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State of MetaFilter, 2017

Heya, folks, it's time (and then some!) for a State of MetaFilter post. I want to give everybody an update on how the site is doing financially, and catch y'all up on the major goings-on in both the business and community aspects of MetaFilter in the time since the last State of MeFi post.

The very short version: it's been a weird couple years out there in the world; we've hired a couple staff and wished pb well; and things are financially pretty stable, thanks in significant part to the ongoing generosity of the MetaFilter community whose contributions continue to represent a vital chunk of the site's operating revenue. But come on inside for a much less short version!
posted by cortex at 8:26 AM Mar 22 2017 - 143 comments [196 favorites]

A Metafilter Sighting in the Wild

Playing with Fire is your basic best-friends-since-childhood-fall-in-love m/m romance, but what makes it special is that it features the protagonists performing Jingle Rock Bell—yes, Metafilter's own special Christmas song--at a karaoke party.
posted by Orlop at 10:52 PM Mar 19 2017 - 16 comments [25 favorites]

Closing Your Community Right: Jessamyn interviewed

A podcast where Jessamyn is interviewed by Patrick O'Keefe about the experiences around an online community (mlkshk) closing down and what happens afterwards. There is much on moderating, membership, community issues and service shuttering procedures within, as well as discussion of death/the passing of people, how this impacts on online communities and how moderators and community members deal with it. The page contains many MetaFilter-related links and a link to the transcript.
posted by Wordshore at 7:58 AM Mar 21 2017 - 24 comments [8 favorites]

Thanks to kitteh and to Metafilter

I'm writing to give a shoutout to kitteh's post from January about homelessness and menstruation.
posted by soonertbone at 5:33 PM Mar 14 2017 - 21 comments [131 favorites (7 in the last 7 days)]

Metatalktail Hour: My Hometown

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! This week: What's the coolest unknown thing about your hometown (current or former!) that all visitors should see, or all residents should know?
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:37 PM Mar 18 2017 - 105 comments [5 favorites]

Magical Mefites

In a recent post discussing witches and feminism/political activism I received a few emails of interest about getting in touch with other magical mefites. I made a forum for us!
posted by xarnop at 10:39 AM Mar 18 2017 - 12 comments [10 favorites (4 in the last 7 days)]

Disposable YouTube playlists from recommendation threads

The other day I recommended some songs on an AskMeFi thread and, after some fiddling, I compiled almost all the links in two disposable YouTube playlists. Today, while catching up on a year of podcasts, I noticed that in Best of the Web Ep. 112 they talked about this exact issue and the partial solution that exists on Labs. I figured I should share my notes with the rest of the class to figure out how to improve on this long-sought question.
posted by andycyca at 11:07 PM Mar 24 2017 - 3 comments [3 favorites]

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 [152 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Testing out a new US Politics sidebar widget

Based on a lot of discussion over the last year and especially the last couple months about how the site handles the visibility and organization of posts about contemporary US politics, we've put together a new sidebar tool that you can test out starting today.
posted by cortex at 2:23 PM Feb 6 2017 - 126 comments [32 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Gimme an E! Gimme an R! Gimme an I! Gimme a C! Gimme a B! What's that spell? I can't hear you -- what's that spell?

I'm calling out ericb... for his awesome work in keeping appropriate news article links flowing into threads, sometimes even long after the activity has died down.
posted by hippybear at 11:55 AM Oct 2 2010 - 53 comments [10 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Metatalktail Hour: Parental Shame

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! In honor of the Korea expert on the BBC and his adorable children, what is the worst way you ever embarrassed your parents, or your children ever embarrassed you? In the alternative, what's the most interesting thing that happened to you this week?
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:11 PM Mar 11 2017 - 120 comments [7 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

My "Ask MeFi" Post was plagiarized on another website!

My "Ask MeFi" Post was plagiarized on another website!
posted by Jon44 at 7:54 AM Jun 11 2012 - 125 comments [6 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Let's follow each other on Pocket

Surely, there are many MeFites on Pocket. Their Friends function is the closest thing I've found to the social features on the dearly departed Google Reader Let's exchange usernames and become friends.
posted by reenum at 10:46 AM Mar 15 2017 - 21 comments [4 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

An explicit license for the infodump?

My impression is that all of the infodump data is in the public domain. Is that license explicitly stated anywhere? And, if it is stated somewhere, could we get that statement reprinted on the infodump’s home page and possibly bundled with the zipped downloads. It’d be nice to have some legalese posted somewhere so that no one feels at risk of getting into trouble.
posted by Hooray For Socks! at 1:54 PM Mar 17 2017 - 8 comments [3 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Alexa, play Mefi* music

While bemoaning the fact that there's not an Amazon playlist or station that scratches my itch for eclectic music, it dawned on me that Mefi Music hits that particular sweet spot for me. Which led me to wonder about the feasibility of integrating Alexa with Mefi music. It seems it's been done for iPhone using the RSS feed, so I'm assuming doing something for Alexa is not totally out of the question. I'm curious as to what people think of the idea in general, and also any thoughts on technical implementation.
posted by forforf at 11:09 AM Mar 19 2017 - 13 comments [1 favorite]

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