October 2016 Archives (all archives)

October 31

secret quonsar 2016: signups are open

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Friday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Friday, December 2*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:41 PM PST - 346 comments

October 28

Your Halloween Costumes, Please

Here and there across the site, MeFites have started to mention what they/their kids/their friends/their family are going as for Halloween. Tell us about your costume awesomeness. Provide photos for bonus points.
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaFilter-Related at 10:07 AM PST - 163 comments

October 27

Your Best Parody "This Is Just To Say" poems

I've searched and couldn't find a post for this, so apologies if there is one and I missed it. I'd like your best/favourite William Carlos Williams "This Is Just To Say" parody poems from the green/blue/grey. I'd also love any other comment on the blue, green or grey that is in any way a parody of an existing text. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers to MetaFilter-Related at 9:15 PM PST - 87 comments

Reading the room on international posts

I was a bit disappointed when the recent thread about Iceland's elections devolved into lolz pretty much from the get go. Would it be possible for us as a community to be a little more conscious of how we approach posts about other countries? [more inside]
posted by smoke to Etiquette/Policy at 6:58 PM PST - 65 comments

2016 Holiday Movie Club

With November fast approaching, we're planning the 2016 Holiday Movie Club - join us!
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 AM PST - 0 comments

October 25

Mourning online-only friends

It's been a month of losses for MetaFilter, with three members passing away in as many weeks. This article from the Guardian seems appropriate: It turns out losing online friends feels as bad as the death of 'real life' ones.
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter-Related at 10:41 AM PST - 32 comments

October 24

RIP Steven den Beste

Early influential political blogger and longtime MeFite Steven den Beste (also as Steven C. Den Beste) has passed away. A former engineer for Qualcomm and a serious anime fan, he was in poor health and mostly homebound for many years. RIP.
posted by Asparagirl to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 PM PST - 165 comments

Things I favorited by my contacts?

Is there an easy way to see, for each of my contacts or for an individual user who is a contact, things that _I_ have favorited? This would be a quick way for me to remind myself why I have marked that user as a contact. [more inside]
posted by amtho to MetaFilter-Related at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Word for the dying?

My grandfather is dying. I am on my way to help my uncle and grandmom take care of him. I knew this day would come and at some point in the past I thought I had favorited a comment about how to help the dying let go. I cannot find the comment. Can you all help me find it? It was something along the lines of "it is ok. You did good. We will be ok."but I think there was more than that.
posted by procrastination to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

October 22

Get Yer Voting Stories Here!

I was inspired by the grin that I see Hillary sporting lately, and how people's voting stories make me remember that this is an awesome historical moment, let's enjoy it! Share 'em when you cast 'em :) [more inside]
posted by eggkeeper to MetaFilter-Related at 10:53 AM PST - 176 comments

October 21

Where is star trek episode ii eggs

Somewhere either on the blue or green someone linked to a YouTube video of a 6 year old playing with their star trek action figures. Spock is wearing an apron. Kirk goes on a mission to trade a hash brown for some eggs. Everyone is in a band. I quote it daily. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate to MetaFilter-Related at 9:06 PM PST - 27 comments

October 19

govtdrone has passed away

Delivering some sad news: long-time mefite govtdrone has passed away. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM PST - 148 comments

Mefite Election Volunteering

With so many Mefites volunteering for the coming US elections (some in a coordinated fashion), I think a MeTa is in order. Come on in to share tips, stories, encouragement, and more! [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 5:18 AM PST - 138 comments

October 18

Planning for secret quonsar, 2016 edition

If it's October, it's time to plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange (Read About it on the Wiki). Let's talk details! [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 7:55 PM PST - 106 comments

October 15

What Art Offers Is Space -- a Certain Breathing Room for the Spirit.

Show us your art! I'm feeling the need for some beauty and some MeFite sharing, so let's see (and/or read about) your favorite object of beauty in your living space (art, tchotchke, design element, whatever) ... whatever it is that's beautiful in your space and brings you happiness from looking at it. Show us your #1, show us your top 5, I just want to see what beautiful things bring you all happiness in your homes!
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 3:18 PM PST - 113 comments

October 14

Can we stop attacking left-of-Clinton/anti-establishment folks on here?

There is no problem with individuals expressing views critical of Sanders, Stein, Snowden, Greenwald etc. The problem is when an echo chamber develops making pro-establishment-ism the only acceptable position and vehemently jumping on views to the contrary with more emotion than reason. It seems to me that MeFi 2016 has become such an echo chamber. This is no doubt due to the very real threat posed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party, and the consequent necessity of a Clinton win, but has developed to the point where it has the effect of recursively self-amplifying a pro-establishment position and silencing more radical/anarchist/antifa or otherwise anti-establishment views.
posted by splitpeasoup to Etiquette/Policy at 5:09 PM PST - 606 comments

[some appropriate and witty Hamilton post title here]

I have questions about the rate of increase in commenting over this year's U.S. presidential election period. [more inside]
posted by komara to MetaFilter-Related at 7:09 AM PST - 50 comments

October 13

New category in AskMe?

