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What's your online genealogy?

I stumbled upon this tweet recently:
“what's your online genealogy. mine is: digimon forums moderator -> rpg maker - > somethingawful -> lf -> twitter” ~ @immolations
It got me thinking about the various online communities I've been a part of in my digital life, the different digital phases I've posted, shared, & tweeted my way through. Where does MetaFilter fall into your own digital history? What is your online genealogy?
posted by Fizz on Jun 6, 2017 - 150 comments

Political economy of Into the Badlands?

I seem to recall reading a great comment somewhere on the site sketching out a critique of the political economy of Into the Badlands. I can't find it in my favorites or in any of the FanFare posts for the show, and can't remember enough keywords to be useful in a Google search. I first read it in the past couple months or so, but it could be older than that. Please help me find it - thanks in advance!
posted by HumuloneRanger on May 30, 2017 - 2 comments

The Week You Joined MetaFilter

This recent MetaTalk comment brought up some past bit of history, specifically posts that occurred during the first week of MetaFilter. It had me thinking. Were there any standout or significant posts that you recall from the week that you joined MetaFilter?
posted by Fizz on May 24, 2017 - 63 comments

Things I favorited by my contacts?

Is there an easy way to see, for each of my contacts or for an individual user who is a contact, things that _I_ have favorited? This would be a quick way for me to remind myself why I have marked that user as a contact. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 24, 2016 - 5 comments

New category in AskMe?

Hey! I just asked a question in ask.metafilter about a half-remembered historical event, and was wondering if we could make one of the askme categories "history". I think that's a nice broad category that would be useful for past major world events! What think you all?
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 13, 2016 - 28 comments

It was 16 years ago today, mathowie taught the band to play..

Sixteen years ago today, an unemployed 29-year old in Kendall, Florida followed a link from memepool and history was changed. or something. Both me and mefi are still around, course. After two job changes, four moves, a wedding or two, countless flamewars, tons of meetups, twitterstalkers, phantom cookie gifters, tons of members dropping in at my job, numerous kids, parties, gifts of beer, potato chips, harmonicas and drug paraphenalia, and of course tons of great people coming and going. In many ways, I'm still the same guy who wandered in here, but I'm also much changed as well. As a wise man once said, what a long strange trip it's been. Thanks to all.
posted by jonmc on Dec 5, 2015 - 93 comments

Multi-level Italian church?

I'm trying to find a link that was on the blue -- I'm pretty sure it wasn't in an actual post, but in a complimentary comment someone left -- about a particular church in Italy that has a ridiculous number of layers of archeological detail. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 21, 2015 - 6 comments

On Sept. 11, 2001, there was no Facebook, no Twitter, not even a MySpace

…but there was a MetaFilter. Will Oremus gave us a shout-out five days ago in a short blog post for Slate.
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 16, 2015 - 69 comments

Special snowflake question inside

I'm interested in the etymology of the descriptor 'snowflake', where it refers to a person stating inwardly unique emotions or situations. This has arisen out of finding a strangely amusing definition through a work task, but I can't find the root or origin of 'snowflake' as it is used on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 24, 2015 - 65 comments

Post about historical debate about numbers?

I seem to recall a MetaFilter post (or comment in a related post?) that was about the historical debate over several mathematical issues, including a) whether 1 should be considered a number, and b) whether 1 is prime or composite. I searched for it, but can't find it. I recall there being a link to an academic paper about this topic, which is what I really want to find. Does anyone remember this? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on May 31, 2014 - 20 comments

One Dozen Years Later

9/11 was twelve years ago. Metafilter hosted amazing collaborative citizen journalism of the event as it happened.
posted by double block and bleed on Sep 11, 2013 - 138 comments

Famous Dates in FPP History

NEVAR FORGET the Microsoft Kin!!!1!
An FPP that will live in infamy. -> Birds
Is it "Back, and to the left," or, "Back and to the left"?
Today's FPP: it is important that you wear underpants.

You get the idea -- the FPP# corresponds to the famous date, written as [MMDDYY]. What are some more famous dates' FPPs?

Bastille Day? A surprise volcano!
[more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Jul 6, 2013 - 43 comments

Time stamp for posterity.

