i dislike your answer March 16, 2009 8:04 PM   Subscribe

So why isn't there a "disliked" button to go beside the "favorite"?

There is no way this hasn't been asked before, but can we get some sort of "anti-favorite" button, i.e. a "disliked" button?

I can already guess the reason why it doesn't exist is simply for wanting to keep the peace and not start feuds on metafilter... some people just can't help being children and the site admins are busy enough without full-on babysitting.

But if you can only 'dislike' it once, just like the favorites, i think it'd be good to be able to point out to someone their comments in askmefi were unhelpful, and be able to just leave it at that - no chatfilter.

Sorry to the admins if they're overtired of this one already...
posted by lizbunny to Feature Requests at 8:04 PM (123 comments total)

[dislike]
posted by crossoverman at 8:05 PM on March 16, 2009


I'm wishing for one now.
posted by Deathalicious at 8:11 PM on March 16, 2009 [10 favorites]


Because we're not Digg.
posted by Caduceus at 8:15 PM on March 16, 2009 [5 favorites]


meh.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:16 PM on March 16, 2009


It's like my Mama used to say: "If you don't have anything nice to favorite, don't favorite anything at all."
posted by gwint at 8:17 PM on March 16, 2009 [5 favorites]


Let's just call it "Booooooo"
posted by shinynewnick at 8:20 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


It would ruin the site, lol.
posted by metastability at 8:20 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Because no one cares.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:22 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


BUT I WANT MY PONY

kk i get it
posted by lizbunny at 8:25 PM on March 16, 2009


It's because Mefites are generally extremely negative people, with very high standards.

Just take it as read that if a comment has no favourites, everybody hates it; if it has one favourite, everybody except that one person hates it, and so on. This approach saves a lot of load on the servers.
posted by pompomtom at 8:25 PM on March 16, 2009 [28 favorites]


Because we like everything, and everyone needs a hug. That's just how we roll.
posted by netbros at 8:25 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Because that would mean I would collect a hell of a lot of them, which means that there's an unpleasant external reality and *shaves body, curls up, retreats into solipsistic shell*
posted by adipocere at 8:27 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Glad to see pompomtom and netbros come together on this one.
posted by maxwelton at 8:30 PM on March 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


If you dislike something, you should say so, and why. Just one of the fine ways to start a good discussion.
posted by carsonb at 8:31 PM on March 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Because we should never give assholes a way to keep score.
posted by Bookhouse at 8:34 PM on March 16, 2009 [6 favorites]


Because we already have enough people trying to keep tabs on how others use the site.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:43 PM on March 16, 2009 [4 favorites]


Way.

No double negatives either.
posted by Balonious Assault at 8:45 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Because it would be like the WWF, but instead of folding chairs, we would use left-clicks.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:48 PM on March 16, 2009


You Get A Favorite For Being Dumb
posted by mlis at 8:51 PM on March 16, 2009


Oh, and there's no financial gain for things people don't like. I'd like to keep my houseboy and yacht, thanks. Preferably in that order.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:56 PM on March 16, 2009


This way madness lies.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:59 PM on March 16, 2009


ohjesusmotherfuckingchristTHISAGAIN!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

Go back to where you came from.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:05 PM on March 16, 2009


Let's just call it "Booooooo"

They're not saying "Boooooooo".

They're chanting u-Buuuuuuuuu! u-Buuuuuuuuu!!
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:06 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


*I* was saying u_Buuu.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:09 PM on March 16, 2009 [4 favorites]


Because the favorite button is for you to use however you want. It usually does register approval, true, but it's basically a bookmark. On more than one occasion I've favorited comments that I completely disagree with because they were phrased in an interesting way, or they usefully summed up a particular perspective. It could be my favorite stupid comment, my favorite racist tirade, my favorite dumb statement of the week. Maybe I collect delightful typos. If the writer thinks I've patted him or her on the back, well, no skin off my nose.

