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This comment quoted the most contentious part of a comment and gave a gruff, dry legal reading. What's the old saying about a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down? That.

So, you guys are now seriously deleting correct answers because they're not 'nice enough'?

This place has lost its collective mind.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 4:14 PM on April 26, 2013
Count me in as another person that's been deleted by Taz, and quite upset about it.

I really don't think her moderation policies are a good match for the site. She has an itchy trigger finger, and seems to have an idea in her head of 'how a thread should go', instead of letting it develop organically.

She seems to think of user content as a topiary garden to prune, instead of a slightly wild, wooly, and unpredictable place. I resent very… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:19 AM on April 27, 2013
And I'm reasonably sure I've lost more comments in the last year than in all the previous seven.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:20 AM on April 27, 2013
Malor, I'm not sure why you think that; I looked over the last year and it looks like I deleted 6 out of 19 comments from you since April 27, 2012. One of those was just a complaint that a post should get a warning, which I added.

The fuck? You guys deleted 19 comments of mine?

This place has gone off the rails. I work hard on those comments. I am both dismayed and shocked that nineteen of them have gone away without even the goddamn courtesy to tell me.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 1:03 PM on April 27, 2013

Title customization options added
For what it's worth, I didn't initially dislike this very much, but it got more annoying over time. I've tinkered with the titles now a number of times, trying different fonts and sizes, and I just can't get them so that they aren't distracting. They bother me, and I keep ending up back at 0 size, because that's most comfortable.

I don't see anything I can really point at in an objective sense to say "this is what's wrong", but it messes with my flow. I… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:13 AM on January 16, 2013

MeFi is adding titles
I think it looks great, but I'd actually like the titles bigger (or possibly just a little darker) not smaller. I'm not sure how big they are for everyone else, but I use a very large font to read MeFi, because I have a very large screen, and they end up being just barely bigger than the main text.

It's perfectly useful as it is, I'd call it a clear improvement over the old system, but I think it would be ideal if we could have a preference item that let us change the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:36 PM on January 7, 2013
I'm another one that's a little confused by the strength of the negative reaction by some. I know it's honest, but this particular change just doesn't seem that bad. I'd like to be able to tweak it, and it sounds like it could use some design fixes, but it doesn't seem like an irrevocably terrible idea or anything. It feels like a good change, in need of some refinement.

The last time I remember getting really annoyed with changes was when they redid the comment… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 10:41 PM on January 7, 2013
jessamyn: We're aware that this doesn't work on mobile as well as the other concerns people have with it. At the same time, realistically, people who feel so strongly about this change that they can't look at the site (as some people have said) are going to have to find workarounds and we're trying to help them do it.

You know, I'm generally in favor of this change, but I have rarely been as repelled by anything on Metafilter as the tone of that post.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:02 AM on January 8, 2013
I've been thinking about this some more, and becoming less and less pleased the more I do. And keep in mind that I don't mind this new feature. It doesn't bother me. But I'm really quite upset at how you are treating the people that don't like it.

What I'm seeing here, over and over, is a trivializing of user opinion. What you are saying is, repeatedly, "You are a super-user, a core user. Therefore, we don't care what your opinion is, It will be too strong,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:50 PM on January 8, 2013

Someone made a comment early in another hipster thread that I wanted to answer, but the post had been going so long that it didn't seem worth it anymore.

The comment in question was something to the effect that hipsters don't like to admit that they are hipsters.... it had something about the girl in question 'not being comfortable with the term'.

And it occurred to me that if someone asked me that question, I would have no earthly idea if I… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:21 PM on November 12, 2012
I seriously don't even know what a hipster is anymore.

I don't think anyone ever really did. As far as I can determine, it is an undefined term. At best, it's the 'you know it when you see it' pornography rule, but every viewer seems to have a different definition.

As a first rule, I'd suggest that anyone who denies being a hipster, especially if they're offended by or uncomfortable with the idea, isn't a… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:09 AM on November 13, 2012
dephlogisticated: It's a fractal of meta-masturbatory-differentiation. It tastes like the future.

And you get to be the most meta of all! You win! You are the very best person in the whole thread, because you've managed to criticize everyone else simultaneously, while remaining ironic and detached.

So, um, yay?
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:11 AM on November 13, 2012
klangklangston: The obnoxious "hipsters" were people doing the same things without the necessity of them; they could afford designer clothes, but affected the poverty chic.

Oh my god, that's an actual definition of hipster. I now actually sort of know what one even is. Congratulations, sir. In all seriousness, in all the talking about hipsters, that is the very first time I've seen an explanation of what a hipster might be.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:28 PM on November 13, 2012

Happy 40th birthday, user #1 (Mathowie)
As I've said for more years than I really like to remember: Happy birthday, Mr. Owie.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 8:40 AM on October 12, 2012

Comment Editing
Oh, I just spotted that, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:05 PM on October 1, 2012
Oh, and for what it's worth, most BBCode message systems allow unlimited edits, sometimes with a flag that a message has been edited, sometimes not. I've never seen anything I'd consider real abuse that way, though occasionally there's a little confusion when people like me (I tend to edit a couple of times, for a couple of minutes) get replied to very quickly.

