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GISHWHES 2017 wrap up: Keeping it weird

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:57:24 GMT

A few weeks ago I put a call out for members of the defacto mefite team for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. GISHWHES wrapped up about a week ago. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the 2017 submissions of Team StrangeFascination.

Veteran GISHers including kjs4, Ruki, divka, and His thoughts were red thoughts and newcomers exceptinsects, Eumachia L F, and Room 641-A pulled out some quality strange for supposedly the last ever GISHWHES.

Metatalktail Hour: TOTAL ECLIPSE

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:16:37 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Monday is the total eclipse for much of the US, what do you have planned? Non-eclipse-chasers, antipodeans, and Old Worlders, what's up with your Monday?

as always, talk about whatever you like but avoid politics.

I keep wanting to say "Good Sunday morning, Australian MeFi" or whatever time of day it is somewhere else, but one of my deep dark secrets is that I can't do time zones at all* so I'm terrified that if I try I'll pick the wrong day even if I carefully triple check google and be like "Hello Thursday at noon, South Africa!" and look like a moron rather than just a rube.

*I am literally so bad at it I try to always make other people call me, including my mom one time zone over, because I never have ANY IDEA what time it is where she lives even though it's only one hour in some direction. Who even knows, it's a complete mystery.

Tell Me Something Good

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:11:44 GMT

This is a complementary post to Fizz's necessary post, but tell me something good, tell me that you like it, yeah! It doesn't have to be an amazing thing, but something that made you smile, or feel happy, etc.

Title from the fabulous Rufus & Chaka Kahn.

Fucking Fuck 3.0

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:32:48 GMT

It's been a rough couple of days. Time for another thread. A space for us to breathe. Let's take a moment.

Metatalktail Hour: Late summer free chat

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 01:18:30 GMT

Where I am, it's a cool late summer night and the stars are coming out. Come out on the porch, we've got comfy porch chairs, refreshing beverages and quiet music. What's good with you these days?

This is an open chitchat thread, welcome! Just no politics or horrible-current-events talk.

"Remove from activity" in Mobile Classic?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:29:32 GMT

Pony request: can we get a "remove from activity" feature on the Recent Activity page in the Mobile Classic theme?

I primarily interact with MeFi via my smartphone and am a Classic Theme diehard. Every once in a while I'll participate in a thread that turns out to be very long-lived and stays very active for days after I've personally moved on and am no longer interested in keeping up with it. Usually these are contentious threads where people are posting long, detailed comments (frequently detailing why some other commenter is the Wrongest Person Ever, but that's beside the point) that each take up several screens' worth of real estate on my phone.

Because these threads are so active, they'll often be on the top of my Recent Activity page for days at a time. Having to scroll through ten five-paragraph essays just so that I can see if anybody else has commented in a two-hour-old AskMe about camping gear recommendations I wanted to follow is tedious and annoying, and I've always wished I could just remove those megathreads from my Recent Activity so that I didn't need to deal with them. However, this link does not exist, at least not in my theme of choice.

I've been meaning to ask about this for literally years now. I know the feature exists on Standard Classic, and I assume it's there on Modern as well, so hopefully this would be an easy one to implement in Mobile Classic. Is this something that anybody else would like to see? Is there a reason I'm not thinking of why this is a bad idea? Is there any chance the mods might see their way to making this pony dream a reality?

Agregation sites as FPPs

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:15:41 GMT

These seem to be a lot of FPPs that are links to aggregation sites that pretty much take content other people have done, put a bunch of it together, and add ads. For instance, since the beginning of May this year, there have been 20 FPPs that include links to BoredPanda. (link is to a search of metafilter for instances of boredpanda) There are fewer links to similar sites like Viral Nova

MetaTalk back button anomaly

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:04:04 GMT

So I'm reading an active MetaTalk thread. The "[N] new comments, show" message appears. I click on "show" and get the new messages. I click on a link in one of the new comments and go to a different page. I click on the browser Back button or press the backspace key. I end up back in the MetaTalk page, but without the new comments. Some short time later, the "[N] new comments, show" message appears again.

If I go to an entirely different web page and hit the back button, the same thing occurs, I get the MetaTalk page without the new comments.

I haven't done a lot of experimentation. I tried it once on the blue and came back to the page with the new comments.

