November 2010 Archives (all archives)
This is not what AskMe is for. It looks like there is ample evidence that this question is not made in good faith, enough to err on the side of deletion. [more inside]
MemoryFilter: without looking at the site, how many MetaFilter usernames can you recall from memory? Set the timer for 10 minutes. [more inside]
Following the recent Complaints Choirs post, I thought it would be a cute idea to sort out our very own Metafilter Complaints Choir. There's a few of us on it now, but it would be great if you contributed as well. [more inside]
MeFi Shop is open for business. Or will be once we get your contributions. Thanksgiving was late this year so we're a bit behind on the MeFi Shop. Have something to sell? Let MeFites know about it. [more inside]
Searching for an old post. It was a SLYT clip, if memory serves. I bellieve it was the introduction to a movie that featured three people (I think E. European gypsies) playing folk music in a field... [more inside]
December's Awesome Post Contest is a GO! [more inside]
How much does someone's metafilter name influence your impression of them? And have you ever realized you were wrong? [more inside]
It's fascinating that the decision by the developers of Diaspora, the ("open" but currently in closed alpha) Facebook alternative to make "Gender" a text field got a lot of attention (mostly on Twitter), a lot of it rather negative. Considering that MetaFilter has always done that. (I pointed it out to them) [more inside]
Replies in Metafilter? I assume this has been discussed in the past, but since my searches in didn't unearth anything, here it goes anyway. [more inside]
"Post about it when it's out. When it is out is the time to post about it. Etc." The whole point of this post was that large portions of the leak are already out on Twitter [1, 2] [more inside]
When is "needs more context" an appropriate reason for deletion? [more inside]
I was just wondering... How many of you guys browse askmefi primarily as a source of entertainment, rather than as a potential answerer? [more inside]
Aren't projects for something that you've done and not a way to show off someone else's stuff? [more inside]
Thanks for deleting my irritable response to a question about how to succeed at writing. I guess it punched a button of mine.
In a new world record, I've already received my Secret Quonsar gift, 10 minutes after the final draw. [more inside]
Dear Orville: Please refrain from accusing me of derailing a thread by answering a direct question. Thank you. And Jess, sorry for losing my temper. You did right to delete my post. [more inside]
What colour is the MetaTalk background? I have terrible colour vision and can't tell if it's grey or a sort of muted lilac. Thanks.
Thread update: three men have been charged with the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from Auschwitz. One Swede with "neo nazi" ties and two Poles alleged to be commercially motivated. Three other Poles pleaded guilty to related charges earlier this year.
I tried a search and didn't find anything on what I'm about to mention, but I've noticed a trend in the Blue lately and it's getting on my nerves, and that is when a comment is preceded by: "Really?" [more inside]
thanks, mathowie, mods, and netizens of metafilter. [more inside]
Why in the world will my Flickr profile not link up? [more inside]
I done terrible things to taters... cuttin' 'em, fryin' 'em... you give a tater a man's constitution you can bet he's comin' to pay old Joad a call!
Wrath Minded Taters (SONNL, Single Onion News Network Link, 2.5 mins, site inserts an advertisement before the video unfortunately) [more inside]
There's a blinking cursor now, I swear there wasn't before...and I can't keyboard-navigate correctly: What's going on? [more inside]
Lute Cat (not to be confused with Zither Cat) began life as a deletion reason on the blue, was briefly batted about on the grey, was then auctioned off for charity, and is now residing in Projects, ready to be purchased and taken home. Oh won't you love him, Mefi.
Some people in the thread about a woman confronting a flasher on the subway seem to prefer discussing the etiquette behind pulling the emergency cord. Here's a place you can do that, so those who want to discuss the main topic can get back to doing that.
Personal genomics company 23andMe is holding their one-day $99 sale again tomorrow (Wednesday, November 24th). I'm mentioning it here because we discussed it on MetaTalk last time they had a sale and it generated a lot of interest from MeFites, many of whom signed up. The sale starts at 10 AM, and you must use the code B84YAG at checkout.
