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Obits: Not Such a Nice Guy?

When we have an obit for someone who is ... controversial, as Jerry Pournelle, what should be the mefi etiquette for either leaving the obit at all or possibly crapping it up with the bad memories and misdeeds? Feelings with regard to some people can run strong, and the reasons aren't always obvious to everyone.
posted by Bringer Tom on Sep 9, 2017 - 215 comments

Obit Post Fatigue

It seems like there have been more and more obit posts lately. I understand that some luminaries have passed, but is it really necessary to post an obit for every celebrity/musician? Do these posts live up to the "Best of the Web" standard we set for posts to the Blue? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 23, 2017 - 111 comments

Dead Pony Request

ObitFilter - Maybe it's time. Awesome people seem to be dying at an unprecedented rate, and the MetaFilter Front Page is filling up with Obit posts. Frankly, it's getting depressing scrolling the main site and seeing obituary post after obituary post. When someone famous dies we can generally assume that someone will post about it. Why not create a new section for Obituaries Only. This will keep the Main Page from being cluttered up with obituaries all the time, while still providing a space for them. When someone prominent passes, we can post about it "on the black," and when people hear about someone passing they can go to ObitFilter to join in the grieving without being distracted by election posts, cat videos, etc.
posted by Cookiebastard on Apr 24, 2016 - 157 comments

Site of the Dead

Could I suggest that if you know some really interesting figure, you find some good info on them and post it now, before they're dead? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Apr 4, 2016 - 109 comments

Obits done right

I just wanted to commend WCityMike for his outstanding obit post on Natasha Richardson, and commend the mods for opting for a post that gets it right, rather than simply getting it first. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Mar 19, 2009 - 82 comments

how to do an obituary

LowestCommonDenominatorFilter: In which people revel in their own ugliness. At the very least this post could be deleted and a more thoughtful person could construct a more interesting (and bother with tags--the poster probably was ina rush to be the first to post the obit) post. Then you could at trivialize another human's life within a broader framework.
posted by Burhanistan on Feb 8, 2007 - 147 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 - 92 comments

People shouldn't snipe in the Kaycee Nicole obit thread.

I'd like to see a squelch button so that rudeness like this and this/this don't have to be viewd by everyone.

And for those of you who snipe in basically amounted to someone's wake... I hope you're embarrased enough that you never come back to MeFi. What kind of community can we be when two people can't even keep their mouths shut when we're basically holding a funeral?
posted by SpecialK on May 17, 2001 - 17 comments

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