Opening up registration again? July 10, 2001 9:54 AM   Subscribe

After/Upon the deluge. I feel somewhat self-conscious writing this since I only discovered Mefi in March. Nonetheless, I wonder if Matt has considered how to re-open Metafilter to new members. At this point, the pent-up demand is likely quite large, which could cause a kind of chaos. So I would suggest the when the gate re-opens, it be done in phases: maybe a certain number of posters per-day or per-week for a certain number of weeks; it's how we would do things back in Paramus. Just a thought.
posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM (26 comments total)

They are sneaking in, y'know. Technically, we have only 9075 members, but here's user 9717, for example. There's a back door.

I just hope the front door is open in time for us to shower valuable prizes on user 10000, when he/she arrives.
posted by jpoulos at 10:05 AM on July 10, 2001

I think you might be up to 15K by now.
posted by ParisParamus at 10:23 AM on July 10, 2001

Actually, 9717 is the highest so far.
posted by jpoulos at 10:42 AM on July 10, 2001

You can still sign up at the 5k, which gets you a MeFi account too. That's where all the Zippity Boo Ba are coming from.
posted by norm at 10:43 AM on July 10, 2001

Zippity Boo Ba

So that's the plural of BOP™
posted by iceberg273 at 10:54 AM on July 10, 2001

I don't think it will be a problem. I'm going to turn new users back on tonight, and they'll be required to authenticate their email, which should slow down the growth slightly.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:09 AM on July 10, 2001

I'm going to turn new users back on tonight, and they'll be required to authenticate their email

How about requiring that retroactively for all members? No e-mail addy, no posty.
posted by bradlands at 11:39 AM on July 10, 2001

Second that.
posted by rodii at 11:51 AM on July 10, 2001

Except that there should be an exemption for baby Jesus.
posted by rodii at 11:52 AM on July 10, 2001

If baby Jesus really wants a MeFi account, I'm sure he too can be bothered to set up an email just for us. I mean, he IS the son of God & all.. how hard could it be? Plus then I'd have a place to email all those pressing questions that've been bothering me all these years.
posted by zempf at 12:03 PM on July 10, 2001

Don't you think baby Jesus could get a TLD? Or is the ICANN just that powerful?

I vote "yea" on the email confirmation for all members, though it might be a whopping server load if it's simultaneous.
posted by hijinx at 12:05 PM on July 10, 2001

I vote "yea" on email.

is matt taking votes?
posted by rebeccablood at 12:38 PM on July 10, 2001

posted by starvingartist at 12:59 PM on July 10, 2001

Email required = A Good Thing™
posted by daveadams at 1:04 PM on July 10, 2001

I think Matt decided long ago yes, but I'll second it anyway.
posted by ParisParamus at 1:14 PM on July 10, 2001

hear hear.
posted by will at 1:35 PM on July 10, 2001

No. Think about doublepostguy!
posted by Neale at 4:51 PM on July 10, 2001

posted by baby jesus at 9:07 PM on July 10, 2001

hmmm.... i knew i was onto something... (i apologize to all the future-people reading this [hi there future people!], as it isn't permalinked.). *self-link warning*
posted by lotsofno at 9:21 PM on July 10, 2001

I'll vote "Yea" on the e-mail requirement for all... at one time, also, we had discussed extending the quarantine time before allowing folks to post to the home page. I'd certainly like to see that as well...

posted by silusGROK at 9:31 AM on July 11, 2001

Matt: you can institute the e-mail requirement even without Vis10n's permission...


[inside joke]
posted by jpoulos at 1:39 PM on July 11, 2001

memo to DPG: get "" or something similar. Pronto!
posted by norm at 2:24 PM on July 11, 2001

Copyright infringment will not be tolerated.
posted by Octaviuz at 2:40 PM on July 11, 2001

As User 9816, I would like to say that maybe the front door should never be opened. Instead, have everyone go through the same process I did, where they read MetaFilter for awhile, then move on to MetaTalk, where they stumble onto this thread telling them about the backdoor at the5k. That way, most of the people who sign on will presumably have an inking about what MetaFilter's all about beforehand. Heck, I've even read all of 1142! Actually, that's a lie. I think my eyes glazed over when daveadams talked about installing FreeBSD.

And finally, the real reason I'm posting this is so mathowie can know I'm here and registered and delete me if he doesn't approve.

posted by EatenByAGrue at 12:04 AM on July 18, 2001

Wow, I'm #9277 and I just registered at the 5k yesterday .... weird how your # is higher than mine. =)
posted by Johannahh at 10:46 AM on July 27, 2001

Or perhaps I'm #9927 ... anything goes!
posted by Johannahh at 1:07 PM on July 27, 2001

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