I assume the server keeps error logs. So, is there any way to edit the error message itself so that it displays how many times it's happened? The idea is that hopefully, common sense will kick in when it shows that it's happened 150 times or something and we don't end up flooding Matt's mailbox when obviously just a few notes will do. posted by Su to Feature Requests at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments
[From the really small bugs dept.]:I was on my way to iconomy's blog and came across her user profile. It's all grey and faded. What's happened - and can I have one like it too? posted by MiguelCardoso to Bugs at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments
Regarding the whole VeriSign domain hijacking debacle, I've interested a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times in doing a story on the problem. However, he needs a Chicago connection -- anyone know of a victim in Chicago/northern Illinois? posted by me3dia to General Weblog-Related at 8:28 AM PST - 5 comments
In the vein of hoopla.com and smug.com, my domain has also been stolen. I have no idea what to do about this. I'm stuck in rural Ontario on a brutally slow dialup connection, and it's tough to do anything internet-related out here. Is there anything I can do? [more inside] posted by Succa to General Weblog-Related at 11:35 AM PST - 60 comments
Maybe we can set up a litterbox someplace where the concerned parties can fling the usual turds at each other till their batteries run down. These FPPs don't even seem to be conducive to discussion anymore. Agree to disagree already. posted by artifex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 30 comments
I think it's fantastic that our email addresses are now shielded from non-members, but that still means that 13,000 people are free to send anonymous flames to any member--or to sign them up for spam. How about this: Instead of the profile page displaying the email address, it shows an email form. One would have to be logged in to use it, the sender's username would show up in the email, and the recipient's address would remain hidden. posted by jpoulos to Feature Requests at 8:33 AM PST - 26 comments
I seem to be the first one back home and at a PC, so I guess this'll be the NYC mefi meet...please post links to pics and whatnot...Rob the EMT does exist and he says hello..so fire away with reports from the feild brothers and sisters... posted by jonmc to Bugs at 12:00 AM PST - 59 comments
As of some time this afternoon my font preferences from MeFi are working in MeTa also. Is this new or is IE just acting up again? I'm in mac OS 9.2, IE 5.1 posted by anathema to Bugs at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments
"A few daughters are in the office today. I'm going to show them stuff like Blogger, CNet, Loobylu and Habbo Hotel. What would you show them?" 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. (The community has spoken. No comment here.)
I was gonna post a link in MeFi and wanted to have my post contain a few chinese characters. . .believe me this would have been a laugh riot. I pasted in some Chinese and they came out as question marks on the preview so I decided that it would not have been THAT funny after all.
Is there something intrinsic in the MeFi servers that prevent non-English characters, or do I just need to try harder? posted by Danf to Feature Requests at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments
When a MeTa thread has played its course, chattiness and jokes sometimes rush in. Although I realize it's a minority sport, I just love thread-ends. There's something ecological about using left-overs for imaginative and friendly banter. Is my excuse, anyway...
Like soon-to-be-deleted threads on MetaFilter, they serve a useful pressure-valve purpose: they redirect playfulness away from serious discussions and probably inhibit initiating purposefully chatty posts. At least for me. Is this acceptable, now that MetaTalk has become specifically Meta again? Or, at least, can it be lived with? I hope so. posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 2:59 AM PST - 124 comments
Kuro5hin's implementation of dynamic threading almost makes threading easy to follow and use. Impressive use of technology to solve a usability problem (reading deeply threaded conversations online is a real bear, requiring many page loads). posted by mathowie to General Weblog-Related at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments
I'm curious, what did other mefiers do during the outage? I'm 1/3 through the first volume of a certain story by Proust, although to be fair I've had a lot of free time these past few days. posted by Settle to Uptime at 3:37 PM PST - 49 comments
Why not a Metatalk category for double posts. Apparently, some people get off on recognizing them; refering to a post being a double shouldn't be on Metafilter ever. posted by ParisParamus to Bugs at 8:34 PM PST - 17 comments
I have been reading about cookies, persistent logins, and session management lately and was curious how the MeFi code handles this. (Specifically, persistence of user information across sessions.) I couldn't find a description of this in any old MeTa threads.... [more inside]
Best of MeFi, would it be possible to revive it? Matt pointed out it was too much work to do it daily, and he already puts in way too much time and effort running this place. Perhaps it would be better if it was a weekly or a bi-weekly email, with a volunteer guest editor picking the threads. What do you think? posted by riffola to Feature Requests at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments
She's to modest to self-link to it, but the iconatrix has a fun mefi-related poll going at her own weblog(scroll down). So far only 5 people have answered and you know that ain't enough brothers and sisters... posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 PM PST - 71 comments
Can we please have some mechanism to prevent double posts? it's pretty simple to implement, and should'nt increase any load on the server... For example, this post has many double posts... posted by arnab to Feature Requests at 11:28 AM PST - 12 comments
What would happen if you split MeFi into two "teams", each a community of its own? This isn't a serious suggestion, but it's a fun possibility to entertain. More inside » posted by jkottke to MetaFilter-Related at 12:31 AM PST - 82 comments
Is the MeFi IRC chat still in use at all? (server: irc.metafilter.com, #mefi)
I've checked that and the old EFnet #metafilter channel a few times over the past week and no one seems to be hanging out in either. posted by Melinika to MetaFilter-Related at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments
Would it be possible to "melt" some threads? Right now there are three threads all relating to the plane-hit-Milan-tower. Which one should I put my comments in? The first? The last? Malcom in the middle?
