Mudpuppie, we miss you! April 5, 2012 8:59 AM   Subscribe

Pony request! IRL photos in the sidebar.

Cortex mentioned the age-old tradition of shout-outs the other day and at last night's meetup we all bemoaned their passing. The Chicago Cabal* thinks a big part of that is due to the fact that photos only show up in the particular event that spawned them, so it's unlikely people will browse photos from other meetups. How about a little box in the sidebar of the last five photo links across all meetups?
posted by eamondaly to Feature Requests at 8:59 AM (26 comments total)

posted by eamondaly at 9:00 AM on April 5, 2012

TINSCC, predates the TINCC.
posted by k5.user at 9:04 AM on April 5, 2012

Not even close.
posted by eamondaly at 9:05 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I should add that we're aware photo links show up next to city names, but those fall off quickly and there's rarely more than one or two on-screen at any given moment. A separate box would encourage more pics, I think.
posted by eamondaly at 9:07 AM on April 5, 2012

Demerits for Tears for Fears earworm, but yeah I think this is a good idea.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:09 AM on April 5, 2012 [3 favorites]

I was extremely pleased that Morning Edition's fluff on Jesus Christ Superstar outearwormed the Thompson Twins for me this morning.

I support this party pony. but not because there's a Cabal or anything. TINCC

FYI, we got shout-outs y'all're missing. (Not as much as we're missing y'all, but there it is).

And one more paragraph, for good measure.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:17 AM on April 5, 2012

To my everlasting shame, I can't figure out how to view the Holy Sidebar that you speak of here. I read the wiki, I searched the google, to no avail. A little help, please?
posted by Lynsey at 9:26 AM on April 5, 2012

Go to the front page of MetaTalk and look to the righthand side? What do you see on the righthand side of the front page of MetaTalk?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:31 AM on April 5, 2012

Lynsey, eamondaly is talking about the sidebar on the front page of MetaTalk, here. Above the sidebar is a Deck Ad, and then below that is a list of Meetups: Proposed, Upcoming, and Recent. The list of Recent meetups includes city names and a photos icon if the meetup has photos. You can click that icon to see the list of photo links that have been posted for that meetup.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:32 AM on April 5, 2012

Aha, as usual, I was Doing It All Wrong. Got it now. Thank you Jess and PB.
posted by Lynsey at 9:35 AM on April 5, 2012

This is a good idea.

Also, it's way more fun if people take a moment to caption their pictures if the meef are comfortable with that.
posted by Rumple at 9:37 AM on April 5, 2012

I like Tears for Fears.

Let it all out!
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:45 AM on April 5, 2012

Aww, you guys. I'll be back next month. By then I should've settled into my new diet/exercise plan and can afford to shuffle my gym schedule around a bit and play with my eating schedule.

Fucking schedules for everything.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:12 AM on April 5, 2012

Shout outs are fun but I worry about people who never get shouted out to.

We should create a QR code that, when viewed on MetaFilter, gets replaced with the currently logged-in username. Just include one photo of that code in each set, and no one gets their feelings hurt!
posted by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Heh, the internet equivalent of going, "!"
posted by adamdschneider at 12:30 PM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I worry about people who never get shouted out to.

These are the things I can do without! Come on! I'm talking to you, come on!

*Phil Collins signature drum fill*
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:47 PM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I worry about people who never get shouted out to. (the young rope-rider)

Anecdotally, I don't think I've ever been shouted out to, but I still always enjoyed looking through shoutout photos. I agree that there seem to be many fewer meetup photos lately, and I miss them. I like putting faces to usernames.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:57 PM on April 5, 2012

Shoutouts too often felt like popularity contests in either the creating or the posting thereof, and the insistence on meetup photos always made me anxious - I dislike having my picture taken, but I don't like feeling like a party-pooper or left out either. Frankly, I have been not very sad to see both practices decline; I found them more alienating than fun. I would rather not encourage either to make a comeback by highlighting it or what have you - it has been a lot more relaxing to be able to simply enjoy a meetup for the event itself.
posted by flex at 12:48 AM on April 6, 2012

It's totally okay to go to a meetup and tell people that you do not want your picture taken. I've been to many meetups where people have asked to not be in any photos and people were always gracious about that. Yes there have been hashed-out-in-MeTa exceptions but they are very rare. We want to highlight the community aspects of MetaFilter and people getting together in real life is part of that. Shoutouts seem to be limited to much older school members and seem to be limited to a really small set of meetups.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:31 AM on April 6, 2012

MeFiChi--at least--is great about not-photoing people who don't want to be photo'd. I would hope folks at other meet-ups would be similarly kind.

But there are usually funny or interesting moments (where is the origami army, bevosangryghost?!) that are great to see and share. I think it really helps the tone around here, having a chance to see everyone, laughing and hanging out, as people not as usernames. Every time I post in IRL and I see the little "remember, you're going to see these people in real life." I think that's a pretty good point and meet-up photos remind me of that!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:42 AM on April 6, 2012

Anecdotally, I don't think I've ever been shouted out to...
posted by ocherdraco

Not true! I have a MeetUp poster on the wall next to my desk AS WE SPEAK that has a shoutout to you from brujita at a meetup at my house here in Asheville back in....2009?
posted by lazaruslong at 7:11 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]

So, um, eamondaly...???
posted by Sys Rq at 10:51 AM on April 6, 2012

I like looking at meetup pictures, but almost no one includes comments or at the very least labels the people. So I might as well be looking at a random picture of strangers. That's not near as fun.
posted by justgary at 5:29 PM on April 6, 2012

I try to go through and add names where I know them. There are also people who don't want their real name and MeFi handle mixed up or especially attached to their photo, so there are a lot of things to think about.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:51 PM on April 6, 2012

the young rope-rider: "Shout outs are fun but I worry about people who never get shouted out to."

Well then they shouldn't have said The Horrible Thing That One Timeā„¢
posted by danny the boy at 11:57 AM on April 7, 2012

Not true! (lazaruslong)

Yay! A belated thanks to brujita for the shoutout.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:44 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

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