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February 28
Who's hungry?
Gawker likes the taste of Metafilter.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter-Related at 5:41 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

AskMe hits Gawker.com.
We've been Gawkered.
posted by availablelight to MetaFilter-Related at 5:34 PM PST - 80 comments

searching for a post
A few weeks back someone posted a link to a Canadian (?) university team who could render 3d faces from a 2d image. Does anyone remember the url?
posted by twine42 to MetaFilter-Related at 3:01 PM PST - 10 comments

I have a force multiplier?
Something weirder is going on. Things I do keep getting doubled !. WTF?
posted by rbs to Bugs at 12:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Detect Deleted Deletion Detector
For over a year or so I've had a very handy java script application in my toolbar called "Detect Deleted Metafilter Threads" that finds the hidden axed threads. In the last few weeks it stopped working. Does anybody know why or if there is a new working version?
posted by fucker to Feature Requests at 12:03 PM PST - 19 comments

cortextulations!
I, for one, would like to welcome our new overlord.
posted by timeistight to MetaFilter-Related at 10:18 AM PST - 226 comments

Nashville TN meetup
Nashville, TN meetup? Not sure how many Music City Mefites we have here, but I'd like to try and get one started. The variables: Date Time Location I propose next Friday, March 9th. 7:00 pm. Jackson's Bar and Bistro on 21st avenue. If others have better suggestions for date / time / location, post em here and we can vote!
posted by lazaruslong to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Deleted thread reasons
How about signing the reason on deleted threads so we know who to bitch to?
posted by keswick to Feature Requests at 8:24 AM PST - 28 comments [closed]

February 27
MetaFilter - now As Seen On TV
In Part III What's Happening To The News of Frontline's four part series News War, there came, during one of several discussions of the impact of the internet upon the news, a montage of screenshots of various websites, weblogs and community weblogs. MetaFilter was one of them. I seen it! Now should that be a little Woot! worthy or what?
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:48 PM PST - 52 comments

This is why we can't have nice things.
My, my...AskMe is mighty chatty today. If you can't answer the question, shut up.
posted by Falconetti to Etiquette/Policy at 9:54 PM PST - 50 comments

I have a question. (unrelated) Here's another one.
Asking two questions?
posted by niles to Etiquette/Policy at 5:04 PM PST - 42 comments

Of course, there's
Is there now an official [more inside] cuteness moratorium?
posted by team lowkey to Etiquette/Policy at 12:24 PM PST - 126 comments

1 day in Moscow?
Any Muscovite MeFites out there willing to help a traveling fellow MeFite with 1 night of lodging and some sightseeing?
posted by k8t to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:56 AM PST - 8 comments

St. Louis meetup (weekend of 3/9-3/11).
St. Louis meetup? C'mon! As far as I know it's been over a year. That one was actually pretty decent. Let's shoot for sometime on the weekend of March 9, 10, 11 (plenty of notice here so there's no need for shitty excuses). Throw out some times and places and then we can sort it out by vote. I volunteer to be a pseudo-organizer and tie-breaker. I'm committed, notsnot has committed (maybe he'll drag along Green Eyed Monster). Will pieoverdone show up (it's been way too long, you know)? Who else, who else? Eriko, Bradlands, Phat Lobley, kdern, limeonaire, crapulent, jedicus? C'mon guys and girls you know you want to come! I'll suggest NOT doing this at Erato but somewhere else that we can definitely imbibe and that also has a good selection for those of us that don't drink alcohol. Good food is a plus. What else?
posted by horseblind to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:53 AM PST - 35 comments

Easier tabbed browsing?
When browsing via the tabs up top, would it be possible / desirable to keep the tabs in session and redirect when you hit the home page? [more inside]
posted by graymouser to Feature Requests at 7:15 AM PST - 13 comments

February 26
It's really just a question
Just for future reference, when is it interesting and when is it not to post something about a naked celebrity? People seemed fairly interested in Tony Danza. Just asking.
posted by inconsequentialist to Etiquette/Policy at 9:08 PM PST - 18 comments [closed]

GoreFilter?
Are we gonna keep the "latest attempt to smear Gore" post on the front page just because it gets successfully refuted later in the thread? Or in the interest of being "Fair and Balanced", should Gore Bashing be kept equivalent to Bush Bashing?
posted by wendell to Etiquette/Policy at 6:01 PM PST - 112 comments

Strike out in titles of FPP's.
When doing this post (nsfw) I did a strikeout for the title and it worked fine in the preview, but when it went live the strikeout was removed. "Go back" should have been striked out.
posted by bigmusic to Bugs at 2:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Band Tags on Music?
Music.mefi question: Would it be inappropriate to add a band name/artist name tag to tracks you post if your songs come from several different bands?
posted by drezdn to Etiquette/Policy at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Which do you 'believe' is better?
Baltimore area meetup at The Brewer's Art...St Patrick's Day (a Saturday) or April 1 (a Sunday)? Or suggest another day that works for you.
posted by nj_subgenius to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

SF Get-together?
I see no SF meet-up on the calendar, but one should be. I vote Mission-area. Thoughts?
posted by wool sock to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:43 AM PST - 122 comments

February 25
Double post on AskMeFi, in a row?
Something weird is going on.
posted by cerebus19 to Bugs at 8:39 PM PST - 53 comments

I found it at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, in a dis-used lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the leopard.'
Removing a favorite is hard! [moron inside]
posted by Eideteker to Bugs at 4:54 PM PST - 36 comments

Have we turned a new leaf?
Wow, two threads, one on finding an e-mail address and one on a Quicken password and no one jumps on the poster, calling them a stalker or questioning their motives. I commend you, Mefites!
posted by IndigoRain to Etiquette/Policy at 1:23 PM PST - 70 comments

February 24
Can't remove a favourite
Lately when I try to remove a favourite, I get this error message: URL is malformed: can't remove as a favorite. This has only been going for a couple weeks, I think. Perhaps it could be fixed.
posted by Listener to Bugs at 9:54 PM PST - 13 comments

De-flag?
I wasn't able to find any previous mention of this, but what if someone decides they didn't want to flag a post? Can we have a feature that lets people change their mind if they flag something? I say this after reconsidering flagging my own supposed double post.
posted by Burhanistan to Feature Requests at 9:26 PM PST - 33 comments

Bloomington Meet Up
Here are all three pictures of all two of us at Monday night's Bloomington meet up. You can't even imagine how much fun we were having.
posted by ztdavis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:55 PM PST - 31 comments

An end to double posts!
Is the "The link you entered (http://etc/) was found in 1 previous thread." warning new? Cool, helpful feature! I had used the search field to check for previous posts, but hadn't found it - presumably because I was linking to a different page on the same site. (Won't it be funny if someone posted this before? [nervous laughter])
posted by serazin to Feature Requests at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

href... slash... a.... dammit!
Is it just me, or did my autoformatting buttons vanish with my last Firefox update (I assume this is the cause, as the two coincided)? If I have to start hand-coding hyperlinks again I will probably just go into an unresponsive fugue state instead.
posted by nanojath to Bugs at 11:47 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]

RE: the infamous airnxt post
RE: the infamous airnxt post (which is now closed) an update http://ask.metafilter.com/27155/is-an-ebay-fraud-seller-free it has been a while since i checked back on the above post, but it looks like airnxt is still up to his old tricks, selling fake chanel handbags. oh, and his feedback is not private anymore. Two weeks for delivery! Received a fake! Sick to my stomach! Out $510!! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290069288442 he must be stopped! ok, before you post comments about how you need to check sellers feedback, please read the link to the thread. the guy in the original post was pretending to be a victim of an ebay scam, but was actually the person doing the scamming.
posted by billoni to MetaFilter-Related at 12:24 AM PST - 16 comments [closed]

February 23
it's just that's where my baby lives, that's all
Washington, DC meetup this Sunday (day after tomorrow)?! I'm going to DC for a job interview on Monday. I'll be staying with my brother in Mt. Pleasant (the job is in Reston). Come meet me and give me advice about whether or not I should move to DC. Sorry for the short notice, but I wasn't sure this was happening until recently.
posted by bingo to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Enforced preview, please?
For my own sake, what about enforced preview when posting? In the absence of the ability to edit posts, post-post, forcing the preview stage would probably save me some embarassment. Maybe it could even be a user-configurable option.
posted by mzurer to Feature Requests at 12:42 PM PST - 36 comments

Though sometimes we venture into lust or schadenfreude.
Valleywag categorizes Mefi as pure stimulation!
posted by tula to MetaFilter-Related at 9:58 AM PST - 47 comments

Favorite MeFi Music playlists?
What user-created playlists do you follow on MeFi Music? My playlist is just a dumping ground for anything that I've liked, but I figure that someone has to have made more specific ones (e.g., favorite singer-songwriter tunes, great jazz vocalists, best love songs, etc.).
posted by danb to MetaFilter Music at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Greasemonkey or Mefi Bug?
Not sure if this has been an issue for others but.. I'm using the Greasemonkey script for MeFi quotes and every time I click it, it brings me to a blank page. I've updated all the MeFi greasemonkey scripts and I'm on FF 2.0.0.1. Any ideas?
posted by KevinSkomsvold to Bugs at 8:42 AM PST - 18 comments

connect the dots, la la la , connect the dots, la la la
So now that we have metafilter: the podcast, I'm wondering if any other metafilter products are going to enter the market? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno to Feature Requests at 7:34 AM PST - 74 comments

Hey honey pie, I lost my biweekly question, can I have yours?
I have a time-sensitive question buuuut was unfortunately kind enough to let my friend use my account and my sockpuppet for questions in the past week and a half. If someone would be nice enough to post this to the green for me I'll never snark again! [q inside]
posted by soma lkzx to Etiquette/Policy at 5:10 AM PST - 15 comments [closed]

Get paid to surf the web!?
As mentioned in the 2nd podcast: Slack jobs,whether their slack be built-in or sneakthieved, seem to support our participation here. How do you or your industry get away with it? What's the mefi crackmonkey dreamjob? I'll show you mine inside.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter-Related at 12:03 AM PST - 86 comments

February 22
2: Cortex Interview
A day early, it's the second installment of the MetaFilter Podcast.
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 10:16 PM PST - 101 comments

Handy guide to everyone's personal sites
Pretty cool resource: MeFi User Sites.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 PM PST - 45 comments

Doubleplusgood doubleposting
Nevercalm deserves credit for anti-eponysterically advocating that his post, doubled five minutes later, be the one deleted. Mattamyn deserves credit, as usual, for not being blindly policy-bound.
posted by longtime_lurker to Etiquette/Policy at 8:29 PM PST - 34 comments

What was that movie post?
I'm trying to find a post on the blue about a low-budget indie movie about the West Coast of the US after some sort of apocalypse. Various tag searches have turned up nada, I think it was last summer. It had quite a spooky documentary style trailer.
posted by Happy Dave to MetaFilter-Related at 5:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Frist Pots!
Heywood Mogroot's "first-fpp" tag finally gets used in another maiden post. Is tagging your first FPP as such a good idea? Should NeoFites be recommended to do so? Should we all go back and backtag our front page deflowerings?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to Etiquette/Policy at 3:54 PM PST - 51 comments

