May 7

Metatalktail Hour: Favorite Visual Art

Happy weekend, MetaFilter! This week, I'd love it if you'd share with me a link or two to some of your favorite visual art. Famous, obscure, amateur -- just something you love to look at, and why you love it. [more inside]

May 1

Gender & metafilter names

I just started a new profile, blueberry monster, mostly because this name gets misgendered too often. I'm wondering who else would like the chance to point out what your gender is (because it gets mistaken from your username). I'd also like to hear from anyone else who changed to a new account for gender reasons.

April 29

172: I'll Get There At Some Point

I'll be straight with you: this is an episode, of a podcast, and it's me and Jessamyn, and we talk about MetaFilter and stuff adjacent to MetaFilter. There's no sugar-coating it: this is 90 minutes of MeFi-adjacent chatter. [more inside]

April 28

Please prioritize original sites and use archive.org not archive.is

Two silly asks of anyone making a post that turn a few recent MeTas on their heads:
1. When linking to paywalled content, please link first to the original content, and make your secondary link to the archived content. While paywalls are frustrating or impossible obstacles for some folks, they do in fact make sure that authors and publishers get paid. Further, official sites are often more navigable and readable than archived HTML scrapes. I’m not saying you shouldn’t provide a free copy, just asking that you prioritize the one that gets the author some compensation.
2. archive.org is a not-for-profit with known ownership. archive.is / archive.today is entirely opaque. Who runs archive.is? How? Why? (It first got famous -in the US- as far as I know, as a way for conservatives to deny advertisers clicks, and then Gamergate and anti-Gamergate made it really blow up.) The Internet Archive has a one-click archiver available at web.archive.org/save. Please consider using it instead.

Has anyone famous ever posted on Metafilter/Askmetafilter?

Pretty self-explanatory. I'm asking solely out of curiosity.

April 26

RIP effugas

MeFite effugas, aka Dan Kaminsky, the sweetest InfoSec guy you could ever know, has died this week. Dan was incredibly giving of his time and knowledge, to MeFi and to the world, and was always around being helpful and making complicated topics easier to understand. He talked about MeFi at DEFCON! He liked us and we (mostly) liked him and I am sorry he is gone.

[MeFi Site Update] Apr 26th

Hello Metafilter! Here’s another update on the state of the site and the things the team has been working on. As in the previous thread, comments will be turned on and I will be the only mod monitoring this thread so please be patient if it takes some time for me to reply. [more inside]

April 25

Metatalktail Hour: The Sounds of Your Seasons.... or Something!

It's Springtime in Vermont which means the little peepers are out and about making their frolicking noises; it's always one of the first signs of things improving and beautifying, weatherwise. What are the sounds like near you? Loud sounds, quiet sounds, fun sounds, musical sounds, new sounds or old sounds. Tell us what you've been hearing around you. [more inside]

Please make him go somewhere?

Every few days, I look over at the US politics sidebar on the front page, and see ""Let me tell you this right now, Donald J. Trump ain't going anywhere." On one hand, I feel a certain amount of glee looking at that headline and thinking "well, that was WRONG" - on the other hand, I think "I could have gone all day without even thinking about him if I hadn't looked over there." [more inside]

April 22

Seeking a Metafilter thread on finding old friends

Hello, there's a thread somewhere in the Ask section (possibly the blue) that entails methods for finding old friends. [more inside]

April 18

Google Assistant Comment Ignorer

Google Assistant screen reader skips to the About Metafilter section at the bottom of a thread, after reading the text of the original post. [more inside]

April 15

Metatalktail Hour: Comfort Movies

Happy early weekend, MetaFilter! This week, valkane wants to know: "What movie (or top 5) do you watch over and over? Everyone has favorite movies; but which ones are your comfort food? What 5 movies have you re-watched the most?" [more inside]

April 14

Updating the graphical style of mod notes

We're introducing a new visual styling for moderator comments today! Instead of the older [small text and brackets style], mod comments will now feature a contrasting border, full-sized text, and for text browsers and screenreaders an explicit "Mod note:" text prefix to compensate for the lack of graphical cues. [more inside]

April 12

[MeFi Site Update] Apr 12th

Hello Metafilter! Welcome to another update on the state of the site and the things we are working on. I’ve asked the team to allow me to take ownership of the site updates from now on so that we can streamline the process. Comments will be turned on this time as an attempt to have better ways to track feedback from the community. [more inside]

April 11

a paid for pony

I'd like to return, if possible, to the previously discussed pony request that the site find some way to label/tag/denote paywalled or subscriber locked articles (or sites which haven't bothered updating to GDPR regulations, but this is a small side pony as I'm aware it doesn't apply to everyone). Clicking a link in a post only to smack into a wall is getting increasingly tiresome (and happening with increasing frequency). [more inside]

Lovely "True stories of emotionally supportive men" ask.mefi by HotToddy

I want to thank Hot Toddy and the comments for the thread in Ask called "True stories of emotionally supportive men." Lovely responses, long may your people be lovely, plus I now have more examples to aspire to.

April 9

It's "The Guardian". (Again)

Six years ago a post was made here asking that people stop using "Grauniad" when referring to the UK newspaper The Guardian. [more inside]

April 8

When were your folks the happiest?

I just happened to come across my old flickr account, and it had some pictures I'd taken over a decade back, when dad was still alive and mom was ...not as... senior-ish, as she is now. They both looked really happy together, at the time. I don't think I may have seen my father ever smile, a bit, or mom being as accepting as she was of her husband. [more inside]

April 6

Don't feel like dancin', dancin'

I'm looking for Ask MeFi questions written by people who don't like dancing and/or are bad at it and want advice on how to change that or make peace with it or tell friends about it, etc. Here are some I've already found: one, two, three. Can you help me find any others?

April 5

171: Was I Weird

We've made it through the dark tunnel that is April 1 online and jessamyn and I are here with that good good MetaFilter chatter and a little bit of linguistics speculation. Runs about 85 minutes. [more inside]

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