After the enhanced update of the diediedead Greasemonkey script, I received several requests from MeFites for a native Chrome extension, mostly because Chrome's Tampermonkey doesn't support all features, such as the context menu. I promised and, finally, I deliver: Nancy, available at the Chrome Web Store
. Yeah, kind of a mouthful. [more inside]
I have a vague unsubstantiated feeling that some comments I've written got tossed into the memory hole. Am I being paranoid, or is this normal with some justification I'm not aware of? [more inside]
It seems that any interesting posts are getting deleted lately.
Just now, The story about the bolt action rifle handed to the kid as a play toy - deleted.
The story about the movies to help educate people before they make end of life decisions, deleted.
And a few others that upset me at the time, before I noticed the trend... can't recall specifics.
Is someone trying to push metafilter in a new direction, or what?
Based on the front page, I can tell that other posters use some of the same resources to find potential FPPs that I do. I'll lay my cards on the table, and hope you do the same... [more inside]
I came across this interesting bit of information while doing some research on the London based conceptual artist Stephen Willats. According to his wiki
, "His 1973 work Meta Filter
consisted of pairs of participants seated at a computer, attempting to reach an agreement about the meanings of various images and statements." You can read more about Meta Filter here
, and more about Willats at his website here
At present the 'Popular
' tag is sorted by number of faves, but wouldn't it be cool if we could see which threads are receiving the most input, too? Input = comments.
Games are fun, and talking about games is fun. So it's pretty cool that stavrosthewonderchicken has recently built a mefi-inspired site called Gamefilter
, for linking to neat game- (video and otherwise) related stuff on the web and talking about those things. Go check it out! [more inside]
As a bit of a brain saver I've made a GreaseMonkey script that hides every comment in a discussion on mefi that has less than 5 favourites. [more inside]
This is probably obvious, which is why I couldn't find it in the FAQ or the search. Why do people preface their questions with "[blank] filter:"? Does it help future searches and RSS filters?
I'm not going to say it on the AskMe thread
, because that's not the place for it, but we are getting REALLY WEIRD about food and diet.
Is there a reasonable way I can filter specific posting topics or tags out of my personal view of MetaFilter? [more inside]
Filter filter. Assuming that favorited comments are better than non-favorited comments, wouldn't the next logical step for the favorites system be to provide a way to distill threads down to their essential goodness? How about adding a drop down box at the top of each thread, letting the reader choose to filter out all the comments that don't make the grade -- displaying only the comments that have X number of favorites or more.
FilteredFilters? How would the community view a site that catalogued posts from MeFi on a specific subject? [more inside]
Is there a way to not receive posts matching a given tag? [details inside]
Instead of having this ridiculous two-week wait between questions, which makes the site practically unuseable, why not split AskMe into two separate sites?
How to stop the spread of "_____Filter" in subject headings?
The wiki says (under the heading "inside jokes") that "___Filter" is used to indicate that a topic is so over-discussed as to risk taking over MetaFilter altogether. Examples are IraqFilter and NewsFilter. But current (and increasing) usage seems to be just an effort to be cute: BSDMFilter, CondomFilter, UmbrellaFilter, etc. I, for one, find this annoying and stupid and think it should be discouraged. It's like one of those things that is mildly amusing the first couple of times and thereafter just idiotic. I think that the WhatIsAGoodPost, WhatIsAGoodComment, WhatIsAGoodQuestion entries should be altered to discourage people from this dumb practice.
1 Etiquette, 1 request.
Etiquette - are you allowed to post to ask.mefi with no comments at all in threads? (looked all over etiquette questions+wiki couldn't find the thread/answer)
Any way to filter Ask.ME questions to those questions with <5 (or 10) answers with no best answer?br>
It'd be very useful to see all the questions with only one to four responses...that often get scrolled by.5>
I just saw a comment on Metafilter today, I think it was, talking about another "[Fill in the blank] Filter" website, but saying that "Not much filtering was going on..." As a neophyte, I'd need some explanation about "filtering". It seems to be far more than, say, censorship or limiting access... but I was wondering if somebody could offer a more complete definition that covers specifically how Metafilter and other sites like it are "filtering". Thanks!!
...okay. I'll bite. It's on what?
I vote for a moratorium on prefacing posts with xFilter (i.e. foodFilter, sexFilter, tivoFilter, etc.) Maybe in a few month it will be amusing again, but at the moment it just makes me tired.
