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What's the plan for US Election Day? Is there going to be one thread continuously updated with the election results or a bunch of them. Conversely, will there be no talk of the 2012 election at all? Do the mods have the day off and will the site be inactive?
posted by Renoroc to MetaFilter-Related at 4:38 AM (172 comments total)

Do the mods have the day off and will the site be inactive?

If this were a ballot initiative, I would canvas for it. Waitasecond...
posted by not_on_display at 4:40 AM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Will the site be inactive?

whahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaaaaaaaa *breathes* hahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahha*expires*
posted by marienbad at 4:52 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


In the grand spirit of bi-partisanship I'll be hanging out with ParisParamus.
posted by bardic at 5:00 AM on November 5, 2012 [7 favorites]


I actually do have the morning off... not because it's election day, but because it's Tuesday. (But, I'll be back for the late night drunken weeping and rending of garments or drunken revelry and cat and dogs lying down together, as the case may be!)

I think that there will probably be a main election thread if someone makes a good election post, and possibly others if other people make other good posts. I think it would be helpful if people concentrated on info, updates, etc. in the main election results/news thread, and not a ton of goofing-around comments. Not that everything has to be SRS BIZNS, but Metafilter threads don't work very well as a continuous Twitter stream per individual when there are a lot of people participating.
posted by taz (staff) at 5:01 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I guess if you open a thread there will be a thread. I also guess that if others open threads that are similar, the mods may consider closing those. Over to Marienbad.
(or am I missing something here? Is it a trick question? I like trick questions sorta
posted by Namlit at 5:02 AM on November 5, 2012


I hope whoever makes the thread packs it full of voting information. Believe it or not, there are still places (I'm looking at you, Ohio) where the voting process hasn't been finalized yet. A lot of laws have changed and many laws were reversed or disabled for the election by the courts.

I was secretly hoping for Rhaomi, or filthy light thief, but really the post just needs to have some good links in it.
posted by cashman at 5:07 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just hope Rafalca is OK.
posted by bardic at 5:09 AM on November 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm planning on hiding from the news and drinking.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:15 AM on November 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


What's the plan for US Election Day?

You might find this MetaTalk post from six days ago helpful.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:27 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, this was covered last week. Long story short, this bloggie isn't making any super special plans. as noted by Jessamyn.

Someone will probably make a post to the main page about the election. People will comment in said thread throughout the day. Hopefully it'll be a generally peaceful thread, with plenty of discussion and little flighting.

If someone or several someones has ideas for a post about election day, perhaps they could say so in this thread and everyone could coordinate. Maybe one person writes the main post and others agree to chime in different aspects within the first few comments? Or they can write the post together or the code ninjas could set up a poll or quick and dirty betting site to see who comes closest to predicting the results.

Or we just go into a Google hangout and play strip Dungeons and Dragons. It has nothing to do with the election, but it's just a suggestion to kill time while standing in line to vote...
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:28 AM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Do the mods have the day off and will the site be inactive?

I assume this is a wry joke? I think most of us are working some part of the day at least. cortex usually has the Tuesday night shift, but we'll all be pitching in around here at some level.

I think it would be helpful if people concentrated on info, updates, etc. in the main election results/news thread, and not a ton of goofing-around comments.

Yeah everyone deals with these sorts of things differently and while we don't want to tell folks to not be chatty at the same time we need to make our general reminder that the threads are for everyone and stream-of-consciousness posting doesn't scale terribly well. Not like ..."so we'll be deleting that" but if people could be mindful of it that would be great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:28 AM on November 5, 2012


I'm gonna post a picture of my Ohioan self voting for Romney in the coming thread. I don't WANT to vote that way, but how else will I be able to collect so much sweet, sweet hate?
posted by charred husk at 5:41 AM on November 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


This infographic would be great to build a post around. I was thinking of maybe doing it myself if it hadn't shown up by tomorrow morning. It seems like we'll need something just to catch all that stuff in one place; the two open threads are both a bit long at this point.
posted by gerryblog at 5:44 AM on November 5, 2012 [12 favorites]


I would like to see an Election Day post where all the links point to infographics.
posted by box at 5:50 AM on November 5, 2012


Yep, infographics.
posted by box at 5:53 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


If anyone has trouble voting on election day you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE it's the hotline for Election Protection a bipartisan organisation that an answer voting related questions and help anyone who has trouble voting in the election.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 5:54 AM on November 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


The official rules are that you get to start a new thread once someone gets called a Nazi.

