What methods are available for archiving chosen content from MetaFilter (e.g. your contributions, favourite threads and comments, and so on)? I was thinking about using ScrapBook for Firefox to manually save some stuff. How else might one achieve this though? I ask because a psychic told me MeFi will permanently die this Monday. posted by sjvilla79 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:19 PM PST - 22 comments
There seems to be no clear way to contact the administrators for users who are not familiar with the site. Could we add a contact link up in the top nav section, or somewhere obvious? posted by spaghetti to Feature Requests at 6:46 AM PST - 23 comments
Almost a year ago, I asked metafilter what to do to remove carpet glue from hardwood floors, and a not insignificant number of people asked for an update. Here it is. posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 3:04 PM PST - 15 comments
I've noticed that AskMefi has a high turnover rate these days, and some questions don't get answered because they age too quickly.
Suggestion: how bout we have two columns of questions instead of one? So that older questions show up next to the newest one - and have a longer life? posted by mammary16 to Feature Requests at 12:04 PM PST - 155 comments
Any D.C.-area mefites interested in using the local opening of An Inconvenient Truth as an excuse for a meetup, say, the weekend after next? posted by gsteff to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:48 AM PST - 17 comments
How can I filter out responses from a particular user on Metafilter? Will it work on Mozilla 1.7.x or must I use Firefox? [more inside] posted by intermod to Feature Requests at 4:38 AM PST - 37 comments
Is there a way to get an RSS feed of http://ask.metafilter.com/search_comments.mefi?user_ID=NNNNN ?
If not, could that happen at some point? Some users tend to give really interesting answers no matter what question is being asked, and it'd be nice to be able to be notified when they jump in. posted by dmd to Feature Requests at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments
Jessamyn, Matt, you might want to specially watchguard this thread.
Assuming the poster is not trolling for his own amusement, then it'd be useful to remove the mocking posts out of it, especially if this guy thinks the whole world is out to get him. posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 PM PST - 196 comments
Pony: All posts by user suchandsuch tagged soandso? As it is, on a user's posting page, there's a list of frequently-used tags, but if you follow the links, you get all posts so tagged, when what you might expect (and even, in some cases, want) is just that user's posts so tagged. posted by kenko to Feature Requests at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments
I found a great page that has been posted on another high profile community. That page is a .swf image I wish to print in a large size. I had planned on posting on Askme on how to do this.
I also find the image cool (and informative) enough that I thought it would be great material for The Blue-though I have reservations about posting it on both pages. Additionally this page was just shown on digg.com, so it may be old hat anyway.
All I'm saying is that sometimes people don't always know exatly how they'd like to express themselves. AXMETATILTER RULES ALL THE OTHER BITCHES! jesadmin is AWESOME and LAME at the same time. I love her contribution, but I do agree that the CHATFILTER has been kind of out of control. I'm drunk, and I want to fight. Seriously, though, I don;t have any problem with anone. I agree that the pruning has been inconsistent. I love you. this is a good link to explain it all. YEAH. My boy browner is the best. Anyway, the point of this post is that Metafilter has become bittersweet. Thoughts? posted by TurkishGolds to Etiquette/Policy at 12:27 AM PST - 45 comments [closed]
Actual question: As a sensitive, caring, intelligent, non-lecherous male, how do I fuck the shit out of anything that walks, regardless of race, religion, income, social stigma or species? The content of this post makes me want to vomit, but it's the tone that really makes it ick-tastic. Congrats to the original poster, at least you have the prowess to post onymously. posted by |n$eCur3 to Etiquette/Policy at 10:51 AM PST - 76 comments
hi. i've just found out about an upcoming symposium series that i think would really be appealing to the sort of folks that frequent metafilter. however, the event is taking place next week here in toronto, and therefore people not-in-toronto might not care. is this kosher? i can spice the post up with links to interesting projects from previous years if that would make it not suck. posted by sergeant sandwich to Etiquette/Policy at 11:31 PM PST - 14 comments
Twicenow I have gone to post a comment and the comment has been posted three times. But both times, I only hit "post comment" button once. Can someone please explain to me why this is happening (and delete the excess comments, please?) posted by Effigy2000 to Bugs at 9:35 PM PST - 18 comments
