Why not just redirect to Last Measure? May 21, 2011 4:12 PM   Subscribe

Feature request: future MeFi pranks not to have autoplaying audio.
posted by nowonmai to Feature Requests at 4:12 PM (43 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Boooooo!
posted by Jofus at 4:22 PM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


feature request: future raptures to have better special effects
posted by Mikey-San at 4:23 PM on May 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


all autoplaying audio all the time.

"Hello, my name is Matt Haughey. I'd like to welcome you to my website, metafilter. Whether you're a brand new user or a returning long time fan, I know you'll find something here you'll enjoy. Thanks for stopping by." (repeat)
posted by boo_radley at 4:25 PM on May 21, 2011 [35 favorites]


When the REAL rapture comes (probably in an hour or two, or perhaps on Tuesday of next week), you can damn well bet it is going to "autoplaying audio". Who are you going to bitch to about that, you think God gives a damn about the damned? Some things just are what they are.

Sheesh....
posted by tomswift at 4:27 PM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hello, my name is Matt Haughey. I'd like to welcome you to my website...

Ooh, ooh, can we have one of those things the GOP is so inexplicably into where an actual little video Mathowie pops out of the bottom corner of your screen and delivers a speech?
posted by nanojath at 4:30 PM on May 21, 2011 [16 favorites]


¯\(°_o)/¯
posted by empath at 4:34 PM on May 21, 2011 [17 favorites]


"Welcome to metafiltercom. Welcome. You can do anything at metafiltercom. Anything at all. This is metafiltercom, and welcome to you who have come to metafiltercom. The unattainable is unknown at metafiltercom."
posted by maqsarian at 4:38 PM on May 21, 2011 [18 favorites]


boo_radley: ""Hello, my name is Matt Haughey. I'd like to welcome you to my website, metafilter. Whether you're a brand new user or a returning long time fan, I know you'll find something here you'll enjoy. Thanks for stopping by." (repeat)"

nanojath: "Ooh, ooh, can we have one of those things the GOP is so inexplicably into where an actual little video Mathowie pops out of the bottom corner of your screen and delivers a speech?"

This would make for an exquisite April Fool's Day joke.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:38 PM on May 21, 2011 [12 favorites]


A bit of context would be nice, nowonmai.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:41 PM on May 21, 2011


If you don't understand, then clearly you are not worthy. Unlike me. I totally understand, even though I am clearly not worthy.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:44 PM on May 21, 2011


What did I miss? Details please.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:46 PM on May 21, 2011


1. Google homepage spokesperson video
2. View examples on the first dozen or so SEO-placed websites.
3. Be grateful for Matt's good taste and restraint.
posted by ardgedee at 4:47 PM on May 21, 2011


At the predicted time of Rapture, all the sub-sites except MetaTalk where blank except that they had Blondie's Rapture video embedded in the middle of the screen.
posted by Houstonian at 4:48 PM on May 21, 2011


Who's Blondie? What rapture video?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:51 PM on May 21, 2011


So wach warst du noch nie.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:54 PM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Who's Blondie?

Clint Eastwood. He's the Good.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:00 PM on May 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


Ooh, ooh, can we have one of those things the GOP is so inexplicably into where an actual little video Mathowie pops out of the bottom corner of your screen and delivers a speech?

We should name him Clippy.
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:08 PM on May 21, 2011


So, umm, I got the "Closed For Rapture" message, but no video. Just me?
posted by ambrosia at 5:12 PM on May 21, 2011


Google homepage spokesperson video

Or, as our agency's real estate client always called it, Video Girl. "I want Video Girl!" It sounds annoying, and it sorta was, but it was also refreshing: he would agree to any other aspect of the site without any micromanagement, as long as Video Girl was there. It was a decent tradeoff. (Still doesn't mean the website's in our portfolio, however...)
posted by Ian A.T. at 5:16 PM on May 21, 2011


Feature request: future recipients of MeFi pranks not to be a whiny sissypants about it. Sorry your computer made a noise you didn't expect, but I imagine life will go on.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:30 PM on May 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


Hey, at least it wasn't tub girl.
posted by Decani at 5:46 PM on May 21, 2011


Horace Rumpole writes "Feature request: future recipients of MeFi pranks not to be a whiny sissypants about it. Sorry your computer made a noise you didn't expect, but I imagine life will go on."

This kind of stuff is harder to deal with when you are using a screen reader.
posted by Mitheral at 5:48 PM on May 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


What would be really cool is if web browsers had a global mute button that overrode any and all embedded players. That way you could leave the volume and mute controls of your desktop as a whole however you liked them, because surprises are generally only going to come from your web browser.

(And yes, I realize that "embedded" audio doesn't really go through the browser and the browser has no control over it. This is a defect, IMO.)

Failing that, a distant second would be if the Flash mute control was persistent -- mute audio on any Flash embed and it remains muted in all Flash embeds until you unmute it.
posted by George_Spiggott at 6:03 PM on May 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


My only complaint is that this wasn't a rolling gag. Everybody should have been pranked.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:06 PM on May 21, 2011


I missed it.

Oh, and for the record the Rapture did occur. Some guy in Uganda was the only one found worthy. The rest of us are among those left behind.

Hey, anyone see Kirk Cameron?
posted by cjorgensen at 8:03 PM on May 21, 2011


You can get anything you want
At me-he-tafilter dot com.
You can get anything you want
At me-he-tafilter dot co-ho-hom.
Just walk right in, it's around the back
Just about a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want
At me-he-tafilter dot com.
posted by drhydro at 9:08 PM on May 21, 2011


Instead of demanding that sites conform to your strictures, why not just install a flashblocker? I haven't been suprised by an auto-playing website in years.
posted by Aquaman at 9:18 PM on May 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Everybody should have been pranked.

Well, they’ll prank ya when you’re walkin’ ’long the street
They’ll prank ya when you’re tryin’ to keep your seat
They’ll prank ya when you’re walkin’ on the floor
They’ll prank ya when you’re walkin’ to the door
But I would not feel so very spanked
Everybody must get pranked
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:52 PM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


does flashblock block quicktime?
posted by desjardins at 10:19 PM on May 21, 2011


You can get anything you want
At me-he-tafilter dot com.


...excepting cortex...
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:24 PM on May 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


You can get anything you want
At me-he-tafilter dot com.


Y'all know about this ol' thing, right?
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:50 PM on May 21, 2011


No, I didn't- brilliant!!!
posted by drhydro at 10:54 PM on May 21, 2011


Missed it... video please?
posted by IndigoRain at 11:01 PM on May 21, 2011


Brandon Blatcher: A bit of context would be nice, nowonmai.

Sorry, Brandon. For about an hour in the middle of last night (local time), the front pages of MeFi and AskMe were replaced by LOLXIAN jokes that involved obnoxious auto-playing audio. The MeTa thread directly below this one has more information.

Unfortunately for me, this audio turned out to be at family-waking volume and my current context is persona non grata.
posted by nowonmai at 3:24 AM on May 22, 2011


Aquaman: Instead of demanding that sites conform to your strictures, why not just install a flashblocker?

I do. Metafilter was a trusted site.
posted by nowonmai at 3:27 AM on May 22, 2011


Why is your family sleeping at 6 pm?
posted by desjardins at 6:18 AM on May 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


desjardins: Why is your family sleeping at 6 pm?

Heaven doesn't use EST.
posted by gman at 6:29 AM on May 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I do. Metafilter was a trusted site.

You can't trust anyone on the internet these days. :)
posted by Aquaman at 8:54 AM on May 22, 2011


What would be really cool is if web browsers had a global mute button that overrode any and all embedded players. That way you could leave the volume and mute controls of your desktop as a whole however you liked them, because surprises are generally only going to come from your web browser.

This function is, in fact, built into the Windows 7 audio mixer.
posted by kafziel at 9:40 AM on May 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm generally a cranky old man who doesn't like internet pranks. But if your family was sleeping and you were using the computer, why wasn't your audio muted?
posted by DWRoelands at 6:45 AM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh for fuck's sake.
posted by nowonmai at 10:09 AM on May 23, 2011


The Son of God stood us up. Again.

Christ:

what an asshole.
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:52 PM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


"I am Matt Haughey and I am here to ask you a question: Is a poster not entitled to the sweat of his brow? No, says the man on 4chan; it belongs to the lulz. No, says the man on Facebook; it belongs to Likes. No, says the man on Twitter; it belongs to the bot accounts. I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... Metafilter. A site where the font nerd would not fear the threadlock. Where the scientist would not be bound by the comments section of a YouTube video. Where the donut would not be constrained by reasonable size limits. And with the sweat of your brow, Metafilter can become your site as well."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:25 PM on May 23, 2011


« Older closed for rapture   |   Who is Tammy Camp? Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments