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Would you reject these posts?
The posts just don't appear, with no explanation.

No, they are still online, just not linked from the archives or front page. You can go back to every post via the MeFi mail you automatically get when you make a new post. Here is your post from tonight, for instance.

When I ask they always say I've not framed my question directly enough, though they seem to me like many others I read and respond to regularly.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:06 PM on August 22, 2013
If you want a question like tonight's to stay up, try and form it in a way that people can answer with concrete advice/answers. Perhaps say your spouse mentioned a subtle (or unsubtle) death threat in an argument and ask for ways to cope with that, how to steer conversations towards more productive paths, or if the situation is more grave, how to get yourself out of the situation and to safety.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:07 PM on August 22, 2013
Both of the last two posts appeared then were gone within mere seconds. This seems to suggest they're being targeted rather than flagged, as the moderators indicate.

I deleted the last one due to the flags it picked up. Trust me when I say that I can't possibly read every single question that goes up on Ask MetaFilter within seconds of them being submitted. Nor do I target specific users because the last I checked, we had over 12,000 active users of... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:10 PM on August 22, 2013
the system was automatically chucking my posts

Sorry about my interpretation then. You said something about being targeted by moderators and I happened to write the system so I can assure you it's neither chucking your posts nor are moderators singling you out.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:17 PM on August 22, 2013

Favorite Threshold
The Popular page linked in the top nav links to the most popular posts and comments across the sites, and things like Greg Nog's comment will end up there.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:17 AM on August 19, 2013
Yeah, that's a good point, I'll update the FAQ answer to point to the Popular page instead.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:27 AM on August 19, 2013
FAQ updated!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:41 AM on August 19, 2013

Pony: Don't send focus to search box when search results page loads
huh, yeah, I hadn't noticed that before, and yeah it does kill the ability to use the cursor to move down the page (and it's likely your hands are on a keyboard when inputing search terms).

I think focusing on the search box on a new search page is a good idea and saves time, but I can see this being a little annoying on search result pages. We'll think about it and see if others hit this snag often.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:40 PM on August 15, 2013

Where have I been?
You're in luck! We already built that, it's in the My IRL tab on the front page of the site. On my own tab, I see two upcoming meetups I was interested in and all the past ones I followed.

I didn't even know we had this feature that I also always wanted until pb mentioned it's always been there, so yay!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:36 PM on August 15, 2013

Metafilter Data Retention Policy?
Yeah, I don't know what the issues are to worry about here, because almost everything is public that you post. The only things private are IP addresses, MeFi Mail, and paypal details.

If I got some sort of FBI goons knocking my door asking about details, I'd likely comply since I have very few resources to fight such a thing, but it's a pointless exercise because I can't possibly imagine a situation that would cause authorities to even pursue something like this.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:15 PM on August 8, 2013

The pony prances through the meadow, sparkling
A filter isn't entirely necessary since we have front page view options to list by favorites. Start here and you can set it to 7 or 30 days to get an overview of good MeFi posts you might have missed.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:14 AM on July 29, 2013

Look you don't have to give me money but I just wanted, oh, nevermind...
I'll try to explain. Projects is really to help launch new completed projects ready to enjoy by members (I still kick myself to this day that I called it "Projects" because that does sound like it's for unfinished or in-progress things).

Yeah, we don't like people using it for fundraising and after Kickstarter gave me a page to curate, we decided that's a good way to deal with things (previously we turned down every project because it wasn't complete). It only... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:42 PM on July 28, 2013

83: Legally throwing up on the subway
Cool ethand, I was wondering if I was doing something wrong when the link didn't work for me.

I like the new maps in general, the only thing that drives me batty is the zoom UI shifted from the upper left to the lower right, and my muscle memory kicks me in the head every time I use it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:32 AM on July 28, 2013

AML, Kitty, and Synchronicity
That's really neat, thanks for sharing it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:00 AM on July 15, 2013

Memail Push notifier
I'm not sure what you mean by "push notification" but you do know you can forward all mefi mail to your email address, right? When someone sends you something, you'll get an immediate email about it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:42 PM on July 14, 2013
Yeah, I would suggest signing up a new email account at any free provider that gives you roaming access to the account wherever you view MeFi, then you'd know exactly when people respond to you.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:25 PM on July 14, 2013

FPP redirect for recent developments of hot topics
Thanks for making the effort mai, we are going to go with that one.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 12:02 AM on July 14, 2013

82: Good for July!
[I fixed up a few broken links, all should be working now]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:08 PM on July 2, 2013
Mathowie: "...silly little games for kids".

