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and the year
before, in May, jbushnell
started a MetaFilter thread asking what the coolest thing you could find on the web for X amount of dollars was, and offered to buy the thing he himself deemed "the coolest". jbushnell hasn't contributed to MetaFilter since last October, and May is just about over, so I doubt he plans to show up to post this challenge again. (more inside)
posted by iconomy to MetaFilter-Related at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments
Huh? Here's this week's top ten referrals from my station's counter:
1. no referral
I've had people click on my show from my user page or comments, or even someone else's comment linking my show, but a no comment post from a year and four months before I found this place? And I can't see it having anything to do with any other show in the station, either, though some there do lurk here. What is up with that? Any clues?
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 8:32 PM PST - 17 comments
While Googling around, I found this project
, done by someone at Berkeley, using a Metafilter thread
to point out various types of 'audience'. It seems to have been done to fulfill one of the assignments in this course
, whose professor calls Metafilter a 'news-oriented weblog' in the syllabus (scroll down near the end of the page). Are you a "Sharer of News"? An "Idea Generator"? A "Quoter"? Or could you be a "Contrarian", or perhaps a "Humorist/Summarist"?
posted by evanizer to MetaFilter-Related at 9:52 PM PST - 18 comments
Missing link. There once was an amazingly comprehensive website called Encyclopedia Breakanica (or some variation thereof), but a search on good ole Google
just redirects me to Brittanica
. The beauty of the site was the immense (and searchable) catalogue of samples and the songs in which they were used. I think it was even mentioned on MF in the last year or so.
If it has moved, has anyone seen it? If it is gone, I will sorely miss it...
posted by grabbingsand to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments
Is anyone else having trouble posting comments today, IE5/Mac, the preview works, and when I hit post, nothing happens?? Got rid of my cookies and relogged in, still does not work, any suggestions?
posted by bittennails to Bugs at 5:58 AM PST - 4 comments
After 5 years online publishing hundreds of pages of content, my personal site poprocks.com
has received a cease and desist letter
from Barcelona candy company Zeta Espacial. I write about pop culture, and I am identified with the domain, personally and professionally. I have never tried to sell the domain to anyone, nor have I ever had its value appraised. Do I have any hope?
posted by popvulture to General Weblog-Related at 2:00 AM PST - 47 comments
A suggestion for 'what makes a good post': one in which the main link isn't to a highly bandwidth limited site, such as Tripod or a similar free host, unless you are able to mirror it to another, higher bandwidth site. Here's the most recent example,
but there have been many. An hour after this was posted, it was already slashdotted, before the first comment had been made. This is just annoying and frustrating for those of us who weren't among the N lucky guys first at the gate.
posted by Slithy_Tove to Etiquette/Policy at 7:57 PM PST - 14 comments
Is anyone else unable to login to MeFi, or am I just on Matt's shit list?
posted by wsfinkel to Bugs at 2:39 PM PST - 9 comments
In response to email-harvesters, how about implementing this
as an invisiible link on each metafilter page. It generates an unlimited stream of bogus email addresses, thereby poluting the email list. Spam the spammers!
posted by signal to Feature Requests at 12:09 PM PST - 20 comments
: that the 'imminent death of Metafilter' that has been so long and often predicted is finally beginning to happen. Exhibit A
: A tiny truncated little MeTa flatpage. Exhibit B
: An average of about 12 comments each for the limp and lackadaisical posts in the blue in the last 24 hours... Is the Fat Lady singing? Is that a croco-tear in my eye?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 7:23 AM PST - 83 comments
On some threads
, at the bottom usually, the formatting gets messed up, i guess it's some tag people put in, but i don't see it. after the switch happens i can no longer post in the thread, although i have seen other people continue a thread with bad formatting. just wondering what it is, and, if it's a bad tag, maybe people can start closing them.
posted by rhyax to Bugs at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments
I posted a link on MeFi today to www.badassbuddy.com. It is a website that features tons of buddy icons for AOL IM. Matt took it down and I can't figure out why. Any ideas?
posted by wsfinkel to Etiquette/Policy at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments
I don't know about you, but I'm curious. The membercount has been hovering at 14000 for the last week (?) or so, and just this evening went to 14001
. Strange that the profile for user 14001 says "member since: March 15, 2002." Is there an interesting story here, or do I just need another hobby?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 5:47 AM PST - 35 comments
Out of respect for the dead, and in the interest of keeping this community a respectable forum, could Matt please delete the link
to the Daniel Pearl video . . . And perhaps place a moratorium on this kind of posting in the future? MetaFilter isn't Stile or Rotten.com, and I'd prefer the site not sink to that level.
posted by dogmatic to Etiquette/Policy at 9:52 PM PST - 104 comments
So, I'm digging mefi's RSS feed
, and it finally inspired me to find out what RSS
is really about
. The whole idea seems so strange to me, though -- can I really just grab the feed and put it on another website? My problem is that I've seen more examples of RSS feeds being offered
than examples of RSS being used
. I tried to check out Ben Brown's thing
, but it looks broken. None of the other mentions of RSS
here on MetaTalk helped answer my question.
posted by Eamon to Etiquette/Policy at 6:51 PM PST - 15 comments
The next time someone posts with glee about a criminal being subjected to violent penile colonization, turning the discussion immediately into a referendum on the subject of prison rape (#1 #2
), I hope that person has to spend quality pound-in-the-ass time in MetaTalk as rodii's bitch.
posted by rcade to Etiquette/Policy at 4:20 PM PST - 44 comments
I'm fishing for any interest in a Seattle/Western Wa. mega get-together... I haven't seen anything about folks getting together recently and I figured I'd start the ball rolling.
posted by crankydoodle to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:14 PM PST - 23 comments
With World Cup fanaticism one week away (for some of us ever present), what are guidelines for Metafilter posts (eg vs Sportsfilter posts) ? Thanks.
posted by Voyageman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:47 AM PST - 29 comments
What's Metafilter Timezone? I live in Belgium (same time zone as Paris, Madrid or Amsterdam). I have observed that the Metafilter "midnight" is somewhere in what is my morning. Where is physiscally the server? In what time zone is Metafilter's midnight?
posted by Baud to MetaFilter-Related at 5:13 AM PST - 27 comments
Is there anyway to see a list of expired Textads? If not, can a feature be added to allow us to see a Textad history of what has been posted in the past?
posted by skwm to Feature Requests at 7:51 PM PST - 11 comments
Netscape 6.1 bug: using the browser's back button from inside a thread gives you a popup window asking if you want to download a file of type called "text/html, text/html from http://www.metafilter.com". You have to use the "home" button to get back to the front page, and then scroll down to get back to where you were.
posted by biscotti to Bugs at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments
There seems to be something wrong with the MetaFilter XML feed. I only get "posted by 'whoever »', time and date, and # of comments". Also the XML page
says there is an error.
posted by ashbury to Bugs at 7:55 AM PST - 2 comments
I can't see a preview of my comments in Metatalk using N4.79, and the login screen isn't showing. It worked just fine before the MeFi server outage (*pouts*). It does work correctly in MeFi, tho.
posted by Lynsey to Bugs at 6:19 PM PST - 4 comments
Woo-hoo! A new thread
points to Google! Even better, the poster forgot the "http:/ /" part, and the site doesn't even reflect his point!
My question is this: was it appropriate for me to comment on the thread, ask a pertinent question, provide a couple relevant links, and then immediately come here and slag the thread?
posted by gohlkus to Etiquette/Policy at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments
Hey - is it a bug, my browser, or a glitch: where's the formatting button, ie, BOLD-italic - for Mefi posts? (Win98SE, NS6.2)
posted by dash_slot- to Bugs at 4:51 PM PST - 9 comments
How did the MeFi Swap
work out for everyone else? I will admit that I was amazingly tardy about sending out my mixes, but at the same time, I've only received 3 of the 5 I was expecting. Is there anyone who is still working on their mix? Anyone else wondering "where are those last two discs?"
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter-Related at 11:40 PM PST - 43 comments
Why do people feel
so thoroughly justified
in Google bombing
Why is your opinion about something so important as to justify monkeywrenching the best search engine (if not the best thing) on the net? Why is your self-righteous indignation more important that leaving well enough alone?
If it is so important to you, why don't you build something equivalent with the specific aim of "educating the people" and stop piggybacking off of Google?
I am interested in Matt's opinion on this, since he's one of the ones that set this whole thing off.
posted by Irontom to General Weblog-Related at 9:47 AM PST - 76 comments
I've seen all the links for the New York MeFi shindig; now I'm wondering about Philly. A gauge of general interest in a Philadelphia-area MeFi gathering?
posted by precocious to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments
by Nick Sweeney in Kottke.org about the differences between Plastic and Metafilter. (This is probably too obvious a link, But I thought there must be at least some people here who haven't seen this)
posted by justlooking to MetaFilter-Related at 3:19 PM PST - 54 comments
Strange, I read the post about evolt.org
first, and it got juxtaposed againts mathowie's comments
next, and I am reminded how much I have enjoyed MF over the year I've known it, and still incredulous that Mr. Haughey would be willing to offer so much for so little for so long. So what does one do when a silly little site no one cares about becomes something everybody loves but you (when you are the one that lives with it)?
posted by piskycritter to MetaFilter-Related at 5:02 PM PST - 10 comments
I think I'll press the 'XML
' button and see what happens ... what does 'An invalid character was found in text content. Error processing resource 'http://xml.metafilter.com/rss.xml'. Line 14, Position 152' mean?
posted by feelinglistless to Bugs at 3:41 PM PST - 39 comments
Uh...who the *expletive* is jeff_cook(at)nai.com, and why the *expletive* is he spamming me, and presumably others, with a screenshot of the MeFi donation thanks page?
posted by Su to Etiquette/Policy at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments
It's The Old Problem: You Never Know Who Your MeFi Buddy Is
- but MetaFilter's own Mr Skallas has devised a cunning quiz
that just might help you find that difficult-to-locate alter ego
you've secretly been searching and, indeed, yearning for. Or, if this is not the case, which fellow member has unconsciously been influencing your every word. The rat! [To avoid disappointment, note that this will not tell you, as iconomy's questionnaire did, which MeFi user's posting style you most like - rather it will quite precisely identify which Metafilter user you are most like. Enjoy!
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 7:47 AM PST - 53 comments
According to Friedman of NYT
, "thanks to the Internet and satellite TV, the world is being wired together technologically, but not socially, politically or culturally. We are now seeing and hearing one another faster and better, but with no corresponding improvement in our ability to learn from, or understand, one another. So integration, at this stage, is producing more anger than anything else. As the writer George Packer recently noted in The Times Magazine, 'In some ways, global satellite TV and Internet access have actually made the world a less understanding, less tolerant place.'" In some ways, I tend to agree. What can be done? What should be done to separate rational differences of opinion from hateful propaganda?
posted by semmi to General Weblog-Related at 1:19 PM PST - 17 comments
, any suggestions for weblog directories sorted by category/popularity? How do people narrow down what weblogs to actually read (rather than scan
) regularly. Any helpful discussion/suggestions for readers, instead of writers
? Many thanks.
posted by Voyageman to General Weblog-Related at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments
Would it be very difficult to add a date/time stamp to the "jump to the comment in this thread" links in the "All Comments by (Username)" listing? It would be tremendously useful in tracking living threads.
posted by rushmc to Feature Requests at 6:26 PM PST - 1 comments
Double-posting is haunting me. I always search for something I'm about to post. If there are no results on MeFi, then I go ahead and post it.
But, if someone posted the same subject, but with different wording, it doesn't show up. For example: I searched for same sex classrooms. I found out that there was alread a post on single
sex classrooms. Is there any way for the search to connect to a database of synonomous phrases, and have the option to use that database?
posted by Kevin Sanders to Feature Requests at 2:16 PM PST - 20 comments
On Salon.com, two new articles by Scott Rosenberg
and Steven Johnson
weigh in on, you guessed it, weblogs -- Rosenberg's on blogging itself (and how the mainstream media have reacted to it); and Johnson's on his vision of weblogs as components of an "emerging superbrain". Johnson has some interesting ideas (though who knows if he's right), and Rosenberg probably gets it as well as anyone.