Infographic of the day: a handy chart to help you know the best website to ask your question.
Has there ever been a question on the green with such great responses that it spawned a post on the blue? [more inside]
I'm seeing double in the Popular Favorites. [more inside]
Comments that stay in your mind and pop out unbidden at the strangest of times. [more inside]
Pony filter: Combine tags so as to EXCLUDE questions that have some specified tag. [more inside]
Others examples of antagonistic fashion AskMe threads? [more inside]
I swear there was a recent AskMe thread that described a website or program that could take a screenshot of an entire webpage, even if it went off the bottom of your screen. [more inside]
Alright, this morning some of us were entertained by an FPP which reminded me that we're now one year on from the 100k raffle and jamaro has yet to name the 100k-reserved account. What's up and when can we expect the suspense to end??!? [more inside]
Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com) has been out of closed beta for a while. It also gets a fair amount of love in any fiber-arts-related post on the green or grey. Can we add it to the list of social networks in user profiles? [more inside]
Is there a way to create an RSS feed from my favorites?
If you haven't heard chococat's The Worst Things over on MeFiMu yet, then you've done yourself a disservice. [more inside]
The first wave of $5 noobs celebrate our sixth birthday today. $5 noobs are a community weblog project that allows participants to make comments & posts to MetaFilter on their home or business machines.
World Community Grid celebrates its sixth birthday today. WCG is a distributed computing project that allows participants to donate unused cycles on their home or business machines, and to designate the scientific project which will use those cycles. Since its inception, the 43,000 members of WCG have processed 110,000 years of donated time and have provided 200 million results to the research teams involved. The MetaFilter team is responsible for slightly more than 8.5 years of donated computer time and about 12,500 results. [more inside]
The time has come to give gifts for the Metafilter Cares Holiday Gift Drive! Please step right in to find out how you can help... [more inside]
Where is that thread I read about a blogger / webdesigner / freelancer of some kind with very masculine topics who pretended to be a man, now outing herself as a woman? [more inside]
If you're going to delete a post because the subject is already being discussed in another thread, at least help people find that thread. [more inside]
We're making some background updates to the site today, please excuse our mess. [more inside]
Let's argue about Cooks Source again. She posted a self-righteous not-quite-apology today. I know a lot of people find this tiresome, but I actually think this is a fascinating case in the fascinating discussion of the future of copyright and publishing. [more inside]
Why is a gift list for men too chatty? [more inside]
We love predictions. Especially looking back on predictions that have since been proven incorrect. I was thinking about the fact that a while back I predicted a certain lots-of-babies-having couple would stay together when they have spectacularly broken up and then I thought that a website full of pompous know-it-alls like us should be able to point to a bunch of predictions that we made in years past with the kind of confidence and assurance only an internet expert can muster that have been proven completely wrong. "By 2010 cloned dinosaurs will be common house pets." or "After the Peak Oil riots of 2009 we will all be living in igloos made of dead cloned dinosaur house pets." That kind of thing. So, if you please, show me your Metafilter comment wrongness. [more inside]
Hey there, butt puzzles, here's me and jessamyn rattling off insulting nicknames for your entertainment. [more inside]
A recent post about a Belgian couple's journey (by Toyota Landcruiser) through the Congo has garnered both praise and criticism; now the author of the piece, Frederick, has shown up in thread to discuss his experiences and answer questions.
What was the quickest Best Answer? [more inside]
I'd love to find someone to interview for a class assignment (due Thursday), about problem solving in teaching English as a second/foreign language in a classroom. There seem to be a few experienced ESL teachers around here, and it would be awesome to be able to talk to one on the phone here in the US. Would it be appropriate to look for an interviewee via AskMe? [more inside]
It's secret quonsar time again, but this year we're doing it in two flavors: Anyone/Anywhere and [My Country Only]. The randomized draw will be on American Thanksgiving, November 25, and the send by date is Tuesday, December 6. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on November 24. Spending Limit: $15. [more inside]
The "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA) is back on the Judiciary Committee's schedule. [more inside]
Can we have a separate subsection of MetaFilter just about airline travel, security, the TSA, backscatter machines, agressive pat-downs, ball cupping, and other related topics? It could be an area for posts about these issues, questions, projects, jobs, and music. I feel this would be both a great place to productively funnel the surge of ongoing interest and a way to help keep the rest of the site from being inundated. Potential names for the subsite welcome and appreciated.
