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Site Update #5, 2020

Hey folks! It is another Arbitrary Two-Week Period and we have another update for you! Things are chugging along at Mefi Headquarters, although a few things (the FAQ updates, the public dev backlist) have been delayed because I have managed to find a way for even a pandemic-compliant misanthrope to get really outrageously sick (hint: it involves a bullseye rash and then a lot of napping.)
posted by restless_nomad to MetaTalk on Sep 25 at 11:37 AM
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MetaTalktail Hour: Box art, take me away

Did you ever feel transported by an image? Some things (games, books, music albums, ...toys, cereals, ...) have cover art that can draw you into its world with a single image, even if the product then didn't really live up. Or short video (like tv ads, music videos, opening credits) that create an outsized atmosphere in a just a limited time. Did you have one like that, maybe something that really captured your imagination as a kid, or even now? Let's hear about it.
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 2:00 PM
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🎵Fucking fucks, fucking fucks, fuck this fucking shit

Title is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. The Molerats household discovered yesterday that "fucking fuck" has the cadence of "Jingle Bells", and a new wildfire/COVID/etc. anthem was born. Please share your verses and other miscellaneous fucks here.
posted by nakedmolerats to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 12:01 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: Good things on the cheap

It's the weekend, Metafilter! This weekend heyho suggests: "How about a thread of users offering up tips on how to do some things for free, or on the real cheap, that others might not know about but might be able to take advantage of." I will add: ...or sharing anything else that you've recently been glad to learn about, or that makes life a little nicer.
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Aug 15 at 12:22 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: Whither jetpacks?

I look at Classic Era scifi as a string of broken promises. Never went back to the Moon. Hardly any jetpacks. Gigabit internet in the city, dial-up in the country. But still I dream. What's a thing you'd like to invent, something maybe near-plausible, or something entirely fanciful? Can solve a societal problem, a personal problem, or no problem at all. Technological, biological, philosophical, what do you dream about improving?
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Sep 13 at 1:21 PM
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FUCK IT, WE'LL DO IT LIVE SCORPIONS

Apparently it's Scorpion - Scorpion - Scorpion - Crop Is On day on MetaFilter, so, y'know, post some fucken scorpions if you got 'em.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Feb 24 at 2:40 PM
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Hive Mind Aggregator

After making two of my three most commonly recommended recommendations yesterday over in Ask, I was thinking it could be cool to come together and post here, in one place, all of the most useful things we've come across and the things that we find ourselves repeating thread after thread. Maybe someone will find something worthwhile here they never thought they needed!
posted by phunniemee to MetaTalk on Jun 4, 2015 at 8:13 AM
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You are what you repeatedly post

Inspired by penguin pie's comment yesterday, realized I resuse AskMetafilter answers.
posted by BusyBusyBusy to MetaTalk on May 1, 2019 at 6:59 AM
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MeFi After the Apocalypse: Not What We Thought

