de-lightful, de-lovely, de-lurking

The Great Mofo Delurk 2007 I hear, via Magpie, that tomorrow, Octber 3rd, is a grand holiday: The Great Mofo Delurk.

I have to say, I like getting comments. And I like celebrating made-up holidays. (Remind me that I should start making up holidays. I could design a whole line of greeting cards. Maybe I should declare some day to be “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.”) Anyhow, we were talking about comments, weren’t we. Well, I like them. So do other people. So some folks have decided that people need a little bit of an extra nudge to leave some comments, at least this one day a year.

I plan to celebrate by leaving a few comments around on blogs where I tend to lurk. (Actually, first I plan to celebrate by getting up, engaging in some sorts of personal hygiene rituals, getting dressed, getting Phoebe dressed and off to daycare, doing some work, commuting, having a meeting, doing some more work, commuting again, and maybe having a festive holiday scone. Because I think every holiday needs a tradition of baked goods. And I don’t think scones are taken.) By the end of the day, I hope to work myself up to leaving at least a quick “hello” on a few blogs.

And I’d love it if you’d join me in this celebration. You could start right here, by leaving me a scone. Or a comment, since they are less likely to get crumbs on my laptop.

I know that it can be hard to come up with just the right comment to leave, so I thought I’d offer up a few possibilities for some quick-and-easy, down-and-dirty, alpha-and-numeric comments that are ready-to-wear. It’s easy to convey lots of meaning with just a few keystrokes. Just refer to the handy chart below.

     comment        translation
     yo  Great post!
     yoyo  You rock!
     yoyoyo  You rock. Like someone in a rocking chair. Knitting socks. That don’t match.
     oy  Your corniness pains me. Please stop.
     oyo  This is meaningless
     3752  I think you may have miscalculated
     555 That color isn’t the most flattering for you.
     12  I would like to sing you an aria.
     9  This post was one of the most poignantly written, beautifully crafted, impassioned things I have read in many long years. I was moved. I cried. I wept. I did an interpretive dance.
     pants  alejna, you are cracked
     squid  this was a disturbing, but strangely compelling post
     dude  all of the above

19 thoughts on “de-lightful, de-lovely, de-lurking

  1. Dude! Since a trackback isn’t actually a comment, I thought I’d start things off properly by saying a few words. And those were them.

    Great idea!

  2. By the way, I hope your congratulatory remarks weren’t a mere exercise of de-lurkification…

    I trust they weren’t. Thanks for the lovely words.

  3. Dude!

    Seriously, though, I like your blog and, from here on out, I will employ your comment code table and maybe even add a few of my own.

  4. Comment: OYE!

    Translation: Listen up, lovers!

    Not that I have anything to say, I just wanted you to listen up. Also, I don’t think I was lurking to begin with, so I can’t really de-lurk. But that’s just a technicality, right?

  5. azahar-
    Some fine words, indeed. And thanks for trackback, too. Dude.

    4242 to you, too! And of course my comments weren’t mere delurkification.

    Thanks, dude! Your blog looks like fun, too. And any help building up the table of comments would be great.

    I’m glad you had a celebratory scone. Mmm, scones. And dude to you, too!

    patient boy-
    Oye right back at ya. I’m not entirely sure on the technicalities and qualifications of lurking, but I’m sure you can delurk if you want to.

    Dude. Scones rock. Except when they are hard as rocks. As for the “mofo” bit, I don’t really know the whys. I don’t know if this bit from one of the originators gives any insight:

    All of the above is why Sweetney, Jenandtonic, and I are bringing The Great Mofo Delurk 2007 to you on Wednesday, October 3rd. It is time that all you lurking mofos delurked, and we have given you six days to prepare yourselves (and ourselves, ahem). On October 3rd, delurk you mofos! Say hello! Share who you are! Put an end to your m*th*rf*ck*ng lurking and leave a comment!

    We want to hear your voices in our comments, and we will love you mofo’n lurkers for it. We really will.

  6. Oh, I forgot to use one of the suggested shorthand comments.

    Um… Pants.

    KC, MoFo is a contraction of moth…. um, for a highly contemptible person.

  7. Hi! You delurked at my place, and now here I am delurking at your place. There’s a nice circularity to that. Um, nice to meet you. I’ve been lurking :-)

  8. Jangari-
    I did like your “4242,” though. But I suppose “pants” is fitting.

    Yes, it was probably elsewhere. But was it a good interpretive dance?

    Ooh, an opera. And thank you for the one-digit aria.

    Yummy! Thanks. And I can use those pants.

    You are too kind (sort of).

    That is some nice circularity. I had no idea you were lurking, too. So nice to meet you!

    Yoyo, too! I’m not sure whether Jen uses the exact same chart. Though I believe that dude does mean many things to her.

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