October 2010 Archives (all archives)

October 31

"Silly little pet theory"

I'm genuinely curious to know if others find the use of the word "unpleasant", when directed at a female member, to be sexist? Ouisch dropped this comment and when asked to elaborate she attributed it to a "silly theory" she has which she explains here. I don't see it, but I'd be interested in further explanation.
posted by gman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:46 PM PST - 551 comments

Chrontendo directory

I worked for a couple of days on a post on Chrontendo, the project of a guy to play every Famicom and NES game, and in chronological order to boot. (It reminds me a bit of Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, but no matter.) When I finished it and tried to post it I found out that it had already been posted. (In fact, I myself had commented on it, which was odd.) However, the work I had done in constructing the post, which links to every video's description page and notes which ones contain particularly interesting games, shouldn't go to waste I think. The original thread is long closed, so I'm going to paste my links in the More Inside of this post for people to peruse and enjoy. [more inside]
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Favorites as bookmarks? Polioutragefilter!

Brain.. hurting.. in a recent(!?) political outrage filter, some brilliant individual made a wonderfully astute comment where he/she/it postulated that reforming government and all it entailed was a wildly complex set of problems, and the issue with the standard tea party(?) mindset was simply wiping it all away and that isn't a reasonable way to fix it. Can't. Find. It. Can you point me to it?
posted by cavalier to MetaFilter-Related at 9:38 AM PST - 8 comments

October 30

Post or comment about a beloved judge?

I'm having a dickens of a time finding a post or comment (and possibly an AskMe spawned by the post) about a judge who was famous for his stylish and funny decisions, and even had an extensive fan website dedicated to him. Someone also linked to a blog that collected well-written or notable legal opinions. Can anyone help me find this post?
posted by flibbertigibbet to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 PM PST - 17 comments

clav halloween post

For Halloween, which character actor or actress would you be? [more inside]
posted by clavdivs to Etiquette/Policy at 6:29 PM PST - 83 comments

Racism in the Comments

Question about racist comments [more inside]
posted by luke1249 to Etiquette/Policy at 4:01 PM PST - 325 comments

Nice work, deezil.

deezil has an excellent spyware removal/virus removal guide in his profile. Are there other members with similarly useful content?
posted by fake to MetaFilter-Related at 12:38 PM PST - 28 comments

Grammatical error

Improper grammar on the Ask MeFi New Question page when you've already posted a question? You may ask another question in: 1 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes, 57 seconds. I think so. It would be nice if this could be fixed.
posted by antgly to Bugs at 9:37 AM PST - 113 comments

October 29

MeFiMu pony: replace MP3 files?

MeFiMu pony inquiry: probably too hard to do but how feasible would it be to add functionality to replace the MP3 in a particular song post? [more inside]
posted by unSane to Feature Requests at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I can't read you, I've got a Banana for a phone

A few usability ponies for MoFi, please? I'd offer to code but I'm only so so and reluctant to stir unknown code. Alternatively, anyone have mobile navigation tips or app advice? A short phone-limited lazy SL previously ..... [more inside]
posted by tilde to Feature Requests at 7:39 PM PST - 23 comments

October 28

On linking to copyright-infringing downloads

On linking to copyright-infringing downloads. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 AM PST - 313 comments

October 27

Meetup notifications in Profile?

My Pony would like to meet other Ponies. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah to Feature Requests at 7:13 PM PST - 113 comments

Problem questions get problem answers

Criticizing a question is not the same as insulting the asker. It's also not necessarily derailing. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator to Etiquette/Policy at 10:56 AM PST - 151 comments

October 26


Help me find this horrible cartoon featured on MeFi years ago. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 7:30 PM PST - 17 comments

They're identical "look at these assholes" posts....

"It's an awful scene and I know it's making the poliblog rounds, but it's also basically "here is an awful thing that happened" without any meat to it and folks who are paying any attention to this election cycle are pretty likely to see it themselves at TPM or elsewhere." This seemed like a reasonable deletion reason to me. So, I'm confused as to why the second Rand Paul Curb-Stomping post is less deleteworthy than the first, considering that they're basically identical links to a story on left-wing blog? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Etiquette/Policy at 5:53 PM PST - 161 comments

Can I have a backwards pony?

