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
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 -
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 -
If something needs to go to Metatalk, it seems to me it doesn't need mods
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -