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is happening in a few days in Pittsburgh. I've never been, but I've been told that there are good places to people watch for free at the convention center. Are there any Mefites interested in meeting up? [more inside]
posted by Alison to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:23 PM PST - 33 comments
Just the curiosity of a self-obsessed "Favorited by others" watcher: I've noticed, on a couple occasions, my 'favorited by others' number will drop by a couple digits. Not a lot; I think the last time it was from 95 to 93 or something. I'm not favorited often, and I don't think I've had any posts deleted recently, so I find it odd. Can somebody "anti-favorite" you, or are things being deleted in older stuff than I've noticed?
posted by AzraelBrown to MetaFilter-Related at 2:09 PM PST - 47 comments
Did I hallucinate a Metafilter comment? I remember reading the line "Play him hither, Lute Cat" on Metafilter recently and though it was so hilarious I needed to illustrate it. I wanted to give credit to the original commenter, but I can't for the life of me find the comment. All my styles of google-fu have failed me. Did this comment actually exist?
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter-Related at 9:43 AM PST - 57 comments
If an FPP about a member
(even if they happen to be famous) is posted, but it doesn't provide any fruitful information for others to right a situation where they feel they have been overcharged, then why is it allowed?
posted by parmanparman to Etiquette/Policy at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]
I've just noticed that the text that I type into the search box beneath the links to sub-sites does not carry over when I browse from sub-site to sub-site. I know that Google (on FF 3.011) does this between its different sub-sites and I find it very useful because it eliminates the Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V keystrokes (or retyping for the less computer savvy) when you are using the same search terms between sub-sites.
posted by mrmojoflying to Feature Requests at 6:58 PM PST - 5 comments
PonyUpdate Request: The "Also On..." section of user profiles should allow you to link to your fancy new Facebook username. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 to Bugs at 9:47 AM PST - 17 comments
Somewhere on Metafilter, either in a post or a comment, I remember a specific term being used to describe how organized advocacy for extreme positions shifts public understanding of what is acceptable policy in that direction, making other, similar but slightly less extreme positions seem more moderate in comparison. I believe the term was "___ square" where ___ was a last name. [more inside]
posted by Vectorcon Systems to MetaFilter-Related at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments
Click on "My Profile". Click on the number to the right of "Favorited by others:". Click on the word "Popular". Copy and paste the top result into this MeTa thread (with hyperlink).
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 7:27 PM PST - 311 comments
Every obit thread on MeFi since the start of time* has been a flood of periods/full stops. Why did the Michael Jackson thread become a mess of bad taste jokes with barely an orphaned punctuation mark in sight.
What memo did I miss? [more inside]
posted by twine42 to Etiquette/Policy at 3:40 PM PST - 147 comments
Being in such a good community has its perks. One of my favorites is the trust we all share in regards to recommendations (which is especially obvious in AskMe). So I was wondering if there is a possiblity of creating a MeFi off-shoot vis-à-vis Epinions
. If this has been discussed and/or considered before, many apologies, but I didn't find anything to satisfy the question after a quick search.
posted by litterateur to Feature Requests at 3:10 PM PST - 38 comments
The 10th parties are less than a month away, and there have been a few common questions since we launched the 10th site on May 5th
. Since the actual parties are getting close, we thought we'd nail down a few things as well. In short, I'll cover deadlines for nominations and scheduling as well as payments. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:53 PM PST - 29 comments
Looking for a Metafilter post that was about a gentlemanly journal(?) in the 1800's(?) that was kind of like Metafilter. It was recently digitized, I believe. And then also there was a part in it that was also like AskMetafilter. Anyone remember this better than I do?
posted by unknowncommand to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 PM PST - 84 comments
So, ever since I applied the 3.0 software update to my iPhone, I've run into this problem where occasionally pages (AskMe, MetaTalk, and MeFi proper) load blank
... [more inside]
posted by kbanas to Bugs at 4:16 PM PST - 37 comments
From a profile: I inherited this account from my mom who died three years ago. I am, apparently, a sub-par contributor.
