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Brain breakage
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MeFi post - Last year

When you go to post new questions, there is a good bit of code that tries to figure out similar questions to the one you are asking, and I'm constantly amazed at how close old questions are to what I'm asking. About a third of the time, I don't end… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last year

Yeah, we'll consider switching to bcrypt. There was no support for it for ColdFusion at the time we changed our system in 2007 and sha-256 was pretty good at the time. The migration is a big project. It's a pain in that there's no easy options… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last year

A solution has been found:in this new MeFi thread [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Considering the context of a normal Oscars acceptance speech, it was a wonderful moment of speaking truth to power and a great statement. I get what she was going for in it, and maybe it could have been worded better, but to attack it as diminishing… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Yeah, I'd say make the video on your desktop then export to dropbox, send the secret "share" link to the file to your friends seems like the best option. Most movie file types automatically get displayed in their own movie player, so you… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

I do not get the "SKIP" link Yeah, at iPad widths, we're still toying and tweaking with a solution to that (probably a tiny arrow in the top bar, etc) [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last year

adrian, you are a witch. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

That was an incredible show. I finished listening to it earlier today and was blown away. When I started college, I hung out with a couple friends that went to al-anon and I even tagged along to their functions, and we talked about things a bit… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

(here is the Ask MeFi post looking for explanations as well) [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Reading the comments here, I totally missed so many things in this episode. Damn, the writing on it is totally fantastic (if slightly subtle, next time I'll keep my distracting electronics off while watching it). [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

reddit tries to explain the optical illusion [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

JulyByWomen went really well last year so I wholeheartedly look forward to this next month! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last year

[trying to one-up each other on how little you care about Sports seems a noisy derail in a thread about Sports fans, maybe skip the thread if this isn't floating your boat] [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year


sidebarring it once it's a fait accompli will cut back on the cranky comments and up the excited ones That's a good point, I'm inclined to hold off until the first for the mention welcoming the launch. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last year

Why are people allowed to blatantly attack others - but so long as they keep it politely worded, they can expect to get no sanctions? Is that something that's going to change any time soon? aryma's behavior is problematic, and other mods… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

I want to apologize, I thought the controversy was about her statements at the podium, not what she said backstage after, which yeah, sound a bit off and could have been said better. [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Did O push the red button or was he banned? Banned, and it was years coming. 0 was responsible for a good amount of moderator time and resources, which are running very low these days. I didn't see him participate on the site outside of… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

MeTa is supposed to be an escape valve which is now denied a bit I think most of us can agree that some MetaTalk posts in the past have gotten very heated, and it was usually because they started off hot and just got hotter. I don't think… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

if I'm fairly sure they're not made in bad faith, what actions are helpful for me to take? Flag them? Flagging is the best approach, and hit the contact form if you think it's part of a larger problem or larger issue that isn't obvious on… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

I would love to see less posts made about this topic sure, every one of them linked above was problematic, we were on the fence about letting them stay, and catching lots of heat over contact email when we did remove one. the tactic of… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

my own impression is that a lot of the reason the grey is perceived as so toxic is because it sucks up a lot of vented toxicity from the blue I think turning off your computer and going to shout into a pillow before returning is a better… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

is there any concern from the mod team that refunding the 5 bucks, and it being known that you guys do that, will increase the amount of this type of griefing? PayPal is a fickle beast. Basically we've had hundreds if not thousands of SEO… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

as my never posted MeTa for which mathowie gave me a morning after pill before it could become an even bigger problem To be clear, I want to mention MiC is talking about a contact form email about something I cleared up and gave my… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

I don't think how Metatalk is currently operating can any longer be described as a queuing process. [...] That isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think you nailed a bit of the damned if you do, damned if you don't nature of this… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

Anonymous questions have no link to user IDs in the database, so you would be fine. Credit cards are not given to us at all, that's all at PayPal. We never get your address. We do have a name associated with a PayPal which we use for identity… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

Original poster here. Thank you for the comments so far. Sorry that this update is so long; there's a lot to unpack. I actually hesitated to post this question, because I suspected it would provoke a pile-on. I have long gotten the message that… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

My dumb story of my dropcam snapping a nude of me is in the "dick pics" story, but I didn't know it was part of a full issue on sex, so I'm off to read the rest. [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

That was so beautifully written I'm just in awe of Sacks, that he can approach a certain end with a sense of wonder and courage. What an amazing person. [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I loved this episode because of course I remembered everything about this story when it was on MeFi back in 2002, just a couple years after I left living in LA, right near where the sign went up. I always loved the attention to detail that… [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

Yeah, books are tough in the current guise of FanFare due to the time commitment. If you imagine a new popular TV show, it might only take 22 or 45min to watch an episode without commercials before you can talk about it. A new movie, 90min to two… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

What is the average queue time It would be a weird average where 90%+ are <5min and a few are a day or so. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

Better Call Saul: Mijo
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FanFare post - Two years ago

Seeing the photos from around the world warms my heart. What a great goofy hack. [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Yeah, I liked this show and this judgment, but did find the Judge went deep into contracts when last week he kind of glossed over it. I thought last week's decision was a tad cruel, but this one was fine. I suspect the inconsistency is due to… [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

I wish Aziz Ansari could be on every episode of Bob's Burgers. The Darryl character totally nails Aziz's brand of comedy and I love it every time he appears. [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

Interesting. Sam Biddle, who largely broke the story in the first place, wrote about it just before last xmas in a uncharacteristically reflective blog post. He met her in person and talked to her a lot about the aftermath, and ends up apologizing… [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I'll never watch an All-Stars again. No Tim Gunn, nothing but insanely short deadlines and tiny budgets, and a finale that was so quickly cobbled together it produced nothing interesting. Seriously, the short deadlines on the show meant to get… [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

So I heard everyone gushing about the Lindy West story and I couldn't wait to finally listen to it today. I love her writing and I wanted to hear her troll talk. It was extraordinary, but I kind of wanted the troll guy to explain more, feel more… [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

That leg breaking scene was as bad as the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs. Dang. Now I can't wait to hear how he starts being a crooked lawyer for Tuco later on. Also can't wait to hear how Mike the sidekick/parking attendant starts working… [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

I mean, I guess with mod-related questions it makes sense, but for ponies? For "ponies" though it also makes sense since the team is literally the only people that can build and add new features to the site. These are often… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

I found the family dynamics really intense, a little hard to watch Yeah, the part about the kids not recognizing their father since he worked so hard was distressing and didn't play off like a funny little anecdote to me. It seemed Jiro… [more]
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FanFare comment - Two years ago

Just to add for those wondering: looking at the database, 99.5% of all posts to MeFi proper had a title with 5 characters or more. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

We could put a technical fix in place pretty easily. We could say the title field has to be a minimum of 5 characters or so, so at least there is one or two descriptive words in a title, with a gentle warning if it's too short to please make up a… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

I thought the new Oh Joy Sex Toy comic on 50 Shades was a good nuanced look at what clearly sounds like a pretty terrible book that doesn't cover real BDSM relationships well and even veers into creepy stalkery behaviors, but is also a trash fantasy… [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

we all do. [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Projects threads ever need to be moderated? There have been a small handful of FanFare threads that got heated, but I don't think I've ever had to delete anything in Projects, which is kind of nice since it's been around for about 7 years… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Two years ago

4 millions and millions
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MetaTalk post - Two years ago

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