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How did you find MetaFilter?

For a long time I was convinced that I arrived here via memepool. Searching the archives shows no link to Mefi early enough (January 2000 or so). Who knows? It was a long time ago. At first I just came for the links. There were few link blogs in those early days. The web was still populated by a lot of pages which comprised a dump of someone's favorites. Finding interesting content could be time consuming, but come to Mefi and every day there would be more interesting links to follow. I barely looked at the comments then. At some point I soured on usenet and found the discussion on Mefi far more compelling. The ever eloquent Migs may have had something to do with that. By then sign-ups were closed. Even after I got in with the rest of the 14k crowd I didn't comment much at first. At some point though it became quite addicting this Mefi thing. There was no epiphany, just a long slow immersion.

Over time the site has changed, but some saw it coming:

Is this the future of MeFi? An explosion of comments so overwhelming conversation is useless?
posted by Neale to MetaFilter-Related at 11:53 PM (11 comments total) [remove from favorites] 2 users marked this as a favorite [!]

posted by mathowie at 12:15 AM on March 30, 2001 [+] [!]

(rather than "useless" I would say "challenging" or "less personal.")


What is your fondest memory from MetaFilter?

Jim & JJ

My all time favorite thread was a solo effort:

JJ: I am wondering, how many threads that fall over the front page continue to get comments?

Jim: I don't know but it's a very interesting thought. Let's see how long we can keep this up before someone stumbles across our thread.

JJ: Yes! Excellent suggestion, old man. It'll be like a little soap opera insides a soap opera. Brilliant, just brilliant.

Jim: Well, only thing is, we can't be the first to have thought of this idea. I mean, can we?

JJ: Pish, tosh, old man. Who cares?! Keep going to till the bitter end. That's what I always say. Yes, indeedy.
posted by Jim Jones at 6:34 PM on February 15, 2005 [3 favorites +] [!]
Other memorable threads and mefi items include:
the Longboat
Q and his antics
direct reports on the flooding of New Orleans
some great and insightful political discussions

There are so many others it is hard to remember. Mostly I treasure the incredible amount of learning I have received through Metafilter, some of it from the links and much of it from the discussions which follow. Thanks to Matt and everyone else.