August 2015 Archives (all archives)

August 31

Sidebar Love

Can I just say thank you to whoever is responsible for keeping up the sidebar on the Blue? I have loved seeing it come to life in the past month or two and really appreciate being able to rely on it for awesome posts or comments I have missed. I'm sure I'm not alone in this (ahem).
posted by Atrahasis to MetaFilter-Related at 6:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Seeking a Particular Answer

I am looking (badly) for a very favorited answer to an AskMe from the last few years about how men shouldn't consider themselves feminists because they ask if they can help but instead should just help. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! to MetaFilter-Related at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

August 30

I guess we really have Bryan Fuller to blame for this

I know most folks paid to join MetaFilter to join the conversation on the blue, and I know plenty other folks paid to join just to Ask some questions (or give some answers). This here, though, is the first I've seen of someone joining the site strictly for the discussion in FanFare. Do you know of any earlier instances or did queenofbithynia just make a new entry into our record books?
posted by komara to MetaFilter-Related at 8:20 PM PST - 32 comments

August 28

Who from MeFi contacted me right after Katrina?

I live in the north shore, about an hour away from NOLA. Soon after the storm had passed through my city, I was contacted by a guy and gal from here. You were some of the very first people I spoke with aside from my wife and next door neighbors. [more inside]
posted by grimcity to MetaFilter-Related at 4:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Does anyone else feel Metafilter's moderation culture is ridiculous?

I joined Metafilter because I was interested in community feedback, not the feedback of the same tiny handful of moderators who all think alike. [more inside]
posted by knowgood to Etiquette/Policy at 8:29 AM PST - 531 comments [closed]

August 27

Metafilter on the A.V. Club!

The A.V. Club gave a hat tip to oneswellfoop's recent post on the blue.
posted by bunderful to MetaFilter-Related at 9:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Smells Like Teen Espírito

Metafilter's own MiguelCardoso mentioned nadawi's post on timeless songs in his daily column in Portuguese newspaper Público today. Here's a rough google translation.
posted by chavenet to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 AM PST - 51 comments

August 26

Mentioned in comments, Dutch comedian who parodies language class

I've been searching on MetaFilter and just can't find it: there was a comment a few years ago that linked to the YouTube channel of a Dutch comedian who parodies I think ESL class aimed at Dutch immigrants. So it's this weird but highly amusing hybrid of Dutch and English with plenty of caustic puns (in Dutch). Anyone recall who or what I am talking about?
posted by Nevin to MetaFilter-Related at 7:21 PM PST - 13 comments

August 25

Metafilter Colours.

(Or, "colors", if you prefer..) While wearing my standard-version MetaFilter t-shirt a few days ago, I offhandedly commented to my husband that I liked the sort-of lime-ish green colour of the "Filter" portion of text. He was totally perplexed because, apparently, the colour is NOT green it's yellow. WHAT?? [more inside]
posted by VioletU to MetaFilter-Related at 10:49 AM PST - 69 comments

August 24

Is MetaFilter a community?

In one sense, of course, it obviously is. It says "Community weblog" right under the title! But there are other meanings of community. I was really struck by feckless fecal fear mongering's comment in the emotional labor MeTa thread: "You've got family here. Yeah, online never substitutes for someone who can touch your shoulder. And... there's thousands and thousands of people right here in this community who have demonstrated they'll give and give and give... Not that whole "I heard a thing and I care for five minutes." Real, true, love and caring for another human being; "shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased. Thus do we refute entropy." Mefi? Mefi actually does that shit. Mefi actually cares--look at the whole NYC sex worker thing a few years ago, or really anything on AskMe. People here give a fuck." To what extent is this how we see MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by escabeche to MetaFilter-Related at 4:26 PM PST - 257 comments

AskMe thread about Must-haves for home buying

I am looking for an AskMe post from the last three months or so, where the question was along the lines of "my realtor wants me to put together a list of what a new house absolutely must have, and what it must not have, in order for us to consider it. Please help us come up with such a list." Search as I might, for the life of me I cannot seem to find the post. Halp?
posted by vignettist to MetaFilter-Related at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

August 23

"Mom," I said. "He has legs."

I think we're due for another "this comment made me choke on my own spit" meta thread! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter-Related at 6:52 AM PST - 136 comments

August 22

Another 'Only at Metafilter' Moment

In the Ask thread Did people actually say "shwench", town of cats posted a question about a 30 year old William Safire article asking about one slang term referenced in the article. A few weeks later, Slanguage Guy posted a confirmation of the slang term, and he is the one who sent the original usage to Safire 30 years ago!
posted by Philbo to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 AM PST - 28 comments

August 21


It randomly dawned on me that today, 14 years ago, I signed up for MeFi. I wonder what any users think this place was, is, and might be 14 years from now. [more inside]
posted by efalk to MetaFilter-Related at 7:07 AM PST - 74 comments

August 17

Time for some thrilling heroics

Would it be possible to auto-add new Fanfare posts for specific shows to our "Recent Activity" page? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Feature Requests at 2:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Let’s Encourage and Help Folks Make Their First Posts

Over the past few months, we’ve talked about ways to encourage first (or second or third) time posters and help you/them become more comfortable with posting to Metafilter. I propose we spend September helping new posters successfully make the leap into the wonderful world of FPPs. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 5:38 AM PST - 134 comments

August 15

Rhaomi appreciation society

A shout-out to Rhaomi for contributing consistently stellar fpps - most of which fall under the 'megapost' umbrella. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome to MetaFilter-Related at 4:15 PM PST - 24 comments

August 11

MetaFilter Clicker Heroes clan, anyone?

So MetaFilter's into clicker games, generally, and the Clicker Heroes 0.20 patch just dropped and adds clans. I couldn't find an existing MetaFilter clan -- and I'm just a few rubies shy of the 50 needed to create one. Anyone else playing CH and feel like teaming up? [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle to MetaFilter-Related at 9:45 PM PST - 137 comments

So... anyone interested in starting a Metafilter D&D campaign?

I hear tell that Roll20 makes it pretty easy to run campaigns online. I have basically no experience with D & D, but I keep running into people and podcasts that make it seem pretty fun, especially if you have a good sense of humor. Any nerds want to come help me figure it out? :D [more inside]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter-Related at 7:54 PM PST - 130 comments

Spotify playlist sharing as a potential feature of Mefi Music

This recent AskMe, the sad demise of This Is My Jam, and some recent music posts on the Blue have got me thinking. How feasible is it to set up some kind of venue for members to share music playlists independent of the Mefi Swap? I'm thinking Spotify playlists in particular, and wondering if there's any scope for adding this as an additional feature to Mefi Music. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim to Feature Requests at 8:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Metafilter Fantasy Football (American/Morally Dubious Style)

Yes, the NFL is depraved, criminal, and run by a shambling husk of a man with bloodslush where his brain should be. That being said, fantasy football remains amazingly fun. [more inside]
posted by superfluousm to MetaFilter-Related at 7:44 AM PST - 34 comments

August 10

(re)request: delete IRL

I have a proposed IRL event that never happened & I'd like an easier way to delete it than contacting the mods. This has been discussed before & I like the suggestion from that thread to add a "never happened" category, which was never implemented. Is this possible/desirable?
posted by scalefree to Feature Requests at 9:48 AM PST - 41 comments

Looking for a post on the Blue featuring a fairytale webcomic

I remember this appeared on Metafilter but I can't find the original post. I think it featured a female artist/illustrator or graphic novelist. She writes and illustrates gothic-ish fairytales / folktales. [more inside]
posted by aielen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 AM PST - 5 comments

August 9

Strange, yet fascinating - GISHWHES 2015

Another year, another bunch of people doing zany art nonsense because their celebrity puppet master demands it. The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen just wrapped up for 2015, and the (unofficial) Metafilter Team StrangeFascination (plus our new friends Minion Mayhem), featuring Lou Stuells, divka, kjs4, usonian and His thoughts were red thoughts did pretty good. See this year's submissions here. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts to MetaFilter-Related at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Can someone help me find this dispatch about HIV/AIDS?

Can someone help me find an article about HIV/AIDS that was linked on the blue? It was written by an at-the-time healthy person during the AIDS crisis, posted publicly (possibly a newspaper column or a transcription of a radio dispatch), with a clear sense of urgency and a call to action, primarily directed at other gays. It mentions being at a hospital and taking care of sick folks. It tries to dispel rumors about HIV/AIDS transmission and criticizes the government (maybe the CDC specifically) for inaction. The webpage itself mostly black text and a white background, no flashy user interface. That's all I can remember. I've tried searching myself for many hours with no luck. Thank you.
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer to MetaFilter-Related at 11:12 AM PST - 3 comments

