How did you find MetaFilter?

Almost certainly in a link from Boing Boing, back in the misty dawn. I read both sites initially simply to find great things online. This they delivered, and the links led me into a sticky web of many fine blogs. MetaFilter became hard to join right when I really started wanting to participate. I got my own damn blog, but then I got into MeFi as well, back in 2002 when a handful of people were let in for free every day but Matt was also starting to allow $5 sign-ups. I had my $5 all ready but good luck and timing were with me and I didn't have to pay it.

I'd pay a lot more than $5 for what I've gotten out of MetaFilter. Don't tell anybody.


What is your fondest memory from MetaFilter?

It's Made of People!

My first meetup (followup), where names in phosphor (we used phosphor back then, kids!) became flesh-and-blood people. It's not that I didn't know this before, but I still think it began to change the way I read things online, especially here at MetaFilter. Perhaps it stimulated the empathy part of my brain (and if there's anything the Internet could use a little more of, it's empathy). This is probably part of why MetaFilter feels a little more real to me. And when I go back to that first meetup thread I see that nearly every name has a little star next to it. You were my first MeFi stars, people!

By the way, the links to my photos were all broken. Now they're not. I did this for you, dear readers!