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Five years, same as in town

Five years ago today, Matt posted "New user signups are back on" letting all us rowdy unwashed masses into Metafilter for the mere price of five dollars american. Happy Fifth Anniversary to users 17578 to 18680 from 18117.
posted by octothorpe on Nov 18, 2009 - 152 comments

Contacting the Admins

There seems to be no clear way to contact the administrators for users who are not familiar with the site. Could we add a contact link up in the top nav section, or somewhere obvious?
posted by spaghetti on May 31, 2006 - 23 comments

Happy Anniversary, newbies.

Happy Anniversary, newbies. [more inside]
posted by soyjoy on Nov 17, 2005 - 154 comments

How open are meetups to new members?

How open are meetups to new members? I'm curious about showing up, but am not an established mefite by any means and don't want to walk into a group of strangers and break up their vibe.
posted by lorrer on Sep 4, 2005 - 13 comments

How long do I have to comment in order to post?

How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man? I tried to post a link to the front page but was told that I haven't commented enough to earn that right yet -- but nowhere can I find stated how many comments I have to make first. I did a MeTa search but either I was unable to refine my search terms properly or the question has never been posed. Does anyone know, or do I have to take this upstairs? It's a damn fine link, too.
posted by cirocco on Mar 1, 2005 - 26 comments

be nice to n00bs

Things I learned in kindergarden, or... just be nice.
posted by cedar on Dec 14, 2004 - 38 comments

I love Metafilter and this is my way of saying thank you and hello.

I love Metafilter and this is my way of saying thank you and hello. [How could there not be more, inside?]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 11, 2004 - 81 comments

In defense of newbie posts

In defense of newbie posts (No Text. I mean... More Inside!)
posted by Sibrax on Dec 9, 2004 - 68 comments

Can we close signups now?

Can we close the door now? I'm genuinely happy to have some new blood, but here's the problem. Pretty much everyone who's been reading the site with their noses against the glass has been let in. Hereafter, we're going to get a bunch of folks who happen to be wandering by, and know nothing of how things are done around here. (I don't know if that's the case with notmtwain, I'm only using his/her post as an example because it glares so.) We can always open it up again later, but can we have a moratorium on new users? Just for now? Please?
posted by jpoulos on Dec 1, 2004 - 129 comments

Just wanted to tell you something

Would have been cool to make my front page debut commenting about this post, but it appears my new user probation is currently in effect. I plan on taking a look in person as it is happening only 30 minutes from my TG Day location.
posted by redneck_zionist on Nov 24, 2004 - 18 comments

Open registrations = open for spammers?

Noverber 18, 2004: Metafilter registrations become open for a nominal fee of $5.

November 18, 2004: The spam I receive at my previously clean inbox increases exponentially.

Coincidence?

I think not.
posted by scottymac on Nov 21, 2004 - 43 comments

How do you quote?

I'm a newbie here.

How do you quote the Preview feature when replying
to other comments in a thread?

btw,i synidicated MetaFilter on LiveJournal the other day.
posted by bearybipolar on Nov 20, 2004 - 15 comments

MeFiMentor

MeFiMentor: If you're one of the bazillion new folks here and have a question or two that maybe seems too dorky for MetaTalk and too 'Filter related for AskMe, or maybe you just want to run a front page post by someone, feel free to IM someone who's been around the block a bit. Willing old-timers inside...
posted by jessamyn on Nov 19, 2004 - 49 comments

New user signups are back on

Hell hath frozenth overth. New user signups are back on, for a one-time five buck cover.
posted by mathowie on Nov 18, 2004 - 486 comments

Sidebar for Newbies?

Would it be possible to add a little sidebar in MetaTalk listing links to the Wiki for some of the more common questions, such as "What does '.' mean?" and "Why was my post deleted?"
posted by me3dia on Nov 15, 2004 - 22 comments

MeFi Lexicon?

