Multipost January 15, 2002 8:39 AM   Subscribe

Multi-post (1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Also my own double.

The server was hiccupping.
posted by Su to Etiquette/Policy at 8:39 AM (18 comments total)

as you might have guessed, whenever the server seems slow or unresponsive when posting a link, go back but then check the main page before you try posting again. i've learned the hard way that your posted thread will have probably gone through in spite of weird replies by the server.
posted by moz at 8:44 AM on January 15, 2002

I got that, too. Sorry Matt.

11:43 a.m my time
posted by sadie01221975 at 8:45 AM on January 15, 2002

Within eight minutes, six of a kind and two two of a kinds! What's that in poker? Impossible?
posted by iceberg273 at 8:46 AM on January 15, 2002

*whew* I thought that all my drinking was making me see double...and triple...
posted by ColdChef at 8:46 AM on January 15, 2002

I wish you hadn't explained all that.
I enjoy being confused.
posted by dong_resin at 8:56 AM on January 15, 2002

This is kind of off-topic, but does anyone here think that it can be ok to double post every once in a while? There are times when I start reading a good thread and then notice that everyone is attacking it for being a double post. I can't help but think that were it not for the double posting I wouldn't have seen it at all.

Are there threads that are double post worthy? Or topics/threads that should remain on the day's post list for longer than a day?

I would tend to think yes, but I'm not sure that other people use Metafilter for what I use Metafilter for, especially when considering what a crime it is to double post here.

What would people think about a new site area that listed top posts (bad name) for the week? The list could be made up of posts that referred to news that affected everyone, or something of the sort.
posted by xammerboy at 9:03 AM on January 15, 2002

Yikes I just saw the frontpage, and all I can say is "Wow!" :)
posted by riffola at 9:07 AM on January 15, 2002

I don't get it. I thought we were restricted to 1 FPP per day. Is the check done before displaying the post creation page, or is it done on post submission?
posted by dlewis at 9:41 AM on January 15, 2002

xammerboy - I'd vote no. Splitting the limited pool of people interested in discussing any single topic across multiple threads is too high a price to pay for those that aren't reading what's already right in front of them.
posted by NortonDC at 9:41 AM on January 15, 2002


my sense is that it's all a race condition. the thread post code probably denies you access to the posting page if you have posted once in 24 hours, but it may be that nothing in the backend stops you. hence, if you've got a bunch of submissions queued up, they'll all be added -- but when one does, you won't be able to get through to the post-a-thread page.
posted by moz at 9:59 AM on January 15, 2002

q: where are the meficops when you need em?
a: virtual donut shop
posted by quonsar at 10:00 AM on January 15, 2002

The server was hiccupping.

It must have started drinking last night, because it hiccupped on me a couple of times too in my comments in the Driver's License = National ID post. I will check from now on to see if a post has gone through the first time when the server does something completely unexpected. My fear wasn't the embarassment of a triple post, but rather that I might have disrupted the flow of comments from others.

posted by bragadocchio at 10:07 AM on January 15, 2002

...but when one does, you won't be able to get through to the post-a-thread page.

not to give anyone bad ideas or anything...but does that mean that if someone were to bookmark the thread posting page, they would be able to post as often as they pleased?
posted by skwm at 10:16 AM on January 15, 2002

As a frequent double-poster in the past, requiring massive cleaning-up by the Invisible Hand(and coming from a print background; almost forgot that) my experience is that a post almost always goes through.

The best course of action is to copy and paste, wait till you can get back to the page, refresh and...find it's already there, 9 times out of 10.

A curious epiphenomenon: your comment or post often shows up on your UP before you can access the page you've posted to.

As Michael Caine used to say, not many people know this. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:55 AM on January 15, 2002

they would be able to post as often as they pleased?

But then, of course, they'd have their account immediately smotten.
posted by jpoulos at 11:19 AM on January 15, 2002

be-smottified is the correct usage, I believe, jpoulos.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:39 PM on January 15, 2002

On the upside, the occasional sextuple post gives nerds the opportunity to expose themselves by saying "Double post .. multi post... MONSTER POST!"
posted by Hildago at 8:11 PM on January 15, 2002

Heh. Monster post.
Doesn't Milton Berle have one of those?
posted by dong_resin at 8:27 AM on January 16, 2002

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