OK to post stories from plastic.com? February 27, 2001 2:35 PM   Subscribe

Directly arising from a thread that I posted on Metafilter about the pill and its effect on mate choice, another question arrives inexorably - I found the article in question via Plastic.com - which as we all know is the 'Metafilter it's not OK to like'. I suppose this is an issue of etiquette or policy - is it appropriate to post stories for discussion here which have already been covered there?
posted by barbelith to Etiquette/Policy at 2:35 PM (8 comments total)

I enjoy reading, and participating in, both MF and Plastic. I don't see why it would be okay to like one and not the other - they're very different communities, even if they occasionally feature the same links.
posted by fraying at 3:20 PM on February 27, 2001

I think it's fine. Apparently Matt agrees, because starting in March he will be giving a $150 prize to whoever posts the most Plastic links here at MetaFilter! Right Matt?
posted by ericost at 3:45 PM on February 27, 2001

I looked over Plastic.com and it seemed ok. Just out of curiousity, what is everyone's bone to pick with plastic.com? I guess I didn't pay enough attention.
posted by Karl at 3:46 PM on February 27, 2001

I don't know. I would ask people if they like seeing posts lifted from slashdot showing up here as well? Sometimes it sucks (personally, I think about half the time), other times I'm glad someone did it (I don't read slashdot anymore). I think the same could be said of plastic, if something gets posted there, and it's amazing, by all means post it here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:12 PM on February 27, 2001

I don't think cross-posting is really a bad thing. I don't read Slashdot or Plastic. But I do read Metafilter. Having to see posts over and over is an unfortunate side-effect of reading multiple weblog-type sites.

After all, no one complains when articles are crossposted between MeFi and The Stuffed Dog. What's up with that?
posted by daveadams at 9:11 PM on February 27, 2001

I don't read plastic, so I don't see them twice. I'm sure there's more than a few people in my boat too. So, in my view, go ahead.
posted by Neale at 10:03 PM on February 27, 2001

No problem here; I don't read Plastic or Slashdot either. Having checked out Plastic a couple times, though . . . does anyone else have a problem with the freaking load time? When it launched, I checked it out a few times, and I grew beards waiting for the thing to load. I just checked it again . . . same thing. (It may be the work PC . . . I don't get it. Why do they give me a T1, and then hook it up to a bloody box with a terrible modem, 64MB RAM, and paleolithic processor?)

Pay no attention, please, to the fact that I can go off-topic multiple times in one single post.
posted by Skot at 9:41 AM on February 28, 2001

I think the crossposting is ok IF people would just put [via so - or so]. Sometime I'll see an interesting thread on slashdot but can't handle the 200+ posts on it, and I'll really hope it turns up here to see what discussion follows. But if I actually have some work to do that day I can skip over the [via memepool] and [via slashdot] stuff..

posted by darkpony at 10:18 PM on March 16, 2001

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