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New Features: FanFare Talk, and Movies

Today we're releasing a spot for discussing plans for TV and Movie watching (stuff like the Horror Film Club, the Summer camp series, etc) by adding a discussion area to FanFare called FanFare Talk. We're also adding the ability for new posts in the Movies section to be added by members instead of just me for the last couple months of testing. Both discussion posts and movie posts will need to be approved before going up, as TV shows still are moderated. The front page of FanFare has been updated to show the titles of recent Talk posts along with a new tab in the upper right to get to all the discussion posts. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jul 18, 2014 - 48 comments

Mathowie should do an AMA

MetaFilter is a long-running site with plenty of long-time members, but it's always stayed fresh through a slow and steady influx of new users to add new perspectives and replace those who've left. With the recent slump in Google traffic, we should consider ways to more actively promote the site elsewhere, in order to maintain this healthy growth and make sure the site and its values do not become complete unknowns to newer generations of web users. In that spirit, I've acquired the subreddit /r/MetaFilter and given it a fabulous CSS makeover with loads of informative links on MeFi history and culture. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 14, 2014 - 87 comments

New FanFare Feature: testing the waters with Movies

The FanFare site is evolving and we mentioned in the first post about it that we'll someday be moving into other areas of pop culture on the site. The TV experiments have gone pretty well so we're going to start playing with movies as a major post type matter on the site. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 16, 2014 - 83 comments

Likelihood to "go smoothly": necessarily a positive quality in a topic?

I'm curious about the deletion message for an article I posted to the blue: "This is a kind of incoherent article on a topic that's not likely to go smoothly. -- restless_nomad". I have no objection to the deletion! But the stated reason raises an interesting question, I think: are good topics necessarily topics that generate discussions which go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Feb 6, 2014 - 191 comments

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. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jul 10, 2013 - 50 comments

Not A Forum

Should "Metafilter is a community blog, not a forum" be in the guidelines? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Apr 12, 2013 - 48 comments

Discourse and MetaFilter

We love the MetaFilter audience to bits, but we're not sure where Discourse -- a next-generation, 100% open source forum -- can fit in, if anywhere, in the existing MetaFilter empire. Are there any super-technical folks willing to dive in and host a Discourse instance for mefites? [more inside]
posted by codinghorror on Feb 19, 2013 - 26 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

How can we improve access to primary research on MetaFilter?

Is there a community consensus about best practices for disseminating subscription-only journal material in threads? Also, what can we do to improve access within the community to primary research? Blasdelb's excellent comment in the Lenski thread prompted me to ask about this. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 8, 2012 - 41 comments

Is an FPP workable if it requires having read a specific book?

With this FPP as a starting point, I wanted to ask: Is an FPP where every attempt at discussion is impossible because you have to read a book about the subject first, a good FPP? [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Sep 15, 2012 - 77 comments

Use Your Words

I'd like to have a discussion about use of the word mansplain on this website. Man or woman, doesn’t matter, if you use a word that many people find offensive, they're going to tune out what you have to say. In conversations about gender relations, is the objective to create an atmosphere of mutual understanding, or is it to demonstrate the destructive power of gendered insults by consistently ignoring repeated requests to stop using a word that people feel unfairly defined by? Because those two objectives are not compatible. [more inside]
posted by gman on Sep 5, 2012 - 536 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

Metabook Club Time!

It is time to restart the Metabook Club! This time on Goodreads. We will be reading A Perfect Spy by John Le Carre. Join us for the discussion on Goodreads at the Metafilter group. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Apr 4, 2012 - 12 comments

First Metafilter BDSM Symposium

In the interest of improving the quality of discourse in BDSM/kink-related threads on the Blue, may we talk about some common misconceptions about BDSM? Perhaps if some MeFite kinksters/allies are willing, we can do some Q&A about BDSM, kink, and "the scene". [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 22, 2012 - 216 comments

Bored now

Is there anything we can do to stop this happening? There are so many interesting conversations to have about trans issues and that ain't one. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jan 23, 2012 - 779 comments

Can My Comments take me to my last comment on a post.

A pony request for the "my comments" view. It would be nice to be able to jump to the last comment one made in a topic from the "My Comments" view. It is sometimes difficult to follow the conversation from ones last post without searching.
posted by humanfont on Dec 8, 2011 - 17 comments

Not perfect, but not bad

Why was the gen-x marriage thread closed? Maybe the OP didn't post perfectly and wanted to change something, but it was still a good discussion and the original post wasn't terrible.
posted by melissam on Jul 12, 2011 - 99 comments

What makes a good community manager?

"Yeah, yeah. Having a section of the site dedicated to talking about the site I originally designed that just to keep people from jabbering about like fonts that they didn’t like in the middle of a thread about some news event, and just being like shut up, don’t do that; having a place dedicated has been great because then people can talk openly about lots of things."
The July 1st SitePoint podcast is a panel discussion on "...the profession of Online Community, how it’s grown in importance and profile, and what it means to today’s Web," conducted by Patrick O'Keefe, founder of the iFroggy Network: with Venessa Paech, Lead Community Manager of Community Engine; Sarah Hawk, Community Manager of SitePoint; and our own intrepid mathowie. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 12, 2011 - 10 comments

We get it already

What to do about users monopolizing threads? [more inside]
posted by nangar on Jun 8, 2011 - 198 comments

Limit on number of comments per minute?

Would it be useful to limit the number of comments a user can post in a thread per time interval? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on May 24, 2011 - 54 comments

The cake is a yvr

What's the site policy on spoilers and ROT13?

Despite the fact that the recent (and excellent) Portal 2 thread on the blue was prefaced with massive spoiler warnings, a fairly large portion of the comments were ROT13'd, which impeded conversation in the comments, and made the whole thing rather difficult to read.

Can we please avoid doing that in the future, especially in threads where spoilers are virtually unavoidable? Is it time for MetaFilter to implement spoiler tags in the comments?
posted by schmod on Apr 26, 2011 - 493 comments

Original Loveparade thread was imperfect but why close it?

Is anyone else weirded out by the closing of the original Love Parade tragedy thread? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Jul 25, 2010 - 144 comments

MetaFilter Film Club v2.0

MetaFilter Film Club v2.0. Anyone interested? [more inside]
posted by starman on Jul 7, 2010 - 111 comments

Metaclog

I think its time we ban I/P threads completely. This thread gets deleted, while this thread, and this thread stand? [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jun 25, 2010 - 184 comments

Religion derail

Must every thread about religion turn into an exercise in how religion is inherently a force for evil? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 23, 2010 - 1024 comments

Why no airplane terrorist post?

I'm curious about why nobody posted anything to the front page about the foiled terrorism attempt on the 25th. [more inside]
posted by granted on Dec 27, 2009 - 213 comments

Commenters make post

I like to call out the commenters in this post on credit card billing for being awesome. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx on Jul 17, 2009 - 10 comments

Let's talk about writing term papers for money.

I AskedMefi about writing term papers for money. I stirred up a hornet's nest if the number of removed comments vs. time is any indication. Let's talk about it here. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Oct 23, 2008 - 231 comments

MetaFilter: It is what it is

MetaFilter: It is what it is? [more inside]
posted by spock on Jul 11, 2008 - 91 comments

A question and answer area for people to talk about writing/recording music

Request for another way to interact in Metafilter Music. [more inside]
posted by micayetoca on Jun 26, 2008 - 28 comments

Best MeFi conversations?

I know... it's about the links, not the discussions... [more inside]
posted by prefpara on May 30, 2008 - 43 comments

We are a Paragon

Does the five bucks make a difference in the quality of our discussions? There's a Freakanomics post on the NY Times today that points to a web page set up to compare comment-streams on MetaFilter and YouTube. [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie on Apr 10, 2008 - 151 comments

Raising the level?

Can we work harder at having mature and respectful discussions? Do we need to do so? [more inside]
posted by dios on Feb 12, 2008 - 317 comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

This is how to do ObitFilter. [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Feb 11, 2008 - 33 comments

Absurd Questions, Hopefully Unabsurd Answers

Instead of continuously derailing the question about questions, we may as well move discussions of said-questions here.
posted by Ms. Saint on Jun 24, 2007 - 161 comments

Too much tragedy for one thread

I respectfully suggest that we move the gun control discussion here. If for no other reason than to limit the in-thread argument on whether or not we should be commenting on gun control in-thread.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Apr 16, 2007 - 511 comments

Good ask metafilter thread that doesn't answer the question? Yes, they exist.

This (Medical Marijuana ask.mefi thread) is a good example of an ask metafilter thread where people don't answer the specific question of the poster, but still remain civil and helpful. Yay. So there's an existence proof that people can be helpful while not answering the question asked (and not fall all over themselves to be jerks).
posted by zpousman on Feb 22, 2007 - 120 comments

I only whine because I care.

I only whine because I care.
posted by tkolar on Jan 21, 2007 - 79 comments

Deleted AskMe trying to identify a painting via email

Earlier on AskMefi there was a question from "siahny" asking to identify a painting via email. I've got the picture (which is a Word document). The thread seems to be deleted, but should I post it up anyway? She really does want the painting identified...
posted by divabat on Jan 6, 2007 - 55 comments

The two-week waiting period

In which I posit that the two-week waiting period has had no impact on the volume of questions.
posted by knave on Jan 2, 2007 - 119 comments

From talking behind your back to...

How about creating including in each user profile a discussion thread, so that we can have a friendly conversation with and about the user whose profile we are viewing?
posted by Pastabagel on Aug 18, 2006 - 65 comments

"take all copyright/theft discussions that are not on topic to METATALK, thanks"

"take all copyright/theft discussions that are not on topic to METATALK, thanks" Done.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jul 19, 2006 - 61 comments

Discussion area in MeFi Music?

How about a discussion area in MeFi Music for members to set up collaborations? There's a lot of talent among the members, and I think it would be pretty cool to have the opportunity to collaborate with people across the world.
posted by Alexandros on Jul 11, 2006 - 12 comments

I'm kind of disappointed to see everyone so cynical lately.

Mmmm. A one-link post to a mediocre commercial.

I dont think there is anything worth discussing about this commercial. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 13, 2006 - 235 comments

AskMe rerailing request

Stinky Kitty vs. Baby? This post seems to be about to turn into a debate regarding kittens' ability to survive versus infants'. Very interesting.
posted by k8t on May 23, 2006 - 14 comments

Seriously, that's not what I mean

Two people have assumed, incorrectly, that I don't think DUI offenders are criminals. I would like to vent without further derailing the thread. (more inside)
posted by mullacc on Apr 20, 2006 - 28 comments

We obviously can't have respectful discussions about respectful discussions

We obviously can't have respectful discussions about respectful discussions. Every time the topic comes up, the same insulting "discussion" occurs. Seeing as how no new information is ever presented in these topics, shouldn't they all be considered double posts and deleted? When they are nothing more than another opportunity to display your disgust with someone who disagrees with you, what value do they add to the site?
posted by boo_radley on Apr 18, 2006 - 111 comments

Boingboing discusses AskMe!

You ain't got nothing Doctorow.
posted by allen.spaulding on Jan 29, 2006 - 75 comments

Why was the Canadian election thread deleted?

Why was the Canadian election thread deleted?
posted by sindark on Jan 21, 2006 - 21 comments

Content or quality?

I'm confused. What is more important to mefites, actually responding to the content of FPPs, or rating their quality? I see a general (hence, no links in this question) preponderance to the former. It seems that many responses to posts are actually rating the quality of it and/or the poster, rather than the content of the FPP. I've read a lot of the sites about Metafilter and maybe I'm missing a concept or something.

I am truly not trying to be a smartass, I'm genuinely interested in understanding this. Thanks.
posted by Slap Incognito on Dec 13, 2005 - 93 comments

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