Great N00b Influx of '04 November 18, 2011 8:30 AM   Subscribe

Wow. It's just occurred to me that it was 7 years ago today that I signed up during the Great N00b Influx of '04. The day when, officially, this place started going to the dogs (in a good way).

18th Novemberers, sing out!
posted by veedubya to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 AM (135 comments total)

I'm a 11/23'er. Am I remembering correctly that there were only a limited number of memberships available per day? I seem to recall trying for a few days before I could actually get a membership.

If I only knew I would spend the next seven years screwing around on here when I should have been working. Worst $5 I ever spent!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:36 AM on November 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


It would take me another couple of weeks to realize I could actually join, but yeah, me too.
posted by Toekneesan at 8:40 AM on November 18, 2011


Here! Yes, that was a happy day. Years of lurking to finally get on the other side of the door. It was like waiting on line at Limelight.
posted by Miko at 8:40 AM on November 18, 2011


As in Limelight.
posted by Miko at 8:40 AM on November 18, 2011


N00b influx? Nexium tends to help with that.
posted by griphus at 8:41 AM on November 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Apparently I thought about it for almost a month before deciding that, yes, it might be a good idea to sign up. That worked out well enough.

I was just thinking about how 7 years have gone by. SEVEN YEARS. The mind boggles.
posted by empyrean at 8:43 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Perhaps data mavens can parse what day (or date range) has the most active members. And by active, I mean revered and beloved. I think the first wave of $5 n00bs surely represents MeFi's greatest generation.

And where's Meatbomb, self-professed Ur-n00b?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:46 AM on November 18, 2011


n00bs.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:46 AM on November 18, 2011


I'm 11/28. I remember sitting in the library totally stunned for a few minutes that I could actually sign up, and then frantically getting my paypal details in and hurriedly coming up with the first username I could think of off the top of my head.
posted by koeselitz at 8:51 AM on November 18, 2011


Early reader and late joiner here (My membership card still has the protective blue shipping wrap on it).

What is significant about 11/18/2004 that caused the influx?
posted by screamingnotlaughing at 8:53 AM on November 18, 2011


I was a late adopter at 11/19/04, about a year after my first child was born, and have hazy memories of nursing at the computer as I read the blue. You have no idea how much your words helped me not to lose my mind in my first few years of motherhood. Thank you!
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:54 AM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


7 years? The statute of limitations is up! Whatever you did before you joined is now just a memory.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:56 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


7 years! Cheers to all my fellow first-day $5 n00bs!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:58 AM on November 18, 2011




Woohoo!
posted by mothershock at 9:01 AM on November 18, 2011


That's weird, I started reading Metafilter about then in '04 (didn't join until '06), but for the absolute life of me I cannot remember how I got here originally. I just, kind of, came and never left.
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:02 AM on November 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


What is significant about 11/18/2004 that caused the influx?

Before that day, new member signups were closed...since 2002? 3? Not sure. Anyway, there were various schemes that let in a trickle of new members here and there, but if you didn't know about them or catch them as they went by, you were SOL. When the new member signups reopened on 11/18, it was the first time anyone could join, and also the first time, I think, that a membership charge applied - the $5 in "$5 n00b."

There were a lot of us who had lurked for a long long time and had been waiting for this chance. It was like winning a lottery. It obviously took me a few days to realize it had happened because I joined on the 21st, but I'd been reading since 2001 so I stampeded in with the rest of the longtime lurkers as soon as it became a possibility.
posted by Miko at 9:05 AM on November 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I seem to remember a friend of mine getting in on an unannounced opening on April 1 of that year or something, and I berated him so fiercely for not cluing me in that, when they finally went live, calling me was the first thing I did, and here I am.

And now I can berate you all, instead. Wheee!
posted by absalom at 9:06 AM on November 18, 2011


It's ma birfday!!!
posted by mimo at 9:07 AM on November 18, 2011


Wow, over 1,000 users signed up the first day? That's crazy.
posted by zsazsa at 9:08 AM on November 18, 2011


Happy birthday, $5 noobs! You have now outlived your moral bankruptcy and can once again apply for credit.
posted by DarlingBri at 9:20 AM on November 18, 2011 [8 favorites]


I'm 11/28. I remember sitting in the library totally stunned for a few minutes that I could actually sign up, and then frantically getting my paypal details in and hurriedly coming up with the first username I could think of off the top of my head.

