchie, not sure how much you follow MetaTalk, but unless you are one of the more "recognizable" members of the site, any MeTa post complaining or protesting any aspect of the site will quickly turn into a rather rabid frenzy in an attempt to get the original poster to flame out.

People complain all the time in MeTa without the Flameout Patrol coming around. What gets people to dig out their pitchforks and marshmallows is when a callout-er keeps popping his head into the thread to tell everyone that they JUST. DON'T. GETIT.
posted by 23skidoo at 4:40 PM on December 15, 2007


OK so my one word post ... was deleted because some people in North America didn't understand it.

I will certainly think twice before attempting humour here again.


Yeah, Kenchie, take your humour back to England, with its superfluous letter U. We here in North America just don't get humour. Or even humor. We're a bunch of humorless thickies.

Hey, wait a minute... I'm not in North America. Well, here in Japan it's just humorless thickies, too. Far as the eye can see.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:42 PM on December 15, 2007 [4 favorites]


thick as a whale omelet
posted by psmith at 4:52 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


mmmmm... whaaaaaale....
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:01 PM on December 15, 2007


is a whale omelet anything like prairie oysters?
posted by munchingzombie at 5:23 PM on December 15, 2007


I'd argue that there in Japan, there are more humorless thickies per capita than North America - in general, since some regions and communities are World Leaders in humorless thickies. Canada, in particular, gave us Alan Thickie. And how often do we have to tell you Japanimators: DON'T EAT THE WHALE. HE MAY BE MR. SPLASHY PANTS.
posted by wendell at 5:25 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


"OK I give up - bring on the hate."

Sweet.

1) it wasn't appropriate for AskMefi
2) it's AskMefi, not AksMefi
3) learn to construct an HTML link
4) IT'S NOT FUCKING AKSMEFI

5) Come in and take the tit off your head.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:29 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


People complain all the time in MeTa without the Flameout Patrol coming around.

Yeah. My very firstest callout on the grey received little or no approbation and, in fact, the post I was bitchin' about got deleted. Of course my callout was inquiring as to whether posting a single link video of a monkey ejaculating and then eating its own spooge was appropriate FPP material for Mefi, so maybe I just got lucky with my choice of topic.

In short: monkey eating its own spooge as a FPP? Yeah, go ahead and bitch. Your one word in-joke comment in AskMe got deleted? Somehow muster up the courage to soldier on without complaint.
posted by Justinian at 5:33 PM on December 15, 2007


All else aside, tard and feathered would be a great band name.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:37 PM on December 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


OK so my one word post, quoting a UK TV series, mentioned by the original poster who is also in the UK, was deleted because some people in North America didn't understand it.

As jessamyn "got" your "joke," so too did many of us other "North Americans." The Young Ones is broadcast 'this side of the pond' on BBC America.
posted by ericb at 5:45 PM on December 15, 2007


Stop letting your facts get in the way of a good potential flameout.
posted by grouse at 5:47 PM on December 15, 2007


Bring me the machine that gives noogies!
posted by tommasz at 6:00 PM on December 15, 2007


we routinely delete riffing, jokes, one-liners, and other such non-answer noise

Also known as: a sizable percentage of my AskMe comments.
posted by The Deej at 6:14 PM on December 15, 2007


You're not getting it, kenchie. Your post was deleted for one simple reason: It didn't answer the question. No more, no less. It's nothing to get all riled up about. It's happened to most of us.

Yeah, well I even had one that DID answer the question deleted. When asavage wanted to know what to do with a queen ant he found, I said he could worship it.

DELETED!!!

But I'm used to it. My queen-ant worshiping opinions have been SILENCED ALL MY LIFE!!!!

I did, however, find a decent used car.
posted by The Deej at 6:44 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's all my fault - i couldnt write something straightforward about the crop thing so on it went and this poor man has fallen into my gen-x trap.
I just couldnt write something like 'help with cropping in photoshop'.
I'd had enough and i wanted to stick it to THE MAN.

So if anybodys going to get piled on it should be me, go on, stick me in your mefi wicker man ........................
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:49 PM on December 15, 2007


"So if anybodys going to get piled on it should be me, go on, stick me in your mefi wicker man ..."

