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GIVE UP YOUR FOOD

It is the time for feasting, which means it is the time for recipes! We have no other outlet for our dark perversions, so let's do it here. Oh, such recipes we should all share... here's mine for Maple Bacon Dirt Rockets!
posted by Slap*Happy to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 8:23 PM
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"Alice's Restaurant" is 50 years old. It's also seven years old.

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Arlo Guthrie's seminal Thanksgiving/petty crime/anti-war song, "Alice's Restaurant," so I'm taking this opportunity to call out Miko. Confused? Just click the "more inside...."
posted by tzikeh to MetaTalk on Nov 23 at 7:05 AM
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mefiscripts github repository

Mefites use a bunch of userscripts, stylesheets, and bookmarklets to customize the site, but we don't have a place to collaboratively maintain them. What if we had a shared Github organization where authors could contribute their scripts for community maintenance? I've put one up over at github.com/mefiscripts/mefiscripts, and if folks think it's a good idea I'd love to have you join.
posted by john hadron collider to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 8:28 AM
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Secret Quonsar thank you thread (2017)

This is the official Secret Quonsar thank you thread.
posted by epj to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 4:34 PM
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MetaFilter is moving to https as a default

A week from now, we'll be updating MetaFilter to always serve https pages instead of http! You most likely don't need to care at all that this is happening, but I'll explain what it means below. Come on in!
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 12:58 PM
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The Great Metafilter Cookie Swap 2017: sign up today!

It’s been A Year, and we here at cookie swap central would like to bring baked joy to as many MeFites across the globe as possible. If you'd like to bring edible tidings of cheer to people’s lives this month, read on.
posted by ausdemfenster to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 3:38 PM
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I hate autoplay videos.

I'm 99.9% sure that there's no practical way to get the user base to stop linking to sites that have autoplay video embedded in them, but as a techno-doof, I'm wondering if there's any kind of, I don't know, pass-through or something that can generate URLs that set autoplaying videos to not play? Like an appended bit of code along with all the tracking kerfuffle on the URL? Failing that, any recommendations for video autoplay blockers for Chrome that actually work would be most welcome. My test page (which all the autoplay blockers fail at blocking autoplay on) is this one, which was linked from this post.
posted by Shepherd to MetaTalk on Nov 22 at 4:16 AM
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potus45 spinoff threads and "rehashing/retreading"

In potus45 threads, moderators seem to be ratcheting up their opposition to discussing topics that have been previously discussed, even if those topics are evolving, and even when participants in those discussions find the continued discussion valuable. Previous MeTas seemed to lean in the direction of spinoff threads for certain aspects of US politics, and folks are asking for a spinoff thread now for the Al Franken situation, but the mods seem to be against that, based on the idea that we're rehashing/retreading previous discussions. This same logic has been applied to other sub-topics in the past, e.g. anything that touches on the 2016 primaries, and it makes a certain amount of sense. Still, I find it unsatisfying when these discussions are closed off when (a) the underlying story is evolving, (b) other community members are making compelling points, and (c) the discussion isn't terribly shouty/fighty -- criteria I think all apply to the discussion so far re: Franken. What say you, MeFites?
posted by tonycpsu to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 10:17 AM
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cortex + donuts = 🌈

At the end of October our fearless and inimitable leader gave a talk called Keeping Web Communities Healthy in a Dark Timeline at a Donut.js meetup. It included copious amounts of swearing and the observation that "the web can be not shitty." I highly recommend that you take 17 minutes out of your week and watch. Warm fuzzies likely but not guaranteed.
posted by bendy to MetaTalk on Nov 7 at 2:34 PM
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Turkey Day 2017 with MST Club

Last year we discovered that our cytu.be video sharing room worked well with the official Shout Factory YouTube stream of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day marathon. So, presuming that it works so well again, some of us will be getting together to watch bad movies all day long, official style, and without having to compete with a horde of wanna-be-witty YouPotatoes in their chat. No, we can be wanna-be-witty all by ourselves, and starch-free, thank you! It'll be happening in the cytu.be room for MST Club starting Noon Eastern time and going for probably 12 hours. Drop by for the whole thing, or for just as long as you want, like when Uncle Noxious starts talking politics and you just need somewhere to GO. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone in the US, happy Just Another Day everyone else!
posted by JHarris to MetaTalk on Nov 22 at 11:40 AM
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Metatalktail Hour: Giving Thanks

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Tonight's topic: What are you thankful for? Big or small, silly or serious, share the things you're thankful for this year.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 6:05 PM
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MetaHappy

There is quite a bit of serious and depressing going on right now: U.S. politics, sexual abuse/assault/harassment in Hollywood, etc. I thought it might be good to have a place to just post happy things. Share something that's made you happy. A photo of a pet. Tell us about a good piece of cake that you just ate. Or maybe you went for a long walk and connected with nature. Whatever it is, just something happy, to remind ourselves that we'll be ok and we'll get through this, whatever that may be. Love to all of you.
posted by Fizz to MetaTalk on Nov 10 at 10:58 AM
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Fucking Fuck v5.0

This is the new FUCKING WTF thread. The last few weeks months years have been stressful. Please come in to share how you're surviving, to breathe, to vent, to tell us about happy things and victories small and large, whatever's on your mind. I love you all.
posted by lalex to MetaTalk on Oct 25 at 7:51 PM
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Battle for the Net

We’ve done it before with SOPA/PIPA and Net Neutrality day. Are we doing it again?
posted by unliteral to MetaTalk on Jul 11 at 5:13 PM
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mathowie transfers ownership of MetaFilter to cortex

Big news: a few days ago Matt Haughey and I signed paperwork to transfer ownership of MetaFilter from him to me. This is sorta huge and sorta not a big deal at the same time: things are fine and basically nothing is changing on the site as a result, we’re just keeping on as before. I’ll talk about the whole thing below the fold.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jul 31 at 9:04 AM
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in celebration of Anitanola

I received an incredibly moving package from my secret quonsar Anitanola this past weekend, and I wanted to share its story here. When I opened the box full of beautiful presents wrapped in ribbon, organza, and silvery tissue paper, it also contained a notecard with “read this last” written on its envelope. I set that aside, and instead read the note on top, which you can see here. It reads:
This is lagniappe! I’m downsizing my stashes and this is a share of the notecards. Maybe you’ll write a note or just pass them on or pitch ‘em! Anita
The package contained an amazing variety of handcrafted and locally-made stationery samples, as well as some charming magnets and art beads. Once I had oohed and ahhed over it all, I obediently opened the sealed envelope last. You can see it here: [front] [back], and here is what it said:
Dear [a fiendish thingy], I’m sorry that this was sent late. Sadly, my mother, Anita Cage, who drew your name in the metafilter “secret santa,” passed away on Monday, Dec 1st, after a long illness. She so appreciated her community of online friends, as she was housebound with considerable mobility issues. Even as she was worsening, however, she was concerned that this reach you, and that I “round out” the package with some locally made artcraft magnets. So I send this as she wished, and on her behalf wish you a fond hello and happy holiday season. [Her son]
I was deeply touched that she had made sending these beautiful gifts such a priority under the circumstances, and I emailed her son immediately to tell him so. In our communications, I asked him if he would like for me to post about Anitanola’s passing on metafilter, and he was relieved that I had offered so that he would not have to figure it out himself. He also sent a link to her obituary (found here), for those of you who wish to read it. She lived a long and inspiring life. Given her extraordinary kindness in helping to make my holiday beautiful even as her health was diminishing, I not only wanted to post to let everyone else know about her passing and her generosity, but I wanted to act on the inspiration of her own note to me. I definitely do NOT want to pitch the lovely notecards she sent, and instead I’d like to offer to send them on to any of you who would like to remember her in a tangible way. You can memail me your address, and that way her stash can wend its way around the world to other mefites in Anitanola’s honor. (This offer is open to anyone who wants one, of course, even if you didn’t know her well— I think she would enjoy the idea of these missives going to as many mefites as possible!) I will also be sending this MeTa post to her son at his request, so if you have any stories about her to share, he will see them here. If any of you want to send a message to him directly, let me know and I will be happy to pass it on. Her passion, humor, and wisdom will be missed.
posted by a fiendish thingy to MetaTalk on Dec 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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secret quonsar 2017: Signups are Open!

