September 2009 Archives (all archives)

September 30
When did making fun of someone's name become OK for Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by explosion to Etiquette/Policy at 10:05 AM PST - 439 comments

September 29
"Jason Derulo had my permission." With that statement on Twitter, Imogen Heap settles the controversy over Jason Derulo's sampling of her song "Hide and Seek" in his song "Watcha Say," which was the subject of this post on the blue. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh to MetaFilter-Related at 6:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Isn't it about time we had another London meetup? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:18 PM PST - 44 comments

When did "shop" get added to the top menu?
posted by blue_beetle to MetaFilter-Related at 12:36 PM PST - 38 comments

Metafilter's comments are better than Youtube's. Now with graphs. [more inside]
posted by fightorflight to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 AM PST - 56 comments

September 28
Is it me, or has MeFi been infected with "honey" recently? It seems as though in the past week or so, every thread I go into has someone referring to another poster as "honey" or "hon" -- a term that I find startlingly condescending (with overtones of ageism and sexism, to boot). [more inside]
posted by obliquicity to Etiquette/Policy at 10:33 PM PST - 315 comments

It's time for yet another Metafilter quiz! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaFilter-Related at 6:23 PM PST - 113 comments

hmmmm... why is this here, and what does it mean that there are NO comments? I saw this post earlier today, checked the link, and, frankly, had a "what the heck moment", I couldn't think of a single comment about that movie that made any sense...and, then, I wondered what would happen to this post, it just felt, well, odd in some way. I got busy and never got back to it until now (7 hours or so later), and it STILL has no comments. How often does it happen that a post garners NO comments, yet remains on the site? Because we can't or won't discuss it, does it necessarily make it a bad post, or unfit, in some way, for MetaFilter? Just curious....
posted by HuronBob to MetaFilter-Related at 2:07 PM PST - 71 comments

Improving tagging in a poorly tagged post. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky to Feature Requests at 10:00 AM PST - 23 comments

Some of the comments in this thread are completely offensive and... [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog to Etiquette/Policy at 7:27 AM PST - 96 comments

I don't understand how to make a good FPP. [more inside]
posted by jefficator to MetaFilter-Related at 6:59 AM PST - 66 comments

Since yesterday, I haven't been seeing the comment count in the RSS feeds anymore. I've tried in the main metafilter feed and in the popular posts feed. Is it a bug, an oversight, a suppressed pony? Is it just me? Thanks for listening.
posted by Baldons to Bugs at 4:44 AM PST - 4 comments

September 27
Whatever happened to the "Timed Editing" feature allowing corrections on comments/posts for 3 minutes after posting (pre-announced and tested here in December 2008)? Was it officially canceled, filed and forgotten, or implemented but Wendell's too stupid to figure out how to use it?
posted by wendell to Feature Requests at 6:13 PM PST - 219 comments

Yet-Another-Mefi-Mail-Pony: "Mark as Read" button in e-mail notification. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk to Feature Requests at 10:41 AM PST - 19 comments

So Matthias Rascher has posted an FPP regarding Walter Moers cartoons about Hitler. Some of the comments in the discussion have already gone meta, so I thought I'd bring that bit to the grey and spare the conversation there. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne to Etiquette/Policy at 8:51 AM PST - 29 comments

September 26
Lukas Mathis is asking people to 'rate the quality of some comments from popular websites'

The majority of them are from recent metafilter threads — I've only seen a bit of youtubery.
posted by blasdelf to MetaFilter-Related at 3:57 PM PST - 133 comments

September 25
This is the official cortex Tours America Salt Lake City meetup thread. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:29 PM PST - 20 comments

This was our first in-room recording of all three of us, sitting in jessamyn's house in Vermont. It was recorded on September 14th right before this meetup and runs about 25 minutes. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 2:00 PM PST - 51 comments

Sidebar nomination: Author of Salmon fMRI paper (MeFi's own prefrontal) pops in to MetaFilter thread to answer questions. Awesome!
posted by grapefruitmoon to MetaFilter-Related at 12:34 PM PST - 13 comments


I, for one, would welcome a Metafilter reader widget for the Android phone. [more inside]
posted by mippy to MetaFilter-Related at 7:42 AM PST - 18 comments

