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April 30
OSX Widgets
Anybody develop any (or know of any) MetaFilter-related OS X Dashboard widgets?
posted by xmutex to MetaFilter-Related at 2:18 PM PST - 13 comments

April 29
Sort by recent comments
I've not been here long, but already I want a pony. It's been addressed tangentially before: sort by recent comments." Add this to AskMefi - by monju_bosatsu and we desperately need a "My AskMe"but my specific desired feature is to have the ability to know if an AskMeFi question of mine (or MetaTalk question) has been commented on further since I last checked/logged on, even if it is on my 'user' page, rather than on the main pages. I couldn't find such a beast, so if it is there, please let me know.

I agree bookmarking the specific threads would get the job done, but what's the point of asking for a new pony if the donor could just say - "You already have a perfectly functioning bicycle" Thanks.
posted by birdsquared to Feature Requests at 11:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Philadelphia Meetup
Any MeFites in Philly, free, and bored tonight (Friday, April 29th)? If there's at least one "yeah" in the next forty-five minutes, I suggest we meet upstairs at Tattoo'd Mom's at 2300 (530 South Street, Phila, PA).

(Keep in mind, this is super impromptu. I'll be watching this thread, organizing as best I can.)
posted by Netzapper to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Can this thread please be deleted
Can this thread please be deleted (I know it will anyway). I searched MeFi before posting it, but didn't see results. My most humble apologies.
posted by zerokey to Etiquette/Policy at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

This thread is broken
This thread is broken, most likely by the second poster not closing an img tag or something.
posted by fenriq to Bugs at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

Seattle Meetup
MeFi Seattle: meetup much? Rumor has it that a quite amiable and accomplished actress will be visiting Seattle May 8th and 9th. Surely we can spare a few hours for coordinated hooliganry, malted beverages, and inevitably the Most Revered Bearing of Digital Gadgets both Great and Small. Discuss within.
posted by fatllama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:35 AM PST - 25 comments

tag search might further eliminate dupes
Avoiding duplicate threads with different URLs: In order to avoid posts like this, a tag search might further eliminate dupes. Would it be worth having (for example) the last three FPPs using the same tag(s) listed when you preview a new thread? And would that be easy to implement?
posted by GhostintheMachine to Feature Requests at 8:25 AM PST - 25 comments

April 28
Thank you to hard-working police cited in Mefi thread
In regards to this thread (about the Metro Toronto Police trying to catch a pedophile, for those who don't wish to click)...

I live in Toronto, and I'd like to send this unit something -- flowers, a card, I don't know -- to say "Hey, you guys do one of the worst jobs in the known universe, and we as a community would like to say thank you." I feel that maybe these people don't get a lot of thanks or recognition from us common folks.

I don't know what would be appropriate. So... this thread is for suggestions for:

1) Appropriate something to send
2) If anyone wants to help pay, which I'm not exactly asking for unless we come up with an idea that's more than about $40 CAD.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter-Related at 6:40 PM PST - 36 comments

Following the posting guidelines
I guess we are not even going to pretend to follow the guidelines for posts anymore.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Etiquette/Policy at 12:06 PM PST - 117 comments [closed]

Simply insipid anti-GOP propaganda post
This isn't a good post and is an example of framing that should be avoided.
posted by dios to Etiquette/Policy at 9:47 AM PST - 156 comments

How to add a link to AskMe post
I am trying to post a question to Ask MetaFilter and don't see an option to add a Web link.
It's clearly there if I go to respond to someone else's post or if I want to post to MetaFilter.
And I see that others have added web links to their questions.
Am I missing something?
posted by terrier319 to Feature Requests at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Changing Screen Names
All I want to do is change my log in or screen name. I have searched the site, and see only that I should email Matt; and I have tried that, but he hasn't had the time, I guess, to respond.

I would rather not have to re-up to get a new name on here. Any suggestions?
posted by swlabr to Etiquette/Policy at 6:21 AM PST - 49 comments

April 27
Gun control post call-out
This is a gun control debate waiting to happen, and nothing more. Hardly the best of the web.
posted by bh to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 PM PST - 39 comments

AskMe archives missing a way to go to older pages
When viewing a category in AskMe, it defaults to the last 30 days. Unfortunately, it seems to neglect to show the clever widget to allow one to go back further. It shows in MetaTalk's categories.
posted by ontic to Bugs at 7:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Preview breaks html character entities.
HTML entities, like Π or Σ get converted in the input area to the actual displayed characters after a preview.

So when the comment is posted, the displayed characters -- not the entities -- are actually submitted, and the submitted displayed characters are then converted to question marks in the posted comment.

The result is that a preview that looked fine turns into a comment that doesn't.

Also: using the
 tag (say to preserve original whitespace) results in double-spaced lines, taking up too much vertical space. Using the  tag prevents this, but whitespace is not preserved. Adding   appears to be a (n ugly and hard to edit) work-around, but while leading non-breaking spaces within  tags are retained in previews, they are stripped in the posted comment.

As a number of askMefi's ask for program code, and as even some FPPs may contain code fragments, this makes the code unreadable or even syntactically incorrect in languages than foolishly assign meaning to whitespace.

And it's a pure pain to spend the time to carefully add the whitespace and to Google the correct HTML entities for a post, only to see them stripped out.

(Browser: Firefox 1.0.3)

posted by orthogonality to Bugs at 5:39 PM PST - 70 comments

Are we the anti-freep?
Does anyone else find themselves annoyed by the mirror-image-of-freep qualities of this?
posted by kavasa to Etiquette/Policy at 3:35 PM PST - 39 comments

I think this post warrants review.
I think this post warrants review.
posted by Crushinator to Etiquette/Policy at 2:52 PM PST - 102 comments

LA meetup to coincide with the E3 convention
Was there not talk of a meetup in LA to coincide with the E3 convention? What about it, folks?
posted by mzurer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Matt's Recumbent Bike Pool From Flickr
Matt's Recumbent Bike Pool From Flickr via Waxy.org
posted by fixedgear to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Blocking Posting History?
This Mefi user is blocking their posting history. Should they be allowed to?
posted by Dean Keaton to Etiquette/Policy at 7:58 AM PST - 53 comments

A grayish "may derive benefit" bracelet around here somewhere
I question the nature of this post.
posted by furtive to Etiquette/Policy at 7:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Tivos were raining from the sky in 2000...
Maybe MeFi is a cult after all... I found this thread, which is one of the stranger things I've seen here. Everyone wrote an essay, everyone won a TiVo.
posted by Termite to MetaFilter-Related at 5:39 AM PST - 25 comments

April 26
is anything happening with the members nearby feature?
As a follow-up to this post from last year, is anything happening with the members nearby feature being extended to cover people that don't have a zip code? If the latitude and longitude thing is too much work can we group people outside the US by country?
posted by mexican to Feature Requests at 10:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Mention in The Chronicle
"popular group blog" Metafilter warrants a mention in this article which discusses how local issues in places such as university campuses can become widely discussed nationally and globally within hours or days of their initial mention online.
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments

What a (wedding) day
Wow! Thanks!
posted by Frasermoo to MetaFilter-Related at 2:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Calculating helpfulness
We know who posts the most, who comments the most, etc. Do we know who the most helpful users of AskMe are (as expressed by the ratio [questions/answers])?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 9:58 AM PST - 52 comments

waste of valuable front page AskMe space
Can we use this waste of valuable front page AskMe space as the definitive example of what AskMe is not for?
posted by sic to Etiquette/Policy at 5:35 AM PST - 49 comments

April 25
Juan Cole Bites Back
Matthew Haughey says he won't read our blogs if we use the term "mainstream media" (a.k.a. MSM).

A news flash for Matt: We don't care.

We don't care if you read our web logs...


My Informed Comment ?

Ouch...
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 10:14 PM PST - 101 comments

Anonymous Questions on AskMe
I'm looking for some insight into the standards for screening anonymous questions on AskMeta. [MI]
posted by rkent to Etiquette/Policy at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Chicago meetup, April 2005
Chicago Mefi gathering of sorts!

as per earlier brief conversation: april copynight is tomorrow at 6:00pm at Monk's Pub on Lake at Wells. i suspect the metafilter contingent will be the largest (if not the only) group at the gathering, but hopefully that will change over time.
posted by crush-onastick to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

April 24
FARK!
I thought it was generally agreed that images in FPPs are a bad thing. So it seems to me that a Fark post tag on an FPP would be even worse.
posted by me3dia to Etiquette/Policy at 9:07 PM PST - 44 comments

I did not mark this as best answer.
I did not mark this as best answer. I really, really doubt I did it accidently which is why I'm listing it as a bug. No offense, the answer isn't bad, but the best? I wish to wait.
posted by geoff. to Bugs at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Searching and Flagging
PonyFilter - search Threads&Comments in the blue? Seeing what posts have been flagged as? Or has these been asked about already? (metatalk search sez no...)
posted by PurplePorpoise to Feature Requests at 7:50 PM PST - 1 comments

MeFi Affiliate IDs?
This thread gave me an idea. Could we set it up so links going to amazon or iTunes contain a MeFi affiliate id, so when visitors buy songs or books, some money could go to a MeFi general fund for hosting or sending mathowie on vacation or whatever?
posted by null terminated to Feature Requests at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Warnock's Dilemma
Warnock's Dilemma is the situation you face when people don't comment on your postings. The problem with no response is that there are five possible interpretations:

1. The post is correct, well-written information that needs no follow-up commentary. There's nothing more to say except "Yeah, what he said."
2. The post is complete and utter nonsense, and no one wants to waste the energy or bandwidth to even point this out.
3. No one read the post, for whatever reason.
4. No one understood the post, but won't ask for clarification, for whatever reason.
5. No one cares about the post, for whatever reason.
This perfectly captures my thoughts when I see an amazing post with only 2 or 3 comments (of course, I believe everyone else is thinking point 1 as well). This probably explains why we can't equate lots of comments nor low comments with the quality of a post, since it could be good or bad in five different ways, as described here.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:39 PM PST - 42 comments

