Cortex, your staff is broken. November 12, 2011 7:58 PM   Subscribe

In this old MetaTalk thread, cortex's staff icon isn't displaying for me.

The icons for the other mods are displaying. I browsed the thread on a Droid 2 using the Skyfire browser in both mobile and desktop mode, and then on a PC in Firefox 9.0, and I also checked while logged out.

If this matters, he was definitely a mod at that point, because it's that awesome Keystone Kops thread.

Other old MetaTalk threads are displaying his staff icon; thus far it's only happening in this one that I've seen.

yes sometimes i go through old threads for fun DON'T JUDGE ME
posted by Errant to Bugs at 7:58 PM (56 comments total)

cortex wasn't an employee yet at that time so we don't show the staff icon there.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:02 PM on November 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


Confirmed on Opera 11.52, win7.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:02 PM on November 12, 2011


He wasn't? He has mod powers at that time. Ok then, my bad.
posted by Errant at 8:06 PM on November 12, 2011


(until I checked the time stamp, I thought that Foci for Analysis was responding to pb. Baffling.)
posted by bru at 8:06 PM on November 12, 2011


Yeah, I think he had mod powers before he became an official employee. If I remember right he was helping out when jessamyn went on vacation one time.

When we set up the staff icons we asked each other, hey, when were we officially staff and we came up with some dates. We can adjust them if we need to.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:08 PM on November 12, 2011


Here's where Matt mentioned he gave cortex temporary admin powers in February 2007. I guess it stuck. I'm not sure when cortex came on as an official employee—probably later that year.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:14 PM on November 12, 2011


Sounds like it could be a staff infection. Be careful. Those can get pretty bad.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:15 PM on November 12, 2011 [6 favorites]


With temporary power comes temporary responsibility.
posted by ColdChef at 8:17 PM on November 12, 2011 [28 favorites]


You know what would be fun? Little yellow icons saying "stuff" or "stiff" or "staph" or "Steph" or "smurf", not for staff members but random commenters in MeTa. There's next year's April Fools gag. Get on it.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:19 PM on November 12, 2011 [8 favorites]


Yeah, it was just before the end of February 2007 that I got keys to the car, but I wasn't actually a licensed driver until like May or June I don't think. Not sure what the best date to use for that would be, though I guess start of March would be the least ambiguous in a "started deleting shit" sense.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:20 PM on November 12, 2011


cortex: sending mofos to Guatemala Bay since 2007.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 8:32 PM on November 12, 2011 [51 favorites]


Holy shit! There's a rabbit hole and we're staring straight down in it! cortex is actually a dude!
posted by NoMich at 8:39 PM on November 12, 2011


For whatever it's worth, if the purpose of the icons is to reduce confusion by indicating who's a mod and speaking for the site, it's a little weird to have someone without the icon talking about deleting stuff and being all modly. That's just me, though.
posted by Errant at 8:51 PM on November 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ballslol.
posted by box at 9:02 PM on November 12, 2011


Growing balls in a large factory. Testicles in big vats. Like The Matrix, only with balls.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:21 PM on November 12, 2011


That makes sense, Errant. I think the chances that someone is reading a random thread from 2007 and also doesen't know cortex is a mod are pretty slim. I understand the confusion, though.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:26 PM on November 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


I TOO AM IN THIS EPISODE
posted by elizardbits at 9:28 PM on November 12, 2011 [7 favorites]


Haha, when I read that keystone cops thread it makes me feel like a toddler who just saw their parents drop dinner while tripping over the cat. Do it again! Do it again!
posted by villanelles at dawn at 9:33 PM on November 12, 2011


Growing balls in a large factory. Testicles in big vats. Like The Matrix, only with balls.


Blue balls. Metafilter blue balls.

Not available in professional white.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 9:34 PM on November 12, 2011


I remember laughing at that thread in real time. Good times.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:36 PM on November 12, 2011


ahh the lurking days.

time to sign out and stalk some profiles, for old times sake.
posted by mannequito at 9:50 PM on November 12, 2011


oneswellfoop: "You know what would be fun? Little yellow icons saying "stuff" or "stiff" or "staph" or "Steph" or "smurf", not for staff members but random commenters in MeTa. There's next year's April Fools gag. Get on it"

Despite the passage of time, I am still firmly in the camp of the actual little video mathowie who pops out of the bottom corner of your screen and delivers a speech, for the inherent absurd hilarity of it all.
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 Rhaomi at 10:10 PM on November 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Matt's mods, and Matt's staff -- they comfort me.
posted by angiep at 10:13 PM on November 12, 2011 [9 favorites]


Thy mod and staff, they comfort me.
posted by Melismata at 10:23 PM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Frankly, the staff is making me a bit uncomfortable. I knew a wizard's had a knob at the end, but this...some things can't be unseen.
posted by maxwelton at 10:31 PM on November 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


cortex: the least ambiguous in a "started deleting shit" sense
posted by Mikey-San at 10:39 PM on November 12, 2011


mmmm guacamole bay
posted by speicus at 10:53 PM on November 12, 2011 [5 favorites]


cortex wasn't an employee yet at that time so we don't show the staff icon there.

