It seems lately there have been alotofMeTa threads recently discussing things that have already been discussed to a simply ridiculous level of refinement. Is it appropriate to begin encouraging members to search MeTa before posting in the same way people are encouraged to search MeFi? posted by willnot to Etiquette/Policy at 9:14 PM PST - 3 comments
No real comments or complaints, sorry -- just writing to say that MeFi is very interesting and entertaining today. As it is most days. Thanks, Matt. posted by luser to Bugs at 11:19 AM PST - 46 comments
Seeing this thread regarding the hoary old chestnut (you know, back in 2000) of Steve Albini vs. The Music Biz and Courtney Love ripping him off begs the question:
Is there a statute of limitations on double-posts?
Since TiggleTaggleTiger is a new user (May 2001), should he get cut slack? What if a newbie - new to the Web, new to MeFi - posts this link to a great site he found called fray.com? What's the correct procedure here? posted by solistrato to Etiquette/Policy at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments
Is there a reason so many of the lower id numbers belong to no one? Are we allowed to know the reason? Will those who know the reason tell us? Please do. (O four, how lovely you are... I wish you could be mine...) posted by e^2 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:30 AM PST - 21 comments
Damn, Matt, you're quick - that Ashcroft link was still cooling before it was gone. Are you hovering, anxiously, all the while counting your ill-gotten $500 Monopoly bills?
(For those playing along at home, it was a link to Ashcroft's visa offer, about three paragraphs long, and if people jumped on SDB for voicing an opinion, they would have had an aneurysm from the vitriol pouring out of this guy.) posted by solistrato to Etiquette/Policy at 9:12 PM PST - 10 comments
Email this MiFier: it would be nice to have the ability to contact even those MeFiers who don't have an email address on their profile page [more -->] posted by Shadowkeeper to Feature Requests at 12:32 PM PST - 22 comments
Trip Note #2 - Metafilter has inserted a new "mental discipline" into offline activities. On this trip to Europe, every time I speak with someone, read the foreign press, watch TV, etc, I often ask myself : how relevant would subject be in Metafilter's context, what would commentary thread look like. It certainly sharpens conversations. (I think Max Weber called it "unintended consequences of routinized social action") Weird symptom, or do others experience the same? posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments
How about an option for the front page that would allow you to click the number of new comments and be taken to a page which contains those comments, threaded according to the corresponding post? posted by Hildago to Feature Requests at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments
Has anybody kept track of Metafilter's Google PageRank? (the little green bar on the Google IE toolbar...dunno how else to view it) Creeping upward, I suspect, but I'm curious. As you all know, as it increases Metafilter threads become better candidates to be included in search results. I'm seeing more and more of them. posted by lbergstr to MetaFilter-Related at 6:24 PM PST - 15 comments
Hey, what's going here? I read a very long fpp, with a comment inside saying it was too long. Now the comment has been axed, the post stays and two more very long fpps are there....
is something amiss? posted by thekorruptor to Etiquette/Policy at 2:50 PM PST - 2 comments
another day - another spoony thread removed.....
I didn't think this one was bad at all, what harm can there be in table tennis game all flash stylee?
one day i'll get it right.
[0) posted by Spoon to Etiquette/Policy at 1:57 PM PST - 18 comments
Not terribly original, but how about asking people to tag their FPPs either "news items for discussion" or "interesting web stuff." Then give people the choice in luser options to view one or both. The 'filter needs a filter.
