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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 at 4:08 PM
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Tiny Text - Please Stop

Can I respectfully ask the metafilter community to not so frequently use tiny text font?
posted by NotTheRedBaron to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 6:00 PM
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Team Metafilter on Kiva

Did you know that Metafilter is one of Kiva's biggest-ever lenders? Here's a team update, and a call for you to help the team lend even more.
posted by mynameisluka to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 4:07 PM
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Fuck fuck scary fuck

Very scary right now and here is a place where we can be scared.
posted by rue72 to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 5:44 PM
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Dry January, Post-Inaugural Mulligan

Were you intending to engage in the practice known as Dry January? Were you derailed by [gestures broadly at everything]? Anyone up for giving it another shot starting January 21st, the day after Inauguration February 1st?
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaTalk on Jan 11 at 5:58 PM
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New merch! Shirts, stickers, and magnets!

We talked about this in the run-up to the Gala, so: let's start off 2021 with some new merch! We've got new designs up, available as shirts on Neatoshop and as magnets and stickers on Teepublic, so if you've been looking for something MeFi-centric to drape over your mortal form or stick to your laptop or fridge or car or whatever the heck this is your lucky day.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jan 8 at 12:54 PM
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4th Annual Metafilter Valentine Mail Exchange!

It's that dreary time of year that requires extra love and love related puns to get through. Come exchange some Valentines!
posted by the primroses were over to MetaTalk on Jan 10 at 4:10 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: The Past Is a Different Country

Good .... someday evening, MetaFilter? Time has no meaning. Anyway, this week, I want to hear about what things were totally normal when you were a child or teenager, that would be SUPER BIZARRE now. Like, if you're an American, was there still a senior smoking lounge when you were in high school?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Sep 26, 2020 at 10:17 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: Bad at Life

Happy weekend, MetaFilter! This week, as per jessamyn's request, the topic is, "Honestly, Eyebrows, you sit in the house all day and you've been tripping over five baskets of clean laundry waiting to be sorted for the last three weeks: What is your deal?"
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Oct 16, 2020 at 8:22 PM
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Hello haystack.

Looking for a needle. Back in 2004/2005, there was a response on Ask MeFi (I think) in which the commenter explained how he had made peace with/improved his life. I recall him saying that he just woke up one morning and decided to start doing more to help out around the house (i.e., washing dishes, doing things with his children, etc.).
posted by ajr to MetaTalk on Dec 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM
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Crouton Petting Over IP

crouton petting, n.
1. the state of feeling or expressing an anthropomorphized fondness, affection, or compassion for inanimate objects
2. the state of just literally petting some actual croutons
MetaFilter has only been able to accommodate that first definition (cf. this discussion among others)...until now. Thanks to recent improvements in both baking and recombinant genetics, we're happy to announce the opening of the world's first interactive Crouton Petting Zoo.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Apr 1, 2019 at 2:31 AM
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I have defeated the shark game

Many moons ago, the shark game was posted on the Blue. (Also, 2, 3) I had never played a clicker game before, but I played. And I played a lot and then I left it for a few months. And then I got pregnant. Being pregnant takes forever and involves a lot of waiting, so somehow early in the pregnancy I stumbled upon the idea of a pregnancy project in which I would get "lots" of everything and have everything going up by "lots per second" by the time baby game. Baby is 22 months old and I have succeeded. Thanks for nearly two years of purpose-to-my-life, Metafilter and boo_radley.
posted by If only I had a penguin... to MetaTalk on Mar 10, 2019 at 6:03 PM
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Two tips to be successful at work

I can't remember which colour board it was on, but there was a post/comment outlining two complementary attitudes/behaviours that were expected by bosses and enacted in the workplace by employees who were seen to be playing the game right. They were about performing what is asked without quibble.
posted by Thella to MetaTalk on Jan 10 at 1:20 AM
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Metatalktail Hour: Speaking of the mail....

More than usual, people are interacting via the post office, various delivery services, and sometimes becoming their own delivery services. I'd like to talk about the mail (since postal trivia is one of my nerdy interests). Tell me a story about the mail, or delivery of some kind, past, present, or future.
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Jan 10 at 4:47 PM
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Gently petting a salad crouton?

What does the phrase "crouton-petter" mean? I've seen it mentioned a few times lately, but I can't figure it out from context. Thanks!
posted by Blazecock Pileon to MetaTalk on Jan 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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I finally got up the nerve to make a post to the blue last year after more than a decade on this site and couldn't believe that a few of the comments were basically like "who cares" - on a topic that I found both quite interesting and underexposed and worked hard to make an interesting post on. Can't say that make me that keen to post... [more]
posted by urbanlenny to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 7:17 PM
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So many worried/anxious people turning to their spouse for reassurance and mine (Comrade Doll), who is Romanian, is all "You are never more than six hours of fuckery from ending up in a van with a bag over your head." [view]
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 9:10 AM
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Also, mash that 'add to favourite' button to give the poster the shot of dopamine they're after [view]
posted by Fiasco da Gama to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 5:19 PM
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I've been too tired to have any emotions at all about any of this. I feel like one day, if I survive long enough to ever not be exhausted again, all of the fear will hit at once and I will suddenly freak out for what seems like no reason in August 2035. [view]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 6:50 PM
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Just chiming in to say how discouraging it is to me to see it happen to OTHER people, aside from my own posts. A post to MetaFilter is a gift from one of us to all of us. It's fine if that gift is not to any individual's liking, and indeed if an individual has a gift of their own to share with us in the form of thoughtful criticism, that's... [more]
posted by kristi to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 5:49 PM
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I believe we're going to have a civil war. Maybe it'll start this week, maybe this year, maybe ten years from now... but the situation keeps devolving. People keep getting more violent. It feels like we're living in parallel universes. How can a fundamental conflict like that be resolved, except with killing and death? The survivor will determine... [more]
posted by rue72 to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 2:55 PM
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One weird thought I keep going back to is that during previous crises, even worse ones, there must have also been people who had to carry on with the mundane business of their jobs to survive. Like, there must have been say, clerks who had to keep trudging to the shop during the London Blitz who had to walk through rubble, put on a smock and be... [more]
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 8:35 AM
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An Indonesian colleague and his wife, child, cousin, and mother were all killed in the Sriwijaya crash on Saturday. It is very strange and scary, and it's been interesting watching how quickly the plane crash totally disappeared from conversation. One of the many things I resent about the US over the past few years is how myopic it's made me. I... [more]
posted by ChuraChura to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 7:35 AM
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I can't stop imagining the parallel universe where the invaders were a little more organized, or the police didn't evacuate the chambers in time, and the world ended up watching in horror as lawmakers were strung up on the Capitol lawn or executed live on the House floor, with the White House ominously silent the whole time. Almost as bad is... [more]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 6:14 PM
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I'm totally blind, and support the OP's ask 100%. Some better mechanism needs to be provided to separate moderator comments from the rest, though I guess the "Staff,"label beneath them helps a bit. As a point of interest, I had no idea until tonight that the comment text was in any different for mods or anyone else, because my screen... [more]
posted by Alensin to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 9:26 PM
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some of the criticism is intended to keep high standards. (I recognize your next statement says don't be snarky, so this is me taking the above statement as a launching point, not constructing a straw man that you're advocating for being snarky.) Over the past 4 years as the site's contracted due to various factors (politics being an... [more]
posted by Candleman to MetaTalk on Jan 16 at 10:47 PM
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I'm scared, too. I live a mile and a half from my state's capitol building. I'm scared too. I work in my state's capitol building. [view]
posted by JanetLand to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 5:50 AM
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Thumbs up from me (speaking just as a user not as some sort of mod-pronouncement). I've really appreciate your contributions here adarianhon, and I, too, sometimes feel jabbed when someone just has some sort of drive-by snark about my post's topic, especially if they haven't even read the link. It's been a super rough year which means I've tried to... [more]
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 4:38 PM
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Maybe instead of asking mefites to do their own coding people could just stop messing with font sizes? Because I legit don't understand the suggestions of inserting CSS (maybe most people know what that means but I sure don't) and having to install stuff just to make reading a text-based site slightly easier is frankly frustrating. I like... [more]
posted by NotTheRedBaron to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 8:13 PM
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So right after I wrote that I go to the liquor store. I can't get a psychiatric appointment. I'm looking at cheap vodka and there is an employee stocking shelves and she is putting things in the wrong place when this guy with a ZZTop beard comes in with no mask. Employee says hey you can't and he calls her a nazi fascist and leaves. There are... [more]
posted by Mr. Yuck to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 2:51 PM
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For years, the joke about my Dad has been that he has more lives than the kitten room at the shelter I volunteer at. His "minor" MI that he waited to go to the hospital for because he didn't want to wake mom turned into a 5 vessel CABG. The funky looking patch that they didn't want to take because it didn't look like his normal yearly... [more]
posted by jacy to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 7:24 PM
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I wouldn't want anyone to unnaturally hold back from criticising links, or even posting well-crafted snark (it's often really funny!), but ultimately this comes from the observation that at least for me, the one thing that really holds me back from posting more is when people come into a thread and basically say "lol this is trash, what a... [more]
posted by adrianhon to MetaTalk on Jan 15 at 2:11 AM
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Still, Trump told an angry, armed mob that Pence was the person standing between him and victory and then sent them to where Pence was. And a number of the rioters/terrorists literally said they were there to hang Mike Pence. And Pence's wife and children were in the capitol as well, so if those people had succeeded in hanging Pence, they would... [more]
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs to MetaTalk on Jan 13 at 11:39 AM
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I'm still terrified. I hear you and see you and wish you strength, too. We may get through this to the other side of Trump, but it has not been a good week. When an unhinged, looney-tuned traitor who relayed live intelligence to terrorists about Pelosi's location can still walk through metal detectors in the Capitol with her bag of toys, in... [more]
posted by They sucked his brains out! to MetaTalk on Jan 12 at 6:20 PM
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You know the bizspeak phrase "bandwidth"? Ex. "I don't have the bandwidth for that." My bandwidth is like 14.4 k dialup now. [view]
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaTalk on Jan 14 at 9:05 AM
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