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Pony request: Place to put unasked-for tips

Pony request: a place for random answers, or tips, that have no immediate questions, but might be useful to someone, sometime, somewhere. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 1, 2012 - 66 comments

Why MetaFilter is Awesome

Why MetaFilter is Awesome And Why the World Needs to Know [more inside]
posted by hat_eater on Jun 16, 2011 - 74 comments

Linked to by/links to pages?

I noticed my Linked to by / Links to page has changed again. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Dec 29, 2010 - 7 comments

[previous-filter] mefi checks if fpp links have previously been posted. how about doing the same for a few of the other large sites out there?

[previous-filter] mefi checks if fpp links have previously been posted. how about doing the same for a few of the other large sites out there? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 30, 2008 - 42 comments

Previously

How about a Previously Box? People often make FPPs and link previous posts. Previously, previously, previously. Pretty Please? Previously (partially). [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jun 20, 2008 - 12 comments

Self-link/Spam fighting

After seeing this post and the posting history of the author, I had a bit of an idea. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on May 12, 2008 - 81 comments

keep comments while still killing posts

I was a little sad to see the Purple Reign post deleted; I realize that the post itself was DOA but I loved some of the links posted within the thread. Perhaps there is a middle ground that is a step above killing that would still allow folks to at least see the comments while still culling the post.
posted by zeoslap on Apr 30, 2008 - 54 comments

A callout... to SHINE! [SFX: twinkle twinkle twinkle]

I'd like to see a place where users can submit FPP requests to the general MeFi populace, and where users can respond at their will to said requests. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Mar 3, 2008 - 58 comments

Local MeFi

Idea: Metafilter Local. [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Dec 16, 2007 - 62 comments

3100 flavors of awesome

AskMe is quickly turning into my favorite food resource of all time. It's a vast treasure trove of practical, easy to make recipes and good food-related advice shared by regular folks, not food writers or even, necessarily, hardcore foodies. Can we have a thread consolidating the favorite/most useful recipes and advice AskMe has produced? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Oct 30, 2007 - 64 comments

34 Mefites think Mach3avelli is an asshat.

What do you guys think about instituting "personality points" towards users? You know, something along the lines of: 15 members think user x talks out of his ass too much. 6 members think user y suffers from a holier than thou complex. 24 members have been helped by user z. etc. Really, it's all about helping create context, especially for new and less frequent users. I would love an option where I could scroll my mouse over a name when I read advice in an AskMe thread and see something like, "173 users recommend against this user's advice." It could be all spelled out in a user's profile next to the "this user links to" category.
posted by Mach3avelli on Sep 3, 2007 - 164 comments

A hiatus isn't a moratorium, but it'd be nice.

Suggestion to reduce complaint-filter: a MeTa queue similar to anonymous AskMe. If a complaint can be handled by an admin one-on-one, the admin can deny the requested post and take the conversation to e-mail. If it's a meetup request or a policy issue that seems worthy of discussion, the admin can approve it and let everyone chime in.
posted by anotherpanacea on Aug 3, 2007 - 137 comments

Would it be possible to have "how many new" show up after you click a category to browse through?

I love the (x new) comments feature, but I notice that it doesn't work if you're browsing questions by category (say, "human relations"). Would it be possible to add that feature so one could still see how many new comments had been added to questions when vewed by category?
posted by canine epigram on Aug 1, 2007 - 7 comments

Easier tabbed browsing?

When browsing via the tabs up top, would it be possible / desirable to keep the tabs in session and redirect when you hit the home page? [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Feb 27, 2007 - 13 comments

Enforced preview, please?

For my own sake, what about enforced preview when posting? In the absence of the ability to edit posts, post-post, forcing the preview stage would probably save me some embarassment. Maybe it could even be a user-configurable option.
posted by mzurer on Feb 23, 2007 - 36 comments

Question math

if ((TodaysDate-DateofLastPost)+(TodaysDate-DateofPostBeforeLast) >60 ){ ok you can ask your question}else{ no sorry wait some more}

wouldnt something like this give people their 2 questions within 30 days to use as they wish? (and stop all the whining)? if not programmers feel free to tell me im stupid
posted by petsounds on Feb 6, 2007 - 10 comments

Newsfilter: Zero Tolerance

Newsfilter: Zero Tolerance. [mi]
posted by Eideteker on Nov 8, 2006 - 116 comments

Making flags public

Feature idea: I'm not sure if it's meant to be private-ish or not.. if it is, you can scratch this idea. I was thinking it would be cool to be able to see "this post / comment has been flagged as:" with a list. The usernames of the flaggers could be anonymous, but it'd be nice to see what the hive mind flags things with.
posted by twiggy on Jun 25, 2006 - 3 comments

Mefi compilation album idea

Various artists: Feelin' Blue (Metafilter Records, 2006)
Given the response to cortex's excellent music post, and given the range and quality of music on offer, I have an idea that will make us all rich and famous* [follow me inside...]
posted by nylon on Apr 16, 2006 - 82 comments

You might post my project to MeFi, but can I add related info?

At some point down the road I will release a project to Projects. I think it's cool and interesting enough that a MeFi post could well be deserved, not just linking to my project but to a number of related sites and documentation. I'm very close to this project, so I can handily write up what I think is a good and wide view of the issue to do more than promote my project. However, I don't want to be accused of self-linking and instead would rather post it to Projects with enough info for someone else to post on MeFi about it. Would suggesting someone do this in the writeup in Projects be going too far?

PS. Additional suggestion for the form I'm currently filling in: "Projects related"
posted by Kickstart70 on Feb 27, 2006 - 8 comments

Proposal - Mefi Mentorship for new users

Encouraged by one supportive comment here, I am proposing the MeFi Mentorship program for new users. The idea is to ease new users into the MetaFilter community and avoid the kind of ugliness that happens when newbies don't understand how MetaFilter works. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Jan 20, 2006 - 38 comments

Preflag: frivolous

FeatureReqeustFilter: I think it would be cool if we gave users a way to 'pre-flag' their own comments as being frivolous. Other users would then be able to automatically filter out frivolous comments. So users (like me) who find comments like this totally hilarious would be able to see them, and users who wanted substantive discussion could also get that.
posted by delmoi on Nov 19, 2005 - 27 comments

Hide instead of delete

Rather than deleting comments that are "bad" because they're considered trolls (or just not helpful in AskMe), I think that it would be better to hide them so that only the person who posted the comment can still see it.
posted by freshgroundpepper on Aug 24, 2005 - 36 comments

A gmail account for anonymous askme followups

I created a gmail account for anonymous askme followups. The username is anon.metafilter and the password is metafilter. Anymore can post there. Just log in at gmail.google.com and send email from that account TO that account (anon.metafilter@gmail.com).

Since gmail allows tags, you can tag your messages. You can also reply to them (or other users can reply to them) and gmail will automatically keep all the replies together.

Why hasn't someone already done this? Is it a bad idea? (No one will be forced to use it). If it's a bad idea, why is it a bad idea? Of course, it could (perhaps will) get utterly chaotic with people deleting each others posts, etc.

Lets see what happens.
posted by grumblebee on Aug 22, 2005 - 40 comments

Constructive suggestions for dealing with trolls

Some constructive suggestions for dealing with trolls . . . [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Jul 8, 2005 - 55 comments

Firefox extension

I'm considering writing a Firefox extension for Metafilter. Would anyone use it? [+]
posted by orthogonality on Mar 3, 2005 - 49 comments

Recall thread containment

Do we need periodic MeTa "What current posts are you looking for but can't find?" consolidated threads (answering q's like this and this and this), lessening these same threads in AskMe? Do we need occasional MeTa posts in which we can all ask about AskMe post resolutions, too, like "Did she get all the glass out of her underwear?" Is this a plan? Pros/cons? Does the question of pros/cons of this plan need ITS OWN MeTa post, or is that getting all corporate/committee/Dilbert/Peter Principle/Call in the consultants?
posted by Shane on Mar 3, 2005 - 15 comments

a limit on how far one particular detail can be discussed

I have a proposal for political arguments that might make them more productive: a limit on how far one particular detail can be discussed. A problem I noticed on this thread is that nothing gets resolved because the discussion revolves around one minor detail.
posted by [expletive deleted] on Feb 25, 2005 - 62 comments

A warm fireplace with overstuffed chairs

Is anyone willing to create a MetaParlour? [Come into my thread, said the swan to the MeFites]
posted by orange swan on Jan 13, 2005 - 86 comments

NewsFilter posts could be shorter

In an effort to reach a compromise between people who like newsfilter posts and people who simply can't abide by them, do you think we can attempt to economize the length of FPPs such as this one?
posted by sic on Sep 13, 2004 - 43 comments

MeFi by invitation only?

I believe this has been discussed before, though my clever attempts at searching MetaTalk yielded no aid in framing a picture for reference. (The thread I seem to recall was in response to Kuro5hin toying with the same concept I wish to put forth for discussion.)

