I really like geourl and wanted to know which metafilter members lived near me, so I programmed it today. If you're logged in, and viewing a member's page that has a zip code, it'll do a lookup for all the other members within a 1/2 degree of longitude/latitude which is about 25 miles. Scroll down on my user page to see everyone near me. posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 1:07 PM PST - 95 comments
The voice of the Notorious Laurie G is to be heard on NPR's Morning edition today. Laurie Garrett's--whose breezy, chatty email about attending the World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland was exhaustively analyzed here in Could This Be True? --journalistic specialty is reporting on modern plagues like HIV and Ebola for Newsday. On Morning Edition, she reported on the spread of SARS from Beijing to the countryside in China, which is--and pardon my Freedom--pretty fucking scary, and the power struggle going on between the factions of Hu Jin Tao and Jiang Zemin (see previous Freedom phrase) in the midst of all this, which is paralyzing the struggle to contain it on all levels, according to Ms. Garrett. On the job, she is a very competent and highly professional reporter. posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 6:47 AM PST - 72 comments
I was listening to Ode To Billy Joe today on a mix in my car and this afternoon I wrote a journal entry in my moleskin notebook. What's the point? These are two things I learned about on Metafilter and that are now part of my life. What did you first see on Metafilter that is now a permanant part of your life? posted by adrober to MetaFilter-Related at 6:52 PM PST - 43 comments
meta-opinions about the future of a thread are pointless, and are usually an attempt to lead the thread to premature death. Don't try to pre-judge the outcome of any particular conversation. Either the thread will or will not self-destruct, and may take a direction different from the one envisaged by any of its contributors. Godwin's law has many variants; is there a need for a metafiltrian distillation of it? Has it already been done? posted by cbrody to Etiquette/Policy at 1:12 AM PST - 49 comments
How kosher is posting websites in languages other than English? Aren't we missing out on a sizeable - and valuable - part of the Web? The available online translation machines I've tried so far (Babel Fish et al.) are dreadful and hinder more than they help, but I've recently found WorldLingo to be appreciably less bad. MetaFilter users seem, to me at least, to be very interested in - and open to - "foreign" languages. Should posters risk posting a machine translation along with a link to a website in a non-English language, for instance? posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 AM PST - 17 comments
When I shift click on one of Y2Karl's opuses. The magic blue link info box gets left open and doesn't close when I mouse over another link. Doing the shift-clicking alt-tab shuffle leaves a whole string of them open.
If you're a gear head you may appreciate video tours (QT) of famous recording studios or if you're passionate about the "pure" art of music you might appreciate this essay. So which are you??? [more...] posted by victors to Bugs at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments
This is sorta Devil's Advocatey, but I'd like to hear a discussion on this. As an example, I've noticed today that there are a couple of music oriented MeFi posts, which is nothing new, but now that there are a couple music-specific MeFi-like sites out there, would it not be better for people to start getting into the habit of utilizing them? To keep MeFi from remaining as polluted as it is? Or do some feel those MeFi Wannabes should be ignored? I mean, why have multiple MeFis if we're not taking advantage of their presence? And if a decision is made, will that turn into Topic Policing? Is there a solution that can be found before it becomes a problem? posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 11:23 AM PST - 43 comments
MoveableType is cool, but this post is just three generic links and a press release. Just because it's cool software that some of us use doesn't make this a good post. (And from the Post a Thread to MetaTalk page, "if posting about general weblog-related items, please post to Blogroots.com instead.") posted by kirkaracha to Etiquette/Policy at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments
This thread is interesting to me, because I've held off posting similar content, for fear of reprisal and bandwidth usage. Is there an appropriate way to post 'discovered' content without having the MeFi Hall Monitors yell "SELF LINK! SELF LINK!"? posted by maniactown to Etiquette/Policy at 10:38 AM PST - 50 comments
