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Of all the data that is collected on MetaFilter users, what does it average out to? Who is the everymefite?
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 6:50 AM (127 comments total)

Bob. He's the average mefite.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:55 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Bob's not as active as I thought he'd be!
posted by ignignokt at 6:56 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I am the everymefite. The alphafite and the omegafite. I am the youfite, and I am the mefite.
posted by Think_Long at 7:01 AM on August 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


It averages out to 42.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:02 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Bob. He's the average mefite.

That actually fits.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:03 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Forget the everymefite. I want to know who the MeFenwolf is.
posted by spicynuts at 7:09 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


He's a 28-year-old Chinese male and my mefi spouse. Can you guess his username?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:14 AM on August 18, 2011


Alexa's metafilter stats page has some interesting demographics tidbits, albeit with sampling skewed toward the unwashed unregistered masses who have the Alexa toolbar installed.
posted by killdevil at 7:17 AM on August 18, 2011




Like if we took everyone and crushed them into a ball, what color would the ball be?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:22 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Here are the main attributes of the average mefite. S/he:

- likes pancakes for breakfast, a plate of beans for lunch, and waiting on the answer to whether something is still edible or not before dinner.

- has a lot of deeply held but internally inconsistent opinions about most important issues, but particularly religion, gender relations, the dominance of American culture and politics, and the Israel/Palestine situation.

- likes aesthetically pleasing photos, but not if they are embedded within a complex, lengthy flash interface.

- loves your favorite band but still thinks it sucks.

- needs to DTMFA and get into therapy, immediately.
posted by googly at 7:22 AM on August 18, 2011 [26 favorites]


Alexa tells us that the average Metafilter user is deeply passionate about "cremation for cats."

No really, do a Google search for the phrase.
posted by killdevil at 7:24 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Packaged feral badgers
posted by clavdivs at 7:25 AM on August 18, 2011


what does it average out to?

$20, same as in town.
posted by urschrei at 7:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The most statistically average MetaFilter user does not get outside as much as they should and worries about things most people don't even know about.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


Who is the everymefite?

If we want to talk Infodump stats and median rather than mean, the everymefite is a regular but doesn't post or comment or favorite as much as you might guess; you recognize their username from seeing it around, but its probably not one that'd end up on a napkin if someone told you to list all the mefites you know; they live in a modest apartment in a wide-ish district of the Long Tail.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [9 favorites]


There is no average Mefite. We are all special snowflakes.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The average Mefite doesn't read MeTa, yes? So only unaverage ones will answer this?
posted by The Whelk at 7:36 AM on August 18, 2011


A little-known fact, but unless you are looking through a microscope in laboratory conditions, all snowflakes are exactly the same and are about 90% likely to be soaked in dog urine.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:36 AM on August 18, 2011


Well, I'm the average mefite then.
posted by josher71 at 7:36 AM on August 18, 2011


I am Legion, I am the creeping plague that will eat or convert all of you, I am the reflection in your mirror, eventually I will be you, and you will be the everymefite.

First the blue, then the internet, then the world. We will be everywhere, everyone, unstoppable...

Then, I'm thinking a light supper. Maybe a salad.
posted by quin at 7:36 AM on August 18, 2011


Considering the universe consists of me and everything else which is not me, I'd have to say I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by tommasz at 7:40 AM on August 18, 2011


Like if we took everyone and crushed them into a ball, what color would the ball be?

Red.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:42 AM on August 18, 2011 [18 favorites]


Fark Twain.
posted by cog_nate at 7:47 AM on August 18, 2011


Metafilter: "a modest apartment in a wide-ish district of the Long Tail."
posted by Mitheral at 7:50 AM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm every mefite. It's all in me. Anything you want now baby. I'll do it naturally.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:53 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why would you want to be average? I strive not to be average, but the best mefite I can be.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:58 AM on August 18, 2011


I am the eggfite.
posted by Miko at 8:00 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I had a grade school bus driver who played that Houston album every. Single. Day. So even a glancing reference is enough to set off the entire album in my head.