Once this has happened three times, no more threads will be allowed to commence until each person has who used the word Nazi in preceding threads has written a 400 word essay entitled "Should there be limitations on free speech when the other schmuck is such an asshole"? and sent it to each of the mods.
posted by MuffinMan at 6:16 AM on November 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


"If anyone has trouble voting on election day you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE it's the hotline for Election Protection a bipartisan organisation that an answer voting related questions and help anyone who has trouble voting in the election."

You can also call your local or state party (generally the one you happen to agree with) and they can send help. I've spent the last few elections (munis too!) as an emergency poll attorney for my local Democratic party, where they call me and I go racing over to the precinct with my 44-page manual and start defending democracy. I haven't actually been activated so far, because we have a good local board of elections and well-trained poll workers, so problems don't tend to escalate, but it's sort-of fun to be a potential attorney-superhero for one day.

But yeah, there are just legions of attorneys for both sides, and for the state, all waiting to physically GO to voting locations immediately in case of problems to try to sort them out RIGHT AWAY. A friend of mine who's a local prosecutor spends the day with a tape measure responding to calls that people are campaigning within 100 feet of the polling place or whatever it is (it's in my manual!) and throwing politicians out of polling places, which also sounds fun.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:28 AM on November 5, 2012 [9 favorites]


I think that there will probably be a main election thread if someone makes a good election post, and possibly others if other people make other good posts.

Attention citizens: This is how the site works. There are exactly the threads which people create and which are not shitty. That is how it has always worked.

That is all.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:38 AM on November 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


Do anybody know what the plan is for Palau election day?
posted by Jehan at 6:41 AM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Have a good VOTE everyONE, from your pal QUIDNUNC KID.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 6:44 AM on November 5, 2012 [8 favorites]


I was secretly hoping for Rhaomi, or filthy light thief, but really the post just needs to have some good links in it.

I'm flattered! But I was finishing up another post for sometime this morning/afternoon/when I get around to finishing it, and the 24-hour limit pushes any follow-up well into tomorrow.

In related news, I was finally feeling cautiously optimistic enough to drop a chunk of change on Intrade, where an Obama win looks quite underpriced at ~67%, but:
It will be very difficult for you to get funds into your account in time for the US election:

You cannot use credit or debit card cards due to banking regulations in the US.

You cannot send a check - it will not arrive in time, even if sent by FedEx or UPS.

An international bank wire transfer sent today may arrive tomorrow - but we can in no way guarantee this! Most transfers take 2-3 business days to complete and we have no influence over the process or how long it will take.
posted by Rhaomi at 7:02 AM on November 5, 2012


I have a bottle of crap champagne ready to drink or possibly brain my foes with.
posted by Mister_A at 7:08 AM on November 5, 2012


I received it as a crap token of crap esteem after a crap promotion.
posted by Mister_A at 7:13 AM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


an Obama win looks quite underpriced at ~67%

The popular vote section is even sweeter. Romney is at 3.70 to win by over 0.5%, but 538 gives him only a 19.8% chance of winning the popular vote at all.
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 7:24 AM on November 5, 2012


What's the plan for US Election Day?

I'm flying to Arizona so my wife can spend time with her family, all of whom actually live closer to us than Arizona, and then I'm going to watch my brother in law play in a golf tournament. You guys can come too, but you'll have to find your own places to sleep.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:29 AM on November 5, 2012


i will be very sad because NO GIFS

i know that i'll definitely be following metafilter instead of cable/network news though. the talkbox tends to scream lousy information
posted by ninjew at 7:33 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have a bottle of crap champagne ready to drink or possibly brain myself foes with.

FTFY
posted by OmieWise at 7:37 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


/vaguely plans Nate Silver thread for the day AFTER the election, as some of what's been going on is fascinating and deserves looking at on it's own.
posted by Artw at 7:38 AM on November 5, 2012 [11 favorites]


Jehan: "Do anybody know what the plan is for Palau election day?"

As long as it involves messing with pipeline jerks, I am in.
posted by Grither at 7:43 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


> What's the plan for US Election Day?

If Romney wins, I'm going to go outside and scream "Fuck you, America!" as loudly and clearly as I can. I'm hoping to get some echo off the levee across the highway.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:16 AM on November 5, 2012 [12 favorites]


I will be spending election evening in an arena named after a coal company, watching a Madonna concert. I don't quite know how that happened but there it is. Maybe I'll find out the election result from Madge herself.
posted by octothorpe at 8:47 AM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's gonna be the Superbowl all over again - she'll elect herself eternal queen of night with a ten thousand year term of office.
posted by Artw at 8:53 AM on November 5, 2012


You will find out. I have it on good authority that Madge is wired up to breaking election news. If Mitt Romney loses Madge will peel her top down to reveal a single breast, while declaring that one overexposed tit should now retire gracefully from public view. She will then put her top back on and sing Holiday.
posted by MuffinMan at 9:05 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


octothorpe: "I will be spending election evening in an arena named after a coal company, watching a Madonna concert. I don't quite know how that happened but there it is. Maybe I'll find out the election result from Madge herself."

