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A Word of Advice for New Users, From Your Uncle y6y6y6

A few words to our new users, from someone hardly qualified to give them. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 on Nov 18, 2004 - 116 comments

Why was my comment deleted?

Is there a reason why my really innocuous comment in this thread was deleted? I think I said something like, "Ahhh, the benefits of the scientific method...", or some-such nonsense...

Just wondering if I did something wrong ... or did something go kablooie?
posted by jpburns on Sep 27, 2004 - 7 comments

I got spammish mail post-posting.

I posted a link. Shortly thereafter, I get creepy spam-mail asking me to post links to Joe Blow's slightly-related site. I ignore. Not long, though, until link appears in comments. Does this ever happen to anyone else?
posted by eustacescrubb on Sep 22, 2004 - 23 comments

Strip extra line breaks?

If count("
") > 1, count("
") = 1

posted by PrinceValium on Aug 22, 2004 - 22 comments

ordered by "Date Modified" instead of "Date Created"...what do you think?

All MetaFilter Comments by [Member] , ordered by "Date Modified" instead of "Date Created"...what do you think?
posted by LairBob on Jul 20, 2004 - 14 comments

Comment milestones

Comment milestones over time. Some comment data for stats geeks inside.
posted by mathowie on Jul 11, 2004 - 28 comments

Follow-up post corrections annoy some people

Followup post corrections in th reads. Theydrive me nuts. It takesawayfr om the point your tryingto make. People knowwhat your tryingtosay. It disrupts the flow of conversation. Mostpeople are not spelling/grammer nazis. It looks worse to correct it.
posted by stbalbach on Jun 22, 2004 - 60 comments

Breaking up comment pages

Can our comment pages be broken up into smaller pieces? (more inside, yo.)
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jun 20, 2004 - 18 comments

High School smackdown

Ask MetaFilter is as useful as you make it. Please limit comments to answers or help in finding an answer.

Unless you're in high school and you deserve to get preached to because you're still a teenager.
posted by PrinceValium on May 18, 2004 - 72 comments

Comments not opening in AskMe at 10:00 a.m. PDT Monday, 5/10 (2004).

Comments not opening in AskMe at 10:00 a.m. PDT Monday, 5/10. Administrator, please hope me?
posted by Lynsey on May 10, 2004 - 7 comments

Bug in Opera

The "my comments" "most recent comments" etc. box does not show up when this site is viewed with the opera browser. Or does it, and I just don't have mine set right? I struggled with it for a while, thinking I hadn't actually logged in. However, I was logged in. I could post comments. I accepted all cookies.
posted by bingo on Apr 17, 2004 - 20 comments

More Inside

It would be nice, if when making a post, we could also at the same time post the first comment, when we want to do a "more inside". Mostly because smartasses tend to come along and make the first comment before you can.
posted by Shoeburyness on Mar 5, 2004 - 21 comments

The AskMe archive pages never seem to show a new comment count for any thread

The AskMe archive pages never seem to show a new comment count for any thread. Is this a planned feature, something that will be changed when the new software rev is posted, or my imagination?
posted by billsaysthis on Feb 29, 2004 - 2 comments

Please answer the actual question, not what you think should have been the question

AskMe policy proposal: "Please answer the actual question, not what you think should have been the question".

For instance here, crunchland seems to think the question is "what's a good approach to picking colors", whereas namespan is saying "fireworks used to have a feature, now it doesn't, what can I do". This happens all the time. People ask how to fix something on a computer running System A, and the answer is switch to System B. People ask about Anti-virus apps, and are told not to use them and just practice safe-computing. It's a small peeve, but the added noise is not appreciated, especially when you actually care about the answers.
posted by signal on Jan 8, 2004 - 39 comments

I can't post a comment to Ask MetaFilter

I can't post a comment to Ask MetaFilter. When I hit preview it shows nothing under Comment Preview. I'm using Mozilla 1.3.1.
posted by evening on Jan 5, 2004 - 9 comments

Recent comments viewing option

It would be nice to have a "Recent comments (on 20 threads)" viewing option in Ask Mefi.
posted by crunchland on Dec 30, 2003 - 15 comments

When to Post

How important, with MeFi or Meta posts and comments, are extraneous factors like time, caffeine, midwork intervals or alcohol? Is there really a before and after coffee; a morning and late night inflection; according to how long you've been up and what you've ingested to get through the day? I think there is. Is the time-stamp your best counsellor and friend? Specially considering the wildly disparate time-zones? No names mentioned; just saying. In my humble opinion, the hour (and the perceived condition or, more generally, circumstances) says as much as the name. If not more.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Dec 25, 2003 - 41 comments

I know you aren't reading that fast

I've noticed (myself included) that comments to a FPP are often posted within minutes, even though the links on the FPP would take a lot longer to read. This means the poster probably did not read the FPP links. One thought to have a comment moratorium period (coded) to encourage the reading of the FPP links before posting. There sometimes seems to be a /. "first post" mentality to get a comment in as quick as possible near the top of a thread.
posted by stbalbach on Dec 11, 2003 - 20 comments

Can we stop with the vagina comments?

