Has anyone else noticed the weird attention that this AskMe about a small liberal arts college in Iowa
I get that everyone is welcome to pay their $5 to sign up and say their piece, but it smells a little like astroturf to me.
comment posted at 7:12 PM on Dec-2-13
Assuming an AskMe poster does not explicitly request that advice or information be delivered in a specific way (e.g. "I need some tough love right now", "explain this to me like I'm five"), what prompts you to respond to an AskMe in a particular way?
comment posted at 8:51 PM on Nov-21-13
December is the Fantastic Post MeFites Choice Contest run by you, the users. Sign up to offer prizes. Use the fantastic flag to vote for your favorites. We did this last year
). We're doing it again. Weekly prizes! User participation! More! Inside!
comment posted at 4:12 PM on Nov-21-13
I have noticed a change in behavior in the new Retina iPad mini running iOS 7 (from the original iPad mini running iOS 6).
comment posted at 11:12 PM on Nov-19-13
It may be that I am the last person to have figured this out, and if so, then I apologize, but I just discovered the lovely customized search engine feature of google chrome to automatically delve through askmefi troves for pearls of wisdom.
Basically, in Chrome's preferences pages, in the manage custom search engines area, I plugged in this URL: https://www.google.ca/#q=site:ask.metafilter.com+%s
and set up "ask" as the keyword.
Now, in the address bar, I can just type "ask", then Tab, and then whatever keyword, and I get a lovely list of the relevant askmefi pages (see here
In so many cases, its better than Google!
comment posted at 9:42 PM on Nov-17-13
I'm ready to buy a bike, so I've been looking through the askme archives for advice, but there are a lot of bike questions back on those dusty shelves! Can you point me to the most useful bike related threads?
comment posted at 7:07 PM on Nov-11-13
there's so much not-answering-the-question in this askme
it makes my head spin.
comment posted at 11:28 AM on Oct-29-13
Hey, we just implemented the Windows 8.1 "live tiles" feature
for the main MetaFilter site, but since I don't know anyone with Win8.1, I can't really test it. If someone with Win8.1 could test it, screenshot it, and let us know if it works?
comment posted at 6:23 PM on Oct-24-13
Happy birthday, mathowie
comment posted at 11:32 AM on Oct-10-13
This month's podcast was recorded on October 7th and runs about an hour and forty minutes long, covering most of September's best posts, projects, and questions from the site.
comment posted at 8:00 AM on Oct-14-13
I'm concerned about the pattern that's developed with dekathalon's questions in AskMe.
comment posted at 9:48 PM on Oct-3-13
There's been a lot of contention on MetaFilter lately (and MetaTalk, too), so I want to take a moment to thank Matt H. and the mods and The Programmer and all of the MetaFilter community because you guys got me my newest employee.
I can't be alone in this, and I would love to hear from other people who have found the site of value to them professionally
comment posted at 9:02 PM on Sep-30-13
Fireman Saves Kiten
[sic] is a recent FPP that I take issue with. It's a commercial advertisement. It's great for Reddit but not great for MetaFilter.
comment posted at 5:01 PM on Sep-26-13
has been running continuously for 10 months now. Today we're making some behind the scenes updates that should help keep it running longer.
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In an attempt to smooth things over ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations Tuesday, Iran has released 80 political prisoners.
I cannot find a list of all the names, but it appears Hossein Derakhshan
) was not among them. Among those released was Hamid Ghassemi-Shall
, also Canadian, and arrested the same year that Hoder was (2008).
comment posted at 8:51 AM on Sep-24-13
I am concerned that it seems posts are being made that, deliberately or accidentally, are serving to act as proxy wars for fights that people have wanted to have in other places, but were prevented from by moderation. It is most visible in this thread
, and currently the gun debate, but I feel has occurred other times as well. I would like to suggest that the bar for potential proxy war subjects be raised, particularly when emotions are high.
comment posted at 4:23 PM on Sep-19-13
This month's podcast bleeds over into September a bit, but catches up on everything posted from July 26th on to September 9th, when it was recorded. It runs about an hour and a half long.
comment posted at 7:59 PM on Sep-10-13
We ran a query of all meetups in the US, and found there have been meet-ups in 44 distinct states. The missing states are both Dakotas, Idaho (a previous attempt
), Mississippi (another attempt
), West Virginia, and Wyoming. Map below!
