Unwanted Duplicates November 15, 2008 8:47 AM   Subscribe

Why doesn't the Metafilter search also look through deletedthread to find duplicates?
posted by gman to Feature Requests at 8:47 AM (47 comments total)

I think the reasoning is that a duplicate of a deleted post is only rarely a problem and things get deleted from MeFi for more reasons than just being dupes.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:07 AM on November 15, 2008


Why does the University of Michigan have such a shitty football team this year? That's the real question.
posted by kbanas at 9:13 AM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


jessamyn - Agreed, but one could also have a better idea if there's another reason not to post a topic or frame a post in a certain way.
posted by gman at 9:16 AM on November 15, 2008


kbanas, I don't want to talk about it.

Rich Rodriguez is totally inflexible. He clearly doesn't have the horses to run the offense he ran at WV and yet insists on implementing it wholesale. I wasn't expecting great things this season, but the personnel mismanagement has thusfar been astonishingly, embarrassingly bad.
posted by kosem at 9:27 AM on November 15, 2008


I understand where you're coming from gman. However, adjusting the framing of a post won't be helped by doing a duplicates search on deletedthread. People who know about deleted thread can keep half an eye on it to see what links may have been wrong for MetaFilter. We sort of have to strike a balance between making the site easy enough to use for people familiar with the way things work here and not making it totally opaque for new users.

It's very rare that a link gets deleted from MeFi and then reposted only to get deleted again. When that does happen, it's usually because the topic as a whole is one that's not great for MeFi [yet another PalinFilter post or "look at these stupid people, let's all make fun of them" post] not because it's a dupe.

So, I'm not sure if you're worried about making a double post -- in which case we're really in "no harm no foul territory" because there's nothing wrong with making a double post, there are no demerits handed out, which is one of the reasons we don't work to hard to make it something that never happens -- or concerned about people being able to making good posts generally which is a larger issue and one that probably won't be helped by additional search functions.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:31 AM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thanks jessamyn. I guess we can now use this thread to talk about U-M's football team. Having said that, I may know a lot about the original topic I posted about, but nothing about college football.
posted by gman at 9:36 AM on November 15, 2008


Yeah, I've posted links that were deleted before, despite having found out that they've been deleted before, just using faith in my badass-ness compared to the loser who did the previous post. A faith yet to be invalidated.
posted by Non Prosequitur at 9:37 AM on November 15, 2008


Good God. I was going to say "My college football team sucks," but then I went to their website and discovered that they had "a 64-33 victory over long-time rival Pomona-Pitzer on D.W. Patterson Field ... to remain undefeated and clinch their fourth SCIAC title in five years." WTF, Oxy? How can you destroy one of the cherished memories of my college years so cavalierly?
posted by languagehat at 10:21 AM on November 15, 2008


All threads mentioning Michigan should be deleted immediately.

Oskee-wow-wow!
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:33 AM on November 15, 2008


seconded.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:42 AM on November 15, 2008


Hook'em horns!
posted by bjgeiger at 11:18 AM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mustn't.... can't..... don't..... shouldn't... submit...to...stereotype...must fight....urge...AAAAARRRGGGGHHHH! I CAN'T HELP IT WE'RE THE BEST DAMN TEAM IN THE COUNTRY

ROLL TIDE!!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:30 AM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I went to Pomona, so clearly I CAN say "my college football team sucks."
posted by amj at 12:25 PM on November 15, 2008


Bear down 'Cats, and beat the Ducks!
posted by carsonb at 12:46 PM on November 15, 2008


I went to a college that had classes but no football team. However, I wish to say go Vikings, Ducks and even Beavers.
posted by Cranberry at 12:54 PM on November 15, 2008


To tweak the sensibilities of some Michigan emigrés here in Oregon, may I wish 'hail' as in frozen rain to the victors?
posted by Cranberry at 12:57 PM on November 15, 2008



Why does the University of Michigan have such a shitty football team this year?


