[MeFi Site Update] May 25th May 25, 2022 1:52 PM   Subscribe

Hi there, Metafilter! Happy Wednesday! You’ll find updates regarding the site below. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions.

- MeFi User Survey
As you can read here the Transition Team has been working on really cementing MeFi as a community-driven site and you can contribute to it by completing the survey they posted. You can have a high-level overview of the progress made here. Also, I will be meeting with them by early June to go over the how the new mod coverage has impacted our expenses and the revenue reports provided.

- Site Ownership Changes
The website ownership transfer is progressing, to the point where we can openly say that Jessamyn will be the new site owner. We have not announced this before just because we agreed to hold any announcements until the transfer process was actually happening and progressing. She will maintain the business registration and pay applicable federal and state taxes, other than that, she, the mods, myself and the Transition Team agree that most non-moderation/policy decisions should be made by the Steering Committee (SC) being created and that the staff will execute those decisions. I will keep being the person who runs day-to-day stuff.


- Signup flow, Marketing efforts.
I’ll go over the changes needed to the signup flow with frimble next week and discuss marketing efforts and site priorities with the Transition Team in the upcoming meeting.

- BIPOC Advisory Board
The next BIPOC Advisory Board meeting will take place next Saturday, May 28th, from here we are aiming to meet once every month. More details on that next monday.

- Fun Projects/Posts/Newsletter
Taz will keep managing the sidebar, Best Of, Metatalk Tails and open threads in the blue. We’re still figuring out the best process and owner for the Newsletter.

- Technical Changes
Changes to the flagging UX are still the main priority right now, and frimble is working on them.
Frimble has made some several admin facing fixes / additions, and also made it so that the site banner is also visible to non-logged visitors and non-members.

If you have any questions or feedback not related to this particular update, please Contact Us instead. If you want to discuss a particular subject not covered here with the community, you’re welcome to open a separate MetaTalk thread for it.
posted by loup (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 1:52 PM (162 comments total) 66 users marked this as a favorite

Well congratulations to jessamyn! Thanks for the update. And the reminder I should actually take the survey.
posted by skynxnex at 1:56 PM on May 25 [30 favorites]


Thank you, Jessamyn, for taking this on. And thank you to Cortex for keeping the lights on so long. Enjoy your rest.

This place is not perfect, few things are, but it's important to a lot of people. I appreciate the work of the Transition Team and the future Steering Committee and all who have helped this place survive for so long.

I look forward to a new era.
posted by bondcliff at 2:01 PM on May 25 [53 favorites]


Hi -- I, too, am reading this thread. loup is absolutely correct, my plans are to be the person who does admin and paperwork and legal stuff if there is any. I will not be moderating or leading the moderation team. I believe MetaFilter should be mostly run by the community to the extent that is possible and to the extent that it is necessary. I stepped up for this role because someone had to, because cortex was past done with site ownership, and because I'm here nearly every day anyhow. We're still in the process of doing the transfer. I'm available for questions either here or over email.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:04 PM on May 25 [291 favorites]


An excellent choice in all aspects. Thank you to both.
posted by Etrigan at 2:15 PM on May 25 [15 favorites]


I’m beyond delighted to know that Metafilter is staying in the family. This is very, very good news. Thanks, loup, and congratulations and much gratitude to jessamyn!
posted by mochapickle at 2:22 PM on May 25 [32 favorites]


Thank you, Jessamyn, and thanks for the update, loup.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:27 PM on May 25 [5 favorites]


where we can openly say that Jessamyn will be the new site owner

Blessed by the Jess of the West!
Holding us all up now, it’s the best -
And I know I sound dumb, and obsessed …
But I’m so happy to hear just what you’ve expressed,
Cause this whole site’s never gonna be depressed
Now she’s the new Queen of our quest!
It’s a fact that I wanted to say that I’d guessed:
WE’RE GETTING BLESSED BY THE JESS OF THE WEST! 😁

(From the future publication, “MetaFilter, the Musical!”)
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:33 PM on May 25 [41 favorites]


Ah, I was hoping it would be Jessamyn -- and had even typed out a comment saying as much in the last relevant thread, but I'd held back from posting it because I didn't want whoever it did end up being to feel bad. Good choice, everybody!
posted by nobody at 2:39 PM on May 25 [8 favorites]


I had a strong hunch that jessamyn was the new owner and it's for that reason I've been almost completely unworried about the matter. So, this is great news!

I think the reasons for the owner not also modding are self-evident at this point: the two roles combined is a recipe for burnout. (That said, jessamyn is probably the most highly-skilled and effective moderator I've ever seen.)
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:41 PM on May 25 [27 favorites]


I’m so glad my secret guess is confirmed! I can think of no better choice for the future of Metafilter.
posted by thoroughburro at 2:45 PM on May 25 [5 favorites]


The website ownership transfer is progressing, to the point where we can openly say that Jessamyn will be the new site owner.

