November 2008 Archives (all archives)

November 30

Where ya't?

How about a meetup in New Orleans in December? [more inside]
posted by nola to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

“The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”

How about updating the inline YouTube player to widescreen? Please? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle to Feature Requests at 5:05 PM PST - 19 comments

November 28

MeFi music playlist flash widget incorrectly displays ampersands

The MeFi music playlist flash widget displays tracks with ampersands in their name incorrectly. [more inside]
posted by RichardP to Bugs at 8:31 PM PST - 15 comments

How Will I Know My Song Got 28 Plays??

Did the play counter disappear from Mefi Music?
posted by Corduroy to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 AM PST - 27 comments

Posting down?

Can't post a comment to the blue. "Error—Comment Timed Out Your comment took too long to add. This happens when the server load is unusually high. Please use the back button on your browser to return to the comment form and try posting it again. Sorry for the inconvenience." [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Bugs at 6:41 AM PST - 34 comments

November 27

brutal editing

Brutal editing. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo to Etiquette/Policy at 7:35 PM PST - 77 comments

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving, Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard to MetaFilter-Related at 5:29 PM PST - 62 comments

Pig needs lipstick

Time to clean up your act? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur to Feature Requests at 7:25 AM PST - 142 comments

Thanksgiving mini-meetup?

Last-minute Mini-Meetup: Any Bay Area MeFites looking for something to do tomorrow (meaning Thanksgiving)? Me too! Movies or games or food or beer or all of the above are among my ideas. Whaddayasay?
posted by potch to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:52 AM PST - 4 comments

November 26

Veering off topic

Please don't let this thread devolve into a discussion of US policy. Can we keep that thread on the rails and you can discuss it here?
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 3:31 PM PST - 148 comments

A Page for Job Seekers, Please

Pony request: can we have a place in the Jobs section for "Job Wanted" posts, please? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal to Feature Requests at 7:20 AM PST - 34 comments

November 25

onload="; 50

MeFiHTML: Is there a reason to first set profile images to width & height = 0, then set the actual size via javascript? [more inside]
posted by signal to MetaFilter-Related at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Chicagoans: 2008-12-03

Reminder: Chicago MonthlyMetaMichAveMeetup, December 3rd. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:46 AM PST - 27 comments

Deleted FPP "shadow" question

Deleted post shows up on Front Page shadowed out. Cool. Is this only visible to the original poster, or for the OP and anyone who made a comment in the thread? Thanks.
posted by stbalbach to MetaFilter-Related at 10:53 AM PST - 42 comments

Boyzone? Really?

Is this discussion boyzone-y? [more inside]
posted by grobstein to Etiquette/Policy at 9:52 AM PST - 209 comments

Paris meetup Dec 5, oui?

Apéro and/or dinner meetup in Paris? [more inside]
posted by LMGM to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:04 AM PST - 9 comments

November 24

Today is what Metafilter is all about.

Yet another shoutout for a MeFite going above and beyond the call of duty in real life: HopperFan. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob to MetaFilter-Related at 10:04 PM PST - 38 comments

He Straightens shit out.

Follow up to this post. Callout for The Straightener. [more inside]
posted by Pax to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 56 comments

November 23

Apparently, Jesus *wouldn't* enjoy Dora the Explorer.

NOLOLSFORXIANS: Really, is there a reason to make single link posts to farcical Christian propaganda? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 7:01 PM PST - 258 comments

Unexpected Contribution

As I made some final revisions and edits to my most recent metafilter post, I came across something peculiar. I took a screenshot to explain. When I hovered my mouse over the letter I from the word 'In' at the very start of my post, it offered a link to this page (see the link circled at the bottom of the picture), even though I hadn't actually created a hyperlink to it. If I directly clicked the I, it would take me to the page. If I tried to open it in a new tab, it didn't work. It was still there even after a refresh. Is this happening to anyone else? I'm using Internet Explorer 7, if that helps.
posted by Effigy2000 to Bugs at 4:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Scrabble Breakup Video...where is it?

What was that video where an (old?) couple communicated through scrabble word placement? [more inside]
posted by milestogo to MetaFilter-Related at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Privacy concerns for social networks*fnord* ?

am I the only person hoping for more tinfoil-hat in this question? [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords to MetaFilter-Related at 6:48 AM PST - 69 comments

November 22

all malware make yonation go something something

Hmm.. nope. Can the mods, uh, modify the intro to this question? [more inside]
posted by yonation to Etiquette/Policy at 11:55 AM PST - 80 comments

Vaya con Dios, Lu.

My friend Soulbee has left us. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter-Related at 10:47 AM PST - 296 comments

November 21

Comment Search: The Specificking

I read an Ask Metafilter comment a while back that was an awesome recreation of what would happen if men actually verbalized their moment-to-moment thoughts to their significant other. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt to MetaFilter-Related at 1:25 PM PST - 100 comments

*Whining, engaged*

I flagged my first post -- no offense to the OP, but the truth is, I'm just really tired of SLYT posts. [more inside]
posted by parilous to Etiquette/Policy at 11:14 AM PST - 128 comments

Favorite count vs. comment count in popular posts

Pony: Unless I'm wrong, it seems that inclusion on the 'popular posts' page/rss feed is limited to highly favorited threads. Can we get threads with a lot of comments included on that page/feed as well, even if they don't have a lot of favorites? Or a separate page for that sort of thing?
posted by Who_Am_I to Feature Requests at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Coincidence?? or "Behold My Power"

Coincidence or awesome internet powers? [more inside]
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza to MetaFilter-Related at 9:03 AM PST - 50 comments

Most favorited comments?

We have a most favorites. Can we get a most favorited comments on the green, or am I just missing it?
posted by arimathea to Feature Requests at 8:50 AM PST - 18 comments

November 20

Austin/Central TX White Elephant Meet-up!

At the November meet-up, the idea for a White Elephant get-together came up and seemed like a good time to several people. Want to join in? (you can sit out the exchange part as an amused observer, too) [more inside]
posted by batmonkey to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:58 PM PST - 11 comments

your chance at single-person economic stimulation

Just in time for holidays, Metsy is here! [more inside]
posted by casarkos to MetaFilter-Related at 1:46 PM PST - 31 comments

This is your big chance.

NYC: Post-turkey meatspace gathering. [more inside]
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:12 AM PST - 36 comments

Secret Quonsar, year 2?

Last year's Secret Quonsar was lots of fun, and I think we should do it again. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:19 AM PST - 270 comments

Who wants to do a post-Thanksgiving Bay Area meetup?

Who wants to do a post-Thanksgiving Bay Area meetup?
posted by paultopia to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:47 AM PST - 45 comments


If you would indulge me, I'd like to say, "Farewell." [more inside]
posted by sluglicker to MetaFilter-Related at 12:05 AM PST - 153 comments

November 19

Brainwaves meetup?

Any other Mefites planning on attending Brainwashed Records' Brainwaves Festival in Boston (well, Arlington) this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Father of Iranian blogging arrested

Oh crap, Iranian blogger (mefi's own!) hoder has been arrested in Iran and may face the death penalty. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 AM PST - 130 comments

Is there a CBT solution for this problem?

It keeps coming up, and AskMe isn't quite the place for it. Sometimes the it's the asker who doesn't want to hear it, and sometimes members just argue amongst themselves. Maybe we should all seek therapy! [more inside]
posted by prefpara to Etiquette/Policy at 7:54 AM PST - 40 comments

Slybevel's Mea Culpa

Dear Metafilter- I was an ass a while back, over here. It still bugs me. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel to Etiquette/Policy at 7:54 AM PST - 67 comments

Where are the interesting indie people in HK?

Hong Kong Meet-up? [more inside]
posted by typewriter to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:32 AM PST - 20 comments

November 18

Society for the Prevention of Unnecessarily Inefficient Meetup Planning

Doodle, an easy little tool for picking future meetup dates. [more inside]
posted by daisyace to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Genuine question?

Is it just me, or is there something weird about this question and follow up comments. [more inside]
posted by bystander to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 AM PST - 119 comments

November 17

If you'll excuse the wild speculation...

