unquestionably the greatest 1000 member group June 2, 2005 5:07 PM   Subscribe

"Unrelated, but let's just point out once again that the 14K group is unquestionably the greatest 1000 member group in the history of Metafilter."

I would like to hear the opinions of 14k'ers on this subject.
Various Mefi-Untermenschen are free to offer us , the 'greatest generation' , their tributes.
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 PM (104 comments total)

Word. All y'all other bitches can fall the fuck back.
posted by bonaldi at 5:20 PM on June 2, 2005


Look, I made (stole) you a medal!



Wear it proudly to show you really are "special"! Remember, it makes great show and tell. :-D
posted by shepd at 5:31 PM on June 2, 2005


Thank you, thank you. Also, my Slashdot user number is only 6 digits, and I have an equally dismal post count on both sites.

Well, not counting AskMe, where I do post somewhat often, but only in threads pertaining to New York, New England or computers. Well-rounded I ain't.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 5:36 PM on June 2, 2005


I've heard that Asians on Metafilter are vastly superior to the Whites and Jews.

Just want to hear the opinions of any Asians on the subject.
posted by Krrrlson at 5:36 PM on June 2, 2005


I EAT 14KERS
posted by I EAT TAPES at 5:38 PM on June 2, 2005


Just want to hear the opinions of any Asians on the subject.

ME RIKEY VELLY MUCH.

*Spits out hilarious buck teeth and takes off slanty-eyed glasses as per Jerry Lewis who is much beloved in France and not a rascist at all, really, truly*
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:45 PM on June 2, 2005


1 TOLD J00 WE WERE H4RDC0RE!
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:46 PM on June 2, 2005


Just want to hear the opinions of any Asians on the subject.

My opinion: Asians are vastly superior to Whites and Jews.

Oh, and 14Kers, too.
posted by 23skidoo at 5:48 PM on June 2, 2005


Oh, for crying out loud.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 5:50 PM on June 2, 2005


huh?

*not afraid to appear clueless*
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 5:54 PM on June 2, 2005


The under 1000 group could whip all yer asses.
posted by jonmc at 5:55 PM on June 2, 2005


Oh, for crying out loud.

Oh, that's just the kind of response we expect out of you 17k people. You all look alike, by the way.
posted by interrobang at 6:02 PM on June 2, 2005


We do rock, don't we?
posted by eustacescrubb at 6:04 PM on June 2, 2005


The under 1000 group could whip all yer asses.

what he said.
posted by jessamyn at 6:06 PM on June 2, 2005


jessamyn! wendell! palegirl! jjg! rich! Mo Nickels! Holgate! Dust off your brass knuckles! Let's take these noobs to school!
posted by jonmc at 6:13 PM on June 2, 2005


You guys may or may not be the greatest, but you're certainly the yammeriest.
posted by gleuschk at 6:15 PM on June 2, 2005


We may be the greatest but we don't have a nickname, a mascot, or a fight song. Shit we don't even have a marching band.
posted by mss at 6:20 PM on June 2, 2005


Sarge, please start taking your meds again.

I love Sgt.Serenity.
posted by caddis at 6:20 PM on June 2, 2005


As my great-grandfather once said, "when we run of topics, we'll discuss the virtues of our user numbers."
posted by ori at 6:34 PM on June 2, 2005


I'm a 14k'er, and I really don't do much around here. I just like to be cool by association.
posted by ferociouskitty at 6:35 PM on June 2, 2005


As I am a Mefi-Untermenschen, I would like to ask, where is that quote from? And what exactly does it mean? Let me point out that if, at any time, any one of those 14k'ers professed thier love of pancakes in these forums, you may disregard my query.
Thank You.
posted by boymilo at 6:42 PM on June 2, 2005


Hitler Was A Smoker For 27 Years, that's nearly 14000 man-days.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 6:55 PM on June 2, 2005


We have anuses.
posted by interrobang at 6:55 PM on June 2, 2005



posted by quonsar at 7:00 PM on June 2, 2005


oh shit, I forgot quonsar in my under 1000 roll call! feel free to bust my balls, q.

*hangs head in shame*
posted by jonmc at 7:01 PM on June 2, 2005


bonaldi, you're just barely a 14k'er so drop the act.

It's true, the 14k'ers have some mighty fine talent but... they don't even begin to compare to us odd-numbered members! We own this place!
posted by nixerman at 7:08 PM on June 2, 2005


Safe to assume that they just followed me in.
posted by dobbs at 7:12 PM on June 2, 2005


damn, that's harsh, interrobang. But then insensitivity is typical with 14kers, a trait shared with the sub1000s, and frankly with most of you born in the primitive phase of phraseless handles.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 7:17 PM on June 2, 2005


*makes fresh batch o' popcorn*
*calls bookie, places bet on 0-1000*

*gets comfortable...*
posted by schyler523 at 7:20 PM on June 2, 2005


Secret Life of Gravy notwithstanding.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 7:20 PM on June 2, 2005


schyler, I'm only sub-1000 because I was unemployed for 8 months in the Sunshine State (I guess "Unemployed guy with a gold chain named Raul State" wouldn't fit on a liscence plate) and I decided to do a Netsape "What's Related" search on Memepool, so it all boils down to serendipity ultimately, like much of life.
posted by jonmc at 7:29 PM on June 2, 2005


Synchronicity probably influenced more memberships than most would think. I know that I finally decided to join (after months of lurking) because I didn't have any friends other than my girlfriend in LA. Metafilter helped fill that gap...

Florida: The Sunshine State (because "Unemployed guy with a gold chain named Raul State" wouldn't fit on a license plate.)
posted by schyler523 at 7:40 PM on June 2, 2005


I wold just like to take this opportunity to second this motion.
posted by dg at 7:52 PM on June 2, 2005


14k Gold...
posted by Dreamghost at 8:00 PM on June 2, 2005



posted by shmegegge at 8:00 PM on June 2, 2005


*chokes on popcorn*
posted by schyler523 at 8:24 PM on June 2, 2005


That belongs at batpenis.xxx shmegegge.
posted by schyler523 at 8:25 PM on June 2, 2005


What's that nixerman? I'm sorry, I couldn't hear over the 3,033 members there are between us. 17k bitch.
posted by bonaldi at 8:34 PM on June 2, 2005


Wow, jonmc, your #58 is even more impressive given that most numbers under 38 are for deleted members and most of the users under your number are very low or non-existent contributors (except for #1).

I didn't realize what a mefi grandaddy you are !!

One question: OneBallJay, #8, has been a member since February 7 2001, and jonmc has been a member since 'sometime in 1999'. If jonmc has been a member longer, why is his number higher ??
posted by marsha56 at 9:21 PM on June 2, 2005


I feel lonely among my account peers, the "high four-figure crew". We joined before 9/11, just in time to see MeFi, however fleetingly, before it took a sharp turn toward NewsFilter. It's strange, I don't see a lot anymore around my user#.

The 14k'ers were the first in after the first big MeFi close, right? I do think, statistically, that the 14k range has pumped out a ratio of devotees on par with the sub-1k crowd, if you're just measuring contribution. Speaking of- can't the Contribution Index figure this out? Anyway, my point is that there were a lot of people waiting to get in, at that point.
posted by mkultra at 9:22 PM on June 2, 2005


you want a medal or a chest to pin it on?
posted by puke & cry at 9:34 PM on June 2, 2005


If I recall correctly, OneBallJay was also known as accountingboy, who had a higher user number. Accountingboy "won" the #8 username when mathowie auctioned it off on eBay a few years ago, more or less as a joke. I think he paid around 80.00 - 100.00 for it, and then pretty much disappeared from the face of the earth.

Or am I dreaming this up? My facts may not be 100% accurate...
posted by iconomy at 9:35 PM on June 2, 2005


Good idea, mkultra, a statistical analysis of the contribution index would answer some questions.

*sits uncomfortably close to schyler523* I like your Flickr stream.
posted by NickDouglas at 9:38 PM on June 2, 2005


Thanks iconomy! That makes sense to me.
posted by marsha56 at 9:44 PM on June 2, 2005


You're welcome! Here's a cache of the metatalk auction thread.
posted by iconomy at 9:52 PM on June 2, 2005


And thanks shmegegge for that unforgettable image. I'm going to put on my batgirl jam-jams and hope for a nocturnal visitor. ;-)
posted by marsha56 at 9:55 PM on June 2, 2005


Isn't it a historical truism that groups that feel the need to self-promote are in fact suffering from an arguably well-deserved complex of inferiority? Reminds me a bit of the inherent desperation of one of those "Virginia is for Lovers" ads.

Speaking of- can't the Contribution Index figure this out?

