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MeFi Meetup Update: Vegas Meetup suffers from lack of attendance. I'd say that what happens in vegas stays in vegas, but in this case it seems nothing happened.
posted by mystyk to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments
Chicago MetaFilter Get-Together?
Delilah's on 6/2 - 8PM. Is this on for sure? I ask because there is an electronic music festival thingy happening at the same time. Any alternate locations/dates we can meet?
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:51 AM PST - 19 comments
I really didn't like the way the drakepool thread in MeTa went yesterday. It reminded me too much of the ripper IRC tragedy. I don't have any answers, but I think that could have gone better.
posted by warbaby to Etiquette/Policy at 7:50 AM PST - 123 comments
Please obliviate drakepool. He wants his metafilter output erased and his time here behind him. He can't communicate what he think anyway. He content to go back to laying his nonsense on his friends...
posted by drakepool to Bugs at 12:22 PM PST - 92 comments [closed]
Trying to find a copy of the video of the insecure/incompetent (student) weatherman from this thread
. It's dead (and I searched thru many pages of compfused). Anyone got a copy/link?
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter-Related at 8:23 AM PST - 13 comments
Michigan MeFi Camping Trip. I know there's only six or seven of us, but I was wonderin' if there was any interest. I got some great land in Mancelona
(4 1/2 hrs from detroit, 3 from G.R.), we could drink beer and shoot some guns and catch some fish. more fun than hanging out at some fruity sushi bar and showin' off our fancy pants leather jackets.
posted by Baby_Balrog to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:36 AM PST - 60 comments
CANCELLED: I call New Jersey Meetup: Saturday, June 4th, 7:30 PM at the Hard Grove Cafe. Ask yourself: Does cuban food and lots of sangria sound good to you?
posted by lilboo to MetaFilter gatherings at 8:33 AM PST [!]
[Unless someone else wants to take it over. I'm just not up to it anymore.]
posted by lilboo to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:57 AM PST - 63 comments [closed]
Having never been to a Metafilter meetup, I have a question.
Do people gravitate together in chat groups in the same way they do online? Do the snarky posters just wander over and interject something trollish?
I know people personally that fit many personalities found here, and just wondered how much MeTa spills over into real life, by those who have met them.
posted by Balisong to MetaFilter-Related at 11:55 PM PST - 70 comments
so, are there differences between the posting limits (once per week) on ask.mefi and metafilter proper? In other words, once you've posted anywhere on the Mefi network, do you have to wait a week to post elsewhere, or is the posting limit unique to each area?
Also, it would be cool if "best answers" were tallied for each user, and posting frequency tied to it somehow. Or not. Please don't hurt me.
posted by mecran01 to Feature Requests at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments
Matt, can you please add Wikipedia to the list of places to check on the AskMe post a question
page? A number of times
, I've noticed perfectly cromulent answers were in there. In fact, I bet Mefites can suggest at least a couple other "check here first" sources.
posted by Plutor to Feature Requests at 1:50 PM PST - 25 comments
Hey guys. How do you create a thread in Projects? Can't seem to figure this out. Thanks.
posted by echodolphin to Bugs at 12:13 AM PST - 39 comments
What are the economics of metafilter? I assume that everyone gets some enjoyment out of posting things of interest (in economics terms, intrinsic motivation), but what sort of extrinsic payoff motivates posters in terms of posts -- number of replies? controversy? "this is good" statements? [more]
posted by blahblahblah to Etiquette/Policy at 11:37 PM PST - 47 comments
Flagging a comment results in a "Error Occurred While Processing Request" message.
Element SITE is undefined in URL
Also, there are no tags on the MeTa page for Bold, Italic or Link and there is no option for "more inside".
posted by mlis to Bugs at 3:12 PM PST - 3 comments
I don't know what it was about this
post that makes me suspicious. (Wait, it's the cafepress link.) I can't say for *sure* that this is a lame-ass shill for some lame-ass shirts. (more inside)
posted by absalom to MetaFilter-Related at 2:40 PM PST - 38 comments
IMPROMPTU NYC MEET-UP FEVER:
We must fête in recognition of our wandering Odysseus
, who will be holding down 212 later this week.
THIS WEEK, please choose either: Thursday, May 26 *or* Friday, May 27, 2005. Who's in for what?
posted by naxosaxur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:53 PM PST - 57 comments
What is the origin of shout-outs at meetups? It seems like a strange tradition. For that matter, when was the first meetup?
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:03 AM PST - 32 comments
First International MeFi Zürich Meeting. (Or at least the first one I know of). 24 May, from 8pm somewhere.
is in town for one night so I'm showing him around town. Any other MeFi's are more than welcome to join! (MI)
posted by sebas to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:09 AM PST - 4 comments
MeFiChi? I'm going to be in Chicago from 5/28 thru 6/7. Any Mefites up for throwing back some adult beverages?
