May 2009 Archives (all archives)

May 31
Another "Best of Metafilter" request. So, my grandfather died today (as I anticipated a few months ago), and one of my first reactions is to look to Metafilter for comfort and guidance. I've found a few relevant threads on my own (just taking a cursory glance at ColdChef's posting history helps put death in perspective), but I'd appreciate other mefites' help: what are the most helpful, or comforting, or grounding threads you've read on the site that have to do with death and grieving? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 PM PST - 30 comments

About the George Tiller murdered thread: game warden to the events rhino wrote this quote, which is attributed to Mark Thomas: "The problem with anti-abortion extremists is that their very existence disproves their point." Huh? [more inside]
posted by trotter to Etiquette/Policy at 3:09 PM PST - 80 comments

May 30
This question was deleted (and we all figured it would be), but I'm curious: What if it was for real? Did the mods contact the asker? Did he confess to it being a joke? If he said it was a joke, did you believe him? What if he really does have a dead body in his apartment? Do we just say "Oh well" or do the mods try to contact the authorities?
posted by amyms to MetaFilter-Related at 6:13 PM PST - 91 comments

May 29
There's quite a few 10th anniversary meetups with only a solitary attendee, in places where there are plenty of MeFites... [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave to Feature Requests at 8:10 AM PST - 55 comments

May 28
what percentage of AskMeFi posts do you suppose are phony questions that are posed for entertainment? [more inside]
posted by candyhammer to Etiquette/Policy at 3:28 PM PST - 255 comments

I want to print good askmefi threads as a book for my student. What's the best/fastest way to do it? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee to MetaFilter-Related at 11:23 AM PST - 34 comments

Interesting response posted in this recent AskMe regarding insurance woes. [more inside]
posted by bunnycup to MetaFilter-Related at 8:19 AM PST - 54 comments

What is with Askmes where a three year old could tell you that the answer is "DOCTOR NOW NOW NOW"? [more inside]
posted by dmd to Etiquette/Policy at 5:14 AM PST - 160 comments

May 27
Google has once again updated its Chrome browser, and as I seem to remember happening before, the little buttons have disappeared from Metafilter's edit window, that allow you to easily create bold, italic text or a link.
posted by evilcolonel to Bugs at 9:55 PM PST - 56 comments

Monthly Chicago Meetup: June Edition [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:51 PM PST - 29 comments

Minor Recent Activity bug within: [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf to Bugs at 10:27 AM PST - 29 comments

May 26
I would like to have a view that combines inbox and sent mail. This would be useful to provide a pseudo-threaded view of memail conversations. Thank you for your consideration.
posted by boo_radley to Feature Requests at 9:38 PM PST - 32 comments

How big (in bytes) is Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by jsonic to MetaFilter-Related at 3:39 PM PST - 78 comments

Just a tiny buglet, but while tags can contain non-alphanumeric characters, the search doesn't recognise them...
posted by twine42 to Bugs at 1:10 PM PST - 27 comments

Can a tag search for "thing" also return "things"? [more inside]
posted by mkultra to Feature Requests at 8:13 AM PST - 35 comments

May 25
Why can't I make my AskMeFi question anonymous? Was this changed and I missed it? I searched, but to no avail.
posted by phaded to Bugs at 8:10 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

I, too, am trying to find a comment I'm almost certain I read on the Blue. It was a refutation of the glib, "The internets is serious business!"-style dismissal of people who would deign to take anything said online to heart. The tone of the comment was something to the effect of, "Sure, it's no big deal, it has only connected much of the world's population in ways only dreamed of," or something. I'm not doing it justice, nor am I trying to. The commenter might have been quoting someone else. Many thanks to anyone who can locate this!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas to MetaFilter-Related at 4:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Follow-up Thread. Last July, this thread linking to this account of life at 530 lbs moved many MeFites. [more inside]
posted by carmicha to MetaFilter-Related at 11:56 AM PST - 22 comments

How about if the Metafilter Scholarship be used as an award for a project by a Mefite they can present publicly at the big 10th anniversary event? The winner could be chosen by how many times their presentation is favorited as a live event being posted on Metatalk because it's related. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman to Feature Requests at 12:37 AM PST - 51 comments

