So a single product link
(that's been linked before
) is okay now? Or is it only because its "benbrown"? Curious.
is about the fifth or sixth thread since July to link to an e-mailed article from the Wall Street Journal Online
. I only bring this up because it violates the terms of WSJ.com's subscriber agreement
, and could cause copyright problems both for the individual users linking to them and for the 'Filter.
My apology inside.
My font 'n' size customization displays just fine on MeFi, but doesn't seem to take effect here in MetaTalk. I'd like to have the customization on both pages. Is there anything I can do, or is that just the way it's gon' be? I appreciate any suggestions. (Win 2000, IE 5.)
I don't know if its just in IE or what, but several posts, the Gnod and plasticmonkey.com post are the most recent examples, point to http://www.metafilter.com/www.gnod.net (for example). I looked at the source, and this only happens on the posts that don't specify http. Is this an IE only thing, or does that always happen?
The front page represents us to the world. If we're going to take the trouble to post to it, can we doublecheck our spelling?
Clicking the metatalk link on the front page gave me the metatalk banner and the message below. I was finally able to log in to metatalk via the "category list" button in the banner. No doubt this is Godzilla-related.
This is actually a MetaTalk feature request. When creating a thread about a specific post or user (e.g., 1
, , 3
) courtesy dictates that the singled-out member be notified. But I don't know how often that happens. How about an optional field, when creating a new MetaTalk thread, reading "Notify these users". The thread creator could then enter one or more usernames and/or usenumbers, separated by commas. When the thread is created, the specified users (assuming their email address are available) would receive an automated email reading something to the effect of "You have been asked to participate in MetaTalk thread xxxxx."
Don't know if this is intentional or not, but i just noticed this:
When previewing my comments to metaTalk threads, mouse-rollovers on a previous posters name shows their username in the IE status bar; however, mouse-rollover in the same thread when the comments box is empty displays user numbers instead. Is this a useful feature, or a glitch?
Ok, I was looking for any old threads on customizing MeTa, but only found something related (here
). I am curious if it is possible to actually customize the number of posts on MeTa. I have Mefi for four days, but MeTa seems to only post the last 5 entries. Is there some way around this? I was looking but could not find it.
Given that MeTa is mostly used for private discussions about what goes on in MeFi, should there be links to it on the front page of MeFi for all to see? Would it be more appropriate for it to be discreetly linked from somewhere else or, to take it to the extreme, only available to logged-in users?
Airing dirty linen in public is not usually considered the "done thing" and hiding it from public scrutiny may allow more open and honest discussions.
Hitting preview in Mozilla gets you the preview page without the inputted text and no "post" button.
Maybe with the temporary increase of bug reports, deleting all but the last 5 metatalk threads on this page might be a little severe?
Two itsy-bitsy questions and one trivial, infinitesimal footnote:
1)On MetaTalk's front page it says "There have been no links and no comments posted since your last visit". Since posts here aren't required to have links wouldn't it be better to say posts or, following the wording on the posting box, threads?
2)Why, when you go back to revise your new post, does the category selected always jump back to bugs? (Some posts mistakenly attributed to bugs are impossible to find through the category archives).
Footnote: Does anyone else feel slightly disappointed when they check in on MeTa and there haven't been any new posts for what seems like ages? Is this ethically deplorable in any way? ;)
IE6, running on Win98SE. I have "open links in a new window" selected in my profile customization, but they open in the same window anyway.
1. How about a standard notice when a comment is deleted from a thread? Replacing each deleted comment with "[comment deleted]" might make threads like this
2) MeTa doesn't notice that I've set MeFi to open external links in a new window. External links don't always open from comment preview pages, either, which causes a tiny moment of angst when I double-check links before posting. Am I missing something?
I can't see a preview of my comments in Metatalk using N4.79, and the login screen isn't showing. It worked just fine before the MeFi server outage (*pouts*). It does work correctly in MeFi, tho.
IfI try to read any thread on MetaFilter or MetaTalk and I'm logged in, I get 404, yo. If I'm not logged in, I can read the threads. I've tried logging out and logging back in, and I deleted my MetaCookies.
[provisional post]As I can't comment on mr_crash_davis's thread, but the "post a new thread" feature is working, this is just to say that, when I try to access MetaFilter I get a "Do you want to download MetaFilter?" window.
How is it not obvious that this is not okay?!?
Anybody attending one of the MeFi gatherings
, how about posting some pictures?
In Metatalk, when I hit Preview and then Back to edit the post, the post disappears.
Is there still a bug in the way MetaTalk calculates the number of new posts? Just now, I came in and got this: "There have been 3 links and 88 comments posted since your last visit." Three new links, sure, but there's only 74 new comments. Now, it's almost always (95% of the time) off by 1 or 2, but never off by 14.
Alternately, does the counter count new posts to threads that have long-since fallen off the front MeTa page? (And if so, is there any way we could once again get pointers to them?)
, Ignorant, or Other?
I suppose this has already been discussed, but isn't it a simple thing to do to prevent accidental multiple postings? Perhaps the current comment could be compared to the previous comment?
Happy 2nd Birthday, MetaTalk!
Gotta love the one and only comment - if only they knew...