Is there a way to change tags once assigned?
Is there a way to change tags once assigned? In my case, I seem to have misspelled appalachian, but it occurs to me conversations can shift in-thread that an original poster might want to make note of as well.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Feature Requests at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Readability of MeFi as compared to other popular sites.
Readability Results for http://www.metafilter.com:
Gunning Fog Index 10.70

Typical Fog Index Scores:
6 TV guides, The Bible, Mark Twain
8 Reader's Digest
8 - 10 Most popular novels
10 Time, Newsweek
11 Wall Street Journal
14 The Times, The Guardian
15 - 20 Academic papers
Over 20 Only government sites can get away with this, because you can't ignore them.
Over 30 The government is covering something up

We're just like Time and Newsweek!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:11 AM PST - 36 comments

April 23
Did any other MeFites take the State Department's Foreign Service Exam today?
Did any other MeFites take the State Department's Foreign Service Exam today? What career track did you choose? Did you find the test to be easy or hard? Did you realize that if it wasn't for metafilter, you'd be hopelessly ignorant? Discuss!
posted by BuddhaInABucket to MetaFilter-Related at 7:58 PM PST - 9 comments

AskMe indexing?
Is there a chunk of AskMe that has not been indexed? If not, why can't I find a certain question? (more inside)
posted by gluechunk to Bugs at 6:58 PM PST - 3 comments

BandAid Blue
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Also, the post fishily reads as some kind of PR release.
posted by elphTeq to Etiquette/Policy at 3:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Kansas Meetup
It's almost time for the first ever Lawrence, Kansas metafilter meetup! Who's with me, and where and when should it be?
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:41 AM PST - 27 comments

Here is my case study of MeFi for an ecommunities class.
Some of you may remember that I've been working on a case study about MeFi for an ecommunities class. Well, as promised, here is my paper.

(As a reminder, this is NOT research.)
posted by nalihasan to MetaFilter-Related at 7:22 AM PST - 49 comments

April 22
Wikify AskMe
MegaPony plea to Wikify AskMe! (Way too much inside.)
posted by loquacious to Feature Requests at 1:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Cold Fusion busted again
Cold Fusion error on this thread.
posted by dobbs to Bugs at 12:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Lexicon community writing RPG
MeFites and MoFites are Lexiconing here. Fake scholarship at its best! Is this a self-link? An us-link?
posted by Baby_Balrog to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

My AskMe?
Matt, we desperately need a "My AskMe" sort of deal. Things are scrolling so damn fast that it's nearly impossible to keep track of the good stuff.
posted by five fresh fish to Feature Requests at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the "usual" amount of research involved in an FPP?
How much leg work/research is common for a FPP? I had my first and I admit I didn't do much - as evidenced by the subsequent discussion. I was just happy to find something that came up empty on Search Metafilter.
posted by tvjunkie to Etiquette/Policy at 7:42 AM PST - 15 comments

April 21
Is anyone else seeing the green Ask Mefi header but on Metatalk?
GoingBlindFilter: Is anyone else seeing the green Ask Mefi header but on Metatalk? Here's what I mean
posted by vacapinta to Bugs at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Which fictional character is this Mefite?
Which fictional character is this Mefite?
posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 4:33 PM PST - 107 comments

rcade being interviewed about popesquatting on NBC Today
I just caught the end of rcade being interviewed about popesquatting on NBC Today! He was funny and you could hear the studio cracking up. Nice one!
posted by carter to MetaFilter-Related at 7:49 AM PST - 88 comments

How to get comment to show up immediately after posting
After I submit a comment, it sends me back to the page with all the comments, but it's the old version of that page, without my new comment. If I force a reload, mine will show up, though it used to show immediately. Is there some new caching or something?
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

April 20
AskMe Caucuses
as i wander through every bike-related askme query and see the same user names replying to each question i've started to wonder: would there be a benefit to allowing mefi users to organize themselves into caucus-like groups? would it serve the community better if, in much the same way individuals are grouped by region on their profile pages, we could somehow align ourselves by interest/expertise to make better use of our collective resources?
posted by RockyChrysler to Feature Requests at 11:06 AM PST - 39 comments

Should users alter the font size in their posts?
Is it a good idea to set the text size in posts? Users can set the font sizes to something comfortable and readable for them in their profiles, but if the poster sets them manually, that useful function is lost.
posted by jacquilynne to Etiquette/Policy at 7:37 AM PST - 31 comments

Followup to AskMe Question
Thanks to everybody who answered my AskMe question about wheelchair-accessible train travel in Spain. I'm now back from the trip and have some results to report, but the thread is closed, so I thought I'd put them here in case it's of use to future travelers.
posted by yankeefog to MetaFilter-Related at 6:49 AM PST - 11 comments

