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Can I search within a search? Show me please.

Is there a "search within a search" function that I haven't figured out? What I mean is: Can I do a first search, then search within those first results to narrow down the list? This is about my search skills specific to the site rather than site lack. [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot on Aug 4, 2014 - 19 comments

Looking for a comment on Metafilter and search is failing me.

Some time in the relatively recent past there was a discussion on one of Metafilter's sites wherein a user posted a snarky line something like "Hey Jimmy, don't get raped" in a discussion of an anti-rape or abuse meme/campaign that was current on Facebook at the time. Search is failing me.
posted by efalk on May 9, 2014 - 12 comments

How do you search AskMe?

How do you search through old askmes? I find tags pretty useless because I doubt they catch everything I'd want to find on a given subject. Google search limited by "site:ask.metafilter.com" is my main go-to, but on a broad topic, it is pretty useless as well, also it doesn't seem to always find everything. When I have a question, I'd rather see if it's been covered before rather than ask it again, but trying to find those old threads and sort through them is often overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 29, 2014 - 20 comments

Like Google but Better: The Chrome-Ask-Mefi link

It may be that I am the last person to have figured this out, and if so, then I apologize, but I just discovered the lovely customized search engine feature of google chrome to automatically delve through askmefi troves for pearls of wisdom.
Basically, in Chrome's preferences pages, in the manage custom search engines area, I plugged in this URL: https://www.google.ca/#q=site:ask.metafilter.com+%s
and set up "ask" as the keyword.
Now, in the address bar, I can just type "ask", then Tab, and then whatever keyword, and I get a lovely list of the relevant askmefi pages (see here).
In so many cases, its better than Google!
posted by cacofonie on Nov 17, 2013 - 9 comments

Looking for a comment about persimmons

It's persimmon season, and for the last few years I've been trying to remember a rhyme I read on metafilter that helped you remember how you should eat the two different kinds. It starts with "if it's shaped like a disk, eat it crisp; if it's shaped like a torpedo..."-- I don't remember the rest. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Oct 20, 2013 - 109 comments

Pony: Don't send focus to search box when search results page loads

When a search results page loads, the focus moves into the search box (in the form with id "sform"), and I wish it wouldn't. [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Aug 15, 2013 - 16 comments

Post about photos of sullen teens?

Please help me find a recent post about teens' sullen expressions in photographs! I think the post linked to someone who had coined an expression about the "oh my god, why are you making me do this thing" face that some teens make in photos.
posted by amarynth on Aug 2, 2013 - 17 comments

Method for tracking interesting slow-burn threads?

Most posts in the blue or green seem to be active for a day or two before contributions trail off. However some continue to grow over a much longer period (or are resurrected by a new flurry of activity). I am thinking of this Edward Snowden thread which is still going strong after a month, for example. Those who have posted to such threads can normally maintain awareness of them via "Recent Activity". Is there any way of doing so for the rest of us? If not then could this be considered as a feature? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Jul 10, 2013 - 32 comments

Please Help Me Find an AskMe Answer I Posted

About 3 years ago, I posted an AskMe comment in a thread that I *thought* started off, "I grew up in Hell." It got a lot of favorites, even recently, which freaks me out a bit because the description of my childhood was so raw. Weird to see people are still reading that thread! I wanted to reference it for this current question, but I could not find it. Can anyone find it? The original thread was really long, and was an AskMe from a man that was engaged to a woman with deep emotional problems. Thanks for your help!
posted by jbenben on Jun 27, 2013 - 5 comments

When was the last time a FPP neared 700 comments?

http://​www.​metafilter​.com​/128626​/Matt-Smith-is-leaving-Doctor-Who - Is there a way to search, sort, organized based on what's generated the most discussion?
posted by smallerdemon on Jun 2, 2013 - 14 comments

We have images! ... In search results?

I used the search field while logged out tonight, and saw this: thumbnails next to search results. Is this some left-over from MetaFiltrest, or have thumbnails been part of non-user searches for a while? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 23, 2013 - 29 comments

You're my favorite.

If favorites are bookmarks, and I'm not saying that they are, it would be nice to be able to search them by username. [more inside]
posted by maryr on Apr 11, 2013 - 33 comments

Look, you're really cute, but I can't understand what you're saying...

