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Things are getting better!

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:34:07 GMT

If you are a poster on the green please share some of your victories with me. I'm looking to read sequential AskMe questions that show things getting better over time.

I'm looking for stories or narratives that shows Improvement in their life, positive outcomes due to making changes and generally things getting better.

FPP Etiquette: acronyms, abbreviations, and jargon

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:23:23 GMT

This recent FPP includes acronyms not explained in the post; and, generally, even for someone (me) who is generically science-literate at an undergrad (+, depending on the area of science) university level, it's pretty unclear what the post is about. I've had complaints about some of my comments being too technical for the general metafilter audience, so I imagine if I found myself having little idea what the post topic was about after reading, it's probably unclear to many other folks too. I'm a little sad about this both from a quality of Metafilter FPPs viewpoint and from a quality of public science communication viewpoint, as someone who cares about both of those things. In short: the links therein might be the best of the web, but the FPP isn't. Can we try to do better please? Would a reminder on the new post page that posters should keep the entire Metafilter audience in mind when crafting posts perhaps help?

Ireland Hurricane Ophelia Check In

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:03:04 GMT

Thought there might should be one of these. Ophelia was a cyclone, tempest, a God damned hurricane. And she's bearing down on Ireland. Should be a little weaker, but MeFis, stay safe!

Metatalktail Hour: Kiddie Toys

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:16:29 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! I'm off this week and this cortex goon is in charge, so ... . Anyway, Rhaomi wants to know your favorite toy growing up -- as well as any other exciting happenings in your life this week!

The Mighty, Mighty Mastodon Thread

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:21:49 GMT

Over on the #WomenBoycottTwitter thread, folks are discovering, rediscovering, and, more importantly, signing up for Mastodon, the open source social network.

As the thread progresses, folks are posting their mastadon user names, some with the #mefite or #metafilter tag in their profile. It's hard to keep up with, so I thought it would be nice to have a thread here for folks to post their username so we can all benefit and build our follower base.

Also, as an aside, maybe mastodon could be added to the list of social networks available on user profiles?

October Showers bring November Flowers

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:55:50 GMT

What we plant, we sow. The flowers we have during the summer* can be of our choosing. How about we take from whenever this is posted until November 1 to create as many simply happy, joyous, silly, or positive posts as possible to The Blue? Animal videos that are happy! "News Of The Weird" as long as the weird is wonderful! World Events News posts that bring a smile! We can use it right now! More explanation points! I mean, really, I'm looking at the front page right now, and it's not a happy place overall. Let's pull the nose up on this negativity train.

*Yes, it's spring in the Southern hemisphere.

Cue torrent of negativity from the Southern hemisphere...
posted by pompomtom at 3:42 AM on April 11 [2 favorites +] [!]

We can do it again in October! I don't think the world will run out of positivity and happiness in a way we can't do it again! Half a month, twice a year! Yay! *flailing Kermit arms*
posted by hippybear at 3:45 AM on April 11 [6 favorites +] [!]

Paging feature?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:19:35 GMT

Came across an AskMe post that I feel like I know the perfect person for (on Metafilter, obviously). Could MeMail them, sure, but maybe it would be cool to be able to "page" other users directly from the thread? "Calling MeFite120349" sorta thing?

Or is this just terrible and annoying and a dumb and difficult idea?

Looking for a old solo musician post

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:13:14 GMT

I'm trying to find an old music post (not within the past year, but not more than a few years old) featuring a Youtube video of a solo female singer playing a sort of folky song on an acoustic guitar on her porch. Modern (not some old forgotten artist). For some reason I think she was in Texas. I think she had short hair. I think it was an original song. Other than I that I'm drawing blanks...

secret quonsar 2017: The Planning Thread

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:18:02 GMT

Oh look! It's October and it's time to plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange (Read About it on the Wiki). Let's talk details!

This is the proposed schedule for this year's quonsartastic festivities:

November 1-9: Swap Signup Period.
November 10: Randomization Hamster Wheel Fired Up
November 11: Folks get notified about who they drew (This is a Saturday.)
(November 23: American Thanksgiving)
December 1: Shipping Deadline (This is a Friday.)
December 27: Second Chance Senders will not be needed because all gifts will have arrived*

phunniemee and arcticseal will be returninto as quonsczars this year.

