MetaFilter And Metatalk Taglines October 3, 2002 8:00 PM   Subscribe

The Hopefully Somewhat Complete As Of Right Now List of MetaFilter And Metatalk Taglines, as tirelessly collected by dg. These are fabulous! We have such poets amongst us.
posted by iconomy to MetaFilter-Related at 8:00 PM (46 comments total)

Damn, this is going to take a while. I've just scratched the surface so far; however, I immediately wanted to give mad props to quonsar for this one, but it's actually mischief's words. In the spirit of constructive criticism, I'd say the credit on each of these should go to the author, not the one who identified it as a tagline.
posted by yhbc at 8:07 PM on October 3, 2002


Likewise, kafkaesque gets credit for starting the entire "Oh. Oh dear." meme. It galls me to have to say it, but kaf has been one of my writing heroes since long before I could throw poo at him personally.
posted by yhbc at 8:15 PM on October 3, 2002


This is fucking great. I can't believe you dg.. you did it.. you actually sifted through.. all the... DO YOU HAVE A JOB?!

One thing though: "electrconic day-care center for maladjusted cranks/genuises?" is attributed to me, but Jonmc actually said it. I came up with a hilarious retort that should win me at least a first-place ribbon in the funny-fair, but Jonmc gets credit for the aforementioned.
posted by Hildago at 8:26 PM on October 3, 2002


Oh, yeah. I forgot that one.
posted by jonmc at 8:30 PM on October 3, 2002


*still stitching my sides back together*

*now kneeling down & bowing in dg's general direction*
posted by dash_slot- at 8:36 PM on October 3, 2002


Damn, I forgot all about that one!

posted by mischief at 8:37 PM on October 3, 2002


How long before tamim analyses this and produces the Top25? (",)
posted by dash_slot- at 8:45 PM on October 3, 2002


dg and tanim--MeFi's answer to Bartleby and Isaac Newton
posted by jonmc at 8:51 PM on October 3, 2002


that's a compliment, gents
posted by jonmc at 8:51 PM on October 3, 2002


Nice job, dg. Now I'm compelled to go back and obsessively track down the half dozen or so other ones that I remember proposing way back when, but didn't make you big list.

You bastard.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:58 PM on October 3, 2002


Ack. So now we can look forward to the inevitable rash of taglines by people who want to get on the list. (Though I guess if it keeps stav otherwise occupied for even a short while, it's not completely without merit....)
posted by mattpfeff at 9:25 PM on October 3, 2002


Personal faves (tho' its totally unfair):-
- Respect the link. (rushmc) , for brevity;
- You people may want to remove the butt plugs once a week cuz your eyeballs are turning brown. (quonsar) , for directness;
- I know something offends me, I just need to find it.... (owillis), cos i know exactly what he means;
- Trolling for fellatio. (evanizer), cos it sounds so dirty;
- sniff my ethernet. (rodii), cos i miss him, and its surreal;
- now with full frontal Miguel. (tj), well, just because;
- "With a derail to go?" (Miguel Cardoso), cos 1 miguel reference is never enough;
- You're wrong. No you're wrong. (Shadowkeeper) , cos it actually is a tagline;
- we're trying to have a society here. (rodii), cos its true.

Sorry, couldn't wait for analysis
posted by dash_slot- at 9:30 PM on October 3, 2002


if it keeps stav otherwise occupied for even a short while, it's not completely without merit...

Hey, now! No pickin' on the chicken!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:32 PM on October 3, 2002


Does it actually have to have been proposed as a tagline to qualify? I was reminded in the endless entertaining Get Your War On meme-fest of the one line that says it all: We have cameras. NortonDC apparently forget the "MetaFilter: " prefix, but otherwise, it's perfection...
posted by JollyWanker at 9:36 PM on October 3, 2002


yhbc - I came across this problem early on in making the list and had to decide which way to give credit, because often the taglines are extracted from someone's comment text and sometimes are written as a separate sentence. I decided to credit the person who proposed it as a tag, even though that may not always be correct. I could credit both, I guess, but it gets complicated.

Hildago, yes I have a job - works been piling up for a while now, though.

stavrosthewonderchicken, don't blame me - it was you that finally inspired me to make the list, but I can't quite remember how now. Bastard. Utter, Utter, Utter Bastard!

I have probably missed plenty, as I found them by searching for things like "MetaFilter:" and then searching the results, so not an exact science. Happy to add any - just e-mail the link to me.

Have to go and do some work now...
posted by dg at 9:37 PM on October 3, 2002


Hey, now! No pickin' on the chicken!

Now that's a tagline, staverino!
posted by jonmc at 9:38 PM on October 3, 2002


"MeFi's answer to Bartleby and Isaac Newton"

Didn't those guys sell wine coolers?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:51 PM on October 3, 2002


This so needs to be incorporated into the front page. Randomly per static refresh.
posted by skallas at 10:02 PM on October 3, 2002


Oh teehee, dg, I forgot I wrote that....Thanks. (*blushes*)
posted by Lynsey at 10:03 PM on October 3, 2002


Good googley moogley. Nice job, dg!
posted by gummi at 10:13 PM on October 3, 2002


Great work, dg! What fun it is to zoom through someone else's hard work.

I agree with the methodology, btw. Taglines are spotted, not written. There's an art to it. I can't do it. For instance, that "with a derail to go?" wasn't tagged by me. I just wrote it. It was probably in the middle of some long rant, surrounded by padding and deadweight, 'tween jetsam and flotsam.

What happens is you write down a load of cobblers, the usual rubbish, and someone else cherry-picks a few words, isolates them and then generalizes them as referring to MetaFilter as a whole. In the example above, say:

MeFi: 'tween jetsam and flotsam.

A poor example, but a vindication of your approach to this fascinating subject. Thank you very much - you should be immediately awarded a license to act like a total fuckwit for a month or two without snark, sanction or deletion.

Wouldn't it be fun if great contributions got Monopoly-style cards? An "Undelete" card would be the highest honour, allowing a user to repost a thread deleted by Matt. Other cards that might be considered:

1. "Delete a news post of your choice"
2. "Free double-post"
3. "Free use of unacceptable expletive"
4. "Masquerade as another poster"

et caetera. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:17 PM on October 3, 2002


Amazing. Fantastic. Truly awful.
posted by timeistight at 10:19 PM on October 3, 2002


very nice. good work dg..
posted by PugAchev at 10:22 PM on October 3, 2002


5. "Trade in this card for one (1) pony."
posted by Silune at 10:28 PM on October 3, 2002


Wow, I didn't realize how many taglines I came up with (for better or for worse). I had tossed the idea around of doing something like this, but I bet it wouldn't have come out so well...kudos to you, sir!
posted by adampsyche at 4:30 AM on October 4, 2002


And I still remember that kafka comment mentioned above. I think that still reigns as my favorite MeFi comment ever.
posted by adampsyche at 4:31 AM on October 4, 2002


You people may want to remove the butt plugs once a week cuz your eyeballs are turning brown. (quonsar)
though i did remark about it, and would love to take credit for it, this was actually uttered by mischief.
posted by quonsar at 4:40 AM on October 4, 2002


q: I can understand why you may want to distance yourself from that one. ;{P
posted by mischief at 4:47 AM on October 4, 2002


Crazy. I am impressed.
posted by Fabulon7 at 6:02 AM on October 4, 2002


You can't forget this or this one that came up a few days ago.
posted by misterioso at 7:25 AM on October 4, 2002


Holy crap. Dg, you are COMPLETELY and UTTERLY CRACKERS, you Metafilter fanboy!
posted by RJ Reynolds at 7:52 AM on October 4, 2002


I wish I could be impressed, but for some reason the page crashes my browser (Mac IE5). It loads what must be about a third of the text, and then acts like it's finished. I can't, however, choose anything from the menu/close the window/quit, etc. Hope me?
posted by Marquis at 10:18 AM on October 4, 2002


Marquis - you are probably the most quoted poster! You really must buy a PC if you want to continue to participate here in a meaningful way.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:31 AM on October 4, 2002


Does it actually have to have been proposed as a tagline to qualify?

I hope not, because toddshot's I'm cold and scared! is a classic too. Other favs:

Respect the link.
The restroom wall of the internet.
It's like cockfighting without the cocks!.
Get paid to surf the web. Read Metafilter at work.
Wildly out-of-step with the national Zeitgeist.
The limitations are endless.
Less than fully gruntled.
I know something offends me, I just need to find it....
Pillow fight in the ladies room.
It makes me smarter, and more angry about THINGS.
Self-policing my sugar-coated ass since 1999.
Abandon all work, ye who enter here.
Pacifist = fuckwit.
Enough with the broom already.
I think we're saying the same thing.
It's not random. It's complexity.
Oh. Oh dear.
Taking navel-gazing to a whole new level.
We appear to have been a little hasty about your lynching.

How on earth did I get "You're wrong. No you're wrong" to my credit?
posted by Shadowkeeper at 10:32 AM on October 4, 2002


Oops: toddshot's moment of glory.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 10:35 AM on October 4, 2002


I laughed. I cried. I fell asleep at my desk.

No pickin' on the chicken!

That sounds almost as dirty as "Trolling for Fellatio."
posted by MrBaliHai at 10:41 AM on October 4, 2002


My fav so far (I don't think it made the list) was Metafilter: Get Back to Work!
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 11:29 AM on October 4, 2002


Less than fully gruntled.

Heh.
posted by rushmc at 11:31 AM on October 4, 2002


This page is like the Meta Venus de Milo, sculpted by Meta artisans who work entirely in the medium of Meta.
posted by interrobang at 12:18 PM on October 4, 2002


Kudos on the compilation.

But my favorite tagline ("I love my dead gay threads") should be attributed to dong_resin, not our fearless leader.

[I can be such a nitpicky little bitch.]
posted by brittney at 12:31 PM on October 4, 2002


even more taglines
from thread 11629
(props to eyeballkid):

It's like flag day in your mouth, all year long!
New Mefi tagline?
posted by eyeballkid at 5:49 PM PST on April 19

New Mefi tagline?
-New Mefi tagline?
posted by eyeballkid at 5:49 PM PST on April 19

posted by languagehat at 1:19 PM on October 4, 2002


sculpted by Meta artisans who work entirely in the medium of Meta

So why am I picturing Velveeta cheese here?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 2:12 PM on October 4, 2002


dg, you are my new hero.
posted by aine42 at 3:25 PM on October 4, 2002


Metafilter: Still crazy after all these years
posted by feelinglistless at 4:26 PM on October 4, 2002


whoa, I had forgotten about "MetaTalk - now with full frontal Miguel."
posted by tj at 9:20 AM on October 5, 2002


MetaFilter: now I have to give that up and do something real
posted by timeistight at 9:10 AM on October 11, 2002


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