Please kill my thread May 12, 2008 11:39 AM   Subscribe

Hey can someone kill my thread?

Not to be a pain, but it went over like an anvil. I don't particularly want to debate methods of incarceration or whatever, and all it's going to do is engender ill will.

Tonally, it's not even vaguely appropriate for a real discussion of incarceration and public safety.

As thus, any chance to get it expunged?
posted by Lord_Pall to Etiquette/Policy at 11:39 AM (74 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Why didn't you just memail the admins?
posted by amro at 11:41 AM on May 12, 2008


Sure, you can just email us next time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:42 AM on May 12, 2008


Ah. good to know.



Note to JohnMC if you read this:

I was polite, civil and reasonable and you turned it into a "you need to be rehabilitated because you are retarded" personal attack.

You were way out of line, especially within the context of what I tried to keep a very civil and polite discussion.
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:45 AM on May 12, 2008


If you want jonmc to see this, it might make the most sense to drop him an email, at which point just discussing it with him over email would probably be better anyway.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:49 AM on May 12, 2008


Turnaround from "Hey, I can memail people!" to "Why don't I castigate someone in public rather than in memail": three lines of whitespace.
posted by tkolar at 11:50 AM on May 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


Just be happy you didn't mention anything about music, the 80's, or 80's music. Then he'd have really let you have it.
posted by dersins at 11:51 AM on May 12, 2008


Note for the future:

Threads, while started by individual posters, do not belong to individual posters, and as such one ought not attempt to control them or steer their direction.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:52 AM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Dukakis is a Finn!
posted by Mister_A at 11:52 AM on May 12, 2008


This can probably be closed then, right?
posted by sciurus at 11:52 AM on May 12, 2008


You were way out of line, especially within the context of what I tried to keep a very civil and polite discussion.

I find people who think triple murders being released to be 'funny,' offensive. Forgive me.
posted by jonmc at 11:54 AM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


shakespeherian, this is not the purpose of MetaTalk. Please MeMail everyone who will ever post a thread on MetaFilter if you want to tell them something.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:55 AM on May 12, 2008


But we need to discuss Dukakis!
posted by languagehat at 11:55 AM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


why, did the doctor diagnose you with it?
posted by jonmc at 11:58 AM on May 12, 2008


But we need to discuss Dukakis!

I'm against letting him out of prison.
posted by dersins at 11:59 AM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


You can't really call it murder - killing the democratic party was more like a mercy killing.
posted by Mister_A at 12:01 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


There have been heated discussions about whether or not people who have been caught with minor amounts of drugs should be arrested, let along jailed, and you're surprised that your post was creating discussion on who should be locked up? Come on.

Tonally, it's not even vaguely appropriate for a real discussion of incarceration and public safety.

There is no tone in cyberspace.

I take it you were expecting a series of "Oh, wow. *dark chuckle*" comments? Good luck with that.
posted by rtha at 12:02 PM on May 12, 2008


I wish someone would write a Greasemonkey script to auto-insert a rimshot after specific MetaTalk comments.
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:02 PM on May 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


jonmc, having read it.. I think what he was trying to convey was 'funny-peculiar' not 'funny-ha ha'.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:03 PM on May 12, 2008


Either way, it was a stupid post.
posted by jonmc at 12:04 PM on May 12, 2008


Oh, wow.
*dark chuckle*
posted by Floydd at 12:06 PM on May 12, 2008


Fact: Dark Chuckle was Alice Cooper's second-best album.

Discuss.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:07 PM on May 12, 2008


roll truck roll, I am now extremely embarrassed because you called me out publicly instead of MeMailing me. Please do not address me directly ever again.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:08 PM on May 12, 2008


Would somebody please tell mr_crash_davis that I'm not speaking to him?
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:08 PM on May 12, 2008


*talks to the hand. of justice*
posted by jonmc at 12:10 PM on May 12, 2008


*rimshot*
posted by Mister_A at 12:11 PM on May 12, 2008


Well I'm no longer talking to any of you. Except right now when I'm telling you I'm not talking to you. And maybe later to remind you that I'm still not talking to you.

