Five years, same as in town November 18, 2009 12:29 PM   Subscribe

Five years ago today, Matt posted "New user signups are back on" letting all us rowdy unwashed masses into Metafilter for the mere price of five dollars american. Happy Fifth Anniversary to users 17578 to 18680 from 18117.
posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM (152 comments total)

That's uncanny that we hit 100000 in almost exactly five years. To me.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:31 PM on November 18, 2009


Buncha five-dollar n00bs.
so adorable!
posted by carsonb at 12:32 PM on November 18, 2009


To those who signed on before then:

YOU WAS NEVER MY AGE, OFFICER KRUPKE.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:33 PM on November 18, 2009 [5 favorites]


Apparently the first person to sign up five years ago was so excited they forgot to ever use the account.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 12:37 PM on November 18, 2009 [3 favorites]


Eh? What's that? Speak up, sonny.
posted by 40 Watt at 12:38 PM on November 18, 2009


Some antediluvian members may disagree, but the decisions to reopen signups was probably the best thing Matt did for the community since he started it in the first place. A stagnant genepool makes for an evolutionary dead end.
posted by dersins at 12:39 PM on November 18, 2009


So we're supposed to be breeding with the others?

Why didn't anybody tell me this?
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:42 PM on November 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yay! I even remember exactly where I was on that day - in the Engineering computer lab at the college I was attending. I signed up, then had to go back to my room to get my credit card. Then I had to send Matt an email because I couldn't figure out how to get the username I had reserved. Fun times!
posted by muddgirl at 12:43 PM on November 18, 2009


I so closely avoid the $5 noob cut-in.
posted by edgeways at 12:44 PM on November 18, 2009


Remember that time when us then-lurkers were able to log-in for part of a day due to a glitch in the sign-in page? When was that? And I think there was a thread about it?
posted by ericb at 12:45 PM on November 18, 2009


After over two years of waiting and somehow missing every signup opportunity, I'm in. I'll be good, promise.
posted to MetaTalk by Optimus Chyme at 7:01 AM on November 18, 2004


heh
posted by Optimus Chyme at 12:47 PM on November 18, 2009 [6 favorites]


Best five bucks I ever spent. No joke.
posted by Joe Beese at 12:48 PM on November 18, 2009


OMG I forgot our anniversary. I'm so ashamed :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:52 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mathovvie! I laughed every time I saw that username.
posted by iconomy at 12:53 PM on November 18, 2009


40 Watt: Hey, we're neighbours!

doesn't mean you're allowed on my lawn
posted by ODiV at 12:53 PM on November 18, 2009


Ladies and gentlemen of MetaFilter, it has been an honor and a pleasure to be among you for these five years. We have all learned so much about friendship and kindness. I will always remember each and every one of you with the utmost fondness, and I hope that you will keep me in your hearts as well. Farewell, friends.

::boards spaceship, returns to home planet::
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:54 PM on November 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Ugh, who would pay $5 for some website that just links to youtube videos and New York Times articles!?
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:57 PM on November 18, 2009


I'm 19382, looks like it was six days later for me. It's been interesting, thanks.
posted by fixedgear at 12:57 PM on November 18, 2009


iconomy: Mathovvie! I laughed every time I saw that username.

That's pretty funny. Though if I remember correctly the account was banned after some sort of weird flameout in this thread but the offending comment is gone.
posted by Kattullus at 1:00 PM on November 18, 2009


*gets dirt all over the carpet*
posted by The Devil Tesla at 1:02 PM on November 18, 2009


Hooray!

For the schmoopy, not the userid dickwaving.
posted by Pronoiac at 1:05 PM on November 18, 2009


I remember excitedly telling my wife about this that morning. She was all "Yeah, so whatever," and promptly went to doing to some obscure wife activity.

YEAH SO, WHERE'S YOUR ATTITUDE NOW BABY?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:08 PM on November 18, 2009


So we're supposed to be breeding with the others?

