Should there be a spoiler alert for this question? I haven't read the book, but it seems to me that talk about the "final scene" on the front page of AskMe might qualify as such. Seems like it could be an easy fix. posted by smorange to Etiquette/Policy at 6:07 PM PST - 58 comments
Shouldnt there be a way, where members in good standing can pay an additional $5 and get to ask another question before their 1 week auto-block is up?
This is functionally the same as getting a second sock puppet account and thus having two accounts from which to ask questions -- without all the run-around and deception. posted by jak68 to Feature Requests at 3:19 PM PST - 81 comments
I posted a short film I made to Projects but hours after I did, the site hosting it took the video offline. It's back up with a new URL http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/6370 but I can't edit my old project post nor can I repost it. I had no control over the hosting site and this video is for a contest where only the 10 most popular films move on to the next round. Voting ends October 10. Would it be possible to repost to Projects? posted by clockworkjoe to Etiquette/Policy at 10:56 AM PST - 20 comments
i am having trouble accessing my blog on the ask mefi thread i started earlier. for some reason i can access all other parts of mefi, but not that thread (http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/47579). its over the idiot roommate who has an internet girlfriend from alaska. i just want to let people know i created a blog about it since many wanted to be updated.
What's the character limit on tags? I tried to add the tag 'BuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalobuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalo' to this thread and got instead:
Error Executing Database Query. [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]String or binary data would be truncated. Saw nothing about it in the FAQ. posted by ChasFile to Bugs at 2:09 PM PST - 32 comments
Another curiousity question (and no idea if this is completely inappropriate.)
I was driving behind a Toyota SUV earlier today in Maryland (New Hampshire Avenue, southbound, at around 445-5pm, after Cloverly, but before Valley Brook Rd) and I found myself staring at a MetaFilter bumper sticker! I've posted a picture in the comments, with the license plate number blacked out.
A) I'm curious as anything to know who this was.
B) Where can I get an awesome bumper sticker to put on my car?
PS: I was driving a black 98 Honda Civic with my headlights on and a bunch of crap hanging from the rearview, if whoever it is wants to know what car I was.
Lately, we seem to do alot of googling-and-posting of whatever personal info we can find. It's publicly available stuff, but it's proven to be a pretty powerful tool for getting to people, and it seems like using that power often might lead us down a certain road we might not want to take. Should there be some kind of guidelines or boundaries? posted by koeselitz to Etiquette/Policy at 11:41 AM PST - 65 comments
A lot of my favorites aren't showing up on my favorites page, even though I do show up as having favorited (favored?) them if I go to the thread they were on. Am I missing something? posted by evariste to Bugs at 1:58 AM PST - 6 comments
Is there any way of knowing whether a vacancy in Jobs has been filled? Do they disappear if someone gets the job? Is there a flag? posted by AmbroseChapel to MetaFilter-Related at 10:29 PM PST - 4 comments
An interesting post that became ChatFilter. A subsequent post that IS chatfilter. What bothers me is the trend. More questions are becoming increasingly open-ended. (I don't think that occhiblu's phrasing was particularly wrong, but I think that a lot of people, just because they're guys, thought that their opinion was useful) Which allows people to simply take a stab in the dark, offer their "off the cuff" insight, or otherwise just give an unresearched opinion. IMHO, this sort of thing defeats the purpose of an answer-oriented site. posted by SeizeTheDay to Etiquette/Policy at 4:52 PM PST - 24 comments
Inspired by Lougi's recent Askme Q, I suggest a section be set up where people can a) post requests for specific city info and b) post their fave tips for cities they know well. These threads could remain open indefinitely and be a great resource for people travelling or moving and would cut down on AskMe Q's about such things. If possible, perhaps a sidebar on Ask which just lists the names of the last 5 cityguide threads that have had activity would be a handy way to see when a city you know/care about has questions/activities. posted by dobbs to Feature Requests at 12:55 PM PST - 40 comments
If you do not have access to a post by a MeFite, but nevertheless know that said MeFite is registered, how do you look for and access their userpage and their posting/commenting history? It appears that the search pages simply point to Google/Yahoo search boxes for the site, which do not assist in this particular situation. posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 12:17 PM PST - 28 comments
