OMFGAWWTDMTT: (Oh My F—kin' God Another 'Why Was This Deleted' Metatalk Thread). But, hopefully, a meta-OMFGAWWTDMTT thread. Jess, Matt, I like you guys, I really dig Metafilter, Ask Metafilter, Metatalk; I like the fact that there's good stuff here, healthy dollops of snark and cynicism, but overall what appear to be good people. But I'm having more and more difficulty discerning the criteria and rationales by which you guys delete threads, and I think that's a trend that's gonna bite the site's ass a little further down the road. More inside. posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 6:45 PM PST - 118 comments [closed]
If someone marks post number x as a favorite, and someone else marks comment number x as a favorite, they both end up on the same "n users marked this as a favorite" page, even though they're referring to different items. posted by chrismear to Bugs at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments
Why does MetaFilter revolve around Dios? Isn't this a community of circa 50,000? It feels like everyday there is another Dios soap opera. I dread clicking on post comments anymore because chances are it will be more about him rather than the post. posted by Funmonkey1 to Etiquette/Policy at 4:37 AM PST - 312 comments
PositiveFeedbackCalloutFilter:This question is why I love Metafilter. To me, it has all the makings of a classic AskMe. An honest query about an obscure topic, multiple knowledgeable responses, an offer to experiment, and an idea for lunch tomorrow! posted by Brainy to MetaFilter-Related at 10:44 PM PST - 22 comments
Trying to post three jobs to, well, Jobs. I got one posted. The "new job" link lets me fill out the form again, but no matter what I do I can't get it to post. All fields are filled, no error is being thrown. Is there a limit to the number of jobs you can post at one time? posted by FlamingBore to Bugs at 6:53 PM PST - 8 comments
Would a youtube video created by myself and another member be appropriate for Projects? The FAQ seems to discourage posting something like that...On the other hand we have put a ton of effort & time into it and think it would be enjoyed by the community. posted by fidgets to Etiquette/Policy at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments [closed]
Should it be possible to leave feedback for the same project more than once? I left Caffeine_Monkey a piece of feedback that is sure to confuse him, as it was actually meant for a different project. posted by textilephile to Feature Requests at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments
Considering how well the Pan's Labyrinth thread is going-- how do people feel about the idea of a series of similar 'link-dump' FPPs about other Academy Award nominees? [mi] posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 6:07 AM PST - 62 comments
When I try and upload Pendulem.mp3 file size 4,191 KB this is what I get in return. Help what am I doing wrong?
The MIME type of the uploaded file "audio/mp3" was not accepted by the server.
Only files of type "audio/mpeg, audio/mpg, audio/x-mpeg, audio/mpeg3, audio/x-mp3" can be uploaded.
Verify that you are uploading a file of the appropriate type. posted by Jimmyrnr to Bugs at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]
MeFi Music - is it only for music? I've been writing some short (>7 mins) stand-up skits recently, and was wondering if mp3's of same would be an acceptable music post, especially as the feedback would be extremely useful... posted by Jon Mitchell to Etiquette/Policy at 7:48 PM PST - 46 comments
Bring back the image tag redux? Not exactly, but sort of. A call for volunteers who are still jonesing for the embedded image to spring to beta testing action and get their fix. An image tag recourse until Matt Haughey changes his mind or the four winds we know blow away. posted by mdevore to MetaFilter-Related at 3:32 PM PST - 69 comments
Good news, bad news. The good news: Metafilter got a shoutout today in the National edition of Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper (along with boing boing, and a couple others: story here). The bad news? Something called metafilter.org. Oh well, he nearly got it right. And it does redirect to Mefi. One step forward.... posted by jokeefe to MetaFilter-Related at 1:11 PM PST - 33 comments
It is definitely the season for another DC/MD/VA meet-up since I was out of town for the last one. I might even give Terrapin a shout-out. I am thinking Dr. Dremos, Busboys and Poets, or perhaps somewhere in downtown DC. Let me know if anyone's available in February and we'll make something good happen. First round is on me, by the way. posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:03 PM PST - 34 comments
I freely admit that this post of mine was not outstanding. But, even though Sandwichgirl had been linked to on MeFi before, that was over two years ago, and this was something unusual even for her. posted by cerebus19 to Etiquette/Policy at 12:53 PM PST - 28 comments
Isn't this post of mine not really an "XYZ sucks, amirite" question? Looking at the answers I think it's more asking about the lack of cultural awareness of him while he has such success in Britain. Could understand it being deleted for being open-ended, but not the 'amirite' part. posted by conch soup to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 AM PST - 48 comments
Is this an Ask Mefi Popular Favorites bug? I pulled up the page this morning and this creepy thread was nestled right under a bunch of threads from 1/26 and 1/25, with a bunch more from 1/25 following it. Is it because a few people recently favorite-d it (it says 5 favorites on the main pop page), and if so, how did they all find it just now? Were a bunch of people recently searching for the answer to this question on Ask MeFi? (shudder) posted by allkindsoftime to Bugs at 5:44 AM PST - 15 comments
In the Jobs section: it would be nice if closing dates for jobs was a field to be filled in and displayed within the post. Barring that, this is a request for job posters to not post something if the closing date is the very next day, as was the first posting in this post (imo, even a weeks notice is difficult, but that's more debatable). This applies especially if you have to dig to find the information. posted by edgeways to Etiquette/Policy at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments
A thread that reads like a piss-contest between participants who can quote the most sexist lyrics they can think of is not what I'd expect from AskMefi.
Maybe I am mistaken, but from the tag "who goes the hardest on these boards?" I don't think the post is anything but "entertainment" at the expense of women. posted by Sijeka to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 AM PST - 205 comments
Did anyone else get an email yesterday from "a new member" saying you had a "friendly profile" and asking you to post a question for him since he'd "just joined" and couldn't yet post an askme? Monochromaticgirl and I both did and thought it was odd--especially since we don't have very friendly profiles.
I'm putting together a FPP about a certain inimitable cartoonist. I've found a place that has a lot of said cartoonist's strips available to view online. Great! But I'm concerned about linking to it because it's a commercial site. Pros: It's the most extensive collection of this artist's work online as far as I can tell. Cons: They're selling something. I'd like to include the page in my FPP but I'm not sure if it would be appropriate. posted by GalaxieFiveHundred to Etiquette/Policy at 10:23 AM PST - 55 comments
Okay, I realize this may ridiculous and silly but... any Toronto MeFites interested in grabbing a drink... Tonight? Say, Annex or Danforth or Roncy, 9:30 or 10ish? I'm bored and it's apparently the saddest day of the year. posted by dobbs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:23 PM PST - 30 comments
I have claimed, on many,many,many occasions that I will be at a meetup, but, as yet, have not showed. I'm not so flaky as to not turn up for one I've organised myself, surely? (I'm not.) Anyone interested? posted by Jon Mitchell to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:13 PM PST - 27 comments
Howdy. I'm searching for a post that I think was made here awhile back of people carrying ridiculous amounts of stuff while riding a bike. I can't find it [maybe it wasn't here]. Anyway, in the course of searching for it I also took a gander through the FAQ in the hopes that I could find information on the best way to search MeFi... [mi] posted by sciurus to Feature Requests at 7:46 AM PST - 7 comments
Since it seems the moderators are not reading the thread below, in which the community decided it was perfectly acceptable to launchpersonalattacks against a person whose only transgression was using the site as it's supposed to be used, I'm bringing it up as its own topic here. Nasty comments that serve no function in helping the poster find a solution are not allowed in AskMe. Allowing them in MeTa -- again, not because the poster has made some transgression or broken some site rule, but simply because he's fat or lonely or makes too much money or whatever else the community has deemed unacceptable today -- seems a completely shitty way of getting around the rules in AskMe, and seems to completely undermine what we as a community are trying to create there: A helpful, open place where the emphasis is on solving problems, not sniping. posted by occhiblu to Bugs at 11:48 AM PST - 151 comments
Buenos Aires meetup? I have a project that involves eating a lot of ice cream and I could use some help. It would be great to combine ice cream and a meetup. Before the end of the month would be great. Possibly next weekend, 26 or 27 January? posted by veggieboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:47 AM PST - 4 comments
Would it be possible to allow users to set up categories for favorites, similar to what YouTube lets you do? I find myself favoriting comments/threads in a few particular areas (copyright, politics, music, misc. funny/memorable, etc.) so it would be useful to be able to categorize them a bit, especially as my number of favorites continues to grow. You could have set categories or preferably, allow the user to name their own.
(I did a quick search and didn't see this asked but apologies if it's already been suggested.) posted by Jaybo to Feature Requests at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments
I am new to Nike+iPod, and am having fun with it, but I don't know anyone else who has it so I have no one to challenge. What say we (and by "we" I mean you, if you have Nike+iPod and are willing to play along) list our screennames in this thread? posted by AgentRocket to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:36 AM PST - 35 comments
I swear I remember a way to find users from a specific locale- but I can't seem to conjure up a search-string that will do what I want, which is to find users in and around Munich and Berlin, Germany.
The rasion d'etre of my search is that I've found some 1500 photographs I took there 30 years ago, and I'd like some assistance in determining locations/stories. posted by pjern to Etiquette/Policy at 11:33 PM PST - 20 comments
I feel like a jerk even saying this, cuz maybe this is totally legit, but can this guy be real? He has 7 kids and still has time to have sex 12 to 14 times a week? He makes 500-750k? He made straight 'A's all his life without studying? Yet he was always popular? I didn't want to call him out in the thread. Maybe he's totally for real. Maybe he's just slightly exhagerating. Maybe this question is too open ended and everyone will proceed to flame me. (Bring it on flamers!) But.... Thoughts? posted by serazin to Etiquette/Policy at 9:28 PM PST - 178 comments [closed]
Which AskMefi questions have elicited great responses or answers - the sort that just perfectly answer the question, or those where what seems like a long shot is serendipitously answered by the perfect person? Looking at the "metafilterhistory" tag, I found this and this, but are there others? posted by divabat to MetaFilter-Related at 2:11 AM PST - 50 comments
I don't usually call out bad posts in MeTa, but a Single Link Op Ed (to the WSJ OpJournal, no less) by the author of the classic racist screed "The Bell Curve" (though I Foody may disagree) which is a classic of "stating the obvious" ("Half of all children are below average... except in Lake Wobegon") is NOT the Best of the Web. It's not even worthy of me making a smart ass comment in the thread. Delete with extreme prejudice, mattamyn. posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 2:01 PM PST - 80 comments
There are 658 days between now and the 2008 election in the United States of America. Can we please not start the daily posting of unpostworthy campaign minutia 658 days out? Can we at least hold off until, say, 3 months prior to the election? I shutter in fear at the prospect of having this stuff devour Metafilter for the next 658 days, as we know from experience it will.
The subset of people who are boringobsessive interested enough in this to already care about this us-centric minutia are certainly the same subset of people who already read political blogs. Why does it need to be here?
Anyone visiting the Outlands this week? With an estimated 8 million participants worldwide, I figure there are a good number of Mefite Blood Elves and Dranaei starting out life at level 1 today. Can we get a show of hands with where you're situated, server-wise? We can host a dance party on top of the portal, or something. posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:14 AM PST - 32 comments
Mindfuck is a tag that has been used only once on askmefi. I'm truly amazed. More people should be using this in the human relations section, I think. I'm sure it would suit many other categories as well. If people were more attuned to what a mindfuck is . . . then they wouldn't be posting a lot of those human relationship questions, I guess. posted by Listener to MetaFilter-Related at 5:38 PM PST - 52 comments
Sidebar: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 years ago... 6, 7? I mean, I can type it in manually, but I figured I'd suggest it and see if enough people want it. And I'm not saying to go on indefinitely, could turn into "1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15 years ago" over time, as per mathowie's decendants' wishes. posted by Eideteker to Ticketstub Project at 10:44 AM PST - 33 comments
I'm in a PC Bang in Montreal thinking this... It's been a year and half since the last time a montreal meetup was planned and even more since the last successful one. How's Thursday at a place to be detirmined by knowledgable locals...
It says in bold that Mefi Music is a place for users to upload their own songs. I'm guessing that means original songs written by the user are being encouraged in order to avoid copyright infringement...? What about songs that aren't copywritten or are in the public domain, though? Are musicians welcome to post cover versions of old songs if royalty issues aren't a concern? Curious. posted by miss lynnster to MetaFilter Music at 6:49 PM PST - 36 comments
Is it bad form to make a MeTa post that draws attention to a still open AskMe question I made a few weeks back that still remains unresolved and for which I now have new data that could help in it's resolution? Or do I need to bite the proverbial bullet and ask an entirely new question on the AskMe front page with a link back to the old question? I'll admit, I'm reluctant to do the latter because I'll now have to wait 2 weeks before I can ask another question, but I also want to see my question resolved. What's the consensus here? posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]
I have never seen a completely disappeared MeTa post before today. Given what passes for normal on MetaTalk, I fear that there must have been a truly unspeakable horror contained within it to merit this special handling. Do I walk on dangerous ground, merely speaking that post's name? If so, I take it all back, I saw nothing, there never was a thread 1347... what was that number again? I forget now. posted by Meatbomb to Etiquette/Policy at 3:09 AM PST - 11 comments [closed]
AskMe etiquette: is it OK to use AskMe answers as a lead-in for business? Someone close to me is a professional career counsellor/resume writer & I've thought of recommending they join MeFi specifically so they can join in answering job-related questions, with a thought to promoting their own services if people want more in-depth assistance. I'm absolutely NOT talking about a cookie-cutter spamish approach that purely takes advantage of the community while giving nothing in return, but real answers that help people out with an understated offer to provide something more substantial at a price. I see a lot of job- & career-related posts to AskMe & I see it as a good fit, but I'll only suggest it to them if I get a thumbs up from the hive. posted by scalefree to Etiquette/Policy at 3:14 PM PST - 43 comments
saved favorites is borked again. also noted by another member: "I noticed that last night - things keep getting deleted from my favorites. My most recent post isn't listed for me despite several favorites; the other day, that was there but other earlier posts were missing..." posted by quonsar to Bugs at 10:25 AM PST - 23 comments
London meetup update:
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese -- very slight change in plan. The Johnson Annexe is available from 6.30 only and contrary to what I was told, it will set 15 people for eating. ("But we managed to get 20 in at Xmas".) [more inside] posted by i_cola to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:48 AM PST - 28 comments
A while back (more than 2 months, less than a year) I remember an FPP that linked to a few short films of birds swarming in the sky in giant flocks that nearly darkened the sky. Might have been somewhere in the Netherlands but I recall it being an annual event. The swarming activity made for amazing patterns in the sky. I don't think this was just in my dreams but can't find it through any searches of the site. Can anyone help? posted by otherwordlyglow to MetaFilter-Related at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments
With all the AskMe talk, we hardly talk about the blue. Yesterday was a outstanding day on there and I just want to say thanks to every poster, even those who got deleted. posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter-Related at 9:48 AM PST - 46 comments
Users who post AskMe questions but never answer others' appear self-centred and unsociable. What about a user who answers a tonne of questions, but never asks any? Is that user a know-it-all? posted by loiseau to Etiquette/Policy at 8:49 AM PST - 100 comments
Did posts from the askmefi queue thing get deleted? I just noticed a post I was going to look back at later wasn't there, it was posted through the ask mefi queue thing posted to projects a few days ago.
Would there be a way to either determine the percentage of a user's responses to AskMe are marked as "Best Answer", and/or be able to list out only those response marked as "best answer" to be displayed as part of a user's profile? posted by Doohickie to Feature Requests at 1:31 PM PST - 97 comments
So a cool guy told me that a dreamy gal was coming to Dallas on Friday to have some drinks. Seeing as how I never turn down drinks with these two, I will be there too. We were thinking about the Meridian Room and Friday (the 12th) on a time in the evening to be determined. I was tasked with advertising the event to invite whomever is up for it. So, anyone around Dallas interested in having a drinks, let us know your availability so we can adjust and plan accordingly. TIA. posted by dios to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:12 AM PST - 39 comments
I'm guessing the chances are pretty slim, but I would like to see about getting one of my questions on ask. un-deleted.
I posted This question last night, and woke up this morning to see it was deleted. For this reason "doesn't sound like any problem to be solved, rather some idle 'what if' curiosity"
I've never had one deleted, and I feel it does not violate any of the things mentioned in the FAQ. To quote the FAQ:
Put another way "...if your motivation for asking the question is 'I would like to participate in a discussion about X,' then you shouldn't be doing it in AskMe. If your motivation is 'I would like others to explain X to me,' then you're probably OK."
I was simply interested in how the physics of it worked, and what would happen. I only posted once in my own thread, and that was to answer a question about thresholds. posted by JonnyRotten to Etiquette/Policy at 7:27 AM PST - 121 comments
FYI: Ask Metafilter is mentioned on page 87 of the Feb 2007 edition of PCWorld magazine as one of the websites checked out for the best Answer Sites on the Web. (Yes I do subscribe to it, so you may now commence with the snarks. TIA) posted by ramix to MetaFilter-Related at 12:38 AM PST - 6 comments
I would like to have a way to hide some of the AskMe questions -- a button that would leave the title, but make the front-page part of the question invisible. I'm not talking about filtering out a user; I just want remove some questions from sight. If this is do-able, is there a downside to it? I swear this has nothing to do with the survey about scary things. posted by wryly to Feature Requests at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments
I wjust learned this was addressed on Metatalk back in March of last year. (Please feel free to remove this if it is considered an un-necessary duplicate), but I thought it would be interesting to ask mefites what s going on? Why are we averaging one FPP per month in the last four months? Is it some sort of generalized abstract fear, is the much touted "hive mind" responding to feeling the second hand of the doomsday clock moving closer to midnight or do people naturally turn to apocalyptic movies, books (and now video games) in times of uncertainty? posted by Skygazer to MetaFilter-Related at 10:13 AM PST - 30 comments
Kudos where richly due. I'm delighted to see a thread I had actually feared would be deleted, about the sensitive nexus of fundamentalist Christianity and earthly power, close in on 100 comments and never once descend into vituperation. Nuanced disagreement, even principled difference of opinion, but no name-calling and no shit-flinging. It's a wonderful thing. Can we do this more often? posted by adamgreenfield to Etiquette/Policy at 5:19 AM PST - 39 comments
My ask mefi question was just deleted because essentially nobody read it and assumed it was some sort of advertisement. This has left me feeling somewhat hurt. I know the rules. I respect mefi and I was pretty much just stomped on for no good reason. The question was long, and it required more thought than usual, but in the end it was a question; nothing less and nothing more. I'd like it to be reinstated or at least evaluated by people who don't mind using their brains. This was the question: http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/54626 posted by pwally to Etiquette/Policy at 4:08 PM PST - 17 comments [closed]
I just want to draw your attention to Plutor's new AskMetaFilter Queue, where folks who are worried about the 2-week AskMe posting limit can write questions that can be posted by folks who don't share that worry. I think it's a great communal idea, even if I'm fairly certain it will result in more questions being posted, at least temporarily. posted by mediareport to MetaFilter-Related at 8:04 AM PST - 315 comments
Jessamyn, this comment needs to be deleted. I had flagged it earlier and was surprised that, instead of being deleted, a SPOILER warning had been placed in the thread title. There is no reason for spoilers to be in the thread. The OP is not asking about the movie - they are asking about places to discuss movies. posted by vacapinta to Etiquette/Policy at 7:49 AM PST - 50 comments
