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Back button runs a new TextAd.
Just noticed that if I am in a thread I followed off the homepage, then click back, the page reloads with a new TextAd. But if I've scrolled down a bit to click on the thread in the first place (let's say I'm checking out what I missed yesterday), when I go back I miss the ad (unless I scroll up to see what it may be).
I'd assume this counts as an ad served, but it isn't seen. Now I know the ads are real cheap and it is just one count, but should it be different?
posted by jaysoucy to Bugs at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments
tag fixing gone awry
. the culprit appears to be a colon inserted rather than a double quote mark in the html source for an href=url key-value pair, causing the tag fixer to become very confused and add an extra double-quote mark -- one for each of two a href tags -- at the end of the tags. you'll have to view source to see what the post was actually meant to be and where the problem is.
posted by moz to Bugs at 4:18 PM PST - 1 comments
In light of the Guardian's Seven Wonders of the Web (though more importantly because it would be very interesting) would it be possible to ask Matt and some of Metafilter's most active members to share here in Metatalk what their selections would have been? (I assume its ok to ask and this is an appropriate post ?)
posted by Voyageman to General Weblog-Related at 5:26 PM PST - 29 comments
Would it be out of line to ask new member ( . )( . )
to choose another handle? It's annoying and embarrassing to type; vaguely sexist and makes it difficult to address his comments seriously because it's so graphically distracting.
Come on, Jason Kent, do yourself and all of us a favour and choose a sobriquet with some letters in it. It can be as juvenile as you like, but minimally verbal. You seem keen and have points to make. We'd appreciate the gesture, believe me.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 12:09 PM PST - 78 comments
I just tried to post a link to this article: http://english.joins.com/Article.asp?aid=20011226014315&sid=300
, but I got this message instead.
The link you entered ( ) was found in 12676 previous threads.
This can't be possible, can it? Any ideas?
posted by Rastafari to MetaFilter-Related at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments
I suppose Matt is just working on something, but I can't see the comments on MeFi. [error msg inside]
posted by qbert72 to Bugs at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments
didn't work for me when posting this morning -- instead of a spellchecker window, I got this message:
Due to the current advertising climate, SpellChecker.net no longer offers a banner supported service. Webmasters: click here to sign up for the paid version of the SpellChecker.net system.
posted by daver to Bugs at 9:58 AM PST - 29 comments
I like MeFi. I think it it sexy. Now where can I get the code for it? Are there even plans to releasing the code?
posted by manero to MetaFilter-Related at 1:55 AM PST - 11 comments
I thought I noticed that the number of users has been hovering below 13,000 for a couple of months now, yes? Then all of a sudden, today, we stand at a proud 13062! What happened? Would that nice person (moz?) who posted the topic and user numbers links the last time I asked possibly mind posting them again?
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments
Everytime I go to Metafilter's main face, after a minute of reading I get redirected to a different online store. The last one was ThinkGeek. Three times this happend, and then my system froze. I'm using IE 5.1 and Windows 98. This isn't what normally happens, and I'm confused as to why.
posted by FunkyHelix to Bugs at 5:04 PM PST - 12 comments
There's nothing technically wrong with it, but how about fewer posts which promise grandiose unified political or social field theory
or promise to upset your preconceptions about some subject? Explaining "everything" is admirable, but let the readers decide for themselves whether the world has just been bouleversé. (examples inside).
posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments
Has something changed about the way Metafilter displays. In the last couple of weeks all I see when I go to www.metafilter.com is posts which have had recent comments. From what I can tell the post with the most recent comment is at the top of the list.
