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177: Good Soup

I accidentally wrote "make a podcast" on a colander instead of the calendar, so on the downside this episode is pretty late but on the upside it has been thoroughly rinsed. Is that anything? Can we do anything with that? Anyway, here's a podcast, it's about 90 minutes, and it involves me and Jessamyn getting off on at least a couple different tangents on the subject *of* getting off on tangents, so it's a very MetaFilter podcast indeed. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 13, 2021 - 21 comments

What do you know now that you didn't know before MetaFilter?

Checking in a decade later. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Sep 20, 2021 - 82 comments

Fundraising update

Fundraising updates now that August is over: we're up about $1100/mo in new recurring monthly subscription income from where we started at the start of the month. We've also received a few thousand dollars in additional one-time donations from site members and readers. And, as an extremely generous cherry on top, we also recieved a $15,000 donation from long-time nerd and friend of the site Jeff Atwood. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 3, 2021 - 35 comments

176: Low-Key Podcast

Jessamyn and I managed to stumble our way into and through a podcast despite both having the needle pegged hard to E this afternoon, and here is recorded evidence of that fact, at about 75 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 2, 2021 - 5 comments

Call Me By My Name: Mefi Newsletter 2, the Denominated

Okay, friends, cross your fingers and hold onto your butts, because I just pressed "send" on the second issue of the Metafilter newsletter (subscribe here!), and we'll soon see what surprises tinyletter might have in store for us this iteration... [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 17, 2021 - 33 comments

Hey, it's a MetaFilter newsletter!

Something new we're trying out: a MetaFilter email newsletter. I want to share the first issue with y'all, to discuss and brainstorm about. For the moment, we're calling it...Untitled MetaFilter Newsletter. You can subscribe here. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 3, 2021 - 88 comments

August is MetaFilter fundraising month

It's fundraising time! MetaFilter depends primarily on user and reader support to continue to operate: that funding pays for moderation, site development, and basic administrative costs like server hosting. It is increasingly difficult to operate a site like ours in the modern web economy, and your financial contributions through one-time contributions and recurring subscriptions have made, and will make, all the difference in keeping MeFi going.

You can start or increase your subscription here. I'll answer some questions about what we need, where the money goes, and what's coming up below, so come on inside if you want more detail. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 2, 2021 - 74 comments

175: Don't Throw The Banana Peel In The Toilet

It's only the first day of August, but the weather in Portland is such that it already feeling like plural dog days have elapsed. And yet, through it all, a podcast episode drags itself through the sun-baked streets to appear, sweating and winded, on your doorstep. Come along with Jessamyn and I as we...chatter about MetaFilter? Basically what we normally do. This one's about an hour and 45. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 1, 2021 - 6 comments

MetaFilter's new Privacy Policy document

We're rolling out a new formal Privacy Policy document for MetaFilter! You can read it here right now; in the next few days we'll get a link added in the site footer and update the FAQ, etc. If you want to discuss it or have questions, come on inside. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 16, 2021 - 16 comments

A change in moderator coverage of the site

I want to update everybody about how moderator schedules have changed recently to account for budget constraints. The short version is: we’re actively monitoring the site most of the time instead of 24/7 to reduce costs, and while this shouldn’t directly affect member experiences overall it does mean occasionally waiting a little longer than previously for moderator responses on flags and emails. Come on in for some more detail if you’re interested. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 14, 2021 - 58 comments

174: Knobs and Dials

Jessamyn and I were both feeling excessively chatty today so this one clocks in at about one hour fifty five, with discussions about MeFi, Ask, etc. along with a bunch of wanderings and heat wave chatter. Also there is a spider and a bird, and Jessamyn saw a bear outside her window. Also I fixed my goddam GarageBand, so we have music tracks again. I missed those. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 2, 2021 - 22 comments

173: No That's A Different Penguin

My dog ate my podcast synopsis. It's me, it's Jessamyn, it's a podcast recorded in the deep past of before the long weekend, it's about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2021 - 9 comments

Rosemary's Baby's Day Out

Five years ago today, an innocuous thread was posted about nerd culture mashup t-shirts. Before long, weird mashup creation took hold, and with this comment by Existential Dread, a format solidified. The ensuing madness would last more than a month, totaling more than 2,000 comments and at least as many insane mashup titles in a brilliant/stupid/hilarious thread that will still make you laugh today. Which are your favorites?
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 24, 2021 - 2398 comments

On the situation in Gaza, and MeFi discussions

The situation in Gaza is awful, and as a moderation team collectively we are horrified by the violence and destruction and loss of life the Israeli government has been causing in Palestine. As a Jew, personally, I am too; for the mod team and for many people in the MetaFilter community this isn't just a terrible situation but one with very direct and personal resonances. Jewish identity and history is complex; overt and oppressive violence isn't, and what the state of Israel is doing right now to the people in Palestine is wrong.

