Curious why this thread
was deleted. [more inside]
What's the plan for US Election Day? Is there going to be one thread continuously updated with the election results or a bunch of them. Conversely, will there be no talk of the 2012 election at all? Do the mods have the day off and will the site be inactive?
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]
The Sarah Palin thread
has been surpassed. this
is now Metafilter's longest thread. Happy Election Season everyone!
This episode was recorded Monday, November 8th and runs a bit over an hour long. We recap the usual stuff from around MetaFilter [more inside]
I feel like continuing a fight with billysumday. [more inside]
The 34th podcast features newly pantless full-time employee cortex and is unfortunately jessamyn-free. It features recaps from around the MeFi universe and runs about 45min long. [more inside]
And the winner of the 2008 MetaFilter Election Prediction Contest is... [more inside]
Portland, OR Obama Victory Meetup! [more inside]
Do we need an (un)official election watch meetup thread? [more inside]
Just out of curiousity, tomorrow, there's going to be about five million, four hundred thousand, six hundred fifty-two attempts to write a "first black President" FPP. Do the mods have any specific plans, or is it going to be whomever jumps the gun first? And are you guys going to be able to enjoy the festivities, or are you going to be too busy deleting everyone's massively respawning dupes? ;-)
Do any NYC folks have plans for election night? Imagining the possibility of hanging out at some place with a liquor license and a television to watch the numbers roll in... [more inside]
3 FPP Palins in one day? Enough already! [more inside]
on the nerd vote has been posted over at boingboing
Yes, this stunt post
was a bad idea... [more inside]
London meetup Nov 4th - US Election Night. Let's face it, we're all going to be checking the internet obsessively, so we might as well do it together! [more inside]
The Canadian General Election
kicks off in four hours. Can we use this
as the official election thread, or is there a better way (snark away, but at least provide an example of a better way)? [more inside]
You know, I get as sick as anybody over every minor story about the U.S. presidential election getting posted to the Blue, and I know the mods are trying to keep the quality of posts up, but it [i]still[/i] surprised me to go there tonight and find NO DISCUSSION of what history could very well define as THE important turning point in this election: John McCain's not knowing how many houses he owns. This on the heels of his definition of $5 million as defining "rich". Could no one draft a decent FPP about it, or has it been decided that this story isn't going on the Blue no matter what? If so, one has to wonder: why?
Hmm. I thought the WWII Post/Obama
post was interesting and don't see the excessiveness GYOBness. What's that all about?
Should we FPP the Obama speech? Some debate here
On the one hand it seems like it would be doomed to deletion as we have two open Obama related threads.
On the other hand it's a really big deal, and (IMHO) rises above NewsFilter into Best Of The Web because it's such an incredibly good speech. Also those other threads are way below the fold.
Policy regarding political fundraising, campaigning or other support sites for Ron Paul? [more inside]
Jimbob said "Yeah, keep this thread running. May it serve as an example to all the American politics nuts who insist on starting a new post every time Hillary takes a shit
." And so that's just what we did. In an example of how I think Metafilter can do politics well, the Australian Politics thread
, which started on October 14 (the date the election was called, which is not
the first day of the campaign), ran for 30 days straight and (at time of writing) had amassed almost 600 comments. But as is the norm for an FPP after 30 days on the Blue, it's about to be closed so discussion has moved over to Thread #2
, by wilful, to get us through to election day. An index of the first thread is inside, as well as kudos for those involved (because I think they deserve it). [more inside]
The newsvine elections area
is pretty cool. Vote inside...
There are 658 days between now and the 2008 election in the United States of America. Can we please not start the daily posting of unpostworthy campaign minutia
658 days out? Can we at least hold off until, say, 3 months prior to the election? I shutter in fear at the prospect of having this stuff devour Metafilter for the next 658 days, as we know from experience it will.
The subset of people who are
interested enough in this to already care about this us-centric minutia are certainly the same subset of people who already read political blogs. Why does it need to be here?
Please save us, mathowie. You are our only hope.
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.
I've really enjoyed reading and participating in the coverage
the UK general election has received at MetaFilter, particularly the follow-up threads
(which, in one case, might otherwise have been dismissed as news filter). Contrasting points of view expressed intelligently and with measure. Well done.
Despite some snarking here and there, this thread
is really fascinating stuf, complete with actual non-hostile debate! I learn something new every day. Kudos.
The election contest item in the sidebar is pretty old now. Is it still there for a reason?
OK Matt : I took your deletion of my previous two posts on this subject, the 2004 election controversy ( and probably several by other folks ) as an indication that either 1) you oppose posts on the election controversy or 2) you want quality posts. Since I don't like to think of you as a site manager inclined towards censorship, I took the deletion of those posts as an indication that they weren't of sufficient quality. So, I addressed #2 : I thought that was a high quality post
- well substantiated, and which presented an angle not yet discussed or noted elsewhere on the net. If you are opposed to discussion of the 2004 election, why not state that in your posting guidelines ? I feel that would be more helpful. Otherwise, new users may be confused for those unspecified posting categories which you are inclined to delete.
How do I find out why my FPP from today got deleted?
If any folks would like to escape from the probable concentration on the US election here for the next day or two (and maybe many weeks after), you are all very welcome to come and discuss European issues over a cup of tea and scones at Viewropa
Election Fatigue. Could we put all the US Election links and discussion in just 1 front page post per day. Tempers are flaring, and the level of discourse
improving. The moratorium
was not successful
. Besides, sometimes I want to reference a comment or link, and can't find it in the welter of election postings.
Yes, I know the election is coming. Yes, I know there are cool sites that make fun of Bush and/or Kerry. Yes, the other guy is evil. But, who really cares that some cartoonists are mocking the President
. I think that was an old meme around the time of Gutenberg.
Can't we please get back to posts about pancakes, bloggers, monkeys, and other non-election related topics.
There are 32 instances of the word Bush on the MeFi front page. How about we start http://bush.metafitler.com? Or maybe just take over BushFilter
You have less than a week to register to vote in the US Presidental Election. Please take a moment to check out this voter information guide to help register. If you're already registered or don't live in the US, click here.
That's a great public service announcement, except there's one word wrong. It should be: "If you're already registered or don't vote
in the US". Some people live in the US but can't vote, and some don't live in the US but can vote.
Also, I checked that link, since I live in France and want to vote, but it didn't help. There's a bunch of sites for registering, but most of them assume you live in the US. However, overseasvote2004
was very helpful (mentioned here
). Help is useful, because it's all a bit complicated.
Four years ago there was a MeFi Election Prediction contest
, results thread
). Is rcade still around here? Does he or someone else want to coordinate a contest for this year?
So, I notice there's a link in the sidebar to Devoter
, and I was just wondering: is there a new policy about election/iraq/political posts? Should they be moved over to Devoter? Are you going to start deleting political threads here, Matt?
While it is admirable that so many people on MeFi care about their local elections. Is there really a need for the numerous threads regarding the upcoming California election?
Another post praising Howard Dean
leads to charges of DeanFilter. There may be something to those charges: there have been several uncritical and laudatory Howard Dean posts
on MetaFilter over the past few months, some of which seem interchangeable. And, as matteo points out
, it's probably only going to get worse. We complain (rightly) when a post reeks of viral marketing; why shouldn't this be any different? Shouldn't we be more skeptical of breathless posts that coo over politicians? Aren't we (well, not me
per se, but American voters) being sold something? Dean may well be the bee's knees, but still.
AU may back off unsuccessful "Pacific Solution"
Howard himself may be clearing the ground for a back down. In a marked departure from his election campaign rhetoric, he said in an interview last week that turning asylum seekers' boats back to sea was "completely inhuman."
That's not just marked, it's a 180! There was a bit of interest in this story here a while ago, but I thought this new wrinkle in AU's aid-for-beds deal with Pacific nations didn't merit another "FPP." (see also 1
ABC's Election Weblog
. More mainstream Blogging from Oz. [via VM
The question (raised here
) is one of tensions, etiquette and policy on Election posts. The Uk is currently going through an election, and much like the US is fairly well represented on Metafilter. But we all know how many posts were about the US election and how frustrating both the US contingent, but more specifically the UK contingent, were with them. Will UK election threads cause international tensions? Is this a bad thing? Is there a 'right to post' issue here, or are we going to be having a fully international vs UScentric discussion at any moment?
Now I would never, never try to impose my own ideas about what should or should not be posted on MeFi, but for the last three weeks I've been wishing I could go somewhere and set some field that said "Don't show me any thread whose parent includes either the words Ralph or Nader". Oh, how I wish I had that.
In the nine months I've been an active participant, I've never wanted such a thing before now. Well, only two more weeks and then it will all die down. I guess I can last that long. But it's been a long time since I've seen such an appalling waste of bits. grumble grumble