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As requested, this is a MeTa post to discuss the derail that happened in this other MeTa post. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 5, 2024 - 849 comments

Policies on Trans Issues: Current and Future

This post includes Information from loup about how the site's policies on trans people/issues are currently implemented including how transphobic content, sources and members are dealt with, the information they've given me about planned changes based on some brief feedback I've given, and an invitation for other trans members to share their thoughts, concerns, feedback, and suggestions [more inside]
posted by Chrysopoeia on Apr 1, 2023 - 115 comments

Too Many Links

This post is a revised version of a comment I posted a little while ago on this post on the blue by kliuless. My complaint was that the post was really more of a linkdump than a coherent post. It's not the first time kliuless has done this, but I'm not singling them out -- I'm pretty sure I've seen other users do the same thing. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Mar 21, 2023 - 212 comments

Post Editing Pony?

Hi all. I realize this may very well be just me, but the inconsistency between the ability to edit comments after posting, while unable to do the same to main FPPs or questions, is starting to bother me. I occasionally make mistakes in my posts and have to contact the moderators for things like broken HTML or typos, which I could totally fix on my own if the site allowed me to do so. [more inside]
posted by Alensin on Aug 20, 2021 - 2 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 - 15 comments

How should the issue of non-racial slurs be discussed?

The thread on “Racial slurs that should never be written,” was focused on racial slurs. Several people brought up other types of slurs, but they were told that that thread was not the place to address those slurs. This is the thread to discuss where to address those slurs. [more inside]
posted by NotLost on Jul 27, 2020 - 170 comments

We should stop linking to the NY Times

The history of the NY Times paywall has been one of cat and mouse games, but at present the site is so aggressively paywalled as to be functionally unreachable for many. Continuing to link to it as a primary source in a post seems contrary to community standards. [more inside]
posted by tocts on Nov 5, 2019 - 105 comments

Rolling out some updated site documentation

We're updating some site documents today to better reflect contemporary MetaFilter.  Today's updates include the New User pages that potential new community members move through when signing up, the site's core guidelines page, and a new document discussing common microaggressions and being mindful about the impact of dominant-culture dynamics on a diverse membership.  I'll talk in more detail about all that below the fold. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 14, 2019 - 97 comments

Let's not use mass shooters' names.

I think that we should avoid using the names of mass shooters when we talk about them. It gives them publicity, which they want. We also shouldn't link to their manifestos, or to sites making money off them.
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 2, 2019 - 43 comments


Earlier today after a passing a family while walking down the street I said to my wife, "The interesting question to me isn't why some people murder their children. It's why anyone doesn't murder their children" - I didn’t think comments about murdering any types of people were allowed, but this one still stands. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 3, 2019 - 465 comments

IRL post achiving pre-event

This IRL post concerns an event with a long lead time. It's been closed/archived long before the event. Should we rethink archiving posts long before the event? [I tried to use the contact form, but got some weird error page about an invalid construct]
posted by pjern on Apr 6, 2017 - 16 comments

Make moderation posts more distinctive

Ive learned here and elsewhere that Metafilter is rightly proud of its moderation. However it took me almost a year to recognize when a mod has  commented. The current visual cues are too subtle for me, especially because I use large fonts and can see only a small amount of text per screen. This pony is an access request (to accomodate both my older eyes and my short-term memory issues) as well as a suggestion for improving the Metafilter experience for new users.  [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K on Mar 14, 2016 - 142 comments

A question of policy

In the Oregan under attack thread there was a well researched comment by phoque naming most of the brundy bunch which was subsequently axed with an indication to bring the matter here [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Jan 9, 2016 - 123 comments

The MetaTalk queue, how it works, and possible policy change

I'm not clear on how the queue is working for MetaTalk, and was also wanting to revisit the queue system and how it's currently being used in order to gauge if policy changes should be enacted. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 10, 2015 - 283 comments

Homework Policy

Can we clarify the policy on homework questions in AskMe? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Sep 9, 2015 - 33 comments

Should No-Doxxing Policies Apply To Links/FPPs Too?

