Rhaomi appreciation society August 15, 2015 4:15 PM   Subscribe

A shout-out to Rhaomi for contributing consistently stellar fpps - most of which fall under the 'megapost' umbrella.

Just a few of the ones I selected to highlight (what are your favorites?):

A little Clump of Soul - Sept 2014
That which does not kill us makes us stronger - Nov 2011
Here comes a Lion... oh yes, it's a Lion... - Oct 2011
The Post That Cannot Possibly Go Wrong - Dec 2010
The Case for Obama - Oct 2010
Sing us a Song to Keep us Warm, There's Such a Chill - June 2012

The glorious, requires-special-mention Breaking Bad post:

This ain't chemistry. This is Art. - Sept 2013

And, of course, the most recent fpp, much appreciated as it was specially prepared in anticipation and in the hopper ready to go:


You can comb through all previous posts if you need some proverbial rainy day reading.

Thanks for all the great contributions, Rhaomi. xxoo
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome to MetaFilter-Related at 4:15 PM (23 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

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posted by phunniemee at 4:39 PM on August 15, 2015 [10 favorites]

Thanks, Rhaomi!
posted by Drinky Die at 4:44 PM on August 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Not worthy but extremely grateful!
posted by arcticseal at 4:55 PM on August 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

Rhaomi, Rhaomi, puddin' and pie
FPPs that make you sigh
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:55 PM on August 15, 2015 [3 favorites]

Thanks in particular for your numerous science fiction posts, Rhaomi! Also for moderating /r/metafilter.
posted by Rangi at 6:56 PM on August 15, 2015 [2 favorites]

posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:09 PM on August 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


I am a little sad at having made fewer non-newsfilter posts in the last couple years, what with competing distractions and fairly drudging work (Peak FPP for me was also Peak No Job). More than a few anniversary-centered posts have slipped their self-imposed deadlines for one reason or another lately. But the well is by no means dry -- I've still got a desktop folder full of ideas that won't be running empty any time soon! (Including one that might rise to the level of a Projects post, but it's still embryonic right now. /tease)

At any rate, thanks for this -- it really drives home the community aspect of MeFi that you can recognize ANYBODY'S posting habits, let alone one as infrequent as mine's been lately. Makes me wonder how folks manage to create a solid post every day, consistently!
posted by Rhaomi at 12:01 AM on August 16, 2015 [27 favorites]

You're setting a damn high bar for us Rh- folk.
posted by Rhomboid at 2:42 AM on August 16, 2015 [5 favorites]

Peak FPP for me was also Peak No Job

That matches my experience on a number of forums.

Thank you for productive use of your time.
posted by Bruce H. at 11:31 AM on August 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

* gives awesome Rhaomi long overdue standing ovation*
posted by bearwife at 12:06 PM on August 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

I'm a very public hater* of mega-posts, I still have to doff my cap** to Rhaomi and those mad long posts.

*well, not hater, so much as "noper outer"

**if I wore a cap
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:10 PM on August 16, 2015 [3 favorites]

Metafilter's appeal is in its culture of curation, not its volume.

Megaposts usually make me cranky because they often serve as indiscriminate linkdumps of everything on a given topic that the poster could get their hands on. They are nearly useless. Most of the comments are from likeminded people already deeply interested in/invested in that topic, and a few complaints from people who don't understand what's going on. Everybody else is driven away by a wall of information that takes too much effort to make use of. The comment thread can be considerably shorter than the FPP was.

Rhaomi is one of the few people who do megaposts right. The best of the megaposts observe the inverted pyramid principle from journalism: Start with the important bits and general information, then gradually dig deeper. Provide something for everybody from the disinterested newbie to the trufan of the topic. Write text that helps make sense of the links, rather than cheap out with bulk copy-pastes. Provide the links that support the text with sufficient context that interested readers can discover new things on their own. And above all, make the content appropriate to the context. Not every subject is really deep or broad enough for thousands of words and hundreds of links to retain the interest of a general audience.

Rhaomi makes megaposts I'm willing to read. Rhaomi is awesome.
posted by ardgedee at 1:56 PM on August 16, 2015 [12 favorites]

Rhaomi is one of the few people who do megaposts right.

posted by jessamyn (retired) at 5:55 PM on August 16, 2015 [4 favorites]

Rhaomi makes megaposts I'm willing to read. Rhaomi is awesome.

Absolutely! Well said!

Rhaomi's posts are one one of the best things about Metafilter!
posted by zarq at 6:04 PM on August 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

The only bad thing about Rhaomi's posts is that each one causes me to completely lose a day or so.

Yay Rhaomi!
posted by double block and bleed at 6:28 PM on August 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

This is fine and Rhaomi is good folk.
posted by boo_radley at 7:13 PM on August 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Huzzah for Rhaomi, yes!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:12 PM on August 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Rhaomi is a wonder. Thanks for all the great posts!
posted by homunculus at 11:36 PM on August 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

Absolutely the Best of the Web.
posted by merelyglib at 11:22 AM on August 22, 2015

I hate to be the contrarian here, but... Rhaomi's comments are also pretty great.
posted by running order squabble fest at 2:59 PM on August 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

In the delirious excitment of the moment, I have to say that Rhaomi's up-front narrative of how and why the case to be was beautiful framing for EQUAL MARRIAGE UNDER LAW.

That element of storytelling combined with link-heavy text for further background is why I come here.

Don't get me wrong - I don't mind the occasional wall o' links. But I find myself more drawn to the "explaining it and telling the story as I rain links down upon you" style of posting. At which Rhaomi excels.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:23 PM on August 24, 2015

Oh man, I just realized that in all the hustle and bustle last month I missed this somehow. Rhaomi: super great, and I got to meet him in person finally in Birmingham, AL over the summer which was super nice.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:03 PM on September 4, 2015

...I had always thought Rhaomi was of the female persuasion. Weird how that works eh.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:58 AM on September 7, 2015

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