May 2008 Archives (all archives)

May 31
Congratulations to antifreez, who just got engaged to his sweetie! [more inside]
posted by joelf to Bugs at 12:43 PM PST - 22 comments [closed]

May 30
Transatlantic Glory ( scroll all the way down and look on the right ) hadjiboy's latest post has been sidebarred as Best of the Web by the UK Guardian.
posted by adamvasco to MetaFilter-Related at 1:01 PM PST - 41 comments

Show #27 features recaps from the past three weeks of MetaFilter. It was recorded on May 28, 2008 and runs about 60 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 12:04 PM PST - 31 comments

I know... it's about the links, not the discussions... [more inside]
posted by prefpara to MetaFilter-Related at 10:34 AM PST - 43 comments

A Dude's Perspective... impressive taste in bike related objects!
posted by R. Mutt to MetaFilter-Related at 9:48 AM PST - 42 comments

Okay, so there is a San Francisco meetup on the 8th of June, but the thing is: I just got here and I'm staying until the 5th. Anyone care for another one? If not, no worries! [more inside]
posted by Skyanth to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Please resist the urge to "vote" your opinion in response to a question that has a definitive factual answer. [more inside]
posted by nthdegx to Etiquette/Policy at 3:56 AM PST - 158 comments

May 29

AskMe Chatfilter Rescue: Disadvantages of being male [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz to Etiquette/Policy at 7:03 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Is there a protocol regarding emailing another mefite who lives very nearby? Walking distance as per that little google map thingy on our profile page. Since she is a she and I am a he -albeit a very, very old one and happily married for fifty years, I still would not wish to intrude where I maybe should not. What say you all? Is it ok to email?
posted by notreally to Etiquette/Policy at 4:57 PM PST - 55 comments

Last minute, late notice, totally overkill Boston meetup: In my continuing practice of showing up in a city immediately AFTER a meetup has been successfully held with beer'n'everything, I will be in Boston for the next few days, from Friday May 30 til mid-day Wednesday June 4. Anyone game for a couple beers sometime in there? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Hmm. I thought the WWII Post/Obama post was interesting and don't see the excessiveness GYOBness. What's that all about?
posted by Artw to Etiquette/Policy at 12:22 PM PST - 141 comments

Gaymover tag? Really? <sarcasm>I mean... that's so gay!</sarcasm> In all seriousness, can we maybe keep the casual homophobia to a minimum? Or if I'm missing the joke, please let me know.
posted by OverlappingElvis to Etiquette/Policy at 11:07 AM PST - 82 comments

May 28
What, one ParisParamus wasn't enough for us? How much more do we need to see? [more inside]
posted by scrump to Etiquette/Policy at 2:32 PM PST - 367 comments [closed]

When is the next Amsterdam meetup scheduled? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:56 AM PST - 84 comments

I had edited this FPP post after previewing it and the changes weren't applied to the post. Did I miss a step or does this have something to do with using Mozilla Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled to Etiquette/Policy at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

The First Ever (?) Lisbon, Portugal meetup?? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:43 AM PST - 23 comments

Would it be possible to have the pop-out player in Metafilter Music play randomly? [more inside]
posted by micayetoca to Feature Requests at 7:31 AM PST - 20 comments

May 27
I'll be in NYC the weekend of June 13th if anyone would like to meet up. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:05 PM PST - 91 comments

A big tweak to Projects: new comments going public [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:05 AM PST - 46 comments

Is it wrong to call out a post that's trying to find happiness? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:34 AM PST - 56 comments

Desired meta-post about the guy who wants to drink gin in class. [more inside]
posted by gjc to Etiquette/Policy at 6:25 AM PST - 434 comments

May 26
Is there any data on AskMe responses? This post generated a remarkable 115 (and counting) replies. What's the record?
posted by Neiltupper to MetaFilter-Related at 9:44 PM PST - 32 comments

May 25
Can we fix the <pre>formatted text bug where the live preview looks perfect, but the actual post ends up double-spaced? [more inside]
posted by knave to Bugs at 10:00 PM PST - 124 comments

May 24
Thin Lizzy and I are going to be in Los Angeles the first week of June, scouting for our upcoming move. Howsabout a meetup? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:58 AM PST - 85 comments

Any MeFites coming to Toronto for the Cycle Messenger World Championships in June? I'm trying to get time off to attend and am wondering if anyone else'll be there.
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

I will be in San Francisco from the 7th to the 13th for WWDC. So how about a meetup? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:15 AM PST - 63 comments

May 23
I'm sorry. I (really do!) hate it when this happens, but I unfortunately feel the need to both dip into the ugliness of U.S. politicsfilter and second-guess our moderators at the same time. [more inside]
posted by yhbc to MetaFilter-Related at 7:23 PM PST - 353 comments

