Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:28:43 GMTGood Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! This week's Metatalktail conversation starter is, What is your favorite personal/family/friend group/societal tradition?
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:12:20 GMTFor the next podcast episode, I think it'd be fun to do another call-in show. This time: Ask A Moderator! Drop us a voicemail at (505) 663-6334, that's (505) 663-MEFI, with a question about MetaFilter, moderation, being a mod, or whatever, and we'll try and give you an answer!
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:41:45 GMTI'm trying to find an article I'm pretty sure I saw on here in the last year or so about the gender differences in predictions of the future but my search fu is failing me.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:20:42 GMTI'm trying to find a comment I remember reading about smart contracts, along the lines of the concept of a human-free "objective" contract being incoherent because ultimately humans have to design these smart contracts. I've searched the threads on smart contracts, Ethereum, and other likely topics with no luck. Does anyone happen to have an idea of the comment I'm talking about? Thanks!
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:15:51 GMTIn one of the December election threads, someone made a passing reference to a Pogues song, and I can't find it. If memory serves, the comment didn't mention them by name, but said something to the effect of "I never thought I'd be singing xxxxx, but it's relevant again." The only things I can recall were that it was from one of the 1980s albums and it wasn't "Fairytale of New York". If anyone can help jog my memory, I'd be much obliged. Thanks!
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:13:09 GMTI want to talk about "local action" for all the MeFites who have ideas, need ideas, or just want to share cool ideas you've seen out there.So I'm not exactly sure how to frame this MeTa, so forgive me for the wall o' text. Recently I posted "the most depressing askme ever" and I know that there are MeFites literally all over the world who are ready to join the resistance. MeFi has been everything lately, I've seen several inspirational comments that I will just drop here if that's ok: "I still feel like the only real thing I can do is just go sit somewhere in public and invite other people to sit with me until this is fixed. That's all I got." "I know how you feel. It helps me to think of my parents and grandparents who lived through world wars and missile crises where the outcome was uncertain. They survived. I think it's time for us all to find the inner warrior and to stand up and face whatever crap life is about to throw at us. It's our time to be heroes!" "I think the most cathartic thing to do is find the method in which you can fight the good fight ... Whether its giving money, volunteering, running for office or getting involved with journalism there is a way that you can fight back. It is also the way that you can access the hope and determination of people who feel the exact same way you do." There are tons more like these. Then there's Mrs. P, who wins three gold-plated internets for walking the walk: "It feels kind of silly and pointless because if it's just me there for half an hour a day it doesn't feel like it's accomplishing a whole lot and to be honest I feel so awkward and weird just walking there by myself with a sign but then this horrifying administration does literally anything and I feel like I have to do whatever I can to push back." What I'm doing: On Groundhog Day I organized a Read-in in my city's largest park, and I made contact with about 10 people. Even though none of my friends and family showed, we had a great time and received some pretty positive feedback. I'm hoping to advertise more and have a larger crowd for the second event. (I'll be giving away t-shirts that say "Reading is Resistance" and I'm hoping to get some printed materials from a local enviro non-profit.) I was surprised to have to explain to a few what a "read-in" was supposed to be, but basically it's a sit-in, right? My favorite comment was that it was like "a public event for introverts" and I think that's key. I read in the NYT this week 'not everyone wants to go to a demonstration' (exact quote), and I am happy to have come up with something that is drawing interest without being divisive. I am in the Deep South, after all. Then I started writing a zine. Now, I wrote my first play in 6th grade, but I'm not a writer. This is just fun, venting, experimentation? The zine includes flash fiction, poems, and 5 removable protest posters (8.5 x 14) that can be colored in and mounted on posterboard for all your protesting needs! And I'm giving it away, with hope that Volume II will be a community effort -- with proceeds going to charity. This is totally in my wheelhouse and I feel like I'm DOING SOMETHING, even if it's only encouraging people to read and make art. It's been very therapeutic. I'll be distributing the zine around my city and I have at least one friend on the coast who is willing to distribute if I send copies her way. So why am I posting this? Because I believe in this resistance. Because I marched against Prop 187 in 1994 and I can't believe I still have to protest this shit. Because I have ideas, and you have ideas, and there are a million ways for nerds and artists and introverts to make a difference right now. Our ideas are not dumb! Personally -- I have several dogs in this fight: I'm a small business owner, covered by the Medicaid expansion. My SO is getting quality healthcare for the first time in his life, and it's because of that that our family is in tact[...]
