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Show #16 of the podcast recaps from the last three weeks of MeFi and Ask MeFi. It was recorded on September 27, 2007 and runs about an hour long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 9:01 AM PST - 66 comments
Last.fm pony please: I'd like to embed the "Recently Listened" (or similar) chart into my profile, much like the flickr photo scroll.
(Alternately, if someone knows how to do that now, I'd appreciate it). [more inside]
posted by klangklangston to Feature Requests at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments
In light of this art project
, UbuRoivas went to 59,469 Mefites, chosen for their intarnerdiness, to analyze, translate, or reinterpret a selected anonymous AskMe. The resulting collection of responses filled the grey place at MetaFilter with beauty, music, snark & mirth. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 PM PST - 67 comments
I was thinking it would be good to see a complete list of all those "Metafilter: eating babies and porking hamsters" things that crop up
from time to time
constantly, but my
i dont know how to so i hereby throw myself on the mercy of the court
posted by criticalbill to MetaFilter-Related at 1:16 PM PST - 72 comments
Occasionally links without any real description are posted to the front page. It would be nice if any user could add a short description that would appear when you moused over the link, so users don't have to click on eight different links to find out what a post is about. [more inside]
posted by craniac to Feature Requests at 12:27 PM PST - 55 comments
Feature suggestion: If a thread or comment is referenced in MetaTalk thread, display a little indicator on the referenced thread/comment and have it link to the MetaTalk discussion.
posted by jclovebrew to Feature Requests at 3:39 PM PST - 73 comments
was deleted for being a link to the poster's friend's site. The FAQ includes material produced by "close friends" in the self-link category. Does this mean we can't post anything made by people we know? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc to Etiquette/Policy at 10:29 AM PST - 79 comments
Has Google changed/improved the way it indexes Metafilter? When looking up answers for some recent AskMe questions, I've been surprised to see the questions themselves show up in Google's search results. [more inside]
posted by O9scar to MetaFilter-Related at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments
When this post
shows up in Recent Activity, the long small-text quote gets truncated, the <small> tag is never closed, and the rest of Recent Activity is rendered small.
posted by flabdablet to Bugs at 8:29 PM PST - 19 comments
I just want to thank the MeFites who faithfully answer all the book questions that get asked here, like this one
And very special thanks for those who include an Amazon link. I know not everyone supports them, but I don't usually buy from Amazon; I export my wishlist to a spreadsheet via Librarything, and take it whenever I go used bookshopping. Thus, I've had many, many hours of great reading thanks to AskMeFi. Having good books to read means a lot to me, and I just wanted to thank you all. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium to Etiquette/Policy at 9:32 PM PST - 42 comments
Why does this question
lose all formatting even though it is formatted in my RSS reader? Doesn't appear to have happened to other questions nearby.
posted by vacapinta to Bugs at 3:37 PM PST - 12 comments
ok, flag it as crap
we know you want to. But do we both need you flagging it as crap and then posting a crap "flagged as crap" message in the allegedly crappy thread? Comment should be flagged as masturbatory noise.
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:07 PM PST - 58 comments
It's not ok to be fat. Yet, if anyone gets anywhere near this medical, social, and genetic consensus, people go apeshit and like magic, the comment is deleted. It just doesn't seem right to me.
