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Metatalktail Hour: Very Superstitious

Good Saturday evening, Metafilter! It's time for another metatalktails! This week's topic, from my own brain -- What are your superstitions? I don't think of myself as a superstitious person, but every now and then one pops up that surprises me with its vehemence. Remember, they're conversation-starters, not -limiters, so feel free to talk about whatever's on your mind!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on May 13 at 5:16 PM - 186 comments

This needs to be a ten hour YouTube video loop

In which a community website moderator and artist of some repute cleans up a stencil -based work and OH GOD THIS IS SO SATISFYING. Recent works by the same artist include fractal images, cubes, and more peeling.
posted by Wordshore on May 13 at 9:02 AM - 22 comments

Best of the Best of the Best, Sir! With Honors, Sir!

Click on "My Profile". Click on the number to the right of "Favorited by others:". Just to the right of the phrase "Show Favorites Activity", click on the word "Popular". Copy and paste the top result into this MeTa thread (with hyperlink).
posted by WCityMike on Apr 13 at 9:09 AM - 314 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Alter Ego

Good Saturday Night, MetaFilter! Tonight's MetaTalkTail topic comes from DrDr ChuraChura, who just finished her Ph.D.: If you were a plant or animal, what would you be and why? Remember, they're conversation starters, not limiters, so feel free to discuss anything you want!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on May 6 at 6:46 PM - 153 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Crouton Petting

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! This week's topic is from 1f2frfbf, who wants you to share the named inanimate objects in your lives with explanations or mysteries, as they deserve! Remember, they're conversation starters, not conversation limiters, so you can talk about any sociable/personal/sharing thing on your mind -- we're here to kibbitz!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 29 at 5:06 PM - 249 comments

Flagged as Fake

Should there be a flag category for false or misleading information?
posted by Chris4d on Apr 28 at 8:26 AM - 16 comments

Thank you, Metafilter.

I was just told I got tenure, and it is in no small part thanks to all of you at MetaFilter. I joined the site in grad school, where MeFi both kept me sane and educated me on a lot of topics and perspectives that I otherwise would never have learned about. But the debt I owe you all is more direct than that: my best-cited paper actually came directly from reading a post by griphus in 2012; RAs I hired from MeFi Jobs helped me research two other critical papers; and Ask has come through for me about research and teaching many times. So thank you all, I have been a member of this great community for 13(!!) years, and, despite the ups and downs of the site over that time, I realize how lucky I am to be part of it.
posted by blahblahblah on May 1 at 5:28 PM - 82 comments

MetaFeatured Snippets

A little while ago Google introduced “featured snippets” that get listed at the top of a list of search results. (Their perils have already been discussed on the front page.)
Surprisingly, if you search for “cheevos” you’ll get a featured snippet clipped from a blog post by one of mefi’s own. I’m curious if anyone has seen other MetaFilter, AskMe or MetaFilter-adjacent content show up in a featured snippet.
posted by Going To Maine on May 3 at 12:04 PM - 13 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Other Science Facts

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! In honor of the March for Science, share your favorite science story or science fact!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 22 at 3:48 PM - 190 comments

LearnedLeague roundup 2

It's been 2 1/2 years since the last "Hey, who's on LearnedLeague, and who wants to be?" post. Some folks got invited then, and some folks (like me!) got invited later, as a result of posting in that thread. Referrals for LL73 are open, so: Who's on LL, and who isn't but wants to be?
posted by Huffy Puffy on Apr 10 at 5:21 PM - 65 comments

looking for article on man sneaking into an event

Can't find this thread anywhere and it's driving me crazy.
posted by knownassociate on Apr 28 at 1:56 PM - 7 comments

Introducing the Faves & Flags roleplaying system

We've received a large volume of user complaints in the last few months about performance issues with our current version of reality, and so today we're rolling out some fantasy instead to see if that can help take the strain off. Please help us beta test this new initiative with the Faves & Flags Character Sheet Generator. Want more detail? Check out what little remains of the original game manual (or a more legible and screen-reader friendly OCR version here).
posted by cortex on Apr 1 at 1:30 PM - 600 comments

Real Life Impact

Tim Carmody, posting on Kottke.org, polled about "websites that changed your life". Of the relatively small number of answers, four were from MetaFilter:
posted by Rumple on Apr 24 at 11:16 AM - 35 comments

¯\_(?)_/¯

Greetings, Sapients! Did you know: MetaFilter has an official chat channel/room/etc.? This is a fact: IT DOES! [previously: the unofficial MetaFilter chat site] It is a very fun and interesting and wondrous place (especially when I am not there) full of assorted cute animal GIFs (especially when Metafilter's Own bread crumbs is there) and random nonsense (especially when I AM there). I promise you that we do not bite unless you sign the consent form and submit it in triplicate three weeks or greater in advance - guess how that tradition started! You will have to guess, the court records are sealed. Ha HA! Dental appliances. Please stay frosty and/or toasty, and as always, vote your preferred brand of quidnunc kid #1!
posted by Evilspork on Apr 24 at 12:24 PM - 47 comments

MeFites on Mastodon?

I'm curious about the hot new Twitter alternative--it's decentralized, it's noncommercial, it's anti-Nazi, etc. But as with all social networks, it's only as good as the people you know on it. So if you're on Mastodon, tell what you think of the service so far, and if you recommend any particular instance.
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 12 at 6:57 PM - 82 comments

127: I Have No Tabs And I Must Stream

Jessamyn I are back in normal podcast business, making up for lost time after last month's Ask A Moderator show by trying to recap two months of MetaFilter despite neither of us having the time to prepare. The result: a goofy biggun at an hour and forty five minutes, covering as much as we can from February 8th through April 3rd.
posted by cortex on Apr 3 at 5:46 PM - 57 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Wrongness in the Kitchen

What's the weirdest/worst/dumbest/most obnoxious thing in your kitchen?
posted by LobsterMitten on Apr 15 at 1:09 PM - 305 comments

please shorten the new post window by a few hours

I frequently find myself with time to browse, compose, and share content at about the same time of day. Multiple times it's happened that I type my stuff in, hit 'post' and get an error message that I have to wait, say, 18 more minutes, or 6 more minutes. This is mildly annoying. I suggest the post wait time be shortened from 24 hours to say, 21 hours or 23 hours.
posted by bq on Apr 13 at 9:06 AM - 44 comments

"Most Favorited Tracks from your contacts" is A Thing

  1. Go to music.metafilter.com
  2. Check sidebars
  3. One will list "Most Favorited Tracks from your contacts"
  4. Some of these songs won't be Jingle Rock Bell (but luckily some will)
  5. Punch 'Em In The Dick!
  6. (Er, by which I mean "please comment, favourite or just enjoy listening to the best of MeFi Music")
  7. Cheers MetaFilter!

posted by comealongpole on Apr 12 at 3:19 PM - 8 comments

Visualizing the impact of US politics megaposts on the blue

The biggest change in the way that mefites participate on the blue in years has been the rise of US politics megathreads. We have had several discussions of the qualitative impact of them, but it occurred to me that it might be useful to dig into the infodump and see what quantitative picture might emerge. I think my findings are worth sharing - while a quantitative analysis on its own can't tell us whether the megathreads are a good thing or not, there are several negative trends regarding community engagement and participation that are happening in close concurrency with the rise of the megathreads.
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 27 at 10:45 AM - 466 comments

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