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POTUS45 on Metafilter - I may have got a bit nerdy

Okay, someone made a (possibly throwaway) comment in one of the POTUS45 threads that it would be interesting to see how the comments/content of the threads had changed since the election. I got my teeth into that, and after some playing with the HTML of the threads with VBA and Access, I now have a headache. As well as that I've got a database with 48 threads, 139,882 comments (including the posts themselves as a comment), 9,230,306 words, 2,193,898 favourites and 46,692 links. Some charts and stats inside. Let me know if there's other stuff you're interested in. [more inside]
posted by MattWPBS on Sep 1, 2017 - 109 comments

Updates to Election Thread Guide on the Wiki

Taking advantage of what actually appears to be a slow news day (?!), I re-vamped the Election Thread Guide on the MeFi wiki to be a new "U.S. Politics Thread Reference" guide. I've enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy) the politics megathreads, but there certainly is a learning curve. Please feel free to add your own content directly or, if you'd like, add info/suggestions here and I can work it in. [more inside]
posted by whitewall on Aug 7, 2017 - 42 comments

Everything is fine?

Every so often someone proposes we avoid discussion of unhappy outcomes in general but more specifically the unlikelihood of an impeachment in the Trump threads, which now appears to be becoming de facto policy. It seems like it's worth talking over before it does.
posted by Artw on Jul 22, 2017 - 130 comments

let's talk about the U.S. politics megathreads

There's a small discussion at the end of the May 30th U.S. politics thread (starting here) about when the megathreads should be "rolled over" into a new thread. Let's talk about that, and whatever else folks want to talk about with respect to the megathreads. [more inside]
posted by lalex on Jun 6, 2017 - 273 comments

What the fucking fuck

In the interest of not cluttering up the massive political thread with expressions of disbelief, let's have a Metatalk thread about how unbelievable all this shit is. [more inside]
posted by bq on May 26, 2017 - 362 comments

Flagged as Fake

Should there be a flag category for false or misleading information? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Apr 28, 2017 - 16 comments

Visualizing the impact of US politics megaposts on the blue

The biggest change in the way that mefites participate on the blue in years has been the rise of US politics megathreads. We have had several discussions of the qualitative impact of them, but it occurred to me that it might be useful to dig into the infodump and see what quantitative picture might emerge. I think my findings are worth sharing - while a quantitative analysis on its own can't tell us whether the megathreads are a good thing or not, there are several negative trends regarding community engagement and participation that are happening in close concurrency with the rise of the megathreads. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 27, 2017 - 466 comments

Testing out a new US Politics sidebar widget

Based on a lot of discussion over the last year and especially the last couple months about how the site handles the visibility and organization of posts about contemporary US politics, we've put together a new sidebar tool that you can test out starting today. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 6, 2017 - 126 comments

Moral Metafilter: What have you done this week?

Politics have gotten scary. The US election has terrified many of us about the foundations of democracy, but the US isn't the only country facing down aggressive and organized right-wing threats. What have you done this week to resist, in large ways or small ones? What are you planning to do, and what have you found success with? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Dec 22, 2016 - 124 comments

2016 Election Prediction Contest results

Back in January, on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, I set up an election prediction contest for you fine folks, and got 74 ballots in response. Nearly ten months (and ten million comments) later, the results are in: congratulations to Cash4Lead, for his remarkably far-sighted prediction of the winners of Iowa, New Hampshire, Super Tuesday, the nominations, the House majority, and even Clinton's VP pick! A $50 donation to the charity of your choice is yours. Oodles more analysis of the collective wisdom inside [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 20, 2016 - 14 comments

What are YOU doing?