... NO! NO! Hear Ye the words of Lord! (...Summer is a-coming in...) The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want (*flames lick higher*) He makes me down to lie... OH GOD! GOD! (*burns*)

Oh wait, we aren't supposed to complete obscure British cultural references?
posted by matthewr at 7:13 PM on December 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


Speaking as someone who really is a fan of censorship, I think ❚❚❚❚❚❚ ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚, and furthermore, ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ you ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:15 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


When asavage wanted to know what to do with a queen ant he found, I said he could worship it

I'M STILL REALLY PISSED OFF AT HIM BECAUSE HE DIDN'T POST A PICTURE OF IT, THAT SONOFABITCH.

And my request that he post the goddamn picture already (HE SAID HE WOULD! HE DID SAY THAT!) ....


...GOT DELETED !!!!

Because I didn't answer the question.

C'est la vie. The healing has begun. I can feel it.

posted by disclaimer at 7:23 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oops flapjax, sorry.

My "thick as a whale omelet" comment wasn't in response to your Japan reference. It was actually inspired by your use of "thickies" and kenchie's earlier comment about people in North America not understanding a UK TV series. It's an excerpt of a quotation from Blackadder III ("Well, now, look, Dr. Johnson, I may be as thick as a whale omelet, but even I know a book's got to have a plot.") in which episode the word "thickies" also gets thrown around a great deal.

Anyway, my only point with this is to clarify that I wasn't trying to start some sort of whale/food/japan argument and my comment wasn't meant to be baiting.

Not that anyone cares. I just wanted to say.
posted by psmith at 7:38 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Askme is the Mefites golden calf.
posted by chlorus at 7:43 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Americans didn't take colonies from the British by understanding their young ones' "humour". Time to get Serious.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:44 PM on December 15, 2007


psmith: no sweat, man, I took no offense! Though I did think the whale reference was indeed a direct reference to the Japan part of the comment, and not exactly the thickies part. And even though I love Blackadder to death, I didn't catch the quote reference: didn't remember it, but now that you mention it, it's ringing a bell. And so, now that we're on the subject of what, IMHO, is some of the very funniest stuff to ever come out of Great Britain, here's Rowan Atkinson talking a bit about Blackadder (Oh, and that Mr. Bean fellow as well...).
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:52 PM on December 15, 2007


languagehat: By the way, if any admins are still hanging around, this is pure chatfilter. And if you delete it, we can get another aggrieved MeTa post!

The result may be chatty (though entertaining), but the question certainly is not.
posted by hupp at 7:59 PM on December 15, 2007


My mouth is full of the wrong cow poke.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 7:59 PM on December 15, 2007


If you ever had to explain human sexual intercourse to an extraterrestrial, they would probably be disgusted.
posted by puke & cry at 8:07 PM on December 15, 2007


". . . the last words of General
Custer ('John!, Oh John! [145, 260]' . . ."

Tim O'Brien, In the Lake of the Woods qtd in Melley, Timothy. "Postmodern Amnesia: Trauma and Forgetting in Tim O'Brien's 'In the Lake of the
Woods.'" Contemporary Literature, Vol. 44, No. 1. (Spring, 2003), pp. 106-131.
posted by exlotuseater at 8:09 PM on December 15, 2007


I am totally a fan of censorship, at least in AskMe.
posted by exlotuseater at 8:11 PM on December 15, 2007




Note that I am trying to post this in as neutral a tone as possible

I DID IT! I laughed out loud for the first time EVER! And I don't just mean while reading something on the internet. I mean: EVER!
posted by dobbs at 8:20 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Like The Deej, I too had a serious remark removed from AskMefi and you don't see me complaining about it. What? Oh, someone wanted to know what to do the day before they ran their first marathon and I thought making their will would be a good idea. Deleted! And not one word to me. However, I just checked and the OP did survive.
posted by b33j at 8:38 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


John I'm only dancing
posted by Sailormom at 8:43 PM on December 15, 2007


Deej had an answer deleted.
b33j had an answer deleted.

Huh. Well. I see no pattern here.

Stay strong, b33j, my sistah! Our voice will be heard!
posted by The Deej at 8:49 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


You call that dancing?
posted by jonmc at 9:26 PM on December 15, 2007


John will not stop dancing inside my brain for the next week, I'm sure. He will probably dance with Jingle Rock Bell, but he'll be there.
posted by Iamtherealme at 10:28 PM on December 15, 2007


Let us open our Bibles to the Book of John, chapter 1, verse 5:

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:56 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Stupid darkness.
posted by cgc373 at 1:43 AM on December 16, 2007


All else aside, tard and feathered would be a great band name.

allow me one suggestion: tard and the feathered

that notwithstanding, kudos! "___________ would be a great band name" has a terrible, profoundly unfunny history on this suite of sites. thank you for making great strides in mitigating that ongoing injustice.
posted by Hat Maui at 3:31 AM on December 16, 2007


