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March 14, 2007 4:28 PM   Subscribe

Does it suck? Or does it rock? No, this is NOT like Will It Float? or Will It Blend? It's a cute use of the Google API to search for how often your inquiry comes up as "x sucks" or "x rocks" or a small number of other similar phrases. MetaFilter rates 8.7 out of 10 (87% rocks, 13% sucks). A delightfully evil way to rate - and compare - various things.
posted by wendell (92 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Something tells me this is not new, although it's new to me...
Anyway, comparing MeFi to 'the competition'...
posted by wendell at 4:31 PM on March 14, 2007


i brokes it
posted by phaedon at 4:33 PM on March 14, 2007


Girls rule and boys drool!
posted by inconsequentialist at 4:33 PM on March 14, 2007


Real name: 9.6
Mefi Handle: 10
posted by sourwookie at 4:33 PM on March 14, 2007


And a few of MeFi's LEAST favorite people shows... We're not the only ones who feel that way.
posted by wendell at 4:34 PM on March 14, 2007


London: 8.6
NYC: 9.8
posted by owhydididoit at 4:37 PM on March 14, 2007


Well, I guess niggers suck, black people are ok and afro-americans are awesome.
posted by Citizen Premier at 4:38 PM on March 14, 2007


brenda hughes: ?
brenda dickson: 10.0
posted by phaedon at 4:38 PM on March 14, 2007


sourwookie sucks.


try it again and see if it's different!
posted by Citizen Premier at 4:39 PM on March 14, 2007


The Curse of Costello or too cool to be on the generic radar?
posted by Listener at 4:41 PM on March 14, 2007


lovin' it
posted by phaedon at 4:42 PM on March 14, 2007


Frogs are cooler than boys or girls? I knew that.
posted by Listener at 4:42 PM on March 14, 2007


This post.
posted by spicynuts at 4:44 PM on March 14, 2007


It rocks harder than this.
posted by inconsequentialist at 4:44 PM on March 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


I typed in the numbers 1-50. I'm assuming they're ages. The ages which rock!

30, 36, 21, 45, 48, 37, 19, 39, 20, 46

The ages which suck:

1, 3, 2, 40, 7, 24, 4, 17, 12, 9
posted by vacapinta at 4:45 PM on March 14, 2007


I did the same for letters. Letters which rock:

B, E, K, M, S, J

Letters which suck:

I, Z, C, T, U, N
posted by vacapinta at 4:47 PM on March 14, 2007


From the MetaFilter Contribution Index, a few surprises...
posted by wendell at 4:48 PM on March 14, 2007


Take that, Haughey!

It's worth noting that raw google searches for sucks and rocks return significantly different numbers—sucks gets about 48M hits, rocks about 93M. Implications of skewing that may or may not have much to do with true suckage vs. rockage: sucking might be under-represented across the board.
posted by cortex at 4:50 PM on March 14, 2007


And oh snap!
posted by cortex at 4:53 PM on March 14, 2007


Next Google tool: A cute little search interface to tell you how old the link you just found is. "Sucks vs Rocks is....from before cavemen invented fire."
posted by DU at 4:54 PM on March 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


This just in: The Web hates tits, but loves boobies.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:55 PM on March 14, 2007


More (mostly) rockin' MeFites.
posted by wendell at 4:55 PM on March 14, 2007


Things to do with rocks that suck and rock.
posted by cortex at 4:58 PM on March 14, 2007


vacapinta, I think your number survey may have been skewed by the existence of the TV show titled "30 Rock".
posted by wendell at 5:00 PM on March 14, 2007


You rock!
posted by Rhomboid at 5:01 PM on March 14, 2007


Rocks: a shockingly competitive field.
posted by cortex at 5:04 PM on March 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


NM, I am a dumas. I'm thinking of googlefight. This is way rocksier than the comparatively sucks googlefight. Googlefight sucks, does it suck rocks!
posted by DU at 5:06 PM on March 14, 2007


Suck sucks and rock rocks!
posted by ardgedee at 5:09 PM on March 14, 2007


Some of the ubiquitous web/computer stuff.
posted by wendell at 5:10 PM on March 14, 2007


Read 'em and weep...

