posting each day instead of every 24 hours August 26, 2005 10:44 AM   Subscribe

What if instead of being able to post a link every 24 hours, we simply post ever metafilter day? That would take away the need to count down the hours, make posting easier, and still have the same limiting effect.
posted by Citizen Premier to Feature Requests at 10:44 AM (30 comments total)

No need to point out that I don't post a lot...
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:45 AM on August 26, 2005


This seems like a good idea to me. I don't post that often, but I was surprised to find once that it was 24 hours and not by day. I had just assumed that it was by day.
posted by OmieWise at 10:45 AM on August 26, 2005


I don't understand. Are you saying you'd like to be able to post something at 11:59, then post something else at 12:01?

I'm not sure what's wrong with the 24 hour thing, is what I'm saying.
posted by odinsdream at 10:48 AM on August 26, 2005


It would be better but it is only a small annoyance. Do you really post daily over multiple days for this to be a problem?
posted by geoff. at 10:49 AM on August 26, 2005


Yeah, what's wrong with 24 hours? It's easier code. It ain't broke.
posted by Plutor at 11:04 AM on August 26, 2005


You present a pretty good description for how it could be done differently, but not the why.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:09 AM on August 26, 2005


I also don't see the present 34 hour state as a problem.

But it brings up a tanential possible pony request....

When I find something I think might be neat to post, the first thing I do is plug the URL in the box on the post page -- it's the best search on this site bar none imho -- to make sure that it hasn't been posted before.

However, if I find something within 24 hours from having made an FPP, I can't perform this search.

Soooooo......can that URL search feature be put on the search page please?
posted by peacay at 11:21 AM on August 26, 2005


3 is the new 2
posted by peacay at 11:22 AM on August 26, 2005


I too have been concerned about the dearth of posts to the Metafilter front page and was hoping we could get the daily average into 3 figures.
posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on August 26, 2005


peacay, copy the URL to the search page (or to be extra safe, cut it down to the domain name). Select searching of threads since day one. It's the exact same search.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:27 AM on August 26, 2005


You could always just give Matt $5 and create yourself a fancy-schmancy sock-puppet. Or you could do it over and over and post dozens of times in 24 hours.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:40 AM on August 26, 2005


Thanks Matt. I think I'd tried it but it was hard to guage whether it was being efficient as opposed to not working when no result came up. Cheers.
posted by peacay at 11:58 AM on August 26, 2005


A gentleman of Mexican origin absconded with my posting rights.
posted by dhoyt at 12:02 PM on August 26, 2005


Sounds like he wasn't much of a gentleman then, was he?
posted by Pollomacho at 12:07 PM on August 26, 2005


It's dhoyt who is the gentleman in so calling him.
posted by soyjoy at 12:40 PM on August 26, 2005


Depends on your definition of gentleman, doesn't it?
posted by odinsdream at 12:48 PM on August 26, 2005


If the general idea is to increase the signal to noise ratio, having 1 post per mefi day allows for more noise spikes on any given day. It just takes five users a week's wait to be able to flood the front page. I'd consider that a poor side-effect. If your post is that good, it will keep.

FWIW, I tried to keep my FPP:FPComment ratio at approximately 1:2 to also help keep the noise down.

Clearly I've gone overboard in AskMe (smartass-know-it-all).
posted by plinth at 1:34 PM on August 26, 2005


I just wish that when it tells you you can't post another question, it tells you when to try again. So, if I try and post on Ask, it tells me, "Sorry, you posted on [date] so cannot make a post for X more days" (or however you phrase it). Saves me clicking my name, clicking my ask, looking at the date, calculating the days until I can post my new question (or FPP).
posted by dobbs at 1:37 PM on August 26, 2005


odinsdream, a gentleman might just be a considerate top, is that what you're getting at?

Citizen_Premier, you don't really have to count down the hours until you're next post can go up. Just look at when you posted your last one and add 1 to the day. You can post anytime after that time.
posted by fenriq at 2:12 PM on August 26, 2005


How about scheduling posts in the future, hmmmm? Do all your posting for the week on monday. And watch the FPPs roll out as the week goes on!
posted by blue_beetle at 4:23 PM on August 26, 2005


How about scheduling posts in the future, hmmmm? Do all your posting for the week on monday. And watch the FPPs roll out as the week goes on!

Creative, but, er, no.

"Hey, how was I supposed to know it would be a triple post back when I scheduled it on Monday?"
posted by soyjoy at 9:26 PM on August 26, 2005


Seems a lot more confusing to me. If I posted at 04:47 yesterday, I know that I cannot post again until 04:48 today. With the proposed change, I then need to convert my local time back into whatever time zone MeFi is in, and convert the time of my last post back into whatever time zone MeFi is, and check if they're the same day (or, alternately, convert the time of my last post into MeFi's time zone, figure out what day it was according to MeFi when I posted, then convert midnight of that same MeFi local day into my current time zone. Either way, pain in the ass.)
posted by Bugbread at 1:01 AM on August 27, 2005


I'm sure somebody who cared could write a countdown timer in Greasemonkey.

/tarin
posted by tarintowers at 1:52 AM on August 27, 2005


Explain or be flagged!
posted by If I Had An Anus at 6:56 PM on August 27, 2005


No need to sign your posts, tarintowers. Your nick is right there below your comment.
posted by gleuschk at 7:08 PM on August 27, 2005


I know that. It's right there on my screen.

But it's a reflex. I've been doing it for fifteen years; habits are hard to break.

Sigs are also a weighted metadata point for obsessive self-documenters, i.e. writers who save every word in case their genius idea was in a post on some dumb board somewhere.

I'll keep signing, thanks.

/tarin
posted by tarintowers at 3:14 AM on August 28, 2005


Here's another metadata point for you.
posted by gleuschk at 6:16 AM on August 28, 2005


tarintowers : "Sigs are also a weighted metadata point for obsessive self-documenters"

I suppose that makes sense.

/bugbread
/post code number 170426
/post date 08/29
/post time 08:11
/post time zone: JST
/number of characters in post: 27
/number of letters in post: 22
/Frequency of letter "e" in post: 4 out of 22
posted by Bugbread at 4:14 PM on August 28, 2005


psssssst! tarin! gleuschk was trying to warn you ever so politely away from establishing yourself here as an annoying ass! .... There's still time to avoid it, y'know!
posted by soyjoy at 10:13 PM on August 28, 2005


I'll keep signing, thanks.

And we'll keep telling you you're an annoying ass. "I've been an annoying ass all my life, and I'm not going to stop now!" Way to go, genius.
posted by languagehat at 6:05 AM on August 29, 2005


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