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I think you may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this deletion

I'm too lazy to go back and delete the title pun. Anyway, this deleted post is clearly a spectacle of horror. But I don't think it's *only* a spectacle of horror. When I heard about this incident, I thought the particulars of the event had the potential to add something new to the gun control discussion in the US. And I think the Metafolk could have handled the discussion. I can understand why some topics, ripe though they may be for nuanced & thoughtful debate, are often off-limits (Palestine e.g.). But I didn't think we got that wild on the gun violence posts. Am I wrong?
posted by univac on Sep 1, 2014 - 117 comments

Bewildered

So I posted a comment in this thread that was deleted. Poor me, too bad, so sad. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 30, 2012 - 152 comments

Best of the Web (except cnn.com?)

When did "you can find this on your own" because a reason to delete an FPP? [more inside]
posted by drlith on Mar 19, 2012 - 104 comments

One of these things is not (apparently) like the other.

Is seems curious to me that this post was deleted for editorialising while this post remained. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 1, 2011 - 77 comments

Nobody to blame but myself...

If a link has been posted and deleted, am I right to assume that reposting the link, even as a sub-link in a post leading on another link about the same thing, is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jul 29, 2011 - 67 comments

Was it that bad?

I don't want to be the whiny "that guy," but I'm not sure what I did wrong with this question to warrant deletion. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 27, 2010 - 45 comments

Yeah, really.

Yeah, really. It's topical (during a very political time, where such issues are being widely discussed), interesting, well-written, and had never been posted before. I honestly don't see the problem. Or is NewsFilter the rule? Does the date on this really matter?
posted by Kickstart70 on Sep 1, 2008 - 23 comments

Clarification on reasons to delete answers

Poster asks: Does dating through craigslist actually work? I answered simply, "No." My answer's been deleted. This is not the first time my on-topic answers have been deleted from threads and I find it pretty annoying. Further, someone else posted "Yup" and there answer is still there. WTF? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Aug 29, 2008 - 92 comments

deleted militarization thread

Not sure why the "Militarization of Consumer Companies" thread by five fresh fish was killed? [more inside]
posted by ornate insect on May 19, 2008 - 81 comments

aww. come on.

Why'd we go and kill this. Just because of this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 28, 2007 - 15 comments

Question about deals: Bad deletion

How was the AskMe about "your favorite frugalities" chatfilter? Seemed like a legitimate question to me with some decent, interesting answers. Bad deletion.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 7, 2007 - 80 comments

Could we get rid of the bunny craps in posts?

I'm not going to make any callouts, but could short comments like "that was ghey" or "boring" be deleted as policy? They seem way too... youtubey. I wouldn't want to see an end to criticism or snark, but grunts of dissent tend to damage my perception of the Metafilter brand.
posted by Citizen Premier on Sep 1, 2007 - 77 comments

When will computers figure out how to delete a double?

Soooo...what happens when we get a much better post on the exact same topic just a few minutes later?
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 19, 2007 - 38 comments

Don't Get the Delete High

Getting the dog high? Why wasn't the whole thing deleted? Letting any comments ride on that one is a slippery slope, I should think. Especially ones condoning it or speaking of giving a dog something toxic.
posted by valentinepig on May 30, 2007 - 146 comments

Moderation in moderating

What standards of consistency to moderators apply in redacting comments? Can anything give rise to standards? I ask not so much to seek the retention of my own comments; the world wouldn't be worse off if all of them were deleted. But I am flabbergasted at the inconsistency in treatment -- e.g., the comments on this thread -- and amazed that there's no attempt to explain or even to identify the party responsible.
posted by Clyde Mnestra on May 23, 2007 - 86 comments

Why are links removed?

Could someone direct me to specific policies that state why posts are removed? I had one removed today because someone chose to use inappropriate language in a comment. The language use was apparently blamed on the article I posted. That is very strange. I don't know where the policy is that states what can and can't be posted.
posted by scissorhand2 on Apr 20, 2007 - 226 comments

Curious

If I hadn't said that I had any connection in this posting would it still have been deleted?
posted by lannanh on Apr 6, 2007 - 60 comments

healthy dialogue

Often there are questions posted to Ask Metafilter that have a similar format. The poster will have a general health problem, and will also be fat. In 95% of the cases, losing weight is the first step to solving the problem. Yet, this answer is often immedietly removed. Is it really so terrible to point out the elephant in the room? And, more pointedly, are we doing others a diservice by not being frank?
posted by four panels on Apr 4, 2007 - 178 comments

Unnecessary-ness

What happened to the thread of photos off the p2p networks? Did that link get removed for any particular reason? Was it to make room for the Zelda/Golden Ratio thread? Hmm. I am kind of disappointed.
posted by kuatto on Mar 7, 2007 - 15 comments

Why was X deleted?

OMFGAWWTDMTT: (Oh My F—kin' God Another 'Why Was This Deleted' Metatalk Thread). But, hopefully, a meta-OMFGAWWTDMTT thread. Jess, Matt, I like you guys, I really dig Metafilter, Ask Metafilter, Metatalk; I like the fact that there's good stuff here, healthy dollops of snark and cynicism, but overall what appear to be good people. But I'm having more and more difficulty discerning the criteria and rationales by which you guys delete threads, and I think that's a trend that's gonna bite the site's ass a little further down the road. More inside.
posted by WCityMike on Jan 31, 2007 - 118 comments

Isn't this post of mine not really an "XYZ sucks, amirite" question?

Isn't this post of mine not really an "XYZ sucks, amirite" question? Looking at the answers I think it's more asking about the lack of cultural awareness of him while he has such success in Britain. Could understand it being deleted for being open-ended, but not the 'amirite' part.
posted by conch soup on Jan 26, 2007 - 48 comments

Why was a question about Limbaugh's and Hannity's reaction to the election deleted?

Alright, this is just lame -- I asked a very specific question related to the election and it got deleted. I wanted to find a capsule summary of how Rush and Hannity were playing post-election as Wednesday programming opened. If my post is considered too redundant or inflammatory, fine, but telling me to go listen to the radio is kind of callous and rude. I said I missed the coverage and as it is, out where I live I don't even know if we get the shows. You all don't have to repost it; but I'm just kind of teed off.
posted by stam_broker on Nov 8, 2006 - 54 comments

Why was my question deleted?

Matt, this is your playground, obviously. But the question was very seriously meant, and I find its deletion troublesome. First, it was as politely phrased as possible for those who are Bush fans; they were, in a very non-trollish and respectful way, warned away two paragraphs in. Second, the question most definitely was NOT an "xyz sucks amirite" question, and that's an inaccurate, hasty, and I even daresay somewhat insulting characterization of what the question was. Third, if that question as phrased isn't permitted on Ask MeFi, then what's the deal ... are politically charged questions, or questions speaking from an obvious demonstrable political bias, not allowed on Ask MeFi, even if they are legitimate and courteous questions? If they are, then by what guidelines can someone operate whether or not they're going to trigger a deletion (and it might be helpful to post those on the Ask a Question page)? Finally ... if someone's question is zapped, they still have to wait a week?
posted by WCityMike on Oct 23, 2006 - 44 comments

Dawkins should be discussed sometimes.

I was sorry to see this post on Dawkins get deleted becuase it was "yet another Dawkings post", when the one from three weeks earlier was deleted as well. I understand he's discussed alot, perhaps ad nauseum to some folks, but they can skip the post. I think the mistake being made here is that the same arguments will always be rehashed over and over. This disregards the fact that new people may have registered since the last time the topic was discussed.

In a very "meta" sense, the addition of new people to the discussion allows the argument to evolve, over the course of multiple debates. These kinds of topics - religion, rights, abortion, etc. - appear not to have objectively correct answers, however the passions on all sides and the articulation of arguments are a reflection of the community and our collective culture. By returning to the argument, with newer and older members we start to understand everyone's basis for their position, the forces that motivate the passions behind people's positions and give rise to the issue in the first place.
posted by Pastabagel on Oct 13, 2006 - 99 comments

Deletion emails?

My FPP was deleted (not complaining; I agree with the reasoning). Aren't I supposed to get an email about this? I didn't. Forgive me if that's not the policy. I thought it was.
posted by grumblebee on Sep 22, 2006 - 13 comments

Let's Discuss Marginally Illegal Questions

This is the kind of borderline/gray area/marginally illegal question I love to see in AskMe.
posted by Rash on Aug 27, 2006 - 30 comments

How many questions per AskMe are allowed?

25 answers, 3 users marked as favorite. Yet I get "please don't abuse ask me by asking 300 questions disguised as one" in my email. I didn't actually ask 300 questions, I asked for answers for the debunkable ones. The thread was doing quite well, and was quite informative before it was deleted.
posted by loquacious on Jun 18, 2006 - 90 comments

Why are some goofy threads deleted, and not others?

Just out of curiosity, how is it that some posts get deleted because the thread is full of the same animated gifs we always see, and some posts continue to live way past their prime? Is it the presence of ceiling cat?
I understand some of these are left in for humor value; such was the case with the infamous Mushroom post. But when the only thing that's different is the original post, and there are no actual responses anyhow, what's the criteria?
posted by hoborg on Jun 14, 2006 - 34 comments

Is our children learning is verboten

So have we really reached the point where posting a direct quote from the President is considered too vile a slander to let stand (twice)?
posted by rkent on May 7, 2006 - 100 comments

Is this album release announcement a good FPP?

Is this album release announcement a good FPP?
posted by ludwig_van on May 6, 2006 - 31 comments

I despise comment deletion

This is why I despise comment deletion.
posted by Civil_Disobedient on Apr 17, 2006 - 231 comments

Why was my thread deleted?

Downright rude.
Why was my thread on 03/12/05 on George Best's funeral deleted? If you're deleting threads then explain to the poster. I know Meta is primarily US-based but you have no idea who George Best represented. I'm really livid.
posted by movilla on Dec 3, 2005 - 51 comments

Why was the candy bar question deleted?

So why was the AskMe thread "must I eat the whole candy bar" deleted?
posted by Rash on Nov 16, 2005 - 19 comments

One user's great post is another user's meh....

I really don't care to see a FPP about what you vaguely remember your friend told you today. The Wikipedia links don't help, thanks.
posted by rxrfrx on Nov 6, 2005 - 28 comments

Deletion query

Ah! The sting of deletion has pricked me for the first time. Without getting into boring specifics (I would assume my offense was off-topicness), I wonder if the policing in AskMe has become more stringent? Guidance from the deleters-on-high would be appreciated--I am all for making the site as useful as possible, and also for not wasting my own time.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Oct 17, 2005 - 7 comments

What part of "Best of the Web" do you have a problem with?

makes no sense

What part of "Best of the Web" do you have a problem with?
posted by dayvin on Aug 27, 2005 - 84 comments

Metafilter is not for pyramid scheme

It should be pretty obvious that stuff like this should not fly in the blue. Using this site as a quarry for pyramid schemes is inappropriate and action should be taken accordingly.
posted by baphomet on Jun 26, 2005 - 47 comments

Good deletion!

I, for one, Welcome our new Stark Fist of Removal overlords!
posted by Balisong on Jun 17, 2005 - 43 comments

That deleted thread had an interesting Q&A about #mefi

Look, that deleted thread had an interesting Q&A about #mefi where I learned quite a bit. You'll certainly delete this one, but did you even read it before you bombed it?

Bad job. Totally unreasonable.
posted by breezeway on May 9, 2005 - 180 comments

What happened to my MeFi question?

Earlier today I posted a question about MeFi (how to turn off background color) in the main Ask MeFi area, which appeared for a few minutes then vanished. Did it likely get moved somewhere else, or just censored? for being in the wrong place? for expressing (in mild terms) dislike of a Mefi feature (I can't see text on colored background). Or did it just vanish into the ether?
posted by anadem on Mar 20, 2005 - 4 comments

Plea for editorial discretion when deleting AskMe comments

YA plea for editorial discretion/benevolent neglect. [greater within]
posted by kenko on Feb 19, 2005 - 90 comments

Can you delete follow-up comments when the original comment is deleted?

When you're pruning the site and deleting comments, do you mind deleting followups that only make sense with the original comment?
posted by null terminated on Jan 31, 2005 - 45 comments

What makes a post inappropriate?

What's inappropriate?
Is there a guide for how racy a post can be? I posted a fairly racy (but funny, or at least I thought so) thing eariler and it was taken off. Did I step over the line?
posted by Shanachie on Jan 30, 2005 - 6 comments

Deleted comment cipher?

In this post a number of comments that (at least in my opinion) were legitimately funny but a little tasteless were removed without notice. Two questions - (1) would it make sense to have a "comment deleted" notice so that meta-comments make a little more sense, and (2) why were they deleted if none of the guidelines were violated?
posted by thedevildancedlightly on Jan 24, 2005 - 53 comments

A poster wonders why his or her post was deleted

How do I find out why my FPP from today got deleted?
posted by alumshubby on Nov 7, 2004 - 47 comments

Why was my comment deleted?

Is there a reason why my really innocuous comment in this thread was deleted? I think I said something like, "Ahhh, the benefits of the scientific method...", or some-such nonsense...

Just wondering if I did something wrong ... or did something go kablooie?
posted by jpburns on Sep 27, 2004 - 7 comments

Why was the god question deleted?

What was wrong with the godly feeling thread that was on Ask Mefi? As an atheist, I thought the discussion, for the most part, was civilized and was more about people trying to come to terms with a certain consciousness. That an innocuous thread asking others to elucidate about an indescribable feeling, rather than inviting obdurate fundamentalism, is a pity. I thought Ask MeFi was about disseminating answers and people inferring their own individual understandings from the results. Explain.
posted by ed on Dec 23, 2003 - 108 comments

FPP about a deleted FPP

QuestionableSwami, meet QuestionablePost.
posted by The Michael The on Nov 2, 2003 - 31 comments

What happened to the CafePress/LGF thread?

I haven't had my coffee yet this morning, but unless I'm mistaken, the CafePress/LGF thread from yesterday is gone. What happened?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jun 10, 2003 - 65 comments

"In Soviet Russia..." jokes on MeFi.

mmm, new soviet-style pancakes.
posted by luser on Jan 21, 2003 - 16 comments

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