MeFi After the Apocalypse: Not What We Thought September 5, 2008 8:22 AM   Subscribe

You know, there's been fiction about Mefi post-apocalypse. But if you look at this thread and at the 9/11 thread, it'd be 180° from what's been (jokingly) suggested: man, do we pull together. (I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ... )

Anyway, just thought I'd share my warm fuzzy moment of the day. Thanks, Matt, for pulling this community of overall really decent people together, and thanks to all of the mods, for keeping it up, running, and within a general defined range of sanity.

Yeah, I know, not exactly a jumping-off base for controversial discussion or discussion. I just basically think it is really cool that when the chips are really down, nearly everyone drops their shit and tries to help out. That's a class of character that often feels all too rare in this world. (Lately, I'm beginning to think that a lot more people are noble than we'd think at first, though.)
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 AM (39 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

*eyes the stack of corned beef cans in WCityMike's basement*
posted by Happy Dave at 8:41 AM on September 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ...

Sure, once we've selected sources of meat.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:43 AM on September 5, 2008


Yes, after the Fall MetaFilter will be like the Brotherhood of Steel, only instead of science we will preserve snark, lest the ages to come find themselves bereft of its cold, cold light.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:47 AM on September 5, 2008 [7 favorites]


I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ...

You saw the woman on the porch too? Colorado meetup!
posted by carsonb at 8:47 AM on September 5, 2008 [27 favorites]


It would suck if actual MeFi threads were this terrible. It seems like such a bland thread, with references to Godwin thrown in simply because it's the internet. And I've yet to see someone on MeFi say they 'X-posted', or say 'Doublepost!'. But maybe that's from back in the day. Or maybe all the witty commentators are dead...

Anyway, yes, it's great that there are so many fantastic people in one place.
posted by djgh at 8:49 AM on September 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


If the apocalypse comes, you will all be my food source.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:58 AM on September 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


When society crumbles I'm heading to Vermont. I know where there's an unused bicycle and an archive of pretty much all of human knowledge.
posted by bondcliff at 9:01 AM on September 5, 2008


WcityMike...Great thread. I didn't even know it existed till you pointed out the link. Reading through the 9/11 thread, I do agree that most people do pull together. I seem to think that groupthink isn't really about the most logical people or the most popular opinion.

Its the most paranoid, violent, and crazy opinions that get heard. I read more than a few "KILL THEM ALL" comments there.

Messed up.
posted by hal_c_on at 9:05 AM on September 5, 2008


Reading all those comments made me think back to how I felt when it all went down. I was in a security and risk management class back in college. I was about one step away from driving to New York and helping out but then they said that people should just stay home. Looking back I should have went anyways. Threads like these just show that about 95% of the population are good people that will do the right thing when needed. It's that 5% asshole population you have to watch out for.
posted by Mastercheddaar at 9:14 AM on September 5, 2008


What steps have been put in place to actually preserve some copy of all this? Is somebody using a huge machine to chisel our comments onto thin slabs of stone underground? Are we encoding the whole thing onto CDs and hiding them in Antarctica? Having the podcast signal beamed out toward deep space? Plaque with laser-engraved representations of the mods launched toward the moon? Golden record with Punch Em in the Dick encoded on it? We gotta leave some kind of permanent record, Matt.
posted by cashman at 9:18 AM on September 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


X-post with djgh.
posted by stavrogin at 9:22 AM on September 5, 2008


If the apocalypse comes, you will all be my drinking buddies.
posted by orange swan at 9:22 AM on September 5, 2008


If the apocalypse comes, you will all be my dinner.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:27 AM on September 5, 2008


Guests. My dinner guests. Oops.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:28 AM on September 5, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'm trying to find a funny comment from several months ago. It involved all of the MeFites huddled around a fire in post-apocalyptic land. We would all take turns talking about things and if anyone talked about something that had been talked about before, they'd get punished. Anyone remember what I'm talking about?
posted by roll truck roll at 9:30 AM on September 5, 2008


You saw the woman on the porch too? Colorado meetup!

Anyone else going to the Vegas meetup? The Colorado one is already sidebarred and everything; no one wants to be the organizer for Vegas?
posted by Greg Nog at 9:38 AM on September 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


cashman,

I hope the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has room for it all under its new name, Svalbard Seeds, Snark 'n' Stuff.
posted by lukemeister at 10:03 AM on September 5, 2008


And I've yet to see someone on MeFi say they 'X-posted', or say 'Doublepost!'. But maybe that's from back in the day.

It was off the mark on some of lingo even when it was written. It works better as a general forum pastiche than a deconstruction of mefi at the time, which is just as well since it works for folks who aren't deep in the weeds of the local dialect. Compare with those goofy boardroom-as-internet-forum things that College Humor did.

Though it's worth noting that a lot of the specific terminology that shows up here wasn't there out of the box either. "Self-link", "double post", "callout" are among the things you won't actually find in early metatalk threads or metafilter conversations; it's a little bit of culture shock looking at those very early days.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:06 AM on September 5, 2008


Who runs Bartertown ?
posted by iamabot at 10:21 AM on September 5, 2008


Unless you guys are all hanging out in the OxyContin section of the pharmacy you won't even run into me, but I appreciate the sentiment.
posted by The Straightener at 10:29 AM on September 5, 2008


Unless you guys are all hanging out in the OxyContin section of the pharmacy you won't even run into me, but I appreciate the sentiment.

Metafilter's own Rush Limbaugh?
posted by inigo2 at 10:33 AM on September 5, 2008


The Apocalypse isn't coming. It's already here and has been since at least Aug-6-1945.
posted by philip-random at 10:40 AM on September 5, 2008


Metafilter's own Rush Limbaugh?

Dude's totally OxyCuted.
posted by The Straightener at 10:45 AM on September 5, 2008


"Banhammer" will take on a frightening new meaning.
posted by waraw at 11:17 AM on September 5, 2008


Listen for the keening peals of women's laughter on the smoky wind, and follow your groin to my razorwire and gingerbread velvet Victorian lair, where the player piano runs a sheaf of Depeche Mode and I sit with the girls, playing Settlers and Tetris Attack, smoking homegrown and noshing on twinkies, in our char-colored salvage-constructed corsetry until you arrive.

Oh boy, when that apocalypse comes, I am running so much tail. Chaaaa-Ching.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:35 AM on September 5, 2008 [5 favorites]


You're going into business as a madame?
posted by Caduceus at 11:44 AM on September 5, 2008


(I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ... )

Funny. I see the living envying the dead.
posted by octobersurprise at 12:48 PM on September 5, 2008


Who runs Bartertown ?

Mattamyn. They're a unit. They even share the same name.

The little one is called Jessamyn. She's the brains.

She runs Underworld.

The other one is Matt. He's the muscle.

Together they can be very powerful...

*Mattamyn throws shit at camera*

They are also arrogant.
posted by quin at 12:58 PM on September 5, 2008


Two user numbers enter. One user number leaves.
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:17 PM on September 5, 2008


Not pig shit! MetaFilter!
posted by dirtdirt at 1:37 PM on September 5, 2008


(I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ...

MetaFilter: From Snarky Blog to post-apocalyptic bloodcult.
posted by jason's_planet at 1:57 PM on September 5, 2008


WCityMike, you're the sweetest. And you can always count on me to help when you need a warm fuzzy.
posted by heyho at 2:06 PM on September 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm wrapping my external hardrive in tin foil between readings.
posted by buzzman at 3:02 PM on September 5, 2008


> WCityMike, you're the sweetest. And you can always count on me to help when you need a warm fuzzy.

Thank you. And thank you for that link; that's utterly cracktastic. And for some reason, I just kept thinking of "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was something to do with the synthesizer line, or maybe that's a polka beat ... am I nuts or does anyone else hear it too?
posted by WCityMike at 4:43 PM on September 5, 2008


*eyes the stack of corned beef cans in WCityMike's basement*

Unfortunately, he forgot the can opener.
posted by jonmc at 4:48 PM on September 5, 2008


Jon,
You just wait for them to bust open from the botulism and then pee on them.


Just what kind of Motorhead fan are you anyway?
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:06 PM on September 5, 2008


If the Apocalypse comes, I expect a MeFi podcast, with links to the highlights and an interview.
posted by steef at 5:12 AM on September 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


Not exactly an apocalyptic scenario, but this AskMe is another great example of the wonderfulness of metafilter and the mefites who populate it.
posted by rtha at 11:51 AM on September 6, 2008


I won't even know there has been an apocalypse unless someone posts it to MeFi.
posted by dg at 4:51 AM on September 8, 2008


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