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January 31
Searching for a thread about sad comics.
I can't find the thread featuring sad, touching comics. Also featuring a comic where main character sends hanger to pregnant ex. Thanks!
posted by null terminated to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Paging The Monkey
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]

Hey, Metafilter's in some card game.
Hey, Metafilter's in some card game. Specifically, there's a glimpse of this thread, and you have to guess the site.
posted by danb to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 PM PST - 37 comments

Looking for Chuck Norris Legal Team C&D
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

If you don't like the post, at least tell me why.
What? Already. What are you people on about?
Can you be a more explicit in your sugestions for improving my post than just telling me it sucks? A hint, perhaps, to the nature of the suck, rather than just its degree?
posted by If I Had An Anus to Etiquette/Policy at 1:04 PM PST - 51 comments

AOL Spam?
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]

January 30
AskMe policy on dishonestly obtaining stuff
So questions about software piracy are not allowed, but discussions about other ways of dishonestly obtaining (discounts on) goods and services are OK? Seriously, where's the distinction?
posted by aberrant to Etiquette/Policy at 5:06 PM PST - 48 comments [closed]

TravelFilter Pony Request
TravelFilter? A Modest Proposal.
posted by TunnelArmr to Feature Requests at 1:44 PM PST - 46 comments

Metafilter By Committee?
MeFi Committees: A Proposal (MI, This could get long and messy)
posted by wheelieman to Feature Requests at 5:25 AM PST - 64 comments

Mefi detectives: over-zealous?
Must we really put on our Mefi detective caps for every single thread, now? They're not all airnxtz's, and this one appears genuine, despite the nature of the link.
posted by disillusioned to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 AM PST - 43 comments

January 29
comment in blue lacks context
Wha????
posted by dersins to Etiquette/Policy at 11:35 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

Metadash
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?
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
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.

Example:

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

New York City Meetup
MefiNYC: Who wants to go see Grumblebee's play? There's already a meetup being planned for the 11th, so maybe we could go then, or another night altogether? The show opens Thursday.
posted by CunningLinguist to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Yet another link from bOING bOING to MetaFilter.
Yet another link from bOING bOING to MetaFilter. Woo woo!
posted by Captaintripps to MetaFilter-Related at 4:13 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Pony: add comment count in MeTa
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]

"Member Since" in profile
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? More like madamawesome!
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

Boingboing discusses AskMe!
You ain't got nothing Doctorow.
posted by allen.spaulding to MetaFilter-Related at 5:00 AM PST - 75 comments [closed]

January 28
I'm proposing a small change to amazon URLs
I'm proposing a small change to amazon URLs here [more]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:47 PM PST - 94 comments

Possible questionable self-linking in comments
Do new users know about self-linking? I normally don't care to police this stuff, but mickeyz has been a member two days and self-linked to his own banal blog twice so far.
posted by stevis to Etiquette/Policy at 10:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Happy birthday Miguel Cardoso's twins!
I know that Miguel Cardoso, our favorite Portuguese author and formerly prolific Metafilter contributor, has not been around here much lately - But, I, for one, would like to wish a Happy 25th Birthday to his lovely twin daughters, Sara and Tristana. Congrats, Miguel, wherever you are.
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter-Related at 9:42 PM PST - 34 comments

I am getting a Cold Fusion error when trying to post comments to threads in the blue
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]

Why isn't this a double post since it directly references the previous instance?
Just wonderin'... Why isn't this a double post since it directly references the previous instance?
posted by mischief to Etiquette/Policy at 7:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Mefi projects: promoting porno piracy
Mefi projects: promoting porno piracy. 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

CF Error!
Metafilter.org is borked with a CF error.
posted by SpecialK to Bugs at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments

NYC Meetup
Hey New York City! Let's have a Valentine's Day meetup on Saturday February 11th!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:19 PM PST - 20 comments

User Mentioned in NYT
Metafilter member Hoder, or as Laura Rozen puts it, the Iranian blog godfather, has an op-ed in the New York Times today: Democracy's Double Standard. Let's hear it for Hoder.
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

I thought this was fixed?
This comment has italicized everything beneath it on "My Comments." I thought this was fixed?
posted by Eideteker to Bugs at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Errors from style sheets
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

Can I post this to Projects?
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

Web forum marketing ploy alert.
FYI, this msg was posted on the Penny Arcade blog today: (more inside)
posted by jonson to MetaFilter-Related at 7:57 AM PST - 66 comments

January 27
Feeling the love for Metafilter
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]

Portland Oregon meetup
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

Users Near Me
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

jabber server
Jabber server
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

When hitting the + on any askme tag page, to add a second tag, an angry message appears
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]

Self-policing the self-police
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

Should this have been in the Blue?
This AskMe post on Motzart would probably do better in the Blue.
posted by nathan_teske to Etiquette/Policy at 12:47 PM PST - 33 comments

Totally, totally different
This is not the same topic as this. This would be especially clear if you read the latter links.
posted by I Love Tacos to MetaFilter-Related at 12:07 PM PST - 57 comments [closed]

Img tags displaying
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]

It may be time for someone to get his own blog.
Not necessarily a callout, because I always find myself reading the religion posts even when I don't agree with them, but as doctor_negative points out in brownpau's latest thread it may be time for someone to get his own blog.
posted by BackwardsCity to Etiquette/Policy at 11:20 AM PST - 223 comments

Can we have a usertags page?
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

Baltimore Meetup Reminder
Reminder: Baltimore meetup tonight! 7 PM at Club Charles.
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:08 AM PST - 20 comments

January 26
Sidebar Clarification
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]

Correcting Old Typos
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.

[more outside]

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

Greasemonkey Consistency
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

Can I change my username on MeFi?
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]

Uploading Images to AskMe
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

New window preference tweak
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

boy performing cunnilingus on cattle - NSFW!!
Can we please stop pandering to idiots. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 to Etiquette/Policy at 2:17 PM PST - 131 comments

Why is an answer in AskMe deleted when it contains an informative comment, followed by some humor?
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 the question.

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

Cross-referencing of posts by user pony
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

I love it when a thread comes together.
I love it when a thread comes together. Just wanted to share my respect for a perfectly crafted question and answer.
posted by londonmark to Bugs at 6:59 AM PST - 25 comments

"If this story is to be believed, then it looks like I was wrong about my condemnation of Lindh"
Thanks to jperkins for taking the high road.
posted by Rothko to Etiquette/Policy at 6:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Backtagging AskMe and MeFi
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

Botched HTML formatting
The formatting in my answer here http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/31513#493995
has messed up a bit - I am guessing it's because I used a less-than symbol in the text.
posted by handee to Bugs at 5:40 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]

Why isn't my askme question valid?
Is my AskMe question valid?
posted by MetaMonkey to Etiquette/Policy at 4:32 AM PST - 74 comments

January 25
Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup.
Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup.
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Login redirect to referring page?
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

Did ParisParamus really join the Army?
Did ParisParamus really join the Army?
posted by eustacescrubb to MetaFilter-Related at 6:17 PM PST - 20 comments [closed]

Dead MeFi threads
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

Let's stop these ad hominem-themed derails, ok?
Let's stop these ad hominem-themed derails, ok?
posted by clockzero to Etiquette/Policy at 3:35 PM PST - 72 comments

Opera Layout
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 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

MeFi Mentioned on Lehrer
Xeni Jardin casually mentions Metafilter (and Slashdot) last night on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as an online community that works because its users are registered and self-policing.
posted by crunchland to MetaFilter-Related at 10:29 AM PST - 62 comments

Wonky link in firefox
This post about Google is screwed up for me in Firefox 1.5. I can't click any of the links and the page is set really wide.
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Can the Questions tagged with pages also include the best answer checkmark
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

MeFi in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Metafilter made it into a blog at the Philadelphia Inquirer by Daniel Rubin.
posted by tozturk to MetaFilter-Related at 4:58 AM PST - 22 comments [closed]

January 24
AskMe isn't displaying 'My Posts' correctly.
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

Your favorite logo font sucks.
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

THanks for help on Project
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]

SF meet-up reminder
SF Meet-Up Reminder for Tonight: As caitlinb said, "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."
posted by occhiblu to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Can we get a character limit put on the front portion of AskMeFi questions?
Can we get a character limit put on the front portion of AskMeFi questions?
posted by TunnelArmr to Feature Requests at 12:56 PM PST - 46 comments

Thank you, Metafilter community!
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 when posting comment
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

how come people are always asking questions "for a friend"?
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

January 23
Announcing the Jabber server.
See who is online currently and info about using the Jabber server here.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:03 PM PST - 54 comments

Meetup in San Antonio with Jessamyn, Jan. 2006
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

Do we have enough Albuquerqueans (or New Mexicans, for that matter) to muster a meetup?
Do we have enough Albuquerqueans (or New Mexicans, for that matter) to muster a meetup?
posted by FlamingBore to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Josh seeks a godly wife
Ok, I'll bite: Is a personal add (however mockable) a good FPP?
posted by MotorNeuron to Etiquette/Policy at 8:30 PM PST - 38 comments

1 posts tagged with v.
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

Vancouver Meetup
Vancouver.Metafilter.com/Meetup? Feasability, Logistics... Interest?
posted by PurplePorpoise to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:18 PM PST - 51 comments

New York Times mention in article on Abramoff scandal
Metafilter mention and a quote from Matt in today's NYT article about comments at blogs in the wake of the Washington Post/Abramoff/comments episode.
posted by mediareport to MetaFilter-Related at 7:29 PM PST - 29 comments

ColdFusion error
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]

Why was this deleted?
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

Take a survey
If you want to help me and the site out, take a short survey to help match the site up with future advertisers. I'll publish a summary of results after it's done.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:15 PM PST - 101 comments

MeFi admin double standard for posts?
At the same time that mathowie posts a site hosting game ROMs from the 1980s, my link to a BitTorrent file of a 1950s and -60s recording of a 19th century classical work was removed. Funny ol' world...
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome to Etiquette/Policy at 11:13 AM PST - 95 comments

User on Jeopardy!
We've got another Metafilter user appearing on Jeopardy! My nearby neighbor (which is why I discovered it), Candyland. Woohoo!
posted by phearlez to MetaFilter-Related at 10:27 AM PST - 26 comments

MetaFilthy 2.3.3
MetaFilthy 2.3.3
posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 AM PST - 29 comments

sometime in 1999
What happened pre January 28, 2000 that caused all earlier members than 278 to have joined 'sometime in 1999' v 279 (both absolutely useless, by the way) - the MetaTalk archives started March 3, 2000 so there is no obvious record of what happened.
posted by tellurian to MetaFilter-Related at 6:10 AM PST - 19 comments

January 22
Request for an API
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

Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn't available in your country
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

ikkyu2 is a one-man AskMeFi machine today
ikkyu2 is a one-man AskMeFi machine today, even more so than most days. At the moment, every single "fantastic answer" is one of his, and well-deserved. Outstanding work. Thanks.
posted by gleuschk to Etiquette/Policy at 2:31 PM PST - 34 comments

Do UFO posts really belong here?
Is Metafilter an appropriate place to promote UFO myths? Especially from extremely dodgy sources. I think this stuff (like the recent top ufo photos post, and other ufology junk) are something of the worst of the web, not the best. Is this what mefites want?
posted by skallas to Etiquette/Policy at 12:20 PM PST - 55 comments

Is AskMe down? (Jan. 22, 2006)
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

Does PP have a sockpuppet?
Did somebody forget to change sockpuppets, or is this a fake comment?
posted by I Love Tacos to Etiquette/Policy at 12:21 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

January 21
Thanks for the MeFi Jabber server
I'd just like to thank mathowie for fulfilling my pony request for a mefi jabber server.
posted by TwelveTwo to Feature Requests at 11:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Should including long humorous tags in AskMe posts be frowned upon?
Should including long humorous tags in AskMe posts (like ihopeclayaikendoesnthaveabiggerpenisthanmetoo) be frowned upon?
posted by i love cheese to Etiquette/Policy at 6:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Inappropriate Flagging?
Marketing Research? 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

Testing out MeFi jabber
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
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

Why was the Canadian election thread deleted?
Why was the Canadian election thread deleted?
posted by sindark to Etiquette/Policy at 11:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Processed pork product
Spam?
posted by russilwvong to Etiquette/Policy at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Anonymous Flags?
Are the "[!]" flags anonymous? [MI]
posted by klarck to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 AM PST - 20 comments

January 20
Who is Moderating?
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]

Why was my AskMe answer to the BSDM bottom/top question deleted?
Why was my comment in this thread deleted?
posted by Jairus to Etiquette/Policy at 3:52 PM PST - 67 comments

Proposal - Mefi Mentorship for new users
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

Proxies for AskMe
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

Can we auto-add http:// to links?
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

Montreal Meetup
2nd chance for Montreal tonight (Fri)? I'm so sorry i missed last night--i haven't been online at all...
posted by amberglow to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

How to stop the spread of "_____Filter"
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]

Computer not recognizing iPod
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]

"Unclaimed Property Clearninghouse."
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]

January 19
"500 Internal Server Error" on some pages
"500 Internal Server Error" on some pages
posted by Sharcho to Bugs at 4:42 PM PST - 3 comments

A place to work on posts
It would be nice to have a little place (possibly on one's own user page) where one could work on posts.
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 3:59 PM PST - 37 comments

Our Distinguished Admins
In this thread, cribcage mentions that " ... blogrrrl has no way of identifying jessamyn (or mathowie, for that matter) as an admin ... ", which seems on its face to be silly because everyone knows that, of course. Right?

Anyway, it got me to thinking that perhaps Matt and Jess' remarks could be highlighted with something to indicate that they're the admins. Maybe a different color, a gold star a'la Stan Chin that's clickable and leads to a page with email/AIM/contact info? Something along those lines could help the filthy five-dolla noobs with their acclimatization to the site.

Just a thought.
posted by mr_crash_davis to Feature Requests at 2:12 PM PST - 123 comments

St Louis meet-up
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!

Kevin
posted by kdern to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Deleted AskMe
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]

January 18
Mefi + Wiki + CSS = Good Stylin'
I might have been the last person to figure this out, for all I know, but if you pop the URL for the new MeFi stylesheet into the Stylesheet URL box on the Wiki's Edit Preferences page, it looks pretty damn good! Just thought I'd share, in case there's anyone out there slower on the uptake than me.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 11:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How has your education benefited you?
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 redirects to the front page
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

What's all this about urinals as art?
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

San Francisco Meetup
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 entry.
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:45 PM PST - 14 comments

liam breaks the townes van zandt thread
I think I broke Townes.
posted by liam to Bugs at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Deleted posts are still showing up on the front page
Deleted posts are still showing up on the front page.
posted by ewagoner to Bugs at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Please kill this linkspamming whore.
Please kill this linkspamming whore. Thanks.
posted by loquacious to Etiquette/Policy at 11:34 AM PST - 49 comments [closed]

Product shilling
Worst. Spam. Ever.
posted by monju_bosatsu to Etiquette/Policy at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

BUG: it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside
This thread 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]

January 17
All Tags Page
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 think we've got a candidate for the MeFi sidebar
I think we've got a candidate for the MeFi sidebar: I posted this morning about the AeroPress and tonight we've got posts from its inventor.
posted by spock to MetaFilter-Related at 10:35 PM PST - 17 comments

New Features
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

Why do these exist?
Why do these exist?
posted by TwelveTwo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:17 PM PST - 28 comments

help me out here
help me out here - whatever happened to Pretty_Generic? was he banned for good?
posted by jonson to MetaFilter-Related at 3:54 PM PST - 49 comments

There's a metafilter tag at consumating (dating site)...
Huh, there's a metafilter tag at consumating (dating site). I'm apparently 10th most popular and I only logged in once. C'mon people, you can do better than me.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 PM PST - 65 comments

Baltimore Meetup
Baltimore meetup v. 2.0? Friday, Jan. 27? Locations? Alternate times? Any interest?
posted by youcancallmeal to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Mailto:s in posts, acceptable or not?
Mailto:s in posts, acceptable or not?
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 10:07 AM PST - 23 comments

January 16
Spoofing bug
fandango_matt found a spoofing bug here.
posted by spiderwire to Bugs at 11:57 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

User number bug
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]

Post titles need improving
"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?
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

self-link trainwreck in progress
Err, self-link trainwreck in progress on the blue. Thanks, that is all.
posted by killdevil to MetaFilter-Related at 5:32 PM PST - 28 comments [closed]

Greasemonkey Killfile
Here'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 SideBlog
"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

who else is a Dan man (or woman)?

Dr.Wu; any major dude; who else is a Dan man (or woman)?
posted by timeistight to MetaFilter-Related at 4:35 PM PST - 62 comments

Montreal MeFi Meetup!
Montreal MeFi Meetup! It's been almost a year and amberglow is back in town this week between Tuesday and Friday evening. Anyone interested in drinks?
posted by furtive to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Knowledge building over time.
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

January 15
Linebreaks in preview on AskMe.
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

Thread about deleted-post bookmarklet was closed prematurely.
I hate to push something more important off the front page for this, but I think this thread about the deleted-post bookmarklet was closed prematurely. [MI]
posted by nobody to Feature Requests at 1:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Greasemonkey Killfile
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

Meetup: Jan 15, Ottawa
Ottawa meetup: Tonight only, 7pm or not too much later, at the Manx Pub on Elgin street. The first stop in amberglow's canadian tour. Don't miss it!
posted by sfenders to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Suggested use of robots.txt for better searching of MeFi and related subdomains
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

What if these threats became real?
What would happen if someone on MeFi actually took up Smedleyman's disturbing offer to pay for plane fare out somewhere to put a gun to his head and pull the trigger?
posted by Meridian to Etiquette/Policy at 3:52 AM PST - 74 comments

January 14
bookmarklet requested for askme
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]

Bandwidth costs of snark
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]

Meetup in NYC Jan. 14, 2006
Reminder: NYC Meetup Tonight. Info here.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Bugs at 10:21 AM PST - 80 comments

Forms in New Window
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]

Fun was had at last night's meetup in Minneapolis
Well well well..that was a fun night at Britts.....
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:34 AM PST - 12 comments

January 13
Login Problems
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....
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

An interesting combination of sleazy and forthright
mrhappybanjo, here's looking at you. (askme thread + a post to projects for the store in askme)
posted by tozturk to Etiquette/Policy at 11:28 AM PST - 56 comments

Can anyone help me find it?
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

Metafilter is ridiculous this morning (1/13/06)
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

Twin Cities meetup January 2006
Twin Cities Meetup: Minneapolitans and St. Paulis, we're meeting at Brit's Pub in downtown Mpls at 7 p.m. [Prior thread]
posted by grrarrgh00 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Importing Blogroots threads into MetaFilter.
Would it be possible to import the old Blogroots threads into Metafilter proper, perhaps under the "blogroots" tag? Just for posterity's sake.
posted by brownpau to MetaFilter-Related at 7:43 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]

Where do deleted comments go?
Mommy, where do deleted comments go after they're deleted?
posted by ND¢ to Feature Requests at 6:20 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]

January 12
Error Occurred While Processing Request
When trying to select a best answer on this thread, I get:
Error Occurred While Processing Request
Error Executing Database Query.
[Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Procedure 'askmeficomments' expects parameter '@timezone', which was not supplied.

posted by disillusioned to Bugs at 9:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Just made an FPP, but it hasn't shown up on the front page.
Just made an FPP, but it hasn't shown up on the front page.
posted by MetaMonkey to Bugs at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

I behaved myself, but there seem to be loopholes
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

AskMe Policy
I'm as much for self-induced liver damage as the next guy, but some questions should not be answered. And thus, should not be asked.
posted by Saucy Intruder to Etiquette/Policy at 5:06 PM PST - 53 comments

Photos of LA meetup by DaShiv
Photos of last night's Los Angeles meetup.
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Civility in Canadian politics thread.
Hildegarde, please clarify. Am I, or anyone else in this thread a "homophobic fuck"?
posted by angrybeaver to Etiquette/Policy at 3:16 PM PST - 85 comments

Reasons given for deletion in MeFi
Looks like we have blue-style deletion in the green now! Yay! That sort of feedback loop is a good thing. (Besides, I enjoy reading reasons for deletion.)
posted by mendel to MetaFilter-Related at 12:28 PM PST - 39 comments

Tasteless Humor
Witty isn't.
posted by wakko to Etiquette/Policy at 12:23 PM PST - 178 comments

"New comments" should be a link from category pages
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

AskMe Errors
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

Option for opening links in a new window?
I would like to have a setting for AskMefi and MetaTalk for opening links in a new window.
posted by furvyn to Feature Requests at 5:26 AM PST - 31 comments

search for URLs for FPPs
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

[mi]
posted by NinjaPirate to Feature Requests at 4:17 AM PST - 28 comments

January 11
AskMe diversity
I'm trying to sell my french horn [more inside]
posted by growabrain to MetaFilter-Related at 10:13 PM PST - 58 comments

Did you disable unicode support in profiles?
Hey, matt. Did you disable unicode support in profiles? [more inside]
posted by ハッカー to MetaFilter-Related at 9:27 PM PST - 22 comments

autotext option for see a professional
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

AskMe CSS Bug?
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]

Display reasons for deletions on the deleted post?
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

Cached copy of the front page stuck somewhere
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

Project Memory Wiki
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

LA Meetup
Reminder! Los Angeles Meetup tonight! Bring your pectoral region and a burrito. It's Golden Gopher starting whenever you get there.
posted by mzurer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:30 AM PST - 18 comments

how... professional
thanks for the white
posted by andrew cooke to MetaFilter-Related at 10:38 AM PST - 40 comments

"add tag" bug in safari redirects
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

Out-of-context links
hay uh what?
posted by rxrfrx to MetaFilter-Related at 8:03 AM PST - 39 comments

Metafilter links don't open new windows
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]

Front page broken?
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

CSS is mildly messed up
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]

January 10
Follow up on the Nuclear Threat.
Follow up on the Nuclear Threat. [mi]
posted by clgregor to MetaFilter-Related at 8:25 PM PST - 13 comments

When did AxMe become Craigslist?
When did AxMe become Craigslist?
posted by b1tr0t to Etiquette/Policy at 7:41 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

ETag and Last-Modified headers wanted
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

My Comments link at top in plain text?
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]

Combative and snarky - keep up the good work
MeFi has been particularly combative and snarky lately. Keep up the good work.
posted by keswick to MetaFilter-Related at 4:12 PM PST - 47 comments

Is there a reason why the RSS feed doesn't use pubDate?
Is there a reason why the RSS feed doesn't use pubDate?
posted by team lowkey to Feature Requests at 3:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Metafilter error: gnarly errors from ColdFusion when updating threads not available for update.
Error when trying to post on the blue:
posted by boo_radley to Bugs at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Is it possible that permalinks after our comments could work like anchor tags?
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!?
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

January 9
The tags have gone missing from the ebay scam question.
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

I've tweaked the way subdomains work on MetaFilter.
As I hinted at last week, I've tweaked the way subdomains work on MetaFilter. So if you really want to follow IraqFilter, ArtFilter, AppleFilter, GoogleFilter or even BatshitinsaneFilter, now you can.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 3:01 PM PST - 88 comments

Question formatting browser bug
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]

The MeFi Wiki appears to be spammed, Captain.
The MeFi Wiki appears to be spammed, Captain.
posted by wheelieman to Bugs at 10:07 AM PST - 31 comments

People are derailing this perfectly decent home-furnishing AskMe
People are derailing this perfectly decent home-furnishing AskMe with a more-heat-than-light debate about a perennial hot-button issue. Maybe take the debate to MeTa and leave the green to window coverings?
posted by matildaben to Etiquette/Policy at 9:34 AM PST - 79 comments

Do we need to start using our legal names?
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

Why don't you put your email address in your profile?
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

January 8
"Capital and Stratification within Virtual Community: A Case Study of Metafilter.com"
After much discussion, debate and support, here my defended (and revised) thesis: "Capital and Stratification within Virtual Community: A Case Study of Metafilter.com". [mi]
posted by Quartermass to MetaFilter-Related at 1:52 PM PST - 134 comments

South Florida meetup
South Florida meetup?
posted by SassHat to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Link to tags on question page
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

Philadelphia Meetup
Reminder: Philly meetup tonight at 8 pm at Monk's.
posted by amro to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Highlight AskMe responses by OP
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

January 7
What's the relationship between cookies and the CaptchaImage?
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

A grand experiment in this phenomenon
Is y2karl's compulsive 'make huge extract, link and run' behaviour a grand experiment in this phenomenon?
posted by Firas to Etiquette/Policy at 3:08 PM PST - 139 comments

Pony Request: Highlight 'fantastic comment' flagged posts like AskMe's 'best answers'
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

Why does mousing over a user's comment show username instead of user number?
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

January 6
Askme tag/best answer collision
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
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

DNS wildcard and google crawler
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 formatting is suboptimal
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.

how about some consistency in the use interfaces round here?
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 10:29 AM PST - 56 comments

New York City Meetup
NYC meetup, Saturday Jan 14th...
posted by StickyCarpet to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:07 AM PST - 76 comments

January 5
Metafilter uptime and performance has been excellent lately
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

