June 2008 Archives (all archives)
Why do people feel the need to post the same (obvious) advice other people have given, especially after the asker has already marked the best answer? [more inside]
Salon's Cary Tennis referred one of his questioning letter writers to AskMe for a discussion on sighing. So how long is until is it until Dear Abby and Ann Landers just start to tell their readers, "Get counselling, and read AskMe, dear."
Remember Kevin Everett? Well, those of you who said Kevin Everett would walk, it turns out you were right. [more inside]
One thing that annoys me about long MeMail conversations is the lack of threading; before services like GMail and Facebook, which thread messages, this wouldn't have been such a big deal, but anymore I find it kind of irritating to have to click through several pages to read old messages in a thread. So how's about some conversation threading in MeMail? [more inside]
Remember Joe Horn? Well, those of you who said Joe Horn would walk, it turns out you were right. [more inside]
Faces disappearing on the MeFi Twitter page [more inside]
Can we more strongly encourage posters to make their first link their most important one? [more inside]
Short notice: meetup in Portland, ME on July 2nd? [more inside]
I'm looking for a member's homepage that was a collection of weird and interesting facts. Can anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
While composing an AskMetafilter question about where I might purchase baby clothes, I was told the following: [more inside]
I, too, would enjoy a pony: the ability to select more than one category for an AskMe question. [more inside]
Can I haz a pomy^D^Dny? 60 second editing. [more inside]
Malor - your arguments have to stand on their own merits without bringing other people's names up. [more inside]
Show #29 features calls from members describing their happiest MetaFilter-related moments as well as recaps from the last few weeks of postings across all MetaFilter sites. It was recorded on June 25th, and runs about an hour long. [more inside]
Is there any way to browse the Ask archives a day at a time? Browsing by date (e.g. http://ask.metafilter.com/archived.mefi/10/01/2006/ ) currently brings up an entire month at a time, which is rather unwieldy. [more inside]
Is there an easy way to get to Metafilter's lofi version? I'm at work and must filter. But even a google search for "Metafilter lofi" can't get me there.
Anyone interested in a Central Mississippi Meetup? [more inside]
Request for another way to interact in Metafilter Music. [more inside]
The end result of this question just needs to be preserved as a "wonderful AskMe moment." Crushing problem solved in a way neither of us would have considered if it hadn't been for the suggestion in AskMe. Now we know, and the other credit-card-ignorant will know too when they search!
What would be the reason someone would want to close their account? If someone didn't want to "belong" to this "community", wouldn't someone just quit posting to the site, and reading it? And what of the posts someone has previously posted? Would a request to delete all of someone's own posts be complied with? [more inside]
Mefi's Own Baby_Balrog: "Stephen and I traveled to Bilin, near Ramallah, on Friday. [...] IDF soldiers began firing CS gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at the marchers [...] here's a video of me running away when the soldiers started firing gas canisters [...] I had my jump kit with me and tried to help a few people [...]" He's writing a pretty fascinating blog.
PONY: I like discussion! How about having some way of pulling up the "most active" threads...threads which have the most comments over the past x hours. [more inside]
Can anyone help me find an old AskMe post about keeping promises that I forgot to favorite? [more inside]
This is a crap post. Celebrity gossip, really?
MeFi Music Uploading - Creative Commons license, please? Possible to replace or delete an uploaded song? [more inside]
Any other WebKit Nightly users noticing the MeFi front page main content is being shoved below the sidebar until you hit 'Refresh'? [more inside]
Let us cast our boats upon the water. (Seattle meetup) [more inside]
There are 73 days left in the Cycling Streak Challenge. It might look like ~35 days is a commanding lead, but any streak falls apart in just 24 hours, and with the adjusted rules - thanks to hanagashore's great generosity and competitive spirit - just about 2/3rds of the competition period is ahead of us. So let's go Mefites, fix up your bike, and take your shot at a Garmin Edge 705 (desc).