The Contribution index merely rewards loudmouths. Is there a list somewhere of the Metafilter members with the most other people who call them acquaintances or friends or whatever? Isn't that a better measure?
posted by Ariosto at 10:01 PM on June 2, 2005


from the thread iconomy linked to:

"So free mefi pro, which I hope to implement in September."

so matts been saying there will be a mefi pro since september 2001? daaamn.
posted by puke & cry at 10:12 PM on June 2, 2005


14000 years from now the contributions of the 14k'ers will be recognized by alien anthropologists as marking the peak of Earthly civilization. "So fucking pimp," they will say in their alien language, inaudible to human hearing. "Let's go back in time and take them for our All-Galaxy Awesome Team to compete in the Universal Cock-Rocking Mega Superfly Championship."
posted by evinrude at 10:22 PM on June 2, 2005


LOL evinrude, I can imagine a giant ship like on the boston album covers beaming us aboard as we Rock through the galaxy...

HELLO NEW-GLAXON 7 WERE HERE TO ROCK!
posted by Dreamghost at 10:45 PM on June 2, 2005


The Contribution index merely rewards loudmouths.

I thought that's exactly what we're looking for.
posted by NickDouglas at 10:48 PM on June 2, 2005


*offers NickDouglas popcorn*Thanks

evinrude: What would those aliens think of quonsar? Should I ask?
posted by schyler523 at 10:57 PM on June 2, 2005


The 14k'ers were the first in after the first big MeFi close, right? I do think, statistically, that the 14k range has pumped out a ratio of devotees on par with the sub-1k crowd, if you're just measuring contribution.
Actually, a significant portion of the 14kers joined during the first big MeFi close, which I think is related to the level of devotion shown by these magnificent specimens - when you have to sneak fight your way in, only those who really want it go all the way and the chaff drops off along the journey.
posted by dg at 10:57 PM on June 2, 2005


How do I find the contribution index?
posted by marsha56 at 11:20 PM on June 2, 2005


Contribution Index
posted by schyler523 at 11:48 PM on June 2, 2005


It's here, marsha. Also, as the uncredited source of the comment that sgt is quoting up above (re: 14Kers, awesomeness of), I'd like to point out that evinrude perfectly sums it up. sub 1K may have the occasional quonsar, or jonmc, or even that mathowie guy, but what are 3 luminaries when compared the ongoing contributions of a legion of active, intelligent, strikingly attractive metaheroes like we find in the 14K? Bring it on, jonmc, with your everyman bluster & your irish/italian/ny streetcred, you'll find these colors don't run! From the social libertarian fiscal conservatism of a yhbc, to the erudition & rational discourse of a languagehat, to the homoerotic come ons of an amberglow to the midwestern bush loving tomfoolery of a Steve_At, the 14K has all the bases covered. In fact, as much as I love iconomy & shane (13K & 15K respectively), I don't even think we need them (sure, don't get me wrong, we'd TAKE 'em in a hearbeat), the 14K has it all. Say it loud, I'm 14K & I'm proud. no other group of 1000 has as many vocal, disparate voices of contribution to this site, for so many years. It's time we had our recognition... in fact, it's past time.
posted by jonson at 11:52 PM on June 2, 2005


Actually, a significant portion of the 14kers joined during the first big MeFi close, which I think is related to the level of devotion shown by these magnificent specimens - when you have to sneak fight your way in, only those who really want it go all the way and the chaff drops off along the journey.

That was pretty much my thinking as well - only those who were actually willing to get up and do something about it got in during that time. Myself, I wanted an account very, very badly, since I'd been reading MeFi for at least a year when account signups were halted and had just never gotten around to signing up. But it wasn't until a few threads dripping with anti-gun hysteria and a complete dearth of actual facts about .50cal sniper rifles started driving me nuts that I actually got up and did something about my lack of an account.
posted by Ryvar at 1:08 AM on June 3, 2005


Hold on. Iconomy was just precocious, as usual, and Shane merely dawdled to smell the flowers - they are both solid 14k gold, fer shur.
posted by taz at 1:11 AM on June 3, 2005


We are the champions my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end.

posted by timeistight at 3:00 AM on June 3, 2005


Absolutely.
posted by squealy at 3:28 AM on June 3, 2005


What he said.
posted by languagehat at 8:33 AM on June 3, 2005


Indubitably.
posted by yhbc at 8:43 AM on June 3, 2005


member since: August 24, 2001

Just two or three weeks or so before 9/11. Interestingly I actually found out about 9/11 on mefi. I checked the site before heading out to class and read about a plane hitting the WTC. Pretty crazy stuff.

Myself, I wanted an account very, very badly, since I'd been reading MeFi for at least a year when account signups were halted and had just never gotten around to signing up.

HOW did you get accounts when accounts were closed!?

I think I waited like three months before getting a Mefi account. I even complained about it on Kuro5hin on July 22 of 2001 (I shoulda been user 9755!!!). So the pre-14k freeze was definitely not the "first" one.