This was almost exactly my experience. It may have actually been the impetus for me starting a paypal account. I think it was, but I'm not sure. As it happened, a friend had just given me a bootleg of part of the Minnesota Hotel tapes for my birthday, and Dylan had been singing me OmieWise for a few days. I'm still not sure why it took me until 11/22 to realize that I could sign up, I had been checking so often, but I must have let myself slip from despair.
posted by OmieWise at 9:22 AM on November 18, 2011


...hurriedly coming up with the first username I could think of off the top of my head.

I remember doing that.

I like to think of today as the 18th of Noobvember.
posted by marxchivist at 9:24 AM on November 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


this place started going to the dogs

Oh, very tactful. My goodness.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:26 AM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Well I was 5 years after that, but yay! Two years today!
posted by ellieBOA at 9:27 AM on November 18, 2011


Wow, over 1,000 users signed up the first day? That's crazy.

Six new users and 994 sock puppets for questions about weed and/or erectile dysfunction.
posted by griphus at 9:30 AM on November 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


I've got a bad case of the seven-year itch, but I'm waiting for the tenth anniversary for my big flameout. Now would be a good time to start investing in popcorn futures.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 9:31 AM on November 18, 2011


thanks, matt!
posted by gubo at 9:33 AM on November 18, 2011


I signed up on that day.

Definitely is one of the highest ratios of bang per buck of anything I can recall spending money on.
posted by dios at 9:35 AM on November 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


The fashionably late December crowd is the better vintage of newb.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 9:35 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Decided not to sign up back then because I was opposed to memeberships of any kind. I've softened my stance since then, old age is getting to me. Damnit I've sold out, I should probably renounce my membership, let me put that on my todo list.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:40 AM on November 18, 2011


A few of you are even housebroken by now.

(JK, LOVE YOU N00BS, SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE, IT WASN'T THE TOTAL AND COMPLETE DISASTER THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID IT WOULD BE, NEARLY ALL OF WHOM HAVE SINCE STORMED OUT IN A HUFF.)
posted by RJ Reynolds at 9:52 AM on November 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Agreed, furiousxgeorge.
posted by Cuke at 9:55 AM on November 18, 2011


7 years! wow. Also add a coupe more years of pressing my face against the blue window.
posted by dhruva at 10:00 AM on November 18, 2011


11/19er here! It's been fun.
posted by ericb at 10:01 AM on November 18, 2011


It would take me another couple of weeks months to realize I could actually join, but yeah, me too.
posted by slogger at 10:09 AM on November 18, 2011


Do you know how happy I was when I clicked the sign up button on the 19th, and it didn't say sign-ups were closed? I think I was already having a Fitt's Law reaction, and mousing towards where the "okay, never mind" button would have been, when I realized things didn't look "right."

Go Day Too Fi'Dolla N00bs! Time sure flies.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:09 AM on November 18, 2011


November 22. Somehow I had forgotten that I coughed up the five bucks, and convinced myself that I had snuck in during some crazy fee-less window of time.

On a related note, it turns out I was paypaling a LOT of people back in late '04. Including a in-hind-site-not-100%-worthwhile donation to keep plastic up and running.
posted by Phredward at 10:11 AM on November 18, 2011


Just the other day I went looking for AskMe thread that I had mentioned to someone in conversation, which felt like it happened oh maybe a little while back... yeah, 2006. Fuck, the years are flying by.
posted by PercussivePaul at 10:16 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh; this thread made me look at the timeline for the first time, and apparently I am not a $5 noob as I have always remembered myself being. I do remember lurking furiously back in 2002 trying to be one of the first 20 to sign up each day at noon Pacific time, and for some reason I remember giving up on that method and just paying my $5; apparently I was actually successful at being one of the first 20 through the gates back in August 2002. Funny how the mind plays tricks on you like that. Anyway, now I can feel smugly superior to all you $5 noobs.
posted by TedW at 10:27 AM on November 18, 2011


November 18. Happy birthday fellow n00bs, long may you run.
posted by doctor_negative at 10:27 AM on November 18, 2011


HI METAFILTER I'M 7 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:28 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy noobversary! I'm proud to be among such good company.
posted by Tesseractive at 10:37 AM on November 18, 2011


*looks despairingly at lawn*
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:40 AM on November 18, 2011 [20 favorites]


I would just like to note that when looking at the timeline and related posts, Matt noted on the day Ask was finally born, "I think today we'll see a lot of questions and then they'll eventually peter out."

