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Secret Quonsar 2019 THANK YOU!

Thrilled and honored to be the first to post a THANK YOU to -- I don't know who specifically, but the kind and generous soul who honored my request to be sent "anything made of dark chocolate that comes from their corner of the universe." I am now the very, very happy recipient of 6 glorious bars of superior dark chocolate from Toronto. I shall savor every bite.
posted by pjsky to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 8:54 AM
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🏝️ MetaDesertIslandPicks 📺

We're close to the end of the week, let's talk about something other than politics. Let's talk about your desert island picks. Choose one film, one book, one television series, one album, and one video-game/console to take with you while stranded on a desert island*. What are your choices? Assume the media you choose will never degrade and that you have a high definition television and a consistent source of power. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. ⠀ ⠀ *No trilogies.
posted by Fizz to MetaTalk on Nov 14 at 9:50 AM
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Ten Years on Metafilter!

Posting for ellieBOA: Ten years ago today, I finally joined MeFi after reading it for a while before, after seeing AskMe linked on Lifehacker. This site is one of my favourite places on the internet, and the online and offline friends I've made here are awesome. Thank you all for everything you put into this site, my life would be so different without it.
posted by taz to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 6:17 AM
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‘Guess My Word’

Metafilter favorite Guess My Word was out of commission for almost all of 2019. Now it’s back! (previously previously previously previously)
posted by bq to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 10:57 AM
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Hugging-Hugs thread - Holiday Preamble and Life Just Sucking Sometimes

So, I've been having A Time Of It at work, and could use moral support. I'm probably not alone. Also, there are those of us who have trouble with the holidays each year. Fortunately MeFi has come through for its own in the past; let's start another hugging hugs thread and speak up in here if we need pep talks (about work or otherwise), or give encouragement if we can.
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 8:16 AM
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Fanfare critical standards

The discussion of Joker on Fanfare includes a lot of comments that are flat-out negative. How much of that is allowed on fanfare? Has policy shifted to allow more of it?
posted by Cozybee to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 12:15 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: Back to basics

Good weekend, Mefites! For Metatalktails this week I'm wondering, have you gone back to basics in something lately? That is, something you'd been doing in the newfangled high tech way, but stopped, and went back to the old way of doing it?
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 8:46 PM
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Who here went to CTY?

This year is the 40th anniversary of CTY! The Center for Talented Youth, also known as "nerd camp," was a summer camp where high school students got to take college level courses. MetaFilter seems like the sort of place that probably has a higher-than-average percentage of alumns. Did you go?
posted by rednikki to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 8:01 AM
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The Great Mefi Cookie Swap 2019

Lovely mefities, Cookie Swapping Season is nigh! Sign up by December 1 to get in on all of this deliciousness.
posted by chara to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 6:42 AM
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MeFi Holiday Card Exchange

Who is up for sending more cards for the holidays? The link for the 2019 MeFi Holiday Card Exchange is within!
posted by needlegrrl to MetaTalk on Nov 7 at 6:34 PM
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secret quonsar 2019: sign-up thread

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Monday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Monday, December 2*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20.
posted by curious nu to MetaTalk on Nov 2 at 8:29 PM
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The Calm and Happy Peaceful Thread

It's been a tough week with tough news. I thought it might be useful to have a MeTa to share soul-replenishing websites and tools we use or go to in order to replenish our inner calm and equilbirium.
posted by WCityMike to MetaTalk on Oct 25, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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Murrrrrrder?

Earlier today after a passing a family while walking down the street I said to my wife, "The interesting question to me isn't why some people murder their children. It's why anyone doesn't murder their children" - I didn’t think comments about murdering any types of people were allowed, but this one still stands.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaTalk on Jan 3 at 12:26 PM
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We need to have a discussion about racism.

The cultural appropriation thread here went very, very poorly, and I think it highlights a pattern in ways we interact with people of color and talk about issues of race here on Metafilter that create a hostile environment for PoC. I want to bring up some of the tropes we saw in the FPP, and highlight them as specific suggestions as to what I need our community to do and be mindful of going forward, so we don't continue to alienate PoC on this website.
posted by Conspire to MetaTalk on Oct 22, 2015 at 6:33 PM
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Small pony: ongoing word count on Mefi posts

Since the site suggests you move content from the question to extended explanation once it hits 100 words, would it be possible to add a widget that shows you how many words are in your question currently (like Twitter does for character count)? That would have the added benefit of being able to warn a user when they are reaching their word limit within the 'post' page rather than requiring a click through to the 'preview post' section.
posted by softlord to MetaTalk on Nov 5 at 12:18 PM
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the delightful side of MetaFilter

Please share the MeFi post/discussion that has *delighted* you the most, in an irrepressible smile-inducing sort of way. It can be old or new, brief or epic, an FPP whose comments devolved into a series of terrible puns, an in-joke-filled post about your favorite show on FanFare, an Ask about naming a really cute pet, the IRL where you met your SO... whatever you've seen discussed or discovered by this community that has given you a frisson of sans schadenfreude delight, I'd love to see or be reminded of it, too. Here's to brighter days.
posted by amnesia and magnets to MetaTalk on Feb 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM
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FanFare New Post in My Fanfare