While a hard bright line has been maintained against actively doxxing people in comments on Metafilter, where do we stand about FPPs and comments that link to sites which expose details of people's information and home lives against their will? Most recently, the recent FPP about doxxing members of the intelligence community, to include photos of them, their family, details of where they live, and which cars they drive, etc. Can we, and should we, do better? [more inside]
posted by corb on May 11, 2015 - 133 comments

Rules for new accounts for existing users?

A few months ago I got into an regrettably poor discussion with another user in mefi mail. During the course of that discussion it became clear the user was an older user with a new account. I asked why they were using a new account and the answer was essentially: "because I want too". This seemed very different from the still current FAQ answer about new accounts which says that the only legitimate reason to change your username was a "Grave or life threatening reason". [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Dec 4, 2014 - 179 comments

Tired of arbitrary favorites. A call for orthodoxy.

Favorites! Where do I start? Some people don't get enough. Some people get too many. The system we have now is broken. We need a more orthodox approach to give out faves. They have to MEAN SOMETHING, people! [more inside]
posted by hot_monster on Oct 9, 2014 - 159 comments

I think you may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this deletion

I'm too lazy to go back and delete the title pun. Anyway, this deleted post is clearly a spectacle of horror. But I don't think it's *only* a spectacle of horror. When I heard about this incident, I thought the particulars of the event had the potential to add something new to the gun control discussion in the US. And I think the Metafolk could have handled the discussion. I can understand why some topics, ripe though they may be for nuanced & thoughtful debate, are often off-limits (Palestine e.g.). But I didn't think we got that wild on the gun violence posts. Am I wrong?
posted by univac on Sep 1, 2014 - 110 comments

Breaking news - Not any more?

This post on the shooting of three Mounties was deleted with the reason that we should wait until the situation has been resolved before posting. I don't have a problem with that per se but it seems like a serious departure from previous policy on huge breaking news stories (and this story is massive in Canada) for a post that was, IMO, well constructed with authoritative sources and even video of the event. Has there been a shift in policy to curtail discussion of breaking news until all the details are in? More generally should we be moving away from giving stories like these time on the front page until they move off the 24 hour news cycle? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Jun 5, 2014 - 109 comments

MeFi harassment policy?

After reading recent posts on sexual harassment on MetaFilter and elsewhere, and the positive effect of sexual harassment policies at conventions, I wondered whether MetaFilter ought to have a sexual harassment policy to apply to IRL events. I'm not sure what such a policy would look like, but I wanted to see whether there was any agreement on the desirability of such a policy to start with. There are problematic aspects of trying to regulate off-site activity, but I think that not having any way to deal with harassment is even more problematic.
posted by grouse on Jul 7, 2013 - 385 comments


Are questions that ask for advice and perspectives from those who have gone through similar experiences now considered chatfilter? I think this question should have stayed up.
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2013 - 15 comments

What does it mean to say "Don't make this the _____ show"?

Over in this post, Artw was taking a stand that no one else in the thread was. And he did it by providing close readings, links, and cogent arguments. He was told "don't turn this into the Artw show." I'm wondering what that means. [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on May 27, 2013 - 303 comments

A reasonless What's-Your-Favorite

I'd like to post a "What's your favorite X" AskMe. I'm using it to find the one answer I need for a specific use (and I'd be happy to update about my project in the thread later), but I think talking about my use in advance would bias people toward a too-narrow set of responses. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Mar 26, 2013 - 60 comments

Surely This

The level of naked bigotry in the comments to this thread is absolutely appalling to me. Is it really okay on MetaFilter to flat out claim that transfolk are just making it up?
posted by Proofs and Refutations on Feb 28, 2013 - 929 comments

Doxxing Policy

I'm going to an IRL meetup later today, and as an extrovert I love meeting new people, adding them to my friends list on FB, and inviting them to fun things. However, I like to maintain boundaries between my online and offline personas, and my privacy will take precedence over establishing new friendships in 99% of all situations. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Nov 28, 2012 - 263 comments

Does Meta/Ask have a 'Trigger' etiquette for posts?

Is there a 'triggering' etiquette here? If so what is it, because I can't find any reference to tagging posts as 'triggering' on the FAQ. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Aug 9, 2012 - 132 comments

What more was there to say?

