October 2005 Archives (all archives)

October 31

How do I make posts that don't start with a link?

Of all the posts I've made, I've yet to figure out how to make posts that don't start with a link, where the main link begins further into the post (example). I once tried opening with a closed-anchor tag, but no luck. What's in the secret sauce?
posted by Rothko to MetaFilter-Related at 7:02 PM PST - 11 comments [closed]

Ignore and move on already.

Demanding "newsfilter" + commenting in thread anyway = me wanting to kill you.
posted by fleacircus to Etiquette/Policy at 8:28 AM PST - 41 comments

How to link to a comment

I've noticed that some people have a way to link not just to another MeFi page, but to call up a specific comment within the page, which will then appear at the top of the window. I've been unable to discover how this is done. Can anyone help?
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 7:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Certain links stay in the same page?

Could certain links on a page ignore the setting in my profile for open links on a new page?
posted by crunchland to Bugs at 6:05 AM PST - 262 comments

October 30

Selflinker alert

MetaWhoreFilter. Self-link to a (probably paid) article about some dumb whorehouse in Germany.
posted by loquacious to Bugs at 2:43 AM PST - 77 comments

Daylight saving comment problem

MarshallBrain's comment on this thread keeps sinking to the bottom despite there being latter posts.
posted by ori to Bugs at 1:54 AM PST - 9 comments

October 29

Please define axe-grinding

What, exactly, do you mean when you say "axe-grinding". The term gets thrown around here a lot, maybe more then "strawman" these days.
posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 10:19 PM PST - 29 comments

AskMe is not a replacement for google

Yeah, I haven't bothered to Google this one either
c'mon, now. this is not progress.
posted by Count Ziggurat to Etiquette/Policy at 9:45 PM PST - 36 comments

Of course it was; the axe was dull!

Was all the axe-grinding in this thread really necessary?
posted by cillit bang to Etiquette/Policy at 2:59 PM PST - 59 comments

October 28

It's a selflinker gone wild

MeFites Let's Roll!
posted by blue_beetle to MetaFilter-Related at 11:01 PM PST - 103 comments [closed]

Access to the tag .htaccess is forbidden.

Access to the tag .htaccess is forbidden.
posted by Mitheral to Bugs at 5:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Meetup: Minneapolis, 9:30 Tonight

Late entry here also. Minneapolis/ St. Paul: Johnny Holm Band at Primetime Sports Bar up in Burnsville 9:30 tonight

Next weekend: Johnny Holm at Bogarts in Apple Valley November 5th. I will be at both if all goes well. More info at www.johnnyholm.com
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Is Ask.Me broken?

Is Ask.Me broken?
posted by knave to Bugs at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Boston meetup: October 2005

Sudden Boston/Cambridge meetup: tonight! Seriously. I'm in town and I leave tomorrow morning. I have nothing to do tonight. Any takers?
posted by bingo to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Not all answers on AskMe are good

This answer is terrible, unsupported, and if the advice given were to be followed, would will lead to nothing but grief if someone were to follow it. It is sufficiently ill-informed and potentially disaster-inducing as to inspire me to request it be deleted rather then simply flagging it and moving on.
posted by mzurer to MetaFilter-Related at 9:00 AM PST - 34 comments

os flame war

What's the deal with the title of this post? It doesn't look like it has anything to do with the thread. Is it an odd attempt at self-promotion of some sort?
posted by alms to MetaFilter-Related at 6:33 AM PST - 24 comments

Crickets are heard

is it just me or is the front page oddly silent today...could it be we are all waiting for fitzmass?
posted by stilgar to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 AM PST - 32 comments

Opera Bugs

Opera Post Bug Redux? I swear this was a single post. Here's what I think I did: Typed stuff; hit Preview (to work around the Opera submission bug); hit submit. (Haven't tried to recreate, because I don't want to mess up the thread with more extraneous stuff.)
posted by lodurr to Bugs at 5:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Bitching about one-link FPPs

One-link FPPs: there's been a lot of bitching about these as opposed to multiple links. It happens a lot with breaking news, or an unusual site or article. Personally I don't think there's a problem with it per se: multiple link FPPs are not inherintly "better". As an example, come this Friday White House indictments will (likely) rain down, how would the naysayers begin a discussion thread about that?
posted by zardoz to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 AM PST - 37 comments

October 27

"Net Timeout" Error Loading Mefi in Firefox -- IE Fine

I can't load metafilter in Firefox. Internet Explorer loads it fine. Non-tabbed browsing is killing me. Help! (more inside)
posted by davey_darling to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Way to be an adult, man.

Pretend you are a new user. After an excellent first post, you slip up and post some discredited bunkum. A predictable (and pretty funny) pile-on ensues. How do you respond? With class and grace.
posted by LarryC to Etiquette/Policy at 7:17 PM PST - 51 comments

Wearing Six Apart gear gets results.

Wearing Six Apart gear gets results. Sodas for all!
posted by Vidiot to MetaFilter-Related at 7:43 AM PST - 50 comments

Can we have a "Newsfilter" prefix?

I'm sure this must've been suggested, but I've read a lot of the Newsfilter Debate threads, and I can't recall specifically seeing this. If and when someone has a Newsfilter link, could the prefix "Newsfilter:" be a cue for a killfile that would block such posts from appearing on the front page for those who wished to avoid same? I for one find threads like Miers' withdrawal (even with only a one-sentence link) both appropriate and inevitable here, but I can see how others would not. If such a killfile existed and posters played nice, could this be settled once and for all?
posted by soyjoy to Feature Requests at 7:19 AM PST - 58 comments

October 26

Amazon associate account for Metafilter

What if there were an Amazon associate account for the benefit of Metafilter?
posted by gorillawarfare to Feature Requests at 11:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Atlanta meetup Oct. 2005

Just for the hell of it (or maybe because I really want to do a mefi-meetup photoshoot) let's get together, Atlanta. Y'all up for it?
posted by TheGoldenOne to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Hmm. This is odd. Very odd indeed.

Hmm. This is odd. Very odd indeed.
And it can't be good for the server, what with all the inline images. Oh well, whatever. All I know is that I hereby predict that, some time a week or two from now, MeTa thread #10430 will be very long.
posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 PM PST - 140 comments


Goodbye webmeta, and thanks for all the fish! spam!
posted by cup to Etiquette/Policy at 1:33 PM PST - 33 comments [closed]

Followup thanks from happy AskMe user with newly-named blog

I would post this over at ask.mefi, but the thread is closed, so I'll post it here.

A few months ago, I asked for suggestions with help naming my new fashion blog at work. Thanks to a suggestion from wendell, I now have a greatly named blog column! The link is inside for those who are interested -- I don't want to self-link -- but I just wanted to honor another great ask.mefi success story! Thank you, Wendell ... and thank YOU, Metafilter.
posted by arielmeadow to MetaFilter-Related at 11:34 AM PST - 32 comments

October 25

strawmen everywhere!

During my sophomore year in college, my classmates apparently all simultaneously discovered the word "ambiguous." We couldn't go through five minutes of a class discussion without the word being used. It was like, "I'm smart! Look at my new word! Watch me use it in any mildly appropriate way!"

I can't get ten comments through a thread here without someone cleverly pointing out a "straw man" argument. Not every argument that is contrary to your own is a "straw man" argument. An unsupported argument is not a "staw man" argument. If you disagree with someone's point, then take the time to attack the logic or the premise of that argument. Don't just call that person a "straw man." It's too ambiguous.
posted by flarbuse to MetaFilter-Related at 7:50 PM PST - 125 comments

Deletion Day

All right, I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy...
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter-Related at 4:45 PM PST - 39 comments [closed]

Comments with attention?

The ability to mark a comment for another user's attention: any use?
posted by nthdegx to Feature Requests at 2:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Meetup in Toronto, Nov. 11, 2005

Toronto MeFites, let us convene and imbibe. I propose 8 p.m.-ish on the night of November 11 for the time, and the Bishop & Belcher (on Queen West between John & Peter) as the venue, but feel free to reject my arbitrarily selected time and/or venue and appoint your own through some messy and quarrelsome yet democratic process. Time and place are trivial matters compared to the real issue at stake, namely: will Dobbs appear or will he do his usual tease & withhold?
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Too popular for MeFi?

What's the etiquette on posting stuff you've just seen at somewhere like BoingBoing? So far this morning, there's been 2 posts that appeared on BB in the last week. I saw them when they first came up there, and thought, "hey, this is neat, people on Mefi would like this," but then decided against posting them here. I know that sometimes one can encounter a flurry of "Xfilter!!!!" comments by doing something like that.

Should we actively avoid posting things we've seen on other, highly popular link-oriented blogs?
posted by rxrfrx to Etiquette/Policy at 4:24 AM PST - 97 comments

This page from waayy back throws a CF error of some kind

This page from waayy back throws a CF error of some kind.
posted by Irontom to Bugs at 4:23 AM PST - 2 comments

October 24

AnonAskMe often poses embarrassing personal questions

AnonAskMe often poses embarrassing personal questions. Sometimes I withhold my opinion because, if you're too mousy to attach your name to your question, I don't think you deserve people's signed replies. Does anyone else agree?
posted by cribcage to Etiquette/Policy at 10:59 PM PST - 49 comments

Michigan Meetup

Ann Arbor/Ypsi, I call YOU out!
(More in the innards)
posted by klangklangston to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:52 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm super pissed off about the rothko/dios contest.

I'm super pissed off about the rothko/dios contest.

Oh, wait. No I'm not because STEVEN DEN BESTE MIGHT BE BACK!
posted by shmegegge to MetaFilter-Related at 2:54 PM PST - 105 comments

Metafilter just breached the top visited links

Metafilter just breached the top visited links at the pretty awesome memeflow.com/goto bookmark site.
posted by furtive to MetaFilter-Related at 1:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Charity contest idea

Last week's fundraiser became a sad debacle, and there's certainly no point retreading that ground. But I really like the idea of MeFites raising money for charity, and I think it's fun to make it a competition. I came up with an idea for a new, and hopefully friendlier and less divisive, contest for charity. I'd like to hear what you folks think. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter-Related at 12:09 PM PST - 55 comments

Can anonymous Askers mark best answers?

Can anonymous Askers mark best answers? If not, can we get this feature added to the planned anonymous enhancements?
posted by Mitheral to Feature Requests at 8:59 AM PST - 20 comments

How much is Metafilter worth?

