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November 22

Ad Bars

Can we stop plastering the top of the site with fundraising and community notices? It's incredibly annoying. [more inside]

November 5

Proposed: Auto-replace Twitter URLs with Nitter instead

Twitter's descent into becoming naught but a poorly-run distributor of hate speech and adbots is well documented elsewhere on the site. It may no longer be ethical to participate in the Twitter ecosystem. Why give them any of our web traffic, or allow them access to our computers? The proposal is that whenever a URL in a post or comment is being sent to the site, it automatically swaps out "https://twitter.com" with "http://nitter.it" [more inside]

September 30

Translations of linked articles

Should I include links to machine generated translations when I link to content in languages other than English in a comment? These days, usually a pretty decent machine translation is available by right-click or offered automatically by your browser when loading the page. I used to add a link to Google Translate every time, but recently stopped, as it started to feel a bit redundant. But what do people think?

September 23

Have you read TFA?

I often see people on Metafilter use the acronym TFA (the fucking article) to refer to the linked article in the OP post. It's not always clear to me from the context if that acronym is meant to come across as angry or irritated, or whether people also use it in a more neutral way? [more inside]

August 23

Emojis on Metafilter?

I've noticed that people don't really use emojis that much here on Metafilter. [more inside]

August 19

On Cooling Off MetaTalk Threads

MetaTalk threads often generate a lot of heat. I’ve seen more people button from MeTa than elsewhere on MeFi. How can we cool off threads about community concerns? [more inside]

August 15

On not repurposing abortion rights terminology

I am horrified to see, in discussions of COVID on this website, that we are okay with using the fascist co-opting of the phrase "my body my choice" in terms of anything other than abortion now. Setting aside that neither pregnancy nor abortion is contagious, that phrase means and has long meant something very specific and it should not be used to justify refusal to get vaccinated or to protect others. [more inside]

August 13

What does flagging as fantastic mean?

I had thought that flagging a comment as fantastic means "this is a bad comment, within the realm of fantasy, and should be removed." But I notice others apparently using this flag to mean "this is a good comment, kudos!" So which is it? And if the latter, what does flagging a comment as good accomplish?

July 26

Linking urls as links

It feels to me like I am seeing more and more urls just copy-pasted into comments, where people haven’t bothered adding them as links. It’s really easy to add a link, even when using Metafilter on a phone. On the bottom right of the input box, just click where it says “link” and copy-paste the url there in addition to in the text of the comment. Then make sure the text you want to be the clickable link is in between the tags (the two sets of angled brackets). Is there some reason people aren’t doing this? Is there a good way to encourage people to do it without berating them in threads or in a MetaTalk post like this? [more inside]

May 30

Working together on ableism

What can we as community members learn from each other and help each other improve about posting and commenting around issues that relate to disabilities/differences? [more inside]

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