Flickr [hearts] Panda
March 8, 2009 4:46 PM   Subscribe

This post will walk you through the weirdest thing: Flickr's mysterious obsession with Pandas (previously on MeFi: Link).
posted by lipsum (15 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
More info from Flickr & Metafilter's own revdancatt
posted by Jofus at 4:52 PM on March 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

The magic donkey was also the force governing Cal Henderson's previous project, b3ta
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:02 PM on March 8, 2009

The blog entry sucks all the mystery out of it. On the other hand, since I read it last Tuesday it made the Innerlogics post a bit cringeworthy. Flickr's not hiding anything, Innerlogics just isn't doing a good job of research.
posted by ardgedee at 5:18 PM on March 8, 2009

Innerlogistics, not innerlogics. Hoisted by my own petard, I am.
posted by ardgedee at 5:19 PM on March 8, 2009

I couldn't make heads or tails out of most of that first link.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 6:05 PM on March 8, 2009

From my (far too prolific) hanging around the Help group/forum on Flickr (now The Forum) the idea of the pandas themselves came from The Searcher and a few other people as an amusing response to the many (oh god, the many) explore related questions that weren't swayed by the "It's a Magic Donkey, dude!" responses. A group was created later (Secrets of Explore) that had an equally evolving invite code and icon related to pandas as time wnet on. Much rejoicing was had among those involved when Flickr unofficially adopted it by creating the vomiting Panda page that the Rev mentions. It first broke cover in a Help Forum post from him, if I recall (or maybe from Heather).

The creation of the Rainbow vomiting Panda took some time to evolve, and the Staff seemed to adopt it and it worked from there. I'm pretty sure the first Panda impetus started from the Help Forum. It was a lot of fun to watch unfold.
posted by Brockles at 6:09 PM on March 8, 2009

So...when can we expect #1 to create a Meta page featuring vomiting ponies?
posted by phyrewerx at 6:34 PM on March 8, 2009

1. Generate Intrigue
2. Increase Pageviews
3. ???
4. Profit
posted by Sys Rq at 6:36 PM on March 8, 2009

Dito on not making heads or tails out of Link#1.

I don't see why they had to make it so complicated; had they just told me it was a magical tale of Vomiting Panda vs. Magic Donkey, I would have politely nodded and continued on my way.
posted by mannequito at 6:40 PM on March 8, 2009

My Interestingness level was rising.

Oh dear, no. Your Confusingness level, however, is impressively high.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:31 AM on March 9, 2009

I just vomited. Uploading photos to flickr now...
posted by orme at 5:15 AM on March 9, 2009

I can't help but think that creating an API for your easter eggs is like a big flashing FIRE US indicator to their Yahoo overlords.
posted by smackfu at 7:10 AM on March 9, 2009

I have to say I really hate the whole 'interestingness'-whoring thing that's grown up around Explore, with the groups requiring comments and so on.
The worst thing is, a lot of the stuff that's being pushed to the top is pure unadulterated crap- garish HDRs with semi-literate comments like "OMG THANKS FOR THE CMOMENT BUDY!! UR SUCH AN ARTIST!!!!!!" and so on. To be honest, I suspect that the prevalence of gaudy and garish stuff on Explore has something to do with how most people on Flickr (or at least those who throw lots of time into groups) have horrible taste.

All that said, I've got a photostream.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:13 AM on March 9, 2009

I have to say I really hate the whole 'interestingness'-whoring thing that's grown up around Explore, with the groups requiring comments and so on.

I'll second that!
posted by diogenes at 7:30 AM on March 9, 2009

Panda-ring to the masses?
posted by MuffinMan at 7:43 AM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

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