September 24
There was a recent post of a video where a guy slides down the side of a hill, launches off a ramp & lands in a pool. I'm usually pretty good at this but my search-fu is failing me & I can't find it. Help?
posted by scalefree to MetaFilter-Related at 10:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Anybody doing Hub On Wheels in Boston this weekend? Want to ride together for a while? [more inside]
posted by nowoutside to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:45 AM PST - 5 comments

September 23
Recap on MeFi Toronto meetup details: This Friday the 25th at 7:30 at Murphy’s Law at Queen and Kingston Rd. [more inside]
posted by joeclark to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:53 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm wondering if we should add a "History" category to Ask Me? I posted this today, and was surprised to find that we don't have this category choice. I wavered between "Grab Bag" and "Society and Culture" and finally went with the latter, though my impression of that category is that it's meant to address quite different, mostly contemporary questions... and checking past questions seems to affirm that it's not a great fit, though probably the best we have. [more inside]
posted by taz to Feature Requests at 6:05 AM PST - 67 comments

September 22
I can see the favorites this comment has, and it shows up in my side bar because it was made by a contact, but the comment has been deleted.
posted by idiopath to Bugs at 4:53 PM PST - 33 comments

This can be the thread for talking about hot babe whistleblowers; alternately, it can be the thread asking the people talking about hot babe whistleblowers to focus more on the whistleblowing aspect. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme to Etiquette/Policy at 2:43 PM PST - 609 comments

Bug report: Flagging in Google Chrome [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla to Bugs at 1:17 AM PST - 13 comments

September 21
A bug in Projects: clicking on the usernames in someone's vote history leads to a 404 every time.
posted by Paragon to Bugs at 3:33 PM PST - 28 comments

Why are (SLYT) (SLnYT) (MLYT) MLnYT) etc. around? [more inside]
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist to Etiquette/Policy at 11:23 AM PST - 113 comments

It's been nearly a year since the U.S. elections and MetaFilter still can't shut up about Sarah Palin and her circle. Can we please move on to more interesting material, like the best of the web or something of that nature? Seriously, people. This is getting really embarassing.
posted by jason's_planet to MetaFilter-Related at 10:21 AM PST - 189 comments

Not even October yet and we have had four posts asking for Halloween costume ideas. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie to Etiquette/Policy at 6:34 AM PST - 84 comments

Is anyone else going to be at Austin City Limits October 2-4? Is it possible to have an inside-the-park meetup? [more inside]
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:17 AM PST - 50 comments

Talking about Russia? Perhaps you would also like to find yourself a nice Russian bride? Google ads show some real class in this thread (about Russian nuclear arms). More inside. [more inside]
posted by Termite to Etiquette/Policy at 5:18 AM PST - 55 comments

September 20
In this thread about Antony Gormley's One and Other art project in Trafalgar Square this summer, Mr Mustard said that he would post to Mefi from the plinth if picked. As I'm appearing on there tomorrow (Mon 21st) I feel honour-bound to do just that. Possible mini-meetup... [more inside]
posted by i_cola to MetaFilter-Related at 6:59 AM PST - 50 comments

September 19
"I'm a delicate snowflake" filter/callout: [more inside]
posted by gjc to Etiquette/Policy at 7:24 AM PST - 163 comments

It's late and maybe I'm not thinking this one through enough but all of a sudden ask.metafilter.com redirects an ip that seems to be owned by opendns hosting a page that looks an awful lot like the google homepage: PING metafilter.com (174.132.172.58): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 174.132.172.58: icmp_seq=0 ttl=111 time=81.331 ms
PING metafilter.com (208.69.36.231): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 208.69.36.231: icmp_seq=0 ttl=54 time=71.790 ms
Is this just me going crazy behind my gritty contacts or has anyone else had this problem tonight?
posted by mce to Bugs at 12:48 AM PST - 34 comments

September 18
Idea: the Metafilter link-checker. Take the part of the 'new post' process that double-checks against prior posts, add the part of Mefi that conjures up the related posts, put a link to the feature up on the two lines of links near the logo. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to Feature Requests at 8:59 PM PST - 42 comments

So long, and thanks for all the fishpants. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher to MetaFilter-Related at 10:54 AM PST - 134 comments

Why does MetaFilter hate hipsters? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu to Etiquette/Policy at 10:14 AM PST - 288 comments

Football Pick' Em, anyone? [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 9:35 AM PST - 24 comments

September 17
Proper "favorite" usage? [more inside]
posted by alona to MetaFilter-Related at 2:58 PM PST - 167 comments