Would it be possible (or desirable) for comments in recent activity to show up in reverse chronological order? I am forever scrolling past the stuff I have already read down to the one new comment, then blowing past it and scrolling back up. If there's already a Greasemonkey fix for this, I would love to install it.
posted by prefpara to Feature Requests at 4:37 PM PST - 17 comments

What are best practices for discovering hacks used by MeFites? Help me hive mind!!!

As a relative newbie, when did certain phrases become cliche on ask metafilter? Specifically I refer to "What are some best practices for x?", referring to aforementioned "best practices" as "hacks" and "help me hivemind!!!". I'm curious as I work in an environment where catchphrases and buzzwords are similarly bandied about.
posted by Biru to MetaFilter-Related at 3:12 PM PST - 45 comments

Not referring to a kitteh

Now that we've had a discussion about "douchebag," does anyone else flinch at this title, too?
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 2:04 PM PST - 564 comments

Cooking food in bulk portions

Questions about cooking food in bulk portions? [more inside]
posted by leedly to MetaFilter-Related at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

We have bicycles

Followup: We got our bike station. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:53 AM PST - 30 comments

Where are you from? Who are you?

In light of the constant debate about who is American and who is Usonian (or whatever favorite adjective you have). How do you identify yourself? [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor to Etiquette/Policy at 12:35 AM PST - 352 comments

October 25

Project Help Pony

Could there be a Project Help sub-sub-site? I envision something akin to Music Talk where folks can post their Kickstarter campaigns, requests for collaboration, brainstorm sessions, etc. [more inside]
posted by domnit to Feature Requests at 3:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Me-TeaFilter not Metafilter

This post was sadly deleted before we could determine the correct solution to an age old conundrum - what is the best way for Mefites to make tea? Clearly such matters must be thrashed out in depth!
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 2:06 PM PST - 262 comments

Metafilter: A Collection of Taglines

Back in 2007, cortex put together a list of the taglines created on the blue and the grey. They're ripe with phrases that could be adapted for use on signs at the Sanity/Fear rally this weekend. Can these lists be updated so we can see the more current taglines?
posted by youngergirl44 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:07 PM PST - 57 comments

October 24

Is this too much to ask?

Pony request.
posted by bardophile to Feature Requests at 10:50 PM PST - 103 comments

"This question gets asked a lot. Especially in October."

"This question gets asked a lot. Especially in October." [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel to MetaFilter-Related at 5:38 PM PST - 76 comments

Searching for posts about Flickr search tools.

Green or blue post with comments about amazing Flickr search tools? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy to MetaFilter-Related at 12:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Yogurt Cake recipe?

That post about baking a cake with yogurt, using the yogurt container as a measure? [more inside]
posted by Rash to MetaFilter-Related at 11:51 AM PST - 17 comments

National Novel Writing Month

Anyone up for NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month begins in just a week: participants devote the month of November to a 50,000 word blitz. Here's a thread where MeFites can share past experiences and future intentions. [more inside]
posted by carmicha to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 AM PST - 186 comments


With Sidhedevil's permission, this is a post about Sidhedevil and her father. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:48 AM PST - 92 comments

October 23


i love you all [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose to MetaFilter-Related at 12:51 AM PST - 205 comments

October 22

Now we can sort, yay!

I wrote a bookmarklet to help sort posts by 'Best Answer' and number of 'Favorites'--wanna test it out for me? See external directions here [more inside]
posted by jdlugo to MetaFilter-Related at 7:14 PM PST - 34 comments

accusations of anti-semitism

Some people don't like it when certain things are discussed. [more inside]
posted by Jimmy Havok to Etiquette/Policy at 4:27 PM PST - 276 comments [closed]


posted by l33tpolicywonk to Feature Requests at 8:37 AM PST - 116 comments

October 21

Down with Google Maps tyranny

Slight issue with IRL: what if the location isn't easily findable on Google Maps? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz to Feature Requests at 10:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Dead thread.