So I'm blaming you MC for all the mid 90s pop ballads I'll be inflicting on people today.
posted by The Whelk at 8:01 AM on August 18, 2011


Like if we took everyone and crushed them into a ball, what color would the ball be?

a reddish paste with gray-white bone shards.
posted by elizardbits at 8:02 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The average mefite is getting kinda sick of himself, because lately he's been noticing how annoying certain of his own traits are, when really, he's been that way all along.
posted by Grither at 8:06 AM on August 18, 2011


We are all Spartacus!

Also, we love and hate Apple, cats, Lady Gaga, and have firm opinions on geese.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:07 AM on August 18, 2011


Gesse are fuckers!
posted by The Whelk at 8:09 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The average mefite likes being snarky and does not read the links in the original post before commenting.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 8:10 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


your mother
posted by clavdivs at 8:11 AM on August 18, 2011


Who is the everymefite?

If we want to talk Infodump stats and median rather than mean, the everymefite is a regular but doesn't post or comment or favorite as much as you might guess; you recognize their username from seeing it around, but its probably not one that'd end up on a napkin if someone told you to list all the mefites you know; they live in a modest apartment in a wide-ish district of the Long Tail.
posted by cortex at 10:29 AM


shit, that really is me.
posted by ShawnString at 8:13 AM on August 18, 2011


I think the Long Tail is an actual neighborhood along the Cambridge-Somerville line. We looked at a few apartments there.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:14 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


6 inches
posted by nathancaswell at 8:25 AM on August 18, 2011


is a Smurf cosplayer.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 8:29 AM on August 18, 2011


You just blew it.
posted by The Whelk at 8:30 AM on August 18, 2011


What, like Line St, Metroid?
posted by maryr at 8:38 AM on August 18, 2011


BTW, I think the User X Bar just opened in Kendall.
posted by maryr at 8:39 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Did somebody say egg fight?

*FLING*
*SPLAT*
posted by Wolfdog at 8:42 AM on August 18, 2011


I said " Meg White!"
posted by The Whelk at 8:53 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm going to take a shot at this... the average metafilter member is male, overweight, in his late 20's. He lives in or very near a major city, on the west or east coast of the United States. He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, though he's not making as much as he thinks he should. He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show and Mythbusters. He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married. He rents rather than owns his own home. He is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor. He has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it. He reads 5 books a year, and subscribes to 4 magazines. He has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, though he's registered as an independent. His car is more than 3 years old, but he'd be just as happy to be without it. On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family. He doesn't own any pets. His favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.
posted by crunchland at 9:02 AM on August 18, 2011 [19 favorites]


I think the Long Tail is an actual neighborhood along the Cambridge-Somerville line. We looked at a few apartments there.

According to this map it's a little ways out of town from the Tenderloin.
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:04 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


You're forgetting the average mefite loves low-carb crock-pot dishes and freezing dinners for the week.
posted by The Whelk at 9:22 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I am an outlier. And it's cold and windy here. At night wolves howl. But the sky, wow, the sky just blows... your... mind... man.
posted by Splunge at 9:25 AM on August 18, 2011


the average metafilter member is male, overweight, in his late 20's. He lives in or very near a major city, on the west or east coast of the United States. He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, though he's not making as much as he thinks he should. He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show and Mythbusters. He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married. He rents rather than owns his own home. He is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor. He has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it. He reads 5 books a year, and subscribes to 4 magazines. He has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, though he's registered as an independent. His car is more than 3 years old, but he'd be just as happy to be without it. On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family. He doesn't own any pets. His favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.

yes, no, no, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, no, no, yes, yes, NO, no, yes, no, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, no, no, yes, yes, no, yes
posted by nathancaswell at 9:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm going to take a shot at this... the average metafilter member is male, overweight, in his late 20's. He lives in or very near a major city, on the west or east coast of the United States. He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, though he's not making as much as he thinks he should. He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show and Mythbusters. He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married. He rents rather than owns his own home. He is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor. He has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it. He reads 5 books a year, and subscribes to 4 magazines. He has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, though he's registered as an independent. His car is more than 3 years old, but he'd be just as happy to be without it. On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family. He doesn't own any pets. His favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.

See, this is brilliant, because almost no one is going to fit this exactly, but it's so normal that everyone's going to be able to find enough similarities to themselves that they'll be like, "Hey, this kind of sounds like me!" People are good at finding themselves in any description, which is why horoscopes seem genuine. Once you start looking at it through the "this is me" prism, you even forgive the details that don't fit; for instance, I am a vegetarian, but just the fact that the word "vegetarian" appears here gives me a sense of: "OK, not quite ... but at least vegetarianism was mentioned!" (The pepperoni pizza line already shows he's not a vegetarian, but explicitly saying, "He is not a vegetarian" hints that maybe he tried it in the past or would like to go vegetarian in the future -- so he's not that far from me.) Other details that might sound precise are actually so vague they could actually refer to a ridiculous number of people, e.g. "He does not attend church regularly." Taken literally, this applies to a reasonably serious Christian who goes to church every once in a while and feels bad about not going more often, a devout Muslim or Jew who regularly attends services, and a hardcore atheist who has never set foot in a church.
posted by John Cohen at 9:40 AM on August 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


Juan Apagato spends a lot of time wandering around town. He tried college for a while, but it consumed too much time. So now he's looking for a job that doesn't involve much work. He rents a room in a large house and rarely sees the people he lives with. One is called Frank something, and he thinks there are some more but he can't be sure. He comes from a light blue-collar family. He doesn't see his parents much anymore. He quit going to visit when they quit sending him money. One of his grandparents died last month, but he can't remember which. Last summer he thought about sticking his index finger in a fan. Someone told him his fingerprints are unique, and he believes there's too much direct evidence against uniqueness. He thinks that differences are minor compared to the similarities.

All his days are about the same. He wakes up at 11:00 or 12:00, eats cereal or toast, reads the newspaper, looks out the front door, takes a walk, goes to a movie matinee, listens to the radio., watches sitcom reruns till 1:00, and usually falls asleep about 2:00. He likes to sleep. Sometimes he has good dreams.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:42 AM on August 18, 2011


and the Israel/Palestine situation

And all these years I've been thinking the average mefite was passionate about the Internet Protocol suite. Go figure.
posted by aught at 9:44 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


nathancaswell: " yes, no, no, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, no, no, yes, yes, NO, no, yes, no, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, no, no, yes, yes, no, yes"

Yes, no no no no no no, yes
posted by galadriel at 9:50 AM on August 18, 2011


I always liked that one really enthusiastic YES!
posted by nathancaswell at 9:52 AM on August 18, 2011


The woman marking down the answers gives the best look when Madeline Khan gives the "YES!" She's like hell yeah, YES.
posted by nathancaswell at 9:55 AM on August 18, 2011


As a data point, I'm way above average.

I hope that helps.
posted by mazola at 9:58 AM on August 18, 2011


"People are good at finding themselves in any description, which is why horoscopes seem genuine."

In case you're curious, the name for this is the Forer Effect. Don't thank me, thank the college diploma that's wasting away while I work for less money than crunchland thinks I should make.
posted by Eideteker at 10:28 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Sometimes it seems like we're all average, etymologically. Damaged goods.
posted by pracowity at 10:29 AM on August 18, 2011


By my calculation* using accounts issued -- though not necessarily active -- the average MeFi user is currently 60059.

----
  120117
(   ∑ x  ) / 120117
    x=1

posted by mazola at 10:30 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


You were off by almost 7000.
posted by hal_c_on at 10:48 AM on August 18, 2011


Thanks, Eideteker, I knew I had seen that paragraph before but I forgot what it was called.
posted by John Cohen at 10:56 AM on August 18, 2011


Wow, crunchy - none of that fits me unless you count a cell phone that is 1 year, 8 months old as being "new." Oh, and the car - it's 10 years old.

"I'M NOT AVERAGE! I'M UNIQUE, I TELL YOU!"
posted by Lynsey at 11:01 AM on August 18, 2011


mazola, by your metric, that makes mathowie metafiler's most deviant user.
posted by bonehead at 11:11 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


crunchland: "I'm going to take a shot at this... the average metafilter member is...................."