Ok, this one's a bit of a long shot. A while back, somebody posted a comment to a MeFi thread that contained a textfile the effect of "12 Reasons Why Nobody Responded to Your Post." I believe that this textfile was pretty old and came from either the Usenet or Listserv community. Anyway, I found it to be really witty and insightful, and was wondering if anybody here knew more about the origin or location of this textfile. posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 PM PST - 12 comments
I'm organizing a MeFi meetup for next Friday, January 12 at 7pm at Bushwakkers in Regina, SK. I sent e-mails to the four people shown as living in Regina via the "Users Near You" feature but some people don't have their geo-coordinates and/or e-mail addresses on their member pages. So if you're interested in joining us, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org as I plan to make a reservation. Also, feel free to invite non-MF friends as I'm sure we aren't going to have a huge crowd like the meetups in New York and LA get! posted by Jaybo to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments
Earlier on AskMefi there was a question from "siahny" asking to identify a painting via email. I've got the picture (which is a Word document). The thread seems to be deleted, but should I post it up anyway? She really does want the painting identified... posted by divabat to MetaFilter-Related at 5:39 PM PST - 55 comments
Could there be a 'family' category for AskMeFi? I felt weird asking a question about my daughter and categorizing it as 'human relations', which based on my reading over the last year or so seemed mostly to mean make-up/break-up questions! posted by leahwrenn to Feature Requests at 1:42 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Any way we can see a list of the projects we've voted for in our profiles? Right now it just lists projects we've made ourselves. (And, also, *that* page appears to be missing its left margin--it brushes right up against the edge of my Safari.) posted by dobbs to Feature Requests at 6:55 AM PST - 3 comments
I have an idea that popped into my head while I was reading this.
Sometimes it comes up that people need/want to ask more than one question that warrants the use of AskMefi within the 2 week period. How about something in your profile where you could post semi-smallish questions + tags? These wouldn't be posted to the main page, but if someone had a similar question that they want to ask, these other smallish questions could come up in a tag search. Then, when the second searcher asks their question, maybe have something that pops up in the first person's profile next to their smallish question to alert them that a somewhat related question has been asked.
Note: I have no idea if this is one of those things that seems absolutely stupid or if it is too difficult to code or whatever. (I hope that "feature requests" was a good place to put this, even though it is probably nonexistant on anyone else's radar screen.) posted by sperose to Feature Requests at 1:15 AM PST - 29 comments
I keep holding off on posting a question to ask metafilter because I'm afraid of using up my one good question that week. And the continuous hold off makes me miss out on asking so many questions that I need answers for.
I'm not out to break any of metafilter's rules, but it would be really nice if I could ask at least two questions a week. Or hell, if there was a program I could queue up questions to have them automatically submitted. posted by jasmeet to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 PM PST - 100 comments
A friend (really, it's not me) designed and manufactures a product at the hobby level that would potentially solve a question on AskMe. [The more, she is inside.] posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 1:26 PM PST - 17 comments
When I was younger I entered a lot of bi-weekly music competitions. During the first week people would make songs using only a provided pack of samples. The people who entered would vote on the best ones the second week. It gave me a lot of practice, I met a lot of new people, and it was fun. How about something similar for MetaFilter Music? posted by cmicali to MetaFilter Music at 2:01 PM PST - 25 comments
Just a curious question... what is the real demographic of MeFi users? As much as we think of this as the hive mind, my sense is that about 80% of the poeple on here fit in the white, male, 24-35 variety. A very homogenous set of bees me thinks. Am I totally off? posted by elfollador to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 201 comments
Set your Tivos: Metafilter's OwnTMChance Ruder, aka FeistyFerret, will be on Larry King Live tonight with talk-show-wildlife-guy Jack Hanna. Chance's contribution to Metafilter history was cemented when he provided this best answer over in the green and then successfully fought off accusations that he didn't actually exist. Having overcome this existential crisis, Chance is now poised to become a Television Personality. posted by Saucy Intruder to MetaFilter-Related at 10:41 AM PST - 75 comments