I'd like to know the reasoning behind keeping some posts up while deleting others, especially as it pertains to these particular threads. [more inside]
posted by misha
on Apr 20, 2012 -
When philip-random made this comment
: "There's much talk at MetaTALK of all the things that Metafilter does NOT do well, but seldom do we hear of the one thing that MetaFilter routinely tanks at, which is anything to do with WRITING."
... he was damn well spot-on. Anything we might possibly do to remedy this depressing reality?
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 4, 2010 -
I've noticed that in posts dealing with OCD, anxiety, depression, or other related mental health issues (most recently this thread
, though maybe that's not the best example) there often seems to be a pretty dismissive attitude on the part of a number of commenters. What's up with that?
posted by OverlappingElvis
on Jul 6, 2010 -
Academic schedule and MetaFilter angst/happiness. Is there a chart? It just seems like one day we're all spousing and hugging and then next day it's a call for flameouts and pitchforks. [more inside]
posted by lilywing13
on Apr 15, 2010 -
Do we need entire threads devoted to the ridicule of personal ads, their creators, and their unfashionable lifestyles and politics? [more inside]
posted by kid ichorous
on Oct 22, 2009 -
Feeling safe posting on MetaFilter. Courtesy, disagreement, "welcoming" environments and related topics. [more inside]
posted by subbes
on Oct 9, 2009 -
You're a junior in a liberal arts program and you think you've got a career?
35 years after having had a vasectomy, you want children? Have you picked up a new trophy wife, or something, HuronBob?
Wow, someone's got his panties in a knot over this. I guess we hit some sort of nerve.
Maybe, but maybe you could be a little nicer Hildegarde
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Apr 8, 2008 -
Is there a new policy now where Matt/Jess/cortex are deleting comments in the Blue that are a bit snarky/one-linerish? Because I remember a one-liner in the Lyndon Johnson thread that's no longer there. Is that because Matt thinks that the first few comments set the tone for the thread, so ya'll are trying to keep things on-topic from the get-go?
BTW, I'm well aware that I basically set myself up here for a rapid succession of one-liners. Have at it, folks.
posted by SeizeTheDay
on Mar 31, 2008 -
is a double
, but it is also good example of how one or two cranky farts can totally change the tone of a thread. [more inside]
posted by aspo
on Oct 8, 2007 -
Crawl over the grass at a moderate pace, beating your forehead against the ground at one-second intervals. The place where your head rests when you lose consciousness may be the approximate location of your septic tank
. Or it may not.
posted by The Confessor
on Jul 28, 2007 -
Since it seems the moderators are not reading the thread below
, in which the community decided it was perfectly acceptable to launch personal attacks
against a person whose only transgression was using the site as it's supposed to be used
, I'm bringing it up as its own topic here. Nasty comments that serve no function in helping the poster find a solution are not allowed in AskMe. Allowing them in MeTa -- again, not because the poster has made some transgression or broken some site rule, but simply because he's fat or lonely or makes too much money or whatever else the community has deemed unacceptable today -- seems a completely shitty way of getting around the rules in AskMe, and seems to completely undermine what we as a community are trying to create there: A helpful, open place where the emphasis is on solving problems, not sniping.
posted by occhiblu
on Jan 19, 2007 -
there seems to be a lot of pointless snarking occuring in ask.metafilter. One of the appeals of ask.mefi was the relatively calm and non-judgemental tone. Now it seems to be sliding into Usenet territory. Perhaps this is one of the inevitable stages of online communities.
So I am asking if "answer moderation" with the temporary vacationing of those who commit multiple, egregious offenses might reset things. It might not, but I can't think of any other solutions.
and yes, I have been part of the problem at times.
posted by craniac
on Mar 16, 2006 -
What uses less bandwith, posts that are calling out people being stupid or hypocritical, or MeTa posts that are calling out the deletion of posts that call out people that are being stupid or hypocritical?
posted by Balisong
on Jan 14, 2006 -
Occasionally, I am reminded why I shouldn't read the comments
I guess I'm soft-hearted or something, but I thought that yankeefog's link was a pretty good one: inspiring, heart-warming, maybe a little fluffy, but it's the holidays. So, after I read the article, I clicked back to the comments and the first half dozen replies are people whining about having to register to read it. Particularly annoying is thirteenkiller's one word dismissal
. I'm sure a lot of thought went into that. I mean, what purpose does that kind of post serve other than to make yourself look like a complete dick? Seriously, you have time to dress up your user page with ironic hideously stupid rainbow shit
, but you don't have time to swipe a password from bugmenot? Yeesh.
posted by MegoSteve
on Dec 31, 2005 -
Has anyone ever noted an odd behavior regarding the first comments on some AskMetafilter questions? I've noticed the more than occasional instance of snarky, snide or oddball comments by the first person there. It's almost as if these people are marking their territory by pooping on the thread. Are there other sociological parallels or is there an name for this behavior?
