Suggestion, not critical: perhaps a way to show that a post has been closed/deleted, in the style of the "X New Comments" update at the bottom of the thread? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jun 17, 2011 -
Mass deletions? 79140
are all showing as having been deleted but none of them are closed for comments or given a reason for closure. Is my Greasemonkey broken or is your Blue broken?
posted by geekyguy
on Feb 13, 2009 -
Why close an anonymous question at the poster's request? Here's an example
(the recent question from a young guy who wasn't sure he wanted to marry) [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on May 13, 2008 -
In reaction to jessamyn's apparently arbitrary deletion of the Dawkins/Hitchens fpp, I am hereby retiring this account. [more inside]
posted by Heywood Mogroot
on Sep 11, 2007 -
I have a question/suggestion about the RSS feeds attached to each post. (If I have misunderstood something, and this turns out to be a 'Doh' question, then my apologies in advance ...) Closed threads still seem to have an RSS feed associated with them, including a 'Subscribe' link at the top. These feeds will of course never be updated, so will keeping these around be damaging to MetaFilter's standing in Google/Technorati/etc. rankings? After all, as time goes by, we'll end up with a gadzillion feeds that are never updated, and only a few (relatively) that are. I'm sure the Googlebot must be trained to give ranking 'demerits' to blogs, etc. with feeds that are never updated.
Nuking the RSS feeds for closed threads would also make it easier for users. At present, we never really know when any given thread that we are following by RSS is 'finished' or not. But if we see in our reader 'Feed failed to load', that will let us know that it's officially done, and we can delete it. I guess you could easily create a daemon that would run daily, nuking the feeds for closed threads ...
posted by woodblock100
on Aug 26, 2007 -
Can we keep threads open a bit longer, until the discussion covers some of the nuances of policy? Even when everything make sense to admins, it seems like the reason to have it on MetaTalk instead of via email is to clarify it for the rest of us. E.g., the recent "self-link" post was about someone getting banned for posting an article published by the same magazine he writes for. Presumably the magazine is just promotey and not cool or something, but I would've asked in thread if it were left open (I'd assume the same standard wouldn't apply if you were published by the New Yorker or something)
posted by mdn
on Aug 24, 2007 -
I was looking at an old AskMe of mine
from 2006, and it doesn't appear to be closed to comments (though I didn't try posting a reply.) The usual "this thread is closed" isn't there - instead, it's the normal reply box. Bug?
posted by IndigoRain
on Apr 22, 2007 -
Thought i got Glastonbury tickets this morning. no confirmation email yet. anyone else in the same boat?
posted by verisimilitude
on Apr 1, 2007 -
What is the deal with every fifth or so MetaTalk thread being closed? Yes, some get messy, but that is where issues get worked out. The petulant pres closes off discussion because he can't handle it. Why does MetaTalk all of a sudden close all these threads? MetaTalk can handle it.
posted by caddis
on Mar 20, 2007 -
Why is this thread
closed for new comments? A rather interesting discussion was brewing on desirability vs. feasibility.
posted by effugas
on Mar 18, 2007 -
So I heard about a thread where someone posted a picture of a guy in a plush dolphin suit fucking a 300 pound woman. I can't find it. Little help?
posted by shmegegge
on Feb 11, 2007 -
Clicking the link in this post
takes me to a site that repeatedly tries to download a .wmf file onto my computer, and is setting off anti-virus alarms for other members.
posted by mediareport
on Jul 23, 2006 -
Why was this question closed -- it was really not all that bad and was generating some good answers....What is metachat (where they told me to post it)?
Thanks -- http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/37437
posted by skepticallypleased
on May 2, 2006 -
I have a 20GB 3G IPOD with 4,000 songs. All of a sudden my computer will not recognise it when I plug the IPOD into the USB port. I tryed to use updater but that won't recognise my player either.I can still listen to my songs, it just won't hook up. Any ideas? Cheers to all!
posted by hophead627
on Jan 20, 2006 -
If you close signups for a couple of years it will lend an air of prestige and exclusivity to Metafilter.
