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“I mean, old school web people definitely have opinions...”

From the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure at UMass Amherst: “MetaFilter turns 25 this month, a shining beacon of the Good Web. Reluctant owner Jessamyn West tells us how rusty tech and vibrant community keeps it vital.” [Elsewhere: MetaFilter: a time capsule from another internet]
posted by Wordshore to MetaTalk on Jul 12 at 9:57 AM
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Fanfare: UI Request

I know that MeFi's codebase is currently being rebuilt, - cannot fathom the intricacies of that - but as stuff is being rebuilt anyway, I'd like to request a Fanfare UI addition / tweak - and was hoping other people would discuss the benefits / drawbacks of this particular tweak.
posted by Faintdreams to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 11:48 AM
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MeFi mod travelingthyme needs help

If you've noticed that moderator travelingthyme has not posted here recently, it's for a grave reason: while on a cross-country move, they were involved in a horrible accident that totaled their car, destroyed nearly all of their personal possessions, and tragically cost the life of their father. Now their friend has organized a GoFundMe to help cover medical bills, funeral arrangements, and replacement of everything from lost family keepsakes to household essentials (if you're in the Boston area, contact the organizer to donate items directly!). If you've found any value in this community in the last few years, travelingthyme is part of the reason why it's able to work -- please give what you can to help them recover from this terrible loss.
posted by Rhaomi to MetaTalk on Jun 26 at 7:20 AM
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MetaMixTapes 2: Growing Up to Be a Pope

It's been three months. Let's make another mixtape!
posted by kensington314 to MetaTalk on Jul 7 at 1:54 AM
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Metatalktail Hour: We Solved the Problem, So Everything Is Awesome

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Quietgal asks, "What's the best bit of troubleshooting or problem-solving you've ever performed or watched?" I expand it to, What problem have you solved recently that has improved your life in tiny or huge ways? Feel free to link to problem-solving products!
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Nov 4, 2017 at 6:32 PM
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[MeFi Site Update] June 19th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

This month’s Site Update includes a particularly important announcement. You can find the last site update here.

I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions!
posted by loup to MetaTalk on Jun 19 at 2:13 PM
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[Discussion Thread] Trans & Non-binary Members Survey

***FYI this is a thread for Trans and Non-binary members only. If you are a cis ally and want to be supportive, please do so by reading carefully what your peers have to say and allowing them to express themselves without being questioned. There will be additional opportunities for feedback ***

Let's use this thread to discuss the questions being posted here, their wording, get help framing concerns, etc.
posted by loup to MetaTalk on Jun 24 at 4:43 PM
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Hi all, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the kind words and support. I can't express how hopeful I'm feeling knowing we aren't alone in this process. I'm taking my time to get back to everyone who's written to me privately, so thank you for hanging in there. Some updates: - My partner and I are settled into our apt in Massachusetts.... [more]
posted by travelingthyme to MetaTalk on Jul 11 at 1:47 PM
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Here are a few use case examples of someone who might want to use Fanfare and might also not have access to / be able to use an Ad Blocker Anyone who wants to read Fanfare and: Does not own the computer they are using Does 'own' the computer they are using, but doesn't have privileges to install software on it Does not have the... [more]
posted by Faintdreams to MetaTalk on Jul 6 at 8:10 AM
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alt.clutch.grind.grind.grind [view]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jul 12 at 4:14 PM
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I'm hoping my wife's health improves. She's been disabled by two heart attacks. [view]
posted by doctornemo to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 11:02 AM
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I spent most of the time between the last winter solstice and the summer solstice dealing with cancer. I was super lucky and the surgery in January got it before it spread: no chemo and no radiation needed. I was really feeling physically recovered from that abdominal surgery until the middle of June, when my gall bladder went nuts. I'm now... [more]
posted by gentlyepigrams to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 6:54 PM
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I'd like to get better acting roles, and by that I mean "get a line in a musical show." Seriously. I know I don't fit much and don't have that much talent, but that would be nice. I also want to find true love. It's been 20 years. How come other people can find their perfect schmoopy match (at early ages in some cases) and I just...... [more]
posted by jenfullmoon to MetaTalk on Jul 8 at 9:14 AM
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So, let me get this straight. We're supposed to write the survey, QA the survey, and then answer the survey? All in public, for everyone else to watch? And this is supposed to be an easier, safer and more accessible way for trans and non-binary users to express their views? Yeah, sorry, I appreciate the good intentions, but no. If you want to... [more]
posted by fight or flight to MetaTalk on Jun 25 at 11:54 AM
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Hey folks, many thanks again to those who volunteered to speak to a reporter. I will be sending out pitches to new places next week. Steven Levy of Wired did just publish his take on MF's anniversary in his newsletter, which can be read here. It is entirely possible that no one else will pick up the story, but Steven did and for that I am... [more]
posted by Bella Donna to MetaTalk on Jul 12 at 8:52 AM
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I use Audubon Park nectar mix -- I have two feeders zealously guarded by one male and fed upon by him and his consort and her chick. They drain my two wasp waisted Perky Pet feeders in two to three days, aided by the occasional interloper. And God, the fights are impressive -- when they aren't spiraling around like Bat and X-wing fighters out... [more]
posted by y2karl to MetaTalk on Jul 9 at 3:27 PM
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Has to include Sinead O'Connor. And maybe Kris Kristofferson's ode to her, Sister Sinead? [view]
posted by Sweetie Darling to MetaTalk on Jul 8 at 6:17 AM
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uh i don't know if i have much to contribute, i'm too much of a lurker to engage with other ppl online. this miiiiiight be related to being trans - in my time lurking i've seen how people treat us online and it stresses me out loll. never posting means i never have to have skin in the game and frees me up to be anxious about how i am perceived IRL... [more]
posted by _earwig_ to MetaTalk on Jul 4 at 6:18 PM
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Not everyone can - or wants to - use an ad blocker everywhere they might need to read Fanfare though ? [view]
posted by Faintdreams to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 2:22 PM
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I've started getting more into swimming. When my head dips under the water all my thoughts empty out. It's the one time when it's quiet inside. The pools here are free and in the summer the outdoor pools play house music and it feels like a party. Our summers are hot and humid. The water is cool. I'm not a particularly strong swimmer but I... [more]
posted by capricorn to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 10:54 AM
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The solstice came at a really positive time for me. I was thinking how much I like winter now I have stuff to look forward to, I worked a day (hard to organise sporadic care for my young kids but my mum gave us an amazing gift and I could work a day.) But somehow it all came crashing down. I'm sick- probably not covid but who knows, I've only... [more]
posted by freethefeet to MetaTalk on Jul 6 at 4:33 AM
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For me, a safe and timely resolution to my mom's situation with housing and her Alzheimer's. I didn't realize how much she had declined between May 2023 (when she turned 70) and June 2024. It really sucks. I am hoping that the LTC Memory Care homes she has been on the shortlist for will come through--my sister, her caretaker, has vetted them--so we... [more]
posted by Kitteh to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 3:42 AM
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Heat domes aside, I onlly wish the summer solstice lasted a week before turning back. [view]
posted by y2karl to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 6:48 PM
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Posting late but have read through both this thread and the Questions one. I'm not seeing intersectionality being acknowledged or thought about either on the mods end or anything else I've read here. Considering that Metafilter has also had a very bad history with keeping members of color safe on this site, which made for some very slow and... [more]
posted by mxjudyliza to MetaTalk on Jul 11 at 5:36 AM
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well this has nothing to do with the topics but I think you should put Billie Eilish's Lunch on there because it's *F*U*N* [view]
posted by supermedusa to MetaTalk on Jul 7 at 10:46 AM
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So sorry to hear about your wife’s poor health, doctornemo. So hard for you both. Traditionally I tend to get sad on the summer solstice because I live at Sweden and now we are swinging back toward the darkness, which is really hard on me. I did not get really sad this year, which is an improvement. I am trying to enjoy the great amount of light we... [more]
posted by Bella Donna to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 1:23 PM
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Good luck, doctornemo. I hope the rest of the year is better for you, gentlyepigrams. [view]
posted by NotLost to MetaTalk on Jul 5 at 9:14 PM
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