We've set up an official fundraising/contributing/support page here
, and are now tracking the number of people signing on as monthly supporters. [more inside]
Wanted to let people know that while I'll continue to be hanging around here like I've always been, I'll be taking a (small) job at the Internet Archive being the support person and the user/tech liaison for Open Library
. [more inside]
Today I need to share some unfortunate news: because of serious financial downturn, MetaFilter will be losing three of its moderators to layoffs at the end of this month. What that means for the site and the site’s future are described below. [more inside]
On the heels of the previous MeFiTV thread
as well as internal discussions about how we could someday do a site around entertainment in general, we're ready to open up a small beta test of what discussions around episodic TV might look like at FanFare
. [more inside]
I often read threads without commenting and thus they don't show up in recent activity. Is there a greasemonkey/firefox plugin that can show me which threads I have read and record my place in them - other than opening history up every time?
There are three (1
) NYC meetups scheduled for next Saturday. Is that the same-day same-city record? [more inside]
It's New Mod Monday! (actually they'll filter in over the next two weeks, but anyway ...semantics!) [more inside]
This month's Wired Magazine
features an article about teh intarwebz fascination with cats, and the first entry in its "Invasion of the teh Kittehs" timeline credits MeFi! [more inside]
Welcome to your teenage years, MetaFilter! [more inside]
Why MetaFilter is Awesome And Why the World Needs to Know [more inside]
Congratulations to the MetaFilter community for 100,000
What was Metafilter like at the turn of the century? Is it substantially different now? Do you have a favorite era or year of Metafilter?
is an example of why I am so proud to call myself a MeFite. [more inside]
Anyone remember this thread about Dan "Blitz" Krieg
who suffered a freak accident and then perished from MRSA? [more inside]
When an account is disabled, all the profile information disappears. Might it be better to preserve the information when the account is disabled due to the owner's death? [more inside]
Birthday thoughts from an old-timer. [more inside]
"Nuclear warheads launched from North Korea, Iraq, China, Iran, U.S., Pakistan, India, and France have all but destroyed 22 of the world’s 50 largest cities." [more inside]
Whilst that was the lamest video I've ever sat through, you did point us to a pretty decent website of time-wasting videos. [more inside]
Imho this question didn't feel like it was "askMefi" so here goes. I'm observing how groups/communities form organically or virally online around common values/goals/whatever and I wonder if there's ever been a discussion, thread, study etc done on Metafilter's beginnings, how it grew etc? Any thoughts, stories, anecdotes?
Is there interesting MetaFilter history that newcomers wouldn't know about, but might find interesting? [more inside]
all-time favorite flamewars in the blue? [more inside]
The shadowy back alleys of MetaFilter... [more inside]
Allow me to properly introduce you to MarkovFilter
. [more inside]
More inside everywhere! [more inside]
What's the origin of the term "eponysterical"?
FYI: Remember the "Vienna phonebook
thread"? The archival collection we used to find all that information is (finally) being opened to the public
with a presentation
tomorrow afternoon here at the Holocaust Museum in Washington.
I know this is a private website, where the administrator has a strong interest in avoiding litigation by celebrities, but what I saw happen in the last hour or so is just creepy.
Which AskMefi questions have elicited great responses or answers - the sort that just perfectly answer the question, or those where what seems like a long shot is serendipitously answered by the perfect person? Looking at the "metafilterhistory" tag, I found this
, but are there others?
To follow up the intense mystery of this AskMe
, a resolution at last. Well. Um, see for yourself [flash]
. from here
So I solved this problem
, based on the help given by a few members, who I'm very grateful for. But was it really necessary for a load of people to come into the thread in the meantime and tell me that I didn't know what I was talking about?
I just noticed that we have a metafilterhistory
tag. This, dear admins, is a brilliant idea, and was a great walk down memory lane. We have cameras, indeed. I was wondering, perhaps, if people wanted to nominate threads they thought had an impact on MeFi culture and history here.
Sometimes I just love this place.
An update on MiHail memorial donations.
was flagged fantastic, five years ago today. It seems we underestimated the "Taleban's" Godwin factor. By a lot.
ZoophiliaFilter: Would it be wrong to use AskMe to request graphic imagery of a man sodomising a chicken?
We are collecting donations, in cooperation with MetaChat, to benefit an organ donation charity in memory of MiHail. (announcement of MiHail's death at Mefi & MeTa; related mecha post) [mi]
I'm working on favorites and releasing what I have today. Think of favorites as an internal bookmark system, a way to keep a list of the good questions, great comments, or interesting ideas you've found here.
Right now, you can mark a thread on mefi, metatalk, or ask mefi as a favorite, and view it at the link in the header above (is the header too wide for small monitors?). All your stuff marked as a favorite is public and anyone else can see the stuff you've marked (this comes in handy later on).
I'll be adding the ability to flag comments later today and very soon I'll be doing something akin to the fantastic posts page
on Ask MeFi, where the most favorited things over the past few days is highlighted on a single page.
Simple question: How did you discover MetaFilter?
Metafilter Compliation Album:
Phase one: call for submissions.
[everything of substance inside]
See who is online currently and info about using the Jabber server here
Tag conveniently gone missing?
. Like many others, I've been following the askme thread
originally posted by airnxtz where he is found to be a scammer and where hopefully we will soon have word about the consequences of his scamming. Normally I search for this thread by looking at the "all posts tagged ebay", but the question is no longer listed on that page. In fact once I found the question, I see that it no longer has the ebay tag or any other tag. I assume that though airnxtz has lost his posting privileges, he still has the privilege to edit his own tags and has done so. Otherwise, what happened to the tag and can we get it back?
Just becausw I'm bored and there is a new design, another tagline thread?
can anyone clarify what's happening here
? seems like some mefi detective work might either shed some light on things, or clear the poster's name; i'm not sure browbeating
him with false dichotomies
What exactly is the . in people's replies? I used to ignore them, but when I saw a dozen or so in the Nipsey Russell thread
I just had to know...
I bet "travelfilter" as a discrete site would be enormously successful, yea, even income-generating.