September 2008 Archives (all archives)

September 30
Chicago Meet-up: I'm going to be in town for An Event Apart the evenings of October 12 and 13th. How about a meetup? [more inside]
posted by sciurus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:03 PM PST - 31 comments

www.metafilter.com just redirected me several times to the login page. Then I received a warning message about security certificates. I chanced it and logged in, now everything's normal. Anybody else getting this? (btw, subdomains also redirected me to the login page). [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog to Bugs at 1:26 PM PST - 19 comments

St. Louis MeFites: wanna help make my trip memorable? How about a meetup? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:53 AM PST - 54 comments

Outright censorship? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 AM PST - 99 comments [closed]

A single link to today's issue of your favorite webcomic or cartoon series is not appropriate for a Front Page Post. [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy to Etiquette/Policy at 6:40 AM PST - 32 comments

So, suffering a bout of insomnia, I find myself browsing /. and find this little morsel, pointing at an article here.

I searched the site for 'cross-site request forgery' and found nuthin'.

So, great, benevolent admins -- what gives? Can you elucidate on the issue and/or the fix? It's not a big deal, just surprised at seeing the blue called out elsewhere regarding a (patched) vulnerability and was surprised not to see any mention of it here.

Then again, it's wicked late and I'm a little stoopid - may have missed the news...
posted by drfu to MetaFilter-Related at 4:06 AM PST - 27 comments

September 29

What ever happened to Travelfilter? Is it still on the cards? I was kind of looking forward to it!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Thanks to jepler, pixel detctive [more inside]
posted by shino-boy to MetaFilter-Related at 6:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Intercalated with the fantastic yarns touched off by the cab driver story, some people are getting very personal and bilious. [more inside]
posted by eritain to Etiquette/Policy at 3:01 PM PST - 126 comments

I will be in London attending a conference Oct 12 - 19. The conference doesn't run through that whole time period, so I will have some free time, probably Friday evening and definitely Saturday. It's my first time visiting London and would love to meet MeFi folks.
posted by needled to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:33 PM PST - 55 comments

I just posted a thoroughly incorrect comment in response to my own AskMe thread. Could an admin please remove it? It is at: http://ask.metafilter.com/102955/How-can-I-travel-between-continents-without-emitting-much-CO2#1492050
posted by sindark to Etiquette/Policy at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]


I have a comment on the Popular Favorites page [Yay! me] Next to the favorite count it has [remove], even though I haven't favorited it. [more inside]
posted by tellurian to Bugs at 3:00 AM PST - 8 comments


September 28
Whenever I favorite a comment, the browser sends me to the top of the page. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange to Bugs at 9:03 PM PST - 21 comments

September 27
Do people's just not read through the questions on AskMefi before leaving answers? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal to Etiquette/Policy at 8:16 PM PST - 118 comments

I think the question is fine, but it does remind me a bit of this.
posted by muddylemon to MetaFilter-Related at 2:12 PM PST - 17 comments [closed]

stuff.metafilter.com? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM PST - 48 comments

September 26
Strange occurrence...earlier I was on my Asus EEE, and every time I tried to log in to Metafilter it would flash the login page quickly and then jump me back to where I was before that. No other sites had any issues, and restarting the browser didn't help. Did anyone else experience this? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 to Bugs at 9:05 PM PST - 19 comments

September 25
Iceland Airwaves meetup: Reykjavik, 15-19th October. [more inside]
posted by NinjaTadpole to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:09 PM PST - 28 comments

A suggestion: can there be a time stamp indicating the time when a post or comment is posted (e.g. "posted 2 1/2 hours ago") next to the date? [more inside]
posted by zardoz to Feature Requests at 5:03 PM PST - 48 comments

Fresh/just posted/moments ago: are these specific spans of time? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd to MetaFilter-Related at 9:53 AM PST - 57 comments

What cheer, SoutheasternNewEnglandTypeMeFites? What say you to a Providence, RI, meetup next Friday, October 3rd? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:44 AM PST - 41 comments

September 24
Any MeFites going to Create Chaos in Orlando, 13-17 October? [more inside]
posted by sadiehawkinstein to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:42 PM PST - 2 comments

