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I was repeatedly censored in a thread while discussing freedom of speech. When I posted again, connecting my censorship directly to the topic, I was censored again. I would like an explanation. [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf to Etiquette/Policy at 11:41 PM PST - 505 comments
Coooooooooooooortex! Happy birthday, dude! I think dude deserves a shoutout for his mod duties, for MeFi music, for all the data crunching, for the fascinating subsites and just for being an all-around outstanding contributor to the site. So, thanks man and again, happy natal anniversary!
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM PST - 154 comments
brought the wonderful Alabama Shakes to my attention. It got me to wondering if MeFi has ever been responsible for helping a musical act "break out" before. We've got a lot of members with blogs, Twitter accounts, etc. so we potentially have a lot of clout but is this something that can be measured?
posted by tommasz to MetaFilter-Related at 1:10 PM PST - 79 comments
I'm trying to find a post that I'm pretty sure appeared in the last year or so. It featured two short stories; both were roughly concerning the subject of Turing tests and computer authenticity. The first was a chat log featuring a man who was locked in a room against his will, or perhaps (the story seemed to suggest) he was actually a computer. The second story was about a person who is convinced by a friend to be part of an experiment where the person has to crawl inside a sensory-deprivation tank, but it turns out they've been a computer all along. I know the post text was probably a quote from the first story. Does anyone remember this post?
posted by koeselitz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:59 PM PST - 3 comments
Is there a reason we can't flag a post without clicking in to the thread? It seems like it adds a click for no reason? Or is this an oddity of my out-of-date browser on an out-of-date OS on an out-of-date macbook?
posted by kavasa to Etiquette/Policy at 6:00 PM PST - 29 comments
I like to read interesting Ask Metafilter questions, although I rarely post anything myself. The Popular Favorites
page is a good way to find these, but I've also noticed that questions with a lot of answers (say, over 50) are usually worth checking out too, even if they don't necessarily get a lot of favorites. Is there any way to view the AskMe site/feed in a way that only shows questions that have received more than a certain number of answers?
posted by theodolite to Feature Requests at 3:09 PM PST - 14 comments
I am somehow suddenly logged into Metafilter as someone else (that I don't know) - without changing cookies or logging out. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom to Bugs at 11:15 AM PST - 70 comments
I just got an iPad (the 3rd gen/newest one, if it matters). In Safari, when I hit the back button from a MeFi post to the main page, I am always taken to the top of the page, instead of where I was last reading. Am I doing something wrong? I don't have this problem on my iPhone.
posted by radioamy to Bugs at 8:22 PM PST - 17 comments
People are pasting urls as text a lot more frequently, it seems, despite how easy it is to make a hyperlink with the "link
" button under the text area. Maybe it has to do with people using mobile devices? In any case, would it be possible to add a routine that would automatically detect for "http://" in the text, and turn them into hyperlinks?
posted by crunchland to Feature Requests at 8:18 PM PST - 71 comments
Can't swipe to favorite anymore. Did y'all disable that function? Or is it on my end? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Bugs at 4:27 AM PST - 61 comments
Perhaps I don't have enough experience on the site to gauge this, but does anyone else find one liner meta comments about threads really annoying and useless? Perhaps this is something that should be mentioned in the guidelines?
From the negative "This will not go well." to the typical sarcastic "This is thread is going nowhere..." to the positive "I'm surprised this went well!", they seem out of place and more about the person writing it than the topic at hand.
When I remember, I'm going to start marking all of these as noise.
posted by smidgen to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 PM PST - 108 comments
helps listeners transcribe their favorite podcasts into text, by fanning out the work involved to followers of the podcast in 30 second snippets, making the transcription process fun and interesting!
posted by TangerineGurl to MetaFilter-Related at 9:39 AM PST - 36 comments
When reading Ask on my iPhone, if I use the back arrow to back out of the question to the main page, it always takes me "back" to March 9th at 730 am. Is it just me?
posted by anastasiav to Bugs at 7:09 PM PST - 25 comments
I suppose the "I know better" attitude is intrinsic to the format of AskMe, but wouldn't it be better to just answer the question as best you can and refrain from attacking other peoples' answers? Being angry because others don't share your opinion is natural , but projecting that
onto someone else you don't even know seems insincere. I also don't see a need for anyone to apologize
because some peoples' opinions are different from yours. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Etiquette/Policy at 8:40 AM PST - 140 comments
is a lousy post and should be deleted. It's outrage filter and we don't have both sides of the story. Some of the links in the thread indicate that the blogger does not have a history of reliable behavior, so they may be nothing to be outraged about.
I think it's bad policy to accept something apparently outrageous prima facie
without delving into it further. If you can't find clarifying links, then don't post.
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 1:32 PM PST - 163 comments
As a Jewish hetero man who has been transported by OK Cupid into the company of some of the creepiest people ever--of all ethnicities--I must respectfully take issue with Metafilter's acceptance of this non-Jew's comment
that we Jews of JDate comprise a "particularly annoying subset." And I was surprised that this post was favorited more than flagged. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz to Etiquette/Policy at 1:30 PM PST - 202 comments
For some time I've been moving around MetaFilter on mobile, and I'm missing the 'Contact Activities' (side bar feature). I can't keep up with my favourite pack nearly as well. [more inside]
posted by de to Feature Requests at 10:28 PM PST - 11 comments
Has anyone else noticed the quick spread of Yay! and Boo! on Metafilter, particularly AskMetafilter? I find it very annoying. I'm wondering whether others have noticed this too. [more inside]
posted by jayder to MetaFilter-Related at 2:59 PM PST - 128 comments
Line breaks are not being stripped in mefi. I wanted to know if it's new site policy or a bug, and if it's new site policy, it would be great if we could talk about it. Thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider to Bugs at 12:49 PM PST - 44 comments
What are some of your favorite AskMe threads which are focused on recommending sci-fi books? It seems like this is a topic which comes up some with some regularity, and I even posted one
myself a few years ago (and got great results). So I'm sure there are many more similar threads out there, and I'd love to see the ones you think are best. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to MetaFilter-Related at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments
Today there's a post
that is only a series of links to a single retail website. The thread head offers no critique or external perspective: it's a glowing recommendation. If I were going to write an ad for that store (knowing mefi is my target sales demographic), it would look a lot like that thread. [more inside]
posted by diorist to Etiquette/Policy at 10:49 AM PST - 267 comments
Ugh, I'm just going to say it: continuously posting to this breakup advice
in Ask is lazy and more often than not it doesn't really fit the situation. I wish people would speak to the actual specific break-up someone is asking about or just stay out of it. [more inside]
posted by nanojath to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 90 comments
Total longshot: I am looking for an askme comment from several years ago (probably between 2007-2009) where a user said they had been employed as a computer programmer by a big bank, designing a program to re-order transactions so that the bank could maximize its overdraft fees. I have searched high and low and can't find it. Help?
posted by yarly to MetaFilter-Related at 3:37 PM PST - 32 comments