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How do you decide which tags to include?

When constructing FPPs for the blue, how do you determine which tags to use? Nouns, proper nouns, verbs, adjectives, things that appear in your post, things that don't appear in your post, number of tags? I'm rarely ... no, never ... happy with the tags I assign to a post and wonder if they are rubbish, and future readers interested in the subject will never find it because of insufficient tagging, or readers not interested in the post will come across it because of vague or overdone tagging. Reminded of this issue when looking at, and admiring, the (IMHO) beautifully contextual and comprehensive tagging that has gone into that post. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 6, 2013 - 67 comments

a poster posted by a poster

I'm trying to track down a post about a poster. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 on Oct 19, 2008 - 7 comments

(Possibly) deleted posts and books that are too long for their own good.

Ok. So, lets get two things straight-
a) i am a looooong time lurker.
b) i have just finished reading Anantham by Neal Stephenson.
I distinctly (DISTINCTLY!!) remember reading a post about this book and its idea of quantum consciousness, but deliberately (DELIBERATELY!!!) avoided it due to a wish to avoid spoilers. [more inside]
posted by spongeboy on Oct 6, 2008 - 40 comments

I am curious (podcast)

Just personal curiosity at work here- I noticed a reference elsewhere a few days ago to recording the upcoming podcast, which, unaccountably, cheered me up. (I look forward to the podcasts, because like as not they cover something interesting I didn't see in my normal perusals of the site.) So, what I got to wondering was ... [more inside]
posted by pjern on Aug 28, 2008 - 112 comments

Bleep bloop

Looking for a post about a programmer who worked at Atari and blogged about his work... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 8, 2008 - 19 comments

SCIENCE! bags and tees

The website of the Mefite who made science! themed tees and bags? [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Jul 6, 2008 - 14 comments

I need crack.

At some point today, lost in the webs of metafilter, I came across a link to a page where a guy described seeing two men share a crack pipe then have sex with each other. There were photos too. I, ah, need to find it again. It's for a friend, I swear.
posted by twirlypen on Apr 22, 2008 - 77 comments

Looking for a post about new laws for liquor production

Please hope me find a post! It had to do with licensing liquor production on a small scale, home brew beer and micro breweries. I'm particularly interested in the new/ish laws. My search is FAIL. Thank you.
posted by snsranch on Apr 9, 2008 - 12 comments

Excellent James Brown comment where?

Where is the excellent comment about James Brown being constantly in the process of re-inventing James Brown? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Apr 4, 2008 - 37 comments

Seeking an old post

Can anyone guide me to a post about USian education in which it was described how the POTUS met with business leaders to determine the course of public education in the U.S.? I think they were events that happened during or just after the industrial revolution.
posted by snsranch on Mar 11, 2008 - 20 comments

Wheelchair refurbishing in LA?

I saw an AskMe post once about activities in LA, and one of the answers mentioned some group that does cool stuff like refurbishing wheelchairs in LA, and now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Feb 28, 2008 - 7 comments

The evolution of online communities?

I'm looking for a post I read here — at least I think I did — concerning the natural evolution of online communities. The conclusion talked about population growth leading to divisive groups that clash with each other leading to the decline of the community... or something along those lines. [more inside]
posted by empyrean on Feb 12, 2008 - 20 comments

Help me find the post to my prayers!

Please help me find an old post! [more inside]
posted by janelikes on Dec 5, 2007 - 9 comments

Shit Fetish Ask MeFi Post

I once saw an Ask MeFi post regarding, if my memory serves me correctly, a man who wanted advice on how to deal with a girlfriend who had a shit fetish. Help me find that post. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Oct 24, 2007 - 4 comments

Need help finding poignant AskMe answer regarding the road to lawyerdom

Trying to find what I think was an AskMe (or possibly MeFi) comment from a while back, wherein the commenter outlines the fictional life story of someone whose aim is to make a lot of money so they can be happy, but ends up missing the mark along the way and turns into someone rather unhappy (but with the money). [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Sep 16, 2007 - 11 comments