Could we get a clean-up in this thread? It was a perfectly valid MetaFilter post that had a phrasing that simply asked for discussion. It nonetheless met the guidelines and should be allowed to remain without all the noise of whether or not it belongs in the blue or green. Asking for discussion is only wrong in that it's redundant. Discussion will most likely occur whether or not the post is framed as a question. So the original poster's only mistake, IMHO, was mentioning the inevitable. posted by SeizeTheDay to Etiquette/Policy at 7:26 AM PST - 41 comments
This user links to his own blog in six answers from the thirteen he has provided for other AskMe users, including recommending his own blog as one of his favourites. His only comment on the blue links to his blog. I am reluctant to bring this up as the answers he provides are generally helpful, on the other hand he seems more likely to help if he can link to his website. I guess Matt can decide is this is insidious spamming or not. posted by fire&wings to Etiquette/Policy at 5:05 AM PST - 8 comments
My friend and I were discussing MeFi and came to a point of contention when estimating the number of new users MeFi receives per day. My guess was 5 to 10, his was 25 or more. Perhaps this argument can be laid to rest here. How many new users does MeFi average per day? posted by c:\awesome to MetaFilter-Related at 7:36 PM PST - 53 comments
Google-analytics.com. What's the upshot of my blocking scripts from this site/service? Does this effect advertising or revenue for metafilter? [more...] posted by tiamat to Etiquette/Policy at 7:01 PM PST - 13 comments
As I scroll through a page I would prefer to have the masthead, with its useful navigation links, stay in place at the top of my screen. Is there any way I can make this happen? posted by jamjam to Feature Requests at 6:25 PM PST - 6 comments
Stinky Kitty vs. Baby? This post seems to be about to turn into a debate regarding kittens' ability to survive versus infants'. Very interesting. posted by k8t to Etiquette/Policy at 5:54 PM PST - 14 comments
When is it OK to point out something that may be very important even if it does not directly address an AskMe? This post is from a person who acknowledges "borrowing" a neighbor's open WiFi connection. I would like to know if MeTa thinks I was out of line in posting this and this. The resulting response bothers me. I tried to be both helpful and understanding that she may be unaware of potential legal issues with "borrowing" wifi, and gave protective advice to her about being safe when she gets her own WiFi, too. Am I guilty of a derail, or is this kind of discourse acceptable on AskMe? posted by twiggy to Etiquette/Policy at 1:50 PM PST - 92 comments
I'd like to point out that FeedRinse is a wonderful tool for filtering web feeds that are produced by multiple authors. It filters out posts if they contain certain terms. I've already created a couple of MeFi channels. This one filters: pepsi, israel, religion, newsfilter, congress, fitz, rove, federal, eff, google and perjury. This feed filters the terms I've outlined already, plus the words 'iraq' and 'apple'. And this Metatalk feed filters the following terms: video, flag, dios, spoiler, delete, chatfilter, pony and editorializing. I thought about adding the term 'ban' to that one but sometimes those posts are *too* entertaining. posted by gsb to MetaFilter-Related at 6:25 AM PST - 25 comments
Not Important Just Expression: I just have to say that I love metafilter. I have been aided in so many ways for years, by this wonderful place. I don't know when I started, but I know it carried me through 9-11 for example. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the founders and maintainers, for the ethic and for helping us maintain the spirit. I thank each and every one of you. posted by swlabr to MetaFilter-Related at 8:57 AM PST - 16 comments
When is the best time for a UK mefite to post in Askme for a quick response. I'd assume this would involve establishing the area/timezone the majority of me-fites are in and when they logon / read and respond. Where are you and when do all y'all "check in" or do your posting?
The Eurovision post had the winner's name in the title. Could there not have been some consideration for people living in countries where it is has not been shown yet?
I look forward to watching it tonight, and while my life doesn't hinge upon who wins, there's a certain pleasure in finding out.
Can this either be edited with a big SPOILER INSIDE notice, or removed? I made a minor effort to avoid finding out who won, but didn't expect to see it mentioned in the first line of a MeFi post. posted by tomble to Etiquette/Policy at 4:38 PM PST - 72 comments
Users often reference other user's comments (example). If you're as lazy as I am you don't like clicking back to see what the original comment was. This script displays the original comment inline. Screenshot inside. posted by null terminated to MetaFilter-Related at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments
ZOMG Horrible chatfilter. I really like this thread, but it epitomizes everything that is considered 'chatfilter'. No problem to solve, clearly 'a survey'. The poster only asked it because he wants to hear other people's experiences.
