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Find-that-post-filter: standardized test editor butchers a short story.

Pretty sure I saw this on Metafilter, but I don't recall it well enough to find it using search. The author of a cute and thought-provoking little short story gave permission for the story to be used, slightly edited, on a standardized test. The exam editor completely rewrote the story, adding a character, woodenizing the dialogue, and changing the ending. Trying to imagine where I lived when I read it, I figure that 2006--2009 was a more likely time period that 2010--2012.
posted by fantabulous timewaster on Jan 5 at 9:15 PM - 10 comments

flapjax at the Oxford American

I was delighted to see mefi's own flapjax at midnite--aka Samm Bennett--make a walk-on appearance in an article about blues music in Japan, in the Winter 2016 edition of The Oxford American.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Jan 9 at 9:00 AM - 12 comments

Remember: Everyone needs a hug.

At the bottom of every post on MetaTalk thread is the topic of this post. Be kind to other Mefites and practice empathy.
posted by INFJ on Jan 6 at 7:24 AM - 48 comments

Why Isn't There a Mefi Personal Ad Filter?

I've been pondering mating and dating recently, and one massive void I keep noticing — and missing — is all-text personals. I was, in fact, just thinking about this when I happened to pop over here, and suddenly it struck me: We have nearly all the elements of a well-rounded culture within a single Website here, ranging from music, to jobs, to IRL meet ups, to advice, to podcasts, to projects, to the discussion of articles. But nowhere do we make room for those who might be potentially interested in pairing off. Why not?
posted by Violet Blue on Jan 5 at 8:42 AM - 172 comments

Special Events in Fanfare

Can we users have the power to create Fanfare Special Events? Right now it's not in the dropdown list; it appears only mods can make them? I was thinking of making one for the Golden Globes. The reason for this is Kerry Washington's lipstick was really amazing
posted by Greg Nog on Jan 8 at 5:29 PM - 19 comments

Related to the Phantom Time Conspiracy, but different...

Within the last few months, there were a couple of posts on The Blue about a combined speculative fiction/conspiracy theory that we as a society have collectively forgotten (or had our memories erased of) a number of years -- perhaps a decade -- between the 1980s and 1990s? I recall it referring to an "N Decade" or the "19N0s," but MeFi searches along these lines have come up empty.
posted by DrAstroZoom on Jan 6 at 1:41 PM - 15 comments

MFC & You: Video Games, Caring, and Sharing!

Come join MeFightClub's annual charity drive! This year's charities are RAINN and charity: water. The campaigns end January 5, 2017.
posted by herrdoktor on Dec 26 at 4:27 PM - 9 comments

Something nice at the end of 2016: you!

It's a call-in show! I'm gonna run voicemails from MeFites as part of the next podcast, so give us a call at (505) 663-6334. That's (505) 663-MEFI. Just say who you are and share a quick thought—maybe one good thing from 2016, or something you're looking forward to in 2017, or something you liked on MeFi, or even a New Years resolution if that's your sorta thing.
posted by cortex on Dec 30 at 11:15 AM - 115 comments

To she or not to she

Earlier today I posted this thread about transgender discrimination on the blue. Quote from hate group included in extended led to good question re quotes and misgendering.
posted by Mike Mongo on Dec 28 at 4:34 PM - 150 comments

It's a new year

It's a new year and there will soon be a new, and very different government here in the U.S. This will be a shift of a magnitude that many have never seen. Some people feel that this new world shouldn't be entered into, by individuals or groups, without a bit of advanced thinking and planning. My question is: Has leadership here at MetaFilter given any thought as to a need to change how the site handles moderation, security, or any other aspect of our lives here, in light of the inevitable upcoming social, cultural, or governmental changes?
posted by HuronBob on Jan 3 at 12:12 PM - 46 comments

2017 "No Spending" Challenge

acanthous and I have decided to start a 2017 "No Spending" Challenge, in which our goals are to reduce our spending by focusing on reusing, repairing, recycling/upcycling/freecycling, foraging, borrowing and bartering. We're inviting any interested Mefites to join us!
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 31 at 12:38 PM - 49 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 - 19 comments

Accessibility suggestion for the deaf/hard of hearing

I am hard of hearing and it would be helpful to have notations on videos about their level of accessibility. For example, if they include speech, is it captioned? Are there captions, but only auto generated? Does the speech contain information necessary to watch the video? Does it add some other value (e.g. humor)? Is it music only? Ambient noise? This would also be useful for people who cannot listen to the video because they are at work or school because then they know whether or not to bother watching it now, or save it for later. Remember: almost all of us are going to become hard of hearing if we live long enough.
posted by AFABulous on Dec 20 at 7:31 AM - 27 comments

Happy Holidays!

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, and for the rest of us I'm sure we'll enjoy Festivus. Share your plans/best present/whatever AND your single best Dec/Jan holiday recipe but YOU MUST PICK ONLY ONE. (It's like Highlander, but for recipes.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Dec 24 at 8:49 PM - 106 comments

Thank you, mysterious gift giver

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with my life so I did not enter the secret quonsar swap this year. Nevertheless, a mysterious package addressed to my username appeared on my doorstep yesterday, much to the delight of my family.
posted by treehorn+bunny on Dec 9 at 6:00 PM - 12 comments

Preggyfilter?

Seems like there are always pregnant MeFis who are looking for some answers / like-minded people to talk to. Anyone want to join an FB group?
posted by sestaaak on Dec 15 at 4:44 PM - 126 comments

secret quonsar 2016: signups are open

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Friday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Friday, December 2*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20.
posted by julen on Oct 31 at 9:41 PM - 344 comments

SSL Issues

Just a heads up, you may see an "SSL certificate has expired" warning. We're aware of it and working to fix it. Sorry about the hassle.
posted by restless_nomad on Dec 25 at 4:59 PM - 63 comments

Jingle Rock Bell music video

Jingle Rock Bell, now with music video [via mefi projects]
posted by aniola on Dec 24 at 12:16 AM - 36 comments

2016 MST3K Club No-Stress Christmas Video Marathon

For the third year running, those of us in MST Club are planning a holiday marathon of video festialities. (Jonathan Harris voice: "That's not a word!") On the menu: MST3K Christmas movies, a few other riffing delicacies, a wide assortment of Christmas specials and episodes both good and bad, and some other short oddments thrown in. Once again, the purpose is to be the good-natured background radiation to your Christmas rituals, taking the edge off the hard moments and adding extra cheer to the soft ones. Come by whenever and however long you want. Official times: 6 AM Eastern Christmas Eve through to 6 AM December 26. As usual, the site of this madness is the MST Club cytube page.
posted by JHarris on Dec 21 at 10:50 AM - 18 comments

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