Hey, San Francisco, come have a drink with me - oh, say, Thursday, October 13th, from 7 PM on, at a venue to be determined. Do you have a suggestion? Please step inside and share it. posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:50 PM PST - 26 comments
Matt, please kill the Creeley post on the front page--it was a mistake (I'd been sent some false info, and posted before looking into it further...) posted by Chrischris to Bugs at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments [closed]
One. Word. FPPs. (ok, so the last is more than one word) I don't know about you, but sometimes I'm stuck on a slow connection. Dial-up slow. I have to carefully select which links I click, and I don't want to waste my time on links that don't interest me. I screen my choices based on the info provided by the FPP itself, and link location is only mildly helpful (except for newsfilter). Can't we please get a consensus for making the FPPs informative enough to judge interest? (other uninformativeposts today alone...) posted by mystyk to Etiquette/Policy at 4:52 PM PST - 76 comments
Obviously there are hundreds of really interesting threads on MetaFilter / AskMetaFilter that I'd like to personally bookmark/tag to read for a later date.
Since we all have individual log-ins, is there any way (aside from adding a bookmark to my already huge bookmark file) of marking a thread as one we like/love/want to read later, so when we log in we can get a list of them? :) posted by badlydubbedboy to Feature Requests at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments
Hey, MeFite Detectives! A request: Please think before you "out" someone. In our personal lives, most of us have learned that just because we can do something, it doesn't necessarily mean we should, and the same is true here. If a user (or perhaps the subject of a post, etc.) has caught your attention for some reason, and they have revealed (or you have figured out) their real life identity, and you go poking around to see what you can find, please think twice before publishing your big scoop. [more] posted by taz to Etiquette/Policy at 2:12 AM PST - 163 comments
I don't get it. At the risk of exposing my terminal lameness, will someone explain the joke in this thread? Seems like a bunch of anagrams & words spelled backwards... posted by jonson to Bugs at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]
Best of the Web?
I am writing a paper for my Sociology of Cyberspace class and in it, I am referring to Metafilter. Don't worry, nothing sinister, it's just a paper on "How I use the Internet." Anyway, I want to refer to metafilter holding itself to the standard of "Best of the Web" but I can't find that explicitly stated anywhere. Am I missing something? Am I just google-challenged? Or is it just not explicitly stated? posted by arcticwoman to Etiquette/Policy at 7:49 PM PST - 32 comments
So when is unhelpful okay and when is it not? This thread is a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of noise. I assume nobody cares because it's kind of a goofy question, but I think it raises the issue of when is unhelpful okay in AskMe and when isn't it? [more inside] posted by phearlez to Etiquette/Policy at 2:13 PM PST - 36 comments
Metafilter RSS feed - instead of taking the HTML page title and therefore producing rather weird RSS feed titles (see here), how about a new field when people add an FPP that allows the poster to clearly state in a few words concisely what the post is about and use that as an RSS title - then I can see the latest MeFi posts from Google and know exactly what they're about instead of having to guess. posted by FieldingGoodney to Feature Requests at 11:26 AM PST - 10 comments
A Times article that distorts the findings of a weak study should not a FPP make.
Would you like to say something about the topic of secular versus religious society? How about with links to actual studies, or news articles, to suppliment your crap post?
This is just so much more thin soup on the front page. I am not calling for deletion, but rather social censure (and some has occured within the thread).
(I also don't like this or this. I do like this, this, and this. Newsfilter can be done well. It should be done well.) posted by klangklangston to Etiquette/Policy at 10:16 AM PST - 27 comments
In amongst all the sniping and callouts I just wanted to interject that I find MetaFilter and AskMe on balance a very worthwhile place. Things can be frustrating sometimes in some of the more contentious posts, but this place has been a wellspring of information and thought.
Thank You Mathowie, Jessamyn, and thank you Metafilter community. posted by edgeways to MetaFilter-Related at 10:13 AM PST - 20 comments
Seattle Meetup soon - Oct 1, 5pm, Queen Sheba (On the corner of Broadway and E John.)