I would hate to see it deleted, but I'm pointing it out because I think the chat filter policy sucks. posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 6:17 PM PST - 56 comments
Admins, might it be appropriate to edit the post to link to the proper site rather than reward what appears to be an unauthorized misuse of somone else's material? posted by George_Spiggott to Etiquette/Policy at 11:47 AM PST - 15 comments
Quick question: A couple weeks ago someone asked how to get a job in England as an American who just graduated from college. I can't find that thread, can anyone here help me track it down? posted by cloeburner to MetaFilter-Related at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments
The fantastic new Favorites feature has made me realize I have a poll/chatfilter dilemma. I've always supported the policy of deleting stupid "what's your favorite color, I'll go first, I like blue" questions, but I've been trolling the site marking my favorites and it turns out that so very many of what I consider Mefi's finest moments are also very, very chatty.
Exhibits inside. posted by CunningLinguist to Etiquette/Policy at 6:58 AM PST - 19 comments
When loading Metafilter or AskMetafilter, the content of the page seems to load fully, but the message at the bottom left of the status bar is constantly displaying the message "transferring data from www.google-analytics.com", and the icon on the left of the tab keeps going round. Using Firefox 184.108.40.206. posted by lloyder to Bugs at 5:44 AM PST - 12 comments
I was intrigued by thirteenkiller's post about the possibility of an impressive ancient pyramid in Bosnia. Now I see the story is getting some traction. I went to the original post hoping to add the link as a comment; but, it said, "This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments."
I don't want to FPP this follow-up. I want to call it to thirteenkiller's attention. I think thirteenkiller has already researched this once and may want to follow up with another really swell post (I sure liked the first one).
Displaying users who have marked Anonymous questions in AskMe as a favorite is potentially revealing of who Anonymous was in that instance. It is also potentially harmful, both to users who mark such questions as a favorite, as well as to future discourse at Metafilter in general. So I suggest that we remove the list at the start of the thread of those who marked an Anonymous question as a favorite. [more inside] posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 8:28 PM PST - 54 comments
The comment as short story? One of my favorite MeFi comment styles (when done well) is the mini-story. Examples here (...a revolution has closed the elevators and the escalators are plagued by snipers.) and here (My idea home would include a nice lawn complete with 25-foot tall stone titans frozen in endless vigilance over my lands). Any other examples of "MeFi short-short stories" spring to mind? posted by blahblahblah to MetaFilter-Related at 11:45 AM PST - 35 comments
Why was this thread deleted ? I was trying to start a discussion on Post Modernism and had hoped Jackmo woud turn up , what gives ? it could have been a classic !I could have learned something ! posted by sgt.serenity to Etiquette/Policy at 3:56 PM PST - 41 comments
I just went to remove a favorite, and while it successfully removes it, it continues to redirect to the same URL forever. It looks like the "add favorite" link for posts (but not comments) tries to do the same thing, but stops after one reload to tell me that the favorite has already been added. posted by mendel to Bugs at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments
A couple of days back, I saw a page that listed 'all' tags ever used on Ask.MetaFilter. Clicking the tags didn't take me anywhere (they weren't linked, I think) but the page did exist. Is it still available and will the tags be linked anytime soon ? posted by sk381 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:21 PM PST - 4 comments
I swear I searched everywhere, but I can't find an old mefi/ask thread about X things to do before you die. Could anyone nudge me in its directions? posted by duende to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 PM PST - 3 comments
Post to AskMefi on my behalf? I just asked a non-urgent question about tipping, but I should have asked a question about oil heat. I'm scheduled to sign a lease tomorrow, and I would really like some answers about heat before I take responsibility for buying a season's worth of oil. I'm brand new to MeFi and slipped up with the 1/week restriction; next time I'll make sure to post my urgent question first. Thanks to anyone willing to help. (My email is in my profile) posted by reeddavid to MetaFilter-Related at 3:24 PM PST - 19 comments
I'd love to see a "conclusion" feature to many of the askme questions. For instance, even if it's months later, I could go into a question I asked and mark it "concluded" and give a quick summary of what happened when I followed the advice.
