AS SLEUTHS STARTED PICKING APART THE STORY, SOME BELIEVERS SUFFERED GENUINE ANGUISH BECAUSE OF THE CYNICISM. [more inside]
Then, on May 19, the user “acridrabbit” posted a simple question: “Is it possible that Kaycee did not exist?” Not only were there some inconsistencies in Kaycee’s story—some odd-sounding descriptions of how the doctors talked about leukemia, the difficulty people were having in finding an address for flowers and cards—but it also appeared that nobody had ever met Kaycee in person.
What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned?
Exploring the pristine ruins of Second Life and other online spaces
LAURA E. HALLJUL 13 2014, 6:55 AM ET [more inside]
"Why Academics Are Incensed By Facebook's Emotion-Manipulating Social Experiment"
by Chris Gayomali
Comments on Metafilter filled a spectrum ranging from "meh" to furious: "I don't remember volunteering to participate in this. If I had tried this in graduate school, the institutional review board would have crapped bricks."
(See, was that
so hard, New Yorker
AskMe gets a shout out
on the New Yorker's Page-turner blog.
Nice MF shoutout from Mark Morford in his latest post about trolls... [more inside]
Now I Know
is a free daily newsletter of incredible things; you’ll learn something new every day! The author, Dan Lewis, links this informative comment
on how to find an apartment in New York city.
Attorneys James Daily and Ryan Davidson, better knownst to us as jedicus
, are guest-blogging this week
at the rather frighteningly prestigious law blog "The Volokh Conspiracy." Daily and Davidson, as many of us know, were propelled to fame and fortune by their joint project Law and the Multiverse
, and the resulting book The Law of Superheroes
, in which they apply our mundane Earth-Prime laws to comic books. And, of course, it all started at MeFi Projects.
I would like to point out the superhelpful answers to this wonderfully bizarre question:
which in turn reminds me of this even more wonderfully bizarre question
Meowlectronics. It is a thing.
AskMe gets a shoutout
in NPR's MonkeySee blog.
 Anil Dash
"Simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet."
Examples? Why Metafilter
, of course, (as well as Stack Exchange sites, of which he is a board member). [more inside]
Apparently we're erudite! And beloved by children (or something...) [more inside]
MeFi's own Adam Savage ("MOAS") gave us a very cool shout out to his 15 million Twitter followers, saying "Awesome links, excellently moderated discussion. My favorite community of balanced, reasoned debate is www.metafilter.com.
" And in response to another tweet asking about Reddit, MOAS replied that of course he still reads Reddit, but "for reasonable debate, I far prefer MeFi.
". [more inside]
Just featured on All Things Considered
it's mefi's own: jedicus
and their blog: The Law and the Multiverse
. Previously discussed here
And this all started over here
at mefi projects. [more inside]
"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Starship Titanic website sat a specious message board with posts by the senior crew of the fictional ship. This is not its story.
" The Economist
blog "Babbage" explores (in decidedly Adamsian style) the fascinating story of the Starlight Lines forum
and its "accidental" community, as told by Mefi's own Yoz Grahame
in this truly epic comment
from last December. [more inside]
"If your article was well written, and/or funny, I’d simply have had a laugh about it and went back to metafilter.com where I belong when I’m on the net when it was forwarded to me." A shoutout by new Cub... Metafilter's own.... Fernando Perez
. [more inside]
David Wondrich (Splificator
) gives MetaFilter a shoutout in his new book Punch [more inside]
I'd probably want to sweep this booger-string of a deleted thread
under the rug too if it was my site. But it's sort of sad to lose such a gold star collection of mefi members practicing the non-bigotry they preach, so if anyone lost a comment they're particularly proud of the deleting mod pretty much invited you to re-post it to the open thread here
Seen in the bathroom of a Brooklyn bar : WTF MATT? [more inside]
I'm calling out flapjax at midnite
for making consistently awesome music posts
and being an asset to the community. [more inside]
I'd just like to take a moment to misuse MetaTalk and draw your attention to this lame gawker list type post revealing the origin of MetaFilters own Astro Zombie
Metafilter 10th Anniversary party line and voice mailbox. Numbers inside! [more inside]
Hey, AskMefites, thanks for potentially saving my life. [more inside]
I checked out NPRs Planet Money to see what kind of insight they have on the financial situation. Turns out that they're linking to us [more inside]
on the nerd vote has been posted over at boingboing
Thanks MeFi for helping me move! [more inside]
I come in praise of orange swan
and her many craft-related posts
. They are wittily
put together and loaded with tons of great links, especially those that recycle old
things into amazing new ones
. Thank you, orange swan!
I'd like to publicly thank MeFi user mattbucher
for helping make last night a wonderful experience. [more inside]
I just wanted to say what a wonderful memorial the David Foster Wallace obit thread
has become. [more inside]
A follow up to this little post
I made a few years ago about a fellow that was attempting to walk every street and lane of his surroundings. His passing
has given me pause to reflect on the idea of community and how posting events from the local to the global bring us closer together. I want to say thank you to mathowie for providing us with this forum for sharing these often unheard stories.
Sidebar request - grumblebee on finding your passion [more inside]
I Vant To be Alone!* [more inside]
Merlin Mann <3
The responses to this
AskMe are a "Best of" for me. Dunno if this is the venue... but I need to express myself! [more inside]
Nicely done moderation on the Russian sexual harassment post. [more inside]
I found what I was looking for, after 2+ years, including an answer to my very first AskMe post! For posterity, the answer to this question
, and the answer to this question
is "Happy Go Lively" which is available here
I'd love to be able to update my own askme posts, even if they were from years ago. I understand that the discussion has to end at some point, but if I found what I believe to be the definitive answer (since it was my question, after all), it would help those who come searching later on to keep the answer and the question together.
I think it's about time Kattullus got a pat on the back for a staggering output of consistently excellent posts
Ask MeFi inspires an author: there's a plethora of traffic-related questions that pop up
on the green, but one such question (I'm betting this one
) helped to inform a book
that's out today
. [more inside]
People who were interested in the original thread
may enjoy seeing some big grins on kids' faces
courtesy of baby_balrog
's playground ministry
; the playgrounds are evidently up.
I would like to thank Dee_extrovert for sharing her experiences and insights with us in this thread
. [more inside]
This AskMe post
blows my mind in a minor and enjoyable way. Who knew? It turns out a lot of people have a Tourette's-like response to embarrassing memories. [more inside]
Lest anyone miss it on the blue, this post
needs to be added to the list of those that are referred to whenever someone asks what an excellent FPP looks like.
Mefi's Own Baby_Balrog
: "Stephen and I traveled to Bilin, near Ramallah, on Friday. [...] IDF soldiers began firing CS gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at the marchers [...] here's a video of me running away when the soldiers started firing gas canisters [...] I had my jump kit with me and tried to help a few people [...]" He's writing a pretty fascinating blog.
Over the last few months one of the Metafilter regulars has produced a number of comments demonstrating an above average grasp of the democratic parties political process as well as an above average ability to articulate that understanding in to language that highlights the substance of the comments. [more inside]
I just wanted to point out how great a guy adamwolf
is. When I asked this question
he offered me an old oscilloscope of his he was replacing.
I wanted to call out a post I like
, circa 2003. I just ran across the site (specifically
), and would have posted it myself had it not already found its way here five years ago.
is happening on the Blue. [more inside]