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Happy Birthday, jessamyn
comment posted at 7:46 PM on Sep-5-13
popped up on the front page yesterday. Upon seeing it again today i realized something...
comment posted at 7:30 PM on Sep-2-13
Starting this morning, I have seen sporadic ads in the lower right-hand corner of the screen while reading posts on MeFi and Ask, even while logged in. They display first as a grey and orange bar, like so
; when I hover over the bar, it expands into a set of ads
(for "coupons" nominally linked to keywords in the post). Have I been hit with spyware, or is this happening to others? (I am running Chrome on Windows 7; this is definitely not a browser extension I have installed.)
comment posted at 8:30 PM on Sep-1-13
celebrates his birthday today, as indicated by a tweet from mathowie
comment posted at 4:51 PM on Aug-30-13
Was there discussion at one point about establishing a metafilter academic scholarship? I seem to remember this, but could be making it up. Seems like a great idea to me, and I'd kick in.
I'll take my answer off the air.
comment posted at 4:37 PM on Aug-26-13
I believe my posts are being arbitrarily deleted and would be grateful for an objective opinion about them.
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I really enjoy the part of the sidebar where it tells you when a contact's comments reach a certain number of favorites. Is there any way to set a favorites threshold for every user, not just ones on your contact list?
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When a search results page loads, the focus moves into the search box (in the form with id "sform"), and I wish it wouldn't.
comment posted at 7:40 PM on Aug-15-13
A small feature request for IRL: a (private if necessary) list of meetups you have marked as having attended.
comment posted at 5:36 PM on Aug-15-13
What protocols does Metafilter have for dealing with a National Security Letter? (Inspired by this post.)
comment posted at 9:15 PM on Aug-8-13
Would it be possible to stick a drop-down filter on the "Popular" page to filter posts by subsite?
comment posted at 7:14 AM on Jul-29-13
What's the deal with Projects and crowdfunding?
comment posted at 5:42 PM on Jul-28-13
Episode 83 of the podcast is an extra large one at nearly 2 hours long and was recorded earlier today. Enjoy!
comment posted at 11:32 AM on Jul-28-13
With all of the hard-to-hear news in the world, I wanted to share a moment of MetaFilter bliss. [It's not a pony request or the usual grarr grarr grarr, but I had nowhere else to put it, so I hope you don't mind]
comment posted at 11:00 AM on Jul-15-13
I find myself carrying on conversations in MeMail in more or less real time, and refreshing a lot. Would server load be less if there was a push notification feature?
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for topics where there is a recent development, yet mods see fit to delete posts because "there's an open thread" could that thread be bumped to the front page?
the zimmerman verdict case is a good example. the vast majority of people would not be able to find what people on metafilter think about this, because all new posts about it are being deleted and people are directed to the 2+ week old thread. it would actually reduce mod work because they wouldn't have to keep deleting posts. if you go to the front page most would think that people on metafilter have nothing to say about it.
comment posted at 12:02 AM on Jul-14-13
On July 14, 1999, Stan Chin
stormed the internet with the first ever post on MeFi
. It was about... cats. (Unrelated: later that same day, a Lampson Transi heavylift crane nicknamed Big Blue crashed through the walls
of Miller baseball park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.)
* Oui, it's a few days too early for an anniversary post, but I'm traveling this weekend.
comment posted at 10:42 AM on Jul-10-13
I wanted to put this here because the odds of folks seeing it in the thread are pretty long, but ... this Thursday evening, it looks like there's going to be a MeFite group viewing
" in Chat
comment posted at 12:05 PM on Jul-9-13
The unofficial Metafilter Wiki, long hosted by Adrian Hon, has a new website and host - it's now at mefiwiki.com,
and I'm taking over hosting.
This switch gives it a sizable software and hardware upgrade. It should be easier to update, and more spam-resistant.
comment posted at 12:30 PM on Jul-8-13