I'm running Win7 and the latest Firefox on a fairly elderly HP laptop.

I categorized this in Bugs because there was no better choice, but I'm not sure it's a bug.

I had to check the "My request requires community input ..." box to get this to post. I don't actually think it requires community input, but I'd be interested to know if other MeFites have seen this behavior.

Updates to Election Thread Guide on the Wiki

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:52:05 GMT

Taking advantage of what actually appears to be a slow news day (?!), I re-vamped the Election Thread Guide on the MeFi wiki to be a new "U.S. Politics Thread Reference" guide. I've enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy) the politics megathreads, but there certainly is a learning curve. Please feel free to add your own content directly or, if you'd like, add info/suggestions here and I can work it in.

Some new terms I've added so far:
-National Treasure [X]
-Tick tick tick and "that tick tick tick guy"

I also added a note about the mods' request to avoid apocalyptic end-game scenarios.

Can't stop the signal.

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:46:10 GMT

Can we please either discuss or determine what guidelines we should be following for doxxing / revealing personal info about the subjects of linked content in a thread?

In the current Google doc thread there was a lot of speculation about whether Google was protecting the anonymous author's identity and if so, why. His name was revealed in a comment last night.. A mod commented 23 minutes later, which implies that was ok. People then noted that his Facebook and LinkedIn are publicly available and discussed details from at least one of those sources.

We've all seen the awful negative effects of what happens when doxxing is done with malicious intent, or to the wrong subject. And cortex has previously explained how Metafilter treats linking to a site that doxxes people.

But this is a bit different. I'm honestly not sure where this particular incident stands in a doxxing "hierarchy," so to speak or if it even matters. The guy's name was revealed. Is that a big deal? Is it really doxxing if he (as reported) originally signed his name to the document? The commenter clearly had no malicious intent but rather intended to help stop the rampant speculation in the thread. Plus the guy's name had already been made public by Vox Day. Would really appreciate a mod's input explaining where you all stand on this.

Also, regardless of this one incident, this could be a good opportunity to discuss how revealing otherwise anonymous personal information of linked subjects might best be handled on MeFi in the future, if the community and mods are willing.

Metatalktail Hour: Favorite MetaFilter Moments

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 01:12:30 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! In honor of cortex buying MetaFilter, I've decided to go with a suggestion from pjern, who wants to know your favorite MetaFilter moments! They can be on-site, something that happened IRL, or something that happened BECAUSE of MetaFilter (i.e., you bought a used Mazda5 from Hertz rental because this one lady is always on about it), whatever!

No politics, YES talk about anything you want, and send me ideas for future weeks!

Total Eclipse of the MetaFilter: US August 2017 edition

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:13:48 GMT

A catch-all Meta for MeFites to organise, enquire, wail about accommodation prices and relate their experiences about the August 21st 2017 solar eclipse which crosses the continental USA (total eclipse in 14 states, partial eclipse others and in three other continents). Please don't look at the sun directly or with dodgy glasses, but you can use your smartphone - though just don't miss it. Exclusive, traffic will be nuts, and some will do the Carbondale double. Disclaimer: other eclipses are available for other dates and countries. Obligatory link.On MetaFilter: - TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE STAMPS WILL REVEAL HIDDEN MOON IMAGE - Love the Eclipse You Are Given - "In the year the cheeto ascends the throne, the sun will hide in shame" On MeFi IRL: - Carbondale eclipse viewing meetup? On AskMeFi: - (New York City) Where in the neighborhood do we watch the eclipse? - Eclipse viewing on Cape Cod? - (Multiple location) Help us eclipse! - Can we squeeze in a vacation for everyone? - Campsites for the August eclipse in Oregon, or other options? - Things To Do In Boise After Skywolf Has Devoured Daystar - Black Hole Sun Won't You... Please Plan My Eclipse Viewing For Me - (Interstate I80, Nebraska, driving very fast) Time vs Distance - Stops on a summer ramble from Portland, OR to Casper, WY? - How to spend the night before the eclipse this August in Jackson WY? - (Oregon) Just HOW crazy is the eclipse viewing going to be? - Help me watch Eclipse 2017 near Portland OR - Where to star-gaze in Nevada? - (Northeast US+) What are the best space/astronomy-related activities and events? - Solar Eclipse Road Trip to Grand Island, Nebraska - Any tips? [...]