I don't know how Madonna keeps on bringing it night in and night out. She must run on Clean Coal, America's Most Abundant Natural Resource (tm).

I've clearly seen too many Consol ads on TV during hockey games
posted by tonycpsu at 10:11 AM on November 5, 2012


This infographic would be great to build a post around.

Beats my plan of posting:
I'm tired of Bronco 'bama and Mitt Romney!

[more] The Official MetaFilter Election Thread®™ of 2012!
posted by mazola at 10:12 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Whatever the thread may be, I'll probably only follow it and ignore all other news. I'm going to buy a nice bottle of wine and should be drunk by the end of the night, either out of relief or from desperation. Either way, it's a wine-wine situation for me.
posted by perhapses at 10:43 AM on November 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


15+ day working the polls for me, wheeee.

(seriously, having worked the last three or four elections and then seeing lines in other states that last houses and hours I really want the MN SoS to go to FL and OH and teach them how to run a fucking election already)
posted by edgeways at 11:02 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


So how does this work exactly? (Note: I am not interested in making the election FPP myself).

When it gets to be tomorrow (Must this post be made after the first American polls open? When it becomes Tuesday in the most eastern part of the US? Anytime now?) Is it just a mad scramble for who puts together a not craptastic post first?

Does a Seekrit Cabal work on crafting a post and choose a Single Worthy Poster to Hit the Post Button and Make It So?
posted by pointystick at 11:03 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


For the election thread, Google's Voter Information page might be an appropriate link.
posted by Jpfed at 11:04 AM on November 5, 2012


edgeways, we didn't have election problems in Ohio when Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, was SoS.
posted by cooker girl at 11:05 AM on November 5, 2012


Does a Seekrit Cabal

Let me stop you right there: There's no Cabal. And if we reelect mathowie there never will be. Four more subsites! Four more subsites!
posted by gerryblog at 11:13 AM on November 5, 2012


Is it just a mad scramble for who puts together a not craptastic post first?

That is more or less the grand tradition, yes. My hope is it'll be more one of those Get It Right The First Time situations rather than a So Michael Jackson Died, Then clusterfuck.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:20 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, curious, I did a search on "Obama" on Metafilter, and skipped to the end (by date); it's so interesting, and if you're interested in such things, I recommend you do it too.

Most relevant to the Grey: There were posts mentioning Obama on 4 of the subsites before he even announced he was running for President, including:
  • The oldest one on the Blue was about his Senate campaign against Jack Ryan (ha!),
  • an AskMe question about which we'd have first, a minority or woman president, as well as another about what one should talk about with Senator Obama when meeting him
  • a Vote Obama '08 t-shirt design on Projects, 3 months before he announced
  • even a song on Music "inspired by Senator Barack Obama's courageous stance against 8th grade graduations"
Obviously, the thread after his speech at the 2004 convention is the most amusing from our vantage point in the future, especially all the assumptions that he'd be running in 2012 for the first time.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:23 AM on November 5, 2012 [6 favorites]


Is it just a mad scramble for who puts together a not craptastic post first?

Yeah, pretty much. I'm hoping someone puts together a great one (rather than merely crossing a low bar) because I'm on the ref desk on election night and I'd like to be simultaneously biting my nails and informatively telling students where to vote.* So, a good Metafilter post would fulfill both needs.

*If you've got a good site for college student voting rights, I'm all ears! The university's page is not so hot and I'd like a solid multi-state page (we're on the border) to point folks towards.
posted by librarylis at 11:24 AM on November 5, 2012


"(seriously, having worked the last three or four elections and then seeing lines in other states that last houses and hours I really want the MN SoS to go to FL and OH and teach them how to run a fucking election already)"

I'm starting to feel like after you fuck up two elections in a row, you should lose your electoral votes until you get your shit together. Or maybe we score elections in each state based on how well they're run on a variety of objective criteria, and the lowest-scoring two states each have to give up a member of the House each to the highest-scoring two states. It would add an interesting element of good-government gamesmanship to the overall electioneering game. Or a political party that engages in voter suppression could lose its 501(c)3 status in that state until the next election cycle.