You know, there's been fiction about Mefi post-apocalypse. But if you look at this thread and at the 9/11 thread, it'd be 180° from what's been (jokingly) suggested: man, do we pull together. (I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ... )
posted by WCityMike to MetaTalk on Sep 5, 2008 at 8:22 AM
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As someone on the autism spectrum, I have to say I find this "beep boop" characterization of NASPA members offensive. And if taking offense is the coin of the realm at Metafiler, then you can better damn believe that I will spend that coin. I'm also autistic and I find this, from the poster of this MeTa in the original thread,... [more]
posted by ambrosen to MetaTalk on Sep 20 at 10:22 AM
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Well, my husband died. The bereavement counselor talked to me for a while and then she went on vacation. Then she called me back, about a month later, telling me she had a person to talk to me, who never called me. I'm like, it's a while now, but thanks? Been on my own for a while. She's so chipper! And then my son is just "you just don't... [more]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu to MetaTalk on Sep 20 at 8:17 PM
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And then having a MeTa about that thread that addressed “beep boop” rather than the same mod straight up saying that she uses slurs and the lack of response. I’m really not sure that I can continue here knowing this. Jessamyn isn't Ben Chapman here, frankly the level of drama in these threads is over the top. [view]
posted by geoff. to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 2:28 PM
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This meta pisses me off. I’m so fucking sick of this place and it’s circular firing squad mentality. Also Jessamyn said this in the same thread: “Yeah I should be clear, I am also primarily a person with a beep-boop interpersonal approach...” [view]
posted by terrapin to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 6:07 AM
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I think we can talk about how things contribute to abelism without escalating to calling things slurs. As an autistic person who has definitely been hurt by AND used words like “beep boop” to describe myself and also had legit straight up slurs screamed at me from cars? This is a pretty unnuanced approach to saying that this language was hurtful to... [more]
posted by stoneweaver to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 9:48 PM
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Or we think this is a particularly silly “callout” that the poster in question replied with grace and that given the op’s comments in this thread that the whole thing is suspect [view]
posted by FritoKAL to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 12:56 AM
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If you look at the above comments that have more than, say, 20 favorites, you might see that a largish group of MeFites would like to gently push back against callouts and and purity tests which, perhaps, go a tad too far. But because we are hesitant, because we use words like "perhaps," because we are comfortable with the fact that... [more]
posted by mono blanco to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 6:23 PM
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Something that’s been just a part of the pile on. My immediate supervisor is a fitness freak who’s also into Joe Rogan. I’m fat, and have been fat for most of my life. I’m taking some steps towards doing something about it, but due to all sorts of fun spinal disc issues, it’s not going to be an overnight thing, nor would I be able to maintain any... [more]
posted by Ghidorah to MetaTalk on Sep 20 at 2:33 AM
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We'll be back to the "old mefi" in no time at this rate. Stoneweaver's departure doesn't bring us any closer to "old Mefi". It almost sounds like you're saying the changes this place has made over the past 10-15 have amounted to nothing, even as the user base has become smaller, more ideologically homogenous then... [more]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 1:52 PM
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OR it is a indicative of why making the site a welcoming place for everyone and not just upper-middle class white "professionals" on US coasts has been an uphill battle - not in the sense that jessamyn is Secretly A Racist, but in the sense that it demonstrates mods and many users have some distance between themselves and a lot... [more]
posted by Lonnrot to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 10:30 AM
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The title of this meta is so gross and offensive I assumed it was a parody! [view]
posted by the turtle's teeth to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 6:56 PM
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Me: *writes nuanced highly favorited comment at the top of the thread.* Also me, but later: *expresses hurt over casual treatment of slurs* MetaFilter: Stop being so dramatic and over the top. Y'all want me at my placating and soothing, but not at my Real. I'm done with that. [view]
posted by stoneweaver to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 12:03 PM
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I’m just so fucking sad and angry, and I find myself lashing out any time I interact with people. I’ve spent my whole life working in service, literally giving blood and sweat to helping others and I just see this rot of hate and racism and fucking GREED all around me. We have enough food, houses, technology, knowledge, all of it, for EVERYONE and... [more]
posted by Drumhellz to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 12:06 PM
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> I don't think this is a very strong argument. The traits of being "mathy" and having a poor theory of mind about other people are commonly associated with neuroatypical people, and it's natural to assume that these traits are all included in the description in order to call to mind one's typical concept of neuroatypical people.... [more]
posted by desuetude to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 7:34 PM
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And another buttoning of a long time contributing PoC has occurred. If this is what metafilter's goal was over the past year, congratulations on the march towards the future of yet another whitespace on the internet. We'll be back to the "old mefi" in no time at this rate. [view]
posted by Karaage to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 12:40 PM
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Years ago when my siblings and I were all teens or tweens and still living at home, my brother swore mildly at the dinner table and our dad, who was generally not prone to this sort of reaction and must have been having a bad day or something, flew off the handle and angrily berated him at some length. When he'd finished having his say there were a... [more]
posted by The Card Cheat to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 11:57 AM
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Cool, cool, so stoneweaver's feelings and judgments of the situation are invalid and "over the top" because you declare them to be. If you hate drama so much, why are you making a comment that is practically guaranteed to produce more drama? I am much more interested in hearing when members of this community are frustrated and discouraged... [more]
posted by J.K. Seazer to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 3:12 PM
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MetaFilter is by far the most accommodating site in that regard that I have ever seen. There is definitely a radlib (and since you say you're on online socialist I know you'll know what I mean by that) orthodoxy that the site has over the past several years embraced enthusiastically, and any comment that speaks against that... [more]
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 10:42 AM
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i'd tell you to ask those minorities that left why they left, as a twist on the "ask me how i know", but like... they've left. ☝🏾 There's a reason I'm not on this site anymore. *sighs* [view]
posted by Fizz to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 9:20 PM
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Metafilter: I’m so fucking sick of this place and it’s circular firing squad mentality. [view]
posted by pyramid termite to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 2:57 PM
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