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Paging mefi user The Monkey
- I have been unable to find contact info for you on this site or the one listed in your profile.
A few months back you helped me out in this thread
regarding an electronic scoreboard system for a tournament.
You posted some code examples in the thread but they were a bit scrambled and I am unable to get them to work properly. I'd really appreciate it if you could email the actual files to me.
posted by davey_darling to MetaFilter-Related at 8:28 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
I can't find the ask mefi post about Chuck Norris's legal team issuing a C&D.
The search function yields this: "Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog
January 30, 2006 8:30 PM PST. 20 most popular tags in the past month: Posts by category in the past month: January 30 ... I run a t-shirt site, and have received a "cease and desist" letter from Chuck Norris's lawyers .."
Clicking it simply brings up ask.metafilter.com. I did look through all of the January 30th posts but couldn't find it, and I haven't seen any notes about it being deleted.
I'm looking for it because a law student friend is curious about it.
posted by drstein to MetaFilter-Related at 2:26 PM PST - 13 comments
Anyone else been contacted by an AOL account in relation to "Robby Rob's Metafilter Post", with the sender claiming that he is having his thoughts controlled by the NSA? [more inside]
posted by LondonYank to Etiquette/Policy at 1:20 AM PST - 34 comments [closed]
Not a complaint--just a question.
Why is it that new FPP's will show up on the Metadash widget about 5-10 minutes before they actually appear on Metafilter? I refresh, still not there, despite the fact I can read it on Metadash. Some sort of time machine?
posted by sourwookie to Bugs at 9:36 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
Do we really need a post about the longest poop?
'Cause it seems in incredibly poor taste. Yes, the article was read. Yes, the point was taken. But jeez!!! (And no, I don't care about the lack of NSFW, as it's pretty obvious from the title)
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Etiquette/Policy at 7:27 PM PST - 70 comments
Pony Request: A MetaFilter FAQ whose answers are links to the relavent MetaTalk threads that answer the question.
Many redundant questions keep coming up in MetaTalk and the responses are usually links to MetaTalk threads that will answer the question. Would it be possible to make a FAQ that points to the appropriate MetaTalk threads for these reoccurring questions? Maybe someone can go through MetaTalk once a week and add the questions and answers of things that shouldn't have to come up again.
Q. Some users have customized user pages, can I have a customized user page?
A: See here
posted by Mijo Bijo to Feature Requests at 6:39 PM PST - 16 comments
Pony request: Is it possible to add a comment count inside the threads in MeTa and AskMe like we have in MeFi?
Something like: posted by Penks at 11:52 AM CST (56 comments total) [!]
posted by Penks to Feature Requests at 9:59 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]
My Little Pony: show the date that a user last stopped by on their userpage, right underneath the "Member Since" line. This should be visible only to logged-in Mefites.
posted by killdevil to Feature Requests at 9:43 AM PST - 14 comments
madamjujujive has posted 225 links
And that's a lot of links -- all interesting, quirky and smart. I don't know how she does it, but I hope she never leaves MeFi. Thanks, mjjj.
posted by matteo to Etiquette/Policy at 9:29 AM PST - 39 comments
I am getting a Cold Fusion error when trying to post comments to threads in the blue. Am I the only one?
posted by caddis to Bugs at 8:47 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
Mefi projects: promoting
. Complete with image hotlinking, and instructions for disabling refer sending, to avoid .htaccess protection. Crap like this is the worst
of the web, IMO.
posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 7:10 PM PST - 30 comments
Firefox 1.5 is throwing up a list of errors from the Metafilter style sheets, mainly (but not solely) about 'font-color'.
Just thought you'd like to know.
posted by twine42 to Bugs at 10:47 AM PST - 12 comments
I recorded a lecture from a darn-good semi-prominent speaker on Wednesday and I'd like to post the recording on Projects. Several questions: Does the fact that I recorded the lecture make it a Projects post or is it okay for the Blue? Is it okay to post a rapidshare.de link to the WMA file as the project (or blue) post? If it is a Projects post, is it okay to post links-not-by-me in the Projects post to give some background on the speaker? Thanks.
posted by By The Grace of God to Feature Requests at 8:37 AM PST - 32 comments
The FPP by bigmusic on nontheistic spirituality is a perfect example of why I love MeFi. After a tough shift at work, it's after midnight,I have a couple of drinks, a fruitless search of cable TV for something to watch besides the Alito posturings on CSPAN2, I turn to the Web and there's MeFi, randomly tossing up the real deal, the stuff worth thinking about. From Weebl and Bob to Iraq and Rummy to questions of our ultimate reasons for being, I get more pleasure out of this site than anywhere else on the whole friggin' Net. Go ahead and delete this, Matt, because I know it isnt really a discussion topic, but I was moved to tears of joy to have something worthwhile to consider in the wee hours. Thanks. (And I want bonus points for having the sense to post this to MeTa, instead of as a useless comment to bigmusic's thread.)
posted by BitterOldPunk to MetaFilter-Related at 11:55 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
And on a rainy night, when rubber tires sucked the asphalt and handsome women walked a perilous beat, consensus was called upon in Portland, Oregon. February 18th; name the time and place.
posted by rebirtha to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:44 PM PST - 62 comments
Small ponies, roaming free...
