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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

takes one to know one

I will withhold the obscenities your mental capacity and nature evokes, and simply say: how stupid, how depraved you are.
I've seen fairly impressive spin, but this is a work of art. It takes a special strain of immorality to lie that well.
posted by y2karl on Apr 21, 2004 - 250 comments

Goatse is not "marginally" NSFW

Goatse is not "marginally" NSFW, even thumbnailed.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Apr 16, 2004 - 123 comments

If you don't care, don't post

Would it be possible to eliminate most forms of *YAWN*-ing?
posted by pandaharma on Apr 16, 2004 - 41 comments

Last effective moratoria?

Has there ever been an effective MetaFilter moratorium? How long ago was it?

Is it time to declare a moratorium on moratoria?
posted by timeistight on Apr 7, 2004 - 28 comments

Slight problems with spammy selflinks in comments.

I don't want this to be construed as bullying the new folk, but... [as usual, more of my astute observations and keen insight are contained within]
posted by The God Complex on Apr 4, 2004 - 42 comments

Does anyone else hate reading long blocks of italicized type on screen?

does anyone else hate reading long blocks of italicized type on screen??? it's nasty.
posted by specialk420 on Mar 30, 2004 - 38 comments

Why crap on good threads?

Why crap on good threads?
posted by SpecialK on Mar 28, 2004 - 49 comments

Burying the hatchet.

This has gone on long enough. I'm going to take a radical step and drag myself into MetaTalk. Once upon a time skallas was a guy, whom while I disagreed with him often, I respected his intelligence and convictions. But somewhere things got weird and no we're at eachother's throats all the time. It's making this unpleasant for me, probably for him and probably for everybody reading too. So, it's gotta stop.

I could have taken it to e-mail, but I'm doing it publicly for a couple of reasons. One, I think if the both of us (two well known public fueders) can cool out and agree to disagree like gentlemen, we can set an example for the rest of the site. And also, because someone once said that I owed skallas an apology as public as the insult I made, so here it is.

So, skallas, I'm willing to bury the hatchet if you are. You with me?
posted by jonmc on Mar 25, 2004 - 80 comments

Oh dear

"Eat flaming dogs***, you c*cksucking, Streisand loving, m*therf*cking ___hole! Hit the road, postchoad." Oh dear.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 19, 2004 - 34 comments

The Left shall rise again?

This is probably pointless, so here goes nothing:

"Instead of South vs North, this time it will be Right vs Left.

Sounds good to me. I doubt the world will shed too many tears if these narrow-minded, short-sighted, self-serving fools start getting special deliveries in their mailboxes. What's that? You mean you didn't order the bouquet of plastique and nails?"


This is repugnant. I agree with Civil_Disobedient's politics more often than not, but this is beyond the pale.
posted by Irontom on Mar 15, 2004 - 45 comments

please know the answer, ok?

A humble request: if you're going to answer a question in AskMe, please know the answer, ok?
posted by ook on Mar 4, 2004 - 39 comments

Ladder Match, inside!

I'm calling you out jfuller! I don't know why, but it seemed like the thing to do. Dare you disgrace the name of the lovely Miss Elisabeth?! You! Me! Ladder Match, inside!
posted by Stan Chin on Mar 1, 2004 - 56 comments

anti-religious remarks belong on your own blog

It's all well and good for skallas to post his opinions on his own weblog, but couldn't he keep any anti-religious remarks out of his FPPs?
posted by VulcanMike on Feb 27, 2004 - 254 comments

Trackback Etiquette

Trackback etiquitte- is it considered bad taste to make a trackback on your personal blog to an FPP you posted? I was going to TB to the Nader thread I made earlier on my site but I'm not sure if this would be considered TB spamming and/or self-linking.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Feb 22, 2004 - 12 comments

What domain names do I keep, part 1 of N

Umm... is this appropriate for AskMefi? I might not have bristled as much if not for the implication that we will be seeing "more than a dozen" of the same threads in the "next several days," and this was merely "part one" of many. Wendell, I love you man, but, uh, [this is bad].
posted by PrinceValium on Feb 9, 2004 - 23 comments

Violent threats not funny

Violent threats. Even if it's a joke, it's not funny and not cool.
posted by squirrel on Feb 5, 2004 - 65 comments

Hey, are we still self-policing? (Feb. 2004)

Hasn't "self policing" pretty much run it's course by now? I mean, it worked great when we had lots of new people coming in everyday. But today's MetaFilter is made up of people who have *all* been self policed for well over a year. None of us are going to change our ways. Recent attempts at self policing seem to be getting embarrassingly pointless. Can we stop calling it "self policing" and start referring to it by the more accurate term - "masturbatory rhetoric"?
posted by y6y6y6 on Feb 4, 2004 - 70 comments

IraqFilter, I/P, staying on topic

Re: Iraq.
Kinda playing off of what stavros was hinting at a couple of posts ago. More inside.
posted by BlueTrain on Jan 26, 2004 - 143 comments

Posting links directly to download sites

Etiquette question. I posted this AM about a small software application. After posting it occurred to me that the link was directly to the download site version tracker and not to the software author site. I felt this may have been bad etiquette on my part and I followed up with a comment redirecting to the author site.

