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What are MeFi's secrets? Are there handy secret pref pages, alternate views, fun hidden special.metafilter.com domains? You tell me.
posted by Marquis to MetaFilter-Related at 12:40 PM (37 comments total)

There have got to be some neat thingies hanging around somewhere. My Quest began with this post by daveadams:

Otherwise, the old thread is still out there. Lots of people use the recent comments view, so they might even see your post!

Is dave just referring to browsing around looking for white text? Or are there secret utilities/preferences that lie outside of the About Metafilter and Customize pages?
posted by Marquis at 12:44 PM on August 28, 2001

Well, if you can stomach 1200+ posts, I highly recommend checking out 1142, which is quite possibly the strangest thread around. Don't ask me about the secret handshake, though.. I can't reveal everything...
posted by zempf at 12:50 PM on August 28, 2001

in the same vein.... maybe.
I thought someone might find this and it would start a trend...specially for the oldbies..go back and find YOUR thread. thread number = member number.

MY thread

posted by darkpony at 1:03 PM on August 28, 2001

My thread has no comments at all, when was the last time that happened?
posted by corpse at 1:39 PM on August 28, 2001

oh, darkpony's did, until the comment
posted by corpse at 1:46 PM on August 28, 2001

My thread concerns Microsoft vaporware. Wah.

But hot damn, I had no idea I was user #850! I gots me a three-digit number! I RAWK. *devil horns*
posted by solistrato at 2:01 PM on August 28, 2001

I got the halleucenagenic drug thread. It's actually a pretty cool thread, but it got way, waaaaay too metaphysical for my taste. Word of the day: eigenstate.
posted by gd779 at 2:27 PM on August 28, 2001

Hmm, mine's to a missing article on yahoo (probably about MS worlddomination)... figures
posted by tj at 2:29 PM on August 28, 2001

In an attempt to boldly display my own vacuous stupidity, which rivals that of particularly dim cattle or other meat mammals, i ask you:

How do you know what user # you are?

*preparing self for inevitable volley of semi-rotten fruits and vegetables*

posted by Kafkaesque at 2:46 PM on August 28, 2001

what should i take from the fact that my thread has been deleted?

it's gotta be a sign.
posted by palegirl at 3:02 PM on August 28, 2001

Kafkaesque, your user number is attached to your user name on every thread...


so you're 4350.

posted by Neale at 3:26 PM on August 28, 2001

Oh! Thanks a lot Neale!

Now I have the answer to a question that has been troubling me for so many years:

Extremely important question: Should 5-year-old kids be allowed to bungee jump?

Actually all I have is the question, since no-one commented on my thread. But at least I know why I've been filled with this crushing existential angst for so long. Finally to put a question to the years of malaise and ennui! Sweet rapture!
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:52 PM on August 28, 2001

i haven't been here long enough to have my own thread... :o( in due time...
posted by lotsofno at 5:39 PM on August 28, 2001

Yes you have, lotsofno
posted by modofo at 6:22 PM on August 28, 2001

My thread has no comments and was posted by the man himself!

also, there is no a-list
posted by Mick at 7:32 PM on August 28, 2001

ah, i must've looked at it wrong, thanks modofo... bah, lizzie grubman.
posted by lotsofno at 9:05 PM on August 28, 2001

One of my favourite MeFi secrets.
posted by Neale at 12:02 AM on August 29, 2001

Er. What? A search result that links to another thread's comments? Isn't that just a humdrum bug? Or am I missing something....
posted by Marquis at 6:51 AM on August 29, 2001

Neale's search is looking for <!--, which is the beginning part of the code for writing comments in HTML. The comments are written into the code of the page, so that when someone looks at the page source to try & figure out how this table or that frame is set up, they can see the author's comments & get a better idea of how it works.

What Neale's search does, then, is find people who've embedded these little hidden comments into their posts. If you don't feel like digging through the page source to find them, plug the URLs into this tool and it'll show you just the comments.
posted by zempf at 8:30 AM on August 29, 2001

five year olds can only work for Fagan.
posted by clavdivs at 8:59 AM on August 29, 2001

My thread is soooooo lame.

Here's a question -- is your thread older than your user number? Mine is by about four months.
posted by briank at 9:46 AM on August 29, 2001

my thread is a link to a sexed-up grammar guide. how fun. my thread is older than my username by about six weeks.
posted by bluishorange at 11:26 AM on August 29, 2001

Woo! I'm number 6000. That's one in a thousand, a number like that! ;-)
posted by salmacis at 11:57 AM on August 29, 2001

Great mine is a death of someone who I liked when I was a wee lad (but I also thought that he drew Doonesbury - how cool a PM and Cartoonist). Post date Sept. 28, 2000, my number was assigned Feb. 1, 2001.

When I joined MeFi I thought my number was soooo high. Now I look like a relative early adopter. These were the days be for the Slashdot kiddies with attitude arrived. They just make the place more colorful I guess.
posted by vanderwal at 1:29 PM on August 29, 2001

When I see that my thread is titled "I started looking for websites about misanthropy", I detect the World Brain at work again.
posted by Skot at 3:09 PM on August 29, 2001

Zempf, you just made my day.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 4:30 PM on August 29, 2001

Always glad to be a help.. :)
posted by zempf at 4:33 PM on August 29, 2001

Oh yeah, my thread is the death of Alan Funt.

posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 4:35 PM on August 29, 2001

What's my thread?

Ah man! I got crummy PC Vaporware too. Rip off!
posted by Shadowkeeper at 4:41 PM on August 29, 2001

wow.. that comment search thing is just cool... i'm going to start leaving hidden messages.
posted by lotsofno at 9:23 PM on August 29, 2001

axial tilt.
posted by holgate at 4:05 AM on August 30, 2001

secret penis tricks - live and learn.
posted by ceiriog at 8:28 AM on August 30, 2001

The post for my user number is almost 2 years old to the day. Wacky!
posted by Jeremy at 8:50 AM on August 30, 2001


How embarassing. And about 2 months older than my account.
posted by straight at 1:17 PM on August 31, 2001

DID YOU KNOW 25 IS THE EARLIEST EXISTING MEFI POST? (from CrazyUncleJoe's comment code - you sneaky bastard)

actually, number 19 is still around
posted by rorycberger at 8:55 PM on October 30, 2001

not that anyone is still reading this anyways
posted by rorycberger at 8:56 PM on October 30, 2001

Bug dicks.
posted by qbert72 at 9:16 PM on December 17, 2001

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