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Happy Moderators' Day!

We celebrate Moderators' Day 2014 with a slightly heavy heart, as this marks the first celebration of the holiday (which dates back to 2007) when we have fewer moderators than we did last year. Still, MetaFilter's recent "grassroots fundraising drive" demonstrates that the community and the website are in excellent health going forward, in no small part due to the efforts of our Best Of The Web moderating team, past, present and future (I for one, welcome our robot moderator overlords). [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Jun 13, 2014 - 69 comments

State of MetaFilter

Today I need to share some unfortunate news: because of serious financial downturn, MetaFilter will be losing three of its moderators to layoffs at the end of this month. What that means for the site and the site’s future are described below. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 19, 2014 - 1702 comments

Happy birthday Cortex!

I can't believe no one has said anything to our "datawranglin' mod" until now, but many happy returns!
posted by Lynsey on Apr 26, 2014 - 81 comments

Deletion for minor issues

Everyone here is pretty big on some of the serious words not to use, but I think there has been some serious creep: when entire comments are being deleted because of the lack of a space between two words, which is not only far from being universal, but far from being common even in social justice spaces, I think there's a problem. It's one thing to delete comments for offensive words, but another thing entirely to delete them for offensive spacing. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 10, 2014 - 876 comments

No Comment

"The Web forum MetaFilter, for instance, which is known for a positive commenting flavor, depends on a 24/7 team of moderators. “People come to us all the time and say, ‘Here’s a problem with people behaving badly, we want a tech solution,’ ” says Paul Bausch, a MetaFilter developer. “We tell them that human problems require human judgment.” MetaFilter's own pb quoted in a New York Times Magazine piece on the evolution of online commentary.
posted by Miko on Sep 24, 2013 - 99 comments

Happy Moderator's Day!

Five years ago I put forth a humble suggestion that June 13th be celebrated each year as Moderator's Day. We've celebrated it more or less enthusiastically over the years, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to specifically thank mathowie, jessamyn, cortex, vacapinta, restless_nomad, taz, LobsterMitten, goodnewsfortheinsane, and pb for their hard work and dedication. Thanks, guys. You can take the rest of the day off. We'll be good, I promise. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Jun 13, 2013 - 114 comments

What does it mean to say "Don't make this the _____ show"?

Over in this post, Artw was taking a stand that no one else in the thread was. And he did it by providing close readings, links, and cogent arguments. He was told "don't turn this into the Artw show." I'm wondering what that means. [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on May 27, 2013 - 303 comments

Thanks, y'all.

I want to thank the mods for their stewardship of the site during this U.S. election season. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 7, 2012 - 87 comments

74: LobsterMitten interview

New month, new podcast, this time we interview LobsterMitten on her new role as mod, then go into our favorites from the month. It runs pretty long, around 1hr 45min. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 6, 2012 - 50 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

New Mod Monday

It's New Mod Monday! (actually they'll filter in over the next two weeks, but anyway ...semantics!) [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Oct 1, 2012 - 208 comments

the great day of deletions

I notice that a few posts have been deleted already today (and yesterday there were seven!), so I was wondering if the mods have any stories about days where they had to delete an extreme number of posts from the blue? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Aug 20, 2012 - 51 comments

looking for a blog post 'users are the problem'

I remember a blog post somewhere advocating for strong moderation, with the theme 'users are the problem.' But now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 comments

Next Generation of Moderator

So it turns out my 18 month old son has been attending a Junior Metafilter Moderator training course. He surprised us with what he learned yesterday, so I figured I'd add it here in order to make our current (greatest) generation of mods' lives a bit easier.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Feb 17, 2012 - 79 comments

Cleanup on aIsleRL

Could we revisit the close-a-proposed-meetup thing on IRL? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 9, 2011 - 40 comments

Gotta say it was a good day?

Do the mods ever get to say "Gotta say it was a good day?" [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Nov 8, 2011 - 108 comments

Stars vs. Staves On Mod Names

Stars vs. Staves? [more inside]
posted by Aquaman on Oct 7, 2011 - 4 comments

taz levels up

Modflation continues apace! We're adding a nighttime EU based mod to help cover our bases and that user is (drumroll...) taz! Welcome taz everyone as your new moderator overlord. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 30, 2011 - 227 comments

Then is a close thread a close thread?

Has anyone ever got in after a Jessamyn/Cortex "I'll close this up" comment...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Sep 22, 2011 - 123 comments

126 Comments Gone With The Wind

This post had 126 comments before it was deleted. I'm curious, what is the record number of comments made in a deleted thread? Do you still take the number of comments made into consideration before deleting? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Sep 14, 2011 - 94 comments

Self-deletion

Why did Jessamyn delete her own post? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Aug 1, 2011 - 186 comments

Post Brutality

Why are so many police brutality posts deleted off metafiler? For sure, there are some fairly inflammatory ones that need-a-delete'n but perfectly reasonable ones are frequently deleted with nothing but claims that the discussion won't go anywhere. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jul 27, 2011 - 96 comments

Thank you, all!

After the last round of holiday crapfests, I'd like to take a moment to thank mathowie, cortex, jessamyn, and restless_nomad (and, if it's still relevant, vacapinta -- for some reason I remember reading that vacapinta is not modding anymore...?) as well as pb for all the wonderful work they do keeping this place running. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jul 6, 2011 - 95 comments

2nd Annual Moderator's Day

Ah, here I've let time get away from me, and I've missed Moderator's Day. mathowie, jessamyn, cortex, vacapinta, pb, and now restless_nomad, each of you is more on the ball than I've ever been. Cheers. [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jun 13, 2011 - 114 comments

What does the site look like for the mods?

I'm curious what the mods see when they look at the site. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jul 18, 2010 - 51 comments

Happy Moderator's Day

mathowie, jessamyn, cortex, vacapinta, and pb, thanks for all you do. This place is incomparable. [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jun 13, 2010 - 135 comments

One man in his time plays many parts

Why were comments deleted simply to protect the identity of a sock puppet account? Shouldn't that mistake cost you an extra $5?
posted by ecurtz on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 comments

A Chance for a Brand New Day

So how do the mods feel about the user base, really? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 13, 2010 - 161 comments

Rainy Day fund? Mad Money? Vacation Fund? Bastard Tax? Idiot Tax?

I know you can donate via PayPal to MetaFilter, but how do I donate specifically to a vacation or coffee or chocolate fund for the mods? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jan 7, 2010 - 88 comments

Has favorites for cuteness

Find the mod.
posted by lukemeister on Nov 28, 2009 - 63 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

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

MeFiMail the mod currently on duty

Pony request: On the main MeFi Mail page, how about a link to "MeFiMail the mod currently on duty"?
posted by jbickers on Jun 4, 2009 - 73 comments

Flag flag flag

What is the mod policy on noting when comments have been removed? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on May 13, 2009 - 122 comments

Mods, would you ever re-initiate contact with anonymous?

Do the mods ever ask an anonymous questioner for follow-up info, or does the anonymous asker always initiate the follow-up process? I'm just curious. [more inside]
posted by vytae on Oct 14, 2008 - 15 comments

Meta Stack Overflow Filter

Stack Overflow's latest podcast features discussion of Metafilter and community moderation with Cortex. [Previously]
posted by togdon on Sep 19, 2008 - 18 comments

When the cat's away the mice will SPAM.

Can we please have an automatic deletion and/or penalty box for posts that get flagged for breaking guidelines by many users at times when no mod is online? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Apr 28, 2008 - 110 comments

when mods post dupes!

um, i don't really know what to do about this. and i've got no general prob with the mods. but, as you can see, one of the mods has posted a question that has been asked before. [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee on Dec 17, 2007 - 125 comments

Fixed that for you.