Add a dislike button and the tiny ambiguity we have now is gone. Favorites will be seen as unalloyed applause. And controversial comments (say, a pro-GOP comment on an liberal-dominated website, if such a thing were to happen) would be likely to generate ten "dislikes" for every favorite, essentially discouraging minority viewpoints and encouraging groupthink. Whatever damage the favoriting system has done to metafilter will be tiny in comparison to the trainwreck if you add a dislike option.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:11 PM on March 16, 2009 [10 favorites]


Yeah, mefites are opinionated. If there was "dislike" button, everything would be "disliked" to some degree. It would be inversely proportional to the "favorites" button.

BUT, there is a "flagged" button. If you dislike something enough AND it doesn't contribute anything of value to the community, it gets wiped.

Thats the logic I see behind this.
posted by hal_c_on at 9:14 PM on March 16, 2009


lord can you imagine the MeTa threads that would spawn?

"I only get 100 'dislikes' a DAY!!!?"

"Why does everyone hate me?"

"The secret cabal is trying to keep me down, I can prove it, matjestex has 'disliked' me!"

"Ban dislike!" (a topic that would surface 1x a month)

"What is the correct way to use 'dislike'?" (once a month as well)

"Can we 'dislike' Askme threads please?"

"Can we 'dislike' Music submission please?"

"I 'disliked' Matt, now xyz isn't work... metafilter is the suck"

"I dised you"

"User xyz is stalking me by using 'dislikes'."

"Retaliatory 'dislikes'!"


What COULD GO WRONG?!!!
posted by edgeways at 9:20 PM on March 16, 2009


"So why isn't there a "disliked" button to go beside the "favorite"?

There is no way this hasn't been asked before, but can we get some sort of "anti-favorite" button, i.e. a "disliked" button?"


We already have one. It's called a flag. Dislike a comment? Flag it.

But moreover, the reason we don't have a specific 'dislike' button is because here at Metafilter, instead of voting down comments or doing something similarly pedestrian as they do at other sites, we can, in addition to flagging, do any of the following;

* Make a counter-point or comment about why a comment was terrible, sparking debate and informing points-of-view.

* Start a MeTa thread if something is particularly egregious

Also, if you subscribe to the view that favorites are a way of indicating popularity, you can simply not favorite it. If a comment or answer is truly terrible, it probably won't get a lot of favorites, a lot of flags and maybe even it's own MeTa.

In short, the system as it stands works and that's why we don't need something as blunt as a dislike button.
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:20 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fine. I agree, but I would like to flag something as other than "noise". "Utterly dumb", "psuedo-science" and "Must you always say that?" would be nice flags as well. Oh and, "jackhole-ninny". I really want a jackhole ninny flag.

But, I think then we'd be getting to the point where we are asking the admins to make nice little paved paths between individual sand castles. This isn't Digg, this isn't /., and we can just look at someone's posting history very easily when someone answers a question in a way we find questionable.
posted by kellyblah at 9:26 PM on March 16, 2009


Because it's one thing to just say "You're cool!" with no further details. It's unhealthy for a community to just say "you suck!" with no clarification. That's why we force people to use their words when they want to register disapproval - "Hey, poster, your strawman attacks aren't amusing us." Even mods deleting FPPs leave some words behind to explain what's going on.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:27 PM on March 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yeah, flagging is the "dislike" option. (It's also the "like" option, depending on the reason you choose, which makes it the Schroedinger's Cat of Metafilter features.)
posted by scody at 9:28 PM on March 16, 2009


Because then quonsar would come back and doom us all.
posted by loquacious at 9:29 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you dislike something, you should say so, and why. Just one of the fine ways to start a good discussion.