I said "fuck you" and got deleted. [more inside]
posted by ferdinand.bardamu on Jul 2, 2012 - 342 comments

Two new tags: Updated and ReAsk

Let's create two new special tags for AskMe: Updated and ReAsk [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 19, 2012 - 11 comments


Deleted comments discouraging. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Jun 7, 2012 - 257 comments

Give full disclosure; get deleted.

Give full disclosure; get deleted. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Apr 11, 2012 - 110 comments

That was an ad.

Today there's a post that is only a series of links to a single retail website. The thread head offers no critique or external perspective: it's a glowing recommendation. If I were going to write an ad for that store (knowing mefi is my target sales demographic), it would look a lot like that thread. [more inside]
posted by diorist on Apr 10, 2012 - 254 comments


So I posted a comment in this thread that was deleted. Poor me, too bad, so sad. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 30, 2012 - 142 comments

confused about how to successfully ask anonymously

If asked anonymously and waited for more than 4 days, and your question does not show up, does that mean your question was rejected? or it means you need to wait even longer. There got to be some response to it so you can decide on what to do next (rephrase your question, ask again using userid, or rephrase question, ask anonymously again hoping to get it pass through the second time). Please explain the policy to me.
posted by akomom on Mar 27, 2012 - 57 comments

Topical Topics

Editorial handling of longitudinal and/or multi-faceted topic posts. [more inside]
posted by j03 on Mar 26, 2012 - 58 comments

Under the radar Blockbusters?

I guess I’m unclear on what’s an appropriate post. I find the summer blockbuster movie links to be weird, but wasn’t going to mention it, but then there’s the whole discussion about an article being to mainstream because it appears on CNN.com. [more inside]
posted by bongo_x on Mar 19, 2012 - 67 comments

Best of the Web (except cnn.com?)

When did "you can find this on your own" because a reason to delete an FPP? [more inside]
posted by drlith on Mar 19, 2012 - 103 comments


Perhaps it's time to consider changing the guideline about requesting additions to the "Also On" feature? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Feb 27, 2012 - 26 comments

baby, baby

I am really surprised that this comment was allowed to stand. The question is not about adoption, at all, and I think this comment is a borderline solicitation.
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 200 comments

Come on gguys

I cracked a joke and it got deleted. Guys, you melted my snowflake. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Dec 28, 2011 - 123 comments

One of these things is not (apparently) like the other.

Is seems curious to me that this post was deleted for editorialising while this post remained. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 1, 2011 - 77 comments

Correcting assumptions in AskMe?

Bad deletions. [more inside]
posted by smorange on Oct 19, 2011 - 161 comments

rar bad idea may become bad law

Is this a good reason to delete a fpp: Can we maybe have this discussion once something has happened and not "rar bad idea may become bad law"? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Oct 11, 2011 - 62 comments

Why are threads closed?

Why are threads closed to new comments after 30 days in AskMetafilter? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Sep 3, 2011 - 57 comments

Nobody to blame but myself...

If a link has been posted and deleted, am I right to assume that reposting the link, even as a sub-link in a post leading on another link about the same thing, is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jul 29, 2011 - 65 comments

You know that Flickr thing? Don't do that.

What exactly is it we're not supposed to do with Flickr links? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 28, 2011 - 113 comments


I'm a little uncomfortable with the personal information being revealed in this thread. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 - 236 comments

We are reconsidering that decision

Deep within the bowels of yesterday’s cluster-fuck, it was stated by jessamyn that the operation of the site during holidays was in question. [more inside]
posted by troll on Jul 5, 2011 - 310 comments

Can I link to a subject I'm involved with, even if it isn't my own work?

I'm a reporter and think an ongoing story in my neck of the woods would make for a decent post on the blue. I am fully aware of the rules against promoting one's own work, but would it be acceptable to post about a topic I've covered, provided that none of the links go to that work, nor to anyone I am or have ever been affiliated with?
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Jun 10, 2011 - 31 comments

Exorcising the ghosts of a deletion?

It seems a comment was deleted at the beginning of this thread, but several comments responding to it remain extant. This is confusing. Can something be done about it? [more inside]
posted by Dano St on Jun 10, 2011 - 109 comments

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