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February 28
Tony Pierce is auctioning off a link from his blog to yours.
Tony Pierce is auctioning off a link from his blog to yours.
posted by mattpfeff to General Weblog-Related at 3:10 PM PST - 22 comments

What goes in MetaTalk? What goes in MetaFilter?
">More and more, I'm seeing posts here in MetaTalk that really should be in MetaFilter proper. I thought MetaTalk was supposed to be for meta-discussions about MetaFilter that would be distracting from the main site. Was I wrong? [ more inside ]
posted by fraying to Etiquette/Policy at 2:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Followup to Girls Gone Wild lawsuit
As a follow-up (of sorts) to questions posed in this thread from last September, a Texas State University student was today awarded $5 million for being shown in a 'Girls Gone Wild'-style video. Though the producers allegedly did more than simply filming the events, this may open a floodgate for similar lawsuits.
posted by Danelope to General Weblog-Related at 12:42 PM PST - 13 comments

I know the NYTimes has a MeFi login, what others are out there?
Recently I needed to do some research and began to use the Ajeeb translation site. You need to be registered to use it, so on a whim I used username and password: mefi. To my surprise, they worked. I know the NYTimes has a MeFi login, what others are out there? A list would be nice.
posted by cell divide to MetaFilter-Related at 12:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Another MetaFilter reference
Another MetaFilter reference, but this time there seems to be some kind of time travel involved:
"Another community in which I reside is the Metafilter / Blogger Developers / A-List community. The pillars of this community include Jason Kottke, Meg Hourihan, Evan Williams and Cam Barrett. These bloggers do most of their discussions on Metafilter and generally have beautiful blogs. I am not sure if any of them would list me as a member of their community, but I don't think that they would kick me out if they knew I had joined."
From Mike Saunders at Keep Trying. Am I the only person to whom this rings oddly?
posted by rodii to General Weblog-Related at 11:53 AM PST - 65 comments

Yeah, it is a small business, and...?
This is the second front page post in a week ridiculing bad small business design. A bad precedent, and today's post is aggressive to boot. (inside)

posted by liam to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 AM PST - 14 comments

February 27
Phone number in-joke on blogs?
So, okay, what's the in-joke on this thing popping up in all and sundry weblogs yesterday: "What is real? 415 564-1347". I assume this is some new Jason- Kottke- as- Laurence- Fishburne thing (I've never met him, but I get such a 'David Wooderson' vibe from that guy).
posted by hincandenza to General Weblog-Related at 6:12 PM PST - 37 comments

Pony to get only new comments loaded on refresh?
From the I Don't Know If This Is Possible Dept.: Could MeFi be coded so that when hitting the preview button on a new post, the next page only lists any posts made to the thread since the person last loaded the page? I'm just thinking in terms of lightening server load, since on some of those active, >100-post threads, the server's having to reload and resend the entire thread just so the poster can confirm his/her response looks right before hitting "post."
posted by aaron to Feature Requests at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

From discussion to bigotry
Discussion? Bigotry? Over the past few days, several threads seem (to me at least) to have degenerated from discussion to all out Muslim bashing (1,2,3). I'm not here to name names, point fingers or tattle on anyone for specific comments, rather to ask at what point do we say "enough is enough?" People have a right to their opinions (prejudices), but when those opinions are stated without some modicum of respect/even-handedness, we have to wonder why they are tolerated in a public forum.
posted by hipstertrash to Etiquette/Policy at 1:00 PM PST - 33 comments

Blogging, working, and not working anymore
Webpig of IG got fired because he ran IG. Now Heather Hamilton of dooce.com gets fired because she posted not so nice things about her job and co-workers (though kept all names out of the picture). Is it wrong that people be fired because another employee sends an anonymous email to the boss about these things?
posted by thebwit to General Weblog-Related at 6:31 AM PST - 50 comments

Organizing MeFi favorites
Just a small thing. I've a section in my favourites for Mefi threads I'm following so that I can consult them easily later. Is this just me? Anyway, whenever they appear there, they are listed as 'Metafilter Comments on [insert number]'. How easy would it be to have something more identifiable so I don't have to remember the thread number (for example those little post summaries which appear on the top of the posting boxes)?
posted by feelinglistless to Feature Requests at 4:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Callout for awesomeness
Kudos to Kottke for initiating and hosting one of the best metablogging discussions of recent weeks. (Cf. Andrew Sullivan's blogging manifesto.) It never rains but it pours.
posted by rory to General Weblog-Related at 4:37 AM PST - 14 comments

February 26
What's Wrong With MetaFilter
This is the best write-up of what's wrong with metafilter to date. Especially the graphs and illustrations. Fine work, mr. edrants.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:35 PM PST - 34 comments

MetaFilter Letters
Perhaps I'm seen as a soft touch or something but people keep emailing me with requests for posting links, comments or just general attitudes. Mostly they're honest reactions to discussions here. Or interesting suggestions.