Prior to this strangeness I used to see all posts in reverse chronological order going back in time, a week maybe? I've checked the Options page to no avail...
posted by dgeiser13 to Bugs at 11:43 AM PST - 2 comments
What exactly is it that just happened to Blogger? I saw hints that there had been some sort of security breach, and now everything is inaccessible. (And the Blogspot server is outright offline as I write this.) There was some sort of password break?
posted by Steven Den Beste to General Weblog-Related at 9:43 AM PST - 40 comments
I'm really sorry to bring this up, i discovered this site while actually looking for a old court case. But i saw the comments that had been put up about the man with the bombs in his shoes. On sunday i arrived at the Reno/Tahoe int. airport 3 hours early , so that i would make sure i had plenty of time to reach the flight. My husband had been radnomly picked for the bags checks. Not only did they search our bags while checking in, and i mean taking everything out. My nair clippers, tweezers, and razors which were in my checked baggage removed from my travel bag. At the check point my husband had to remove his shoes so they good inspect them he basically was strip searched. Okay so after all of that we reach our gate. Getting ready to board the plane we were again taken out of line to have our carry on bags searched. In the middle of a busy airport boarding a plane to Houston, they removed very personel female items from my back pack opening the box to where every person in that area would see them. Every item pulled out and gone through. not only was it bad enough with how overboard they have taken these measures to, But to publicly humilate the person;some computer picked is closely on the board of haressment. This also happen once we landed in Houston and were begining to board the same airline to finish travelling to Jacksonville,Fl. I know that i will not ever fly that airline again. But the reason i wrote was to ask how far is too far for the airlines to go? I realize i'm no where near as smart as lot of the members of this website are. And i'm sorry if i bored you.
posted by mel_slud to Etiquette/Policy at 2:29 AM PST - 22 comments
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like a lot of political threads like this one
or this one
seem to boil down to "left" vs "right" mudslinging? shouldn't we be more interested in rejecting labels rather than pushing them?
posted by mcsweetie to Etiquette/Policy at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments
Merry Christmas Matt! (and everyone else BTW!)
Thank you Matt for what you have created and your obvious passion for sharing knowledge and may you and yours be blessed in the new year!
posted by tilt to Etiquette/Policy at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments
Front page wierdness! Under Opera 5 on Linux, the FPP for Digital Beauties
Under Mozilla 0.9.2.1 on Linux, the entire front page from that point on is
. Looks like it's due to an unbalanced
container. And SIZE=1
??? What's up with that???
posted by chipr to Bugs at 1:49 AM PST - 5 comments
posted just to earn affiliate money? kufel
, member since 12/20/01, has posted no links, comments or threads to MeFi or MeTa, but has taken out two TextAds for DreamHost
, each with what I imagine must be his own WebID appended on the url.
I know they're paid ads, and the proceeds go to mathowie, but this somehow feels weird to me. (Is there even an etiquette for TextAds, anyway?)
posted by mattpfeff to Etiquette/Policy at 12:47 PM PST - 22 comments
How about some dates for the side-bar? Instead of Monday [br] You missed a great thread, you could put in Monday 11/23 [br] You missed a great thread, fool! Fool optional.
posted by skallas to Feature Requests at 2:25 AM PST - 13 comments
I finally fixed a couple long-standing bugs. One, when you used <blockquote> in a comment, the preview page would look screwy, but upon submission, it would appear fine. That is fixed. The second, as mentioned by nicwolff below, had to do with the preview not being an exact preview of the comment after submission. That has been fixed, and the special code clean up that is done on submission is done on preview.
posted by mathowie to Bugs at 12:19 AM PST - 24 comments
Could we cool it with pasting images in threads? It used to happen once in a blue moon, which was okay - now it happens almost daily. If we want wacky photoshop graphics I think there's lots of other sites for that.
posted by owillis to Etiquette/Policy at 7:21 PM PST - 29 comments
had a white background when I previewed it (like this one
still does), but it disappeared when I posted it. Shouldn't "Preview" mean "show me what I'll get if hit Post now"?
