March 2017 Archives (all archives)

March 28

GraphFi + user tags chrome extension

Hi friends, Remember when youcef made GraphFi and it was great? Well, it still is great, only now it is also available as a chrome extension that I threw together. I've also added another thing that I've always wanted to make threads easier to follow - user tagging! Yay! Enjoy it (or hate it), and let me know what you think! Previous safari extension by nicwolff.
posted by durandal to MetaFilter-Related at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Pony request: "Related Posts" post-thread and in megathreads

As per Rock Steady's comment in the mega-thread ...thread, I thought i'd set up a separate post about this related content widget pony. [more inside]
posted by softlord to Feature Requests at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

March 27

Visualizing the impact of US politics megaposts on the blue

The biggest change in the way that mefites participate on the blue in years has been the rise of US politics megathreads. We have had several discussions of the qualitative impact of them, but it occurred to me that it might be useful to dig into the infodump and see what quantitative picture might emerge. I think my findings are worth sharing - while a quantitative analysis on its own can't tell us whether the megathreads are a good thing or not, there are several negative trends regarding community engagement and participation that are happening in close concurrency with the rise of the megathreads. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees to MetaFilter-Related at 10:45 AM PST - 221 comments

March 26

Small italicized pony request

I can't believe I'm harassing y'all for this, it really is an itty bitty pony. That said I just realized in my Recent Activity when answering a question from an anonymous poster that the anonymous wasn't italicized like it is everywhere else -- ie on the askme home page, question page. (Also this is desktop only as the the username doesn't appear on mobile.) Anonymous was also capitalized, where it's not in the rest of the site. Any specific reason why it's different on the Recent Activity page? And if not... pretty please can I get it to look the same across the site? I don't even know why this bothered me enough to ask, but here it is. Thanks awesome metafilter team, as always you guys are amazing!
posted by cgg to Bugs at 7:39 AM PST - 22 comments

March 25

Metatalktail Hour: The Last First Time

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! This week's topic is from bookmammal: What was the last thing you did for the first time? (That is, what's the most recent brand new experience you had?) [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:44 PM PST - 120 comments

March 24

Disposable YouTube playlists from recommendation threads

The other day I recommended some songs on an AskMeFi thread and, after some fiddling, I compiled almost all the links in two disposable YouTube playlists. Today, while catching up on a year of podcasts, I noticed that in Best of the Web Ep. 112 they talked about this exact issue and the partial solution that exists on Labs. I figured I should share my notes with the rest of the class to figure out how to improve on this long-sought question. [more inside]
posted by andycyca to MetaFilter-Related at 11:07 PM PST - 5 comments

March 22

State of MetaFilter, 2017

Heya, folks, it's time (and then some!) for a State of MetaFilter post. I want to give everybody an update on how the site is doing financially, and catch y'all up on the major goings-on in both the business and community aspects of MetaFilter in the time since the last State of MeFi post.

The very short version: it's been a weird couple years out there in the world; we've hired a couple staff and wished pb well; and things are financially pretty stable, thanks in significant part to the ongoing generosity of the MetaFilter community whose contributions continue to represent a vital chunk of the site's operating revenue. But come on inside for a much less short version! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 AM PST - 147 comments

March 21

Closing Your Community Right: Jessamyn interviewed

A podcast where Jessamyn is interviewed by Patrick O'Keefe about the experiences around an online community (mlkshk) closing down and what happens afterwards. There is much on moderating, membership, community issues and service shuttering procedures within, as well as discussion of death/the passing of people, how this impacts on online communities and how moderators and community members deal with it. The page contains many MetaFilter-related links and a link to the transcript.
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter-Related at 7:58 AM PST - 26 comments

March 19

A Metafilter Sighting in the Wild

Playing with Fire is your basic best-friends-since-childhood-fall-in-love m/m romance, but what makes it special is that it features the protagonists performing Jingle Rock Bell—yes, Metafilter's own special Christmas song--at a karaoke party. [more inside]
posted by Orlop to MetaFilter-Related at 10:52 PM PST - 17 comments