MetaMeetup in Chicago - Tonight!
There a few Meta folks gathering in Chicago tonight. Join us?
posted by FlamingBore to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Good ask metafilter thread that doesn't answer the question? Yes, they exist.
This (Medical Marijuana ask.mefi thread) is a good example of an ask metafilter thread where people don't answer the specific question of the poster, but still remain civil and helpful. Yay. So there's an existence proof that people can be helpful while not answering the question asked (and not fall all over themselves to be jerks).
posted by zpousman to Etiquette/Policy at 4:58 AM PST - 120 comments

February 21
Subject from MeFi thread #58058 Appearing on CNN
Follow up to this thread: New Metafilter member silentmiaow will appear tonight (2/21/07) on 360 with Anderson Cooper.
posted by macadamiaranch to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 PM PST - 29 comments

questions and answers for this week's podcast?
Questions for cortex? mathowie? jessamyn?
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:34 AM PST - 195 comments

fight for your rights in your own damn country, americans
"I don't like war, but my child is in there, fighting for your rights (Americia)." is, as edgeways says, inflammatory. [more inside]
posted by handee to Etiquette/Policy at 6:15 AM PST - 106 comments [closed]

February 20
How about a ban up in this bitch?
Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13...)
posted by phaedon to Etiquette/Policy at 9:29 PM PST - 48 comments

New York Times mention of Metafilter
The New York Times bases an article almost entirely on a Metafilter thread.
posted by xammerboy to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Chat filter?
I read in a lot of Metatalk threads about this and that being "Chatfilter." So I looked around for this "Chatfilter" figuring it was just another section of Metafilter like "AskMeFi" or "MetaTalk". But it's not, it seems to be kind of a perjorative term for a lot of discussions that might prove interesting, but for one reason or another aren't appropriate for other sections of MeFi. So, uh, why not have a Chatfilter?
posted by jefeweiss to Feature Requests at 5:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Gonzo Scooter Journalism
would it be too newsfilter / doublepost to link the closing arguments in the scooter libby trial? the previous post three weeks ago was pretty generic, and the commenters in the thread are right that it was almost impossible to follow what was going on (and i say this as a law student who's fascinated by these things). today, however, was some grand drama, with the defense breaking down into tears, and Fitzgerald going after not just Scooter but Elmer Fudd himself with both barrels. this is stuff that's actually accessible to the general public, but i hate crowding the blue. (grey, i got no problem with, apparently...) thoughts?
posted by spiderwire to Etiquette/Policy at 5:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Denver, anyone?
so, it appears there are something like fifty or sixty Mefites in and around the Denver/Boulder area. Of these, at least a handful are active members, right? Anyone interested in doing a Denver/Boulder meetup? boo_radley? koeselitz? eekacat? My time is equally split between Boulder and Denver these days, so I'm not particular. I'd lean towards Denver simply for the sake of numbers. Bonus: as the weather improves, it's likely I'll be down in LoDo on Wednesday nights for the Denver Cruise anyhow yes I know they say they don't start these till May but there's a hardcore group of nutjobs dedicated cyclists who do the cruise all year long... any excuse for a pubcrawl, right?
posted by lonefrontranger to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:19 PM PST - 20 comments

No, I didn't mean to do that TWICE.
Weird number translation issues? Maybe? I don't know, but when I posted to the "Crazy Congressmen" thread I know that the second time I used this link: http://www.metafilter.com/58687/FlatEarthers-No-FixedEarthers because I pasted it IN the comment box and then did the HTML around it. But it BECAME a link to the thread that I was commenting in. What? Or maybe I am totally and completely insane.
posted by Medieval Maven to Bugs at 9:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Flatterers
Someone else is muscling in on ask's turf. Worse, they've got green, blue and gray all on one page. We're doooooomed.
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 AM PST - 31 comments

MeFi Fantasy Baseball 2007!!!
MeFi Fantasy Baseball 2007!!!: It's back! We had a great time last year with 14 teams, and I'd like to run the same deal again- 5X5 Roto, daily lineups. A few changes I'd like to incorporate: - Fewer pitching slots. - $5 fee, to cover Yahoo Fantasy Plus (sorry folks, the free service is just lame) and 2 prizes: League Winner, and Most Improved (in points as of the All-Star break) If you're interested, please drop me a line via my profile. I'd like to cut it off at 15 teams, with preference given to teams who played last year. I'm also open to (reasonable) rule change requests once we've gotten all the managers.
posted by mkultra to MetaFilter-Related at 8:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Needed: Metafilter map
I could have sworn there was a Metafilter post that linked to a really fantastic free website for learning geography, but I can't find it. Or maybe it was commented in an AskMefi thread? It wasn't this one, though that's a good website too. Anybody know what I'm talking 'bout?
posted by schroedinger to MetaFilter-Related at 7:29 AM PST - 1 comments

Hoder Hoder Hoder - Hoder is a name that's fun to say three times
I ran across an interesting blog this morning written by an Iranian living in Toronto. It's called Editor: MYSELF. The publisher, Hossein Derakhshan, had a strong piece, "Democracy's Double Standard In Iran," in the International Herald Tribune/New York Times last year and seems bent on demystifying Iran's politics and leaders...
Iran's Bloggers. Well deservedly, Hoder gets a shout out in Steve Clemons's The Washington Note. May we all benefit from the prestige of our association with him. Oh, wait, we weren't mentioned. Well, all the same, three cheers for Hoder.
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 AM PST - 25 comments

February 19
PepsiBlue is bad for you!
Not everything that tastes great is PepsiBlue! [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 3:58 PM PST - 88 comments

