November 2001 Archives (all archives)

November 30

Discussing things that have already been discussed

It seems lately there have been a lot of MeTa threads recently discussing things that have already been discussed to a simply ridiculous level of refinement. Is it appropriate to begin encouraging members to search MeTa before posting in the same way people are encouraged to search MeFi?
posted by willnot to Etiquette/Policy at 9:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Where is the mefi IRC channel?

Oh where, oh where is the mefi IRC channel?

I'm a IRC addict and I wouldn't mind chatting with other mefi members.
posted by ewwgene to MetaFilter-Related at 9:07 PM PST - 2 comments

User Callout

I just wanted to commend Carol Anne for being linkeriffic. Glad you spend so much time here.
posted by machaus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:06 PM PST - 26 comments

Spinsanity: numbers growing

“In the meantime, ">Spinsanity’s number of unique viewers each month has risen from 432 in April [‘00] to 40,000 in October [‘01].”
posted by raaka to General Weblog-Related at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

No website comfigured at this address?!?!

No website comfigured at this address?!?!
posted by Mick to Bugs at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

ColdFusion cannot parse empty templates.

Cannot process fille

The requested file "C:\METAFILTER SITES\WWW.METAFILTER.COM\NONMEMBER_QUERY.MEFI" has length zero. ColdFusion cannot parse empty templates.
posted by davehat to Bugs at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

General Shoutout

No real comments or complaints, sorry -- just writing to say that MeFi is very interesting and entertaining today. As it is most days. Thanks, Matt.
posted by luser to Bugs at 11:19 AM PST - 46 comments

Is there a statute of limitation on double posts?

Seeing this thread regarding the hoary old chestnut (you know, back in 2000) of Steve Albini vs. The Music Biz and Courtney Love ripping him off begs the question:

Is there a statute of limitations on double-posts?

Since TiggleTaggleTiger is a new user (May 2001), should he get cut slack? What if a newbie - new to the Web, new to MeFi - posts this link to a great site he found called What's the correct procedure here?
posted by solistrato to Etiquette/Policy at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Hey, I saw that on boingboing!

MeFi is going through another period of Romenesko following (here here here here). The circle of meta will continues...
posted by Neale to MetaFilter-Related at 8:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Limit front page posts to once per day instead of 24 hours?

minor feature request: limit front page posts to once per day instead of 24 hours?
posted by o2b to Feature Requests at 7:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Why so many unowned low id numbers?

Is there a reason so many of the lower id numbers belong to no one? Are we allowed to know the reason? Will those who know the reason tell us? Please do. (O four, how lovely you are... I wish you could be mine...)
posted by e^2 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:30 AM PST - 21 comments

November 29

Ashcroft Deletion

Damn, Matt, you're quick - that Ashcroft link was still cooling before it was gone. Are you hovering, anxiously, all the while counting your ill-gotten $500 Monopoly bills?

(For those playing along at home, it was a link to Ashcroft's visa offer, about three paragraphs long, and if people jumped on SDB for voicing an opinion, they would have had an aneurysm from the vitriol pouring out of this guy.)
posted by solistrato to Etiquette/Policy at 9:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Mefi Email

Email this MiFier: it would be nice to have the ability to contact even those MeFiers who don't have an email address on their profile page [more -->]
posted by Shadowkeeper to Feature Requests at 12:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Mefi inserts itself into daily life

Trip Note #2 - Metafilter has inserted a new "mental discipline" into offline activities. On this trip to Europe, every time I speak with someone, read the foreign press, watch TV, etc, I often ask myself : how relevant would subject be in Metafilter's context, what would commentary thread look like. It certainly sharpens conversations. (I think Max Weber called it "unintended consequences of routinized social action") Weird symptom, or do others experience the same?
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments

November 28

At what point does "Community Policing" become censorship?

At what point does "Community Policing" become censorship? [More inside]
posted by Steven Den Beste to Etiquette/Policy at 9:51 PM PST - 112 comments

"New comments" link together on one page

How about an option for the front page that would allow you to click the number of new comments and be taken to a page which contains those comments, threaded according to the corresponding post?
posted by Hildago to Feature Requests at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Has anybody kept track of Metafilter's Google PageRank?

Has anybody kept track of Metafilter's Google PageRank? (the little green bar on the Google IE toolbar...dunno how else to view it) Creeping upward, I suspect, but I'm curious. As you all know, as it increases Metafilter threads become better candidates to be included in search results. I'm seeing more and more of them.
posted by lbergstr to MetaFilter-Related at 6:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Hey, what's going here?

Hey, what's going here? I read a very long fpp, with a comment inside saying it was too long. Now the comment has been axed, the post stays and two more very long fpps are there....
is something amiss?
posted by thekorruptor to Etiquette/Policy at 2:50 PM PST - 2 comments

another day - another spoony thread removed.....

another day - another spoony thread removed.....
I didn't think this one was bad at all, what harm can there be in table tennis game all flash stylee?
one day i'll get it right.
posted by Spoon to Etiquette/Policy at 1:57 PM PST - 18 comments

"news items for discussion" or "interesting web stuff"

Not terribly original, but how about asking people to tag their FPPs either "news items for discussion" or "interesting web stuff." Then give people the choice in luser options to view one or both. The 'filter needs a filter.

posted by luser to Feature Requests at 1:31 PM PST - 6 comments

This post should be on the poster's blog, not mefi

A post like this seems like it should be on someone's personal 'blog and not Mefi...
posted by owillis to Etiquette/Policy at 2:20 AM PST - 70 comments

November 27

Swearing on FPPs

What's your opinion on using expletives on front page posts? I know they add flavor to posts, but wonder if children were to visit the site?

wait..... children reading mefi? that'll be the day.
posted by ewwgene to Etiquette/Policy at 8:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Avoiding pop-ups

Do you hate pop-up windows? Yeah, me too. Here's how to avoid them. More inside...
posted by ashbury to Bugs at 6:21 PM PST - 19 comments

I want the ability to refresh a thread from within the thread.

Assuming it's technically possible, the ability to refresh a thread from within the thread.
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 6:16 PM PST - 27 comments

New York Meetup

OK. Getting back to the Mefi New York Get Together open question... ...
posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 5:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Tonga revisited

For those like me following the Tongan jestergate, read Dave Barry. The story just leapt into about a bazillion kitchens of middle America.
posted by rschram to MetaFilter-Related at 7:34 AM PST - 16 comments

There seems to be a new virus out there.

There seems to be a new virus out there. The last installment I received (about 20 overnight over several accounts) seems to corrupt the sender's e-mail address so that you can't alert them as being a victim.
posted by ParisParamus to General Weblog-Related at 6:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Spell check

Misspelt words: please, either use Spell Check before posting or slink away silently if you make a boo-boo. Don't post a comment with the corrected spelling and your apology for it. (Do write the word three times to learn how to spell it!)
posted by Carol Anne to Etiquette/Policy at 5:03 AM PST - 65 comments

you couldn't make this stuff up

I've been reading Amanda's blog for about a month, since I accidentally discovered it. It's awful, enthralling, crude and very real. It reminds me of how important blogs can be to those who write them from the despair and confinement of their surroundings. And not only to sociologists. I'd linked to her before in a comment somewhere, but I now think she's worth a thread of her own. As y2karl remarked at the time you couldn't make this stuff up.
posted by MiguelCardoso to General Weblog-Related at 2:06 AM PST - 48 comments

November 26

Strip extraneous line breaks at the end of posts.

Strip extraneous line breaks at the end of posts.
posted by gleemax to Feature Requests at 7:00 PM PST - 25 comments

We-Fi MeFi?

We-Fi MeFi?
posted by Neale to Feature Requests at 5:15 PM PST - 4 comments

I think someone has my password. How do I change it?

I think someone has my password. How do I change it?
posted by ParisParamus to Bugs at 1:04 PM PST - 2 comments

who's the wise guy who infected 9622 with an password popup for Miguel's blog?

Okay, who's the wise guy who infected "9622 with an password popup for Miguel's blog?
posted by Kafkaesque to Bugs at 12:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Do you also skip the posts?

I'm traveling far from home for first time since 9-11, and when I visit Metafilter, I find myself every time going straight to read member's comments, without first (in some cases ever) visiting the posted link. Is this shallow of me, or a simple craving for community spirit? Have others experienced this?
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 9:53 AM PST - 21 comments

a free, reciprocal TextAd system

BlogSnob is a free, reciprocal TextAd system for weblogs to exchange adverts with each other on an impression for impression basis.
posted by walrus to General Weblog-Related at 4:54 AM PST - 13 comments

November 25

A great post at Poopoochoochoo

A great post at Poopoochoochoo, found via
posted by Mo Nickels to General Weblog-Related at 4:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Broken html messing up the place.

It appears the code can be broken.
posted by geoff. to Bugs at 2:26 PM PST - 17 comments

What are your favorite MeFi User pages?

What are your favorite MeFi User pages? not including your own of course. I like this one, this one, this one, and this one. I like User pages that users actually use for something. What are your thoughts?
posted by ZachsMind to MetaFilter-Related at 9:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Opinion Debate

>Steven Den Beste: "But I've been informed that I'm not permitted to express opinions about what I post; I'm just supposed to post."

*cough* that's bull$#@! *cough* [more]
posted by ZachsMind to MetaFilter-Related at 3:49 AM PST - 59 comments

November 24

Is it alright to post sites that aren't in English?

Is it alright to post sites that aren't in English? I know many MeFites speak other languages, and don't see why it should be limited to English-language sites.
posted by signal to Etiquette/Policy at 9:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a MeFi favicon?

Is there a MeFi favicon? You know, that little icon that comes up in the bookmarks when you bookmark a page. [more]
posted by nedrichards to Feature Requests at 6:14 PM PST - 13 comments

All about Kottke.

Why does every thread that mentions Kottke even tangentially have to end up being about Kottke?
Interestingly, the second two examples were posted by Miguel, who often ends up in the same situation.
Do we now create a new classification of "web singularity" to go along with web celebrity?
posted by Su to Bugs at 1:05 PM PST - 36 comments

But... but... one-star?!?

Metafilter in one-star review shock! But wait - we can do something about this...
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 10:01 AM PST - 49 comments

Different Sort Orders for User Sites

Would it possible, without too awful much work, to add the option to be able to choose from a couple of different sort orders here?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 3:03 AM PST - 9 comments

November 23

My comment was swallowed whole on preview

This is probably the fault of my vintage programs but, for the past two days every time I've tried to preview a comment on the blue pages only, my comment was swallowed alive. Any advice?
posted by realjanetkagan to Bugs at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

November 22

Shift Magazine

A tree grows in San Francisco. Shift always seemed rather snooty about MeFi, and they once again left it out of their 100 top web sites (while embracing Plastic), but it was a nice surprise to find this front of the mag feature.
posted by maudlin to MetaFilter-Related at 8:19 PM PST - 17 comments


posted by goliche to Bugs at 5:21 PM PST - 50 comments

adding a new piece of information to a previously discussed topic

I think this is an excellent approach for adding a new piece of information to a previously discussed topic.
posted by rebeccablood to Etiquette/Policy at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Remedies for over-posters urgently needed

Remedies for over-posters urgently needed. Please bear with me and take the time to advise.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 9:36 AM PST - 116 comments

When I click on a thread, I can't save the info to my computer

When I click on a thread, (PDA, or Secret Santa story) I cannot save the info to my computer, is this a problem with a my computer(or skill) or something with MeFi?
posted by clavdivs to Bugs at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

November 21

I can't access mefi from home

I've been having a strange problem when I try to visit metafilter from home. [more]
posted by drezdn to Bugs at 9:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Yasmine Bleeth FPP goes to the bit bucket: why

Why was the last post on Jasmine Bleeth erased from the front page? I'm mostly just curious since I'm still figuring out the rules on front page posting. Why was this particular thread deleted? Or do I deserve an explanation?
posted by mayalucia to Feature Requests at 11:42 AM PST - 27 comments


The thread on the Amazon offer is purdy good. [more]
posted by Shadowkeeper to MetaFilter-Related at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Link changed from print-friendly

The thread I posted earlier has had it's link redirected away from the low bandwidth "printer-friendly" version to the high bandwidth version. Why?
posted by NortonDC to Bugs at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments


Y'know what? If this had the feel, functionality and all-around hoopiness of MeFi, that'd be really cool. [more]
posted by ZachsMind to Feature Requests at 1:50 AM PST - 18 comments

November 20

Chronological view issues

I'm using IE5 on a Win 98 machine, and when I finish reading a thread and hit backspace to return to the front page, I'm plopped back in time to November 17, rather than the top of the thread (I view chronologically). I deleted all my Temporary Internet files, which I thought would fix it, but it's still happening. Ideas?
posted by acridrabbit to Bugs at 4:32 PM PST - 12 comments

are the hit rates for member profiles stored anywhere

Just as a matter of interest ... are the hit rates for member profiles stored anywhere? Any chance of a league table? Wouldn't that end the debate about who is actually A-list?
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 3:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Are tasteless comments being deleted from threads de rigueur?

Are tasteless comments being deleted from threads de rigueur? [more]
posted by jpoulos to Etiquette/Policy at 2:22 PM PST - 32 comments

Updating Old Posts

What is view on posting updates/new developments/new articles in comments of one's old posts? I searched but could not find. Thanks.
posted by Voyageman to Etiquette/Policy at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

November 19

Today's Mefi is brought to you by

Today’s viewing of MetaFilter is pay for by .......(more inside)
posted by RobertLoch to MetaFilter-Related at 12:07 PM PST - 40 comments

What do you think of editorializing and directing commentary?

What do you think of editorializing and directing commentary toward a discussion that the poster prefers? Particularly in the FPP text? (See Steven Den Beste's post.)
posted by moz to Etiquette/Policy at 11:38 AM PST - 40 comments

My Post Was Deleted

my last post now missing from metatalk...
It was about bad cia art.

Are there reasons for this?
Where has it gone?

Why? Why? for pities sake Why?

posted by Spoon to Etiquette/Policy at 5:44 AM PST - 56 comments

November 18

How to wonder if someone is dead

The "is palegirl dead?" thread was probably not a good idea. I think of rebekah as a friend, though we have only exchanged a few emails over the years here, and I was alarmed (and still am, a little). I imagine other people were worried too. How to handle threads like these?
posted by rodii to Etiquette/Policy at 9:47 AM PST - 47 comments

November 17

Who would win in a Noam Chomsky/Ralph Nader battle royal?

Who would win in a Noam Chomsky/Ralph Nader battle royal?
posted by alana to MetaFilter-Related at 8:56 PM PST - 35 comments

Lots of links in a front page post?

Lots of links in a front page post? [more]
posted by gleemax to Etiquette/Policy at 3:31 AM PST - 13 comments

MeFi Seattle gathering this Monday

Reminder: MeFi Seattle gathering this Monday (the 19th) from 9pm-? at Sunset Bowls in Ballard. [original thread].
posted by gluechunk to MetaFilter-Related at 12:21 AM PST - 27 comments

November 16

Can we rate comments like slashdot?

What do people think about a ./ -like feature allowing you to rate comments made by others, and then a filter feature allowing you to ignore comments below a certain threshold?
posted by purplecow to Feature Requests at 1:21 PM PST - 27 comments

"x new" woes in meta

in metatalk only, once i visit "x new" for a thread (or even just the top of a thread), returning to metatalk wipes out any "x new" comment notices that had been listed before.
posted by moz to Bugs at 1:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Posting Resumes

Ability to network/post resumes.

Does anyone think this might be useful? postget, PuD's new site, is trying this approach.
posted by purplecow to Feature Requests at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments


Do we really need a new thread every time a new Star Wars trailer comes out?
posted by mkn to Etiquette/Policy at 9:38 AM PST - 19 comments

Should links be described?

Shouldn't front page posts describe the content of the linked material? Lately a few posts have offered a brief opinion of the linked material without describing it (e.g. this one, this one, and this one), which I find a bit of a nuisance because I have to dig just to find out what's going on. By no means am I trying to criticize the posters; I simply wanted to draw attention to a general trend that might need correcting. What do you think?
posted by mcwetboy to Etiquette/Policy at 7:47 AM PST - 11 comments

There is always 1 guy in the 13,000 of you...

