He knows about the dwarf in the box. February 13, 2009 2:28 AM   Subscribe

Eisenkr is a lovely person who helped my Turk problem.

I had a question about user testing. Eisenkr gave me some extremely helpful information through MeMail and more-regular-type e-mail about the Amazon Mechanical Turk (named after a fake chess machine from the 1700s. Awesome.) Really useful stuff and avery pleasant chap. This is a wee thread to say thanks to him, thanks to the guys who run this site, and thanks to community that makes this sort of thing possible. Cheers gang!
posted by Cantdosleepy to MetaFilter-Related at 2:28 AM (48 comments total)

A private message to thank, a "Best Answer" and a flag as "Fantastic post" are usually all that's needed. If everyone used MetaTalk as a "thank you" sounding board, it'd quickly become unusable.

Which is not to say that Eisenkr doesn't deserve your thanks. Just, probably not here.
posted by explosion at 3:57 AM on February 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Okay. Delete this, those with the power.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:58 AM on February 13, 2009


Perhaps he can now help Greece with theirs?
posted by gman at 4:12 AM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Metatalk: No thanks.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:37 AM on February 13, 2009


A private message to say that a private message to thank, a "Best Answer" and a flag as "Fantastic post" are usually all that's needed. If everyone used MetaTalk to callout everyone who used MetaTalk as a "thank you" sounding board, it'd quickly become unusable.
posted by kbanas at 5:47 AM on February 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


That's why I never do anything nice for anyone. I'm terribly scared of Meta filling up with needless drivel.
posted by Science! at 6:09 AM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have a spoon!
posted by Jofus at 6:24 AM on February 13, 2009


MetaTalk: Thanks!
posted by Meatbomb at 6:43 AM on February 13, 2009


A private message to chastise that a private message to say that a private message to thank, a "Best Answer" and a flag as "Fantastic post" are usually all that's needed. If everyone used MetaTalk to make recursive statements about everyone who used MetaTalk to callout everyone who used MetaTalk as a "thank you" sounding board, it'd quickly become unusableparsable.
posted by explosion at 6:48 AM on February 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Ha ha, yeah! This'll teach Cantdosleepy to be grateful!
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:51 AM on February 13, 2009


A private message to chastise that a private message to say that a private message is like a mystery wrapped in an enigma inside some bacon.
posted by yeti at 7:01 AM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


So like, it seems like everyone I meet associates fezzes with like, Turks and Ottomans an' stuff. But they're totally a Greek thing, too. And I look surprisingly damn good in a fez. But for whatever reason, most Americans think of them as Turkish rather than Greek (assuming they don't just associate them with the Shriners). But my family's Greek, not Turkish, and as such, I am encouraged to FLIP OUT MIGHTILY if someone mistakes me for a Turk. So this is my Turkish problem.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:09 AM on February 13, 2009


Is this like the way Dutch people pretend they don't understand German?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:30 AM on February 13, 2009


Is this like the way Dutch people pretend they don't understand German?

I'm sorry, I can't quite parse this sentence. Are you speaking in your crazy Vermont language or something?
posted by Greg Nog at 7:40 AM on February 13, 2009


You're from NEW HAMPSHIRE, you know very well what I'm saying!!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:49 AM on February 13, 2009


Que?
posted by Meatbomb at 7:54 AM on February 13, 2009


There are two sane responses to this thread. Hooray, yes! Community and joy and helpfulness is what makes me feel awesome! and You're doing it wrong. Oh, dang, 3 responses:
que.
la.
pom' de terro.
posted by carsonb at 8:00 AM on February 13, 2009


You're from NEW HAMPSHIRE, you know very well what I'm saying!!

Maple maple state income tax rolling verdant hills?
posted by Greg Nog at 8:05 AM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


My private message's breath smells like private message food.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:05 AM on February 13, 2009


Message : my friend help me, i tell metafilter. why no?
posted by Damn That Television at 8:09 AM on February 13, 2009


White Mountains + Green Mountains = Shamrock Shake Mountains.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:59 AM on February 13, 2009


That's where I saw the Leprchaun. He tells me to post things!
posted by hal_c_on at 9:00 AM on February 13, 2009


http://thankyou.metafilter.com
posted by desjardins at 9:07 AM on February 13, 2009


It's nice to see a happy, pleasant post in Metatalk. It livens up the place.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:09 AM on February 13, 2009


A private message to thank, a "Best Answer" and a flag as "Fantastic post" are usually all that's needed. If everyone used MetaTalk as a "thank you" sounding board, it'd quickly become unusable.

I think this is actually a good use of metatalk. It's much better then focusing on the negative. Public praise is a motivator of good behavior. If MetaTalk did fill up with thankyou notes, then we could find some solution. Until then it's not a problem.
posted by delmoi at 9:12 AM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Greg Nog I found my french cuff shirt and OPERATION AWESOME LEGO CUFFLINKS is a go!

Take that, temporary public replacement for mefi mail thread!
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:46 AM on February 13, 2009


Is this like the way Dutch people pretend they don't understand German?

I don't know, is this like your grandparents looking for plausible grounds not to follow orders barked at them by the monosyllabic peons of a bellicose occupying force? If so, then yes, this is exactly like that.

[NOT MENTION THE WAR-IST]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:01 AM on February 13, 2009


I think Turks are sexy. Greeks? Not so much.

That is all.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:30 AM on February 13, 2009


the monosyllabic peons of a bellicose occupying force

Who you callin' bellicose, asshole?

No wait, that's not right:

Who you call "mon... sill-bick," fuck face?

The weird thing is, I'm not even a little bit German. This is just solidarity with the peons of the world.
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:35 AM on February 13, 2009


Dutch people understand German, but pretend that they don't? Huh? I learn something new here every day!

Thanks, Jessamyn!! I like you and I love this site!!!

But seriously, how does wasting time in this thread help solve the GMTM?*

* - Great Metafilter Tater Mystery
posted by SteveTheRed at 10:41 AM on February 13, 2009


Just kidding. I love Germans. They're great with a little basil.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:54 AM on February 13, 2009


cufflinks = AWESOME
Greeks = SEXY
If need be, I can post a picture of myself in a tuxedo to prove both points SIMULTANEOUSLY
posted by Greg Nog at 11:03 AM on February 13, 2009


Greg Nog, could you please post a picture of yourself in a tuxedo?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:14 AM on February 13, 2009


A private messasge to chastise that a private message to chastise that a private message to say that a private message to thank, a "Best Answer" and a flag as "Fantastic post" are usually all that's needed. If everyone used MetaTalk to make recursive statements about everyone who used MetaTalk to callout everyone who used MetaTalk as a "thank you" sounding board, it'd quickly become unusableparsable incomprehensible.
posted by WCityMike at 11:31 AM on February 13, 2009


A Buffalo buffalo to buffalo that a Buffalo buffalo to buffalo that a Buffalo buffalo to buffalo that a Buffalo buffalo to buffalo, a "Buffalo buffalo" and a buffalo as "Buffalo buffalo" are usually all that's buffaloed. If buffalo used buffalo to buffalo Buffalo buffalo about buffalo who used buffalo to buffalo buffalo who used buffalo as a "Buffalo" buffalo, it'd quickly become unbuffaloeable.
posted by yeti at 11:48 AM on February 13, 2009


Yo dawg, I heard you like buffalo so I put a buffalo in Buffalo so you can buffalo buffalo while you buffalo Buffalo.
posted by GuyZero at 12:19 PM on February 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


If need be, I can post a picture of myself in a tuxedo to prove both points SIMULTANEOUSLY

TSFIUWOP.

[this slash fiction is useless without pictures]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:20 PM on February 13, 2009


slash.metafilter.com?

I don't think we want to go there.
posted by lysdexic at 1:15 PM on February 13, 2009


I think this is actually a good use of metatalk

I do too. I'd much rather see this than yet another "waah my snowflake was deleted" or "I want a pony" or "user X was mean to me and I hate him and I want you all to hate him too." Good for you, Cantdosleepy, and good for Eisenkr!
posted by languagehat at 1:21 PM on February 13, 2009




There Will Be Blood Greg Nog
posted by cowbellemoo at 2:22 PM on February 13, 2009


I studied some German at school, and can more or less understand spoken Dutch, for whatever that's worth. It's about an exact 50-50 mix of German & English.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:17 PM on February 13, 2009


Careful now, UbuRoivas. You know that Holland has abolished capital punishment, right? Well, the only exception, enshrined in the constitution, is when somebody says what you just said, which by the way requires no trial. So let's pretend this never happened, shall we?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:24 PM on February 13, 2009


60-40?
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:27 PM on February 13, 2009


holy shit, gnfti - i typed out a comment in ancient middle high Livonian as a joke, and only just realised now that it reads exactly like a grammatically correct comment in English!

what are the odds?

(and apologies to any turtle-breeders offended by my joke - i was only trying to make a crude pun & i don't actually believe you do what i implied)
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:38 PM on February 13, 2009


*resheathes William the Silent's sword almost but not quite all the way; places urgent phone call to Riga; books flight to PDX*
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:58 PM on February 13, 2009


My mother's father was "Pennsylvania Dutch" which I believe is the same as German-Dutch. The family name is Loerch...no butler jokes, please.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:35 AM on February 14, 2009


It is! "Dutch" in this context derives from "Deutsch", German for "German".

And aren't we all, after all, manservants?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:46 PM on February 16, 2009


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