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:06:51 GMTHappy Saturday, MetaFilter! This week's Metatalktail conversation starter is, What book/movie/play/song/WHATEVER has you excited right now? What popular things are worth our time? What overlooked things have we yet to discover?
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:27:11 GMTThis is a bit late, but we wanted to share the progress of the 2017 Metafilter "No Spending" Challenge so far!
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:40:53 GMTWe've gone back and forth in the election threads for over a year now. And plenty MeTa ink has already been spilled alternately bemoaning and re-litigating names for his Trumpiness, how annoying nicknames are, why some people want them, etc. etc. It's been recently argued that his name is already pretty silly for the English. From Lord Dampnut to , this topic seems done to death. Can we just settle this and put it in the damn wiki? Has it already been? Isn't this a better place than the unwieldy election threads?
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:06:43 GMTResearch breakthrough from Mefi's own Buckt - ant butt rides [project) - 2013.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:20 GMTI didn't realize how much I'd learned from this community about how to moderate a community...until the community I moderate started talking politics. What skills have you realized you honed on MetaFilter without noticing it?
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:22:39 GMTMajor League Baseball Spring training starts this week, and I was wondering if there might be some interest in starting a fantasy baseball dynasty league. I've participated in cgk's redraft league for a few years, and it's been a lot of fun, but I thought the addition of a dynasty element might appeal to some of the more seasoned spreadsheet athletes out there. Details below.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:33:52 GMTHello fellow MeFites! I'm wondering if we can discuss as a community the possibility of shifting the site norms and policies around what makes a good AskMe answer. Is this something others would be interested in and what would be a good norm/policy for you?(First off, thanks cortex for beta reading this post for me!) The recent MeTa on increasing the Ask limit had a sidebar conversation around the amount of AskMe answers that don't really answer the question, are excessively chatty, or are just someone spitballing without any knowledge or expertise. I think these answers usually come from a place of trying to be helpful or share an idea to guide the asker toward what they're trying to find or do, but in reality they can be frustrating for the asker, and also frustrating for me as a reader when I'm interested in the answer to the question. The Best Answer function helps a little but it's disappointing when a really awesome question I'm intensely curious about has ten answers and none of them really address the question. I'd like to propose that focusing on providing only specific, helpful information in answers makes AskMe much more rewarding to use as an asker and as a reader, and also keeps discussions on topic and avoids chatfilter. (As a note, I think human relations AskMes are mostly irrelevant here because they are by nature subjective, but some of these topics do intersect, e.g. when a human relations question touches on a legal issue.) My proposal for a new definition of a "good" AskMe answer is that a good answer: 1. Comes from a place of specific factual knowledge or expertise. So for example, if the question is "What animals are legal to keep as pets in Thunder Bay, Ontario?" a good answer includes the relevant law that is specific to Thunder Bay*. 2. Takes into account ALL of the parameters of the question. So for example, if the question is "Where can I buy a green sweater with an English Bulldog in a women's size US M?" a good answer links to a sweater** that fits ALL of these things. 3. Assumes the answerer has already tried other ways to find the answer or solve the problem like Googling, using a different approach, asking an expert via Twitter, etc. 4. Respects that no experiences or background are universal, even to MeFi. This is admittedly the vaguest point but I think it covers a lot of things like remembering that everything from social norms, physical health, finances, and family background to applicable laws, time zone, language use, and climate vary widely across the group of people using the site. So in this case, a good answer would err on the side of asking a clarifying question when something seems odd about the OP's post, rather than making an assumption. Basically, if there's one unifying point that covers all of these, I think it's important to operate from a place of good faith on AskMe and assume that the asker phrased the question in a specific way for a reason. So even if there might be a more efficient or feasible way to do what they're trying to do, they really are looking for advice about how to do it in a specific and roundabout way! I think I'd much rather hear "this thing doesn't exist" than an answer that assumes I want a similar thing, and I'd rather hear "this isn't isn't possible to do in the way you specified" than an answer that assumes I didn't know a different way to do it. My impression has been that our community and the moderation policy favors an approach that's more like "all information is good, so more answers = more helpful," but as an asker I'd like to favor an approach that says "I'll only answer this question if I actually know the answer." So, what do folks think? Do others agree that we could skew more in this direction as a com[...]
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:41:17 GMTIt's Metatalktails time! By special request from rtha it's a recipe thread tonight! Food demands fellowship, so share your good feels, your favorite recipe, and/or your favorite meal this week.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:15:20 GMTIf you noticed a subtle font change on MetaFilter in the Modern theme in the last day or so, you're not hallucinating: one of the web fonts we use, Montserrat, got tweaked by its designer in a way that's affected us and a ton of other websites. Come inside for some details!
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:56:06 GMTComrades, I think it's time to revisit the idea of allowing users to post multiple AskMe questions in a week. In the past I have gone on record as being against this, but upon further reflection I realize it was merely kneejerk, reactionary fear of change. Let us embark together down this unknown road.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:57:30 GMTFollowing hot on the heels of The MetaFilter Podcast, I give you its scruffy, grumpy, band t-shirt wearing younger sibling, The MeFiMusic Podcast (episode 4), available now on Soundcloud!
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:14:11 GMTThis episode of Best of the Web, jessamyn and I catch up on the last month-ish on MetaFilter, and I mostly manage not to lapse into grumpy ranting about the state of the world, mostly. Also, we get voicemail from Greg_Ace, Wordshore, wenestvedt, and a mystery caller with an update re: bananas. This episode covers January 3rd through February 7th and runs about 90 minutes.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadMisc - 125 is a cube and two distinct sums of squares (100 + 25 and 121 + 4). Good job 125! - the 54-year marathon - fuck you cat fingers - individual groundhogs, rodents, and mammals - ReadMe? More like UpdateMe amirite Jobs - Icelandfilter: Can someone send me a phone book? by The Pluto Gangsta - PHP Coder to convert/implement an administrative dashboard by sandra_s Projects - Two Asians talk about all of this shit. by Errant - Trailer for Ginevra by tessmartin - I built a multi-plane animation stand by tessmartin - Inauguration Livestream by cortex - You are personally inconvenienced by a protest action you support. How should you react? by duffell - Wikinaut by Operation Afterglow - Super Whippy by Grangousier - Transona Five Deluxe Remaster by Annika Cicada - Free fonts from the 90s! by ardgedee - Reaction GIF Generator by loquacious crouton (MeFi Post) MetaFilter - Reaction GIF Generator by phunniemee - "Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer every single day." by Sokka shot first - IMDB message boards RIP by Clustercuss - a comment by cms - I thought these were jeans! by Mchelly - i lik the bred by yasaman - They Shut it Down by Joseph Gurl - "He just died, that's all" by jessamyn - oh no by HeroZero - Pressure!! by vibratory manner of working - Putting My Foot Down by eotvos - You wonder what the thing is that's gonna be the moment you're proud of by How the runs scored - a comment by bluemilker - moods are a thing for cattle and loveplay by cortex - Can you see a pattern forming here? by chainsofreedom Ask MeFi - Please recommend The Best Cat Fountain EVAR. by misanthropicsarah - a comment by jamaro - a comment by Polychrome - How Does Spaghetti Squash Do The Thing? by Rush-That-Speaks - a comment by julthumbscrew - I'm gonna move that rock by silsurf - Quiet Books from Diverse Authors by Think_Long - Hidden Gems of Non-US TV by forkisbetter - Short American horror fiction by authors who aren't white men? by dersins - Bio-horror tech sci fi thrillers of the past few years? by turbid dahlia - Do Mice Eat Human Semen? by Anonymous - Costume ideas featuring Roller Shoes (or at least including them) by Metro Gnome MetaTalk - WomensMarch 2: Electric Boogaloo? by sciatrix - Chill out in some Metatalktail hour posts - You made it, you're proud of it; let's see it! by Greg Nog - Let's have a Love-In! by billiebee - Testing out a new US Politics sidebar widget by cortex - This is what MeFite democracy looks like! by ignignokt (in which, barchan on quitting her job) - the delightful side of MetaFilter by amnesia and magnets IRL - Come watch me wince in pain! by bibliogrrl Music This episode features: - Moon Patrol! by erikgrande - additional Moon Patrol - even more Moon Patrol FanFare - Special Event: Superbowl LI: Patriots vs. Falcons by Eyebrows McGee [...]
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:15:35 GMTPlease share the MeFi post/discussion that has *delighted* you the most, in an irrepressible smile-inducing sort of way. It can be old or new, brief or epic, an FPP whose comments devolved into a series of terrible puns, an in-joke-filled post about your favorite show on FanFare, an Ask about naming a really cute pet, the IRL where you met your SO... whatever you've seen discussed or discovered by this community that has given you a frisson of sans schadenfreude delight, I'd love to see or be reminded of it, too. Here's to brighter days.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:01:04 GMTHey mods and fellow MeFites. Apologies if this has been discussed recently but I didn't find anything. I have two questions: Can we make it easier to find the Mefi Wiki? And is it okay to add a page of links to groups like Indivisibleguide.org so there's a central list of progressive activism resources?