Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone! July 6, 2012 2:41 PM   Subscribe

Has a thread ever hit the wall? That is, still been active and chatty (with more than two participants) when it was time for auto-archiving?
posted by Diablevert to MetaFilter-Related at 2:41 PM (48 comments total)

Always wear your internet seatbelt.
posted by lazaruslong at 2:43 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


That one about the Israeli atheists circumcising de-clawed feline rape victims just would not die, for some reason.
posted by Decani at 2:46 PM on July 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


Well, there's that Palin monstrosity that still holds the site record for longest thread. That one stayed chatty for pretty much its whole month of life, mostly on the strength of the wacky adventure in US electioneering that kept unfolding.

Generally when threads keep going for the full month it seems mostly to be because people in the thread feel like pushing the longboat aspect for its own sake; the fact that The Thread Will Close with some sort of increasing proximity becomes a point of discussion (or a prompt for silliness) in its own right, more so than the original topic holding folks' attention.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:47 PM on July 6, 2012


Yes.
posted by zarq at 2:49 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Decani: "That one about the Israeli atheists circumcising de-clawed feline rape victims just would not die, for some reason.
posted by Decani
"

No, you're thinking of the one about Dawkins. Just Dawkins.
posted by lazaruslong at 2:59 PM on July 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


that might be too dry to convey the intention. i'm totally kidding.

But yeah, most of the super long threads either

a) devolve into meta-conversations about the length of the thread and silliness
b) are driven on by a small number of entrenched debaters or
c) are focused on continually-unfolding current events, it seems.
posted by lazaruslong at 3:02 PM on July 6, 2012


The recent Zimmerman thread was still going strong, including news updates and discussion (in addition to some fighty stuff), when it was locked. I was sad to see it go.
posted by TheNewWazoo at 3:05 PM on July 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Those types of threads always seemed longer too when folks could post images of pissing elephants. There are some things about the good ole days I do not miss.
posted by terrapin at 3:06 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


There was a recent GoT thread that wasn't particularly high-drama, but was definitely still going with 5 or 6 people commenting when it closed.
posted by sonika at 3:06 PM on July 6, 2012


This was a meTa longboat. Made some good friends there.
posted by rtha at 3:20 PM on July 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


This was a meTa longboat.

That was just amazing.

I can't think of another MetaTalk thread with such a dramatic twist - it's tootling along all pro-and peculiar, and then... HURF DURF U.N. OWEN.
posted by jack_mo at 3:43 PM on July 6, 2012


Pro-ana peculiar, that is.
posted by jack_mo at 3:44 PM on July 6, 2012


I have a feeling that homunculus and I will end up dueling to the death in some thread, far from the eyes of the crowd, submitting relevant links and maintaining the 'recent activity' page until we fall, silently, off the cliff of the one-month limit.

Yet I am a mere upstart compared to his longstanding prowess.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:04 PM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


ericb will outlast you, sport.
posted by Burhanistan at 4:17 PM on July 6, 2012


mmmm. pissing elephants.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 4:30 PM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


and bats. with hardons.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 4:31 PM on July 6, 2012


Decani, we just could not agree whether the OP should eat the foreskin or not!
posted by ellenaim at 4:42 PM on July 6, 2012


I like to think of this situation as when the conga line falls into the pool.
posted by The Whelk at 4:49 PM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The last Game of Thrones thread got started mostly because the previous one was dying and GOT fans wanted a place to keep chatting.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:56 PM on July 6, 2012


cjorgensen: "The last Game of Thrones thread got started mostly because the previous one was dying and GOT fans wanted a place to keep chatting."

Seems to happen when Doctor Who is airing as well.
posted by the_artificer at 4:58 PM on July 6, 2012


pissing elephants

sounds painful.
posted by jonmc at 5:11 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This one closed recently, and it probably would've been useful if it hadn't been closed, but it's not really a conventional post.
posted by palbo at 5:30 PM on July 6, 2012


don't worry, palbo - there's always a new Swap thread that goes up just before the deadline approaches.
posted by tzikeh at 5:43 PM on July 6, 2012


Hi. Whatcha reading? (the Schröedinger's Rapist thread) did.
posted by tzikeh at 5:48 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


ericb will outlast you, sport.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:17 PM


ericb and homunculus should be given special dispensation to post in threads for as long as it takes.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:07 PM on July 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Is this now officially the Friday Night MeTa Thread? Is it? Huh? Huh? Are we there yet? Mom? Dad?
posted by tzikeh at 8:29 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


When Shiva dances, Shiva's enemies die.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:38 PM on July 6, 2012


Seems to happen when Doctor Who is airing as well.

Mad Men, also.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:31 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Does anybody read the posts down here?
posted by koeselitz at 10:57 PM on July 6, 2012


I do, but that's more a comment on me than anything else ...
posted by dotgirl at 11:04 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This year's April Fools thread in MeTa was still giving participants "staff tags" at 11:59pm Pacific Time on April 30th.

And the "B**ngB**ng thread in MeFi revealed a bug (since fixed) when it was closed after 30 days but because it was started on the 30th of a month without a 31st, the next day (31st of the next month) it came back to life, with plenty of witnesses - the first time it closed, there were over 50 comments in its last hour (as they were intentionally working toward 2500 comments), then 40 more comments just about the reincarnation/zombification.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:18 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Go back to sleep, tzikeh, we won't be to grandma's for another couple hours. Your dad's just putting more gas in the car.
posted by maryr at 11:31 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]



posted by Cranberry at 12:33 AM on July 7, 2012



posted by Cranberry at 12:34 AM on July 7, 2012


well that doesn't work
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/9622/Spoonfed-used-to-host-a-metatalk-parody-thats-gone-now
posted by Cranberry at 12:34 AM on July 7, 2012


I have a feeling that homunculus and I will end up dueling to the death in some thread

So you're the one. I will rededicate myself to my training. I will be ready for you.
posted by homunculus at 12:36 AM on July 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


and bats. with hardons.

I raise you a flaccid echidna.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:46 AM on July 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Some threads get so long that people stop posting in them not because they've nothing to say, but because the thread's file size gets so unwieldy that it's painful to load, reload, and navigate.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:02 AM on July 7, 2012


jessamyn: "and bats. with hardons.

I raise you a flaccid echidna.
"

I don't even.......
posted by lazaruslong at 2:33 PM on July 7, 2012


I raise you a flaccid echidna.

Ooh, that would make a nice 17th anniversary gift.
posted by homunculus at 3:00 PM on July 7, 2012


A... a... four-headed penis?

jessamyn, you have just created a paradigm shift.
posted by likeso at 5:14 PM on July 7, 2012


That little guy sure has a big interesting penis.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:32 PM on July 7, 2012




Please, please stop using the term "raise".
posted by maryr at 8:24 PM on July 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Do you, JimmyJames? I mean, seriously - do you?
posted by koeselitz at 12:25 AM on July 8, 2012


jessamyn writes "I raise you a flaccid echidna."
When erect, the penis was about one‐quarter of the echidna’s body length.
Probably a good thing humans are not of the same proportion.
posted by Mitheral at 7:56 AM on July 8, 2012


Well I don't like to brag, but....
posted by zarq at 8:29 AM on July 8, 2012


Hey, save you're "I'm hung like an echidna" quips for the nightclub, buddy.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:00 AM on July 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


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