"1 total comments"? December 19, 2010 8:02 PM   Subscribe

"1 total comments"?

If there's a post with one comment, then recent activity shows "1 total comments". Yeah, with an s. It shouldn't be like this.
posted by madcaptenor to Bugs at 8:02 PM (150 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Have you tried apathy? That seemed to fix the issue for me.
posted by ODiV at 8:03 PM on December 19, 2010 [164 favorites]


I vote we leave it just to drive pedant's crazy.
posted by stp123 at 8:05 PM on December 19, 2010 [68 favorites]


To who are you addressing this complaint?
posted by padraigin at 8:06 PM on December 19, 2010 [18 favorites]


You could just make another comment and that would fix it :)
You have the power.
posted by vapidave at 8:06 PM on December 19, 2010 [18 favorites]


Uhh, it says "(2 comments total)" on my screen.
posted by Eideteker at 8:06 PM on December 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Wait, no. Now it's 5.
posted by Eideteker at 8:07 PM on December 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


Dangit, 6. Ok, it's definitely broken.
posted by Eideteker at 8:07 PM on December 19, 2010 [26 favorites]


Leibniz was wrong! This is clearly not the best of all possible worlds.
posted by Rhaomi at 8:07 PM on December 19, 2010 [13 favorites]


ODiV: I'm apathetic about lots of other things. I need something to be pathetic about.
posted by madcaptenor at 8:08 PM on December 19, 2010 [11 favorites]


oh my god that should'nt be plurlal this is an outriage will a mod please fix' it?
posted by exlotuseater at 8:09 PM on December 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I don't know this type of problems seems prettily usual. The English language are flexible about an many things. So, lets extend it's feature list even farther so than it is even more flexible then it had before. If any people do get confuse they can relay on context too make it sense.
posted by TwelveTwo at 8:11 PM on December 19, 2010 [8 favorites]


Why all the hate? The fix may be trivial, in which case, huzzah! No more problem. Or maybe it's more trouble to fix than it's worth, in which case, who cares? Life goes on.

No need to go all metatalk on them just for mentioning it.
posted by jsturgill at 8:15 PM on December 19, 2010


Didn't we just go through this topic not that long ago? (I'm far too lazy and indifferent to actually do a search and link the thread...)
posted by 1000monkeys at 8:17 PM on December 19, 2010


There are WAY more comments in here than it says on the door outside the thread.

WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
MATT?
posted by carsonb at 8:21 PM on December 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


It should obviously be "1 total comment's"
posted by unSane at 8:23 PM on December 19, 2010 [14 favorites]


This reminds me of a game where you see how quickly you can end a musical with the single word "no."

Like...

Are you blind when you're born? NO.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... NO.

Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test... NO.

Look at this stuff... isn't it neat? NO.

Do you hear the people sing? NO.

Attend the tale of Sweeny Todd... NO.

Of course, my personal favorite doesn't quite work: how we gonna pay... last year's rent? GET A FUCKING JOB!
posted by prefpara at 8:25 PM on December 19, 2010 [31 favorites]


Man how is comment formed? Also, who thought up blowjobs?
posted by Mister_A at 8:29 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ohhhhh but there is one for Rent that works.

Got a light? NO.
posted by prefpara at 8:30 PM on December 19, 2010 [4 favorites]




Mister_A: "Man how is comment formed? Also, who thought up blowjobs? PLO CHOPS."

FTFY
posted by zarq at 8:31 PM on December 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


We actually represent everything in the database in base 0.5 (i.e. "halfnary"), so 1 is actually a plural. Hope this helps.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:33 PM on December 19, 2010 [47 favorites]


I think we like to pick nits like this because we've lost the sort of mutual grooming behaviors that would eliminate them before they get itchy.
posted by killdevil at 8:34 PM on December 19, 2010 [7 favorites]


Yeah, errors like this are no big deal. But it's okay to point them out. It's also okay—even good—to fix them.
posted by thinman at 8:34 PM on December 19, 2010


One are the loneliest numbers.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 8:40 PM on December 19, 2010 [25 favorites]


that's not how halfnary works!
posted by madcaptenor at 8:42 PM on December 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


If there's a post with one comment, then recent activity shows "1 total comments". Yeah, with an s. It shouldn't be like this.

well, if you'd just make another comment there, then it would be 2 total comments, and it would be correct

so why didn't you?
posted by pyramid termite at 8:48 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


ahahahahahahahahahahah


ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahas
posted by SassHat at 8:49 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fucking plurals--how do they work?
posted by tzikeh at 8:52 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


'halfnary' currently has 0 Google hits.

Which will change in 3, 2, 1 ...
posted by unSane at 8:54 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just mailed cortex a box of backspaces for situations just like these. Thanks a lot for ruining my surprise, turdmonger.
posted by special-k at 8:55 PM on December 19, 2010


So, the local market had a sale on Prime Rib Roasts today. Being a sneaky SOB, I decided to buy one, then separate the eye and bone to produce two fabulous meals. Can someone please tell me if we are eating beef rib, or beef ribs tomorrow; in case I need to tweet about it? ( Oh Look! A flying pig )
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 8:56 PM on December 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I made you a tweet but I eated it.
posted by special-k at 8:56 PM on December 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


PareidoliaticBoy: "( Oh Look! A flying pig )"

"It's just a little airborne! It's still good! It's still good!"
posted by zarq at 8:59 PM on December 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(seriously, who is going to write my paper?)
posted by prefpara at 9:01 PM on December 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Thanks for letting us know, it's fixed up.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:04 PM on December 19, 2010 [9 favorites]


But we were having so much fun. *puts a hot coal in pb's stocking*
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 9:08 PM on December 19, 2010


unSane, I don't know what Google you're using. I see four hit.
posted by madcaptenor at 9:09 PM on December 19, 2010


This reminds me of a game where you see how quickly you can end a musical with the single word "no."

OKLA-- no.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 9:12 PM on December 19, 2010 [8 favorites]


Beefs rib.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:16 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Kinda like whoppers junior
posted by Ad hominem at 9:16 PM on December 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Isn't it a beef's rib?
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:31 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


While we're on the subject, I think that the 'total' thing on the inside page is redundant. It doesn't say that on the outside pages.

I can't think of any situation where the word 'total' provides useful additional information.
posted by carter at 9:31 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was in a terrible accident. My car was summed.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:39 PM on December 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


Bell peppers and beef. No beefs.
posted by Babblesort at 9:44 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


carter - it's drawing a distinction between when people comment on a post, and when they totally comment on a post...
posted by russm at 9:44 PM on December 19, 2010


1000monkeys - yeah, but that was a different plural issue ("You may ask another question in: 1 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes, 57 seconds")...
posted by russm at 9:46 PM on December 19, 2010


It's all about subject-verb agreement. When you conjugate the verb "to comment," then "1 total comments" makes sense. The problem is that the subject's implicit: "1 (Metafilter user) total comments."

There may also be an issue with the tense (perhaps should be "commented"?), but using the present tense to refer to something prerecorded but still to come is accepted: "Andy Rooney comments on desk chairs, next on 60 minutes."
posted by explosion at 9:54 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Please update to "1 total comment's"
posted by Artw at 9:57 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


We went almost a whole day without a MeTa, and we bust that for this? Didn't cortex promise ice cream and puppies for all if we went a day without one?
I swear, if you cost me ice cream and puppies...
posted by piedmont at 9:57 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


piedmont, don't you mean puppy?
posted by .kobayashi. at 10:05 PM on December 19, 2010


If I lose my temper, you're totaled.
Totally?
Totally.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:06 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Was the promise one puppy each? I forget.
posted by piedmont at 10:07 PM on December 19, 2010


Sorry beeves ribs.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:13 PM on December 19, 2010


I HAVE BECOME COMMENTS.
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 PM on December 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I insist we scrap pluralization and the present tense of "to be" as grammatical atavism. Instead get it from context like much of world. Also s-v-o pattern replace please you make. Finally gender neutral indefinite singular.
posted by humanfont at 10:30 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


1 total comments'
posted by GilloD at 10:49 PM on December 19, 2010


pb would you mind changing it back so we have something to talk about?
posted by Cranberry at 10:52 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


We could talk about how we have nothing to talk about.
posted by John Cohen at 10:54 PM on December 19, 2010


piedmont, don't you mean puppy?

puppy's
posted by chndrcks at 11:02 PM on December 19, 2010


It was Schroedinger's comments. You looked at it/them. Bad madcaptenor.
posted by arcticseal at 11:06 PM on December 19, 2010


I HAVE BECOME COMMENTS.

Now I am become comment's, the destroyer of words.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:24 PM on December 19, 2010 [12 favorites]


Well, aren't we all in a snarky mood tonight?
posted by spiderskull at 11:52 PM on December 19, 2010


You are an amateur metatalker. A pro would've known to wait to make this post on the upcoming holiday, closely followed by Memails and emails to each of the mods. Tweets should then be addressed to each of them and all should be wrapped up* with relentless phonecalls - you do have their home numbers, don't you? - until the problem magically is resolved.

*wrapped up / Christmas - HA HA HA

posted by item at 11:53 PM on December 19, 2010


also, never, NEVER close your tags!!! IMPORTANT!!!
posted by item at 11:54 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


If pb was the true hustla, he would fix the code so that it appears correctly on everybody's screen except madcaptenor's.

If.
posted by chillmost at 11:55 PM on December 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've been wondering this for a while...the whole "we've gone a whole day without a MeTa post" thing...how many hours would we have to not have a MeTa post for that statement to be true, no matter where you are and what you set your time zone to? (Please don't say 24; I'll fell dumbs.)

(fyi, the reason why I ask is that I used to be in California, spent several months on the East Coast, now live in England, and I never changed my time zone here on MeFi...so when I notice that 24 hours have gone by on the gray without a post - for my peeps back in SF Bay, hiya yo! - I've often wondered if I, too, could revel in that same reality (but am too challenged to do the maths).)

(Also, I'm posting after midnight, whee!)
posted by iamkimiam at 12:37 AM on December 20, 2010


Is it too late to leave one more comments? Is everyones asleep?
posted by orme at 12:39 AM on December 20, 2010


I are.
posted by Dumsnill at 12:42 AM on December 20, 2010


iamkimiam: The earliest timezone where there are people is UTC-11, for Samoa and Niue; the latest is UTC+14, for the Line Islands.

So for December 20 -- the day it is in most of the inhabited world -- to be metatalk-free everywhere, there would have to be no posts on metatalk from 10 AM UTC on December 19 (the beginning of December 20 in UTC+14) to 11 AM UTC on December 21 (the end of December 20 in UTC-11).

In other words, 49 hours. (And I already ruined December 20 for some people. But maybe December 21?)

(It "should" be 48, i. e. two full days; the extra hour comes from the time zone peculiarities.)
posted by madcaptenor at 1:04 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, their not all asleep.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:06 AM on December 20, 2010


And I already ruined December 20 for some people

Damn, and there are less than four hours left in Dec 20. I just knew some American would ruin it.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:09 AM on December 20, 2010


Awesome! Ok, so assuming that we're going midnight-to-midnight (just to make things even more exciting), what time/date on the US west (+0) and east coasts (+3) and England (+8) can one comment before they "blow it" for those on UTC, thereby destroying it for everybody for another 24 hours?
posted by iamkimiam at 1:14 AM on December 20, 2010


I just mailed cortex a box of backspaces for situations just like these. Thanks a lot for ruining my surprise, turdmonger.

Not cool, dude; don't bring turdmonger into this if he's not already commenting in the thread.
posted by davejay at 1:39 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


If you're trying to get me to drag out and dust off my old 'turdmonger' sockpuppet, it's not gonna work. Remember the flameout?
posted by item at 1:42 AM on December 20, 2010


I live in the future and I can tell you it doesn't happen.
posted by gomichild at 2:17 AM on December 20, 2010


I have purchased an ample supply of "M-80" firecrackers (each one equal to 1/4 stick of dynamite), as a result we now have a way to deal with anal retentive individuals that does not involve my having to read endless metatalk threads OR PB spending hours rewriting the damn code.

Each individual with a user name over 20,001 will be issued ONE M-80. When you feel the urge to make a post like this, please insert that M-80 in the appropriate orifice and light the fuse (don't worry, I got the ones with the long fuses, 'cuz some of you are going to have to jam that thing up there a long ways).

Please remember to close your mouth when you light the fuse, otherwise it isn't gonna work, you'll just spew more stupid idiocy and we'll have to mail you another M-80.

This is my ones comment on this.
posted by HuronBob at 3:16 AM on December 20, 2010


I think your getting way to worked up about this.
posted by pecanpies at 4:08 AM on December 20, 2010


I tend to burt out answers to lyrical questions frequently:

"How many more times,
Treat me the way you do?"

Three!

"How many roads must a man walk down..."

Six!

"How long... to sing this song?"

That'll do!
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:47 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I can't believe this threads is still open.
posted by NoMich at 5:03 AM on December 20, 2010


It is a holiday miracle.
posted by The Whelk at 5:11 AM on December 20, 2010


Your right. It's rediculous that this outrage against grammer is aloud to stand.
posted by Decani at 5:17 AM on December 20, 2010


not everyone types good reading english like I do
posted by The Whelk at 5:19 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Each individual with a user name over 20,001 will be issued ONE M-80

Metafilter: Now with moar plo chops.
posted by zarq at 5:30 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is everyones asleep?

I am. Know why?

I JUST HAD SEX!
posted by kittyprecious at 5:31 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


"1" is a username, not a number.

1 comments.
I comments.
You comments.
We all comments.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:55 AM on December 20, 2010


"1" is a username, not a number.

I'm not a number! I am a free man!
posted by NoMich at 6:08 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


'halfnary' currently has 0 Google hits.

Which will change in 3, 2, 1 ...

1 what? 1 seconds?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:10 AM on December 20, 2010


I know you are all making fun of the OP, and feel free to make fun of me too, but it actually makes me sad that "1 comments" has become accepted English (everywhere, not just here).
posted by dfan at 6:34 AM on December 20, 2010


This types of shit happens all the time.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:38 AM on December 20, 2010


While we're at it, the mod panel right now says "1 days since a bannin'"

The obvious solution is to fix it at zero, by bannning someone everyday.
posted by vacapinta at 6:43 AM on December 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


I just watched the episode of Star Trek where Data builds himself an android daughter, Lal, and there are so many interesting directions they could have gone with that but it's Star Trek so they didn't and even wrapped the whole thing up with a cheesy deus ex machina to avoid having to confront either the central moral dilemma they did go with or the implications for the show if there was another Data-like android running around (aside from Lore, of course; remember Lore, Season 3?). After a whole episode of diegetic arguments about her rights as a sentient being and blah blah blah, the exegetic response is, just, you know, kill her off without any interesting explanation. New life is precious beyond measure only insofar as it doesn't make things hard for the writers.

But so anyway one of the things they didn't explore in any interesting fashion was Lal's use of contractions; it was this like notable oh-wow how-did-that-happen she-must-be-more-evolved thing and blah blah blah but nary a peep in justification of the absurd idea that for all of Data's super fucking sophisticated natural language skills, he wouldn't be able to figure out contraptions if he damned well pleased? Was Dr. Soong just a twisted son of a bitch who put a literally linguistic kill switch inside of Data? The Forbidden Apostrophe? A dark place where he, linguistically speaking, afraid to look? Was Lal the goddam like Kwisatz Haderach of android speech heuristics?

But more importantly I want to note that the actress who played Lal seems to have studied for the part by watching Star Wars over and over and over again and memorizing all of C-3PO's movements.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:50 AM on December 20, 2010 [16 favorites]


he wouldn't be able to figure out contraptions if he damned well pleased?

I am pretty sure Data figured out a contraption or two during the series.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:58 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Midnight to midnight seems "right" - I mean, those are the days that show up.

Anyway, England's time is UTC. (Well, in the winter.) So people there have to avoid commenting during the actual calendar day; people on the east coast of the US have to avoid commenting from 7 PM the night before to 7 PM that night; on the west coast, 4 PM to 4 PM.
posted by madcaptenor at 6:59 AM on December 20, 2010


MY PROGRAMMING PREVENTS ME FROM USING THE WORD "CONNIPTIONS" MORE THAN ONCE IN ANY GIVEN THREAD

GAH, YOU SEE
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:19 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


CONCEPTIONS

CONTRACTORS

CONTRITION
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:20 AM on December 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


DAMMIT!
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:20 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Remember Lore?
posted by The Whelk at 7:23 AM on December 20, 2010


Its' been driving me crazy, too. Please get it corrected to 1 total comment's so I can stop worrying and get some rest.
posted by theora55 at 7:32 AM on December 20, 2010


"Leibniz was wrong! This is clearly not the best of all possible worlds!"

I have plans to adopt this phrase in my everyday conversational vocabulary. Complete with Kermit-the-Frog-style panicked arm-flailing.
posted by Eideteker at 7:40 AM on December 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


I mustn't fear contractions.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I'll face my fear.
I'll permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it's gone past I'll turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear's gone there'll be nothing.
Only I'll remain.
posted by Babblesort at 7:43 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


No fear is gonna kill my mind
No terror gonna slow. me. down.
Oh no. I got to keep Mua'Dibing.
posted by Eideteker at 7:47 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Isn't this post a double?
posted by cjorgensen at 7:49 AM on December 20, 2010


"Leibniz was wrong! This is clearly not the best of all possible worlds!"

Of course not, the best of all possible worlds is 34....wait a second.

I'm on to your little game.
posted by The Whelk at 7:52 AM on December 20, 2010


I am pretty sure Data figured out a contraption or two during the series.
He is fully functional, after all.
posted by Electric Dragon at 7:58 AM on December 20, 2010


Was this trip really necessary?
posted by crunchland at 8:13 AM on December 20, 2010


No is the saddest experience you'll ever know.
posted by crunchland at 8:22 AM on December 20, 2010


Devils Rancher writes "I tend to burt out answers to lyrical questions frequently:"

I heckle songs on the radio all the time and it drives my wife crazy. There is a lot of idiocy perpetrated under the guise of rhyming.
posted by Mitheral at 8:23 AM on December 20, 2010


Mmmm... nothing quite like a steaming cup of MeTa snark to start the day.
posted by Jacqueline at 8:38 AM on December 20, 2010


Was this trip really necessary?

Trip can mean to stumble, to travel a distance, and to have a hallucinogenic experience.

In every sense of the word, this trip was necessary. Look how much better the world is now than it was a hundred or so comments ago. The grass is greener, the air smells sweeter. It's like we are living in a brand new and better place!

Either that, or I drank way too much cough syrup this morning.
posted by quin at 8:42 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]




cortex: "Was Dr. Soong just a twisted son of a bitch who put a literally linguistic kill switch inside of Data?"

It's a clever, foolproof way to tell them apart.

This expert opinion brought to you by a parent of twins. :)
posted by zarq at 8:51 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Zarq, I'm relieved to hear that if I ever have twins, I might not be out of line thinking:

"Well, I'm pretty sure one of them won't turn out to be the evil one, but just in case..."

Tears of exposure to soap operas and sci-fi (and The Patty Duke Show) has taught me that one can never be too careful.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:56 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Years even

Though also tears.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:56 AM on December 20, 2010


This is the worst trip I've ever been on.
posted by box at 8:56 AM on December 20, 2010


MCMikeNamara: " "Well, I'm pretty sure one of them won't turn out to be the evil one, but just in case..." "

I'm teaching them the basics. Can't start educating them too early.


Hey a guy can dream, can't he?
posted by zarq at 9:00 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


To who are you addressing this complaint?

I think you mean to whom.
posted by electroboy at 9:55 AM on December 20, 2010


This whole thread, and that's the mistake you focussed on?
posted by crunchland at 10:01 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I see what you're doing with your typo, sir, and I don't appreciate it one bit.
posted by electroboy at 10:03 AM on December 20, 2010


Who would of thought?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:07 AM on December 20, 2010


Slap a goatee on one of em. Bam. There's your evil twin.
posted by Babblesort at 10:48 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've enjoyed this thread, but to support the OP: Minor things like this are what separate a well-coded site from a poorly coded one.
posted by coolguymichael at 11:04 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


So... what are you saying coolguymichael?

Are you calling MeFi fat?
posted by carsonb at 11:10 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Are you calling MeFi fat?

No, he's just saying it's being unpleasant.
posted by electroboy at 11:18 AM on December 20, 2010


Didn't anyone mention this is best fixed in a GreaseMonkey script?
posted by chairface at 12:05 PM on December 20, 2010


Wait, did you just mention GreaseMonkey?

