January 2011 Archives (all archives)

January 31
I'd like to create a MeFi Wiki page listing books that are frequently recommended in AskMe answers. Would anyone else be interested in such a resource and/or does anyone want to help out? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline to Feature Requests at 3:54 PM PST - 44 comments

This comment just turned up as a Peter Sagal quip on this week's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. [more inside]
posted by Danf to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 123 comments

Discussion thread regarding Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and the accompanying Prof. Hungerford lecture just went up in Metachat. [more inside]
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm somewhat new to metafilter, and am working on something that I would like to post to projects, but don't want to do so prematurely. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird to Etiquette/Policy at 8:22 AM PST - 21 comments

January 30
Is it possible for MetaFilter to make money off referral links to amazon products? That is, when someone posts a link to an amazon product, the site automatically turns it into a referral link so Matt and Co. can make a little bit of money off the link.
posted by 47triple2 to Feature Requests at 5:28 PM PST - 71 comments

Yesterday, January 29th "at lunch time", chunking express and his non-MeFite wife, Shima, had a healthy 5.5 lb. baby girl named Mythalli Mythili.

Awesome! Congrats to both of you! Look forward to seeing our newest MeFite at the next meet-up.
posted by gman to MetaFilter-Related at 4:47 PM PST - 91 comments

Question : why does [more inside] still exist? What did it ever do in the first place? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter-Related at 1:55 PM PST - 77 comments

While the Egypt FPP ended with the question "Will America support Egyptian democracy?", perhaps we could separate historical hair splitting about what America has done for other countries and what America is doing concerning Egypt. [more inside]
posted by notion to MetaFilter-Related at 1:52 PM PST - 117 comments

I cannot find the hilarious Monkey lyrics to the Law and Order theme that someone posted when the OG Law and Order was canceled. "Monkey in a tree...banana banana..." Help finding the thread?
posted by kittensofthenight to MetaFilter-Related at 4:18 AM PST - 22 comments

January 29

This FPP about women's reproductive rights and the definition of rape was rapidly taken over by a discussion of how old white men who don't fit the stereotype of old white men get their feelings hurt when "old white men" is used as a pejorative. For those of you who want to continue that conversation, for those of you who want to discuss your frustration over the hijack, please--for the love of god--take it here instead.
posted by availablelight to MetaFilter-Related at 6:08 AM PST - 311 comments

January 28
Picayune pony, please: On tag pages, the navigation is just older/newer. Would it be possible to change that so that it's paged, allowing me to go all the way back on some tags with one click instead of 30?
posted by klangklangston to Feature Requests at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

OK, y'all just get over to Metafilter Music and listen to loud magic song. That is all.
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter-Related at 6:08 PM PST - 144 comments

The Challenger writeup has a leading leading with "sipped the surly bonds of earth" - can we get a change to "slipped"?
posted by squorch to MetaFilter-Related at 2:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Members often complain that we "do this badly". Well, I want to point out, we've done this well. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor to MetaFilter-Related at 11:34 AM PST - 67 comments

Congratulations to the MetaFilter community for 100,000 posts.
posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter-Related at 10:27 AM PST - 74 comments

January 27
Hoder Update? For the first time since before Christmas, Hoder's family has posted on their blog. There have been two updates today, and on the hoderderakhshan YouTube channel two videos (from 2007) have been uploaded. [more inside]
posted by cashman to MetaFilter-Related at 4:18 PM PST - 17 comments

I think that perhaps this AskMe should have more people trying to help with the below-the-fold part of the question than might look at it based upon the above-the-fold part.
posted by Flunkie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:54 PM PST - 38 comments

Live Preview feature is broken for Ask MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski to Bugs at 10:23 AM PST - 13 comments

"If your article was well written, and/or funny, I’d simply have had a laugh about it and went back to metafilter.com where I belong when I’m on the net when it was forwarded to me." A shoutout by new Cub... Metafilter's own.... Fernando Perez. [more inside]
posted by norm to MetaFilter-Related at 8:34 AM PST - 100 comments

IRL: the RSS feed and the mobile site. [more inside]
posted by heatherann to Feature Requests at 4:59 AM PST - 11 comments

January 26
Single RSS feed for all comments on all threads I have favorited? [more inside]
posted by saizai to Feature Requests at 10:32 PM PST - 28 comments

