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Social Media Protocol: Unfriending a Coworker Edition

What's the protocol for blocking/unfriending a coworker if you still want to be friends with almost all your other coworkers on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Yo Vlad wassup it's Barry. Hit me on the hip.

How do presidents call other presidents? With last week's phone call between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, it got me wondering how do heads of state call other heads of state? I imagine that one executive suite's switchboard calls the other's, but what's the diplomatic protocol for who picks up the phone first? Do they have super-secret phone numbers, or even phone numbers in the way we think of them? Are the calls private, or are is there an entire entourage listening in? Do they just hang up when they're finished, or is their an entire protocol for ending the conversation? What are some of the other "hidden" aspects of executive diplomatic communication and behind-the-scenes goings-on are there that the rest of us commoners never see?
posted by slogger on Oct 1, 2013 - 5 answers

My coworker is allergic to my cats. What can I do?

My co-worker is allergic to my cats. Question one: What is standard office policy with regards to this? Question two: What can I do at home to reduce the amount of allergens I carry to the office? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Aug 6, 2013 - 39 answers

I think I got ripped off by contractor - need a reality check.

Is it normal for a concrete contractor to charge more than the price quoted because he needed to use more materials than he thought he would? [more inside]
posted by miaou on Jun 28, 2013 - 29 answers

A Gel of a Problem: running miRNA without acrylamide

Dear MetaFilter, I am new to this forum and this is my first post, hi! I am in a bit of a pickle about a work project, and hope that I may be able to get some help by some fellow sciencey people. The science forums are rarely read and badly out of date, or I would have posted at one of those. I have a deadline for a miRNA PCR experiment, and I have already run the cDNA and PCR for the miRNA. All I have to do is run the miRNA on a gel. The problem: We don't have acrylamide! And neither does our neighboring lab. We only have Agarose with which to make gels, which is only for large fragments, not small miRNA fragments of 20-40 bp. The question: As the percentage of agarose in the gel goes higher, the smaller the size of the base pairs are that can be measured. Could I increase this percentage enough to work for miRNA? Out of respect for the community that doesn't like line returns, I have entered the specifics of this post in the Extended Explanation box, because to me, this post reads like a jumble of nonsense without some kind of organization. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on May 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Emergency 101

My very awesome and super feisty elderly neighbor apparently fell down our building's stairs today just as I was getting home and when I got to her she was 100% conscious but bleeding profusely from a wound on her head. Another neighbor had already called for the paramedics and as I was walking up they arrived. The wound was assessed and it was decided that she needed to go directly to the ER. What could/should I have done to make sure she had what she needed and that her rights were being respected? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on May 27, 2013 - 32 answers

Outgoing phone call protocol - how does it work?

When you make a call to a service or business, say, you're calling because you have a problem or require a service -- what do /you/ say? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Jan 8, 2013 - 32 answers

Dear Mr President, Am I Free to Say Your Name?

Protocol demands the proper way to directly address the US President is as "Mr President." Has anyone (not related) to the current or former US President ever publicly addressed them by his first or last name directly to his face? What happened? If this hasn't happened, what would be the consequences of doing so?
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Disagreeing with a Client: Graphic Designer Filter

What's the best protocol to follow as a freelance graphic designer if a client requests something not possible or a graphic element that will ruin the overall composition of a given piece? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Sep 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Is it okay to renege on a date that you didn't know was a date?

Is it ever okay to renege on a date if you didn't know it was a date in the first place? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jul 2, 2012 - 55 answers

A space in time removed, too soon to tell.

Grieving Protocol Question: My community lost a beloved friend in an accident on Friday night. I have some recordings of his voice. How soon can I share these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 12 answers

You are so cool, but I don't want to date you.

Date-fail: I initiated the date, it was fun but just okay, was about to tell him no thanks to a second when he texts me and tells me he had a really good time and can't wait to see me again. My friends love him. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Apr 26, 2012 - 17 answers

JDate, block these creeps already.

