April 2002 Archives (all archives)

April 30
Which blogging archetype are you?
Normally wouldn't post this, with good reason, but, um, Which blogging archetype are you? Why do i post this here? Well, just look at what I got inside.
posted by Ufez Jones to General Weblog-Related at 9:55 PM PST - 45 comments

Server Error Log Improvements
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

I want a customized profile
[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

NYC Meetup Photos
More Pictures of the New York MetaFilter meet-up. Anyone else have any more, from other MetaFilter party localities? Post a link to them in here...
posted by evanizer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:14 PM PST - 52 comments

lookin for chicago victim of verisign domain hijacking
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

Blue Hawk Down
"Error Occurred While Processing Request" - Is it just me, or is Metafilter down?
posted by pracowity to Bugs at 1:44 AM PST - 35 comments

April 29
Is anyone else dissapointed in the results?
Is anyone else dissapointed in the results of this ?
posted by keithl to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 AM PST - 45 comments

April 28
waferbaby redesign.
what? no love for waferbaby?
posted by jcterminal to MetaFilter-Related at 7:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Editorializing on the front page
Shouldn't you post rants on your own blog if you have one?
posted by dchase to Etiquette/Policy at 4:47 PM PST - 18 comments

my domain has also been stolen
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

April 27
A litterbox for pooflinging
Groan. Please. Stop.

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

seethru.co.uk is closing down
seethru.co.uk is closing down. i never really liked it anyway but would check their weblog now and then for some lame online quizzes. however their random url generator and websites no-one has thought of yet were pretty good.
posted by mokey to General Weblog-Related at 5:46 AM PST - 6 comments

April 26
webloggers should cluster themselves into like-minded groups
SDB suggests that webloggers cluster themselves into like-minded groups, and cross-link accordingly. Disagreements (including here) are what he calls "religious" in nature: "A-list" vs. warblogger, "E/N" vs. "A-list", etc. Does Steve's structuralist argument hold up? Are his characterizations fair or accurate? Do you slot yourself into a group? Are the blogs you link to in a similar vein as yours?
posted by mcwetboy to General Weblog-Related at 5:10 PM PST - 113 comments

behavior in obitfilter
Lots and lots of people have died, even musicians and oceanographers. It's been happening for a long time, and for many different reasons. People have different ways of dealing with/commemorating a death, if they care at all. Sometimes they throw a party. So don't get all pissed when I'm in the back row, giggling at the all-too-public funeral
posted by Su to Etiquette/Policy at 3:31 PM PST - 32 comments

Emails in Profiles
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

NYC meetup pics
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

April 25
What's the MeFi duplicate FPP record?
Triple? Quad? What's the MeFi duplicate FPP record?
posted by nathan_teske to MetaFilter-Related at 7:40 PM PST - 10 comments

font preferences consistent across sites!
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

Bring your daughter to MeFi day
"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.)

posted by sheauga to Etiquette/Policy at 5:49 PM PST - 12 comments

non-English characters - do I just need to try harder?
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

Cold Fusion error when not logged in
I'm getting a Cold Fusion error instead of the frontpage if I'm not logged in at the moment.

P.S. Metafilter mentioned on webmonkey today!

posted by astro38 to Bugs at 6:30 AM PST - 9 comments

I love the thread-ends
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

April 24
NYT registration generator
Tired of using mefi/mefi to log into the New York Times?