There certainly seems to be a lot of occasional readers who feel strongly about the issues discussed here. Could there be the equivalent of a Letters category on MetaTalk, for readers who aren't members to react to the threads that exercise them? At least until registrations are open again? As a fan of letters sections in newspapers and magazines, my opinion is that it would make MetaFilter even livelier.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Feature Requests at 7:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Single source post?
Is it kosher when an infrequent participant here posts links exclusively from a single source?
posted by youhas to Etiquette/Policy at 7:15 PM PST - 17 comments

MeFi on O'Reilly
O'Reilly discussion betwen Steven Johnson, David Sims and Rael Dornfest touches upon MeFi.

Sims. A blog tribe.

Johnson. Yeah

Dornfest. Metafilter comes closest to that of the things I've seen. It still has a personality, but it's very much a group dynamic.

posted by gen to MetaFilter-Related at 2:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Callout: "fat, lazy, no discipline"
"In the end, it is true that fat people are lazy and/or have no self discipline . . . "

Leading to "idiot troll" accusations. Ugliness. And I didn't join in for a change!
posted by Skot to Etiquette/Policy at 11:21 AM PST - 111 comments

February 25
Getting my local time on posts instead of PST
How about, when previewing a comment, showing the current time in much the same way that the actual posted comment is flagged? (more)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 6:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Something fishy about this comment
In an old MeTa thread, there is a comment by WIL WHEATON (just below this one) that has an invalid timestamp/comment link, and when I try to get his member info, it sends me here. Is this some sort of masterful cloaking on wil's part, just a bug, or is he part of the cabal of mefi users who cannot be traced by their user profiles?
posted by rorycberger to Bugs at 4:51 PM PST - 28 comments

NYTfilter - is weblog technology here to stay?
NYTimes: Is Weblog Technology Here to Stay or Just Another Fad? You have to wonder how many times they can write the same damn article.
posted by owillis to General Weblog-Related at 2:56 PM PST - 31 comments

How about subtly altering the color of every other post?
I have trouble sometimes telling posts apart when people use multiple paragraphs. How about subtly altering the color of every other post to improve readability? For example alternating white and light grey.
posted by phatboy to Feature Requests at 12:54 PM PST - 32 comments

Amazon donation bug
Clicking on the "Donate" link brings me to the Amazon donation page, then kicks out to the home page. I'm using MSIE 5.5:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; T312461)
posted by eamondaly to Bugs at 11:46 AM PST - 1 comments

Anyone else ever dream about Metafilter?
Ok, I know this is gonna sound really weird, but I guess I got totally involved in this thread, because when I went to bed last night, I dreamed that Matt asked me to take over his admin/moderator duties for the day. It was a bizarre dream, I tells ya. There's no way I'm qualified to do that, I don't even know how to code! Anyone else ever dream about Metafilter?
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 10:54 AM PST - 14 comments

MeFi Demographics: Let's have a census!
"The best mirror is an old friend." -Peter Nivio Zarlenga.
With all the questions about who make up us, is it time that we organized some sort of demographic survey of Whom Constitute Mefi?
posted by UncleFes to MetaFilter-Related at 8:47 AM PST - 41 comments

Celebrity guest FPP idea
Random idea re "Celebrity guest" front page posts - perhaps invite Dvorak (or other chosen person) to become a guest for a day (or permanent member), brief him on how its all works, allow him to front page post anything he chooses, and have all the ensuing commetary with his participation. Other choices might be Colin Powell (oops this isnt MTV), Tom Friedman of the NYT (so often linked to), even Andrew Sullivan, etc etc. Just a thought.
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 AM PST - 30 comments

Dvorak's back and he's Annnngray!
Dvorak's back in the second of three promised installments, where he boisterously calls out the Cluetrain gang and webloggers...
posted by anildash to General Weblog-Related at 1:46 AM PST - 31 comments

February 24
Was I out of line?
Curious (especially in light of the previous thread in MeTa) about whether I was out of line in this exchange. Please note olav's posting record and his homepage URL.
posted by rodii to Etiquette/Policy at 2:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Shilling on MeFi
Lame, lame, lame. Something just occured to me, and it is worth mentioning. thebwit is the guy that owns the domain bigblogtool and is a big supporter of his pal ruzz' creation. In the previous thread, he poo-poo'd Blogger Pro to hype BigBlogTool, which I called him on, but it turns out he doesn't run the service. Now, he posts a thread about hacking a competing product, greymatter. Ruzz says it's a good post, and shits on the community while doing it. I know this time around, they're not working together to openly push BBT, but they are dissing greymatter in arguably the biggest weblog community they could. And look, here's the same post, but with a plug for BigBlogTool. thebwit also used the ever-impartial WeblogReview to post about the hack, and conveniently the footer of every message reminds all that the post was made with BBT.