JDate Filter: Am I being rude/off-putting by including a semi-terse "I'm not for you if you're older than X" message at the top of my profile? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 13, 2012 - 26 answers

How to Say "Thanks"

Do people give their graduate advisors presents following a successful defense? What would qualify? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me reverse-engineer some bitstrings

Hackers of MeFi, assemble! I have an undocumented serial protocol I want to reverse engineer - help me turn some mysterious bit strings into meaningful data. [more inside]
posted by larkery on Jan 19, 2012 - 13 answers

A subscription service for professional grade protocol signatures?

A subscription service for professional grade protocol signatures? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Dec 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Inn at Little Washington pro tips

Looking for tipping protocol and other pro tips from people who have been to the Inn at Little Washington. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 10 answers

two jobs, one business: yes or no?

Is it kosher to apply for two positions at the same place at the same time? [more inside]
posted by CookieNose on Jul 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Hen Party Rejectee

I was invited to a wedding but not the hen party. I'm not hurt or angry, I'm just curious. And also slightly embarrassed and awkward... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2011 - 29 answers

Least expensive source for Follistim?

Where can I find Follistim at the lowest possible price? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on May 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Hey, listen... You gonna buy that?

What's a professional way to let a customer (or even a potential customer) know that they're taking advantage of your kindness with their assumption that "try before you buy" is a given? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on May 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Resume Protocol After Quitting

Long story short: great job, great experience, great skillsets gained, have to quit after only 5 months of employment for medical reasons. I want to keep job info on my resume. Can I? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Mar 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Incorporating the Rosary into a funeral service? Some guidance?

Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

All Right, I'm a Lawyer: What Do I Ask?

What specifically happens between a lawyer and his client once the client commits a crime? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Post-interview thank-you note ... without contact info?

I just had an interview, and I know standard post-interview procedure is to send in an email thanking them for the opportunity. But ... I don't have my interviewer's contact info. In fact, when I asked for an email address at the end of the interview in case I had more questions and so on, his reply was "Best go through your HR contact; they'll pass on anything relevant." What should I do - should I send a thank-you note to HR? Send a note and ask them to pass it on? No thank-you note? [more inside]
posted by Xany on Sep 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Is it wrong to follow/friend a job applicant?

I'm hiring, and in addition to interviewing, checking references (official and un-), etc., I'd like to see how candidates are using Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr. Facility with this stuff isn't a primary requirement of the job, but it's helpful; I also think it's a good way to gauge a candidate's judgement and to see how they manage their public face. On the other hand, it feels like following or friending is weird, or possibly an invasion of privacy. Is it?
posted by janet lynn on Aug 20, 2010 - 41 answers

Am I a bad sister?

Is it a horrible breach of family trust that I shared an email from my sister to me with my husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 - 37 answers

Help me not to offend people

Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world! [more inside]
posted by cromagnon on Mar 31, 2010 - 14 answers

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive?

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive? I know I probably have to call in advance, but is there anything else I should know? And do I have to know exactly what I'm looking for before I go? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

I need GOLD, Jerry!

When is it appropriate to ask someone out? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Dec 29, 2009 - 23 answers

How to deal with flakes at work?

I want a communication escalation algorithm. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Aug 11, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I safely interact with the police?

What is the proper protocol to use when dealing with police officers? [more inside]
posted by esd on Jan 5, 2009 - 35 answers

either way, I'm an asshole.

Which is worse? To call or not to call? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Oct 30, 2008 - 13 answers

How to create a custom Java protocol handler?

Is there an easy (no programming!) way to create a custom protocol handler for Java on XP? [more inside]
posted by worldshift on Apr 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Keep my happy hour from becoming sad.

What's the best way to organize a happy hour at a bar? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Mar 15, 2008 - 14 answers

wedding shower thing

Wedding shower faux-pas, how to recover? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Feb 9, 2008 - 21 answers

How to say thank you to a musician

What thank you gift to present to an unwilling interviewee? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Jan 21, 2008 - 17 answers

year end bonus protocol

How do year-end bonuses usually work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2008 - 24 answers

When "Thanks for the grub" doesn't quite cut it.