Why didn't anybody tell me this?
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:42 PM on November 18 [+] [!]


Oh come on. How many times do you have to spoused before you get it?
posted by Babblesort at 1:11 PM on November 18, 2009


I can't believe how long I have been hanging around this place.
posted by caddis at 1:14 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Metafilter jumped the shark on September 19, 2001.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 1:14 PM on November 18, 2009


It has been a great five years for me, and as said above, the best $5 I ever spent. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

In the Tooting My Own Horn Dept: Ninjapirate said in my first post that I was "the first of the new breed to develop flight." Not sure if that is true or not.

I remember really appreciating the comment from Wendell in that thread also.
posted by marxchivist at 1:14 PM on November 18, 2009


Thank you for letting me in. More than therapy, massive life and country changes or anything else, Metafilter has had a positive impact on my self development. I am from the internet, from Metafilter to be exact. I truly care that much about this place. Thank you, mods and community.
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:25 PM on November 18, 2009


Yaaay
posted by ludwig_van at 1:30 PM on November 18, 2009


You know, in Nov. 2004 I was surely on the younger end of members here. 5 years later and I'm firmly in the target demographic. It's weird to go back and look at some of those early posts. I was just a baby!
posted by muddgirl at 1:31 PM on November 18, 2009


It's been a great run.

I remember sitting in my dorm room, at an ugly uncomfortable desk, that day when I realized I could finally join. It was hard to explain to my girlfriend what I was so excited about. Five years later, I think she finally gets it.

Long live the blue!
posted by Tesseractive at 1:37 PM on November 18, 2009


Out of curiosity I just checked on who my two user ID neighbors are. 34849 didn't complete the sign up process, and 34847 has never posted anything on any Mefi site. Suddenly I feel lonely.
posted by COD at 1:37 PM on November 18, 2009


Wow. it's been five years. I remember I had to go borrow a credit card from someone just to be able to signup.
posted by dhruva at 1:39 PM on November 18, 2009


Those maniacs blew it up! My home planet, I mean. Damn them all to hell!

Looks like I'm stuck here with you guys.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:39 PM on November 18, 2009


We need a collective noun for November 18thers. Birthers? Rebirthers? BigBangers?
posted by Rumple at 1:42 PM on November 18, 2009


Rumple: "We need a collective noun for November 18thers. Birthers? Rebirthers? BigBangers"

I was trying to think of one when I was writing the post but didn't come up with anything. I got to "Happy Anniversary to my fellow ________" and couldn't come up with a noun to finish the sentence.
posted by octothorpe at 1:45 PM on November 18, 2009


FreshMeatfilters
posted by Rumple at 1:46 PM on November 18, 2009


I seriously never even notice my user number. I mean, it's not like a low number = Dorian Gray superpowers.

That said, I'm still pissed I couldn't register Doppelgangster as my username, and feel some enmity towards Tony Stagg the lurker. But hey, at least he's activated.

POST SOMETHING, DOPPELGANGSTER!

/slinks away, knowing no comment is forthcoming
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 1:50 PM on November 18, 2009


Ruiners.

I kid. I love.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:52 PM on November 18, 2009


18thers seems good. It's like a good MetaFilter username in that it's both slightly hard to parse and awkward to say out loud.
posted by Kattullus at 1:52 PM on November 18, 2009


You are all, and always will be, Five-Dollar N00bs.

Not that there's anything wrong with that!
posted by yhbc at 1:54 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]




Like muddgirl, I was pretty young when I signed up on the 18th. In fact, I was sitting in a high school computer lab. I feel more like a big boy now.
posted by invitapriore at 2:05 PM on November 18, 2009


Some of the "18thers" are 17thers though while the higher # 18thers are FUCKING N00BS. I need taxonomic precision.
posted by Rumple at 2:05 PM on November 18, 2009


That's uncanny that we hit 100000 in almost exactly five years. To me.


