metafilter: a series of pithy quotes March 25, 2015 12:50 PM   Subscribe

Has anyone ever collected all of the comments on metafilter that start with "Metafilter: "... ?

I have a vision of a tiny little book that contains a series of quotes on one page "metafilter: ..." and some silly illustration on the other page. I'm not actually going to do this, but I would love to see a list of all the "metafilter: ..." quotes ever posted.

Unfortunately google doesn't seem to take quotation marks all that seriously, so I can't do a simple google for this.
posted by el io to Feature Requests at 12:50 PM (68 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

Yep, some folks did it manually on a couple occasions back in the early 00's, and then I've run a script against the db every couple of years since then, usually when it comes up again in Metatalk. Looks like the last time was late 2012: here's my comment, with links to dumps for both Metafilter and (less common) Metatalk taglines.

I'll poke around and see about doing another update.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:51 PM on March 25, 2015 [5 favorites]


Also, to be less circuitous, here's links to the two tagline files:
- Metafilter taglines
- Metatalk taglines

And here's the comment with some methodology notes from when I first wrote that script up in 2007.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:55 PM on March 25, 2015 [6 favorites]


Also, if I remember right, someone at some point made (or at least started work on) a greasemonkey script that would serve up random taglines from this dump as a custom motto on the front page near the logo.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:57 PM on March 25, 2015


This is great stuff. A fun exercise is to try and guess the topic of the fpp based on the content of the "Metafilter: ...".
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 1:01 PM on March 25, 2015


Taglines on the Mefi Wiki
posted by mbrubeck at 1:03 PM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: random taglines from this dump
posted by double block and bleed at 1:24 PM on March 25, 2015 [14 favorites]


Metafilter: Metafilter.

I never Metafilter I didn't like.
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:37 PM on March 25, 2015 [14 favorites]


wow, that's awesome!

thanks all!

Now, let me say this: a terribly cute pony would display a random tagline on the front page (perhaps with a link to the original comment), perhaps opt-in, for members only (would confuse the heck out of non-members, methinks).
posted by el io at 1:37 PM on March 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


Didn't that used to happen?
posted by kenko at 1:44 PM on March 25, 2015


The aforementioned greasemonkey script (or one like it, if it didn't turn out to exist) is the way to go on that front; actually formally including that as a site feature drawing randomly from an open, unedited pool of taglines seems like a bad idea given that we don't have any idea what someone might toss after "Metafilter:" in any given case.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:45 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: we don't have any idea what someone might toss after "Metafilter:"
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:46 PM on March 25, 2015 [24 favorites]


Metafilter: I'll poke around and see about doing another update.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:53 PM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: would confuse the heck out of non-members
posted by billiebee at 2:25 PM on March 25, 2015 [13 favorites]


MetaFilter: an open, unedited pool of taglines
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:33 PM on March 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: ');DROP TABLE Users;
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine at 2:48 PM on March 25, 2015 [46 favorites]


has anyone ever collected all the requests for collections of Metafilter: taglines?

A MetaMetaFilter: Metafilter?
posted by klangklangston at 3:11 PM on March 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Metaception?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:12 PM on March 25, 2015


MetaFilter: I have a vision of a tiny little book.
posted by maxsparber at 3:13 PM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: M̸̶̛̟̱͓̱͈̟̫͚̜̗̠̱̮̐̑̀ͯ̅ͣ̐͌ͪ̃̔̍͘e̵̢͚̮̥̦̬̺̣̺͈̩̫͔͛̽̒̑͐ͭͦͫ̈́̇̎̔͗̅̒̚ͅt̸̷̨̻͖̫̞̜͙̮͔̯̦̮͕̙̜͕ͤ͌̈́̔̃́ͯ̾͌̀̕ͅͅa̧̲͎̬͓̞̟͚͉͙͇ͮͦ̍̋̏̈́̒ͨ̇ͩ́̎͗͐ͨ̈́͑͢͟͢F̸̸̙̠̤͍̜͎̳̫̠̱̦̰̦̽̔ͧ̉ͧ͒ͭ̿̐ͪ̌́͡ͅì̷̵̠̭̟̱͔̣̲͙͚̖͎̟̥͚̮̳̤̆̈́ͨ͊̔̿̉̂̇̃ͥ̽ͨ̀̀͘ľ̶̷̢̰̞̱͎͓̝͖̪̟̗͓̠̭̫̻͔̞̟͊͒ͣ̾ͥͬ̿͂͟͡t̢̛́͒͛͑͒̓҉̵̗͎̞̼̳͖̟̟̗̜̞̪͇̼͚͇̭ͅé̷̢̘̱͍ͨͣ͊̃̄ͭͅȑ̷͓͈͉͙͉̲͈͈̭̰̉̓̒̉͢
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:25 PM on March 25, 2015 [14 favorites]