Forget-me-not: I thought this was actually pretty interesting. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 AM PST - 94 comments

Disgusting/discussing female bits

Douchebag retro-sexism: not cool [more inside]
posted by mareli to Etiquette/Policy at 7:12 AM PST - 420 comments

October 20

Big Hugs

Mefites, what do you like about Metafilter? What do you love? What's the best thing that's happened to you here? What's the most amazing thing you've seen? What's so vert about online communities anyway? What makes you come back? What has Metafilter done for you?
posted by The Whelk to Etiquette/Policy at 10:45 PM PST - 215 comments

Metafilter not Me-Tea(party)Filter

Between Miller, O'Donnell, Aqua Buddah, and Ginny Thomas it seems like a politics filter orgy. Much like Sarah Palin, if we pick up every gossip item we could fpp each hour on this. Perhaps we can agree to take a break. [more inside]
posted by humanfont to Etiquette/Policy at 12:58 PM PST - 311 comments

looking for the lost middle class (thread)

Looking for the ask me question that said, basically: "Where is the evidence that the middle class is shrinking?" I've been unable to google it up, and it appeared in the past week or so. Sorry, and thank you.
posted by mecran01 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Sorted into Gryffindor

A happy ending for a MeFite in trouble (and her brother). Faraday Cage, who has been through a lot, should win the Profile in Courage award for the year. Huzzah!
posted by Asparagirl to MetaFilter-Related at 9:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Does The Blue need a flu shot?

Is anyone else having trouble accessing The Blue? Kaspersky is telling me that it's infected with Virus.BAT.Tnse. [more inside]
posted by jenny76 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:28 AM PST - 26 comments

This post sux.

I call shenanigans on this post about how hating muslims is logical. "American Thinker" is one of the loonier wingnut/Teabagger rags out there. [more inside]
posted by bardic to MetaFilter-Related at 3:56 AM PST - 62 comments [closed]

October 19

Dungeons and Dragons club

How about a MetaFilter Dungeons and Dragons (and other RPGs, of course) club/forum? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 AM PST - 79 comments

How about retiring "beanplating" as a meme?

Can we try to admonish people less often about "overthinking?" [more inside]
posted by Kattullus to Etiquette/Policy at 9:53 AM PST - 144 comments

October 17

How did using italics for quoting become house style?

How did using italics for quoting become house style? If it didn't just evolve, who pushed it and why?
posted by Joe Beese to MetaFilter-Related at 11:54 AM PST - 82 comments

Name notification in thread?

Any chance of having a notification when my user name is mentioned in a thread? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek to Feature Requests at 9:44 AM PST - 54 comments

October 16

Help me find an old post - things falling?

I've been trying for months now to find a metafilter post from a year or two back. It was MLYT, to someone who made short video pieces - as I recall, a lot of them were of carefully assembled stacks of things falling over. [more inside]
posted by pinespree to MetaFilter-Related at 4:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Who/what is cortex referring to?

I have been puzzled by the deletion of this post all day. I want to know the story and couldn't find any answers searching around Metafilter. Anyone know what cortex is referring to? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight to MetaFilter-Related at 12:56 PM PST - 62 comments

Deleting a dissenting voice is not awesome.

It appears that a comment I made in this thread was deleted. [more inside]
posted by andreaazure to Etiquette/Policy at 7:14 AM PST - 141 comments

October 15

He's also the rare user who actually answers the question in his profile

I'd like to call Rhaomi out for his habit of making exhaustingly comprehensive, well-written posts. I don't know how he has the patience to both find such interesting content and to document it so thoroughly, but I'm glad he has it. Cheers to you!
posted by Rory Marinich to MetaFilter-Related at 2:23 PM PST - 26 comments

We get the internet too... again..

So its against MF policy now to point out that the the Internet is available outside the USA? - If you remove all the meta commentary who does the OP learn? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne to Etiquette/Policy at 2:09 PM PST - 160 comments

October 14

I respectfully disagree.

Excessive Moderation? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky to Etiquette/Policy at 11:18 AM PST - 268 comments

October 13

Don't wanna see 404 no more

Login Error / Broken Link. Tried to log in. Was told to use a captcha. Didn't. Clicked log in and got a page which said: "Go back and use the captcha to log in." Clicked the "Go Back" link and got this page: https://​login.metafilter.com​/login/ which doesn't exist. [more inside]
posted by zarq to Bugs at 9:48 PM PST - 42 comments

Thanks for the link. I made a book out of it.

