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Metafilter: WTF?

I've been amused by a gag I've seen a few posters use, where the poster sums up a comment thread by writing, "Metafilter: xxx" where xxx is a recurring phrase or strange phrase from the thread. I took my life in my hands and tried it in this comment and just sort of wondered if I did it right and/or where in the wiki I would find how to do it right. My wiki-search-fu was not such that I could find out. Can somebody please link/splain?
posted by Infinity_8 to Etiquette/Policy at 4:05 PM (87 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

You did it wrong in that you did not answer the question.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 4:08 PM on May 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: the poster sums up a comment thread by writing, "Metafilter: xxx"
posted by cmoj at 4:08 PM on May 4, 2012 [25 favorites]


Oh, you posted it.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 4:09 PM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


that was a clever use of the "metafilter: ___" trope. i don't believe there is anything to explain, though, and no right way.
posted by facetious at 4:09 PM on May 4, 2012


por ejemplo
posted by Cortes at 4:15 PM on May 4, 2012 [7 favorites]


It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is.
surprised I didn't find it in the original AskMe, but then, it would've been obviously deletable for jokeyness
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:16 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah-ha! Cortes you're my hero! Very good stuff.

Foop -- EmpressCallipygos referred to it very earnestly but not in so many words.
posted by Infinity_8 at 4:19 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: xxx is the lazy porn parody
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:32 PM on May 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's supposed to be a tagline that describes the site.

Or, you know, whatever.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:40 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: a recurring phrase or strange phrase
posted by junco at 4:41 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: Or, you know, whatever.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:43 PM on May 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: describes the site.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:49 PM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: lol butts
posted by elizardbits at 4:55 PM on May 4, 2012 [9 favorites]


MetaFilter:WhateverTF
posted by y2karl at 4:56 PM on May 4, 2012


I think you're almost there, cmoj. How about:

Metafilter = λ X . Metafilter: the poster sums up a comment thread by writing, "Metafilter: X"

Then I just write:

Metafilter Metafilter

and hope that the Entscheidungs filter is working.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:58 PM on May 4, 2012 [13 favorites]


Metafilter: where navel gazing is given far too many processor cycles
posted by Jeremy at 5:03 PM on May 4, 2012


There is no navel-gazing, only bean-plating.
posted by robcorr at 5:21 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: I've been amused by a gag
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:29 PM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Metafilter: Metafilter: Metafilter: Metafilter: Metaf OUT OF MEMORY
posted by unSane at 5:49 PM on May 4, 2012 [8 favorites]


Metafilter: TWF!
posted by The World Famous at 6:11 PM on May 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: Community weblog

amidoinitrite?
posted by IvoShandor at 6:13 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: You did it wrong.
posted by Mitheral at 6:14 PM on May 4, 2012 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: I for one welcome our new pancake beanplaters.
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:21 PM on May 4, 2012


MetaFilter: a gag I've seen a few posters use

My first time! ...I think.
posted by smirkette at 6:21 PM on May 4, 2012


You could argue that the question of what the meaning of the word "is" is is (see what I did there?) a classic and persistent philosophical problem, not one that can be solved with a dictionary, but rather one that goes to the very heart of ontology and/or epistemology.

So is you is or is you ain't my baby?
posted by spitbull at 6:48 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: Schrödinger's baby
posted by zombieflanders at 6:50 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Metafilter: M: Metafilter: Me: Metafilter: Met: Metafilter: Meta: Metafilter: Metaf: Metafilter: Metafi: Metafilter: STACK OVERFLOW
posted by aydeejones at 6:51 PM on May 4, 2012


MetaFilter: link/splain
posted by Rock Steady at 6:55 PM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Now I feel like doing ironically corny Metafilter: things now. We need a verb for this, before I start. How about "Metacolon" which sounds sort of like "megacolon" but better. I'm totally gonna metacolon this mofo.

Metafilter: it's what's for dinner.

Metafilter: the other white meat.

Metafilter: enlarged to show texture.

Metafilter: contents may settle during shipping.

Metafilter; batteries not included.

Metafilter: serving suggestion.

Metafilter: no purchase necessary.

Metafilter: it can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It will stop at nothing until you eat your plate of beans. Or whatever Reese said.
posted by aydeejones at 6:56 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Metafilter.jpg.gif
posted by smoke at 6:59 PM on May 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: I got problems, now everybody on my block got 'em.

isthisriteyet?
posted by IvoShandor at 7:00 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: we put the "bitch" in obituary.
posted by telstar at 7:08 PM on May 4, 2012 [6 favorites]


I'm somewhat disappointed that cortes isn't cortex's Hispanophone sock puppet.
posted by zamboni at 7:21 PM on May 4, 2012 [8 favorites]


MeatTalk: bacon requests, bugs, etc.
posted by not_on_display at 7:27 PM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: skews toward the unemployed
posted by rakish_yet_centered at 7:29 PM on May 4, 2012


MetaFilter: I took my life in my hands and tried it
posted by Sailormom at 7:33 PM on May 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: Metafilter:
posted by Justinian at 7:41 PM on May 4, 2012


Metafilter: I liked it better when it was Joe Canada.
I'm a zed.
posted by NoMich at 7:54 PM on May 4, 2012


Loong long long time ago, the header on the green used to say, "Metafilter: We're all in this together".