They want to be the Detroit Lions when they grow up?
posted by louche mustachio at 12:59 PM on November 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


Why doesn't the Metafilter search also look through deletedthread to find duplicates?
posted by gman to feature requests at 11:47 AM


Why does the University of Michigan have such a shitty football team this year? That's the real question.
posted by kbanas at 12:13 PM on November 15
posted by gman at 1:10 PM on November 15, 2008


Is it baseball season yet?
posted by rtha at 1:19 PM on November 15, 2008


O-H!
posted by Kwine at 2:33 PM on November 15, 2008


ATTENTION YANKEES I BELIEVE THE CORRECT TERM IS AMERICAN FOOTBALL TYVM
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:41 PM on November 15, 2008


"look at these stupid people, let's all make fun of them" post

I HAD TO MAKE RENT, IT WAS ONLY ONCE AND THE MONKEY WASN'T THAT MAD, LET IT GO.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:43 PM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I-O!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:24 PM on November 15, 2008


The first college I went to had this crazy cult-like attitude towards football. Students would stand for the whole game, and I witnessed some guys kicking an overweight female student in the buttocks when she sat down some time in the third quarter. They also had all these weird screams. The really scary thing was the pagan bonfire made out of hundreds of trees and assembled by drunken teenagers who wore the absolutely filthiest clothes I've ever seen. Later it killed a dozen or so of them which may very well have been collective karma exacting its toll. I won't even mention the academic inbreeding that went on there. Scary freaking place, though I suppose some of their science programs are pretty good.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:34 PM on November 15, 2008


What do the Detroit Lions and Billy Graham have in common?

They can each make a stadium full of people leap to their feet shouting "JEEEESUS!"
posted by chlorus at 4:01 PM on November 15, 2008


What do you call 47 millionaires sitting around a TV watching the Superbowl?

The Detroit Lions.
posted by Non Prosequitur at 4:46 PM on November 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


Burhanistan: I knew you were talking about A&M from the first sentence. They got drilled by baylor today, btw.
posted by puke & cry at 4:56 PM on November 15, 2008


University of Vermont football: Undefeated since 1974!

The Catamount football team was discontinued in 1974.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:25 PM on November 15, 2008


I'm going to start an "American Soccer" league in Europe just to confuse everyone.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:51 PM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Why doesn't the Metafilter search also look through deletedthread to find duplicates?

Because Cortex is fulltime now, and he needs something to do all day when he's not eating giant donuts or mocking our tiny equestrian friends.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:58 PM on November 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


thanks for the free press, btw.
posted by puke & cry at 9:27 PM on November 15, 2008


Ha! My alma mater hasn't had a football team since 1996.
posted by ericales at 9:41 PM on November 15, 2008


ATTENTION YANKEES I BELIEVE THE CORRECT TERM IS AMERICAN FOOTBALL GRIDIRON TYVM

FTFY, Cortex!
Also, why mention the Yankees? Baseball season's over!
posted by zamboni at 9:58 PM on November 15, 2008


Baseball season doesn't end, it just gets interrupted by rain.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:15 PM on November 15, 2008


Say, when does Metafilter Sports! start?
posted by lukemeister at 7:35 AM on November 16, 2008


SportsFilter
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:40 AM on November 16, 2008


thanks for the free press, btw.
posted by puke & cry


How bout a shout out for all my contributions to your site?
posted by gman at 10:24 AM on November 16, 2008


How bout a shout out for all my contributions to your site?

How about a solitary tear for all those comments and posts cut down in their prime?
posted by blue_beetle at 12:38 PM on November 16, 2008


How bout a shout out for all my contributions to your site?

I think you and plexi are my biggest customers. Well, if I were paid.
posted by puke & cry at 1:04 PM on November 16, 2008


It's not real football anyway.

*runs*
posted by pompomtom at 2:36 PM on November 16, 2008


*tackles pompomtom in the backfield for a loss of three yards*
posted by Rock Steady at 5:00 PM on November 16, 2008


Brandon,

I went to Sportsfilter and learned that Fire Joe Morgan is no more. Thanks a lot, buddy.
posted by lukemeister at 6:18 PM on November 16, 2008


*Doesn't hug lukemeister, American style*
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:27 AM on November 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


I thought the correct protocol was to blindly post, and wait patiently for the ensuing call out. If it's good enough for me, then, god damn it, it's good enough for the rest of you.
posted by chunking express at 6:38 AM on November 17, 2008


See, I thought we had all agreed it was most accurate to call it USAin Football.
posted by dirtdirt at 2:38 PM on November 17, 2008


Football? Is that, like, a sport or something?
posted by deborah at 6:01 PM on November 17, 2008


Fire Joe Morgan is no more.

What?! NOOOOO
posted by Kwine at 5:32 AM on November 18, 2008


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