how many MeFites visit fark? January 1, 2002 4:24 PM   Subscribe

I've noticed in a lot of recent threads a rather severe animosity towards our neighbors over at fark.com. Now obviously FARK is not exactly Mensa grade material, but I've found it is good for laugh and for entertaining bar-brawl style arguments. As someone who visits both MeFi and Fark daily I find they both provide nourishment for the opposing sides of my psyche, MeFi for my thoughtful, intellectual side and Fark for the mook within. Now I can't believe I'm alone in this. I'm just curious, just how many MeFites are also regular(or at least closet) Farkians?
posted by jonmc to General Weblog-Related at 4:24 PM (26 comments total)

I don't think that it is an animosity, just an understanding that certain things are better suited to Fark than here. MetaFilter has it's own voice and so does Fark. I venture over there about twice a week to see the photoshopping...
posted by machaus at 4:41 PM on January 1, 2002


ditto on popping over for the photoshopping, but what a bunch of yertas over there...

I likes it better here.
posted by ColdChef at 4:49 PM on January 1, 2002


I've been a fan of fark from the very begining. Back when I was posting to memepool I made Drew the memepool icon he currently uses. I'm also one of those guilty parties that you mention. Fark's discussions usually degerate into the worst exchanges on the net.

Fark has always been about the links and Drew and his people deserve credit for building the site up and making it the place to hand over the juvenile, wacky, stupid, etc links on the net. Its very low-brow and that's nothing to be ashamed of nor is that something for us to ignore.

but I've found it is good for laugh and for entertaining bar-brawl style arguments.

I get the same kick out of reading what Pat Robertson has to say but that doesn't mean I can't call crap on him too.

posted by skallas at 5:00 PM on January 1, 2002


skallas, a farkian? I never would have guessed. We finally find some common ground.
posted by jonmc at 5:13 PM on January 1, 2002




Actually, I think this old post of mine says it all about the MeFi/Fark sybiotic relationship.


posted by jonmc at 5:18 PM on January 1, 2002


i am a little alarmed. are these farkians armed? Being way-layed by highwaymen is bad...should i arm the link boy? alert the janitor?(ancient roman key-porter)
posted by clavdivs at 6:10 PM on January 1, 2002


Sometimes I want to watch Absolutely Fabulous. Sometimes I want to watch Drew Carey. I regard the quality of FP posts on MeFi and Fark in the same way. However, I think that the thread comments at Fark are largely the product of functional illiterates. On the plus side, Fark has more Boobies and less Scooby Doo Porn.
posted by MrBaliHai at 6:22 PM on January 1, 2002


No wonder we lost! We had a bunch of Farks manning our cannons!
posted by Kafkaesque at 6:22 PM on January 1, 2002


Fark is a very well-organized, amusing and constantly refreshed compendium of fun, information and, er, fun. The boobies and the photoshopping are dispensable, the comments are lazy and uninspired; but as a daily list of juvenile, spirited and freedom-loving ephemera, it is unrivalled.

Saying anything else would be hypocrisy, imo.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:31 PM on January 1, 2002


I venture over there about twice a week to see the photoshopping...

Right, and I read Hustler for the articles.
posted by jonmc at 7:38 PM on January 1, 2002


I like Fark too, and visit almost daily. I haven't noticed any animosity at all towards Farkers here at MeFi.

*cocks an eyebrow : "You just tryin' to stir up trouble, thar, boy?"
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:47 PM on January 1, 2002


Right, and I read Hustler for the articles.

If you need to go to Fark to find links to look at pictures of women's breasts, then, my friend, I must opine that you suck at the internet.


(not that I...uhh...spend much time...uhh *cough*)

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:52 PM on January 1, 2002


There are a few sites that MeFi occasionally puts itself in opposition to--free republic, slashdot, fark, plastic, memepool, yahoo!, ~meatfilter~. When someone says "hey, what is this, fark?", I think it's more of a way of defining the "tao of MeFi" than it is a real animosity. It's sort of the way a high school kid would say, I'm not a jock, I'm not a burnout, I'm not a punk, I'm not a geek... eventually you arrive at a (provisional) approximation of "me" but it takes a while.
posted by rodii at 7:55 PM on January 1, 2002


My problem with fark is that it's UGLY. I mean dismal, yellow-type-on-blue-background, no-padding, banner-ad-riddled, icon-overloaded, arbitrarily-sized, disorganized, illegible, color-illiterate, monospaced, horizontal-ruled, animated-giffed UGLY. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
posted by rodii at 8:02 PM on January 1, 2002


in response- I'm not trying to stir up trouble and I know stavros and rodii are just kidding around...but it was just something I thought of the other day when I introduced my buddy JakeExtreme(by the way, stavros he's still wondering what you thought of the comparison of you to Serj Tankian) to MeFi and Fark in the same day. Both of us dig both sites immensly to the point where our boss says "stop reading Metafilter and do some work" It just like I said in my old post reminded me of my high-school days when I was a card-carrying member of both the mullethead and braniac-elite-core crowd and truly got off on the sparks that flew when I introduced them to eachother.
posted by jonmc at 8:06 PM on January 1, 2002


[offtopic]
stavros he's still wondering what you thought of the comparison of you to Serj Tankian

Wonderchicken like.
[/offtopic]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:19 PM on January 1, 2002


Kidding around?



UG-LY.

posted by rodii at 8:24 PM on January 1, 2002


In the immortal words of Mojo Nixon : "Butt ugly. Super butt-ugly. Butt ugly super-zilla!"
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:26 PM on January 1, 2002


Tee hee. I did a photoshop once.

And, besides, cliché kitty rules.
posted by chipr at 2:30 AM on January 2, 2002


Fark account number: 587

I read both at least daily, but rarely dip into the comments on Fark.
posted by NortonDC at 5:48 AM on January 2, 2002


It's good to see that I'm in good company (Fark number: 14676). The links are often pretty good. And I kind of like their design.
posted by UncleFes at 6:55 AM on January 2, 2002


Oh, Fes.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:17 AM on January 2, 2002


I lurk at Fark.
posted by Carol Anne at 7:34 AM on January 2, 2002


Count me in with the Farko-Mefi commuter crew. It makes for a nice world-view; a well-rounded wheel of Karma. I once compared the two to a tumbledown roadhouse bar versus a MENSA meeting; neither one would hold up well for me without the other over a long period of time. I get my stupids there and my smarts here.

'Sides which, I can say 'Boobies' there whenever I want.
posted by Perigee at 11:33 AM on January 2, 2002


I lurk at Fark.

I brake for Farkers.
posted by rodii at 1:11 PM on January 2, 2002


I lurk at Fark.

So does that make you a lurking farker, or a farking lurker?
posted by phalkin at 9:05 PM on February 3, 2002


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