If you're going to make a post related to Iraq and the impending war, please reconsider, as the topic has been discussed previously many times.
I know - a minor quibble. posted by armoured-ant to Bugs at 8:23 PM PST - 39 comments
It's do-it-yourself MeFi Numerology Time! 17171, MetaFilter's most recent member has a very good number. So do Rich, who is 123; Eirixon, who is 11111 and, of course, Matt who is number 1 in more ways than one. Now that membership is opening again, good numbers, like primes, become increasingly rare. How long will 17171 remain the coolest? And are there any even cooler numbers attributed to non-posters, like the beastly Hafif, who is 666? [Please delete if this is too silly for words.] posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 3:50 PM PST - 89 comments
¡Finalmente! I'm finally going to turn on new user signups, and I'm shooting for doing it on Monday. But I could use some help [more inside] posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 3:49 PM PST - 201 comments
The other day I posted a sentence including the Greek letter pi. This appeared as the Greek letter on preview but came out as a couple of question marks in the actual post. Today a post by languagehat included some Kanji characters and a bit later in the thread he says, darn it, ...those characters looked fine on preview. Can someone explain the difference between preview and live posting when it comes to special characters? Thanks! posted by jfuller to Bugs at 3:32 PM PST - 25 comments
So SpaceCadet says that he wants to talk about marriage, then posts a completely worthless link that is nothing but anti-women bullshit. It features, among other things, defense of abusive husbands, the categorization of raped women as "unmarriageable," and the general claim about "how inferior they are to men in every way. Would this sort of thing be tolerated even as well as this has if this were about any other group? posted by LittleMissCranky to Etiquette/Policy at 2:31 PM PST - 216 comments
Colored usernames. How about a per-user defined option to have usernames show up in custom colors to keep track of users I want to read (red) and users I don't (gray) and everyone else (default). Or some other way to highlight when a user I really like posts without having to memorize lots of names. posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 7:39 PM PST - 42 comments
I have mixed feelings about hoopyfrood's Michael Jackson belongs in jail post. On the one hand, I agree with the general "don't editorialize" philosophy and its corollary "save it for a comment in the thread." On the other, this isn't exactly the New York Times and a poster's take on their subject is arguably an integral part of the post. "Letting the link speak for itself", when it involves a news item, is all very well - but perhaps keeping one's opinion out of the front page text is also an exercise in obfuscation and even dishonesty. Has current policy on editorializing changed? ( I speak as a frequent editorializer, I should add. Even though I agree "pedophile of pop", with its dubious inverted commas, and all-capitals IN JAIL!, as well as the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty except Michael Jackson, are way too extreme a way of going about it.) posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 PM PST - 84 comments
"Why can't homosexuals take responsibility for their role in the propagation of HIV infections? It was their culture and practices that facilitated HIV infection and tipped the balance to epidemic. Even before this male homosexuals known for their association with transmission of disease".
"Queens are pathetic in old age as their protestations about the faults of others fail to hide their wrinkles"
Jesus you people* are hateful, and smug too.
Amidst all the talk about grudges and nemesii; stalking and vendettas; personal beefs and antipathies, the fact remains that, when you've been on MetaFilter for a while, the chances are that you've also made a few friends - or, at least, established some pleasant, lasting empathetic online relationships. Are they - or can they be - considered friendships? Or are they better considered fleeting and virtual, ready to evaporate at the first hastily answered (or unanswered) e-mail, not worth the paper they weren't written on in the first place? posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 6:28 PM PST - 74 comments
Is Metafilter, as a community, in the process of degenerating from a gathering of the web's most interesting minds to a place for intellectual inbreeding? [more] posted by VeGiTo to Etiquette/Policy at 5:58 PM PST - 264 comments
While we're having MeFi meetup fever, anyone close to Asheville, NC (vaguely metropolitan mountain city about two hours from Charlotte)? If so, I'd be pleased as punch to host a gathering... posted by moonbird to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:58 PM PST - 14 comments
So I can't be the only person consistently hitting preview and correcting all my UBB to HTML. It doesn't seem like it would be too hard to automagically correct the standardest of standard UBB ([b] [i] [u] are pretty much the only ones I ever use) codes to HTML. So, I'm requesting it as a feature. posted by kavasa to Feature Requests at 4:17 PM PST - 69 comments
Lockdown: Year one. This comes up every so often, but today is the one year date since Mefi closed its doors to newcomers so perhaps its a good date for a thread on the policy and its continuance. What have been the effects? What will be the long term impacts of continuing the policy?
Also, as one of the late entrants, how come I still don't know why my user number if bigger than the total number of users and how do I do little writing in posts? And why isn't 'Mefi' in the spellchecker? posted by biffa to Etiquette/Policy at 4:34 AM PST - 119 comments
Am I the only one who is questioning the intellectual text of Tiamats comments as of late? Sure, i've said some very embarrassing and pointless things in the past, but cmon! This is almost to the point of pointless blather. I guess you could say that I don't know anymore. posted by Keyser Soze to Bugs at 2:53 AM PST - 60 comments
Matt. Way to go on the sidebar entries for upcoming MeFi meetups. It's great to know that the editorial stance of Metafilter isn't just about the good ole' U.S. of A., but also includes all those tiny little countries you may have read about in National Geographic.
[/boiling blood] posted by seanyboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:57 PM PST - 13 comments
What: Boston Area MeFi Orgy Party. Where: Darwin's Ltd., 148 Mount Auburn Street (Harvard Square), Cambridge, MA When: Saturday, November 22, 2003, 5:00 p.m. Why: Because this guy being in town gives us a good excuse. [more inside...] posted by anathema to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:09 PM PST - 64 comments
I often repost mefi stuff on my blog, often meaning Several times a week, sometimes multiple times a Day. I have an html template I use but I do keep changing the format a little. I'd be glad for some advice on how to do it right, or acceptably. You can check what I mean at http://radio.weblogs.com/0123486/ or for short http://rootcellar.info
I'll try to be checking back here, but there is the email link on the page.
This ________ thread is in clear violation of [insert Metafilter policy]. [insert MeFi user] stepped over the line. Why was __________ permitted? Has MetaTalk served its purpose well or has it become useless? Discuss. posted by ed to MetaFilter-Related at 3:08 PM PST - 25 comments
Yes, this is probably too short a notice for most people. No, don't feel bad if you can't come. Fret not, there will be other meetups in the future. Of that you can be certain, grasshopper. posted by antifreez_ to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:02 PM PST - 18 comments
The topmost thread on metatalk has tons of white(gray) space between the description and the comments/timestamp line. The space seems to coincide with the sidebar. Only when I'm not logged in, using Mozilla Firebird .6 through .7. posted by angry modem to Bugs at 9:00 AM PST - 30 comments
This story is NewsFilter, but not new NewsFilter (which is not so much a problem for me as it is for others) it's OLD news which by definition is not news. Not only that, but the new news of this old story (which was covered in many a place) is that the patent was considered invalid:
"A panel set up to look at the Patent Office has concluded that the current system is not working very well. Given that the USPTO managed to conclude in a breathtakingly fast 12 months that a patent for how to swing on a rope swing was invalid [no, I'm not making this up...], I don't see what the big problem is. Meanwhile, Amazon announced their intention to seek a patent on the printed word, and possibly on stone carvings." from Linuxworld.
Why is this on the front page? For those too lazy to click, "this" is a post that consists of a link to the latest Thomas Friedman column, and a statement that's basically "I agree with what Tom said." One link. No questions.
I went and reread "what makes a good post" and, I noticed, there's nothing about this scenario. If you want to post something with next to no content, that's Newsfilter, and that doesn't seem to be asking any questions to the community, and that only has one link--go ahead. I think there should be some kind of guideline, since this happens at least 2 times a day (or at least, that's my made up statistic and I'm sticking to it). I mean, this seems way more content-less than the fried chicken thread from yesterday. posted by jbrjake to Etiquette/Policy at 9:46 AM PST - 31 comments