Now you don't have to.
posted by mr_crash_davis to MetaFilter-Related at 7:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Dynamic threading
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

Are Internet celebrities the next big thing
Matt & MeFi (via Shift.com's list) named in SacBee article Are Internet celebrities the next big thing or simply one-hit wonders?
posted by gen to MetaFilter-Related at 4:12 PM PST - 41 comments

NYC Meetup
Reminder: NYC MeFi gathering *tomorrow night* at Pioneer (218 Bowery btw. Prince & Spring. 212.334.0484) 8PM.
posted by lizs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:56 PM PST - 32 comments

MeFi mirrors Blogdex
Has anyone noticed that more and more Metafilter threads can basically be guaranteed to reflect Blogdex? I guess it's to be expected, but for some reason the predictability irks me.
posted by jeremias to MetaFilter-Related at 8:15 AM PST - 16 comments

web community admin for prez!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, but world leaders could take a lesson from the firm yet benevolent way in which Andrew admins his web community. And I'll save you the trouble, the "tractors are sexy" link is here.
posted by luser to General Weblog-Related at 6:18 AM PST - 15 comments

No more I/P or P/I words from me for at least 10 days.
No more I/P or P/I words from me for at least 10 days. My quota has been exceeded.
posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 3:21 AM PST - 38 comments

April 23
MeFi on the Today show
Today on Today the guy who runs modestneeds.com talked about his site said he got thousands of hits after it was posted to Metafilter. I can't find a transcript though.
posted by darkpony to MetaFilter-Related at 6:17 PM PST - 27 comments

What did other mefiers do during the outage?
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

downtime ends
We're back!

Now what the hell happened?
posted by joemaller to MetaFilter-Related at 3:10 PM PST - 70 comments

April 21
Doubleposts?
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

Cookies
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]

posted by finn to MetaFilter-Related at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Best of MeFi
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

April 20
Mefi Poll on User Weblog
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?
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

At the moment I can log into MetaTalk, but not MetaFilter
At the moment I can log into MetaTalk, but not MetaFilter. Is this a odd occurence on the server, or more likely, is my computer messed up?
posted by Apoch to Bugs at 6:27 AM PST - 4 comments

A William Carlos Williams poem, with every line as a link?
A William Carlos Williams poem, with every line as a link? Apart from wasting a dozen lines of front page space, it strikes me that the contribution didn't engender much discussion aside from debating how annoying the post was.
posted by skylar to Etiquette/Policy at 1:38 AM PST - 13 comments

April 19
Strong stuff!
"Strong Stuff" 2X? (Is this a subtle form of flaming?)
posted by xammerboy to Etiquette/Policy at 12:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Where'd that post go?
so what happened to the asians offended by the A&F clothes story? There were 18 comments, but I never got to read them...
posted by azazello to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

What would happen if you split MeFi into two "teams"?
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 ยป
posted by jkottke to MetaFilter-Related at 12:31 AM PST - 82 comments

April 18
MetaFilter IRC chat.
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

Shoutout for Projects
I'd like to congratulate Jerry Kindall for his service to the Metafilter community: He runs the MeFi Projects Announcement list, which has recently begun announcing people for hire once a month. It was a year old on April 16. Thanks, Jerry.
posted by Mo Nickels to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Thread blending?
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

Callout for multiple sock puppets
I was searching for a thread that I knew MiguelCardoso had posted. To find it I did a search on his name (Miguel). Turns out he is a master of disguise with no fewer than three registrations.... Tsk Tsk Miguel...(or imposters)...
Is there some way of cleaning things like this up, so some sign-up space can be created for new users?
posted by Frasermoo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 AM PST - 27 comments

Michigan Meetup
Just a reminder, the first MetaFilter Michigan get-together is taking place this weekend (April 20), in Ann Arbor. (details within)
posted by insomnyuk to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Metafilter is a "lesser-known" but favorite weblog of Business 2.0 Magazine.
Metafilter is a "lesser-known" but favorite weblog of Business 2.0 Magazine. That article and Blog Nation are in the May 2002 issue. For Matt's collection of Metafilter press.
posted by iconomy to MetaFilter-Related at 12:03 AM PST - 1 comments

April 17
mathowie and BlogRoots?
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

Why is my link munged?
I tried to build a (hideous but real) link and it kept getting munged.
posted by NortonDC to Bugs at 4:41 PM PST - 12 comments

How many comments is too many in one thread?
Would commenting Fifteen times in one thread be considered breaking the 'chat threshold'? This question was asked before and Matt weighed in three times. Just wondering.
posted by Mack Twain to Etiquette/Policy at 8:25 AM PST - 8 comments

April 16
Shape Shifting Reptilians about to acheive Complete Control over the planet
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.

So Anyone else or just me?
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 5:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Jessamyn mentioned in Wired
MeFi's own jessaymn mentioned prominently in Wired article. Or see page 44 of the May 2002 issue.
posted by bingo to MetaFilter-Related at 2:58 PM PST - 13 comments

moratorium on the ME?
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

Why recent comments on old threads don't show up on front page
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

April 15
Just tried to hit preview for a comment and got an error page....
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 feature like "Recent Activity" would be great o track new 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

April 14
email addresses no longer obscured
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

Google Search
'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

April 13
New Fast Server?
Gee, MetaFilter's fast. Surely, this is the new server? But so soon, just a week after Matt ordered it? That hardly seems possible! Is everyone seeing a huge speed increase?
posted by nicwolff to MetaFilter-Related at 1:31 PM PST - 22 comments

April 12
Page of all user weblogs?
hey, remember when matt when on vacation and he posted a list of all the sites of all the users?

does that page still exist?
posted by jcterminal to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Request for internal mail system
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

Was the MetaFilter server down for a couple of hours earlier today?
Was the MetaFilter server down for a couple of hours earlier today?
posted by riffola to Uptime at 7:25 AM PST - 25 comments

April 11
'Blogging Code of Ethics'
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

April 10
Please participate in related poll
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

MeFi Swap
So I've sent out my MefiSwap mixes... has anyone else done the same? Or did this idea lose all accompanying interest?
posted by grabbingsand to MetaFilter-Related at 10:23 PM PST - 35 comments

How do you feel weblogs have changed the way that people interact with "news" and "the media?"
Hullo. Hate to bother you all like this, but...

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?"

Thanks for reading this far.
posted by philulrich to General Weblog-Related at 10:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Will MetaFilter soon be illegal?
Will MetaFilter soon be illegal? (or more likely Fark.COM)? The Ninth Circuit Count ruled in February that linking to copyrighted material was illegal. The actual ruling was that inline linking or framing of content (like Google Image Search) infringes on the public display rights for copyrighted material.
(more inside)
posted by patrickje to MetaFilter-Related at 7:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Are weblogger's really this interesting?
"He's a starving Unitarian librarian who just got married to the love of his life. She's a casual bisexual computer programmer suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. They have blogs"
Are weblogger's really this interesting? [from Green Gabbro, via LMG and kookymojo]
posted by feelinglistless to General Weblog-Related at 12:43 PM PST - 33 comments

Weblog Nation
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

Why is this happening to me?
Any idea why this is presently happening on the front page? Is this caused the post, MetaFilter, or my browser? (Moz 0.9.9/Win2k.)
posted by Danelope to Bugs at 9:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Tagging users with "warnings"
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

April 9
The sidebar page has a case of indentitis.
The sidebar page has a case of indentitis.
posted by darukaru to Bugs at 6:07 PM PST - 8 comments

What would NewsFilter look like?
What would NewsFilter look like? [More inside.]
posted by rory to MetaFilter-Related at 2:43 PM PST - 35 comments

April 8
One word posts are annoying.
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

Product Announcement Threads ...
Product Announcement Threads ...
posted by sawks to Etiquette/Policy at 10:43 AM PST - 18 comments

April 7
How do we feel about opening new user sign-ups again?
Since Matt is getting a new server, he mentioned turning new sign-ups back on. How do we feel about this?
posted by BlueTrain to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 PM PST - 130 comments

Human cloning story cloned from prior post
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

Server Upgrades
Hopefully, this will mean the end to the server time-outs: I'm finally upgrading the server [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:14 PM PST - 31 comments

April 6
Web Hosting Question
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).

So anyone care to offer another round of web hosting recommendations (or warnings)?
posted by jca to General Weblog-Related at 9:41 PM PST - 35 comments

Montreal Meetup
While I quaver at the thought of beginning a thread doomed to be empty, perhaps some people will surprise me. Anyone interested in a Montreal-Ottawa-ish MeFiMeet? Toronto's a bit too far for me, but...
posted by Marquis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Boston Meetup
Feeling restless as the New England SpringTime (?) flirts with ya? Any Boston MetaFilterians up a for a Gathering?
posted by crankyrobot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:29 PM PST - 17 comments

How real-time blogging could change conferences
How real-time blogging could change conferences - thoughts from Esther Dyson.
posted by sheauga to General Weblog-Related at 6:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Guidelines for contenious or inflammatory topics
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

Metafilter in The Guardian: "She's Dead! Yes!"
"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 reader commented 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!"

Metafilter mentioned again in today's 'Web Life' section of 'The Guardian' [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 11:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Singapore meetup?
Any MetaFilterians attending the Fresh Conference in Singapore at the end of the month? Might be a nice chance for an international MeFi gathering.
posted by lia to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:34 AM PST - 2 comments

April 5
How much weight to attach to the "community" in "online community?"
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

MeFi in LA Weekly
Judith Lewis of the L.A. Weekly credits Metafilter with spreading the good word about modestneeds.com
posted by Optamystic to MetaFilter-Related at 5:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Salt Lake City Meetup
Are there any bloggers in the Salt Lake area interested in getting together?
posted by jaden to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Michigan Meetup
MeFi Michigan (Metro Detroit Area) anyone?
posted by tj to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:32 PM PST - 43 comments

what to do with a text ad that doesn't work?
what to do with a text ad that doesn't work?

for those of us seeking gainful employment, the "hiring in ny" (www.cloud.com/hire) text ad is tantalizing, but out of reach. (it requires a password)

any ideas?
posted by elsar to Bugs at 1:07 PM PST - 8 comments

New: MetaFilter Gatherings.
A new category for MetaTalk: MetaFilter Gatherings. Post all gathering-related bits there.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:28 PM PST - 14 comments

How to quote text
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

NYC Meetup
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]

posted by mlang to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:04 AM PST - 25 comments

April 4
Atlanta Meetup
Anyone up for an Atlanta MeFi gathering in the next few weeks? Anyone?
posted by grabbingsand to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:04 PM PST - 20 comments

London Meetup?
MeFi London meetup - already discussed many times before I know....

But did it ever happen?
Will it happen again?
Can anyone remember?
posted by mattr to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:58 AM PST - 22 comments

April 3
Dallas/Ft. Worth MeFi gathering
Dallas/Ft. Worth MeFi gathering -- anyone? How about this Saturday? (more)
posted by lnicole to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Portland meetup?
MeFiSea -- Seattle MetaFilter Gathering this Sunday [07apr02]

Meet at the Deluxe between 6:30-7 and we'll be moseying over to the Garage to shot pool 9-ish. More info on locations etc in this thread


posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:34 PM PST - 28 comments

I just noticed a text ad for Suicide Girls
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

Can't select text in posts
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

April 2
Pony: commenters must read links
File this one under something for the far flung future, but how about a "you have to have read a link to post a comment" feature.
posted by alan to Feature Requests at 11:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Midatlantic Meetup
Organizing a D.C./mid-atlantic MeFi gathering, part two. (more inside)
posted by danOstuporStar to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Would it be possible/feasible to share stats among web logs?
Maybe you will even be mocked in a medium that people actually read. Ouch! I wonder if it would be possible/feasible to share stats among web logs. I'd bet that the combined readership a few blogs would beat the readership figures of mid-size newspapers like the Boston Globe.
posted by dchase to Bugs at 5:54 AM PST - 84 comments

April 1
Theme post
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?
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

April Fool's circle jerk
April Fool's circle jerk. I know that you know, but do you know that I know?
posted by luser to Bugs at 12:08 PM PST - 32 comments