All according to The Plan. With the 10,000th user will come self-awareness, and fear. So much fear.
posted by The Whelk at 2:08 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


40 Watt: Hey, we're neighbours!

The hell we are! Your tree drops it's damn leaves all over my yard, your dog keeps digging up my peonies, and the microwave relay tower you installed blocks my view of the Geirangerfjord. You call that neighborly?

How you got that tower got past the condo association I'll never know.
posted by 40 Watt at 2:09 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


All according to The Plan. With the 10,000th user will come self-awareness, and fear. So much fear.

He does indeed seem scared.
posted by gman at 2:13 PM on November 18, 2009


Man, when I first stampeded through the gates I was the n00biest n00b who ever n00bed.

I had been reading the site for years (thanks to gompa who sent me here when I asked him, "man, where the hell are you getting all these crazy links you keep emailing me?") but even then reading and participating are two different things altogether. Hell, I barely knew any HTML. One thing that was strange: I felt I knew people on the site, folks like jonmc (who I have now met in NYC) and others but of course they didn't know who the hell I was. "Fuzzy Monster? What's that?" And then I proceeded to ask all kinds of stupid questions and make spelling mistakes in Front Page Posts and get sucked into flamewars...

But I learned. And I made friends. And I still try to add cool links and answers and music and comments that hopefully contribute to the Positive Metafilter Experience. I've learned a lot from the posts and comments here-- thanks, everyone. This is a One Great Site, and I'm very happy to be here.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 2:14 PM on November 18, 2009


Also:

We need a collective noun for November 18thers. Birthers? Rebirthers? BigBangers?

I saw this phrase used sarcastically (can't seem to find it again) but I always liked the sound of it:
"The Heroes of November 18th."
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 2:15 PM on November 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


And it only took 11 days to get from 17578 to my 20007 (which I acquired because it was the name of my first blog and I didn't want anyone else using it). It was a crazy time.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:18 PM on November 18, 2009


.
posted by Stynxno at 2:19 PM on November 18, 2009


I hesitated for over a month before getting an account after signups returned because I thought being a user would suck up too much of my time.

I was pretty smart back in 2007.
posted by brain_drain at 2:25 PM on November 18, 2009


2004, I mean. I was not smart in 2007, and clearly am not very smart in 2009.
posted by brain_drain at 2:27 PM on November 18, 2009


I stand by the hearty welcome I issued then, though I was saddened to see so many of you ignore my warning about tipping the wonderchicken. I hope you've wised up since then.
posted by languagehat at 2:31 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think I actually started reading Mefi on a regular basis when signups were opened in 2004, but didn't have a way of paying for things online (! such a weird concept now) until I signed up in 2006. That seems like a long time just by itself. It's been awesome.
posted by saturnine at 2:43 PM on November 18, 2009


Nov 18, 2004: The Gentrification of Metafilter begins.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:45 PM on November 18, 2009


Also, I can't believe nobody's posted this yet. Take it away, David Bowie...

We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that's all we've got
posted by Kattullus at 2:48 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


tipping the wonderchicken

Um, dude. TMI.
posted by hangashore at 3:01 PM on November 18, 2009


I was so happy to finally join, after reading for a long time without being able to contribute. I've been a bit quiet, sorry, I'm working in a killer fpp, honest.
posted by aisforal at 3:05 PM on November 18, 2009


Honestly, except for one overly-excitable moment wherein I posted a one-link-news-of-the-weird-that-probably-should-have-been-deleted-right-then-and-there to the blue, I can't say that my behaviour has changed much vs. official lurking days.

Still, glad I spent the five bucks and here's to five years of spacing out at work!
posted by dismitree at 3:06 PM on November 18, 2009


We need a collective noun for November 18thers. Birthers? Rebirthers? BigBangers?

