Too much war posting January 18, 2003 8:06 PM   Subscribe

Stop the presses! So you're saying that some people support a war on Iraq, and other people don't support a war on Iraq? Crazy! I'll bet that's the first time this has ever been discussed on MetaFilter!
posted by The Michael The to Etiquette/Policy at 8:06 PM (27 comments total)

What I really mean to say is "this is bullshit." This entirely negates PrinceValium's previous MetaTalk post about recent good posting on MeFi. No one cares about axes to be ground. This topic has been ground down to the nub. There is no need to post things like this. Matt has already said that MeFi does not do politics well at all. It only pointlessly incenses people and causes yelling and childish behavior, and drags down everyone around it. Take your damn agendas and put them on your own blog away from our public space.
posted by The Michael The at 8:11 PM on January 18, 2003


I'm bothered much more by all the personal pronouns.
posted by ColdChef at 8:22 PM on January 18, 2003


The run-on sentences...my head hurts.
posted by adampsyche at 8:25 PM on January 18, 2003


It gave me a chance to say something condescending about George W. Bush, though. That's something I don't get to do enough of.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:27 PM on January 18, 2003


Just in keeping with the general theme around this thread: please don't end your sentences with a preposition, crash.
posted by yhbc at 8:29 PM on January 18, 2003


Ahem.
posted by ColdChef at 8:34 PM on January 18, 2003


An even greater sin is ending a sentence with a proposition. Don't you agree, and do you want to have sex for money?
posted by Hildago at 8:36 PM on January 18, 2003


Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I posted six comments on a politically-oriented Metafilter thread.
posted by moonbiter at 8:45 PM on January 18, 2003


Am I dominating this discussion?
posted by hama7 at 8:47 PM on January 18, 2003


They rule.
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:55 PM on January 18, 2003


I actually rather liked the discussion. The Michael The: if you hate these threads so much, then you could just not read them.
posted by bshort at 9:28 PM on January 18, 2003


Take your damn agendas and put them on your own blog away from our public space.

Ummm, The Michael The:

It's your assumption that it's only being used to further an agenda, but no matter what its intent, it is informative and interesting. Some of us don't care about your feud, so don't ruin it for us.

-You, 1/9/03
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:04 PM on January 18, 2003


Dude, the 14K club is supposed to be more easy going and forgiving. See?
posted by jonson at 12:48 AM on January 19, 2003


I have to say that TMT has a point here. The anti-smoking post went because it was not new or interesting, and now this post is gone too.

Some might find fault with the post in question for the same reason, but I can't be objective, because I ♥ Postroad.
posted by hama7 at 1:20 AM on January 19, 2003


I hope someone is collecting all the "This post was deleted because"'s.

FAQ in a bottle.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:30 AM on January 19, 2003


We'll all get a chance to talk about Iraq some more as soon as the first armored division rolls up deep in downtown Bagdad. Patience.
posted by Witty at 2:42 AM on January 19, 2003


As far as the antismoking site-that is the LAST time I try to post something my son found.

As for Iraq, SOME of us are trying to stay in deep denial that we might go to war in the near futurt. Shhhhh!
posted by konolia at 3:12 AM on January 19, 2003


prescriptive grammarians proscribed the use of prepositions

want some pickled pepper with that?
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:19 AM on January 19, 2003


Ummm, XQUZYPHYR:

John is a veteran of the Pointless Message Board Where No One's Opinion Is Ever Really Changed scene, and will most likely spend most of his time here angrily writing something before looking at it, sighing deeply, then wondering how someone as young as him can be so cynical about America so early already.

This would seem to indicate that you already realize how pointless these war threads are.

The overarching theme of both this MeTa post and my other comment that you posted is that MetaFilter is not a place for agendas to be pursued. Wheareas I found the Debka thread to be pointless, I found some merit in the Till-Mobley thread, not based on my personal agenda, but on the basis of the posting guidelines and this post, also referenced by Mathowie on the Post-a-Link page.
posted by The Michael The at 7:24 AM on January 19, 2003


My favorite part of this appalling FPP is the pathetic "But don't attack me. My wife says I am too fragile and overly sensitive and need support rather than condemnation".
How many of Postroad's trollish, borderline racist FPP's have been deleted? Probably not even Matt, the one who routinely has to work overtime to clean up Postroad's shit, knows the answer. But I'd be curious anyway.
Who's the most-deleted user around here?
posted by matteo at 7:28 AM on January 19, 2003


That'd be a very interesting stat. Most deleted, indeed. Also interesting, most deleted as a ratio of total posts (with a minimum of 10 posts, for statistical significance). Get on it, haughey, we're waiting ;-)
posted by jonson at 7:39 AM on January 19, 2003


TMT, I disagreed with the nature of Postroad's post too, I was just pointing out that people only seem to defend the "interesting merit" of threads they liked that other people attacked. As long as the thread isn't violently offensive, I'm all for free-speech absolutism, which I think is much more effective at shooting down stupid opinions en masse.

That said, I pose this side note: if everyone else is so bored or finds it pointless to debate Iraq, can the two or three people making "yeah, what's the point arguing... it's so obvious we're going to attack OH MY GOD I'M SO CLEVER" pot-shots in this MeTa thread cut that out too?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:39 AM on January 19, 2003


That'd be a very interesting stat. Most deleted, indeed.
The one problem I'de forsee with that is it would be like a giant black list...everytime someone f's up who is on top of the list, all someone has to say is, "Well look at this!!!!! They're in the top 10 list of mist deleted fpp! Surely that means all their posts suck." And don't deny it would happen...As much as I love MeFi, the MeFiCops are always out in force here looking for something to nitpick about using whatever ammunition they can. *ducks*
posted by jmd82 at 8:40 AM on January 19, 2003


errr. wouldn't that be pretty rational - people complaining that someone who posts a load of crap is posting yet more? if it discouraged those people from posting, then wouldn't that be a good thing?
posted by andrew cooke at 12:01 PM on January 19, 2003


Actually, I think jmd's right. The metapolice do a fairly good job as it is of discouraging posters. I'd hate to give even more ammunition to the MeTa post removal squads. Other than dupes & trolls, I'm rarely happy to see a post deleted.
posted by jonson at 3:06 PM on January 19, 2003


Don't you guys remember mathowie's comments about 'king of the shit pile'? I do!

*looks wistfully off towards horizon*
posted by hama7 at 3:48 PM on January 19, 2003


if everyone else is so bored or finds it pointless to debate Iraq, can the two or three people making "yeah, what's the point arguing... it's so obvious we're going to attack OH MY GOD I'M SO CLEVER" pot-shots in this MeTa thread cut that out too?
posted by ParisParamus at 5:00 AM on January 20, 2003


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