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Trying out two Ask MetaFilter questions per week!

We had a discussion earlier this year about allowing two Ask MetaFilter questions per week, and I think it's worth a shot. Today we're rolling it out, and we'll see how it goes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 8, 2017 - 75 comments

We're adding a soft warning for long above-the-fold text on the blue

We’re adding a heads-up note to the posting process on the front page when previewing a long-above-the-fold post, to help provide folks with preemptive feedback about post length. It’s not enforced—your post won’t be truncated by the posting process or anything like that—but we’re hoping it’ll help folks think about how they’re framing stuff in terms of how much vertical space it might occupy. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 15, 2015 - 62 comments

Length limit for MeFi posts?

I wanted to ask MeFites and the mods if there is any interest in having some sort of length limit for MetaFilter posts. [more inside]
posted by lalex on Mar 14, 2015 - 68 comments

Pony Request: Math is hard!

Last week I was going to make an FPP and got the "too soon!" message. I see this often because I tend to post in bursts, so I look up the last posting time and do some mental math. Since the form knows I've already posted in the last 24 hours, would it be possible to just have it tell me at what time I can make the next post? On attempted posting preview: I was notified that I had posted a MeTa within the last seven days so this had to wait, too. Maybe this pony could ride across the whole site.
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 6, 2014 - 46 comments

YOU get a favorite and YOU get a favorite and EVERYBODY GETS A FAVORITE!

100/day just isn't enough anymore, given the increasing volume of quality discussion on this site. Could the daily favorites limit please be raised???
posted by Jacqueline on May 13, 2013 - 227 comments

Character length limit on titles?

Sorry if this is covered in an early titles post, but is there a character length limit on titles? Twice this week I've seen FPPs on the blue that have had their titles (otherwise) unaccountably truncated in mid-word . This is the first one I noticed, and then this morning there was this one. Just curious.
posted by hwestiii on Jan 23, 2013 - 116 comments

How to count favorites.

FAQ: "There is an upper limit of 100 favorites per day". What's a day? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Aug 6, 2012 - 79 comments

Is it a good idea to limit the number of "best answers"?

Just wanted to start a discussion on whether it's a good idea to limit the number of "best answers" in an AskMeFi thread. I started reading this thread and thought about forwarding it to a friend of mine, but the entire thing is almost unreadable due to the color contrast because the original poster "best answered" every comment. In addition, especially to a new user who doesn't necessarily know all of the formatting conventions, the whole thing is really busy. Nothing against the original poster, who is well within their rights to "best answer" as they see fit, but readability suffers in cases like this.
posted by SeizeTheDay on Feb 1, 2012 - 68 comments

Anonymous questions of the most mundane order

Is it me or are some people abusing the anonymous question loophole? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Oct 21, 2008 - 55 comments

It was the one about sex with midgets...

Why is it that you can post to AskMe as Anon and then make a normal post, but you can't do it the other way around? Once you've made a post the Anon link vanishes from the post page. Is it just the link vanishing, or does the ability go too? Can it be changed? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Oct 21, 2008 - 12 comments

What happened to america1-3?

What is the likelihood this would happen? Two unsensational, unrelated posts (1,2) on AskMe within six minutes of each other by america4 then america5. Weird.
posted by netbros on May 13, 2008 - 84 comments

I Could Understand this on MeFi but on the Blue?

"If you absolutely must post another link within 24 hrs, email me the post for approval." [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Nov 28, 2007 - 27 comments

Wasting Away

On the green people sometimes refer to 'wasting a question'. Am I missing something here ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Sep 30, 2007 - 41 comments

Schadenfreude by proxy?

What are the limits to absolute hilarity when "in bad taste" comes into play before posting something to the blue? I ask because I'm itching to share this video with everyone. It's wholly repugnant, but ridiculously high on the Unintentional Comedy Scale. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Sep 16, 2007 - 28 comments

Because some people won't put [more inside]

Pony request... could there please be a character limit for the "summary" box? I mean, wow.
posted by Many bubbles on May 16, 2007 - 20 comments

Length limits in AskMe

"More Inside" is great and all, but perhaps it's time for absolute length limits in AskMe? Brain-dump essays like those (2600 and 1500 words!) don't help people answer, and all those posts need is some judicious editing before posting.
posted by mendel on May 9, 2007 - 42 comments

A way to circumvent?

I recently posted an anonymous question to Metafilter (within the past week). I browsed to the 'New Question' page without thinking about the question limits because I had a new query, but to my surprise the page didn't restrict me from posting. A bug? A way to get around the question limit? Am I shortly going to be shot for pointing this out?
posted by Phire on Apr 30, 2007 - 16 comments

When can I post a question?

The New Question page on AskMefi is giving me conflicting information. First it says that I have 7 days 15 hours (etc) to post, then one countdown says I have 15 hours left, then there's another countdown which was constantly changing between the two, but as I type this it's settled itself to 15 hours. (One of the countdowns is from a GreaseMonkey script). Which is it?
posted by divabat on Mar 3, 2007 - 6 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

Ability to post questions in one's profile?

I have an idea that popped into my head while I was reading this.

Sometimes it comes up that people need/want to ask more than one question that warrants the use of AskMefi within the 2 week period. How about something in your profile where you could post semi-smallish questions + tags? These wouldn't be posted to the main page, but if someone had a similar question that they want to ask, these other smallish questions could come up in a tag search. Then, when the second searcher asks their question, maybe have something that pops up in the first person's profile next to their smallish question to alert them that a somewhat related question has been asked.

Note: I have no idea if this is one of those things that seems absolutely stupid or if it is too difficult to code or whatever. (I hope that "feature requests" was a good place to put this, even though it is probably nonexistant on anyone else's radar screen.)
posted by sperose on Jan 6, 2007 - 29 comments

AskMe post limit two weeks; or, survivor style

Feature request: Setup AskMeFi to have a one question per two weeks limit. Then, create a separate page that allows people who have already asked their question to have their extra question displayed and voted on. (more inside)
posted by SeizeTheDay on Dec 14, 2006 - 52 comments

character limit on tags?

What's the character limit on tags? I tried to add the tag 'BuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalobuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalo' to this thread and got instead:
Error Executing Database Query. [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]String or binary data would be truncated. Saw nothing about it in the FAQ.

posted by ChasFile on Sep 29, 2006 - 32 comments

Waiving front page posting limit?

Would it be possible to have the 24-hour posting limit waived if your last post was a double and deleted?
posted by persona non grata on Jul 21, 2006 - 28 comments

I'm really not that new here.

D'oh! I've been negged by AskMefi for posting another question (last one on July 12th) with the response that "I'm new here and limited to one question a week." I've been with mefi since 2001, what happened?
posted by eatdonuts on Jul 15, 2006 - 7 comments

How long before I can post again?

I posted a question in AskMe yesterday. How long before I can post again - i.e., does it take 7 calendar days or reset on a given day, for example? My wife & I are traveling to Asheville next Tuesday for 3 days and I'd love to ask for suggestions on places to go/things to do (other than Biltmore).
posted by Pressed Rat on Jun 29, 2006 - 21 comments

2 questions, 1 week

Hi, I'm working on a pro bono asylum case and I need a NYC-area translator for Fulani/Pular, a dialect of Guinea. We've tried the available services without much luck and I thought as a last ditch attempt, to try askmefi. However, I asked a question last week (before this translator thing had really become an issue). Would it be possible to post a second question? I can promise not to ask a question next week.
posted by kensanway on Mar 6, 2006 - 22 comments

Character limit on AskMe front page

How about a character limit on the first part of an AskMe question? I'm tired of seeing the AskMe page cluttered with questions like this one.
posted by mr.dan on Feb 4, 2006 - 16 comments

I behaved myself, but there seem to be loopholes

Having just made an FPP, I can still get to the posting page by pasting the "post_good.mefi" link. I can also put in any user id and it still gets me into preview. I didn't dare to hit post though to see if that works, but I thought I'd point it out.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 12, 2006 - 16 comments

Limit on Best Answers?

Maybe there could be a limit on the number of "Best Answers" that a question gets?
posted by Kirth Gerson on Dec 10, 2005 - 34 comments

AskMe commenting should always be open

Why do Ask Me threads bother to close after 30 days? Wouldn't it be useful to go back and be able to add answers anytime?
posted by dobbs on Oct 8, 2005 - 41 comments

new MetaTalk post limit

This will be my last MetaTalk post for the next seven days, because MetaTalk is now subject to the same time limits as Ask MetaFilter.
posted by me3dia on Feb 3, 2005 - 49 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

Can I link to Geocities?

If I have found a website that I think is interesting and I'd like to share it with MeFi... but it is a geocities page that will be useless after the bandwidth limit is hit, what is the protocol? Simply not post it? Post it and let the bandwidth chips fall where they may? Advice on proper etiquette appreciated!
posted by limitedpie on Jul 26, 2004 - 12 comments

One question a week

Does anyone else think that Ask Metafilter would be improved if people could only ask one question per week? There are no 'bad' questions, and I love the site, but maybe it would be better if people saved up their questions for really good stuff, rather then just asking a question of the moment. The down side is that some off the cuff questions are the best, they mirror the way the mind thinks while on the web...
posted by chaz on Jan 22, 2004 - 31 comments

Recent comments sort-by limit

On Twenty Threads? Is this new? Is it customisable? Wassadeal, Matt?
posted by yhbc on Oct 19, 2003 - 44 comments

Be careful what you wish for

Bug: If you set your prefs to show 99 days of posts, the front page shows 99 days of posts, thereby taking forever and making the server pretty unhappy, I bet. There should be some max built in there.

Suggestion: Set login cookie domains to ".metafilter.com" (note the two periods), so logins will work at metafilter.com, www.metafilter.com, and metatalk.metafilter.com.
posted by endquote on Oct 9, 2002 - 8 comments

Eight front page posts in half an hour?

I've largely refrained from joining the chorus asking for some sort of throttle (one post per week, 2/3 posts per week, waiting period for newcomers, etc.), but Jiminy Christmas: Eight front page posts in half an hour? (number one, number eight.) Are you going to implement any of these post-flow-control ideas, Matt, or are we going to become "MetaFilter: A Firehose For The Thirsty"
posted by Shadowkeeper on Aug 27, 2002 - 49 comments

SADDENED by the complaints about MeFi

Emboldened as I am by positive reinforcement (thank you Stavros, and Sennoma), and joyous as I may be at the successful migration to the new server ( Happy Birthday, MetaFilter!), I am still saddened by the many "things are not so good at MetaFilter" discussions that seem to have been occurring recently, both here and off-premises. Although you may all count me in the "I love this place, and all who frequent her shores" category, after carefully reviewing the complaints and giving the matter due consideration, I do have two (and only two) suggestions ... (more inside)
posted by yhbc on Jul 15, 2002 - 75 comments

Two comments per post anyone?

Two comments per post anyone?
posted by skallas on Mar 13, 2002 - 79 comments

Maybe there should be a limit on MetaTalk posts.

Suggestion: Limit users to one MetaTalk front-page post per week.
posted by rcade on Feb 21, 2002 - 95 comments

After deletion, still waiting 24 hours?

If a post is pulled because it is deemed inappropriate(I assume mine went because the subject matter was too close to one you don't wish discussed) are we still subject to the 24-hour rule? Just wondering.....
posted by bunnyfire on Feb 14, 2002 - 67 comments

Does one get notified before one is banned from posting from mefi? a friend is wondering.

does one get notified before one is banned from posting from mefi? a friend is wondering.
posted by bunnyfire on Feb 11, 2002 - 22 comments

long FPPs still happen

Vertical space at a premium, yet long FPPs still happen. How about a count on the characters in the textarea (server side probably better) and a warning like "Are you really sure all this text needs to be on the front page? Have you considered the [more inside] technique?"
posted by sylloge on Dec 5, 2001 - 18 comments

Remedies for over-posters urgently needed

Remedies for over-posters urgently needed. Please bear with me and take the time to advise.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Nov 22, 2001 - 116 comments

This mathowie dude violated the 1 post/24 hour limit

I don't know who this "mathowie" character is, but he appears to have found a way to get past the one-post-every-24-hours limitation, posting two front-page threads within an hour of each other- probably with some super-sophisticated hack or something. Someone better close this loophole before other people start exploiting it!
posted by hincandenza on Nov 14, 2001 - 9 comments

3 links in 4 hours?! too much posting

semper has posted three links in four hours. A bit excessive, neh?
posted by darukaru on Oct 10, 2001 - 15 comments

Two posts by the same person in one day! Too much!

There have been two people today who have posted two links on the front page. (one being a double post) How do you think limiting people to one front page post a day would work out? Or maybe even one every three days? a week?
posted by corpse on Oct 8, 2001 - 24 comments

The best case for a MeFi waiting period I've ever seen

The best case for a MeFi waiting period I've ever seen Survivorcam 2 gets mentioned, 3-4 people (at last count) sign up to create a stupid thread. Anyone want to invite the good people at Slashdot over?
posted by dogmatic on Sep 21, 2001 - 76 comments

three front page posts just this afternoon

jbou sure is enthusiastic....three front page posts just this afternoon. And, natch, no e-mail address to mention this to him offline.
posted by briank on Sep 21, 2001 - 35 comments

rationing to, say, one front-page post a day?

Since we're on something of a war footing here, can I suggest some kind of rationing to, say, one front-page post a day? I know that MiguelCardoso simply mucked up the URL on his last topic, but it just makes it harder to follow the active discussions...
posted by holgate on Sep 13, 2001 - 11 comments

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