Metrolike seems to be really really broken October 28, 2003 2:10 PM   Subscribe

Metrolike seems to be really really broken. Does anyone know how to contact the owner to get it fixed?
posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter-Related at 2:10 PM (24 comments total)

Sorry to post this here, but I wasn't sure what other steps to take. I rely on that site to feed me MeFi minus those pesky news links, and the site is currently displaying the raw html for me in Mozilla 1.4. I tried going to the host site ( but there's no contact info there, and my google search on the name on the host site didn't bring up anything.

Sorry to be whiny.
posted by anastasiav at 2:14 PM on October 28, 2003

Fix it? Heck, how can we import the "filter out" string?
posted by yhbc at 2:14 PM on October 28, 2003

Soon we'll live in cities compose primarily of people with like-minded buying habits, so that local stores can stock only those products that appeal to Urban Sprawl City, in all its cookie-cutter glory.
posted by The God Complex at 2:18 PM on October 28, 2003

I'm with yhbc.
posted by dg at 2:26 PM on October 28, 2003

composed, rather.
posted by The God Complex at 2:29 PM on October 28, 2003

See here, under "FEEDBACK".
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:01 PM on October 28, 2003

Email this guy. Here's the metrolike faq, and here's his weblog.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 3:02 PM on October 28, 2003

Damn you, mr_crash_davis!
posted by monju_bosatsu at 3:03 PM on October 28, 2003

If I only had a dime for every time I'd heard that.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:03 PM on October 28, 2003

can someone please read this page to me? i get confused by all those words.
posted by quonsar at 3:33 PM on October 28, 2003


that link is fucking hilarious.

I have to put the bottle down.
posted by BlueTrain at 3:36 PM on October 28, 2003

Oh cool, I've never heard of it though (email me people!, I love when people make up side projects like this).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:50 PM on October 28, 2003

quonsar, that is sooo going to be my buddy's startpage when he wakes up tomorrow........
posted by elwoodwiles at 6:36 PM on October 28, 2003

oh my god, quonsar! I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.
posted by taz at 1:33 AM on October 29, 2003

Someone should make a filter that can filter out single users, and then we could all sort of exist separately from one another. I would probably just filter out everyone but myself, so as not to be disappointed in the content.
posted by The God Complex at 1:49 AM on October 29, 2003

Thank you, Crash
posted by anastasiav at 5:46 AM on October 29, 2003

Quansar, I almost spit Coke all over my keyboard. I needed that today... Thanks.
posted by greengrl at 9:33 AM on October 29, 2003

Hmmm........ it's never going to get fixed is it?

Well, I thought it was cool so I reverse engineered it over here. And with my version you can set your own list of domains to filter out. Trouble is, I did it the lazy way. So it will actually filter out anything: Domains, usernames, words, etc. So if you want to filter out any post with the words Bush, Iraq, War, or terror, you can do that.
posted by y6y6y6 at 3:29 PM on October 29, 2003

Just found this MT link in my referrer logs. I had no idea anyone else was even looking at it!

I'm working on it.
posted by britain at 6:04 PM on November 1, 2003

The script I was using, see, it's called CaRP and it's PHP. The date this item was posted dovetails nicely with when I upgraded to Panther. So I guess Panther blew my PHP away [quick, someone tell Ric Ford]. I reinstalled PHP from Entropy. I also upgraded to the latest version of CaRP. Although the feed appears to be mostly back to normal, I'll see if I can do something about the layout and those extra error artifacts tonight too.

Thanks mr_crash and monju for finding my contact info -- I wish someone would have used it and dropped me a line, I would've fixed this much sooner! I have been really busy with my new job so I haven't even hit the 'like in the past few days. I know that it's bad form not to check on these things after an upgrade, but like I said, I had no idea anyone else was using it. I was pretty much updating the FAQ for my own ego and adding a new domain whenever someone posted a link from a news site I hadn't thought to catch yet.

y6y6y6: I like your implementation! Letting a user decide on their own filtering is much better than putting it up to someone like me, though I'm glad to keep this up. I mean, I know what I don't want to read, but maybe there's a misanthrope out there who wants to omit all references to "Friday Flash Fun" or "it vibrates?" or "pancakes."

The God Complex: it would be easy to filter by username in CaRP but the people I'd rather not read stuff from are pretty much the people who post and reply to the newspaper links. Though I'm sure your remarks were a nose-tweak to my sinister speech control tactics or something.

Quonsar: at least something good came of all this.
posted by britain at 6:45 PM on November 1, 2003

" I like your implementation!"

It won't scale. It basicly explodes the string into an array and then runs the post against every array element.

Cool stuff. Keep up the good work.
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:35 PM on November 1, 2003

I just think it'd incredibly pointless to have a community were you can willingly censor anybody who doesn't agree with you, even if it's on something as seemingly inane as policy. But everyone else seems quite enamoured with the idea of segregating everything into little pockets of likeness, so I'm probably alone on this one. I guess there are reasons marketing agencies make an absolute killing selling information about geo-specific purchasing (according to an article in a recent issue of Atlantic Monthly, those living in "Urban Sprawl" locations earning $41,000 a year buy 2.5x as much of a certain brain of Light N' Lively Yogurt!).
posted by The God Complex at 10:20 PM on November 1, 2003

Nah, you're not alone. But there's no point arguing, because they'll just cut us out of their mix. "I want to hear only people who say exactly what I'd say, so that my world will not have its me-ness diminished!"
posted by languagehat at 9:15 AM on November 2, 2003

Count me in with those who prefer their world warts and all. If nothing else, how can you tell what is good unless you can contrast it with the crap?
posted by dg at 2:12 PM on November 2, 2003

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