July 2019 Archives (all archives)

July 14

Happy 20th Anniversary, MetaFilter

MetaFilter, that weird blue site (and, yep, we've finally turned it blue again), is 20 years old today.

It's a thrilling and boggling and remarkable and ungainly and heartening number. I've had trouble figuring out what the thing is that I want to say about the site today, and I've realized the problem is there's no one thing. MetaFilter is too complex, its history too complicated, to reduce to a tidy anecdote.

But I want to talk a little about what it means to me, and what I want it to aspire to, and to reflect a little bit on this twenty year milestone on an unsteady world wide web. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:30 AM PST - 170 comments

July 13

Metatalktail Hour: Passion

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I want to know what you're most passionate about! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 6:11 PM PST - 52 comments

AskMe answer on how what to say to the dying.

Looking for an incredibly empathetic answer to an AskMe with what to say to someone when they are dying. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

July 12

Today was a good day for "Best of the Web"

On July 12 on the blue there were over 40 posts. They ranged in topic from alchemy to the struggles of black movie directors to making terrariums to giant moths and ghost orchids and a slew of other interesting topics. I haven't seen a day like today in quite some time and jumped down the rabbit hole numerous times. This is what I love about Metafilter and what has kept me here for 18 years. Well done, Mefites!
posted by ashbury to MetaFilter-Related at 11:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Burning Man/Relationship comment?

I'm looking for an old comment either in AskMeFi or on MetaFilter proper about relationships between burners and non-burners. [more inside]
posted by cr_joe to MetaFilter-Related at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Proposal: Bookmarks cleanup month

Can we do a "post something interesting from your bookmarks" month? [more inside]
posted by Cozybee to MetaFilter-Related at 8:38 AM PST - 35 comments

July 11

Hugging Hugs

As we all know, everyone needs a hug! And as many know, the Fucking Fuck threads have been evolving, from the originally-intended politics venting space into a more personal venting forum and hugs distribution center. In recognition of this evolution and the kind support that has been shown in the Fucking Fuck threads, this is a new venting thread for everyone who needs a hug.
posted by Little Dawn to MetaFilter-Related at 4:12 PM PST - 68 comments

July 10

State of the Site, July 2019 update

Hey, folks. It's been about a year since our last State of the Site update, and I want to let you know where things are at and where we're headed. The site turns 20 years old in a few days, which is a hell of an internet milestone. Financially, I wish I had better news: our ad revenue has dropped significantly again, and we're running at a significant monthly shortfall. This has underscored for me the need to seriously push toward the goal of making MetaFilter a fully community-funded site. Come inside and I'll talk more about our revenue picture, our short- and long-term fundraising goals, and some of where the site and community and mods are at more generally as we head on into the future. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 12:11 PM PST - 1179 comments

July 8

Following up on last month’s discussions: medium and long-term work

First, check out this other post today for necessary context and the immediate-term actions that the mod team is taking. This additional post is a roadmap for the future changes that we are considering, actions we have planned but haven't finished implementing yet, and some site issues that are not as directly related to the previous threads but tie into this process regardless. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:29 AM PST - 79 comments

Following up on last month’s discussions: immediate actions and planning

Let's talk about how the MetaFilter community can be a more welcoming, comfortable, and equitable place for our non-white members. It's work that's overdue, from the moderation team and the community in general. There's a lot of context here, so read below before commenting. And it's vital that the voices at the center of this discussion are the community members with the most direct stakes in these issues, so if you're a member of the site's white demographic majority, you need to mostly be listening rather than speaking. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:29 AM PST - 146 comments

July 7

Spoilers on FanFare

My understanding was that FanFare is a place for people who have seen/read a thing to talk about that work. While spoilers are not allowed above the fold, they are absolutely allowed in the [more inside] and flat-out standard and to be expected in the comments within. Are we not all in agreement on that? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown to Etiquette/Policy at 12:20 PM PST - 55 comments

Thanks, Women’s World Cup Watching Team!!

So, I’ve spent most of my life as a non-sport(s)-watching kind of person, and I’m a little bemused by my late-sprouting interest in football (aka “soccer” or ”assoc”). Anyway, I want to thank the FanFare Football Club for being the best group I can imagine watching a sporting event with, especially one so full of excitement, drama, disappointment, and fun as the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Y’all are great.
posted by GenjiandProust to MetaFilter-Related at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

July 6

Metatalktail Hour: Childhood Fun

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I want to know your favorite things to do as a child. Can kids still do that today? If you were a kid today, what would you be itching to do? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:34 PM PST - 56 comments

July 5

🎆🎇🧨

End of another week, let's talk about something else that is not related to politics. Let's talk about fireworks. Here in N. America we've recently celebrated Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). Both of these holidays are traditionally celebrated with the setting off of fireworks. Are there any other holidays from around the world where you celebrate with fireworks? I'd love to learn more about that. Do you hate or fear fireworks? Do you set them off yourself? Do you attend a local display put on by your town or city? Do you buy them illegally? Are there any specific types you prefer? Blackcats? UFOs? Roman candles? Feel free to share any photographs/videos of firework displays you've attended recently. As always be kind to yourself and others. And remember to practice proper fire safety protocols.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 3:10 PM PST - 74 comments

July 1

Concentration Camps, How Best to Help?

I was hoping we could make a place to talk about the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. border and private prison facilities, help each other with the best information and resources, and maybe talk about if people are going to the MoveOn Protest/Rally July 2 or the Indivisible one on July 13 (or is that just Chicago)? Or know of other plans? [more inside]
posted by Glinn to Other at 7:27 PM PST - 30 comments