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Hoder has been released from Iranian prison

Mefi's own Hoder has finally been released from prison. Hoder (Hossein Derakhshan) had been sentenced to 19 years on "cyber-dissidence" charges after his Persian-language blogging software became a popular tool for critiquing the government.
posted by sevenyearlurk on Nov 20 at 7:40 AM - 126 comments

Announcing the Good Web Bundle (and MeFi's part in it)

Later today you might notice a new top banner of the site promoting The Good Web Bundle (as well as the MeFi Mall). I wanted to describe the project and aims for it, as well as explain how MeFi plays a part along with how it fits into existing support from members.
posted by mathowie on Nov 19 at 4:02 AM - 298 comments

To queue or not to queue

This post was immediately closed as being not appropriate for MeTa. And that's fine, I don't have any question about that decision. But why was it even allowed to go up, now that there is a MeTa moderation queue? Shouldn't a mod just have said to the poster, "Hey, this isn't a good fit," rather than having it go up and closing it immediately?
posted by Chrysostom on Nov 19 at 7:30 AM - 56 comments

Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread!

My dog just started barking at the UPS man, but I wasn't expecting anything. Or was I? Thank you, Matt Haughey, for the t-shirt (and baby gift to come, squee!!)! I spent several work hours contemplating my own quonsar's gift so I was totally thrilled to be quonsed while in the spirit of things! Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread 2014!
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 14 at 4:00 PM - 71 comments

RIP Felicity Rilke

Felicity Rilke, known to the greater world as Alicia Merchant, has passed away.
posted by SassHat on Nov 17 at 6:49 PM - 117 comments

Happy Anniversary

Time flew by, so we must have been having fun. It has been 10 years since the flood of "$5.00 noobs" washed into MetaFilter. Thanks for having us, mathowie.
posted by Cranberry on Nov 18 at 12:10 AM - 62 comments

List your stuff in the MeFi Mall!

For the last several years, we've built the MeFi Mall to showcase holiday gift ideas made by MeFi members. This is your annual reminder to get your stuff for sale listed in the MeFi Mall by following the link and submitting your one-line write-up of what you're offering for sale. Thanks!
posted by mathowie on Nov 4 at 2:43 PM - 29 comments

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 on Oct 24 at 10:45 AM - 221 comments

My life's a rock in a rock tumbler, getting shone.

Earlier this week longtime MetaFilter member Sean Michaels won the Giller Prize, Canada's biggest fiction award, for his debut novel Us Conductors.
posted by furtive on Nov 15 at 3:56 PM - 87 comments

FACT: Cookies baked by the internet taste better than other cookies!

The annual Metafilter Holiday Cookie Swap: signups have begun!
posted by ausdemfenster on Nov 11 at 1:21 PM - 67 comments

Second Annual MST3K Turkey Marathon Chat?

I thoroughly enjoyed this event last year. I was working and so got out of family obligations which was nice. It was made doubly enjoyable by having an actually-fun Thanksgiving activity. MST3K is streaming their marathon this year as well: "Tune in right here on Thanksgiving day at 12 noon ET / 9 am PT for six classic episodes of MST3K, complete with brand new introductions by Joel Hodgson." Shall we meet again? MST3K Turkey Day Marathon 2014
posted by Beti on Nov 13 at 3:48 PM - 28 comments

Update: Speak With Monsters is back

I just noticed today that Lore Sjoberg's is back up, and with it the official archives of Speak With Monsters, a.k.a. Monster Manual Comix, as lamented about a month and a half ago. Yaay!
posted by JHarris on Nov 18 at 10:09 PM - 1 comments

98: A Land of Contrasts

Episode 98 runs about 1hr 45min and covers the month of October on the sites.
posted by mathowie on Nov 4 at 2:53 PM - 53 comments

secret quonsar 2014: signups are now open

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Wednesday, November 12, and the send by (or on) date is Monday, December 1*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, November 10. The spending guideline: $10-20.
posted by julen on Nov 1 at 1:30 AM - 243 comments

If it's not answering the question, can it be deleted?

I know asking medical questions here is controversial. I don't expect to resolve that all here. But I do think there's a consistently problematic answer found in medical threads that has no answer-value and I wish this kind of answer would be deleted as such.
posted by latkes on Nov 2 at 10:14 AM - 222 comments

MeFi Ancient History: When the gates opened

Many many years ago, MeFi did not accept new members. But one day, someone posted their login information in a comment thread, and suddenly the gates sprung open: hundreds and hundreds of comments and threads by not-actually-members were unleashed upon the site, and it lasted for a while before the mods managed to clean it all up. Mods, do you remember that day? MeFites of Today- were any of you among that group that logged in and posted or commented for the first time ever that day, so excited for a peak behind the curtains?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 9 at 8:45 PM - 56 comments

2014 Winter Wishes Gift Drive: MetaFilter Cares!

It's that fantastic time of the year when MetaFilter comes together to provide gifts for kids! (Spare me the details, just give me the list.)
posted by houseofdanie on Nov 2 at 9:24 AM - 61 comments

How can we make trigger and/or content warnings useful?

People who find trigger and content warnings helpful: what makes a good warning, and how can we format those better?
posted by NoraReed on Nov 8 at 7:16 PM - 75 comments

Proof that pb is indeed a wizard

I used the contact form to humorously alert the mods that MetaFilter's chat room server is a few minutes fast by sending them a transcript showing the time discrepancy between subsequent lines and asking them what life was like in the future. Then, during the email exchange, this happened. I know we've all suspected it for a while, but we now have PROOF that pb can indeed bend the laws of space and time! o_O
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 10 at 8:22 PM - 119 comments

MetaTalk Love-In No.2

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!
posted by greenish on Oct 29 at 9:23 AM - 167 comments

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