January 2012 Archives (all archives)

January 31

MeFi's own on the telly.

This project, posted by kakarott999, was featured on this evening's broadcast, of Chicago Tonight.
posted by timsteil to MetaFilter-Related at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Cory, Cory, tell us a story.

So, why do we hate Cory so much? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry to MetaFilter-Related at 8:36 AM PST - 316 comments

January 30

favorites from username best answer tick image broken?

Bug Report: favorites from username (example, look for the comment on "September 10, 2011") uses old(? non-sprite anyways) best answer tick image which goes to http://​images.metafilter.com/​mefi/​icons/​tick.png and currently returns a 500 internal server error.
posted by juv3nal to Bugs at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Hoder Mention

Jimmy Wales gives a nod to Hoder
posted by cjorgensen to MetaFilter-Related at 12:12 PM PST - 18 comments

(Mobile) pics or it didn't happen

Pony-on-the-go request: Can we get a link to photos for a given meetup on the mobile IRL site? I know this was discussed as a potential addition when IRL was first rolled out, but I haven't been able to find any mention of it since then.
posted by asterix to Feature Requests at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Global Warming *raspberry*

I think this could go on the blue, but the last time I tried on a link from a blog it was deleted. Would this work?
posted by notned to MetaFilter-Related at 8:56 AM PST - 135 comments

Infodump update: files relocated, new postlength data

Infodump update! 1. We've relocated the data files for the Infodump to the mefi.us file server, to better manage load with large file transfers. If you retrieve Infodump files automatically, note the change and update your process accordingly. 2. New data files: postlengths for Mefi, Askme, Meta and Music. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:52 AM PST - 35 comments

January 29

Hairy old post

I'm trying to find an old thread on laser hair removal [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet to MetaFilter-Related at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Health Month - February

Health Month - February. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy to MetaFilter-Related at 3:28 AM PST - 78 comments

January 28

Finishing the Course at Last

MeTa Book Club: It's our last book from the Open Yale syllabus! And that book? Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer. [more inside]
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 5:14 PM PST - 9 comments

MeFiSwap Mailing Deadline Reminder - SATURDAY FEB 4TH

Don't worry! There's still plenty of time! All afternoon, then all week, then all Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before those MeFiSwap discs have to be in the mail. This is your Mailing Deadline Reminder Thread — Saturday, Feb. 4th
Also Reporting Awesome Swapping Thread! [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 10:51 AM PST - 79 comments


Moratoriumfilter: Can we please not do this? Making a comment that consists of several pages of names is annoying, and doesn't make the point that much better than linking to the source would.
posted by Kirth Gerson to Etiquette/Policy at 3:42 AM PST - 86 comments

January 27

Doctor, eventually.

Thanks, Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 8:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Holiday redemption!

Quonsmas, Mark II [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy to MetaFilter-Related at 12:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Google buzz

Folks, you know where MeTa is. Leave the needling of other users out of this thread, please? - Well, this appears to be about me, judging by some of the disappeared comments, but would you mind explaining what aspect of the conversation is verboten?
posted by Artw to Etiquette/Policy at 9:35 AM PST - 573 comments

January 26

Everybody Has One

Thanks for the Favorites! [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director to Etiquette/Policy at 11:02 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Son of "a desk is a dangerous place, redux"

I know I asked this about 10 months ago, but I'm so excited about my new proper work desk! Our workplace was remodeled during the summer; my old desk was demolished and I was working from a large Rubbermaid cart until this beauty showed up. So please indulge me, and join me: "Show us your desks again, pretty please!" [more inside]
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 9:51 PM PST - 116 comments

The Side Bar is open and damn do I love the drinks there!

I'm calling out the mod team for their excellent response over the past month to my post requesting more use of the sidebar. I've read things I never would have seen before, and they've all been excellent. Thanks so much, and keep it up! This feature makes MetaFilter even better for me, and I'm sure also for others.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter-Related at 8:58 PM PST - 25 comments

It Is Time to Stop Linking to the Same Bloody Article.

It Is Time to Stop Linking to the Same Bloody Article. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic to Etiquette/Policy at 6:25 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

January 25

Yay for gift exchanges!

