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.

August 23

Emojis on Metafilter?

I've noticed that people don't really use emojis that much here on Metafilter. [more inside]

August 22

Metafilter Fantasy (American) Football?

It's that time of the year again! If you are interested in joining this year's iteration of MeFite Fantasy (American) Football, please feel free to click here and join up! People that join this league tend to take it pretty seriously, so if you do sign up, please be prepared to make the commitment. We will be having a live draft, date TBD. If you had a team last year, you should be good to go. If you had a team last year and did better than me, feel free to sit this one out! Ha! Just kidding.

August 20

Metatalktail Hour: Tell me of your happy place, Usul

Welcome to the weekend, Talktail friends. This week, it would cheer me immensely to hear of your happy place (or places). Maybe it's a literal location, small or large, or maybe it's an activity, or an event, a season or holiday, being with a person or group, or just some harmonious synchronicity of conditions that create a perfect moment. Where or what is it that warms the cockles of your heart? [more inside]

August 19

On Cooling Off MetaTalk Threads

MetaTalk threads often generate a lot of heat. I’ve seen more people button from MeTa than elsewhere on MeFi. How can we cool off threads about community concerns? [more inside]

August 17

MetaFilter Usage Statistics

In the Steering Committee voting thread (please vote!), I posted some data analysis how much people are using MetaFilter, based on the data in the infodump. That became somewhat of a derail, so here is a thread to discuss what this data means, and how it should inform our decisions going forward. [more inside]

Do we know the demographics of metafilter users?

Reading the recent user survey summary, I see a lot of talk about the identity of the user base. Do we actually know what the demographics are of MetaFilter users? Has there ever been an attempt to survey the users' identities? It would be interesting to know how people think of themselves in terms of nationality, politics, gender, race, sexuality, class, etc. I often read assertions in comments about the identities of the user base, but I am wondering if they correspond to the user base in reality.

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