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Turning on the Metatalk queue

To help reduce the strain of managing the site with fewer mods, we're going to switch on the Metatalk post queue full time starting today. More details on that within. Also: have you updated your email address in your preferences recently? [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 30, 2014 - 262 comments

Cue the Queue

It's Thanksgiving time in the US. That means the MetaTalk Holiday Queue will be on so MetaFilter mods have a little more time with family and friends. [more inside]
posted by pb on Nov 26, 2013 - 111 comments

Pony wants a small but meaningful carrot.

Recent Activity is very close to Best Of with my fast but erratic fingers. Best Of goes to a different page. Do you think it would work better if Best Of was moved to the end of the top row after Random to avoid this, or is it truly just me? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Oct 8, 2013 - 25 comments

Am I missing the good stuff on MetaTalk?

I will, I confess, spend a lot of my "waiting for that ball to get lobbed back over the net into my side of the court" time at work on Metafilter, including metatalk. A couple days ago, Metatalk suddenly got blocked by my office's net filter as "pornography." The blue and the green were fine, but not this one. No, sir. Now, obviously, it's just as suddenly back on the okay side of the line. So is this something the mods have to actually manage? Did you know this had happened? Is there someone whose job is to call these various companies up every few days and go "what, me, porn?" Or do these things just flicker in and out of existence without interference for some mysterious reason? (probably related to quantum foam)
posted by Naberius on Sep 6, 2013 - 30 comments

Labor Day MetaTalk Queue

It's queue time again. We're going to queue MetaTalk posts this Friday through Tuesday so they can be posted when there are enough moderators around to keep an eye on them. [more inside]
posted by pb on Aug 28, 2013 - 107 comments

New MetaTalk Contact Form Agreement

We're adding a short blurb and checkbox to the MetaTalk New Post form that reminds people the Contact Form is an option. [more inside]
posted by pb on Jun 18, 2013 - 81 comments

This has never happened before

This thread has shattered the record for the most comments in Metatalk thread and during the next week might actually break the record for the most comments ever, across all of Metafilter. Typically threads with high comment counts involve politics or religion or sex. If this thread breaks the overall record, it will do so because of loosely organized nonsense. Wanna help?
posted by twoleftfeet on Jun 9, 2013 - 1 comment

Memorial Day MetaTalk Queue

It's a holiday weekend in the US and we're turning on the MetaTalk Queue. [more inside]
posted by pb on May 23, 2013 - 107 comments

A post about metatalk hasn't been deleted yet, and I wonder why

A post about how to use "Metatalk" skill to discuss communication problems and it hasn't been deleted. But I thought we could discuss why it hasn't been deleted. Communication is important, I'm just sayin'
posted by twoleftfeet on May 15, 2013 - 8659 comments

A Tricky Question, a Disappointing Response.

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]
posted by Broseph on May 10, 2013 - 420 comments

Close this thread up.

I don’t want to point out anyone or any thread in particular, but something I find odd; In almost every MT thread associated with any small controversy (and they’re all small) someone will jump in, usually right away, with "we should close this up", which as far as I can tell is not up for vote but at the discretion of the mods. [more inside]
posted by bongo_x on May 2, 2013 - 264 comments

Deleting comments from MeTa

Hey, what's the deal with a joke comment being deleted from this recent MetaTalk thread? It was mild joke and I thought the bar for deleting comments from Metatal was much higher. I would ask in the thread, but when someone else did that, their comment was deleted, so here we are.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 25, 2013 - 16 comments

MetaTalk Queue

We're turning on the MetaTalk queue for the weekend. [more inside]
posted by pb on Apr 19, 2013 - 137 comments

Title customization options added

As a compromise over the recent release of titles, we've added the ability to set your title font faces and sizes just like the body and byline fonts/size options on the preferences page. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 9, 2013 - 720 comments

MetaTalk Holiday Queue in the Queue

We're going to be queuing MetaTalk posts from December 24th to January 1st. [more inside]
posted by pb on Dec 21, 2012 - 41 comments

MetaTalk Holiday Queue Time

With US Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, it's time for another MetaFilter holiday tradition: The MetaTalk Queue. [more inside]
posted by pb on Nov 21, 2012 - 112 comments

Everyone needs to respect what MeTa is for and remember to use it.