posted by mattpfeff to General Weblog-Related at 11:20 PM PST - 15 comments
This is probably not worth much investigation, but I'm curious to know if it's happening to anyone else. When sorting by "my comments", the commented threads are in reverse chronological order, except that one thread (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/9401
) from July 2001 has for some reason sandwiched itself in between December 2001 threads and threads from 2002.
posted by ljromanoff to Bugs at 11:23 AM PST - 2 comments
"Mickey Kaus has inked an awe-inspiring and deeply lucrative deal with Slate." Is this
the beginning of the end , the end of the beginning, simply irrelevant, or something else altogether?
posted by Voyageman to General Weblog-Related at 9:09 AM PST - 23 comments
For the search page, how about at least one more option: in the past 3 months
. Maybe it's just me, but I seem to always be using it to find threads that are approximately six weeks old. A minor coding change, a major performance change.
posted by dhartung to Feature Requests at 10:28 PM PST - 3 comments
IfI try to read any thread on MetaFilter or MetaTalk and I'm logged in, I get 404, yo. If I'm not logged in, I can read the threads. I've tried logging out and logging back in, and I deleted my MetaCookies.
posted by kirkaracha to Bugs at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments
]As I can't comment on mr_crash_davis's thread, but the "post a new thread" feature is working, this is just to say that, when I try to access MetaFilter I get a "Do you want to download MetaFilter?" window.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Bugs at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments
Do you think this applies to metafilter?
The Natural Life Cycle of Mailing Lists
Kat Nagel - KatNagel@eznet.net
Every list seems to go through the same cycle:
1. Initial enthusiasm (people introduce themselves, and gush a lot about how wonderful it is to find kindred souls).
2. Evangelism (people moan about how few folks are posting to the list, and brainstorm recruitment strategies).
3. Growth (more and more people join, more and more lengthy threads develop, occasional off-topic threads pop up).
4. Community (lots of threads, some more relevant than others; lots of information and advice is exchanged; experts help other experts as well as less experienced colleagues; friendships develop; people tease each other; newcomers are welcomed with generosity and patience; everyone -- newbie and expert alike -- feels comfortable asking questions, suggesting answers, and sharing opinions).
5. Discomfort with diversity (the number of messages increases dramatically; not every thread is fascinating to every reader; people start complaining about the signal-to-noise ratio; person 1 threatens to quit if *other* people don't limit discussion to person 1's pet topic; person 2 agrees with person 1; person 3 tells 1 & 2 to lighten up; more bandwidth is wasted complaining about off-topic threads than is used for the threads themselves; everyone gets annoyed).
6a. Smug complacency and stagnation (the purists flame everyone who asks an 'old' question or responds with humor to a serious post; ne
posted by mecran01 to Etiquette/Policy at 6:13 AM PST - 33 comments
Some customers sites I work at block MetaFilter. Thankfully, Met4filter.org works as a backdoor to the front page, but *.met4filter.org doesn't seem to be in the DNS tables. Can we get that, please?
posted by costas to Bugs at 6:18 PM PST - 17 comments
I don't know if this has been asked for before, or is even good for a "community" web site, but, does anyone think having an extra link from each front page post that cut's out all the commentary and just shows urls to sites that have been linked in the discussion - a way to look at sites without pre-judgements being put in your mind by the comments they are with?
posted by bregdan to Feature Requests at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments
Us declares itself above the law.
Other than one or two people here and there talking about the topic at hand, this thread was basically a shouting match and trolling session. Is this the level of debate that now passes for inteligent from the MetaFilter community?
posted by Zool to Etiquette/Policy at 7:54 PM PST - 20 comments
I'm sure it's an unpopular opinion and I admit it probably has to do with my personal experience of neo-fascist censorship in Portugal, as well as my libertarian views on freedom of expression, but I feel a bit of me dies every time a thread is deleted on MetaFilter. Or perhaps it's just frustration for not being able to read them. Although Matt is as tolerant a person as I know and I've understood the reasons for every deleted thread I was aware of, I truthfully don't think malevolent or stupid posts can't be dealt with by the MetaFilter community such as it is. Why not just leave them be? In time they might just be ignored, as they deserved. But not dignified with deletion. For there is such a thing, IMO.