There seems to be a new virus out there. The last installment I received (about 20 overnight over several accounts) seems to corrupt the sender's e-mail address so that you can't alert them as being a victim. posted by ParisParamus to General Weblog-Related at 6:14 AM PST - 15 comments
Misspelt words: please, either use Spell Check before posting or slink away silently if you make a boo-boo. Don't post a comment with the corrected spelling and your apology for it. (Do write the word three times to learn how to spell it!) posted by Carol Anne to Etiquette/Policy at 5:03 AM PST - 65 comments
I've been reading Amanda's blog for about a month, since I accidentally discovered it. It's awful, enthralling, crude and very real. It reminds me of how important blogs can be to those who write them from the despair and confinement of their surroundings. And not only to sociologists. I'd linked to her before in a comment somewhere, but I now think she's worth a thread of her own. As y2karl remarked at the time you couldn't make this stuff up. posted by MiguelCardoso to General Weblog-Related at 2:06 AM PST - 48 comments
I'm traveling far from home for first time since 9-11, and when I visit Metafilter, I find myself every time going straight to read member's comments, without first (in some cases ever) visiting the posted link. Is this shallow of me, or a simple craving for community spirit? Have others experienced this? posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 9:53 AM PST - 21 comments
Is it alright to post sites that aren't in English? I know many MeFites speak other languages, and don't see why it should be limited to English-language sites. posted by signal to Etiquette/Policy at 9:04 PM PST - 19 comments
Why does everythread that mentions Kottke even tangentially have to end up being about Kottke?
Interestingly, the second two examples were posted by Miguel, who often ends up in the same situation.
Do we now create a new classification of "web singularity" to go along with web celebrity? posted by Su to Bugs at 1:05 PM PST - 36 comments
This is probably the fault of my vintage programs but, for the past two days every time I've tried to preview a comment on the blue pages only, my comment was swallowed alive. Any advice? posted by realjanetkagan to Bugs at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments
When I click on a thread, (PDA, or Secret Santa story) I cannot save the info to my computer, is this a problem with a my computer(or skill) or something with MeFi? posted by clavdivs to Bugs at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments
Why was the last post on Jasmine Bleeth erased from the front page? I'm mostly just curious since I'm still figuring out the rules on front page posting. Why was this particular thread deleted? Or do I deserve an explanation? posted by mayalucia to Feature Requests at 11:42 AM PST - 27 comments
The thread I posted earlier has had it's link redirected away from the low bandwidth "printer-friendly" version to the high bandwidth version. Why? posted by NortonDC to Bugs at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments
I'm using IE5 on a Win 98 machine, and when I finish reading a thread and hit backspace to return to the front page, I'm plopped back in time to November 17, rather than the top of the thread (I view chronologically). I deleted all my Temporary Internet files, which I thought would fix it, but it's still happening. Ideas? posted by acridrabbit to Bugs at 4:32 PM PST - 12 comments
Just as a matter of interest ... are the hit rates for member profiles stored anywhere? Any chance of a league table? Wouldn't that end the debate about who is actually A-list? posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 3:36 PM PST - 20 comments
What is view on posting updates/new developments/new articles in comments of one's old posts? I searched but could not find. Thanks. posted by Voyageman to Etiquette/Policy at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments
What do you think of editorializing and directing commentary toward a discussion that the poster prefers? Particularly in the FPP text? (See Steven Den Beste's post.) posted by moz to Etiquette/Policy at 11:38 AM PST - 40 comments
The "is palegirl dead?" thread was probably not a good idea. I think of rebekah as a friend, though we have only exchanged a few emails over the years here, and I was alarmed (and still am, a little). I imagine other people were worried too. How to handle threads like these? posted by rodii to Etiquette/Policy at 9:47 AM PST - 47 comments
What do people think about a ./ -like feature allowing you to rate comments made by others, and then a filter feature allowing you to ignore comments below a certain threshold? posted by purplecow to Feature Requests at 1:21 PM PST - 27 comments
in metatalk only, once i visit "x new" for a thread (or even just the top of a thread), returning to metatalk wipes out any "x new" comment notices that had been listed before. posted by moz to Bugs at 1:06 PM PST - 5 comments
Shouldn't front page posts describe the content of the linked material? Lately a few posts have offered a brief opinion of the linked material without describing it (e.g. this one, this one, and this one), which I find a bit of a nuisance because I have to dig just to find out what's going on. By no means am I trying to criticize the posters; I simply wanted to draw attention to a general trend that might need correcting. What do you think? posted by mcwetboy to Etiquette/Policy at 7:47 AM PST - 11 comments
Do you think that a page with links to the best etiquette and "what is the policy on...?" threads from MetaTalk would help new members get a feel for the tone that MetaFilter has had in the past? posted by ztt to Feature Requests at 10:37 PM PST - 15 comments
are we FearFilter now? lots of alarmist language used in frontpage posts in the past few months. it seems like we're posting with language forms we've learned from major news sources, which have turned into "all-crisi-all-the-time" media channels. is it appropriate? posted by patricking to Etiquette/Policy at 12:00 PM PST - 15 comments
I'd like to request that when a post is removed because it is a double-post, can it simply be removed from the index page and a link to it inserted into the comments for the post that is retained? Is this possible? posted by greyscale to Feature Requests at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments
What is view re cutting and pasting full article text in Mefi comments section if unavailable any other way? (I found thread re posting to subscription sites, but could not find this topic) posted by Voyageman to Etiquette/Policy at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments
What is the policy on "passing on" links to metafilter?
I've been mailed by someone I don't know asking me to post a link for him (apparently he can't because of the "closed policy" ( what is this?) - but he would if he could...)
Anyhow - besides the fact that I've already posted my link for the day and so can't post his - what is the policy on this? posted by Spoon to Etiquette/Policy at 4:17 AM PST - 8 comments
Is it important for Metafilter to grow its membership? Is it important for feature requests to be implemented? If the answer to either is yes, isn't it then the membership's challenge ( or responsibility?) to contribute more cash, or to contribute more time to help figure out how more cash can be generated. More inside. posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 1:02 PM PST - 44 comments
I don't know who this "mathowie" character is, but he appears to have found a way to get past the one-post-every-24-hours limitation, posting two front-page threads within an hour of each other- probably with some super-sophisticated hack or something. Someone better close this loophole before other people start exploiting it! posted by hincandenza to Bugs at 4:37 AM PST - 9 comments
Since my last proposal was hijacked by others such that I was unable to attend, I will again propose a Mefi Get Together in NYC. But this time I'll go out on a limb, proposing a rough date--a Thursday or Friday evening in December--and the venue--most controversial, I suppose--the Blah Blah Lounge in Park Slope, a 24 minute F Train ride from the Broadway Lafayette stop. Cool place; a fireplace, a few couches; a sense of adventure in coming to the Slope (see the Statute of Liberty and Ground Zero from high above Brooklyn!). Also, if anyone wants to fly in from Europe, it's about 100 minutes from JFK on the A Train + F Train (very convenient). posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 10:58 PM PST - 40 comments
Apologies for being persistent re new membership. How about gracioulsy booting members off that have not posted a link after 1 (or 3 or 6) months to give eager new members a chance ? (of course, there may be no such animal) posted by Voyageman to Feature Requests at 9:41 PM PST - 30 comments
the law of decreasing comment length: as a thread ceases to be a potentially useful resource for information and argument, its average comment length approaches 0 asymptotically. (such as here, here, and here.) other patterns are out there, i'm sure. (how about "giant comment punctuates end or near end of further commentary"?) posted by moz to General Weblog-Related at 2:41 PM PST - 31 comments
Despite all the new RAM, at least from Europe, access is reaching 11.9 levels of difficulty. Is static-rendering possible? This time users are trusting MetaFilter more than the usual sources, as it does a great summing up job. posted by MiguelCardoso to Uptime at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments
I made a small tweak to the main page stylesheet. On IE 5/Mac, the main post text should wrap around the sidebar on the right, instead of leaving a blank space below it. I tested it in IE 5/win2k, IE 6/XP, Opera/PC, and IE 5/Mac and it seems to be exactly the same. posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:57 AM PST - 5 comments
This is an attempt at an improvement in regards to enforcing already established MeFi etiquette. How to curb bad MeFi linkposts. How to curb topic drift caused by potentially incendiary responses to poorly conceived MeFi frontpage linkposts. It is humbly submitted for public perusal, dissection, and judgement. Please be kind. [MORE] posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 11:03 PM PST - 4 comments
Idea: every week, each user gets to vote for one thread as Thread of the Week. Monday, the winning thread is linked in the sidebar. Occurred to me as I was reading the smoking thread, which I almost missed completely. posted by lbergstr to Feature Requests at 7:19 PM PST - 5 comments
I noticed recently that now when I hit the back key after posting and get to the original thread screen, I don't see my new post there without reloading. In the past, it updated automatically, and "backing up" to it would find it already updated. Struck me as interesting, and I wonder if this was an intentional change or a byproduct of some other change? posted by rushmc to Bugs at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments
In the preview view of the post I just made, it said "[will be posted in metafilter >> feature requests]." Shouldn't that say MetaTalk, not Metafilter? posted by rushmc to Bugs at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments
Threads are identified with a day and month, but not a year. Now that there are a couple years' worth of archive, it happens that people link to an older thread from a previous year, and when one goes to that page, all we see is something like "March 30." In many cases, placing the thread in its proper timeframe is extremely relevant. Is there any way to mark these with the year so that we know if we are dealing with March 30, 2001, March 30, 2000, March 30, 1999? This will only become more of a problem as the years go by. posted by rushmc to Feature Requests at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments
Lofi Mefi's style sheet suggests a text and background color for body (black on white). This is fine unless some moron (i.e., me) has default colors of mint green text on a black background with white links. The mint green and black background are overridden but the white links end up on your white background.
Assuming a user's default link color is blue could lead to unreadable links, so please add at least colors for links (there already is a color on a:hover, but no background). (Alternately, if you want, remove all color suggestions from the style sheet.) posted by gleemax to Bugs at 2:22 AM PST - 8 comments
I know it is poor form for me to post a front page link to my own web site. What about to a site that I have other involvement in? For example, say I were Editor in Chief of a newspaper and I post a link to a controversial article from said paper. Is that bad? Does it make a difference if I am up front about my involvement in the paper?
A friend from Oakland told me two nights go night she was unable to register to become a member? Was there a problem with the site, or is she daft (my view). posted by Voyageman to Bugs at 5:59 AM PST - 24 comments
i'm noticing that 1) more of us of us are needing work these days, and 2) matt needs help with a revenue stream. what about MetaSchmooze? (more inside) posted by patricking to Feature Requests at 6:08 PM PST - 44 comments
Users can't preview or post comments in Netscape 6x. When you click the preview button the preview, form field and form button areas show up blank. I've experienced this on NS6.1 and NS6.2 on both MetaFilter and MetaTalk. This has only been happening over the past few days. (I think this bug may be related to this bug, but I'm not sure. For some reason I can't view source on the preview page.) posted by mrbula to Bugs at 10:48 AM PST - 2 comments
"MetaFilter," he repeated testily.The truth was he hated his own site. An unruly beast broken free of its chains and now whipped about by an unruly mob intent on banishing Salon links and killing anyone linking directly to a rich media presentation without due warning. I had stopped going months ago before it became trendy and horribly chic - or before Haughey's magazine spread appeared on the stands, replete with his naked, supine form in the centerfold, scars and all. posted by solistrato to MetaFilter-Related at 9:51 AM PST - 28 comments
Help: can anybody point me to the thread where they discussed various image-search engines better than google's? I think the original post was about one that used some sort of fuzzy logic system instead of just keywords. posted by signal to MetaFilter-Related at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments
Whenever I have visited MeFi index.html today, and I am not logged in, I only see posts up to about 10 a.m. today (11/6). (I use a lot of public machines over the course of the day, so that's why I'm never logged in. It's also why I'm sure it's not a cache issue.) posted by rschram to Bugs at 8:27 PM PST - 3 comments
What is the correct form of address here at MetaFilter? Or isn't there one? Real names seem to be used more and more. In this thread holgate and ljromanoff address each other as Lance and Nick. Can we use a real name when we know it - by exchanging emails with someone, for instance? Isn't it confusing for everyone else? Does it make others feel left out? (Examples inside.)