It's hard to describe AC to someone that has never seen it, on the surface, it looks like a game made for children, but I agree most of the players I know are adults. I was just trying to relate how cartoon-y it appears and what programmers at Nintendo might have intended, and why they might have overlooked options in the current and past versions for customization.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:46 AM on July 3, 2013
I updated the post to show the outro music, feel free to button up the transcript.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:09 PM on July 10, 2013

Happy BasTeal Day*, MetaFilter!
stan chin's gold star made the first post.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:42 AM on July 10, 2013

Sharks. Tornado. Sharknado.
I could also see doing a public Google Calendar of chat events. If someone leads each of the activities, they could get add/edit rights to a Google Calendar, and we could display that somewhere on the site.

But before we think out details on that, maybe see how things go on chat for this event and if it becomes a regular thing, we could add some stuff to support it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 12:05 PM on July 9, 2013

The new Mefi Wiki site
Thanks adrianhon for all the work maintaining it this long, and thanks to RichardP and Pronoiac for keeping the site online, migrating it, and continuing on with the great work.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 12:30 PM on July 8, 2013

Help Test SSL Everywhere
Yeah, the EV multi-domain at Comodo is what we're using. It costs a buttload (they charge per subdomain, total cert cost about $3k for two years on all our subdomains) and it is up in November of this year, so we might just downgrade to an easier-to-manage simple wildcard domain SSL cert (which is under $300 for two years, if I remember correctly).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:51 AM on July 2, 2013

Is the canary pining for the fjords?
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That's █████ about all I can say about ██ right now.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:19 PM on June 25, 2013

Ragnarok On.
He's been a member for 12 years. That's long before I'd ever heard of him.

He used to introduce himself as a "former literary agent" (to some laughs) and then do comedy. He signed up back when he still was working as an agent.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:22 PM on June 20, 2013
I watched this earlier tonight, it was great. I'd heard a lot of those bits over the last year or two at various places I've seen Hodgman perform. He was great and if you've never caught him doing comedy, it's a slam dunk, great way to spend an hour.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:12 PM on June 20, 2013

"Lavaballing" thread sexist and dissenting comments deleted
Well, I think this thread has run its useful course. People are debating thread subject matter in this thread too, the original poster is no where to be seen and this whole thing looks a bit of a mess.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:18 AM on June 20, 2013

Is MeFi officially pro-pseudoscience?
also, zarq's post in this thread shows how the reason given for the deletion here is inconsistent, at best.

If you're aiming for lazer-like consistency you're not going to get it when we do things on a case-by-case basis like we do. We try to be as consistent as possible, but we are human, there are shades of gray to every decision, and opinions between people flagging, people moderating, and people reading aren't always going to overlap perfectly.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:28 PM on June 13, 2013
Ah, I wonder why that comment got a ton of flags just now, but I did delete it since it didn't really help matters. What jessamyn said holds true though, if you're flagging something a day or two (or more) after it was posted, the chances we're going to delete it are increasingly rare.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:41 PM on June 13, 2013
what basis was that comment deleted?

It wasn't answering the question, just calling out another comment and reading a bit into it, putting the advice into a fairly bad light.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:53 PM on June 13, 2013
Opining that another comment is bad advice for reasons XYZ is, in and of itself, valid and useful input. I am really surprised that this is no longer considered an acceptable way to participate in AskMe discussions.

There is some more backstory you are missing. Later in that thread the person that posted it and the original poster got into a bit of back and forth over that comment, which were both deleted earlier (since they were flagged soon after).... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:11 PM on June 13, 2013
If you scroll up to the top of this thread Bugbread, taz pretty much says exactly that. She says she didn't delete it, but guesses why, and says jessamyn will turn up later, which happened.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:20 PM on June 13, 2013
Why not just say there are mitigating factors to avoid confusing users about policy?

I just did, the comment has been deleted for like 20 minutes, it's not like we had much back and forth on this. I don't like to divulge tons of deletion info but you pressed for further information and I stated it.

Sometimes it feels like people criticize our moderation decisions based on what we didn't say right up front, even though it... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:27 PM on June 13, 2013
Right, and I'm saying it might be a good idea to skip the "guess-the-reason" part. It seems (and this may be confirmation bias) that this usually creates more confusion than less, until the actual deleter comes in and explains their reasoning.

