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Help Fund MetaFilter

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]
posted by mathowie on May 21, 2014 - 1149 comments

Where I'm off to

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]
posted by jessamyn on May 20, 2014 - 255 comments

State of MetaFilter

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]
posted by mathowie on May 19, 2014 - 1702 comments

New subsite beta (alpha?): FanFare

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]
posted by mathowie on Apr 16, 2014 - 1316 comments

Did you try the medicine drug?

Someone made robocop is bleeding's infamous generic House script into a gif.
posted by bobobox on Sep 14, 2013 - 137 comments

Is there something to record where I've been?

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?
posted by marienbad on Feb 12, 2013 - 33 comments

What's the meetup record?

There are three (1, 2, 3) NYC meetups scheduled for next Saturday. Is that the same-day same-city record? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Oct 11, 2012 - 37 comments

New Mod Monday

It's New Mod Monday! (actually they'll filter in over the next two weeks, but anyway ...semantics!) [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Oct 1, 2012 - 208 comments

All your cats are belong to MeFi

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]
posted by radioamy on Aug 21, 2012 - 52 comments

THIS Is when it starts to get awkward? Oh my....

Welcome to your teenage years, MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jul 14, 2012 - 206 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

100K!

Congratulations to the MetaFilter community for 100,000 posts.
posted by ColdChef on Jan 28, 2011 - 74 comments

The 7th anniversary is the desk set anniversary....

Happy birthday and 10,000th Anonymous post Ask MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 comments

Fin de Siècle Metafilter

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?
posted by xod on Jun 21, 2010 - 174 comments

The kindness of strangers

This post is an example of why I am so proud to call myself a MeFite. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 20, 2010 - 1431 comments

MeFites were right - it was a hoax

Anyone remember this thread about Dan "Blitz" Krieg who suffered a freak accident and then perished from MRSA? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Nov 17, 2009 - 144 comments

Should the profiles of deceased MeFites be preserved?

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]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 16, 2009 - 83 comments

Bringin' it old-school.

Birthday thoughts from an old-timer. [more inside]
posted by solistrato on Jul 15, 2009 - 83 comments

MetaFilter in the Ruins

"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]
posted by cashman on Apr 14, 2009 - 83 comments

MLYT

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]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Mar 6, 2009 - 19 comments

What is the story of Metafilter?

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?
posted by infini on Aug 12, 2008 - 73 comments

MetaFilter History

Is there interesting MetaFilter history that newcomers wouldn't know about, but might find interesting? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 16, 2008 - 107 comments

valerie flame

all-time favorite flamewars in the blue? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Feb 21, 2008 - 9 comments

Forgotten?

The shadowy back alleys of MetaFilter... [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 12, 2008 - 125 comments

Oh boy! Sleep! That's where I'm a MeFite!

Today on BoingBoing TV: MeFi's own Greg Nog asks Simpsons director David Silverman: " Does Ralph mean he dreams of being being a literal viking when he sleeps, or does he use "viking" as an absurd way of saying that he excels at the act of sleeping?" [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Oct 25, 2007 - 70 comments

MarkovFilter: Lemme see if any American supermarkets have taken in this stuff to decorate my dorm room.

Allow me to properly introduce you to MarkovFilter. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 11, 2007 - 369 comments

More Inside? You bet.

More inside everywhere! [more inside]
posted by pb on Sep 6, 2007 - 47 comments

Be safe and smart!

Our own fandango_matt, of Metafilter design contest and multiple pissing elephant fame, has come up with his own Boy Scout inspired Metafilter safety guide.
posted by Krrrlson on Jul 16, 2007 - 188 comments

Eponysterical

What's the origin of the term "eponysterical"?
posted by misha on Jun 19, 2007 - 85 comments

Follow up to "Vienna phonebook thread"

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.
posted by arco on Jun 6, 2007 - 11 comments

I'm really not trying to be glib

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.
posted by jayder on Mar 12, 2007 - 120 comments

Great answers are great!

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 and this, but are there others?
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2007 - 50 comments

B-E S-U-R-E T-O D-R-I-N-K Y-O-U-R O-V-A-L-T-I-N-E: A resolution of a mystery site

To follow up the intense mystery of this AskMe, a resolution at last. Well. Um, see for yourself [flash]. from here
posted by thirteenkiller on Nov 14, 2006 - 69 comments

Don't tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about

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?
posted by reklaw on Oct 26, 2006 - 175 comments

nominate threads you thought had an impact on MeFi culture and history here.

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.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Oct 15, 2006 - 90 comments

Sometimes I just love this place.

Sometimes I just love this place.
posted by Floydd on Oct 3, 2006 - 81 comments

Cortex comes through, again!

Bump.

cortex comes through, again.

posted by yhbc on Aug 30, 2006 - 90 comments

An update on MiHail memorial donations.

An update on MiHail memorial donations.
posted by arse_hat on Jul 2, 2006 - 6 comments

Mefi notices the Taliban back before they were fab

This post was flagged fantastic, five years ago today. It seems we underestimated the "Taleban's" Godwin factor. By a lot.
posted by anotherpanacea on May 22, 2006 - 43 comments

A man sodomising a chicken

ZoophiliaFilter: Would it be wrong to use AskMe to request graphic imagery of a man sodomising a chicken?
posted by sjvilla79 on May 15, 2006 - 89 comments

We are collecting donations to benefit an organ donation charity in memory of MiHail.

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]
posted by jessamyn on May 12, 2006 - 30 comments

Announcing: favorites and flagging

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.
posted by mathowie on May 10, 2006 - 100 comments

How did you discover MetaFilter?

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

MeFi Compilation Album call for submissions

Metafilter Compliation Album:
Phase one: call for submissions.
[everything of substance inside]

posted by cortex on Apr 17, 2006 - 85 comments

Announcing the Jabber server.

See who is online currently and info about using the Jabber server here.
posted by mathowie on Jan 23, 2006 - 54 comments

The tags have gone missing from the ebay scam question.

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?
posted by duck on Jan 9, 2006 - 42 comments

Another Tagline Thread

Just becausw I'm bored and there is a new design, another tagline thread?
posted by wheelieman on Nov 26, 2005 - 32 comments

eBay scammer identified

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 is working.
posted by andrew cooke on Nov 13, 2005 - 64 comments

Why do people post "."?

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...
posted by andreaazure on Oct 4, 2005 - 32 comments

Travelfilter

I bet "travelfilter" as a discrete site would be enormously successful, yea, even income-generating.
posted by mecran01 on Aug 3, 2005 - 39 comments

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