What ever happened to majcher's Genefilter? June 30, 2005 5:36 PM   Subscribe

What ever happened to majcher's Genefilter? It was the best thing to hit MeFi in 2003, and it was still being updated last November. I miss it terribly. If majcher can't or won't bring it back, can someone reproduce it?
posted by languagehat to MetaFilter-Related at 5:36 PM (13 comments total)

I was mad about Genefilter! It would be wonderful if someone could pick it up again.
posted by taz at 4:01 AM on July 1, 2005

Agreed. I'd only posted about three comments when it last updated, so it's barely insightful at all. In fact, none of the five-dollar newbies really get much useful from it right now, and a good portion of them will be totally missing from it altogether.

Corollary question: How do Genefilter and the Metafilter stats get their info? Scraping? Is there some Mefi API or database dump that I'm unaware of? I've had a few ideas for mefi-related hacks that I haven't gotten to because scraping is morally repugnant boring to code.
posted by Plutor at 4:36 AM on July 1, 2005

It was truly fantastically supercool and stuff. I'm bummed it's gone. Perhaps we could ask nicely if majcher might want to open-source the code or something?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:57 AM on July 1, 2005

At the risk of causing everyone to scroll over my user name to see my user number, what was it? It just says closed on it now, and no note to say when the proprietor will be back.
posted by OmieWise at 6:42 AM on July 1, 2005

Funny... I was just thinking about GeneFilter yesterday and went to play with it, only to find it "closed." Thanks for posting about it languagehat.
posted by idest at 6:56 AM on July 1, 2005

Omiewise, this thread is full of genefilter goodness.
posted by zarah at 7:27 AM on July 1, 2005

I seem to recall some humorless throwback whining on here about how sentences he never wrote were coming up with his username on Google. I don't believe I finished that thread, and I can't find it now, but perhaps it induced majcher to take it down.
posted by IshmaelGraves at 9:36 AM on July 1, 2005

Oh Jesus. I sincerely hope that's not the case. If so, fuck that humorless throwback. What a dick.
posted by languagehat at 9:51 AM on July 1, 2005

Wow. As a $5 somewhat-newb, I must say that is utterly brilliant.
posted by matildaben at 1:46 PM on July 1, 2005

This is an old genefilter I saved for some reason, as an example.

posted by jessamyn at 2:30 PM on July 1, 2005


Won't somebody bring it back? The n00bs deserve their own genefiltered selves!
posted by languagehat at 3:29 PM on July 1, 2005

Goodness, this genefilter machine seems wonderful. I want one!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:15 PM on July 2, 2005

I had previously visited GeneFilter, while it was still up, and didn't understand what the heck was going on. It's sad to finally 'get' it, but not to be able to go view it in action.
posted by raedyn at 1:38 PM on July 4, 2005

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