Great news, I also was hoping this would be the outcome. Thanks for taking this on Jessamyn.
posted by advil at 3:00 PM on May 25 [8 favorites]


I am over the 🌙 at this news. Congrats, and welcome to the head honcho spot, Jessamyn!!Jessamine!!! And thank you to cortex as well! 🎆
posted by tiny frying pan at 3:06 PM on May 25 [6 favorites]


Hooray!
posted by drezdn at 3:06 PM on May 25 [5 favorites]


I, for one, welcome our new... uh... old? Rewelcome? Huhn. Anyhoo, pretty neat!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:11 PM on May 25 [12 favorites]


A very promising plan. Thanks to all of you who have preserved and stewarded, and now are thoughtfully planning for, MetaFilter's existence.
posted by Miko at 3:15 PM on May 25 [9 favorites]


Congratulations and welcome, I hope the bumps are minimal and it remains fun!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:22 PM on May 25 [6 favorites]


Jessamyn!!Jessamine!!!

This was a weird excitable typo! I'm excited! 😃
posted by tiny frying pan at 3:29 PM on May 25 [5 favorites]


The agreeable news that Jessamyn is the third and latest site owner of MetaFilter is, indeed, both marvellous and splendid. One hopes that the 25th of May will be added to the MetaFilter calendar of dates for annual celebration.
posted by Wordshore at 3:37 PM on May 25 [14 favorites]


(Also, there are a few specific librarians I was hoping to nudge to join MetaFilter, as their content would be fun and interesting, and this announcement of the new owner is quite the persuasive point)
posted by Wordshore at 3:43 PM on May 25 [11 favorites]


This is really good news. Jessamyn has had a profound and lasting positive impact on this place and on many of us here, and when business stuff needs to happen i know her stewardship will always be informed by her care for the humans involved.

May this be as just as good for cortex and for Jessamyn as it’s going to be for the rest of us.
posted by Songdog at 3:52 PM on May 25 [37 favorites]


Congratulations, Jessamyn!
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 3:56 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Fuck yes. Best possible outcome.
posted by Ryvar at 3:58 PM on May 25 [7 favorites]


Unlike everyone else here, my initial hunch was wrong and I’m very happy to be incorrect!

I’m so pleased with Jessamyn’s decision, thank you for taking this on. And loup, I’m glad you’ll still be doing the day to day stuff. I think you’re doing a great job.
posted by kimberussell at 3:59 PM on May 25 [15 favorites]


What a fantastic choice, I'm so so so so excited! I'm gushingly excited. I'm beyond excited! I'm excited +++! Jessamyn, congratulations on your decision - I know that it must have been a tough choice but I also know that you love MetaFilter and that you and MetaFilter are going to be just fine together. Wow!

Cortex, I think you're awesome too, fyi. More than awesome. Gushingly awesome. Awesome +++! You must be very happy to know that your place is going to be in great hands!

Wow!
posted by ashbury at 4:02 PM on May 25 [5 favorites]


Heck yeah, loup, I’m very grateful for your communication, and for the work of all of the staff and the volunteers working to help this place thrive.
posted by Songdog at 4:03 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Yah gonna do great, Jessamyn! Pew pew!
posted by not_on_display at 4:07 PM on May 25 [7 favorites]


I had no idea Jessamyn was a possibility as the new owner, and I have to say: Jessamyn is the BEST POSSIBLE NEW OWNER.

I am immensely gladdened and relieved.

Thank you for stepping in to take on this responsibility, Jessamyn!

I hope we can all help make your ownership tasks light and easy.

Thank you for this update, loup! And huge thanks to all the mods, and everyone helping with the transition.

This has made my day.
posted by kristi at 4:15 PM on May 25 [15 favorites]


- Best possible outcome.
Yup, my thoughts exactly.
posted by loup (staff) at 4:28 PM on May 25 [30 favorites]


Wow, that is big news! Congratulations to owners new and old!
posted by Dip Flash at 4:49 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


And cortex, I want to thank you, too. I know you've been through an awful lot. Doing all the work you've done to get the transition strategy started and get the site secured into excellent hands -- it says a lot about your love for this place and it says a lot about you as a genuinely good dude. You have my respect. Thank you.
posted by mochapickle at 5:13 PM on May 25 [41 favorites]


This is good news. Congratulations and thanks, Jessamyn.
posted by spitbull at 5:15 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


I'm glad my hunch about new ownership was correct and I'm absolutely confident in jessamyn's ability to herd this particular glaring of cats in the right direction.
posted by dg at 5:16 PM on May 25 [4 favorites]


This news prompted an excited librarian "oook!" From me and the first comment I've made since *checks watch*...2019. I'd stepped away for a bit because of the general state of the world was becoming too much.

