Why is the MetaTalk front page so much shorter than the MetaFilter front page? June 23, 2011 1:15 PM   Subscribe

How come there are so many more MetaFilter FPPs on the first page vs so few on MetaTalk's first page?

Currently, I can read 50 posts on MeFi's blue front page before I have to hit "older posts," whereas there are only 10 on MetaTalk. Is this a setting I can change for myself, or is it configured this way for a specific reason?
posted by tzikeh to MetaFilter-Related at 1:15 PM (71 comments total)

Huh? If you upgrade to the paid version, you have as many posts as you want, along with images.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:18 PM on June 23, 2011 [23 favorites]


I am all for the shorter MeTa front page--I like to think it keeps GRAR issues from being on the forefront of GRAR-prone users' minds for too long.
posted by not_on_display at 1:19 PM on June 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


I think we went with shorter to let fighty or controversial actually die after a day or two instead of being on the front page forever and having to rehash things out. MetaTalk threads work ideally over short periods of time, the longer they go, the more likely they are to get people nitpicking with one another.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:23 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Can't find the thread but once mathowie dialed it up to 11 and the internet broke.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:24 PM on June 23, 2011 [8 favorites]


Yeah, the full version of MetaFilter is pretty awesome. You get access to GuessMe, IRL Elite, and Jobs unlocks all the secret chocolate/fireworks/puppy factory work that come up surprisingly often.
posted by griphus at 1:24 PM on June 23, 2011 [13 favorites]


Out of sight out of - hey, a penny!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:24 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


I upgraded to the paid version of MetaFilter, and I got my wife back, my truck back, and my dog back.

No wait; that was when I played the country song backwards.
posted by Curious Artificer at 1:26 PM on June 23, 2011 [9 favorites]


Hey did you guys know the guy from Jackass is still dead?
posted by MattMangels at 1:27 PM on June 23, 2011


God damn you griphus my dad died in a chocolate fireworks puppy explosion.

The answer, anyway, tzikeh, is that once the basic question in a Metatalk thread gets answered the thread tends to get very silly. This effect sometimes sets in faster than others...
posted by nanojath at 1:27 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


When you upgrade to MetaTalk Professional, Russian punchlines appear in the proper sequence.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:31 PM on June 23, 2011 [8 favorites]


Ah, okay. Fighty moving away from the front page, I get.

The reason I had the question was that the music exchange post moved off the main page so quickly, and I was wondering why that was as I was really enjoying the thread. But it makes sense to move things along quickly, since a lot of MeTa threads get fighty.
posted by tzikeh at 1:31 PM on June 23, 2011


once the basic question in a Metatalk thread gets answered the thread tends to get very silly. This effect sometimes sets in faster than others...

Ah, see, but, IMO of course, that to be a feature rather than a bug. I really enjoy it when MeFites get goofy, because we do have a lot of intense conversation here, so it's nice to see the names I know (and the ones I don't) be silly. (Though I understand that recipes are verboten now.)
posted by tzikeh at 1:35 PM on June 23, 2011


gettin laid rite now thx 2 irl elite
posted by Eideteker at 1:38 PM on June 23, 2011 [9 favorites]


sry typin 1 hand
posted by Eideteker at 1:38 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


MattMangels writes "Hey did you guys know the guy from Jackass is still dead?"

Geez, Type SPOILER before you post stuff like that will ya.
posted by Mitheral at 1:41 PM on June 23, 2011


How much do I have to pay to get rid of the boring grey colour?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 1:41 PM on June 23, 2011


Ten bucks a hit, man. Meet me down the block in fifteen.
posted by griphus at 1:43 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


gettin laid rite now thx 2 irl elite
posted by Eideteker at 15:38 on June 23 [1 favorite +] [!]


sry typin 1 hand
posted by Eideteker at 15:38 on June 23 [+] [!]


