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posted by fvw on Feb 8, 2005 - 27 comments

WARNING - this link will take you to another page!

When posting a front pager, I understand that other Mefites want to be warned if a linked-to Web site requires a login/password, but we're supposed to warn of cookie placement from a Web site as well? Not being snarky, just being curious.
posted by NoMich on Feb 4, 2005 - 12 comments

the poster clearly asked for a female response

We've been over this already.
posted by Quartermass on Feb 4, 2005 - 67 comments

Please limit to answers in askme

Please limit comments to answers or help in finding an answer.
posted by Jim Jones on Feb 2, 2005 - 79 comments

Someone is being a jerk again

Entertaining? Perhaps. Best of the web? You be the judge.
posted by b1tr0t on Feb 1, 2005 - 65 comments

Bad Grammar

Just let me know when your in town

Because your playing in the playground of the internets

Dude your going WAY out of your way to insult me personally

So I think your going over the top here

Jonmc your joking, right?


only you can prevent "your" abuse. for fuck's sake, please. [mo' inside]
posted by Hat Maui on Jan 26, 2005 - 83 comments

This is why we can't have nice things!

Someone here decided to thoroughly break our new toy. Not cool.
posted by Asparagirl on Jan 24, 2005 - 120 comments

At least read the post before violating the main rule

If you are going to use MetaFilter to push your web site and agenda, at least read the freakin' post before you post your NSFW childish self links (on your first day as a member no less). Thank you.
posted by terrapin on Jan 21, 2005 - 87 comments

Policy on posting links found on Fark/Slashdot/Boingboing?

What's the policy on posting links you found on Fark, Slashdot or BoingBoing? I read through each of these daily, and constantly find links on MeFi that were posted earlier on one of those other three sites. I've refrained from posting info that I found on those other sites because it seems to easy. If you get the info from one of those other sites, shouldn't you do a "via xxx?"
posted by boymilo on Jan 20, 2005 - 19 comments

Guns questions get derails, not answers

A particularly egregious example of commentators hijacking an AxeMe thread instead of answering the question.
posted by norm on Jan 19, 2005 - 140 comments

Sounds like someone's got some sand in her vagina.

Attention store manager: Cleanup in aisle 38721. Troll juice has been spilled, making people cry.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jan 18, 2005 - 107 comments

How to say "thanks Ask MetaFilter"?

How to say "thanks Ask MetaFilter"
I recently asked a question and and amazed with the help I recieved. Should I just smile, post in the thread (but who would see it?) or email individual posters? Or just shut up?
posted by cccorlew on Jan 6, 2005 - 13 comments

The suspense is killing me [more inside]

Could we maybe dispense with the cliffhangers in Ask.MetaFilter?
posted by Space Coyote on Jan 4, 2005 - 35 comments

Attention first-time posters

Attention first-time posters: hpsell recently made a hideous front-page post that violated just about every possible rule. Inevitably, he was greeted with a barrage of negative responses: [bad bad bad], "I'm not going to make fun of you because I strongly suspect that you're retarded," and the like. Did he whine, counterattack, or curl up into a ball and hide? No, he said "i didnt mean to ruffle any feathers... ill try to do better with the grammar." [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Dec 30, 2004 - 83 comments

Fark fat-bashing fusion

It's farkish and fatty-bashing in one convenient post!

Seriously, what do we hope to accomplish with this?
posted by jpoulos on Dec 23, 2004 - 87 comments

Not our most shining moment....

Not our most shining moment, as spotted by Leonard. Hopefully it's just holiday stress manifesting itself as assholery that'll blow over after the new year. One can hope.
posted by mathowie on Dec 22, 2004 - 223 comments

Callout of Responses to Miss Lynnster's First Ever Post

This is my first MeTa thread calling someone out, but this just seems out of line. A new member posts a good link that is not news/politics/religion, and someone has to find something to whine about. Good job sticking up for yourself, though, miss lynnster!
posted by TedW on Dec 20, 2004 - 64 comments

You don't have a 'right' to post anywhere

Sigh. . . [+]
posted by Quartermass on Dec 15, 2004 - 51 comments

This comment is very unnecessary, distracting and long.

This comment is very unnecessary, distracting and long. It also has nothing to do with the posted links. Can it please be removed?
posted by loquax on Dec 14, 2004 - 47 comments

Over-reaction to my not-so-stellar AskMe

Okay, so in a lapse of early morning judgement I post a not-so-stellar AskMe post. But does such deserve...(MI)
posted by konolia on Dec 12, 2004 - 92 comments

Anyonymous: signal or noise?

Have anonymous posts made AskMetafilter better?
posted by Hildago on Dec 12, 2004 - 54 comments

Askme: rein it in, please

Can we please be done asking questions that aren't actually questions already?
posted by majcher on Dec 11, 2004 - 28 comments

This was my first front page post - how did I do?

