post, about the identified flying object that did not have any passengers, was a bad post for Metafilter.
posted by klangklangston to Etiquette/Policy at 6:02 PM (215 comments total)
1) The link itself was thin, and will almost certainly die later. It may as well have been, "Go turn on your TV right now so we can talk about this!"
2) The link was posted as the "news" was "happening," instead of waiting until we all knew that happening didn't actually happen.
3) The comments were predominantly of two stripes: cheap LULZ and sanctimonious garment rending over said LULZ.
I know that we as a community have done breaking news well before, but those were exceptions and this was illustrating the rule that breaking news should be held to a higher standard.
I'm not particularly mad or anything, and I realize that if it was going to be deleted, it woulda been deleted by now. But I hope by bringing this up in Metatalk that I can shift awareness toward a moment of reflection prior to posting whatever crap happens to be on CNN at the moment, thus reaffirming the higher standard consideration and encouraging both restraint on behalf of posters and, ideally, a lower threshold for deletion regarding similar posts in the future.