How do the economics of MetaFilter work? I know this may be kind of rude to even ask, but it seems to me that this is an awful lot of coding and maintenance to be financed only by five dollar donations and small non-intrusive ads. Speaking of advertisements, does it cost Matt money if I use adblock to remove the ads before I even see them? posted by crazyray to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 AM PST - 53 comments
I know it's not a serious thing, and a programmatic solution isn't the way to go, but when I see posts like this it drives me nuts. Am I the only one? posted by pdb to Etiquette/Policy at 9:23 PM PST - 57 comments
Apologies if this is redundant, but Yahoo's search revealed nothing about the look-n-feel of the MeFi captcha.
Metafilter's captcha is particularly irritating. Of the few sites I use that require it, this one is by far the worst. Many of the characters are ambiguous because they use a sans-serif font—combined with the size and font variation, letters like C, O, W become hard to distinguish when their cases change. And this is me being selfish—there's still the nagging problem that these are very inaccessible.
I realize (and read the thread on) why you installed one, and realize Matt-n-Co are busy creatures, and perhaps the alternatives aren't great right now. But sites like TicketBastard, Yahoo, and PayPal all use much less ambiguous, much more human-parsable captchas, and presumably have orders of magnitude more traffic than MeFi—so these must have worked pretty well so far.
Okay, so I'll be in Vancouver next week, and I want to know who's up for meeting at the keg on granville island, Thursday May 4, 7:30ish pm.
Be there or be hexagonical ;) posted by Radio7 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:10 AM PST - 23 comments
There was a thread here, a couple of years ago, I think, about the Zen-like (I don't remember if he was actually aligned with that tradition) aphorisms of a wise man. Many of his insights were oddly striking, but some of them seemed kind of obvious, too. An example was something like this: "People look more attractive at night."
I was looking for something posted on the sideblog a while back and I found this page. What I didn't find was a way to navigate through the sideblog archives. Would it be possible to add that in, or is there already a way to do it that I'm overlooking? posted by joedan to Feature Requests at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments
This thread was deleted, but I have to admit, I don't understand why. "Ask MeFi isn't for silly hypotheticals," sez Matt, but hasn't it been before? And if not, exactly how practical must Ask MeFi questions be? I've seen plenty of hypotheticals on Ask MeFi before, and this struck me as an interesting thought exercise. posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 PM PST - 59 comments
Are there any Toronto MeFites who would like to play volleyball on Wednesday nights for the next seven weeks?
I signed up for co-ed indoor volleyball thinking it was something new I might enjoy, but I HATE it. So I'm looking for someone to take my place. posted by orange swan to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments
With meetups gearing up, and an eventual section to handle this being engineered (did I read that right?) - would it make sense to have an area that allowed/promoted users to upload (links to) images of themselves? posted by strawberryviagra to Feature Requests at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments
If you'd like one more chance to rail on about dios, here's your chance. (Me? I don't care. I'm just tired of seeing good posts highjacked.) posted by 327.ca to Etiquette/Policy at 2:53 PM PST - 201 comments
MetaScientologyFilter. A brief analysis of the number of comments per post with various tags yields the following: Bush is a surefire way to get comments, with an average of 76 comments per post tagged with the President's name, followed by the oft-maligned Newsfilter tag, with 75.6 comments per post. They both beat sex (64.8), video (30.9), and the big loser, art (21.3). But all must bow before Scientology (82). [more inside] posted by blahblahblah to MetaFilter-Related at 11:24 AM PST - 51 comments
Could we get a tweak on our 'My Comments' pages to look further back than the current default, on demand? A 'Page 2' link at the bottom for the next X threads back in time, maybe? Or a customizable period (within reason) on our preferences page? posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 9:25 PM PST - 13 comments
Want to see something cool? Hit the . key on any mefi front page or comment page. Hit the , key to go up a post/comment. And don't worry, once you click into a textarea or input, it turns itself off (we couldn't ever lose the . could we?). Thanks to the hard work of delfuego for making this happen. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 5:24 PM PST - 94 comments
Just an observation: the question which DSLR to buy comes around so often on the green, with the same answers usually (understandably, but predictably) given, that I'm beginning to think there ought to be a sidebar of such frequently asked questions (or maybe mathowie ought to sign up for an Adorama affiliate program). posted by zadcat to MetaFilter-Related at 5:13 PM PST - 14 comments
How are you? I've been thinking that we should be going out and getting righteously tanked one of these days. How would late May sound? Where shall we meet? posted by cmonkey to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:41 AM PST - 64 comments
Anyone remember a video going around the web that showed a guy manipulating satellite imagery--maybe directly in Google Earth--by using hand gestures instead of a mouse? I recall he was using both his hands. It was some kind of a demo video for a new human interface technology. I might have not even found it via MeFi. Ring a bell for anyone? posted by Brian James to MetaFilter-Related at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]
Should there maybe be a special place within MetaFilter Network for YouTube and Google Video links (and the like)? I know that there's other video linky sites out there, but this is MetaFilter, and I like people's taste better here.
