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January 31
Once upon a time, there was a Jabber Server on Metafilter...
Once upon a time, there was a Jabber Server on Metafilter... [more inside]
posted by filmgeek to Feature Requests at 11:21 PM PST - 30 comments

Search me!
The new Search is officially live. Full details to follow. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 9:36 PM PST - 69 comments

2am, Last Call!
PonyRequest: Put the expected closing date at the bottom of threads? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle to Feature Requests at 1:37 PM PST - 19 comments

No snark here.
This post was flagged and the system worked as it usually does with cortex quite rightly deleting it. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper to Etiquette/Policy at 12:50 PM PST - 50 comments

MeTa OuTa MeatSpace
Seen about town: this guy's movie poster in front of this theater says "AS SEEN ON THIS SITE". Also, this one, if I'm not mistaken. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless to MetaFilter-Related at 12:27 PM PST - 18 comments

LOLMIDGETS
LOLMIDGETS [more inside]
posted by LordSludge to Etiquette/Policy at 11:01 AM PST - 203 comments

2/07 Chicago Meetup
Chicago Meetup this February? [more inside]
posted by Iridic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:42 AM PST - 64 comments

Privacy or Criminal Activities?
It seems like there have been several questions lately about how to do things that make it easy to do illegal things or hide one's identity generally in a way that does not seem to have a legitimate purpose, or at the very least seems to only have a vague "I want to avoid harassment" or "I want to protect my privacy" purpose. What gives? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark to Etiquette/Policy at 9:42 AM PST - 110 comments

How to hack a MeFi URL using only post numbers?
How do I hack a MeFi URL if I only have the post number and not the title? For example, metafilter.com/68665/ does not work, but metafilter.com/68665/Back-to-the-Future does. [more inside]
posted by desjardins to Bugs at 8:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Look out, Fester Bestertester
Happy National Gorilla Suit Day!
posted by Dr-Baa to MetaFilter-Related at 6:24 AM PST - 25 comments

January 30
Searching For A Heart Of Gold
So Matt said "Full text search is in the works right now, and will be rolled out soon." Yayhooray! This is the part where I annoy him and pb and make their lives more difficult by asking everybody about their dream search features (and slip in a request or seven of my own). [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 11:36 PM PST - 44 comments

FPPs posts that are conclusive should be based on evidence.
This post is emotive, shrill and conclusive in tone. Considering it deals with emotionally charged topics, its sure to get a lot of attention. I can take emotive and shrill if the topic had been approached from an interrogative viewpoint, rather than conclusive. [more inside]
posted by Mutant to Etiquette/Policy at 10:57 PM PST - 66 comments [closed]

Metafilter Ethos
Syndicated columnist Annalee Newitz on Metafilter.
posted by bigmusic to MetaFilter-Related at 6:13 PM PST - 75 comments

Can I ask you a question?
I propose that a new flag be added to AskMe posts: "OP has shown that he/she does not have a genuine interest in getting this question answered."
posted by bingo to Feature Requests at 5:56 PM PST - 39 comments

MeFi: SEO spammer early warning system
So it turns out that not only were we being spammed (1, 2, 3, 4) by the Times, a whole lot of other people were too. We should have a Most Wanted page for webmasters to consult or something, since MeFi does such a good job at being the canary in the coal mine. Nice catch, Jess/Matt.
posted by bonaldi to MetaFilter-Related at 4:48 PM PST - 76 comments

Ancient MeFi Octopus Post Update
Back in 2003, I posted a link to a video that showed an octopus transforming itself to look like its surroundings. If you read the thread, there was some doubt about it and I think we all wished that web video was better at the time. Well, a friend posted a link to a TED talk recently that shows this same octopus at a much higher resolution. [more inside]
posted by stefnet to MetaFilter-Related at 3:46 PM PST - 36 comments

Let us celebrate the transition from winter to summer.
Quick, before it gets too hot! Can we have a spring Phoenix meetup? [more inside]
posted by uaudio to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:09 PM PST - 27 comments

MetaFilter's Own Physics Quandary
Tonight a debate that has pitted brother against brother, friend against friend, MeFite against MeFite, will be finally laid to rest. The long awaited Mythbusters episode about airplane vs. conveyor belt airs tonight at 9 o'clock. For real this time. No really, it's airing, Adam Savage said so. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:55 PM PST - 120 comments

Philly. Bowling. Me. You?
Philly. Bowling. Me. You? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:30 AM PST - 83 comments

January 29
New Favorites page!
New favorites page! [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 5:18 PM PST - 95 comments

Three ways to get to San José?
Is there any functional difference between Recent Activity, My Comments (tab) and My Comments (link at bottom of page)? [more inside]
posted by benzo8 to Bugs at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Disabled comment links in favorites?
Why do comments that have been favorited show up with all links disabled? Are there any plans to change this behavior in the future? [more inside]
posted by nzero to MetaFilter-Related at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

The Numinati
Seeing this response by the original poster made me recall this little pony request. The poor little thing has been left outside in the rain for a fortnight. [more inside]
posted by cashman to Feature Requests at 8:30 AM PST - 56 comments

Godwin!
I'd like to take issue with this comment (the "I was a neocon Nazi" comment) being up on the sidebar. [more inside]
posted by loquax to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 AM PST - 293 comments

Server like butta'
Oh how easily we forget! Months ago (a year?) the server was consistently slow or down. Now it's smooth as a baby's butt and fast as the Google. Is Federer your server? I love it. My Mefi addicted brain thanks you.
posted by null terminated to MetaFilter-Related at 12:43 AM PST - 23 comments

January 28
LOLMORMONS
Come on y'all this is embarassing. I don't think anyone would appreciate getting their religion bashed this way and Mormon's LOVE that man. Believe me, I know some. Totally uncalled for.
posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 10:26 PM PST - 210 comments

Mefimail all local users
Feature request: Send MefiMail to all users within an n mile radius. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul to Feature Requests at 10:12 PM PST - 33 comments

metametameta
what's up with all the apologetic posts lately? since when did metafilter become a religious site where communal acceptance depends on strict penitence?
posted by yonation to Etiquette/Policy at 1:00 PM PST - 193 comments

Meetup sidebar bug?
On the Upcoming Meetups sidebar in both FF2.11 and IE7, the Feb 8: Chapel Hill, NC post appears twice though I'm imagining it shouldn't.
posted by jmd82 to Bugs at 9:02 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]

Sit, ubu, sit.
I'd like to publicly apologise to occhiblu, thehmsbeagle, zebra3, klango & nickyskye (and anybody else) for being a massive, trollish douche recently. That's all.
posted by UbuRoivas to Etiquette/Policy at 1:27 AM PST - 235 comments

January 27
RPM Challenge 08 - join the party!
RPM Challenge, 08 version - who's on board this time around? (related: the fpp, last year's roundup, and the followup) [more inside]
posted by O9scar to MetaFilter Music at 8:30 PM PST - 24 comments

One hack Two hack Red hack Blue hack
I guess I missed the memo: when did Matt start handing out red usernames? And are other colors available? [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite to Bugs at 2:57 PM PST - 54 comments

Wishing for a BBS
Dumb question: does this "remove from activity" link I'm seeing on MyComments do what I think it does? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish to Feature Requests at 1:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Word count ſhmörd cøunt!
Average word count for anonymous queſtions vs average word count for inanonymous queſtions. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue to MetaFilter-Related at 5:22 AM PST - 20 comments [closed]

January 26
How would I make MeFi greener?
I see there are "wind and solar powered" web hosts and I assume they just buy carbon and alternate energy credits because I doubt your site would stay up when it's dark and the wind isn't blowing. I saw Dreamhost described as a "carbon-neutral company" the other day. If I wanted to offset the energy required to power the mefi servers, how would I go about doing that? Just calculate hours in a day multiplied by the watt rating on the power supplies (as a worst-case scenario), then just buy alternate energy credits for that amount? (asking here because it's mefi related) [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 7:00 PM PST - 44 comments

WTF Matt?
WTF Matt? [more inside]
posted by Doohickie to Etiquette/Policy at 4:43 PM PST - 120 comments [closed]

