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Callouts are fine, but leave the personal info offsite, please.

Posting the phone and fax number of an organization for protest seems fair game. Posting the home address of that organization's director, not so much.
posted by headspace on Sep 11, 2003 - 104 comments

U.S. vs. rest-of-the-world grudge match

The ongoing U.S. vs. rest-of-the-world grudge match is unnecessary and annoying, especially when it's off topic.
posted by PrinceValium on Sep 10, 2003 - 54 comments

Enough with the flash spam.

We needed another gratuitous product pitch? As the worthless Legs McNeil once said: please kill me.
posted by adamgreenfield on Sep 10, 2003 - 5 comments

False anchors give wrong impression

A minor nit, but it's misleading to use a false anchor tag in a link, because people will wrongly assume it's legitimate. The Christian Science Monitor did not declare neoconservatives to be their enemies.
posted by rcade on Sep 5, 2003 - 54 comments

September 11th anniversary.

Next Thursday is the second anniversary of Sept 11th. The inundation is already starting both here and in all other media. Mayhap the anniversary will be a good time to talk about anything but (i.e. actively posting non-9/11 material)? Or am I being stone cold and inhuman?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Sep 4, 2003 - 42 comments


This is so lame. I've gotten used to flames on MeFi; its part of what passes for discourse anymore. But this entire post was a predominace of flaming meta-poo. I understand the calls of Agenda-filter, but if people are going to post stuff like "It seems I must speak in language you understand . Go fuck yourself you ill-bred shit." then I think its time we up the ante. If you're going to Meta-bitch, then take it MetaTalk. More importantly, if you're going to Metaflame, do it with half an ounce of couth and style. That appears to be where MetaFilter is headed, so please keep up. (slightly more inside)
posted by Wulfgar! on Aug 27, 2003 - 57 comments

Callout/Etiquette: please have the courtesy to put email in profile

Proposed : That if you're going to incessantly troll threads and insult people's intelligence, all in an infuriatingly supercilious and unctuous tone that seems intended to inflame, you should at least have the courtesy to provide an email address on your profile, disposable or otherwise.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Aug 22, 2003 - 147 comments

Not peeing on external sites

can we all just agree not to pee all over external sites of meFi users? it's really obnoxious and extremely petty.
posted by xmutex on Aug 22, 2003 - 54 comments

She left? But she's in the kitchen just now!

You don't need to toot your own horn to make you feel better about your wife leaving you. Seriously?
posted by jonson on Aug 17, 2003 - 73 comments

quasi-anonymous nastygram specially for you

while for obvious reasons omidius' initial retort did not bother me too much, I'd say the subsequent quasi-anonymous nastygram received by email was rather too much. while I can't take back my relaxed response, he's certainly not going to get any candy. no candy for you!!
posted by dorian on Aug 7, 2003 - 59 comments

Imminent demise of Metafilter predicted, 7/3/03

As a long-time MetaFilter reader (but mostly a lurker), it saddens me to see that the quality of FPPs has fallen dramatically in the last few months. This is less in reference to repeated posts, and more just really lame, boring, very poorly written (or not written) and poorly styled FPPs. And what's worse, the problem also seems to be rapidly accelerating in recent weeks, IMHO. I have friends that have basically stopped reading Mefi due to quality drop. While I do realize that recent MetaTalk posts have suggested features to help fix FPP-quality issues, meanwhile the problem goes unchecked. Is there anything we can do to help save Mefi from a death of total lameness? Or should those of us who are concerned just start looking for a good Mefi alternative? (Any suggestions?) Do other people out there agree that quality has declined and poses a serious threat to the relevance of Mefi, or it is just my friends and I?
posted by chl on Jul 3, 2003 - 115 comments

Laughing at you, not with you.

Over the line. Please kill this.
posted by squirrel on Jun 28, 2003 - 10 comments

Please use descriptive titles for posts!

RSS feed request: having recently set up the RSS feed plugin in Trillian, it has come to my attention that many people set titles which rather than being descriptive of their threads are just little comments. For example: "Yikes", "Listen Closely", etc.
Please, I'm begging you, use descriptive titles for your posts.
posted by signal on Jun 25, 2003 - 14 comments

Argyle's Guide to Circumventing "Free Registration" Links

I'm fed up with the "Free Registration" links. There's a way to avoid all that. Read more if you want to know how.
posted by Argyle on Jun 13, 2003 - 50 comments

Fat jokes aren't necessary.

