A way to see pending MefiProjects posts? March 22, 2010 1:44 PM   Subscribe

Requesting a pony that might already exist: A way to see pending MefiProjects posts?

So, for someone who worked for years as a web application development, I have an embarrassing and continuing inability to successfully use even the simplest web forms.

Earlier today, I posted an announcement to MefiProjects. I know that Projects is a moderated forum and that it could take a while for my post to go up. No problem at all.

The thing is, there doesn't seem to be any way to confirm that my post is actually in the moderation queue, which feeds into my concern that I may not have clicked the final submit button after previewing.

A few ways this could be fixed:

1. Clicking on the "Announce Project" link could take you to a page that says "Hold your horses, you already have a project in the queue" rather than a fresh announcement form.

2. A mefimail upon submitting which says "Thank you for submitting your Project. The announcement, as shown below is currently awaiting moderation."

3. Some sort of "Projects awaiting moderation" text on the user page.

Anyhow, I know that this is a pretty minor thing, but it would be nice to know that my post hasn't gone into a black hole.

And, of course, I recognize the possibility that any or all of these things could already be implemented and the truth is that I failed to submit my project. If that's the case, please, tell me!
posted by 256 to Feature Requests at 1:44 PM (16 comments total)

Hey 256, I did see your project and I declined to post it, since it was just a link to Kickstarter to fund a project. We let a few early Kickstarter projects onto Projects, but soon after I started deleting them so as not to set a trend for Projects being a place to raise funds for eventual projects.

The Projects area was set up for fully formed, new, completed projects to be announced by MeFi members. Stuff on Kickstarter is more in the proposed phase of a project instead of the complete form.

The submission page ends with this text:
Your Submission is complete

Your projects post has been stored and recorded and will be posted subject to approval. It may take up to 24 hours to post.
I should bulk that up a bit to say if you haven't seen it posted, please email me for a reason, but we post about 75-90% of submissions to Projects so developing an entire pending system isn't really necessary. Usually posters email me to ask, but I'll add some text to make that more explicit.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:57 PM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

I worked for a few years as a web application development myself. It could be a drag, putting on the HTML tags every morning before heading off through the tubes; it takes a special knack to do it without cutting yourself. (HTML tags have very pointy edges, you know.) Booting up my database... getting Apache up and running... day in, day out. But I got to meet all kinds of interesting client-side Javascripts. To this day, while it may sound vulgar, I really miss taking a nice, long PHP in the middle of the afternoon.
posted by koeselitz at 2:13 PM on March 22, 2010 [6 favorites]

Ah, okay. No problem. Would probably be nice if there was some sort of notification that a project has been declined.
posted by 256 at 2:14 PM on March 22, 2010

I have no stake in this discussion.
But 256's request so see some outcome (decline or approval) seems perfectly reasonable.
posted by joost de vries at 2:50 PM on March 22, 2010

My pony request would be to see the projects that didn't make it, but you'd still have to moderate. I imagine something like what is done on the blue.

Mostly I just want to see the reasons things don't make it.

I'm guessing "DIE SEO SPAMME!" would be the most often used.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:33 PM on March 22, 2010

My own pony request would be: to be able to see water in the dark. That sounds weird, but actually it would be awesome. See, you wouldn't want to be able to see everything in the dark, because then it would be hard to sleep. But if you could see water in the dark, then you could see very easily by just throwing water around on whatever you want to see.

The only drawback I'm worried about is that I tend to keep some water next to my bed while I'm sleeping, and I'm not really that fond of nightlights.
posted by koeselitz at 4:37 PM on March 22, 2010 [6 favorites]

Does used heavy water glow?
posted by cjorgensen at 4:46 PM on March 22, 2010

If you could see water in the dark, can you imagine the "art" that some people (not naming any names... just most boys under the age of 26) would make with their, uh, personal water? You couldn't drive anywhere at night without seeing gross roadside designs.

No, not in favor of this because of the potential for abuse.
posted by amtho at 5:12 PM on March 22, 2010

I agree with amtho, it's definitely slippery slope.

I also concur that it wouldn't hurt to have some kind of confirm / deny auto email, just like FPPs or questions have for Projects.
posted by Atreides at 5:14 PM on March 22, 2010

Why does it need to be water, then? Couldn't you use sand? You don't keep a pail of sand in the bedroom, do you? Or how about chicken fat?
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:35 PM on March 22, 2010

Chicken fat is no good, the color balance is completely off.
posted by flabdablet at 5:41 PM on March 22, 2010

Does used heavy water glow?
posted by cjorgensen
There has to be something phosphorescent to convert the beta decay energy to visible light. Reactor water with some tritium content but no dissolved phosphors would not glow.

Completely tritiated water would be interesting stuff.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 9:00 PM on March 22, 2010

Mathowie broke up with me over a Project's post. He said sniff that my love was no more than a single commercial page site. I said no! but not very loudly and I haven't provided a better link yet. Mathowie only has so much Project love to give and maybe, you know, us rejects only project, and that ain't enough.
posted by Kerasia at 3:54 AM on March 23, 2010

Fun fact: heavy water is bad for you. It forms slightly stronger hydrogen bonds than regular water, which messes with biological systems in general, and screws up enzyme-driven catalysis in particular.

If you give a hamster 25% deuterated water, its circadian cycle will lengthen and you will have effectively sterilized it, among other effects. Up that to 50% and the hamster will die.
posted by killdevil at 7:23 AM on March 23, 2010

Not a fan of heavy water, but I love that Dirty Water.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:59 AM on March 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Fun fact: heavy water is bad for you.

I googled it before I made that joke and landed on some facts site and it claimed that you could indeed kill a person with heavy water, but that it would take a lot, this kind of water is controlled, and it's super expensive. Like $300 a gram or something.

I took away that there are cheaper and easier ways to kill a person. I hoped I learned the correct lesson.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:48 AM on March 23, 2010

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