Funny how so many folks forget that middle bit.
posted by mediareport at 9:29 PM on March 16, 2009


I thought the "flag" button was already a way to signal one's displeasure with a comment or post. The great thing about flagging posts is that it's invisible to everyone else
posted by KokuRyu at 9:38 PM on March 16, 2009


Other side effect: the hundreds of dormant little eggs laid by Mr. President Doctor Steve Elvis America would immediately hatch and begin swarming over the site to the chitinous clattering of plastic keys, and then MetaFilter would get trolled so damn hard that Bilbo's adventure ends long before they get to the forest, if you know what I'm sayin'. You just know that select MeFites would look like Hindu deities at the Jim Henson Company, so many sockpuppets would arise, each dedicated to pissing off specific subgroups and views, with their owners later to gloat over dislikes received that day while rubbing their stocking-covered paws and contemplating the latest talking point from LGF they'd like to slip in.

I believe a little trolling is healthy. Visible dislikes, though ... might as well just chuck the tribbles in the grain bin.
posted by adipocere at 9:39 PM on March 16, 2009 [14 favorites]


Oh Suzy Q
Oh Suzy Q
Dislike the way you walk
Dislike the way you talk
Suzy Q
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:40 PM on March 16, 2009 [5 favorites]


Sorry to the admins if they're overtired of this one already..

Nah we're not overtired of it, it's just firmly in the "not going to happen" camp. I don't mean to be a total hippie about this, but really a way to say "you're bad" or "I don't like you" isn't in our general 100 point program to Make The World a Better Place. If you think something is unhelpful enough to be an against the guidelines answer, feel free to flag it, otherwise, we're all about the bellyrubs and not so much the noogies.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:48 PM on March 16, 2009 [11 favorites]


Just offer a better answer in the AskMe thread if you don't like what a commenter has posted.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:48 PM on March 16, 2009


mmmm bellyrubs.
posted by nola at 9:49 PM on March 16, 2009


Metafilter: I really want a jackhole ninny flag.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:54 PM on March 16, 2009


our general 100 point program to Make The World a Better Place.

Wait. I need a copy of this, stat.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:55 PM on March 16, 2009


Visible dislikes, though ... might as well just chuck the tribbles in the grain bin.

Nothing like startrek humor to make me smile after a long day of suck [like]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 9:59 PM on March 16, 2009


Metafilter: I don't mean to be a total hippie about this, but

Metafilter: we're all about the bellyrubs and not so much the noogies.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:01 PM on March 16, 2009


This has basically been covered, but yeah:

If you like something, and wish to agree or register your approval, you can simply favorite, reducing the amount of, "Astro Zombie is fuckin' awesome" noise which would ensue without it. If you hate something, you should explain why, or else if someone else has already explained why in a way you can't add anything special to, you can favorite their comment.

And if something is truly offensive or else damaging to the site, you can always flag it and move on.

(I usually just move on without flagging, but that's just me.)
posted by Navelgazer at 10:12 PM on March 16, 2009


FWIW, though, I feel like I remember Steven C. Den Best calling for something similar a few years back w/r/t a AskMe thread where a student was being blackmailed about cheating, and a good many of the responses were proposing illegal or otherwise massively harmful solutions, and that I felt at the time that an AskMe-specific type of thing would not be out of line, but now I think it would simply be likely to be abused.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:17 PM on March 16, 2009


Forget the dislike button, I want to hear a rimshot every time I favorite something.
posted by clearly at 10:21 PM on March 16, 2009


You unlock it after earning 5000 favorites.
posted by Artw at 10:28 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Shit 5000, I've got alot of favorites to go then.
posted by nola at 10:39 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Wait. I need a copy of this, stat."

It's mostly cribbed from that Skippy list and that Baz Luhrman sunscreen thing.
posted by klangklangston at 10:48 PM on March 16, 2009


Shit 5000

Well, I'm almost 42, and at the rate of...hm, multiply by 365, er...hey, I'm well past that! What do I win?
posted by maxwelton at 10:48 PM on March 16, 2009


I like the thought of a "diss" button that pops up "STONE COLD BUSTED!" or "you showed them!" or "burn!" or "oh, that's going to leave a mark!" or maybe just a minimalist "comment dissed!" Maybe make the favorite count "minus eleventy." It shouldn't do anything else, though.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:50 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's mostly cribbed from that Skippy list and that Baz Luhrman sunscreen thing.

