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May 31
stories and days
I'd love it if you could choose the number of stories as well as number of days. Then, If the number of stories in the timeframe selected is greater than the max number of stories allowed, only display the number allowed. There are always those weeks where 20 stories are posted every day, and then those weeks where it's closer to five/day.

And, um.. MeFi is kind of slow in dishin' the pages sometimes...
posted by Freakho to Feature Requests at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

May 30
Recently there have been several self-promoting posts, or posts that are for discussion (may2000)
Matt (and everyone)--

Recently there have been several self-promoting posts, or posts that are simply for discussion. I know the problem is getting people to come to Metatalk, but wouldn't this be a better place to put that kind of thing? And while I don't want to volunteer Matt for extra work, maybe a good start would be to start moving those sorts of things here with a note on the front page saying you'd done it.

Just a thought, mind you.
posted by mrmorgan to Etiquette/Policy at 7:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Did you come for the links or for the discussion?
Ok, this *does* belong in MetaTalk, and I'll bet you no one even notices it here...

Has anyone noticed lately which threads are pulling all the comments? This place seems to be half weblog, and half Slashdot lately, and while we do it much better than they do these days (no one left their sense of humor in their other pants, notably, for the most part, and no one's anonymous -- but that's a topic for a different thread) I just think it's interesting the the actual *links* don't get much comment.

It's more the stuff that's almost 'designed' to engender lots of commentary that seems to be quite successful at it. Maybe that's a tautology, but *I* thought it was interesting.

Of course, maybe it's just me.

So many things are just me.
posted by baylink to MetaFilter-Related at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

May 29
Indication of related MeTa threads
In the next design iteration of MetaFilter, it might be nice if on the front page there was some indication that a thread had been added/updated in MetaTalk. I'd wager a guess that at least half the 985 (eep!) members don't even know this section exists.
posted by alan to Feature Requests at 7:43 AM PST - 2 comments

May 26
Server Upgrade
Just an FYI: thanks to the enormous generosity of my dad, there will be a new server for MetaFilter, which should be up sometime next week.

Lately the traffic has been killing the box, and memory is always being maxed out.

The new box will have more than double the horsepower in terms of Mhz and RAM. It'll be kickass.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 12:07 PM PST - 7 comments

No edit feature was forthcoming
The horror! From the ether of the Internet they came. Words misspelled, tags not closed. And there was carnage, and suffering, and the people cried out to The Haghey for an edit feature.

But the serpent Sikk had gained favor in The MetaFilter court, and Haughey hardened his heart. No edit feature was forthcoming.

And the carnage continued. Three score and 4 posters died from shame, all for want of a forgotten pronoun. Again the people cried out to The Haughey. If not an edit feature, why not a preview feature.

But The Haughey would hear none of it. "If I grant you a preview, the Ticket Stubs shall never be done". And thus the MetaFilterites suffered.

Eeep! To much of that wacky god stuff. Anyway, thanks to the magic of bookmarklets, and the incompetence of my managers, (a few weeks of lag time right now, followed by two weeks of non stop overtime work), I present the Preview bookmarklet.

Drag the link to you links toolbar, (just like Deepleap, but without the Sexy Motherfucker), type you comment, and then use the bookmarklet. You post will be previewed in a brand new window. The bookmarklet will work on any page with a single form and single textarea.

It's not quite perfect, I'm not sure what HTML Matt does and doesn't allow, plus my brain hurts too much to grep out the line breaks right now. Also, I didn't feel like dissecting the entire Metafilter style sheet, so your colors and spacing may be a bit off. Let me know if you run into any problems (it's only been tested on the PC side).

Hey, it's free. Deal.
posted by alan to Feature Requests at 9:07 AM PST - 13 comments

May 25
I want links in new windows
I changed my prefs back to having links open in the same window. The prefs tell me that is what is going to happen now, but it never does. I've logged out and in, etc etc, no matter what, the links still spawn a new window.
posted by quonsar to Bugs at 2:27 PM PST - 1 comments

May 24
There are too many blogs out there...
I've been recently introduced to weblogs - well, I read memepool.com for a while, but didn't realize there were a few million others... And that's the problem. There are a few million others. The amount of information and interesting content available is daunting to the point of being depressing.

Yes, it depresses me that there is so much *good*stuff* out there, because I can't possible get to it all! And that's just the internet! There's so much more in Real Life! Aargh... this is such a *plain* thought, but it is a thought that bothers me immensely... maybe I'm just weird.

There may be a bit of a feeling of inadequacy, as well... not sure about that. :-)
posted by whatnotever to General Weblog-Related at 11:27 PM PST - 0 comments

"blogging" is going to get discovered (again?) by the "press."
Folks, this may sound like you've heard it before, but I've got a feeling that "blogging" is going to get discovered (again?) by the "press." That would be a good thing. It would focus on web community instead of web commerce. As a meme, it could take on a momentum all of its own! The AOLers and Everyman would see there's a whole "new" level of social web browsing, which may lead to more action-oriented life choices.
Whaddaya think?
posted by goodhelp to General Weblog-Related at 11:10 PM PST - 0 comments

May 20
I'd love if there was some way to preview a comment before posting it.
I'd love if there was some way to preview a comment before posting it. My spelling stinks, and the text area is too small for me to review my post properly.
posted by Calebos to Feature Requests at 10:32 PM PST - 0 comments

Customize link color pony!
Matt, in the customize section, could you also make it so that one can customize the link colours? I'd really like to change the links from yellow to say orange. Not sure how hard it would be, but it would be a nice addition. Thanks...
posted by riffola to Feature Requests at 3:19 PM PST - 3 comments

May 19
Is there an RSS file for metafilter?
Is there an RSS file for metafilter? I'd love to have the last ten posts on my portal.
posted by katchomko to Feature Requests at 7:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Stuck logged in on MetaTalk.
D'oh - I just noticed it's not easy (actually, it's not possible) to log out of metatalk. Sorry about that, I'll dig in and see what the problem is this weekend.
posted by mathowie to Bugs at 9:34 AM PST - 0 comments

May 18
"New post" indicators gone
Maybe more of a feature request. Anyway, I find that Metafilter resets all too easily .. like if I hit back too many times, and realize I've gone offsite, and come back, I've lost all the "new post" indicators. Argh!
posted by dhartung to Bugs at 3:31 PM PST - 1 comments

May 16
"The URL you are about to post was found in 1 other post(s)." (2000)
I'd like it if, when you're previewing a topic you're about to post, metafilter says something like:

The URL you are about to post was found in 1 other post(s).

lorem ipsum sit amet..
Go to the detail view for this result

please check the thread(s) above to make sure you're not duplicating a previous post.


posted by muta to Feature Requests at 4:04 PM PST - 3 comments

May 15
Line spacing
I have noticed, in the last coulple of days, that the *second* and following comments on a story have a tighter line spacing than the story itself and the first comment...
posted by baylink to Bugs at 6:48 AM PST - 1 comments

I got my first anonymous flame today
I got my first anonymous flame today. Question to more experienced hands: Does this kind of thing happen a lot?
posted by mattw to General Weblog-Related at 5:31 AM PST - 2 comments

May 12
Blogger turns off remember me
Let's give Blogger a nod for turning off the 'remember me' feature until Microsoft fixes its cookie problems.

Now if they'd just get FTP working with my server (-:

posted by alan to General Weblog-Related at 1:50 PM PST - 0 comments

May 10
Clicking on a username in Metatalk gives me an error
Clicking on a username in Metatalk gives me the following error:

Template file not found.
HTTP/1.0 404 Object Not Found



posted by Calebos to Bugs at 2:01 PM PST - 1 comments

HTML Tidy
I realize I'm probably the last person on the web to have noticed this program, but HTML Tidy is pretty cool. It's an open source utility for cleaning up HTML: closing mismatched tags, etc. It seems that Haughey currently has to go in at times and close tags that posters leave open. I wonder if filtering entries through a program like this could save him from that chore. I'm sure this isn't the only utility of its type; does anyone know of others?
posted by harmful to Feature Requests at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

new posts, new comments
It Would Be Nice If, from the Meta topic page, you could see the "new posts, new comments" numbers for the individual topic pages (especially if that included a flag for any place you'd been followed up).

Sometimes I'm just keeping up with my own patch, sometimes, I have *time* to be looking for new stuff.
posted by baylink to Feature Requests at 8:15 AM PST - 0 comments

MeTa: "Back" link working logically but not helpfully.
The returned URL from a MetaTalk comment posting is not identical to the page from which you posted it, which means that "Back" takes you back to the comment page with the filled in form, rather than back to the parent page, a feature I'd always rather liked...
posted by baylink to Bugs at 7:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Flag Threads to Follow
I'd really like to have some way to flag threads taht I'd liek to follow. I'm finding that certain thread die off, but I think that it is just because the topics drop down the page and people don't bother to scroll down.

It would be difficult to develop a UI for this... maybe a link at the top of the page to toggle "view all/view flagged."

Just a thought.
posted by Calebos to Feature Requests at 6:11 AM PST - 5 comments

May 9
List of our websites pls!
well matt. this is what you need to make, and it should be simple since you have the db already storing it.

a page sorted by letter of metafilter user's websites.
posted by sikk to Feature Requests at 6:55 PM PST - 2 comments

two little peeves with the new get-up
two little peeves with the new get-up:

1. my prefs didn't carry over and I'm not sure how to customize metatalk to have smaller font sizes... [esp the new black n white header topics]

2. how do we click back to metafilter from metatalk? the ALT tag on the lefthand metatalk pic still sez metafiler but it just gets me to metatalk home currently...

posted by jessamyn to Bugs at 10:26 AM PST - 1 comments

May 8
Weblog. A link
Weblog. A link, a one to two sentence comment. Usually links to another weblogger. The web is completely known. Time to pack up and leave.