We anticipate these swap groups:

Anywhere/International (You can receive a gift from or send a gift to anywhere on Earth, including your own country)
US Only
Canada Only
UK Only
[Folks'll have to lobby for AUS only or AUS/NZ)

The spending guidelines will be $10-20 again.

There are 2 issues facing us right now:
1. The perennial issue that some international shipping in, to, or from some countries takes FOREVER (or months and months and months). We can't fix much about that, but I wish I could.

2. The Google issue. (see this thread from September describing some users' discomfort with Google - I know there are others who did not post in the thread who feel the same way.)

If you are concerned you might miss the announcement of the swap signups being open (due to exams, teaching your alpaca the two-step, Halloween hangovers, ferret-sitting, pumpkin-cossetting, creeping holiday stress, record-breaking pie-making attempts, work demands, taking a break from the grey, possible alien abductions, binge-watching The Good Place, et cetera), you can sign up to be notified when secret quonsar signups are open. You don't have to sign up anew every year - you stay on the list until you ask us to take you off the list! Every year, when the signups go live, you will get an email letting you know. Signing up for this list is NOT signing up for secret quonsar - just to be notified when sq opens each year.

* we can dream! If a gift has been eaten by the customs/postal machinery, one of our wonderful second chance senders - volunteers who send someone whose gift never arrived a second gift - will step up to send a second gift out. These folks are the unsung heroes of quonsing, and should be lauded near and far.

trying to remember a lovely love poem comment

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:30:37 GMT

My favorites are usually the thing for this, but I've read every single one and can't find it. There was a poem referencing engagement, about being "yours" before even being asked and a proposal not feeling 'special' because it was a given. No idea what thread or whether the blue or the green.

It was a little poem referencing love and engagement, and something along the lines of "I was yours before you even asked me," and has a line akin to the fact that when the question was popped, it didn't even feel "special" in a way, since it was so obvious that the two in question were going to end up together.

I believe this was written in the first person, pretty sure it rhymed, it wasn't more than ten lines, and I thiiiiiink it was in a comment somewhere rather than in an actual post. Google-fu is coming up with bupkis. HALP, I would love to have this for a sweet note I'm writing to my boyfriend for an anniversary tomorrow!


California fire check-in

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:44:53 GMT

Overnight in Northern California, a 200 acre fire became a 57,000 acre fire and people are desperately trying to evacuate. There are at least 10 dead and 1,500 structures have been destroyed. The L.A. Times has live coverage, Mercury News has the local story. Meanwhile in SoCal, Canyon Fire No. 2 in the Anaheim Hills area of Orange County is up to 5,000 acres. A mandatory evacuation order is in place; 1000+ people have been evacuated so far, and six structures have been destroyed. Wildfire Today has updates on fires across the state. I hope all our MeFite friends and family are okay. Please let us know if you need help.

MetaWhat? MetaWho? MetaHuh?

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:41:04 GMT

I wanted to know what parts of this community do you sometimes forget, neglect, or outright ignore? Maybe it's lack of interest or maybe it's just something you keep forgetting exists? FanFare? Jobs? AskMeFi? Labs? Chat? Podcast? Are you only on the blue? What part of MetaFilter is pushed to the side?

Metatalktail Hour: MeFi Made Me Do It

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:43:03 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! After reading 8 billion AskMe recs over several years I finally gave in and bought a Tom Bihn bag that arrived this morning, so this week what I want to know is: What has MetaFilter convinced you to do? Dared you to try? Forced you to attempt? SHARE.

Big Dairy is on to us

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:02:33 GMT

I'm not entirely sure this warrants a MeTa but, what the hell, I'm making one anyway. Michael Schur (@kentremendous), the creator of The Good Place*, discovered this AskMe and played into it a little bit. The resulting Twitter thread is short but amusing.

*also Parks and Recreation and some other stuff.

