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 -
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 -
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 -
I, for one, would welcome a Metafilter reader widget for the Android phone. [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Sep 25, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Not a huge thing, but... how about reading the thread before posting your additional links? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy
on Sep 2, 2004 -
, 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 -
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 -
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 -
, 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 -
just another old-timer rant
posted by sawks
on Oct 19, 2001 -
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 -