AskMetafilter is the Cool Site of the Day. August 2, 2010 9:31 AM   Subscribe

As you might have noticed from looking at the very top of AskMetafilter today, AskMetafilter is the Cool Site of the Day.

We share the august distinction of being named Cool Site of the Day with just a few thousands of other sites.
posted by Jaltcoh to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM (107 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

In Comic Sans, no less!
posted by Afroblanco at 9:32 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've been staring at the Comic Sans all morning, trying to figure out if it's ironic Comic Sans, or earnest Comic Sans.
posted by oinopaponton at 9:33 AM on August 2, 2010 [11 favorites]


Wouldn't "Cool Site of the Day mentioned on MetaFilter" be more apt than "MetaFilter mentioned on Cool Site of the Day"?
posted by resiny at 9:33 AM on August 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ah, 1995, how I missed you.
posted by Plutor at 9:33 AM on August 2, 2010 [9 favorites]


I had no idea there was still a "Cool Site of the Day".
posted by josher71 at 9:34 AM on August 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


I liked AskMetaFilter back in '07 when you could see 'em at the Unitarian Church basement for 5 bucks. Now they're opening for Arctic Monkeys, so weak...
posted by Mister_A at 9:37 AM on August 2, 2010 [14 favorites]


I knew it was Comic Sans by the way my eyelids began to itch. Still, interesting to know that they're still around. While we're at it, let's do this up old school: The Amazing Fish Cam.
posted by adipocere at 9:37 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


every dog has his day if you wait long enough
posted by edgeways at 9:38 AM on August 2, 2010


The oldest Cool Site of the Day that is still online appears to be the Froggy Page, which was a Cool Site of the Day back in August of 1994. Incredibly, it's been updated as recently as 2008.

The SkateWeb ice skating page is maintained by the same person, and it's been active from 1994 to today. That's pretty impressive.
posted by jedicus at 9:39 AM on August 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


Cool site of the day? Heck, I was just named cool commenter of the week. Or is it weak?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:40 AM on August 2, 2010


Holy flashback! I haven't thought of Cool Site of the Day in a dozen years. I remember when it was new and shiny. Man, I feel internet-old.
posted by Kattullus at 9:40 AM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yay!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:40 AM on August 2, 2010


yay for us
posted by marxchivist at 9:41 AM on August 2, 2010


Oh yeah, YAY! That's what I meant to say.
posted by marxchivist at 9:41 AM on August 2, 2010


I love that the second link in this MetaTalk post above ends in the file name .pl
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:41 AM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Anyone remember when you submitted sites to Yahoo! to be put in their hierachical web directory?
posted by Artw at 9:42 AM on August 2, 2010 [17 favorites]


Man, that site has a fuck ton more spammy advertitising for SEO crap than when I last looked at it. Didn't it used to be a penguin wearing shades sitting on an ice-cube or something?
posted by Artw at 9:44 AM on August 2, 2010


I had no idea there was still a "Cool Site of the Day".

That was my reaction this morning when I saw mention of it pass through my mefiplex tweetdeck dragnet. It kind of feels like it outliving Geocities is some sort of violation of natural law.

Now if we can just snag a nice TOP 5% glitter award some time, I can retire.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:44 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Take that, hampsterdance.
posted by griphus at 9:44 AM on August 2, 2010 [10 favorites]


Shouldn't there be some sparkly emblem at the bottom of the AskMefi page now?
posted by octothorpe at 9:46 AM on August 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


Wow, this is the same Cool Site Of The Day from the dawn o' the web. Wow.

Who the hell still cares about that stuff at this point?
posted by paisley henosis at 9:48 AM on August 2, 2010


Thanks for the add!

*sparkles*
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:50 AM on August 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


Man, that site has a fuck ton more spammy advertitising for SEO crap than when I last looked at it.

A walk through the archive.org record is kind of interesting (if a bit image-broken in the early years and inclined toward Welcome To The Site! popups) in that context.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:50 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think MetaFilter should start a new webring, with Cool Site of the Day.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:50 AM on August 2, 2010 [6 favorites]


Who the hell still cares about that stuff at this point?