I can't stay logged into Metafilter when using an iPhone! When I bring up the page I'm not logged in. I log in, cool, but when I click on a thread to read comments or move to The Green or Grey or navigate to any of the site's pages I am no longer logged in--prompting me to re-log in every time I switch pages. I am running 2.1 on a jailbroken phone. What gives?
posted by sourwookie to Bugs at 7:08 AM PST - 30 comments

How to win friends and influence others. MeFi makes Macworld's latest "Websites We Love" list.
posted by i_cola to MetaFilter-Related at 5:57 AM PST - 50 comments

Blazecock Pileon says " I'm not playing your games. Own your comments. Take it to Metatalk if you don't like it. And that's the last I will hear from you, because you're going to be ignored." [more inside]
posted by three blind mice to Etiquette/Policy at 5:33 AM PST - 323 comments [closed]

any Mefites in Helsinki? [more inside]
posted by infini to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:50 AM PST - 9 comments

A September / October Seattle meetup perhaps? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:52 AM PST - 66 comments

September 23
Is MeFi getting less international? This is entirely based on subjective impressions but it seems like we’re seeing a lot less posts outside of regular US waking hours. Is this just something that happens every 4 years because of all the election posts?
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 10:45 AM PST - 130 comments

Pony request for AskMe RSS feed: Number of comments and/or indication that the original poster has marked a best answer. Possible?
posted by proj to Feature Requests at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

This MeFightclub thing ... sounds wonderful. But is it just for PC gamers, or can Xbox Live people play too?
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 5:48 AM PST - 38 comments

September 22
Please add an "ignore" feature to MeFi [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat to Feature Requests at 9:27 PM PST - 102 comments

Denver DeVotchKa Meetup?! [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Favorites bug-report? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime to Bugs at 3:23 PM PST - 18 comments

MetaFilter post updates that cannot be posted to the original thread should be posted to MetaFilter and abide by the New Post guidelines. MetaFilter post updates should not be posted to MetaTalk. MetaTalk...it's for site policy discussions, bug reports, and feature requests. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to Etiquette/Policy at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Star Simpson, the MIT student arrested in Boston Logan Airport for wearing a home-made light-up sweatshirt (and the subject of a Mefi post) has her first public interview one year later at BoingBoing. (Link is to transcript - MP4 video also available).
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul to MetaFilter-Related at 10:21 AM PST - 81 comments

September 21
I just noticed that the line about recent activity in metatalk says "X new links and Y new comments have been posted since your last visit"

Shouldn't it say something like 'posts' instead of 'links?'
posted by fingo to Feature Requests at 11:51 PM PST - 41 comments

Milestone alert: This deleted thread was #75000
posted by Bonzai to MetaFilter-Related at 10:23 PM PST - 32 comments

FPP update: FOUND, once lost, is found again. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaFilter-Related at 8:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Obama and abortion. [more inside]
posted by davar to Etiquette/Policy at 2:06 AM PST - 48 comments [closed]

September 20
The Veteren's case against John McCain post was deleted, and I can understand why, but... [more inside]
posted by matty to MetaFilter-Related at 7:03 PM PST - 35 comments

September 19
Bal'more meetup, hon? [more inside]
posted by Asherah to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:21 PM PST - 36 comments

IdleObservationFilter: In one hour this thread became the #1 Google hit for its subject. [more inside]
posted by GuyZero to MetaFilter-Related at 4:34 PM PST - 39 comments

Copied from a comment on AskMe: "TEH PORNZ IS SEEKRIT." Why didn't the commenter say "The porn is secret." Is this thought to be a funny way to write? (OK, make fun of me now.)
posted by JimN2TAW to Etiquette/Policy at 2:21 PM PST - 107 comments

I'm sure music.metafilter can come up with some great stuff for Jean Grae to record or to collaborate on. $800 is not that hard to amass from metafilter donations.
posted by jouke to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 AM PST - 106 comments

Stack Overflow's latest podcast features discussion of Metafilter and community moderation with Cortex. [Previously]
posted by togdon to MetaFilter-Related at 8:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Pony request: An individual favourite posts rss-feed? [more inside]
posted by kolophon to Feature Requests at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

September 18
I've been contemplating an Ask post for a while now, that deals with certain issues that I don't really want to appear in a search index... [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra to Feature Requests at 10:30 PM PST - 88 comments

CanadaElectionFilter: Can we sidebar one of these threads to prevent multiple threads from cluttering up the blue?
posted by angrybeaver to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM PST - 44 comments

