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What, besides the content of the link, do you consider when posting?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:15:57 GMT

It feels like the internet has changed from a time when some friend might IM you a link to and you'd think 'I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged in their scanners or why' and post a link to that site to Metafilter. With social media and content aggregators and embeds, the same basic content can appear in a whole lot of different contexts -- you might see it on Facebook's sidebar, or BuzzFeed or Bored Panda or all of the above. So which one do you link to? How much does context matter when the post is supposed to be about the content?

Some examples -- these are things I try, not always successfully, to keep in mind as I post:

ease of use issues:
-- single page vs. heavily paginated vs. one-image-per-page slideshows
-- masses of embeds (Instagram, twitter, etc) that cause pages to load slowly annoy me
-- alternatively, screenshots of tweets / Instas that don't link to original source aren't really fair

-- is it annoying (autoplaying audio, etc)?
-- is it hateful, misogynist or just gross?

-- regional content blocking has been an issue on MeTa for a long time.
-- registration required like Facebook and Pinterest. I try to test links in a non-logged in browser before I link to places where this might be an issue.
-- I also know it is a good idea to be aware of accessibility for the disabled but I sadly admit I don't usually remember this at the time that I am actually posting things.

-- can I find the original source of something that's gone viral?
-- can I also link back to the artist's own website rather than just an aggregator or blog entry about them? (I'd just link the artist instead of the blog post, but artist websites are so often very, very, very bad and a nice blog post that pulls out a dozen good examples of their work is so much more inviting.)

To be clear, I'm not advocating for rules changes or mods to do anything or even for anyone to change their own posting considerations. I'm just interested to know what else you keep in mind when you're linking on MetaFilter.

Best Metafilter posts for outsiders?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:43:44 GMT

I have, over the years, tried to convince IRL friends of the awesomeness of metafilter. But getting them interested is daunting- there is so much history and culture here. Any given day the front page posts are good; but if you're not familiar with the site, can seem like just a collection of links with discussion. So what threads/posts/discussions do you use to really show off metafilter to people unfamiliar with it? Are there any standout posts you use time and again to people unfamiliar with metafilter? This isn't the best metafilter posts, exactly, as some of the best posts jusdged by mefites may be too culturally specific to hook someone on the outside looking in.

The only one that comes to mind is the emotional labor thread, because it's got so much around it including wider links and articles pointing to how profound that discussion was. But, I'm afraid I'm coming up blank on others. While Metafilter has been such a big part of my life, nothing specific stands out; or what does is best understood through the lens of already being a mefite.

Ideabasket/What Needs Love in Profile "Social Links"

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:50:39 GMT

This is a thread for the "social links" sections of people's profiles. Let's make this a single thread for the mods, to: (a) report changed social link URL formats, (b) "social link" services that have gone altogether and (c) throw in any ideas of popular or up-and-coming services that you'd like to see there and that have a publicly accessible URL format for people's profiles.

To chip in my own, to start:

Broken (reported):

  • Gawker Media is no more, but can get replaced with Kinja, the still-intact commenting system, whose format is[username].

  • Amazon profiles now have a URL of[STRING].

  • IFTTT profiles replaced "/p/" replaced with "/makers/", they appear to be for-pay accounts.

  • Wikipedia might be better replaced with //[UserName]. Maybe.

    Current profile links:

    500px, 8tracks, airbnb,, Archive of Our Own, Atlas Obscura, bandcamp (artist), bandcamp (fan), Behance, Bitbucket, Blogger, BoardGameGeek, BookCrossing, BookMooch, Casual Collective, Chowhound, CouchSurfing, Crazy Guy on a Bike, dailymile, Degree Confluence,, deviantART, Diigo, Discogs, Doodle or Die, Dreamwidth Studios, Dribbble, Duolingo, eBay, Ello, Etsy, Facebook, Fitbit, Flickchart, Flickr, Flipboard, foursquare, Fuelly,, Garmin Connect, Gawker Media, Giant Bomb, github, Glitch, Goodreads, Google+, Greasy Fork, Hacker News, Health Month, Huffduffer, IFTTT, Imgur,, Instagram, Instructables, Keybase, Kiva, Kongregate,, Letterboxd, LibraryThing, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, Livestrong, MapMyFitness, Medium, MeFi Wiki, Mendeley, MetaChat, Miiverse, Mixcloud, MLTSHP, MonkeyFilter, Motley Fool CAPS, MyAnimeList, MyFitnessPal, NeighborGoods, Netvouz, Newsblur, Ohloh, OkCupid, OpenHatch, ORCID, Pandora Radio, Patreon, Patternreview, Picasa, Pinboard, Pinterest, PlayStation, QRZ.COM, Quora, Rap Genius, Rate Your Music, Ravelry, Rdio, Readability,, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, RunKeeper, Shelfari, Slashdot, SoundCloud, Sporcle, SportsFilter, Spotify, Stack Overflow, Steam, Steepster, Stellar, Storify, Strava, StumbleUpon,, Tumblr, Twitter, Untappd, Urban Spoon, VideoSift, Vimeo, VSCO, Wikipedia, Wordnik, World of Warcraft, Xbox Live, Yelp, YouTube

  • Everything is fine?

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:13:27 GMT

    Every so often someone proposes we avoid discussion of unhappy outcomes in general but more specifically the unlikelihood of an impeachment in the Trump threads, which now appears to be becoming de facto policy. It seems like it's worth talking over before it does.

    Metatalktail Hour: Return

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:46:23 GMT

    Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week's conversation starter is from Wordshore, and he wants to know, "Where have you been that you want to return to? And why? Maybe a holiday place, a difficult-to-reach island, the city where you found love, a childhood playground, that diner you stopped at one time, a beach, or that quiet forest with only the sounds of trees and animals. Or, perhaps somewhere closer to home (or maybe even your home itself)."

    As always, talk about whatever you like (conversation starter, not limiter!), avoid politics, and send suggestions for future weeks along!

    What is my Country-nymic?

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:41:16 GMT

    Okay, so I'm from the United States Of America. More than once now I've been typing a comment about a topic that has to do with Mexico or Canada or somewhere in this hemisphere, and I start to type "American" to describe myself, but then I stop, because we're all Americans over here. I think I remember that USian fell out of favor a while back. So... what do I call myself? Most recently I used the awkward term "US person". Is there any descriptor for someone who is from the USA that doesn't has cultural superiority assumptions ("I'm American, none of the rest of you from the Americas get to say that!") or the negative associations that I remember this site associating with USian? I don't have any answer, but I'm genuinely curious if anyone here has a good word to use. Because I'd use it.

    Shoutout in Bitch Media re emotional labour

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:13:04 GMT

    Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, writer of the Modest Proposal for a Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy essay linked on Mefi recently, talks about the Metafilter emotional labour thread on a podcast with Bitch Media discussing her artile.

    Duolingo Japanese Club

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:22:49 GMT

    Duolingo now offers Japanese! (For iOS and Android phones, only. No web-based presence yet.) Since some Mefites previously expressed interest in Japanese, I wanted to invite folks to join the Metafilter Japanese Club I created on Duolingo.

    Duolingo only allows 14 members per club (meh, wish they'd change this) but at the time of writing this post, I'm the only member, so feel free to join up!

    The "invite code" you need in order to join the club is M3W273.

    Full disclosure, I'm a longtime Duolingo Spanish student but I don't know a lick of Japanese. So this is all new to me. I'm hopeful that the club will encourage and challenge me to stick with it.

    Still hoping they'll someday offer Arabic, and Farsi. Navajo and other indigenous languages of the Americas would be awesome someday, too. Curious what languages other Mefites have on their Duolingo wishlist?

    All I want for GISHWHES... is youuuuuuu

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:41:20 GMT

    It's that time of year again, where people submit themselves to the unhinged whims of a celebrity puppetmaster in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (5-11 August 2017). Mefite-heavy team StrangeFascination (previously, previouslier) have 5 open spots - would any Mefites like to join us for zany art timez?

    You can see our previous nonsense here and here.

    You can register here and choose to join team 'StrangeFascination', or you can memail me your email address and I'll send you an invite. Registration closes on 24 July 2017.

    You're Not the Customer; You're the Product

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:00:53 GMT

    Quote Investigator looks at the history of this quotation: Richard Serra? Carlota Fay Schoolman? Steve Atkins? Tom Johnson? Andrew Lewis? blue_beetle? Tim O'Reilly?

    Metatalktail Hour: Shop Talk

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:45:21 GMT

    Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! bookmammal wants to know, "what was the last thing you purchased? Was it a "need" or a "want"?" You can skip routine life-maintenance purchases like groceries and gas and transit cards and things like that (because otherwise 75% of the answers will be "picked up groceries/got gas/loaded my transit card on the way home"). If you would like to cheat and say the last interesting thing you bought, or say the last thing you bought and also the last interesting thing you bought, I won't tell!

    These threads are an open forum to chat about whatever you like, so feel free to share your thoughts on anything ... except the dreaded politics!

    1970s music post from the Blue

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:12:23 GMT

    I'm looking for a music post from the Blue that appeared about a month ago. It was about an elementary school class in California who had written a song that Warner Brothers eventually released as a single (with an industrial film by Francis Ford Coppola). I've searched for this but haven't found anything--does anyone remember this?

    Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2017/2018

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:56:01 GMT

    It's that time of year again! The Metafilter Fantasy Premier League is back to trouble your days and disturb your nights. Join now to guess wildly at which player your favorite Premier League team bought for the same amount as the GDP of a developing nation will break his leg on the second day of the season! New to soccer/football/futball? No problem! Just go here, create a team, and then spend the next month second guessing yourself! It's... fun?

    Code to join the league is: 383307-93635

    Why is feedly loading Ask Metafilter (only) in an unlogged-in state?

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:55:03 GMT

    How come in iOS, Feedly randomly and frequently loads posts from AskMe -- and only AskMe -- in the unlogged state (modern)? Even if I click thru to open the post in a browser I remain logged out and unable to log in (page just refreshes) even though I stay logged in (in classic) in other tabs and browsers. When it happens, I end up having to open a new tab, go to the Ask front page, and click the question when I find it. It's annoying enough and frequent enough that I often don't bother.

    It's been happening for months and months, in Safari on the iPad and iPhone. I usually have at least one MeFi tab open in (in classic) a browser. This subsite is the only time it happens.

    I removed cookies and logged out and in many times but it always happens again.

    Battle for the Net

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:13:06 GMT

    We've done it before with SOPA/PIPA and Net Neutrality day. Are we doing it again?

    July Best Post Contest! Midmonth Awards

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 02:33:57 GMT

    Herein, find weekly awards and recognitions! See categories here.

    Metatalktail Hour: EDC

    Sun, 09 Jul 2017 02:16:08 GMT

    Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Tonight's topic was suggested by both zamboni and bookmammal: What's In Your Pockets or Bag! Discuss what you bring with you every day when you leave the house. (Feel free to link pictures! Pictures are a fun part of EDC & bagluv.)

    Remember, this is a conversation starter, not limiter, so feel free to chat about whatever's been happening this week ... except politics! If you have topic ideas for future metatalktails, feel free to send them on to me/staff.

    Collective WTF

    Thu, 06 Jul 2017 01:14:20 GMT

    The last What the Fucking Fuck thread hit the 30 day expiration mark, so I wonder if it's time for another peaceful corner to breathe?

    The House of Orientalism

    Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:34:32 GMT

    Please STOP writing about Asian people and Asian countries (Southeast Asian here) like they are magical mysterious fairytale creatures from a long-ago-faraway exoticized Orient. Framing posts in this style is immediately alienating and hurtful, and it derails any possible discussion. It is not the same as writing about Western white people in this style, because white people have not been subject to the same patronizing orientalist prejudices that people from Asian countries have.

    Featuring MeFi's own MetaFilter

    Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:31:04 GMT

    The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has announced the creation of the library's Web Cultures Web Archive Collection. Archived sites of note run the gamut from Urban Dictionary to ¡Cuánto cabrón! to creepypasta to MeFi's own Metafilter. [h/t]