posted by four panels to Etiquette/Policy at 11:50 AM PST - 246 comments
Since Metafilter seems to be a self-policing paragon of sensitivity with regard to body type issues, I am genuinely curious as to why cracking jokes about those who are, say, modest in stature, is totally wink-wink "I'm just giving you shit" fine? [more inside]
posted by ghastlyfop to Etiquette/Policy at 11:18 AM PST - 68 comments
What are the limits to absolute hilarity when "in bad taste" comes into play before posting something to the blue? I ask because I'm itching to share this video
with everyone. It's wholly repugnant, but ridiculously high on the Unintentional Comedy Scale. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli to Etiquette/Policy at 3:50 PM PST - 28 comments [closed]
I'm wondering if (a) we might be able to get a baked-in quoting ability, or (b) someone could help me figure out why Plutor's quote script isn't working for me. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 AM PST - 89 comments
Trying to find what I think was an AskMe (or possibly MeFi) comment from a while back, wherein the commenter outlines the fictional life story of someone whose aim is to make a lot of money so they can be happy, but ends up missing the mark along the way and turns into someone rather unhappy (but with the money). [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar to MetaFilter-Related at 9:08 AM PST - 11 comments
Thank you, Matt, Jessamyn, PB and Cortex. I don't idolize you. I don't always agree with you. Sometimes your decisions confuse me. Sometimes they anger me. Sometimes your ban hammer needs fine-tuning. More often than not, you are spot on. But no matter what, every little thing every one of you does is analyzed to the nth degree, and I wouldn't want your job. So, thank you
for doing the dirty work so I can come in here and obsessively reload every day.
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 4:56 PM PST - 89 comments
Can the “
” and “
” links at the bottom of post pages use the post titles of the adjacent posts rather than the first few words truncated with an ellipsis?
posted by stopgap to Feature Requests at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments
Can anyone help me find a post that I'm sure I saw (and perhaps I even posted myself) here on Metafilter a while back with a commercial done by a regional county sherrif's office encouraging the viewer to narc on their significant others? [more inside]
posted by jonson to MetaFilter-Related at 12:08 PM PST - 100 comments
Wait.. a longtime user criticises the deletion
of a post
about one intellectual's review of another intellectual's book - a deletion with obscure sarcastic reason "clearly my filter for these isn't working properly. But wait, Hitchens AND Dawkins you say...? * taps pager * Damn this thing is broken. -- jessamyn"
... then you close the Meta thread? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 PM PST - 178 comments
Show #15 of the podcast includes call-in questions from a handful of members and recaps from the last two weeks of MeFi and Ask MeFi. It was recorded on August 30, 2007 and runs about 50 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:37 PM PST - 56 comments
Is there a shrink in the house? I'm just curious what your diagnosis would be for this: (1
. Does somebody need a time out?
posted by spock to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 PM PST - 254 comments
I'll be doing a short, on-air, phoned in interview with Ronald Jenkees
of youtube fame this Wednesday starting at 3pm (eastern standard time). You can listen to it live here
. There will be a recording on that site shortly thereafter. If there are any questions the MeFi crowd would like me to ask, post them.
posted by phrontist to MetaFilter-Related at 6:34 AM PST - 21 comments
MetaTalk RSS doesn't validate, isn't properly formed XML--due to unquoted special characters
. This seems to be getting irritatingly common, is something missing out of the auto-quote list, or could we have auto-quote for the RSS beefed up in general? AskMe never seems to have problems, just MetaTalk almost every week or so.
posted by anaelith to Bugs at 3:43 PM PST - 39 comments
I'm using Opera (9.23, Windows NT 5.1; U; sv)
and all I see at the Metafilter frontpage is nothing at all
(image). Mefi works fine in IE. Whatever has caused this, it must have happened during the past 12 hours.
posted by Foci for Analysis to Bugs at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]
Allow me to nerd out briefly on behalf of one of our own. Say, Mr. William "I invented cyberspace" Gibson, what were you listening to while writing your new bestseller Spook Country
Why, I was listening to Brad Sucks
, nanojath! (see Sept. 1 entry) [more inside]
posted by nanojath to MetaFilter Music at 10:53 PM PST - 54 comments
I just posted in a thread on the blue and the more inside wasn't visible in preview. I'm on Safari. Anyone else seeing this?
