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March 31
Seeing floaters
Oh the floaty thing is behaving really weird in IE5 for the mac, and not at all in Netscape 5/6 alpha/betas, so it's probably best to just dump it from your prefs if you're running one of those browsers.
posted by mathowie to Bugs at 6:35 PM PST - 1 comments

March 30
I have my own blog but maybe this belongs on MeFi
[the following question is probably un-answer-able]: how do you all decide what interesting things you run across to post on your own personal weblogs vs. post on metafilter? [after all, MF has no central theme or organizing philosophy..., but then again no one should post several times daily on MF...]
posted by palegirl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:00 PM PST - 5 comments

boring
It’s boring, though.
posted by gleemax to MetaFilter-Related at 11:46 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm easily amused.
Something like this would please me immensely:
body { cursor: default; }
I'm easily amused.
posted by gleemax to Feature Requests at 1:39 AM PST - 10 comments

March 29
Thoughts on a new thread-tracking feature?
Oooh, new feature idea brought to my attention by Bryan Boyer: Letting users track threads of their choosing. So you come in, see some long thread about how gas costs too much and you want to track just that thread. You'd click some link, and I'm thinking that the top of the page should say "1 new link and 4 new comments since your last visit, 3 new comments in the 4 threads you are tracking" and I suppose hyperlink to just those threads. I can display it any old way, would that be the most helpful, or should there be a new page with just your favorite threads (a "MyMetaFilter")? Would *you* use something like this? I know I would...
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 5:56 PM PST - 19 comments

What's the difference between MetaFilter and MetaTalk?
What's the difference between MetaFilter and MetaTalk?
posted by hobbes to MetaFilter-Related at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

March 26
I really don't want to check MF one day and find a link to Mahir
Almost without exception, all the stuff I've seen posted here in the last week is stuff that has either been posted here before or has been posted everywhere else first. I have a small suggestion to help alleviate this situation: a disclaimer on the post page discouraging people to post links culled from other weblogs. That way, there will be more first-run links. I really don't want to check MF one day and find a link to Mahir. I really don't.
posted by jkottke to Etiquette/Policy at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

March 25
Email addresses with weird characters?
Why do so many people's email addresses display with weird charaters in them? Seems to be that way for everyone. The HREFs are okay, though.
posted by endquote to Bugs at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

March 24
You need to set your time-of-day clock
You need to set your time-of-day clock; you're seven hours off.
posted by Steven Den Beste to Bugs at 3:35 PM PST - 1 comments

Tossed into metatalk again
Bug's still there... if you hit "post a topic" from a comments page, it tosses you into metatalk. I almost did it again. Doh.
posted by endquote to Bugs at 3:10 PM PST - 2 comments

March 23
When will we automatically detect doubles?
When will MetaFilter be able to block links that have already been posted by other people? I think it should only be one or two lines of code to compare the URL against a database of previous links (plus a line to perform some sort of fuzzy logic for variations on links). Oh, and I think he should add programming to keep people from posting lame stuff too.
Like this post.
And that one down there.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe to Feature Requests at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Duplicate Link Pony Request
So when's that feature gonna come to negate repeat links? There've been two posts today -- last page on net, Simpsons bootlegs -- that have been reruns of things we've seen within the last month.
posted by luke to Feature Requests at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

highly consistent in my 2 comment:1 link ratio
I want to feel more meta, but I seem to be highly consistent in my 2 comment:1 link ratio. CrazyUncleJoe clearly has me beaten on that front, but is that really a measure of metatude? More than likely, it's my lack of lists of lists of lists of links to other places.
posted by plinth to MetaFilter-Related at 1:22 PM PST - 1 comments

March 20
can they withstand a business model test?
While both deepleap and pyra are interesting applications can they withstand a business model test? I don't think so... From what I've heard, deepleap is scampering for investors but how do they plan on making money? Also the folks at pyra created the famous blogger but have yet to make any money? I ask the weblog community, especially Matt, does this make sense? While these web pioneers may get the web, and the people the met at sxsw get the web, I think they are missing a crucial factor... you must have a business model and not just a functional and useful application. What do you think?
posted by efader to General Weblog-Related at 2:15 AM PST - 3 comments

March 18
http:// and thee: save some broken links
Matt, if you pre-filled the value of the input element next to "URL" with "http://" then we'd probably end up with fewer broken links.
posted by sylloge to Feature Requests at 7:46 PM PST - 1 comments

March 16
MetaFilter Tagline T-shirts
I've been thinking of doing some MetaFilter t-shirts for a while now, just for shits and giggles (and to give away to frequent and eloquent posters to MetaFilter), but I need a slogan on the front or back. Anyone got any ideas? "It's your web, log it" is pretty lame. Can anyone think of something better?
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:43 PM PST - 9 comments

March 15
There should be an easier way to quote
There should be an easier way to quote someone else's post/comment. I've tried using
, but it doesn't always work as well as it should. (On another note, what should go in the URL in this case? I really don't have anything to link to).
posted by fil! to Feature Requests at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

March 14
Posting goes to MeTa
Um, whoops. I think I found a bug. Click "post a comment" on the main page, and then "post a topic" on the top nav, and it goes to MetaTalk, instead of the main blog. Sorry bout that.
posted by endquote to Bugs at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

MeFi Downtime
Just a warning - MetaFilter will be moving servers at the end of the month, which will be a down time of a couple days.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

March 9
Can Matt break 500 before SXSW?
MeFi is so *very* close... Can Matt break 500 before SXSW? Last push people! Tell your friends! ReRegister with Hotbot!! Let's tear this mother UP!!! I think 500 registered users will give Matt the credibility he needs for the weblogpanel (I think that we should decide that weblogterms with the word weblog in them should lose all internal spacing - you know, for weblogconsistency.)
posted by CrazyUncleJoe to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM PST - 5 comments

March 8
blog rankings
because of cliquiness and popularity rankings. I don't think the author gets that not many people take the popularity rankings seriously. And when people redesign, they're doing for themselves or their readers, not for higher rankings. I haven't checked the beebo site in a couple weeks, and when I did, I was surprised to see how high MetaFilter was.

Weblog-as-genre is blowing up in terms of numbers, especially if you open up the definition of weblog to "anything regularly updated and listed in some sort of time frame." Tools like blogger are making personal publishing easier and there will be more and more of these types of pages everyday. I don't see an end in sight or any cause for concern from the "old guard" of the weblog community. About the only problem weblog writers and readers face is trying to find and read all the good ones each day. But that's what update lists and meta-blogs are for.
posted by mathowie to General Weblog-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 9 comments

March 5
What Dictator/Sitcom Character are you?
Collectively, the Weblog Community has been ga-ga over sites that claim to analyze your personality (the generic personality types, what kind of dog are you, your celebirty mate, sci-fi character types, etc., you know the links).
Well, now it's become popular to use the Dictator/Sitcom Character Guesser in the same manner, by answering all the questions as yourself.
Early results: Ev is Lou Grant, Jason K. is Jack from Threes Company, Brig is Gary Hobson from Early Edition (WHO? The guy who gets tomorrow's newspaper and tries to change it), Bumper Bob is Frohike from X-Files, Jezzicuh is Willow from Buffy, there's even a 'blogger who's one of the Powerpuff Girls.
Who am I? Er... uh, well... On first try, I came up as Hans Moleman from The Simpsons, but after changing my answer to "are you losing hair" to "no" (it was lost years ago), after 43 questions I came out as that wacky neighbor Wilson on Home Improvement.
SO WHO THE HECK ARE YOU?
posted by wendell to General Weblog-Related at 1:41 PM PST - 23 comments

March 4
First Ever Meetup Request
Hi, just curious if anyone is interested in having a metafilter user get together... kind of like what Cam of Camworld.com did... Post your interest here... Since metafilter is based in LA and so am I, I am assuming it would be in the LA area...
posted by efader to MetaFilter-Related at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

How should this look?
Since the nature of posts and discussion is different here, does anyone think the display should be different than MetaFilter's index page? Instead of time-based (by date) listing of topics, I'm wondering if this area should take on a UBB-style of display (see the glassdog boards as a prime example of these), where there are subject areas, and discussion threads below that. That way, there could be a permanent area for discussion of bugs, another thread permanently dedicated to feature requests, etc., let me know what you think because it could easily be done here.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 5:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Welcome to MetaTalk
I like you both in different ways...

how meta can you get...? I think this post a topic thingie that I am typing in right now could be more specialized to metatalk, like it's not always gonna link someplace... differentiation of the two sections -- besides just by color -- is probably a good idea.

any way to get threaded comments going using this interface? some of the metachat may get kinda lengthy.


posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 12:12 AM PST - 7 comments

March 3
weblog community formation discussion
has a good discussion of weblog community formation and cross-weblog interaction. There's a good discussion going about the piece, and I asked the author how I should deal with the problems he mentions that MetaFilter my eventually face, and he offers several possible solutions.
posted by mathowie to General Weblog-Related at 7:02 PM PST - 13 comments

It's Alive!
I just made this live, and will be adding the About MetaTalk and MetaTalk archives later this weekend.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:51 PM PST - 0 comments

Testing testing
This is the first post for MetaTalk, to test out the system. Feel free to bring up bug reports, feature requests, and community musings here.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:22 PM PST - 15 comments