Get it right the first time December 8, 2004 3:59 PM   Subscribe

Just because there's no good way to get a thread shilling a new piece of free software noticed once it drops off the top of the front page is no reason to make a further thread noting the addition of a uninventive feature that was missed in the original post.

Nor does that fact that KevinSkomsvold saved it by turning it into a discussion about the merits of RSS mitigate my point. IE: What is the best way to do it?
posted by bonaldi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:59 PM (13 comments total)

This thread brought to you from hell to keep good ol' PigAlien happy.
posted by bonaldi at 4:00 PM on December 8, 2004


*jizzes uncontrollably all over don pardo*
posted by quonsar at 4:04 PM on December 8, 2004

a nice RSS reader is something most MeFis should probably be interested in, and posting the 48th comment on yesterday's thread doesn't exactly get that message out.

Yeah, this is a stupid attitude. You work *with* the site's interface, not to spite it.
posted by scarabic at 4:06 PM on December 8, 2004

you may as well drop it bonaldi. the preceding comment was culled from that thread by mr. haughey. the indication is he is perfectly fine with the open source pepsi blue posts, except for quonsar's comments.
posted by quonsar at 4:07 PM on December 8, 2004


the preceding comment was culled

Well, it made me laugh, so that probably means it's bad news.
posted by The God Complex at 4:10 PM on December 8, 2004

Incidentally, I thought that having 2 threads on IBM selling its desktop business was even more pathetic.
posted by scarabic at 4:17 PM on December 8, 2004

MetaFilter: Shriller and more intolerant than ever before! Now with CAPS LOCK!
posted by fenriq at 4:25 PM on December 8, 2004

Post a shill. Hear the shrill.
posted by scarabic at 4:31 PM on December 8, 2004

I think it's a borderline thing. So yeah, the original post was ho-hum, but I didn't see anyone, anywhere mention that thunderbird did RSS now, and it was a complete surprise. IMO, that post was better than the original.

I deleted about a dozen posts complaining about the followup and in general I frown (and we all frown) on followups, but I thought that was a major piece of functionality that no one seemed to notice.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:50 PM on December 8, 2004

"...posting the 48th comment on yesterday's thread doesn't exactly get that message out."

MetaFilter is not a place to "get messages out." I'm with the beetle: this is the wrong attitude from the get-go.
posted by majick at 4:56 PM on December 8, 2004

I deleted about a dozen posts... - mathowie

Not to be pedantic, but do you mean comments, matt? Don't want us all to imagine you've been too brutal in deleting posts*.

*I'm assuming that post = link on the front page, comment = comment inside a post thread...<>
posted by dash_slot- at 5:46 PM on December 8, 2004

Thunderbird 0.9, which I had been using for a month, has RSS support. I'm confused as to why the fact that this feature has been continued (apparently unchanged) in 1.0 warrants a Mefi post.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 5:47 PM on December 8, 2004

AFAIAC, the incessant complaining about bogus posts gets annoying a lot faster than the bogus posts.

And anyway, if you use an RSS reader like Mozilla Thunderbird, you'd be able to screen them out that much more effectively!
posted by lodurr at 8:12 AM on December 9, 2004

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