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Saturday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Friday, December 1*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20.
posted by julen to MetaTalk on Oct 31 at 10:00 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: Hilarity

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Tonight's metatalktail topic comes from scratch: "What is the funniest thing you've ever seen? Or heard, or smelled, etc. No parameters--it can be something from You Own Real Life, a meme, a twelfth-hand anecdote, your cat, a joke, a movie scene, a song by Weird Al Yankovich, whatever."
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Jun 10 at 4:35 PM
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What counts as a credible news source in comments?

[CW: linked thread contains graphic descriptions of assault.] First let me say this isn't meant as a callout, this isn't personal in any way. How do people feel about comments linking to the National Enquirer as a primary news source? In the Kevin Spacey thread, this comment links to a National Enquirer article claiming Charlie Sheen was one of Corey Haim's assaulters. I think we should have higher standards for news sources. (Bat Boy is fine!) There is support for it in the thread and it's not really a big deal to the mods, but I'm curious what the community thinks. (I know they occasionally break a real news story, but why is this story so urgent that we can't wait until a credible source reports this?)
posted by Room 641-A to MetaTalk on Nov 8 at 7:21 PM
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Was there a substantial MeFi/MeTa discussion of using the word "guys"

I thought there was a discussion of the propriety/potential sexism of using "guys" to refer to mixed gender groups, or even groups of women. It is impossible to search for such a thing. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise to MetaTalk on Nov 7 at 5:19 AM
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I would also ask you to remember that while many MeFites want more conversation and more light shone on this, there are also many members of MetaFilter -- mostly women, mostly survivors of sexual assault -- who are exhausted by it, triggered by it, and let us know they have to stop visiting MetaFilter because it's all-sexual-assault, all-the-time.... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 11:06 AM
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Heya, I want to open up with a few specific points on this and honestly this is more a collection of thoughts that have been brewing for me than any kind of pointed response to this MetaTalk. But this is the most appropriate place for it at the moment and it's tied up with this situation and subject. 1. I've been basically expecting a MetaTalk... [more]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 10:18 AM
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Just speaking for myself here -- I really do not relish the idea of making anything like a feed/sidebar for rape posts, or setting the expectation going forward that we'll need to set up a whole parallel part of the site for rolling catch-all threads on abuse/misogyny/sexual assault/etc. For one thing, we don't do subreddits or single-topic... [more]
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 1:56 PM
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i like to fold a slice of cheese into 8ths and eat it like a lil book [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 10:25 PM
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Could we try a catchall #metoo thread, and see how it goes? I am a childhood sexual assault survivor who was drummed right out of the last #metoo thread after having my motives questioned for speaking up, and who was actually called a sexual harasser in a now deleted exchange. Because I'm a guy. And guys can't possibly be survivors of... [more]
posted by zarq to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 3:58 PM
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So every year, NPR does a whole dog-and-pony show about Susan Stamberg sharing her mother-in-law's cranberry relish recipe. Well - my family grows cranberries and has done so for 3 generations now, and we are supplier for Ocean Spray - and I am therefore in a position of authority to state that "Mama Stamberg's" recipe sounds awful,... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Nov 22 at 5:17 AM
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Why can't Weinstein, Spacey, Moore, Franken and the next 10 offenders share a post? For reasons people have outlined. Talking about Weinstein is categorically different, for some people, from talking about Spacey. Different cultural contexts, etc. I'm not saying I know what the solution is, but I think I at least understand the... [more]
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 1:28 PM
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I've had a deeply awful two years or so, which makes me mindful of the things that *didn't* go pear-shaped. I am thankful for my amazing husband: Mr. Ant is kind, smart, funny, and thoughtful... even when he's beating me at Scrabble (which is extra painful because English is his second language!) I am thankful for my dogs, who remind me every day... [more]