How do I properly thank an Ambassador? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Nov 28, 2007 - 11 answers

AP Stylebook? I don't need no AP Stylebook.

Journalistic standards aside, should I use my subject's first or last name in a magazine profile? [more inside]
posted by SashaPT on Jun 29, 2007 - 18 answers

Replying to a formal invitation

So, I've been invited to a party at my country's embassy later this week. The formal invitation asks me to RSVP, but I don't do this sort of thing very often, and I've got no idea what the right protocol for a response is. Anyone got any idea?
posted by ascullion on May 23, 2007 - 15 answers

I hope their first child be a masculine child

I have just been "schooled" by my Long Island in laws about what I am expected to give, in cash and gifts, for my neice's upcoming wedding. I was apalled, and am wondering if what they keep calling, "wedding protocol" is TRUE or some white trash, goombah way to get guests to finance the wedding. [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken on May 21, 2007 - 77 answers

How to highlight a referral on a job cover letter?

I am applying for a job at a place where I have a professional contact who has okay'd me to use him as a reference. However, since references are at the end of a resume, I want to ensure that this fact is highlighted to the HR department (the person is very high up in the company). ... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Dec 6, 2006 - 16 answers

Where can I find global traffic stats broken down by protocol?

I'd like a picture of just how much bandwidth the various TCP/UDP protocols (FTP, HTTP, NNTP, BitTorrent) take up along some large sample. Percent distributions would be fantastic. Anyone know where to get this data? My kung-fu helps me not.
posted by k7lim on Sep 6, 2006 - 4 answers

Can a browser pass HTTP requests the same as BitTorrent?

Is there any reason why standard HTTP requests can't work the same as the BitTorrent protocol? It seems like this would allow websites to avoid the "slashdot/metafilter" effect when traffic surges to an individual site and overwhelms the servers. Seems like this could happen on the client side, with enabled web browsers passing requested data the same as a torrent client. I don't know enough about the underlying technologies to determine if this is a stupid question or not, so please be gentle as you take me down a notch.
posted by hulette on Jun 30, 2005 - 13 answers

Should I be posting this anonymously?

Does my reverse engineering a protocol for a poker website constitute a violation of the DMCA (or any other statute?) [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on May 17, 2005 - 19 answers

What number am I in line to the throne?

What is the protocol for establishing who's next in line to the British throne? I understand that being an actual royal may get you into the Top 20 or so, but how do I find out if I'm 13,000,000th or 40,000,000th, or maybe not even permitted to rule this noble land for one reason or another in the case that there were some kind of Establishment-culling freaky accident? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Apr 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Curtsy for the Queen?

What is the proper etiquette/protocol for Americans greeting or addressing non-American people of title? Does one say "Her Majesty" or "Your Highness" or "Lady So-and-So" or other formalities, if one comes from a country with egalitarian and anti-monarchist roots and beliefs, where the non-recognition of titles is even a part of the Constitution? How about the whole curtsying thing? Where is the line commonly drawn between being polite to someone and being true to personal and national values? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Mar 1, 2005 - 28 answers

Can you use tunneling to make two XP machines on the internet appear to be part of the same local network?

If I have two XP machines on the internet in different locations, and each machine is running a virtual PC version of Windows 98, is it possible through some use of a tunneling protocol or whatever, to make those two virtual 98 machines appear to be on the same local network? In other words ...(more inside) [more inside]
posted by gummo on Jan 26, 2005 - 1 answer

What can we do for a dying co-worker?

What can/should you do for a co-worker in your department who only has a few weeks left to live, and is already at the hospital?

Even if you aren't particularly close, one has the feeling one should do something. But what?
posted by ShawnStruck on Jan 14, 2005 - 15 answers

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