March 2007 Archives (all archives)

March 31
Thanks for the laughs.
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter-Related at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments


Ya know, for a moment there, I really was interested to know not only if a kitten could survive inside a python, but the backstory behind how a python got to eat the whole kitten whole in the first place. And then you had to dash my hopes of finding out something interesting only to make a funny. Thanks, I appreciate it. Jerk.
posted by jmd82 to MetaFilter-Related at 9:28 PM PST - 10 comments

RPM Challenge Update: Streaming audio is up on the RPM home page, featuring one song from each of the 850+ albums submitted. This is not the full player containing all the albums; that was previewed last night, but still in testing. Coming soon.
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 3:12 PM PST - 1 comments

Is it kosher to sell your MeFi account to someone else?
posted by nanojath to Etiquette/Policy at 7:44 AM PST - 94 comments

So where is this weeks podcast?
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter-Related at 6:38 AM PST - 14 comments

2-3 weeks ago I posted a song to music. It's no longer there. I assume it was deleted. Of course, there was a perfectly good reason why it was deleted. It would be nice if you notified me of this action, the reason why, and allow me to respond before the action was taken.
posted by sluglicker to MetaFilter Music at 4:30 AM PST - 36 comments

"There have been 45 questions and 600 answers since your last visit. Click here to go to where you left off."
posted by shokod to Feature Requests at 2:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Has any more thought been given to a MetaSpace for creative writing? As in a help-me-improve-this zone? Not a Penguin-type wiki by any means--simply an impromptu writers' workshop. I'm assuming AskMe is absolutely inappropriate for that sort of thing, and that it's out of scope for MeFi Projects. MeFi is a nice demographic for this kind of thing, BTW, as it seems to consist mostly of snarky articulate bastards. Thanks.
posted by YamwotIam to Etiquette/Policy at 12:01 AM PST - 23 comments

March 30
Do we have any data about what the best time of day is to ask an AskMe? Maybe even sliced and diced by tag or geography of respondant? Like, say I had a question about American law, when would be the best time of day (perhaps through some proxy measure like more responses is better, but maybe it could be smarter and be based on favorites or checked answers) to post it? Posts made around 1am Central might not be ideal cause they may slide off the page by mid morning, right? And they may be less interesting to Euros or Asians who are reading. (Sorry, but I don't know how to do a more inside)
posted by rbs to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 PM PST - 13 comments

From Ask: Why are so many saying that she must not know the facts of life and is it just me who finds this to be pretty rude?
posted by anaelith to Etiquette/Policy at 11:00 PM PST - 31 comments

I was wondering if Metafilter had a MacGuyver Rule.
posted by EatTheWeak to Etiquette/Policy at 5:33 PM PST - 34 comments

In my favorite posts/favorite comments page, the links inside my favorites posts are retained, while the links inside my favorite comments are stripped out and rendered as plain text.
posted by phaedon to Feature Requests at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to express frustration with some of the responses in this thread. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger to Etiquette/Policy at 1:11 PM PST - 97 comments

Mefi Music etiquette: would it be okay to post the album versions of demos I've already posted? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van to MetaFilter Music at 12:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Toronto MeFites, how do you feel about bowling?
posted by jacquilynne to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:43 AM PST - 17 comments

March 29
Two requests for Mefi Music: 1. It would be nice to have usernames on the tag results page. (e.g. acoustic) This would help users find other songs by the same artist. 2. The frontpage tends to load my system because of all of the flash files. Would it be possible to have everything show up on one playlist like the "tagged with" pages or the user pages? [mi]
posted by spiderskull to Feature Requests at 8:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Would making a torrent of jonmc's list of 300 songs be a good idea? If that's okay with jonmc, of course.
posted by ashbury to MetaFilter Music at 8:18 PM PST - 50 comments

Is there any way of having an overlapping system of tags to categorize these MetaTalk posts? So for 'feature requests' that could be a sub-tag of either the 'Metafilter', 'Ask Metafilter' or 'Metatalk' tags. So when I want to see what is being discussed about improving Ask Metafilter I start by selecting that tag and then start clicking the sub tags to get more specific. Finally, the reason I am asking is because I am concerned about the flooding of questions on AskMe and the thing I would do is have a separate section for technology questions as those questions seem to be at least 50% of all questions asked. Cheers.
posted by GleepGlop to Feature Requests at 7:50 PM PST - 11 comments

In Firefox 2+, if I am on a Meta page and I click ctrl + shift + t to reopen the last tab, it jumps me down to the comment text box and places opening and closing em tags in it. If this is a Meta shortcut, could it perhaps be changed to not interfere with the Firefox shortcut, since I think a lot of MeFites use Firefox?
posted by IndigoRain to Bugs at 6:53 PM PST - 14 comments

MeFi Music is working again, but we lost every uploaded song from March 22 until now. I've set the threads to hidden, but you have two options: re-upload as a new post, or email me the mp3 so I can restore it.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Music at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

RSS gone bad? Metafilter Jobs, Ask Metafilter, and Metatalk are showing front page Metafilter posts instead of their respective posts. I'm using Google Reader, if that matters. I tried adding the feeds using Sage to see what was up, and it finds feeds but won't find any actual posts.
posted by schnee to Bugs at 7:31 AM PST - 19 comments

March 28
My Comments: could we get a longer list, or even better, some tabs in addition to the site-wide view that narrow the query down to just MeFi/Meta/Ask/Music? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 5:43 PM PST - 42 comments

Wish we had a follow-up on this thread — guy sounded like a psycho (as you might imagine from my response). The user apparently hasn't posted since then.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 2:15 PM PST - 51 comments

This Saturday, March 31st at the house of nate: beer, rabbit food and pipe cleaner bunny ears. Details inside.
posted by cog_nate to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I missing something or has no one posted about the unfolding Iranian hostage crisis with the UK soldiers? I think I may just have missed it, and if someone could point me to it, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
posted by shivohum to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM PST - 66 comments

For fans of the Laughing Song thread, there's a mention of George W. Johnson as well as other early African-American recording artists over at NPR's The Story. Photos and song samples there, too. I'd include a permanent link to the actual topic, but have so far not found one.
posted by malaprohibita to MetaFilter-Related at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Ooh ooh- I've got an idea. Picture this- you open a thread (AskMe or MeFi), and at the top of the thread, there is a small note that says "This thread is currently being debated in MetaTalk.", with a link to the MeTa thread. This way, people have no excuse for taking a big steamy dump in threads. People posting MeTa complaints could fill in a field with the post ID, and some database magic could occur to link the two. Just floating this out there to see what others think.
posted by potch to Feature Requests at 12:10 AM PST - 89 comments

March 27
Sometime in the early nineties a now long lost friend of mine recorded a cd. I can't seem to locate him and it's been quite a few years since we last talked. I found a copy of his cd and want to post a few of his songs to MeFi Music. (I love the cheesy pop-techno sound of a few of these tunes and the memories they bring back.) I "played" on stage with him (keyboard flourishes...very minimal playing on my part) and spent many hours in the studio with him on more than one occasion during the recording of said cd. Given that information, would posting the songs be an OK thing to do? Are there legal issues?
posted by gummi to MetaFilter Music at 8:20 PM PST - 19 comments

100 / 1000 / 10000 / 20000 / 40000 - yet 30000 and 50000 are suspiciously absent. Coincidence or conspiracy? You decide.
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) to MetaFilter-Related at 8:10 PM PST - 49 comments

Is this happening to anyone else? I view a post, click back, and there's that little window hanging over the MeFi logo. Eh?
posted by CitrusFreak12 to Bugs at 7:57 PM PST - 23 comments

The clear and (I believe) complete instructions for the MetaTalk sidebar meetup pointer feature don’t mention how one reschedules such a meetup. This is relevant in the recent Berlin thread, what with flying visits to this non-English-speaking city and so on.
posted by Aidan Kehoe to Bugs at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

How judgemental is it OK to be in an Ask Metafilter reply? If someone wants to know how to game the system to continue being a public menace, is it OK to point out that it's not in our best interest to help? That, in fact, it could arguably be aiding and abetting future lawbreaking? Or is that nyeah nyeah?
posted by DU to Etiquette/Policy at 11:55 AM PST - 115 comments

Not rilly a meetup proper, but I definitely wanted to invite my MeFi bredren an' sistern to a talk I'm giving in NYC on April 9th. Details inside.
posted by adamgreenfield to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:02 AM PST - 42 comments

In June last year, Anjumu posted a link to a New Yorker article about the aggressive copyright enforcement followed by the James Joyce estate. A Joycean academic sued the estate for the right to publish certain material. They won. (see also Lessig)
posted by peacay to MetaFilter-Related at 8:34 AM PST - 19 comments

March 26
Portland Meetup Photos! [NOT OREGONIST]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 7:15 AM PST - 83 comments

A few days ago, I had posted something on AskMe, and had got some wonderful replies from my fellow Mefites. I wanted to acknowledge them here, along with the community as a whole (for doing the great work that it does), and say how glad I am to be a pat of it.:) Thank you MeFi!
posted by hadjiboy to MetaFilter-Related at 4:12 AM PST - 25 comments

Ugh. Ok, we should be back now, mostly working. I'm sure there are lots of little things I need to fix and I'll try and get things going over the next couple days.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 12:11 AM PST - 151 comments

March 25
I know there have been several (unsuccessful?) attempts in the past, but is there any interest in a Berlin, Germany meetup?
posted by cmonkey to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:21 AM PST - 26 comments

March 24
This anonymous question showed up on my list of "posts by divabat saved as favourites". I didn't write that post.
posted by divabat to Bugs at 11:02 PM PST - 16 comments

The "View Category" link in the sidebar works if you're logged in, but if you're not logged in, you get: Error Executing Database Query. [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]The datepart function requires 2 arguments.
posted by fandango_matt to Bugs at 6:37 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

Exactly why did this stay up on MeFi?
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter-Related at 2:21 PM PST - 67 comments

Posted 1 hour ago by stbalbach. As interesting as I might find the contents, technically this is a self-link. The main link is to something he himself uploaded to another site.
posted by Dave Faris to Etiquette/Policy at 11:43 AM PST - 41 comments

March 23
Really? You don't care? How much? To avoid being coy— Every time I seem to see jouke in a thread, he's offering a content-free epistle on his apathy. Rather than engaging in the threads, I'm taking it here. (As I only get one MeTa every, what, four days, there were also rumblings of a Southeast Michigan meetup next Wednesday in the Detroit thread. Perhaps there will be a happy derail.)
posted by klangklangston to Etiquette/Policy at 8:02 PM PST - 124 comments

In the absence of a known user ID, how can I locate the profile of a particular lurker? This person has absolutely no posting/commenting history that I know of, and I've tried all of the search mechanisms for their username. Apologies in advance if I'm missing something obvious!
posted by JohnFredra to MetaFilter-Related at 6:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Episode 4 of the MetaFilter Podcast is now up, featuring recaps from me and jessamyn.
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:52 PM PST - 34 comments

I'd like to take the time to invite everyone informally to #mefi on slashnet (irc://irc.slashnet.org/mefi)! Ops for everyone! Please check your discontent at the door. That is all.
posted by cellphone to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:58 PM PST - 50 comments


March 22
"Comments about comments about comments about comments about... about the post belong in MetaTalk." [MI]
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 PM PST - 44 comments

This has occasionally been mentioned before, but are the tabs on the front page currently serving any purpose? The functionality of 'Recent Posts' seems duplicated by the home page, 'My Favorites' by 'Favorites', 'Popular Favorites' by 'Popular', 'My Comments' by, well, 'My Comments'. 'Recent Comments' I simply don't find useful, but that may just be me.
posted by spiderwire to Feature Requests at 7:10 PM PST - 21 comments

UbuRoivas has cable! (USB, that is). This allows me to post the remainder of the pics from the recent Sydney meetup, featuring our own celebrity librarian.
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:15 PM PST - 31 comments

New addition/change in the footer on the blue? Something's making my browser freeze up briefly when it gets to the end of the page load on MeFi threads but not on Meta or Ask [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 6:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Have we lost the ability to post pictures in our user profiles now?
posted by delmoi to Feature Requests at 5:27 PM PST - 37 comments

It's pretty difficult to find things in the archives of askme, and I think that probably contributes to the huge number of questions posted each day. [mi]
posted by serazin to Feature Requests at 1:54 PM PST - 45 comments

Metafilter is mentioned in a book...The second page of Citizen Marketers includes a mention of a Mefi post about George Masters' Tiny Machines apple video
posted by drezdn to MetaFilter-Related at 11:17 AM PST - 41 comments

South Portland/Portland, ME meetup? I'll be in town for a few days, and I have Sunday 3/25 free.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:32 AM PST - 35 comments

Keeping in mind that the restriction on using html to make the words "posted by" small in comments may not be obvious to all site users, could the error message returned by the post comment action be more informative? The current error message reads "Your comment appears to be blank, go back and try again." Also, could relevant text be added to the How do I use HTML in my posts? FAQ if you please?
posted by carsonb to Feature Requests at 1:02 AM PST - 20 comments

March 21
Can the RSS feeds be hidden from Google? They're pretty much useless in search results (like the first hit on this one).
posted by bonaldi to Bugs at 11:04 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the proper method for quoting a commenter in a thread? For years, I had taken to just posting the thought in italics and nothing else. More and more however, I notice people pulling out the quote with the post date/time and user name. Are both methods acceptable? Neither? Better to link to the comment in question and not quote it at all? Please hope me.
posted by psmealey to Etiquette/Policy at 4:27 PM PST - 103 comments

Can the anchors in the "posted by" line have a different link/visited color than anchors people put into either the post or their comments?
posted by maxwelton to Feature Requests at 4:20 PM PST - 63 comments

I used IBM's Many Eyes data visualization site [discussed] to create a network map of my MetaFilter contacts and my contacts' contacts. It got to be pretty big, so I thought I'd post it here.
posted by monju_bosatsu to MetaFilter-Related at 2:38 PM PST - 57 comments

What is the protocol for contacting another member for something friendly and (admittedly) trivial if they don't have an email in their profile?
posted by sourwookie to Etiquette/Policy at 8:08 AM PST - 48 comments

March 20
"I am in therapy, and my therapist has agreed with me that Ask MeFi has resulted in some really intelligent and meaningful answers before." Nice feedback for AskMe.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen to MetaFilter-Related at 7:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Just curious about something... when someone answers an AskMe question and it gets marked as one of the best answers, shouldn't that also count for them as being favorited by someone? Or... no?
posted by miss lynnster to Feature Requests at 7:35 PM PST - 38 comments

closed closed closed closed closed closed closed What is the deal with every fifth or so MetaTalk thread being closed? Yes, some get messy, but that is where issues get worked out. The petulant pres closes off discussion because he can't handle it. Why does MetaTalk all of a sudden close all these threads? MetaTalk can handle it.
posted by caddis to Etiquette/Policy at 6:53 PM PST - 185 comments

My post "Hollywood or Bust" was deleted because someone thought it was too much like a chat topic. However, you allowed a post on MetaFilter that linked to an article describing the narcissism that threatens to lead a whole generation into the illusion that fame is not only within their reach, but is an unquestionably desirable goal. As someone who lives in this world and is as exposed to the media as much as anyone else, I wished to question this prevailing assumption and thought others might wish to share their thoughts as well. I am not the only one who has had their posts censored. I see a lot of pretentious bullying going on and it will ruin this web community. Have a little more imagination and tolerance, maybe see where things go before you jump in and pull the plug. Perhaps I will not be missed if I leave this site and never return (you have my $5 right?), but I doubt I will be the last one to do so.
posted by melangell to MetaFilter-Related at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