Correct - 17
Incorrect - 12

Correct________But he'd be just as happy to be without it.
Correct________But he's not married.
Correct________He does not attend church regularly.
Correct________He doesn't own any pets.
Correct________He has a college degree and is currently employed.
Correct________He has tried making his own blog but abandoned it.
Correct________He is not a vegetarian.
Correct________He lives in or very near a major city on the west or east coast of the United States.
Correct________He rents rather than owns his own home.
Correct________He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor.
Correct________He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election.
Correct________He watches The Daily Show and Mythbusters.
Correct________His car is more than 3 years old.
Correct________Male.
Correct________Overweight.
Correct________Prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor.
Correct________Though he's not making as much as he thinks he should.
Incorrect______He goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week.
Incorrect______He has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months.
Incorrect______He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames.
Incorrect______He is in a serious relationship.
Incorrect______He reads 5 books a year.
Incorrect______He wears glasses.
Incorrect______His cell-phone is relatively new.
Incorrect______His favorite pizza topping is pepperoni.
Incorrect______In his late 20's.
Incorrect______On his last vacation he went home to visit his family.
Incorrect______Subscribes to 4 magazines.
Incorrect______Though he's registered as an independent.

posted by lampshade at 11:16 AM on August 18, 2011


crunchland: "I'm going to take a shot at this... the average metafilter member is...

Yes, yes, no (older), yes, yes, no (way more than 5 hours), yes, yes, no (I get paid way too much), no (do contacts count?), yes, yes, yes, no (I'm married), no (I own), yes, yes, no (I have two epic blogs), no (more books), no (fewer magazines), no (one movie in the last year), no, yes, no (registered D), yes, yes, no (my parents live in an RV), no (I have a kickass dog), no, yes, yes.

16/31. Guess my count was different than lampshade's.
posted by Plutor at 11:29 AM on August 18, 2011


the average metafilter member is male, overweight, in his late 20's. He lives in or very near a major city, on the west or east coast of the United States. He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, though he's not making as much as he thinks he should. He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show and Mythbusters. He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married. He rents rather than owns his own home. He is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor. He has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it. He reads 5 books a year, and subscribes to 4 magazines. He has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, though he's registered as an independent. His car is more than 3 years old, but he'd be just as happy to be without it. On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family. He doesn't own any pets. His favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.

You forgot white.

Otherwise, 13/31
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:42 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The average cortex is male, has a slight beer belly but is within federal weight guidelines for his body, in his early 30's. He lives in a major city, on the west coast of the United States. He spends rather more than 5 hours a day looking at a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, and has no complaints about the pay. He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show only occasionally and Mythbusters ditto, though they're likeable shows, because he has no cable and mostly he watches continuity TV series in blocks on Netflix. He is in a serious relationship, namely a marriage. He owns his own home, insofar as six-digit debt to a bank counts as ownership. He is not a vegetarian, but he thinks beer and hard liquor are both pretty great, soft drinks are just kind of eh. He has tried making his own blog, like sixty times, with varying levels of attentiveness. He reads 5 books a year, but subscribes only to TapeOp magazine. He has gone to the movies maybe twice, probably once in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, and is registered as a Democrat, for all the good that does him. His car does not exist, but he wouldn't mind having one for spontaneous outings, nice as the bus system and ZipCar can be for most things in town. On his last vacation, he went out of his home town to visit old friends. He has two cats. His favorite pizza topping is pineapple. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.

So, yes, no, no, yes, yes, more, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes, not regularly, yes, no, no, yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, no, yes, yes, no, car, no, no, no, no, yes, yes.

16/31. I'm guessing I counted the way Plutor did.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:56 AM on August 18, 2011


Came here to say what Brandon Blatcher did -- you forgot white.

(Hey Brandon, weren't we gonna start some kinda softball league or something?)
posted by lesli212 at 11:59 AM on August 18, 2011


also: 7/31. Yikes! I don't belong here.
posted by lesli212 at 12:01 PM on August 18, 2011


I can confirm one "yes," one "no," and an "it depends." Otherwise, I am a man of mystery.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:04 PM on August 18, 2011


damn, crunchland, if you're not a demographer or an actuary you should consider it!
posted by clockzero at 12:07 PM on August 18, 2011


I'm guessing the stats skew towards:

-age 25-35, by a huge margin
-male, but not by a huge margin
-college educated
-white
-urban
posted by Nixy at 12:17 PM on August 18, 2011


... weren't we gonna start some kinda softball league or something

Maybe Laser Tag?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:19 PM on August 18, 2011


This average mefite is in his 40s. Skinny, lives in the midwest. Spends a lot of time online, employed and hates it, owns a home, likes his wife, has many, many pets. Reads a lot, enjoys movies and video-games. Great in a car, good with a sidearm, fair with a camera, bad at math. Drinks soda by choice, hard liquor when appropriate. Voted for Obama, eats take out quite a bit. On his last vacation, he visited heat and mosquitoes. Doesn't go to church.

Favorite pizza topping is pepperoni, cellphone is relatively new.
posted by quin at 12:26 PM on August 18, 2011


METAFILTER:
-college educated
-white
-urban
- in a modest apartment in a wide-ish district of the Long Tail.
posted by philip-random at 12:26 PM on August 18, 2011


I just assumed all mefites were hitting forty, but still getting carded for ID in the off licence, living in semi-rural Ireland, with two dogs, a fish tank, a nictotine habbit, and a tolerant wife who nods and smiles when updated on the latest shennanigans on Metafilter. Or is that just my asshole neighbour and his gorgeous wife?
posted by Elmore at 12:33 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a data point, I'm way above average.

The women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the mefites are above average.
posted by TedW at 12:33 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ok, I'm suited up!
posted by lesli212 at 12:57 PM on August 18, 2011


The average Mefite annoys the hell out of me. I like the non-average ones.
posted by Decani at 1:02 PM on August 18, 2011


Too easy.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 1:10 PM on August 18, 2011


I like my quips like I like my MeFites: too easy.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:31 PM on August 18, 2011


Oh cortex. How could you ever assume you were anything like the average mefite? That, and pineapple on pizza is a sin against the pineapple AND the pizza.
posted by crunchland at 1:59 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Plutor: "16/31. Guess my count was different than lampshade's."

Probably was my mistake. It is possible that a question got split or left off.
posted by lampshade at 2:46 PM on August 18, 2011


That, and pineapple on pizza is a sin against the pineapple AND the pizza.

Not when bacon is a factor.
posted by clavdivs at 2:51 PM on August 18, 2011


Pizza with pineapple and bacon is the ideal pizza combination. Anyone who says different is a villain and a rouge.
posted by The Whelk at 3:09 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll cop to being a villain, but the makeup's not really for me...
posted by pompomtom at 3:18 PM on August 18, 2011


Ladies pinch!

( speaking of which I made a Simpsons fan game kinda )
posted by The Whelk at 3:25 PM on August 18, 2011


Obviously, I was wrong.
posted by Elmore at 3:51 PM on August 18, 2011


13/31 depending on what "near" a large city means (two hours away).
posted by deborah at 3:56 PM on August 18, 2011


20/31.

Also: NO NO NO MAYBE
posted by brundlefly at 4:20 PM on August 18, 2011


Nixy: "I'm guessing the stats skew towards:

-age 25-35, by a huge margin
-male, but not by a huge margin
-college educated
-white
-urban
"

Which, coincidentally, are the same for serial killers.
posted by misha at 4:25 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm also a serial killer. I have a nice disarming smile and sharp, concealed weapons.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 4:38 PM on August 18, 2011


I'm going to take a shot at this... the average metafilter member is male, overweight, in his late 20's. He lives in or very near a major city, on the west or east coast of the United States. He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, though he's not making as much as he thinks he should. He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show and Mythbusters. He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married. He rents rather than owns his own home. He is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor. He has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it. He reads 5 books a year, and subscribes to 4 magazines. He has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, though he's registered as an independent. His car is more than 3 years old, but he'd be just as happy to be without it. On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family. He doesn't own any pets. His favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.

Works, except for the 'reads 5 books a year' thing. Figure most MeFites read around 20 - 50 a year.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:01 PM on August 18, 2011


If I'm on a clip for research I can do a book or more a day. I go slower if I'm reading for pleasure.
posted by The Whelk at 5:03 PM on August 18, 2011


male yes, overweight kinda, late 20s yeah. guess Sydney is technically a major city, so yeah. East Coast yeah, though not US. computer monitor yes,degree no, employed yes, not making as much yes. no glasses, yes videogames. no Daily Show (we don't get it here) but yes Mythbusters. no relationship. renting. not vego. prefer mixed drinks to beer. abandoned blog, but wracked up lots of entries. read more than 5 books, but subscribe to no magazines. 4 times at the movies is about exact, and i go to a restaurant every night. didn't voe, but would have voted for Obama. no car, vacations or pets. fave pizza is anchovy, and my phone is an iPhone 3.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:09 PM on August 18, 2011


