I keep stopping by the Side Bar, but it's never open! December 27, 2011 4:59 PM   Subscribe

Back in October, jessamyn said, "We seem to have a small but dedicated group of people who use the fantastic flag, but a much larger group of favoriters. ... [P]aying more attention to them and being a bit more active on the sidebar (which is my job, more or less) is a good idea." But we've had only 3 sidebar entries in all of December, the most recent Dec 7. Can I respectfully ask jessamyn to do more sidebarring?

I've found wonderful things through the sidebar which I never would have seen otherwise, and I think it's sad that it's falling by the wayside.

This isn't meant as a callout, just maybe a nudge toward using this excellent feature more for the benefit of everyone.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter-Related at 4:59 PM (86 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I'm free for the next hour if Jessmyn wants to have a sidebar with me.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:00 PM on December 27, 2011


Pro tip: ask nicely and Jessamyn will sidebar YOUR MOM.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:01 PM on December 27, 2011


I was terribly confused when I saw your post title, because there's actually a bar here called the Side Bar that I used to hear about all the time.

On topic, Jessamyn may not be around much today but it's a good reminder for the rest of us too. I haven't seen anything pop up in the Fantastic queue recently that's fit but I'll try to keep more of an eye out.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 5:02 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Someone just wants a certain knowledge of enemas sidebarred.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:02 PM on December 27, 2011


I knew someone was going to bring that up, but I really don't want that sidebarred. I just want to scroll down and find new awesomeness. And I feel like the candy store is bare when there's nothing new there for so long.
posted by hippybear at 5:04 PM on December 27, 2011


And I feel like the candy store is bare when there's nothing new there for so long.

While you're waiting, have an enema!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:06 PM on December 27, 2011


We need some obscure Elizabethan court titles for this site, like the Most Esteemed and Honorable Holder Of the Azure Flag or, in this case, The First Butler Of The Noble Sidebarre who's sole job is to maintain the side bar and laugh at the Duke's jokes.


Note: I am the Duke.
posted by The Whelk at 5:06 PM on December 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm having an enema while I type this. Because I'm just THAT good.
posted by hippybear at 5:08 PM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


I am the the six colors chair of askmetafiltering.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:08 PM on December 27, 2011


*goes to side bar, orders sidebeer*
posted by jonmc at 5:09 PM on December 27, 2011


I assumed it was because the December Best Post Contest was going on.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:10 PM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Anyway, this recent comment by jscott is probably sidebar fodder.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:11 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Coincidentally, sidebar-worthy posts are represented on Jessamyn's screen by a capybara getting an enema.
posted by fleacircus at 5:11 PM on December 27, 2011


Side bar Side Car
posted by The Whelk at 5:16 PM on December 27, 2011


There's a December Best Post Contest?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:17 PM on December 27, 2011


There's a side bar?
posted by item at 5:18 PM on December 27, 2011


You can post comments?!
posted by The Whelk at 5:20 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh. I'll have to try a sidecar sometime. I like old cocktails, and that one sounds good. Probably a bit heady and possibly too sweet for me, but those old mixed drinks hold appeal to me.
posted by hippybear at 5:20 PM on December 27, 2011


Note: I am the Duke.

Now I think we need a paper doll version of The Whelk, so we can match the snark to the outfit.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:21 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Brandon Blatcher: There's a December Best Post Contest?!

Yeah, but it's more about the quality of the link and where it drives to, than the actual size of the post.
posted by gman at 5:23 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


*goes to side bar, orders sidebeer*

Don't eat the peanuts.
posted by arcticseal at 5:25 PM on December 27, 2011


Now you tell me..

*rejoins hallucination already in progress*
posted by jonmc at 5:36 PM on December 27, 2011


There's a December Best Post Contest?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:17 PM on December 27
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Dude, you should, like, post every day this month. Or something.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:42 PM on December 27, 2011


Can't, too busy.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:44 PM on December 27, 2011


*goes to side bar, orders sidebeer*

Don't eat the peanuts.
posted by arcticseal


Because the guy who doesn't wash his hands after peeing also drinks at the side bar?
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:45 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can't, too busy.


Hah. That's the same excuse I used when your mom called earlier.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:48 PM on December 27, 2011


Hah. That's the same excuse I used when your mom called earlier.

She understood and we're grateful for you playing with the dog.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:55 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Has the discussion come-up to change the flag 'fantastic comment' to 'sidebar worthy comment' or something like that? I keep forgetting that there's a link between the two.

Also, goddammit, now I want a sidecar.
posted by Kattullus at 6:04 PM on December 27, 2011


Flagged as boombastic.
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:11 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Obviously we need more fantastic comments
posted by infini at 6:13 PM on December 27, 2011


I always thought "Fantastic comment" meant "I think this is side bar worthy" but that doesn't seem to be a common notion, or not obvious, so maybe there should be a note about it on the sidebar or something
posted by The Whelk at 6:15 PM on December 27, 2011


20 awesome sidecars.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:17 PM on December 27, 2011


Ah, I don't take it that way at all. Sometimes a comment is just fantastic but out of context maybe meaningless on the side bar. I think we should keep the bar high for the side bar (realizes the word choices are leading down into some pit hole of barring
posted by infini at 6:17 PM on December 27, 2011


Yeah I don't know if the fantastic flag is supposed to be "hey look at this it deserves side bar attention maybe" but that's how I interpreted it.
posted by The Whelk at 6:21 PM on December 27, 2011


I thought the AskMe where the person asked "where is my cat?" and then found the cat because of one of the answers should have been side-barred because it was just sort of hilariously unexpected that people on the internet could help someone find a cat hiding in their house.
posted by not that girl at 6:43 PM on December 27, 2011 [10 favorites]


not that girl, you beat me to it! I agree- that thread was sidebar-worthy. Every time I think there's something you just can't get help with over the internet, AskMe comes through again.
posted by dogmom at 6:46 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think it's sad that it's falling by the wayside.

Yeah it's been a few weeks. The things people have been flagging as fantastic lately seem to either be by the same old subjects [we love sonascope, but just add him to your contacts if you want to read all the great things he posts] or deeply personal stuff that is not the sort of stuff that I tend to drag out to the sidebar because I sometimes feel that people post some of that stuff not expecting it to be taken out of context.

Anyhow, yeah, I have had some stuff going on this month [today I was in the hospital for elective surgery; I am now fine] and it's been low on the priority list. taz has been schooled in the way of the sidebar as well and we'll try to make a New Year's Resolution to do more of that. Please help us by flagging stuff you think is excellent. Thanks.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:10 PM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


[today I was in the hospital for elective surgery; I am now fine]

Ack. Glad to hear you're okay. Hope your recovery goes very quickly.
posted by zarq at 7:27 PM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


I had many jokes planned (abortion! boob job! toe-webbing removal! homonculi extraction! diverticulitis! face lift!) but it was just dumb sinus stuff which will hopefully allow me to breathe more easily. I am not allowed to make "big decisions" today so I am only commenting, not modding.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:36 PM on December 27, 2011


Was this upgrade for the client or server version of the nasal OS?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:43 PM on December 27, 2011


boob job! toe-webbing removal!

Boob webbing removal would have been the most innovative, if disquieting, choice.
posted by jonmc at 7:58 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gigantic owl-wing graft to allow for majestic soaring and stalking prey.
posted by The Whelk at 8:09 PM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Perhaps the installation of toe-webbing rather than its removal.
posted by Glinn at 8:10 PM on December 27, 2011


internal linked access to the orbital canon.
posted by The Whelk at 8:13 PM on December 27, 2011


toe-webbing removal!

Thank goodness it wasn't de-clawing. That does not go well here.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 8:19 PM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


toe-webbing removal!

No, Gold star enhancement!

I'm still upset they took yours away.

Glad you're doing okay.
posted by misha at 8:25 PM on December 27, 2011


I humbly submit "ZOMG never knew I was doing a sexy little dance, like, all the time" for the sidebar. Totally my favourite question/answer set of 2011.
posted by DarlingBri at 8:41 PM on December 27, 2011 [10 favorites]


babbyʼ); Drop table users; --: Because the guy who doesn't wash his hands after peeing also drinks at the side bar?"

It would appear that it's not confirmed.

Jessamyn - take advantage, misbehave and blame it on the drugs!
posted by arcticseal at 9:05 PM on December 27, 2011


It would appear that it's not confirmed.

Nuh uh. You missed this thread.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 9:10 PM on December 27, 2011


I thought the AskMe where the person asked "where is my cat?"

Where zat?
posted by sweetkid at 9:19 PM on December 27, 2011


nm found it.
posted by sweetkid at 9:21 PM on December 27, 2011


I'd rather see a month go by with little sidebarring than see the quality of sidebar posts diminished. I haven't seen anything worth flagging as fantastic recently -- doesn't mean it's not there, just means I haven't seen it -- but maybe we're just in the GRARing time of year, rather than the awesomely-rich comments time of year.

