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Let's collect a list of our favorite variants on "Metafilter: the mental equivalent of blue balls" that've been posted on the site so far!

I was reading that amazing bad advice best-of clip show thread, and came across "Metafilter: suit pants inexplicably stored in the freezer.".

This reminded me of a really good one from last month, "Metafilter: a family reunion for some kind of emotionally stunted New England clan." And from 2009, "Metafilter: Helping awkward people have sex since 2003."


And then a quick search brought up cortex's two lists from 2007.

It's been 5 years since those lists were compiled! And they're thorough, not best of the best. I want an updated best-of list, please!

What are your favorites?
posted by 168 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:16 PM (78 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Oh theyre all fucking special.
posted by jonmc at 5:19 PM on July 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


One man's best is another man's meh.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 5:21 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:22 PM Home FAQ Archives MeFi Wiki Tags Popular Best Of Search Random New Post My Profile Preferences Recent Activity Favorites
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:25 PM on July 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


MetaFilter: community weblog

(it's a classic)
posted by iamkimiam at 5:27 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


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posted by Elmore at 5:28 PM on July 19, 2012


Metafilter: Let's not and say we did Metafilter: Let's not and say we did
Metafilter: Let's not and say we did Metafilter: Let's not and say we did
Metafilter: Let's not and say we did Metafilter: Let's not and say we did
Metafilter: Let's not and say we did, etc
posted by jonmc at 5:33 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Let's collect a list of our favorites on Metafilter: Let's collect a list of our favorites
posted by Elmore at 5:35 PM on July 19, 2012


In early so that I can say: They're almost always "meh". I've seen, maybe, three or four thousand of them in the last 7 years. Maybe 3 of them weren't a totally forced, derail waste of effort.

Our lamest and laziest and most over-repeated in-joke by far. I'm not saying that people who like/use it should be sent to reeducation camps or anything; but I am saying that I'd remain silent and attentive to the argumentation of those who would advance such measures while such a debate/discussion was going on.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 5:36 PM on July 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


I've linked to this one before, but the comment just a couple down from this comment will always be my favorite, I think.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:38 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: Our lamest and laziest and most over-repeated in-joke by far.
posted by 256 at 5:39 PM on July 19, 2012


MetaFilter: You paste the words from a comment that suprised you here.
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 5:42 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Those sometimes make me smile but they're really context-specific.
posted by headnsouth at 5:42 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter:Metafilter:Metafilter:Metafilter:Metafilter:Metafilter
posted by edgeways at 5:47 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Our lamest and laziest and most over-repeated in-joke by far. -- There are some things that belong to metafilter, for better or worse, and participating in perpetuating them is a sort of initiation rite, and though the concept is way overplayed for some of us, there's always someone new who hasn't ever made the "Metafilter: _____________" joke. So anyone who has been here for awhile can sneer about, but we sort of have to lie in this bed we collectively made.
posted by crunchland at 5:53 PM on July 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


(See also.)
posted by crunchland at 5:55 PM on July 19, 2012


we sort of have to lie in this bed we collectively made.

Can't we ask for clean sheets, first?
posted by octobersurprise at 5:57 PM on July 19, 2012


Also compiled in October 2010.
posted by Houstonian at 6:02 PM on July 19, 2012


I really like this one.
posted by eugenen at 6:09 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


participating in perpetuating them is a sort of initiation rite

Is there any way I could skip this requirement? I mean, I have a lot of life experience related to insider jokes and such, so maybe just that and a five-page paper and I get the credit? For instance, after I got divorced I posted a really miserable screed on a local Usenet group where people went to complain a lot after years of lurking. I could write about that experience and maybe sort of transfer credit or whatever? Because I desperately want to be liked ... it's sort of my Big Flaw ... but I see potential "Metafilter:" gags go by and something inside me is all "pull the trigger! Pull the fucking trigger! Spike that sonofabitch, collect your favorites and don't even ask if some of them are from people who use favorites to mark people for death!" but another part of me is all "but what if it's lame? What about the people who hate Metafilter: gags?"

So then I don't do it.
posted by mph at 6:10 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter : retlifateM


Yes. We're through the looking glass.
posted by Atreides at 6:11 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Outing a stranger's address in public? One 4Chan board.

Creating and ruining an image macro? Two Reddit threads.

Helping a complete stranger from another country?

There are some things in life any crappy website can do. For everything else, there is MetaFilter.

Now available with Professional White Background.TM
posted by vidur at 6:11 PM on July 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


I desperately want to be liked ... it's sort of my Big Flaw ... but I see potential "Metafilter:" gags go by and something inside me is all "pull the trigger! Pull the fucking trigger! Spike that sonofabitch, collect your favorites and don't even ask if some of them are from people who use favorites to mark people for death!" but another part of me is all "but what if it's lame? What about the people who hate Metafilter: gags?"

So then I don't do it.


I recommend therapy.

Metafilter: I recommend therapy.
posted by headnsouth at 6:14 PM on July 19, 2012


MetaFilter: Spike that sonofabitch, collect your favorites and don't even ask if some of them are from people who use favorites to mark people for death!

Oh, fuck yes!
posted by mph at 6:33 PM on July 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


Please just don't take this from me. I don't care if I did it wrong. I just needed to do it.
posted by mph at 6:37 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Bring more ice.
posted by vrakatar at 6:37 PM on July 19, 2012


Metafilter: we sort of have to lie in this bed we collectively made
posted by Ardiril at 6:38 PM on July 19, 2012


MetaFilter: I don't care if I did it wrong.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:39 PM on July 19, 2012


Todd Lokken.
posted by Gator at 6:50 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: Five dollars, same as in town.
posted by vozworth at 6:52 PM on July 19, 2012


It's Not News, It's Metafilter: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News
posted by furiousxgeorge at 6:54 PM on July 19, 2012


K, so I've been here for like three years so it's kind of embarrassing that I still don't get this particular in-joke I guess. I mean, some of them I think I've found to be genuinely been funny, but not in anyway I could verbally explain, so if there is in fact someone out there who could articulate exactly how and why this meme is supposed to be funny I'd appreciate it. The original one on the thread from 2005 doesn't really help on its own, though it is one of the better ones.
posted by bookman117 at 7:02 PM on July 19, 2012


All I know is that it may not still be okay to like Plastic.com.

But I do, oh, goddess help me, I do...
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:09 PM on July 19, 2012


Metafilter: sex crazed tribbles
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:13 PM on July 19, 2012


Up in the header, there used to be a rotating list of MetaFilter banners with different taglines; see here. They're all constant now, but the presence of those taglines inspired people to reframe out-of-context comments as "new" taglines.

It's supposed to be funny because the new tags are purported to be representative of what MetaFilter is, when in fact they are humorous stereotypes or non sequiturs. It's basically MeFites taking the piss out of themselves by arbitrarily summing up the entire experience of the site, playing on the synecdoche trope of the part representing the whole.

MetaFilter: ruining humor with overexplanation since 2012.
posted by Errant at 7:19 PM on July 19, 2012 [22 favorites]


It's basically MeFites taking the piss out of themselves by arbitrarily summing up the entire experience of the site, playing on the synecdoche trope of the part representing the whole.
Yeah, that's a really good explanation right there. I mean, it's something that you can figure out from context, but without knowing its origin I found it hard to articulate verbally.
posted by bookman117 at 7:30 PM on July 19, 2012


Metafilter: posted by Meta Filter at 7:36 PM on July 19
posted by Meta Filter at 7:36 PM on July 19, 2012


It'd be nice if more people gave examples in response to 168's request, rather than complaining that they don't like the "Metafilter: $RECENT_COMMENT" tradition.