Self-link? [more inside]
posted by dhammond to Etiquette/Policy at 8:02 PM PST - 50 comments

34: cortex drives the bus

The 34th podcast features newly pantless full-time employee cortex and is unfortunately jessamyn-free. It features recaps from around the MeFi universe and runs about 45min long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 5:51 PM PST - 38 comments

Jodorowsky meetup in Dallas?

Dallas MeFi meetup: Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain this Thursday at the Angelika Dallas? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:12 PM PST - 34 comments

But this time, no White Castle sliders.

Hey Metafilter, remember that time the NYC MeFites convened in Brooklyn and we chanced upon a wedding reception at the bar, and there was free champagne and desserts and fiddle-playing for everyone? And then Hot Pattata and TPS found a leprechaun's pot of gold and we all danced beneath a rainbow while showering each other with riches and jewels? Let us reprise this experience with an early December meetup. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Happy fourth birthday!

Happy birthday to us - four years old today! [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 11:11 AM PST - 94 comments

NWY -> STP (nc)

I sense MeFi has a few hardcore Diplomacy players. Any interest in starting a game? [more inside]
posted by spamguy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:56 AM PST - 423 comments

November 15

Unwanted Duplicates

Why doesn't the Metafilter search also look through deletedthread to find duplicates?
posted by gman to Feature Requests at 8:47 AM PST - 47 comments

November 14

Anyone going to SfN?

Any Mefites going to be at SfN 2008? With 10000+ attendees, some of you must be going... [more inside]
posted by dmd to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:31 PM PST - 6 comments

URI filtering?

Whenever I preview a post—at least on the front page and MeTa—any &langs in my links became .
posted by Korou to Bugs at 5:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Oooh! I've got one!

I'll go first: How's this not chatfilter?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 2:18 PM PST - 92 comments

Mini MeFi Meetup for dinner at Talula's Table?

Through sheer dumb luck and cosmically awesome timing my husband and I managed to score a last-minute reservation to Talula's Table (MeFi'ed here) this coming Tuesday, November 18th. Someone cancelled just a few minutes before we were there in the store, so we greedily accepted Aimee's offer to take that night's dinner. We have three seats currently available. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:21 AM PST - 40 comments


Something about this logo looks VERY familiar...I just cant put my finger on it
posted by ShawnString to MetaFilter-Related at 3:45 AM PST - 48 comments

November 13

Unicode? What, is that like a unisex haircut?

Punctuation simplification for URLs: ’ (closing quote used as apostrophe) becomes Unicode hex triplet 0xE2 0x80 0x99 in FF3 et al. [more inside]
posted by electronslave to Bugs at 8:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Time Zone Preferences ?

Why are times shown on the green (apparently) somewhere in middle-east ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 to Bugs at 5:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Philly + cupcakes = awesome.

Hey Philly. You like cupcakes? Me too. Wanna meet up at Cupcake Camp East? Sunday November 16th, 3-5 pm. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm not Mom's favorite either

I musta pissed someone off... [more inside]
posted by orthogonality to Feature Requests at 2:19 PM PST - 317 comments

It Comes Full Circle

Paper Dolls and too cool. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen to MetaFilter-Related at 12:26 PM PST - 28 comments


Could we get an email when one of our posts is deleted?
posted by plexi to Etiquette/Policy at 12:24 PM PST - 39 comments

Who has the most favorited comment?

It's possible to find the most favorited post of all time but is it possible to find the most favorited comment of all time? Or a ranking system that does something similar to the post system (week, 30 days, all time) for comments?
posted by bodywithoutorgans to Feature Requests at 11:09 AM PST - 34 comments

Contact Activity

I just noticed a little AJAXified link on the sidebar to show Contact Activity. Is this something new, or am I tripping?
posted by dunkadunc to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 AM PST - 31 comments

How to cook a pony.

I'm sure someone has asked this before, but how about creating a RecipeFilter™? [more inside]
posted by jpburns to Feature Requests at 4:54 AM PST - 47 comments

November 12

Son of MetaFilter Mini Meet Up Now With Live Vintage Blues at the Marco Polo in Georgetown

Son of MetaFilter Mini Meet Up... at the Marco Polo in Georgetown Good music, stimulating company and conversation were hallmarks of last month's affair and now the stars align again at 8 PM on Saturday, November 22nd, in the Marco Polo once more. [more inside]
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Custom Folders for MeFi Mail

I was wondering if there were any plans to implement custom folders in MeFi Mail that we could move MeFi e-mails to? If not, can we have them please? They could appear in the form of extra tabs next to the 'Your Sent Mail' and 'Your Contacts' tabs. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 8:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Complaint versus enjoyable discussion

Sometimes snippy derails ruin any chance of decent discussion on an interesting topic. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:25 PM PST - 51 comments


I'm sorry, but this gem from tkchrist absolutely needs to be on the sidebar. [more inside]
posted by notsnot to MetaFilter-Related at 8:05 AM PST - 73 comments

November 11

Why verify addresses to turn of mefi mail reminders?

Why do I have to have a verified email address to opt out of mefi mail reminders? It wasn't a huge pain to verify it, but it doesn't make sense that I had to. It should have nothing to do with my email.
posted by empath to Bugs at 10:42 PM PST - 32 comments

My heart be warmed

This AskMe thread looked like trouble but turned into a pretty encouraging display of thoughtfulness and knowledge, and when Grlnxtdr started to really understand the responses it just about knocked me out. A fascinating read, too. [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl to MetaFilter-Related at 6:22 PM PST - 93 comments

Can I use Projects to help with a non-web, ultimately personal, project?

Can I use Projects to help with a non-web, ultimately personal, project? [more inside]
posted by laumry to Etiquette/Policy at 6:25 AM PST - 26 comments

November 10

Get better soon.

Long time Mefite Ynoxas had a motorcycle wreck this weekend. He is doing alright but is banged up pretty bad. Just wanted to give the community a chance to wish him well. [more inside]
posted by nola to MetaFilter-Related at 9:38 PM PST - 99 comments

South Florida Meetup

South Florida Meetup - December 2008 - Post your date/place preferences below... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Question queue?

How about a question queue? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director to Feature Requests at 1:06 PM PST - 50 comments


The Future of MeFiMusic: Video? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis to Feature Requests at 11:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Cortex is now a full-time MeFi admin

Right this very moment, Cortex is sitting at home, sans-pants, watching the flag queue, poised with the ban-hammer, bemoaning his utter lack of head-sized doughnuts. Welcome to the Land of the Lost Full-Time MetaFilter Admins, Cortex!
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 10:37 AM PST - 191 comments

MeFiSwap 2008

Hey, anybody wanna swap Muxtapes? ...Oh.
Well, how about another MeFi CD swap? [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 10:06 AM PST - 73 comments

askme question about solitary living

Anyone remember an askme question about good places to live as a semi-hermit for a while? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied to MetaFilter-Related at 6:22 AM PST - 17 comments

November 9


Congratulations to Mefite Eric Gjerde, whose website was the subject of a previous FFP, on the publication of his new book.
posted by Tube to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM PST - 8 comments

NPR askme callout

I have obtained the input of an online chatperson (at named "MrAnonymous," who sounds like he knows what he is talking about
posted by StickyCarpet to MetaFilter-Related at 10:25 AM PST - 62 comments

November 7

slash the slash or drop the slash?

MeFi URL's don't work without a trailing slash in some cases. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle to Bugs at 12:00 PM PST - 43 comments

Saturday November 8 meetup in Denver?

Jessamyn will be in Denver tomorrow and I suggested a meetup. She would prefer something near Marriott Denver Tech Center. Any suggestions for a place?
posted by lukemeister to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:03 AM PST - 61 comments

Metafilter's Favorite Things Show!!! You get a pony and You get a pony and YOU GET A PONY!!! *eeeee*

What was the last, or best thing you bought, made, or put money into as a result of Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter-Related at 9:58 AM PST - 160 comments

November 6

Radical collective book lost in Metafilter

Can you help me track down a radical book mentioned on some part of Metafilter? My search skills are weak, apparently. I would really appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by foodmapper to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Stupidity isn't very smart.

About my last post, Mea Culpa, no excuses, just stupidity. Senses back. Metafilter should have stupidity check system.
posted by zouhair to Bugs at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments [closed]

Hey, you might be interested in this...