The HTML filter appears to have elided the "style=" and quote marks from the tag.
posted by nicwolff to Bugs at 4:40 PM PST - 19 comments
. The link in this thread's post just vanished. I know it was there because I linked it (a yahoo news piece) to read it and now it's gone.
posted by eyeballkid to Bugs at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments
There doesn't seem to be any way to tell exactly when an old thread was posted. The original FPP has a 'time posted' tag, and the comments all have 'day' tags, but there's no year listed anywhere. (more inside)
posted by jnthnjng to Feature Requests at 9:09 AM PST - 10 comments
When I try to post something on AOL or Netscape (v. 6.0), why don't I get the settings on the post box that I do on MS Explorer? Like the Bold, Italics or link button? Also, Ctrl + Shft and T (for italics) or Ctrl + Shft + B (for bold) doesn't work either.
posted by Rastafari to MetaFilter-Related at 6:21 AM PST - 6 comments
This is interesting
. Postroad's post had a bad link and other members went searching for an appropriate link. And finally they did
find one which seems to fit perfectly(Good work, Tubes
I had a link too, but hesitated, as I didn't know whether this would be intruding on Postroad's post. How could I tell it was my link he was thinking of? Is it ethical or just Darwinian to provide a FPP's missing link
So - is it right to "find a link" by proxy, based on a post's wording? (FWIW, I think it's acceptable, but strange
We all know people who post to the FP should check that their links work. But shouldn't they also hang around for an hour or so to see if any there are any solvable problems?
posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments
I know this has been discussed before
, but I think it might be interesting to say that some part of France still can't access MeFi and are redirected to Plastic
instead. (more inside, hopefully)
posted by XiBe to Uptime at 4:50 PM PST - 7 comments
AU may back off unsuccessful "Pacific Solution"
Howard himself may be clearing the ground for a back down. In a marked departure from his election campaign rhetoric, he said in an interview last week that turning asylum seekers' boats back to sea was "completely inhuman."
That's not just marked, it's a 180! There was a bit of interest in this story here a while ago, but I thought this new wrinkle in AU's aid-for-beds deal with Pacific nations didn't merit another "FPP." (see also 1
posted by rschram to MetaFilter-Related at 2:55 PM PST - 5 comments
Why do people persist in doing this
posts a link to an Amazon page showing that they're selling sex toys, ostensibly to incite commentary on what Amazon and other e-commerce outlets will/need to do to become profitable. In reality, however, it seems to be nothing more than a crass attempt to get a few bucks from MeFi's significant readership by making the link include his Amazon referrer code. In the words of the immortal Michael Stipe, "I call bullshit on that."
posted by hincandenza to Etiquette/Policy at 4:06 PM PST - 35 comments
is a community of web developers promoting the mutual exchange of ideas and experiences, and that enjoys reading, discussing and dreaming about web application development, community design, weblog software, online journalism, collaborative writing, and much much more ...
posted by Dries to General Weblog-Related at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments
: Rock'n'Bowl (n'beer). Saturday, January 12th, 8pm at Diversey-River Bowl. Chicagoland MeFi kids, other area webloggers, and any visitors around at that time or other curious onlookers are all welcome! (Sorry for the delay
in setting up the event; November was a weird month for me.)
posted by jason to MetaFilter-Related at 11:21 AM PST - 10 comments
Most obnoxious flash ad ever?
Wired News just lost lots of hits from me since I used to read it twice a day and linked to it often.
"Used to" being the operative term.
The flash ad fad is starting to fray my nerves.
(I wanted to post this to Metafilter, but I thought I'd get chewed out since it probably isn't linkworthy by some readers standards.)
posted by zeb vance to MetaFilter-Related at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments
One of my favorites is going down. Hopefully, only for the nonce, but Robot Wisdom is going on hiatus due to Jorn Barger's financial troubles. See his message at http://www.robotwisdom.com/weblogs/yafc.html .
posted by MAYORBOB to General Weblog-Related at 3:57 AM PST - 32 comments
I posted something on Mefi that was apparently inappropriate (OK, thinking back on it, it wasn't a good idea): a request for advice about a family member becoming part of an orthodox religious "cult" like organization. It was killed pretty quickly. Can anyone tell me a good place to ask questions like this, here on this site or somewhere similar? I was hoping for advice from the people here; after hanging around here for a few months, I'm continually impressed by the quality (and quantity) of comment posted here.
posted by luriete to Etiquette/Policy at 4:51 PM PST - 21 comments
I tried to embed a midi of "Celebrate (good times)" to topple a thread at 99 posts. It was there in the preview screen but absent after posting. This is a bug.
