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AskMeFi followup - nearly 4 months ago, I asked this question
about home theater searching. Ultimately, the guidance from that thread led me to save up for and purchase an appropriate unit. Once I got the DVD player to output the right Dolby variant, we've been basking in good sound. Thanks, Civil_Disobediant
posted by plinth to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM PST - 21 comments
Hi, I've been following metafilter since 2000-2001 but just recently registered an account. One feature I notice is the "new comments" count. This count rarely seems to coincide with what I actually have and have not read. What criteria does the system use to determine the appropriate "new" comment amount?
posted by mulligan to MetaFilter-Related at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments
Link to a map on user page? As long as you have the coordinates, creating a link consisting of "http://maps.google.com/?q=lat%20long" would be trivial. Pardon me if this has been suggested already, but I scanned the threads on the lat/long feature and didn't see it.
posted by George_Spiggott to Feature Requests at 11:10 AM PST - 20 comments
Occasionally, I am reminded why I shouldn't read the comments
I guess I'm soft-hearted or something, but I thought that yankeefog's link was a pretty good one: inspiring, heart-warming, maybe a little fluffy, but it's the holidays. So, after I read the article, I clicked back to the comments and the first half dozen replies are people whining about having to register to read it. Particularly annoying is thirteenkiller's one word dismissal
. I'm sure a lot of thought went into that. I mean, what purpose does that kind of post serve other than to make yourself look like a complete dick? Seriously, you have time to dress up your user page with ironic hideously stupid rainbow shit
, but you don't have time to swipe a password from bugmenot? Yeesh.
posted by MegoSteve to Etiquette/Policy at 8:04 AM PST - 54 comments
Happy New Year! We're already well into it here in New Zealand, and I hope that as the rest of you catch up, yours get as good a start as mine.
posted by The Monkey to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 AM PST - 19 comments
ponyrequest: was thinking, how about some sort of followup feature to askme? there are some questions that a few weeks after they are asked, i wonder...what ever happened? (mi)
posted by ShawnString to Feature Requests at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments
PollFilter? Not to turn AskMe into a run-of-the-mill forum, but polls, either as a component of AskMe or as a separate "tab" (like Projects, MeTa), would be a neat way of getting the community consensus on straightforward questions.
posted by michaelkuznet to Feature Requests at 3:46 PM PST - 42 comments
No offense or anything, but I am also curious to know how many black Americans are posting to Metafilter. Someone posted this to Metafilter and it looks like it was deleted. I am also curious. raise yr hand in this thread.
posted by dydecker to MetaFilter-Related at 12:28 PM PST - 126 comments
Where's the (SF) Bay Area New Year's Eve MeFi party?
posted by Rash to Bugs at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments
Roughly how long does it take for a question to be posted after someone submits an Anonymous post to Ask Metafilter?
posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 11:57 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
Why does font size change after login?
When I come directly to www.metafilter.com (front page), the body text is displayed at what looks to be the default size for my browser. However, as soon as I click the Login link and login, when I am returned to the FPP, the font size being displayed is now larger.
Using Firefox 1.5, WinXP
posted by Dunwitty to Bugs at 8:02 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]
At least in Firefox for Mac, the layout of Metatalk is weird. There's no lefthand margin; and the top of the page contains these links, etc.:
MetaTalk is a discussion area for topics specific to MetaFilter itself, ranging from bug reports to feature requests to questions of content. The posts are sorted by date, and tagged by category.
Some helpful links:
MetaFilter meetups that are in progress, being planned, and/or coming soon
MeFi Status Blog
The Guide to MetaFilter Wiki/FAQ
All sorts of extra MetaFilter stuff
Subscribe to MetaTalk via RSS Feeds:
RSS feed of this page Subscribe in NewsGator Online Subscribe via Bloglines
posted by ParisParamus to Bugs at 7:01 PM PST - 24 comments
I’m in South Jersey until about January 12th, and would love to meet up with some local (tri-state and beyond…) MeFites. Who’s game?
posted by amro to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:32 PM PST - 20 comments
Ask.MetaFelony? Posts like this one
seem to be Ask.Metafilter assisting someone to commit a felony. I know we have recently seen other criminally-related Ask.Me posts deleted, so why is this one allowed to stand?
posted by crazyray to Etiquette/Policy at 11:42 AM PST - 77 comments
FeatureRequest: MeFi bookmarks. I would love, on AskMeFi and MeFi, to be able to click "bookmark this link", and then be able to go to a page that lists those links I have bookmarked. Ideally sortable by post date and last comment date, searchable by keyword, but the sort/search isn't totally necessary.
