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Moderating GamerGate Threads

It would be helpful to have a statement from our moderators about how they're handling moderation in the GamerGate threads, before certain myths take hold. [more inside]
posted by rory on Oct 28, 2014 - 296 comments

good faith flagging

⚑ a proposal for a "good faith" flag [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 10, 2014 - 147 comments

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 on Jul 17, 2014 - 117 comments

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 on Jul 14, 2014 - 111 comments

Cold tea, please

Hello everyone, I am looking for a specific comment on AskMe about brewing cold tea. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jun 24, 2014 - 19 comments

Comments pagination pony

May we please revisit the issue of comments pagination for the mobile site? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Jun 13, 2014 - 102 comments

Data set of links to comments made in other posts?

Is there a data set of links to comments from other threads, ranked by the number of times the comment is linked to? Or, could one be created? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2014 - 20 comments

pony request: linking to comments

I was wondering what MeFites and the mod team think about changing the front pages so that the "[#] comments" link goes to the start of comments in the post, and not to the start of the post body. [more inside]
posted by lalex on May 6, 2014 - 22 comments

That's really small of you!

I was recently called out by another user for the style I use when quoting others. The criticism was that, by wrapping the other person's comments in <small> tags, I was engaging in a deliberate effort to diminish the importance of what they said. Is this a legitimate criticism? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on May 4, 2014 - 175 comments

Comments

I think it is detrimental to discussion on MetaFilter for people to bring trolling or offensive or just stupid comments from other sites into this one, so that people here can be duly outraged that somebody is wrong on the internet. [more inside]
posted by enn on Apr 29, 2014 - 103 comments

Meta Comment Deletion What Fors?

Starting this "me too" thread for anyone having their comments quixotically deleted from the main metafilter thread. [more inside]
posted by Colonel Panic on Apr 2, 2014 - 869 comments

Deleting comments

I'm mostly unaware of the intricacies of the Metafilter community, but I have just had another comment deleted. It wasn't an inflammatory comment, there was no snarkiness or attacking anyone. I was expressing an opinion that female bullying has increased and we need to take this into account when raising girls, and I commented on the direction of feminism too. I'm surprised that it was deleted. [more inside]
posted by inkypinky on Mar 15, 2014 - 1761 comments

Allow turning off favourites for specific posts

Although favourites are certainly a nice feature for a lot of things, I worry that there's a tendency for them to water down more nuanced discussions. As a way to preempt this, perhaps people who make posts could have the option to disallow favouriting of comments on that post? [more inside]
posted by Alex404 on Feb 6, 2014 - 154 comments

What happened to quality comment/ discussion threads?

I don't know if perhaps I've reached a point in my life where I'm becoming something of a Grinch or grumpy old man but I've noticed to much dismay that the quality of discussion in many fpps has plummeted, leaving me hesitant to read through what was previously my favorite part of metafilter. [more inside]
posted by ~Bert on Dec 10, 2013 - 178 comments

Android, Firefox, and Metafilter commenting

More and more I find myself visiting Metafilter on my Android tablet. I am using Firefox 25.0.1 on a Nexus 7 with Android 4.3. Recently, commenting has become almost impossible - namely, any kind of HTML tags get very screwed up. Typically, I'll copy a comment I want to reply to, surround that with em tags and then reply. Lately, in the process of posting, Android or Firefox or Metafilter decides to empty the closing em tag (leaving two carats) and append a set of empty carats and a closing em tag to my whole post. Trying to clean it up leads to all kinds of problems - the cursor jumps around and deletes things on its own. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it Android, Firefox, Metafilter, or some combination of all three? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by Benny Andajetz on Dec 9, 2013 - 41 comments

Method commenting?

Assuming an AskMe poster does not explicitly request that advice or information be delivered in a specific way (e.g. "I need some tough love right now", "explain this to me like I'm five"), what prompts you to respond to an AskMe in a particular way? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 21, 2013 - 93 comments

No Comment

"The Web forum MetaFilter, for instance, which is known for a positive commenting flavor, depends on a 24/7 team of moderators. “People come to us all the time and say, ‘Here’s a problem with people behaving badly, we want a tech solution,’ ” says Paul Bausch, a MetaFilter developer. “We tell them that human problems require human judgment.” MetaFilter's own pb quoted in a New York Times Magazine piece on the evolution of online commentary.
posted by Miko on Sep 24, 2013 - 99 comments

When do I make my comments and posts?

I was thinking about this last night: has anyone made a tool that aggregates and visualizes when comments are made by a given user? I think it would really cool to look at an interactive time series graph, to see over a given time period if I am posting more between 10 PM and 11 PM vs 10 AM and 11 AM between MM/DD/YYYY and MM/DD/YYYY. Perhaps it would be weird to look at other people's profiles like that, but it would sure be fun to look at my own profile in that view.
posted by oceanjesse on Aug 16, 2013 - 28 comments

What do you call this particular type of post?

Is there a term or phrase for posts where most of the comments are creatively continuing the theme of the thread? I first thought about this after my Pico Horror post, and I also thought of the recent Book Titles with One Letter Missing post. The former is a case of the comments being little stories, while the latter is wordplay, like Spoonerisms and Tom Swifties. And of course there are joke threads, which are somewhere between the wordplay and story telling. What would you call these? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 8, 2013 - 173 comments

Pony Request: This Link Has Been Posted Before - Comments Version

When you post a FPP to the Blue, your links are automatically run through some sort of search function to see if they have been posted before. This might be, if not too site-intensive, a useful thing for comments as well, so that people don't find themselves posting the same links, with different flavor text. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jul 17, 2013 - 56 comments

Please Help Me Find an AskMe Answer I Posted

About 3 years ago, I posted an AskMe comment in a thread that I *thought* started off, "I grew up in Hell." It got a lot of favorites, even recently, which freaks me out a bit because the description of my childhood was so raw. Weird to see people are still reading that thread! I wanted to reference it for this current question, but I could not find it. Can anyone find it? The original thread was really long, and was an AskMe from a man that was engaged to a woman with deep emotional problems. Thanks for your help!
posted by jbenben on Jun 27, 2013 - 5 comments

More than one thing can happen in the world at once.

It bothers me that there are always comments trivializing posts about arts, culture, games, or what have you, when there are news events occurring. It seems to lack perspective on what Metafilter is, and to come from a place where the poster assumes that we should all have our attention focused on one particular newsfilter post. (Because Prague is flooding and Turkey is revolting, EVE going down is not of any interest at all!) If you don't find anything interesting in a post, please just go to the next one. There's no need to play posting morality police. Metafilter won't run out of bits.
posted by sonic meat machine on Jun 3, 2013 - 83 comments

Comment number five million.

Metafilter comment number 5,000,000.
posted by Flunkie on May 27, 2013 - 78 comments

Don't worry about the vase, Neo.

The Oracle of MeFi is a curated tumblr of "intelligent, insightful, funny or otherwise interesting comments from all over MeFi," created by Foci of Analysis. Via Projects. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 23, 2013 - 111 comments

3000+ Comment Megaponies

So, even outside of election years browser crushing 3000+ post megathreads are now a not uncommon thing - should we be looking at pagination at the 2000 comment mark? And if not pagination what else could be done to make them less of a browser crushing experience, especially on mobile?
posted by Artw on Apr 18, 2013 - 93 comments

Online EMDR

In a recent comment, someone mentioned an online EMDR site that they found beneficial. I've Googled and found several such sites, but am specifically looking for the one that is MeFite-approved. Can anyone direct me to it?
posted by Wordwoman on Mar 18, 2013 - 1 comment

LIGHTEN UP ON THE INSTANT DELETIONS, PLEASE

I made an ill considered remark in timsteil's folkstreams post and he made a polite response which made me feel ashamed after I saw his consternation. I wanted to clarify my harsh out and went to make a clarifying comment when my computer crashed and I had to reboot. And when I got back, I made my comment and then saw his was already deleted. I am getting so sick of the editing of our conversations.I really think sometime that there should be placeholders for all deletions you make. You are overdoing it, in my estimation. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Mar 17, 2013 - 54 comments

If you can't say something nice, please wait for a while.

A minor petition to MeFites at large: if you're the first person to comment on a thread, please don't start out negative, because that tends to bring the whole conversation down from the get-go. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 1, 2013 - 163 comments

Deleted post question. Was OP banned?

I have the greasemonkey script that allows me to see deleted posts, and I saw that this post was deleted. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Feb 18, 2013 - 126 comments

comment box boldface/italics/links on an iPhone

Is there any way to make boldface/italics/links easier when posting comments from an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 1, 2013 - 20 comments

2012 Datawankery

Some 2012 datawankery, courtesy of the infodumpster.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 4, 2013 - 120 comments

teeny tiny

Concerning small text. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 3, 2013 - 129 comments

The Joy of FPPing

To people who have done this; why did you create Front Page Post(s) on MetaFilter? The motivations are interesting in themselves, and may also provide positive reasons for people to cross the rubicon from lurker to poster. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 7, 2012 - 122 comments

Comment inflation in Google Reader

I subscribe to AskMe via Google Reader, and the bottom of each post provides a link to the post. The link reads "X comments on this item," where X is always 1 more than the actual number of comments. Not a huge deal, but something I wonder about ever so often. Bug? Ghosts of comments past? [more inside]
posted by illenion on Nov 4, 2012 - 6 comments

MetaFilter covering election day, vote counting, subsequent wrangling

Assuming any MetaFilter users are interested in writing posts or comments during voting and counting, how will this bloggie handle what will be its 4th US presidential election? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 30, 2012 - 80 comments

Substantiating AskMeFi comments

Quick question about protocol on the human relationships section of AskMeFi. If someone asks a question there which can potentially be answered by just a yes/no answer, is it okay to just answer it with a yes/no, or should one always add reasoning to your answer? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 21, 2012 - 22 comments

Something I never thought I'd see here

Edit?...Edit!?!...EDIT!! Are pigs flying now? Is Ahab no longer Ahab? Or I meant to say-- "Thank you for the new 'Typo? Edit your post' button which I only now just noticed." [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Oct 12, 2012 - 161 comments

Long thread is long

With the political season upon us like a vicious ape clinging to our backs, our long, long coupla thousand comment threads are a beast to load, especially on mobile devices. Is there a way to have a user-set preference to fold all but the last, say, 100 comments so that they don't have to load up each time? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Oct 3, 2012 - 56 comments

Best comment contest

We should have a best comment contest. I don't know how it would be decided exactly, but presumably the mods have come up with some criteria for the best post contest, so perhaps they could be applied to comments.
posted by desjardins on Aug 20, 2012 - 98 comments

Blockquotes being stripped?

It looks like <blockquote> tags are being stripped from comments. New Thing, or? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 29, 2012 - 22 comments

Missing comments

Why are there comments (presumably undeleted) missing from this post? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jul 28, 2012 - 71 comments

Can we get notifications for deletions?

I would like to get memail notification of deleted comments which include the original text. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Jul 11, 2012 - 67 comments

For the millionth time, you can't have your pony!

The good news: MetaTalk has over 1,000,000 comments as of today. The bad news: the millionth comment was apparently deleted.
posted by double block and bleed on Jun 12, 2012 - 103 comments

Sigh.

Deleted comments discouraging. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Jun 7, 2012 - 270 comments

HIV+ = history of poor decisions?

Sex and the Negative Guy: " . . . you are choosing to trust your health with a person who has a demonstrated history of making poor decisions about their own health." [more inside]
posted by MeiraV on Jun 5, 2012 - 18 comments

Deleting the thumbs down?

Were there some comments deleted from this post? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Jun 4, 2012 - 59 comments

"Expand all" on favorites?

Pony request: Expand all on favorites? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 18, 2012 - 16 comments

Non descriptive links harmful.

"This" considered harmful? I've noticed that it's fairly common when linking to something, that the link is given a non-description. This seems prone to cause problems with link rot. I know Matt has a long bet in place that link rot isn't a major issue, but I know I've stumbled onto dead links when looking at old AskMe answers. Should we consider links without description bad form? [more inside]
posted by borkencode on May 2, 2012 - 45 comments

Would I know if some of my comments had been deleted?

Would I know if some of my comments had been deleted? [more inside]
posted by kristi on May 1, 2012 - 65 comments

Fascination Street

Ya'll are being strange and interesting again. Two recent AskMe questions are about whether to correct someone close to you and the answers, along with their reasoning, are fascinating.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 27, 2012 - 149 comments

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