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Get Yer Voting Stories Here!

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:53:33 GMT

I was inspired by the grin that I see Hillary sporting lately, and how people's voting stories make me remember that this is an awesome historical moment, let's enjoy it! Share 'em when you cast 'em :)

The election threads were bumming me out, this is my attempt to gather some of the fun stuff in one place.

Where is star trek episode ii eggs

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:06:32 GMT

Somewhere either on the blue or green someone linked to a YouTube video of a 6 year old playing with their star trek action figures. Spock is wearing an apron. Kirk goes on a mission to trade a hash brown for some eggs. Everyone is in a band. I quote it daily.

This is literally the only thing that matters to my whole family right now.

govtdrone has passed away

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:49:00 GMT

Delivering some sad news: long-time mefite govtdrone has passed away.

She experienced a sudden series of health issues earlier this week and passed away this morning. Thanks to MexicanYenta and several other folks for letting us know.

It's early and so I don't know of a specific web or social media spot for condolences as yet, but she was well-liked here and elsewhere and many folks who knew her here also chatted with her on twitter and Facebook, where the news has been making the rounds.

She was a Louisianan, and I expect will be missed in particular by some of the folks in that crowd, but we'll all miss having her around. Hugs to anyone who needs 'em.

Mefite Election Volunteering

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:18:26 GMT

With so many Mefites volunteering for the coming US elections (some in a coordinated fashion), I think a MeTa is in order. Come on in to share tips, stories, encouragement, and more!

A big thank you to kristi for creating a Hillary Clinton call team- Mefites United! Join here. Right now, we have 53 members, and are the #3 team for the week and of all time (all time = the past 2 weeks, heh), behind the teams of the famous texting Jess from JFA and FLOTUS.

Planning for secret quonsar, 2016 edition

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:55:15 GMT

If it's October, 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 Friday.)
(November 24: American Thanksgiving)
December 2: Shipping Deadline (This is a Friday.)
December 27: Second Chance Senders will not be needed because all gifts will have arrived*

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.

What do folks think?
Other suggestions about improving the process are also welcome!

If you are concerned you might miss the announcement of the swap signups being open (due to exams, Halloween hangovers, pumpkin-cossetting, creeping holiday stress, record-breaking pie-making attempts, work demands, taking a break from the grey, possible alien abductions, addiction to election threads, binge-watching How It's Made, 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.

What Art Offers Is Space -- a Certain Breathing Room for the Spirit.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:18:47 GMT

Show us your art! I'm feeling the need for some beauty and some MeFite sharing, so let's see (and/or read about) your favorite object of beauty in your living space (art, tchotchke, design element, whatever) ... whatever it is that's beautiful in your space and brings you happiness from looking at it. Show us your #1, show us your top 5, I just want to see what beautiful things bring you all happiness in your homes!

Can we stop attacking left-of-Clinton/anti-establishment folks on here?

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:09:40 GMT

There is no problem with individuals expressing views critical of Sanders, Stein, Snowden, Greenwald etc. The problem is when an echo chamber develops making pro-establishment-ism the only acceptable position and vehemently jumping on views to the contrary with more emotion than reason. It seems to me that MeFi 2016 has become such an echo chamber. This is no doubt due to the very real threat posed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party, and the consequent necessity of a Clinton win, but has developed to the point where it has the effect of recursively self-amplifying a pro-establishment position and silencing more radical/anarchist/antifa or otherwise anti-establishment views.

[some appropriate and witty Hamilton post title here]

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:09:01 GMT

I have questions about the rate of increase in commenting over this year's U.S. presidential election period.

It's my understanding we're in unprecedented territory here with the frequent need to make new election posts because the then-current one has grown unwieldy with 3,000 or 4,000 comments overall. I have a vague awareness of the Infodump but instead of learning what it is and how to use it I figured I would just ask if anyone has already looked up the numbers in some of the following. I guess I'll use Comments Per Day (CPD) as a metric. Maybe comments per hour would be more appropriate, I don't know.