MetaFilter: είναι η Ελληνική με μένα
posted by a humble nudibranch at 4:03 PM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Has anyone ever collected all of the comments on metafilter that start with "MetaFilter: Has anyone ever..."
posted by amery at 5:09 PM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


You bring no graphic!
posted by clavdivs at 5:21 PM on March 25, 2015


MetaFilter: Didn't that used to happen?
posted by StephenF at 5:24 PM on March 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: Has anyone ever collected all of the comments on metafilter that start with "MetaFilter: Has anyone ever..."

MetaFilter: Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:19 PM on March 25, 2015 [11 favorites]


Metafilter: A terribly cute pony
posted by bleep at 6:26 PM on March 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Just in case newer members (well, you know, relatively, because I think they disappeared a decade ago or more), the ovoid Metafilter logo image used to have a number of variants with taglines on them, rotated randomly on page load. I don't remember all of them, or even how many there were, but I do remember

Metafilter: The Plastic.com it's OK to like
Metafilter: More addictive than crack
Metafilter: We're all in this together (I think this was one)

That's where the taglining tradition got its start. Anybody remember the rest?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:42 PM on March 25, 2015 [8 favorites]


(There might be a canonical list on the wiki, but I can't check because it's blocked by the filter here at work under the category 'Games', which, yeah, OK.)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:45 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anybody remember the rest?

Metafilter: You're wrong! No you're wrong!
posted by russm at 7:55 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


You're wrong! No, you're wrong!
posted by box at 7:56 PM on March 25, 2015


Hey, great minds, etc.
posted by box at 7:57 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Just in case newer members (well, you know, relatively, because I think they disappeared a decade ago or more), the ovoid Metafilter logo image

metafilter: a decade ago or more), the ovoid
posted by Greg Nog at 8:33 PM on March 25, 2015 [8 favorites]


Makes me want to dig up that projects thread from last year where someone would produce a PDF of giant MeFi threads for printing on-demand. This would make an awesome -- if mystifying to outsiders -- coffee table book!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:37 PM on March 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Metafilter.
posted by flatluigi at 10:47 PM on March 25, 2015


Man, that original list is like a dictionary of cool users that I miss :-(
posted by dg at 4:05 AM on March 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


This is rapidly becoming MetaHodor or, possibly, Being John MalkoFilter.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:23 AM on March 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


There might be a canonical list on the wiki

2000 - "It's your web, log it"
2000 - "weblog as conversation"
2000 - "as meta as we wanna be"
2000 - "meta-meta-meta-madness"
2001 - "More addictive than crack"
2001 - "self-policing since 1999"
2001 - "we're all in this together"
2002 - "All your post are belong to us"
October 2001 - "More addictive than crack" with Bert
Nov 2001 - SpookyFilter. "Forget politics, today's about gorging on candy."
2001 - "the Plastic.com it's okay to like"
2001 - "you're wrong. no you're wrong!"
2001 - "just the taglines"
2002 -" now wasting 12% more work hours"
2003 - "Self-Policing since 1999"
2004 - MetaFilt-ARR - "dead posts tell no tales"
2005 - ditto?
2005 - "fair and balanced"
2005 - "I voted AND IT TOTALLY SUCKED"

Here's the web archive version, complete with images.
posted by zamboni at 5:58 AM on March 26, 2015 [10 favorites]


Has anyone ever collected all of the comments on metafilter that start with "Metafilter: "... ?