Metafilter is worth $1,801,447.14. Data from Technorati and inspired by research from Tristan Louis.
posted by Ljubljana to MetaFilter-Related at 2:29 AM PST - 44 comments

October 23

Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup

Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup.
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Notice for edited posts?

This post already has a metatalk thread, but I have a different issue/request. For those of us that come in late to a post, it can be damn hard to tell what's been going on with editing (or whether there's been any), such that many comments don't make sense. Is there an * edited * tag or the like that could be applied consistently?
posted by wilful to Feature Requests at 10:24 PM PST - 21 comments

World of Warcraft Guild

A recent thread on something that happened on World of Warcraft led me to realize we probably have ... quite a few (?) players here on mefi. Anyone up for the idea of creating characters and a guild on a specific server? Please ignore this post if you are not interested.
posted by beth to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:40 PM PST - 82 comments

Fratboy Journalism

"This entire genre of editorials are so embarassing: the guy who won't stand for it anymore and finally tells it like it is, which inevitably means high-fiving his readers and foaming with vitriolic bigotry.... I propose the name 'Fratboy Journalism.' "
posted by namespan to Etiquette/Policy at 6:37 PM PST - 62 comments

What happened to ?? ?

What happened to 김치? Because if for nothing else, he actuated this and i liked it.
plus the caps lock thread kicks this year's anniversay thread in the ash.
posted by philida to MetaFilter-Related at 5:20 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

MeTa by proxy.

MeTa by proxy.

This post has attracted a lot of MetaTalk-like comments, but nobody apparently wants to pony up the effort to start a MeTa thread about it instead of posting their stuff in the FPP. So here y'all go.
posted by Bugbread to Etiquette/Policy at 1:45 PM PST - 64 comments

agressive deleting while editing

While editing a comment, highlighting a word and hitting backspace deletes not the word, but the whole comment.
posted by StickyCarpet to Bugs at 12:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Metafilter Celebrities

Two part question: 1) what are the qualities that give some Metafilter users 'celebrity' status and 2) what are the benefits of having that status? [more inside]
posted by Quartermass to MetaFilter-Related at 12:03 PM PST - 105 comments

October 22

shopping days until WH indictments

What are we getting for Fitzmas? [mi]
posted by aaronetc to Etiquette/Policy at 10:19 PM PST - 23 comments

unexpected error

Clicking on the number of comments in my profile brings up this (and I doubt I'm the only one):

The web site you are accessing has experienced an unexpected error.
Please contact the website administrator.

Consider yourself contacted!
posted by Eideteker to Bugs at 10:08 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Strange user pages exist in the system for potential MeFites who didn't activate their membership

When you search users you get users who started the signup process, but never paid their $5. Strange user pages ensue.
posted by Count Ziggurat to Bugs at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Matt quits his day job

Congratulations are in order! Matt is now our full-time nanny!
posted by Captaintripps to MetaFilter-Related at 12:30 PM PST - 42 comments

Scary Post Contest

Now that the other contest is over, and since we're building up to Halloween, what sort of contest can we come up with to encourage 11 days of the creepiest/scariest posts ever?
posted by kimota to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM PST - 23 comments

What's the story behind the "GoToMyPC" ads on the MeFi front page?

What's the story behind the "GoToMyPC" ads on the MeFi front page? Even for the logged-in.
I notice they are the only advertiser for that spot and that it appears for the non-members in the same place.

Is this a big new advertising deal for you, Matt, or is it a template issue? Are we being sold to again, and if so, why?

(don't know if this should be in "MeFi-related" or "etiquette/policy")
posted by NinjaPirate to MetaFilter-Related at 9:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Stop closing dios vs. rothko contest criticism threads

Hey, Matt, everyone else doesn't think the contest is great. You might know that, of course, if you could manage not to close a thread as soon as you don't like the direction in which it turns. [mi]
posted by dame to Etiquette/Policy at 9:10 AM PST - 164 comments

October 21

The pantsfish returns!

The Q man shows signs of life again. Welcome back!
posted by clevershark to MetaFilter-Related at 10:06 PM PST - 43 comments

Tags Aren't Working?

Why doesn't the french+music tag find this post tagged with both french and music?
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 7:53 PM PST - 5 comments

San Francisco Meetup

Reminder: MeFiSF meet up Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 7:00 pm at Cafe Royal. We may not have Specklet, we may not have Naxos, but we will not be deterred from our chosen path. For we are resilient, and also thirsty.
posted by cali to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:48 PM PST - 17 comments

matteo's commentary on the dios vs. rothko contest

"You guys have some sense of outrage over something that was a goof".
O.K., let's play, then, since it's such a funny a goof, apparently. I volunteer for the next MetaSurvivor round -- let's give my many MeFi friends a nice fat chance to vote me off the island. Two requests, though. 500 dollars are bad for my ego, let's make it 1,000. And I don't care enough about CreativeCommons (sorry!), so if you want to kick me out you have to donate to these guys. Who wants to play with me?
posted by matteo to Feature Requests at 4:24 PM PST - 66 comments [closed]

Search with Yahoo instead of Google?

It has been demonstrated many times that when searching MeFi, Yahoo does a better job than Google-- maybe the search box on the homepage should use Yahoo?
posted by gwint to Feature Requests at 1:00 PM PST - 19 comments

The dios vs. Rothko contest is over!

Holy crap, the BATTLE IS OVAH!!!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 AM PST - 60 comments [closed]

October 20

"sort by my comments"

A "sort by my comments" thingy on Ask Metafilter would make it easier to monitor threads that one is interested in. There is the potential for abuse, but since the time-limit on questions there has recently been extended, I don't think it would be all that dangerous.
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 11:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Yeah, but it is still a double

Am I missing something here? Sure its a good link but its still a double-post and the poster himself states: "*shrug* sorry, I'm a sucker for his photos. I figured everyone who missed it last time would appreciate it and the people who'd already seen it would like to know he's updating again."
posted by KevinSkomsvold to Etiquette/Policy at 6:19 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

If I'm wrong, "Sooooooooryyyyyyyyyy." This behavior needs to be slapped down.

If I'm wrong, "Sooooooooryyyyyyyyyy." This behavior needs to be slapped down.
posted by mystyk to Etiquette/Policy at 3:15 PM PST - 48 comments

MeFi on Daily Show?

Daily Show shoutout to MeFi? During last night's show, Jon Stewart punctuated a piece on 24-hour news channels with the timeless phrase "They...have cameras!" Was it a wink at this piece of MetaFilter history? The clip is here ("Baghdad Legal"), and the words are spoken at the 1:25 mark. You decide!
posted by contessa to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM PST - 45 comments

Defending myself against some rather surprising allegations.

Defending myself against some rather surprising allegations.
posted by leapingsheep to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 AM PST - 245 comments

October 19

AskMe connects seeker with information source

This Ask MeFi post is probably one of the best examples of finding the answer you were looking for. Simply incredible.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 PM PST - 53 comments

Welcome back Quonsar!

Welcome back Quonsar!
posted by furtive to MetaFilter-Related at 8:03 PM PST - 113 comments

Experts warn of "Peak Pony"

Experts Warn of “Peak Pony
posted by homunculus to Feature Requests at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Why are there three shoutings?

Why are there three shoutings?
posted by delmoi to Bugs at 6:41 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]


Did someone try to steal my awesome account? I just got my password emailed to me, with a statement that I requested it, but... I didn't request it.
posted by The Monkey to MetaFilter-Related at 4:22 PM PST - 18 comments

MetaFilter Fundraising for Fun

Announcing the new MetaFilter Fundraising for Fun project. dios and rothko/AlexReynolds have agreed to let you guys vote with your dollars, for charity. Throw some cash into the till for the guy you want to take a break for a week, and in the end it all goes to Creative Commons' fundraiser. Think of it as a charity dunk tank: you put down five bucks to toss a few at the guy you love to hate. It'll run for a week, so let's make the fun last.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 4:07 PM PST - 185 comments


I cannot believe I have been forced to finally start a MeTa post but the continued dios-baiting in this thread (and with any luck elsewhere) really needs to end.
posted by longbaugh to Etiquette/Policy at 1:21 PM PST - 58 comments [closed]

Posting a new thread about Katrina

When posting a new MetaFilter thread, the suggestion to think twice about new hurricane Katrina posts is probably no longer required.
posted by nthdegx to MetaFilter-Related at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments


So... it appears that MeFiSwap is dead or becoming dead. Dreama appears to be very busy with a new kid and everything else that happens in life.

Are people interested in reviving this? I would be willing to do the administration aspect. I would NOT be able to start it until about 3 weeks, as I will be traveling and dealing with school related stuff. Undoubtedly my site style/options will not be as slick as Dream's setup, but I see no reason why it would not work.

This post is just to inquire how much interest there is.
posted by edgeways to MetaFilter Music at 11:38 AM PST - 47 comments

Should fpps go to a coral cache link?

Not sure if this has been suggested before (searching on MeTa currently isn't working), but I'll suggest now that FPPs go through a little post-processing to add a coral cache link to all outbound links in the FPP. It might make sense to have this be an option the post author can click on/off (CNN doesn't need to be protected from traffic, some dude with a Geocities page does).

Something equivalent to this could be handled on the client side, using some Javascript or a Greasemonkey extension, I suppose, but handling on the server side would be more universal.
posted by adamrice to Feature Requests at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Tokyo meetup

Tokyo meetup. Let's chat about when/where in this thread.
posted by gen to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:02 AM PST - 12 comments

October 18

Copying text from an article as FPP?

Is it considered bad form to engage in Slashdot style summaries? [rant inside]
posted by sbutler to Etiquette/Policy at 7:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Specific recommendations, please

This post actively insults anybody who wants to answer the poster's question with a specific recommendation. I'd like to nominate it as the worst answer ever.
posted by I Love Tacos to Etiquette/Policy at 6:45 PM PST - 85 comments [closed]

San Francisco Meetup

MeFiSF: Joy of the Big Apple meets Gem of the Tenderloin, this Saturday, October 22nd, at 7 PM. Track with Upcoming.
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Self-Link Deletion

Can you get a post deleted because it is already posted on your own site? even though the post has good info and had a conversation started? post in question http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/45943
posted by stilgar to Etiquette/Policy at 5:31 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

October 17

My profile seems to think my zipcode doesn't exist.