On my user page, it says there are 5 users near me, since it only 5 users live within 50 miles of my fair city. Sixty miles away, though, there's an absolute assload in Seattle. Would it be possible to increase the 50 mile limit if there number of users near someone is less than some magic number, so the poor guy living in Valdez, AK has users living within 1,000 miles, but those of us just outside of a more major metropolitan area don't feel quite so left out? This may be the world's smallest pony, but the 10 mile difference between almost no one near me and having a bunch of people near me has nagged at me a little bit.
posted by Captain_Tenille to Feature Requests at 9:35 PM PST - 23 comments
Matt - long term plans? Big promotion on the blue? Something in the sidebar? I'd assume only the geekiest are actually using it (while it's fairly simple to use, it's not common knowledge.)
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter-Related at 8:37 PM PST - 26 comments
Help! Help! When hitting the + on any askme tag page, to add a second tag, an angry message
appears! This frightens me, giving me an awful fright. Please help!
posted by TwelveTwo to Bugs at 7:43 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
I'm sure this has been MeTa'd to death. At least I'm pretty sure. Even so, I'm going to drag out the horse and make him glue:
What can we constructively do to curtail the post vigilantes or post thought police? [mi]
posted by cavalier to Etiquette/Policy at 12:53 PM PST - 71 comments
On the front page of AskMe, the img tags in swlabr's post
show up as text...but inside, the links are fixed to href tags. Oh, and I'm on Safari 2.0.3.
posted by ArsncHeart to Bugs at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]
I really like the "Users that often use this tag:" list on MetaFilter and AskMe, where you can see how often certain users have used a particular tag. Is there any way we could have this tally added to our userpages, or have a "usertags" page a la the "usercontacts" page? That is, when you go to so-and-so's userpage you can see a list of all the tags they've used (like on the Post A Link page) and how many times they've used 'em.
posted by Gator to Feature Requests at 10:09 AM PST - 17 comments
Nit-picking: On the frontpage, the description on the sideblog says 'This sideblog keeps track of site news and metatalk threads', yet all the threads are from AskMefi.
posted by Eirixon to Bugs at 11:51 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]
After no small amount of careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that is patently silly to correct your own typos from earlier in a thread. You can all stop doing it now. Thank you.
Seriously. If what you meant in the first place is still quite obvious in spite of the typo, you're really only drawing my attention to it by correcting yourself.
posted by Afroblanco to Etiquette/Policy at 7:27 PM PST - 86 comments
Question about deleted threads (not one I created or want to whine about though, I promise!).
I've got a greasemonkey script that shows links to the deleted posts in the style of (for example) "Deleted thread: 48604
". Most of these links are valid and show the threads, but some go to a page that says the thread was deleted. Why the two different results?
posted by tiamat to MetaFilter-Related at 7:04 PM PST - 13 comments
Chameleon-Pony Request: Can I change my username on MeFi, or would it forever ruin the MeFi/google/other balance and you'd prefer I don't?
I really don't use this username like... anywhere anymore... I've been around MeFi for a few years now I think, and even back when I registered I was considering ditching this dumb nickname.
Aside from recent weeks where I've been AskMeFi crazy, I've been lurk-ish enough that I highly doubt anyone has any real association with my name (I'm not like ParisParamus, for example) so I don't think it would throw anyone off, really.
posted by twiggy to Feature Requests at 5:04 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]
Gramcracker used an image
to answer a question in AskMe! It's not an animal relieving itself, it's neither humorous nor snarky, it's just an entirely useful and informative visual aide! Is this a first?
posted by leapingsheep to MetaFilter-Related at 3:53 PM PST - 28 comments
Maybe this has been discussed, but
Can we make it so only external (non *.metafilter.com) links open in a new window? I like the preference setting for new window but it can be annoying when it's a metafilter section (i.e. a contact).
posted by xmutex to Feature Requests at 3:08 PM PST - 16 comments
Why is an answer in AskMe deleted when it contains an informative comment, followed by some humor?
This seems a tad unfair, since lots of comments are not deleted which contain exactly the same mix
of a comment, followed by humor.
I'd link to my answer, but I don't know where it is.....Here's
How do I know who's deleted my comment? Appeals? How does one gain such Godlike powers?
Also: is there a place to find deleted comments on AskMe so at least I can save my late night ramblings
posted by lalochezia to Etiquette/Policy at 1:45 PM PST - 41 comments
I would like a new feature. What is this new feature that I would like? Let me tell you about this new feature that I would like. The new feature that I would like is this:
I would like a new feature whereby I can see a list of posts/comments by user [x] cross referenced with a list of posts/comments by user [y]. I would like this new feature for reasons almost purely related to satisfying my own curiosity. I would, however, like this feature nonetheless.
posted by shmegegge to Feature Requests at 10:51 AM PST - 28 comments
Dear Matt, would it be possible to grant a few trusted volunteers enough rights to be able to add tags to the MeFi and AskMe back catalogue?
posted by biffa to Feature Requests at 6:34 AM PST - 180 comments
Pony request: after logging in, can we be sent back to the page we clicked the 'login' link on, instead of being directed to the main page?
posted by zsazsa to Feature Requests at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments
How and under what circumstances do MeFi threads die or become deleted?
Perhaps this is an FAQ and someone can point out an existing answer, but a week or so ago, I posted a comment on a thread I found on the front page, and about an hour later found to be missing from the front page.
There is still a link to the thread in my personal comment history, but it seems otherwise publicly inaccessible.
Also, many of the comments in the thread indicated that the posters fully expected the thread to be deleted and that they were jockeying for "last post".
I've read most if not all the introductory matter here, but I don't remember seeing anything that covered this.
posted by hwestiii to MetaFilter-Related at 4:03 PM PST - 37 comments
Layout on ask.me, the blue and the grey all seem to be a little messed up on Opera 8.51 since last night. All the content is showing up beneath the side blog boxes (on the blue.)
posted by bigmusic to Bugs at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments
I would like a slow pony.
I, question-filled as I am, would love it if I could front-load my AskMeFi questions which are then autoposted at the end of my week's delay. I'd even be happy if that happened a day later (8 days wait)...the important point is that I forget the question I absolutely needed to ask because I'm kind of dumb.
posted by Kickstart70 to Feature Requests at 12:09 PM PST - 30 comments
Small pony requests: Can the Questions tagged with
pages also include the best answer checkmark next to threads that have best answers? And maybe use the standard "X comments" link instead of "View this thread" by each thread?
posted by DakotaPaul to Feature Requests at 8:52 AM PST - 2 comments
On AxeMe, if I click "My Posts" (should be "My Questions"), and choose a 1 month time frame, it shows me one 6-month-old quesiton I asked, but not the 7 more recent quesitons (including one I just asked today.) In any other view, no quesitons are displayed at all.
posted by knave to Bugs at 10:47 PM PST - 5 comments
I don't know if it is the kerning or the tracking but the letterspacing on the small font in the logo really sucks
(not so noticable on MetaTalk, but check out "querying the hive mind" on AskMe and "community weblog" on MeFi). Don't make me call the typography police.
posted by spock to MetaFilter-Related at 9:15 PM PST - 14 comments
A few weeks ago I asked if MeFites would help me with a blog project to bridge the digital divide and the response was fantastic! Thanks everyone. The project starts next week, so please check it out. http://youngcaucasus.neweurasia.net/ We're working to bridge the digital divide in a part of the world that needs some bridging. Thanks again.
posted by k8t to MetaFilter-Related at 3:52 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
Once again, Metafilter has made an impact on my personal life. I came here to say: "Thank you, Metafilter community." I also came here to say: "Who bought the donuts, and why didn't I get any Boston creams?", but felt it was out of the scope of this post. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 AM PST - 36 comments
Error message "Element POST is undefined in FORM"
. Seen this a lot recently, only when adding a comment in MeFi or AskMe.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan to Bugs at 8:13 AM PST - 4 comments
Ok, here's a question about AskMeFi questions: how come people are always asking questions "for a friend"? Is it that they are REALLY asking for themselves and pretending to ask on behalf of someone else? Or are people really that helpful? Am I a total jerk for thinking that if one of my friends wanted to post a question to AskMeFi I would tell them to create their own account, it's $5 for pete's sake? What piece of the puzzle am I missing here?!?
posted by elisabeth r to MetaFilter-Related at 5:22 AM PST - 54 comments
San Antonio anyone? I'm wrapping up a library conference and all the librarians leave Wednesday and I'm here til Thursday. Anyone up for beer/food/riverwalking Wednesday night? [alternately, any mefibrarians still at ALA?]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:56 PM PST - 6 comments
1 posts tagged with v.
Displaying 1 through 50 (View popular tags) (more inside)
posted by arto to Bugs at 8:24 PM PST - 9 comments
Bugreport: projects.metafilter is throwing a CF error (Element USER_ID is undefined in COOKIE) and dying when clicking "X votes" beneath any listed project when a user is not logged in. Tested on IE and Firefox, cache cleared, etc.
Logging in fixes the issue, but I thought I'd point it out.
posted by bhance to Bugs at 7:03 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
I have to disagree
. I thought things were just getting interesting. There was no name-calling or other objectionable activity going on, was there? What gives?
posted by JeffK to Etiquette/Policy at 2:18 PM PST - 27 comments
For this easter (or whenever matt has the time)
, I would like a bright, shiny MeFi API.
I know it's been discussed previously
, but I still think it is a cool idea. We're falling behind on the Web2.0 bandwagon, before you know it it'll be 3.0 and we'll look like suckers.
posted by signal to Feature Requests at 6:30 PM PST - 27 comments
A lot of people comment/bitch when a Google video is posted that "Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn't available in your country.
", which I understand is fustrating.
Maybe users submitting Google video links should consider something suggested here
. Looks like a neat and relatively simple fix.
posted by lemonfridge to Etiquette/Policy at 6:29 PM PST - 19 comments
Is AskMe down? Can't get to it via comments or the main page, on firefox or IE, on two separate computers. This is a new one - I've never noticed just one segment of the site going down before.
posted by By The Grace of God to Bugs at 4:21 AM PST - 23 comments
Two people have flagged this thread, saying (or implying) that it goes against Metafilter policy. Forgive me for not ready the policy very closely, but I don't see what is wrong with this kind of thing. What do you folks think?
posted by rossination to Etiquette/Policy at 6:10 PM PST - 44 comments
I'm testing out a jabber server on MetaFilter. Use any jabber client (iChat, adium, trillian, gAIM, etc) to connect to metafilter.com. Enter your username as your_mefi_username
@metafilter.com and your password is your existing website password here. Once logged in, you can IM other members that are online (my current status:
). Oh, this jabber server supports SSL for encrypted chat by default and also lets you talk to jabber users on other servers, including Google Talk (just add them to your buddy list). If this works out, I'll be experimenting with more features like chatrooms and perhaps allowing chat with Yahoo and MSN users as well. Let me know how it works for you, everyone that is a member here already has a login to the jabber server, automatically.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 4:49 PM PST - 175 comments
Minor suggestion: on Ask, the tag explainer sentence could be rearranged for better clarity. Right now it says something like "Combine words to make a tag (example: ipod stereo audio carstereo)". Perhaps putting the combined example (carstereo) first and providing another example or two would help some of the people who can't seem to grasp tags.
posted by Manhasset to Feature Requests at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments
Just being nosy. Who are the 'admins' on metafilter? Obviously mathowie. Bless him. I just saw Jessamyn (hi!) delete a post. Who else are up there?
posted by movilla to Bugs at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]
Encouraged by one supportive comment here
, I am proposing the MeFi Mentorship program for new users. The idea is to ease new users into the MetaFilter community and avoid the kind of ugliness that happens when newbies don't understand how MetaFilter works. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ to Feature Requests at 3:04 PM PST - 38 comments
What's the general policy on getting someone else to post an askmefi question for you? I used up my question this week but need to ask another one and may not be able to wait the requisite week... why are we still limited to 1q/week? Can we introduce different "tiers" or highlighted questions or something? If the issue is hw/bandwidth/etc, where can we make a donation?
posted by arimathea to Etiquette/Policy at 2:43 PM PST - 24 comments
Small, but unlikely pony request: When a user creates a link to an external site, but forgets the "http://", a MeFi error page results. It would be helpful if the system scanned the links in a post and tried to detect these orphaned links.
posted by o2b to Feature Requests at 2:29 PM PST - 10 comments
How to stop the spread of "_____Filter" in subject headings?
The wiki says (under the heading "inside jokes") that "___Filter" is used to indicate that a topic is so over-discussed as to risk taking over MetaFilter altogether. Examples are IraqFilter and NewsFilter. But current (and increasing) usage seems to be just an effort to be cute: BSDMFilter, CondomFilter, UmbrellaFilter, etc. I, for one, find this annoying and stupid and think it should be discouraged. It's like one of those things that is mildly amusing the first couple of times and thereafter just idiotic. I think that the WhatIsAGoodPost, WhatIsAGoodComment, WhatIsAGoodQuestion entries should be altered to discourage people from this dumb practice.
posted by dh65 to Etiquette/Policy at 11:32 AM PST - 48 comments [closed]
I have a 20GB 3G IPOD with 4,000 songs. All of a sudden my computer will not recognise it when I plug the IPOD into the USB port. I tryed to use updater but that won't recognise my player either.I can still listen to my songs, it just won't hook up. Any ideas? Cheers to all!
posted by hophead627 to MetaFilter Music at 7:25 AM PST - 38 comments [closed]
The sidebar on the mefi front page says "Unclaimed Property Clearninghouse." Is this a bug or a feature?
posted by Slap Incognito to Bugs at 4:43 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]
St. Louis MeFi/Flickr Meetup - TOMORROW - January 20
It's Friday, January 20 at 7:00 PM at the Erato Wine bar on South Grand. I'll have a sign on a table so we can find each other. I know of at least 5 or 6 people that are definitely coming. Come join us!
posted by kdern to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:06 AM PST - 8 comments
I'm pissed and slightly baffled. My first post to Ask MeFi was deleted. Apparently I should have posted it here in MetaTalk instead? No one has bothered to explain why, but I'm assuming it's because it was a question about MeFi. (Why do I keep having to log in every time I return to MeFi on my iBook, but not on my PC?)
Well, excuu-uuse me!
I paid $5 for the privilege of posting one question a week, which is then deleted? That's just rude.
posted by blogrrrl to Bugs at 8:21 AM PST - 332 comments [closed]
Educated MeFites: (This is for my wife who teaches at an inner-city elementary school.)
Would anyone be willing to write a "properly written" paragraph about how your education has greatly benefited you?
We would like to inspire our 5th graders, most of whom believe that learning isn't cool. This is for English language learners, ie. Mexican, Vietnamese, Eastern European, etc, who are just now learning paragraphs and the need for further education.
Post here or my e-mail is in my profile.