posted by dobbs to Bugs at 9:28 PM PST - 10 comments
We're podcasting tomorrow and would love to get some questions beforehand. As always, call Call +1 (503) 487-0014 and leave a message. We'll play back the good ones on the show and answer them.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:51 PM PST - 33 comments
is getting an awful lot of insulting and unhelpful responses, most calling him petty, a jerk, and cheap (based upon the supposed cost of his wedding and inferred wealth). Appropriate?
posted by cmgonzalez to Etiquette/Policy at 12:31 PM PST - 149 comments
and everything, but shouldn't we be a bit concerned that the post itself is just the first two paragraphs (even the same links) of the main atlantic article
, without even attribution? Seems a bit off to my delicate sensibilities.
posted by Sparx to Etiquette/Policy at 2:11 AM PST - 64 comments
i imagine that kelvin-helmholtz is so long because there's some kind of balance related to radiation pressure (vaguely vaguely like eddington limit?) but i may be way off - never thought about it before. if it is radiative pressure (or anything related to being hot) that holds things up that means that you'll still get an initial collapse and ignition. so i think initial "inner" thermal equilibrium will be much faster, but final steady state could take a long time.
and why on earth (or sun) is this
chatfilter? delete the stupid answers, not the question. i realise it's not one of your valued "what stupid piece of crap for my kitchen should i waste money on today because i can't cook for shit but boy i know how to use my credit card like a pro?" questions, but it still has a valid answer.
posted by andrew cooke to Etiquette/Policy at 6:15 AM PST - 100 comments
We have a fandom post feature now, which of course is excellent. Now how about a random user
feature? It could be called 'Get to Know A MeFite' or something like that. I think there are a lot of interesting user profile pages which many people have not and may not ever see, which is a shame, and this would be a potential way to highlight some of them. As an added bonus, this feature could lead to more Metafilter meet-ups as people stumble upon other users who they may not have known lived so close by. It could also lead people to explore their randomly chosen MeFite's posting history which may, in turn, lead many to discover several excellent (and awful) posts, questions and MeTa screeds which they may never have come across before.
posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 11:53 PM PST - 48 comments
What do you guys think about instituting "personality points" towards users? You know, something along the lines of: 15 members think user x talks out of his ass too much. 6 members think user y suffers from a holier than thou complex. 24 members have been helped by user z. etc. Really, it's all about helping create context, especially for new and less frequent users. I would love an option where I could scroll my mouse over a name when I read advice in an AskMe thread and see something like, "173 users recommend against this user's advice." It could be all spelled out in a user's profile next to the "this user links to" category.
posted by Mach3avelli to Feature Requests at 7:32 PM PST - 164 comments
The back-tagging team seems to have languished in their zeal to backtag all old Metafilter and AskMetafilter posts (I know I have fallen behind). I think we should set a goal end-date for ourselves, and really push ourselves to get it all done. Details inside.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 3:31 PM PST - 58 comments
Does the Mefi Navigator Greasemonkey script work in Opera? I followed the instructions on this page
and put the script (with the original name) in my userjs folder, but nothing happens. I checked that the correct userjs folder is specified in my site preferences. Does it work for anybody else?
posted by davar to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 AM PST - 5 comments
The AskMe guidelines
make a simple-sounding request: 'Please avoid "help me name my kitten/computer/website" and "help me make a mix CD" questions.' But these kinds of questions are posted fairly frequently
, and seldom seem to be deleted. How many of these kinds of questions are posted, and what proportion of those are removed? If the guideline isn't being enforced because people love the name-my-whatever questions, maybe it would be better to just get rid of the guideline. Alternately, if the guideline is to remain, maybe it would be better to make it more prominent, and/or to delete a larger proportion of the questions which break it.
posted by box to MetaFilter-Related at 9:19 AM PST - 76 comments
I'm not going to make any callouts, but could short comments like "that was ghey" or "boring" be deleted as policy? They seem way too... youtubey. I wouldn't want to see an end to criticism or snark, but grunts of dissent tend to damage my perception of the Metafilter brand.
posted by Citizen Premier to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 PM PST - 77 comments