I was trying to flag a remark, but Firefox gives me a wierd error after is says the message got sent, as it's redirecting back to the original post. Just wondering if message was (probably) received. and to point out the bug. posted by Balisong to Bugs at 1:08 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]
WTF? About halfway down this page, the comments start to get a little, er, familiar... Anyone know what's up? (And yes, I did find that by searching for "ASMED".) posted by wakko to MetaFilter-Related at 2:36 AM PST - 19 comments
No need to "sign" your posts or comments. Just below each post and comment, we can see your name. By clicking your name, readers can find any info you want to share (and as a community we encourage email addresses being listed so we can help you out with stuff via email rather than call you out in the thread or on MeTa). Just thought I'd give a heads up for some of the newer folks, as this young fellow mentioned it in his comment. posted by macadamiaranch to Etiquette/Policy at 5:46 PM PST - 48 comments
Some people seem down around here lately. Well, how about a funny hat day? It can really boost morale, I think. A Friday is probably best for this, as momentum will already be building for the weekend. posted by AgentRocket to Feature Requests at 11:16 AM PST - 59 comments
The main Metafilter RSS feed is currently not well-formed XML, which is causing some odd displays in different feed readers. The feed validator says "invalid token", and my best guess is that it's the unescaped greater-than in this post's title. posted by ubernostrum to Bugs at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]
It feels like AskMe questions come in Straight Dope and Dear Abby sorts (among others), with a lot more recently that can only be answered by personal anecdote. Evidently the community wants them (I read and appreciate them). Might splitting them off into a new color help keep AskMe from drowning in its success?
a problem discussed here posted by Aknaton to Feature Requests at 5:03 PM PST - 43 comments
Does anyone remember an AskMe thread about people who sleep with their feet sticking out of the covers? My searching skills are failing me... posted by grateful to MetaFilter-Related at 11:36 AM PST - 34 comments [closed]
My question started out simply asking for advice on how to make business cards, and Fandango_Matt not only called me, he helped me design a set of professional cards. I met a future business partner the other day and he was impressed; no doubt if it weren't for Fandango_Matt's help things could have swung the other way. Thank you. posted by Dean Keaton to MetaFilter-Related at 10:29 AM PST - 34 comments
With regards to AskMe: if I have experience with the subject of a question being asked, but my answer is anecdotal, unconventional, and basically just hard to support with any well-known reference, is it worth posting? posted by invitapriore to Etiquette/Policy at 10:02 PM PST - 17 comments
There was an AskMe thread that revolved around some scifi question, and a person posted in response a link to a top 100 list, which I think was a usenet post. It was voted on by users. I always meant to link the list, never did, and now I've spent 30 minutes trying to find it. Any idea? posted by xmutex to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
Seattle meetup reminder. Sunday 7:30pm at Sunset Bowl. If there are kids, we can get the gutters flipped into bumpers and practice bank shots. [map inside] posted by warbaby to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:02 AM PST - 6 comments
How can I cancel my account? If I can't, how can I change my nick? And if I can't do that, then how can I cancel my account? I kind of ashamed of being a $5 MeFite. posted by Tlahtolli to MetaFilter-Related at 7:51 PM PST - 116 comments
A suggestion to improve Metafilter: When a poster replies to his own post, would it be possible to mark it as such, such as starting out the post with "Poster: ", or maybe each poster could do this manually to make the thread more readable. Just an idea. posted by cincidog to Feature Requests at 10:25 AM PST - 25 comments
A pony: Can the Live Preview box be displayed in the same fashion as the actual posts on the page? More specifically, rather than being indented to the same margins as the comment entry box, can it be shown with the same margins as the actual posts on the page? posted by Jairus to Feature Requests at 8:51 AM PST - 14 comments
I see BlogAds. No, wait a minute, I don't. How come I see the BlogAds and Google Ads when using IE6, but not Moz5 or Opera7? Do most MeFites see them or not? posted by ZenMasterThis to MetaFilter-Related at 6:20 AM PST - 16 comments
I could have sworn that somebody posted a link as a response to my question. Now that I have time to actually check it out, though, the link is gone. What gives? Bug? Gratuitous moderation? Anyone know what the link was? posted by jdroth to Bugs at 12:57 PM PST - 20 comments
The live preview window seems to have fixed the old character entity problem... kinda. As long as you use hexadecimal character codes, things turn out fine. The annoying days of "????" "Oops, I meant ????" "Shit, make that ????" are almost over.
Since we're already so close, could we get one of the following?
1) Put a note under the text box reminding new users to use hex codes only.
2) Fix it so character names and decimal character codes work too. posted by nebulawindphone to Feature Requests at 12:34 PM PST - 38 comments
I like the new "instant preview" feature in the blue, but in the preview window, I'm seeing black text on a blue background -- in other words, not terribly well. posted by alumshubby to Bugs at 5:49 AM PST - 11 comments [closed]
Can we please keep our flames restricted to this site? A certain someone felt that the proper response to a disagreement here would be to post on my personal site that I should, "Stop posting to Metafilter, you dumb piece of shit." I don't think that is good etiquette. posted by furiousxgeorge to Etiquette/Policy at 1:17 AM PST - 46 comments
I'm trying out live comment preview, graciously programmed by kokogiak. It should work in major browsers and fall back to the old preview pages for browsers without js support. Let me know if you find any bugs, or have any comments about it. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:46 PM PST - 243 comments
Is there any interest, has there been discussion on the idea of having a MeFi section for swapping/selling/buying things between members? Something of a closed craigslist? posted by FlamingBore to Feature Requests at 9:05 PM PST - 26 comments
Re: Root of Testimony
Well, I made a bad mistake yesterday. I sent an email off to Richard Lederer, but it didn't occur to me to check what my display name was. Unfortunately, because my name was still displayed as "Nigger Stole My Truck," I offended him. So, the reply I got was not as verbose as I had hoped:
I'm offended by your racist e-mail address and will not respond to any additional e-message from such a source, But because I am a language teacher,. I'll briefly answer this one inquiry.
There is a widely circulated theory that testify and testimony are related to the testes and the practice of men clutching their gonads when giving testimony, as Abraham does in biblical Genesis. As your online etymology indicates, this theory is false. The words are derived from Latin for "witness."
So, I suppose I was right, but I sure don't feel so good now, having offended someone who I considered to be a 'hero' of sorts. Naturally, I'll be sending him an apology. But, I still feel a bit of pride for sniffing out an urban legend. Link to related debate here (scroll down a little). posted by Citizen Premier to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 PM PST - 114 comments
Last Minnit Me-Fi for MONTREAL !!! Friday night the 22 at 7pm at Copacabana Bar on St Laurent. (Else's on Roy St is nicer but smaller and might be packed at seven). I am from Vancouver and visiting and would like to meet some other Metafilterers. if no one shows that's cool, I will bring a copy of the Great Gatsby and let it wash over me drinking gin martinis. And so we beat on... posted by cascando to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:37 PM PST - 13 comments
It seems that there's a lot of angsty energy being expended trying to keep people from using the blue, and even more so askmefi and metatalk, to get their polemical selves all wound up, announcing their latest charge-the-windmill initiatives, etc., etc. , etc.
While this all for the good, I can't help but think that there's often nothing better on the Internet than a good polemic, particularly a funny or provocative one, and no better place for it than here, where it's not all preaching to the choir.
I know that some people might say "that's what your own damn blog is for" but knowing that a stupid or impetuous soapbox effort will be laughed down (or, worse, ignored) can motivate and discipline a lot higher quality product than a typical blog.
And I'm not really thinking of politics as the exclusive subject, either. Lots of other subjects. All of you who labor in anonymity, striving to promote your Rant and Rave to Best of Craigslist, here's your chance to shine! posted by MattD to Feature Requests at 7:39 PM PST - 25 comments
Jessamyn's edit is really bothering me. There were a few remarks (mine among them) below this, calling attention to it, but Matt closed the thread without addressing this issue. Can we see no more editing for content please? Let posts/comments stand or be deleted, but this middle ground is too slippery a slope. posted by caitlinb to Etiquette/Policy at 5:36 PM PST - 126 comments
The Swap deadlines have been rejiggered once again, and it's time to get this ship out of the dock. Sign up now, add your addresses now, get aboard. This is the last hurrah for this session, so don't wait for another reminder! posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Music at 6:36 PM PST - 20 comments
Lebowski 7:24 in Seattle? I'm in Seattle next Sunday. I'll be really hungover. Wanna go bowling? Caucasian, anyone? My treat, I will have my portable bar with me. It just fits in a Lincoln Towncar. We can set up in the parking lot after bowling if we are fast and sneaky. Danius will probably come and the two of us will do a speed pour demonstration.
Sunset Bowl, 7:30pm 7/24, dudettes and dudes? posted by matildaben to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:24 AM PST - 19 comments
The last few times I've made an FPP, I've hit 'Submit' and it's pointed me back to the homepage...without the post. I hesitate to try again because I don't want it posting twice. I realize this was just discussed but I wanted to see if anyone had had a similar experience recently since the bug seems to remain. posted by jenleigh to Bugs at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments
Where should I, a physician, draw the line at commenting on health-related posts in AskMe?
I enjoy thinking about folks' medical puzzles and often learn something in the process of trying to solve them. However, I'm a neurologist, so most of what I comment on is well outside my scope of practice. I've tried to make it clear in my user info that I'm not commenting in my professional capacity as a medical advisor, but instead as "just another Metafilter user." But if you scroll down to roofus' thought-provoking post a few days ago, you can read about a number of harmful things that we docs could inadvertently be causing, including but not limited to the inflammation of hypochondria, acute bad-adviceFilter, and sudden dismemberment or death.
I was going to post this in AskMe but I've already used my question this week and this is more generally MeFi-related. My problem is this. I really miss orthogonality. I'm pining for him. I think the whole business was a damned shame. Does anyone have any suggestions for coping mechanisms and grief management techniques? posted by Decani to MetaFilter-Related at 7:27 PM PST - 166 comments
I don't mean to "out" anybody journalistically, but having recently joined the MetaFun here "after four years of looking around", "a-list blogger" and editor of Gawker Media's Sploid* Ken Layne has made a MetaFilter Front Page Post into Sploid's big-dropshadow-headlined** lead story. Of course the story is Dunvegan's post on the Naeem Kahn affair, which I personally consider the best thing on MeFi since we stopped playing that "Blogstop" game. Yeah, let's keep making Ken's job easy... If we can get one of these for every hundred average "NewsFilters", I'll accept that tradeoff.
*which is the only Gawker site I regularly visit, sorry dong.
**actually, my favorite thing about Sploid is how they do the tabloid-ish headlines using just the Impact font and some sneaky CSS, but I digress... posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM PST - 27 comments
I tried to post a question in AskMe, but it wouldn't show up. When I tried to post again, it said: sorry, you already asked a question this week. Catch 22, or is there a delay in question posting that I'm not aware of? posted by NekulturnY to Bugs at 6:55 AM PST - 318 comments
Occasionally I like to trawl through the MetaTalk archives. There used to be a link on the front to 'current archives' then 'all archives' but that seems to have disappeared with the introduction of the 'next' and 'previous' links. [more inside] posted by tellurian to Feature Requests at 8:38 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]
i opened ask metafilter and metatalk in two tabs in Safari 2.0, closed the AskMeFi tab, and (i think) clicked a link in MeTa, and the top frame is still AskMeFi green. here's a link. looks like a caching issue obviously but i've refreshed and it's still there. posted by spiderwire to Bugs at 7:18 PM PST - 12 comments
