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Metatalktail Hour: Mixups and mistaken identity

This weekend, Tehhund wants to hear about mixups and cases of mistaken identity. Has anyone ever mistaken you for someone else, or vice versa? Or maybe your email address or username got confused with someone else's so you got messages intended for them? What happened? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 8, 2020 - 129 comments

MetatalkTails: Botanical bounty

Hello weekend Mefites! This week for Metatalktails, I'm thinking about plants. Plants are pretty great. Do you have any recent plants in your life, or memorable plant facts/stories? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 1, 2020 - 58 comments

MetaTalktail Hour: technology is cool

This weekend, I'm thinking about little ways that technology is cool. Yes there are lots of negatives about technology and we talk about that a lot on this site... but alongside that, there are a lot of cool things. Is there any tech thing we have that strikes you that way, where you just think, hey that's pretty amazing? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 18, 2020 - 94 comments

Site finances update, 1/15/2020

Hey folks, time for a quarterly update on how the site's doing financially, and a reminder that the direct financial support of MetaFilter's membership and readers is fundamental to keeping this place operational. Your help supporting this community is vital, and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 15, 2020 - 0 comments

Metatalktail Hour: office supply confessions

Hello weekend! Tonight I’m wondering, do you feel the magic of the office supply aisle at the store? Is there a particular stationery item that speaks to you? Do you covet fancy pens or have a rubber band ball? Let’s hear it. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 11, 2020 - 106 comments

Flight PS752 Check in

Hello all, This is a check in post for those affected by the recent flight PS752 disaster. [more inside]
posted by Ahmad Khani on Jan 11, 2020 - 3 comments

Australian Mefites and the bushfires

Hey fellow Aussie Mefites - how are you holding up with the bushfires (and the resulting heat/smoke)? Are you in need of assistance? Let's check in. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 2, 2020 - 40 comments

Metatalktail Hour: open thread and drinks

Happy weekend Mefites! Come in and tell us how things are with you. Also wondering, what are your favorite cold weather or hot weather or special occasion beverages?
posted by LobsterMitten on Dec 28, 2019 - 49 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Chore list

This is a big week of logistics in my household; a lot of stuff needs to get done, moved, cleaned, put away, taken out, packed, wrapped, boxed, swept, etc. Minor headaches but also sort of enjoyable getting things done like that. Are there household chores you secretly enjoy or have a secret talent for? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Dec 21, 2019 - 65 comments

How about an update conversation on the post megathread era?

It seems to me that the change has been a positive good for Metafilter. Change being the doing away with the Megathreads. Even the sidebar has stopped moving. What are your thoughts?
posted by Mrs Potato on Dec 16, 2019 - 100 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Funny story...

Like many people, ninazer0 has had a tough time lately, and requests fellow Mefites to please share their "silliest, most pants-wetting, side-splitting moments" for Metatalktails this week. Come on in with your silly or funny stories or just to say hi. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Dec 14, 2019 - 60 comments

Metatalktail Hour:

This week, for Metatalktails, signal suggests: name one or more things that you love and none or few other people know about or appreciate. Basically, a little thing you hold close to your heart. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Dec 7, 2019 - 105 comments

Would MetaFilter be a better place without relentless negativity?

I'm increasingly concerned about the effects of insistently negative comments on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 29, 2019 - 187 comments

Open thread, and words we like

For some Mefites it's Thanksgiving today, which can mean travel and family etc (or not). For everyone else it's just midweek. So here's an open chit-chat thread where we can celebrate what we're thankful for, or take refuge and gripe about traffic and family, or alternatively, celebrate its not being a holiday and gripe about regular midweek nonholiday stuff. I really like the word "blustery", do you have a word you like?
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 28, 2019 - 83 comments

MetaTalktail Hour: Mefite Juvenilia

This weekend's topic is from J.K. Seazer: What art or other self-expression did you do as a kid? Angsty poetry? Steamy slash fiction? Garage bands? Cartoons? Minecraft servers? Tell us all about it!
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 23, 2019 - 63 comments

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? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 16, 2019 - 77 comments

Metatalktail Hour: A Plan Comes Together

This week for Metatalktails, I want to hear about some little triumphs. Like when you finally got to use that thing you'd set up for just this occasion. What are your stories of a time when preparation really paid off, or a plan came together in a satisfying way? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 9, 2019 - 77 comments

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! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Nov 7, 2019 - 85 comments

MeFites for the Holidays

Continuing a tradition started by filthy light thief this thread is a place for MeFites to connect for the holidays. [more inside]
posted by maurice on Nov 3, 2019 - 4 comments

MetaPumpkins

Fizz suggests: let's have a thread where we can share our Halloween pumpkin carving photos! [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 31, 2019 - 32 comments

Thank you!!!

