Attention first-time posters: hpsell recently made a hideous front-page post that violated just about every possible rule. Inevitably, he was greeted with a barrage of negative responses: [bad bad bad], "I'm not going to make fun of you because I strongly suspect that you're retarded," and the like. Did he whine, counterattack, or curl up into a ball and hide? No, he said "i didnt mean to ruffle any feathers... ill try to do better with the grammar." [more inside] posted by languagehat to Etiquette/Policy at 10:51 AM PST - 83 comments
Would it be possible, when comments are deleted, to replace them with a [comment deleted due to offensiveness] rather than delete it altogether, and have 100 people all scratching their heads going, "huh?" at the apparently non-sequitorous responses?
Search is broken, part 532. But this time it's a Google bug. Here's an example: I couldn't find a recent excellent AskMe, until iconomy kindly answered my MetaAsk, noting it was called MySonHatesMeFilter. But using Google, even with that unique string, I don't find the original article, but Yahoo and MSN find it. I'm afraid Google is no longer necessarily "your best bet". How about adding Yahoo and MSN search boxes? posted by Turtle to Bugs at 5:03 PM PST - 28 comments
Something changed in the past day with the front page formatting. The right hand column now seems to shove everything past the first few lines downwards...but only when you're logged in. I've tried it in both Firefox and IE. posted by RockCorpse to Bugs at 6:42 AM PST - 6 comments
I am in New Zealand, and we are on New Zealand Summer Time. UTC + 12 hours does not cut it - I need another hour. We start summer time early here, and finish it late, so this would make for many months of timezone happiness.
About today's earthquake/tidal wave post : today I read the New York Times site before Metafilter, but I dismissed the possibility of posting about it because of the recent snarking against linking to current news articles in front page posts.
Then I clicked on my Mefi tab to discover somebody had posted about it, and nobody's posted any "NewsFilter" gripes yet. Is it that the 0ldB33 Snarkers Committee really means "...to news articles we don't like (and you have to read our minds)", or is there a policy of ranking the human costs of natural disasters somewhere above doggie dildos after all?
As for that thread's content, I was little dismayed about the comments where people's big concern was for one dried-up (and never very good) Sci-Fi author (the movie "2001" was Kubrick's doing, y'all), but I withheld my remarks about that failure of etiquette and (as I see it) morals from the Blue -- as, as of this typing, so has everybody else.
But then of course I'm still a "n00b".... Are concerns like those I've expressed here today okay, or should I first submit my MetaTalk thread ideas to some MetaCognoscenti as well? posted by davy to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 AM PST - 159 comments
I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but AskMe appears to be displaying December 25th three times at the moment, although no questions seem to be duplicated. posted by rooftop secrets to Bugs at 2:34 AM PST - 5 comments
Seattle and beyond MeFi Meetup followup for scheduling.
y2k sez "nite after Xmas?" Alas, though, for we missed him playing slide guitar. Dan sez NYE and later. I'm open Monday and after. Others? posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:15 AM PST - 45 comments
When: Tuesday, December 28th, 6ish p.m. Who: You, me, and a bevy of attrative females Where: Vancouver. As for the specifics, that's up for discussion. posted by antifreez_ to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:21 PM PST - 12 comments
When I subscribe to the Ask Metafilter rss feed (using Firefox's Live Bookmark feature) only the title tags show, making the list come up as Question #123523, Question #675745, etc. Could the description tag be copied to the title tag in the RSS feed? Maybe the first 25 characters and then a "..." if necessary? Is there another way of seeing questions using this? Thanks. posted by zelphi to Feature Requests at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments
DC mefites assemble! The time of the metafilter gathering draws nigh. Tryst is the venue, and your hostess is the lovely and talented amandaudoff.
The date of the gathering is December 29th, the time is 7:00 PM.
(Note: I am not a DC mefite, as I live in sunny Virginia Beach, VA, but I'm going to drive up for the get-together, assuming one or two of you are committed to going.) posted by mragreeable to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:19 PM PST - 21 comments
How about adding some mechanism whereby we Canadian users (and/or further abroad, but I don't know how complex that could get) could join the "Users near this user" crowd? Obviously we would have to provide postal codes, but the mechanism must exist, since it is used on several other site.
As far as integrating it with the US one, well, I don't know if that would be possible, let alone plausible, but it'd be a nifty addition. posted by ChrisR to Feature Requests at 6:19 AM PST - 18 comments
The use of small tags in front page posts bothers me. If something is worth saying, it's worth saying properly. A lot of the time it is used for unnecessary commentary about the post itself. Don't! Other times it's used to lessen the impact of a longer post on the front page, but preserving front page space by simultaneously posting less useful content seems like backwards logic to me. In preferences, I've set my small font size the same as my general font size, but it doesn't work. posted by nthdegx to Etiquette/Policy at 2:55 AM PST - 85 comments
Countdown to posting?
