Palin thread ate my browser September 14, 2008 12:05 PM   Subscribe

Pony request: Can we please, please, please, do something to ease the burden of the Palin thread? People obviously want to talk about it and it's become sort of a default election thread. It's got to be killing the servers as well as everyone's browsers.

I know, for the past few election cycles, Matt has strenuously tried to avoid having a politics.metafilter. A standpoint which I totally understand, but I think perhaps everyone would be better served by coming up with an arena where discussion can continue without punishing our poor beleaguered tech tools.

As an aside, can someone delete the westfalia asshattery? There's no reason for that to be the thread killer that it was intended to be.
posted by dejah420 to Feature Requests at 12:05 PM (22 comments total)

There's a new Palin thread. The old one is election dumping ground and a low-intensity conflict about abortion. It should probably be terminated.

Also, cortex or pb should upload a new activity image for that thread to the wiki.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 12:09 PM on September 14, 2008


The recent New York Times coverage is so meticulate and well-researched that it deserves its own post. Palin really is troubling news for the United States and the world in general in a lot of fascinating ways.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:09 PM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


can someone delete the westfalia asshattery?

It was deleted a couple hours ago as far as I can tell.

Also, yeah, the thread is too big, but today there are new election-related threads that can hopefully take over discussions of new matters.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:11 PM on September 14, 2008


I can definitely see the point of the mods, given that four out of the ten posts on the FPP for today so far (ET) are either about Obama or Palin. At the same time, it would be good if we could periodically create a new place for "the Palin thread" since the current one is so long as to be completely unreadable.
posted by Electrius at 12:12 PM on September 14, 2008


There's a new post, and it's been referenced in the old thread a few times now.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:13 PM on September 14, 2008


I recommend the new one as that has konolia and MapGuy competing over who gets to shit all over it.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:21 PM on September 14, 2008 [4 favorites]


So cortex, new image for "Longest Threads" on the wiki? Would be cool.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 12:52 PM on September 14, 2008


a robot made out of meat: "There's a new Palin thread. The old one is election dumping ground and a low-intensity conflict about abortion. It should probably be terminated."

Won't that just upset the pro-threaders?
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:24 PM on September 14, 2008


>>can someone delete the westfalia asshattery?

>It was deleted a couple hours ago as far as I can tell.


Great! Now, can someone delete the american asshatery?
posted by timeistight at 1:45 PM on September 14, 2008


I recommend the new one as that has konolia and MapGuy competing over who gets to shit all over it.

As far as I'm concerned, they're both winners!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 2:03 PM on September 14, 2008


And can we please get the img tag enabled in politics threads? It could be BEAUTIFUL!
posted by blue_beetle at 2:13 PM on September 14, 2008


Why is she a GILF and not a MILF in theAskMe thread?
posted by fixedgear at 2:16 PM on September 14, 2008


I think we should have a politics.metafilter subsite, but every page has to have an embedded midi song, preferably ska. Ska can either lighten the mood or drive people insane.

To test it out, lets put something by The Toasters out on the 5000 comment Palin thread and see where things go.
posted by hellojed at 3:00 PM on September 14, 2008


Ok, so I made the graphs I was requesting. If only image shack hosted postscript. Or if I was interested in learning google chart api.

http://img139.imageshack.us/my.php?image=palinthreaddaypq7.png
http://img139.imageshack.us/my.php?image=palinthreadhourss5.png
posted by a robot made out of meat at 5:40 PM on September 14, 2008


Since somebody knows the api, the raw numbers are
[1] 1100 266 431 500 592 634 269 176 216 121 142 159 170 130 117
[16] 71
and
[1] 206 99 103 74 69 52 44 63 33 20 27 17 18 10 8 2 5 3
[19] 4 6 4 8 18 11 13 4 13 17 6 9 19 20 22 30 13 15
[37] 15 10 3 5 1 2 3 1 6 4 8 14 12 12 14 10 23 15
[55] 24 17 34 13 13 10 13 20 9 4 3 1 2 3 2 4 8 4
[73] 31 69 72 34 19 19 16 13 25 17 21 18 17 26 5 4 2 0
[91] 3 3 8 20 15 24 29 32 15 40 31 28 35 24 46 43 39 15
[109] 14 16 8 3 1 3 4 7 12 12 14 32 25 32 32 19 30 31
[127] 18 11 29 42 63 76 73 38 11 7 10 7 7 7 7 24 25 16
[145] 17 33 63 40 54 48 23 46 39 27 35 32 16 8 6 3 1 0
[163] 2 4 13 8 10 22 13 19 26 17 36 17 20 11 8 9 2 8
[181] 5 5 7 3 1 0 4 2 1 3 5 9 9 10 10 9 15 10
[199] 11 13 10 13 11 8 7 4 11 20 4 1 0 2 3 4 6 3
[217] 11 9 12 19 16 5 10 11 13 6 17 16 13 18 7 1 0 1
[235] 0 2 2 6 4 2 8 9 1 3 3 4 5 11 7 10 5 10
[253] 2 6 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 5 3 8 5 5 10 4 7 4
[271] 3 5 9 9 15 20 14 14 1 6 0 0 1 1 4 5 13 5
[289] 7 6 11 23 23 12 7 4 8 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
[307] 0 0 1 3 3 4 17 15 10 6 13 11 7 8 21 17 12 14
[325] 8 0 2 1 2 1 0 4 4 5 11 7 12 11 10 6 10 12
[343] 7 11 5 2 2 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 4
[361] 2 3 1 3 3 4 11 5 7 18 10 27 12 15 10 6 0 0
[379] 0 1 2 4 8 4 6 3 3 2 3 0 1 1
posted by a robot made out of meat at 5:44 PM on September 14, 2008


That was wrong. This is per hour. This is by day.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:29 PM on September 14, 2008


You know, this is as good a place as any to say-having a minority opinion is not the same as crapping on a thread.

I think we are all big boys and girls here who can handle an opinion other than our own without getting the vapors.

I suspect there are more conservative folks on this site that simply do not post on threads such as that one because of how they believe they'd be treated-maybe that would be a good thing to bear in mind.

Carry on.
posted by konolia at 6:30 PM on September 14, 2008


Why is she a GILF and not a MILF in theAskMe thread?

I imagine the G stands for Governor.
posted by konolia at 6:31 PM on September 14, 2008


I imagine the G stands for Governor.

or grandmother.
posted by one_bean at 6:43 PM on September 14, 2008


Greedhead?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:45 PM on September 14, 2008


You know, this is as good a place as any to say-having a minority opinion is not the same as crapping on a thread.

What? You know damn well that the purpose of a Palin thread is to bash Palin/Republicans/Conservatives/Christians/etc. If that's not what you're doing, you're shitting in the thread.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 10:56 PM on September 14, 2008


I was thinking that G = goyim, so thanks for those alternate suggestions.
posted by fixedgear at 9:04 AM on September 15, 2008


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