Moi...
posted by Samizdata at 5:11 PM on March 14, 2007


wow.
posted by wendell at 5:12 PM on March 14, 2007


Blending rocks. Floating sucks.
posted by wendell at 5:14 PM on March 14, 2007


It appears that I rock.
posted by seanyboy at 5:14 PM on March 14, 2007


I can not even begin to explain these...
posted by wendell at 5:16 PM on March 14, 2007


Ha ... I clicked "latest searches" and all I see is list of narcissists.
posted by itchylick at 5:19 PM on March 14, 2007


While Reps and Dems fight it out for super sux0r, geeks, as always, rule.
posted by ikahime at 5:23 PM on March 14, 2007


Actually, Nerds rate higher than Geeks, with Dorks close behind.
posted by wendell at 5:28 PM on March 14, 2007


It's interesting to watch the latest searches go by, and see which links from this thread are currently being clicked.
posted by scottreynen at 5:28 PM on March 14, 2007


Told ya so
posted by skammer at 5:30 PM on March 14, 2007


i used to own this domain. someone grabbed it from me when it expired, before i could renew it.

therefore this site now sucks.
posted by quarter waters and a bag of chips at 5:33 PM on March 14, 2007


Huh... some variations on a generally disliked individual.
posted by spiderskull at 5:37 PM on March 14, 2007


I'm more popular than Jesus.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 5:40 PM on March 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sex is only marginally better than poop or floor pie, and wombats are clearly superior to sex.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:41 PM on March 14, 2007


Heh heh. "Higher is better."
posted by meh at 5:44 PM on March 14, 2007


Prostitutes suck (for) crack rocks
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:45 PM on March 14, 2007


I may be cheating (and in possession of a childish mind)
posted by delmoi at 5:45 PM on March 14, 2007


"Flat Earth" rocks.... so much for the wisdom of the internet.
posted by sen0rjon3s at 5:46 PM on March 14, 2007


The Planets. Mars is unknown but mostly everyone likes Neptune.
posted by seanyboy at 5:47 PM on March 14, 2007


therefore this site now sucks.

Sorry quarter waters and a bag of chips, but you appear to be mistaken. Seriously, that does suck, but the site is nonetheless fun.

Huh... some variations on a generally disliked individual.

That's actually more interesting than comparing different things, as it's a pretty good system for determining how people who like something refer to it vs. how people who dislike the same thing refer to it. For example.

Things that annoy me: non-ASCII characters are messed up when you try to create a link and there's no way to remove a search from a list, so if you mistype something and you want to pass a list on as a link, you have to start all over or search through the resulting link for the part to take out.
posted by scottreynen at 5:47 PM on March 14, 2007


This just in: The Web hates tits, but loves boobies.

Maybe they just love to suck tits? (Seriously, I don't think this thing cares about the grammar, just the number of times the words appear together)
posted by delmoi at 5:48 PM on March 14, 2007


wendell, your name keeps flashing by in the 'latest searches' field.

I like to think it's because you are the metric standard against which all other things are measured.

This amuses me.
posted by quin at 5:50 PM on March 14, 2007


Democratic presidential hopefuls
posted by delmoi at 5:51 PM on March 14, 2007


Of course the moon rocks.
posted by seanyboy at 5:51 PM on March 14, 2007


It also appears that Your favourite band sucks.

I knew it.
posted by seanyboy at 5:55 PM on March 14, 2007


Looks like it's either Duncan Hunter or Tom Tancredo for the republicans in 08.

They'll solve the oil crisis by making Ethanol from Mexicans and gays!
posted by delmoi at 5:55 PM on March 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


The only thing I've found to rate higher than MetaFilter thus far are kittens. I think that makes sense.
posted by MarvinTheCat at 6:01 PM on March 14, 2007


The terms sex and Debian keep popping up in the latest searches. Friggin nerds.
posted by sveskemus at 6:03 PM on March 14, 2007


wendell, your name keeps flashing by in the 'latest searches' field.
I like to think it's because you are the metric standard against which all other things are measured.


Well...
posted by wendell at 6:04 PM on March 14, 2007


kittens and puppies in a dead heat; bunnies lag behind, but generic "baby animals" beats them all.
posted by wendell at 6:06 PM on March 14, 2007


"jfuller sucks" - your search did not match any documents

"jfuller rocks" - http://www.pobox.com/jfuller/rocks/topazmt.html

score: 10
posted by jfuller at 6:13 PM on March 14, 2007


one would hope so.
posted by Citizen Premier at 6:19 PM on March 14, 2007


red rocks
posted by recurve at 6:27 PM on March 14, 2007


It could always be worse.
posted by numlok at 6:29 PM on March 14, 2007


bitchass hoes: now suckier than neocons!
posted by chudder at 6:30 PM on March 14, 2007


This system is drastically flawed.
posted by ColdChef at 6:34 PM on March 14, 2007


Sourwookie is still a 10.0

I appear to be Citizen Premier-proof.
posted by sourwookie at 6:37 PM on March 14, 2007


WOW. THAT WAS FUN! (Oops. Forgot to switch to my "inside voice.")
posted by ColdChef at 7:04 PM on March 14, 2007


If you click on "How does it work?" you'll see that this actually uses the Yahoo! API, not the Google API, which is pretty much dead (they stopped issuing new API keys in December, I believe). Google has a new AJAX search API, but its purpose and implementation are competely different; it's for putting simple Google-branded searches onto your site, with the ultimate purpose of driving more traffic to Google, and not for doing interesting stuff like this.

Google pretty much abandoned the Google API about three days after they released it. They never updated or enhanced it, and it eventually began to break in odd ways. Too bad. It had a lot of potential. Good to see Yahoo! is picking up the slack.
posted by staggernation at 7:13 PM on March 14, 2007


Just for the hell of it, I typed in "Michael Jackson" and it gave me a question mark in return. Everything else I typed in had a rating, but no rating for him. Hmmm.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:17 PM on March 14, 2007


Apparently, I'm as awesome as sourwookie.
posted by Verdandi at 7:29 PM on March 14, 2007


Apparently, I'm as awesome as Verdandi and sourwookie.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:52 PM on March 14, 2007


Dead Heat
posted by agentofselection at 8:13 PM on March 14, 2007


Oh, so close.
posted by yhbc at 8:18 PM on March 14, 2007


Proof that science does, in fact, not suck. Thank you.
posted by rollbiz at 8:26 PM on March 14, 2007


Also, proof that this shit don't work. (Will make sense to MA residents)
posted by rollbiz at 8:28 PM on March 14, 2007


Gum disease rocks just a little bit more than President Bush.
posted by marxchivist at 8:33 PM on March 14, 2007


vacuums suck!
posted by Mach5 at 9:13 PM on March 14, 2007


Tell this to the guys two posts up
posted by Citizen Premier at 9:15 PM on March 14, 2007


Whether two posts up or right down here, Keillor loses.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 9:55 PM on March 14, 2007


it doesn't use Google's API... it uses Yahoo's.

from the "How Does It Work":

Yahoo's Search API is currently used for results, since Google's SOAP Search API is deprecated and only allows 1,000 queries per day. Way to go, Google!
posted by pruner at 9:56 PM on March 14, 2007


I now see that staggernation beat me to it.
posted by pruner at 9:57 PM on March 14, 2007


tom cruise: 3.2
posted by ageispolis at 10:16 PM on March 14, 2007


It seems I neither suck nor rock...

amyms
posted by amyms at 12:22 AM on March 15, 2007


Something seems a little off here...
posted by sparkletone at 2:06 AM on March 15, 2007


From the MetaFilter Contribution Index, a few surprises...

Apparently, I suck. That blows. I hereby dedicate myself to rocking the motherfucking house from here on in, dude.

After I have a nap.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:27 AM on March 15, 2007


Blow jobs suck.
posted by liquorice at 4:43 AM on March 15, 2007


Damn you liquorice!
posted by Mister_A at 7:34 AM on March 15, 2007


Wow- Dell got a 0.9! (not too surprising, but still)
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:10 AM on March 15, 2007


My apologies for giving Google credit that should have gone to Yahoo in the original post. To try to make it up, I'd like to say "Yahoo rocks, Google sucks" where the Yahoobot can see it and affect future searches.

And, just because it must really suck to get a 3.3 when so many other MeFites are 10.0, I'd like to say "stavrosthewonderchicken rocks".
posted by wendell at 12:45 PM on March 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


It looks like PC's suck, but Macs suck more, Windows REALLY sucks, Unix is 3 times as good as windows, but Linux is even better, and BSD wipes them both off the map. However, the Internet is better than everything.
posted by tehloki at 3:05 PM on March 15, 2007


Wait, no, my name rocks harder than the internet. Awesome.
posted by tehloki at 3:06 PM on March 15, 2007


I'd like to say "stavrosthewonderchicken rocks".

Graciously said, kind sir.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:26 PM on March 15, 2007


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