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It isn't a mod issue, really, but since there are now functionally two Steve Jobs obit threads, would it be possible or desirable for the community to relocate arguments about his moral worth and/or Apple's products to one rather than the other? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest to Etiquette/Policy at 6:53 AM PST - 263 comments
Every now and then I want to ask a question on AskMe and find that someone has already asked it in more or less exactly the way I needed it to be asked. (Obviously, the search function at the top of the new question window works). This is a thank you thread! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 AM PST - 35 comments
I feel like I am probably missing a very obvious answer to this question, but is there a way to see which users have most frequently favorited my comments? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx to Feature Requests at 9:45 AM PST - 34 comments
Hi empath, I know you'll come hang out in this thread because you have a lot of downtime at work, and maybe then people over in this thread
will get to discuss topics other than your defensive and overstated-to-the-point-of-redundancy opinions on what minorities have a right to feel offended by.
posted by hermitosis to Etiquette/Policy at 1:57 PM PST - 865 comments
Deleting a thread on Loudsauce
as 'advertising' seems off kilter.
I've put off posting about the service because its founder is a friend and I participate heavily in several campaigns - but I would totally rank it as 'best of the Web'
posted by victors to Etiquette/Policy at 8:50 AM PST - 73 comments
How do you all decide which words to link when you make a post? I've noticed that everyone seems to have different styles (linking full sentences, or phrases, or individual words, site names, page titles, and so on). Has anyone put a great deal of thought into it or does everyone just kind of play it by ear?
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 2:27 PM PST - 59 comments
It's getting to be time for Secret Quonsar (a gift swap that happens in December among a subset of Mefites. Anyone can join if he or she wants to) again. I'm willing to do it again, having learned a lot from last year's events. If people would rather I not do it, send me an memail (or call me out here!) and if I get a critical mass, I'll step down. I want to talk about the two big issues we had last year. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 8:45 AM PST - 179 comments
Has site commenting become less frequent? It seems like threads are shorter on average these days, especially in the last few months. Is this due to the loss of a few prolific people?
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 8:05 AM PST - 112 comments
Podcast 66 is almost two hours of jabbering, starting with a 30min interview with taz our newest moderator. Then we dilly dally about all things MetaFilter. It was recorded on Friday, October 21st. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 10:46 PM PST - 58 comments
Can I get some confirmation that it's just me or not? On my iPad 1 and iPhone 4 (software version 5.0 on both) the inline video player displays incorrectly. [more inside]
posted by unliteral to Bugs at 3:24 PM PST - 18 comments
Second profile picture this week showing pixellation or blurring of some sort across the bottom about 8mm in height. [more inside]
posted by infini to Bugs at 10:29 AM PST - 19 comments
It's not helpful to answer a question you haven't read. It's driving me nuts that people don't bother to understand what's being asked, what the situation is, or what the OP is actually saying. [more inside]
posted by Specklet to Etiquette/Policy at 10:20 AM PST - 115 comments
Is it just me or has the number of single-link entries increased drastically of late? And if that's the case, how can we get it back to the old way of links-rich entries?
posted by TNLNYC to Etiquette/Policy at 8:34 PM PST - 137 comments
I've been noticing more and more lately that many people who comment in a thread are not reading the thread very closely, and as a result they end up repeating things that other people have already said. This was especially apparent in this thread
about the animal escape in Ohio, but it's by no means the only example. Can we do a better job? [more inside]
posted by albrecht to Etiquette/Policy at 8:47 AM PST - 154 comments
Let's start a MetaFilter quilting bee! No previous quilting experience needed (I've only been sewing for a month, let alone quilting): just an ability to sew pieces of fabric together. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 11:19 AM PST - 155 comments
The offending link is, thankfully, gone, but I'd like a clarifying ruling from the mods on the policy of linking to user's private facebook (or G+, or what have you) discussions about other users, if that's not too much trouble. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer to Etiquette/Policy at 10:40 PM PST - 230 comments
Hey, anyone remember that Metafilter post about a thought experiment involving a fat guy and whether you should push him off a bridge or front of a train to save a bunch of other people? If so, what's the link to the post? I searched under "thought experiment" and "philosophy" but couldn't find it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter-Related at 3:15 PM PST - 60 comments
Mods, I love you, and I have no beef with you, but the moderation in this thread is so oblique that I can't tell if it's aimed it me or someone else. Could you clarify please? [more inside]
posted by unSane to Etiquette/Policy at 9:55 PM PST - 187 comments
I love the Popular Favorites
page but maybe it could use a little work? It seems like it would be easier for people to follow if the trucated comments had a [Read More] link. Also, the titles of the posts on the left don't look like links, they are the same color as the text, maybe a [Read] link or color change or something there too? [more inside]
posted by Blake to Feature Requests at 4:59 AM PST - 24 comments
Love letter ideas?
I'm sure I saw something in AskMe about great ideas for sending sweet (cheap) things to your LDR cutie, but loveletter as a tag aint doing it. Can you help me out?
posted by b33j to MetaFilter-Related at 3:26 PM PST - 6 comments
The painfully brilliant and beautiful blog/autobiography/comic strip I Do Not Have An Eating Disorder
featured here previously
stopped publication for a while (the reason is disclosed in the blog) but has now resumed. I cannot possibly recommend it highly enough. Here's a bookmark for the first
page; a bookmark for the blog as it stood at the time of the FPP
; and the most recent
posted by Joe in Australia to MetaFilter-Related at 8:37 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
I've been looking for distraction for quite some time, but checking metafilter regularly for the last five hours has yielded nothing - just KernType lingering at the top. No new posts. Very disheartening. But it did lead me to wonder - what's the longest period of time between new metafilter posts that has occurred in recent years? All time? Same questions for ask and meta, though at least in my limited experience there's very little downtime between ask questions and there can be days without a meta post.
posted by slide to MetaFilter-Related at 8:09 AM PST - 40 comments
I feel the need to schmoopy. Thank you, MeFi, for being there for me during the hard times. And the less hard times, but who needs praise for sticking around when things are easy, eh? [more inside]
posted by subbes to MetaFilter-Related at 1:22 AM PST - 55 comments
So, to this
Askme, I posted this:
You do realize, don't you, I guess you even said it, that "'Analyze' something" is a horrible assignment. And though you said it, you still are looking for ways to get off the hook here.
I know, I'm telling you things you've already said you don't need to hear, tough. 300 level, juniors, one step beyond sophomoric confidence (often that's a big step into a deep abyss), and you want creativity? Without reassurance? Really?
Go in on Monday, or tomorrow if it's an MWF class and write a big "F" on the board - then tell them that's your grade. You still get off the hook in away you are trying to avoid letting them off, you don't have to make these asinine decisions, and the grade won't count against you the way it would them. Be honest with your kids (yeah, your and kids), it will make you a better teacher, and I've spent a lot of time on both sides of different level classrooms, and screwed up a ton too.
And it was deleted.
I know he admitted that he made a mistake, and didn't want to hear about it, I don't like hearing about my mistakes either, but the asker won't admit the mistake to his own students, which is the real step he needs to take. Is the only allowed answers the ones that say, "Poor, baby, hears how you escape responsibility and screw your students that did their best"?
posted by Webnym to Etiquette/Policy at 3:19 PM PST - 37 comments [closed]
A few years someone made an FPP of an actor doing just the worst monologue ever. He was dressed like a greaser, but the video looked like it was from the 80s. Anyone have a link to the FPP or remember anything about it? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 1:59 PM PST - 11 comments
So the Amanda Knox
thread has been pretty successfully trolled in the exact same way twice now, the first time apparently by a user operating under a secondary account. So, hey, are nerkul and fraac the same people? and could they knock it off?
posted by Artw to Etiquette/Policy at 9:47 AM PST - 106 comments [closed]
So yesterday there were three separate FPPs linking to this month's Wired magazine. I'm not criticizing the posts (the discussions were interesting, the additional links in one of them were informative, etc.), I just find it odd. Was there any relation between the posts, or was it just random? [more inside]
posted by Hactar to MetaFilter-Related at 7:11 AM PST - 35 comments
It has been a month, so this is a quick reminder of upcoming MeTa Book Club discussion of Phillip Roth's The Human Stain on November 9, on MetaChat. Here's
the prior post with all links and info.
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 3:33 PM PST - 0 comments
I am just curious regarding this post
, how exactly it could be revised to be acceptable? Is the horror of the topic itself simply not appropriate for MeFi, or is linking to some vague news descriptions but not repeating them or posting the source material what's desired?
posted by crayz to Etiquette/Policy at 12:04 PM PST - 69 comments
has turned into one of the worst threads related to health, obesity and body image I've seen around here in ages. Can we please
not generalize to assume people who are overweight have some sort of mental instability, gluttony and/or poor self or impulse control? It's rather ugly. Thank you.
posted by zarq to Etiquette/Policy at 12:29 PM PST - 309 comments
Posts about adverts are controversial on Metafilter. Some people think adverts are ok. Others find them intrinsically distasteful. Mystery meat posts that turn out to be 'hey look at this great advert' and nothing more can lead to derails and nasty arguments over whether or not using Metafilter to spread advertising in this way is acceptable or not. Accurate tagging of such posts with 'advert' or 'advertisement' could avoid this. [more inside]
posted by motty to Etiquette/Policy at 6:53 PM PST - 129 comments
iPod touch er, 4.2.1. In safari, ask.metafilter in-page search results have a white background with orange text. [more inside]
posted by zangpo to Bugs at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments