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When I try to view the askme archives by category, I can only view the most recent page of questions in that category. Is this just me being mentally challenged?
posted by LittleMissCranky to Bugs at 3:15 PM PST - 5 comments
Internet Explorer is giving me problems with opening up user pages for members. Looks like it's coming up ok then gives me a pop-up and aborts loading. Is this likely to be server end rather than mine?
posted by biffa to Bugs at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
When will dios
have the decency to go to the next thread, or to MetaTalk, rather than derailing a thread with attacks on the poster? Plenty of people like y2karl's posts, plenty don't; we all know that already. So what, exactly, other than forestalling any real discussion of the issues raised in the post, does dios think he adds by his knee-jerk and immediate (2nd comment in the post) carping and cavilling?
posted by orthogonality to Etiquette/Policy at 7:03 AM PST - 220 comments
I worked up a custom google maps view showing every user (screenshot inside). Once I get it working more smoothly, I'll post the URL for folks to play with it.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:08 AM PST - 86 comments
So, this MeFi CD swap reincarnated (previously discussed here
) has its own page
now, but I don't see a whole lot of activity. Are we going to do this thing, or what? (Or am I just being impatient?)
posted by absalom to MetaFilter-Related at 3:44 PM PST - 26 comments
All the mefi sites display funny on my new Pocket PC. The coloured background (blue/grey/etc) appears in chunks so as I scroll down the background scrolls past the end of blue and shows white. Irritatingly, the text is white, so I have to highlight it to see what it says. Scroll down some more and the colour comes back then goes, then comes back, you get the picture? Anyway, its IE built into Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition running on a new Dell Axim x50v.
I'm going to look such a fool when someone points me to the "Make Metafilter display Ok" button.
posted by muckybob to Bugs at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments
In the thread
about setting suns and British empires, I made a comment to the effect of, WTF?
I just didn’t understand what the discussion was about. After logging onto another computer, I finally see why. I wasn’t seeing the punch line link. In both Firefox and IE, I don’t see the hyperlinked text. This is not a problem in any other FFP. Weird; what gives?
posted by found missing to Bugs at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments
Thank you MetaFilter, for nearly six years of mind-blowing links, ribaldry, debauchery, helping me become a bit better at critical thinking and debating, and for giving me illimitable examples of what to do and what not to do on the internets. Plus any other stuff I forgot to mention. Y'all rule.
posted by sciurus to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 AM PST - 26 comments
I'm trying to find a thread about a guy who was asked to write a paper for a college student, which he does filling it with horrible errors. My search has turned up nothing. Can anyone hook me up?
posted by dial-tone to MetaFilter-Related at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments [closed]
How much do you suppose Mathowie makes in extortion from the people who post anonymous AskMe posts? Think about it: HE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE!
posted by Doohickie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 PM PST - 63 comments
When previewing a question on AskMe, under the "Your Question" field is the description for the "Extended Explanation" field: This will be the "more inside" area where you explain additional details about the question if necessary. If you use this space, don't write "more inside" to the question area, it will automatically be added for you.
posted by rhapsodie to Bugs at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments
I've swapped in the new mefi homepage showing the last 50 posts for everyone, including non-members. You can use the links at the bottom to page through more results. Gone is the feature that let you customize how many days to show on the front page, but on the positive side, this should make for a much better use of server resources.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:55 AM PST - 16 comments
I've written MetaDash
, a Dashboard plug-in that is an RSS reader for MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter. I'd like to ask Mac OS X 10.4 users for your comments and suggestions for improvement...
posted by Rothko to MetaFilter-Related at 4:17 AM PST - 31 comments
A call to end self spelling corrections. Very gently now....as much as your speling errar stends out to you...few of us even notice and even fewer care. (Even the good spellers among us.)
Do we really need an additional post to point out self spelling errors? Appreciate the courtesy and all...but really.
posted by telstar to Etiquette/Policy at 12:28 AM PST - 107 comments
What's the rule/precendent/whatever for FPPing a site that is closed to non-members (and is a pay site) but which may be of interest/use for Mefites? There's not much to see unless you're a member and I can't recall seeing a similar post in the past. Yes? No? Maybe?
posted by dobbs to Etiquette/Policy at 7:30 PM PST - 18 comments
hey matt...any way we can get anonymous commenting for anonymous questions on AskMe? there are sometimes that i wanna answer the question but.....
posted by ShawnString to Feature Requests at 11:00 AM PST - 25 comments
I used to enjoy surfing MeFi members' sites by using the Links, links, links! page
but it seems to have been non-functional for about a year and a half (data is out of sync with user pages and no new members listed since January 2004).