August 7

Looking for a recent article on music criticism

The article I'm trying to recall was a very well written reflection on what the purpose of criticism is. I think the author was mainly concerned about music criticism. There was a central thread through out the story of a particular album (from the late 60s or 70s) that a friend of the author interpreted as being a nihilistic tribute to love. It was moving and I wish I had bookmarked it.
posted by johnnydummkopf to MetaFilter-Related at 6:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this article about the Sociology of Relocating

I'm remembering an article that unexpectedly resonated with me and I'm thinking it was posted 2011-2012ish . It was about the mutual loss when young people have to move away from a community to find work. IIRC, it wasn't about a specific location, and it talked about how difficult it is to rebuild support networks. Please hope me Metatalk !
posted by Gable Oak to MetaFilter-Related at 1:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Fantasy Football (Soccer) Redux: The Draft Version

In case the regular FF league wasn't enough for you how about an American-style draft league? [more inside]
posted by garius to MetaFilter-Related at 1:17 AM PST - 1 comment

August 6

Looking for an AskMe about kitchen hacks, I THINK

A few years ago there was a looong thread in AskMe that *might* have been about kitchen hacks, but then again, it might have been about "little things you never knew how to use properly." I remember it because it was the first time I'd ever heard of end locks, the holes you poke in the ends of tin foil/saran wrap boxes to stabilize the roll. Does anyone remember the thread I'm talking about?
posted by pipti to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

August 5

Wait What?

My first FPP post ever, and I'm accused of a political agenda. Did I do it wrong? [more inside]
posted by gryftir to Etiquette/Policy at 4:04 PM PST - 67 comments

Anonymous responses

A couple of times on the blue recently, I have wanted to respond anonymously to an FPP, but the trouble involved in asking a mod to do so in my stead seemed off-putting to me. [more inside]
posted by pjern to Feature Requests at 2:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Strange Club

After some discussion, it looks like there's enough interest, so I'm starting up Strange Club on FanFare. It's all about the strange, sublime, arty, and unclassifiable. Join up, and vote for the first viewing here. We're also welcoming film suggestions and ideas for the club over in the discussion thread.
posted by naju to MetaFilter-Related at 12:36 PM PST - 20 comments

August 3

Holiday Movie Club 2015

After last year's success, it's time to organize the 2015 Holiday Movie Club, a series to watch heartwarming holiday films from approx. (American) Thanksgiving to New Years.[dates variable] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 7:59 PM PST - 11 comments

AskMe about Scale of Artistic Ability in Children

Hi all. I remember seeing a post on AskMe about a parent trying to assess their child's artistic ability based on a link they provided with drawings that showed what is standard for each age group. I've searched google and through the Arts questions with no luck. Ring any bells?
posted by guster4lovers to MetaFilter-Related at 4:10 PM PST - 7 comments

107: Breakin' the Dowels with ColdChef

Hey, it's episode 107 of the MetaFilter Best of the Web podcast, featuring special guest host GJ "ColdChef" Charlet, who joins me and Jessamyn to chat for about 90 minutes about Metafilter favorites, learning to drive stick shift, dealing with emotional labor, and a whole bunch of interesting funeral and graveyard tidbits. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 2:47 PM PST - 58 comments

Looking for a comment about "50 Shades of Grey"

I'm trying to find a comment on MetaFilter that summarized how 50 Shades of Grey went from fanfic to published work, and specifically talked about the books' author having a background in marketing. Do you know which comment I'm looking for and where it is? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Janta to MetaFilter-Related at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

About time

Looking for something I read ~2012 (+/-) on the blue *I think*... Had to do with different cultures' experience/perception of time. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

♫ I wanna be a part of it.. MeTa, MeTa

Come with us on the MeFiMusic train, for a journey from city to city, with your fellow mefites as your musical guides... [more inside]
posted by greenish to MetaFilter-Related at 6:04 AM PST - 4 comments

August 1

aniola joined the conversation. Yesterday, 8:11 PM.

aniola: why are there thousands of users on metafilter and only ever a dozen or so in chat?
going to maine: That seems like a great question for metatalk, actually. I move that you ask it. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter-Related at 11:50 AM PST - 136 comments

A pony of many genders

Would it be possible to put a place for preferred pronouns in the profile? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky to Feature Requests at 10:30 AM PST - 70 comments

Professional Ghost Mode!

Is it me or has the CSS magically turned all links transparent? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri to Bugs at 4:18 AM PST - 16 comments