Occasionally someone with say something half-way intelligent about web trends, or unknown/misunderstood webthings, and sometimes that person will not be speaking from their own point of view as a dot-com person, but will try to take a critical perspective and derive some insight about the Internet society, and not simply the Internet marketplace.

I'll be damned if half the riothero's of the weblog world would stop writing essays on how get hits and do the above more often.

And another thing -- Is there anyone who simply reads weblogs. (Personally, I am a buswaiter at a trendy Internet restaurant, but I have a homepage I've been revising....)
posted by rschram to General Weblog-Related at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

One of those posts that eventually led to projects....
Ok,

Here's the deal. I have a new project that I have been working on that I think might be of interest to the Metafilter community. The project is:

1) Not-for-profit
2) Community oriented (not a personal page)
3) Interestingly experimental
4) Thrives on participation

I've read through the posting guidelines and this seems to walk a VERY thin line of self promotion. I must admit I do want the traffic. But the main reason I want the traffic is because I want to hear what people have to say. I also honestly believe people here might be interested in the conversation as well. How dose that work out? Where is the line?
posted by shmuel to Etiquette/Policy at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Early Metatalk bug (May 2000)
When clicking on the MetaTalk in the nav bar on anypage that isn't the first, it's going to the old metatalk address.
posted by corpse to Bugs at 5:10 AM PST - 1 comments

show me new stuff
What if you could set an option to hide everything that isn't new? Meaning, MetaFilter only shows me new topics, and topics that have new comments posted to them.
posted by muta to Feature Requests at 12:02 AM PST - 1 comments

May 7
I plead "supidity"?
Open Letter to Mr. Zeldman, Mr. Davis & Mr. Haughey:
Well, guys, what can I say...I plead "supidity"?

I recently contributed to turning a thread, which I'm sure was intended for all well-wishers to Glenn Davis their fondest thoughts... into my soapbox about how sites shouldn't be judged, and contributed to the silliness. For that I'm deeply ashamed. [More groveling inside...]
posted by EricBrooksDotCom to Etiquette/Policy at 10:53 PM PST - 1 comments

commenting ponies
Three comments (besides the fact that I love Metafilter):

- Don't count your own replies as new comments
- The new comment count is mysterious. Is that 10 new since the last time I visited the site, clicked on a link (in other words if I stopped reading and came back later), last time I read that particular post, I dunno. I always think I'm missing replies because I read slow. (Multitasking, of courese)
- Preview button for comments too!

Keep up the good work all!
posted by fooljay to Feature Requests at 10:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Open Source MetaFilter Code
Perhaps this isn't a "feature", but has there been any thought of open sourcing the metafilter, etc, code, similar to how Slashdot does it? Just curious.
posted by vitaflo to Feature Requests at 9:37 PM PST - 2 comments

What's up with the funny indentations at Metafiler?
What's up with the funny indentations at Metafiler?
posted by hobbes to Bugs at 9:34 PM PST - 2 comments

how about having the word "new" link to an anchor
After each post, where it says "x comments (x new)," how about having the word "new" link to an anchor of the first new comment on that link's comments page?
posted by Nikolai to Feature Requests at 9:17 PM PST - 1 comments

New and improved Metatalk
The new and improved MetaTalk is now live. Feel free to tell me what you think about it, and bring up any bugs you find in the bugs area.

The old format was date based, like the weblog, but things discussed here weren't really date dependent. If someone asked for a new feature or highlighted a bug, and I didn't fix it in a week, the post was basically gone forever.

I think the new format meshes better with the way I'd like MetaTalk used - discuss and read topics based on the subject, instead of the date.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:23 PM PST - 3 comments

May 3
Spike in Traffic?
Is it just me, or has MF traffic spiked recently? Matt, you have the logs, has something specific happened?
posted by fil! to MetaFilter-Related at 1:32 AM PST - 6 comments

May 2
Starting a QA Dept
Soon enough it may be time for Papa Meta to hand out bright orange "Board Monitor" vests and send a group of hard-hitting patrollers out into the world, or at least Metafilter. Perhaps this is a question for Matt to pose, but I would be interested in seeing what means people can think of for keeping Metafilter the quality discussion area that it is. (please excuse me if this was previously discussed, I can't seem to remember it being a topic before...)
posted by bryanboyer to Etiquette/Policy at 5:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Comment permalinks!
New Feature: You can now target comments on MetaFilter by using the permalinks. So, say, if you wanted to say "Winer is crazy sometimes!" on your own site or in a metafilter comment, you can now link directly to that.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments