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Airport security grills him every time he flies ... Landlords and election inspectors view him quizzically, and prospective dates need more than a little assurance that he’s not hiding a dark past.
-- MeFi's Own™ paladin
has a name that incites skepticism when he introduces himself. Enough so that the New York Times
paid notice. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter-Related at 9:47 AM PST - 66 comments
I'm looking for an old post about learning the piano, or possibly learning to play an instrument in general. I don't remember if it was on the green, blue or grey, but I do remember that a MeFite posted in the thread about having completed a book or chapter or some such thing about learning the piano. It was interesting reading, and I'd like to find it again. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments
I'm looking for a site that was posted on MeFi aaaaaages ago about stopping a cat bringing mice in using a webcam to lock the cat flap. Does anyone remember what it was called? [more inside]
posted by twine42 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:56 AM PST - 28 comments
Can someone point me to the AskMe post where a guy in India (I think it was India) had recently saved a woman from a fire and was asking about how to deal with stuff... [more inside]
posted by skwt to MetaFilter-Related at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments
I am trying to find the MeFi post to a YouTube video that features a little girl singing. The video was processed by the video poster by taking several snippets of a little girl talking, squealing, screeching and clapping a pair of flip-flops together. The result was an absolutely endearing "song", with a little synthesizer thrown in. [more inside]
posted by sidereal to MetaFilter-Related at 2:44 PM PST - 20 comments
"The experience of moving online actually bears quite a few similarities to becoming a New Yorker. Disorienting and seemingly endless, the Internet conversation moves at lightning speed and according to unstated social rules that can bewilder outsiders. Also, like New Yorkers, residents of the Internet do not suffer fools, or mince words in belittling them, as anyone who has contributed a redundant post to Metafilter, or an earnest comment to Gawker, can attest." Bright Lights, Big Internet
by Bill Wasik.
posted by ND¢ to MetaFilter-Related at 4:40 AM PST - 109 comments
Black Rock City meetup anyone? This'll be my first time at Burning Man, and I know I won't be the only MeFite there. It'll be a rare opportunity to meet MeFites from other locations.
posted by adamrice to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:24 PM PST - 28 comments
Yesterday's Craig Ferguson thread
was kicked off with a comment by argedee: "I could be that funny too, with a laugh track like that." The thread turned into a discussion about laugh tracks and whether Craig uses one or not. In his monologue last night, Craig addressed "rumors on the internet" that his audience laughter isn't real. Argedee got called out on late night TV! [more inside]
posted by painquale to MetaFilter-Related at 2:03 PM PST - 112 comments
I stupidly clicked on that post that was just deleted that showed the terrible picture and tried to force videos. None of the videos opened-- the browser bounced around. I force shut down my computer by holding down the power button. Now whenever I open firefox 3 on OS X (leopard) that website appears. What do I need to do to fix that/secure my computer? I am posting this to metatalk in case anybody else was also affected.
posted by stresstwig to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 PM PST - 136 comments
nothing personal but if this isn't hypothetical-filter, it's "help me break the law" filter which isn't much better.
Come on, this
is a great AskMe thread! Jessamyn, if we'd applied that rubric for deletion in the past, we'd be without such gems as this Best of Metafilter answer
posted by leotrotsky to Etiquette/Policy at 8:17 PM PST - 68 comments
Please call into what will become our next podcast: Tenth Party Remembrances
. Dial up +1 (503) 465-4522
and leave a message up to three minutes in length. Let us know your favorite memory from last weekend's parties around the globe, or your favorite memory from MetaFilter over the past ten years. We'll take the best and edit them into our next podcast to share with everyone. Thanks!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 3:11 PM PST - 35 comments
In a FPP, how appropriate is it to post links to something, and then give additional information about the subject from a first hand perspective? [more inside]
posted by kimdog to Etiquette/Policy at 6:22 AM PST - 70 comments
AskMe feature request: in the drop-down menu for post flagging, can we add 'criminally bad advice' to the list of options? E.G.
posted by mhjb to Feature Requests at 5:47 AM PST - 138 comments
A lot of discussion has been had lately on obituary threads and more specifically on how crappy the initial post(s) of well known people are as posters try to take advantage of Metafilter's usual first post stays policy. Several people have proposed that Metafilter run a vetting system for obit posts or take other actions to reduce the need for multiple post deletions along with their attendant comments. One suggestion was for users to maintain a prewritten obituary pool for famous people similar to those used by news services. I've set up a proof of concept on the wiki here
. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 12:42 AM PST - 60 comments
Hi, Metafilter. I posted a project in Projects. It has somehow shown up on the Projects page three times -- one
. Not sure if I did this or if some other error occurred.
posted by chasing to Bugs at 9:46 PM PST - 41 comments
How can i best become a productive member of the MetaFilter community? I've lurked for a while, and I just recently joined up, I've posted a few songs to music, but i don't feel confident enough to start posting to the honest to goodness "community weblog." What things do you think will make me the best possible member of this community?
