Past Meetups Follow-up Thread Links October 28, 2007 3:37 PM   Subscribe

Can we add a feature in the Past Meetups page that also links to the follow-up on meetups (e.g. the threads that contain pictures and how a good time was had by all)?
posted by spiderskull to Feature Requests at 3:37 PM (14 comments total)

Previously.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:43 PM on October 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think one thing that might help solve this problem is to leave Metatalk threads open for longer than 30 days- if a thread announcing the meetup closes before the meetup, a new thread has to be created. But if the thread was still open, people might put the pictures in the old thread.

Although new meetup picture threads are fun, so maybe that's not a good idea. I dunno.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:45 PM on October 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Tags on MeTa would solve this issue, yes?
posted by carsonb at 3:48 PM on October 28, 2007


Aren't all those threads under the "MetaFilter gatherings" link?
posted by liquorice at 3:53 PM on October 28, 2007


I don't mind that there's a new thread for the same meetup -- it's actually quite convenient. Plus, it's not like we have a ton of meetups, so I don't really see it as a problem.

It's just difficult to find them after a few months have passed.
posted by spiderskull at 6:51 PM on October 28, 2007


I think one thing that might help solve this problem is to leave Metatalk threads open for longer than 30 days-

Naw, it's that old meetups fall off the sidebar so they're basically gone forever, so people make new posts with photos. If they were still open, they'd still require someone to click Past Meetups, then the old meetup, then add photo links and it's kind of a buried thing.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:54 PM on October 28, 2007


What if there was a special page containing nothing but links to meetup threads, broken out by location and date?
posted by bingo at 7:47 PM on October 28, 2007


How about making meetup threads that have been sidebarred get closed X days after the date of the meetup, rather than the normal 30 days from the start of the thread? This way people can add comments afterwards in the original meetup thread to add links to the new photo thread(s) so that people looking at the "past meetups" list can still find the photos.
posted by DaShiv at 7:50 PM on October 28, 2007


DaShiv -- that sounds perfect. But really, I enjoy the separate after-the-meetup threads. I think you could expand the meetup page as bingo describes it, and just link the follow-up thread there.
posted by spiderskull at 8:16 PM on October 28, 2007


and how a good time was had by all...

Sadly, some meetups turn into horribly depressing affairs where absolutely no one has a good time. These are the ones, of course, that provide the best photo opportunities (a mirror into the true nature of mankind and all that...), and I'd certainly like to see better links to these in particular.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:07 PM on October 28, 2007


Nthing DaShiv's suggestion.
posted by brujita at 10:52 PM on October 28, 2007


Plus, it's not like we have a ton of meetups

Eight already planned in the first two weeks of November. What exactly would a ton be, nightly?
posted by justgary at 11:39 PM on October 28, 2007


If we could tag metatalk posts, a photo tag could be added to the thread when photos were posted. If the sidebar retained the old meet-up posts for, say, a month after the event, then the photo tag could pop a little flag beside the link. Forex:

Upcoming Meetups:
Nov 2: Philadelphia, PA
Nov 9: Atlanta GA
Nov 10: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Nov 11: San Francisco

Past Meetups:
Oct 27: Berlin (photos!)
Oct 26: NYC (photos!)
Oct 25: Seattle, WA
Oct 25: Asheville, NC (photos!)


All would be links, of course. Past Meetups could link to the existing page.
posted by bonehead at 8:27 AM on October 29, 2007


Sadly, some meetups turn into horribly depressing affairs where absolutely no one has a good time.

Or they turn horribly violent. During the last meetup held in Oakland, we had eggs thrown at us from passing cars as we walked from one bar to the next. I believe one mefite actually had an egg bounce off of them while crossing 14th street.

Of course, by "horribly violent" I actually mean "oddly surreal".
posted by oneirodynia at 11:22 PM on October 29, 2007


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