Blah blah MetaTalk is for snarkers blah blah
posted by tzikeh at 7:38 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Meta: Filter.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:38 PM on July 19, 2012


It's basically MeFites taking the piss out of themselves by arbitrarily summing up the entire experience of the site, playing on the synecdoche trope of the part representing the whole.

Perfect explanation, and succinctly put!
posted by tzikeh at 7:39 PM on July 19, 2012


My "Best Of" - complete with sequined tuxedo and white lacquered grand piano:

=/=/=/=/=

Metafilter: It goes off the rails around where she asks him about his studded codpiece.

Metafilter: cruising around the galaxy being Captain Spacedick to all sorts of annoying aliens.

Metafilter: Hey, That Graphic Kinda Looks Like a Flying Asshole

Metafilter: Still a bit put out that people are calling my initial position "maliciously self-centered"

Metafilter: our voices are too hoarse from continual vomiting to actually talk

Metafilter: mediocrity, noisemaking, and playpen-rattling

Metafilter: More brouhaha for the buck.

Metafilter: AN UNENDING FLAME OF FLAMEY LOVENESS AND SEXING.

Metafilter: Guys who just want to be kicked in the groin are so much easier to please.

Metafilter: sick of all these people who think smart music is good music.

Metafilter: Minimize the buzzing by applying one of those bulk tape degaussers to your ear.

Metafilter: diligent comments rebutting mischaracterizations.

Metafilter: BLOO-DOO-DOO-DOO-EE-EE-EE-EE-BSZLRLSZRHTSHTZHBS

(Halloween themed) Metafilter: Out of candy, knock for vegetables.

Metafilter: massive milkshake drinkage.

Metafilter: Not bad like an Edsel, bad like a BMW made out of plutonium.

=/=/=/=/=

You are welcome. Applause, please.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:40 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


I enjoy the ones that best encapsulate the zeitgeist of the site (sitegeist?), but the problem is that the site contains multitudes. So here are two that might be considered the borders--and they RHYME:

Metafilter: randomly judging people to bolster our own pitiful sense of self-worth.

Metafilter: I figure it's about the best thing on earth.


BURMA SHAVE!
posted by tzikeh at 7:53 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


'sitegeist' belongs in this thread
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:49 PM on July 19, 2012


MetaFilter: Perfect explanation, and succinctly put!
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:57 PM on July 19, 2012


Metafilter: Previously.

Metafilter: Go to a meetup.
posted by bookwibble at 9:02 PM on July 19, 2012


I fucking love taglines and you, sir or madam, can just sidle off somewhere and suck it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:11 PM on July 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Or, less crankily, what Errant said.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:11 PM on July 19, 2012


METAFILTER: utterly fascinating and full of things i didn't know.

Which I found by searching Google for "how to search for punctuation on google" (complete with typo) which led me to this Stack Overflow question which led me to this search engine that lets you search for punctuation but then only gave me one actual result.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:15 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]






No one remembers?
MetaFilter: More addictive than crack
posted by Cranberry at 11:45 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's what she said.
posted by pracowity at 12:15 AM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: What about the people who hate Metafilter: gags?"

Which is indeed a large part of what Mefiets is about, that relentless worrying about what other people whose opinions you don't share nor necessarily value might think of what you just posted. And arguing about same.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:58 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: No.
posted by chillmost at 1:11 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Once we've herded all the "Metafilter:______"s into one place, maybe into some sort of stadium or something...can we then open fire on them with machine guns? And bury them in mass graves? And pretend they never existed?

A new policy of grammatical cleansing as it were.
posted by Chekhovian at 2:03 AM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: IANYL but DTMF. Also, IANYD but you probably shouldn't of eaten that while stuck in your room.


...cats.
posted by littlesq at 2:35 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Can we open fire on them with machine guns? And bury them in mass graves? And pretend they never existed?
posted by klausness at 3:13 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


So we have two options, right?
1) Metafilter: thatrelentlessworryingaboutwhatotherpeoplewhoseopinionsyoudon'tsharenornecessarilyvaluemightthinkofwhatyoujustpostedAndarguingaboutsame.

2) what
posted by Namlit at 3:39 AM on July 20, 2012


that relentless worrying about what other people whose opinions you don't share nor necessarily value might think

That's not Metafilter. That's just life.
posted by ook at 3:42 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: ...cats.

Metafilter: That's not Metafilter. That's just life.

Seriously, it seems like everything on Metafilter can be validly synecdochically conceived as a tag line. Perhaps someone can write a Greasemonkey script to prepend every sentence on MeFi with "MetaFilter"...

...and a second script to strip out all such sentences, of course.

posted by beryllium at 5:49 AM on July 20, 2012


Seriously? Guys? Are you slipping, or have I missed an in-joke?

Metafilter: Oh theyre all fucking special
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 5:50 AM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: In the name of the most holy and individual Trinity: Be it known to all, and every one whom it may concern, or to whom in any manner it may belong, That for many Years past, Discords and Civil Divisions being stir'd up in the Roman Empire, which increas'd to such a degree, that not only all Germany, but also the neighbouring Kingdoms, and France particularly, have been involv'd in the Disorders of a long and cruel War, usw.
posted by R. Schlock at 6:19 AM on July 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: BlueBalls Boyzone.
posted by agregoli at 6:49 AM on July 20, 2012


I am in favor of Metafilter: jokes.

There, I have said it.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:57 AM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: people who like/use it should be sent to reeducation camps
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 7:57 AM on July 20, 2012


It's lame. Lame things are fun. Guess what, you're on a website so old it has pit stains and pimples. It's hard if not impossible to do things on this website without several degrees of lameness. It is stupid to have a problem with that.

Oh nooooes thirty wasted vertical pixels of comment space.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:12 AM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: it is stupid to have a problem with that.
posted by subbes at 8:30 AM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: This isn't what Metatalk is for.


just kidding. and the small type thing annoys me sometimes.
posted by scratch at 9:25 AM on July 20, 2012


Some of my favorites:

Metafilter: A "crowdsourced" work of art with no definite purpose or meaning combining disparate elements harvested from the Internet.

Metafilter: Everyone manages to be so remarkably full of themselves, while simultaneously being wrong and missing the point.

Metafilter: lunatics screaming stupid shit.

and finally,

Metafilter: I'm glad others.

When combined in series like this they almost have a dramatic arc.
posted by euphorb at 10:15 AM on July 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I went to Metafilter and all I got was flagged
posted by stormpooper at 10:18 AM on July 20, 2012


I stand in awe of how cool it is to publically express your intolerance for favorites, taglines, and TED Talks. I just really admire that.
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:12 AM on July 20, 2012


It's based on one of my comments, but this one made me giggle:

Metafilter: The butt jokes justify the anachronism.

I think the tagline format makes it much funnier than the original comment.
posted by brundlefly at 12:50 PM on July 20, 2012


Second and third comment here
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:28 PM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter: keep typing whelk

I mentioned him to the MeFite that introduced me to this place and they lovingly told me, "I love him [for his Metafiltering]." Weird but warming. Warming and understood.

Keep typing Whelk.
posted by chinesefood at 2:30 PM on July 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: The only work-related thing I have done so far today is show up.
posted by sacrifix at 5:01 PM on July 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: I'm not saying that people who like/use it should be sent to reeducation camps or anything...
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:38 PM on July 20, 2012


Metafilter quotes: a problem only regex could solve.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:03 PM on July 20, 2012




From my favorites:

MetaFilter: I was under the impression they had gotten rid of it, on account of all the murders.

From my comments (self-post!):

Metafilter: a hyperbolic and dramatic exaggeration that manufactures a caricature of its antithesis.

Metafilter: I didn't like it initially, but I forced myself to keep going. I didn't like the rest of it either.

Metafilter: Well put, weirdo.
posted by straw man special at 2:24 PM on July 24, 2012


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