brutal editing November 27, 2008 7:35 PM   Subscribe

Brutal editing.

I posted a pretty similar (exact same) answer to scruss at the same time and made a follow-on comment about how cool it was and how we should hook up (because I have something to talk to him about) and it got deleted. There was no thread hijack. I say chill out. wtf? now the 'edited' thread makes the third comment look retarded.
posted by Frasermoo to Etiquette/Policy at 7:35 PM (77 comments total)

..yes I know..using the word retarded is bad...
posted by Frasermoo at 7:39 PM on November 27, 2008


Send a private message instead. It's not that hard.
posted by CKmtl at 7:41 PM on November 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


I, for one, am FUCKING OUTRAGED.
posted by gman at 7:43 PM on November 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


I say chill out.

Good advice.
posted by grouse at 7:46 PM on November 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Me for two!
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:46 PM on November 27, 2008


y'see. now gman's comment is out of place. nothing constructive, simple trolling.

ckmtl, you're probably right, but I felt that the coincidence of me and scruss answering at the exact same time (who is only one of two mefites I've ever met in the flesh) added a cool touch to the thread.
posted by Frasermoo at 7:51 PM on November 27, 2008


How long would a perfect little snowflake last in the intense flame of a bic (or other brand) lighter??
posted by Nick Verstayne at 7:53 PM on November 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


Cool for you and scruss, p'rhaps. To others it's just a tiny bit better than "OMG HI TXT ME L8R, K?"
posted by CKmtl at 7:56 PM on November 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wait... you mean simple trolling on the part of the mod who edited the thread? That... huh.
posted by MadamM at 7:57 PM on November 27, 2008


Or of gman... whose comment was already removed, it would appear. Sorry for the false accusation.
posted by MadamM at 7:59 PM on November 27, 2008


Frasermoo loves to raise a stink.

And does not know what trolling means.
posted by dirty lies at 7:59 PM on November 27, 2008


wow, MeFi has got a lot colder than I'm used to. get your 5 bucks worth. knock yourselves out.
posted by Frasermoo at 8:00 PM on November 27, 2008


Since #1 apparently frowns on using "wendell", how about I throw a few ideas for a replacement based on other user names out there? How about this for starters?

"This post is A Terrible Llama."

Hmmm, no. That won't morph into a successful site-wide meme. How about this instead?

"This post is about as good as a Badly Drawn Bear."

No, no, you're right, that's god awful.

Hey... I know! How about, quite simply;

"This thread/callout is godawful."
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:03 PM on November 27, 2008


The same thing has happened. to me. Brockles nailed it.
posted by timeistight at 8:05 PM on November 27, 2008


Deletion of off-topic comments in AskMe is standard procedure. It's the only thing standing between us and TOTAL WORLD ANNIHILATION keeping AskMe threads from going horribly off-topic.
posted by Kattullus at 8:06 PM on November 27, 2008


Cry me a river, pope-squatter.
posted by puke & cry at 8:16 PM on November 27, 2008


In the more advanced trolling we have images to express HOW OUTRAGED WE ARE AT THIS BRUTALITY.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:16 PM on November 27, 2008


How do...

Exactly what...

Just what do you...
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 8:23 PM on November 27, 2008


I commented here, but was deleted.

Brutally.
posted by pompomtom at 8:27 PM on November 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Frasermoo, it's exactly the sort of thing that makes perfect sense for a quick email to the dude and which is really out of place in the askme itself. I'm sorry you thought it was brutal, but personal hi-and-howareya stuff isn't remotely an answer and makes more sense off-band.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:57 PM on November 27, 2008


Damn, cortex, that's brutal.
posted by mediareport at 9:12 PM on November 27, 2008


Cortex isn't just brutal, he is METAL!
posted by munchingzombie at 9:14 PM on November 27, 2008


I like how you think it added a cool touch to the thread.

It's cute.
posted by paisley henosis at 9:56 PM on November 27, 2008


Oh, it is also mistaken.
posted by paisley henosis at 9:56 PM on November 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


How long would a perfect little snowflake last in the intense flame of a bic (or other brand) lighter??

If you're comparing MeTa to a lighter, you may want to rephrase your metaphor. Maybe something more like "the burning heart of a thousand suns".
posted by blue_beetle at 10:25 PM on November 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


If you're comparing MeTa to a lighter, you may want to rephrase your metaphor. Maybe something more like "the burning heart of a thousand suns".

Wouldn't a thousand suns have a thousand separate hearts? Also, there are some pretty big stars out there, VY_Canis_Majoris has a diameter 2000 times as long as our suns, making the volume 20003 = 8,000,000,000 times larger.
posted by delmoi at 10:32 PM on November 27, 2008


FRASERMOO SAYS CHILL OUT

WHICH EXPLAINS THE COLDENING OF MEFI
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:50 PM on November 27, 2008


I say chill out. wtf?

I did, thanks for the advice.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:59 PM on November 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


OMG HAI FRASERMOO! LOL!
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:19 PM on November 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Wouldn't a thousand suns have a thousand separate hearts?
Unlike MeTa, where one heart rules us all. Or, for an alternative theory, we have enough material between us all to make one heart.
posted by dg at 12:34 AM on November 28, 2008 [1 favorite]



Cortex isn't just brutal, he is METAL!


