October 3

Steering Committee Check-In: October 2022

The MetaFilter Steering Committee is excited to bring you the first Steering Committee Check-In! Inside we have some updates on what we’ve done in the past month, what we’re working on this month, and a request for input from the community. [more inside]

October 2

When you want to give a hug to a post or comment

I was reading the moving stories of grief from Mefites in the comments on this thread and saw the little "+" to click to favorite them. The + seemed so inadequate. I don't want to favorite, I want to give a virtual hug. The symbol for that would be maybe "()" [more inside]

October 1

Metatalktail Hour: Breakfasting

I don't know about you, but I'm starving. Please tell me what's for breakfast? [more inside]

September 30

Translations of linked articles

Should I include links to machine generated translations when I link to content in languages other than English in a comment? These days, usually a pretty decent machine translation is available by right-click or offered automatically by your browser when loading the page. I used to add a link to Google Translate every time, but recently stopped, as it started to feel a bit redundant. But what do people think?

September 29

Hurricane Ian check in thread

Something like 20% of Florida was under evacuation orders prior to Ian, many are now displaced with no pathway home (like us) or far worse, no home to go to. On top of that early reports are for catastrophic loss of life. Just putting this thread up as an opportunity to check in and let others know you're alright, and perhaps to post resources. Here is an initial resource FEMA is authorized to issues grants for repair and also possibly for domicile if you don't have a place to go: A link to a news article about FEMA process

September 28

[MeFi Site Update] September 28th

Hi there, Metafilter! You’ll find some updates regarding the site below. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions. [more inside]

September 24

Metatalktail Hour: If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady ...

So ... just based on your innate skills, talents, interests, and preferences, and other odd little clues and coincidences that have popped up along the way this trip around, you are pretty sure that in a previous life, you must have been _______. [more inside]

September 23

Have you read TFA?

I often see people on Metafilter use the acronym TFA (the fucking article) to refer to the linked article in the OP post. It's not always clear to me from the context if that acronym is meant to come across as angry or irritated, or whether people also use it in a more neutral way? [more inside]

September 17

Metatalktail Hour: A Dagwood Special

Happy weekend, friends! Today's Metatalktail hour topic is simply, "favorite sandwich?" What is it and how do you make it? Bonus points for weird! [more inside]

September 14

[MeFi Site Update] September 14th

Hi there, Metafilter! It’s great to be back! Apologies for the delay getting an update together. Now that we have a Steering Committee we will go back to the biweekly cadence we had before. You’ll find some updates regarding the site below. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions. [more inside]

September 12

Ask Metafilter Answer-ers and Reading the Question

I'm wondering if we could have a short discussion about Ask Metafilter answers. Yes, people respond there out of the goodness of their own hearts, but it does feel as if there's less attention being paid to questions' parameters, resulting in less-good answers and thus a less-good Ask Metafilter. [more inside]

September 10

Metatalktail Hour: Reimagining the Olympics 🏆

Happy Saturday, everyone, welcome to your well-earned Metatalktail! This week, I'm thinking ... Let's say we get to create a Mefi version of the Olympics. What games of skill, grace, and virtuosity should we compete in? Something like this? Or this? Or? [more inside]

September 7

Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Long

User 292 speaks with user 15348 on the podcast Reimagining The Internet about the past, present, and future of MetaFilter.

September 3

Metatalktail Hour: I am confusion

For this week's metatalktail hour topic, brainwane would like to know, "what is the artwork that gave you the most dissonance between what you expected based on the title and what you actually got?" [more inside]

September 2

MetaFilter Gift Swap needs a new organizer!

After three years, the Gift Swap needs a new organizer (or three)! [more inside]

August 30

187: Man, It's A Hot One

Belated podcast for August, American summer is just like that. No idea what we talked about, but I know we had a good time. [more inside]

August 29

The first members of the Metafilter Steering Committee

Hi y’all, we have the final results for the inaugural Metafilter Steering Committee, so without further ado, here they are, in alphabetical order: [more inside]

August 27

Convert exported Metafilter comments to HTML, JSON, or MBOX

Convert exported Metafilter comments to HTML, JSON, or MBOX "I wrote a little utility to convert the massive text file one obtains from the Export Your Comments page into a variety of other formats suitable for various purposes. Currently converts to HTML, JSON, or Unix-style MBOX (mailbox) format. " more @ mefi projects

Metatalktail Hour: Outside of a Dog

Happy Saturday wayfarers! For today's talktail hour, I'd like to ask: If you could escape into a novel — actually be transported into that world — which book would it be, and why? [more inside]

August 24

What is the difference between MetaFilter and AskMeFi?

1)When do post on MetaFilter and when on AskMeFi? I can't decide which one to post my questions on? I read many questions on both but they all look general (any topic except about the website itself) to me. 2)What is "Uptime"? I see it in the "category" below 3)Why doesn't the category list AskMeFi, and MetaTalk Couldn't the question/request be specific to MetaTalk for example? 4)"My request requires community input and cannot be addressed by contacting MetaFilter staff." I checked the box because you have to in order to post but I don't think that it can't be addressed by the staff, I just find the community could answer it sooner, and others may have the same question.

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