June 2007 Archives (all archives)

June 30
NYT Mag on Wikipedia as Breaking News Source. Three years ago, MeFi was the place this stuff went down, in my web at any rate. I miss it, and prefer MetaFilter's style of developing breaking news to Wikipedia's. But I understand the orientation that led Matt away from it, and God knows it's more efficient than reading through an entire thread in the blue to figure out where things stand as of the time you loaded the page. Posting this here seems more in tune than in the blue, yes?
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 PM PST - 31 comments

NYC Meetup: I'm coming to town to see my old (and new) mefite friends. Let's get together on Friday the 13th (of July), 7pm at d.b.a.
posted by mullacc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:46 PM PST - 33 comments

Catfood asked where she could find an intelligent weight loss support group online— a Metafilter for dieters, basically. Ferociouskitty set one up on Spark People. It seemed like a great idea that could use a little publicity.
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 PM PST - 14 comments

UpdateFilter: while I was waiting in line for an iPhone with my friend yesterday (for him not for me) I was catching up on a little work. I was showing my friend the MeFi admin interface and someone looked over my shoulder and said "is that MetaFilter?" I said yes, was he a member? He said no but a video that he had made got linked on MeFi last February and had catapulted him to mini-stardom for a few weeks. He gave me some backstory on the movie....
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 1:58 PM PST - 73 comments

And in this corner, weighing in at 30706, is Big Bad BeeeeeeeePeeeeeeeee! And in the very same corner, weighing in at 52373, is CeeeeeeeeeePB! Or, you know, things are getting a little ugly over in the "The UK is one big terror magnet thread...."
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 1:51 PM PST - 37 comments

This AskMe should be encased in glass as the definitive example of "overthinking a plate of beans." Or a few plates. Perhaps it can be part of the sign up process for new members. "After reading this, are you sure want to join such a community?"
posted by The Deej to MetaFilter-Related at 9:07 AM PST - 53 comments

Playlist RSS pedantry: <link> might not be encoding special characters. This item isn't encoding as such in this playlist and is thereby horking up XML parsing.
posted by Ogre Lawless to Bugs at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

June 29
It's happened again.
posted by five fresh fish to MetaFilter-Related at 7:26 PM PST - 40 comments

Hay i herd u liek iphones.
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 3:42 PM PST - 132 comments

Just curious why yet another Ask Metafilter answer was immediately deleted with no email explanation. Thanks.
posted by four panels to Etiquette/Policy at 11:35 AM PST - 95 comments

Reminder: London meet up on Saturday 30 June, South Bank & Hammersmith. 11.30am under the clock at Waterloo (look for a gold balloon) for those doing BookCrossing, and 4.30-5 onwards at the Dove, Hammersmith, for those doing alcohol. Full details on the other thread.
posted by randomination to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:17 AM PST - 5 comments

June 28
A while back someone posted to meta a great little parody of the sort of sequence of questions we're all familiar with where someone uses askme to help them through absolutely every stage of their life. Where is it? I can't seem to find.
posted by dmd to MetaFilter-Related at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

The current MeFi running challenge is in its final days. I'll post the final results in a couple of days. I don't want to jinx it, but I might actually win this one...(Previous challenges : 1.0., 2.0.,3.0.,3.1.) We're already gearing up for the July distance challenge. I've sent a new invite to the current participants. If you've got the nike+ sports kit for the ipod nano and want to measure yourself against the dreaded metathletes, post your nike+ screenname in this thread, and I'll send you an invite to the challenge.
posted by pj_rivera to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:48 PM PST - 17 comments

1 (555) NO-CABAL
posted by acro to Feature Requests at 11:53 AM PST - 120 comments

Is there a better way to follow activity in favorited posts?
posted by lalex to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Washington DC Meet-up pictures and more pictures.
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:53 AM PST - 18 comments

You remember that thing about London meetups happening far too frequently? Well, it's happening again. Short-notice meetup, tonight (Thursday 28th), Cittie of Yorke, 7pm onwards.
posted by chrismear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:11 AM PST - 19 comments

June 27
God help me, but I'm starting a thread on getting additional AskMe questions. There are weeks that go by with no need to ask anything ... but then there are times when a second question would be a life-saver. Whatabout either (a) "rollover questions," a la Cingular's rollover minutes, say, up to a maximum of 2-3 in the bank at any time; or (b) a fee to ask a second question in one week? I can think of several times when I would have ponied up an additional $5 to ask, say, a work-related question where I knew AskMe's community would have the best answer.
posted by jbickers to Feature Requests at 5:00 PM PST - 132 comments

WTFLongboatBBQ?
posted by Methylviolet to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:58 PM PST - 18 comments [closed]

The newsvine elections area is pretty cool. Vote inside...
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:13 PM PST - 70 comments