posted by ichthuz to Etiquette/Policy at 6:00 PM PST - 134 comments
I'm trying to find a specific MeFi greasemonkey script. It would 'bookmark' the last comment you read, so when you returned to the thread, a grey scrolling bar would appear on the left-hand side, pointing down, until you hit the last(ish) comment you read, when it would turn into a slightly different shape. What was this thing called? I cannot find it on userscripts.org.
posted by flibbertigibbet to MetaFilter-Related at 4:02 AM PST - 32 comments
I recently had a MeFi post deleted. I know it will still show up in my Metafilter Recent Activity for a while, but once it goes from there, is there any way to track it and any deleted posts from my past? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 PM PST - 34 comments
This might be too chat-filter-y, but I get the impression that a lot of people on mefi put in serious time in other internet fora before settling here. Just kind of curious if there's a lot of common denominators (Compuserve, The Well, etc?), and if they influenced what you expect from a 'good' online community and that's why you ended up here. [more inside]
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 3:12 PM PST - 171 comments
What is MeFi policy on linking to material that is copyrighted in the US? If we don't have one, did I inadvertently do something that might cause a problem for mathowie? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Etiquette/Policy at 2:59 PM PST - 14 comments
Coding Horror Guy celebrates MetaFilter's 10th Birthday by making a post with the title Meta Is Murder
and bringing in cortex to explain how MetaTalk "is key to the success of the site because it's a sort of release valve." So relieve yourselves here. [more inside]
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 11:20 AM PST - 63 comments
MeetUp Ettiquette: I know that the mods are not our moms and will not be present at meet-ups, but are there any basic ground rules (and/or can we establish some) to govern interpersonal interactions at meet-ups? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 10:44 AM PST - 189 comments [closed]
seems to be getting a bit derailed by whether or not it's justified to snoop in your partner's email. We've had this discussion before in RelationshipFilter and rather than derailing the next relevant question, I thought we could discuss it here.
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 9:59 AM PST - 78 comments
Is there an index of MeFi memes? I'm pretty new here (so new I'm not sure whether this should go in MeTa or AskMe), but there are a lot of memes I don't quite understand.
Has anyone ever created a list of the more popular MeFi memes with explanations and possible origins? I'd love to see one.
posted by spitefulcrow to MetaFilter-Related at 11:39 AM PST - 58 comments
What were the mods like (on Metafilter) before they were mods? Please point me to notable posts by Jessamyn, Cortex, et al from when they were just some schmo on MeFi like you or me. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 9:24 AM PST - 53 comments
Pony request: diet.metafilter.com. I do recognize that the stable is pretty crowded already, but I see there's 371 tagged items on ask.mefi for diet questions. Seeing how Something Awful has a pretty busy weight loss forum going and diet is a multi-billion dollar industry, maybe MeFi can figure out some way to bring its great minds together to encourage one another toward weight loss goals and healthy lifestyles. Some basic weight graphs and weight tracking capability could be part of this. I realize this is getting into MeFi mission creep, so consider it just another idea for whenever the right time comes.
posted by crapmatic to Feature Requests at 10:03 AM PST - 114 comments
User Music playlists. Does anyone actually look at or keep track of anyone's playlist but their own? On a regular basis? And if so, whose playlists do you recommend taking a look at (your own playlist does not count)?
posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 10:17 PM PST - 10 comments
Does anyone else feel it's a little unusual for characters in a prime time show(Dexter) to use internet talk? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee to Uptime at 1:41 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]
Entering your location (lat/long) in your profile gives a street address in Google Maps when you click on the icon. This seems to be new, and fairly accurate. My guess is that some people do not want others to see this and will want to obfuscate their location. [more inside]
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 10:46 AM PST - 137 comments
I'm looking for a particular FPP. It was within the last three months, and it was about how to be skeptical of science/things you read on the internet. It was really good, but I didn't have time to read it all then (and I was drunk), and I just now am regretting that I never finished it. I've tried searching, but things like "skeptical" and "science" return a lot of results. Can someone point me in the right direction?
posted by Damn That Television to MetaFilter-Related at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments
Pony request: We can already sort the posts and comments in search results by date or by relevance. Would it be possible (or even desirable) to sort by the number of favorites each item has? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi to Feature Requests at 5:05 PM PST - 32 comments
PonyRequest : When we have an AnonAsk refused, could we have a reason sent to the asker as a matter of course, so that the asker could (a) know that it's been refused and can use their weekly on something else and (b) have some idea of what they did wrong and consider if/how they should rewrite it? [more inside]
posted by twine42 to Feature Requests at 11:31 AM PST - 24 comments
Could we please have a moratorium on comments to the effect of, "OH NOES I HAVE HAVE TO CLICK ON THE NEXT PAGE LINK! YOU DIRTY BASTARDS ARE TRYING TO GET AD REVENUE!!!" [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco to Etiquette/Policy at 4:53 PM PST - 143 comments
For the upcoming meetups, or more exactly for press and blog coverage of upcoming meetups, could PB or Cortex or somebody gin up a kind of graph or visualization of brute quantities of user signups over time, along with user numbers? [more inside]
posted by joeclark to MetaFilter-Related at 10:44 AM PST - 54 comments