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Why would people think Metafilter censors posts critical of police?

Why would people think that Metafilter routinely deletes posts critical of police? Possibly because it says so on Metafilter. In a thread regarding Facebooks's deletion policies, there was a comment that claimed "Facebook (like MetaFilter) routinely deletes posts criticizing police." [more inside]
posted by layceepee on Jun 28, 2017 - 143 comments

Trumps comment truncated

I was surprised in the latest election thread to see that Donald Trump's "Grab them by the pussy" comment was bowderlerized when it was printed as a link to a video of the comment, but printed in full when a partial transcript of his remarks was reprinted. Is this something that's just at the disgression of the poster? Otherwise, I'd don't understand the inconsistency. (I think I understand the arguments for and against each method of handling Trump's vulgar language, but having both versions in a single post is puzzling.)
posted by layceepee on Oct 8, 2016 - 18 comments

What are Meta's Values?

On its face, this site appears to be an instantiation of some of the best promises the internet has for humanity. For example: an open forum for collaboration, exchange of ideas and information, expression of unfettered art, science, and journalism. Central and vital to all of these things is freedom of speech. Anathema to these ideals is the way this site seems to be run, with censorship being a very common occurrence, I have noticed. [more inside]
posted by incolorinred on Feb 6, 2015 - 54 comments

Meta Slander?

I have had three comments deleted from the thread re the alleged murder of Michal Brown. From the OP Escalating Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014 2:45 AM Subscribe We are now entering day 10 of protests in Ferguson, MO, protesting the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by local law enforcement officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Aug 19, 2014 - 329 comments

Meta Comment Deletion What Fors?

Starting this "me too" thread for anyone having their comments quixotically deleted from the main metafilter thread. [more inside]
posted by Colonel Panic on Apr 2, 2014 - 813 comments

Post about limits to online education out of bounds?

Minnesota attempts limit access to free online education (Cousera) and somehow its out of bounds for the FP? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Oct 19, 2012 - 91 comments

De mortuis nil nisi bonum?

I can understand closing a thread that becomes vitriolic, but there doesn't seem much point having obituary posts if we have to shy away from controversy - especially when the decedent notoriously embraced controversy himself.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 22, 2012 - 88 comments

Meta MetaCensorship

I was repeatedly censored in a thread while discussing freedom of speech. When I posted again, connecting my censorship directly to the topic, I was censored again. I would like an explanation. [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf on Apr 27, 2012 - 485 comments

Someday we'll look back fondly on the good ole days when online communities were legal.

Let's do something about SOPA/PIPA. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 comments


Reddit will be blacked out for 12 hours on January 18th in protest against SOPA. Will Metafilter be doing similar?
posted by Artw on Jan 10, 2012 - 339 comments

Stop Censorship Banners

What's that black thing on the logo? MetaFilter is participating in American Censorship Day to help draw attention to a bill in congress that could hurt sites with user-contributed content—sites like MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by pb on Nov 15, 2011 - 124 comments

Let's not put the n-word on the front page please.

The N-word on the front page makes Metafilter extremely not work friendly, in addition to being just plain offensive. Can we do something about that? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by empath on Jan 4, 2011 - 224 comments

It's going to start feeling lk bngbngs cmmnts n hr f y kp ths p

Cortex, why is it not alright to comment on what I read in the comments that you deleted? [more inside]
posted by Catblack on Dec 8, 2010 - 137 comments

Original Loveparade thread was imperfect but why close it?

Is anyone else weirded out by the closing of the original Love Parade tragedy thread? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Jul 25, 2010 - 134 comments

Further China-like Censorship

Don't Believe In Sex Before Marriage? Don't Bother Saying it in a Comment, It'll Be Deleted [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd on Nov 11, 2009 - 117 comments

All non-dispassionate responses will be culled. That is all.

Why were my answers removed from this AskMe? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Apr 12, 2009 - 157 comments

Nude Removed?

Why was this painting's image removed from this question? [more inside]
posted by geos on Dec 6, 2008 - 135 comments

I must really rank

Outright censorship? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Sep 30, 2008 - 99 comments

censorship on Metafilter

My post titled "The Most Dangerous Video on the Internets" was pulled after appearing for a mere 10 minutes or so. In addition to that, jessamyn's posted "reason" was a cheap resort to name-calling. The video to which I was linking is 2 hours long. How can you possibly have decided that it was worth censoring after a mere 10 minutes? Are Metafilter readers really unable to decide for themselves whether or not they should view the video? I've received an email reply from jessamyn which I appreciate, but believe her reasons to be without merit. I like Metafilter a lot (it's my homepage), but really don't like censorship which is exactly what this smells like. I'd like to know more about this decision.
posted by msquare on Jul 18, 2007 - 106 comments

Censorship anyone?