For what reason did this get deleted? I am interested to hear informed peoples' explanations of the significance of Albert Schweitzer. I'm a little offended that my question got deleted, and with no posted reason. What's the deal, yo?
posted by pelican to Etiquette/Policy at 1:44 PM PST - 51 comments

I don't want to break the law, I'm just curious where I could go if I did.
posted by miss lynnster to Etiquette/Policy at 1:44 PM PST - 73 comments


June 26
A spiffy solution to the inline-images ban (if you use Firefox). [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 PM PST - 79 comments

I was a bit confused by Jessamyn's post. Are insults really kosher in MetaTalk?
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 2:15 PM PST - 123 comments

I'd really like to talk about this sleep question.
posted by dame to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 AM PST - 63 comments


June 25

Hey back-taggers! What are the top 10 tags displayed on your userpage? (For both MeFi and AskMe.) Also, we're nearing 50%—let's do a page (or 3 =) today!
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 8:38 PM PST - 43 comments

b1tr0t needs a time-out. Telling someone who was seeking psychological counseling but didn't want to tell their parents to use adultfriendfinder.com instead was ... well, I'd like to think the green has just slightly higher standards.
posted by SpecialK to Etiquette/Policy at 7:44 PM PST - 41 comments

Can we unlock this Portland Meetup thread?
posted by parallax7d to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Is today vertigo day on MetaFilter? If so, why?
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter-Related at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Is it Vertigo Monday?
posted by dw to Etiquette/Policy at 4:21 PM PST - 57 comments

I've never seen one of my posts deleted so quickly. You guys are good!
posted by sluglicker to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 AM PST - 88 comments

Time for another Grand Rapids meetup? wobh will be making an appearance here next week, and I thought that it would be a great time for a meetup. I suggest Thursday, July 5, 8pm, at the Pickwick on Cherry Street. If that is not a good time, Friday would also work, or Monday (July 2) in a pinch. Other nominations for locations are also welcome.
posted by deadcowdan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:04 AM PST - 10 comments

June 24
Instead of continuously derailing the question about questions, we may as well move discussions of said-questions here.
posted by Ms. Saint to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 PM PST - 161 comments

As an update to this thread on the Aussie software pirate who was extradited to the US to face charges, he was sentenced to more than four years in a US jail today.
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 4:32 PM PST - 19 comments

AxeMe's orphanage. It's just so sad - don't the unanswered deserve a shout-out on podcast?
posted by DenOfSizer to Feature Requests at 2:12 PM PST - 19 comments

The Blue at The Red: Pictures of the June 22nd, 2007 Santa Cruz, CA Meetup! (original thread's closed...)
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:11 PM PST - 16 comments

My iBook displays the first character of this post as a box. I recently used DeLocalizer -- did I delete something important?
posted by popcassady to MetaFilter-Related at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

June 23
Dear Askme, where can I get crystals to channel my energy flow and make me a better person? Free or cheap, please. (MI)
posted by Steven C. Den Beste to MetaFilter-Related at 7:42 PM PST - 103 comments [closed]

WiiFi: Friend Code Time Round 2
posted by heeeraldo to MetaFilter-Related at 11:59 AM PST - 27 comments

I like that this AskMe question doesn't have a "correct" answer, and yet most all the answers so far are spot-on.
posted by mr_crash_davis to MetaFilter-Related at 9:45 AM PST - 39 comments

June 22
Not too long ago there was a post about a guy who hand-polished balls of mud thus creating works of art. My searches fail me. Can anyone point me to that? Thank you.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 6:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How about a filter that limits posts from having words over a certain length? Usually it's pasted URLs, and they always break the tables and require a manual cleanup. For instance.
posted by smackfu to Feature Requests at 2:36 PM PST - 40 comments

Metafilter gets a plug in my local weekly Columbus Alive. Text inside.
posted by Otis to MetaFilter-Related at 10:00 AM PST - 32 comments

Can we have an end of year competition for the best "Metafilter: Spoof tagline" comments? (e.g. MetaFilter: Squirrels, jesus, orange juice, or whatever.). It could link to lots of good threads, with the winner being decided by whoever gets the most favourites. My suggestion for a prize would be the magic ability to turn on img tags for a single unannounced 24 hour period of the winner's choosing, anytime in the next 12 months.
posted by roofus to Feature Requests at 2:09 AM PST - 174 comments

June 21
Pony request... I'd love to be able to take threads off of my Recent Activity page.
posted by Many bubbles to Feature Requests at 8:30 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]

Small request: could we have a link to our userpage (ala the "x members | You are logged in as: x / logout" seen on the mefi/ask/metatalk homepages) on post comment pages (and possibly all deeper pages) as well as on the front pages?
posted by item to Feature Requests at 5:01 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

