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Just how Random is Random?

When I click "Random" to generate a random AskMe question, I'm constantly taken to this question about DVD commentary tracks. Why would this be the case? I probably hit it once every few days? It seems statistically unlikely with a random generator?
posted by Dressed to Kill to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 8:34 AM
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It's like an ice breaker except it's hot af

Metatalktail Hour: Never Have I Ever. What always fascinates me about the weird overlapping worlds of MeFites is how sometimes people seem almost like me and then they're like "Oh yeah I've never... been to Vermont/tried maple syrup/gone hiking alone/been anywhere West of the Missisippi/had chicken pox..." or whatever the thing is, and I'm always like "Really?" What is the thing you've never done that makes people go "Really?" or your little freak flag that makes you... you?
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Jun 24 at 3:05 PM
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Can we try being respectful to members from poor and rural areas too?

One of the things MeFi does not do well is Southern and rural states. Specifically, there's a definite tendency for members to derail threads or comments about the South with snide jokes or hyperbolic suggestions dehumanizing rural people and/or Southern or Appalachian people in the US. Even otherwise good comments often have nasty potshot asides buried within them.
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Nov 13, 2015 at 8:49 AM
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Searching for post about Objectivist web comic

I'm having trouble googling up a web comic I'm sure I saw on MeFi in the last several years. I believe the setting was an space colony or space station that was run according to Objectivist philosophy.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter to MetaTalk on Jun 19 at 9:27 AM
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Happy Moderators' Covfefe

Well, not much has happened over the past year, and things have been pretty easy for the mods, so I hesitate to even make a post to celebrate Moderators' Day this year. It seems a bit off to thank the mods for all their hard work, thoughtfulness, excellent communication skills, and infinite patience when they have basically been lounging by the pool at MetaFilter World Headquarters eating bonbons and /hamburgers all year.
posted by Rock Steady to MetaTalk on Jun 13 at 5:25 AM
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Rest in Peace, quin

I am sad to inform our community that long-time member quin has died.
posted by ColdChef to MetaTalk on Jan 7 at 12:00 PM
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Threadshitting and Intolerance

I really enjoyed the link in this post and was looking forward to the discussion of comics, their depictions of women, choices that are kid-friendly, etc. I did not feel like this post was framed in an inflammatory way or that it was posted as outrage filter.
posted by misha to MetaTalk on Jan 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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Why aren't we doing this topic well?

Jessamyn: [Folks we're sort of done with the "what crayz thinks about this post" angle. Please email crayz directly if you want more of crayz's opinions, otherwise this is getting to the "Take it to MeTa" point. Put another way, everyone who continues to hyperrespond is also part of the problem here, please consider that.] So, okay. Let's take it to Meta. As a community, we keep having the same conversation about sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances and other related issues. Sometimes, with positive results. Sometimes, not. Personal attacks fly back and forth, fueling anger and frustration. Why are so many of us talking past each other? Is there no possibility of finding common ground, or gaining further understanding and empathy from such incidents?
posted by zarq to MetaTalk on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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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 to MetaTalk on Apr 1 at 1:30 PM
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MeFites, What Purse Do You Carry?

Because we are having great fun in this thread sharing links to cool purse sites, and we have been talking about the Meaning Of Purses, and in the past we have done desks: What purse do you carry, and what story does it tell about you? LINKS OR PICS PLZ. What important things does it carry? Gentlemen, you are welcome to share your manbags or fancy wallets, but you must agree to ooh and ahh over purses. This is a place of PURSE ADMIRATION, not judgment or scorn.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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Of making many books

I would like to read books by more MeFi writers. I have therefore made a list of who they are and their books.
posted by paduasoy to MetaTalk on Feb 23, 2008 at 5:03 AM
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Trying out two Ask MetaFilter questions per week!

We had a discussion earlier this year about allowing two Ask MetaFilter questions per week, and I think it's worth a shot. Today we're rolling it out, and we'll see how it goes.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jun 8 at 12:43 PM
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Multiple AskMe Posts a Week: An Ideas Whose Time Has Come

Comrades, I think it's time to revisit the idea of allowing users to post multiple AskMe questions in a week. In the past I have gone on record as being against this, but upon further reflection I realize it was merely kneejerk, reactionary fear of change. Let us embark together down this unknown road.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to MetaTalk on Feb 9 at 1:56 PM
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A uniform quoting style for twitter links

Since tweets are being linked to or quoted more often than before, especially in the politics threads, I think there is a need to come up with a way to standardise these quotes/links. It could be either just a preferred in house convention or an addition to the buttons that are there below the comment box. Might also need to consider how to quote a thread of tweets or multiple tweets. What does MeFi think?
posted by dhruva to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 12:27 AM
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What's your online genealogy?

I stumbled upon this tweet recently:
“what's your online genealogy. mine is: digimon forums moderator -> rpg maker - > somethingawful -> lf -> twitter” ~ @immolations
It got me thinking about the various online communities I've been a part of in my digital life, the different digital phases I've posted, shared, & tweeted my way through. Where does MetaFilter fall into your own digital history? What is your online genealogy?
posted by Fizz to MetaTalk on Jun 6 at 8:46 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Apr 29 at 5:06 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Apr 22 at 3:48 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: I'm disorganized!

Ack, I'm so disorganized this week I didn't pick a topic! So tonight it's just TELL US YOUR NEWS, chatter about your stuff, what've you been reading, how's your summer going, how the fam, how's work, how's life, how's philosophy? (Just remember, no politics!)
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Jun 17 at 6:09 PM
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cortex has a theory (which frimble will check later) that would explain this. This is the first AskMe thread, but its thread number is 3705 (you can see it in the URL). The lower numbers weren't used. So, the Random function may work by picking a random number between 1 and whatever the current highest number for AskMe is (we just passed 310310!),... [more]
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 9:28 AM
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This is quality metatalk. Not sarcasm. [view]
posted by quaking fajita to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 9:50 AM
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When I was younger I was a bit of a chub. Not really fat, but plump, and not particularly athletic or graceful. No one really liked me and I didn't date. I was a reader and a nerd so it didn't really matter. Went through high school that way, and college. A lot of it kind of lonely. After college, I foolishly married someone who didn't love me back,... [more]
posted by Stanczyk to MetaTalk on Jun 24 at 4:05 PM
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Matt Haughey wins Fields Medal for proving that 3705 is the randomest number It has been announced that amateur mathematician Matt "Hematics" Haughey has been awarded the 2017 Fields Medal, one of the most highly-regarded prizes in the world of number-wrangling. Haughey is being honoured for creating an entirely new way of proving... [more]
posted by the quidnunc kid to MetaTalk on Jun 23 at 6:10 AM
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Bondcliff, this sounds like the opening of Alice's Restaurant. Can you tell us the incident in the form of a song with a catchy chorus that we can all sing along to? Now it all started about 30 years ago when me and my friend Todd and my lesbian friend Meredith (on whom I had a crush) and her transgendered friend Michael were going... [more]
posted by bondcliff to MetaTalk on Jun 25 at 12:25 PM
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I've never been convicted for murder. Convicted. [view]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson to MetaTalk on Jun 24 at 3:40 PM
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I did find that http://metatalk.metafilter.com/3705 redirects to http://ask.metafilter.com/3705 What's the deal there? (I've pieced this together, so cortex or jessamyn might come along and correct this but I think this is right -) In the beginning there was Metatalk... and then in December of 2003 (after a bunch of earlier... [more]
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 2:26 PM
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A good question, let's find out. One Two Three Three. [view]
posted by bongo_x to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 4:27 PM
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"What is a 'school bus safety arm'? The stop sign thing that swings out?" It's a yellow stick that swings out in FRONT of the bus, in tandem with the stop sign, which prevents children from crossing closer than 6 feet in front of the bus (where kids would get run over because the bus driver couldn't see them and cars... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Jun 25 at 10:09 PM
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If you convert 3.7.0.5 from the Mayan Long Count calendar you get 1793 BCE, which in the Middle Chronology is the first year of Hammurabi's reign as king of Babylon. In the thread, commenter MzB has the userid 15282, 282 being the number of laws in the Codex Hammurabi. So not random at all. Clearly the ghost of Hammurabi has possessed the MeFi... [more]
posted by XMLicious to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 10:49 AM
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I should mention that I'm a software engineer, so I'm speaking from experience here. [view]
posted by XMLicious to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 10:56 AM
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"Unrelated : I hate fireworks season, and so do my barky dogs." Ugh, me too. The Local Teens who would go set them off in the church parking lot finally went to college and stopped, but there are people on my block who accidentally set their house on fire TWICE with ill-advised (and illegal) backyard trash burning, and they... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Jun 24 at 7:47 PM
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I'll let people discuss, but a couple of quick notes: we aren't likely (think snowballs and hells) to make a "link to twitter" sort of button for a number of reasons, but foremost among them: we are constantly struggling against too much twitter linking as it is. I implore people to actually link to the article when possible, rather than... [more]
posted by taz to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 12:33 AM
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It would make a really excellent drinking game - each player takes turn pressing "random" and when you get to the DVD commentary page, you drink. [view]
posted by Dressed to Kill to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 11:21 AM
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What you all are missing is that the DVD commentary is, in fact, the most random question evar. QED [view]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 9:07 AM
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I found out a few weeks ago that I got a postdoc studying juvenile orangutans' development and feeding ecology in Indonesia/at Boston University, so I'm making my 14-year old dreams come true and moving to Boston in a week and a half. Growing up in Fabulous Manchvegas, Boston was my promised land full of cool bands and dumplings and ballet. I... [more]
posted by ChuraChura to MetaTalk on Jun 23 at 6:10 AM
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[flags 3705 as chatfilter] [view]
posted by JanetLand to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 9:53 AM
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I've never eaten seafood of any kind. (Unless seaweed counts as seafood?) posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 6:12 PM on June 24 [+] [!] epony...what? [view]
posted by Ruki to MetaTalk on Jun 24 at 4:28 PM
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Which is more likely: hitting 3705, or hitting "All Summer in a Day"? [view]
posted by equalpants to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 9:09 PM
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I just wanted to pop in and say that LM's summary of the history of ask threadids is spot on and also I love you all. [view]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jun 22 at 9:21 AM
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