It's things like this that make me reluctant to continue posting to MeFi. (see inside for more)
posted by plinth to Etiquette/Policy at 5:05 AM PST - 50 comments

November 15

Etiquette and policy pages

Do you think that a page with links to the best etiquette and "what is the policy on...?" threads from MetaTalk would help new members get a feel for the tone that MetaFilter has had in the past?
posted by ztt to Feature Requests at 10:37 PM PST - 15 comments

monopolizing your own thread

Would commenting five times in 24 minutes on your own post be approaching the 'chat threshold'? Just wondering.
posted by Mack Twain to Etiquette/Policy at 12:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Do we need all this alarmist language?

are we FearFilter now? lots of alarmist language used in frontpage posts in the past few months. it seems like we're posting with language forms we've learned from major news sources, which have turned into "all-crisi-all-the-time" media channels. is it appropriate?
posted by patricking to Etiquette/Policy at 12:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Request: link to deleted double threads in the main one.

I'd like to request that when a post is removed because it is a double-post, can it simply be removed from the index page and a link to it inserted into the comments for the post that is retained? Is this possible?
posted by greyscale to Feature Requests at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Cutting and pasting full article text in comments section?

What is view re cutting and pasting full article text in Mefi comments section if unavailable any other way? (I found thread re posting to subscription sites, but could not find this topic)
posted by Voyageman to Etiquette/Policy at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

can we post links for other people

What is the policy on "passing on" links to metafilter?
I've been mailed by someone I don't know asking me to post a link for him (apparently he can't because of the "closed policy" ( what is this?) - but he would if he could...)

Anyhow - besides the fact that I've already posted my link for the day and so can't post his - what is the policy on this?
posted by Spoon to Etiquette/Policy at 4:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Blogger now does ads (Nov. 2001)

Pyra (the Blogger company) has a new product called pyRads which promises to become a turnkey microadvertising service for webmasters, like TextAds for anyone's site.
posted by yourpalbill to General Weblog-Related at 2:57 AM PST - 25 comments

November 14

A Mefi music/radio stream of the week

A Mefi music/radio stream of the week. Streaming is somewhat struggling, and I would love to know what's out there
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 8:06 PM PST - 28 comments

Bug: comment links send me back to the top

when i try to jump to someone's specific comment in a MeTa thread, it sends me to the top of the page. [example inside]
posted by rorycberger to Bugs at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

How about a MetaFilter book club?

A thought inspired by the PJ O'Rourke thread. How about a MetaFilter book club? [more]
posted by jpoulos to Feature Requests at 1:48 PM PST - 76 comments

Is it important for Metafilter to grow its membership?

Is it important for Metafilter to grow its membership? Is it important for feature requests to be implemented? If the answer to either is yes, isn't it then the membership's challenge ( or responsibility?) to contribute more cash, or to contribute more time to help figure out how more cash can be generated. More inside.
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 1:02 PM PST - 44 comments

Pull-down box for comments selections?

How about a recent comments/my comments/most comments pull down box for MeTa?
posted by jessamyn to Feature Requests at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

meaning of your metafilter to metatalk ratio

A diversion: what is your MetaFilter to MetaTalk ratio? Linkwise and commentwise? And what does it say about you?
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 8:15 AM PST - 53 comments

This mathowie dude violated the 1 post/24 hour limit

I don't know who this "mathowie" character is, but he appears to have found a way to get past the one-post-every-24-hours limitation, posting two front-page threads within an hour of each other- probably with some super-sophisticated hack or something. Someone better close this loophole before other people start exploiting it!
posted by hincandenza to Bugs at 4:37 AM PST - 9 comments

November 13

NYC Meetup

Since my last proposal was hijacked by others such that I was unable to attend, I will again propose a Mefi Get Together in NYC. But this time I'll go out on a limb, proposing a rough date--a Thursday or Friday evening in December--and the venue--most controversial, I suppose--the Blah Blah Lounge in Park Slope, a 24 minute F Train ride from the Broadway Lafayette stop. Cool place; a fireplace, a few couches; a sense of adventure in coming to the Slope (see the Statute of Liberty and Ground Zero from high above Brooklyn!). Also, if anyone wants to fly in from Europe, it's about 100 minutes from JFK on the A Train + F Train (very convenient).
posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 10:58 PM PST - 40 comments

Six Degrees of Kottke

Six degrees of kottke. what's yours? (can't find a permalink...)
posted by moz to General Weblog-Related at 9:49 PM PST - 48 comments

Not how we'd like others to see us, is it?

Latest entry on the The Amos n Andy Episodes List? I think I'm with Malphigan on this. Talk about a poor reflection of MetaFilter to the larger world.
posted by y2karl to Etiquette/Policy at 11:20 AM PST - 60 comments

when your pointless thread is deleted, you repost it.

so, yah. when your pointless thread is deleted, you repost it.
posted by moz to Etiquette/Policy at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

The Iraqfilter is clogged

I know that some of us are bored by news about "The War", but isn't this going just a little overboard?
posted by starvingartist to Etiquette/Policy at 8:08 AM PST - 47 comments

November 12

Smarmy AOL

Wow, AOL re-packages a bunch of AOL user posts and sells it as a book of 9/11 remembrances. Not only that, but it's perfectly legal, thanks to their terms of service. Just as an fyi: I'll never publish a metafilter book of comments.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Boot the old, bring in the new

Apologies for being persistent re new membership. How about gracioulsy booting members off that have not posted a link after 1 (or 3 or 6) months to give eager new members a chance ? (of course, there may be no such animal)
posted by Voyageman to Feature Requests at 9:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Micropayment idea.

Idea for a web content payment system (more inside)
posted by owillis to General Weblog-Related at 8:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Signups closed, members grow

The membership number keeps going up, yet I thought the site was closed off. What am I missing?
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Are subscriber-only links ok?