By the time we got to Woodstock...
A new milestone passed. Say hello to elricky, roustem, antareus, waitingtoderail, Koko, pjlennon, missouri_lawyer, nikirobertson, and esolo: among the first of metafilter's 50kers.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 AM PST - 155 comments

What price MeFi's soul?
Some of the current adsense ads running for non-members seem inappropriate. For example soulmate calculator, which appears to be a data harvesting, phone spam service. The UK version of the site doesn't even have any T&Cs, to make it clear you are signing up for £9/month of unwanted ringtone/wallpaper hell. Can the adsense filtering be turned up a notch, in line with our community values?
posted by roofus to Bugs at 5:04 AM PST - 47 comments

February 18
Bloomington Meet Up
Bloomington, IN meet up reminder: Soma Coffee House (at Kirkwood and Grant) at 8 PM this Monday night (meaning tonight, that is). Look for the guy with a camera, markers, paper, and a big foam sword. Bloomington, IL and Bloomington, MN mefites are welcome to make the drive.
posted by ztdavis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Regarding philosophical AskMe questions
Regarding philosophical AskMe questions and answers to philosophical questions... [far too long for anyone to want to read]
posted by ontic to Etiquette/Policy at 7:36 PM PST - 117 comments

Santa Barbara Meetup
Reminder: Santa Barbara Meetup 7pm Mercury Lounge Goleta Friday February 23.
posted by k8t to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I add a hyperlink in MeTa?
In trying to flag this post, http://ask.metafilter.com/57197/Dont-Worry-Be-Happy as the worst sort of existential Chatfilter/guideline buster, I realized there isn't a 'link' feature in MetaTalk. And I am an HTML cretin. I expect this is intentional, or I'm missing something obvious.
posted by docpops to Etiquette/Policy at 4:00 PM PST - 23 comments

BEST OF TEH MOGNET
Any Final Fantasy III dorks want to swap friend codes? I believe you can open up side quests by sending enough mail. I've edited the wiki's DS page to include FFIII mognet codes.
posted by sonofslim to MetaFilter-Related at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Dot Squatting
This article tells people to check out askmetafilter.com, not ask.metafilter.com. The link goes to AskMeFi though, not askmetafilter.com, which appears to be a shady spam and pop up info site...and I refuse to link to it.
posted by lobstah to MetaFilter-Related at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

SXSW 2007 - meetup?
SXSW Interactive -- do the cool kids do that anymore? I'll be arriving a day early, the evening of the 8th, and leaving the last day of Interactive. Any MeFites want to do a meetup in Austin?
posted by SpecialK to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:16 AM PST - 39 comments

Better way to link
Is there be a better way to automate links in comments and answers?
posted by SteveInMaine to Feature Requests at 10:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Searching for user on Music to show players?
Pony request - could user music search pages show the embedded players for each song?
posted by dmd to Feature Requests at 9:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Metafilter is really, really fucking good lately
Metafilter is really, really fucking good lately. 'Lately' being weeks if not months on end. My theory is that favouriting encourages people Be Swell. Whatever it is, though, I offer a sincere thank you to everyone concerned, because this place is still the best damn game in town.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 4:13 AM PST - 77 comments

February 17
Looking for an old post
I'm looking for an old post that was like a three link post to customized in-flight safety cards that described an office revolution back to garden of eden-esque... Have no clue how to find it..
posted by dobie to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Brisbane, Australia, Metafilter Meet Up.
Attention all Brisbane Me-Fites! Anyone else interested in having (what I believe would be) the first ever Brisbane, Australia Metafilter meet up sometime soon?
posted by Effigy2000 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:44 PM PST - 14 comments

The NYTimes Covers MeFi post on Seth Godin
The NYTimes covers our post on Seth Godin. Includes quotes from two users, localroger and zabuni.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 1:37 PM PST - 25 comments

London meetup photos (Feb 2007)
Photos from last night's London meetup. Straight from sueinnyc's camera to my Flickr account to your face. Features health warnings.
posted by chrismear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:20 AM PST - 61 comments

February 16
Metafilter Musicians: Thank you.
Regarding the Point Source Pollution playlist organized by Dr. Zira: Thank you to all Metafilter Music contributors in general. Having just finished dragging speaker wire all over the room and hooking up an amp, I am thrilled to finally be browsing through Metafilter Music. I haven't done so before now, and I am astounded. I feel like I'm cheating someone, somehow. Thank you to the incredible barmaljova, Saellys, inoculatedcities, and Alexandros especially for the amazing work. Thousands of others yet to hear, probably just as deserving of praise.
posted by odinsdream to MetaFilter Music at 7:24 PM PST - 8 comments

add to playlist from music index
Why can't I add to playlist from the index page of music mefi?
posted by BrotherCaine to MetaFilter Music at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

1: The First One
Hey kids, it's the first MetaFilter podcast.
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 1:35 PM PST - 125 comments

The Wheel
In the middle of this thread, robocop is bleeding has written a truly awesome short story. Shades of... I dunno, Chuck Palahniuk, maybe? It's seriously that good. rib, have you published an anthology? 'Cause I'd buy it.
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter-Related at 7:28 AM PST - 59 comments

MeFi's Dylan?
As he's currently holding 4 of the 5 coveted "Most Favorited Tracks in the past 7 days", a staggering 86 (and counting!) favorites for his latest MeFi-related (and sidebarred!) tune, is it perhaps time to consider changing that heading for MeFi Music to "rock and/or cortex"? Well, anyway, congratulations, cortex!
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter-Related at 4:31 AM PST - 46 comments

London meetup 16/2
London MeFi meetup tonight! More details Venue: White Swan Time: from 6:30pm (previous thread
posted by atrazine to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:01 AM PST - 17 comments

February 15
Sock Puppet News
Sock Puppet News: I don't know if I am completely behind the curve and everyone already knows, but in this thread cortex gets the strings all tangled up, and accidentaly outs himself as the puppet master behind Astro Zombie and/or Astro Zombie 2 and/or InfidelZombie... I think.
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter-Related at 10:02 PM PST - 57 comments

VideoFilter Debate: Take 42
VideoFilter Debate: Take 42 - I like Tom Waits. A lot. But YouTube and a link to Wikipedia? Hardly the best of the web.
posted by aladfar to Etiquette/Policy at 9:57 PM PST - 33 comments

Thank you for deleting this.
With all the MeTa'ing about why-did-you-delete-my-post, I feel sure this one will get challenged, too. But I just wanted to say excellent moderation there, w00t. Depressing-as-fuck does not equal best-of-the-web.
posted by Methylviolet to Etiquette/Policy at 9:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Pandora Playlist TradeFilter
As per Afroblanco's request, let's trade some Pandora playlists. Link (With brief description of what it is) would be a good format, I think. Here's mine (Underground hip-hop, quality lyric based, mostly extreme East and West coast based. Started from West Coast Lyrics Born and East Coast Mr. Lif)
posted by rollbiz to MetaFilter Music at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

404 issue in recent comments page view
Error: File Not Found Clicking on the (xx new) section after a post gives me a 404 - but only when I'm in "Recent Comments" view. Does that make sense? I hope so.
posted by yhbc to Bugs at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Just an Observation
Our Fearless Leader Sylar from Heroes
posted by Hands of Manos to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

I come not to praise Caesar but to make some salad dressing
I would like to say something nice about languagehat.
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 12:43 PM PST - 158 comments

We have box sets.
We have box sets. Slashdot has the goods on Amazon trying to give flashbacks to MetaFilter with their new and improved pricing shenanigans in which they deliver two box sets to lots of people for the price of zero, wait a five days (crossing over Christmas in the process), and then demand that people return them unopened. Now they've begun charging people's credit cards for what Amazon decides they should have paid.
posted by NortonDC to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 AM PST - 52 comments

February 14
88 lines of HTML make my wrists hurt just thinking about it
The greatest mefi song ever to date. Dios mio, cortex.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Music at 11:04 PM PST - 91 comments

Follow-up post
Feature request: Allow a follow-up post on closed threads by the original FPP poster. I often come across relevant and important information about subjects I made a FPP about months ago, but the thread is closed and it's not worth making a new FPP about it. It would be nice if the person who made the original FPP had the ability to make a single follow-up post after the FPP has closed. The example I had in mind was this thread about Citizenre solar-power, and this new story Citizenre: A House of Cards, an important development that should be in the archived thread.
posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 9:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Mathowie now a member of the "Gray Lady"?
It seems our fearless leader has a little New York Times thing going on in tommorow's paper. Unless there's another Matthew Haughey who writes tech stuff.
posted by jourman2 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:59 PM PST - 22 comments

MetaGras in New Orleans
MetaGras 2007 Any MeFites coming to New Orleans for the annual Pre-Lenten festival next Tuesday? Or am I deluding myself once again?
posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:22 PM PST - 27 comments

Can Metafilter Help Give The Gift of Life?
This recent AskMe Question about being a bone marrow transplant donor is very inspiring (Matty's marrow is apparently going to help a one year old child), and has sparked a bunch of people (me included) to sign up on-line to be a marrow donor. MeFi has a wide reach - can this maybe get a sidebar or some extra attention in hopes that more MeFi readers (especially those of non-white heritage) might sign up?
posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM PST - 28 comments

I want my askme back!
Revisiting the two-week Ask limit: I still see questions scrolling off the front page daily. Has volume decreased any, or is this arbitrary limit still there just to be frustrating?
posted by SpecialK to MetaFilter-Related at 8:10 AM PST - 120 comments

Cheating woman thrashed on radio prank show
A while back there was a post of a radioshow pranking a cheating woman. The host built her up to think she was getting engaged, and then bought her crashing down with the news that her now ex boyfriend had found her out. I cant find it! Help!
posted by lemonfridge to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM PST - 26 comments

Ironically Non-Descriptive
A thread in which someone who browses AskMe via RSS, annoyed by people's tendency to post inadequately descriptive "Headline/Title"s, but aware that this has been discussed before, illustrates his displeasure by composing alternative questions to fit some recent titles, in an attempt to encourage others to submit titles that better describe their questions.
posted by staggernation to Etiquette/Policy at 7:21 AM PST - 19 comments

?
Full disclosure, the main link and story is to LA web site, LAist, which I am the editor...
posted by R. Mutt to Etiquette/Policy at 5:45 AM PST - 239 comments

Oh, please.
It's REDICULOUS, I tell you, REDICULOUS.
posted by unSane to Etiquette/Policy at 4:31 AM PST - 91 comments

Show me/Tell me you love me
In the spirit of Valentines Day I am reminded of a thread on mefi or askme about the different ways people express and understand love. That is, some people are "do-ers" (ie make dinner, buy flowers) and others are "say-ers" (ie "I love you" "You look pretty today"). And there was a theory that this was the source of a lot of misunderstandings between couples because say-ers don't interpret the actions of do-ers in the right way. Does anyone else remember this? I have a strong feeling this was actually a comment on an AskMe thread. Thanks.
posted by like_neon to MetaFilter-Related at 3:10 AM PST - 7 comments

February 13
Hmm.
Is this a bug? Or did everyone sleep in these three days? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Really?
Is AskMe always this crappy when Jessamyn steps away for 40 minutes?
posted by Kwantsar to Etiquette/Policy at 9:19 PM PST - 43 comments

Buffalo Meetup?
There seems to be a surprising number of people in the greater Western NY/Buffalo area. How about a meetup?
posted by Kellydamnit to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:26 PM PST - 41 comments

FYI 4 web 2.0, YMMV
Google Reader is pretty crappy at updating certain feeds, especially MeFi and del.icio.us feeds (I'm pretty sure it's been discussed before and chalked up to whatcanyoudo). On a lark, I tried making a yahoo pipe for ask.me that doesn't actually do anything to the feed, just grabs it in, and splurts it back out. And guess what, its been updating like a champ all day. Your mileage may vary, but I thought I'd share this TOTALLY AWESOME and buzzword compliant "hack" with youse guys. It works on my del.icio.us network and for feeds too, which were updating maybe once every couple weeks, if you care.
posted by 31d1 to MetaFilter-Related at 3:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Firefox & AskMe problem
I can't post on AskMe - on the preview page, hitting Post just reloads the preview page. Firefox 2.0.0.1. Not seeing any error messages either.
posted by IndigoRain to Bugs at 2:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Two new features
Recent changes: 1) I finally updated the MetaTalk posting page to be more like the rest of the site, and added titles. RSS will soon have titles added. Also, no more "bugs" category as the generic catch-all, as I force you to pick one.
2) - For firefox 2.0 and IE7 users, you might notice being on a mefi site, the upper right search box is glowing or highlighted. If you click it, you can add a server-wide MeFi search (using the Google aggregated results from all *.metafilter.com sites) and search directly from your browser.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:32 AM PST - 71 comments

February 12
Referral bug?
Apparently, amazon.ca URLs are not rewritten like amazon.com ones to include mathowie's referral info. Might be a teeny bug.
posted by RikiTikiTavi to Bugs at 9:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it appropriate to ask AskMeFi for a scholarship reference?
Is it appropriate to ask AskMeFi for a scholarship reference?
posted by Inkoate to Etiquette/Policy at 5:57 PM PST - 36 comments

Indiana Meetup
I assumed there weren't many of us (and maybe there aren't), but a recent AskMe made me wonder if anyone would be interested in a Bloomington, Indiana meet up?

Just, you know, checking.
posted by ztdavis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:41 PM PST - 27 comments

Please do not ask blackmarket questions here.
Are users allowed to ask for advice on carrying out illegal activities, such as selling your organs on the black market?
posted by acoutu to Etiquette/Policy at 12:58 PM PST - 65 comments

I got an amusing email relating to this earwaxy thread from last year
I got an amusing email relating to this earwaxy thread from last year. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to MetaFilter-Related at 9:38 AM PST - 37 comments

pileon someone you disagree with
In this thread (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/58548) people are piling on jonmc simply because they do not agree with him..(MI)
posted by konolia to Etiquette/Policy at 7:08 AM PST - 240 comments

Deleted tag/thread issue? Count inaccurate.
The tag page for infanticide says that there's 1 post tagged with infanticide, but there doesn't appear to be any. Deleted tag/thread issue? Bonus points: relevant tags for Indian/Chinese infant gender disparity.
posted by duende to Bugs at 4:31 AM PST - 11 comments

February 11
Diggfilter
I made this post, then found out that the link is all over digg/reddit. Is there a policy against diggfilter?
posted by tylermoody to Etiquette/Policy at 4:38 PM PST - 38 comments

Little help?
So I heard about a thread where someone posted a picture of a guy in a plush dolphin suit fucking a 300 pound woman. I can't find it. Little help?
posted by shmegegge to Feature Requests at 2:03 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

London meetup
Are we having a London meetup on the 16th? If so, where?
posted by sueinnyc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Filtering Posts
Is there a way to not receive posts matching a given tag? [details inside]
posted by avriette to Feature Requests at 5:46 AM PST - 37 comments

Vancouver meetup
Hello Vancouver people, I'll be in Vancouver this Monday evening and wondered if someone is up to go for a beer / food?
posted by sebas to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:02 AM PST - 18 comments

On blood salinity, science, proof vs. test, etc
A fight breaks out in this thread on the evolution of blood salinity because two people agree on the meaning of a word. Meet in here for post-post analysis, connotative denotating, preventative etiquette, homeopathic semiotics, other bullshit, brandy and cigars.
posted by wobh to Etiquette/Policy at 2:12 AM PST - 171 comments

February 10
Remember this popular post about the debunking of Noka chocolates?
Remember this popular post about the debunking of Noka chocolates? The New York Times has a follow up to the DallasFood.org article. It mentions boingboing, chowhound, and slashdot, but not metafilter.
posted by Violet Hour to MetaFilter-Related at 9:43 PM PST - 34 comments

Baltimore Meetup
St. Patty's or April Fool's Bawlmore meet?
sorry I missed the last get-together but youcancallmeal may be in NYC *any day now*!
posted by nj_subgenius to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:59 PM PST - 16 comments

LinkedIn now has an "Ask" feature
LinkedIn now has an "Ask" feature.
posted by k8t to MetaFilter-Related at 11:50 AM PST - 18 comments

If you go down to the woods today
No fucking way is this bearable on MeFi.
posted by Civil_Disobedient to Etiquette/Policy at 10:03 AM PST - 192 comments

February 9
What is the policy on linkage to hate sites?
What is the policy on linkage to hate sites?

For example, in this post.
posted by b1tr0t to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 PM PST - 87 comments

This was definitely not chatfilter!
This was definitely not chatfilter! I am working on putting together a class about good and bad "radical" radio and want some listener opinion besides my own. Can we reinstate the question, please?
posted by parmanparman to Etiquette/Policy at 7:15 PM PST - 16 comments

bug: can't submit an AskMe question
bug: can't submit an AskMe question. The final "post" button just reloads the page, like the "preview" button. Firefox 2.0.0.1.
posted by scarabic to Bugs at 5:14 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]

In breaking news, miko is awesome!
MeFite in the news: Our very own miko is featured in CNN.com's article covering the RPM challenge. Neat!
posted by malocchio to MetaFilter-Related at 11:02 AM PST - 28 comments

FPPs to Copyrighted Material
Is there a definite rule about not FPPing links to possibly copyrighted material? As Viacom noticed there's a lot of videos on YouTube that probably shouldn't be there, and I'm unsure if we're allowed to include such things in posts.
posted by roofus to Bugs at 2:39 AM PST - 60 comments

February 8
No More Anna Nichole Postings
Metafilter quality challenge (in re: Anna Nichole postings)
posted by boo_radley to Etiquette/Policy at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments [closed]

how to do an obituary
LowestCommonDenominatorFilter: In which people revel in their own ugliness. At the very least this post could be deleted and a more thoughtful person could construct a more interesting (and bother with tags--the poster probably was ina rush to be the first to post the obit) post. Then you could at trivialize another human's life within a broader framework.
posted by Burhanistan to Etiquette/Policy at 1:28 PM PST - 147 comments

Album art for your music downloads
I'm a bit obsessive about my album art, but I never had anything for the songs I've snatched from MeFi Music (chococat, I'm looking in your direction). So I whipped up a little something that I thought I'd share with the community. It's nothing special, but perhaps it will help fill out your Cover Flow.
posted by Rock Steady to MetaFilter Music at 8:04 AM PST - 17 comments

you should be deleted, banned, drawn, and quartered
Maybe it's just me, but I think when you sign up just to have AskMe to help you do research for some blog and you are too dumb to hide the fact that you are crossposting, you should be deleted, banned, drawn, and quartered. What do you guys think?
posted by dame to Etiquette/Policy at 7:33 AM PST - 192 comments

February 7
Philadelphia meetup February 2007
Reminder: Philly Meetup tomorrow, Thursday, February 8. Meet at 7 p.m. at Abysinnia (45th and Locust Sts.) for tasty Ethiopian food and humor that favors the the lewd, the geek, and more!
posted by desuetude to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:05 PM PST - 14 comments

What are the most favorited commetns?
What are the most favorited comments on metafilter? I found the faq link to the last 24 hours' worth of favorited comments, but I wonder about the all-time greatest bon mots, putdowns and general jocularity. Thanks!
posted by ktoad to Feature Requests at 1:30 PM PST - 106 comments

Reading Deleted Posts
My old method of reading deleted posts (so sue me... it's entertaining) doesn't seem to work. I used to use the following javascript I picked up somewhere (inside):

Is there a new way to do this?
posted by jpburns to Bugs at 12:29 PM PST - 22 comments

mattamyn gets it
Just read this, and couldn't help but think "mattamyn gets it."
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 AM PST - 69 comments

February 6
Can someone help me find an AskMeFi post?
Can someone help me find an AskMeFi post? I've spent ages searching and scouring the tags but can't find it. It may have been a year ago or so (not sure of exact date) but the question was about exercises for helping people get to know each other in a big new group - the context may have been a work conference. AskMeFi users suggested a lot of different techniques that a group organiser could employ to get strangers going together. Also if anyone could give advice on how best to find a tricky old post like this in future, please go right ahead.
posted by skylar to MetaFilter-Related at 11:51 PM PST - 5 comments

https v. http
When posting this, it wouldn't accept https: in the URL field. At the time, the server was forwarding from the comparable http: URL, so I didn't worry about it. Now, it's deciding not to forward.

(Double, anyway, so it could also just be deleted--but I wanted to mention the https issue too.)
posted by gimonca to Bugs at 9:16 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Question math
if ((TodaysDate-DateofLastPost)+(TodaysDate-DateofPostBeforeLast) >60 ){ ok you can ask your question}else{ no sorry wait some more}

wouldnt something like this give people their 2 questions within 30 days to use as they wish? (and stop all the whining)? if not programmers feel free to tell me im stupid
posted by petsounds to Feature Requests at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments [closed]

Why are multiple links to the Astronomy Picture of the Day OK?
Why isn't this APOD post considered to be a double, triple or quadruple? [MI]

APOD doesn't seem to be an aggregator like BBC or CNN, all they do is post invariably awesome pictures of space everyday. Is it going to be acceptable to post to the front page every time something interesting is posted there (ala the proliferation of youtube links)?
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 1:44 PM PST - 114 comments

February 5
NYC Meetup
NYCFilter: Do you have dinner plans in the city tomorrow night? Great, me too -- wanna have drinks together beforehand? Let's waste time together in that layover hour between your manhattan day job and the commute to the outer boroughs -- or whatever your situation is at precisely 5:30pm.

Would enjoy the company of any mefites in the area, especially if you're also occupying time before the next engagement. It would be like those happy hours in airports, that easiness between strangers when everyone's on their way to someplace else.

First-timers encouraged! I've learned so much here, but have yet to meet a single person from this community (that i've known about, obviously). I'll be at the Yuca Bar (EV) tomorrow night, 6-7:30. Drop by if you're in the hood! No social agenda, just a chance to say hello to some of you for the first time.
posted by milkdropcoronet to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Categories on AskMe
Ask MeFi finally has category feeds.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 4:34 PM PST - 48 comments

Hacked account or gone crazy?
Comment Tourette's? Snoktruix seems to be all a twatter about something today.
posted by srboisvert to Etiquette/Policy at 3:52 PM PST - 17 comments [closed]

February 4
MeFi Swap
It's that time once again. Please feel free to sign up now for another round of the MeFiSwap. (And yes, the security glitch that plagued a subsection of the site for a few days last time around have been addressed and solved.)
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Music at 7:36 PM PST - 156 comments

Split AskMe
Instead of having this ridiculous two-week wait between questions, which makes the site practically unuseable, why not split AskMe into two separate sites?
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 5:54 PM PST - 258 comments

Can we please assume that AskMe questioners are honest?
Instead of assuming that most AskMe users are cheats, let's assume they're honest.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America to Etiquette/Policy at 2:16 PM PST - 76 comments

I somehow triggered my timeout on AskMe but my question didn't post.
Tried to make a post on AskMeFi few minutes ago. After hitting the post button the page didn't refresh and when I went to the main page my Q wasn't listed. Of course, trying to post anew I get "You have asked a question in the past 2 weeks... 13 days, 23 hours to go..."

Any clues?
posted by raheel to Bugs at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Lots of medical advice
3000 answers, and not one of them should be taken as medical advice. Here's to you, ikkyu2.
posted by Busy Old Fool to MetaFilter-Related at 5:52 AM PST - 72 comments

Links from favorites (Music) to song broken
When checking any given user's favorites page, and if it's a song from MeFi Music that the person has favorited, going to the date/time stamp for that song post results not in arriving at the post, but rather with the message: "Error: File not found". Now, I see there was a thread concerning a problem with favorited comments from MeFi Music, so maybe this problem is just something still awaiting the necessary laying on of hands from # 1?
posted by flapjax at midnite to Bugs at 2:01 AM PST - 2 comments

February 3
Dubai Meetup
Any Mefi readers in the middle east?
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Jessamyn in Valley News
"Everybody's Interesting" Metafilter's own, Jessamyn West, was profiled today in a local Vermont / New Hampshire paper, The Valley News. Metafilter and Ask MetaFilter are mentioned a few times. Unfortunately, the pictures that accompanied the dead tree version don't grace the online version because there are two cute photos.
posted by terrapin to MetaFilter-Related at 10:23 AM PST - 167 comments

February 2
Portland (OR) <3 Apple
It's an Apple town right to the core. That is the headline on an article in the (Portland) Oregonian.
posted by Cranberry to MetaFilter-Related at 10:59 PM PST - 45 comments

Help, my AskMeta post broke the front page
Oh crap, I broke metafilter, again =(
posted by porpoise to Bugs at 12:33 PM PST - 52 comments

Midatlantic Meetup
DC/VA/MD Meetup Reminder - 6:30pm at Atomic Billiards in Cleveland Park. Possibly moving to the short-for-this-world Yenching Palace for some dinner. A good time shall be had by all.
posted by god hates math to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:06 AM PST - 25 comments

wtf is the point of this FPP?
Seriously, wtf is the point of this FPP? The site's not in english so it seems to me to be a thread that has no other purpose than to comment on the attractiveness of the women who are featured. How is this appropriate for Metafilter?
posted by dobbs to Etiquette/Policy at 8:20 AM PST - 158 comments

February 1
I'm deploying a new (backwards compatible) URL scheme for mefi
I'm deploying a new (backwards compatible) URL scheme for mefi [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:08 PM PST - 136 comments

Broken RSS Feeds
It appears that the RSS feeds are down. Obviously I can still get to the rest of the site, but Firefox's Live Bookmark feature is coming up with "Blank" instead. Other bookmarks are correctly updating. When I try to browse to the correct location, I time out. Started around noonish today, EST, I think. Before I wiped away my MetaFilter list by requesting the bookmark, the most recent story was the one about Ellen Feiss. I know this is happening to MeTa, MeFi, and AskMe.
posted by Xoder to Bugs at 1:11 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Is someone compiling/has someone already compiled statistics?
Is someone compiling/has someone already compiled statistics such as: the average number of favorites per post, the average number of comments per post, comment quantity by time posted, average number of favorited posts by user, etc? I assume this has been discussed here in meta previously, but I couldn't find it in searching. Feel free to direct me to old threads on this topic though.
posted by serazin to Feature Requests at 12:40 PM PST - 40 comments

Cory Doctorow Toronto
Any Toronto mefites going to Cory Doctorow's book signing tonight?
posted by SassHat to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:07 AM PST - 32 comments

Can I get you to enjoy this without complaining about navigation?
I very much want to post the collection of comic valentines found here to the blue, but I'm worried the site navigation is so convoluted that the thread will be nothing but complaints about it. Can this post be saved?
posted by Horace Rumpole to Etiquette/Policy at 9:54 AM PST - 24 comments

Deleted Thread
WCityMike got me thinking with his recent thread. I like deleted thread. Frankly I think its uniqueness constitutes BOTW. So...would it violate the rules to do a blue post about it? (AFAIK no one has yet)
posted by allkindsoftime to Etiquette/Policy at 8:59 AM PST - 34 comments

Taxes and AskMe
We all know tax time is coming. Could we please have a moratorium on all tax-related AskMe's that are more complex than "I live in X, where do I mail my return to"?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to Etiquette/Policy at 8:57 AM PST - 37 comments

hama7's getting grief for nothing.
hama7's getting grief for nothing.
posted by cgc373 to Etiquette/Policy at 6:40 AM PST - 158 comments

Self-linking
Smells kind of self-linky to me: 1, 2.
posted by signal to Bugs at 4:48 AM PST - 16 comments [closed]