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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
(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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Mmmm. A one-link post to a mediocre commercial.
I dont think there is anything worth discussing about this commercial.
posted by mathowie
on Jun 13, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why was the Canadian election thread deleted?
posted by sindark
on Jan 21, 2006 -
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 -
When is a one-line FPP with no (or little) description appropriate for MeFi?
Oh really? Is that so? Well, is this a good example then [MI]?
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 14, 2005 -
I'm kind of dissapointed with the way things turned out in a post
I made to Metafilter yesterday. I was hoping to discuss how many of the leaders of the fat acceptance movement are feeders and the consequences this might have in terms of it's future progress. Oh and I also wanted to discuss the new slate piece I linked to. But of 140+ comments, very few seem to even reference the links I made. Most just gave their opinion on fat people . I read all of the comments, and the general consensus seems to be that topics regarding obesity cannot be discussed sensibly at Metafilter. What should I do in the future to make a better FPP and what other topics should I wholly avoid?
posted by skjønn
on Nov 4, 2005 -
Where can I start a discussion without actually linking to something? I want to talk about Katrina ad my opinion on it, on a different slant -- but I don't really think it is good enough for the blue. But I still want to talk with other people from MeFi...
posted by andreaazure
on Aug 31, 2005 -