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[MeFi Site Update] June 21st

Hello Metafilter! Happy summer/winter solstice! Please find another update on the state of the site. Reminder: I will be the only mod monitoring this thread so please be patient as I reply to your feedback and questions. If you have any questions or feedback not related to this particular update, please Contact Us instead. If you want to discuss a particular subject not covered here with the community, you’re welcome to open a separate MetaTalk thread for it.
posted by loup to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 1:44 PM
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Summer book bingo!

Let's fill out our Seattle Public Library's Summer Book Bingo cards together. You don't have to live in Seattle to do it; anywhere will work, with books in any language. We can give each other reading suggestions and encouragement here.
posted by The corpse in the library to MetaTalk on Jun 9 at 9:29 AM
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What's Wrong With The Guardian?

A moderator removed a link to the Guardian because of something about that paper's LGBTQ stance. This is the first I've heard. What caused this reaction from MetaFilter? It seems to have come up only now, but I cannot find anything in recent Guardian issues that might have prompted the action.
posted by CCBC to MetaTalk on Jun 8 at 2:41 PM
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May (we) Meetup in Melbourne?

May (we) meetup in Melbourne?
posted by initapplette to MetaTalk on May 1, 2008 at 3:55 PM
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Long-ago comment: close encounter with a serial killer, Vancouver?

I wonder if anyone can help me dig up an ancient comment, probably at least a dozen years old.
posted by tangerine to MetaTalk on Jun 16 at 9:45 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: I'm Gonna Do Something With It Eventually

As a kind of complement to last weekend's question, I want to know what thing/object/item has been sitting on your desk or a table or a shelf (or moved between various among them) for Objectively Too Long because dangit one of these days you're gonna get around to thing you were gonna do with it or use it for.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jun 12 at 5:13 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: Everybody needs a 🍲

You've traded in your magic (overthinking) beans, or you've managed to free a grateful food genie, or your foodie godmother has wielded her magic wand, or you've stumbled upon a hungry dragon's unguarded treasure ... anyway, the tl/dr is that now you have a fabulous enchanted plate that once a day will fill up with whatever dish you summon forth. So what will you be eating from your magical plate today? Oh, but just one more thing...
posted by taz to MetaTalk on May 29 at 6:15 AM
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I’m in support of paying people for their time and expertise. This seems very reasonable. [view]
posted by Concordia to MetaTalk on Jun 23 at 4:37 AM
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When I was 8 or 9 or so, I invented a holiday. It was on January 13 and it was called Robin's Day. The festivities consisted of the following: - try to get to see a robin on that day - bake a special bird-shaped pancake and use jam for the red breast - contemplate the nature of the robin and try to draw some life lessons from that. Mostly about... [more]
posted by Too-Ticky to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 1:38 PM
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Good lord, who pissed in everyone's cheerios? I am transgendered. I occasionally read the guardian. I have on a few occasions donated small amounts of money to them because I love their free model and I hate paywalls so much. I would cheerfully have gone on doing so had the OP not asked this question. I GOOGLED IT, and I am definitely not... [more]
posted by liminal_shadows to MetaTalk on Jun 8 at 7:18 PM
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Since I'm the very, very worst at remembering birthdays, anniversaries, all sorts of significant days, and even most holidays, barring xmas and new years, I'd make International Belated Wishes day, where one could legally totally make up for all their embarrassing oversights and send love and apologies and cupcakes to everyone accidentally slighted!... [more]
posted by taz to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 11:22 AM
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This is the first I've heard. It's been going on for a long time. What caused this reaction from MetaFilter? It seems to have come up only now, but I cannot find anything in recent Guardian issues that might have prompted the action. recent things from the guardian that are transphobic: 2 days ago: an op-ed alleging... [more]
posted by i used to be someone else to MetaTalk on Jun 8 at 3:25 PM
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Tangent, but I met Paul Bernardo when I was a teenage girl, right in the middle of his rape spree (brrr) and the encounter stood out because I felt ill for the entire brief conversation. I don't remember it as a smell though and he definitely was not a pig farmer. [view]
posted by warriorqueen to MetaTalk on Jun 17 at 6:01 AM
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I also know, from my other researches, that serial killers are associated with a particular smell. This was a hell of a sentence to just leave dangling there with no further elaboration. [view]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaTalk on Jun 17 at 11:30 AM
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Willie didn’t smell like pigs, he smelt like something that is nearly impossible to describe. If metal could rot, that would be the smell of it; it was tangy, it seemed charged with negative ions, it nearly made my eyes water, and it was physically repulsive in the extreme. Fascinating, Iris Gambol -- this is very, very similar to... [more]
posted by jamjam to MetaTalk on Jun 17 at 12:26 AM
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having a mefite label and stereotype people of color as the 'leading critics [of metafilter]' when they were actually invited to advise metafilter on how to make it a less racist place because of comments like this is a little too on the nose. [view]
posted by Karaage to MetaTalk on Jun 23 at 10:46 AM
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Also, I think there's an assumption by some people that everyone has the time to hang out on twitter chasing the latest outrage, or if you're an ally you have be a professional and always be 100% up on all the people who must be avoided at all times or you're a dirty pariah. As a transgendered person I do not expect everyone to know every thing... [more]
posted by liminal_shadows to MetaTalk on Jun 8 at 7:39 PM
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I really want to adopt the British tradition of bank holidays, which are days when everything closes down just so everyone can have a day off. I think we need more holidays where you don't feel like you should be honoring anything or commemorating anything or like maybe your cookout is insulting the war dead or being too patriotic or not patriotic... [more]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 6:43 PM
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GuyZero's 2009 FPP: "My date with Willy Pickton. Robert Pickton that is, Canada's most prolific serial killer." Wow. The 2009 FPP is a fascinating, harrowing read and yet, that thread is filled with abhorrent, dismissive, misogynistic comments. Metafilter has certainly changed for the better. [view]
posted by Ahmad Khani to MetaTalk on Jun 17 at 10:58 AM
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I did not know tea lights had anything to do with tea. [view]
posted by aniola to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 3:52 PM
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I have seen tea lights used for their intended drink purpose- at a fancy chocolate café, used to keep the mug of hot chocolate appropriately liquid, because it was mostly just melted chocolate. (It was yum but sooo rich. A bit too much.) Yay Solstice! I don't know whether it is my celtic roots, my science nerdery, or what, but I love the winter... [more]
posted by freethefeet to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 5:59 PM
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No matter how you slice it, yeah, I think shouting at people for asking what happened is an unhealthy move. I stepped in to say that because four or five people posting the same variation of YOU SUCK turns into a one-sided mob on metafilter pretty quickly. "so by the time this metatalk rolls around, it's been a rather tiresome... [more]
posted by liminal_shadows to MetaTalk on Jun 8 at 8:55 PM
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[Can I record the view that paying your leading critics ‘honoraria’ in return for coming on board really doesn’t look good? loup asked me to be a second set of eyes on this, because it's been flagged but also responded to, and I agree with them that this comment is a lousy framing on multiple fronts: paying people for their work whenever... [more]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jun 23 at 2:20 PM
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I would love to “reconfigure” the US Independence Day such that it is no longer celebrated with fireworks (by anyone, from individuals to cities). [view]
posted by obfuscation to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 11:43 AM
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GuyZero's 2009 FPP: "My date with Willy Pickton. Robert Pickton that is, Canada's most prolific serial killer." From that "date" link: Two: he stank to high heaven. My family has farms, I know what pigs and pig farming smell like, and I know what a shower can do for that. I also know, from my other researches, that... [more]
posted by Iris Gambol to MetaTalk on Jun 16 at 11:06 PM
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Can you share any details as to what has meaningfully changed as a result of decisions/advice made by the advisory board? [view]
posted by Karaage to MetaTalk on Jun 22 at 4:00 AM
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June is the month when I celebrate how many years it's been since someone could force me to play a sport. 41!!! [view]
posted by JanetLand to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 12:59 PM
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