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what's the story behind the user methinks?

what's the story behind the user methinks?

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is this username retired because of a reason?

(someone I know wanted it a moment ago and we couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work when it's not in use.)
posted by krautland to Etiquette/Policy at 1:03 PM (88 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

It's in use, they just haven't posted anything.
posted by sanko at 1:07 PM on October 6, 2008


Yeah, that account is totally active. The user just doesn't seem to, you know, actually be doing anything.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:07 PM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's being used, it's not banned. They are simply a lurker.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:08 PM on October 6, 2008


Meh. Happens all the time. I originally wanted jackal. Taken, never used.
posted by grateful at 1:08 PM on October 6, 2008


Nothing forces a member to contribute. Maybe they're just waiting for that very special post.
posted by ALongDecember at 1:08 PM on October 6, 2008


S/hethinks very long and hard before doing anything, it seems.
posted by Abiezer at 1:10 PM on October 6, 2008 [8 favorites]


It helps you find the bugs though, so that's useful. For instance, their Post RSS feed is missing the username.
posted by smackfu at 1:12 PM on October 6, 2008


Sleeper cell.
posted by stet at 1:18 PM on October 6, 2008 [12 favorites]



(someone I know wanted it a moment ago and we couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work when it's not in use.)


methinksactively?

methinksmore?

ithinks?

myselfthinks?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:21 PM on October 6, 2008


You could always send methinks a memail methinks.
posted by klangklangston at 1:21 PM on October 6, 2008 [9 favorites]


Somebody who's about five bucks light, I guess.
posted by jonmc at 1:36 PM on October 6, 2008


ithinks?

Apple has that reserved for their portable mindreader.
posted by jonmc at 1:38 PM on October 6, 2008


Two weeks ago I signed up with a new username, expecting to be able to post an AskMe right away (I was going to use that account exclusively after that). Sadly, I forgot the rules from when I signed up the first time and needed to wait a week to post a question. So now it sits unused, but ready in case I want to abandon this one. Maybe something similar happened with methinks.
posted by sjuhawk31 at 1:39 PM on October 6, 2008


I originally wanted jackal. Taken, never used.

You should be grateful.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 1:41 PM on October 6, 2008 [5 favorites]


And then for five months I played a waiting game... and then I dropped the bombshell.
posted by thereforemeam at 1:55 PM on October 6, 2008 [5 favorites]


<seinfeld>what's up with THAT?</seinfeld>
posted by blue_beetle at 2:01 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


Hello? Is not the clue in the name? This user is THINKING. Dude's name is not Meposts, Mecomments, Me-asks-mefi, Me-rocks-out, or Mejobs-it-up. Dude is like, THINKING. Most of you people never had a goddamn thought in your lives that you didn't immediately type out on some website, but when a genuine THINKER turns up, it's all "WAAH WAAH WAAH THOUGHT IS AN ILLUSION ONLY ACTION IS MEANINGFUL!" Jesus fucking Christ. I'm just waiting for the thoughtful one, the supreme penseur, to take as much thinking time as he or she requires, and - when the near-infinite contemplation is completed - to commit to this site a post, comment or question that will distill all those profound and weighty ages of meditation into a single line or link of youtube of utterly tremendous force.

And whatever Methinks posts in that final, golden revelation of mindfulness, it'll probably get so many fucking favourites that mathowie will have to invent a whole new numeral to represent it - at least within the pussy little two-dimensional writing system bullshit you're all so fucking proud of, you fucking wieners.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:04 PM on October 6, 2008 [44 favorites]


His tattoo parlor is under federal investigation as a front for subdermal tweakers.
posted by grobstein at 2:05 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


I wanted XQUZYPHYR, but someone beat me to it.
posted by stavrogin at 2:06 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


methinks not
posted by solipsophistocracy at 2:13 PM on October 6, 2008


Every week I register a sock puppet account. That's one of them.

eyeballkid hates, and I have many copies. I have a plan.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:27 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


Yeah, that account is totally active. The user just doesn't seem to, you know, actually be doing anything.

GWB?
posted by R. Mutt at 2:32 PM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


What's the story behind socketboy?
posted by timeistight at 2:36 PM on October 6, 2008


grateful wrote: Meh. Happens all the time. I originally wanted jackal. Taken, never used.