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Dec 1, 2005 -
AskMe questions still open for comments months after they were posted:
I thought that they were locked for archival purposes after 30 days? If this has changed, I didn't see where, and if this hasn't, it's a bug. I was perusing threads on Bipolar Disorder, and found this one from May, 2005: Is bipolar mis/overdiagnosed?
. I was able to post a comment to the thread today, November 6th, 2005.
posted by spinifex23
on Nov 7, 2005 -
Feature Request: Is there any way to indicate that a thread has been closed when using comment preview?
posted by loquacious
on Sep 8, 2005 -
This is perhaps indulgent, but it would be potentially useful in ask.mefi if the instigator of the thread could post just once after the thread has been frozen. Some questions resolve after several months, and it would be a possible benefit for those googling for information to see closure, i.e. "this is what ended up working the best, x was right" or what have you. Perhaps this is just imposing a false narrative closure on messy reality.
posted by mecran01
on Aug 27, 2005 -
I disagree with the decision to close this MeTa thread.
I understand that you made a decision regarding the topic, and I understand that it could have
devolved into name-calling, but as it stood, the comments were reasonable and without personal insults. A better discussion could have ensued regarding flagging etiquette and how to deal with obnoxious comments; in fact, the makings of a good conversation regarding what constitutes a flaggable offense existed. I just felt that the closing was premature.
posted by BlueTrain
on Mar 7, 2005 -
I can recall a few times in recent history where a thread that failed to meet the guidelines of AskMetafilter stayed around for a while because no one happened to be around to nip it in the bud -- and then the thread accumulated so many interesting answers that people had gotten attached to it and Matt was reluctant to delete it. I sympathize with this reluctance but also feel that appropriate deletions are good for preventing the mission of AskMe from drifting too far afield. Would the ability to close AskMe threads be a good compromise solution for these cases?
posted by redfoxtail
on Mar 6, 2005 -
I want to be able to ban myself from Metafilter temporarily.
posted by pracowity
on Feb 8, 2005 -
Quick! - tell me - without clicking through - is this MeTa post open or closed? Well, which is it? Open or closed? You can't tell, can you? Sucks, doesn't it? You'd think a pop star tag junkie could spare an ASCII spangle to mark molested threads. But Nooooo. Crazy fascist likes to lure you in and jump out at you like a jack-in-the-box Mussolini. Sad. I spoke to his mother. She tells me he used to be such a good boy.
posted by Opus Dark
on Jan 23, 2005 -
Matt - speaking curiously, what is the system bottleneck that makes new users a bad thing
? I presume it's database load, because the logged-in user enjoys comment counts and other database-intensive features that are demanding to serve. The static, logged-out homepage is easy to serve, even to a large number of visitors, by comparison, right? The real danger number to watch is the pageviews by logged-in users (please correct me if I'm wrong, I'm totally guessing). Are there features we could sacrifice for the sake of an open reg? What are you all willing to give up to open the gates? User comment history? Custom timezones and comment previews...?
posted by scarabic
on Aug 6, 2004 -
“Much as I hate to admit it, I like Metafilter and I wish that I could become a member so that I could participate in yet another failed attempt to acheive concensus in our grand extended mediated public conversation thing we got going on here (or, from a different perspective, this fantastically successful attempt to foster fractious contention).”
“Listen, not everyone is meant to be ‘With It,’ right. Long ago I decided that the least I could do to stand up for all that divides us is to refuse to be the kind of person who milled in line in front of the club whose cache was primarily granted by the fact that you (and the likes of you) couldn't get in. The rest of us have two choices. We can mill around in the line, playing the fools to justify the chosen types, or we can go it alone.”
“And thus meta-meta-metafilter
is born. Metafilter already has a meta-Metafilter, Metatalk, so I had to take the next step down.” [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood
on Jun 11, 2004 -
When attempting to open a thread in the blue this morning, JRun closed connection.