Do posts to the main page that lead to a "Subscriber Login" page qualify for deletion? Also, what is the preferred form of notification?
posted by sillygit to MetaFilter-Related at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments

A quote from Philippe Gully on sites and advertising.

Philippe Gully: A site owing its survival only to its advertisers cannot speak freely: the advertisers could refuse to be associated to a statement or a point of view that is not his.
posted by gleemax to General Weblog-Related at 5:13 PM PST - 5 comments

the law of decreasing comment length

the law of decreasing comment length: as a thread ceases to be a potentially useful resource for information and argument, its average comment length approaches 0 asymptotically. (such as here, here, and here.) other patterns are out there, i'm sure. (how about "giant comment punctuates end or near end of further commentary"?)
posted by moz to General Weblog-Related at 2:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Is static-rendering possible?

Despite all the new RAM, at least from Europe, access is reaching 11.9 levels of difficulty. Is static-rendering possible? This time users are trusting MetaFilter more than the usual sources, as it does a great summing up job.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Uptime at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Queens plane crash...

Google searches, anyone?
posted by walrus to Etiquette/Policy at 7:51 AM PST - 21 comments

MeFi in the Sunday Times

I hope this is the right place to post this. I've waited a day and nobody else seems to have mentioned it, but Metafilter got a nice write up in the Sunday Times (London) this weekend.
posted by salmacis to MetaFilter-Related at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Stylesheet tweak

I made a small tweak to the main page stylesheet. On IE 5/Mac, the main post text should wrap around the sidebar on the right, instead of leaving a blank space below it. I tested it in IE 5/win2k, IE 6/XP, Opera/PC, and IE 5/Mac and it seems to be exactly the same.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:57 AM PST - 5 comments

November 11

Some etiquette suggestions.

This is an attempt at an improvement in regards to enforcing already established MeFi etiquette. How to curb bad MeFi linkposts. How to curb topic drift caused by potentially incendiary responses to poorly conceived MeFi frontpage linkposts. It is humbly submitted for public perusal, dissection, and judgement. Please be kind. [MORE]
posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 11:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What ever happened to the Mefizine?

Whatever happened to this?
posted by j.edwards to MetaFilter-Related at 10:50 PM PST - 12 comments

A thread begging for deletion

A thread begging for deletion or to be folded into the previous thread. This is not the Tit-for-Tat Lounge, this is not a debate club, no one is scoring points.
posted by raaka to Etiquette/Policy at 10:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Rememberance Day Thread Callout

Better to talk about it here than there. Thoughts on the Rememberance Day/Memorial Day[?]/Armistice Day thread?
posted by Marquis to Etiquette/Policy at 11:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Comments on old thread not showing up as recent

The "recent comments" version of front page doesn't show comments made on old threads, apparently.
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 5:44 AM PST - 7 comments

November 10

Has anyone else found that the javascript in the spell check button isn't mac friendly?

Has anyone else found that the javascript in the spell check button isn't mac friendly?
posted by machaus to Bugs at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Thread of the Week

Idea: every week, each user gets to vote for one thread as Thread of the Week. Monday, the winning thread is linked in the sidebar. Occurred to me as I was reading the smoking thread, which I almost missed completely.
posted by lbergstr to Feature Requests at 7:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Best weblog ever

Russlog. The best weblog ever. (I've got this scary, Friday-the-13th feeling about this. Is judgement day upon us?)
posted by gleemax to General Weblog-Related at 6:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Back button does not show my new post

I noticed recently that now when I hit the back key after posting and get to the original thread screen, I don't see my new post there without reloading. In the past, it updated automatically, and "backing up" to it would find it already updated. Struck me as interesting, and I wonder if this was an intentional change or a byproduct of some other change?
posted by rushmc to Bugs at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Mmmm Circus Peanuts.

Does anybody actually like Circus Peanuts?
I'm testing a theory.

posted by ZachsMind to MetaFilter-Related at 2:28 PM PST - 26 comments

We're up to 12,500 users

12500, everyone. Lovely round number.
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 1:00 PM PST - 17 comments

[will be posted in metafilter >> feature requests]

In the preview view of the post I just made, it said "[will be posted in metafilter >> feature requests]." Shouldn't that say MetaTalk, not Metafilter?
posted by rushmc to Bugs at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Can we have years, please?

Threads are identified with a day and month, but not a year. Now that there are a couple years' worth of archive, it happens that people link to an older thread from a previous year, and when one goes to that page, all we see is something like "March 30." In many cases, placing the thread in its proper timeframe is extremely relevant. Is there any way to mark these with the year so that we know if we are dealing with March 30, 2001, March 30, 2000, March 30, 1999? This will only become more of a problem as the years go by.
posted by rushmc to Feature Requests at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

I see a blank page before me

Lofi Mefi's style sheet suggests a text and background color for body (black on white). This is fine unless some moron (i.e., me) has default colors of mint green text on a black background with white links. The mint green and black background are overridden but the white links end up on your white background.

Assuming a user's default link color is blue could lead to unreadable links, so please add at least colors for links (there already is a color on a:hover, but no background). (Alternately, if you want, remove all color suggestions from the style sheet.)
posted by gleemax to Bugs at 2:22 AM PST - 8 comments

November 9

Posting personal information from a member's site with the intention of ridiculing them?

Posting personal information from a member's site with the intention of ridiculing them?
posted by Doug to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 PM PST - 51 comments

Self-linking boundary question.

Self-posting question:

I know it is poor form for me to post a front page link to my own web site. What about to a site that I have other involvement in? For example, say I were Editor in Chief of a newspaper and I post a link to a controversial article from said paper. Is that bad? Does it make a difference if I am up front about my involvement in the paper?

