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Linkfilter, an occasional source of MetaFilter material, takes community weblogging to a new level, granting experience points for participation and requiring contribution points to "keep one user from hogging the whole site on any given day."
posted by rcade (27 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So how many experience points does it take to get the magical sword of Troll Slaying?
posted by bshort at 6:19 AM on August 6, 2003

that makes my eyes hurt.
posted by eastlakestandard at 6:22 AM on August 6, 2003

this site is a revolving door of the same links... it is a rare occasion when a quality link is found...
posted by mhaw at 7:01 AM on August 6, 2003

It's Plastic meets D&D!
posted by GreyWingnut at 7:10 AM on August 6, 2003

It certainly is difficult to read.
posted by the fire you left me at 7:12 AM on August 6, 2003

it's an interesting approach to community blogging, though I have yet to work up any cp's... :)
posted by dabitch at 7:15 AM on August 6, 2003

Uh-oh! They're on to us!

(...I could see this becoming some universe-destroying, neverending spiral of recursive linking...)
posted by 40 Watt at 8:27 AM on August 6, 2003 [1 favorite]

For what it's worth, I visit linkfilter more often than I visit metafilter. Metafilter's "links embedded in overly verbose paragraphs" style tendency often makes it hard to figure out what the post is about, unlike linkfilter which posts the link up front with the description following it.

Then again, the sites only overlap a bit in terms of purpose - metafilter makes a statement and uses links to support it. Linkfilter makes a link and uses statements to explain it.
posted by timbley at 8:39 AM on August 6, 2003

Posted by bender on August 6th, 2003 8:05PM PST

Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Blogs of WAR!

hrm. let's not and say we did, ok kiddies?
posted by quonsar at 8:53 AM on August 6, 2003

LinkFilter is one of my daily stops and never fails to disappoint at least one or more interesting links.
posted by stbalbach at 9:02 AM on August 6, 2003

if it never fails to dissapoint why do you keep going there?
posted by quonsar at 9:09 AM on August 6, 2003

After you post a comment you get 125 points and a "LEVEL UP!" picture. It's like Mefi meets RPG. Cool.
posted by carfilhiot at 9:18 AM on August 6, 2003

the linkfilter comment thread about this comment thread is funny.
posted by Peter H at 9:29 AM on August 6, 2003 [1 favorite]

Stbalbach, that's quite an endorsement. And quonsar immediately went over and linked to blort. Hehe.

I visit linkfilter almost every day too, and although there's some overlapping of links (I know of at least one mefite who uses their posts all the time without crediting them) they have lots of fresh stuff, with a lot less ego, it seems. Plus, they have a mascot - the Armless Robot. We need a mascot.
posted by iconomy at 9:45 AM on August 6, 2003

posted by Fupped Duck at 9:52 AM on August 6, 2003

What did rcade say that was worthy of a spam attack? "Takes community weblogging to a new level"? "An occasional source of MetaFilter material", meaning that we sometimes draw inspiration from them? I would've thought those were compliments. For this he gets his email address plastered in plain text on both the LinkFilter thread and this one, for the enjoyment of undiscerning spambots everywhere?
posted by rory at 9:52 AM on August 6, 2003

quonsar your right. Such a common mistake too, cliches never fail to disappoint.

The default linkfilter skin is kinda hard on the eyes so I use this one
posted by stbalbach at 9:53 AM on August 6, 2003

" metafilter is full of crusty curmudgeons, and i ought to know. it's also full of wannabe web designers who ALWAYS say stuff like "ow! my eyes!". i recommend snarks regarding mathowies mom having painted his crib #006699. now, settle down and enjoy a link or two, courtesy of blort."

Oh to see yourself as others see you...
posted by Fupped Duck at 9:56 AM on August 6, 2003

We need a mascot.

It's the rabbit with the pancake, silly! Oh, wait, he died, didn't he. Well, he will live on in our hearts.

(I like the look of linkfilter, except for the dashed-line CSS borders. We shouldn't have a war with them. We're all level 0 commoners, after all.)
posted by furiousthought at 9:56 AM on August 6, 2003

I enjoy greeting people in the chatter box and taking part in our theme days.

This linkfilter...would I have to be a Mary Kay Cosmetics rep to enjoy it?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:09 AM on August 6, 2003

Rory: I'm wondering that myself, but the abuse would be negligible because my e-mail address is already plastered all over the Web.

I posted this item because Linkfilter is an interesting twist on community weblogging that hasn't gotten a lot of outside attention, in spite of being founded in 2000 by Justin Day and hosting thousands of links. MiguelCardoso and CarlosQuevedo have posted more than a dozen links here crediting it (which is a little weird, because I couldn't find either one's account on Linkfilter).

I had never heard of the site before this morning, and the D&D-style "experience points" scheme is unusual.
posted by rcade at 10:15 AM on August 6, 2003

I like their style of posting the title, the link, and a description of the link which may or may not contain additional links. I like being sure that the content of the link will be explained somewhere before you click. On the other hand I like our freeform style, too . . . so . . . anyway, interesting site, rcade, thanks.
posted by onlyconnect at 10:45 AM on August 6, 2003

So wait; it's like a blog, with links. Genius!!
posted by mikhail at 10:53 AM on August 6, 2003

Well, at least someone over there reads this place:

As a MeFi voyeur over the years, I've seen it at it's best and worst. While it can be predictable (good luck finding a thread Quonsar hasn't pooped on), it's still one of the best sites on the intarweb.
posted by pmurray63 at 11:42 AM on August 6, 2003

But wait... they've got 9.2% more porn.

Plus, I here they have something like Krustyburger, only over there they call it "McDonalds". And a Deluxe Krusty with Cheese is called a "Big Mac".
posted by arto at 12:39 PM on August 6, 2003

With the inclusion of a Simpsons reference this thread has indeed come to resemble the Lemon Tree episode in both form and content.
posted by Hildago at 1:48 PM on August 6, 2003

I lost some respect for linkfilter when I saw this link posted.
posted by TreeHugger at 9:16 AM on August 7, 2003

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