Lately, many people have been promoting concepts such as MetaDiscuss, which implicitly attack the concept of discussion on MeFi. But is this what we really want? [More inside.] posted by Marquis to MetaFilter-Related at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments
It may be just me, but in just the last couple of days I'm finding that my comments are being auto-appended with extra <p>, resulting in a few lines of blank space after my comments but before the comment footer. At first I figured it was just me being careless with extra <p> tags lying around in my post, but it's happening every time and this test post exhibited the same behavior. In the second paragraph, I typed the line and inserted no paragraph or br tags, and didn't even hit return to start a new line- yet after hitting "Post" there are extra <p> tags in the HTML after posting. Thoughts? posted by hincandenza to Bugs at 4:21 PM PST - 4 comments
I was thinking of doing a list of "best of" threads for metafilter, on the archives page. Do you recall any of the best threads that meet the following criteria? If so, post them here as a comment.
How about by topic?
globalization: (I know there were at least a couple great, civil, long threads about it)
prisions: (among the 5 or 6 in recent memory there must be one or two good ones)
huge news threads: (the biggest kaycee one, the seattle earthquake, and the first WTC one?)
good audience participation threads:
good weird finds? best thing for $30 threads? Just plain good threads that don't meet any of the above criteria?
If you have any favorites, post a link to them, and I'll try to organize them. Think about the best MetaFilter has to offer, and find those threads that exemplify what the site can be. posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:09 AM PST - 40 comments
Just an idle question: From where is 'What he said' derived? Or 'she,' 'te,' 'it' or *name*... I saw it here first and then heard some character on the now even more craptacular than ever! Andromeda say it: The TV was on when I was writing something last night... So, somebody clue me in here as to where, when, why and how this expression came to be. Just wonderin'... posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 PM PST - 17 comments
Unlike the behaviour at Metafilter itself, here on Metatalk, after I arrive at the new flat front page with the (x new) flags on threads, if I click into a thread to read the comments then hit the back button on my browser, I seem to be losing my (x new) flags. posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 6:00 PM PST - 5 comments
Lets assume some one out there believes a particular Mefi thread can potentially have value in other media (eg, TV script, syndicated column, book, etc) I undersatnd authors own their own posts (if I read Mefi correctly) but who legally owns the complete thread? Am I thinking about this correctly? posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 10:12 AM PST - 12 comments
Re: LoFi MeFi, I really like it, but also keep forgetting to use it. I've got a huge bookmarks list, and still manually type most of my addresses, for some reason. Could this be added to the prefs screen, so those of us who want to use it just get redirected? posted by Su to Feature Requests at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments
Lileks to have pay option. It's returning to its full-bandwidth glory and: "I’m going to try something new here. The site, as it was, will still be free. But instead of putting up new stuff willy-nilly, I’m going to create a members section. Every Monday, a new peculiarity from the Institute’s gargantuan archives. Pictures, money, ads, early 60s British men’s magazine pinups, matchbooks, and many other peculiarities. A year’s subscription: $25." Well, count me in. posted by mw to General Weblog-Related at 8:55 PM PST - 2 comments
Is something in the posting code deliberately down-casing all the text in a link? In this thread there were two attempts to post a NYT link which included upper case letters and both failed, so the link was posted directly as text to be cut and pasted. posted by Steven Den Beste to Bugs at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments
I was looking at the source in the Auto-close Open Tags thread, and I noticed that the comment submit box has my user password stored as clear text. It's not like MeTa/MeFi need to be highly secure, but I'm wondering if there is a better way to handle that. posted by willnot to Bugs at 1:44 PM PST - 9 comments
You can now leave tags open wily nily on MetaTalk (coming soon to MetaFilter).