Could we get a time stamp added to deletion reasons? They are the only type of comment that isn't time stamped, so all we know is that the deletion occurred sometime after the last comment (or sometime between posting and any comments).
posted by OmieWise on Dec 23, 2011 - 43 comments

mathowie interviews CmdrTaco

"I was a daily reader of Slashdot from about 1997 onwards, and it was a key inspiration for me starting MetaFilter." Matt Haughey interviewed Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, Slashdot founder.
posted by hat_eater on Dec 1, 2011 - 43 comments

The Dark Fortnight of the Soul

This week in MetaFilter History [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Aug 16, 2011 - 117 comments

Australopithecusidebar

The Bar: Precursor to the Modern Sidebar? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 20, 2011 - 57 comments

Using a Recently Visited Threads page instead of short-term favorites (plus Preview page side-pony)

Do you think a "Recently visited threads" page would be a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Feb 22, 2011 - 31 comments

Historical badassery.

The question? I need your favorite badasses of history and science. The replies? 87 and counting. There's some great reading in this Ask thread, covering luminaries from Archimedes to Margaret Sanger.
posted by jokeefe on May 14, 2010 - 32 comments

When?

When was AskMefi added to Metafilter? (No more inside, short and sweet).
posted by crazylegs on Apr 28, 2010 - 60 comments

Do you read Mefi archives or your favourites?

Do you read Metafilter archives and/or your favourited items? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Feb 5, 2010 - 55 comments

But that's not what you said in 2007!

Checking through previous AskMe posts: proper etiquette? [more inside]
posted by Strudelganger on Feb 2, 2010 - 35 comments

When/where/what-like was the first NYC meetup?

When/where/what-like was the first NYC meetup? (My GoogleFu failed.)
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 29, 2010 - 31 comments

Viva quien vence... but, still...

I'm wondering if we should add a "History" category to Ask Me? I posted this today, and was surprised to find that we don't have this category choice. I wavered between "Grab Bag" and "Society and Culture" and finally went with the latter, though my impression of that category is that it's meant to address quite different, mostly contemporary questions... and checking past questions seems to affirm that it's not a great fit, though probably the best we have. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 23, 2009 - 67 comments

Queries from the hive mind

I was experimenting with Google's search suggestions feature when I noticed that it gave some interesting results for "metafilter + [letter]". Since it returns the most popular search terms starting with that phrase, what you get for each letter is an A-Z listing of the most sought-after topics related to Metafilter. So without further ado, I give you... Metafilter A to Z. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 11, 2009 - 179 comments

Though now they are giants, once they were just like us.

What were the mods like (on Metafilter) before they were mods? Please point me to notable posts by Jessamyn, Cortex, et al from when they were just some schmo on MeFi like you or me. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 15, 2009 - 53 comments

Up

FollowupFilter: Edith Macefield’s house sold, to be elevated (previously)(previously)(previously)
posted by Artw on Jul 8, 2009 - 12 comments

Help searching for old post

Looking for an old post on book of made-up flora and fauna [more inside]
posted by bloomicy on Mar 8, 2009 - 12 comments

It ain't me

This thread achieves orbit. That is all.
posted by telstar on Feb 12, 2009 - 172 comments

Happy fourth birthday!

Happy birthday to us - four years old today! [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 17, 2008 - 94 comments

Inauguration meetup planning inside!

Hear Ye: Exploratory committee for the formation of an Inauguration Day meetup in/around DC. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Nov 5, 2008 - 237 comments

feed for personal activity

I've been playing with a lifestream app, and it would be interesting to be able to pull my metafilter posting/commenting history into that. The most streamlined way for that to happen would be via RSS. It doesn't seem like there's any way to do that currently. Obviously this is a low priority, but if it's just a matter of flipping a switch, it could be interesting. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Oct 19, 2008 - 11 comments

A trip down MeFimory lane to Obama's 2004 convention speech

Here's a little trip down memory lane. Obama's 2004 speech at the Democratic convention caught MetaFilter's attention. On July 28th, 2004 there was swift's MeFi post Obama's been lauded (which, in a refreshing change, derailed into a discussion of Canadian politics) and later that same day ronv asked what's more realistic/ which will happen first in the united states: a minority president or a woman president? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 25, 2008 - 78 comments

Easy Trips Down Memory Lane

On the front page sidebar, it says "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 years ago"—links to Metafilter, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 years ago. Could we please have this feature in Metatalk?
posted by interrobang on Apr 30, 2008 - 37 comments

A moment of the silence for the IMG tag

How can I find those hilarious closed/deleted Metafilter threads from the days of the IMG tag? I remember the page taking a few minutes to load because they were full of ridiculous animated GIFs. I'd like to spam my friends with some of those images.
posted by exhilaration on Aug 29, 2007 - 35 comments

New user history pages are up

There's a new user history interface, at http://www.metafilter.com/activity/(your user ID). It's linked on user pages now and provides a consistent view of your posts, comments, and things favorited by others (including a new most popular favorited list from your history). Three cheers for pb for building it, it should be much easier to use and more consistent than the previous way we did things.
posted by mathowie on May 16, 2007 - 141 comments

Detailed description of farm history; MeFi relatives get in on the act.

