Why would I care what Metafilter had for breakfast? Amirite? September 16, 2010 1:40 PM   Subscribe

Is it possible to make the Mefi Sideblog Updates (mefi) Twitter account link to the actual thread, rather than the sidebar archive?

First off, if this is not an officially-sanctioned Metafilter Twitter account then please ignore this request and tell me to go pound sand.

I really enjoy the Mefi Twitter updates, it's a great way of finding out something has been sidebarred, but I find it odd that it links to the sidebar archive (example) rather than the thread in question. Is there a reason for this? Is there any way to change it?

I know it's only an additional click, and it's not a great impact on my life, but it would be just a tad more useful if the links on twitter were the same as the sidebar links.

Almost ten years on Metafilter and this is my first Metatalk post. It's terrifying. Please be gentle.
posted by bondcliff to Feature Requests at 1:40 PM (28 comments total)

I think the reason we do this is because sometimes sidebar updates are more than 140 characters so Twitter eats them [delicious tamales!] but I'm not sure if it's anything we've really talked about before.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:45 PM on September 16, 2010


HOLY. SHIT.
READTHEFAQTHISHASBEENASKEDANDDISCUSSEDWITHMODERATORINPUTLIKE8ZILLIONTIMESINMETAALREADYFUCKRYANOUTLOUD

*noogies*
posted by carsonb at 1:46 PM on September 16, 2010


Yeah, the technical reason is that we often have more than one link per sideblog post. And Twitter only allows 140 characters and no HTML, so we're stuck with choosing between linking to the sideblog post or choosing the first link in the post as the link for that post. So we link to the sideblog post itself so folks can see all of its linking glory.

I completely understand the frustration, though. You see "how to make tamales" you expect to click once and read about tamales. We could probably change things so if there's only one link we use that as the link, but that creates a disconnect for people who are expecting it the other way around.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:46 PM on September 16, 2010


READTHEFAQTHISHASBEENASKEDANDDISCUSSEDWITHMODERATORINPUTLIKE8ZILLIONTIMESINMETAALREADYFUCKRYANOUTLOUD

I see what you did there.
posted by John Cohen at 1:49 PM on September 16, 2010


Who is Ryan?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:53 PM on September 16, 2010 [9 favorites]


Thanks for the quick response. I figured it was something simple like that and it seems pretty obvious now that you've said it. The solution, of course, is to use the Twitter account as the sidebar and then just post the twitter feed on the Mefi sidebar so you can get that 'every local newspaper site' look.*

And yeah, I was totally going to make tamales from scratch but that extra click just pushed me over the edge. Looks like it's microwave burritos for me tonight!

*joke
posted by bondcliff at 1:55 PM on September 16, 2010


I want temales now.
posted by The Whelk at 1:55 PM on September 16, 2010


Go make some. You have the instructions.
posted by slogger at 2:11 PM on September 16, 2010


The surest guarantee that whatever Mexican restaurant near me is going to suffer an early death is if I like their tamales. If they're just passable or meh, oh, that restaurant is gonna hang around forever. But if it's a place I'd make a beeline to, shoving the elderly and handicapped aside to get to the front of the line, it's a place that's going to go under like a sinkhole. Dammit.
posted by ardgedee at 2:20 PM on September 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Maybe everyone's afraid of the jerk barging their way to the front of the line.
posted by zamboni at 2:23 PM on September 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm going to go get tamales from my local Mexican restaurant. Since I've never had tamales I will have no other tamales to compare them to.
posted by Jahaza at 3:05 PM on September 16, 2010


Oh, God. Aquismon, Mexico, where the wrap the tamales in banana leaves. Somebody please rescue me from the windowless dungeon.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:14 PM on September 16, 2010


Who is Ryan?

This is explained in the FAQ.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:19 PM on September 16, 2010


Jahaza: I'm going to go get tamales from my local Mexican restaurant. Since I've never had tamales I will have no other tamales to compare them to

Man, it blows my mind that there are people out there who've never had tamales. But then again, I only had green bean casserole for the first time just a couple of years ago, which I imagine seems equally weird to white folks.
posted by joedan at 3:53 PM on September 16, 2010


Why is my brother in the FAQ? What has he done now? Sigh.

Send me the bill.
posted by The Whelk at 3:57 PM on September 16, 2010


My first Metatalk post turned into a discussion about Mexican food and guys name Ryan who apparently don't have sex quietly.

This is way more than I could have hoped for. I love you people.
posted by bondcliff at 5:01 PM on September 16, 2010 [4 favorites]


So, ardge, given that Silvia's restaurant (Pilar's) went under (not sure about the new one-and that they're Salvadoran, this does nothing to answer for me whether or not you like Silvia's tamales. I really like her pupusas and I used to love her take on huevos rancheros--haven't had them in quite some time. But what I want to know is--if you liked her tamales, is that why Pilar's closed? And where the heck else were you getting decent tamales around here, which then also closed?
posted by beelzbubba at 7:01 PM on September 16, 2010


and guys name Ryan who apparently don't have sex quietly

I don't think there's any unambiguous evidence that Ryan is the noisy partner in the act.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:02 PM on September 16, 2010


Man, it blows my mind that there are people out there who've never had tamales. But then again, I only had green bean casserole for the first time just a couple of years ago, which I imagine seems equally weird to white folks.

I've never had either of these, and I don't think it's weird. There's some thing with "white" people eating "green bean casserole"? I'm white and have never heard of this.
posted by John Cohen at 9:37 PM on September 16, 2010


cortex: I don't think there's any unambiguous evidence that Ryan is the noisy partner in the act.

It would be kind of weird if it was his partner that yelling at the moment of climax: "I'm Ryan! Ryan Pirandelli! I'm the best certified public accountant Poughkeepsie's ever seen!" Of course, it's pretty weird already, given that Ryan's never been to upstate New York.
posted by Kattullus at 9:51 PM on September 16, 2010


I don't think there's any unambiguous evidence that Ryan is the noisy partner in the act.

Well, it sure ain't me. I never get above a soft whimper.
posted by bondcliff at 5:39 AM on September 17, 2010


Some people scream out the entire score to HMS Pinafore.
posted by The Whelk at 5:57 AM on September 17, 2010


WE SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE AND OUR SAUCY SHIP'S A BEAUTY WE ARE SOBER MEN AND TRUE AND ATTENTIVE TO OUR DUTY
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:42 AM on September 17, 2010


How embarrassing.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:42 AM on September 17, 2010


It would be kind of weird if it was his partner that yelling at the moment of climax:

Well, let me elaborate: I parse "Fuck Ryan out loud" as a sentence composed of a transitive verb, fuck, which takes an object, Ryan, and that VP is modified by the adverbial string "out loud".

So I figure it is the elided second person subject of the exhortative clause "[You] fuck Ryan" who would be explicitly characterizable as performing that action "out loud". The content and nature of their loudness is left unclear, as is the question of Ryan's complicity in that vague decibelry.

Of course, it's possible there's some other parsing. Maybe a colloquial infinitive "to fuck out" that has been split here to accommodate the object and which carries with it the notion of inducing noise from the object. Or maybe Ryan Out Loud is actually the guy's nickname for reasons of his typical volume level.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:19 AM on September 17, 2010


I love and respect you, Cortex, but for fuck's sake go outside or something.
posted by bondcliff at 10:15 AM on September 17, 2010


Can't go outside, must keep Minecrafting.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:17 AM on September 17, 2010


Always Be Minecrafting.
posted by The Whelk at 12:05 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


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