"Why not bookmark it in IE/Mozilla?" Well, call me picky but I really prefer to reserve browser bookmarks for main pages of sites I visit ALL the time (i.e. MeFi/AskMeFi). It'd be nice to have a local archive of the stuff I'm tracking and want to keep coming back to.
posted by twiggy to Feature Requests at 8:09 AM PST - 21 comments
Question about MeFi Projects - Is it acceptable to post an idea
for a project in the hopes that others will be interested and want to help out? Or is MeProj just for projects that are already in progress?
posted by Afroblanco to Etiquette/Policy at 1:05 AM PST - 21 comments
All MeFi members plotted on Google Earth (screenshot of the Western US
). To load it into Google Earth, go to Add, Network Link, then put in http://junk.haughey.com/metafilter.kml in the location field. Wait a minute or so for the file and all points to load and you should be good to go.
That file will be periodically updated, but for now you can zoom around and see who is near you on a grand scale.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 8:21 PM PST - 101 comments
another lat/long bug? i saw the comment about integers only and tried to change mine. but although i enter "-33" the value stays at "-33.4".
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 2:33 PM PST - 31 comments
Is there any way to make it possible to choose between the map/lat-long feature and the zipcode list or list without a map? [mi]
posted by dame to Feature Requests at 2:21 PM PST - 75 comments
I want to update my other preferences, but I don't want to enter my latitude/longtiude. Trying to do so leads me to an error page about my lat/long coordinates.
posted by hooray to Bugs at 12:54 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
I cannot add latitude/longitude to my userpage. More inside.
posted by matteo to Bugs at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]
random request: there should be something like a clickable "follow-up icon" that connects old original threads with eventual follow-ups
posted by suni to Feature Requests at 7:08 AM PST - 11 comments
MeFi Hall of Shame: Since there has been great *read WHY THE HELL ARE THEY THERE??* threads, why don't we look back at the absoulute worst threads (Self links, troll attemps, etc)? Maybe we can learn from these.
posted by wheelieman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:18 AM PST - 20 comments
Why doesn't metafilter add a del.ico.us-like portion of the site which shows interrelated links between sites that have been linked and tagged by users on the various metafilter domains, including users own homepages, projects, etc.
posted by cell divide to Feature Requests at 12:34 AM PST - 6 comments
is a disaster. It has such a long pissing match in it that advances nothing that I simply cannot see going click-click-click all the way through the noise to flag each off-topic post. I feel like I need a button for "there's so many violating posts in this thread I cannot possibly flag them all individually and still have time for 3 squares and 8 hours of sleep in a day." [mi]
posted by phearlez to Feature Requests at 1:11 PM PST - 125 comments
This might be a pony request, I'm not sure, though...
While doing a bit of research for a possible FPP in the blue, (to avoid posting something that already had been) I was wondering if there was a way to search MeFi for given links.
In other words, say I found some new, interesting information about a widget that had already been discussed on MeFi - sort of a follow-up, hey, lookit what they're doing now-kind-of-thing.
Is there any way to quickly check if the sites I found had already been linked without reading through pages and pages of comments and multiple threads to make sure it hadn't already happened on MeFi? A straight URL checker or something? Or is there a search-engine technique I'm ignorant of that would prove useful. Finally, should I have taken this to AskMeFi?
posted by TeamBilly to Etiquette/Policy at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments
I've noticed that many AskMe threads (like this one
) dealing with potential crimes and/or civil suits could be subpoened as evidence if the right person connected the dots. Should there be a notice on the anonymous question page that Metafilter may be compelled by law to release the IP address of anonymous posters?
posted by justkevin to Feature Requests at 6:48 AM PST - 40 comments
? There's no "problem to be solved" and "each answer is equally valid". Which from what I understand is the normative definition of chat filter. I don't have a problem with chatfilter, but perhaps we could get some clarification, or fixing of the rules.
posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:12 AM PST - 10 comments
My Askme question, about a DVD that was burned on a PC that wouldn't work on my Mac, was deleted for no other seeming reason than that it mentioned P2P. [More inside]
posted by God to Etiquette/Policy at 11:47 PM PST - 132 comments [closed]
MeFi obituary posts: Good
. Resolved: If you can't be bothered to find anything interesting about the person beyond a syndicated news story announcing their death or a slim encyclopedia-esque entry, you should let someone who does care
post the obit to the front page.
posted by mediareport to Etiquette/Policy at 7:42 PM PST - 35 comments
Showing results 51 - 79 of 79 answers by carsonb:
[results 01 - 79 here]
posted by carsonb to Bugs at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments
Suggestion for user page:
and 16 questions and 215 answers to Ask MetaFilter
and 16 questions (3 missing a Best Answer) and 215 answers to Ask MetaFilter
posted by Kickstart70 to Feature Requests at 6:26 PM PST - 12 comments
Small pony please Santa. How about the 'i, B, link' buttons on the 'Customize' page? I'm not a(n) HTML samurai so that would really help someone like me when doing a mega-lazy/basic user-page layout.
posted by Frasermoo to Feature Requests at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments
I realize this callout is pointless since the the poster in question is so blatantly abusive and off-topic, but I thought it might be necessary to create this thread so the original anonymous poster could have an additional thread in AskMeFi so we could help him.
posted by SeizeTheDay to Etiquette/Policy at 5:13 AM PST - 27 comments
Will Portland, Oregon accommodate a Yarthonto!