There have been a flurry of asks and comments addressing political actions members are taking in the wake of the election. This post is a place for members to discuss what actions they are taking and to invite other members to join them when appropriate. Please include specific instructions.
posted by bq on Nov 16, 2016 - 254 comments

Encrypted communications

Listen up ya'll. We've got until January 20th to stand up encrypted communication networks to support each other. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 10, 2016 - 64 comments

It's a big snowball

I think we need a political sub-site, dudes, the election threads must be a nightmare to mod, at least if all this stuff was sequestered into one area you could have a new thread every day and break out discussions of specific topics. I was waiting for the current thread to load and thinking about hey, after tuesday all this will slow down, and then I thought....what if it doesn't?
posted by bq on Nov 6, 2016 - 98 comments

Can we stop attacking left-of-Clinton/anti-establishment folks on here?

There is no problem with individuals expressing views critical of Sanders, Stein, Snowden, Greenwald etc. The problem is when an echo chamber develops making pro-establishment-ism the only acceptable position and vehemently jumping on views to the contrary with more emotion than reason. It seems to me that MeFi 2016 has become such an echo chamber. This is no doubt due to the very real threat posed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party, and the consequent necessity of a Clinton win, but has developed to the point where it has the effect of recursively self-amplifying a pro-establishment position and silencing more radical/anarchist/antifa or otherwise anti-establishment views.
posted by splitpeasoup on Oct 14, 2016 - 589 comments

So, who all is in the MetaFilter Caucus?

We're your top prime cut of MeFi, We're your choice! Who here has run for office, and/or been elected, or is running for office on Metafilter? How has Metafilter affected or influenced your campaign platform, if at all? [more inside]
posted by Cookiebastard on May 22, 2016 - 46 comments

Should Debates (and other unique events) be diverted to Fanfare?

Currently things like political debates (and similar unique events, such as Apple announcements) tend to play out in related threads on the Blue. Since that just adds to (usually) already-long threads, wouldn't it make sense to require that dedicated posts be made on the Purple? (I'm not alone in thinking so.)
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Mar 10, 2016 - 359 comments

MetaFilter 2016 Election Prediction Demolition Derby

It's been an unbelievably unpredictable primary season this year, and the Iowa caucuses are less than 30 hours away. So why not get ahead of the curve with a TRUMP-SIZED election prediction contest? I'm thinking Iowa (Dem/GOP), New Hampshire (Dem/GOP), Super Tuesday (Dem/GOP), final nominee (Dem/GOP), and general election winner, with ties broken by House/Senate control, Veepstakes speculation, and as much analysis/rationalization/weeping as you feel appropriate. Prize: One (1) $50 ($fifty) donation to the charity of your choice (split equally if necessary), and eternal bragging rights over the ruins of the punditocracy. Deadline is 8:00 PM Eastern time Monday, when the caucuses start. (Feel free to enter after Iowa or New Hampshire vote, but be advised that your prediction for those states will not count!) See inside for entry form. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 31, 2016 - 147 comments

Blue turning red

I think it might be worth nothing here as well as in Rhaomi's amazing post that we now have mefi's own baggymp aka Tom Watson as Deputy Leader of the UK's Labour Party. I don't think anyone else has reached as high a political office?
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 12, 2015 - 51 comments

Wait What?

My first FPP post ever, and I'm accused of a political agenda. Did I do it wrong? [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Aug 5, 2015 - 67 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

2012 Presidential Prediction Contest Winner

Now that Florida has finished counting votes (always a challenge for us), the 2012 presidential election results are 332 electoral votes for Obama and 206 for Romney -- barring faithless electors. The popular vote is 50.6% Obama, 47.9% Romney and 1.5% other. The Nate Silver Medal for Political Prognostication goes to JKevinKing. J. Kevin was one of 15 people to tie for first in the electoral half of the contest with a perfect prediction. He finished third in the popular vote half, ahead of I am the Walrus and UrineSoakedRube who tied for ninth. The $50 Threadless gift certificate and life-size cardboard Joe Biden are on the way to JKevinKing as soon as I send them. Please keep Joe in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. [more inside]
posted by rcade on Nov 12, 2012 - 26 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

Election 2012: Domo Arigato, Larry Sabato

The pundits and psychics have already weighed in. Now it's your turn in MetaFilter's (mostly) quadrennial presidential prediction contest. The winner will receive a $50 Threadless gift certificate and a life-size cardboard Joe Biden. To enter, predict the percentage of the vote that President Obama, Mitt Romney and Everybody Else will receive and the number of electoral votes that Obama, Romney and Everybody Else will receive. Entries must be submitted before Dixville Notch, N.H., reports its vote early Tuesday morning. [more inside]
posted by rcade on Nov 5, 2012 - 368 comments

Deadpan links to satire sites considered harmful

The politics threads contain lots of comments that are single links to news articles. Also people post links to satirical sites like The Onion, which is fine by me. It seems to have become a thing to post the latter links as if they were real, though, with no prefatory "Satire:" or "Onion:" or what have you. I personally find this irritating, so I was wondering what the community consensus was. [more inside]
posted by dfan on Oct 23, 2012 - 47 comments

My job is not to worry about those threads

The Sarah Palin thread has been surpassed. this is now Metafilter's longest thread. Happy Election Season everyone!
posted by Artw on Oct 16, 2012 - 152 comments

Lies, Liars, and Politicians: Let the debates begin!

In previous election debates, we have occasionally had a thread where live-blogging the event happened. Those threads are often entertaining and informative, but I'm not sure it's something the mods want on the front page. In anticipation of tonight's debate, and the likely liveblogging thereupon, would it be better to create a metatalk or other off-blue thread for said event?
posted by dejah420 on Oct 3, 2012 - 114 comments

Linking to the Pope / leader of Southern Baptists = banhammer?

I know that MeFi avoids conflict, but is it entirely fair that MeFi has hosted numerous posts in the past about President Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright -- and many, many critical posts about The Church of Scientology -- but that starting a discussion about Mormonism and whether his faith could effect the Presidential election are off-limits? Is it possible for others to create a post that would point out similar official religious criticisms of Mormonism and their ramifications in this election without being similarly deleted?
posted by markkraft on Sep 10, 2012 - 84 comments

Quadrennial

I'm going to ask the moderators from other countries not to interfere with our discussion of American politics. It's more difficult for them to deal with this, because we can all get crazy every four years about this and we need to do that, and they need to let us get crazy about this. I'm not going to mention specific instances, but they exist. Please chill out about this. Things will get back to normal afterwards.
posted by twoleftfeet on Sep 6, 2012 - 350 comments

Sidebar box with links to open political threads?

Election season idea: could a small box get added to the sidebar highlighting the open politics threads, below The Deck ad and above the sidebar? An opt-out (or opt-in option) could also be available. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 5, 2012 - 26 comments

What are policies or custom in terms of posting to "MetaFilter" regarding some controversial political or cultural issue?

What are policies or custom in terms of posting to "MetaFilter" regarding some controversial political or cultural issue? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jun 28, 2012 - 46 comments

What Was this Term In a Comment?

A few months ago there was an AskMe or MeFi comment that described a very specific term for when layoffs or pink slips are used to force a political agenda. I think the context was education. Can anyone remember the comment or term? Please forgive or delete this if it's misuse of MeTa. And thanks too!
posted by snsranch on May 30, 2012 - 13 comments

Fair Deletion?

This was an interestingly selective deletion on the askme Ron Paul thread, no? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on May 13, 2012 - 81 comments

Solving US Corruption post

Can't find old post on US corruption in politics.... [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous on Mar 6, 2012 - 5 comments

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

Did you know there will be a whole year of political drama coming up?

Should we have a PoliticalFilter? [more inside]
posted by andreaazure on Sep 26, 2011 - 156 comments

Threats of political violence are not OK

Can we please not throw around implications of wanting to assassinate politicians? [more inside]
posted by tocts on Aug 14, 2011 - 216 comments

A mixed blessing, perhaps

Apart from the 'Obama proposes cuts to SS' thread around the start of the month, there hasn't been much in the way of current-event political threads recently, despite a lot of stuff happening around the world (budget crisis in the U.S., and Murdoch in the U.K.) It seems to me that news has occurred in both of these cases which could be thread worthy, and since I usually value political discussion I've been missing their presence on the front page. Have they been made, and then deleted, or is there some sort of sub-conscious urge not to discuss politics right now? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jul 19, 2011 - 102 comments

Be a beacon (just don't talk about what you're a beacon for)

An otherwise great post (thanks, Slarty Bartfast) is appended with the following:
I am hoping we will not debate here whether "Everything but Marriage" is really marriage equality. I am hoping we will learn about and admire the efforts of those heroes who suffered and fought so that we can all be free someday.
I was going to respond in the thread to this, but I thought MetaTalk would be a better place. It seems like a bad idea to me to preemptively tell people how to discuss political activism (or any topic on Metafilter, really...). "Learning" and "admiring" are not discussion (although they can arise from discussion). I appreciate the desire to see a FPP discussion go well, but basically telling people not to engage with one another seems bad style. Is there some kind of posting etiquette about this? I figured others might have the same response as me, so to avoid totally derailing the thread, we can discuss here.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jul 5, 2011 - 40 comments

Political survey, now with two dimensions.

MetaFilter "Political Compass" Survey, 2011 Edition [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 5, 2011 - 204 comments

Metafilter not Me-Tea(party)Filter

Between Miller, O'Donnell, Aqua Buddah, and Ginny Thomas it seems like a politics filter orgy. Much like Sarah Palin, if we pick up every gossip item we could fpp each hour on this. Perhaps we can agree to take a break. [more inside]
posted by humanfont on Oct 20, 2010 - 308 comments

Goodbye, Cruel Thread

Protip: When one says one is leaving the thread, one should probably leave it.
posted by empath on Sep 30, 2010 - 431 comments

Looking for a MeFi comment

I remember reading a comment on why the standard recommendation of "voting with your wallet" if you want to see political and/or economic change is bad/bullshit/bogus (in the opinion of the poster). My MeFi-fu is failing me. Please help? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Sep 28, 2010 - 37 comments

Hamburgering RASSMUSSEN opinion poll data

The bias problems with Rassmussen have been discussed and mocked by the lefty blogosphere for years. This year, after an article in Politico, there seems to be a growing consensus among the MSM punditocracy that unless there are polls by other firms that can confirm Rassmussen's data; you shouldn't use them as your primary source for opinion polling. [more inside]
posted by liza on Aug 1, 2010 - 77 comments

the politics of consumption

Thank you for injecting your politics into my simple question [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Feb 1, 2010 - 3 comments

Woah

This post turned into a clusterf*** of individual stereotyping and talking about the education levels of posters' kids (negatively). Let me just say: woah. [more inside]
posted by jock@law on Jan 7, 2010 - 1034 comments

Putting some money where are tears are.

Fundraising in the wake of the NY gay marriage vote [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Dec 3, 2009 - 79 comments

Elevating the level of discourse

Why are comments like this and this not deemed totally unacceptable?
posted by Autarky on Jul 3, 2009 - 525 comments

Also On: PoliticalFilter

Could PoliticalFilter be added to the list of "Also On:" services on the profile page?
posted by homunculus on Jan 18, 2009 - 9 comments

Exciting Canadian politics? Did I hear that right?

Vancouver NDP-Liberal coalition rally meetup? (Thursday Dec 4, 6pm, Canada Place) I'm wondering if any mefites want to join me at the pro-coalition rally on Thursday. Maybe beers afterwards as well?
posted by rhinny on Dec 2, 2008 - 14 comments

Let's give this another go, Denver!

Last-Minute Denver meetup?! 7(ish) PM tonight, Baker District. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Nov 4, 2008 - 4 comments

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