Will Work For Work

I'm looking for a post--either on the front page or in Ask MetaFilter--about a website that offered work-for-trade, or work-for-services, or some such. I remember the site could be used, for example, by a bricklayer and a painter, where the painter needed a new patio and the bricklayer needed his house painted--sort of an eBay for trade skills. I can't remember if it was an FPP, or a link posted as part of a comment, or an answer to an AskMetaFilter question. Anyone?
posted by fandango_matt on Aug 3, 2007 - 6 comments

That one post about sound guys and bands.

Searching for a post from a while ago (one year? two?) that was a list taken from a bathroom wall consisting of suggestions from sound-guys to band members. It was very snarky and brilliant. I've spent hours searching and have found nothing. I need it. bad.
posted by Baby_Balrog on Aug 3, 2007 - 10 comments

Long lost link

I'm looking for a puzzle that was linked to in one of the askme comments a little over 6 months ago...
posted by 517 on Jul 17, 2007 - 13 comments

You sir, are a jerk.

Looking for a quote from Metafilter comments from less than a month ago. About calling a lawyer a jerk. I paraphrase badly: "If you think the defense is wrong then attack the defense. If you think the facts are wrong then argue the facts. If you've got nothing then call the other lawyer a jerk."
posted by uncanny hengeman on Jul 17, 2007 - 9 comments

Oops, I nuked you again

I remember reading a few years back on the blue a link about incidents of accidental criticality, or some similar title. The page was a list of all (unclassified?) incidents in US laboratory history where a critical mass of fissionable material was brought together in a lab and what happened. My Google-fu is failing me, in part I think because this predates titles and tags...
posted by Xoder on Jul 16, 2007 - 5 comments

Where's that great parody of askme-as-life-helper?

A while back someone posted to meta a great little parody of the sort of sequence of questions we're all familiar with where someone uses askme to help them through absolutely every stage of their life. Where is it? I can't seem to find.
posted by dmd on Jun 28, 2007 - 11 comments

Wasn't there a post about dry ice and ethenol equating to instantaneous drunkeness sometime in the last six months?

I recently got drunk with: a former professor and a chemistry major and claimed that: dry ice + ethanol === near instantaneous intoxication. Now that I'm mostly sober my Google fu fails to reveal evidence (in youtube + MeFi post form) to substantiate my claim. I'm 98.23% certain that I saw/learned this factoid on MeFi. Could some kind soul please help me? Confirm, deny, deride -- at the very least inform -- me. Just point, if so kind you would be, in the direction of the link - y. :-) Thanks.
posted by Grod on Jun 5, 2007 - 41 comments

What was that post about household rules?

Does anyone remember an AskMe post from a year or so ago where a list of household (maybe food specific) rules were generated and the OP was advised to print out the post and put it up for housemates to read?
posted by k8t on May 21, 2007 - 18 comments

runner marathon

Silly thing: I remember reading a thread on MeFi a while ago where people repeatedly used an insulting word for people who just join in marathons without officially entering. But what was the word?
posted by reklaw on May 17, 2007 - 34 comments

Where is that post about the fake Aussie pop star?

I'll looking for a post from maybe a year or so back. It was about an Australian pop star who's father basically paid for his sons' stardom. It culminated is a concert where the son was booed off the stage and exposed as a fake. Does anyone remember this post?
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Apr 21, 2007 - 29 comments

searching for a post

A few weeks back someone posted a link to a Canadian (?) university team who could render 3d faces from a 2d image. Does anyone remember the url?
posted by twine42 on Feb 28, 2007 - 10 comments

What was that movie post?

