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Thoughtful, genuine discussions across a wide range of topics. Brought to you by MetaFilter, one of the longest-running web communities.

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About MetaFilter Events

Much like how MetaFilter welcomes dialogue and content across a wide variety of topics and themes, MetaFilter Events features seminars, workshops and discussions spanning a fascinating range of subjects, skills and perspectives.

We invite and encourage speakers from all backgrounds with knowledge, skills or experience to share - that also believe in fostering genuine, thoughtful, considerate discussion. People that have deep expertise in their professional fields, a honed skill to share, or particular knowledge of a certain niche. People with perspectives not often heard, from underrepresented backgrounds or identities.

Coming into the space of presentations and workshops, we’re looking to build a live, online event version of what MetaFilter offers as a hub of insightful, kind and thought-provoking discussion.

We've assembled a fun lineup of incredible speakers and learning experiences for you. Join us! We're all in this together.

Can't make it for the event you want? We've got you covered!

We know life gets busy or unpredictable, and it's hard to find time to attend and watch everything you'd like, when it all looks so interesting. Plus, when you're in a different timezone, it becomes even more challenging. But don't worry - we're here to help you get the most out of everything these amazing speakers and sessions have to offer.

Most of our events will be recorded, so if you have to miss your session for any reason, you can catch up on it at your convenience and won't miss a single minute!

Not able to join live? Sign up anyway and we'll send you access to the recording after the event.

***RECORDINGS FOR PREVIOUS SESSIONS are still available! Click on "Get tickets" and purchase a ticket to access the recording you want.***

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What's Happening - This Upcoming Week

Week 4 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)

It's MetaFilter Week! This final week for 2022, we’ll discuss MetaFilter itself and meet some of the people behind MetaFilter. Along the way, we'll learn more about internet communities and content moderation - and how technology is shaping the way we communicate and act collectively.

We kick off the week with a free-to-attend Meet Jessamyn session. Stop by for an informal chat with Jessamyn herself, ask any questions you may have and get to know Metafilter’s new owner!

Right after that, we have another free session to Meet the Steering Committee, where you can meet and speak with some members of Metafilter’s inaugural SC.

Wednesday is MetaFilter Trivia Night (also free to attend!). Come along for a virtual pub quiz featuring questions inspired by MetaFilter discussions, hosted by jacquilynne from the SC. It’s a general interest quiz, so non-Mefite friends and family are welcome to play along!

Further on in the week, learn more about balancing content moderation and community regulation with user growth in a session by a former content moderator and policy activist, and find out more about MetaFilter’s own approach to content moderation in a free session with loup and restless_nomad.

Along the way, discover more about the digital side of the Russian War in Ukraine through the eyes and personal experience of a Ukrainian journalist, as he talks about the way social media and other digital platforms have shaped and facilitated Ukrainian dialogue, communities and action on the ground in response to Russia’s invasion.

At the end of the week, enjoy a showcase of Mefite performances / creative work, with a quick overview of MetaFilter's financial situation and discussion of MetaFilter as both a business and a community.

Session recordings for Week 4's events will be available to all ticketholders - so don't worry if you're unavailable for these session times or located in another timezone.

Meet Jessamyn, MetaFilter’s New Owner

13 December 2022 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Presented by Jessamyn

Meet MetaFilter’s new owner. Jessamyn’s been around since forever but maybe you still have some things about her you’d like to know. Come to this informal chat with Jessamyn and have your questions answered.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist who lives in Central Vermont. She owns MetaFilter.

Meet MetaFilter’s Steering Committee

13 December 2022 | 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Presented by MetaFilter's Steering Committee

Come meet Metafilter’s inaugural Steering Committee! Stop by for a chat, and get to know some of the people behind the MeTas. (Free to attend.)

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speakers

MetaFilter's Steering Committee is a group of Mefites who set and implement site policies and priorities, direct and approve budget expenditures, and act as spokespeople, champions, and mediators for concerns of community members.

The Steering Committee was formed in August 2022, in order to move towards a more community-governed model for MetaFilter.

MetaFilter Trivia Night: Everything I Know I Learned on MetaFilter

14 December 2022 | 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Presented by jacquilynne

Join Jacquilynne for a virtual pub quiz featuring questions inspired by MetaFilter discussions. This is a general interest quiz, not a quiz about the site itself, so even non-Mefites are welcome to play along!