Callout for awesomeness: Want to know about farming history? Well, ontic's dad will tell you about farming history.
posted by LobsterMitten on May 3, 2007 - 58 comments

Grow a skin, people.

This is a good post, marred badly by its comments, which seem to be mostly in a vein of defensive nationalism. Odd, since a few minutes' research seems to indicate the poster is from the US, or at least was educated and is living there, and the story as described does merit the hostility of the poster.
posted by Aidan Kehoe on Apr 4, 2007 - 81 comments

Sidebar History

Sidebar: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 years ago... 6, 7? I mean, I can type it in manually, but I figured I'd suggest it and see if enough people want it. And I'm not saying to go on indefinitely, could turn into "1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15 years ago" over time, as per mathowie's decendants' wishes.
posted by Eideteker on Jan 15, 2007 - 33 comments

Metafilter History

having stumbled through the wiki and come out no wiser, a query: is there anywhere a concise source for metafilter history? i'm particularly interested in how the 5$ fee came to be conceived, and the effects (short-, mid- & long-term) it had on the blue/green/grey.
posted by progosk on Dec 8, 2006 - 59 comments

Metafilter book

Is someone going to write a book about Metafilter? I would read it, maybe.
posted by airguitar on May 18, 2006 - 89 comments

History Category on AskMe

Could "history" be added to the list of ask.me categories? I know that theoretically there could be an endless number of these but "history" seems to be a pretty big omission. I put my recent history question in "society & culture", and so did flexxer, while cuke put his in "grab bag" and my wife put hers in "writing & language".
posted by Kattullus on Jun 12, 2005 - 8 comments

Blocking Posting History?

This Mefi user is blocking their posting history. Should they be allowed to?
posted by Dean Keaton on Apr 27, 2005 - 53 comments

Biography based on previous comments

I recall a while back someone posted a sort of biography of another MeFi member using information gleaned from that person's comments and posts. Anyone remember that/have a link?
posted by mindless progress on Dec 3, 2004 - 26 comments

Dragging poster's previous answers in is not cool

"You also tried to fill a zippo with butane, so I'll reserve judgement." Everyone will likely tell me I've got my panties in a wad as that is the common response here at MeTa, but it'd be great if people didn't attempt to discredit the experience and advice of others on AskMe based on unrelated advice threads. Having to worry someone's going to throw your history of questions in your face later as an indication you are stupid or unable to give advice to others on different topics seems a bit shady. I'm not saying this is an established pattern, just that it'd be helpful to keep in mind.
posted by ifjuly on Oct 25, 2004 - 45 comments

Announcing the new search features

NewFeatureFilter: Ask MetaFilter search, and all user pages have Ask MetaFilter history, with Ask MeFi removed from MetaTalk history. This is the tip of the iceberg, several major features will be added this week.
posted by mathowie on Jun 14, 2004 - 15 comments

Anyone really know the history of MetaFilter?

Anyone really know the history of MetaFilter? (more, as you expected, inside)
posted by answergrape on Jan 14, 2004 - 18 comments

comment history bug-a-boos

One's Ask comment history is folded into one's MetaTalk comment history page, which may or may not be a bug, but the background color of the Ask threads are based on how you enter them (green from the Ask front page, grey from users' MetaTalk comment history) which probably is a bug.
posted by NortonDC on Dec 9, 2003 - 9 comments

Awesome comment from monju_bosatsu!

I feel compelled to publicly applaud and congratulate monju_bosatsu for this superb and interesting essay, elevating an otherwise lackluster post to greatness.
posted by anastasiav on Oct 14, 2003 - 45 comments

Blogs on Medieval history

Of all the blogs out there, I've been unable to find any relating to a field that I'm very interested in: medieval history (or history at all, for that matter). Anybody else out there share this interest or know of any weblogs like this?
posted by charlesv on Jun 11, 2002 - 13 comments

First Metafilter media mention

After virulent flurry of weblog/blog/metablog press coverage, I was trying to remember the first time I saw a major story in the "mainstream" press. All I could recall is New Yorker and New York Times (linked to inside - can't link from here - please excuse east coast bias.) Can any press group claim credit for being first to write about this ?
posted by Voyageman on Mar 2, 2002 - 6 comments

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