"Looks like you're searching for an exact phrase. The local search doesn't do that so well. Be sure to try your search for "_____" at Google if you don't find what you're looking for here." Perhaps it's just my colorblind eyes, but I can't see anything other than the "deep space nine" link in the notice above my search results. Is there any chance the Big Dark Bar of Highlighting could be changed to a different color so the text stands out more effectively? Thank you!
posted by zarq on Mar 28, 2013 - 33 comments

Searching for doubles

I've noticed that the search function doesn't catch YouTube doubles if the URL isn't exact. Here's a tip: grab the alphanumeric ID of the video from its URL and search mefi using only that. For example, searching for 9Iq5yCoHp4o pulls up this post, but a search for http://​youtu.be/​9Iq5yCoHp4o and http://​www.youtube.com/​embed/​9Iq5yCoHp4o fail, even though they all point to the same video.
posted by desjardins on Mar 25, 2013 - 19 comments

EVERYBODY GETS A PONY!

Pony Request: a search function for MeMail. We're able to search our activity and favorites, and I'd love to be able to do the same for MeMail. I know MeMail isn't meant to replicate the features of services like Gmail, but I think this particular function would be really useful.
posted by lalex on Feb 24, 2013 - 12 comments

The Heat Is On

So thanks to this MeTa I found (and "Liked", of course) the MetaFilter Facebook page. Upon reading said page, however, one of the terms from the "Related Searches" section stood out: "metafilter convection oven". I am very curious to find out now why this is apparently a popular enough search to show up on the Facebook page. Is this merely a glitch on Facebook's end or is there something about ovens that I really should know and y'all can tell me about? What am I missing out on here?
posted by MattMangels on Feb 5, 2013 - 45 comments

Tags with weird characters

When tags with non-ASCII characters appear in the tag search results, the links are broken (while tags with non-Latin-1 characters are simply not accessible by any means). Tags with percent signs make the server grumpy. Underscores also seem to be treated somewhat inconsistently (or at least counterintuitively) by the tag search. [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Jan 28, 2013 - 25 comments

Help me find the log in my eye, please.

I would very much appreciate some help finding a particular comment from the Blue. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Aug 26, 2012 - 16 comments

Highlighted terms in search results

The site search sometimes highlights words as hits which are not hits. [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Aug 11, 2012 - 57 comments

looking for a blog post 'users are the problem'

I remember a blog post somewhere advocating for strong moderation, with the theme 'users are the problem.' But now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 comments

You know, just in case I want to write something for the Fringe Festival...

I'm looking for a comment that I just can't find and want to read again. It detailed a version of Sex In The City as performed as a Beckett-like Black Box stage production. The women wailed a chorus of " THE SHOES" someone said " I fear I am not fecund". I have tried every permutation I could think of with no success. I'm 99% sure I read it here.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 23, 2012 - 74 comments

Site Search

404 error in the site search when logged out. [more inside]
posted by Lanark on May 27, 2012 - 4 comments

Ask question re: disability, accommodation and Massachusetts?

Within the last week or so someone posted on Askme needing disability/accommodation referrals/support in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on May 17, 2012 - 2 comments

Walmart supplier comment

Apropos of this thread, I'm trying to find a MetaFillter comment from a few years ago in which the commenter related a story about a friend or family member whose company made a product that Walmart became interested in selling. [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 8, 2012 - 23 comments

how to search askmefi

how to search the post in askmefi with the most number of "favorite" or being the most popular topic? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jan 9, 2012 - 8 comments

How will I search for my favorite pony?

Wondering if it's possible to limit a search to just within my favorited posts? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 13, 2011 - 45 comments

Where My (MetaFilter) Homies Is At?

Is there a search-for-contacts, find-your-friends feature buried somewhere in MetaFilter? I'd love to see if any other folks that I know are MeFites, and would gladly grant the site temporary access to my GMail address book to find out... if ONLY there were a WAY to DO it!
posted by D.Billy on Jul 16, 2011 - 57 comments

Grandma is lost

MeFite Simulare's grandmother has been missing in San Francisco for 24 hours. She suffers from dementia. Please help. UPDATE: found! [more inside]
posted by likeso on Jun 18, 2011 - 52 comments

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Search seems to be failing me when I check to see if my post is a double. This has happened several times despite efforts to ensure it's not a double. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 16, 2011 - 28 comments

How to search favorites for posts/comments by a certain user

Is there a way to search my favorites for comments I have favorited by a specific user? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Apr 27, 2011 - 47 comments

Sorting Search Results by Number of Favorites 2: Electric Boogaloo

Pony Request Redux: Adding an option to sort search results by favorites. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Apr 18, 2011 - 23 comments

search fail!

Article about Mefi which contained a list of FPP including one about a movie so shocking it was only shown once? Any bells ringing? [more inside]
posted by wheelieman on Apr 4, 2011 - 27 comments

Tag Search could be a bit better...

Nitpicky pony request: Tag search [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 5, 2011 - 14 comments

Searching for the Young Folk Rebels

Searching for an old post. It was a SLYT clip, if memory serves. I bellieve it was the introduction to a movie that featured three people (I think E. European gypsies) playing folk music in a field... [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Nov 29, 2010 - 27 comments

Looking for a certain butter scuplture thread

Looking-for-an-old-thread filter. I remember a link to an article on the blue, talking about what exactly the Princess Kays do with their butter sculpture busts after they won. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Aug 24, 2010 - 13 comments

Searching within a category across Ask comments?

Is there a way to limit a search of Ask to a specific category? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Aug 22, 2010 - 7 comments

Searching through favorites by poster's name

Hello, pb! Big fan, first-time caller. I love being able to search through my favorites for half-remembered comments that I think are excellent, but often, one of the only significant pieces of information I can remember about comments is the person who posted them. Like, "I think I recall Spatch saying something funny about horses? Or was it camels?" Unfortunately, the search-through-favorites feature doesn't seem to catch commenters' names, only the comments' bodies. Is there a way the name of the commenter could be included in the search-through-favorites, or would that be a tremendous hassle to implement? I apologize if this has been requested before, and I thank you for your time!
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 30, 2010 - 82 comments

Metafilter's Top 40

How would I go about finding the most popular music posts? [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush on Jul 17, 2010 - 22 comments

MetaSearch FAQ?

Is there anything that details the features and operators of MetaFilter's own MetaSearch? [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Jun 10, 2010 - 10 comments

Search: Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click....

Display Search Results Pony: Would it be possible to give us an option to choose how many search results are displayed on a page? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 1, 2010 - 10 comments

Bing finds threads Google doesn't

FYI: Bing is finding old threads that Google is not. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on May 29, 2010 - 39 comments

Help, I need somebody

What are your favorite threads and comments about helping people help themselves? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 28, 2010 - 13 comments

best include every letter

Search peculiarity: MeFi searches not picking up sub-terms? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 13, 2010 - 20 comments

Looking for an old AskMe

Looking for an old AskMe question. Know who posted it and roughly when. Do I fail at the internet or was it deleted years after being posted? [more inside]
posted by Justinian on May 10, 2010 - 37 comments

This is the future, I was promised perpetual motion machines!

I recall reading relatively recently (maybe within the past 3 months?) on the Blue about a comment listing some consequences if the law of Conservation of Energy is wrong. One of my coworkers just got into some "over-unity" nonsense, and I need to show him what for. I'm having some trouble Googling for it, or I wouldn't ask. Thanks in advance!
posted by Xoder on Apr 15, 2010 - 16 comments

Tick. Tick. Tick.png

There's a repeating broken image on some AskMe tag search results pages. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 6, 2010 - 15 comments

Boolean Tag Searching and Tag Redundancy

Pony/suggestion: What about being able to browse posts by multiple tags, but with OR as opposed to merely AND. This would mostly be to combat tag redundancy, but could also be useful in general. [more inside]
posted by sentient on Mar 15, 2010 - 12 comments

FTW

I wanted to point out a simply magnificent couple of comments about the Google Book Settlement by one of our members, grimmelm, or James Grimmelmann, as he’s know in the real world. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Jan 25, 2010 - 18 comments

Video / Cube mystery site?

I'm looking for a link that I'm pretty sure I found on MeFi, but searches are failing me. It was an all Flash site with a series of videos and documents connected together as a sort of flowchart. Viewing each of these revealed portions of a mystery. Videos were displayed on a cube, with different camera angles on different sides of the cube. Anyone remember what I'm talking about? Thanks.
posted by endquote on Jan 25, 2010 - 8 comments

Delist MeTa

Proposed: Remove MetaTalk from the Google index. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Dec 29, 2009 - 69 comments

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