Deletion of site with mostly different content? June 15, 2006 11:38 AM   Subscribe

My link to a site with a few hundred photographs gets deleted because it's supposedly a double of a 2-year old link to a post on some messageboard with but a few dozen similar pictures? What gives? (I've happily accepted the fate of unfortunate double posts in the past, but these links are not the same...)
posted by Robot Johnny to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM (31 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

You should have thrown a little animated GIF at the end of your post.
posted by Zozo at 11:43 AM on June 15, 2006


yeah, your link was more informative. Thems the breaks, kid.
posted by boo_radley at 11:47 AM on June 15, 2006


Did you see those other posts and decide that your post was different enough to post it?
posted by smackfu at 11:50 AM on June 15, 2006


Your link is excellent, while I wouldn't have flagged it and was happy to see it, color photography from WWI has been covered three times now:

http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/45828
http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/40043
http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/36278
posted by justkevin at 11:50 AM on June 15, 2006


The more recent post was from just a few months back and went to something that sounded very similar, but is now a broken link. I linked to the two year old post just because it was still live.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:52 AM on June 15, 2006


the problem with taking the double post rule too far is that according to those people who do not read MetaFilter every day (I would say thats somewhere around 90%), a "double post" might be new to them. Did this post really ddo any harm? Flagging it sounds a little anal to me.
posted by Pacheco at 11:53 AM on June 15, 2006


I don't know, I think it's worth sticking around. It's a much deeper site than some message board post.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:01 PM on June 15, 2006


[close]
posted by squirrel at 12:08 PM on June 15, 2006


Oh, I guess it is a triple post. Jessamyn swayed me. It's deleted, sorry (it was new to me and I thought it was cool).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:12 PM on June 15, 2006


Fair enough... Them's the breaks I guess... and no, smackfu, I did not see the previous links. I searched for URLs and tags, and found nothing.
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:28 PM on June 15, 2006


the problem with taking the double post rule too far is that according to those people who do not read MetaFilter every day (I would say thats somewhere around 90%), a "double post" might be new to them.

Well, you could use that argument for any double post. But I think your basic point is valid, I just think it's a "lesser of two evils" thing. In this case, the greater evil is repeated recycling of the same subject, discussion, arguments, etc.

Anyway, people should be reading MetaFilter every day. It's good for you.
posted by pardonyou? at 12:37 PM on June 15, 2006


This is why I always grab 70-80 related links from Google on the subject. Much less likely to be deleted as a double then.
posted by Eideteker at 1:16 PM on June 15, 2006


It's too bad it was deleted (I love these things), but when I saw that show up in my RSS feed, I was sure it MUST be a double (because I've seen this type of thing so many times before).
posted by antifuse at 1:17 PM on June 15, 2006


You should have thrown a little animated GIF at the end of your post.
posted by Zozo at 1:43 PM CST on June 15


!!!
posted by dios at 2:10 PM on June 15, 2006


I think you mean:

!!!
posted by languagehat at 3:17 PM on June 15, 2006


Double posts are deleted
posted by dios at 3:22 PM on June 15, 2006


Can we just skip to the part where mathowie regrets allowing that pulsing icon without actually going through the posts which will inevitably cause him to regret it?
posted by scottreynen at 3:25 PM on June 15, 2006


No, we want those posts and we will have those posts.
posted by languagehat at 5:22 PM on June 15, 2006


Can we just skip to the part where mathowie regrets allowing that pulsing icon without actually going through the posts which will inevitably cause him to regret it?

N!
posted by pardonyou? at 7:03 PM on June 15, 2006


ll
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 7:25 PM on June 15, 2006


Be mesmerized: stare deeply at my asshle!
posted by five fresh fish at 9:20 PM on June 15, 2006


Man, I love talkin' 'bout Metafilter.

posted by aaronetc at 11:27 PM on June 15, 2006 [1 favorite]


I think aaronetc just broke something...
posted by anarcation at 1:07 AM on June 16, 2006


you mean "brke" something.
posted by dabitch at 7:39 AM on June 16, 2006


*starts twitching*

shouldn't the blinking threads come with a warning?
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posted by sonofsamiam at 8:05 AM on June 16, 2006


Awesome... this thread TOTALLY breaks my "My Comments" page now.
posted by antifuse at 8:31 AM on June 16, 2006


(if you comment again, it un-breaks it.)
posted by raedyn at 8:40 AM on June 16, 2006



posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:27 AM on June 16, 2006


*scowl*
posted by raedyn at 11:02 AM on June 16, 2006


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