March 19
Update: Registerfly's accreditation has been terminated by ICANN.
posted by disclaimer to MetaFilter-Related at 4:56 PM PST - 21 comments

The tiny text that some posters tend to use as asides (example here in miss lynsters comment) is truly hard to read in anything longer than a sentence, particularly for those of us born to the mole people. This seems to be the best place as any other to ask that people consider that [small] font is rather difficult to read in chunks! ( I realize that yes, the actual answer is to Ctrl-+ on FireFox read it and reverse, but then everything else goes huge. )
posted by canine epigram to Etiquette/Policy at 2:08 PM PST - 91 comments

I just wanted to call myself out. As Mark Twain said there are Liars and Damned Liars. And then there is me. Some where in between. I just wanted everybody to not go after Granted for calling me out. Granted it's ok. It was only a matter of time. But I want to assure you, and he, that the "essence" of my stories are indeed true and where they are not "truth" let that not interfere with your enjoyment of them. Even IF said enjoyment is directly proportional to mocking me. Which I not only deserve but enjoy. The question is is THIS the right venue for these sotries? Perhaps we need a "Stories" section. Robocop is Bleeding would have a much deserved creative outlet. And there would be place for my Damnable Lies. Wouldn't THAT be awesome! Anyway. Those of you that wish verification from here on out I will try to create some mechanism for that where I can. Where it won't ruin the point of the story. But I warn you... if, like me, your high is derived from being cynical you may be disappointed in the dull sobriety of the exercise.
posted by tkchrist to Etiquette/Policy at 12:08 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

March 18
New York meet-up photos, if you please.
posted by hermitosis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:38 PM PST - 43 comments

Why is this thread closed for new comments? A rather interesting discussion was brewing on desirability vs. feasibility.
posted by effugas to Etiquette/Policy at 7:55 PM PST - 47 comments

City of the Big Shoulders MeFites: Soon comes my first foray into Chicago. I'll be there for business reasons, but headed out a few days early to enjoy the weekend of April 27-29 as a tourista. Any chance of a meetup?
posted by Miko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:13 PM PST - 16 comments

The Front Page Posting page shows a big blob listing ALL the tags I have used on previous posts. Particularly big because I have made 199 posts on at least 175 different topics, including high-tech band-aids (an early NewsFilter with 2 now-dead links), a-list blogs, MetaFilter-related stuff before MetaTalk existed (this post features jessamyn making a suggestion to create something like MetaTalk) Interpol, Steely Dan, ICANN, and Fat People (without a trainwreck in the comments!)... and that was all in my first month participating here. Anyway, that tag blob, as it now exists, does me no benefit and just blocks the way to the "Preview" button. Can we have options to show NO tags or most used tags or tags used more than once ple-e-e-eze?
posted by wendell to Feature Requests at 3:27 PM PST - 32 comments

These days mefi tags all look about the same size (Opera 9.x, OS X). Is tweaking the math easy enough that the tag sizing could once again be a useful indicator of relative popularity? If not, no biggie.
posted by five fresh fish to Feature Requests at 12:25 PM PST - 26 comments

MeFi appears briefly on the video on the final page of this entry about this prank.
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 AM PST - 29 comments

March 17
What's the deal with this "best of the web"? [mi]
posted by sluglicker to Etiquette/Policy at 11:01 PM PST - 103 comments

Photos from last night's London meetup. Features sandwiches and corruption.
posted by chrismear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:49 AM PST - 42 comments

March 16

I finally fixed this, I gussied up the preferences page (more readable, easier to use), and I added inline magical youtube video streaming, which mostly works (enable it then click the icons you see on posts). Full explanation of the YouTube feature.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 8:33 PM PST - 76 comments


Just thought I'd point out this above average comment from yesterday's excellent post on Northern Elephant Seals, for those who may have missed it.
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Joost has been mentioned here, althought I can't find the post about it. I have two invites that they are threatening to expire on me. Anybody want them? First two emails I get can have them. Email in profile.
posted by ajpresto to MetaFilter-Related at 2:25 PM PST - 77 comments

I've noticed it's now possible to remove favorites directly at the post/comment. Very cool! Thanks mathowie!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Feature Requests at 10:03 AM PST - 35 comments

Is this suitable for AskMe?
posted by fourcheesemac to Etiquette/Policy at 9:09 AM PST - 358 comments

March 15

I like going back to check on new conversation in some of the threads I’ve commented on. In others, I’d really prefer not to. Using “My Comments” means there’s no way to not scroll by the recently updated threads. Like today’s “City Songs” thread. I don’t need/want to revisit that but every time I load the “My Comments” page it’s at the top. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore to Feature Requests at 11:13 AM PST - 31 comments

My post early this morning was deleted because cortex says "What, was the previous thread that you linked not contentious or web-unrelated enough?"
posted by jesirose to Etiquette/Policy at 10:07 AM PST - 252 comments

March 14
DiscussionFilter: Is Metafilter (as a collective) horrendously biased and therefore a crappy measuring stick for 'Real Life'? [MI]
posted by Phire to MetaFilter-Related at 8:43 PM PST - 139 comments

What's the percentage of MeFites who have no one nearby? I just moved away from Vancouver (in the interior, Quesnel, to operate my hosting/computer services biz where I actually WANT to live) and suddenly, after updating my long. and lat., I'm all alone!
posted by Kickstart70 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:56 PM PST - 148 comments

Second page of favorites does not list favorites.
posted by pieoverdone to Bugs at 2:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Admins: you deleted the wrong comment. [mi]
posted by ijoshua to Etiquette/Policy at 2:05 PM PST - 18 comments

PonyFilter: It's annoying to click on the same link twice in a post. How about sending the New Post form back for the user to "fix" it?
posted by Armitage Shanks to Feature Requests at 10:33 AM PST - 31 comments

Time zone issue [MI]
posted by eriko to Bugs at 3:53 AM PST - 26 comments

So despite reading the MeFi Wiki and crunchland's profile, I managed to screw up my FPP ( this one ) and it now appears on the home page without a title. Would one of the admins be kind enough to correct the link title of the post? You may also suggest suitable means of atonement for this extremely n00b-ish screwup.
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek to MetaFilter-Related at 1:33 AM PST - 22 comments

March 13
I've got my timezone set to UTC but Meta thinks it's 0.25 on the 14th when it's actually 23.25 on the 13th. Is this a 2k7 date hack that's fecked the site up for all non-Americans, or has the time gone wrong for everyone?
posted by twine42 to Bugs at 4:26 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]


March 12
I know this is a private website, where the administrator has a strong interest in avoiding litigation by celebrities, but what I saw happen in the last hour or so is just creepy.
posted by jayder to Etiquette/Policy at 8:12 PM PST - 120 comments [closed]

Is this in any way acceptable? By which I mean posting a question that you "know" will be flame-bait, and then taunting those who answer?
posted by CKmtl to Etiquette/Policy at 7:07 PM PST - 43 comments [closed]

I see that we have a User 50014 but no User 50000. What's up?
posted by EarBucket to MetaFilter-Related at 3:40 PM PST - 44 comments

Anyone want to set up a NC meetup so that I can crash it?
posted by hermitosis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:08 PM PST - 46 comments

Should major plot developments in serialized works of fiction be considered FPP-worthy? If so, when? (Consider: 1, 2, 3)
posted by Prospero to Etiquette/Policy at 2:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Can someone please change the text of this FPP on Heroes so it doesn't refer to the name of a well-known comic series with a similarly well-known plot?
posted by spiderwire to Etiquette/Policy at 2:00 PM PST - 44 comments

NoBiggieCuriosityFilter: I run a t-shirt website, and I've noticed a significant bump in traffic today coming in from this askme post I made a while ago. While I normally get a few randoms in from MeFi a day, this seems significantly larger then usual, which I can only assume is because someone somewhere else is linking to that ask me question and generating traffic for me second hand. I'm really just curious about it, and am wondering if any of the admins would mind taking a quick look at where they are coming from for me. If not, no Biggie.
posted by Jezztek to MetaFilter-Related at 11:07 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

MeFi Fantasy Baseball '07 needs YOU!
posted by mkultra to MetaFilter-Related at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

There's a flag for "fantastic post". Is that used for anything, or have favorites replaced it?
posted by smackfu to Etiquette/Policy at 6:21 AM PST - 30 comments

We need to come up with a solution so that people who post their gigs don't have to pretend they're "Metafilter Gatherings" or "Metafilter Related," and so that they don't get accused of shameless self-promotion or whoring themselves on Metatalk when they post messages such as this or this. They don't quite fit into Projects, but they don't quite belong in any of the categories here.
posted by Dave Faris to Feature Requests at 4:46 AM PST - 41 comments [closed]

So, is anybody else noticing that askme is showing up more often in google searches now that the title is in the URL? It seems like any kind of obscure search I do now has ask metafilter entry somewhere in the top 5.
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 12:01 AM PST - 16 comments

March 11
Why is this still up? Isn't it basically a LOLPERVERTS post? [mi]
posted by serazin to Etiquette/Policy at 9:35 PM PST - 46 comments

I wasn't sure the ettiquette of this, but uh, if you're in Southern New England and have nothing to do... I'm currently exhibiting at AS 220 gallery in Providence, through the end of the month. [a little MI]
posted by grapefruitmoon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:33 PM PST - 15 comments

It's that time of the year again, when I whine about using "ET" instead of "EST"! (2005, 2006)
posted by intermod to Bugs at 9:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Mefite group art project: passing around disposable cameras.
posted by ztdavis to MetaFilter-Related at 9:04 PM PST - 47 comments

What's the deal with posting songs on AskMeFi? I've contacted some users to ask if I can sample something of theirs, and while I have no problem doing this (and will continue to ask), I think it would be neat to be able to specific a creative commons (or other more restrictive) licenses. I know they could simply specify themselves, but it would be nice to make things unambiguous by default. Not hugely important, but I think it would be helpful.
posted by phrontist to MetaFilter Music at 7:14 PM PST - 14 comments

So hey... that singing audition I was preparing for a few weeks ago? Well, it seems I got the gig. Sooo it looks like I'm going back to being a working professional jazz singer & I'll be doing at least a few Sunday nights at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley this year (starting in June or July). And with that, I'll probably get off my rear & start playing other places in the Bay area too (I'm finally starting on a new press kit & music website. Yay!). You lovely Mefites have been very supportive of my music (& my desire to return to making it); it's been ultra appreciated. Moral of the story: if any of you are in the Bay area & interested in hearing me belt out some jazz in person someday, let me know & I can put you on my mailing list for upcoming gigs. Kinda like a mini meetup where I shall serenade you! It's the least I can do. :)
posted by miss lynnster to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Pics from our little AZ meetup.
posted by mullacc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:58 PM PST - 13 comments