Metatalk BINGO!
posted by box at 12:07 PM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Flag It And Move On.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:14 PM on December 20, 2010


thats what the british said.
posted by clavdivs at 12:19 PM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Or the Americans on the moon.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:21 PM on December 20, 2010


There are Americans on the moon?
posted by dg at 1:35 PM on December 20, 2010


Didn't you see The Shining?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:35 PM on December 20, 2010


Only in my imagination while reading the book. Should I see it?
posted by dg at 1:59 PM on December 20, 2010


I just watched the episode of Star Trek where Data builds himself an android daughter, Lal, and there are so many interesting directions they could have gone with that but it's Star Trek so they didn't...

One of the roads the writers could have gone down (no pun intended) was what to do when Lal inevitably reached a point in her sexual maturity where she wanted to have intercourse with Data. Most societies consider father/daughter incest a taboo, of course, but that is a social construct which came about due to the probability of mentally and physically deficient offspring, presumably not at all an issue where, well, where one can not bring forth issue in the usual way. So, logically, Data and Lal would have no reason not to indulge, but the writers would almost certainly have taken the easy way out and had Data demur because Ryker or Deanna tell him it's a bad idea.

Androids are apparently really susceptible to peer pressure.
posted by misha at 2:14 PM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sorry, I was referring toan FPP about how The Shining is Kubrick's secret confession that he faked the moon landings.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM on December 20, 2010


Metafilter: Now with moar plo chops BHUTAN.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:18 PM on December 20, 2010


1 total comments, but how many product comments? Quotient comments? Difference comments?

Which is to say, DOWN WITH TOTALITARIANISM.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:16 PM on December 20, 2010


why do we count these things anyway

why don't we count the number of words in a thread

or count the numbers of characters

or count the emoticons used

or count the honest moments of sincere respect between members


why


why don't we ever count what matters?
posted by TwelveTwo at 4:15 PM on December 20, 2010


As Gandhi replied when they asked him what he thought about the Americans on the moon: "I think it would be a good idea".
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:20 PM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


There is no moon! Can any one of you see such a thing right now? Show me this alleged moon!
posted by Artw at 5:36 PM on December 20, 2010


The master pointed at the moon.
Artw stared at the master's finger.
Artw was enlightened.

posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:35 PM on December 20, 2010


This eclipse is crap.
posted by Artw at 7:27 PM on December 20, 2010


tl;ds
posted by unSane at 7:36 PM on December 20, 2010


I like to comment.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 10:00 PM on December 20, 2010


This eclipse is crap

I once convinced a Rabbit to sell a movie and a book too to an Englishman. (Rabbit is shorthand) I did this by convincing the Englishman that his mom loved me (not difficult, mom's love me). He (The Englishman) bargained fecklessly by telling me that my wife loved he and his family. It was feckless because my wife hates pretty much everyone tonight, families especially and me specifically. Though she is an Anglophile and swears there was some conspiracy to kill Lady Di. (sp?) that isn't reason enough for me to commit, even though Cruise and Damon signed.
posted by vapidave at 11:01 PM on December 20, 2010


Your faliure to recognise me as a mighty sky wizard due to my knowlege of the science news item of the day displeases me.
posted by Artw at 11:55 PM on December 20, 2010


ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY SKY WIZARD

WE BESEECH YOU TO MAKE IT RAIN SCOTCH AND SNOW CAKE

FOR WE DESIRE SUCH THINGS TO PASS IN THESE, THE LATTER DAYS OF HUMANITY

PREFERABLY SINGLE MALT AND SOME NICE DEVIL'S FOOD

NOT THAT WE ARE PICKY, MIGHTY SKY WIZARD

NO
posted by winna at 2:11 AM on December 21, 2010


I just don't know.
posted by jtron at 6:39 AM on December 21, 2010


Are you calling MeFi fat?

No, I'm saying that its lack of attention to detail (this thread) and dismissal of basic usability gives it more of a garage-works feel, rather than a professional one. I've convinced myself that this is intentional and charming.
posted by coolguymichael at 9:10 AM on December 21, 2010


I'm glad you like the vibe coolguymichael. But to clarify, we fixed the problem mentioned in this thread and we haven't dismissed anything in the other.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:39 AM on December 21, 2010


In fact, we're discussing that very issue over here and we're very open to suggestion. There are no hard and fast rules about usability that make these choices obvious.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:42 AM on December 21, 2010


piedmont: you'll get your ice cream and puppies! Nobody posted on December 27.
posted by madcaptenor at 6:35 AM on December 29, 2010


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