October 2014 Archives (all archives)
Hazlitt's love letter to MetaFilter
The Internet’s First Family by Stephen Thomas at Hazlitt takes a "historical" (recent history that is!) view of MetaFilter. Don't go all gooey when you read it. via Phire's tweet
MeCos: The 2014 MetaFilter Halloween Costume Parade
You Asked, you beanplated, and you finally pulled it together. Show off the glory that is your (or your children's or your pet's) Halloween costumes! First person to post is the Grand Marshall. (Previously, which contains links to the other previouslies.)
Hollis Henry remembered: White Legos turn ochre with age.
This Halloween, if you could dress as any fictional character, who would it be?
Islamophobia on Metafilter
I was saddened by many of the comments in this post. Many of them are fine, but many of them are grossly ignorant, and some cross the line into bigotry for me, prettily phrased I grant. [more inside]
So, what did I miss?
I've been off the site for a while, and now that I'm back my FOMO is kicking in. I have lots of lovely new-found free time to
waste use productively reading posts I've missed out on, but I don't know where to start. If you had to recommend one thread from the past two months that I simply MUST read or be doomed to a life of joyless ignorance (either because it was informative or hilarious or both) what would it be?
Please help find a great street harassment analogy
I read a great comment on somewhere on Metafilter or AskMetafilter that likened street harassment to having random people continually going up to you and asking you for a dollar. You never knew who was going to ask you for a dollar and even though most people are never going to ask it left you on edge that anyone, at any point, would be begging you for a dollar. It was much better written though. Does anyone remember this?
MetaTalk Love-In No.2
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you might have a dim, grey day like we have here in London, and need a little sunshine in your life. Remember this post? Lets do that again! Come share your awesome! [more inside]
Moderating GamerGate Threads
It would be helpful to have a statement from our moderators about how they're handling moderation in the GamerGate threads, before certain myths take hold. [more inside]
MetaFilter 2014 Fantasy Basketball
I have a long standing league whose ranks have thinned to the point where we may have to bag the season, so I figured that I'd toss it out to the internet at semi-random to see if we could salvage this year (and get some awesome new blood moving forward). [more inside]
NaNoWriMo 2014 - We're Storming the Bastille - Are You Ready?
Calling all writers and non-writers, whether you are a plotter, pantser, or anything in-between - NaNoWriMo 2014 starts in 8 days, the forums have been wiped (well, sorta) and people are prepping and fretting and tuning up their writing engines. Is anyone taking part this year? If so, good luck. [more inside]
I just wanted to point out that there are now 3,600 people contributing to keeping this place up & running..... makes me for one feel all warm & schmoopy.
Parsing Metafilter comments
I'm submitting this as a feature request, but I'm not sure that's the right category. I have difficulty parsing the comments in a metafilter thread. It's the way it's laid out, with the comment followed by the poster's name and other information:
Is there any way I could change it?I'd rather see it parsed differently; prioritizing the name of the Mefite, followed by their post (in quotes, maybe?), then the remaining information. Something like this:
posted by Time To Sharpen Our Knives at 1:09 AM on October 22 [+] [!]
Time To Sharpen Our Knives posted:Through some browser extension/hack/magic, is this possible?
"I'd rather see it parsed differently."
1:10 AM on October 22 [+] [!]
Thanks Mrs. Pterodactyl!
Octopus the answer to 7-year-old's fidgeting thanks to the nimble fingers of Mrs. Pterodactyl!! [more inside]
FPP titles that made you smile or laugh
One of the more splendid attributes of the MetaFilter community is the regular ability of MeFites to write titles of posts that are offbeat, witty, hilarious or smart. A few recent ones I've enjoyed include this and this. While Y(humor)MMV, what post titles have you particularly enjoyed?
Do we need to dig into the history of the subject of posts?
I'm pretty uncomfortable with how this thread evolved. [more inside]
What do you feel uncomfortable about saying here?