Cortex’s staff was too long. He was digging in the wrong place!
posted by blueberry at 11:41 PM on November 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


I sure did blink at those guatemala bay jokes for a while before reading the earlier thread.
posted by Kwine at 12:06 AM on November 13, 2011


207 favorites and counting.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:11 AM on November 13, 2011


Much like all the +s Cortex got when the hammer fell on sixcolors, I suspect he won't be proud of them.
posted by subbes at 3:31 AM on November 13, 2011


Metafilter: Say anything about cortex's balls and you might get banned.
posted by crunchland at 3:39 AM on November 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


What blows my mind is that it only had about 100 comments. How can you be that infamous and universally reviled in that short a time and space?
posted by Meatbomb at 5:17 AM on November 13, 2011


Start by dissing Allie Brosh, obv.
posted by subbes at 5:39 AM on November 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Holy shit! There's a rabbit hole and we're staring straight down in it! cortex is actually a dude!

Staring down someone's rabbit hole, no matter what their gender is just not done in a gentle environment like MeTa, sir!
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:50 AM on November 13, 2011


Yes, side-eyes are the go around here.
posted by h00py at 6:13 AM on November 13, 2011


Much like all the +s Cortex got when the hammer fell on sixcolors, I suspect he won't be proud of them.

I like this mod team precisely because they don't seem like the type of folks who would enjoy sewing all their banhammer favorites into amazing technicolor banhammer dreamcoats and lighting up their fancy mod Yahtzee parties or whatever they do. ...and they've been so nice about sending me such helpful notes re my Whitney fanfic.
posted by mintcake! at 6:28 AM on November 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


Once you learn that the staff icon doesn't appear next to Cortex's name on that one thread in the database from 2007, nothing will ever be the same. It's worse than when I found out Don Drysdale was a woman.

N•E•V•E•R F•O•R•G•G•E•E•T
posted by planetkyoto at 6:34 AM on November 13, 2011


Wait wait wait - was he trying to intentionally spoonerize it into Guacamole Bay, but it came out doubly wrong?

Mind = Blown
posted by modernserf at 6:37 AM on November 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeltsin is dead?
posted by cjorgensen at 7:21 AM on November 13, 2011


they don't seem like the type of folks who would enjoy sewing all their banhammer favorites into amazing technicolor banhammer dreamcoats

Yeah we can think of maybe 5-6 times when we've banned someone from the community who really wanted to be here but just couldn't figure out how to participate in a way that wasn't constantly problematic from a community perspective and it always sort of bums us out when something like that happens. There's favorites-inflation for mod commentss generally and I think we're all sort of lucky [as a team and as a larger community] that the mods are all pretty favorites-ambivalent.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:38 AM on November 13, 2011


One of mathowie's comments linked to this on flickr which I'm guessing wasn't what was there originally. What the heck does "This member is no longer active on flickr" mean? I thought flickr uploads were forever.
posted by Mitheral at 7:44 AM on November 13, 2011


There's favorites-inflation for mod commentss generally and I think we're all sort of lucky [as a team and as a larger community] that the mods are all pretty favorites-ambivalent.

In a case like that I do not think it is in any way "hooray for this comment" so much as a vote of community support for the decision.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:09 AM on November 13, 2011 [7 favorites]


Cortex’s staff was too long. He was digging in the wrong place!

Ha ha ha HA! I am the monarch of the sea! I am the ruler of the-
posted by dirtdirt at 8:18 AM on November 13, 2011 [6 favorites]


You've uncovered the conspiracy, now Cortex is going to dispatch a Silencing Squad to take you away to Galapagos Bay.
posted by Artw at 8:30 AM on November 13, 2011


I don't think it was dissing Allie Brosh so much as his first interactions here were to come into a depression thread and talk shit to people under the guise of performing like the internal voice of depression. His second interactions were to sneer at people for not understanding his incredible demonstration. So, yeah.
posted by Errant at 8:31 AM on November 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bad dates.
posted by fleacircus at 9:40 AM on November 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can I get a staph icon next to my name?
posted by Bruce H. at 10:00 AM on November 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Start by dissing Allie Brosh, obv.

The other big thing was the incessant "hint: you are all very, very stupid, almost tragically so" phrasing in literally every single comment he/she made here. My blood pressure doubled every time I saw it - "hint:" somehow manages to be even more condescending than protip or FTFY (and I didn't think that was even possible).
posted by dialetheia at 11:53 AM on November 13, 2011


Remember that scene in Dead Man, where the bounty hunters come upon the two dead lawmen, and one of the bounty hunters (the cannibal, who hardly ever speaks), looks down at one of the dead lawmen, with his head framed by some campfire sticks? And then he says to the other bounty hunter "looks like a goddamn religious icon", and then steps on the head, squishing it?

That's what I think of when I hear the word "icon".

And BTW, the entire film, in HD, is on YT here. Image quality is good.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:34 PM on November 13, 2011


> And BTW, the entire film, in HD, is on YT here . Image quality is good.

OMG MEFI IS SO NIHON-CENTRIC!

Clip not available in the US.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:49 PM on November 13, 2011


MetaFilter: Staring down someone's rabbit hole
posted by Hey, Zeus! at 4:30 PM on November 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


OMG MEFI IS SO NIHON-CENTRIC!

Haha! For a change!

Clip not available in the US.

Overall food quality better here, too.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:42 PM on November 13, 2011


Given I have three spouses, according to my profile, I think I should have a "polygamist" icon next to my name.
posted by Mikey-San at 9:45 PM on November 13, 2011


cortex wasn't an employee yet at that time so we don't show the staff icon there.

So last week, when Steam's database got hacked and they announced that yes, they had my username, PW and credit card number, but they were salted and encrypted I found myself wandering around the house making little cooing noises, like sexual afterglow only without the sex.

Now this. This is a level of thinking through the ramifications of what your actually doing that I wasn't even sure was available on the internet! Kudos!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 7:17 AM on November 14, 2011


Ni hao!
posted by lysdexic at 6:48 PM on November 14, 2011


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