January 25
Yes, it looks a bit funny
I'm not a big fan of call-outs, but this thread, on alzheimers research that happens to involve dorky looking headgear, seems to have gone really wrong. It's pretty much entirely devoted to the false premise that the helmet would be worn at all times, and the humour derived from said dorkyness of helmet, which seems completely the wrong tone for the discussion of a serious disease and what seems to be some legit research. [more inside]
posted by Artw to Etiquette/Policy at 9:30 AM PST - 18 comments [closed]

Double the AskMeFi goodness in my RSS
Anyone else getting double AskMeFi RSS posts? Anyone else getting double AskMeFi RSS posts? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher to Bugs at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

February Berlin meetup?
February Berlin meetup? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:21 AM PST - 54 comments

Sidebar borked
Plutor, your contact mangled the sidebar... [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan to Bugs at 6:05 AM PST - 34 comments

Chapel Hill/ Durham meet-up?
Chapel Hill//Durham meetup? [more inside]
posted by thivaia to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:51 AM PST - 71 comments

Is anyone out there?
Maybe a long shot, but any chance of a Swiss meetup? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:23 AM PST - 14 comments

January 24
mobile.MeFi.com
Announcing: mobile.metafilter.com
It's a new version of the sites designed for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Try it out on the device, songs from MeFi Music even play in the device (works best on wifi of course). A short video if it in action is inside. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 5:35 PM PST - 92 comments

Posted at 9:56 AM, some day
Pony: For "Most favorited" is it possible to put in the dates for the 7day and 30day view?
posted by Deathalicious to Feature Requests at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Seacoast NH: Give Me 10cc of Vox, Stat!
Impromptu Seacoast NH Meetup? We're getting together for Rock Band this Saturday and Mrs. yerfatma just realized she might be singing for a long time on Saturday night . . . [more inside]
posted by yerfatma to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:55 AM PST - 19 comments

MeMu instrument tabs
Could there be a place within Mefi Music for people to post tabs? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy to MetaFilter Music at 4:17 AM PST - 23 comments

AskMe formatting wonkiness
Regarding the AskMe RSS feed formating - Currently there is no line break between the question and the [more inside]. Sometimes this makes for an odd run-on and repetitive paragraph that isn't what the poster intended. Since screen real-estate isn't a problem in the feed, might the powers-that-be consider throwing a paragraph between these sections? I use google reader but it's also formatted the same way in bloglines if this helps.
posted by FortyT-wo to Feature Requests at 12:14 AM PST - 5 comments

January 23
Vancouver Meetup
Recently, there was a thread in which someone was looking to meet nerdy people in the Vancouver area. Most replies mentioned organizing a meetup. This post is to explore that option and suggest venues and times. [more inside]
posted by MaxK to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:31 PM PST - 50 comments

Mea Maxima Culpa
On the vagaries of intoxicated posting from the bowels of my "shithole" "corpse" of a city. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa to Etiquette/Policy at 8:01 PM PST - 15 comments [closed]

Boooooooooobs.
Hey, you know how I'm apparently your friendly neighborhood irrational/uptight/bitchy feminist? Well, my Batsignal is going off. 'Cause I'm bitchy/uptight/irrational/out to ruin your fun. And I don't like conversations that are all about the hilarious inevitability of adults ogling some lady's rack. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle to Etiquette/Policy at 3:30 PM PST - 785 comments [closed]

Is this something I'd have to have a Metafilter account to know about?
Users commenting just to say they haven't heard of the topic of discussion is 100% noise and garbage. [more inside]
posted by potch to Etiquette/Policy at 1:30 PM PST - 83 comments

Hey, I'll write about Jessamyn free of charge.
Jessamyn helps a Wired reporter get redemption. [more inside]
posted by itchylick to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM PST - 60 comments

Generic Celebrity Thread Blues
Maybe this has already been mentioned on the grey, but the Heath Ledger thread is marred by some particularly predictable & troll-esque "why give a shit/we need to cut celebrities down to size!" comments. [more inside]
posted by 235w103 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:23 AM PST - 213 comments

January 22
Flogging a dead horse
Safari and the html widgets...A silly technical question re:User Agents [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter-Related at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Metafilter Infodump: more stats than you can shake a stick at.
Nerds, start your engines: it's the new Metafilter Infodump. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 7:58 AM PST - 279 comments

January 21
fmpub.net DNS sucks.
fmpub.net DNS sucks. [more inside]
posted by intermod to Uptime at 8:24 PM PST - 37 comments

Any Centrally Illini Interested In A Meetup?
Possible hot MeFi on MeFi Central Illinois-ish action? [more inside]
posted by Samizdata to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Mislink fix
Two posts today accidentally link to Metafilter instead of their intended targets. On the main page, they link to metafilter.com, but within their individual threads, they link to their own individual threads. How is this done? Also, this seems like a pretty common mistake; I've seen it happen a few times before. To prevent the admins from having to go in and fix things, maybe the New Post code should check to see if any links point to the the main site (and if so, ask the user whether this was intended).
posted by painquale to Bugs at 3:48 PM PST - 32 comments

You gotta pregame that sugar, son.
NYC Meetup: Valentine's Day sugar-rush pregame. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:35 PM PST - 72 comments

Yay, first place! (but not for long)
The Icycle challenge is nearing its end, and so far only 7 riders have scored. Surely we have more hearty soles willing to risk minor appendages for a MetaFilter bike sticker, and glory?
posted by Chuckles to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

When should I ask mefi?
What is the best time of day (or, even more specifically, day of week and time) to ask metafilter? [more inside]
posted by rbs to MetaFilter-Related at 1:24 PM PST - 54 comments

Frenetic in concert in Cambridge, MA
Greater Boston Mefites: Brad Sucks, aka MetaFilter's own frenetic will be performing (his MuFi posts) in Cambridge, MA on Feb 12. How about dinner and drinks beforehand? [more inside]
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:00 AM PST - 65 comments

January 20
I don't want to sign up for a youtube account
I don't want to sign up for a youtube account. [more inside]
posted by tkolar to Etiquette/Policy at 11:05 PM PST - 83 comments [closed]

wrecking the weekend record
hey whats the lowest number of metatalk threads ever posted over a two day period or maybe a weekend? TIA
posted by yhbc to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 PM PST - 61 comments

January 19
Contact is secret, is the moment when everything happens!
When editing contact information, would it be possible for the edit to not show up in Contact Activity as a new contact? [more inside]
posted by item to Feature Requests at 6:57 PM PST - 25 comments

January 18
21: Jesse Thorn Interview
Show #21 of the podcast is our return from a long holiday break. We've got an interview with Jesse Thorn followed by recaps from the best of the last six weeks of MetaFilter. It was recorded on January 16, 2008 and runs 1 hour 10 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 1:06 PM PST - 57 comments

Usernames on the 'who favorited this post' page
Minor usability quibble: When you're looking at who favorites a post, and click a username, it shows their favorites instead of showing their profile page, like every other linked username on the site does. Maybe a different link to show their favorites from that page?
posted by empath to Feature Requests at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Mmmm, honey-glazed spam
Anybody else interested in participating in a MeFi spam honeypot? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet to MetaFilter-Related at 12:41 AM PST - 95 comments

Good Work FPPers!
As of the time of this post, the blue has had an unbroken string of 71 undeleted FPPs (numbers 68210 to 68280). That's almost three full days with no doubles, no self-linkers, no crappy stunt posts, etc. Good work, people! It got me wondering, though, what's the longest string (number-wise and/or timespan-wise) of undeleted FPPs on the blue? Does this mean we're all finally "getting" what makes a good post? Or are people getting better at following the guidelines? Or is this just an anomaly? [more inside]
posted by amyms to MetaFilter-Related at 12:33 AM PST - 71 comments

January 17
Favorite/flag comments while previewing
Pony request: When previewing comments, can we please still be able to favorite & flag other comments in the thread? Or is there a reason otherwise?
posted by jmd82 to Feature Requests at 7:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Bickering ahoy. :(
Breaking news: somebody's shooting off his mouth in a foolish way. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley to Etiquette/Policy at 4:55 PM PST - 77 comments

Voted. Unvoted. Voted. Unvoted.
Not terribly important but: is there any way to reverse a vote in the projects page? [more inside]
posted by Memo to Feature Requests at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

JoCo Show -- Go or No?
Is anyone else from Metafilter going to the Jonathan Coulton show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on 22 February? If so, seems like pre-show eats and/or post-show drinks might be in order. [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Those Run of the Mill Hasidic Landlords
What's the ruling on borderline anti-Semitism? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch to Etiquette/Policy at 2:00 PM PST - 313 comments

Where would a donation solicitation live
Where would a donation solicitation live? [more inside]
posted by k8t to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments [closed]

Check on this one.
I see a check mark by this question on the AskMe front page, but no best answer marked inside. [more inside]
posted by googly to Bugs at 10:18 AM PST - 38 comments

Counting user comments by FPP tag type?
Feature request: a way to count, by tag, by user how many comments you posted to threads of a certain type? [more inside]
posted by psmealey to Feature Requests at 8:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Oops...Could Have Phrased That Better...
Would it be possible to have preview in MeFiMail? [more inside]
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 6:17 AM PST - 50 comments

January 16
I missed a message because it was in MeFi mail
Argh! An anonymous AskMe poster sent me follow up information three days ago -- on my invitation -- but sent it to MeFi mail, so I only just discovered it! Is there some way to make MeFi mail notify my regular e-mail? I feel so guilty...
posted by amtho to Etiquette/Policy at 4:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Shiny aqua icons for your iPhone
Per the iPhone webclip icon feature that came out yesterday, if you add any mefi sites to your iPhone home screen, you'll now get some fancy matching icons.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:04 AM PST - 32 comments

Wow. We really aren't grown up yet, are we?
Nutjobfilter: Metafilter Ad Hominem Much? How about we delete posts that start out with grade school name calling? Just for thrills. [more inside]
posted by ewkpates to Etiquette/Policy at 5:08 AM PST - 45 comments [closed]

January 15
American Classic Metafilter
Didja know Metafilter's own hermitosis has been writing articles for AMC's website (mostly in the MonsterFest blog)? Hey check it out, it's ColdChef! (With awesome photo) [more inside]
posted by nanojath to MetaFilter-Related at 10:35 PM PST - 37 comments

No Pepsi blue?
How is it possible that there is no Apple post? Has there been a secret agreement to not shill that I missed? Is there a secret plot? I always enjoy the fireworks, and am missing them this Tuesday.
posted by cccorlew to Etiquette/Policy at 5:34 PM PST - 145 comments

Fundamentalist Metafilterism
Fundamentalist Metafilterism? A few days ago, I had a post deleted. I'm actually not complaining about that (hey! don't jump on me! I'm not! read this before yelling at me!), but that, combined with the belovedness of this post, made a question form in my head. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 45 comments

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world”
The post from a couple of days ago is great, but really made me wonder where the MeFites make their magic. [more inside]
posted by absalom to MetaFilter-Related at 2:55 PM PST - 211 comments

LOLXtians! No - LOLScientologists!
We don't think religious satire goes down well on Mefi. Well, 'cept for the 'Tologists, that is. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- to Etiquette/Policy at 2:46 PM PST - 105 comments

This is my answer, but this is not my "best answer."
[My-Little-Pony]: Is it possible to create a function that mimics the "best answer" feature, but is intended for use by the OP to highlight the OP's additional details/responses within the post? [more inside]
posted by numinous to Feature Requests at 1:45 PM PST - 18 comments

A Milwaukee Meet Up?
A Milwaukee Meet Up for real this time? [more inside]
posted by drezdn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:04 PM PST - 31 comments

Rocking Homelessness?
I'm uncomfortable that this "How Can I Be Homeless?" question was approved. Seems to me this person should not be helped to pursue a course of action that is not only dangerous but which will almost certainly involve his making use of resources intended to help people who truly have nowhere to turn.
posted by orange swan to Etiquette/Policy at 11:14 AM PST - 125 comments

On the unbearable anonymous of being
I'm interested in knowing what it's like to be unanonymous on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious to MetaFilter-Related at 2:41 AM PST - 158 comments

January 14
My New Pony's name is Gigs!
PonyFilter: MeMuGigs (and not just because it sounds funny), or, by extension, MeFiArts. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter Music at 9:37 PM PST - 36 comments

This is not the answer you are looking for.
Is using the "best answer" function to clarify the original question or to offset the OP's own comments from the pack really the best use of that feature?
posted by FreezBoy to Etiquette/Policy at 8:05 PM PST - 54 comments

MeFil #2
Just wanted to express a very sincere and public thanks to hadjiboy for the second Hyderabad Meetup. And thanks for the gift! [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:41 AM PST - 27 comments

January 13
Nothing and Nthing
Whence Nthing? Isn't the word "seconding" meant to include multiple votes of support? Is this something peculiar to Ask Metafilter?
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter-Related at 10:16 PM PST - 75 comments

WriteLearnThink.pdf
WriteThinkLearn, a PDF for anyone having difficulty participating in MeFi and AskMe. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish to Etiquette/Policy at 5:07 PM PST - 86 comments

NY meetup anyone?
Just found this. Anyone up for a pint? [more inside]
posted by plep to MetaFilter-Related at 3:34 PM PST - 17 comments

We need to talk about this...
During the GiveWell hubbub, some commenters become obsessed with outing a pseudonymous troll calling itself "Rachel Tension." We need to talk about the ethics of outing, unmasking, and breaking anonymity. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 189 comments [closed]

January 12
Fingers in the great anonymous dyke?
What percentage of users post answers, under their 'real' account, in their own anonymous askmefi threads? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 PM PST - 67 comments

Sundance meetup
Is anybody going to Sundance? [more inside]
posted by rbs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Forgotten?
The shadowy back alleys of MetaFilter... [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 6:21 AM PST - 125 comments

January 11
alphabetical list of MeFi usernames?
Is there an alphabetical list of MeFi usernames anywhere? I have a vague recollection of a username I'm trying to recall and I know what letter it started with, but I'm stuck there. This wouldn't be hard to compile, it would just take a numerical increment and a simple web scraper. Just wondering if anyone's ever done it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by scarabic to Feature Requests at 6:34 PM PST - 55 comments

Don't post threads about posting MeMail in threads without the sender's explicit permission without an admin's explicit permission.
Don't post threads about posting MeMail in threads without the sender's explicit permission without an admin's explicit permission.
posted by xmutex to Etiquette/Policy at 2:16 PM PST - 27 comments [closed]

On preview, zipperhead.
Previewed HTML works fine, posted HTML less so... [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt to Bugs at 9:31 AM PST - 36 comments

The icing on the snowplough
I'm flying from Londonengland to Toronto next month because I need to make a series of cake-related decisions. So, er, meet-up? [more inside]
posted by randomination to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:28 AM PST - 119 comments

Halfway to Our First Million on MetaTalk
Congratulations to tkolar on posting MetaTalk's 500,000th comment! Imagine, a half million assorted snarks, whines, callouts, flameouts, bugfixes, meetup setups, not to mention all the pony requests granted or rejected, the longboat voyages, the real-life detective stories and serious discussion of male and female body parts. What a long Meta trip it's been. [more inside]
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 3:22 AM PST - 77 comments

Self Link?
Perhaps I'm overly suspicious, but this post smell like a self link/Pepsi Blue. [more inside]
posted by RichardP to Etiquette/Policy at 2:45 AM PST - 57 comments

January 10
Don't Post MeMail In Threads
Don't post MeMail to a thread without the explicit permission of the sender. Like this. This is so very no on so many levels.
posted by scrump to Etiquette/Policy at 9:58 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

Just The Facts, Ma'am
If you don't know the answer, don't answer the question. It's that simple. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt to Etiquette/Policy at 7:48 PM PST - 352 comments [closed]

Comment count in RSS
Pony request: Is it feasible to get the current comment count in the rss feed? [more inside]
posted by butterstick to Feature Requests at 10:40 AM PST - 27 comments

Repetitive Repetition
In the sidebar it says "Recent Past Meetups". Isn't that a case of an unnecessary word? Wouldn't "Recent Meetups" be just as accurate? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:53 AM PST - 57 comments

etymology questions OK?
Every now and again there's an etymology question on AskMe, and lately they inevitably feature the beloved languagehat popping in to warn people that speculation is pointless and that the only valid answers are to be found in reference books. (not bookist) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 7:39 AM PST - 257 comments

Portland Maine and The King of Kong Informal Meetup
Any other Maine-folk planning to see The King of Kong at SPACE Gallery? [more inside]
posted by mikepop to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:54 AM PST - 29 comments

January 9
Winnipeg meetup?
Any Winnipeg, MB mefites? [more inside]
posted by ODiV to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:25 PM PST - 35 comments

AskMeFi, the Lost Years
Calling All Mefi Library People!! Got an hour to kill? Some Professional Development money to spend? Want to know the secrets of AskMe from Jessamyn? [more inside]
posted by Razzle Bathbone to MetaFilter-Related at 12:42 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

"posted by" could be a very useful thing for the taglines on our favorites.
Requesting a "posted by" line on the entries in the personal "Favorites" page. "Popular favorites" has this feature and it makes it really easy to scroll and re-find a popular favorite seen recently (as they are constantly shifting up and down the column, due to popularity). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam to Feature Requests at 12:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Metafilter t-shirt spotted in "American Libraries" Journal
Spot-the-Mefite: "American Libraries " edition [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito to MetaFilter-Related at 7:27 AM PST - 56 comments

Hyderabadi Meetup
Any Indian Mefites (active/non-active) out there, who'd like to get together? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:48 AM PST - 11 comments

link requests, askmefi
I ask trepidly: What say Mefi on link-requesting AskMeFi posts? Are they appropriate for the scene?
posted by Citizen Premier to Etiquette/Policy at 2:53 AM PST - 148 comments

January 8
Small Equine
Littletinyponyfilter: could it be possible to have the sidebar links on the front page for contact activity work slightly differently? [more inside]
posted by pjern to Feature Requests at 11:53 PM PST - 4 comments

MeFi Music connection issues
I can only listen to the first few seconds of any song on MeFi music. I hit play, the first 2-3% of the song loads, and then the music cuts out. This seems to be a problem on my end, and I'm hoping someone has suggestions. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller to MetaFilter Music at 8:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Thank you, Metafilter
Sidebar this amazing AskMe, please. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty to MetaFilter-Related at 8:23 PM PST - 23 comments

No AskMeFi Thread For You!
Nothin' big, but I found it amusing that Lifehacker linked to a closed thread.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 2:14 PM PST - 47 comments

Suck it, SF.
Mefi movie night in NoVa. Anybody interested? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:58 PM PST - 61 comments

Let me know about the Mefi Lovin'
This may be a stupid question; it may well have been discussed in the posts regarding the Metafilter messaging system, but they are legion and I am inebriated. But can we have a message sent to our inbox if someone adds us as a "contact"? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob to Feature Requests at 4:46 AM PST - 38 comments

January 7
Let's all go to the movies. Let's all go to the movies.
Mefi movie night in SF. Anybody interested? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:38 PM PST - 61 comments

"Silent" comments on Projects
The lack of comments makes Projects really boring. posted by delmoi (from earlier) There must be a good reason for "silent" comments for Projects, but what is it? [more inside]
posted by snsranch to Etiquette/Policy at 5:39 PM PST - 59 comments

There was a farmer who had a dog...
Metafilter bingo? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub to MetaFilter-Related at 4:52 PM PST - 59 comments

Announcing the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology!
Announcing the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology! Previously suggested by Effigy2000, the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology is a chance for all us writer-type or vaguely-writer-type Mefites to get together and write write write! We'll be taking a "Thieves' World" approach to our writing with each story in the Anthology taking place in a setting first posited by Mefi's Own L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg and then fleshed out by himself and members of the Mefi community. All who are interested are encouraged to join in! [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding to MetaFilter-Related at 5:41 AM PST - 166 comments

January 6
Preventing duplicates
New post form's URL search is broken. [more inside]
posted by knave to Bugs at 11:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Fallout from the Givewell affair
The Givewell Board of Directors have issued a statement concerning the changes they made in the wake of the astroturfing and related activities earlier in the week. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 PM PST - 536 comments

