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scody disabled?

It won't be the same without you, kiddo.
posted by eriko to MetaFilter-Related at 9:32 PM (59 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I hope scody comes back.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:34 PM on February 19, 2010


She said she was busy with work and was taking a small break and will be back.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:36 PM on February 19, 2010


Whew! Scared me there for a minute.
posted by rtha at 9:37 PM on February 19, 2010


I think you mean, "scody handi-capable", you insesitive prick!
posted by orthogonality at 9:39 PM on February 19, 2010 [10 favorites]


Oh good. I hardly know her, and yet, I know her well, if you know what I mean.

When you're ready, dear, there's at least one who'll welcome you back.
posted by eriko at 9:39 PM on February 19, 2010


Small break = good.
posted by koeselitz at 9:51 PM on February 19, 2010


Good to hear! Haven't met her yet, but us LA MeFites gotta stick together.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:59 PM on February 19, 2010


busy with work, coming back, yeah.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:59 PM on February 19, 2010


I hope she comes back soon too. But I know how it is. Good luck with the work!
posted by grouse at 10:06 PM on February 19, 2010


WISH YOU WERE HERE
posted by koeselitz at 10:07 PM on February 19, 2010


I also am pointing out that she's just taking a break!
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:16 PM on February 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Come back Scody - you're the real deal.
posted by honey-barbara at 10:37 PM on February 19, 2010


I'm not sure we should jump to any conclusions until we get pb's take on this.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:50 PM on February 19, 2010 [19 favorites]


Work is for chumps!
posted by aubilenon at 10:53 PM on February 19, 2010


Come back little scody. Come back.
posted by netbros at 11:14 PM on February 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


She said she was busy with work and was taking a small break and will be back.

Oh, good. I was either going to have a heart attack or give one to whomever chased her off. Rarrgargh.

Did you know that favorites from scody trade at around 1:100 on the gray market?

If it wasn't for scody I probably would have never seen the first and only Bridget Riley painting I've ever seen.
posted by loquacious at 11:25 PM on February 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Phew. I had a moment there, and it was not a fun one.
posted by jokeefe at 11:27 PM on February 19, 2010


Me, too!
posted by ocherdraco at 11:28 PM on February 19, 2010


Oh, whew.
posted by sculpin at 12:23 AM on February 20, 2010


I always assumed that people did it in order to enforce the break on themselves.
posted by jacalata at 12:40 AM on February 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Scody Scody doo, where are you
you've got some work to do now
and we will count on you, Scody doo
to come and post again now

I had more but I dropped a taters reference and decided its best to stop after the first verse
posted by davejay at 12:57 AM on February 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I have this sneaking suspicion that scody could answer my latest askme, and probably hum a song or two by them, whoever the fuck they are. I miss her already.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:15 AM on February 20, 2010


I dreamed about scody just last night. I was frantically shopping for a gown for an awards ceremony, and I was pissed off because my comrades who were also nominated (I'm guessing this is about PhD apps) had not told me I was supposed to be in attendance in fancy dress, so I was rushing through a mall I wasn't familiar with trying to find something boss in a size 14 (because I was snubbed on the intel by my comrades because I was going to win, and I wasn't havin' that bidness). And socdy was a saleswoman in a big vacant department store (this part was very like Corduroy). Now, that's funny only because she was very informative and helpful in her work in the museum once, where she's like, brill, and we should all be just fine with her being busy at her rad job, and I apparently demoted her to a similar capacity in retail, but scody, dear, I totally trusted your taste and I was in a hurry, so it was all the more valuable. I wonder if the fact that I had something 80stastic in mind was part of the reason I summed you up. Anyway, you were like "you want some black gloves too, right?" and I was like "oh ma gaawwwwww yer the besssssst yessssss."
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:27 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nthing hope scody comes back when she's ready - her comments are insightful.
posted by paduasoy at 2:27 AM on February 20, 2010


I'm still trying to figure out what happened to kathrineg.
posted by cj_ at 4:55 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


kathrineg
posted by netbros at 6:04 AM on February 20, 2010


Scody! You're one of my absolute favorites around here! Good luck with whatever you're up to, and please hurry back!
posted by EatTheWeek at 7:36 AM on February 20, 2010


and scody's reaction was pretty much the same as mine on that one

Looking further down that page, whatever happened to It's Raining Florence Henderson?
posted by elizardbits at 8:21 AM on February 20, 2010


