MetaFail December 4, 2009 11:21 PM   Subscribe

What is up with all the shockfilter/outrage filter lately?

Once upon a time, metafilter was the best of the web. These days, the front page reads more like "news" postings on fark.
posted by b1tr0t to MetaFilter-Related at 11:21 PM (118 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

There's a whole mess of posts on the front page right now, and maybe four fall in that category. The rest are all various interesting things. Is it really causing you grief?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:24 PM on December 4, 2009


Also, shit man. Look at your posting history.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:25 PM on December 4, 2009 [18 favorites]


....back in the good old days when Metafilter was a great place....

You know what? Fuck conservatism in all its forms. There never WERE any good old days. Period. End of story.
posted by Afroblanco at 11:38 PM on December 4, 2009 [11 favorites]


Nostalgia ain't conservatism, son. And absolutism isn't any better.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:40 PM on December 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Now, is there anything else you need clarity on or can I go off to bed?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:41 PM on December 4, 2009


What is up with all the MetaTalk posts lately? Once upon a time you could see a week's worth of posts on the front page. These days you're lucky to get 24 hours' above the fold.
posted by carsonb at 11:44 PM on December 4, 2009


And what rough community weblog, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Fark to be born?
posted by kosem at 11:47 PM on December 4, 2009 [17 favorites]


Scientific images? FUCK YOU.
posted by fleacircus at 11:56 PM on December 4, 2009 [4 favorites]


"Fuck conservatism in all its forms. There never WERE any good old days. Period. End of story."

Dude. The savanna? Nice huts with central hearths, cave art, little statues carved from bone or antlers or ivory, hunt and fish all day, can't throw a rock without something juicy winding up on the end of it, no hang ups yet about religion or overpopulation, fertile unpolluted soil, honey to make food sweet. Pffft. It was even better in the trees.
posted by Smedleyman at 11:59 PM on December 4, 2009 [27 favorites]


This place was fucked from the moment we started metabolising oxygen.
posted by Jofus at 12:02 AM on December 5, 2009 [18 favorites]


Of the ten most recent posts to the front page, the only one that even really looks like newsfilter is the story about how to integrate immigrants into Chicago. I don't think that's what you're talking about. The homebrew calculator is awesome, the pictures of the grand canyon from the year before I was born are neat, the scientific image post is exactly the sort of thing you'd expect to see on metafilter and the same goes for the "what kind of software do you use" post.

I think your premise is flawed.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 12:17 AM on December 5, 2009


The "Good Old Days" ended a day before your joined or started lurking, whomever you are.
posted by Dagobert at 12:17 AM on December 5, 2009


Quite obviously, as we approach the End Times, outrageous events will occur more frequently and posters to MetaFilter will respond accordingly.
posted by Abiezer at 12:35 AM on December 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


No offense, but you should be banned from criticizing anyone else's posts just for the "fail" usage in the title of this thread.
posted by Mikey-San at 12:47 AM on December 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


yeah, well, your mom.
posted by little e at 1:24 AM on December 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


For as long as I've read MeFi (probably 8 years,) and for that matter Fark (also about 8 years,) there have been posts which fall into the unfortunate "Fark + Outrage = Metafilter" formula.
posted by blenderfish at 1:28 AM on December 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


Christ, your MeTa:MeFi ratio is all wack just based on that I I honestly can't take what you say here seriously. You have crossed over to "more noise less signal" territory.
posted by edgeways at 3:31 AM on December 5, 2009


Hypothesis: There is something about the pressures of this time of year that seems to make steam come out of the ears of Metafilterists - and this presents as GRAR! posts to MetaTalk.

(and though this seems to be demonstrated by your MeTa history, B1tr0t, i'm by no means singling you out.)

I move that we ban the period between november 15th and January 5th and replace it with re-runs of Perfect Strangers. Man, that show was awesome.
posted by Jofus at 3:45 AM on December 5, 2009


Balki!
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:27 AM on December 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


We all have bad days.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:29 AM on December 5, 2009


I think my premises are also flawed.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 4:36 AM on December 5, 2009 [11 favorites]


These days, the front page reads more like "news" postings on fark.

Great, so you can drop your fark (whatever that is) RSS feed.
posted by DU at 4:43 AM on December 5, 2009


Once upon a time, metafilter was the best of the web. These days, the front page reads more like "news" postings on fark.

Ooooh, a history lesson! Tell us about a simpler time, a time before people complained about Newsfilter! I seem to remember people complaining about Newsfilter 4EVAH, but maybe you can enlighten me.

(ormaybenot)
posted by 23skidoo at 5:16 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


What is up with all the shockfilter/outrage filter lately?

Moon in Cancer

"You might be a little sensitive during this Moon. Unfortunately, everyone else is too."
posted by The Whelk at 5:24 AM on December 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


Dag, titrat. Yr ass got owned in this thread. ESP. when it comes to the amount of whinging you do vs the amount of contributing you do. This meta is totally without merit and wrong.

Also, it would have been funnier and less obnoxious if you had called the thread 'metafailter'. Judging by your posting history in meta obnoxiousness isn't really of much concern to you.
posted by orville sash at 5:34 AM on December 5, 2009


What is up with all the shockfilter/outrage filter lately?

i've kind of wondered that too, but decided to wallow in ennui stoically and quietly

here, look at this cute kitten with a skunk
posted by pyramid termite at 6:08 AM on December 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Pffft. It was even better in the trees.

For me any time before flush toilets and ice cubes is primitive, brutish, and nasty. I think about all those Kings and Queens and Pharaohs and Tzars and think, yeah...poor slobs...my life is a dream compared to yours.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:19 AM on December 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


"...pictures of the grand canyon from the year before I was born "


AAAUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!


*shuffles off to the old folks' home*
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 6:28 AM on December 5, 2009




And now, a kitten with jazz paws meets the Wicked Witch of the West.

Aw.....
posted by Atreides at 6:58 AM on December 5, 2009


And now, a kitten with jazz paws meets the Wicked Witch of the West.

Such an odd juxtaposition of the utterly terrifying and the impossibly cute.
posted by Think_Long at 7:15 AM on December 5, 2009


a kitten with jazz paws meets the Wicked Witch of the West.

8,084,096 views.

Behold the power of kitty.
posted by The Whelk at 7:21 AM on December 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


I like kittens
posted by seanyboy at 7:29 AM on December 5, 2009


Only 32 people have clicked through that video, but each one has played it 256.628 times.
posted by maudlin at 7:31 AM on December 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


This is your life, now with 10% more Kitteh®
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:46 AM on December 5, 2009


Ole Timey Country Simple Christmas
posted by nola at 8:45 AM on December 5, 2009


What is up with all the shockfilter/outrage filter lately?

I know! That PayPal fucking sucks, doesn't it?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:16 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


We've traced the outrage, it's coming from inside your browser!
posted by kmz at 9:18 AM on December 5, 2009 [17 favorites]


Well we just watched the jazz paws kitten video twice and I will surely watch it a bunch more. Excellent use of the internets.
posted by rtha at 9:20 AM on December 5, 2009


Once upon a time, metafilter was the best of the web

Then came the Fatal Day: August 22, 2004.

I am going to type something I have literally never typed before right now. STFU, n00b.
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:23 AM on December 5, 2009


Fuck conservatism in all its forms, but don't come crying to me if your penis is flawed.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:27 AM on December 5, 2009


The "Everything" bagel is like the Jesus Christ of bagels.
posted by killdevil at 9:32 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Forget it b1tr0t, it's holidaytime.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:36 AM on December 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


"Dude. The savanna? Nice huts with central hearths, cave art, little statues carved from bone or antlers or ivory, hunt and fish all day, can't throw a rock without something juicy winding up on the end of it, no hang ups yet about religion or overpopulation, fertile unpolluted soil, honey to make food sweet. Pffft. It was even better in the trees.
posted by Smedleyman"


I have two words for you. TOOTH PAIN.
posted by HopperFan at 9:44 AM on December 5, 2009


Dupe.
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:44 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


There never WERE any good old days.

I had a pretty good last Wednesday. The glory of SF fades quickly, eh?
posted by YoBananaBoy at 9:59 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


b1tr0t, as much as I want to join in on the pile-on, I'll refrain. Now dig, you know damn well that since 2004, the web has become the mainstream for a broad segment of the population of our little planet. It is no longer the privileged realm of the tech savvy. MeFi has almost 100,000 members now, many of them are admitted 'net n00bs, like myself. With people like me joining the community here, the blue is going to reflect our use of the web in general. That means more mainstream, more newsfilter, more SLYT, more crap (in some people's opinion). You seem to be pining for a day that has passed. 'Best of the Web' does not mean what it did even two years ago, much less five. Nothing you can do about it, let it go.

Also, you don't have to click shit that doesn't meet your standards. Problem solved.
posted by barrett caulk at 10:00 AM on December 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


Eat Moar Net Noobs!
posted by five fresh fish at 10:07 AM on December 5, 2009


stupid Mefite Decoder ring...
posted by The Whelk at 10:08 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


"since 2004 1993, the web has become the mainstream"

Aren't you glad I didn't use a smug acronym?
posted by idiopath at 10:13 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Actually, I like the smug acronyms: I take them as proof that I know the secret language, therefore belong to the club!
posted by barrett caulk at 10:17 AM on December 5, 2009


Actually, I like the smug acronyms: I take them as proof that I know the secret language, therefore belong to the club! Everyone needs a hug.

FTFY
posted by idiopath at 10:24 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Poke the MeTa, out comes the funny!
posted by klangklangston at 10:43 AM on December 5, 2009


I like the idea of snug acronyms, that fit really well.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:48 AM on December 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


For The Fortieth Yo-yo?! I don't get it . . .
posted by barrett caulk at 10:56 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's a video game reference, barrett. From the old NES game Super Smothers Brothers.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:13 AM on December 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


Links, or it didn't happen.
posted by hippybear at 11:41 AM on December 5, 2009


"Grandpa, tell us about the time Metafilter was the best of the web!"

"Oh! Yeah! Uhhh, your grandmother and I had to...wear hats!"
posted by bakerina at 11:45 AM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Let's see, a 1970s film about a growth-stunted sword swallower, pics of scared kids with Santa, a huge post about medieval soldiers, a comprehensive list of trick plays in American football (some with multiple videos), a link to a beautifully scanned Poe mss., ebook searches, a post about weird weather, one about Prohibition . . . and that's just fucking today.

This is an unbelievably stupid MeTa post. I've said it before: MetaFilter is better now than it ever has been, ever, by orders of magnitude. Go read the archives.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 12:20 PM on December 5, 2009 [10 favorites]


This is an unbelievably stupid MeTa post.

Yep.

MetaFilter is better now than it ever has been, ever, by orders of magnitude.

Yep.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:36 PM on December 5, 2009


The Good Old Days?
posted by prefpara at 12:37 PM on December 5, 2009


STFU = Slankets That Fit U
posted by Mick at 12:41 PM on December 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


The "Good Old Days" ended a day before your joined or started lurking, whomever you are.

Well, I like to think they ended for a lot of people the day I joined.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:55 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Need more kitten videos kthxbye.
posted by shelleycat at 12:55 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


20 years from now when people post nothing but ultra high-res photos of their jiggly bits, THEN you can lament about the good old days.
posted by snsranch at 1:52 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


20 years from now when people post nothing but ultra high-res photos of their jiggly bits

...but self-linking gets you banned!

They'd have to be ultra high-res photos of other MeFi member's jiggly bits.
posted by hippybear at 3:54 PM on December 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


20 years from now, they won't jiggle.
posted by prefpara at 3:56 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dag, titrat. Yr ass got owned in this thread.