April 19
Standardizing timezone names
"EST" = "Eastern Standard Time"; "EDT" = "Eastern Daylight saving Time"; "ET" = "Eastern Time" (no standard/daylight specified -- usually obvious which it is). It's to be expected that people will make these mistakes in FPPs and comments, but could you tweak the code so it doesn't say "EST" when it really doesn't mean "EST"? Rather than trying to come up with some code algorithm, or trying to remember to make the DST change every six months, just call it ET / CT / PT / etc and be done with it. A pet peeve of mine ...
posted by intermod to Bugs at 6:36 PM PST - 18 comments

this thread is really fascinating stuf, complete with actual non-hostile debate!
Despite some snarking here and there, this thread is really fascinating stuf, complete with actual non-hostile debate! I learn something new every day. Kudos.
posted by xmutex to Etiquette/Policy at 3:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Can We Have Automatic URL Generation?
Automatic URL generation within threads would be kinda neat.
posted by craniac to Feature Requests at 2:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Poems in comments
Bendy makes a good point here. Even though it's easy to do, is it really fair to copy whole poems in threads? We stop people linking to other infringing files, yet the copying of poetry seems to get a free pass. [vaguely related comment inside]
posted by seanyboy to Etiquette/Policy at 12:32 AM PST - 63 comments

April 18
How do you pick tags?
Now that tags for front-page posts have been around a while, how do you decide between, say, film and movies (89 posts to 87, respectively), tv and television (57-49) or math and mathematics (20-18)? Do you use both, go with the most-used, or what?
posted by mediareport to Etiquette/Policy at 8:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Thanks for helping with my math
I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their help with my struggle in math.
posted by Dean Keaton to MetaFilter-Related at 6:29 PM PST - 12 comments

sniffle
For those who may miss it, poopy's former fiance has posted a touching comment in his memorial thread
posted by Rumple to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Memories...misty water-colored memories...
Memories...misty water-colored memories...

ahhh--it takes me back to the olden days in the blue. good times, good times. ; >
posted by amberglow to Etiquette/Policy at 2:56 PM PST - 136 comments

NEXT not nexting in user search
Archived results of a user search are broken down in batches of 50. However, going to different pages of the results keeps giving the same 50. (I tried using NEXT and clicking individual page numbers.). I'm on Firefox on OS X.
posted by dobbs to Bugs at 10:32 AM PST - 11 comments

April 17
Anonymous Posting Returns
Anon posting is back on for Ask Metafilter, including all the extended areas and categories and tags and whatnot. I think I tested everything out and it worked, but let me know if you find any bugs, as I'm sure I forgot one.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 11:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Matt in BBC News
Matt gets a mention in a BBC news Google maps/Flickr article. No idea if anyone else noticed it or not.
posted by TheDonF to MetaFilter-Related at 11:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Are we twelve?
Are we twelve?
posted by mek to Etiquette/Policy at 11:32 PM PST - 59 comments

Can you help me find this thread?
Some time ago I saw something here on Metafilter about one or more University Campuses (in California?) that laid out their sidewalks to follow pedestrian traffic patterns, possibly after monitoring said patterns for awhile. This may or may not have been the main topic of the thread. Can you help me find this thread?
posted by mai to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Editting feature request.
After making this post I saw that I had somehow deleted half of it (probably when fixing a tag on preview). Is there some way to implement an edit function of one's fpp? Maybe have a five minute grace period?
posted by Kattullus to Feature Requests at 3:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Metafilter is being "ripped" in its entirety and copied by a server running in China.
http://www.metafilter.com.1bu.com/

Metafilter is being "ripped" in its entirety and copied by a server running in China. Apparently this guy is hitting everyone and everything, copying entire sites and hosting them, but hotlinking to images. What he gains from this I don't know, but add his IP address to the firewall rules so he can't do this.

Some others he's doing this to include porn sites, antique sites, major searh engines, game companies...you name it, they've been duplicated and are paying for image bandwidth if a surfer his his copied version of your site.

I only pray that ebay can smite him:

http://www.ebay.com.1bu.com/
posted by Kato to Bugs at 2:48 PM PST - 13 comments

East Bay Meetup Photos
A few photos of last night's East Bay meetup shenanigans. In keeping with the no-paparazzi aim of the meetup, these are all just buttons, art and chests, plus shoutouts. Thanks to the East Bayers for organizing and for bringing the cards.
posted by bendy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:06 AM PST - 19 comments

April 16
Bring back anonyme!
Please, bring back anonymous AskMetafilter. kthxbi (1, 2)
posted by geoff. to Feature Requests at 5:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Display problem in Safari 1.3
In Safari 1.3 the background of the top nav panel on AskMe is in MeTa grey rather than green.
posted by bonaldi to Bugs at 7:54 AM PST - 26 comments

April 15
New York Meetup
Where are you? We're at the NYC meetup! And I'm taking the JONMC SAYS HI opportunity to pop my Grey-cherry. Jon says I look like prospero. In attendance are: jonmc, vidiot, amberglow, adampsyche, cunninglinguist, SmartDalek, lilboo, chicobangs, naxosaxur, bingo, dame, ursus comitas, hellbient, TNLNYC, and a few "real" people. I might've left someone out. Sorry if I did. (is this the first post AT a meetup?)
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:47 PM PST - 83 comments

Watch your fucking language
Please leave the NSFW words [note: link NSFW... duh] inside a thread... and mark the thread NSFW. The F-word does not belong on the front page of MeFi.
posted by Doohickie to Etiquette/Policy at 5:55 PM PST - 64 comments

Crowding in on our turf
MeFi drug wars?
posted by peacay to Bugs at 4:02 PM PST - 14 comments

It seemed like a snark-in-good-fun
It sounds as though this post was meant as a frivolous laugh at all parties involved, which is why the personal swipes sound so out of place. I partially note it because I was about to make a similar FPP, but perhaps should be glad I didn't....
posted by jenleigh to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 PM PST - 19 comments

jennyb and corpse are getting married
Happy news: jennyb and corpse are getting married. Please join in offering good wishes to them!
posted by melissa may to Etiquette/Policy at 11:45 AM PST - 38 comments

April 14
Stop apologizing for one-link posts
Stop apologizing for one-link posts. Doing a half-assed Google search to make your post look more meaty will make it worse and waste our time.
posted by Space Coyote to Etiquette/Policy at 10:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Obituary
An active MeFi member, poopy, has passed away.
posted by Zurishaddai to MetaFilter-Related at 7:35 PM PST - 341 comments

Reminder: Hands Across the Bay MeFiSF meetup in Berkeley
Reminder: Hands Across the Bay MeFiSF meetup in Berkeley, starting at 5 PM at the Albatross (San Pablo and University), Sat, April 16th. More detail at upcoming.org. Attendees will receive a gift!
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Guy with server inside his body?
I've been trying to track down a post about a guy who had a server (from which he was hosting his site) inside his body. Does anyone remember this or have I just gone mental and imagined the whole thing?
posted by fizz-ed to MetaFilter-Related at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC Metafilter Meet-up
NYC Metafilter Meet-up Reminder: Friday, April 15th, 2005.
The Magician:118 Rivington Street between Essex and Norfolk, Lower East Side, New York, NY 10002. Telephone: (212) 673-7881.
Flock gathering at 7:00 pm
posted by naxosaxur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:02 AM PST - 28 comments

No posts on MetaFilter since 12 midnight?
No posts on MetaFilter since 12 midnight? Am I the only one seeing this or have we truly reached the end of the internets?
posted by KevinSkomsvold to Uptime at 7:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Valid HTML
What HTML tags are allowed on the three main Metafilter sections? (I dare not experiment for obvious reasons.)
posted by AlexReynolds to MetaFilter-Related at 4:14 AM PST - 64 comments

April 13
I double posted, please delete
Arrgghhhh. I just made a great FPP without noticing that adamvasco beat me to it. Help!?
posted by bricoleur to MetaFilter-Related at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments [closed]

Using upcoming.org to organize Metafilter meetups
Upcoming metafilter meetups meet upcoming. The kids at Whedonesque recently started using upcoming.org to organize their events. If we did something similar to what they're doing here I could just pull in a RSS feed from the event search for "metafilter" and display it here, as a sidebar. Also, anyone could subscribe to the search and keep track of new events around the world. Sound good?
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Time Zone Problem
It's currently 05:37 JST. Metafilter says it's 06:37 JST. I doublechecked, but the user configuration is correct: UTC + 9 hours. Is Mefi applying daylight savings time to Coordinated Universal Time, throwing off calculations?
posted by Bugbread to Bugs at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

April 12
Meetup in Winnipeg, April 2005
Calling all Winnipeggers I will be in the 'peg this weekend and would loooove to cause/organize a meetup if there's interest. Anybody?
posted by raedyn to MetaFilter-Related at 2:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Please fix my spelling mistake
Hey Matt: I have egg on my face. Would it be possible for you to fix my stupid spelling mistake? Or just delete the thread. I'm really sorry.
posted by Fuzzy Monster to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments [closed]

April 11
World's smallest meetup.
World's smallest meetup. St. Jeromes, Melbourne, Australia. Photos here.
posted by bdave to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a reason why I can't mark my own answer as best in Ask MetaFilter?
Is there a reason why I can't mark my own answer as best in Ask MetaFilter?
posted by tellurian to Feature Requests at 10:17 PM PST - 22 comments

Asheville meetup pictures!
With sheer glee and drunken merriment, the Asheville MeFi meetup celebrated its first convergence this weekend. Photographic evidence abounds. (after a while you may be able to guess who is who)
posted by moonbird to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:42 PM PST - 32 comments

Why didn't my ad run?
I don't know if this is a bug, per se, but it's certainly a problem. I submitted a text ad a while back and paid for it with PayPal. I never got any email, and the ad was never activated. I can log into the ad system and see it in the inactive section, but there is no option to activate it. It never ran, there are 0 views.

