Nine Years November 18, 2013 2:03 AM   Subscribe

Happy ninth anniversary to the flood of "$5.00 noobs" who streamed onto MetaFilter when the gate was opened.
posted by Cranberry to Etiquette/Policy at 2:03 AM (123 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Ha, suckers. I paid $20 SAIT and get to have a professional white background.
posted by ersatz at 2:11 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


You're just pleased with yourself because you were the first $5 noob, huh?

You owe me that favorite for pointing this out.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:18 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


YAY HAPPY NINE YEARS!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:33 AM on November 18, 2013


I read that as "to the food of..." and thought no, you should definitely not eat that.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:06 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


This has lasted way longer than my first marriage.......
posted by three blind mice at 4:26 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


*~*~ -- 71K UP IN THIS JERNT -- ~*~*
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:27 AM on November 18, 2013


I was gonna start this thread, but I guess I should have set the alarm for midnight. Acutally, I was up at midnight, but I was READING A BOOK. Old.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:29 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think perhaps in honor of this lasting longer than my first two marriages combined, that an enspouselization of all the $5 N00Bs might be in order.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:33 AM on November 18, 2013 [6 favorites]


When I first saw this I though to my self that I must of joined around now too...then I looked at my profile page and realized it was exactly today!
posted by Captain_Science at 4:33 AM on November 18, 2013


I turned up fashionably late, in March 05.
posted by Decani at 4:36 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


I must of joined around now too
posted by Captain_Science at 12:33 PM on November 18


Must of? Must OF? See, this is why the place should never of been opened to 5$ noobs.
posted by Decani at 4:40 AM on November 18, 2013 [13 favorites]


You're just pleased with yourself because you were the first $5 noob, huh?

Yo.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:41 AM on November 18, 2013 [7 favorites]


Never fear, Meatbomb. Some of us will always remember.
posted by cgc373 at 4:45 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Meatbomb the First, the one and only King of the N00bs. Who is this cranberry pretender?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:19 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


'Sup, yo.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:26 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was the day after. **weeps**
posted by miss tea at 5:45 AM on November 18, 2013


I was many years after but I'm still really glad that sign-ups were made available otherwise I wouldn't be here and how would I spend ALL MY DAMN TIME?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:49 AM on November 18, 2013


It looks like about thousand sign ups were on that day alone. We were really pressing at the gate.
posted by klarck at 5:54 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Eep! I joined about a month before I adopted my daughter, who I look at every day and wonder, "Where did all the time go?" She was 14 months old then, and she is auditioning for a pretty decent orchestra tomorrow morning.

I'm fairly sure where a load of the other time went.

This joint is a lot nicer than it used to be, which I attribute to the excellent moderation — for which, much thanks. Sterling job. Go youse.
posted by Wolof at 6:00 AM on November 18, 2013 [8 favorites]


This has lasted way longer than my first marriage.......

This has lasted way longer than either of my marriages, or any other relationship I've ever been in. Now I'm depressed.
posted by JanetLand at 6:15 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


why would u b depressed that were ur most lasting relatsionship lol
posted by bleep-blop at 6:25 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Metafilter has been a big part of my marriage, we both signed up that day and it's often a source of conversation with us: "Did you see that on Metafiler?"; "What are they upset about now?"; "You should ask that on AskMetafilter"
posted by octothorpe at 6:25 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


I got in under the wire for free, but all this relationship talk has led me to discover that my official MetaFilter relationship started 2 weeks before my current relationship.
I'm not quite sure how to feel about that, but "happy" works.
posted by Floydd at 6:28 AM on November 18, 2013


I really feel like I ought to have more to show for the past nine years... But then again, being divorced, remarried, moving seven times, having a baby, and getting knocked up a second time isn't doing too bad.
posted by sonika at 6:32 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


The only real problem with all this longevity stuff is that when I'm telling a story someone on Metafilter told I am usually like "my friend..." instead of "this person I know from the internet" because 1) people take it more seriously 2) I actually do feel a really strong sense of community here, so I end up telling a lot of stories about "my friends" who I have not actually met.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:33 AM on November 18, 2013 [21 favorites]


Hey, Sonika, I didn't know you were with child again! Congratulations/mazel tov/best wishes/yay!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:33 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hippo Birdie Two uh... Us.

Out of curiosity, has anyone ever done a statistical analysis of our cohort?
posted by zarq at 6:34 AM on November 18, 2013


Thanks, Mrs. Pterodactyl! Yep. I'm 12wks, baking a lady-fetus due on June 2 :)
posted by sonika at 6:36 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


Congrats, sonika! :)
posted by zarq at 6:38 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


LOCK THE GATES
posted by mullacc at 6:39 AM on November 18, 2013


And to all we who slithered in well afterwards...we brats will roll on the floor with the dogs while the elders drink in the reek like brigands.

(also congrats on the summertime new arrival!)
posted by jquinby at 6:45 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think the reason I didn't sign up on this day nine years ago is that I didn't have $5 in a bank account to spare. The moral of the story is that a lot can change in nine years, thank god.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:52 AM on November 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


Here's the original announcement thread from that day.

Never got my officially issued weasel.
posted by octothorpe at 6:54 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nine years tomorrow? Gee ain't it funny how time slips away...

P.S. to octothorpe; It's the *unofficially* issued weasel that should worry you.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:57 AM on November 18, 2013


Strangely I had a weasel (well, a ferret) within a year of joining; I'll assume he was officially issued. (RIP, Meester Nathan Ferretpants 2005-2012.)
posted by graymouser at 6:59 AM on November 18, 2013


Happy birthday n00bs. The site's been more interesting since you've been around.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:27 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


2006'ers...TO ME!!!
posted by josher71 at 7:32 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


I won $30 a best post contest once, so my five bucks paid out big time.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:42 AM on November 18, 2013


Happy MefiDay, my cohort! This is definitely my longest-running online community experience, and it's strange to grow up from being one of the younger members of the site to a veritable grey-beard.
posted by muddgirl at 8:11 AM on November 18, 2013


Out of curiosity, has anyone ever done a statistical analysis of our cohort?

I'm sure someone has: A mod (Jessamyn, was it you?) once told me I skewed outside the normal user base. That implies some analysis.
posted by pjern at 8:16 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes! What a long-lived waste of time!

But seriously. . . There have been many times in the past nine years that I have tried to wean myself away from this place in favor of other priorities, but I always come back. Ya'll are just too interesting. The time hasn't been wasted at all because I've learned so much here.
posted by mai at 8:26 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think she just meant that you'd slid a little off to the left in the group photo, pjern.
posted by phearlez at 8:26 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I signed up on the promise of $5 nudes too, and I've NEVER worn clothes while reading metafilter. Time to uphold your end of the bargain, "mathowie".
posted by the quidnunc kid at 8:28 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


That implies some analysis.

Nah, just my brain doing its beep boop thing and using math-y sounding language.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:28 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


I didn't realise that I joined only three months after this. I always thought I was way, way, waaaaaay behind these guys.
posted by gaspode at 8:40 AM on November 18, 2013


There have been many times in the past nine years that I have tried to wean myself away from this place in favor of other priorities

Looking at my email, I've closed my account at least once, and prior to that option being available I remember changing my password and logging out a few times. Mefi I just can't quit you.
posted by muddgirl at 8:45 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


For the thousands who got in when the flood gates were opened:

Jessamyn got her account on 1/28/2000, user 292

I got my account on 3/4/2000, user 549

36 days apart, 257 account number delta, people were signing up at a rate of 7 and change per day.
posted by plinth at 8:50 AM on November 18, 2013


I was the day after. **weeps**

SURELY Day 2 $5 N00bs count as much as day one. The spike was about 2 and a half days of furious signing-up.

(says day 2 $5 noob)
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:05 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


Devils Rancher: " (says day 2 $5 noob)"

One of us. One of us. One of us....
posted by zarq at 9:07 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


In 2001, the entire website was shut down for TWO WEEKS when Matt went on vacation to Australia. Think about that. Shut down. Wasn't even "read-only." Two weeks. Ponder that, noobs.
posted by ColdChef at 9:09 AM on November 18, 2013 [6 favorites]


Interesting fact: $5 in 2003 would be worth over a million dollars in today's money. So actually we are "million dollar babies". We would prefer you all to use that title in the future thank you.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:12 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


If Im too rough, tell me, Im so scared your little head will come off in my hands
posted by bongo_x at 9:16 AM on November 18, 2013


I was kicked out of Metafilter on two occasions and then years later gifted a membership so I could come back and talk about how I had been kicked out of Metafilter. I'm not saying I should get a prize or something but that's pretty funny.
posted by Teakettle at 9:32 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


None of that stampeding for me, I joined in 2006.
posted by arcticseal at 9:32 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


A mod (Jessamyn, was it you?) once told me I skewed outside the normal user base.