By the way, I'm user 135 on kuro5hin. But that site sucks now, anyway.
posted by delmoi at 8:47 AM on June 3, 2005



And thanks shmegegge for that unforgettable image.

*chokes on popcorn*

That belongs at batpenis.xxx shmegegge.


non-n00bs will, of course, have seen it before.
posted by quonsar at 9:40 AM on June 3, 2005


Actually, a significant portion of the 14kers joined during the first big MeFi close, which I think is related to the level of devotion shown by these magnificent specimens.

Yeah--I remember thinking, "If signups are closed, why is the number of total members on the front page upticking by one or two each day?" When signups were visibly open, I didn't even bother with signing up, but once they were closed, signing up became a challenge.
posted by Prospero at 9:42 AM on June 3, 2005


Although i'm not a 14k or <, I only eat truffles off pink-gold plates mined by virgins in nairobi, drink clos du mesnil from goblets encrusted in yellow diamonds stolen by the nazis in wwii, and sleep on crimson sheets spun by mongolian silkworms found in a remote cave in nepal. You all can not even possibly compare to me. Good day sir.
posted by naxosaxur at 10:31 AM on June 3, 2005


Hmph to all you 14k'ers. I lurked for a couple of years before deciding I had to be heard. Not that anyone listens.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:32 AM on June 3, 2005


So, naxosaxur, can I stay with you when I come to New York? I'd like to learn more about these Nairobi plate mines.
posted by taz at 10:41 AM on June 3, 2005


Thanks schyler and jonson for the contribution index link!
posted by marsha56 at 10:51 AM on June 3, 2005


Interestingly I actually found out about 9/11 on mefi.
Me too, and it took from then until July 02 to actually get in--i wasn't smart enough to sneak in (but i am Ashkenazi) : >
posted by amberglow at 11:08 AM on June 3, 2005


The thing is, naxosaxur, sure YOU, as an individual may shine. Plenty of individual members here are wonderful. It's the aggregate glow of the entire thousand of us that is so overpowering. We are the 04 Detroit Pistons to your Shaquille O'Neal, the 03 Florida Marlins to your Alex Rodriguez, a team of such unswerving committment to making each other better that we overpower the bright lights of individual superstars such as yourself, or this "Civil_Disobedient" I have heard spoken of.
posted by jonson at 11:14 AM on June 3, 2005


jessamyn! wendell! palegirl! jjg! rich! Mo Nickels! Holgate! Dust off your brass knuckles! Let's take these noobs to school!

Holgate is back? When did that happen?
posted by gd779 at 11:27 AM on June 3, 2005


the 14K group is unquestionably the greatest 1000 member group in the history of Metafilter."
Hey look! Our group is quality gold, yet reading "14k" leaves me thinking the group is better being called a bunch of carrots instead.

The member ed is the one who gave me the tip to become a member during the time of "no sign ups."
[sigh] I miss reading ed's comments and all the other members before me that were a daily part the commenting here. [/sigh]

Of course, in practice it does not help to classify a MetaFilter member by their user number. User numbers, high or low, are by no means a guide towards quality of post, and even very new members may have been reading MetaFilter for years and are more familiar with the environment than members with far lower user numbers.

Oi!, though my nic name does not do me well, ignore.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:40 AM on June 3, 2005


So what you're saying, jonson, is that I am akin to Ted Williams, forever lumped in with these bums, forever cursed and never to wear the ring of victory?

Shucks. I still think the sub-1k'ers are the c00l3st.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:42 AM on June 3, 2005


I am not a Number! I am a Free Bird!
You are number 16329.
Be seeing you.
posted by freebird at 12:26 PM on June 3, 2005


There's no 1000 like the first 1000. And we don't need a MeTa thread to prove it.
posted by jjg at 1:12 PM on June 3, 2005


right on, jjg.

OM, muthafucka, Original Mefi.
posted by jonmc at 1:45 PM on June 3, 2005


Actually, I'm pretty mediochre. But I'm better than freebird.
posted by Voivod at 3:12 PM on June 3, 2005


My number is palindromic. That is enough for me.
posted by sciurus at 3:17 PM on June 3, 2005


> *makes fresh batch o' popcorn*
> *calls bookie, places bet on 0-1000*

If user #0 actually shows up, I am going to run away.
posted by jfuller at 3:22 PM on June 3, 2005


0K is OK.

The only reason the two-and-three-digit mefites have done anything less than dominate this place is that so many of us have wisely GOTTEN OUR OWN FUCKIN BLOGS.

We are the Original Blogstas.

The 14Ks are the Original Noobies.

