I don't know if perhaps I've reached a point in my life where I'm becoming something of a Grinch or grumpy old man but I've noticed to much dismay that the quality of discussion in many fpps has plummeted, leaving me hesitant to read through what was previously my favorite part of metafilter. [more inside]
posted by ~Bert
on Dec 10, 2013 -
Not a call out of anyone specifically, and certainly "be the change you want to see" but the front page today is comprised entirely of one-liners, mostly SYTL. Maybe it's decompression from the August Best Post Contest, but typically MetaFilter is known for it's "essay-like" posts and it feels like reddit today. [more inside]
posted by four panels
on Aug 23, 2012 -
So I've asked a few AskMefi questions now, and have noticed that they tend to get responses for about five hours, give or take, then the responses stop. When is the optimal time during the week to ask my AskMefi question, so that I get the maximum number of eyeballs looking at my question, and thus, get the maximum number of answers. I know that this may not necessarily increase the quality
of the answers I get. I am talking about sheer quantity. Thanks!
posted by Sully
on May 20, 2009 -
Obama is expected to announce his VP choice tomorrow via text message to the masses. Dozens, or perhaps hundreds, even thousands, of mefites will be notified of the selection all at the very same instant. Several of them may want to make the first crappy post on the subject. Shall we let this happen? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas
on Aug 22, 2008 -
As of the time of this post, the blue has had an unbroken string of 71 undeleted FPPs (numbers 68210 to 68280). That's almost three full days with no doubles, no self-linkers, no crappy stunt posts, etc. Good work, people! It got me wondering, though, what's the longest string (number-wise and/or timespan-wise) of undeleted FPPs on the blue? Does this mean we're all finally "getting" what makes a good post? Or are people getting better at following the guidelines? Or is this just an anomaly? [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Jan 18, 2008 -
A good post to MetaFilter is something that meets the following criteria: most people haven't seen it before, there is something interesting about the content on the page, and it might warrant discussion from others.What? [more inside]
posted by prostyle
on Oct 30, 2007 -
What used to be a forum for bugs, feature requests, and the occasional callout for really egregiously bad behavior has devolved into a whinefest for anyone with a keyboard and a grudge.
YOU ALL NEED TO STEP AWAY.
Can we shut down MetaTalk for a week? I'm completely serious. The contact form is still there for emergencies.
posted by mkultra
on Jul 29, 2007 -
So I found two cool sites, dealing with entirely separate things that could make meaty FPPs. I just don't have the time to do the research to flesh them out right now. Should I make a pair of posts, or one post connected in a jokey or left-field way? Should I just make follow-up posts in my own thread as I find more stuff, or would you prefer the style of my previous posts, in general, even if it means I forget about stuff that may potentially be cool? I see a massive variety of styles, but I figure I may as well sound the hivemind out. Please feel free to ignore me if I'm being too n00bish.
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 23, 2007 -
Hey everyone! It's Tuesday afternoon, I'm just chillin at home. Happy post-whatever
posted by signal
on Mar 6, 2007 -
I just want to say that the front page has been incredible recently. What's up as of this post is just stellar post after stellar post. I love you guys.
posted by shmegegge
on Nov 27, 2006 -
: self-link, no. Friend-link, yes. Was this post deleted because it sucked, or because I know the guy? If both, I concede. If only because of association, is that transgression articulated somewhere? I couldn’t find it.
posted by Milkman Dan
on Nov 21, 2006 -
Ok, when did posts with incredibly little content become acceptable on Metafilter? How is this
an acceptable post? Why not just link to the image on the front page so we don't have to bother clicking a link to see one image?
. I get enough crap like this emailed to me from my dad. Ok, I don't mean to be so frank and rude, but I fear for the future of Metafilter. Posts like these are not
the best of the web.
posted by Citizen Premier
on Nov 5, 2006 -
Tune in next week for another exciting edition of jacobean
question show! What will
he ask next? Is it true that clouds are made of water? Why don't people like the same things I do? How long can a person go without takiong a shower? All this and more, coming next week!
posted by Mr. Gunn
on Oct 8, 2006 -
You knew it was coming, and here it is! Is this
really what Metafilter is about? Matt almost got run out of town by a howling mob for allowing ads for a popular site with scantily clad women, but videos of monkeys eating their own semen is A-OK and best of the web?
posted by Justinian
on Aug 19, 2006 -
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 -
Today, February 17, 2006, has seen the most quality, well written posts ever, or for at least during my time here. The bar has been raised. I'll try to keep up. Thanks!