Um, those of us who've worked tirelessly maintaining the coolness of AskMetafilter and are pretty proud that its coolness has finally been recognized??
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:51 AM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was thinking a good April Fools joke for next year would be to restyle Metafilter's various subsites as a circa 1994 webring, with really crappy minimalist page layout for each subsite but a distinctly different layout for each, and randomly inserted broken/404 fake subsites throughout.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:52 AM on August 2, 2010 [24 favorites]


They only pick one website per day? Amateurs.
posted by reductiondesign at 9:54 AM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


whta the hell everytime i refresh this askmetflier site it changes

wheres the UNDER CONSTRUCTIONS icon
posted by shakespeherian at 9:55 AM on August 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


They only pick one website per day? Amateurs.

Actually, they're clearly more selective than our 20 to 30 sites a day, so that makes their websites Cooler.
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:56 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


The oldest Cool Site of the Day that is still online appears to be the Froggy Page

My brain parsed that URL as frog-so-nice dot com as opposed to frogs-on-ice dot com. I poured myself a glass of Riunite immediately.
posted by mintcake! at 9:57 AM on August 2, 2010


They only pick one website per day?

There's only so many websites to pick from and you don't want to run out too fast. Also, the forum on their Goldeneye 64 site doesn't admin itself, you know.
posted by griphus at 9:58 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Quick, raise the sign-up fee to $50! We'll have steak tonight.
posted by educatedslacker at 9:58 AM on August 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


Oh, no.
posted by fiercecupcake at 9:58 AM on August 2, 2010


I was hoping there'd be an iced drink in this somewhere . . . maybe someone should put up an AskMeFi for recipes for best summer quaffs (other than cold beer).
posted by bearwife at 10:00 AM on August 2, 2010


Nothing like the internet to make my 25-year-old self feel like a geezer sometimes. I'm right in that weird spot on the bell curve where people younger or much older than me have, on average, never seen what the World Wide Web was like before the dot-com bubble.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:02 AM on August 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'm browsing it with Mosaic as we speak!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:06 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


How sad is it that this is what flashes me back to my University days, instead of some kind of cool drugs?
posted by jacquilynne at 10:07 AM on August 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yeah this is awesome and all, but when does AOL create a specific chat room for us?
posted by jerseygirl at 10:07 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Winsome Parker Lewis: Nothing like the internet to make my 25-year-old self feel like a geezer sometimes.

Heck, I'm 29 and on the rare occasions I mention usenet or gopher or IRC I get the kinds of blank stares usually elicited by Fibber McGee references.
posted by Kattullus at 10:08 AM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


It be interesting to check tomorrow on just how many referrals to here came via the Cool Site of the Day. I'm going to guess about 500, of which 400 were us clicking on the link to get back here.
posted by COD at 10:10 AM on August 2, 2010 [6 favorites]


The Winsome Parker Lewis: Nothing like the internet to make my 25-year-old self feel like a geezer sometimes.

Heck, I'm 29 and on the rare occasions I mention usenet or gopher or IRC I get the kinds of blank stares usually elicited by Fibber McGee references.


Heh, I'm 43, and remember the good ol' BBC days I feel ancient.
posted by patheral at 10:15 AM on August 2, 2010


I was thinking a good April Fools joke for next year would be to restyle Metafilter's various subsites as a circa 1994 webring, with really crappy minimalist page layout for each subsite but a distinctly different layout for each, and randomly inserted broken/404 fake subsites throughout.

I think this is a fantastically funny idea, but then I also was one of the people who was against the removal of the button that made the colors change.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:16 AM on August 2, 2010


I wonder what would happen to the Wall Street Journal's cookie analysis tool if it hit that site...
posted by Artw at 10:19 AM on August 2, 2010


wheres the UNDER CONSTRUCTIONS icon

I would email and ask but there is no icon of a letter folding itself up and popping itself into a postbox.
posted by Artw at 10:20 AM on August 2, 2010 [15 favorites]


Yay! I vote for them to be "Pop Up Site of the Day!"
posted by NoraCharles at 10:21 AM on August 2, 2010


Maybe I'm crazy, but AskMe feels about the same temperature it always does.
posted by mullacc at 10:24 AM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Guys guys! You should check out what they're linking to tomorrow. Apparently there's this site that just plays a cute .wav under a bunch of .gifs of hamsters dancing!!!!
posted by edbles at 10:26 AM on August 2, 2010