131: Today. Server Time.

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:10:39 GMT

Jessamyn and I carve out about 80 minutes to talk about MetaFilter and our respective weird busy months, including side threads on having too many dictionaries, what exactly qualifies as the greater Boston area, and questions about bathroom stuff. We cover pretty much all of July. Also, hey, we had a best post contest last month!Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadMisc - Long Live Gopher (with some MeFi mentions) - Community Signal on the Photobucket thing - a cache of West family photos Jobs - Pick up 27 books and ship 12 of them to me. by Malleable - Digital Library Internship by mfoight - Ride to and from the dentist by blnkfrnk - Senior UX Designer by Snacks Projects - I trained an A.I. to Ask Metafilter... by danhon - "Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life" by adamgreenfield - Mk Mrc Grt Gn! A Disemvoweling Twitter Bot by snortasprocket - Rassler, an 8-bit pro wrestling RPG by zerolives - Secret Spaces by brecc MetaFilter - Photobucket thread by current resident - danhon's AskMe neural net thing by Monochrome - That's Ms. Badass to you by bq - I grew up wanting to be a superhero by Mchelly - "All the dads here just are queer in some way—and that's that." by Fizz - Stay outside the circle? You'll die. Go inside the circle? Probably die. by cortex - Happy 18th you big blue beast by cortex - Wooowww! by OmieWise - I try to remember not to sleep in full armor by Wordshore - Birdhouse in Her Soul by rangefinder 1.4 - The lane is built to help you. by hippybear Ask MeFi - Is silent farting a skill everyone can pick up? by sciatrix - Keep out (please) by dreamphone - gimme chompers by komara - Accessible elevators by Literaryhero - Would anyone want shoes from 1909? by MsDaniB - "Am I going to die?" "Probably not, but I wouldn't bet my life on it." by pintapicasso - In Whose House Was Robert Gould Shaw's Sword Found? by Mrs. Pterodactyl IRL - A-Ping, A-Pong, A-Pingity-Pong, A-Ping Pong Pingity Pong by Greg_Ace - BarberQue by garlic FanFare - See what's hopping at the Watercooler - You better believe it's Game of Thrones season again Music Featured in this episode: - Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July by hades - Elvis Presley Slow Down by TheCoug - But the moderator, while insisting he was not intoxicated... by bondcliff MetaTalk - July Best Post Contest! FINAL AWARDS by Eyebrows McGee - 2017 Holiday Movie Club by the man of twists and turns - mathowie transfers ownership of MetaFilter to cortex by cortex - Help build MetaFilter's savings by cortex - Metatalktail Hour: Favorite Words by Eyebrows McGee [...]

When Your Post Lines Up Nicely With the Next Post

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:53:34 GMT

Right now on the front page we have a discussion about the ethics of owning pets. And immediately after that is a post about awesome cat-bros. I love it when stuff like this lines up, intentional or not. Do you recall any of your favourite cosmically timed/sequential MetaFilter posts from throughout MetaHistory?

2017 Holiday Movie Club

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 04:34:10 GMT

It's time to organize the Holiday Movie Club for 2017! The Club runs roughly from American Thanksgiving (Thursday, NOV 23) through New Years Eve. Go to the 2017 organization thread to see suggested movies or add a suggestion, and go to the Holiday Movie Club page to see what we've already watched and add a movie to the calendar

