I'm on the faculty at a small liberal arts college, and I'm hoping you can point me toward resources to help students get through this post-election Thanksgiving break. [more inside]
I'm not very good at expressing myself verbally — and I don't think it's just a lack of confidence. How do I get better? [more inside]
I've read that successful couples argue. How can I do this in productive way with my partner? [more inside]
What are some predominantly British (in the way Mefi is predominantly American, not just UK topics) sites that might have a level of not terrible general discussion and commentary. [more inside]
A deaf acquaintance will be attending a discussion group I run, and she doesn't have cochlear implants. I have no idea what I'm doing, and I want to maximize awesomeness. [more inside]
Are there any business discussion groups or fora out there where SME owners and entrepreneurs share thoughts and ideas? Something like Ask/Metafilter but strictly business oriented.
I am hosting my neighborhood women's discussion group tonight. I am supposed to have some discussion topics ready, but I have absolutely nothing. Help! [more inside]
I will soon be moderating an election for the leadership in one of my hobby groups, in which candidates are discussed after they leave the room. I have never moderated a discussion before. We're usually a pretty harmonious group, but in past years these discussions have sometimes gotten heated and devolved into personal attacks behind candidates' backs, leading to general unhappiness for all, or people have gotten sidetracked on issues irrelevant to the election at hand. What can I do or say to help keep things under control if people start to say inappropriate/hurtful/irrelevant stuff?
Can a Google Groups user (Member) select to view only posts from a Owner/Manager? We are trialing use of Google Groups as an e-mail discussion forum, but would like an option for users to opt out of receiving e-mails from anyone other than an Owner or Manager if they don't want to participate. Does anyone know if this is possible and what the settings should be? I can only view the group as an Owner so I don't know what a Member would see as their options.
Quick 'n dirty: is there a name (in either classical logic/reasoning OR a newly-coined term) for the belief that "if you hold a different opinion on a topic than I, it must be due to a deficiency in information/experience/intelligence on YOUR part" (in other words - "anyone sufficiently smart/experienced/informed, when presented with this issue, would inevitably draw the same conclusion as I"). E.g. "You're a [member of political party] NOW, but that's only because you haven't [something] yet!", or "Wow, you believe in [thing]... maybe you should DO SOME RESEARCH and see if you don't change your tune!"
Where can I go to read positive, moderated, Q&A style, general programming discussions? [more inside]
After several years of treatment, with less than optimal results, my psychiatrist and I have agreed to switch me to a new antidepressant. I'm looking for recommendations for well-moderated discussion groups about depression and antidepressant treatments, where people can share their experiences with side effects, etc. with each other. I just want a place where I can get a sense of what to expect, and what's normal/abnormal, when a take a particular drug.
Ages ago I used to be active on The Forge and it was great for gameplay design/discussion and for actual play reports of niche things. Where did those folk go when it closed down? What new stuff has popped up in the meantime?
Lately I've been digging through a wealth of new-to-me Japanese bands and getting into music in a way I haven't really done in a long time. I realized this was largely because I'd stumbled upon a bunch of places that discuss JPop and JRock like this ginormous Popjustice thread, full of people who obsess over the latest bands and new music videos and whatnot. I also realized that I don't have anything like this for other music I listen to. So where do I go to discuss the other music I like? [more inside]
I have a film discussion Meetup group, and I like pairing an artistic and/or foreign and/or independent film with a similarly themed (or connected in some way) more mainstream film to attract people who might otherwise feel by intimidated by the discussion topic. The first part of the discussion is the mainstream film and we then segue into the "less accessible" one. Here are some examples of what I mean: Alien / Cube, Groundhog Day / Run Lola Run. Now I would really like to have a discussion of the Abbas Kiarostami film Certified Copy, but I cannot come up with a mainstream pairing for it. If you have ideas, please share them!
Hey guys. I'm looking for a platform to share and organize readings for my study group online. I'd basically like to create a private library that each group member can access, add to, amend, and comment on. I would like to be able to tag and group PDFs around particular topics. I was thinking of a platform like Wikia, but I feel this may be a bit much. Does anyone have any suggestions?
What good articles have you read about the Great Recession? I'm particularly interested in resources that help explain the causes, effects and responses to the recent Recession. Bonus if the article/video/infographic/etc. helps explain how the causes, effects, or responses are similar to or different than the causes/effects/responses to the Great Depression. [more inside]
Without losing them in the process. Click for (a lot) more of details. [more inside]
How to stay sane spending the holidays with my bigoted parents [more inside]
I'm looking for any online communities that provide a space for the discussion of ideas that would be unpopular or considered outrageous by most people.
I have recently entered into a master's program at a top school in my field. Student-led discussions are a popular classroom tool here as a way of making the discussion less "top-down" and integrating students' professional experience into the conversation. However, these student-led discussions have also been known to "fall flat", and unproductive discussions are the most common complaint in class evaluations. [more inside]
I'm looking for active jewelry forum suggestions. [more inside]
Off-topic ghost story threads on various internet forums? They are delicious. Load me with links, please. [more inside]
So I've been doing a little bit of teaching of free adult classes in my erstwhile academic specialty, an area of literature. (I am not an academic and do not teach except for community stuff.) I have trouble with big group discussion and balancing my role in the class. [more inside]
Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman had a discussion about economics back in October 2012 that ran for an hour and a half. What other intellectually stimulating videos exist out there? I just want to sit back and learn stuff, and so either a friendly discussion or a partisan debate (where the debaters are equally matched) could work.
What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of
Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and [more inside] Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there?
Help me talk about salaries to a potential employer! Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
Where can I go on the internet to find good articles and discussions about Warhammer 40k? (read on for qualifications of "good") [more inside]
How, exactly, did you start discussing marriage with the person you married? [more inside]
What are some good strategies when critiquing in a college art environment? [more inside]
My new roommate just declared to me that there is a rule in our apartment: No dates are allowed to ever sleep over. Can you help me figure out how to have a productive discussion about this with her? [more inside]
I'd like to read substantive writing about MMA that does more than just follow the news. If possible, I'd like to participate in thoughtful discussion about it. Ideally, I'd like a blog, column, or forum that gets updated regularly, but books are fine, too. [more inside]
I'm looking for discussion forums which cover a wide variety of different media in one space. Examples: RPG.net's Other Media forum, Metafilter on a media-heavy day, Fandom Fail Anon. Places where fans of all types of media rub elbows amicably in one relatively fast-moving forum. [more inside]
A group of friends and I, all recent college graduates, have decided to meet weekly to discuss interesting recent sociology and psychology research. How would we go about finding it outside of ScienceDaily, and - more importantly - how can we access it now that we're all without database access?
I want to learn more about the basics of discourse and rhetoric – to understand more formally the nature of constructing arguments and interpreting them. But I'm not huge on the classics, so I feel like going directly to Aristotle would make me lose interest right away. That said, I totally love intricate or intellectual examinations of ideas, so it's not like I need a dumbed-down text, just one that's not quite so stuffily written. Can you recommend me a book that'll help me learn what I want to learn?
Should I mention my plan to continue academic research in my interview for a fundraising management job at a small college that is part of a major research university? I have a lot of industry experience and raised strong results. I want to stress that I understand the time pressures but I also do not want to overload myself with more than one back-story. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
Are email lists for group discussion dead? If you were starting a new group -- for networking or to talk about a local issue -- what would you use to bring people together online? [more inside]
I just saw a thought provoking movie the other day, and I'm dying to talk about it. Where is a good forum for discussing movies without either a lot of silly chatter about the cute boy actors, or a lot of art school theory stuff.
Our roller derby team needs to stop talking derby on Facebook and into its own forum. We'd like it to be a "members only" area of our Wordpress self-hosted website. What's the best, easiest forum platform these days that integrates with Wordpress and doesn't require yet another complicated login (preferably people can sign in with Facebook, Google or YahooID). [more inside]
Are there any political forums where reasonable conservatives discuss politics with reasonable liberals?
Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
Looking for pointers for leading a great panel discussion or roundtable interview, in front of an audience. Tell me something that made an event you attended really memorable (in a good way), and/or give me some examples of what not to do. Thanks!
I live and work in China and, in addition to my regular job, help a fierociously intelligent nineteen-year-old girl with her English twice a week. I don't so much teach her as talk to her and attempt to develop her debating skills. Though not perfect, her English is very good so discussion is often deep with a tendency to take unpredictable twists and turns. We've taken to reading thoughtful articles together and then discussing the main points in addition to noting down any unfamiliar vocabulary. I'd be grateful if Hivemind could suggest some provocative, not overly academic articles that could serve this purpose. I'm running out of ideas. [more inside]
I am looking for one single book, perhaps a college-level read (not much higher), that explains the case for atheism. I'm not looking for any 'new atheist books', though I have enjoyed them -- especially Harris. I have read Bertrand Russell as well. I have a few atheist friends but do not want to talk to them about this as I am a Christian and don't want to give them the impression that I want to change them or judge them. I just want more exposure to it in a sincere and kind fashion without short bumper sticker like explanations. (BTW, I don't look at my friends as "Hey, here come my 'atheist' friends! But mainly here comes "Bob" and "Joe". I just don't think it is right to bug them about their positions or lack thereof. <--Not sure how to state that.) Thanks in advance for your book recommendation.
Are there any online forums that are more intellectually oriented? [more inside]
Please tell me about games which involve online messageboards/online forums! [more inside]
How do I tell my vet that it's time to stop trying to diagnose my cat, and help him have a peaceful end? Looking for a possible script to follow. [more inside]
Where do the really smart people hang out online, and discuss varied topics? [more inside]
How can we develop the kind of family where things like race and sexuality and other big topics are discussed in an open, healthy, relaxed way? [more inside]
Have you ever heard the word "palaver" in actual use in English to describe a group discussion? What other English synonyms are there for a workplace group discussion? [more inside]