The nerve of JRun!
posted by moonbird
on Feb 25, 2004 -
What does one do with an updated link for something that's already been posted, after the thread's been closed? (More inside...)
posted by me3dia
on Jul 30, 2003 -
FollowupFilter? I was using the subject of this thread
as an example in an email today, and while researching
it I noticed that just today there was an update
to this story. The original thread is locked, but I not sure this is FPP worthy.
posted by betaray
on Apr 23, 2003 -
This thread is over 3 days old, and has been closed for archival purposes. [more inside]
posted by stinglessbee
on Nov 4, 2002 -
"Um, isn't this a kinda sorta double-post? [/meanie]"
"This thread is over 30 days old, and has been closed for archival purposes."
So it being a repost is not relevant. I propose a mortatorium on such statements
, now that it is hard coded that threads are officially dead after one month. Comments pro & con are welcome herein.
posted by ZachsMind
on Sep 11, 2002 -
Is metafilter membership currently open or closed? There seems to be some confusion. Could Matt please clear this up by issuing some sort of official statement? Please?
From what I understand, ostensibly it's closed, but I looked and found the most recent user profile I could
, which shows this user is new as of July 24, 2002. Uh, that's pretty recent in my book.
Yes, this is Matt's fiefdom and he can do as he damn well pleases, but frankly some of us think that this "it's closed / no wait, it's really open but only on my terms (which are secret)" kind of thing is uncool, to say the least. Maybe that's not how it is, but it's how it may appear to some people.
Care to clue us all in on what the official word is, Matt?
posted by beth
on Jul 25, 2002 -
Maybe a little notice that closed threads are closed. I keep checking to make sure I'm logged in when I run into them.
posted by skallas
on Feb 23, 2002 -
The membership number keeps going up, yet I thought the site was closed off. What am I missing?
posted by Voyageman
on Nov 12, 2001 -
A friend from Oakland told me two nights go night she was unable to register to become a member? Was there a problem with the site, or is she daft (my view).
posted by Voyageman
on Nov 9, 2001 -
Mefi hacked again? I was reading this thread
and someone posting under your name said this:
k10k and Dreamless are taking breaks, not closing permanently.
posted by fooljay
on Jul 14, 2001 -
As MetaFilter will, from August 6th to August 20th. I'll be in Australia, and will be taking the site down during my time away, to ensure I don't have any reason to worry about the site while I spend my vacation/honeymoon relaxing.
The huddled masses are getting desperate!
I received the following e-mail yesterday:
To:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 'Metafilter' aint accepting new users I thought I'd
write to a bunch of you. Someone please post my comments
Heres my take on MaryRomantic (Mary Terry):
Read the part about the gift and the 'snag-points'
Also think about the fact that she's asking for something
unattainable in men (IE no one will ever fit her profile). And the fact that she only meets them
in public and that she ultimately has the full power to say, "Sorry! I don't think YOU are 'him', Goodbye" !
That is after She has obtained the GIFT.
Look at this statement:
[. No matter what kind of other strange message I may hear on your answering machine, even if it sounds as though you won't be around until way past our appointed date time, I'll know that that kind of message doesn't pertain to me, ]
This makes ME believe as though ALOT of men have gotten thru to her answering machine and those are the strange messages.
The fact that she's jobless and unmarried leads me to the following:
Mary is a grifter! In the same fashion as Robert Blakes wife was.
She has men meet her somewhere, probably where her real boyfriend
is hiding behind a bush, gets her 'gift' and chats with him for a few minutes and since she has the authority in the say so of the meeting
she tells him she needs to think about him and she'll contact HIM!
She never does and goes on to the next sucker thats lined up in a few minutes somewhere else.
The men are too ashamed that they fell for this that they don't dare discuss it with friends or go to the cops.
If the gift is $100.00, she could make a nice income off of this grifting!
Just my observations.
PS Ed? I thought the same thing about LRonHubbard and her site. LOL
posted by ParisParamus
on Jun 10, 2001 -