Is My MetaFilter In My YouTube? July 27, 2012 12:01 PM   Subscribe

I thought there was a way to view a removed FPP? Do those land somewhere? I was just enjoying a link that was posted, but now the FPP is gone! I assume it was removed.
posted by TangerineGurl to MetaFilter-Related at 12:01 PM (16 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 12:01 PM on July 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

They exist at the URL they were originally at, so you can look through your history of whatever browser you are using and they will be there. Alternately they do show up on the deleted posts blog but sometimes not until later. There are a few Greasemonkey scripts that allow folks to see the deleted posts inline.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:03 PM on July 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Here is the most popular deleted posts script. If you use Firefox, you'll need to install Greasemonkey. Chrome can run scripts natively.
posted by griphus at 12:07 PM on July 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Posts are also sequentially numbered, and referenced by those numbers (not the titles). If you know about when the post was made, you can go to a post near it and manually move through the post numbers in the html address.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:08 PM on July 27, 2012 [4 favorites]

Great tip, themanoftwistsandturns, I had not thought of that.
Jessamyn: I knew there was probably a greasemonkey thing, but was after the link that FAMOUSMONSTER posted.

posted by TangerineGurl at 12:17 PM on July 27, 2012

griphus -- Thank you! Installed. Chrome.
posted by TangerineGurl at 12:22 PM on July 27, 2012

In addition to what everyone else said, if you've favorited any comments in the thread, I believe those will still show up in your favorites. (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong about this.)
posted by John Cohen at 12:25 PM on July 27, 2012

One quirk of that script that is heavily non-intuitive, TangerineGurl, is that if there is no post newer than a deleted post (in other words, if it hadn't been deleted it would be the post at the top of the page) then the script won't catch it and you'll have to find it by manually manipulating the URL, as the man of twists and turns mentions.
posted by carsonb at 12:40 PM on July 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

I found it!! I found it!!
[and I think the comments killed the post]
I had not even GOTTEN to the comments!
posted by TangerineGurl at 12:42 PM on July 27, 2012

This makes me miss puke & cry
posted by KokuRyu at 12:55 PM on July 27, 2012 [9 favorites]

He's referring to deceased metafilter member puke & cry who kept an excellent deleted posts blog for a number of years.
posted by stagewhisper at 2:12 PM on July 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Whatever happened to lofi.mefi?
posted by buggzzee23 at 9:31 PM on July 27, 2012

It's here, but it doesn't display deleted stuff any more. Now what about Baby Jane?
posted by zamboni at 10:19 PM on July 27, 2012

RIP P&C. <3 :'(
posted by IndigoRain at 1:48 PM on July 30, 2012

using my suggested technique, I've stumbled across the rare and elusive deleted MetaTalk thread.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:02 PM on July 30, 2012

Wow. Here is the thread talking about that deletion where mathowie reads everyone the definition of censorship.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:07 PM on July 30, 2012

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