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State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions

Important site updates, folks:

1. The site is running at a significant deficit and we urgently need to make that up. Part of that is through additional direct community funding; you can help here.
2. We're looking at—and inviting community input on—several big-picture questions.

Today I want to lay out our budget and income streams, to explain where we're at and what we need to accomplish. I'll also talk a bit about how the community is doing, and what's coming up in the future.
posted by cortex at 3:54 PM Jun 13 2018 - 990 comments [163 favorites]

AND I SAID WHAT ABOUT THE BOURNE IDENTITY

I nailed Breakfast at Tiffany's at karaoke tonight and I have MetaFilter to thank for it.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:57 AM Jun 14 2018 - 46 comments [73 favorites]

Jessamyn wins surprise judgement against Equifax!

Randolph librarian wins surprise judgement against Equifax
posted by gen at 3:13 PM Jun 13 2018 - 36 comments [68 favorites]

Want more site activity? Yes! When do we want it? Hopefully soon!

We've been chatting in the funding thread about a number of things, including the necessity of growing MeFi's userbase and creating a site climate that facilitates that. That discussion has a lot going on, so I thought it might be good to have a dedicated space specifically to talk about user site climate encouraging more discussion, commentary, and joining in on this community. That is: how can we as a community make this space enjoyable and interesting to engage in, both for strangers and each other?
posted by sciatrix at 1:04 PM Jun 15 2018 - 678 comments [59 favorites]

Is This Moderators' Day?

It is. Please join me in a tradition stretching back to 2007 and help me thank the undeniably world-class moderators of MetaFilter Industries, LLC for all they do for our community.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:25 AM Jun 13 2018 - 45 comments [17 favorites (9 in the last 7 days)]

Hey, I'm talkin' here!

In the site activity megathread some suggested users ought to have some way of knowing just how much of a thread they're occupying. I added a userscript just for that purpose to the MefiScripts repository. It puts summary stats just below the comment box.
posted by waninggibbon at 10:46 AM Jun 20 2018 - 12 comments [9 favorites]

Metatalktail Hour: Show Us Your Bags!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, a rerun of the thread that I loved so much I decided to create Metatalktails: Show us your bag! Or your EDC, if you're not a bag person. Your purse! Your backpack! Your messenger bag! Pictures! Links! Descriptions! I love hearing about other people's bags!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:12 PM Jun 16 2018 - 177 comments [8 favorites]

Fucking Fuck XII - Extreme Fuckery

There was a call out for a new venting thread. Here it is. Vent to your heart's content here and remember, we're all in this together. Also, everybody needs a hug.
posted by Sophie1 at 10:03 AM Jun 18 2018 - 178 comments [8 favorites]

Let's talk about MeFi Merch!

Alright, I suggested last week amidst the brainstorming in the State of the Site post that we set aside a thread specifically for MetaFilter merchandising chatter. This! Is! That! Thread! So, let's talk merch ideas. I'll lay out our current thinking and some options inside.
posted by cortex at 12:06 PM Jun 18 2018 - 139 comments [8 favorites]

Best thing you've read and/or heard lately

Spill the beans, what's the best thing you've read and/or heard lately? A great poem, short or long story, interesting article, a new single, an old album, or a live performance you just have to share?
posted by filthy light thief at 9:24 AM Jun 8 2018 - 134 comments [50 favorites (7 in the last 7 days)]

MetaGoodness

Tell me something good. Something happy. Maybe it's a thing you did. Maybe it's a thing that was done for you. Share something good with me and the rest of us. I feel like we need some of that. There's been a lot of serious happening the last few days and I want to just hear something good, positive, and light. I like this place and all of you. Be kind to each other, love yourself. Tell me something good.
posted by Fizz at 2:12 PM Jun 20 2018 - 19 comments [7 favorites]

Vets of MeFi

Veterans of MeFi, would you like a vets-only online environment to share with other MeFites?
posted by slipthought at 1:46 PM Jun 14 2018 - 12 comments [4 favorites]

Metatalktail Hour: Mispronunciations

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! In honor of this hilarious thread, I want to know what words you well-read MeFites mispronounced when you first attempted them out loud! What words are you still avoiding? And of course your life updates!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:19 PM Jun 9 2018 - 243 comments [8 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Interest areas raise an eyebrow

OK i'll bite; these interest areas on the user profiles, where have they come from, how do you work them out and why does mine say 'gay'?
posted by criticalbill at 10:11 AM Oct 11 2009 - 159 comments [7 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Metatalktail Hour: First Job

Good Saturday evening, Metafilter! (Take 2, since I apparently can't keep track of my own doubles.) This week, I want to hear about your first job! And also your weirdest job. And of course what exciting plans you have for June!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:44 PM Jun 2 2018 - 150 comments [7 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Metatalktail Hour: Hot-Weather Recipes

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! I'm a little slow to post this week because MY AIR CONDITIONING DIED so there was all the drama of working over a hot computer in 90 degree heat while waiting for the repair guy. ANYWAY, not that my house is cooling back off, I desperately want to know your favorite hot-weather recipes -- things that taste good in the heat, or things that you don't need to turn on the stove for, or things that just taste like summer. Go!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:40 PM May 26 2018 - 170 comments [27 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Calm MetaFilter extension

After posting my Calm Twitter extension to Projects, I figured I ought to make one for MetaFilter as well. Briefly, it is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that guides you through a deep breathing exercise before confirming that you really want to submit that comment. Example GIF of it in action.
posted by waninggibbon at 3:56 PM Jun 4 2018 - 15 comments [13 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

In Search of Ancient Thread: Undebatably Awesome Things

Many years ago, there was a thread that I'm 89% sure was on AskMe. The thrust of the question was: what cultural products enjoy a very broad consensus that they are good? Answers, for example, were things like The Beatles, Shakespeare, the jazz standards..things that have been respected from both popular and critical perspectives,. Things that a person might or might not like for themselves, but that few people would seriously dispute they were of great quality. Does anyone remember this thread? Did I make it up? Thanks for any help!
posted by Miko at 8:39 AM Jun 9 2018 - 7 comments [5 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Website for artist who drew Star Trek aliens as non-humanoids

I saw this website on Metafilter within the past 6 months. I'm 99% sure it was not an FPP on its own but a comment in another thread. The link was to an artist whose website (I think it was a tumblr page) featured Star Trek aliens drawn in a more alien-y style.
posted by Ideal Impulse at 3:24 PM Jun 12 2018 - 3 comments [3 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

MetaWheelhouse

What is your Meta "thing" so to speak. We know some people 🙄 post a lot about video games. I was looking at my profile and surprised but not surprised to realize I've made 211 posts with the tag: videogames and 161 posts with the tag: literature. What are your top tags? What do you find yourself posting the most about?
posted by Fizz at 1:46 PM Jun 10 2018 - 70 comments [2 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

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