Don't get me wrong -- I want to know how stuff on AskMe turns out. I don't think MeTa is the ideal place for that, though. What about allowing askers to post a followup in their own threads, even if they'd been closed & archived, which would put that thread on a new page, like the "fantastic posts" page we have now, which could be called "resolutions" or "how'd it turn out" or some such. posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Feature Requests at 9:07 AM PST - 36 comments
Back in December I asked for vehicle recommendations, and I just wanted to follow up: we bought a 1999 Subaru Forester, based on the words here and of a friend of our who owns an Outback. What it all came down to was good value, great safety, and even though I paid more than I wanted to I'm happy with this step up instead of a step sideways into a RAV4 or a junkier, older vehicle. Thanks! posted by Kickstart70 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:22 PM PST - 12 comments
Pony Request: Could the title attribute be added automatically to links generated from the link button on the posts/comments toolbar? It wouldn't have to have any default text in it, but it would make people aware of its existence, which they could then use to reduce the large number of mystery links we see in posts/comments. posted by blue_beetle to Feature Requests at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments
Vancouver Meetup? I'm a Canadian living outside the country, and will be visiting Vancouver from May3 to May 5, I'd love to meet fellow members. Anyone game? Any suggestions? posted by Radio7 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:11 PM PST - 19 comments
While it's very nice to, for once, see an answer-poster own up to
"Crap. I posted my brilliant secret before reading the whole post. Really sorry.
I guess I got caught up a, "Holy crap I can contribute trip". Really, really sorry, and I have nothing useful to say.
there are another 106 times that I've seen answerers who never realized that the [mi] should have forestalled their answers.
Any ideas? Perhaps, including a "Did you read the [more inside] at the top of the page?" reminder? posted by Aknaton to Etiquette/Policy at 5:31 PM PST - 15 comments
Slightly better CSS: Could the CSS for useful elements like blockquote be improved so that quoted text from previous posts does not have to be faked with ? A now-common style of changed font, larger left indent, and line down the left side might work. posted by joeclark to Feature Requests at 12:02 PM PST - 64 comments
"I know someone who owns hundreds upon hundreds of digg accounts, and thousands more on other 'buzz'-worthy sites. I know that he owns about 5 metafilter accounts, all registered after the $5 registration fee, all well used and difficult to call 'plant' on." O RLY? That doesn't seem like a good thing to me, at least. What say the rest of you? Menace or meaningless? posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Etiquette/Policy at 10:41 PM PST - 51 comments
Twopeople have assumed, incorrectly, that I don't think DUI offenders are criminals. I would like to vent without further derailing the thread. (more inside) posted by mullacc to Etiquette/Policy at 10:14 PM PST - 28 comments
Just now in a comment I tried to include a link to a URL which contained a seven-letter word beginning with "f" that has become an epithet for those on the right side of the political spectrum. I tried to post it twice and both times when I hit "post" the screen refreshed but my post didn't show up. Is there some sort of filtration going on? Shouldn't I be told? posted by Steven C. Den Beste to Bugs at 4:26 PM PST - 13 comments [closed]
Weird Timing This was just posted in response to a question asked later in the thread and it seems to have been time stamped two hours earlier. posted by allen.spaulding to Bugs at 4:17 PM PST - 23 comments [closed]
I just launched the FAQ engine I wrote a few weeks ago. It's got just a few questions in it and it hasn't been organized yet, but if you're logged in, feel free to suggest new questions at the bottom of the page, which me and jessamyn will review, organize, and post later on. For now, it's just starting out, but I'm sure we can fill this out and organize it into something useful for everyone in just a few weeks. posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:49 AM PST - 58 comments
Regarding this question. What's the rule of thumb here? Is it ok to pile on a poster and not answer his question if he's a minor? If his parents are possibly rich? If he lives in LA? If you don't like his attitude? If you're mad because you had a shitty car when you were 16, or even -- GASP -- no car at all, and this kid totally doesn't even deserve one, much less a NEW one? posted by fishfucker to Etiquette/Policy at 3:22 PM PST - 161 comments
