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Metatalktail Hour: School's Out for Summer!

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:53:08 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week's metatalktail topic: It's Memorial Day weekend in the US, my kids are already (!!) out of school, so that mean's it's summer! What awesome things do you have planned for the summer? Books, movies, Netflix marathons, actual marathons, trips, hobbies, hanging out, cooking, never cooking, drinking summer booze ... tell us! And if you are one of our many friends from the lovely lands down under, tell us all about your cool winter plans!

What the fucking fuck

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:47:19 GMT

In the interest of not cluttering up the massive political thread with expressions of disbelief, let's have a Metatalk thread about how unbelievable all this shit is.

Did I fall down a rabbit hole? Did I step through a looking glass? Did I wake on on Bizarro World? I am nearing full-on dissociation from reality. I'm only 90% I've been awake and not dreaming over the past two weeks.

The Week You Joined MetaFilter

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:10:33 GMT

This recent MetaTalk comment brought up some past bit of history, specifically posts that occurred during the first week of MetaFilter. It had me thinking. Were there any standout or significant posts that you recall from the week that you joined MetaFilter?

Does he or doesn't he? Only his hairdresser knows for sure.

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:30:36 GMT

After a two year long campaign of awesome dog posts (40), Johnny Wallflower finally overcomes his obvious Pro-Dog Agenda and finally makes a cat post today. But wait, Johnny Wallflower has also posted about cats you say. Perhaps, but do a paltry 30 cat posts even count? In my heart of hearts I do not believe that Johnny Wallflower has an Obvious Anti-Cat Bias. I have come to believe that he reached Peak Cat on his first time up at bat. How are you going to keep them on the farm once they've seen Liquid Cats?

Need some profile inspiration

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:53:58 GMT

My profile so far is really threadbare. I want to make it more interesting but I don't know what to do! Do you have any favourite profiles that'd make good inspiration?

Metatalktail Hour: Brand Loyalty

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:40:51 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week's prompt is from lyssabee, who has used Cherry Chapstick for 30 years: What brands are you extra loyal to? Remember, they're conversation starters, not limiters, so talk about whatever's on your mind!

Adding mltshp and Ravelry support to profile page Social Apps

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:17:39 GMT

We're celebrating the launch of mltshp by adding it to the Social Apps options on profile pages (and deprecating mlkshk). While we're at it, we're also adding Ravelry support finally. Details inside!

Both of these are variations from a norm we'd maintained in the past of only allowing account support for other sites that had publicly-accessible member profile pages. Over time my feelings there have changed some, but more to the point the web has changed and members-only profiles/sites have become a more common site structure.

So we're going ahead and adding these, in the thinking that while random non-members of mltshp or Ravelry won't be able to browse someone's activity on either site, fellow MeFites who are also members at one of those sites will. And that's the key value in my mind of sharing these things on our profile pages to begin with: to see what one another has in common out in the supra-MetaFilter web.

Accordingly, I'm willing to revisit other past suggestions and see if there are things in a similar previously-rejected state that folks have sufficient collective excitement about adding/sharing still.

Harry Potter digest-sized fanfic blog with lesser characters?

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:42:16 GMT

Someone posted a blog here on MeTa a few years(?) ago that was a series of short fictions on lesser HP characters like Goyle and Lee Jordan and how their lives went after the Battle of Hogwarts. Goyle was a petty criminal turned boxer and Lee Jordan was in a boring desk job instead of a play-by-play announcer like he'd always dreamed of doing. What was that called? Thanks in advance.

Making room for pronouns on the profile page

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:24:57 GMT

We've decided to move forward on an idea that's come up in MetaTalk previously: adding an explicit spot for pronouns on MeFi user profile pages. It's a small change: we've tweaked the free-form "Gender" field to "Gender and/or pronouns".

This has come up a few times over the years, e.g. this pony request from 2015; we hadn't acted on it before out of design conservatism, but a user checked in with us via the contact form recently about revisiting it and after talking it over as a team we decided it was time to make it happen.

The Gender field has been free-form for a very long time; people have filled it with everything from straight-faced to insidery to absurdist phrasing, which fits the MetaFilter community feel pretty well. And as part of that it's been possible for folks to expand it to include pronouns if they felt inclined to do so, but my feeling at this point is that officially noting that as an okay thing to do may help normalize the idea a bit and help folks feel comfortable with the practice.

It is, of course, still totally free-form; nobody is obliged or expected to change/expand/etc. what they have in that field, or fill it at all in the first place, so if your feeling about this is kind of a shrugging "and?", cool; shrug and move on, you're a-okay.

This change doesn't affect anything else about the content or visiblity of profile pages; we're just changing the label of that field and the hint info on the Preference page next to it.

Metatalktail Hour: Very Superstitious

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:16:49 GMT

Good Saturday evening, Metafilter! It's time for another metatalktails! This week's topic, from my own brain -- What are your superstitions? I don't think of myself as a superstitious person, but every now and then one pops up that surprises me with its vehemence. Remember, they're conversation-starters, not -limiters, so feel free to talk about whatever's on your mind!

This needs to be a ten hour YouTube video loop

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:02:08 GMT

In which a community website moderator and artist of some repute cleans up a stencil -based work and OH GOD THIS IS SO SATISFYING. Recent works by the same artist include fractal images, cubes, and more peeling.

