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This is how to do ObitFilter. [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Feb 11, 2008 - 31 comments

Generic Celebrity Thread Blues

Maybe this has already been mentioned on the grey, but the Heath Ledger thread is marred by some particularly predictable & troll-esque "why give a shit/we need to cut celebrities down to size!" comments. [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Jan 23, 2008 - 207 comments

People die every day, and so what?

I would like to know what the standard is for obituary filter. Scores, nay hundreds, of semi-famous people die every day. Can we do a thread about each and every one of them on MetaFilter? I hope not.
posted by Meatbomb on Jul 30, 2007 - 103 comments

Mandatory Mourning?

So let me see if I have this right...we're only allowed to comment in this thread if we heap glowing praise upon the recently deceased? Huh. Sorry I missed the memo.
posted by davidmsc on Apr 12, 2007 - 290 comments

Where is the Vassilis Fotopoulos post?

Where is the Vassilis Fotopoulos post? There are currently four obits on front page; maybe we could just have a permanent link to the wikipedia page instead?
posted by meech on Jan 14, 2007 - 77 comments

James Brown obituary: tripled in sixty seconds

This is hilarious. A first?
posted by jonson on Dec 25, 2006 - 61 comments

There's been an awful lot of Obits lately.

I don't mean to be insensitive, but can can we give ObituaryFilter a rest?
posted by icosahedral on Nov 17, 2006 - 91 comments

Good riddance to bad images

Do you miss the img tag? I sure as hell don't. Can I get an amen?
posted by signal on Oct 24, 2006 - 88 comments

radio7, rest in peace.

I was saddened to hear of the most untimely passing of Radio7 on September 9th. I only met her once, but I was charmed by her humour, talent and vivaciousness.
posted by timeistight on Sep 29, 2006 - 102 comments

What does the dot mean?

i've seen this in a few posts on the blue and the green, this one most recently. why are people commenting with just a . ?
posted by misanthropicsarah on Jul 28, 2006 - 137 comments

Mihail passes, sorrow ensues

I wanted to let the Metafilter community know that MiHail of the portabella mushroom fame died in February while waiting for a liver transplant. She was my best friend and soul mate. Rest in peace, Cathy. You are missed.
posted by Jade5454 on May 11, 2006 - 153 comments


Someone added tags to my post. I'll wear the 'obit' and 'obituary' but the '.' has to go. When I try to delete it i get "Looks like you're trying to delete tags fromto the wrong post. Go ."
posted by tellurian on Mar 27, 2006 - 78 comments

Fake obit on google aggregator uncovered

How Will Ferrell Died re: Deleted Thread
posted by srboisvert on Mar 21, 2006 - 12 comments

Will Ferrell death hoax

Will Ferrell not dead. A story about the actor’s death in a paragliding accident on The Blue today was deleted so fast, I was not sure if I am hallucinating again or what. So it was a hoax and should disappear
posted by growabrain on Mar 14, 2006 - 34 comments

Obit Guidelines

The Kirby Puckett obit thread has attracted some rather distasteful snark about the propriety of discussing "minor celeb deaths." Are obit threads inevitable? Should they be?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Mar 6, 2006 - 166 comments

What does the dot mean?

What does "." mean?
posted by Kwantsar on Nov 22, 2005 - 43 comments

Why do people post "."?

What exactly is the . in people's replies? I used to ignore them, but when I saw a dozen or so in the Nipsey Russell thread I just had to know...
posted by andreaazure on Oct 4, 2005 - 31 comments

Long-time metafilter member Alicia Frantz passed away on June 3rd.

Long-time metafilter member Alicia Frantz passed away on June 3rd.
There is more info on her site, and a news article. She will be greatly missed.
posted by milovoo on Aug 25, 2005 - 82 comments

What does the dot mean?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what does posting a single period (.) as the only text in a respons mean?
posted by TheFeatheredMullet on Aug 19, 2005 - 5 comments

Is it okay to use a dot as a bookmark?

Is it no longer acceptable to leave a comment with simply a period - "." - in a thread so you can keep track of it via your profile page? I still see it happen in the blue but don't see it often in the green, and it now seems one of my comments like that was just deleted in the green... I don't want to piss on anyone here about that, just trying to figure out if it is cool to do it or not.
posted by pwb503 on May 14, 2005 - 44 comments


An active MeFi member, poopy, has passed away.
posted by Zurishaddai on Apr 14, 2005 - 337 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

What does the dot mean?