I think they tell every user that.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:36 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ah ye great southern pansies... next year is the decade mark for the limited free signup daily scrabble 17kers. I still bear the injury with a mixture of pride and shame, the bodies of my defeated companions lay scattered before and behind like so much dross in the wind.

the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning of Metafilter for all time.


anyway... what's for lunch?
posted by edgeways at 9:38 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Thanks!, but I wasn't a noob, I was reading from at least as far back as 2001.
posted by mulligan at 9:39 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Little known piece of trivia: MetaFilter in 2003 only had three members. But today, thanks to the growing popularity of mobile socialising, it has over 10,000,000 regular users in mainland China. Yet you've probably never even heard of MetaFilter, as website Chairman Mao Owie has vowed never to list the company on a stock exchange - unlike peer companies in the West, such as Foogle Book and Twisted Yaspace.

One of the few websites not to be regularly censored by the Chinese Government, MetaFilter has become the place for China's movers and shakers to move things and shake them, and then put them back and say, "Hmm, I don't know what that is. It feels weird, though." Could MetaFilter become the Chinese AOL? In the topsy-turkey world of the Girls' Wise Web, anything is potable.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:45 AM on November 18, 2013 [6 favorites]


the quidnunc kid: "MetaFilter has become the place for China's movers and shakers to move things and shake them, and then put them back and say, "Hmm, I don't know what that is. It feels weird, though.""

So... to recap:

We're all Naked Chinese Million Dollar MeFites who Shake our Moneymakers?
posted by zarq at 9:52 AM on November 18, 2013


...for $5.
posted by zarq at 9:53 AM on November 18, 2013


Sounds like a good deal.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:07 AM on November 18, 2013


I was kicked out of Metafilter on two occasions and then years later gifted a membership so I could come back and talk about how I had been kicked out of Metafilter.

Were you previously booted for shamelessly stealing other member's hilarious profession descriptions?
posted by LionIndex at 10:10 AM on November 18, 2013


Interesting point about zarq: back in 2004 (not 2003, I don't know why I keep on about 2003 save that I can't count), zarq was worth $10 million dollars in today's monopoly money. But the global financial crisis wiped out 90% of his Hotels, and today he lives alone, naked and shivering in a run-down house with Free Parking. But as F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "there are only second acts in American lives", because he always turned up late to the theatre, the thoughtless beast. So I look forward to the day when zarq reaches into our Community Chest and realises that he has won second prize in a beauty contest, and is $10 richer.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:17 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Took me two days to join, 6 days until my first comment. Since then it's been 9 glorious years of distraction, banter and researching arcane minutiae! I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Probably the best single $5 I ever spent.

I end up telling a lot of stories about "my friends" who I have not actually met.

My speciality is "Oh yes, I was just in a big conversation about...." without specifying that the conversation was online, with people deeeply deeply devoted to the topic. I don't know if I sound like my life is some endless Algonquin Roundtable of scintillating debates or something but it's easier than explaining it to people who don't do this sort of thing.
posted by Miko at 10:17 AM on November 18, 2013 [9 favorites]


Miko, You're The First Official Day Four Five Dollar Noob™ as far as I'm concerned.

I would make a case for being the First Official Day 2 Five Dollar N00B™ except that it's not true. I do look upon all the 18,000 & 19,000 users as my bretheren & sisteren, though.

second prize in a beauty contest

Were there only two entries?
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:28 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


In the People's Utopia, you shake your moneymaker.

In the Capitalists' Utopia, the Money Makers shake you.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:29 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Were there only two entries?

How very dare you! Go to gaol and do not pass "GO"!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:35 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


the quidnunc kid: "...and today he lives alone, naked and shivering in a run-down house with Free Parking."

Actually I burn old FPPs for warmth.