Dammit, klang, I'd disfavor this, if only there were a way...
posted by Navelgazer at 10:51 PM on March 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


MeTa should have a "pistols at high noon" button.
posted by brundlefly at 10:57 PM on March 16, 2009


That's not fair to straight men or lesbians, brundlefly.
posted by Pronoiac at 11:06 PM on March 16, 2009


Yeah, "broadswords in a pit" is much more egalitarian.
posted by carsonb at 11:10 PM on March 16, 2009


Ever since the first time I saw someone mention that they favourite comments that they find mindbogglingly stupid, I have suffered from the suspicion that all my favourited comments are in that group. Implementing 'dislike' and receiving confirmation of this would at once answer one of those unknowable questions that keep me awake at night, and make me cry bitter tears of disliked rejection.

I think I prefer the status quo. Sometimes it's just better not to know.
posted by jacalata at 12:05 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


So in addition to 'Grape Job' and 'Berry Good' we should add 'Lime Not Impressed' and 'Plum Retarded'?

I prefer all human exchange be either passive aggressive or passive amicable: Winks, nods, innuendo, scowls, car bombs, and secretly befouled toothbrushes. Direct engagement is for brutish, uncivilized animals: See, do you, how they groom, copulate, and maim! We should only communicate with each other via the impersonal, binary flag system from now on.

Each comment can float in its own little hermetic world with no relation to any other comment. In fact, all comments should be completely hidden for 30 days, until the thread closes. At which time the comments are finally made visible, and we can all go through and rate all the comments with our thumb up/thumb down flag system, and it will be ever so much fun.
posted by dgaicun at 12:25 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


we're all about the bellyrubs

Who's a good admin? WHO'S A GOOD ADMIN??!!!
posted by TungstenChef at 12:54 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


So why isn't there a "disliked" button to go beside the "favorite"?

Because dickheads like me would have a new badge of honour.
posted by gman at 4:01 AM on March 17, 2009


Notice it is Jess that put the kibosh on this. Cortex is sitting back thinking of April fools day mischief.
posted by bystander at 4:51 AM on March 17, 2009


So, we're anti-noogie. Got it. Where do we stand on the wedgie?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:06 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


If I don't like your comment I WILL IGGY YOU.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:20 AM on March 17, 2009


How about a "complete indifference" button?
[1 favorites, 2 dislikes, 5 mehs]
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:39 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


[1 favorites, 2 dislikes, 5 mehs] and a partridge in a pear tree.
posted by gman at 5:56 AM on March 17, 2009


How about a "tl;dr" button (for things you don't have time to read right away but would like to read later on)?
posted by daniel_charms at 5:56 AM on March 17, 2009


That is what half of us use the favourite button for, daniel_charms.
posted by Phire at 6:17 AM on March 17, 2009


I feel like I remember Steven C. Den Best calling for something similar a few years back w/r/t a AskMe thread where a student was being blackmailed about cheating, and a good many of the responses were proposing illegal or otherwise massively harmful solutions

I remember that. IIRC, he also got called out for being grossly inaccurate a number of times with his own answers.
posted by jmd82 at 6:19 AM on March 17, 2009


Can I have this only for comments where the person commenting gets all twittery and puts @username in the thread?
posted by gudrun at 6:27 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: I feel like I remember Steven C. Den Best
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:47 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


Is it time for Bollywood smash hits yet?
posted by Burhanistan at 6:48 AM on March 17, 2009


Metafilter: I feel like I remember Steven C. Den Best

For some reason, I'm imagining a PBS-style retrospective show, "Trolls Of Our Lives." It would feature an older, grey-haired, distinguished-looking gentleman sitting in a leather chair in what appears to be a private library. The intro music would undoubtedly be classical. He'd introduce each episode holding a book that was allegedly written about one of the famous Metafilter trolls. After a brief introduction, and he'd open the book, which the camera would then zoom in on, and we'd flash to a dramatic re-enactment of said troll's life and times. The distinguished older gentleman would narrate, and the roles of various thread participants would portrayed by actual sock puppets at the end of peoples' hands.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:00 AM on March 17, 2009 [7 favorites]



our general 100 point program to Make The World a Better Place.

Wait. I need a copy of this, stat.


It got handed out at the last meeting of The Cabal. If you weren't there, then here was no such meeting. do keep up.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:07 AM on March 17, 2009


I'd support a "You're a Intellectually Dishonest Dumbass Who Googles Until You Find A 'Source' That Agrees With Your Preconceived Notion" button.
posted by electroboy at 7:42 AM on March 17, 2009


Dislike button
posted by lukemeister at 7:45 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


electroboy,

IANAIDDWGUYFASTAWYPN.
posted by lukemeister at 7:53 AM on March 17, 2009


So, question: I know Steven C. Den Beste=Class Goat (both disabled now... because they got outed?), but is he also Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America?
posted by dunkadunc at 7:55 AM on March 17, 2009


I just stumbled in here to complain about a noogie and ended up getting a belly rub. I love this place.
posted by kingbenny at 8:01 AM on March 17, 2009


Well, now I know what 'feature' Matt should add on 1-April.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:05 AM on March 17, 2009


we're all about the bellyrubs and not so much the noogies.

DON'T BE SO ANTI-CHRISTIAN.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:08 AM on March 17, 2009


Notice it is Jess that put the kibosh on this. Cortex is sitting back thinking of April fools day mischief.

Really I was only thinking about the possibility of a White Stripes parody called The Disliked Button to Button.

but is he also Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America?

No, not to my knowledge.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:32 AM on March 17, 2009


"not going to happen" camp

So, this one, time, at "Not Going To Happen" Camp,there was this girl... and it was totally not going to happen.

Please read MetaTalk more, post to MetaTalk less.
posted by GuyZero at 8:39 AM on March 17, 2009


Do you need tents and gear at Not Going To Happen Camp or is that superfluous?
posted by Burhanistan at 8:41 AM on March 17, 2009


Every year mommy and daddy promise that I can go to Not Going To Happen Camp, and every year I'm disappointed. Or happy. Really, I can't tell, since I've never been there.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:05 AM on March 17, 2009


Of course they're superfluous - the camp has been cancelled.
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:05 AM on March 17, 2009


So, we're anti-noogie. Got it. Where do we stand on the wedgie?

And wet willies?
posted by deborah at 9:23 AM on March 17, 2009


Holy Mary, mother of God, what have I done?
posted by deborah at 9:25 AM on March 17, 2009


It's pretty skeevy to think of people connecting usernames like that. If SCDB (for example) wants to turn over a new leaf, who are you to trumpet the fact that "This User is SCDB!"? Go solve crimes on your own time, Matlock.
posted by boo_radley at 9:31 AM on March 17, 2009


They should only be outed if they're exhibiting the same stupid behavior that drew ire and caused them to want to start a new account.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:32 AM on March 17, 2009


PLEASE BE ADVISED OF THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THIS WEEK'S WORKSHOP CURRICULUM

  • ''COPING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT" HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
  • "THE APATHY-FREE LIFE" WAS MOVED TO THE SMALL HALL DUE TO LIMITED INTEREST.
  • "DST AND ME" WILL START ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN ADVERTISED.

  • posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:39 AM on March 17, 2009 [10 favorites]


    They should only be outed if they're exhibiting the same stupid behavior that drew ire and caused them to want to start a new account.