Can anyone help me find the post where someone talks about a watch or clock that helps you wake up refreshed based on your wave cycles? [more inside]
Metafilter is the 3rd Smartest Website in the World
Today just happens to be my one-year Mefi-versary! In honor of this, I thought it might be fun for some of you old timers* to tell me about your favorite thread, post, question or project. MeTa tends to be kinda stuffy -- let's let the light in here and have a little fun, neh? [more inside]
How about a Previously Box? People often make FPPs and link previous posts. Previously, previously, previously. Pretty Please? Previously (partially). [more inside]
Mefi Music pony request: can we have an "add to playlist" link directly from the pages 1) listing all songs by a particular user 2) listing all songs with a particular tag. [more inside]
Metafilter Projects (Re)post Ettiquete... [more inside]
Can we get a policy regarding the ads on Metafilter? [more inside]
How local is too local for the Metafilter front page? [more inside]
Can we get a policy to discourage the pimping of "stealth pay" games here on Metafilter? [more inside]
For next week's podcast: call in (either use the widget after the jump or call +1 (503) 465-4522 and leave a message) and tell us your happiest MetaFilter story ever. [more inside]
Montreal meetup? [more inside]
Two new features: resolved question sidebar (and feed) and RSS feeds for the Popular favorites page. All is explained within. [more inside]
Hoi, let's meetup in SF around july 3rd! [more inside]
Toronto Pride meetup? [more inside]
I'd like to suggest that the "related questions" feature of Ask appear in the preview stage of posting a question. It may cause the asker to find their answer pre-posting (great for people who suck at searching, like me!) or rephrase their question in a manner that's more helpful and therefore cut down on the asker having to clarify repeatedly in the thread.
Looks like you're searching for an exact phrase. The local search doesn't do that so well. Why not?
Well, I've seen this type of phrase around, and it hit one of my questions. "This sounds like a legal question. You should really ask a lawyer." I think it's legit to ask legal related questions here. One, someone may have had experience with the situation. Two, there may be a friendly lawyer around (hey, I've given free advice for my areas of knowledge). When someone asks a question about what song was being played in this movie or whatnot, wouldn't it be rude or just useless to respond with, "That sounds like a music question. You know who could answer that? A DJ!" People might as well just put "I dunno" or "me too". "IANAL" is one thing, answering to say "don't ask me" is just fluff. Yes? No?
Is there any way to identify threads that contain comments by me and another user? I'm picturing a world where I could click on someone else's profile, and there would be a link "conversations you've had with this user." I suspect I am missing something, but I can't find it.
Perennial Obit Thread Discussion [more inside]
Show #28 is a call in show, featuring answers to questions from a dozen or so members that left messages on the call-in line. It runs about 50 minutes long. [more inside]
I know a MetaFilter swapsite or Craigslist-y thing has been suggested before, but now that I have a thing burning a hole in my pocket that I'd like to give to an interested local Mefite -- like, today -- I'm wondering if it's time. I'd like to sell or give away things to you, and I'd like to buy stuff, too. I'm pretty sure that we could do some really interesting things with this, like what Miko did with her $9 something offer.
In the "Do chinese people get sick of eating chinese food?" AskMe discussion, which might have had a germ of a worthwhile idea behind it, the OPP has essentially come out and said "my question is chatfilter."
Stealing and concealing, rectal bleeding, and being gay. Oh my! [more inside]
From whatever mod deleted it, I just wondered why my repsonse to this post was deleted, and what exactly is so offensive about it that it needed to be removed. A Mefi mail is fine, but if you want it public that's OK too. Thank you. Truly, I don't care about the deletion, but am truly interested about the policy/ethics involved.
I don't understand why some of the answers to this question aren't being deleted. They are expressing their opinions about whether or not it's appropriate to give children psychiatric drugs, or what drugs have worked for children they knew, and that wasn't what was asked.
A few weeks ago, there was a post about two Muslims about to be deported from Britain. Today in AskMe, the poster reveals that one of the potential deportees is a friend of his. Shouldn't this have been disclosed at the time? Is it okay to make posts about your friends?
I asked a question and many of the responses were that I am "biased." Is a judgement of character a prerequisite for answering a question?
