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RIP Steven den Beste

Early influential political blogger and longtime MeFite Steven den Beste (also as Steven C. Den Beste) has passed away. A former engineer for Qualcomm and a serious anime fan, he was in poor health and mostly homebound for many years. RIP.
posted by Asparagirl on Oct 24 at 9:12 PM - 128 comments

Word for the dying?

My grandfather is dying. I am on my way to help my uncle and grandmom take care of him. I knew this day would come and at some point in the past I thought I had favorited a comment about how to help the dying let go. I cannot find the comment. Can you all help me find it? It was something along the lines of "it is ok. You did good. We will be ok."but I think there was more than that.
posted by procrastination on Oct 24 at 10:26 AM - 14 comments

Mourning online-only friends

It's been a month of losses for MetaFilter, with three members passing away in as many weeks. This article from the Guardian seems appropriate: It turns out losing online friends feels as bad as the death of 'real life' ones.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 25 at 10:41 AM - 30 comments

Can we stop attacking left-of-Clinton/anti-establishment folks on here?

There is no problem with individuals expressing views critical of Sanders, Stein, Snowden, Greenwald etc. The problem is when an echo chamber develops making pro-establishment-ism the only acceptable position and vehemently jumping on views to the contrary with more emotion than reason. It seems to me that MeFi 2016 has become such an echo chamber. This is no doubt due to the very real threat posed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party, and the consequent necessity of a Clinton win, but has developed to the point where it has the effect of recursively self-amplifying a pro-establishment position and silencing more radical/anarchist/antifa or otherwise anti-establishment views.
posted by splitpeasoup on Oct 14 at 5:09 PM - 416 comments

Get Yer Voting Stories Here!

I was inspired by the grin that I see Hillary sporting lately, and how people's voting stories make me remember that this is an awesome historical moment, let's enjoy it! Share 'em when you cast 'em :)
posted by eggkeeper on Oct 22 at 10:53 AM - 114 comments

121: The Gold Medal For Restraint

They said it couldn't be done, but here it is: an episode of the podcast that's just one hour long. Jess and I breeze through the site after a mutually busy month, covering stuff from September 8th through October 4th.
posted by cortex on Oct 4 at 1:31 PM - 17 comments

What Art Offers Is Space -- a Certain Breathing Room for the Spirit.

Show us your art! I'm feeling the need for some beauty and some MeFite sharing, so let's see (and/or read about) your favorite object of beauty in your living space (art, tchotchke, design element, whatever) ... whatever it is that's beautiful in your space and brings you happiness from looking at it. Show us your #1, show us your top 5, I just want to see what beautiful things bring you all happiness in your homes!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Oct 15 at 3:18 PM - 106 comments

Where is star trek episode ii eggs

Somewhere either on the blue or green someone linked to a YouTube video of a 6 year old playing with their star trek action figures. Spock is wearing an apron. Kirk goes on a mission to trade a hash brown for some eggs. Everyone is in a band. I quote it daily.
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 21 at 9:06 PM - 25 comments

Planning for secret quonsar, 2016 edition

If it's October, it's time to 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). Let's talk details!
posted by julen on Oct 18 at 7:55 PM - 88 comments

World Series on Fanfare?

Is there a possibility that we could have some open threads on FanFare for the upcoming World Series? There are several teams in the mix to this point whose participation could be historic, so interest will quite possibly be higher than ever. I think we did the Olympics and the World Cup, IIRC, so this wouldn't be unprecedented. Is that a thing we could do?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12 at 9:39 AM - 48 comments

govtdrone has passed away

Delivering some sad news: long-time mefite govtdrone has passed away.
posted by cortex on Oct 19 at 8:49 AM - 144 comments

Things I favorited by my contacts?

Is there an easy way to see, for each of my contacts or for an individual user who is a contact, things that _I_ have favorited? This would be a quick way for me to remind myself why I have marked that user as a contact.
posted by amtho on Oct 24 at 11:20 AM - 5 comments

Mefite Election Volunteering

With so many Mefites volunteering for the coming US elections (some in a coordinated fashion), I think a MeTa is in order. Come on in to share tips, stories, encouragement, and more!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 19 at 5:18 AM - 76 comments

[some appropriate and witty Hamilton post title here]

I have questions about the rate of increase in commenting over this year's U.S. presidential election period.
posted by komara on Oct 14 at 7:09 AM - 50 comments

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 on Sep 25 at 7:07 PM - 424 comments

jbickers has passed away

Sad news this morning: long-time mefite jbickers has passed away at 45. Here's an obituary from WFPL, one of the Louisville public radio stations he'd worked for.
posted by cortex on Sep 29 at 12:27 PM - 271 comments

Hurricane Matthew

Matthew is now a Category 4 hurricane and the latest forecast has it headed straight up the coast of Florida and points North. MeFites that are fleeing this beast, let us know you're OK and update us if you desire. Once the storm passes, let us know how we can help.
posted by gwint on Oct 6 at 9:32 AM - 217 comments

Where is the place to discuss deletion policies?

In the context of a discussion about Trump's hot mic tape, and whether this reflected common experience or not, I recently had a comment deleted. (I can't don't it in the thread or in my activity or recent favorites etc, so I assume it's gone.)
posted by schadenfrau on Oct 8 at 12:51 PM - 57 comments

New category in AskMe?

Hey! I just asked a question in ask.metafilter about a half-remembered historical event, and was wondering if we could make one of the askme categories "history". I think that's a nice broad category that would be useful for past major world events! What think you all?
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 13 at 11:29 AM - 28 comments

Trumps comment truncated

I was surprised in the latest election thread to see that Donald Trump's "Grab them by the pussy" comment was bowderlerized when it was printed as a link to a video of the comment, but printed in full when a partial transcript of his remarks was reprinted. Is this something that's just at the disgression of the poster? Otherwise, I'd don't understand the inconsistency. (I think I understand the arguments for and against each method of handling Trump's vulgar language, but having both versions in a single post is puzzling.)
posted by layceepee on Oct 8 at 11:53 AM - 18 comments

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