September 17
Can we just get a "relationship FAQ" type thing so before people post relationship questions to AskMe they can go through a troubleshooting if/then structure when asking about relationships? [more inside]
posted by Eekacat to Feature Requests at 7:10 PM PST - 106 comments

Interesting to see delicious' users comments on MetaFilter. We're a new blog (as of 3 days ago)! A Home Improvement Blog! A POPULAR WEBSITE WHERE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT D@MN NEAR EVERYTHING! Also, "faux-intellectual liberal hipster I-listen-to-OK-Go-with-my-$180-"thrift-store"-jacket-on stuck-ups. Basically fark, but populated with folk who don't have as much of a sense of humor, but who are smarter or better educated." [more inside]
posted by desjardins to MetaFilter-Related at 11:17 AM PST - 55 comments

A hypothetical question prompts answers of varying violence against hypothetical dogs. Chatfilter? Useful analysis? Something in between? [more inside]
posted by kalessin to Etiquette/Policy at 10:58 AM PST - 88 comments

I'll be in LA between October 9 to 16 and I'd like to get together. I won't be free the 9th and 11th, but the other days up to the 15th are good.
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:44 AM PST - 48 comments

One of the most discouraging trends I see in Metafilter as a whole is this very widespread tendency for Mefites to focus to a fetishistic degree on bureaucratic policing rather than content. I don't think the tendency makes someone a bad person, nor do I claim I've been immune to it. But it's a variation of ... [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 AM PST - 110 comments [closed]

September 16
Regarding this post and this MeTa thread, a few facts for you. [more inside]
posted by plinth to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM PST - 151 comments

Recent Favorites appears to be broken, for me at least. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Paris Meetup, les amis? Ki a 1 plan teuf? [more inside]
posted by LMGM to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Warhammer Online: it calls to me. [more inside]
posted by waraw to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:53 PM PST - 14 comments

For God's sake, can we delete this moron post using two poorly written old articles to set up a point-counterpoint that is as trite as it is pointlessly inflammatory? I thought posting things just to forward one's own opinions and to stir up meaningless, hot-air controversy was against the guidelines.
posted by Electrius to Etiquette/Policy at 11:47 AM PST - 90 comments

New Mexico Meetup? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:55 AM PST - 18 comments

September 15
Please, please abort this offensive, trolling post that links primarily to two, year-old NYT articles and is basically an editorial for eugenics.
posted by serazin to Etiquette/Policy at 8:37 PM PST - 109 comments

Can we make the meet-up photos more prominent? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus to Feature Requests at 7:04 PM PST - 35 comments

Costal Texas MeFites, how are you? [more inside]
posted by sadiehawkinstein to MetaFilter-Related at 1:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Pony: How about adding any thread that you post to your Recent Activity, rather than requiring you to comment in it?
posted by Pope Guilty to Feature Requests at 11:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Jessamyn's Bike Took A Picture and I'm a little jealous. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear to MetaFilter-Related at 9:53 AM PST - 51 comments

Columbus, Ohio meetup? [more inside]
posted by lohmannn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:46 AM PST - 32 comments

Could we add "already in the question" or something similar to the flagging options for AskMe? [more inside]
posted by jammy to Feature Requests at 4:54 AM PST - 33 comments

September 14
I just wanted to say what a wonderful memorial the David Foster Wallace obit thread has become. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman to MetaFilter-Related at 8:07 PM PST - 45 comments

Must we have questions like this? It comes across as "We're all smart grownups here, and, of course, all smart grownups know that Bush SUCKS! Help me convince my poor, stupid, brainwashed friend that I'm right, which we all know I am." [more inside]
posted by Autarky to Etiquette/Policy at 7:25 PM PST - 33 comments

Did you know there's a Mefites for Obama group? [more inside]
posted by one_bean to MetaFilter-Related at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments


A crucial piece of Mefi social commentary has disappeared. Will it ever be seen again? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaFilter-Related at 5:48 PM PST - 27 comments

I just noticed in the bitone post that the björk tag breaks, getting a 403 error (The bjork tag is fine). IIRC theres already some handling for special characters, possibly it should also replace accented characters?
posted by Artw to Bugs at 3:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Is linking to email harvester sites okay? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Etiquette/Policy at 2:21 PM PST - 22 comments

