November 2011 Archives (all archives)
It's time again for our annual December Awesome Post Contest! [more inside]
IRL Pony Request: Slightly more event information in Recent Activity. [more inside]
Feds: New York Mafia and Russian mob joined to lure women as strippers; arranged sham marriages [more inside]
This is weird. Compare the alarming post on AskMeFi with previous posts by Servix. Something seems off to me. [more inside]
Pony request: In an effort to save people from their own mistakes how about an extremely minimal editing ability for comments? [more inside]
December's Health Month is starting up! Come join (or rejoin) the MeFi team and meet some of those goals you've been meaning to get around to. Lots of sponsorship chips are floating around for those who need them. [more inside]
Can we add Diaspora to the social app list in our profiles? (Also can this be a thread for MeFites who want to link up on Diaspora with other MeFites?)
I'm curious as to when/why the 'I was a backtagging superstar!' was removed from profiles.
You know that thing people do where they swear a friend of their sister's total used to work with a woman who named their kid Shithead (pronounced Shi-thead of course)? I remember reading a great takedown from someone here about why that kind of subtle racism is especially insidious. I'm having a hard time finding it through searches. Anyone remember what I'm talking about?
It would be really nice if we got a warning when HTML formated text is not going to show up on a post preview instead of it just being deleted from the text box. Thanks for all the hard work!
It's that time of year when people who like that sort of thing can buy/sell stuff to/from other people who like that sort of thing. Last year we had about sixty participants. Interested in being involved in this year's Shops by MeFites? Read on... [more inside]
Weekly meetups in IRL? I want to do something in Brooklyn with the same venue and time, on the same day of the week. Is there any functionality for this? Or is the solution to just post the same thing over and over?
MeTa Book Club Notice: We are nearing the end of the Open Yale syllabus! The penultimate book is Edward P. Jones' highly praised first novel, The Known World. [more inside]
I'm really sorry, but I am nowhere near as computer savvy as the rest of you. Could someone please explain to me (with small words; talk to me like I'm four) how to make links? Possibly relevant: I'm never on a real computer, I only have an iPhone. (yes, weird, I know.)
Three ponies for mobile browsers: remove posts from Recent Activity, go to my own comment after posting it (instead of the top of the page) and the ability to make a new post. Safari on ios 5 here.
Biggest comment-to-favorite ratios? [more inside]
Pre-emptive moderation considered bad? [more inside]
Is it just me, or do we have a little new moderator problem with post and comment deletions? [more inside]
Happy Friday! It's time to sign up for the no-stress extended remix MeFiSwap! [more inside]
Secret quonsor wtf? So, in the Secret Quonsar swap I seem to have drawn someone who turns out to have done their PhD (last year) in my husband's department. Is there something in the algorithm that makes that more likely than the absolutely bizarre unlikelihood I would have thought it had?
Are drive-by questioners good, bad, or indifferent? I've noticed a recent increase (I'm going to avoid specific links since this is more about policy than specific examples) of people who ONLY ask questions and don't otherwise contribute to MeFi or AskMe. Is this a problem or not? [more inside]
A couple changes to make making Greasemonkey scripts more straightforward, please? [more inside]
The keyboard shortcuts in the editor (which I think are recent since I haven't noticed them before?) clash with OS X's text-area shortcuts. Specifically, ^B for bold steps on the systemwide ^B for "move cursor back one character". Can we have a user preference to disable these?
