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July 25

Best practice: previously, previouslier, and ALL THE PREVIOUSLY
When a subject of an FPP has been posted about once or twice, it's easy enough to include the usual (previously) link or two. If that applies to more than one subject in a post, sometimes it's easy to provide the details in the extended description area in one way in another. Lately I've started to notice that some posts I make have subjects that have been visited too many times to list individually, so I have just been linking the (previously) to the MeFi search results. However, this is imperfect because it will sometimes include unrelated posts. As a poster, how do you deal with (previously) links? As a reader, what is your preference regarding format and labeling conventions?
posted by Room 641-A at 10:28 PM - 56 comments

July 17

Please help me improve my comment
I waded into the discussion with a comment that I thought was asking for some help understanding the argument of the article under discussion. Can it be improved, or should I not have posted at all? [more inside]
posted by tew at 1:36 PM - 117 comments

FPP's celebrating every judge's ruling on SameSexMarriage are NewsFilter
I had a comment deleted calling the recent Florida decision a weak FPP. I'm happy to have the mods quote my comment, it included the word 'circlejerk'. I contacted the mods and was told "You are welcome to skip threads you aren't interested in". That's.....not cool. [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop at 1:03 PM - 376 comments

July 16

So What Are You *Really* Trying To Say?
Responding to this FPP, KokoRyu makes a point about how there could be demographic parallels between issues in the developing world & New York City c. 1970; namely the large number of young people inhabiting both: "Just as the New York of the 60's and 70's was a violent place because of demographics, the same may be true of the world, with it's young, growing population today." [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:47 AM - 252 comments

July 14

deleting derails & off-topic comments
I was under the impression that derailing & off-topic comments (especially at the beginning of a thread) were going to be automatically deleted more often now that mod staffing is decreased. Do we have a community consensus backing up that standard? [more inside]
posted by flex at 8:31 AM - 110 comments

July 8

A poor showing even by the low standards of I/P posts
This is a poor post that links to at least one highly biased source and is generally framed in an exceptionally one-sided manner. While current events may be significant enough to warrant an exception to the (unofficial?) I/P moratorium, this post did not merit it.
posted by Behemoth at 1:25 PM - 63 comments

July 4

unique distinct idiosyncratic peculiar
I've noticed that I use a pair of tags for my front page posts that no other or only a few other posters use. Doing some digging, I've found a few unique or highly limited tags. Do you know of any more? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:03 AM - 53 comments

June 28

Reposting A Deleted Post
Hi, when a post is deleted for bad or inappropriate framing, is there a span of time that the mods and/or our community feels another member should wait before building a better post?
posted by artof.mulata at 2:13 PM - 76 comments

June 25

World Cup matches as FanFare?
When looking at this deleted post that hit my RSS feed, it made me wonder why the new FanFare feature (love it, btw) wouldn't be perfectly appropriate for discussion of World Cup matches, even while in progress? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 3:05 PM - 65 comments

June 20

Bonfire of Vanity?
I am wondering if it is possible to get some kind of statistical data on general site activity that might confirm or deny my general impression that when we have behemoth, fighty MeTas, they seem to suck the life out of the site. I am wondering, for example, if they correlate to fewer average comments, lower than normal FPPs or that sort of thing. And, if my impression is somehow generally confirmed, I am wondering if that might help influence policy on how these bonfires get handled. Because, to me, it seems like letting them go on and on is in vain and accomplishes nothing good. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:36 PM - 121 comments

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