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Best Metafilter posts for outsiders?

I have, over the years, tried to convince IRL friends of the awesomeness of metafilter. But getting them interested is daunting- there is so much history and culture here. Any given day the front page posts are good; but if you're not familiar with the site, can seem like just a collection of links with discussion. So what threads/posts/discussions do you use to really show off metafilter to people unfamiliar with it? Are there any standout posts you use time and again to people unfamiliar with metafilter? This isn't the best metafilter posts, exactly, as some of the best posts jusdged by mefites may be too culturally specific to hook someone on the outside looking in. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 25, 2017 - 53 comments

Best of the Best of the Best, Sir! With Honors, Sir!

Click on "My Profile". Click on the number to the right of "Favorited by others:". Just to the right of the phrase "Show Favorites Activity", click on the word "Popular". Copy and paste the top result into this MeTa thread (with hyperlink).
posted by WCityMike on Apr 13, 2017 - 314 comments

About the Trump threads

Would it be possible to have a new Trump thread created once the previous one hits X posts? The current one, though only three days old, is well over 2000 posts and it's starting to make my desktop computer whimper. I'm not even going to try reading it on my iPad. Thanks!
posted by Thorzdad on Jan 26, 2017 - 94 comments

Where is the place to discuss deletion policies?

In the context of a discussion about Trump's hot mic tape, and whether this reflected common experience or not, I recently had a comment deleted. (I can't don't it in the thread or in my activity or recent favorites etc, so I assume it's gone.) [more inside]
posted by schadenfrau on Oct 8, 2016 - 57 comments

All the videos - have 'em all!

In response to threads like this in which there are a lot of videos to watch, I wrote a Chrome extension that plays all the YouTube videos linked on a page, one after another in one player. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Oct 3, 2013 - 34 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

question about "there's already an active thread" deletions

The deletion of this thread ("An Open Letter to Paula Deen" by Michael William Twitty) made me wonder about one aspect of "kind of a double" deletions. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 28, 2013 - 43 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

Ding, Threads are Done

Is there a way to be alerted whenever a thread on the blue closes? Some sort of alert system? A site somebody else has already set up? I'm just wondering if there's some preexisting way someone's already done this.
posted by KChasm on May 20, 2013 - 26 comments

diachronic panposticon

Now you can use MeFi in the present and the past! jjwiseman made this cool thing. [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 3, 2013 - 58 comments

In the first para no less

Metafilter actually gets acknowledged as a source [more inside]
posted by Megami on Dec 21, 2012 - 52 comments

MetaFilter covering election day, vote counting, subsequent wrangling

Assuming any MetaFilter users are interested in writing posts or comments during voting and counting, how will this bloggie handle what will be its 4th US presidential election? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 30, 2012 - 80 comments

Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!

Has a thread ever hit the wall? That is, still been active and chatty (with more than two participants) when it was time for auto-archiving?
posted by Diablevert on Jul 6, 2012 - 48 comments

!click and reload ...

About the (fabulous) 'X new comments, show' function: I can't say enough good things about this, as it makes following long threads so easy compared to the old system of having to reload. But why not take it just a small step further - instead of making us click to load them, why not just have the script go ahead and load the new comments when they are detected? (Maybe a user preference?)
posted by woodblock100 on Mar 17, 2011 - 42 comments

What has happened with updates?

Did MetaFilter go all AJAXy? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Feb 4, 2011 - 3 comments

Show me your your world through story

Please point me towards any more threads like these ones. [more inside]
posted by LarrenD on Nov 17, 2010 - 40 comments

Can cortex's deletion reasons be collected?

Pony request for my birthday: Can cortex's deletion reasons be collected? Stuff like this is one of my favorite features of the site.
posted by Joe Beese on Jul 8, 2010 - 42 comments

Religion derail

Must every thread about religion turn into an exercise in how religion is inherently a force for evil? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 23, 2010 - 1024 comments

closed

Is there some reason for the plethora of closed threads on metatalk recently ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Feb 21, 2010 - 148 comments

Can't Find the Right Metafilter Search-Fu For This Question

I am wondering if people could assist me in locating Ask Metafilter questions along the lines of this and this. I know it's a concept frequently asked about, but evidently the concept's too amorphous for tags to be of help, Related Questions just circularly refer to each other, and I can't find the right Google-fu for this one. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 6, 2009 - 11 comments

Should MetaTalk be the first choice when trying to find that thread

Is this "name that thread" week? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jul 31, 2009 - 38 comments

Anecdotes

I love reading personal anecdotes on MeFi and AskMeFi. Could you link me to your favorite anecdotal comments and threads? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jun 27, 2009 - 56 comments

Best of the Best of the Best, Sir! With Honors, Sir!

