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Making arguments out of thin air

I want to talk about the ongoing toxic trend on Metafilter of people threadshitting within the first few comments of a post without reading the post's subject, leading into arguments about content that either has nothing to do with the post or have been addressed directly within the post. It's been a problem with the site for years, and I think the community would be much better for it if this trend just outright stopped. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 3, 2014 - 296 comments

Metafilter's Community Guide to Discussions?

Could we have a permanent sidebar to guide people towards previous threads or comments about class/race/sex/gender/identity issues, to foster better discussions without having to repeat meta-discussions? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jan 15, 2014 - 91 comments

What sorts of questions of good for AskMefi?

What would you say is the general culture of the AskMefi community? What sorts of questions get positive, supportive responses, and what sorts typically get negative responses? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Dec 29, 2013 - 239 comments

A news-savvy community of over 60,000 users

User #1 describes MetaFilter in a piece "Even if it’s fake, it’s real" for the Nieman Journalism Lab. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 27, 2013 - 2 comments

This Thursday, A.D.

The time: Thursday at noon US Eastern time, 9 AM US Pacific, for approximately nine hours (maybe more, if special features are planned).
The place: Joel Hodgson's website, www.mst3kturkeyday.com.
The other place: our own chat server, chat.metafilter.com.
The reason: to watch a guy in space and his two wisecracking robots mock terrible movies. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 27, 2013 - 71 comments

Today is my anniversary here, and for that I am grateful.

After 2 years of being here, I want to say thank you. You have given me so much. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jun 14, 2013 - 29 comments

Dear AskMe: Thanks.

I don't know y'all's addresses so I'm sending my thank-you note c/o MetaTalk. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jun 11, 2013 - 41 comments

My question about my abortion was deleted as "chatfilter"

This is a sockpuppet account. I've been a contributing member of this community for several years under another account. One of the mods here deleted my question ABOUT THE ABORTION I AM PLANNING TO HAVE IN TWO DAYS. Because he thought it was "chatfilter". [more inside]
posted by metametacap on Jun 4, 2013 - 1 comment

Be My Fitbit Friend?

I got a fitbit, and I'm excited about it. (A fitbit is basically a pedometer that syncs with your computer to keep track of how active you are. It has been discussed on MetaTalk before*) But the "friends" tab on my dashboard is lonely. I have no one to compare myself to! Fellow fitbitting mefites, let's be fitbit friends! Here's my profile; please friend me. If you'd like more fitbit friends, put a link to your fitbit profile in the comments** so you can join in on the fitbit friending frenzy.*** [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 31, 2013 - 69 comments

MeFi Bat Signal

Is there some sort of informal way that we can self-organize into a network of volunteers that can provide local assistance to AskMefites in need? Or maybe have the option for location information on AskMe questions so that we could receive alerts to local questions a la IRL? Or something? (Apologies in advance -- this is long, half-baked, inarticulate & rambly.) [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on May 5, 2013 - 88 comments

An emergent pattern on Metafilter FPPs

Noticing a disproportionate number of posts gravitating toward a particular set of subjects in the Blue over recent weeks and months. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Mar 30, 2013 - 58 comments

Ponies for everyone!

Pony clydesdale request: a community-edited list of recommendations for AskMe questions that aggregate the answers in the discussoin thread and put them together in one place along with relevant links. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 10, 2012 - 14 comments

Sometimes We Do Good

It shall be brought to MetaTalk's attention that This Thread Is Best Thread.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 13, 2012 - 151 comments

Hummus for Us

In light of this post, I would like for the extraordinary Hummus Makers of Metafilter to share their Hummus Recipes, please!!
posted by whimsicalnymph on Nov 13, 2012 - 121 comments

MetaFilter Wiki's Tenth Anniversary

Ten years ago today adrianhon, MetaFilter Wiki's generous host, announced the creation of MeFi Wiki. It's been a valuable addition to the community since its birth. Thanks Adrian!
posted by RichardP on Nov 9, 2012 - 33 comments

OCD is, like, a real thing.

October 8-12 is OCD Awareness Week. I think this is as good a time as any to talk about an issue that MetaFilter doesn't handle very well. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Oct 8, 2012 - 41 comments

AskMe saved me. Seriously.

AskMe saved me. Seriously. [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 comments

Hello! Any Mefites also Alpha.net members?

So, who is a Mefite and also a subscriber (or developer) over at App.net? I am here (as you can tell) and there, and go by Faintdreams at both locations. I was just wondering who else might also fit into the thin slice of technical Venn? A refactoring of the subscription system and the release of Netbot (an Alpha mobile client from the makers of Tapbot), has caused a mini surge in activity over at App.net. If you too are over there, feel free to find me and say 'ello'. ::waves::
posted by Faintdreams on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 comments

No, YOU'RE saying it wrong!

Iiamkimiam AKA Kim Witten has finally completed her exhaustive research effort in trying to document and determine How Mefites Pronounce Metafilter?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 2, 2012 - 90 comments

New Mod Monday

It's New Mod Monday! (actually they'll filter in over the next two weeks, but anyway ...semantics!) [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Oct 1, 2012 - 208 comments

Sometimes, it's good to celebrate the wins

Bearing in mind how this AskMeFi query turned out in the end, is there a word, saying, acronym or something that means "A win for the MetaFilter community"? If not, could or should there be one?
posted by Wordshore on Oct 1, 2012 - 59 comments

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 on Jun 19, 2012 - 683 comments

Thanks to the community for the amazing commentary and analysis

Thanks to the community for the amazing commentary and analysis in this thread about employers asking for Facebook passwords. [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Mar 21, 2012 - 24 comments

FitbitFilter

Does Metafilter have a Fitbit community? I got a Fitbit* for myself for Christmas, and of all the web-based health and fitness trackers, I like this one the best. I'd love to talk with other MeFi Fitbitters for encouragement, tips, venting. etc. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Mar 3, 2012 - 24 comments

If your website is full of assholes, it's your fault

Mefite[1] Anil Dash[2] writes[3]: "Simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet." Examples? Why Metafilter, of course, (as well as Stack Exchange sites, of which he is a board member). [more inside]
posted by Tuesday After Lunch on Dec 29, 2011 - 89 comments

ty

I just wanted to thank everyone who has shared their personal stories, outrage, opinions, wisdom and advice in this thread. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 2, 2011 - 163 comments

NaNoWriMo 2011!

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is starting in just two days. Are you participating in the blitz for 50,000 words of literary genius (or something)? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Oct 29, 2011 - 139 comments

SP EAK IN GI N TO NGU ES

Languages! We speak 'em! How can we help each other? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 29, 2011 - 39 comments

Another academic study of online communities

For those interested in academic studies of online communities, here's a new one: “Don’t feed the troll”: Shutting down debate about community expectations on Reddit.com. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Aug 14, 2011 - 81 comments

Five dollars!

Meta-metafilter: What are examples of some other online communities that have successfully kept the quality of posts/forums at a high level by requiring a nominal $5 to $10 signup fee? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 28, 2011 - 50 comments

ThereIsHelp comes to profile pages, please help us tweak a feature

Please help us finalize details of a ThereIsHelp indicator on user's profile pages who are interested in participating. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jul 25, 2011 - 404 comments

Just sayin', you're all pretty bitchin'

Can't hold back the schmoopy much longer. [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Jul 18, 2011 - 94 comments

Fund local road reconstruction

Has there ever been any discussion about setting up something like a legal or medical fund that could help out MetaFilter users unable to afford? Or perhaps a broader MetaFilter hardship fund? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Jun 22, 2011 - 96 comments

Why MetaFilter is Awesome

Why MetaFilter is Awesome And Why the World Needs to Know [more inside]
posted by hat_eater on Jun 16, 2011 - 74 comments

No place like Metafilter

Should there, can there, must there be an AirBNB Metafilter Group? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 8, 2011 - 16 comments

Is there anything we can do to help?

DisasterFilter Pony: This spring has seen some horrific devastation around the world. Is there any way, using our profile locs or something where we could compile a list of mefites near disasters so we could make sure they're ok, or see what help we can get to someone who is already on the ground where it's happening? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on May 25, 2011 - 17 comments

Meta Book Club: The Woman Warrior

Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in two worlds: the "solid America," of confounding white "ghosts" to which her parents emigrated, and the misogynistic China of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-stories," where girls were worthless, tradition was exalted and only a strong, wily warrior woman could scratch her way upward. The next meeting of the Mefi Book Club will be held in MetaChat on Tuesday, April 26th. We'll be discussing Ms. Kingston's powerful, controversial and award-winning memoir, The Woman Warrior, and her attempts to discern the truths behind those talk-stories while discovering her personal identity. Please check out the Hungerford lecture on the book (or watch the video), and join us!
posted by zarq on Apr 1, 2011 - 9 comments

AskMeFi help and then some

Just highlighting the community support provided in this AskMeFi question. It was mentioned on The Hathor Legacy yesterday. [more inside]
posted by flex on Mar 19, 2011 - 49 comments

Matt's 2011 SXSW Talk

Lessons from 11 years of community - a video by some guy who runs a blog. (2011 SXSW)
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 14, 2011 - 74 comments

Why do you participate on MetaFilter?

So why do you participate here on MetaFilter? Is it because you "have a serious and unhealthy addiction to the internet, perhaps due to issues of procrastination and life avoidance, and ... metafilter is like a group of enablers in encouraging that kind of psychodynamic?" Or, perchance, do you visit frequently for some other reason(s)?
posted by ericb on Mar 9, 2011 - 2 comments

Hey, check it out: Gamefilter

Games are fun, and talking about games is fun. So it's pretty cool that stavrosthewonderchicken has recently built a mefi-inspired site called Gamefilter, for linking to neat game- (video and otherwise) related stuff on the web and talking about those things. Go check it out! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 17, 2011 - 55 comments

The forum at the end of the universe

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Starship Titanic website sat a specious message board with posts by the senior crew of the fictional ship. This is not its story." The Economist blog "Babbage" explores (in decidedly Adamsian style) the fascinating story of the Starlight Lines forum and its "accidental" community, as told by Mefi's own Yoz Grahame in this truly epic comment from last December. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 14, 2011 - 18 comments

Just curious about how these corners of the internet intersect

Curious about cross-pollination from Reddit [more inside]
posted by cubby on Jan 26, 2011 - 93 comments

metathanks

thanks, mathowie, mods, and netizens of metafilter. [more inside]
posted by msconduct on Nov 25, 2010 - 136 comments

Thousands of moderators

Facebook has an open position for a Questions Community Manager. The text itself is pretty fascinating with superlatives like"anything you can dream up", "thousands of moderators" and "the full resources of Facebook at your disposal". I obviously thought about AskMe and Jessamyn, and she agreed it was an interesting Meta post. Knowing that communities start from the ground up, I am especially interested in thoughts about how such a gigantic operation can be handled, if it can at all. [more inside]
posted by bru on Nov 1, 2010 - 24 comments

We need to talk

What are the sources in the MetaFilter community network where if its not an FPP, doesn't fit into any other category and I don't really feel like framing it as an AskMe, can I vent, chat with friends&Mefites, and deal with something on my mind, in general?
posted by The Lady is a designer on Oct 8, 2010 - 133 comments

MeFi RunnerPlus Challenge September 2010

Sept. 2010 distance challenge now up for the MetaFilter group at Runner+. Please join in! [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 1, 2010 - 39 comments

Teacher Teacher, Billy is cussing.

Pony Request: Could we please have a MetaTalk flag option of Flag it and move on, for new MetaTalk posts. [more inside]
posted by darkmatter on Aug 21, 2010 - 78 comments

Too many questions?

I'd like to talk a little bit about using AskMeFi but not MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jul 6, 2010 - 89 comments

I know, we aren't Digg. Or Yahoo Answers. Or Fluther. But I'm curious.

So I had this crazy idea while surfing the internet in my apartment with no other living soul except my cats who are currently attempting to bridge the gap between sleep and suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Apr 22, 2010 - 86 comments

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