Any MeFites want to test out an XMPP/Jabber chat server? Well, registration is open. [more inside]
What is "outragefilter"? How do we tell? [more inside]
Four months after this, we get threadshitting from the get-go in another sports thread.. [more inside]
clavdivs: our personal Joyce, or Burroughs, or what? [more inside]
Bug-Filter: Recent Meetups pane only shows one meetup per city per day even if multiple meetups occured. [more inside]
This episode was recorded Monday, November 8th and runs a bit over an hour long. We recap the usual stuff from around MetaFilter [more inside]
Please either answer the questions that people actually ask, or don't answer the question. [more inside]
IRL Venue Address should not be mandatory in all cases [more inside]
Holiday Heads up! After the great success of last year's gift drive, I'm organizing another for this holiday season. [more inside]
The Single Best Method I've Found for... Given the perennial popularity and utility of "What's your favorite way to X" AskMe questions, and recipe questions, and frankly, the to-me fascinating quality of stuff like this, why not have a MeFi section devoted to lifehacks, recipes, and other time/money/environment/effort-saving shortcuts? The "Eat Me" Wiki, for example, is a nice compendium... but it looks like someone put some effort and time into it. Why not just have a section in which MeFi users can post lifehacks at random, so that users can just find these things via tags? Applying the voting system used for Projects might add to such a section's usefulness.
Yet another "what should I do about this.." inquiry. This question was posted on AskMefi and I find that the subject is mind blowing enough that I want to discuss it.. [more inside]
Sort by favorites? [more inside]
Time travel update: a zaftig George Clooney is spotted at an Evangelical rally in 1947. [more inside]
Pre-ordering is officially open for "I [+] MetaFilter" shirts! Order today, until "Cyber Monday" (Nov. 29th) when we will close up the orders and start printing shirts. They will ship in mid-December and should arrive to US addresses in time for xmas. International orders may take a bit longer but should arrive around the new year or shortly after. (Previous discussion of proposed shirt designs/orders)
Dumb-About-IRL-Filter: This meetup never happened. How do I delete it so it doesn't show up in "Proposed meetups" anymore?
Did I find a bug or is something wacked out with my system? Weirdness with vids and caching...maybe? [more inside]
Is there a set number of links/questions on the front page of Metafilter and AskMetafilter? [more inside]
Happy Birthday Me. Or, the one year anniversary of my rape. This was me. And I want to say thank you. [more inside]
On October 29th at 2:19am, MeFites skauskas and UbuRoivas had an 8.2lb. healthy baby boy named Jasper! Both mother and father are doing well.
I'm sure lil ubu will be posting in no time.
I'm sure lil ubu will be posting in no time.
Pony request: can I see proposed IRL events on my iPhone, in a mobile-friendly format? [more inside]
Sometime this year, someone made a post on one of the very common ring tones used by many cell phones (which I can't replicate here sans an audio file). Some claimed to be the most recognizable and oft-played melody on the planet. One of the links was to a classical-style piano variation that used the ring tone as a point of departure. I can't find it, and it's killing me. [more inside]
I am not your...Doctor, Therapist/Counselor, Attorney/Lawyer, Mechanic, Dentist, Veterinarian... [more inside]
It is standard Metafilter practice is to add links inline, but when the website they point to dies or rearranges its content they become meaningless. I'd like Metafilter's link dialog to encourage us to add hoverable descriptions to our links. This wouldn't just preserve meaning when a link has died; it would give us a way to alert people to PDF or video files without putting distracting warnings (PDF) in the actual text.