There was a term coined very recently in Meta, based on the infodump (number of people who signed up that day) ..."the 650" or something like that.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:07 PM on November 18, 2009


Guess I was a day late to the party. Us 19thers should have our own party.
posted by cj_ at 3:12 PM on November 18, 2009


I joined on November 11, 2004.

How's that go? Get off of my cloud?
posted by box at 3:41 PM on November 18, 2009


As one who is grateful for the best $5 purchase I ever made, I consider myself a fin (h/t to our own languagehat).
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:59 PM on November 18, 2009


Hell, after lurking for so long, I woulda paid 10 bucks!

Big schmoopies, MeFi is the best!
posted by snsranch at 4:23 PM on November 18, 2009


I so closely avoid the $5 noob cut-in

Beat ya edgeways, I was even closer, it seems. Can't believe I've been here half the life of the site. Happy fifth birthday, n00bs!
posted by penguin pie at 4:36 PM on November 18, 2009


We need a collective noun for November 18thers. Birthers? Rebirthers? BigBangers?
posted by Rumple at 1:42 PM


We are $5. noobs
/17994
posted by Cranberry at 4:42 PM on November 18, 2009


Well, there goes the neighborhood.
posted by qvantamon at 4:42 PM on November 18, 2009


So we're supposed to be breeding with the others?

Why didn't anybody tell me this?


You obviously need to go to more meetups.
posted by empath at 4:52 PM on November 18, 2009


Five YEAR n0obs now. I was thinking about this last week and then, naturally, on the day itself I forgot all about it. Oh well, happy mefiversary to us!
posted by mygothlaundry at 4:54 PM on November 18, 2009


Five year n00b 17875 checking in.
posted by bh at 4:57 PM on November 18, 2009


Bob Dylan's throwing a party for you noobs. (He got the date wrong, but then, so did I.)
posted by maudlin at 4:59 PM on November 18, 2009


get a chatroom already
posted by effluvia at 5:00 PM on November 18, 2009


n00b representin, yo!
posted by mds35 at 5:02 PM on November 18, 2009


That's uncanny that we hit 100000 in almost exactly five years.

I'll tell you what's uncanny. Just this afternoon I submitted my dissertation and it was approved. When I signed up, I was just starting to study for my qualifying exams. So on my fifth MeFiversary, my seemingly-interminable career as a grad student is over.

Thanks MetaFilter. If it wasn't for you, this day would have come at least two years ago.
posted by felix betachat at 5:04 PM on November 18, 2009 [8 favorites]


still as glad to be a hand-picked, polished, organic drivelmonger as I was five years ago.
posted by scruss at 5:23 PM on November 18, 2009


I think we are long overdue for one of those Metatalk threads where people post links to their favourite posts and comments so, y'know, get cracking.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:30 PM on November 18, 2009


Just this afternoon I submitted my dissertation and it was approved.

Bravo!
posted by Wolof at 5:35 PM on November 18, 2009


Thanks! Glad to be here. NOT A DAY GOES BY where I don't say to someone "oh I saw this really cool thing on this 'community weblog' I am a member of called MetaFilter. . ."
I email threads to colleagues, I recently discussed the Schrödinger’s Rapist thread in a class, and I am forever evangelizing MeFi.

Thanks for letting us in.
posted by exlotuseater at 5:47 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


After over two years of waiting and somehow missing every signup opportunity, I'm in. I'll be good, promise.
posted to MetaTalk by Optimus Chyme at 7:01 AM on November 18, 2004


"I think if human beings had even the slightest capacity to foretell the future, we'd be a completely different animal. In the moment that I helplessly watched as Optimus Chyme joined Metafilter , I wished I'd lived differently, done my chores on time, told no lies, eaten my vegetables..."