Side note: any Mefites considering attending any IML related events?
posted by FlamingBore to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:47 PM PST - 22 comments
As a consumer, I've had a few very good and very bad experiences with service providers, recently. It'd be great if MetaFilter had a subsection to share these experiences to help the community share the joy and avoid the pain. Reviewing products and services where more people will see them is great way to improve services for everyone, and would have the potential for greater effect than discussing these things on our own weblogs. Perhaps this would be another way to harness the community positively in the way Ask MetaFilter has. How about it?
posted by nthdegx to Feature Requests at 8:26 AM PST - 32 comments
Help me find the flash site with the Coltrane score! It was posted in the blue maybe 3-4 months ago, and the visual was of a highrise being constructed, IIRC.
Apologies if this belonged in AskMe, but it IS Metafilter-related.
posted by aberrant to MetaFilter-Related at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments
Where do MeFites live? I've been aware for a while of our denizens living in Chile and So. Korea, but recently have seen postings from Uganda and Japan as well. Is there any listing and/or breakdown of members' self-reported locations similar to the professions list?
posted by matildaben to MetaFilter-Related at 2:24 PM PST - 46 comments
In the discussion of last month's NYC meetup, mention was made of another meetup to be held a month or so later, perhaps with a special guest star. Anything ever happen with that?
posted by UKnowForKids to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments
Lawrence, Kansas Metafilter meetup, Friday night, eight o'clock. Due to popular demand, the meetup is happening at the Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire.
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:13 PM PST - 19 comments
So within the last two months or so, there was a thread posted to the blue regarding a new 'people search' website. Lots of comments regarding stalking promptly followed. My attempts at searching the archives have failed. Am I imagining this post?
posted by item to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 PM PST - 12 comments
LA Meetup reminder! As per this bug report
, I thought I might post a last minute reminder where it may be seen. Per SpaceKitty:
May 18 at 7 pm at Guelaguetza
3014 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006-2516
Predictably, under the name "Matt". Barring unforeseen circumstances, I will be there
posted by mzurer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:39 PM PST - 18 comments
I like this post
, and I like similar posts. But based on recent history, if it was from any other poster, it would result in a lot of people complaining in the thread and calling for its deletion. I just want the over-zealous self police enforcers around here to consider that, and step back a little to consider how they have contributed to the site recently. Please help make MetaFilter a more relaxed and friendly place, with in-thread bickering especially kept to a minimum.
posted by Pretty_Generic to Etiquette/Policy at 6:03 PM PST - 31 comments
Good idea: Playing with kittens. Bad idea: posting
the address and phone number of someone tangentially involved in a news story, who didn't do anything wrong, can't do anything about the situation, and actually tried to help in the only way he could. Oh yeah, and who may not even be the actual person referred to in the story.
posted by Saucy Intruder to Etiquette/Policy at 5:19 PM PST - 11 comments
I am not a fan of "why did you delete my comment"? posts, but, er, feel compelled to ask... Why delete the three comments in the NYT thread which linked to other online papers? Maybe they should have been more verbose, but I think the point they were making is clear - there's a whole variety of fish in that online paper sea, why get so het up about the NYT?
posted by handee to Etiquette/Policy at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Not MetaFilter-related, I know, but does anyone know what happened to Math+1?
"This page is not available. The service for this site has been suspended."
posted by fandango_matt to Bugs at 1:42 PM PST - 14 comments [closed]
My bad: this post
is probably worded a bit awkwardly; should probably be something more like "commerce clause grants congress the exclusive power to regulate interstate commerce" or something like that. Point being that other bodies (e.g. state legislatures) aren't allowed. If clear enough, let it sit. Thanks.
posted by rkent to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments
Why do anonymous posts seem to come in bursts on AskMeFi? It seems that more often than not, 3 or 4 anonymous questions pop up in a row (for instance: today 1
) Do anonymous questions sit in an approval queue before being posted to the main site, or is this phenomena purely coincidental?
posted by nitsuj to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 AM PST - 16 comments
Can I just make a frustration-vent post? These days it seems like MeFi is down constantly, several times a day, and to be honest... I'm getting to the point where I'm about ready to move on to another spot. The problem is that, for me, my main community site is like comfort food; it's a place that I can always pop into to see posts and comments from the people I know, and I can always fill in a time gap or soothe my real-life-related nerves by browsing there. But one of the things about comfort food is that it has to be easy and accessible, and lately, MeFi... isn't. So I have some questions...
posted by taz to Bugs at 4:03 AM PST - 154 comments
View my threads not working for anyone else? Just on the Metafilter feed; AskMe and MeTa working fine. I
keep getting a CFQUERY error & a timeout.
posted by Civil_Disobedient to Bugs at 11:11 PM PST - 4 comments
On thread pages in AskMe, can the More Inside section be indented like the answers are, or otherwise differentiated from the start of the post?
posted by cillit bang to Feature Requests at 5:15 AM PST - 8 comments
Is it no longer acceptable to leave a comment with simply a period - ".
