lame thread, excellent comment June 24, 2010 1:19 PM   Subscribe

Is there a way to delete a thread, but leave a comment? Maybe that should be a feature for making me laugh, at least.

Not to spoil a joke, but this isn't really a feature request. When and if the thread is deleted, though, I think jharris should get some recognition.
posted by yhbc to Etiquette/Policy at 1:19 PM (51 comments total)

Ugh. The "for making me laugh, at least" part was supposed to go inside, after "I think jharris should get some recognition". I'm not on anything today either, I promise.
posted by yhbc at 1:21 PM on June 24, 2010


Compare and contrast.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:28 PM on June 24, 2010


Is there a way to delete a thread, but leave a comment?

I think that's what just happened.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:32 PM on June 24, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yeah, you pretty much succeeded in keeping that comment permanent, you rascal you.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:36 PM on June 24, 2010


Wait until I leave my comment on a closed metatalk thread! That will be special.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:36 PM on June 24, 2010


Oh, I couldn't be that clever.
posted by yhbc at 1:38 PM on June 24, 2010


yhbc: “Maybe that should be a feature for making me laugh, at least.”

Metafilter is not for making you laugh. It is for making you cry.
posted by koeselitz at 1:50 PM on June 24, 2010 [4 favorites]


Metafilter is for making you puke.
posted by cashman at 1:57 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whatup with that crazy thread moddin' over such low stakes?
posted by Burhanistan at 1:59 PM on June 24, 2010


Huh, I didn't mind that post at all.
posted by Skot at 2:02 PM on June 24, 2010


It turns out he was on something after all.
posted by Nabubrush at 2:03 PM on June 24, 2010


Whatup with that crazy thread moddin' over such low stakes?

Yeah, if you can't make a post and walk away for an hour I posit that you shouldn't make the post.

Nearly every time I've felt the need to defend a post someone else was already doing a better job.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:31 PM on June 24, 2010


"No, I'm not on anything today. Why do you ask?" is the key that it was a stunt post. He knew it was weak sauce when he made it.
posted by crunchland at 2:37 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


No, I'm not on anything today. Why do you ask

Well it fits in with this "first-person narrative" style that is being allowed to stand more and more lately. "Hey guys, here's some neat links and some personal context- let's discuss it here in our little clubhouse..."

Not a huge deal, but I could kinda sorta do without it.
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:56 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Homemade Cinnamon Twists:
3-5 C peanut oil.
Rice noodles (Using something besides rice noodles is probably the worst idea ever. For an authentic Taco Bell shape, use rotini. If you're having a hard time finding rice noodles, check a Pacific Market)
Topping:
1/2 Cup sugar, 2 Tbsp cinnamon combined.

Allow oil to reach 500 degrees. Using a spider or large metal spoon, gently add noodles to the oil. Go slowly and don't use more than a small handful at a time. The noodles will expand a lot, and you don't want oil sloppin' everywhere.

Allow the pasta to cook until it bobs to the top of the oil. Retrieve and let drain on cooling rack. Toss twists in a large metal bowl with topping mixture.

Ideas: Change up the topping. Use Parmesan and a mix of chili powder and kosher salt, or try any topping you might enjoy on popcorn.
posted by boo_radley at 3:01 PM on June 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


Allow oil to reach 500 degrees. Using a spider or large metal spoon, gently add noodles to the oil.

I don't have arachnophobia, but WHY ALL THE SPIDERS?

At least, what do they have to do with boiling oil? Otherwise, I'm all for quickly answered question MeTa threads containing some delicious recipes for added value.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:27 PM on June 24, 2010


Well it fits in with this "first-person narrative" style that is being allowed to stand more and more lately. "Hey guys, here's some neat links and some personal context- let's discuss it here in our little clubhouse..."

I don't feel like we've been seeing a ton of that lately, but maybe I've missed some stuff if it wasn't really flagged. We did recently have that psoriasis post that honestly the whole mod team was squinting at; ultimately we left it up as a perceived oddity that didn't seem to be a like political soapbox thing, but it definitely stood out as unusual and I think if we see more doing that specific sort of thing we'll clamp down and talk it out in Metatalk if necessary.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:45 PM on June 24, 2010


I made a post that was a little first-person yesterday and it felt vaguely liberating.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:13 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man, I loved the psoriasis post. I don't think I participated in it, but I liked the framing, the sop box, the whole thing. I'm glad it stood.

That said, I can see how most of these would not go well.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:16 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wasn't the first-person FPP style very common in the early days of Metafilter?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:34 PM on June 24, 2010


Yes, but then the site grew from a handful of folks, then to hundreds and now thousands.

I wish there was an option to flag something as "delicious"
posted by filthy light thief at 5:45 PM on June 24, 2010


And I wish they was an option to flag something as filthy light thief!

Oh, sorry, just looked...first option! My bad.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:59 PM on June 24, 2010


Wait, filthy light thief is "pick a reason to flag:"?
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 8:19 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


crunchland: "No, I'm not on anything today. Why do you ask?" is the key that it was a stunt post. He knew it was weak sauce when he made it.

No, he didn't know it was weak sauce when he made it. He put that note in because he chose to make the narrative text a little bizarre and not quite as straightforward as other FPPs he's written.

In the meantime, thanks for the MeTa. It was a crappy day already for a myriad of other reasons, and it's always lovely to get kicked when you're down.
posted by WCityMike at 8:28 PM on June 24, 2010


Mike, I'm sorry you had a bad day, but that doesn't change the fact that it really wasn't that great a post, and the fact that the creator of the site himself said so made that comment memorable, and humorous. No kicking was meant or should be implied - we all put in our contributions here, over and over, and they can't all be winners.
posted by yhbc at 8:37 PM on June 24, 2010


I dunno, this is kind of a cool blog.. would it have stood if it linked to the whole thing rather than a specific entry?
posted by cj_ at 9:12 PM on June 24, 2010

So what does spider taste like? Well, you might expect it to be crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle and that's not a bad start. The legs are pleasantly crunchy and have little flesh in them. Then you get to the head and body which have a delicate white meat inside, rather like a cross between chicken and cod. These bits are quite moreish and the only downside is that, after munching a few, you can develop little spider fur balls in your throat.

But then there's the spider's large, globular abdomen. This is the only really disturbing part of the animal: it's full of a dark brown paste that includes everything from eggs to the heart and spider excrement. One local man enthusiastically claimed these were a delicacy and was energetically popping spider rears into his mouth like grapes. But even some o£ the sellers blanched at this display of arachno-machismo.

posted by zarq at 9:17 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


In the meantime, thanks for the MeTa. It was a crappy day already for a myriad of other reasons, and it's always lovely to get kicked when you're down.

Oh for the love of...

This MeTa isn't calling you out.
posted by desuetude at 9:17 PM on June 24, 2010


All I know is that the Indestructible Beat of Soweto is just the total bomb, and if you don't have it you are a total worthless nobody!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:24 PM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


And Mike, you gotta really take it easy with all this. yhbc was making light of the situation, not calling you out. Some commenters, self included, wondered wtf was up with your behavior. It's really no big deal, and you gotta admit it's funny that the author of the blog post showed up in the thread to say it was kind of weak. Ain't no shame, now go listen to some Indestructible Beat of Soweto.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:27 PM on June 24, 2010


You know, I thought people might get a brief chuckle out of a creator's graphic inversion of what would later become a cultural iconic image. I didn't pad the link out with 25,000 links about the iconic cultural image of Charlie Brown's zig-zag shirt and yada freakin' yada yada -- I thought the image stood for itself and the point didn't need to be made further, and played it a little further out with a brief surrealist "antimatter Charlie Brown" riff.

I wasn't overjoyed at the deletion but I realize that not everyone's always on the same wavelength.

