Now can we stop posting these?
May 26, 2005 9:39 AM   Subscribe

 
That should make 'em all double posts from here on in....
posted by dersins at 9:40 AM on May 26, 2005


Not after this post is deleted, no.
posted by DaShiv at 9:43 AM on May 26, 2005


True. But a lad can hope, yes? And it's not like I took up much space in the blue...
posted by dersins at 9:45 AM on May 26, 2005


What is this contagious media?
posted by R. Mutt at 9:47 AM on May 26, 2005


What is the point of this post?
posted by fenriq at 9:48 AM on May 26, 2005


every time someone posts one of those stupid sites, the baby Jeebus wails in horror.
posted by jsavimbi at 9:49 AM on May 26, 2005


Well I think it's a good post. These sites have a neat kind of pathetic desperation about them, like an awkward teenager desperately trying to get everyone's attention. It reminds me of the early days of the web, when people truly believed that their wacky Geocities webpage would make them international celebrities.

Plus, it'll make everyone who posts one of these on the blue feel bad about themselves. Which is always a noble goal.
posted by Simon! at 9:50 AM on May 26, 2005


We had to deface the front page in order to save it.
posted by klarck at 9:52 AM on May 26, 2005


I think in a post 9/11 World, preemptive posts are justified.
posted by R. Mutt at 9:55 AM on May 26, 2005


[I fixed the space in the first word, not sure if this is an improvement or not]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:00 AM on May 26, 2005


What purpose could this post possibly serve?
posted by Specklet at 10:01 AM on May 26, 2005


My intentions precisely, R. Mutt.

It may be an effort doomed to deletion, but now no-one can say I never tried...
posted by dersins at 10:02 AM on May 26, 2005


Good on you, dersins. Great idea -- stop the madness!
posted by gurple at 10:03 AM on May 26, 2005


Specklet:
The purpose was quite simple: these stupid things have all been posted now, in very compact form. May we never have to see another link to one of them ever again.

Jessamyn:
Thanks. I think.
posted by dersins at 10:04 AM on May 26, 2005


Well, the post made sense before the main link and the point of the entire thing was edited out.
posted by Simon! at 10:05 AM on May 26, 2005


jessamyn...there is only ONE possible improvement....

It is amazing, after a couple of discussions regarding this concept, which usually resulted in an overall negative conclusion (a generalization here, but I think fairly accurate), that someone would feel it necessary to post this crap again.. oops, did my opinion slip out there....?
posted by HuronBob at 10:07 AM on May 26, 2005


We had another one of these posted just this morning, HB. I don't think the trend is gonna end all that soon unless someone does something like this about it, or there's a moratorium declared on the contagion.
posted by gurple at 10:12 AM on May 26, 2005


Ouch, the Ringtone Dancer site made my eyes bleed.
posted by fenriq at 10:13 AM on May 26, 2005


Oh man, I was just working on the exact same thing...

Props, dersins.
posted by mkultra at 10:13 AM on May 26, 2005


See, this sets a great precedent. Now the next time someone screeches "Iraqfilter" or somesuch thing, someone can just post every, single Iraq link and we can be done with it.
posted by Cyrano at 10:16 AM on May 26, 2005


Would it be cheating if someone were to tell me what these sites have in common i(f anything) before it's deleted. I only have so much time to waste.

Thank you.
posted by kozad at 10:17 AM on May 26, 2005


False analogy, Cyrano. Iraq is real and generates new and interesting information spontaneously. The Contagion is a constructed link site. Posting those links is like posting every MoFi link here.
posted by gurple at 10:19 AM on May 26, 2005


Kozad:

it's a stupid Viral Marketing Competition.

It was in my original post, but when Jessamyn fixed the extra space I'd managed to insert into the post, that link was somehow dropped.

Or were you being facetious?
posted by dersins at 10:21 AM on May 26, 2005


I attempted to post to Metatalk on Tuesday asking Matt to somehow make a public declaration on the contagious media links, so as to avoid the daily submissions.

The site crashed on my submission and I forgot to submit it again.

