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Where/what are the good tabletop RPG discussion/blogs nowadays?

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?
posted by curious nu on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

I want to talk about music like I was a teenager again.

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]
posted by chrominance on May 12, 2014 - 7 answers

A mainstream film to pair with Certified Copy for a discussion group?

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!
posted by exolstice on Mar 9, 2014 - 7 answers

What's a good platform to share and organize PDF readings online?

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?
posted by Aanidaani on Feb 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Differences/similarities between Great Recession & Great Depression

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]
posted by leitmotif on Feb 1, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I tell my overprotective parents I´m going nomad?

Without losing them in the process. Click for (a lot) more of details. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Jan 12, 2014 - 30 answers

How to stay sane spending the holidays with my bigoted parents

How to stay sane spending the holidays with my bigoted parents [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Nov 29, 2013 - 35 answers

Good online spaces for discussing outrageous or unpopular ideas?

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.
posted by casebash on Nov 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Ideas for graduate student discussion sessions

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]
posted by cobro on Sep 5, 2013 - 10 answers

A place to show off my jewels

I'm looking for active jewelry forum suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sundaytea on Aug 10, 2013 - 4 answers

spooky tales, let me be annoyingly picky about them.

Off-topic ghost story threads on various internet forums? They are delicious. Load me with links, please. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Apr 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Resources and suggestions needed for improving my teaching skills

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]
posted by Frowner on Apr 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Intellectually stimulating videos

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.
posted by SollosQ on Jan 17, 2013 - 13 answers

The Best Gear for the Rest of Us.

What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

I want it all, I want it all, I want it all and I want it now.

Help me talk about salaries to a potential employer! Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Where can I find respectful discussion and articles about Warhammer 40k?

Where can I go on the internet to find good articles and discussions about Warhammer 40k? (read on for qualifications of "good") [more inside]
posted by tocts on Oct 5, 2012 - 6 answers

So...should we sit down tomorrow at 5:30 to talk about forever, maybe?

How, exactly, did you start discussing marriage with the person you married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2012 - 67 answers

School me in the art of critiques.

What are some good strategies when critiquing in a college art environment? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Sep 20, 2012 - 4 answers

My new roommate just declared: no dates can ever spend the night here.

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 - 64 answers

For those of us not wearing Affliction T-shirts

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]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Forums with good multimedia discussions to read?

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]
posted by anthy on Jul 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Finding interesting soc/psych research to discuss

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?
posted by LSK on Jul 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Avoiding the "ergo"

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?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jun 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I tell them I eventually want to teach?

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 4 answers

You "like" this but what do you really think?

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]
posted by amanda on Mar 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Where can I talk about movies?

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.
posted by thylacinthine on Feb 22, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the easiest, best forum platform these days?

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]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 21, 2012 - 9 answers

reasonable, calm poltical forums?

Are there any political forums where reasonable conservatives discuss politics with reasonable liberals?
posted by goethean on Feb 6, 2012 - 4 answers

MovieFilter? Where can I find intelligent discussion about movies and t.v.?

Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Oct 29, 2011 - 24 answers

How To Lead A Panel

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!
posted by hermitosis on Aug 5, 2011 - 9 answers

So, yeah...Erm...

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]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jul 21, 2011 - 15 answers

One Book on Atheism I Should Read (read details!)

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.
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 3, 2011 - 33 answers

Want a nerdy online forum

Are there any online forums that are more intellectually oriented? [more inside]
posted by cerebral on Apr 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Tell me about Messageboard Games!

Please tell me about games which involve online messageboards/online forums! [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me talk to my vet.

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]
posted by nprigoda on Mar 28, 2011 - 22 answers

Where do I click from here?

Where do the really smart people hang out online, and discuss varied topics? [more inside]
posted by Savannah on Feb 16, 2011 - 19 answers

How do you have a family that talks?

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]
posted by flail on Nov 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Does anybody say "palaver"?

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]
posted by keijo on Nov 13, 2010 - 40 answers

Involuntary Blowhard Syndrome

Well, Hush My Mouth (Quite Literally): help me stop spouting off half-formed, uninformed (and often purposefully-inflammatory) opinions. It wasn't cute at sixteen. It's REALLY not cute now. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 3, 2010 - 27 answers

Being supportive

How can I talk honestly with my sister and still be supportive? [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot on Aug 26, 2010 - 13 answers

I want to drown in the dialogue of our time

Where do the über-smart people collaborate and hold dialogue online? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Aug 16, 2010 - 37 answers

CROSSFIRE!

What are the best places on the web to discuss politics that are well moderated to maintain courtesy, encourage debate to be logical and well supported, and have good rates of participation from both sides of the political spectrum?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Aug 2, 2010 - 13 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

I need more excuses to watch movies!

Can anyone recommend an online movie-of-the-week (or month, or whatever) discussion club? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

The Care and Feeding of Trolls

What makes a good moderator? How do you deal with someone who is dragging a discussion down? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh on Feb 18, 2010 - 12 answers

The chicken says, "Book?" and the frog says, "Read it."

I'm looking for suggestions for a "common read" book for a large public university. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 9, 2010 - 26 answers

Creating a text-site where people can comment anywhere?

I want to create a site which displays a very long text, and allows people to comment on any part of it and discuss it. What would be a good program to use? (Wordpress? Joomla? phpBB forums?) How would I be able to import hundreds of pages of text? How would I let people comment on any part of the text? Thank You. [more inside]
posted by zabraham on Dec 30, 2009 - 9 answers

How to tell children about death book suggestions for a single dad

A friend's father passed away suddenly and he is having difficulty formulating a way to tell his daughter. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by spec80 on Dec 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Ye Olde Interwebs Discussion Board

I need a community board or webblog similar to this one that can accommodate multiple threads and discussions for the non-technologically savvy folks in an organization. [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Dec 10, 2009 - 7 answers

How to Initiate "Operation: Disambiguate"

So, this dude has been sending me extremely mixed and just plain weird signals for awhile. I've decided to get to the bottom of this. Problem: I'm hella awkward. Help me start this conversation, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 11 answers

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