I had a good AskMeFi question and went to post it but got the No Posty For You page.
Would it be possible to get a countdown timer involved so that I could get an idea of when I could ask the question? posted by fenriq to Feature Requests at 12:09 PM PST - 70 comments
There was an AskMe thread today about essential software to take on tech support calls to loved ones' computers over the holidays. It got deleted, I assume because the question's been asked and answered a couple of times. (+) posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 AM PST - 9 comments
My user page is borked. I've answered way more than zero things in ask.me. I've posted more than zero responses in the blue. I'm pretty sure I can't post in the blue, either, though this may not be a problem anymore - I just haven't had anything blueworthy recently. My account is pretty old, and it was stagnant for a while. Does that explain things? posted by tomierna-old to Bugs at 8:36 PM PST - 7 comments
This is my first MeTa thread calling someone out, but this just seems out of line. A new member posts a good link that is not news/politics/religion, and someone has to find something to whine about. Good job sticking up for yourself, though, miss lynnster! posted by TedW to Etiquette/Policy at 6:39 PM PST - 64 comments
What is the appropriate role of links in making FPP’s? A lot ofpeople seem to think that MetaFilter is, essentially, about discussion. But Matt deletes “bad” links, even when they might generate good discussion. Why? If I want to discuss a topic, why can’t I just go and find any old link to start things off? Or can I?
It’s an oldtopic, but maybe we should adapt to our new users. And short of a definitive pronouncement from Matt, the only way to determine appropriate behavior around here is through community consensus. So: What say you all? posted by gd779 to Etiquette/Policy at 12:01 PM PST - 127 comments
It's certainly been a contentious couple of weeks in MeTa! I'm hoping we can get back up to MEETUPS. Seattle, Vancouver, and San Francisco, I'm looking at you! [+] posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:28 PM PST - 31 comments
I just skimmed the past two months of MeTalk looking for this thread and didn't find it, so excuse me if it's a DP, but: When I went to post an AskMe question today, I got this: You've asked a question in the past week. There is a limit of one question per week, which you've used up. Make them count, because you'll only get one a week. [+] posted by blueshammer to Etiquette/Policy at 5:27 PM PST - 52 comments
There's been a lot of hand-wringing in re: askme lately, so, have we considered the idea of the temporary ban? I submit for your consideration this post. In my mind, that warrants, say, a 2-week ban from askme. Second offense is a 4-week ban and third offense is a permant ban. All from askme, mind you, I'm not talking about a mefi-wide ban.
Of course, this is all more administrative overhead for Matt and god knows I wouldn't bother were I in his shoes. It just sort of seems like a definitive "this sort of uselessness is not desired here" response would be nice. posted by kavasa to Etiquette/Policy at 1:16 PM PST - 88 comments
I'm guessing this should be moved here, since MetaFilter is about links (and no, the 1998 report of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament isn't enough). Yeah? posted by Pretty_Generic to Etiquette/Policy at 8:13 PM PST - 45 comments
I'll be housesitting in DC from Christmas until January 6th and would love to meetup with some MeFites. Anyone up for grabbing a drink in the mid (or post)-holiday lull? posted by amandaudoff to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:56 PM PST - 21 comments
When you quote a comment from another user, you don't change the words that the other user wrote (unless you use clear edit marks like brackets and elipses to show you made a change). You would think this is mind-numbingly clear, and yet... posted by bingo to Etiquette/Policy at 8:09 PM PST - 77 comments
I recently posted my first thread to Metafilter today. Within five minutes, it had been taken down. Did I happen to violate some policy/taboo/sense of etiquette? posted by Leege to Etiquette/Policy at 12:17 PM PST - 174 comments
So I posted this (about trying to rid myself of two cats), and then there was this, and since it caused a bit of a stir, I thought a brief follow-up couldn't hurt. [more] posted by vraxoin to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 64 comments
In this askMe post, which is now gone from the front page, rio (and several other people) wondered if there was a way to post to del.icio.us from FireFox without a pop-under window. After some research, I found this extension which does the trick (tested on my winXP machine). After installing it, you can post to del.icio.us in a pop-UP window (even with the blocker turned on) by pressing ctrl+shift+s. posted by grumblebee to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 AM PST - 14 comments
Annual repetition. This thread has begun a discussion on the MeFi acceptability of pages which change on an annual basis. Are annual repostings of this nature acceptable? [MI] posted by biffa to Bugs at 5:21 AM PST - 59 comments
Matt, it would be great if you could whip up a little script that would automatically post to the front page every time a new "in 30 seconds with bunnies" movie is posted. It would save us users a lot of time and effort. posted by jjg to Feature Requests at 12:52 PM PST - 35 comments
Recently, Matt put up a sample page for the new AskMe Ask A Question page. Included in the sample are sections for questioner selected categories and keywords. The cataloger in me sees both the use and the danger in this, so... [+] posted by robocop is bleeding to Feature Requests at 9:01 AM PST - 43 comments
Biffa wrote to me "Lots of people don't read NYT or slashdot and neither of these have a relationship with MeFi such that links can be regarded as exclusive. Perhaps you should focus more on finding some good links for yourself rather than trying to Metapolice with what appears to be your first contribution of any kind as a member. And take it to MeTa if you have any further problem with it." [http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/37810]
I've been reading metafilter for three years and I feel qualified to make my comment. I re-checked this page before I posted: http://mssv.net/wiki.cgi?WhatIsABadPost
If that page is incorrect, then perhaps someone should change what is stated before handing out conflicting advice. I figured Slashdot and the lead article of the NYTs (and this isn't life and death news) weren't FP material. But perhaps I'm wrong. posted by about_time to Etiquette/Policy at 5:35 PM PST - 56 comments
One moment, you're a noob; the next you're old furniture. If fairly lax criteria were applied (say at least one post, even if it's only a brief lackadaisacal or flippant comment per month - but no no less! (more prolonged absences, for whatever reason, counting for nothing, whatever the original date of joining), just how many old-timers or veterans (inveterates even) does MetaFilter have? Who are these people? The interesting question being, of course, what made them (you) stay and, as it were, stay regular, despite all the alleged turmoil and changes we've been through?
As has been noted before, questions get pushed down off the page at AskMe too damn fast. Most of the questions are good ones. Which means, I guess, we need some better information architecture (categories or something) to happen. When, oh lord†, when? posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 4:10 AM PST - 96 comments
Metafilter login doesn't work for me on Firefox. Just sends me back to the homepage without logging me in. It does work on IE. Metatalk and Ask Metafilter seem fine on both browsers. I've deleted all cookies, etc, and still no luck. Can anyone suggest a solution other than "use IE" or "don't post to Metafilter"? posted by Justinian to Bugs at 5:39 PM PST - 22 comments
Large space on the mainpage between superposition's Oprah post body text and the footer. Doesn't show in the comments section. Firefox 1.0. XP posted by The White Hat to Bugs at 3:12 PM PST - 9 comments
I used to be able to lookup user pages by user name, with the URL "http://www.metafilter.com/username.mefi/mathowie" but now, when I put that in, it resolves to "http://www.metafilter.com/user/1" I know this has been mentioned before, but I can't find the discussion; is there any way to lookup a user's page if you only know their user name (and not their user number), and you can't find a comment they made (in order to just click on their name)? posted by jonson to Feature Requests at 10:35 AM PST - 16 comments
Individual RSS/Atom feeds for Ask MeFi would be a good place to test the feasibility for the rest of the MeFi network. Besides, at the moment - Ask Mefi is the site that has the most need for people to easily track responses to their posts. It's also the least trafficed of the 3 sites, (I believe) and will allow Matt to get a decent idea of how implementing individual feeds will affect the entire site.
Or....just do a drive for a new processor/ram for the server so we can implement them across all 3 sites. ;) posted by bkdelong to Feature Requests at 10:14 AM PST - 2 comments
Metafilter Custom Baseball Shirts from Cafepress - How long does it take? I'm wondering if I'm being overly anxious since I put in the request in mid-October and I'm still twiddling my thumbs waiting for a link to be e-mailed to me. posted by Julnyes to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments
Meetup Chaos: MetaFilter's first Rome/St. Louis/NYC/OKC/Dallas meetup is coming at 'cha like a Texas haymaker. This Friday (uh, in Dallas) down at Monica's (in Deep Ellum) we'll be having dinner. Shenanigans will continue long into the night... (more inside) posted by Ufez Jones to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:42 AM PST - 20 comments
Would it be possible to do a little real-time checking for easily catchable sub-par posts, and provide the user with a little advice or more information?
One instance where (given the largely negative feedback in this earlier post) this might be appreciated: If the post consists of a single link to an ebay item, present the user with a message as they preview, something along the lines of "You appear to be posting a single link to an item on ebay. Even if you think that it is quirky or wacky or outrageous, metafilter is probably not the place for it, and you may wish to reconsider your post."
