Metafilter’s “Best Of” ContestSeptember 2, 2006
So, August is over, and my private attempt to find one new thing that the Metafilter community would find interesting every day for a full 31 day month has come to an end along with it. I’ll keep up the posting, but I’m no longer compelled by my crazy internal challenge to make sure that I have one post every 24 hours (the maximum the system allows). Even though Matt didn’t announce a “winner” for the month as a whole, I think it’s pretty clear that it was me.
I came in first twice, as three other people did, but I also came in runner up six other times (that last poster is a psuedonym account I use sometimes). Using an internal scoring system I’ve created (which you are all free to borrow), first place = five points, and runner up = two points, giving me a total of 22 points, significantly higher than the second place contestant, who has 16.
I’d take more pride in this (possibly even order myself a customized trophy) if I didn’t feel like the second victory was a bit of a hollow one, since it only came after I emailed Matt & basically begged him to pick me a second time. I’m totally not proud of it, but I like to justify it by thinking of the number of times when I clearly had the best post of the day & it didn’t even get noticed. The missus equates it to when an NBA player gets a “make-up call” by the ref after complaining on a uncalled foul, and she has made it clear that (once again) she is not a fan of my behavior in this situation. Fortunately, after several years together I’ve developed a coping mechanism that allows me to thrive in the face of her scorn, so all is well.