(My Dad uses it sometimes, too. He's the one with the more intelligent comments)
(Later. At this point, several, well, three or five, people are using this account but none will ever match the original account holder in terms of The Right Stuff)
I don't think there's a guideline for multiple people using one account, but maybe there should be? [Not a callout, hence no link.]
posted by carsonb to Etiquette/Policy at 9:49 AM PST - 103 comments
Because I spent June 15 compressed at the bulkhead at the end of two Adventists reading: He: "The (New, Illustrated) Great Controversy" and She: "Creation Illustrated: The Christian Alternative to National Geographic" I forgot to mention the most important thing you can do all day! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 3:24 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]
You know what would be neat? If MetaFilter could show you a list of users who are similar to you, based on your favoriting histories, the tags on your posts, the tags on AskMe posts to which you've replied, etc. Or if MeFi matched up users who favorited each other's stuff a lot. Sort of like OkCupid's matching engine, but simpler—and not necessarily for dating purposes. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi to Feature Requests at 7:59 PM PST - 79 comments
I'm trying to get feedback/helpers on a collaborative Google Map of bike paths in the Boston area. It's pretty small and unambitious, hardly something I've spent "a few months" on. Is this appropriate for MeFi Projects? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub to Etiquette/Policy at 8:38 AM PST - 32 comments
Can you help me find that really great car-buying AskMe comment? It involved someone e-mailing multiple dealers and walking in with the price he/she was going to pay. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain to MetaFilter-Related at 6:30 PM PST - 11 comments
Not sure if this is a site bug or a Firefox thing, but figured I'd report it. Here's what happened just now [more inside]
posted by catlet to Bugs at 7:43 AM PST - 33 comments
There've been a few large, out-of-control, not-so-pleasant threads recently. I'd like to point out the recent Iranian election thread
as a counter to these. A long, intelligent thread full best-of-web shared links, interesting opinions both from pundits and users, and a generally very successful discourse. It's been an invaluable aggregator (and aggregator of aggregators) for those of us baffled by the amount of information formlessly pouring out of the country. Thanks for making it happen, mefites!
posted by Cantdosleepy to MetaFilter-Related at 4:05 AM PST - 54 comments
Since we know that Matt, ColdChef, SassHat, mullacc and other MeFites attended MaxFunCon
last weekend (which made the MegaMetaMeetup in L.A.
possible), those of us who did not get there want to know... how was it? Did Jonathan Coulter sing any new songs? Did John Hodgman reveal any new facts? Were the BoingBoingers totally insuffrable? Was Lake Arrowhead as nice as the bottled water of the same name? Do you have pictures? Videos? Celebrity DNA samples? Inquiring minds want to know!
posted by wendell to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:54 PM PST - 38 comments
Black-Texted on the.. purple? (Dammit, people! What color is this?)
when I'm in MetaTalk for more than twenty minutes, I see tracers of dark texts on the background when I move my eyes.
I bring this up so we can maybe talk about just what kind of talk falls outside of the guidelines for MetaTalk-- I notice there are only like two posts a day. [more inside]
posted by candyhammer to MetaFilter-Related at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]
I'll be in Houston between 6-29 and 7-9 and would like to get together. I'll be staying near the medical center/ Hermann park and will be renting a car.
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:33 PM PST - 44 comments
This post was deleted for the following reason: this is crappy terrible news but is there anything here besides an outragefilter post? Two short news articles on crazy people behaving badly doesn't give people much to discuss other than "wow people suck" -- jessamyn [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq to Etiquette/Policy at 9:42 PM PST - 187 comments
Look, I'm really embarrassed that I am posting this to meta, where it doesn't belong, and I have tried the direct to the mod approach, but it hasn't worked. So I have a bit of a personal emergency, I'm coping, but I need some galant person to post this to Ask for me? Any takers? I'm really not trying to break the rules, I rarely post to Ask, but I need some help, and I carelessly have asked a question in the last week. . Question below. [more inside]
posted by bystander to MetaFilter-Related at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]
Can't seem to see the moving yellow line as the song's playin'.
Song plays and pauses fine but no progress bar.
posted by chococat to Bugs at 10:20 PM PST - 10 comments
I've noticed a particularly pronounced uptick in the number of favorites comments are getting.
Has Metafilter become funnier, or more salient?
Or, you know.
posted by plexi to MetaFilter-Related at 4:50 PM PST - 94 comments
Because I have received so many comments and condolences from Metafilter members since the shooting at the Holocaust Museum on Wednesday, I wanted to let everyone know about and the Museum's plans to honor the slain officer, Stephen Johns. [more inside]
posted by arco to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 AM PST - 53 comments
We can browse users' favorited posts/comments via their profile pages pretty easily. So, I'd like the same functionality when it comes to "best answers": ability to click on the number of "best answers" given to a user, and see which of their answers have been marked as such. I figure something as obvious as this would have been built in by now, so why ain't this pony prancing? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display to Feature Requests at 8:56 AM PST - 56 comments
I noticed from Projects
that we have at least a few Second Life-savvy MeFites, but no real MetaFilter-focused presence in SL, so I went ahead and made us a MetaFilter SL group
. Come join, message me in-world if you have any questions, and if you're nice I might even give you a teleport to a sneak peek at a little virtual MeFi anniversary surprise I'm working on. (Just search for my handle, same as on here plus an "Oh.") The group's also open to members of other MeFi-related communities, for which I will even make custom group tags on request. (Monkeys
, and IRC lurkers join in!) If anyone here isn't an SL resident but wants to be, I'm sure the group will be happy to give you a welcoming walkabout. Or at least I will. [more inside]
posted by brownpau to MetaFilter-Related at 3:08 PM PST - 32 comments
Other sites have a little tick mark or a "new" tag for posts that you haven't seen. Can MetaFilter do this also? Yeah, I know that MeFi has the "xx new posts" thingie, sbut should/could it mark the new ones?