Disclaimer: Meta-related because you folks are cool and smart. This is not a project or an AskMe, unless you suggest otherwise.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 7:53 PM PST - 42 comments
Attempting to add a tag to a MeFi post via the usual button causes the browser to revert to the front page
posted by Rothko to Bugs at 3:01 PM PST - 5 comments
So if I were to post this article
about someone attacking R. Mutt's "Urinal" with a hammer, would that be considered a "One Link News Filter Pseudo Self Link FFP" ?
posted by R. Mutt to Etiquette/Policy at 2:57 PM PST - 24 comments
MeFiSF meetup! 7 PM til whenever on Tues, January 24, at Yancy's Saloon [ 734 Irving St, San Francisco, 94122; (415) 665-6551 ]. Beer, games, tons of nearby food, on the N line. Email me to get on the reminder list, or get reminders via the upcoming.org
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:45 PM PST - 14 comments
is alternating "Mark as best answer"... marks.
My newly posted comment was instantly marked. And while it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, the obvious "every other" pattern is a clear bug.
posted by disillusioned to Bugs at 2:26 AM PST - 53 comments [closed]
There was a page that listed 'all' tags that had been used on Ask MetaFilter. I can't seem to find it now. Any clues where it is now?
posted by sk381 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:36 PM PST - 5 comments
I did a bunch of tweaks to the site today and just wanted to give a heads up in case some bugs are found in these pages: Projects history added to user pages. Pagination added to tags pages (MeFi/AskMeFi). Fixed post/comment page pagination issues by completely rewriting the link/comment history pages (all). Removed "posted by" spoofing "hack" (all).
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 6:56 PM PST - 102 comments
26434 members | You are logged in as: dersins / logout
it's been stuck at 26434 for an awfully long time, hasn't it?
posted by dersins to Bugs at 11:29 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]
"Title of Post:
(for RSS and page titles)"
That's what it says next to a key field on the MeFi link submission form. But it's a part of posting that seems not to get the same level of craft and care as the link and body. This is a call (from a recent RSS convert) for more attention to making good titles. [more inside]
posted by scarabic to Etiquette/Policy at 8:33 PM PST - 16 comments
Who's had a post, comment or thread deleted on Mefi? As I was posting to a MetaTalk item, it had already been deleted - this isn't new. Post/thread deletions are getting all too common here on the blue. Trolling, flame-outs, newsfilter posts and other lame FPP's seem to garnish enough merit to remain active in 'big brothers' eyes so I ask you, have you been edited on the blue and if so, what was it you said?
I know I've said some stupid shit that I wished I could have pulled but I don't think I want the Mefi police deciding that for me.
posted by j.p. Hung to Etiquette/Policy at 5:46 PM PST - 215 comments
's a little Greasemonkey
script that filters out posts by any users you don't want to read on Metafilter (if you use Firefox).
If you want to use it, download Greasemonkey and restart your Firefox if you haven't already. Then click on the first link and then the Greasemonkey install button on the top right hand corner.
By default, it only filters on single Mefi article pages, not on preview or on Metatalk, but you could easily change the Included Pages. By default, it filters out ParisParamus and dios as users but you could very easily download this to your local drive and edit it -- or I'd put up any other variations that were useful (or even come up with a way for you to edit preferences from the program).
This was fun. Was it a good idea? Discuss.
posted by lupus_yonderboy to Etiquette/Policy at 5:26 PM PST - 110 comments
"civilrights.metafilter.com" hangs over the right edge of the SideBlogTM
and makes the page too wide, generating an annoying horizontal scroll bar in my Firefox.
posted by rxrfrx to Bugs at 5:18 PM PST - 8 comments
An interesting aspect of the "filtration" on MetaFilter is chronological; and this aspect I think is often ignored, overlooked, or deprecated. [moronic inside]
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments
AskMe apparently trims line breaks from posts. I guess I understand this, but it would be nice if it also happened in the preview. In preview, my line breaks were still intact, so I hit the post button, and now my post looks a bit silly. Not the end of the world, but I figure it can't be intentional.
posted by bingo to Bugs at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments
Since some users previously indicated an interest in the capability, I've made available a Greasemonkey
script which allows users to either highlight or filter out posts on Metafilter and its site siblings
, based on conditional matching of text strings or patterns (author or content). Use it as-is or extend/morph the code for your own projects. Caveats apply: 1) this is very much a limited-test release 1.0 script and 2) though a professional coder, my eye for design elements ranges from mediocre to bad. To forestall the hypervigilant, this is a self-link and a pointer post was OK'd by Matt Haughey.
posted by mdevore to Feature Requests at 12:32 PM PST - 35 comments
Robots.txt for the <tagname>.metafilter.com domains should exclude all rebots. Currently the robots reindex the entire site for each subdomain.
posted by Sharcho to Bugs at 8:40 AM PST - 23 comments
Paging whoever did the "detect deleted metafilter threads" bookmark: now that askme threads are being deleted, how about one for them?
posted by aberrant to Feature Requests at 6:17 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
What uses less bandwith, posts that are calling out people being stupid or hypocritical, or MeTa posts that are calling out the deletion of posts that call out people that are being stupid or hypocritical?
posted by Balisong to Etiquette/Policy at 4:23 PM PST - 97 comments [closed]
When I make a post (on Ask, not sure about the others), my post is appearing in another window with the preview window still hanging around in the first window. This never happened till yesterday. I'm on Safari, latest version.
posted by Manhasset to Bugs at 9:02 AM PST - 11 comments [closed]
I always have to login to MeFi twice for it to be recognized. The first time, after I submit my login info, it just takes me back to the FP and I'm not yet logged in. The second time, it always works. Anyone know what the deal is?
posted by TunnelArmr to Bugs at 4:49 PM PST - 20 comments
So I had announced Last Comment Before Deletion
on Projects. Then ND¢ had the bright idea of adding a section where wins could be recorded, which I added. However, it looks like I cannot go back and edit my Project, and even if I could, it would be way down at the bottom. Lucky for me, I am announcing it by way of this feature request, but please, think of future Projectees with the same problem. Love, poppo.
posted by poppo to Feature Requests at 11:34 AM PST - 52 comments
There was a funny anecdote posted in either AskMe or normal ole Metafilter about project priorities, where someone was telling about an initial list at their workplace being A-D, and by the end the highest was like AAAAA+ and nothing was less than A. Can anyone help me find it? I found it funny and want to note its URL for posterity's sake.
posted by xmutex to Etiquette/Policy at 10:17 AM PST - 9 comments
The Front Page this morning is ridiculous. A post about a non-existent blog asking for money.
A post about nothing!
(And crappy nothing to boot.) A newsfilter post
about, well, news, that's supposed to be outrageous somehow. And then a post
that 1) leads with a previous MeFi post, 2) is mostly predicated on one picture. If you don't have the makings for a good FPP, you don't. It's ok, you can post something good when you come across something good.
posted by OmieWise to Etiquette/Policy at 8:54 AM PST - 67 comments
When trying to select a best answer on this thread
, I get:
Error Occurred While Processing Request
posted by disillusioned to Bugs at 9:14 PM PST - 2 comments
Error Executing Database Query.
[Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Procedure 'askmeficomments' expects parameter '@timezone', which was not supplied.
Having just made an FPP, I can still get to the posting page by pasting the "post_good.mefi"
link. I can also put in any user id and it still gets me into preview. I didn't dare to hit post though to see if that works, but I thought I'd point it out.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to Bugs at 5:20 PM PST - 16 comments
New comments on category pages.
I'm not marking this a bug, because I don't want to be asinine about it. [más adentro]
posted by Eideteker to Feature Requests at 11:42 AM PST - 9 comments
What just happened to AskMefi? For about five minutes all the insides had the "nothing to see here" page or a strange error page. Anyone else? I thought my work had finally gotten around to banning it. I started working on my resume...
posted by hellbient to Bugs at 10:52 AM PST - 33 comments
In response to the inordinate number of doubles recently (e.g.
) which begin:
MeFite A: Look! This is my link!
MeFite B: This is nice
MeFite A: sorry, double, delete
posted by NinjaPirate to Feature Requests at 4:17 AM PST - 28 comments
Ask Metafilter questions like this one
lead me to propose a "Consult An Attorney Immediately" block of text to insert somewhere in the thread. The purpose of such a line of copy would be to protect Matt/MetaFilter/users from liability--is this possible and/or necessary?
posted by fandango_matt to Bugs at 8:17 PM PST - 52 comments
Ask MeFi CSS Bug? Best answers aren't highlighted anymore. Firefox 1.5 Windows XP, no changes since yesterday when things worked fine.
posted by riffola to Bugs at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]
Thanks to bloglines, I often see Ask MeFi questions that were deleted in my updates, only to see the "Nothing to see here, move along..." error when I try to view the question. This bothers me, for some reason. Is there any way to make the page for a deleted question show why the question was deleted?
For example, why was this deleted? It doesn't seem out of scope for Ask MeFi:
"If you could take a sabbatical from everything in your life, what would you pursue? Forget the job, forget the kids, forget the mortgage. Take one year of your life and do something inspirational, heroic, adventurous, altruisitic, or any adjective. Do not worry about money, do not worry about health insurance, do not worry about coming back. What would you pursue, why would you choose it, and how would you do it?"
posted by bobot to Etiquette/Policy at 11:45 AM PST - 21 comments
The top three links on this page
do not appear on the main page, despite not being deleted. It seems that a cached copy of the front page has gotten stuck somewhere.
posted by delmoi to Bugs at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments
I run a project called MemoryWiki
that collects and archives personal memories. I was wondering if I could repost some short memoirs from MetaFilter, namely, those on "life changing experiences" found here here
. I will of course include a note on every memoir I repost stating that the source is Metafilter (and I'll include a hyperlink). MemoryWiki is non-profit (it's really just a hobby). Is this kosher? Thanks.
posted by MarshallPoe to MetaFilter-Related at 11:32 AM PST - 12 comments
Clicking on "add tag" within an existing post using Safari redirects to the front page before any tags can be added. (Forgive me, if this has been pointed out before... I did several searches but couldn't find the magic search terms to narrow it down to anything specific)
posted by Robot Johnny to Bugs at 10:17 AM PST - 1 comments
I can't get my links
to open in a new window (I used the target="_blank" tag). Is this a bug, is it intentional, or am I doing something irredeemably stupid?
posted by londonmark to Bugs at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments [closed]
Is front page posting broken, or was there just nothing to talk about in the last 11 hours?
