MetaFilter is a long-running site with plenty of long-time members, but it's always stayed fresh through a slow and steady influx of new users to add new perspectives and replace those who've left. With the recent slump in Google traffic, we should consider ways to more actively promote the site elsewhere, in order to maintain this healthy growth and make sure the site and its values do not become complete unknowns to newer generations of web users. In that spirit, I've acquired the subreddit /r/MetaFilter
and given it a fabulous CSS makeover with loads of informative links on MeFi history and culture. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 14, 2014 -
This post on the shooting of three Mounties
was deleted with the reason that we should wait until the situation has been resolved before posting.
I don't have a problem with that per se but it seems like a serious departure from previous policy on huge breaking news stories (and this story is massive in Canada) for a post that was, IMO, well constructed with authoritative sources and even video of the event.
Has there been a shift in policy to curtail discussion of breaking news until all the details are in? More generally should we be moving away from giving stories like these time on the front page until they move off the 24 hour news cycle? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Jun 5, 2014 -
So, I neglected to favorite a user's comment pointing to a certain Easter Egg they buried in a news website before they left the job there. This "feature" led to a page which collected all the articles about what proposed legislation intended to do ("Bill would..."), to hilarious results. Can anyone point me to it?
posted by TheNewWazoo
on Feb 20, 2013 -
To people who have done this; why
did you create Front Page Post(s) on MetaFilter? The motivations are interesting in themselves, and may also provide positive reasons for people to cross the rubicon from lurker to poster
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 7, 2012 -
A lot of good links on the blue, green and grey. But some of the better links are buried in the comments section of ask mefi, or even front page.
Is there any easy way to have a list of all of the links on mefi as they get posted in comments section come up in a news feed? [more inside]
posted by MechEng
on Sep 28, 2011 -
I'm beginning to wonder if MetaFilter is becoming like local television news, in that it's painting a distorted picture of how bad things really are. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Mar 24, 2011 -
I'm curious about why nobody posted anything to the front page about the foiled terrorism attempt on the 25th. [more inside]
posted by granted
on Dec 27, 2009 -
What are the rules for posting to MeFi? Ive noticed that many posts are news articles and many of the op/ed posts get snarked or berated for not being newsworthy... I thought this was "best of the web"?
I for one will read digg if I want news and MeFi if I want to find interesting web articles...
posted by subaruwrx
on Aug 1, 2007 -
Should MetaFilter have another section called MetaNews to keep the geopolitical stuff separated from the quirky best of web stuff?
posted by parallax7d
on Nov 28, 2005 -
Readability Results for http://www.metafilter.com
Gunning Fog Index 10.70
Typical Fog Index Scores:
6 TV guides, The Bible, Mark Twain
8 Reader's Digest
8 - 10 Most popular novels
10 Time, Newsweek
11 Wall Street Journal
14 The Times, The Guardian
15 - 20 Academic papers
Over 20 Only government sites can get away with this, because you can't ignore them.
Over 30 The government is covering something up
We're just like Time and Newsweek!
posted by mathowie
on Apr 24, 2005 -
Obviously, given Seth's latest tirade
, many of use are tired of the volume of newsy posts. Heck, even I've complained about it before
, although I've long since given up on voicing my complaints. However, there is a new tool over at TodaysPapers.com
that I think could be useful for diverting some of the discussion. Look, it even finds the news for you! No need to wait for a post, just jump straight to the discussion! It's also virtually empty, and ripe for a takeover by the MeFi newsies. Please?
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Jun 17, 2004 -
Predictions: I just noticed the news, "White House to Let Rice Testify in Public" on AP. How long until this becomes an FPP. Doesn't it seem lately that every piece of news is getting posted? Where does one draw the line between news that should be an FPP and news that shouldn't
posted by Outlawyr
on Mar 30, 2004 -
Remember when reporters used to contact general people and ask opinions? Well now it appears E-Online is just scraping MetaFilter for their comments
So the question is... is MetaFilter a good venue for quick comments about news, or should reporters still be doing the leg work on their stories first?
posted by benjh
on Jun 1, 2002 -
While Googling around, I found this project
, done by someone at Berkeley, using a Metafilter thread
to point out various types of 'audience'. It seems to have been done to fulfill one of the assignments in this course
, whose professor calls Metafilter a 'news-oriented weblog' in the syllabus (scroll down near the end of the page). Are you a "Sharer of News"? An "Idea Generator"? A "Quoter"? Or could you be a "Contrarian", or perhaps a "Humorist/Summarist"?
posted by evanizer
on May 29, 2002 -
I wonder ... should Matt just put a quick link to the Washington Post and the Guardian on top MetaFilter, and suggest that their discussion boards be used to discuss their articles?
posted by MidasMulligan
on Mar 23, 2002 -
I don't like the idea that Metafilter has turned into a news portal. But I'll learn to live with that, it seems to be what most people like. But now we're linking local news
? Isn't there a better place for residents of Bradford to discuss pending bus stop proposals? In the name of God, why? Why why why?
posted by y6y6y6
on Jan 30, 2002 -
Not sure if something's been covered by the media? Don't want to look silly by writing, "Why isn't anyone reporting this?" when it's in every newspaper but the ones you're reading? Are you finding that the AP wire doesn't have enough information to satisfy you anymore? Here's where to look.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Oct 14, 2001 -
I was driving across M.I this morning and heard on lansing local radio that 5 persons had received mail with a white powder in them yesterday.just like the ones in F.L. i will look in to this more. i will post more info and link to local paper if possible.
posted by iac6969
on Oct 10, 2001 -
Could we have a moratorium on Ananova links
for now? While other news sources have not been dead on, they seem to be way off base more than others. There are quite a few reading Mefi right now, and disinfo from what looks like a credible source could hurt.
posted by owillis
on Sep 13, 2001 -
Maybe it's just me, but if just one more person says
that any random amusing, ironic, or unusual news story is "just like something out of The Onion
!", then I'm going to be forced to go on a massive, multi-state killing spree, and I'm going to take the time to lovingly spell out "METAFILTER MADE ME DO IT" with my victims' entrails.
posted by webmutant
on Jul 2, 2001 -
. We've talked a fair bit about corporate blogs starting up... is this the first one to shut down?
posted by Neale
on Jul 1, 2001 -
Are you suffering from information overload?
For my own bookmarking benefit, I scanned the front page of MeFi and picked the best links. The list is pretty impressive. Consider this a massive condensed version of what several of you consider to be the premier news sources and content providers on the Internet. Did I miss any? Should some not belong on the list? Got milk? [MORE]
posted by ZachsMind
on Jul 2, 2000 -
The new and improved MetaTalk is now live. Feel free to tell me what you think about it, and bring up any bugs you find in the bugs area.
The old format was date based, like the weblog, but things discussed here weren't really date dependent. If someone asked for a new feature or highlighted a bug, and I didn't fix it in a week, the post was basically gone forever.
I think the new format meshes better with the way I'd like MetaTalk used - discuss and read topics based on the subject, instead of the date.
posted by mathowie
on May 7, 2000 -