(I have been reading MeFi and AskMe for some time. I have registered andposted a few times in AskMe. Heck, I've even had a MeFi post deleted by Jessamyn! But this is my MetaTalk first time.)
posted by Drasher to Feature Requests at 4:54 AM PST - 24 comments
Has anybody updated Safari today and noticed that the shortcuts to italicize, bold and link text are missing below the comment box? I'm logged in, I think java is working and I'm stumped.
posted by bonobothegreat to Bugs at 8:14 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
Very new to this site and not good at navigating in general. Would like to know how I go about posting general questions. For instance if I have a question about cars...do I do a search for cars and then post a question in that particular area? Pardon my clumsiness...this site was recommended highly and I've been told, I can't do or say anything stupid or I will be kicked out, so I want to ask before i attempt anything.
posted by hammail2001 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:48 AM PST - 169 comments
MeFi meetup for Helsinki or even Nordic countries or Scandinavia to honour the 10th anniversary? I don't see anything on the map
posted by infini to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments
At today's Manchester (UK) meetup, SlyRabbit excelled herself and brought along a special Metafilter cake. Feast your eyes on this
blue and green wonder. That is all.
posted by idiomatika to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:07 PM PST - 31 comments
We're about to order up some MeFi t-shirts and are interested in the size distribution of the potential t-shirt purchasing population of MeFi. I know it's a bit of a personal question but if you've ever bought a shirt off a website and are considering buying one from here, drop into this thread and fill out the form on top, or enter your answer directly at Google Spreadsheets here
. I just don't want to get in the position of having too many of any one size on hand. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:50 AM PST - 209 comments
have pros and cons ever been discussed for separating AskMe's into segregated categories for
"what do you recommend I do during my three months in X
/ can anyone recommend a good shoe repairmen in X
"radioactive Y on my eyeball when I woke up-- should I see a doctor?"
"need help with Z computer-ish code-ism/softwareness
)? [more inside]
posted by candyhammer to Feature Requests at 5:00 PM PST - 50 comments
I'm trying to MeFize my life, but I need some help. I've found color codes for the backgrounds of each subsite, but I cannot find the color code for the lovely gold-esque color that denotes a link. Help?
posted by Night_owl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:21 AM PST - 56 comments
A trend I like: Seems like lately there have been more posts in the blue that contain multiple links from very diverse sources. This in comparison to the ever-swelling tide of SLYT posts, posts linking to a blog, etc. (Though "Camel vs. Bin" is beyond criticism.) Not that there's anything wrong with SLYT's in and of themselves, and I actually dislike snarky "not best of the Web" responses. Just felt like offering a little pat on MeFi's collective back.
I wonder if more Mefites are unemployed and therefore have more time to put together complex FPP's?
posted by scratch to MetaFilter-Related at 6:29 AM PST - 57 comments
Why is this AskMe
about St. Paul, OR anonymous? I can't think of any possible reason for it to be so except to get around the once a week question limit (though I confess, I'm not sure if the software actually allows that). If we can get around the limit by asking any old question and making it anonymous, and the mods will approve it, why not take the limit away? And if that's not what's happening, I'm still not sure why it was approved; I just can't imagine why that question needs to be anonymous. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus to Etiquette/Policy at 2:11 PM PST - 46 comments
Can you remove the requirement that MeFi mails have to have text in the body? Sometimes a quick question/comment in the subject line suffices. I think most of us are techologically literate enough to not need the reminder that we are sending w/o text, and it doesn't remove any functionality for anyone.
posted by desjardins to Feature Requests at 1:46 PM PST - 36 comments
The Metafilter Team on Kiva.com has gotten started and two weeks later we have 16 members and have lent just shy of $1,000 to small businesses and collectives in developing countries. Our team is now launching a new campaign to celebrate Metafilter's wonderful users and help individuals, families, and communities around the world. Join us to find out more... [more inside]
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 10:52 AM PST - 54 comments