(I kid, I kid.)
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:49 PM on November 18, 2009


I just noticed my 5 year anniversary is tomorrow. Yay for me.
posted by govtdrone at 6:23 PM on November 18, 2009


Five years. Goddamn. How do I get work done?
posted by davejay at 6:27 PM on November 18, 2009


I'm in! I'm in! I'm in! Pardon me, I have to go piss in the corners.
posted to MetaTalk by stray at 11:17 AM on November 18, 2004


Heheh. I'm classy.
posted by stray at 6:27 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Happy anniversary, me! I love the comments in that thread.
posted by tizzie at 7:07 PM on November 18, 2009


A great day indeed. I'd been lurking for almost 2 years and had missed other opportunities to join. What a great investment of $5. I think Matt should charge $20 now, same as in town.
posted by white_devil at 7:20 PM on November 18, 2009


Hey! I was washed!

But then probably that very delay caused me to be #20191.

I'm still glad to be here, thanks for posting this, and now nobody dredge up that embarasstastic "introductory" post I did in MeTa, okay?

Good.

Business-like hugs for everyone.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:27 PM on November 18, 2009


"Kitteh, kitteh, he's OK! He's the bestest cat today!"

That's a song I sing to my cat.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:57 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yay, anniversary time! 5 years actually feels like something. Though it's a bit hard to remember Life Before Metafilter.
posted by Miko at 8:12 PM on November 18, 2009


I arrived fashionably late.

That's a song I sing to my cat.

CuteSnugglyPunk.
posted by nanojath at 8:17 PM on November 18, 2009


There's lots of things in the Constitution that I think need to be changed, or clarified in today's language.
There are lots of laws that are either obsolete, ambiguous, or just plain BAD LAW.

The problem I have is that I don't trust the people in "Power" to change them in a way that works FOR the citizens.

Everything the current administration touches turns to crap.
(GWB = The Anti-Midas)



(Woo-Hoo!! First Post!!)
posted by Balisong at 2:10 PM on November 18, 2004 [+] [!]


The more things change, the more they stay the same.
posted by Balisong at 8:31 PM on November 18, 2009


Hey like, thanks and shit.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:37 PM on November 18, 2009


I've looked and looked. What is my number? Where the heck is it? Is it a cool number?
posted by cccorlew at 9:26 PM on November 18, 2009


It is 18923. It is a cool number. You can see it by mousing over your username or going to your user page and looking at the URL
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:27 PM on November 18, 2009


is that a prime number?
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:37 PM on November 18, 2009


Nope! It is, however, polyester based magnetic tape and Fountainville, Pennsylvania.
posted by Kattullus at 9:57 PM on November 18, 2009


Mad love for my buoy.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:13 PM on November 18, 2009


wow my five-year anniversary here is tomorrow.

thank you matt and thank you metafilter for a great five years !
posted by seawallrunner at 10:32 PM on November 18, 2009


When I turned 17750
It was a very good day
It was a very good day for inside jokes
And late snark-filled nights
We'd be lit by the light
Of our CRT screens
When I turned 17750
posted by hydrophonic at 11:51 PM on November 18, 2009


Happy Fifth Anniversary to users 17578 to 18680 from 18117.

Dear 18117,

I regret to inform you that you are uninvited to my Fifth Anniversary One Day Later party. Due to this, you will miss out on the festivities including but not limited to drinking scotch and shaking fists at people with higher user numbers while telling them to get off the lawn . You had your day.

Sincerely,
18726.
posted by Saydur at 12:04 AM on November 19, 2009


I wasn't part of the five year crew, being late to everything, of course.

I've never looked at the users around my number. This is the next activated account "above" me. I suspect they may actually have paid the same as in town.
posted by maxwelton at 1:46 AM on November 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


I signed up the instant I realized I could, but either I hadn't been browsing or didn't realize signups were open until the 24th.

Apparently, there were over 1500 signups in that first week.
posted by Malor at 2:57 AM on November 19, 2009


I paid my five bucks
and I've made a few posts
I've found Matt and crew
to be pretty good hosts
it's been mostly good
and I ain't flamed out yet
best little website
I ever done met
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:16 AM on November 19, 2009


OK, for the last time:

17578 - no account activity, nada, doesn't count.
17579 - with a name like "matt123test" it is obviously not a real account, and I would think that in a properly administered joint such an account would be deleted. Does not count, unless we want user #1 to be considered the first $5 n00b.
17580 - ditto above, this one is called matttest2. Does not count.
17581 - One comment ever, in early 2005. And an inane one at that. Surely we would not deem such an account holder to be an actual member of the community? Doesn't count.
17582 - OK, it gets a little questionable here, but would you consider a user who only ever answered questions in AskMe and who has not been around in over a year to be a member of the community? And even if you did, would you, my dear $5 n00b littermates, wish such a user to be your standard bearer? I submit that this also doesn't count.
17583 - only 16 comments over 5 years? Surely we can pass by this account without objections?
17584 - account does not exist. Doesn't count.
17585 - ditto.
17586 - ditto.
17587 - only 16 comments over 5 years, the most recent more than 2 years ago. Doesn't count.
17588 - Ooh, what do we have here? This is the first $5 account we have come across that has posted consistently since joining. There are posts and comments on all of the subsites, there is a user profile pic. This person posted in the actual welcome thread, on the day, and this person has even had ballads commemorating his exploits penned by cortex himself.

I am the first $5 n00b by any reasonable definition. And as is my birthright I claim the crown.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:25 AM on November 19, 2009 [7 favorites]


A condensed history of Metafilter's downfall.
posted by gman at 4:38 AM on November 19, 2009


I've been wondering about this for FIVE YEARS - how did Kattullus, who signed up on the same day that I did (I was sitting right there!) end up with the sexy usernumber 16000, whereas I got 19856?

I CALL SHENANIGANS. MYSTERY SHENANIGANS.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:50 AM on November 19, 2009


She was all "Yeah, so whatever," and promptly went to doing to some obscure wife activity.

Oh man, Brandon, I am totally stealing that and using it every day and probably eventually getting slapped for egregious willful ironic sexism, but it'll be worth it.

It is, however, polyester based magnetic tape and Fountainville, Pennsylvania.

Oh double shit, Kattullus, I just realized that everyone's user ID up to this point can potentially double as a ZIP code. I smell a meme cooking! (I'm Panama City, FL!) I'm so excited! I'm so scared.
posted by kittyprecious at 5:26 AM on November 19, 2009


Sadly, 18117 is not a zip code.
posted by octothorpe at 6:41 AM on November 19, 2009


I love Meatbomb. He bestrides my little world like a $5 n00b colossus.
posted by Jofus at 6:50 AM on November 19, 2009


I'm Mount Orab, OH and the second google result about me counts how many registered sex offenders live in me. Spoiler: 12.
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:30 AM on November 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just realized that everyone's user ID up to this point can potentially double as a ZIP code. I smell a meme cooking!

Every spring, five digit mefites return to their respective ZIP codes, to spawn.
posted by ODiV at 7:31 AM on November 19, 2009


I'm also a numerical palindrome. I feel like such a special, special snowflake.
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:34 AM on November 19, 2009


Aw.. I missed it. It's bittersweet for me. I was happy to finally be in after lurking for 5 years or so, but it murdered Monkeyfilter.
posted by Kimberly at 8:01 AM on November 19, 2009


Meatbomb's coronation is gonna be epic. I call DJ!
posted by The Whelk at 8:01 AM on November 19, 2009


Yay! That was a great day. Thanks for the shout out!
posted by frecklefaerie at 8:03 AM on November 19, 2009


pfft. i've been here for longer than these $5 noobs. while many users mature beyond their noobish beginnings to become constructive members of the community with interesting links mixed with stimulating commentary i still manage to find a way to stay true to my inner noob.
posted by the aloha at 8:06 AM on November 19, 2009


Let's all put on our bathing suits and go innernoobing!
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:10 AM on November 19, 2009


and I am forever evangelizing MeFi.

I used to, but not anymore. Metafilter is my secret.

My dirty, dirty secret.

That way if someone does manage to find out about it from me, they feel like they've gotten illicit information that they can be proud of having extracted.
posted by quin at 8:12 AM on November 19, 2009


Let's all put on our bathing suits and go innernoobing!

i'll stand on land creepily videotaping and then upload the footage to the video site younoob.

My dirty, dirty secret.

i'd like to videotape that, too.
posted by the aloha at 8:19 AM on November 19, 2009


Uploaded footage headed with title "noobians gone wild".
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:23 AM on November 19, 2009


the uncensored footage, "show me your noobs", will be traded often on p2p networks.
posted by the aloha at 8:33 AM on November 19, 2009


grapefruitmoon: how did Kattullus, who signed up on the same day that I did (I was sitting right there!) end up with the sexy usernumber 16000, whereas I got 19856?

I tried to sign up years prior but thought I'd futzed it up (which I hadn't) but then when I signed up again with the same username and paid it activated that old dormant account.
posted by Kattullus at 8:38 AM on November 19, 2009


I don't have a zip code.

Hold me.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:45 AM on November 19, 2009


I'm Grover! Grover, PA, that is, but I think perhaps I really am Grover and that would explain a lot.
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:00 AM on November 19, 2009


If Metafilter were a country, it would rank 190th out of 223, by population.

By intelligence, it would rank second, just behind Canada.
posted by Rumple at 10:04 AM on November 19, 2009


How I managed to be included with all these sexy people is something I'll never understand yet always appreciate.
posted by tommasz at 10:14 AM on November 19, 2009


I waited twelve nail-biting days to sign up just so I could get a DC zip code.*

* this is not true.
posted by team lowkey at 10:46 AM on November 19, 2009


Happy sign-up-aversary to me!
posted by m0nm0n at 11:25 AM on November 19, 2009


I'll use this opportunity to congratulate the people like me who let the early adopters identify and work out the kinks, and then signed up a month later. So, happy 4 years and 11th month birthday to us.
posted by empyrean at 11:31 AM on November 19, 2009


Falmouth, Kentucky? Things are beginning to become a little clearer.
posted by maxwelton at 12:24 PM on November 19, 2009


The zipcode game came up in the first(?) 100k thread, where I found out that my user number is the zip for Dinosaur, Colorado, though the other zipcode (81633) is an un-fite (is there another term for incomplete sign-ups? If not, I claim "un-fite" as the term). Therefore, I am the sole representative of Dinosaur, CO. That makes me proud.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:26 PM on November 19, 2009


Philadelphia, PA!
posted by ericb at 12:36 PM on November 19, 2009


I am Orchard, CO
posted by The Whelk at 12:38 PM on November 19, 2009


Honey Brook, PA.
posted by Miko at 12:58 PM on November 19, 2009


It would have been cool to get my real zip code (19012) but 19382 is West Chester, PA. They have a microbrewery, a bike race and a college.
posted by fixedgear at 1:12 PM on November 19, 2009


I'd like to change my user number to a letter-number-letter-number-letter-number sequence.
posted by gman at 1:14 PM on November 19, 2009


I tried to sign up years prior but thought I'd futzed it up (which I hadn't) but then when I signed up again with the same username and paid it activated that old dormant account.

Yes, that is exactly how it happened. We affirm Kattullus' version of events. No further discussions will be entered into.
posted by the Cabal at 1:21 PM on November 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm Endolethial differentiation-related factor 1 gene.
desperately trying to pass myself off as one of the young, vibrant, 5-digit crowd but hampered, a la Disney mice, by lack of requisite number of digits
posted by joaquim at 1:36 PM on November 19, 2009


Huh. Never thought about the zip code thing before, this could be a fun game...
*/me toddles off to Google maps*

Oddly enough, mine is the Vanderbilt Eye Center, where I had a rather horrific series of tests done on my eyes once (think: A Clockwork Orange). That's a memory I'd just as soon lose, so thanks for nothing.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:44 PM on November 19, 2009


40 Watt: Hey, we're neighbours!

The hell we are! Your tree drops it's damn leaves all over my yard, your dog keeps digging up my peonies, and the microwave relay tower you installed blocks my view of the Geirangerfjord. You call that neighborly?

How you got that tower got past the condo association I'll never know.
posted by 40 Watt at 2:09 PM on November 18


er, some bad news, 40 Watt, we're ... er.. not neighbours, we're *ahem* twins

I was born on your birthday
posted by infini at 2:07 PM on November 19, 2009


Multiple Victims: Enhanced Penalty, bitches.

(Sounds like a video game, dunnit?)
posted by klangklangston at 9:05 PM on November 19, 2009


My registration fee was put on my (didn't know it at the time) soon after Ex's PayPal account. So double bonus for me.
posted by vapidave at 11:30 PM on November 19, 2009


I am Waleksa, Georgia. Population: 616. Saaaa-lute!
posted by Spatch at 6:21 AM on November 20, 2009


I'm in beautiful San Francisco.
posted by America at 10:31 AM on November 20, 2009


You're not the real America!
posted by The Whelk at 11:53 AM on November 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm Thap Thai, Thailand!

For the record, I was lurking when signups opened, but I didn't have anything to say so I didn't sign up.
posted by exogenous at 1:44 PM on November 20, 2009


Ooh, that's clever, exogenous. I didn't know that was possible. I'm Angoulême in France. Sweet! Now I'll have to visit next time I'm over there.
posted by Kattullus at 1:48 PM on November 20, 2009


i'm 18482! woo! worth every penny.
posted by radiosilents at 3:05 PM on November 20, 2009


I was afraid Matt would change his mind, so I didn't wait once signups were reopened. I had already tried to mail him but wasn't awesome enough to get a response. I had been lurking for years.

Felt kinda weird to join. I already had known everyone else for years.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 4:34 PM on November 20, 2009


I lurked in MeFi since BEFORE Matt closed signups, but didn't care to sign up.
Then sign ups closed, and I couldn't sign up...
Then it reopened but I didn't have an international Credit Card.
Then I got a real job, an international credit card, and signed up.

Funny fact: back when I didn't care to sign up, I only read MeFi for the front page, and didn't care about the comments
posted by qvantamon at 5:23 PM on November 20, 2009


Thanks. :) 18312 here.
posted by zarq at 8:38 PM on November 20, 2009


Happy $5 Noobday to my numerical neighbors Count Ziggurat, dawnm, surlycat and borkingchikapa. Where did you all go?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 9:16 PM on November 20, 2009


Ah, now I think I understand. I was lurking during the boom time of this mass wave of $5 in-migration. It seemed chaotic. Layers of cultures - bits of puffery and alpha dog challenging. Lots of good wit.

Then when I did join I got a taste of the resentment that the cohorts behind the boomer wave feel. What a big, noisy crowd up front; can I even squeeze a word in? I mostly hung out in the background.

Mefi sucks me in for days at at time; I get lost in links, wikis, posts and then resurface to wash my dishes. I fear my love of Mefi; I love my fear. I should plan a world trip based totally on meetups.

BTW, I still don't know my user number (rank?), tho I know someone once told me how to find it.
posted by Surfurrus at 1:32 PM on November 23, 2009


Just hover the mouse over your name, and read what the link is. For you, the link is http://www.metafilter.com/user/33193.
This means your user number is 33193. Not that it matters.

I fear my love of Mefi; I love my fear

Well said. I think I'm gonna log off and walk the dog.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:23 PM on November 23, 2009


« Older MeFiChi Holiday Extravaganza   |   Desuetude Does Dallas... er... Houston Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments