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academic library access for the independent academic?

I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Introduction to Episode Skipping

I don't have a lot of TV watching time nowadays, so I'm behind on everything. I've only now caught up on the first three seasons of "Community." Having heard that the Dan-Harmonless season 4 was a disappointment, I plan to just skip ahead to season 5. Before I do, are there any Season 4 episodes that I should make a point of watching -- either because they are up there in quality with the first three seasons, or because they set up crucial plot points for the fifth? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

RunFilter: Something like BikeForums.net, but for running?

I'm getting back into running for fun and fitness after a couple of decades of not running. The last time I was running seriously, the WWW had just been invented and Usenet's rec.running was the place to go. Can you recommend your favorite online community for runners--the kind of place to exchange route ideas, gear reviews, and training tips? I'm an occasional participant at BikeForums.net, which offers all that for cycling, and I'd like to find something similar for runners.
posted by brianogilvie on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Examples of a sense of play in public spaces?

I'm looking for examples, ideally with pictures, of public spaces that foster a sense of play, whimsy, imagination, etc. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Dec 1, 2013 - 43 answers

Are there an isolated, self-governing English-speaking communities?

I'm looking to do my PhD research on a small community that speaks English and doesn't have a larger government controlling it/making decisions for it/policing it. I was thinking first about Tristan da Cunha, but it turns out that the British government has officials on there that are a bit controlling. I've also been thinking about Lasqueti Island, but I don't know much about it. Small tribes would also work - I'm pretty open. I want to study how people prevent other people from bossing them around or dominating them, while still making group-wide decisions.
posted by mrmanvir on Oct 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Peers in PDX

I'm moving across the country! What resources should I use to make friends in the Portland, OR area? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Aug 14, 2013 - 12 answers

How to build a community website that does almost everything?

Can anyone recommend a feature-rich web app for online communities. Must be able to manage documents, permissions, events etc. Hosted or self-hosted will do. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on May 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Can my atheist family find community as Elks or Masons?

I have a pretty terrific wife and kid, but we have a kind of hole in our lives socially. We don't have a support network locally and since moving to the 'burbs we've struggled to make new friends. I envy the sense of community my dad got from his "church family." We're atheists, but isn't there some avenue besides church that could provide my family with a similar real world social network? Could joining a fraternal organization be the answer? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 21, 2013 - 78 answers

Can't take the cold Northeast and wonder if Charleston would work?

Can't take the cold Northeast and wonder if Charleston would work? My husband and I recently moved from Los Angeles to the Eastern shore of Ct. for a variety of reasons mainly cost of living and seeking a closer knit community. Now that we have experienced a cold winter ( it's just starting!) we see that it isn't for us. Weather is a big deal and we thought we could handle it but the being stuck indoors, the layers of clothes, the desire to hibernate are all getting to us pretty quick. [more inside]
posted by privatechef on Jan 23, 2013 - 27 answers

Internship 2.0

How do I go about creating the best internship ever? [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I make elections more efficient at one specific polling place?

The election process in my neighborhood is very inefficient. What can I do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by valeries on Nov 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Chatfilter, but only sort of

Need help finding a new chat solution for a far-flung group. Our core group of friends is spread across the US and Canada. Part of what keeps us so close is the private chat room we've had for the last 10 years or so. Sadly, the current owner of this is shutting it down, and we need to find a new place to hang out. I've been tasked with finding the solution. To head off the inevitable question, no we can't take over the existing site, for multiple reasons that I don't want to go into. Currently we're using phpMyChat 0.14.5, hosted on a back alley page of the owner's primary site. Are newer versions of phpMyChat going to have similar features? And how do I get one? Needs/requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by spinturtle on May 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Are there online communities that charge one time fee?

Need the knowledge of the collective hive: Trying to find another example of an online community that charges a single one-time joining fee for new users, like MetaFilter does. (We know that MetaFilter is unique in so many ways, is this yet another?) [more inside]
posted by achpea on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Is there anything I can do about my noisy neighbor?

Is there anything I can do about my noisy neighbor? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce on Jan 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Archiving a LiveJournal Community

How can a now-defunct LiveJournal community archive its posts & comments? [more inside]
posted by snoe on Dec 14, 2011 - 4 answers

How would I find online community moderators

Where/how do I find online experienced community moderators? And a few related questions. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Dec 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Setting up a film club - please help!

I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Nov 30, 2011 - 1 answer

What can anyone tell me about "The WELL"?

What can anyone tell me about "The WELL"? [more inside]
posted by pipian on Oct 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Intermittently yelling out "books".

I like Community. I like books. Give me books that are like Community. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Sep 30, 2011 - 26 answers

Making art AND money.

What are some genre-breaking companies that blur the line between for-proft and non-profit in imaginative ways? [more inside]
posted by finders keepers on Jul 2, 2011 - 17 answers

What would you ask Bill McKibben?

What interview questions should I ask Bill McKibben? I'm interviewing him for our community blog, and would like to do this well. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on May 5, 2011 - 5 answers

"I think I got half of it, which got me through the half I didn't." "Like the first season of The Wire."

What are the pop culture references cited in Season 1 of the TV show Community? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Feb 18, 2011 - 16 answers

Buddhism resources in West LA?

Can you suggest Buddhist resources - churches, sanghas, gompas, meditation groups, communities - in the Los Angeles Area? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jan 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Co-op fail?

Co-op question. We contributed $400 (fully vested!) to a food co-op that may never happen. It hasn't been able to secure funding through a USDA loan, or by any other method. It's been about four years. Can I take an income tax deduction?
posted by fixedgear on Nov 27, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me find this quote

Help me complete this bell hooks quote: "in the act of breaking bread, we call upon" [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Nov 14, 2010 - 3 answers

help me find community and commitment readings

[commitment/marriage/community support filter]: looking for a reading about community support in the success of a relationship. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Sep 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Not to derail, but what are the most important off-topic topics?

ForumFilter: What advice do you have for seeding a soon-to-launch professional forum with general topics? What should we bake-in to help build community, serve as social release valves, encourage participation, etc? [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Jul 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Wal-Mart or Target?

Assuming I have no other choices - and have serious ethical concerns about issues like fair pay and equitable treatment of workers (primary), environmentalism (secondary) and commitment to localism (tertiary) - should I shop at Wal-Mart or Target? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jun 3, 2010 - 26 answers

How to discourage piracy amongst a small community?

Seeking ideas for discouraging piracy of a DVD which has a small potential audience of only a few thousand, well-connected people. [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Mar 22, 2010 - 28 answers

Tweet the Vote

What were some novel uses of technology in the 2008 U.S. presidential election? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Feb 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Anonymous and Impermanent Communities?

What online communities or networks have embraced or enforced both anonymity and impermanence (i.e. no permanent archives)? Usenet (before Deja), IRC, imageboards (2ch/4chan), Craigslist Missed Connections, Omegle, ChatRoulette... What else? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Feb 11, 2010 - 16 answers

What would I do without you guys, really?

My friends and I are starting an artist collective in Phoenix, Arizona and we desperately need help thinking of a name. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Dec 7, 2009 - 21 answers

Please suggest books, movies or shows like Bel Canto

I loved the plot of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Any recommendations for similar books, shows, or movies? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 28, 2009 - 10 answers

gauging online community health

What are the five metrics you would use to measure the health* of an online community? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Is Community College a Reasonable Choice for my Teenage Daughter?

Community college: am I asking all the right questions for my soon-to-be-senior daughter? [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Aug 6, 2009 - 37 answers

Is skill or motivation more important?

I'm a little short on skills but large on motivation. Should I start working on growing my community's web presence, or leave it to the pros? [more inside]
posted by scarykarrey on Jul 1, 2009 - 4 answers

What was the first website to hide troll's activity to everyone but the troll himself?

In this article, Clive Thompson says Disqus invented "selective invisibility" -- the moderation technique of hiding the activity of troublemakers and trolls from everyone but the troll themselves. I know this can't be true, mostly because I implemented it on Upcoming.org back in 2003. But I remember the idea floating around long before that, and some old online communities definitely implemented it, but I can't remember which ones. Any old-schoolers remember? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Mar 25, 2009 - 26 answers

Why are there three Thai restaurants on my block?

Why do I often see two, three, even four different Thai restaurants on the same block, sometimes even right next to one another? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on May 19, 2008 - 22 answers

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