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Is it important for Metafilter to grow its membership?

Is it important for Metafilter to grow its membership? Is it important for feature requests to be implemented? If the answer to either is yes, isn't it then the membership's challenge ( or responsibility?) to contribute more cash, or to contribute more time to help figure out how more cash can be generated. More inside.
posted by Voyageman on Nov 14, 2001 - 44 comments

Metafilter in novel form

"MetaFilter," he repeated testily. The truth was he hated his own site. An unruly beast broken free of its chains and now whipped about by an unruly mob intent on banishing Salon links and killing anyone linking directly to a rich media presentation without due warning. I had stopped going months ago before it became trendy and horribly chic - or before Haughey's magazine spread appeared on the stands, replete with his naked, supine form in the centerfold, scars and all.
posted by solistrato on Nov 7, 2001 - 28 comments

do we all live vicariously through others?

is it sad that i mark time by other people's lives? zeldman's mother passed away a year ago, and i clearly remember that time.

i have never met him in person, but the outpouring of love that one man received made a huge impression.

do we all live vicariously through others? is it the mark of a lonely person? or does being an online community member create a new form of emotional attachment, eg, caring a surprising amount for people you have never known?
posted by o2b on Oct 25, 2001 - 10 comments

kuro5hin is serious, mefi is fun

A question : I wandered over to Kuro5hin this evening, thanks to the subtle urging of a MeFi TextAd, and realized why I hadn't been there for a while...(more)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Oct 23, 2001 - 27 comments

incubus-adnan connection. hmmm

Inspired by incubus's Bin Laden-McVeigh connection post, curious minds wants to explore the incubus-adnan connection. (More inside)
posted by tamim on Oct 8, 2001 - 28 comments

How I Learned to Participate and Love the Web

Why I love Metafilter, or, How I Learned to Participate and Love the Web.
posted by o2b on Sep 26, 2001 - 6 comments

MeTa needs to catch its breath

MetaTalk of late has been living as accelerated an existence as the Mothership has. With complaints, controversies and crises coming in every few hours, it increasingly seems to me that MeTa needs to catch its breath. More inside.
posted by rodii on Sep 21, 2001 - 20 comments

there's a MeFi Fantasy NHL league

There's already been a MeFi Fantasy Football League, now there's a MeFi Fantasy NHL league. Details inside, if you're interested.
posted by skwm on Sep 21, 2001 - 6 comments

Mefi condolences thread more visible pls

Hi, would it be possible to link the Mefi condolences thread on the main page below the member number or something? This is not a discussion thread, and it would be useful to have it up top instead of buried somewhere.. Maybe also a link to the amazon.com dontations page? Just an idea..
posted by Mossy on Sep 13, 2001 - 3 comments

Where did everybody go?

I'm wondering if a lot of the names I've come to know and love/hate have left entirely or are just hanging around silently shaking their heads or what....(more inside)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Sep 5, 2001 - 27 comments

Thoughts on online communities

"One of the things that separates Synapse from other online communities, is that its members have the opportunity for their words to be shared with people outside the community, by being published in Mindjack Magazine." So say the Synapse guidelines.
posted by sudama on Sep 5, 2001 - 3 comments

yet another weblog article

YAWA.
posted by Neale on Sep 2, 2001 - 8 comments

how has Metafilter changed your life?

The Well celebrated their 15th earlier this year - it changed the lives of many of the people involved - how has Metafilter changed your life?
posted by johnny novak on Aug 31, 2001 - 8 comments

metafilter: the community that parodies itself

metafilter: the community that parodies itself
posted by will on Aug 24, 2001 - 13 comments

congratulations are in order [wedding]

Didn't know where to put this, but congrats to fellow me-fi'er, Rebecca, who got hitched yesterday.
posted by lotsofno on Jul 29, 2001 - 10 comments

