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Where else does MeFi live on the web?

Outside of the many aspects of MeFi on the official site, what are the various ways that MeFi gets disseminated, processed, scraped, repackaged, discussed, etc. on the web? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2015 - 57 comments

Emotional Labor Article in The Guardian

I just saw this article in The Guardian on Emotional Labor and it contains a link to the epic metafilter discussion!
posted by maggiemaggie on Nov 8, 2015 - 61 comments

Dead MetaFilter Radio

So, I tried to share the MetaFilter Radio app with someone recently and found it was no longer in the App store. And I tried to run my MetaFilter Radio app and it was an utter failure. Are there plans to update this and continue to make it useful and fun, or was it a one-off project and is now dead?
posted by hippybear on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 comments

110: Stealin' Lincoln, with Eyebrows McGee

It's a short podcast! By our standards, which is to say only an hour and twenty minutes or so. Jessamyn and I are joined by the midwest's own Eyebrows McGee as we chatter semi-hurriedly about a bunch of stuff from Metafilter and also Abe Lincoln's corpse. We cover October 8th-ish through November 2. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 2, 2015 - 47 comments

109: Rhymes With Picard, feat. Greg Nog

For this episode, Jessamyn and I are joined by none other than Greg Nog, who chats about cats and puppets and moving from one city with "louis" in the name to another, plus lots of great MetaFilter stuff. We cover September 9th through October 8th, all in a shockingly lean hour and three quarters. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 8, 2015 - 88 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

Out of the Blue, episode #2: On emotional labor, with Jess Zimmerman

On July 13th, the writer Jess Zimmerman posted “Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor on The Toast, an essay about how and why emotional work is often undervalued and treated as "women's work". Or, more to the point, not even work: just something women are inherently supposed to do. It's a good piece, and what it spawned was even more interesting: a huge, revelatory MetaFilter thread in which site members, women in particular, talked about all the ways this asymmetry and devaluation of emotional labor has affected their lives and their relationships. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 15, 2015 - 48 comments

The Big MetaFilter Survey 2015

Please take an informal, light-hearted survey that is designed to let us all discover some fun, fascinating and potentially insightful things about MetaFilter and each other. Here is the link to The Big MetaFilter Survey 2015. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 14, 2015 - 248 comments

The Best of Best of the Web

So, somebody off the street (or your friend, or your significant other or whoever) comes up to you and asks what's a metafilter. What threads do you use to illustrate what sort of place this is?
posted by dinty_moore on Sep 13, 2015 - 67 comments

108: That's A Solid Three-er, with ignignokt

This episode of Best Of The Web covers features special guest host ignignokt, chatting with Jessamyn and me about Metafilter, twitter bots, video games, and a bunch of neat stuff from MetaFilter. We cover August 3rd through September 8th, and the episode runs about 2 hours. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 9, 2015 - 35 comments

Planning a MetaFilter survey

Inspired by this post about the XKCD Survey and this comment by The Underwear Monster, I thought it might be fun to do a Big MeFi Survey along the same lines - mostly goofy questions that we can sic our local datawranglers on and see what fun, weird, fascinating things drop out. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 3, 2015 - 325 comments

Posting to the Front Page: You Can Do It Too!

Posting to the front page of Metafilter can seem daunting, mysterious, and/or fraught with with uncertain outcomes. (Spoiler: It is easier than it might look.) If you have never or rarely posted a FPP but would like to, we’re here to help. Stretch your wings in September! [more inside]
posted by julen on Sep 1, 2015 - 96 comments

Does anyone else feel Metafilter's moderation culture is ridiculous?

I joined Metafilter because I was interested in community feedback, not the feedback of the same tiny handful of moderators who all think alike. [more inside]
posted by knowgood on Aug 28, 2015 - 531 comments

Mentioned in comments, Dutch comedian who parodies language class

I've been searching on MetaFilter and just can't find it: there was a comment a few years ago that linked to the YouTube channel of a Dutch comedian who parodies I think ESL class aimed at Dutch immigrants. So it's this weird but highly amusing hybrid of Dutch and English with plenty of caustic puns (in Dutch). Anyone recall who or what I am talking about?
posted by Nevin on Aug 26, 2015 - 13 comments

Let’s Encourage and Help Folks Make Their First Posts

Over the past few months, we’ve talked about ways to encourage first (or second or third) time posters and help you/them become more comfortable with posting to Metafilter. I propose we spend September helping new posters successfully make the leap into the wonderful world of FPPs. [more inside]
posted by julen on Aug 17, 2015 - 134 comments

107: Breakin' the Dowels with ColdChef

Hey, it's episode 107 of the MetaFilter Best of the Web podcast, featuring special guest host GJ "ColdChef" Charlet, who joins me and Jessamyn to chat for about 90 minutes about Metafilter favorites, learning to drive stick shift, dealing with emotional labor, and a whole bunch of interesting funeral and graveyard tidbits. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 3, 2015 - 58 comments

Looking for a comment about "50 Shades of Grey"