An unfounded rumor about Carl Jung is now on the front page of Google, thanks to Ask Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:50 PM PST - 39 comments

Pony request: Can we please, please, please, do something to ease the burden of the Palin thread? People obviously want to talk about it and it's become sort of a default election thread. It's got to be killing the servers as well as everyone's browsers. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 to Feature Requests at 12:05 PM PST - 22 comments

September 13
Where did this come from???
    mount their female friends and some how continue to think they can commence with the mounting
    they should be at least decent enough to hit us off with a booty call every now and then, you know, as a thanks for the friendship
    bumping uglies, dropping trow and little debbie snake cakes
[more inside]
posted by hadjiboy to Etiquette/Policy at 10:20 PM PST - 159 comments

iPony Request: Favorites and comment posting for mobile.metafilter.com. [more inside]
posted by JDHarper to Feature Requests at 2:20 PM PST - 22 comments

How about an Israel meetup? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

September 12
Do Mefites play Metal Gear Online? [more inside]
posted by grobstein to MetaFilter-Related at 5:42 PM PST - 10 comments

A follow up to this little post I made a few years ago about a fellow that was attempting to walk every street and lane of his surroundings. His passing has given me pause to reflect on the idea of community and how posting events from the local to the global bring us closer together. I want to say thank you to mathowie for providing us with this forum for sharing these often unheard stories.
posted by tellurian to MetaFilter-Related at 6:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Interested in how to respond to a comment like this one. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee to Etiquette/Policy at 4:36 AM PST - 49 comments

September 11
How is the question of Jeff Koons' validity as an artist, called into question by his departure from his financial worker past, anything other than chatfilter?
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 5:03 PM PST - 32 comments

Well, hell. Ike looks like it's going to be bad one. If any MeFites in the Houston/Galveston area find gas and find their way up I-45, we have a guest bed and a couch to spare if you need to crash for a few. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones to MetaFilter-Related at 4:37 PM PST - 35 comments

In the abandoned baby thread someone made a joke about dead babies. Then someone complained about it. So the new rule is, dead baby jokes are a bad thing on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to Etiquette/Policy at 3:19 PM PST - 228 comments

To all the people who have suggested Hendrick's gin with cucumber - thank you. It really is amazing. [more inside]
posted by plexi to MetaFilter-Related at 2:19 PM PST - 42 comments

Any interest in a Buenos Aires meetup? We can try to break the last record of three attendees!
posted by conifer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

My mobile browser (LG Voyager) shows a URL Errors whenever I try to select a "more inside", "x comments", or "x answers" link. So there's no way to read anything that's not visible on the main pages. [more inside]
posted by kidbritish to Bugs at 8:32 AM PST - 13 comments

September 10
How to respond to pushy barstards [more inside]
posted by mcbeth to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 PM PST - 121 comments

Which topics is AskMetafilter best at answering? I'm not referring to specific questions for which you've received the most helpful response; rather I'm wondering if people find that (for example) computer hardware questions receive more accurate and helpful answers than medical questions, or that AskMe is particularly bad at answering another type of question. [more inside]
posted by desjardins to MetaFilter-Related at 8:00 AM PST - 64 comments

September 9
OK, can someone help the Norwegian impaired understand this post and the reason for its deletion? I'm afraid Google translator renders its usual mystery.
posted by Neiltupper to MetaFilter-Related at 10:06 PM PST - 87 comments

Meet up in Charlotte, NC? [more inside]
posted by All.star to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:18 AM PST - 26 comments

September 8
Anyone interested in an Athens, GA meetup?
posted by PueExMachina to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Spore is out and I'd love to add MeFi creatures to my universe. Please post your Spore username here.
posted by jragon to MetaFilter-Related at 6:59 AM PST - 78 comments

September 7

Please join me in flagging all comments with nothing to add but "QFT" as noise.
posted by vira to Etiquette/Policy at 2:58 AM PST - 18 comments [closed]

September 6
Innocuous, yet predictable.
posted by dhartung to MetaFilter-Related at 10:19 PM PST - 2014 comments

I'll be in Missoula Montana in the next few days, and I'm interested in organizing a Metafilter Meetup. So far, we appear to have TWO, count 'em TWO participants, so the plan so far is to meet at the Butterfly Herb at 8:00 AM Monday September 8. Yes, that's anti meridian...
posted by Tube to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Jessamyn linked by Michelle Malkin. Congratulations may not be in order, but it's interesting how fast this spread. [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern to MetaFilter-Related at 9:23 AM PST - 98 comments