Just a thought....in what location could we put blue requests? Ie. if I wanted someone to make an excellent post about something or someone I had interest in, but I don't have the expertise or the time, where would such a request be made? posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 12:13 PM PST - 24 comments
I know this has been brought up before, but the lost password emailer is not working. I am getting the "email not found, password not sent" message. I have emailed to request my password but have received no response. Is there no way to get my password? posted by aws to Bugs at 7:07 AM PST - 12 comments [closed]
Was there a torrent site link deleted from this thread? It seems kind of inconsistent to link to a streaming site but not a torrent site, both are just as infringing. Also, do we still need the warning about Israel/Lebanon on the posting page? The war has been over for a while. posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 12:44 PM PST - 14 comments [closed]
Sometimes AskMe takes you in a surprising direction, and this thread is one of those times: a college student asks if he should take advantage of a contraband answer key to check his graded homework, and the community is nearly unanimous in its ethical condemnation of the practice. That is, until a philosophy professor and professional ethicist answers to the contrary. Probably not sidebar-worthy, but a neat example of how an issue that seems at first to be black-and-white bleeds a little gray once the experts join the fray. posted by Saucy Intruder to MetaFilter-Related at 12:32 PM PST - 39 comments
This is a fine example of a decent question and good responses made much less satisfying because they are interspersed with responses from assholes who are just posting to see their names. posted by Mayor Curley to Etiquette/Policy at 4:40 PM PST - 74 comments
Can the favorites pages be tweaked so comments retain their formatting and links? Also, when the page displays the whole of a comment, there shouldn't be an ellipsis after it. TY HUGS posted by riotgrrl69 to Bugs at 7:56 AM PST - 15 comments
I suppose this must come up from time to time, but I couldnt' find it searching... I was just viewing AskMe through Safari and when I went to add a comment, the little toolbar for bolding/italcizing/linkifying text wasn't there. I see this is the same on the other pages as well. What up with that? posted by hwestiii to Bugs at 9:21 AM PST - 3 comments
I'm thinking about creating a MeFi-specific search engine. I've created search engines for specific remote sites before, though nothing of the size of MeFi, but I'm fairly confident I can make something more useful than Yahoo or Google for MeFi searches.
My questions are:
1) Has this been done before? I looked through the search results for "search," but didn't find anything beyond the internal search on Yahoo and Google returns pretty much every MeTa post because the word "search" is in the header.
2) Is this kosher? I'm not talking about providing full-content results, just snippets and links like Google or Yahoo provide, only better results and more search options specific to MeFi, e.g. searching deleted posts by explanation.
3) Assuming favorable answers to 1) and 2), what would others like to see in a MeFi search? Initially, this is just a personal project and I don't want to make any promises I may not keep, but I would like to hear about your search ponies before starting. posted by scottreynen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:29 PM PST - 53 comments
My front page post seems to have lost its title, which was "'In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital' -- Joe LieberMAN" posted by orthogonality to Bugs at 4:59 PM PST - 18 comments
Forgive my ignorance, but what happened to the Dawkins/Atheist post? I was enjoying the article over lunch and when I popped back to the front page, it was gone. Was it a double? posted by cyclopz to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 AM PST - 103 comments
Did the spell check button on MeFi comments go away? Has this been discussed already and if so will I be made fun of in the comments for this post? posted by xmutex to Bugs at 9:20 AM PST - 7 comments [closed]
My FPP was deleted (not complaining; I agree with the reasoning). Aren't I supposed to get an email about this? I didn't. Forgive me if that's not the policy. I thought it was. posted by grumblebee to Bugs at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments
I have followed ask.metafilter for several years--infrequent poster but faithful reader and occasional responder. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed in the last several months a slight decline in the civility of responses and an increasing harshness of tone. I note an increasing judgementalism particularly the reframing of the question to challenge the poster. It is still one of the most civil places I visit. Really, I was just curious. Obviously, it appears more often on the human relation issues. Thanks for any comments posted by rmhsinc to Etiquette/Policy at 1:47 PM PST - 67 comments
PonyFilter: CDC Recommends... what?
It is obvious when you open the post because the headline is shown, but in the front page, it is just confusing... Can the headline be included on the front page, or can there be a note in the posting page that the headline is not shown on the FP, and shouldn't be used as part of the post summary posted by nielm to Feature Requests at 11:44 AM PST - 19 comments
Quick question about HTML entities: are they no longer accepted in comments? I've been trying to use em-dashes like so: [ampersand] [pound sign] 8212 [semi-colon] and this has worked fine until recently. But lately, I've left a trail of comments with ugly "8212;"s all over the place, as if the [ampersand] and [pound sign] were stripped off before post (but after the inline preview). posted by chrominance to Bugs at 1:22 AM PST - 32 comments
Is anyone's spell check on AskMefi just not showing up? There is just no icon for the spell checking tool (showing up for me). I'm using Firefox 184.108.40.206 on a Windows XP. Thanks. posted by ifranzen to Bugs at 9:49 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]
I'm trying to mark best answers in this thread, but only the first one took. When I click "mark best answer" on any of the others, it acts as if I clicked on the post time. posted by jdroth to Bugs at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments
Am I stupid? Re: My very first deleted post. Yes, I've read the FAQ and some of the related discussions, and yes, I realize that hypotheticals are generally a no-no, but I thought this particular question could not be framed in any manner that was not hypothetical, if you catch my drift. Please berate me appropriately. posted by brina to Etiquette/Policy at 4:47 PM PST - 58 comments
"hampster dance" just got deleted. it did look (after 17 comments) as though it was about to spiral seriously out of control, but matt could have at least waited an hour or two.. ok, fine, i'll go read about the military coup in thailand. posted by dminor to MetaFilter-Related at 1:44 PM PST - 16 comments [closed]
NYC Mefites, a proposal: those of us who aren't going to Vegas for the Jonmc-Pips nuptials might welcome the happy couple back with a toast. Say, next Wednesday (9/27)? posted by CunningLinguist to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:11 AM PST - 23 comments
The inline image debate revisited: I know this has been discussed before, and I know that images are sometimes useful in AskMe, and I know that I may have had a sense-of-humour bypass... but isn't it time we got rid of them in MeTa and MeFi? I don't think that "bloke being shagged by a robot" gif adds anything to the site at all. Or the "this is not an appropriate front page post" one. Or the "elephant poo" one. Or any of the other pictures in the thread below this one. posted by handee to Etiquette/Policy at 2:51 AM PST - 83 comments
Idea: what if the "New Post" and "New Question" links vanish-or change to say "You are ineligible to post"-when you aren't eligible? That would eliminate a lot of the "Oh lemme ax metafilter about that." ...*click*... "Sweet Lady Marmalade! I can't yet!"
This weekend is an alternative gaming festival in Manhattan, featuring innovative/experimental games played in public- like this body-activated giant game of Space Invaders played against the exterior of NYU Bobst library. Ms Phred and I will be playing cruel 2 be kind on Saturday-any NYC mefites interested? (n.b.: I am not affiliated in any way with the festival, except as a game participant--just thought it might be more fun than drinks.)
We can identify ourselves at the closing ceremony in Central Park. Debated putting this in the blue because there are so many cool games. But it's been boingboinged, so maybe many of us have seen it. posted by Phred182 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments
Music: Feature or Bug? When I try streaming a song from the front page, as soon as I scroll past it or flip to a different browser tab, it stops playing. If I load the song's individual page and stream it from there, it contines to play until I close it (even as I type this MeTa post in another tab, for example). posted by jacquilynne to Bugs at 10:41 AM PST - 18 comments
One of my previously posted projects has undergone a substantial change (ie. it's a free tool now, not subscription based). Do I repost it, not repost it, or assume that this mention (unlinked as to not taint this question) is good enough? posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments
Highlighting contacts? Would it be possible to highlight the name of anyone you have listed in your contacts? Nothing flashy, just something to draw attention to the poster's name if you are skimming a long thread. posted by quin to Feature Requests at 7:17 PM PST - 10 comments
I want to post a question in the green about finding mp3 copies of This American Life or someplace where folks swap CDs of programs. We're headed back to Italy in October and I'd like to load some shows on my iRiver for the long flight.