I just added a feedback mechanism to Projects. If you want to test it first, try it out here and let me know if you find any bugs. You can leave one bit of feedback on any Project, and only the author will see them. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 2:32 PM PST - 21 comments
Pony: Can a "My contacts" link be added next to "My posts" and "My comments"? I like the "My contacts" feature, but I don't use it that often because I have to get to it via my user page, which I can only access from the main pages, not thread pages, so I tend to forget about it. I'd use it more if it was a one click thing in the header. posted by jacquilynne to Feature Requests at 8:37 AM PST - 14 comments
I feel as though I may have erred by posting this. After having a good look around the site in question, I decided that whilst there was much 'subscription only' content, there was enough free content to warrant a post to the front page. A number of people have disagreed in-thread, claiming that the page is essentially spam. So I'm calling myself out, so that if the mods decide that it is, infact, spam, they can delete it ASAP. posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 5:09 AM PST - 19 comments
Anonymous posting: time-limited cookies to enable anonymous to reply to their own threads for N hours? Perhaps tied to logins? It seems like the "anonymous" nom de plume really only needs to be a setting that is applied when a thread is marked as such and the original poster is replying. Since most of these questions are for personal, medical, or other advice that usually need more input (perhaps to triangulate its position), it seems useful. posted by kcm to Feature Requests at 8:16 PM PST - 15 comments
We obviously can't have respectful discussions about respectful discussions. Every time the topic comes up, the same insulting "discussion" occurs. Seeing as how no new information is ever presented in these topics, shouldn't they all be considered double posts and deleted? When they are nothing more than another opportunity to display your disgust with someone who disagrees with you, what value do they add to the site? posted by boo_radley to Etiquette/Policy at 3:01 PM PST - 111 comments [closed]
We obviously can't have respectfuldiscussions about evolution. Every time the topic comes up, the same insulting "discussion" occurs. Seeing as how no new information is ever presented in these topics, shouldn't they all be considered double posts and deleted? When they are nothing more than another opportunity to display your disgust with someone who disagrees with you, what value do they add to the site? posted by dios to Etiquette/Policy at 12:26 PM PST - 197 comments
Logged in, got redirected back to the main page, but still not logged in to Mefi - only to MeTa. Logged out, deleted cookies, tried again, same result. posted by mr_crash_davis to Bugs at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
Survey redux... the virtual idea was overwhelmingly shot down, so once again I'm asking for your input on the future of the MeFiSwap. This will be the last survey, from here we'll move forward to start the next swap on May 1, in whichever format is most preferred, so if you have any inclination toward swap participation whatsoever, please weigh in on this one. (And let's hope this stays on the front page of the grey long enough for everyone to know about this. Spread the word.) posted by Dreama to MetaFilter-Related at 4:59 AM PST - 5 comments
I'm sorry if this has been covered or is painfully obvious, but in searching MeTa and generally scouring my profile page, I can't find where to click to change my information. The one MeTa thread I did find on the subject (here) says there's a "customize" link. It seems this has been replaced with "Preferences," since the url ends in "customize.cfm," but when I click there, I get nothing but the set of Features, Links, and Sites links. Help? posted by Igor XA to Bugs at 12:04 AM PST - 28 comments
AskMe is hanging half-rendered, with the status bar reading "Connecting to static.fmpub.net...", which, indeed, is not accepting connections. posted by mendel to MetaFilter-Related at 3:07 PM PST - 11 comments
The next Seattle Meetup (with special guests from Portland, Bellingham, and Vancouver B.C. and environs) will be on Saturday, April 29, 6 p.m. at the Elysian. Previously discussed here. posted by matildaben to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments
You cannot post to the front page at this time. This can be due to one of several things. You may not have been a member long enough, you may not have posted enough comments, or you may have already posted a link in the past 24 hours.