I've never posted a thread on MetaTalk before, so don't really know if this is the right way to go about it, but a comment of mine in the recent discussion on AskMeFi about plagiarism was deleted for reasons I can't really deduce. I did call out a few academics who were harping in the thread with their noses turned up but I wasn't calling names or slinging insults, so I'm a bit confused as to why my post was deleted. And it certainly added to the conversation as it was quoted and responded to by another poster who disagreed with me. Any admin help here?
posted by jckll to Etiquette/Policy at 3:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Denver Meetup Photos HERE
posted by lonefrontranger to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Probably because of the US move to DST, the time stamp in GMT is one hour off (so that posts and comments are showing as having been made up to an hour in the future).
posted by sueinnyc to Bugs at 8:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Pictures from the Sydney meet-up at the Australian Hotel. Good times had with Jessamyn and her sister, as well as the Sydney contingent.
posted by qwip to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:31 AM PST - 40 comments

March 10
How can I get y2karl's informative pop up title tags to fit my browser window consistently? On the current post the prospect magazine snippet is an almost square box - which fits fine - and the NYT snippet is so wide that I cannot read it all.
posted by dash_slot- to Bugs at 5:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Dear Mefi. What is the proper etiquette for the [via]? Some go inside, others on the front.
posted by dabitch to Etiquette/Policy at 3:58 AM PST - 27 comments

March 9
When viewing the meetup category in metatalk (and maybe others?) the "x new" text is not a hyperlink.
posted by mzurer to Bugs at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

When logged out, posts to Music and The Blue lack the timestamp inside.
posted by Eideteker to Bugs at 4:19 PM PST - 30 comments

March 8
MetaSwap? [MI]
posted by 6550 to Feature Requests at 12:51 PM PST - 63 comments

I'd like to nominate this fantastic, almost entirely civil thread about Mormonism for the sidebar. It's really been an exceptional example of how informative AskMe can be when discussion and knowledge-sharing are maximized with minimal interpersonal snark.
posted by scrump to MetaFilter-Related at 9:56 AM PST - 74 comments

Anyone else getting hit with constant error alerts when using MetaFilthy? I have an "NS_ERR_DOM_INDEX_SIZE_ERR" alert popping up on every thread in FireFox 2.0.0.2, for about the last week or so. (Yes, I reported a bug to the author. Yes, I know he doesn't spend all day every day coding MetaFilthy. I'm just wondering if this is an issue with just me, with a Metafilter re-code of some sort, or problems between MetaFilthy and FF 2.0.0.2.)
posted by caution live frogs to MetaFilter-Related at 7:14 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]

Hey, New Yorkers. I'll be in town soon and noticed you haven't had a meetup in a little while. Anyone interested in something either next weekend (of the 17th) or the early part of the week after?
posted by youcancallmeal to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:12 AM PST - 45 comments

March 7
Yesterday I decided to explore editing my user profile and decided to try out the "Show dhtml link titles." Upon giving it a try I decided I didn't like it and turned it off, then saved my preferences. The dhtml titles still show up though. I just double checked and my preferences are still set to "no" for that setting. Anyone else having trouble turning these off?
posted by pwb503 to Bugs at 11:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Houstonians in Mefi-ville... fancy a pint at The Flying Saucer or another drinking establishment that meets your lengthy criteria?
posted by Brittanie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Cortex has been a great mod so far. I motion that he be granted perma-mod status. Can I get a second?
posted by klangklangston to Feature Requests at 9:17 PM PST - 180 comments

When I'm looking at a user's page and click the timestamp of one of their MetaTalk comments, the link redirects to the original post instead of the user's specific comment. Does this happen to anyone else?
posted by lalex to Bugs at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments [closed]

What happened to the thread of photos off the p2p networks? Did that link get removed for any particular reason? Was it to make room for the Zelda/Golden Ratio thread? Hmm. I am kind of disappointed.
posted by kuatto to Etiquette/Policy at 7:00 PM PST - 15 comments

TechCrunch posts about Google Answers rising from the dead (as UClue) and mentions a few more question-answering services. Still none as good as AskMe.
posted by IndigoRain to MetaFilter-Related at 5:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Oi, Londoners! March meetup?
posted by chrismear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:31 AM PST - 59 comments

Jessamyn will be in Melbourne on Saturday night. So. Melbourne MeFi meetup on Saturday 10 March. Let's do stuff. More inside.
posted by sien to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:07 AM PST - 20 comments

March 6
Ooops, I did it again. I made a comment and once again it resulted in an accidental triple comment, a product (I suspect) of some sort of clash between my work server and Metafilter's server. It's not the first time it's happened either. And although all but one of my triple-comment will (hopefully) have been deleted by the time I finish writing this post (I have e-mailed an admin, as I usually do whenever it happens), it's getting annoying. Matt, I know you're really busy providing us with an awesome site, but could you please institute some kind of delay of just a few seconds between the time that someone has posted a comment and the time that they can comment again? They have one over at Metafilter's twin, Devoter, so surely it can't be that hard to do, can it? And best of all, it'll have plent of other benefits to the site (preventing abuse etc) and better yet, you, cortex and the ever suffering jessamyn will never have to get another e-mail from me asking you to delete two of my comments. Matt, please, can this be done?
posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 11:57 PM PST - 26 comments

