Wait, seriously? I do think the Huddle can have a negative effect on the number of posts as it's far easier to dump a link in the huddle compared to framing a post, but I think it does a good job of handling the daily chatter of sports well. Might just need to encourage more link to be made into posts if they're worthy of it.
As a web dev nerd, I think some bug fixing and a bit of a spruce up to the tools might encourage more discussion. I don't know how hard it is to support OEmbed in PHP (there's a package here), but I've been using it on sites via Python and Micawber and it's pretty awesome. It turns urls from places like Youtube and Twitter into the videos and rendered tweets right in the page with no work from admins or posters which adds a lot of rich content for free.
posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM on July 14
Oh, hey! And NoMich, there's always room for you. Howard, maybe we could start something like those rescues that truck dogs from the South up to New England states with No Kill shelter laws, assuming NoMich and his family are good with being crated for an 18+ hour drive.
posted by yerfatma at 10:08 AM on July 23
It would also be nice to page through to see more posts/ comments from a user.
posted by yerfatma at 09:08 AM on March 29
No win this time, lighten up Francis.
posted by yerfatma at 06:05 PM on March 13
Crom cares not for the affairs of men, sorry.
posted by yerfatma at 01:35 PM on March 13
Moreover, the +1 winds up being a bunch of noise (see Deadspin threads for examples) and leads to people trying to come up with all sorts of injokes or spins on it.
posted by yerfatma at 12:04 PM on October 24
I think it's a literacy thing.
posted by yerfatma at 02:32 AM on September 07
Do people really like that approach? I think anything that calls attention to moderation tends to bother people.
Not that I'm a guide to human behavior, but I would prefer a note indicating what happened or deletion of any comment that refers to the comment with the Metafilter-style "[please don't do x]" replacing the comment(s). I've had a couple of comments axed at Metafilter because they were in reply to something problematic and I got a note from the mods letting me know and providing the text of the comment. I think that's above and beyond, but having things disappear down the memory hole is the worst possible outcome for me.
If you treat people in a nasty fashion, over a long period of time, don't be surprised when that becomes and remains a sore point.
This is veering close to "When's White History Month?" and "Know who the real minority is now? Straight white Christians!" Other teams, for me the Red Sox and the Patriots, cause just as much schaedenfreude as the Yankees. It's the price of success and the only answer is to grow a thicker skin or avoid the threads. I can sympathize as it is almost impossible to enjoy Deadspin as a fan of New England sports due to the knee-jerk "Tawmee from Qwinzee is a racist" trope that crops up between members making racist jokes as an arch art form. Bringing together sports fans from different regions/ teams is going to lead to arguing and the successful teams will always get the brunt of it.
If you feel like anti-Yankee bias is the result of intentional actions from the moderators, I don't know what to tell you. Sometimes in threads about major US sports, you don't so much come across as a fan of a team as there to complain about people who aren't fans of a team.
posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on September 06
I do agree with The Beave that it was weird to delete the text but then respond to it. Confusing for others and makes the "victim" feel powerless to respond when their comments can be edited but the moderator can say what they like.
posted by yerfatma at 09:41 PM on September 05
This is a policy we adopted from Metafilter that has never generated any controversy, as far as I recall.
Or did you mean here? I promise I'm not picking, I just want to be clear where everyone is coming from. And I think as Red Sox fans, we should be sensitive to that kind of trolling when a team we don't like nose-dives.
posted by yerfatma at 07:18 PM on September 05
Which are a great tool for engendering discussion, right?
posted by yerfatma at 10:09 AM on September 05
That explains the state of the pool.
posted by yerfatma at 03:15 PM on August 02
Maybe part of the Daily Huddle should be a link to an article from that date 10 years ago.
This would work a lot better if any sports site (even the major ones) had URLs that lived that long. Maybe follow-ups would work better?
posted by yerfatma at 12:09 PM on February 15
Better him than that terrapin guy.
posted by yerfatma at 10:24 AM on January 20
Happily, this was the first Pats' game I missed some of this year (due to work commitments). I caught some of the 3rd and all of the 4th quarter. My only Polamalu complaint was more with the refs: they're able to call a horse collar anytime someone even touches the back of a jersey, but they missed an obvious facemask on Polamalu after a big play. I tend to think he's a little overrated, but he's a great player. Plus, all great safeties are dirty, aren't they?
And why be upset by your coworker's bleating? If they're complaining about dirty play (or the refs), you know they're just sore losers.
posted by yerfatma at 09:59 AM on November 04
finishing ahead of her husband
Hadn't heard that part. Good luck living that one down.
posted by yerfatma at 05:38 PM on October 12
How do new folks find us?
I find you dreadfully boring.
posted by yerfatma at 03:46 PM on October 12
It seems to have gone away without comment.
posted by yerfatma at 10:43 PM on July 28
Or get multiple invites and can't use the goddamn things. Awesome.
posted by yerfatma at 05:13 PM on July 04
At least we got a nice casual encounter out of it.
posted by yerfatma at 09:43 AM on April 09
Just need a new stylesheet targeted to mobile devices, easiest thing is to grab a mobile emulator (I have some tagged here), load the site and start hacking stuff out of the design with "display: none", then adjust the things you need to fit the screen. Since this is a scaling, percentage-based widths site, it shouldn't be too bad.
I can provide some more advice, but not a heck of a lot of help, at least until April or so :)
posted by yerfatma at 07:07 AM on January 07
Convenient cover story.
posted by yerfatma at 01:58 PM on June 24
What if he was responsible?
posted by yerfatma at 08:39 AM on June 24
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us— don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
posted by yerfatma at 10:41 AM on June 16
Where ever there's a fight so a hungry man can swear?
posted by yerfatma at 09:17 AM on May 27
Vote for keep. I don't think they serve the same purpose. I'm ok with Frisby staying under his old name. I'm still not used to the new one.
posted by yerfatma at 10:06 AM on May 19
And line breaks show that disappear when the post/ comment gets saved. Can we go back to line breaks auto-magically turning into a br tag?
posted by yerfatma at 09:13 AM on April 21
Any chance of making the preview & display consistent for comments & posts? And getting rid of that goddamn colon in the posts? I hate that bastard.
posted by yerfatma at 06:17 PM on April 19
Thanks guys for everything.
posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on January 26
The one that can really catch you in Firefox is if you're holding CTRL when you scroll the mousewheel.
posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on December 10
I knew you'd say that.
posted by yerfatma at 04:34 PM on December 04
Not in a year or so, but if you need some test data, I've got 59 bookmarks under "sports" and a few more under "spofi".
posted by yerfatma at 03:48 PM on October 29
I'm caught up with relief efforts for the Samoa tsunami and now the Padang earthquake
Forget I said anything. Thanks.
posted by yerfatma at 07:45 PM on October 01
My point is that having a religious belief is not a necessary condition for doing good. Neither is it a sufficient condition, as your priest sex scandals will attest.
Nope. It's not a reason for wholesale dismissal of people either. To be honest, I agree with about 98% of what you're saying, I'm just uncomfortable with the width of your brush. As it were.
posted by yerfatma at 10:59 AM on October 01
I have never seen religion do any good for anybody.
That seems terribly parochial. Regardless of priest sex scandals, I will always self-identify as Catholic (though terribly lapsed and someone they might not want tagging along) because of the true believers who sacrifice so much in poor places around the country and world. There are good people and bad people and to paint with such a broad brush never works.
posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on October 01
It's just hard to imagine that won't go terribly wrong
Yeah, I know. And it'd just result in an echo chamber anyway. Can't stop me wishing though.
posted by yerfatma at 03:24 PM on September 30
My knee jerk reaction was based on watching past members leave, more than likely because they became disenchanted at being belittled for their conservative views and therefore in my opinion, ended up getting weeded out.
From the opposite side of the aisle, my perception is there are plenty of members who have left for the exact opposite reason (tired of trying to rationally engage the anti-punctuation & logic brigade).
posted by yerfatma at 02:14 PM on September 30
Ufez, I'd like to thank you for getting this stuck in my head.
posted by yerfatma at 05:32 PM on September 17
so foul it will make G.G. Allin spin in his grave
Let me know a couple of days in advance so I can put him back.