"So I look forward to the day when zarq reaches into our Community Chest and realises that he has won second prize in a beauty contest, and is $10 richer."

Awww. Hey, it's an honor just to be nominated.
posted by zarq at 10:35 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]




"Yo."

Well, dammit. I could have sworn I carefully stepped through the user numbers and Cranberry's was the first on the 18th. And that's totally not the case! Assuming that the matt123test and matttest2 were testing the $5 sign-up code (meaning that the Nov 18th signup of katesippey doesn't count), then the first must be thelastminute, unless that name indicates something. Like, before Matt turned on the new signup.

I don't know I'm speculating. It's not like the mods can't just tell us.

"Ah ye great southern pansies... next year is the decade mark for the limited free signup daily scrabble 17kers. I still bear the injury with a mixture of pride and shame, the bodies of my defeated companions lay scattered before and behind like so much dross in the wind.

the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning of Metafilter for all time."


Yeah, me too. (In previous incarnation.) We're in that small group of "a window will open for signups at exactly noon" thing that happened on April 1st and 2nd, 2004, which was part of the impetus for Matt taking a step back and eventually deciding on the $5 thing.

My disappointment about that was that I had my browser window open and clicked that link at exactly noon (Matt time), to the second according the US standard, and didn't make it in on April 1st. Then I did on the 2nd, and I was so excited to be among the lucky 50, or whatever it was, and then learned that a bug in Matt's code allowed like a couple hundred people in and I didn't feel as special.

But when he abandoned that plan and the didn't open signups back up until November and there were thousands of people who had to pay money ... then I felt special again. Which was important because the 14k'ers really ragged on everyone "younger" than them for a long time.

So, ten year anniversary for some of us will be coming up in April. Weird. Not that I've continuously been here, mind you. But it's still kind of weird. Even if you subtract the time I was away, it's still longer than any of my romantic relationships.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:41 AM on November 18, 2013


The site's been more interesting since you've been around.

May you live in interesting times.
posted by medusa at 10:44 AM on November 18, 2013


MetaFilter: a bug in Matt's code
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:47 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ivan Fyodorovich: "Well, dammit. I could have sworn I carefully stepped through the user numbers and Cranberry's was the first on the 18th. "

Meatbomb's profile has a FAQ:
Q: Your account is 10 after the first $5 signup, so how can you claim to be the first $5 n00b?
A: OK, for the last time:

17578 - no account activity, nada, doesn't count.
17579 - with a name like "matt123test" it is obviously not a real account, and I would think that in a properly administered joint such an account would be deleted. Does not count, unless we want user #1 to be considered the first $5 n00b.
17580 - ditto above, this one is called matttest2. Does not count.
17581 - One comment ever, in early 2005. And an inane one at that. Surely we would not deem such an account holder to be an actual member of the community? Doesn't count.
17582 - OK, it gets a little questionable here, but would you consider a user who only ever answered questions in AskMe and who has not been around in over a year to be a member of the community? And even if you did, would you, my dear $5 n00b littermates, wish such a user to be your standard bearer? I submit that this also doesn't count.
17583 - only 16 comments over 5 years? Surely we can pass by this account without objections?
17584 - account does not exist. Doesn't count.
17585 - ditto.
17586 - ditto.
17587 - only 16 comments over 5 years, the most recent more than 2 years ago. Doesn't count.
17588 - Ooh, what do we have here? This is the first $5 account we have come across that has posted consistently since joining. There are posts and comments on all of the subsites, there is a user profile pic. This person posted in the actual welcome thread, on the day, and this person has even had ballads commemorating his exploits penned by cortex himself.

I am the first $5 n00b by any reasonable definition. And as is my birthright I claim the crown.

posted by zarq at 10:51 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ten days (and almost 2500 new members) after the rush began, user #206 (officially "joined sometime in 1999" but I recall it being in late October) thought (a) I really should throw mathowie some money and (2) I have this blog name that became my 'second identity' (matt himself responded to my first post here with "ha! good one foopster...") that I didn't want somebody else claiming on this particular forum, so I ponied up $5 for a second account I never intended to use (because I thought there would never be a time I'd NOT want to be 'wendell'), and was gobsmacked to see I had acquired #20007. So near and yet so far (and whoever was going to be #20006 never completed the signup process). Maybe when the user numbers reach 200K (by my guesstimate, Feb or March of next year), I'll go after #200006.