Ooh, I'm so excited! My very first pedantic MetaTalk post! The text of the link on the user favorites page says "You can also view a list of the most popular in the last 24 hours," but the actual Popular Favorites page lists the "most favorited posts in the past 7 days." Do I get a prize?!?
posted by designbot to Bugs at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

wendell sent a mass email to like 1000 users and so sorry I responded. I've also disinclined my email address.
posted by four panels to Etiquette/Policy at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Announcing the Metafilter Music Challenge! After a discussion here last month, we're starting up an opt-in theme-based challenge over at Music. A bit more inside!
posted by cortex to MetaFilter Music at 12:19 PM PST - 42 comments

Help! a question I asked yesterday on ask.metafilter disappeared. I received no message from admin about it. I looked both in my recent activity and on the questions posted yesterday. Yet I am not allowed to post another question for a week. My question was not inappropriate in any way and I should have been contacted if it was. I demand the question restored (it was: tips on looking for a new job while currently employed) or to have the right to post another question immediately. I also emailed this via the contact form.
posted by spacefire to Etiquette/Policy at 6:21 AM PST - 24 comments [closed]

I have an idea for a web-based business and not only need a web page but a program to keep track of units/credits, no money involved. It would involve marketing/advertising which I have experience in but no experience in computer programming. Where do I go from here?
posted by bethrossrn to MetaFilter-Related at 3:48 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

June 20
My profile says I posted two AskMes tagged with "dog", but I really haven't.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to Bugs at 7:20 PM PST - 48 comments

NYC 6/22 Meetup Reminder. Please RSVP ASAP (in THIS thread) so I can make a proper rez...
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:52 PM PST - 40 comments

Sidebar nomination: 12-year-old girl changed-your-life books
posted by k8t to MetaFilter-Related at 4:50 PM PST - 41 comments

I'd like to see the meetup list on the front page in the blue, just to get bigger turnouts (and a better sense of community). I imagine there's quite a few people who don't regularly visit Metatalk, but would like to go the meetups.
posted by spiderskull to Feature Requests at 4:30 PM PST - 50 comments

Feature Idea: adding a PDF viewer? I recently installed a firefox plugin that redirects all PDFs to an inline viewer. For instance, check out this post today and then look at the PDF in docufarm. On windows, I hate waiting for Adobe's PDF plugin to load and on a mac I hate downloading and then opening in a viewer (and having to delete from my desktop later). This seems really simple and easy, and you can download anything you want to keep. Sometimes good posts hinge on a PDF, and this would make that easier to read online. Does it make sense to move PDF links over to docufarm?
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:32 PM PST - 82 comments

Is it possible for admins or orginal posters to edit at the top of a meetup post? Like in this recent meetup thread. It's confusing to read through the whole thing and come out with no idea of whether time, date and place have been settled.
posted by brina to Feature Requests at 8:46 AM PST - 19 comments

I am wondering what happened to Live Preview on the MeFi posting page. I miss that feature and it skips an extra click. But one of Admins probably has an answer involving a lot of Tech Mumbo Jumbo, or someone will kindly (hopefully) direct me to the previous MeTa thread regarding this.
posted by wheelieman to Feature Requests at 6:38 AM PST - 37 comments

You know, it's probably not necessary to link to a page that teaches bombmaking and glorifies theft and rev0lution d00d, in order to provide a granola recipe.
posted by textilephile to Etiquette/Policy at 5:21 AM PST - 87 comments

I posted an idea here a few weeks ago, and I was just wondering if people were still up for it.
posted by chuckdarwin to MetaFilter Music at 4:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Anybody want to play chess?
posted by felix betachat to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:28 AM PST - 70 comments

June 19
This deletion doesn't make sense.
posted by kirkaracha to Etiquette/Policy at 5:02 PM PST - 73 comments

Back in January, I posted a pretty offensive thread. I'm not sure if this is appropriate for MetaTalk, but I would like to apologize for it. I was in a bad place at the time, and hope that anyone who was offended will forgive me for this indiscretion.
posted by reenum to Etiquette/Policy at 4:54 PM PST - 54 comments

So I noticed that comments I've made in a posts which are subsequently deleted don't show up in my profile's activity...
posted by wfrgms to Bugs at 4:06 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the origin of the term "eponysterical"?
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 1:43 PM PST - 85 comments

June 18
Favoriting on the blue has stopped working with Opera on Windows XP. Works fine on all other sites.
posted by bigmusic to Bugs at 10:06 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Is it time for a Boston-itself-Boston meetup soon? I flew in thismorning, got my apt settled & now don't have work until the 26th. I'm right by Symphony, & can get anywhere the T goes, but I have neither bike nor car so I can't make much past that. I'm also (sadly, believe me) under 21, so I fear a pub crawl (as much as I'd love it) is out of the question. Also, would anyone living here be up for not-too-serious-slightly-more-than-but-basically-touch rugby on a semiregular basis?
posted by devilsbrigade to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:28 PM PST - 14 comments

