3...2...1...CONTACT! February 26, 2010 6:58 PM   Subscribe

When making a new contact, the following doesn't seem to be very MeFi-centric. Friendship acquaintance friend none Physical I have met this user in the real world. Professional co-worker colleague Geographical co-resident neighbor none Family child parent sibling spouse kin none Romantic muse crush date sweetheart

Some suggestions for reasons to make a contact...

1. Has Taters
2. MeFi Mentor
3. Good Consistent Commentary
4. Makes Great FPPs
5. Idiot Provides Great Entertainment Value

Most of my contacts fall under CRUSH, MUSE and SWEETHEART, but that really pisses off my wife.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 6:58 PM (55 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Blame XFN.
posted by teraflop at 7:01 PM on February 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


, but that really pisses off my wife.

Eh, get a spouse.
posted by The Whelk at 7:10 PM on February 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


DTMFSA
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:11 PM on February 26, 2010


Which one?!
posted by The Whelk at 7:13 PM on February 26, 2010


Dumping the spouse for MeFi? Hmmm, that's a tough one.
posted by snsranch at 7:16 PM on February 26, 2010


Ohh, fun! I play too...

1. Gives good hugs
2. Has username that makes me happy
3. Smart person in contact list make me S-M-A-T to!
4. Reciprocal Spousing Principle
5. Super secret mystery reason only known to me
posted by iamkimiam at 7:21 PM on February 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


It's S-M-R-T for the Simpsons reference.

(You can put me down in category 6: Random pop culture pedant who just can't NOT correct those things. Probably has no real life friends as evidenced by posting to MeTa on a Friday night.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:25 PM on February 26, 2010


6. YAY!
posted by The Whelk at 7:26 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


[grapefruitmoon is a Smart Contact]
posted by iamkimiam at 7:27 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


[doubleplusgood]
posted by The Whelk at 7:32 PM on February 26, 2010


I still don't really get how to use contacts on Metafilter.
posted by serazin at 7:35 PM on February 26, 2010


7) Shares birthday and first and middle name with you and that makes you Friends For Life. Plus, his girlfriend is kind of neat.
posted by bondcliff at 7:35 PM on February 26, 2010


serazin, your first mistake is taking the categories seriously.

Either that or I'm an unwilling polygamist.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:36 PM on February 26, 2010


I'm crushing on your head. I'm crushing on your head. /peeking between finger and thumb flirtatiously/
posted by Babblesort at 7:39 PM on February 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Like if everyone was my spouse I'd suddenly be having fun? (That contradicts my real-life experience)
posted by serazin at 7:40 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is this where I say that i don't link to anyone cause I'm afraid of hurting feelings in some really abstract way if I really gave into it I'd just contact the WHOLE DAMN SITE and that would take away from the "oh! it's a *blank*! comment, I like them!" feeling?
posted by The Whelk at 7:40 PM on February 26, 2010


Shares birthday and first and middle name with you and that makes you Friends For Life.

Not quite the same, but: My birthday is September 4th. Jessamyn's is September 5th. We both went to Hampshire College. We've both lived in Vermont.

We have never been in the same room. COINCIDENCE?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:44 PM on February 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


((((glad you're back, grapefruitmoon!))))
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:45 PM on February 26, 2010


Half the people I know and love INCLUDING MY BROTHER, are Virgos or Libras.


COINCIDENCE?
posted by The Whelk at 7:47 PM on February 26, 2010


Spouse dumping: Disgusting? Yes. Horrifying? Yes. But this is the kind of compromise that keeps a marriage together.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:51 PM on February 26, 2010


What was that about there being a glut of worthless MeTa posts?
posted by Rhomboid at 7:52 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


THE GLUT FEEDS US IT DOES
posted by The Whelk at 7:53 PM on February 26, 2010


Someone awhile back suggested that there should be a "nemesis" category. I don't have any MeFite nemesises (nemesi?) but I like the idea of having that as a contact option.
posted by amyms at 7:57 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Or "minion"... I'd love to have some minions.
posted by amyms at 7:59 PM on February 26, 2010


4. Reciprocal Spousing Principle

4. Brandon Blatchered me.
posted by special-k at 8:06 PM on February 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


From what I hear, minions are overrated.

But acolytes are cool. I wouldn't say no to an acolyte.
posted by maudlin at 8:06 PM on February 26, 2010


Familiars. I want familiars.
posted by rtha at 8:21 PM on February 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


*FIND FAMILIAR*

Oh god, not the feces golem.
posted by The Whelk at 8:22 PM on February 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


((((glad you're back, grapefruitmoon!))))

wow. the longest four days of my life.
posted by gman at 8:29 PM on February 26, 2010


1- consistently says stuff I think I would say, only better
2- says stuff I never even considered and makes it make sense
3- is just funny as all hell
4- sounds like an excellent human being with pretty much every comment
5- wild card

as it is pretty much all my contacts have no category at all because I'm too shy to call anyone a mentor and too embarrassed to call anyone a crush.

oh, and I'd like a nemesis option, too.
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:34 PM on February 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


What, you people don't have categories for "minion?" But what did you do during the great minionating?