My question, Is it bad etiquette to post an interest link to a download site (such as version tracker)? Presumably because many Metafiler viewers will click through to the download site just to "look" or follow the link and thus adding unnecessary traffic to this site.

On a side note, it would be useful to edit a post after posting it , any plans to implement this functionality?
posted by xtian on Jan 23, 2004 - 6 comments

FPP not for settling old grudges

So when did the Metafilter front page become a place to settle old grudges? Really, this is just a bit childish. Your links should speak for themselves; editorializing and playground callouts help neither you nor anyone else.
posted by deadcowdan on Jan 23, 2004 - 82 comments

linking images inline is bandwidth theft

bandwidth theft
posted by adampsyche on Jan 20, 2004 - 45 comments

Weak sauce

Blatant front-page troll.
posted by nicwolff on Jan 19, 2004 - 34 comments

Politics out of AskMe

Can we please keep politics off AskMetaFilter?
posted by timeistight on Jan 18, 2004 - 29 comments

Are two word questions enough details for askme

I appreciate that this has been raised before, but wouldn't it be good etiquette for questions on AskMetaFilter to at least contain a question? Surely two words is not enough?
posted by skylar on Jan 15, 2004 - 7 comments

Pink Tank Snafu

What's the appropriate response when someone loses their cool for no apparent reason? You guessed it, Postroad loses his grip in a post about a pink tank. I know the dude's got a history of derailing, trolling etc, which this community moderately tolerates. But this was a post about painting a tank freakin' pink. When is it time to say STFU?
posted by will on Jan 10, 2004 - 34 comments

With the utmost respect, blow me. WTF?!?!?

With the utmost respect, blow me. WTF, FFF?
posted by timeistight on Jan 6, 2004 - 51 comments

Nice answers in Onion Askme

Ask MeFi's finest hour. Enough to bring tears to my eyes.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 5, 2004 - 16 comments

French-fried cars callout

Getting quite fed-up of Postroad's racism. I take it it's not an acceptable form of speech to characterise a whole nation as violent as it's most anti-social elements?
posted by dash_slot- on Jan 3, 2004 - 78 comments

Can we delete this please?

Not designed to solve a problem. Begs a bunch of purely hypothetical discussion. Flamebait right from the very first comment. Heave-ho or what?
posted by scarabic on Dec 23, 2003 - 23 comments

PETA-bashing getting old

Can we please stop with the PETA goes overboard and drowns threads already?
well, some are okay...
posted by wendell on Dec 17, 2003 - 28 comments

Why can't we all be as considerate of each other on MeFi as we are over here on AskMeFi?

Why can't we all be as considerate of each other on MeFi as we are over here on AskMeFi? Is it because it's new, or is it something else? Don't get me wrong, I like a measure of snark & biting wit. But everyone here is so damn nice (which is why it was a great holiday present to us, Matt) that I think I have entered George Costanza's opposite day. Will there be any spillover?
posted by madamjujujive on Dec 14, 2003 - 34 comments

I know you aren't reading that fast

I've noticed (myself included) that comments to a FPP are often posted within minutes, even though the links on the FPP would take a lot longer to read. This means the poster probably did not read the FPP links. One thought to have a comment moratorium period (coded) to encourage the reading of the FPP links before posting. There sometimes seems to be a /. "first post" mentality to get a comment in as quick as possible near the top of a thread.
posted by stbalbach on Dec 11, 2003 - 20 comments

The use of "gypped"

A recent comment about "feeling gypped" made me curious about what people here think about the term. [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana on Dec 7, 2003 - 148 comments

Can we stop with the vagina comments?