So that I can call in a rough number of attendees for a reservation, RSVP here if you're definitely going to make it. (Or email me, either way. But since this isn't our traditional hangout, a reservation may be required, and I'd like to give them a somewhat accurate headcount.) For bill splitting, I suggest Jello™ wrestling. posted by spinifex23 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments
I think I've been confused about policy. This thread seems to me like it belongs in askmefi. It seems like that to a number of people, actually, who said as much in the thread. Those comments have been deleted, but the thread hasn't been moved to AskMe. Am I misunderstanding how posts like this fit in, here? [more inside] posted by shmegegge to Etiquette/Policy at 5:58 AM PST - 22 comments
Cleardawn seems dedicated to posting long discourses about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in any post that mentions Jews or a Jewish person, even in passing, and has succeeded in derailing a number of recent threads. Here and here and here., and probably elsewhere as well. The user obviously thinks that they are fighting the good fight, but this is clearly getting to be a bit much, and they don't seem to listen. Help? posted by blahblahblah to Etiquette/Policy at 5:03 PM PST - 124 comments
London meetup. Let's make it happen! I arrive tomorrow, 27 Sept. (note proper continental date form), and leave on 3 Oct. I'm spoken for on the evening of the 28th and during the day of the 1st, but other than that, I'm open to suggestions. I'm staying around the East End, if that's relevant. posted by scody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:37 PM PST - 25 comments
Administrators! It seems to me that this website has been having a lot of downtime recently; well, this century. Do we know any more about what is causing it, and are there plans to combat this phantom menace? posted by Pretty_Generic to Uptime at 1:00 PM PST - 17 comments [closed]
Please stop telling us about your Google-fu. Obviously you couldn't find what you were looking for by other means, or you wouldn't be Asking MetaFilter. There's enough noise on AskMe as it is without every other post beginning or ending with "My Google-fu is failing me." posted by jjg to Etiquette/Policy at 12:30 PM PST - 260 comments
Yet another newsfilter post featuring a topic that's being covered all over the US media but that's OK, because it concerns a bad thing involving a Republican. And if it were the same topic but involved a high profile Democrat? Then it'd be shouted down with comments about how it's a bad post. posted by jperkins to Etiquette/Policy at 8:47 AM PST - 77 comments
Any Houston MeFites looking for a couch to crash on for a few days? I've got two in East Dallas. I bet some others here may as well. E-mail's in the profile. Good luck. posted by Ufez Jones to MetaFilter-Related at 9:35 PM PST - 1 comments
It may be that I am not the first to notice this but --
Why do people post to AskMeFi topics when they don't know what they're talking about?
Sometimes when the question itself asks for input from some specific audience someone will post "Well, I think..."
(No, not going to link -- I don't want to be nasty.)
Is MetaFilter really a weblog? I know that Matt calls it a community weblog and Wikipedia lists it as a collaborative weblog. However, I've always seen a weblog as a single entity's (person, organization, or corporation) views and comments on something. If anyone who registers can initiate threads, how is it different than a bulletin board or web forum (other than simpler style and somewhat different formatting)? posted by tuxster to MetaFilter-Related at 12:22 PM PST - 37 comments
For the past week or so, Sharpreader has been combining Metafilter and AskMetafilter feeds, even though I'm subscribed to each separately. In other words, my Ask Metafilter feed (http://ask.metafilter.com/rss.xml) is picking up Metafilter threads, and my Metafilter feed (http://xml.metafilter.com/rss.xml) is picking up AskMe feeds. Things used to work properly, and I haven't changed anything at my end. Is anyone else seeing this? posted by Zair TL to Bugs at 2:09 AM PST - 6 comments
MoreMefiMeetupMadness! Per this thread, it seems that the evening of 9/25 (Sunday) is my designated time to meet at least a few of you Noo Yawkers. So let's nail down a time and place! I'll be staying in Chelsea, if that seems relevant.
(London Mefites, don't think I've forgotten you! I'm just waiting to hear from friends about which night we'll be seeing a performance, then will post a proper thread to work out our own Jolly Olde Meetuppe Plannes.) posted by scody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:13 AM PST - 20 comments
DC Meetup Final Plans
11am on 9/25, brunch at Kramerbooks & Afterwords. I've made a reservation for 15, of which 3 slots have already been filled. Please RSVP to this post so I can give the restaurant a more accurate number as the date nears. Bring yourself, a partner, your digital camera and something interesting to say. posted by cior to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:01 AM PST - 7 comments
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't date scarabic (especially since he thinks that as a man he's "wired to kill" and "rape everything in sight"), but I tend to keep that not very relevant info for myself. are we seriously supposed to share on AskMe our evaluation of other user's desirability as girlfriend/boyfriend? because if we indeed are, things could get pretty ugly pretty soon on AskMe posted by matteo to Etiquette/Policy at 10:21 AM PST - 125 comments
I suggest we do another contest like amberglow's, on October 1 prehaps? There wouldd be no prizes from me but if someone else steps up and offers that would be ideal. I wont be posting anything because frankly I suck at posts lately. Anyone up to this? After all the crap/shit posts lately, we need happier MeFi days here!! posted by wheelieman to Feature Requests at 4:53 PM PST - 28 comments
Arr Mateys - all ye hearty sea-dogs know me for a solid crewmember of the good ship "Flag and Move On" but an unrepentant self-link on Talk Like A Pirate Day is just too good to pass up. Perhaps the Good Captain can even leave the thread flapping in the wind a while, strung from the yard-arms, while we have our way with the pox-dripping dog and swive him from stem to stern? posted by freebird to Etiquette/Policy at 10:48 AM PST - 53 comments
"Code" feature for ask.mefa? Not particular important or anything, but I've seen this a few times -- any attempt to post code into ask.mefi means that it'll lose its formatting. posted by ph00dz to Feature Requests at 6:31 AM PST - 12 comments
On the AskMe preview page, the following text appears: "If everything seems right, hit the post button below. If not, hit your browser's back button and tweak the form again." How about: "...If not, edit below and hit the preview button again to confirm your changes before posting." or some such wording referencing the ability to edit ON the preview page?
This isn't really a bug, but it seemed the closest category posted by birdsquared to Bugs at 9:24 PM PST - 3 comments
Inspired by this thread as well as numerous medical and legal questions on AskMe I was wondering if there couldn't be some way of encouraging our lawyers/doctors/etc. to participate in discussions in their field. I know there's a hesitancy to provide specific details due to liability issues but some threads get bogged down in arguments over misunderstandings. Any thoughts on how this could be done or whether it's even a good idea? posted by tommasz to Feature Requests at 6:26 AM PST - 29 comments
When creating an ordered list (and possibly a bulleted list) for an AxeMe question, it shows up in the preview in Times New Roman. It appears fine when posted. posted by keswick to Bugs at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments
Them purdy buttons. Bold, Italic, Link, Spellcheck. I use Opera. I can see them (and they work great, too) if I connect using an ssh tunnel & web proxy (I use the SSH Express service from cotse.net). I do not see them if I turn my proxy off. Whassup? The fancymatic preview works whether I use the proxy or not, so apparently it's just the button bar that's discriminating against my naked Opera. posted by evariste to Bugs at 4:29 PM PST - 16 comments
Ok, I was just viewing MeFi on my TabletPC. When in tablet mode, longer usernames in the "posted by" span mess up the formatting if they're near the top of the page. (It's pushed down by the sidebar.) I have an example here. (warning, ~130k. Please be gentle on my server.) Is there anything that can be done about this? posted by mystyk to Bugs at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments
The links in the New Orleans Photo Essay post, linked in the sidebar, don't work anymore. Can the post be edited with a new URL for the photo album? If not, should the link be removed from the sidebar? posted by ludwig_van to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 AM PST - 3 comments
Is this sort of thing just Pepsi Blue in a new bottle? Recently there was an AskMe post about men's shaving products that I know was a case of lazyweb market research (because the poster admitted as much on a certain orange-and-blue-themed site before he posted it), and I didn't say anything then, but I wonder if a) this is more of the same and b) whether the community at large cares if AskMe gets used this way. posted by briank to Etiquette/Policy at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments
Not trying to negate the Red Cross donation link, but the image transparency covers the "username / logout" links -- at least in Firefox -- making them unusable. posted by cavalier to Bugs at 7:26 AM PST - 10 comments
You don't have to be from Maine to come and drink with us. Mefites (Mofites, and MeChas) from New Hampshire, Vermont, and even Massachussets are welcome and encouraged to join us! posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:09 AM PST - 19 comments
Not to be a nag, but I'd like to keep this on the front page...
We're still collecting and distributing resources to help Mefites in the hurricane disaster area.
Check this out. Also, you can email me (email in profile). posted by Jon-o to MetaFilter-Related at 12:33 AM PST - 2 comments
I'll be in DC from the evening of the 23rd to the early afternoon of the 26th. I've already heard about a DC MeFite wedding going on that weekend, does anyone else know more so we can plan a date that doesn't conflict?
Are usernames becoming recycled? I noticed a new user that I could have sworn had a taken username- it's a username I use often and almost always check for first when signing up places. Or am I imagining all of this? posted by mkultra to Etiquette/Policy at 8:53 AM PST - 38 comments
Looking for a (deleted?) AskMeFi thread. One of the first responses sarcastically mentioned being annoyed at smudges on his gold bars... posted by blueberry to MetaFilter-Related at 4:26 AM PST - 8 comments
So, uh, when you check through your old Ask.Me threads that you've posted in, and use the numbers at the bottom to skip pages (or the "Next" link)? It totally doesn't work (perhaps the offset variable is broken?). Firefox and IE. Just FYI. posted by fishfucker to Bugs at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments
I can't logout from the blue, I suspect because of the Red Cross link. I'm using an outdated version of Firefox, has anyone else noticed this? posted by [expletive deleted] to Bugs at 10:47 PM PST - 11 comments
My burning man post was deleted because it was "an excuse to talk"? Admittedly, it wasn't the most stellar post, but a lively discussion ensued, and gee, I thought that's why we came here. Besides, any post that allows mefites to express their everlast hatred for "hippies" has got to be doing the community some good, no? posted by telstar to Etiquette/Policy at 12:30 PM PST - 22 comments [closed]
So is there any kind of time factor dispensation for double posts?
I was emailed a link today that made me piss myself laughing, which I really feel the need for these days. I came here to post it but found it was already on the front page four years ago. posted by CunningLinguist to Etiquette/Policy at 4:33 AM PST - 56 comments [closed]
The username/logout bit aren't working for me on the blue. Running the cursor over them looks like it can't detect they should hyperlink. Something to do with the Red Cross donation thing perhaps? posted by biffa to Bugs at 3:15 AM PST - 16 comments [closed]
I just used AskMe's Google search box to search for "Bush speeches" in an effort to find this post. The third result was this one, with ask.metafilter in the URL but it's obviously a post in the Blue. posted by tracicle to Bugs at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]
Obviously we all agree that the administration's response to Katrina has been teh suck. Can we maybe consolidate the discussion in a single thread to catalog the myriad ways in which it sucks? posted by monju_bosatsu to Etiquette/Policy at 8:04 AM PST - 18 comments
This post was deleted for the following reason: crazy speculation with a source, but no support for crackpot theory.