New Hampshire Necrophiliacs represent!
posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on September 16
I appreciate where you're coming from, but I think your regular posting probably hurts as much as it helps as it reduces the number of topics someone else could post, especially the more mainstream stories.
the compulsion to contribute isn't as strong here
I don't think that's necessarily true. It could also be that MetaFilter users can post any damn thing they find whereas this site requires it at least be tangentially-related to sports. Just reduces the scope of available posts. I think the huddle posts will help to engender a greater sense of community (as long as they don't break down into tedious in-joking).
Looking at the front page, there's a pretty long string of solid posts. I don't see any real clunkers on there right now.
posted by yerfatma at 04:13 PM on September 15
Critical feedback is a lot more persuasive coming from somebody who makes his own front-page posts.
Why? I've heard Brendan Behan on theater critics, but I don't see why it's true for group blogs. Why can't someone who cares enough to comment care enough to want to be a curator even if they don't post? When last I looked (c. 2007), MetaFilter seemed evenly split on the issue, but requiring people to post to have a voice means one of two things:
1. No discussion
2. A zillion posts
At the risk of being that guy in a programming discussion, the "have to post to criticize" model doesn't seem like it would scale.
posted by yerfatma at 02:33 PM on September 15
/charges poster with a no-point penalty
posted by yerfatma at 05:08 PM on September 14
Well I'm fucked. Can you start moderating the fucking morons out too?
posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on September 04
You've never seen the engines they put in Holdens.
posted by yerfatma at 04:36 PM on September 02
He drives me crazy.
posted by yerfatma at 02:00 PM on September 02
If Bruce were selling a Holden, then I'd have said he could stay.
posted by yerfatma at 07:41 PM on September 01
The spammer was Australian. Obviously you're related.
Gary, any reason to keep the account around when the person just posted to link to some used car site?
posted by yerfatma at 10:25 AM on September 01
something to indicate Snarkiness would be good.
I find my eyes glaze over naturally in most of the cases now.
posted by yerfatma at 03:32 PM on August 25
tommy, some idiot once tried to rename 'Auto Racing', I forget who.
/spikes NoMich back over net
posted by yerfatma at 01:25 PM on August 25
posted by yerfatma at 09:11 AM on August 24
Now I have to build a platform in space so I can kick myself without ripping the space-time continuum of that web site.
posted by yerfatma at 04:43 PM on August 03
You may or may not receive another email, this one saying you've been kicked by me. I was hoping that meant the accounts were removed, but nothing seems to have changed.
posted by yerfatma at 10:42 AM on August 03
Well, I can now login to the site again. It looks like I theoretically have the ability to kick out all members of the group (except for me, sadly). Please object in the next 72 hours or I will give you the boot since the site seems to suck in a major way.
posted by yerfatma at 10:15 PM on July 30
I think he may have set this up quite a few years ago, some of us signed up and now it's going all frickin' whacko on us.
Yeah, I forget the point of it. There was that and one other competing service. I tried to login to that site yesterday, but it wasn't responding, so I'm guessing they had some internal issues to work out.
Ufez, Gmail has a mute feature for emails like that. It didn't work perfectly in this case for some reason, but it's good to know about.
posted by yerfatma at 09:19 AM on July 26
posted by yerfatma at 10:14 AM on June 11
I'm wanting to know if Folkways is OK.
posted by yerfatma at 04:07 PM on June 10
kicking my ace
Is it Dick Bong?
posted by yerfatma at 05:45 PM on May 13
not like she's splitting atoms 9-5
I'm stealing that one. Although, to be fair, you don't know what powers the fry-a-lator.
posted by yerfatma at 02:48 PM on April 09
You can see a photo and learn about how she shut down Nigerian scammers (is there no honor among thieves?) at her site. And there's some real hacker talk about building backlinks too. But watch your ass because she wore a wire to bust her fellow employee at Wendy's.
posted by yerfatma at 05:07 PM on April 08
That time zone shit is handy. Does she actually mail web links to you? I'd like to find out.
posted by yerfatma at 02:18 PM on April 08
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