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What books would make up the library of the Good Ship Metafilter?

Makes me wonder what 400 volumes the library of the USS Metafilter would have on it's Alpha Centauri colonization mission. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 4, 2014 - 102 comments

Goodreads vs FanFare vs ?: MeFi Reading Group

During the initial discussions surrounding FanFare back in March, some talk was had regarding adding books and other reading to the subsite at some future time. It was noted in passing that there is a two-year dormant MetaFilter Goodreads Group. I'm curious about moving forward on one of these options and would like to solicit opinions from the group. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Jul 23, 2014 - 49 comments

Best O' Best Of

What were your favorite long read articles + accompanying threads on the blue in 2013? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Dec 19, 2013 - 53 comments

Can't do theory

Anytime a somewhat theoretical article that is often based in the humanities turns up on the blue, it is only a matter of very predictable time until the thread fills with derails about how dense, difficult, obtuse, "academic", etc., the prose is. [more inside]
posted by whyareyouatriangle on Jul 9, 2013 - 236 comments

May sixth is RTFA Day

Enjoy reading some fantastic articles today!
posted by flex on May 6, 2012 - 67 comments

Metabook Club Time!

It is time to restart the Metabook Club! This time on Goodreads. We will be reading A Perfect Spy by John Le Carre. Join us for the discussion on Goodreads at the Metafilter group. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Apr 4, 2012 - 12 comments

RTFA Day

In the light of this FPP I would like to propose that today be declared RTFA day, in order to promote awareness of Reading The Fucking Article before posting comments.
posted by Artw on May 6, 2011 - 285 comments

Meta Book Club: The Woman Warrior

Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in two worlds: the "solid America," of confounding white "ghosts" to which her parents emigrated, and the misogynistic China of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-stories," where girls were worthless, tradition was exalted and only a strong, wily warrior woman could scratch her way upward. The next meeting of the Mefi Book Club will be held in MetaChat on Tuesday, April 26th. We'll be discussing Ms. Kingston's powerful, controversial and award-winning memoir, The Woman Warrior, and her attempts to discern the truths behind those talk-stories while discovering her personal identity. Please check out the Hungerford lecture on the book (or watch the video), and join us!
posted by zarq on Apr 1, 2011 - 9 comments

Metafilter helps!

David McCandless, who writes Information is Beautiful used an AskMeFi thread as part of his data for a cloud of books everyone should read. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Mar 14, 2011 - 31 comments

Languagehat's Year In Reading

Please enjoy this post by MeFi's own languagehat on The Millions, a blog edited by MeFi's own merlinmann cmaxmagee, about some favorite books he read this year. There are also many Year In Reading entries by other literary luminaries and the series will continue until year end.
posted by matildaben on Dec 1, 2010 - 36 comments

What books are in the "MeFi Canon"?

What books are in the "MeFi Canon"? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 4, 2010 - 145 comments

Goodreads group

MeFi'ers on Goodreads unite [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 16, 2010 - 58 comments

Do you read Mefi archives or your favourites?

Do you read Metafilter archives and/or your favourited items? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Feb 5, 2010 - 55 comments

Metafilter Book Club

What about a Metafilter Book Club? [more inside]
posted by granted on Oct 14, 2009 - 88 comments

Space phone

I, for one, would welcome a Metafilter reader widget for the Android phone. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 25, 2009 - 18 comments

How to Read is Something for Everyone.

My AskMe from this morning was answered beautifully, with depth and consideration. As it is right now, at 20:07 EST, it is a beautiful little anthology on How to Read. I would shamelessly nominate it for the sidebar.
posted by Tufa on Jan 29, 2009 - 62 comments

How long you read meta before joining?

