Rainy Day fund? Mad Money? Vacation Fund? Bastard Tax? Idiot Tax? January 7, 2010 1:56 PM   Subscribe

I know you can donate via PayPal to MetaFilter, but how do I donate specifically to a vacation or coffee or chocolate fund for the mods?

I've lately been full of praise for the mods, whom I think do an excellent job at a usually pretty thankless job, herding us cats through an infinite variety of mazes, keeping the peace in endless potential fight clubs.

I got to thinking that aside from just typing and giving praise it seems like a gift or donation would be in order. When I know I'm being high-maintenance, I'd like to tip my mods and make sure that at least they get something out of wrangling me and countless other MeFites day after day after day.

Or would I just put it in the general PayPal bucket with a note on it? Or is that stuff just not done?
posted by kalessin to Feature Requests at 1:56 PM (88 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Rule 7) a IV PAYPAL GUIDELINES - PAYPAL ACCOUNT SHANT EVER BE USED FOR FUNDRAISING UNDER THE GUISES OF CHOCOLATE VACATIONS ON COFFEE PLANTATIONS.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:00 PM on January 7, 2010 [14 favorites]


It's a nice thought, but Matt pays us well and our schedules are fairly fluid. Probably as much as anything I personally have a hard time remembering to take explicit time off since this place and the internet in general is a hangout as well as a workplace.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:01 PM on January 7, 2010


I just toss my change in the tip jar.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:01 PM on January 7, 2010


buy cortex a banjo and tell him he is beautiful
posted by Greg Nog at 2:07 PM on January 7, 2010 [39 favorites]


We're actually well paid and happy workers, though I wish sometimes that this chain was a little longer......
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:07 PM on January 7, 2010 [5 favorites]


We could serve them plates of beans!

Or beer, maybe they'd rather have beer.
posted by bilabial at 2:11 PM on January 7, 2010


If we tried to keep our more negative aspects to a minimum, both as individuals and as a community, that would make their jobs easier and more fun, so win win!

or we could just do a tip jar based on their deletion reasons
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:16 PM on January 7, 2010


Rainy Day fund? Mad Money? Vacation Fund? Bastard Tax? Idiot Tax?

Bribes!
posted by smackfu at 2:18 PM on January 7, 2010


If you really want to thank them just write a folk song about them that will be sung by generations to come.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:18 PM on January 7, 2010


Apparently Google sent mathowie a free Nexus One, so I guess maybe everyone can rest easy since he got a $529 tip already.
posted by GuyZero at 2:18 PM on January 7, 2010


pretty ribbons for their hair.
posted by The Whelk at 2:19 PM on January 7, 2010 [5 favorites]


I like postcards, actually. Or send a postcard to someone else.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:20 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Posting stuff on Music tends to make my day. More people should do that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:23 PM on January 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


*cough*suck up*cough*

I keed. I keed with the loving.
posted by Babblesort at 2:28 PM on January 7, 2010


Well I guess I'll just do something else with my $200,000 donation then.
posted by geoff. at 2:30 PM on January 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


geoff, you're looking swell today.
posted by desjardins at 2:32 PM on January 7, 2010 [8 favorites]


Yeah, have a specialist look at that swelling. That should take care of 200 grand in no time.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:40 PM on January 7, 2010


I tried this once. I cut off and sold my hair to buy Cortex a harmonica, but it turned out he had cut off and sold his lips to buy me a hair guitar.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:43 PM on January 7, 2010 [26 favorites]


Meanwhile, as the owner of the Internet's #1 Harmonica, Hair Instrument, and Lips wholesaler, I made a mint!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:57 PM on January 7, 2010 [9 favorites]


I made a mint!

Out of lips and hair? Eew.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:58 PM on January 7, 2010 [6 favorites]


Posting stuff on Music tends to make my day. More people should do that.

Y'know, given a lot of the stuff 'moonMan has regaled me with that he "made himself" in Garage Band, I'm going to go ahead and say that it is probably a tribute to you that some of us (and I'm including myself here) don't contribute to Music.

(I mean, I can sing just fine, but no one wants to hear the "songs" that I come up with for my cat. Not even the cat.)

