MemoryFilter Quiz November 30, 2010 12:15 PM   Subscribe

MemoryFilter: without looking at the site, how many MetaFilter usernames can you recall from memory? Set the timer for 10 minutes.

Last night myself and a couple of mefites began wondering how much of our short term/long term memory was taken up with remembering the names or activity of people on this site. We decided to set a challenge to see how many usernames we could write down off the top of our heads.

How many mefites can you list in 10 minutes? Test your memory and post your score (the number, not the list) here.

Disabled accounts are okay. Misspellings are okay. Cheating is not okay!
posted by hermitosis to MetaFilter-Related at 12:15 PM (182 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I can name three.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:20 PM on November 30, 2010 [7 favorites]


I can't focus on any one thing for 10 minutes- why do you think I read Metafiter in the first place?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:20 PM on November 30, 2010 [29 favorites]


What about sock puppets and joke accounts?
posted by jedicus at 12:21 PM on November 30, 2010


All accounts!
posted by hermitosis at 12:21 PM on November 30, 2010


I had to post just to remember my own username.

Ah, that's what it is.
posted by KChasm at 12:22 PM on November 30, 2010


Over 9000.
posted by griphus at 12:25 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


A rather pathetic 49.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:28 PM on November 30, 2010


I got 87, counting myself, a few sock puppets and joke accounts, and anonymous.
posted by jedicus at 12:29 PM on November 30, 2010


Whew. I got 86, but the last several minutes I just sat there, wheels grinding, brain empty. And now, flipping around the site, I see literally dozens of totally familiar names that I can't believe I didn't remember.
posted by hermitosis at 12:29 PM on November 30, 2010


Can't believe I forgot anonymous! And myself. I defer to your mental supremacy, jedicus.
posted by hermitosis at 12:30 PM on November 30, 2010


131. I know for a fact that I know a lot more than that, recall fatigue made it hard to pull out new names by the end.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:30 PM on November 30, 2010


I expect I'll be slapping my forehead a bunch today as I see names I should have remembered pop up in various threads.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:31 PM on November 30, 2010


Hello.
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:33 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
posted by Paragon at 12:33 PM on November 30, 2010


Now I can name 11, but four of them are hermitosis.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:33 PM on November 30, 2010


Well that's active versus passive memory for you. If we each had a humongous word list containing every MeFite who has posted anything since we've been a member of the site plus an equal number of random usernames culled from other sites, I imagine most of us would be quite sensitive and specific at identifying the MeFites.

Actually that might make for a fun distraction.
posted by jedicus at 12:34 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Five bucks says cortex's 131 are all the troublemakers around here.

(...132...)
posted by griphus at 12:34 PM on November 30, 2010


If we each had a humongous word list containing every MeFite who has posted anything since we've been a member of the site plus an equal number of random usernames culled from other sites, I imagine most of us would be quite sensitive and specific at identifying the MeFites.

I was thinking about this too, and would LOVE to try it. I just don't want to do the work of making it. Tra la!
posted by hermitosis at 12:36 PM on November 30, 2010


This isn't MetaChat.
posted by Melismata at 12:36 PM on November 30, 2010


A paltry 64. I seem to remember the users that went down in flames more than I recall the ones that consistently post insightful comments. Probably doesn't say anything good about me that the train wrecks are the memorable ones.
posted by supercapitalist at 12:36 PM on November 30, 2010


Just you, hermitosis. It was always, only, just you.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:39 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


55
posted by Obscure Reference at 12:40 PM on November 30, 2010


I quickly stalled out at the two minute mark with 28 names but once I started thinking of groupings (mefites who love dogs, mefites I've met IRL, mefites in NYC, LA, SF, PDX, mefites with clever puns for names, mefites I wish lived next door, #bunnies, mefites who have disabled their accounts who I wish would come back, fighty mefites, barf all over the keyboard mefites, etc.) I got to 93 at 5 minutes. I can't go another 5 minutes though, I'm already depressed by how much of my long term memory is consumed by song lyrics (mefites whose nicks are found in song lyrics) and Latin plant names (mefites whose...oh forget it).
posted by jamaro at 12:41 PM on November 30, 2010


fifty billion
posted by edgeways at 12:41 PM on November 30, 2010


Someone make a quiz.
posted by empath at 12:41 PM on November 30, 2010


I managed to get all of them, in order of user numbers. Missing out all the uncompleted signups was actually more difficult than saying whether an account was disabled. I also decided against cross-referencing sock-puppets, because that would've lead to some repetition and I wasn't sure how much time I'd have to spare at the end. Were I to do it again, I might be tempted to talk faster and do the cross-referencing.

Still, it was pretty tricky, but it gave me something to concentrate on for a bit. Thanks!
posted by djgh at 12:43 PM on November 30, 2010 [4 favorites]


This isn't MetaChat.