This has been A Bit of Personal MeFi History (with lost of parentheses () )
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:55 AM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


"MonkeyFilter post (this is where people who couldn't get onto MeFi hung out) announcing signups"

Nice to see that MonkeyFilter is still plugging along. I'm in that thread and reading it now, I didn't realize that by that time I'd been on MonkeyFilter for a year — my user number there was "63".

There really was a huge pent-up demand by 2004. I'd been lurking mefi since at least around the beginning of 2003. The pent-up demand launched MonkeyFilter in November, then that April experiment showed that hundreds of people were willing to follow a link pretty much exactly at noon in order to get an account. I'm pretty sure that I didn't find it surprising at all that thousands of people signed-up in those first days in November, even with the donation.

It was pretty weird to lurk a website like this for more than a year and want to be part of the conversation and you couldn't join. And it was possible to read everything then, and I did. I was a MeTa junkie from early on, from long, long before I actually was able to join. One of the weirdest experiences was that when I finally did join, a whole bunch of people seemed extremely familiar to me, like people I'd known pretty well for a while, but they had no idea who I was.

But those $5 noobs really blew the doors off the place. Suddenly there were so many new people and it really changed a number of things. Mostly for the good, not that there was anything wrong with the people already here, but just all the new blood.

So happy ninth anniversary, you guys!
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:57 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


(Also, I wonder how much it would cost me to bribe matt & pb to transfer all my #20007 activity to #20006?) (Why am I still using parentheses?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:57 AM on November 18, 2013


I'm sure someone has: A mod (Jessamyn, was it you?) once told me I skewed outside the normal user base. That implies some analysis.

Metafilter: They didn't call me a freak, they just said I skewed outside the normal user base.
posted by hal_c_on at 10:57 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yay for your Nine-Years-on-Metafilter, hope they've been happy!
posted by Lynsey at 10:59 AM on November 18, 2013


17578 - no account activity, nada, doesn't count.

Of the 17,577 non-'noob' users, how many are still active today after at least 9 years?
posted by hal_c_on at 11:00 AM on November 18, 2013


Our Eternal November continues to be awesome. Take that, USENET.
posted by griphus at 11:02 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know I'm speculating. It's not like the mods can't just tell us.

By my reckoning, without access to Matt's email inbox of the earliest paypal records or etc., the first five dollar newb was maybe thelastminute, or maybe one of the people right before or right after that, before Meatbomb signed up.

The first five dollar newb to be Meatbomb was Meatbomb.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:11 AM on November 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


You could say Meatbomb was "the first $5 newb to become MORE than a $5 newb", okay?

(hey, look, I did that without parenthe... DO'H!)
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:23 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


World of Warcraft was also released on this day 9 years ago!

... who streamed onto MetaFilter when the Dark Portal was opened.
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:40 AM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


But those $5 noobs really blew the doors off the place. Suddenly there were so many new people and it really changed a number of things. Mostly for the good, not that there was anything wrong with the people already here, but just all the new blood.

It's fun to read this in Shelby Foote's voice. " ... down heah we call metafilter 'Old Man' ... "
posted by octobersurprise at 11:44 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


When was the last time you could sign up just by clicking the sign up link with no extra considerations (i.e. lottery, Matt being nice, fee, etc.)?
posted by LionIndex at 11:53 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's fun to read this in Shelby Foote's voice

Oh yes. Next, the slow-pan, fiddle-accompanied Burns documentary!

"By November 2004, the pent-up demand was about to boil over. But Mathowie's tactical prowess ensured he was always one step ahead of their massing forces."
posted by Miko at 12:01 PM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Just another "noob" saying hi!!
posted by ramix at 12:27 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


9 years seems both like a very long time and not very long at all.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:28 PM on November 18, 2013


I feel like the noobs' noob, at only five and a half years here. You are all keen.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 12:36 PM on November 18, 2013


17785... missed it by 197.
posted by Debaser626 at 12:46 PM on November 18, 2013


I'm sure someone has: A mod (Jessamyn, was it you?) once told me I skewed outside the normal user base.

"My mod says I'm cool."
posted by entropicamericana at 12:53 PM on November 18, 2013


I would pay another $5 to get inline images back. Just for people who pay another $5.

I WANT THE PONY.
posted by Justinian at 12:59 PM on November 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Metafilter DLC with microtransactions. Yes.
posted by Justinian at 1:12 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


If the $5 n00bs are the mefi baby boomers, am I a mefi Gen-X-er? I contributed to a very minor spike in sign-ups in March 2008 – I hope that doesn't make me a mefi Millennial!
posted by Kabanos at 1:24 PM on November 18, 2013


Huh. Nine years, you say? That went in a flash. Probably the best fiver I've spent in that time.
posted by dbmcd at 1:59 PM on November 18, 2013


I WANT THE PONY.

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE PONY!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:24 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hmm ... 9 years, 2888 posts or comments. That averages to 320 posts a year.

What am I doing on those other 45 days?
posted by kyrademon at 3:58 PM on November 18, 2013


When I signed up, I thought $5 sign ups must have been available for a while and I had just never noticed, so I excitedly signed up as soon as I saw the link. It didn't dawn on me that I was a $5 noob until years later. I am happy to be one, though.
posted by Tesseractive at 5:46 PM on November 18, 2013


User 18,854 reporting for #9 anniversary party.
posted by seawallrunner at 8:29 PM on November 18, 2013


Just a note - that dyspeptic old anarchist grandfather languagehat was an early and ardent supporter of opening the doors to new membership - as was stavrosthewonderchicken IIRC. There were many others but search fails me. So credit where credit is due. I remember the phrase "Blow the doors off the joint Matt."

Back in ancient times here there was discussion where an essay contest, judged by current members, would be employed to determine the suitability of prospective members. I had a three word unoriginal essay in mind which rhymed exactly with "Go Fuck Yourself".

The model, as it were, seems to work. A flow of newer members introduce energy relieving or perhaps dissolving the ossification of older members.


Got my $5.00 worth for certain anyway. Thanks.
posted by vapidave at 10:52 PM on November 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Looks like I was number 20 on that day... I can remember where I was when Kennedy was shot, where I was on 9/11, and where I was sitting when I signed up for MetaFilter.

I've disabled the account two or three times, but always came back (for now, you might get lucky again!).

None of my cats were born yet, nor my dog.

I've purchased two houses, moved twice, quit one job, started two others (and a new career). I've been sued, got divorced, got remarried, was in a movie, became a grandfather, learned how to kayak and fly-fish, got my first iPad, my first iPhone, my first MacAir.

I started wearing grownup clothes to work (instead of jeans and a tee-shirt like I had worn for about 50 years), I bought a Harley, rode it for 6 years without ever dropping it, and then sold it.

And, along the way, posted 9,000+ comments and made 164 FPP's that weren't deleted (and gmod knows how many that were nuked).

I'm holding you all responsible for every one of those data points above. Send checks, notes of appreciation, the phone number for your attorney, and an apology to my MeMail account.
posted by HuronBob at 2:39 AM on November 19, 2013 [4 favorites]


After a year or so of seeing the new accounts are closed message in 2002/3 I was thrilled to pony up $5.00 in 2004. It was easily during my first month as an Australian resident. It's been worth it. Now to go back and read the thread...
posted by michswiss at 2:40 AM on November 19, 2013


I've disabled the account two or three times, but always came back

I came across your black-boxed name recently and may have said "Dammit!" out loud. Glad to see you back. Happy Anniversary, HB.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:04 AM on November 19, 2013


My joining date rhymes. Unfortunately my user number is just that little bit off being a palindrome. I WISH I'd been able to join earlier but I was wandering lost and alone on usenet and IRC for far too long.
posted by h00py at 6:40 AM on November 19, 2013


I WANT THE PONY.

You'll have to wait another 4 days and 11 minutes.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:49 AM on November 19, 2013


and made 164 FPP's that weren't deleted (and gmod knows how many that were nuked).

As long as we're going to numbers, I'd like to point out my own string of 214 posts, no deletions. Thank you.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:51 AM on November 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'd like to point out my own string of 214 posts, no deletions.