Metafilter meetup? MatildaBen, DFT, alan, cortex et al, I'm talking to you. February 11th or 18th, else we'll meet on a Tuesday, baby.
I'll post again about this later in the new year. Pacific Northwest MeFites, I'm talking to you.
posted by rebirtha to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:47 PM PST - 30 comments
Why do posts without tags appear with the mysterious copy "Tags: Wanna reach people who know their way around the Web? Contact FM." in place of a blank "Tags:" field in the newish Yahoo search results
? (posted under bugs out of a better place to file it)
posted by mwhybark to Bugs at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments
Is the askme RSS borked? It hasn't updated in the last 24hrs.
posted by filmgeek to Bugs at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]
The Latitude/Longitude geocoder linked on the "customize" pages doesn't work too well for Canadians (it thought the city I lived in was somewhere in Alberta), so I found geocoder.ca
, which allows more specific lat/long inputs for Canadians. Could we link this off the "customize" page, please?
posted by heeeraldo to Feature Requests at 9:37 PM PST - 9 comments
Fire on the Bayou
- Swamp Mefites and Mofites, come to our New Year's bonfire bash on the bayou, outside Lafayette. Fireworks, collard greens, cornbread and black-eyed peas. Drop me an e-mail for all the details.
posted by atchafalaya to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:40 PM PST - 4 comments
I updated the userpage location stuff. If you haven't noticed, you can now add your latitude/longitude anywhere on earth (not just the US), though I started by converting everyone over from zip codes. I also figured out sorting nearby users by zipcode, and now I'm showing the closest 50 people, along with a google map.
It works great in most cities. Seattle
have a nice layout. SF
are less than perfect because everyone in the same zip code got the same exact location, so points stack up. LA
is the worst in that regard. The zoom level of the google map depends on how many people are near you, NYC gets zoomed in, while people in the sticks
get zoomed out.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 3:54 PM PST - 109 comments
Ok don't know if this is permissable...I'd like to AskMeFi about my own site, but not as self-promotion. I'd like build a shortlist of why it sucks and what I can do about it. Ok to do so?
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments
Why was the AxMe post "If you were going to relocate permanently from the present day to Rome circa 100 BC, and you could bring only one piece of luggage (standard carry-on dimensions) what would you pack?" deleted?
posted by bshort to Bugs at 11:54 AM PST - 46 comments
Recruiting bloggers? I am working on a youth blogging project and I want to ask MeFi bloggers if anyone is interested in being a one-week mentor. All they have to do is post a blog entry on a specific topic (i.e. heroes or community service) early in the week and comment on the kids' blogs throughout the week.
Where would be a good place on MeFi to post this?
posted by k8t to Etiquette/Policy at 10:06 AM PST - 22 comments
My username is PenguinBukkake, capital "P" capital "B". But my comment box, in Safari, reads,
Posting as: penguinBukkake (logout)
posted by PenguinBukkake to Bugs at 2:03 AM PST - 15 comments [closed]
I haven't been around too long, but I did a search for this and it didn't come up....
Does anybody like the idea of the OP in an AskMe thread "standing out" from the rest of the comments, much like a best answer? That way, I could scroll through the comments and quickly see any follow-ups.
posted by michaelkuznet to Feature Requests at 11:06 PM PST - 21 comments
Pony: at the end of the new "MetaFilter users near this user" query slap an "order by miles ascending". Not a big deal. I just want to stalk people in order, s'all. (That's a pretty damned sweet feature, btw).
posted by popechunk to Feature Requests at 10:37 PM PST - 30 comments
JustAnIdeaFilter: The option for the OP
to close their own AskMe thread upon choosing one or more posts as best answer.
posted by sjvilla79 to Feature Requests at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments
Here or AskMeFi?
i'm not sure if i should post this here or ask mefi, but i'm looking for an old post that i found around Thanksgiving.
It was a blog and/or humorous editorial about Thanksgiving in the White House. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and/or know where I can find it?
I've searched for keywords and searched the tags, but i'm just not finding it.
posted by pelican to MetaFilter-Related at 4:24 PM PST - 2 comments
What's the current ettiquette here on Mefi regarding googlebombing? I googlebombed
in a MeTa here earlier today, and the thread has since been deleted. I guess I'm wondering if the deletion was because I acted out of line, or for another more reasonable cause.
posted by dash_slot- to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
FreeStuffFilter: I just looked at my subscription-paid Weather Underground
page and noticed that the WU is letting me send free 1-year memberships to anybody I choose. I've already sent these to my family, and the WU keeps giving me more, so if anybody wants one, ping me and I'll send you one, until I run out or WU decides I've sent enough.
posted by 40 Watt to MetaFilter-Related at 11:27 AM PST - 27 comments
At last month's CT meetup, nomad
observed that from time to time he would see two consecutive AskMe threads that, while not identical, would be similar enough in subject to be notable. Several theories were put forth, but then the tea tree oil toothpicks distracted us from writing a formal paper to submit to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. He's been spending the last few weeks emailing me whenever he sees these "twin threads" (my term, not his). Here, for your thank-god-it's-not-a-callout enjoyment are the ones he's pointed out to me: How do I get rid of [skin abnormality
; What to do in London: 28678
; Bottled water: 29417
. (Related, somehow, to eponysterical posts)
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 10:12 AM PST - 30 comments
Don't know if this is the right thread for this or not, but I'm curious as to people's thoughts. (If this is something I should, ironically enough, save
for my Ask MeFi question, I can do that.)
What kind of questions do you think Ask MetaFilter is best at? It "queries the hive mind," as its motto puts it, but obviously it occasionally fails. Yet sometimes it spectacularly succeeds.
My own thoughts are that it's good at harvesting a bunch of different personal experiences with anything (consumer products, life strategies, weight loss things), and it's good at some aspects of general and specialized knowledge (whether it be factual or pop culture), because you're tapping the knowledge of all of MeFi's varied readers and respondents. But occasionally it seems to yield no results whatsoever, or not turn up an answer at all, and I'm curious if there's a pattern in those 'failures', so to speak.
So, what kind of knowledge and qeustions do you think AskMeFi is well-suited for finding? And, also, what kind of knowledge and questions do you think AskMeFi does not
do so well at finding?
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:20 AM PST - 40 comments
Has anyone ever come up with a method or numbering scheme that would allow the "Users Near This User" option to work for non-US members? If not, could something be developed? (For example, are there unused Zip code numbers that could be designated to major world cities, regions or countries and which would then allow me to see other Canadians who live in my city or at least province?)
posted by Jaybo to Feature Requests at 11:38 PM PST - 45 comments
I am unable to add tags to my latest post. I click on "add tags", and I am redirected to the Front Page. Safari, OSX.
posted by matteo to Bugs at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments
meta-ask: Are there any scientific studies suggesting the need for addicted people to "hit rock bottom" before getting better?
I've noticed in a lot of AskMe threads dealing with addiction in a loved-one that people say that the addicted person needs to hit "rock bottom" before they can start to get better. Now obviously in retrospect every former addict will have some low point that they can look back on as their lowest, but often the advice given also states that people should avoid helping their loved-one, in a sort of effort to accelerate their decent, like the quicker they hit the bottom the quicker they can get better.
I'm just wondering, why do people think this is true? Are there any studies that actually state this? It seems like a really important thing to be just guessing about.
posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 9:09 PM PST - 38 comments
1 Etiquette, 1 request.
Etiquette - are you allowed to post to ask.mefi with no comments at all in threads? (looked all over etiquette questions+wiki couldn't find the thread/answer)
Any way to filter Ask.ME questions to those questions with <5 (or 10) answers with no best answer?br>
It'd be very useful to see all the questions with only one to four responses...that often get scrolled by.5>
posted by filmgeek to Etiquette/Policy at 10:34 AM PST - 25 comments
When you read comments, in your mind's ear, what voice do you imagine particular MeFites speaking? Likewise, in what voice would you have your own comments read?
posted by StickyCarpet to MetaFilter-Related at 11:56 AM PST - 88 comments
I'd like to organize or provide space for MeFites with a Nintendo DS and one of the several WFC-enabled games (Animal Crossing, MarioKart, Tony Hawk) to share their friend-codes. Anyone else interested? I ache to race against people I'm connected to! I want to bring oranges to your villages!
posted by mph to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:06 AM PST - 16 comments
Why not place the [!] flag on the front page instead of having to open a thread? The Dish TV post
is so bad on so many levels that I felt all icky opening it to flag it. heheh
posted by mischief to Feature Requests at 9:22 AM PST - 14 comments [closed]
Suggestion for a small format change: how about putting the byline on top of the comment in discussion threads? This would allow us to efficiently skip comments from users we don't want to hear from without resorting to user killfiles, and without wasting precious seconds of I'm-surfing-at-work-and-I-really-shouldn't-be-doing-this time to realize that this is a comment from that
guy. Having the byline at the top would save a bit of scrolling and skimming, since you'd know what you're getting into right from the start. Also, some MeFites are "must-reads" for me and I'd like to make sure I don't blow past them.
posted by Quietgal to Feature Requests at 8:43 AM PST - 43 comments
The "Access your PC from anywhere" ad is really obnoxious. It's a big white square with an un-antialised blue underlined headline that makes it looks like some CSS file has failed to load. Oh, and it blinks. It reminds me of the "Oh noes! You are broadcasting an IP address!" ads.
