July 17

"...the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere..."

Just wanted to give a shoutout to whoever has been keeping the "New & Noteworthy" well-stocked with excellent bits and bobs from across the MeFi world. With horrid ongoing world events and super-bad news seemingly daily, taking a moment to check out something awesome means a lot. Plus it's easy to miss cool items from across the evolving MeFiverse. [more inside]

July 15

Metafilter is not as inclusive as we like to think we are

So we get a front page post about Nice, we have check-ins for Belgium, but no-one here seems to care about Istanbul or other non 'Western' countries. [more inside]

More explicit guidelines on what makes a good post?

This article by a closeted trans woman has been posted three times, and deleted three times, after a few early comments on the first posting largely agreed with another trans woman's critical take. The deletion reasons have repeatedly cited "a number of elements" that "will make it really hard to have a good discussion". I would appreciate the mods or the general community saying what those elements are, and perhaps expanding the post guidelines to provide a permanent reference. Implicit social norms beyond the obvious "don't be a jerk" are exhausting to parse, especially in a text-only medium. Whatever was objectionable about the article, please just spell it out. [more inside]

A funny thing happened on the way to the meetup

OK, maybe not so funny. [more inside]

The Year of Emotional Labor

Happy one-year anniversary to the emotional labor thread! Any reports from the field on changes (big or small, temporary or permanent, concrete or otherwise) Jess Zimmerman's article and the testimonies in the thread engendered (pun intended) in your life?

July 14

Let's transcribe, MeFites!

Did you know there are transcripts available for several episodes of the Metafilter podcast? Did you know these transcripts are compiled by volunteers? Did you know that it's WAY easy to transcribe the podcast, thanks to transcription software Fanscribed? It's all true! But here's the thing: Metafilter needs your help to transcribe more episodes of the podcast! [more inside]

July 13

How to tell astroturf?

Not asking about anyone in particular, I'm just kind of curious generally. How do mods here, and elsewhere, tell when a user has joined specifically for the purpose of commercial or political astroturfing? How do you sniff out Pepsi Blue?

...and introducing Baby McGee as "baby"

Hey! Say hello to Eyebrows McGee's brand new daughter, Anna Lucia. Seven pounds, five ounces; nineteen inches bow to stern; conspicuous lack of eyebrows but we'll let that slide until at least Q4. Here's mother and daughter, chillin'.

July 12

Staying in bad relationships

A few months ago, there was a post on the blue, linking to a question on captainawkward.com. It was about young women who stay in bad relationships. I can't find it. [more inside]

July 11

Trying to find an old post about a fake commercial

I'm trying to find an old post that appeared on MetaFilter some time back. It was a YouTube link to some kind of fake commercial, though I don't remember at all what it claimed to be selling, just that there was a woman doing the whole testimonial and it went slowly off the rails. Does anyone else remember this? [more inside]

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