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Linky Pony: URL search for previous postings
January 25, 2013 1:07 PM   Subscribe

Hi- I'm much more of a Green user than a Blue user. However, I came across an article that might be interesting for FPP submission that was published in December.

I realized that I didn't really have any way of finding out whether this particular article had been posted before, without knowing the keywords that someone might have used to describe it.

Might it be possible to create a 'search by url' function, either in the 'new post' page or somewhere else, to be able to paste in a url and see whether it's been linked to on MeFi ever? It seems like this might help cut down on duplicates (especially if it was part of the new post submission process). ...or am i missing something super obvious?
posted by softlord to Feature Requests at 1:07 PM (25 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

What might be easiest is just to paste that link into the Post submission form, hit "Preview" and see if the system lets you know if it's been posted before.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:12 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you begin a new post and put the URL in the link field, then click the "Step 2" button it automagically searches for the URL in all previous posts.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:12 PM on January 25, 2013


Yes, we have this but it's a bit hidden. If you write up your post (on the "New Post" page of the blue) and click "Preview", then the URL checker will check your URL.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:13 PM on January 25, 2013


(that's what I do before actually bothering to write anything of a post...just paste the naked URLs)
posted by Burhanistan at 1:13 PM on January 25, 2013


If you paste a url in the new post page and click preview, it will tell you if that url has been used before. However, it will not pick up every possible variation of that url, so it's not a foolproof system.

You can also paste urls into the search field at the bottom of every page on the site. Results look like this. The gray text at the end of each item which says, (keyword in HTML) will help you narrow down if a post has been made which used your article.
posted by zarq at 1:13 PM on January 25, 2013


You used to be able to quickly check links by pasting them into the Link field of the New Post form, but that seems to have been removed.
posted by zamboni at 1:13 PM on January 25, 2013


Note to self: learn to type faster.
posted by zarq at 1:14 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


You used to be able to quickly check links by pasting them into the Link field of the New Post form, but that seems to have been removed.

Ignore this- I was looking at the Metatalk New Post, and I'm a chump.
posted by zamboni at 1:14 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now get out there and paste naked URLs.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:15 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm a chump.

You are fine. We are all fine. I sometimes just paste the URL into Google with the word "MetaFilter" after it which will sometimes work. In conclusion MetaFilter is a land of contrasts.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:19 PM on January 25, 2013 [14 favorites]


Isn't there a way to search Google just for metafilter? Something like "site:metafilter"?
posted by zarq at 1:23 PM on January 25, 2013


> Isn't there a way to search Google just for metafilter? Something like "site:metafilter"?

[search string] site:www.metafilter.com
posted by Burhanistan at 1:25 PM on January 25, 2013


None of this would have happened before titles got added to the home page.

Also maybe it would be a good idea to make mention of this functionality on the new post page?

Would a google search include the urls inside an "a href" tag in its search results? or only the body of the text?
posted by softlord at 1:26 PM on January 25, 2013


Ah, thanks! Bring on the naked urls.
posted by zarq at 1:26 PM on January 25, 2013


None of this would have happened before titles got added to the home page.

You start a comment with this, the rest of it just sounds like BLA BLA MOD BLA BLA, for future reference. Lead with your good ideas.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:33 PM on January 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


jessamyn is the best. and a land of contrasts.
posted by garlic at 1:40 PM on January 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


[search string] site:www.metafilter.com

With Chrome you don't even have to do the 'site:' convention anymore. In the URL field just type metafilter.com, hit the spacebar and continue to type your search query. The Search field will automatically switch to site-specific search mode.

But yeah, by far the easiest way to do this is to pare down the url as much as possible (lopping http:// off, etc.) and pop it into the search box on the top right corner of any page. Another site search box angle to take is to just use the article identification number. So if the permalink to your article has a unique string, just copy/paste the unique string into the search box. (This doesn't always work though. For instance, YouTube may have several versions of one video so searching for the video-id string may not turn up links to other instances of the video on YouTube.)
posted by carsonb at 1:46 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Naked urls and small titles
posted by Kabanos at 1:49 PM on January 25, 2013


No, they started off as BIG titles; now all the titles are hidden. Hidden safely away, where I can't see those sweet little titles any more.
posted by Curious Artificer at 1:53 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man, I'm a bad influence on you monkeys.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:55 PM on January 25, 2013


The naked links and the dead links.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:58 PM on January 25, 2013


2bucksplus: "The naked links and the dead links."

First rule of politics: never get caught with a naked man or a dead woman.
posted by double block and bleed at 6:23 PM on January 25, 2013


In conclusion MetaFilter is a land of contrasts.

If that were true, we'd have a professional white background.
posted by silby at 11:58 PM on January 25, 2013


If that were true, we'd have a professional white background.

Nobody ever said how much contrast is required.
posted by solarion at 5:36 AM on January 26, 2013


[search string] site:www.metafilter.com

Note: "site:www.metafilter.com" searches the Blue only; "site:metafilter.com" searches all subsites.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:42 AM on January 28, 2013


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