You're right... it's SCIENCE!
posted by hermitosis at 12:45 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was so curious, I had to do it. I got 97, including a few that are either Mechazens only or not real at all.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:49 PM on November 30, 2010


I was sort of hoping everyone would list them here, so I could see if anyone thought of me.
posted by JanetLand at 12:50 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


The only one I missed was Blade Runner because the text is so similar to The Terminator.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:51 PM on November 30, 2010


jessamyn cortex mathowie pb crunchland artw the whelk hermitosis paisley henosis deathalicious le morte de bea arthur blixco du ocherdraco keeo 256 two lights above the sea five fresh fish scalefree nomadicink anonymous arsenio hall and warren oates winnipeg regional junior kabbadi champion '94 althanis octothorpe youarenothere tomorrowful rhaomi bridarling motty bittergirl.com jgirl internet detective squad substation 9 klangklangston miko coldchef rusty piratebowling enn nd(cent) katullus katillathehun mutant joe beese jharris asavage cstross jscalzi fiasco de gama joos de vries mexican fake

Looks like 52 if I'm counting right. There are at least a hundred more that are on the tip of my tongue and now I'll be all like "Ye Gods, how could I forget them?" as soon as I click to another page.
posted by 256 at 12:59 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh shit. I just looked up overhead, without any fuss, the stars are going out.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:59 PM on November 30, 2010 [8 favorites]


I remembered 10 users, 3 of which were because of the names listed first in this thread.

After that I forgot when I started the timer and felt it was only fair to forfeit.
posted by CancerMan at 12:59 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Someone make a quiz.

Sporcle only supports up to 200 answers per quiz, so unfortunately it won't really work. But if you'd like to play the 'first 200 users of metafilter quiz,' it's here.
posted by jedicus at 1:03 PM on November 30, 2010


And if you can get more than 5 answers on that quiz without cheating or being one of the first 200 yourself, I'll be quite impressed.
posted by jedicus at 1:04 PM on November 30, 2010


Oh shit. I just looked up overhead, without any fuss, the stars are going out.

No, you fool, you've leaned on the button.
posted by Melismata at 1:05 PM on November 30, 2010


Wow, that quiz is OLD. I gave up after 2, and am looking at the list now- hardly any of those people are still here.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:05 PM on November 30, 2010


A singular four letter word. Oh gawd! I'm crying all ovah my keyboard again!
posted by buzzman at 1:06 PM on November 30, 2010


This was a lot easier after reading through the username-based MeTa posts we've had the last day or so. I got 75, including more than a few joke accounts. In alphabetical order:
Ambrosia Voyeur, angrycat, anniecat, Artw, asavage, Astro Zombie, Astro Zombie 2 (heh), Baby_Balrog, box, Brandon Blatcher, clavdivs, ColdChef, cortex, Damn That Television, dhartung, davey_darling, delmoi, dg, dirtynumbangelboy, DU, empath, Faint of Butt, fake, faze, filthy light thief, flapjax at midnite, fred, grapefruitmoon, griphus, Ironmouth, jedicus, jessamyn, JHarris, Joe Beese, jonmc, Kattullus, konolia, languagehat, Marisa Stole the Precious Thing, mathowie, Meatbomb, Meta Filter, ND(cent), not_on_display, One Second Before Awakening, oneswellfoop, Optamystic, Optimus Chyme, orthogonality, Pater Alethias (sp?), pb, Pope Guilty, pot (and kettle), quonsar, Rhaomi (freebie!), Rhomboid, room, Rory Marinich, shmeggege, Sidhedevil, sixcolors, Slartybartfast, (something something) harry connick jr mints, (something something) Kabbadi champ '94, sonascope, St. Alia of the Bunnies, stevewoz, tehloki, The Devil Tesla, ThePinkSuperhero, uncleozzy, vacapinta, wendell
empath: "Someone make a quiz."

Sporcle can only handle 200 answers per quiz (and they have to be entered by hand). Still, couldn't the Infodump be used to make a game like that? Something like this (previously). It would be interesting to see what the most-guessed names are; that's part of what makes Sporcle so fascinating.
posted by Rhaomi at 1:07 PM on November 30, 2010


Sporcle can only handle 200 answers per quiz (and they have to be entered by hand)

Nah, you can copy-paste tab-delimited data. That's how I got the first 200 in. And yeah, the Infodump is where I got the data for it.
posted by jedicus at 1:09 PM on November 30, 2010


I was sort of hoping everyone would list them here, so I could see if anyone thought of me.

Me too. Every time there's a MeTa about who has memorable comments or memorable usernames or usernames that people mentally make poop jokes about, I'm always like OOH AM I IN HERE?
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:12 PM on November 30, 2010 [5 favorites]


I was sort of hoping everyone would list them here, so I could see if anyone thought of me.

Oh. Yeah. I sort of assumed everyone was going to. I would have known better except that I scrolled to the bottom of the page with my eyes closed so as not to see any of the usernames that had already posted in the thread.
posted by 256 at 1:12 PM on November 30, 2010


But yeah the first 200 quiz is pretty pointless. You've basically got mathowie, jessamyn, jonmc, and pb that are still around from then. And picking 200 users at random would be equally pointless since most of them would be near-lurkers (MetaFilter has kind of an 80/20 rule going on). Unfortunately I don't know enough Javascript to put together a Sporcle-style interface myself.
posted by jedicus at 1:13 PM on November 30, 2010


No way am I posting which ones I got, because I don't want anyone to feel hurt that I forgot them. I WAS UNDER PRESSURE
posted by hermitosis at 1:13 PM on November 30, 2010


I know for a fact that I know a lot more than that, recall fatigue made it hard to pull out new names by the end.

I can't begin to express how sad I am that my initial reading of this sentence -- "rectal fatigue" -- was incorrect.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:18 PM on November 30, 2010 [9 favorites]


I forgot some of my favorites, too, but easily remembered to include every person who has ever annoyed me, ever.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:18 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm always like OOH AM I IN HERE?

Yeah mostly because I'm all like 'Wait am I famous? Does anyone care about me? If I pushed the button, would anyone notice? Am I still big, and it's the pictures that got small?'
posted by shakespeherian at 1:20 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ambrosia Voyeur, hermitosis (duh), mathowie, jessamyn, cortex, pb, the young rope-rider, Astro Zombie, oinoponpon (looked up that spelling after the quiz), yaymukund, theiconoclast31, Cool Papa Bell, Empress Callipygos, The Straightener, grapefruitmoon, feistyferret, Faze, fake

This is getting disappointingly difficult.

grumblebee, languagehat, East Manitoba East Regional Junior Kabbadi Champion '94, President Dr. Steve Elvis something something, sixcolors, The Whelk, hincandenza, anotherpanacea, sbutler, Urine Soaked Rube (remember this from the 10th anniversary meetup), sambosambo (of course!), mokudekiru, kevbo947, lharigopal (hi dad!), and hosted from Uranus, anonymous, MetaFilter, internet fraud detective squad station no. 9, jonmc, madamejujuve, St. Alia of the Bunnies, tangerine, Fiasco de Gama, gman, ColdChef

This is getting tiresome!

Miko, Madamam, ThePinkSuperhero… beep beep!

46! It's organized a very specific way but I won't tell you what that is.
posted by yaymukund at 1:25 PM on November 30, 2010


I'd be pretty bad at this if it wasn't for the fact that I pray for each and every one of you before I go to bed each night.
posted by crunchland at 1:32 PM on November 30, 2010 [4 favorites]


Hmmm... I haven't made it onto anyone's list so far. Obviously I need to dial up my general obnoxiousness a few notches.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 1:32 PM on November 30, 2010


I'd be pretty bad at this if it wasn't for the fact that I pray for each and every one of you before I go to bed each night.

Grandma, is that you? I thought I told you never to contact me here.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 1:33 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


On reflection, I can't believe I forgot Anonymous. Or The Whelk, who I see in almost every thread. Or nomadicink, about whose username I just wrote A FRIGGIN' ROCK OPERA come on.
posted by Rhaomi at 1:35 PM on November 30, 2010


Help, I can't stop remembering that guy who started the MeTa thread that got hermitosis to delete his account!

(Speaking of which: how did this get posted if you're dead? I demand that you give back those 500 favorites this instant.)

(And no. No I will never let it go. Thank you for asking.)
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 1:36 PM on November 30, 2010


Lemme see.

Umm.

Unregistered user. Orthogonality. Terrapin. Reginald Beermonster... no wait, wrong site... I can do this, I can do this... cortex... Brazencock Pile-up... Gastro Zombie... Dirtybumdangleboy... Grumbledore... Hermesetas....


Oh balls. Senility is a bitch. I mean a pussy. I mean a non-gender-specific term describing a particularly irritating beast.
posted by Decani at 1:37 PM on November 30, 2010


Decani, I posted with Grumbledore, I knew Grumbledore, Grumbledore was a friend of mine.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:42 PM on November 30, 2010


jedicus: "And if you can get more than 5 answers on that quiz without cheating or being one of the first 200 yourself, I'll be quite impressed"

I got 13, but after about 8 minutes, I started listing early web adaptors. I should have gotten at least 3 times that many, though. I was lurking pretty early on. And I knew far more early web adaptors who showed up on the list.
posted by julen at 1:43 PM on November 30, 2010


My result: A depressingly large number.
posted by Kattullus at 1:47 PM on November 30, 2010


Seriously, I have wasted my life.

In my defense, I've met a lot of MeFites, so just reminiscing about past meetups, which was pleasant, gave me a lot of username.
posted by Kattullus at 1:49 PM on November 30, 2010


Help! I can't stop talking about alcoholic blue drinks and trying to remember MeFites' names.
posted by functionequalsform at 1:51 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I got 13

I am quite impressed!
posted by jedicus at 1:52 PM on November 30, 2010


55, but 11 of them are either disabled or don't participate anymore. They came to me in clusters (the mods, Ottawa people, Toronto people, irc people, lawyers, musicians, etc.).

You could use the top 200 contributors from the last 6 months for a quiz.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 2:01 PM on November 30, 2010


It doesn't count if you don't spell my name exactly like I do.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:03 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I forgot myself. Can I have a do-over?
posted by tzikeh at 2:06 PM on November 30, 2010


101! Not bad! I liked how one name would trigger a little waterfall of like-categorized people:

[PERSON I HAVE TALKED TO IRL]
[ANNOYING]
[OFTEN FUNNY]
[STRIDENT]
[SAYS HES A LAWYER BUT I DONT BELIEVE HIM]
[THOUGHTFUL]
[MY SOCKPUPPETS]
[WHY DO I KNOW THAT NAME, I EITHER LIKE THEM OR HATE THEM AND I CAN NEVER REMEMBER]
posted by Greg Nog at 2:08 PM on November 30, 2010 [10 favorites]


Spike etc., I meant to tell you at one point that I tried to come up with a name in the same vein as yours, and got

peterdavidmccallumkeithrennieharlanellisonwonderlandofthelostboysinthebandofbrothers.

So, if I ever need a Brand New Day, you guys will know who that is.

(Unless someone else takes it first.)
posted by tzikeh at 2:10 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


You got 12 out of 200 users of MetaFilter.

Christ, I've been here a long time.
posted by Skot at 2:12 PM on November 30, 2010


I'm up over 50, realized I could go farther, and got back to work. ;-)
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:14 PM on November 30, 2010


You mean on metafilter or metachat?
posted by cjorgensen at 2:19 PM on November 30, 2010


Konlia / St. Alia of the Bunnies, Quonsar, JonMC, Cortex, Mathowie, Jessamyn, PB, Vacinapinta, artw, Astro Zombie, verb, miko, Game Warden to the Events Rhino, East Manitoba Jr. Khabbili Champion '94, Its Raining Florence Henderson, NDcent (curse you!), Roll Truck Roll, Eamon Daly, Ms. Kaz, Captain Renault, Joe Beese, Mayor Curley, Bitter Old Punk, Paris Paramus, Second account for Making Jokey Comments, Robocop is Bleeding.

Also DirtyNumbAngelBoy came to me while I was trying to remember right name for the game in EMJKC'94's name, because I thought it was DirtyNumbBagelBoy for the longest time.

And I know I forgot a whole bunch for which I'll just **totally** smack myself when I see them. One prolific poster is just driving me nuts.
posted by Reverend John at 2:32 PM on November 30, 2010


Only one: anonymous
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:37 PM on November 30, 2010


I don't want to brag, but I listed all of them
posted by found missing at 2:39 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


You could use the top 200 contributors from the last 6 months for a quiz.

Not a bad metric. I pulled the data from the Infodumpster and got the 200 MeFites with the most comments over the last 6 months. Here is the new, improved MeFite-naming-quiz. I'd still like to see a passive recall style quiz with an equal number of random non-MeFi user names, though.
posted by jedicus at 2:48 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I HAD 56, but now I'm crossing off the lot of you that didn't include me in YOUR lists, which makes it significantly less.

Though, now that I think about it, perhaps the better course would be to spouse you all!
posted by misha at 2:51 PM on November 30, 2010


I got 30, of whom 13 were in the New! Improved! Quiz! This is surprisingly hard. (After the top 200 from the quiz popped up I was all like "Oh, them. Yeah, I totally know who that is." I suspect I'd do way better on a passive recall one.)
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:01 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


41. I froze up the last couple minutes because the timer was running, and I forgot you, hermitosis.

It doesn't count if you don't spell my name exactly like I do.

I'm not going to post my list because under pressure, I forgot some of my very favorite people here, but dude -- I fucking got it right!
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:05 PM on November 30, 2010


Y'all have played Says Who, right?
posted by carsonb at 3:08 PM on November 30, 2010


You know, too, the real fun of the passive recall quiz would be in coming up with a list of 200 not-MeFite-but-plausibly-MeFite-like names that weren't just obvious parodies.

I mean, you could be all like Sponquar! It's Snowing David Cassidy! Saint Ethyl of the Woodchucks! but that wouldn't really be a fair test. Whereas if you told me there were users named zxnr and TheCorrectUnderpants and two more things that happened last wednesday I'd totally believe you.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:10 PM on November 30, 2010 [5 favorites]


It doesn't count if you don't spell my name exactly like I do. --- M-e-r-k-o-w-s-k-i, right?
posted by crunchland at 3:11 PM on November 30, 2010


I only got 6! I put in a lot of names that didn't come up though. I haven't timed my self just doing recall, though. Too lazy.
posted by two lights above the sea at 3:14 PM on November 30, 2010


ND(cent)

NDcent (curse you!)


Neither of these answers count. Negative points in fact. An automatic F. You have to repeat this grade. You are expelled. Banned for life from ever entering upon school property. Blacklisted from every enrolling in any academic institution in the continental United States or known universe.
posted by ND¢ at 3:18 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


I don't use the names. I use the numbers. I have to look up the names.
posted by Eideteker at 3:19 PM on November 30, 2010


ARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO ONE HAS REMEMBERED ME!!! I"M THROWING A BIG, DAMN, HISSY FIT, DEMANDING THREADED RESPONSES, THE IMG TAG, SCREAMING THAT BUSH AND CHENEY ARE KINGS AND SITTING MY ASS DOWN WITH POPCORN AND TORCHES MADE BY ILLEGAL, FOREIGN 6 YR OLDS WHO WILL NEVER GET USian HEALTHCARE OR A DECENT PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!! AND I BREASTFED MY BABIES!!!!!