Moderators edit comments?
posted by Methylviolet on Jul 7, 2007 - 308 comments

Europe Admin Needed

Hey Matt and Jess, how's about promoting a mod from Europe, or dare I say Australia, so we can kill crap like this before we give the self-promoting little jerk a soapbox? (I'm only half kidding.)
posted by Jimbob on Sep 22, 2006 - 130 comments

Contacting the Admins

There seems to be no clear way to contact the administrators for users who are not familiar with the site. Could we add a contact link up in the top nav section, or somewhere obvious?
posted by spaghetti on May 31, 2006 - 23 comments

Unsure what to do

I'm writing a post in which I'm making an offer of direct help, and I'm really not sure whether that offer is a good idea (I'm not sure whether it's a good idea whether to make the offer, and if it is a good idea, I'm not sure that it's a good idea to post the offer where others can see it). It's nothing illegal, I think, and certainly nothing wrong, if the circumstances are what they appear to be, but I have no way of knowing if circumstances are what they appear to be, and if they're not, what I'm offering to do could be a very bad idea. Anyway, I obviously don't want to post any more specifics, so who can I ask what is appropriate in this situation?
posted by spira on Mar 3, 2006 - 1 comment

MeFi admin double standard for posts?

At the same time that mathowie posts a site hosting game ROMs from the 1980s, my link to a BitTorrent file of a 1950s and -60s recording of a 19th century classical work was removed. Funny ol' world...
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome on Jan 23, 2006 - 95 comments

Our Distinguished Admins

In this thread, cribcage mentions that " ... blogrrrl has no way of identifying jessamyn (or mathowie, for that matter) as an admin ... ", which seems on its face to be silly because everyone knows that, of course. Right?

Anyway, it got me to thinking that perhaps Matt and Jess' remarks could be highlighted with something to indicate that they're the admins. Maybe a different color, a gold star a'la Stan Chin that's clickable and leads to a page with email/AIM/contact info? Something along those lines could help the filthy five-dolla noobs with their acclimatization to the site.

Just a thought.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jan 19, 2006 - 123 comments

Mods can fix that for you....

Could we have a new category for MetaTalk for Oopsie! One day I swear I'll actually learn to type slowly enough to coordinate the output from my fingers with the output from my brain, or maybe just shut up, but in the meantime I've done something amazing even for me. In this thread, I mangled the anchor tag in my comment badly enough that I can't link to it here and refreshing the page will crash my browser. It's probably going to make messes for others, as well, or I'd just hide my red face in shame. Any friendly, helpful moderators looking for gratitude?
posted by dilettante on Nov 21, 2005 - 6 comments

Shoutout for the Mods

I'd be remiss after publicly joining in the criticism of silent edits by the admins if I didn't publicly thank jessamyn for demonstrating that she does listen to complaints. Thanks jessamyn!
posted by orthogonality on May 7, 2005 - 11 comments

Thanks, Mods!

I'm not completely sure who is babysitting Metafilter while Matt has way more important things going on, but I just wanted to say "Thanks" to whomever is keeping an eye on things and also "Thanks" to the community for (apparently) keeping the chaos to a minimum while he's away.
posted by anastasiav on May 3, 2005 - 33 comments

Thank you for turning off Suicide Girls.

Matt Haughey has shown tremendous compassion by rejecting a large revenue stream for the sake of this major Internet community. Rare is the system admin who is both concerned and available. I'd like to remind the users there exists a way to thank him and fund the site directly.
posted by orange clock on Feb 3, 2005 - 137 comments

Admin for a Day

Admin for a day: To raise money (and give himself an occasional break) mathowie could occasionally auction off 24-hour admin rights. These temporary admins could delete posts, suspend miscreants and maybe even manually register new users.
posted by timeistight on Nov 10, 2004 - 57 comments

Moderating Uploads

Moderation
I've been working on the image upload part of the site, and realized there's no way to limit what type of content gets uploaded.

So I've come to the conclusion that the only way to keep out off-topic scans & stories (like porn or pictures of your cat) is to induce a moderation process. Pretty much anything resembling a story along with an image of something that looks like a ticket stub will get through and posted (guidelines will be posted along with the site so this is clear).

Do you have any objections to such a setup? It would induce a bit of lag, but I don't know if submissions would be that substantial on a day-to-day basis. Also, I'll set it up so I get an email the instant something is submitted and after a simple glance at it, will approve it with a single click.

I know metafilter has always been wide open, but since this site is starting from scratch, I don't think it will affect the growth too much. Do you think it's a good or bad idea? why? Is there possibility that human intervention (i.e. me or some other possible moderators) would spoil the growth? Or would it ensure a quality site?
posted by mathowie on Jun 4, 2000 - 17 comments

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