Thanks. This should help at the least identify the URL's if someone at least does a cursory search.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:23 AM on May 26, 2005


kozad...the purpose of these sites is to see which one can generate the most traffic... (on preview...what dersins said)

basically, you're being used for the amusement of others... and, as for posting them here on meta... it's old ..and now just lame, meta deserves better than this (IMHO) ...ok, not so "H"
posted by HuronBob at 10:24 AM on May 26, 2005


Well done, dersins. You did have to kill the front page in order to save it.

Thank you.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:37 AM on May 26, 2005


Specklet:
The purpose was quite simple: these stupid things have all been posted now, in very compact form. May we never have to see another link to one of them ever again.


Oh, I got that, I just didn't think it really needed to be done. I was wrong apparently, per the responses in this thread...
posted by Specklet at 10:41 AM on May 26, 2005


The multiple points are really annoying. But anyway, [goodpost]
posted by nims at 10:47 AM on May 26, 2005


nims writes "The multiple points are really annoying."

If you're on Firefox, get Linky. This extension will give you a context menu to open all links in a page or open all selected links. Then you can just select the whole post line and "Open all selected links" in tabs or windows. If you're not on Firefox, may God have mercy on your soul.
posted by nkyad at 11:11 AM on May 26, 2005


or...better yet, don't open them at all!
posted by HuronBob at 11:13 AM on May 26, 2005


here ... now everything's a double post

as far as i'm concerned, i won't regard any of the links above as being double posted, seeing as the post was not specifically designed to draw attention to an individual website or subject ... it seems to be an attempt to ban a specific domain or type of website from future posts here

they deserve consideration on a case by case basis, like everything else that's posted here

that isn't saying i'd post them, of course ...
posted by pyramid termite at 11:16 AM on May 26, 2005


first i should say this is nothing against you dersins, i'm not trying to jump you or anything , but there is no way in hell , i'm going to click on any of those links.

what are there. . .ok i lost count after 30.

30! single character links! jesus! i just hate that. no idea what any of them are, no idea if i should start with the first one, or the last.
no indication that my time in clicking the first all the way to the last will be rewarding or just annoying.

lastly, i can not for the life of me, remember a time when a post aforementioned , was worthy of anyone's time.

please stop the madness! :)
posted by nola at 11:30 AM on May 26, 2005


Yeah, some of these are clever; you're just pissed they found a decent publicity machine.
posted by NickDouglas at 11:31 AM on May 26, 2005


no indication that my time...will be rewarding or just annoying.

*cough*welcometotheinternetenjoyyourstay*cough*
posted by NickDouglas at 11:32 AM on May 26, 2005


pyramid termite writes "they deserve consideration on a case by case basis, like everything else that's posted here"

Meh. The only thing an FPP on any of these sites will do is generate floods of "is this for real"'s and accusations that MeFi is going all PepsiBlue(tm) on us.

If I wanted to feel used by people with ulterior motives I'd go back to Fark...
posted by clevershark at 11:32 AM on May 26, 2005


The Contagious Media sites, as #1 pointed out, are exactly what MetaFilter was made for.

This kind of preemptive strike isn't going to accomplish anything beside polarize opinion about Contagious Media as a whole rather than allowing each site to stand or fall on it's own merits.
posted by cedar at 11:33 AM on May 26, 2005


The whole idea of launching an eclectic bunch of silly sites, then tracking how they spread is really quite interesting - in a purely techno-dorky way. But it seems to me that by revealing which sites are participating, and making their data public during the observation period, you completely spoil the experiment. It looks as if the organizers' desire for their project to be "contagious" itself trumps any purported quasi-academic goals.

Their self-absorbed "art exhibit" would seem to back this up.
posted by MaxVonCretin at 11:36 AM on May 26, 2005


it seems to be an attempt to ban a specific domain or type of website from future posts here

Nope, it's a collection all of the participants in a contest.

Now if somebody posts one of these in the future, we can look back and laugh. If the link is still worthy, it'll likely survive, I would think.

No censorship, just awareness.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:36 AM on May 26, 2005




Nope, it's a collection all of the participants in a contest.

when i get home from work, i'll just post the xanga top 50 blogs for the day ... that way, no one else will get to build a post around them

this would have been a better post if it had actually concentrated on the contest as a subject
posted by pyramid termite at 11:43 AM on May 26, 2005


For the people in favor of the Contagion links... do you actually like what you see there, or is it just a matter of principle? Because most of those links that have made it to MeFi have been fair at best

As dersins points out, this morning's atrocity was deleted just for sheer lameness. I'm very anti-fast-food, and I love to see McDonald's parodied, but that looked like somebody had spent 10 minutes with Flash and moved on to their next Contagion half-assed effort.
posted by gurple at 11:51 AM on May 26, 2005


Pyramid:

The contest as a subject has been hashed and rehashed in several FPP discussions and MeTa threads over the last couple of days.

I got sick of seeing the links, and hearing the same damn discussions. My hope was to bring closure to the whole subject.

Now let us never speak of this again.
posted by dersins at 11:52 AM on May 26, 2005


Dersins, #1 isn't fond of bad Flash and hot cheeseburger lovin'. He may, as far as I know, feel entirely differently about ringtone dancing or crying while eating.

That'd be the whole "letting sites stand or fall on their own merits" thing.
posted by cedar at 11:54 AM on May 26, 2005


I sadly missed the MeTa opportunities to express how fucking stupid this is. I'm glad you're reposting it so I can make my opposition official.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:58 AM on May 26, 2005


i'm wearing panties that can make your garage door open all by itself.
posted by quonsar at 12:01 PM on May 26, 2005


Well that's a mental image that'll require therapy to rid from the theater of my mind.
posted by clevershark at 12:13 PM on May 26, 2005


i'm wearing panties that can make your garage door open all by itself.

Even better, they act like an Invisible Fence for your fish.
posted by cedar at 12:16 PM on May 26, 2005


dersin: no, I wasn't being facetious...but now that's it's lunchtime and I have had time to Google "contagious media," I get it...
posted by kozad at 12:30 PM on May 26, 2005


The Contagious Media sites, as #1 pointed out, are exactly what MetaFilter was made for.- cedar

To be fair, if you'll note farther down the thread, he made that statement *before* he realized how many of the top entries were created by ad agencies to show proof of concept for viral spread.
posted by dejah420 at 12:56 PM on May 26, 2005


nola: but there is no way in hell , i'm going to click on any of those links.

Good. I think that's the point of dersin's post. dersin is saving us from ourselves, and from crappy attempts at viral humor.
posted by muddgirl at 12:58 PM on May 26, 2005


What is this viral marketing that you speak of?
posted by fixedgear at 12:59 PM on May 26, 2005


Good. I think that's the point of dersin's post. dersin is saving us from ourselves, and from crappy attempts at viral humor.

oh . . .


thx? :P
posted by nola at 1:26 PM on May 26, 2005


Being saved by pre-emptive posting seems like trying to put a scuba mask on a fish. I am not convinced that it needed doing and I'm less convinced that the fish is any better off.

But at least I know quonsar can get a rise out of his garage door. Now if only those panties would converge with the GPS panties. Then I could know when and where quonsar was raising doors at any time. And then I'd post the tracking site to the front page.
posted by fenriq at 1:37 PM on May 26, 2005


:-) "I got sick of seeing the links, and hearing the same damn discussions. My hope was to bring closure to the whole subject."

guess it didn't work, eh?
posted by HuronBob at 2:21 PM on May 26, 2005


we'll see. just so long as it's confined to this thread...

at least quonsar's magical panties of opening are a new...err...twist on the discussion.
posted by dersins at 2:42 PM on May 26, 2005


[sorry, really fixed now]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:56 PM on May 26, 2005


This is perfect. Thank you dersins.
posted by krysalist at 5:34 PM on May 26, 2005


Thank you dersins, for saving us from ourselves...
posted by schyler523 at 6:46 PM on May 26, 2005


Ah ha! Very clever, dersins...
posted by Kloryne at 7:05 PM on May 26, 2005


Thanks, dersins.
posted by Bugbread at 1:32 AM on May 27, 2005


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