Cool! "Ongoing Injustice" would be a great band name! They could, like, double bill with Rage Against The Machine Yer Mom. That'd be fukkin awesome.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:36 AM on December 16, 2007


___________ would be a great band name would be a great band name.
posted by sveskemus at 5:02 AM on December 16, 2007


This John...does he got a new motor?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 5:18 AM on December 16, 2007


For all of my time at MeFi, as lurker and fi'dolla noob, I have been struggling to recall who else it was that keeps fish in his pans. Thanks for the reminder, Lentroham. (Can I call you that?)
posted by nowonmai at 6:28 AM on December 16, 2007


Your comment was, in its entirety, the word "John?"
He didn't, he said "1172". That's not a bit like "John".
posted by GeckoDundee at 6:46 AM on December 16, 2007


This thread also led to me snorting champagne* through my nose at an Alexei Sayle joke about the aristocracy. That has to be worth something.

*Well, an expensive Australian "Methode Traditionelle", but who's counting?
posted by GeckoDundee at 7:07 AM on December 16, 2007


I've posted most of the funniest jokes on this site. Unfortunately, due to TEH CENSORSHIP, the mods have deleted all of the funny ones and left the mediocre ones.

That's my story, prove it didn't happen...
posted by SteveTheRed at 7:15 AM on December 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


That's my story, prove it didn't happen...

A quick look at your deleted comments shows we haven't deleted anything of yours except one flip "release the hounds" comment in the "how to deal with door to door Mormons" thread.

censoriously yours,

the literal mod
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:35 AM on December 16, 2007


Holy crap, jessamyn. Do you keep a record of everything you delete? Like the holy grail of snark, derails, and thread crapping. I would love to see that someday.
posted by sveskemus at 7:45 AM on December 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


My guess is that admins can use the <img> tag and see deleted stuff. Like that Dune thing with the spice and what have you.
posted by GeckoDundee at 7:58 AM on December 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


That's what she said.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:56 PM on August 3

That's what she said.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 9:12 PM on August 29

That's what she said.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 12:50 PM on September 1

That's what she said.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 4:07 AM on November 14
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:58 AM on December 16, 2007


sveskemus, at 10:19 in the morning Pacific time, back on the twentieth of September, you posted (and what were you thinking) the following to a thread about Tony Ward's work:

"Fashion" link goes to MeFi.

I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:58 AM on December 16, 2007


AND YOU DELETED IT!?!?!!!! I'LL CUT OFF MY HAND!!!!
posted by sveskemus at 8:03 AM on December 16, 2007


I love the smell of meltdowns in the morning.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:06 AM on December 16, 2007


You know who else loved the smell of meltdowns in the morning?






Thats right, languagehat
posted by Rumple at 8:27 AM on December 16, 2007


What type of speed do you guys put on your cornflakes?
posted by adamvasco at 8:45 AM on December 16, 2007


the awesome type, why?
posted by psmith at 8:59 AM on December 16, 2007


This is the greatest not-quite-a-flameout MetaTalk thread EVAR.

Srsly.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:15 AM on December 16, 2007


I'd love to see what I said that was deleted. I'm not sure how many, though I dropped a flip comment in AskMe myself a few times. I don't do that anymore.
posted by exlotuseater at 9:55 AM on December 16, 2007


adamvasco

I ATE THE METHYLPHENIDATE CRONFLAKS AND NOW EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE CUBISM.
posted by exlotuseater at 9:56 AM on December 16, 2007


da da. da da. da da. picasso
posted by adamvasco at 10:02 AM on December 16, 2007


Actually, I didn't get the joke at all and I'm glad the mods have taken it upon themselves to make it a formal rule to delete jokes that I don't get, thereby insuring a better Metafilter experience for me and a horrible experience for Kenchie.

Ha ha! Suck it, Kenchie!
posted by turaho at 10:09 AM on December 16, 2007


So while we're on a big huge flamey derailathon, this comment

My guess is that admins can use the tag and see deleted stuff. Like that Dune thing with the spice and what have you.

reminded me of a story. Once, in Boston, I was in a video store and they were playing Dune on the tv and just as he said "the spice must flow" I was picking up a copy of Spice World off the shelf. COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 10:34 AM on December 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


Oh Noes! You keep a record of our deleted comments? Like, a permanent record? I've said some cranky and/or stupid things that have been deleted (and I'm usually relieved that they were)... Now that I know you've got a record of my misbehavior for all eternity, I'm going to be stressed out all day.

