June 13

blog about interruptions and communication

I remember reading several years ago a blog post or similar about how some groups of people interrupt each other to show enthusiasm, framed as the author being explained this by a friend who he called Gandalf because he was a clever wizard or something like that. i'm pretty sure I read it hear because I remember a comment complaining about the wizard shtick. Does anyone know what I'm thinking of?

June 10

confirming - occasional chatty posts on the Blue?

I seem to recall that chatty posts on the Blue were discouraged, but that that's changed (hence the rise of the weekly-ish Free Thread). Can we confirm policy and maybe get it in the FAQ? [more inside]

June 5

Team Threaded Comments

As requested, this is a MeTa post to discuss the derail that happened in this other MeTa post. [more inside]

June 4

How to show and hide US political posts

Hi all, just a quick note about US political posts for those interested in them and those who are not. [more inside]

June 3

Is "please no name calling" a big ask?

I'm bringing this up in regards to this comment, amongst many others. Is there a reason we can't just call Trump Trump? Is there a reason that we need to come up with some nickname like Lemon Husk for Elon Musk? Even TFG is confusing as some think it means "That Fucking Guy" when originally it was a quote from Biden about "That Former Guy" (which is still relatively demeaning). I think our community is better than silly name calling. I also think our community is getting so much better at accessibility that they would understand how, for some of us, jumbling letters in names just breaks or ability to interact with the content one posts. [more inside]

May 25


Just letting everyone know that we've been informed that community member bigbigdog passed away on May 18, 2024 [more inside]

May 22

Most Answers or Comments?

I am curious about which posts on the blue have gotten the most comments (not counting things such as U.S. politics megathreads), or which questions on Ask have gotten the most answers. How feasible is that to find out? It would be cool if those were set off, as another way to see what has had a lot of engagement.

May 18

Animal Companions (esp. dogs) of Metafilter

It's time. And I think we would all benefit from a post of animal pics, specifically our own animal friends, especially dogs. (I apologize to the cat people who didn't post first so they could say "especially cats". I also like cats.) I suggest we limit the number of photos to.... just kidding. Post them all! [more inside]

May 16

FPP about manipulated Reality TV show

I'm looking for a FPP for an article about a Reality TV show. It was about a woman, maybe LGBTQ+, who went to live on a ranch or a house, and the producers had lied to the participants about her identity, or her circumstances, etc. I can't remember if they said she wasn't LGBTQ+ and then it came out she was, or something like that. I think there was something in it where the other participants treated her poorly, but overall she wasn't as upset as you might expect.

May 15

[MeFi Site Update] May 15th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

Welcome to this month’s Site Update! You can find the last one here.

I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions! [more inside]

May 4

Adding year of release to Fanfare front page posts

This has been asked before, in Nov 2022, when the site owner called it a "really good idea" and a then-current tech person said it seemed "uncontroversial and positive, so I'll put that on the pile of things to do." Is this still something the community thinks is worth doing? If so, any chance it could be implemented? It might increase engagement in an area of the site that could use it. I know I'd find it useful, anyway.

May 3

Help me re-find this file organization scheme

A couple of months ago, I was poking around on AskMetafilter for productivity things. I found my way, via a comment on an oldish-post, to an organization system for computer files that I got excited about, started to implement without even reading the whole thing, and have found very helpful. Now I'd like to read more about the system and I can't find the link again. [more inside]

May 1

MeFi Nonprofit Update, April 30, 2024

The board setting up the MeFi nonprofit met on April 4 and April 25. [more inside]

April 17

[MeFi Site Update] April 17th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

Welcome to this month’s Site Update! You can find the last one here.

Reminder: I will be the only mod actively monitoring this thread so please be patient. I’ll reply to your feedback and questions at least twice a week. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions! [more inside]

April 12

Global BIPOC Board Meeting #22 Minutes

Mefi Global BIPOC Advisory Board Meeting 22 Minutes on January 23,2024 7AM PST - 8:30 AM (PST) 90 mins. [more inside]

April 6

Thanks, chariot pulled by cassowaries

This is a public thank you to chariot pulled by cassowaries for their frequent posts of good news from the natural world. It brightens my day to read about plants and animals recovering adversity, and people being not-terrible in helping them. Cheers to you.

April 5

MetaMixTapes: Cats

Let's make a mixtape! (I'm never sure how appropriate it is to do something light and fun on MeTa so apologies if there's another corner of the site that I haven't considered that would be better for this.) [more inside]

March 28

Please give full names before using acronyms

Whether it's the name of a person, a drug or medical treatment, a non-governmental organization (NGO), a less-common internet term, or something specific to your field of interest, please spell it out and only then use the acronym. [more inside]

March 26

MeFi Nonprofit Update, March 26, 2024

The board forming the MetaFilter nonprofit met Feb. 29. [more inside]

March 22

Oh, huh, I guess I do post a lot about that

I was meandering among the tags on one of my past front page posts, and noticed that "inspirational" said:
Users that often use this tag: brainwane
Other MeFites who make front page posts: are you ever surprised to notice a theme emerging among your posts? Like, "Oh, huh, I guess I do post a lot about that"? I'm curious!

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