I want to read more awesomeness. February 11, 2008 3:26 AM   Subscribe

Shamelessly self-promote your best lesser-known work...to me?

Comment favorites are pretty much my favorite thing about the blue/green, guiding me like a treasure map to the best stories, jokes, answers and whatnot that the hive has to offer.

Something struck me recently, however. Surely there must be great responses out there where the author came to the party a little late, and the greater community missed said greater comments, leaving a vacuum where many favorites should have been added. The perfect answer to a question, some subject matter expert weighing in on a topic on the blue, or perhaps just a really creative story. Things like that.

Care to share your best that got missed? And if not here, would you at least consider me-fi mailing me? I'd of course promise not to even favorite it if you didn't want it coming to light. (And, apologies if this isn't a first on MeTa but I couldn't find anything too similar in my search.)
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter-Related at 3:26 AM (55 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite



If my every contribution here was carved into the Himalayas in lettering 200 metres high, lit by 7000 watt halogen lamps with enormous carved ivory arrows, a mile long pointing them out; if they were tattooed onto the flesh of every newborn child; if they were visible from space - no, fuck it, if they were the only things visible in the night sky from any given point on the planet then I still feel faintly dissatisfied that my message just wasn't getting across.

Having said that though, a guy emailed me the other day to say he liked my Wodehouse pastiche. So that was nice.
posted by Jofus at 3:43 AM on February 11, 2008


I get to every thread too late. Enjoy.
posted by Eideteker at 3:44 AM on February 11, 2008


Also, eponysterical, if folks are still doing that.

(I only got to this thread early due to insomnia.)
posted by Eideteker at 3:45 AM on February 11, 2008


I keep a list of stuff I like and stuff other people liked in my profile.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:01 AM on February 11, 2008 [4 favorites]


Ahahah. Hah.
posted by Phire at 6:02 AM on February 11, 2008


wow, robocop. this from your profile is almost a prayer
posted by localhuman at 6:11 AM on February 11, 2008


Thanks robocop - I've read a lot of those thanks to favorites already, but there's still some new stuff there for me too.
posted by allkindsoftime at 6:11 AM on February 11, 2008


The comments I'm most fond of, for one reason or another, I've included in my profile.
posted by Kattullus at 6:20 AM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


There's a lot of great stuff that is pre-favorites.

A lot of Cardoso comments in particular. Offhand, this comment on the varieties of Portuguese fucking comes to mind. I'm sure his best are alcohol-related, though.
posted by vacapinta at 8:09 AM on February 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


Well, a while ago grumblebee asked a question about cultural "dinosaurs and snobs," and I answered with something I liked a lot, but nobody else did, and I've felt the comment was a kind of orphan ever since. So I'm happy to link it now.
posted by cgc373 at 8:20 AM on February 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


For some reason I got a cluster of favorites on this post recently and I'm not sure why.
posted by empath at 8:40 AM on February 11, 2008


My comment fable about Stanley Kubrick is one of the best things I've ever written, but I think was so late to the thread that only a few people saw it. At least, that's what I tell myself when I wonder why it has so few favorites.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:25 AM on February 11, 2008


One of my "." replies in a obit thread was a comma.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:33 AM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


That Stanley Kubrick thing is good
posted by criticalbill at 9:37 AM on February 11, 2008


FWIW I always thought that this, my very first post on metafilter, was worth noticing, but no-one seemed to
posted by criticalbill at 9:43 AM on February 11, 2008


I got a lot of email with regards to a comment I made in this thread. You should know before you read the post and comments (if you're reallllllly that interested and really that bored) that all of the comments that crusiera (the person who was called out) made were deleted, but they were all along the lines of "shit shit cock fuck piss boobs shit cock damn fuck cock cock boobs". He really seemed to like four-letter words.
posted by iconomy at 10:05 AM on February 11, 2008


It's a bit early to tell for sure, but I've got a feeling that history will regard this comment right here as an underrated classic.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:10 AM on February 11, 2008


Yeah, but it'll only be liked by poseurs.
posted by Kattullus at 10:22 AM on February 11, 2008


This comment that I am writing right now is the best thing I've ever written. I hope that tells you all you need to know about my writing.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:59 AM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


(and my contributions to this site)
posted by blue_beetle at 11:00 AM on February 11, 2008


I think I wanna move to Portugal now.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:08 AM on February 11, 2008


I really thought the Museum of Failed Relationships was an interesting concept, but apparently not many people agreed with me. The bicycle used for a fast getaway and the wedding dress that a woman simply did not put on are just a few examples.
posted by misha at 11:08 AM on February 11, 2008


My comment fable about Stanley Kubrick is one of the best things I've ever written, but I think was so late to the thread that only a few people saw it. At least, that's what I tell myself when I wonder why it has so few favorites.

Yes, well, more likely it was the ghost of Scatman Crothers punishing you for fabling the man who filmed him getting an axe in his head.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:13 AM on February 11, 2008


That may be. And I do love me some Scatman.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:21 AM on February 11, 2008


I have a soft spot in my heart for petty childish grudges, which made this comment about Red Buttons's son one of my favorite things I've ever read. Part of me can't believe only six people marked it as a favorite, and part of me can't believe that one of those people was me.

And this comment about badgers is among my all-time favorite comments; I think it's one of the funniest things anyone has ever said on meltafilter. As of right now, I'm the only person who seems to have thought so.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:22 AM on February 11, 2008


RMALCOLM, the inventor of the Malcom Horizon and a retired Canadian Astronaut, posted this answer.

The link provided by Aknaton to the Aviation Today article is broken but is available here.
posted by mlis at 11:48 AM on February 11, 2008


All of my FPPs are amazing, except for the robot video.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:57 AM on February 11, 2008


The best AskMe answer I've ever given--the one for which I without a doubt knew the best answer--was this one.
posted by Prospero at 11:58 AM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I came in pretty late to the Mitch Hedberg sandwich party, and got a few faves out of it - but I'm not sure if it's really all the badassness.
posted by revmitcz at 12:02 PM on February 11, 2008


Oh. And here's a completely correct answer that got overlooked.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:03 PM on February 11, 2008


At the time I said that this story by dglynn was one of the best things I ever read here. It's still true.

On a lighter note, it came post-favorites but every so often I go back to this comment by shmegegge and laugh my ass off.
posted by melissa may at 12:50 PM on February 11, 2008


This is my current favorite MetaTalk thread, just because of the sheer insanity that breaks out.
posted by flatluigi at 1:36 PM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I was rather pleased with myself for my recent rendition of Across the Universe.
posted by whir at 1:42 PM on February 11, 2008


Though written poorly and with too many recycled turns of phrase, I'm rather proud of this comment tossed right in the middle of the OMGZ LIQUID BOMBZ newsfilter turmoil. Everyone was so serious, tense, and earnest, I couldn't resist. No train in its tracks should run so true. Each in its turn must come derailed.
posted by Pastabagel at 1:55 PM on February 11, 2008


Every comment I've made is an under-appreciated work of staggering beauty, flippant rapier wit and awe-inspiring wisdom. Every. Freakin'. One.

...except this one.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 2:09 PM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


It doesn't fit your criteria of being missed, considering it was sidebarred at the time, but this reply to a mushroom peeling question is and will probably remain the source of my most favorites. It's more like 92.5%, anyway.
posted by prostyle at 2:12 PM on February 11, 2008


I think my biggest contribution to Metafilter was a combination of the daily front page posts I made for about a year straight back when I was using a different alias, and then the guidelines that described the method I used to make them on my user profile. Unfortunately, due to a change in the popularity of link blogs, my old method is now much more difficult to use... it takes a lot more digging to find quality post fodder than it did when I was using it.

So, in other words, my biggest contribution to the site is no longer valid.
posted by Dave Faris at 2:57 PM on February 11, 2008


I have a soft spot in my heart for petty childish grudges...

Yeah. Me too.

FOGEERRRRTTTTYYYYYYY!
posted by miss lynnster at 3:00 PM on February 11, 2008


"So, in other words, my biggest contribution to the site is no longer valid," Dave Faris said, modestly, after a daylong period in which he racked up not quite 160 favorites for one FPP.
posted by cgc373 at 3:32 PM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Years before I signed up for MetaFilter, when I was just a lurker and before favorites existed, I used to take screenshots of comments I liked. I kept them in a folder on my hard drive. So when I paid my five bucks, I went back and marked them as favorites. Here's three I remember:

This thread is a great demonstration...

Like a whole elephant made of stupid.

An earnest and insightful response to explosions in London.

More recently, I feel like this one-liner would have gotten a lot more than 60 favorites if the thread hadn't closed.

I have the opposite problem -- the most-favorited comment I've ever made was a half-drunken screed that sloppily linked a tiny typo in the original post to a sprawling rant about miserable customers at my job, which I made fully expecting it to be deleted by the time I woke up the next morning. Instead I woke up, checked MetaFilter, and it'd been favorited fifty times. What the hell, people. I feel like I should donate those favorites to charity or something.
posted by churl at 3:55 PM on February 11, 2008


I have no idea what would be note-worthy? I leave it to other MeFites to judge. Especially if anything I said made them cry like little babies. That's what I'm going for.
posted by tkchrist at 4:52 PM on February 11, 2008


Oh my God, churl. I just favorited your most-favorited comment, too. As a former employee of an Apple Authorized Reseller, I completely understand where you were coming from with that.
posted by limeonaire at 5:05 PM on February 11, 2008


L'esprit de l'escalier, mon petit. L'esprit de l'escalier.
posted by gwint at 6:24 PM on February 11, 2008


L'esprit de l'escalier, mon petit. L'esprit de l'escalier.

There is a little ghost on the stairs!?!
posted by tkchrist at 7:17 PM on February 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Aw come on tkchrist, you're one of the ones I was hoping for more from...
posted by allkindsoftime at 10:48 PM on February 11, 2008


A comment from kindall I've linked back to many many times since he made it way back in 2001.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:59 AM on February 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


This comment from Scarabic is my all time favourite on Ask. Anyone who can lay down so convincingly as to how to dispose of a dead body deserves all of our respect.

And a wide berth. Especially that.
posted by triv at 4:16 AM on February 12, 2008


The poetry of Sparx

Dr Seuss
West Side Story
Gilly and Sully and Gore
Ponies
Fish

-by Sparx, except for the fish one, which I think I might have stolen
posted by Sparx at 6:09 AM on February 12, 2008


I've written a few things here that I thought were funny or interesting, but got little attention, and based on that, I would surmise that I'm not a good judge of my own work. Instead, I'll just link to one of the only things of mine that got faved by my better half:

On the subject of the really big holes in the ground becoming a source of religion...
posted by quin at 8:04 AM on February 12, 2008


Aw come on tkchrist, you're one of the ones I was hoping for more from...

Look my peeps is Danish/Irish/Native American. It is genetically impossible for us to admit we may have done anything worthy with our lives.

But we are very good explaining how much we, and everybody else, sucks. So if you do a meta post about that? I got your back.
posted by tkchrist at 9:50 AM on February 12, 2008


Not mine, but I enjoyed mathowie's first comment in this thread a lot.
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:49 PM on February 12, 2008


I said this about people trolling for comments the other day. You might like it, I dunno.
posted by flatluigi at 5:06 PM on February 12, 2008


I'm doing some backtagging at the moment and came across a Cardoso comment similar to vacapintas 'Portuguese fucking', this time quoting Andy Rooney on the subject of older women.
posted by tellurian at 6:31 AM on February 29, 2008


Yep. This place was at its best when people posted the crap that their mother/father/sister forward to them on email. Those were the days.
posted by Dave Faris at 4:52 AM on March 1, 2008


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