I realise these things make the site money, but that one sucks. :(
posted by Mwongozi to MetaFilter-Related at 4:29 PM PST - 25 comments
It looks like your DNS server is failing. Metafilter is hosted by eod.com, and they aren't answering for anything in metafilter.com. I'm trying to get this posted quickly before my caches expire... I already can't reach ask.metafilter.com
Eod has only one IP address for their 'two' nameservers, 220.127.116.11. It pings, but doesn't answer name service requests.
You might want to consider hosting your domain with someone with enough money to put two servers on the net. :(
posted by Malor to Bugs at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]
Ouch -- screwed up a comment in this promising thread
by concreteforest. Hope someone is around with fixing powers, as it might prevent others posting.
posted by Miko to Bugs at 10:09 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
I may be late to the party but thanks Matt for coding the automatic translation of www.foo.com into a link.
posted by Mitheral to MetaFilter-Related at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments [closed]
posted by sjvilla79 to MetaFilter-Related at 2:29 PM PST - 82 comments
Any chance we could get the "flag post" link on the my recent comments page? If it's easy that is, not really a big deal. I just spend a lot of time reading comments on there these days instead of the actual threads.
posted by loquax to Feature Requests at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments
Since many computer questions hit AskMe, can a notice be added to remind the poster to mark which platform he or she is using, or perhaps a pull-down menu? This will help people provide better answers.
posted by Rothko to Feature Requests at 11:42 AM PST - 28 comments
Re: "I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry."
y2karl's posts are *always* fcked up for me on LoFi
(like the current one on Iraq). All the links after the graph break are pushed waaay to the left. Everytime. It happens with a few other posters, but mostly y2karl. Could there be a simple fix somewhere? (I assume that LoFi is not "supported." I'll post a screenshot if anyone's interested.)
posted by mrgrimm to Bugs at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]
After getting 20 gigs of traffic leached from my personal site I set up an Anti-leech script
which only allowed image use on a few sites like metafilter, sa, etc, but to help the RSS users around here you'll need to allow a few more [more inside]
posted by holloway to MetaFilter-Related at 2:41 PM PST - 22 comments
Last month, there was this bug
about posts from yesterday being timestamped as "this morning" in My Comments. The same thing is happening in My Posts. It is confusing.
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments
So are we still on
for our meetup at Bull and Firken (1835 Yonge, just south of Davisville), this Friday night, eightish?
And to those who say Firkin pubs are lame, I say hey, at least they have the virtue of being open for business [cough]
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:19 PM PST - 14 comments
This certianly isn't a question that impacts the stability or sanity of my life, but: Is humor verboten in the Green? Over on this question
, as people got worked up in one direction or another over the topic, I posted a humorous comment placing the question on the Bridge of Death from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I notice this morning that it was deleted. Are we so high-strung here that people can't take a joke?
posted by theonetruebix to Etiquette/Policy at 11:24 AM PST - 55 comments
thread become the example of how not
to use AskMe?
(It's also an example of why hit-and-run doesn't work. I know there are people who join purely for AskMe, but that still feels sleazy: most users have certain good faith assumptions, and it feels like they're being taken advantage of by these mongs.)
posted by bonaldi to Etiquette/Policy at 8:34 AM PST - 34 comments
I can't log in to AskMeFi using Opera. Logging in (it doesn't matter which login link I start with) gets me signed into Metafilter and Metatalk, but I still show as logged out in AskMeFi no matter how many times I log in.
Mozilla and IE work fine.
posted by tdismukes to Bugs at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]
"My Comments" page busted? I get a database error trying to view "My Comments" page from the blue, the green, or the... grey? Brown? [error screencap inside]
posted by antifuse to Bugs at 3:51 AM PST - 11 comments
Should I be able to flag my own posts? Because I just flagged all of them as Fantastic! (kidding, I just did one to test it). Am I making much ado about nothing?
posted by tweak to Etiquette/Policy at 12:48 AM PST - 13 comments [closed]
The first two links in this thread
don't work. One is a geocities page that has exceeded its bandwidth, the other just never loads for me. Hoping to get alternates - I like the post.
posted by mzurer to Bugs at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments
I've clicked all over looking for the place to change my MeFi password. WHere can I find that? It's not in 'Preferences', which was the most obvious choice.
posted by glycolized to MetaFilter-Related at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]
I'm confused. What is more important to mefites, actually responding to the content of FPPs, or rating their quality? I see a general (hence, no links in this question) preponderance to the former. It seems that many responses to posts are actually rating the quality of it and/or the poster, rather than the content of the FPP. I've read a lot of the sites about Metafilter and maybe I'm missing a concept or something.
I am truly not trying to be a smartass, I'm genuinely interested in understanding this. Thanks.
posted by Slap Incognito to Etiquette/Policy at 1:08 PM PST - 93 comments
Sign my petition!
It's generated a big discussion, but I'm thinking that maybe a link to a blog that links to a petition might not be mefi material, especially from someone who has an interest (1
, from the only other thread he's ever participated in) in getting people to go there. If it walks like a self-link and quacks like a self-link...
posted by mendel to Etiquette/Policy at 10:19 AM PST - 19 comments
FYI, if you type in the wrong password the first time, the second login page continues to ask you to type in the letters from the image below, but doesn't show you the image any more.
posted by tiamat to Bugs at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments
Some friends of mine were stuck in a New Orleans during Katrina, and shot a documentary on HDV centering around the Superdome as shelter. They have a page up for the film, with a trailer and stills and whatnot. These are friends of course, and I've worked with them in the past, but I was not involved in this project. Would this be appropriate FPP material, or would it be dangerously close to a self-link? Or, for that matter, would a FPP about a movie trailer just suck to begin with?
posted by brundlefly to Etiquette/Policy at 1:20 AM PST - 32 comments
So if you're not too busy with Christmas shopping and personal grooming this weekend, maybe we could, you know, get together for some libations or general tomfoolery. How about it? Anyone interested?
posted by antifreez_ to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments
is the second time RonZ
's linked to komar.org. The first time was to the halloween lights display
and this time it's the christmas lights. If I recall correctly, the original poster of the christmas lights thing was outed as a self linker (although I can't find the thread) so I suspect it's a sock puppet at work.
posted by ooga_booga to Etiquette/Policy at 12:18 PM PST - 36 comments
Ok, in this
comment by #1, it is revealed that user pages have been considerably further locked down. I wonder, is all that extra security still in place? [more inside]
posted by mystyk to MetaFilter-Related at 11:40 AM PST - 23 comments
Ever since MeFi's search feature went away and it now lets you search google or yahoo, I'm having trouble finding past posts I'm looking for. Right now I'm looking for a post from within the last month or so where you could enter a URL into this website and it would give you a bunch of feedback on how good/bad it was, etc..
Will the search feature be coming back any time? Google/yahoo don't seem to order by date, and seem to mix in all sorts of stuff that clouds up my search. I loved being able to restrict my search to "within the last month", etc...
posted by twiggy to Feature Requests at 3:48 AM PST - 12 comments
Someone posted a thread (I think in the green) wherein makers/sellers of really high-quality / artisan quality mens goods were listed - briefcases, clothes, luggage. i found the pinhole camera dealer listed there, but i would like to find the thread and the other recommendations listed there. Any ideas? I tried all the searches I could for mens, gifts, leather, goods, quality, outfitters, etc., no luck. Hope it's OK to post this here?
posted by luriete to MetaFilter-Related at 1:02 AM PST - 3 comments
Is there a way to see archived posts in Ask MeFi more than 30 days old by category? If not, it seems like an extremely useful feature--perhaps even show ALL posts by category and then just do "older results" at the bottom of the page on and on until the beginning of MeFi time...
posted by shivohum to Feature Requests at 5:08 PM PST - 2 comments
is so obviously a retarded fabrication that to take it seriously is an admission of gullibility beyond measure, and to put it on metafilter as a profound single-link post is ridiculous."
posted by monju_bosatsu to Etiquette/Policy at 12:12 PM PST - 41 comments [closed]
This Ask me thread
has the "Best answer" checked on the main page, but nothing is showing up in the thread. Just thought I'd let you know.
posted by McSly to Bugs at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments
After posting this, I not only received a great number of helpful suggestions, but in my inbox today found a number of emails offering donations totaling to well, well, well
over the amount of money I spent on the puppy. Unbeknownst to me my RL friends have also
been holding a collection, so today has been a wonderful reminder of the generosity of friends and strangers and how awesome people are in general. Thank you! You guys are great! [MI]
posted by schroedinger to MetaFilter-Related at 5:57 PM PST - 17 comments
I didn't put the tag 'gay marriage' on my post
, and I didn't change the formatting so as to make comments #2 & #7 nonsensical.
That's 'cos I didn't see it as being about gay marriage. I guess someone else did. You have got my email address, so...
posted by dash_slot- to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 PM PST - 16 comments [closed]
Just a reminder: The Projects grand opening contest ends today. If you were procrastinating, now's the time.
posted by smackfu to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments
I probably shouldn't be able to mark my own comments as fantastic.
posted by kenko to Bugs at 11:40 AM PST - 29 comments
I just wanted to say that the FPP's of the past 48 hours or so have been of exceptional quality and entertainment. Thanks, all!
posted by sourwookie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 26 comments
Matt, threads like this
underscore the need for the anon poster to have the ability to respond in his or her thread. I'm sure that it's not a trivial amount of work for you - what would it take to make this happen, and what can we do to support your efforts?
I think that this is one of the most important features on the to-do list. It must be so painful for the poster to be unable to respond in many cases.
posted by By The Grace of God to Feature Requests at 3:48 AM PST - 56 comments
I'm going to be back in my hometown of Austin from 26 December to 8 January. Who wants to meet up and have a few drinks?
posted by grouse to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:44 AM PST - 9 comments
How can I be logged in to MeFi and MeTa, but not AskMeFi? When I'm reading AskMeFi and I try to login, the login page bumps me to MeFi. Then, when I click on AskMeFi, I'm not logged in. Que pasa?
(I haven't been around much lately, apologies if this has been covered before.)
posted by scratch to Bugs at 6:53 AM PST - 3 comments
Could you so kindly add to the preferences an additional customization? If it isn't too much work. One in which I can choose which search engine the top right search input requests a search from. I don't ask for much. I only need a choice between Yahoo and Google. If it is any easier, I'm the only one asking so you can just give me the option and no one else. If it isn't all too much a bother, sir.
posted by TwelveTwo to Feature Requests at 9:07 PM PST - 23 comments
I already know that I'm getting the Schwinn "Stingray" 5 speed, ala 1977, and I already have one of my front teeth;
what I really, really need is "comments" for Mefi Projects.
I know it's been discussed, but I think it might be important. Frankly, I've seen a few things posted that could use some further insight. I haven't been inclined to send things to the blue for further discussion, it should happen their on the (white)?
posted by snsranch to Feature Requests at 9:04 PM PST - 39 comments
Can't save Preferences unless "Show email on profile page?" is checked; get error "Element USER_EMAIL_PREF is undefined in FORM."
posted by staggernation to Bugs at 7:13 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Is the website http://mssv.net/wiki.cgi?Home
just a blog or is there some connection between it and metafilter? I was just getting more background info and this one seemed a tad OTT. Please don't tell me there's people praying towards SF.
P.S. The search option could be much better. Sorry Matt.
posted by movilla to MetaFilter-Related at 3:21 PM PST - 40 comments [closed]
Tags with "multiple words in quotes" instead of onewordwikistyle (and clear guidelines on the tagging convention) might prevent people from making such messes
with their tags. (I know the posting area clearly says multiple words should be strung together, but people just don't read, and it's not intuitive.) Granted, I know this would screw up the hundreds of posts already tagged, so then maybe this is better off as a another call for a trusted "tagging clean-up committee"
posted by Robot Johnny to Feature Requests at 12:26 PM PST - 13 comments
In response to this link (http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/28591) in the green, proposing a Toronto meetup. The "link" feature doesn't seem to be working for me, hence the URL. AKA: Toronto Meetup!
posted by Idiot Mittens to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:00 AM PST - 42 comments
The front page was festooned with a big ugly flashing ad today. I thought members didn't see ads. Bug or feature?
posted by clicktosubmit to Bugs at 11:44 PM PST - 27 comments
In the "Best Answers" section of AskMe's Fantastic Posts
page, would it be possible to add checkmarks next to best-answers-marked-by-everyone also marked as best-answers-by-the-original-poster?
posted by Rothko to Feature Requests at 6:40 PM PST - 9 comments
Automatically detect and fix HTML errors on comments/posts. In case of invalid HTML, it will automatically try to fix the markup using HTML Tidy
, list the errors and force a preview.
posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 2:45 PM PST - 21 comments
Perhaps I missed an already open thread (in which case, I apologize), but I was wondering about the formatting difference between the top bar MeFi projects and the other parts (MeFi, AskMeFi, and MeTa). [mi]
posted by JMOZ to Bugs at 2:21 PM PST - 2 comments
I say we have an official MetaFilter census. It would be interesting to see where MeFites stand in terms of things like Race, Location, Religious Beliefs, etc. It would be entirely voluntary and anonymous of course. Any thoughts on this?
posted by matkline to Feature Requests at 11:55 AM PST - 161 comments
Padding (?) on the top-right "MetaTalk" link makes a horizontal scroll bar appear on-click (screenshot
). Seems to only happen in Firefox (1.5 on a Windows XP Home SP2 machine). This is totally the end of the world.
posted by tpl1212 to Bugs at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]
You know what someone more clever than me should do? They should cull all the " Metafilter: (insert quip here)" 's from the site that are found in so many posts. It'd be fun just to have them all, particularly out of context of the original thread. Then maybe another clever person could make a little randomizer java applet or firefox widget to make them appear on the top of the blue. That'd be nifty.
posted by BrodieShadeTree to Feature Requests at 10:39 PM PST - 22 comments
The "newer" link at the bottom of FPP #19
leads to #24
(Download Abiword) which doesn't exist. The "older" link from #25
also points to #24
. Shouldn't #19
link to #25
and vice versa?
posted by blue_beetle to Bugs at 8:50 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
This new login "safeguard" bites. I was having good results reading Metafilter with the lightweight browser Dillo
but logging in was impossible because Dillo lacks the capacity to display the coded characters one must enter "to prevent automated submissions". It doesn't work in Lynx either. This "feature" effectively restricts full participation in Metafilter to those who use recent fully-graphical browsers, which is a pain on this 9 year old machine I'm forced to use till my replacement power supply gets here. (It might also impact blind Mefites; anybody know?)