Was this really necessary? [more inside]
posted by eilatan on Jun 12, 2003 - 80 comments

Local notices beneath our notice?

Should local concert cancellations be FPP worthy? How about traffic jams? Weather conditions? Other transitory localized phenomena?
Or maybe I really am snarky...
posted by jpburns on Jun 5, 2003 - 40 comments


I'm getting tired of the increasing tendency to add "filter.com" as an implied criticism of the theme of a thread or post, e.g. in this thread we start off with two - northkoreafilter.com and iranfilter.com. Is it just me, or does anyone think this getting a little old.
posted by johnny novak on May 30, 2003 - 43 comments

How about a spoiler alert next time.

How about a spoiler alert next time.
posted by Beholder on May 12, 2003 - 32 comments

Proclaiming that a thread is doomed is poor form.

meta-opinions about the future of a thread are pointless, and are usually an attempt to lead the thread to premature death. Don't try to pre-judge the outcome of any particular conversation. Either the thread will or will not self-destruct, and may take a direction different from the one envisaged by any of its contributors. Godwin's law has many variants; is there a need for a metafiltrian distillation of it? Has it already been done?
posted by cbrody on Apr 29, 2003 - 49 comments

buttheaded posting tactics are self-defeating

prime example of how buttheaded posting tactics are self-defeating.
posted by crunchland on Apr 26, 2003 - 42 comments

having a "point" is a step towards chaos

Actually, posts with "points" are often the ones in most danger of inciting flamefests and being less than appropriate.
posted by Su on Apr 25, 2003 - 22 comments

I am inclined to think this is a bit over the line.

posted by y2karl on Apr 21, 2003 - 139 comments

Have we returned to a civil MetaFilter?

Reasonable and reasoned talk about the war? a global warming thread where people correct themselves and say "climate change"? Is Mefi returning to civility? Which is to say, normality???
posted by UncleFes on Apr 8, 2003 - 33 comments

debka verboten

i seem to recall mathowie expressly forbidding postroad from ever posting a debka link again. since postroad continually flouts even basic metafilter guidelines and seems to regard this forum as his personal colostomy bag, i think he needs a time out.
posted by donkeyschlong on Apr 3, 2003 - 91 comments

Ranting and raving

Apparently tjenson has hir panties in a bunch about matt deleting a thread and is now stomping through other metafilter threads ranting about it.
posted by bshort on Mar 27, 2003 - 34 comments

The very worst kind of IraqFilter thread

This is an example of the very worst kind of IraqFilter thread. Grabbing the first news story on a subject, a Fark-style minimal headline and people getting out the popcorn for a surely ensuing flamewar.

Can we please not have anymore crap like this on MeFi? There are many other places to get information like this.
posted by Space Coyote on Mar 23, 2003 - 14 comments

We will discuss whatever is in the links

Posted by nofundy at 2:48 PM EST on March 14:

This so didn't need to be posted. Do we really need to hear yet another pundit's fascinating views on Iraq?

"So you think discussing Eminem would be a better use of time than considering alternate viewpoints on serious issues?"
posted by Stan Chin on Mar 14, 2003 - 176 comments

Attacking and insulting members isn't cool.

Why is it necessary to attack and insult?
posted by tolkhan on Mar 12, 2003 - 47 comments

America-centric attitudes on MetaFilter

American attitudes on the net... [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Mar 6, 2003 - 63 comments

Spoofed posts not funny anymore

Once could be considered funny, but what's the point behind this?
posted by fvw on Feb 16, 2003 - 38 comments

Bomb the fuck away.

Is this acceptable? I tried to levy what I thought was a reasonable, if salty, criticism against this member for a previous comment, and I get called some colourful names. I thought the majority of the comments in the thread were a civil and rational blend of discussion, agreement and disagreement, so it made me a bit sad, though not really surprised, to see such a response, and to see it supported by another member.
posted by sir walsingham on Feb 12, 2003 - 45 comments

Enough of the Iraq posts already....

Enough is enough.
posted by 111 on Feb 11, 2003 - 28 comments

Gay intolerance in threads?

I wonder where this is going?
posted by hama7 on Feb 10, 2003 - 37 comments

What ever happened to quite rational discussion?

I'm slightly disturbed by the vitriol suddenly on display here. What ever happened to quite, rational discussion? [more]
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 6, 2003 - 103 comments


23324 - The Grand Cabaret : apparently deleted because "It's just you. Really." Are we saying that it was deleted because everyone disagreed with the poster (they didn't) or because it was likely to offend people (which many other threads risk).

Personally, my brain can't cope when The Sun can run a sensible article about bigger women while MetaFilter responds with "yuckkkkkkkkkkkkk".
posted by twine42 on Feb 6, 2003 - 44 comments

On preview: who cares?

On preview: who cares? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Feb 4, 2003 - 18 comments

ethically questionable mapping link; i am sorry

I recently posted a link, and in it I happened to slip a 1x1 px graphic that is used by this site to create a map of internet users. Seemed harmless enough, but in retrospect I regret having done it. It was an action of questionable ethics, and I should have avoided it. Please nix my post and accept my apologies.
posted by oissubke on Feb 2, 2003 - 63 comments

Pointless Bickering.

Pointless Bickering.
posted by rich on Jan 27, 2003 - 60 comments

Author derails own thread

What do we do when the post's author is derailing his/her own thread? [more inside]
posted by qbert72 on Jan 21, 2003 - 15 comments

Calling Out ParisParamus

Is there any reason to tolerate inflammatory hate-screed like this?

Once again: PATHETIC, delusional, A-HOLE PACIFISTS.
posted by rushmc on Jan 20, 2003 - 144 comments

Too much war posting

Stop the presses! So you're saying that some people support a war on Iraq, and other people don't support a war on Iraq? Crazy! I'll bet that's the first time this has ever been discussed on MetaFilter!
posted by The Michael The on Jan 18, 2003 - 27 comments

Symbol Etiquette

Kettleblack's got an annoying habit of using "o<" in almost all of his posts, but I can get over that. However, his /. stylings in his recent post and comment are really grating.
posted by Irontom on Jan 8, 2003 - 66 comments

Link to dead-tree versions worthless

Worthless links. If we have to hunt down print copies of something, why are you linking to web-based statements that don't actually support your post?
posted by Su on Jan 3, 2003 - 4 comments

Step 1: read Step 2: post

Of course, don't bother to actually follow through to the content of the link, instead you'd rather be the first to wish me a Happy New Year, Mefi-style.
posted by yonderboy on Dec 23, 2002 - 22 comments

This post has too many links!

I think it has been mentioned before, and maybe I'm just grumpy tonight, but there are TEN FREAKIN' LINKS in this post.
posted by centrs on Dec 17, 2002 - 23 comments

I admit it, I monopolized the thread

Er, Guilty... It's easy to monopolize a thread when the subject is dear to one's heart. But it's difficult to gauge when one should resign and say "I'll shut up now". Cheerleading is annoying and thread-destroying. Although it's impossible to regulate posters' percentages and stuff, I'd like to hear other members' opinions on what constitutes the acceptable limit for commenting on one's own thread - considering that the moment you post it, it no more belongs to you than it does to anybody else.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Dec 9, 2002 - 75 comments

Good FPP derail belongs in Metatalk?

After seeing this thread denigrate into a debate over the question of whether it was a good FPP or not, I started wondering: is a metatalk thread an appropriate vehicle for trying to divert etiquette debate out a blue thread even when the metatalk thread itself is likely to turn into a rehash of a zillion other metatalk threads?
posted by boltman on Dec 7, 2002 - 19 comments

Am I missing something?

Am I missing something? John Gilmore and Cory Doctorow are asking us to harass total strangers by phoning them at home. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 on Dec 3, 2002 - 31 comments

A clean, responsible, and non-snarky way to deal with a funged link

Thanks sebas. A clean, responsible, and non-snarky way to deal with a funged link for the benefit of the community.
posted by PrinceValium on Dec 3, 2002 - 8 comments

This is not supposed to be a theology debate.

This is not supposed to be a theology debate. Although I don't mind walking the line because I am interested in people's reactions and interpretations of a natural phenomenon. But I don't want my first FPP yanked because people couldn't at least flame on topic and the topic is HIV, how it works and what it looks like.
posted by wobh on Dec 1, 2002 - 19 comments

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