This post was deleted for the following reason: Combination OWS + lousy cops + provocative pullquote +single link outrage filter really needs to be a different sort of post for MetaFilter. Otherwise it's just outragefilter with nothing much to discuss and a bunch of people angrily agreeing with each other with a lot of free ranging bad feeling that they use on each other. If this is going to be a MeFi post, make it differently. -- jessamyn
I can understand wanting to delete all news threads entirely. 'Cuz, you know, this isn't a friggin' current events blog.
This presupposes that mefi is a news outlet rather than a general interest community blog where sometimes newsy stuff gets posted. We're not sanitizing any news by nixing not so great posts about news (good or bad, but honestly pretty overwhelmingly it's bad news that people post), we're mixing posts that seem like they're not great for this place.
Unlike the NYT, we are not a news agency, and the question is not whether or not it's news. I do not know how much clearer this can be: an argument that a post should stick around because it's core subject "is news" is a non-starter, much as I understand some folks would like that to be otherwise.
"However the site also has its own goals or mission and this isn't to be a place where people just talk about the news of the day. Sometimes they do, sure, but it's not the main purpose of the site. The main purpose of the site is sharing cool stuff you found on the web that you'd like to discuss with other people."
If you're planning to post a story to MetaFilter that is part of a longstanding, often-discussed topic (Israel/Palestine, the Iraq war, how stupid Republicans are, etc.), think hard about whether the site you're linking to actually has anything new to say on the topic. (Wiki)
axegrindfilter - you posted on a hot-button topic that you frequently post about and/or used heavy-handed editorializing language. (from the list of common deletion reasons in the FAQ)
It all begins with the manuscript. Here’s a scenario attributed to Henry Kissinger. When he was Secretary of State, one of his aides was responsible for a writing assignment that had to be completed by the next day. The aide assured his boss that the report would be on his desk first thing in the morning.
The next day, the aid kept his promise. However, later that same day, Kissinger called the aide into his office and asked him to rewrite it.
The aide took the report in hand and went about rewriting it; the next day, he proudly handed the work to Kissinger. Again, later that afternoon, Kissinger gave the report back to the aide with the instructions to rewrite it.
This back and forth went on for several more times. Finally, on this particular draft of the report, the aide, weary from all the work, said: “Here is the report, Mr. Secretary. This is the best I can do; I can’t make it better.”
Kissinger took the report, and then looked up at the aide, saying: “Good, now I’ll read it.”
You get the point, I trust.