I have no idea on what the code behind Mefi allows (PHP?). Just an idea for similar cases that are bound to happen. posted by Baud to Feature Requests at 9:47 AM PST - 14 comments
Matt said, "I hope to soon be launching a site that deals with weblog-specific issues, and it will act as a community site to discuss weblogs in general, taking this category away from metafilter entirely." Is BlogRoots it? posted by riffola to General Weblog-Related at 6:20 PM PST - 36 comments
This is going to sound like a bizarre joke, but did anyone else on the 'Filter get spam about "Shape Shifting Reptilians about to acheive Complete Control over the planet", with a link that leads to this guy's site. It was sitting in my inbox when I got home today, I can't think of where else on the 'Net I coulda picked this up, and if it's a prank it's a good one, but it's so weird that only a MeFite could've come up with it.
Is there any way MeFi could have a voluntary moratorium on Middle East threads? Just for a week, a day, or even several hours? I understand that I should ignore them. I do. I don't post them and I rarely comment, if ever. But I can't even go a few threads without seeing another one. And now people are posting each and EVERY detail...come on, for the sake of some sanity, and a chance to reflect, a voluntary moratorium for any given time? posted by BlueTrain to Etiquette/Policy at 12:05 PM PST - 65 comments
Maybe it's just that the server didn't refresh or something else, but I just posted a message to an old thread (February 22, 2002), with some updated information, and it doesn't seem to have made it to the front page. Is there a limit to how far back the "Recent comments (on 20 threads)" looks? posted by crunchland to Bugs at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments
I just tried to hit preview for a comment to 16366 and got an error page. This happens nowhere else. Not that the comment is of earthshaking urgency but it is pertinent... If it's on my end, yikes, what can I do, in the as read to a chimp version? posted by y2karl to Bugs at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments
A recent comments feature for MetaTalk would be nice. Everyday there are a few comments that are posted to threads older than thirty days, and therefore don't show up even in the category pages (default view). At least untill the older threads are statically archived. posted by riffola to Feature Requests at 4:34 PM PST - 8 comments
Some Email addresses on user profiles - mine and Insomnyuk's, for instance - are no longer scrambled with an "AT" instead of a "@". There seems to be some strange highlighting going on as well. Is everything OK? posted by MiguelCardoso to Bugs at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments
'Your original search: beer bottle betadene was misspelled and returned 0 results. The corrected search: beer bottle betadine was done instead and the results appear below.' Has Google always done this (ie, this just happens to be my first misspelled search to score zero hits), or is it something new? posted by obiwanwasabi to General Weblog-Related at 9:01 PM PST - 17 comments
I wish there was a web form that would allow a member to send an email to another member that is not showing their address. Require the sender to be logged in, and maybe even hold it until the sender responds to a confirmation email sent to their own registered address. The sender need never know the recipient's address (and vice versa). It would facilitate communication in general, and may even keep some matters off MetaTalk. posted by NortonDC to Feature Requests at 5:19 PM PST - 20 comments
John Hiler has written a good piece discussing blogging and journalism. At the conclusion he outlines a ' Blogging Code of Ethics' which I think is meant to be a work in progress. Whilst I understand his point, surely there are only a very few weblog that actually have the level of impact and/or respect, for such a thing to be relevent? I don't know, is a 'Blogging Code of Ethics' really necessary? If you think it is, is there anything you would add/subtract from his list? posted by RobertLoch to General Weblog-Related at 10:44 AM PST - 30 comments
This request for opinions on participation in online fora was posted to an email list I participate in. I thought it might be appropriate here, as well. Please, only serious, thoughtful participation, you heathens. posted by Mo Nickels to General Weblog-Related at 10:41 PM PST - 8 comments
I'm a student currently in the first part of my sophomore year at Northern Kentucky University. In my English class, we were given a very broad research paper, and I decided to narrow mine to weblogs. In particular, one aspect of weblogs: weblogs & the media. So, I'd like anyone who has an opinion on the matter to answer this one question:
How do you feel weblogs have changed the way that people interact with "news" and "the media?"
Wow! MetaFilter's Nikolai Nolan has put up a terrific web site called Weblog Nation that presents the weblogging dynamic and community in a fresh, uncomplicated way. MetaFilter gets royal treatment, of course - which is only fair. But the whole presentation is truly impressive, almost luxurious. The question is "Does it present too rosy a picture?". My own answer would definitely be no. We need uplifting stuff like this more than ever. posted by MiguelCardoso to General Weblog-Related at 12:24 PM PST - 16 comments
In AOL Instant Messenger there is the ability to 'warn' other users. Perhaps the ability to tag someone with a 'warning' and the subsequent monitoring of how many warnings people accumulate in a time frame could be an idea? posted by Frasermoo to Feature Requests at 5:58 AM PST - 48 comments
One word posts on the MeFi front page are in my opinion more annoying than those that are over 100 words long. I'd rather have too much information about what I'm about to click on rather than not enough. Discuss? Which do you prefer? Are there ever times when one word posts are acceptable? posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 1:24 PM PST - 81 comments
Apologies in advance to Matt but I'm curious why my human cloning story got pulled. Is it because it was a double post? Or is because it has been conclusively debunked? Or did it cross some other line? posted by lagado to Etiquette/Policy at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments
Not really happy with Burlee, so I'm looking for a new web host. I've read the Web Hosting Talk forums - a bit too much "noise" there. (And yes, I've read this posting on Metatalk.)
Specially, I'm looking for a UNIX based host that will allow me to host several domains (including my weblog) with one account. (Separate domains/urls, no URL redirects, sub-domain forwarding, or other database tricks.) Not necessarily looking for a cheapie "unlimited bandwidth" type of host, just reliable and up-front (unlike Burlee).
All mapalm's posts this year have been about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; all of them pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. The problem is that his editorializing is getting more and more heavy-handed. Today's post is downright inflammatory. In the thread, Sheauga's valiant attempts to provide background material were in vain. Can something be added to the guidelines asking posters to reserve their more contentious opinions for comments made in the thread? posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 2:42 PM PST - 69 comments
"Meanwhile the internet, as always, provided a sceptical alternative to the reverent coverage of the Queen Mother's death. Too sceptical for some, actually: Americans were among those revolted by certain threads on our own Guardian Unlimited website, where conversations began "Queen Mum Snuffs It" and "She's Dead! Yes!" Over at Metafilter one readercommented acidly: 'You have to be pretty sick to get off on the death of a 101-year old woman. But then, they are Guardian readers...' Oooh get you!"
I saw this thread over at kuro5hin about the recent suicide of an Everquest fanatic and the surrounding issues. This thread was about online games but the poll in the sidebar lists "blogs" as the #2 "online addiction." Rusty and his crew have given the topic a good going-over, but I'm interested in what the MeFiosi have to say on these. Firstly, just how much weight should we attach to the "community" in "online community?" Second, if we are all members of a community, just what responsibilities do we have to our fellow citizens? I'm not taking any position yet, I just found it a thought-provoking set of questions. posted by jonmc to General Weblog-Related at 7:52 PM PST - 17 comments
I suppose this is just a personal preference thing, but using italics to quote linked material in front page posts makes them hard to read (not to mention looong bold and linked text, too). I just want to encourage the use of quotation marks instead. They are faster to type and easier on my eyes. posted by daveadams to Etiquette/Policy at 9:21 AM PST - 40 comments
april 25th new york city metafilter gathering update: camworld has suggested a change of venue to the remote lounge, where a friend of his is sysadmin and can guarantee space for a large group. i think this is a great idea...[more inside]
I just noticed a text ad for Suicide Girls, a porn site (albeit nicely designed one with a blog), on the front page. What's the policy on porn ads? Should there be one, and if so are we being too puritanical? posted by me3dia to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 AM PST - 224 comments
Has it always been like this? In IE 5.1 for mac I am unable to select text on the FP, but I can select text on the sidebar. In Opera I have no problems. I am thinking of downgrading from 5.1 I have had many problems with it. posted by anathema to Bugs at 5:56 AM PST - 19 comments
Does anybody else like the "met4filter.org" kuro5hinesque color scheme better than the regular metafilter one? I sure do. Rusty, whatddyathink? posted by alumshubby to MetaFilter-Related at 6:39 PM PST - 59 comments
Is anyone one else getting error messages every time they type a character in a commentbox at the bottom of a thread? Most upsetting : I blame Rusty. (Didn't happen to me while typing this post, though.) posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments