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This thread should be deleted or reworded because it is factually inaccurate.
posted by afu to Etiquette/Policy at 5:27 PM (31 comments total)

Regardless of the content of the thread, I think that we should try to avoid putting blatant falsehoods on the front page.
posted by afu at 5:28 PM on August 9, 2006


Dude, chill. "Blatent"?
posted by wheelieman at 5:46 PM on August 9, 2006


It looks like a pretty run-of-the-mill MetaFilter political thread to me.
posted by LarryC at 5:49 PM on August 9, 2006


Dude, chill. "Blatent"?

No, blatant.
posted by dersins at 5:53 PM on August 9, 2006


So in a FPP about factual inaccuracies we have ourselves an actual factual inaccuracy. What's the problem?

But seriously, I could vote for it being corrected... 93 comments later.
posted by yeti at 6:15 PM on August 9, 2006


What part of do you not understand?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 6:26 PM on August 9, 2006


blatant is a word that completely loses its meaning after I repeat it out loud two or three times.
posted by carsonb at 6:44 PM on August 9, 2006


I'd like to see the hazard light as the whole reason for this post to get deleted. Nothing else, just
"Reason for deletion: {{light}}"
posted by boo_radley at 6:53 PM on August 9, 2006


I'd rather leave it up so we can whip ken lays ass about it.
posted by bob sarabia at 7:40 PM on August 9, 2006


Honestly, due to the nature of the internet, I agree with the deletion request. People tend to believe everything they read, and they're not gong to read that it's factually inaccurate until many posts down the line (which means they probably won't read that it's inaccurate). Sure, it has tons and tons of comments, but you can bet it has tons and tons more readers than comments.

Not only does it suck to have false crap like that in the short term, it's forever cached in google for the long term and who knows if it'll be the number one search result for hezbollah un ambulance ... or something to that effect.

Having that post there is worse than wikiality .. :-p
posted by twiggy at 7:54 PM on August 9, 2006


Or strikethrough the false text, and add some kind of edit text stating the truth
posted by blasdelf at 8:33 PM on August 9, 2006


Yes, we must protect people from wrong information. For we are the wise men, we must lift the Progressive Man's Burden. Not for ourselves, but in service for those poor souls less enlightened than we.

OK, I actually would delete that post, and every other political thread, especially the four or five Lebanon/Iraq threads that have been posted since Matt put up the rotating light and the warning not to post on those topics. (For those in the dark, go to the blue and click the New Post link).

But the idea that we can't have false crap on the front page is violated every freaking week, by some conspiratorial nonsense or other. Trust people to figure out the truth.
posted by LarryC at 8:36 PM on August 9, 2006


Honestly, due to the nature of the internet, I agree with the deletion request...Not only does it suck to have false crap like that in the short term, it's forever cached in google for the long term and who knows if it'll be the number one search result for hezbollah un ambulance ... or something to that effect.

Thirded. Matt and Jess, you've edited posts in the past for incorrect statements or misrepresentations of the linked content (most recently, the rape accusation against the Girls Gone Wild guy). This is just as serious, I'd suggest. Please consider striking through or deleting the incorrect characterization of that link. It'd still be a shitty, overly opinionated Middle East post, but at least the most obvious disinformation wouldn't be there anymore.
posted by mediareport at 8:50 PM on August 9, 2006


So this survives, but the GGW rape accusation got deleted?

At this point, the ghost of Ken Lay should be asking for an edit..
posted by Chuckles at 8:57 PM on August 9, 2006


Blatant. Blatent. Blatint. Blatunt. Blatont...
posted by nanojath at 9:23 PM on August 9, 2006


matt's gotta sleep sometime, Chuckles.
posted by boo_radley at 9:37 PM on August 9, 2006


what button do i have to push to delete the internet? ... it's factually inaccurate
posted by pyramid termite at 10:26 PM on August 9, 2006


Let me guess... this post is dangerous and should be deleted immediately?
posted by Krrrlson at 10:54 PM on August 9, 2006


Seconded.
Maybe the ghost of ken Lay should have some time out so that he/she can get their facts straight; or maybe a better username.
posted by adamvasco at 1:02 AM on August 10, 2006


or maybe a better username.

oh, come on! he posts in character! what's not to love?
posted by carsonb at 1:06 AM on August 10, 2006


Maybe he needs a callout all his own?

I like the idea of someone posting in character, especially as Ken Lay in heaven. Many of the comments are hilariously awesome because of the way it's written from the perspective of Ken Lay...

But is the opinionated FPP posted in character? Would that make it a troll? Or is it, like some of the comments, the author shining through, not as Ken Lay?
posted by blasdelf at 1:11 AM on August 10, 2006


One of the better examples of MeFi pissing all over itself.
posted by mischief at 1:59 AM on August 10, 2006


silence wins. But doesn't it always, in war?
posted by Jimbob at 4:15 AM on August 10, 2006


I have no objection to deleting the line, it was hasty of me. Leave the rest of the post up.
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 7:07 AM on August 10, 2006


That was gracious.
posted by adamvasco at 7:23 AM on August 10, 2006


If late.
posted by mediareport at 8:14 AM on August 10, 2006


Ken Lay in heaven

In heaven? I don't think so; he was reporting recently on a conversation with Richard Nixon, if I remember correctly.
posted by languagehat at 10:49 AM on August 10, 2006


Gerald Ford got Nixon pardoned.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:23 PM on August 10, 2006


I think this post should be pinned to the front page of Metafilter for all eternity as the finest example of right wing irony ever to have been created.
posted by felix at 4:20 PM on August 10, 2006


This thread should be deleted or reworded because it is factually inaccurate.

Mathowie has set a precedent that simply because something is inaccurate does not mean it gets deleted from the front page.

So, y'know, just post this all in the thread.
posted by mlis at 4:47 PM on August 10, 2006


The BBC says Reuters fired him.
posted by davy at 8:32 AM on August 11, 2006


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