The desire to talk about and react to the situation on MeFi is completely understandable. But it's also a topic that has, in particular during times of open conflict, been incredibly difficult to manage as an open discussion without it escalating to a point of being more harmful than helpful, and that's something we can't knowingly support playing out in the community here.

It's hard to say when and how a broad discussion of this can go well; we are going to have to exercise a lot of care in assessing whether the framing of a post and available moderator resources will make for a workable thread. In the mean time it feels necessary to me to make this MetaTalk post acknowledging both that site dilemma and the actual situation at large since MeFi, as a place built around posts, can end up feeling conspicuously silent when there's not a thread happening organically.

I'd like to try and fill the gap left by the lack of an open thread by using the space inside this post to round up informational resources; the mod team will aim to add to this post periodically if folks will forward good links to us via the contact form. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 17, 2021 - 0 comments

172: I'll Get There At Some Point

I'll be straight with you: this is an episode, of a podcast, and it's me and Jessamyn, and we talk about MetaFilter and stuff adjacent to MetaFilter. There's no sugar-coating it: this is 90 minutes of MeFi-adjacent chatter. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 29, 2021 - 11 comments

Updating the graphical style of mod notes

We're introducing a new visual styling for moderator comments today! Instead of the older [small text and brackets style], mod comments will now feature a contrasting border, full-sized text, and for text browsers and screenreaders an explicit "Mod note:" text prefix to compensate for the lack of graphical cues. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 14, 2021 - 48 comments

171: Was I Weird

We've made it through the dark tunnel that is April 1 online and jessamyn and I are here with that good good MetaFilter chatter and a little bit of linguistics speculation. Runs about 85 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 5, 2021 - 12 comments

170: Through A Paper Towel Tube Darkly

number one victory royale / yeah podcast with Jess who's my pal / 90 minutes running time oh wow / just cleaned out my Chrome tabs now [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 3, 2021 - 22 comments

Mefi Club on Clubhouse

I recently joined clubhouse for information on startups, fundraising, and to provide knowledge about our industry domain. I looked for a Metafilter club on clubhouse but didn't come across one. [more inside]
posted by herda05 on Feb 27, 2021 - 23 comments

State of the Site, Feb 2021

Heya, folks, here's an update on the site over the last year and what we're looking at in 2021. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 14, 2021 - 514 comments

169: Soon May The Podcast Come

It's Febuary, Februr, uh, it's Ferbur—it's not January anymore and here's a new podcast episode. We're catching up since episode 168 a couple months ago because last month we did the live-stream gala instead! So jessamyn and I try and sum up a couple months of MetaFilter best we can. Runs about 85 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 1, 2021 - 20 comments

New merch! Shirts, stickers, and magnets!

We talked about this in the run-up to the Gala, so: let's start off 2021 with some new merch! We've got new designs up, available as shirts on Neatoshop and as magnets and stickers on Teepublic, so if you've been looking for something MeFi-centric to drape over your mortal form or stick to your laptop or fridge or car or whatever the heck this is your lucky day. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 8, 2021 - 46 comments

Metafilter: a blog dedicated to identifying our reptilian overlords

Writing purportedly about the Nashville bomber, yahoo! news reporter Caitlin Dickinson revealed our true purpose.
posted by hat_eater on Jan 1, 2021 - 70 comments

168: Marquee Biz

When the sound hits your ear
Like a Jess/cortex schmear
That's apodcast [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 2, 2020 - 19 comments

*Comic Book Store Guy voice* "Ooh, I've wasted my life."

