Onions and puppies and the sky in my eyes... December 22, 2010 3:54 PM   Subscribe

Politics and eulogies and hand-waving in my heart...

Can we get some sort of meta-submission of the best of MetaFilter as a front-page post (not just the sidebar, which I'm sure is relegated to "Google Ad-Words" attention for most)?

I'll put something together unless there's a better automated way of doing so?
posted by panaceanot to MetaFilter-Related at 3:54 PM (34 comments total)

Do you mean conducting a poll as to 'best posts ever' or something? Best discussions? Best comments?
posted by modernnomad at 3:57 PM on December 22, 2010


Let's not and say we didn't.
posted by crossoverman at 4:02 PM on December 22, 2010


If you want to pay closer attention to the sidebar you can subscribe via RSS or Twitter if you use either of those.

And if you want to find out what people are adding as a favorite there's always the MetaFilter Popular Favorites tab or Popular Posts & Comments across all sites.
posted by pb (staff) at 4:08 PM on December 22, 2010


Sidebar works for me. Too much hand waving before I've had my morning coffee unsettles me.
posted by arcticseal at 4:32 PM on December 22, 2010


The Podcast also achieves what you seem to be asking for, on a monthly basis.
posted by Gator at 4:33 PM on December 22, 2010


Yeah, the Twitter feed for the sidebar rocks. I never remember to look at the actual sidebar, but I can manage to make a mental note whenever I get a text from Twitter.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 4:38 PM on December 22, 2010


Nothing personal, p-not, but if someone was going to make some kind of best-of-2010 post, I'm not sure that a person who joined on November 20 and has made a total of sixteen comments is really the right person for the job.
posted by box at 4:43 PM on December 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


Also, stuff on the sidebar is hand-picked by the moderators, often after they see things that a lot of the users have flagged as 'fantastic.' I can't speak for anyone else, but I always give the sidebar the attention it deserves.
posted by box at 4:49 PM on December 22, 2010


Could you rephrase what you're trying to say in a clearer way?

In the meantime, no.
posted by argybarg at 4:54 PM on December 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


The part where you imply that the sidebar posts are picked for Google ad word worthiness was my favorite.
posted by kate blank at 5:10 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


not just the sidebar, which I'm sure is relegated to "Google Ad-Words" attention for most

META-GOOGLE IS TARGETING ME WITH KEYBOARD CAT VIDEOS. MAKE IT STOP.
posted by KokuRyu at 5:20 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Kate, I think OP meant that people pay the same amount of attention to the sidebar as they do to Google Ad-words, not that sidebar posts are some sort of sponsored links. (Lookit me, all increasin' the peace.)
posted by gingerest at 5:21 PM on December 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Well, I pay attention to the sidebar. Most of us who have been here any length of time do too, I think.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:45 PM on December 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


wut
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:47 PM on December 22, 2010


I don't totally understand this.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:13 PM on December 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Thanks Gator, I came in to download the Podcast before getting on the ferry. Now can you remind me to pick up my dry-cleaning?
posted by arcticseal at 6:14 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


I paid good money to be sidebared.
posted by Sailormom at 6:25 PM on December 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


call SP.
posted by clavdivs at 6:29 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


why is google involved.
posted by clavdivs at 6:32 PM on December 22, 2010


I don't totally understand this.

Maybe a mod will come along to clear it up for us!
posted by marxchivist at 6:54 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


And throbbing against the parched walls of my throat is a fierce, burning lump of hate.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:36 PM on December 22, 2010


I don't even slightly understand this.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 8:20 PM on December 22, 2010


please cancel my google sidebars.
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 8:56 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Based on the first three tags for the post ("bestof" "metafilter" "2010") I'm going to use my deductive powers of reasoning and guess that the OP is wishing for a "Best of Metafilter 2010" showcase-style post, a yearly roundup thing, like what news sites and magazines do. A sort of "This Was The Year That Was" with a little teaser and link to the top favorited posts of 2010.

