June 20

Metatalktail Hour: If I Ran the Holidays

It is a holiday-filled weekend in the US/UK with Bloomsday, Juneteenth, Father's Day and the Solstice all happening within a few days of each other, and all during Pride Month. So today, on National Hike With a Geek Day, I'd like to know what thing (commemoration, celebration, special event) would you like to make into a holiday? What would happen on that day? Who would it be for or about? Or would there be an existing holiday you'd reconfigure? Or do you have a personal holiday that you celebrate in your own way? [more inside]

June 16

Long-ago comment: close encounter with a serial killer, Vancouver?

I wonder if anyone can help me dig up an ancient comment, probably at least a dozen years old. [more inside]

June 12

Metatalktail Hour: I'm Gonna Do Something With It Eventually

As a kind of complement to last weekend's question, I want to know what thing/object/item has been sitting on your desk or a table or a shelf (or moved between various among them) for Objectively Too Long because dangit one of these days you're gonna get around to thing you were gonna do with it or use it for. [more inside]

June 9

Summer book bingo!

Let's fill out our Seattle Public Library's Summer Book Bingo cards together. You don't have to live in Seattle to do it; anywhere will work, with books in any language. We can give each other reading suggestions and encouragement here. [more inside]

June 8

What's Wrong With The Guardian?

A moderator removed a link to the Guardian because of something about that paper's LGBTQ stance. This is the first I've heard. What caused this reaction from MetaFilter? It seems to have come up only now, but I cannot find anything in recent Guardian issues that might have prompted the action.

June 7

Spend 2 hrs watching the Matrix? I could read the script in 15 minutes!

I think this kind of complaint needs to be retired. This thread has a bunch of the same complaints made anytime someone posts a link to a long-form video essay. "I'm not watching this! Write me an essay instead!" But it turns out long-form video essays are a genre now, and some of them are good! I think it's time we stopped derailing discussions of them with complaints about how we don't like the genre. "It's too long! I like reading better! And did you know some video essays are bad?"

[MeFi Site Update] June 7th

Hello Metafilter! My 5th update on the state of the site. [more inside]

June 6

Metatalktail Hour: What's on your favorite shelf?

Frimble thought of this question, and I didn't even know I had a favorite shelf until they asked! Do you have a fun shelf share? Is it because of the physical properties of the shelf, or its location, or what's on the shelf, or a combo? Is it a coincidence that "shelf" rhymes with "self"??? 🤯Yes! Yes, it is! Never mind, tell us a little about yourshelf anyway! [more inside]

What do favorites mean on Metafilter?

I always assumed that favoriting a post or a comment on this site is similar to "liking" on other platforms. To signal approval or sympathy. But it also has a sort of bookmarking functionality, doesn't it? Which seems to imply a more neutral function. How is the favorite button intended to be used, and how do people here actually use it? And do you notice things like favorite counts on people's profiles? Does that influence your opinion of them?

June 1

173: No That's A Different Penguin

My dog ate my podcast synopsis. It's me, it's Jessamyn, it's a podcast recorded in the deep past of before the long weekend, it's about 90 minutes. [more inside]

May 29

Metatalktail Hour: Everybody needs a 🍲

You've traded in your magic (overthinking) beans, or you've managed to free a grateful food genie, or your foodie godmother has wielded her magic wand, or you've stumbled upon a hungry dragon's unguarded treasure ... anyway, the tl/dr is that now you have a fabulous enchanted plate that once a day will fill up with whatever dish you summon forth. So what will you be eating from your magical plate today? Oh, but just one more thing... [more inside]

May 28

Music on Fanfare?

I was wondering what people think of the idea of adding "Music" as a category for posting on Fanfare? [more inside]

May 24

Rosemary's Baby's Day Out

Five years ago today, an innocuous thread was posted about nerd culture mashup t-shirts. Before long, weird mashup creation took hold, and with this comment by Existential Dread, a format solidified. The ensuing madness would last more than a month, totaling more than 2,000 comments and at least as many insane mashup titles in a brilliant/stupid/hilarious thread that will still make you laugh today. Which are your favorites?

[MeFi Site Update] May 24th

Hello Metafilter! Please find my 4th update on the state of the site below. [more inside]

May 22

Metatalktail Hour: What would your Midas Touch? ✨

Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead asks: "You have 17 pounds of gold (at minimum worth $50,000 in today's buying power), a time machine, and the infrastructure to fund one arts project at any point in history. What do you fund?" 'Arts' covering any human technology / performance / creation, in this case. [more inside]

May 17

On the situation in Gaza, and MeFi discussions

The situation in Gaza is awful, and as a moderation team collectively we are horrified by the violence and destruction and loss of life the Israeli government has been causing in Palestine. As a Jew, personally, I am too; for the mod team and for many people in the MetaFilter community this isn't just a terrible situation but one with very direct and personal resonances. Jewish identity and history is complex; overt and oppressive violence isn't, and what the state of Israel is doing right now to the people in Palestine is wrong.

The desire to talk about and react to the situation on MeFi is completely understandable. But it's also a topic that has, in particular during times of open conflict, been incredibly difficult to manage as an open discussion without it escalating to a point of being more harmful than helpful, and that's something we can't knowingly support playing out in the community here.

It's hard to say when and how a broad discussion of this can go well; we are going to have to exercise a lot of care in assessing whether the framing of a post and available moderator resources will make for a workable thread. In the mean time it feels necessary to me to make this MetaTalk post acknowledging both that site dilemma and the actual situation at large since MeFi, as a place built around posts, can end up feeling conspicuously silent when there's not a thread happening organically.

I'd like to try and fill the gap left by the lack of an open thread by using the space inside this post to round up informational resources; the mod team will aim to add to this post periodically if folks will forward good links to us via the contact form. [more inside]

May 16

Metatalktail Hour: All those moments lost in time, like tears in rain

Our Metatalktail topic this week come courtesy Kristi, who asks "Time travel has become easy and commonplace. Everyone's already done the big time travel things. What mundane, low-priority time travel trips would you take?" [more inside]

May 15

Modern Pen Pal Project

Since the beginning of 2020, I've been doing a project where I write a handwritten letter a week to friends, acquaintances, and family members on a topic of their choosing. I am looking for some new folks who would enjoy snail mail. [more inside]

Adding archive.org links to old posts

Is it possible and desirable to add Internet Archive links to old posts? [more inside]

May 13

It's not easy being short

One of these links is not like the others.
One of these links doesn't belong.
Can you tell which link is not like the other
by the time I finish this song? [more inside]

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