"A secret crafty gift from a stranger (from the internet)..." [more inside]
posted by torisaur to MetaFilter-Related at 6:10 PM PST - 71 comments

January 24

Donate here!

As long as we are looking for clarification on posts that push boundaries, how about this direct link to a project seeking donations? It's not a Kickstarter, but equivalent.
posted by Ardiril to Etiquette/Policy at 8:58 PM PST - 38 comments

You should knock off the sermons

This post reads less like an interesting topic or link and more like a heavy handed call to action blog post. Can the post be deleted or failing that, could people please avoid this horrible writing convention?
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Etiquette/Policy at 8:20 PM PST - 260 comments

Copyright infringement is not legal

Why do we allow posts to warez sites? [more inside]
posted by andreaazure to Etiquette/Policy at 6:39 PM PST - 103 comments

January 23

baby, baby

I am really surprised that this comment was allowed to stand. The question is not about adoption, at all, and I think this comment is a borderline solicitation.
posted by Anonymous to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 PM PST - 215 comments

Looking for an old post: a big, big site with models in a gajillion different poses, meant to serve as reference models for practicing figure drawing.

Looking for an old post: a big-ass site with models in a gajillion different poses, meant to serve as a reference for practicing figure drawing. Anyone remember this? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone to MetaFilter-Related at 4:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Bored now

Is there anything we can do to stop this happening? There are so many interesting conversations to have about trans issues and that ain't one. [more inside]
posted by Acheman to Etiquette/Policy at 3:50 AM PST - 779 comments

January 22

Bring the JoePa fighting here, y'all

"We're not going to tell people not to express negative feelings here, but if you must bicker about them, please do it in MeTa." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns to Etiquette/Policy at 10:30 AM PST - 198 comments

Looking for a post.

I'm looking for a video posted to the blue a while back. My Google-fu is weak. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork to MetaFilter-Related at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

MetaFilter user page gender responses

What are your favorite responses to the gender question on MetaFilter user pages? Is there a page that lists all of them? I'm surprised how often they make me giggle. This was kind of asked in 2001.
posted by Corduroy to MetaFilter-Related at 1:41 AM PST - 76 comments

January 21


how babby formed?
posted by sambosambo to Etiquette/Policy at 9:24 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Plural Podcast Ponies

Some podcast related ponies. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA to Feature Requests at 6:20 AM PST - 20 comments

January 20


Ever think of making the number of flags on posts and comments visible to us? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas to Etiquette/Policy at 2:55 PM PST - 105 comments

January 19

Achievement Unlocked

My Little Pony Request [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky to Feature Requests at 10:17 PM PST - 85 comments

"The page is still loading, please wait to add favorites."

A few other threads have asked about the error message "The page is still loading, please wait to add favorites." and have found solutions in turning off NoScript or AdBlock. I ran into the same issue this week and, after doing some investigating, found it was specifically necessary to make sure the cloudfront.net domain was "Allowed" in AdBlock. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 to Bugs at 11:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Why can't I jump directly to a comment in a thread from the "activity" page?

Why can't I jump directly to a comment in a thread from the "activity" page? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski to Feature Requests at 9:11 AM PST - 33 comments

Shit New Yorkers Say.

Shit New Yorkers Say. Very well done (with MeFi's own hermitosis appearing throughout).
posted by ericb to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 AM PST - 183 comments

January 18

7th grade booty party

I'd like to publicly thank Papalobo and Longsleeves for revealing the glory of Brut Max to me and my friends. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight to MetaFilter-Related at 4:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Spotify playlist from music post.

If anyone is interested, I've put together a Spotify playlist with all songs mentioned in this thread. [more inside]
posted by kdern to MetaFilter-Related at 12:55 PM PST - 53 comments

AskMe question prep: it's worth it

This AskMe thread about backing out of a high school chorus trip to Europe is an excellent illustration of the principle that you should always, always take the time to include all pertinent information in your question. [more inside]
posted by escabeche to Etiquette/Policy at 9:57 AM PST - 255 comments

Baffler article on Amway?