REMEMBER ME PEOPLE!!!!!





Thanks Y'all!!
posted by pearlybob at 3:21 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't use the names. I use the numbers.

I don't even see the code. All I see is blonde... brunette... neckbeard...
posted by hermitosis at 3:23 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Perfect material for the Complaint Choir! Why are you so pearly, bob?
posted by two lights above the sea at 3:24 PM on November 30, 2010


I'm round, white and shiny. Nickname from way back.


Oh...AND I"M MAD...MAD I SAY!!!!


Not really, just like this post.
posted by pearlybob at 3:27 PM on November 30, 2010


And, I'm a girl.
posted by pearlybob at 3:28 PM on November 30, 2010


hence the breastfeeding...
posted by pearlybob at 3:28 PM on November 30, 2010


Neither of these answers count. Negative points in fact. An automatic F.

Failure is... wait for it...

Not an "option."

I slay me
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:42 PM on November 30, 2010


Well, I only got 47 . . . 48 if I can count East Manitoba Jr. - even though I forgot what year was at the end of his username! This was hard on the brain at this time of night. And I could picture a few users that I regularly follow but could not for the life of me pull their name up.
posted by garnetgirl at 3:47 PM on November 30, 2010


Sixty-ish. I only got about a third of my contacts, which I feel inexplicably guilty about.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 3:55 PM on November 30, 2010


83, although half of them are me
posted by the young rope-rider at 4:01 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


jedicus: "Not a bad metric. I pulled the data from the Infodumpster and got the 200 MeFites with the most comments over the last 6 months. Here is the new, improved MeFite-naming-quiz."

I got 30 out of the most prolific 200 of the past 6 months.

#1 -- I'm not on the list. Must get less of a life.
#2 -- Kind of embarrassing to only get 30 since, once the game counted down to 0 and filled in all the names I missed, I recognized, y'know, all of them.
#3 -- Congratulations to artw, our top poster/commenter of the last six months, who possibly needs to get more of a life.
posted by tzikeh at 4:08 PM on November 30, 2010


Here is the new, improved MeFite-naming-quiz.

Are these in order of most activity? Because whoops.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:14 PM on November 30, 2010


68, but only because I was too honest to count all the ones where I thought, "That guy with a bunch of numbers and symbols."
posted by katillathehun at 4:20 PM on November 30, 2010


Shakespeherian - yes, in order of activity. :)
posted by tzikeh at 4:24 PM on November 30, 2010


Me too. Every time there's a MeTa about who has memorable comments or memorable usernames or usernames that people mentally make poop jokes about, I'm always like OOH AM I IN HERE?

I also do this, yes. And then when I am mentioned, I do a little dance. And if I'm not, I cry myself to sleep.

I'll confess as to the actual experiment: I'm not even going to try. I can't remember things like "Where I am" or "What I was doing ten seconds ago." I can think a lot about food though. Are there any users named "cookies?" Because if so, I'm thinking about them right now.

Y'all have played Says Who, right?

Yes, and please don't let me start again. The fact that it never ends is awful for a completist like myself who wants to keep going until it finishes... I definitely answered more than 500 questions and the fact that I was getting at least half of them wrong wasn't slowing me down any.
posted by sonika at 4:33 PM on November 30, 2010


(I got 17 on the sporcle quiz, including myself [twice] and naming several users who didn't show up as answers, and had to quit for a cookie.)
posted by sonika at 4:37 PM on November 30, 2010


[pulls out personal "First Against The Wall" list, finds memory still sharp as a tack]

763.
posted by fatbird at 4:48 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


fake, internet fraud detective squad station number nine, nadawi, eideteker, astro_zombie, mathowie, jessamyn, cortex, pb, vacapinta, night_owl, quin, brandon blatcher, st. alia of the bunnies, nomadicink, miko, angrycat, blazecock pileon, fr0zen, xteraco, elizardbits, atsyrk, norm, amberglow, dirtynumbangelboy, quonsar, anonymous, grandma metafilter, grandpa metafilter, uncleozzy, dersins, desjardins, thepinksuperhero, xenophobe (or is it just xeno?), sara c., coldchef, indigorain,

Annd, time. Let's see, that's 37. Although I wonder how well I would have done if we hadn't had so many threads about usernames lately. I'll try again next week.
posted by Night_owl at 4:49 PM on November 30, 2010


I can list them all but then I would have to kill you.
posted by govtdrone at 5:00 PM on November 30, 2010


I got 12/200 on the quiz before cheating. After cheating I got 25/200. I suck at this game. Clearly, I need to read Metafilter more.
posted by Night_owl at 5:02 PM on November 30, 2010


89

and I counted all 3 Astro Zombies separately.
posted by carsonb at 5:09 PM on November 30, 2010


Are these in order of most activity? Because whoops.

Ha! No kidding. I didn't expect to see myself on that list at all... I have to do some serious thinking.
posted by brundlefly at 5:13 PM on November 30, 2010


jessamyn cortex mathowie pb crunchland artw the whelk hermitosis paisley henosis deathalicious le morte de bea arthur blixco du ocherdraco keeo 256 two lights above the sea five fresh fish scalefree nomadicink anonymous arsenio hall and warren oates winnipeg regional junior kabbadi champion '94 althanis octothorpe youarenothere tomorrowful rhaomi bridarling motty bittergirl.com jgirl internet detective squad substation 9 klangklangston miko coldchef rusty piratebowling enn nd(cent) katullus katillathehun mutant joe beese jharris asavage cstross jscalzi fiasco de gama joos de vries mexican fake

*sniff*
posted by jonmc at 5:19 PM on November 30, 2010


I searched this page for my name.

That's fine, whatever.
posted by kbanas at 5:25 PM on November 30, 2010 [6 favorites]


I searched this page for my name.

That's fine, whatever.


I totally searched for your name, too. Ok, and my name.
posted by Forktine at 5:45 PM on November 30, 2010


It's going to be weeks before I can read anything on MetaFilter without thinking, "Aw, MAN! How did I forget THAT guy?"
posted by katillathehun at 5:47 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


The people I mostly remembered were the ones whose comments I always favorite, or who always favorite my comments, or both, and we've weirdly never talked though clearly we'd get along swimmingly, and all the same it's nice to know they're out there.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 5:57 PM on November 30, 2010


i think of the username kingfisher, his musclebound cat with hilarious frequency.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:57 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


125 though some of those were Astro Zombies. I did not find that it tailed off; if there were more time I would have kept trucking with the same frequency. There were a bunch where I had a user in mind but couldn't summon the name.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:07 PM on November 30, 2010


Ha! No kidding. I didn't expect to see myself on that list at all... I have to do some serious thinking.

I hereby vow never to post again.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:07 PM on November 30, 2010


Bah, all you do these days is MeMail me for Wallace Wells/Whelk slashfic anyway
posted by The Whelk at 6:08 PM on November 30, 2010


(I got 17 on the sporcle quiz, including myself [twice] and naming several users who didn't show up as answers, and had to quit for a cookie.)

Oh, that makes me feel better. I got 18 before giving up around the 3 minute mark, despite the fact that I'm on there, too.

(And I remembered you! And jonmc, too! Even if--sulk--I never seen to show up on these name threads. Not that I CTRL+F my username or anything . . .)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:10 PM on November 30, 2010


I'm really really serious.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:10 PM on November 30, 2010


Anyway PhoBWanKenobi is my favorite even though I was unable to spell her name properly on the quiz.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:14 PM on November 30, 2010


But if you'd like to play the 'first 200 users of metafilter quiz,' it's here.

After a certain point it's pretty easy to tell which users on that list have also taken the quiz.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 6:17 PM on November 30, 2010


That was easy. I thought for a few minutes and actively recalled every one of you reading this thread.
Yes, that's right, you too!
You're a person to me. When you comment your essential humanity shines through. I'd miss you when you would leave mefi.
I care about you baby.
posted by joost de vries at 6:19 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


After a certain point it's pretty easy to tell which users on that list have also taken the quiz.

CORTEX STOP TAKING THE QUIZ
posted by shakespeherian at 6:20 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Anyway PhoBWanKenobi is my favorite even though I was unable to spell her name properly on the quiz.

Well, now I can't admit that you weren't one of the eighteen.

Wait, never mind.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:21 PM on November 30, 2010


I know all yer names and I'm making a list.
posted by The Whelk at 6:21 PM on November 30, 2010


Well, now I can't admit that you weren't one of the eighteen.

Apparently only six people guessed me, and I think two of them were me.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:22 PM on November 30, 2010


Also, people actually didn't get jedicius? I mean, his name was right there in the quiz. Which made it, like, easy to remember. Or something.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:22 PM on November 30, 2010


I thought of you in my own private listing time of Mefites who are awesome.
posted by The Whelk at 6:23 PM on November 30, 2010


Er . . . jedicus, too.

Now there's another username I'll have to mentally correct myself on the pronunciation of.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:23 PM on November 30, 2010


I am using an iPad to comment while cooking risotto. So there is that.
posted by The Whelk at 6:27 PM on November 30, 2010


I don't even know what you did before you had an iPad. Did you have to make typos manually?
posted by shakespeherian at 6:34 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I worked long and hard to be uncomprehensible now technology does it for me.
posted by The Whelk at 6:36 PM on November 30, 2010


Also this is a risotto with bacon
posted by The Whelk at 6:36 PM on November 30, 2010


I got 65 in 3:04 and then gave up.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 6:37 PM on November 30, 2010


God risotto takes so long.
posted by The Whelk at 6:47 PM on November 30, 2010


risotto with bacon

I'm not sure I can get on board with that.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:47 PM on November 30, 2010


You cook it before hand and add it to the top like sprinkles.
posted by The Whelk at 6:50 PM on November 30, 2010


Cook the risotto with lots of onion and then serve it with cherry tomatoes and it's kind of like a BLT but with no L
posted by The Whelk at 6:52 PM on November 30, 2010


non-recomprehensival!
posted by clavdivs at 6:52 PM on November 30, 2010


I made a list of everyone's names. Well, two lists: Nice Mefites and Naughty Mefites. I am forwarding it to Santa, so you better watch out. And you better not cry.
posted by amyms at 6:54 PM on November 30, 2010


Oh go hide behind a pillar
posted by The Whelk at 6:54 PM on November 30, 2010


kingfisher, his musclebound cat

Ooh! A fun subset. Let's try. Off the top of my head:

Kittens for breakfast
A Louis Wain Cat
Angrycat
Fluffy battle kitten
Army of kittens
You're a kitty!

