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Sidebar! Sidebar!

I have noticed the most excellent regular updates to the front page sidebar (and bestof subsite) and just wanted to say GREAT JOB! Those posts really help me better enjoy all the cool stuff on MeFi that I might otherwise be missing. Thank you so much for keeping that thing full of fun new tidbits to read. It's like the best of the best of the web!
posted by jillithd at 10:12 AM Jul 30 2015 - 25 comments [12 favorites]

Cake and ice cream for everyone! Except the dogs.

Today is my Metafilter account's 10th birthday! To celebrate, here is a photo from before I joined the site of a puppy sitting on a laptop which is displaying Ask Metafilter. To illustrate how long it's been, here is that puppy's fully grown son.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:40 AM Jul 25 2015 - 63 comments [42 favorites (9 in the last 7 days)]

Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2015/2016

The Stars Are Right Again! Liverpool have spent like their pockets are on fire, Manchester City have devoured any player with a hint of English ancestry, Aston Villa's janitor has refused a new three year contract, and Arsenal is preparing for their yearly Wegner Out campaign so it must mean the new season of the Premier League is upon us! Join your fellow Mefites as we scramble for fantasy football dominance. You can sign up at the official site, create a team, and join the league. This year, we have the Classic League (code: 370477-97125) and the head-to-head Metafilter Cup (code: 370477-97129) running. Old gaffers and fresh prospects welcome!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:22 AM Jul 27 2015 - 32 comments [7 favorites]

Seeking annual sandwich listing

I'm trying to round up a link I'm pretty sure I saw here. It was a list of sandwich recipes, one per year, going back at least several decades if not more (and inadvertently illustrating some now-obsolete food trends — e.g. english-muffin-based sandwiches were A Thing in the 70s or 80s). My recollection is that the sandwiches on the list were winners of a national contest that was held annually for some time. Googling is finding lots of clickbait-y IF YOUR STATE WAS A SANDWICH WHAT SANDWICH WOULD IT BE? / SEVENTY-TWELVE HIPSTER SANDWICHES YOU MUST EAT BEFORE YOU DIE lists, but not the retro contest-winning sandwich listing I remember. Am I crazy or did this thing really exist?
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:08 PM Jul 28 2015 - 112 comments [7 favorites]

Emotional [Labor] Rescue

I just wanted to call out as fabulous this thread on the concept of emotional labor. It shifted something in the way I see the world and made obvious so many things I noticed every day but thought of as disconnected. There are so many fascinating, honest, brutal, mind-altering stories in that thread; it is worth anyone's time to read it, even if you think you might not be interested.
posted by sallybrown at 5:32 PM Jul 16 2015 - 318 comments [89 favorites (5 in the last 7 days)]

Comment truncation in Recent Activity

Can I run this pony up a flagpole and see if anyone salutes? Would it be possible to not truncate long comments on the Recent Activity page? It would be nice to be able to read the entire comment without having to click over into the thread.
posted by MsMolly at 7:49 AM Jul 30 2015 - 30 comments [5 favorites]

Looking for an old post about a flipped house

I remember reading a post here about a guy who had bought a house that turned out to have been flipped by someone incredibly shady, and the house was full of stuff like vents leading to nowhere, architectural details secretly supported with popsicle sticks, etc. He and his friends then documented the process of making the house livable. I'm having trouble finding it.
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:31 AM Jul 31 2015 - 15 comments [5 favorites]

How I did hair! or, Boy I Sure Put That Off

a) A year minus a day ago (!), I asked for haircut help. I said I'd report back, and so here I am! b) It's been so long that I felt bizarrely guilty about asking other questions later when I still hadn't taken the advice from the hair Ask! Have you posted to AskMe and then procrastinated forever about acting on the advice? Please tell me it's not just me.
posted by wintersweet at 9:48 PM Jul 22 2015 - 43 comments [8 favorites (4 in the last 7 days)]

A pony of many genders

Would it be possible to put a place for preferred pronouns in the profile?
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:30 AM Aug 1 2015 - 61 comments [4 favorites]

aniola joined the conversation. Yesterday, 8:11 PM.

aniola: why are there thousands of users on metafilter and only ever a dozen or so in chat?
going to maine: That seems like a great question for metatalk, actually. I move that you ask it.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:50 AM Aug 1 2015 - 97 comments [4 favorites]


In an interview discussing how the Internet is largely garbage (which is what her new book is about), Sarah Jeong mentions MetaFilter in passing as a curious exception.
Metafilter is an unusually good online community, for many, many reasons, including robust moderation and a $5 sign-up fee. For obvious reasons, most platforms can’t just become Metafilter. Social media platforms are really struggling with these problems right now, and are resorting to some tactics that I criticize in the book as either unethical or doomed to fail.

posted by ignignokt at 8:43 AM Jul 23 2015 - 71 comments [17 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

This isn't the advice you're looking for

Help me find AskMeFi questions where posters get advice that is nothing at all like what they would have expected.
posted by peppermintfreddo at 7:00 PM Jul 18 2012 - 542 comments [262 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Hive Mind Aggregator

After making two of my three most commonly recommended recommendations yesterday over in Ask, I was thinking it could be cool to come together and post here, in one place, all of the most useful things we've come across and the things that we find ourselves repeating thread after thread. Maybe someone will find something worthwhile here they never thought they needed!
posted by phunniemee at 8:13 AM Jun 4 2015 - 175 comments [142 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]


I've created a script that converts a Metafilter thread into a PDF designed for printing in book form, including title page and contributor index. I used to print a few and they look pretty good.
posted by gwint at 10:30 AM Dec 8 2014 - 121 comments [110 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Out of the Blue, episode #1: The Snail That Wouldn’t Die

In 1846, a dead snail was glued to a specimen card in the British Museum. In 1850, somebody realized that the snail…wasn’t so dead after all, kicking off a curious story of molluskular stoicism that charmed the mid 19th C. science-and-nature circuit. But what went on in the ensuing 150 years? Site user "nicebookrack" wanted to know, and posted question to Ask MetaFilter asking, well, whatever happened to the snail that wouldn’t die?
posted by cortex at 11:53 AM Jul 21 2015 - 85 comments [40 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Lead me to my people.

Joe in Australia wrote:
"A while back there was a thread in which people described their awkward obliviousness to social or sexual advances. There were accounts like "She said "Would you like me to take my shirt off?" and I replied "No, I think it looks nice."" "
Anyone able to identify the post?
posted by Mitheral at 7:00 PM Oct 26 2012 - 110 comments [27 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

So you think I'm racist?

What is the MetaFilter etiquette concerning trollish remarks to an innocuous comment?
posted by BlueHorse at 4:38 PM Feb 15 2013 - 320 comments [5 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

A thread for Bandcamp Fan Pages

If you buy music on Bandcamp and have made your fan page public, what is it? (Mine is Mister Meows, but lives at runciblejones because such things can't be changed.) The MetaFilter CD swaps have demonstrated that many MeFites are into music that's up my ally, and it'd be cool to see what folks are grooving to on a more regular basis.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:23 PM Jul 20 2015 - 22 comments [5 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Membership uptick thanks to R*****'s troubles?

Have the recent troubles at another social media site led to an uptick in our own membership as folks ragequit / rageadd other sites to their browsing experience? Have folks been welcoming new members? What do the new members think about the site? Have they learned to avoid the searing light of the professional white background?
posted by Going To Maine at 2:37 PM Jul 12 2015 - 78 comments [3 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Are the 'deleted' blogs defunct?

The (as far as I know, unofficial) blogs for deleted MetaFilter posts and deleted AskMetafilter posts do not seem to get updated lately. Is something broken, or is something else going on? Does anyone know?
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:37 AM Jul 14 2015 - 37 comments [2 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

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