Matt, that jewelboxing ad on the front page makes my browser hang (Safari.) When can I start paying you to not see any ads on Metafilter? posted by vacapinta to Feature Requests at 5:16 PM PST - 28 comments
Why aren't subjects categorized so I don't have to read the news more than once? I see that even here I am expected to categorize my posting. If I could filter out all the news that would be pretty nice. posted by reflection to MetaFilter-Related at 12:28 PM PST - 15 comments
Could we have a feature by which each FPP is rated numerically, say, 1 to 5, and if it doesn't reach a 3 within an hour, it's dumped? Then we could all stop complaining about lousy FPPs. posted by ZippityBuddha to Feature Requests at 12:10 PM PST - 72 comments
Not in defense of noobs. Because of noobs (myself included), the sky is falling and trends clearly show that metafilter is getting rapidly out of control!! Seriously though, this analysis shows that the "average age" of a metafilter poster has dropped by almost 200 days, I am in whichever camp wants to extend the incubation period for noobs like us... posted by maulik to Etiquette/Policy at 8:34 PM PST - 68 comments
"...you get more reactions by being obscure." Newish Mefites: An FPP that leads to an interesting discussion is like catching a foul ball at a baseball game...it's a nice outcome, it will probably be one of the things you remember about the game, and you might even want to bring a glove to improve your odds, but it shouldn't be the main reason you come to the park. posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 12:26 PM PST - 32 comments
Front page posts appear in chronological order, but seem to be timestamped by something other than post-time. Comments, on the other hand, behave as expected. Why the discrepancy? Is it by design? posted by odinsdream to MetaFilter-Related at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments
How'd I do? This was my first FPP - too politicky, too religiousy, good stuff, bad stuff, indifferent? I like a good ego stroke as much as anyone, but I really want to know if I helped make MeFi a better place. posted by jimray to MetaFilter-Related at 7:09 AM PST - 67 comments
Save flogging, there's no bigger thrill:
Like watching starved wolves at a kill,
When users MeFi
Grab pitchforks and cry,
"How dare you fill blue with your shill!"
I found this post and the technology fascinating, and I don't consider it a shill for the product. But then I began wondering why it wasn't considered a shill post--if a product is cool enough, does it transcend the shill factor? What separates a shill post from a post about a nifty gadget? Or is it just a collective "We know shill when we see it"? posted by fandango_matt to Etiquette/Policy at 7:53 PM PST - 26 comments
Just because there's no good way to get a thread shilling a new piece of free software noticed once it drops off the top of the front page is no reason to make a further thread noting the addition of a uninventive feature that was missed in the original post.
Nor does that fact that KevinSkomsvold saved it by turning it into a discussion about the merits of RSS mitigate my point. IE: What is the best way to do it? posted by bonaldi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:59 PM PST - 13 comments
There are many people who see Metafilter as sexist, a veritable boyzone of aggression and braggadocio. What can be done to address these concerns? posted by orange clock to Etiquette/Policy at 3:04 PM PST - 277 comments
"Nekkid Celebrities, updated daily" kinda caught my eye in a TextAd. I don't actually see anything in the TextAd policy this clearly violates, so maybe it's fine. I'm at work so I haven't clicked the link to check, but thought I'd mention it.
RSS for AskMefi and MeTa: Do they exist or am I just missing them? If they don't exist, can we have RSS-flavored ponies? If they do exist, can they be made more plain? How many past discussions of this topic have I missed? What other interesting facts will I learn inside? Fezzy minds want to know. posted by Fezboy! to Feature Requests at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments
I am struck by the amount of clutter which is created by apparently self appointed sanctimonious MeFi gods/censors. Comments on etiquette, self promotion etc are constructive, however what on earth (other than self promotion) is achieved by pointing out that you have seen something before or that it doesn't interest you. So what? I would have no interest whatsoever in a post linking to a 1973 article about bestiality amongst jazz lovers but that is just me and I am not small minded enough to pontificate against those who want to follow this particular hobby. The one thing I can conceive of that would be more tedious than reading the article would be wading through "old link - I've seen it before" or "this is boring". This is hypocrisy gone mad.
Anyone else? posted by Cancergiggles to Etiquette/Policy at 4:47 AM PST - 72 comments
Often having read an AskMe thread I wonder later how it all turned out. Did the raccoon make it? Did she freak out about all your new books? Did the tramadol screw you? How'd the ginger martini go down? Those are recent threads, still open for comments, so adamkempa could easily let us know as to whether he found the pez shirt, but that doesn't work for learning how effective were scarabic's body disposal guidelines. Or if anonymous is in deep trouble, or is it not so bad.