It's almost time for another major US holiday and we're trying something new here at MetaTalk this Thanksgiving: a post queue. [more inside]
Metafilter travel buddy matchup? [more inside]
Why is all news about the Occupy movement being funneled into a single thread? [more inside]
Recently active pony: Is there a way to see recent activity since specific, non-self comments? Or some other way to bookmark threads? [more inside]
So, four mefites collaborated on a Metafilter-themed panel last month at at the Association of Internet Researchers's 12th annual Internet Research conference, and we thought we'd go ahead and share our presentation notes and such. Come on in! [more inside]
Standards for science news posts? [more inside]
Wow. It's just occurred to me that it was 7 years ago today that I signed up during the Great N00b Influx of '04. The day when, officially, this place started going to the dogs (in a good way). [more inside]
Could Recent Activity and Favourites be somehow colour-coded? [more inside]
How do I make a hyperlink on an AskMefi post? [more inside]
Per Request by the man himself... "Take it to MeTa" [more inside]
What are the best single-link posts in MeFi history? [more inside]
Pony: a 'best-answer' kind of highlight on the comment that currently has the most favorites, at any given time, in any given thread. Better yet, what if each comment actually had a "best comment in thread" link next to the "+", and the comment currently with the most votes for "best" would be highlighted in the thread? [more inside]
Pony request: add Instagram as a social app on profiles. [more inside]
Infinite back button loop in chrome? [more inside]
I use the mobile site on my phone fairly often. There's a convenient little jump to menu button, but the lovely links start with Mefi and Ask and Meta and have Recent Activity 12th, after things like My Preferences and Profile which I have never used on the mobile site. On the other hand, I use Recent Activity all the time. Can it get moved towards the top of the menu (or to the very top, like all the subparts if you are already in recent activity)? [more inside]
This hasn't been voted on yet, so let's wait and see what happens before posting. Respectfully, I think this is a terrible deletion reason. [more inside]
Pony request: Flag categories to move negativity into the flagging system and out of the comments [more inside]
There should be a 15 minute waiting period after an FPP is live on the Blue before anyone can post a comment on it. [more inside]
What's that black thing on the logo? MetaFilter is participating in American Censorship Day to help draw attention to a bill in congress that could hurt sites with user-contributed content—sites like MetaFilter. [more inside]
C'mon men of Metafilter. We need to up our Kiva loans! [more inside]
Dual (Falabella) pony request
- Support for limited image upload for use in AskMe threads
- Support for pagination of threads (even as little-documented URL edit feature)
I was searching for hilarious elephant gifs that use to fill the older days with such warmth and kindness among members, in light of this latest dust up, and instead came across a word count on Google.
Does the mobile stylesheet need the
<small>tag? [more inside]
Please, don't stop. It's just one post! [more inside]
Are any mefites on Diaspora? I just got my invite and I see three other people there who are following #metafilter, but I bet there's more of you. I'd like to systematically add mefites as contacts, so if you are on there and want to be added, please either follow #metafilter, or contact me.
Ninja Editing / Deleting by Moderators - how's about we see a bit of smoke? [more inside]
Is there an interest in (or plan to have) another December awesome post contest this year? [more inside]
MeFi is getting gamed. [more inside]
Is there a running list of Ask MeFi posts where we worked together to help strangers in serious trouble? What posts would you put on that list? [more inside]
Pony request: "Keep unread" for MeMail. [more inside]
It's secret quonsar time again! The randomized draw will be on American Thanksgiving, November 24, and the send by date is Monday, December 5. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, November 22. Spending Limit: $15. Note: We are doing things a bit differently this year. [more inside]
Can't favorite anything on AskMe. Clicking a + takes me to the top of the page and does not add a favorite. No problems on MetaTalk or the blue. [more inside]
What was the first post and/or comment made on Metafilter? How about AskMe? [more inside]
Mefi Magazine's sexiest mefite entries are now posted and the poll is live. Voting is open to mefites and non-mefites alike. Reading the entries is sexy. Voting is sexy. Poll closes at the end of November 13th. [more inside]
Congratulations to dirtdirt & his wife on the birth of their second son, Elliott, earlier this week! [more inside]
Is my deleted question really unanswerable? [more inside]
Apparently I'm one of two or three people who finds this post massively disrespectful and flippant. After having a few (admittedly ill considered) posts deleted and being told to take it to MetaTalk here I am.
Is there still a page that shows all the deleted Metafilter threads? Because I was interested in the Occupy Oakland thread that was posted today, and I'd like to see the outcome of what happened to it. [more inside]
Irritable-old-man-pony request: could AskMe guidelines go directly on the new-question page, at least the list of things that don't make a great question? Or maybe... [more inside]
Bookmarking vs reputation - What is the purpose of the 'favorites' functionality? [more inside]
Steam database compromised [more inside]
I think I saw a post on the site a year or so ago about the ethics of using Nazi medical data in modern science. [more inside]
I'm in the very early stages of developing a web app. Its not close to being ready for MeFi projects, imo, but I'd love to get some MeFite feedback on what I have so far! What is the proper channel for something like this?
Am I crazy or is it strange that there's no posts since yesterday at 7:15 am on the blue, and the subfilters since before that? I'm just wondering if there's a problem or we've suddenly gone quiet or busy or what. I miss my mefi.
We've noticed a slight uptick in the number of anonymous questions submitted recently, and we've found that sometimes the questions don't provide the context we need to approve them. So with that in mind we added a small change to the anonymous question form at Ask MetaFilter to help with that. We're now asking why the question should be anonymous. [more inside]
Could we revisit the close-a-proposed-meetup thing on IRL? [more inside]
Hello all, it's time once again for the (3rd!) annual holiday gift drive. Step right in for more information on how you can get involved. [more inside]
A member at Occupy Portland fell and suffered a severe concussion. He posted an AskMe question that made it pretty apparent that he was still suffering and was probably not able to care for himself. The signal was sent out and ottereroticist swooped in and, with an assist from Troll, brought him to the hospital, gave him cab fare to get back the next day and orders to check in.
Do the mods ever get to say "Gotta say it was a good day?" [more inside]
Why the hell is every second comment in this thread by empath? Yeah, I'm exaggerating, the real number is more like every sixth comment, but fuck, man, 35 comments in a thread with just over 200 comments is ab-so-fuckin-lutely ridiculous. I may not even have brought this up if it were in anyway an isolated example, but it drives me nuts and keeps me from commenting in empath-dominated threads. [more inside]
Damn, I really loathe the "lost their battle to cancer" cliche. This thread. So as to not derail the Joe Fraser thread even more, I thought this might be an appropriate place to sort this one out. Apologies if this is considered incorrect use of Meta. [more inside]
Curious about the weird this-is-so-not-Metafilter-related mail we get at the contact form? Then you might enjoy Thank You For Contacting Metafilter, aka Shit My Contact Form Says, a tumblr we've put together in the last few days. [more inside]
It's that time of year (at least in my hemisphere)... Did anything like this metafilter Chili Cookoff ever happen? [more inside]
What's the record for consecutive closed-after-3-comment metas? [more inside]
It's Raining Florence Henderson's account is disabled. Just wondering if anyone knows if he's okay, taking a break...?
Have you ever been in a fight? [more inside]
Bug, or just me? Cannot remove deleted threads from recent activity. [more inside]
This post was deleted for the following reason: Pretty thin for a notoriously hot-button issue; there might be a way to do this, but as a stand-alone – not so much. -- taz [more inside]
Best breakup advice on MeFi? [more inside]
Matt Haughey and his random tweet lead to a larger soapbox for him to complain about the changes to his beloved Google reader [more inside]
Saying "Wouldn't it be funny if..." near a crowded theatre? [more inside]
Would it be possible to have keyboard shortcuts (like ctrl-b and ctrl-i) for bold and italic formatting when composing posts and comments? I would envision it automatically putting the correct tags around whatever is highlighted. I don't use a mouse much when I compose stuff, and it would feel oh-so-good to ctrl-shift-arrow highlight, and then ctrl-b. [more inside]
Apparently we're erudite! And beloved by children (or something...) [more inside]
Pony request: Total play and download counts on Music tracks.
Why is video evidence of a police officer breaking the law not considered FPP worthy? Why, when subsequently posted (read: buried) in a thread two days old, 330+ comments large, and long-since derailed, is that post deleted as well?
AskMe post 200,000 happened today. It's just 20k shy of double the number of posts on Metafilter.
No kickstarter links? [more inside]
I just wanted to thank everyone who has shared their personal stories, outrage, opinions, wisdom and advice in this thread. [more inside]
Here it is, ghouls and goblins...the (sort of) annual, mod-approved Halloween costume MeTa! Go on with your scary selves, and show us what you got! [more inside]
Welcome MeFi's own Jeff Vandermeer, who says he's just popping his head in on Scattercat's post on The Weird, but it would be lovely if we could entice him to stay.
I'm having stupid-brain when it comes to finding a specific kind of cooking-for-total-newbies question on Ask. [more inside]
AcademicStudyFilter: What motivates answers on a Q&A site? [more inside]
Which interesting Mefite blogs do you follow? I know of some: blort, languagehat and bibliodyssey. Tell me more!
Is seems curious to me that this post was deleted for editorialising while this post remained. [more inside]
Who is Mefi's sexiest Mefite? Make your case here.