Where did everybody go? September 5, 2001 11:23 PM   Subscribe

I'm wondering if a lot of the names I've come to know and love/hate have left entirely or are just hanging around silently shaking their heads or what....(more inside)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 11:23 PM (26 comments total)

A lot of the pleasure I've gotten out of MeFi has been from anticipating the comments from people I feel as if I've vicariously gotten to know over the last however-long-it's-been, and it seems to me like the latest wave of new registrations has made some of those voices go away. Is it just me? No names, 'cause I'm sure I'd leave too many out, but there are some folks that have both been around much longer and shorter times than me that I'm kinda missing at the moment.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:27 PM on September 5, 2001

I'm seriously reconsidering my involvement. I'm still managing to post in a few threads, though. My calculus tends to be that a thread exceeding 20 comments might have all hte bases covered, and the traffic means there's more of those by the time I get to them, and so I don't post.
posted by dhartung at 11:47 PM on September 5, 2001

(MeFi, my friends, is boring. We must not say so.)

What dhartung said.

posted by holgate at 4:15 AM on September 6, 2001

What are you trying to say about those of us who are still here? ;-).
posted by rcade at 5:12 AM on September 6, 2001

I love you too, honest. *Group hug*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:33 AM on September 6, 2001

I'm reasonably certain that many of the people I like talking to here are lurking and waiting for something to catch their attention.
posted by cCranium at 6:08 AM on September 6, 2001

posted by ParisParamus at 7:33 AM on September 6, 2001

Please let's not mention anyone by name unless we email them, especially Mr. A. He, I know, hates that.

BTW, he's around, I think. Just keeping a low profile. Can't say I blame him.

As for myself (I know, it's always about me), I've been bitching so much recently about the quality here, that I've decided to make an effort to contribute more. I can't complain if I'm not doing my part to help. But the temptation just to lurk is great.
posted by jpoulos at 8:27 AM on September 6, 2001

Sorry for the faux pas.
posted by ParisParamus at 9:37 AM on September 6, 2001

Sorry for the faux pas.
posted by ParisParamus at 9:38 AM on September 6, 2001

Which faux pas?
posted by rodii at 10:09 AM on September 6, 2001

names I've come to know and ...hate have left entirely

Wha? I'm still around aren't I?

I really don't keep up with the front page so much any more. There's more there than I have the time or interest to pursue. I will occasionally contribute to threads in their early stages, but I'm seen more on MetaTalk, where I can espouse my views of how everyone should post on MeFi without having to actually go there.
posted by daveadams at 10:47 AM on September 6, 2001

Which faux pas?

He made two and apologized twice, so I guess he's even.
posted by daveadams at 10:48 AM on September 6, 2001

MetaFilter has become a shouting match, and somewhere PrivateParts is sitting at a browser with a shit-eating grin.
posted by harmful at 12:56 PM on September 6, 2001

I don't know if you were referring to me or not, Starvo, but I've simply been busy. Vietnamese girlboys don't just sell themselves. Not at first, anyway.
posted by dong_resin at 1:30 PM on September 6, 2001

I thought half of them went to Burning Man? :D

posted by metrocake at 4:23 PM on September 6, 2001

I've actually heard talk of a reunion special in the works, so don't you worry, Stavros.
posted by Doug at 8:29 PM on September 6, 2001

anyone move...and you'll get it in the left earlobe...(chick-chick). You, resin guy, git cracking on that robot sex slave/. rcade- WE WANT MORE CRUEL. Dhart. you leave and i will sign up to your site(im warning you) Holgate- keep trying on that poetry thing(your close) Starvo- just be you. Rodii is close to 4000 gigawatt, self contained frip-a-tronic 9000 multi task stimbot on sale this X-mas( gotta watch the uofm crowd.)skallas, if you bypass a level 3 Tordal alarm and loop a mini cam, i got a nice job fer ya.( another MeFi member and i are riddin around in his Buick, eyeing armoured cars with the most rust.....:)
posted by clavdivs at 7:21 AM on September 7, 2001

that has to be one of the most incoherent things I've seen today... good work clavdivs!
posted by tj at 10:11 AM on September 7, 2001

I know I have found myself posting a lot less than I did half a year ago. Where I would once jump in and take a big bite out of most any topic, I more often now just look at it, sigh, and go do something else.

I think this is connected to Metafilter's increasing diversity. The farther back I have to reach to get to a point of commonality, the more work it is to build an argument up to whatever it is I actually wanted to say, and more often than not it just isn't worth it.

Far be it from me to speak for Those No Longer Here, but I would be surprised if I am the only one with this experience.

posted by Mars Saxman at 11:50 PM on September 8, 2001

It's too big and I feel confused.
posted by sylloge at 12:20 AM on September 9, 2001

I don't know if I'm included on that "A-List" of names, but I've also noticed a certain degradation of MeFi.

That's what happens when a community grows at the rate that MeFi has - with greater quantity comes reduced quality. To his credit, I think Matt has done a good job of deleting those posts that are the worst offenders.

Still, I don't think anyone here would support the wholesale deletion of posts, or the removal of those members deemed less than "up to snuff".

Which means that we're stuck here. The solution? Those of us who appreciate well reasoned posts and comments should make a point of composing them. We must lead by example.

It's easy to take the highbrow route and just give up on the community, but I refuse to do that. We're all responsible for the fate of MeFi, not just Mr. Haughey. If MeFi is losing it's lustre, it's very much our fault.

So who's with me?
posted by aladfar at 7:46 AM on September 9, 2001

tj- humor-define it and make a scenerio that makes sense logically and i'll flip for the amtrak out of eastpointe. better greyhound that tj. what are you confused about? your blazing, laser beam wit is just leaving me baffled. no. i thought it was funny, even lighthearted. no, people like you(like me) have to worm in the schegma comment. (weak and tepid as it was) Im learning to drop the histrionics but not the humor. each refernece to a mefi-mem was made out of respect...so ad something tj (ill just diddo holgates diddo and tap sylloges comment .) so whats more incoherent. the incoherent statement(mine) or the one that follows(yours)
posted by clavdivs at 9:06 AM on September 9, 2001

aladfar.. well said. I think this is the first time anyone's mentioned that "instead of bitching, let's try to make things better."

Really, "We must lead by example". So come on, people. Stop complaining, and make MeFi and the world just a slightly better place.
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 2:40 AM on September 10, 2001

i've been around a while, have noticed something of a slide, but....

...as these things go, isn't kind of like your junior year of college? in that instance, how many times can you be willing to get into that argument about derrida, or -isms or how buddhism and post-modernity are really the same, but just so different.

in many cases, since it's based on current events, new stuff on the web, etc. MeFi manages to maintain its freshness (Matt, there's a MeFi slogan in there somewhere), but the nature of this sort of group discussion will eventually cause some to drop off & some to join on later.

just my opinion.

posted by elsar at 3:34 PM on September 10, 2001

Noted without comment:
It seems like I don't visit MetaFilter (a collaborative weblog and discussion website) any longer. I never posted a great deal there, but I used to be a voracious reader of the thoughtful, intelligent and just plain wacky discussions that evolved from links to clever, creative or useful sites on the web.

I suppose I only just realized today that I don't really feel comfortable there anymore, even stopping by just to read the site. It feels as though a couple of boorish, brainless frat boys moved into my friend Matt's apartment and I'm suddenly the odd man out when we all get together.
posted by rodii at 6:32 PM on September 10, 2001

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