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The Internet’s First Family by Stephen Thomas at Hazlitt takes a "historical" (recent history that is!) view of MetaFilter. Don't go all gooey when you read it. via Phire's tweet
Octopus the answer to 7-year-old's fidgeting thanks to the nimble fingers of Mrs. Pterodactyl!!
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.
I was saddened by many of the comments in this post. Many of them are fine, but many of them are grossly ignorant, and some cross the line into bigotry for me, prettily phrased I grant.
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you might have a dim, grey day like we have here in London, and need a little sunshine in your life. Remember this post? Lets do that again! Come share your awesome!
I've been off the site for a while, and now that I'm back my FOMO is kicking in. I have lots of lovely new-found free time to
waste use productively reading posts I've missed out on, but I don't know where to start. If you had to recommend one thread from the past two months that I simply MUST read or be doomed to a life of joyless ignorance (either because it was informative or hilarious or both) what would it be?
It would be helpful to have a statement from our moderators about how they're handling moderation in the GamerGate threads, before certain myths take hold.
You Asked, you beanplated, and you finally pulled it together. Show off the glory that is your (or your children's or your pet's) Halloween costumes! First person to post is the Grand Marshall. (Previously, which contains links to the other previouslies.)
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.
I have a long standing league whose ranks have thinned to the point where we may have to bag the season, so I figured that I'd toss it out to the internet at semi-random to see if we could salvage this year (and get some awesome new blood moving forward).
Hey there! No big thing, but it's time for a general reminder post about what's okay and what's not with sockpuppets, alternate accounts, Brand New Days, and other multiple-accounts-related stuff on Metafilter.
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.
Welcome, mini-[username]! Congrats, MeFi's own [username] for [thing] that further enriched us by having you here! Oh, look, our own [username] did [MeFi-related thing] in [non-MeFi venue]! Guess what - [real name/othernic] is Mefi's Own [username]!
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.
I've been getting back into Kingdom of Loathing recently, and I wanted to play with MeFites! Adventurers are us!
Just something I've always noticed on askme threads about pursuing a romantic interest - everyone's advocating the use of the word 'date,' and it somewhat surprises me.
Occasionally metafilter articles are garbled on my Android phone, although it happens very rarely on my Linux desktop chrome as well. Here is a sample screenshot, in which the discussion on the shellshock /bin/bash bug takes a very ominous turn. Reloading the page fixes it, although I do lose my place. Most frequently it happens with the inline updates.
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?
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.
I could swear there was a post within the last couple years pointing to a story about an obscure deceased Mexican folk artist who showed a unique creative and whimsical flavor which he injected into the folk art that his village specialized in. Which, along with his non traditional sexual orientation earned some negative attention during his lifetime, but is now attracting admirers posthumously. Am I dreaming, or was this on the blue? I've wasted a couple hours looking for it with no success.