Thank you, all! July 6, 2011 8:40 AM   Subscribe

After the last round of holiday crapfests, I'd like to take a moment to thank mathowie, cortex, jessamyn, and restless_nomad (and, if it's still relevant, vacapinta -- for some reason I remember reading that vacapinta is not modding anymore...?) as well as pb for all the wonderful work they do keeping this place running.

Metafilter has filled so many hours of time for me (too many, really; I had best get back to work!) with interesting corners of the web and fascinating discussion. That's due in no small part to the community curators that keep this place running smooth-ish-ly despite a userbase that could give a herd of cats a run for its money in terms of steering. It's been a rocky weekend, and despite that you're all being civil, gracious, and hardworking. Kudos!
posted by ChrisR to MetaFilter-Related at 8:40 AM (95 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Oh, you dirty rotten kiss ass.

They'll get nothing from us and they'll like it.
posted by kbanas at 8:43 AM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


(_x_)
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 8:44 AM on July 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, but what have they done for me lately?
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:45 AM on July 6, 2011


I have some leftover marshmallows if they want those. And one beer. But no sex!
posted by desjardins at 8:48 AM on July 6, 2011


It's been a rocky weekend, and despite that you're all being civil, gracious, and hardworking.

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:50 AM on July 6, 2011 [17 favorites]


vacapinta is still as much our volunteer when-he-can-be-around midnight Euromod as always; he's been around a bit less on weekends lately I think because of random real life logistics, is all. He did some boffo deleting just last night!
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:52 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had like four of those Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy beers last night. They're pretty good. I bet there's like a little bit left in the bottle of those, and if I poured them all together into one bottle you might get a sip out of it - so yeah, OK, you guys can have that sip - but I'm not doing any work for it - I'll give you the four bottles and you can do what you will.
posted by kbanas at 8:52 AM on July 6, 2011


It's been a rocky weekend, and despite that you're all being civil, gracious, and hardworking.

If you could only see my voodoo dolls...
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:00 AM on July 6, 2011 [24 favorites]


I have never once doubted Jessamyn's commitment to sparkle motion.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 9:02 AM on July 6, 2011 [9 favorites]


cortex: "vacapinta is still as much our volunteer when-he-can-be-around midnight Euromod as always; he's been around a bit less on weekends lately I think because of random real life logistics, is all. He did some boffo deleting just last night!"

All right, then I'll add him to my mental christmas list. IMAGINARY GIFTS FOR ALL!
posted by ChrisR at 9:03 AM on July 6, 2011


when does midnight Euromod go on tour?
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 9:04 AM on July 6, 2011 [3 favorites]




I'd like to thank the mods for that really awesome MetaFilter-themed birthday party they threw me. It was so great to see all of you there.

Oh, wait, I'm sorry, you weren't invited?

How awkward this must be.

For you.
posted by griphus at 9:06 AM on July 6, 2011


Did anyone else do a Jim Backus voice when reading "boffo deleting"
posted by clavdivs at 9:10 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't know how you do it. All the reading, the thoughtful responses - just crazy all the work you're putting in.
posted by rakim at 9:13 AM on July 6, 2011


After the last round of holiday crapfests...

Please just Let. It Die.
posted by slogger at 9:16 AM on July 6, 2011


Midnight Euromod would be a kickass bandname. Which is apropos as vacapinta is a kickass person.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:17 AM on July 6, 2011


He's bringing love, don't let him get away!
Break his legs!
posted by blue_beetle at 9:18 AM on July 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


If you could only see my voodoo dolls...

A-ha!
posted by adipocere at 9:21 AM on July 6, 2011


Did anyone else do a Jim Backus voice when reading "boffo deleting"

I've always read Cortex's posts as Thurston Howell III. Or maybe it's that crazy prospector guy The Brady Bunch ran into on their way to the Grand Canyon, I dunno.

Wait, I know, it's the guy in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World who owned the plane and asked Buddy Hackett to go make them a couple of old fashioneds.

Anyway, yeah. Thanks mods. You guys rock.
posted by bondcliff at 9:22 AM on July 6, 2011


In the spirit of "Everyone needs a hug." I will gladly hug a moderator if I ever have the chance to meet one.
posted by tommasz at 9:28 AM on July 6, 2011


No kidding! Sometimes I read those fractious threads and just shake my head and think "For god's sake, you've made your point now just walk away! Just walk away!"
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 9:31 AM on July 6, 2011


RELEVANT
posted by The Whelk at 9:37 AM on July 6, 2011 [8 favorites]


Hear, hear.
posted by Alterscape at 9:48 AM on July 6, 2011


There, there.
posted by The Whelk at 9:50 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dudes, they get paid for this.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:54 AM on July 6, 2011


Dudes, they get paid for this.

