Thanks May 14, 2014 6:13 AM   Subscribe

I've had a bit of a difficult time over the last while, and I just wanted to say thanks to all you lovely MeFites for being there in one way or another.

I have asked a few questions through a sock puppet account and as well as the good advice I've received, which has helped me work through some things, I've really appreciated that people are there to say don't worry, you'll get through this, I've been there too etc. I've got help with more practical questions too. I've checked the site every day since I joined. Apart from eating, sleeping and breathing (mostly eating) I can't think of anything else I've done every day for that long. Every time I visit I find something interesting and I've learned a lot being here. It's been a welcome distraction when I've been too much in my own head. I've struck up at least one good friendship through MeMail that is important to me. And when things are dark it's good to remember that nothing is so bad that you can't laugh at pictures of cats.

So, to the mods who answer at least one of my inane questions on a weekly basis with ridiculous speed and good grace, to all the interesting people who post things that inform and amuse me, and to all the people who have personally helped me start to move forward feeling a bit more positive, thank you.

*breaks into Golden Girls theme tune*
posted by billiebee to MetaFilter-Related at 6:13 AM (36 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

Great job, everyone!
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:28 AM on May 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


Glad you're doing a bit better!
posted by zarq at 6:41 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Cool beans.
posted by angrycat at 7:05 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Glad you're feeling a bit better. We've been happy to help.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:07 AM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I'm happy to hear that. And it's always pleasant to be reminded that there are actual humans on the other end of these screens.

(On this side it just shows cats)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 7:10 AM on May 14, 2014 [19 favorites]


I'm so glad you're feeling a bit better and that Metafilter has been helpful! It's also nice when it's confirmed that Metafilter means the same thing to other people that it does to me; I feel silly sometimes because hey, it's just a website, I don't even know most of these people or really anything about them but I still really, really value Metafilter as a community and it's been pretty important to me. It makes me feel really good when I know that it's important to other people, too.

Again, so so glad that things are looking up and that Metafilter was able to be helpful. Also, yeah, the mods are super patient as are a ton of users.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:20 AM on May 14, 2014 [10 favorites]




Glad that you're feeling better and we've been able to help. Free hugs for everyone!
posted by arcticseal at 8:44 AM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yay for helpful mefites and mods!
posted by bardophile at 9:39 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


to the mods who answer at least one of my inane questions on a weekly basis withridiculous speed and good grace

FAST REPLYING. Would contact with these mods again. A++++ bullshit reducers.
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:27 AM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm glad you're doing better! And thanks to you, too, and everyone else that has the courage to ask their questions. Just knowing you are not alone is one of the most helpful things about this place.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:38 AM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


*breaks into Golden Girls theme tune*

NO SINGING! *waves arms*

Yeah, I get this. Great community, here. I've made some good friends, too - valuable friends.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:45 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


which has helped me work through some things

This is the real key: You are working on it. Congrats and hi 5s!



(Though, yes, I get the enormous value that feedback can be. Honest. And have said similar things about MeFi myself, not that long ago.)
posted by Michele in California at 10:51 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


You, billiebee, wrote me a warm private message when I wrote that my dad had entered a rough patch during his heart surgery last month (which I mentioned late in some unrelated meta thread out of sheer frustration and despair). Most Favorite Other Mefite, you are the one who has done great things!




My dad sadly passed away this morning. I was planning to post my own thanks meta, but I now decide to hitchhike in this thread, to say how touching a bunch of unexpected extra favorites can be in dire times. In discussions about the function of favorites, we sometimes forget this effect. Thanks guys!
posted by Namlit at 11:14 AM on May 14, 2014 [37 favorites]


Oh, no. Namlit, so very sorry for your loss. :(
posted by zarq at 11:18 AM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


I've been online and active in forums since my late teens, and I often scoffed at the idea of an online 'community'.

Bunch of people interested in the same thing ? Yes. Community? Nope.

Then I watched in real time as some random dude tried to stop two girls getting caught in a potential human trafficking scenario on ask.metafilter, and I thought to myself "this place looks different. This place feels more than a collection of random people".

Come May 24th I will have had a paid account here for four years.

MeFi is a solid part of my life now.

Best online community *ever*.
posted by Faintdreams at 11:30 AM on May 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


Namlit, l'm so sorry to hear that. I had been wondering how he was doing after I saw your previous mentions in that other thread. Sending you good wishes.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:42 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


My understanding, based on some small interactions, is that billiebee is an incredibly lovely person. So good on her, and my sincere condolences to Namlit also.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:02 PM on May 14, 2014 [6 favorites]


I'm so sorry to hear that Namlit. I've been thinking of him and you. Sending many hugs.
posted by billiebee at 1:51 PM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm sorry for your loss, Namlit.
posted by double block and bleed at 2:27 PM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


My condolences, Namlit, and good wishes for you and your family.

Good wishes to you, too, billiebee -- glad to hear you're working through things.
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:38 PM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


"My understanding, based on some small interactions, is that billiebee is an incredibly lovely person."

She is.

There are lots of awesome people who find their way to MetaFilter and enrich the community and I absolutely don't want to sound like I'm diminishing anyone else by singing billiebee's praises, but I think if you look at her participation here you'll agree that she's a real gem, a really fine addition to the community. If, as she says, MeFi has done a lot for her, I think it's the case that she's made a substantial positive contribution to MeFi in return. We're fortunate that she spends as much time with us as she does.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:52 PM on May 14, 2014 [5 favorites]


Aw you guys! See what I mean? You all are so nice :)

now excuse me because my face is on fire so I need to rest it in a tub of ice cream
posted by billiebee at 3:32 PM on May 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


On this side it just shows cats

I flip between the cats view and the bikes view myself. Glad I'm not the only one still using last year's April Fools' joke!
posted by Dashy at 3:46 PM on May 14, 2014


Namlit, so sorry to hear about your Dad. I'll be thinking of you and your loved ones at this time.
posted by arcticseal at 4:36 PM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]




Namlit, I'm very sorry about your dad. You've been on my short list for a while of MeFites whose input I value on account of your being a musicologist and a generally excellent commenter, so you've been in my thoughts since your earlier comments. From that link it sounds like musical talent really runs in your family, so I hope that at least you find some joy in continuing that legacy.

I'm also glad that this site has been helping you through a rough patch billiebee! I agree with Ivan that you've been a thoughtful and humane presence here, so it's nice to know that you've gotten something out of being here too.
posted by invitapriore at 5:46 PM on May 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


it's hugs all the way down :)
posted by gorbichov at 6:00 PM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


So many hugs to each of you.
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:03 PM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm so sorry for your loss, Namlit.
posted by bardophile at 8:52 AM on May 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


((((Namlit))))))

((((billiebee))))
posted by bearwife at 10:15 AM on May 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Seconding bearwife. ((((()))))))
posted by Sophie1 at 12:08 PM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I like you very much billiebie, and I'm glad to hear the site is helping you in some small way. You are a great contributor here, and you are funny and warm and smart. I hope your situation resolves okay.

I'm sorry about your dad, Namlit. Hugs to you.
posted by onlyconnect at 2:56 PM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I will not draw more light here from billiebie, but I must say thanks for all the good wishes and hugs and memails, I'm very touched.
posted by Namlit at 9:09 PM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Hey, Billiebee...
You know what? I think you rock.
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:00 AM on May 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


Hey Billiebee, whenever I see your name under a comment I know that comment is going to be funny, intelligent and compassionate. You also answered very kindly to some questions that I posted under a sockpuppet account. Basically you're great and I'm glad you're doing better.
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:17 PM on May 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


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