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The Metafilter Kiva Team
has been in existence for just less than one year. In that time 190 people have made $19,225 in loans - for grocery stores in Cambodia to rock music outlets in Palestine the effect of your loans are felt around the world in significant ways. Still, it represents just a handful of MeFites: less than two-tenths of one percent of the total members of the site. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 1:47 PM PST - 47 comments
There is no way of knowing whether or not the original poster of this question
has any idea that many so-called "conflict free" diamonds are anything but
or even if it matters to him. But in case he does
care and has
been convinced that conflict free diamond certification means anything (like many people in the thread seem to have been), how is the information not pertinent to his question? Further, why is it okay for people to tell the poster to buy conflict free diamonds, but it's not okay to point out how difficult this is? [more inside]
posted by eunoia to Etiquette/Policy at 12:25 PM PST - 82 comments
Some of you might remember this post about Talula's Table
, the restaurant in Chester County, PA, that has a one-year wait for reservations. Earlier this year, Aimee Olexy and Brian Sikora, the husband and wife team behind Talula's, filed for divorce. Philly food critic Craig LaBan has a bittersweet article
about the end of their marriage, and how Aimee and the staff at Talula's are soldiering on.
posted by shiu mai baby to MetaFilter-Related at 6:49 AM PST - 27 comments
Hoppy birdday, cerebellum! Er, no, got that wrong. Let me try that again! Many happy returns of the day, limbic system! Damn. I know I can get this right. Third try's the charm? Happy birthday, cortex! There we go!
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 1:40 AM PST - 151 comments
Are there any APIs or best practices for programmatic access to MetaFilter? In particular, for things like logging in/out, fetching users' messages, sending messages, making posts and comments, favoriting comments, &c. Ways of fetching content in a more fine-grained way than the RSS feeds would also be nice. [more inside]
posted by acb to Feature Requests at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments
So I had this crazy idea while surfing the internet in my apartment with no other living soul except my cats who are currently attempting to bridge the gap between sleep and suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by theichibun to Feature Requests at 3:45 PM PST - 86 comments
Stranded-in-Philly filter: Any mefites in Philly want to hang Sunday night? I'm visiting a friend in Philly this weekend and just found out he's busy all Sunday after brunch-time. My flight doesn't leave until 9pm that night! [more inside]
posted by kthxbi to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments
I've been playing music all of my life, and I've never seen a better distillation of music theory than this comment
. It's a full semester's worth of study in a few short paragraphs. I know it's been months since it appeared ... but this is truly worthy of a sidebar, or a book deal, whichever comes first.
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 PM PST - 72 comments
's an update on oral argument on the Christian Legal Society v. Martinez case which was the subject of this
(archived) thread. As the first commenter on the thread said, "Uh oh."
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 3:58 PM PST - 34 comments
I'm stuck in Tokyo over the next 3 days, due to volcanic activity over Europe! It's an amazing city that I'm just getting to know. My main problem is that I'm eating alone. I'd like some company over dinner please? Any takers? Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles to MetaFilter-Related at 3:23 AM PST - 15 comments
So I never click on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 years ago button on the Blue. For some reason (Friday night? Usual beverage?) I saw the 10 years ago today and I said to myself, "Self, that is a long time ago in internet land. Wonder what was the best of the web back then. This is it
. Glad to see things haven't changed much. If you follow the link, there are actually diagrams on how to achieve the different "tricks". [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn to MetaFilter-Related at 9:09 PM PST - 28 comments
Why can't I undo? Ack! I just wrote a huge long reply to an Ask Mefi and accidentally deleted the whole thing. Control+z does nothing and right-click>undo is not available. Is there any way to make undo possible?
posted by keep it under cover to Feature Requests at 11:46 AM PST - 44 comments
Is San Francisco all Meetupped out? Or are there SF MeFites who might want to get together to show a Texas boy a good time next weekend? Evening of Saturday the 24th (so that people nearby can make it in easier)? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:58 AM PST - 76 comments
Several months ago, someone posted a flash game where you drew simple white lines on a black background. White balls hit the white lines and, depending on how hard they hit them, produced a musical note. You could adjust the rate of the balls dropping. I can't find this post.
posted by Foam Pants to MetaFilter-Related at 1:09 PM PST - 12 comments
I recall reading relatively recently (maybe within the past 3 months?) on the Blue about a comment listing some consequences if the law of Conservation of Energy is wrong. One of my coworkers just got into some "over-unity" nonsense, and I need to show him what for. I'm having some trouble Googling for it, or I wouldn't ask. Thanks in advance!