I'm trying to find a post on the blue about a low-budget indie movie about the West Coast of the US after some sort of apocalypse. Various tag searches have turned up nada, I think it was last summer. It had quite a spooky documentary style trailer.
posted by Happy Dave on Feb 22, 2007 - 4 comments

Needed: Metafilter map

I could have sworn there was a Metafilter post that linked to a really fantastic free website for learning geography, but I can't find it. Or maybe it was commented in an AskMefi thread? It wasn't this one, though that's a good website too. Anybody know what I'm talking 'bout?
posted by schroedinger on Feb 20, 2007 - 1 comment

Looking for an old post

I'm looking for an old post that was like a three link post to customized in-flight safety cards that described an office revolution back to garden of eden-esque... Have no clue how to find it..
posted by dobie on Feb 17, 2007 - 21 comments

Cheating woman thrashed on radio prank show

A while back there was a post of a radioshow pranking a cheating woman. The host built her up to think she was getting engaged, and then bought her crashing down with the news that her now ex boyfriend had found her out. I cant find it! Help!
posted by lemonfridge on Feb 14, 2007 - 26 comments

"I've seen defendants in criminal matters try to trademark their names..."

A while back, someone (i don't remember who) posted a response to a MeFi post (or an AskMeFi post?) that was treating the theme of Intellectual Property and trademarks. Can anyone help me find it?

The responder wrote something to the effect of: 'I'm a public defender, and I've seen defendants in criminal matters try to trademark their names, and then try to impose a fee on the court whenever the court calls the defendant to bar. Courts don't like this.'

I'd like to contact the responder for more details. I'm currently doing research into IP abuse (copyrighting material that is properly protected by trademark, trademarking non-trademarkable words & phrases, etc.), and this example sounded so unbelievable and so on point.

I must have searched the blue like 20 times for this post. I'm sure I've searched the green a similar amount. How can I find a response from a poster I don't recall, on a forum which escapes my memory? Help me Obi-Wan MetaTalk . . . You're my only hope!
posted by deejay jaydee on Dec 4, 2006 - 22 comments

Japanese look and hip-hop imagery. Remember?

I'm trying to remember a post that was on the blue. It was a japanese artist who's pictures combine a traditional japanese look with hip hop imagery. For example, one picture was a group of samurai hanging around a low rider with a dragon painted on the side. Does anyone remember that?
posted by Shanachie on Dec 4, 2006 - 3 comments

Recall: Peer pressure in place of restrictive laws

Does anyone remember a Mefi comment that touches on the idea that today's "social conformity/peer pressure" has taken the place of yesteryear's freedom restricting laws? I think it was posted during the summer.
posted by Clementines4ever on Nov 30, 2006 - 6 comments

Post recall: standarized test scores by state

Looking for a link that was posted somewhere on the blue...

In connection with this Ask post, I am looking for a site that was linked on MetaFilter a few months ago that allowed you to search standardized test scores by high school or by state. standardized test -election -president failed me. As did a del.icio.us search. As did various Google searches. Help would be appreciated and repaid in golden thoughts made of the finest silks which are gold.
posted by panoptican on Jun 8, 2006 - 9 comments

Missing Thread

Quick question: A couple weeks ago someone asked how to get a job in England as an American who just graduated from college. I can't find that thread, can anyone here help me track it down?
posted by cloeburner on May 18, 2006 - 6 comments

It was (I think) a coffee table book.

I'm looking for something I think I first saw in the blue. It was (I think) a coffee table book. The book had lots of pictures of found situations and described the situations as an anthropologist might describe observing humans. The one picture that sticks out in my mind is a bicycle leaned against a sign described as something like "We use objects in our environment to keep others from falling down." I think it was supposed to be about design or usability.
posted by ontic on May 6, 2006 - 4 comments

Technical aspects of photography AskMe sought

a two-for-one question.
There was a post on AskMe about camera use that showed up on the side bar awhile back, had to do understanding what the technical aspects of photography meant and how they interrelate. I glanced through the tags and search features and didn't see it, anyone have an idea where it might be? And secondly, is there a way to search past items on the blue's sidebar?
posted by edgeways on Mar 17, 2006 - 5 comments

Sketchbook sent around to artists thread...