I've been a MeFite for about a year now. Occasionally someone makes a post beginning with "On preview:". I still have no idea what this means. Anybody?

Which leads me to: How about adding a MeFi lexicon?

Thanks.
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 30, 2003 - 33 comments

I miss newbies.

Newbies. I miss newbies. Are there still any newbies out there? Remember newbies? I miss newbies. [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jun 2, 2003 - 90 comments

Help a Newbie!

I'm new to Metafilter, at least as a poster anyway, and I have been less than satisfied with the quality of my comments, especially my front page post. I think my dissatisfaction comes from my lack of experience in posting to a forum that has such a high expectation for quality. This tends to create a bit of hesitation in my posting, which results in over editing and an extremely stiff writing style. Of course the best way to overcome that, is by commenting frequently in order to become more comfortable and fluid in my comments and post. The downside to that, of course, is the possibility of tripping all over myself, in an otherwise quality message thread. This is very frustrating to me, because I see the type of poster I want to become, and I'm not sure how to get from here to there.

Making matters more difficult is my lack of computer knowledge. As an example, I love the option of renaming a url, but for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to edit multiple urls into a single paragraph.

If anyone has any helpful hints on how to gain experience as a front page poster, without making a mess of things in the process, I'd love to hear them. I've also sniffed around the web looking for a handy guide to url editing, and I've not had any luck, so if anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

posted by Beholder on Sep 24, 2002 - 33 comments

Newbie Policies

Where are the policies? Specifically, I know that I can't post front-page stories because I either haven't been a member long enough or haven't posted enough comments, but how long and how many is it?

I can't find the details of this policy anywhere on MetaFilter or MetaTalk.
posted by mrmcsurly on Sep 4, 2002 - 3 comments

Helping Newbies

As we have seen the buzz, new members will be coming in the future. Sprinkled in a few MeTa threads have been ideas, such as a FAQs and mentoring, to help new members learn the ropes and Mefi history. I have an idea to primarily help new members, but it could eventually benefit everyone.
[idea inside]

posted by sailormouth on Jul 26, 2002 - 39 comments

How do we feel about opening new user sign-ups again?

Since Matt is getting a new server, he mentioned turning new sign-ups back on. How do we feel about this?
posted by BlueTrain on Apr 7, 2002 - 130 comments

Should I show customers MeFi?

As some of you might know, I sell PC's for a living. Often in the course of my sales presentation, if the customer seems the type who would be interested, I'll show them Metafilter. I try to give them a good run-down of what the site is about and the general tone of the place. I don't know if any of them have visited or joined up as of yet, but if they did I hope they enjoyed it. I just wondered if this was cool with Matt, or if any of you had requests for things I should tell these prospective MeFi newbies?
posted by jonmc on Jan 30, 2002 - 17 comments

Want to post, don't have privileges

i'm not grown up enough yet to post to the main page, but i have this fascinating link that's burning a hole in my browser... what should i do?
posted by dorcas on Dec 11, 2001 - 16 comments

Can we rate comments like slashdot?

What do people think about a ./ -like feature allowing you to rate comments made by others, and then a filter feature allowing you to ignore comments below a certain threshold?
posted by purplecow on Nov 16, 2001 - 27 comments

What if Matt has it backwards?

What if Matt has it backwards? Maybe people ought to get front-page posting priviledges first and discussion priviledges later. Is MeFi a community 'blog or a discussion board?
posted by NortonDC on Nov 1, 2001 - 4 comments

Just chatting

Ending something starting something new. The deadline support of uni is now over for me, finding the discipline and motivation to just do design, that's personal stuff 'a labor of love'.



posted by asfaras on Sep 10, 2001 - 9 comments

New Member Flood

The Brill's Content thing deserves its own thread: Looks like we've gotten about 500 new members in the past 24 hours, judging by the member numbers at the top of the page.
posted by anildash on Apr 11, 2001 - 15 comments

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