Metafilter: A Collection of Taglines October 25, 2010 1:07 PM   Subscribe

Back in 2007, cortex put together a list of the taglines created on the blue and the grey. They're ripe with phrases that could be adapted for use on signs at the Sanity/Fear rally this weekend. Can these lists be updated so we can see the more current taglines?
posted by youngergirl44 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:07 PM (57 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

I've still got that script sitting around I think. I'll see about re-running it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:14 PM on October 25, 2010


Metafilter: sitting around I think.
posted by carsonb at 1:16 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: I'll see.
posted by Brockles at 1:20 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: taglines created on the blue and the grey.
posted by morganannie at 1:22 PM on October 25, 2010


Awesome - thanks!
posted by youngergirl44 at 1:25 PM on October 25, 2010


Okay, here you go:

From Metafilter
From Metatalk

Anything I said about how this was produced back in 2007 should pertain now as well. Lists are in ascending chronological order by date of comment, link will take you to the comment in question, and there's undoubtedly some wonky broken parsing in there in spots.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:30 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: Can these lists be updated so we can see the more current taglines?
posted by klangklangston at 1:31 PM on October 25, 2010


I'd be interested to know which taglines you think would make good posters. Considering the proper formula for the joke is that they all come directly from a previous in-thread quote, and don't really make much sense taken out of context.
posted by crunchland at 1:33 PM on October 25, 2010


MetaFilter: Don't really make much sense taken out of context.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:39 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Considering the proper formula for the joke
posted by dirtdirt at 1:44 PM on October 25, 2010


Metafilter: undoubtedly some wonky broken parsing in
posted by The Whelk at 1:44 PM on October 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


Artw's post today offered this possibility...

MetaFilter: there's a nerd part and a business part
posted by Joe Beese at 1:47 PM on October 25, 2010


I'd be interested to know which taglines you think would make good posters. Considering the proper formula for the joke is that they all come directly from a previous in-thread quote, and don't really make much sense taken out of context.

My all-time favorite example of this comes just after this comment about the RIAA killing internet radio.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:49 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Awesome - thanks
posted by doublehappy at 1:50 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Back in 2007.
posted by daniel_charms at 2:05 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


My wholly subjective list of a few appropriate rally signs:
* [The Tea Party:] Bringing people together so they can more easily make bizarre generalizations
* Whiskey tango foxtrot?
* [The Tea Party:] Where the underinformed [agree] about things they don't understand.
* Blibberty flabberty liberal handouts bubberly flubberly commie welfare liberal liberal tupperware!
* YOU WILL STAND, YOU WILL STAND QUIETLY, YOU WILL PAY ATTENTION!
* I sometimes find myself explaining very obvious things
* Caution: contains foul language and political thought.
* The facts are less important ... than the chance to be pithy.
* [Obama:] Pretty inoffensive, compared to say, genocide.
posted by youngergirl44 at 2:06 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Taglines You Think Would Make Good Posters.
posted by Mister_A at 2:07 PM on October 25, 2010


This one's a little too on the nose:

WE HATE THE ELDERLY. And children.
posted by Mister_A at 2:09 PM on October 25, 2010


Metafilter:

.... actually cancel that, I got nothing.
posted by Meta Filter at 2:15 PM on October 25, 2010


Thanks for giving me a good reason to stop using the internet today.
posted by youngergirl44 at 2:16 PM on October 25, 2010


I am frightened by how much I like some of these.
posted by Splunge at 2:25 PM on October 25, 2010


Thanks for giving me a good reason to stop using the internet today.

Apparently these jokes write themselves.
posted by Kimberly at 2:26 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


METAFILTER: RIDE THE KOALATAUR.

I seriously don't remember typing that.
posted by loquacious at 2:35 PM on October 25, 2010


Metafilter: Apparently these jokes write themselves.
posted by klangklangston at 2:52 PM on October 25, 2010


Had to do it. The compulsion, at least it doesn't make me kill.
posted by klangklangston at 2:53 PM on October 25, 2010


MetaFilter: At least it doesn't make me kill.
posted by youngergirl44 at 2:59 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


klang: I would have been disappointed if someone hadn't.
posted by Kimberly at 3:01 PM on October 25, 2010


We assemble into large crowds of people on occasion.
posted by youngergirl44 at 3:29 PM on October 25, 2010


[...] there's undoubtedly some wonky broken parsing in there in spots.

MetaFilter: '); DROP TABLE Favorites;
posted by FishBike at 3:30 PM on October 25, 2010 [6 favorites]


Metafilter: I seriously don't remember typing that.
posted by Autumn at 3:35 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Sanity/Fear
posted by rocket88 at 3:35 PM on October 25, 2010


This one is just a little too perfect for the occasion:

Metafilter: I know something offends me, I just need to find it...

(From cortex's script but the link to the original comment doesn't actually work. Hrm.)
posted by sonika at 3:59 PM on October 25, 2010


I just want to come in here and say neab.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:02 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: just a little too perfect for the occasion.
posted by biochemist at 4:02 PM on October 25, 2010


(From cortex's script but the link to the original comment doesn't actually work. Hrm.)

Whoops! Hacky three year old script is hacky. Fixed and re-ran it, it should be properly appending the metatalk subsite prefix to results in that file now.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:23 PM on October 25, 2010


Metafilter: without it, recovering from surgery today would be significantly suckier.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 4:47 PM on October 25, 2010


Or -- Metafilter: much better with Percocet.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 4:47 PM on October 25, 2010


Well, the old Metafilter tagline generator is still around, who knew?
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:17 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Taters!
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:27 PM on October 25, 2010


Wow. I never paid attention to the metafilter logo until I looked at the generator... suddenly all the Metafilter: jokes make sense!
posted by biochemist at 5:55 PM on October 25, 2010


MetaFilter: Now with 100% of your recommended daily amount of Hoppity Moppita.
posted by timsteil at 6:07 PM on October 25, 2010


I fucking hate memes.
posted by Afroblanco at 6:28 PM on October 25, 2010


I'm surprised to hear that.
posted by gman at 6:33 PM on October 25, 2010 [5 favorites]


MetaFilter: Ripe with phrases that could be adapted for use.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:07 PM on October 25, 2010


MetaFilter: Afroblanco fucking hates memes.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:07 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm surprised to hear that. --- Reverse psychology?
posted by crunchland at 7:10 PM on October 25, 2010


I fucking love mimes.
posted by box at 7:48 PM on October 25, 2010


metafilter: generator doesn't work with chrome...
posted by patheral at 7:50 PM on October 25, 2010


Irregardless, this begs the question of whether or not Americans USians literally should be shot for spreading annoying memes. FTFY. Here I'm going to say something that in small type so you have to crank up the font size in your browser. But in all actuality you'll probably just skip it

Irregardless? I fucking hate memes.
posted by doublehappy at 9:00 PM on October 25, 2010


I hate when people do this. I hated myself and felt dirty when I did it.

Reading them out of context is hilarious and somehow in sum they manage to encompass some kind of wisdom. It's a petulant Poor Richard's Almanac.
posted by vapidave at 9:02 PM on October 25, 2010


Thanks for doing this cortex, but you've left out Projects, where a number of people made tagline comments in a project whose sole purpose was to remove them for us.

Impromptu pony request. Is there any way the Metafilter logo could actually randomly use these taglines? A new tagline each day! I reckon that'd be neat.
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:40 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


As somebody who's trying to learn regexes, do you mind sharing the regex from that script?
posted by schmod at 9:47 PM on October 25, 2010


As somebody who's trying to learn regexes, do you mind sharing the regex from that script?

Sure thing. I grab every comment with a likely tagline via a SQL call using a
WHERE comment LIKE '%etafilter:%'
clause, and then chop up each resulting comment on newlines (since jokey taglines are almost always one-liners) and take a pass at those lines that have the "metafilter:" prefix, preserving the case in the process.

So here's the replacement regex stuff, in Perl, where $l is the line of the comment with "metafilter:" in it:
$l =~ s/^.*(metafilter:.*?)/$1/i;  #kill everything before the "metafilter:"
$l =~ s!<[^>]*>!!gis;        # strip html, not robust good enough for funk, thank you Cookbook
$l =~ s!(metafilter:)!<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/$thr/\#$com">$1</a>!i;
  # build a nice output string out of the remains, with link to source


This is probably not the cleanest way to do it, but it works.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:32 PM on October 25, 2010


but you've left out Projects

I've left out Askme as well, and Music, and I guess Jobs and IRL. I might go back at some point and clean the script up a bit more and generalize it across subsites and add it to the Infodump. For now I'm sticking with my reasoning from 2007, which is that the vast majority of these show up on the blue and the grey and so the blue and the grey it is.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:34 PM on October 25, 2010


Metafilter: This is probably not the cleanest way to do it, but it works.
posted by Kabanos at 8:59 AM on October 26, 2010


Metafilter: I am frightened by how much I like some of these.
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:34 PM on October 26, 2010


Metafilter: It's a petulant Poor Richard's Almanac.
posted by maryr at 4:12 PM on October 26, 2010


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