I waded into the discussion
with a comment
that I thought was asking for some help understanding the argument of the article under discussion. Can it be improved, or should I not have posted at all? [more inside]
Hello all :) I would like to post a meetup event. I am new to Halifax (Nova Scotia) and several AskMeFi responses suggested this as a good way to make friends. I would like to know the behavior Metafilter participants expect of the "hosts" ... More inside ... [more inside]
What are your thoughts on AskMefi questions that can be easily Googled and/or are based on erroneous information? (I'm thinking specifically of this question
, which contains both factually incorrect details and could easily be answered with Google. There isn't a request for advice, experiential information, anecdata, or other relevant info that a search engine couldn't provide. What does everyone think? Is this a normal/appropriate use of AskMefi?
Can Mefites explain why MetaFilter as a whole seems to consider e.g. Chris Christie fat jokes morally unacceptable
but Rob Ford crack cocaine jokes are funny fun times
? I'm somehow guessing a "imagine all the donuts Chris Christie is gonna eat when he wins the Presidency" wouldn't be considered Mefi-funny, but I don't see what underlying moral principle is at work here.
When someone posts to AskMefi, is there a standard etiquette that posters should be knowing to follow? Something like "Do not post any responses for 24 hours after you've posted your question or else you will be threadsitting/tempted to threadsit," perhaps? I avoid Metafilter for 24 hours after I post anything because then I feel like an embarrassed ass asking a question, but that's just me. I was wondering if this was any kind of ... more official thing for everyone else, or should be, or what.
... But how is a reddit thread
worthy of an FPP? [more inside]
Jesus, MeFi, you were doing so well, and then… this
. [more inside]
like when someone posts:
"To be honest, the income difference doesn't phase us....."
I wouldn't respond with "faze", right? Even if *I* like to be corrected?
So, in this thread about what to ask an ex- in a post-break-up meeting
the vast majority of the answers are about how this is a bad idea, and don't actually answer the question that was posted. [more inside]
I'm referring to this
question and this
response. Look, Unified Theory, I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt here, and assume that maybe you didn't read the entirety of a rather long and rambly OP. And I actually agree with parts of your post - I hated the way the question was phrased as well, and I agree that the assumption that it's automatically creepy for an older guy to be attracted to a younger woman is both sexist and ageist. And,
I agree with the many other posters stating the the OP that she handled the situation in a very naive way, and needs to give serious thought to how she sets her own boundaries in situations like this.
But. [more inside]
I'd like to post a "What's your favorite X" AskMe. I'm using it to find the one answer I need for a specific use (and I'd be happy to update about my project in the thread later), but I think talking about my use in advance would bias people toward a too-narrow set of responses. [more inside]
If we're going to have a higher bar for Palestine threads, we need a higher bar for viral adverts and cats being funny. Just like we need something to go on beyond GRARbait, we need something a bit deeper than Cute Overload-fodder or verbatim, analysis/critique-free reposts of ads from corporate channels on Youtube.
This is a problem in the same way that all the news sites running the same fluff stories is a problem: If we're going to have the same content as everywhere else, why should Metafilter even exist?
I appreciate the site for when we can have interesting conversations about things most of us didn't know about yet- but we all already know about cute cats and funny adverts. There are other websites where you can watch nothing but that, all day.
We need to have a standard that's higher than the rest of the Net. [more inside]
I know it's a hard subject to discuss civilly. I have a modest suggestion on how to improve such discussions. [more inside]
is a way that many posts about independent games tend to go, where it is almost immediately sidetracked in to a discussion about Windows vs. everything else. Part of the solution is probably to put a windows only notification on the post, and part of the solution is probably just to move on without commenting if you're a mac user.