Or, you know, the federal courts could just start laying the smack down for real. But if they're not going to bother, then my ideas.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:39 AM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


She must run on Clean Coal, America's Most Abundant Natural Resource (tm).

I've heard she feasts on the lifeforce of young androgynous latino men.
posted by entropicamericana at 11:41 AM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


cortex, remember when James Brown died and died and died?
posted by Mister_A at 12:13 PM on November 5, 2012


especially all the assumptions that he'd be running in 2012 for the first time.

I was actually at that speech, live and in person from the DNC being some sort of official blogger back before there were really important news bloggers and then just shmoes with websites. Only Josh Marshall (and maybe Markos) were in their own official news-y place, the rest of us were up in the blogging aerie way in the back of the Boston Garden or whatever they call it now. And to anyone who was there, you could tell that something was up. The Bloggers were sort of celebrities of that event too as the DNC patted themselves on the back for being so hip to what the kids were doing these days. And we got to meet Obama.

He came to our Blogger breakfast (as well as Howard Dean and no one else that I can remember) and talked to us about harnessing the power of the internet for good--this was right after Dean had really killed it with his online presence--and I don't remember what else. And I remember thinking "This guy is a first term Congressman, why is he here?" and I can't remember now whether it was before or after this that he gave his speech. All I remember is that they had those signs that they gave everyone that everyone held up and lost their minds shaking. You can watch the speech here.

He was one of only two people, in all the speeches we heard who mentioned libraries at all (the other was John Kerry). And it was clear at the time that he was being fast-tracked to someplace, I just wasn't sure where at the time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:16 PM on November 5, 2012 [8 favorites]


The Obama speech at the 2004 convention thread is like stepping back in time. Not just for the discussion over when/if he'd become the first black President of the United States, but right down to people linking to Real Audio of the speech and someone else linking to Quicktime, because Real Audio was too choppy. It really was a post-9/11, pre-YouTube world.
posted by crossoverman at 1:32 PM on November 5, 2012


I remember seeing that speech and thinking "he's going to be president in 2016 or so".

I remember him announcing his candidacy in 2006 and thinking "What the hell man, too soon!"

It was good to be wrong.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:39 PM on November 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh, he'll be POTUS in 2016 and 2020. A new king for a troubled time!
posted by Burhanistan at 1:51 PM on November 5, 2012


When do the results start coming in? I know the news shows aren't supposed to give away too much early on, so us west coasters don't get discouraged and not vote -- screw you, Hawaii, I guess -- but if everything goes smoothly, with no recounts or such, when's the earliest we can expect reporters to be calling it?

(I ask because I'm thinking about skipping my daughter's soccer practice and staying home to watch Glen Ifill. I'm that good of a mom.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:03 PM on November 5, 2012


Answering my own question: I guess 8:00 PM in California is the earliest anything is supposed to be announced.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:05 PM on November 5, 2012


When do the results start coming in?

7pm EST, which when some polls start closing on the East coast. Nobody waits for the West coast on this subject.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:14 PM on November 5, 2012


I'm sure we'll be hearing from Dixville Knox first.
posted by Bonzai at 2:18 PM on November 5, 2012


I've heard she feasts on the lifeforce of young androgynous latino men.

On Tour DVDs you always see footage of all these happy young dancers who are getting their big break being part of her show - clearly its the high point of their lives, but what happens to them afterwards? Eh? Eh?

After she drains their vitality their desicated husks become part of her undead legions in the catacombs beneath her tomb pyramid.
posted by Artw at 2:19 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Damn you guys are really making me like Madonna!
posted by Mister_A at 2:29 PM on November 5, 2012


The fool Ritchie thinks he has escaped! He shall learn...
posted by Artw at 2:34 PM on November 5, 2012


> Nobody waits for the West coast on this subject.

I remember that they did one year, but I guess they gave up on that.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:37 PM on November 5, 2012


So what's the latest from everyone's home state, are you going red or blue?

I thought the VP was a bad appointment in a way, not many VPs become president? Is this right? If so, who chooses them for each party and do they have to take it?
posted by marienbad at 2:53 PM on November 5, 2012


So what's the latest from everyone's home state, are you going red or blue?

VT hasn't given its EC votes to a Republican since 1988 and this year won't be any different. Interestingly, prior to that it went Republican every election 1854-1988 except the Johnson/Goldwater election. Last election VT was Obama's largest margin of victory outside of DC and Hawaii.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:14 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


So what's the latest from everyone's home state, are you going red or blue?

