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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: http://www.metafilter.com/activity/29435/posts/ask/ 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
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]
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 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
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]
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
posted by Stephen Elliott to Etiquette/Policy at 12:29 PM PST - 46 comments
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
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
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