Meetup, Euro-style? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Metafilter Team members on Kiva.org committed their 5,000th dollar this week to great projects all over the world. Commit to the common good and get paid back with compassion!
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 9:36 AM PST - 117 comments

Probably unlikely feature request. I'd like to be able to flag myself. With a flag. [more inside]
posted by kmennie to Feature Requests at 5:54 AM PST - 123 comments

September 16
Can someone point me toward the song featured on the 2007 "ColdChef goes six feet under" podcast? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan to MetaFilter-Related at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Meeting metafilter - cortex sees AMERICA ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity to Feature Requests at 3:43 PM PST - 72 comments

This is not a call-out as such, but I am tired of seeing FPPs linked to articles from the UK's Daily Mail website and would like to see it stop. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago to Etiquette/Policy at 2:39 PM PST - 146 comments

The first time the expression "on the blue" was used as a euphemism for appearing on the front page of MetaFilter was coined by turaho fittingly when Nina Simone died.
posted by wcfields to MetaFilter-Related at 10:36 AM PST - 61 comments

So it turns out if they close your AskMeFi after 3 minutes, they take your week from you. If anyone is interested. [more inside]
posted by jfrancis to Etiquette/Policy at 9:33 AM PST - 58 comments [closed]

FYI: Metafilter got a shout-out in the September print edition of Outside Magazine re: the NY Times Photoshoppery. Article is online as well. [more inside]
posted by smackfu to MetaFilter-Related at 8:57 AM PST - 47 comments

September 15
RelationshipFilter: Followup to AskMe post here; related MetaTalk post here. [more inside]
posted by Sock!Puppet! to MetaFilter-Related at 7:49 PM PST - 27 comments


September 14
South Bay Meet-up anyone? [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:29 PM PST - 32 comments

At this point, there are more complaints about the one-link obit to Patrick Swayze in the thread than there are about Swayze himself. If none of you who are whining want to make a better post, how's about whining over here, where such things belong.
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 6:14 PM PST - 113 comments

I can't post a comment to Projects. OSX 10.5.7 Safari 4.0.1 and Firefox 2.0.0.14. The comment previews okay but after hitting post it returns an empty text input box and no comment is posted.
posted by tellurian to Bugs at 5:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Did we really need to delete this FPP just because various defenders of MeFis indie street cred shat in this thread and presumably flagged it a lot? That's kind of a shame, because other people were enjoying it.
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 9:30 AM PST - 340 comments

(Mobile) pony requests: 1. It'd be nice if commenting was enabled from the mobile site. 2. How about a "load more" link on the section pages so that we can get to older posts more easily. 3. This is a bit more pie in the sky, but it would be great if internal links were rewritten to point to the mobile equivalent. I know the mobile site is a bit of a ghetto in terms of attention, but it really is a fantastic way to get my fix.
posted by ChrisR to Feature Requests at 6:56 AM PST - 25 comments

September 13
Why doesn't the Metafilter support inline youtube video embedding on anything other than the blue? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey to Feature Requests at 9:06 PM PST - 16 comments

"Sponsored by Ask Metafilter. Thousands of Life's Little Questions, Answered. Online at ask.metafilter.com." So, how long has AskMe been sponsoring The Sound of Young America? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 3:05 PM PST - 68 comments

A minor pony: on the search results page, can the number of comments for each post be included in the "posted by" line, the same way it is on the main page? [more inside]
posted by oulipian to Feature Requests at 7:32 AM PST - 7 comments

September 12
Let me know if this is the wrong forum, but in this AskMeFi thread the OP apparently executed a script someone wrote him. Judging from one of this follow-up comments, he had no knowledge of Windows batch files. I'm a little disturbed. Am I paranoid?
posted by d. z. wang to Etiquette/Policy at 10:06 PM PST - 35 comments

September 11
Matt Haghey guest blogs, subject Cyclocross. Read all about it. Well done, Matt.
posted by fixedgear to MetaFilter-Related at 3:43 PM PST - 27 comments

Two little flag ponies: after flagging a post or comment, can the text be elaborated beyond [Flagged], maybe [Flagged as Fantastic/ Noise/ Derail/ Etc]? I worry about mis-flagging items. Also, I often forget what I've flagged in the past, can we have personal, private histories of flags? Or are profiles either viewable to the public or MeFites, w/o options for personal views?
posted by filthy light thief to Feature Requests at 2:52 PM PST - 77 comments