Mefi: the reason for Reply All

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:21:54 GMT

In this episode of the Longform podcast, Alex Goldman of Reply All credits AskMefi for getting him on the path to radio.

Correcting inaccurate posts

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:02:54 GMT

I recognize that as of three minutes ago this is irrelevant for the example post, but it's the sort of thing that could become relevant again. It was posted earlier today that Tom Petty was dead based on an erroneous news report from CBS. He in fact was not then, but is now. I understand it's not the policy to change an FPP once it's made. However, in this era of fake news and itchy-trigger-finger reporting, should there be some sort of Amendment to the Metafilter Constitution for these situations?

I am very much a "SOMETHING is WRONG on the INTERNET!" kind of person, so maybe this is just something that bothers me?

Our #1?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:43:56 GMT

Just saw Blood Stripe and noticed that a Matthew Haughey was thanked in the credits.

Buttons to jump down not working

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:54:54 GMT

When I click the jump to end of thread on any page it turns green and doesn't do anything. Also the jump to comments on the popular post page.

This is on Chrome 61.0.3163.98, on Samsung S8 running Android 7.0.0

133: Eggs On Your Pegboard

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:14:07 GMT

Jessamyn and I catch up on Canada trips and broken feet, and my idiolectical idiosyncrasies get dragged out of the bag again, along with a bunch of good MetaFilter stuff, in this podcast episode recorded Friday September 29th. It runs about 80 minutes total.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadMisc - jessamyn's peanut butter switcheroo - MetaFilter Fuzzy Hearts user script - *taps forehead* can't lose 34 tabs if you freak out when you have like seven open - jess sues Equifax (now with MetaTalk thread) - Shirley Jackson book covers - more like Scarl Reinsch - jess's reliable videos playlist Jobs - Unix sysadmin in Rhode Island Projects - Call Ahead by philosophistry - Annotated Chicken Slaughter by backseatpilot - Peer inside container ships using a radio by refractal - Three unofficial Metafilter web-extensions by urbanwhaleshark - Working Through Grief with Shrine Making by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit - My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor by missjenny (MeFi Post) MetaFilter - Reanimate Everything by BiggerJ - Don't forget to pick up the passengers by gwint - Two stars. "Misdiagnosed as bipolar for being bisexual..." by spamandkimchi - An abandoned resort like you've never seen before. by mathowie - "What's past is prologue." by Fizz - Matt Chats with Cats by mdash - Turning on the NES just to listen to the title music again by cortex - a comment by ominous_paws - This is my Once-A-Year Day! by ThePinkSuperhero - I do this daily, as I'm sure you do as well by selfnoise - Big windows to let in the sun by tim_in_oz - What Brown has done for me... by shockingbluamp - Your homework for Bi Visibility Week by Grandysaur - Americans advised to change their birthday and social security number by jeffburdges Ask MeFi - How do you draw a penis? by Literaryhero - Does your local Mexican/TexMex restaurant serve a "Steven('s) Special"? by radiosilents - What normal thing from your childhood would be considered strange today? by stillmoving - Noun or Adjective? by Whatifyoufly - What is the most creative way you can think of to drain a pool? by jeffamaphone - Web 1.0 survivors + throwbacks? by ryanshepard - When did Cory Doctorow stop making (new) books downloadable for free? by bitterkitten - ID this old comic by latkes - a comment by cortex - Did Native Americans *really* not climb the White Mountains? by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The - The maple kind? by stillmoving (feat. a comment by doornoise) Music Featured in this episode: - An Spealadoir by LN - You'll Thank Me Later by signal - Your Phone by erikgrande - The Ballad of Highway Boy by es_de_bah - I Hate To Be That Guy But by cortex - secure the ports by snofoam MetaTalk - "That Guy" for the Me Fi by ominous_paws FanFare - Star Trek: Discovery - The Orville [...]

"I'm really surprised more people haven't done this; it's super-easy."

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:18:54 GMT

MeFi's own rowdy-librarian-cum-privacy-activist Jessamyn West is suing Equifax in small claims court. You can follow her progress on Medium.