In response to a post, I've successfully compelled my wife to celebrate Frida's 100th birthday tonight at Frida's on State St here in Madison, Wisconsin. No planning or thought has gone into making this a real Mefi meetup. Our reservations are for 7pm. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi. I hear margaritas are cheap tonight, or something (I'm not a drinker).
posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments


June 17
Is there a way to re-open the Mefi Anniversary Meetup Thread for comments? I wanted to see if anybody else would like to get together on Thursday or Friday night, as I'll be making it a 4-day weekend.
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

June 16
DENVER (and Boulder) Metafilter MeFites will once again be gathering to drink libations and act smart. We could really use some help.
posted by fieldtrip to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:07 PM PST - 44 comments

LOS ANGELES MEET UP June 29, 8:30pm, Boardwalk 11. RSVP inside.
posted by klangklangston to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:43 PM PST - 50 comments

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is there a "metafilter skins" or "mefi css" customization repository where I can choose more interesting themes? Or some super-customization method? I'm really feeling the need to see some yellow and purple stripes with kitten wallpaper lately; feelin' weary with the same old blue, green, and grey after all these years.
posted by DenOfSizer to Feature Requests at 6:06 PM PST - 40 comments

Flagging a post as "too long."
posted by bardic to Etiquette/Policy at 3:28 PM PST - 59 comments

MARLBORO, MA meetup Bump. Because seriously, are we* doing Lazer Tag first? I'm moving some stuff into my new apartment that day an I need to know if I should budget time for LAZER TAG!
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:25 AM PST - 49 comments

Could we have a section of the Upcoming Meetups sidebar for meetups that are in the works but don't have a date set?
posted by sueinnyc to Feature Requests at 9:28 AM PST - 11 comments

June 15
Here's show 10 of the podcast for June 15, 2007. It's about 25 min long.
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 7:44 PM PST - 49 comments

Blank fields for font sizes in Preferences make JRun cry. Possible SQL Injection attack point?
posted by blue_beetle to Bugs at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

So Wendell apparently harvested a bunch of Mefite email addresses and sent a pointless message to all of them, and a herd of the recipients went off on a "reply all" binge with equally pointless replies. Now I have a mailbox full of crap. This is without a doubt the lamest, most wrong-headed bullshit move I have experienced here. Thanks for nothing, jerx.
posted by Kirth Gerson to Etiquette/Policy at 5:26 PM PST - 296 comments

BRAND NEW DAY!
posted by COBRA! to MetaFilter-Related at 2:23 PM PST - 47 comments [closed]

On the blue, it's a tad odd that "Popular" and "Popular Favorites" are different. I suggest they be combined into a single page which has both FPPs and comments, and also has the (7 days, 30 days, all time) option from the second link.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to Feature Requests at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments


Next NYC Meetup. Completely last minute (tonight, 6/15), or next week, the 22nd?
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:35 AM PST - 61 comments

Please to put an email in your profile? Most of us don't bite, really. Okay, sure - if your "persona" here is attack-nerd or something, and you're sure you'll get spammed with hate mail, leave it out, but if you're a regular user who likes to participate, can't you at least set up a throwaway webmail address (in gmail, for one, you can create a filter to forward your messages to your regular mail, and you won't even have to log in to your account to check if you have any new messages). more...
posted by taz to Etiquette/Policy at 2:09 AM PST - 167 comments

June 14

Backtaggers: When you backtag an AskMe question, do you base your tags solely on the original question, or do you incorporate information about comments/answers? I realize there is probably no hard and fast rule, I'm just curious how y'all are doing it.
posted by Rock Steady to Etiquette/Policy at 9:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Awesome.
posted by jayder to Etiquette/Policy at 9:03 PM PST - 24 comments [closed]

thanks to the mefi community for a good day of links . . . where else can I shoot the s- about gay marriage, aerodynamics, fluid simulations, Safari & the iPhone, and someone slagging on liberals, all on one page :)
posted by Heywood Mogroot to MetaFilter-Related at 7:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Since this thread wasn't really a reminder per se, with permission , here is a reminder , Tokyo Mefites! Tonight's the night!
posted by misozaki to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

My comment on This thread was deleted, not because of snarkiness or asshattery, but because I doubted the scenario was real. I sincerely complimented the quality of the writing in the post, but simply pointed out (based on my own professional experience as a writer) that it sounded too much like an idyllic encounter written to engage the reader for me to be able to accept it as an actual dilemma. Jessamyn suggested that kind of comment belonged in email or the grey--since the poster is anonymous, here it is.
posted by misha to Etiquette/Policy at 8:41 AM PST - 37 comments [closed]