I've googled for the past half hour and I'm half-crosseyed from all the conflicting opinions I've read about the producers of the show urging folks to remove links from their websites during the "deep linking" fiasco-lite over the summer.
The upshot is this - would I be asking an illegal-activities-war3z-type question? Cause I don't want to sully my good name... posted by ersatzkat to Etiquette/Policy at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments
A small question about metafilter deleting posts. Why so hasty? Why so abrupt? Perhaps we, as a online community, should define more precisely *exactly* the demographic metafilter, as a business, seeks to appeal toward. Posts on metaTalk get deleted before I can even put a more in depth explaination. What is going on here? posted by kuatto to Etiquette/Policy at 5:21 PM PST - 46 comments [closed]
After seeing posts like little Miss Professor's object de amour, I don't think AskMeFi should be closed to scorn. Many people that ask questions are only looking for approval, not answers. posted by matty to Etiquette/Policy at 12:40 AM PST - 55 comments
Where the heck is the MeFi compilation CD? I shelled out my hard-earned cash months ago, and I haven't heard jack squat about it since. C'mon...is this Chinese Democracy or something? posted by you just lost the game to MetaFilter-Related at 8:20 AM PST - 25 comments
Mefi Swap 2006 : Come on. You need to send out your CDs already. I participated in two groups this time around, and sent out 10 cds. I've received only 4. This isn't an election where that sort of return rate is acceptable. Get off your lazy ass and fulfill your commitment. posted by crunchland to MetaFilter-Related at 8:19 AM PST - 70 comments
Is there a reason why I consistently cannot access metafilter (or any other metafilter site) 2-3 times per day? Granted, these usually are at high traffic times of day. Mornings when I get up, when I get home from work, etc. However, that's not always the case. At first, I thought the site was just down once or twice. Now, it happens every day, most of the times I try to access the site. Nothing has changed in my PC setup at any point, and I was getting regular access to the site without problems about a month ago. If I wait long enough when I get a "page not found" error, the site usually will appear. I apologize if this was already covered. posted by theantikitty to Uptime at 7:33 AM PST - 24 comments
Help! I see this message instead of the Metafilter homepage?
If you can see this, it means that the installation of the Apache web server software on this system was successful. You may now add content to this directory and replace this page. posted by xammerboy to Bugs at 7:32 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]
Who from the Bay Area wants to ride with me to Las Vegas for the MeFi/MeCha meetup there?
I'm leaving the morning of Saturday, Sept. 23rd and plan on attending Jonmc's wedding. Book your own room. I'll be driving back on Sunday, the 24th. If you can share the driving, cool. I'll probably be smoking at the wheel for such an occasion,m FYI. Shotgun is reserved for DaShiv, brundlefly, or caitlinb, whoever responds first :) posted by scarabic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:06 PM PST - 24 comments
Itchy trigger finger? I liked that post, and it seems like everyone else who posted did too -- no-one seemed to be snarking or complaining or asking for it to go. Sure, it's a link to a Google search, but an interesting one I hadn't thought of before. It was headed for a fun interweb memories thread... but then it was tragically taken from us. As an official Metafilter King, I would urge you to reconsider. posted by reklaw to Etiquette/Policy at 1:15 PM PST - 46 comments
Using Camino on OS X, I get the Apache startup page ("Test page for Apache Installation" is the Title) when I try to go to ask.metafilter.com. I can't reproduce it on either Safari or Firefox on my machine, only Camino. posted by vacapinta to Bugs at 9:53 AM PST - 7 comments [closed]
Reminder: Auckland, New Zealand meetup, 15th of September, 6:00 PM-ish at The Loaded Hog on the Viaduct -- which hopefully will not be packed to the gills with the after-work crowd. I'll be the American transplant with the long curly dark hair wearing the black Zabar's baseball cap. If you think you can make it, please give a heads up in this thread. posted by toxic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments
I'm searching for an old AskMe thread where the OP requested a list of indie-rock/indie-pop music that would be good for children. I've already searched tags and AskMe search for various combinations of the terms "kids", "children" "indie" "music" and "playlist" and have not come up with the thread I am remembering. It was not the ice-cream-social thread or the hip-hop for a 10-year-old thread. I seem to recall it was from about 1-2 years ago. posted by matildaben to MetaFilter-Related at 1:59 PM PST - 6 comments
I was having trouble figuring out how long I needed to wait before I posted again. I eventually found it in the FAQ, and that's all well and good, but I found the FAQ itself difficult to find. Sure, it's linked at the bottom of the various MeFi sites, but only on MeTa is it linked at the top. That's an issue for people like myself that mostly read MeFi through the RSS feed and don't normally scroll through the site to the bottom. Heck, I didn't even know the footer existed prior to today! So my request is to link to the FAQ from the header on the sites that don't currently have it there. posted by taumeson to Feature Requests at 1:13 PM PST - 12 comments
I'm taking myself to metatalk because I am honestly not sure what the best thing to do would be.
Here was a heartbreaking post from a grieving person who specifically asked people not to take their abortion debates into the thread. The Confessor posted what I thought was a completely uncalled for judgement on those who have abortions ("for convenience"-- a common anti-abortion term). I found it personally offensive and noted so in-thread, stating I didn't want to hijack (or debate) but that I found the judgement to be uncalled for. Now I am not sure if that was the right thing to do. Should I have called out here to begin with? Should I have ignored it?
L.A. Meetup: I’ve never been to a MeFi meetup before, & I’d love to change that. I’ve read some enthusiasm about having “girls in glasses” at meetups in the past, & you’d be guaranteed to have at least one at this one. Would anyone be interested in an L.A. gathering? posted by Four-Eyed Girl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:53 PM PST - 37 comments
Are we going to have one official 9/11 thread again, like we've had in the past? or just a ton of separate posts? We have a lot more new people since last time and it'd be good to make it clear. posted by amberglow to MetaFilter-Related at 11:11 AM PST - 102 comments
I would love a confirmation request when you add a favorite post. I've had favorites appear that I don't even remember clicking even if I probably did by accident. posted by Memo to Feature Requests at 7:25 PM PST - 55 comments [closed]
I would like to host a MeFi MeetUp as part of a larger fund-raising event for a non-profit organization. What's the preferred protocol so as to avoid being crass? posted by plinth to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:52 PM PST - 15 comments
I've been seeing something strange on metafilter, for quite some time now. Posts from certain people appear over and over again in my RSS feed (about once an hour). I would think this was a flaw in my RSS reader (which is intraVnews, btw), but it is always the posts of the same small set of users. It seems to not be an effect on all posts, or on a random selection of posts, but on all posts from a very few posters (whose names I'll withhold as not to sound accusatory).