When I used to read MeFi regularly, it was generally accepted that you didn't post anything from "the usual suspects" such as memepool, boing boing, b3ta, etc. because they themselves are weblogs about interesting, offbeat links and most readers read them as well as MeFi. Seeing as this "LSD art
" story has been the top item on memepool for a week, I guess this policy has changed. (This is really not meant to sound rude or snide, apologies if it's taken that way)
Now that MeFi Distilled
has been dormant throughout September, how are time-challenged and reassurance-seeking users to know what's worth reading on MetaFilter? I wonder how many readers rely on extraneous filters to get a handle on what to follow here. MeFi Distilled is good. Are there any other time-saving devices for those of us too occupied to read every single word?
While it is admirable that so many people on MeFi care about their local elections. Is there really a need for the numerous threads regarding the upcoming California election?
So the blogstop
thread is still going strong. Somebody who's been here longer than me...has something like this happened before? This could be a precedent.
So, is it possible to create another precedent? Namely...posting another FPP, specifically so that people have somewhere new to go to comment, instead of trying to comment in the extant thread?
Surely this place is a FILTER and not a discussion board, but seeing how so many of us are still fooling around on that thread, I thought it'd be nice to have it "refreshed", so to speak.
I'm getting tired of the increasing tendency to add "filter.com" as an implied criticism of the theme of a thread or post, e.g. in this thread
we start off with two - northkoreafilter.com and iranfilter.com. Is it just me, or does anyone think this getting a little old.
With a least two "metafilter
" open source projects currently in active development and potentially hundreds of foofilters
on the horizon, isn't it time we began discussing at least the standard parameters for submitting to a foofilter
site? (more inside)
So we've all seen BookFilter
but have you seen MusicFilter
With FreeFilter 0.3
coming soon, one can't help but wonder what this will mean for the ancestor... Furthermore, Could the MetaFilter interface become the "killer app" in community weblogging?
Already there are BookFilter
for books; SportsFilter
for sports; a 9622.net
for chattiness and fun. Not to mention the increasingly vigorous #mefi chatroom and other offshoots I may be unaware of. There's been talk of a MovieFilter and a News and/or PoliticsFilter. The admirable FreeFilter
project makes it easy to set up other special-interest, breakaway micro-MetaFilters.
Is it possible that all this syphoning-off will one day syphon off the core of MetaFilter itself? Or are all these spin-offs mere adjuncts? For what it's worth, I'm plainly on the side of eclecticism and inclusiveness.
Can we have an alternative frontpage where all the posts which mention Iraq are filtered out? I'm getting a bit tired of this war thing and would like to enjoy my MetaFilter Iraq free. Something like www.metafilter.com/noiraq.mefi would be greatly appreciated!
if you could filter mefi, how? more inside.
Gotta ask: how many of us poor souls are now lost in the certainly blessed, aesthetically coherent but ultimately life-consuming Bermuda Triangle
had a white background when I previewed it (like this one
still does), but it disappeared when I posted it. Shouldn't "Preview" mean "show me what I'll get if hit Post now"?
The HTML filter appears to have elided the "style=" and quote marks from the tag.
OK, there were 40 front-page posts yesterday. Just for laffs, here's a MetaFilter front page filter
. Change the number after the ? in the URL to change the highest numbered user whose posts you'll see. Old school!
's the source.)
I'll make this filter private soon, 'cause I just wrote it to support this suggestion: I think something like this should be a MetaFilter preference. Anyone else?
This thread sucks
. The link doesn't jump down to the story, the subject matter isn't very funny or interesting, it's just stupid. The post is too long, the comments are pretty pointless. I would delete it, but it could create more trouble than it is worth. What should be done about sub-par links? Anything? Take the good with the bad?
Been there/Done that:
A button so that if a significant number of readers mark a post as a duplicate or just really boring, etc. then your preferences filter it out. So if someone were to post AYBABTU again, annoyed readers would mark it, and those who came later wouldn't see it unless they turned off their filter.
Metafilter is a great site, but by sheer definition it covers a wide gamut of topics. Are there any Metafilteresque
or 'slash' sites for artists, designers or photographers? I want a k10kesque slash site to visit.
Aside from that, what other wonder sites are there which fit into this mold? I'm currently enjoying iaslash.org
a great deal, which is for information architects. Other than that, I'm stumped. Thanks!
speaking of filtering
any chance of a way to not show posts based on a set of keywords?
as a new zealander living in australia, i'm quite frankly up to my naders with goring bush action