Back in November of 2007 I came across jonson’s fpp about Geoff Manaugh’s blog post on a photographer named Shaun O’Boyle. I really liked the photographs, and sometimes my job allows me to develop a book. So I did. Kind of about that link. I asked Geoff Manaugh to write the intro to the book, and he said yes, and then he surprisingly cited an unrelated Metafilter comment in the essay he submitted. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan to MetaFilter-Related at 4:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Formatting question--whitespace, bulleted lists

How do I add white space between items in bulleted lists on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by craniac to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 67 comments

Help me find the post I'm thinking of, or the song that was featured in it.

I've been hunting without success for a post about a collector of old "ethnic" records. There's one song in particular that I'd love to hear again... [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 AM PST - 6 comments

It was and still is amazing.

This classic Halloween comment by np312 gets new life as a comic on flickr. via reddit.
posted by 2bucksplus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:40 AM PST - 27 comments

About 2 hours.

I've gotten to the age that I've lost my Google-fu. In some M. Night Shyamalan thread, there was a link to a comic that showed a progression from "who?" to "this guy is great" to "this guy sucks". Where.
posted by DU to MetaFilter-Related at 4:51 AM PST - 54 comments

October 12


The IKEA Heights website looks really familiar. [more inside]
posted by alby to MetaFilter-Related at 9:48 AM PST - 78 comments

October 11

A Metric Buttload of Music

As a followup to not_on_display's requesting a way to download all of the Metafilter Music songs last month: a torrent is now available. [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac to MetaFilter-Related at 7:36 PM PST - 76 comments

Linking to Restricted Journal Articles

Is there a tried and true method of posting links to journal articles that are only accessible with an id/password from an academic institution? [more inside]
posted by Roachbeard to MetaFilter-Related at 11:28 AM PST - 61 comments

October 10

Sidebar post nomination?

Perhaps sidebarable, Bwithh's comment on the Simpsons Banksy thread offers a fascinating look into animation in both Koreas, with several great links on N. Korea's relationship with the industry. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned to MetaFilter-Related at 10:17 PM PST - 112 comments

Just who does this "matthowie" guy think he is, anyway?!

I can't believe what he's trying to pull... [more inside]
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 5:06 PM PST - 105 comments

Has there ever been a relationship thread that didn't overwhelmingly swing "DTMFA?"

Has there ever been a relationships thread on Ask Metafilter where the overwhelming response from the crowd WASN'T to DTMFA? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon to MetaFilter-Related at 11:47 AM PST - 79 comments

October 8

We need to talk

What are the sources in the MetaFilter community network where if its not an FPP, doesn't fit into any other category and I don't really feel like framing it as an AskMe, can I vent, chat with friends&Mefites, and deal with something on my mind, in general?
posted by The Lady is a designer to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM PST - 133 comments

October 7

2 Questions in the next week

Is there anything comparable to AskMeFi for general questions, career-related questions or apartment-hunting questions? Or is there any way around the 1 AskMeFi question per week? [more inside]
posted by catquas to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 166 comments

6700+ posts for a brick of astronaut ice cream and breakfast

Update: to the MSI month at the Museum Contest (previously) mefi's very own avoision was not selected from the five finalists! [more inside]
posted by zenon to MetaFilter-Related at 8:52 AM PST - 32 comments

October 6

You can lead a pony to water...

Question : Once I've posted a meetup to the IRL page, why does it need to be posted a second time to appear in "Upcoming Meetups?" Shouldn't this be automatic or something?
posted by Afroblanco to Feature Requests at 10:38 AM PST - 39 comments

MeFi Failbook WIN

A six year old MeFi thread (one comment in particular) was mentioned in a Failbook entry. I think that was the last place I'd expected to see a MeFi reference.
posted by youngergirl44 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:26 AM PST - 136 comments

October 5

According to XKCD, MeFi is an online community.