So, is this a spamming effort being effected by some users? For instance, if one were to periodically edit ones own posts, could one achieve the effect of getting into the RSS feed over and over? Or perhaps there's some other trick. I've corresponded with jessamyn on this, and probably been a pain (sorry). She recommended I contact mathowie (who I imagine reads this) and metatalk. posted by re6smith to Bugs at 4:03 AM PST - 31 comments
Sometimes a train wreck can be so cataclysmic that it becomes beautiful. This is truly the best of the web. I should have been ironic and not have HTML'd that link. posted by symphonik to Bugs at 1:25 AM PST - 72 comments
Can I have a pony? Favorites are a great way of finding worthwhile threads selected by the masses, but I would be even more interested in knowing which threads or comments their authors are most proud of, especially among people with a long history here on MeFi, and especially before the favorites feature was implemented. Any way of having a "my best post" feature, or even just to ask that question as a standard part of the profile? Failing that, people can just list their favorites themselves in this thread... posted by blahblahblah to Feature Requests at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments
So, Um, I'm logged in and I'm getting upper right graphical ads on MeFi and AxMe. Is that on purpose? Because, y'know, I thought the purpose of being logged in all the time and having an account was to not have to see ads, and I didn't see an announcement that they'd be starting. Then again, if it's necessary to pay for bandwidth, OK, but I'd prefer a donation drive. posted by SpecialK to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 PM PST - 29 comments
Disappearing mefi - from just after 9am UK time until 12.30 ish I couldn't get onto mefi at all - only the status blog was working. It's not the first time I've had trouble getting on in the mornings here - is it mefi or do I have some sort of crazy network issue? posted by prentiz to Bugs at 6:14 AM PST - 54 comments
Auckland, NZ Meetup? I've recently arrived in Auckland (most recently from San Francisco with my lovely wife. We both thought a Meetup would be fun, and help introduce us to some other like-minded folks here.
Who'd be up for something, on the evening of Friday 15 September, most likely at a watering hole somewhere convenient to the CBD, Britomart and Ferry Terminal? posted by toxic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments
What if we had a contest for unanswered AskMe questions (those that haven't had a best answer marked) older than, say, a month? Suggested prize: choice of free Metafilter account or $5 for each unanswered question that was resolved favorably. Of course we would need a special page where we could view lingering unanswered questions. Which would be a pretty decent idea anyway; I would certainly read it. posted by evariste to MetaFilter-Related at 11:14 PM PST - 33 comments
MeTa is seriously broken. I'm getting a text-only layout, with porn pics. NSFW screengrab located here. Using Firefox latest update, WinXP fully updated. posted by dirtynumbangelboy to Bugs at 8:27 AM PST - 37 comments
MeFi Swap 2006! Has everyone participating sent off their CDs? Has anyone received CDs? Will there be some sort of Post-Swap forum where we can compare track listings and so on? posted by tomble to MetaFilter-Related at 6:43 PM PST - 36 comments
Daddy, I want a pony.
Further to me asking this, I'd love it if Matt would make a(nother) RSS feed for each user, listing all of their contributions (posts and comments [or maybe just posts?]) - basically, a what-I-said-on-MeFi Feed. Is it a big strain on the server, making these feeds? There seem to be a lot per-user already. posted by armoured-ant to Feature Requests at 2:01 PM PST - 5 comments
If I help plan a "meet up," is there a way to send out an email to all subscribers within an X-mile radius? Related -- is there a way for me to link to all subscribers who live in my city (i.e. as "neighbors") or are all links one-at-a-time? (Would it be weird to link to all subscribers in my city?) posted by ClaudiaCenter to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:09 PM PST - 26 comments
I bought my project (on MeFi Projects) its own domain. Can I (or Mattamyn) edit the old post to reflect the new domain, or may I repost it? Or should I just live with the redirect? posted by IndigoRain to Etiquette/Policy at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
What's the upshot of MeFi Music? Has anybody been offered a recording contract? Have people who have dumped their demos there gotten results? Who will be the first MeFi musician to give Matt a shout out in the liner notes? posted by persona non grata to Bugs at 9:39 PM PST - 37 comments
Please go to your profiles and make sure you have some PayPal information entered so that mathowie can give you the $30 you so rightfully deserve. This means you b_thinky, bigmusic, blahblahblah, cenoxo, CodeBaloo, ColdChef, dios, Drunken_munky, emph, HuronBob, hydrophonic, jason's_planet, jonp72, jonson, ktoad, languagehat, LobsterMitten, MetaMonkey, Miko, mygothlaundry, nthdegx, ottereroticist, peacay, pwedza, reklaw, signal and y2karl. Thanks for making MetaFilter in August rock! posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 5:51 PM PST - 69 comments