It just doesn't seem to turn into a problem.

edit: just because I can. Woohoo!… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:10 PM on October 1, 2012
Oh, a word on etiquette: on BBCode systems, I've found it useful to break out edits with a separate "edit:" down at the bottom, either with the additional content, or describing what I changed in the main body. I don't usually bother with edit notes in the first minute or two, but I will always make a note after about a half-hour, even if it's minor. (as in, "edit: fixed a stupid typo. oops.")

If the edit window on MeFi is ever lengthened, that… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:15 PM on October 1, 2012
invitapriore: I guess feel embarrassed that they didn't already know that stuff and edit the original post to say something like "nevermind."

Well, I've been known to remove comments that way if I posted them in the wrong thread, or with advice that didn't actually pertain to a question. Not sure if you'd consider that abuse or not. I typically only do that when I don't think my comment has any use whatsoever. edit: I think of it as… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:20 PM on October 1, 2012
Ghidorah: Editing is a form of self-censorship.

It is!

Self-censorship, if it's being done for the benefit of others, instead of to their detriment, or out of fear, can be a great thing, online.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:22 PM on October 1, 2012
Might actually be a good thing overall -- before dashing off that heated reply, wait five minutes to make sure that's what they really wanted to say.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:25 PM on October 1, 2012
perhapses: Do you know what else takes five minutes?

300 seconds?
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:27 PM on October 1, 2012
Oh god, there are so many things I would go back and fix. Sigh.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:29 PM on October 1, 2012
ChurchHatesTucker: Reddit lets you edit as long as you want. They just put a * next to your post after a minute.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:31 PM on October 1, 2012
The thought occurs that this would be a perfect time to make a Carnac The Magnificent sock puppet.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 10:21 PM on October 1, 2012
I'm actually trying to use the edit feature now, and it's timing out. It is VERY VERY annoying to watch my timer bleed away because MeFi has lost its mind.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:18 PM on October 1, 2012
Yep, I lost the chance to edit my comment because the site was too screwed up. Grrrrr.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:19 PM on October 1, 2012

holdkris99's death was a hoax.
Holy crap. He totally got me. Totally.

posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:17 PM on May 22, 2012
So, as it turns out, I was actually CORRECT to wonder if he was lying about those stories. I felt like a schmuck days ago for doubting, and now I feel like even more of a schmuck for believing.

Words are powerful things, holdkris99, and you badly misused a talent.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:19 PM on May 22, 2012
You know, you could consider a "MeFi death sentence" for him -- remove everything he's ever posted here. Throw all that attention-whoring into the bit bucket.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 12:32 PM on May 22, 2012
Well, for what it's worth, I wasn't suspicious at all, and in fact felt bad for having been suspicious before. I think the implied authority of the "different person" and "her" official presentation by the mods completely shut that part of my brain down. I absolutely, utterly bought it, no reservations.

posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 3:06 AM on May 24, 2012

This is how I tell it, ohhhhhhhhhh but it's long
You know, I read this a couple days ago, and I've been trying to get my head around it, off and on, ever since.

We didn't know each other... I'm not sure we ever directly interacted. I thought of him as 'that guy with the great stories'. I actually felt a little silly in that Green Bay Packers thread, because I'd posted about what a strong fan my uncle was, and then he came in one comment later with one of the most wrenching posts I've ever read on Metafilter. I… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 5:05 AM on May 19, 2012

How about quality over speed?
We do, actually - the two posts referred to here were actually the second and third ones. It's just hard to know when one lands that's as good as we're likely to get before the conversation gets too long to be fair to cut off.

Well, whyy not just make it something semi-official, that any obit post can be preempted by a better one within, say, fifteen minutes?

I dunno, maybe MeFi just doesn't do obits well.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:24 PM on May 4, 2012

ISO comment
StickyCarpet: The 2005 date is really interesting. This practice became widespread only after the 2008 crash.

A programmer coworker was talking about having written algorithms to do exactly what the 2005 post was talking about, back in the 2001 to 2002 timeframe. It's been so long now that I'm not sure if I didn't ask him what bank it was, or if he couldn't tell me. He had lots of stories about the shitty ways they tried to extract the most cash… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:19 AM on April 7, 2012

Weirdo alert! No, wait...
Hi, Jeff VanderMeer. Please stick around, this is a good place.

I don't know anything about you, first I've heard your name, but this remains a good place. :)
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:07 AM on November 2, 2011

The sun never sets on mathowie's birthday!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Owie.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 1:25 AM on October 10, 2011

Using this to get Hoder freed?
Those poor dumb hikers were being used more as diplomatic pawns-

They might really have been spies. "Ordinary guys", out hiking on the Iran/Iraq border? In the middle of a war? And weren't they carrying some kind of unusual transmission equipment?

I think it's quite likely that they actually are CIA agents. This is a fee to return active operatives, not a ransom after kidnapping.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 2:05 PM on September 13, 2011

Jessamyn Day 2011
Happy birthday, Ms. Myn. :-)
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:01 AM on September 5, 2011

Threats of political violence are not OK
Eideteker: I didn't see the original threat,

I should have saved a copy; it was still up when it was first linked, so I thought it would be left there. I thought it was pretty innocuous, a comment that if Bachmann or another Tea Partier was elected President, that the poster would either move out of the country or buy a high-powered rifle.

I took it to mean for protection against the inevitable social unrest. In the context… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 9:35 AM on August 14, 2011

Of course, the only real way to protect yourself is to just read all the books immediately
I think Gamers With Jobs handles this quite well, on the whole.

There are two basic thread types about games, spoiler and non-spoiler. Non-spoiler is the default; if it doesn't clearly say something about spoilers in either the thread title or the first paragraph or two of the post, you're expected to put any non-obvious plot developments in [spoiler] tags. This simply makes your text white-on-white, and people have to drag over it to read it.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 3:44 AM on June 16, 2011

And again, MetaFilter behaves in this regard like the bulk of the rest of the internet. At some level we have to make a "reasonable internet user" assessment.

Again, Gamers With Jobs handles this just fine. Spoilers are not inevitable, any more than the Internet is always going to be 'boyzone'. Metafilter has gotten a lot better about boyzone, but it's getting worse about spoilers, when it just doesn't need… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 9:32 AM on June 16, 2011

RIP, Tom West
I'm so sorry, Jessamyn. It sounds like he was more an elemental force than just a father.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 5:13 AM on May 22, 2011

Now if we can just rid the world of the grocer's apostrophe
Count me in the 'computer geek that uses inside periods only when they're part of the original quote' crowd. It just looks wrong to me the other way, and has for as long as I can remember. I definitely KNOW the other way, and consciously choose not to use it unless required to.

I understand that its purpose is to improve typesetting, but most of what I write is destined for the screen, not a piece of paper. And on the screen, if it's not in the original quote, it… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 7:01 PM on May 12, 2011

Help the tornado'd?
That wishlist on Amazon was exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for, and I sent a bunch of diapers their way.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 5:25 AM on April 30, 2011

It's gonna be a stormy year...
Oh, and for what it's worth, that's the first time I've ever been genuinely scared of weather. The lightning started going absolutely insane, turning into a continuous roll of thunder. I checked the weather alerts, and saw that a tornado warning had been issued for my county. Then the wind started getting gusty, and I heard a strange, loud noise that I still can't characterize. Being a California native, I have no idea what tornadoes sound like, but I grabbed blankets and ran like hell for… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 11:44 AM on April 28, 2011
Malor, people often describe the sound of a tornado being just like a freight train. It's like, take away the feel of a freight train but keep the sound, and that's what a tornado sounds like.

I've heard that too, but I've heard other people say that's total bullshit. All I know is that I've never heard a sound that I KNOW was from a tornado. So tornado warning + weird, unidentified sound = me scampering for shelter.

The… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 1:23 PM on April 28, 2011

I was yelling at him afterward for seeing the wreckage of a house, and just driving away. He didn't even check if anyone needed help! I wanted to throttle him. Yeah, you're scared, but imagine how fucking terrified someone must be that's INSIDE THE WRECKAGE OF THAT HOUSE.

Left me infuriated.
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 1:27 PM on April 28, 2011
Wow, I guess this area was hit a lot worse than I thought. (I'm near Chattanooga). I'd been checking in on the Times Free Press, and they only mentioned the Tennessee damage at the time. But now they're saying 78 total deaths in the area all around here, most just over the state line in Georgia. From that NY times graphic, it looks like there were five or six tornadoes that hit VERY close by. Starting in my driveway, I can be in the center of Ringgold in like 15 minutes.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 6:06 AM on April 29, 2011
We also kept a twin mattress in a hall closet and would do practice drills to see how fast we could grab it and throw ourselves into the central bathtub.

I didn't think of Tennessee as 'tornado country', but this is the second time tornadoes have hit here in the last few months. Some big apartment building got about half-destroyed not long ago at all. I'm starting to think some basic tornado prep may be in order.

For… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 8:43 AM on April 29, 2011
Yeah, I would have heard something like that for sure, so I guess Tennessee must not have them. Might be time to start thinking about some, sheesh.

Thanks much for tracking down the link for me.

I'm not seeing anything about local charity needs at all, is there anywhere to find out?
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 9:08 AM on April 29, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to scare that up, mediareport. I definitely learned something. nile_red's last two links are also interesting.

I guess I just never realized how extreme weather gets east of the Mississippi. California got lots of rain, but you almost never saw lightning there; an actual lightning storm in California was BIG NEWS. (a picture of a large multi-part lightning bolt hitting downtown Santa Rosa made the papers all over the area -- I think it… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Malor at 4:57 AM on April 30, 2011

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