Doubleposting Policy September 10, 2003 6:56 AM   Subscribe

So I'm guessing that we've adopted a new unwritten policy on doubleposts?
[example, example, example]
posted by crunchland to Etiquette/Policy at 6:56 AM (14 comments total)

Thought this subject was briefly talked about recently. Lately Matt has not been looking over the site as he had done in the past.
posted by thomcatspike at 7:26 AM on September 10, 2003

... and example.

crunchland, I guess everybody but you and I got a special memo that double posts are cool now because there will always be some user that didn't see the original.

Even the Red Meat one I don't mind so much, because it's a link to something you can do, and the thread has generated lots of new content. The thing that galls me about the $20 thread is that while it says "a peek at the new $20 bill," we already peeked, and there's nothing new whatsoever about the link. It's the same bill, and it generates the same comments (wow, we're joining the rest of the world in having colored money; I hate Andrew Jackson, etc.). What the hell is the standard for a post that should be deleted? It would be great to have this clarified.
posted by soyjoy at 7:26 AM on September 10, 2003

Well, it's obvious Matt was looking closely enough at the redmeat example to edit it to take out the hard returns...

I'm not really complaining... in fact, my first ill-conceived metatalk post (January 27, 2001) was on the subject of defending doubleposts. I don't really see anything wrong with reposting something from 2 years ago, but I guess I have a little trouble with stuff that is reposted from 2 weeks ago.
posted by crunchland at 7:49 AM on September 10, 2003

I'm busy and missing this stuff, though a couple of those I knew about, but since they were posted so long ago I let them go.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:05 AM on September 10, 2003

That's unacceptable Haughey. What the hell do we pay you for, anyway?!
posted by jonson at 8:16 AM on September 10, 2003

Ooh, don't forget mine!
posted by me3dia at 8:54 AM on September 10, 2003

Again, that's one to something you can do. But obviously there is no real criteria for acceptable or not. I, for one, have learned my lesson and will never call-out a double post again.
posted by soyjoy at 9:09 AM on September 10, 2003

Where's the fun in that?
posted by timeistight at 9:30 AM on September 10, 2003

Remember double posters saying lately; searched it first yet was not found. Was there a bug or the way it was searched causing this problem for some members? If "the way" searched, any hints to surely catching it.

Find it interesting when there is a double post posted minutes apart, showing two minds in this world working simultaneously but unkonwn to them.
posted by thomcatspike at 9:49 AM on September 10, 2003

Is it "great minds think alike" or "fools seldom differ"?
posted by timeistight at 10:13 AM on September 10, 2003

Finding that something was posted on Metafilter couldn't be easier. It just takes a bit more of an aggresive approach than "search for $20 and post away."

The Google 'Site:Metafilter' search (provided on MeFi's Search page for those who don't wish to actually go to Google) will turn up virtually anything.

Plus, searching the site gives the added benefit of being able to check out the whole history of MeFi at random. Anyhow, five years in, maybe we need a feature that posts a random FPP from years past on the front page. You know, for the kids.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:20 AM on September 10, 2003

Well, I missed mine on a search because I foolishly thought one year was enough (it had been last posted 13 month previously). So that was "user error", I guess, not a bug.
posted by Karmakaze at 1:16 PM on September 10, 2003

Heh, that's nothing. I was sure this article must have been posted in the blue before, and after extensive and fruitles searching I almost posted it myself.

Good thing I checked MetaTalk first.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 6:04 PM on September 10, 2003

Is it "great minds think alike" or "fools seldom differ"?

Both. Sometimes at the same time.
posted by walrus at 3:18 AM on September 12, 2003

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