I'm trying to find a comment on MetaFilter that summarized how 50 Shades of Grey went from fanfic to published work, and specifically talked about the books' author having a background in marketing. Do you know which comment I'm looking for and where it is? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Janta on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 comments

aniola joined the conversation. Yesterday, 8:11 PM.

aniola: why are there thousands of users on metafilter and only ever a dozen or so in chat?
going to maine: That seems like a great question for metatalk, actually. I move that you ask it. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 1, 2015 - 136 comments

Out of the Blue, episode #1: The Snail That Wouldn’t Die

In 1846, a dead snail was glued to a specimen card in the British Museum. In 1850, somebody realized that the snail…wasn’t so dead after all, kicking off a curious story of molluskular stoicism that charmed the mid 19th C. science-and-nature circuit. But what went on in the ensuing 150 years? Site user "nicebookrack" wanted to know, and posted question to Ask MetaFilter asking, well, whatever happened to the snail that wouldn’t die? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 21, 2015 - 87 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

106: I Cleaned Out The Bathroom Closet

It's episode 106 of the Metafilter podcast, with me and jessamyn and mathowie. We talk about interesting stuff on the site from June 3 through June 30, and chatter a bit about my summer in Huntsville, the problem of putting doing anything off because you don't want to think about doing everything, and why Matt's always turning into a goddam robot. This episode runs just under a couple hours. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 3, 2015 - 33 comments

#loveWins #mefi

In light of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling and the explosion of marriages, proposals, officiating proposals, I'm excited to hear about any mefites who are getting married or officiating! I've seen pictures all over twitter, but I'd love to share in the happiness this brings to our own little corner of the internet.
posted by boo_radley on Jun 26, 2015 - 88 comments

Looking for a comment

There was a longish comment by a person who does design/UX work for Wikipedia about what a huge pain in the ass it was, getting everything AOK across hundreds of different language sites and all the rest. This was offered as a plausible explanation for why the site does not change its looks very often. I liked this comment and I think we mentioned it on a podcast. My Googling, it does nothing. Do you remember? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jun 16, 2015 - 23 comments

State of Metafilter, and funding update

It’s been a busy year on Metafilter, with some big changes over the last twelve months.  Some of the hardest changes were the result of the financial difficulties that came to a head last May with significant staffing cuts.  And the best thing to happen for the site was the tremendous outpouring of generosity from Metafilter’s members in response to that financial crisis, through voluntary funding of Metafilter.  

I want to thank all of you again for your support, and give you an update on where site finances are now, how funding has helped, and how we’re trying to make it easier to support the site in a way that works well for you—including a new alternative to PayPal. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 8, 2015 - 223 comments

105: Have Fun At Space Camp

It's episode 105 of the Metafilter Podcast, covering May 7 through June 2 and running just about two hours. We discuss at least two novelty birdhouses. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 3, 2015 - 50 comments

104: I've Got Wheelhouse In The Head Now

Hey hey hey, it's episode 104 of the podcast. Recorded Wednesday May 6th, Matt and Jessamyn and I yammer for nigh on two hours about a bunch of great stuff from the last month and also complain about cell phone reception. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 6, 2015 - 79 comments

Improve Account Security With This One Weird Trick (Hackers Hate It)

We've improved password security on Metafilter. So, hey, update your password! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 22, 2015 - 76 comments

Password Security Update

We're changing the way we store passwords at MetaFilter. You can help us test the new system by changing your password today. [more inside]
posted by pb on Apr 17, 2015 - 97 comments

Anyone having problems posting comments?

I am really frequently getting "Error—Comment Post Not Found" messages when attempting to post replies on the blue. Anyone else having similar problems? (I recognize the irony of asking this when it will be difficult for people to respond...)
posted by sonic meat machine on Apr 14, 2015 - 25 comments

The Virtues of Moderation

Included in volume 17 of The Yale Journal of Law and Technology is the article The Virtues of Moderation.
This Article provides a novel taxonomy of moderation in online communities. It breaks down the basic verbs of moderation—exclusion, pricing, organizing, and norm-setting—and shows how they help communities walk the tightrope between the chaos of too much freedom and the sterility of too much control. Scholars studying the commons can learn from moderation, and so can policy-makers debating the regulation of online communities.
One of the case studies discussed is Metafilter.
posted by alms on Apr 3, 2015 - 25 comments


On March 4, Matthowie announced he was retiring. On March 7, he commented that he'd be getting his retirement thread printed as a book. If you've been putting off signing his Internet retirement yearbook, you've get less than 24 hours to come up with an exciting message.
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 3, 2015 - 28 comments

How do *you* pronounce 'MeFi'?