I tried to add the ever-sparkling Sidhedevil as a crush with the "Add Contact" thingy, however after submitting the form no relationship type was mentioned in the list. All the other relationship types work, but crush just won't stick. I appreciate the way this plagiarises Real Life, but still think this constitutes a bug. posted by fvw to Bugs at 9:58 AM PST - 21 comments
How does one post a question regarding their homepage (that definately requires a link) in askmeta without getting people complaining about self promotion on metatalk? posted by ralawrence to Etiquette/Policy at 7:31 AM PST - 12 comments
When you're previewing a question in AskMeFi, it tells you to hit back on your browser to tweak the question. When you do, the initial text you wrote no longer appears in the box. (Or is this just me?) posted by NotMyselfRightNow to Bugs at 6:53 AM PST - 10 comments
Watch out for fatllama's link to a color blindness test in Keyser Soze's AskMe thread. It's not for the easily disturbed, or those looking for a quiet night of surfing. I should have recognized it from previous experience with it on the net, but I didn't and now metafilter doesn't have to either. posted by ontic to Etiquette/Policy at 11:27 PM PST - 14 comments
This might be far too much work, but would it be possible to have a thread display how many comments there have been since you last opened the thread instead of comments since you last reloaded the page? posted by drezdn to Feature Requests at 9:36 PM PST - 2 comments
YAMP (Yet Another Meetup Post): anyone here from (or near, or interested in getting near) beautiful Montreal (or Montréal, c'est correct aussi!), Canada (eeeeh!) interested in a little get-together? Inquire within... posted by Non Serviam to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:21 PM PST - 4 comments
It's not quite as bad as this one, since in this case the self-link has at least a theoretical connection to the question being asked, but it still feels to me more like bwerdmuller is hoping that "the best way to find new business fast" is to post a link to his own work on a popular forum and see if anyone bites.
There have been numerous constructive product support requests, and frequent incidental product slams in both the green and the blue. NortonDC experience with PayPal seems to have made him snap. posted by b1tr0t to Etiquette/Policy at 1:04 PM PST - 56 comments
I am looking for some Metafilter/HTML/Posting suggestions. I have seen some nicely done, complicated postings with hover-tags, acronym tags, imbedded items, etc. I have not found these suggestions/hints/suggestions - have I missed them?
Is there a spot someplace to test postings (/dev/null) posting page? So one could practice sophisticated postings without incurring the wrath of the Meta-masses by posting gibberish in order to test various methods. (HINT: yes Preview post is a start) posted by fluffycreature to MetaFilter-Related at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments
Callout to take care in your AskMeFi posts:
"parking meters and nyc" question. Ummm... did you mean Fire hydrant?
"is there a well-known phrasing of the concept that 'the three (or bough, or branch)" Uhh... did you mean tree?
People seem to take extra care with spelling, phrasing and clarity in the blue and this is great but it seems like a poster should take even more care in the green because rather than offering information you are asking for it to be given to you. Just sayin'. posted by tinamonster to Etiquette/Policy at 4:31 PM PST - 28 comments
I recall a while back someone posted a sort of biography of another MeFi member using information gleaned from that person's comments and posts. Anyone remember that/have a link? posted by mindless progress to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 PM PST - 26 comments
I'm tickled by the idea that Metafilter is a secret bastion of (potentially erm, "turned-on") librarians. I wish Iwas a librarian. I think all the librarians on Metafilter should sign in here and band together at suitable meet-ups to form an army of goodness that (please God please God please God) will take over the world. posted by nanojath to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:50 PM PST - 65 comments
Can I suggest a word limit on Ask Me posts? I have just had a look over and the first 2 posts for December 3rd are, in my opinion, rather over the top. posted by Frasermoo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:56 AM PST - 51 comments
Any chance of getting trackbacks turned back on, Matt? I really liked the way I could follow them out into the bloggy cloud of commentary, which often included longer essays and pictures of kittens and stuff. posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 11:25 PM PST - 13 comments
I've heard rumors around here about a potential .mefi section for 'fites to share projects they are working on with the community. Is this something that is in the works? If not, could it be considered? posted by spaghetti to Feature Requests at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments
Can we close the door now? I'm genuinely happy to have some new blood, but here's the problem. Pretty much everyone who's been reading the site with their noses against the glass has been let in. Hereafter, we're going to get a bunch of folks who happen to be wandering by, and know nothing of how things are done around here. (I don't know if that's the case with notmtwain, I'm only using his/her post as an example because it glares so.) We can always open it up again later, but can we have a moratorium on new users? Just for now? Please? posted by jpoulos to Etiquette/Policy at 8:01 AM PST - 129 comments