The "Popular Favorites" tab has options for the past 7 days, 30 days, or "all time," but not specifically for a year. Maybe there's a different way to narrow that down (infodump perhaps?). I'm too lazy right now to figure out a solution, but I wanted to offer my interpretation of the OP's request since everyone seems to be in "huh? what?" mode.
posted by amyms at 9:06 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


what. I thought the side bar was links to cool stuff on Reddit and Boing Boing. Could someone please explain how this thing works? And while we're at it who are these "contacts" and why would I care if one of them got favorited 10 times?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:20 PM on December 22, 2010


1) there is a 'best of december 2010' contest in progress ... once the results are in, might that scratch 1/12th of the itch?

2) your 'best' would not be my 'best.' imho part of the fun of the site is that every post gets to stand on it's own special snowflakey merits and that each individual gets to engage with the clicking and the links and whatnot according to their own desires.

3) if you do not like the curation of the sidebar (google adwords WTF???!??11 i don't think you are getting what is going on in the sidebar, it's not some seo stunt!), starting on january 1, bestow a favorite upon every post you deem best. on dec. 31, your 'BEST OF MEFI 2011' will be waiting for you! cheers!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 9:57 PM on December 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Maybe a mod will come along to clear it up for us!

I don't really understand it either. panaceanot, can you maybe elaborate on what you were thinking of here? My best guess is that you're suggesting making a post to the front page that would be a collection of links to other good posts that have been made, and if so then the answer is no. That would not be a good use of the front page.

If folks want to chatter here in metatalk about awesome posts, they can do that, and that will certainly happen at some point in January once the December posts contest is over; beyond that, stuff that pb and other folks have mentioned already (RSS for the sidebar, twitter feed, Popular Favorites, podcast thread link dumps) do a pretty good job of supplementing the sidebar links.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:00 PM on December 22, 2010


Huh - I thought the OP was asking that all the sidebarred things be made into one giant FPP at the end of the year. Like, all the links from the sidebar made into one giant link dump on New Year's Eve. I mean, that's the best I could come up with. But I pay plenty of attention to the sidebar. It's quite lovely where it is.
posted by stoneweaver at 11:08 PM on December 22, 2010


ok, many apologies, my wtf-iness came from the reading that OP was equating the sidebar to seo, per kate blank. after warming my chilled reading comprehension at the latest flame-out, i re-read the thread and am now of the opinion OP meant that the sidebar is so much wallpaper to be ignored, per gingerest. so strike the parenthetical from the record; the rest of my post, however, stands with the addition of:

4) Enjoy a nice cocktail or beverage of choice.

Mine's about to be campari-tonic-twist o' lime. cheers!

posted by Rube R. Nekker at 12:32 AM on December 23, 2010


And while we're at it who are these "contacts" and why would I care if one of them got favorited 10 times?

I think this "contact" thing goes along with believing that the rest of you are real people. You'll have to check with somebody else on that.
posted by marxchivist at 3:03 AM on December 23, 2010


Just because I'm a legend doesn't mean I'm not also a real person.
posted by OmieWise at 5:18 AM on December 23, 2010


This is as good a place as any to point out that Rhamoi has knocked one out of the park, and yoz has followed up with some really keen inside baseball. This thing should be sidebarred so hard it gets flung out of the monitor and sticks to my cubicle wall.
posted by Think_Long at 5:43 AM on December 23, 2010


I thought the whole point of reading Mefi constantly was that you would never miss the best stuff (or any of the other stuff) ...
posted by doteatop at 7:33 AM on December 23, 2010


Apropos of nothing ... some results for MetaFilter.com from HubSpot's Website Grader:
Blog Grade: 81

Google Indexed Pages: 1,460,000

Readability Level: Primary / Elementary School

Last Google Crawl Date: December 23, 2010 @ 09:55:09 AM (EST)

Inbound Links: 977,461
posted by ericb at 11:28 AM on December 23, 2010


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