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Blackout

Reddit will be blacked out for 12 hours on January 18th in protest against SOPA. Will Metafilter be doing similar?
posted by Artw on Jan 10, 2012 - 352 comments

Fears for Obama's safety not a reasonable topic?

This post which raised the issue of fears among some in the African-American electorate that Barack Obama would not be safe as president. The thread was shut down for reasons of WTF. Not exactly sure what the problem was, and I was disappointed, as I had recently heard about this and was hoping the thread would shed some light on the issue. This NYT article would be a good starting point for discussion.
posted by flotson on Jan 6, 2008 - 47 comments

What will the Bhutto assassination mean for the future stability of Metafilter?

Yeah, assassinations are hard to be unemotional about, but can we start acting reasonable? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Dec 27, 2007 - 262 comments

Poorly constructed or blatantly inaccurate.

I have a problem with people making posts here that are blatantly inaccurate just for the sake of making a political point. [more inside]
posted by puke & cry on Dec 20, 2007 - 81 comments

True to form

True to form, this post could use a little balance. [more inside]
posted by four panels on Oct 12, 2007 - 85 comments

Suspicious minds

Maybe I'm being paranoid... [more inside]
posted by tkchrist on Sep 26, 2007 - 177 comments

Over the Line

This deletion of a post on Christians United for Israel was way over the line. We leave in a Lindsay Lohan linkfest, but we take down a newsworthy post about how people who happily look forward to Armageddon are influencing our country's foreign policy. Max Blumenthal may be an arrogant documentary film-maker, but the footage is still important.
posted by jonp72 on Jul 26, 2007 - 220 comments

Religious / Political Threads Largely Repetitive

MetaFilter discussions about religion and politics tend to have comments which are basically the same as other MetaFilter discussions about religion and politics.
posted by Bugbread on May 7, 2007 - 89 comments

“Confusion is an often too subtle sign of paranoia.”

Upon reading some responses in the "Shooty" post, I have a basic question that has started to bother me and I hope it is appropriate to post here. Why, when there is debate sparked over anything in general, does it seem to always point to Republican/Democrat, Race or Income? More inside:
posted by ForeverDcember on Apr 24, 2007 - 75 comments

GoreFilter?

Are we gonna keep the "latest attempt to smear Gore" post on the front page just because it gets successfully refuted later in the thread? Or in the interest of being "Fair and Balanced", should Gore Bashing be kept equivalent to Bush Bashing?
posted by wendell on Feb 26, 2007 - 112 comments

hama7's getting grief for nothing.

hama7's getting grief for nothing.
posted by cgc373 on Feb 1, 2007 - 158 comments

LOL BUSH IS TEH ANTICHRIST - I did NOT say that! But close.

This post was deleted for the following reason: LOL BUSH IS TEH ANTICHRIST. whatever Care to translate that into an intelligible rationale? I didn't say Bush is the anti-Christ, violate Godwin's Law, or anything else. I thought the article made an interesting link between mental illness and certain political attitudes. But is there a daily limit to the number of FPPs perceived as "anti-Bush", or what? Help me out.
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Nov 30, 2006 - 95 comments

Did I miss a thread?

Was there a "Bush expresses regret for 'Bring it on!' " thread, and I missed it? apolgies if this should've been asked in AskMeFi instead
posted by pax digita on Jun 5, 2006 - 36 comments

Can we hold you to that?

Seriously, if this doesn't come out everywhere on Monday morning and this turns out to be a stupid rumor, truthout and rawstory links are going to be banned from mefi.
posted by mathowie at 12:35 AM CST on May 14

posted by dios on May 15, 2006 - 99 comments

Axe-grindy Bush post.

This is a terrible, axe-grinding, (self-admitted) newsfilter post with editorializing in both the text of the post and the tags.
posted by trey on May 8, 2006 - 48 comments

Is our children learning is verboten

So have we really reached the point where posting a direct quote from the President is considered too vile a slander to let stand (twice)?
posted by rkent on May 7, 2006 - 100 comments

Hey, my monthly political hobbyhorse is recurring!

Axegrindfilter.

"Hey, my monthly political hobbyhorse is recurring! C'mon guys, it's important!"

If we have to play with the "party" as metaphor, I throw the relentless proslytizers out before I bother with folks who call each other bad names.
posted by klangklangston on Mar 30, 2006 - 13 comments

a grotesque lack of civility in the ad homonym realm

Thread 50250 should be used to indict, convict, and ban several Members for a grotesque lack of civility in the ad homonym realm.
posted by ParisParamus on Mar 22, 2006 - 247 comments

Who's "trolling" now?

Who's "trolling" now? Don't we have enough vituperative political "debates" around here without somebody singling out and baiting certain individuals by name?
posted by davy on Sep 20, 2005 - 351 comments

MEFI stands for Democratic Underground

Can someone explain to me why this is on the front page? nlindstrom links to this as his source, who in turn links to this guy as their source. And Mr. Madsen? He doesn't list a source. Has this place become a Democratic Underground clone when I wasn't looking?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Sep 6, 2005 - 58 comments

What neverending ax grinding?

uh, what neverending ax grinding? More inside.
posted by If I Had An Anus on Jun 28, 2005 - 58 comments

Simply insipid anti-GOP propaganda post

This isn't a good post and is an example of framing that should be avoided.
posted by dios on Apr 28, 2005 - 156 comments

Someone died, and it was still funny, apparently.

Death to Reporters!The Vindication of Eason Jordan!Pre-emptive strike!Why do you hate America so much? • Looks like Nicola Calipari's death is another great opportunity for sneering, soulless political point-scoring. Why was the only semi-respectful treatment of the story the only one to get deleted?
posted by dhoyt on Mar 5, 2005 - 3 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

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

Censored!!

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.
posted by troutfishing on Nov 22, 2004 - 224 comments

Explain yourself (deletion)

OK, I might sound like a whiner, but I gotta ask. Why did my post to this letter get deleted while the Neal Pollack stuff stays up? Too incendiary?
posted by lumpenprole on Nov 12, 2004 - 33 comments

Another 4 years of BushFilter

It seems at the moment, that the US President will not change and will last another four years. I'm going to admit that I considered it a small bonus that if there was a victory for the contender, there was a glimmer of hope that the culture of MeFi might have shifted away from politics. Do you think that would have happened? We have another four years ahead of us...is it time to finally bury the dead horse and just admit, yes, the Blue is (and perhaps has always been) a community political weblog now? There's always AskMeFi I say.
posted by Stan Chin on Nov 3, 2004 - 75 comments

Civility and politics.

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

WTFR?

Pa! Come quick! Reklaw's gone plumb crazy!
posted by jpburns on Oct 21, 2004 - 54 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

Have we given up?

How is one link to MSNBC and solicitation of opinions "The Best Of The Web?" Or have we given up on that and just become a political site?
posted by keswick on Sep 16, 2004 - 34 comments

what bush and kerry did in the vietnam years

i am so tired of reading about bush and kerry and what they did and didn't do during the vietnam years ... could we please just give it a break? ... this is nothing but monotonous drum beating ...

(no link ... there's plenty on the front page)
posted by pyramid termite on Sep 8, 2004 - 34 comments

"How long will there will cowards logged into Metafilter?"

ParisParamus, 4 am JST : "How long will there will cowards logged into Metafilter?"

ParisParamus, 10:37 am JST : "Metafilter: keeping as many liberal and pacifist a-holes inside, so they do the least amount of damage possible in the real world."
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 7, 2004 - 100 comments

No real content, just more trollish junk

It might as well have been titled "This is today's senseless bickering thread". No real content, just more trollish junk. Delete please?
posted by fvw on Jun 17, 2004 - 68 comments

The Left shall rise again?