Can we stop with the vagina comments?
posted by monju_bosatsu on Dec 5, 2003 - 184 comments

Dumb comments or is it just me?

Am I the only one who is questioning the intellectual text of Tiamats comments as of late? Sure, i've said some very embarrassing and pointless things in the past, but cmon! This is almost to the point of pointless blather. I guess you could say that I don't know anymore.
posted by Keyser Soze on Nov 6, 2003 - 60 comments

Open comments in a New Window?

why isn't there an option to open comments on a new window? we have the option to open links to a new window, but i always end up having to right click comments.
posted by joedan on Sep 23, 2003 - 28 comments

Salon's feature on Perverted Justices quotes Metafilter comments

Salon's feature on the porn chat-room vigilante site Perverted Justice includes the lazy journalist's best friend: non-attributed man on the street quotes from MetaFilter.
posted by rcade on Sep 15, 2003 - 43 comments

Posted by x?

I like the idea that everyone’s comments are on an equal playing field on this site. It doesn’t elevate or exclude anyone. However, I would appreciate a way to screen a comment before I attempt to read it. So as a feature, is there a way to let the individual member decide whether they want the “posted by ‘X’” before or after the post itself?
posted by BlueTrain on Sep 3, 2003 - 45 comments

baby weblogs like Crunchlandfilter, Miguelfilter, Foldfilter, and Sudamafilter

If each user's page of posted links had comment counts and an RSS feed, Metafilter would instantly turn into a community with hundreds of baby weblogs like Crunchlandfilter, Miguelfilter, Foldfilter, and Sudamafilter.
posted by rcade on Aug 14, 2003 - 20 comments

I suddenly can't post to this one specific thread

I suddenly can't post to this one specific thread; every time I enter my comment, the preview works fine, but on the preview screen all the preview, spell check, and post buttons are all non-responsive. Strangely, I had managed to post in that thread earlier using the same computer (currently running IE on Mac)
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jul 24, 2003 - 8 comments

Comment goes beyond the pale of acceptable comments

"On the other hand, this girl just might wake up with a sore pussy the next day and not even worry about it..." Delmoi's post is offensive, disgusting, insulting, demeaning to women, really creepy, and IMHO, is simply beyond the pale of acceptable comments. I know you should be able to say what you want, but the thread just keeps getting worse and worse. And it's not just Delmoi who's being sickening. Shouldn't this thread be deleted? What's the policy on really offensive stuff?
posted by aacheson on Jun 20, 2003 - 540 comments

At what point does posting to a thread become pointless?

At the risk of sounding like a newbie (and my user# is embarrassingly large), I have to ask: How long do people read the threads? I often read MeFi in lurk mode, and sometimes don't get around to visiting for a day or two, at which time I will find a thread I would like to comment in, but no one else has posted to for a couple of days. I don't mind missing out on a chance to post a smartass comment, but at times I might have something intelligent to add to the discussion. At what point does posting to a thread become pointless?
posted by TedW on Jun 19, 2003 - 19 comments

Fat jokes aren't necessary.

Was this really necessary? [more inside]
posted by eilatan on Jun 12, 2003 - 80 comments

Timestamps in wrong timezone

I'm logged in, but I'm still seeing timestamps in PST (I'm in EST, and my customize page still says that.)

(Win2K/IE6)...and at work so there may be firewall issues.)
posted by Vidiot on Jun 8, 2003 - 4 comments

MetaTalk archives have stopped indicating new comments

MetaTalk archives (e.g., May) have stopped indicating new comments. This makes it hard to find recent comments in threads that have fallen off the main page.
posted by timeistight on May 13, 2003 - 7 comments

copious vitriol

Jesus christ you're stupid...fundamentally stupid...simple respect is too Herculean a task for you...your already febrile mind...what you cannot possibly understand...you looked into the abyss of your own soul, and found bottomless darkness...nutboy...God, I fucking hate you.
posted by Vidiot on May 2, 2003 - 84 comments

Proclaiming that a thread is doomed is poor form.

meta-opinions about the future of a thread are pointless, and are usually an attempt to lead the thread to premature death. Don't try to pre-judge the outcome of any particular conversation. Either the thread will or will not self-destruct, and may take a direction different from the one envisaged by any of its contributors. Godwin's law has many variants; is there a need for a metafiltrian distillation of it? Has it already been done?
posted by cbrody on Apr 29, 2003 - 49 comments

Trackback on Recent Comments

can we see the trackback indicator on the Recent Comments version of the front page, too, please?
posted by crunchland on Apr 15, 2003 - 4 comments

What to do with out of line comments

WAY outta line. Ideologically speaking, I'm far, far closer to y2karl than I am to the victim of this jibe, but it left an awful taste in my mouth.