If something needs to go to Metatalk, it seems to me it doesn't need mods discussing it in thread while paying lip-service to the Blue/Grey distinction. If people need to defend their decisions, they can surely just direct the conversation here, not do what looks a bit like a drive-by on a Blue thread.
posted by howfar on Oct 26, 2012 - 78 comments

MetaTalk Queue: Late Summer Edition

MetaTalk posts will be queued this weekend starting this evening and ending late Monday. [more inside]
posted by pb on Aug 31, 2012 - 134 comments

You know, just in case I want to write something for the Fringe Festival...

I'm looking for a comment that I just can't find and want to read again. It detailed a version of Sex In The City as performed as a Beckett-like Black Box stage production. The women wailed a chorus of " THE SHOES" someone said " I fear I am not fecund". I have tried every permutation I could think of with no success. I'm 99% sure I read it here.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 23, 2012 - 74 comments

For the millionth time, you can't have your pony!

The good news: MetaTalk has over 1,000,000 comments as of today. The bad news: the millionth comment was apparently deleted.
posted by double block and bleed on Jun 12, 2012 - 103 comments

MetaTalk Queue Redux

Summer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means it's time for camping, barbecues, and the MetaTalk queue. [more inside]
posted by pb on Jun 11, 2012 - 74 comments

Chests are good, butts are bad, mmmkay? Bingo!

I'd like to know the reasoning behind keeping some posts up while deleting others, especially as it pertains to these particular threads. [more inside]
posted by misha on Apr 20, 2012 - 268 comments

Mudpuppie, we miss you!

Pony request! IRL photos in the sidebar. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Apr 5, 2012 - 27 comments

Wow, no MetaTalk posts for a whole long weekend

A very happy MLK Weekend to our intrepid moderators! As we know, the holiday weekends can sometimes be problematic, and I'm pleased that the queue you set up worked as planned to give you all a stress-free long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Curious Artificer on Jan 16, 2012 - 54 comments

MetaTalk Holiday Queue

Happy holidays everyone. As we did around US Thanksgiving, we're implementing a queue for MetaTalk posts over the next few days and then again around the new year. [more inside]
posted by pb on Dec 23, 2011 - 106 comments

MetaTalk Holiday Post Queue

It's almost time for another major US holiday and we're trying something new here at MetaTalk this Thanksgiving: a post queue. [more inside]
posted by pb on Nov 22, 2011 - 241 comments

Nascent projects

I'm in the very early stages of developing a web app. Its not close to being ready for MeFi projects, imo, but I'd love to get some MeFite feedback on what I have so far! What is the proper channel for something like this?
posted by AceRock on Nov 10, 2011 - 18 comments

Staff Markers in MetaTalk

We just added (staff) markers in the bylines here in MetaTalk if the commenter is a mod. [more inside]
posted by pb on Oct 4, 2011 - 279 comments

What makes a good community manager?

"Yeah, yeah. Having a section of the site dedicated to talking about the site I originally designed that just to keep people from jabbering about like fonts that they didn’t like in the middle of a thread about some news event, and just being like shut up, don’t do that; having a place dedicated has been great because then people can talk openly about lots of things."
The July 1st SitePoint podcast is a panel discussion on "...the profession of Online Community, how it’s grown in importance and profile, and what it means to today’s Web," conducted by Patrick O'Keefe, founder of the iFroggy Network: with Venessa Paech, Lead Community Manager of Community Engine; Sarah Hawk, Community Manager of SitePoint; and our own intrepid mathowie. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 12, 2011 - 10 comments

Recommended policy for the super inquisitive overthinker?

RE: Meta questions, in particular this one, and where they should go. [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Dec 13, 2010 - 32 comments

Gimme my meetups

Bug-Filter: Recent Meetups pane only shows one meetup per city per day even if multiple meetups occured. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Nov 12, 2010 - 11 comments

It's Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobbytime!

Pony of Indeterminate Size: I'm not sure if we've discussed this before, but would it be okay to add a "Jobs Wanted" side to the Jobs area? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 26, 2010 - 39 comments

p.o.w. blues

every 25th of august i am sad... [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on Aug 25, 2010 - 5 comments

Thank you, MetaFilter.

This is just a quick post to thank the hundreds of MeFites who helped me with my dissertation research. [more inside]
posted by lewistate on Jul 15, 2010 - 115 comments

MeTaIRL

Why do I keep seeing meetup threads on MeTa? Isn't that what IRL is for now? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jul 12, 2010 - 60 comments

Conflict Free?

There is no way of knowing whether or not the original poster of this question has any idea that many so-called "conflict free" diamonds are anything but or even if it matters to him. But in case he does care and has been convinced that conflict free diamond certification means anything (like many people in the thread seem to have been), how is the information not pertinent to his question? Further, why is it okay for people to tell the poster to buy conflict free diamonds, but it's not okay to point out how difficult this is? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Apr 27, 2010 - 82 comments

Creating [more inside] jump?

I can't seem to find out how to create the yellow-green [more inside] jump in MetaTalk [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Mar 7, 2010 - 18 comments

MeFi now on Twitter

Want to follow MeFi on Twitter. Now you can! [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 2, 2010 - 110 comments

I make a hardcore tater hotdish

Twin Cities meetup [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Dec 30, 2009 - 29 comments

Five years in the making and finally complete!

Thank you backtaggers! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Nov 19, 2009 - 59 comments

Pinning/sidebarring mod posts?

Request: could important posts about the site be pinned to the top of MeTa for a little while? Or sidebarred? Or something? They tend to get lost in the shuffle, and then you have those "Hey, whatever happened to [whatever]?" posts that get closed. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Nov 2, 2009 - 39 comments

obligatory clavidvs halloween post

clavidvs didn't do it this year, so I will.
How many Trick-or-Treaters did you have come by this Halloween?
-and-
What did you give out?
posted by yhbc on Oct 31, 2009 - 159 comments

Seeking help with my research of online communities

I am writing a dissertation about online communities, and MetaFilter will serve as the primary focus of my research. I need your help to better understand why MetaFilter functions better than so many other online communities. Can you spare 15-30 minutes to complete a short survey to improve our understanding of online communities? [more inside]
posted by lewistate on Oct 20, 2009 - 818 comments

Why the @#$%^ is this in metatalk!?!?

What is the threshold of importance for something to become a metatalk post? [more inside]
posted by kathrineg on Oct 6, 2009 - 119 comments

URL problem in "my favorites"

There's a bug in the links on the MetaTalk "my favorites" tab. [more inside]
posted by flod logic on Jul 10, 2009 - 13 comments

If you don't have anything nice to say....

Is it inappropriate to comment that you're unimpressed with a post? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Jun 7, 2009 - 145 comments

Prominent MeTa links in related threads

A great suggestion surfaced in the jakee-fiasco thread below: A prominent link to MeTa threads in the blue (and green). [more inside]
posted by knave on Jun 2, 2009 - 43 comments

Where did it go? Oh, there it is.

Text display issues in MetaTalk (and MetaTalk only) after upgrading to Safari 4 beta. (Leopard) [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Feb 24, 2009 - 19 comments

Ÿütüb Ïnlïnë

Why doesn't the "display Youtube videos inline" setting affect MeTa? [more inside]
posted by subbes on Feb 20, 2009 - 52 comments

Are you down? Are you sure? Are you really sure?

Pony Request: Comments on the status blog.
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 26, 2009 - 26 comments

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