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Mobile site: truncated text

When browsing the front page on my phone, the text of many posts runs off the right-hand side of the screen. [more inside]
posted by av123 on Apr 6, 2013 - 9 comments

A simple complaint about

what it says on the tin. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 3, 2013 - 98 comments

If only you'd read the title

the question would have made sense. [more inside]
posted by alms on Mar 20, 2013 - 98 comments

Entomologist Wanted

Is this a Deleted Posts script bug, or a visible thread titles bug? [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 comments

A new preferences option to hide titles on Mefi

We're putting together a new preferences option to toggle off titles on the front page of Mefi specifically, and we'd like some input on wording. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 20, 2013 - 133 comments

Titles are back, despite title font size being set to zero

I just noticed that setting the title font-size to zero in my user preferences no longer prevents titles from being displayed with posts. [more inside]
posted by washburn on Feb 1, 2013 - 5 comments

Why the post titles?

Is there a way to turn off the giant overwhelming post titles and return to the halcyon days of yore where titles only showed on the post's page?
posted by xmutex on Jan 29, 2013 - 41 comments

77: Gay Teen Denouement

Episode 77 of the MetaFilter podcast runs about 1hr 40min and was recorded yesterday afternoon with jessamyn and cortex. It features a run-down of our favorite posts from across the sites for January 2013. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 29, 2013 - 41 comments

Character length limit on titles?

Sorry if this is covered in an early titles post, but is there a character length limit on titles? Twice this week I've seen FPPs on the blue that have had their titles (otherwise) unaccountably truncated in mid-word . This is the first one I noticed, and then this morning there was this one. Just curious.
posted by hwestiii on Jan 23, 2013 - 116 comments

Title customization options added

As a compromise over the recent release of titles, we've added the ability to set your title font faces and sizes just like the body and byline fonts/size options on the preferences page. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 9, 2013 - 720 comments

MeFi is adding titles

We're rolling out titles to the front pages of Ask, MetaTalk, and MeFi today (all the other subsites have titles on their front pages). In addition, we've revamped the posting pages on those subsites in order to make the title more obvious and prominent (along with improved helper text). [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 7, 2013 - 1923 comments

N/A

Perhaps the AskMetafilter question form should point out that the title of the post does not appear on the front page? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Aug 16, 2012 - 45 comments

The long and the...no, I'm sorry, I can't write that

What are the all-time longest and shortest post titles? Broken down by subsite, if possible.
posted by Chrysostom on Mar 7, 2011 - 14 comments

Tags being included in titles — titles tags SEO

What's with the first three tags being included in the title of every AskMe post? For example, this thread's page title is "My Friend's Lost Story - loststories jealousy forgiveness | Ask MetaFilter". [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 12, 2011 - 46 comments

A post by any other name...

Can we get some sweet back-titling action to fix the Mefi posts up to #189? [more inside]
posted by bjrn on Oct 5, 2010 - 55 comments

The MetaTalk taggr utility is lonely and needs some attention.

The MetaTalk tagging, titling, and general archive-diving reminder. [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jan 20, 2009 - 40 comments

Post Title

Would it be a huge inconvenience to actually have Post Titles heading posts on the blue? Yea, I understand the face of the blue is tried and true, however, some, if not all, posts need "Headlines". Why even have them if they only show up AFTER you check into the post/thread? (not complaining, I love Mefi!)
posted by snsranch on Jul 31, 2007 - 27 comments

PonyFilter: Remove titles from URL via preference setting?

PonyFilter: Can we add a preference to remove the post titles from URLs? I occasionally read Metafilter from work. I clicked the Baby playing with a snake post and had a moment of terror as I viewed the URL.
posted by jeversol on May 9, 2007 - 22 comments

Clueing people in about the title field and RSS?

Is it possible to reach these people about the tasty moral goodness of using the title field properly - BEFORE they hit the submit button? The one at a time approach seems counterintuitive.
posted by Orb2069 on Apr 12, 2007 - 31 comments

Admins Please Fix My Mistake

Help me, O Admins! I screwed up! Even though I previewed three times, I mixed up the tags and titles on this AskMe After I am tortured and ridiculed, can you please change the to "In Here, Out Over There"?
posted by Robert Angelo on Apr 4, 2007 - 16 comments

New stuff on MeFi.