" - in a thread so you can keep track of it via your profile page? I still see it happen in the blue but don't see it often in the green, and it now seems one of my comments like that was just deleted in the green... I don't want to piss on anyone here about that, just trying to figure out if it is cool to do it or not.
posted by pwb503 to Etiquette/Policy at 1:51 PM PST - 45 comments
Ack! I misformatted this question, and now it makes no sense: http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/18721. So, now on top of using my question quota for the week, it's in a way that no one know what it means without clicking on the link, and I don't know how many will click on it with the too brief description given.
Can I get it erased so I can repost it? Are there other options? Thanks.
posted by spinifex23 to Bugs at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments
Malicious Insects: Starting today, as soon as I click Spell Check when posting a comment with Firefox (version 1.03 in Fedora Core 3) my browser immediately crashes. This didn't occur yesterday or previously in the same environment. Also, doesn't happen on my Windows XP machine with Firefox 1.03.
Now that I think about it since I'm on Fedora Core 3 instead of Windows or a Mac, I'll probably just have to live with it.
posted by melt away to Bugs at 6:36 AM PST - 13 comments
"And that clot is blocking your wife's cervix."
, bait emotionally susceptible people with some easy trollery. Second
, after you've drawn out some victims, call them "shallow hags" and tell them to "take [their] self-absorbed neuroses to an appropriate forum." Third
, deliver the knockout blow: attack them with their own medical conditions!
All in a day's work for Mayor Curley: defeating infertile, shallow internet hags everywhere.
posted by Mid to Etiquette/Policy at 11:51 AM PST - 149 comments
For some reason, I'm not getting notification of new posts to MetaFilter through bloglines. Is anyone else experiencing similar problems?
posted by Gamblor to Bugs at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments
Why do people keep asking medical questions
on AskMe when the reply is ALWAYS going to be "See a doctor?" Should we have a message like they have on doctors phone lines that says, "If you think you have a medical problem, don't ask us, GO SEE A DOCTOR." in the AxMe posting page?
As a broader question, is community decision making and the internet replacing common sense?
posted by SpecialK to Etiquette/Policy at 1:11 PM PST - 70 comments
has a link that points to the homepage of some site with the article everyone wants to blather on about. But, the posted link is not a permalink
-- this is
, the other is not.
It's hard enough linking to sites that might disappear in a year or so, making the archives redundant, but to link in this slipshod way will probably make this post defunct within a week, month? Perhaps a little tiny wee blurb on the posting page would help?
Itty Bitty Rant Over. Comments please.
posted by gsb to Etiquette/Policy at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments
Maybe there's a time for NewsFilter, maybe there isn't; but can we all agree that posts about politicians' sex lives are a complete waste of space and time?
posted by nthdegx to MetaFilter-Related at 2:42 AM PST - 66 comments
Why did C17H19NO3's AskMe update of his prom question get deleted? I can see there's 14 responses, but clicking through I get the "move along" stuff.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 6:52 PM PST - 50 comments
Can we get a "gifts" category in AskMe? People seem to ask for gift ideas quite often, and it doesn't really belong in "shopping" because it's about brainstorming, not sourcing.
posted by orange swan to Feature Requests at 5:49 AM PST - 11 comments
Due to my poor observation skills, multiple previews were unable to bring to my attention the error here
. There should be an "IS" between "JAPAN" and "SO"--if it isn't too much trouble, would a mod please fix my mistake?
posted by schroedinger to MetaFilter-Related at 9:52 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
Obviously features hardly ever get implemented, but here's an easy one: Including new posts without comments in the 'Recent Comments' sort view. This would resemble the sorting that is done on nearly all forum systems, and I think it would be goddamned nifty.
posted by angry modem to Feature Requests at 5:07 PM PST - 27 comments
Can you unmark an answer as a best question? Like you haven't had any caffeine yet, and your vision's all burry, and woops you clicked on the wrong one.
posted by xmutex to Feature Requests at 8:34 AM PST - 30 comments
How about enclosing individual comments in a div? This would make the site friendlier to things like greasemonkey (if this is considered desirable).
posted by Capn to Feature Requests at 8:30 AM PST - 12 comments
Now might be a bad time, but PartisanFilter (#1
) today seems hardly "the best of the web." Particularly focused on #1 as it's just an "ActionAlert' for something that somebody thinks is Really Imporant and was already discussed in a NewsFilter
FPP two days ago.
posted by thedevildancedlightly to Etiquette/Policy at 3:19 PM PST - 262 comments
I've tried searching MeFi for similar requests, so please don't shoot me if this happens to have been requested before.
Anyhow, in the Ask MeFi section, wouldn't be handy if one could see the number of days one has to wait before being able to ask the next question?
posted by koenie to Feature Requests at 2:21 PM PST - 15 comments
Look, that deleted thread had an interesting Q&A about #mefi where I learned quite a bit. You'll certainly delete this one, but did you even read it before you bombed it?
Bad job. Totally unreasonable.
posted by breezeway to Etiquette/Policy at 1:40 PM PST - 180 comments
So I can't post to Ask Metafilter:
Error Occurred While Processing Request
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket to Bugs at 11:03 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
How many MeFites are there in the Burlington, VT; Plattsburgh, NY area? I would like to see a possible meet-up in the future, if there are enough interested.
posted by C17H19NO3 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments
We're going bowling!
Put on your shoes
! Ad-hoc last-minute pre-meet at a bar downtown which will be revealed to prior thread commenters in an email from me. I'd post the locale of the bar, but a MeFite works there and has requested privacy in this matter. Mum's the word.
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:09 PM PST - 30 comments
Two FPP's on the front page need a warning for loud music and auto-download. Stupidsexyflanders' Expressionless Girl
has incredibly loud and irritating embedded music and indices Widget of mass destruction
, the first link downloads a widget to your computer without warning.
Both should have had a warning about the links.
posted by fenriq to Etiquette/Policy at 9:54 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]
What is the [!] feature? I've searched MeFi, MeTa, Ask and Wiki and haven't found any explanation of flagging a post, how it works or what it does? Help a FNG out...
posted by warbaby to MetaFilter-Related at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments
So say I find a product on the web...I buy said product, and it is revolutionary for its purpose (using your mouse...it is a combo of mouse pad/teflon feet/teflon wax from the same company), would it be wrong/shameless to link said product on MetaFilter? (I am in no way related to this company other than I bought the products and I find them to be truly amazing). I simply want to share the love with any gamers/designers that could benefit from its use.
posted by gren to Etiquette/Policy at 10:58 AM PST - 25 comments
I've really enjoyed reading and participating in the coverage
the UK general election has received at MetaFilter, particularly the follow-up threads
(which, in one case, might otherwise have been dismissed as news filter). Contrasting points of view expressed intelligently and with measure. Well done.
posted by nthdegx to MetaFilter-Related at 6:22 AM PST - 11 comments
I'm fairly new around these parts, so forgive me if this is stupid question, but why does MetaFilter occasionally just wink out of existence? This doesn't seem to happen to most of my other favorite sites.
posted by CrunchyGods to Uptime at 5:52 PM PST - 46 comments
Misdirecting link? in this askme thread
, there are "Older" and "Newer" links at the bottom. However, the "Older" link goes to a question from May 1, though the thread index is, indeed, one lower than the original. It appears that the thread indexes are not chronologically assigned. Is this intentional?
posted by aberrant to Bugs at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments
I just wanted to say that it's somewhat refreshing to see a thread about women's issues
without any useless "yuck!" comments from the XY crowd. Thought it'd be good to say something nice for a change.
I almost posted this in the thread, which would have been deliciously ironic.
posted by RikiTikiTavi to Etiquette/Policy at 1:05 PM PST - 153 comments
Sorry about that, but for the first time since I started hosting mefi at server matrix, there was an outage:
D2 OUTAGE: www.metafilter.com Last Updated: 05/04/2005 19:05:17 Details: This server did not come back online after reboot. We will investigate shortly.
(bwalker-05/04/2005 19:05:17): This server would not power on. We have swapped the chassis and this machine is now powered up and responding to ping and RDC.
But all should be good now.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 5:44 PM PST - 59 comments
Sorry for the short-notice reminder, it snuck up. Portland, Oregon MeFi Meetup, May 7th, 5:30, Lucky Lab Brewpub in Hawthorne
. Same time, same place, same cast and crew, and hopefully some new faces. We'll be meeting out back by the parking lot in the covered area so that those that want can bring their pooches. See you then!
posted by SpecialK to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:10 AM PST - 16 comments
Slutfilter: I hate to sound like a prude, but the Pam Anderson/Kentucky Fried Cruelty ad isn't really SFW. I work in a tutoring lab and have had two students ask me what I'm lookin' at...
posted by notsnot to Etiquette/Policy at 4:30 PM PST - 53 comments
I'm not completely sure who is babysitting Metafilter while Matt has way
more important things going on, but I just wanted to say "Thanks" to whomever is keeping an eye on things and also "Thanks" to the community for (apparently) keeping the chaos to a minimum while he's away.
posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 AM PST - 33 comments