The secret to bringing down the house and leaving Vegas without feeling dirty is just one click away. Thanks herrdoktor.
posted by drpynchon to MetaFilter-Related at 8:08 PM PST - 95 comments

What, dear friends, of the edit window? [more inside]
posted by killdevil to Feature Requests at 5:41 PM PST - 185 comments

Followup: remember Ed Dante? The book deal was ineluctable.
posted by scruss to MetaFilter-Related at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Curious about cross-pollination from Reddit [more inside]
posted by cubby to MetaFilter-Related at 10:57 AM PST - 93 comments

Occasionally Mefites post links without making them linky. [more inside]
posted by jonesor to Feature Requests at 7:09 AM PST - 80 comments

Are the IRL RSS feeds expected to work? [more inside]
posted by russm to Bugs at 1:00 AM PST - 4 comments

January 25

Thank you all for a great SOTU live thread. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Etiquette/Policy at 7:17 PM PST - 69 comments


January 24
Frequent (some say too frequent) MetaFilter source The New York Times is going to initiate a PayWall in the next month (according to a freely available article from the Wall Street Journal - extra points for irony). So how will this change from the Grey Lady effect the Blue? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop to MetaFilter-Related at 8:43 PM PST - 103 comments

When is the best time of the day to post on AskMeFi to maximize the number of people who see my question and might provide a possible answer? [more inside]
posted by royalsong to MetaFilter-Related at 1:34 PM PST - 97 comments

There have been three Ebert posts (not even counting this one) in the last four days. Typically aren't people encouraged to fold these kinds of links to existing discussions?
posted by hermitosis to MetaFilter-Related at 10:32 AM PST - 88 comments

January 23
This question seems like a really bad idea, heading into territory where AskMe advice may be worse than no advice at all. [more inside]
posted by carbide to Etiquette/Policy at 12:13 PM PST - 152 comments

AskMe question appears to have intentional misrepresentation of situation, discussion ensues. Jessamyn asked us to get it out of the thread and yet it seems there is more to ponder. So, here we are. [more inside]
posted by pineapple to Etiquette/Policy at 7:48 AM PST - 204 comments

January 22
This was not a good deletion. I think cortex pulls the trigger too quickly sometimes on the deletion of Ask Me posts and more restraint would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mlis to Etiquette/Policy at 11:25 PM PST - 213 comments

What's the correct flagging reason for posts on the Blue we think are just plain bad? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator to Etiquette/Policy at 8:12 PM PST - 37 comments

January 21

Programming notice: MeFi Favorite, The Big Picture will be moving from The Boston Globe next month to The Atlantic. Now, maybe Alan Taylor will get to work on his acclaimed photolog as a full-time gig. [more inside]
posted by schmod to MetaFilter-Related at 9:16 AM PST - 39 comments

Thread concerning deleted posts on the blue. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin to Feature Requests at 6:26 AM PST - 130 comments

January 20
Is anyone working on a Sargent Shriver post? My new job is keeping me from it, but the man deserves one.
posted by oneironaut to MetaFilter-Related at 7:50 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

I'm looking for a Metafilter post that was about a browser ... um, application? or plug-in? or site? that featured different windows so you could drag/arrange your pages into groups by arbitrary topic or category, or work vs. leisure browsing, or whatever you wanted. Do you remember that? [more inside]
posted by taz to MetaFilter-Related at 3:45 AM PST - 33 comments

January 19
Should we update the 'About' prompt on the profile page? It still asks when the first time you used the internet was. At this point it's kind of like asking when the first time you watched TV was.
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 8:29 AM PST - 163 comments

Metafilter is not for advertising. Damn, it appears I stepped in a publicity campaign. I'd rather not have. [more inside]
posted by converge to MetaFilter-Related at 4:10 AM PST - 34 comments

January 18
Back in March 2009, I posted this quite thoroughly researched FPP about how Nobel Prize winner Dr. Luc Montagnier had fallen in with the quack disciples of the late Dr. Jacques Benveniste. It didn't go well. Now I've found this October 2009 article in Andy Lewis' admirable Quackometer blog, which, erm, looks awfully familiar in parts. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic to Etiquette/Policy at 3:32 PM PST - 72 comments

Buried deep in the Bill Zeller obit thread is this (new?) gem from the Mefi Wiki: There is Help. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 3:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Does this strike anyone else as odd? This FPP contains two links to a t-shirt store (where the shirts are quite literally blue,) and a third link to an site with an ad/link to the same store.
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 1:37 PM PST - 49 comments

Another one bites the dust? [more inside]
posted by Decani to MetaFilter-Related at 1:14 PM PST - 214 comments

January 17
MeFi offers a lot of ways to format "the same" user name, thanks to the fact that spaces and caps are fair game. Mister Foo could also be misterfoo or MisterFoo or mister foo or MISTER FOO or.... So I'm wondering: has a namespace collision ever occurred? Have we ever had, say, a Mister Foo and a misterfoo active on the site at the same time?
posted by nebulawindphone to MetaFilter-Related at 7:38 PM PST - 185 comments

Are there any MeFites out there who participate in the MIT Mystery Hunt? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize to MetaFilter-Related at 2:05 PM PST - 42 comments

Is there a reason so many of the links posted here look like jibberish to me? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame to MetaFilter-Related at 12:49 PM PST - 36 comments

Any plans for the 100,000th FPP?
posted by Joe Beese to MetaFilter-Related at 9:21 AM PST - 92 comments

January 15
Given this post, I was thinking - about how the conversation turned to "people don't go to libraries..." I don't really do meet-ups (I'm SuperDad in my free time), but might I propose that somebody somewhere start pushing for some library meet-ups? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog to MetaFilter-Related at 9:18 PM PST - 47 comments

I feel as if this post is little more than a series of advertisements for books. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 7:09 PM PST - 45 comments

AskMe etiquette - What are the norms about letting people who answer your question know that you are reading and appreciating their responses? [more inside]
posted by philipy to Etiquette/Policy at 8:00 AM PST - 31 comments

January 14
Can we have a banner on top of MeFi similar to this famous library signs by Jessamyn. In the wake of the Twitter subpoena situation which seems to involve the electronic records of one of our members; it seems like some kind of sign indicating that "no secret subpoenas have been received sign" might be reassuring. Though I'm not sure of the legality not being a lawyer, etc.
posted by humanfont to Feature Requests at 5:46 PM PST - 96 comments

Let's hear it for MetaFilter Music: 5,000+ posts and going strong. I love all of you, from the fine musicians to the devoted commenters and playlisters, to the mods who coded and managed it, to the thousands* of record label execs who've found their next pop star lurking in the shadows here. Here's to another 5,000 posts, then another 5,000, then after that we can re-evaluate. Sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who's ever contributed, commented, made a playlist, listened to a tune, or even planned to and hasn't gotten around to it.

See within for some fun MeFi Music links, and a little bit of a primer on how to get your feet wet in our warm little musical community!

*Citation needed [more inside]
posted by ORthey to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 PM PST - 40 comments

Fire up your CD-burning lazercheeses, rifle your music collection swamp for suitable floaters, and elect your stamp-licking uberminions. MeFiSwap 2011-1 commences. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 3:16 PM PST - 115 comments

Are there particular Ask MeFi posts that drive the bulk of the non-member traffic? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 to MetaFilter-Related at 2:57 PM PST - 17 comments

I recently added the sideblog RSS feed to my Google Reader page. The title always shows up as undefined. If you were not aware I wanted to point it out. If you were aware but didn't care, I'm fine with that.
posted by Bonzai to Bugs at 11:37 AM PST - 13 comments

In the green, the kim chi thread does not allow me to favorite it. [more inside]
posted by lampshade to Feature Requests at 8:45 AM PST - 35 comments

Bits of MeTa freezing in Firefox [more inside]
posted by monkey closet to Bugs at 8:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there a place for campaigns on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by londonmark to Feature Requests at 6:05 AM PST - 40 comments

Why do I get a *fresh* AskMetafilter.com cookie when loading a YouTube page? I also get one on YouTube from Alternet.org, quantserve and scorecardresearch. The latter two are obvious. But WTF? [more inside]
posted by Grand Wahzoo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:54 AM PST - 14 comments

January 13
In tonight's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he joked about his Sexy Lunch Ladies calendar, claiming that Miss January had "sexy taters." Coy mefi reference? More importantly, hard core or soft?
posted by axiom to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 PM PST - 52 comments

Does anyone not do this? [more inside]
posted by inedible to MetaFilter-Related at 9:38 PM PST - 96 comments

What are the most popular posts ever for metafilter? [more inside]
posted by fartknocker to MetaFilter-Related at 2:23 PM PST - 71 comments

January 12
This is the second time I've made an FPP that's been a double and it hasn't turned up in my searches before posting, or warned me in preview that the site has been linked to before. [more inside]
posted by empatterson to Bugs at 10:35 PM PST - 55 comments

There's already an ask.metafilter but plenty of members here would probably know more about x than I/you/we could possibly imagine. So how about tell.metafilter ? [more inside]
posted by selton to Feature Requests at 4:12 PM PST - 117 comments

Is it possible to have a "View favourites by username" feature? On a positive note, it'd require very little in the way of extra coding/templates. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin to Feature Requests at 2:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Metafilter musical favorite Pogo has a new idea. He wants to remix the world. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid to MetaFilter-Related at 12:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Did anyone hear A Way With Words on NPR talking about ask.metafilter.com on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon to MetaFilter-Related at 10:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find an old Metafilter comment! It was in response to a FPP whose subject I've forgotten. The comment itself was styled a short story where far into the future, people have banded into primitive tribes, each one holding onto a few remnants of technology today. These items are highly regarded even though they have no idea what to do with them. One item was a canister that they never opened but could hear the rattle of something inside. [more inside]
posted by mlo to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 AM PST - 10 comments

What's with the first three tags being included in the title of every AskMe post? For example, this thread's page title is "My Friend's Lost Story - loststories jealousy forgiveness | Ask MetaFilter". [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay to Uptime at 5:32 AM PST - 46 comments

January 11
Would it be possible to raise the maximum number of mefimails to 100 per hour? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo to Feature Requests at 2:09 PM PST - 156 comments [closed]

MeFi members get the option of watching YouTube links in a popup window, courtesy of a button after the link text. YouTube allows deep linking via a time code appended to the URL, e.g.

http://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=​e8M6S8EKbnU​&t=​1m21s

If you click the link text above you get the page for the video, with the flash player cued to 1:21. If you clink the popup button instead, the time suffix in the URL is ignored and the video starts at 0:00. Can we get the popup window to honor the time suffix? This seems like something either very easy or deceptively hard to implement.
posted by clarknova to Feature Requests at 11:13 AM PST - 40 comments


When I use the Contact form, the content of my message vanishes in a black hole at the center of a nearby galaxy. Would it be possible to forward a copy to my Sent Mail box in MefiMail?
posted by bru to Feature Requests at 8:48 AM PST - 33 comments

What's the down-low on re-Asking and inconclusive and long dead AskMeFi query? [more inside]
posted by GilloD to Etiquette/Policy at 6:28 AM PST - 36 comments

January 10
David Wondrich (Splificator) gives MetaFilter a shoutout in his new book Punch [more inside]
posted by jpeacock to MetaFilter-Related at 8:03 PM PST - 30 comments

This post regarding Naomi Wolf's comments about rape was deleted as being viewed as being correlated to the Wikileaks threads. [more inside]
posted by banal evil to MetaFilter-Related at 7:00 PM PST - 24 comments


Hey, Metafilter. Why did this conversation about Amy Chua's book excerpt go so badly? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to MetaFilter-Related at 4:39 PM PST - 254 comments

I have a question about this post, where an anonymous poster asks why his weight loss efforts aren't succeeding. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 PM PST - 81 comments

It's the results from our December Awesome Post Contest! The podcast runs 1 hour, 5 minutes and covers a lot of our favorites. We reveal the grand prize winner and then follow it up with dozens of our favorites, but we never quite figured out the other categories. Don't fret: they are contained within this post. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 11:55 AM PST - 68 comments

January 9
Medical question gets placebo answer. [more inside]
posted by norm to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 PM PST - 91 comments

Request: Would it be possible to add Smugmug to the profile "also on" list?
posted by kdern to Feature Requests at 12:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Do we have a secret Mefite gang sign or anything? If not, could we get one? [more inside]
posted by tamitang to Etiquette/Policy at 5:59 AM PST - 101 comments

January 8
Between Bill Zeller and the Arizona massacre, the first week of 2011 has been brutal. I'm emotionally drained. Can we get a do-over? [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive to MetaFilter-Related at 9:26 PM PST - 698 comments

"Load new comments" for MeFi mobile? Especially for tragic and topical threads. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice to Feature Requests at 1:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Chrome weirdness : Something about the back button seems to get broken, especially after I post a reply in a thread, where I end up in an endless loop and can't back out of the thread unless I right click and choose something further back in the history. Anyone else experiencing this?
posted by crunchland to Bugs at 12:26 PM PST - 30 comments

Shout out to Rhomboid for awesome Ask awesomosity! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B to Etiquette/Policy at 8:55 AM PST - 19 comments

January 7
Help me find a post/comment: The post/comment had a link to a place that sold sunglasses. The people modeling the sunglasses were all kind of hipstery. The post/comment was made on/before late September 2009. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo to MetaFilter-Related at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Check out the small new twitter/facebook share links on this thread (only enabled there as a test) and let us know what you think [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 11:34 AM PST - 278 comments

January 6
Am I the only sap who left work a bit early today after having read this thread?
posted by bluedaisy to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 PM PST - 166 comments

I flagged this post (as other) on the blue because 1) It doesn't do what it says on the tin 2) it's behind a paywall 3) it has one link with no other information. Should posts only linking to a paywall be on the blue?
posted by rebent to MetaFilter-Related at 4:34 PM PST - 63 comments

A little note on the profiles of MeFites who are deceased? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 AM PST - 24 comments

Last year, Greg Nog made up a list of tragically overlooked comments from 2009. It was more monkeys than a barrel full of fun, so let's do it again! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder to MetaFilter-Related at 11:26 AM PST - 68 comments

Metafilter gets a very kind shout out on Paul Ford's new essay The Web Is a Customer Service Medium.
posted by artlung to MetaFilter-Related at 6:38 AM PST - 57 comments

January 5
It's with great sadness that I have to share the passing of Bill Zeller, known as null terminated around here. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:28 PM PST - 790 comments

Help me find an old comment about living in a war-zone? [more inside]
posted by revgeorge to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 AM PST - 57 comments


January 4
Following on this very interesting question, I present this survey to fellow Mefites: Is it customary for shoes to be off in the house? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 PM PST - 217 comments

Advice/pony: I often see what promises to become an interesting thread, only to forget about it afterward. is there any way to collect recent activity from several threads, without commenting in them? Or is it just time to bite the bullet and learn this RSS rubbish?
posted by d. z. wang to Feature Requests at 10:20 AM PST - 30 comments

The N-word on the front page makes Metafilter extremely not work friendly, in addition to being just plain offensive. Can we do something about that? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 9:49 AM PST - 243 comments

The perfect gift for the computational linguist in your life: Metafilter Frequency Tables! Finally you can know definitively how many times words such as "metafilter", "fucknozzle", or "mctootypoots" have been used on the site. (A: 127,484 times, 28 times, and once.) [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 AM PST - 59 comments

January 3
This might be something like flogging a dead horse, but I need to thank my secret quonsar immediately. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:56 PM PST - 22 comments

OK, it's been slightly less than a month but wanted to let you know the MeTa book club is now (drumroll) reading Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, and the discussion of the book and accompanying lecture goes up in MetaChat on January 31. Questions? Everything you ever wanted to know about the MeTa book club is here.
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 1:33 PM PST - 17 comments

What's up with the ★? [more inside]
posted by garlic to MetaFilter-Related at 2:06 AM PST - 146 comments

While I'm not a fan of the plethora of infographics available online these days (and lame SEO attempts to capitalize on them), I decided to make a tongue-in-cheek infographic for MetaFilter, and as everyone behind the scenes at Team MeFi scrambled in the last week to gather up all the interesting statistics we could, I threw it all into photoshop to produce this: The 2010 Year In MetaFilter Infographic. Enjoy!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:27 AM PST - 148 comments

January 2
Is it still possible to export all your MetaFilter contributions? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water to Feature Requests at 5:02 AM PST - 37 comments

January 1

MeFi Liveblogging 2010 Year in Review! Please share your favorite (or not so favorite but memorable) posts to MetaFilter from last year that were about events unfolding live in real-time. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a Metafilter post or comment regarding a blog of text messages sent to the wrong number. [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy to MetaFilter-Related at 7:29 PM PST - 19 comments

From this distance it's hard to tell whether it's a pony or a stallion: making AAC files uploadable to MeFiMusic? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski to Feature Requests at 6:53 PM PST - 14 comments

I just want to say, "thank you." [more inside]
posted by patheral to MetaFilter-Related at 5:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Trying to find a comment I barely recall the details of. [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 to MetaFilter-Related at 4:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Any chance the mods want to redirect the Bradley Manning debate in the leak thread towards the Bradley Manning thread? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges to Etiquette/Policy at 2:14 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]