One link articles from popular periodicals January 24, 2005 5:45 PM   Subscribe

What's up with all of the one link articles from popular periodicals?
posted by Frank Grimes to Etiquette/Policy at 5:45 PM (22 comments total)

I think people thought they were interesting and thus posted them to metafilter.
posted by The God Complex at 5:51 PM on January 24, 2005


Some people aren't very good at metafilter.
posted by interrobang at 5:56 PM on January 24, 2005


TGC nailed it in one.

This thread can be closed now.
posted by cosmonik at 6:03 PM on January 24, 2005


You screwed up the 'e' and the 'l'.
posted by smackfu at 6:09 PM on January 24, 2005


Just for my edification, are the links on the e and l that go nowhere supposed to go to posts by semmi too. I'm just curious if we're calling out a particular person or a particular style here.
posted by boaz at 6:10 PM on January 24, 2005


Looking through semmi's history, semmi does seem to post an awful lot of New York Times/New Yorker threads. Is this a callout, or just a complaint?
posted by interrobang at 6:20 PM on January 24, 2005


haven't there always been lots of one-link articles from popular periodicals?
posted by amberglow at 6:21 PM on January 24, 2005


Yes.
posted by smackfu at 6:24 PM on January 24, 2005


What's up with all of the multiple links in one word?
posted by neckro23 at 6:43 PM on January 24, 2005


I posted because I keep seeing single links to The New Yorker and New York Times articles every week. I realized that many were being posted by the same person. I think semmi's posts are interesting, and that is probably why those pieces were chosen for publication. Maybe I am sensitive to this because I subscribe to The New Yorker, but I think posts are better when you talk about art, for example, link to the museum or an online gallery of the exhibited works. When the entire post is copied and pasted from the article, it doesn't add value to the post. Am I the only person bothered by this?
posted by Frank Grimes at 7:06 PM on January 24, 2005


WTF?

(Actually, I have no opinion. I just wanted to play too.)
posted by mudpuppie at 7:10 PM on January 24, 2005


If it's an interesting article, what's the problem, Frank? Most of us don't subscribe to the New Yorker.
posted by amberglow at 7:17 PM on January 24, 2005


In my humble opinion, I think the links maybe could've used some more effort (read: links) in fleshing out a topic or idea. Worthwhile of a MeTa? Probably not.
posted by Arch Stanton at 7:48 PM on January 24, 2005


Am I the only person bothered by this?

No.
posted by trharlan at 7:57 PM on January 24, 2005


It bugs me too, but I use my magical powers to choose not to click on the links.
posted by interrobang at 7:58 PM on January 24, 2005


It bugs me, too. If they were really extraordinary, I wouldn't mind, but I don't really need a digest of New York publications via MeFi.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 8:01 PM on January 24, 2005


but I don't really need a digest of New York publications via MeFi.

See, it's that "need" part that bugs me. If you "need" Metafilter to be to your specs, then I humbly suggest that your problem lies deeply within you.
posted by Wulfgar! at 8:26 PM on January 24, 2005


Heck no, Wulfgar! -- there are a whole lot of "best of the web" things that don't really appeal to me personally, but that's where the not-clicking-on-the-links thing comes in. These, however, are not best of the web IMHO, and given the sort of long pattern of posting, I have to agree with Frank Grimes.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 9:49 PM on January 24, 2005


Re: this thread and many others currently on the grey. I stand by my claims.
posted by Jimbob at 4:22 AM on January 25, 2005


They were mostly interesting; I have no issue with these posts.
posted by caddis at 5:21 AM on January 25, 2005


what's with the downgrading of "one link" posts? Originally pretty much all posts were "one link", not these theme posts where people google for a bunch of sites that are related. IMO, it's better to link one good article than 4 mediocre overviews. Multiple links can certainly be cool, but not for their own sake (ie, each link should be worthy of being a post itself, not added to fatten up the underachieving link).
posted by mdn at 6:57 AM on January 25, 2005


Maybe I am sensitive to this because I subscribe to The New Yorker

Well, that would do it, wouldn't it? I'm pretty sick of all the callouts by people who happen to be regular readers of periodical X or website Y and therefore want to deny all other MeFi members links to those places.

Also, what mdn said.
posted by languagehat at 8:22 AM on January 25, 2005


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