Can we stop with the vagina comments?
posted by monju_bosatsu on Dec 5, 2003 - 184 comments

Is it really necessary to comment on things you don't like?

dazed_one: six (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6) of the last ten thread he/she has participated in contain this "here comes the (newsfilter) pain" message. Is it really necessary to go around to every thread you don't like and comment in it?
posted by The God Complex on Dec 3, 2003 - 60 comments

Deleted Comment of the Day

Deleted Comment of the Day: "I nearly choked on my dinner reading through this hilarious thread - I love Metafilter, but its smartypants members are gonna be the death of me some day."
posted by wendell on Nov 24, 2003 - 22 comments

Michael Jackson belongs in jail

I have mixed feelings about hoopyfrood's Michael Jackson belongs in jail post. On the one hand, I agree with the general "don't editorialize" philosophy and its corollary "save it for a comment in the thread." On the other, this isn't exactly the New York Times and a poster's take on their subject is arguably an integral part of the post. "Letting the link speak for itself", when it involves a news item, is all very well - but perhaps keeping one's opinion out of the front page text is also an exercise in obfuscation and even dishonesty. Has current policy on editorializing changed? ( I speak as a frequent editorializer, I should add. Even though I agree "pedophile of pop", with its dubious inverted commas, and all-capitals IN JAIL!, as well as the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty except Michael Jackson, are way too extreme a way of going about it.)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Nov 19, 2003 - 84 comments

Why was my filepile post deleted?

I just had a link nixed about the return of filepile.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Nov 18, 2003 - 91 comments

diversity of opinion here on PinkoFilter

"Why can't homosexuals take responsibility for their role in the propagation of HIV infections? It was their culture and practices that facilitated HIV infection and tipped the balance to epidemic. Even before this male homosexuals known for their association with transmission of disease".

"Queens are pathetic in old age as their protestations about the faults of others fail to hide their wrinkles"

Jesus you people* are hateful, and smug too.
*homoleftists


I know that we need more diversity of opinion here on PinkoFilter, but where's the limit (if there is one)? (more inside)

posted by matteo on Nov 17, 2003 - 185 comments

"When they wont stop proselytizing then its a social problem"

"When they wont stop proselytizing then its a social problem"
posted by orange swan on Nov 13, 2003 - 424 comments

a thread about a lazy, fu...

In light of the recent "pat-yourself-on-the-back" thread, I just resisted the urge to type a snarky reply to a thread about a lazy, fu... ahem... a recent thread here in metatalk. I invite you to please resist the urge yourself.
posted by crunchland on Nov 5, 2003 - 30 comments

This ________ thread is in clear violation of [insert Metafilter policy].

This ________ thread is in clear violation of [insert Metafilter policy]. [insert MeFi user] stepped over the line. Why was __________ permitted? Has MetaTalk served its purpose well or has it become useless? Discuss.
posted by ed on Nov 4, 2003 - 25 comments

MetaFilter without the vendettas??

No vendetta here, folks...just topically mentioned (one) prior link in "the blue" and fixed ridyfink's HTML tag.

Hopefully a good example can be made from this good deed.
posted by Smart Dalek on Nov 4, 2003 - 17 comments

personalities cannot evade policies

i know! i'll get away with this suck filled newsfilter post by invoking the crunchland mojo!!!
posted by quonsar on Nov 3, 2003 - 57 comments

Too Much Meta-Criticism?

Hmmm. I think one or two levels (depending on how you think about it, that's how it is when dealing with meta-levels, see Princess Bride.) of metalevelness is enough. Critizing a stupid Metafilter FPP should be done in one MetaTalk post, not in an another FPP and Two Stupid MetaTalk posts.
posted by lazy-ville on Nov 1, 2003 - 15 comments

Would MetaFilter be better off without an etiquette/policy section in the gray?

The Pollo Campero discussion is a nice example of members drowning out derailing attempts without resorting to MetaTalk (at least until I fucked it up by bringing it here). Would MetaFilter be better off without an etiquette/policy section in the gray?
posted by rcade on Nov 1, 2003 - 64 comments

MeFi Lexicon?

I've been a MeFite for about a year now. Occasionally someone makes a post beginning with "On preview:". I still have no idea what this means. Anybody?

Which leads me to: How about adding a MeFi lexicon?

Thanks.
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 30, 2003 - 33 comments

this is racist, offensive, incredibly stupid

Ok, I'll be the first to say that this is racist, offensive, incredibly stupid, and I'm blown away that Miguel was the one to post it, especially considering what his reaction would be if the word "Jew" were substituted for "Arab". I don't think this post belongs on MeFi.
posted by dejah420 on Oct 23, 2003 - 128 comments

What do we do about all of you assholes?

We've all seen what can happen when MeFi devolves into pointless personality conflicts: the site gets hijacked to propogate something that 99.9% of the users don't care about. We've also all seen one member virtually drag another into such conflicts, making a two-way crapfest out of what was originally just one-sided goofiness...[more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Oct 7, 2003 - 24 comments

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