We're doing another call-in show for the podcast this week so we need people to call in some questions for us to answer (ideally, in the next 24hours). Click the giant CALL ME button on the podcast sidebar, plop in your number, and grandcentral/google will ring you up and let you leave a message free of charge. [more inside]
There appears to be a bug on the recent Flickr photos page. I've seen this bug regularly, though not every day. Today's example is a repeated picture by bibliowench on Jun 9th, 2008 and bevedog on Jun 9th, 2008. Both are displayed as "Omeka stickers", both link to the same external Flickr page. I am running firefox on macos. (I don't read MetaTalk much, so I apologize if this is a known bug. I did do a quick search for a posting about the same topic.)
Pepsi Blue...Hawaii will be sold in Japan this summer. We'll have photos from the next Tokyo MeFi Meetup (TBA) with our Pepsi Blue Hawaii in hand.
Should there be a visual indicator that someone has opted out of MeMail? [more inside]
In your preferences, if you select a month and year for your birthday, but not a specific day of the month, you get an error message. Could that be changed so you have the option to fill in only the month/year?
All right, andycasses: Chicago meetup on July 3rd, 6pm, Billy Goat on (under) Michigan [more inside]
Did anyone notice that there were NO deleted posts on the Blue for all of June 7th? How common is that? [more inside]
Over the last few months one of the Metafilter regulars has produced a number of comments demonstrating an above average grasp of the democratic parties political process as well as an above average ability to articulate that understanding in to language that highlights the substance of the comments. [more inside]
I adore konolia and have defended her before, but her comment in this thread is intolerable. [more inside]
Does anyone know what is happening in waraws thread below ? [more inside]
I know that there's a dedicated cadre of Team Fortressers out there. Anyone playing Call of Duty 4? [more inside]
I'd like to take the time to invite everyone informally to #metafilter on slashnet (irc://irc.slashnet.org/metafilter)! Ops for everyone! Please check your steve at the door. That is all.
Augusta, GA meetup? [more inside]
Is there a way to see how many of a person's AskMeFi comments are marked as best answer? [more inside]
When did you start putting that little highlight bar on AskMe comments that are from the original asker? Kickass! Thank you... [more inside]
Related questions are awesome. [more inside]
So is the Ann Arbor MeFite mini-meetup tonight to save PhatLobley's laundry still happening? [more inside]
I would like to congratulate gman on the occasion of his thirteenth deleted post of 2008. Is this a record?
Mark askee answers. (Meaning, highlight answers posted by the user who asked the question in askmefi). [more inside]
PonyFilter: when I favorite an Ask thread, it should appear in 'My Ask'
The Brit abroad - San Francisco Meetup in August? [more inside]
Please for the love of all that is holy, can we stop? [more inside]
Please, for the love of all that is holy, can we please stop? [more inside]
Not sure if (justifiable) politicsfilter objections trump history in the making, but I don't know whether this merits an FPP or not. Hence it seems legit for MetaTalk, even if only to get a moderator to rule on whether we can have what I think will be an FPP comment thread for the ages. But dammit, Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant and a Kansas farm girl, is about to be the nominee of the Democratic party for president of the US of Doggone A, and it is a moment worthy of of being marked and reflected upon for many in this community, I am sure, regardless of our political commitments.
Interviewing in Sunnyvale Thursday, nothing to do for 24 hours after, and I'd love to meet the locals... [more inside]
Ordered X, got Y. Not only the title of the thread, but a good description of some of the answers received. [more inside]
Just thought I'd mention that I noticed a couple of questions in askme that all had to do with ferreting out techniques people use to get around spam filters and the like. [more inside]
Religious issues aside, do we really need three separate posts covering slight variations of the same thing? [more inside]
Which AskMe threads have been most dominated by the OP? [more inside]
Are there any Mefites out there interested in a central-Indiana meetup?
What if we never closed old comment threads? [more inside]
Hong Kong meetup on Lamma Island this Sunday? [more inside]
The MetaFilter Music Challenge is back, (*cue triumphant fanfare, followed by sound of jubilant, cheering throng*) and suggestions for the monthly Challenge themes are open to all MeFiers. This means YOU! You are hereby encouraged, month by month, to offer suggestions, and if yours is chosen, not only will your name go up in lights at the Music page, but you'll also be the spark that ignites the creative genius of some MeFi Musician. A chance at a little slice of immortality! [more inside]