Can someone educate me? October 1, 2001 9:30 PM   Subscribe

I don't think Bas67's recent deleted post linking to the Onion should have been deleted. I think that was good stuff. I was going to post the comment:

They should translate that text into the appropriate language(s), put it on leaflets, and drop it throughout Afganistan, Syria, Lebanon and the West Bank. It might make certain individuals think twice.

Was it really beyond the Pale? Can someone educate me? Or was it the material around the post on that page (which I didn't read)?
posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 9:30 PM (5 comments total)

Well, not that we don't want a chance to let you go on about politics in the Middle East, because that's what I, personally, live for, but I think that fact that it's (a) a double post (b) to the Onion, for Allah's sake, is probably justification enough.
posted by anildash at 9:32 PM on October 1, 2001

Ever changing sites like the onion still are considered bad form because of the technicality of being a double post and because everyone on the net reads the onion anyway.

I don't completely agree on the no onion policy, but I'd also not want to see every weds's page be full of 'check this one out its funny.'
posted by skallas at 9:43 PM on October 1, 2001

Oh. I'm slipping.
posted by ParisParamus at 9:43 PM on October 1, 2001

It's like a quintuple post. The onion issue was already discussed at length, so I think any new thread about a story within that issue is a double.

Every single article in that issue has been posted by someone in the past week (and deleted by me).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:25 PM on October 1, 2001

However, let's not generalize here. Everyone doesn't read the Onion. I looked at it for the first time (after hearing much about it) when I saw the post talking about the issue as a whole, not linking specific articles. I'm not new to the Internet, I just don't read the Onion. And That's Okay.

But since it seems most Mefi-ers read the Onion regularly, it's fair to say don't post articles from it, cuz then the Metafilter front page looks all "been there, done that" to many users.

posted by melissa at 1:31 PM on October 3, 2001

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