July Best Post Contest! FINAL AWARDS

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:50:25 GMT

It was a great month for posts! Read inside for the month-long winners, final-week winners, and more.The post that received the most votes via "fantastic" flags, and therefore the best post of the month, was: The House of Lee, about the current political scandal in Singapore, by destrius Rounding out the top five: Birdhouse in her Soul, about an artist's miniature birdhouses, by rangefinder 1.4 That time the Great Crown of England was pawned by clawsoon "...E3 displayed refreshing palette of kinky, coily, textured hair." about representation in video games, by Fizz All that you give: Fontella Bass rescues herself, about a remarkable musician, by Herodios --- Our best posts for the final week were "That time the Great Crown of England was pawned" by clawsoon and "All that you give: Fontella Bass rescues herself" by Herodios, so I don't even have to relink them! (Congrats!) Prior week best posts: July 1-9, House of Lee and Birdhouse in Her Soul; July 10-16, the E3 post and History Meets Technology in Shipwreck Alley; and July 17-24, Why Women Pretended to Be Creepy Rocks and Trees in NYC Parks During WWI and How Checkers was Solved. --- First and Second Time Posters Final week First Posts: Sorry but 'Sweetunia Orange Flash' petunias will no longer be available. by bCat, who took 13 years to get around to it The Transported Man by bitterkitten, which is about a very buzzy book by mefite analogue A (not-so) Inconvenient Tooth, about narwhal tusks, by robot-hugs Stop Pretending You're Not Rich, about the American myth of meritocracy, by knownassociate Utopia Lost: The Case for Radical Technological Optimisim by zchyrs Second Posts for the final week: The colors of time by kmt The Thing in the Woods by twilightlost (a 55-year-old mystery solved in the first comment, btw) Its Baseball Thanksgiving, about the baseball Hall of Fame, by martin q blank A Study in Cas13a, by hapaxes.legomenon You can use the FirstPost tag to find all the first posts this month, which in addition to those mentioned above included posts by panic, Midnight Skulker, blithers, rangefinder 1.4, nothing.especially.clever, karlshea, snakeling, landunderwave, hapaxes.legomenon, busted_crayons, twilightlost, and KTamas. In addition to those above, SecondPost posters included daybeforetheday, current resident, dayintoday, informavore, ferret branca, ourobouros, queen anne's remorse, dysh, and hanov3r. --- Our most-fantastic'd First Time Poster was possibly-obviously rangefinder 1.4's Birdhouse in Her Soul, which came in second overall. Second was robot-hugs with their Inconvenient Tooth. The Best Second Time Post goes to martin q. blank's "It's Baseball Thanksgiving!" twilightlost ran a very close second with Women Pretending to be Trees etc. Great work by newer posters braving the deep end! --- Finally, here are links to all the tagged categories this month, so you can flip through and enjoy what individuals were asking for this month! I tried to read and tag every post every day, and I tended a bit towards overtagging to award-providers could have a larger selection to choose from and not miss anything that might possibly be in their category, so overtagging is likely to be mine! Mod categories: Aquarius -- Art -- libraries/books/reading -- kidfun -- Mystery -- Weird Member categories: PopCultureGem -- OHenry -- Oldvideogameooh -- games (card/board) LoTech -- Jane -- women -- Awesomedog -- AltPlanning -- OooMatron -- food Canada/FirstNations -- NotTheUS -- GlobalSouth -- BippityBoppityBoo Category post winners will be straggling in over the next couple day as people pick their winners -- announce them in thread and I can[...]

Help build MetaFilter's savings

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:04:39 GMT

The generosity of the MetaFilter community has been invaluable in keeping this place up and running for the last several years via community funding. We're in a position right now where we need to ask for a little more of that help to ensure that the site remains financially secure.In the last few years, the MetaFilter community as a collective has been deeply generous in its support of the site. More than just deeply, really: broadly too. A stunningly large number of folks in and around the MetaFilter community have helped out with contributions to the site's funding, with both one-time donations and recurring payments. Even small sums help when there's a lot of them, and there have been a lot. There've been thousands. I've talked in detail before (e.g. earlier this year and in 2015) about how fundamental that support has been to the site being able to continue to function and to maintain a workable staffing level. I can't sufficiently express my thanks for your generosity. But I need to ask y'all to help out again. The big news behind this: mathowie has formally given up ownership of MetaFilter. More details about that in this MetaTalk post; the short version is it's a good thing for both Matt and for the site, but it does mean we're starting this next chapter of the site's history with less in savings than we had before. We still have a basic buffer of savings to work with, enough to navigate the sort of odd short term bumpiness that can come up month to month with varying costs or weird payment schedules. But it's important to me that we build our savings back up to a more significant level, to help prepare us for any future financial shocks or major changes in revenue outlook. For that, we're going to need your help. With the transfer of MetaFilter's ownership completed, we're launching a new fundraising push today, with two goals: increasing our total amount of monthly/quarterly/yearly recurring contributions, and collecting enough new one-time donations in the next short while to return our savings to a more comfortable level. MetaFilter has been known for years on the web for its moderation; that we have an attentive, dedicated staff of people helping the community function is one of the things that makes this place unique. What isn't always understood as well, but is vital to that working, is that moderation on MeFi is an actual, no-fuckin'-around job, something that people get paid well for in exchange for the years of care and concentration and compassion they pour into maintaining this place. It's an unusually dedicated human process, and compared to more expedient and automated moderation/filtering/voting mechanisms common elsewhere it's fairly expensive to do. We have been lucky as a site and a community to use this model over the years. And so between payroll, benefits, hosting, bandwidth, dev work, legal fees, and various miscellaneous business expenses, our ongoing costs are on the order of $30K-$40K per month. My goal is to build our savings, through both immediate donations and steady monthly saving, to the point where we have several months of expenses in reserve against unexpected expenses or financial downturns. So if you're able to help out, with a one-time donation or a recurring payment, or by bumping up your current recurring payment by a few dollars, now is a good time to do it. If you've set up a recurring payment previously and haven't checked on it recently to make sure it's still active, here's a good reason to check back in. We provide multiple paths for contributing on the site's funding page; you can contribute electronically v[...]