Wait...cortex is Jack Black?
posted by juv3nal at 12:55 AM on November 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Here in the south there is a native squash that is pronounced "melaton" but actually spelled mirliton. At dinner(s) tonight it was stuffed with good things and thankfully no walnuts. Neither the pumpkin pie or the pecan pie took though. I like salt more than sugar.
I got home and it turns out that the feral cat that I share my gut house with agrees, mostly. Mostly.

In order to make the world a better place this holiday and in honor of me having an actual job these days I would like to send the first person in the US to memail me:

2 oz
TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce
and
12 oz.
TABASCO® brand Hot & Spicy SPAM

You memail me, I either unscare you by having you list a third party for me to mail it to, or you can talk to my Mom if you like.*

Apologies to my extracontinental mefite sisteren and bretheren , the freight was too much for me to extend the offer beyond this part of my continent.

*On your own there, but you'll probably end up friends.
posted by vapidave at 1:20 AM on November 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


wow, MeFi has got a lot colder than I'm used to.

When you've got so many special little snowflakes all in the one place, you end up with a blizzard.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:34 AM on November 28, 2008 [3 favorites]


> Cortex isn't just brutal, he is METAL!

He's not just brutal, he's brütal.
posted by bjrn at 3:41 AM on November 28, 2008 [4 favorites]


Brutal Editing should be the name of a band. They play a mix of Black and Progressive metal and they walk around town editing the flyers of upcoming gigs with red pen.
posted by ersatz at 3:46 AM on November 28, 2008 [3 favorites]


When we were in design school, a friend once walked around town with a red marker grading the fliers for upcoming gigs.

Then he started calling the venues or bands to offer some brutally constructive criticism.

He got a job doing all graphic design for the state philharmonic. One of the first in school to get a real job.

Do you see the parallel with cortex?
posted by dirty lies at 4:18 AM on November 28, 2008


y'see. now gman's comment is out of place. nothing constructive, simple trolling.

Dude, this is me trolling.
posted by gman at 4:54 AM on November 28, 2008


Wow, that comment you just wrote was hilarious! I'm sure it will get deleted by the mods, but, wow! Call me later?
posted by Pollomacho at 5:15 AM on November 28, 2008


"This post is A Terrible Llama."

Hmmm, no. That won't morph into a successful site-wide meme. How about this instead?




Hurf durf a terrible llama
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:07 AM on November 28, 2008


I've always had a soft spot for Brutalism. It's nice to look up at some giant concrete monstrosity and know immediately that thousands of trees were felled just for a superficial aesthetic surface treatment.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:13 AM on November 28, 2008


y'see. now gman's comment is out of place.

You do not appear to understand the difference between MeTa and AskMe, which may be at the root of the problem.
posted by languagehat at 6:24 AM on November 28, 2008


Ah, tonedeaf and colorblind. Nice.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:31 AM on November 28, 2008


Take your green hat off and put your gray one on.
posted by gman at 6:38 AM on November 28, 2008


Cortex wins.

BRUTALITY
posted by owtytrof at 8:00 AM on November 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Take your green hat off...

Do you know what you might have just insinuated?
posted by CKmtl at 8:25 AM on November 28, 2008


That reminds me of the AskMe thread were I invited everybody to my birthday party, but Cortex deleted it, and I didn't know, and nobody came to my birthday party, and I cried.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:28 AM on November 28, 2008 [6 favorites]


My cat's breath smells like cat food.
posted by electroboy at 8:29 AM on November 28, 2008


CKmtl - Obviously that's why I suggested it.
posted by gman at 8:36 AM on November 28, 2008


Dude, you've been here long enough. You know how it works.

(I paid $5 to say that.)
posted by klangklangston at 10:07 AM on November 28, 2008


You think a simple deletion like that is brutal? You obviously have encountered true comment brutality before; it's when you take the offending sentences, and you duct tape it to a chair, then you start by roughing them up a bit, you know, remove some dots from "i's" and maybe uncrossing some "t's". Then things start to get ugly, you might decide it needs a bit of a break, so you jam a comma into it, somewhere unexpected, if you know what I mean. By now it's probably screaming, so you might ellipse off the end just so that it has to watch in mute horror what comes next, where you start cutting out large sections and Mad-libbing the fuck out of them:

"Bic lighter? More like Bic pen, bitch! Now that shit doesn't even make sense anymore! HaHA!"

It's a sick world out there, and there are some really deranged would-be editors hiding in the shadows who would just love to take advantage of some poor unsuspecting phrase. You should pray that in the future all your deleted comments get such a clean death. Believe me, it could be so much worse for them.
posted by quin at 10:16 AM on November 28, 2008 [4 favorites]


That one gave me a real chill, quin.

