June 2004 Archives (all archives)

June 30
y2karl, why would you link to *NSFW*NSFW* goatse *NSFW*NSFW* ?
posted by Kwantsar to Etiquette/Policy at 4:23 PM PST - 89 comments


The MeFi menu looks wrong to me.
posted by Pretty_Generic to Bugs at 11:55 AM PST - 10 comments

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

Should this thread be deleted? Will Keyser's reporting of this end up leading back to the thread? Does anyone who voiced opinion on it have to worry?
posted by pieoverdone to Etiquette/Policy at 7:52 AM PST - 49 comments

June 29
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

Any MeFites who want to come by Central Vermont this weekend for my annual Fourth of July shindig, please do.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments


This date-rape thread is broken.
posted by Irontom to Bugs at 4:57 AM PST - 21 comments

June 28
Trying to pull up http://stories.about.ticketstubs.org/ or http://www.ticketstubs.org brings up the Mefi home page instead of the page described on http://haughey.com/matt/sites in the links section. Intentional? Unintentional?
posted by jester69 to Ticketstub Project at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

June 27
Can we shut the hell up with the Michael Moore posts? Whaddya say, team?
posted by xmutex to Etiquette/Policy at 12:36 PM PST - 93 comments

June 26
don't know if this is a bug-

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

June 25
London Metafilter gathering tonight!
posted by cbrody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:29 AM PST - 52 comments

June 24
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

EB: "c"? WTF? GYOBFW. [MI]
posted by PrinceValium to Etiquette/Policy at 11:21 AM PST - 70 comments

The white (ie the blue with the white option set) takes an age to display for me using IE on Mac OS 9 or X; far slower than it used to be. The status bar usually reads something about loading javascript/comments.js and activespell.js (IIRC) while I'm waiting.

Has something changed? Grey and green are fine.
posted by bonaldi to Bugs at 7:59 AM PST - 2 comments

June 23
Supporting our new advertiser. Since we know #1 is there as a speaker, anyone else want to make it a gathering?
posted by karmaville to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:28 PM PST - 24 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

June 22
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

Is somebody feeling cranky?. I recently handled a personal attack poorly, so this time I'll do the civilized thing and bring it in here.
posted by jonmc to Etiquette/Policy at 1:33 PM PST - 77 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

Is anyone else having trubble with the spell check?
posted by The God Complex to Bugs at 11:58 AM PST - 15 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

MefiLondon meetup this Friday!
posted by cbrody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:28 AM PST - 25 comments

I find Angry Modem's linking to everyone obnoxious and counterproductive. Could it be possible that one could reject a linkage?
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 1:53 AM PST - 58 comments

June 21
WTF? Shane-a-go-go answers Shane's question as if it's his own and replaces the comment link with a link to a photobucket image. And mentions a site called linkagogo. Spam? Self-destructive attempt to get banned? WTF?
posted by Blue Stone to Etiquette/Policy at 2:49 PM PST - 35 comments

Big ol' Iowa farmboy hands, keswick? I have a piece you can put them on, but it's not a timepiece...

Gay, straight, I don't care. This kind of stuff is just crude and out of place.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 12:18 PM PST - 104 comments

I was thinking of using the new open source FCKeditor on all textareas here. Play with this demo textarea and let me know what you think. Would WYSIWYG editing help or get in the way?
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:16 AM PST - 32 comments

June 20
Can our comment pages be broken up into smaller pieces? (more inside, yo.)
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Feature Requests at 8:58 PM PST - 18 comments

June 19
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

June 18
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

Waah!Filter : Talk about posting your petty grievances in the Blue! Heheh.
posted by mischief to MetaFilter-Related at 8:03 AM PST - 47 comments

June 17
It might as well have been titled "This is today's senseless bickering thread". No real content, just more trollish junk. Delete please?
posted by fvw to Etiquette/Policy at 9:59 PM PST - 68 comments

Obviously, given Seth's latest tirade, many of use are tired of the volume of newsy posts. Heck, even I've complained about it before, although I've long since given up on voicing my complaints. However, there is a new tool over at TodaysPapers.com that I think could be useful for diverting some of the discussion. Look, it even finds the news for you! No need to wait for a post, just jump straight to the discussion! It's also virtually empty, and ripe for a takeover by the MeFi newsies. Please?
posted by monju_bosatsu to Etiquette/Policy at 10:55 AM PST - 113 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

June 16
I'm calling for a Chicago meetup. Anyone interested? Anyone want to propose a date and place?
posted by kenko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:17 PM PST - 25 comments

My timezone doesn't work now.
posted by Pretty_Generic to Bugs at 2:26 PM PST - 10 comments

The MeFiPNW Meetup is this Friday at the Elysian in Seattle at 7:00PM. Will you be there?
posted by christian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:14 PM PST - 18 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

June 15
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

While this AskMe thread regarding gmail accounts for MeFites is still going strong, I thought the wiki would be a good place to keep track of who is offering accounts and who would like to receive an invitation.
posted by monju_bosatsu to MetaFilter-Related at 10:01 AM PST - 81 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

June 14
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

The weight of agenda. Can the burden not be borne on personal weblogs?
posted by the fire you left me to Etiquette/Policy at 2:15 PM PST - 66 comments

You've stumbled upon a non-existent post, or one that was deleted for various reasons.
posted by Opus Dark to Feature Requests at 12:19 PM PST - 30 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

Ummm, this needs to be on the sidebar.
posted by machaus to MetaFilter-Related at 6:14 AM PST - 30 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?