Metafilter: The Drink
Metafilter needs an official drink. Let's brainstorm. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 2:48 PM PST - 171 comments

hopefully nipping this in the bud
hey, bruce? I, and other folks, aren't too thrilled with what you're saying in the Elyse Sewell thread. Let's talk about you over here, and keep talking about her over there. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo to Etiquette/Policy at 11:14 AM PST - 260 comments [closed]

Googlewell?
Does the thread of all threads (Givewell) break Google Reader? Or is it a feed settings thing here? Or (more likely) am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to Bugs at 9:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Fears for Obama's safety not a reasonable topic?
This post which raised the issue of fears among some in the African-American electorate that Barack Obama would not be safe as president. The thread was shut down for reasons of WTF. Not exactly sure what the problem was, and I was disappointed, as I had recently heard about this and was hoping the thread would shed some light on the issue. This NYT article would be a good starting point for discussion.
posted by flotson to MetaFilter-Related at 9:33 AM PST - 47 comments

Save Mr. Crashy Pants
Add as a contact may or may not be broken, but it crashes Safari. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr to Bugs at 6:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Adelaide gathering pictures
Photos from the Adelaide meetup. We had ducks! [more inside]
posted by tellurian to MetaFilter Music at 12:28 AM PST - 12 comments

January 5
Music: Auto playlists for a particular user's songs.
Music Feature Request: Automatic playlists for all songs from a particular user. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream to Feature Requests at 7:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Is This What They Mean By Crowdsourcing?
Thanks, Metafilter! We talked about the strange saga of Mr. Splashy Pants in the blue back in November; today, as a more or less direct result, it's a feature story in The Globe & Mail. [more inside]
posted by gompa to MetaFilter-Related at 1:35 PM PST - 46 comments

let's meet up
We've so much to discuss! [Minneapolis/Twin Cities] [more inside]
posted by localhuman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:43 AM PST - 91 comments

January 4
Pony. If no pony, then sub-threads.
Give me super-speed-reading abilities, or give me death. No--wait! I mean, give me sub-comments. Not death. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display to Feature Requests at 6:13 AM PST - 156 comments

Photos from tonight's LA Meetup.
Photos from tonight's Los Angeles Meetup. [more inside]
posted by mullingitover to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:08 AM PST - 50 comments

January 3
Don't Mess With "Don't Mess With Texas"
It's getting tedious seeing wfrgms bring out the same old "Don't Mess With Texas" derail one more time. [more inside]
posted by grouse to Etiquette/Policy at 5:07 PM PST - 241 comments

Wiki Picky Favor
Is there a way to have MeFi Wiki "summary articles" (like this one) appear permanently and visibly in a MeFi/MeTa/AskMe thread that they are linked to? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton to Feature Requests at 3:08 PM PST - 19 comments

January 2
MeFi Mail link in profile page all screwy
I'm running Safari on Mac OS 10.4, and the "send MeFi Mail" link does not seem to work. Am I alone? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy to Bugs at 9:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Music Changes
Some new stuff at Music: play counts, flash player update, and pop-outs! [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 5:32 PM PST - 56 comments

Recently viewed posts
feature request: I'd like to be able to see recently my viewed posts [more inside]
posted by striker to Feature Requests at 4:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Can't get to metafilter from my ISP
I can't get to any metafilter.com addresses from my home ISP. I can get to it from other places, i.e. work, and I can get to it if I use an open proxy. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel to Bugs at 4:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Calling them like I see them
Finding it sad that the best answer to this AskMe is the OP's vitriolic 'karma is going to get you' retort to another poster.
posted by uaudio to Etiquette/Policy at 8:41 AM PST - 165 comments [closed]

January 1
I want to meet you! And you! And you!
NY Meet-Ups [more inside]
posted by PaintMeRed9 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:23 PM PST - 34 comments

If you press the preview button this will disappear
When you preview a comment the post's title disappears both in the browser's title bar and at the top of the page. Is that supposed to happen? Because it seems weird to me.
posted by sveskemus to Bugs at 5:21 PM PST - 15 comments