Deletion clarification request!
posted by Estraven to Etiquette/Policy at 2:28 AM (115 comments total)
Well, I've been lurking for a few years now, and after joining a few months ago, I finally got up the courage to submit a post to metafilter! Alas, it didn't go well,
and it was immediately deleted. ("This is a single link 'bad thing that happened someplace' post. maybe if it's a big deal put together a longer post about it, but this isn't really conducive to decent discussion.")
Looking at the blue as of this typing, 6 of the first 10 posts I see are "single links" with commentary already started on them. A state flagship school (with 50,000 students!) making a change of this magnitude is something that's generated a good deal of commentary on other internet places I frequent. (I suppose I could have put the links IN the article in my FPP, but it felt like redundant padding when they were already available in the article itself...)
Before I made the post, I checked
by other users
in the past to see if this sort of thing would be appropriate. Is there a better way to judge the potential for deletion aside from referencing past and current metafilter posts? This was my first time trying to contribute, and right now I'm not entirely sure I should try again. :(
I guess in my lurking I only see posts that didn't get deleted, so despite having read the FAQs and etc, perhaps I'm missing some unspoken rule of etiquette here? (hopefully I'm not breaching another by making this post here!)
preposting edit!: okay, I looked at that deleted metafilter threads blogspot, and it looks like I am not alone
! So I guess I don't have to worry so much now about it being a me thing (whew), especially since people were already commenting on the first person's thread attempt, but I guess I am still a little perplexed that something this important isn't considered to be relevant news. I have a lot of concern over America's broken college system, so any sign that public education is straying even farther away from its intended purpose seems (IMHO) really noteworthy.
Thank you very much for reading my question!