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Are we counting favorites the right way?

On our user pages, the two numbers tracked for favorites count different things. The first one is a count of how many individual comments I have favorited. The second number is a count of how many times everyone has favorited a comment of mine. The description of that second number, "Favorited by others," is sort of misleading, I think, because it doesn't count individual comments the way the first number does.
posted by emelenjr on Oct 5 at 6:55 PM - 40 comments

spinoff sites

What are the unoffical spinoff sites? There's MetaChat - "an informal place for MeFites to touch base and post, discuss and chatter about topics that may not belong on MetaFilter." MonkeyFilter, GameFilter - "A good post to Gamefilter is a link or set of links to something that is related to gaming, gamers, or gaming culture." and MeFightClub - " started way back in ye olde 2007 as an offshoot community of Metafilter (a site where members are collectively known as 'Mefites', and that's how we get to 'Mefight' Club), dedicated to having a safe, groovy place to hang out together and play and talk about the games we love." Are there others?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 2 at 4:16 PM - 40 comments

How should you tag posts?

I’ve made many posts, and given them lots of tags. Often, I’ve often gotten very specific with them - adding all of the names of the authors of news articles, etc. Lately, as I’ve tried to search for buried threads, I’ve become uncertain that getting so specific has been particularly useful. (Someone looking for a post isn’t likely to remember that it contained a particular news article written by person X as opposed to the article’s topic.) What are your best practices for tagging posts, and your best practices for searching for tagged posts?
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 3 at 9:13 PM - 30 comments

Webcomic with a "lead ballon" of a story going into deep crevasse

There was a webcomic linked to on the blue (I think - maybe a FPP in the past month or so) that featured two guys talking about story/comic writing. The gist was that the one guy was telling the comic author that his stories were too dark, and that they should "lift people up" or something.
posted by pantarei70 on Oct 9 at 8:17 AM - 4 comments

120: Hard Out There For A Nerd

Coming down the pipe a little late because summer scheduling is complicated, Jessamyn and I catch up on MetaFilter, MeFites getting married, MeFites going camping, MeFites arguing about stuff, and all the other things the doldrums of August bring with. This episode is about an hour and forty minutes and covers August 4th through September 7th.
posted by cortex on Sep 7 at 3:38 PM - 51 comments

British or personality disorder?

Reading the answers to this question I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed that the nation of 60 odd-million people that I belong to has been reduced to a bit of a caricature here. Metafilter normally does very well at avoiding stereotypical depictions of different nationalities and/or minorities of many kinds, so I'm curious as to why this rather broad brush approach to the British has been allowed to stand without comment or intervention.
posted by Chairboy on Oct 3 at 9:35 AM - 87 comments

What was that British candy bar someone mentioned in a comment?

Somewhere recently in the green or the blue, towards the end of the comments somebody posted a link to an old advert on YouTube, for an English candy bar.
posted by Rash on Sep 29 at 2:34 PM - 29 comments

In celebration of mefi connections

I'd like to declare September 28th Reach Out to a New Mefite day.
posted by ActionPopulated on Sep 28 at 8:19 PM - 27 comments

119: We're Very Helpful You're Here

Jessamyn and I take a break from house guests and election madness, respectively, to chatter about great stuff on MetaFilter from July 2nd through August 4th. We also take a super quick guided meditation break in the middle! We both ate our figurative Wheaties; this episode comes in at a fulsome hour and fifty-two-ish minutes.
posted by cortex on Aug 4 at 4:41 PM - 25 comments

Humiliation: MetaFilter Edition

There's currently a discussion on the blue about not reading. In the article linked, Professor Amy Hungerford references David Lodge's book Changing Places in which a professor invents a literary game called Humiliation in which players confess to embarrassing gaps in their reading. Was wanting to know what some of these gaps might be for my fellow MeFites.
posted by Fizz on Sep 13 at 4:55 PM - 364 comments

Why doesn't MetaFilter use SSL by default for everyone?

It's opt-in for members, but why not use it by default for everyone?
posted by gorcha on Sep 16 at 11:12 AM - 52 comments

Were you the nearly megafamous MeFite?

Refound an anecdotal comment from OverlappingElvis on how he was once in a band with people who became Walk the Moon. If it's not too painful/regretful for people to say (or, maybe it'll help and bring closure?), have you been in a situation, group, job, team, project, garage band, whatever, and some or all of the others went on to great glory - but yourself, less so? (This may by definition exclude MeFites who are actually megafamous but if they have any great relevant anecdotes would love to hear them anyway)
posted by Wordshore on Aug 27 at 3:10 PM - 193 comments

Happy Fun September

As [northern hemisphere] summer winds down, [other people's] kids are back in school and [US] politics ramp up, I would like to suggest more happy and/or fun posts in September. More cats and kittens! More puppies and dogs! If you find spiders to be cute and/or amazing, post some! Whatever strikes your fancy, share it!
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30 at 9:09 AM - 103 comments

Any chance of resurrecting this favorites pony request?

After a long day of reading the site on mobile while waiting for stuff, the request here to add a "Favorite this post" link to the "Who favorited this post" page (the one that comes up when you click the link with the number of people who favorited the post) made a lot of sense to me.
posted by limeonaire on Sep 15 at 11:10 AM - 42 comments

Lynchian PC Game

I've been looking in the Metafilter archives for a post about a free downloadable PC game. It had a retro side scroller design that was heavy into atmosphere and dream logic with a kind of a Soviet Russia look to it. It only had a number for a title (about four to six digits long) and the protagonist wasn't human (toaster? sandwich? yeah, that kind of odd). I'm pretty sure this was before I joined Metafilter in 2013 because otherwise I would have it favorited, and all my searches have all come up empty. Anyone remember it?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 6 at 11:07 AM - 14 comments

Happy birthday to the First Librarian!

Our Jessamyn was one of the first blogging librarians; in fact, I think she started her blog back when the term was "web log." A free speech advocate, author, computer literacy practicioner and pretty good pool player, Jessamyn has helped set the tone for the way Metatalk and AskMetafilter have evolved and we have been very lucky to have her input on tons of questions over the years. Happy birthday, Jessamyn! ♥
posted by Lynsey on Sep 5 at 9:19 AM - 48 comments

Can you help me find an article about a fine art scandal?

This article was previously posted to Metafilter, I believe within the last year. It was a long story about a man who worked as a fine art shipper who moved up in the ranks to become an art dealer.
posted by turtlebackriding on Sep 15 at 10:53 AM - 7 comments

Zen and the Art of Moderation

Does a write-up exist of the MetaFilter philosophy of moderation?
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Sep 7 at 8:46 AM - 80 comments

I was promised Happy Fun September

I do not like having ableist slurs on the front page of Metafilter.
posted by hydropsyche on Sep 6 at 3:36 PM - 503 comments

Mazel Tov!

Yesterday, MeFi's Own chrismear and greenish got married! Huzzah! Shadchen Jessamyn officiated. Songs were sung. The minister's RV was pushed out of the moor, if you catch my drift.
posted by not_on_display on Aug 28 at 10:18 PM - 61 comments

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