My dearest mefites: back in August, I asked for the favor of encouragement from the community to get through a difficult exam. I’m so pleased to report that I PASSED STEP 2 CS! I get to graduate from medical school this December! [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 16, 2019 - 117 comments

Site finance update, 10/16/19

Here's a first quarterly update on where we're at with site revenue and expenses. We've made some progress from where we were this summer; your help in funding the site is a fundamental part of that. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 16, 2019 - 0 comments

Rolling out some updated site documentation

We're updating some site documents today to better reflect contemporary MetaFilter.  Today's updates include the New User pages that potential new community members move through when signing up, the site's core guidelines page, and a new document discussing common microaggressions and being mindful about the impact of dominant-culture dynamics on a diverse membership.  I'll talk in more detail about all that below the fold. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 14, 2019 - 108 comments

Hey, like wow, thank you all!

Can I just say that the Blue has been amazing lately and I've been having a lot of fun with the diversity of posts. And by diversity, I can't even begin to describe, but if you've been watching the Blue you know what I mean. Thank you, all of you, for your posts! I'm sure I'm not the only member who has felt delighted by something unexpected... So yay!
posted by hippybear on Sep 4, 2019 - 19 comments

Site finance snapshot, August 2019

It's a little over a month since the State of the Site post where I talked about our current revenue shortfall, and as part of a goal of moving toward more regular financial updates I wanted to give a quick snapshot of where we are now. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 19, 2019 - 232 comments

A favor from the community

Hello, mefites. I could use a favor: messages of encouragement. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 4, 2019 - 111 comments

Happy 20th Anniversary, MetaFilter

MetaFilter, that weird blue site (and, yep, we've finally turned it blue again), is 20 years old today.

It's a thrilling and boggling and remarkable and ungainly and heartening number. I've had trouble figuring out what the thing is that I want to say about the site today, and I've realized the problem is there's no one thing. MetaFilter is too complex, its history too complicated, to reduce to a tidy anecdote.

But I want to talk a little about what it means to me, and what I want it to aspire to, and to reflect a little bit on this twenty year milestone on an unsteady world wide web. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 14, 2019 - 234 comments

State of the Site, July 2019 update

Hey, folks. It's been about a year since our last State of the Site update, and I want to let you know where things are at and where we're headed. The site turns 20 years old in a few days, which is a hell of an internet milestone. Financially, I wish I had better news: our ad revenue has dropped significantly again, and we're running at a significant monthly shortfall. This has underscored for me the need to seriously push toward the goal of making MetaFilter a fully community-funded site. Come inside and I'll talk more about our revenue picture, our short- and long-term fundraising goals, and some of where the site and community and mods are at more generally as we head on into the future. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 10, 2019 - 1236 comments

Following up on last month’s discussions: medium and long-term work

First, check out this other post today for necessary context and the immediate-term actions that the mod team is taking. This additional post is a roadmap for the future changes that we are considering, actions we have planned but haven't finished implementing yet, and some site issues that are not as directly related to the previous threads but tie into this process regardless. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 8, 2019 - 84 comments

Following up on last month’s discussions: immediate actions and planning

Let's talk about how the MetaFilter community can be a more welcoming, comfortable, and equitable place for our non-white members. It's work that's overdue, from the moderation team and the community in general. There's a lot of context here, so read below before commenting. And it's vital that the voices at the center of this discussion are the community members with the most direct stakes in these issues, so if you're a member of the site's white demographic majority, you need to mostly be listening rather than speaking. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 8, 2019 - 222 comments

FeelGoodFilter

I’m here to propose that we pursue a season of fun and non-controversial posts on MetaFilter. Let’s fill up the Blue with the interesting, the comedic, the curious, the lengthy disclosure… the topics which are posted to share something groovy and/or interesting and not posted to stir up the grar. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 26, 2019 - 46 comments

How much do we make?

Between the discussion of the average American and the previous FPP about parental aid and class and the discussion of grocery cashiers in another thread leading to a comment from a person to the effect of not feeling like a real MeFite because of salary, I've been thinking about class on MeFi. What is the range of incomes and class experiences here? Where are we, collectively, coming from? And how can we handle things better when we discuss class? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Mar 8, 2019 - 246 comments

Just Share Something Good

It's been a difficult week. Let's talk about something that isn't related to the news or a source of the never ending stream of nightmare fuel we encounter on the rest of the web. Just share something good with the MetaFilter community. We all could do with a story that brings a smile, or a laugh. Maybe share a photo of a cute pet or baby, or tell us about that slice of pie you enjoyed, whatever it is, just share something good. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. We're all on this rock together.
posted by Fizz on Mar 7, 2019 - 128 comments

MetaGiving

The holidays are here and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it's a time where people often spend money buying gifts for friends and family. I thought it would be cool to have a place where we might think of others. It'd be nice if we could share some links to places on the web, local organizations and communities that we can donate money to. It would signal boost these places and provide an opportunity to share some joy with others less fortunate than ourselves.
posted by Fizz on Dec 6, 2018 - 33 comments