But then there's the lovely bullshit hypocrisy of cjorgensen calling me out when he's Mr. Jesus Beer himself.

And then, joy of joys, I get to see that there's a goddamn fucking MeTa about the fucking thread, where I get to read such lovely pile-on commentary such as "lame thread" in the title, followed by "crazy thread moddin'", "stunt post", "first-person narrative style NEAT LINKS AND PERSONAL CONTEXT", etc., etc., etc.

Please, everyone! Continue the pile-on! It's ever so fucking appreciated! Let's now talk about how this little comment I'm making here is all irrational and inherently wrong and emotional and unjustified -- we can make it about that, now!

Yes, occasionally I write a short one-link, briefly-worded post that evidently doesn't mesh with the group consensus as to what makes a good FPP, and it gets flagged and then dies.

That's actually fine. As I said, I wasn't overjoyed, but I get the whole thing about wavelengths not always meshing.

But then this lovely little thread where I get all this threadshitting, and on this of all days ...

You know, I put a lot into this community, and I am completely and utterly fine with it because what I give, I get back in spades, so the investment is on MOST DAYS sure as hell worth it.

But it might be nice if you guys could just do me the goddamn simple and decent courtesy of not forming a little morbidity-and-mortality conference to proceed to make derogatory riffs about my lazy "first-person narrative style NEAT LINKS AND PERSONAL CONTEXT" posting style and "stunt post" motivation and fuckedy-fuck-fuck-fuck other derogatory phrases.

That sort of analysis is fucking crap, and it's not accurate to boot, and it's not appreciated, and while I don't look for rounds of fawning acclaim and applause, I think I have a pretty good history of FPPs that don't merit said riffs.

Thanks, guys. Nice to have a fucking horrifyingly bad, stressed-out, fucking horrible day and then have an online community I generally appreciate shove their boot so far up my ass that it's distending my stomach.

Night! Thanks, fuckers!
posted by WCityMike at 9:32 PM on June 24, 2010


Mike, a lot of people here are trying to respond sincerely to your "I've had a bad day" comment. I am also sorry about your bad day, but you really need to walk away from this.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:35 PM on June 24, 2010


Dude, so you had a bad day. No one here knows anything about that. Hope you're feeling better, but don't make it about people putting their foot up your ass just to kick you when you're down. You know that's not what happened, and if anyone else posted that link like that they would get the same treatment. It's ok, it's nothing, just pull back the camera and get a larger view.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:36 PM on June 24, 2010


Hell no, Jessamyn. This thread's all about my crappy piece-of-shit FPP and posting style! It'll be a lot more fun for people to make that sort of commentary when they can get to see my reaction in realtime!
posted by WCityMike at 9:40 PM on June 24, 2010


Night! Thanks, fuckers!

*sigh*

I sincerely hope you have a better day tomorrow.

My two cents: FWIW, and perhaps I missed something, but I really didn't see a pile-on here. Two or three people engaging in speculation. That's it.
posted by zarq at 9:42 PM on June 24, 2010


It'll be a lot more fun for people to make that sort of commentary when they can get to see my reaction in realtime!

It's already no fun.
posted by crossoverman at 9:42 PM on June 24, 2010


*deep breath*

Well, I suppose it wouldn't do any good to assure people I'm not bipolar.

Obviously, what you guys just saw was about a bad overreaction amped up to the thirtieth power.

I cannot tell you how much this day sucked prior to my discovery of this MeTa thread.

If you know yourself really well, you might know of one or two or three issues inside you that are sort of your Achilles-heel-breakdown kryptonite kind of stuff.

My life's been getting hit with my own such set, and today was quite a thunderstorm on that front.

I apologize to everyone for going far and beyond the psycho limit on the comment above.

Doesn't change the fact that I went psycho in front of everyone, but ... we all have reservoirs of strength, I just hit my limit a little earlier today and what you saw was when I hit empty.

Sorry.