I hope you are able to continue to contain whatever is going on there until you are too old for anyone but the attendants at the home to worry about it.
posted by jamjam at 10:46 AM on November 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Brutal: Paws of Fury? Terrible.
posted by box at 11:04 AM on November 28, 2008


Y knw wht thnk? thnk th mdrtrs n ths ste r jst jls of yr trscndntl cncdnc flled lfe, nd frd tht yr vry clvr cmmnts wll tshne thr fshng-fr-fvrtes cmments. Spclly crtx, th fvrts whr.

Edited by Cortex at 3:02 PM on November 28
posted by dirty lies at 11:34 AM on November 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


There's Tabasco-flavored Spam?

Dude. I am so there.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:53 PM on November 28, 2008


Butane is the bastard gas. That's why.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:48 PM on November 28, 2008


It's always hilarious reading the social-bond-tightening ostracisms that follow any questioning of actions by the mods. "He dares to not treat the mods as deities STONE HIM!!!!" and then everyone lights a cigar and clinks their martini glasses together.
posted by DU at 5:09 PM on November 28, 2008


Why is the gas that comes out of the metal cylinder called butane, while the gas that comes out of the butt is called methane?
posted by qvantamon at 6:07 PM on November 28, 2008 [3 favorites]


Frasermoo, someday I'll take you to Disneyland. We'll go on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and follow him straight to Hell. But for now, that's not necessary. For now, hell is all around us.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:57 PM on November 28, 2008


"He dares to not treat the mods as deities STONE HIM!!!!"

I thought it was more along the lines of "He is being an asshat." than anything that had to do with the mods.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:49 PM on November 28, 2008


It's always hilarious reading the social-bond-tightening ostracisms that follow any questioning of actions by the mods.

I prefer the you're-a-bunch-of-suck-uppy-sheep-brown-nosers-but-I-see-through-you-all-because-I-am-an-iconoclast-regardless-of-how-goofy-or-wrongheaded-the-original-complaint-was posturing that follows it, myself.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:13 PM on November 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


disemvowelled rage

you left a couple of e's in there. And did that s really need to be capitalised - shouldn't it have been lower case, preceded by a disappeared E?
posted by jacalata at 12:10 AM on November 29, 2008


I had something deleted which wasn't actually a snark recently (it could have been taken as such) but you know what? I just said to myself 'oh dear, Linda you silly sausage, you should have worded that better'. Luckily, someone a couple of comments later did word it better and so I didn't take it terribly personally at all! Sometimes, it's not all about you. It's just about your choice of words. This place is all about words.
posted by h00py at 4:22 AM on November 29, 2008


Word is a word that sounds very weird if you say it too often. Word word word.
posted by h00py at 4:25 AM on November 29, 2008


I said in part: (bold added)
In order to make the world a better place this holiday and in honor of me having an actual job these days I would like to send the first person in the US to memail me:

2 oz
TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce
and
12 oz.
TABASCO® brand Hot & Spicy SPAM

You memail me, I either unscare you by having you list a third party for me to mail it to, or you can talk to my Mom if you like.*


And the winner is:
MeFi Mail: Your Inbox
From Subject Date Select
CitrusFreak12 [no subject] Nov 28, 2008 11:46 PM


BitterOldPunk because he has entertained me over the years and as a consolation prize, will be the recipient of a Tabasco lollipop which will serve as a spicy and delicious reminder to read the contest rules.
posted by vapidave at 4:43 AM on November 29, 2008


Hooray!
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:04 AM on November 29, 2008


FOR POSTERITY:
What the heck! WHO COULD PASS UP AN OFFER LIKE THIS!? Hooray!

[Mailing address that doesn't make it any easier for you to stalk me but better safe than sorry]

Today marks the first day I have ever given a stranger on the internet my mailing address in exchange for the promise of hot sauce and spicy meat-product!

Say hello to your mom for me!

CF
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:17 AM on November 29, 2008


Hey, if I'd wanted you to send me the Spam, I'd have followed the rules. I was just exclaiming with excitement over a new Spamtastic flavor. Thanks for the lolly, address follows by memail.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:31 AM on November 29, 2008


If I send you my address, will you promise to not send me any flavor of spam whatsoever? Thanks.
posted by item at 6:56 AM on November 30, 2008


That's the first time I've seen people here falling over each other to be spammed.
posted by dg at 1:28 PM on November 30, 2008


And it's a day that shall go down in infamy!

Too soon?
posted by deborah at 7:09 PM on November 30, 2008


Too soon?
Usually, yes. How did you know?
posted by dg at 12:01 AM on December 1, 2008


That's the first time I've seen people here falling over each other to be spammed.

That's 'cause they were promised it would be spicy.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:07 AM on December 1, 2008


I have nothing to add to this thread.
posted by Mister_A at 1:50 PM on December 1, 2008


Look what arrived in the mail today three days ago!
Mmmmmmm.
Thanks Vapidave!

I love this place. Group hug.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:31 AM on December 10, 2008


You're not really going to eat that, are you?
posted by Burhanistan at 8:33 AM on December 10, 2008


Right now I'm not really sure.
But it expires in April 2011.
So I've got time to think about it.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2008


Save it for a nuclear wintery day.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:39 AM on December 10, 2008


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