Possibility of occasionally doing two FPPs in a day? February 26, 2018 11:10 AM   Subscribe

This has happened several times, but today's example is a bit frustrating. I did a post about Norway and the Winter Olympics, which went live at 12:02. At 12:14, I spotted the perfect fodder for another (even better) FPP, namely the spectacular hair of MulletFest. But couldn't do a post (or even start to edit one) as over 23 hours still had to elapse (and I'm away tomorrow judging a baking competition somewhere hopefully warm and, ironically, getting a haircut, so I can't post then anyway). As this afternoon has gone on, more linkworthy content has appeared [1][2][3], making it more frustrating that I can't do an FPP. Could there be exceptions, or a place on MetaFilter where people can drop a "I can't post about X, but it's there if someone else wants to"? Otherwise most MeFites remain unaware of e.g. the latest hair fashions. Thank you.
posted by Wordshore to Feature Requests at 11:10 AM (60 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Nah, this is one of those cases where I think "toss it in a text document and wait till tomorrow" is a better solution than carving out exception cases for the pretty tried-and-true once-a-day expectation. Anything that is actually legitimately pressing time-wise is going to be so because it is of significant geopolitical scope and someone else will definitely get to it if so; everything else will keep for a day.

I feel you on the itchin'-to-post thing but it's just an itch. If good material on a post keeps cropping up in the 24 hours before you can make it, you'll just have a better post once you can.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:14 AM on February 26, 2018 [40 favorites]


Metafilter: it's just an itch.
posted by Melismata at 11:15 AM on February 26, 2018 [8 favorites]


Could there be ... a place on MetaFilter where people can drop a "I can't post about X, but it's there if someone else wants to"?

There's chat!
posted by aubilenon at 11:15 AM on February 26, 2018 [5 favorites]


Oh man, I would be happy to post about mullets, but I suck at making posts that aren't just "here is a link, enjoy!"
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 11:17 AM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


Any mullet post needs to be really brief and serious above the jump, and then really be wild and rambling in the extended description.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 11:20 AM on February 26, 2018 [98 favorites]


If the hair at Mulletfest is really that spectacular then the world can wait 48 hours or so before you can post about it. It's not like mullets are gonna go out of fashion before Wednesday. Hockey hair is gonna stand the test of time, my friend.
posted by bondcliff at 11:31 AM on February 26, 2018 [11 favorites]


There's a (very dusty and unused) drafts and collaborations page on the MeFi wiki that I whipped up oh ... seven (!!! WUT???) years ago.

And there's chat.

Or you can do what the man of twists and turns does in his profile and use that space to save post ideas and links.

Or create a ton of draft emails with post ideas, like I do, and then forget about them until you search for something else.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:33 AM on February 26, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh man, I would be happy to post about mullets, but I suck at making posts that aren't just "here is a link, enjoy!"

Your example is perfectly fine.

Here is a link about MulletFest, enjoy!
posted by Wordshore at 11:34 AM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


> shapes that haunt the dusk:
"Oh man, I would be happy to post about mullets, but I suck at making posts that aren't just "here is a link, enjoy!""

Same here. Half my Metafilter experience (or so it seems) is seeing a post and thinking, "Yeah, I saw that a few days ago, but I didn't know about X or Y, so I didn't post." So, yeah.
posted by Samizdata at 11:44 AM on February 26, 2018 [3 favorites]


> I suck at making posts that aren't just "here is a link, enjoy!"

Some of us feel those are the best kind of post.
posted by languagehat at 11:51 AM on February 26, 2018 [29 favorites]


A MulletFest post should be short up front, but longer after the fold.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:07 PM on February 26, 2018 [12 favorites]


"Here is a link, enjoy" is the format primarily responsible for me making a lot more posts in the last couple of years than I used to. Heartily recommended.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:19 PM on February 26, 2018 [24 favorites]


Or create a ton of draft emails with post ideas, like I do, and then forget about them until you search for something else.

I've given up on more google docs....
posted by zarq at 12:22 PM on February 26, 2018


Some of us feel those are the best kind of post.