I've been a member for quite a while and haven't posted any link on the front page yet, so the reason must be that I lack the required number of comments. I understand that people need to have an idea what kind of links are appropriate on the front page; the question is whether the amount of comments one makes is a good metric to determine this. I don't often feel the need to comment on front page postings. posted by koenie to Etiquette/Policy at 10:15 AM PST - 42 comments
1.) If you log in correctly and the captcha is not correct, you will still be logged in when you go to the index page.
2) When you enter an incorrect captcha, you're directed to a page that simply says 'Captcha not correct!' ... not the badlogin.cfm page.
3) If you input your password incorrectly and are directed to the badlogin.cfm page, and then you input everything correctly and hit log in, it will direct you to a page that says "Contact matt if this error keeps happening" ... every time. ;)
The red footer on Projects rides too high on projects that have a few votes (obscuring the names of the voters). Example of my own projects page. I'm on Safari. Let me know if you need a screengrab. posted by dobbs to Bugs at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments
Hey, Seattle! How'd you like to meet up on the weekend of April 29-30? We'll probably have people from both North and South joining us. Let's talk about time and place. posted by matildaben to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:55 AM PST - 24 comments
He appears to have spelled it correctly in only one comment - HIPAA was actually relevant to the thread, so someone commented about it before he showed up. He still managed to give terrible advice anyhow.
Time zones are funny when previewing comments on AskMe. I have my time zone set at Central. When I use live preview, my comments appear with Pacific time. I did the cookies/logout deal, and it still does it. posted by MeetMegan to Bugs at 5:09 PM PST - 5 comments
I suggest implementing a bug tracking system for MetaFilter to track all the bugs and feature requests.
You could use for example the HELPNEEDED tag for things you might need help fixing. You can set priorities on bugs so that the most important and urgent problems will be fixed first. You can set WONTFIX for features that you aren't going to implement, and that way people will know not to bug you about the issue. You can enable voting for bugs and feature requests so you'll have a better idea of where to focus your efforts, you could easily assign small issues to jessamyn, etc. posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 3:14 PM PST - 39 comments
Now that the contest is over, what is the point of having voting on Metafilter Projects? Anyone who wants to post the project to the front page can do so—no matter how many votes there are—and in most cases, having comments there instead of voting could provide the poster with valuable criticism and advice.
Right now there are 35,070 members in MetaFilter. Many members have their own unique personal sites. Which are your favorite less-known ones? posted by growabrain to MetaFilter-Related at 8:20 PM PST - 38 comments
Using the 'plain text' theme has a very small problem. In MetaTalk if you click on the category/topic of a post, the page it takes you to has the category/topic obscured by a brown box. (Slashing because sometimes it's called a Category and other times a Topic.) posted by tellurian to Bugs at 6:16 PM PST - 12 comments
While I appreciate what a fun fireball the thread might turn into, the subject of the FPP is miffed by syntax in the FPP which might be construed as attributing a quote to her (when in fact it is a quote by someone else whom she is disagreeing with), and the FPPer has also said he/she has no problem changing the syntax, so in the name of avoiding nuclear fallout, could Jessamyn or Matt edit the FPP? posted by Bugbread to Bugs at 4:37 PM PST - 44 comments
MetaFilter is recognized in the online version of Atlantic Monthly:
Bloggers who have referred the most visitors to The Atlantic Online in 2006:
The Washington Note
Talking Points Memo
Persian Blog posted by Cranberry to MetaFilter-Related at 9:15 PM PST - 97 comments
'I did my best to make the place as welcoming as possible, and eventually a few hundred people showed up and we had something good,' Haughey told me via email. 'Since then, I think the strong sense of community — the sense of belonging and getting something out of the participation is what drives people to contribute. There are no points or karma or awards, but I think members enjoy sharing interesting links and comments with each other and seeing their name mentioned on the site.'
