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We disagree about double posts

enough with the smug MEFI reverse posting, already! We're all very proud that you're such a dedicated metafilter reader, but so what if someone starts a new thread about an old topic, especially if the thrust of the post is different?!

posted by crunchland at such-and-such a time on January 27

Well there seems to be a problem with to much noise around here and with the new sort feature (upper right hand corner of the home page) there really is little need to post a new topic.

Yes, this should be in MetaTalk but no one ever goes there.

posted by Mick at 5:57 AM PST on January 27


The topic is not old. The specific link came up like a week ago. Most all that was said was said about 'IT', maybe wait until something new comes out? If that jaguar/baylink post was inappropriate, this certainly is too.

posted by tiaka at 7:43 AM PST on January 27


crunchland wrote: enough with the smug MEFI reverse posting, already! We're all very proud that you're such a dedicated metafilter reader, but so what if someone starts a new thread about an old topic, especially if the thrust of the post is different?!

You could not be more wrong on this, crunch. It is everybody's responsibility to do a MeFi search for a link before posting it to the front page. This is a "self-policing" community, in case you did not know that, and the people (like myself) who point out when people make mistakes like redundant posts to the front page are merely doing their duty as MeFi citizens, not being smug or trying to impress anyone with how carefully they read this site. This message needs to go out to everybody, but Mick is right that the conversation would be better held in metaTalk.

posted by ericost at 8:07 AM PST on January 27

posted by crunchland on Jan 27, 2001 - 19 comments

When will we automatically detect doubles?

When will MetaFilter be able to block links that have already been posted by other people? I think it should only be one or two lines of code to compare the URL against a database of previous links (plus a line to perform some sort of fuzzy logic for variations on links). Oh, and I think he should add programming to keep people from posting lame stuff too.
Like this post.
And that one down there.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 23, 2000 - 3 comments

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