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#mefi has moved!
To avoid prosecution
For various reasons, #mefi has
been forced to relocate
moved to a new server. The DNS will propagate the domain name shortly but, if you are connecting using the IP address, you need to change it to 22.214.171.124
posted by dg to MetaFilter-Related at 8:42 PM PST - 7 comments
There are many comments regarding MetaFilter being a boyzone. Frankly, I agree that it is. In a "two wrongs don't make a right" frame of mind, how about the women of MetaFilter do their part in making MeFi a Girlzone? After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
posted by ashbury to Etiquette/Policy at 6:06 AM PST - 159 comments
Anyone else having problems with the scroll bars on mefi & meta? I tried clearing my cache, logging out, checking preferences, but to no avail. I'm not having this issue on any other site. advice appreciated...
posted by mdn to Bugs at 2:27 PM PST - 5 comments
It's entirely possible that everyone already knows, but for fans of one of our funnier commenters, you'll be happy to see that Stan Chin's blog
is finally live, and is a welcome addition to the blogosphere, despite what some
posted by jonson to MetaFilter-Related at 3:40 PM PST - 21 comments
MeTa seems very slow today and MeFi isn't half as zippy as usual. Instead of starting bothersome "Is it only me?" threads like this one, is there a way users can determine for themselves whether it's the server's fault or something else?
posted by MiguelCardoso to Uptime at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments
is an example of the very worst kind of IraqFilter thread. Grabbing the first news story on a subject, a Fark-style minimal headline and people getting out the popcorn for a surely ensuing flamewar.
Can we please not have anymore crap like this on MeFi? There are many other places to get information like this.
posted by Space Coyote to Etiquette/Policy at 9:03 PM PST - 15 comments
Already there are BookFilter
for books; SportsFilter
for sports; a 9622.net
for chattiness and fun. Not to mention the increasingly vigorous #mefi chatroom and other offshoots I may be unaware of. There's been talk of a MovieFilter and a News and/or PoliticsFilter. The admirable FreeFilter
project makes it easy to set up other special-interest, breakaway micro-MetaFilters.
Is it possible that all this syphoning-off will one day syphon off the core of MetaFilter itself? Or are all these spin-offs mere adjuncts? For what it's worth, I'm plainly on the side of eclecticism and inclusiveness.
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 AM PST - 28 comments
I didn't see a link/email for technical issues, so please hate me if I missed it, but cookies/recent versions of Mozilla and metafilter do not seem to be playing together nicely. I get "authorization" from metafilter less than 10% of the time with mozilla 1.3. Anyone else having problems? It's possible I've made things bad for myself, but I have no problems elsewhere (nor have I changed anything since mozilla 1.2...)
posted by justin to Bugs at 3:40 AM PST - 5 comments
this isn't a request for matt, really (i know there are lots of those) - i think anyone could do this with a little screen-scraping and not too much server load. how about a daily (or 6/12 hourly? or step-wise, every 1, 4, 16, 64 replies...) email service to tell you if there have been any replies to threads you've posted on. this would be for those of us who only post a couple of comments or less a day - helps keep you in the discussion without having to run through threads checking for possible responses.
posted by andrew cooke to Feature Requests at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments
Can we have an alternative frontpage where all the posts which mention Iraq are filtered out? I'm getting a bit tired of this war thing and would like to enjoy my MetaFilter Iraq free. Something like www.metafilter.com/noiraq.mefi would be greatly appreciated!
posted by sebas to Feature Requests at 3:21 AM PST - 48 comments
I have a concern. I've been lurking every so often for the past few months and the reason I stopped posting has much to do with the fact that I've got nothing left to say. I feel like my comments would be better served elsewhere. But I still see users, usually with a # less than 10000, swooping into threads every so often and and condemning members and the site. Hell, I still do it, albeit rarely. Here's my point: if you're fed up with the site, why not just leave? You're only adding to the incessant name-calling and serving no real purpose but to feed your own selfish motives. Why not let the site be, and allow those who truly want to raise the quality to create well written comments?
posted by BlueTrain to Etiquette/Policy at 10:16 AM PST - 31 comments
Does anybody remember a link posted that referenced the dangers of group mentality? I've been looking for days now and its making me crazy that I can't find it. Thanks
posted by redhead to Bugs at 6:06 AM PST - 11 comments
In an attempt to conserve resources, I've streamlined a good deal of the code for non-members, who should be getting a new flat homepage every five minutes. This shouldn't affect logged in users, but if anyone finds any problems, either post here or email me. I'm going to do the same with MetaTalk in a few minutes.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:20 PM PST - 30 comments
Apple pies to the people prepared not to scruple perversely or crumple prematurely in providing ample particulars to this disciple posting a simple problem.
posted by taz to Bugs at 10:08 AM PST - 22 comments
so its almost time for thousands of "the war has started !" posts. No doubt hundreds of us have carefully collected links to such unique gems as CNN, patiently waiting for the bombs to fall before hitting post. Comments regarding horrific pictures and heroic stories have been typed and proofread. Opinions formed, pre-conceived notions strong...we are ready.
posted by th3ph17 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:43 AM PST - 42 comments
. I was slow to post this, thinking someone would ahve already picked it up.. while I like the props for 'strikingly literate commentary', the representative link is not *really* representative. (In my opinion)...
posted by rich to MetaFilter-Related at 12:13 PM PST - 25 comments
Perfidious sideblog-collapsers, please take note: Forbes Magazine
is holding a Best
Luxury Media Blogs Under $5 Poll
and MetaFilter is currently ahead, despite ferocious competition from the despicable opposition, i.e. the honourable Romenesko and bleedin' Gawker, no less. Can we win? Should we? Do we want to? [Do please check sideblog for the official communiqué.
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 12:00 AM PST - 76 comments
I just wrote Dan Hersham asking this: Do you suppose there could be a way to determine Metafilter Contribution by word count? Could that be automated?
Is this within the realm of possibility? How about by links in posts and comments, length per capita per person? And have you ever considered that MetaFilter is a gift culture
, as is the so-called Hacker culture
, where participants compete for prestige by giving time, energy, and creativity away in antagonistic cooperation, such as it is? Just wonderin'...
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:50 PM PST - 45 comments
Posted by nofundy
at 2:48 PM EST on March 14:
This so didn't need to be posted. Do we really need to hear yet another pundit's fascinating views on Iraq?
"So you think discussing Eminem would be a better use of time than considering alternate viewpoints on serious issues?"
posted by Stan Chin to Etiquette/Policy at 12:30 PM PST - 176 comments
Invoking the Lazyfilter again...How cool would it be to set up the AntiMetafilter somewhere? A blog that consists solely of the posts that got deleted from the big blue, complete with mathowie's reason for nuking.
Or am I the only one who idly runs my mouse over the links on the front page, seeking out the missing post numbers so I can see who got shot down for what?
If I am, I'm OK with that, just a little weirded out by myself.
posted by luser to MetaFilter-Related at 7:11 PM PST - 33 comments
Why can't I subscribe to the MeFi front page posts via email (either digest or real-time)?
I don't understand why most blogs don't also allow at least read-only email subscription.
posted by hitsman to Bugs at 4:38 PM PST - 15 comments
Over the past three days, there were FPPs on anti-war statements here
. Each time
) derailed the thread through guilt-by-association redbaiting. Can we just stipulate that anti-war activists will not be satisfied until the means of production have been turned over to the proletariat, and move on?
posted by subgenius to Bugs at 11:54 AM PST - 133 comments
Why does the LINK tag with rel="bookmark" on MetaFilter pages(even the front page) point to MetaTalk, rather than the pages themselves?
posted by Su to Bugs at 2:36 PM PST - 14 comments
Metafilter is eating my comments! I click on "Preview" and on the next page, I get "Comment Preview" and no comment underneath. The only thing that appears underneath is the line of links: Home About Archives, etc.
posted by meep to Bugs at 10:34 AM PST - 14 comments
Linking to a site that has been posted before: the dreaded double.
Case in point - I wanted to do a "Friday flash" just to offer a little B-Ball game that is cool for game people and with ban added bonus that it is great for download. Just something to balance the rather "heavy" load of war talk going on in all forms of the media.
MiniClip Download Page
Where is the line drawn for posting a link to a site that has been posted before, yet the content has changed?
for what it is worth, the "shooting hoops" was what I wanted to post, but held off.
posted by lampshade to Etiquette/Policy at 8:33 AM PST - 11 comments
meta threads include a reference to http://metatalk.metafilter.com/mefi/images/1space.gif
which isn't available (it doesn't affect the page rendering, as far as i can see, but i maybe it's adding load to the server) (and, incidentally, that error page - which is generated but not normally visible - has some weird html, with a head element somewhere in the middle).
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 1:36 AM PST - 4 comments
Well, I'm sorry, sometimes we do do
political threads well. Not many may want to join them - but most of those who do, continue to make them intelligent and alive. And I'm sure a lot of us who avoid going into them still derive an enormous pleasure from reading them. Which goes to say that, imho, political threads get an unfairly bad rap on MetaFilter (mainly due to Matt's apparent distaste for them) but they're part of the life and blood here and should be acknowledged for the interesting, integral part of MetaFilter they are. [I'm one of MidasMulligans fellow conservatives and I have to admire not only his gumption and enthusiasm but also the increasing fairness of his adversaries.
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 9:55 PM PST - 24 comments
I need to pick MeFier's brains and I guess this is the place to do it.
I belong to a mailing list that has an absolutely horrible archive. There's great information in the archive that's next to impossible to dig out.
The solution seems to be to switch to something like a blog. But Movable Type, as far as I can tell, doesn't allow people to participate both on a blog-type page and by email, does it?
Can any MeFiers tell me of a blog-type program that also sends out posts as emails and lets people respond via email?
Thanks in advance for any help and I apologize if this is too off topic.
posted by stevefromsparks to MetaFilter-Related at 11:53 AM PST - 9 comments
I have an idea for a new addition to the MeFi family of products... MoJo!
MetaonlineJournalism - A subsection of MetaFilter (like MetaTalk) where stories or rumors that need further investigation, research, or verification are actively worked on by webloggers, ideally working together to determine the truth of the matter.
This, I think, is increasingly important, since MeFi posts fade out a lot quicker than they used to, due to posting frequency. MetaOnlineJournalism posts might be around long enough to determine the truth of the matter, and would be presented in an environment that would ideally be far more about collaborative reporting, and far less about flaming.
I want my MoJo!
posted by insomnia_lj to Feature Requests at 9:20 AM PST - 150 comments
Copyright notices are old...
I just happened to notice that the copyright notices are for 1999-2002 in MeFi and 1999-2001 in MetaTalk... just a heads up on that.
posted by clevershark to Bugs at 11:25 PM PST - 7 comments
Sorry no link. In a discussion a couple of months ago there was mention of a winamp plugin that would recommend music based on the tracks that you were listening to. I can't find the thread that mentioned this or anything on google. Does anyone remember this? Can anyone post a link?
posted by kookywon to MetaFilter-Related at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments
So, I did a search here on "search functionality" and found an indepth thread about search terms. What is the deal with searching for an href? Is that not the most important thing? My post
a few moments ago was a double. Though no link was provided I trust that it was indeed posted before.
Is url matching the most difficult thing or what?
posted by folktrash to Feature Requests at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments
If you can't beat em, join em, eh? I have finally reached my tolerance threshold for people who choose—and are allowed—to be anonymous on this community site. If folks can remain anonymous and hurl invectives
toward my wife (who is not even a MeFi member) then the time has come where I too must become anonymous.
I know it has been discussed before
, but anonymity has no place in a community such as this. If people can't stand behind their own words then perhaps it is best if they hold their tongues?
posted by terrapin to Etiquette/Policy at 10:37 AM PST - 59 comments
is Three Years Old today! (Finally out of its terrible twos)
So, how do you think we're doing? (inserts can of whoop-ass into electric can opener, flees kitchen)
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 12:55 AM PST - 178 comments
To add to the guidelines: FPPs with food mentioned
should be discouraged. Granted, I find "fajitas" as funny as the next guy and this issue, by any reasonable assessment, is ridiculous. But if people can't control themselves when the word "fajitas" is mentioned, then it probably shouldn't be mentioned at all.
posted by ed to Etiquette/Policy at 2:17 PM PST - 47 comments