And we DO NOT talk about User Zero. Not now. Not ever.
posted by wendell at 5:02 PM on June 3, 2005


HOW did you get accounts when accounts were closed!?

I was a heavy lurker, constantly refreshing the front page, etc. Saw a Meta thread reminding people about the donation link and bandwidth costs, felt guilty, sent Matt a $20. I got an unexpected signup link in return. Which was nice.

My story is very boring. Timeistight has a more interesting one, I think, featuring sneakin' in and such.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:17 PM on June 3, 2005


HOW did you get accounts when accounts were closed!?

I was reading a metatalk thread in which someone mentioned that even though signups were closed, you could try and sneak in the supersecret razzamatazzy way, which was to go sign up at 5K.org, which would magically also register you here at metafilter. Right after that, the hole was plugged.
posted by iconomy at 6:34 PM on June 3, 2005


HOW did you get accounts when accounts were closed!

I have no idea about the 5k way, but for months all you had to do was put the correct address in manually (ex. go from signup1 to signup2) which bipassed the signups are closed screen.

It was easy, logical, and no doubt many used it. Matt eventually closed it, but it was open a very long time.
posted by justgary at 6:54 PM on June 3, 2005


Right after that, the hole was plugged.

No, right after I snuck in that particular hole.
posted by yhbc at 6:56 PM on June 3, 2005


Stupid thread. I'm probably not the only one who stopped my heavy lurking and signed up in the months after 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan. As a 12k-er who finally joined in 12/01, I can't help wondering what took the 14k folks so long to see the value of participating here.
posted by mediareport at 7:05 PM on June 3, 2005


Did I say "probably"? I meant "definitely." That was a huge spike, wasn't it?
posted by mediareport at 7:07 PM on June 3, 2005


We were waiting until our hivemind told us, en masse, that the time had arrived.
posted by jonson at 7:40 PM on June 3, 2005


Yeah.

And I still want iconomy included as an honorary 14ker, dangit. After all, it now turns out that she used the same hole I did!

Um. . .
posted by yhbc at 7:45 PM on June 3, 2005


And that hole...it really liked being used, didn't it, commish?
posted by iconomy at 8:16 PM on June 3, 2005


Yup...it was the hivemind. We're all just faithful servants of ZzzybalubaHeWhoMustNotBeNamed.
posted by amberglow at 9:20 PM on June 3, 2005


I blew Evanizer. End of story.
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:25 PM on June 3, 2005


See, back then, kids, you couldn't get into MeFi with no jiiive-turkey five-dollar fee.

You had to sass it.
posted by gompa at 11:52 PM on June 3, 2005


I had to mop the floor after. End of story.
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:16 AM on June 4, 2005


You don't know usernumber envy if you weren't slagged off for being a three-digit lamer.
posted by cCranium at 4:35 AM on June 4, 2005


Saw a Meta thread reminding people about the donation link and bandwidth costs, felt guilty saw an opportunity, sent Matt a $20 ...
Me too, but I am still not sure where the e-mail came from, because someone else claimed to have sent it to me.
posted by dg at 4:46 AM on June 4, 2005


What are these user numbers you speak of?
posted by OmieWise at 5:54 AM on June 4, 2005


i wish i'd arrived here a few numbers earlier. still, i have a 4 digit /. number (not that i ever go there) and suspect i have a low k5 number too, but can't remember the name/pwd combo (and i think i was #2 at lambda, until they moved sites).

didn't realise the 14ks had to sneak in (or at least, some of them). in retrospect that seems like a good way of controlling membership. kind of like an aptitude test. and the "underground" aspect gives a sense of community. hmmm.
posted by andrew cooke at 6:50 AM on June 4, 2005


word to your mother.
posted by Stynxno at 8:08 AM on June 4, 2005


dg, I know how you got here... :)
posted by iconomy at 8:49 AM on June 4, 2005


delmoi, see here for how I got in.
posted by Ryvar at 11:44 AM on June 4, 2005


We few April 1st and 2nd folks should be a club. We didn't donate $5. We did, however, try very, very hard to fill out the registration page at exactly noon, mathowie time.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 5:15 PM on June 4, 2005


Finally I get some fucking recognition. The other 999 of you better start pulling your weight.
posted by nthdegx at 11:16 AM on June 5, 2005


We few April 1st and 2nd folks should be a club. We didn't donate $5. We did, however, try very, very hard to fill out the registration page at exactly noon, mathowie time.

EB, I did that in August to get pips a membership that she never used. Can I be an honorary member?
posted by jonmc at 12:41 PM on June 5, 2005


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