posted by holloway to Bugs at 7:27 PM PST - 16 comments
Since about 6:00am PST, I must have had about 30+ server timeouts like so:
Error Occurred While Processing Request
Error Diagnostic Information
Request canceled or ignored by serverServer busy or unable to fulfill request. The server is unable to fulfill your request due to extremely high traffic or an unexpected internal error. Please attempt your request again (if you are repeatedly unsuccessful you should notify the site administrator). (Location Code: 26)
Anyone else having problems?
posted by davehat to Uptime at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments
IE has a huge, gaping hole
that allows executable files to be downloaded and run on the computers of browsers.
thanks to the wonder of non-disclosure agreements, we won't know the precise nature of the bug (yet), but this one sounds bad.
posted by moz to General Weblog-Related at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments
in the village voice letters section
this week, the author of the article discussed in this thread
responds to a few letters about the article with this:
Tony Green a/k/a N. Bedford Couch replies: To quote malphigian from metafilter.com: "I'm aghast, Mr. Swift is proposing we eat the poor Irish children!" The short version is that the piece was satire—I'm not entirely convinced some of the letters I have received (like the two wholeheartedly agreeing with the piece) aren't also. If people didn't get it, it's likely because it's not that far removed from some of the oddball takes on race and music that they (and this black man) have heard and read since the dawn of the hip-hop era.
posted by palegirl to MetaFilter-Related at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments
i'm not grown up enough yet to post to the main page, but i have this fascinating link that's burning a hole in my browser... what should i do?
posted by dorcas to Etiquette/Policy at 1:06 PM PST - 16 comments
what is with the recent spate
about 'zany' ebay auctions? it's not like there's a shortage of other
, more appropriate venues
. can/should something be done to curtail this practice before it becomes a daily occurrence?
posted by mlang to Etiquette/Policy at 6:42 AM PST - 7 comments
Apologies if this is the wrong venue, I can't think of another place to ask:
"Just give us a couple of days" said Plastic as they went offline about a week and a half ago. Anyone know if they're over and done with?? :(
posted by BentPenguin to General Weblog-Related at 6:11 AM PST - 12 comments
What is view on posting external articles of interest in metatalk much like metafilter ? Thanks. (PS Wash Post and NY Times articles are posted in comments, as I am somehow unable to link from here, maybe just as well until I get the response.)
posted by Voyageman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:06 AM PST - 6 comments
Instead of simply deleting posts that people suggest should be deleted, remove them from the front page and disable further new posts on them. That way people like me who don't read MeTa very often will still know what you guys were talking about and why thread x
should've been deleted rather than just having to figure it out from comments.
posted by zztzed to Feature Requests at 4:25 AM PST - 7 comments
"Anyone who posts Kottke.org to Metafilter.com should die. heh. uhh?"
Feel free to post any derogative posts about this MeFi post
which are not helpful to the actual thread here. "I'm tired of Kottke." "Zach's a loser."
All that stuff goes right here. I reserve the right to defend myself.
posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 9:04 PM PST - 32 comments
Are you supposed to reference your source? Sometimes I feel like I should let others know where I found the info and other times I don't feel it adds anything to the post. I've often seen people add a [link via X site] to their posts. In my post here
I didn't think it was necessary to include that I saw the article in the latest WIRED
magazine b/c if you subscribe to or read WIRED you saw it and if you don't then it's new to you. Not suprisingly, the obligatory backhanded comment
posted by suprfli to Etiquette/Policy at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments
Can we raise the level? MeFi is what we make it. Is there anything we both can and should do, besides policing, to deliberately improve the site and our enjoyment thereof? [more]
posted by mattpfeff to MetaFilter-Related at 7:13 PM PST - 32 comments
a thread who's discussion seems to have almost nothing to do with the link it was supposedly based on. I know we've asked this before, but do people actually visit the links they're commenting on? 13018 could be a worthwhile, unique discussion. Instead, to my eye at least, it's mostly people discussing something that's fairly obvious.