This is a test to make sure unclosed tags get closed. Of course it will work. (I purposefully left the bold and italics tags open on this post posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:00 AM PST - 93 comments
New bug: metatalk comment previews don't work in Mozilla. I hit the preview button, and I get the "Comment Preview:" text, nothing, then links to the home pages. The page source says "error resolving parameter". (The previews work fine @ metafilter, and for metatalk *posting* like I'm doing now; and they all work OK in IE.) posted by dhartung to Bugs at 2:42 PM PST - 0 comments
I stumbled across "...Free, Easy Instant Discussion Space...." at www.quicktopic.com (sorry, can't get link to work) Seems anyone can instantly set-up Metafilter-like community blogs/boards. Are there many others like it out there ? Is this good or bad for Metafilter? posted by Voyageman to General Weblog-Related at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments
Apologies in advance if this is a really dumb problem, but I can't post a comment to MeFi. Just when I'd finally got up the courage to join in!
I log in, type my comment & press [Preview] and it just takes me back to the login screen. I have tried logging out & in again, it didn't help. Does anyone have any ideas what I am doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
This is my first post here too - maybe this won't work either... posted by Gamecat to Bugs at 9:20 PM PST - 2 comments
what if each thread and comment had a "notify" link next to it; click the link and you get a pop-up window asking if you'd like to send the note, and if you clicked yes, a notification would be sent to matt, saying "this thread needs your attention" or "this comment needs your attention".
that way, people could notify matt of double posts and flamewars while they were reading the thread; this would eliminate the need for matt to constantly monitor the board himself, and potentially cut down on all those annoying double post comments.
the note could either send a separate email to matt, or it could just send a note telling him to go to a page that would compile the red flags by thread. he could see at a glance that 1 person flagged thread (a) and 12 flagged thread (b), and so on. this page would have check boxes next to each comment that had been flagged, so that matt could delete each notice once he had dealt with the trouble post.
if that seems like it would generate too much mail for matt, then a hybrid "star chamber/notification system" : this feature would be activated for 20 active, trusted members (preferably in various time zones).
the main result of this feature would be to eliminate the need for matt to continuously monitor the board himself, while at the same time ensuring that he makes all the calls regarding the appropriateness of any given post.
does my description make sense, and is this an idea that would save you time, matt?
What if Matt has it backwards? Maybe people ought to get front-page posting priviledges first and discussion priviledges later. Is MeFi a community 'blog or a discussion board? posted by NortonDC to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM PST - 4 comments
There's a new a new update to the hilarious "Get Your War On" comic that was the subject of this post. Now there's a page two and a page three. Since the original page was linked already, this would be a double post on MeFi, right? But it's okay in MetaTalk, right? Or should the updates just be mentioned in the comments of the original post where no one wil see them? posted by elvissinatra to Etiquette/Policy at 3:06 PM PST - 28 comments
The America's Terrorist Training Camp thread prompts me to suggest that the obscenity filter be turned up on Mefi and be more of a basis for being "evicted." Obscenity is an excellent predictor of uncivilized, vapid, ad hominem debate. Not a ban on it, just less. Please. posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 11:57 AM PST - 50 comments
How useful would a "Search Users" function be? You could search for a particular username, or location, or whatever. There have been times where I wondered how many people were from a particular city (or at least owned up to it in their user profile). How difficult and/or useful would something like this be?
I don't know if this has been mentioned or suggested before; but, regarding all the talk of 'stupid posts' and 'useless comments' --- what if matt built in an "ignore this user" feature? Then all posts from that user would never appear on your screen, all the comments would be blanked out with " *** this comment ignored ***"; or you could have your choice -- ignore posts but not comments. And then you could have a user admin screen that lets you see everyone you're ignoring. that way, you could periodically check and see if they've gotten better and you don't care to ignore them anymore.
again, i don't know if this has already been discussed. i searched for it but couldn't find anything. just a thought. posted by bliss322 to Feature Requests at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments
Minor detail: going to user.mefi/[number] you get links to a user's MeTa threads and comments - very useful - but going to username.mefi/[name] you don't. posted by rory to Feature Requests at 3:40 AM PST - 3 comments