How'd I do? This was my first FPP - too politicky, too religiousy, good stuff, bad stuff, indifferent? I like a good ego stroke as much as anyone, but I really want to know if I helped make MeFi a better place.
posted by jimray on Dec 9, 2004 - 67 comments

Get it right the first time

Just because there's no good way to get a thread shilling a new piece of free software noticed once it drops off the top of the front page is no reason to make a further thread noting the addition of a uninventive feature that was missed in the original post.

Nor does that fact that KevinSkomsvold saved it by turning it into a discussion about the merits of RSS mitigate my point. IE: What is the best way to do it?
posted by bonaldi on Dec 8, 2004 - 13 comments

There are many people who see Metafilter as sexist, a boyzone....

There are many people who see Metafilter as sexist, a veritable boyzone of aggression and braggadocio. What can be done to address these concerns?
posted by orange clock on Dec 8, 2004 - 277 comments

Noise in the cat question.

How about answering peoples' questions in AskMe, instead of berating them over their reasons for asking?

Y'know, just sayin'.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 6, 2004 - 69 comments

AskMe Etiquette

Callout to take care in your AskMeFi posts:
"parking meters and nyc" question. Ummm... did you mean Fire hydrant?
"is there a well-known phrasing of the concept that 'the three (or bough, or branch)" Uhh... did you mean tree?
People seem to take extra care with spelling, phrasing and clarity in the blue and this is great but it seems like a poster should take even more care in the green because rather than offering information you are asking for it to be given to you. Just sayin'.
posted by tinamonster on Dec 4, 2004 - 28 comments

I'm already in pain, and didn't need your wiseass remarks

In the course of answering PurplePorpoise's pillow question, I mention (for background) that I suffer from a painful, chronic autoimmune disease. This is Pretty_Generic's response. That didn't hurt much, really -- less than my back does most days -- but it doesn't make him any less of an insensitive prick. Mocking someone's illness shouldn't be considered good conduct.
posted by mcwetboy on Dec 3, 2004 - 55 comments

No tinyurls please

Can we please not use tinyURL in postings and especially in FPPs.

They are of no benefit and they put a another layer of vulnerability between readers and the content. And they are guaranteed not to work at some point in the future.

Not only do the URLS expire they are recycled. So even if they don't point to tubgirl now they might in the future.
posted by Mitheral on Dec 1, 2004 - 9 comments

Crafting Good Posts Part XXMCIV: labelling

Crafting Good Posts Part XXMCIV: labelling. Things to note when making a post: [QuickTime] = "this link has quicktime movie content," [NSFW] = "you may want to view this discretely," [NYT] = "this link requires a New York Times registration..."

What else do you wanna know up front? Let's go over it for our neoFites.
posted by scarabic on Nov 30, 2004 - 43 comments

the consensus is: MetaFilter is not a soapbox

I am new. There is a lot of MetaTalk about politics.

Apparently, "The quickest way to get a label you'll never be able to shake here is to engage in political threads."

For a long time, I couldn't figure out why people freaked out so much about mentions of politics, but I've been reading this thread, and I'm almost three-quarters through, finally, and it looks like the consensus is: MetaFilter is not a soapbox, and your primary subject should be links, not opinions.

That's cool with me, I'm just curious if I've got it properly nailed down.
posted by blacklite on Nov 28, 2004 - 271 comments

I do not WANT to be exposed to anus.

This is not good. Angry modem may deny doing this himself (although it was posted only 13 minutes after this), or may not. Worst case: some even worse asshat(s) who considers modem a role model will show up specifically to cause trouble. I do not WANT to be exposed to anus.
posted by wendell on Nov 26, 2004 - 74 comments

Stop being jerks, especially outside of politics threads

Consistency in standards, and the lack thereof. Since the election, MeFi has gotten a lot calmer, and a lot more readable. Much of these is surely do to the deletion of highly partisan comments and threads, but it seems like some people aren't getting the message. Snarky FPPs like this provoke obnoxious replies like part 3 of this.

Is there a viable way to confine this crap to the political threads?
posted by mosch on Nov 26, 2004 - 20 comments

Let's not be SA

So from molatar to the animal dildos to a couple other sites that have been getting posted, mefi is getting something of a PoE flavor. I realize that's only a couple examples, I've just sort of had a growing impression of this sort of thing over the past couple weeks.

I don't really have an opinion on this, but it seems like the sort of thing people might want to discuss. Is "posting links to funny people so you can laugh at them" a thing Metafilter wants to be doing? If so, might I suggest stealing PoE's prime directive: "never, ever contact the people so linked."

Let's... not be SA. In any way.
posted by kavasa on Nov 21, 2004 - 57 comments

Can we please stick to the topic on Ask?

Can we please stick to the topic on Ask? Sorry jonmc and astruc but I don't think your opinions on the aesthetics of waxing pubes was on answergrape's mind when she asked the question.
posted by dobbs on Nov 13, 2004 - 150 comments

So-and-so is a Muslim not okay

So-and-so is a Muslim

Ah, I see, so political posts aren't ok, but transparent HATE MOCKERY is. Damn you mr_crash_davis. Damn you to hell.
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 11, 2004 - 56 comments

How not to respond in a thread.

How not to respond in a thread. I don't like callouts, and I'm not calling anyone out. I was inspired by the good discussions in the green and I believe this thread highlights how Metafilter can be improved. In it so far, we have a throwaway irrelevant "I'm an atheist, this does not apply to me" comment, we have a non sequitur comment, an "I agree" without any backup, and a purely reaction provoking comment of whether God has a penis and can take dumps (I do understand the point being made). Basically, we can do better. I'm far from perfect and probably have a lot of throwaway comments to my name -- but could we all try a little harder to think before we comment?
posted by geoff. on Nov 10, 2004 - 46 comments

Personal attacks suck

Haven't we been talking about putting a stop to this type of personal attack?
posted by fenriq on Nov 3, 2004 - 63 comments

Civility and politics.

Can we please separate political passion from blood lust?
posted by Chanther on Oct 27, 2004 - 75 comments

Let's argue in threads instead of in MetaTalk

Perhaps it's time to reconsider using MetaTalk to denounce single comments and only slightly contentious single posts. [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 26, 2004 - 53 comments

"I'm glad the silly fucker's dead"??


After rereading the snarky original Michael Kelly editorial. I believe I'm glad the silly fucker's dead.


Sorry for the callout, but unless I missed the subtlety of some kind of joke, I think this crosses the line just a little bit.
posted by loquax on Oct 26, 2004 - 54 comments

Dragging poster's previous answers in is not cool

"You also tried to fill a zippo with butane, so I'll reserve judgement." Everyone will likely tell me I've got my panties in a wad as that is the common response here at MeTa, but it'd be great if people didn't attempt to discredit the experience and advice of others on AskMe based on unrelated advice threads. Having to worry someone's going to throw your history of questions in your face later as an indication you are stupid or unable to give advice to others on different topics seems a bit shady. I'm not saying this is an established pattern, just that it'd be helpful to keep in mind.
posted by ifjuly on Oct 25, 2004 - 45 comments

Our own little Ashcroft.

Our own little Ashcroft. Are threats really appropriate in a place meant for discussion?
posted by amberglow on Oct 23, 2004 - 60 comments

religion in threads

Crossing the Rubicon : I've said it.

I'll honor this - regardless of where it leads.
posted by troutfishing on Oct 19, 2004 - 123 comments

AskMe is not the proper venue for resolving your petty vendettas.

Mayor Curley takes a perfectly innocuous, neutral question which was getting some interesting responses and turns it into a NYC vs Boston grudge match. AskMe is not the proper venue for resolving your petty vendettas and urban insecurities. That's what the blue is for.
posted by signal on Oct 19, 2004 - 89 comments

Bad Bush thread.

Bush is Hitler. Well, I'm glad that's settled.

The post includes scintillating links to the front page of foxnews.com and to a NY Times editorial. The comments include "you never should have been born", "prayer breakfasts take us closer to forced reeducation camps for gays", (this comment met with lots of approval) "you're an idiot" and "Bush is Hitler"(the phrase "a normal Christian guy on a power trip" is a reference to an earlier comment by skallas that Hitler was just a normal Christian guy on a power trip). There’s nothing redeeming here. Will you delete this please, Matt?
posted by gd779 on Oct 18, 2004 - 72 comments

AnonyMe Guidelines

AnonyMe is up. Posts ensue! Yay! A pony! I personally think the Paxil query is exactly what AnonyMe should be for, and the good-lookin' cheaters question would have been better asked in the light of disclosure. What do you think? What's a good reason for anoymous posting, and what's a bad one? Let the guidelines scrimmage begin!

(Thanks Matt and thanks Seanyboy!)
posted by mwhybark on Oct 12, 2004 - 35 comments

Sexism is ok in the globalized landscape

So now that this little prostitute has enough money for herself...

so that this little chippie can pretend to be Mother Theresa...

So, is sexism excused when there's a globalization argument to pile on? I just want to make sure.

There's no point getting angry at Faze though.

I strongly disagree.
posted by solistrato on Sep 27, 2004 - 64 comments

crap FPP, even without the flame war

Sheesh. Forgetting the fact that this is a crap FPP, do we have to have this stupid argument again? I get really tired of reading the uninformed, bigoted opinions of anti-religion types with chips on their shoulders. You are free to not believe in God; I am not bothered by your not-believing. But you not-believing is not evidence of intellectual or moral superiority. It's just a choice you made, a choice I can understand and respect. How about some reciprocation already?
posted by eustacescrubb on Sep 24, 2004 - 171 comments

Formatting etiquette

Enough with the big / strong / italics.
posted by bshort on Sep 22, 2004 - 41 comments

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