After seeing people post and repost meetup reminders, I finally figured out a way to fix it. On the front page sidebar, you should see a simple list of upcoming meetups. Details about how it works are inside...
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:07 PM PST - 37 comments

Chicago! I'm calling you. Yeah, I know some of you had a meetup about two weeks ago, but I'm coming there for business (and working there over the weekend.) I'll be near State & Grand...and I'm thinking friday or sat night might be nice. I'm thinking round 8 or 9ish. Somewhere positive to discussions with alcohol.
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

March 23 or March 31 for a Baltimore area meet, at Brewer's Art?
posted by nj_subgenius to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:57 PM PST - 22 comments

Hey everyone! It's Tuesday afternoon, I'm just chillin at home. Happy post-whatever-crap-you've-eaten-lately day.
posted by signal to Etiquette/Policy at 3:26 PM PST - 55 comments

Denver Meetup - Confirmed! Date- this coming friday, march 9th Time - 7(ish) PM Place - Falling Rock Taphouse, 1919 Blake St., Denver CO be there or be trapezoidal
posted by lonefrontranger to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

NikePlus is a site which allows people who own the nike running gizmo for iPods to compete on the net. After being narrowly beaten by the swift and nimble web-goddess in the first edition of MetaFilter Runs, we want to settle the score... If you want to compete in the next edition, put your nike+ login in the comments below, and I'll invite you to the challenge. (I've already sent an invitation to all the challengers who took part in the first edition.) Oh yes, the winning distance in the previous 'most miles in 30 days' was 54.9 miles. Pretty decent for a bunch of out of shape geeks... The challenge start next monday (3/12) at 12am CET.
posted by pj_rivera to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:45 PM PST - 32 comments

An Immodest Proposal: One of the interesting phenomena I've noticed as other aggregating sites are on their ascendancy (can you Digg it?) is that many links that had been MetaFiltered long ago (in Web time) get a new wave of attention, which flows back around here, and BANG! Double-triple-quadruple post!. And how many times lately have we seen comments like "Didn't see it the first time; glad it was reposted"? Maybe what we need is a separate place for "Re-Current" posts or links, where we can acknowledge that WE got it months/years ago, and re-open comments on it. Obviously, such a sub-Meta would require a lot of moderation/maintenance, and maybe it should be an off-site project. How should it work? Can we/you make it work? Why bother? Any volunteers?
posted by wendell to Feature Requests at 10:16 AM PST - 34 comments

In Projects -- The popular links for "March" include projects from March '06.
posted by empath to Bugs at 6:34 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

It's pretty minor, but an & in the post title turns into 'amp' in the url. example.
posted by twine42 to Bugs at 5:21 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the best way to listen to all the songs currently on the front page of music.metafilter.com as a continuous playlist? Any suggestions? Is there something I'm missing? If there really is no way to do this currently, could I suggest some dynamically generated playlist page, that operates like existing playlists, but takes you through, say, the last 50 tracks.
posted by Jimbob to MetaFilter Music at 5:15 AM PST - 12 comments

March 5
I went and created a Metafilter social group on Ning. I imagine it as a convenient place to put photos and videos (and maybe tools, like greasemonkey scripts etc.) all in one more or less neat little pile. If that doesn't catch on, at least it won't be used for anything evil.
posted by bingo to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Episode 3 of the MetaFilter Podcast is up, featuring an interview with Adam Savage of Mythbusters.
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 11:04 PM PST - 50 comments

Just posted this http://ask.metafilter.com/58158/Rats-in-the-car And the preview looked fine, but the final posting is one paragraph and hard to read. How can I correct it and did I do something wrong?
posted by zaphod to Etiquette/Policy at 8:41 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]

This AskMe helped us get LOTS of kids into the movies. Some photos.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 4:30 PM PST - 34 comments

Ask MetaFilter should default to a white background for new users and those not logged in.
posted by anildash to Feature Requests at 3:32 PM PST - 533 comments

Mea Culpa. Remember my sweet-and-sour pork stamp post? Well, as it turns out, it's not true. Oh, there is a stamp (cute design), and it is popular, but it's not scratch-and-sniff, or tasty (see comment #7). Sorry gang. P. S. Not a "bug", but that's the closest Category that came to mind... P. P. S. I had a friend of mine ask her relatives to send her a sheet/book of these stamps. I just have to know for myself.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan to Bugs at 11:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Short notice Los Angeles meetup: Tuesday March 6th, 7:30 Not that a reason is needed, but official MeFi photographer Dashiv is in town for a few days, so why not? Tuesday (March 6th), 7:30 pm Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood 8288 Santa Monica Blvd (at Sweetzer)
posted by mandymanwasregistered to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Fans of Dylan Hears A Who might like to know that the page now contains links to a zip file of the all MP3s, plus a CD insert and tray card.
posted by Armitage Shanks to MetaFilter-Related at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

March 4
Jessamyn in Sydney! As part of her tour of the Great Libraries & Librarians of Australia, Jessamyn will shortly arrive in Sydney for a few days. A meetup has been suggested for next sunday, 11th March. As she will be staying near Whitlam Square, the tentative plan is for a stroll through Hyde Park & the Botanical Gardens, then perhaps hop onto a ferry to Doyle's. The last ferry back from Watson's Bay on a sunday is at 7:05, arriving Circular Quay at 7:30, which coincides nicely with a 7:20 sunset.
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:36 PM PST - 75 comments

Possible FPP for somebody? I don't feel quite up to making a good FPP out of this, nor do I want to "clutter" the Blue with a one-link "newsfilter" item. But I do think that this smacks of an underhanded attempt to restore involuntary servitude, especially given the booming prison population thanks to harsh drugs laws etc. (I also wonder why the damn "farmers" can't simply put Help Wanted ads in the paper; they are willing to pay a decent wage to get their crops tended, right?)
posted by davy to Etiquette/Policy at 11:07 AM PST - 12 comments [closed]

This is not something we should do. Regardless of our belief system, asking the group how to break the law is not the intended purpose of AskMe.
posted by Dagobert to Etiquette/Policy at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments [closed]

music problem: 50% of the time I try to upload a standard MP3 (ID3 v2.2), I get the following error: The MIME type of the uploaded file "application/x-octet-stream" was not accepted by the server.
posted by xmutex to Bugs at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

March 3
This potential suicide question concerns me as it has anyone who read the thread. I don't know what follow up is needed, but perhaps more visibility here will offer some direction?
posted by Burhanistan to Etiquette/Policy at 11:32 PM PST - 37 comments

Tragic news from one of our own. May I be the first to suggest we get a best answer for this question and make donations as a group? I don't know what else to do. Ideas?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter-Related at 4:20 PM PST - 25 comments

When I go to "my posts" and then try to select "activity threshold" one month, the page always refreshes as 24 hours instead of one month. I can choose any other increment of time no problem. I'm using Firefox 1.5.0.6 (5.0?) whatever that means on a Mac. Thanks.
posted by serazin to Bugs at 3:16 PM PST - 2 comments

No podcast this week? I'm guessing I missed the memo.
posted by SteveInMaine to MetaFilter-Related at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

The New Question page on AskMefi is giving me conflicting information. First it says that I have 7 days 15 hours (etc) to post, then one countdown says I have 15 hours left, then there's another countdown which was constantly changing between the two, but as I type this it's settled itself to 15 hours. (One of the countdowns is from a GreaseMonkey script). Which is it?
posted by divabat to Bugs at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Is it fair to consider the number of comments an FPP receives as an indication of community interest in the post? If so, then it is a pity that eustacescrubb's great find (a real best of the web IMHO) gets only a handful of comments whilst yet another FPP about Ann Coulter frothing at the mouth generates so many.
posted by three blind mice to MetaFilter-Related at 11:18 AM PST - 72 comments

I would be more comfortable speaking with someone gay. Is that kind of sexism halal on AskMe? I need a straight interior decorator (gay men make me uncomfortable). Where can I eat in a nice whites-only restaurant?
posted by Meatbomb to Etiquette/Policy at 7:42 AM PST - 194 comments

March 2
Metafilter Music Remixed: With all the talented musicians floated around here, would anyone be interested in setting up a remix thing, where metafilter musicians remix other member's work?
posted by drezdn to MetaFilter Music at 1:59 PM PST - 29 comments

I know that this is an issue best addressed by the creator of MetaFilthy, but before I email him, I wanted to make sure that it's really a MetaFilthy bug, and not some problem on my end, and Metafilter is pretty much guaranteed to have the internet's largest population of MetaFilthy users. So: Is anyone getting a MetaFilthy bug when they open a MeFi page saying "Exception in Metafilthy.showIfValidURL NS_ERROR_DOM_INDEX_SIZE_ERR Index or size is negative or greater than the allowed amount line 1012 of undefined undefined"?
posted by Bugbread to MetaFilter-Related at 1:28 PM PST - 39 comments

March 1
Why is all of MetaFilter in italics all of a sudden? The first two posts on the page are fine, but then everything afterwards is in italics for me, even the posts from yesterday that weren't in italics earlier this morning... I've had a few drinks tonight, but not that many drinks...
posted by jrb223 to Bugs at 9:20 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Is it just me, or did arse_hat's failure to close the [em] tag break the front page? I like italics as much as the next guy, but this....
posted by cosmicbandito to Bugs at 9:15 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Do we have a new administrator? admincortex mopping up with a napkin.
posted by tellurian to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Phoenix-area meetup: Saturday, March 10th in Tempe [more inside]
posted by mullacc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Spell check be giving me a CFM error in Jobs.
posted by dobbs to Bugs at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I am logged in and see ads from fmpub.net on the front page. The ad presently displayed invites me to "chew the fat at serious eats". It's the same ad after multiple refreshes also. While I am a fan of bacon, I don't normally see ads when I'm logged in. This is all the more curious given that I'm using adblock plus and don't usually see ads on any site. Is this a temporary thing, or is bacon now an integral part of the site?
posted by Pastabagel to Bugs at 10:57 AM PST - 94 comments

RPM Challenge, post-game: February is dead and gone, and a bunch of us either finished an album in a month or didn't. Let's have the dirt, folks. And the links. And some Music posts.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter Music at 10:34 AM PST - 37 comments

Ok, so now that February is over, what happens to the AskMe posting limits?
posted by wheelieman to Feature Requests at 5:34 AM PST - 14 comments [closed]