Good night, everyone. Sorry.
posted by WCityMike at 9:47 PM on June 24, 2010


Best of luck for a better day tomorrow.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:48 PM on June 24, 2010


I've been there. I daresay most of us probably have. Hopefully tomorrow will be easier for you.
posted by zarq at 9:49 PM on June 24, 2010


I knew something was up when you came in here referring to yourself in the third person.

You're not on something today... but I hope you take a personal tomorrow iykwimaityd.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:44 PM on June 24, 2010


Good grief.
posted by koeselitz at 10:58 PM on June 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


{Heh - sorry about the lack of context, that was just a Charlie Brown reference, not an expression of frustration. It has been a weird goddamn week, WCityMike, at least in my corner, and my sympathies go out to you if it's been a bad one on your end as well. I hope things get better for you.}
posted by koeselitz at 11:07 PM on June 24, 2010


I was told to report here?
posted by The Whelk at 11:42 PM on June 24, 2010


No, go back to bed. Nothing more to see here. Move along.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:45 PM on June 24, 2010


I'm in Iceland, it is 6 in the morning. I wish I could sleep but the sunlight! the horrible horrible sunlight!
posted by The Whelk at 11:47 PM on June 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


WCityMike, hope you're having a better day. Sorry about any contribution I made to making yesterday shitty.

I will agree that the Jesus Beer post isn't a strong post, but I am going to point out that the big difference between your post and mine is that I wasn't heavily vested. I would have been fine with the deletion. I even stated so in the thread 2 hours later. If you feel the need to come in and defend a post, 6 minutes after posting, you can probably guess where it's going to go.

And I was less calling the post out than "The Book of Matt" comment. Of the first dozen comments nearly half of them are yours.

If I could have a pony request it would be that the OP not be allowed to contribute to a thread for the first 60 minutes. It should sink or swim on it's own.

I do thank you for the link to the site. It's nice. It just wasn't a strong post.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:05 AM on June 25, 2010


WCityMike, when you wake up today / tomorrow (depending on your local time zone), you are in for a special treat: your very own Golden Lucky Day. I am sending it to right the karmic balance - please enjoy it with my compliments, and at no charge whatsoever to you.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:28 AM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


lamest flameout ever!
posted by banshee at 9:15 AM on June 25, 2010


Meatbomb im playing poker tonight, if you want to send me some karma ill split the winnings pm for more details 100% No Risk To You
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:46 AM on June 25, 2010


Thought I'd check back in and apologize a final time, this time in my right mind.

"Right mind" being a semi-misnomer, as yesterday was not the product of any drug or alcohol. I think it was mostly, without me even realizing it, the product of deep exhaustion. It's amazing how sometimes you don't realize how utterly exhausted you are until you're not exhausted any longer. It's like at some point the actual sense of exhaustion disappears and you're just left with that raggedness. That's part of what contributed to last night. That "tiredness meter" had just ... disappeared, leaving my consciousness thinking I was in normal mode, when I think I might've honestly been near-deliriously punchy without even realizing it.

I'm sorry for flipping out yesterday. Looking back over what I initially wrote, I was pleased to note that even in the flipout itself I still emphasized that this community has given me a lot ... I'm glad I didn't try to negate that.

*rueful black-humor self-deprecating smirk* Of course, the "distended abdomen" thing then proceeded to go just a teensy bit towards nullifying that, didn't it ...

In any case, I'll apologize again one last time to everyone for having a beyond-nuclear meltdown.

Thanks to those who accepted the apology and/or wished for a better day. Today is actually a bit better. Not equally as stellar as yesterday was crappy, but today is definitely an improvement over yesterday.

It is a bit embarrassing to have lost it as utterly completely as I did. Again, my apologies.
posted by WCityMike at 12:09 PM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


BRAND NEW DAY! You're a good guy Mike, and I'm saying that even after meeting you in person. :P

Glad you're feeling better.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:47 PM on June 25, 2010


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