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Metatalktail Hour: A Dagwood Special

Happy weekend, friends! Today's Metatalktail hour topic is simply, "favorite sandwich?" What is it and how do you make it? Bonus points for weird!
posted by taz to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 2:05 AM
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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?
posted by Zumbador to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 7:39 AM
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Metatalktail Hour: If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady ...

So ... just based on your innate skills, talents, interests, and preferences, and other odd little clues and coincidences that have popped up along the way this trip around, you are pretty sure that in a previous life, you must have been _______.
posted by taz to MetaTalk on Sep 24 at 2:50 AM
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Your video games of 2021

We don't have games on Fanfare, so let's chat about them here! They don't have to be your greatest, or anything that came out this year, I'd just like to hear about what you played and what it meant to you.
posted by curious nu to MetaTalk on Dec 3, 2021 at 5:16 PM
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Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Long

User 292 speaks with user 15348 on the podcast Reimagining The Internet about the past, present, and future of MetaFilter.
posted by terrapin to MetaTalk on Sep 7 at 10:22 AM
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Metafilter does Adult ADHD

I know I've come across many good answers, comments, posts and questions about adult diagnoses of ADHD. Do you have any in your memory banks or favorited, followed or flagged you could share with me?
posted by Grandysaur to MetaTalk on Jun 6 at 11:36 AM
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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?
posted by warriorqueen to MetaTalk on May 30 at 11:50 AM
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Snark Less, Post More

We’d all benefit if there was more posting on Metafilter, even if it wasn’t perfect. It’d help if it wasn’t often so discouraging to submit posts, though. Here are some thoughts on how we could achieve this.
posted by adrianhon to MetaTalk on Jan 14, 2021 at 4:08 PM
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Today I learned that TFA doesn't stand for "the full article." [view]
posted by The Underpants Monster to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 11:16 AM
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I think that the high emotional "charge" has kind of leaked out of the term over time, and now it's just shorthand without much or any subtext. [view]
posted by wenestvedt to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 7:52 AM
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I suspect it originated with Usenet or similar, where users asking questions that could be answered in documentation were told to RTFM, or Read the Fucking Manual. And it became "Y'all I RTFM but I couldn't find the answer," and it's a similar trajectory with RTFA. Kind of like "tl;dr" started out as an admonition: Too Long,... [more]
posted by chesty_a_arthur to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 7:58 AM
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In high school I started a joke religion that was like the one-electron theory but for people, where reincarnation can go backwards in time and there's just one soul pinging around. Which means I'm pretty sure I've been all of you weirdos. [view]
posted by nebulawindphone to MetaTalk on Sep 24 at 7:44 AM
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It started as a bit of a scoldy note ("people are clearly asking questions about this situation that TFA answers"); I've also seen it used as a defense ("I did read TFA but I still didn't get it and have further questions"). I think the neutral use you're seeing is more of a tongue-in-cheek reference to that stronger... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 7:47 AM
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> a joke religion that was like the one-electron theory but for people hello I wish to subscribe to your church newsletter, fully understanding that I have already have done so [view]
posted by miles per flower to MetaTalk on Sep 24 at 12:31 PM
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When evaluating a curse word for hostile intent you have to look at the whole comment. One swallow doesn't make a summer, one F doesn't make an anger. [view]
posted by bleep to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 9:27 AM
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Transition Team members It's probably obvious, but I just want to make it clear that there is no longer a Transition Team. We were officially disbanded as of August 31st. No idea what the other former members of the TT are doing, but I personally am sipping mimosas and sangria in the backyard and will not be taking any questions... [more]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaTalk on Sep 22 at 1:25 PM
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I was once told by my therapist that most people that have backgrounds like mine usually end up in a mental hospital or in prison. So, all things considered, this is the best of all possible worlds for me. [view]
posted by SPrintF to MetaTalk on Sep 24 at 10:00 AM
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tl;dr: it's not necessarily grumpy anymore. [view]
posted by chesty_a_arthur to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 8:00 AM
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If I believed in past lives, I'd believe that I was some kind of sea creature in the past. Because when I am in the sea, I feel at home. And all my best dreams are of being in the sea. A mamal, or a bird, probably. An otter? Or a penguin. In other news, I've spent the past few weeks being sick. A couple of weeks of what was probably flu, a... [more]
posted by Zumbador to MetaTalk on Sep 24 at 9:03 PM
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OP is a Redditism for “Original Poster”, referring to the person who made the post. It typically does not refer to the post, or any linked article. Using OP to mean Original Poster and/or Original Post predates the existence of Reddit. [view]
posted by jacquilynne to MetaTalk on Sep 27 at 9:11 AM
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And of course, DTMFA means “Delete The Mostly Finished Article”. [view]
posted by umber vowel to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 4:33 PM
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Ye gods, I hate all those little acronyms and abbreviations. I don't know if it's just me, but I cannot ever remember what they mean, not even the ones used in my job. Every single day I find myself looking them up, and you can guarantee I'll forget them again in minutes. I confuse WFH with WTF and the WWF (either of them). When I see NGL, I have... [more]
posted by pipeski to MetaTalk on Sep 27 at 7:01 AM
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You can just use "OP" for "Original Post" instead OP is a Redditism for “Original Poster”, referring to the person who made the post. It typically does not refer to the post, or any linked article. [view]
posted by zamboni to MetaTalk on Sep 25 at 6:46 AM
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Frankly, I think it's really unrealistic for someone to post on a (basically) free, (basically) open to the world Q&A forum and expect only thoughtful and correct answers that take the entire question into account. I think the vast, vast majority of us try really hard to give good answers, but at the end of the day almost everyone here... [more]
posted by primethyme to MetaTalk on Sep 12 at 1:26 PM
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ehh, sounds like work. [view]
posted by Greg_Ace to MetaTalk on Sep 25 at 2:43 PM
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I have never used it; I think it's mean. - I recognize that people may have limited bandwidth - I know the original intent of the acronym - I know that some people will interpret it as testy - I don't want to come across as impatient because I value patience - I know there are people who will beat themselves up for not having read the... [more]
posted by aniola to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 6:40 PM
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I also have some romantic notions of a monastic life. Vita contemplativa! What's not to love (apart from those vows of obedience and poverty and the whole organized religion aspect). I went to Mont-Saint-Michel for a vacation once, a destination picked by a friend. While she spent her days exploring the salt marshes and mudflats, I went to the... [more]
posted by sohalt to MetaTalk on Sep 24 at 8:58 AM
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Even when I first encountered "TFA" (or it's counterpart, "RTFM"), there were people claiming (tongue fully in cheek) that it meant "The Featured Article" (and "Read the Fine Manual"). I think there's a group of people who came online later, or by different paths, who have picked up the usage without the... [more]
posted by yuwtze to MetaTalk on Sep 23 at 8:05 AM
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