May 24
I'm looking for a quote I'm pretty sure I read on MeFi years ago. My memory doesn't do it justice, but it basically said that until a man is 30, he still believes he could work out constantly, get buff, and become a Batman-like person saving the world. (There was more to it than that.) Does anyone know what I'm talking about, and can you link to the quote? Thanks!
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to MetaFilter-Related at 4:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Muirwylde was shaken after having done a decent thing in a stressful moment. The comments reveal MeFites' compassion (also here and here) and consumer skills. Decency all around. Well done, guys. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to Etiquette/Policy at 4:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Faith Hope, the anencephalic infant from this post a little over a month ago, died yesterday.
posted by longsleeves to MetaFilter-Related at 3:54 PM PST - 36 comments

May 23
Metafilter's Own™ fake won an Epilog laser cutter for his DIY book scanner. Awesome job! [more inside]
posted by odinsdream to MetaFilter-Related at 2:30 PM PST - 22 comments

May 22
Last minute Pittsburgh pre-10th meetup. We will be joined by a pony. [more inside]
posted by Alison to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

This weekend is a Free TF2 weekend (instructions at the top of the page). So if you wanted to know what all the fuss was about, join MeFightClub at for pubbie action,* or join the forums to find out how to hop on the privvy. JOIIIN USSS. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet to MetaFilter-Related at 8:03 AM PST - 130 comments

A follow-up from Megan McArdle of the Atlantic to the recent FPP on NYT economics beat reporter Edmund Andrew's tale of his financial travails. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog to MetaFilter-Related at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

May 21
Any Atlanta MeFi's Meetup newbies interested in an Atlanta Pre-10th meetup? [more inside]
posted by frwagon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:41 PM PST - 10 comments

So, what happened to the infodump? [more inside]
posted by localhuman to MetaFilter-Related at 4:31 PM PST - 68 comments

[subset-of-a-subset-filter] MetaFilter's 10th Anniversary coincides with BMW Motorcycle Owners of America's International Rally in Johnson City, TN. Are there any other beemermefites who are game for a meetup-within-a-rally? [more inside]
posted by workerant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

The suicide scene wasn't cleaned up and the new flooring crew just took it all in stride and cleaned it up, really? Not so much a "Is this true" question, though there is a bit of that, but more curiosity if anyone has been a part of a flooring or cleaning crew and had to deal with situations like those in the question. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Etiquette/Policy at 10:55 AM PST - 100 comments

I posted an AskMefi question yesterday but now it's gone. So how do i know whether it's been officially deleted or not? I went to My Profile; under 'Contributions', I clicked on the 'questions' (number 40) and brought up the questions I've asked. The one i posted yesterday is not on the list. I also did the search: as suggested in the FAQ and also came up blank. However, when i go to the 'new question' page on AskMefi, it says i've posted in the last week. I know for sure that I haven't posted anything in the last week other than the question i posted yesterday. I'm ok with deletion, but it would be nice to know the reason for future reference.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter-Related at 10:38 AM PST - 19 comments

May 20
The 41st podcast was recorded on Monday, May 18th and runs about an hour. It covers the past month of activities on and off the site. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 11:10 PM PST - 35 comments

So I've asked a few AskMefi questions now, and have noticed that they tend to get responses for about five hours, give or take, then the responses stop. When is the optimal time during the week to ask my AskMefi question, so that I get the maximum number of eyeballs looking at my question, and thus, get the maximum number of answers. I know that this may not necessarily increase the quality of the answers I get. I am talking about sheer quantity. Thanks!
posted by Sully to Uptime at 7:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Not really a pony, but more of a WTF: Why are there ads for Zingr on the sidebar?
posted by kldickson to Bugs at 3:30 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]

May 19

Pony 2.0: a live updating notification thingie on the front page? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to Feature Requests at 5:25 AM PST - 45 comments

May 18
Los Angeles Mefites, your attention please: We are about to be visited by one of Metafilter's most distinguished gentlemen. Please join us on Thursday, June 11, to welcome ColdChef to the City of Angels, and make this evening of LA-meets-L.A. a meetup to remember! [more inside]
posted by scody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:44 PM PST - 135 comments

I can't post comments to * [more inside]
posted by dhruva to Bugs at 9:33 AM PST - 17 comments

May 17
Small sized pony request: Any way we can get the (x New comments) thing added to the ten meetup pages?
posted by ShawnString to Feature Requests at 7:14 AM PST - 32 comments

May 16
Brattleboro VT, next Thursday. Anyone want to come out and play? [more inside]
posted by grippycat to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Anybody want to meet up for food and/or drinks in Portland, OR, this upcoming Monday, May 18th? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:09 PM PST - 37 comments

Anyone interested in a Michigan meetup do-over? Hopefully it won't be snowing this time, but then again, this IS Michigan.... [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

The overwhelming majority of fat people have made the choice to not do what is necessary to change a situation which is hazardous to their health, wasteful of resources, and visually repellent. [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui to Etiquette/Policy at 3:23 AM PST - 849 comments

Meetups on six continents? Weak. [more inside]
posted by ryanrs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:49 AM PST - 56 comments

May 15
The Piedmont needs a meetup: Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC - [more inside]
posted by jeoc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

I was just about to post a giant multi link post... for some reason it completely disappeared. In the past, any mefi posts i've worked on have "saved" beautifully if I might have navigated away from the page. I didn't even do that here. What the heck mighta happened? [more inside]
posted by Lacking Subtlety to Bugs at 4:05 PM PST - 32 comments

May 14
OK, so I know I can enlarge text in Fire Fox and Chrome and so forth.. but a growing number of of sites (e.g The New Yorker) provide the ability to resize text (usually 3 choices) and it's cookie stored so that every time the site is revisited, that text size is..automatacilly, magically, there. I don't personally need it, but I bet some older folks do. 'oh yes I do', he mumbled
posted by dawson to Feature Requests at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

The misogyny discussion hub for kickin' back with a brew, hanging out with your buds, and talking like men talk. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme to Etiquette/Policy at 9:05 PM PST - 331 comments

I'm looking for an old Ask thread about the different ways people do well in school. It talked about the disdain people who glide through have for the people who study hard, and that the former consider effort a sign of not being smart enough to excel without trying. [more inside]
posted by daisyace to MetaFilter-Related at 12:05 PM PST - 29 comments

How long do the posts on the 10th subsite stay open?
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter-Related at 6:47 AM PST - 30 comments

May 13
What is the mod policy on noting when comments have been removed? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned to Etiquette/Policy at 2:28 PM PST - 122 comments

San Francisco MeFites, I want to meet you! [more inside]
posted by gursky to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:19 PM PST - 65 comments

I'm looking for a post on Metafilter, maybe within the last year or two, about these women who would 'convert' to be men for the rest of their lives - not sexually/biologically, just in terms of their function within their villages (and in some cases in terms of gender, though). They were accompanied by photos of old men (or women) wearing pants and sort of hanging out and looking really relaxed/hip/baller. If I remember, this took place in somewhere in Eastern Europe. Thanks!
posted by suedehead to MetaFilter-Related at 12:54 AM PST - 17 comments

May 12
What are Metafilter meetups like for the first time attendee with very little posting activity / history? [more inside]
posted by crazyray to MetaFilter-Related at 9:09 PM PST - 182 comments

MetaFilter's own cstross is to be fĂȘted as Guest of Honor at Balticon 43, May 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland. Anybody else have plans to attend?
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Based on comments in this thread, I would like to propose a moratorium on the watching of "The Wire," or BET, or the listening of any Wu Tang or Rick Ross CDs for any Mefite who does not personally know and interact with members of the "black community," who despite what many here think, are exceedingly diverse in class, education, culture and norms. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown to MetaFilter-Related at 10:31 AM PST - 481 comments

Miracle Whip Zingr beta? That deserves a graphic ad on the front page, even when logged in? Did the advertising guidelines change recently? [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas to Etiquette/Policy at 10:24 AM PST - 142 comments

Anyone up for the idea of a meetup (anniversary or otherwise) for the North of England? [more inside]
posted by Grrlscout to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:55 AM PST - 45 comments

10th Anniversary request: Adding a third stage for "Suggested Cities" to avoid the San Francisco effect. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:48 AM PST - 31 comments

May 11
Looking for a post on Metafilter, probably from around 2000 or so, about a guy who wrote a piece of software to slice up video in real time to make songs [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks to MetaFilter-Related at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Diplomacy round two? All the original Diplomacy games have wrapped up at this point, and there seems to be some interest in a second round. Just starting a thread in case anyone missed the first round and wanted to join in.
posted by empath to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:37 PM PST - 133 comments

MeFi VASSAL group/directory? [more inside]
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Hey, I'm going to Denver on a work trip late May-early June. Anyone up for drinks? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:35 PM PST - 63 comments

-t and I are headed to L.A. on the 15th! Any interest in a last-minute meetup? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:41 AM PST - 15 comments

One step closer. Today, jailed Iranian-American dissident Roxana Saberi had her original term replaced with a suspended sentence and was freed from prison, allowing her to leave the country immediately. However, there is no word yet from Iran regarding our own Hossein Derakhshan, hoder on Metafilter, who was jailed along with Saberi three months ago. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Revising this FAQ to address linking in posts like this. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra to Etiquette/Policy at 7:29 AM PST - 46 comments

I just want to say that this is one hell of a strong first-post that has really flown under the radar. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher to MetaFilter-Related at 7:01 AM PST - 19 comments

May 10
Trying to locate a previous metafilter thread on getting high, specifically with legal herbs. I'm looking for it because there is a link within to some online herbal place (with shaman in the name) that got their start trying to reduce pain from braces. My kid is 12, just got braces, and is having a hard time. If this should be askmefi then please delete, sorry and thanks. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:00 PM PST - 44 comments

How has contributing to Metafilter affected your writing style?
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter-Related at 11:12 AM PST - 102 comments

May 9
OK, I've tried fixing this myself, and I give up. Why is AskMe displaying text at a different size font to every other part of Metafilter on my home computer? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 to Bugs at 5:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Question deleted...not sure why? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied to Etiquette/Policy at 4:53 AM PST - 230 comments

May 8
I have sometimes felt I haven't gotten my 'due' for being one of the MetaFilter Early Adopters (user #206). But not today. [more inside]
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 PM PST - 108 comments

Follow-up: An interview on my blog with Robert M. Place, whom I posted about last November. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis to MetaFilter-Related at 3:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Why does Projects sometimes display the same day twice? [more inside]
posted by Sova to Bugs at 1:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the story behind Chocolate Pickle? I feel left out, I wanna know!
posted by exhilaration to MetaFilter-Related at 1:11 PM PST - 35 comments [closed]

May 7
Can we post maybes for more than one location? I haven't decided yet.
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:33 PM PST - 33 comments

Remember this thread about Amanda Palmer and the Lexington High School writing and producing the play "With The Needle That Sings in Her Heart" (based on Anne Frank's experiences in the Holocaust and utilizing some music from Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over the Sea?)
The play will be Webcast live from Party on the Internet at 7:30 pm EST on saturday night.
posted by schyler523 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Side-thread for discussing relative climate change contributions of travel by train, plane, automobile, bike, feet.
posted by maryrosecook to MetaFilter-Related at 3:23 AM PST - 66 comments

Are there enough MeFites in Southeast Asia for a satellite meetup for MetaFilter's 10th anniversary? [more inside]
posted by Lush to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:08 AM PST - 12 comments

May 6
Is there any plan, project or brain storming about bridging MetaFilter with Twitter and/or other instant messaging services? Not a "feature request" because I have no idea what it could be, but Twitter is becoming my first surface signal toward content on the Web and it would be interesting to bring some Mefi content to this surface.)
posted by bru to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 PM PST - 134 comments

slightly longer notice Melbourne meetup? [more inside]
posted by russm to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:58 PM PST - 67 comments

Buenos Aires Meetup? [more inside]
posted by conifer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:00 PM PST - 1 comments

In the second episode of the Metafilter Music Podcast supplement, cortex interviews new mefite raisindebt. The episode features music by gmm, markulus, Jairus, umbĂș, MajorDundee, and uncleozzy, and runs for 33 and a half minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 6:28 PM PST - 36 comments

Previously covered on the blue, The Room will be showing at Chandler Cinemas, May 15th at 11pm. If you haven't had a chance to see this fantastic trainwreck of a film, now would be a great opportunity. I'd like to host a meetup/pre-film party at my house starting around 6 ir 7 if any AZ Mefites would be interested. [more inside]
posted by Bageena to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Exploring the dynamics of blog communities: the case of MetaFilter. Leiser Silva, Lakshmi Goel, Elham Mousavidin. Information Systems Journal. vol 19 no. 1 pp 55-81. 2009.
posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 PM PST - 173 comments