Hi MeFites. After many years of overthinking a plate of beans, I made a thing! I'm pleased to share my PhD dissertation about MetaFilter with you all. A simple question of how we pronounce our own nickname has unfolded into many years of research. This time spent would not have been as enriching or meaningful to me and to the field of sociolinguistics without the support and enthusiasm of my fellow MeFites. I say I made a thing, but really, you made this. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Apr 3, 2015 - 185 comments

Quick Design Improvement Test

We tweaked the colors a little on the MetaFilter home page to address some uncertainties people had mentioned. At any time you can click here to opt out of the test. [more inside]
posted by pb on Mar 31, 2015 - 236 comments

metafilter: a series of pithy quotes

Has anyone ever collected all of the comments on metafilter that start with "Metafilter: "... ? [more inside]
posted by el io on Mar 25, 2015 - 68 comments

Should have just checked here first.

Twice in the past month I've sought information on the wider web only to find that the answer was here all along. Turns out that noise in my head is my tensor tympani muscles flexing and that someone else had a question about that line from L&O:SVU a decade ago (they really did need a warrant to arrest someone in his own home). So: what cool things have you left MeFi to find, only to find them back here on MeFi?
posted by davidjmcgee on Mar 20, 2015 - 22 comments

April Showers

I'd like to propose a negative- free month. As in BEST of the web. As we transition from Matt to Josh, I think it would be nice to re-visit metafilter and get back to it's core business. Best of the web. Let me repeat that. Best of the web. If it's fighty, don't post it. If it's political, don't post it. Well, go ahead, but it's not part of April Showers. You know what I mean. Can we spend April ignoring the Worst of the web? Is it possible? Are you folks willing to just find stuff that brings a smile to people's faces? It's a challenge. I'd like to keep metafilter somewhat happy. And give the mods a month of fun. [more inside]
posted by valkane on Mar 13, 2015 - 377 comments

Go be awesome

How to Leave Your Internet Job. Advice for @mathowie on his new adventure by Jessamyn.
posted by zarq on Mar 10, 2015 - 105 comments

MeFi catch-up

I sort of forgot to read MetaTalk over the course of the past year or so, and I was shocked to hear of Mathowie's recent retirement. It got me thinking, what other major Metafilter news did I miss out on?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Mar 9, 2015 - 65 comments

Pony This Song to MeFi

We have a one-stop button for posting MeFi Projects to Metafilter. Could we also get a one-stop button for posting MeFi Music to Metafilter?
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 7, 2015 - 24 comments

One last chance to be moderated by Matt: feel free to be extreme.

So, mathowie, you are still with us for one last night, as a so-called moderator. Interesting. Beguiling, even. Show us then: what are the uncouthnesses, insubordinations and downright fripperies up with which you will not put, while you are still in power?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Mar 6, 2015 - 625 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

Annie Hall/Marshall Mcluhan moment in Stubbs the Zombie thread

So there's a post about the videogame and soundtrack to Stubbs the Zombie. Someone complains about the "dance off" feature. The creator of the game, having joined Metafilter seven years ago but never having posted before, comes to the thread and explains his design choice.
posted by mecran01 on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 comments

Did Mefi make you fan of any of 'Mefi's Own' ??

Have you discovered any artists / writers / musicians / insert-artform-here, via Metafilter who are bone fide 'Mefi's Own', that you are now big fans of? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Feb 4, 2015 - 103 comments

Please tell someone to remember to tell MetaFilter when you die

This MeTa is inspired by a conversation in the chat room in which we realized that despite our wishes to know when other members of the community died, most of us didn't yet have a plan in place to ensure that our fellow MeFites would be notified of our own deaths. I've since told my husband how to find the Contact Form, and if he forgets I have a few MeFites as FB friends (he won't forget to update my FB, at least) -- what's YOUR plan to get your dots?
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 22, 2015 - 129 comments

What is your favorite username?

Well, it's December 10th, and you know what that means: it is FAVORITE USERNAME DAY. Share yours below! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 10, 2014 - 473 comments

Looking for useful feedback: MetaFilter tools by mdevore

Recently there were some Greasemonkey scripts and Chrome extension tools for MetaFilter posted to MeFi Projects and I thought they warranted special mention, as not everyone may be aware of them. They're from programmer (and Mefite) mdevore (Michael Devore). Direct link here. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 13, 2014 - 3 comments

Hazlitt's love letter to MetaFilter

The Internet’s First Family by Stephen Thomas at Hazlitt takes a "historical" (recent history that is!) view of MetaFilter. Don't go all gooey when you read it. via Phire's tweet
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 31, 2014 - 171 comments

Recent Amazon Links not working

A Metafilter Labs project, Recent Amazon Links, either isn't working or nobody has posted a link to an Amazon product for a couple of days, which I've never seen happen before. As a gadget addict, I'm wondering if something's broken or are other things being prioritized? Is anyone else experiencing this?
posted by SillyShepherd on Oct 3, 2014 - 14 comments

Web 1.0 dinosaur Metafilter modernizes, slowly

MetaFilter calls to mind a bygone Internet age... Think of it as reddit for grownups.
posted by y2karl on Oct 1, 2014 - 154 comments

Remember when.

On this day, in 1999, Mathowie posted Metafilter's 100th post.
posted by whimsicalnymph on Aug 26, 2014 - 55 comments

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