The omniglorious ALA Annual Conference is June 26-July 1ish. Any Mefi Librarians want to meet-up? Non-librarians too! The only potential problem is that it is in Anaheim, and I know nothing of Anaheim, especially how difficult it will be to get anywhere without a car.
posted by unknowncommand to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:37 AM PST - 74 comments

What's the best thing (post, comment, question, answer, song, whatever) you've posted to Metafilter?
posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 1:16 AM PST - 160 comments

I do believe it's time for another Phoenix meetup. Not Tucson\Flagstaff\Otherist [more inside]
posted by !Jim to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:46 AM PST - 19 comments

May 22
Unanswered Q's on AskMe: I can haz ponies? [more inside]
posted by unSane to Feature Requests at 7:26 PM PST - 35 comments

Can we add a flag for trolling? Or is this covered under one of the existing flags?
posted by msalt to Feature Requests at 11:43 AM PST - 166 comments

the new contacts page is leaving me wanting... [more inside]
posted by krautland to Feature Requests at 10:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Anyone want to start a grammar nazi site? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down to MetaFilter-Related at 10:50 AM PST - 130 comments

Can we have a countdown timer for MeFi posts like we do for AskMe posts? How about for MetaTalk?
posted by desjardins to Feature Requests at 10:48 AM PST - 23 comments

May 21
When the "title" tag is used on a link, it most often provides useful additional information (or a bit of nonsense that was better left out of the main text). So why not make it easy to do? Can you add a second field in the link dialog box to fill in a title tag? One rule for posters: Please don't use it for important parenthetical information like (pdf) or (NSFW).
posted by wendell to Feature Requests at 4:37 PM PST - 90 comments

Can we search our favorites by user name? If not, can we get that feature added? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Feature Requests at 2:19 PM PST - 49 comments

MetaFilter now has a fitness/nutrition group on Gyminee. Come join the fun!
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Yesterday there was a thread about by someone suspecting an apartment scam, it seemed to be a reasonable question but this morning it seems to be gone? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta to Etiquette/Policy at 12:17 AM PST - 42 comments

May 20
Is there a way of viewing the tags a user has used on posts that's a little more in depth than the Top 10 Tags on the Profile page? [more inside]
posted by Artw to Feature Requests at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is talking like Yoda "funny" in this post?
posted by KokuRyu to MetaFilter-Related at 12:08 PM PST - 102 comments

We all need hugs, it's true. But until we figure out a way to mail them, who'd be up for a sticker and/or button swap? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 AM PST - 34 comments

Vacapinta's first kill. This is going to work out just like we've been asking. I drink (coffee) to the glory of your new might, vacapinta!
posted by From Bklyn to MetaFilter-Related at 1:44 AM PST - 10 comments [closed]

May 19
Not sure why the "Militarization of Consumer Companies" thread by five fresh fish was killed? [more inside]
posted by ornate insect to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 PM PST - 81 comments

May 18
I'm beguiled by deleted threads and have a hunch others are as well. Any chance of getting a version of lofi for Ask?
posted by item to Feature Requests at 7:49 PM PST - 35 comments

Is there a point to this other than to encourage a pissfest?
posted by Krrrlson to Etiquette/Policy at 11:33 AM PST - 145 comments [closed]

Apologies if this was discussed elsewhere, but... why is there a best answer marked in an anonymous thread...?
posted by Phire to Bugs at 10:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Vacapinta is a New Mod? [more inside]
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter-Related at 6:07 AM PST - 142 comments

May 17
MOST POPULAR PONY!! I want more functionality for sorting and filtering through the Popular Favorites. I'd like to have a box that allows me to choose: "Most Popular [posts, comments] on [Green, Blue, Black, Grey,...] in the past [n] days." (e.g. so that I could see all the popular AskMe posts side by side, over a longer timeframe, and without them being mixed in with the FPP's; or so that I could view the most listened to tracks on MeMu; or, or, or.)
posted by not_on_display to Feature Requests at 3:36 PM PST - 22 comments

May 16
Seeing that, by any other name pundit Frank Rich's essentially anti Clinton bloviaton was given space on the blue for the measure of 131 comments last I looked, I thought it appropriate to post two articles that past muster with Washington Post and was found politically and factually correct to be published. One is about the misogynistic comments across the board against Hillary Clinton --and Howard Dean and the DNC's silence about it, and the other is about the newest wave of belittling "Poor Hillary." Both articles reveal the difficulties the Democrats may face by their own antagonized and disenfranchised Hillary supporters, which I believe worthy of consideration. Yet the post disappeared in a hurry without a trace. What gives?
posted by semmi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:32 PM PST - 238 comments

Anyone running Bay to Breakers? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Let's welcome Admiral Haddock to Boston! [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:21 AM PST - 54 comments

Interesting similarity between this Metafilter post and this Gawker post. Coincidence?
posted by mtstover to MetaFilter-Related at 7:20 AM PST - 39 comments

Could people please stop giving medical advice with no basis in science in this thread? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri to Etiquette/Policy at 7:08 AM PST - 96 comments

May 15
Oh, and ummmmm.... I may be reading this wrong, but didn't you already admit to looking at porn and get called out BY your wife? [more inside]
posted by furtive to MetaFilter-Related at 3:27 PM PST - 189 comments

We made a few changes to the contacts page. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 8:50 AM PST - 111 comments

My Little Feature Request: Paulsc had an uncommonly well-written answer in AskMe. It would be a good candidate for the AskMe sidebar, oh wait, there's no AskMe sidebar. But there could be.
posted by theora55 to Feature Requests at 4:30 AM PST - 45 comments

May 14
Any Boston area mefites planning to see X next week?
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:45 AM PST - 44 comments

May 13
What is the likelihood this would happen? Two unsensational, unrelated posts (1,2) on AskMe within six minutes of each other by america4 then america5. Weird.
posted by netbros to MetaFilter-Related at 9:22 PM PST - 84 comments

Why close an anonymous question at the poster's request? Here's an example (the recent question from a young guy who wasn't sure he wanted to marry) [more inside]
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 6:40 PM PST - 35 comments [closed]

LOLMICROSOFT [more inside]
posted by Artw to Etiquette/Policy at 2:02 PM PST - 244 comments

It's disappointing that the McCain thread was killed off. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Etiquette/Policy at 12:05 PM PST - 161 comments

May 12
ANNOUNCING: The reinstatement of the MetaFilter Music Challenge! (*cue applause*) REQUESTING: Your ideas on Challenge categories and structure. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter Music at 5:16 PM PST - 97 comments

After seeing this post and the posting history of the author, I had a bit of an idea. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling to Feature Requests at 3:46 PM PST - 81 comments

Hey can someone kill my thread? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall to Etiquette/Policy at 11:39 AM PST - 74 comments [closed]

More jobs, please! This is a request to everyone to surround the Jobs page with white light. Please post more jobs and more kinds of jobs. It would be nice to see the utility of this area grow. [more inside]
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 10:02 AM PST - 70 comments

Followup to this post of mine: Irena Sendler has died at age 98. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

May 11
The MetaFilter May Cycling Challenge is on! Also begining May 1st, the 10km Streak competition. (no association with nude bicycle riding implied or intended) [more inside]
posted by Chuckles to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:36 PM PST - 42 comments

Zippity Huh? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 AM PST - 45 comments

Isn't this Metafilter FPP slightly suspicious? [more inside]
posted by Skeptic to Etiquette/Policy at 4:53 AM PST - 29 comments

May 10
Is anyone else's AskMe page broken? [more inside]
posted by pedmands to Bugs at 12:03 AM PST - 42 comments

May 9
Is there interest in the return of the MeFi Music Challenge? [more inside]
posted by !Jim to MetaFilter Music at 10:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Show #26 features recaps from the past three weeks of MetaFilter. It was recorded on May 7, 2008 and runs about 50 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 10:14 PM PST - 32 comments


SPEED RACER, R.I.P. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit to Etiquette/Policy at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Update to this thread. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling to Bugs at 9:12 AM PST - 27 comments

May 8
This post was deleted for the following reason: I freakin' hate it when I go to delete a double and some has already snagged like the perfect deletion reason. It's like, hey, thanks, DAD. -- cortex (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 PM PST - 83 comments

Has code been added to "fix" "invalid" HTML? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel to Bugs at 4:58 PM PST - 50 comments

I'm trying to post in this thread... I can preview, but when I try to post I just get "Your comment appears to be blank, go back and try again."... and I'm pretty sure my comment is not blank...
posted by russm to Bugs at 4:05 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

This question got me to thinking about the possibility of a meet-up at Black Rock City this year. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:07 PM PST - 56 comments

Hallo Berlin. I arrive on June 2 and would love to meet you. Anyone in the mood for a something sometime thereafter? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

AskMefi Followup: I asked you guys for tips in Seoul, and the response was very helpful, I'm still here for 5 more days, but here are pictures of the awesome places you led me to!
posted by nile_red to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 AM PST - 46 comments

May 7
The RSS feeds for comments update in reverse order - with the most recent comments showing up at the bottom of the list (oldest to newest) - unlike the feed for posts where the most recent is at the top (newest to oldest). Why is this the case? [more inside]
posted by neetij to Feature Requests at 11:51 PM PST - 4 comments

"Protection from the Atomic Bomb" doesn't display a link anywhere in the text of the post (for me). The rest of the page is fine. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth to Bugs at 7:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Small request: would it be possible to have the year included alongside the date on individual posts? For example, 8:22 on May 7th, 2008 instead of just 8:22 on May 7th. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to Feature Requests at 5:05 PM PST - 46 comments

Looking for analysis of what works on MeFi, probably a couple of years old, written IIRC by mathowie. [more inside]
posted by epersonae to MetaFilter-Related at 2:25 PM PST - 29 comments

My profile is showing my "last" Twitter status as an update posted two months ago. I've made plenty of updates since then...
posted by Mwongozi to Bugs at 1:53 PM PST - 59 comments

May 6
Visually distinguish the OP's comments? (At least in AskMefi.) [more inside]
posted by JakeLL to Feature Requests at 5:13 PM PST - 47 comments

Paris-France meetup, who would be interested (may 9 evening)? [more inside]
posted by nims to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

May 5
Should an FPP stay if only those in the US can access it?
posted by meech to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 PM PST - 137 comments

The last five favorited posts from my contacts is borked. It shows that the last favorite was added over a year ago. But, for example, the contact shown (grumblebee), has favorited a bunch of stuff since then, including a post today.
posted by desjardins to Bugs at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Coincidence? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 2:26 PM PST - 55 comments

Spontaneous San Diego Meetup! Okay, sooooo I'm still in town... anybody want to get together for drinks and a pool game or something this week while I'm around? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Because I like living on the edge, I want to invite you--Philadelphia-area internet strangers--into my home for an evening (or weekend afternoon) of snax and movie watching. This idea popped into my head because of the recent Sneakers thread (the fact that so many people gleefully clicked through to answer the question made me realize that you are the type of people I need to watch movies with). [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:35 AM PST - 68 comments


Specklet will be in New York Memorial Day weekend; [more inside]
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:38 AM PST - 40 comments

May 4
Here is an opportunity to mock stupidity! I imagine this is crystal clear to most, but I'm clueless, which probably means leave it alone. But what, in edit mode, do "MefiQuote preferences" and "Contact contribution display preferences" mean and how does one utilize them? I just ate a bowl of dicks, so perhaps you can suggest something to drink instead?
posted by dawson to MetaFilter-Related at 11:11 PM PST - 24 comments [closed]

So, ummm, last July I went to Portland for this "Metafilter anniversary gathering" thing, and I got Jessamyn to autograph one of those nifty teal Metafilter shirts. However, my life will not be complete until I somehow coerce the other admins to sign it as well. I'm just waiting for the proper venue. So, how about it? Are going to have another anniversary gathering this year or what?
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:20 PM PST - 69 comments

What does MetaFilter look like to moderators? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta to MetaFilter-Related at 7:58 PM PST - 56 comments

Metafilter's own finite, quoted in Wired magazine. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library to MetaFilter-Related at 7:52 AM PST - 61 comments

May 3
All right, candyasses: Chicago meetup on May 21st, 6pm, Billy Goat on (under) Michigan. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:07 PM PST - 70 comments

Magnificent May Montréal MeFi Meetup? [more inside]
posted by ambilevous to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:10 PM PST - 12 comments

May 2
AskMe vent: Is it just me, or does anyone else get frustrated when they answer questions and the asker never comes back to say "Hey, thanks, that's what I was looking for" or "That's not what I meant, but let me clarify" or never comes back to give feedback to the answers in any way? I'm not talking about "anonymous" askers who obviously can't follow up. I mean regular/mundane/normal questions whose askers never bother to respond at all. [more inside]
posted by amyms to MetaFilter-Related at 11:37 PM PST - 141 comments

Why doesn't MetaFilter always recognize that I have visited? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd to Bugs at 10:55 AM PST - 40 comments

I'm not generally a huge fan of these kinds of posts, but Cat and Girl mentioned AskMe today as part of its is-this-sarcasm-or-double-sarcasm pop culture revue, and my heart filled with glee.
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 5:14 AM PST - 115 comments

May 1
What's going on with these two relationship threads? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie to Etiquette/Policy at 8:26 PM PST - 100 comments

May (we) meetup in Melbourne? [more inside]
posted by initapplette to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:55 PM PST - 46 comments

I just wanted to point out how great a guy adamwolf is. When I asked this question he offered me an old oscilloscope of his he was replacing.
posted by phrontist to Etiquette/Policy at 2:16 PM PST - 51 comments