Just trying to get a feel for what the community standards are.
posted by jewishbuddha to Etiquette/Policy at 1:38 PM PST - 33 comments

My friend wants to sign up

A friend from Oakland told me two nights go night she was unable to register to become a member? Was there a problem with the site, or is she daft (my view).
posted by Voyageman to Bugs at 5:59 AM PST - 24 comments

November 8

I hate ending up here

Argh - I hate ending up here. But Sue knew that already, didn't she? *wiggles eyebrows, X-Files theme*

posted by obiwanwasabi to MetaFilter-Related at 6:18 PM PST - 53 comments

status message not updating correctly.

status message not updating correctly. I log on periodically and noticed today that though it says "no new links posted" (since my last visit) There are in fact several.

I'm using IE 5.5.4522
posted by BentPenguin to Bugs at 12:36 PM PST - 1 comment

November 7

Being picky about comment format

Good, bad or ugly? He basically changed the formatting of his comment. Is this acceptable? Can I make my comments any width I'd like? Why do bad things happen to good people?
posted by geoff. to MetaFilter-Related at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Metafilter Classified Ads

i'm noticing that 1) more of us of us are needing work these days, and 2) matt needs help with a revenue stream. what about MetaSchmooze? (more inside)
posted by patricking to Feature Requests at 6:08 PM PST - 44 comments

Circulate this web address to you friends and neighbours. Don't depend on others.

Turn Mefi in a telemarketing call to support your charity of choice. Do the right thing. I said so. So do it now.
posted by NortonDC to Etiquette/Policy at 1:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Reformatting breaking links

links in comments are getting busted.
posted by moz to Bugs at 10:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Preview and Post Broken in Netscape

Users can't preview or post comments in Netscape 6x. When you click the preview button the preview, form field and form button areas show up blank. I've experienced this on NS6.1 and NS6.2 on both MetaFilter and MetaTalk. This has only been happening over the past few days. (I think this bug may be related to this bug, but I'm not sure. For some reason I can't view source on the preview page.)
posted by mrbula to Bugs at 10:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Metafilter in novel form

"MetaFilter," he repeated testily. The truth was he hated his own site. An unruly beast broken free of its chains and now whipped about by an unruly mob intent on banishing Salon links and killing anyone linking directly to a rich media presentation without due warning. I had stopped going months ago before it became trendy and horribly chic - or before Haughey's magazine spread appeared on the stands, replete with his naked, supine form in the centerfold, scars and all.
posted by solistrato to MetaFilter-Related at 9:51 AM PST - 28 comments

November 6

Better than Google Images?

Help: can anybody point me to the thread where they discussed various image-search engines better than google's? I think the original post was about one that used some sort of fuzzy logic system instead of just keywords.
posted by signal to MetaFilter-Related at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Caching issues, maybe?

Whenever I have visited MeFi index.html today, and I am not logged in, I only see posts up to about 10 a.m. today (11/6). (I use a lot of public machines over the course of the day, so that's why I'm never logged in. It's also why I'm sure it's not a cache issue.)
posted by rschram to Bugs at 8:27 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the correct form of address here at MetaFilter? Real names or screen names?

What is the correct form of address here at MetaFilter? Or isn't there one? Real names seem to be used more and more. In this thread holgate and ljromanoff address each other as Lance and Nick. Can we use a real name when we know it - by exchanging emails with someone, for instance? Isn't it confusing for everyone else? Does it make others feel left out? (Examples inside.)

posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 7:13 PM PST - 59 comments

Discussing discussion: discuss.

Lately, many people have been promoting concepts such as MetaDiscuss, which implicitly attack the concept of discussion on MeFi. But is this what we really want? [More inside.]
posted by Marquis to MetaFilter-Related at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Weird Code in Comments

It may be just me, but in just the last couple of days I'm finding that my comments are being auto-appended with extra &ltp>, resulting in a few lines of blank space after my comments but before the comment footer. At first I figured it was just me being careless with extra &ltp> tags lying around in my post, but it's happening every time and this test post exhibited the same behavior. In the second paragraph, I typed the line and inserted no paragraph or br tags, and didn't even hit return to start a new line- yet after hitting "Post" there are extra &ltp> tags in the HTML after posting. Thoughts?
posted by hincandenza to Bugs at 4:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Tweak the post generator to search MeTa as well as MeFi for links?

Tweak the post generator to search MeTa as well as MeFi for links?
posted by walrus to Feature Requests at 1:59 PM PST - 0 comments

Compiling a best of Metafilter

I was thinking of doing a list of "best of" threads for metafilter, on the archives page. Do you recall any of the best threads that meet the following criteria? If so, post them here as a comment.

How about by topic?

threads on:
globalization: (I know there were at least a couple great, civil, long threads about it)
prisions: (among the 5 or 6 in recent memory there must be one or two good ones)
death penalty:
huge news threads: (the biggest kaycee one, the seattle earthquake, and the first WTC one?)
good audience participation threads:

good weird finds? best thing for $30 threads? Just plain good threads that don't meet any of the above criteria?

If you have any favorites, post a link to them, and I'll try to organize them. Think about the best MetaFilter has to offer, and find those threads that exemplify what the site can be.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:09 AM PST - 40 comments

November 5

From where is 'what he said' derived?

Just an idle question: From where is 'What he said' derived? Or 'she,' 'te,' 'it' or *name*... I saw it here first and then heard some character on the now even more craptacular than ever! Andromeda say it: The TV was on when I was writing something last night... So, somebody clue me in here as to where, when, why and how this expression came to be. Just wonderin'...
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 PM PST - 17 comments

X New Comments Disappears on MeTa

Unlike the behaviour at Metafilter itself, here on Metatalk, after I arrive at the new flat front page with the (x new) flags on threads, if I click into a thread to read the comments then hit the back button on my browser, I seem to be losing my (x new) flags.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 6:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Are you a blogaholic?

Are You A Blogaholic? [via The Umbrella Stand, via anonstupid via almost-empty, from Weblog Wannabe]
posted by feelinglistless to General Weblog-Related at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments

MeTa: Sort By My Comments?

Would it be easy to put a Sort By My Comments (and maybe by recent comments too) into MeTa?
posted by gluechunk to Feature Requests at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Who owns complete Metafilter threads?

Lets assume some one out there believes a particular Mefi thread can potentially have value in other media (eg, TV script, syndicated column, book, etc) I undersatnd authors own their own posts (if I read Mefi correctly) but who legally owns the complete thread? Am I thinking about this correctly?
posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 10:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Pony Request: Setting for LoFi to be default?

Re: LoFi MeFi, I really like it, but also keep forgetting to use it. I've got a huge bookmarks list, and still manually type most of my addresses, for some reason. Could this be added to the prefs screen, so those of us who want to use it just get redirected?
posted by Su to Feature Requests at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Blogging is now a job.

Blogging is now a job. Maybe there's hope for me yet.

Nothing on Monster or Hotjobs yet, though.
posted by owillis to General Weblog-Related at 12:30 AM PST - 6 comments

November 4

Are marketers using mefi to create buzz?

anybody else ever wonder if marketer's are secretly using mefi to create buzz about their products?
posted by nobody_knose to MetaFilter-Related at 10:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Now xml-rpc compliant

MetaFilter now conforms with the new xml-rpc interface. I used this xml-rpc client/server for Coldfusion to wrap a simple request/response sent to whenever a new thread is made at
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 9:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Lileks to have pay option.

Lileks to have pay option. It's returning to its full-bandwidth glory and: "I’m going to try something new here. The site, as it was, will still be free. But instead of putting up new stuff willy-nilly, I’m going to create a members section. Every Monday, a new peculiarity from the Institute’s gargantuan archives. Pictures, money, ads, early 60s British men’s magazine pinups, matchbooks, and many other peculiarities. A year’s subscription: $25." Well, count me in.
posted by mw to General Weblog-Related at 8:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Racist insults

Take that, 'effete faggot web-designer towelheads'. Ouch - that hurt. Maybe my partner Achmed can drag himself away from his style sheets for a minute and make me feel better. Is this liver fresh?
posted by obiwanwasabi to Etiquette/Policy at 6:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Post formatting

Is something in the posting code deliberately down-casing all the text in a link? In this thread there were two attempts to post a NYT link which included upper case letters and both failed, so the link was posted directly as text to be cut and pasted.
posted by Steven Den Beste to Bugs at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments

the comment submit box has my user password stored as clear text

I was looking at the source in the Auto-close Open Tags thread, and I noticed that the comment submit box has my user password stored as clear text. It's not like MeTa/MeFi need to be highly secure, but I'm wondering if there is a better way to handle that.
posted by willnot to Bugs at 1:44 PM PST - 9 comments

What can MetaFilter learn from This American Life?

In forever searching for a bridge to close the gap between those who want more restrictive MeFi Guidelines and those who want less, I've recently found myself comparing recent MeFi discussions to how TAL submissions get on the show. Or Ira Glass' basic Radio Principles. What can MetaFilter learn from This American Life?
posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 10:50 AM PST - 8 comments

What site was this??

I discovered a web site a while back whose URL I seem to have lost. It was a site that exposed web design thieves by posting screenshots of their sites next to similar, older, better known designs.

Anyone know what site this is?
posted by ljromanoff to General Weblog-Related at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

You can now leave tags open wily nily on MetaTalk

You can now leave tags open wily nily on MetaTalk (coming soon to MetaFilter).

This is a test to make sure unclosed tags get closed. Of course it will work. (I purposefully left the bold and italics tags open on this post
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:00 AM PST - 93 comments

November 3

I can't post. :-(

I can't post. :-(

I entered my post, did a preview, and I'm ready to go. I'm at the page and
hit the POST button. It just keeps bringing me back to the same place.

I am running Opera 5.0 under Linux.
posted by chipr to Bugs at 7:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Metatalk comment previews don't work in Mozilla.

New bug: metatalk comment previews don't work in Mozilla. I hit the preview button, and I get the "Comment Preview:" text, nothing, then links to the home pages. The page source says "error resolving parameter". (The previews work fine @ metafilter, and for metatalk *posting* like I'm doing now; and they all work OK in IE.)
posted by dhartung to Bugs at 2:42 PM PST - 0 comments

Guess what kids? The MetaFilter search finally works!

Guess what kids? The MetaFilter search finally works!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 1:51 PM PST - 8 comments

"...Free, Easy Instant Discussion Space...."

I stumbled across "...Free, Easy Instant Discussion Space...." at (sorry, can't get link to work) Seems anyone can instantly set-up Metafilter-like community blogs/boards. Are there many others like it out there ? Is this good or bad for Metafilter?
posted by Voyageman to General Weblog-Related at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Better search, fewer doubles

I improved the search "previously found" feedback. Here is what you see if you search for something that was posted less than 5 times in the database, and here is what you see if you post a URL that is in there more than that. Hopefully this will cut down on double-posts.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

November 2

Problem posting comments

Apologies in advance if this is a really dumb problem, but I can't post a comment to MeFi. Just when I'd finally got up the courage to join in!

