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The Election Debate Logistics Thread

The US presidential debates are upon us, and we'd like to steer the threads covering them so they are fun, readable, and don't break anyone's browser (if possible. Probably not possible.) Here are some things we've been thinking about:
posted by restless_nomad at 7:07 PM Sep 25 2016 - 220 comments [40 favorites]

In celebration of mefi connections

I'd like to declare September 28th Reach Out to a New Mefite day.
posted by ActionPopulated at 8:19 PM Sep 28 2016 - 17 comments [15 favorites]

We need to have a discussion about racism.

The cultural appropriation thread here went very, very poorly, and I think it highlights a pattern in ways we interact with people of color and talk about issues of race here on Metafilter that create a hostile environment for PoC. I want to bring up some of the tropes we saw in the FPP, and highlight them as specific suggestions as to what I need our community to do and be mindful of going forward, so we don't continue to alienate PoC on this website.
posted by Conspire at 6:33 PM Oct 22 2015 - 678 comments [248 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

The Annotated Emotional Labor Post!

I saw this on The Mary Sue, referring to this document which has the thread, annotated. The original being here.
posted by mephron at 7:46 PM Jan 6 2016 - 745 comments [137 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

A love letter to metafilter

I was this anonymous poster. I wrote it on Thanksgiving, heartsick and sad and deeply deeply unhappy, but certain the problems were my own. I sent it out to the ether of the anonymous queue, and immediately, I felt a weight lifted. These wonderful, sharp minds, I thought, can help me, when I can’t help myself.
posted by umwhat at 4:13 PM Dec 6 2015 - 50 comments [136 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

The Cheese Heist Movie

Who's going to help me write the cheese heist movie?
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:42 AM Aug 5 2016 - 266 comments [30 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Humiliation: MetaFilter Edition

There's currently a discussion on the blue about not reading. In the article linked, Professor Amy Hungerford references David Lodge's book Changing Places in which a professor invents a literary game called Humiliation in which players confess to embarrassing gaps in their reading. Was wanting to know what some of these gaps might be for my fellow MeFites.
posted by Fizz at 4:55 PM Sep 13 2016 - 364 comments [18 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Stop The Fly-over Hate

I'm calling out deanc and kldickson and anyone else who is trying to justify discounting everyone in a so-called "conservative area" simply because the place in which people live is not part of one of the major coastal urban zones which liberals are convinced are their sole bastion within the United States.
posted by hippybear at 5:01 PM Sep 5 2009 - 353 comments [11 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Happy birthday to the First Librarian!

Our Jessamyn was one of the first blogging librarians; in fact, I think she started her blog back when the term was "web log." A free speech advocate, author, computer literacy practicioner and pretty good pool player, Jessamyn has helped set the tone for the way Metatalk and AskMetafilter have evolved and we have been very lucky to have her input on tons of questions over the years. Happy birthday, Jessamyn! ♥
posted by Lynsey at 9:19 AM Sep 5 2016 - 48 comments [11 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

More explicit guidelines on what makes a good post?

This article by a closeted trans woman has been posted three times, and deleted three times, after a few early comments on the first posting largely agreed with another trans woman's critical take. The deletion reasons have repeatedly cited "a number of elements" that "will make it really hard to have a good discussion". I would appreciate the mods or the general community saying what those elements are, and perhaps expanding the post guidelines to provide a permanent reference. Implicit social norms beyond the obvious "don't be a jerk" are exhausting to parse, especially in a text-only medium. Whatever was objectionable about the article, please just spell it out.
posted by Rangi at 10:29 AM Jul 15 2016 - 157 comments [8 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Words that are not okay for minorities.

I object to the multiple uses of 'whackadoodle' to describe the mental illness of a young man (who yes, killed half a dozen people) in this thread.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:29 PM May 24 2014 - 226 comments [7 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

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