, I'm seeing posts here in MetaTalk that really should be in MetaFilter proper. I thought MetaTalk was supposed to be for meta-discussions about MetaFilter that would be distracting from the main site. Was I wrong? [ more inside ]
Perhaps I'm seen as a soft touch or something but people keep emailing me with requests for posting links, comments or just general attitudes. Mostly they're honest reactions to discussions here. Or interesting suggestions.
There certainly seems to be a lot of occasional readers who feel strongly about the issues discussed here. Could there be the equivalent of a Letters category on MetaTalk, for readers who aren't members to react to the threads that exercise them? At least until registrations are open again? As a fan of letters sections in newspapers and magazines, my opinion is that it would make MetaFilter even livelier.
For the sake of review, and so that we may all learn from the past in hopes of making a better future, why was this post
Suggestion: Limit users to one MetaTalk front-page post per week.
All this recent navel gazing
has me wondering--is there any way to see how many people actively participate in MetaTalk? An informal count of the front page posts just now puts it at about a 1/3 who may not even know there's all this discourse going on behind the scenes (based purely on if they have posted any comments or links, they may be lurking). No ponies needed, mathowie! Just curious if any of the MeFi Coder Brigade has come up with anything to generate that sort of info. Thanks!
Give the gaddamned snide comments
a break. It's a flippin' discussion and some tend to add anecdotals. Yes! That is what some people do. To add to DISCUSSION
. Would you be like this during a conversation at the pub? To hell with being personable!
Does anyone know why my post...
"YayDir Blog Directory down until further notice. Not that anyone would notice (except me apparently)."
Metafilter -- dictatorship, monarchy, autonomous collective or religion? [more]
I love, love, love, love, love this post
With so much trash-talk being thrown around this site recently, I just wanted to point out something good. Thanks, y2karl.
How will this foster a discussion any different than the other "Where's Dick" threads we have had without having any linked supporting evidence.
Why is there no "X# of new posts/X# of new comments" on MeTa? would it be that hard to implement?
Two-Part Post. One, I'd like to pre-emptively apologize for me and JakeExtreme's excessive silliness is yesterday's Al Qaeada thread. Nobody's said anything and I suppose no harm was done, but reading the posts this morning, I feel kinda stupid. Jake is gonna be in SLC on Guard duty for the olympics for a month, so it was kind of a farewell party. But we hijacked a good thread. So, sorry.
Two, last night I was staring at a blurry blue and white computer screen, dying to type, but my hands wouldn't move, I struggled then...I woke up. I actually dreamed I was reading Metafilter! Has this happened to anyone else? And what does it all mean?
How many of the 13179 metafilter members actively participate (post and read) on a regular basis? Is that number the result of a SELECT MAX(user_identity) type SQL statement or is it calculated somehow based on readership and usage?
How many of these accounts are test accounts
? How many are inactive
? How many were created and then never used
or rarely used
to post over the previous 2 or 3 years? How many are not Neale Talbot
I'd love to see some histograms.
I suppose Matt is just working on something, but I can't see the comments on MeFi. [error msg inside]
MetaTalk related, actually. Has the number of days shown on the flat view of MetaTalk been reduced, or did I just notice? (more)
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in metatalk only, once i visit "x new" for a thread (or even just the top of a thread), returning to metatalk wipes out any "x new" comment notices that had been listed before.
What is view re cutting and pasting full article text in Mefi comments section if unavailable any other way? (I found thread re posting to subscription sites, but could not find this topic)
Unlike the behaviour at Metafilter itself, here on Metatalk, after I arrive at the new flat front page with the (x new) flags on threads, if I click into a thread to read the comments then hit the back button on my browser, I seem to be losing my (x new) flags.
idea (or has this been suggested before?):
what if each thread and comment had a "notify" link next to it; click the link and you get a pop-up window asking if you'd like to send the note, and if you clicked yes, a notification would be sent to matt, saying "this thread needs your attention" or "this comment needs your attention".
that way, people could notify matt of double posts and flamewars while they were reading the thread; this would eliminate the need for matt to constantly monitor the board himself, and potentially cut down on all those annoying double post comments.
the note could either send a separate email to matt, or it could just send a note telling him to go to a page that would compile the red flags by thread. he could see at a glance that 1 person flagged thread (a) and 12 flagged thread (b), and so on. this page would have check boxes next to each comment that had been flagged, so that matt could delete each notice once he had dealt with the trouble post.
if that seems like it would generate too much mail for matt, then a hybrid "star chamber/notification system" : this feature would be activated for 20 active, trusted members (preferably in various time zones).
the main result of this feature would be to eliminate the need for matt to continuously monitor the board himself, while at the same time ensuring that he makes all the calls regarding the appropriateness of any given post.
does my description make sense, and is this an idea that would save you time, matt?
Now that each subscriber is limited to starting one thread a day, isn't it time to limit the number of comments per thread that a subscriber can post? With unlimited commentary
, it's just unfocused chat.
Minor detail: going to user.mefi/[number] you get links to a user's MeTa threads and comments - very useful - but going to username.mefi/[name] you don't.
Whenever I log out of MeFi, the main page comes back up still with the white (X New) note after "comments." Then, when I try to refresh, I get "Error Occurred While Processing Request," specifically a "Loop error" concerning the QUERY= attribute specifying the query "weblog." Is this just something with my computer at work? (WinNT, IE 5)