128: DUMPIN' M' BEEF with Jess and Josh

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:52:55 GMT

This episode is short, late, and out of control! Things have been busy, so Jessamyn and I finally snuck in a quick hour to record and said to hell with the usual structure, let's just mention a few things we like. Runs a bit under an hour total.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadA pile of links, sort through 'em yer dang self - Against Little Free Libraries by Rumple (and a comment by jessamyn) - C64 demo A Mind is Born by scruss - Fleshh (NSFW) by symbebekos - Own a skinny piece of Boston history by overeducated_alligator - Hyrule map projections by ignignokt - Burning the Days by dobbs - What are the Muppets? by threetwentytwo - Saturday Night Live: Chris Pine, LCD Soundsystem by DizzyOnBugSpray - Squeeze me till I pop, yeah, squeeze me till you drop by Cash4Lead - Fyre Festival by My Dad (cf. "let's just do it and be legends, man") - Tea bag confusion by Aranquis - Tears of Joy or Regret after Purchasing a Teardrop Trailer? by Jaclyn - Admittedly, courage acorns ARE good bait by MCMikeNamara - LearnedLeague roundup 2 by Huffy Puffy - Quiet Car Dance Party by gwint - Concise and austere but not necessarily brief by cortex - baby llama hums a tune hums a tune tune by jessamyn - MeFites on Mastodon? by Cash4Lead - A tweet pretends to be 140 chars, but a toot is 500 flat. by Going To Maine - MetaFeatured Snippets by Going To Maine - Metatalktail Hour: Influential Media by Eyebrows McGee - hey it's a Masonic seal - Optimist by chococat OH SHIT AND IT'S EUROVISION TIME EVERYBODY [...]

Metatalktail Hour: Alter Ego

Sun, 07 May 2017 01:46:37 GMT

Good Saturday Night, MetaFilter! Tonight's MetaTalkTail topic comes from DrDr ChuraChura, who just finished her Ph.D.: If you were a plant or animal, what would you be and why? Remember, they're conversation starters, not limiters, so feel free to discuss anything you want!

MetaFeatured Snippets

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:04:36 GMT

A little while ago Google introduced "featured snippets" that get listed at the top of a list of search results. (Their perils have already been discussed on the front page.)
Surprisingly, if you search for "cheevos" you'll get a featured snippet clipped from a blog post by one of mefi's own. I'm curious if anyone has seen other MetaFilter, AskMe or MetaFilter-adjacent content show up in a featured snippet.

Thank you, Metafilter.

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:28:44 GMT

I was just told I got tenure, and it is in no small part thanks to all of you at MetaFilter. I joined the site in grad school, where MeFi both kept me sane and educated me on a lot of topics and perspectives that I otherwise would never have learned about. But the debt I owe you all is more direct than that: my best-cited paper actually came directly from reading a post by griphus in 2012; RAs I hired from MeFi Jobs helped me research two other critical papers; and Ask has come through for me about research and teaching many times. So thank you all, I have been a member of this great community for 13(!!) years, and, despite the ups and downs of the site over that time, I realize how lucky I am to be part of it.

Metatalktail Hour: Crouton Petting

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:06:50 GMT

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! This week's topic is from 1f2frfbf, who wants you to share the named inanimate objects in your lives with explanations or mysteries, as they deserve! Remember, they're conversation starters, not conversation limiters, so you can talk about any sociable/personal/sharing thing on your mind -- we're here to kibbitz!

(Crouton-petting, robot-petting, and previously.)

looking for article on man sneaking into an event

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:56:38 GMT

Can't find this thread anywhere and it's driving me crazy.

It was an article about a white dude who was talking about just 'acting like you belong somewhere' and sneaking into an event with his daughter, and very naively preaching that people should do this all of the time and being all 'sometimes you just have the break the rules'-like while completely ignoring that 99% of the reason he was able to do this kind of thing successfully was that he was a white man. IIRC there were a lot of good comments in there about privilege and the like.

Ring any bells for anyone?

Flagged as Fake

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:26:26 GMT

Should there be a flag category for false or misleading information?

(Mods, ok not to post if not a productive topic.)

(Also sort of previous, 2005 and 2014)

There has been an uptick of comments in fast-moving politics threads where a linked story, tweet, or fact is later demonstrated to be false. Sometimes this debunking happens only a few comments down, or sometimes days later. Is there a benefit to allowing users to flag comments as "false" or "misleading"? in lieu of deletion, my thought would be to mark highly-flagged comments with a visual cue like a red asterisk or auto-hiding them to limit the spread of bad information.


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:24:51 GMT

Greetings, Sapients! Did you know: MetaFilter has an official chat channel/room/etc.? This is a fact: IT DOES! [previously: the unofficial MetaFilter chat site] It is a very fun and interesting and wondrous place (especially when I am not there) full of assorted cute animal GIFs (especially when Metafilter's Own bread crumbs is there) and random nonsense (especially when I AM there). I promise you that we do not bite unless you sign the consent form and submit it in triplicate three weeks or greater in advance - guess how that tradition started! You will have to guess, the court records are sealed. Ha HA! Dental appliances. Please stay frosty and/or toasty, and as always, vote your preferred brand of quidnunc kid #1!

Real Life Impact

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:16:31 GMT

Tim Carmody, posting on, polled about "websites that changed your life". Of the relatively small number of answers, four were from MetaFilter:

1. The Emotional Labour thread
2. For the person who's got everything, an update seriously required here: "I read this post, applied, and had a play made for me."
3. A post by decathecting "that describes the grinding reality of daily low-grade sexual harassment."
4. AskMetafilter itself.

What else would you add?