This is the kind of thing that makes us all look shallow and vituperative. Outside of the importunement of a heartfelt email (already sent), what venue does the average MeFite have for redress when something like this crops up?
posted by adamgreenfield on Apr 15, 2003 - 79 comments

'export my comments' feature, please

An 'export my comments' feature. [more inside]
posted by rory on Apr 2, 2003 - 22 comments

Links do improve and furnish a comment

Links do improve and furnish a comment: When people do a little research before they comment and include a helpful or amusing link (and some users, like sheauga and madamjujujive put in almost as much work as they do in their posts), threads gain a new life and go off in all sorts of interesting directions. Sometimes deliciously and all at once. Some more threadbare posts, like the Libeskind one, are actually repaired and rehabilitated by the ensuing links. For some, linky comments may be a pain - do many actually click on them, given that a few don't even read the main links? - but I, for one, think they're dandy and would like to see more of them.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Feb 27, 2003 - 31 comments

Comments busted again

These two comments pages, 22602 and 12831, seem to be seriously distorted. Interestingly I found them both via Janne's userpage.
posted by lazy-ville on Feb 3, 2003 - 2 comments

Self link thrown in to spice up a thread.

Self link thrown in to spice up a thread.
posted by riffola on Jan 22, 2003 - 41 comments

"In Soviet Russia..." jokes on MeFi.

mmm, new soviet-style pancakes.
posted by luser on Jan 21, 2003 - 16 comments

Moderating your post moderation

Post moderation. I can empathize with feelings of attachment to posts which you submit. When you post as often as troutfishing has in his own post (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), however, I think you are overdoing things.
posted by moz on Jan 20, 2003 - 63 comments

Noise comments to raise contribution index

Almost as worthwile as "first post."
posted by NortonDC on Jan 19, 2003 - 70 comments

I/P snark as usual

I found some of the following comments irresponsible and irritating. This attack nearly hijacked a thread. These comments are off-topic and are not fair to both the poster of the thread and the victim poster.
a->p->a
posted by abez on Dec 24, 2002 - 35 comments

Just curious

Just curious: I posted Wanda Hudak's phone number in a thread regarding her vile "25-cent bullet" comment; now it is gone.

As a public official, I do believe that she should be accountable for her official statements. Is posting a number which is a matter of public record a violation of MeFi etiquette and/or policy? Apologies, of course, if it is. I will respect the community/mathowie's wishes...but I will continue to think posting it was, and remains, valid.
posted by adamgreenfield on Nov 21, 2002 - 36 comments

Can we stop pointing out spelling errors?

A thread about one's attitude turned into a brief argument about spelling protocol, and it reminded me of a recent annoyance that I've seen on a few threads: can we stop with the posts that are nothing but mentioning a spelling error? Odds are if you saw it everyone else did, and if you have to have the honor of being the first to point it out, could you at least pretend to not just be cluttering the thread by actually contributing to the conversation as well?
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 7, 2002 - 92 comments

moratorium on all the internal squabbling?

Please can we have a moratorium on all the internal squabbling? I thought that was what Metatalk was for. This morning there are two posts (so far) in which the comments have devolved into little more than how bad the original post is. Can't we just let Matt delete the bad threads?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Sep 27, 2002 - 15 comments

Dead friend hot-or-not over the line

Culling of the heard. Can somthing be done about crackedheadmatts post to someone whos friend just died. "Was she hot?" -- over the line.
posted by stbalbach on Sep 26, 2002 - 83 comments

How do you link a specific comment from a thread into another post/comment?

How do you link a specific comment from a thread into another post/comment?
posted by semmi on Sep 24, 2002 - 12 comments

Can comments only be enabled once the links have been opened?

I wonder if it wouldn't improve the discussions if the comment feature would only come up after the posted link was visited. Too often reactions are to the post and previous comments, rather than the issue posited in the link.
posted by semmi on Sep 6, 2002 - 13 comments

Mozilla Disappearing Form

In Mozilla 1.1, when previewing a comment on metafilter, the comment form itself disappears (the text box and buttons). This, of course, means that you can't post a comment with Mozilla 1.1.
posted by dchase on Aug 30, 2002 - 5 comments

MeFi post degenerating into holocaust debate

The development of a fun-mefi posting into a debate about the nature of the holocaust - any productive outcome imaginable?
posted by zerofoks on Aug 29, 2002 - 6 comments

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