He, too, is on a Real Life Is Busy break, something he does occasionally.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:28 AM on February 20, 2010


I vote that people disable their accounts when they "get busy with real life" so some poor sap will notice and start a MeTa thread and then we'll all talk about it and lavish them with the attention they were apparently deprived of at some important stage of development, but that could just be me. I'm cynical like that.
posted by kbanas at 9:59 AM on February 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah it would be nice to maybe get in the habit of leaving an "I'll be back in a bit" note on your profile page if you're taking some time off so that people don't spend a lot of time speculating.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:13 AM on February 20, 2010


Maybe we can have a "Taking a break" button that parks the account for a user-set duration and leaves a user-created note?
posted by loquacious at 10:25 AM on February 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I clearly don't spend enough time on Metafilter, because my first thought when I read "scody disabled?" was OMG I hope she's OK and insured for that.
posted by availablelight at 10:29 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'll be happy to see her return. One of my favorite MeFites.
posted by scottymac at 10:38 AM on February 20, 2010


Maybe we can have a "Taking a break" button that parks the account for a user-set duration and leaves a user-created note?

Nice idea!
posted by leahwrenn at 11:17 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


A scody-schmoopy thread! Cool! Allow me to pile on with the scody-luv. When she favorited one of my comments only a few months after I first started posting here, I had a moment of giddiness, 'cause I always get giddy like that when my posts/comments are favorited by MeFites whose contributions I greatly respect.

Man, why don't I have scody listed as a contact? Like every time she says a thing, I'm all nodding and going 'Mmm-HM!' and thinking 'That is a fine fine thing you just said, sister', man, I gotta make her a contact.

Indeed! And thanks to this thread I've finally remembered to remedy that. Welcome to my contact list, scody...and please come back soon!
posted by velvet winter at 11:23 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oops. Forgot that I can't add a contact whose account is disabled. Oh well...guess I'll have to wait...
posted by velvet winter at 11:25 AM on February 20, 2010


Oops. Forgot that I can't add a contact whose account is disabled.

Yes, you can. The add page still works; it's just not linked from the disabled profile.
posted by maqsarian at 11:47 AM on February 20, 2010


I think scody might be the only person to ever find more than one of my comments worth favoriting. Diligent self-editing has kept my favorite count low, in order to allow me to indulge in deeper analysis like this.

All kidding aside, I'm pleased to find that she's only taking a break and look forward to her triumphant return (and will welcome our scodish overlords or overladies as the case may be).

Clearly the self-editing thing was bullshit.
posted by Nabubrush at 11:49 AM on February 20, 2010


Maybe we can have a "Taking a break" button that parks the account for a user-set duration and leaves a user-created note?

My guess is the mods don't want "fuck you, user X!" type things posted there. Especially since contact information is disabled meaning there's no way to talk back to that person. So I appreciate the status quo in respect of some purity—when you're out, you're out. Also the status quo seems to be the least effort for the mods.

I'm not really sure if there's any room between the status quo's full disablement and whatever self-imposed system we can come up with to keep ourselves from clicking Post Comment.
posted by fleacircus at 11:50 AM on February 20, 2010


Maybe we can have a "Taking a break" button that parks the account for a user-set duration and leaves a user-created note?

Get this man a pony!
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:05 PM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


My guess is the mods don't want "fuck you, user X!" type things posted there.

True, but that doesn't rule out an option for temporary disablement without a note.
posted by grouse at 12:14 PM on February 20, 2010


Maybe we can have a "Taking a break" button that parks the account for a user-set duration and leaves a user-created note?

Get this man a pony!


This is a good idea. The current "community participation" options are too binary. As it stands, either your account is active or your account is closed, with all profile information hidden, so you can't leave a note or otherwise indicate that you're just on hiatus.

I propose a "Take a break" feature that would simply disable user login for a set time, say, 2 weeks, then automatically re-enable login without the need for mod involvement.

Crucially, "taking a break" would:
  • leave the user's profile information in place, and
  • add a highly visible indication to the top of his or her profile page that the user is currently taking a break from the site.
And yeah, there's always the argument that if you need to take a break from Metafilter for work or life reasons, you can just, you know, stop logging in for awhile, but some of us would benefit from a feature that actually STOPPED US FROM LOGGING INTO THE SITE, because for some of us the siren call of the blue is hard to ignore when it's just a click away from whatever work you're doing.
posted by killdevil at 12:26 PM on February 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


As a bonus, the "take a break" feature could also be invoked by the mods to give somebody an explicit timeout that would expire on its own -- a less severe alternative to banhammering, and one that saved the mods the trouble of manually reinstating access to a blocked account.
posted by killdevil at 12:33 PM on February 20, 2010


saved would save
posted by killdevil at 12:33 PM on February 20, 2010


Oh? But if the point is to avoid wasting time, and you really don't trust yourself to do that, it seems that's kind of useless, because you can still access the website if you aren't logged in.