Would anyone else find it useful to have the media from posts you create in FanFare automatically added to My FanFare? For example, I recently posted episodes of The Morning Show to FanFare, and then had to add the show to My FanFare.
posted by ellieBOA to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 8:08 AM
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These are setting up to be the worst holidays ever. I lost my Dad suddenly last week and my brother's wife has maybe a couple weeks to live at this point (lung cancer) and certainly won't make it to the end of the year. We are not a big nuclear family - me, my brother, our spouses, mom and dad. So to see 2 out of the 6 of us go is just... [more]
posted by vacapinta to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 12:17 PM
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I am very lucky to be having a pretty good week and I have LOTS of hugs to give to anyone who'd like some. Take lots. There's plenty. Here's a bunch of hugs for you, wellred. I'm glad you didn't break anything! I hope you're feeling less achy, and I hope some of the pleasures of living alone remind you of how resourceful you are, and also how... [more]
posted by kristi to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 8:26 PM
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I could also use messages in MeMail. Putting the more personal stuff in a comment, and I'll be ending with something nice: Y'all, I HATE MY JOB. It's not what I'm best suited for, they keep trying to nudge me into stuff I am not good at (that wasn't part of the original job when I interviewed), and they're the kind of people who are very,... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 8:54 AM
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Whelp, I just pulled the kiddos out of what was going to be a week with family/friends at day 3 and drove the 5 hours home after my mom had the meltdown to end all meltdowns. My mom has issues. I'm not good at showing affection. That's fair. She took on too much with the kids because she doesn't know how to say no. I should have taken the... [more]
posted by RolandOfEld to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 12:54 PM
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This thread came along at the perfect moment for me. The holidays been bit rough since my mom passed away twenty years ago, but I've developed solid strategies to keep my spirits up. This year, though, I've finally had to accept that I have no real connection to my one sibling and their family, ie. my only first-and-second degree relatives.... [more]
posted by rpfields to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 9:56 AM
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I did have to smuggle my girlfriend of the time out of the church belltower several winters ago. It was her idea ("that belltower is very big and strong-looking"), I had a key and we had gone up there for {redacted} but I did not realise there was a evening carol service that day (I thought we were in the clear). We were, um,... [more]
posted by Wordshore to MetaTalk on Nov 9 at 3:10 PM
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I've been debating posting on this thread, but Mrs. Example once again said I should. Okay, this is a bit of a monologue, so settle in. See, about four years ago I was diagnosed with complex PTSD. (Largely resulting from all the things in this super-fun comment.) Usually I handle it pretty okay, or so I like to tell myself. I know what sets... [more]
posted by Mr. Bad Example to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 1:03 PM
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wow my efforts to keep the conversation focused on the question in general and not the specifics of the book I hate really backfired huh. my bad, in retrospect I should have seen that coming. Wobbuffet's first thought was right, it's The Name of the Wind (and boy am I happy someone else's first thought for meandering pile of sexist garbage was... [more]
posted by Cozybee to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 8:20 PM
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Dude you can't tease us like that. What's the book? I am in such a state of curiosity now that I will literally die if you don't say what it is. [view]
posted by Acheman to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 12:28 PM
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I started taking an anti seizure medication for a debilitating nerve condition that I am, by most accounts, ‘too young’ to have. Within two hours of taking it I got relief. I’m so mad the doctor tried to talk me out of taking it. He did that because I’m of child bearing age and it jumps the risk of one kind of birth defect from .1% to between .2... [more]
posted by bilabial to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 7:54 PM
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This week was the one year anniversary of rtha's death. I miss her deeply and constantly and grief sucks. Sending hugs out to all of you and thank you to the mefites who have reached out over the last year, even if I haven't responded to you. [view]
posted by gingerbeer to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 9:24 PM
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On the subject of this week's topic: I've gone back to running. I took a break because I just wasn't in that mental space the last few months but now I'm back at it and feeling good. I was going for long walks but had stopped my running. It feels so nice to return to form. Soooo, not related to this week's topic but something I want to share... [more]
posted by Fizz to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 9:07 PM
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We were, um, rudely interrupted by the sounds of many people singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" from beneath us, which was ... offputting. What am I misunderstanding? It sounds like it ought to have been encouraging. [view]
posted by aws17576 to MetaTalk on Nov 9 at 9:16 PM
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I used to be married to a person who was the default coffee maker in our house, and his methods were, to my sensibilities, pointlessly and exasperatingly exacting. As in, weighing the water and coffee to the gram, taking the temperature of the water, timing the steep with his Apple watch, etc. Admittedly it was really good coffee, but it took half... [more]
posted by HotToddy to MetaTalk on Nov 17 at 11:20 AM
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I'm doing so well without anxiety meds. No I'm not. My job is great. They'll fire me soon i'm sure. Mom and Dad came to the big pottery sale and met people! What kind of adult introduces their parents to their bosses i'm such a fool. My coworker said my mom was really sweet! She's making fun of me I'm sure Mom even hugged my assistant manager and... [more]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to MetaTalk on Nov 13 at 8:43 PM
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Any Mefite who needs it is offered the sensation of a small foxy-looking chi-terrier coming to settle delicately on your lap and put his head down on your leg trustingly and sigh the sigh of chi-terrier woes being laid down and immediately fall asleep and begin snoring tiny snores while keeping your lap the perfect warm temperature on a chilly fall... [more]
posted by praemunire to MetaTalk on Nov 14 at 11:39 AM
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I participate in the SNL threads on FanFare and they are a mix of people who love and hate the show in a lot of ways. But the thing that seems to keep the comments on track is that they are there for the conversation and to talk about things. They don't just show up and say "Blarg, I hate this guy, fuck this show" but they're more like... [more]
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 12:48 PM
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There's never been a mandate on having only positive comments in Fanfare. [view]
posted by flatluigi to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 12:22 PM
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I'll talk a little about how I see this. In general, I think Fanfare discussions are meant to be: [a] for people who have actually seen/read/etc the work, not just seen the ads and decided the thing is bad, and [b] for people who think it's worth discussing, not just "who cares" or "nobody should pay attention to this", and [c]... [more]
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 12:38 PM
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