Gawd! You kids and your shitty spelling:

hamsters hampsters

Is it curmudgeonly of me that I never forwarded the hampsterdance link to anyone ever, because the misspelling just made my teeth itch?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:36 AM on August 2, 2010


Coolest Site EVERY DAY, amirite?
Well, and the blue too.
posted by The otter lady at 10:40 AM on August 2, 2010


I spelled hamster wrong for years because of that damn site. I joined the grammar police in order to prevent other poor, impressionable 10-year-olds from the same fate.
posted by good day merlock at 10:41 AM on August 2, 2010


I suppose, technically, I joined the spelling police. I am a member of both forces.
posted by good day merlock at 10:42 AM on August 2, 2010


I joined for the ecsellant benifits upon ritairmint.
posted by griphus at 10:43 AM on August 2, 2010


PLEASE MAKE THE FACEBOOK PAGE LOOK LIKE NORMAL THANKS
posted by shakespeherian at 10:51 AM on August 2, 2010 [10 favorites]


Heck, I'm 29 and on the rare occasions I mention usenet or gopher or IRC I get the kinds of blank stares usually elicited by Fibber McGee references.

I told a girl last night that "if I had had the internet when I was choosing colleges I probably would've chosen a school that was better for me." She told me she was in third grade when I was graduating high school.

Which is not really a huge age difference for grown-ups, but it sounds just terrible when you put it that way.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:00 AM on August 2, 2010


The really fascinating thing for me is that CSotD runs on Wordpress now, which means that "looking like it's from 1997" must be a conscious decision on the part of the staff because it actually takes a little work to make WP look like that.
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:08 AM on August 2, 2010 [11 favorites]


paisley henosis writes "Who the hell still cares about that stuff at this point?"

Metafilter apparently.
posted by Mitheral at 11:14 AM on August 2, 2010


Even their "please vote correctly, please!" instructions make me think about the 90s.
posted by rhizome at 11:22 AM on August 2, 2010


mathowie: "I love that the second link in this MetaTalk post above ends in the file name .pl"

I hope that's real love, and not some sort of ironic love, Mr. dot-cfm.
posted by Plutor at 11:29 AM on August 2, 2010 [7 favorites]


I just made the connection! The neoclassical "FOVRT CHVRCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST" building I always ride by on my way to the brew shop IS the actual, physical, made of stone Internet Archive. The signs on their display windows are all faded, they have a map of The Whole Internet on the window that does not mention Metafilter.

Next time I'll make sure to stop and see what they have in their reading room. Maybe they have the 1994 internet yellow pages.
posted by dirty lies at 11:33 AM on August 2, 2010


Wake me up when AskMe makes the front page of Metafilter
posted by nomad at 11:35 AM on August 2, 2010


Anyone remember when you submitted sites to Yahoo! to be put in their hierachical web directory?

I remember Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. Once a month, you could buy a copy in the supermarket, read about a new web site, and carefully type the URL into your web browser.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:53 AM on August 2, 2010 [9 favorites]


Surely this kind of attention will turn this into MetaFilter's own Eternal August.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:59 AM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was hoping there'd be an iced drink in this somewhere . . . maybe someone should put up an AskMeFi for recipes for best summer quaffs (other than cold beer).
posted by bearwife at 12:00 PM on August 2 [+] [!]


I've been making ginger ale from scratch as per instructions I got off the internet and it is AMAZING.
posted by jtron at 12:04 PM on August 2, 2010


Recipe please, jtron! My hubby loves ginger ale. And it is our anniversary today . . .
posted by bearwife at 12:14 PM on August 2, 2010


METAFILTER WILL YOU PLEASE ADD MY SITE TO YOUR WEB RING? I WILL ADD MINE TO YOURS!
posted by geoff. at 12:43 PM on August 2, 2010


in a 2-liter plastic (not glass unless you like the possibility of shrapnel) bottle, add:

1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp yeast (dry, active; the kind in most of the little packets at the groc-er-y)
1 1/2 - 2 tbsp ginger (the recipe I used had fresh grated ginger; I used minced ginger from a jar because I am not Classy)

(optional: grate the ginger into a cup, add lemon or lime juice, mash together, then pour into bottle)

Add cold water to about 1" from top. Cap. Invert the bottle a few times to get everything all nice and mixed in. Put in warm place. The key to knowing when it's "done" is the bottle being "tight" to the touch; this will be between 24-48 hours typically*. When it's as tight as you want to chance it, put it in the fridge overnight (as per recipe, which I have taken to mean "at least 6-8 hours"). Remove from fridge, strain into decanter (say, another 2-liter), enjoy.