    No. They should be outed never unless they choose to do that. Usually we'll delete comments that connect someone's older account and their newer account unless the person themselves has brought it up. Sometimes we don't in MetaTalk. It's not against the rules to be stupid here. Brand New Day policy still in effect.Let me know if you need a copy of the memo.
    posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:03 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


    Idea: "dislike" button that doesn't do anything.
    posted by Sys Rq at 10:13 AM on March 17, 2009 [4 favorites]


    our general 100 point program to Make The World a Better Place.

    Wait. I need a copy of this, stat.


    I got a copy in the mail from my Future Self* and while I wont ruin it for you, the words "chocolate" "fountain" "unicorn" and "explosion" appear many, many times.

    *it's required reading for School-children in the future. Everything else is just Babara Cartland novels. They're the only surviving record of England.
    posted by The Whelk at 10:27 AM on March 17, 2009


    It's pretty skeevy to think of people connecting usernames like that.

    Don't mess with the MetaDetectives. They'll come after you, next.
    posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:34 AM on March 17, 2009


    Note: Everyone needs a bellyrub.
    posted by daniel_charms at 10:35 AM on March 17, 2009


    For some reason, I'm imagining a PBS-style retrospective show, "Trolls Of Our Lives." It would feature an older, grey-haired, distinguished-looking gentleman sitting in a leather chair in what appears to be a private library

    STEPHEN FRY. just sayin'.
    posted by CitizenD at 10:42 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


    Hah! Perfect. What's weird is that I'm actually thinking of doing this now.

    Projects anyone?
    posted by Afroblanco at 10:51 AM on March 17, 2009


    "Shit 5000" was an underrated band.
    posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 10:52 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


    MetaTalk: It's not against the rules to be stupid here.

    Didja notice that clever twist on a tired old meme? Oh, you did? ... Good thing we don't have that "dislike" button, then.
    posted by Quietgal at 10:53 AM on March 17, 2009


    It's pretty skeevy to think of people connecting usernames like that. If SCDB (for example) wants to turn over a new leaf, who are you to trumpet the fact that "This User is SCDB!"?

    It's the 'turn over a new leaf' bit that's key. Have a trip through Class Goat's comments sometime.
    posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:01 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


    Don't mess with the MetaDetectives. They'll come after you, next.

    To be honest I didn't think there was much of a deal about that. At one point I surmised about a [USER A]-[USER B] connection due to nigh-identical commenting styles, but considering they were operating concurrently it seemed more like they just wanted to have two accounts at once. No crimes there, really, just strange.
    Go solve crimes on your own time, Matlock.
    Aww, be nice. Now I need a hug.
    posted by dunkadunc at 11:02 AM on March 17, 2009


    (hugs dunkadunc)

    (picks dunkadunc's pocket)
    posted by jtron at 11:09 AM on March 17, 2009


    Late to the party, and probably not what the OP was exactly looking for, but my own list of Mefi favorites/info is here: Metafilter.
    posted by psyche7 at 11:37 AM on March 17, 2009


    Honestly if this kind of drama keeps up gawker will spin off a site dedicated to metafilter.
    posted by boo_radley at 11:40 AM on March 17, 2009


    "It's not against the rules to be stupid here."

    THANK GOD
    posted by klangklangston at 11:41 AM on March 17, 2009


    Don't mess with the MetaDetectives. They'll come after you, next.

    She's got her eyes on the gray
    Logs in every day
    If there's a post on the blue, boy...
    FORGET ABOUT IT!

    [chorus]
    'Cause she's a
    MetaDetective!
    My little
    MetaDetective!
    Yeah she's a
    MetaDetective!
    Come on and
    Check her out!
    Oooh!

    Well the users are snarking
    Bad Best Answers they're marking
    From callouts to flameouts
    FORGET ABOUT IT!

    [chorus]

    She says she'll link to me
    She says she drink with me
    HA!
    FORGET ABOUT IT!