[few comments removed - if you want a place for your "fuck America" rant, might I suggest MetaTalk? Seriously, it's like you don't even like MetaFilter.] posted by jessamyn at 11:26 AM on November 6 [+] [!] [more inside]
This thread breaks my recent activity. Within the (I assume) div tag for that thread, it lists a loop of all threads I have participated in. I'd post a screenshot, but Steve Jobs didn't see fit to put a print screen key on the macbook.
Every single request for hip hop recommendations lists the same artists over and over again. [more inside]
Logging on is not dangerous, is it? Is it? [more inside]
Pony request for those of us who think better about hitting "Post Comment" [more inside]
There's a legal term for violating a copyright owner's exclusive rights: it's "infringement," not "theft." And to this day I have not heard a single justification for why not to use it. I'm done with this derail, but I look forward to having it again every time this subject comes up" - Well, me neither. How about we don't? [more inside]
So whats up with my ads? In the US I receive them and in Spain I don't. I want my front page ads via the deck. They are interesting and teach me things. [more inside]
MefightClub/MeFi Minecraft Server important news! [begging the mods forbearance on a slightly niche matter] [more inside]
I'm looking for a site that I'm pretty sure I saw either as a Projects or Metafilter post a few months ago. It had a bunch of random questions for you to fill out; I remember "Who shot the serif" as one. The site was black, and it was really slick and user-friendly. It saved your answers to make a profile you could link your friends to. Please help; googling for "cool site" is unsurprisingly unfruitful!
Six Minute Story. Enough people using it to warrant making it social app to link to from the profile page? [more inside]
It's that monthly book club notice. MeTa book club, still reading our way through the syllabus for the Open Yale course on post WWII US literature, is now reading John Barth's Lost in the Funhouse. Discussion goes up in MetaChat on December 6. Around December 20, in MetaChat, we will discuss next choice of book. Lots more information here in the MetaChat wiki, or via the book club link to the wiki on the Meta Talk sidebar.
If you're not getting the answers you want at AskMe, Wired has a handy flowchart to help you decide which social search site is best for you.
Automated truncation of this long comment in mid-<small>appears to have broken Recent Activity. [more inside]
It's that time of year again! For the past several years, we've enjoyed swapping gifts in a secret Quonsar swap. I'll be organizing it this year (with the help of Indigo Rain, last year's organizer) My goal is to open signups on November 15, and do the ceremonial giftee random draw on (American) Thanksgiving Day, which is November 25th. Before we open the floodgates to this year's Secret Quonsar, there is one outstanding issue we need to resolve. [more inside]
Is there a script or trick that I can use to display a list of the comments I marked as "best answer" in my own questions? I'm thinking for recipes, "recommend me music..." and similar queries, it'd be great to be able to copy/paste or print out a list of the comments I intend to delve into more later. I'm thinking there's already a way, but I just don't know it.
/Pony-request-filter: Would it be possible to see which comments are favourited the most, much like the "Popular Favourites" for posts?
What is the general consensus when you've contributed an answer to AskMefi and another answerer decides to be snarky about what you said? [more inside]
Where's the post on Melitta (and similar) one-cup style filter thingies? I remember reading it, but I've searched "melitta" and "coffee" on both mefi and askmefi, and I can't find it. Does it exist or am I hallucinating?
Pony request -- can we have automagically embedded vimeo clips?
One year ago today, a metafilter shitstorm was brewing, when the mods inadvertently hit upon a collective hot button... favorites. [more inside]
We need more shirts! [more inside]
I'd like to discuss communication and discussion methods that might help us stay out of flame war territory, especially in long and contentious discussions. [more inside]
Facebook has an open position for a Questions Community Manager. The text itself is pretty fascinating with superlatives like"anything you can dream up", "thousands of moderators" and "the full resources of Facebook at your disposal". I obviously thought about AskMe and Jessamyn, and she agreed it was an interesting Meta post. Knowing that communities start from the ground up, I am especially interested in thoughts about how such a gigantic operation can be handled, if it can at all. [more inside]