I just posted my 10,000th comment to MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Oct 7, 2020 - 32 comments

Attention to 'Detail'

Honestly, I just wanted to note and give a cheer to mbrubeck for recently demonstrating that you could do this (or see directly below), the 'details' element, something I never knew about HTML and Metafilter. Kind of cool, I like learning techie new things.
I'm Henry the Eighth I am,
Henry the Eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She's been married seven (breath) times before, and
everyone yells at Hen-a-ry
"HEN-A-RY!"
Henry the Eighth I am, I am
Henry the Eighth I am
Second verse, same as the first ...
[more inside]
posted by metabaroque on Oct 3, 2020 - 18 comments

167: The Gang Records A Podcast

Back on something resembling a schedule, jessamyn and I chat about MetaFilter and also...other things? I am very punchy! This has been successfully posted! Have a great weekend! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 2, 2020 - 5 comments

166: The Metafilter Monthly-ish Podcast

After an August break, jessamyn and I are back to talk about Metafilter, bad weather, libraries, Metafilter, blaseball, and Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 11, 2020 - 12 comments

Help cortex cut his hair, fundraising edition.

My hair is too long! Something's gotta be done! So, here's the deal: for every new $50 in monthly recurring contributions to MetaFilter we see in September, I'll cut an inch off. I've got about 14 inches of hair right now, so we've got a lot of ground to cover. Come inside to track my progress with the patent-pending MetaFilter Hair-O-Meter. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 2, 2020 - 32 comments

"Talk... less."

In addition to the ~biweekly megathreads, the 2016 DNC saw four daily threads with 12,536 total comments, plus a 1,598-comment VP thread for literal potato Tim Kaine. This cycle there are no megathreads, and a grand total of *checks notes* zero posts or comments on either the DNC or VP nominee Kamala Harris, a charismatic woman of color with a complex record who may potentially lead the nation for a dozen years if everything breaks her way. I know the megathreads were a burden, but this seems sub-optimal, especially given the desire on the site and in society generally to spotlight women leaders, black voters, and the push for criminal justice reform. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 18, 2020 - 309 comments

Issues with Recent Activity page on mobile Safari?

When I load this page, regardless of settings, it jumps back and forth between two apparently presentations and is totally unusable — you can’t read or click anything. Is this just me, or is it a broader problem? My iPad is new and up to date.
posted by uberchet on Jul 30, 2020 - 13 comments

Tasty and/or lovely things

Recently I discovered a recipe for so-called one-ingredient watermelon sorbet. It's basically frozen, seeded watermelon chunks that you freeze, then break up in a blender, then refreeze. It was unexpectedly tasty. Also, on a podcast today I heard Colin Hay and his song "Come Tumblin' Down" for the first time, which was fun. What tasty and/or lovely things are helping you cope during these sad, hard times?
posted by Bella Donna on Jul 17, 2020 - 69 comments

Metafilter Podcast Guests

Has there been any consideration given to inviting Mefites to join in on the monthly podcasts? It would be fun to hear from many of our community members about anything ranging from their FPPs to their own experiences on Metafilter. I wanted to put this out to the community so that others here have an opportunity to give their input.
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 4, 2020 - 57 comments

165: Take What We've Got

It's July, which is podcast season, or so the man at the podcast store told me. So jessamyn and I bought ourselves a podcast and took it out on the lake and, honestly, I don't know where I'm going with this. It's Friday, I'm pooped, we talk about MeFi stuff a bunch, it's about 90 minutes long, here you go. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 3, 2020 - 10 comments

MetaDragons 🐉

I love dragons. They're one of my favorite creatures. There are many different types of dragons. Some mythical, some still living today. From literature, film & television, animation, & video-games, table-top games. There are many different breeds: chromatic or metalic? lightweight or heavyweight? Would you ride on their backs? Maybe you'd learn some magic. There have been some amazing posts on the blue and green related to dragons that are worth checking out. The conversation is open to any and all dragon-related subjects. Let's discuss dragons. RROOAARRR!!!!
posted by Fizz on Jun 18, 2020 - 68 comments

Moderators as Full-Time Employees? What a Visionary Idea You've Invented

The new hotness in tech: NYU Center for Business and Human Rights says social media giants should have their moderators be full-time employees (PDF). [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 9, 2020 - 8 comments

164: It's Been A Rough Week

Podcast time, and jessamyn and are I back talking about a bunch of stuff we liked from MetaFilter as usual, and talking a bit about the hard stuff surrounding George Floyd and Minneapolis, and also absolutely plotzing about having two new mods join the team! Welcome again, travelingthyme and loup. This episode is long even for us, about an hour and forty total. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 2, 2020 - 8 comments

Two new mods: welcome to travelingthyme and loup!

Please give a hearty hello to our newly-hired members of the MetaFilter moderation team: travelingthyme and loup! I'll let them introduce themselves a bit below, but I wanted to let folks know that they'll both be working part-time as of now so you can expect to see their names around the site. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2020 - 223 comments

Two decades in the blue

May 22nd is my metafilter 20 year anniversary. I can remember signing up from my little cinder block office in graduate school at the University of Louisville. I thought I'd post now so I don't forget. It's kind of amazing that this community still exists, and wanted to thank everyone for their contributions. Since joining Metafilter I've finished grad school, had three more kids, gotten a full time job and of course gotten older. Thanks all for your many links, comments and useful solutions over the years.
posted by mecran01 on May 19, 2020 - 32 comments

I've lost my paint

I remember reading a post on either Metafilter/Ask Metafilter in which the comment section got onto the topic of white interior house paint. One person commented that "Such-and-such white paint is the best" with a link. Many people favorited it and I think several agreed with the declaration in subsequent comments. I thought, "What is this great paint that people seem to love?" I clicked through to the paint color and thought, "oh yes, that really is a VERY good white interior paint color." Now I am in need of white interior paint, looking for that comment/link, and I can't find it.
posted by Gray Duck on May 4, 2020 - 19 comments

163: You must understand!

It was a time known as The Great Resetting, when, after a months of wandering in a week late or so with episodes, jessamyn and I finally managed to release a new episode smack dab on the 1st. It was spoken of in legend as...episode 163 of the MetaFilter podcast. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 1, 2020 - 9 comments

silver linings of the pandemic

There's a venting thread, but maybe you want to share a surprising good thing that has happened despite the terrible situation in the world right now. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Apr 25, 2020 - 151 comments

What's eatin', you?

You know what's weird right now? Besides, like, everything? Food. Lots of routines are disrupted, lots of supply lines and food-sourcing habits have gotten all sideways. So: what's going on with your fooding? How's the whole eating thing? Any happy discoveries or rediscoveries? Any weird surprises? Any big shortage headaches? Any horrible cooking failures? Snacking surprises? Foodly frustrations? Can you buy literally any yeast? Get it out, let's talk all kinds of food stuff, let's do a whole roundup of where everybody's at.
posted by cortex on Apr 14, 2020 - 212 comments

162: Grip It And Rip It

Jessamyn and I do what we do best: manage to show up and record a podcast despite it all. We talk about (a) a bunch of COVID stuff and (b) a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with COVID and (c) the whole process of trying to navigate that balance. I drink most of a tall beer. Jessamyn is hopped up on decaf coffee. It's wild. Runs about 80 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 3, 2020 - 26 comments

April Fun Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Trying to run with a regular April Fools gag feels super weird this year, so...let's just have an indoor scavenger hunt! Can you find THE ROUNDEST THING in your home? Find a thing that needs finding, post a picture and/or description of it in the thread, suggest something else for folks to look for! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 1, 2020 - 131 comments

sole artifact left to explain humanity

Regarding the recent one-man Godzilla film that was posted over on the blue, MCMikeNamara commented:
If this was the sole artifact left to explain humanity, it would be impossible to truly explain without the cultural context, but I honestly don't care and would happily nominate it to be the sole artifact to explain humanity.<>
Has me thinking what the rest of the community would choose, so let's open it up to debate. What would you choose as the sole artifact left to explain humanity? I'm thinking that MCMikeNamara is on the right track with this one-man Godzilla film. Stay safe everyone.
posted by Fizz on Mar 30, 2020 - 54 comments

Let's make some dang art

I'm finding art is a really useful thing for putting my brain somewhere other than *waves hands around floridly* for a while. And I know a lot of folks on MetaFilter make art, or have made art, or would like to make art. So, hey: let's make some art! Good art, bad art, first-timer art. Let's make stuff, and talk about stuff you'd like to make, and share what you're making, and share resources and guides and inspiration and so on. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 27, 2020 - 95 comments

(Staying) home is where the heart is.

OK. It's officially a pandemic. Should MeFi IRL suspend operations for the time being?
posted by sexyrobot on Mar 11, 2020 - 20 comments

161: Change Your Ding-Dang Clocks

Podcast? Podcast! Me and jessamyn, podcasting. It's the podcast thing, with jessamyn and with me, and it's this! Here you go. Seventy-five minutes? Podcast. Hi. Hello. Don't forget to reset your clocks if that happens this weekend. Podcast. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 6, 2020 - 9 comments

FUCK IT, WE'LL DO IT LIVE SCORPIONS

Apparently it's Scorpion - Scorpion - Scorpion - Crop Is On day on MetaFilter, so, y'know, post some fucken scorpions if you got 'em.
posted by cortex on Feb 24, 2020 - 103 comments

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