June 13
With AskMe getting lots of press (as in here) as a unit seperate from Metafilter (meaning, blue, grey, white, mauve, etc.), there should really be a message on ask letting the droves of new users know that it is a part of a larger community, with other features, a resource for post discussion and discourse, and a user base not completely dedicated to the green. People who enter through Angel Island should know New York exists. /metaphor)
posted by potch to Feature Requests at 10:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Projects RSS: why no creator? [mi]
posted by grobstein to Feature Requests at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Uh-oh (Jesus in the desert part deux)
posted by Joseph Gurl to Etiquette/Policy at 5:39 PM PST - 327 comments

Fantasy feature: hover over "x users marked this as a favorite" and see the names of the people who did the favorite marking. Whaddaya think?
posted by serazin to Feature Requests at 1:07 PM PST - 53 comments

Not exactly a feature request, nor a bug- anyway: is it possible for different views of the "activity by so-and-so {favorited}" not to open up a new tab for each particular view?
posted by oneirodynia to Feature Requests at 11:38 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

This comment on this AskMe made me wonder - would it be possible to make an AskMe question anonymous after it had already been posted?
posted by Zephyrial to Feature Requests at 11:03 AM PST - 32 comments

Meetups planned with over 30 days advance might need a little more time in the grey.
posted by strawberryviagra to Bugs at 6:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Can admins take a look at this AskMeFi question? It's a genuine question about a biblical story but it's being hijacked by the atheist brigade.
posted by humblepigeon to Etiquette/Policy at 4:43 AM PST - 80 comments

I will be traveling across a plethora of hemispheres, and will be in London between the 19 of June and the 8th of July. I'm normally of southern hemisphere so if anyone wants to meet for a drink - that would be lovely. Name a date (and possibly a place as I don't know the geography terribly well) and I will be there.
posted by Sparx to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:51 AM PST - 38 comments

June 12
Overeager moderation? I'm sure that I saw a spot-on comment (from Optimus Chyme, I believe?) about a possibly hypocritical comment concerning gay vs. interracial marriage. Now it's gone. WTF?
posted by MrMoonPie to Etiquette/Policy at 8:35 PM PST - 413 comments

Something called www.ask.metafilter.com has made the Independent's list of 101 really useful websites. Just so you know.
posted by pompomtom to MetaFilter-Related at 6:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Toronto meetup, anyone?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:21 PM PST - 72 comments

Vaguely relevant remark + 2(link to own website) + sales-pitch = inauspicious first comment.
posted by Sonny Jim to Etiquette/Policy at 4:16 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

I'm a little sorry I opened this post at work. Maybe a little "NSFW" or title changing could happen? Supposedly the question was about blogging. Not a huge deal either way.
posted by salvia to Etiquette/Policy at 12:38 PM PST - 70 comments

Enabling the italics and bold buttons beneath the comments box for Safari users?
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Feature Requests at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

So with all the (very very greatly appreciated!) tagging going on, is there some way to search on more than two specific tags at a time? I love the /tags/thing1+thing2, but that seems to be all there is...
posted by TheNewWazoo to Feature Requests at 11:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there an RSS feed that is solely the Mefi meetup calendar listed in the MeTa sidebar? If not, Matt, is that something you might consider, or would it be too much of a pain in the ass? Separately, just because I'm curious (this ISN'T meant as a challenge): I understand posting limits on Mefi and AskMefi, to prevent abuse. I'm curious as to why Meta has one, though, and four days apart. Has it been abused in the past, or is there the potential for abuse?
posted by WCityMike to Feature Requests at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

June 11
Just wanted to say that the new t-shirt ad on the blue is sooo much easier on the eyes than the old one, so thanks.
posted by amyms to MetaFilter-Related at 11:02 PM PST - 44 comments

Should the MeFi complex permanently cache links? Is it legal? I recently desired to access some link I had added as a comment. My comment included a link to a PDF of testicle size. However when I now follow the chain the PDF has been removed. Why was it removed? Either because the link became so popular that somebody figured they could make money off of it, maybe generated by my linking to it, or because of space limitations or reorganizations on the server. Anyway the link and its content have now evaporated and only maybe can I find a new link to it. The cost/gigabite is now so low that it seems the MeFi complex could cache every link added. As long as the cache was not exposed to the outside to allow google searches (and similar traffic). If some linked page was once put in the public domain does that mean that once it is removed it is no longer in the public domain?
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts to Feature Requests at 9:39 PM PST - 33 comments


Feature request: A flag for posts that are useful, but from the deep archive, i.e. closed comments, and may be untagged; the purpose being to make them available for future feature requests.
posted by acro to Feature Requests at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Completely ridiculous, disgusting askme response.
posted by Baby_Balrog to Etiquette/Policy at 6:49 PM PST - 83 comments

A call to MetaFilter readers (unregistered, too) to help put the finishing touches on the Mondo Meta version 2.0 MetaFilter tool.
posted by mdevore to MetaFilter-Related at 4:29 PM PST - 12 comments