I think crunchland meant that as a rhetorical exercise rather than a call for TMI.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 5:14 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


the average ersatzkat is female, normal weight, is exactly 40. She lives a hellish commute away from a major city on the east coast of the United States that is in reality only 30 miles away. She spends many more than 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. She has two college degrees and is currently employed, though she's not digging ditches, she's also not making as much as she thinks he should. She wears glasses. She has spent the tiniest number of hours of her life playing videogames, mainly Tetris. She watches The Daily Show but doesn't understand the fuss over Mythbusters. She is in a serious relationship, the kind that includes a husband - her own husband. She owns her own home, loving especially the yard full of herbs and a swimming pool, explaining the painful commute. She is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer and soft drinks and hard liquor with equal fervor. She doesn't have the attention span for Twitter, let alone her own blog. She reads 5 books a month, and subscribes to an embarrassing number of magazines. She has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months, and she goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. She voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, and is registered as a Democrat. Her car is less than 3 years old, and she wouldn't do without it cause it's a boss fucking Mini. On her last vacation, she went to Ireland, Italy and Spain. She has four cats, so no nice Turkish carpets or leather furniture - not until the cats are dead. Her favorite pizza topping is sliced meatballs. She does not attend church regularly. Her cell-phone is due to be replaced soon, so she's crossing fingers for a 64 gig iPhone.
posted by ersatzkat at 5:24 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Whelk: Pizza with pineapple and bacon is the ideal pizza combination. Anyone who says different is a villain and a rouge.

Flagged as revolting.
posted by ersatzkat at 5:25 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


psst mods I think we found a replicant keep it under your hat
posted by The Whelk at 5:37 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]




the average whelk is male, could stand to go to the gym cause those fancy suits are fitted to like 3 years ago, in his mid 20's. He lives in the middle of a major city, on east coast of the United States. He spends a really unhealthy amount od hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a high school degree and is currently well not employeed per say but under contract, though he's not making as much as anyone thinks he should. He wears stupid drugstore glasses. He has spent many WONDERFUL hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show on Hulu when he's working and Mythbusters almost never cause of all the commericals, he likes Adam Savage however.

He is recently married. He lives in the apartment his partner owns.. He is not a vegetarian, and prefers beer or wine to hard liquor unless you've got some good bourbon. He has tried making his own blog, but forgets he actually has it and hey, Metafilter. He reads at least 40 books a year, and subscribes to nothing. He has gone to the movies like 40 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, as is a registered democrat. He has never gotten a drivers licenses or owned a car. On his last vacation, he went to a cabin in Maine owned by a friend. He doesn't own any pets, cause he travels too much but wants a cat SO BAD. His favorite pizza topping is bacon with pineapple. He does not attend church regularly. His cell-phone is anicent and broken and needs replacement.
posted by The Whelk at 5:44 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


There is no such thing as a single favorite pizza topping. A combination of pepperoni, bacon, sweet onions, green peppers, roma tomatoes and pineapple makes my favorite pizza, and you can hold the mushrooms for the rest of your life.

And I remember when we measured the worth of a MeFite by the number of web domains he/she had registered. Yes, I'm old, get off my LAN.

The average foop is not average.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:49 PM on August 18, 2011


The Whelk: He is recently married.


Flagged as fucking awesome - congrats.
posted by ersatzkat at 5:50 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Close. Pineapple and jalapeños is the ideal pizza combination. A perfect blend of heat and sweet. Black olives are an acceptable addition.
posted by painquale at 6:07 PM on August 18, 2011


9/13, so I guess I'm well below average.
posted by dg at 6:08 PM on August 18, 2011


According to those Alexa stats cited upthread, about 11% of the site's traffic comes from India and Pakistan.

Very interesting.

How many of the registered users are located in those two countries?
posted by jason's_planet at 6:25 PM on August 18, 2011


Like if we took everyone and crushed them into a ball, what color would the ball be?

Professional white, I bet.
posted by vidur at 6:30 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


According to those Alexa stats cited upthread, about 11% of the site's traffic comes from India and Pakistan.

