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]
... But how is a reddit thread
worthy of an FPP? [more inside]
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]
deezil has an excellent spyware removal/virus removal guide
in his profile. Are there other members with similarly useful content?
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!
A single link to today's issue of your favorite webcomic
or cartoon series
is not appropriate for a Front Page Post. [more inside]
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]
Does the five bucks make a difference in the quality of our discussions? There's a Freakanomics post on the NY Times today
that points to a web page set up to compare comment-streams on MetaFilter and YouTube
. [more inside]
My first ever MeFi post failed miserably. Where'd I go wrong? [more inside]
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]
, a PDF for anyone having difficulty participating in MeFi and AskMe. [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
Exactly why did this
stay up on MeFi?
Hey everyone! It's Tuesday afternoon, I'm just chillin at home. Happy post-whatever
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.
: 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.
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.
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!
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?
I want to be able to write a good FPP (reposted from AskMeFi)
is a terrible, axe-grinding, (self-admitted) newsfilter post with editorializing in both the text of the post and the tags.
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!
What? Already. What
are you people
Can you be a more explicit in your sugestions for improving my post than just telling me it sucks
? A hint, perhaps, to the nature of the suck, rather than just its degree?
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?
Christmas. Christmas. Smoke.
We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies, folks.
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.
've trained remedial ferrets to make better FPPs
And linking to the same thing twice doesn't make it less crap.
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.
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?
"This entire genre of editorials are so embarassing
: the guy who won't stand for it anymore and finally tells it like it is, which inevitably means high-fiving his readers and foaming with vitriolic bigotry.... I propose the name 'Fratboy Journalism.' "
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!!
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!
I guess reports of MeFi's demise
are greatly exaggerated.
What does this tell you
about the quality and appeal of posts on Metafilter over the last few months?
By comparison Monkeyfilter
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.
Within AskMe I offered a link
To a site that's quite helpful, I think
And I threw in a line
re: a pet cause of mine
As a post to the blue, would this stink?
Something is deeply wrong with MeFi... the front page is simply choc-a-bloc with great links!
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?
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?
A thread about some irresponsible thing Bill O'Reilly said
is followed with some pile on comments and a few insights. Then, ten comments and forty minutes later, this: "Jeebus, how does this qualify as a FPP?
" It seems that on the new MetaFilter, post policing is the new troll.
In response to this post
about Dick Clark, here are some ways to make better current events posts (more inside).
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.
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.
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?