Post less.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:03 PM on December 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


Also fewer.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:06 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


> Dude. The savanna? Nice huts with central hearths, cave art, little statues carved from bone or antlers or ivory, hunt and fish
> all day, can't throw a rock without something juicy winding up on the end of it, no hang ups yet about religion or overpopulation,
> fertile unpolluted soil, honey to make food sweet. Pffft. It was even better in the trees.
posted by Smedleyman

I hear all that's coming back for the 15% of us who make it through the bottleneck. Something to look forward to!
posted by jfuller at 5:58 PM on December 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Look at the popular favorites tab on the front page. This month has been fantastic. Something about the cold weather must be causing people to make really interesting posts.
posted by spiderskull at 7:43 PM on December 5, 2009


Wouldn't that be wonderfully ironic: the ones who make it through the bottleneck are not those who raped Wall Street for umptybillion dollars, but those who remained free of most material desires and who took up hunting and carpentry and Real Work instead. Survival of the fittest.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:54 PM on December 5, 2009


These days, the front page reads more like "news" postings on fark.

Have you spent any time in the pre-2004 archive? There are plenty of newsy outrage-filter posts there; it's ridiculous to be complaining about a drastic change now. It's no wonder you don't bother giving any examples in your little callout; you don't know what you're talking about.
posted by mediareport at 9:20 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh and jazz paws kitty rocks my world so hard
posted by mediareport at 9:53 PM on December 5, 2009


Goodnight moon
Goodnight stars
Goodnight snarkers
Goodnight teachers
Goodnight dreamers
Goodnight realists
Goodnight Mefites
Goodnight to everybody
Goodnight to one and all.
posted by halcyon_daze at 10:33 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Goodnight, Ned.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:47 PM on December 5, 2009


The OP is absolutely correct.
posted by LarryC at 10:55 PM on December 5, 2009


In the good old days somebody would've posted an image of an elephant peeing, someone else would've made a joke about pants and fish, a third person would've invoked the waaahmbulance and yet another MeFite would've posted that damn image of the elephant peeing again.

The good old days suuuuuuucked!
posted by Kattullus at 11:11 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bunny humps kitten. Pretty vigorously, I might add.

The good old days are here again.
posted by Ouisch at 11:55 PM on December 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


I take full responsibility for MetaFilter sucking. Please accept my sincere apology.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:53 AM on December 6, 2009


I am disappointed that no one has offered me pancakes yet.
posted by Mick at 6:20 AM on December 6, 2009


Pancakes are for closers.
posted by subbes at 6:32 AM on December 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Y'know, a couple weeks ago, I was riding the uptown N train at about 8pm on a friday, when this gaggle of women got on at 23rd street. From their clothes and demanor I assumed they were secretaries. They were all shithammered. They were carrying big plastic juice cups from 7-11 and Dunkin' Donuts and one of them was pouring vodka out of a bagged bottle into them. They were talking loudly about about boobs and stuff. Then they started complimenting eachothers behinds and smacking eachother on the butt. (I am not making this up.) As a drinker, I was disgusted with their amatuerishness. As a man, however....

Anyway, as I listened to their conversation, it turned out they were all librarians. They got off at 59th street.
posted by jonmc at 7:08 AM on December 6, 2009 [4 favorites]


Gotta watch out for those librarians!
posted by ericb at 7:09 AM on December 6, 2009


Pancakes are for bunnies.
posted by maudlin at 7:42 AM on December 6, 2009


Here's an awesome story I found on Fark about how cats aren't really sleeping all day like we thought and OMG they're going to kill us all
posted by lukemeister at 8:32 AM on December 6, 2009


I take full responsibility for MetaFilter sucking. Please accept my sincere apology.

Way to go Meatbomb, taking credit for what I already took credit for. This place sucks with you here.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:00 AM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's official. I killed this thread. Feel free to close it up Meatbomb.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:06 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


He's a walking nightmare, an arsenal of doom
He kills conversation when he walks into the room
He's a blatant troll, he's the sort of guy we ban
He's destroying MetaFilter
He's the cjorgensen man
posted by Meatbomb at 8:47 PM on December 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


This thread is now "astral closed", so please do not post any more comments kthx.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:48 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


ceci n'est pas un astral comment.
posted by carsonb at 10:07 PM on December 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I kind of want to make a painting of a pipe and write underneath it "look, it's obviously a fucking pipe".
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:30 PM on December 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


I want a painting of a pipe to hang over the mantle of my fireplace.
posted by carsonb at 10:40 PM on December 6, 2009



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Astral pipeweed is the best kind.
posted by idiopath at 2:21 AM on December 7, 2009


You ignoramuses know nothing about the subtle levels that permeate the coarse.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:05 AM on December 7, 2009


And to think, I was just at a party where people drew pipes on their hands and then pretended to smoke them and/or solve mysteries.

I should mention there where a lot of drugs at this party.
posted by The Whelk at 7:15 AM on December 7, 2009


Shockfilter would be a great band name. Or even better; a cat name.

"Shockfilter, get down from there, you'll get all staticy. And stop making jazz hands at me! Bad kitty!"

Yeah, I think we just named my next pet.
posted by quin at 8:45 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Best dog names:

Marco

Help

Hey-you
posted by idiopath at 6:04 PM on December 7, 2009


I'm shocked, shocked, to find that outrage is going on in here!
posted by TedW at 8:19 AM on December 8, 2009


Marco!
posted by cjorgensen at 11:41 AM on December 8, 2009


Polo!
posted by The Devil Tesla at 12:55 PM on December 8, 2009


kUBLA!
posted by The Whelk at 1:31 PM on December 8, 2009




could someone provide me with a link to the photo of the elephant peeing? I feel like a grandchild sitting unnoticed on the floor at thanksgiving after the Lions have shat the bed and the flying monkeys got Dorothy and there's nothing to do but sit and tell tales of yore and blow smoke up at that spider in the corner to see if it can be made to fall out of its web.
posted by toodleydoodley at 2:45 PM on December 8, 2009




well fan my brow!
posted by toodleydoodley at 4:46 PM on December 8, 2009


You're makin me remove my earrings.
posted by The Whelk at 6:07 PM on December 8, 2009


I am kind of curious why threads are going so much longer now. Is it because of more active users? Or because the fights are getting nastier and people just argue for days and days?
posted by smackfu at 6:32 PM on December 8, 2009


too many grad students. longer, more complicated answers to longer, stupider questions.
posted by philip-random at 11:29 PM on December 8, 2009


Yeah, grad students, other underemployed weirdos, and long discussions about pie.

Delicious pie....

I kind of wish I were baking a pie right now, because it's really frakking cold in this flat and having the oven on would warm things up a bit.
posted by rtha at 5:53 AM on December 9, 2009


God, I'm hung over and it's raining AND this thread is here.

Man.
posted by The Whelk at 7:45 AM on December 9, 2009


I wish that there would have been some examples of this Outrage! Metafail!

I need outrage to live, much like babies need milk or vampires need blood.

I guess cherry pie will have to do in the meantime...
posted by double block and bleed at 10:05 AM on December 9, 2009


wow i hit my favorite limit on cortex's obviously pipe comment and it's the last one i was planning on reading today

that worked out well
posted by tehloki at 2:42 AM on December 11, 2009


GIVE ME JUST ONE MORE FAVORITE MAN AND IT'S YOURS
posted by tehloki at 2:42 AM on December 11, 2009


That comment was obviously pipe. What'd you think of it?

I thought it was cool, but yeah... maybe a little pipe.

The pipeness of it cannot be denied. Finally the guy snaps and out come all these obviously pipe comments, and I'm like whoa, where has this been this whole time?

Yeah, that part was way pipe.
posted by fleacircus at 7:12 AM on December 11, 2009


I actually remembered to come back today and favorite cortex`s comment. I`m proud of myself.

NEXT TIME YOU WILL NOT BE SO LUCKY.
posted by tehloki at 12:22 AM on December 12, 2009


You are a credit to your niche, sir.

You are your niche, I guess, but still.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:59 AM on December 12, 2009


we are all, in our way, our niche.

and tehloki's
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 AM on December 12, 2009


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