Huh.
posted by desuetude at 8:40 PM on February 26, 2010


3-2 Canada!! Bring on the Yanks!
posted by gman at 8:41 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


1) MeFites I should personally thank for teaching me about ______!
2) MeFites who have changed my mind about ______.
3) Their daytime is my nighttime and vice versa
4) Truly A Pedant's Pedant; ergo List 4, which under the proper nomenclature is not a list, per se, but as informed by...Zzzzzzzz
5) How does he/she think of such witty and imaginative things so quickly? I bet they're a blast to hang out with but they'd probably think I was boring.
6) Always says the best (calmest, kindest, smartest) things...like a guitarist who plays only the right notes.
7) Gets 34 favorites every time they sneeze.
posted by applemeat at 9:09 PM on February 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


I would have tons of MetaFilter nemesises, but like my real world ones, they probably wouldn't know who I was.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:12 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Would it require too much database-fu pony-izing to make it so that we could enter our own reasons for following someone? I'm thinking a line of text-type char field. This line would be a helpful reminder above each followed notification on the sidebar (optionally hideable). Following, I think, would become much more fluid and meaningful. I followed a few people starting some time ago, but damned if I remember why. Anyhoo, I agree heartily with the OP that following needs re-working.
posted by telstar at 9:22 PM on February 26, 2010


8)Username makes me giggle and I am drunk
posted by louche mustachio at 9:23 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


When in doubt, choose spouse.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:03 PM on February 26, 2010


it is not advisable to follow me because i am almost always unsure of where i am going with any thought that i begin to post.
posted by the aloha at 10:26 PM on February 26, 2010


it is not advisable to follow me ...

This is not about following people... Pshaw!... This is about how to label the people we follow (and/or stalk -- which, okay, is synonymous with following -- carry on).
posted by amyms at 1:49 AM on February 27, 2010


I'm a little teapot, short and Scouse;
flabdablet's my handle,The Whelk's my spouse.
XFN is absolutely shouse!
Extra options would be grouse.
posted by flabdablet at 2:19 AM on February 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


The open field for typing in your own reasons sounds like a good idea.
posted by orange swan at 11:14 AM on February 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is about how to label the people we follow

you can't put a label on me that sticks. i'll either break out of it or wither and die.
posted by the aloha at 12:10 PM on February 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm a minion!
posted by Wuggie Norple at 3:30 PM on February 27, 2010


7) Gets 34 favorites every time they sneeze.

A-choo!
posted by shakespeherian at 4:04 PM on February 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


*sigh*
posted by shakespeherian at 4:10 PM on February 27, 2010


1) Spouse
2) Met In Real Life
3) ?
4) Profit.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:26 PM on February 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cop pulls grapefruitmoon over for speeding. Looks at her license. "Ma'am, you're supposed to be wearing glasses." "But officer, I have contacts." "I don't care HOW many Mefites you know, lady, you're supposed to be wearing glasses!"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:09 PM on February 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


Huh. Don't know why I was the set-up for that joke. I have 20/20 vision.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:31 PM on February 27, 2010


i want want want to be able to tag people in my real social network/community/commune/borg with iamkimiam's


1. Gives good hugs
2. Has username that makes me happy
3. Smart person in contact list make me S-M-A-T to!
4. Reciprocal Spousing Principle
5. Super secret mystery reason only known to me


hurry up with all that AR stuff already people.... *taps foot*
posted by infini at 5:44 PM on February 27, 2010


Huh. Don't know why I was the set-up for that joke. I have 20/20 vision.

Your username came up in the random search result that I call "my brain". It could've been anybody, really.

Glad to hear you've got 20/20, that's very fortunate!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:23 PM on February 27, 2010


Minions would be good, but we could expand it a bit more. We could have henchmen, thugs, and lackeys. That way, when Batman or James Bond came after us, they'd have to fight their way through our list of contacts, first, the lackeys, contacts we sort of follow, but aren't overly attached to. Then would come the thugs, contacts with a bit more brawn to them, people we try to follow a bit more than average. Finally, they'd have to contend with our henchmen, our Mefi version of Odd Job, for instance. This would be reserved for people who have made us laugh out loud in inappropriate environments, forced expulsion of liquids through either the nose or mouth, or have, IRL bought you a beer.

The henchmen would, ideally, distract Batman long enough (I don't know if this merits a FPP MeTas, should I eat this AskMes, and SLYT MeFi posts of adorable animals) for the evil overlord to escape via MetaTravel, where they would survive on CookMe recipes, study advanced combat techniques at MeFite and travel by Pony.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:45 PM on February 27, 2010


peons... I miss them around the office...
posted by infini at 7:10 PM on February 27, 2010


I like the personal touch you only get with hired goons.
posted by flabdablet at 1:35 AM on February 28, 2010


ja, but can you train a goon to bring you a cup of tea and a single cigarette on command? ;p
posted by infini at 6:28 AM on February 28, 2010


ja, but can you train a goon to bring you a cup of tea and a single cigarette on command? ;p

Well, you ustacould
posted by toodleydoodley at 7:43 PM on February 28, 2010


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