It's a great outcome, and thanks to Cortex and the team for stewarding the site into its new era.
posted by arcticseal at 5:17 PM on May 25 [13 favorites]


I want to say briefly how glad I am to be transferring ownership of the site to Jessamyn; I was deeply relieved and grateful when after we talked about it a fair bit a while back she agreed to take on these responsibilities, and appreciate her patience (and everyone else's) as we worked out the needful stuff to get this far enough along to feel good talking about it publicly.

There's no one better for it, Jess. I'm glad it's you. Thanks again.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:25 PM on May 25 [122 favorites]


This is cool.
posted by barrett caulk at 5:38 PM on May 25 [3 favorites]


Best news I've read today, and best news I've read on the gray in a long time. Huzzah!
posted by /\/\/\/ at 5:47 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


I had guessed Rupert Murdoch, and am delighted to be wrong!
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:09 PM on May 25 [18 favorites]


It is as foretold in the prophecy!
Now the True Golden Age begins!
posted by briank at 6:12 PM on May 25 [4 favorites]


Well jeez, I dedicated a decent chunk of my survey response this morning to despondently moaning about how much I missed Jessamyn's hand in things, and now here she is taking ownership of the site. I have to say this is a promising turn of events.
posted by naju at 6:14 PM on May 25 [9 favorites]


I'll add, and should have included in my first comment, thanks and heartfelt gratitude to cortex for keeping MeFi running all these years and mathowie before, and originally. For whatever mefi's faults (mixed in with its many virtues), I think it's fairly remarkable how continuous (albeit bumpy at times) it's been and I assume it will continue so and improve with the new ownership and leadership structure. Many, many sites have completely decayed or otherwise collapsed when similar changes had to be made. So I'm happy and proud to be able to have been here for so long.
posted by skynxnex at 6:20 PM on May 25 [7 favorites]


One of my responses on the survey was expressing a hope for further commitment to a community-led model. I should have asked for a pony instead since my wish was already covered :)
posted by solotoro at 6:21 PM on May 25 [4 favorites]


This is good news.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 6:46 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Sweet!

Thanks jessamyn, cortex, and loup.
posted by soundguy99 at 6:56 PM on May 25 [3 favorites]


I want to say briefly how glad I am to be transferring ownership of the site to Jessamyn;

FUCK YEAH.
posted by loquacious at 7:09 PM on May 25 [7 favorites]


This is the best possible outcome, in my opinion. As with many of you, I had a strong hunch it was Jessamyn. It was obvious how important it was to Josh that the site be transferred to someone with deep ties to the site. And he seemed very confident that the new owner supported moving to a more community-based model. Plus, he made it clear that he was transferring ownership, rather than selling for profit. I honestly never really considered it would be anyone else.

So I was never concerned about the new owner. But I was concerned about how the change might impact the new owner. I didn't want to see Jessamyn get dragged down by the weight of running this place.

Which is why I am so excited by the model described above. We have an owner who honestly loves the place, whose judgement I completely trust. But by separating the ownership from the moderation and empowering a true Steering Committee to let the community self direct (as much as is practical), I think we get the best of all worlds.

Thank you, Josh, for taking such care to make this change a meaningful one.

Thank you, Jessamyn, for letting us lean on you.

Thank you, Mods, for all that you do to try and make this place worth coming back to.

Thank you, Transition Team, for giving us such a solid foundation to build from.

And now, MeFites, it is up to us.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 7:19 PM on May 25 [39 favorites]


Well done, Jessamyn!
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 7:36 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Jessamyn, for taking this on. I'm glad the site will be in good hands.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:39 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Mazel tov, jessamyn! And thanks.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:51 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


I am reminded of the old joke about the two happiest days for boat owners (the day you buy it and then the day you sell it) -- this feels like there might be happiness on both sides of that transaction.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:52 PM on May 25 [8 favorites]


This makes me happy on a day where good news is quite welcome. Jessamyn, cortex, mods, everyone, I'm happy for us all. This feels just right.
posted by heyho at 8:27 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Oh I am so delighted!! Thank you for everything cortex, particularly this spectacular parting act. I am pinching myself!!! Yay jessamyn!!!!!
posted by riverlife at 8:48 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Nthing that this the perfect outcome--MetaFilter will be in the best possible hands!
posted by Pryde at 8:54 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Great news. Thanks so much to cortex for all he's done and thanks to jessamyn for taking on ownership. :)
posted by juliebug at 8:54 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Thank you, Jessamyn. I'm so glad you are doing this.
posted by apartment dweller at 9:50 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Holy fuck this kicks ass
posted by churl at 10:42 PM on May 25 [3 favorites]


Wow! What frabjous news!

