FPPs that stay with you April 30, 2013 4:43 PM   Subscribe

I'm still enjoying this Sherlock Holmes fpp from january 2013. What posts do you guys keep coming back to? Why?
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaFilter-Related at 4:43 PM (44 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

the sitting/standing wipers, because lol.
posted by elizardbits at 4:49 PM on April 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


This one. Hoping for an update.
posted by Unified Theory at 4:49 PM on April 30, 2013 [27 favorites]


and many discreditable askmes which, to list, would correctly be labeled as "laughing at clueless people," a thing which i am trying (perhaps failing) to do less of (publicly).
posted by elizardbits at 4:50 PM on April 30, 2013


Oh, maybe that doesn't fit because it's AskMe ...
posted by Unified Theory at 4:50 PM on April 30, 2013


Nah, it's all free-form, go nuts!
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:52 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


The creepy one.
posted by Mooski at 4:56 PM on April 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


There was that Green egg salad FPP that keeps coming back on me.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:19 PM on April 30, 2013


This AskMe about how to get away from an abusive fiance. No updates as yet - hope she managed OK.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:21 PM on April 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


I missed that Holmes FPP, so thanks for that!
posted by dismas at 5:41 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Threads about TV shows will often last for weeks and weeks as people discuss each new episode to come out. And occasionally some random thread in my Recent Activity will have conversations that go on for over a month.

This is Secret Metafilter. I'd be nice if there were some way to find active old threads like this. Metafilter doesn't support bumping or use Hot! icons, thank god... but it's at its best in active threads that are a month old, I think, and it's only easy to discover these threads by accident.
posted by painquale at 5:55 PM on April 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'd missed the Holmes one too, so thanks for bringing it to my attention.
posted by arcticseal at 6:34 PM on April 30, 2013


I am trapped reading the stuff on the creepy one. Some of it is fantastic, amazingly well done hoaxes; and then there is the Indian Lake Project. Now my sceptical head says it is just an ARG or hoax or whatever you want to call it, but my conspiracy head is like: wow, there were 2 oswalds after all.

So, thanks. I think.
posted by marienbad at 7:08 PM on April 30, 2013


If we're including AskMes, there was a thread along the lines of "What's the best single-volume introduction to your field?" that wound up being hundreds of posts long and added tens of pages to my Amazon wishlist. It's the reason I bought The Art of Blacksmithing, which I have no use for or ability in. BUT WHAT IF I NEED TO BLACKSMITH SOMETHING?! I keep going back to it when a random new interest pops up.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:54 PM on April 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I much preferred Burke's Watson to Hardwicke's. He seemed more thoughtful and less emotive.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:37 PM on April 30, 2013


I'm rather dreading the end of this month's Doctor Who thread... although I'd guess that another one will crop up sometime next Sunday. In which I'll either have to make an asinine comment or favorite it, to keep the mefite appraisals of subsequent episodes current in my recent activity.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:06 PM on April 30, 2013


Someone will make one. There has pretty much been one long continuous discussion of Doctor Who on Metafilter for the past six years.

(hoping for a Game of Thrones thread soon)
posted by painquale at 9:21 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


This one. Hoping for an update.

It's a little alarming that a once-active user participated last on MetaFilter by posting that question and responding to it.

I guess we're probably never getting an update on RandomGradStudent either.
posted by grouse at 9:26 PM on April 30, 2013


I go back to the awesome hecklers thread every couple months to find something to watch. In fact, just last night I was recommending the thread to my partner to read. Heckling: always wrong, but apparently always on my mind.
posted by barnacles at 11:43 PM on April 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I missed that great thread. Brett was the best.
posted by clavdivs at 6:32 AM on May 1, 2013


I've shown the Ted Chiang FPP to so many people. Too bad some of the links are broken by now.
posted by vasi at 6:34 AM on May 1, 2013


The "fear of holes" thread truly messed with me, and continues to. I revisit it every now and then, in the same way you might chew on a painful sore on the inside of your mouth.
posted by jbickers at 6:51 AM on May 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


I just looked at that "fear of holes" post 30 minutes ago, and I still can't get get those images out of my head. I feel slightly nauseous and like things are crawling all over my skin. I never thought I had any weird phobias...until today. Thanks, jbickers for introducing me to that one!
posted by bluefly at 7:43 AM on May 1, 2013


Yeah, thanks jbickers. I remember the shop of the breast with the pods in it (mentioned in the thread) and it made me feel all icky.
posted by marienbad at 7:54 AM on May 1, 2013


The Dyatlov Pass post intrigued me, too.

I feel like this story updates it pretty well and clears up some confusion for me. Military testing seems like a reasonable conjecture, and in fact is considered the most likely explanation by the investigators.
posted by misha at 7:58 AM on May 1, 2013


Yeah, in retrospect, I probably shouldn't have linked that. I apologize, all.
posted by jbickers at 8:01 AM on May 1, 2013


Flex's bra post, for sure.