Click on "My Profile". Click on the number to the right of "Favorited by others:". Click on the word "Popular". Copy and paste the top result into this MeTa thread (with hyperlink).
posted by WCityMike on Jun 25, 2009 - 311 comments

CanadaElectionFilter

CanadaElectionFilter: Can we sidebar one of these threads to prevent multiple threads from cluttering up the blue?
posted by angrybeaver on Sep 18, 2008 - 44 comments

It was the best of MeFi. It was the worst of MeFi.

If you were showing the MetaFilter Universe (including the main page, Ask, Talk, Projects, Music, everything) to someone for the first time, what threads would you choose as examples of MeFi at its best and at its worst?
posted by amyms on Feb 17, 2008 - 59 comments

And you're cute too.

So far, this has been one of my favorite days on metafilter, ever. I haven't been around that long, but between the bacon bookmarks (which I would like to officially nominate for the sidebar), the mysterious rocks surrounding Washington DC, and the all-sugar replicator, I am really fucking impressed. I know some of you hate America (Maybe you should check this out), but I loved that post too. Thanks rad people!
posted by serazin on May 9, 2007 - 20 comments

Searching for 3D Terrain program mefi thread.

Looking for a MeFi thread about a guy who created his own 3D terrain program from the ground-up. [more inside]
posted by mystyk on Jan 31, 2007 - 9 comments

I have a comment to post about wills.

I would like to make a comment on a post I had read before about people looking to purchase a will done by a lawyer.I found this company and this may be of some help to you all in your quest. If interested let me know.
posted by princey on Nov 16, 2006 - 1 comment

Intra-filter trackbacks

For the big pile of stuff: How about a wikipedia-style "Mefi posts that link to this post" box on the side of each thread (that has been linked back to)? So when someone links back to a post, that old post now links forward to the new thread. Especially useful if you search and find an older thread, and would like also to read the subsequent threads which say "previously discussed on MetaFilter..." Ideally, it would pick up on comments as well as posts that link to a specific thread (not to a specific comment in the thread, though).
posted by Eideteker on Jul 3, 2006 - 16 comments

Win the thread.

What's the deal with people "winning" threads all the time?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket on Apr 20, 2006 - 1 comment

Can we have permanently open threads in the sidebar?

My favorite pony: Perhaps certain posts could be set aside in a Hall of Fame nook, like certain creatures of Hollywood — ever-youthful, never far from our thoughts, and always open to comment. I'm particularly thinking of this thread. All kudos to washburn, but in this case, the comments have been so wonderful that I hate to see this thread inch down the blue, creeping slowly slowly into oblivion. Save the worms! Anybody?
posted by rob511 on Mar 5, 2006 - 24 comments

Are silly threads allowed now?

Has there been a slight shift in policy?

The silly personality quiz and the infamous Mushroom post are both things I would have thought would have been flagged copiously and deleted, but they remain.
I am not having a hissy fit, and am perfectly willing to skip over or add to the stillness as I see fit.
This is just seeking some clarification as to if anything different is happening and can we expect more of the same.
posted by edgeways on Nov 16, 2005 - 46 comments

Request: official deleted threads index on the site

Deleted threads should have their own place on this site somewhere. Not only could they be accessible for reference, but many are funny as hell.
posted by tsarfan on Oct 1, 2005 - 39 comments

Will someone explain the joke in this thread?

I don't get it. At the risk of exposing my terminal lameness, will someone explain the joke in this thread? Seems like a bunch of anagrams & words spelled backwards...
posted by jonson on Sep 27, 2005 - 5 comments

There was a thread with an 'instant HTML editor' the other day.

There was a thread with an 'instant HTML editor' the other day. I can't seem to find it. Any help?
posted by clgregor on Sep 11, 2005 - 3 comments

Is it ok to post followups in threads?

Honest, innocent question: Is this o.k.?
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 8, 2005 - 13 comments

User Profile Semantics

Wording in user profiles seems to be off:

abiku has posted no links 8 comments to MetaFilter
and no threads and no comments to MetaTalk


I believe there should be an "and" in between "links" and "8" on the first line.
posted by abiku on Jan 19, 2005 - 6 comments

Am I the only one having FireFox crash....

Am I the only one having FireFox crash while trying to load the y2karl thread below?
posted by fenriq on Jan 6, 2005 - 21 comments

What have been your best and worst links posted?

A what-makes-a-good-post question I'd like to see other MetaFilter dinosaurs answer along with me: What are the best and worst links you ever inflicted on the front page?
posted by rcade on Jul 29, 2004 - 66 comments

Can we - even if only briefly - discuss stuff on AskMe?

Can we - even if only briefly - discuss stuff on AskMe or not? This Sopranos thread started off as a question but the discussion of last night's episode was inevitable and almost irresistible. My own opinion, fwiw, is that it would be nice if a little discussion was indeed allowed or, as has happened already, generously overlooked.
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 17, 2004 - 10 comments

Best posts of 2003.

Year end clearance! So, cats and kitties, what were the most memorable, most entertaining or most informative MeFi threads (in your humble opinions) of 2003?
posted by moonbird on Dec 28, 2003 - 28 comments

Did I see this link here?

was I dreaming?

I thought I saw a link here a few days ago, about a bookmark that would quickly let you know, using amazon's database, whether a specific cd was put out by a member of the riaa. but when I searched for this link here, it was gone. And I didn't see it on lofi, when I looked there. Normally, I wouldn't care too much about a deleted thread, but I can't seem to find the link in question via google either. can anyone help me out?
posted by jann on May 23, 2003 - 8 comments

War threads are exhausting

Tired of war-related threads? Yes. Tired of non-war threads that feel the need to make reference to the fact that they are not war-related? Yes again.
posted by nthdegx on Apr 3, 2003 - 33 comments

Links do improve and furnish a comment

Links do improve and furnish a comment: When people do a little research before they comment and include a helpful or amusing link (and some users, like sheauga and madamjujujive put in almost as much work as they do in their posts), threads gain a new life and go off in all sorts of interesting directions. Sometimes deliciously and all at once. Some more threadbare posts, like the Libeskind one, are actually repaired and rehabilitated by the ensuing links. For some, linky comments may be a pain - do many actually click on them, given that a few don't even read the main links? - but I, for one, think they're dandy and would like to see more of them.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Feb 27, 2003 - 31 comments

Time magazine retracted the story this thread was based on

Since there was a heated debate over this thread. It is worth noting that Time magazine has retracted the story the thread is based on.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Jan 24, 2003 - 16 comments

Is there a plan for a thread tracking feature?

It struck me that it would be useful to mark interesting threads for tracking so I checked the MetaTalk archives and found that the idea had been raised originally back in the mists of time and then followed up much more recently. And yet I still don't know if it's been forgotten, abandoned or taken on board as an urgent priority. Would a "Features in Progress" page help? Or be a nagging schedule?
posted by MUD on Jul 8, 2002 - 2 comments

Reducing the load time for long threads.

For exceptionally long threads, would it be more CPU-friendly to stop rendering new pages every time someone clicked into the page after a certain point? Say, arbitrarily, 100 posts?
posted by Hildago on Mar 14, 2002 - 7 comments

20 out of 27 posts yesterday were news pieces.

Of yesterday's 27 posts, no fewer than 20 of them were links to news sites or concerned recent events or happenings.
posted by mattpfeff on Jan 23, 2002 - 34 comments

Duplicate link in previous threads

I just tried to post a link to this article: http://english.joins.com/Article.asp?aid=20011226014315&sid=300, but I got this message instead.

The link you entered ( ) was found in 12676 previous threads.

This can't be possible, can it? Any ideas?
posted by Rastafari on Dec 28, 2001 - 6 comments

"Discuss..." is annoying and useless.

MetaFilterians don't need to be instructed to converse. Discuss...
posted by NortonDC on Oct 11, 2001 - 18 comments

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