And we'd get paid the same amount whether we worked all day the 4th of July or not.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:04 AM on July 6, 2011 [7 favorites]


The pee in your potato salad was a bonus!
posted by mintcake! at 10:08 AM on July 6, 2011


Oh, hp, I may now squat about the biz of moderation, but after this weekend, i'd say bonus is in order...Matt.
should have posted that in Doms thread for laughter theraphy.
posted by clavdivs at 10:09 AM on July 6, 2011


I wish we had rolleyes smiley sometimes.
posted by smackfu at 10:10 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dudes, they get paid for this.

Is it bad form to thank someone for doing something if they were paid for it?
posted by dfan at 10:10 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wish we had rolleyes smiley sometimes.

He was the Muppet that hosted the game shows, right?

Also: Nice MeTas are nice.
posted by mintcake! at 10:11 AM on July 6, 2011


of course, money is the ultimate complement, thanks, reward or esteem. Really, nothing else comes close.
posted by The Whelk at 10:12 AM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


You know Guy Smiley has a basement Muppet dungeon.
posted by The Whelk at 10:13 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Your love gives me such a thrill, but your love won't pay my bills I want money!
posted by flabdablet at 10:22 AM on July 6, 2011


If you could only see my voodoo dolls...

A-ha!

a-ha!
posted by xingcat at 10:24 AM on July 6, 2011


Money Money Money
posted by The Whelk at 10:25 AM on July 6, 2011


I've always read Cortex's posts as Thurston Howell III

I always hear him as Snagglepuss from Hanna-Barbera. For jessamyn, I hear something a bit like Rita Moreno's "Hey you guyyyyyyys!!!" from the beginning of The Electric Company. For pb I get the Control Voice from the Outer Limits. For mathowie, Zachary Quinto, of course.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:28 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I demand all of these voice suggestions be included in the next podcast.
posted by backseatpilot at 10:38 AM on July 6, 2011


They should do a podcast, transcribe it, and have actors perform it without having heard the original.
posted by The Whelk at 10:44 AM on July 6, 2011 [9 favorites]


OK now there's an idea I can get behind.
posted by Mister_A at 10:47 AM on July 6, 2011


I hope we can get Rosie Perez to do jessamyn.
posted by Mister_A at 10:49 AM on July 6, 2011


In what sense?
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:50 AM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


If I had a nickel for every time I've thought, "you couldn't Pay me enough to be civil in the face of all that GRAR"... I'd at least be able to buy an awesome sockpuppet.

Seriously, even if the mods have become fabulously wealthy thanks to their courtesy and commitment to civil discourse, they still deserve our heartfelt thanks. And beer.
posted by ldthomps at 10:50 AM on July 6, 2011


Did I really click "Post Comment" on that? Oh boy.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:50 AM on July 6, 2011 [9 favorites]


And we'd get paid the same amount whether we worked all day the 4th of July or not.

They tried to organize one time, but Old Man Haughey made some calls and had Boss Kyanka send in some muscle from out east... it made the Tucumcari Cracker Massacre look like an afternoon come-and-go tea.

♫I dreamed I saw Paphnuty last night, unbanned as you or me...♫
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:53 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh George!
posted by Mister_A at 10:54 AM on July 6, 2011


I always hear him as Snagglepuss from Hanna-Barbera.

Flagged as "Heavens to Murgatroyd."
posted by bondcliff at 10:57 AM on July 6, 2011


WE DO NOT SPEAK OF PAPHNUTY HERE

EVER
posted by scrump at 10:58 AM on July 6, 2011


Dudes, they get paid for this.

Even though I paid your mother, I still made sure to thank her for a job well done. It's just basic courtesy.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:04 AM on July 6, 2011 [6 favorites]


IRFH, I like you, but piss off.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:04 AM on July 6, 2011


Well this is going well.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:05 AM on July 6, 2011 [10 favorites]


Crimony. What holiday is it now?
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:10 AM on July 6, 2011


Ringo Starr's Birthday
posted by The Whelk at 11:13 AM on July 6, 2011


"despite a userbase that could give a herd of cats a run for its money in terms of steering."

What would the userbase and the herd of cats be competing to steer, exactly?

(Cheap excuse to connect to YT music video with cats driving cars by the band "Holy Fuck." Warning: fiery implied dog-killing car wreck which implies permanent banning from Metafilter.)
posted by longsleeves at 11:13 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy Jan Hus Day!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:15 AM on July 6, 2011


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EVER
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posted by zarq at 11:20 AM on July 6, 2011 [8 favorites]


I'm pretty sure I'm going straight to hell for that one.
posted by zarq at 11:20 AM on July 6, 2011


Devils Rancher: "Crimony. What holiday is it now?"

