Personal attacks received by email instead of in-thread. Weird? September 18, 2001 10:24 AM   Subscribe

Can someone tell me if it is standard procedure to receive personal attacks from Metafilter users in my e-mail box because I posted a comment that they didn't like? Wouldn't it be better to post their opinion of my comment in the normal Metafilter thread? Specifically I am referring to a comment I made on this thread.
posted by dgeiser13 to Etiquette/Policy at 10:24 AM (10 comments total)

A few people have received e-mail flames as a result of messages on MetaFilter -- often sent anonymously through a remailer at Raging.Nu. I got my first when I posted a link that someone didn't think belonged here.
posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on September 18, 2001

DG, I don't know what you said, but flames are pretty standard fare on the Internet any time you post a personal opinion. It sucks, but there's really nothing we can do about it. Respond with a nice note thanking the person for their thoughts (if they sent it from a real address), suggest they repost them to Mefi (unless it's contentless flaming), and ignore it. That's what I try to do anyway.

Not that I've ever received hate mail from Mefi. Everyone here agrees with everything I say.
posted by daveadams at 11:26 AM on September 18, 2001

Except me.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:55 AM on September 18, 2001

Actually, mail is considered the proper means of delivering such opinions, if indeed they must be expressed at all.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 12:01 PM on September 18, 2001

Well, the thread in question has been deleted. But what I said was "Has anyone noticed that some people keep using the front page of Metafilter as their own personal bulletin board without giving links to any reasonable external material whatsoever?"

and this is the e-mail I received...

From :
"O'Malley, Kevin"
To :
Subject :
metafilter commentary
Date :
Tue, 18 Sep 2001 13:06:42 -0400

great. this is JUST what we need. a rank newbie who has been around since all the way back in August, has posted 3 whole comments and zero links in that short time, and who now feels it is his duty to bitch about someone elses post. how about you police your own posts, and leave the other contributors alone?

my metafilter id is quonsar -

I wrote Kevin back and informed him that I had been reading Metafilter since it's inception. That just because I had recently signed up for an account I didn't feel it invalidated my opinion. I also told him that I didn't see how commenting on a post was in conflict his stated goal of the other contributors being left alone.

Thanks for the feedback!
posted by dgeiser13 at 12:38 PM on September 18, 2001

i suppose you could just ignore it. he's got to do all the typing, and all you have to do is hit the delete button, so in the end, maybe it would be a fitting punishment for the flamer to keep ranting in vain.
posted by moz at 1:05 PM on September 18, 2001

What Moz said.
I would rather get the flame in my inbox than have more crap littering MeFi itself. There's no reason to draw everyone else into it.
That, and if you feel a need to further explain yourself, everyone else can, once again, be left out of it.
This happened to me recently, and we ended up chatting about software after a quick back and forth. Everybody happier. See?
posted by Su at 3:56 PM on September 18, 2001

'I had been reading Metafilter since it's inception'

This being true you should know by now. And let me know how you got to sit over Matt shoulder back in 1998 while he programmed this thing. Or were you INSIDE his head when he had the inception of the idea? Whoa, that would be tight!
posted by Jeremy at 8:56 PM on September 18, 2001

Just send a false bounce message, have them complain about it on MeTi, and then when other people e-mail you and it gets through... Well, yeah.
I haven't been flamed yet (but here it comes, right?), but I am definitely a "newbie," having started to read about a week before 9/11, and I think that I would consider myself qualified to make the same judgement dgeiser13 made. And moz definitely has the right idea -- just hit delete. You don't even have to read past the first sentence.
posted by j.edwards at 12:04 AM on September 19, 2001

Jeremy, why should I know by now? If I go to the MetaFilter page and check out the links and read the comments which seem relevant but had never signed up for an account why would I know the answer to this question?
posted by dgeiser13 at 10:52 AM on September 21, 2001

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