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From a MeFite who would prefer to remain anonymous:Your husband is my father. The incident in which your husband grabbed your son's head and twisted it toward him to enforce eye contact happened to me twenty ago almost exactly as you have described… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Personally, I'd be OK with the compromise of "leave it, leave the responses, but also leave a smalltext mod note saying "That was seriously over the line of acceptable discourses I think this is often a good compromise. Makes it… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I have lived in an Amtrac smoking car on the way from NYC to Texas. I have done the same, only from Boston to Tampa to LA to Seattle to Boston. Back when they had those All Aboard America tickets that were cheap. I made my own Scrabble… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Thanks for all the feedback. The meeting went off well last night. I did a quickie "Ten Apps in Ten Minutes" thing which went well and supplied people with resources including this report from Berkman Enhancing Child Safety and Online… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago


if they do talk much about the larger questions and philosophy of steering the Good Ship Metafilter Yes, pretty much every time there is a contentious MeTa thread with solid numbers of people on both sides we tend to talk about whatever… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Talking about how you like big boobs isn't a capital offense or anything but it's also the opposite of helpful if what you're trying to communicate is a dawning understanding of pervasive sexism. Yeah, this. It's tough to listen to people… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I am happy to be a mentor for someone who wants to run a post by someone who has been around a while. Anytime in March (I am out of town now, oh please do not email me now) email it to me and I'll give you my polite constructive opinion. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Why wasn't it deleted as threadshitting? Because that's not what threadshitting is. Threadshitting is a non-constructive non-engagement with the topic and just posting some drive-by comments that expresses your disapproval. This wasn't… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

calling Jessamyn Hello? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

This definitely happens to me if I'm not eating properly around exercise (i.e. something worthwhile before and something with carbs and some fat and protein within about 30 min afterwards). You can get an exaggerated sort of low blood sugar thing… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I'm a little more fed up with this sort of thing (and encounter it more rarely) and my response is usually more like "You are welcome to feel how you feel, but the statistics don't really support that." and then I have a few studies in my… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Do your housework! [more]
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Music comment - 2 months ago

Was a great time, thanks for coming out all. My apologies for the MeFite I was texting with who was looking for us when we weren't seated at Tas Firin. We tried to catch you and missed. [more]
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IRL comment - 2 months ago

We'll aim for around 6 then. My cell is zero, triple seven, 6704331. Text with any changes of plans, I'll be mostly offline for the rest of today. [more]
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IRL comment - 2 months ago

You're not his parent. You need to figure out what the real issue is and focus on that. I agree with mibo if this is about money that he's not bringing in (in a very real way not in a "I am not comfortable with this") you should discuss… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

From the OP:1. Telling potential beaus about my 3 month expiration date. I don't tell guys I date about this because, as jbenben said, this can cast quite the pall on a relationship. So I'm always hesitant to bring this up lest a guy stay with me out… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Hello! We spent the day today going to the Soane's Museum and the Hunterian Museum. Good fun. I am not hellbent on staying within Rotherhithe, a place where we could get dinner and drinks (we're unlikely to make a late night of it) at the same time would be great. Thames views sounds good. Old Salt Quay and George look like they either have the same owner or the same web designer, which is it? I don't know geography well enough to pick a place but we're fine with anything that's one bus/tube ride away. Local folks traveling from further away should make that call. [more]
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IRL comment - 2 months ago

Because having a partner who is a good speller is foundational to a healthy, happy romantic relationship? For some people, though not for all, absolutely. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Totally suggested going, I was on Mackinac last summer and it was amazing and I toyed with doing the Canadian drive and didn't. I live a few hours from Montreal and love it. Am I missing anything else? Yes. Your US cellphones will work… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

most babies are a PITA about bedtime around 8-11mo, this will pass, you don't have to leave your kid to cry If that was the gist of your comment, it definitely would have stayed. If you'd like, I can repost your comment here. It was… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

From a MeFite who would prefer to remain anon:Hi, self published author here. I sell ebooks only. Createspace is a huge waste of my time. I'd get into audiobooks but there are limited avenues for non-US citizens to get their work into audio without… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago


OW, isn't it possible - likely even - that a person who had no intention of targeting anyone but simply made a statement from their own repertroire of experience, in a serious attempt to simply state an opinion on the subject at hand, that that… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I'm saying after a while, in cases where the whole background of a discussion becomes ironic-fake-boyzone, that might really not be all that different from its just being a real boyzone, in terms of its being tedious and discouraging certain… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Perhaps it is time to consider taking on a moderator who is trained in dealing with discussions about sexual assault? That would make total sense if this were a site specifically about sexual assault. But realistically in a site with only… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

he owns a bar, and being in a bar, one tends to drink. I'm not sure if these are his words or yours but as someone who had an alcoholic parent this sort of "well the reason is because..." reasons just became part of the whole… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Brand new user, trolly sounding question phrased in a really hamfisted way. From the question: I wouldn't normally spout off such un-PC views in real life... but that's what the Internet is for, right? It could be argued it is what the… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I think it's a different-but-related issue, personally. The guidelines that people on the site are used to are, I think, to my mind, relaxing somewhat. Which means that there's more lag time with deletions and mod responses, and not as much… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I would (at least in theory) like to feel greater kinship and connection with my fellow humans. However, all the advice I'm given on how to achieve that tells me to do things that I find baffling, agonizingly boring, unpleasant, bizarre,… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

It might help you to know that this is a well-known geek social fallacy, that it's never okay to not include someone and this comes from every good place, but it's popular among people who were excluded a lot as kids. I have this problem. I have… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I use Wikimedia Commons and I often will get there by using Google Image Search and then limiting to CC licensed photos (which isn't perfect, but you can often drill down to WC and other images that way). I also have more luck searching Flicker using… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

So the community took away the accesibility of metatalk because of being 'short-staffed', and then set up fanfare. Fanfare requires almost zero moderation. MetaTalk requires a lot of moderation. There are actually fewer mods here now,… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

So, some members want to post to MeTa for "community feedback" and can't be bothered to get back to anyone. Ever. This is how I feel. If you want to get a community referendum on something you have to be sort of more available… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

From the OP:I'd like to add a little anonymous clarification/feedback to the discussion, if you don't mind: Thanks for the very many thoughtful responses to my question. Much to reflect on here. I want to thank waterandrock, especially--that's… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Open Library has thousands of ebooks of varying quality. It's not particularly well-curated but it makes up for that in volume. If you like reading the weird subsection of stuff they have, it's sort of amazing (also, free) [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Neato! I think the kids today just say mil nowadays. btw everybody says "millsies" now says the man who brought you meff-ite [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

The only two methods that have worked for me are 1. Machinists chest - this is big but it's basically felt lined drawers with a top part that you can put larger stuff in. Drawers can be subdivided for smaller stuff like earrings. Upside: you can… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

There is a podcast for everything. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

The reason I linked to those situations was that I think the point is if you feel that someone is illegally recording an entire movie, you call the police while they are there and have them arrested because it's that level of crime (according to laws… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I'm putting together a 2-hour presentation designed to help people who know nothing about the Internet, quickly get up to speed on the things they need to be aware of. I teach these sorts of classes and the examples that I use are when… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I find that daily exercise is key for keeping my head on straight. I get up early and walk for 45-60 minutes. This is true for me as well. I view exercise like medicine which helps me from having it drop off the to do list because I'm too… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

We discussed how unless things are “rock bottom” and I give him severe consequences, he doesn’t think he can get sober. I am sorry, this sounds difficult. I had an alcoholic parent who was verbally and emotionally abusive and I wish my… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Was just reading this article about the designs Canada could have had. Anyone know if it's possible to find a copy of the design that's just eleven beavers? [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

it's a little bit weird to have the only venue in which the membership can publicly field site issues be so directly pre-screened by site management. It's a little bit weird, sure. It's also a direct result of lower staffing and was… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

sharing the small space of the car with my ex (which is triggering). I dated a guy who was sharing a car with his ex. It was not an awesome situation for me. The way you say that it's triggering for you to share a car with the ex (and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

misha, if you want, I can repeat our email chain here in the thread? People can check the original thread if they want. We talked to the user who hassled you and told them to knock it off and asked you to forward the email from them so that we… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Is this it (top item)? A fishing fly line strength tester? [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Oh yeah that's it. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

My cousin is a criminal defense attorney in NYC. I'd want him to defend me if I were charged with a serious crime. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

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