What is with these peeps? September 6, 2002 11:13 AM   Subscribe

Having just posted a comment, and having had a pang of worry over an unintentional snarkiness implied by an italicisation, i continued to the thread on james randi which seems to be about to blow up due to the charming "Fuck you and your know-nothing smugness." comment. An unanswearble, i guess, but what is with these peeps?
posted by robself to Etiquette/Policy at 11:13 AM (32 comments total)

Feel free to call me a fuckwit, however, for not checking my spelling.
posted by robself at 11:14 AM on September 6, 2002

I'd say goethean is new and overreacted a bit. There was some meanness in the "how many times is he going to say epistemic" comment, though.

Overall a good chance for both parties to say "no harm, no foul."
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:26 AM on September 6, 2002

What Kafkaesque said...
posted by internook at 11:27 AM on September 6, 2002

No harm, no foul.
posted by interrobang at 11:31 AM on September 6, 2002

shut up kafka, you fuckwit.

no harm meant of course
posted by tj at 11:32 AM on September 6, 2002

Can we get to the group hugs and oral sex now?
posted by MrBaliHai at 11:49 AM on September 6, 2002

Hell, I started at eight this morning, BaliHai. It's Friday after all.

TJ, I would expect no more from a pathetic, simpering shagsack like yourself. No offense intended.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:57 AM on September 6, 2002

well played kaf, well played indeed
posted by tj at 12:16 PM on September 6, 2002

Feel free to call me a fuckwit, however, for not checking my spelling

I never call anybody a fuckwit, and I don't give a shit about spelling, but, as we discussed a few hours ago, every time you post something on MetaTalk, you kick another thread out and it goes into the archives.
Matt shortened the page to make us think twice before we post here, and now it's about 2 MetaTalk posts per hour. Almost more than the FPP. Not your fault, there are worse things today (like: why did you delete my FPP? or, how do you use this site?). But still, we're discussing the same three topics here in the last week, Groundhog Day like

posted by matteo at 12:23 PM on September 6, 2002

Matteo your right.
In a child's voice these words on my screen are hurting me, whaaa.
Yes we are sounding like a whinny kid's community than one of knowledge please can we grow. This place is like a wheel but unlike most wheels this cycle goes nowhere. And in the last week I have seen more members take it personal instead of being like a grown up and ignoring it. So can I ask the grandfathers of the site to exert themselves to show how to grow up around here, on this playground. Or is that it, they grew and have their own sites to keep up. Have some thick skin folks, you waited in line and now your here, what were you doing in line, enjoying Meta as a whole or metatalk the series? You did know what this place is like? Yes your knees will be scraped as that happens in life on a playground. If your offended well think of your adversary as having Kooties and get away, you did as a child. Or you sat and cried and everybody wanted to be around you. It is up to us all.
posted by thomcatspike at 1:25 PM on September 6, 2002

posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:39 PM on September 6, 2002

This place is like a wheel but unlike most wheels this cycle goes nowhere.

Hallelujah, man.
posted by matteo at 1:40 PM on September 6, 2002

Metafilter: this cycle goes nowhere. Hee hee.

Fabulous Thom, I agree with regard to real life, but we're not children, and this isn't a playground. We're adults, and even potty-mouthed abrasive bastards like myself can, usually, communicate civilly. If we can't, we have no business aspiring to communicate in this grand forum, and should instead spend this time dealing with our impulse control problems in therapy. If Metafilter is a joy, then I should treat it as such.

This isn't AssholeFilter.

I would prefer that we didn't have a MeTa thread every 10 minutes as well. Can we have a moratorium for the rest of the day? Even though I believe that unchallenged rudeness and namecalling in a group dynamic only leads to more, I for one feel like it's been addressed.

Note to self: buy assholefilter.com.
posted by RJ Reynolds at 2:23 PM on September 6, 2002

I had an asshole filter once. Man, they get clogged up quick.
posted by robself at 2:28 PM on September 6, 2002

Robself, like Bill Clinton I feel your pain!
posted by Macboy at 3:46 PM on September 6, 2002

You're obsessing about this, Macboy. Time to move on.
posted by timeistight at 3:56 PM on September 6, 2002

RJ Reynolds I’m not confronting you, please let me explain more. I used playground as an analogy to Meta. What do I mean? Well the Internet is basically a new forum for a lot of folks especially, here. And in life our parents taught us manners. Yet when did we first have to use these in our life for social skills with others outside of the home? For me on the playground I had to learn that the world does not revolve around me and mom and dad are not here for help. So you learned to get along with others or play alone. The kids that were my buddies we did not always team up together, yet we did play together and had a blast even as an opponent. Yet we did treat each other with the same respect we wanted too. The problem child was shunned. Have you noticed the folks ;)who were members here first and the old days? They have grown and the cycle they went through for some is just being experienced for the new members. Unfortunately being new is tough yet that is the fun, “who is that, hey I bet that kid can really chuck a rock. Lets see, hey you, the kid sitting by yourself, yes you. I bet I can throw a rock farther than you?” The kid comes over and hucks the rock and weather whose rock goes the furthest is not the point, the comradery of throwing a rock especially when you both hit glass and run together is the fun. Just the pattern of life I see.

posted by thomcatspike at 4:26 PM on September 6, 2002

Key to my squares or yummy pancakes, = ' or ''
posted by thomcatspike at 4:29 PM on September 6, 2002

How many MetaTalk posts we have is directly dependent upon how much misbehavior we have in Metafilter threads (assuming that they are all valid). Therefore it is silly to blame the MetaTalk poster...dig deeper and lay the blame where it belongs.
posted by rushmc at 5:53 PM on September 6, 2002

Hey TimeisTight - How old is your Lab? I don't have a clever link, but they are the best dogs on the planet.
posted by Macboy at 7:28 PM on September 6, 2002

Peeps? posted by mr_crash_davis

Didja notice the Peep Recipes and Craft section?

posted by dejah420 at 10:01 PM on September 6, 2002

we're not children, and this isn't a playground

Hey, speak for yourself, some of us actually are children 8)
posted by zarah at 11:04 PM on September 6, 2002

Yet another new tagline!

Metafilter.com: This isn't AssholeFilter.
posted by wackybrit at 2:23 AM on September 7, 2002

And there's a double irony too! If it isn't AssholeFilter, RJ Reynolds, that means the site is full of assholes.. no.. surely not!
posted by wackybrit at 2:23 AM on September 7, 2002

Macboy: They are the best dogs on the planet, aren't they, although this particular one is a little bit spoiled I'm afraid. Here's a "clever link" to his gramma.

The small text is my vain attempt to get away with being blatantly chatty in MetaTalk.

posted by timeistight at 9:55 AM on September 7, 2002

Impressive Tighttime... Check out this link on labs
posted by Macboy at 3:48 PM on September 7, 2002

I'm of two minds about this. It seems like the proliferation of FPPs is diluting the amount of digestion that goes on. That is, after a post is over a day old, it seldom gets more comments, even if to me the discussion seems not to have reached any sort of conclusion or consensus. But then again I do enjoy seeing news stories being put up for discussion, especially if the person putting it up states a point-of-view. I guess the sniping about excess posts does serve a good purpose, but it should be done civilly.
posted by gametone at 4:31 PM on September 7, 2002

Ha, I meant this last comment to go to this thread But it probably works for this one as well. That happened when I went to sign in, you are thrown to the opening page and I clicked the wrong thread. Anyone know why my password seems cookied for metafilter, but it doesn't stick for metatalk?
posted by gametone at 6:38 PM on September 7, 2002

I just wanted to point out timeistight's tactful manner of gently, subtley pointing out that it usually isn't cool to chat about your dog in MeTa--and all without resorting to name-calling, cocky one-upsmanship or an ounce of snark.

posted by brittney at 12:42 AM on September 8, 2002

My bad - I love dogs. Sorry. We took this conversation offline.
posted by Macboy at 8:15 AM on September 8, 2002

I think we should be allowed to talk about our dogs once a week as long as we include the words "Friday Fidos" in our link description.

MetaFilter needs more dogs.
posted by timeistight at 9:53 AM on September 8, 2002

MetaFilter needs more dogs

Not really.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 10:37 AM on September 8, 2002

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