In addition I had a hard time figuring out who to contact about this. There is nothing in the ad system area, the wiki, the text ad information page, or the text ad order page telling me who to contact with a text ad problem! I found Matt Haughey's address on the About page, but it has been about two weeks now with no response.

Any suggestions? I'd love to know how to get the ad activated, how to prevent this in the future, and/or how to get my money back.
posted by robotspacer to Bugs at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

A malformed anchor tag breaks the preview page.
Posting with a malformed anchor tag makes a mess of the preview page, and comment text is gone when you hit Back to fix it. [more details inside]
posted by odinsdream to Bugs at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Link suddenly disappeared
I am baffled by the sudden disappearance of a link to 63days.com - I am unable to find it by searching MeFi either. I was not the original poster, but found the link fascinating and am confused about its removal. Anyone know about this?
posted by Uccellina to MetaFilter-Related at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Request for NSFW/gross image self-policing
Is there anyway to not post NSFW images, or gross images, maybe like blood splurting from the chest of George W. Bush, etc?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket to Etiquette/Policy at 11:07 AM PST - 26 comments [closed]

Would this link be against self-link etiquette or policy?
I wanted to create an FPP for this ten second film festival, which I think would be of interest to many MeFites, but I've run into a couple of ethical and logistical conundrums: 1) The festival is being run by a friend of mine, so I suppose I might be a little biased as to this being The Best of The Web. 2) You really have to be in the Twin Cities area to see the screening and win a prize, even though submissions are accepted from anywhere. Any thoughts about this being FPP worthy?
posted by bigbadem to Etiquette/Policy at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

This post has no stupid tags
I'm pretty sure this has been requested before here, but can we please have a way to flag posts with stupid tags, while the rest of the content of the post is just fine?
posted by grouse to Feature Requests at 9:09 AM PST - 21 comments

April 10
If it is wrong, why is it possible?
Stupid question: If posting in image on the blue is so wrong, why is it possible?
posted by cccorlew to Etiquette/Policy at 10:33 PM PST - 32 comments

Philly Pics
Philadelphia meetup pics
standard tap, 4/10/05
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Comment Requirements before Asking a Question
Could we please not allow someone to start an Ask MeFi thread before they have contributed to the site by posting comments somewhere? It is really not too much to ask. I know this could be abused by someone posting periods or "What so and so said", etc. I wonder if there is an elegant solution.
posted by riffola to Etiquette/Policy at 4:47 PM PST - 92 comments

April 9
Frasermoo wedding on BBC.
Crowds stay to cheer bride Grace: Cheering crowds of well-wishers welcomed an excited bride who arrived for her wedding at Windsor Guildhall just an hour after the royal nuptials. ...

And how spiffy Frasermoo looks! (she's gorgeous, too) : >
posted by amberglow to MetaFilter-Related at 5:17 PM PST - 74 comments

IRL, do we introduce other MeFites as friends, acquaintances, or what?
I was out at Jillian's in Boston yesterday, and I saw another MeFite there who I recognized from a previous MeFi meetup. Thing is, I didn't remember her real name, and I'm not sure that she'd remember mine. Should I have said hi, and if so, what would be the rules on having friends of MeFites meet each other? Do we introduce other MeFites as friends, acquaintances, or what?
posted by sachinag to Etiquette/Policy at 3:10 PM PST - 45 comments

Best answer undo
I inadvertently marked a best answer on my Askme thread. I would really like to be able to undo that. Possible?
posted by sic to Feature Requests at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Bevets is abusing his membership
Bevets is abusing his membership. Undeniable evidence included inside.
posted by furtive to Etiquette/Policy at 12:17 AM PST - 101 comments

April 8
Mailing list about mefite projects: interest?
I was thinking about starting up another metafilter meta projects mailing list, since the one by Jerry Kindall isn't done anymore. Is this totally pointless or is there some interest/need for it?
posted by tozturk to MetaFilter-Related at 9:46 PM PST - 9 comments

RSS feeds for comments and tags? Maybe per user?
I'd like to see individual comments feeds for all MeFi posts. This would make threads much easier to track. Also, could we get feeds for MeFi tags too perhaps? And what about feeds for each user's posts and comments, like how 43 Things uses them.
posted by sjvilla79 to Feature Requests at 3:20 PM PST - 32 comments

could this be converted to a "more inside" post w/ a spoiler warning?
Just a tiny request-- could this be converted to a "more inside" post w/ a spoiler warning? It seems like the best thing to do. This is no callout, an honest mistake, but it'd be nice to fix it quick...
posted by koeselitz to Etiquette/Policy at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments

mathowie uses Flickr to ask a question
Hey, there's a new competitor to Ask Metafilter that looks like it might be good.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to MetaFilter-Related at 6:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Is the DNS for metafilter.com down?
Is the DNS for metafilter.com down? I can't reach ns1.turlyming.com or ns2.turlyming.com. This might not be causing problems for everyone yet as DNS lookups get cached on local nameservers, but still needs fixing quickly.
posted by fvw to Uptime at 6:08 AM PST - 20 comments

April 7
Metroplexual meetup
I've been nudged enough - by more than a few interested parties - to point out that it just may be time for another Dallas MeFi meetup. Granted, we've an awful lot to live up to this time around, but how many of us metroplexuals are in and when and where? (and yes, Eris, you brought this on - and maybe, just maybe, we can trump the record in my apartment of six people crashing at my place)
posted by Ufez Jones to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Where is my AskMe question about parallel universes?
So I posted a question about parallel universes on askmetafilter yesterday (got a bunch of great comments within the first hour) and when I checked in this morning I can't find the question either on the page or in the archives. Where is it?
posted by Panfilo to Bugs at 11:04 PM PST - 52 comments

Is anyone getting an xml parse error when trying to pull the rss?
Is anyone getting an xml parse error when trying to pull the rss?
posted by blendor to Bugs at 7:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Safari/Firefox on OSX userpage comments discrepancy
My user page lists 347 comments to MetaTalk, but when I click on that 347, I get a display of 1-50 of 432 comments. No similar discrepancy for MetaFilter or AskMetafilter. This as viewed in Safari and Firefox under OSX 10.3.8.
posted by squirrel to Bugs at 5:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Why the upsurge in Mefi meetups?
Anybody else noticed a recent upsurge in the number of Mefi meetups? What could be the reason for the newfound urge of more members of the community to meet in RL?
posted by dash_slot- to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Fast Front Page
I know it's been mentioned before, but I'd like to make a humble request for an extension of the length of the front page of AskMe. Questions just fly off the page, often in less than 24 hours, rendering the site less useful. An even better change would be to allow users the ability to choose the number of days displayed on the AskMe front page, just like on the MeFi front page.
Sorry if this is a redundant request. I bring it up because AskMe questions are vanishing from the front page ever more rapidly.
posted by Dr. Wu to Feature Requests at 11:29 AM PST - 40 comments

Not Actually More Inside
The description of the Your Question field on the AskMetaFilter post preview page has the text from the Extended Explanation (AKA more inside) field).
posted by kirkaracha to Bugs at 9:41 AM PST - 2 comments

San Francisco Meetup
The stars are in proper alignment for an East SF Bay meetup on Saturday, April 16, at 5 pm. The place: The Albatross in Berkeley (San Pablo and University).
posted by epimorph to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:00 AM PST - 8 comments

April 6
Unexpected apostrophe in user area!
Who is this...how exactly do they log in...and where have they been all this time?
posted by Jimbob to Bugs at 10:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Tessa is in Melbourne
Ok, so I was a bit rude hijacking this thread but anyway Tessa is in Melbourne and we are meeting tonight (Thursday 7th) here. Late notice I know but I was apprehensive. I tried this once before and it kind of didn't work. I know there's not many of us but still come on down from about 9PM.
posted by bdave to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Portland Meetup
Portland Portland Portland! (The Oregon one)... MeFi Gathering this Saturday, April 9th at 5:30 pm at the Lucky Lab Brewpub on Hawthorne ... which means that you canine companions are very welcome to join us. We'll be there for brew and sandwiches, but any youngins must leave by 9 pm. Please post here so that I know about how many to expect; I will be there early with a sign and to get a table as they don't take reservations.
posted by SpecialK to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I Remove My Double?
Would it be possible to auto delete a post if the original author flags it as a double post? I double posted, I flagged it, but it is still there, perhaps I should be able to remove it?
posted by jonah to Feature Requests at 9:14 AM PST - 53 comments

Appalachian Mountain Mefi Mofi Meetup Reminder
Appalachian Mountain Mefi Mofi Meetup Reminder -
it's this Friday, April 8, as in the day after tomorrow, after work (5ish/6ish and continuing) at the Flying Frog on the corner of Haywood & Battery Park in beautiful downtown Asheville, NC. Hopefully outside, weather permitting. Be there!
posted by mygothlaundry to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

April 5
conspiracy + conspiracy = truth
I want to take issue with this post. The seemingly innocuous way greatgefilte couples the public acknowledgement of a conspiracy another, speculative one is a disingenuous way to lend credibility to a (what is in my opinion) a particularly slanderous myth. [more inside]
posted by ori to Etiquette/Policy at 11:17 PM PST - 67 comments

It could've been better
I think I bungled an FPP.
posted by greatgefilte to Etiquette/Policy at 10:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Philadelphia meetup reminder, April 2005
Philadelphia Meetup reminder- Sunday April 10th. Standard Tap, North 2nd Street - 5pm.
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:50 PM PST - 18 comments