Matt, any plans to resurrect this feature to include the newer members (and possibly get the info in sync?)
posted by DBAPaul to Bugs at 8:04 AM PST - 642 comments
It should be pretty obvious that stuff like this
should not fly in the blue. Using this site as a quarry for pyramid schemes is inappropriate and action should be taken accordingly.
posted by baphomet to Etiquette/Policy at 12:18 PM PST - 47 comments
about readings for a wedding has great responses, and links to other threads with great responses (disclaimer: I responded to one of them.)
I flagged the link as Other, expecting to be able to comment, but sadly, there is no comment capability. Please administrator, consider granting this pony, "comments on the flag page," if it is not too large and cumbersome.
posted by theora55 to Feature Requests at 5:45 AM PST - 8 comments
Lately, there has been some discrepancy between number of "new questions/comments posted" in MetaTalk, and what I'm seeing highlighted on the page as new questions or comments. Until now, it hasn't been such
a big difference to really annoy me, but at the moment, I see "There has been 1 new question and 12 comments posted since your last visit", but only two threads are highlighted as having new comments (one each).
posted by taz to Bugs at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments
How come members whose number is higher than 20149 don't get the explanatory "What's the deal with your nickname?" in their profiles?
posted by Rash to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 PM PST - 16 comments
So we have a bunch of intelligent os x programmers out there, right? Anybody willing and able to create a dashboard widget that spits out the past 10 threads in MeFi, or favorites that someone might want to track, or threads with the latest comments, etc? I just upgraded to Tiger and love the widgets; unfortunately, not enough of them are seriously practical for me. This, on the other hand, would be very useful.
posted by SeizeTheDay to Feature Requests at 8:35 PM PST - 11 comments
Has anyone ever noted an odd behavior regarding the first comments on some AskMetafilter questions? I've noticed the more than occasional instance of snarky, snide or oddball comments by the first person there. It's almost as if these people are marking their territory by pooping on the thread. Are there other sociological parallels or is there an name for this behavior?
posted by quadog to Etiquette/Policy at 2:46 AM PST - 36 comments
Something odd happened when I tried to post this comment
. I got an error message, something about timing out. I hit back, preview and post again. And now it's a strange truncation.
Did I screw something up? Or is it just a MeFi glitch?
posted by Gucky to Bugs at 10:14 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
How is this
thread not chatfilter? The ensuing discussion about male vs. female doctors is pretty enlightening, but I don't really see how a question about we feel about a fake doctor's abilities as a doctor is the best use of AskMefi.
posted by chiababe to Etiquette/Policy at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments
http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/20292 thread is hosed due to a poster's bad HTML; please repair so that posts can continue. I already tried some closing tag fu on it, no luck. Thanks!
posted by intermod to Bugs at 10:08 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]
All posts are © their original authors.
Does this mean I have a claim to a comment I wrote in a now-deleted AskMe thread? I am aware of how © protects an author's work from unauthorized reproduction, but how about unauthorized deletion?
posted by scarabic to Etiquette/Policy at 6:45 PM PST - 33 comments
Ask.mefi just ate my question. I know it went through because I can't post another question this week, but it hasn't appeared on the front page.
posted by selfnoise to Bugs at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments
Get to the question. Since the introduction of the system more inside feature in AskMe the number of posts where the question
been trending upwards
. Yesterday was especially bad. It would seem that actually asking your question where skimmers can see it would be a prudent course of action.
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments
I've been unable to view any part of Meta for the past four and a half hours today because of a "cannot connect to jrun server" error. Whilst this doesn't normally bother me (it is quite a frequent occurance) I find that most of the time other people are still able to continue posting during this 'outage'. So how come it is completely broken for me but not for everyone else?
posted by ralawrence to Uptime at 9:10 AM PST - 15 comments
I'm trying to find a link that was posted in the blue maybe three to four months ago. It was a WiFi site that had detailed maps of hot spots (I believe it was by lat/long). Anyone remember this? Sorry I can't be more specific. Thanks.