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 PM PST - 146 comments
So, I was posting a link last night, and through the process I realized, for all the conversations MeTa has about what makes a bad post, I've never seen a list of 50-100 posts that were money. I understand that Matt can't regulate good posts, but is it possible for someone, anyone, to put together a group of 50-100 great posts? Like a VH1 countdown, only better...because it's MeFi.
posted by BlueTrain to MetaFilter-Related at 10:37 AM PST - 20 comments
Morgens from seven to nine is Joerg Kantel, 48, to speak for nobody. The breakfast igelt itself right after the EDP leader citizens of Berlin of the institute for Max-Planck for science history with half-breed dog Zebu at home in the work room. Then Kantel surft by the World Wide Web, fishes important and funny out and spreads its booty, with comments and left garniert, over the web page "shock wave rider". Kantel loves the net Anarchismus: "pressefreiheit for all", demands the ex publisher of an underground newspaper.
posted by pracowity to Bugs at 10:54 PM PST - 15 comments
Back in early April (perhaps not coincidentally, when the weather was warming up nicely), we discussed
the possibility of having a first-ever New England MeFi gathering. There was some enthusiastic response, and crankyrobot, I believe, was even going to look into getting Red Sox tickets.
Within a week (again, perhaps not coincidentally, when the weather crapped out again), interest had sunk like a stone. Now that it's May, and the New Yorkers
have had their little get-together
, is there now any interest in reviving the topic? (The weather is nice again, and the Sox are still winning!)
posted by yhbc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:42 PM PST - 40 comments
Hogging the front page
. Yes, I can read around this, but it takes up pretty much my whole window. As members don't we have some responsibility to keep the front page looking like a log of the web, rather than a Chinese protest wall?
posted by liam to Bugs at 10:54 AM PST - 14 comments
Yesterday I was accused of spamming by my host
. Today 10+ websites and my email service has been shut down.
I am *hoping* I can resolve this asap. But what if they refuse to listen to me.
I'm struck by how helpless I am. Has this ever happened to anyone here? I am close to actually driving to the Dreamhost offices in person.
posted by halcyon to General Weblog-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 32 comments
Why is it okay for MetaFilter to have numerous threads on LOTR, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc including a thread dedicated to the news that there are new scenes added to LOTR: FOTR, but a Spider-man thread
results in guidelines and waffles being mentioned? I understand that the initial post could have been slighty better framed, but apart from that it is following precedents that have already been set. If this thread is deleted, does it imply we no longer discuss movies that a bunch of people here can't wait to see? If so will threads for upcoming Harry Potter, Star Wars, LOTR movies be deleted too?
posted by riffola to Etiquette/Policy at 6:46 AM PST - 53 comments
I’m really confused. This happens often so do try to help me out. The guidelines
describe a good post as a web page that most people haven’t seen which contains interesting content and might warrant discussion. Does a story that ran in a few national newspapers and recieved play on several news networks fit that criteria? Remote Rats, The Clinton Show, Powell Peace Conference, the missing Florida girl and two Massaoui stories can't seem to be defined — according to the guidelines — as a good post. So why are there so many?
posted by raaka to Etiquette/Policy at 11:56 PM PST - 19 comments
We seem to be in the midst of another "what's your favorite X" mini-epidemic: a link which varies from interesting to trivial, followed by an invitation to opine. This time it's sandwiches
, arcade games
, amusing childhood beliefs
. I won't bother to criticize--we've covered that ground many times here already. But I think it's interesting how when these things happen, it only takes one precipitating post to generate several others, seemingly on a "yeah! And hey, what about this
?" principle. What's your
favorite favorite-X question?
posted by rodii to MetaFilter-Related at 10:29 AM PST - 39 comments
blatant ignorance of blogging A-list. He
finds "someone named Meg Hourihan
" to be "very condescending." I've taken my share of shots at the A-list in the past, but this post made me sad. Has the gulf between Metafilter and the weblogging community grown too wide? Are we better off with fewer inter-blog memes, or losing the center in the widening gyre?
posted by junkbox to MetaFilter-Related at 7:22 AM PST - 80 comments
Tangentially related to my post today: Uh...WTF is this
? I'm too delirious right now to go find an explanation, if posted anywhere.
posted by Su to MetaFilter-Related at 5:21 AM PST - 4 comments