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Hi Everybody! I'm trying to come up with a "MeFi glossary of terms / phrases / behaviors" to include in my PhD dissertation about linguistics and MetaFilter. If you could help me with this, that would be fantastic. I'm looking to create a list of the types of things that say to you (or to others) "Oh, that's so MetaFilter!" or "That sounds like something a MeFite would say." This could be anything from the use of a single character to a phrase or meme, to a way of doing things here. If you can think of something to add, please share it in the comments. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 AM PST - 331 comments
Simple post: Metafilter achievements/badges/Mefi medals would be amusing. Is there any likelihood they'll ever happen/ideas on what people would like? [more inside]
posted by jaduncan to Feature Requests at 9:56 AM PST - 75 comments
I would like to take the links from the text file of my exported comments (found in my edit profile page) and turn them into a bookmark file that I can import. I would like to avoid doing that manually. Does someone know of a relatively easy way to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Kimberly to MetaFilter-Related at 8:06 AM PST - 33 comments
If I flag a comment, I can choose one of several default options. One of the options is "fantastic comment", and the others are terrible. Why can't I choose "fantastic" when I favorite a comment? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet to Feature Requests at 9:49 PM PST - 148 comments
In answering AskMes, can we please try harder not to make presumptions that are absent from the question's details, especially if we are using that presumption as a jumping-off point to scold the asker? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza to Etiquette/Policy at 4:38 PM PST - 74 comments
Try to access Metafilter through Safari: success!! Try to access Metafilter through Chrome: routed to Mediaplex.com. Other websites are fine, this is only happening with Metafilter. Wassup with that. A problem on my end only or is this something happening to others, as well?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates to Bugs at 11:16 AM PST - 26 comments
Looking for a post made in the last couple of months about the banking crisis (or similar economic subject) with a well-known economist doing drawings on a big pad. [more inside]
posted by nushustu to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM PST - 7 comments
A month or so ago, I emailed Marco at Instapaper
noting that MeFi and AskMe pages render in Instapaper without comments. A member of their support team was nice enough to look into it for me and, from the looks of how posts now render, you should now be able to read posts from across the site on Instapaper. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something to MetaFilter-Related at 10:06 PM PST - 12 comments
Via David Ryan, a Metafilter comment on libraries and the digital divide. Here's a piece:
If you can take yourself out of your first world techie social media smart-shoes for a second then imagine this:...
A List political blogger Kevin Drum
gives a link and name check to MetaFilter and,
all posts belonging to their authors being considered, a nameless check and kudos to codacorolla:
It's worth a few minutes of your time to read the whole thing from the beginning.
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 4:09 PM PST - 41 comments
So it turns out my 18 month old son has been attending a Junior Metafilter Moderator training course. He surprised us with what he learned
yesterday, so I figured I'd add it here in order to make our current (greatest) generation of mods' lives a bit easier.
posted by robocop is bleeding to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 AM PST - 79 comments
When and why did AskMe best answer highlighting change from light to dark? I fear change, and the effect is more jarring than I expected it to be. If this isn't something we can toggle, anyone have a Greasemonkey script?
posted by StrikeTheViol to Feature Requests at 7:47 PM PST - 52 comments
I'm looking for a MeFi (or maybe AskMeFi) comment written as the monologue of a neurosurgeon with a heavy (phonetically spelled out) New York accent. He says something about how he's taking an alternative approach to open up (something) by going through (something), which is not the standard method because if some random schmuck were to try it, well, forget about it. Also, something about a ham sandwich. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang to MetaFilter-Related at 1:38 PM PST - 26 comments
It's episode 69! Matt's in New Zealand this week, so restless_nomad joins us as we catch up on the site goings-on since early December of last year. This episode runs about 80 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 8:10 PM PST - 40 comments
Remember when someone made that quiz about MetaFilter members on that website where you can make quizes? Can I get that link again? Just the main site works too since that's what I really want.
posted by theichibun to MetaFilter-Related at 5:21 AM PST - 32 comments
Does anyone remember a post (from the past year or so, I think) about some digital art that was made by taking (pixel-wide?) slices of video and sort of "painting" with it? [more inside]
posted by kilo hertz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 AM PST - 9 comments
I'm pretty sure I Saw this on MeFi. Help me out! It was a story about the number of "good" days in public school. First you take off the first three weeks, then every holiday and every day before the holiday, then 15 "special" days, then most fridays, then the two months you need to cram for the standardized tests, and you end up with about two months of actual useful teaching time - the two months after halloween
posted by rebent to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 AM PST - 15 comments
Good morning westerners! In just over four hours, our Trivial Special Forces will reassemble in central London to do battle with our arch-nemeses, Reddit
, in a re-match after we mopped the floor with them last time
. Current IRL thread here
. Any MeFites in London are encouraged to come along and participate and/or cheer us on. Live updates in this thread will follow I'm sure, though we will go dark during the quiz. Tally-ho! [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul to MetaFilter-Related at 6:59 AM PST - 143 comments
Over in the Marc Driscoll
thread, I made a comment that implied I was waiting for another member to appear before commenting. My intent was to reference a history of interesting discussions we've had about the topic, but I can see that it might've been misunderstood as a cheap shot, implying that I wanted to make fun of that person. The comment was deleted, and while I'm not terribly worked up over it I'm curious.
Are there any good rules of thumb about shout-outs to other MeFi folks in threads they might be interested in? Are there good ways to reference pet topics without sounding like you're bagging on someone?
posted by verb to Etiquette/Policy at 12:11 AM PST - 60 comments
Just wanted to start a discussion on whether it's a good idea to limit the number of "best answers" in an AskMeFi thread. I started reading this thread
and thought about forwarding it to a friend of mine, but the entire thing is almost unreadable due to the color contrast because the original poster "best answered" every comment. In addition, especially to a new user who doesn't necessarily know all of the formatting conventions, the whole thing is really busy. Nothing against the original poster, who is well within their rights to "best answer" as they see fit, but readability suffers in cases like this.
posted by SeizeTheDay to Feature Requests at 4:15 PM PST - 69 comments