October 2000 Archives (all archives)

October 30

What to do with my collection of tickets & passes?

I used to work as a P.R. in the music business, and I have a huge collection of concert tickets and "all areas" passes. I was also wondering what to do with them, maybe ticketstub would be the best repository, and public!
posted by dressed_ape to Ticketstub Project at 5:10 AM PST - 0 comments

October 29

Is MetaFilter the right place to promote a personal political agenda?

Is MetaFilter the right place to promote a personal political agenda? I don't want to name any names, but I've noticed several highly charged issues being brought up repeatedly by the same people. It's not that these threads focus on the same topic - it's that they all approach the subject with the same slant on the story. It seems to me (and maybe it's just me) that the people posting these articles are trying to advance their own political goals. Is this appropriate?
posted by Aaaugh! to Etiquette/Policy at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

October 27

link from MetaTalk to MetaFilter

Would it be too much trouble to put a link back to Metafilter on Metatalk- in the same place as it is on Metafilter.
posted by TuxHeDoh to Feature Requests at 8:16 PM PST - 1 comment

October 24

Tired of Ralph Nader posts

Now I would never, never try to impose my own ideas about what should or should not be posted on MeFi, but for the last three weeks I've been wishing I could go somewhere and set some field that said "Don't show me any thread whose parent includes either the words Ralph or Nader". Oh, how I wish I had that.

In the nine months I've been an active participant, I've never wanted such a thing before now. Well, only two more weeks and then it will all die down. I guess I can last that long. But it's been a long time since I've seen such an appalling waste of bits. grumble grumble
posted by Steven Den Beste to MetaFilter-Related at 10:38 PM PST - 4 comments


Such a mysterious force that allows a cohesiveness of existence....planets orbiting planets....emotions amongst their brothers and sisters.....and yet such a delicate and frail existence of freedom and detachment alike....the pollen from a flower carried away by the gentlest wind.....only to be scattered and spread in an effort to find its fertile partner....such a slim possibility and yet they survive....So where do I find my self in this web of motion and illusive instability???? Well tonight I am the pollen of a flower, an asteroid faleen from orbit...hurled upon a course...leading to the liberation of my captive cohesive bond.......liberation or conversely......burning upon entrance to another atmosphere.....unable to find the fertile counterpart....the destination of all physical source....nothingness...everything...enlightened...
posted by sibylline to General Weblog-Related at 8:03 PM PST - 0 comments

Why Blog?

What's the point of personal weblogs? Does it fulfill some psychological need? Is it for attention? For fun? I'm trying to figure it out myself.

I just started my own, and it's like... why am I doing this? It seems like a waste of my time. I'd really like to do one, but... I just don't know. And reading other peoples'... I mean, I'll never meet these people, never REALLY get to know them. I'm just posting my random thoughts to a webpage. But it's not like a journal, which I really enjoy, because it's not tangible, it's not there, for you to touch, to write in. Why do you guys and gals blog?
posted by gramcracker to General Weblog-Related at 1:14 PM PST - 23 comments

October 23

thanks for deleting my plain-text password

Thanks Matt, for deleting my previous password-revealing eQuill post.

I think I've refined the problem more though. In the whois microsoft.com thread (too lazy to link) while previewing the comments I have in a blockquote, the formatting is off in much the same way as the ul block I linked to.

Basically, the layout was broken after the blockquoted area, and the text started flush to the left of my window. While it doesn't actually effect the final posting, perhaps there's missing close cell tags in the preview or something?
posted by cCranium to Bugs at 6:04 AM PST - 3 comments

October 22

Announcing spellcheck

There's now spellchecking and an improved comment/preview system that doesn't require reloading pages to edit. If you find any bugs let me know. I think the spellchecker.net popup works in most major browsers.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 4:34 PM PST - 14 comments

October 20

The front page won't display at all.

The front page won't display at all. I've reloaded several time within the last five minutes, and am still getting the same ColdFusion error. Here it is:

Error Occurred While Processing Request
Error Diagnostic Information
An error occurred while evaluating the expression:
#newlinks.recordcount# IS "0"

Error near line 320, column 29.

Error resolving parameter NEWLINKS.RECORDCOUNT

ColdFusion was unable to determine the value of the parameter. This problem is very likely due to the fact that either:

1.You have misspelled the parameter name, or
2.You have not specified a QUERY attribute for a CFOUTPUT, CFMAIL, or CFTABLE tag.

The error occurred while processing an element with a general identifier of (CFIF), occupying document position (320:1) to (320:36).

Date/Time: 10/20/00 12:18:16
Browser: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.16-3 i686)

posted by waxpancake to Bugs at 12:22 PM PST - 2 comments

October 19

online community dynamics: cruel v caring

Jorn's proto-rant goes right to the heart of online community dynamics, though I'd offer that it's the intelligent cruel folks who are the most dangerous. I'm tempted to see the caring/cruel split in terms of the political left and right, though I know that's not at all fair. What do you think, is there any wisdom in Jorn's words? And what does all this have to do with James Joyce?
posted by sudama to MetaFilter-Related at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

October 18

One-liner Headlines. Discuss.

One-liner Headlines.

