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Journalistic MeFite Convergence!

I wrote an article about Jessamyn. You can read it here. Comments and constructive criticism welcome!
posted by Dr. Wu on Dec 18, 2013 - 72 comments

Apple includes a warrant canary in transparency report

Taking their lead from jessamyn, Apple has included a warrant canary in their transparency report.
"Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us."
jessamyn created the warrant canary in response to the USA Patriot Act, which permits warrantless searches of library records and prohibits the library from making the existence of these searches known. It does not explicitly prohibit the library from stating that it has not received any secret search warrants. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first use of a warrant canary by a big, high-profile organization. Nice work, jessamyn!
posted by workerant on Nov 6, 2013 - 79 comments

Jessamyn gets a mention in The Guardian

Jessamyn's "THE FBI HAS NOT BEEN HERE" library sign gets a mention in The Guardian's "How to foil NSA sabotage" article.
posted by EndsOfInvention on Sep 9, 2013 - 78 comments

Who's Your Favorite JP/Librarian?

Happy Birthday, jessamyn!
posted by Curious Artificer on Sep 5, 2013 - 117 comments

libraries for disaster relief

Jessamyn is quoted in this piece on NPR about libraries helping out in disaster relief
posted by garlic on Aug 12, 2013 - 3 comments


I can't be the only one suffering deeply after this exceedingly concise update:
I got back from my trip to a mailbox full of postcards! The most cryptically addressed was just Box 345, 05060. Nothing with just my name and town ... yet.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:08 PM on April 29 [2 favorites +] [!]
No pictures? No stories? AUGH.
posted by scrump on Jun 5, 2013 - 35 comments

You're my favorite.

If favorites are bookmarks, and I'm not saying that they are, it would be nice to be able to search them by username. [more inside]
posted by maryr on Apr 11, 2013 - 33 comments

Did you hear? One of the coolest librarians alive works here!

Congratulations, Jessamyn! There wasn't any prize, but I'm sure it's the honor of being part of a Flavorwire list that makes all that great work worthwhile.
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 27, 2013 - 69 comments

Worlds collide

I was pretty surprised to see Jessamyn on Venture Beat this morning. Great picture!
posted by 2bucksplus on Jan 31, 2013 - 66 comments

Congrats to newly elected Justice of the Peace Jessamyn West!

So does this mean that the next Great MetaFilter Enspousening will be an IRL mass-wedding held in Braintree, Vermont?
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 7, 2012 - 114 comments

It's Jess's Day!!!

Happy Birthday Jessamyn!!! [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Sep 4, 2012 - 87 comments

Happy Moderator's Day!

Summer is not just the time for a MetaTalk queue. It also brings June 13. [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Jun 12, 2012 - 96 comments

It is done.

In case you missed it, metafilter was down for maintainance for a bit last night.
posted by timsteil on Dec 18, 2011 - 125 comments

Jessamyn article from In The Library With The Lead Pipe

"I wrote a book in 2009 and 2010. It’s getting published this year (2011) sometime. Let me tell you about what it's like writing a print book for a large trade publisher during the long leisurely sunset of print. It was different from what I thought it would be." Jessamyn looks at print books from a writer’s first-person perspective. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 3, 2011 - 39 comments

Outrageous Spontaneous Filings

An article on "professional online moderators" in Bloomberg Businessweek, including Jessamyn and the Metafilter Russian Incident. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Dec 1, 2011 - 105 comments

Jessamyn Day 2011

Today is one of the great Metafilter holidays. Happy Jessamyn Day, everyone! Especially to Jessamyn!
posted by zizzle on Sep 5, 2011 - 141 comments

RIP, Tom West

This is a thread for condolences and hugs for Jessamyn. Her father, noted computer engineer Tom West, passed away on the 19th. (Obituaries: Boston Globe, CNET, East Bay)
posted by Asparagirl on May 22, 2011 - 573 comments

jessamyn ★

What's up with the ★? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jan 3, 2011 - 146 comments

Thousands of moderators

Facebook has an open position for a Questions Community Manager. The text itself is pretty fascinating with superlatives like"anything you can dream up", "thousands of moderators" and "the full resources of Facebook at your disposal". I obviously thought about AskMe and Jessamyn, and she agreed it was an interesting Meta post. Knowing that communities start from the ground up, I am especially interested in thoughts about how such a gigantic operation can be handled, if it can at all. [more inside]
posted by bru on Nov 1, 2010 - 24 comments

Thanks for the link. I made a book out of it.