I was wondering how feasible a few adds on for people who post threads would be. I was thinking would it be possible for the OP to be able to see stats like how many people viewed the full thread and how many clicked on the different links? it would give a fairly good idea of how much interest a post generated, over and above what you can see from the number of favourites, etc.
posted by criticalbill to Feature Requests at 1:56 PM PST - 43 comments

I'd really like to be able to browse the meta* sites on my brand spanky new Pocket PC mobile phone gps thing, but IE keeps squishing all the text into a very very narrow column. Is there a plain formatting version of the meta sites? Or some other mobile friendly alternative?
posted by lemonfridge to MetaFilter-Related at 1:39 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm vaguely interested in the Ralph Wiggum thread but at 350+ comments I'm afraid to enter. Please summarize the general drift of it, including excerpts and/or links to any particularly entertaining portions. Thank you.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to MetaFilter-Related at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

When I tried to login to AskMe from University today, I was logged in as normal and pushed to the Metafilter front page. Whenever I tried to get back to AskMe I would be logged out again. Was this a short term bug or an anti-University design feature? Can we be directed to the page we are trying to login from?
posted by vizsla to Feature Requests at 12:57 AM PST - 10 comments

June 10
I am finishing work on a short python program for my master's thesis. I am a newbie at python, and would like to ask for help optimizing the program in AskMe, by posting the actual script and having people with more experience give it a look. 2 questions: 1) does this sound too do-my-homework-ish? 2) the program is about 130 lines, would it be kosher to post the whole thing inside the question (not on the front page, obviously)? Or should I just link to the .py file on a server?
posted by signal to Etiquette/Policy at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments

June 9
JudgeMe
posted by Methylviolet to Etiquette/Policy at 8:14 PM PST - 56 comments

In a little under 24 hours cards will be hitting felt at the Third Annual Metafilter Poker Tournament. Do you have what it takes to match wits with MeFi's card sharks? (Shocking details inside!)
posted by ODiV to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:46 PM PST - 39 comments

As a follow up to this post about livejournal's recent suspension of several hundred user accounts, in his latest update on the situation SixApart CEO Barak Berkowitz name checked metafilter citing us as a good example of community policing.
We know we can learn a lot from other communities that use a combination of reputation software and human judgment to gauge community opinion, and we are now actively exploring how we can let the community "vote" on what is acceptable content in order to create greater consistency.

posted by nerdcore to MetaFilter-Related at 4:48 PM PST - 26 comments

I always click on "N favorites" rather than "+" to add a favorite, because I'm tripped up by the two links in one set of brackets. Would it be obscenely contentious to request that we alter this: [2 favorites +] [!] to this: [2 favorites] [+] [!] Thanks!
posted by DenOfSizer to Feature Requests at 7:03 AM PST - 41 comments

June 8
Hero Joy Nightingale: we posted on the blue about her, I posted on the green about her, but she seems to have left no trace for years...anyone want to help find out what happened?
posted by StrikeTheViol to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 PM PST - 22 comments [closed]

No. Can we have some standards and not participate in this crap? I'd also like to ask for a pre-emptive strike on any NewsFilter post about the latest missing and found dead rich white girl they're talking about now.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim to Etiquette/Policy at 8:28 PM PST - 129 comments

Is it feasible to have a proper [more inside] feature for the blue? It would be nice if there was a trivial way for the gods to save space without having to delete otherwise worthy threads such as this.
posted by [expletive deleted] to Feature Requests at 5:12 PM PST - 35 comments

BUMP: Phoenix Meetup. Tuesday, June 12, Los Dos Molinos at 7pm. Come and help me celebrate my birthday early!
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Was my FPP just deleted before it even posted, or is there some kind of queue now of which I'm not aware? I'm not complaining per se, but I'm kinda having a WTF? moment.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

AmberV's posts in this thread are a fascinating account of what it's like to hold a conversation as a person with Asperger's.
posted by hindmost to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Thoughtful, kind, smart, funny, and all 'round nice guy - in honor of his 500th post, I nominate homunculus as good MeFi citizen of the month!
posted by madamjujujive to MetaFilter-Related at 2:07 PM PST - 40 comments

Marking the best answer in Ask Metafilter really doesn't mean anything, huh?
posted by Mayor Curley to Etiquette/Policy at 1:52 PM PST - 40 comments


June 7
This question is listed as having a best answer, but no answer is highlighted.
posted by greatgefilte to Bugs at 7:30 PM PST - 76 comments

This AskMe has been inappropriately curtailed. The question is not a simple maths question, it is more complex as nuclear capacity is hydrocarbon dependent and the question is predicated on terminating hydrocarbon use. My post late in the thread raises this issue, and at least one (sensible) reply to it has been deleted.
posted by biffa to Etiquette/Policy at 9:40 AM PST - 94 comments

June 6
Does Meta Filter support OpenID?...and can I convert my existing account for Metafilter into an Open ID one and still keep my account history?
posted by friedbeef to Feature Requests at 9:48 AM PST - 75 comments

Display the tags of a post as an option, below the post text on the front page for logged in users?
posted by acro to Feature Requests at 9:24 AM PST - 22 comments

This is a one-link post to a photo-blog consisting of a painful flash interface, 32 (uninteresting) pictures of a guy's trip to japan and some exceedingly lame attempts at humorous commentary. Surprise! It's the poster's friend's blog! What's the policy on almost-self-links?
posted by The Bellman to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 AM PST - 77 comments

FYI: Remember the "Vienna phonebook thread"? The archival collection we used to find all that information is (finally) being opened to the public with a presentation tomorrow afternoon here at the Holocaust Museum in Washington.
posted by arco to MetaFilter-Related at 6:33 AM PST - 11 comments

London meet-ups, eh? There sure are a lot of them about at the moment, but on the off-chance that any of you are not already suffering from 'meet-up fatigue', there's yet another one planned for Monday, June 11. It's a result of this AskMe thread, and is your chance to welcome lackutrol to these shores. The venue will be the excellent Jerusalem Tavern, from around 5.30-6.00 onwards.
posted by MrMustard to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:41 AM PST - 33 comments

I'm confused on the etiquette rules regarding when it's okay to push a thread off into lunacy. I was hoping that the pirates thread could be interesting (although the OP was a bit lacking), but it instantly turned into a useless flamefest. Is it too late to delete all the pirate songs and idiocy? Can we maybe agree on a brief moratorium to let threads develop before we turn them into Thomas Pynchon novels?
posted by spiderwire to Etiquette/Policy at 1:20 AM PST - 51 comments

June 5
Our employer gives us an allocated amount of personal browsing time every day, which is filtered by WebMarshall. Metafilter is normally my prefered surfing choice, but WM must have picked up an excessive number of references to s-ex, pr0n, and other filth on the blue, (and also the Human Relations category of AskMefi kicks up the "Blocked: Pr0nography" page as well. Normally I'd just http://ip.address/ to work around that, but with metafilter that just redirects back to www.metafilter.com Lynx via telnet/ssh is painful at best, especially for image heavy links. Any functional suggestions? (asking the sysadmin to unblock a site flagged as pr0n is just tempting fate). DNS/domain work arounds? I'm prepared for all the "get back to work!" comments on this post too... It seems that even mild references to human anatomy send WebMarshal into a furious rampage blocking even some news sites. :-(
posted by chrisbucks to MetaFilter-Related at 10:56 PM PST - 25 comments

I recently got drunk with: a former professor and a chemistry major and claimed that: dry ice + ethanol === near instantaneous intoxication. Now that I'm mostly sober my Google fu fails to reveal evidence (in youtube + MeFi post form) to substantiate my claim. I'm 98.23% certain that I saw/learned this factoid on MeFi. Could some kind soul please help me? Confirm, deny, deride -- at the very least inform -- me. Just point, if so kind you would be, in the direction of the link - y. :-) Thanks.
posted by Grod to MetaFilter-Related at 8:34 PM PST - 41 comments

Following up on tonight's goodness, let's do a London meetup with a bit more notice. (more inside)
posted by Optamystic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there an official stats page?
posted by sluglicker to MetaFilter-Related at 1:12 PM PST - 71 comments

Jessamyn in Ann Arbor, MI, this Friday, June 8, at the Michigan Union. Event sponsored by the U-M Library, MLibrary 2.0: The Future is Now, Peter Morville of 'polar bear book' fame will also be speaking. Please contact the U-M Library about registering for this event if you are not already a U-M member. See you there!
posted by needled to MetaFilter-Related at 7:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Problem A: A Metafilter Jobs post breaks the guidelines, IMO. Problem B: I get a Cold Fusion error when flagging it as breaking the guidelines.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Bugs at 6:46 AM PST - 34 comments

Though his death was noted yesterday in the blue, the last paragraph of today's NYT obituary suggests that his role as Senator may not be over: "When Senator Johnson fell ill last year, there was speculation that the Democrats could lose the two-vote margin by which they had just won control of the Senate a month earlier. But he is preparing to return to the Senate soon."
posted by zachxman to MetaFilter-Related at 3:42 AM PST - 12 comments [closed]

LOLMeFi
posted by brundlefly to MetaFilter-Related at 12:30 AM PST - 6 comments [closed]

June 4
Love the new ajax flagging and looking forward to seeing it on the other sites. I especially like that it shows that you have flagged something, and would like to see an option to remove said flag in case of a mistake, or regretting a knee-jerk reaction.
posted by Manjusri to Feature Requests at 9:41 PM PST - 13 comments