Recently I've begun seeing a ltitle dot just to the right of the cursor in the comment submission form (screenshot). Is this just an artifact of live preview or something? Happens in Firefox on Win. posted by scarabic to Bugs at 12:00 PM PST - 85 comments
"Matt could simply change the font color to match the background color of the page, so if you wanted to read [a deleted comment] you'd have to highlight it, like spoilers on a movie review page. That would be awesome."This is an idea so good, it gets its own thread. posted by Saucy Intruder to Feature Requests at 11:49 AM PST - 79 comments
Has anyone here "gone crazy"? Has anyone been a normal, functioning person, and then been diagnosed with a serious mental illness? When did you start to notice, and what was it like when you finally realized what was going on? posted by borkingchikapa to MetaFilter-Related at 3:16 PM PST - 37 comments [closed]
Food for thought regarding Ask MeFi: Answer the question or answer the underlying circumstances? Posit that the questioner didn't specifically ask that responses exclude a particular discussion, but, for example, this. A lot of people are saying "forget the computer, it should be disciplinary." Not directly responsive to the question, but responsive to the situation. Good? Bad? Thoughts? posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 9:48 AM PST - 33 comments
Thought you guys might be interested to know I just taught Sept 11 to my american history class by reading the first 60 or so comments from this thread. It was a near perfect capturing of that day for those too young to really understand what was going on posted by trinarian to MetaFilter-Related at 9:15 AM PST - 164 comments
This guy has really learned his lesson. He's a worthwhile member of the community, who really respects the admins.
That's why he mentions that he'd like to do the exact thing that got him banned previously. Because he's so sorry, and has so much respect. posted by I Love Tacos to Etiquette/Policy at 1:36 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]
I'm thinking a feature would be nice where you could ask "4 questions a month" in stead of once a week.. or have unused questions (say you odnt ask a question on MeFi for a month) that would be "banked"?
alternately, I was thinking of "donate a question" or "extra questions dispensed" based on being selected as best answer? posted by Izzmeister to Feature Requests at 12:20 PM PST - 87 comments
I seem to recall a while back there was a really creepy, possibly panoramic, photograph of a sprawling suburban housing development posted to the blue, though it may have been on mathowie or merlinmann's personal sites. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and can they point me to the image? posted by keswick to MetaFilter-Related at 10:54 AM PST - 54 comments
Who's doing E3 this year? Me and my associates are making plans for next month, and I'd enjoy a mefi meetup seeing as how I missed the one last year. posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments
TimezonePony .... It's that time of the year again. Instead of showing the false EST/PST/etc standard timezone stamps, can the system be tweaked to either show the correct EDT/PDT/etc, or at least ET/PT/etc? Cue snarks. posted by intermod to Bugs at 8:04 AM PST - 29 comments
I'm sure this invites a pile-on, but I thought this question in askme was thought provoking and was looking forward to discussion and comment, but it got deleted as "chatfilter." How much more worthy were this or this? posted by Pressed Rat to Etiquette/Policy at 6:49 AM PST - 46 comments [closed]
Why is the time wrong, as I view it? Sitting here on the Australian east coast, it's 5:10 pm, or UTC + 10, which is how my preferences are set. So what's the Metafilter setting, where's it gone wrong? posted by wilful to Bugs at 12:12 AM PST - 12 comments
Oddly, the sideblog link to the "realistic swordfighting" thread takes me to something called www.marginalia.org. Surely, this is unintentional. posted by SPrintF to Bugs at 8:32 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
In the comment box, after clicking the link icon (or Ctrl-Shift-A), and pressing the Escape button, it shouldn't insert a "null" link, but just cancel adding the link. posted by Sharcho to Bugs at 3:15 PM PST - 13 comments