posted by workerant to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 11:02 PM
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Often there are like five people who are commenting easily two, three, or four times as much as the next most frequent commenters. And in a lot of contexts, those people would be called key content generators or powerful contributors. I find this really interesting cause for me, on any thread, those hyper frequent voices... [more]
posted by smoke to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 4:14 PM
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Wait, I thought this was the script we were supposed to use when breaking up with our SO. 🎶 You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant You deserve real feeling and enthusiasm And for whatever reason I can’t deliver it right now You can get anything you want at Alice’s... [more]
posted by deludingmyself to MetaTalk on Nov 23 at 7:53 AM
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My kid did a craft at preschool where she told the teachers she is thankful for underwear and shoes, so I think maybe I’m doing something super wrong maybe? Or right? It’s very hard to say. Honestly I’m super thankful for her. She’s a pain in my ass like 60% of the time but the rest is an amazing psychedelic delight. [view]
posted by uncleozzy to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 6:36 PM
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Via Twitter: If you use Google Chrome, go to chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy and set it to "Document user activation is required." Boom: no more auto-playing videos. [view]
posted by OntologicalPuppy to MetaTalk on Nov 22 at 6:19 AM
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I guess I just don't see a ton of stuff in these threads that isn't an organic outgrowth of a conversation involving a large group of people. Mods (and retired mods) have some visible tools that can show them, for example, who the heaviest commenters are in these megathreads. Often there are like five people who are commenting easily... [more]
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 6:22 PM
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Very useful. In case anyone else is wondering -- we're interested to hear what people think, especially people that we don't hear from very often. I viewed the US Politics megathreads for a while after the election but quit before they become a Thing. I hate what they've become - the link roundup FPP is useful but the threads... [more]
posted by smokysunday to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 1:47 PM
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Wait, I thought this was the script we were supposed to use when breaking up with our SO. No wonder that went so badly. [view]
posted by dfan to MetaTalk on Nov 23 at 7:13 AM
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Often there are like five people who are commenting easily two, three, or four times as much as the next most frequent commenters. And in a lot of contexts, those people would be called key content generators or powerful contributors. Those people are generating the value proposition that is causing regular and repeated... [more]
posted by Miko to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 8:21 PM
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I hate what they've become - the link roundup FPP is useful but the threads themselves seem to be primarily venting and riffing. It's the opposite of what makes MetaFilter valuable to me. and I find this really interesting cause for me, on any thread, those hyper frequent voices are the opposite of adding value, indeed they... [more]
posted by everybody had matching towels to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 4:22 PM
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I think like we have the giant endless politics thread, we really need to have a giant endless sexual assault thread for all the allegations coming out every 5 minutes about all the men, even though in some respects with certain people in politics there is going to be overlap. Combining threads so that the discussion then includes... [more]
posted by zarq to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 10:45 AM
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My partner is getting a kidney. One's been found for her. Assuming she passes the last minute crosscheck tests, there will be surgery at 9 AM CST on Tuesday. If you're a priestess / priest, I will gladly accept any and all sacrifices and solemn invocations to the appropriate deity. In a previous hospital visit, sitting in the recovery room, she... [more]
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 9:02 PM
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if you're a lurker, this is a good time to let us know where you're at. I'm mostly a lurker on the Blue though I visit the front page at least once every day. I'm not American but skim the politics megathreads for the roundup of links. I find them very useful. I used to try to follow the comments but I don't bother anymore. I hop in,... [more]
posted by misozaki to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 5:31 PM
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