My post "Hollywood or Bust" was deleted because someone thought it was too much like a chat topic. However, you allowed a post on MetaFilter that linked to an article describing the narcissism that threatens to lead a whole generation into the illusion that fame is not only within their reach, but is an unquestionably desirable goal. As someone who lives in this world and is as exposed to the media as much as anyone else, I wished to question this prevailing assumption and thought others might wish to share their thoughts as well. I am not the only one who has had their posts censored. I see a lot of pretentious bullying going on and it will ruin this web community. Have a little more imagination and tolerance, maybe see where things go before you jump in and pull the plug. Perhaps I will not be missed if I leave this site and never return (you have my $5 right?), but I doubt I will be the last one to do so.
posted by melangell on Mar 20, 2007 - 8 comments

Is there a MetaFilter watchlist?

Matt: Do you have a "watch list" like the Department of Homeland Security apparetly has? I mean a list of potential offenders in terms of breaking the MeFi code. Dumb posters like me. Do you look out for certain types of threads and within them do you purge threatening content? Do you profile? What does the "War On Terror" mean to MetaFilter in terms of spying stuff and administration people? Has George W. Bush's adminstration had an impact on MetFilter in a concrete way? Beyond NewsFilter have you been seriously pressured at any time beyond the five bucks? Sorry for the double query. has Karl Rove or his proxy knocked on your door?
posted by persona non grata on Aug 11, 2006 - 57 comments

It's not ok to link to NAMBLA

"A link to NAMBLA is just wrong". I agree. At least on the front page, it's wrong. (more inside)
posted by matteo on Jul 22, 2005 - 150 comments

Deleting MetaTalk threads?

Deleting MetaTalk threads?

Deleting blue threads, I understand and support. But deleting a metatalk thread is unexpected. Of course I'm not on the grey much. Maybe this happens all the time. This has been the first time in a very long time I've been interested in anything going on here so maybe I've just not noticed.

I would think a MetaTalk thread might be closed, but deleted too? That seems counter to what the grey is for, why it even exists. Maybe I just don't understand.

The grey is to discuss things you shouldn't discuss/don't belong on the blue. So now things in the grey are to be slashed as well?

I would prefer it not to be, but of course it is not my say. But I would like clarification, because there are other threads in the grey that have gone FAR BEYOND what I can only assume caused the demise of the affected one and survived.

(Deleted thread purposefully not mentioned so as to perhaps increase the lifespan of this question).
posted by Ynoxas on Oct 9, 2003 - 90 comments


"Once again, for the fourth time, I have been banned from, and censored by, metafilter.com for politically incorrect speech."
posted by waxpancake on Nov 18, 2002 - 57 comments

Metafilter: reported as inaccessible in China.

Testing complete for http://www.metafilter.com. Result: Reported as inaccessible in China
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Nov 16, 2002 - 25 comments

Why was my post about someone having sex with a goat deleted?

Why is a post about someone having sex with a goat not worthy of discussion. The story had everything - intrigue, surpise, excitement, passion, shock, and much more. I know why it was delete - because mat thought it was 'sophmoric' to post something like that - well I didn't post it in a sophmoric manner, I posted it because it is a very interesting story. I have never heard of anything like it in my life. It makes me wonder whether you even bother to read past the headline before cracking the sensorship whip.
posted by RobertLoch on Feb 7, 2002 - 21 comments

At what point does "Community Policing" become censorship?

At what point does "Community Policing" become censorship? [More inside]
posted by Steven Den Beste on Nov 28, 2001 - 112 comments

Less obscenity please

The America's Terrorist Training Camp thread prompts me to suggest that the obscenity filter be turned up on Mefi and be more of a basis for being "evicted." Obscenity is an excellent predictor of uncivilized, vapid, ad hominem debate. Not a ban on it, just less. Please.
posted by ParisParamus on Nov 1, 2001 - 50 comments

Should I filter MetaFilter (asks mathowie)?

This thread sucks. The link doesn't jump down to the story, the subject matter isn't very funny or interesting, it's just stupid. The post is too long, the comments are pretty pointless. I would delete it, but it could create more trouble than it is worth. What should be done about sub-par links? Anything? Take the good with the bad?
posted by mathowie on Aug 29, 2001 - 25 comments

Will email (and authentication) help keep things more civil?

Couldn't find the earlier mention of this, so I'll pick up on it here.

A new user user (RightWinger) just posted a fairly feeble defense of Dubya and was almost immediately called a troll for his pains. I think this is basically because he didn't have an email address. Rogers has mentioned lately, rightly I think, how many potential conflicts can be defused that way, and now I think people are starting to see the lack of email as prima facie evidence of bad faith, and responding accordingly. His post wasn't really that inflammatory, but I think the level of trust is really low for people who can't be contacted offline. Total anonymity and community membership just may not mesh very well.

Matt has floated the idea of making everyone email-authenticable (word?). I think it's a good idea: people will trust more when they see a "real" identity, more offline diplomacy can happen, and I think people will be more responsible if they have a little bit of accountability built in. If it's *that* important to them to be anonymous, why are they posting to MetaFilter?
posted by rodii on Mar 19, 2001 - 62 comments

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