I log in, type my comment & press [Preview] and it just takes me back to the login screen. I have tried logging out & in again, it didn't help. Does anyone have any ideas what I am doing wrong? Thanks in advance.

This is my first post here too - maybe this won't work either...
posted by Gamecat to Bugs at 9:20 PM PST - 2 comments

What do you guys think?

Is every post just looking for opinions? Of the past 6 posts, 4 of them are just posting links to random pop culture links, and asking "What do you guys think?" [more inside]
posted by gramcracker to Etiquette/Policy at 9:58 AM PST - 34 comments

Thread and Comment Nofications

idea (or has this been suggested before?):

what if each thread and comment had a "notify" link next to it; click the link and you get a pop-up window asking if you'd like to send the note, and if you clicked yes, a notification would be sent to matt, saying "this thread needs your attention" or "this comment needs your attention".

that way, people could notify matt of double posts and flamewars while they were reading the thread; this would eliminate the need for matt to constantly monitor the board himself, and potentially cut down on all those annoying double post comments.

the note could either send a separate email to matt, or it could just send a note telling him to go to a page that would compile the red flags by thread. he could see at a glance that 1 person flagged thread (a) and 12 flagged thread (b), and so on. this page would have check boxes next to each comment that had been flagged, so that matt could delete each notice once he had dealt with the trouble post.

if that seems like it would generate too much mail for matt, then a hybrid "star chamber/notification system" : this feature would be activated for 20 active, trusted members (preferably in various time zones).

the main result of this feature would be to eliminate the need for matt to continuously monitor the board himself, while at the same time ensuring that he makes all the calls regarding the appropriateness of any given post.

does my description make sense, and is this an idea that would save you time, matt?

posted by rebeccablood to Feature Requests at 8:55 AM PST - 35 comments

Comment Limits Per Thread?

Now that each subscriber is limited to starting one thread a day, isn't it time to limit the number of comments per thread that a subscriber can post? With unlimited commentary, it's just unfocused chat.
posted by pracowity to Feature Requests at 5:38 AM PST - 47 comments

November 1

Category field

We already know that each thread has an (unused) category field.

Any chance that the following process can happen:

1. Categories are decided.

2. A team then allocates each thread to a category. (Happy to do it myself)

3. sports.metafilter, politics.metafilter etc. resolve to categories.

posted by Neale to Feature Requests at 9:43 PM PST - 54 comments

What if Matt has it backwards?

What if Matt has it backwards? Maybe people ought to get front-page posting priviledges first and discussion priviledges later. Is MeFi a community 'blog or a discussion board?
posted by NortonDC to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Random Metafilter for those who missed it.

Random Metafilter for those who missed it. Thanks again, Alan.
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 3:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Get Your War On updated

There's a new a new update to the hilarious "Get Your War On" comic that was the subject of this post. Now there's a page two and a page three. Since the original page was linked already, this would be a double post on MeFi, right? But it's okay in MetaTalk, right? Or should the updates just be mentioned in the comments of the original post where no one wil see them?
posted by elvissinatra to Etiquette/Policy at 3:06 PM PST - 28 comments

Metafilter stats are online.

Metafilter stats are online. Traffic dropped only slightly from September's unbelievable growth, and the jump in user signups was minimal compared to the previous month. Days from September and October dominate the top 20 charts.
posted by waxpancake to Bugs at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Overrun by injokes

Well, so much for serious discussion...I might as well join in Another discussion I was interested in reading gets strangled in the crib by haiku posts, pancake gags, or self-perpetuating running jokes.
posted by Shadowkeeper to MetaFilter-Related at 12:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Less obscenity please

The America's Terrorist Training Camp thread prompts me to suggest that the obscenity filter be turned up on Mefi and be more of a basis for being "evicted." Obscenity is an excellent predictor of uncivilized, vapid, ad hominem debate. Not a ban on it, just less. Please.
posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 11:57 AM PST - 50 comments

Search users function?

How useful would a "Search Users" function be? You could search for a particular username, or location, or whatever. There have been times where I wondered how many people were from a particular city (or at least owned up to it in their user profile). How difficult and/or useful would something like this be?

(BTW, Matt, the copyright at the bottom of MeTa still says 2000.)
posted by arco to Feature Requests at 10:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Killfile request

I don't know if this has been mentioned or suggested before; but, regarding all the talk of 'stupid posts' and 'useless comments' --- what if matt built in an "ignore this user" feature? Then all posts from that user would never appear on your screen, all the comments would be blanked out with " *** this comment ignored ***"; or you could have your choice -- ignore posts but not comments. And then you could have a user admin screen that lets you see everyone you're ignoring. that way, you could periodically check and see if they've gotten better and you don't care to ignore them anymore.
again, i don't know if this has already been discussed. i searched for it but couldn't find anything. just a thought.
posted by bliss322 to Feature Requests at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments

How to I use the image tag?

I have noticed some comment posts have this "allowed" and if so, how does an oaf like me do it too? (Advanced apologies for my ignorance. I did search but couldnt find the answer.)

posted by Voyageman to MetaFilter-Related at 6:48 AM PST - 23 comments

MeTa links on user.mefi/[number] but not username.mefi/[name]

Minor detail: going to user.mefi/[number] you get links to a user's MeTa threads and comments - very useful - but going to username.mefi/[name] you don't.
posted by rory to Feature Requests at 3:40 AM PST - 3 comments

MeFi Seattle Meetup

How 'bout a MeFiSea too? There's a ton of us. Let's party. I'm free and newly relieved of domestic duties. Any idears?
posted by crasspastor to MetaFilter-Related at 1:14 AM PST - 70 comments