Canada remains solidly Obama but in a weird quirk of the US system, Canada gets zero Electoral College votes.

:(
posted by mazola at 3:19 PM on November 5, 2012 [10 favorites]


Ohio will go blue. Oh yes, it will go blue.

I have dirt on every single person in the state and they know if they don't vote Obama, I go to the press.
posted by cooker girl at 3:26 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ohio? I'm sure there's a radio station in Cincinnati that can get the word out for you.
posted by marienbad at 3:41 PM on November 5, 2012


They know. THEY ALWAYS KNOW.
posted by cooker girl at 3:45 PM on November 5, 2012


Last election VT was Obama's largest margin of victory outside of DC and Hawaii.

That's right, baby! No voting representation in Congress, but reliably Democratic in body and mind.
posted by OmieWise at 4:10 PM on November 5, 2012


This will be the first election I vote in where results are almost certainly likely to be announced before our polls close (which isn't until midnight EST). On the other hand, it's not like alaksa's three EV are really in play.
posted by leahwrenn at 5:11 PM on November 5, 2012


My personal advice for election day is to watch all coverage with a running commentary track by an imaginary Chris Matthews and Ron Paul doing Statler and Waldorf impersonations.
posted by codacorolla at 5:34 PM on November 5, 2012


So what's the latest from everyone's home state, are you going red or blue?

40 years since we've voted for a Republican President, not even Emperor Palpatine Reagan could turn us to the dark side... going to be at least 44
posted by edgeways at 5:49 PM on November 5, 2012


With only 1,463 days until the 2016 US presidential election day, odds are available for taking at several bookmakers including Paddy Power and William Hill. The Road to the White House 2016 begins now...

Did briefly think of making this a FPP, but considered this may make me the most hated person on MetaFilter.
posted by Wordshore at 6:02 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I say we make this the official election thread.
posted by Artw at 6:42 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


So somewhere in ancient MeFi History the site had a Jabber server that people could use to chat in real time. We thought it might be fun to have that again on special occasions like US election day tomorrow.

So we're looking for a few brave people to test out the chat server tonight. We'll have it on for a few more hours, and if all goes well we'll fire it up tomorrow so people can chat about election results.

We set a Jabber server up at chat.metafilter.com. If you're not familiar with Jabber, there are some quirks that you need to know about. First, every person has a Jabber ID which looks like an email address. We've set it up so that your MetaFilter Jabber ID is similar to your MetaFilter username. The standard format is [your metafilter username]@chat.metafilter.com. (Note that if you have a space or punctuation in your username, you'll need to escape it, like so.)

You can connect to the Jabber server in a number of different ways. Usually you have a chat client of some kind like iChat, Trillian, Adium—anything that supports Jabber. You give the server your Jabber ID and MetaFilter password, and then you join the group chat called MeFi. (Not all clients support group chat, so there might need to be some experimenting to find out which ones will work.) We also have a web client set up at the chat.metafilter.com domain. So you can log in there with your Jabber ID and MetaFilter password, and you should automatically join the group chat room.

Once you're in the group chat you can converse with anyone else logged in. We've been testing it a bit today, and we'd like to get a few more people trying it out before tomorrow. Some caveats: it's finicky and we've only tested a few clients. So just be aware that it might not work. We still have bugs to work out. Thanks, and hopefully we'll see you on the Jabber server.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:36 PM on November 5, 2012 [15 favorites]


hopefully we'll see you on the Jabber server.

For that unique, Mefi Rotisserie® flavour
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 7:47 PM on November 5, 2012


iPhone Safari and Jabber is not necessarily a good combination. Fun to play with though.
posted by box at 7:59 PM on November 5, 2012


Yeah, the Web client looks terrible on the iPhone and I haven't found a native client that supports group chat.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:00 PM on November 5, 2012


i have no idea what even 1 word on that escaping instructions is saying. What do i put in my user name to replace a space?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:01 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


sorry :C
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:05 PM on November 5, 2012


Your Jabber ID is: Potomac\20Avenue@chat.metafilter.com. So you just replace the space with \20.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:06 PM on November 5, 2012


Hmmm, that is what i tried but it did not work in the web client. I'm getting "Authentication failed".
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:09 PM on November 5, 2012


I'm getting the same as Potomac Avenue, "Authentication failed." STUPID SPACE.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:11 PM on November 5, 2012


hmm, ok. I'm looking at spaces.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:12 PM on November 5, 2012


/20 worked for me.

Empathy didn't like jabber though. I'm going to have to play around with clients.
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 8:13 PM on November 5, 2012


I think I found the space problem, you might give it another try.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:14 PM on November 5, 2012


Man, I still know how to clear a chatroom. I still got it! [/me beams with pride]
posted by not_on_display at 8:17 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Not working for me. This is at the very limit of my computer understanding.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:18 PM on November 5, 2012


Oh wait, that might have been my mistake.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:18 PM on November 5, 2012


Still not working for moi. Using firefox and 2-3 Coors Lites.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:18 PM on November 5, 2012


Neither the web nor trillian are working for me, still. It autofills a %20 on the web, but doesn't work with either %20 or /20 in place of my space, in either location. (Also firefox, but with red wine extension, not beer.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:19 PM on November 5, 2012


It's \20 not /20 but neither does it for my name.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:20 PM on November 5, 2012


I'm probably missing an important step, but I log in, it says connecting and then I get a plain blue screen, no chat.
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 8:21 PM on November 5, 2012


Pidgin works, if you set it to XMPP.

Username: Orange\20Pamplemousse
Domain: chat.metafilter.com
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 8:22 PM on November 5, 2012


Sorry about that autofill—we need to fix that. Yeah, it should be \20.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:23 PM on November 5, 2012


OK, it was totally my fault. I do not understand such things. Can't we all just move to Usenet? I know Usenet. I'm even still paying to use The German Server.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:24 PM on November 5, 2012


(My complaints here are clearly proof that I need to move to a chat room. Sorry for the whining and thanks for setting one up and I'll try again when I'm feeling smarter.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:28 PM on November 5, 2012


If you're using the Web client and you have a space in your username, try using the space. So for the Web client enter:

Potomac Avenue@chat.metafilter.com.

I think the Web client does the escaping for you.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:29 PM on November 5, 2012


THAT WAS IT
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:30 PM on November 5, 2012


or was it? I'm not seeing you in the group chat.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:31 PM on November 5, 2012


And yet now all I get is the blue screen. But at least I'm in! Is the blue screen in?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:32 PM on November 5, 2012


Logged out and back in still just get a blank blue screen once I log in.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:33 PM on November 5, 2012


I have all the problems.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:34 PM on November 5, 2012


(Once again same as Potomac!)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:34 PM on November 5, 2012


No, the blue screen is not in. If you have another browser handy you might try that. But I'm guessing it's the same issue SweetTeaAndABiscuit is having. Not sure what's causing that.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:34 PM on November 5, 2012


Not working in Chrome neither.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:35 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stop copying me eyebrow man.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:35 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


My friends went to a chat room and all I got was a blue screen.
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 8:37 PM on November 5, 2012


Worked for me. I had nothing to say & did not say it but I wanted to see what the thing was.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:39 PM on November 5, 2012


I will likely be glued to the MeChat tomorrow night. I just realized I'm spending the night w. my parents, who are taking me to the airport early the next morning. One is a democrat, one is a republican, and I'm a greenish independent. Despite deep familiar bonds, there may be blood if we try to talk about it as the results come in.
posted by smirkette at 8:41 PM on November 5, 2012


I got in with Internet Explorer all you blue screen people.
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 8:41 PM on November 5, 2012


(watching the mods chat is a little like sneaking into the teachers' lounge)
posted by smirkette at 8:42 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah meant to say I was also a little freaked out that there were like seven people logged in and five of them were mods and I backed out slowly while maintaining eye contact.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:44 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I got in with Internet Explorer all you blue screen people.

I don't even know what that is.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:44 PM on November 5, 2012


Remember, it's that browser we had to use before Firefox and Chrome?
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 8:51 PM on November 5, 2012


Opera?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:51 PM on November 5, 2012


iCab?
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:53 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


If any of the blue-screeners are willing to give it another try there's this alternate page.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:53 PM on November 5, 2012


I get the same blue screen, though it takes a little longer to connect. (Safari)
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:56 PM on November 5, 2012


Oh, try being connected to the internet.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:56 PM on November 5, 2012


More blue screen. I tried unplugging it and plugging it back in too.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:58 PM on November 5, 2012


Seems to work fine with Pidgin. (Select "Google Talk" as the protocol and change the domain from gmail.com to chat.metafilter.com.)
posted by beryllium at 8:58 PM on November 5, 2012


Blue screen! This is progress for me. Guess who turned out not to know her own Metafilter password?
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:58 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, that was kind of a trick question for me too.
posted by mazola at 8:59 PM on November 5, 2012


You'd think I'd remember abc123.
posted by mazola at 9:00 PM on November 5, 2012


Shit that's a good one, I'ma make mine that too.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:02 PM on November 5, 2012


I remember my password. Shit, I'm probably logged in from 30% of the computers in Chicago libraries right now.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:05 PM on November 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


OPS PLZ
posted by not_on_display at 9:08 PM on November 5, 2012


> If any of the blue-screeners are willing to give it another try there's this alternate page.