Once someone marks something "concluded" it would go to its own "conclusions" RSS feed, which we could subscribe to if we want to know "the rest of the story" on many of the questions asked. posted by visual mechanic to Feature Requests at 9:13 AM PST - 42 comments
To etiquette/policy: How bad is it to have posted a full name with some work history while asking AskMe for help in finding that person? posted by snsranch to Etiquette/Policy at 6:29 PM PST - 19 comments
Hypothetically, if a MetaFilter member was taking his first trip to New York City on Memorial Day Weekend, and he set aside some time on the evening of Friday, May 26 for a Manhattan Meetup, hypothetically, where and when should such a meeting take place? [mi] posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:02 AM PST - 21 comments
Consider this a test for the next few days, as I would like to bring search back in all sorts of ways (searching a user's posts, favorites, etc), and hopefully this doesn't kill the database server like it has in the past. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 9:29 PM PST - 35 comments
I wanted to let the Metafilter community know that MiHail of the portabella mushroom fame died in February while waiting for a liver transplant. She was my best friend and soul mate. Rest in peace, Cathy. You are missed. posted by Jade5454 to Bugs at 6:02 PM PST - 154 comments
In MeTa and AskMe the flag [!] icon with each comment has a mouseover that reads "flag this post". But in MetaFilter the mouseover is really wide with the whole URL as well as "flag this post". It's really annoying when scrolling/reading. Can the blue be aligned with the other sites please? posted by peacay to Feature Requests at 3:50 AM PST - 8 comments
Etiquettefilter: I want to bring mefites attention to a project, but am not sure if it is a FPP on the blue (with supporting links of course), a project (as I am not the creator) or, most importantly, a horrible Pepsi Blue self-promotion that will end up getting me banned. [mi] posted by slimepuppy to Etiquette/Policy at 2:14 AM PST - 13 comments
The "most perfect rock song" thread has been deleted, no? I understand the reasons behind this; it was quite chatty with no real question. However, I'd glanced at it while at work and was looking forward to writing down the reccomendations when I got home. Does anyone have any sort of a cached version of this page?
Pony: when browsing the archives of ask.me the navigation for pages says next page and previous page. Could it be changed to older posts and newer posts? Also the color of links in "best answers" is the same as the answer. posted by bigmusic to Feature Requests at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments
Why not explain on the AskMe "Post a New Question" page that the Headline/Title will *not* show up on the main page? I have seen lots of questions in the past where the Headline/Title contains the question and the question text lacks context and looks odd on its own. Example. I think a few clarifying words about how visitors will not see the Headline/Title when browsing AskMe's main pages will help people word their questions more appropriately. posted by apple scruff to Feature Requests at 2:13 PM PST - 17 comments
Here and there I see double comments. Usually they occur when someone submits and the site takes the comment but is then unresponsive. They reload and *poof* a double comment. It occurred to me that an easy way to avoid this would be using a simple hash. posted by chrisroberts to Feature Requests at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments
I would love to see a feature on AskMeFi that similar to the way best answers become highlighted, so does the person who asked the questions subsequent comments. Maybe highlighted in a different color? This would be helpful because I often find myself looking for the posters subsequent comments on whether they want to refine what their question was and so on. posted by pwally to Feature Requests at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments
I'm working on favorites and releasing what I have today. Think of favorites as an internal bookmark system, a way to keep a list of the good questions, great comments, or interesting ideas you've found here.
Right now, you can mark a thread on mefi, metatalk, or ask mefi as a favorite, and view it at the link in the header above (is the header too wide for small monitors?). All your stuff marked as a favorite is public and anyone else can see the stuff you've marked (this comes in handy later on).
I'll be adding the ability to flag comments later today and very soon I'll be doing something akin to the fantastic posts page on Ask MeFi, where the most favorited things over the past few days is highlighted on a single page. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 9:22 AM PST - 100 comments
How about a round of applause for skygazer, missing member of mefi swapset grey from 11/05 who not only finally sent along the CDs, but included a short handwritten note, a tiny toy gun, an even smaller piece of black licorice, a guitar string, and a particularly meaningful (to me at least) blank postcard of early concept designs of the space shuttle.
All of this arrived in the mail in the midst of particularly bad week, so to receive a bit of human sharedness and new music to discover from a total stranger was great. My faith in mefi and humanity is restored. Thank you. posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter Music at 6:36 PM PST - 115 comments
This morning two Australian miners were freed after being trapped underground for 15 days. And this morning on MeFi, we had not one but two threads devoted to it. The latter was deleted but the former still stands. Which raises the question of why, when there was already a thread devoted to the subject only a few days ago, wherein this news belongs. posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 4:28 PM PST - 37 comments
PieInTheSky Feature Request: The ability to add comments to deleted threads. Please? Think of all the fun we could have! posted by blue_beetle to Feature Requests at 10:13 AM PST - 48 comments [closed]
Pony request, in light of this thread -- flagging options include "noise", "derail" or "doesn't follow the guidlines" but it seems to me AskMe requires another option, kind of an opposite to "fantastic post" -- how about adding "Doesn't answer the question"?
But that would require AskMe specific flags, which might be difficult or impossible. Instead, how about an "Irrelevant" flag? posted by Rash to Feature Requests at 2:19 PM PST - 15 comments
I took a wee break from AskMefi because whilst I enjoyed asking and answering questions, I thought it such a bore that some users took advantage of the forum just to voice their half-baked, belligerent opinions that really did nothing to answer the question in hand.
So then I come back, ask a perfectly reasonable question, and five fresh fish implies I'm an "asshat red light running asswipe." Wah, wah, wah - for sure. But is this the best we can do? posted by forallmankind to Etiquette/Policy at 10:11 AM PST - 108 comments
I'm looking for something I think I first saw in the blue. It was (I think) a coffee table book. The book had lots of pictures of found situations and described the situations as an anthropologist might describe observing humans. The one picture that sticks out in my mind is a bicycle leaned against a sign described as something like "We use objects in our environment to keep others from falling down." I think it was supposed to be about design or usability. posted by ontic to MetaFilter-Related at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments
I read Crunchland's tips on FPPs but I was wondering if there were any statistics on quantity of replies to day of week/time of day. When are the surges? I'm guessing Thursday or Friday mid-afternoon. posted by movilla to MetaFilter-Related at 5:40 PM PST - 7 comments
I remember sometime ago there was a thread about an article speculating what would actually happen in a full nuclear war at the height of nuclear proliferation. I'm having trouble searching for it because of the bulk of threads devoted to the topic of nukes. Do you remember it? posted by cellphone to Feature Requests at 9:54 PM PST - 4 comments
The amazon link-rewriting thingie seems to strip out title="foo" attributes from <a> tags which link to amazon. Would it be possible to get it to leave the title attribute as-is? I would like to (manually) add a warning to amazon links, like title="(amazon link)" or similar. posted by whir to Bugs at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments
When people are scared that AskMe threads they like might just be disappeared, perhaps it might be time to consider whether the site is being over-moderated? posted by reklaw to MetaFilter-Related at 12:39 PM PST - 92 comments
Our fair city...Boston hasn't had a meetup in ages, it seems, and I think we should. Super88 in Allston is the place; 6.30/7-ish is the start time (going to whenever). What's people's preferences between Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13? posted by fuzzbean to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:19 AM PST - 54 comments
I got a couple of different messages, one saying "error, email Matt" and another saying "error, delete MeFi cookies, if problem persists, email Matt". I gave up, thinking I wasn't logged in, but when I went to Ask, it turns out I was.
Another related thing. Is the CAPTCHA case-sensitive? Because it doesn't say either way. That would have eliminated one possible avenue of enquiry into why login was failing. posted by AmbroseChapel to Bugs at 4:16 PM PST - 12 comments
Would it be possible to show how many comments have been made on a thread since the last time you clicked on the thread, not since the last time you loaded the page? posted by _sirmissalot_ to Feature Requests at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments
Use of the Damned Tags Filter:
Why don't people tag their posts? A simple addition of Colbert to the previous thread would have made it insanely easy to find. posted by fenriq to Bugs at 10:36 AM PST - 74 comments
MeFi Fantasy BB Update: We're looking for 3 owners to take over for certainfolks who have abandoned their teams after less than a month. They're all "fixer-upper" teams, but two are currently in 6th & 7th (out of 12) place. posted by mkultra to MetaFilter-Related at 7:40 AM PST - 24 comments
A reminder: today was the unofficial deadline for cover art for the metafilter album. However, if you are still working on something, please e-mail it to me soon. Due to the extremely low volume of submissions, I'll continue to accept submissions through this week, but after that, it's closed. Thanks! posted by interrobang to MetaFilter Music at 9:28 AM PST - 32 comments