posted by quadog
on Jun 24, 2005 -
In the same way we want to avoid people's pet theories on pornography invading threads on pubic shaving (old gray/green thread, wish I could remember the URLs), I wish Metafilter's multitude of strident atheists would extend the courtesy of keeping their unhelpful but oh-so-clever snarks [6
] out of otherwise cogent discussions on scriptural mythos. We can talk about these things objectively without being vilified as damn fundies, right? Thanks, and Happy Easter.
posted by brownpau
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Snark/non helpful alert
. And we wonder why folks think this is a boyzone? Am I pms'ing? Yes. Overreacting? Possibly. Does not calling it out = acceptance, joking or not?
posted by yoga
on Feb 12, 2005 -
In light of the recent tragic events in AskMe, and on MeFi, I move that we enable some kind of vote-banning system, or just close new user signups altogether until inbreeding causes us to become one eyed, immune-system-less pedigree albinos.
posted by armoured-ant
on Jan 6, 2005 -
Gratuitious personal insults do not burnish the shine on a class act - From this recent metafilter discussion
: "....do you not get annoyed by off-topic barrages and rows upon rows of text cut-and-pasted directly from the link itself without a fucking grain of comment on the content? I don't mind quoting a link if it adds to a comment; but quoting an entire article that you've alreadly linked to without including a single original thought is why I started calling him a bobblehead. He doesn't even understand the quip. I realize that his brain is likely mush after years and years of drug abuse"
posted by troutfishing
on May 1, 2004 -
Could there be a feature that automatically makes a disparaging comment about a poster's physical appearance when a nude picture
of the person is posted?
posted by brownpau
on Mar 18, 2004 -
I'm a big fan of IraqFilter, but when we post new developments like this thread
by Postroad, can we provide a little direction about what's supposed to be discussed? Perhaps it might lessen the flamewars/snarkyness that ensues. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz
on Dec 22, 2003 -
I have refrained from participating in the recent political thread wars. I agree the political threads are hopeless, but I can't disagree with the folks who say, "If you don't like it, don't read 'em." Fair enough. Surely MeFi is big enough for all of us?
But please, please, PLEASE: if you are a political thread brawler, at least have the decency to keep your snark and bile out of the non-political threads. It really pisses in my oatmeal to be reading an interesting article about a little-known scientific finding, hit the discussion, and run smack into this.
And troutfishing, you're just as out of line:
Osama, conspiracy theory—WTF, man?
The political threads are tolerable because, as people keep pointing out, however bad they are, they're a small part of MeFi. But if the crap in them, and the cranks who dominate them start spilling over into every other MeFi thread—we're doomed.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Dec 19, 2003 -
"I've got Lupus." You're a werewolf!? No wonder you don't go outside.
I'm no model MeFite, but this struck me as particularly offensive, inappropriate, and sophmoric, especially in the context of the thread. Sharing too much personal information is discouraged, but I don't think anybody deserves this amount of disrespect.
posted by eddydamascene
on Oct 20, 2002 -
can we have a moratorium on all the internal squabbling? I thought that was what Metatalk was for. This morning there are two posts
(so far) in which the comments have devolved into little more than how bad the original post is. Can't we just let Matt delete the bad threads?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy
on Sep 27, 2002 -
Having just posted a comment, and having had a pang of worry over an unintentional snarkiness implied by an italicisation, i continued to the thread on james randi
which seems to be about to blow up due to the charming "Fuck you and your know-nothing smugness." comment. An unanswearble, i guess, but what is with these peeps?
posted by robself
on Sep 6, 2002 -
Danger! An idea is loose! KillkillkillkillKILL!
This guy is obviously an idiot and is best ignored.
Sir I hope your ignorance bites you in the ass.
Farenheit 451, anyone?
I'd like to ask this guy to blow me.
Fuck you....you dumb bastard and your attempts at public debate.
Well! I'm glad to see that the standard of Metafilter discussion is as high as ever! We wouldn't want this place to sink to the level of Fark, Plastic, or Free Republic, heaven forfend.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Aug 25, 2002 -
is the second
front page post in a week ridiculing bad small business design. A bad precedent, and today's post is aggressive to boot. (inside)
posted by liam
on Feb 28, 2002 -
Give the gaddamned snide comments
a break. It's a flippin' discussion and some tend to add anecdotals. Yes! That is what some people do. To add to DISCUSSION
. Would you be like this during a conversation at the pub? To hell with being personable!
posted by crasspastor
on Feb 8, 2002 -
It's not the petty insults,
it's the rank, disrespectful and pretentious sarcasm that's ruining discussions on MeFi. This thread is only the latest example. As discussions go, its useless. The topic, however, merits a reasoned dialogue. I could cite a few examples in which I've crossed the line. I feel comfortable that I've held my worst instincts in check most often; others have not.
It gets worse all the time. It's now customary among the hawkish set to lead off every comment with a sarcastic jibe, instead of an honest reaction. > >
posted by rschram
on Jan 21, 2002 -
A troubling thread
. Insulting in tone, shallow in content, this thread is an extreme example of a type of behavior that seems to be growing here. More inside.
posted by gd779
on Dec 4, 2001 -