I voted for what? March 9, 2005 10:50 AM   Subscribe

I just got sort of tricked into voting for the fore-edge painting post on metafilter:remixed by casu marzu. While I DID think it was a great post, I had no idea mefi:remixed existed, and would have liked more of a "click here if you think this post deserves recognition on another site" link. Or something. It's not a big deal, just a courtesy issue.
posted by ArsncHeart to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 AM (12 comments total)

This was something I did on the spur of the moment, without really thinking about the consequences. I've flagged my comment and I'd encourage Matt to delete it if this a problem.

I think Metafilter Remixed is cool, but it seems like it's underutilized. I apologize to webmutant in advanced if this is a problem for him, too. I'm curious if he has any thoughts, though.
posted by casu marzu at 11:01 AM on March 9, 2005

Agreed, links that trick me into "voting" for something are bad.
posted by orthogonality at 11:06 AM on March 9, 2005

Oh, should say that I wasn't trying to trick anybody, just trying to express something positive about the post. In retrospect it was a dumb idea, and even dumber execution, since people do feel tricked. So I apologize for that too.
posted by casu marzu at 11:10 AM on March 9, 2005

Stop being so reasonable!

(I agree, Metafilter Remixed is cool, and it is underutilized.)
posted by Plutor at 11:17 AM on March 9, 2005

Casu - no worries; you've apologized and introduced me (at least) to Remixed. Doubleplusgood.

Oh, and I can't help saying Metafilter: Stop being so reasonable!
posted by ArsncHeart at 11:31 AM on March 9, 2005

Ban him! This reasonable-ness must be stopped!
posted by graventy at 11:37 AM on March 9, 2005

Yeah, that's lame. I removed it at your request. Don't do that, please.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:24 PM on March 9, 2005

Removed what?
posted by Quartermass at 3:11 PM on March 9, 2005


In one of casu marzu's posts in the thread, he had a [this is good] that linked directly to the MefiRemix point adder thingie.
posted by graventy at 3:56 PM on March 9, 2005

Quartermass,Matt deleted my comment that voted for the thread on Metafilter:Remixed when anyone clicked on it. It looked like this:

[this is good]
posted by casu marzu at 12:15 PM EST on March 9

(Note: the above link just pops you back into this thread. No funny business, I swear).

I've started to spend more time looking at Metafilter:Remixed and less time looking at MeFi because the signal/noise ratio is much better there -- it's all signal. There are numerous posts in MeFi with lots of comments but little content (either in the links of the discussion), so it's hard to tell what's what. The good stuff is still there, it just takes more effort to find it. However, whenever I do take the time to read MeFi and I notice something interesting I vote for it on Remixed. Judging by the recent activity there, only a few people ever do this, and so a lot of good stuff doesn't make it over. So this was intended to encourage people to go over there and use it, as much as to highlight the post (which is excellent). I didn't really think this through, though. The inherent stupidity of this idea is pretty much confirmed by the existence of this MetaTalk thread.

You can see what happened just by going to Metafilter:Remixed. In a matter of hours, 132 people clicked the link. Since it only allows one vote per IP I'd wager it's a good representation of the actual number of users. By way of contrast, only 26 people actually commented in the thread itself.

This is at least somewhat interesting to me, since it gives some indication of the number of people silently reading along. Of course, due to the relative obscurity of Metafilter:Remixed and its relationship to the comment text, there's no way to know how many of those votes were from people who actually knew what clicking on the link would do. My guess is: not many. D'oh! But I swear, had my intent been malicious, I would have posted a comment that voted for some other thread (like maybe this one). Experimentally, the entire purpose of exercise was a failure, since I don't think there's been any activity over there since Matt deleted my comment. Most people probably just scratched their heads and then moved on.

Another thing I didn't consider is that it's entirely likely that webmutant doesn't have the bandwidth to support a lot of daily traffic on Remixed (on the sidebar he says its a "proof of concept"), so posting the link without consulting him only compounded the stupidity of the comment.
posted by casu marzu at 4:10 PM on March 9, 2005

Remixed is nice, but in just a few extra minutes I can do my own editing.
posted by caddis at 5:24 PM on March 9, 2005

tricksy it was!

fool me once, shame on... shame on you. fool me... uh, won't get fooled again.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 8:55 PM on March 9, 2005

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