Metatalktails: Alternative Holiday Traditions

Hello friends. Eyebrows McGee is taking a much-needed nap, so I'm here instead this week. Tonight, I want to hear about your alternative holiday traditions. For any holiday at all -- do you celebrate it differently, in a good way? Did your family have a tradition you belatedly realized was just done by you? Did your holiday alternative ever go hilariously wrong? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 17, 2018 - 120 comments

Secret Quonsar 2018: Thank You Thread

Let the happiness and niceness continue! (This is the official 2018 Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread.)
posted by theappleonatree on Nov 17, 2018 - 661 comments

MeFi Holiday Card Exchange

The link for the MeFi Holiday Card Exchange is within! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Nov 15, 2018 - 75 comments

MeFi Holiday Card Exchange Planning

Who's up for sending more cards for the holidays? (Or receiving!) I plan on coordinating another card exchange this year, if there is interest - I enjoyed receiving cards from MeFites so much last year! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Nov 8, 2018 - 62 comments

Metatalktails: Seasonal Treats

Wordshore wants to know, as temperatures drop and nights lengthen in the Northern Hemisphere, with the opposite happening in the Southern half, what treats (not just food) of the season are you most looking forward to, or enjoying now? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 3, 2018 - 106 comments

secret quonsar 2018: Let the Niceness begin!

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Sunday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Saturday, December 1*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20. [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 31, 2018 - 217 comments

Support and check in for trans, non-binary, pan and GQ people.

This week in the news sucked and it's been all too easy to lose sleep over it. How are you? (Hugs, headpats and venting inside.)
posted by loquacious on Oct 23, 2018 - 90 comments

secret quonsar 2018: Let's Plan!

Friends! It is October and it's time to plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange (Read About it on the Wiki). [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 17, 2018 - 104 comments

What's made you laugh recently?

It's been a pretty stressful week, and I can't be the only person who feels like they went ten rounds with a particularly exhausting Tower of Terror. So I'm looking for reasons to laugh, be it bitter black humor, all encompassing joyful bellows, groan-worthy puns, or simple funniness. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Oct 2, 2018 - 51 comments

Argument clinic: modes of discussion

Discussions on MetaFilter have many modes. Sometimes we use a front page post (FPP) or other MeFites' comments as a prompt for sharing stories or related ideas. Sometimes we disagree about an issue raised in the FPP and explore that disagreement. Sometimes we collectively squee over cute animals. In some cases, the same topic can be discussed in more than one mode, and sometimes a single thread moves between different modes of discussion, or even can carry multiple modes of discussion at once. This fluidity can be a creative driver of conversation, but it can also lead to tension or fights if the topic of conversation is a difficult one. Let's discuss how we discuss on MetaFilter, to keep our discussions healthy and enjoyable! [more inside]
posted by biogeo on Aug 1, 2018 - 23 comments

User 7418 talking about online communities on Techdirt podcast

The guest on this week's Techdirt podcast is Mefi's own user 7418. The subject is Building Communities Outside Facebook.
posted by COD on Jul 24, 2018 - 5 comments

MetaSnackFilter

Let's lighten the mood. It's the end of the week and I want to hear about something fun and not about politics. Tell me about a really awesome snack/food you just ate. What you eating?
posted by Fizz on Jul 19, 2018 - 187 comments

What Are You Making Now 2: Electric Boogaloo

Hey everyone! This seems like as good a time as any for another “show us a thing you’ve made lately” post. Are you sewing something awesome? Steadfastly baking even in the atrocious heat? Running a role playing campaign? Organizing a community for a better world? It’s time to proudly show off your creations against. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jul 8, 2018 - 132 comments

MetaHelpfulNewPostsAdvice

Earlier today in a thread, there was a comment from Quackles:
“I know this is slightly off-topic, but as someone who hasn't made a post on MetaFilter yet, do you have any advice on what to consider, uh... worthy? I suspect I am beset by the same anxiousness.”
I know that we have the FAQ (lots of helpful advice in there), but I thought it'd be nice to just have a place to discuss how to ease into making a first post. People can share their tips, their suggestions, their own experiences making a post, finding out it was a double, or how some posts just don't fly and how some just take off into weird and wonderful places. General MetaHelpfulness with putting something out there for the community to engage with. Please share if you feel so inclined.
posted by Fizz on Jul 6, 2018 - 49 comments

Argument clinic: arguing without fighting

Arguments are fun. Fights aren't. What makes a good argument, and how do we avoid turning them into fights? [more inside]
posted by biogeo on Jul 2, 2018 - 168 comments

The 'Can I Eat This?' Cookbook

There have been several posts over the past few years of folks wanting to create a Mefi cookbook. In the spirit of building community I thought I would start actually collecting recipes that people had posted with the intention of sharing for the book. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Jun 29, 2018 - 35 comments

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