Here's a tip ruzz and thebwit, don't use MetaFilter to shill your product or shit on your competitors, and your current marketing practices are a bit transparent, to say the least.
posted by mathowie to General Weblog-Related at 9:37 AM PST - 60 comments

Is Metafilter a Boyzone?
[Mistakenly posted this on MetaFilter - apologies for category error]

Is Metafilter a Boyzone? Was recommending MeFi to one of my girl-pals, and she came back to me with the following: "interesting...but it's a bit of a men's room, isn't it?" When pressed she cited postings like sex classes, gross-out cartoons, nerdish obsession, flimsy pretexts for nudity, and whiny self-pitying threads about failing manhood. Somewhat surprised, and in mild defense, I cited back postings on the horror of honour killings, drag queens talking about false breasts and male self-parody. Now she's actually v. pro-men, and no knee-jerk feminist, so she's got me wondering: Are we? And if so, does it matter?
posted by theplayethic to Etiquette/Policy at 6:23 AM PST - 148 comments

February 23
Closing Threads
Maybe a little notice that closed threads are closed. I keep checking to make sure I'm logged in when I run into them.
posted by skallas to Feature Requests at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a way to include the TITLE attribute in front-page post links
Is there a way to include the TITLE attribute in front-page post links? Obviously it's trivial to add this to any hand-coded hrefs you include in your description, but not in the main link via the submission form. And what's the word on pimping the site where you found the link? Should we manually give credit in the description, or should a VIA field be officially added?
posted by johnnyace to Feature Requests at 5:29 AM PST - 2 comments

February 22
"Write a better weblog" article
Surprised this hasn't surfaced here, but Dennis Mahoney has written a "Write A Better Weblog" article. He makes some good points, some of which many (myself included) MeFi'ers could stand a lesson in. And, you've gotta love the great Hemingway quote.
posted by Ufez Jones to General Weblog-Related at 7:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Is suicidegirls the first porn textad ever on MetaFilter?
Is suicidegirls the first porn textad ever on MetaFilter? It is certainly good to see such a liberal editorial attitude being displayed. Money does not corrupt. I wonder what their click through rate is, with the promise of naked girls and all? BTW I only clicked on it because I'm interested in goths and punks, and wanted to read their blog...obviously.
posted by RobertLoch to MetaFilter-Related at 6:45 PM PST - 71 comments

why was this post deleted?
For the sake of review, and so that we may all learn from the past in hopes of making a better future, why was this post deleted?
posted by insomnyuk to Etiquette/Policy at 2:29 PM PST - 24 comments

MeFi Chat
What do people think about creating some kind of Metafilter chat forum? It's been suggested by at least one other person, and might be just what Metafilter needs right now. Mefi long ago grew into a community with its own in-jokes, celebrities and infamous posters; in lieu of a chat forum in which to have casual discussions, a lot of the 'off-topic' stuff has spilled over into Mefi and MeTa, arguably decreasing the quality of many threads.
posted by adrianhon to Feature Requests at 12:04 PM PST - 40 comments

The return of a member and what happens next
at the emailed advice of a fellow mefier, i need to say something to all of you. no, this isn't a stunt for attention, or yet another thread to stir it with a stick...he tells me that my entry back into mefi has been rude, and he questioned why i did it the way I did. when I told him, he said i should tell the rest of you . more inside...
posted by bunnyfire to Etiquette/Policy at 12:04 PM PST - 14 comments

February 21
MeFi -> Wired
What's the deal with Wired? And now it looks like they are using MetaFilter as a source for stories. Note the dates in the following examples:
1(MeFi, Wired), 2(MeFi, Wired), and 3(MeFi, Wired). In example 3, they even link
to the same government pdf document. Or maybe they're just following tpoh.org around.
posted by insomnyuk to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 PM PST - 24 comments

web design tool
I couldn't find a link to this anywhere, and I think it's a great tool, if, like me, you are crap at web design (in the limited sense of making all the pretty colours harmonize) but still like to fiddle around a bit with it. Hope you find it useful.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to General Weblog-Related at 9:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Neale's MSBlog review is a gag, right?
Neale's MSBlog review is a gag, right?
posted by brownpau to General Weblog-Related at 4:31 PM PST - 15 comments

What's with shit weasel?
What's with shit weasel?
posted by MrMoonPie to Etiquette/Policy at 3:16 PM PST - 42 comments

Maybe there should be a limit on MetaTalk posts.
Suggestion: Limit users to one MetaTalk front-page post per week.
posted by rcade to Etiquette/Policy at 1:39 PM PST - 95 comments

Comment bug
Front page: Take a Virtual Hajj Tour (via beliefnet)...
posted by adnanbwp at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments



Inside: Take a Virtual Hajj Tour (via beliefnet)...
posted by adnanbwp at 8:42 AM PST (3 comments total)

posted by lbergstr to Bugs at 12:35 PM PST - 3 comments

MoneyFilter for MetaFilter
MoFi4MeFi (MoneyFilter for MetaFilter): Last September, Matt asked the following: What if I killed [MeFi] sometime in the future, and brought it back, but you had to pay a small membership fee or some other 'high' barrier to entry? That'd keep the crowd small, manageable, and only those that really cared to discuss things would contribute. Would that make things better? Worse?

The discussion that followed did not necessarily address the question (a few positively responded to a subscriber-based MeFi). Maybe, this idea needs to be reviewed again. [more inside]
posted by jacknose to MetaFilter-Related at 11:44 AM PST - 48 comments

Can we just ban people for being stupid?
Can we just ban people for being stupid?
posted by rich to Etiquette/Policy at 7:14 AM PST - 24 comments

My br0wz0r is 0wnz0r3d
My br0wz0r is 0wnz0r3d. I can access Metafilter & Metatalk but nothing else. No yahoo, no google, etc. etc. etc., none of the links.
posted by EngineBeak to MetaFilter-Related at 2:41 AM PST - 21 comments

February 20
Any update on the Ticket Stub project?
The Ticket Stub Project still looks like an excellent idea. Apart from the personal stories who wouldn't enjoy, for instance, capsule reviews written by fellow MeFis of concerts, plays, sports events, etc? Is there any chance of it taking off soon? Would each "ticket stub" capsule stand on its own or would there be comments and queries allowed? Is anybody else intrigued by this project?
posted by MiguelCardoso to Ticketstub Project at 11:40 AM PST - 29 comments

thread closed but I NEED to comment!
Okay, so the comments got closed on the teen log generator. But I just couldn't... [more]
posted by tpoh.org to General Weblog-Related at 8:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Too many links in post
How many links does a front page post have before they become irritating?
posted by Spoon to Etiquette/Policy at 6:31 AM PST - 25 comments

February 19
how many people actively participate in MetaTalk?
All this recent navel gazing has me wondering--is there any way to see how many people actively participate in MetaTalk? An informal count of the front page posts just now puts it at about a 1/3 who may not even know there's all this discourse going on behind the scenes (based purely on if they have posted any comments or links, they may be lurking). No ponies needed, mathowie! Just curious if any of the MeFi Coder Brigade has come up with anything to generate that sort of info. Thanks!
posted by thc to MetaFilter-Related at 4:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Come with me and take on the Mefi burden.
The Kafster's comment got me thinking. Anyone want to join me in refraining from posting anything "hot button" or anything so far left or right that all it will get is a bunch of flames? Come with me and take on the Mefi burden.
posted by geoff. to Etiquette/Policy at 3:42 PM PST - 36 comments

February 18
Jose Saramago joins Metafilter
An appeal: "I've stopped posting to the front page" is increasingly said by our most experienced and respected posters, sometimes with an absurd sense of pride. Various reasons are given - usually to do with some decline in standards or overcrowding.

What would happen, though, if everyone stopped posting links? What would be left? Surely quality can't be promoted by inactivity. It's easy to criticize and go on about how MetaFilter is going downhill. So why don't critics lead by example? Would it kill them to post good links a little more often? This would probably be the best way to quickly raise the standard here and restore the "glory days". As it is, not to be rude or anything, it looks more and more like a "put up or shut up" situation.
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 4:59 PM PST - 95 comments

February 17
What happened to the reading discussion?
What happened to the reading discussion? I signed up at Yahoo, read the Tax Inspector, and never heard a thing?
Is there s discussion going on somewhere?
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC to General Weblog-Related at 7:32 PM PST - 11 comments

bunnyfire says goodbye
May I have a moment of your time/
posted by bunnyfire to MetaFilter-Related at 5:25 PM PST - 352 comments

Random weblog homepages
Eureka! A couple of weeks ago in this thread I pleaded for some help in setting up my browser so that it would load a random website each time I started it up. Now that I've cracked it, I thought I'd share the link with you as a thank you to all those who pitched in ... it loads mostly weblogs completely at random ...
posted by feelinglistless to General Weblog-Related at 4:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Sent to the top of the page
How come, when I click on a link to a specific comment in a MetaTalk or MetaFilter post or comment--like evanizer's in the polarization discussion linking two specific comments in the Compassionate Conservatism Anyone? thread--I get sent to the top of the thread each time? The same happens when looking at comments in user profiles--is this on my end or is this something that happens to everyone now?
posted by y2karl to Bugs at 1:57 PM PST - 13 comments

I/P: look, we are behaving
I think it would be nice if today's Palestine/Israel thread didn't vanish (as per mathowie's recent MeTa post, stating that he is going to delete them all until further notice), at least not before the name-calling starts. The post itself is a bit of a bait, but so far the responses have been well-thought-out, even-handed, and intelligent.
posted by bingo to Etiquette/Policy at 10:44 AM PST - 1 comments

February 16
yep. i'm still working on that mefi amp skin...
yep. i'm still working on that mefi amp skin...
posted by jcterminal to MetaFilter-Related at 10:57 PM PST - 56 comments

what about a footnote button?
What about a footnote button? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso to Feature Requests at 5:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Checking for responses efficiently
Is there some easy/efficient way to check for replies to your posts (e.g. your nick mentioned in a new post), so that you don't have to look at each individual thread you've posted to, checking for respsonses? (more inside)
posted by bingo to Feature Requests at 4:22 PM PST - 25 comments

LA meetup?
Has there ever/will there ever be a Los Angeles MeFi gathering? I did a search but all I found was this. Did anything happen there? Is there another thread about this I'm missing? I've been seeing the posts about the NY gathering and I'm jealous.
posted by bingo to MetaFilter-Related at 1:47 PM PST - 65 comments

everything is italics
everything is italics (except for links), both on the front page and in here. or is it just me?
posted by modge to Bugs at 7:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Name Calling Callout
Here's a thought: name calling and the polarizing that follows as everyone is either in one group or the other leads to pointless shouting matches. Is this a debate tactic? Make a slice down the middle, split everyone in half and let them fight it out?
posted by mathowie to Etiquette/Policy at 12:22 AM PST - 86 comments

February 15
Obitfilters only for . . and .
I didn't want to derail the Kevin Smith obit thread from where ever it might be going so... [more inside]
posted by willnot to Etiquette/Policy at 10:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Editorial personality in profiles
What about somehow allowing members to choose their most and least favorite front page posts in profile page as a way to add some metafilter-specific editorial personality to each profile page?
posted by Voyageman to Feature Requests at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the gender breakdown on MeFi?
The large penis thread got me thinking -- along with going bowling with nine guys during MeFiSea -- what's the gender breakdown on MeFi, for those that have a stated gender?
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 1:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Matt Haughey arrested!
Matt Haughey arrested!
posted by NortonDC to MetaFilter-Related at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Being John Malkovich
A Metafilter option to sort posts/threads by a given Member's contributions (as that Member can by "My comments") Sort of like Being John Malkovich.
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Busted statistics
the stats are broken.
posted by complex to Bugs at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Supposed Taliban BMP getting blown up by US forces thread
A few months ago there was a thread which discussed the famous hoax image of a supposed Taliban BMP getting blown up by US forces. Someone who should really know better just sent me this photo, essentially saying Go USA!, and I'm trying to find that thread to gently explain that it's untrue. I've tried a bunch of searches and couldn't find it. Does anyone remember the thread or have any information on the image?
posted by Karl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:50 AM PST - 13 comments

February 14
After deletion, still waiting 24 hours?
If a post is pulled because it is deemed inappropriate(I assume mine went because the subject matter was too close to one you don't wish discussed) are we still subject to the 24-hour rule? Just wondering.....
posted by bunnyfire to Etiquette/Policy at 1:06 PM PST - 67 comments

The cupid thing is just evil...
The cupid thing is just evil...
posted by revbrian to Bugs at 11:16 AM PST - 78 comments

Problem with Preview
Preview is badly broken, at least under IE 5.1 on Mac OS X. Details inside.
posted by nicwolff to Bugs at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

February 13
Metafilter or Metatalk
Which is better?
posted by skwm to MetaFilter-Related at 6:49 PM PST - 76 comments

Deletion of Comcast FPP?
A FPP was posted today, regarding Comcast, but seems to have been 'disappeared.' Anybody know why? [my first post to MetaTalk, and I can't seem to find a tool for embedding a link, so here it is:]
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nf/20020213/tc_nf/16316
posted by yesster to Etiquette/Policy at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

It's double-post day here at Metafilter.
It's double-post day here at Metafilter.

And those posts which are new have turned into very nasty places to visit.
posted by jpoulos to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM PST - 47 comments

Hit post then... nothing
I wrote my post, hit preview, and nothing showed up. So, stupidly, I hit post, resulting in the world's most terse front-page post.
posted by luser to Bugs at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Adding attribution to quotations
In my dotage, I sometimes find it difficult to identify italicized quotes in longish threads, specially when they're short and there are a lot of comments between the excerpted comment and the rejoinder. So I do a lot of scrolling up and down looking for the original comment. Would it be too much, just for time-saving purposes, to ask ourselves to add a quick attribution to our quotations, when they're difficult to locate?[ Here's an example from the Pazz and Jop thread, where eyeballkid's recent excerpt of a post by almostcool was not easy to find.]
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 3:07 AM PST - 14 comments

February 12
Let's take Olympics posts to sportsfilter.com
I've been tempted lately to request that people 'take it to sportsfilter.com' with the olympic posts. Since sportsfilter is a spawn of metafilter...it seems like doing so would help Both, but i'm not sure. It just seems like an excellent opportunity to reduce the number of posts here while helping build up sportsfilter.
posted by th3ph17 to Etiquette/Policy at 4:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Metafilter poster gets cranky
Sometimes, if it's late enough, even the best amongst us gets cranky -- while I would never suggest emoticons outright, some kind of 'poster mood indicator' might smooth out a lot of misunderstandings and help MeFi in it's scale up problems.
posted by victors to Feature Requests at 9:45 AM PST - 25 comments

February 11
font and indenting fubar
Oh no, bad things. Fonts and indenting are FUBAR.
posted by NortonDC to Bugs at 8:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Terrorist threat alerts do not make good posts.
I think this thread is a prime example of the kind of things not to post to MeFi...
posted by evanizer to Etiquette/Policy at 7:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Does one get notified before one is banned from posting from mefi? a friend is wondering.
does one get notified before one is banned from posting from mefi? a friend is wondering.
posted by bunnyfire to Etiquette/Policy at 4:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Google Appliance
The Google Appliance is an interesting move on the part of Google. Don't know how much it costs but it would be nice if they were to offer it for smaller sites.
posted by TNLNYC to General Weblog-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Critical IP Sucks
Google bombing at it's finest. Matt's Critical IP Sucks page has officially overtaken search result numero uno, directly preceeding the official Critical IP site.
posted by tomorama to General Weblog-Related at 11:28 AM PST - 73 comments

February 10
Regrets on posting by proxy
Someone sent me an email saying he hadn't any posting privileges and wanted to add his comment to a thread I'd started. I posted it by proxy. I now have severe misgivings, expressed in that thread, reacting to mr_crash_davis's objection. What should I have done? The comment, by Thom Carlson, was intelligent and cogent and did provoke some lively responses. He's now sent me a second email, backing up his first comment.
I remember rebeccablood's thread about posting a link for someone and how most people felt it wasn't OK to do so. What about a single comment? Do the same principles apply? Please advise as I'm at a loss...
posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 7:19 PM PST - 30 comments

Mefi themed winamp skin requested


Last night I was wandering around DeviantArt
downloading a few Winamp skins, when I realized that noone had ever made
a MeFi themed Winamp skin. With all the programmers and graphic designers
among the MeFaithful, I woulda thought someone would've thrown something
together. I'd do it myself, if my complete lack of artistic talent wasn't
an issue. so who'll rise to the occasion?


posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 4:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Comments in posting history not in order
Miguel's comment got me to check my posting history (it's an ugly thing to do, I don't recommend it). Anyway, I found that the comments I posted aren't in any kind of order. (more inside)
posted by mr_crash_davis to Bugs at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

the best times at MetaFilter?
For newer members, including myself, what were the best times at MetaFilter? Any ‘I remember the good old days’ thoughts that you would like to share? Can we learn anything from this past? Is there any advise that the old guard would like to offer up to us rookies, by way of assuring that this community continues to thrive? We are listening, well I am anyway.
posted by RobertLoch to MetaFilter-Related at 11:51 AM PST - 63 comments

February 9
How can I add other links in the post?
My first post here on Metalk so please excuse me if this is (has been) covered elsewhere. While I understand how to make a "basic" post, how can I add other links in the post (within the description text). I have no idea. Any help?
posted by sharksandwich to MetaFilter-Related at 3:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Google News Headlines gives thanks to Jason Kottke
Has anyone noticed that Google News Headlines gives thanks to Jason Kottke? (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
posted by jacknose to General Weblog-Related at 11:00 AM PST - 24 comments

bowling at sunset bowl this Sunday
MeFiSea -- Bowling at Sunset Bowl in Ballard this Sunday 7:30 pm. We're not great bowlers and we don't just talk about the inTARnet.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

February 8
The December 2001 archive has a bad link to the DWW Aids Page
The December 2001 archive has a bad link to the DWW Aids Page - it points to 2000, not 2001. Could someone fix it?
posted by pooldemon to Bugs at 11:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Where do I put this to discuss it?
I would like to talk about the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games. Is it more appropriate on MetaFilter or MetaTalk, or not?
posted by dai to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

No hotlinking to images, please.
funny. i get snarked at for hotlinking an image, but i don't see any snarking for just plain cut and pasting content.

maybe i'm just not looking hard enough, but i don't see a difference.
posted by jcterminal to General Weblog-Related at 4:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Don't Go Nuts
Yes, I know I have gone nuts on the Ronald Reagan thread. No I did not mean to. Yes I am calling myself out. Yes I have gone up on my meds. Yes the thread is too chatty. If Matt wants to pull the thread, he may.
You got a problem with that?
posted by bunnyfire to Etiquette/Policy at 1:52 PM PST - 53 comments

Help Me Find Defense Spending Thread
Help a guy out. I'm looking for a link to a website that was posted here a few months ago. It was a flash animation about what America could do as a country if it reduced its defense spending by 5%. I've searched and just can't seem to find the original thread. Can anyone help? Please?
posted by yangwar to General Weblog-Related at 1:33 PM PST - 2 comments

How big is MetaFilter?
How big is MetaFilter? There's a description of the server on the about page, but I'm interested in how much disk space the site consumes, and how big the DB is. (more inside)
posted by mr_crash_davis to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Server busy or unable to fulfill request
Request canceled or ignored by serverServer busy or unable to fulfill request.

I'm getting a lot of these today. Is it my ISP or something else? Anybody else?
posted by ashbury to Uptime at 9:35 AM PST - 15 comments

LPP wall of shame
Yo! Matt and other interested parties... I've noticed a lot of deleted FPP posts lately. Ever thought of saving some of them on their own page (with comment function disabled) so people can see real-world examples of what not to post, or where people who like that stuff can take a look?
Think of em as LPP's - last page posts.
This is a stupid idea, isn't it... where's my coffee?
posted by FreezBoy to Feature Requests at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Give the gaddamned snide comments a break!
Give the gaddamned snide comments a break. It's a flippin' discussion and some tend to add anecdotals. Yes! That is what some people do. To add to DISCUSSION. Would you be like this during a conversation at the pub? To hell with being personable!
posted by crasspastor to Etiquette/Policy at 1:10 AM PST - 47 comments

February 7
Selling MetaFilter
I was just reading the "About MeFi" page and was struck by the quote "If you'd like to partner with MetaFilter, license the code, buy it outright, or hire me to build a similar site, email me and we can discuss terms." Would you really sell your baby, Matt? And at what cost/under which circumstances? Would all the old-school MeFi'ers be pissed? Just curious.
posted by Ufez Jones to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Cliques in MeFi
I've been reading everyone's MeTa post's about "What's wrong with MeFi," and thinking on it had for awhile. I've decided that it's not right vs. left, old-timer vs. newbie, or even dumb wacky-news items or pancakes.
Basically, as the community has grown larger, everyone's broken off into little cliques. Now there's nothing intrinsically wrong with that, birds of a feather and all; however, back in high school I used to love introducing mebers of the various cliques to eachother and(somtimes) watching the cultural exchange(for lack of a better term) that happened when they realized the other clique was cool, too. Unfortunately, most of the time the cliques just snarked at eachother.
In my early days at MeFi, the various subgroups resisted this temptation, but not lately. Hopefully we can turn back the clock.
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 6:47 PM PST - 62 comments

Why was my post about someone having sex with a goat deleted?
Why is a post about someone having sex with a goat not worthy of discussion. The story had everything - intrigue, surpise, excitement, passion, shock, and much more. I know why it was delete - because mat thought it was 'sophmoric' to post something like that - well I didn't post it in a sophmoric manner, I posted it because it is a very interesting story. I have never heard of anything like it in my life. It makes me wonder whether you even bother to read past the headline before cracking the sensorship whip.
posted by RobertLoch to Etiquette/Policy at 6:19 PM PST - 21 comments

pancake posts mostly deleted; but I want the one with the bunny
I was just running a search on the word "pancake" (stop glaring at me, I was looking for the URL for the bunny!), and the first hit at the top of the list was the complete "Schizophrenics make the best web sites" front-page post. In fact, half the posts it pulled up are threads that have been yanked.

Including the one with the little bunny. So I still the URL to that too, plz, if anyone remembers it. Please, no kittens.
posted by aaron to Bugs at 5:13 PM PST - 12 comments

"poof" unexpected, explanation demanded
What was the problem with the post about the soccer player giving the finger up? I was really surprised to see that one go "poof." It wasn't high art, but it didn't seem like it was out of line.
posted by NortonDC to MetaFilter-Related at 5:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Making fun of the mentally ill.
Making fun of the mentally ill.What's the craziest you can be and still be funny? Catatonic? Help me out here, I have such a tin ear for this stuff.
posted by luser to Bugs at 1:50 PM PST - 35 comments

Links that inspire little or no discussion.
Links that inspire little or no discussion. I don't generally play MeFi cop, and this is by no means the worst link I've ever seen, but it really doesn't generate any level of discussion, and frankly invites snarky attempts at wit. What should be foremost in a poster's mind: "Wow factor" or "Hey, I bet folks will want to talk about this"?
posted by kokogiak to Etiquette/Policy at 12:52 PM PST - 29 comments

I know you are but what am I. (liberal)
You know things have changed on MetaFilter when aaron gets accused of being liberal!
posted by briank to Etiquette/Policy at 12:27 PM PST - 21 comments

moonlighting mefites
Everywhere I look on the Internet I find my fellow Metafilterians moonlighting somewhere. Just today I came across a very interesting web site called Cafoon/Erotica Rules, where the very latest contributions come from poster heroes such as owillis and feelinglistless.

Forget SportsFilter and Plastic.com(where the great holgate is in finest form). Come clean now! What are the Metafilterians' secret haunts? And are there any steadfast, exclusivist, MetaFilter-only loyalists left? [I, a minor traitor, confess to lurking very discretely on filepile, Kuro5hin, fark and a certain red cricket where Crazy Uncle Joepontificates - but that is all...]
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 AM PST - 37 comments

February 6
New comments indicators more indicative
I fixed the long standing new comments bug on MetaTalk, so the new comments indicators should be more reliable and not "disappear" on you when you refresh the main page.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Top Web Personalities
Matt Haughey : Lucky 7 on Shift's "Top 25 Web Personalities". Via Fark. We're not worthy!
posted by Perigee to MetaFilter-Related at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

A very nice article about MetaFilter is up on the CSMonitor site.
A very nice article about MetaFilter is up on the CSMonitor site.

posted by nicwolff to MetaFilter-Related at 7:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Improved title element
If you have the poster's name when printing the TITLE element on a post's detail page, it'd be nice to have the window title be e.g. "MetaFilter | Comments on ParisParamus's post" instead of "MetaFilter | Comments on 14703". It'd let the browser's history list be more useful...

(Although of course you'd have to implement a sophisticated possessive-forming engine to avoid "s's" as in my bad example...)
posted by nicwolff to Feature Requests at 7:04 AM PST - 31 comments

Think of the potential power of MetaFilter
Willnot's pledge drive idea below got me thinking. Think of the potential power of MetaFilter (more >>)
posted by chaz to MetaFilter-Related at 12:41 AM PST - 14 comments

February 5
So how about a Pledge Drive?
So how about a Pledge Drive? My local NPR station is begging for money again, and I was thinking - you know I'd rather give my $1/day (why that's not even enough for coffee) to MeFi. Currently the donation kitty is at $3,597. I bet we can get that up to $4,500 in no time. What do you say?
posted by willnot to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Comment Count Mismatch
Front page lists more comments than are actually in the thread. As of this writing there are 13 comments, according to the front page, but the inside page only shows eight.
posted by mr_crash_davis to Bugs at 8:15 PM PST - 3 comments

pancakes are no longer funny
oh stop it with the pancakes already.
posted by palegirl to Bugs at 7:16 PM PST - 114 comments

Time-outs are getting more frequent (2/5/02)
The time-outs have been getting nasty here lately. I was thinking if you removed the comments search from the search options things would pick up. I've never gotten a time out from searching just the threads, even from day 1.
posted by skallas to Feature Requests at 6:04 PM PST - 3 comments

unicom followup
A while ago, chipr's fight to save his domain -- Unicom.com -- was linked to on the sidebar. Slashdot is now reporting that the judge on his case has decided in his favor. (Congrats, chip!)
posted by moz to General Weblog-Related at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Here is an article from John Dvorak from PC Magazine about blogging.
Here is an article from John Dvorak from PC Magazine about blogging.
posted by alball to General Weblog-Related at 6:23 AM PST - 26 comments

February 4
Has the newly revamped WSJ online adopted the Metafilter post and comment process?
The newly revamped WSJ Online devotes much more individualized space for each of their columnists, including a detailed "About" biography, a "Personal Comment" space for each columnist, a "Recent Columns" section, a "Readers Response" section and weekly hosted "Online Debates". Said differently, it seems the online articles and commentaries are being treated by these journalists and their readers more like the Metafilterian post and comment process. Was the relaunch in part inspired by this place and others like it, and is this what professional news organizations now aspire to ? Maybe I'm just imagining things.
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Time magazine columnist gets weblog.
oh, goodness, now even my mother will know about weblogging. Time magazine columnist gets weblog.
posted by epersonae to General Weblog-Related at 11:24 AM PST - 14 comments

BuffyFilter?
Buffyfilter!
What would you who want a buffyfilter want? (I've got the url, a hosting provider and matt's permission...) i want to write it in perl/mysql, because i think that that would be fun. i have some ideas, but they are in my head.

posted by goneill to General Weblog-Related at 10:36 AM PST - 70 comments

Personally, I like news links.
It has been discussed. But can we do anything about it?
Personally, I like news links. And I'm guilty of linking CNN. But this is too much. I prefer slightly more obscure news sources when visiting MeFi.
posted by jacobw to Etiquette/Policy at 8:41 AM PST - 34 comments

February 3
Superbowl Spoilers
A plea from those of us in other countries - could you guys not give away the Superbowl results in a FPP next year?
posted by obiwanwasabi to Etiquette/Policy at 9:31 PM PST - 52 comments

About TextAds
I looked on the about page, the front page, and elsewhere, but could not find a single link to the adwords page. Big barrier to entry that.
Also, would it be possible to use the adwords on other sites by including a piece of code, etc?
posted by Neale to MetaFilter-Related at 6:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Couple of obscure browser bugs
couple of obscure browser bugs
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

MeFiSea -- Bowling
MeFiSea -- Bowling, Sunset Bowl, February 10th. If last time is any indication, we are all of varying skill levels, so don't let lack of bowling know-how keep you away. What time works for everyone?
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 10:55 AM PST - 23 comments

February 2
E-Z Trolling: What are the rules?
E-Z Trolling: What are the rules? [Nothing else inside, fuckwits!]
posted by MiguelCardoso to General Weblog-Related at 8:38 PM PST - 34 comments

freerepublic is watching
Oh jesus, god, no. The worst has happened.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 7:09 PM PST - 84 comments

Is MetaFilter/MetaTalk's blue/gray color scheme an allusion to the Civil War?
Is MetaFilter/MetaTalk's much-beloved blue/gray color scheme a subtle allusion to the Civil War?
posted by kirkaracha to MetaFilter-Related at 1:54 PM PST - 53 comments

Remixing the pancake batter
How to fix what's wrong with MetaFilter
posted by NortonDC to MetaFilter-Related at 8:08 AM PST - 24 comments

February 1
Deleted but still on front page
This thread still appears on the front page (after several refreshes), but clicking on the comments gives you the standard "Nothing to see here" thread deletion page.
posted by skwm to Bugs at 4:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Delay of allowing comments pony?
Stop me if you've heard this one before...

A lot of angst/anxiety/breast-beating/whining/etc. has been made over the apparent knee-jerk quality of the responses to FPPs. People rush to get that first (usually obvious, especially if obvious) witty/snarky comment in, often resulting in thread hijack. This can happen within seconds of the original post, making the likelyhood that the commentor has actually looked at/read the FPP's link(s) highly questionable. Perhaps this could be remedied by instituting a "No Comment Period"? A delay of say an hour or so before anyone was allowed to post a comment, during which time people who were interested could read the links and assemble their responses/comments. (More inside)
posted by edlark to Feature Requests at 12:32 PM PST - 33 comments

Manila Meetup
Sorry for this super last minute invitation, but: if you live in or are visiting Manila and have a blog or journal, a bunch of us (most of whom are MetaFilterians) are getting together for lunch tomorrow -- February 2, 11:30 a.m. at Press Cafe (inside Page One bookstore) at the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati.
posted by lia to General Weblog-Related at 4:28 AM PST - 6 comments

mefi channels?
Is this an old idea? Make a series of littler mefis, maybe mefi channels, run by Matt-designated hosts.
posted by pracowity to Feature Requests at 4:02 AM PST - 51 comments