Also: glad you're well, Jessamyn!
posted by Alterscape at 9:22 PM on December 27, 2011


The flip side of this request is that although the vocal members tend to be the ones who visit MetaFilter daily, it's my understanding that MetaFilter comprises exponentially more members who are less frequently active on the site. For us, a slow-moving sidebar is ideal. If you're going to speed it up, I'd ask that you keep that in mind. Thanks.
posted by cribcage at 9:59 PM on December 27, 2011


Jessamyn - take advantage, misbehave and blame it on the drugs!

One of the minor regrets in my life is that when I was hired, sight-unseen, uninterviewed for what turns out to be a largely horrid job in another country, working on behalf of what would turn out to be a pack of crooks in my own country, I only thought about turning up and claiming to have the sweary form of Tourettes and using it as an excuse to sprinkle my conversation with random amounts of "cunt-face" and similar epithets.

Although I'm sure mefi wouldn't approve.
posted by rodgerd at 1:42 AM on December 28, 2011


User perspective on using the 'fantastic' flag:

Flag something as fantastic.
Nothing happens.
Flag something as fantastic.
Nothing happens.
Flag something as fantastic.
Nothing happens.
Eh, forget about it.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:51 AM on December 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


not that girl: "I thought the AskMe where the person asked "where is my cat?" and then found the cat because of one of the answers should have been side-barred because it was just sort of hilariously unexpected that people on the internet could help someone find a cat hiding in their house."

Thirded. I flagged that one and was a bit disappointed that it didn't make the bar.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 5:58 AM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I also thought "where is my cat hiding" was worthy of the sidebar. Didn't flag it fantastic. Oops.
posted by bukvich at 6:02 AM on December 28, 2011


Gigantic owl-wing graft to allow for majestic soaring and stalking prey.

Owls are everywhere at all of the trendy indie boutiques I traipsed thru for X-Mas shopping (not to be confused with X-Men shopping). At first I was all, "Hey, Owls! Cool. They must be the new Narwhal." By the end of the weekend, it was obvious they were totemic of the new decade, supplanting cupcakes as the touchstone of forward-thinking kitsch. Hell, they were even in strong evidence at Target... at that point you're nationwide.

I like owls, so I'm OK with this.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:12 AM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


For those, like me, didn't see it at the time, here's the lost cat thread. It's indeed pretty cool.
posted by Kattullus at 6:14 AM on December 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


not to be confused with X-Men shopping

Okay who wants to make a comic of Wolverine losing a poker game to the other X-Men and having to take a sixteen-year-old Kitty Pryde (and other teenage mutant friends) to the mall because she's not supposed to go by herself?
posted by griphus at 7:06 AM on December 28, 2011


Everyone is fond of owls.
posted by The Whelk at 7:08 AM on December 28, 2011


Yes.
posted by The Owls at 7:11 AM on December 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


homonculi extraction!

If you have enough little people somewhere in you, TLC is waiting with an open timeslot.
posted by psoas at 7:40 AM on December 28, 2011


I added the cat story to the sidebar. It is pretty great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:44 AM on December 28, 2011


The sidebar led me to both a de-conversion from Christanity to atheism by way of a mitten and a chicken puppet, and to an African Grey parrot named Bongo who says things like "Yes, that became water now" after flinging his water dish to the floor.

Therefore, since it is abundantly clear that the sidebar is a gift to all humanity, I request that the sidebar be added to the sidebar.
posted by tzikeh at 7:53 AM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


User perspective on using the 'fantastic' flag:

Flag something as fantastic.
Nothing happens.
Flag something as fantastic.
Nothing happens.
Flag something as fantastic.
Nothing happens.
Eh, forget about it.


Though I'm not a heavy user of that flag (I tend to favorite and move on) I kind of view it like Twitter when I do: I'm throwing something out there into the ether that I'm pretty sure someone will see, but sitting around waiting for a response is only going to cause heartache. And then, only every now and then, I'm surprised by a big response.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:43 AM on December 28, 2011


Here are some things that I would like to see get added to the sidebar more/at all:

Great discussions of things that aren't science: A long great post about religion like in that recently called out thread in Meta.

Very funny one liners in threads full of very funny one liners, so the sidebar isn't just for the single joke but for the trend (example: Any Desk thread)

Projects that voted to the front page, just for starting as projects.

Interesting discussions in Music.

Personal stories that aren't long, just quick interesting tidbits, especially if the rest of the thread is good.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:04 AM on December 28, 2011


Slap*happy, I think we were shopping the same places you were. Close behind owls and other birds were bicycles printed on things, and maps. Map graphics everywhere.
posted by gingerbeer at 9:13 AM on December 28, 2011


Get used to bicycles - it's not just for fixie hipsters anymore. Vintage roadsters, city bikes, mini-velos, folders, dutch bikes, chinese copies of dutch bikes, cargo bikes, steam-punky penny-farthings, bespoke custom hand-built custom models of all of the above - they're everywhere, and everyone loves riding them and tinkering with them.

Bicycles are the new bacon. There. I said it.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:30 AM on December 28, 2011


I need to get an owl sticker for my cargo bike.

(Seriously: I have the same birthday as my grandmother, who collected things with owls on them. Personally, I've managed to keep it to just a few owlish things -- she was also OMG HOARDER -- but it is a special sort of critter to me for that reason. I've seriously considered getting an owl tattoo, but haven't found a design I liked that much. Any suggestions?)
posted by epersonae at 9:53 AM on December 28, 2011


The best part of the lost cat thread IMO is the story about the cat in the refrigerator. I still laugh when thinking about it.
posted by triggerfinger at 10:34 AM on December 28, 2011


Could the occasional mention of specific tags in the sidebar for popular thread topics (like 'occupy') be useful now and again? Could it cut down on the tendency to start multiple threads around current events?
posted by ZeusHumms at 11:59 AM on December 28, 2011


Can we have sidebar visibility from iPhones????!? That's almost exclusively how I can access this place.
posted by taff at 12:06 PM on December 28, 2011


> Can we have sidebar visibility from iPhones????!?

You can click on the Desktop link at the bottom of any page to give you the full site. It will require some zooming and scrolling but then you have the sidebar.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:09 PM on December 28, 2011


Yeah, and it's utterly horrible to do. Utterly! A sidebar link at the bottom would be utterly fabulous.
posted by taff at 12:17 PM on December 28, 2011


I added the cat story to the sidebar. It is pretty great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:44 AM on December 28 [+] [!]


I guess you're ok to operate heavy machinery, then!
posted by thinkpiece at 12:22 PM on December 28, 2011


I needed far fewer of these painkillers than they gave me, so yes. But I still have one more day of "no heavy lifting" whatever that means.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:11 PM on December 28, 2011


You're not allowed to moderate obese cat declawing threads until tomorrow.
posted by Slap*Happy at 1:28 PM on December 28, 2011


No operating the killdozer.
posted by The Whelk at 1:33 PM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, Jessamyn, if you need someone to take those pesky extras, I'll send you my mailing address ...
posted by thinkpiece at 1:38 PM on December 28, 2011


Yay, sidebar is updated! It's been bugging my uh, perfectionist tendencies to see chicobangs' spread on Jeopardy still being represented as showing 'tonight.' It helps that that cat thread was really fun.

Also,

Okay who wants to make a comic of Wolverine losing a poker game to the other X-Men and having to take a sixteen-year-old Kitty Pryde (and other teenage mutant friends) to the mall because she's not supposed to go by herself?

Already exists--in fanfiction form at least. That usually means there's some kind of representation on Deviant Art as well. If you want a quality comic or other graphic representation, I'm afraid I cannot help you.

I've seriously considered getting an owl tattoo, but haven't found a design I liked that much. Any suggestions?

You don't like the Athenian owl? I own this representation from the British Museum, though I think this one is even better.
posted by librarylis at 2:37 PM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I actually took a photo of an owl representation at the British Museum that I thought would make a good tattoo. I'll see if I can find it.
posted by gingerbeer at 4:22 PM on December 28, 2011


Here it is.
posted by gingerbeer at 4:31 PM on December 28, 2011


The best part of the lost cat thread IMO is the story about the cat in the refrigerator

Friend of mine told me a story last night about their gerbil getting stuck on a glue pad stuck under the refrigerator. Spoiler: the gerbil got a haircut and is OK.
posted by arcticseal at 6:44 PM on December 28, 2011


homonculi extraction!

Wait, what? Does that hurt? Shit.
posted by homunculus at 8:13 PM on December 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


librarylis...now I have to work up the courage to get a tattoo, because that xtimeline one is about perfect. Might take me all the way to my 40th bday, still a few years off. :)

What does it mean if I get both a haircut and a tattoo on recommendations from MetaFilter?!
posted by epersonae at 11:40 AM on December 29, 2011


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