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments
Frequently when I do a user search, they don't come up. If they do, it's because their user name is somewhere in the text, like "iconomy" at the bottom of this
user page. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug?
posted by Specklet to Bugs at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments
This post was deleted for the following reason: single link to an op-ed?
Is it policy now to delete op-ed posts, or is this just done on a whim? I guess you could
call it a "troll," but then, about half the FPPs I see could be construed as trolls.
posted by alumshubby to Etiquette/Policy at 9:43 AM PST - 61 comments
GoDaddy recant thread deleted.
"Because the original is still on the front page".
posted by Goofyy to Bugs at 7:53 AM PST - 63 comments
Do you need a liver or heart transplant?
Do you have $175,000 cash on hand? Logout of MetaFilter (required), then go to this askMefi
. Then tell me, how does
Google know these things about Bangkok?
posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 2:38 AM PST - 8 comments
Can we get more NewsFilter? Please? I really think it's the best of the web.
posted by Captaintripps to Etiquette/Policy at 6:44 PM PST - 84 comments
Seems like this was addressed as a future To-Do item last november, but is there any way to change one's password right now or in the near fuure?
posted by sdis to Feature Requests at 4:57 PM PST - 8 comments
This is bizarre. A person claims
they sent an email with a link to a MeFi discussion over AOL's email system and the mefi link was removed and replaced with an error URL. The error page
states "There is at least one URL in your email that is generating substantial complaints from AOL members."
Anyone got AOL and can test this by sending a mefi link to another AOL member? It sounds too weird to be true.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 AM PST - 57 comments
Anyone else having their comments deleted in AskMe threads? My comment in this thread
was deleted as well as my answer in another recent thread. What gives? Am I just not that helpful?
posted by fletchmuy to Bugs at 8:28 AM PST - 22 comments
New Feature: you can page through MetaTalk with the links at the bottom of the page, and the new comment counts should continue to function in older pages. Much simpler and easier than digging through archives and if this works as expected for most everyone, it will also be applied at Ask MeFi and MeFi
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:55 PM PST - 30 comments
Theory: The recent influx of Crap on Metafilter may not necessarily be related to the recent influx of Noobs (like myself). Perhaps it is just because the internet has become just as mainstream as the other popular media. Therefore it is just full of crap.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 4:14 PM PST - 47 comments
javaone/san francisco - anyone going? meetup? saturday 25th maybe (yeah, i didn't realise the "java university" thing was an extra cost til i bought my tickets)?
posted by andrew cooke to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments
Am I the only one who comments in dead threads? I'm not an insecure troll, but they seem to die so quickly, and it's a little frustrating, especially if you're responding to someone/something and they've moved on. E-mailing the person to let them know you've responded to them is of course one answer, but seems silly if it's not that
important, and is often not an option anyway. Are there any alternatives I'm not considering, outside of getting over it? I feel like there could be a pony here, but can't think of what it could possibly be...
posted by hellbient to Etiquette/Policy at 12:02 PM PST - 38 comments
post could be considered an example of agendafilter, yet the resulting thread is a thing of beauty. Reasonable and enlightened discourse at its sunshiny best. See? We CAN have nice things!
posted by Floydd to Etiquette/Policy at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments
Hey, you know what's fun? Getting a JRUN error when you try to submit a long answer to AskMe.
posted by keswick to Uptime at 9:27 AM PST - 45 comments
View all comments/posts by this user.
Some time in the past six months (possibly very recently), the "View all comments/posts" interface has changed. Instead of being an enormous page, referencing every post made (sometimes into the thousands), the big list is now split up into batches of 50. [This is good] - it's a no-brainer way of reducing server load. That said
, could there be a way of viewing every post on one page?
posted by Marquis to Feature Requests at 4:30 PM PST - 16 comments
The Schiavo post
is crap. The resulting thread is worse. The thread contains examples of everything wrong with MetaFilter, excepting the downtime. All the usual suspects say all the usual things and call each other names. Make it stop, daddy, it hurts.
posted by Ethereal Bligh to Etiquette/Policy at 4:10 PM PST - 43 comments
[moved from the green] A while back I remember a metafilter user replying to some FPP with a link to their site with photos of street garbage they had taken. The photos were pretty good, and the captions were very funny. I can't find the page with google, and a search of the archives isn't helping, anyone know who I'm talking about?
posted by splatta to MetaFilter-Related at 2:00 PM PST - 3 comments
This is the thread for any complainers about the Mary Cary thread and the trolls that ran about it.
/ not complaining, just preventing snarks on the MeTa page. Metafilter is rated G well for the most part. *shakes fist at Mary Cary*
posted by wheelieman to Bugs at 2:00 PM PST - 52 comments
Every once in a while, I find myself wanting to ask questions in Ask Metafilter that would fall under the category of "chat filter." I wonder how successful/productive a section of Metafilter resembling Coffee Talk with Linda Richman (you know, "Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic.") would be. Is there, by chance, any effort to produce such a section in the works?
posted by Crushinator to Feature Requests at 5:07 PM PST - 17 comments
There seem to be fewer JRun errors lately and the site seems snappy. Are congratulations in order?
posted by trey to Uptime at 12:45 PM PST - 26 comments
I don't know about you, but I'd certainly be interested in knowing why my posts have been deleted. Is there ever going to be some auto-notify feature?
posted by mystyk to Feature Requests at 11:38 AM PST - 26 comments
Are tags broken? I can not add tags to my last post.
posted by caddis to Bugs at 5:16 AM PST - 4 comments
Disclaimer: This is something you need a TV to know about...
Has anybody but me seen a commercial for Volkswagen (apparently SoCal VW Dealers, but maybe showing in other regions) in which the salesman outside the car is pointing out all the comfort features to the wife in the driver's seat while the husband on the passenger's side is just using the power seat to go up and down and up and down? You'd know it if you saw it, because the actor playing the husband is (to me) a dead ringer for Matt Haughey (including the glasses). I can't find a video of that commercial online anywhere, but I wonder if some actor is going to make a career out of impersonating Our #1... (Or is the resemblence just another sign of my worsening dementia?) Dammit, they are the same glasses!!!
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments
I've been sent a preview of a new chapter in a forthcoming book by a friend / colleague / comrade. [more inside]
posted by warbaby to Etiquette/Policy at 1:02 AM PST - 26 comments
So I've noticed there's a user 25210
, but no 25208
, or 25204
. There is, however, a user 25203
but no 25202
. There's a 25200
, and 25197
, but no 25196
, or 25192
. There's a user 25191
, but no 25190
. There does happen to exist a 25188
and that's as far as I'm gonna go. I can only hope you've gotten the point by now, but if not: What's with the missing users?
posted by item to MetaFilter-Related at 8:56 PM PST - 37 comments
Questions/comments about MetaFilter Music
. I can't download anything...are the files being moved? Do people still send MP3s for it? Does anyone still use it? It looks so neglected...
Also, starkeffect's page has some errors on it.
posted by iconomy to MetaFilter Music at 6:40 PM PST - 11 comments
Pony: Post form searches for "tinyurl" in the link and kindly asks the poster to use the full url.
posted by gwint to Feature Requests at 11:17 AM PST - 18 comments
I have my preferences set to open links in a new window, but this should only apply to external links right? When I click [!] on a post, the flag form appears in the same tab (using Firefox obviously, on Windows), but when I hit the "Flag this post" button on the form, the result (including the redirect back to the thread) opens a new tab. I've noticed other situations too where internal metafilter links open in a new tab. Minor, but an annoyance of note.
posted by If I Had An Anus to Bugs at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments
I'm seeing a textad for www.electoral-vote.com, a site that hasn't been updated since 2004. (I think.) Do ads, once bought, keep appearing forever? And if so, is that a feature or a bug?
posted by evinrude to Bugs at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments
I am thinking of posting this to metafilter. It's my brother's warblog.
I wasn't involved in the creation of this site (other than installing his blog software), but he is my brother. His deployment began today, and he started blogging.... So I thought "hey, a chance for people to start following from day 1, that's the best of the web, right?" Anyone have any thoughts?
posted by bugmuncher to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 PM PST - 41 comments [closed]
Ask Metafilter: would be great if members posting questions could receive email alerts on new answers to their questions.