Well, 9.4% is from India alone. That's due to all the mefites who have outsourced the job of responding to AskMe questions.
posted by vidur at 6:33 PM on August 18, 2011


An actual pizza has exactly one anchovy per slice. Everything else is just an approximation.
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:46 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


(Yes I was also the kid who everyone gave their black jellybeans to, why do you ask?)
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:46 PM on August 18, 2011


Figure most MeFites read around 20 - 50 a year.

They don't have time. They're online, all the time. They feel bad about this occasionally.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:25 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Figure most MeFites read around 20 - 50 a year. --- Yeah, I think that's way too many books. Now maybe if it was "he BUYS 20 to 50 books a year," that might have worked.

if you're not a demographer or an actuary you should consider it! --- Nah. It's way too much bullshit, since I basically took me, and skewed some of the stats to be about 20 years younger, and took into account all the things about a younger me. As it is, I still manage to rank 16/31.
posted by crunchland at 7:35 PM on August 18, 2011


Weird. Per Alexa, Metafilter is the 372nd most popular website visited by people from Ireland but people from Ireland make up only 0.8% of of Metafilter's visitors.
posted by dgeiser13 at 7:36 PM on August 18, 2011


- Metafilter has 1000 visitors. 8 are from Ireland.
- People from Ireland visit 1000 websites. 371 of these websites have more than 8 visitors.
posted by vidur at 7:44 PM on August 18, 2011


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posted by philip-random at 11:49 PM on August 18, 2011


I thought we got rid of the everymefite years ago.
posted by arcticseal at 11:53 PM on August 18, 2011


17/31. I'm with cortex on the pineapple. Om nom nom.
posted by lwb at 12:23 AM on August 19, 2011


16/31, think I'm only average at being average.

Also, pineapple on pizza is the devil's own work.

crunchland - you forgot to note whether he sits or stands to wipe.
posted by arcticseal at 1:07 AM on August 19, 2011


6 or 7 out of 31 here. You can't make me leave.

Plus you really need me for the much-sought-after carless old lady dog owning ebook reading demographic the marketing wizards call "Menopaws and Mozilla." That's much sought after, right?
posted by taz at 3:13 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, I am totally calling it "Menopaws" from here on out.
posted by maryr at 6:59 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


griphus is male, barely-not-underweight, in his late 20's. He lives in or very near a major city, on the west or east coast of the United States. He spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. He has a college degree and is currently employed, though he's not making as much as he thinks he should (okay, is anyone?). He wears glasses. He has spent many hours of his life playing videogames. He watches The Daily Show when he remembers it exists and hasn't watched Mythbusters in years. He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married. He inherited an apartment. He is not a vegetarian, and no longer drinks. He has tried making his own blog, and it's going two years strong. He reads 5 books a year, and subscribes to 4 magazines. He has gone to the movies 5-6 times in the last 12 months, and he goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least four times per week. He voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, and is a registered Democrat. He doesn't even know how to drive, thanks NYC! On his last vacation, he took a road trip through Denmark. He loves his new puggle. His favorite pizza topping is FUCK YOU TO DEATH, LACTOSE INTOLERANCE, also: olives. He does not attend temple regularly. His cell-phone is relatively new.
posted by griphus at 7:12 AM on August 19, 2011


I'm sorry I meant "...his new puggle."

DADDY LOVES YOU APPLE
posted by griphus at 7:19 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


epersonae is female, was overweight, lost 60 pounds, gained some back but is still at a pretty good BMI, in her mid-30's. She lives about 60 miles away from a major city on the west coast of the United States. She spends about 9 hours a day looking a a computer monitor. She has a college degree and is currently employed and is paid pretty well. She wears glasses. She has spent very few hours of her life playing videogames, except for that Mario Kart phase when her sister was staying with her and brought up a Wii. She watches The Daily Show online every once in a long while. She has been married for more than a decade. She owns her own home. She is not a vegetarian, and prefers hard cider or sparkling water to beer, soft drinks, or hard liquor. She has had a blog for over a decade, but her dedication in posting waxes and wanes. She's started a couple of topic blogs, too. She read about 60 books last year, and subscribes to 1 magazine, which she's thinking about canceling. She hasn't gone out to the movies in years, and she goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week. She voted for Obama in the last Presidential election, and she thinks she might be registered as a Democrat because it was the only way to participate in the caucuses. Her truck is more than 10 years old, and she feels somewhat ambivalent about owning a truck. On her last vacation, she went camping at a hot springs with her spouse. She owns a bunch of cats. Her favorite pizza topping is sausage. (Sausage with pineapple is the bomb!) She does not attend church regularly. Her cell-phone is relatively new.