More FNG questions: On my Profile page, I see contacts listed. Or rather that people have listed me as a contact. It looks like an addressbook sort of thing. What does this mean? What does a contact do? How are these used? Is there a contact etiquette? I searched the wiki but couldn't find anything (maybe because I couldn't guess the magic keyword.) posted by warbaby to Etiquette/Policy at 5:58 PM PST - 14 comments
Something must be done! AskMe is out-of-control popular, and it's almost impossible to follow questions since they scroll into oblivion within hours of their posting. I have no suggestions for ameliorating the situation, but I thought I'd bitch about it. posted by _sirmissalot_ to Feature Requests at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Two minor improvements to the Ask MetaFilter posting page: the Preview should include the [more inside] notification, and the button should say "Preview the question" instead of "Preview the link." posted by kirkaracha to Bugs at 10:31 AM PST - 4 comments
It looks like we’ve designated Scotland Yard, and agreed to meet at 8 pm on July 15. Given the slaphappy fun and mayhem of the lasttwo meetups, I can’t wait to see what the heel of fate has in store for us little MeFite bugs this time;-) So, come on out everyone, play some NTN, have a beverage or ten, and greet Our Very Special Guest, Vancouver MeFite filmgoerjuan. posted by orange swan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments
What can be done so that questions posted to Ask Metafilter remain accessible (i.e., on the front page) to more users over a longer time period? It seems that we have crossed the threshold where the the increasing volume of questions is leading to a decreasing amount of useful responses. Related discussion here. posted by ajr to Feature Requests at 8:08 PM PST - 41 comments
I'd like to submit a bug-fix to MetaFilter default.css stylesheet. It fixes the Mozilla/Firefox page rendering (on Windows) so that it no longer generates an annoying horizontal scrollbar. After much tinkering, it appears to be fixed by the following small change to the stylesheet:
I made a mistake, in this thread I meant to link to this as the first link. Instead, I accidentally linked to the MeFi thread in the second link. Yes it was stupid, but I was trying to correct it when it was deleted. I'd like to put the corrected version of the thread back up, if that is possible. Little help, please? posted by piratebowling to Etiquette/Policy at 2:27 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]
Extremely short notice: I'm in DC for one more night and I have nothing to do. Anyone in the area want to meet up? I'm in Arlington and close to a metro stop... posted by knave to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments
I really don't think "a Glock" is an inappropriate answer to this thread, but it seems to have been pulled anyway. In fact, I've seen lots of relevant answers that might offend a mod's delicate sensibilities get pulled. That's not cool. posted by trevyn to Etiquette/Policy at 1:44 PM PST - 50 comments
I don't know if this is appropriate or not, but I could swear I read about this on metafilter a few days ago, and now I can't find a link anywhere. It was an article about the new AP service, where in addition to the actual news story, they will also provide several different lead-in paragraphs, which alter the story mood to cater to a given audience. Could someone help me track the reference down? There is a chance I read about it outside MeFi, but stilll...
Odd display bug: Empty lines inserted in posts prior to posters' names. Earlier, The Jesse Helms post had roughly 20 empty lines. Now the post below it has about 10.
I'm on Firefox 1.0.4 for Mac posted by klangklangston to Bugs at 10:00 AM PST - 3 comments
I changed the way tags are done on mefi. You can now delete your tags and make new ones on your posts. If this works out, I'll extend it to let you tag your mutal contacts as well (and I'll copy the functionality to ask mefi as well). Let me know if you run into any problems. Also, me and jessamyn can add and delete tags on any post and will use this to help keep things organized. posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:52 PM PST - 44 comments
Yesterday Scotty McClellen was the whipping boy in one of the funniest press conferences I've ever seen. The left-leaning political blog Crooks and Liars hosted a video of the best 6 minutes.
I was considering posting it, since I thought it was defintately the best thing I had seen on the web yesterday, but I didn't want to hear all the nannies scream "newsfilter" all day.