Nope, but I did collect all the "Protips:" at one pont, but can no longer find them...
posted by guy72277 at 6:16 AM on March 26, 2015


Metafilter: giant … threads … on-demand
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 6:19 AM on March 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


beeing one of the new ones, this suddenly makes sense
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 7:46 AM on March 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Not the taglines, but there is a Tumblr of riffs on William Carlos Williams people have posted here. Although it looks like it hasn't been updated in about 5 years.
posted by asterix at 7:49 AM on March 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Well, if you're ever running short on WCW riffs, I have got you covered.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:03 AM on March 26, 2015 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: This is just to say
posted by Kabanos at 8:29 AM on March 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, I almost forgot: My all-time favorite "metafilter:" comment was two comments down from this comment about RIAA executives.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:35 AM on March 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: they need to do way instain mother
posted by Sangermaine at 11:00 AM on March 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


WCW riffs

This is just to say

I have stolen
the folding chair
that was hidden
next to the ring

and which
you were probably
saving
for Ric Flair

Forgive me
it was so shiny
so metal
and so foreign
posted by zamboni at 11:12 AM on March 26, 2015 [13 favorites]


I have condemned
the dwarves
that were across
the anteroom

and which
you were probably
cutting
for spite

Forgive me
they were exotic
so brawny
and so sudden
posted by The Whelk at 11:19 AM on March 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: WCW Riffs
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:19 PM on March 26, 2015


Metafilter: I saw the figure 5 in gold.
posted by ardgedee at 1:15 PM on March 26, 2015


Awww, Cortex, I thought you had a randomly-chosen MeFi/WCW rotator. Dang. Now I guess I will settle for that stale Tumblr where I know that I am not going to appear.
posted by wenestvedt at 1:34 PM on March 26, 2015


Metafilter: Now I guess I will settle for that stale Tumblr where I know that I am not going to appear.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:48 PM on March 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


2001 - "self-policing since 1999"

Oh man, how could I forget that one? That's maybe the one that drew me to the site in the first place! (You know, in addition to my prodigious crack habit.)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:15 PM on March 26, 2015


I'm wrong!
posted by clavdivs at 5:43 PM on March 26, 2015


Is there any way to save the very witty ones that were deleted because they were off topic answers in Ask? Deleted despite having already gotten three favorites? Like the one in the citric acid powder question that said "MetaFilter: I can't stop licking it"?
posted by Bruce H. at 6:22 PM on March 26, 2015


WCW riffs

Many of these are also available at Making Light.
posted by Bruce H. at 6:32 PM on March 26, 2015


I'm wrong!
No, I'm wrong!
posted by dg at 8:27 PM on March 26, 2015


Don't worry; you're all wrong.
posted by NoraReed at 2:07 AM on March 27, 2015


>I'm wrong!
>>No, I'm wrong!


We're all wrong somehow, my friends. Gloriously, haphazardly wrong.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:11 AM on March 27, 2015 [3 favorites]


and which
you were probably
saving
for Ric Flair


Good news everyone! I discovered that WCW ran for a bit less than 13 years, and yesterday was the 14th anniversary of being sold to WWE! It's been gone longer than it existed! Feel old!
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:14 AM on March 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: this suddenly makes sense.
posted by arcticseal at 7:21 PM on March 27, 2015


Metafilter: It's been gone longer than it existed!
posted by item at 8:29 PM on March 27, 2015


I forgot about the "Damn you, monkey!" line. It has been filed away for future verbal use, likely on the job.
posted by loquacious at 9:32 PM on March 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


PLASTIC.COM PEOPLE

hands up whomever even knows that that means.
posted by GuyZero at 10:29 AM on March 28, 2015 [3 favorites]



posted by clavdivs at 10:25 PM on March 28, 2015


Metafilter: This tagline, it vibrates?
posted by infini at 3:26 PM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Everyone needs a hug.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 5:11 PM on March 29, 2015 [3 favorites]



posted by russm at 4:10 AM on March 30, 2015



posted by xbonesgt at 1:05 PM on March 30, 2015


I would really like someone to update the This Is Just To Say... Tumblr and considered just making my own around the same time I was avoiding-work-working on A Land Of Contrasts, but now I am hosed at work and do not have the time to curate (by which I mean site-specific Google search for key phrase and copy/paste) one for the poems.

So basically someone else please do this. All the better if you are smarter than me and can code it.
posted by maryr at 7:52 PM on March 30, 2015


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