Skimming MeFi isn't particularly time consuming.

Wading into the big discussion threads and getting involved in them, that's the timesink.
posted by rodgerd at 12:39 PM on February 20, 2010


Do you have to disable your account when you're too busy to get on here and post...or can you just not login? I don't see the purpose of self-disabling unless you want to leave metafilter for good and want people to know you aren't coming back.

I don't get it.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:19 PM on February 20, 2010


Yeah as much as I like the "take a break" option at some level we'd just really like people to step away and then come back when they want to. Since leaving in this way entails talking to one of us to come back, it's a wee more labor intensive and I guess we'd prefer just ... you come back when you feel like it. The disabling option is available but I guess not promoted for this specific use.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:29 PM on February 20, 2010


Do you have to disable your account when you're too busy to get on here and post...or can you just not login? I don't see the purpose of self-disabling unless you want to leave metafilter for good and want people to know you aren't coming back.

speaking for myself, the best and worst thing I've done in the past year was quit lurking and sign up. because, often, I can't not login. the best thing for me is to turn my computer off - I get a lot of work done that way. except when the work I have to do is on my computer. so yeah, some kind of self-imposed lockout, with a timer or some other kind of impatience-defeating device, would be helpful.

maybe others of you are better at not eating the marshmallow. heck, I don't even like marshmallows! but if I have a marshmallow in my hand, it's getting eaten, now.
posted by toodleydoodley at 1:44 PM on February 20, 2010


So, I'm a bit confused

Eh, it's never made sense to me using it this way either. It seems CLOSING an account should just simply, close it. But once this type thing was was allowed, as a vacation button, which I can't possibly believe was the original intent, the horse had left the barn (so to speak).

It also lends itself to self created drama at times, but people love drama.
posted by justgary at 1:54 PM on February 20, 2010


Yeah it would be nice to maybe get in the habit of leaving an "I'll be back in a bit" note on your profile page if you're taking some time off so that people don't spend a lot of time speculating.

Doesn't closing your account remove all your personal information? Maybe we do need a real 'vacation' button.
posted by delmoi at 2:13 PM on February 20, 2010


Since leaving in this way entails talking to one of us to come back, it's a wee more labor intensive and I guess we'd prefer just ... you come back when you feel like it. The disabling option is available but I guess not promoted for this specific use.

What about a button that lets you set a date for your account to automatically re-enable? Think of it like a bar tender cutting you off after too many drinks :P
posted by delmoi at 2:14 PM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thank goodness. Neither of the possible readings of the portion of this post on the MeTa front page was at all palatable to me. I'm glad this is just a break!
posted by OmieWise at 2:17 PM on February 20, 2010


As far as ponies go, I would like the mods to start offering users who would like to 'take a break' a complimentary Kit-Kat bar if they just stay here instead.
posted by koeselitz at 2:21 PM on February 20, 2010


As far as ponies go, I would like the mods to start offering users who would like to 'take a break' a complimentary Kit-Kat bar if they just stay here instead.

I would abuse the shit out of this because Kit-Kat bars are delicious.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:25 PM on February 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


the real world claims another victim.
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:53 PM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


They are indeed delicious, which is why, immediately upon reading your comment, I scampered downstairs to the bodega across the street, and bought two: one for me, and one for metafilter. Unfortunately, the candy-uploading interface on my computer appears to be broken, and thus I am reluctantly forced to hungrily devour BOTH bars.

LOOK ON MY NOMS YE MIGHTY AND DESPAIR.
posted by elizardbits at 3:54 PM on February 20, 2010 [7 favorites]


that's taking one for the team elizardbits
posted by toodleydoodley at 4:06 PM on February 20, 2010


ELIZARDBITS WAIT! It's not broken, you just have to send it a piece at a time! If you inspect the Kit-Kat bar closely you'll notice it is scored. Just break us off a piece (or Pack-Kit) and send it on through.

I hope it's not too late.
posted by contraption at 2:07 AM on February 27, 2010


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