Like many I suspected and hoped it would be jessamyn, and worried irrationally it would be someone else (“welcome to mETHafilHODLer: a community blockchain”).

So yay for my hopes coming true and my fears being ridiculous!
posted by Kattullus at 10:53 PM on May 25 [6 favorites]


Dynamite!
posted by porn in the woods at 11:01 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Woo hoo!!!
posted by carmicha at 11:27 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Wheee! This is great news. I guessed wrong, hadn't even occurred to me that Jessamyn would be the one. I like the new separation of modship from steering from ownership, seems like a good way to distribute responsibilities more evenly.
posted by harriet vane at 11:38 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


YES! This is some great fuckin' news on a day that sorely needed some. Congratulations to jessamyn and MetaFilter!
posted by Jpfed at 11:49 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Woohoo! Glad to have Jessamyn as new site owner – the perfect fit.
posted by adrianhon at 12:23 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Yay! Thank you and congratulations Jessamyn!
posted by ellieBOA at 12:32 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Well, I just let out a breath I didn't realize I'd been holding. Still sad that cortex is stepping down but Jessamyn is a wonderful person and I trust her. Phew! Okay. Ejecting this particular anxiety from my brain's Rumination Station. Hooray!
posted by lazaruslong at 12:40 AM on May 26 [5 favorites]


This is great news! Congratulations Jessamyn!
posted by bitteschoen at 1:00 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Jessamyn: The Soul of the New Metafilter. Happy out, me.
posted by BobTheScientist at 1:19 AM on May 26 [7 favorites]


Great news! Especially anticipating the next episode of the podcast.
posted by kingless at 2:41 AM on May 26 [4 favorites]


Wonderful. Here's hoping that Jessamyn can pull the site up out of its death-spiral.
posted by octothorpe at 5:14 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Oh good news is still possible. Yay!
posted by nat at 5:19 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Absolutely thrilled at this.
posted by grouse at 5:41 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Goddamn right a librarian will run this place well -- that or a Chief Petty Officer, and she's already got the keyboard shortcuts memorized.

The king is dead! Long live the queen!
posted by wenestvedt at 5:55 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


In a world of very shit news, this is awesome news to wake up to. Congrats, Jessamyn.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:02 AM on May 26 [3 favorites]


I think it's a good sign that among the usernames coming out to celebrate here, I am note people who I haven't been seeing a lot of lately.

*waves at various MeFi elders, with their ear trumpets and long beards*

I hope there will be a resurgence of old-timers coming back a bit -- not because I don't like the current Frequent Flyers, but because a lot of the site's strength comes from its longevity. Ye Olden Dayes weren't perfect, but they shouldn't be thrown out, either.

Anyway, this is great news!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:03 AM on May 26 [10 favorites]


Taz will keep managing the sidebar, Best Of, Metatalk Tails and open threads in the blue. We’re still figuring out the best process and owner for the Newsletter.

Are the Best Of, Newsletter, and podcast similar enough that there could be some, uh, "recycling" here? I mean, the sidebar and Best Of seem really similar to me, and I expect that some of that goes into the Newsletter, too.

Just thinking about ways to eliminate repetition for y'all!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:05 AM on May 26 [4 favorites]


Great news! Congratulations and thanks to both Jessamyn and Cortex, and to everyone involved, for getting us to this point.
posted by rpfields at 7:07 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Echoing lazaruslong, with the weight of how rapidly how many things have gone to shit in the last week or weeks, I haven’t had much of the energy I’ve increasingly needed to engage here, and randomly seeing a hint of this on Twitter (and yes, spending time there is part of what’s weighing me down so badly), I came in to check.

Seeing this news has lifted off of me a weight I didn’t know I was carrying. I know that cortex took over because he loved this place and understood its value, and tried the best he could, far longer than he should have had to in order to keep it running. The vague unease at who would be taking over, even the stupid jokes that it would be Musk or Zuckerberg, that stress just sort of snuck in with the other stuff. Reading that Jessamyn is taking over, that the site will continue to be under the care of someone who understands just how deeply valued this space is, I physically felt freer, like I could breathe more deeply.

Goddamn, it’s nice to get good news. I’d forgotten what that’s like.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:23 AM on May 26 [5 favorites]


Jessamyn will be the new site owner

I had secretly hoped that this might be in the works, without actually believing it was an option. To me, this is the best possible outcome. Jessamyn, you’re a capable leader and a strong idea person. I mean, Ask! Credit where credit’s due for many years of making/keeping the site viable all the way back.

I am, as they say, chuffed.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:26 AM on May 26 [8 favorites]


Congratulations to Jessamyn!
posted by xingcat at 8:54 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Great news; thanks Jessamyn for stepping up, and thanks again cortex for everything.
posted by nubs at 8:58 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


One hopes that the 25th of May will be added to the MetaFilter calendar of dates for annual celebration.

May 25 is both Towel Day and The Glorious Twenty-Fifth. I'm glad Metafilter's paperwork and whatnot will be handled by a frood who most definitely knows where their towel is.
posted by zamboni at 9:11 AM on May 26 [8 favorites]


This strikes me as tremendously good news when tremendously good news is nearly non-existent. Congratulations to Jessamyn and to this community.
posted by Twicketface at 9:12 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Yay!!!, and thanks to everyone taking on new responsibilities, guiding, transitioning, and being patiently hopeful for the future.
I need this place, and I'm glad it is still here.
posted by winesong at 9:29 AM on May 26 [3 favorites]


Very happy to hear this. Congrats!
posted by rustybullrake at 9:32 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


To the victor go the spoils. Now if we can figure out who the victor is...wait, it is the user base! Thank you Jessamyn, loup, cortex, and all the mods and frimble.

Jessamyn, remember it is only a thankless job if you expect thanks.

Godspeed Jessamyn.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:33 AM on May 26 [3 favorites]


I'm so happy to read this! I had no idea nor any expectation of who would be the next site owner and so this comes as a lovely surprise! Congratulations to all of us and especially to ♥Jessamyn♥!
posted by Lynsey at 9:35 AM on May 26 [3 favorites]


Look forward to visiting Vermont, Home of MetaFilter sometime this year.

Congrats Jessamyn!

i’m ready to post 😎😎😎😎
posted by bxvr at 9:36 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


This is good.
posted by adamvasco at 9:51 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


This fabulioexcellenatous, congrats Jessamyn.
posted by clavdivs at 10:03 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Not what I expected, and I am absolutely delighted by this news. Way to go, jessamyn!
posted by theora55 at 10:43 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


This is fantastic news.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:47 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Does this mean the automated MeMail one receives when their question has been posted on AsKMe will now come from jessamyn? Asking for a friend.
posted by Hey, Zeus! at 11:29 AM on May 26


Mod note: > Does this mean the automated MeMail one receives when their question has been posted on AsKMe will now come from jessamyn?
Most likely from myself or a placeholder account that will go to admin@mefi.com, I'm still going over this with frimble.
posted by loup (staff) at 11:54 AM on May 26


Thank you, all, for holding down the fort, from an old person who was once a $5 n00b.
posted by tizzie at 11:57 AM on May 26 [5 favorites]


Lest we forget, in previous threads, people feared that the new owner would be:

Henry Kissinger
Woody Allen
Elon Musk
Peter Thiel

While I'm aware some of those suggestions were tongue-in-cheek, this may be a good moment for us to reflect upon our collective psychotic anxiety/paranoia. It was Jessamyn all along!

Congratulations!
posted by cranberrymonger at 12:22 PM on May 26 [12 favorites]


More charitably, I think some people feared the generous contribution made recently by Jeff Atwood might have lead to further talks or dealings. Not that there’s anything wrong with Atwood per se, but a Silicon Valley founder type would be tough for many to swallow.

I understand the anxiety before the announcement, and I’m glad we can all be reassured together!
posted by thoroughburro at 1:06 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


A younger, more innocent memester of yesteryear could take many favorites home to feed their family if they took a press photo of Jessamyn and pasted it over Gandalf’s face in the “on the third dawn look to the east” scene gif.
posted by thoroughburro at 1:12 PM on May 26 [3 favorites]


Does this mean the automated MeMail one receives when their question has been posted on AsKMe will now come from jessamyn?

Nope! I am serious about being here as a friendly helpful user but not getting too involved in day-to-day stuff. Getting a lot of extra MeMail is not one of the things on my todo list (though I've appreciated the nice MeMails I've gotten so far). loup has it well in hand and they have my trust to make solid decisions.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:13 PM on May 26 [16 favorites]


I had hoped it would be either jessamyn or loup, both of whom I have a great deal of respect for, and either of whom I would have been happy with, so I'm pleased here.
posted by Chrysopoeia at 1:19 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]


The ownership is coming from inside the house!
posted by DanSachs at 2:08 PM on May 26 [13 favorites]


I am pleased about this, but also hope jessamyn is not next in the list of burnt out site owners. The healthy distance that seems to being put in place bodes well for that.
posted by knapah at 2:11 PM on May 26 [16 favorites]


also hope jessamyn is not next in the list of burnt out site owners

Yeah - as she is one of the most respected figures on the site I can’t think of a better choice, but also as she is one of the most respected figures on the site I hope she succeeds in keeping some distance from it and the community governance thing is made to work, because expectations will be impossible.
posted by atoxyl at 2:26 PM on May 26 [11 favorites]


I just shouted "Oh my GOD!" out loud in delight at a completely empty room.

I had gone completely unhunched as to who the new owner might be, and had been kind of slightly avoiding Metatalk a bit lately because it seemed so uncertain and gloomy a lot of the time, but this is such an unexpected (to me) ray of light.

Thank you, jessamyn, for taking this on and helping to preserve this place that's stitched in to the digital DNA of so many of us. Thank you!
posted by penguin pie at 3:22 PM on May 26 [10 favorites]


It was Jessamyn all along!

(Waits impatiently for the Agatha/Jessamyn wink gif)
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:27 PM on May 26 [9 favorites]


Yes Virginia, there IS a cabal.
posted by deludingmyself at 3:37 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]


I am so glad, so very happy, you are taking this Jess; I couldn’t think of anyone better. My thanks also to Cortex for his stewardship.
posted by caddis at 4:54 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]


Maybe, in decades, when jessamyn decided to retire from owning MeFi, one of us 10kers will finally be able to own metafilter.
posted by skynxnex at 5:06 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]


I am pleased about this, but also hope jessamyn is not next in the list of burnt out site owners.

I am pleased about this as well, but feeling some Frodo at Council of Elrond vibes.
posted by betweenthebars at 5:27 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]


“I am not mathowie,” he said. “My name is Ryan; I inherited the site from the previous mathowie, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from is not the real mathowie either. His name was Cummerbund. The real mathowie has been retired 15 years and living like a king in Patagonia.”
posted by mbrubeck at 5:35 PM on May 26 [33 favorites]


Thanks, mathowie, cortex, jessamyn. You have helped make my life more meaningful.
posted by signal at 5:43 PM on May 26 [20 favorites]


Yayyyyyyyyyha!
posted by valkane at 6:17 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Yes, it's great news that Jessamyn is taking up the mantle. But what's much better news is that she's taking it up differently than the two before, and we're remaking the place to be community-led rather than mod-led. Staff is necessary to do the administrative things, but MetaFilter has wanted to be run by its members for a long, long time, and the staff burnout will only end when the staff and members are truly working together rather than at cross purposes. I'd like this place to continue to be a viable space to learn and discuss and even joke around, and I feel like we might just squeak by now.
posted by rikschell at 6:25 PM on May 26 [21 favorites]


And with all this celebration it’s a good time recognize loup for their professionalism, sensibility and responsiveness. What’s great about this new leadership matrix is that this is a real partnership to share the various burdens of management.
posted by Miko at 7:50 PM on May 26 [37 favorites]


It is as foretold in the prophecy!
Now the True Golden Age begins!


Witness!
So it was written and so it shall be.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:22 PM on May 26 [3 favorites]


Mazel tov! Quite happy with this news, which was genuinely unexpected and an extremely pleasant surprise. Having a more defined structure with some guard rails in place to prevent burnout is a wonderful thing, and I am just beyond delighted that Jessamyn is going to be the new owner! How wonderful!
posted by Bottlecap at 8:53 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Checking in from vacation to say yay!
posted by COD at 8:56 PM on May 26 [3 favorites]


I'm glad to hear this, although I kind of wish Jessamyn didn't have to do the paperwork part and could just focus on distilling her ... what's the word ... wisdom.

Thank you so much Jessamyn. I hope you find satisfaction.
posted by amtho at 9:06 PM on May 26 [4 favorites]


Boy, this is cool news.
posted by rollbiz at 11:47 PM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Conflicted feelings on this.

First, Jessamyn is a great choice if it comes to doing this job.

But I have to say my first thought was: why the hell does she want to put herself through this ordeal?

If you're going to do it, like the others have said above, try to keep some distance. Take whole days (or weeks) where you don't check the site or any email account or social media site that's going to mention it. It's just a website, it's not worth burning out another human being over it.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 1:26 AM on May 27 [5 favorites]


Thanks to mathowie, cortex, and to jessamyn for the rescue..
posted by Cranberry at 1:58 AM on May 27 [3 favorites]


OMG! I'm so happy!
posted by valkane at 2:13 AM on May 27 [3 favorites]


fantastic news, and the ship sails on. thanks for stepping up JW.
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 6:18 AM on May 27 [3 favorites]


Y’all heard? J-Dub is running the filt.
posted by thoroughburro at 6:33 AM on May 27 [5 favorites]


Thank you, Jessamyn, for all the shit you have done for MetaFilter all these years and then for stepping up and Doing The Thing. This is awesome.

I'm going to be presumptuous here: We all secretly hoped.

P.S. I owe you that other email but I'm going to delay it a bit since no doubt the torrent has been unleashed.
posted by majick at 6:55 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


I just clicked on this halfway by accident and was barely reading mostly thinking about making another cup of coffee 'til I got to the news and then I shrieked involuntarily and said out loud, "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, I love her!"