MeFi made today's xkcd ... we're located in Troll Bay (next to the Sea of Memes). [more inside]
posted by kthxbi to MetaFilter-Related at 9:56 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

The Edge of reason

Update to this post on Tim Langdell, Mobigames and the Edge trademark: EA Victorious as Court Denies Injunction Against Publisher for 'Edge' Trademark The court has denied Edge Games’ motion for injunction, citing that it believes that Langdell made fraudulent statements to the US Patent and Trademark Office and strongly believes that Langdell is “suspect,” and has been “trolling” the game industry for licensing opportunities. His actions could possibly warrant “criminal penalties.”
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

A post by any other name...

Can we get some sweet back-titling action to fix the Mefi posts up to #189? [more inside]
posted by bjrn to Feature Requests at 12:47 AM PST - 55 comments

October 4

55: Minecraft all the way down

Episode 55 of the MetaFilter podcast features the best of September 2010. It runs about an hour and 20 minutes long and was recorded on September 29, 2010. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 2:59 PM PST - 68 comments

Request for sidebar

This comment from sonascope is unacceptably amazing. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 AM PST - 89 comments

October 3


Congratulations to pb on the birth of his new daughter Samantha!
posted by Asparagirl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:55 PM PST - 122 comments

"call with google voice"

"call with google voice" [more inside]
posted by HuronBob to Feature Requests at 7:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Notes on disagreements and a mod cleanup

This post is in response to two related things: 1) micawber's personal attacks in several threads (now deleted) and 2) cortex's public lumping of the two of us together in terms of bad behavior. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink to Etiquette/Policy at 5:36 PM PST - 184 comments

Are you on Kongregate?

Plenty of us are on Kongregate, right? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 5:12 PM PST - 35 comments

October 2

Please tell me I didn't imagine this...

Racking my brains here looking for a semi-recent (this year? 2009?) Ask Metafilter question: Someone's wife was documenting every perceived slight and argument, I believe by printing out chats and emails. Please tell me I'm not imagining this post, as it had some thoughtful answers that would be useful to show to a friend to whom this is now happening!
posted by bunji to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Gimme an E! Gimme an R! Gimme an I! Gimme a C! Gimme a B! What's that spell? I can't hear you -- what's that spell?

I'm calling out ericb... for his awesome work in keeping appropriate news article links flowing into threads, sometimes even long after the activity has died down. [more inside]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter-Related at 11:55 AM PST - 53 comments

October 1


if anyone lost a comment they're particularly proud of the deleting mod pretty much invited you to re-post it to the open thread here. Apparently not. As one who simply doesn't have the time to monitor every thread that comes by, but who would still like to comment, may I ask what the problem is in keeping the post open? Closing any MeTa thread seems antithetical to the very concept of MetaTalk, and Cortex's reason is insubstantial.
posted by Neiltupper to Etiquette/Policy at 8:18 PM PST - 165 comments

render unto reddit

reddit is a great site and a great community - and it provides a ton of FPP content to metafilter - which is also a great site with a great community. When we create an fpp sourced from reddit can we acknowledge the source as in [via]? Sure, if the post was created independently of reddit, then no issue,but if you did grab the slyt from reddit then it would be nice if you attributed accordingly.
posted by the noob to Etiquette/Policy at 7:00 PM PST - 111 comments


I'd probably want to sweep this booger-string of a deleted thread under the rug too if it was my site. But it's sort of sad to lose such a gold star collection of mefi members practicing the non-bigotry they preach, so if anyone lost a comment they're particularly proud of the deleting mod pretty much invited you to re-post it to the open thread here.
posted by jfuller to MetaFilter-Related at 4:14 PM PST - 24 comments [closed]

How does metafilter stay troll free with an economy like this?

This post seems kinda trollish. [more inside]
posted by TheBones to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 PM PST - 40 comments

Final Reminder about Frannie and Zooey Book Club Discussion

Quick reminder that MeTa Book Club discussion of Frannie and Zooey, and of the Yale Prof. Amy Hungerford lecture about the book, goes up October 18 on MetaChat. All the information you need is here in the MeCha wiki page for the MeTa Book Club. Discussion of what book to read after F&Z will be in a subsequent Oct. 25 MetaChat thread.
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments


Comment is upside-down [more inside]
posted by Paquda to Bugs at 7:39 AM PST - 54 comments