A little something for the old-timers: MetaFilter made a brief appearance alongside beloved sister site Fark on a recent Know Your Meme regarding its participation in 2003's Bubb Rubb craze. We were so young.
posted by gerryblog to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM PST - 72 comments

When, if ever, is it appropriate to bring up someone's past posts or comments? Does the etiquette vary by subsite (green/blue/gray)? This isn't a callout; I just haven't seen it discussed here.
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 8:10 AM PST - 80 comments

Where's the Sept 11, 2001 live thread? MeFiFu failing me. It remains probably the best thing on the web about the event.
posted by nax to MetaFilter-Related at 6:13 AM PST - 96 comments

September 10
How do the admins determine that a fpp is a self-link? [more inside]
posted by kylej to MetaFilter-Related at 6:22 PM PST - 78 comments

I tag chatty questions and they almost always get deleted. Sometimes, though, I think a question is chatty but it doesn't. That's fine of course - I might just be wrong. [more inside]
posted by fritley to Etiquette/Policy at 5:38 PM PST - 81 comments

New* to the Houston area, and I want to meet you, Houston MeFites! [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Hey meetup fans, we have a new iCalendar Meetups Subscription location. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

September 9
this is just to say that I thought the deletion of this post was on the whole spot on about the quality of the post, but i still think that the discussion/thread that was generated from the post perhaps was good enough to outshine the fact that the post lacks the due diligence of a metafilter front page post. [more inside]
posted by localhuman to MetaFilter-Related at 10:14 PM PST - 46 comments

Hey, NYC: let's meetup on Saturday, October 3rd, to celebrate visits from essexjan and Danf. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:31 PM PST - 41 comments

As promised: the First Annual Chicago Cortex Convergence, October 2nd and 3rd. Mark it on your calendars, kids. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:40 AM PST - 215 comments

Can't comment from Opera Mini on a Blackberry. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool to Bugs at 10:13 AM PST - 39 comments

Whatever happened to occhiblu? [more inside]
posted by semacd to MetaFilter-Related at 10:01 AM PST - 60 comments

This is a good post and subsequent discussion in many ways; but it seems to be a pretty clear violation of the self-linking prohibition in the FAQ: "It's against the rules to link to ... a site that you host or contribute to substantially".

Maybe it's a different Chris Hall though?

(penguinliz pointed all this out in the thread.)
posted by ericost to Etiquette/Policy at 8:25 AM PST - 41 comments

September 8
tl;dr shirts are back in stock, including more 2X and 3X sizes than before. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:25 PM PST - 64 comments

They Can Kill Me But They Cannot Eat Me: PDX 10.2 this Saturday, It is Happening. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:36 AM PST - 63 comments

September 7
The faq says there are greasemonkey scripts that try to track deleted comments. Is there anything working? I couldn't find anything following the link. The deletions here are so regular it's like using the internet from China.
posted by peter_meta_kbd to Feature Requests at 9:27 PM PST - 391 comments

A while ago I did a post on group Where-The-Wild-Things-Are tribute blog Terrible Yellow Eyes. They're now having an exhibition for those lucky enough to live in LA, should you want to see some of the great artworks in person. I have no idea if any are for sale, I suspect not what with copyrights etc.
posted by smoke to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I put in a formal request to schedule the Toronto meetup? [more inside]
posted by setanor to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:41 AM PST - 73 comments

Incorrect order of events in post about outing a U.S. politician [more inside]
posted by joeclark to MetaFilter-Related at 10:11 AM PST - 44 comments

September 6
The ▼●B≠0 thread is generating a timecube-esque Google-ad that is selling a Perpetual Motion Machine. I'm guessing Metafilter would rather not be involved in violating the first law of thermodynamics. [more inside]
posted by jsonic to Etiquette/Policy at 9:42 PM PST - 58 comments

Austin Meet-up at flying saucer? [more inside]
posted by djduckie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:01 PM PST - 51 comments

slappy_pinchbottom asks for intergalactic hip hop. Gets some great suggestions. Revisits the thread a couple weeks later to post the resulting mix. Kudos!
posted by googly to MetaFilter-Related at 7:33 PM PST - 11 comments

deleted post Two things? Explicit and transparent on the front page and on the inside, or so I thought. What's the second thing? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello to MetaFilter-Related at 5:18 PM PST - 35 comments [closed]