Maybe YOU've seen it before

I'm bothered that some people seem to think they should control the content of this site to their liking.
posted by starvingartist on Jul 24, 2001 - 14 comments

I think they are all winners

Winners! (Actually I think they are all winners).
posted by rschram on Jul 17, 2001 - 6 comments

How to be a MeFite

Do not not participate in writing- positively- to a first-time personal interest thread, unless it is not not positive universal thinking, and especially not, if it is not not controversial. And especially not, if it is italicized. (And other handy rules for graceful living)
posted by Perigee on Jul 1, 2001 - 7 comments

Make that list of user blogs into a sideblog

Blog of the Moment? Perhaps you could randomly cycle through the user database and highlight a blog every 10 minutes or so, like at the top of the sideblog. It may be a way to temper the urge to self-link.
posted by owillis on Jun 21, 2001 - 14 comments

Time to vote on those crazy scholarship kids

Time to vote on those crazy scholarship kids. It's been tested on IE 5 and NN 4, on a PC and a Mac and seems to work. I took great pains to make it hack proof, so it's as fair as possible. If anyone finds anything wrong, post it here, or email me about it.

There's over $1600 on the line, so read carefully and vote wisely.
posted by mathowie on Jun 12, 2001 - 18 comments

Lurking and the community

Everything I Know I Learned at MetaFilter. I am amazed at how many of the little knowledge bits I pass on each day to friends, family and co-workers I originally came across on MeFi. It is a rare day that I do not access the site multiple times. Truly addictive.

But I feel like a bit of a leech though...always lurking and rarely posting. I'd like to hear the experiences of other habitual users who tiptoe around the fringe...are we legion or merely the non-vocal minority? Community members or parasite?
posted by tdstone on Jun 7, 2001 - 9 comments

Community HTML fixes

I like the fact that posters can leave HTML tags unclosed and that other people come along and "save" the page. It builds communty strength. Even if a way is devised to automatically close tags, I vote against implementing it.

(and I don't like that I am incapable of editing copy on a computer screen and don't notice errors until it's too late.)
posted by ParisParamus on Jun 6, 2001 - 16 comments

Vigilante detective risks

An immediate wee-small-hours-of-the-morning reaction to the Kaycee threads (garment?): I think that a non-commercial site for the communal sharing of information and opinions is a great thing, in fact that MeFi is reason enough for the web to exist. I was also hooked by the Kaycee saga. But there was an element of it that made me uneasy, a feeling that in the wrong situation the community detective work could get into a tell-on-your-neighbors Stasi/McCarthyite area. I don't think this was the case here, and I appreciate that MeFi by and large still has a moderate (and, yeah, liberal) tone, that I share. I don't think the number of users should be limited. I just see the investigative power of thousands of people, and that that could be used to the wrong ends. I'm not suggesting any changes, but wanted to bring this up during this strange afterglow period.
posted by liam on May 22, 2001 - 30 comments

Weblog comics

Weblog Comix! It's about time we had comics about webloging!

let me know what you guys think! :)

http://www.adnan.org/comix

http://www.adnan.org/comix/about.htm for more info
posted by adnan on May 22, 2001 - 11 comments

Personal attacks reducing contributions

I just wanted to point out that I just finished writing a pretty thoughtful message in response to some of the comments in this thread, but decided, before I hit submit, that I really didn't feel up to the onslaught of personal attacks that I'd have to endure because of my opinion. So I pressed the backpage button instead.

Not that it matters, really. Maybe I'm just being thin-skinned. Some might say that if I felt strongly enough about my opinion, I'd be able to suffer the slings and arrows of the opposition. I dunno. In fact, I don't know if I even feel up to the kind of response this message is going to get.

But how many other MeFi users are doing the same as me? How many have just given up completely? This is how the blow-hards and the flame-warriors take over.
posted by crunchland on May 18, 2001 - 16 comments

a place for whoever happens to stop by to post their thoughts ...

i was thinking of a team type weblog ... not really a metafilter type thing ... and not quite just a discussion board. but more like a place for whoever happens to stop by to post their thoughts ... (more>)

posted by a11an on Apr 24, 2001 - 12 comments

Matt, you rock.