Wierd problem involving Opera 7.1 and the Title tag. The thing don't seem to be showing up, regardless of whether the dhtml toggle is on or off. posted by kaibutsu to Bugs at 11:34 PM PST - 12 comments
I'm not saying that the post should get yanked, but I am wondering whether content whose purpose is to advertise a product should really be the subject of a front page post. posted by bshort to Etiquette/Policy at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments
Old farts; hippies; soixante-huitards; baby boomers - there are a few of us on MetaFilter who are over 40, aren't there? To what extent is a lot of internal conflict here attributable to simple generational differences that are commonplace - though no less violent and, I should add, inevitable and ultimately unimportant - in our everyday lives? posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 3:02 AM PST - 95 comments
In light of the new resident musician showcase, I'd like to ask the professionals: Is there any music composition software (or hardware) that you couldn't live without, adore, and would recommend, or, conversely, would rather warn others to avoid? posted by hama7 to MetaFilter Music at 6:51 AM PST - 29 comments
RetroFilter! Since "Eric Conveys an Emotion" was first posted over three years ago, both the contents of the link and the Metafilter community that discussed it have changed. Now that Metafilter has surpassed 25,000 threads, perhaps we could use a forum dedicated to the dredging up of old-school links from Metafilter's past? Alternatively, should we encourage "selective doubleposting" to Metafilter itself? posted by PrinceValium to MetaFilter-Related at 1:11 AM PST - 3 comments
There once was a MeFi thread about a psychological experiment in which people were presented several pictures of women and men and they had to choose the most beautiful among them. The most beautiful chosen were computer generated pictures.
I am unable to find the link and have extensively used the search engine. Anyone care to help me out? posted by zerofoks to MetaFilter-Related at 9:47 AM PST - 18 comments
Are people who are not logged on, or who do not have accounts, allowed to see MetaTalk threads? I just sent my husband, who is a recording engineer and he got a message saying he didn't have permission to view it. posted by Lynsey to Bugs at 2:39 PM PST - 13 comments
I have been getting 404s when clicking the links to some threads, and when I hit the back button I get a message saying I was going back to a secure setting. Is everything okay? posted by pxe2000 to Bugs at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments
WAY outta line. Ideologically speaking, I'm far, far closer to y2karl than I am to the victim of this jibe, but it left an awful taste in my mouth.
This is the kind of thing that makes us all look shallow and vituperative. Outside of the importunement of a heartfelt email (already sent), what venue does the average MeFite have for redress when something like this crops up? posted by adamgreenfield to Etiquette/Policy at 1:09 AM PST - 79 comments
I've been trying unsuccessfully to find an old MeFi thread about a guy who provides financial assistance to needy requestors facing large, one-time unexpected expenses. I'm sorry to ask in a forum such as this, but I was hoping for help finding the thread... posted by quasistoic to MetaFilter-Related at 4:02 PM PST - 3 comments
Has anyone noticed a problem with MF and Safari >=0.67? These are the builds with tabs; 0.73, the first public release, went into open beta today. I often find that the MF home page will hang Safari until it's done (spinning cursor, can't scroll, can't leave the page early, no interaction at all.) This doesn't seem to happen with the lofi page (or anywhere else). posted by Armitage Shanks to Bugs at 7:22 AM PST - 21 comments
Fulfilling the MetaFilter Promise. What is your vision of what the MetaFilter (and MetaTalk) project could be or should be? Those here tend to agree that this enterprise is important, so why is it so? What is MetaFilter doing and what might it do? As an exercise in originality, consider posting your ideas before reading the others. (Disclaimer: I'm writing a thesis on Blog Communities, and this one's my fave). posted by squirrel to Etiquette/Policy at 5:35 PM PST - 48 comments
I've uploaded most of the files people have sent me (I'll be adding more all day today). Lots of great stuff already. Electronica, rock, folk, it's all there. It uses the Andromeda streaming/download server which lets you download songs, stream folders/songs, and lets you make playlists on the fly.