This event is free to join, though donations are welcome. Attendees can choose to participate or spectate. Participation will be open to the first 50 people/households joining the live session that want to play - all other attendees may spectate.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

Jacquilynne is a member of the MetaFilter Steering Committee and she writes a lot of trivia questions.

Finding the Sweet Spot(s): Content Moderation and Maximising User Engagement

15 December 2022 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Presented by Chris Gray

As well as needing to balance freedom of speech with public safety concerns, community and social media has another challenge when it comes to content moderation: how do we build engaging communities and create welcoming spaces for disparate constituencies? How do we find the right balance between intentional community-building and organic growth, how much should we regulate in pursuit of growth, and how do we reconcile the needs of those communities with the needs of wider society?

Join Chris Gray - former content moderator and now policy activist - in exploring these questions.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

Chris Gray is an author and activist, and advocates for policy-makers to better understand how moderation policy is formulated and implemented on the front lines, in order to make rules that are actually enforceable.

His book The Moderator describes life as a content moderator, examines the business case for content moderation and the mechanisms employed, and investigates how the work can be done safely at global scale given the mental health risks from viewing large amounts of extreme content.

He is the lead plaintiff in a group action lawsuit at the High Court in Ireland, seeking compensation and punitive damages from multiple big tech companies and their contractors, for potentially thousands of content moderators across the EU suffering from PTSD and other harms.

MetaFilter Moderation: Past, Present, and the Path Forward

15 December 2022 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Presented by loup and restless_nomad

Join loup and restless_nomad as they bring you an overview of the work that the Mod Team has been doing behind the scenes at MetaFilter. Find out more about MetaFilter’s approach to moderation, and what MeFi Mods do (and have done).??

Get some perspective on MetaFilter’s past approach to moderation policy from restless_nomad, a moderator at Metafilter from 2019-2020 and the VP of Operations 2020-2021 - alongside some current views on MetaFilter’s present approach to moderation from loup, a moderator that’s led the Mod Team and Site Operations since the last organizational change.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

Restless_nomad was a moderator at Metafilter from 2019-2020 and the VP of Operations 2020-2021. She is a career online community manager with experience in MMOs, the music business, and an extremely random assortment of side jobs.

Loup joined Metafilter as moderator in 2020 and has been leading the Mod Team and Site Operations since the last organizational change. They have been working with Trust & Safety and online policy for the past 12 years.

The Digital Side of the Russian War in Ukraine

16 December 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Presented by Vladyslav Alforov

The Russian aggression in Ukraine swiftly transformed Ukrainian social media and other digital platforms from mere spaces for public dialogue and information sharing into a political milieu for officials to create national unity, solidarity and fighting spirit.

However, wartime digital media communication has both positive and negative effects on the social mood across Ukraine. Since the warfare itself has evolved to a mind-boggling degree as well, the totality of technological changes and the unprecedented scope of their influence on communication, war and society in Ukraine and abroad call for a closer look at the recent developments.

Join Vladyslav Alforov, a Ukrainian journalist, as he explains how technology has impacted and mobilized communities and communication in wartime Ukraine.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

Vlad Alforov is a journalist striving to broaden public awareness of international conflicts, human rights violations and corruption. Born and raised in Cherkasy, Ukraine, he is currently a second-year Erasmus Mundus masters student in Central and Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian studies at the University of Glasgow and University of Tartu in Estonia. He also holds a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

The MetaFilter Variety Show

16 December 2022 | 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Presented by brainwane and Reeya Banerjee

Come for a short session of stand-up, interactive improv and music brought to you by two very talented MeFites.

brainwane is a tech project manager and writer that performs stand-up comedy about tech, scifi fandom, and similar topics - and she'll present stand-up comedy about life on the modern web, with some material on MetaFilter culture and dynamics.

Reeya, a musician and longtime bar band veteran, released her debut album of original music this past January, and has 2 new singles out this month.  She'll give a short talk about her album, her creative process and play her new single.

There will also be an improv game called "Podguessing", conceived of and facilitated by brainwane. (Guess what obscure podcasts are about based on their names!)

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Performers

brainwane is a project manager and writer who works in the tech industry managing open source projects. She performs stand-up comedy about tech, scifi fandom, and similar topics.

Reeya Banerjee is a musician, writer, and voiceover artist based in New York’s Capital District by way of the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn. Her debut album The Way Up, produced by Luke Folger, was released on January 27, 2022. Her songs have been featured on The Local 518 Show at WEXT Radio, The Heavy Light Show at Radio Kingston, and NY Slice at WFUV Radio, as well as two episodes of the Women of Substance Music Podcast. Reeya has also released a single on December 1, 2022, written by her and her longtime collaborator James Rubino, who produced the single. James and Reeya have another single forthcoming on December 31, 2022, and have been working on an ongoing reinvented cover song series ever since New York went on COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, conceived as a documentation of the possibilities of creativity during a time of enforced stasis.

How MeFites are Helping Me turn my Book about Public Radio into a Musical

16 December 2022 | 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Presented by Don Merrill

"Pledge Drives driving me crazy" was Don Merrill’s motivation to start writing a book about them in 2014. He finished and published it in 2019, and it is a doorstop. After creating an audiobook and an e-book, his wife thought the story could be told better onstage. This presentation is about that progression and where things stand right now.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

Don Merrill spent seven years with Armed Forces Radio and Television. Eleven years as a public relations specialist for the Federal Government. Four years with commercial radio and newspapers. Four years as a freelance writer specializing in feature and investigative reporting. Since 2014, he has been jointly passionate about political interviewing AND telling the story of the public radio pledge drive.

Metafilter: business x community

18 December 2022 | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Presented by aielen

A quick overview of MetaFilter's financial situation and history, and a discussion on MetaFilter as both a business and a community.

Recording will be available to all ticketholders.

About the Speaker

aielen is a member of the MetaFilter Steering Committee.

More Upcoming Events

We have many more events in the pipeline for January and February 2023 - watch this space for updates!

More details on speakers and presentation titles will be released soon.

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Give the gift of a MetaFilter Events pass or single-event ticket!

Besides single-session tickets, we're also offering the option of getting bundled passes. Join all the sessions and workshops you want with our Half-Season Pass (aka the Special Snowflake Pass) or All-Season Pass (aka the Well-Seasoned Crouton Pass). All available session recordings included.

AND! If you're a MeFite, you can sponsor tickets for other MeFites to the paid events. This is a great way to support events, speakers and themes you like while spreading some kindness and good vibes within our community.

To purchase gift cards and gift passes, head on here to our gift card store. That's also where you can sponsor tickets for other MeFites - we'll explain how it works there.

Bundled passes are also directly available from this Eventbrite page (without the fancy virtual gift-card wrapping and send-to-a-friend delivery). Just click on the red button that says "Get tickets".


How do the events work?

After you register or purchase a ticket on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the online event.

Will I be able to ask questions?

Yes! There will be time for Q&A for each session. Some sessions also feature even more interactivity, breakout rooms and focused attention from the speaker, depending on the format.

What ticket options do you have?

We're offering a mix of paid and free events, with options to buy bundled passes and gift cards. There is also an opportunity to sponsor tickets for other MeFites to the paid events.

Single-session tickets and bundled passes may be registered or purchased here on this Eventbrite page. (Simply click the red button that says "Get tickets"!)

Our gift store offers gift cards good for bundled pass redemption. You'll also be able to sponsor tickets for other MeFites through our gift store - check it out!

How can I access the recordings?

Most of our events will have recordings available a week after the event, exclusively for ticketholders. Ticketholders will automatically have access to recordings through their personal Eventbrite area, and will also be sent email notifications when the recordings are made available.

I'm not a MetaFilter member. Can I still attend these events?

YES! Our events are open to everyone. You don't have to be a MetaFilter member to participate! (Although, if you're not a MetaFilter member - what are you waiting for? Join us.)

What is MetaFilter?

MetaFilter is one of the longest-running online communities. More than a community weblog where anyone can contribute, it is also a place where you’ll find some of the most interesting stuff on the internet. At MetaFilter, you can expect thoughtful and varied discussions.

Since 1999, we’ve been focused on fulfilling the web’s potential to bring people together and create genuine, vibrant, good-hearted community spaces. With over 325,000 registered members from different countries, cultures, ages, incomes, backgrounds and identities, we’re all here together learning from each other, trying to foster positive conversations, build community, and share all the good things the internet makes possible.

MetaFilter cares about encouraging safe, kind and civil discussion spaces no matter our size or scale, and our community’s efforts are reinforced by MetaFilter’s small team of paid professionals providing round-the-clock moderation and support.

If you’re new to MetaFilter, check out our community and site at You can read more about MetaFilter here, and join us here.

If you have more questions about MetaFilter Events, you can get in touch with us at