DECEMBER BEST POST CONTEST! Dec 17 awards! December 18, 2017 5:26 PM   Subscribe

Click within to discover the awesomeness of the fantastic second week of the December Best Post Contest, including best posts of the week, all our first- and second-time posters for the week, and a recap of categories for the month-long contest!

Our weekly best post for December 11-17, determined by member fantastic flags, was:

Abortion Clinic Procedure Room as Sacred Space, by cybercoitus interruptus, about a doctor who performs abortions and how his Christian faith informs his work.

Runner-up:

Let's Be Wizards!, by yeahwhatever, about Julia Evans's highly-accessible work on systems programming.

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Our fantastic First-Time Posters for December 11-17 include:

Homo neanderthalensis with the sad news that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died last Tuesday.

Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick telling us that Your Reality Is Driven by Marketing when covering Mozilla's insertion of a surprise ad for Mr. Robot into the lastest version of Firefox.

faceplantingcheetah sharing the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards for 2017 because Everyone Loves a Clumsy Owl.

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Our stupendous Second-Time Posters are:

elsietheeel, with Hey Alma!, about a website for Jewish millennial women.

Hermeowne Grangepurr takes a look at Navajo Night Chant.

bkpiano sharing the Women Composer Database for our musical enjoyment.

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If you're following along with our month-long mod- and user-created topic awards, you can see the list of topics here, or follow links to their tags below:

Mods:
GeometricArt -- Books, Libraries, Reading -- Religion, Theology -- FoodCulture -- PatternRecognition -- HistoricTech

Users:
AwesomeWomen -- FizzLit -- Procrastination -- WeirdMusic
Museums -- Americana -- Paper
DeadArt -- Nobit -- DecMakers -- Suomi100
RestOfWorld -- KeepMefiWeird -- Animation -- BestofthePast

Contest:
First Post -- Second Post

Don't forget to vote with those fantastic flags and congrats to our winners this week and our first- and second-time posters! Yaaaay!
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:26 PM (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Sorry to be a day late! So many Christmas things are happening I've been a little tight on time!
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 5:27 PM on December 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


We should just do this in July. Oh wait.....
posted by wheelieman at 5:57 PM on December 18, 2017


Congrats to everyone!!
posted by Fizz at 6:31 PM on December 18, 2017


So many great posts!! :)
posted by Fizz at 6:34 PM on December 18, 2017


Hey that's me!
posted by elsietheeel at 8:25 PM on December 18, 2017 [2 favorites]


The sudden uptick in volume and quality of posts is very noticeable! Congrats and keep em coming.

Aside: I also appreciate the balance of Christmas and non-Christmas stuff to cater to both those who dig on Christmas and those for whom Christmas is a hard time of year.
posted by Start with Dessert at 9:22 PM on December 18, 2017 [5 favorites]


ugh.. my first post and I screwed the word order of the last sentence so bad XD
I suppose the lesson is to always take a few extra seconds to do a quick grammar check, even if you're in a rush to get out breaking sad news.
A big congrats to cybercoitus interruptus. Jewish people are by and large pretty pro-choice, regardless of faith level. It's just not considered a baby until its closer to being born and our idea of ensoulment is much different than Christians. And there's some stuff in the Talmud that's largely interpreted as being pro-choice. It was really refreshing to see a pro-choice Christian who is pretty religious. It's pretty common to see pro-choice Jews who are hyper religious, but astonishingly rare to see the same of Christians. It's nice to have a pleasant surprise on that front for once. Serious kudos for that interesting post.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 1:25 AM on December 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


ugh.. my first post and I screwed the word order of the last sentence so bad XD

It gets better. Well, not your spelling, grammar, and other errors you'll only see after hitting "post," but you get less hung up on those mistakes. (But you might still get a twitch to click the "Edit" link that just. isn't. there.

If it's really bad, or really bothers you, you can always as a mod to edit it, they're great folks.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:48 AM on December 19, 2017 [5 favorites]


Agreed with flt. The information and links presented in the post are way more important than grammar and spelling and such.

There were nearly six years between my first post and my second. A lot of the time I feel like I can't create an interesting enough post for the links I find or, as in the past year, I'm without a functional computer and it's too exhausting to put a post together on my phone.

But now that I have a computer again (as well as reliable healthcare and ADHD meds, which I've also been without for the past year), I have plans to finally make the posts I've had floating around in my head for months/years. Hooray!

(The Hey Alma post was totally impromptu; I stumbled across the site last week and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share with MeFi. And I'm not even the target audience, as I am neither Jewish nor a millennial.)
posted by elsietheeel at 9:05 AM on December 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


The Hey Alma post was totally impromptu; I stumbled across the site last week and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share with MeFi.

Those are often the best posts, or at least quite interesting.

(But you might still get a twitch to click the "Edit" link that just. isn't. there.
... like when you notice you didn't close the parenthesis on a comment half an hour later, or when someone else points out a weird word in your post ....

Read thrice, click post once -- my new mantra ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 10:05 AM on December 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


> The Hey Alma post was totally impromptu; I stumbled across the site last week and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share with MeFi.

That's the ideal! Please don't feel you have to construct a megapost; it's fine for those to whom it comes naturally, but when I encounter those I usually just click on or two links if I'm not frightened away entirely. I'm much happier with a short "Here's something neat I found on the internet!" post. Keep up the good work!
posted by languagehat at 3:40 PM on December 19, 2017 [5 favorites]


faceplantingcheetah sharing the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards for 2017 because Everyone Loves a Clumsy Owl.

I know it was mentioned in the thread, but this is the most delightful eponystericism I've seen in years. :D

I too have noticed the great increase in quality and quantity on the front page, and I'm basking in it. Thanks so much, all you posters!
posted by daisyk at 3:11 AM on December 20, 2017 [2 favorites]


Oh gosh, I'm not ungrateful, I just didn't notice this until now! Thanks y'all! Totally didn't expect to win anything. There have been so many fantastic, fun, fascinating posts. The front page has been more of a relief to read than usual, lately. Congrats especially to first- and second-time poster winners!
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 3:10 PM on December 21, 2017


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