For some reason in my profile, where it is supposed to say "xx MetaFilter users near this user:" I get "no zip found in the db". I found that strange, as I live in a suburb of DC, but shrugged it off as everyone else living in the cooler parts of town. However, when I got bored and looked into it, I'm 26.87 miles from darksquirrel. Yet darksquirrel is 29.78 miles from jenny18 and they show up in each other's zipcode list. Is this a bug, or have I uncovered the fact that my neighborhood has been blackballed by MeFi?
posted by forforf to Bugs at 8:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Fixing the returning anchor

Call this Feature Requests/Etiquette: I'd like, upon flagging a comment (in this case, Carbolic's accidental doubling), to be returned to the #name from whence I came, rather than the head of the thread to scroll down.
Further this thread has been magnificent, at least to the extent that I've gotten, in both well-reasoned argumentation and a lack of calling each other douchebags. I'd like to point out that both Rothko and Dios have been excellent at engaging each other in a way that, while highlighting their disagreement, is about the facts and arguments that each is presenting. Good show you guys. This is why I joined Metafilter.
(You may now commence flaming me for whatever evils I have evidenced in this post).
posted by klangklangston to Feature Requests at 5:46 PM PST - 88 comments [closed]

NYC Meetup Photos

Some photos of NYC meetup.
posted by StickyCarpet to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:11 PM PST - 43 comments

Deletion query

Ah! The sting of deletion has pricked me for the first time. Without getting into boring specifics (I would assume my offense was off-topicness), I wonder if the policing in AskMe has become more stringent? Guidance from the deleters-on-high would be appreciated--I am all for making the site as useful as possible, and also for not wasting my own time.
posted by _sirmissalot_ to Etiquette/Policy at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Request for option to unmark "best answer" in Ask Metafilter

An ability to unmark "Best Answer", I have on several instances accidently clicked the link (it's such a big target). Even a confirmation page would stop this from occuring, I'm not alone right?
posted by geoff. to Feature Requests at 7:57 AM PST - 14 comments

NYC Meetup

Any other NYC Mefites make it out to Improv Everywhere's MP3 Experiment 2.0 yesterday (Sunday October 17th at 3:00 p.m.)?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:03 AM PST - 21 comments

October 16

Why is the username case inconsistent?

Nitpicking: The text that says "You are logged in as: Username" uppercases your username, while everywhere else in the site it keeps it in the original case.
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 8:29 PM PST - 29 comments

Can we get the 'post a new thread' link dimmed

Can we get the 'post a new thread' link dimmed if we haven't waited enough days? (particularly for meta and ask).
posted by filmgeek to Feature Requests at 6:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Checkmark, no best answer

This thread has a checkmark on the front page of AskMe, but no best answers marked inside. Opera on Mac OS 10.3.9.
posted by mzurer to Bugs at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

October 15

My pants is missing its fish

Whatever happened to quonsar?
posted by Dreamghost to MetaFilter-Related at 7:48 PM PST - 200 comments [closed]

format impedes discussion

Interesting post (maybe) - hoist by it's own petard.
Initial comments ignore the substance - format impedes discussion.

Administrators - PHM!
posted by dash_slot- to Bugs at 3:48 PM PST - 19 comments

HTML color command works in the live preview, but not in the actual post

HTML color command works in the live preview, but not in the actual post. On purpose or an oversight?
posted by PurplePorpoise to Feature Requests at 9:35 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

October 14


Goddammit, just get your own blog already, cleardawn.
posted by clockzero to Etiquette/Policy at 8:51 PM PST - 175 comments

A terrible appropriation of the site to meet one user's needs

I think AxMe is not where poor posts go to die.
posted by shepd to Etiquette/Policy at 5:57 PM PST - 11 comments [closed]

AskMe Shoutout

Dear Matt, thank you so much for Ask Metafilter.
posted by Nelson to Etiquette/Policy at 1:50 PM PST - 37 comments

Paris Meetup

Forget Williamsburg--How about a Paris meetup? Anytime between 5/11/05 and 12/11/05. (note the fancy Euro datesmanship?)
posted by amberglow to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Williamsbug meetup reminder.

Williamsburg meetup: are we still on for 7:00 in Spuyten Duyvil? I hear rumours it might even have stopped raining by then, so...
posted by Decani to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Pony: Google Sitemaps addition to MeFi

Request: Google Sitemaps for MetaFilter to improve search quality.
posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 12:14 PM PST - 173 comments

Paul Ford on distractions, including Mefi

And on my deathbed do I want to say, I sipped mightily of Metafilter, and saw many video clips that made fun of Rosie O'Donnell, and I am richer for it?
posted by monju_bosatsu to MetaFilter-Related at 9:00 AM PST - 21 comments

List of posts flagged as Fantastic

Feature idea: bubbling up the really good stuff (or: this is what we'd like it all to be like) [more inside].
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 3:29 AM PST - 72 comments

October 13

New Frapper Group

Has anyone at MeFi participated in a Frapper group? If you know what I mean. If not, I've created one here.
posted by hall of robots to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM PST - 54 comments

Ghost in the machine.