That made me LOL.
posted by DarlingBri at 10:48 AM on November 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


HEY METAFILTER WHY DON'T WE PLAY HORSIES COME ON METAFILTER PLAY WITH ME PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:50 AM on November 18, 2011


I remember wanting to join but not having $5 in an account that I could spare. Not that I'm rich now, but wow, what a difference 7 years makes.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:00 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


So that's why they call you the quidnunc kid.
posted by ocherdraco at 11:01 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


*stares hatefully at calender on MeFi cabal playhouse wall that's been stuck on September since 11/04*
posted by eyeballkid at 11:22 AM on November 18, 2011


Um...yay?
posted by grateful at 11:27 AM on November 18, 2011


Would this be a good time to inquire about how many seven year olds the average person could beat in a no-holds-barred fight?

Or, if that's too violent, how many could I out drink, because I'm betting at this point I'm a better at putting away booze than I am as a fighter.

And if even that's too much, how about I just invite all of you out to a drink.

That seems like a good compromise.
posted by quin at 11:27 AM on November 18, 2011


Happy anniversary, fellow $5 noobs! We should have our own 10 year anniversary in a few years!
posted by peep at 11:43 AM on November 18, 2011


I meant to mark my November 3rd (2005) join date in some way. Metafilter has been a very good thing for me for a very long time. I also didn't have $5 to spare when the 2004 sign ups were opened. But as soon as I did, I ponied up. It has been worth every penny.
posted by bilabial at 11:47 AM on November 18, 2011


It was seven years ago today,
Mthw. Haughey let the noobs all pay
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
The noobs you've known for all these years,
Mthw. Haughey's Five-buck Noobs (not banned),
We hope you will enjoy the posts,
We're Mthw. Haughey's Five-buck Noobs (not banned),
Sit back & have some grilled cheese toasts,
We're Mthw. Haughey's Five-buck, We're Mthw. Haughey's Five-buck,
Mthw. Haughey's Five-buck Noobs (not banned).
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:48 AM on November 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


November 3rd 2002: I (#17244) join MetaFilter.
November 6th 2002: Matt contemplates closing or selling the site.
November 8th 2002: Signups closed. Last user #17318.

*gasp*
posted by knapah at 11:54 AM on November 18, 2011


Well whaddya know. Happy mefi birthday, fellow 11/18-ers!
posted by mullingitover at 11:59 AM on November 18, 2011


Where am I able to see my sign up date?
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:03 PM on November 18, 2011


In your profile. Click on your name.

Your was November 19, 2004
posted by quin at 12:04 PM on November 18, 2011


Oh my god I am dumb. November 19 for me. Just gotten my second job from Mefi. I love this site, it is my internets home.
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:04 PM on November 18, 2011


In case you didn't already know, I'm The MeFite Formerly Known As Wendell, but when the Big Influx happened I realized I needed to protect this handle, which I was using for the name and URL of my blog, from anybody else using it here. Besides, I felt better giving Matt $5 since I'd gotten in free back in the 'everybody who's got a blog is joining this' day. So when I decided to do the Unwendelling two years ago, I had this to fall back on. So you could call me the Oldest November '04 Noob. Or not.

And I NEVER intended to use it as a 'Sock Puppet'; I paid another $5 for that.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:14 PM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nice to see you here dios, I thought you had left.
posted by Ayn Rand and God at 12:16 PM on November 18, 2011


I signed up on 11/21/04. I had been lurking since ... er ... late '01/early '02 sometime (after wandering here from Memepool, like many others), but never bothered attempting to sign up. By the first attempt on my part to get an account, signups were closed.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 12:29 PM on November 18, 2011


But now I'm here!!!

Hooray!!!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 12:30 PM on November 18, 2011


I was 17 years old when I joined MetaFilter on 11/20/04 after reading the site for years. I was still in high school then, and I cared a lot about O. Henry and music. Some things never change, but other things do. MetaFilter was there when I started to feel that maybe politics and IAff weren't really my fields. It was there when I started my post-bacc and when I applied to med school. Five plus years of reading MeFi was on my side when faculty members were interviewing me to see if I was a well-rounded person, and I'll have a decade of being a MeFite under my belt when I have to impress a whole new group of folks for my residency.

All throughout this process, MetaFilter has been a constant, a boon traveling companion, and a great comfort. The community here is full of some of the most thoughtful and helpful people I've never met, and a bunch of lovable rakes and asshats besides. Mods, Folks, non-member lurkers who for some reason get off on reading MeTa: thank you; I can't wait to see what happens next.
posted by The White Hat at 12:32 PM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter seems so different from MetaFilter on 11-18-04. No image tag, no marquee tag, fewer if any raging spats that became feuds, so many old timers gone...
posted by Cranberry at 12:38 PM on November 18, 2011


Happy Mefiday!