mathowie transfers ownership of MetaFilter to cortex

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:04:11 GMT

Big news: a few days ago Matt Haughey and I signed paperwork to transfer ownership of MetaFilter from him to me. This is sorta huge and sorta not a big deal at the same time: things are fine and basically nothing is changing on the site as a result, we're just keeping on as before. I'll talk about the whole thing below the fold.The main question: what does this mean for MetaFilter and the MetaFilter community? The short answer: not much! Day to day operations aren't changing, staffing isn't changing, and basically nothing happening with the change of ownership directly affects anyone other than me and mathowie. So this isn't news about something happening to the site in any visible, obvious way, but it's still kind of a thing so it's something I wanted to let the community know about in detail, both in terms of what's happened with the transfer and of where we're going next. The why and how of changing ownership Matt and I have talked periodically about the idea of him giving up ownership of the site ever since I took over managing the business in 2015 when he left for Slack. It's remained a hypothetical for a couple years; as it is, Matt's been almost entirely unplugged from the site already, handling a few monthly/quarterly/yearly business administration issues but otherwise totally hands-off of MetaFilter, and so the day-to-day difference between owning it and not has been close to nil. But there are still some implications of ownership. The ultimate legal and financial liability was still Matt's, and, because of some of the details of how he set up the company's accounts back in the day, it has also been difficult to totally untangle him from the company while he remains the owner. So he's been carrying around stress and responsibility tied to continuing to own it, without much upside. In tandem with all that, Matt's absentee ownership has also left me with incomplete control over some details of the business administration, a situation which has been manageable but at times needlessly complicated and stressful for me and the rest of the team. So I've been talking with Matt, and talking with the MeFi staff, for the last couple months about the possibilities and details of improving the situation for the future. And after a bunch of discussion we settled on a plan where I take over ownership of the company, Matt completely divests himself of any liability for and financial entanglement with MetaFilter, and he leaves with a final withdrawal of money in exchange for giving up all ownership of the site. The change is as minimal as we could make it: from Matt as sole shareholder of MetaFilter Network Inc. to me as sole shareholder, with everything else kept the same. We've done it this way for a couple reasons: 1. This setup keeps the transfer of ownership simple and lets us move forward more quickly and with less legal expense. 2. Of the possible alternate plans involving a more complicated sale or a simultaneous restructuring of the business, none made compelling financial or legal sense right now. Those possible alternate plans -- in terms of who exactly owns the site and how, and of alternate business structures like creating a 501(c)(3) entity -- are things I'll continue to look at, though based on the research I've done and professional advice I've sought over the last couple months it's unlikely that MetaFilter as the business exists right now would benefit from making any of those changes. That might not be the case in the future, so it'll stay on my radar. Where we're going from here My top priority for MetaFilter is and has been[...]

I am library, how do I do?

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 13:55:29 GMT

Dan Hon has a Twitter thread going of neural network-generated Ask Metafilter questions.

Metatalktail Hour: Favorite Words

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 02:24:45 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week's conversation starter: What is your favorite word, and why?

As always, talk about anything you like (except politics) and send future suggestions my way!