April 2019 Archives (all archives)

April 30

MeFi GoT Deadpool

How about a MetaFilter Game of Thrones Deadpool? Name ten characters in the order you feel most confident of their death. So, if you put Character A as #1 and he dies, you get 10 points. If you put Character B as #10 and she dies, you get one point.
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaFilter-Related at 12:40 PM PST - 32 comments

April 29

Metafilter Scroll Tag has disappeared

The "Metafilter Scroll Tag" Greasemonkey script has stopped functioning. As in, the tag no longer appears, and the unread count isn't shown. Just me or is anyone else experiencing this? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey to Bugs at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

April 27

Metatalktail Hour: Bookshelves!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, bookmammal (eponysterical) wants you to "Show us a picture of your bookshelf/bookcase! Tell us what you’re reading now! Make a book recommendation! Have a cool story about attending a book signing or meeting an author? Tell us about it! Let’s talk books!" [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM PST - 108 comments

April 26

Happy birthday, cortex!

Not only is he the chief cook and bottle washer around here, he’s also a: Taurus, musician and amazing stained glass artisan, as well as possessing other artistic talents! Happy natal return day to our own Renaissance man, cortex!
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 12:51 PM PST - 68 comments

April 25

Scarcity Mindset Post?

I got a message yesterday from a friend of mine asking about an article I'd sent him about a particular sort of scarcity mindset that "was about being poor, and spending money when you have it. Covered topics like spending the money before others can take it from you, etc."

I'm about 99% sure that I found it here, but it could have been any time in the last six or seven years, and my searches aren't turning up anything that looks familiar.

Does his description ring a bell for anyone? It would have been an article/think piece/write-up rather than a forum post or discussion thread.
posted by Kreiger to MetaFilter-Related at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

April 24

Post on the Blue about theory of depression as an immune response

Does anyone remember a post on the Blue that was talking about a theory that depression is an adaptation and/or (to use a metaphor) the same program that your body runs when you're sick, because it's treating emotional pain like physical pain, so we need to slow down and stay in bed until it's over. [more inside]
posted by bleep to MetaFilter-Related at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

April 23

Telephone Pictionary Results!

The new thread to check in with your team and to post the results from the Telephone Pictionary game. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever to MetaFilter-Related at 6:57 PM PST - 54 comments

"See if you can start a filibuster"

"Life is like politics: 10% getting things done. 90% exploiting loopholes." That's the summary of a classic Peanuts strip, now colorized. This is the latest hyucking hyuck thread.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter-Related at 2:35 PM PST - 62 comments

April 22

I dip my hands in April among your faces tender

Three years ago I asked us to post about our favorite poems in honor of national poetry month. It would be wonderful if you could post additional favorite poems today. I'd also like it if anyone who needs a poem on a particular subject could request one and if we could try to find them something that fits the bill. [more inside]
posted by CMcG to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 121 comments

An Interview with Mefi's Own Jessamyn

Jessamyn West on Intellectual Freedom, Creepy Basements, and the Library as a Safe Space. An interview with Jessamyn, as part of a new series called Secrets of the Librarians, just posted on the LitHub Bookmarks blog. Yay, Jessamyn!
posted by Stanczyk to MetaFilter-Related at 7:56 AM PST - 22 comments

April 20

Metatalktail Hour: Bloomin' April!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, bagel wants to know what you see blooming in your area and what animals you've been spotting! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 4:03 PM PST - 120 comments

Rule #2. There is No MetaFilter

This comment: "Metafilter: a conceptually ambitious ad for Olive Garden." posted by dephlogisticated made me realize that MetaFilter may be part of a deep state operation... We now stand 19 years, 9 months and 7 days where MetaFilter has been potentially prepping an entire generation with a ... different sort of FUD... What are your Metafilter conspiracy theories? Is Johnny Wallflower actually a selection of dogs and cats carefully stacked on eachother's shoulders and wearing clothes doing their best to impersonate a human? What do you know that folks should know about the Cabal MetaFilter? Time to don your tinfoil hats folks...
posted by Nanukthedog to MetaFilter-Related at 11:23 AM PST - 118 comments

April 19

Totes Magotes

Hey, you want a nice MetaFilter tote bag with "[more inside]" on it? Fine, you can go buy one from TopatoCo now! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 11:07 AM PST - 41 comments

MetaMonuments

End of another week, let's talk about something else that is not related to politics. In light of the recent Notre-Dame de Paris fire, I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we can discuss other beautiful monuments/historical places from around the globe. Share with us places that you've visited in the past or would like to visit if given the opportunity. If you have old travel photos and feel comfortable sharing, all the better. As always, be kind to yourself and others. Cheers.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 9:48 AM PST - 38 comments

April 18

Politics Chat Pony?

In the recent thread about post lengths, the question tangentially came up asking why more people don’t use Chat for politics stuff. For me, at least, it’s because it seems like when something big happens and we head over to Chat to talk about it, we’re barging in and taking over whatever people were talking about before. Could there be a separate chat room just for the politics stuff so we don’t have to bother the Chat regulars? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel to Feature Requests at 12:45 PM PST - 19 comments

April 17

Is there a collection of "This is just to say" poems by MeFites?

I ran into yet another of these in the 2017 post about Truck Nutz, and realized I've been seeing them for years. Didn't see anything about them on the Wiki, but is anyone collecting them somewhere? Obvs. not an easy phrase to search. [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast to MetaFilter-Related at 9:24 PM PST - 18 comments

How long is too long?

While catching up with the latest politics megathread, I was surprised to see this mod note from LobsterMitten: [Note about post drafts - putting here so people will see it, but happy to talk it over more in email, will email some of the recent posters. Please keep the posts on the shorter side, maybe 1000 words or that neighborhood. Thanks.] As a longtime crafter of megaposts, I don't think I've ever seen official mod guidance to cut them (relatively) short in this way. Posts have been edited for leaving too much above the fold, but I can think of only a handful of incidents where the post body itself got official pushback for being Too Long -- and those largely involved novella-sized posts with length-induced display errors (really) or blanket copy-pasting a website's contents. Is LobsterMitten's advice targeted at the political megathreads only -- perhaps for performance reasons -- or should it be construed more broadly? I happen to think a well-organized megapost is the best of MeFi and a feature few vid- and listicle-driven sites can match, and in the case of the politics threads specifically they're a fine example of community collaboration that provide a valuable curated record of this chaotic era. But what do you think?
posted by Rhaomi to Etiquette/Policy at 12:49 PM PST - 56 comments

April 15

Breaking News Deletion

Our Lady of Paris (Notre Dame) is in flames, the spire and roof have fallen, the news images are heart-breaking. I come to MeFi to learn more and to share this terrible moment and mourn with my community. Posts are deleted. [more inside]
posted by theora55 to Etiquette/Policy at 12:57 PM PST - 397 comments

April 13

Metatalktail Hour: Open Thread!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week: Open thread! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:34 PM PST - 151 comments

April 12

MetaLikeTheBackofMyHand

End of another week, let's talk about something else that is not related to politics. I want to hear about some "thing" that you've experienced over and over and over again. Maybe it's a book you keep re-reading, or a movie you've seen 100+ times, or a video game you play constantly, or an album or song you have on repeat. What piece of media are you constantly re-enaging with? Some thing that feels like the back of your hand, that you are familiar and comfortable with, that you know all the way through. Some thing you keep on coming back to because you just love it so much. As always, be kind to yourself and others. Cheers.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:09 AM PST - 132 comments

April 9

Publicly thanking a Mefite

Is there an area of MetaFilter for publicly appreciating an especially generous poster? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Overlawyering

Should legal AskMe's be banned? [more inside]
posted by rhizome to Etiquette/Policy at 5:53 PM PST - 70 comments

April 8

★ I help fund MetaFilter!

Did you know that there's a Chrome extension that will let you add Metafilter's Amazon affiliate code to every Amazon link you click? It also adds the tag every time you navigate directly to Amazon. It works on all international Amazon sites and a couple of other Amazon-related sites. [more inside]
posted by bendy to MetaFilter-Related at 8:08 AM PST - 24 comments

April 6

Metatalktail Hour: What's in your Memory Palace?

For this Euro time shift edition of Metatalktails we ask: what weird or ordinary things have you memorized, either through great effort, or entirely accidentally? Interpret as narrowly or broadly as you like. [more inside]
posted by taz to MetaFilter-Related at 7:42 AM PST - 231 comments

April 5

151: A Birdwatching Mecha

It's podcast time, and it's a (relatively) brief, (relatively) under-produced episode this time, with me and Jessamyn chatting about MeFi stuff for about 70 minutes because my voice was a little worn out. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 12:30 PM PST - 28 comments

MetaBears ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

End of another week, let's talk about something else that is not related to politics. I just want to talk about bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica. Black bears, brown bears, polar bears, giant pandas. Bears are awesome. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. We're all fighting a battle that others cannot see. Cheers.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 6:44 AM PST - 81 comments

April 3

A Lovely Way to Start the Day

Y'know what's so cool about this place? When a comment of yours gets its very first Favorite...ten years after you made the comment. That's all. Carry on.
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter-Related at 6:43 AM PST - 34 comments

April 2

Disambiguating 45 from 46

For the sake of our tender political psyches as well as the mods' I propose either: A )Dem primary candidates' posts are not included on the current US politics side bar or B) there be a separate Demprimary side bar, with the same opt in/out button. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey to Etiquette/Policy at 8:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Could we see more "Best Of" in the "Best Of" section on the front page?

Over the last several years, the "Best Of" section seems to have become more of a "news" section, promoting podcast episodes as well as community and limited time events. There used to be much more of a focus on highlighting fantastic comments and interesting under-the-radar threads, across all the subsites, and I miss that. [more inside]
posted by JimBennett to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 AM PST - 23 comments

April 1

Fucking Fuck XXI - omnifucks

Sorry if I'm treading on the toes of the usual FF poster(s). Just came here to unburden after the latest Brexit extravaganza of selfishness and rank stupidity and found the previous one had become dormant. If this is good, then have at it... I am UP TO HERE WITH EVERYTHING. Blessings on you all.
posted by doornoise to MetaFilter-Related at 3:28 PM PST - 127 comments

The MeFi Music Mixtape Swap 2019

It’s time for the very first all-digital MetaFilter Music Mixtape Swap! Signups are open from now until April 14. Then it’s time to make a mix of your favourite tracks, create a cover, upload it to the internet and get five awesome mixes from fellow MeFites. [more inside]
posted by daisyk to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:55 AM PST - 57 comments

Crouton Petting Over IP

crouton petting, n.
1. the state of feeling or expressing an anthropomorphized fondness, affection, or compassion for inanimate objects
2. the state of just literally petting some actual croutons
MetaFilter has only been able to accommodate that first definition (cf. this discussion among others)...until now. Thanks to recent improvements in both baking and recombinant genetics, we're happy to announce the opening of the world's first interactive Crouton Petting Zoo. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 2:31 AM PST - 304 comments