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Thanks Mrs. Pterodactyl!

Octopus the answer to 7-year-old's fidgeting thanks to the nimble fingers of Mrs. Pterodactyl!!
posted by lyssabee at 12:05 PM Oct 21 2014 - 50 comments [153 favorites]

What do you feel uncomfortable about saying here?

In an ongoing thread a user volunteers that this has become an uncomfortable place to state certain, really, not all that weird ideas. What, if anything, are you afraid to say here? I pose this not to request debate on any issues that might arise, but to enumerate those things some of us might be afraid to even bring up. Because I think most of us were attracted to this place by the promise of free and open discussion. And it seems like the discussion isn't quite as free or open as it may have once been.
posted by localroger at 3:47 PM Oct 19 2014 - 990 comments [16 favorites]

Usernames which match expertise

What are some MeFi usernames which match their users' expertise? For example, physicsmatt comes in to set things straight regarding physics posts. And backseatpilot can be relied upon to supply intelligent aviation-related info. Who else comments pretty much exclusively on topics represented by their username?
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 4:22 AM Oct 19 2014 - 225 comments [13 favorites]

Do we need to dig into the history of the subject of posts?

I'm pretty uncomfortable with how this thread evolved.
posted by el io at 12:36 AM Oct 21 2014 - 74 comments [9 favorites]

NaNoWriMo 2014 - We're Storming the Bastille - Are You Ready?

Calling all writers and non-writers, whether you are a plotter, pantser, or anything in-between - NaNoWriMo 2014 starts in 8 days, the forums have been wiped (well, sorta) and people are prepping and fretting and tuning up their writing engines. Is anyone taking part this year? If so, good luck.
posted by marienbad at 10:45 AM Oct 24 2014 - 60 comments [8 favorites]

Does anyone still play Kingdom of Loathing?

I've been getting back into Kingdom of Loathing recently, and I wanted to play with MeFites! Adventurers are us!
posted by Elementary Penguin at 4:26 AM Oct 16 2014 - 126 comments [13 favorites (4 in the last 7 days)]

FPP titles that made you smile or laugh

One of the more splendid attributes of the MetaFilter community is the regular ability of MeFites to write titles of posts that are offbeat, witty, hilarious or smart. A few recent ones I've enjoyed include this and this. While Y(humor)MMV, what post titles have you particularly enjoyed?
posted by Wordshore at 7:59 AM Oct 21 2014 - 29 comments [3 favorites]

MeFi Music Collaboration: A Tribute to Flood!

Just a brief heads-up to get more attention: Over at MeFi Music I've launched a project to cover They Might Be Giants' Flood in its entirety to celebrate the album's upcoming 25th anniversary. Three tracks are already spoken for, so hop on over if you want to get in on this! (Thanks to taz for approving this MetaTalk thread.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:35 PM Oct 11 2014 - 38 comments [15 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Greasemonkey Deleted posts script not working

I have just noticed my Mefi Deleted posts Greasemonkey has stopped working, is this anything to do with the new Mefi look or is it a greasemonkey thing? Anyone else noticed this?
posted by marienbad at 10:54 AM Oct 15 2014 - 40 comments [3 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Parsing Metafilter comments

I'm submitting this as a feature request, but I'm not sure that's the right category. I have difficulty parsing the comments in a metafilter thread. It's the way it's laid out, with the comment followed by the poster's name and other information:
Is there any way I could change it?
posted by Time To Sharpen Our Knives at 1:09 AM on October 22 [+] [!]
I'd rather see it parsed differently; prioritizing the name of the Mefite, followed by their post (in quotes, maybe?), then the remaining information. Something like this:
Time To Sharpen Our Knives posted:
"I'd rather see it parsed differently."
      1:10 AM on October 22 [+] [!]
Through some browser extension/hack/magic, is this possible?
posted by Time To Sharpen Our Knives at 1:50 AM Oct 22 2014 - 51 comments [2 favorites]

Congrats, y'all!

I just wanted to point out that there are now 3,600 people contributing to keeping this place up & running..... makes me for one feel all warm & schmoopy.
posted by easily confused at 5:07 AM Oct 23 2014 - 50 comments [2 favorites]

Trans* 101

A few weeks ago, tensions were rising high in a trans*-related FPP over the tendency of threads on said topic to turn into trans 101 rather than focusing on issues highlighted, especially given how it could be perceived as threatening and exhausting. Juliet Banana was apparently listening to the debate and made a special note to include links to some FAQs in today's post on the topic. I just wanted to extend my kudos and bring attention to this excellent resolution to the debate, and suggest that this should be a standard for trans* posts in the future.
posted by Conspire at 4:00 PM Jun 10 2013 - 47 comments [25 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

This isn't Pirate Bay

Blasdelb, Metafilter is not an academic institution or a lending library. We don't get to use the site to redistribute copyrighted works like journal articles in threads about science, or MP3s in music threads, etc. People in academia can already access the articles in question, who can understand those articles enough to add to the thread, and more than likely we do not need proxy access through your library, as impressed as we all are by your library card. What you're doing is illegal, but more to the point, it helps publishing houses justify onerous terms to libraries I use for my research, which aggravates me to no end when I can't get access to articles related to my work. What you are doing sucks, so please knock it off. Thanks.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:34 PM Aug 19 2013 - 386 comments [20 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Can calls for civility be a barrier to civil discourse?

Several MetaFilter posts recently have involved marginalized people critiquing the actions of more privileged allies or beloved internet institutions, resulting in contentious comment threads. A pattern emerged in these, most clearly in the most passionately-argued of these, on the retitling of a Wikipedia page from “Chelsea Manning” back to “Bradley Manning.” That pattern involves complaints that comments made by more marginalized individuals are shrill, harsh, and/or overemotional. While I embrace MetaFilter's guidelines that discourse be civil, I think it is possible that tone arguments sometimes function as a sort of ad hominem derailing practice out on the blue. Is this something we should be discouraging?
posted by DrMew at 8:54 PM Sep 6 2013 - 827 comments [18 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Deleting comments

I'm mostly unaware of the intricacies of the Metafilter community, but I have just had another comment deleted. It wasn't an inflammatory comment, there was no snarkiness or attacking anyone. I was expressing an opinion that female bullying has increased and we need to take this into account when raising girls, and I commented on the direction of feminism too. I'm surprised that it was deleted.
posted by inkypinky at 9:02 PM Mar 15 2014 - 1761 comments [13 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

secret quonsar: planning time!

Presents are fun... so let's 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. We need to settle one key question before we start to swapping.
posted by julen at 8:06 AM Oct 9 2014 - 115 comments [13 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Looking for a post I swore I saw on the blue

I'm looking for post that I swore I saw on the blue. It was diseases of middle age as comic book covers. Thought I had favorited it, but I can't find it in my favorites or via search.
posted by Rob Rockets at 2:28 PM Oct 5 2014 - 4 comments [6 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

97: The Perfect Hermit Crabitat

Episode 97 was recorded yesterday and runs about 1h 45min long as we discuss all our favorite posts from MetaFilter over the last month.
posted by mathowie at 11:26 AM Oct 7 2014 - 43 comments [5 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Has iOS 8 broken Metafilter commenting?

Ever since I updated my iPad2 to iOS 8, commenting on Metafilter has been a royal pain. If I try to cut and paste part of someone's comment the page will often start to go into a screwy scrolling dance up and/or down and then crash. If I click out of the comment box for any reason it's impossible to resume writing in it (i.e., tapping in the comment box doesn't bring up keypad). Is anyone else having these problems?
posted by yoink at 5:45 PM Sep 30 2014 - 30 comments [2 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

So, pointing out that Wendy Carlos is trans is instadelete?

There remain posts on the thread asking WHY WHY isn't she mentioned. It's not like there isn't a fucking simple reason she isn't mentioned. Why is explaining this simple reason cause for comment deletion?
posted by localroger at 7:06 PM Mar 9 2014 - 60 comments [1 favorite]

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