That's uncanny, actually.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:15 AM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


HuronBob: "And, along the way, posted 9,000+ comments and made 164 FPP's that weren't deleted (and gmod knows how many that were nuked)."

The contribution index tracks how many posts each user has made overall. By comparing that number to the one on your profile page, you can determine how many posts you've made that have been deleted.

So (for example) the CI says I've made 683 posts to the Blue, but my profile shows 665. 18 deleted posts. To find your page, simply substitute your own user number in the URL: http://dan.hersam.com/mefi_contrib_index.php?userid=______

You can see all of your posts, including the deletions, by using the infodumpster. Simply go to the "Posts" section, type your name into one of the four "Which posts by _____" fields and hit enter. You'll get a list of all of your posts, and the titles showing strikethrough text have been deleted.

HuronBob, this is your list for the Blue, displaying which of your posts have the most comments.

By using the pulldown menu at the top of the page, you can see similar statistics for each subsite.

I used the infodumpster extensively to create the Datawankery post in January. It's fun to play with.
posted by zarq at 7:32 AM on November 19, 2013


Are you $5 kids still on our lawn?
posted by dws at 7:45 AM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm very late to the party, but I'm also pretty young, so it's good I didn't sign up then on account of me being a stupid-ass teenager back then. It would've been way embarrassing. It's bad enough that I post while drinking sometimes.

But I'm very glad signups opened and happy to be on this site. Y'all are great. Smooches to all.
posted by NoraReed at 8:00 AM on November 19, 2013


I'm very late to the party, but I'm also pretty young, so it's good I didn't sign up then on account of me being a stupid-ass teenager back then. It would've been way embarrassing. It's bad enough that I post while drinking sometimes.

Yeah, if I had gotten on board even a few years earlier, I probably would have made much more of an ass out of myself than I did. The web culture I was involved in during the early-aughts was a much more antagonistic crowd. Mefi has been a big part of me mellowing out and not taking shit personally, or just sidestepping shitstorms instead of wading in, guns blazing.

-- The Chalkhills email digest in the only group that's ever had to put up with my drubk psotting though, as I quit the year before Metafilter was even born.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:35 AM on November 19, 2013


"Of the 17,577 non-'noob' users, how many are still active today after at least 9 years?"

Yo.

(Ok, so I mostly lurk, but I watch the front page via RSS and poke into AskMe at least a couple times a week.)
posted by CrayDrygu at 9:07 AM on November 19, 2013


"Of the 17,577 non-'noob' users, how many are still active today after at least 9 years?"

me, for one.

But only when my home-care nurse is not around. She claims the intertubes, specifically Metafilter, mess with the Home Care Electronics and it makes her job more difficult.

She's a real pip.
posted by lampshade at 9:39 AM on November 19, 2013


I'm one of them - joined Nov 18th, 2004. Still active...but sporadically. But jeez - has it really been 9 years?
posted by routergirl at 10:24 AM on November 19, 2013


I still drop by the site now and then.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:26 AM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


When were they turned off? I got in at the start of the 17k in 2002 before the fee and the $5 noobs were 17k too in 2004?
posted by lazaruslong at 12:30 PM on November 19, 2013


According to the Timeline, signups were turned off sometime after 9/11 (when Mefi really got popular), then re-opened for limited signups in July 2002, then closed again in November 2002. IIRC there was some bug that let people sign up through some kind of backdoor for awhile, but I can't recall when that was.
posted by muddgirl at 12:34 PM on November 19, 2013


"I still drop by the site now and then."

Yeah, but you're unemployed and have plenty of time.
posted by klangklangston at 1:08 PM on November 19, 2013


Guilty as charged :-)
posted by nostrada at 6:14 PM on November 19, 2013


Todd Lokken
posted by docpops at 9:04 PM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks muddgirl. I must have gotten in right in that last bit in October of 02. Weird.
posted by lazaruslong at 12:36 AM on November 20, 2013


Okay, I guess happy anniversary then.

Still, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBzorz
posted by Joseph Gurl at 3:28 AM on November 20, 2013


One interesting aspect of $5 signups is that, while Metafilter entered its own Eternal September, it seems to me like usernumbers and the concept of "noobs" became less and less important to the community (which is a good thing IMO).
posted by muddgirl at 7:13 AM on November 20, 2013 [3 favorites]


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