Unless I forget.
posted by tkolar at 12:19 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Will some please tell me to pass the salt? I'm no longer talking to myself.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:20 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


mr_crash_davis: cortex isn't speaking to you.
posted by JanetLand at 12:24 PM on May 12, 2008


What we have here is a failure to communicate.
posted by Pants! at 12:25 PM on May 12, 2008


Please delete Pants!'s comment, and the next comment after this one.
posted by Mister_A at 12:27 PM on May 12, 2008


(Not this one)
posted by shakespeherian at 12:27 PM on May 12, 2008


I'm going to give Mister_A one million dollars!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:28 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


So I was out at a fancy Mother's Day Brunch with dear ol' mom on Sunday.
I needed salt for my eggs.
So I asked her to pass the salt, only it came out as ...
"YOU RUINED MY LIFE YOU MEAN OLD &^%&%$#%#%#@!
posted by R. Mutt at 12:30 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


You missed the whole setup for the joke!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:35 PM on May 12, 2008


Lord_Pall, in your now deleted thread, you said:

Don't think so. He just runs off from prison. And that one hostage situation.

I love this line. Seriously love it. Because, I read it as a completely earnest effort to explain why the post was not meant to be a dark look and the failings of incarceration, and instead was a sort of wry nod towards "hey, this guy keeps escaping, and they keep letting him out, weird!"

But what's great is that ending to the sentence; the sort of off-handed, 'oh yeah, there was that one thing...' is perfect.

I'm totally going to steal it.

"Yeah, I just quit my job. No big deal. Well, other than the fire... and the beheading."
posted by quin at 12:41 PM on May 12, 2008


shouldn't it be "Pants'!"?

just sayin'.
posted by stubby phillips at 12:41 PM on May 12, 2008


I figured everyone knew it...
posted by R. Mutt at 12:46 PM on May 12, 2008


How many Vietnam veterans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

YOU DON'T KNOW YOU WEREN'T THERE
posted by shakespeherian at 12:49 PM on May 12, 2008 [34 favorites]


Kill my thread. Please.
posted by stubby phillips at 12:51 PM on May 12, 2008


damn, deleted before i could add the obligatory anal rape joke.
posted by quonsar at 12:52 PM on May 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


Which would have gone well with my "What's the closest thing to a fish's asshole?" joke.
posted by Floydd at 1:05 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


a bicycle.
posted by shmegegge at 1:06 PM on May 12, 2008 [6 favorites]


Dr-Baa: "I wish someone would write a Greasemonkey script to auto-insert a rimshot after specific MetaTalk comments."

Will this do? via
posted by Rhaomi at 1:09 PM on May 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


Yesterday my 10 year old niece came running into the room and breathlessly asked "What has four wheels and flies?"

"A garbage truck," I said.

"Aww, you've heard it."

"What's black and white and read all over?" I asked her.

"It's either a nun in a blender or a nun with a spear through her," she replied.


I've never been so proud.
posted by tkolar at 1:09 PM on May 12, 2008 [7 favorites]


*dark chuckle*
posted by Floydd
------
Fact: Dark Chuckle was Alice Cooper's second-best album.


Dude! Dark Chuckle was by the Floydd!!!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 1:26 PM on May 12, 2008


Hey Pink! No personal checks; I just got one for $360,000,000,000 that bounced.
posted by Mister_A at 1:27 PM on May 12, 2008


Ed McMahon's gonna pay for that one, Mister_A.


I was going to hit you up for new sneakers...
posted by Busithoth at 1:35 PM on May 12, 2008


McMahon has surrendered his 'favorite son' crown to Jack Kerouac.


The last I heard, Dukakis was serving out his term as a professor in Hawaii.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 1:45 PM on May 12, 2008


MetaFilter: any chance to get it expunged?
posted by Duncan at 1:47 PM on May 12, 2008


If you find the original FPP post about a convicted mass-murderer funny, this may give you the giggles, too.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:51 PM on May 12, 2008


I didn't find the mass-murderer one funny, but I passed that Japanese one around to friends this morning. That was great!
posted by tkolar at 2:01 PM on May 12, 2008


Metafilter: Maybe you need rehabilitation. For brain damage.
posted by psmealey at 2:10 PM on May 12, 2008


Fact: Dark Chuckle was Alice Cooper's second-best album.

Second best invisible album, maybe. First best was School's Out because it had Blue Turk on it. I played that song over and over, because I wanted to learn a bass riff that was something other than the vastly overplayed Smoke on the Water. Blue Turk was way better.

Anyway: Lord Pall, not funny. And I would love it if I posted an FPP and people discussed it - you can't control the discussion after it's posted.

JonMc: I agree.

Also: dried cranberries and sun-dried tomatoes taste weird together in salad. FYI.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 2:20 PM on May 12, 2008


Weird-funny or weird-weird?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 2:33 PM on May 12, 2008


Weird-al, with shades of weirding-way.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:37 PM on May 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


That is weird. That's mama weird all crazee now-weird.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 2:40 PM on May 12, 2008


shakespeherian: "Note for the future:
Threads, while started by individual posters, do not belong to individual posters, and as such one ought not attempt to control them or steer their direction.
"

Agree 100% - threads should not be deleted because they are not going the way the poster intended. If that conversation was nasty enough to offend anyone, this is the wrong place for them. By a long shot.
posted by dg at 2:45 PM on May 12, 2008


Yeah, to put this into context, we've had occasions where a poster asked us to remove a post that they thought was going badly or problematic and we've checked it out and seen everything as being pretty a-okay and talked them out of it.

In this case, it seemed like the thread was kind of going to pot, so deleting it wasn't something that needed a whole lot of second-guessing, but it is something we think about before letting the axe fall.

I don't know what to make of the fact that we use axes on threads and comments, but hammers on users.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:03 PM on May 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Users are more of a blunt-instrument kind of problem.
posted by dersins at 3:05 PM on May 12, 2008


sun-dried tomatoes taste weird together in salad

A deli near where I used to work advertised (and I quote) 'Sun-Dried Chicken Salad.' Must take a long time to sun dry an entire hen.
posted by jonmc at 3:12 PM on May 12, 2008


Was it a Mexican deli? There actually is such a thing as carne seca de pollo.
posted by dersins at 3:20 PM on May 12, 2008


Korean.
posted by jonmc at 3:26 PM on May 12, 2008


Yeah, they can keep the sun dried poultry. I'm open minded about food but I've also seen a ckicken farm, I want my chicken cooked with hot oil and served with a biscuit and a glass of sweet tea.
posted by nola at 3:34 PM on May 12, 2008


Users are more of a blunt-instrument kind of problem.

FTFY.
posted by dg at 3:36 PM on May 12, 2008


FTFY.

T!
posted by dersins at 3:39 PM on May 12, 2008


stfuyapd.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:44 PM on May 12, 2008


I don't know what to make of the fact that we use axes on threads and comments, but hammers on users.
You're apparently some sort of clerics.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:45 PM on May 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


*dries self in sun*
posted by jonmc at 3:46 PM on May 12, 2008


I don't know what to make of the fact that we use axes on threads and comments, but hammers on users.

Those aren't axes, they're sickles. They're COMMUNISTS!
posted by jonmc at 3:47 PM on May 12, 2008


Either that, or death itself.

I like death.
posted by Phire at 3:59 PM on May 12, 2008


It seems that jonmc has no idea what "ridiculous" means, let alone its origins or literary function. I for one am shocked.
posted by nonmerci at 4:13 PM on May 12, 2008


I'll live. and I know what 'ridiculous,' means. I just found the post stilted, smug and obnoxious.
posted by jonmc at 4:15 PM on May 12, 2008


So can we kill this thread now?
posted by fixedgear at 4:26 PM on May 12, 2008


yeah, let's.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:31 PM on May 12, 2008


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