Creating [more inside] jump? March 7, 2010 5:11 AM   Subscribe

I can't seem to find out how to create the yellow-green [more inside] jump in MetaTalk

I checked the FAQ, but that appears to have info specific only to AskMeFi, and it says it will be created automatically.

I viewed the MetaTalk page source in my browser and could see the "more inside" text sitting in an HTML "a" element thingy, but I still was clueless on how to create it in a MetaTalk post.

I also can't seem to get my "Headline/Title" working in a MetaTalk post. The text I put in the box simply does not appear anywhere.

I have yet to ask a question in AskMeFi so maybe that's what I'm missing. I did notice that the "extended explanation" box is indeed on the screen when about to post an AskMeFi question (but not when posting in MetaTalk), but I still don't see what I'm missing.

My sincere apologies in advance if I'm missing something obvious.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 AM (18 comments total)

Argh!!!!!! Now they both appear!?!?!?!?!?! I bet I wasn't making some of the text long enough to get the title and the jump link to appear. That warning text to keep things short had me scared so I was keeping things really short.

I'd greatly appreciate it if some kind soul with more experience could look at this for a moment and see if they can reproduce what I was describing if very little text is included.

My apologies to all for my screw up!!!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 5:16 AM on March 7, 2010


Look at the top of your browser. That's where the Title appears.

The More Inside link is created automatically if you include text in the More Inside textbox. If not, it does not.
posted by odinsdream at 5:22 AM on March 7, 2010


Gregor Eisenhorn had the same problem.

Thorn wishes talon.
posted by kbanas at 5:37 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


*HUGS* <- to all
posted by BeerFilter at 6:22 AM on March 7, 2010


This is cute.
posted by iamkimiam at 6:47 AM on March 7, 2010 [5 favorites]


My apologies to all for my screw up!!!

No worries, InsertNiftyNameHere -- you are following a fine tradition of people experiencing confusion or stress with their first post.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:02 AM on March 7, 2010


When you preview your post, do you see a dotted line separating some of your text? Where that line is, there "more inside" will appear.
posted by prefpara at 7:04 AM on March 7, 2010


The meta-ness of this is too much for my brain to handle first thing on a Sunday morning.

So... egg-in-a-nest, anyone?
posted by The Deej at 7:09 AM on March 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm gonna go ahead and...ooops, never mind.
posted by fixedgear at 7:35 AM on March 7, 2010


You do have a point though that the MeTa post preview page is still showing its age from a time when MetaTalk didn't have titles because it shows the date where the title string should be.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:36 AM on March 7, 2010


Sorry you were running in circles this morning, InsertNiftyNameHere. Like folks have said, the "[more inside]" link is generated by the site after a post has been submitted, if and only if the post has supplementary text provided in the "More Inside:" field on the posting page. If there's nothing in there, there isn't any "more inside" and so there's no link included in the display of that post on the front page index of Metatalk.

That's the same way as it works for other parts of the site, too. There are some variations in what's on the posting page for each subject based mostly on the slightly different needs/functions of the blue vs. the green vs. the grey, etc, but the overall function is the same.

You do have a point though that the MeTa post preview page is still showing its age from a time when MetaTalk didn't have titles because it shows the date where the title string should be.

Actually, the main inconsistency vs. the AskMe post-preview page is that there's a date string there at all—on askme, we intentionally elide the title field from the post preview because that's the best approach we've found for reducing instances of folks putting essential info in the title instead of the main post block on the assumption that the title would show on the front page.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:27 AM on March 7, 2010


I like this new user, and hope this and his other MeTa post are sincere. I'd be devastated to find out he's a sockpuppet. My hope is that once a month for the next year he'll post another question about how to post to the site -- and then he'll be ready.
posted by nobody at 8:56 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


yellow-green

It's yellow. Good ol' Colonel Mustard, if I'm not mistaken.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:09 PM on March 7, 2010


nobody: "I like this new user, and hope this and his other MeTa post are sincere. I'd be devastated to find out he's a sockpuppet. My hope is that once a month for the next year he'll post another question about how to post to the site -- and then he'll be ready"

I dunno... 5 years on now and I still haven't popped my FPP cherry.
posted by IndigoRain at 9:07 PM on March 7, 2010


madamjujujive: "My apologies to all for my screw up!!!

No worries, InsertNiftyNameHere -- you are following a fine tradition of people experiencing confusion or stress with their first post
"

OK, that was a little freaky. Very funny, but also kinda freaky. Thanks for linking it, though. I enjoyed reading it.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 12:22 AM on March 12, 2010



OP, here, in case anyone doesn't notice off the bat.

I'm not sure anyone will see this buried in here, but I wanted to ask about some posts that went right over my head in this thread.

On second thought, I think I'd prefer to review the FAQ before I ask.

I'm not sure what impression I'm giving to all of you folks here, but I'm simply trying to be a good meta-zen (I combined "meta" and "citizen" there for those legions who couldn't decode my complex cipherin') by learning all I can about how things work around here before I jump into the deep end.

If I'm being a pain in the backside, I apologize. I assure you that is most definitely not my intention.

Thanks to all who responded as well.

Cheers!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 12:42 AM on March 12, 2010


If I'm being a pain in the backside, I apologize. I assure you that is most definitely not my intention.

Oh, no, you weren't being a pain.



Until that meta-zen thing.
posted by The Deej at 7:40 AM on March 12, 2010


Oh, no, not a pain at all, InsertNifty! I was just amused. I wasn't intending sarcasm.

If I had to explain, the amusement mostly relied on the fact that users/readers can only post to the front page of MetaTalk once per week. And in order to ask this very precise question about the MetaTalk posting page, I imagined you were likely in the middle of writing up some other MeTa request when it struck you that understanding this detail was more important than your original post. So you put off posting the call-out or feature-request or whatever it was that was important enough to start writing up in order to ask this small question -- so when, the following week, it would be time to post your substantive thing you could do it properly.

So, you know, there's something amusing there, but I truly, truly didn't mean it in a mean-spirited way. And it only adds to it that your previous MeTa post was about what time of day it's best to post to AskMe, and that you still hadn't posted any questions there yet.

It adds up to a picture of an extremely cautious new user, and maybe slightly comedically so. In any case, it's certainly better than the obverse.
posted by nobody at 8:10 PM on March 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


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