This is the best.
posted by Don Pepino at 7:09 AM on May 27 [4 favorites]


I do enjoy how low key Loup made the announcement! “Oh by the way…” :)
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:15 AM on May 27 [14 favorites]


Huzzah!
posted by eotvos at 7:50 AM on May 27 [1 favorite]


I do enjoy how low key Loup made the announcement! “Oh by the way…” :)

we call this "the Columbo"
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:54 AM on May 27 [43 favorites]


why the hell does she want to put herself through this ordeal?

I'm in a fortunate place in my life right now. The job I'm doing isn't cortex's job. The next stage of MeFi is going to involve many people in the community (not just staff) putting in some work. Seemed a little more like calling "dibs" on one of the jobs that I am better suited for so I do not wind up with a worse one. Put another way, I think many of us know that MeFi is in a precarious place where tough decisions may need to be made. I think that requires active management which loup is capably doing, as well as active oversight which is me and, to a certain extent, everyone in here.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:35 AM on May 27 [81 favorites]


I think it's time to update jessamyn's staff badge. Un-retired?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:47 AM on May 27 [6 favorites]


jessamyn's staff badge should have MFWIC.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:03 AM on May 27 [5 favorites]


This is happy news. I feel confident knowing Metafilter will be in Jessamyn's hands. Congratulations, Jessamyn. Here's hoping another Google algorithm change makes you magically wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:18 AM on May 27 [6 favorites]


(From the future publication, “MetaFilter, the Musical!”)

OK, now this has to happen. Can all the MefiMusic people get together and do this? I don't know anything about music, but I am happy to contribute however, I can. I can't think of anything, but if you can music people, just let me know.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:24 AM on May 27 [4 favorites]


I think it's time to update jessamyn's staff badge. Un-retired?

Bring back the star!
posted by majick at 9:51 AM on May 27 [12 favorites]


Well then, I just want to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 10:47 AM on May 27 [12 favorites]


I think it's time to update jessamyn's staff badge. Un-retired?

Grand-Poobahete

Just another semi-in-awe-boggled mifi user saying good on and tnks a whole lotta bunch!
posted by sammyo at 12:56 PM on May 27 [1 favorite]


:)
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:39 PM on May 27 [1 favorite]


I feel like I see a lot of usernames in this thread that I haven’t seen in a while, and that’s great!!!

:-)

Some of us latecomers missed you.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 3:27 PM on May 27 [4 favorites]


!!!
posted by ASF Tod und Schwerkraft at 6:40 PM on May 27 [1 favorite]


No mention of the persistent ableism on the site, nor the mods ignoring flags about it. I will then.

I've had enough frankly. The mods don't seem to give a fuck about making this site less tolerant of hatred and aggression towards disabled people.

I really see little reason to stay a member of a site run by people who don't seem to give a fuck about me. This place has meant a lot to me, but I'm so tired of saving souls. Maybe it's time to just let it go to hell in its own way.
posted by howfar at 12:09 AM on May 28 [2 favorites]


Hey howfar, sorry you've been experiencing persistent ableism on the site, that's gotta suck. Feel free to reach out to the mods or create a MetaTalk thread to address the problems with the mods and community at the same time.

I don't think the mods or community don't care, but we may be blind and/or ignorant. Hopefully we with your help we can start getting this problem rectified.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:57 AM on May 28 [10 favorites]


persistent ableism on the site

But please help some of us to understand, as I just really do not follow what the issue actually is. I for one example advocate walking for health frequently but do not think that's offensive. Extending that example I am highly aware of my physical benefit, every single step. Heart goes out deeply deeply to any that can not. But wish those in pain could help us understand just a bit. Perhaps another thread though.
posted by sammyo at 8:10 AM on May 28 [1 favorite]


Not to destract from the more serious ongoing discussion, but I'm up for a mefi musical. I can't promise my contribution will be professional quality. It will be enthusiastic.
posted by eotvos at 8:58 AM on May 28 [1 favorite]


If I had to guess, I would say howfar is talking about the Hearing Voices thread posted recently, or at least that’s the most recent thread they are concerned about.

Perhaps this should be the subject of its own MeTa post?
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 9:19 AM on May 28 [13 favorites]


I look forward to a Metafilter future that includes more work on the part of the members, and less work/stress on the part of the moderators.

Thanks for taking on this project, jessamyn.
posted by terrapin at 9:27 AM on May 28 [14 favorites]


I think from a search the last time ableism was discussed here was Jan 2020?
posted by tiny frying pan at 12:36 PM on May 28


Mod note: > The mods don't seem to give a fuck about making this site less tolerant of hatred and aggression towards disabled people.

