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 Anil Dash
"Simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet."
Examples? Why Metafilter
, of course, (as well as Stack Exchange sites, of which he is a board member). [more inside]
posted by Tuesday After Lunch to MetaFilter-Related at 1:57 PM PST - 90 comments
It's Secret quonsar Roundup Time! We're trying to make sure everyone gets their gift this year. Please check your email and respond if you have an email from us. If you have any questions talk to us Meanwhile, we thought we'd share some fun statistics and next steps. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:11 AM PST - 49 comments
Pretty sure an admin is not responsible for this. But: can anybody explain the existence of the MetaWTFilter
twitter account? I'm guessing at this moment that it is not spam as it would be following more than 5 people if it were.
posted by JoeXIII007 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:12 AM PST - 87 comments
Back in October, jessamyn said
, "We seem to have a small but dedicated group of people who use the fantastic flag, but a much larger group of favoriters. ... [P]aying more attention to them and being a bit more active on the sidebar (which is my job, more or less) is a good idea." But we've had only 3 sidebar entries in all of December, the most recent Dec 7. Can I respectfully ask jessamyn to do more sidebarring? [more inside]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter-Related at 4:59 PM PST - 86 comments
I wanted to mention a bit of MeFi history in this AskMe
but maybe not really appropriate, there -- anyway, couldn't find the links; but there was some other discussion about cannabis several years ago, a famous flame-out with a protesting voice, "It's SCIENCE!" Anybody remember the details?
posted by Rash to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 AM PST - 196 comments
Happy Holidays and Thanks to the members and staff for a year of learning, entertainment, provocation, rethinking, skepticism, compassion and every bodies hard work.
posted by rmhsinc to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 AM PST - 283 comments
Could we get a time stamp added to deletion reasons? They are the only type of comment that isn't time stamped, so all we know is that the deletion occurred sometime after the last comment (or sometime between posting and any comments).
posted by OmieWise to Feature Requests at 5:04 AM PST - 43 comments
The contacts section allows us to indicate who we've actually met. Would the infodump be able to tell us who among us has met the most MeFites? I know it's dependent on people selecting the "met" box when listing a contact, but I'm curious about the number.
posted by ambrosia to MetaFilter-Related at 9:47 AM PST - 99 comments
I recall reading a MetaTalk post a few months back asking what the best and most classic MetaFilter posts/comments are. However, I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by LSK to MetaFilter-Related at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments
I seem to post a lot of FPPs that revolve around podcast or other audio content these days, and It's gotten me curious... how often do you stop and listen to the content in links of that kind? Is it more or less likely than the chances you would watch a video?
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 2:38 PM PST - 101 comments
This is going to be my first feature request on the site. I was wondering if it'd be possible to add a Sarcastic Font
tag to our arsenal of HTML when posting. As many of you are aware, it is sometimes extremely hard to convey sarcasm in written text, and I think this would really benefit some people by spelling out when someone is being sarcastic. Here are some examples
of its use. Thank you for your time, and just so you know, HAMBURGER jokes are so
2011 (or whenever that was first introduced).
posted by gman to Feature Requests at 7:39 AM PST - 118 comments
Has there ever been talk about a "mail this question to a friend
" thingy for askmefi? I frequently see a question and know someone who would know the answer but completely forget to actually tell them about the post.
This would probably also work on the blue... "mail this post to a friend
." I never use those on sites, but I have that on my blog and I'm always surprised how much it gets used. Maybe put it up there under the "Share:" links?
posted by Blake to Feature Requests at 6:48 AM PST - 42 comments
Has the standard for deleting comments changed? It's been clear for a long time that early comments in a thread that tend to poison the thread ("This will end well"; "Getting popcorn," etc.), and comments likely to provoke a fighty derail, will be deleted. But is it now mod policy to delete jokes
on the grounds that there are enough jokes already? Are we required to have serious discussions? This is the first time I've seen inoffensive jokes deleted on the blue, and I think it's something worth talking about. [more inside]
posted by Dasein to Etiquette/Policy at 8:06 AM PST - 983 comments
Are any mods asleep?
I could use some admin hope. The Daicon post
has the second link a duplicate of the first, a mistake I discovered I made within a minute of posting it. Can I get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter-Related at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
An Infodump Question™ and followup to this post
: What is the average number of favorites per post received for each of the various MeFi subsites? Per comment? Average number of favorites given and received for the userbase?
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 11:00 AM PST - 26 comments
Has the maximum length for comments been shortened some time in the past six months or so? I see more and more comments getting cut off that seem long-ish but hardly Treaty-of-Westphalia long. Perhaps there was a discussion about this and I missed it. I hate to request ponies, but perhaps a "characters remaining" count for the text-entry field or a warning on hitting Post would help alleviate the problem.
posted by adamrice to Feature Requests at 9:42 AM PST - 63 comments
A pony request for the "my comments" view. It would be nice to be able to jump to the last comment one made in a topic from the "My Comments" view. It is sometimes difficult to follow the conversation from ones last post without searching.
posted by humanfont to Feature Requests at 9:14 AM PST - 18 comments
A while back on Metafilter somebody in a comment gave a name to the phenomenon where a naive computer user would go through a crazy number of steps to achieve a result that a user who knows what they're doing would get in a much more straightforward manner. So, to manipulate an image they'd found online, they might print it out, then take a photograph of it, then email the JPG file to themselves, then etc., etc... This
sort of thing.
Does anybody remember the comment I'm talking about, and the name it gave for this? I think it may have been a comment by one of the mods, but I can't quite remember it or find it by searching. Thanks!
(I ask because I'm sure it'll be a perfect description of the map on this
posted by Richard Holden to MetaFilter-Related at 4:00 AM PST - 139 comments
This podcast covers the tail end of October as well as November. We sort of steered clear of anything from December for the next podcast that will recap the Awesome Post Contest. This one was run high and tight, only at an hour and with no edits during the time we talked. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 10:00 PM PST - 26 comments
So we're Outragefilter
now? Or are we going with "but there's people giving PayPal alternatives which makes it barely legitimate" on this one?
I only ask because I also have some doozies from reddit ready to go.
posted by Talez to Etiquette/Policy at 10:52 AM PST - 69 comments
Is "community weblog" still a good description of Metafilter? The word "weblog" is just a long form of "blog," according to Merriam-Webster
, and all other dictionaries I checked. "Blog" has come to mean "a Web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites." (from here
) But you don't really need a dictionary to tell you that "blogs" tend to be about people's personal opinions and experiences. So "community weblog" doesn't strike me as an apt description of a site where posts on the main page are required to be impersonal. Might it be time to change the name "community weblog" to something else?
posted by Net Prophet to MetaFilter-Related at 4:36 AM PST - 214 comments
Looking for a needle. Back in 2004/2005, there was a response on Ask MeFi (I think) in which the commenter explained how he had made peace with/improved his life. I recall him saying that he just woke up one morning and decided to start doing more to help out around the house (i.e.
, washing dishes, doing things with his children, etc.). [more inside]
posted by ajr to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 PM PST - 32 comments
Is the Last.fm widget busted? For several weeks I've just been seeing "Couldn't load the tracks from Last.fm" on my profile and everyone else's, using both Firefox on OSX and iOS.
posted by yellowbinder to Bugs at 1:39 PM PST - 24 comments
Can we have an @ button thingo pony so we can see when
someone has replied to us, or quoted us, or SACRE BLEU, contradicted us on the green, grey and blue? You know what I mean, like twitter and Facebook has. Pretty please?
posted by taff to Feature Requests at 2:37 AM PST - 138 comments