More inside tag doesn't show on best answers
The [more inside] tag doesn't show up on the best answers part of ask.me. Just thought it should be pointed out.
posted by scrim to Bugs at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Frasermoo's wedding on CNN
Metafilterinos in the news. Remember when Frasermoo asked for help in dealing with the media about Prince Charles' wedding being so close with his own? With the pushback of the Royal wedding to ninety minutes before his own, Frasermoo and his lovely bride's ceremony received a mention on CNN.
posted by karmaville to MetaFilter-Related at 2:34 PM PST - 65 comments

NYC Meetup
NYC MeFi Meetup? Anyone interested?
posted by TNLNYC to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:53 PM PST - 99 comments

April 4
Cleveland Meetup Photos
Cleveland Meetup Photos! • My camera decided yesterday was the day to break so only three turned out. Here they are.
posted by sciurus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

would you guys please make a little more sense?
"The post is what you bring to it."

What's the consensus? I find these 'random word links' very annoying. Can we at least have some etiquette rule that says if you have more then a hand full of links, the text of the link must reflect the content of the linked-to page? Or something?
posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 9:53 AM PST - 53 comments

I double post and get shit. A triple post gets a pass?
Why is it that when I double posted an item on The World in January everyone pissed in my cornflakes, repeatedly, but with this triple post fenriq gets a pass?
posted by togdon to Etiquette/Policy at 7:41 AM PST - 79 comments

April 3
Sydney meetup photos
Pictures from the Sydney meetup.
A great night of discussion. I've checked back and mea culpa, I suggested the Erko.
posted by tellurian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:30 PM PST - 37 comments

Could the check mark in AskMeFi link directly to comment?
Could the little check mark in AskMeFi be coded to link directly to the pertaining comment?
posted by erebora to Feature Requests at 8:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Would it be possible to get trackbacks turned back on?
Would it be possible to get trackbacks turned back on at some point? Also, a small bug: existing trackbacks have disappeared. I'm not sure whether that happened when trackbacks were initially disabled or when the comment-closing feature was added, but they're all gone.
posted by monju_bosatsu to Feature Requests at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

community poem weblog
Fun idea? Or... not so much? Inspired by Fuzzy Monster, here, I was thinking of a metapoem blogthing wherein anyone who wanted to participate could post a poem from any particular day, made up of three or four lines created from post "headlines" (first few words — the ones that typically constitute the initial link) from that particular day. If it seems like a fun idea, I have some questions inside...
posted by taz to MetaFilter-Related at 5:49 AM PST - 45 comments

Lo-Fi MeFi for me?
MeFi lo-version...used to have it bookmarked for viewing on my Pocket PC, but somehow lost it. Does it still exist?
posted by davidmsc to MetaFilter-Related at 4:28 AM PST - 3 comments

April 2
This is a solid example of a lame 'newsfilter' post.
Submitted for discussion: This is a solid example of a lame 'newsfilter' post. A link to a very brief local news story with zero attempt at intelligent context.
posted by mediareport to Etiquette/Policy at 7:02 PM PST - 41 comments

we get it, you don't like the pope.
Alright, I'm fed up.

Can we please dispense with pissing all over the Blue? [More Inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to Etiquette/Policy at 1:53 PM PST - 185 comments

Lame front page post gets meta'ed
I think it's fairly obvious that this should not have been posted to the front page. The front page is not a forum for venting one's furstration.
posted by Sangermaine to Etiquette/Policy at 12:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Jewelboxing ad
I heart the Jewelboxing flash ad in the Blue sidebar! I have wasted many happy seconds mousing over the case to watch in infantile fascination! ...open the case... close the case! ...open the case... close the case!
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 12:00 PM PST - 12 comments

April 1
today's rat post is the most disgusting thing I've ever read on MeFi
Just wanted to say that today's rat post is the most digusting thing I've ever read on MeFi. I had to go back and read it two or three times just to be sure.
posted by 327.ca to MetaFilter-Related at 12:02 PM PST - 63 comments

Pittsburgh Meetup
Pittsburgh Meetup Reminder! • Saturday April 2, 8:00pm, Church Brew Works.
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Did last year's wiki fiasco spoil April Fools frontpages for good? (2005)
Did last year's wiki fiasco spoil April Fools frontpages for good, or did I miss the party this year?
posted by Peter H to MetaFilter-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 29 comments

Is this ethical and/or legal?
I have prepared an FPP about an organization that was recently the subject of a couple Internet memes (and Metafilter threads) that is now being sued by a major international corporation as a result of one of their pranks. Their web site is vague and asks people not to post rumors, but they sent out a number of details to their mailing list, including ways to support them. Would it be unethical for me to post this semi-private information to Metafilter? Could I get them in more trouble with this lawsuit? Half of me feels that Mefites might be willing to contribute to the cause, but the other half wants to be extremely careful.
posted by Plutor to Etiquette/Policy at 4:57 AM PST - 28 comments