Minnesota attempts limit access to free online education (Cousera) and somehow its out of bounds for the FP? [more inside]
What is the etiquette (or should be the etiquette) of memailing responses to individuals as a result of AskMe comments? [more inside]
Saying "I have personal experience in this" doesn't invalidate or even contradict information given in ask. [more inside]
Is there a 'triggering' etiquette here? If so what is it, because I can't find any reference to tagging posts as 'triggering' on the FAQ. [more inside]
Isn’t coming into this
thread to say "Photorealism sucks" and this
one to say "I’m not into fashion, who cares what your jeans look like, quit being so shallow" pretty much the same as coming into a baseball post and saying you hate baseball? [more inside]
Would this be an appropriate AskMe? If not, do you know an alternate way to pursue the info? (The "doctors can't be women" airline thing.) [more inside]
Can we please have a rundown on flagging etiquette? There seems to be a lot of "flag and move one" response from the mods as of late, and while that may be the best choice of action for a lot of the scenarios, 9 times out of 10 I'm stuck on the fence as to whether or not I should. [more inside]
I'm a prolific AskMe user, but I think I'm doing it wrong. [more inside]
What's wrong with referencing someone's profile info in a discussion? [more inside]
I would humbly posit that if you can't consume the content of an FPP
while at work, perhaps you should hold off until you get home before commenting on it? The thread will (usually) still be there, I promise. [more inside]
Let's please not call people c**ksuckers. [more inside]
Over in the Marc Driscoll
thread, I made a comment that implied I was waiting for another member to appear before commenting. My intent was to reference a history of interesting discussions we've had about the topic, but I can see that it might've been misunderstood as a cheap shot, implying that I wanted to make fun of that person. The comment was deleted, and while I'm not terribly worked up over it I'm curious.
Are there any good rules of thumb about shout-outs to other MeFi folks in threads they might be interested in? Are there good ways to reference pet topics without sounding like you're bagging on someone?
Pre-emptive moderation considered bad? [more inside]
It isn't a mod issue, really, but since there are now functionally two Steve Jobs obit threads, would it be possible or desirable for the community to relocate arguments about his moral worth and/or Apple's products to one rather than the other? [more inside]
It's not helpful to answer a question you haven't read. It's driving me nuts that people don't bother to understand what's being asked, what the situation is, or what the OP is actually saying. [more inside]
Maybe it was not written dispassionately enough, but a post
I feel is newsworthy was deleted - please weigh in? [more inside]
Posts about adverts are controversial on Metafilter. Some people think adverts are ok. Others find them intrinsically distasteful. Mystery meat posts that turn out to be 'hey look at this great advert' and nothing more can lead to derails and nasty arguments over whether or not using Metafilter to spread advertising in this way is acceptable or not. Accurate tagging of such posts with 'advert' or 'advertisement' could avoid this. [more inside]
Is it just me, or are more people using emoticons in comments than a year or so ago? [more inside]
Regarding this post
, which was deleted. "This is the sort of thing you need to write a more MeFi-like post for."
Well, considering that the text of the headline I used is very similar -- if anything, less graphic -- than the headline of the article I linked to, with much of the text is taken verbatim from the memo, with additional information accurately presented, can I get a clarification on how this isn't written in a Me-fi enough way, please?!
A video pertinent to a MeFi post came from a conference I run. Can I post it? [more inside]
newsfilter. don't we have an unspoken rule in these cases to let a couple days pass until a full FPP can be created?
Nope, looks like that rule is not only unspoken, but unenforced and generally unthought of. One might even describe it as non-existent.
I would like clarification on this aspect please. The first sentence is mine. [more inside]
I'm a little uncomfortable with the personal information being revealed in this thread
. [more inside]
Is there a place to post non-web projects that we have been working on somewhere in MeFi? [more inside]
Past posting history: When is it okay to mention? [more inside]
, to me, are over the top and not worthy of MetaFilter. From this thread. [more inside]
I'm seeing Reddit stuff being posted as FPPs on a daily basis. Nothing wrong with Reddit, it's awesome, but I don't get why Reddit is never given any credit. I think giving credit is one of those things that makes Metafilter a nice place and it makes it possible to follow the related Reddit discussion. [more inside]
How does MetaFilter use "neckbeard", and to what extent is it considered polite or impolite speech? [more inside]
Why was my comment deleted? [more inside]
kind of thing ok
? [more inside]
I like reddit, and I have an account it, but do single link reddit FPP belong on the blue? [more inside]
What are the guidelines for posting medical advice that could easily be administrated improperly? [more inside]
What is the etiquette for offering one's services as an answer to an AskMe seeking said services? [more inside]
So I think I understand why people do that annoying "special snowflake" thing in AskMe. [more inside]