Hmm. Not so good. There must be more.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:09 PM on November 30, 2010


I too like you're a kitty! Cause it makes me think of kitties
posted by The Whelk at 7:10 PM on November 30, 2010


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Did I get everyone?
posted by item at 7:11 PM on November 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hmm. Not so good. There must be more.

horncat
joescat (possibly 'joe scat' but we'll err on the side of felinity)
felixthecat
Pussycat
catbabe
catflower
scabbycat50
BLACKCAT
BLACK CAT
Cat001
Gamecat
wildcat623
cat
Wildcat3
thomcatspike

...the list goes on and on. There were dozens more with cat and I didn't even start on kitty-based names.
posted by jedicus at 7:16 PM on November 30, 2010


Damn. How could I forget thomcatspike?!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:30 PM on November 30, 2010


75. Not bad for a lurky loo. In fact, kinda spooky.
posted by rainbaby at 7:49 PM on November 30, 2010


Taking that quiz was an epiphany because I thought I was on this site too much but now I know I'm not compared to all of you people so WHEW! Back to fucking around on MetaFilter
posted by dubitable at 7:52 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Holy crap, I'm almost in the top 30?? I still think of myself more as a lurker than a participant. How the fuck did I get so high in there?

(And yay, one other person remembered me on the quiz.)
posted by kmz at 8:17 PM on November 30, 2010


i tried a risotto tonight but ended up with maki rolls
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:33 PM on November 30, 2010


Does it count if I can only remember their Twitter names and the fact that they're a member here?
posted by IndigoRain at 9:46 PM on November 30, 2010


You forgot your form sir.
posted by clavdivs at 9:48 PM on November 30, 2010


Seven. You know who you are.
posted by davejay at 9:57 PM on November 30, 2010


42.
posted by vidur at 10:08 PM on November 30, 2010


I am too quiet and my name is too hard to remember.

I got to 50 mefites in ~ 5 minutes, but I didn't think to look at a clock when I started, so I stopped there. It's hard!

Jedicus: On that first 200 users thing, I got mathowie, pb, and then started guessing common names (e.g., steve) and made it to six with eight and a half minutes left. Then I quit because it wasn't very fun to do that. Is that cheating?
posted by aubilenon at 10:13 PM on November 30, 2010


I can't work without constraints, but I like to pass the time by saying a mefite alphabet.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:10 PM on November 30, 2010


27 in ten minutes. Not so super great.
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 11:11 PM on November 30, 2010


mefite alphabet only met's and no regard for membership status, definitely <>
aubilenon, apathygirl
bookhouse
carsonb, cortex, contraption, ColdChef
dashiv, dreamyshade, dhammond, doublewhiskeycokenoice
estherbester
fandangomatt
gingerbeer
hermitosis
iamkimiam, Is This Thing On, ikkyu2
justinian
kattilathehun, klangklangston, korou, k8t
loquacious, lore
mathowie, mandymanwasregistered, mrzarquon, miss lynnster
Nice Donkey
occhiblu
pantsrobot
quietgal
rtha, ryanrs
spiderskull, speicus, scrump
tangerine, thin lizzy, treepour, the pusher robot
u
vitrum
waraw
x
y
zsazsa
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:26 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


mefite alphabet [...]
pantsrobot


my feelings are hurt. see what you've one?
posted by philip-random at 11:42 PM on November 30, 2010


I get sad seeing the names of the people I've forgotten. But I got 143, and I did it with pen and paper.
posted by iamkimiam at 2:57 AM on December 1, 2010


More than I have fingers. After that things get fuzzy.
posted by Ahab at 7:09 AM on December 1, 2010


Take off your socks.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:23 AM on December 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can't you see these naming threads are tearing us apart???!!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:27 AM on December 1, 2010


Now now, lets just all look at me in drag
posted by The Whelk at 7:32 AM on December 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


O hai.
posted by fixedgear at 7:32 AM on December 1, 2010


X in the alphabet is xteraco, obviously.

A depressing number of names I remembered were infamous pseudomefites, like xteraco, RustyBottoms, Holden00, And ToddLokken.
posted by painquale at 7:35 AM on December 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


When I look at the minimal impact I have on people's memories, I console myself with the fact that I'm a bit like an old V8 engine, I have virtually no value with regard to my additions to the internet, yet in-person I'm un-ignorable due to my obnoxiously overpowering noise and pervasive stink.

Also, I drink gasoline and backfire more than I should.

So, I've got that going for me.
posted by quin at 7:36 AM on December 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've only been around a year...Here is my attempt.

jessamyn cortex mathowie pb vacapinta adamvasco jpdoane whitewhale turkeyglue philcliff apoch dersins shakespeherian clavdivs joe beese st alia of the bunnies klangklangston huronbob thepinksuperhero anonymous item the whelk astro zombie uniforitarianism now! blucevalo darlingbri arsenio hall and warren oates desjardin dirtdirt dwroelands iamkimiam mister_a mlis

And now my mind is mush. I guess that's 33. I could probably do more but I can't remember the name of a specific user who I consider to be a huge jerk and that's all I can think about right now. To the point where I'm going to have to track down his posts/profile and get mad all over again.
posted by morganannie at 7:47 AM on December 1, 2010


I really don't pay attention to user names - just how low the user number is. So I did this with user numbers and got 17. Oh wait - 12903! That's 18. I think there's another one with an 8 and 6, but I can't remember exactly what it is. The 6 might be before the 8. Urgh...this is going to bug me all day.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:50 AM on December 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


256, I am honored!
posted by jgirl at 9:00 AM on December 1, 2010


Lists tell you things. Lists also tell you about who made them.
-from some movie
posted by clavdivs at 9:08 AM on December 1, 2010


When I type in a name it does not go on the list, but the clock is running! What do I do?
posted by jgirl at 9:33 AM on December 1, 2010


Doh. I only got 20. Most names I thought of are apparently not in the top 200. And sadly that is 10 minutes of my life that I will never get back....
posted by Go Banana at 9:50 AM on December 1, 2010


We're all part of the cosmic oneness.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:06 AM on December 1, 2010


Woo! I knew having a morbidly memorable name would eventually pay off.

My problem when remembering the names was figuring out some kind of rubric for running through them, so I chose going through it alphabetically. As a result, I could only remember around one username per letter, so my count was in the very low 30s.
posted by Deathalicious at 10:29 AM on December 1, 2010


We're all part of the cosmic oneness.
Yet the myriad creatures in virtue of the oneness are alive. They drop their poopys as proof. Alas, poopy.
posted by Dano St at 10:44 AM on December 1, 2010


Uh, I got like nine. And was stunned that Matt wasn't on the list. He's #1 all time by a mile still, right?

(Also, whoever was able to type out "East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94" into that quiz should have gotten more than one point.)
posted by norm at 11:28 AM on December 1, 2010


Also, I am 100% sure that if you subtracted my contributions from the "longest tennis match EVAR" thread I'd drop from the top 200.
posted by norm at 12:07 PM on December 1, 2010


Yeah, I got as far as "East Manitoba Regional Kadaffi.....what, what? Surely it wasn't Kadaffi, besides that dude's name is spelled Quadafi. I think. Or is it?" and then realized it was hopeless.
posted by Go Banana at 12:10 PM on December 1, 2010


I love how we all get Wikipedia links.

Miko (巫女) is a Japanese term that anciently meant a "female shaman, spirit medium".

Homunculus is a term used, generally, in various fields of study to refer to any representation of a human being.

Wikipedia does not have an article for Mr Crash Davis Mark II: Jazz Odyssey.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:14 PM on December 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


So after a few hundred people take that quiz, we can compare their post count vs how many people remember their name to determine... something.
posted by empath at 12:25 PM on December 1, 2010


Oh my God. Just now, making homemade Oreos (dark brown, lined up neatly for baking) with my son, I was asked "Mama, if 'Star Wars' was about cookies, what would the ones on the tray be?"

Without thinking, I replied: "Stormpoopers!"

I think I might spend too much time on the green and the blue...
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:35 AM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love how we all get Wikipedia links.

To test this, I typed in my username in Wikipedia and discovered this uncannily accurate and kick-arse description...

Sparx is female, red-headed Lightning Knight who is introduced in the first season. Energetic and always eager for battle, but arrogant and headstrong at times, ... She fights with a double-bladed sword called the Sword of Jacob, which can fire pink-coloured electrical blasts. She flies on a hovercraft called the Lightning Flash, which can fly at supersonic speeds, and resembles a cross between a shark and a jetski.

that's a SHARK and a JETSKI, peeples. Now you'll never forget me.
posted by Sparx at 3:45 PM on December 2, 2010


For those of youse who remembered jonmc: tommorrow I turn 40 fucking years old and will be kissing my youth adieu here after i get off work at 6:15pm. Come on, come all for booze and old white guy music on the jukebox.
posted by jonmc at 4:51 PM on December 2, 2010


Happy Birthday, jonmc!
posted by jedicus at 11:01 AM on December 3, 2010


Huh. Got 13 on the New!Improved!Quiz!
Mostly because I've met them (er... apologies to Eiedeteker, l33tpolicywonk, and Kattullus).
Recalled about 30 total.
posted by zennie at 4:30 PM on December 3, 2010


50. And my birthday was also Dec. 3. :)
posted by booksherpa at 7:34 PM on December 14, 2010


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