So IRL Elite is just pornography, then?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:48 PM on June 23, 2011


just?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:54 PM on June 23, 2011


unjust?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:56 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heh, I've asked the mods about this in the past (long, long ago) for exactly the same reason, tzikeh. It's why I try to post the MeFiSwap* announcement threads just before a weekend—usually MeTa is much, much slower on the weekends and a post will likely have 4 or so days of exposure on the front page. Given the subject of so many MeTas is grar-based and/or quickly resolved, pretty much in every other case it makes sense to have the threads go out of sight and out of mind, so, you know, so it goes.

*Signups are still open! Here's a link to the thread! Email me!
posted by carsonb at 1:57 PM on June 23, 2011


The reason I had the question was that the music exchange post moved off the main page so quickly

Good point, let me sidebar that right now. Done.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:05 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


How many MetaTalk threads do you need? It's not like there are any surprises - open thread, receive GRAR.
posted by GuyZero at 2:08 PM on June 23, 2011


Does the elite subscription still come with a lifetime supply of Axe body spray? Or is that the exxxxxxxxxxtremefi package?
posted by eyeballkid at 2:08 PM on June 23, 2011


Is it in yet?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:11 PM on June 23, 2011


Yeah, part of the issue is that the grey is so much lower volume in terms of posts that ten threads will usually be three or four days worth of posts, vs the maybe one and a half days worth of posts from the fifty on the blue. Two weeks of shelf life for any given thread means more chances for goofiness but, more notably, more chances for angry flameups.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:11 PM on June 23, 2011


Ten posts on Metatalk is way too many, and fifty front-page posts isn't nearly enough.
posted by box at 2:13 PM on June 23, 2011


Does the elite subscription still come with a lifetime supply of Axe body spray? Or is that the exxxxxxxxxxtremefi package?

If you look around, you'll find that you already have as much Axe Body Spray as any reasonable person should ever need.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't know, dude--I think I might need to add some cologne to my go-bag.
posted by box at 2:15 PM on June 23, 2011


Tomorrow's forecast: goofy with a 40% chance of angry flameups.
posted by txsebastien at 2:15 PM on June 23, 2011


This is an example of Axe, Don't Smell culture.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:15 PM on June 23, 2011 [8 favorites]


Unjust pornography? I want to make a Game of Thrones joke here but nothing's coming.
posted by griphus at 2:16 PM on June 23, 2011


Unjust pornography? I want to make a Game of Thrones joke here but nothing's coming.

Winter?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:18 PM on June 23, 2011


WinterIhardlyknowheretc
posted by shakespeherian at 2:22 PM on June 23, 2011


I hope the wall is high enough.
That's what she said.
Who?
Your mother.
My mother died in childbirth.
I hope the wall is high enough, too.
To keep out the white walkers?
What am I, racist? No - to kill me when I jump. You're kind of a downer.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:23 PM on June 23, 2011


"So IRL Elite is just pornography, then?
posted by shakespeherian at 4:48 PM"


"just?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:54 PM"


Well, he does it to himself, he does.




also, congrats, you got the joke

posted by Eideteker at 2:23 PM on June 23, 2011


One cool effect of upgrading is that when you click a meTa thread, this song autoplays, to get you in the mood!
posted by rtha at 2:35 PM on June 23, 2011


I was born in the mood! Wait - what were we talking about, again?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:37 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


unjust pornography ... nothing's coming
posted by Elmore at 3:29 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: Wait - what were we talking about, again?
posted by tzikeh at 3:30 PM on June 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: [1 favorite +]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:35 PM on June 23, 2011


It's why I try to post the MeFiSwap* announcement threads just before a weekend—usually MeTa is much, much slower on the weekends and a post will likely have 4 or so days of exposure on the front page.

This seems like the question about when one should post their Ask MetaFilter question to maximize response—moving off the page slowly happens because fewer people are around to interact with it.
posted by grouse at 3:52 PM on June 23, 2011


I would go back and pick at many nits, but clicking on that "Older Posts" button is SO strenuous!
posted by crunchland at 3:54 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


You get access to GuessMe, IRL Elite, and Jobs unlocks all the secret chocolate/fireworks/puppy factory work that come up surprisingly often.

I worked in a puppy factory once. It was a bitch.
posted by hippybear at 3:59 PM on June 23, 2011 [16 favorites]


crunchland:I would go back and pick at many nits, but clicking on that "Older Posts" button is SO strenuous!

If you pick at them, they'll never get better.
posted by smirkette at 4:24 PM on June 23, 2011


Dad?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:50 PM on June 23, 2011


I worked in a puppy factory once. It was a bitch.
posted by hippybear


No kidding. And you'd be horrified to discover that their hot dogs aren't even 100% dog!
posted by 1000monkeys at 5:23 PM on June 23, 2011


Axe, schmaxe. I would love to reveal what I received in this months MetaFilter Platinum gift basket but I signed a cabal contract that won't let me. Hint: It smells like blood and milk.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 5:29 PM on June 23, 2011


At work today, we got started talking about who had done work in phone banks. Four out of ten public-library employees (though two of those are college students who have never had non-library jobs in their lives).

Tracey told a story about cold-calling people to sell them extended warranties. Two of us had called people for our college alumni associations. I got to tell my story about how, when I was in high school, several of my friends and I unknowingly raised money for a fake heart charity that got shut down by the FBI.

Some real good bonding, there.
posted by box at 5:33 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hint: It smells like blood and milk.

Hey, ya'll took too much, I'm gonna need some of that blood back.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:35 PM on June 23, 2011


I unknowingly raised money for a fake heart charity

You bastard! I was born with one of those fake hearts!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:35 PM on June 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ask not for whom the jelly rolls...
posted by stinkycheese at 7:23 PM on June 23, 2011


...it rolls for cheese.
posted by slogger at 7:45 PM on June 23, 2011


MetaFilter: on the forefront of GRAR-prone users' minds.
posted by mbrubeck at 9:04 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


JohnnyGunn: How much do I have to pay to get rid of the boring grey colour?

$20, same as in town.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 1:45 AM on June 24, 2011


$20, same as in town.

No, there's a sale at the Quickie Mart.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:28 AM on June 24, 2011


When you upgrade to MetaTalk Professional, Russian punchlines appear in the proper sequence.

While this isn't true, upgrading to MefiPro will enable the Edit button.

EDIT: See?

Post last edited 14:25 GMT
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:24 AM on June 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


No wait; that was when I played the country song backwards.

I ... buried ... Merle ...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:01 AM on June 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's not like there are any surprises - open thread, receive GRAR.

Push button, receive bacon!
posted by norm at 8:26 AM on June 24, 2011


god, we wore the hell out of a chet atkins album forwards and back for a taped faux radio show circa 1981-2.
posted by clavdivs at 9:14 AM on June 24, 2011


Every time is see 'GRAR' I think it's a death-metal band.
posted by bwg at 9:31 AM on June 24, 2011


Don't go to one of their shows unless you can deal with getting covered in bile.
posted by exogenous at 9:50 AM on June 24, 2011


I thought it was blood, but then I often think it is blood.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:52 AM on June 24, 2011




I think I'd rather be sprayed with blood or bile than Faygo.
posted by norm at 11:34 AM on June 24, 2011


What do you think Faygo is made from, idiot?
posted by Mister_A at 11:55 AM on June 24, 2011


I pay $5 a week for Metafilter. (Favorites ain't cheap.)
posted by oddman at 12:10 PM on June 24, 2011


In Soviet Russia, Elephant butts you!
posted by herbplarfegan at 1:06 PM on June 24, 2011


Speaking of Faygo, I was recently stuck in western Kentucky for a night and ended up staying here (despite the review).
posted by exogenous at 3:15 PM on June 24, 2011


With my MeFi Platinum membership, cortex brings me a mug of cocoa every night.
posted by arcticseal at 5:21 PM on June 24, 2011


I knew I shoulda said "Butt elephants you"...
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:14 PM on June 24, 2011


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