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How not to respond in a thread.

How not to respond in a thread. I don't like callouts, and I'm not calling anyone out. I was inspired by the good discussions in the green and I believe this thread highlights how Metafilter can be improved. In it so far, we have a throwaway irrelevant "I'm an atheist, this does not apply to me" comment, we have a non sequitur comment, an "I agree" without any backup, and a purely reaction provoking comment of whether God has a penis and can take dumps (I do understand the point being made). Basically, we can do better. I'm far from perfect and probably have a lot of throwaway comments to my name -- but could we all try a little harder to think before we comment?
posted by geoff. on Nov 10, 2004 - 46 comments

Personal attacks suck

Haven't we been talking about putting a stop to this type of personal attack?
posted by fenriq on Nov 3, 2004 - 63 comments

Civility and politics.

Can we please separate political passion from blood lust?
posted by Chanther on Oct 27, 2004 - 75 comments

Let's argue in threads instead of in MetaTalk

Perhaps it's time to reconsider using MetaTalk to denounce single comments and only slightly contentious single posts. [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 26, 2004 - 53 comments

"I'm glad the silly fucker's dead"??


After rereading the snarky original Michael Kelly editorial. I believe I'm glad the silly fucker's dead.


Sorry for the callout, but unless I missed the subtlety of some kind of joke, I think this crosses the line just a little bit.
posted by loquax on Oct 26, 2004 - 54 comments

Dragging poster's previous answers in is not cool

"You also tried to fill a zippo with butane, so I'll reserve judgement." Everyone will likely tell me I've got my panties in a wad as that is the common response here at MeTa, but it'd be great if people didn't attempt to discredit the experience and advice of others on AskMe based on unrelated advice threads. Having to worry someone's going to throw your history of questions in your face later as an indication you are stupid or unable to give advice to others on different topics seems a bit shady. I'm not saying this is an established pattern, just that it'd be helpful to keep in mind.
posted by ifjuly on Oct 25, 2004 - 45 comments

Our own little Ashcroft.

Our own little Ashcroft. Are threats really appropriate in a place meant for discussion?
posted by amberglow on Oct 23, 2004 - 60 comments

religion in threads

Crossing the Rubicon : I've said it.

I'll honor this - regardless of where it leads.
posted by troutfishing on Oct 19, 2004 - 123 comments

AskMe is not the proper venue for resolving your petty vendettas.

Mayor Curley takes a perfectly innocuous, neutral question which was getting some interesting responses and turns it into a NYC vs Boston grudge match. AskMe is not the proper venue for resolving your petty vendettas and urban insecurities. That's what the blue is for.
posted by signal on Oct 19, 2004 - 89 comments

Bad Bush thread.

Bush is Hitler. Well, I'm glad that's settled.

The post includes scintillating links to the front page of foxnews.com and to a NY Times editorial. The comments include "you never should have been born", "prayer breakfasts take us closer to forced reeducation camps for gays", (this comment met with lots of approval) "you're an idiot" and "Bush is Hitler"(the phrase "a normal Christian guy on a power trip" is a reference to an earlier comment by skallas that Hitler was just a normal Christian guy on a power trip). There’s nothing redeeming here. Will you delete this please, Matt?
posted by gd779 on Oct 18, 2004 - 72 comments

AnonyMe Guidelines

AnonyMe is up. Posts ensue! Yay! A pony! I personally think the Paxil query is exactly what AnonyMe should be for, and the good-lookin' cheaters question would have been better asked in the light of disclosure. What do you think? What's a good reason for anoymous posting, and what's a bad one? Let the guidelines scrimmage begin!

(Thanks Matt and thanks Seanyboy!)
posted by mwhybark on Oct 12, 2004 - 35 comments

Sexism is ok in the globalized landscape

So now that this little prostitute has enough money for herself...

so that this little chippie can pretend to be Mother Theresa...

So, is sexism excused when there's a globalization argument to pile on? I just want to make sure.

There's no point getting angry at Faze though.

I strongly disagree.
posted by solistrato on Sep 27, 2004 - 64 comments

crap FPP, even without the flame war

Sheesh. Forgetting the fact that this is a crap FPP, do we have to have this stupid argument again? I get really tired of reading the uninformed, bigoted opinions of anti-religion types with chips on their shoulders. You are free to not believe in God; I am not bothered by your not-believing. But you not-believing is not evidence of intellectual or moral superiority. It's just a choice you made, a choice I can understand and respect. How about some reciprocation already?
posted by eustacescrubb on Sep 24, 2004 - 171 comments

Formatting etiquette

Enough with the big / strong / italics.
posted by bshort on Sep 22, 2004 - 41 comments

Dangerous comment, please delete

This isn't funny. Though I concede that the probability of anyone actually doing it is remote, the comment is nonetheless inappropriate.
posted by Kwantsar on Sep 18, 2004 - 67 comments

If you don't like 'em, don't read 'em. I have a complaint about that.