Okay, we have many crackpot theories to grace the front page, and a good number in recent history have made it without oodles of support. The discussion was good and mostly civil, and honestly, this criteria seems a tish subjective. Not much of a MeFi gadfly here, but just sayin'. posted by moonbird to Etiquette/Policy at 4:41 AM PST - 24 comments
So, by now, many of you probably know about this.
and this other MetaTalk thread. Some of you might have already received emails from me, but in the interest of covering all of our bases, I'm asking for your help. [More Inside] posted by Jon-o to MetaFilter-Related at 11:45 PM PST - 9 comments
Apologist!: There are too many things in this thread to flag individually.
We start out with unsupported speculation from a wonk with a blog, whose source article doesn't back up his suppositions; we move into a screeching match where those who are critical of Bush but aren't willing to drink the Kool-Aid get called "apologists" for the administration; we have a melting pot of conspiracy theories and ignorant frothings; we have yammering and emotional appeals... The list goes on and on.
Have we just had too many decent Katrina threads, so we're now stuck stirring the hurricane's flotsam? The discussion wobbles between shitty assertations of opinions and shitty snarks, and S@L, PP and Dios aren't even there (without them, Delmoi seems to be the whipping boy de jour).
I understand that people are still angry about Katrina and the Federal response. And I'm not above getting into a scrap just for scrapping, but jesus. I hate it when Metafilter looks like how ParisParamus imagines that we do all the time. And something to note is that we seem to have that problem more when it's liberals vs. left-wingers, treating each other with all the consideration of rodents eating their young.
This post is ugly; the comments are shitty. Can we have an end to Katrina now unless there's something that really needs posting? Or is Metafilter going to by Prometheus's liver for the next week or so?
[I'd make a "more inside" thing, but I don't know how] posted by klangklangston to Etiquette/Policy at 10:48 PM PST - 91 comments
He has his opinions and that's great (even though I strongly disagree with a lot of them), but I don't think providing a platform for the Gospel According To Cleardawn was what matt had in mind. posted by jonmc to Etiquette/Policy at 8:05 AM PST - 136 comments
I don't know if this is really an appropriate thread to post, but I feel like it has to be said: a big thank you to the Metafilter community for some really fantastic coverage and discussion on Katrina and its wake. Even though at times it may be biased, uncivil, inane and (of course) newsfilter (KatrinaFilter?), the articles and fantastic range of opinions expressed are truly awesome. My life is richer for having discovered this place. So again, thank you all.
Au contraire, this (imho) has got to be one of the dumbest threads I've seen in a long time - the "conspiracy theory" of Katrina, if you can call it that, is the lack of preparation for such an event, not that weapon systems might have had a role to play in it. Deletion requested. posted by tomcosgrave to Etiquette/Policy at 3:43 AM PST - 39 comments
OK, probably dumb question, but is there any way to force a refresh of the (# new) posts on the main page? I know it's time delimited somehow, but beyond that I'm clueless. And is there a place around here I can find that kind of information? Thanks in advance, oh, expert-types.