I don't think taz and jessamyn are in any sort of disagreement here, so I'm not sure why one mod shouldn't comment on another mod's action, especially if they support/agree with them.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:28 PM on June 13, 2013

What's up with all the blink tags all of a sudden?
That's interesting, I haven't seen any blink tag usage increase, but then I realized I use Google Chrome, which apparently disables it entirely.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:32 PM on June 13, 2013

What to do when threads result in name calling?
I'm relatively new but it's very much a popularity contest where people seem unwilling to engage in discussion and let go of their sacred cows

On the flip side, I've noticed your username because you seem to keep coming into threads and dropping whatever contrarian point of view you can almost reflexively. I know that's kind of fun in college to always be the "what if we got it all wrong?!" guy, but it's kind of tedious when there's a... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:24 PM on June 7, 2013
I don't understand why a debate is not allowed - is there any reason other than it just isn't

restless_nomad did a good example of explaining this already. Not every thread is for "debate" and they're rarely presented as "arguments" at all. The premise of the site is to find interesting things on the web, and also to discuss them. I think you might be missing the key concept of the site. It's not about scoring points or being... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:59 PM on June 7, 2013

How to react when the thread eats you alive
Looking at the thread, I noticed there are no flags on any comments. If you spot anything particularly egregious, you should go ahead and flag the comments and we'll take a look at them.

That said, looking over the thread, I don't see people attacking the person asking the question or projecting anything onto the asker. I see a few people saying the equivalent of "sometimes getting brushed on the face can freak you out" but for the most part everyone is pretty... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:34 PM on June 6, 2013

Final Update added to old Ask MeFi questions
I briefly considered auto-marking as best, I think it's good and useful to highlight the final update, but we're kind of making a judgment when we mark it as the best answer so I'm unsure if we should automatically do that.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:10 PM on June 4, 2013
I think updates were always a weird fit for MetaTalk unless they were about Some Major Thing that happened on the site. I have a feeling this tool makes old questions more useful for anyone that stumbles onto them looking for an answer, but also gives a place for those not-so-major updates to old questions. I think the big stuff will still show up here and that seems fine to me.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:21 PM on June 4, 2013
I forgot to add that these updates will also show up in Recent Activity if you participated in the threads. This was no small feat of engineering to make it happen and it works totally seamlessly.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:03 PM on June 4, 2013

An AskMetaFilter Question Thrice Cited Over Potential BS in the NYT
The paper of record publishes a lie as the truth and we don't care?

But was it a lie? Sounds like it was a real plane that had a little difficulty and maybe the author glorified it a bit but the facts were true?
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:36 AM on June 4, 2013

New profile "also on" updates: Strava, Steepster, Newsblur, [more]
We should probably remove Vox and Xanga, now that both are gone.

Bummer the folks at Vine are still kind of iOS-only and don't have stable user profile pages and more on the web side of things, I'd love to get connected to everyone else on Vine.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:16 AM on June 3, 2013

mathowie on "Quit!" podcast with Dan Benjamin.
Yeah, it was a fun little podcast to do. I kind of wished we talked more about Dan's core concepts for the show, namely that he asserts you can't half-ass a day job and run a side project successfully, that you should go all in and quit your dayjob to focus on the side project full-time. I'm pretty conservative about those kinds of leaps and would have liked to argue more for having side projects while working on other stuff.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:10 AM on June 3, 2013

Twitter redux
Well, couldn't it be a private list, so that we could only follow it if we're on it?

I think the privacy problem is that everything on Twitter once it's on Twitter (like a list) is public. Some people don't link their public Twitter stream with their MeFi account, and if we auto-created a public Twitter list of all known MeFi-Twitter account holders, it might "out" a few people that didn't want that to be public.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:04 PM on May 30, 2013

Deletion with a surprise twist: I'm actually not here to complain
I haven't tested this, but Steven Frank's shutup.css tries to auto hide all comments on any site.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:26 PM on May 29, 2013

Maybe we could try not hating people for their economic status?
Maybe the issue here is where the line should be drawn on satire. Looking through the whole thread I see a lot of people making wisecracks about it, some are more cruel than others, but I'm not sure if any of them really crossed a line to delete-worthy.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:17 AM on May 28, 2013
Frobenius Twist, I'd say political influence being bought and sold doesn't really kick in until you're at some sort of 0.01% of normal income levels. In the last presidential election, I thought I heard a huge percentage of campaign dollars came from something like 150 ultra-wealthy people. So it's really the crazy billionaires at the top ruining things for others, not every person making $380,000/yr.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:42 AM on May 28, 2013
I'm not sure why or how "What constitutes 'rich'?" is a MetaTalk issue, but so be it.

Yep, I was just popping in to say let's not have the same conversation about income disparity and what "rich" means in this thread, since it's already happening in the original thread.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:16 AM on May 28, 2013

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