This produces a cloudy, gingery, not particularly "dry" ginger ale. There's also a slight alcohol tinge - apparently this beverage is on the order of 1 proof. Ingredients can be adjusted to taste, obviously - I am already thinking about making a batch of DANGER ALE with lots of lemon and some cayenne. The cloudyness maaaaay be remedied by straining through cheesecloth but this is unproven conjecture on my part.

Original recipe (and a bunch of other goodness) found here


* I let my bottles condition while standing in a couple plastic grocery bags. The bottles, not me.
posted by jtron at 1:02 PM on August 2, 2010 [30 favorites]




for a minute there i got excited because i thought this post was referring to the project cool site of the day (or was it sighting of the day?)*, which i think is how i found metafilter way back when. alas, it's just that shitty regular old cool site of the day thing.

*now devX & i did manage to find a link from devX to the cool site archives one time but if it's in that mess of a webpage, i can't find it now. sigh.
posted by msconduct at 1:25 PM on August 2, 2010


I can't believe it took ten years for this site to recognize that we totally ate your balls.
posted by Skot at 1:32 PM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


griphus: "hampster"

Where do guinea pigs put their dirty clothes, Alex?
posted by boo_radley at 1:36 PM on August 2, 2010


Nice banner now at the top of AskMe, in small Comic Sans, natch.
posted by aught at 1:45 PM on August 2, 2010


> Nice banner now at the top of AskMe, in small Comic Sans, natch.

Thanks for pointing that out, I probably would have missed it.
posted by languagehat at 1:47 PM on August 2, 2010


WEB RINGS! DOUBLE POSTS! IT'S 1996 AND I'M TIE DYING!!
posted by cavalier at 2:23 PM on August 2, 2010


It's really a long haul trying to get through the Faulkner classic As I Lay Tie Dying.
posted by Skot at 2:27 PM on August 2, 2010


It's really a long haul trying to get through the Faulkner classic As I Lay Tie Dying.

My mother's into Phish.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:30 PM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ah, 1995, how I missed you.

Yeah me too. I'm sure this has been mentioned already, and I'll admit I came across this on Digg. In that awesome Simpsons episode where it takes place in the future and Lisa gets married. Her wedding was the 1st of August 2010. The show aired in 1995.
posted by Elmore at 4:17 PM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Jobs.metafilter.com was Mirsky's Worst of the Web for June 30, 2009.
posted by infinitewindow at 4:22 PM on August 2, 2010


In junior high and high school, I really wanted to get a site on one of these lists.

I wound up getting 3 sites listed on the Useless Pages.
posted by milkrate at 4:26 PM on August 2, 2010


Lies, infinitewindow, there was no Worst of the Web for June 30, 2009.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:52 PM on August 2, 2010


Yeah this is awesome and all, but when does AOL create a specific chat room for us?

I got one of those CDs, can't hurt to check, brb
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:07 PM on August 2, 2010


In that awesome Simpsons episode where it takes place in the future and Lisa gets married. Her wedding was the 1st of August 2010.

Holy shit, I'm old.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:20 PM on August 2, 2010


My site was CSOTD on Nov 23, 1994 (my son's birth announcement, a novelty back then). I got a whopping 3000 hits!!!!! Melted the server.
posted by cgk at 6:34 PM on August 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


Everyone! Hatten är din, hatten är din...
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:36 PM on August 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hatt Baby Hatt Ba-ay-by!
posted by yellowbinder at 6:46 PM on August 2, 2010


The Simpsons' current ages:

Homer: 54 (b. March 1956)
Marge: 53 (b. October 1956)
Bart: 31 (b. April 1979)
Lisa: 28 (b. September 1981)
Maggie: 23 (b. November 1986)

Yikes.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on August 2, 2010


Cool site of the day???