Please reach out to us if you feel comfortable doing so, or feel free to create a MetaTalk thread for this. I think we all care about this and want to make this community comfortable for everyone.
posted by loup (staff) at 10:59 PM on May 29 [5 favorites]


Hey howfar, sorry you've been experiencing persistent ableism on the site, that's gotta suck. Feel free to reach out to the mods or create a MetaTalk thread to address the problems with the mods and community at the same time.

I don't think the mods or community don't care, but we may be blind and/or ignorant. Hopefully we with your help we can start getting this problem rectified.


Using blind as a synonym for ignorant / unaware / uninformed on an issue is ableist language, for a start.

I'm not trying to have this correction read like a dunk and it isn't intended as one, but it is intended as a bit sharp.

Responding to a member's clearly grave concern about ableism on the site with 101 level ableist language is...not a good look.
posted by lazaruslong at 11:45 PM on May 29 [16 favorites]


Using blind as a synonym for ignorant / unaware / uninformed on an issue is ableist language, for a start.

Good point, thank you for taking the time to point it out. My sincere apologies!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:59 AM on May 30 [9 favorites]


Yessss Jessamyn!
posted by nouvelle-personne at 5:48 AM on May 30


to the point where we can openly say that Jessamyn will be the new site owner.

There are things in this world that make me very happy because they just are what is supposed to be. This is one of those things.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 7:36 AM on May 30 [5 favorites]


a site run by people who don't seem to give a fuck about me.
That was how I felt back in the day when I initially began to see users complain about discrimination and the mods start to barely notice and then balk and then slowly begin to figure out how they should respond to complaints about discrimination. I was dismayed when NoraReed buttoned. But I stayed because of NoraReed's fight and other people like NoraReed who also stayed and continued to advocate for better, and I saw the mods and the user base wake up and it almost felt like kind of sober up, and the site began steadily to improve.

MetaFilter might not know how to care properly, yet, for its whole community, but it doesn't mean it doesn't want to and won't ever learn to. And meanwhile there are people in marginalized groups creating precious things here, like this gorgeous mind-expanding piece of wonder by warriorqueen.
posted by Don Pepino at 8:19 AM on May 30 [13 favorites]


I apparently misread something in a MeTa at some point which squashed my hope that Jessamyn would be the next owner.

I am delightfully suprised that I was wrong.

Jessamyn as the new owner just seems perfect. A natural fit that will work so well with being more community led.

Thank you, Jessamyn for taking the reins.
posted by a non mouse, a cow herd at 8:21 AM on May 30 [2 favorites]


I have loved
this website
that was in
ownership limbo

and then
it was probably
making
me switch to reddit

Forgive me
jessamyn is perfect
so smart
and so ideal
posted by bendy at 3:28 PM on May 30 [21 favorites]


Fantastic news! I hope Cortex threw in the extended warranty and rust protector at no additional charge.
posted by dr_dank at 3:30 PM on May 30 [5 favorites]


I am so excited about the prospect of community self- governance combined with having Jessamyn in a position to exert even the gentlest guidance and facilitation. Let's go!
posted by contraption at 4:03 PM on May 30 [2 favorites]


jessamyn helped me register with this site by explaining that I could just mail her $5 when the regular ways wouldn't work.

Always appreciated what seemed to be going out of her way to help someone who wanted to be "different". Glad to hear about the new owner. :)
posted by aleph at 6:55 PM on May 30 [8 favorites]


I hope Cortex threw in the extended warranty and rust protector at no additional charge.

*slaps hood of website* this baby can fit so many not-my-monkeys
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:14 PM on May 30 [27 favorites]


*slaps hood of website* this baby can fit so many not-my-monkeys

That's funny, I just remembered that at some point after I first read this post, it came to me that Jessamyn's mantra should be "That's my circus, but those ain't my monkeys."
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:36 PM on May 30 [6 favorites]


I was so happy when I heard Mefi would go to Jessamyn! Happy and relieved. I enjoy this place, and now I know it will pleasantly persist.
posted by Oyéah at 8:56 PM on May 30 [3 favorites]


...holy shit I totally missed this ... but dammit this is great news.

Congratulations Jessamyn! Congratulations MetaFilter! All around best possible outcome!
posted by From Bklyn at 3:44 AM on May 31 [2 favorites]


I have annoyed
the mods
that were
on duty

and who
probably had better
things
to do

Forgive me
they were gracious
so sweet
and so kind
posted by eotvos at 4:07 PM on May 31 [9 favorites]


Another lapsed Mefite here who has been slowly coming back here and am so thrilled to hear this news and all the other changes in the hopper. Great thanks to Cortex for all of the work this place takes to keep running, and for Jessamyn for stepping up.
posted by smirkette at 3:34 AM on June 1 [8 favorites]


HOORAY I only just read this now! This is the best news I could possibly have hoped to find when I logged in.
posted by tangerine at 8:05 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]


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