- How does the CPD during this election period compare with the CPD during the last election?
- How does the CPD during this election period compare with the CPD during the same period last year (a non-election time)?
- How has the CPD rate increased even during this election period?

Basically I like numbers and graphs and want concrete proof that the amount of people typing in the comments box is not only unprecedented but an astronomical increase from previous times, because that sure is how it feels and I want my feelings vindicated with data.

New category in AskMe?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:29:31 GMT

Hey! I just asked a question in ask.metafilter about a half-remembered historical event, and was wondering if we could make one of the askme categories "history". I think that's a nice broad category that would be useful for past major world events! What think you all?

World Series on Fanfare?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:39:21 GMT

Is there a possibility that we could have some open threads on FanFare for the upcoming World Series? There are several teams in the mix to this point whose participation could be historic, so interest will quite possibly be higher than ever. I think we did the Olympics and the World Cup, IIRC, so this wouldn't be unprecedented. Is that a thing we could do?

Can't see Metafilter posts on my iPhone

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:08:09 GMT

I have an iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.5 I can't see the comments in Metafilter posts. All other sites seem to display properly, with the exception of one I can think of where an option button appeared on others' phones but not mine. I am logged in. I have tried different Metafilter display preferences. What gives?

The post header and topic will display, then there's a bunch of blank space, then the "Related Posts" stuff at the bottom of the page. This doesn't seem to be a new thing having to do with an update; it's always been like this.

FPP on the development of black paint/pigment

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:06:49 GMT

I recall, but cannot locate, an FPP from a couple years ago (I think) that linked to an article/essay, or maybe a few essays, about the historical development of black pigments and paints. Any help? Thanks!

It might have had an early link to vantablack in it, but it was not one of the threads that specifically discusses vantablack. I believe the focus was on the use of black pigments by painters.

Any help? Thanks!

2016 Fantasy NHL League

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 22:18:54 GMT

Slots are available in the 2016 Fantasy NHL league, the sixth season starts soon so move fast! Follow the link in my MeFi profile. Friendly league, no experience necessary, just a willingness to be there for the full season. Draft next Sunday the 16th.

Webcomic with a "lead ballon" of a story going into deep crevasse

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:17:31 GMT

There was a webcomic linked to on the blue (I think - maybe a FPP in the past month or so) that featured two guys talking about story/comic writing. The gist was that the one guy was telling the comic author that his stories were too dark, and that they should "lift people up" or something.

The comic author then shoots his "dark story cannon" over a deep Wile E Coyote type crevasse where it sinks and sinks...only to turn into a ballon with a handle grabbed by someone deep in the muck at the bottom of the canyon.

Does this ring a bell with anyone? Can't find it for the life of me.


Where is the place to discuss deletion policies?

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 19:51:16 GMT

In the context of a discussion about Trump's hot mic tape, and whether this reflected common experience or not, I recently had a comment deleted. (I can't don't it in the thread or in my activity or recent favorites etc, so I assume it's gone.)

The comment was about how my personal experiences with men have resulted in a need to constantly perform a sort of Schrödinger's sexist/rapist calculation in a way that has changed how I let men into my life. This was partially in response to #notallmen protests, partially in response to the media coverage, and partially just personal mourning. I explicitly connected this to similar comments in previous election threads about how many POC have changed how they relate to white Americans as a result of current events. AFAIK those comments were allowed to stand.

I understand these threads must be a nightmare to moderate, and I whole-heartedly sympathize, but the choice of what comments get to stay as part of the conversation and what are deleted is of course not neutral, and carries its own meaning.

I'm new, and while I've read the faq I'm still not sure if this is the right way to proceed. This deletion profoundly bothers me. Is there a conversation to be had about this?

Trumps comment truncated

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:53:58 GMT

I was surprised in the latest election thread to see that Donald Trump's "Grab them by the pussy" comment was bowderlerized when it was printed as a link to a video of the comment, but printed in full when a partial transcript of his remarks was reprinted. Is this something that's just at the disgression of the poster? Otherwise, I'd don't understand the inconsistency. (I think I understand the arguments for and against each method of handling Trump's vulgar language, but having both versions in a single post is puzzling.)

Hurricane Matthew

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:32:30 GMT

Matthew is now a Category 4 hurricane and the latest forecast has it headed straight up the coast of Florida and points North. MeFites that are fleeing this beast, let us know you're OK and update us if you desire. Once the storm passes, let us know how we can help.

Are we counting favorites the right way?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:55:06 GMT

On our user pages, the two numbers tracked for favorites count different things. The first one is a count of how many individual comments I have favorited. The second number is a count of how many times everyone has favorited a comment of mine. The description of that second number, "Favorited by others," is sort of misleading, I think, because it doesn't count individual comments the way the first number does.

I never really thought about it until today, but when I read "Favorited by others," I expect to see, "out of all the comments by this user, this many comments have been favorited by somebody" instead of an aggregate of every time somebody favorited one of my comments.

If that's the number we want to track there in the second spot, shouldn't the description be something like Favorites from others instead of Favorited by others?

Alternately, would a true count of comments "Favorited by others" be good / interesting to track in addition? Imagine a user who posts 10 comments in an FPP. Two of those comments make people go, "Ha!" or "Whoa, she's right," and the user gets 30 favorites in that FPP. Is that number 2, the number of favorited comments by that user, worth tracking somehow?

121: The Gold Medal For Restraint

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:31:24 GMT

They said it couldn't be done, but here it is: an episode of the podcast that's just one hour long. Jess and I breeze through the site after a mutually busy month, covering stuff from September 8th through October 4th.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadMisc. - Facts about 121 - self-driving trolley problems - on Death and MetaFilter Jobs - Take my picture! by unannihilated - A small job, but a very sensitive one by scottymac Projects - The Corey Press by robocop is bleeding - Unknown Pleasures Album Cover Gif Generator by dreyfusfinucane - From Garching to Innsbruck in 7 days by wachhundfisch - I built a multi-plane animation stand by tessmartin - May Your Fave Be Unproblematic by Juliet Banana - Guided By Voices song title bot (@favoriteGBVsong) by yukonho MetaFilter - 3,536 exhibitions online by OmieWise - Sparkling Water by me3dia - A tiny vestibule of literary happiness by adept256 - Constrained Synthesis by tocts - WIN THESE SWELL PRIZES (59 years later) by Etrigan (working news link BUT IS IT A MYSTERY?!) - The story of a new name by tavegyl - "All I know is American Airlines loves me." by jessamyn Ask MeFi - Doctors/Scientists/Researchers Whose Work Involved Their Own Condition? by sevenofspades - Comfort me with comfort food by Kitteh - Should we name a kid after a dead guinea pig? by kendrak - Please help us spell this name by Anonymous - I take measurements, you mail me clothes by megancita - The visually impaired leading the visually impaired by Promethea - What must I do with misdirected mail? by primethyme - What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances? by Gosha_Dog MeFi Music Featured in this episode: - wrong color for a heart by ajryan - Crunky by ultrabuff - Passing By And Thought I'd Drop In by signal - totally generic action by Grangousier - Worry About The World (cover/mashup) by aspenkf MetaTalk - jbickers has passed away by cortex - In celebration of mefi connections by ActionPopulated - Any chance of resurrecting this favorites pony request? by limeonaire - The Election Debate Logistics Thread by restless_nomad [...]

How should you tag posts?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:13:29 GMT

I've made many posts, and given them lots of tags. Often, I've often gotten very specific with them - adding all of the names of the authors of news articles, etc. Lately, as I've tried to search for buried threads, I've become uncertain that getting so specific has been particularly useful. (Someone looking for a post isn't likely to remember that it contained a particular news article written by person X as opposed to the article's topic.) What are your best practices for tagging posts, and your best practices for searching for tagged posts?