An nsfw question about kink anal sex would resolve that VERY quickly.
posted by hal_c_on at 9:14 PM on August 2, 2010


what's uncool about kink anal sex?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:22 PM on August 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hot is the opposite of cool!
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:33 PM on August 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


UNSCRIBE ME
posted by flestrin at 9:42 PM on August 2, 2010


I think maybe what I like about MeFi is that it makes the internet feel manageably small again, like in the old days when a site like CSOTD (or Worst of the Web, or and of the other page-a-day review sites) seemed like a reasonable proposition.

My site got a Worst of the Web ten years ago, and even then, I remember thinking "Wow, that's a LOT of bad sites to get through in order to find a 'worst'." Mine completely earned that designation, don't get me wrong, it was basically designed to be an eyesore, but it still felt like it was goofy that they were bothering.
posted by little light-giver at 9:44 PM on August 2, 2010


Um,

Quit umming in front of comments. That is not the cool syllable of the day.
posted by Sallyfur at 2:53 AM on August 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


What is, is KINK.
posted by Sallyfur at 2:54 AM on August 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Sallyfur: I was more concerned about broadcasting the sarcastic tone than about adhering to your standards of coolness.
posted by Jaltcoh at 5:19 AM on August 3, 2010


Sallyfur: "That is not the cool syllable of the day."

Vuh!
posted by Plutor at 6:55 AM on August 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


Referrer news: yesterday we received exactly 1,005 hits from Cool Site Of The Day, 960 of them from the front page of the site and 60 from the stub entry.

This is about the same as what happens when something gets a small thread on reddit, or linked in a very active discussion on an lj community. It's not nothing, but as the full force of the front page of a daily-feature site it's not exactly a firehose, either.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:14 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'd be very interested to see the demographics of those. Who exactly are the readers of CSOTD anyway?

I suspect it's retirees using the same PCs and dialup modems they were given by their children 10/15 years ago; Windows 95; Netscape 3.0; flickering 13" CRT; beginning every session from CSOTD because it's the home page set up for them in the beginning. They still double-click every link and don't know what the right mouse button's for (left-handed folk?). They see no reason to ever change because what they've got now works just fine, thankyouverymuch........ but I shouldn't assume things.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:32 AM on August 3, 2010


yesterday we received exactly 1,005 hits from Cool Site Of The Day, 960 of them from the front page of the site and 60 from the stub entry.

I want to know how many they got from us.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:55 AM on August 3, 2010


Yesterday was a holiday here; is that the case in some/most of the states? There could be a thicker tail than normal over the next couple days because of it.
posted by Mitheral at 9:58 AM on August 3, 2010


Yesterday was a holiday here; is that the case in some/most of the states?

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day? I doubt that leads to much of a web traffic slump.

Oh, you mean the "August Civic Holiday" -- no, I think that's just a Candian thing.
posted by Jaltcoh at 10:21 AM on August 3, 2010


It's not nothing, but [...] it's not exactly a firehose, either.

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that...
posted by uncleozzy at 12:58 PM on August 3, 2010


I'm at a math conference this week. BOTH of the headline speakers on the opening day gave presentations in Comic Sans. One of them made the mistake of trying to typeset formulae in that most dreadful of fonts... I didn't previously know that the greek alphabet was available in Comic Sans.
posted by kaibutsu at 11:12 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


For posterity: 183 hits from the site yesterday.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:51 AM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


To the people who enjoyed the ginger ale recipe: I am drinking from a batch made with 2/3 the sugar and it's still quite tasty and identifiable as soda
posted by jtron at 1:27 PM on August 4, 2010

Now if we can just snag a nice TOP 5% glitter award some time, I can retire.
My tiny company sent out a press release the time we got one of those.

We faxed it to all the local newspapers.
posted by bigbigdog at 12:58 AM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is all well and good, but when will Bolt.com get a MeFi badge for my profile?

*sends BoltNote to mathowie*
posted by mippy at 10:15 AM on August 5, 2010


I'm going to enjoy this achievement with some Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches snacks.
posted by Omon Ra at 1:29 PM on August 5, 2010


OMG I bet they'll totally let you into the Answer Site Webring now.
posted by rhizome at 4:37 PM on August 6, 2010


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