Doesn't do what it says on the tin October 6, 2003 10:47 AM   Subscribe

Blog reviews 6 hits songs from the 50s; FPP claims every #1 song for the past 50+ years. Quite a jump, eh?
posted by mischief to MetaFilter-Related at 10:47 AM (25 comments total)

With some appreciation for the intention here, which I understand as: "hey, look at this cool project that someone's working on," I have to conclude that if we FPP every newly-begun, 12% complete project on the web, we'll be "enjoying" a lot of "journeys" that wind up going nowhere.
posted by scarabic at 10:58 AM on October 6, 2003

It is a misleading FPP.

I want my money back.
posted by Blue Stone at 11:03 AM on October 6, 2003

True, scarabic, but some uncompleted journeys have a lot of potential that can be realized with interest from a community like Metafilter. Besides, if it's an interesting concept and it fosters a good discussion, it doesn't really matter if it goes "nowhere."
posted by PrinceValium at 11:13 AM on October 6, 2003

This journey hasn't even begun.
posted by mischief at 11:34 AM on October 6, 2003

I blame the ticket stub project!
posted by Mick at 11:35 AM on October 6, 2003

The desire to be first strikes again.
posted by Space Coyote at 11:42 AM on October 6, 2003

I want to distance myself from the notion that this wasn't worthy of posting. I think it's a fascinating project, as long as it does indeed continue. But the wording of the FPP should have made it clear before clicking that one was not, in fact, going to encounter reviews of "every #1 song for the past 50+ years."
posted by soyjoy at 12:03 PM on October 6, 2003

It's a compelling concept, but vaporware is inherently disappointing. At least let him get one of his five target decades posted!
posted by rushmc at 12:06 PM on October 6, 2003

I think I disagree. While the FPP could have been more appropriately worded to reflect the forward looking nature of the post, providing the project with an audience could be what keeps it from being put on the back burner. I, for one, would like to think that MeFi actual has a positive impact on what people do with the web, rather than just dissecting the interesting bits after the fact.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 12:36 PM on October 6, 2003

There's something circular in the logic that we should pay attention to new projects, because if we do, they will succeed and become interesting.

I'm open to suggestions for criteria on which we select unfinished projects the MetaFilter Show of SupportTM. There are lots of them out there. eg:
I'm going to moblog from every cafe in San Francisco. Woo-hoo! I've already done 2! FPP me, baby!
thoughts, kindall?
posted by scarabic at 1:05 PM on October 6, 2003

So it's settled, stupidsexyFlanders shall be flogged at noon tomorrow for this horrible crime against our society, and the streets shall flow with his blood. Wear flip-flops.
posted by Stan Chin at 1:23 PM on October 6, 2003

ooh. flip flops!
posted by eyeballkid at 1:32 PM on October 6, 2003

I blame Gravy.
posted by squirrel at 2:13 PM on October 6, 2003

I'd probably run it on mefi-projects, yeah. Whether it's appropriate for MetaFilter is not really my call, but I'd think it'd be kind of a weak post.
posted by kindall at 2:20 PM on October 6, 2003

fwiw - nothing personal against StupidSexyFlanders, whose contributions I enjoy.
posted by scarabic at 2:32 PM on October 6, 2003

I am going to begin a project of reviewing every word in the English language. Please put my blog on the front page, please.
posted by languagehat at 3:04 PM on October 6, 2003

the first word is AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!
posted by angry modem at 4:02 PM on October 6, 2003

Monju, scarabic, to me this would be more appropriate so early in the lifecycle if the project leader(s) were seeking additional contributors. Would be very cool if you could get the writing done by people commenting on their all time favorite (or the opposite), but to FPP the project after only six entries are in place seems premature otherwise. Not that I care, go go go ssF!
posted by billsaysthis at 4:34 PM on October 6, 2003

A 12%-complete project would be an improvement over a 0.22%-complete project.

Actually, the likelihood is that since many songs repeated at #1 week after week, the total number of reviews will be somewhat smaller than the theoretical maximum of ~2756. Say 1500 or so. But if he does six reviews and takes another week (or so) off, it won't be 12%-complete (330 reviews) until roughly this time in 2004. Mark your posting calendar now!
posted by dhartung at 9:42 PM on October 6, 2003

I'm sorry, this is completely off-topic, although given the previous MeTa thread probably relevant, I miss you dhartung. Come back to MeFi.
posted by BlueTrain at 10:05 PM on October 6, 2003

Blog reviews 6 hits songs from the 50s; FPP claims every #1 song for the past 50+ years.

"Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of false advertising since my lawsuit against the movie The Neverending Story!"
posted by kirkaracha at 11:19 PM on October 6, 2003

What a load of cock.

'Hey look, here's something cool I found on the 'net.'

'Noooo! You bad person for telling us too soon & in an inappropriate manner...ooh, look! Something about the CA recall! Happy Fun!'

Nob ends...
posted by i_cola at 6:32 AM on October 7, 2003

Load of cock?
posted by squirrel at 10:35 AM on October 7, 2003

No thanks, I'm trying to cut down.
posted by soyjoy at 10:41 AM on October 7, 2003

What a load of cock.
Yeah, I know, but I simply could not resist the implicit irony. ;-P
posted by mischief at 12:09 PM on October 7, 2003

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