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Feb 17, 2006 -
Is Metafilter an appropriate place to promote UFO myths?
Especially from extremely dodgy sources.
I think this stuff (like the recent top ufo photos post, and other ufology junk) are something of the worst of the web, not the best. Is this what mefites want?
posted by skallas
on Jan 22, 2006 -
I'm confused. What is more important to mefites, actually responding to the content of FPPs, or rating their quality? I see a general (hence, no links in this question) preponderance to the former. It seems that many responses to posts are actually rating the quality of it and/or the poster, rather than the content of the FPP. I've read a lot of the sites about Metafilter and maybe I'm missing a concept or something.
I am truly not trying to be a smartass, I'm genuinely interested in understanding this. Thanks.
posted by Slap Incognito
on Dec 13, 2005 -
've trained remedial ferrets to make better FPPs
And linking to the same thing twice doesn't make it less crap.
posted by klangklangston
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Has there been a slight shift in policy?
The silly personality quiz
and the infamous Mushroom post
are both things I would have thought would have been flagged copiously and deleted, but they remain.
I am not having a hissy fit, and am perfectly willing to skip over or add to the stillness as I see fit.
This is just seeking some clarification as to if anything different is happening and can we expect more of the same.
posted by edgeways
on Nov 16, 2005 -
I'm kind of dissapointed with the way things turned out in a post
I made to Metafilter yesterday. I was hoping to discuss how many of the leaders of the fat acceptance movement are feeders and the consequences this might have in terms of it's future progress. Oh and I also wanted to discuss the new slate piece I linked to. But of 140+ comments, very few seem to even reference the links I made. Most just gave their opinion on fat people . I read all of the comments, and the general consensus seems to be that topics regarding obesity cannot be discussed sensibly at Metafilter. What should I do in the future to make a better FPP and what other topics should I wholly avoid?
posted by skjønn
on Nov 4, 2005 -
I suggest we do another contest like amberglow's, on October 1 prehaps? There wouldd be no prizes from me but if someone else steps up and offers that would be ideal. I wont be posting anything because frankly I suck at posts lately. Anyone up to this? After all the crap/shit posts lately, we need happier MeFi days here!!
posted by wheelieman
on Sep 19, 2005 -
I just wanted to say HUZZAH and thanks to posters from 5-ish Pacific yesterday to, er, NOW for a super-dense, ultra-lickable linkfest! I'll be days behind! HUZZAH!
posted by mwhybark
on Aug 1, 2005 -
lends credence to my prior concern
. I love well researched posts containing multiple links. However, in my view every link in a post should link to notable sites; not one link with needless, lazy padding. I'm concerned if members, new and old alike, think "padding out" a post with a 3-minute googling exercise is a good thing.
posted by nthdegx
on Mar 2, 2005 -
Something is deeply wrong with MeFi... the front page is simply choc-a-bloc
with great links!
posted by five fresh fish
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Natalie dee now has her very own dog. It's too bad she had to " stone-cold quit my job".
combined with This
really belong on the front page?
What _is_ the best way to address this stuff without seeming like a jerk?
posted by edgeways
on Feb 5, 2005 -
we have a short (and fairly dull) Wired article, a link to Google News, a repost
, and a bandwidth-exceeded Geocities site. I'm new(ish), but, best of the web?
posted by alsorises
on Jan 14, 2005 -
In response to this post
about Dick Clark, here are some ways to make better current events posts (more inside).
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Dec 13, 2004 -
Despite my penchant for terse front page posts, with as little interpretation as possible, I think this is a prime example
of a frontpage post done right. Well done, NotMyselfRightNow.
posted by crunchland
on Sep 8, 2004 -
Worst FPP ever?
There's plenty of marginally psychotic fetishes out there. This one is neither unusual nor entertaining. There are plenty of specialty sites for this crap (Stile, Rotten), so it would stand to reason that only the most entertaining of it, if any, should make it to Mefi, a more general-interest site.
posted by abcde
on Aug 26, 2004 -
A what-makes-a-good-post question I'd like to see other MetaFilter dinosaurs answer along with me: What are the best
links you ever inflicted on the front page?
posted by rcade
on Jul 29, 2004 -