    [chorus]
    posted by SpiffyRob at 11:49 AM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


    And we can't have a (She Was a) Hotel Detective parody without a She Was a Hotel Detective1 paordy:

    Nighttime MeFite
    She says yeah right
    In the all month longboat thread
    Wait one minute
    I have seen her
    I flagged and moved on…

    [CHORUS]
    She was a MetaDetective
    But now she's done linking users
    I don't think it was the trolling
    She didn't care about those sexist blokes

    No flames, no barbs, no snarky jabs and racist jokes.

    She was a MetaDetective
    But now she's better connected
    She didn't have to pay five more bucks
    Just to get a new sock puppet

    She used to be quite a user
    She'd call the OP a loser
    But now she jokes ‘bout taters and “The.” and calls out people who say t***2

    She read that requisite wiki
    It said I/P threads are sticky
    I guess she found an easier way to make friends when she’s at Meetups

    Now that lady is running the world!

    1Clarifying wikipedia entry.
    2Not British, can't spell it out even in parody.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 12:11 PM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


    Errata:

    -I misspelled "parody" one time. But I spelled it correctly the other two times.
    -I did not write a parody of (She Was A) Hotel Detective In The Future because I haven't really listened to anything TMBG has done in the past 7-8 years.
    -These parodies are lacking cohesive narrative.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 12:25 PM on March 17, 2009


    I heard from a friend that in her spare time (She Was) Watching The Hotel Detectives.
    posted by cortex (staff) at 12:32 PM on March 17, 2009


    Don't get cute, cortex.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 12:54 PM on March 17, 2009


    Metafilter is not an unpopularity contest!
    posted by aubilenon at 1:18 PM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


    I favorite things so I can go back and read them later. If there's some I dislike, by definition, I won't want to go back and read it. So what would be the point?
    posted by Jaltcoh at 1:39 PM on March 17, 2009


    You unlock it after earning 5000 favorites

    Holy shit I would love it if Metafilter had unlockables. The possibilities! They're without limit!

    5000 favorites - "dislike" button activated
    7500 favorites - free year's supply of plates and beans
    10000 favorites - cortex performs at your homecoming dance or office mixer
    15000 favorites - image tag activated
    posted by EatTheWeak at 2:37 PM on March 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


    It seems like jessamyn has a lot of memos that we never got. I think we've also all been doing our TPS reports all wrong.
    posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:50 PM on March 17, 2009


    10000 favorites - cortex performs at your homecoming dance or office mixer

    I'm on my way, cortex, so get your one-man Hamlet ready!
    posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:51 PM on March 17, 2009


    What the fuck is all this silly shit about?
    posted by Elmore at 4:24 PM on March 17, 2009


    Booo-urns.
    posted by Mister_A at 4:46 PM on March 17, 2009


    Booo-urns

    I was on the mall in D.C. for the inauguration, and I really wish just one person had said "I was saying 'Booo-ush!'" within wear-shot of me. It was cold out there, and more laughter would've kept me warmer.
    posted by Navelgazer at 6:00 PM on March 17, 2009


    Kiss Me.
    I'm Shitfaced.
    posted by jonmc at 6:41 PM on March 17, 2009


    Me Too.
    I've decided I don't want to go back to America.
    Ow.
    posted by dunkadunc at 6:51 PM on March 17, 2009


    What the fuck is all this silly shit about?

    How can you say that. Don't you know there are children in Africa as we speak?

    I think we've also all been doing our TPS reports all wrong.

    I know -- mine is all pink!
    posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:21 PM on March 17, 2009


    Kiss Me.
    I'm Shitfaced.


    I played that very song not but hours before in a bar to a very unappreciative audience. Bah, philistines.
    posted by The Whelk at 8:05 PM on March 17, 2009


    It's not against the rules to be stupid here.

    And that's why I'm still here.
    posted by doctor_negative at 11:45 PM on March 17, 2009


    Sometimes I think that seeing the favorites count hurts my experience using metafilter, so I wrote a greasemonkey script that hides the counts.
    posted by jepler at 9:05 AM on March 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


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