May 25


Just letting everyone know that we've been informed that community member bigbigdog passed away on May 18, 2024 [more inside]

May 22

Most Answers or Comments?

I am curious about which posts on the blue have gotten the most comments (not counting things such as U.S. politics megathreads), or which questions on Ask have gotten the most answers. How feasible is that to find out? It would be cool if those were set off, as another way to see what has had a lot of engagement.

May 18

Animal Companions (esp. dogs) of Metafilter

It's time. And I think we would all benefit from a post of animal pics, specifically our own animal friends, especially dogs. (I apologize to the cat people who didn't post first so they could say "especially cats". I also like cats.) I suggest we limit the number of photos to.... just kidding. Post them all! [more inside]

May 16

FPP about manipulated Reality TV show

I'm looking for a FPP for an article about a Reality TV show. It was about a woman, maybe LGBTQ+, who went to live on a ranch or a house, and the producers had lied to the participants about her identity, or her circumstances, etc. I can't remember if they said she wasn't LGBTQ+ and then it came out she was, or something like that. I think there was something in it where the other participants treated her poorly, but overall she wasn't as upset as you might expect.

May 15

[MeFi Site Update] May 15th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

Welcome to this month’s Site Update! You can find the last one here.

I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions! [more inside]

May 4

Adding year of release to Fanfare front page posts

This has been asked before, in Nov 2022, when the site owner called it a "really good idea" and a then-current tech person said it seemed "uncontroversial and positive, so I'll put that on the pile of things to do." Is this still something the community thinks is worth doing? If so, any chance it could be implemented? It might increase engagement in an area of the site that could use it. I know I'd find it useful, anyway.

May 3

Help me re-find this file organization scheme

A couple of months ago, I was poking around on AskMetafilter for productivity things. I found my way, via a comment on an oldish-post, to an organization system for computer files that I got excited about, started to implement without even reading the whole thing, and have found very helpful. Now I'd like to read more about the system and I can't find the link again. [more inside]

May 1

MeFi Nonprofit Update, April 30, 2024

The board setting up the MeFi nonprofit met on April 4 and April 25. [more inside]

April 17

[MeFi Site Update] April 17th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

Welcome to this month’s Site Update! You can find the last one here.

Reminder: I will be the only mod actively monitoring this thread so please be patient. I’ll reply to your feedback and questions at least twice a week. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions! [more inside]

April 12

Global BIPOC Board Meeting #22 Minutes

Mefi Global BIPOC Advisory Board Meeting 22 Minutes on January 23,2024 7AM PST - 8:30 AM (PST) 90 mins. [more inside]

April 6

Thanks, chariot pulled by cassowaries

This is a public thank you to chariot pulled by cassowaries for their frequent posts of good news from the natural world. It brightens my day to read about plants and animals recovering adversity, and people being not-terrible in helping them. Cheers to you.

April 5

MetaMixTapes: Cats

Let's make a mixtape! (I'm never sure how appropriate it is to do something light and fun on MeTa so apologies if there's another corner of the site that I haven't considered that would be better for this.) [more inside]

March 28

Please give full names before using acronyms

Whether it's the name of a person, a drug or medical treatment, a non-governmental organization (NGO), a less-common internet term, or something specific to your field of interest, please spell it out and only then use the acronym. [more inside]

March 26

MeFi Nonprofit Update, March 26, 2024

The board forming the MetaFilter nonprofit met Feb. 29. [more inside]

March 22

Oh, huh, I guess I do post a lot about that

I was meandering among the tags on one of my past front page posts, and noticed that "inspirational" said:
Users that often use this tag: brainwane
Other MeFites who make front page posts: are you ever surprised to notice a theme emerging among your posts? Like, "Oh, huh, I guess I do post a lot about that"? I'm curious!

March 20

[MeFi Site Update] March 20th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

Welcome to this month’s Site Update. You can find the last Site Update here.

Reminder: I will be the only mod actively monitoring this thread so please be patient. I’ll reply to your feedback and questions at least twice a week. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions! [more inside]

March 19

RIP ricochet biscuit

Greetings, all. I'm posting to inform you of the death of ricochet biscuit. He passed away last night after a short illness. Michael (or Warren as he was known to some) will be sorely missed. His wife, Wendy, asked me to say a few words and "do him justice." I'm not sure I can, because I don't think words are sufficient. A brilliant man, in both his natural intelligence and his encyclopedic knowledge of, well, just about everything, Michael could always be counted on for an interesting conversation. A polyglot, multi-instrumentalist, D&D (and GURPS!) master gamer, funny, passionate, ethical, and reliable; you couldn't ask for a better friend. Joining in 2008, Michael really loved the metafilter community and often told me how much he enjoyed the lively discussions found here. Funeral and other information to follow.

March 18

Dancing shoes!

It's March and it's time to put on our dancing shoes. Please join us over at Fanfare for our annual March Madness bracket building and trash talking.

March 12

Posts for Donations?

Is anybody out there up for the old "you donate money to Metafilter, I'll make a post for you" thing? I have a topic I'd really like to see posted, but I don't have the time to do it myself. I'd donate $25 to our Bean Plate Overlords if someone would do this for me. (I feel like someone was doing this project in the past but I don't remember who.) [more inside]

March 11

[RSS PSA] Reminder to update your MetaFilter RSS feeds

Last month, an apparent error in Feedburner caused several of MeFi's legacy RSS feeds to not update for up to a week (at least in my popular feed reader, Feedly). The problem has been fixed -- for now. But it's an important reminder that the Feedburner platform is increasingly unreliable -- if it were ever shut down by Google, the thousands of readers who rely on those feeds to keep up with the site may lose contact without even realizing it. The good news is that the site has a new set of self-hosted feeds that should remain active no matter what Google does. So, if you read the site using an RSS reader, please take a moment to update your reader to the new feeds -- and check the related posts on MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter for a list of posts you might have missed during the outage.

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