Conversely, do you feel bad when those 17K rapscallions are the only people that respond?
posted by Dagobert to MetaFilter-Related at 5:42 AM PST - 61 comments

June 13
This hasn't been mentioned, and it went unremarked in the thread, but eyeballkid's recent post was an example of a very bad-faith post, using MeFi as his ironic playground.
posted by Ethereal Bligh to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 PM PST - 135 comments

Geoff. broke the pile. His user page throws an error.
posted by SpecialK to Bugs at 12:25 PM PST - 15 comments

The Metafilter 1, 2, 3 years ago links are broken... could this be the same as Orange Goblin's problem below?
posted by armoured-ant to Bugs at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

MeTa seach seems to be broken. The results come up, but clicking them gives an error.
posted by Orange Goblin to Bugs at 6:04 AM PST - 1 comments

June 12
As sort of a followup to the recent reminiscence of the ol' sound of the 'ol days, I was wondering if anyone was interested in a Micro Meetup in NYC.

It seems dkt/MC5 will be playing the Bowery Ballroom this Monday & Tuesday. It's short notice, and on a work/school night, but what say ye, MeFites?
posted by Smart Dalek to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:15 PM PST - 1 comments

Spell checker isn't checking spells for me, it says it is but just does the 'trumpet fingering' thing for ages.
posted by biffa to Bugs at 4:29 AM PST - 6 comments

June 11
Just in case you haven't noticed:
"Connection failure members..."
posted by wendell to Bugs at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

“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.”

“And thus meta-meta-metafilter is born. Metafilter already has a meta-Metafilter, Metatalk, so I had to take the next step down.” [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to MetaFilter-Related at 3:49 PM PST - 87 comments

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

Why isn't Ask Metafilter archived more extensively? Why is it not searchable? Seems like a great source of info and trivia.
posted by Dukebloo to Feature Requests at 9:30 AM PST - 13 comments

June 10

Do we really have to have a post every time the OED adds a couple of flash-in-the-pan words? [Glasgow kiss inside]
posted by me3dia to Etiquette/Policy at 9:50 AM PST - 33 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

June 9
A few days ago I had the privilege of attending the first mefi-meetup featuring quonsar. That's when something absolutely amazing happened. You won't believe it but here are the pictures to prove it.
posted by wobh to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:17 PM PST - 29 comments

Whatever happened to this idea?
posted by pieoverdone to MetaFilter-Related at 2:20 PM PST - 12 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


June 8
Maybe it is just me, but I thought that the recent consensus is that FPPs using SA are a bad idea.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 PM PST - 14 comments

PrinceValium is right: followup.metafilter.com would be a nice pony. (more)
posted by mcwetboy to Feature Requests at 3:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Gizmodo + Cool Tools + Whole Earth Catalog = Meta-efficient .. following up on luser's FPP a few days ago, Reactual has added an RSS feed.
posted by stbalbach to MetaFilter-Related at 11:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Updated and Corrected Austin Meetup Photos Inside!
posted by Ethereal Bligh to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:37 AM PST - 15 comments

June 7
I know I'm probably asking for it, but I don't understand the bile that comes with double-posts, or even posts that some people are already familiar with (even if it's not a double-post).
posted by o2b to Etiquette/Policy at 9:09 PM PST - 40 comments

Yes, it's finally happening, and i_cola and I will be there. Will you?
posted by cbrody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:49 AM PST - 17 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

The Media will be inundated (if it isn't already) with retrospectives on Reagan. I don't need Metafilter front page posts help me find them. Thank you.
posted by vacapinta to Etiquette/Policy at 4:11 AM PST - 38 comments

June 6

Does this belong in the top 25 best responses in Askme?
posted by Keyser Soze to MetaFilter-Related at 4:19 PM PST - 27 comments

June 4
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

Not on your best day, Metafilter. Wow, just wow. Can we please think before posting?
posted by PrinceValium to Etiquette/Policy at 12:47 PM PST - 87 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

Ran into the unescaped quotation marks in title problem when posting to the blue just now. My entire title was a quotation, so my post now has no title. A warning of some sort on the post entry page would be great until this (admittedly minor) bug can be fixed.
posted by DrJohnEvans to Bugs at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Any Mefites going to NotCon '04 this Sunday? On the subject of a UK gathering, the poll currently shows a plurality in favour of "some other Saturday", with Friday 25th June coming in second. I propose to close the poll today, so hurry up & vote!
posted by cbrody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

June 2
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

Austin Meetup tomorrow!!
June 3rd, 7pm Trudy's Central
409 W 30th St (Cross Street: Guadalupe Street )
posted by j to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:42 AM PST - 17 comments

June 1
How about an "occupation" blank on the user pages?
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 9:41 PM PST - 42 comments