Why am I being yelled at for asking about software to help me do something that I already know is hard? This is my first bad encounter with AskMeFi, otherwise, it's been great. posted by agregoli to Etiquette/Policy at 11:22 AM PST - 66 comments
What do people think about polling the membership? A feature that would allow Matt (or others) to provide questions on popular issues/ideas/songs or whatever and get a sense of what the community thinks. The obvious example is topical stuff, e.g. who will the Metafilter users vote for in the election? This idea could either enhance the community, or divide it. The biggest negative is that statistics are misleading, they can polarize things, and they give people easy examples when they are generalizing, and that sucks. But, it would be fascinating to know how the community stands on a given issue. I still think this is the best community on the internet and the most interesting, and I think many people would like to know how we feel on this or that. If it were to happen in the style of this site, it would be a once every few months kind of thing. A side feature could be to have all discussion on that issue reside on that page (get them off the front). posted by cell divide to Feature Requests at 7:42 PM PST - 29 comments
On the Green, I'm finding that it reports no questions since I've last logged on. Clearly there are new questions; additionally everything is fine (and correct) on the Blue posted by filmgeek to Bugs at 3:43 PM PST - 4 comments
double post, double post...you missed something from 2001 I would hereby like to call a moretoreum on "double post" callouts in threads when the original link was more than, lets say, 18 months ago. Not everyone has been a member since the beginning, most people don't have the time to go back and read multiple years of archives, nor is it reasonable to expect that they would. The search is wonky, we all know that. [more inside] posted by dejah420 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:07 PM PST - 51 comments
Whats say we make a list of the members who are going to watch Farenheit 9/11, and see if we can meet each other at the movie theater? Weve got a little time left, it may be cool to do. posted by Keyser Soze to Bugs at 9:31 PM PST - 41 comments
Followup post corrections in th reads. Theydrive me nuts. It takesawayfr om the point your tryingto make. People knowwhat your tryingtosay. It disrupts the flow of conversation. Mostpeople are not spelling/grammer nazis. It looks worse to correct it. posted by stbalbach to Etiquette/Policy at 1:46 PM PST - 60 comments
Atom feed. I've been trying to cobble some code together that'll do interesting things with the atom feed here but most times it comes up as mangled (Firefox says the same too). Any one else having problems? Any chance of it being fixed? posted by dodgygeezer to Bugs at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments
Matt: Given the insanely redundant traffic it's already generated, how about a several day or weeklong moratorium on Farenheit 9/11 posts, or perhaps a general thread like the Reagan one? Do we really need a new front page post every time somebody farts in Moore's general direction? posted by JollyWanker to Bugs at 8:42 AM PST - 18 comments
i'm irked by the way matt trolls out minor changes (introducing major bugs) and forgets it all them soon as the mefi thread rolls off the page.
contacts is munged in several ways which is wan't before the "oh my god we must fix the free-forem text hippy-hack!" posted by quonsar to Bugs at 8:35 AM PST - 56 comments
Since I'm able to post this, I have to assume I have not been banned from Metafilter. And yet, using IE for Mac Classic, I cannot post on Metafilter. posted by ParisParamus to Bugs at 9:21 AM PST - 28 comments
Secret pony request. I was wondering if it could be made possible to obsfucate a username in AskMetafilter? There have been times, and I imagine I'm not the only one, that I would have liked to post a question anonymously. This could be for a variety of reasons, ranging from the ethical to the legal, but I have lots of questions that I may not want linked to my user page forever. posted by cedar to Feature Requests at 2:11 PM PST - 43 comments
VanityFilter: would it be a good idea to have the option to be emailed or otherwise notified whenever someone posted in a thread you created? posted by Capn to Feature Requests at 12:08 PM PST - 15 comments
"...listen here you smug little fuck. I have caught you fucking up facts and figures on several occasions and you admitted wrong. STFU" - An argument over trucks turns ugly. posted by troutfishing to Etiquette/Policy at 10:07 AM PST - 78 comments
MeFi contacts stuff is back online and here's what it looks like in action. It is displaying the last 10 contributions in the last month from your contacts in all three sections of the site, as well as a list of their URLs if you want to read their blogs. I'll be adding recent comments from contacts as well, but I thought this was at the point where it was cool enough to share. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 11:54 AM PST - 122 comments
When previewing a comment to a MeTa thread, the links to separate comments behind the time is broken, it links to http://metatalk.metafilter.com/contribute/metadetail.cfm?link_ID=xxxx#yyyyyy (which doesn't exist) instead of http://metatalk.metafilter.com/mefi/xxxx#yyyyyy. posted by fvw to Bugs at 4:36 AM PST - 5 comments
Does anyone else think that we need to have a little more fun together on a regular basis? Opportunities to be creative, silly, funny, loony, just for the hell of it, can really disperse tension, and might help us vent negative energy. Certain FPPs come along with a game everyone can play in the comments. People love those, but they're rare. I thought this was a pretty enjoyable spontaneous outpouring of randy energy, but, again, rare. Other sites have Photoshop contests, or other games/challenges. Those seem a bit puerile for us. Getting drunk at meetups is fine, but not practical for all of us. Suggestions? Is this a totally lame line of thought? posted by scarabic to Feature Requests at 12:42 AM PST - 84 comments
This weekend is the third annual Lebowski Fest right here in river city. Any Louisville-area or visiting Mefites (Dudes or Dudettes; we don't discriminate) interested in a meet-up? I will organize (heh) if there are takers. (Not Sunday lunch, though, because it's Dad's Day.) posted by Alylex to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:39 PM PST - 6 comments
Bay Area meetup July 6th 8pm. Whaddya say? East Bay? In the city? Going on the board game theme, Albatross in Berkeley's great, but if our numbers get too big, Jupiter's patio might be a better idea. I'm also open for other suggestions in SF. An earlier start time might also be nice. posted by quasistoic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:58 PM PST - 25 comments
Something is rotten in the state of ask.metafilter.com. For about a day now, each time I've visited AskMe just after visiting MetaTalk, it has told me that I have no unread threads, but dozens (or hundreds) of unread messages. I imagine that somehow the threads are being marked as read when I visit MetaTalk. Eerie! posted by UKnowForKids to Bugs at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments
Meetup, Vancouver, June 17 (Thursday). Don't know where, because I'm 150 miles away, so the last couple miles make no nevermind to me. I suspect when == after work. (Start 5ish? Anyone? Juan?) I can't party all night because I have to get home at some point. How about it? posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments
Matt, have we completely given up on any standards in the Blue? Is the whole "best of the web" standard officially dead? It seems so, but I would like to hear it from your own mouth.
