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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 - 565 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

MetaHeatWave

A fair number of countries/places around the world are experiencing extreme heat and weather conditions. I wanted to have a place for us to check-in with each other. Remember to reach out to your neighbors, friends, family, and loved ones to make sure they're ok. People who are older, as well as our MetaPets, should also be given extra consideration as they're particularly vulnerable to this kind of heat. A reminder to drink lots of water and find some shade and/or air conditioning if possible. Feel free to share your own tips/tricks for keeping cool.
posted by Fizz on Jun 29, 2018 - 70 comments

MetaFilter revenue update: holy cow, y'all!

Recently, I announced that MetaFilter was in serious financial trouble, and asked you to help with additional community funding of the site.

Y'all have really, really come through. Recurring contributions supporting the site are up by almost $10,000 a month and growing, erasing our current shortfall and helping move MetaFilter toward a more sustainable, independent revenue model. Community funding alone now covers very nearly half our operating budget. That's amazing.

Come on in and I'll give you the details on what's happened and what we're up to next. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 28, 2018 - 158 comments

MetaGoodness

Tell me something good. Something happy. Maybe it's a thing you did. Maybe it's a thing that was done for you. Share something good with me and the rest of us. I feel like we need some of that. There's been a lot of serious happening the last few days and I want to just hear something good, positive, and light. I like this place and all of you. Be kind to each other, love yourself. Tell me something good.
posted by Fizz on Jun 20, 2018 - 279 comments

State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions

Important site updates, folks:

1. The site is running at a significant deficit and we urgently need to make that up. Part of that is through additional direct community funding; you can help here.
2. We're looking at—and inviting community input on—several big-picture questions.

Today I want to lay out our budget and income streams, to explain where we're at and what we need to accomplish. I'll also talk a bit about how the community is doing, and what's coming up in the future. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 13, 2018 - 1051 comments

Fig is awesome

I wanted to say thank you to Fig and to everyone who's signed up for the MeFi Card Club. I'm having bad day after bad day after bad day lately, but coming home to wonderful and goofy and sweet cards from MeFites has been making me so happy. [more inside]
posted by lazuli on Mar 22, 2018 - 32 comments

MetaHugs

There was a shooting in a Florida high school today, it is still a developing story and I'm sure you can seek out that news should you feel so inclined. I want this post to just be about love/kindness/friendship. Maybe you did something special for a loved one, or a family member, a friend, or a complete stranger. It might be a smile you received or your holding the door open for someone. Whatever it is, feel free to share it with us. I just wanted a place for us to connect, we're in this world together trying to get through it all. It may be strange to say, but I love all of you wonderful and crazy MeFites. Be kind to each other. Happy Valentine's Day!
posted by Fizz on Feb 14, 2018 - 105 comments

What have you been making lately?

Making things is a pretty common coping mechanism, and hell knows a lot of us have been low on cope this past year. I'm curious: what have you created lately that you're proud of? Baked anything elaborate? Written a story you're proud of? Knit a hat or crocheted a blanket? Created a little community? Built something? Written a program? Tell us about it!
posted by sciatrix on Feb 8, 2018 - 149 comments

Calling all Cards!

Having just mailed my cards for Project G.I.V.E. M.E. (that is, Great Internet Valentine Exchange, Metafilter Edition), and having had at least as much fun as I did with the winter holiday cards, I'm wondering if there's enough momentum and interest for another project. [more inside]
posted by The Underpants Monster on Feb 7, 2018 - 41 comments

Metatalktails: So, good news... I saw a dog today!

MeFites, I desperately needed to share this with someone today, and I realize that you're the people I wanted to share it with the most. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Jan 20, 2018 - 127 comments

Shout out to needlegrrl for the joyful card exchange

I had great fun participating in this year's card exchange. So many of the cards I received had nice notes of greetings and mefi love. Much appreciation goes out to needlegrrl for suggesting and organizing it. And I want to also shout out appreciation to all the card-senders!
posted by mightshould on Dec 20, 2017 - 44 comments

Metatalktail Hour: I want to get those stories recognized

Inspired by the post about furries being a community that helps each other out, I want to pose this here: Tell me about a time MeFites reached out and helped you. I wan to get those stories recognized. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Dec 16, 2017 - 99 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Dream Homes

Filling in for Eyebrows, who has been busy with Best Post Contest tagging, I bring you a Metatalktail suggestion from mefite sharp pointy objects, who would love to see members' "links to a home listing of their dream home in their dream city (or area) and [explanation] why this is their dream home/area. I love looking at home listings and would love to see other people's opinions and get to know them better." [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 10, 2017 - 61 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Best Road Stories

It's been a travelly week for some people. I want to hear about all the best things you've seen this week, or alternately, your best fun road stories -- the time you got lost, the time you ran out of gas, favorite road trip games, other road travel stories, or heck, urban planning and road construction. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 25, 2017 - 78 comments

Secret Quonsar thank you thread (2017)

This is the official Secret Quonsar thank you thread.
posted by epj on Nov 16, 2017 - 649 comments

MetaHappy

There is quite a bit of serious and depressing going on right now: U.S. politics, sexual abuse/assault/harassment in Hollywood, etc. I thought it might be good to have a place to just post happy things. Share something that's made you happy. A photo of a pet. Tell us about a good piece of cake that you just ate. Or maybe you went for a long walk and connected with nature. Whatever it is, just something happy, to remind ourselves that we'll be ok and we'll get through this, whatever that may be. Love to all of you.
posted by Fizz on Nov 10, 2017 - 218 comments

Holiday card exchange?

Would anyone be interested in a holiday card exchange? I'd also be happy to have a list of people who are interested in receiving holiday cards, even if you don't want/can't send any out this year - I love sending mail! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Nov 6, 2017 - 167 comments

MeFites offering seasonal refuge and open homes

As folks gear up for holidays, I know some will be avoiding family for various reasons, so I wanted to set up the second annual thread to facilitate seasonal connections for support and good company (here's the first, from last year). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 2, 2017 - 24 comments

secret quonsar 2017: Signups are Open!

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Saturday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Friday, December 1*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20. [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 31, 2017 - 283 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Calling all Imaginary Architects

Let's design our dream homes -- what special room or feature would you have, in your perfect house/boat/compound? (Money is no object; if you want, we're talking awesome volcano lair with a roller rink and waterslides and the whole deal.) [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 21, 2017 - 126 comments

secret quonsar 2017: The Planning Thread

Oh look! It's October and it's time to plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange (Read About it on the Wiki). Let's talk details! [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 11, 2017 - 65 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Late summer free chat

Where I am, it's a cool late summer night and the stars are coming out. Come out on the porch, we've got comfy porch chairs, refreshing beverages and quiet music. What's good with you these days? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Aug 12, 2017 - 122 comments

Metatalktail Hour: I'm disorganized!

Ack, I'm so disorganized this week I didn't pick a topic! So tonight it's just TELL US YOUR NEWS, chatter about your stuff, what've you been reading, how's your summer going, how the fam, how's work, how's life, how's philosophy? (Just remember, no politics!)
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jun 17, 2017 - 186 comments

What's your online genealogy?

I stumbled upon this tweet recently:
“what's your online genealogy. mine is: digimon forums moderator -> rpg maker - > somethingawful -> lf -> twitter” ~ @immolations
It got me thinking about the various online communities I've been a part of in my digital life, the different digital phases I've posted, shared, & tweeted my way through. Where does MetaFilter fall into your own digital history? What is your online genealogy?
posted by Fizz on Jun 6, 2017 - 150 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Wrongness in the Kitchen

What's the weirdest/worst/dumbest/most obnoxious thing in your kitchen? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Apr 15, 2017 - 305 comments

State of MetaFilter, 2017

Heya, folks, it's time (and then some!) for a State of MetaFilter post. I want to give everybody an update on how the site is doing financially, and catch y'all up on the major goings-on in both the business and community aspects of MetaFilter in the time since the last State of MeFi post.

The very short version: it's been a weird couple years out there in the world; we've hired a couple staff and wished pb well; and things are financially pretty stable, thanks in significant part to the ongoing generosity of the MetaFilter community whose contributions continue to represent a vital chunk of the site's operating revenue. But come on inside for a much less short version! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 22, 2017 - 148 comments

Closing Your Community Right: Jessamyn interviewed

A podcast where Jessamyn is interviewed by Patrick O'Keefe about the experiences around an online community (mlkshk) closing down and what happens afterwards. There is much on moderating, membership, community issues and service shuttering procedures within, as well as discussion of death/the passing of people, how this impacts on online communities and how moderators and community members deal with it. The page contains many MetaFilter-related links and a link to the transcript.
posted by Wordshore on Mar 21, 2017 - 27 comments

Let's have a Love-In!

In the face of all the negativity and despair, let's have a little space just for love (I've been told it's all we need). Feel free to share your favourite quote, song lyric, poem, anecdote or thought about love, or let us know what you love most in the world - people, pets, hobbies, MetaFilter, gin, whatever. Leave the hate outside, bring the love.
posted by billiebee on Jan 20, 2017 - 173 comments

Remember: Everyone needs a hug.

At the bottom of every post on MetaTalk thread is the topic of this post. Be kind to other Mefites and practice empathy. [more inside]
posted by INFJ on Jan 6, 2017 - 48 comments

Moral Metafilter: What have you done this week?

Politics have gotten scary. The US election has terrified many of us about the foundations of democracy, but the US isn't the only country facing down aggressive and organized right-wing threats. What have you done this week to resist, in large ways or small ones? What are you planning to do, and what have you found success with? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Dec 22, 2016 - 124 comments

Holidays, gratitude, and Metafilter

At the close of the shittiest week out of a shitty year, I just got sent a picture of my adorable nephew on Santa’s lap, which means inconceivably, American Thanksgiving and the remaining end of year holidays are nigh upon us. And while my mood in the face of recent events isn’t particularly thankful, I am so incredibly grateful to the Metafilter mods for all the work they’ve done this year. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Nov 11, 2016 - 43 comments

MeFites offering refuge for the holidays

In recent (often election) threads, some MeFites have said they're not looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with their families. Others have offered up their homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here's a MetaTalk thread to facilitate those holiday connections for support and good company. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 9, 2016 - 101 comments

secret quonsar 2016: signups are open

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Friday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Friday, December 2*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20. [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 31, 2016 - 344 comments

Planning for secret quonsar, 2016 edition

If it's October, it's time to plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange (Read About it on the Wiki). Let's talk details! [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 18, 2016 - 106 comments

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