The side-discussion about Macs here has made me curious about the % of mac users here as indicated by the mefi.com server logs. Can I get some user agent statistics?
posted by troy to MetaFilter-Related at 9:21 AM PST - 75 comments

September 5
Can we get Plurk added to list of Social Apps? Please?
posted by goshling to Feature Requests at 4:15 PM PST - 32 comments

MeFite John Scalzi is up for best blog by an author at My Friend Amy. Go vote!
posted by francesca too to MetaFilter-Related at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]

It's the AskMe answer that will never die... [more inside]
posted by benzo8 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 AM PST - 62 comments

You know, there's been fiction about Mefi post-apocalypse. But if you look at this thread and at the 9/11 thread, it'd be 180° from what's been (jokingly) suggested: man, do we pull together. (I see visions of us geographically gathering together post-apocalypse and being the only functioning society on the planet ... ) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 AM PST - 39 comments

This comment in an AskMe thread posted by a gay veteran wanting suggestions for how to convince his military friends of the importance of considering gay issues in the coming election may not break the guidelines, but it's incredibly wrong-headed and I wanted to take issue with it here.
posted by orange swan to Etiquette/Policy at 7:45 AM PST - 84 comments

Sidebar request - grumblebee on finding your passion [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave to MetaFilter-Related at 2:30 AM PST - 8 comments

September 4
Dear Askme, "Hi, my boyfriend set up a secret website and recruited all of my friends to participate in it without my knowledge. Should I seriously DTMFA for that?" Shit, I hope not! Oh! and Happy Birthday, Jessamyn! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 PM PST - 117 comments

Is it desirable for AskMe to become a surrogate form of PoliticalFilter? [more inside]
posted by Class Goat to Etiquette/Policy at 1:57 PM PST - 35 comments

Time for another Portland, Maine meetup? [more inside]
posted by mbatch to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Another AskMe-related shady-answer call out. [more inside]
posted by Grither to Etiquette/Policy at 9:45 AM PST - 11 comments [closed]

September 3
Something weird is going on with the Sarah Palin thread and "Recent Activity" [more inside]
posted by empath to Bugs at 7:13 PM PST - 142 comments

This post is distinctly spammy. The pleasure of answering questions and helping people in AskMeFi is the reward, not offers of free stuff.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul to Etiquette/Policy at 4:03 PM PST - 38 comments

Pinball!! Pinball!! Pinball!! Open to anyone willing to drive to scenic Earlington, PA. We got the place and the activity; now we need the date. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:56 AM PST - 68 comments

September 2
Pony situation report request. [more inside]
posted by djgh to Feature Requests at 2:44 PM PST - 49 comments

September 1
Metafilter's Amazon.com Affiliate code url... [more inside]
posted by jca to Feature Requests at 5:39 PM PST - 46 comments

What was wrong with my post? [more inside]
posted by dinger to Etiquette/Policy at 2:28 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]

It's an interesting story in its own right. Its surface correspondence to the Palin rumors makes for a a good 'hook', which I used, but I don't think that makes the possible solving of a 260-year old mystery less interesting or worth reading about. The coincidence is amusing, but the post doesn't rest on that, and if anything it makes the post more fun. And it certainly doesn't belong in the existing Palin thread. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality to Etiquette/Policy at 2:18 PM PST - 71 comments

Would anyone in Austin / Waco be interested in a meetup during September? I don't know a good venue to suggest because I'm new to Central Texas, and new to MetaFilter for that matter, so I've got a lot to learn. I'd enjoy discovering cool places to hang out and meeting new people. Thanks in advance.
posted by woodway to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:27 AM PST - 50 comments

Re: the Bristol Palin pregnancy thread being deleted - uh, the other post in which it is being "discussed" is sort of inaccessible. [more inside]
posted by billysumday to MetaFilter-Related at 11:04 AM PST - 106 comments

Yeah, really. It's topical (during a very political time, where such issues are being widely discussed), interesting, well-written, and had never been posted before. I honestly don't see the problem. Or is NewsFilter the rule? Does the date on this really matter?
posted by Kickstart70 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:25 AM PST - 24 comments