Boston meetup January 2006
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

Meetup with Da Shiv in LA, Jan. 2006
It is with great pleasure that I announce the Return of DaShiv and His Magic Camera to L.A.!
posted by scody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:03 PM PST - 33 comments

Searching Profile Pages
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

Ottawa (1/15-17) and/or Montreal (1/17-20) Meetups?
Oh Canada! Ottawa (1/15-17) and/or Montreal (1/17-20) Meetups?
posted by amberglow to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:03 PM PST - 38 comments

Gothamist Loves AskMeta
NYC blog Gothamist loves AskMeta!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 11:09 AM PST - 61 comments

Share your MeFiSwap experiences
Those of you who participated in the most recent MeFiSwap: How many CDs have you received?
posted by rxrfrx to MetaFilter-Related at 9:19 AM PST - 85 comments

MeFi Press mention: Washington Post
WaPo "In a recent discussion on the MetaFilter community blog"
posted by shoepal to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 AM PST - 29 comments

doubling the number of columns and rows in the post and comment textareas
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

January 4
Stuck inside comment previews
Please include a link to the thread itself when stuck inside comment preview mode.
posted by nixerman to Feature Requests at 6:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Please stop with your self-link FleshLight posts, FleshJoe.
Please stop with your self-link FleshLight posts, FleshJoe.
posted by fandango_matt to Etiquette/Policy at 4:34 PM PST - 26 comments [closed]

Does anyone remember a link to an online publisher that was posted in the last couple of months?
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 Newsfilter down?
WTFilter - Is anything wrong with the NewsFilter? Ariel Sharon had a massive stroke over 1.5 hours ago, and there's nothing in the blue? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 3:20 PM PST - 46 comments

Marking a question to check back on it
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

This post breaks the RSS code.
The MeFi RSS code escapes the ampersand in this post. It shouldn't.
posted by cillit bang to Bugs at 6:54 AM PST - 6 comments

'otherwise you're no better than any other date rapist'
'otherwise you're no better than any other date rapist': fair comment? [mi]
posted by ascullion to Etiquette/Policy at 6:05 AM PST - 249 comments

January 3
Philly Meetup, January 2006
Philly meetup! This Sunday, January 8th at 8 pm at Monk's at 16th & Spruce.
posted by amro to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Twin Cities meetup....
Twin Cities meetup: Since the last attempt meetup seems to have been either unfortunate or nonexistent, how's about it? Mpls/St.Paul-ers? Shall we try to sneak something in before a cold front blows through?
posted by grrarrgh00 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Vigilance
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
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

over a barrel
Self link: 1.2 million barrels a day by November
posted by tozturk to Etiquette/Policy at 2:16 AM PST - 14 comments [closed]

January 2
Boston meetup January 2006
Boston Meetup! Inspired by donpedro's thread, anybody interested in a Boston meetup this week?
posted by MzB to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:48 PM PST - 48 comments

Mexico City Meetup
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

Roasted chicken recipe
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]

Too Much Trolling
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

Goodbye!
I've decided to make myself scarce. Just saying thanks, good luck, and goodbye. (more)
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:30 AM PST - 47 comments

Cleanup on aisle 47964
Can we please get a cleanup of the OS WARZ!!1! type horsehockey in the WMF exploit thread? The noise isn't helping. Also - and I personally really, really hate to say this - but it might be advisable to disable the IMG tag temporarily. I love the IMG tag. Temporarily.
posted by loquacious to Etiquette/Policy at 2:14 AM PST - 236 comments

January 1
San Francisco meetup in January
Hey, SF, wanna have a MeFi Meetup in January?
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:26 PM PST - 96 comments

Ask.Mefi RSS isn't updating
It's broke again. The Ask.Mefi RSS isn't updating.

the XML yields:
XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
Location: http://ask.metafilter.com/rss.xml
Line Number 156, Column 18:
posted by filmgeek to Bugs at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Broken link on front page
The 1.1.2006 link on the front page seems to be broken.
posted by Rothko to Bugs at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Safari crashing
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
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

What were your favorite FPPs/threads of 2005?
Immediate Nostalgia Filter: What were your favorite FPPs/threads of 2005? Favorite AskMe questions/threads?
posted by soiled cowboy to MetaFilter-Related at 8:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Missing logo on subsite
Why does stat.metafilter.com not load the logo, or other images associated with the header?
posted by mr.dan to Bugs at 2:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Happy New Year!
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