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Should I respond when I see postings like this?

Post-election, I keep struggling with the urge to respond to comments on news sites when I strongly disagree with the comments. I can't seem to stop looking at them, yet I know it's a futile, life-destroying game of whack-a-mole at best. What are other people's strategies for dealing with this? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 16, 2016 - 32 answers

I like the low road

I know that I should not let these comments annoy me and take the high road. But, sometimes I don't want to. To summarize, someone who is close to me speaks with a southern accent and I get really irritated when people make fun of southern accents. I wish I had a witty comment or retort that made people think twice about making these types of comments. I'd like to communicate how rude it is and actually just makes them look judgmental and small-minded, while at the same time keeping it light-hearted and not too critical. Yes, I know it's probably better to ignore it, but for the purposes of this question, please assume that is not an option! Any advice?
posted by seesom on Oct 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Ideas may die, but how do you kill them?

CGPGrey explained how internet arguments are self-selecting in order to symbiotically grow two opposing sides who mostly just badmouth the other side with increasingly inaccurate stories. That wouldn't be a problem, except sometimes the process spirals out of control and spills over into harassment, doxxing, violence, etc. So, if we understand how the process works, how do you stop it? Is there actually an effective way to treat the angry thought-germs CGPGrey described?
posted by jsnlxndrlv on Jun 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Relatively comparable blogs with right-wing or left-wing comments?

For a linguistic/discourse/stylistics project, I would like to collect a large corpus of comments to blogs or online news that can be easily classified as left wing or right wing. I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the possibilities, so can anyone who has been following American political sites more than I have suggest pairs of right-wing-ish / left-wing-ish sites I might want to look at? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 7, 2016 - 8 answers

You tell me yours; I'll tell you mine.

Are there places designed to be encouraging and motivating where I can post a daily journal and have people comment on it? [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Apr 6, 2016 - 5 answers

A friend of mine was murdered...

How do I address racist and hate language in the comments section that regards my friend's murder, in an online edition of a major American newspaper? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Jan 29, 2016 - 27 answers

Why did I want to read this?

Will LibraryThing allow me to maintain a list of books to read with comments about why I want to read them? Is there another book/media management site that will let me do that? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 31, 2015 - 6 answers

Metafilter is the best place fo- WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE FOR THAT?

A while back, I came across something (maybe a comic) that nicely illustrated a common internet discussion board issue. The gist of it was that people would often poke their heads into a discussion thread and ask things like "What evidence do you have for that claim?" The point was that, while in general it was good to have support for your claims, requiring a full bibliography for every comment on a blog post was a passive aggressive way of shutting down discussion. Less solid (but maybe helpful) memories inside. [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Jun 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Do Public Broadcasting Stations Keep ALL Public Comments

During fund drives, I'm always told the positive comments of listeners who support the mission of public broadcasting and the drives that pays for the public radio and TV stations to operate. But I recently heard a public radio volunteer say he thinks public TV gets up to 40% negative comments and public radio gets about 10% negative comments. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 22, 2015 - 3 answers


So I'm on my iPad, reading deeply into the comments on a Disquis site (e.g. AVclub). I turn away for a few moments, and the ipad sleeps. Upon return, the page (always) refreshes, and I'm back to the first page of comments, and must click More....More....More.....to get back to my page. Further interruptions mean repeating this process yet again. Is there any clever hack/workaround allowing me to see - and/or persistently save - the whole damned page?
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Finding debates about the "controversy' of evolution/climate change?

Where are the best places on the web to find long comment sections of debate about the "controversy" of evolution and global warming? CNN had very long comment sections until they wised up and began opening comments for very few articles. Yahoo Answers has some, but they often only have 10-20 replies. FreeRepublic tends to veer into slamming Democrats, and I'm looking for more religious and non-science based arguments, like, "My grandpa was not a monkey," and "It's freezing outside, some global warming, huh?"
posted by agregoli on Dec 8, 2014 - 10 answers

What's the best way to say "don't say anything"?

I'm working on a social media response protocol (similar to the Air Force classic template here), but trying to come up with a pithy Golden Rule along the lines of "If you don't say anything, you can be almost certain that you're not making things worse". But... better. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 8, 2014 - 27 answers

Is there a way to look at all comments from one user on Youtube?

I am trying to filter to see a single user's comments on YouTube. Is there an easy way to do this?
posted by to sir with millipedes on Oct 7, 2014 - 1 answer

How do you follow threaded comments?

On sites like Captain Awkward or The Toast, I would really like to be able to follow the comments. But I can never tell which ones are new since I last read them. What tricks do people have? Livejournal at least marks comments as new.
posted by jeather on May 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Colleagues make sexist comments out of female earshot. What do I do?

I am a feminist, and many (not all) of my colleagues routinely make sexist comments. They know I am not okay with this, and instead of holding back, they now often do it even more blatantly, partly to get a rise out of me. I'm something of a beginner feminist so I don't know what to do. Tips please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 - 33 answers

Word 2010 lumping together comments and edits from different reviewers

I created a document in Word 2010 and I am sharing it with two reviewers. When I turn on Track Changes, I can see my edits in one color, and my comments display my initials. But when the reviewers add their edits and comments and send it back to me, their comments end up the same color, and all comments, including mine, are now marked A# (A1, A2, A3). I can't see where my comments end and theirs begin. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Stupid Facebook Tricks - Extensions and Feed Managers

What extensions or settings do you use to keep everybody else's comments and activities out of your Facebook feed? And this is after having gone through and changed your feed to a Friends list and deselecting activities such as "Comments and Likes" from your Friends. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Oct 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Brief example of a rant / ineffective written argument?

Brief example of a rant / ineffective written argument? Possibly from a discussion forum, content thread, or review site? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Random letters and numbers in comments on YouTube videos.

I have a Youtube video that gets comments like these that consist of random numbers and punctuation marks that I don't understand. Why do viewers post these? I sometimes get foreign languages that I can search on Google to get the translation but this is confusing.
posted by BillyAnne on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Why can we only comment as our deleted Facebook page?

At my work place, we had two Facebook Pages. We made Old Page inactive/unpublished, and deleted it a couple of weeks ago. We now only use New Page. However, when we want to comment on other pages, it is the icon from Old Page that shows up. Help! [more inside]
posted by rawrberry on Apr 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Gawker Comment Spam

What is up with the spam in the Gawker comments? Why have they not been able to filter them out yet? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

You see a Facebook friend has commented on a post. So have 1,894 others.

On that scroll that runs on your left-hand side of your Facebook page, you see that a friend has made a comment on a post. The first few words of their comment are visible, but unless you can find the actual full comment they posted, you can''t figure out what they said, and you don't want to scroll through 1,894 comments looking for that one person's thoughts. There must be a simple way to get to their posting, right?
posted by mmf on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Comments as testimonials?

Do I need to get permission to post people's comments elsewhere on my website, using them as testimonials? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 answers

please help me hide comments in latest version of WP using a child theme of twenty ten!

I'm creating a web site for a non-profit using WordPress. I know some CSS (and can figure out most of the basics), but I'm using a child theme based on Twenty Ten and one stupid small thing is bugging me: I've turned comments off for posts and pages that don't need them, but I still get the "comments are closed" message. How do I make it go away? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Sep 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Facebook's 'eavesdrop' setting?

So what function of Facebook is it that lets my friends see the comments I've made on pages I like - which they have NOT liked - and comment on them? I've gotten into several conversations lately made more uncomfortable by someone not in the community I'm commenting to jumping in and making a comment about my participation. I thought I had my settings pretty nailed down, but can't figure out where this one is. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Enable Facebook Comments for mobile viewing in Google Blogger?

Is there a way to enable Facebook Comments Box for mobile viewing in Google Blogger? I used these instructions to enable Facebook comments on my blog. It worked out, but it's not showing up in the mobile view. This site discusses how to add a widget to the Blogger Mobile Template. The Facebook Comments Box is not exactly a widget. I imagine there's probably a solution to getting it to appear in the mobile view, similiar to this, but I don't know how to do it. Is there a way to add something like this (mobile='yes') to the plugin code?
posted by Bushmiller on Jul 25, 2012 - 0 answers

Help me allow students to read each other's code anonymously.

Help me find a system I can use to post student programs such that other students can easily read through different programs and provide feedback. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Jul 19, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I deal with comments about a part of my appearance that I'm not fond of?

I have terrible dark circles under my eyes. How can I deal with the comments I get about how tired/sick I look? Any other advice for coming to terms with people constantly pointing out something I dislike about my appearance? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Jul 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Huff Post comments no longer showing on my iPad.

Why can I no longer see any Huffington Post comments on my iPad ? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Apr 25, 2012 - 0 answers

Close the Facebook

I thought that, once upon a time, my Facebook privacy settings were pretty locked down. Now, it seems like everyone on my friends list can see things I do on other friends' pages. Can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 2, 2012 - 8 answers

As if millions of voices were suddenly silenced

How can I get all recent posts by others on a Facebook timeline page to appear inline, in chronological order, in the timeline instead of in a separate box? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Is it possible to export all of your own comments from an Invision Power Board forum into a text file?

Is it possible to export all of your own comments from an Invision Power Board forum into a text file? [more inside]
posted by dng on Nov 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Is my doctor astroturfing his online reviews?

I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon in NYC to talk about tattoo removal next week. I made the appointment based on unanimously glowing reviews posted online. Now, reading through the reviews again, I've been struck by certain details that make me wonder if these comments are mostly an astroturfing campaign. I've been waiting awhile for my appointment, so I don't want to cancel if I'm just being paranoid. Help me out, Mefi Sleuths. [more inside]
posted by specialfriend on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Maybe I just have a weak stomach.

Why can't I read comments on my essays, even in private? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Nov 4, 2011 - 28 answers

Need help with managing a memorial page on a Wordpress site.

I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 7 answers

On facebook's Timeline, where is a list of my recent comments on other people's walls?

I am using facebook's Timeline. Last night, I made a comment on a friend's photo, but comments made by me don't seem to be listed in Timeline. If I can't remember which friend's photo I commented on, where can I find that information? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Oct 10, 2011 - 2 answers


I have a Tumblr blog. I have a Disqus account. The two are working together perfectly. Except one thing: the main tumblr blog page just shows the number of comments; to actually SEE the comments, you have to click-through on the "comments" link. I'd like to show all comments on the main Tumblr page of my blog. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by demagogue on Sep 18, 2011 - 0 answers

How to keep track of blog comments

What do you use to keep track of comments online? I've been using coComment for ages but it can be slow and it doesn't work with the recent Firefox upgrade. [more inside]
posted by Fence on Aug 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Oh, Loathe is too nice a word...

How can I use a column in an excel sheet to automatically become the comments for a corresponding column? [more inside]
posted by rich on Aug 6, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I deal with blog comment fragmentation?

How do I deal with blog comment fragmentation? I use Twitterfeed to feed my (Blogger) entries over to Facebook, so my friends playing ant farm or whatever the hell they do on FB can read my stuff. But some people comment on the blog, others comment on FB, and I'd like the blog to be the permanent record of comments. So....is there an alternative besides manually bringing over each new FB comment to my blog (i.e. posting the comment under my own username, with a header of, like, "Shelly says......")?
posted by Quisp Lover on Jul 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Facebook Comments confuse me. Help.

Is it possible to unify comments across my Facebook page and blog? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Jul 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Why can't I talk to other people on Blogspot?

Why can't I comment on Blogspot blogs? The comment box doesn't even look right... [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Jun 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Possible to change Wordpress comment timestamps?

Is it possible to change timestamps on comments in Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Apr 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Stop talking politics.......please !

What can I say to someone who wants to talk about the upcoming election, but I don't? [more inside]
posted by Taurid on Apr 4, 2011 - 21 answers

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman?

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman, and why is he leaving all those spam comments? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I search comments in hundreds of Word Documents?

How do I search comments in hundreds of Word Documents? [more inside]
posted by millerizer on Jan 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Keeping comments visible in Microsoft Word 2007 pdfs

I'm trying to save a document as a pdf in Microsoft Word 2007 in such a way that comment ballons (which are visible in the document) also show up in the pdf. Google isn't helping me find a solution. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 1, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I hide youtube comments?

How do I hide youtube comments in Safari?
posted by mpls2 on Nov 24, 2010 - 7 answers

I don't need a running commentary for every morsel I consume...

Coworker who comments on EVERYTHING I eat. And it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 53 answers

computer aided essay grading

Have you used software to help you grade student essays? Tell me about your experience. [more inside]
posted by landlubber on Oct 7, 2010 - 8 answers

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