What is the typical (is there such a thing?) MetaFilter gestation period? [more inside]
posted by Drasher to MetaFilter-Related at 3:10 PM PST - 86 comments

Cortex & brother, Baltimore, Sept 19? [more inside]
posted by advil to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:10 AM PST - 32 comments

September 5
Martha's Vineyard mefites, do you like beer? [more inside]
posted by vrakatar to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:49 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm calling out deanc and kldickson and anyone else who is trying to justify discounting everyone in a so-called "conservative area" simply because the place in which people live is not part of one of the major coastal urban zones which liberals are convinced are their sole bastion within the United States. [more inside]
posted by hippybear to Etiquette/Policy at 5:01 PM PST - 354 comments

Punch 'Em In The Dick video finally completed! [more inside]
posted by mediocre to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM PST - 88 comments

Birmingham, AL: Let's watch some baseball and call it a meetup. [more inside]
posted by wearyaswater to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:22 AM PST - 15 comments

September 4
The description on today's Woot deal looks uncannily familiar.
posted by malthas to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 PM PST - 85 comments

A collaborative serenade for our beloved moderatrix on her birthday.
posted by Horace Rumpole to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 PM PST - 75 comments

Update: Roger Ebert's blog post about Ben Stein's Expelled (6MB HTML), talked about here, had so many comments the software wouldn't allow any more.
posted by kmz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:48 AM PST - 76 comments

Newfoundlanders, let's have the most easterly MeFi meetup in North America! [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Hamilton, ON: let's have a meetup! [more inside]
posted by gursky to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:34 AM PST - 44 comments

September 3
Just wanted to highlight Lore Sjöberg's Mathowie-ing of Weird Al Yankovic's "Charles Nelson Reilly", which then inspired wendell's rewrite of the lyrics. Both fairly amusing and almost lost in the shuffle, I think.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Going to Mark Farina tonight in Vancouver. Anyone else going? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Christianity: Deprogramming Help? [more inside]
posted by Atreides to Etiquette/Policy at 3:32 PM PST - 213 comments

This is a thank-you callout for the AskMechanics - Jon-o and Brockles. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling to MetaFilter-Related at 1:49 PM PST - 29 comments

Considering the recent discussions about bikes and cars, and MeFi's previous investigative work, is this something that we could get the Great MeFi Detective Squad on? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb to MetaFilter-Related at 1:06 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

I'm sorry, but did someone just post that Gypsies are raised as criminals and have no moral values? Not just a literary allusion to lower-class itinerants, he calls out the Romani by name - the same Romani slaughtered by the million by the Third Reich for being a race of evil criminals. And it gets ten favorites? Really? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy to Etiquette/Policy at 8:34 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]

"Gypsy values"? "Morals of gypsys"? "Classic Romani strategies"? What the fuck paulsc?
posted by aspo to Etiquette/Policy at 8:33 AM PST - 515 comments

A reminder: @newpeople, using @username as a form of reply is discouraged on @MetaFilter. This isn't @twitter. [more inside]
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist to Etiquette/Policy at 8:14 AM PST - 139 comments

Just curious... why are the "Meta" and "Filter," "Meta" and "Talk," and etc. identifiers at the top left of each page discrete clickable elements instead of one clickable element comprising the entire compound word?
posted by Shepherd to MetaFilter-Related at 8:12 AM PST - 34 comments

September 2
Las Vegas. September 23rd. Night time. You. Me. Cortex. Let's do this thing. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:43 PM PST - 37 comments

Anybody in Tokyo free to meet up on September 19th? [more inside]
posted by that girl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Can we just get off glenn beck please [more inside]
posted by boo_radley to Etiquette/Policy at 1:36 PM PST - 225 comments

Saturday, October 24th: Silver Spring Zombie Walk (MD/DC/VA). Anyone down? [more inside]
posted by zennie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:39 AM PST - 8 comments

September 1
Sydney meetup sometime between 24-27th of September? [more inside]
posted by goshling to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:11 PM PST - 8 comments

I know that dreaming about MeFi has been covered again and again on the Gray, but I have a slightly different purpose for this post: apologizing for my bad behavior in the Dreamtime. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack to MetaFilter-Related at 1:05 PM PST - 170 comments