Can I read the Baffler article referenced in this Ask post? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize to MetaFilter-Related at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

January 17

SOPA/PIPA blackout

We are putting up a black interstitial about SOPA/PIPA for the next 24hrs or so. If you click away from it, you'll get a cookie stored so you won't see it again in the same browser, but what follows is my reasons for doing it. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:06 PM PST - 563 comments

Kind of like TellMetaFilter but with a question mark at the end

Are there examples of someone using AskMeFi a question that they already know the answer to? [more inside]
posted by komara to MetaFilter-Related at 11:34 AM PST - 47 comments

e-book author - Live

Heads up: Hugh Howey, the subject of this post about his Kindle SciFi Bestseller, the WOOL series. Has showed up in thread. - -Not scared away yet.
posted by edgeways to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 AM PST - 20 comments

January 16

Someday we'll look back fondly on the good ole days when online communities were legal.

Let's do something about SOPA/PIPA. [more inside]
posted by aniola to MetaFilter-Related at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Wow, no MetaTalk posts for a whole long weekend

A very happy MLK Weekend to our intrepid moderators! As we know, the holiday weekends can sometimes be problematic, and I'm pleased that the queue you set up worked as planned to give you all a stress-free long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Curious Artificer to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 PM PST - 54 comments

January 13

Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine (per request) [more inside]
posted by Trurl to MetaFilter-Related at 5:50 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Did you mean to favorite that?

Tell me about the comment you made or answer you gave that got a lot of favorites that you didn't think was all that great. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne to MetaFilter-Related at 4:05 PM PST - 173 comments

Looking for Superman

Looking for a MeFi user profile with detailed post ideas posted in the "About" section. [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

January 12

Can I nominate someone for Best Answer Ever in an AskMeFi thread?

Just want to point out an excellent, very informative response to an AskMeFi question I posted earlier today. [more inside]
posted by kitcat to MetaFilter-Related at 8:17 PM PST - 36 comments

Geek's guide to social life?

Looking for something I believe was posted to the blue or possibly as an answer on the green: a blog post or article along the lines of the geek's (or gamer's) guide to social life. One passage I remember dealt with feeling obligated to always invite the person nobody likes to every gathering, thus making everyone unhappy. Anyone recall what I'm talking about? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to MetaFilter-Related at 6:44 PM PST - 9 comments

A font of knowledge

If you've changed the default fonts on your profile, what have you changed them to? [more inside]
posted by crunchland to MetaFilter-Related at 3:19 PM PST - 92 comments

Clean Slate

What's wrong with Slate? Is it so bad that people should never build a FPP around an article or is it just people bitching without reading? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus to Etiquette/Policy at 1:34 PM PST - 78 comments

Metafilter meets Jon?

Just out of curiosity, was it a Mefite who asked the SOPA question of Jon Stewart during The Daily Show's warmup last night, which inspired him to make mention of it during the show's opening segment? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 12:15 PM PST - 56 comments

January 11

minutephysics joins and replies

Henry Reich, aka minutephysics, has joined the discussion about his short physics explanation videos.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter-Related at 3:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Achievement Unlocked!

At the end of a three-week funding drive, MefightClub has collected $4444.44 dollars (gamers to the end!) for our 2011 donation to the Child's Play charity, which delivers games to sick kids in hospitals. Well played, Mefighters! [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 2:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Do AskMe answers that have a lot of Favorites get weighted differently in Google searches? Should they be?

Do AskMe answers that have a lot of Favorites get weighted differently in Google searches? Should they be? [more inside]
posted by critzer to Feature Requests at 11:57 AM PST - 39 comments

Mapstalgia going viral..

Rockpapershotgun linked to Cortex's new blog.
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 7:42 AM PST - 69 comments

January 10


I don't understand why this question was deleted. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman to Etiquette/Policy at 9:42 PM PST - 87 comments


Reddit will be blacked out for 12 hours on January 18th in protest against SOPA. Will Metafilter be doing similar?
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 4:17 PM PST - 352 comments

Metafilter in my bookspam? It's more common than you think.

A bookseller on Amazon is selling content including mefi as part of a collated book. This looks suspiciously spammy, and I assume nobody at mefi has actually authorised this. Is this something that Metafilter Networks cares about?
posted by jaduncan to MetaFilter-Related at 12:45 PM PST - 105 comments

Show us your books!