I wouldn't've minded being jack, who's been doing cock all for more than seven years.
posted by jack_mo at 2:38 PM on October 6, 2008


Doing cock all? Biding my time, more like.
posted by jack at 2:39 PM on October 6, 2008 [53 favorites]


WHAT?
posted by grobstein at 2:41 PM on October 6, 2008


Sorry, that was very naughty. The 'jack' account is otherwise untouched.
posted by jack_mo at 2:41 PM on October 6, 2008


GWB?

Why is it that whenever I see "GWB" I think "Guided By Voices"?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:44 PM on October 6, 2008


Sorry, that was very naughty. The 'jack' account is otherwise untouched.

You took it out of its original wrapper. It's worthless now.
posted by stavrogin at 2:47 PM on October 6, 2008 [6 favorites]


methinks? He doth express not much.
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:48 PM on October 6, 2008 [3 favorites]


And then for five months I played a waiting game... and then I dropped the bombshell.

You're a front for the Spinach Council?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:51 PM on October 6, 2008


Methinks we should consider the very real possibility that all those accounts that are active but never used belong to people who are dead.

What?
posted by Pastabagel at 3:03 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


Methinks Plates of Beans?

My kingdom for an img tag!
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:19 PM on October 6, 2008


methinks, thou don't post here too much.
posted by googly at 3:26 PM on October 6, 2008


Dude's clearly a fucking NARC.
posted by The Straightener at 3:36 PM on October 6, 2008


Does it matter? I mean, really? The planet's getting hotter, penguins are melting, the forests are revolting, and you had to go and call out Mr Lurky-Lurk-McLurkingpants?

I bet it's Christopher Hitchens.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:41 PM on October 6, 2008 [3 favorites]


Maybe your signup didn't fail after all.
posted by DU at 3:46 PM on October 6, 2008


You're a front for the Spinach Council?

I yam what I yam.
posted by jonmc at 3:48 PM on October 6, 2008


eyeballkid hates, and I have many copies. I have a plan

awww, you big old hater, you. I hatez you right back. And all your secret little sock puppets, too ... you think we don't know they're skulking about radiating hate from the heel to the toe? We're on to you mister!
posted by madamjujujive at 3:51 PM on October 6, 2008


The person hasn't even posted, and they get a MeTa callout?

Wow.
posted by never used baby shoes at 4:02 PM on October 6, 2008 [20 favorites]


The sooner they talk, the sooner they talk back...
posted by cowbellemoo at 4:04 PM on October 6, 2008


This is why I'm not just Jared.
posted by JaredSeth at 4:23 PM on October 6, 2008


The person hasn't even posted, and they get a MeTa callout?
noooo.... that wasn't about the person, that was about the name.
posted by krautland at 4:24 PM on October 6, 2008


What's the story with jeffP?

He made one comment ever, and it was about how great he was for having a low user number.
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:36 PM on October 6, 2008


also, he joined "sometime in 1999," but waited until 2002 to comment.
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:37 PM on October 6, 2008


yes, but I don't mind his comment.
posted by jonmc at 4:39 PM on October 6, 2008


I knew jonmc was Robin Williams! Dude, that was one shitty movie. You should be ashamed.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:43 PM on October 6, 2008


I did it for the coke money, man.
posted by jonmc at 4:46 PM on October 6, 2008


I think you should also call out:
funkytown, comfypants, black, monet001, pynk, TJonesMfs, kospat, docmobs, steviemck, barneylewis, mattlee, The Man Mulcahey, jrocho, mkspen, *ncw, exitcity, trieu, Aravina, weswada, candice, Macphisto, murphcol, LisaLisa, pseudoart, onefootbothsame, a1superman, Merryish, loran, codice_magnum, bnyhan, daddymac, HvT, Rednik, alisdair, creature69, kmcgillick, babelfishstix, iceclone, Andrew.Griffin, bperea, pnathan, jani66, rmatthew, parsman, imloky, martha205, CaddyshackSexRomp, compa, MtnCrawler, Venustias, 956lemans, filter, trout802, griggles, paul.reeding, sasnade@aol.com, tammy, DaveF, dangar67, areyou486, juliet, dlister, wim, bg, Grandad, aberabic, decanniere, platinum109, pfeffermuse, verge, henkie, dzed, henry, lucasan, anteaus, ldo, Forn, jencu, DeAnne, daycaremom, metasailor, sft, judithz, WritelySo, emerson032, bradddd, giftuser59250, AdamSelene, TheFPG, Nymus, ChaCha, phFactor, FPS, gizmo_saenz, Aliskandar, uauage, Desirina, haneff, moxxoxx

