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"My plan came off the rails when I learned the hard way that Metafilter doesn't have a privacy policy. I assumed, incorrectly, that the worst thing that would happen is that I'd correct some rumors online, amuse myself, and get discreetly… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

[folks, more helping, less eye-rolling please. Thank you.] [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

"No one cares about you." I don't mean this in some sort of "woe is me" way but in the "people are all into their own thing and you can never realy totally know what that thing is, but rest assured it will not be about… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

I'm really surprised at the reaction to this word. I don't think that most people are saying it's a nice thing to call people, rather they're trying to determine if it's a bad word like "asshole" or a bad word like "cunt… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

OK, so ironic racism bad, but all the genuine racism expressed in that thread is fine. Got it. If you want to make this thread about this, by all means go ahead, but we've definitely had the "This is why ironic racism is truly toxic… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

This is a constant struggle in the world of librarianship. Many people are using CMSes but very few of them seem to understand HTML. Which is fine, I would never consider not hiring someone just because they didn't know HTML, but I would be crystal… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

It still may be. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Do I let (seemingly) being excluded bother me? Do I say anything? I'm one of those people who are certain that all my friends are having a fabulous time without me when I'm not doing anything. I have some friends who are good enough… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

And yeah there are a few people in the thread mentioning the same thing in ways that are more-or-less decent [one less decent, one more decent] and that really seemed to do it from my perspective. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Has anyone mentioned how cool this app is? I made a few little maps including my home territory and two days that I spent in Regina SK where I am fairly certain I didn't use my cell phone at all [had it in airplane mode with all the data turned off… [more]
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MeFi comment - Five years ago

[folks, OP is asking about scientific consensus, not what you personally think is maybe true about organic food.] [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

It's not just a tale that invites us to gawk at weirdos misbehaving toward each other. I don't disagree with your general assertions about the topic, but as this thread and that thread seem to indicate, one of the topics that people get… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

I would not refund the difference. If it was a fixed bid and the customer was happy paying the amount they paid, that just makes up for all the hassle-factor annoying as hell annoying jobs you'll be taking where it takes more work and time than… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

Please do something about this, because it really bothers me. I could write you a script... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

is it unthinkable that the threads could be monitored, things could be done to keep them from going badly? We do this, but we can't prevent things from going badly, only clean up after the fact. We're a lightly moderated site so the… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Let's say that The Atlantic had a URL shortener where the Atlantic URL used to be http://theatlantic.com/issuenumber/features/an-article-title-by-an-article-author.html and their URL shortener changed it to http://theatlant.ic/123456… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

In fact, I suspect it unlikely they would be particularly happy with me if I asked now. I think what we'd like is a little more before-posting "How do I think this is going to go on MeFi?" consideration. And no, we won't close… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Today I learned that MetaTalk is a pronoun. It's like a pronoun. Extra credit: that was a simile. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

The real joke, I think, is that ugly (and those who think they're ugly) people already do this. See I took the joke as "Totally normal looking women who are probably just fine looking think they need to do things like this to look… [more]
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MeFi comment - Five years ago

I want to see this video right now. Ditto. Weird Al made being weird sort of amusing and okay when I was a little kid. He was like Mad Magazine set to music (this was during the Weird Al classic period with Yoda and Another One Rides the… [more]
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MeFi comment - Five years ago

The meta-story, and the thing that makes this all super-fun-time in Modtown is that yesterday was one of the brief "no one's around" few-hour windows MeFi sometimes has. I was having lunch with restless_nomad and then flying home, she was… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

I think we upped it to 750 or something, I should go check that. Also: shut up. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

From the OP:Thanks to everyone for the responses. Apologies for not following up sooner, but I wanted to let the advice sink in and see how things went on Monday first. Firstly, I should have pointed out that she is only around 21 (hence why I… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

I was prepared to tweet THAT thread, until I realized that that in and of it self wouldn't serve Mefi as a community as well Thank you so much for this. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

The policy is: please don't use them. If you use them, we will fix them. That's pretty much it. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Maintaining a URL shortener in good repair isn't an easy trick. We have one for outbound links but we very very badly do not want to make one for inbund links. Maybe we could make a post-checking mechanism that alerts people if they are using a URL… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

[folks, we're aware that this question has problematic phrasing, if you can't answer it without calling people names, please DO NOT ANSWER IT. Thank you.] [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

Contemplate the fact that the scorer will take 1-2 minutes to skim your essay and assign it a grade. Exactly. I have been a standardized test scorer for the Educational Testing Service though not for the GED. Use paragraphs, clear… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

the reaction on the part of the mods strikes me as unsupportable. Pseudonymity is just a smokescreen for the general "please do not abuse the community's trust" edict which is a heading that covers spamming, trolling,… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

[few comments removed - knock it off, you have MetaTalk to talk about your wangs.] [more]
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MeFi comment - Five years ago

Oh for fuck's sake. People aren't allowed to call people assholes over MeMail, even you klang. Feel free to let them know that if they haven't blocked you already. This isn't the person you called a yutz, is it? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Hmmm, not quite sure what this means. Just idly bullshitting on the mod list watching someone fucking around on the site and wondering if they'd stop.... It put us in this incredibly awkward position where we didn't want to ban a user… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Isn't it unethical for a librarian to monitor or report on identifiable collection usage to 3rd parties (except under court order)? This varies dramtically among the different types of libraries. In public libraries this is the case in… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

There's not a lot else this thread can do besides recipes... The thread doesn't have to do anything, actually. Usually we close threads because they need to be closed for some reason, not because there's no reason to keep them open… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

That's an odd rule, it's a private conversation. We set up MeMail so that people can connect with one another. It's turned on by default when you get a MetaFilter account. We want people to find it useful. We'd like them to use it. We… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

This is one of those things where it would depend on who was asking, our relationship with them, the likelihood that they'd tell other people, etc. For the most part if we thought someone was trying to keep it a secret, we wouldn't tell. If someone… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Does that happen? Again, no. It makes good complain-y talk on the mod list, but probably something best not joked about in liable-to-be-taken-out-of-context public. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Competitive suffering assessment is distasteful. Saying someone with one leg should "man up and move on" because they don't have zero legs is not an effective way of starting a useful conversation. And while it's not MetaFilter's job to… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

That Reddit discussion on whether plannedchaos counts as a true sockpuppet because there was no second "Scott Adams" account is kind of bizarre There are two competing ideas of what a sock puppet is, and they're very close. In… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

If he backed off, then and there, stepped out of the thread and didn't show up again on MeFi as someone basically pretending to be "anyone BUT Scott Adams" that would have been okay. Not great, but acceptable. People make blindingly stupid… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

This stuff is just old, boring, shit in the first place and deservedly hated upon. I think of this when I read comments that trash other people's creative endeavors. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

[While the OP is welcome to be difficult at their seder, we'd appreciate if you weren't difficult in the thread - few comments removed - send personal asides dirct to the OP. thank you] [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

Yeah, there is no link in the database that is machine-readable between anon question and asker. A secondary concern is that we don't have much of an interest in making the anon feature much easier to use I mean, we don't want it to be difficult,… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

The flow chart disagrees. RESPECT THE CHART. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

Hey, man, as long as it's not projects I have neglected... Wait, you never said anything about neglected projects in the interview!! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

I just bet he's had a really big fight with Wikipedia at some point, with bannings and drama and all of that. Amusingly the Wikipedia Scott Adams article was improved by MeFi's own kindall at one point. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

"if you don't have children you just don't understand and never can and by implication are obviously inferior to those of us who do". It was three words. It's not totally clear what she means but it's also clear that no matter… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

I deleted it. If you feel we're not being responsive to the flagging, feel free to drop us an email instead of complaining in the thread. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Five years ago

There's the question of why the account wasn't disabled, but I'm not that curious it. We basically dropped him an email and gave him the option to handle this himself. It's a courtesy we'd extend to any new user who seemed to be a little… [more]
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MeFi comment - Five years ago

I'm not super into smartphoneland but a few things that I find really useful that you might not get if you weren't used to them. - I have a terrible sense of direction so my phone will not only tell me how to get places [often on foot] but will… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Five years ago

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