I wish I could remember how I got in - I want to say that in 2002 you had to hit the site at a specific time of day and hope you could snag one of a limited number of places, but I may be making that up.

Also, this thread is weird - folk I think of as having been here since forever are $5 noobs, and people I think joined recently signed up before I did.
posted by jack_mo at 12:43 PM on November 18, 2011


Wow, I joined in March of '05, just a few months after the Noobpocalypse. I had no idea that I was so lucky in actually being able to sign up right away. I learned about Metafilter through my colleague (then a TA in a class I was taking) Quartermass, who did his MA thesis on MeFi.
posted by arcticwoman at 12:44 PM on November 18, 2011


Remember, remember, the 18th of November
Sarcasm, whining, and snark
I see no reason why n00b Mefite season
Should pass without remark.

posted by Pinback at 12:52 PM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I signed up in 2006. I'm a lousy gentrifier who help push the neighborhood into its downward spiral.
posted by Calloused_Foot at 1:11 PM on November 18, 2011


I may be a n00b, but I just checked: Favorited by others: 1337. n00b and leet at the same time? Here's tae me, wha's like me, eh?
posted by scruss at 1:26 PM on November 18, 2011


So that's why I signed up on 11/18/2004... int-er-esting.
posted by Debaser626 at 1:29 PM on November 18, 2011


November 19th here. My crowning glory? being called a dick by Matt himself <3
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:35 PM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


There went the neighborhood.
posted by crunchland at 1:40 PM on November 18, 2011


I just, kind of, came and never left.

I'll be 7 in March apparently just the day before I'll be *cough*

Wow (redacts memories of past three continents)
posted by infini at 2:06 PM on November 18, 2011


Well I've been great for MeFi these past sept ans, and I'm a bit miffed no-one has sent me birthday greetings.

MeMail is only a mouse-click away, people. Think of all the joy that YOU could spread by MeMailing me right now, and saying: "Hey. quidnunc. Yeah. Hey. Thanks for being with us these past seven years. Thanks for loggin' in and checking out the great stuff that seven years of intelligent, well-educated and creative other people have dug up outta the bowels of the internet to deliver, trimmed and polished, to your very eyeballs - without significant cost to you, and just out of the goodness of their hearts and belief in the possibility of an international community of ideas."

I'd no doubt respond: "No problemox, my foxy interlocutox."

Then you could write something like, "Oh - and another thing. Are you free next Thursday night? Maybe we could meet up, have a little dinner, catch a show ... then see what happens. If you get my drift."

I'd wait a day or two to get back to you - don't wanna seem too keen. But then I'd write back and say, "Love to." and then I'd type: "x". And that means: "kiss".

And then, come Thursday, we could totally get it on.

It's the least I can do for all the pleasure you've given me, MetaFilter.

On the other hand, I'm drunk right now - so if you wanna just booty call me that's cool too.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:37 PM on November 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Who let the dogs out?
posted by mullacc at 2:41 PM on November 18, 2011


I'd rather have the other kid's hairy eyeball
posted by infini at 2:44 PM on November 18, 2011


I joined on March 10, 2005. I thought it cooler to be fashionably late to the party.
posted by Decani at 2:47 PM on November 18, 2011


Wow! Seven years? That's crazy. Hoppy borfday to me!
posted by brundlefly at 2:57 PM on November 18, 2011


> Wow, over 1,000 users signed up the first day? That's crazy.

Uh oh. Now I'm afraid I got this wrong. Is "signed up" different from "joined"?

> Perhaps data mavens can parse what day (or date range) has the most active members. And by active, I mean revered and beloved.

If by "active" you had meant, "given lots of answers to AskMe questions", my previous link would get you part way to a conplicated answer (here, requires JavaScript). If that's at all interesting, I have some more like it, somewhere ...
posted by -jf- at 3:42 PM on November 18, 2011


Oh yeah, and that graph might require more explanation. If so, look at issue #3 of MefiMag, page 16.
posted by -jf- at 3:47 PM on November 18, 2011


Wow, 7 years. It only seems like 6 and some change. Good times.
posted by Aquaman at 3:48 PM on November 18, 2011


I'm a second day n00b, but it's already the 19th here anyway.
posted by roofus at 4:10 PM on November 18, 2011


It seems like a fair percentage of us first day n00bs have really stuck around. Infodumpers, start your databases!
posted by Rumple at 5:00 PM on November 18, 2011


I suddenly feel a bit itchy ...
posted by squeak at 5:29 PM on November 18, 2011


10/24/2002....i missed it again! ugh.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:41 PM on November 18, 2011


Interestingly, both my local bar opening anniversary, and the commemoration of my mefinniversary are on the 18th, and both at 7 years. My liver and my, well, liver thank you both.
posted by jivadravya at 6:10 PM on November 18, 2011


So, I have been reading MetaFilter for ages, well before 9/11. When signups opened, I didn't have a Paypal account, and didn't want to create one, and I totally missed the point at which Paypal started taking credit cards without requiring an account. Jessamyn was kind enough to give me an account after I asked her for one, long past the point I simply could have made one myself.

It's weird, because I think of the 17Kers as having been on MeFi vastly longer than I have, but Sunday is my 5th MeFiversary. I presume that comes with automatic Cabal membership, right? I'm sure you guys will let me know.

Guys...?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:13 PM on November 18, 2011


There is no Cabal, only Zuul.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 6:23 PM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love you guys!
posted by beandip at 6:25 PM on November 18, 2011


I was a long time lurker before I ever joined. I don't remember how I found out about this place. I'm also not sure why I ever decided to become a member. For at least a year I was content to just find new cool places on the internet.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:30 PM on November 18, 2011


Yer all n00bs to me.
posted by jonmc at 8:05 PM on November 18, 2011


11/18 IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE RICK
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:07 PM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Huh - - the 11/18 switch to "$5 signup" is already in the Early Days of Metafilter.

(That is, more Metafilter time has passed since 11/18/04 than before.)

Time flies....
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 8:17 PM on November 18, 2011


Happy n00bday to me, and thee!
posted by the_bone at 8:18 PM on November 18, 2011


I've been a long time nooblurker from as far back as 2001, but failed to register during the free signup period, then I was uninvited to join the island during the recommends, went into a case of the sulks, and finally gifted with a sign-up from my sweetie onefellswoop.

As much as I love the guy, this romance probably will not Wendell.

Now, ponies and pancakes for everyone!
posted by BlueHorse at 8:34 PM on November 18, 2011


I used to lurk MetaFilter when it was still a thought in Matt's mind because I'm psychic like that.
posted by Sailormom at 8:43 PM on November 18, 2011


Let me know. . .I'll sweep up when this tread is all done.
posted by Danf at 9:18 PM on November 18, 2011


So excellent to see so many $5 n00b subjects here, still happy and productive after all this time we've been together. As your sovereign I wish you all the best on this splendid anniversary, and pledge to remain a force for stability and decency so long as I am here among you, primus inter pares.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:19 PM on November 18, 2011


As usual, I was late to the party, but happy MeFi Day n00bs!
posted by arcticseal at 9:38 PM on November 18, 2011


Seven years. They say there's a good chance every cell in my body has regenerated in that time. I'm literally not the person who signed up for this account anymore. But I'm glad he did.
posted by knave at 9:44 PM on November 18, 2011


August 9, 2002 I think I got in on one of those trickle of new user things. You know, the ones that make you want to sign up because you cant.

Which makes me realize that I will have been around for a decade next year. Perhaps I will make another FPP. I dunno though, I don't want to be that guy who posts too much.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 9:53 PM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't want to be that guy who posts too much.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny


I don't think you'll have that problem
posted by infini at 11:03 PM on November 18, 2011


January 5, 2005. I don't remember a thing about that day except for the fuss needed to sort out my Paypal and what is the password to that and oh fuckity hell which email was it set to anyway. I know I wasted most of the previous December with strep throat and Metafilter, which is probably why I finally caved and paid my fee.

Mostly I signed up because then I could (gasp) keep track of conversations. I'd been lurking for years and was content to keep doing that.

Then I started Having Opinions. And then I was Having More Opinions.

Maybe I'll post to the Blue someday.
posted by cmyk at 12:54 AM on November 19, 2011


Err.. January 4. The day was so un-memorable I cannot remember which day it even was.
posted by cmyk at 12:54 AM on November 19, 2011


The Novemberists
posted by blueberry at 1:24 AM on November 19, 2011


The fashionably late December crowd is the better vintage of newb.

*Nods*. Yes, yes.
posted by Infinite Jest at 2:15 AM on November 19, 2011


Indeed.

*puffs pipe*

*gracefully lowers level of discourse*
posted by fleacircus at 2:31 AM on November 19, 2011


I think we need a link
Hell hath frozenth overth..
There was also some great community spirit.
Best 5 bucks evar.
posted by adamvasco at 4:28 AM on November 19, 2011


Me too! November 18th! Joining Metafilter prompted me to lose my Paypal virginity too ...
posted by thinkpiece at 5:49 AM on November 19, 2011


eternal november
posted by fake at 7:19 AM on November 19, 2011


11/30/04!
posted by radioamy at 8:50 AM on November 19, 2011


Me too. #occupymetafilter!
posted by LarryC at 8:55 AM on November 19, 2011


I had been lurking for years and missed a previous opening or two. When the $5 re-opening came I figure I may as well grab it and continue lurking while logged in.

Happy anniversary all!
posted by stp123 at 9:31 AM on November 19, 2011


How could anyone forget that magnificent day? I sure don't!
posted by Meagan at 11:03 AM on November 19, 2011


When the big 5 dollar opening began I actually got a bank account just to sign up!
posted by Max Power at 11:19 AM on November 19, 2011


Nobody has brought up the innate superiority of the 14k brigade over all the USD5 newbies yet? Come on comrades, you are getting lazy in your advancing years!
posted by dg at 12:12 PM on November 19, 2011


Wow, that timeline was interesting. Another hour or so lost in Metafilter archival space. Thanks screamingnotlaughing.
posted by bquarters at 1:16 PM on November 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nobody has brought up the innate superiority of the 14k brigade over all the USD5 newbies yet? Come on comrades, you are getting lazy in your advancing years!

We are too busy lurking. (which we were doing before it was cool by the way).
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 3:58 PM on November 19, 2011


I'm not a 7-year n00b. get off my lawn. I am, however, amused to discover that I joined the day before "We have cameras."
posted by eriko at 5:05 PM on November 19, 2011


For some reason, all this time, eriko, I thought you were a young Japanese lady. I'm sorry.
posted by infini at 5:31 PM on November 19, 2011


Metafilter means never having to apologize for mistaking someone for a young Japanese lady.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:35 AM on November 20, 2011


TOMORROW is my n00biversary. Which I'd have forgotten if it weren't for this thread.

Tomorrow night, my place: Blue drinks for everyone!
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:12 AM on November 20, 2011


I AM A PROUD 18th NOVEMEMBERER.
posted by exlotuseater at 7:01 PM on November 20, 2011


<3
posted by bam at 1:43 AM on November 21, 2011


Two observations:

1. If you've been here for 7 years, it's kind of hard to still consider yourself a n00b. Face it $5 members of '04, you're actually the old guard now.

2. I am not a $5 n00b and never was. I joined back when it was free, thanks to a server glitch that let in a few hundred instead of 20 that fateful day. And to think Matt thought my April 01/02 2004 brethren would be a burden...
posted by caution live frogs at 7:17 AM on November 21, 2011


To be honest, it took us 17kers a while to get our bearings. But I feel a lot of us have contributed positively to the place.
posted by caution live frogs at 7:17 AM on November 21, 2011


Paste tastes good
posted by flabdablet at 5:28 PM on November 21, 2011


from caution live frog's link, a comment a little further down seems optimistic about the future

the sort of user that Matt is looking for—someone that posts good links and not, as he says, somone who just “shoots the shit” in the comments.
posted by infini at 7:03 PM on November 21, 2011


Somethingsomething November. I think it was today. [Under my old handle, grapefruitmoon]

I signed up with my at-the-time husband as he was the one who really wanted the account, but I had the credit card. Last year marked the year that my time on MetaFilter had doubled the amount of time that we were married. Now, we've exceeded it by a year.

I don't know how I feel about this. Surely the English language has an adjective for this sort of situation - I just don't know what it is. I don't know what it says that my first marriage lasted three years, but I've been on this website that I just signed up for on a total whim for seven.
posted by sonika at 7:51 PM on November 21, 2011


I think it means that you have your priorities in order ;-)
posted by dg at 7:58 PM on November 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Surely the English language has an adjective for this sort of situation

Siebenjahreistviermehralsmeinmannhattgelastetschadenfreude?

Excuse my awful German.

posted by arcticseal at 10:52 PM on November 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


And my complete inability to close an html tag.
posted by arcticseal at 10:52 PM on November 21, 2011


I was part of the tsunami as well :)
posted by seawallrunner at 12:53 PM on November 23, 2011


I can't believe that Miko and ThePinkSuperhero were both 11/2004 joiners. I need to step up my game.
posted by bonecrusher at 7:06 PM on November 23, 2011


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