Is there another way to prevent automated submissions? Was there a problem with those that I hadn't noticed or is this new safeguard just one of those "nifty idea" kinds of things?
posted by davy to Bugs at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Too much of this
discussion is noise and pathetic behavior. It is really difficult to have a discussion when several people seem more interested in directly insulting the poster. Can we get some moderation or is this just a free-for-all? (There is more inside).
posted by dios to Etiquette/Policy at 2:14 PM PST - 56 comments
HeadsUpFilter: the user login funtion is not working at all. Thank you.
posted by wheelieman to Bugs at 11:34 AM PST - 103 comments
had me thinking: wouldn't it make sense to have "needs 'more inside'" as a reason when flagging posts? I flagged it, but had to put "other;" and, if memory serves, plenty of good first-time posters have had their first threads derailed by the first few "whoa! muddying up the front page there!" comments.
posted by koeselitz to Feature Requests at 4:54 PM PST - 23 comments
There was something posted a few weeks ago (can't even remember if it was in the blue or the green) about a website that allows you to design your own paper robots or creatures and then fold them up according to a pre-made template. Trigger any memories?
posted by jeremias to MetaFilter-Related at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments
We've tried it before without success, but third time's the charm? How about a Pittsburgh-area meetup for the holidays? Get together, drink some nog, take some shout-out pics, celebrate the season?
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments
I saw something in the blue, sometime in the last 6 months, which was maybe a book about "real" coincidences and at some point it stated the frequency with which they occur. I've googled and googled to no avail. Anyone remember this? One of them had to do with 9/11, I think, and one of them had to do with a guy in a motel room getting a phone call on misdial but it was actually intended for him or something and maybe saved someone's life?
posted by unknowncommand to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments
Someone recebtly created a FPP from scanned magazine pages they had uploaded. Beneath the mantra of "best of the web" how far can one go? I often find great subjects for a post are not adequately documented online. In that case is it okay to upload some images, or create a little page to fill in the blanks in anotherwise post-worthy subject?
posted by fire&wings to Etiquette/Policy at 6:06 PM PST - 36 comments
jessamyn: Thank You. I've been an internet forum moderator for years now and I think you've been doing a kick-ass job in my professional estimation. Kudos.
posted by Captaintripps to MetaFilter-Related at 5:28 PM PST - 26 comments
Why was my thread on 03/12/05 on George Best's funeral deleted? If you're deleting threads then explain to the poster. I know Meta is primarily US-based but you have no idea who George Best represented. I'm really livid.
posted by movilla to Bugs at 3:03 PM PST - 51 comments [closed]
I just saw a comment on Metafilter today, I think it was, talking about another "[Fill in the blank] Filter" website, but saying that "Not much filtering was going on..." As a neophyte, I'd need some explanation about "filtering". It seems to be far more than, say, censorship or limiting access... but I was wondering if somebody could offer a more complete definition that covers specifically how Metafilter and other sites like it are "filtering". Thanks!!
posted by Misciel to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 AM PST - 36 comments
Please help me find an old (say, last 18 months) mefi thread: I don't remember what the thread itself was about, but within it, someone posted a link to a video of an accident a newscaster had while standing in a grape-crushing/wine-making vat on a stage. She falls, gets winded, and makes this weird gurgling noise. Almost immediately thereafter, someone posted a "remix" mp3 of the gurgling audio. I've rarely laughed so hard, but cannot think of the right key words to search for so I can share it with others.....
Also, I'm working under the assumption that since I'm asking a metafilter-specific question, that this is more apropos here than on ask.mefi. Please set me straight if I have that wrong.
posted by kimota to MetaFilter-Related at 8:58 PM PST - 14 comments
What's the best way to suggest a new tag for an existing post? E-mailing or IMing jessamyn? The original poster? Or should I just not worry about it? I can just keep a mark of it in my own del.icio.us, but that doesn't help anyone else who wants to search the same thing.
posted by grouse to Etiquette/Policy at 6:44 AM PST - 33 comments
Seems to be an awful lot of double posts, often within a day or two of each other. Is there a better way to prevent reposts eg a tag search function which orders results by date. (No doubt this has been asked already, probably four posts down...)
posted by brautigan to Feature Requests at 5:08 AM PST - 14 comments
Feature request: Mark this FPP as "Keep"
-- like the Bloglines feature that makes posts sticky, or perhaps a list in the "Preferences" section. You could just use Bloglines, but MeFi is one of the few blogs where the native interface is better than a reader. Having a personal archive of favorite FPPs would be nice.
posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 4:40 PM PST - 12 comments
There was a post a few months ago about an online text to gif/png converter. I think it was deleted. Does anyone remember the address to that site?
posted by greasy_skillet to Ticketstub Project at 9:10 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]
Can we get a listing (in a members profile) of the number of projects a member has posted on Projects.Meta? Something similar to "oddman has posted 1 link and 208 comments to MetaFilter."
posted by oddman to Feature Requests at 7:53 AM PST - 1 comments