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Don't be shy Mefi! Invite banner for non-members

Accessing metafilter while logged out for a couple of months on my work laptop and it's only today I finally noticed the narrow green banner at the top inviting me to join. I appreciate the site's commitment to a text-based calm UI but surely this can be boosted some more before it's a blinking pop-up with a stock photo woman urging you that hot singles are in your conversation now. Ditto for the sign up page - the call to action is a text link at the very bottom after a screen full of text. Can we be more welcoming/inviting for non-members?
posted by dorothyisunderwood to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 3:00 PM
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177: Good Soup

I accidentally wrote "make a podcast" on a colander instead of the calendar, so on the downside this episode is pretty late but on the upside it has been thoroughly rinsed. Is that anything? Can we do anything with that? Anyway, here's a podcast, it's about 90 minutes, and it involves me and Jessamyn getting off on at least a couple different tangents on the subject *of* getting off on tangents, so it's a very MetaFilter podcast indeed.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Oct 13 at 10:50 AM
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Did you mean to favorite that?

Tell me about the comment you made or answer you gave that got a lot of favorites that you didn't think was all that great.
posted by Kid Charlemagne to MetaTalk on Jan 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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[MeFi Site Update] September 27th

Hello Metafilter! We are back to regular site updates this week. Please find more details on the state of the site below. 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 Sep 27 at 3:34 PM
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I'd like to apologize for taking an unpleasant tone above in my response to Eyebrows McGee. It's not my goal to be perceived as a sarcastic bully, and I am sorry for coming off that way. I let my feelings get away with me. I regret it and am sorry for the negative tone. Speaking with a cooler head, there are some reasons for why I believe it is... [more]
posted by Miko to MetaTalk on Oct 14 at 4:36 PM
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Miko, your behavior here is pretty outrageous. I appreciate Eyebrows breaking this down in such detail, but it shouldn't have been necessary. I am not a legal expert at all, but I have been following these threads and not commenting when I don't know enough to contribute. Various members of the mod team have been saying the same thing for years,... [more]
posted by biogeo to MetaTalk on Oct 11 at 11:13 PM
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I joined earlier this year after a while of lurking on AskMe. What got me to join was the culture there - interesting and useful questions, thoughtful and thorough responses. Since joining, I've noticed that the culture on the Blue feels different. I'm often nervous about jumping into a discussion there. I can think of a few reasons this might... [more]
posted by chaiyai to MetaTalk on Oct 14 at 10:56 PM
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Y'all. I got news this week that a collection of poems I wrote won a small-press chapbook contest! This is unbelievable--I'm not a writer, but I've made some massive life changes over the past couple of years (namely punking off from everything to go goat farming) and allowing myself creative space has been a huge part of building a life no longer... [more]
posted by youarenothere to MetaTalk on Oct 16 at 3:01 PM
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There is a baseline level of disrespect for the traditions and culture of metafilter that comes from essentially shutting off metatalk, and it sucks and no amount of "it's the community's fault, actually" fixes or changes that. This is complete nonsense. The "traditions and culture" of Metafilter are not fixed. They... [more]
posted by biogeo to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 2:25 PM
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A conversation on the topic I had with my therapist this week. Me: I'm having so much fun planning for Christmas! I've started gift shopping, made a baking spreadsheet, its so nice! Therapist: That's great! In the past you've been having trouble being excited about the future, what do you think changed? Me: I got incredibly worried about the... [more]
posted by lepus to MetaTalk on Oct 16 at 8:26 AM
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[Here is a HARD NO on the idea of becoming a 501(c)3. "it's that it, like almost every other suggestion and proposal put forward over the years, clearly never met a receptive audience actively looking for solutions." This is something that we actively responded to over the course of several years. We were extremely... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Oct 11 at 9:48 PM
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Cheers for the time note, Eyebrows, and I hope your time with your sister is lovely! I'm very amenable to "Get MeFi to where it's a place which can be unreservedly recommended, without the self-inflicted grenades that always take a few users with & cause remaining people to go 'Ehhh, I don't know that I want to subject people to... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Oct 13 at 3:43 PM
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That wasn’t so hard, now was it? WTF? That’s astoundingly condescending. Don’t be that way. [view]
posted by The corpse in the library to MetaTalk on Oct 12 at 11:11 AM
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Yep, MeFi would have to make some changes to be incorporated differently. We get it; Mefi would rather die than change. That's a bullshit, bad faith interpretation. [view]
posted by signal to MetaTalk on Oct 12 at 4:52 AM
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The community, the conversation, is the core. Absolutely. concrete suggestions about productive modes of shared governance (or shared governance adjacent things) TLDR: 1) find out everyone's unmet needs 2) create tools for community meetings in metatalk 3) try out a process for change 4) shift moderator burden Sorry... [more]
posted by suedehead to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 12:26 PM
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I hit post before intending to, so let me flesh out the point I was trying to make: you can get really burned out on these discussions, especially when structural awareness of the points you're trying to make get lost and eroded in the shuffle. For me, I most recently took a long break because I was finding that I was so burnt out that I was... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 6:42 PM
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I would like to second kristi: the dismissiveness and contempt are why I post FPPs much more rarely than I once did. It is possible to handle discussions in which one is a marginalized person interacting with a largely majoritarian consensus without dipping into those keen little gotchas. I know this because I've been spending an increasing amount... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 6:06 PM
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["That wasn’t so hard, now was it?" I mean, no, given that we explained it five years ago.] [view]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Oct 11 at 10:00 PM
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When I buttoned on my previous, much longer-time account in 2016, membership was active and somewhat frenetic, with (imo) unprecedentedly heavy-handed moderation; the atmosphere of this space had become (I think I may be paraphrasing someone else in a MeTa from around that time) like a salon personally hosted by the mods in their home, with the mod... [more]
posted by dusty potato to MetaTalk on Oct 13 at 4:59 PM
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I appreciate the update and the time it took to lay that all out, especially given the frustrating reality with respect to the nonprofit status. I hadn't realized that the political aspect of the site raised such issues but of course that makes sense, especially because Metafilter is neither wholly apolitical nor dedicated to party politics. It... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Oct 12 at 5:22 AM
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Frankly, I think Miko is right to be frustrated. We've been hearing about mod burnout for years, then nothing changes, and the same burned out team is trying to make things limp along. Folks have been clamouring for a robust fundraising model beyond, "Hey we need cash to survive the next quarter." Fundraising when the donations are... [more]
posted by frecklefaerie to MetaTalk on Oct 13 at 10:44 AM
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chaiyai, thank you for your comments. You definitely captured why I feel discouraged from participating, and illuminated for me why I still participate in AskMe pretty often but have dialed back so much on the blue. So far this year, I've had 59 ideas for front page posts. I've posted 1. (Last year I posted 13.) The snark and disrespectful... [more]
posted by kristi to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 1:34 PM
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I'm looking forward to being able to walk properly again, a year out from breaking my knee. I'm REAAAAAAAAAAAALLY close; this week I was able to walk down stairs properly for the first time, instead of one-stepping it like a two-year-old; and I'm also getting close to being able to dance to "Iko Iko" in the kitchen. I still have the... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Oct 15 at 6:32 PM
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I'm a very infrequent poster, but Metafilter has been a regular part of my online world for what seems like forever, and I really want to see it survive. Like many here, I'm also a UX strategist. Personally I have extensive experience in both start-up product development and enterprise-level digital transformation projects, so I obviously have... [more]
posted by iivix to MetaTalk on Oct 14 at 4:09 PM
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