(please excuse me if this exists. I searched and couldn't find it)
posted by mirileh to Feature Requests at 12:28 AM PST - 12 comments
It looks like I was posting a comment at the exact moment Matt closed the thread. Here's the error message (inside)
posted by warbaby to Bugs at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments
When posting a question to AskMefi or a thread on MetaTalk, the preview button says "Preview the Link." Should it say "Preview the question" or "Preview the post" instead? (Is no nit too small for picking?)
posted by patgas to Feature Requests at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Pony time. Every time I ask a question on Ask...I have a need to ask another one (before my 7 days are up.) I could get a second account...now I'd have two logins, etc. [MI]
posted by filmgeek to Feature Requests at 1:08 PM PST - 29 comments
I posted a new question to AskMeFi this morning, and after hitting submit, I was taken directly back to the main
page, where my question wasn't listed. I tried going back in to post
, but it said I'd already asked my question for the week. To be sure, I logged out and back in, and my question still didn't show up, and I couldn't re-ask it. What happened?
posted by nitsuj to Bugs at 7:25 AM PST - 13 comments
A freaky unfortunate turn of events: As an update on a very old thread on nudism
that questioned and debated the gray area between nude adults and nudist children in the setting of a nudist colony, one defender
of nudist culture from that discussion was arrested on charges
of child sex abuse late last year (still being held awaiting trial afaict). It's freaky to go back and re-read the debate knowing what eventually came to pass.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 AM PST - 138 comments [closed]
, I'm every bit as rabid a liberal as you are, but I'm calling you out. This
is ridiculous. A single-link NewsFilter FPP laced with links to comments in another MeFi thread?
I appreciate your agenda, but seriously, get your own blog, at least until you can pull these scraps into something more meaningful.
posted by Faint of Butt to Etiquette/Policy at 5:11 AM PST - 68 comments
Foreign characters (chinese in this case) are previewed correctly, but get turned into question marks upon posting. It'd be nice if the behaviour was consistent.
posted by mosch to Bugs at 2:38 AM PST - 12 comments
Ever wondered wonder what that user looks like? I've written a quick greasemonkey script that adds photos of users next to their usernames. Photos were gleaned from meetup pictures and there are currently about 75 photos in the database (Firefox only).
If you do not have Greasemonkey, you can install the script by clicking here
. If you have Greasemonkey, right click here
and hit "Install User Script".
I'd like to know what you guys think.
posted by null terminated to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 226 comments
did the timezone option JUST stop working in the blue, or has it been busted for a while and i just noticed?
posted by quonsar to Bugs at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments
Hi, would a "filter user comments" option be a lot to ask? There are a few users who just never really say anything useful or contributory, and I think if I could just filter them out it would be nice.
posted by plexi to Feature Requests at 11:51 AM PST - 58 comments
In my experience, the exact phrase search for AskMe usually times out when searching through "answers only" or "questions and answers." I assume this is simply due to the size of the data. I'd hate to see this functionality disappear, as Google is pretty useless for AskMe. If a dedicated MetaFilter Search Cluster is not an option, perhaps we could have a way to specify date ranges?
posted by Galvatron to Bugs at 12:17 AM PST - 4 comments
"Unrelated, but let's just point out once again that the 14K group is unquestionably the greatest 1000 member group in the history of Metafilter."
I would like to hear the opinions of 14k'ers on this subject.
Various Mefi-Untermenschen are free to offer us , the 'greatest generation' , their tributes.
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 PM PST - 104 comments
Summertime, and the meetups are easy... So hey! NYC MeFites, you just had one meetup, howzabout looking in your crystal balls to think about another? I'm going to England sometime in August or September. [more inside]
posted by scody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:33 PM PST - 13 comments
WWDC Meetup? Any other MeFites coming to San Francisco for the World Wide Developer Conference
next week want to get together some night? Or any native SFers want to show the visitors what's what?
I don't know SF at all, so I'll agree to any popular consensus for time and place. Close to the Moscone Center would be preferable, of course.
posted by Space Coyote to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments
If this AskMe question
were deleted and purged as suggested in the thread, would that be destroying evidence given the Texas state laws as described therein?
posted by mischief to Bugs at 6:34 AM PST - 7 comments
I for one am interested in any plans for possible future improvements to the uptime capabilities of the website "MetaFilter". I am eager to discuss these issues with the group as a whole!
posted by Pretty_Generic to Uptime at 7:54 AM PST - 59 comments