Ghost in the machine. I left my machine with Firefox 1.06 (with Metafilthy installed) logged in to this Metafilter thread for about 4 hours. When I returned this comment from all-seeing eye dog was in the comment box and I was logged out. So I couldn't post it, but it was a little confusing.
I suppose this could be a Metafilthy issue, a Firefox issue or something else again. Apologies if this is not the first time that someone has posted this bug. I didn't know what to search for to check.
posted by asok to Bugs at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

I can't find this book collection app

There was a link in the blue to a cool web app for putting your book collection online. It would automatically pull a cover image from amazon or somewhere, and had a very clean interface. It did social web app stuff too. But its name was too clever and I've forgotten it. Metatalkers, I seek your help...
posted by mecran01 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:56 AM PST - 14 comments

October 12

What DO we do about follow-ups?

When does a FPP deserve a follow up thread and where should one post it? (more inside)
posted by Joey Michaels to Etiquette/Policy at 8:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Blatant self-link seeming thing

This seems like a blatant self-link, whatever the poster might say. What say y'all? And should I just have flagged it and moved on?
posted by nanojath to Etiquette/Policy at 8:32 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]

Bay Area bike repair meetup

On Sunday, 10/16, CTP and I will be holding our first monthly free bike repair clinic in Berkeley. We're offering free repair, free advice/teaching on anything relating to making your bike work. All Bay Area MeFites are invited to come get a free tune-up, help with repairs, or just hang out. [details inside]
posted by scarabic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:11 PM PST - 19 comments

October 11

This is the apology thread

This is the apology thread, make of it what you will.
posted by LarryC to Etiquette/Policy at 9:09 PM PST - 244 comments

AskMe following on kidney stones

FollowUpFilter: A few weeks back, I mentioned in AskMe that I was diagnosed with a few rather large kidney stones, and many people in the thread gave me some very useful information, and mentioned that the first course of treatment would be lithotripsy, which it was. From there, the plot thickens. [MI]
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 6:31 PM PST - 61 comments

stavrosthewonderchicken plays WoW?

St... Stavros?!

posted by shmegegge to MetaFilter-Related at 2:56 PM PST - 43 comments

A couple pictures from Cleveland's latest Metafilter gathering.

A couple pictures from Cleveland's latest Metafilter gathering.
posted by stuart_s to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:33 AM PST - 21 comments

I think that I shall never see/A Link As Lovely as a Tree

Anyone remember the link to that dynamically drawn type tree (a recursive tree program that displays a graphic) or the link that was in its comments to the sketchy type tree? After 3 hours of searching I've given up. I really hope u find it in 3 seconds (feel free to brag). Not the one that is made from sounds. Thanks!
posted by uni verse to MetaFilter-Related at 9:03 AM PST - 18 comments

October 10

San Francisco Meetup

Paging Naxos Axur: Tell us what day you would most like to see us, here in SF! (MeFites may join MeCha for Specklet, natcherly - see MeCha for details.
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Happy birthday, Matt!

As mentioned here, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge your slow approach to age thirty. Happy birthday Matt, you whippersnapper, and thanks for keeping MF Co. on your to-do list.
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter-Related at 4:45 PM PST - 63 comments

User complaining about comment deletion

My second of two comments made in this thread http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/25241 was removed apparently because I disagreed with someone who was complaining that the tangents related to the discussion were not germane to it (http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/25241#399539).

Of course, since I'm posting this, I disagree with the removal. If this is standard way, we are limiting the involvement of human opinion in Ask MeFi, and end up with nothing more than regurgitation of facts that could probably be gained much better elsewhere on the internet.

Could the person who moderated this clarify the removal?
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 3:22 PM PST - 54 comments

It scares me that we can be so mean to each other

Y2k's latest post has ensued in a well, shitfest, and it scares me that we can be so mean to each other, We accuse each other for having an opinon and backing it up with more ridicule Its supposed to be a "community" working together to find the best of the web, like Matt dreamed siz years ago, instead "does anybody read the comments down here?" has turned into "MeFi members are hyprocrytes." I beg all of you to get over your foolish pride and start having reasonable disccusions. I know I should have said more inside but everybody should read this, its for your own good.
Aaron from Minneapolis
posted by wheelieman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:19 AM PST - 216 comments [closed]

October 9

Can I update my Askme in Metatalk?

Is doing AskMe follow-up threads in MetaTalk an accepted thing now? I have a couple of things that I'd like to give updates on (if anyone cares) but I don't want to get told off. Guidance, O older and wiser ones?
posted by Lotto to MetaFilter-Related at 4:14 PM PST - 26 comments

October 8

Follow-up to my car question.

AskMeFollowUpFilter: At least one person was curious about which car I would buy. Results Inside.
posted by Doohickie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 PM PST - 17 comments

AskMe commenting should always be open

Why do Ask Me threads bother to close after 30 days? Wouldn't it be useful to go back and be able to add answers anytime?
posted by dobbs to Feature Requests at 11:00 AM PST - 41 comments

Edmonton meetup

A recent Vancouver meetup that involved someone I actually know has reminded me that at one point some folks talked about an Edmonton meetup. It never seemed to get off the ground, but... Well, I'm a crappy organizer and enough of a desk jockey that I can't for the life of me imagine putting one together, but I'd like it if someone else would pick up from this prod and find a place.

Yes, I'm lazy. Sue me.
posted by ChrisR to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

What happened to the web ads?

What happended to the web ads?
posted by warbaby to Etiquette/Policy at 8:11 AM PST - 45 comments

October 7

Vancouver Meetup Photos

Photos of the recent Vancouver meetup
I apologize in advance for the utter suckiness of the interface - I uploaded most of these shots to Flickr on Tuesday, and they're still not viewable there. So I have managed to scrape together this patchwork system. HTML artiste, I am not.
posted by birdsquared to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:12 PM PST - 21 comments

I don't see that there is any history of collaborative FPPs.

I don't see that there is any history of collaborative FPPs. Is there any precedence for this? Yes or no, how should one let it known that the post was a collaboration?
posted by snsranch to Etiquette/Policy at 8:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Follow up to Gay Straight Alliance Question

AskMe Update: Last month, I anonymously asked a question about talking to the media about a high school Gay Straight Alliance: thanks and an update inside.
posted by ahughey to MetaFilter-Related at 7:40 PM PST - 10 comments

all google, all the time

Do we really need an FPP every time Google releases, or announces, or speculates about the possibility of perhaps one day developing, a new product or service ?

In addition, do we need a new FPP every time someone combines one of said products or services with another vendor's?
posted by ChasFile to Etiquette/Policy at 7:01 PM PST - 62 comments

Periodic attempts to refresh bring up an error message

Periodic attempts to refresh MeFi/MeTa, etc. bring up an error message, 'The Document Contains No Data'. What gives?
posted by docpops to Bugs at 2:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Does this question promote violence?

Cleanup in aisle 25154... do we really want to be suggesting assault in an ask metafilter thread?
posted by SpecialK to Etiquette/Policy at 11:22 AM PST - 42 comments

Google's new RSS reader might be pretty useful for following ask metafilter

Google's new RSS reader might be pretty useful for following ask metafilter (screenshot). You can click the little star to mark a thread as a favorite.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Too many embedded MP3's spoil the post

Posting one embedded MP3 might be funny. Posting two is being a jerk. Posting three is... well... something to bring up on MeTa.
posted by Faint of Butt to Etiquette/Policy at 4:49 AM PST - 18 comments [closed]

October 6

Heavy-handed moderation of one's own thread

Heavy-handed moderation of one's own thread is annoying.
posted by Saucy Intruder to Etiquette/Policy at 7:34 PM PST - 101 comments

Why is this site obsessed with Al Gore?

Al Gore speeches baby yeah! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Question: Why is this site obsessed with Al Gore? I mean, he's no Steve Jobs. :-)

Seriously, though, why? He doesn't represent some Democratic ideal. He wasn't an incredibly successful politician. Hell, he wasn't even all that likable (unlike Clinton).
posted by SeizeTheDay to MetaFilter-Related at 6:27 PM PST - 53 comments

This doesn't look quite right...

Looks like MeFi edits out div tags in comments, but not div closing tags ...

posted by 5MeoCMP to Bugs at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

October 5

Washington DC meetup

Hey, MeFiDC Culture Geeks! There's free classical music at the National Gallery of Art on Sundays. I propose an evening of Martinu, Beethoven, and Schubert on October 9th, possibly followed by a quick jaunt to Chinatown for dimsum and discourse. Those in favor, be at the fountain statue of Mercury at 6:30pm. If this turns the spinning gems over our heads green, perhaps it could be made a regular thing.
posted by brownpau to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:51 PM PST - 13 comments

NYC Meetup

nyc mini-meetup: brooklyn represent! since naxos (aka our lady of the hair glued to jonmc's desk) is in a limited timeslot, and because I owe hellbient many (many) drinks...
saturday oct. 15th, spuyten duyvil, 7pm. (spike hill, sputnik, other suggestions welcome)
posted by dorian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:20 PM PST - 83 comments

Someone needs a time-out

Someone needs a time-out.
posted by Rothko to Etiquette/Policy at 6:36 PM PST - 107 comments [closed]

Gossip is better than tittyfucking

I am very much against the anti-gossipy-threads bias of so many users and of Numero Uno. More inside.
posted by matteo to Etiquette/Policy at 5:29 PM PST - 101 comments

baby scientologist thread to be aborted

This simply has to go.
posted by armoured-ant to Etiquette/Policy at 4:20 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

Cleveland/NE Ohio meetup

Cleveland/NEOhio: Not sure what happened here, but who's still up for a meetup?
posted by amro to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:01 PM PST - 24 comments

iceland airwaves meetup

Anyone going to be at Iceland Airwaves week after next? Lots of musicians and musical tourists around here; enough blue-tinged folk to make a meetup worth having?
posted by lodurr to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Request for reposting

Note: The deleted post of mine was supposed to be saved as a draft...I didn't mean to publish it on my own site. I've just found cutting and pasting code is easier than typing it (blogger to mefi). If you note, I've re-drafted it, and as it is a relavent and news-worthy topic, would like to see it reposted.
posted by rzklkng to Etiquette/Policy at 8:18 AM PST - 39 comments

Can we cut down on NewsFilter posts?

I hate to rehash this old problem, but as of 11:00 am EST, 4/10 Front Page Posts are of the Newsfilter variety. I've noticed that since Katrina hit, the Newsfilter problem has gotten much much worse. Is there a way to stem the tide?
posted by Edible Energy to Etiquette/Policy at 8:13 AM PST - 88 comments

Yahho buys upcoming.org

Yahoo acquires upcoming.org, and our very own waxpancake, (AKA Waxy). Blogger, Flickr, Upcoming.org... Metafilter has quite an impressive collection of alumni.
posted by shoepal to MetaFilter-Related at 6:13 AM PST - 25 comments

October 4

What is this, a zen koan?

Why does flabdablet not take the ad hominem fallacy seriously?
posted by flabdablet to Etiquette/Policy at 10:55 PM PST - 35 comments

An Update on me AskMe about a sick fish

RIP Fish Daddy . An update for this thread. I bought my fish anti-biotics, but sadly it was too late and he passed this morning. I also bought a test kit for amonia, nitrite and nitrate and am pleased to report that all is well with the water, suggesting that I am not the bad fish-taker-carer I feared I might be. A little bit of nitrate, but it seems that's not actually toxic. Anyway, thanks to all who offered advice.
posted by duck to MetaFilter-Related at 8:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do people post "."?

What exactly is the . in people's replies? I used to ignore them, but when I saw a dozen or so in the Nipsey Russell thread I just had to know...
posted by andreaazure to MetaFilter-Related at 8:42 PM PST - 32 comments [closed]

Can i get art project help in askme?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I'm after a large number (100-200) of participants in a future art project, and wasn't sure if AskMefi was a good place to raise the subject or not.

Is it acceptable? Would doing it here be better?
posted by lemonfridge to Etiquette/Policy at 4:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Is this what MetaFilter's about?

Is this what MetaFilter's about? I don't want to point fingers at eriko specifically, but come on, people. Are we going to have to institute a swear jar? Or a polysyllabic personal insult jar?

There comes a time when you need to step away from your keyboards, folks. Take a few minutes outside, maybe find a tree to sit under and do some breathing exercises.

I've never done a "call-out" on anyone in the year (well, not quite) that I've been here, but this really bothers me. People are suffering and you are arguing. You know what they say about not being part of the solution, folks. Again, this is NOT just eriko. You know who you are. I've never wanted to leave the site before today. But I paid my money; why should I leave? Why should anyone leave? Can we try to get along instead?
posted by Eideteker to Etiquette/Policy at 10:37 AM PST - 178 comments

I don't like the looks of this.

I don't like the looks of this. Especially in light of this.
posted by Kwantsar to Etiquette/Policy at 6:29 AM PST - 142 comments

October 3

inappropriate and embarassing

This (and the several preceding posts in the thread by this user) are inappropriate and embarrassing, I think.
posted by Jon-o to Etiquette/Policy at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Pictures from Seattle meetup Oct 2005

Some pictures from the recent Seattle meetup which was inspired by an AskMe thread. Certain users couldn't make it but that didn't stop them from being there anyway.
posted by fatllama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Odd results from tag list on deleted post

Sometimes, when you click on a tag in the tags list, you get something like this. Does this mean the post got deleted?
posted by Irontom to Bugs at 6:23 AM PST - 6 comments

October 2

Vancouver Meetup

Vancouver meetup reminder! Tomorrow (Monday, October 3rd) at Cafe Bojangles on Marinaside, 6:30pm.
posted by ori to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:19 PM PST - 25 comments

This post includes a NSFW-link

Administrator: This post includes a NSFW-link to playboy.com (the article is SFW, the banner ads are not) - without specifying it. Sorry. Before something like this happens again...is there any way to fix or delete the link?
posted by iviken to Etiquette/Policy at 3:16 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Would anyone like to meetup in the OC?

Searches reveal that there's never been a meetup here in The OC.
Is there any interest?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:52 PM PST - 28 comments

Live preview ignores tag order incorrectly.

Live preview ignores tag order incorrectly. [more inside]
posted by Chuckles to Bugs at 5:59 AM PST - 6 comments

metafilter.com Domain Name not Resolving

The metafilter.com domain name seems to be dying. It resolves if I access the internet one way, but not if I use my other connection. Here's proof it's not just me.
posted by cillit bang to Bugs at 5:13 AM PST - 7 comments


Not sure if this has been done yet, but: I'd like to thank all you MeFi-type-persons for all you've done for those of us displaced by Katrina. I know the relief fund helped me out quite a bit. Kudos, folks. Kudos. You're good people. I don't care what anybody else says.
posted by brundlefly to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 AM PST - 7 comments

October 1

Request: official deleted threads index on the site

Deleted threads should have their own place on this site somewhere. Not only could they be accessible for reference, but many are funny as hell.
posted by tsarfan to Feature Requests at 10:52 PM PST - 39 comments

I'm my own Best Answer

You can't flag your own replies to an AxeMe (suck it, haters) as a "Best Answer." This sucks in those rare events you did not get your question answered satisfactorily and you want to leave a resolution for posterity.
posted by keswick to Feature Requests at 5:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Print-friendly pages for AskMeFi?

Print-friendly pages for AskMeFI?
posted by bonaldi to Feature Requests at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

MeFi generosity inspires house fire victims to Katrina/Rita relief

A follow-up to a most incredible show of Metafilter generosity. (More inside)
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter-Related at 4:55 AM PST - 15 comments