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State of MetaFilter, 2017

Heya, folks, it's time (and then some!) for a State of MetaFilter post. I want to give everybody an update on how the site is doing financially, and catch y'all up on the major goings-on in both the business and community aspects of MetaFilter in the time since the last State of MeFi post.

The very short version: it's been a weird couple years out there in the world; we've hired a couple staff and wished pb well; and things are financially pretty stable, thanks in significant part to the ongoing generosity of the MetaFilter community whose contributions continue to represent a vital chunk of the site's operating revenue. But come on inside for a much less short version!
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 8:26 AM
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A Metafilter Sighting in the Wild

Playing with Fire is your basic best-friends-since-childhood-fall-in-love m/m romance, but what makes it special is that it features the protagonists performing Jingle Rock Bell—yes, Metafilter's own special Christmas song--at a karaoke party.
posted by Orlop to MetaTalk on Mar 19 at 10:52 PM
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Closing Your Community Right: Jessamyn interviewed

A podcast where Jessamyn is interviewed by Patrick O'Keefe about the experiences around an online community (mlkshk) closing down and what happens afterwards. There is much on moderating, membership, community issues and service shuttering procedures within, as well as discussion of death/the passing of people, how this impacts on online communities and how moderators and community members deal with it. The page contains many MetaFilter-related links and a link to the transcript.
posted by Wordshore to MetaTalk on Mar 21 at 7:58 AM
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Thanks to kitteh and to Metafilter

I'm writing to give a shoutout to kitteh's post from January about homelessness and menstruation.
posted by soonertbone to MetaTalk on Mar 14 at 5:33 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: My Hometown

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! This week: What's the coolest unknown thing about your hometown (current or former!) that all visitors should see, or all residents should know?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Mar 18 at 4:37 PM
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Magical Mefites

In a recent post discussing witches and feminism/political activism I received a few emails of interest about getting in touch with other magical mefites. I made a forum for us!
posted by xarnop to MetaTalk on Mar 18 at 10:39 AM
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Disposable YouTube playlists from recommendation threads

The other day I recommended some songs on an AskMeFi thread and, after some fiddling, I compiled almost all the links in two disposable YouTube playlists. Today, while catching up on a year of podcasts, I noticed that in Best of the Web Ep. 112 they talked about this exact issue and the partial solution that exists on Labs. I figured I should share my notes with the rest of the class to figure out how to improve on this long-sought question.
posted by andycyca to MetaTalk on Mar 24 at 11:07 PM
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Let's follow each other on Pocket

Surely, there are many MeFites on Pocket. Their Friends function is the closest thing I've found to the social features on the dearly departed Google Reader Let's exchange usernames and become friends.
posted by reenum to MetaTalk on Mar 15 at 10:46 AM
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The Annotated Emotional Labor Post!


Alexa, play Mefi* music

While bemoaning the fact that there's not an Amazon playlist or station that scratches my itch for eclectic music, it dawned on me that Mefi Music hits that particular sweet spot for me. Which led me to wonder about the feasibility of integrating Alexa with Mefi music. It seems it's been done for iPhone using the RSS feed, so I'm assuming doing something for Alexa is not totally out of the question. I'm curious as to what people think of the idea in general, and also any thoughts on technical implementation.
posted by forforf to MetaTalk on Mar 19 at 11:09 AM
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Gimme an E! Gimme an R! Gimme an I! Gimme a C! Gimme a B! What's that spell? I can't hear you -- what's that spell?

I'm calling out ericb... for his awesome work in keeping appropriate news article links flowing into threads, sometimes even long after the activity has died down.
posted by hippybear to MetaTalk on Oct 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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Metatalktail Hour: Parental Shame

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! In honor of the Korea expert on the BBC and his adorable children, what is the worst way you ever embarrassed your parents, or your children ever embarrassed you? In the alternative, what's the most interesting thing that happened to you this week?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Mar 11 at 4:11 PM
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An explicit license for the infodump?

My impression is that all of the infodump data is in the public domain. Is that license explicitly stated anywhere? And, if it is stated somewhere, could we get that statement reprinted on the infodump’s home page and possibly bundled with the zipped downloads. It’d be nice to have some legalese posted somewhere so that no one feels at risk of getting into trouble.
posted by Hooray For Socks! to MetaTalk on Mar 17 at 1:54 PM
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Testing out a new US Politics sidebar widget

Based on a lot of discussion over the last year and especially the last couple months about how the site handles the visibility and organization of posts about contemporary US politics, we've put together a new sidebar tool that you can test out starting today.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Feb 6 at 2:23 PM
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My "Ask MeFi" Post was plagiarized on another website!

My "Ask MeFi" Post was plagiarized on another website!
posted by Jon44 to MetaTalk on Jun 11, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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Ha, jeez. Sorry about the fakeout there; didn't even occur to me that that might read that way. To be clear, my headspace is very much more like "for just about two years now, and...I'm gonna keep at it forever, fuckers, you can't get rid of me that easy". [view]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 9:16 AM
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Did anyone else have a chill run down their spine at "I've been running MetaFilter for just about two years now, following mathowie's departure, and..."? [view]
posted by Etrigan to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 8:53 AM
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Did anyone else have a chill run down their spine at "I've been running MetaFilter for just about two years now, following mathowie's departure, and..."? Firstly - I'd like everyone to remember that some of us are not vertebrates. Yet, those of us who are proud members of the subphylum Medusozoa also experienced a profound... [more]
posted by the quidnunc kid to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 11:35 AM
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Did anyone else have a chill run down their spine at "I've been running MetaFilter for just about two years now, following mathowie's departure, and..."? ...yes, actually. [view]
posted by restless_nomad to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 9:02 AM
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As the newest Big Change on MetaFilter, I'd just like to add that I'm incredibly happy to work here. Cortex touched on it in passing, but the amount of time I have to work on the site should be increasing in the near future, so hopefully we'll be able to finally come back to plans and projects which had to be temporarily shelved last year. [view]
posted by frimble to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 10:27 AM
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I so enjoy working here, and wee Anna Lucia is now giant chubbo Anna Lucia working on teeth with Michelin Man thighs, so that's coming along nicely. :) Plus I got a kitten! Oh, wait, now I have to post a picture, don't I? .... here's a twofer, chubby baby + tiny kitten who is not allowed in the baby's room and definitely not in the baby's crib!... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 10:54 AM
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And on a different note, thank you to the people who have kept posting and commenting and kept the non-political parts of the site running, even when there's the hard-to-escape whirlpool of politics threads going on. Seriously. Y'all are, um, really important right now as the rest of us kind of--try to cope. Johnny Wallflower in... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Mar 23 at 10:22 AM
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Also thank you MeFi and all involved in keeping the site somewhere aesthetically soothing to visit. I get just text. Which is a rare thing now. No annoying or intrusive pop-ups. No clickbait ads. No clickbait ads with especially gross images attached. No images at all. No prompts to subscribe, which follow me up / down / around the page... [more]
posted by Faintdreams to MetaTalk on Mar 23 at 6:28 AM
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Wow, I have to say, you guys are seriously swelling my heart. The most difficult thing for me is that every day I work (5 days a week) I have to wake up and immediately become immersed in the current horror ... which has been mostly the same horror for the last many months, but even before that it would be sort of whatever the current worst thing... [more]
posted by taz to MetaTalk on Mar 23 at 11:10 AM
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Thanks to cortex and the entire mod team for ensuring that, when our Snow Crash-style anarcho-libertarian dystopia finally arrives, I'll have a save haven in the Metafilter-franchised burbclaves. [view]
posted by tobascodagama to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 8:45 AM
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Thank you for keeping our weirdass tree fort firmly attached to the tree. [view]
posted by griphus to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 1:54 PM
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Here's another merchandising opportunity. Grilling/barbecue tools made from recycled scrap, guaranteed for life, buffed to a dull finish. We can use the proceeds to pay mathowie to do mod shifts now and then. The MetaFilter Metal Refit Matte Lifer Matt Relief Meatlifter. [view]
posted by zamboni to MetaTalk on Mar 24 at 9:57 AM
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Cortex: thank you - to you, and mods and tech wizards past and present - for everything here. [view]
posted by Wordshore to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 8:31 AM
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This doesn't have anything to do with my hometown, but I wanted to share it and didn't know where else to put it. In June I made a comment about my deep, deep, ridiculous love for Pusheen and how amazingly tolerant my boyfriend has been in indulging it. I got a few fun lighthearted comments about how maybe I imagined my boyfriend but I assured... [more]
posted by kate blank to MetaTalk on Mar 19 at 12:03 PM
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Best male Scottish friends fall in love, queer sports, karaoke, and "Jingle Rock Bell": I'm trying to think something more directly targeted to me coming up absolutely, completely blank. Purchased. And yes, here's crush, Iridic, and I performing "Jingle Rock Bell" in 2015. What makes it even more poignant is that it took... [more]
posted by MCMikeNamara to MetaTalk on Mar 20 at 7:34 AM
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Yes! A totebag with [more inside] on it! [view]
posted by Too-Ticky to MetaTalk on Mar 23 at 9:10 AM
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We love each other so, so much! Everyone's got their own skills. You could be a great person and a terrible moderator. You could be a great person and be bad at MetaFilter. Part of working through complicated social issues with a large group of people who you may not know well is realizing that as much as you want to take everyone's... [more]
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Mar 21 at 9:33 AM
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"The blue" = where people argue about politics "The gray" = where people argue about people arguing about politics [view]
posted by AFABulous to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 3:56 PM
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I'm relatively new and not very active but I deeply appreciate this site for its expansive tone and intelligent observations. I'm still learning how it all operates (what is "the blue"?). When I made my first blunder, I received an exceedingly polite email from cortex about what I had done wrong and how to fix it. And I got absolution for... [more]
posted by MovableBookLady to MetaTalk on Mar 22 at 2:34 PM
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I have to laugh at myself: I accidentally typed "FLGBTQC" instead of LGBTQ. In case you're wondering what the "F" and "C" are for, it's "Friends" and "Concerns." Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) is a North American Quaker LGBTQ organization. As you can... [more]
posted by Orlop to MetaTalk on Mar 20 at 10:04 AM
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