SWM looking for a thread which features a sketchbook sent around to various artists, possibly from Canada.
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh on Feb 2, 2006 - 11 comments

Do you remember the book about coincidences?

I saw something in the blue, sometime in the last 6 months, which was maybe a book about "real" coincidences and at some point it stated the frequency with which they occur. I've googled and googled to no avail. Anyone remember this? One of them had to do with 9/11, I think, and one of them had to do with a guy in a motel room getting a phone call on misdial but it was actually intended for him or something and maybe saved someone's life?
posted by unknowncommand on Dec 3, 2005 - 6 comments

GIF/PNG converter?

There was a post a few months ago about an online text to gif/png converter. I think it was deleted. Does anyone remember the address to that site?
posted by greasy_skillet on Dec 1, 2005 - 17 comments

"and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do"

Not that long ago (within the last month; two months at most) there was a link to a comment made by an advisor to the Bush administration that went somewhere along the lines of "we are the makers of history, and we will be judged by a future of our making." I can't find it. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by ori on Nov 30, 2005 - 8 comments

Looking for old FPP on networked cameras

Need help finding an old FPP. New search feature not very helpful...
posted by j.p. Hung on Nov 30, 2005 - 5 comments

Do you remember that...? site

This is a neat site for those "name that movie from random bits of plot" questions that pop up on askme. Not sure where else this might go.
posted by frecklefaerie on Nov 27, 2005 - 12 comments

Illustrated architecture book post

Quite some time ago there was a FPP about a book, written in either Italian or Latin, that was heavily illustrated with fanstatic architecture that often had an erotic element. I've done several searches of the archives, but have come up blank. Does anyone else remember the post, or am I imagining it? Thanks
posted by Quip on Nov 16, 2005 - 6 comments

There is a chance I read about it outside MeFi, but stilll...

I don't know if this is appropriate or not, but I could swear I read about this on metafilter a few days ago, and now I can't find a link anywhere. It was an article about the new AP service, where in addition to the actual news story, they will also provide several different lead-in paragraphs, which alter the story mood to cater to a given audience. Could someone help me track the reference down? There is a chance I read about it outside MeFi, but stilll...

Thanks!
posted by blindcarboncopy on Jul 13, 2005 - 2 comments

Trying to find an old post

I'm trying to find a thread about a guy who was asked to write a paper for a college student, which he does filling it with horrible errors. My search has turned up nothing. Can anyone hook me up?
posted by dial-tone on Jun 29, 2005 - 12 comments

Help me find the flash site with the Coltrane score!

Help me find the flash site with the Coltrane score! It was posted in the blue maybe 3-4 months ago, and the visual was of a highrise being constructed, IIRC.

Apologies if this belonged in AskMe, but it IS Metafilter-related.
posted by aberrant on May 20, 2005 - 10 comments

Guy with server inside his body?

I've been trying to track down a post about a guy who had a server (from which he was hosting his site) inside his body. Does anyone remember this or have I just gone mental and imagined the whole thing?
posted by fizz-ed on Apr 14, 2005 - 4 comments

Recall thread containment

Do we need periodic MeTa "What current posts are you looking for but can't find?" consolidated threads (answering q's like this and this and this), lessening these same threads in AskMe? Do we need occasional MeTa posts in which we can all ask about AskMe post resolutions, too, like "Did she get all the glass out of her underwear?" Is this a plan? Pros/cons? Does the question of pros/cons of this plan need ITS OWN MeTa post, or is that getting all corporate/committee/Dilbert/Peter Principle/Call in the consultants?
posted by Shane on Mar 3, 2005 - 15 comments

Help find really good ADD/ADHD thread

Hiya folks! (Say it all together now, okay?: "Hi, Shane." Thanks, that made me feel good.) I've taken an interest in ADD/ADHD lately and I seem to remember a really good AskMe thread that I can't find now. It looks as if it was deleted. More inside.
posted by Shane on Feb 22, 2005 - 42 comments

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