Somewhere, out there in the universe, is the Platonic Ideal Post Form against which all others should be measured.
posted by zarq at 12:27 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


We just need to construct a formula for the proper ratio of Visible Cat Butts.
posted by zarq at 12:28 PM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


I, for one, would gladly subscribe to WordshoreFilter. Name your price, sir!
posted by briank at 12:34 PM on February 26, 2018 [4 favorites]


Wordshore, feel free to MeMail me whenever you're in this sort of situation again. I'd be happy to take all of the credit of a fun FPP for you!
posted by cooker girl at 12:40 PM on February 26, 2018 [4 favorites]


One post per 24 hours seems like a very reasonable restraint to me.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:50 PM on February 26, 2018 [10 favorites]


If the hair at Mulletfest is really that spectacular then the world can wait 48 hours or so before you can post about it.

It’s like I don’t even KNOW you anymore!
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:34 PM on February 26, 2018 [3 favorites]


/flounces to flouncing couch
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:35 PM on February 26, 2018 [5 favorites]


Could there be ... a place on MetaFilter where people can drop a "I can't post about X, but it's there if someone else wants to"?

You are soaking in it! We all are.

But realistically learning to sit with the itchy feeling is good practice for many other things in life and mods do this because they care.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 3:08 PM on February 26, 2018 [17 favorites]


Just do what I do. Go to your MetaFilter Mind-Palace. I make posts there all the time. It's lots of fun. In my MetaFilter Mind-Palace, I'm the mod and I make the rules.
posted by Fizz at 3:24 PM on February 26, 2018 [13 favorites]


Anyone who wants to, feel free to do a MulletFest post for the blue. Lots of links to choose one of more from; it's your thing.
posted by Wordshore at 3:36 PM on February 26, 2018


It's not like mullets are gonna go out of fashion before Wednesday. Hockey hair is gonna stand the test of time, my friend.

Hair today, gone tomorrow.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:41 PM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Winter Olympics Mullet
posted by Wordshore at 4:03 PM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


OK, if no one else wants to, I'll make a mullet post. It's only fitting, since my best friend growing up had a huge mullet (and I totally didn't realize it until many years later when I saw pictures of us as kids).
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:46 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


/flounces to flouncing couch

I believe we refer to that as the "flouch".
posted by smoke at 4:49 PM on February 26, 2018 [5 favorites]


Oh my god, I am not good enough at making absurdly long posts to do the mullet justice. I really want the mullet post to be absurdly long.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 5:15 PM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Wordshore, if you ever have another mullet post emergency, message me and I'll give you full access to my account to post it.
posted by roger ackroyd at 5:43 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


If the hair at Mulletfest is really that spectacular then the world can wait 48 hours or so before you can post about it.

And think how satisfying the release will be when that longed for moment arrives. Think of the wait as “the business on top” and that moment of sweet release as “the party in the back.”

(At first I read this as “Mueller-fest” and thought wow he already has festivals?)
posted by octobersurprise at 6:02 PM on February 26, 2018 [3 favorites]


(At first I read this as “Mueller-fest” and thought wow he already has festivals?)

The festivals are the friends indictments we made along the way.
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:07 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


Don't Sharpies have a specific mullet? That seems conspicuously absent, so I feel like a single link post of this would be incomplete, especially since the article is about an Australian competition. Bet you didn't expect criticism!
posted by rhizome at 6:32 PM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Bet you didn’t expect criticism!
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 7:10 PM on February 26, 2018 [6 favorites]


It is a standard reaction to making an FPP to within a half-hour discover something else that would make an equal-or-better FPP.

Live with it. It's literally every fucking time.
posted by hippybear at 8:33 PM on February 26, 2018 [6 favorites]


You know, we could have a discussion here about how MeFi has been one of the few places I still visit for the links and the discussion, and how over time websites seem to gradually devolve into being link-only visits for me (like most of reddit), or outright kill off their discussion to cause me to lose interest all together (say, Jalopnik or Boing Boing), and how maybe there's room for maybe adding more links, and if that small change can jog life and discussion back into the ecosphere as a website ages and slows down (less posts, but more mega-threads, anyone?)...

...but really, I recently found video evidence of my wife as a pre-teen with a she-mullet so bring on the hairstyle post, because I. Have. Tales.

Some of them are even... rat tails
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:03 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


Two FPPs in one day? That's too timey-wimey for my tastes, can we leave that kind of thing to the properly equipped? (Those with long scarves, bow ties...)
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 9:43 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


> cooker girl:
"Wordshore, feel free to MeMail me whenever you're in this sort of situation again. I'd be happy to take all of the credit of a fun FPP for you!"