One-liner quotes/sayings/quips are pretty common (and often very witty) on personal blogs, but that's your perogeta [sic?]. On MeFi however, I don't think I'm too fond of them, and have been seeing a lot more lately. It's obvious that a link with a good subject, description and question/thoughts up for debate will spawn a bigger/better conversation than a few witty words. Also, it helps people to know what they're clicking on, and can still lead to a hearty discussion even if the link itself goes bad. Other thoughts on the matter?
posted by tomorama to Etiquette/Policy at 6:54 PM PST - 2 comments

October 17

Political polls on Metafilter (posted in 2000)

Hurry!!! This is a time critical idea...

There has been a lot of great discussion about politics on MeFi. I think it would be cool to have a poll, listing all the candidates featured in discussions, just to see how the MeFi constituents would vote as a community.

I don't know if there are any aversions to web-based polling here at MeFi, but we won't get another chance to do this until 2004.
posted by Brilliantcrank to Feature Requests at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments


when I try to go to the discussion on october 16 bug, I see a brief glimpse of the page, then it goes to "HTTP/1.1 404 Object Not Found".

It didn't do this yesterday.

that is all.

posted by rebeccablood to Bugs at 1:26 PM PST - 1 comment

October 16

MeFi stylesheet question

Another minor one: Is there any reason why the MeFi stylesheet is being inlined into the html instead of linking to an external file? Is this a browser support workaround or something?

I know its not a very big sheet, but seeing that linked stylesheets can be cached, that would knock off about 2K for every page viewed.

posted by lagado to Bugs at 12:07 AM PST - 20 comments

October 15

Bug: You aint' all th@

minor bug: The @ in an email address shows as a url encoded %40 in a user's profile page. The link works okay, it just looks weird.
posted by lagado to Bugs at 11:55 PM PST - 1 comment

First complaint about newsfilter? (Oct. 2000)

Here's an idea I think sucks, but I thought I'd point it out.

There's been a fair amount of moaning and groaning about MeFi becoming nothing more than an echo for CNN, Yahoo, BBC, MSNBC and two or three other major sites for news.

If Matt feels this really is a problem and if he wants to prevent it, he could implement a parser on the "URL" field for new posts which looked for certain source sites, and simply refused to permit them to be used. In other words, if I post an article and the URL field contains "msnbc.com" then the posting code would respond with an error telling me that MeFi is not intended for those kinds of things.

Of course, the people doing the kvetching about this don't own the system, and their opinions don't actually count. But it's come up before and it will probably come up again, and it can be solved technologically. It would depend entirely on how Matt feels about the problem (or if he even thinks there's a problem) and how much work he'd be willing to do to solve it.

I don't expect action on this soon, if ever, since Matt suddenly has other more important things on his mind (or he better damned well have).
posted by Steven Den Beste to Feature Requests at 6:34 PM PST - 5 comments

October 12


I'm just wondering if there should be something more explicit in the guidelines about posting stories from CNN et al. There seems to be some amount of consensus here that this kind of news can be found lots of places on the web and shouldn't be posted on MeFi. What to do?
posted by raku to Etiquette/Policy at 3:25 PM PST - 17 comments

October 11

No last day

When I check the Metafilter archives, I see every day of the month except for the last day. In other words, no September 30, no July 31. Has anybody else noticed this?
posted by bwanabetty to Bugs at 8:58 PM PST - 1 comment

October 8

What do you think the most underated weblogs are?

What do you think the most underated weblogs are? I could give a damn about the popular ones: popularity usually = mediocrity, in my opinion. I'm just searching for the more obscure ones that don't suck. No shameless self promotion please. No one likes an egoist.
posted by Mr. skullhead to General Weblog-Related at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

October 5

the option to be notified

Matt -

One thing that would be cool(and i thoughtyou had mentioned before) is the option to be notified when someone has posted to a thread that you had already posted in.

Examp: I posted a comment under the 'Portman poses' thread. User cjd posts a comment in the same thread.

Based on my preferences it shoots me an email notifiying me that the thread has been updated.

we've got this working with the evolt code pretty easily. if you want the code, lemme know.

thanks man :)
posted by djc to Feature Requests at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

There are two of us MeFiers in one office.

There are two of us MeFiers in one office. We use different computers, but we both go through the same firewall and therefore have the same IP address. From time to time, MeFi will get our cookies confused, and log on the wrong person. Can anything be done here?
posted by Aaaugh! to Bugs at 9:39 AM PST - 0 comments

October 4

I neglect my blog for the love of mefi

Other-bloggers: I've noticed something, and I'm wondering if it's just me (so many things are just me), or if you'venoticed it, too.

Since I've become an active participant on MetaFilter, it seems to me like I post less stuff on my own 'log. Has this happened to you, too; and if it has, what are your speculations on the *specific* reasons why?
posted by baylink to MetaFilter-Related at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Jakob Nielsen Vs. megnut

This('reading, 'riting, 'rithamatic thread), to me, is what MetaFilter's about.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's been a part of this discussion, it's opened my eyes to many viewpoints, and ideas, and inspirations. Huzzah, to all.
posted by cCranium to MetaFilter-Related at 4:38 AM PST - 0 comments

October 2

Looking for coding help for my big idea

whats the big idea?
posted by alansmithee to General Weblog-Related at 1:37 PM PST - 2 comments

October 1

MeFi Statistics

Miscellaneous thought: What MF usage statistic would you most like to see? I'd love to know who has closed the most threads (had the last word most often) ... Average sessions per member/per active member would be interesting too.
posted by sylloge to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 AM PST - 5 comments