And occasionally it would get changed to something else, as a joke. I think it's been years since the last time, but it kind of stuck as a local meme. And that's what you're seeing.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:16 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


One of the jokey ones was something along the lines of:
"Metafilter: the Plastic that is OK to like."
Right?
posted by NoMich at 8:22 PM on May 4, 2012


MetaFilter: I love talking about myself.
posted by Meta Filter at 8:27 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


benito.strauss
Metafilter = λ X . Metafilter: the poster sums up a comment thread by writing, "Metafilter: X"

Then I just write:

Metafilter Metafilter


Uh oh. Now we're going to either find out the fixed point of Metafilter, or the universe will die a resource starvation death.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 8:29 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Where does one sign up for "Metafilter: xxx" ?
posted by mazola at 8:31 PM on May 4, 2012


The closest we have is IRL
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:38 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: the plastic.com it's OK to like
posted by flabdablet at 8:44 PM on May 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Fark
posted by item at 9:13 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Meat filter
Metafilter: Alter if met
Metafilter: Trite flame
Metafilter: Matter file
Metafilter: Team lifter

and:

Metafilter: Matt relief
Metafilter: Matt elf ire
Metafilter: Matt refile

finally:

Metafilter: Fear el Mitt (I love this one)
posted by tzikeh at 9:40 PM on May 4, 2012 [4 favorites]




Buffalo: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Also, MetaFilter: Team Trifle. (Or Meat Trifle, if you prefer).

There's really no other way this thread could have gone, is there?
posted by gauche at 10:08 PM on May 4, 2012


Hm. I might have to start a glam metal band called Meatt Rifle.
posted by The World Famous at 10:10 PM on May 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've never quite seen it being used on the green tbh. If it hadn't been the OP wouldn't it have been cleaned up?
posted by infini at 10:39 PM on May 4, 2012


Typo. It was the blue where this happened, not the green.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:11 PM on May 4, 2012


MetaFilter: I Heart Favorites!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 12:19 AM on May 5, 2012


Metaflitter: Typo
posted by Elmore at 2:03 AM on May 5, 2012


Metaflitter: auto-corrects
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 4:21 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


MetaFlitter: A site about lolbutterflies, by lolbutterflies
posted by not_on_display at 4:39 AM on May 5, 2012


Yes, you're right, infini. Ask Metafilter is mostly srs bsns, and "Metafilter: tagline" comments would definitely be deleted.
posted by taz (staff) at 4:46 AM on May 5, 2012


You forgot to add [SLYT] and you didn't mention any special snowflakes inside.

You lose, sir, YOU LOSE!
posted by briank at 5:31 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


taz: Yes, you're right, infini. Ask Metafilter is mostly srs bsns, and "Metafilter: tagline" comments would definitely be deleted.

I sometimes sneak them into my srs bsns answers. Don't tell the mods, OK?
posted by Rock Steady at 6:08 AM on May 5, 2012


iknownothing
posted by taz (staff) at 6:14 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don't tell the mods, OK?

I am right here!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:13 AM on May 5, 2012


SHIT the mod's here! Everyone look busy!
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:27 AM on May 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


*hides Gameboy*
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:33 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Holy hell. What that Ask thread is is full of chatter. Miko's even in there with a non-answer joke.
posted by ODiV at 7:52 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


My all-time favorite mefi tagline is a couple comments down from this comment in a thread about the RIAA.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:56 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


SHIT the mod's here! Everyone look busy!

*Alt-tab*
Facebook
*Alt-tab*
Netflix
*Alt-tab*
Minecraft
*Alt-tab*
Excel
*Tappity tappity tap tap*
posted by Rock Steady at 7:57 AM on May 5, 2012 [7 favorites]


Metafilter: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:49 AM on May 5, 2012


Ask Metafilter: Mostly srs bsns
posted by yellowbinder at 10:03 AM on May 5, 2012


Serious bassoons!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:07 AM on May 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: Sport of Spforza
posted by clavdivs at 10:43 AM on May 5, 2012


Metafilter: where navel gazing is given far too many processor cycles

Beware, for when you gaze long into the navel, the navel also gazes into you.
posted by octobersurprise at 11:24 AM on May 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Spurious bosons
posted by The World Famous at 11:26 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: putting the "sexy" in "dyslexia"
posted by workerant at 12:30 PM on May 5, 2012


Metafilter: HURF DURF beanplate eaters
posted by mwhybark at 12:46 PM on May 5, 2012


Beware, for when you gaze long into the navel, the navel also gazes into you.

In Metafilter, the plate of beans overthinks you!
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:13 PM on May 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't remember my first MetaFilter: ____ joke. But I do remember how nervous I was.

I was sure that botching it would get me barred from admittance to the treehouse.
posted by Trurl at 3:07 PM on May 5, 2012


Metafilter: where I asked about this before.
posted by madcaptenor at 5:18 PM on May 5, 2012


METAFILTER: IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE
posted by The otter lady at 6:50 PM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


metafilter:ɹǝʇןıɟɐʇǝɯ
posted by loquacious at 9:21 PM on May 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


scurrilous baboons
posted by lazaruslong at 10:32 AM on May 6, 2012


In MeFi speak, the colon is used to indicate that a joke is coming.

The colon always lies.
posted by chairface at 8:14 PM on May 6, 2012


Metafiler: The colon always lies

which means it always tells the truth

which means *DIES INSANE*
posted by unSane at 8:54 PM on May 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: How do you do that thing with the other thing in the thread that does that thing.


/n00b
posted by Skygazer at 4:12 AM on May 7, 2012


Metafiler: The colon always lies

which means it always tells the truth


this is some sort of punctuation centipede or ouroborous dot.

anatomically speaking, the thread just disappeared up its own, uh, colon.
posted by mwhybark at 4:39 AM on May 7, 2012


ouroboroscopy
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:00 AM on May 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: My wiki-search-fu was not such that I could find out.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:20 AM on May 7, 2012


Metafilter: Insert clever tagline here.

Or, more formally,

Metafilter: Create a clever tagline, replace the second occurrence of the word plateofbeans with the clever tagline, and delete all of the words before the second instance of Metafilter: plateofbeans
posted by eriko at 6:34 PM on May 7, 2012


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