MeFi post I can't find - sci-fi audioplay by one man in 70's or 80's

I've given up on trying to Google this. Can anyone link me to that MeFi post about a science-fiction audioplay made by one guy in the 70's or 80's? The post was also about it being re-released.
posted by BiggerJ to MetaFilter-Related at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Alexa, play Mefi* music

While bemoaning the fact that there's not an Amazon playlist or station that scratches my itch for eclectic music, it dawned on me that Mefi Music hits that particular sweet spot for me. Which led me to wonder about the feasibility of integrating Alexa with Mefi music. It seems it's been done for iPhone using the RSS feed, so I'm assuming doing something for Alexa is not totally out of the question. I'm curious as to what people think of the idea in general, and also any thoughts on technical implementation. [more inside]
posted by forforf to MetaFilter-Related at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Metafilter not working on laptop!

Metafilter will not work on my laptop! [more inside]
posted by marxchivist to Bugs at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

March 18

Metatalktail Hour: My Hometown

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! This week: What's the coolest unknown thing about your hometown (current or former!) that all visitors should see, or all residents should know? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 4:37 PM PST - 107 comments

Magical Mefites

In a recent post discussing witches and feminism/political activism I received a few emails of interest about getting in touch with other magical mefites. I made a forum for us! [more inside]
posted by xarnop to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 AM PST - 12 comments

March 17

An explicit license for the infodump?

My impression is that all of the infodump data is in the public domain. Is that license explicitly stated anywhere? And, if it is stated somewhere, could we get that statement reprinted on the infodump’s home page and possibly bundled with the zipped downloads. It’d be nice to have some legalese posted somewhere so that no one feels at risk of getting into trouble.
posted by Hooray For Socks! to Feature Requests at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

How are you celebrating? Are you reading about Irish history? Maybe some James Joyce? Or maybe you're having a nice stout craft beer. Just make sure it's poured correctly. Share how you are celebrating St. Patrick's Day or how you are not. And remember to stay safe.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:00 AM PST - 101 comments

March 15

Let's follow each other on Pocket

Surely, there are many MeFites on Pocket. Their Friends function is the closest thing I've found to the social features on the dearly departed Google Reader Let's exchange usernames and become friends. [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 AM PST - 21 comments

March 14

Thanks to kitteh and to Metafilter

I'm writing to give a shoutout to kitteh's post from January about homelessness and menstruation. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM PST - 21 comments

March 13

March Madness

Is anyone planning to do a MeFi March Madness pool? I'd like to participate (using my top-secret system, of course), but, with a sick three-month-old baby, I'd rather not be the admin. Anyone else interested?
posted by kevinbelt to MetaFilter-Related at 9:46 AM PST - 62 comments

March 11

Seeking FPP about a photographer who chronicled her weight loss online.

I remember a post here on MetaFilter about a photographer who decided to lose weight and, as the artist she is, decided to chronicle her weight loss with an online journal, telling the story in words and in black and white images of her body as she lost weight. She was unaware at the start of her project that she would end up having folds and flaps of skin but she found out pretty rapidly, and regardless that it was painful for her to discover what she did, she kept the journal ongoing. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Parental Shame

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! In honor of the Korea expert on the BBC and his adorable children, what is the worst way you ever embarrassed your parents, or your children ever embarrassed you? In the alternative, what's the most interesting thing that happened to you this week? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 4:11 PM PST - 121 comments

March 10

Thank you, MeFites!

I'm an inveterate, invertebrate people-pleaser, from a long line of inveterate, invertebrate people-pleasers. It's almost pathological. When I want to say 'no' to someone, I typically have a panic attack, hint around wanting to give a negative answer, then say 'yes' anyway. I then spend weeks kicking myself for saying 'yes' to them. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to MetaFilter-Related at 7:16 AM PST - 31 comments

March 8

Identifying mods on the blue and the green

Mods are identified as staff on MetaTalk, but not identified as such on AskMe or on the blue. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets to MetaFilter-Related at 2:19 PM PST - 52 comments

Created a GM/TM userscript to display tags on main pages

I created a GreaseMonkey/TamperMonkey userscript to show post tags on main pages. Check the page out for a screenshot of what I'm talking about. [more inside]
posted by XtinaS to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 11 comments

March 7

MeFi Fantasy Baseball 2017!!!!!

The MetaFilter Fantasy Baseball League is organizing for its 12th season. [more inside]
posted by cgk to MetaFilter-Related at 5:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Don't tell me about my own life

The specific is not the universal, and when an article is posted about the specific experiences of a specific group, especially if it's about traumatic experiences, it is really alienating to have people come in and try to zoom out so they can shoehorn it into their favorite construct of the moment. It blots out the ability of members of the group in question to discuss their reactions if there's a constant need for "Actually it's more complicated than that." [more inside]
posted by PMdixon to Etiquette/Policy at 8:01 AM PST - 39 comments

March 6

Making an FPP for Women's March? Let's chat.

As the call for a Women's March MeTa has gone dead, I figured here might be a good space for brainstorming topics, asking for help crafting FPPs, and talking about what makes a good FPP. Women are particularly welcome to come and post and look for support here. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter-Related at 7:46 PM PST - 37 comments

Links followed by full URL?

Links followed by full URL: Anyone out there have a script or something they could share that does this? [more inside]
posted by laptolain to Feature Requests at 8:16 AM PST - 16 comments

March 4

Metatalktail Hour: I've Got a Secret

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! This week's Metatalktail conversation starter is, what's something we don't know about you and wouldn't guess? Unusual skills? Strange hobbies? Secret identities? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 178 comments

March 3

Favorited comments, but not in *those* threads

My first MetaTalk post, and alas, it's a Friday afternoon pony request for the queue. I think it would be nice to be able to filter my Contact Activity to exclude activity on threads with specific tags. The election threads (yes, of course that's what I'm talking about) have been a lifesaver, and I'm spending most of my MetaFilter time on them. But my Contact Activity is also completely taken over by highly-favorited comments in those threads, usually topical but transient, and I'd like to be able to see what else is happening on MeFi. And I think others might like this feature too. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen to Feature Requests at 12:20 PM PST - 16 comments

March 2

126: Ask A Moderator

In a big break in format, Jessamyn and I spend the entire show doing nothing but answering your questions! For over two hours; it's an epic. Featuring few bonus voicemail answers from Eyebrows McGee and write-ins from other mods on a couple things. Thanks everybody for calling in, that was a lot of fun! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 12:51 PM PST - 70 comments

Our very own headspace is in Time Magazine

Mefi's very own headspace is featured in Time for kids online at http://www.timeforkids.com/news/women-warriors/567936. Congrats!

Full disclosure: I'm her stepfather.
posted by pjern to MetaFilter-Related at 12:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Narrative Games in Fanfare

As discussed in this Fanfare Talk post, there are some heavily narrative games that would benefit from Fanfare discussion. The rationale is that release threads on the Blue aren't really appropriate, because of the spoiler content, and (in terms of format) these games are similar to movies, shows, and books, in the way that discussion revolves much more around the plot and characters rather than game mechanics. I understand the reluctance to expand Fanfare any more than its current scope, but I think it's worth having the conversation about narrative games as an exception. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla to Etiquette/Policy at 11:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Post about The South/Tea Party/Power

Hi all, Google-Fu is failing me. Looking for a post in the Blue about an article (maybe from The Atlantic) that talked about the South or Confederacy and its impact on rise of the Tea Party but the article talked about how when that group is out of power, they are all about resisting those in power as a patriotic duty and once they are not in power, they talk about law and order and obedience. Might also have talked about civil rights or gun rights within that context as well. It was a longer article with good explanation of American history as it relates to these topics. Wasn't sure if to post here or on Askme.
posted by dealing away to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Welcome to Metafilter, Mat Brown

In the post about orichalcum, a video was linked in the body. Lo and behold, the author, auntie-matter of the video posts in the comments (as a long time lurker, now a member) [more inside]
posted by k5.user to MetaFilter-Related at 6:35 AM PST - 11 comments