Does anyone have any sedative-laden cornflakes to share?
posted by amyms at 10:39 AM on December 16, 2007


Heh, "the spice must flow" and all that Dune stuff always reminds me of the Spice Girls. I hope everyone else will start making that connection, too.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:21 AM on December 16, 2007


This one time in college, me and a friend looked at each other and, apropos of absolutely nothing, said "Muad'dib" simultaneously.

And the creepiest part about it was...we weren't stoned!
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:42 AM on December 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Number One Head Honcho should put all those deleted comments in dead-tree print. Most of the members would buy a copy just to get them off the bookstore shelves and save ourselves from embarrassment.
posted by misha at 1:39 PM on December 16, 2007


It'll never work because: "All posts are © their original authors."
posted by wendell at 3:41 PM on December 16, 2007


Ahhh. At last our own paranoia pays off!
posted by misha at 3:44 PM on December 16, 2007


The real reason it was deleted, is that the Young Ones weren't funny and were originally aired, what, 25 years ago?

Personally I believe having your dumb comments deleted from AskMeFi is a rite of passage to man (or woman) hood. Now all that's left for you to do is grow a set and get over it.
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:38 PM on December 16, 2007



... NO! NO! Hear Ye the words of Lord! (...Summer is a-coming in...) The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want (*flames lick higher*) He makes me down to lie... OH GOD! GOD! (*burns*)
posted by matthewr at 3:13 AM

Please, before I post in AskMefi: Where is that from? I think remember that scene from a film I saw as a child...
Traumatizing memory.
posted by kolophon at 5:48 PM on December 16, 2007


The Wicker Man.
posted by nicwolff at 6:38 PM on December 16, 2007


Is this the place where I can post a joke about this thread?
posted by not_on_display at 10:49 PM on December 16, 2007


kenchie,
Nil illegitimus carborundum.
It's true comments get deleted here all the time. The fact that it's done without notice might strike you as rude. You just have to pretend you're visiting a different, rougher culture (say the American northeast) where such apparent lack of manners is the norm and considered perfectly acceptable by the natives. One you realize that, you'll be able to shrug these things off. But don't let them tell you all irrelevant AskMe comments are deleted as a matter of course; there are thousands of impertinent answers left intact. It's a real crapshoot.
posted by king walnut at 11:05 PM on December 16, 2007


cite?
posted by exlotuseater at 1:06 AM on December 17, 2007


don't let them tell you all irrelevant AskMe comments are deleted as a matter of course; there are thousands of impertinent answers left intact.

I'd put my money on "most." We remove pretty much any non-answer we see, but it's true that there's no way we see all of them.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:16 AM on December 17, 2007


It's possible that all of my comments get deleted. Because I already know what I said, I've never bothered to look at any of them again.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:08 AM on December 17, 2007


How do you find out about your tehloki favorites, then?
posted by grouse at 6:13 AM on December 17, 2007


Is this the flameout thread or the drunk thread? I need to know whether I should set this drink on fire.
posted by box at 6:56 AM on December 17, 2007


I love how apparently finishing a quote is considered a joke.

Four score and seven years...

Ago? LOL!!!11!!!!!1111!!111111!111
posted by shmegegge at 9:20 AM on December 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


"...So she pulled me over the dance floor and butted me in the face! I said, "What's
that for?" She said, "That's for the invasion of Crete!"

HA HA HA HA HA HA!....ha...a....hmmmm......yea...sorry
posted by jalexei at 9:47 AM on December 17, 2007


I wonder what I've had deleted... Hm.
posted by sciurus at 9:52 AM on December 17, 2007


This calls for a careful blend of psychology and extreme violence.
posted by quin at 10:36 AM on December 17, 2007


amyms: You keep a record of our deleted comments? Like, a permanent record?

Of course. It's the same Permanent Record they used in elementary school -- the very same one. The only difference is that in school, they put your bad grades on it, whereas now, they put your jokey AskMe comments on it and it affects your credit rating.

So... like...

WATCH it, missy.
posted by LordSludge at 12:12 PM on December 17, 2007


This one time in college, me and a friend looked at each other and, apropos of absolutely nothing, said "Muad'dib" simultaneously.

Cortex, you just stay away from the mirrors, okay? They're really not your friends.
posted by penguin pie at 3:41 AM on December 18, 2007


Modding seems to be more focused and aggressive as of late.
posted by mecran01 at 7:30 AM on December 19, 2007


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