So what's the deal? Would that FPP have been kosher? And if not, what would have been the best way to share the link with the community who, if they hadn't seen it, would have probably also loved it? posted by tsarfan to Etiquette/Policy at 6:12 PM PST - 48 comments
As an update to this thread I have written a new version of the MetaDash widget, with numerous improvements (resizing, scrollwheel support, automatic updates, variable update timing, cache bug fixes, and others). Screenshots and downloads are available from the linked site. posted by Rothko to MetaFilter-Related at 12:37 AM PST - 17 comments
Do other doctors get this horrible sinking feeling when they read a medical question in Ask Metafilter? Usually the questions are OK, but obviously would be better directed at a physician. It's the answers that cause me a headache. Lots of non-doctors seem to wade in with "This one time I had something similar, and...". No actual doctors declare themselves and give a sensible answer. I work in a fairly sub-specialized area (uro-gynae) so I'm not necessarily up to date on most of the questions. None the less, I just can't stand it to sit by and see terrible advice given Equally I feel there's something unethical about attempting to play web-doctor. Any tips on best practice? posted by roofus to Etiquette/Policy at 12:18 PM PST - 82 comments
Posting an FPP into the blue results in "robust exception" errors and redirection to the front page sans post. After several tries, it finally worked. Loose bolt somewhere? posted by moonbird to Bugs at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments
Was there a post deleted off the blue that regarded some pictures of "average women"? It was either from late Sunday or early Monday. I wanted to view those pics. Thanks. posted by cincidog to Etiquette/Policy at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]
As an update to this and other questions on the ethics and legality of using other people's wireless: Police in St. Petersburg, Florida have "arrested a man for using someone else's wireless Internet network in one of the first criminal cases involving this fairly common practice." (link,via) posted by ori to Bugs at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments
Mefites asked for an update on my lumpy kitty question. Unfortunately, the lumps in question were caused by Cutaneous Lymphosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. (My vet has only seen it 3 times in her 20 years of practice.) After the lumps appeared, she fell ill, and ultimately had to be euthanized two weeks ago.
I just wanted to pass the news along, and thank you all for the suggestions and help in the AskMe question. RIP Qu'Appelle, 1993-2005. posted by spinifex23 to MetaFilter-Related at 2:46 PM PST - 55 comments
a bit to farky? A one link page to a single "strange news" story is fark's bread and butter, and they posted this a couple hours ago. I realize that metafilter is a better place to talk about this sort of thing, but what is there to say? I doubt there Anyone here that thinks people should be arrested "for their protection" for being drunk at private parties? posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 12:50 PM PST - 22 comments
Minor issue with metafilter CSS. I use Safari, and have defined a custom CSS file to handle some default styling. For whatever reason, this forces most--but not all--*.metafilter.com links to appear in the link color I've defined; the boilerplate links at the top and bottom appear in Matt's intended yellow. I think that by adding the typical a:link etc selectors to MeFi's CSS would do the trick. It's possible I've done something goofy in my own CSS, I suppose.
This is a problem at a handful of other sites, but I notice it most at MeFi, because the lack of contrast makes links almost unreadable. posted by adamrice to Bugs at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments
I've written a Greasemonkey script that does pretty much what leftcoastbob suggested here.
It adds a few refinements: the replacement name is "Poster" for the Poster and "Comment N" for commenters, where N is the number of their first comment in the currently viewed thread, so if the same commenter posts more than once in the thread, all his comments have the same replacement name. posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 1:27 AM PST - 87 comments
I can't log-in to MetaFilter. I am sure of my username and password, but they aren't working. I've tried deleting cookies. I probably haven't helped matters by obfuscating the email address in my profile so I can't have my password emailed to me. Assuming I haven't been banned, please help!
What's the community feeling about MeFites whose sole contributions are AskMe questions? No examples, no finger-pointing...I'm just curious. Do y'all think folks should contribute elsewhere if they're going to reap the benefits of free advice? Or is five bucks five bucks? posted by cribcage to Etiquette/Policy at 11:15 PM PST - 23 comments
Okay folks, I'm in Colorado now.
Aurora to be exact, so who's up for a gathering? Time and date to be discussed until we can all agree to go to Caledonia's on [I think] Parker Road. posted by kamylyon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:41 PM PST - 30 comments
Which (Currently active) Metefilter member has the most popular blog (judged by hit-count)? How about a non-blog site? Who is the most (web-influental) Mefi-member? posted by growabrain to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 94 comments
knowing people's sock puppets or making IP's public would so let the steam out of threads like this.
And today I was looking over comments on this post. If one hovers over the commentator's name one can see the IP, or resolved domain, of the person who posted. Of course, there's probably ways around this kind of thing, but it might be a good start. Can we have something like this? posted by gsb to Feature Requests at 6:21 AM PST - 101 comments