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 6:26 AM PST - 16 comments
Wish you hadn't closed this thread
so quickly, #1. CSS is mildly messed up (in addition to continuing problems you've noticed before) after your header fix on the plain-text theme, at least in IE (which I must use at work).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 1:21 AM PST - 8 comments [closed]
I suggest adding the ETag and Last-Modified HTTP headers to all the pages and feeds to allow for HTTP response "304 Not Modified" in case the content hasn't been changed.
Advantages: Saves about 10-20% bandwidth/resources, and improves the coverage and freshness of search engines.
posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 5:56 PM PST - 9 comments
Any chance of a link to My Comments from the top of the plain text theme? It'd be much appreciated from my scroll-mouse-less office
posted by bonaldi to Feature Requests at 5:50 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
Is it possible that permalinks after our comments could work like anchor tags? I'm forever having to scroll up to links or open new tabs when a click up would add usability.
posted by dash_slot- to Feature Requests at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments [closed]
London Meetup!? Further to Ludwig_van
's question about getting gigs in London since moving over to study from Pittburgh, I propose a meetup at the gig we're arranging. February 18th, Chiswick, anyone?
posted by armoured-ant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:17 AM PST - 44 comments
Tag conveniently gone missing?
. Like many others, I've been following the askme thread
originally posted by airnxtz where he is found to be a scammer and where hopefully we will soon have word about the consequences of his scamming. Normally I search for this thread by looking at the "all posts tagged ebay", but the question is no longer listed on that page. In fact once I found the question, I see that it no longer has the ebay tag or any other tag. I assume that though airnxtz has lost his posting privileges, he still has the privilege to edit his own tags and has done so. Otherwise, what happened to the tag and can we get it back?
posted by duck to MetaFilter-Related at 4:08 PM PST - 42 comments
A question about American Girl
currently on AskMeFi's front page appears to be looking rather funky in MSIE6. (Yes, I know, use Firefox, but I'm on a Windoze machine at work, so that's where I'm noticing it.)
posted by WCityMike to Bugs at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
In light of this new law
, do you suppose having our real names (which are optional) in our profiles enough, or would it be prudent to allow users to change their aliases into their real names?
posted by crunchland to Etiquette/Policy at 9:34 AM PST - 49 comments
It's good to see you. You're looking well, but I'm curious about something. Why don't you
put your email address in your profile? It's just something I've been wondering about so I thought I'd raise it as a way of encouraging people to add their email to their profile page - go on, nothing bad will happen. In fact, good things might just follow.
posted by peacay to Etiquette/Policy at 2:25 AM PST - 100 comments
When I'm posting a question on Ask MeFi, I would find it convenient for the question form page to feature a link to the Tags
page. For the tag function to be a maximum value, it would seem to me that one should use the tags the group has consensually declared to be the appropriate tags for the subject. Obviously, you can access the tags page in other ways, but a link right there would be nice.
posted by mojohand to Feature Requests at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments
In AskMeFi, there is first the question. Then maybe 5 replies down there is a response by the person who asked the question. But they don't often identify themselves as the original poster, and it is not always obvious that it is the original poster and if I am down the page I have forgotten their username. Is there a way to highlite responses by the original poster? Or a way to make them stand out?
posted by 9000.68 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:20 AM PST - 42 comments
What's the relationship between cookies and the CaptchaImage?
I've been playing with Firefox's cookie settings, trying to make it so that I don't have to login to MeFi every time. I can't seem to make it work. Given that we're using the CaptchaImage to prevent automated posting - will this ever work? Or will I always need to login each time I come to the site (once I've closed my browser)?
posted by Dunwitty to Bugs at 8:23 PM PST - 12 comments
It's possible for an AskMeFi poster to mark responses as best answers. It's possible for anyone to flag an answer as a fantastic comment. Why not amalgamate the two and have all the top answers in one place? Then, why not highlight all comments flagged as fantastic in AskMeFi, MetaFilter and MetaTalk the way best answers are currently highlighted in AskMeFi?
posted by nthdegx to Feature Requests at 10:35 AM PST - 9 comments
In Metatalk and Ask Metafilter, when previewing a comment, mousing over a username produces their /username.mefi/username, instead of their user number
. Why? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to MetaFilter-Related at 9:24 AM PST - 18 comments
In AskMetafilter, if the tags box extends into a highlighted "best answer" box, the two collide instead of readjusting for each other. This includes a text wrap-around. I demand perfection down to the pixel.
posted by geoff. to Bugs at 5:57 PM PST - 3 comments
CSS-customized user pages: Possible ever again, or nothing more than the fever-dream of a madman? [mi]
posted by Gator to Feature Requests at 11:50 AM PST - 33 comments
It's possible that DNS wildcards on metafilter.com are causing problems for the Google crawler. I suggest deleting the redundant DNS entries, and using a 301 redirect for http://metafilter.com/ to go to http://www.metafilter.com/
posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 11:34 AM PST - 18 comments
projects doesn't have the usual wonderful (and i don't mean that at all) auto-format line break thing. but preview preserves html markup. so i'm kinda pissed that posting deletes the markup i added, leaving me with a lumpy squashed-together run-on paragraph thing.
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 10:29 AM PST - 56 comments
Metafilter uptime and performance has been excellent lately; Pages load in an instant and I haven't seen a JRun error in weeks. Thanks Matt!
posted by fvw to Uptime at 9:05 PM PST - 34 comments
Reminder. By community consensus
a Boston Meetup is happening this Friday, beginning at 7:00 to 7:30 PM at the Publick House on Beacon St. in Brookline, MA. Let's show those NYC show-offs what for.
Need to coordinate further? Post here!
posted by killdevil to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:33 PM PST - 17 comments
Is there a way to search user profile pages for certain words? I was trying to add a 'MetaGame' keyword to my page for use by geekily Mefites to match up in online games (MMORPGs, Live!, Nintendo Wifi, etc) for some constructive combat from the safety of our Mom's basement.
Am I missing something obvious, or is the a pony that could be coaxed to life?
posted by robocop is bleeding to Feature Requests at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments
To improve usability, might I suggest doubling the number of columns and rows in the post and comment textareas? I promise to brush it and feed it twice a day, pretty please!
posted by Saucy Intruder to Feature Requests at 5:49 AM PST - 32 comments
Does anyone remember a link to an online publisher that was posted in the last couple of months? It was a print/pay as you go thing. As in, if someone orders the book, they print, send and charge. I've searched MeFi and have nothing.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments
Is there a way to flag a question in AskMe (not one of my own) so I can go back to it several hours later and read the comments that have accumulated? Am I missing some obvious functionality that does that? Currently, if I want to check back on a question, I have to remember what the question was and sift through (potentially) loads of other questions that have been asked since. Thanks!
posted by SheIsMighty to Feature Requests at 1:40 PM PST - 20 comments
You have got to be joking?
No. Considering the number of self-links that we've been having lately, I think that it's worth everyone's time to appreciate people who are keeping their eyes open for them, and to give them credit for trying, even if that particular link turned out to be a dud.
posted by crunchland to Etiquette/Policy at 10:51 AM PST - 43 comments
MeFi is weirdly halting and slow whenever I load the site, or click into a thread. So, noticing my status bar, what I does is, I adds js.spellcheckthis.com to the 'Block retrieval of URL' list in my favorite local-proxy-crud-removing app, and fazowie
, it's snappy again. I know some people love their spellcheckers, but if it's having the same effect on everyone, it seems like a... suboptimal solution.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 2:41 AM PST - 14 comments
Mexico City Meetup! January 4th at 7pm scarabic and I will be at the (unfortunately named) Yuppie's Sports Bar, 5208-2267, Génova 34 - it's in the Zona Rosa, near the intersection with Hamburgo. We'll be enjoying cervezas and the Rose Bowl broadcast. Ven a tomar un trago con nos ostros!
posted by donpedro to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:36 PM PST - 21 comments
Upon reading this thread
about roasting a chicken, I got a hankering for it. Our local grocery was having a special so I got 2 4lb chickens, and roasted one this evening, and boiled the other for chicken salad. [More Inside]
posted by RustyBrooks to MetaFilter-Related at 6:17 PM PST - 56 comments [closed]
There seems to be a contingent of people on this website (we all know who they are) who feel the need to pollute threads that would be otherwise relevant, reasonable, and/or interesting. They come in, spew their opinion, and then proceed to turn thought-provoking material into a three ring circus. After having to sift through heaps of vitrol to find comments that even remotely relate to the topic at hand twice today, I've had enough. Your need to have your last word in a public meeting space that prides itself on civil, topical conversation is disgustingly revealing of your immaturity and arrogance. As a user of this site who is primarily a lurker, I want to make a statement on behalf of those people who come here for the fascinating content: If you feel the need to troll and argue, shut up already.
posted by potch to Etiquette/Policy at 4:25 PM PST - 144 comments
It's broke again. The Ask.Mefi RSS isn't updating.
the XML yields:
XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
Line Number 156, Column 18:
posted by filmgeek to Bugs at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
Something is causing my Safari 2.0.2 on Mac OS X 10.4.3 to crash after I've typed three or four characters into the "post comment" textarea on any MeFi site.
It doesn't happen with the "Post a thread" textarea, as evidenced by this post...
posted by Mwongozi to Bugs at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments
I'm testing out a new ajaxy spellchecker here on MetaTalk for the next couple days. Let me know if you find it better/more useful/buggy. If all goes well, it could be carried over to every textarea on the server.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:17 AM PST - 36 comments
Now that all of North America and Europe (where apparently >99% of us are) have passed into 2006, what are MetaFilterer's predictions for upcoming events this year?
And HAPPY NEW YEAR!
posted by Kickstart70 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:40 AM PST - 43 comments