Hey! I just asked a question in ask.metafilter about a half-remembered historical event, and was wondering if we could make one of the askme categories "history". I think that's a nice broad category that would be useful for past major world events! What think you all?
posted by Greg Nog to Feature Requests at 11:29 AM PST - 28 comments

October 12

World Series on Fanfare?

Is there a possibility that we could have some open threads on FanFare for the upcoming World Series? There are several teams in the mix to this point whose participation could be historic, so interest will quite possibly be higher than ever. I think we did the Olympics and the World Cup, IIRC, so this wouldn't be unprecedented. Is that a thing we could do?
posted by DirtyOldTown to Etiquette/Policy at 9:39 AM PST - 48 comments

October 10

Can't see Metafilter posts on my iPhone

I have an iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.5 I can't see the comments in Metafilter posts. All other sites seem to display properly, with the exception of one I can think of where an option button appeared on others' phones but not mine. I am logged in. I have tried different Metafilter display preferences. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Mei's lost sandal to MetaFilter-Related at 11:08 PM PST - 13 comments

FPP on the development of black paint/pigment

I recall, but cannot locate, an FPP from a couple years ago (I think) that linked to an article/essay, or maybe a few essays, about the historical development of black pigments and paints. Any help? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by still bill to MetaFilter-Related at 7:06 AM PST - 4 comments

October 9

2016 Fantasy NHL League

Slots are available in the 2016 Fantasy NHL league, the sixth season starts soon so move fast! Follow the link in my MeFi profile. Friendly league, no experience necessary, just a willingness to be there for the full season. Draft next Sunday the 16th.
posted by cgk to MetaFilter-Related at 3:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Webcomic with a "lead ballon" of a story going into deep crevasse

There was a webcomic linked to on the blue (I think - maybe a FPP in the past month or so) that featured two guys talking about story/comic writing. The gist was that the one guy was telling the comic author that his stories were too dark, and that they should "lift people up" or something. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:17 AM PST - 4 comments

October 8

Where is the place to discuss deletion policies?

In the context of a discussion about Trump's hot mic tape, and whether this reflected common experience or not, I recently had a comment deleted. (I can't don't it in the thread or in my activity or recent favorites etc, so I assume it's gone.) [more inside]
posted by schadenfrau to Etiquette/Policy at 12:51 PM PST - 58 comments

Trumps comment truncated

I was surprised in the latest election thread to see that Donald Trump's "Grab them by the pussy" comment was bowderlerized when it was printed as a link to a video of the comment, but printed in full when a partial transcript of his remarks was reprinted. Is this something that's just at the disgression of the poster? Otherwise, I'd don't understand the inconsistency. (I think I understand the arguments for and against each method of handling Trump's vulgar language, but having both versions in a single post is puzzling.)
posted by layceepee to Etiquette/Policy at 11:53 AM PST - 18 comments

October 6

Hurricane Matthew

Matthew is now a Category 4 hurricane and the latest forecast has it headed straight up the coast of Florida and points North. MeFites that are fleeing this beast, let us know you're OK and update us if you desire. Once the storm passes, let us know how we can help.
posted by gwint to MetaFilter-Related at 9:32 AM PST - 217 comments

October 5

Are we counting favorites the right way?

On our user pages, the two numbers tracked for favorites count different things. The first one is a count of how many individual comments I have favorited. The second number is a count of how many times everyone has favorited a comment of mine. The description of that second number, "Favorited by others," is sort of misleading, I think, because it doesn't count individual comments the way the first number does. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr to Feature Requests at 6:55 PM PST - 40 comments

October 4

121: The Gold Medal For Restraint

They said it couldn't be done, but here it is: an episode of the podcast that's just one hour long. Jess and I breeze through the site after a mutually busy month, covering stuff from September 8th through October 4th. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 1:31 PM PST - 19 comments

October 3

How should you tag posts?

I’ve made many posts, and given them lots of tags. Often, I’ve often gotten very specific with them - adding all of the names of the authors of news articles, etc. Lately, as I’ve tried to search for buried threads, I’ve become uncertain that getting so specific has been particularly useful. (Someone looking for a post isn’t likely to remember that it contained a particular news article written by person X as opposed to the article’s topic.) What are your best practices for tagging posts, and your best practices for searching for tagged posts?
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 PM PST - 30 comments

British or personality disorder?

Reading the answers to this question I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed that the nation of 60 odd-million people that I belong to has been reduced to a bit of a caricature here. Metafilter normally does very well at avoiding stereotypical depictions of different nationalities and/or minorities of many kinds, so I'm curious as to why this rather broad brush approach to the British has been allowed to stand without comment or intervention.
posted by Chairboy to Etiquette/Policy at 9:35 AM PST - 87 comments

October 2

spinoff sites

What are the unoffical spinoff sites? There's MetaChat - "an informal place for MeFites to touch base and post, discuss and chatter about topics that may not belong on MetaFilter." MonkeyFilter, GameFilter - "A good post to Gamefilter is a link or set of links to something that is related to gaming, gamers, or gaming culture." and MeFightClub - " started way back in ye olde 2007 as an offshoot community of Metafilter (a site where members are collectively known as 'Mefites', and that's how we get to 'Mefight' Club), dedicated to having a safe, groovy place to hang out together and play and talk about the games we love." Are there others?
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 4:16 PM PST - 40 comments