Every time there is a complaint on MetaTalk about a post/type of post on the Metafilter front page, somebody will always say "If you don't like it/them, don't read them." I find this extremely frustrating, and I believe it ignores the real issues. [More Inside]
posted by seanyboy on Sep 9, 2004 - 127 comments

I'm not sure if this would make a good post (it has some truth/relvations in it...)?

trying not to piss community moores here... would this (coupled with a few token links to 'kerry medals fake!" news stories) make an appropriate FPP?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Sep 6, 2004 - 18 comments

way to go on scaring the new guy

Now that we have all read and agreed with Taz's post, lets put it into practice: User posts first Front-page Post. The Post is great and well-received. New user even explains where he got it from (not that he had to). Everything's great so far so...let's call him out because it appeared in some older comments AND let's accuse him of outright stealing it! Good work!
posted by vacapinta on Sep 5, 2004 - 21 comments

Please READ

Not a huge thing, but... how about reading the thread before posting your additional links? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy on Sep 2, 2004 - 20 comments

Catholic Bashing

More immediate Catholic Bashing. [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Aug 30, 2004 - 37 comments

We're not getting into posting wars with other sites, are we?

Hey this is what the guys over here at this partisan extremist forum think. What do you guys think? Let's chat.

For future reference, does this mean the ban is lifted on LGF links? Are we going so far down the road that DU forums are now acceptable linkworthy posts? Does Matt anyone care anymore?
posted by Seth on Aug 24, 2004 - 128 comments

Askme is for answering the question

ParisParamus, cut it out. Please. Your hateful spewing on AskMe does not help anyone. You're not "bucking the lefty trend", you're just being a jerk, and polluting an otherwise useful resource. If you really feel the need for release, please be considerate, and try to keep it in the blue. Everyone else, stop feeding the troll. Please.
posted by majcher on Aug 19, 2004 - 113 comments

Looking for an ex-husband

Misogyny-zone!
posted by dame on Aug 18, 2004 - 252 comments

Who is right, in the US centric vs Newsfilter debate

What does the reaction to this post tell us? Myabe it's just a statistical blip, but I'm a bit surprised at the very vocal negative reaction to this bit of US-centric front-page/TV news as contrasted to the reaction to the NewsFilter posts we get every single day. Why are the naysayers in this thread right when the anti-NewsFilteristas are not? What, exactly, is different?
posted by Ethereal Bligh on Aug 18, 2004 - 78 comments

Watching Threads

How much flak will I catch if I start using "." to mark threads that I want to track on my "My Comments" page? I ask because there are several interesting threads that I want to monitor but in which I don't necessarily wish to post a message.
posted by five fresh fish on Aug 11, 2004 - 35 comments

Calling Out Hama7

classic troll: toss a turd you *know* will incite much argument, for no apparent reason.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Aug 3, 2004 - 174 comments

Tracing IP of Account Login

Matt, you can actually IP trace logins, right? Not that I'm asking for any particular reason, like the most disgusting thing I've seen on MeFi being posted through an anonymous login's abuse or anything....
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Aug 1, 2004 - 160 comments

"Pepsi Blue": no longer funny

NEWSFLASH: "Pepsi Blue" is no longer funny (was it ever?) As my very first post reflects, I actually am concerned about sly product placement on MetaFilter. But I'm tired of the cynical 'viral marketing' callouts on any post that is in any way tainted by the scent of capitalism. At one time I may have found it amusing, but it's just getting old. And in the FPP in question, I don't appreciate the backhanded accusation. It's obviously an innocent post, and if it garners more attention for lucky Mr. Kerry Edwards, then more power to him.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Jul 22, 2004 - 51 comments

Entire paragraphs as linked text

Does anyone agree with me that posting an entire paragraph as a single link makes it very hard to understand? I find it very difficult to read these types of links and posts. Particularly because a mouseover event causes the entire paragraph (in bold typeface) to flash between white and yellow on a blue background.
posted by PigAlien on Jul 14, 2004 - 19 comments

y2karl, why would you link to goatse?

y2karl, why would you link to *NSFW*NSFW* goatse *NSFW*NSFW* ?
posted by Kwantsar on Jun 30, 2004 - 89 comments

Let's use our indoor voices

Why am I being yelled at for asking about software to help me do something that I already know is hard? This is my first bad encounter with AskMeFi, otherwise, it's been great.
posted by agregoli on Jun 30, 2004 - 66 comments

"Double post" callouts

double post, double post...you missed something from 2001 I would hereby like to call a moretoreum on "double post" callouts in threads when the original link was more than, lets say, 18 months ago. Not everyone has been a member since the beginning, most people don't have the time to go back and read multiple years of archives, nor is it reasonable to expect that they would. The search is wonky, we all know that. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 24, 2004 - 51 comments

Snarky newsfilter criticisms are bad.

EB: "c"? WTF? GYOBFW. [MI]
posted by PrinceValium on Jun 24, 2004 - 70 comments

Follow-up post corrections annoy some people

Followup post corrections in th reads. Theydrive me nuts. It takesawayfr om the point your tryingto make. People knowwhat your tryingtosay. It disrupts the flow of conversation. Mostpeople are not spelling/grammer nazis. It looks worse to correct it.
posted by stbalbach on Jun 22, 2004 - 60 comments

Is somebody feeling cranky?

Is somebody feeling cranky?. I recently handled a personal attack poorly, so this time I'll do the civilized thing and bring it in here.
posted by jonmc on Jun 22, 2004 - 76 comments

Gay, straight, I don't care.

Big ol' Iowa farmboy hands, keswick? I have a piece you can put them on, but it's not a timepiece...

Gay, straight, I don't care. This kind of stuff is just crude and out of place.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jun 21, 2004 - 104 comments

Call the Waaah-mbulance

Waah!Filter : Talk about posting your petty grievances in the Blue! Heheh.
posted by mischief on Jun 18, 2004 - 47 comments

particular brand of insane troll logic not welcome

Ok, I wasn't going to say anything when Witty decided to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to ruin amberglow's thread with his particular (read: vapid, boring) brand of insane troll logic. However, he then decided an interesting course of action would be to make a similarly unwarranted (perhaps even moreso) comment in an unrelated thread.

Therefore, I politely and humbly request that Witty please refrain from making similarily irrelevant--and snide--comments in the future, at least in in the blue.
posted by The God Complex on Jun 14, 2004 - 124 comments

The weight of agenda.

The weight of agenda. Can the burden not be borne on personal weblogs?
posted by the fire you left me on Jun 14, 2004 - 66 comments

Bad-faith post about Kerry and McCain

This hasn't been mentioned, and it went unremarked in the thread, but eyeballkid's recent post was an example of a very bad-faith post, using MeFi as his ironic playground.
posted by Ethereal Bligh on Jun 13, 2004 - 135 comments

Death of Reagan observed on Metafilter

The Media will be inundated (if it isn't already) with retrospectives on Reagan. I don't need Metafilter front page posts help me find them. Thank you.
posted by vacapinta on Jun 7, 2004 - 38 comments

Way, way inappropriate.

Way, way inappropriate.
posted by grateful on Jun 6, 2004 - 74 comments

Think before you post

Not on your best day, Metafilter. Wow, just wow. Can we please think before posting?
posted by PrinceValium on Jun 4, 2004 - 87 comments

Only a double if linked on MeFi

Can we please agree not to insinuate that something's a double post if it's been on another community site?

Posting a link isn't some journalism competition, it's sharing something neat. The "foo-site scooped it first" thing is irrelevant. If I cared that I waited three whole days to see some flash game, I would read other sites like this.

Please, can we comment on the link provided and only provide other takes if the commentary somewhere else is particularly insightful?
posted by Mayor Curley on May 26, 2004 - 30 comments

Enough with the complaining

Why the complaints all the time?

As is often the case, people seem to prefer pointing out errors and criticizing fpps to a discussion of the material. This was not a lazy fpp, I contend. What can be done to discourage complainers? I admit that my approach to the complaints in this thread was not ideal.
posted by mcgraw on May 25, 2004 - 73 comments

More Inside

[more inside] [mi], and all the variations thereof: is this not superfluous? If further initial content is needed from the poster (in order to avoid a long FPP), isn't simply adding the first comment sufficient? Looks like about 75% of posts in the green have that final embellishment.

There was a post in MeTa about dropping the [mi] habit I think within the last year, but over 2,000 results showed up when I searched. Stav possibly posted it?
posted by yoga on May 21, 2004 - 44 comments

Can we - even if only briefly - discuss stuff on AskMe?

Can we - even if only briefly - discuss stuff on AskMe or not? This Sopranos thread started off as a question but the discussion of last night's episode was inevitable and almost irresistible. My own opinion, fwiw, is that it would be nice if a little discussion was indeed allowed or, as has happened already, generously overlooked.
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 17, 2004 - 10 comments

Communism thread NOT a total train wreck; news at 11

Could have been a total train wreck. Wasn't. But in an almost http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/32975#667562">bizarro twist, the thread brought out all kinds of insights into the problems of not only communism but general ideologies systems of political power. We did good.
posted by namespan on May 8, 2004 - 37 comments

Opinions, not agenda

I humbly and publicly request a moratorium on referring to opinions as agendas. The linked thread is full of this. Not only does it stifle any sort of honest discussion, debate, or genuine and warranted insulting, it also seems slightly fascistic, Fox News-ish, and embarrassing.
posted by xmutex on May 3, 2004 - 46 comments

Be Nice to the N00bs.

I'd like to remind everyone that we have some new users, and we really ought to encourage them as much as possible. While I agree entirely with the Q-man's sentiment, name-calling is counterproductive to the site, especially when it's a user's first FPP.

This isn't so much a call-out on quonsar, but a reminder that discouraging the new users is detrimental to the health of the site.
posted by jpoulos on Apr 29, 2004 - 93 comments

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