Just wondering how long the typical person reads this site before ponying up the $5? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 14, 2008 - 125 comments

Pony request 7.0649.01: Thread markers

Simple proposition, but perhaps not a simple implementation. Or perhaps loathsome to the majority. Some sort of marker (and even the ability to disable it) to show where you left a thread after returning several hours, or even days, later. When it starts rapidly closing in on, say, 200, it's not so easy to find where you last were. [more inside]
posted by dawson on Feb 20, 2008 - 46 comments

Meta Answer Syndrome

Please read the question before answering it. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 22, 2007 - 193 comments

Not feeling good about being mostly a reader

I’m MetaFilter user 250, which makes me officially oldschool, but: I very rarely post on any branch; all my old posts are terrible (I checked); my recent posts on the blue are extremely conservative to avoid being terrible like the old ones (many are obituaries); and I pretty much live for AskMe. I write a ton of things on my own sites, but I never really manage to write very much of use on the various Metas. This at least is my feeling. I won’t insult anyone’s intelligence by asking “Is it really OK just to read MetaFilter?” Of course it is. I am just wondering how many other early members really, truth be told, never got the hang of front-page posts and other high-profile “content.” I’m saying this after reading through the archived contributions from some new people (with userIDs 40 times higher than mine), who are way the hell better at it. “We can’t all good at everything”? Or what? What is the right way to react to this?
posted by joeclark on Aug 4, 2007 - 128 comments

What do you want to read next?

Metafilter now has a group at LibraryThing. Inspired by the reaction to this thread, jbickers has set up a group with the name "Metafilter" at LibraryThing. Please join if you care to swap reading lists, see what books fellow MeFis own, etc. For maximum coolishness, sign up with the same screen name you use here.
posted by ND¢ on Apr 30, 2007 - 122 comments

Please READ

Not a huge thing, but... how about reading the thread before posting your additional links? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy on Sep 2, 2004 - 20 comments

Where to find blogs to read?

Besides Google and Eatonweb, any suggestions for weblog directories sorted by category/popularity? How do people narrow down what weblogs to actually read (rather than scan) regularly. Any helpful discussion/suggestions for readers, instead of writers ? Many thanks.
posted by Voyageman on May 12, 2002 - 12 comments

Delay of allowing comments pony?

Stop me if you've heard this one before...

A lot of angst/anxiety/breast-beating/whining/etc. has been made over the apparent knee-jerk quality of the responses to FPPs. People rush to get that first (usually obvious, especially if obvious) witty/snarky comment in, often resulting in thread hijack. This can happen within seconds of the original post, making the likelyhood that the commentor has actually looked at/read the FPP's link(s) highly questionable. Perhaps this could be remedied by instituting a "No Comment Period"? A delay of say an hour or so before anyone was allowed to post a comment, during which time people who were interested could read the links and assemble their responses/comments. (More inside)
posted by edlark on Feb 1, 2002 - 33 comments

Do you also skip the posts?

I'm traveling far from home for first time since 9-11, and when I visit Metafilter, I find myself every time going straight to read member's comments, without first (in some cases ever) visiting the posted link. Is this shallow of me, or a simple craving for community spirit? Have others experienced this?
posted by Voyageman on Nov 26, 2001 - 21 comments

tips and tricks for a high click rate

Good thread, bad thread. Simultaneously posted Metatalk topics in two different styles. No surprise that the thread with the topic as the link has 57 posts while the cutesy thread has none. What other tips and tricks are there for guaranteeing a high click rate into a link and its thread?
posted by werty on Oct 22, 2001 - 11 comments

back in the day, there was no snark

just another old-timer rant
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posted by sawks on Oct 19, 2001 - 16 comments

the genius of MeFi, to me, is the flat interface.

the genius of MeFi, to me, is the flat interface.

therefore, what would y'all think (and mainly Matt) about changing the form of MetaTalk so it's just one page (with a topic line in the post footer or header, if you want it)? it sure would make it easier to keep up, in my mind. sometimes i forget the last time i read and have to open the thread to see.
posted by Sean Meade on Mar 7, 2001 - 8 comments

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