Pony: A button to notify contacts you choose about an interesting FPP, or an AskMe they're qualified to answer. For example, one of my contacts could easily give me a heads-up when there's a post about geography, or I could notify Astro Zombie about a Minneapolis-related thread. No more "paging languagehat" answers to etymology questions. If it gets spammy/annoying for th recipient, they can opt out or send me a STFU MeMail. [more inside]
posted by desjardins to Feature Requests at 10:36 AM PST - 38 comments

What's the best time of day to post to AskMe?

What's the best time of day to post to AskMe? [more inside]
posted by Hartster to MetaFilter-Related at 6:16 AM PST - 29 comments

November 5

Color me blue, Hoosier!

How about a meetup to celebrate both Obama's victory and the historic shift of Indiana to the Blue column, the first time since 1964? I'm stoked and happy, and I'm sure a few others are as well. Let's celebrate!
posted by pjern to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:17 PM PST - 26 comments

And the winner is...

And the winner of the 2008 MetaFilter Election Prediction Contest is... [more inside]
posted by gsteff to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 PM PST - 33 comments

Portland, OR Obama Victory Meetup!

Portland, OR Obama Victory Meetup! [more inside]
posted by velvet winter to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Inauguration meetup planning inside!

Hear Ye: Exploratory committee for the formation of an Inauguration Day meetup in/around DC. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:52 PM PST - 237 comments

My first callout

Spammer? 3 answers in one day, to old questions, with self links.
posted by dirty lies to Etiquette/Policy at 7:57 AM PST - 6 comments [closed]

November 4


Who won?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter-Related at 11:00 PM PST - 39 comments


posted by xorry to MetaFilter-Related at 9:23 PM PST - 143 comments

Image Tag: Resurrection

plexi's post has images. Is there a "bank" of images we can use, image tags are now allowable, or was this inserted by a privileged person?
posted by sluglicker to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Ottawa meetup, anybody? (take two)

Ottawa meetup rescheduled! [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Link to comment bug?

Direct link to comment gets stripped of comment number. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium to Bugs at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

November Austin/Central TX meetup?

The last ATX meetup (Dog & Duck in September) was a good time and several folks expressed interest in having another one soon. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:29 PM PST - 54 comments

Embedded youtube player not working

Using FF3.0.3 on OSX 10.5.5 with Shockwave 10.0r12, the embedded youtube player redirects me to an error page that says:
(Get Flash to see the youtube player.)
Close Window [more inside]
posted by ChrisR to Bugs at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Election Watch '08

Do we need an (un)official election watch meetup thread? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:51 AM PST - 92 comments

Let's give this another go, Denver!

Last-Minute Denver meetup?! 7(ish) PM tonight, Baker District. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:31 AM PST - 4 comments

November 3

They'll dance for a fee, but devour you for free.

Zombie Strippers!!!??!?! WTF? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames to Bugs at 8:09 PM PST - 43 comments

Who's broken? Metafilter or me?

Why is it that sometimes Metafilter shows the correct number of posts and comments since my last visit and other times it's as if I hadn't ever clicked a thread? [more inside]
posted by gman to Bugs at 5:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Not fantasy sports - fantasy movies!

Anyone interested in a fantasy movie league? It's like fantasy foot/basket/baseball but not. It's with movies. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments


Is anyone else participating in Movember? Is there a MetaFilter team? Should there be? [more inside]
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 7:14 AM PST - 38 comments

November 2

Planet money <3 MeFi

I checked out NPRs Planet Money to see what kind of insight they have on the financial situation. Turns out that they're linking to us [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat to MetaFilter-Related at 6:08 PM PST - 17 comments

This will...what?

I know that "this will wendell" is a (facetious) pun on "this will end well", but what's the origin and significance of this MeFi in-joke?
posted by greenie2600 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:41 PM PST - 62 comments

November 1

Unmask! Unmask!

Mefite Halloween costume victory lap! Everyone post your costume pics here...
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] to MetaFilter-Related at 4:01 PM PST - 94 comments

list members who frequently answer threads with a particular tag

AskMeFi pony request: list members who frequently answer threads with a particular tag [more inside]
posted by nitsuj to Feature Requests at 1:27 PM PST - 37 comments