Because I live in the future, I might as well kick off the annual $5 noob anniversary thread.
Time flew by, so we must have been having fun. It has been 10 years since the flood of "$5.00 noobs" washed into MetaFilter. Thanks for having us, mathowie.
Happy ninth anniversary to the flood of "$5.00 noobs" who streamed onto MetaFilter when the gate was opened.
The first wave of $5 noobs celebrate our sixth birthday today. $5 noobs are a community weblog project that allows participants to make comments & posts to MetaFilter on their home or business machines.
Happy birthday to us - four years old today! [more inside]
Not in defense of noobs. Because of noobs (myself included), the sky is falling and trends clearly show that metafilter is getting rapidly out of control!! Seriously though, this analysis shows that the "average age" of a metafilter poster has dropped by almost 200 days, I am in whichever camp wants to extend the incubation period for noobs like us...
Can we close the door now? I'm genuinely happy to have some new blood, but here's the problem. Pretty much everyone who's been reading the site with their noses against the glass has been let in. Hereafter, we're going to get a bunch of
folks who happen to be wandering by, and know nothing of how things are done around here. (I don't know if that's the case with notmtwain, I'm only using his/her post as an example because it glares so.) We can always open it up again later, but can we have a moratorium on new users? Just for now? Please?
The posting debate has been thrown open. I've posted my response as a comment here, and would love to here other's comments about how frequently people should be posting and what constitutes quality.