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Hide or Exclude COVID in AskMeFi ?

Could we get a 'no COVID' filter for Metafilter and AskMeFi sites? I understand that we shouldn't have sidebar filters for everything, but I do think the COVID posts are multiplying to the level of USPolitical posts and threads. Am I missing something in the MyAsk preferences--I don't see a way to exclude tags there? thanks for info.
posted by calgirl on Mar 13 at 3:56 PM - 35 comments

Previous post about effective meeting protocols

I’m looking for an article that was previously linked (I think on the green, but could have been the blue). It had tips on how to get the most out of meetings - one of the bits of advice was for the chair at the beginning effectively to say what order she would call on attendees to speak. The benefits of this included that people didn’t spend their time just waiting to interrupt, and also ensured that the meeting wasn’t dominated by the usual suspects. I think the context for this may have making sure that otherwise marginalised voices get heard - but it may also have just been straightforward good meeting etiquette. Can anyone link me to this? Thanks all and stay safe
posted by JJZByBffqU on Mar 23 at 4:51 AM - 3 comments

Dangerous advice on COVID-19 on AskMeFi

People are answering AskMeFi questions about COVID-19 with incorrect advice, endangering at-risk populations. Preventing the use of MetaFilter to distribute dangerous misinformation is a matter of life and death.
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 8 at 9:25 PM - 128 comments

Terrified of COVID-19? Want to do something about it? Come sit by me.

Lots of us are terrified without a sense that we can control anything about the COVID-19 pandemic besides staying in our homes. But there are plenty of things we can be doing as citizens to organize and help each other out. Let's create a space to talk about what we are personally doing and why to keep one another safe.
posted by sciatrix on Mar 19 at 9:02 AM - 35 comments

Updating old posts with new, awesome info?

I just stumbled across the fact that this beautiful rotary cell phone is now available in kit form. A number of people expressed a desire to have one. I figured I'd link to it here....unless there's a better place for it?
posted by bonobothegreat on Mar 20 at 5:29 PM - 3 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Phone Games

Do you cope with your anxiety by playing phone games? I totally cope with my anxiety by playing phone games. Tell me your favorite phone games, ideally for Android (my system) but I'm down with iPhone and I'm also down with desktop/console games!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Mar 14 at 8:52 PM - 78 comments

An Ode to the Tummlers

Mefi's Own Jessamyn is quoted in the New York Times in We Forgot About the Most Important Job on the Internet, an opinion piece by Mefi's Own Annalee Newitz. Jessamyn West, a librarian who was a moderator for 10 years at MetaFilter, said the job is like what Catskill entertainers of the mid-20th century called a tummler, “the person in the room who isn’t quite the M.C. but walks around and makes sure you’re doing OK.”
posted by adrianhon on Mar 13 at 5:27 AM - 11 comments

160: That Was A Bood Posscat

Like Frodo and Sam enduring the travails of Mordor, Jessamyn and I have managed somehow to surmount the difficulties of the world to produce a podcast episode this month. Instead of getting a finger bit off we just lost some of our usual running time, so this is a lembas-thin 56 minutes. Also just to be clear there is literally no discussion of Tolkeinian mythology in this episode, I'm just punchy on a Friday night and you're getting whatever comes out of the keyboard at this point. Elevensies.
posted by cortex on Feb 7 at 5:14 PM - 23 comments

MetaFilter Fantasy Baseball - 2020!

It's that time again! Did you know that Opening Day is only 20 days away? That means it's time to start your calculatin' and make the best imaginary baseball team that Yahoo and your illustrious competitors will let you build! It's FANTASY BASEBALL TIME!!
posted by Huffy Puffy on Mar 6 at 7:40 PM - 7 comments

(Staying) home is where the heart is.

OK. It's officially a pandemic. Should MeFi IRL suspend operations for the time being?
posted by sexyrobot on Mar 11 at 3:45 PM - 20 comments

matcha with tears

Fizz and I often joke about how random or out-of-context phrases or clauses that we either say or overhear in conversation would "make a great Metafilter username." Since we almost never bother to write them down, we've forgotten many of our favorites. Now that we plan to start writing them down, we thought we'd have some fun and put the question out to the community: what random phrases or expressions have you said or overheard that you think would make a great Metafilter username? (Fun bonus question: what out-of-context Metafilter comment snippets do you think would make great Metafilter usernames?)
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 16 at 9:17 AM - 144 comments

MetaFilter Helps Solve Half Remembered Book Mystery

On April 22, 2019, "An Interview with Mefi's Own Jessamyn" was posted on MeTa by Stanczyk. During the interview Jessamyn said,"we let you read whatever the heck you want, even if you’re a kid" and that reminded me of a book I had tried to find for years, that I had checked out in the mid 60s when I was about 12.
posted by a humble nudibranch on Mar 11 at 4:18 PM - 21 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Moments of grace

Happy weekend, Mefites! This weekend, Bella Donna says: I experienced an unexpected moment of grace while visiting my father in Colorado in his nursing home. Actually, I experienced two now that I think of it. I would like to suggest [...] Saturday MetaTalk kick off topic be about moments of grace, unexpected or otherwise.
posted by LobsterMitten on Mar 7 at 1:42 PM - 49 comments

Time to change from HTML?

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before recently, but are there any plans to change or add on text coding options beyond HTML? Like Markdown or rich text?
posted by divabat on Mar 5 at 8:21 AM - 69 comments

TREAT YO SELF 2020!

End of another long week, let's carve out a space to talk about something other than politics for those that need that space. Let's talk about the nice things we do for ourselves. What's something nice you've done for yourself lately? Maybe you set some time aside to read a book. Or went for a walk and left your phone behind so you could clear your head. Or you bought that small bar of chocolate at the impulse aisle of the grocery store. Maybe you had a drink or a smoke to relax at the end of a long week of work. Whatever it is, I'm sure you deserve it. Feel free to also talk about something nice you've done for a loved one as well. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. TREAT YO SELF!
posted by Fizz on Mar 6 at 11:40 AM - 45 comments

161: Change Your Ding-Dang Clocks

Podcast? Podcast! Me and jessamyn, podcasting. It's the podcast thing, with jessamyn and with me, and it's this! Here you go. Seventy-five minutes? Podcast. Hi. Hello. Don't forget to reset your clocks if that happens this weekend. Podcast.
posted by cortex on Mar 6 at 11:40 AM - 9 comments

Finding COVID-19 data visualization comment

I could have sworn I saw a comment about a data visualization of COVID-19 that showed different strains of the virus by location and some other ways. It had a bunch of different charts, including at least one map visualization that you could zoom in, and one bar chart with thin bars and circles at the end of each bar.
posted by Gorgik on Mar 7 at 4:28 AM - 7 comments

A plea for the end of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories: please stop. Between coronavirus and the primaries the conspiracy theories have been ranging far and wide. Before writing up that comment with the latest conspiracy you found on Twitter, please get some evidence of it besides Random Twitter Person or WhackadoodleNews.net. If said evidence does not exist, maybe sit on the comment until something manifests from a reasonable news source. If your argument for posting without evidence is that said evidence will not manifest because The Man is suppressing it . . . well, maybe your comment would work better as a rant on Medium or Twitter. It is really tempting to post things that confirm our existing biases but c'mon, a little skepticism and basic media literacy in this day and age never hurt anyone.
posted by schroedinger on Feb 24 at 3:17 PM - 354 comments

Metatalktails: "I'd tell you, but then I'd have to dill* you" edition

For today's Metatalktail Hour topic, we want to know what's the secret in your secret sauce? Do you have a special dish with a top-secret ingredient that puts it over the top? Tell, tell, tell!
posted by taz on Feb 29 at 10:11 AM - 77 comments

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