Inspired by cristinacristinacristina's comment here and in the spirit of this Meta from 2008 where we shared photos of our desks, show us your books and tell us how you organize them!
posted by mlis to MetaFilter-Related at 12:18 PM PST - 79 comments

Resume formats suggestions

Since job market is tough, I'd like to know how to make my resume more attractive. Not sure if there are trends on resume writing? I would like to get my resume noticed as I send them...I've been looking for over 10 months now...anyone from HR or Hiring Manager can give tips on what they look for in a resume??? any suggestions will be apprecaited.
posted by msconfuse to Etiquette/Policy at 11:17 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

January 9

Gently petting a salad crouton?

What does the phrase "crouton-petter" mean? I've seen it mentioned a few times lately, but I can't figure it out from context. Thanks!
posted by Blazecock Pileon to MetaFilter-Related at 3:14 PM PST - 74 comments


New sub-site suggestion: MOFB.metafilter.com [more inside]
posted by jbickers to Feature Requests at 1:45 PM PST - 47 comments

iPhone won't hide favorites

Comment favorites count shown on iPhone even when profile says to "Hide Favorites." [more inside]
posted by swift to Bugs at 12:23 PM PST - 24 comments

how to search askmefi

how to search the post in askmefi with the most number of "favorite" or being the most popular topic? [more inside]
posted by akomom to MetaFilter-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Strad Your Stuff

As a follow-up to the recent violin study claiming that professional violinists couldn't tell the difference between a modern and a Stradivarius, one of the participants gives her side of the story.
posted by spiderskull to MetaFilter-Related at 12:13 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

January 8

Script that numbers comments?

Which Greasemonkey script shows comment numbers for each comment in a thread? [more inside]
posted by bardophile to MetaFilter-Related at 12:58 AM PST - 22 comments

January 7

DNS Trouble

Our DNS provider is having some problems right now so MetaFilter sites might be up and down for a bit. It seems to be hitting our static server hard, so you might get the sites loading without stylesheets or images until either we or they can work around this. Sorry about the hassle. [more inside]
posted by pb to Uptime at 2:45 PM PST - 65 comments

January 6

Racial epithets in Metatalk

I take issue with the use of "dirty indian givers" in this thread. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher to Etiquette/Policy at 3:29 PM PST - 455 comments

What percentage of FPPs have [more inside]?

What percentage of FPPs have [more inside]?
posted by Trurl to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM PST - 25 comments

It was very sweet while it lasted

You're amazing, fun and made my life richer - and that's why it pains me to break up with you, favorites. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaFilter-Related at 12:55 AM PST - 191 comments

January 4

Is Metafilter Memories down?

Is Metafilter Memories down? [more inside]
posted by kristi to Uptime at 1:13 PM PST - 49 comments

iPhone and the back button

Occasionally, when I use the "back" arrow on my iPhone 4s to return to the main page of one of the subsites, it brings me to a much older version of that page, rather than the version I was just visiting. Why? How do I stop this from happening?
posted by Night_owl to Bugs at 1:05 PM PST - 39 comments

Do you know the Mushroom Man?

Michael J. Maki, aka The Mushroom Man & subject of this recent post, is now MeFi's own mushroomman.
posted by scalefree to MetaFilter-Related at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments


Is tl;dr a MetaFilter thing? [more inside]
posted by infini to MetaFilter-Related at 7:35 AM PST - 142 comments

January 3

Locked Out... ... and erased from the Internet!

I asked a question and nobody answered. I asked again, then jessamyn deleted my question. Do I have the right to ask a third time? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker to MetaFilter-Related at 9:51 AM PST - 219 comments [closed]

Contact Activity Clock Issues?

Is there something wrong with the timestamps on Contact Activity? [more inside]
posted by Copronymus to Bugs at 6:55 AM PST - 14 comments

January 2

68: Best Post Contest Results

Podcast 68 was recorded earlier today and features a discussion of our favorite posts from last month's Best Post Contest, including all the posts we liked and the final winners. It runs nearly 90min long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 4:09 PM PST - 76 comments

January 1

Looking Forward to Looking Backward: Best Comments of 2011

In the great tradition ("Bring to our attention that which we may have glossed over" and "Best overlooked comments of 2010") of finding overlooked gems on the blue, green and grey, please share your favorite finds of 2011. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter-Related at 12:43 AM PST - 103 comments