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Making room for pronouns on the profile page

We've decided to move forward on an idea that's come up in MetaTalk previously: adding an explicit spot for pronouns on MeFi user profile pages. It's a small change: we've tweaked the free-form "Gender" field to "Gender and/or pronouns".
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on May 15 at 11:24 AM
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Harry Potter digest-sized fanfic blog with lesser characters?

Someone posted a blog here on MeTa a few years(?) ago that was a series of short fictions on lesser HP characters like Goyle and Lee Jordan and how their lives went after the Battle of Hogwarts. Goyle was a petty criminal turned boxer and Lee Jordan was in a boring desk job instead of a play-by-play announcer like he'd always dreamed of doing. What was that called? Thanks in advance.
posted by ostranenie to MetaTalk on May 16 at 3:42 PM
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Adding mltshp and Ravelry support to profile page Social Apps

We're celebrating the launch of mltshp by adding it to the Social Apps options on profile pages (and deprecating mlkshk). While we're at it, we're also adding Ravelry support finally. Details inside!
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on May 18 at 1:17 PM
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Need some profile inspiration

My profile so far is really threadbare. I want to make it more interesting but I don't know what to do! Do you have any favourite profiles that'd make good inspiration?
posted by divabat to MetaTalk on May 21 at 4:53 PM
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What a tangled web we weave

yourcelf's snazzy new GraphFi bookmarklet makes catching up with long threads a breeze.
posted by Rhaomi to MetaTalk on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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Metatalktail Hour: Brand Loyalty

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week's prompt is from lyssabee, who has used Cherry Chapstick for 30 years: What brands are you extra loyal to? Remember, they're conversation starters, not limiters, so talk about whatever's on your mind!
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on May 20 at 4:40 PM
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Thank you, Metafilter.

I was just told I got tenure, and it is in no small part thanks to all of you at MetaFilter. I joined the site in grad school, where MeFi both kept me sane and educated me on a lot of topics and perspectives that I otherwise would never have learned about. But the debt I owe you all is more direct than that: my best-cited paper actually came directly from reading a post by griphus in 2012; RAs I hired from MeFi Jobs helped me research two other critical papers; and Ask has come through for me about research and teaching many times. So thank you all, I have been a member of this great community for 13(!!) years, and, despite the ups and downs of the site over that time, I realize how lucky I am to be part of it.
posted by blahblahblah to MetaTalk on May 1 at 5:28 PM
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outragetalk

I'm really disappointed that this Amazon thread was deleted. I saw the deletion reason but I think that the discussion that was happening was totally worthwhile, and though the FPP was a bit thin, we see much thinner posts that stand. I don't think just dismissing it as outragefilter is fair, if for no reason than it shuts down a great discussion that could have happened. I'd like to see it opened back up.
posted by windykites to MetaTalk on Jul 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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You know who needs hugs? Underappreciated comments from 2016!

The underdogs. The under-appreciated. The under-noticed comments from last year, the ones that you enjoyed and favorited and wish to share with other MeFites. Now is the time. This is the place. Bring to the Grey your favorite comments of 2016!
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaTalk on Jan 6 at 1:32 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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AskMe Has Changed My Life

Back on April 20--three full weeks ago--I saw this AskMe about Sherlock/Watson fanfic, and idly clicked on it. Then I followed a few links, because why not? I'm a curious sort of person.
posted by not that girl to MetaTalk on May 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM
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Real Life Impact

Tim Carmody, posting on Kottke.org, polled about "websites that changed your life". Of the relatively small number of answers, four were from MetaFilter:
posted by Rumple to MetaTalk on Apr 24 at 11:16 AM
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Flagged as Fake

Should there be a flag category for false or misleading information?
posted by Chris4d to MetaTalk on Apr 28 at 8:26 AM
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I don't have enough years left on this earth to become comfortable with the phrase "they is". You don't have to! It's "they are", just like we say "you are" not "you is". [view]
posted by hoyland to MetaTalk on May 15 at 5:05 PM
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the biggest and most glaring flaw among English pronouns? That you plural and you singular are the exact same fucking word I don't know where y'all are from. [view]
posted by octobersurprise to MetaTalk on May 15 at 5:06 PM
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I got Roman numeral candles for his dad because after a certain point it's silly to have dozens of candles and Roman numerals seemed funny My grandfather (a mathematician and minor prankster) would make puzzles out of the birthday candles for us to solve. There would usually be a row of candles, some lit and some not, and you had to... [more]
posted by nickmark to MetaTalk on May 20 at 7:03 PM
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I'm brand loyal for pretty much everything I use, from food to cleaning products and toiletries. I'm so brand loyal that I basically unintentionally forced my husband to change all his brands because I think I cared more. I'll try new things and change my brand if I like it, though it doesn't happen often. But, the important thing is WE GOT A... [more]
posted by cooker girl to MetaTalk on May 20 at 7:05 PM
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rather than normalize the singular they/them, I would much prefer to see new pronouns for this purpose I think a lot of people feel this way but the science of the way people adapt to "function words" (such as pronouns, words that get their meaning from the words around them and don't have intrinsic meaning) has indicated that... [more]
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on May 16 at 6:30 AM
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State Farm Insurance. When I was around 19 a truck hit me on my bike and it was pretty bad - Lifeflight, transport from small hospital that couldn't handle it to a much larger regional hospital hours away, months in the hospital, etc. It took 4 years before I could walk properly again - and there was a time when the docs were warning me I'd be... [more]
posted by barchan to MetaTalk on May 20 at 9:41 PM
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Also, because I clearly need to comment a few more times, a request for cis people who may be revisiting their genders: please don't feel the need to specify that you're cis to signal acceptance of trans people or whatever. It has the unintended consequence of implying that trans people ought to specify that they're trans. [view]
posted by hoyland to MetaTalk on May 15 at 5:12 PM
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"bondcliff said blah but he is wrong because xyz" You need a better example; I am never wrong. [view]
posted by bondcliff to MetaTalk on May 15 at 12:33 PM
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Sometimes we just have to overthink something long enough that we manage to get back where we started. [view]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on May 15 at 12:42 PM
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I had written " can be referred to as "he", "they" or "it" or just call me "foop" " in the Gender field some time ago. This sounds like you're making a joke of it. Do you go by all of these pronouns IRL? [view]
posted by AFABulous to MetaTalk on May 15 at 12:28 PM
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Random language nerdery: The pronoun "you" is in fact the plural second person pronoun, and superseded "thou" for singular use as well because it was considered more polite. So if anyone's complaining about a singular 'they' you can point out that you are just making the English language more consistent. [view]
posted by Zalzidrax to MetaTalk on May 15 at 11:53 PM
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GO RAVELRY!!! RAH RAH RAVELRY!!! [view]
posted by Melismata to MetaTalk on May 18 at 2:24 PM
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I don't have enough years left on this earth to become comfortable with the phrase "they is". Embrace singular "are"! Linguistic adaptations: they're great! [view]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on May 15 at 5:06 PM
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"All y'all" is a fantastic pronoun and one that I wish more people understood. [view]
posted by KathrynT to MetaTalk on May 16 at 8:43 PM
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I am particularly loyal to Diet Coke, although it may be more addiction than loyalty. I also prefer my apples to come from Michigan, although I guess that's only barely a "brand." We're celebrating Mini McGee's birthday this weekend (multiday extravaganza), so today for "feast" he got to pick the menu, etc. He wanted to use... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on May 20 at 4:53 PM
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This kind of joking about pets' gender is trivializing and annoying, and most often appears in the form of transphobes being dismissive and mocking about gender awareness. To quote Parker Molloy, no one talks like that this side of Tumblr. And especially not about statues or pets or inanimate objects. If you're somebody who's never spent... [more]
posted by Lexica to MetaTalk on May 20 at 6:55 PM
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I have literally never bought mayonnaise. [view]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on May 20 at 5:57 PM
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We already did the new pronouns thing, by the way. Cis people pitched a fit (despite many them having been invented by cis people). [view]
posted by hoyland to MetaTalk on May 15 at 5:06 PM
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A year ago, we brought home a kitten. The best of kittens! We brought home the best kitten in the whole wide world. And we realized that we had no way of knowing their gender, if cats even have genders. It's not like we can ask them for their pronoun. After much consideration, we decided to use they pronouns for them. As we have no close... [more]
posted by aniola to MetaTalk on May 17 at 3:22 PM
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"The guy who hit me and I were both insured by State Farm, and due to my car insurance, I was technically covered as it was an auto accident. State Farm was amazing. Really, it was due to my agent, who STEPPED UP. He called my parents the night of the accident (it was a small town, so everybody knew everybody) and told them he was taking... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on May 20 at 9:52 PM
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