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If your website is full of assholes, it's your fault

Mefite[1] Anil Dash[2] writes[3]: "Simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet." Examples? Why Metafilter, of course, (as well as Stack Exchange sites, of which he is a board member). [more inside]
posted by Tuesday After Lunch on Dec 29, 2011 - 89 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

Upsetting the plate of beans.

I miss the old metafilter. [more inside]
posted by roofus on Nov 28, 2007 - 355 comments

Hello, Radios!

I'll be doing a short, on-air, phoned in interview with Ronald Jenkees of youtube fame this Wednesday starting at 3pm (eastern standard time). You can listen to it live here. There will be a recording on that site shortly thereafter. If there are any questions the MeFi crowd would like me to ask, post them.
posted by phrontist on Sep 9, 2007 - 21 comments

Please help me name my mix CD about kittens.

The AskMe guidelines make a simple-sounding request: 'Please avoid "help me name my kitten/computer/website" and "help me make a mix CD" questions.' But these kinds of questions are posted fairly frequently, and seldom seem to be deleted. How many of these kinds of questions are posted, and what proportion of those are removed? If the guideline isn't being enforced because people love the name-my-whatever questions, maybe it would be better to just get rid of the guideline. Alternately, if the guideline is to remain, maybe it would be better to make it more prominent, and/or to delete a larger proportion of the questions which break it.
posted by box on Sep 2, 2007 - 76 comments

Jessamyn in Ann Arbor, MI, June 8

Jessamyn in Ann Arbor, MI, this Friday, June 8, at the Michigan Union. Event sponsored by the U-M Library, MLibrary 2.0: The Future is Now, Peter Morville of 'polar bear book' fame will also be speaking. Please contact the U-M Library about registering for this event if you are not already a U-M member. See you there!
posted by needled on Jun 5, 2007 - 10 comments

Did Anyone else notice the MiFi shoutout on Mythbusters?

There was a Mythbusters marathon recently. At the end of one of the the shows, behind Adam and Jamie, on the back wall, there was a masking tape "MeFi."
posted by johnj on May 8, 2007 - 5 comments

New York Times mention of Metafilter

The New York Times bases an article almost entirely on a Metafilter thread.
posted by xammerboy on Feb 20, 2007 - 2 comments

Why are multiple links to the Astronomy Picture of the Day OK?

Why isn't this APOD post considered to be a double, triple or quadruple? [MI]

APOD doesn't seem to be an aggregator like BBC or CNN, all they do is post invariably awesome pictures of space everyday. Is it going to be acceptable to post to the front page every time something interesting is posted there (ala the proliferation of youtube links)?
posted by Mitheral on Feb 6, 2007 - 114 comments

Let's define news- and politics filter

"if you can craft a definition of news and politics related threads that anyone can read and judge their pending post against, and it's so clear and concise that no one would second guess it and wonder why their news or politics related thread was removed, I'd be happy to add it. Because right now, there's no way I could make a black & white, water-tight set of guidelines for discouraging and deleting political and news posts. I don't keep them around for the traffic, I keep them around because there's no easy way to say what should stay and what should go, as six years of metatalk have already covered." -mathowie

Let's do this.
posted by keswick on Nov 16, 2006 - 149 comments

Amazon's New Askville Service

Just a Meta Heads up. Along with Google and Yahoo in the "Ask" pool....

Amazon is stealing our internets too.
posted by filmgeek on Oct 30, 2006 - 30 comments

Metafilter bumpersticker sighting.

Another curiousity question (and no idea if this is completely inappropriate.)

I was driving behind a Toyota SUV earlier today in Maryland (New Hampshire Avenue, southbound, at around 445-5pm, after Cloverly, but before Valley Brook Rd) and I found myself staring at a MetaFilter bumper sticker! I've posted a picture in the comments, with the license plate number blacked out.

A) I'm curious as anything to know who this was.
B) Where can I get an awesome bumper sticker to put on my car?

PS: I was driving a black 98 Honda Civic with my headlights on and a bunch of crap hanging from the rearview, if whoever it is wants to know what car I was.

(If this is completely taboo and un-mefi, please delete.)
posted by sperose on Sep 29, 2006 - 69 comments

Blogathon tomorrow

Blogathon is tomorrow! Frykitty's project currently has 373 participants and pledges totalling over $66,000 for charity. Dobbs will be wrestling the blogathon to the fucking ground. I'll be writing about funny money. Any other mefites participating?
posted by jdroth on Jul 28, 2006 - 22 comments

Why Is There So Much Spam In Our Wiki?

I know this has been brought up before, but I believe that it's frustrating enough to deserve being brought up again. Why is the wiki so spam-ridden?

Every time I go to look at it, at least 75% of the things I click on are spam or "DeletedPage: This page was WikiSpam. "

Seriously, If nobody's going to put in the effort to keep the wiki spam-free, why even bother to have it, especially now that we have a FAQ?
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 4, 2006 - 21 comments

Where is the thread with X things to do before you die?

I swear I searched everywhere, but I can't find an old mefi/ask thread about X things to do before you die. Could anyone nudge me in its directions?
posted by duende on May 14, 2006 - 3 comments

How did you discover MetaFilter?

Simple question: How did you discover MetaFilter?
posted by wheelieman on Apr 24, 2006 - 279 comments

5-minute collaborative media quiz (Metafilter included!)

Users of collaborative media are invited by Dan Gillmore to take this five-minute research quiz authored by a Kennedy School of Government student. The quiz is very well crafted and asks lots of good questions, with room for specific written comments by respondents, and Metafilter is one of the sites specifically mentioned. Via BoingBoing.
posted by By The Grace of God on Mar 17, 2006 - 37 comments

How does the "Metafilter users near me" thing work?

Question about the "Metafilter Users Near..." thing.

I show a user named mdevore within 4 miles of me. He in turn shows a huge slug of users at the 23 mile mark from him.

Given our relatively close proximity, shouldn't more of those being showing up on my listing as well? What's the outer threshold of that listing?
posted by hwestiii on Feb 25, 2006 - 10 comments

The metafilter.org backdoor has been closed

Once upon a time not so long ago, I could type in the FQDN http://www.metafilter.org and actually resolve that address and browse Metafilter threads from my office. Now, when I try to use that address, it automatically reverts to http://www.metafilter.com and that address is blocked by my company's "Smartfilter" as "chat/forums". I can't read threads at work anymore and I'm pretty sad about that.
posted by PuppyCat on Feb 6, 2006 - 9 comments

What happened to the redesign?

Whatever happened to the great redesign? Lack of time on the part of our great leader or did something go horribly wrong?
posted by twine42 on Nov 15, 2005 - 31 comments

Pony request - edit/remove a post?

Feature question (not necessarily a request) -

The ability to edit/remove a post after you have submitted it. Is this something that we Don't Have, or something that we Don't Want?
posted by afroblanca on Nov 6, 2005 - 26 comments

How much is Metafilter worth?

Metafilter is worth $1,801,447.14. Data from Technorati and inspired by research from Tristan Louis.
posted by Ljubljana on Oct 24, 2005 - 44 comments

Best of Metafilter: August 1, 2005

Well, no need to wait any longer. We have a winner....
[lots more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 2, 2005 - 36 comments

Fark Uses Metafilter As Source

Since when does MeFi have its own source icon on Fark?
posted by greatgefilte on Jul 27, 2005 - 27 comments

Buggy user search results

Frequently when I do a user search, they don't come up. If they do, it's because their user name is somewhere in the text, like "iconomy" at the bottom of this user page. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug?
posted by Specklet on Jun 22, 2005 - 10 comments

Why do some Metafilter features appear in Firefox but not Safari?

I’m a rookie Mac user and pretty new around this site. I’ve noticed while computer hopping that when I use a PC there is a small toolbar in the lower-right corner of the message windows on this site. It’s the one with the Bold, Italic and Link buttons. When I use this site on my iMac, there is no such tool bar. Is this a settings thing or just a “feature” of using a Mac? Also, is this an appropriate use of MetaTalk or should I post things like this in Ask MetaFilter?
posted by Neosamurai85 on Mar 12, 2005 - 9 comments

More inside - could it look nicer?

I like the new [more inside] feature in AskMe, but I think it looks clunky having all these big [more inside]s strewn all over the place. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Feb 17, 2005 - 32 comments

"What x are you?" quizzes

Yes, I know that "what x are you?" quizzes are the worst of intarweb clichéry, but when I saw this one (via PreSurfer), I had to waste five minutes and take the quiz. Imagine my shock/delight/spewing-on-laptop when it gave me this result. (And I was trying for this result...) So, what website are we?
posted by wendell on Feb 14, 2005 - 89 comments

Is it time for Ask Metafilter to be promoted?

Given the fairly high usage and value of many of the threads, isn't it time for Ask Metafilter to be promoted to be listed on the Blue? The link in the sideblog to this amazing thread is a clear sign that it's ready for primetime. How about it Matt?
posted by tommasz on Feb 4, 2005 - 36 comments

World AIDS Day 2004

Say Matt, are we doing anything for World AIDS Day again this year? It's Wednesday, as you know I'm sure. Just wondering.
posted by crusiera on Nov 29, 2004 - 3 comments

Any other similar sites?

Metafilter is one of those sites I visit when I've got 2 seconds to rub together, and the rubbing won't intrude too much on my train of thought. I read the posts, and I can dive in when something seems too entertaining to pass up. Other sites that hit me the same way: Boing Boing, Fark, and /.. However, on a particularly loathsome day of work related idiocies, I find that I can exhaust those sites pretty quickly (particularly since I let my TotalFark subscription lapse). Does anyone have other locations that are equal parts whimsy and serious thought?
posted by thanotopsis on Aug 31, 2004 - 25 comments

How do I search for Metafilter users?

it took me something like twenty minutes to remember how to do the "username.mefi" URL to find somebody's information. while messing around, i also found users.mefi which is a link to people who have origins in their name...and i never knew about that. what else is out there? and, is there a list of the various dotmefi pages one can use?
posted by taumeson on Jul 11, 2004 - 11 comments

Wrongwaygoback Redirects to Metafilter

wrongwaygoback.com = MetaFilter. Huh?
posted by Mwongozi on Jul 1, 2004 - 13 comments

Has Anyone Punched Anyone Else Here?

Out of curiosity, has anyone on MeFi ever made good on an online "I'll punch you" threat?
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Mar 16, 2004 - 54 comments

Brownpau's white pony request

I love using MeFi with the light "plain-text" scheme; could it be extended to Metatalk as well? Nothing fancy; just body, .menu { background: white } and I'll be happy.

(Oh, and a white pony.)
posted by brownpau on Sep 24, 2003 - 10 comments

Paper finished

Mefite squirrel's communications studies paper, as originally mentioned here, is finished, and interesting.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jun 12, 2003 - 18 comments

Java-script bug in captions

I've found a bug in the new javascript captions that come up on links with title attributes - in Phoenix/Mozilla, if I ctrl-click on a link to open it in a new tab, the caption stays up, and the only way to make it go away is to reload the page.
posted by chrisege on Feb 17, 2003 - 12 comments

Email links encryption and comment count questions

I have two issues. First, shouldn't the email link on the user pages be encrypted to make it harder for spam robots to collect the address? Second, why isn't the comment count on user pages updated when threads are deleted? I have 4 Metatalk comments listed, but only two of them are still online.
posted by einarorn on Feb 9, 2003 - 8 comments

Distilling Metafilter

I have an idea for a blog and wanted to get some feedback. Metafilter often creates great threads with each poster adding additional links and insights but one has to dig through the noise and do a lot of reconstruction to get the good bits. The idea for the blog would be a meta summary of certain threads pulling all the good links, quotes and ideas together in single post, a sort of "best-of" with appropriate footnoting for recognition of contribution. This would take some writing skill. The summary thread can then be TB'd on a separate blog so readers of metafilter would have access and because it is a "best-of" it would have more permanence and a chance for additional contributions. Thoughts?
posted by stbalbach on Feb 9, 2003 - 16 comments

How does Metafilter's logon work across the sites?

When I log into the site, I am not shown as logged in on the front page (therefore unable to post), even though I am shown as logged in here at Metatalk. Is this systemwide or does my computer just hate me?
posted by konolia on Jan 15, 2003 - 9 comments

All users mapped

Courtesy of Aaaugh!'s mad GIS skillz, every metafilter member with a zipcode in their profile has been plotted on this map [inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 20, 2002 - 108 comments

Please add *.met4filter.org to the DNS tables

Some customers sites I work at block MetaFilter. Thankfully, Met4filter.org works as a backdoor to the front page, but *.met4filter.org doesn't seem to be in the DNS tables. Can we get that, please?
posted by costas on May 7, 2002 - 17 comments

Jessamyn mentioned in Wired

MeFi's own jessaymn mentioned prominently in Wired article. Or see page 44 of the May 2002 issue.
posted by bingo on Apr 16, 2002 - 13 comments

Is it wrong to use MeFi as your own personal soapbox?

"So let me get this straight. We have a post with a link to a cheesy bio page that is uninteresting, really has nothing to do with anything said in the post, and is only provided as a catalyst to debate something someone's professor said?" Apologies to Mikhail, but he brings up a pertinent point. When one chooses to compose a FPP for MeFi, which should come first: an appropriate link, or a soapbox worthy topic? Is it wrong to use MeFi as your own personal soapbox? How can one tell (preferably before they hit the post button) when they're out of line?
posted by ZachsMind on Mar 29, 2002 - 19 comments

Apology for Actions (Jonmc, JakeExtreme): DreamFilter

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?
posted by jonmc on Jan 16, 2002 - 80 comments

Did you mean Matt Haughey?

How do you know when you're a star on the Internet?

Google attempts to correct the spelling of your name.
posted by willnot on Jan 10, 2002 - 19 comments

Best web-logs of the year, 2001?

"These are the best weblogs this year in my humble opinion. Who will win? That's up to you!"

No it's not, it's up to you Dave, because you picked them (and they were of course, heavy on the Manila/Frontier-based blogs).

Here's my question: what's the point of doing this? To bring attention to Manila and Radio? To sell a few copies of Frontier based on the press? He asks if he should call his personal awards "the bloggies" but if he tried google he would see the first return is the Bloggies, which were nominated in a more democratic way and voted on in the same way.
posted by mathowie on Dec 17, 2001 - 106 comments

Wil Wheaton Interviewed at Salon.Com

Brief Salon.com interview with Wil Wheaton.
posted by Shadowkeeper on Dec 12, 2001 - 10 comments

Can we raise the level?

Can we raise the level? MeFi is what we make it. Is there anything we both can and should do, besides policing, to deliberately improve the site and our enjoyment thereof? [more]
posted by mattpfeff on Dec 10, 2001 - 32 comments

Request for lurker/poster/commentator percentages

This information may be up here somewhere but I've yet to find it:

What's the lurker/poster/commentator percentages, like, is there a pie chart somewhere?

How many people who sign up eventually lapse/disappear from MeFi or never ever post a link or comment ?

Who are the top ten/twenty posters?

What percentage of total overall posts are by the aforementioned?

Is MiguelCardoso an android ala the Buster Friendly Show in Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? Does he ever sleep?

Re: the CNN comment--I came here post 9/11, not via Brill's Comment and I do use MeFi to check breaking news. But then I don't know shit from poop web-wise...

But the non-news posts are what made me sign up.
posted by y2karl on Oct 4, 2001 - 4 comments

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