I'm glad to hear that the mods are financially happy because the mods are also awesome and deserve every single penny they get. And all of the chocolate, coffee, postcards, and banjos as well.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:00 PM on January 7, 2010


I know, send them fake checks for $25,000. Wait, am I doing this right?
posted by Rhomboid at 3:01 PM on January 7, 2010


geoff. dear,

Why don't you come to London? If you like we can go out to Hakkasan and get one of their £11,500 bottles of whisky. I've always wanted to try them. At today's exchange rate (*checks calculator*) we should be able to down 7 or 8 with your US dollars.
Or perhaps a fine meal and a few bottles of Chateaux Margaux (1961) at Alain Ducasse down in Paris.

Hoping to hear from you soon,
Your friend,

Vacapinta
posted by vacapinta at 3:12 PM on January 7, 2010 [8 favorites]


Cortex, you really don't want me to post anything to music. Seriously.

Sending postcards I can do.

But I'd get any or all of the mods a beer, if I were less geographically challenged, and some kind of chip-in tip thing would be great for that. If you have another "couple of mods in the same place" meetup, maybe you should look into setting something up so that us distributed members can display our appreciation.

Or maybe I should just find the bar's location and fed-ex a plate of beans, a fish, some pants, a chicken, and an incontinent elephant...
posted by handee at 3:29 PM on January 7, 2010


The traditional way, at least here in the Northeast, is you give whatever it is to me, then I get on my motorcycle and deliver it to Jessamyn on her birthday. And we have pancakes, and it is awesome.
posted by Eideteker at 3:33 PM on January 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


I want to point out I didn't make that comment for any kind of favorites or anything. I just think it's awesome I get to visit Jess on her birthday every year. I'm a lucky dude!
posted by Eideteker at 3:35 PM on January 7, 2010


(It's safe to assume the rest of my comments are made for some kind of favorites. I'm not proud. 3000, here I come!)
posted by Eideteker at 3:36 PM on January 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


deep in the unknowable web of Metafilter, pb waits and plots.
posted by The Whelk at 3:37 PM on January 7, 2010 [6 favorites]


And then he lifts his pen and waits for the next HP-GL file.
posted by GuyZero at 3:39 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


the bar's location and fed-ex a plate of beans, a fish, some pants, a chicken, and an incontinent elephant...


this scavenger hunt is just too hard you guys.
posted by The Whelk at 3:39 PM on January 7, 2010


I want to point out I didn't make that comment for any kind of favorites or anything. (Eideteker)

I gave you one anyway, because that sounds like an awesome thing to do.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:41 PM on January 7, 2010


Apparently Google sent mathowie a free Nexus One

I saw that too. I generally don't like to think of myself as a jealous person, but for a couple of minutes there I was really sad that my personal network of contacts extends as far as being able to borrow a pickup truck from a friend for a day, which is on a somewhat lower rung awesome-wise.

posted by quin at 3:45 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


moar cat songs grapefruitmoon pleez
posted by marxchivist at 4:04 PM on January 7, 2010


Forgive me for being gross, but if you're thinking about Matt, he could probably use some lube and one of those special sex-pillows for his wife.
posted by snsranch at 4:10 PM on January 7, 2010


The sooner that meme dies, the better.
posted by Bookhouse at 4:11 PM on January 7, 2010 [9 favorites]


We're actually well paid and happy workers

By which, of course, she means "HELP! I'M TRAPPED IN A METAFILTER-MODERATION SWEATSHOP!"
posted by qvantamon at 4:25 PM on January 7, 2010


moar cat songs grapefruitmoon pleez

Here's one you can sing at home! To the tune of "Macho Man" by the Village People:

WENSLEY WENSLEY DALE! I WANT TO BE! WENSLEYDALE! WENSLEY WENSLEY DALE! I WANT TO BE WENSLEYDALE!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:39 PM on January 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


I sent jessamyn a postcard. It was flimsy, and was torn en route. It was a stunt postcard.
posted by Tube at 4:40 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


"HELP! I'M TRAPPED IN A METAFILTER-MODERATION SWEATSHOP!"

I got a fortune cookie the other day that said that.