I finally fixed this, I gussied up the preferences page (more readable, easier to use), and I added inline magical youtube video streaming, which mostly works (enable it then click the icons you see on posts). Full explanation of the YouTube feature.
posted by mathowie on Mar 16, 2007 - 76 comments

Two new features

Recent changes: 1) I finally updated the MetaTalk posting page to be more like the rest of the site, and added titles. RSS will soon have titles added. Also, no more "bugs" category as the generic catch-all, as I force you to pick one.
2) - For firefox 2.0 and IE7 users, you might notice being on a mefi site, the upper right search box is glowing or highlighted. If you click it, you can add a server-wide MeFi search (using the Google aggregated results from all *.metafilter.com sites) and search directly from your browser.
posted by mathowie on Feb 13, 2007 - 71 comments

I'm deploying a new (backwards compatible) URL scheme for mefi

I'm deploying a new (backwards compatible) URL scheme for mefi [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Feb 1, 2007 - 136 comments

RSS Title Length

Make "titles" in MetaTalk RSS feed longer? (more)
posted by staggernation on Jan 25, 2007 - 8 comments

How do I properly create links?

MeFi link filter: I'm a self-proclaimed newbie and have unsuccessfully tried to answer my question by skimming the FAQs and searching the site.

How do I compose links so that a mouseover displays the title of the link and the related URL, as it does in the following posting?

http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/54372
posted by NYCinephile on Aug 30, 2006 - 12 comments

Metafilter titles should be more succinct for RSS readers

Reading the blue through RSS is still something of a guessing game. A while ago there was a useful discussion about this but nothing's really changed. Please could the blue be more like the green? (in so many ways.)
posted by grahamwell on Jul 9, 2006 - 25 comments

Titles on "All Favorites"

On the 'all favorites' page -- can we get the first few lines of the full entries as a title attribute on the link?
posted by empath on Jun 13, 2006 - 4 comments

Pony: Title guidelines on the 'Post a New Question' page

Why not explain on the AskMe "Post a New Question" page that the Headline/Title will *not* show up on the main page? I have seen lots of questions in the past where the Headline/Title contains the question and the question text lacks context and looks odd on its own. Example. I think a few clarifying words about how visitors will not see the Headline/Title when browsing AskMe's main pages will help people word their questions more appropriately.
posted by apple scruff on May 10, 2006 - 17 comments

RSS bug-a-boos

1. Deleted MetaTalk threads still show up in RSS (example)
2. MetaTalk RSS includes titles for threads, but the actual thread only uses the post number for a title. Discuss.
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 16, 2006 - 2 comments

Askme etiquette on using first line of question as title

I've noticed that when posting questions to AskMeFi people will often just copy verbatim the first sentence of their question text into the title field.
posted by Rhomboid on Mar 13, 2006 - 20 comments

I added more descriptive titles to metafilter

I added more descriptive titles to metafilter and ask mefi comment pages. Refresh your CSS to see them as they intended to look.
posted by mathowie on Feb 9, 2006 - 34 comments

How to stop the spread of "_____Filter"

How to stop the spread of "_____Filter" in subject headings?
The wiki says (under the heading "inside jokes") that "___Filter" is used to indicate that a topic is so over-discussed as to risk taking over MetaFilter altogether. Examples are IraqFilter and NewsFilter. But current (and increasing) usage seems to be just an effort to be cute: BSDMFilter, CondomFilter, UmbrellaFilter, etc. I, for one, find this annoying and stupid and think it should be discouraged. It's like one of those things that is mildly amusing the first couple of times and thereafter just idiotic. I think that the WhatIsAGoodPost, WhatIsAGoodComment, WhatIsAGoodQuestion entries should be altered to discourage people from this dumb practice.
posted by dh65 on Jan 20, 2006 - 48 comments

Post titles need improving

"Title of Post:
(for RSS and page titles)"
That's what it says next to a key field on the MeFi link submission form. But it's a part of posting that seems not to get the same level of craft and care as the link and body. This is a call (from a recent RSS convert) for more attention to making good titles. [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Jan 16, 2006 - 16 comments

Title Tags for AskMe

Is there any way to add a title tag to AskMe posts? A title would make it much easier and faster to bookmark well-answered posts.
posted by AlexReynolds on Feb 15, 2005 - 2 comments

Titles in AskMe

Maybe this was covered and I missed it, but why do individual AskMe threads not have unique titles? When I bookmark a Metafilter thread, it has a unique title but when I bookmark an AskMe thread, I have to change the title.
posted by agregoli on Feb 8, 2005 - 10 comments

Can we have titles in the AskMe feed?

When I subscribe to the Ask Metafilter rss feed (using Firefox's Live Bookmark feature) only the title tags show, making the list come up as Question #123523, Question #675745, etc. Could the description tag be copied to the title tag in the RSS feed? Maybe the first 25 characters and then a "..." if necessary? Is there another way of seeing questions using this? Thanks.
posted by zelphi on Dec 23, 2004 - 4 comments

AskMe Titles

Can we have nice titles in ask.mefi please?
posted by cbrody on May 3, 2004 - 15 comments

AskMe Titles

I really really hate to ask... but can we get Post/Question Titles for Ask MetaFilter?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Feb 21, 2004 - 11 comments

How do I modify the nice titles javascript?

How are the blue pop-ups (as in y2karl's posts) made?
I'd like to borrow the idea for a web page. I found the nice title web site, but I'd like to change a few things and I don't know how. The java script looks intimidating. I don't want the URL to be displayed, no transparency, and I'd like rounded corners as seen on MeFi.
posted by Termite on Aug 9, 2003 - 24 comments

Opera and Titles

Wierd problem involving Opera 7.1 and the Title tag. The thing don't seem to be showing up, regardless of whether the dhtml toggle is on or off.
posted by kaibutsu on Apr 23, 2003 - 12 comments

Question Marks in Titles

Quotation marks automatically terminate post titles.
posted by Johnny Assay on Apr 6, 2003 - 4 comments

New posting page confusion

You are posting a link without a description, or a description without a link, please correct this The links are included, with brackets and tags, in the description as usual since I joined 2-ish years ago. What are we fishing for here?

You forgot to include a title, please correct this Did no such thing, included the text string "poo969" in the Link title: field. What are we fishing for here? Have we been studying bondage-and-discipline languages with Bucky Wirth? Just askin'.

PS, Search Metatalk "please correct this" Nothing was found with that search criteria, try searching again.
posted by jfuller on Jan 11, 2003 - 12 comments

Threads Have Titles Now?

Hey - if this isn't a new feature, or if I missed a memo, please tell me, but does each thread have it's own title now? I only ask because when I just thought better of posting to the "pancakes" thread and saw "Prattling On About Pancakes" up in the title bar, it startled me a wee bit, and now I see that each thread is similarly titled. New thing?
posted by yhbc on Nov 12, 2002 - 20 comments

Can Posts Have Titles?

A while back there was a discussion about the non-informative RSS/RDF/XML feed titles, due to the fact that metafilter/metatalk threads don't have 'titles' as such. Could we perhaps have a an extra field in the 'post an FPP' form marked 'Post title' or something that was less than some arbitrary limit of characters long and could be used for things like the feeds, and more importantly (and the reason I'm requesting this) for page titles.
I tend to open all the links I want to read in one go. When I click on the "(n new)" link I don't go to the top of the story, and so when I get to the page after reading other FPPs, I don't know what this story's about anymore, and can't glance at the document title for a hint of the general subject as with many sites.
posted by fvw on Nov 7, 2002 - 7 comments

How do I add a title to a link?

I have recently noticed that when I put my cursor on some links, like the one here, after a second or two I get a balloon briefly describing the link. Since I am an HTML novice I figure this is an added tag that I do not know. Can someone fill me in?
posted by anathema on Mar 28, 2002 - 31 comments

Organizing MeFi favorites

Just a small thing. I've a section in my favourites for Mefi threads I'm following so that I can consult them easily later. Is this just me? Anyway, whenever they appear there, they are listed as 'Metafilter Comments on [insert number]'. How easy would it be to have something more identifiable so I don't have to remember the thread number (for example those little post summaries which appear on the top of the posting boxes)?
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 27, 2002 - 20 comments

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