In an ongoing thread a user volunteers that this has become an uncomfortable place to state certain, really, not all that weird ideas. What, if anything, are you afraid to say here? I pose this not to request debate on any issues that might arise, but to enumerate those things some of us might be afraid to even bring up. Because I think most of us were attracted to this place by the promise of free and open discussion. And it seems like the discussion isn't quite as free or open as it may have once been. [more inside]
Usernames which match expertise
What are some MeFi usernames which match their users' expertise? For example, physicsmatt comes in to set things straight regarding physics posts. And backseatpilot can be relied upon to supply intelligent aviation-related info. Who else comments pretty much exclusively on topics represented by their username?
What was that thread: Story about obscure deceased Mexican folk artist
I could swear there was a post within the last couple years pointing to a story about an obscure deceased Mexican folk artist who showed a unique creative and whimsical flavor which he injected into the folk art that his village specialized in. Which, along with his non traditional sexual orientation earned some negative attention during his lifetime, but is now attracting admirers posthumously. Am I dreaming, or was this on the blue? I've wasted a couple hours looking for it with no success.
Small request for verbose Ask users
I tend to type too much stuff above the fold for questions in Ask. I understand the reason for the word limit, and I think it's a good idea. However the warning that you're over the limit is low on information. It would be helpful, if the site is already checking for word limit, to let you know how far over you are so that you have a better idea of where to cut. This wouldn't even have to be dynamic, like Twitter's character length checker, just something that's included in the warning. Is this something other people would like, and would it be easy to implement on the technical end?
Does anyone still play Kingdom of Loathing?
I've been getting back into Kingdom of Loathing recently, and I wanted to play with MeFites! Adventurers are us! [more inside]
Greasemonkey Deleted posts script not working
I have just noticed my Mefi Deleted posts Greasemonkey has stopped working, is this anything to do with the new Mefi look or is it a greasemonkey thing? Anyone else noticed this?
A Mefi place for project collaborations
There's been a few discussions here regarding MeFite project collaborations, and a placeholder Wiki listing page came out of it. It hadn't been active since, so I decided to add on to it to put it in line with the music collaboration listing, and create some awareness/discussion for it here. I'm guessing this could be useful for media such as art, writing, video, and podcasting.
MeFi Music Collaboration: A Tribute to Flood!
Just a brief heads-up to get more attention: Over at MeFi Music I've launched a project to cover They Might Be Giants' Flood in its entirety to celebrate the album's upcoming 25th anniversary. Three tracks are already spoken for, so hop on over if you want to get in on this! (Thanks to taz for approving this MetaTalk thread.)
City guides? City guides!
Are there MeFi travel guides? If not, why not? [more inside]
Tired of arbitrary favorites. A call for orthodoxy.
Favorites! Where do I start? Some people don't get enough. Some people get too many. The system we have now is broken. We need a more orthodox approach to give out faves. They have to MEAN SOMETHING, people! [more inside]
secret quonsar: planning time!
Presents are fun... so let's plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange. Read About it on the Wiki. We need to settle one key question before we start to swapping. [more inside]
97: The Perfect Hermit Crabitat
Episode 97 was recorded yesterday and runs about 1h 45min long as we discuss all our favorite posts from MetaFilter over the last month. [more inside]
Custome search doesn't search fanfare?
Has anyone else run into a problem pulling up fanfare threads through site search or am I an idiot? [more inside]
Looking for an old question about relationship experiences...
I have been combing through AskMeFi looking for a question that I remember reading approx. 2 years ago about relationships. I cannot find it here or in google search. I am curious if anyone has bookmarked or favorited it and will happen to remember. [more inside]
Looking for a post I swore I saw on the blue
I'm looking for post that I swore I saw on the blue. It was diseases of middle age as comic book covers. Thought I had favorited it, but I can't find it in my favorites or via search. [more inside]
Recent Amazon Links not working
A Metafilter Labs project, Recent Amazon Links, either isn't working or nobody has posted a link to an Amazon product for a couple of days, which I've never seen happen before. As a gadget addict, I'm wondering if something's broken or are other things being prioritized? Is anyone else experiencing this?
Web 1.0 dinosaur Metafilter modernizes, slowly
MetaFilter calls to mind a bygone Internet age... Think of it as reddit for grownups.