Back in November of 2007 I came across jonson’s fpp about Geoff Manaugh’s blog post on a photographer named Shaun O’Boyle. I really liked the photographs, and sometimes my job allows me to develop a book. So I did. Kind of about that link. I asked Geoff Manaugh to write the intro to the book, and he said yes, and then he surprisingly cited an unrelated Metafilter comment in the essay he submitted. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 13, 2010 - 17 comments

Jessamyn Day!

Happy Jessamyn Day, everyone! [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Sep 5, 2010 - 135 comments

Thanks, jessamyn

Kudos to jessamyn [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp on Aug 17, 2010 - 54 comments

But is the Town Skinny-Dipping While It's in There?

You've heard cortex's quirky song stylings, before, but now it looks like he's getting some competition from a fellow admin. (Relevant Google Maps link.) Now all we need is for mathowie and vacapinta to do a duet on "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Moderator" and we're covered!
posted by WCityMike on Jun 10, 2010 - 99 comments


Hey, check it out, jessamyn's the guest blogger over at BoingBoing! Neat! [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 26, 2010 - 27 comments

The Librarian has a new location

Jessamyn has become a featured guest blogger over at Boing Boing. Cory Doctorow writes the introduction.
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 24, 2010 - 183 comments

Can we have a do over?

This post didn't suck, but it was rightfully deleted. Someone should do it over. Some rule about knowing people involved was violated. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 21, 2009 - 59 comments

Jessamyn tells all!

An interview with Jessamyn West: lifeguard, librarian, mod. "AskMe anything, in moderation." At The Big Interview.
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 15, 2009 - 57 comments

They say it's your birthday!

A collaborative serenade for our beloved moderatrix on her birthday.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Sep 4, 2009 - 75 comments

Though now they are giants, once they were just like us.

What were the mods like (on Metafilter) before they were mods? Please point me to notable posts by Jessamyn, Cortex, et al from when they were just some schmo on MeFi like you or me. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 15, 2009 - 53 comments

Go Jessamyn West, young man, and get out of the country.

Jessamyn will travel around the world with me from now on [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Apr 16, 2009 - 104 comments

The day has come.

We're going to be experimenting with some gentle scaling back of Metafilter's scope and services. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 1, 2009 - 482 comments

Saturday November 8 meetup in Denver?

Jessamyn will be in Denver tomorrow and I suggested a meetup. She would prefer something near Marriott Denver Tech Center. Any suggestions for a place?
posted by lukemeister on Nov 7, 2008 - 61 comments

I am Jessamyn's New Bike

Jessamyn's Bike Took A Picture and I'm a little jealous. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Sep 15, 2008 - 51 comments

"Palin Derangement Syndrome strikes again." -- M. Malkin

Jessamyn linked by Michelle Malkin. Congratulations may not be in order, but it's interesting how fast this spread. [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern on Sep 6, 2008 - 98 comments

How is this not BirthdayFilter?!

Dear Askme, "Hi, my boyfriend set up a secret website and recruited all of my friends to participate in it without my knowledge. Should I seriously DTMFA for that?" Shit, I hope not! Oh! and Happy Birthday, Jessamyn! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Sep 4, 2008 - 117 comments

Congrats Jessamyn

Congrats on winning Anil Dash's twitter-paste contest.
posted by Brian Puccio on May 9, 2008 - 96 comments

Jessamyn on FutureTense

Hey, I'm listening to Jessamyn talking about MetaFilter and revolting users on FutureTense. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 14, 2008 - 63 comments

It's hard to be a mod.

I think Jessamyn needs a hug. First there was this and then this. I liked the sarcasm of this one and was thankful she stepped into this !narcoterror! thread. Frustration bubbles here and then, in the best delete ever, explodes.
posted by incessant on Mar 17, 2008 - 270 comments

Jessamyn's talk at SxSW

Jessamyn spoke at the SxSW panel on User Revolts today. Here are her notes on The Day They Tested the Manifesto, as was shown during the panel. Most of you MeTa types are infovores, so I thought I'd share. Obv, she rocked the house.
posted by Argyle on Mar 8, 2008 - 105 comments

Hey, I'll write about Jessamyn free of charge.

Jessamyn helps a Wired reporter get redemption. [more inside]
posted by itchylick on Jan 23, 2008 - 60 comments

Jessamyn, meet Vancouver.

All the way from the woods of Vermont! One night only!! Jessamyn, live in Vancouver!!! [more inside]
posted by timeistight on Oct 1, 2007 - 57 comments

It's Jessamyn's birthday. Greet her.

Happy birthday to the lifeguard of our hearts.
posted by brownpau on Sep 5, 2007 - 150 comments


Apparently I suck at life and don't know where to post... but someone we all know and love received AskMe license plates from the Vermont DMV today!
posted by SirStan on Aug 22, 2007 - 55 comments


A Hipper Crowd of Shushers featuring one JW. NYT - registration required
posted by lalochezia on Jul 10, 2007 - 7 comments

Jessamyn in the NY Times

Woo woo! Jessamyn is in the NYTimes.
Jessamyn West, 38, an editor of “Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out” a book that promotes social responsibility in librarianship, and the librarian behind the Web site librarian.net (its tagline is “putting the rarin’ back in librarian since 1999”) agreed that many new librarians are attracted to what they call the “Library 2.0” phenomenon. “It’s become a techie profession,” she said.
In a typical day, Ms. West might send instant and e-mail messages to patrons, many of who do their research online rather than in the library. She might also check Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites, post to her various blogs and keep current through MetaFilter and RSS feeds. Some librarians also create Wikis or podcasts.
A Hipper Crowd of Shushers
posted by gen on Jul 6, 2007 - 102 comments

Jessamyn in Ann Arbor, MI, June 8

Jessamyn in Ann Arbor, MI, this Friday, June 8, at the Michigan Union. Event sponsored by the U-M Library, MLibrary 2.0: The Future is Now, Peter Morville of 'polar bear book' fame will also be speaking. Please contact the U-M Library about registering for this event if you are not already a U-M member. See you there!
posted by needled on Jun 5, 2007 - 10 comments

Jessamyn Installs Ubuntu

Jessamyn installs Ubuntu on donated library computers. Film at 11 (or at least the post from BoingBoing) P.S. Folk hero?
posted by filmgeek on May 8, 2007 - 28 comments

Portland/SoPo Maine meetup?

South Portland/Portland, ME meetup? I'll be in town for a few days, and I have Sunday 3/25 free.
posted by cortex on Mar 22, 2007 - 35 comments

Jessamyn in Valley News

"Everybody's Interesting" Metafilter's own, Jessamyn West, was profiled today in a local Vermont / New Hampshire paper, The Valley News. Metafilter and Ask MetaFilter are mentioned a few times. Unfortunately, the pictures that accompanied the dead tree version don't grace the online version because there are two cute photos.
posted by terrapin on Feb 3, 2007 - 167 comments

Jessamyn on woot.com? No.

Jessamyn Spotting: “What are we gonna do, Mal?” pled Jessamyn, in a voice near hysterics.

(2nd line under Product Info)
posted by niles on Jan 28, 2007 - 63 comments

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