One look at the wonderful posts on the blue today which will surely continue the so pleasant conversations we have had:
[continued inside] posted by Seth to Etiquette/Policy at 11:01 AM PST - 288 comments
Thanks to the hard work of timeistight, we've now got some XFN features in place to do some of that social networking you've read so much about. As of right now, you can add folks as contacts, and describe the relationship optionally. Soon I'll have a page showing contributions to the site from your contacts, so if you have a favorite writer here, add them as a contact and hit that special page later when it's online. Imagine, ssoon you'll be able to say "show me all the questions asked by my friends to Ask MetaFilter" and get a page back showing just that, among other things.
I will definitely be working on the display of this info on user pages, as it currently looks like ass. Sky's the limit once we have this in place with some data. Oh, and I have no idea what a muse is either, anyone know? posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:13 AM PST - 120 comments
Ok, I wasn't going to say anything when Witty decided to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to ruin amberglow's thread with his particular (read: vapid, boring) brand of insane troll logic. However, he then decided an interesting course of action would be to make a similarly unwarranted (perhaps even moreso) comment in an unrelated thread.
Therefore, I politely and humbly request that Witty please refrain from making similarily irrelevant--and snide--comments in the future, at least in in the blue. posted by The God Complex to Etiquette/Policy at 10:12 PM PST - 124 comments
NewFeatureFilter: Ask MetaFilter search, and all user pages have Ask MetaFilter history, with Ask MeFi removed from MetaTalk history. This is the tip of the iceberg, several major features will be added this week. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 7:23 PM PST - 15 comments
Ask Mefi update: all the questions and answers are in a new database, meaning that new features will be coming soon. First up will be links to all questions and answers on your user page, probably done tonight. Then categories, keywords, and all sorts of cool shit. Let me know if you find any errors in the meantime. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:16 PM PST - 37 comments
Does anyone when looking at responses to posts in The Blue actively look at the User ID # of the respondants and get a good feeling when most of the posts are from people with single, double, tripe or quadruple numbers?
“Much as I hate to admit it, I like Metafilter and I wish that I could become a member so that I could participate in yet another failed attempt to acheive concensus in our grand extended mediated public conversation thing we got going on here (or, from a different perspective, this fantastically successful attempt to foster fractious contention).”
“Listen, not everyone is meant to be ‘With It,’ right. Long ago I decided that the least I could do to stand up for all that divides us is to refuse to be the kind of person who milled in line in front of the club whose cache was primarily granted by the fact that you (and the likes of you) couldn't get in. The rest of us have two choices. We can mill around in the line, playing the fools to justify the chosen types, or we can go it alone.”
What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it. [more inside] posted by brownpau to Feature Requests at 11:53 AM PST - 42 comments
As long as I'm asking questions, when are new members going to be accepted again? A friend who I introduced Mefi to recently offered $ for my login. He was desperate. I said no. He cried. posted by Dukebloo to MetaFilter-Related at 10:20 AM PST - 83 comments
I switched over to Apache, so some stuff might not be working (like spellcheck). If you find any bugs with MetaFilter, MetaTalk, Ask MetaFilter, or any other site that used to be on this server, let me know here. posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:46 AM PST - 56 comments
The Apache server has been really fast for me, with better uptime than the IIS one. I'm even posting comments on it successfully, though other things like the user page don't work yet. What's the dev update on its deployment? I don't meant to be impatient, just curious. posted by scarabic to Bugs at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments
"Look on other sites before posting" is a classic argument against certain FPPs, yet here we have an FPP that requires a full registration at another discussion site to view any of the links. Anyone care to defend Keyser? posted by mischief to MetaFilter-Related at 7:38 AM PST - 103 comments
Okay, I'm not complaining about this. I'm genuinely bewildered. I've seen a few threads like this and I feel like I'm missing out on a Metafilter in-joke. Mefi, please hope me. posted by 4easypayments to MetaFilter-Related at 2:24 PM PST - 76 comments
Am I alone in thinking that this thread could be setting a dangerous precedent? I spend more time reading the green than the blue these days, because it is 99.4% apolitical. ISTM that questions like that, which are clearly attempts to produce support for an exisiting agenda, rather than an actual request for knowledge, are just a stonesthrow away from the craptacular mess that the blue becomes alot of the time. posted by jammer to Etiquette/Policy at 12:28 PM PST - 18 comments
As I understand them, Matt's plans for AskMe include some organization of the archives by topic. (I may be wrong about this; if so, stop reading here.) As the archive grows, it becomes a bigger and bigger job going through the individual posts and tagging them with the appropriate (sub)category. So my questions are, first, has any kind of organizing taxonomy been proposed for AskMe, and second, once that's done, would it make sense to organize an effort at distributing the tagging process across willing MeFi volunteers? If so, I volunteer. posted by luser to Etiquette/Policy at 8:50 AM PST - 43 comments