Pie for you if you help me solve this search March 19, 2003 10:08 AM   Subscribe

Apple pies to the people prepared not to scruple perversely or crumple prematurely in providing ample particulars to this disciple posting a simple problem.
posted by taz (staff) to Bugs at 10:08 AM (22 comments total)

What I want to know is, why, when I search for "plep" using "users" and "since day one" do I come up with five returns out of 13 that seem to have no good reason for being there, such as this, this, this, this, and this? The other eight I can figure out, but these seem to have come up for no reason.

I've noticed this before with returns on other user names, including my own. Or is it just me? Did I break the internet again?
posted by taz at 10:09 AM on March 19, 2003

You were looking for this, weren't you, taz? Hehe. I like pie.
posted by iconomy at 10:19 AM on March 19, 2003

Yes! That's exactly what I was looking for, and I knew you knew it... but no pie until you can tell me why there are 13 pleps when there should only be eight pleps. (Though, needless to say, there is only one true, good and mighty plep!)
posted by taz at 10:26 AM on March 19, 2003

because plep is mentioned on those user pages maybe?

pie pie pie!
posted by gravelshoes at 10:35 AM on March 19, 2003

check THEN post dammit. keep your damn pie. I don't know
posted by gravelshoes at 10:39 AM on March 19, 2003

don't crumple prematurely, gravelshoes... there must be an answer to this, this... insanity!
posted by taz at 10:55 AM on March 19, 2003

I don't know the answer, taz. Miss Marple possibly may hold a clue to this mystery. Clay Dalrymple, possibly. Or Shirley Temple, perhaps.
posted by iconomy at 11:01 AM on March 19, 2003

...or Jellyback. spineless. like me
posted by gravelshoes at 11:21 AM on March 19, 2003

taz: none of those users display their email address. I'll bet that's where the search is finding the string you're looking for.

Try searching users for "hotmail" to see another example of this behaviour.
posted by timeistight at 12:52 PM on March 19, 2003

timeistight, I see what you're pointing out, and you're on the verge of winning 95 apple pies, but what might be the invisible email address that contain p-l-e-p in the string?
posted by taz at 1:09 PM on March 19, 2003

actually, never mind. It might be five employees of X company, who all want to keep X from knowing what they're doing on the net...

It's official. 95 apple pies to timeistight. I need to start peeling.
posted by taz at 1:14 PM on March 19, 2003

but for those of you who used your work address for sign-up yet thought you might be invisible by not making your email public; you might want to start peeling, too.
posted by taz at 1:22 PM on March 19, 2003

posted by eddydamascene at 4:08 PM on March 19, 2003

I'm confused. Could someone please explain this in MoronSpeak for me?
posted by Vidiot at 6:05 PM on March 19, 2003

MoronSpeak: some of us don't want our mail to show on the page with user info. So they say "no" to "show mail on user page." But when you look for "plep," it will give you a page that has "plep" in the mail even if you said "don't show the mail." Because when you look, the site will look in mail, too.

All in words of four letters or fewer. Whew!
posted by vraxoin at 7:03 PM on March 19, 2003

Except for "because." Which has more than four letters. Aw, man. Damn last minute preview edit...
posted by vraxoin at 7:05 PM on March 19, 2003

taz, I want some homemade apple pie too. I feel so forelorn that work obligations kept me from competing to win a veritable plethora of of pies - 95! Are there special Greek variations or are these American style?

You will have to have more apple pie contests, whether or not they involve plep. I insist.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:45 PM on March 19, 2003

thanks, vraxoin. so those five people just happened to have the string "plep" in their not-shown e-mail addresses?
posted by Vidiot at 8:21 PM on March 19, 2003

ok, madame J., a milopita for you. (and I'm holding hands with mefiers to the left and right of me along with you, girl.)

Vidiot, yes. This also means you can search any specific email address, wild-card fashion, using a search term such as "@xyzcompany.com" and all users who registered with an email address from xyz company will show up, even the ones who don't have their email on their user page.
posted by taz at 11:12 PM on March 19, 2003

so those five people just happened to have the string "plep" in their not-shown e-mail addresses?

posted by rory at 5:58 AM on March 20, 2003

Much obliged.
posted by Vidiot at 7:38 PM on March 20, 2003

posted by Fupped Duck at 10:03 PM on March 20, 2003

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