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I'm looking for a comment on Mefi or AskMe where someone gave an extended quote from a scientist/commentator (maybe Richard Feynman), explaining why it's rational for a layperson to believe what scientists say, even if you haven't figured out the mechanics of how they arrived at their conclusions. The gist was that it's sufficient just to know that the scientists are generally skilled at figuring things out. (That's probably oversimplifying, which is why I want to find the actual passage.) [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM PST - 39 comments
Has anyone thought about doing a periodic podcast of tunes exclusively from music.metafilter? Would Metafilter or any of the artists have an issue with someone doing this? Would anyone want to host it or help in other ways? Would anyone listen to it?
posted by rollbiz to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 PM PST - 38 comments
Some MeFites use favorites as a show of support, while others (like me!) use them predominantly to save interesting posts and are unable to use them in this manner. Would it be at all possible to add some sort of "agree!" or "thanks!" button in order to separate the two functions? [more inside]
posted by archagon to Feature Requests at 5:15 PM PST - 51 comments
Has there ever been a meetup in Sweden? Are there enough of us to warrent a meet up or will the three of us just feel awkward?
Maybe a Scandinavian combo? Malmö would be close enough for Danes to bridge, and for Norwegians to ski? (I keed)
posted by monocultured to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments
I don't believe that this torture video post
is material that belongs on the front page. The post's writer is editorializing, and, worse, the subject is not dealt with in any serious matter, by virtue of the "ouchies" tag and any lack of substantive material other than the near context-free recordings of physical violence and suffering. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Etiquette/Policy at 9:54 PM PST - 179 comments
I'm not sure if this a MeFi bug or something with my browser or set-up. I have experienced this on different computers and tried reloading Firefox, but I think that it is still going on. What gives? Is it some sort of local proxy or cache issue? I'm at work right now and it's definitely doing it, but this has happened to me at home as well (I am 95% sure). [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark to Bugs at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments
So, the j and k keys can be used to jump between posts or comments, which is neat, except I already have those keys bound to scroll down and scroll up in my browser. Would it be possible to let users customize or disable nav keys, or do I just need to User JS
posted by The Pusher Robot to Feature Requests at 5:35 PM PST - 23 comments
Taken My Ball and Gone Home Filter: So, the poster really did quit
. Should we close up the thread? Is there some kind of policy about this sort of thing where the poster doesn't like answers and then runs off and disables the account?
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 5:34 PM PST - 121 comments
¡Mexico City meet-up! The non-existent Mexico City chapter of the non-existent Cabal will not have a meet-up on or near April 12. Please respond accordingly.
posted by Cobalt to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:58 AM PST - 50 comments
I thought I'd gather together some follow-up links for various things I thought were worth following up on since they were originally posted to the blue. Some things worth checking out, but not individually meaty enough for a whole new FPP. [more inside]
posted by churl to MetaFilter-Related at 1:11 AM PST - 40 comments
My Askmefi question only recieved one answer...I realize that this must just happen
every so often, but I'm wondering, a) how I might avoid it, and, b) can I ask the same question again in the hopes of getting more answers? [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb to Etiquette/Policy at 10:07 PM PST - 67 comments
I finally got to see Watchmen last night and in talking about it afterwards, I was reminded of a comment I read on the blue that I cannot for the life of me find again. I have been looking for a couple of hours now and beginning to wonder if I made the whole thing up. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank to MetaFilter-Related at 8:19 PM PST - 57 comments
This question irks me
The business in question really has no right of reply. I don't see why the question couldn't be worded in such a way as to not to mention the dealership's name. For all we know the OP may be a direct competitor (I know, you most probably aren't), and now when someone Googles the dealership it will for ever have this rather unpleasant result- and recommendations to other similar business.
I suppose Comcast, eBay, Sony etc come in for a hiding every so often- but they are in a different league.
What's the MeFi policy on this sort of thing?
posted by mattoxic to Etiquette/Policy at 11:46 PM PST - 74 comments
Tiny UK-centric bug/oversight: time in top right shows British Summer Time, but we don't put our clocks forward here until March 29th.
posted by altolinguistic to Bugs at 5:29 AM PST - 31 comments
If I want to ask MeFites for help on a friend's survey for her dissertation, where is the proper place to post it, if anywhere is the proper place to post it?
posted by k8t to Etiquette/Policy at 11:35 PM PST - 55 comments
Why can't I set my timezone to -5 (EST)? It's not an option in the drop-down menu.
posted by ascetic to Bugs at 7:59 AM PST - 28 comments
Mefi search doesn't seem to handle very short (specifically, two character) usernames correctly. [more inside]
posted by jeb to Bugs at 4:49 PM PST - 37 comments
Has anyone done any interesting analysis of metafilter data? I'd like to see average posts/day, average comments/post over time, for starters. But I bet there are many more interesting/pointless questions to be answered beyond that.
posted by flotson to Feature Requests at 5:41 PM PST - 68 comments
If anyone is still talking to me, I'll be in Dayton April 1 and2, and was thinking Meet Up? Any Dayton MeFites out there? Don't know the area at all; I'll be staying in someplace called Beavercreek, but I've got wheels.
posted by nax to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:03 AM PST - 22 comments
I'm looking into setting up a home network. Mostly I want to be able to access from multiple machines and as the secondary backup. I would like to eventually be able to tie into my home entertainment system. I've done a lot of reading but would like to hear what's working for others. I'm not familiar with Linux but am wondering if I should venture that way. I'm using Vista. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by dmc6127 to Feature Requests at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]
In Monday's "meh" thread I quoted and linked to
Sparx's clever 2007 verse on the subject. My comment, which added nothing original, unaccountably picked up some favorates. It may be a small matter but these favorites are surely Sparx's, not mine. Is it a lot of work to reassign 'em?
posted by jfuller to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 AM PST - 96 comments
I assume that the 'double comment' flag is for use when someone accidentally posts their own comment twice, so how about a flag to use when someone repeats exactly what was said by a previous commenter because they didn't read the comments before their own, or when their comment shows that they didn't read (or even glance at) the link/article/question at all? [more inside]
posted by cilantro to Etiquette/Policy at 7:15 AM PST - 40 comments
Newbie MeFi-etiquette: On AskMe, it is considered acceptable to ask for more information/detail about a particular answer on the original question's page? [more inside]
posted by webhund to Etiquette/Policy at 1:53 PM PST - 18 comments
Why don't your own FPPs show up in 'recent activity' unless you've also commented in them?
posted by empath to Bugs at 9:10 PM PST - 23 comments
First episode after the great server hackening, this podcast covers activity across MeFi for the month of February. It was recorded on the 25th of February and runs about an hour. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 11:30 AM PST - 112 comments
What do I need to do so that links in AskMeFi open in a new page, instead of taking me away from AskMeFi? Links on pages from other sites do.
posted by qsysopr to Bugs at 8:45 AM PST - 20 comments
Is there some behind-the-scenes Youtube link changing going on? (not that there's anything wrong with that) [more inside]
posted by niles to Bugs at 7:37 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
I often come across amusing tidbits on the Internets that I'd like to post to Metafilter, but I don't for fear of the collective Meh
. It would be great if there were a Metafilter B-Side for the Second-Best-Of-The-Web sites (such as this little bit hilarity
) that folks might enjoy but aren't necessarily top shelf. I suspect that such a B-Side will actually improve the site-wide quality of the posts because folks might be less apt to self censor -- in fact a post-to-Metafilter-from-the-B-Side-button a la Projects would be a great way to make that happen. So, a double pony request, I guess.
posted by Toecutter to Feature Requests at 4:01 PM PST - 130 comments
We've had a lot of police brutality threads lately, and those have gotten pretty heated. It might be good for each of us who are interested in talking about this to make it clear where we're coming from. hermitosis
suggested a poll -- let's do that. Here's a quick and highly unscientific survey about how crime and law enforcement have affected each of us (I hope this is the right place to do this -- it's not really an askMeFi question). [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow to MetaFilter-Related at 2:28 PM PST - 81 comments