The common wisdom is that MetaTalk is more for venting than preventing; that it's read by an (obsessive) minority of users and that its suggestions and strictures are ineffective. And yet...[More inside.] posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 7:43 PM PST - 91 comments
The MetaFilter Music channel. I've got another server setup with loads of bandwidth, so I was thinking of this as a new project/feature at MetaFilter: A place to download and stream music created by MetaFilter members. Would anyone be interested in taking part? Do that many MetaFilter members create music? posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 3:57 PM PST - 128 comments
I tried to load up metafilter earlier and it was taking a while. I noticed at the bottom of my explorer window it said something like "Opening page http://www.b4ta.com/metafilter" Then the page failed to load entirely. I'm confused. posted by SimStupid to Bugs at 8:01 PM PST - 12 comments
Iraqulence - a simple notion for screening Iraq posts. What is Iraqulence? Well, obviously, it is like flatulence in that it's smell can drive many from the Metafilter "room", while those who stay become irritable and fling invectives around.
Iraqulence tends to involve posts about stories which are divisive and could be perhaps framed in a less inflammatory way, yes, but it is also NewsFilterish, tending towards stories which might very well prove - the following day - to have been unfounded ("The US thinks it may have killed Saddam in a bombing attack (but maybe not) or have questionable significance and lack scope - or both ( perhaps "Exclusive Middle East sources have tracked down top Iraqi leader's bolt Hole?" - Not to point fingers too accusingly, as I've broken all these principles many times myself ). posted by troutfishing to Etiquette/Policy at 12:58 PM PST - 44 comments
Reasonable and reasoned talk about the war? a global warming thread where people correct themselves and say "climate change"? Is Mefi returning to civility? Which is to say, normality??? posted by UncleFes to MetaFilter-Related at 7:56 AM PST - 33 comments
The e-mail undercurrent: how important are private exchanges between MeFi users in day-to-day posting and, indeed, in the running of MetaFilter ? [More inside] posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 8:15 PM PST - 137 comments
What's DoubleFelix, and why do I get prompted to log in to it? Matteo directed us all to look at someone's posting record, but when I did, I was prompted to log in...? Did I miss a memo? posted by crunchland to Bugs at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments
When viewing MeFi in "my comments" or "most comments" mode, selecting "date" from the pull-down menu does nothing. I have to go to "recent comments," then select "date" when in that mode to get it to work. Using IE 6.0.26 on XP, if relevant. posted by XQUZYPHYR to Bugs at 4:40 PM PST - 1 comments
Won't someone please register metafitler.com, with an autoforwarder to MeFi, to make my accidental keyboard dyslexian habits a little less deflating? posted by armoured-ant to MetaFilter-Related at 4:20 PM PST - 40 comments
"I'd like to do a MetaFilter picnic gathering at Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco some time this summer."
Could it happen this year? I was planning to take a trip to San Fransisco some time this year. Two birds. One stone. Could be fun. posted by y6y6y6 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:04 AM PST - 10 comments
Would it be possible to offer for purchase the complete (and, if possible. updatable online) MetaFilter and MetaTalk archives? Would enough people buy it for it to be worthwhile for Matt, revenue-wise? How much would such a treasure cost? Could it be produced on demand, to minimize costs? I know I'd buy it. posted by MiguelCardoso to Feature Requests at 6:49 PM PST - 46 comments
Got Standards? With a least two "metafilter-like" open source projects currently in active development and potentially hundreds of foofilters on the horizon, isn't it time we began discussing at least the standard parameters for submitting to a foofilter site? (more inside) posted by danOstuporStar to MetaFilter-Related at 10:00 AM PST - 34 comments
Who's a trusted user? I need someone to edit my link here from "http://www.metafilter.com/www.agsfb.com" to "www.agsfb.com" i tried looking all over mefi to see if i could find anyone to contact instead of posting here first...thanks posted by car_bomb to Etiquette/Policy at 10:49 AM PST - 36 comments