This worked for me even though I'm on FF with all kinds of scripts running and I wasn't sure I entered the right password!
posted by rtha at 9:13 PM on November 5, 2012


It is a very welcoming shade of blue tho.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:14 PM on November 5, 2012


You can all relax! The chat works for me.
posted by mazola at 9:16 PM on November 5, 2012


Wait so we should all log in as mazola?
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:18 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


His password is abc123.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:20 PM on November 5, 2012


No love.

(My password is 12345. Same as my luggage.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:33 PM on November 5, 2012


I hope whoever makes the thread packs it full of voting information. Believe it or not, there are still places (I'm looking at you, Ohio) where the voting process hasn't been finalized yet. A lot of laws have changed and many laws were reversed or disabled for the election by the courts.

I was secretly hoping for Rhaomi, or filthy light thief, but really the post just needs to have some good links in it.


I'm probably out for the count, with continued baby duties and settling down in our new house, which are nearly mutually exclusive activities. This leaves little time for internet use. But help is on the way, and there are fascinating tangents to delve into, so I might try to steal some time tomorrow and make a post.

Speaking of Ohio: Ohio recount plan could take election into overtime
Election Day could launch election month in Ohio, a weeks-long period in which deadlines for counting provisional or absentee votes and, if necessary, for a recount could delay the outcome of the presidential race until early December.
...
Under Ohio election codes, Secretary of State Jon Husted has until Dec. 7 to certify the statewide results. Five days later, a recount could begin Dec. 12. Both dates, however, could be moved up -- and would have to be if a particularly close race mandates a recount.
Emphasis mine.

Luckily, I have a few cases of bubbly, to keep myself afloat of the prolonged election madness.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:40 PM on November 5, 2012


Is the chat room still open right now?

I have tried logging in via the web interface on both URLs using three browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox) and via Trillian and I can't get in.

With Trillian, I can "Browse for conferences..." and attempt to Join the MeFi group, but regardless of what I try at the "Invite Contacts" login screen I can't get in -- I just get an error message of "There was an error when joining the chat room: your reserved room nickname must be used."

Here is what the "Invite Contacts" login screen says for me:
Room Title: MeFi
Server: conference.chat.metafilter.com
Nickname: [I have tried both "Jacqueline" and "Jacqueline@chat.metafilter.com" here, without success]
Password: [I have entered my MetaFilter password here, without success]

Am I doing something wrong or is it just down right now or what?
posted by Jacqueline at 10:11 PM on November 5, 2012


UPDATE: I'M IN!

Via Trillian, using "jacqueline" (all lower case) in the nickname field is what finally worked for me. So if you're having problems logging in, try your MeFi user name in all lower case instead.
posted by Jacqueline at 10:24 PM on November 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks to some great detective work by Jacqueline, we now know that all-lowercase usernames work more consistently with the web client. So if you're logging into the page at chat.metafilter.com try entering your Jabber ID in all lowercase.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:42 PM on November 5, 2012


Miraculous - it works for me if I log in with all lowercase. Wow.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:58 PM on November 5, 2012


This is just to say: Thanks for the chat room. Awesome idea.
posted by odinsdream at 5:16 AM on November 6, 2012


This is amazing!

Anybody know how to set up a Jabber account on Adium? No worries if not. (I just don't see Jabber in the list of options of connection types)
posted by iamkimiam at 5:36 AM on November 6, 2012


File > Add Account > Jabber ... it's near the top of the list.
posted by odinsdream at 5:51 AM on November 6, 2012


Does anyone know how to make Messages on OS X show usernames in the chat room?

Weirdly, they show up in Notification Center just fine, but not in the app itself.
posted by jack_mo at 6:13 AM on November 6, 2012


Never mind, it was a temporary glitch of some sort.
posted by jack_mo at 6:19 AM on November 6, 2012


I GOT IN FYI
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:36 AM on November 6, 2012


*pouts* You can't join room "MeFi": Too many occupants.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:37 AM on November 6, 2012


You can't join room "MeFi": Too many occupants.

