Quality over quantity - what's your favorite website to visit every day?
August 28, 2016 10:54 AM   Subscribe

Last asked in 2012 and with some sites from there now dead, what would you recommend now?
posted by episodic to Computers & Internet (35 answers total) 124 users marked this as a favorite

posted by AugustWest at 11:00 AM on August 28, 2016 [1 favorite]

Ask a Manager
Jezebel (ugh, I know)
Ask Metatfiler
posted by radioamy at 11:02 AM on August 28, 2016

Then I use ighome.com as a replacement for the defunct personalizable Google aggregator (that I can't remember the name of anymore).
posted by getawaysticks at 11:03 AM on August 28, 2016

Metafilter, Ask Metafilter, io9, Jezebel, AV Club, Birth Movies Death, Talking Points Memo, Think Progress, Daring Fireball, The Loop
posted by ejs at 11:16 AM on August 28, 2016

cake wrecks, and epbot
sociological images, though that isn't being updated as often as it used to be, unfortunately
the blogess
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:33 AM on August 28, 2016

Oh I've also been sucked into Quora lately, much to my chagrin
posted by ejs at 11:41 AM on August 28, 2016 [1 favorite]

AskMeFi, Hacker News, and then specific subreddits that I'm interested in. The general subs on Reddit are pretty garbage, but there's a lot of quality in the smaller subs - something like /r/curling as an example.
posted by chillin411 at 11:45 AM on August 28, 2016 [1 favorite]

posted by deezil at 11:46 AM on August 28, 2016 [2 favorites]

Metafilter, Ask Metafilter, Techdirt, GoComics.com for Frazz, PBS, Calvin & Hobbes, The Guardian soccer news page.
posted by COD at 11:51 AM on August 28, 2016

As I was thinking about this I got distracted by my RSS feeds and decided to unsubscribe from anything that had not updated in the past 24 months. I'm down to 60 feeds. That was probably 300 back in the day.
posted by COD at 11:53 AM on August 28, 2016 [3 favorites]

Digg has actually gotten pretty good lately.
posted by cnc at 12:38 PM on August 28, 2016 [5 favorites]

Ars Technica
posted by Thorzdad at 12:46 PM on August 28, 2016 [3 favorites]

They're on a break right now (til Sept. 6), but usually The Morning News - Headlines.
posted by hsieu at 1:11 PM on August 28, 2016 [1 favorite]

this isn't happiness
posted by j_curiouser at 1:51 PM on August 28, 2016

Arts & Letters Daily.
posted by kevinbelt at 2:34 PM on August 28, 2016 [3 favorites]

xkcd, Lowering the Bar, Hackaday, MeFi & AskMeFi, EFF's Deeplinks blog.
posted by MoTLD at 3:35 PM on August 28, 2016

The History Blog. History in every possible variety.
posted by antiquated at 4:18 PM on August 28, 2016


you're welcome
posted by cda at 4:24 PM on August 28, 2016 [1 favorite]

*** Daily
Ask Metafilter
Ask A Manager
Not Always Right
Not Always Working
Not Always Learning
Good Shit
Two Wheeled Madwoman
Books Bikes and Boomsticks
Craigslist Flag Help
Craigslist Help Desk
Craigslist Feedback
Say Uncle
New Jovian Thunderbolt
Clayton Cramer
Language Log
Dr. Grumpy
Cooks Talk Classic
Shall Not Be Questioned
Bayou Renaissance Man
PawPaw's House

*** As updated
Lawdog Files
Montana Supreme Court Decisions
Uncle Orson Reviews Everything
Sharp as a Marble

*** Sporadically
Megan McArdle
Volokh Conspiracy
Marginal Revolution
The Bleat
Cafe Hayek
Small Dead Animals
Arts and Letters Daily
Betsy's Page
Evil HR Lady
By Common Consent
Times and Seasons
Wheat and Tares
posted by Bruce H. at 6:12 PM on August 28, 2016 [9 favorites]

Twitter, Slack, Facebook, Mefi, Gmail. Everything comes from the content I get through those routes. There's no site producing original content that I visit daily, even news sites. If it's important or interesting such that my feeds link to it and discuss it, I usually find out about it. Without all the signal-to-noise problems that come with visiting a site every day hoping for something worth reading. That's probably the most important change to my internet habits this decade. (It's probably also the reason many sites are struggling or working hard to adapt to the new reality of siloed content.)
posted by naju at 6:15 PM on August 28, 2016

I find Movie City News a pretty solid source for film biz happenings, from a Hollywood perspective.
posted by philip-random at 6:31 PM on August 28, 2016

posted by Drosera at 6:39 PM on August 28, 2016

posted by Prof Iterole at 7:31 PM on August 28, 2016

I assume you already know about Metafilter.

The Conversation. I subscribe to the feeds for all its regional subsites and read a reasonable chunk every day.
posted by tavegyl at 8:02 PM on August 28, 2016

Ask A Manager (I know, mentioned already. But it's great!)
posted by SisterHavana at 8:23 PM on August 28, 2016

Global Voices Online
Atlas Obscura
posted by plep at 8:46 PM on August 28, 2016

Electoral-vote.com is principally a poll aggregator, but it's also updated once a day (early in the morning in the US) with intelligent (and left-leaning) commentary on political news, with links.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 5:08 AM on August 29, 2016

fark.com (not so much these days...)
bbc radio
history blog
posted by james33 at 5:25 AM on August 29, 2016

Response by poster: To answer my own question and avoiding repeats:

posted by episodic at 5:55 AM on August 29, 2016

posted by galvanized unicorn at 6:44 AM on August 29, 2016

In addition to a number of the sites listed above, 3 Quarks Daily.
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:18 AM on August 29, 2016

planetizen.com -- an urban planning articles aggregator
posted by bertran at 1:20 AM on August 30, 2016

The Guardian
posted by turbid dahlia at 5:13 PM on September 1, 2016 [1 favorite]

Brain Pickings - An inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more. One thing of note here are amazing, interesting articles rather than very short articles or lists that people are so into now.
...But not too long.
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:44 PM on September 2, 2016 [1 favorite]

Here are the sites I habitually return to:

Reddit. Shameful, but some of the subreddits are useful.

Casey Neistat's Youtube channel. I can't quit watching this.

Kottke. A web classic from back in the day.

If I find a longer article I like, I send it to Instapaper and read it later on my phone.

Everything that looks interesting also gets bookmarked and tagged at Pinboard. Anything I post on Facebook is auto-bookmarked as well. It's like I'm collecting data for a book I'll never write, or curating for a museum that never opens.

Alexis Madrigal's Near Future is very interesting but publishes infrequently now that he has other responsibilities.

Dave Pell's newsletter is a constant source of clickable news goodness and probably my single best source of STUFF.

Oh, Cool Tools comes to my inbox and I often read the site and anything else Kevin Kelly is doing.

I primarily get Brain Pickings and articles by the group I refer to internally as "those smart Russian young ladies" like Maria Popova and Maria Konnikova plus other authorial updates through Facebook. Just follow interesting peope and unfollow your boring friends.

Google news.

The other sites I go to are forums dedicated to weird little hobbies of mine: Micro four thirds photography, recumbent bicycles, and board games. Within those sites we often discuss movies, books and politics.

I should probably track where most of my bookmarks are coming from.

I don't come to Metafilter as much but I'm not sure why. It gets a little strident at times, perhaps.
posted by mecran01 at 6:23 AM on September 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

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