Feature request: apologies for intemperate things said in the heat of the moment or drunkenness... or both. I wrote some shit to b_thinky last night that I regret. No email address was listed in his (or her) profile, otherwise I would have reached out that way. But I made a vow to robocop is bleeding a while back about just this kind of thing, and broke my promise, and I'd like to make amends. posted by psmealey to Feature Requests at 7:56 PM PST - 10 comments
How open are meetups to new members? I'm curious about showing up, but am not an established mefite by any means and don't want to walk into a group of strangers and break up their vibe. posted by lorrer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:25 PM PST - 13 comments
If you go to LittleGreenFootballs.com, you'll see at times, at the top of your browser "LGF, Banned From Metafilter." Does anyone know what that's about? posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 PM PST - 21 comments [closed]
Why is it that I can criticize Metafilter policy or features on a daily basis but I have to wait a week for help with things that are actually important? I say shorten the wait for Ask Metafilter to one or two days, because advice is a much-needed thing. posted by Citizen Premier to Feature Requests at 9:55 AM PST - 32 comments
Should this really have been deleted for self-linking? If you could link directly to video segments on CNN, then I'm sure the poster would have done that. Instead, he or she put the segments on his or her site, and linked to them that way. Maybe the post should have been deleted because it wasn't interesting enough, but that's another reason. posted by Turtle to Etiquette/Policy at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments
We used to sponsor a Mefi scholarship. There will be so many displaced students from Katrina - maybe we could reinstitute some Mefi scholarships for kids who need to relocate or change colleges? Just a potential idea for a way we could hep as a community. posted by madamjujujive to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments
It's definitely the most horrible tragedy (and biggest news event, too) to hit the US since 9/11, no question about that. I'm just curious: will the Katrina posts ever end, in the near future? what's Matt's policy in this case? In short: what's the difference between a Katrina post that stays up and one that gets deleted? I don't mind Katrina being a large part of the front page, these days, of course. I'm just wondering. Frankly, most of the Katrina front page posts I see could have been just posted as comments in other threads, no disrespect intended. posted by matteo to Etiquette/Policy at 8:49 AM PST - 47 comments
My father is attempting to start a New Orleans relief effort among towboat pilots (he is one himself). He's posted a "call to action" on his site, and I'd like to get the word out. I haven't posted it on the front page because it seems dangerously close to a self-link (and is just one editorial, really). Any suggestions? posted by brundlefly to Etiquette/Policy at 11:35 PM PST - 7 comments
Ok, as mentioned here, there's always interest in a killfile script. Well, I just finished the one I've been working on (with help from Plutor) and it's available here. What makes mine worth it when there's already a script out there? Well, [MI] posted by mystyk to MetaFilter-Related at 4:43 PM PST - 36 comments
Delaware meetup 9/3: I hope it still goes on, but I won't be able to make the trip north due to gas shortage. Iron Hill Brewery, Main St., Newark... I'll be there in metaspirit. posted by moonbird to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:10 AM PST - 0 comments
"Criminal incompetence is probably not an impeachable offense, but something has to be done about Bush." Please keep your politics out of Ask Metafilter questions. (And another.) It tends to attract the wrong kind of answers. posted by smackfu to Etiquette/Policy at 10:08 AM PST - 25 comments
Baltimore Meetup Reminder: Tomorrow, Saturday Sept 3rd, Baltimore MeFites (and intrepid DC MeFites) will be meeting at Max's (which is in Fell's Point on Broadway) at 7pm. amandaudoff says to look for the stuffed shark. See you there. posted by OmieWise to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments
Sweet Buddha on a bicycle, it's another IRC-related post. (Don't worry; I'll make it quick and painless.) Most of you noticed in this thread that most of the old regulars of #mefi moved to slashnet. We've since vacated that channel, as we've set up our own dedicated server at irc.ieattapes.com, and you're all welcome to visit. Yes, even you.
(No, it's not an 'affiliated' or 'official' channel. No, there is not a dress code. Yes, you may bring food and drink, but ensure you have enough to share with everyone. No liver casserole, though.) posted by antifreez_ to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 PM PST - 32 comments
What do we think about creating some kind of fund to help support MeFi members involved in the rebuilding and humanitarian efforts after Katrina? How can we do this? posted by fionab to MetaFilter-Related at 5:15 PM PST - 23 comments
Okay, I know this isn't the point of MetaFilter, but I'm desperate and I don't have time to find out this information on my own.
I have a friends mother who is trapped in New Orleans and I need to find out who I need to contact to let them know where she is. Red Cross is no help. If anyone out there knows who I can contact, please let me know. posted by ColdChef to Bugs at 3:51 PM PST - 78 comments
DC Meetup at the Freedom Walk? Anyone want to join me in crashing the Freedom Walk in DC on Sunday, September 11? We'll need to decide on a suitable t-shirt or other identifying markers to make our point -- I assume that they'll be banning picket signs etc. Those interested must register in advance. posted by footnote to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:19 PM PST - 29 comments