MetaFilter User IDs April 14, 2010 6:37 PM   Subscribe

MetaFilter User Licenses!

Hi everybody,

For the past few meetups, I've been making official MetaFilter User IDs so you can identify yourself--and others--as MeFites!

I've had several requests for IDs, so if you'd like an ID card, please fill out the following form: (this information will appear on the card)

Username:
Usernumber:
Name:
Email:
Website:
I Am A:

Include a photograph of yourself, and email it to me: mattdidthat AT gmail DOT com. Be sure to include the address to which you want the license mailed!

All I ask is for you to make a donation to one of these organizations:

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Half The Sky Foundation
Love Without Boundaries
The Electronic Frontier Foundation

Thanks, everybody.
posted by mattdidthat to MetaFilter-Related at 6:37 PM (60 comments total) 46 users marked this as a favorite

I AM A: POSTDOC, ECOLOGIST
        FOODIE, GODLESS LIBERAL
        DEAD RINGER FOR MAYNARD G. KREBS
posted by DU at 6:49 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


RSTR: NARROW LENS
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 6:50 PM on April 14, 2010


You should add a space for spouses.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:07 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


You should add a space for spouses.

Couldn't he just print "Brandon Blacher" on the bottom of everyone's... oh...
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:10 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Brandon blatcher was my first.


NOT
posted by special-k at 7:10 PM on April 14, 2010


This is so rockin.

Sending mine shortly.
posted by deezil at 7:12 PM on April 14, 2010


Hey, any chance of getting the original file for those of who want to do it ourselves?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:13 PM on April 14, 2010


Brandon blatcher was my first.

I have a personal rule against favorites before spousing.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:14 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Couldn't he just print "Brandon Blacher" on the bottom of everyone's... oh...

He's everybody's first spouse.

AND acquaintance.

AND neighbor.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:41 PM on April 14, 2010


Those are awesome. And also, who knew special-k was such a hottie. Rawr.
posted by jamaro at 7:50 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Dude, those are like SO fake - They'll probably work at the college dive bar with the burned-out bulb over the front door, but sheesh, don't go anywhere fancy.
posted by jalexei at 7:54 PM on April 14, 2010


...I heard "Son, do you know what I'm stoppin' you for?"
"Cause I'm drunk, and I'm posting GRAR, onto the blue?
Do I look like a mind reader, mod, I don't know—
Am I under arrest, or should I guess some more?"
"Well your post was pretty crappy, just XSTIANS-LOL"
"uh-huh"
"License and registration and step out of the car,
"We'll see how smart you are over in metatalk".
I got 99 problems, mefiID ain't one...
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 8:04 PM on April 14, 2010 [16 favorites]


special-k is totally a hottie. AND licensed to use the internet!
posted by gingerbeer at 8:50 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can mine say I'm 21 so I can rent a car and drink in the US? Even though I'm 32?
posted by Kirk Grim at 8:53 PM on April 14, 2010


I want one, but there's a catch. I am refusing to take perspective of special-k's picture into account, and want a User ID bigger than my head. Kind of like those fake checks people are presented at halftime of a basketball game. I am assuming one could use those shrink wrap winter window treatment kits to laminate it.
posted by cashman at 8:54 PM on April 14, 2010


I saw Afroblanco's and was quite jealous. Good jorb.
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:10 PM on April 14, 2010


Fiasco da Gama: I got 99 problems, mefiID ain't one...

Metafilter: Doin' 55 in a 54.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 9:36 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


ENDORSEMENTS: GREG NOG FAN CLUB, FSM CHURCH, YOUR MOM

RESTRICTIONS: G, T, 4 (METATALK ONLY)
posted by armage at 9:55 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


For anyone who might want to know: with the exception of the first (which isn't their database), all of the charities on mattdidthat's list get four stars on Charity Navigator (explanation of their ratings).
posted by ocherdraco at 10:33 PM on April 14, 2010


I'M A:
  • Man
  • Boy
  • Man
  • Well, your mother
  • Man
  • One-night stand
  • Man
  • Bi (am I?)
  • Man
  • Slave
  • Man
  • Little girl
AND WE MAKE LOVE: Together
posted by Spatch at 10:56 PM on April 14, 2010 [14 favorites]


posted by ocherdraco For anyone who might want to know: with the exception of the first (which isn't their database), all of the charities on mattdidthat's list get four stars on Charity Navigator (explanation of their ratings).

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery advances the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery of quality eye care. My uncle is an eye surgeon and for the past several years he has worked for and traveled with the ASCRS to teach and share his knowledge and expertise of cataract surgery with doctors all over the globe.

Half The Sky and Love Without Boundaries are the foundations which support and work with the orphanages from which my nieces were adopted.
posted by mattdidthat at 10:58 PM on April 14, 2010


Oooh! Someone just posted a picture of special-k's ID without blurring his user number! Now I can totally steal his identity and go around getting favorite loans in his name!
posted by qvantamon at 11:50 PM on April 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


favorite loans

What would be the collateral for one of those?
posted by armage at 12:51 AM on April 15, 2010


It's my understanding that there are places that will give you a post-day loan, with payment due the next time you're eligible to post a question on AskMe, however, in my case I put up my AskMe best answers as collateral when I was short on favorites and desperately needed a favorite loan. You can also sell your gold stars for favorites at Favorites4Gold.com.
posted by RichardP at 1:34 AM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Do we have to pass parallel parking to get one?

*waves at special-k*

Hi handsome!

posted by gomichild at 1:43 AM on April 15, 2010


Hey, any chance of getting the original file for those of who want to do it ourselves?

Never mind, I have Photoshop files of an earlier version that included "terrorist grade". Remember when terrorism was so important, before we started worrying whether we'd have money? Good times, times.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:18 AM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


You have money?!?

*spouses BB*
posted by slogger at 6:09 AM on April 15, 2010


These are awesome - are they plastic?
posted by odinsdream at 6:30 AM on April 15, 2010


Metafilter user IDs: The plastic licenses it's OK to like.
posted by emelenjr at 7:10 AM on April 15, 2010 [4 favorites]


what's with special-k's "innocent look" attempt?

maybe we should get licenses for spouses (is that spise if you have more than one?)
posted by infini at 7:19 AM on April 15, 2010


*sends in the username, usernumber, name, website, and photo of mathowie, with a throwaway email address and "I am a: SOCKPUPPET" tagline*
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:30 AM on April 15, 2010


I'm available under an MIT license. Unfortunately, I'm not using any source control, and you'll probably have to buy me a few beers to get me to show you my source code.
posted by Plutor at 8:18 AM on April 15, 2010


posted by odinsdream These are awesome - are they plastic?

Yes!
posted by mattdidthat at 9:11 AM on April 15, 2010


all of the charities on mattdidthat's list get four stars on Charity Navigator

What does GiveWell think of them?
posted by EarBucket at 9:32 AM on April 15, 2010 [3 favorites]


Obvious forgery. Flagged.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:57 AM on April 15, 2010


How big does the pic need to be?
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:13 AM on April 15, 2010


Ideally, the minimum size should be 3" x 3" (600px x 600px) at 200, but send me what you have and I'll let you know if it's too small.
posted by mattdidthat at 10:25 AM on April 15, 2010


maybe we should get licenses for spouses (is that spise if you have more than one?)

Heinlein's comment on it was that the plural of "spouse" is "spice."
posted by zarq at 12:43 PM on April 15, 2010


AND WE MAKE LOVE: Together

I'M AN: Island in the stream

AND WE MAKE LOVE: to each other, aha
FROM: one lover to another, aha
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:56 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I can attest to the awesomeness of these IDs. Earlier today, I showed mine to a couple of co-workers and they backed away slowly!
posted by rtha at 3:34 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Are you, or have you ever been, a card-carrying member of the communist party, or communist-affiliated group?"

Nnnn... oh wait... crap.
posted by -harlequin- at 8:00 PM on April 15, 2010


I really want to do this but I have to balance the fact that (a) I will never use it for anything, and (b) it will make my already-too-fat wallet even fatter.

Now, if it were a name badge or for a convention or something...
posted by rebent at 8:25 PM on April 15, 2010


Lucky for me, I use Rebent as my name all over the web, so I could just put that as my name on about anything.
posted by rebent at 8:25 PM on April 15, 2010


Without holograms, or embedded Intel chips, or the basic security features I get in a $5 bill, I'm afraid that a Metafilter ID is going to be worthless in my quest to enroll in Kaplan University graduate degree programs, or to cash payroll checks at Walmart. Please to explain how a "genuwine" (as opposed to a cheap, if high quality, Taiwanese fake) Metafilter ID may help vouchsafe for me to federales in Ciudad Juarez, as I seek homeopathic relief for various ailments, on any given Tuesday evening, too...
posted by paulsc at 9:13 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


special-k, did you live in Davis, CA a few years ago? If not, then some guy with your face and name came by to check out my apartment when I was trying to sublet it back then. He might now also have your MeFi ID card, too.
posted by phatkitten at 9:50 AM on April 16, 2010


Yeah, I used to live in Davis. I lived in the same house between 04-08 so this must have been before that.
posted by special-k at 10:12 AM on April 16, 2010


I was trying to sublet in 2005. I could've sworn it was you though.

Oh well!
posted by phatkitten at 11:13 AM on April 16, 2010


MATT MADE ME ONE AND IT IS THE BEST THING EVER.
posted by The Whelk at 2:12 PM on April 16, 2010


I think you're fantastic. What a neat thing to do for folks and for causes you believe in.
posted by houseofdanie at 8:56 PM on April 16, 2010


I think it is terrible that everyone is focusing on special-k's appearance. Frankly, it's all very sexist and this objectification needs to stop immediately.

feel free to focus it on me instead
posted by davejay at 9:58 PM on April 16, 2010


I want to pull the trigger on this but the I AM A has me completely paralyzed. I'm gonna wait until later, coffee's not the right head-manager for the job.
posted by thinkpiece at 5:38 AM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't know, man. If I get one of these and one day decide to run for elected office, the Republican could just say "he's a card-carrying member of Metafilter", and it's all over. I ain't goin' out like Dukakis.
posted by DecemberBoy at 6:05 AM on April 17, 2010

the I AM A has me completely paralyzed
I AM A: LET YA FINISH
BEYONCE HAS ONE OF THE BEST MEFI IDS OF ALL TIME
OF ALL TIME
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:21 AM on April 17, 2010 [10 favorites]


I am really excited about this, thank you!
posted by the_royal_we at 10:01 AM on April 17, 2010


am so tempted to flag fiasco da gama as noise

or hit him in the head with something like a grammy award

so torn
posted by mephron at 10:49 PM on April 17, 2010


Careful with those Grammys. They don't give 'em to just anyone, y'know.
posted by box at 3:53 PM on April 18, 2010


Lisa: You're a member of MetaFilter, Grampa?

Grandpa Simpson: Oh, sure. Let's see, I'm an elk, a Mason, a communist. I'm the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for some reason, ah, here it is. MetaFilter.

Homer: This is it! My ticket in: they have to let me in if I'm the son of a member. I'll take this communist one too!
posted by I am the Walrus at 7:03 AM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I AM A: WARE OF ALL INTERNET TRADITIONS
posted by Gridlock Joe at 1:30 PM on April 26, 2010


am so tempted to flag fiasco da gama as noise

or hit him in the head with something like a grammy award

so torn
(mephron)

This is just to say

I am so tempted
to flag
Fiasco
da Gama

or to
hit his head
with a
Grammy

Forgive me
he is hilarious
but that joke
is so old
posted by ocherdraco at 2:10 PM on April 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm going to see if I can get my next order of checks to be printed MetaFilterish.
posted by not_on_display at 11:29 AM on April 28, 2010


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