Wired just posted this article, which is their coverage of the Mystery on Fifth Ave apartment remodel (posted here). They included pictures of a few more of the puzzles, including this cipher. [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I to MetaFilter-Related at 12:08 PM PST - 20 comments

MeTa10th: Where are the Californians? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:08 AM PST - 41 comments

Not a lot of 1 to 2 person anniversary meetups on the European continent but one big anniversary meetup? [more inside]
posted by jouke to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:40 AM PST - 37 comments

Cinematic Titanic Live, Atlanta May 16th. Any other MeFites attending? [more inside]
posted by subbes to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:11 AM PST - 2 comments

May 5
AaahhH! Amburosya Boyuru is invading!!! Flee the city! (Tokyo Meetup?) [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:51 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm supposed to ask here: what's the question? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover to Etiquette/Policy at 2:46 PM PST - 71 comments

Today we're unveiling the sub-site to organize meetups for the upcoming tenth anniversary. Let me run down the aspects of it with a few development screenshots: [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:31 PM PST - 285 comments

Is there compelling data in "Popular Favorites"? [more inside]
posted by amanda to MetaFilter-Related at 10:59 AM PST - 21 comments

Philadelphia Mefites! I'm turning older, come celebrate! [more inside]
posted by piratebowling to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:23 AM PST - 23 comments

May 4
Just a suggestion for quality assurance: Can people think twice about posting the badly written, useless, inaccurate "lists" that churn through daily on Digg and Delicious? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob to Etiquette/Policy at 7:24 PM PST - 183 comments

Do you write long-form fiction? Do you live in New York? Let's start a writers' group. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:27 PM PST - 32 comments

You know you're a mefite if...
posted by Christ, what an asshole to MetaFilter-Related at 1:51 PM PST - 362 comments

I'm wondering about re-posting something from Metafilter on my site, The Rumpus. If someone posts something that's say, 2 paragraphs, can I copy and paste the first paragraph in quotes. Then I would give full credit to the poster, metafilter, and link to the original post. I'm imagining there is actually a document on this site somewhere detailing the answer to this question, but I haven't been able to find it. We often link to things we find on Metafilter with a "via." But I'm talking about quoting text. Thanks!
posted by Stephen Elliott to Etiquette/Policy at 12:29 PM PST - 46 comments

My question is prompted by this post, though I don't want this to come across as a callout when it's not. I'm just unsure as to the etiquette. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands to Etiquette/Policy at 9:59 AM PST - 199 comments

Does any of this look familiar? How about ALL of it? Detected by madamjujujive.
posted by Kirth Gerson to Etiquette/Policy at 2:19 AM PST - 297 comments

May 3
Baltimore meet up May 16th or 17th? Myturnplease and I will be in Baltimore that weekend looking for places to live, employment, etc... in preparation for our move from NYC to Baltimore on July 1st. Like to meet some Baltimore mefites and get the inside scoop. Courtesy of Electroboy I know of some bars, but not those of which would be good for a meet up. Ideas? Are those dates feasible?
posted by josher71 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Houston people: we can haz dinner? [more inside]
posted by casarkos to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:00 AM PST - 62 comments

May 2
I'm going to be in San Francisco for work and have signed up to run Bay to Breakers on Sunday, May 19th. Anyone interested in a meetup pre or post race? Anyone else running/walking Bay to Breakers?
posted by Xurando to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

If you were one of the artists in the Metafilter Compilation album a couple of years ago, and you want the original portrait art (free, of course!), please send me your address through Mefi Mail or the e-mail address in my profile; I'm going to mail the drawings out next week. Thanks!
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter-Related at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

May 1
I am missing something? When I search for something in AskMe, I sometimes see a comment (under the comments tab), or an excerpt from a comment, that I might want to explore by, say, clicking on said comment and viewing the entire post. Is there a simple way to do this? Am I missing an obvious link to the comment(s) in context? (Also, suggestions on asking about this without saying "comment" so many times are appreciated)
posted by deadcrow to Feature Requests at 10:22 AM PST - 48 comments

Didn't there used to be a webpage that showed you all the Mefites' social-networking-website accounts that we have listed in their profiles? Or something? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh to MetaFilter-Related at 5:48 AM PST - 63 comments