What happened on on December 21, 2001 that so many people joined? May 3, 2002 9:49 PM   Subscribe

What happened on on December 21, 2001 that so many people joined on that day. (mas inside)
posted by guyincognito to MetaFilter-Related at 9:49 PM (29 comments total)

I realize that this may be one of those Bermuda Triangle things, where you pick one date and a whole bunch of people join on that day, no matter what day that is. However, I think that this day shows up more often than most.
posted by guyincognito at 9:50 PM on May 3, 2002


The floodgates of registration were probably reopened on that day.
posted by skallas at 9:51 PM on May 3, 2002


See also: User Growth charts (not updated since Nov. '01, however).
posted by gluechunk at 10:05 PM on May 3, 2002


I signed up. Damn followers...
posted by bittennails at 10:22 PM on May 3, 2002


:0, 122101=7, give me your head...
posted by bittennails at 10:26 PM on May 3, 2002


12212001=9, worship me...
posted by bittennails at 10:27 PM on May 3, 2002


You did get my curiosity up though, I wonder what you mean by However, I think that this day shows up more often than most. ??
posted by bittennails at 10:49 PM on May 3, 2002


A couple of times some one said something that made me wonder when they had joined up. A lot of these people joined up on or shortly after September 11, but I noticed a lot of who people joined up on December 21 and over the next few days as well. I realize why people joined after people flew stuff into buildings, but December 21 made no sense to me, hence the question.

Add to that a uneventful Friday night and you get this thread. On a side note, I was surprised that you, bittennails, had joined up so recently. In my mind at least, you are one of the mefiesta (or however it is spelled).
posted by guyincognito at 11:05 PM on May 3, 2002


people who, not who people... I messed up on my first thread... I suck
posted by guyincognito at 11:09 PM on May 3, 2002


mefiesta

Hey, wasn't that the party they just had back in New York?

Nice coinage, guy.
posted by diddlegnome at 12:12 AM on May 4, 2002


Ten people in a day constitutes "more often than most"? Or is it that you left a bunch out? While it's easy to quantify this sort of thing, it's near impossible to explain it, barring certain obvious global-scale events which shall remain unnamed, or somebody doing some extreme server log analysis.
Maybe a bunch of people happened to link MeFi on/around that date. Maybe a bunch of people just happened to stumble upon it on/around that date. Maybe it turned up in a bunch of people's searches for various topics on that date. Maybe Skallas is right.
More likely, it was actually all of those, in some combination or other. So via the magic of a really big Occam-brand Razor, I conclude that it happened just cuz.
How's that for logic?
posted by Su at 2:56 AM on May 4, 2002


I think mine is December 22nd... I had only started reading here like around november, and was just occasionally clicking the register button to see if it was back up. Wish I'd have clicked it on the 21st, so I could be part of this little group.
posted by Keen at 5:40 AM on May 4, 2002


heh, i was december 19th. but i have another registration from last April that I forgot about along the way. There goes any cred I could have had within MeFi. from a 5k to a 12k. blah!
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:59 AM on May 4, 2002


I registered on the 26th, and I would suspect that Matt opened the registration back around that time.
posted by mkelley at 8:08 AM on May 4, 2002


December 21st (or 22nd; I can never tell) is the Winter Solstice. See, it all has to do with the position of the planet in relation to the sun.

Alternately, December 22 is my birthday, and they were all signing up in preparation of a big 'happy birthday' thread, but Matt deleted it about 20 seconds after it went live.

I cried myself to sleep that night...
posted by Danelope at 1:03 PM on May 4, 2002


December 21 was also a particularly good day for posts. *in Maurice Chevalier accent* I remember it well. It was a strange day. Hmmm...

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posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:12 PM on May 4, 2002


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posted by jaden at 1:20 PM on May 4, 2002


Anyone sign up on September 10th? I think we should report them to the Feds.
posted by vacapinta at 1:52 PM on May 4, 2002


There's something wrong here. It looks like Miguel just reposted 23 MeFi posts in a Meta thread. Since that's totally absurd, I assume there's some problem with the database.
posted by rodii at 2:58 PM on May 4, 2002


I found Metafilter in May 2001 while trying to figure out what Kaycee was all about. But I wasn't born until August 21, 2001. So were approximately 121 other users. That was about the time that new user sign-ups started again (only to stop later).
posted by piskycritter at 3:41 PM on May 4, 2002


I'm going to update the Mefi stats soon, probably this week. Sorry about the delay.
posted by waxpancake at 7:40 PM on May 4, 2002


Anyone sign up on September 10th? I think we should report them to the Feds.

Not sure about people signing up, but this is kinda creepy (from Sept. 10).
posted by arco at 7:58 PM on May 4, 2002


arco: i noticed that as well.
posted by modge at 11:16 AM on May 5, 2002


*cough* - I am a september the 10th baby.
posted by Spoon at 3:50 PM on May 5, 2002


you guys are scaring me
posted by clavdivs at 6:27 PM on May 5, 2002


"Not sure about people signing up, but this is kinda creepy (from Sept. 10)."

yep... they had it all planned out... 9-11 was all caused because we got too rowdy on metafi.... that makes the whole disaster make sense now.

sorry, i'm in an assinine mood right now. don't take it personally.
posted by Kafei at 12:24 AM on May 6, 2002


"But I wasn't born until August 21, 2001" 10 days before me. well, before this new user name. i lost my last one because i changed isps, and i didn't remember my password, and there's no secret question to get it back.
posted by Kafei at 12:26 AM on May 6, 2002


(holds up user number)

(celebrate me, baby, because I am older than you)

(puts end to everyone's fun)

(giggles and runs away)

Oh, and I've wager that some article was published that mentioned metafilter, Matt, or both at that time.
posted by rich at 1:16 PM on May 6, 2002


you guys are scaring me

This coming from clavdivs. ;)
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:43 PM on May 6, 2002


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