posted by Xoder to MetaFilter-Related at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments
Academic schedule and MetaFilter angst/happiness. Is there a chart? It just seems like one day we're all spousing and hugging and then next day it's a call for flameouts and pitchforks. [more inside]
posted by lilywing13 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:35 AM PST - 83 comments
There was an AskMetafilter thread sometime ago from a company wanting to fire their crazy IT guy, but they were afraid he installed back doors and other nefarious things and didn't know how to proceed. There was some good advice in the thread, but I can't seem to find it. [more inside]
posted by geoff. to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 AM PST - 7 comments
Is there any way that the moderators could close the door on the unofficial "brand new day" policy that allows people to shed their old Mefi usernames at will? I was about to get all apoplectic about St. Alia's contribution to a recent thread when somebody helpfully noted that it was just konolia in a different guise.
posted by The Confessor to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 PM PST - 548 comments
In 2007, I quit my job at a startup and moved across the country to work at Amazon. I did this because starting in 2006 (I believe), I'd been reading on Metafilter about the housing bubble and the crisis that would result when it popped, and I felt that I needed to be in a more secure financial situation. Unfortunately, I didn't have an account back then, so I don't have favorites. What's the earliest post on the blue about the mortgage crisis. [more inside]
posted by heathkit to MetaFilter-Related at 10:47 PM PST - 31 comments
Anybody else miss the old Metafilter Text Ads system? Those were great, the ones where you just paypal $20 and get a little text ad for your blog or whatever. The only site I know of that still has that system (which I believe was pioneered here at MeFi) is Kuro5hin.
Anybody know of any others?
posted by rabbit to MetaFilter-Related at 7:12 PM PST - 36 comments
Why can't the new post page actually tell you when you can make a post again if you're trying to make a new post too soon? Like -- "Try again in 7 hours" or something like that?
posted by empath to Feature Requests at 7:55 AM PST - 29 comments
trying to find an ask metafilter post about being contacted by a domain registrar claiming someone is trying to register domains involving the trademarks of the recipient of the message. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta to MetaFilter-Related at 3:55 AM PST - 11 comments
As much as I love MetaFilter, I hate its color scheme / stylesheet! (Sorry!) I find it hard to read. I want to permanently
disable the css so that every time I visit the site I only see the basic html. I am using Firefox. [more inside]
posted by betamercapto to Feature Requests at 9:22 AM PST - 66 comments
Hesitate to credit evil when foolishness will do. I see all sorts of maliciousness attributed to my past self-favoriting. Here is the equally unflattering but true reason that used to happen. I thought it was a good way to get back to my comments. If I'd opened my eyes I would have seen that feature is already built in to metafilter. If I've queered the stats, my appologies and please tell me how to fix the problem. One email to me might have prevented all those comments about me. Sorry again, and know I have quit that mistaken habit. Metafilter is not a nest I want to soil.
posted by eccnineten to Etiquette/Policy at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments [closed]
How can I get notified when X topic comes up? For example, I'm interested in a Twin Cities meetup but don't log in every day. Is there a way to make a tag and get MeMail'ed or something when a keyword like Minneapolis or MeetUp is posted? Thanks.
posted by ShadePlant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments
How does metafilter make enough money to keep itself alive? Ostensibly it takes moneyz to run this huge thing (though I will admit I have absolutely no concept of how much) and I'm assuming the $5 start up fee doesn't cover it. I know there are ads, but do people really click on them? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 PM PST - 109 comments
The Business Week forums
have an interesting feature to their non-threaded discussions that I think would make an excellent feature here given the growing size of the user base, and many threads with dozens of comments. They allow a comment to be posted in response to someone else, or to the thread at large. In the heading of the comment, they post the "recipient's" name, which makes following a long discussion easier. [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay to Feature Requests at 11:20 AM PST - 71 comments
Can I have a pony that shows me the most popular / favorited AskMe questions by a specific day, week, month, or tag. If I could, I would ride that pony like I stole it.
posted by jasondigitized to Feature Requests at 6:20 AM PST - 24 comments
Wouldn't the embedded youtube player be nicer in a non-modal draggable element, instead of this dim-the-lights-and-dont-click thing we've currently got?
posted by finite to Feature Requests at 12:55 AM PST - 16 comments