If she's unavailable, I will place myself in line as second backup. You NEED redundancy in these things!
posted by Samizdata at 9:51 PM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


OMG THERE ACTUALLY IS A CABAL AND IT'S FORMING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES. MODS DO SOMETHING!
posted by hippybear at 10:03 PM on February 26, 2018 [6 favorites]


*activates The Whelk and points him at hippybear*

You want to maybe rephrase that, Mr. Bear?
posted by loquacious at 5:01 AM on February 27, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh metafilter, thank you for the continued laughs.

And thank you jessamyn for caring enough to make us sit in our delayed gratification long enough to grow wiser.
posted by Annika Cicada at 5:53 AM on February 27, 2018 [4 favorites]


The winner, 12-year-old Alex Keavy, wins on a combination of mullet strength and showmanship. He alone thought to use his mullet to its full potential in the dance-off, moshing theatrically to spread it down his front. He began cultivating the style 18 months ago, because “Dad always used to cut my hair, and it was always terrible”. Alex is gracious in victory, pledging to use some of his $50 prize money to buy his girlfriend a pie. “It’s not a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle,” he declares. “Thanks to the judges, and to the hotel.”

So there is hope for the future. God bless the children.
posted by French Fry at 7:13 AM on February 27, 2018 [3 favorites]


I sadly no longer have my first drivers' licence, on which the photo was 17-year-old me sporting a mullet and a Pantera t-shirt.

On a serious note, a two-FPP-per-day limit would be a bit much.

I'd like to chime in and say:

Big post, small post
Megapost or small
There's room in the world for every kind post
Metafilter loves 'em all
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:51 AM on February 27, 2018 [3 favorites]


Shit does that even scan?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:51 AM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


Big post, small tiny post
Megapost or small


That's what I meant.

Sigh.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:06 AM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


I saw that this post had 43 comments, came in and saw Josh had basically wrapped it up in the first comment, and thought to myself “oh boy I bet things get a little silly if I keep reading!”

I love you, MetaFilter. Never stop bein’ you.
posted by nickmark at 10:06 AM on February 27, 2018 [2 favorites]


Well it seems now like a "tiny post" competition would be in order.
posted by sammyo at 11:42 AM on February 27, 2018 [3 favorites]


The MeFi 5k? Or maybe the MeFi 10c(haracter)? That's... brilliant. Do it.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 12:21 PM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


Well it seems now like a "tiny post" competition would be in order.

👍
posted by Lorin at 12:58 PM on February 27, 2018


Just add it on as a comment.
posted by Carol Anne at 2:46 PM on February 27, 2018


Well it seems now like a "tiny post" competition would be in order.

frantically googles "small postal boxes".
posted by Fizz at 3:00 PM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


ooooooh
posted by zarq at 3:48 PM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


So many dogs, so few posts-per-day.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:55 PM on February 27, 2018 [4 favorites]


Flickr galleries: Get to know your mailbox (85 photos) and Mailboxes (3,756 photos)
posted by zarq at 3:55 PM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


I really want the mullet post to be absurdly long
Surely you mean: short on the top, absurdly long in the back.
posted by ShooBoo at 4:29 PM on February 27, 2018


Metafilter: it's just an itch.

MetaFilter is more than just an itch, but the good news is that there is still a soothing creme for it.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:02 PM on February 27, 2018 [2 favorites]


frantically googles "small postal boxes".

Or teensy-weensy fences?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:50 PM on February 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


Repeated situation. I have a different post almost completed and lined up for dinner time - which means cannot do one around this BBC news article: "Playing Pig in Appalachia - a card game keeping a town alive". A nice easy single-link post there if anyone wants to do it.
posted by Wordshore at 7:06 AM on February 28, 2018


The thing is - probably no one was going to do an FPP on that article. Just post it tomorrow.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:01 AM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]


Does posting it here on the gray and then posting it on the blue count as a double?
posted by JanetLand at 10:47 AM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter is more than just an itch, but the good news is that there is still a soothing creme for it.

Ah, yes, Milk of Amnesia!
posted by y2karl at 12:27 PM on February 28, 2018 [3 favorites]


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