Can we please have a My Favorites tab in My Activity? One that would work just like the My Comments tab in showing the last few comments on each thread, but do this for our favorite threads rather than threads we commented in?
posted by grouse to Feature Requests at 5:12 PM PST - 16 comments

This is the cutest AskMe question and final answer in a while. Or, it's the saddest. I can't decide. Or maybe it's the result of split personality.
posted by The Deej to MetaFilter-Related at 3:18 PM PST - 70 comments

Not a complaint, really, because it certainly doesn't bother me—but is there any compelling reason that the sidebar item isn't “most goldfish that die drown in their own urine?” rather than including an eyebrow-raising word that will remain on the front page for a long time?
posted by Ethereal Bligh to Etiquette/Policy at 1:19 PM PST - 98 comments

Is there a method for tracking down deleted threads with the current URL format without greasemonkey... (no DLs for me at work) or with it? And why was the De Anza College Sexual Assault FPP deleted? It seemed alright to me. If the answer to my first question is "No," can someone just tell me the URL?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter-Related at 11:19 AM PST - 50 comments


Late-notice London meetup: Tuesday 5 June, 4pm onwards, The Salisbury, St Martin's Lane
posted by chrismear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Uptime and performance have been awesome for me lately. In particular the days of long downtimes when the admins are asleep seem to be over. On behalf of UK mefites, thanks.
posted by teleskiving to Uptime at 6:22 AM PST - 20 comments

June 3
Can the meetup listings in the sidebar be kept up for a few days afterwards so we can more easily find the pictures which were taken? Or should there be a separate category for this?
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Did I miss something? I have been traveling quite a bit recently and not on MetaFilter too much. Is this spell checker new tonight?
posted by caddis to Feature Requests at 6:40 PM PST - 10 comments [closed]

#1 Said. Can we come to some consensus with MetaReviews and get something rolling? I'm not trying to be a pesterbuggy, especially in light of all of the cool new things going on here, but a nice MetaReviews/Recommends would be teh awesome! (I'm posting this because I watched a film today that would probably be the first film that I would actually write about in more than a decade.)
posted by snsranch to Feature Requests at 6:12 PM PST - 51 comments

PonyFilter: Since anonymous questions were first introduced, there's been the need for anonymous questioners to easily respond as a follow-up to their own question, and, to a lesser degree, given subject matter, for people to contribute their answers to the question anonymously. I imagine the admins have already thought about this, and I'm just wondering if it's a feature that will never seen because of the possibility of abuse or the difficulty of coding.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 4:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there a policy about possibly slipping self-links in via AskMe instead of the blue? For an example, see this post
posted by Justinian to Etiquette/Policy at 1:58 AM PST - 92 comments

I download what I imagine might be legally construed as "copyrighted material" all thie time. But I'm actually upset with this post because I know some people that worked on US v. John Lennon. (Double standard, I know.) So are there any guidelines about posting full-length, copyrighted movies? Is this post this even in good taste? Where's the context? Does it have any intent other than to illegally distribute a movie? Is this even a problem?
posted by phaedon to Etiquette/Policy at 1:01 AM PST - 55 comments

June 2
Why doesn't my question show up directly at ask.metafilter.com? Did they change their policy? How do I get my question to show up at the main site.
posted by JamesJD to Etiquette/Policy at 6:20 PM PST - 48 comments

My MetaFilter shirt just arrived and boy is an American "large" ever big compared to my Canadian frame. Does anyone have a "medium" that's too tight for them that they'd like to swap?
posted by furtive to MetaFilter-Related at 7:10 AM PST - 47 comments

I've been wondering about the conventions and expectations for "Links to" and "Linked by" in our profiles. So far I've been "linked by" one person, who I don't know in real life but who I'm quite happy to be associated with based on what I've seen of their contributions. If a person ever spontaneously linked to me and I wasn't into it for some reason, would there be a way to point this out to them (if they didn't have contact info)? Or would that be irrelevant because linking is really just more of a global "favorite" button, without any connotation of "A likes B, therefore we can assume B likes A"?
posted by allterrainbrain to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 AM PST - 39 comments

June 1
Gsteff posted a position at the Grameen Foundation on mefi jobs. I think that's cool. Bonus: It's to write open source software.
posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 9:35 PM PST - 14 comments

PHOENIX! Sometime in the evening, between June 11th and 14th. Probably that Monday or Tuesday, because I'd like to meet mullacc and I'm pretty sure he's leaving town mid-week. What say you, kings of sun, lovers of ale, revelers without abandon?
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:44 PM PST - 15 comments

This thread seems to be crying out for dating.metafilter.com!
posted by hoverboards don't work on water to Feature Requests at 3:43 PM PST - 136 comments

interrobang is being a real asshole today.
posted by interrobang to Etiquette/Policy at 1:50 PM PST - 109 comments

Cool!
posted by jpburns to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM PST - 36 comments