July 22

Flyover country

I get the pun, but can we cut it out with this one at last? I can't read "flyover country" without imagining some amount of dismissiveness, resignation, and even contempt on the part of the writer---and the site in general. [more inside]

Metafilter Munich Shooting: Check-In

Facebook has set up a safety check for people to let their loved ones know they are ok. Thought, we'd create one here for any German MetaFilter members. Stay safe everyone.

Curious about megathreads

We seem to be having more of them, lately, and I stress that this is not a complaint, they're fine, but I was just wondering what that reflected regarding the userbase, and don't have the infodump skills required to figure it out. [more inside]

July 21

funny ask/discussion about startup commercial cliches

Does anyone remember what I think was an Ask thread about bad startup commercial cliches? Ukelele, whistling, hand clapping, etc.? If so, can you link it here? Many thanks!

July 20

I seem to fail at either remembering or googling

There's a comment that was made on either the grey or the blue, many years ago. I'd like to use (and attribute) it, but either my memory or my google-fu is failing. [more inside]

July 19

A tiny General Systems Vehicle appears!

Colossal congratulations to EndsOfInvention and his wife who had a baby around midnight, GMT! Seeing as he is an all-around good guy and excellent dad, this shiny new unit has excellent general prospects. [more inside]

The RNC posts

Could we, maybe, divide-up the RNC thread into separate days? [more inside]

July 17

"...the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere..."

Just wanted to give a shoutout to whoever has been keeping the "New & Noteworthy" well-stocked with excellent bits and bobs from across the MeFi world. With horrid ongoing world events and super-bad news seemingly daily, taking a moment to check out something awesome means a lot. Plus it's easy to miss cool items from across the evolving MeFiverse. [more inside]

July 15

Metafilter is not as inclusive as we like to think we are

So we get a front page post about Nice, we have check-ins for Belgium, but no-one here seems to care about Istanbul or other non 'Western' countries. [more inside]

More explicit guidelines on what makes a good post?

This article by a closeted trans woman has been posted three times, and deleted three times, after a few early comments on the first posting largely agreed with another trans woman's critical take. The deletion reasons have repeatedly cited "a number of elements" that "will make it really hard to have a good discussion". I would appreciate the mods or the general community saying what those elements are, and perhaps expanding the post guidelines to provide a permanent reference. Implicit social norms beyond the obvious "don't be a jerk" are exhausting to parse, especially in a text-only medium. Whatever was objectionable about the article, please just spell it out. [more inside]

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