Why, San Fermín, of course!

Also, a terrorist fist jab bump to all the hard working mods.
posted by narwhal bacon at 11:22 AM on July 6, 2011


For that one, zarq?

Look, let's just accept that if you haven't gone to hell yet, you're not going to.
posted by scrump at 11:32 AM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


And we'd get paid the same amount whether we worked all day the 4th of July or not.

It's a fine like between "caring a lot about your job" and "workaholic".
posted by smackfu at 11:35 AM on July 6, 2011


The midnight euromod visits european computers at midnight and moderates them.
In the evening I put a carrot in a shoe near the fireplace. And in the morning my computer will be nicely moderated and I'll find a burrito in my shoe.
Thank you St Vacapinta
posted by joost de vries at 11:35 AM on July 6, 2011 [14 favorites]


I'm pretty sure I'm going straight to hell for that one.

Pfft. That's pretty clearly a left hand.

It's a fine like between "caring a lot about your job" and "workaholic".

More of a thick, wandering sharpee marker zigzag, really.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:37 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


The mods seem like swell people. They do a good job with the site.

I'm dedicating this fried egg, bacon and cheddar topped burger to them.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:37 AM on July 6, 2011


If you've been a wicked user the midnight mod comes into your house and delivers a sternly worded letter accompanied by the traditional glockenspiel.
posted by The Whelk at 11:37 AM on July 6, 2011 [6 favorites]


I so agree that the mods here have their stuff together.

I so don't agree that what happened July 4th was a crapfest. It was a very spirited discussion of woman's issues that personally gave me a whole lot to think on several levels. Sure, some people crapped things up - some people just do that everywhere. Comes with the territory. One can have a site where such very spirited discussion takes place from time to time or one can have a site where you hear crickets. I opt for the former.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 11:38 AM on July 6, 2011


griphus: "I'd like to thank the mods for that really awesome MetaFilter-themed birthday party they threw me. It was so great to see all of you there.

Oh, wait, I'm sorry, you weren't invited?

How awkward this must be.

For you.
"

Meanwhile, I read this in GLaDOS' voice.
posted by brundlefly at 11:39 AM on July 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


I so don't agree that what happened July 4th was a crapfest.

With respect, it was a crapfest. Tons of people behaved like jerks and treated people in ways that required mod intervention, generated a ton of flags and email, and made a lot of people feel lousy way outside of the normal range for spirited discussion here.

It's great if there was some good that came out of it as well, but there's a giant chasm between those threads and Crickets-MeFi where we usually like to see things happening.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:42 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Reading the search history for the term "Paphnuty" must be some kind of coming of age thing here.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:42 AM on July 6, 2011


Meanwhile, I read this in GLaDOS' voice.

I have an idea for a new moderator she's pretty free these days.
posted by The Whelk at 11:43 AM on July 6, 2011


All the mefites who have been bad on july 4th will be put in a burlap sack and shipped off to Spain.
Don't mess with the Midnight Mod.
posted by joost de vries at 11:45 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


He can only be appeased with Mod Pie.
posted by The Whelk at 11:47 AM on July 6, 2011


Yeah, to elaborate a little, the thing is that it's not a binary thing where it's either crapfest OR something with value. A thread can be one or both or neither, they're largely independent vectors in terms of a thread's overall velocity. But the crapfest part is unavoidably a determining factor in the kind of stress and work involved; crapfest+value isn't not a crapfest, and value-without-crapfest is very much the ideal and something that actually happens fairly regularly.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:49 AM on July 6, 2011


The Independent Vectors is the name of my new band.
posted by Decani at 12:05 PM on July 6, 2011


The patience of saints. Amazing Mod-Heros.

Still, I hope some changes are in the works - this was almost scary to watch.
posted by Surfurrus at 1:00 PM on July 6, 2011


Yeah, much respect, especially for Jessamyn using her inside voice again and again. For all the crapfest it was, it could have been so much worse.
posted by klangklangston at 1:24 PM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


cortex: " Pfft. That's pretty clearly a left hand."

Well played, sir. Well played.
posted by zarq at 1:28 PM on July 6, 2011


Speaking of voices...

Could we possibly have a way on people's profile pages for other users to access a minute-long recording of that user reading a comment of their choice, if they did so choose?

I would find it immensely satisfying to hear your real voices in my head as I read your comments.
posted by jamjam at 1:42 PM on July 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


Is it bad form to thank someone for doing something if they were paid for it?

Not if they do it really well.

Setting aside all my weaponized stupidity for a moment, I honestly want to thank the mods here for the work they do. I don't always agree with them, but I appreciate the amazingly civil and articulate way they deal with even the most emotionally charged situations.

It is something I simply couldn't do, and I am frequently in awe of their patience and good natured attitudes.

Thanks Matt, jessamyn, cortex, pb, vacapinta, and restless_nomad. I truly appreciate your work.

::re-dons cloak of evil::

And now, I'm back... with angry bees! Mwahahaha!!

posted by quin at 1:44 PM on July 6, 2011


Ooh, a (mostly) happy pile-on. I'll add to it: thanks for being awesome, mods. It's a hard job that sometimes gets ugly, and y'all seem to handle it with class.
posted by smirkette at 2:47 PM on July 6, 2011


I have brought this up before but I wasn't kidding. It would be awesome if the administrative team had Amazon Wish Lists and members could just send stuff for whatever fool reason enters their heads.

Hell, if I end up buying stuff off of Amazon for the guy who maintains the open source pyodbc just to express my appreciation for his efforts, not being able to properly express my gratitude to the mods makes me feel icky. Anyone can type "thank you." Words are cheap. Shipping and handling is not!

(Or maybe some kind of Dropbox where we can send cortex virtual goods made in Minecraft, like "Hey, I made you a Game of Life simulator out of redstone pre-programmed with a Turing Machine implemented in the Game of Life so you can compute while you compute while you compute while you compute, BRMMMMM)
posted by adipocere at 3:02 PM on July 6, 2011 [5 favorites]


Hugs for everyone! Every day!

And even though I'm Mormon and never drink, I would buy each of the mods a beer should the opportunity arise.
posted by SMPA at 3:39 PM on July 6, 2011


I very much appreciate the work the mods do and I think they do a great job. Thank you all.
posted by flex at 4:09 PM on July 6, 2011


I really don't know how you guys do it and remain so levelheaded. Thank you.
posted by nuala at 4:12 PM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


One thing I notice, is that when the mods get testy with me they are so darn *nice* about it that it makes me hang my head in abject shame.

Thank you mods.

I think.
posted by YamwotIam at 5:04 PM on July 6, 2011


Snarkless love to all mods; snarkless I tell you.
posted by BrotherCaine at 6:02 PM on July 6, 2011


If that podcast happens I would like to put my vote in for restless_nomad as read by Sarah Silverman. I also hope to hear that she has some zany one-liners to the tune of "Heeeyyyy, it's a shit show!"
posted by P.o.B. at 6:23 PM on July 6, 2011


Meanwhile, I read this in GLaDOS' voice.

I have an idea for a new moderator she's pretty free these days.
posted by The Whelk at 2:43 PM on July 6 [+] [!] [quote]



What are you doing?!

You're not even closing your account the right way, you know.

Do you know who you're flaming? Because I don't think you're flaming who I think you think you're flaming.

Didn't we have some fun, though?
Remember that time I was all like "You're banned"
And you were like "NO WAY"
And I was like "we tried to have you banned."
That was great.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 6:57 PM on July 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'll give you the four bottles and you can do what you will.

Mods, I think you just got tipped 20 cents! (40 cents in Michigan!)

Don't forget to report it on your taxes.
posted by maryr at 8:57 PM on July 6, 2011


jamjam: "Speaking of voices...

Could we possibly have a way on people's profile pages for other users to access a minute-long recording of that user reading a comment of their choice, if they did so choose?

I would find it immensely satisfying to hear your real voices in my head as I read your comments.
"

Listen closely. This is exactly what I sound like.

"Good news everyone, I've invented a a way for people to hear me in their head!"

/end The Professor
posted by Splunge at 9:02 PM on July 6, 2011


P.S. I spent a few days away from any commenting because once again I screwed up. I've been trying to be non-fightish (I'd call it non-fighty, but people hate the word "fighty" and I didn't want to start a fight). But the Fourth was a perfect storm of lots of beer, loys of meat and a few shot's of vodka. I don't do that and a subject that I feel strongly about very well. And so I was one of the assholes that stirred the pot in a certain thread (or two).

I apologize for any insults, invective or plain assholery. Once again, I'll try to be good. And most of all I'll try to remember not to post when I have a perfect storm of alcohol and anger brewing.
posted by Splunge at 9:10 PM on July 6, 2011


I don't know exactly what a loy of meat is, but I'm sure I had a lot of it.
posted by Splunge at 9:12 PM on July 6, 2011


I would find it immensely satisfying to hear your real voices in my head as I read your comments.

Whereas I just read them all in my own voice because I'm self centred that way. You all have kiwi accents.
posted by shelleycat at 10:31 AM on July 7, 2011


I hear Fred, Bubbles, and Victoria Pro English.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:27 PM on July 7, 2011


Heh, rolling into this weekend with a Dawkins thread and an obesity thread. Here's hoping it'll go better.
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:43 PM on July 7, 2011


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