This is probably pointless, so here goes nothing:

"Instead of South vs North, this time it will be Right vs Left.

Sounds good to me. I doubt the world will shed too many tears if these narrow-minded, short-sighted, self-serving fools start getting special deliveries in their mailboxes. What's that? You mean you didn't order the bouquet of plastique and nails?"


This is repugnant. I agree with Civil_Disobedient's politics more often than not, but this is beyond the pale.
posted by Irontom on Mar 15, 2004 - 45 comments

Weak sauce

Blatant front-page troll.
posted by nicwolff on Jan 19, 2004 - 34 comments

What were we talking about again?

I'm a big fan of IraqFilter, but when we post new developments like this thread by Postroad, can we provide a little direction about what's supposed to be discussed? Perhaps it might lessen the flamewars/snarkyness that ensues. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Dec 22, 2003 - 7 comments

The Return of I/P Filter!

The Return of I/P Filter! And the main link is just a CNN.com story. Can we say Newsfilter? The poster doesn't even try to be objective, rattling on about his "opinion" on (yawn) Bush. And...
posted by Stan Chin on Jun 4, 2003 - 43 comments

"the war has started !"

so its almost time for thousands of "the war has started !" posts. No doubt hundreds of us have carefully collected links to such unique gems as CNN, patiently waiting for the bombs to fall before hitting post. Comments regarding horrific pictures and heroic stories have been typed and proofread. Opinions formed, pre-conceived notions strong...we are ready.
posted by th3ph17 on Mar 19, 2003 - 42 comments

Don't say the I-word

I wish to take my turn beating the dead horse [more inside].
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Feb 13, 2003 - 59 comments

Nothing happened; News at 11

Reporting the absence of news? Isn't that what this thread's doing?

Plus, the searches linked in the FPP are unlikely to bear any fruit, given that they're hyper-specific (within quotation marks) and not grammatically correct unless you speak headline-ese.
posted by Vidiot on Jan 1, 2003 - 11 comments

A political broadside

Am I the only one that doesn't like FPPs that begin the political arguement in the post itself. See a post today for what I mean. Nothing against The Jesse Helms, but the links don't point to anything new. It appears to me to be a political broadside instead of interesting information. IMHO, interesting information is what a 'metafilter' is supposed to provide.

I thought the idea of MeFi was to let discussion occur in the comments, not on the front page.

Or am I way off base and should I head back to Slashdot & the WWDN forums?
posted by Argyle on Nov 27, 2002 - 32 comments

Are you a MeFi Lefty or a MeFi Righty?

Are you a MeFi Lefty or a MeFi Righty? I honestly don't get what comments like this one are getting at, or what they would prefer to see happen here. The lack of specificity in most of these complaints doesn't help. I see good and bad arguments getting called out regularly, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. What am I missing?
posted by mediareport on Sep 15, 2002 - 60 comments

Just because it's "another Coulter thread"

Hi, Jack. Just because it's "another Coulter thread" doesn't mean raysmj ought to piss all over it with his off-topic opinions on proper journalistic style. How many other threads have been similarly derailed by snarks on the writing style or site design of the linked page?
posted by mcwetboy on Sep 5, 2002 - 64 comments

How much will we talk about 9-11?

Can the September jitters, already being felt from all sides of the political table, be in any way lessened or avoided?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Sep 4, 2002 - 55 comments

Civility in politics threads: Bushtard.

Bushtard? I'm not a fan of Bush, but this is really getting old. Any suggestions for how to discourage this method of posting?
posted by jheiz on Jan 11, 2002 - 9 comments

Isn't this kind of post better suited to FreeRepublic?

Isn't this kind of post better suited to FreeRepublic?
posted by holgate on Oct 26, 2001 - 11 comments

Bad Bush thread.

Boy, is this Bush link ever a bad thread.
posted by anildash on Aug 25, 2001 - 21 comments

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