It is a seemingly accepted dogma that MetaFilter may be better off with new members, although prior attempts at acquiring new friends have proved to be problematic. So we've thought of using invitations from existing members as a means to introduce new points of view. ?
posted by tenseone on Sep 8, 2004 - 19 comments

"oops! god no, i take it back!" button

Speaking of the Value of D'oh: crush-onastick suggested a "oops! god no, i take it back!" button and ook added "But it should disappear once somebody else has posted after you, so people can't delete something from the middle of a thread.". I thought it was a good idea, but I should: I suggested the same thing in February 2000, only I wanted to call it a "D'oh" button. Less a pony, more an old grey mare?
posted by wendell on Aug 25, 2004 - 26 comments

Would MetaFilter be better off without an etiquette/policy section in the gray?

The Pollo Campero discussion is a nice example of members drowning out derailing attempts without resorting to MetaTalk (at least until I fucked it up by bringing it here). Would MetaFilter be better off without an etiquette/policy section in the gray?
posted by rcade on Nov 1, 2003 - 69 comments

Adding double posts to the original?

A new way to deal with double posts: instead of deleting them (or not) could the double and its comments be added as comments to the original post?
posted by timeistight on Jul 11, 2003 - 28 comments

Micro-MeFi-Charges?

With all this talk about finding ways to make Matt money, I've come up with the answer...
posted by crunchland on Apr 3, 2003 - 20 comments

useful to add entry-dates on user comment pages?

Just an idea: would it be slightly more useful to add entry-dates on user comment pages?
posted by DenOfSizer on Jan 2, 2003 - 2 comments

This [more inside] thing could be useful

I'm not getting at the actual poster's with this (I love both of the stories). But wouldn't a Wheadonesque 'more inside' style posting ability be really useful in cases like this and this?
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 21, 2002 - 23 comments

Newsfilter!

Item! (just kidding) Why don't we keep simple one-word posts to the most provocative current events on the sideblog? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 7, 2002 - 15 comments

What about requiring a valid e-mail to post?

How about requiring everyone who posts to have a valid e-mail accessable to other members, but only through a form mail, to hide the address for those who don't want it really public, and to protect addresses from farmers?
posted by rich on Aug 30, 2002 - 10 comments

Checking for responses efficiently

Is there some easy/efficient way to check for replies to your posts (e.g. your nick mentioned in a new post), so that you don't have to look at each individual thread you've posted to, checking for respsonses? (more inside)
posted by bingo on Feb 16, 2002 - 25 comments

screening big sites from FPP

What if the URL field on the MetaFilter Post a Link page were screened so it would be impossible or at least difficult to link to the home page of CNN, The Onion, etc.? People could see a message reiterating the guidelines to post to something specific, and it would keep them from annoying people who are annoyed by these kinds of links.
posted by kirkaracha on Oct 20, 2001 - 15 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

Sectioning metafilter / newsfilter

Why are the homepage posts so saturated with the popular news outfits like Reuters and New York Times. Maybe two sections could be created. One for the popular news items, and one for the more offbeat, colorful, hard to come by stories/links/reports/etc.
posted by jwurtzel on May 8, 2001 - 5 comments

"Post with Comment"?

A "Post with Comment" feature, which enables you to post a link *and* the first comment in a thread at the same time.

posted by rcade on Apr 30, 2001 - 13 comments

Shameless Self-Link Sunday

Has this subject of limited self-blogs ever been brought up? Wait - before everyone starts throwing things at me. What if there were one day a month where self-blogging (to a limited extent) was allowed - say one per customer.

I appreciate the fact that MeFi isn't supposed to be a self-promotional place, but what if this one day - "Shameless Self-Blog Sunday" or whatever, it was cool to link to a project or site that the user had been involved in - with a significant notice (icon or text) that the blog was self-referential so readers would be forewarned.

I just know that lots of folks do have things they're proud of (myself included of course), that they want to share with MeFi, and it would be nice to have a way to do so without being horribly crass. As they say - "Well, it's an idea."
posted by kokogiak on Mar 26, 2001 - 10 comments

online novel forum

As I don't have a forum for myself anymore, I thought I'd throw an obscure post into metafilter to see if anyone bites.

As you may or may not know, I've started an novel online... now, I was wondering what the interest would be in setting up a system where anyone could create an account and their own books (main advantage being ability to get instant feedback and edit anywhere). I've already set up a CMS with full CM pages. But if I made it public, would people come? It's not quite a journal, not a blog, and while some of the features are similar, there's different stuff behind this.

What do people think?
posted by Neale on Feb 28, 2001 - 7 comments

So what did you think of the moratorium idea?

And so it has been a week since the suggestion of a voluntary moratorium was proposed and discussed in this thread. Any thoughts about whether a discussion of MeFi protocol should be presented on the home page, or is everything fine and dandy?
posted by Avogadro on Feb 3, 2001 - 10 comments

"floating" threads with intense conversation

How about threads "floating" back up to the top of the page in relation to the intensity of the conversation? Right wing site Free Republic does this
posted by owillis on Dec 13, 2000 - 11 comments

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