YOU MOTHERFUCKERS
posted by shakespeherian at 6:37 AM on November 6, 2012


EVERYONE'S IGNORING ME SO ITS JUST LIKE REGULAR METATALK
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:38 AM on November 6, 2012


Hey anyone know if Potomac Avenue was ever able to get in
posted by shakespeherian at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


i hate you
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:41 AM on November 6, 2012


Karmakaze. . .I am leaving the chat room 10 seconds after this comment hits MeTa. . .try to time your entrance, and you may slip though the door as I leave. . please just don't knock me over.
posted by Danf at 6:44 AM on November 6, 2012


ok, made the chat space bigger.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:47 AM on November 6, 2012


What's the max?
posted by shakespeherian at 6:49 AM on November 6, 2012


We'll find out? I set the max occupancy to 'unlimited'.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:51 AM on November 6, 2012


Hey, has anyone seen Potomac Avenue?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:51 AM on November 6, 2012


RAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRR
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:53 AM on November 6, 2012


Anyone? He'd love this jabber thing. If anyone sees him, let him know what's going on!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:58 AM on November 6, 2012


My OCD keeps going *boink* every time I read the title of gerryblog's election thread. Someone please for the love of god fix the capitalization of the title. It's even in my tabs.
posted by Talez at 7:01 AM on November 6, 2012


this is the end folks.... it's been nice knowing you... i'm fading...FADING... tell them,,, to google roooon paauuuuuullllll
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:03 AM on November 6, 2012


Someone please for the love of god fix the capitalization of the title.

You mean make it title case? It's fine how it is. You can probably get Greasemonkey to handle that.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:12 AM on November 6, 2012


odinsdream: "140File > Add Account > Jabber ... it's near the top of the list."

I'm using Adium 1.5.3, the most current version...it's not in the list. But no biggie.
posted by iamkimiam at 7:12 AM on November 6, 2012


You mean make it title case? It's fine how it is. You can probably get Greasemonkey to handle that.

Fair enough. I have no clue on what the final sentence means or how to accomplish it but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. Thanks for your help.
posted by Talez at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012


This is pretty cool. Working in Pidgin btw. Glad I saw it mentioned, any chance for notifications for stuff like this? I suppose I could just be oblivious but yea, almost missed it.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:47 AM on November 6, 2012


We mentioned it in the existing MeFi Election Day thread and here. We sort of want it to work to take some of the chat pressure off of the Election Day thread but not necessarily to be an All-MeFi free for all.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:48 AM on November 6, 2012


Remember, it's that browser we had to use before Firefox and Chrome?

Lynx?
posted by Jahaza at 7:54 AM on November 6, 2012


I still use Lynx about once a month to download things via ssh onto a remote computer. It makes me feel really l33t every time.
posted by kaibutsu at 8:35 AM on November 6, 2012


For Pidgin users that don't want notifications of people entering / exiting chat room be sure to fix the value in the Plugins, specifically Join/Part Hiding.

Worked for me anyway. Looks like at least one other person on slightly different version had luck as well.
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:43 AM on November 6, 2012


So I managed to connect to the server with Adium, but I'm not having any luck actually getting into the room. For anyone who managed this: HOW?!
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:59 AM on November 6, 2012


HOW?!

Make sure you are logged in

go to file - join group chat

once you get the window for that, select the jabber server form the pulldown and type these things in

Chat Room Name: mefi
Server: conference.chat.metafilter.com
Handle: your-username-in-lowercase

Than click join. Should work.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:04 AM on November 6, 2012


i got in via pidgin, but i'm now trying to get in using bitlbee via irssi. i've tried both 5222 and 5223 using SSL ... pb, do you see anything in your logs when my connection hangs?
posted by beukeboom at 10:00 AM on November 6, 2012


Installed Xabber on my Android phone and managed to connect. Scrolling by too fast to read though. Yinz are chatty.
posted by octothorpe at 10:47 AM on November 6, 2012


No, sorry beukeboom, nothing unusual. I do see that you haven't logged into the Jabber server.

We're using a self-signed SSL certificate which your client might be rejecting. We're going to try to get that fixed today.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:46 AM on November 6, 2012


hmmm ... i definitely did log in successfully with pidgin. i had to approve the cert, but it worked.

i assume the irssi/bitlbee problem is a tls/ssl library problem ... i'm gonna increase verbosity on my side. thx.
posted by beukeboom at 11:54 AM on November 6, 2012


Hey octothorpe -- could you let me know what account settings did you use to login using Xabber? I'm not sure if I'm having a network issue or doing something wrong, but it's not connecting for me and unclear why.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:47 PM on November 6, 2012


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