BETWEEN THE SHEETS
posted by jamaro at 4:40 PM on January 7, 2010


hey jamaro where's that 100k account anyway? gosh.

also, the mods are superhuman exemplars of superhumanity
posted by Rumple at 4:57 PM on January 7, 2010


"I gave you one anyway, because that sounds like an awesome thing to do."

It is its own reward. Just like favoriting one of my comments.
posted by Eideteker at 5:00 PM on January 7, 2010


Rumple, my plan is to have the mefites who show up at (whatever meetup I end up going to) decide on the name and I'll reg it while at the meetup, assuming I'm not too hammered to login to my gmail account to retrieve the "You Won!" email Matt sent.
posted by jamaro at 5:05 PM on January 7, 2010


By the way, I just Astral Paypal'd 25,000 Astral Dollars to Meatbomb.

Don't blow it all on booze and hookers.
posted by qvantamon at 5:07 PM on January 7, 2010


oh, fun.

Since I likely won't be there, I hereby suggest the user name BETWEEN THE SHEETS
posted by Rumple at 5:27 PM on January 7, 2010


But how do I know where to send postcards?
posted by that girl at 5:54 PM on January 7, 2010


I just think it's awesome I get to visit Jess on her birthday every year. I'm a lucky dude!

Eidetecker is not lying. I traded him a laptop for a kayak. And another laptop for a filing cabinet.

Maybe I'll start a list of stupid favors I could use help with on my profile page. I need paddles. NO NOT A PADDLIN'

that girl: box 345, 05060.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:05 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


But how do I know where to send postcards?

Just Google it
.
posted by donnagirl at 6:10 PM on January 7, 2010


Well crap, I borked that link all to hell.

If you actually just google

jessamyn postcards

it's much funnier.
posted by donnagirl at 6:12 PM on January 7, 2010


Apparently Google sent mathowie a free Nexus One, so I guess maybe everyone can rest easy since he got a $529 tip already.

Dude, in the interests of serving your membership I urge you to post a video on YouTube of you watching this Blade Runner clip on your new gadget ASAP.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:38 PM on January 7, 2010


Hmm. I would never think to google "jessamyn postcards" when I'm really looking for her address. "jessamyn address" does not work nearly as well.

Google-fu is apparently very tricky.
posted by that girl at 6:46 PM on January 7, 2010


Librarians own the Google-fu.
posted by donnagirl at 6:53 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now enlighten me as to how to postcard the rest of the mods!
posted by that girl at 6:55 PM on January 7, 2010


Send them c/o jessamyn.
posted by donnagirl at 6:59 PM on January 7, 2010


Or go with the LEGO version of the clip for maximum geek cred.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:24 PM on January 7, 2010


I no longer accept any mail from or to cortex.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:38 PM on January 7, 2010


I made five little hair dolls and now I give the mods foot massages every night and occasionally some rolfing structural integration.
posted by carsonb at 8:13 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like this idea. Really cool gifts for the mods. Even if they say they don't need a really cool gift. Anyone else think that's a good idea? We've done this before. We can do it again.

Seriously. Cool gifts. Really really cool gifts.
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:43 PM on January 7, 2010


I could one of those plastic things that goes under your chair. Or some rolfing. If I go to the floor covering store, can they give me 9 sq. ft of linoleum?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:16 PM on January 7, 2010


If I go to the floor covering store, can they give me 9 sq. ft of linoleum?

Sure, that stuff just comes on big rolls like carpeting.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:21 PM on January 7, 2010


not to toot my own horn, but are there photos of the grar shirt?
posted by The Whelk at 9:36 PM on January 7, 2010


Haven't made it yet, but it's on the To Do list for the weekend.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:37 PM on January 7, 2010


and oh it will be grand!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:37 PM on January 7, 2010


eeee!
posted by The Whelk at 9:41 PM on January 7, 2010


Posting stuff on Music tends to make my day. More people should do that.

One chanter and, an ear splitting rendition of Scots Wha Hae yowling cats in heat coming right up!

I just tried to play the scales and, holy mother of all that is, I agree with grapefruitmoon its a tribute that I don't share my musical genius with you all ... my poor ears!
posted by squeak at 10:43 PM on January 7, 2010


My songs generally come with little dances. Like this one, grapefruitmoon -- the dance is kind of like the Twist except you bend your knees more and stick your butt out a lot):

I like CUPcakes, I like CUPcakes, now I'm gonna doooo the cupcake DANCE!

(repeat ad infinitum in the kitchen until you stop laughing and bake the damn cupcakes already)

I'm going to sing your song to Spike and Giles tonight and see if they give me a funny look.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 11:28 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am constantly being dragged - only partially willingly - to antique fairs and boot fairs by The Gemma. Postcards, as far as tokens of thanks go, are easy-peasy.

I shall endeavour to find Awesome, Antique Postcards of the kind guaranteed to boggle the American mind simply by virtue of being MADE BEFORE 1944.
(/Orchestral sting!)
posted by Jofus at 1:08 AM on January 8, 2010


bitter-girl, it's is somehow comforting to me that as bizarre a tradition that is, we do it in our house too, or at least Hanne does. Now at least when i think of her as crazy, I shall also think of her in good company.
posted by kalessin at 4:26 AM on January 8, 2010


i sing to my cats. i will not share this on music, however.

also, YAY MODS.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:41 AM on January 8, 2010


One chanter and, an ear splitting rendition of Scots Wha Hae yowling cats in heat coming right up!

people say stuff like this like they think I'm going to be like OH GOD WAIT NEVER MIND

but really i'm just like OH YEAH

REALLY

MP3S OR DIDN'T HAPPEN
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:05 AM on January 8, 2010


There are more songs about Wensleydale. One of my favorites is kind of obscure - to the tune of Of Montreal's "Wraiths Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" -

Let's pretend we're Wensleydale! Let's pretend we're in an octagon! (repeat ad nauseum)

More traditional, to the tune of "Oh My Darlin' Clementine"

Oh my darlin', oh my darlin', oh my darlin' Wensleydale, you are my favorite kitty, yes you are oh Wensleydale.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:06 AM on January 8, 2010


I love sending postcards, who wants one from Saskatoon Saskatchewan in Canada? MeMail me your postal address :)

A friend of mine has been sending postcards to a random secretary in another department at our university for a few years now, just as something amusing to do - funny anectodes of the trip, "wish you were here"'s, etc, all good spirited non-creepy fun. He actually met her for the first time a few months ago in passing. She recognized his name and realized this is the guy who's been sending all the cards. (pause for reaction.... .... .... ) Turns out her life had a turn for the worse in the year and a half prior (cancer in the family and a divorce, I think) but these cards were really uplifting to her - would keep her smiling for days afterwards.
posted by lizbunny at 10:21 AM on January 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Fine. I too will go down to the company store and get a bunch of company-themed postcards. (yes, my employer sells postcards with its logo on them). Who wants a thrilling corporate logo postcard? Jess, feel free to memail your postal address if (a) you're satisfied I'm not dangerous and (b) you want a postcard.

Also, I can tape a meyer lemon to it. They're ripe now and smell divine.
posted by GuyZero at 10:26 AM on January 8, 2010


And, on rereading the thread, I have discovered Jess' firewalled postcard address.
posted by GuyZero at 10:27 AM on January 8, 2010


So mostly I am a videogaming bastard. I'm probably not allowed to upload recordings of my singing along to Beatles Rock Band to MetaFilter Music, huh?

Well, I was going to play around with Ableton a bit. Maybe that? Who knows.
posted by kalessin at 12:35 PM on January 8, 2010


Jessamyn, Paddles for laptops? Kayak paddles I have only mine own, but canoe paddles are crowding my house. Will trade. Thanks for the tip on underchair substitute plastic thingie. Never though of 9 sq. ft. of linoleum! Also, much praise to the mods, may they stay the course, man the battlements, keep the peace, and have all the foot rubs they want.
posted by Hobgoblin at 2:07 PM on January 8, 2010


I just got back from the linoleum store and actually got 24 sq ft of carpet that vaguely matches my room for $20, so I think I'm set. Alas I only need kayak paddles.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:25 PM on January 8, 2010


More traditional, to the tune of "Oh My Darlin' Clementine"

That is so much better than my version, thus:

"Oh my kitty, oh my kitty, oh my kitty, kitty cat. Kitty kitty, kitty kitty, kitty kitty kitty CAT"

Now would be the time to tell you all that I don't even have a cat. But I do. Really.
posted by cabingirl at 2:57 PM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


I mostly just sing existing pop songs to my cats while staring them in the eyes and pointing directly at them. It's hard to say for sure but I think they kind of like Roy Orbison.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:00 PM on January 8, 2010


jamaro: "Rumple, my plan is to have the mefites who show up at (whatever meetup I end up going to) decide on the name"

I probably won't be at the meet-up, so I'd like to suggest you name it "the numbers".

Not only is it appropriate for the 100000 account, but all of your bylines will say:

posted by the numbers
posted by team lowkey at 4:16 PM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


MP3S OR DIDN'T HAPPEN

Phew! Saved by the lack of a microphone ... heh.

But if you're ever in the Vancouver BC area, I'll try to play on a song on my chanter and, buy you a beer or two.
posted by squeak at 10:03 PM on January 8, 2010


I mostly just sing existing pop songs to my cats while staring them in the eyes and pointing directly at them. It's hard to say for sure but I think they kind of like Roy Orbison.

VIDEO OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN

(may I suggest "Only The Lonely?"
posted by The Whelk at 10:09 PM on January 8, 2010


Astro Zombie: I just toss my change in the tip jar.

I've just been putting my quarters in those slots on my laptop that read 'SD / XD / MMC'.  Did you get those, Mods?  The last few have been jamming.

Also, have there been any AskMes lately on laptops suddenly shorting out?
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:19 AM on January 9, 2010


oh dude i have cat songs too!

one is a rhyme, it goes I GOT A NEW CAT! HIS NAME IS TAHINI! HE DON'T LIKE A HAT! BUT HE WILL WEAR A BEANIE!

or alternately

I GOT A NEW CAT! HIS NAME IS TAHINI! HE HATES GEORGE W. BUSH! BUT HE AIN'T NO MEANIE!
posted by liketitanic at 10:01 AM on January 9, 2010


i also have a song about the dog, it goes,

CHARLIE THE WONNNNNNDER DOOOOOOOG (warble on this part), CHARLIE THE WONNNNNNNNDERRRRR DOGGGGGGGGGGGG! (ad infinitum)
posted by liketitanic at 10:03 AM on January 9, 2010


To the tune of Eleanor Rigby:

All the hungry kitties-- where do they all come from? All the hungry kitties-- where do they all belong?

Iiii look at all the hungry kitties! (meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow)
Iiii look at all the hungry kitties! (meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow)
posted by EmilyClimbs at 9:26 PM on January 9, 2010


We sing "meow meow head" and sometimes "antenna head" mostly to classical scraps of classical music and also sing meows to Tristan und Isolde. Sometimes also to Also Sprach Zarathustra.

We also sing non-cat-related lyrics to many classics. According to my sweetie, this happens in almost all orchestra pits (people make up words for non-lyric musical pieces as a way to pass the time through endless rehearsals). Anyhow, there's a particular favorite of mine that also goes with Also Sprach Zarathustra.

It goes:
"Suck...
My...
Dick...
RIGHT NOW!

no teeth no teeth no teeth

Suck...
My...
Dick...
AGAIN!"

Any resemblance to any of my recently prior comments is purely coincidental.
posted by kalessin at 8:14 AM on January 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


next up, we merge pet songs with the music swap and have a 'cat song swap'.

dog songs are fun, too. i picked up the habit from one of my brothers, who lived alone and worked alone with nobody but his dog for company for waaaaaaaay too long. so he'd sing songs to and about his dog regardless of whether the dog was there, or whether or not anyone else was around. this occasionally caused a bit of friction when we worked together.
posted by rmd1023 at 2:37 PM on January 10, 2010


This morning, my cat walked up to my DVD shelf, extended her paw, and pulled out a single DVD -- Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense. Then she looked up at me, as if to say, "Put this on, will you?" It was a little unsettling, but cool to know that my cat shares my musical tastes.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:19 AM on January 11, 2010


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