posted by mrbula to Etiquette/Policy at 2:15 PM PST - 10 comments
Am I the only one who finds the proliferation of What [x] are you most like
sites on the Internet annoying? Note that I'm not saying they shouldn't be linked on the front page, just that most of the ones I've seen on the Net as a whole have been pointless and increasingly nonsensical. The sites that attempt to tell you how [y] you are with a percentage are equally ludicrous. I am not, for example, 22% goth.
posted by anapestic to General Weblog-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 33 comments
The moment I click on the first MeTa thread all the useful little "new comments" lights on the other threads disappear. This has never
happened over on MetaFilter. What are we, second-class citizens here or what? :) Anyone know a way round this?
posted by MiguelCardoso to Bugs at 2:55 AM PST - 10 comments
Description: wasn't brought to current day's weblog
1. typed in url
2- clicked on link
3- clicked back
4- brought to weblog for 2 days ago.
actually, this has happenned to me three times over the last three days. Very wierd. The only way around it is to keep refreshing the page. I hope this isn't happening to other people. Could it be because i deleted all my cookies recently?
posted by xammerboy to Bugs at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments
stood at the massive glass windows of his permanent residence at the W Hotel on Third and Howard in San Francisco. He'd had the top three floors made into a single towering space with 40-foot ceilings. The elevator flowed to a smooth stop in the center of the space he shared with his wife, Kay, who was now standing near the Henry Moore reclining nude eating a pomegranate. "What's the weather," she asked, although she could see perfectly well what the weather was. After all, those were some big fucking windows.
posted by mrbula to MetaFilter-Related at 10:15 PM PST - 26 comments
I really hope that mathowie isn't bothered by me posting this here, but since he's talking about in on his site
, I'm going to assume it's okay. Matt's dad has had a stroke, and is in hospital. The reason I bring it up is to request that we maybe take some care not to break things here over the next little while, and maybe send some positive thoughts in the general direction of Matt's family.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 2:08 AM PST - 48 comments
Test post -- I'm showing nothing posted in MeFi or MeTalk since 5:00 pacific... :: blows in microphone :: Is this thing on? :)
posted by metrocake to Bugs at 10:53 PM PST - 16 comments
Just a follow-up to the now-defunct Christmas song thread...just wanted to thank my fellow MeFi-ers for providing an invaluable service. My husband was assigned the task at work to compile a Christmas song CD to give away at the office party, preferably some "unusual, or out of the ordinary" stuff. When he came home and whined about this assignment, I assured him, no worries! Ran to MeFi, found the Xmas song thread, and was able to provide him with more suggestions than he could fit in a wav format on a CD.
So thanks, all, for your great Christmas song recommendations! And happy holidays to all!
posted by Oriole Adams to MetaFilter-Related at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments
1 quadruple FFP in 2 minutes [1
Do we have a winner?
posted by Neale to Bugs at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments
At the moment, I'm working on the Valentine's Day section for my newspaper chain, and the topic of the centerpiece this year appears to be "cam girls". I've never bothered with them, so I know bupkis; anyone have links and enlightenment to get me off to a start?
posted by Perigee to General Weblog-Related at 6:21 AM PST - 22 comments
Vertical space at a premium, yet long FPPs still happen
. How about a count on the characters in the textarea (server side probably better) and a warning like "Are you really sure all this text needs to be on the front page? Have you considered the [more inside] technique?"
posted by sylloge to Feature Requests at 2:44 PM PST - 18 comments
Is there a lexicon--on or offsite--of commonly used idioms hereabouts?
'Snarky' comes to mind, a word to which I took an instant disliking but the exact meaning of which still eludes me. Not being on the Net 'since we were programming Univacs with punch cards--or abaci with cuneiform tablets--etc.' and all that, it would be nice to know common usages...
I await the instant jpoulos response.
posted by y2karl to General Weblog-Related at 10:31 AM PST - 46 comments
Is there a way to see a ranking of the sites most often linked to by mefi members in their posts? (would be interesting to see where mefi takes us every day, sites might find it interesting to, if that mattered) Also, is there a way to search for all mefi posts linked to a particular site? (was going to post something from ApeCulture but then thought maybe everyone goes there already, so why bother) Thanks.
posted by Voyageman to Feature Requests at 7:56 AM PST - 12 comments
Would it be possible to add a button to adjust the font size in the edit comments field? Similar to the Bold or Italics button, a "-1", so it's simpler to add asides to your comments. Having a "+1" would be bad, for obvious reasons. (also, there's a small bug -> inside (that -1 would have been useful here))
posted by skwm to Feature Requests at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments
From what I understand, Mefi began as a forum to discuss Web design, whereas it has become a forum to discuss news, ideas, whatever, with a Web site almost incidental to the discussion. Opinions as to when this happened; a specific day or week (these kind of questions interest me)? Also, as much as some people bemoan this evolution, wasn't it inevitable?
posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 5:10 AM PST - 24 comments
This is almost certainly bad MeTalk etiquette, but I desperately need to find a thread posted some months ago about an autistic (or otherwise mentally handicapped woman) who made "art" by wrapping common objects in string. I want to write a paper for my Philosophy and Art class on this woman, but can't find the link... I've been Mefi/Google searching for about an hour now with no luck. IIRC, there was quite a lively discussion at the time... can anyone remember where the link was?
posted by tweebiscuit to MetaFilter-Related at 8:37 PM PST - 34 comments
I've been SmartFiltered
out of MeFi at work. I swear I only looked when I was doing a build. Mostly.
I tried using Ben Brown's MeFi/RSS demo
but it's got no links. Bad enough I can't see the discussions, but no links! (It's kind of like wanting a cigarette and having to make do witha picture of one.)
Where do I want to go today
? Without MeFi, I haven't got a clue.
Is there a solution, or am I doomed to be more productive at work?
posted by idiolect to MetaFilter-Related at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments
IS FBI reading and acting on weblog posts and comments or is it publicity stunt ? From today's Plastic mefi thread and Kuro5hin page: "As some of you may or may not know, we've apparently been read by the US secret service as a way of keeping tabs on citizens who voice opinions which are 'too dangerous' " (sorry cant get links to work)
posted by Voyageman to General Weblog-Related at 12:22 PM PST - 31 comments
For the record, I absolutely adore long front page posts
that are three paragraphs long with more links than I'm ever gonna get around to clicking on. I just wanted to say that before some MeFi cop came in here reading the riot act. =) I cite this as an example of when it's okay to do that. Who's with me?
posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 11:39 AM PST - 22 comments
NYT login info: metafilter/metafilter posted by o2b at 7:47 AM PST on December 3
Perhaps it would help to have our collective usernames and passwords for free registration sites permanently posted somewhere - say on the sidebar?
posted by MiguelCardoso to Feature Requests at 10:35 AM PST - 14 comments
Free weblog services? Opinions please.
I've had a pitas.com page for close to two years.
Unfortunately, pitas seems to be collapsing under it's own weight. Outages and "page not found" errors have become rampant. It's become too damn frustrating to use anymore. My requests for an explanation as to exactly what the problem is have been met with a deafening silence.
I'm not going to sit here and complain. It's a free service and you get what you pay for. Are there any weblog services out there that are reliable and relatively simple to use for those of us who are somewhat HTML impaired?
Thanks in advance!
posted by zeb vance to General Weblog-Related at 3:05 PM PST - 38 comments
I share my computer and have to login and out of MeFi a lot. Would it be too much to ask to have a login link at the top of the opening page instead of just the bottom?
posted by corpse to Feature Requests at 8:08 AM PST - 8 comments
Since when did Microsoft start using textads at the top of the MSN Portal
? Granted, I don't visit MSN much, but weren't there banner ads up there in the not too distant past? Did they take a hint from MetaFilter and PyrAds?
posted by tomorama to General Weblog-Related at 6:35 PM PST - 3 comments
Is it irresponsible to post crackpot theories on MeFi? This post questioning the link between HIV and AIDS
links to a site that is full of misinformation and has no scientific validity. Misinformation about AIDS is potentially deadly. Shouldn't a poster do some minimal checking first? I didn't want to respond in the thread itself because I think the fewer people who see it, the better.
posted by anapestic to Etiquette/Policy at 8:53 AM PST - 21 comments