That's just a random 99 from the most recent infoDump (August).. there's 14000 more as far as I can tell. disclaimer - didn't check favorites
posted by xorry at 4:52 PM on October 6, 2008


Whoa there, xorry, what's the rush? One per thread and one thread each, by the book.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:02 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


there's 14000 more as far as I can tell.

They disappeared.... just as I feared. We have been left behind.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:19 PM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


I bet it's Christopher Hitchens.

Hitch could never keep his mouth closed for this long.

That's just a random 99 from the most recent infoDump (August)

Infodump has been updated as of 10/1, fwiw. I'll try and do it at least monthly from now on (knocks on wood).

But speaking of, there's a fun project: check out the average length and alphabetic distribution of active vs. mysteriously inactive accounts and find out if there's any correlation between activity and superficial username factors.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:20 PM on October 6, 2008


What's the story with jeffP?

He made one comment ever, and it was about how great he was for having a low user number.



It's like buying a 1970 Monte Carlo, upgrading with a 454 big block and dual exhaust then just covering it up and keeping it the garage for decades, biding your time till one day, BAM! Out it comes gloss black and badder than Satan the 454 thundering and everyone on the sidewalk cowering like a bunch of 5 yearolds hearing daddy's skill saw for the first time. Of course then you go to fill it up and it looks like driving 20 mile is gonna cost you $150 so all your time biding may have been a waste, but still a guy can dream can't he?
posted by nola at 5:22 PM on October 6, 2008 [2 favorites]



GWB?

Why is it that whenever I see "GWB" I think "Guided By Voices"?


Because he is.
posted by eyeballkid at 7:35 PM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


What's the story with jeffP?

He made one comment ever, and it was about how great he was for having a low user number.


I pretty sure that comment was actually made by someone else.
posted by timeistight at 8:01 PM on October 6, 2008


MetaFilter: methinks in bed, but not with you!
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:06 PM on October 6, 2008


I wanted XQUZYPHYR, but someone beat me to it.

I just spent some time reading that username, and now have 'Excuse. Why pee here?' as my inner monologue when I now see it.
posted by djgh at 8:07 PM on October 6, 2008


In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu methinks.
posted by theclaw at 9:18 PM on October 6, 2008 [4 favorites]


I was so pissed I couldn't get Doppelgangster. I almost didn't believe it was real until I saw it in an infodump.

whoever you are, man? I'm still cooler than you, fucking dropout. mutter.</small.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:33 PM on October 6, 2008


I just came in to applaud jack_mo's masterful play of the long game. Bravo, sir, bravo.
posted by bettafish at 11:05 PM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm just waiting for the thoughtful one, the supreme penseur, to take as much thinking time as he or she requires, and - when the near-infinite contemplation is completed - to commit to this site a post, comment or question that will distill all those profound and weighty ages of meditation into a single line or link of youtube of utterly tremendous force.

If it's "42" I don't want to hear it. Seriously.
posted by salvia at 11:33 PM on October 6, 2008


Maybe caddis knows. Methinks does list him/her as a contact.
posted by philip-random at 11:39 PM on October 6, 2008


I originally wanted dapfbaopfdvmcx z;dvmasodpv.
posted by nthdegx at 5:56 AM on October 7, 2008


I think you should also call out:
funkytown, comfypants, black, monet001, pynk, TJonesMfs, kospat, docmobs, steviemck, barneylewis, mattlee, The Man Mulcahey, jrocho, mkspen, *ncw, exitcity, trieu, Aravina, weswada....


I think it's time for a foreclosure sale. Bidding starts at $0.50
posted by grateful at 6:30 AM on October 7, 2008


... and a bailout for the subprime memberships that people took out in the go-go mid '00s.
posted by lukemeister at 6:40 AM on October 7, 2008


Maybe you are thinking about this wrong. Could this Methinks be Meth inks, a tatood meth head? He could be so smoked out he cannot post.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:50 AM on October 7, 2008



I just came in to applaud jack_mo's masterful play of the long game. Bravo, sir, bravo.


Yeah, that was pretty awes....You bastards! YOU BLEW IT UP!
posted by cashman at 6:54 AM on October 7, 2008


Yeah, I sort of wish I'd just sneakily started using the account after guessing the password (it was the same as the user's surname), instead of wasting it it on a silly joke and confessing.
posted by jack_mo at 7:10 AM on October 7, 2008


The username you attempted to register, Methinks, is taken. Why not try:

My-Methinks
E-Methinks
Methinks-online
My-E-Methinks
MethinksWorld
TheMethinks
MethinksGuide
My-E-Methinks-World
posted by dirtdirt at 7:14 AM on October 7, 2008


You know, this would be the perfect thread for Methinks to make a first post in.
Show that krautland what you're made of, Methinks!
posted by cimbrog at 7:27 AM on October 7, 2008


cortex : there's a fun project: check out the average length and alphabetic distribution of active vs. mysteriously inactive accounts and find out if there's any correlation between activity and superficial username factors.

I think we have different definitions of "fun". Nowhere in your sentence do I see the words: alcohol, guns, strippers, kittens, det-cord, or Jarts, and I think we can all agree that these are some basic requirements by any definition.
posted by quin at 7:36 AM on October 7, 2008 [2 favorites]


Alcohol and Yard Darts are implicit, quin. Always.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:43 AM on October 7, 2008


Whatever else you can say about methinks, he has tremendous self-control. There's a whole metatalk thread about him, and he still hasn't responded in it...
posted by DreamerFi at 9:24 AM on October 7, 2008


Hey, when I was little I got a Lawn Dart right in the chest. No lie.

They are not fun.
posted by genefinder at 9:29 AM on October 7, 2008


So you're the one who ruined it for the rest of us!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:46 AM on October 7, 2008


It was the third of July and the weather was fine
Ed brought the hot dogs, the croquet set was mine
But the red ball was missing and three mallets were bent
Ed suggested lawn darts so to K-Mart we went

We looked by the yard games, we looked by the grills
But we couldn't find lawn darts come high water or hills

We talked to the sales clerk and she started to cry
She said "They're off the shelves now," and she told us both why:
A kid was pegged in the head with a lawn dart
Her dad didn't see 'er, that's the worst part;
A kid was pegged in the head with a lawn dart
So they're now off the shelves at the K-Mart

Well we both felt so bad that we gave up the search Ed went to bed, and I went to church
And now we never grill hot dogs, and we don't play yard games
Since we heard that sad story things just aren't the same

posted by grateful at 10:11 AM on October 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


<>
posted by grateful at 10:12 AM on October 7, 2008


cimbrog: that krautland? like you people?
posted by krautland at 12:07 PM on October 7, 2008


cimbrog: that krautland? like you people?

You betcha!
posted by cimbrog at 1:51 PM on October 7, 2008


Oh, Ed's. Too bad they only had, like, five good songs (Lawn Dart was one).
posted by klangklangston at 2:28 PM on October 7, 2008


Back when Mefi was free, I signed up three of my friends with accounts and NONE of them ever, ever used them. Now I just use them to have discussions with myself.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:45 PM on October 7, 2008


Themeinks?
posted by cereselle at 12:23 PM on October 8, 2008


For those of us missing the joke, why did jack disable his account?
posted by iamkimiam at 11:41 PM on October 8, 2008


jack was actually brought back from the dead by a password-guessing jack_mo, who made that joke and then immediately and contritely told us what he'd done and blamed it on beer, and Matt closed the dang thing down.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:44 AM on October 9, 2008


Haha. No shit. That's pretty funny, but yeah, shouldn't be encouraged, for obvious reasons.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:46 AM on October 9, 2008


Aww, too bad.
posted by methinks? at 8:48 PM on October 9, 2008


You gotta nuther methink coming, buddy.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:49 PM on October 9, 2008


$five is too much for methinks! methinks. or methinks...
This eroteme, on the other hand, is lovely, methinks.
posted by methinks? at 8:51 PM on October 9, 2008


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