Also, I frequently forget which tower defense is my favorite, so I use mefi as the portal.
posted by frecklefaerie at 8:13 AM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


"This one. Hoping for an update."

We really have precisely zero business expecting people to share their medical information with us, period. That said I really hope UniversityNomad is ok.
posted by Blasdelb at 8:29 AM on May 1, 2013


I've avoided the lotus seed pod breast forever because I know I couldn't handle it. I thought I knew what it would be, but recently I saw a lotus seed pod and my god it would be SO MUCH WORSE than what I was imagining having not even seen one not shopped onto breasts. So I've gone from Hellz no to OH HELLLLLLLLLZ NO!
posted by yellowbinder at 10:03 AM on May 1, 2013


This post about someone experiencing seeing 3D for the first time was only posted yesterday but I have a feeling I'm going to be coming back to it over and over again. I am hoping more people post experiences like this one.

I am so curious to know other people's experiences having lived their lives seeing the world as I do, as a person who is stereoblind, and then crossed over into seeing the world in a way I will never be able to experience.
posted by inertia at 10:38 AM on May 1, 2013


Oh, I am also still going through the creepy post!
posted by inertia at 10:44 AM on May 1, 2013


We really have precisely zero business expecting people to share their medical information with us, period.

Not when the person in question writes: "I will update when I get back. Am waiting for the taxi now." We have legitimate interest in her welfare, and realistic expectations. No one is cyber stalking her. We're waiting for her to get back in touch like she said she would. It is worrisome.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:04 AM on May 1, 2013 [17 favorites]


This one about a rebus puzzle...just checked in on it again. No answer! After two years, there probably will not be one, but I still check in on it periodically.
posted by too bad you're not me at 12:53 PM on May 1, 2013


We're waiting for her to get back in touch like she said she would. It is worrisome.

Agreed. My hope is that it turned out to be something relatively minor, and she just forgot that she said she'd update. (Fingers crossed.)

posted by scody at 1:30 PM on May 1, 2013


I guess we're probably never getting an update on RandomGradStudent either.

Am i the only one who was really bugged by this? i almost feel like the thread should have been taken off of google index as has been done with some previous threads.

Every "friendzoned" guy is going to read it and think "yea, if i just try hard enough and do the right things i can keep being a implying creep and my one true love will come over to the other side!"

I feel like it sends the wrong idea that despite a lot of what was said early in the thread, you can expect success from these situations when in fact that guy is a complete outlier.

It just bugged me. It's like, good for that guy, but it will probably send the wrong message to a lot of guys.
posted by emptythought at 2:30 PM on May 1, 2013


This is Secret Metafilter. I'd be nice if there were some way to find active old threads like this.

A work in progress: Secret Metafilter.
posted by jjwiseman at 3:37 PM on May 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


My total favorite, bookmarked before I finally got around to actually joining, is this Gatchaman post. I watched Battle of the Planets every morning before school, even made my own Princess/Jun/Agatha costume in 6th grade, and this post took me right back to getting in trouble with my friend James for not shutting the fuck up about any given morning's episode.

(Our teacher eventually banned us from sitting together. Hee.)
posted by MissySedai at 5:19 PM on May 1, 2013


Oh wow, jjwiseman! That's awesome! Bookmarked. (Turns out it's a good way to see what homunculus is up to as well.)

How does it work? I've thought about how something like this could be implemented, and I thought it'd be by displaying posts at least X days old that have had at least Y comments in the last Z days, but I couldn't decide on values for X, Y, and Z. Is that what you did? What values did you use? Would it make sense or be possible to have it user-configurable?
posted by painquale at 9:34 PM on May 1, 2013


Sorry, I temporarily disabled it until I can do a few more optimizations (less scraping, less computing).

I'm still figuring out which posts to display. I was showing posts that are between a week and a month old, whose most recent comment is at least a week after the date the post was made. I'm thinking maybe I'll show posts that are between a week and a month old, whose most recent comment is at most 4 days old.
posted by jjwiseman at 12:20 AM on May 2, 2013


Yeah, it'll probably take a bit of playing around with to see what sorts of values produce the best results. Let us know if you get it going again!
posted by painquale at 12:31 AM on May 2, 2013


Yeah, in retrospect, I probably shouldn't have linked that. I apologize, all.

Mu-hu-wah-ha-ha! (twirls mustache)
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:31 AM on May 2, 2013


This one on High Weirdness By Mail.
posted by jquinby at 5:51 AM on May 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know what this says about me, but my favorite post is Betty Chu's Bunnies. Because those bunnies are wearing bunny suits.

updated Betty Chu's Bunnies link
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:08 PM on May 2, 2013


Secret Metafilter is back up, and it's on Projects.
posted by jjwiseman at 10:57 PM on May 2, 2013


Alright! (Good job posting it to Projects... I'm glad the Secret Metafilter project was not announced only within Secret Metafilter.)
posted by painquale at 3:16 PM on May 3, 2013


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