The Best of Metafilter - book? August 16, 2005 11:29 PM   Subscribe

If you published a book and called it “The Best of Metafilter”, what threads would you include in it (besides the one about the best logo)?
posted by growabrain to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 PM (20 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

That one with the thing, you know. It was soo cool. Then that one jerk said some wiseass remark and totally got his/her ass handed back to them by some underdog.
posted by Dean Keaton at 1:00 AM on August 17, 2005


The book would be one thread long and it would be this thread.

The book would sell poorly, which would only improve its reputation as a vital encapsulation of the post-post-structuralist urban hyper-experience amongst snobbish contrarians who, as we know, are the only readers worth attracting.
posted by gramschmidt at 1:10 AM on August 17, 2005


Words are meaningless.

..said the deconstructionist, before calling up his wife and asking her what we're having for dinner tonight.

Random facts about the upcoming MeFi book:

-Deletions are cumbersome and non-retroactive; however, you can easily delete a cluster of comments or an entire thread by simply ripping a page out.
-Publication was repeatedly delayed by a four-head team of editors working overtime to incorporate a love interest between a bunny with a pancake on its head and quonsar.
-In its Chinese translation, all threads pre-summer of 2005 are just a bunch of fucking squares.
-Yearlong feuds will break out in MeTa over which sections of the book are to be considered "canonical".
-"All posts are © their original authors and Tom Doherty Associates, LLC".
-The sidebar folds out.
-The links don't work.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:28 AM on August 17, 2005


Not this one.
posted by HuronBob at 4:59 AM on August 17, 2005


does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by caddis at 5:46 AM on August 17, 2005


If it's allowed to include AskMeFi then I vote the bear vs. knife wielding individual thread and very definitely not scarabic's corpse disposal answer for obvious reasons.
posted by longbaugh at 6:31 AM on August 17, 2005


You do realize we've had the "best/favorite threads" discussion before, right? More than once?
posted by languagehat at 6:58 AM on August 17, 2005


mutliple times, in fact. Pretty recently too.
posted by puke & cry at 7:09 AM on August 17, 2005


And the AskMe question about which moments in your life were, well, life-changing. I'm not going to bother searching for it at work, since I know someone here has it in their bookmarks.
posted by odinsdream at 7:38 AM on August 17, 2005


For the record, I bet my right hand against quonsar's lies. Greatest. Thread. Ever.
posted by chunking express at 9:24 AM on August 17, 2005




Another pony idea, ahem, just for the purpose of pre-empting most such future threads: On a dedicated page, every member anonymously submits 10 (non-redundant) thread IDs of da Best of the Blue. A 30-day announced voting period. Tabulate the count and there's your list.
posted by Gyan at 10:00 AM on August 17, 2005


Second on Chunking Express! Nothing beats:

A real man would say, "Take a knife, quonsar, and face Minya to the death." If they would not say that, they could at least say, "We'll shock both of you with electiricity until quonsar admits his lies." I would accept either decision.

So classic.
posted by Pollomacho at 10:03 AM on August 17, 2005


Steven den Beste getting his waffling arse handed to him on a plate.

ColdChef & evanizer finally get it together.

This turned into a great discussion on language, freedom & racisim.

And any thread with lots of swearing, being funny or everyone picking on some dumb arse.

There's loads more but why the hell should I do your dirty work..?
posted by i_cola at 2:04 PM on August 17, 2005


I wish this thread would get deleted, but while it's here, let me thank i_cola for reminding me of that fascinating thread. I reread the whole thing and got just as worked up about people's readiness to approve of censorship as I was two years ago.
posted by languagehat at 2:53 PM on August 17, 2005


And a poison knife is cheating. If we allow cheating then just have the knife guy drop a 500 pound knife on the bear from a plane or something.

My favorite quote from that thread.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:02 PM on August 17, 2005


Well, it had better not contain any comments by me. 'cos that shit is copyrighted to the original author. Which is me. Even this poor ass comment would cost you too much to place in a book. Or quote from. Or read. On the screen like you are doing you thief you thief you word stealing sons of bitches.
posted by seanyboy at 4:29 PM on August 17, 2005


Well, it had better not contain any comments by me. 'cos that shit is copyrighted to the original author. Which is me. Even this poor ass comment would cost you too much to place in a book. Or quote from. Or read. On the screen like you are doing you thief you thief you word stealing sons of bitches.

If I quote it in this context does it cost me anything seany?
posted by longbaugh at 9:00 AM on August 18, 2005


I bet son_of_minya is left-handed. What a pussy.
posted by Decani at 9:49 AM on August 18, 2005


OK, that's it. .
posted by seanyboy at 10:56 AM on August 18, 2005


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