So: no, no, no, sorta, no, yes, yes, sorta, yes, no, sorta, no, no, yes, no, no, no, no, no, yes, yes, no, no, sorta, no, no, no, yes, yes.
posted by epersonae at 10:30 AM on August 19, 2011


male - no
overweight - daggone it, yeah
in his late 20's - no
lives in or very near a major city - if an hour is "near"
on the west or east coast of the United States - East
spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor - probably
has a college degree - yes
currently employed - yes
though he's not making as much as he thinks he should - I'm doing OK but due for a raise
He wears glasses - contacts
spent many hours of his life playing videogames - Oh, no no no.
watches The Daily Show - sometimes, on Hulu
and Mythbusters - no
He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married - ding!
rents rather than owns his own home - yes
not a vegetarian - local meat!
prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor - sorta
has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it - I think of it as being "between blogs"
reads 5 books a year - hopefully it's more like 10
and subscribes to 4 magazines - 3: New Yorker, Saveur, Cooking Light
has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months - lucky if I get to four
goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week - nah, more like once
voted for Obama in the last Presidential election - aye
though he's registered as an independent - hell no
His car is more than 3 years old - yes
he'd be just as happy to be without it - I'd be kind of miserable because I wouldn't be able to grocery shop or travel on the weekends very well
On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family - only partly, at the end
doesn't own any pets - 2 cats
favorite pizza topping is pepperoni - actually, stuff like broccoli raab and garlic
does not attend church regularly - true
His cell-phone is relatively new - sure

I think that puts me at 15...below average?
posted by Miko at 11:14 AM on August 19, 2011


The average mefite thinks they're above-average.
posted by davejay at 11:55 AM on August 19, 2011


Also, all the women are strong, and all the men are good-looking.
posted by Miko at 6:41 AM on August 20, 2011


Thinks that Jessamyn could kick the crap out of Mathowie and Cortex at the same time.
posted by Danf at 7:40 AM on August 20, 2011


male - Nope!
overweight - Yeah, a little. 5 pounds and working on it.
in his late 20's - nope!
lives in or very near a major city - 'bout an hour and a half away.
on the west or east coast of the United States - East
spends about 5 hours a day looking a a computer monitor - Easily.
has a college degree - Yes, Education with English Lit/Comp specialty.
currently employed - Not in a paying job, dammit.
though he's not making as much as he thinks he should - See above.
He wears glasses - Had Lasik.
spent many hours of his life playing videogames - Some. If apps count? Yes, many.
watches The Daily Show - Yes.
and Mythbusters - Used to, but I don't even know when it is on now.
He is in a serious relationship, but he's not married - I'm married.
rents rather than owns his own home - Nope, home bought and paid for (yay!).
not a vegetarian - I don't know how they do it, especially vegans. No cheese?!!
prefers beer or soft drinks to hard liquor - Hmm. Iced tea, diet soda and frou frou stuff with umbrellas. No beer. 1/2 a point?
has tried making his own blog, but abandoned it - Had 3, concentrating on the main one now.
reads 5 books a year - You meant a month, right?
and subscribes to 4 magazines - Not a single one.
has gone to the movies 4 times in the last 12 months - Try 1 a week if I can. I'm a cinephile.
goes to a restaurant or gets take-out at least 2 times per week - Probably.
voted for Obama in the last Presidential election - Sure did!
though he's registered as an independent - Nah, I want my vote to count, thanks.
His car is more than 3 years old - Yep!
he'd be just as happy to be without it - No way! I need it. We have no infrastructure.
On his last vacation, he went home to visit his family - Nope, they live nearby. We took friends who are like our family to the mountains instead.
doesn't own any pets - I have a short-haired domestic cat and a big Maine Coon, so that's ~3.
favorite pizza topping is pepperoni - MMM, yes. Or spinach. I'm liking mushrooms now, too.
does not attend church regularly - Got that right.
His cell-phone is relatively new - Yep.

That's like 14 1/2, give or take.

Not quite an enigma, but not too predictable. I'll take it!
posted by misha at 8:16 PM on August 20, 2011


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