What's with the dots? Am I missing a really obvious tradition/in-joke?
posted by ascullion on Oct 26, 2004 - 21 comments

beautiful obit for marlon brando

I hate ObitFiler as much as the next guy, but this almost-literary Brando remembrance made me forget why. Thanks, Dobbs.
posted by luser on Jul 2, 2004 - 16 comments

Ray Charles Obit Thread

a good man is dead, let's be snarky!
posted by Capn on Jun 10, 2004 - 86 comments

Does the dot mean RIP?

Does . mean something like RIP?
posted by alms on Mar 16, 2004 - 38 comments

What's the deal with the dot?

What's the deal with people posting a comment whose sole content is "."? Example here, but I've been seeing it more and more. Perhaps I missed out on some kewl new meme, but it just seems like lazy, bandwidth-sucking, "me too" ego stroking.
posted by mkultra on Mar 11, 2004 - 142 comments

accepting bets on next celebrity death on front page

Allright, place your bets for the next celebrity death on the front page for today. Third try's a charm, Mr. President.
posted by Keyser Soze on Sep 12, 2003 - 23 comments

breaking news does not override policy

No, I'm just reading a shitty front page. Oh, do excuse me. I completely forgot that a dead celebrity overrides the requirement to actually have a link in your FPP. Honestly, I should be dragged through the street and shot for my audacity.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jul 4, 2003 - 92 comments

Why do people post periods in obit threads?

I've looked in the FAQ and elsewhere that I can think of, and I'm only asking because another, more longstanding Mefi-ite asked me if I knew the answer, so maybe I'm not the only one who doesn't know. What's the deal with posting a period on threads when people die? Does it refer to something specific? Does it just mean "speechless?" Is there a thread that this sprang from?
posted by soyjoy on Feb 27, 2003 - 18 comments

behavior in obitfilter

Lots and lots of people have died, even musicians and oceanographers. It's been happening for a long time, and for many different reasons. People have different ways of dealing with/commemorating a death, if they care at all. Sometimes they throw a party. So don't get all pissed when I'm in the back row, giggling at the all-too-public funeral
posted by Su on Apr 26, 2002 - 31 comments

Metafilter in The Guardian: "She's Dead! Yes!"

"Meanwhile the internet, as always, provided a sceptical alternative to the reverent coverage of the Queen Mother's death. Too sceptical for some, actually: Americans were among those revolted by certain threads on our own Guardian Unlimited website, where conversations began "Queen Mum Snuffs It" and "She's Dead! Yes!" Over at Metafilter one reader commented acidly: 'You have to be pretty sick to get off on the death of a 101-year old woman. But then, they are Guardian readers...' Oooh get you!"

Metafilter mentioned again in today's 'Web Life' section of 'The Guardian' [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Apr 6, 2002 - 22 comments

RIP, ObitFilter

I don't want to be insensitive, but with posts like this,
this, and this. Isn't mefi becoming too much of an obit page?
posted by jeblis on Mar 27, 2002 - 40 comments

Obitfilters only for . . and .

I didn't want to derail the Kevin Smith obit thread from where ever it might be going so... [more inside]
posted by willnot on Feb 15, 2002 - 21 comments

appropriateness of posts on illness of minor celebrities?

Can I get a witness?

Even if you think "RIP" posts for obscure celebrities are appropriate, do we really need "X is sick", "X is really sick" and "X is dead" posts?
posted by jpoulos on Sep 18, 2001 - 27 comments

Are these threads really right for MetaFilter?

Is this really the venue for moments of silence and lists of condolences? Especially when posters order 'do not comment here'? We saw how well it worked in the case of the first thread.
posted by darukaru on Sep 12, 2001 - 17 comments

Obits Callout

Welcome to meta-obit.com. I know we've sort of covered this recently, but this is getting ridiculous.
posted by jpoulos on Jul 1, 2001 - 11 comments

Obits: if you don't care, stay out

Raining on other people's parades. I've seen this before, eulogizing, and I don't know if it's been discussed here, but people have a bad habit of being contrary and blase simply for the sake of it.

So in this thread, which admittedly I am very upset about, seeing as how I used "font size=7" to proclaim my sorrow, why are people coming in to a thread that is about mourning of a sort and talking about how much they don't care? You didn't read pamie.com? Wonderful! Why the hell are you talking about it, then? You didn't like it? Super! Does that mean your opinions are appropriate?

Are people so in love with the "sound of their own voice" that they just have to blab, regardless of the thread? I'd like to know, really.
posted by solistrato on Jun 29, 2001 - 9 comments

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