Matt, you rock. Thanks for everything. I'm sure that someone will be quite happy to receive the scholarship, and furthermore, for their education to be subsidized by Metafilter. What a cool idea.
posted by fooljay on Apr 15, 2001 - 43 comments

I'm getting pretty sick of MetaFilter. Changes are coming very soon.

Just so you all know, I'm getting pretty sick of MetaFilter. Changes are coming very soon.

Big. assed. changes.

Call me mr. crankypants, but the level of discourse here is approaching an eighth grade level. Seriously. A lot of old timers say "it used to be so much better when..." and I hate to say it, but it's true. A long time ago*, people used to be a lot more respectful to others, people didn't attack each other, people of opposing viewpoints could bring their perspective to a topic and not just point out knee jerk political viewpoints and philosophies. Everyday I see the place getting more and more "mainstream" with all the closed minds and inflexible opinions that come with that.

Be prepared for the upcoming experiment at MetaFilter.

(I know I should just take a vacation from the site, but really, this place doesn't run on its own. I'm spending more time everyday here cleaning up self-posts, watching people attack each other, and banning IPs and accounts. So instead I'm making some huge changes.)

* - and don't go back into the archives and show me a year old thread that got ugly. I know the place used to be better overall, and you're not going to convince me of otherwise, okay?
posted by mathowie on Apr 5, 2001 - 85 comments

MetaFilter reaches $1000 on Amazon

Hey, since MetaFilter just reached a thousand bucks on Amazon (plus some unknown amount on PayPal...) don'tcha folks think Matt should take Kay out to dinner or something, as his reward for doing all this work?

I know that would be at least as exciting as another 128MB of RAM or whatever...
posted by anildash on Mar 21, 2001 - 6 comments

Getting Metafilter Inolved In Issues

I really want MetaFilter to do issues. The only one so far was A Day Without Weblogs, which seemed to be a hit with the kids. Other issues don’t have to be quite so emotionally charged. We could do No Words like the fabulous Mod7 suckas. I wait for their updates like a dog in heat. Or, art rock and associated labels.
posted by capt.crackpipe on Mar 16, 2001 - 8 comments

Link people v Discussion people

I think there's evidence of a real divide among mefi users, between people who like the links and people who like the discussion. And I think a possible solution is right in front of our faces.
posted by sudama on Mar 15, 2001 - 7 comments

Cheap bastards

from todays' dack.com

"What's wrong with this picture? In a few short weeks Andrew Sullivan's weblog has collected almost $3500 in microdonations. By contrast, Metafilter -- a community site where people feel like stakeholders, and presumably have a greater motivation for giving -- has been stuck at about $750 for weeks. Are the musings of a Catholic gay conservative really that popular? Or are Metafilter readers just cheap bastards?"
posted by lagado on Mar 12, 2001 - 9 comments

list with URLs of the various MeFi junkies

Would it be possible to create a member list with URLs of the various MeFi junkies out there? I realize one can just click on the names, but I would love a way to just scroll through a list.
posted by norm on Jan 16, 2001 - 29 comments

A Rape In Cyberspace

A Rape In Cyberspace. Posted for the attention of our glorious facilitator and factotum, but also for people who've seen MeFi grow over these past months. I've been on LambdaMOO since 1994; I missed the "Bungle Affair", but am good friends with one of the victims; I've seen the throes of an online community struggle to regulate itself and its growth. Not that I'm suggesting the same approach, but it's good deep background.
posted by holgate on Jan 11, 2001 - 16 comments

Has it come time to limit users to starting one thread per day?

With the increase in traffic lately (27 new threads so far today), has it come time to limit users to starting one thread per day?
posted by Aaaugh! on Dec 13, 2000 - 38 comments

wank wank wank. ignore and move on.

There seems to be a lot of bickering going on lately, and it's getting worse all the time. Too many people are starting to complain about other peoples posting habits, style whatever you want to call it. I'm Australian and don't care about Americas elections, yet i haven't complained about all the posts, about the election. I choose to ignore them as should other people with any posts they don't like or don't want to talk about.
posted by Zool on Nov 7, 2000 - 1 comment

online community dynamics: cruel v caring

Jorn's proto-rant goes right to the heart of online community dynamics, though I'd offer that it's the intelligent cruel folks who are the most dangerous. I'm tempted to see the caring/cruel split in terms of the political left and right, though I know that's not at all fair. What do you think, is there any wisdom in Jorn's words? And what does all this have to do with James Joyce?
posted by sudama on Oct 19, 2000 - 8 comments

Looking for coding help for my big idea

whats the big idea?
posted by alansmithee on Oct 2, 2000 - 2 comments

Why Do Designers Not Use Custom 404 Pages?

Okay this isn't really about the weblog format, but more about these sites in general. I am really curious to know as to why most of the web-designers here do not use customized 404 messages? So far I have only seen Glassdog.com, & 37signals.com use their own 404s, saturn.org used to have a custom 404, but it no longer does.
The reason I ask is because in general most webloggers are great web-designers, and I would've figured that they would all be using it. And I think it would be really interesting to see what everyones 404 would look like.
posted by riffola on Aug 18, 2000 - 2 comments

talking-out-loud about MeTaTech

Theoretical brainstorming and talking-out-loud regarding Matt's Meta technology.

[more]
posted by ZachsMind on Jul 15, 2000 - 2 comments

Wendell is the voice of serious reason.

What is MetaFilter coming to when Wendell is the voice of serious reason.
posted by alan on Jul 13, 2000 - 1 comment

Member Power Rankings

In the past we've discussed how to filter posts or adding "ignore" or "love" tags to certain people. The Raging Bull investment site has an interesting system for ranking users with dollar signs: Member Power Rankings
posted by daveadams on Jul 6, 2000 - 8 comments

List of our websites pls!

well matt. this is what you need to make, and it should be simple since you have the db already storing it.

a page sorted by letter of metafilter user's websites.
posted by sikk on May 9, 2000 - 2 comments

Should I allow my feelings to be hurt?

So am I being overly sensitive when, after someone reposts something I -- or someone I love -- have already contributed, I allow my feelings to be hurt?
posted by luke on Apr 11, 2000 - 7 comments

What Dictator/Sitcom Character are you?

Collectively, the Weblog Community has been ga-ga over sites that claim to analyze your personality (the generic personality types, what kind of dog are you, your celebirty mate, sci-fi character types, etc., you know the links).
Well, now it's become popular to use the Dictator/Sitcom Character Guesser in the same manner, by answering all the questions as yourself.
Early results: Ev is Lou Grant, Jason K. is Jack from Threes Company, Brig is Gary Hobson from Early Edition (WHO? The guy who gets tomorrow's newspaper and tries to change it), Bumper Bob is Frohike from X-Files, Jezzicuh is Willow from Buffy, there's even a 'blogger who's one of the Powerpuff Girls.
Who am I? Er... uh, well... On first try, I came up as Hans Moleman from The Simpsons, but after changing my answer to "are you losing hair" to "no" (it was lost years ago), after 43 questions I came out as that wacky neighbor Wilson on Home Improvement.
SO WHO THE HECK ARE YOU?
posted by wendell on Mar 5, 2000 - 23 comments

weblog community formation discussion

has a good discussion of weblog community formation and cross-weblog interaction. There's a good discussion going about the piece, and I asked the author how I should deal with the problems he mentions that MetaFilter my eventually face, and he offers several possible solutions.
posted by mathowie on Mar 3, 2000 - 13 comments

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