November 2011 Archives (all archives)

November 30

December best post contest is a go!

It's time again for our annual December Awesome Post Contest! [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:56 PM PST - 74 comments

Display date for IRL events in Recent Activity

IRL Pony Request: Slightly more event information in Recent Activity. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to Feature Requests at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Smoke, meet Fire.

Feds: New York Mafia and Russian mob joined to lure women as strippers; arranged sham marriages [more inside]
posted by dhartung to MetaFilter-Related at 5:38 PM PST - 58 comments

there is something not quite right here. A hacked account?

This is weird. Compare the alarming post on AskMeFi with previous posts by Servix. Something seems off to me. [more inside]
posted by iamnotateenagegirl to Etiquette/Policy at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

NaNoWriMo 2011 ends today!

The deadline is less than 12 hours away: So, NaNoWriMo 2011 MeFites, how'd we do? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM PST - 52 comments

Typos shall not stand!

Pony request: In an effort to save people from their own mistakes how about an extremely minimal editing ability for comments? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld to Feature Requests at 10:38 AM PST - 56 comments

It's The Most Healthiest Time Of The Year

December's Health Month is starting up! Come join (or rejoin) the MeFi team and meet some of those goals you've been meaning to get around to. Lots of sponsorship chips are floating around for those who need them. [more inside]
posted by moira to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM PST - 20 comments

November 29

MetaFilter -> Diaspora

Can we add Diaspora to the social app list in our profiles? (Also can this be a thread for MeFites who want to link up on Diaspora with other MeFites?)
posted by hermitosis to Feature Requests at 10:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Cyclone Taylor

I'm curious as to when/why the 'I was a backtagging superstar!' was removed from profiles.
posted by unliteral to Etiquette/Policy at 4:47 PM PST - 79 comments

First Name: Female, pronounced Ladasha

You know that thing people do where they swear a friend of their sister's total used to work with a woman who named their kid Shithead (pronounced Shi-thead of course)? I remember reading a great takedown from someone here about why that kind of subtle racism is especially insidious. I'm having a hard time finding it through searches. Anyone remember what I'm talking about?
posted by 2bucksplus to MetaFilter-Related at 2:08 PM PST - 112 comments

HTML formated text goes poof.

It would be really nice if we got a warning when HTML formated text is not going to show up on a post preview instead of it just being deleted from the text box. Thanks for all the hard work!
posted by Brent Parker to Feature Requests at 9:06 AM PST - 51 comments

Five Golden Malls -- the fifth year of the MeFi Shops

It's that time of year when people who like that sort of thing can buy/sell stuff to/from other people who like that sort of thing. Last year we had about sixty participants. Interested in being involved in this year's Shops by MeFites? Read on... [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 8:12 AM PST - 55 comments

November 28

MeTa Book Club's Intro to The Known World

MeTa Book Club Notice: We are nearing the end of the Open Yale syllabus! The penultimate book is Edward P. Jones' highly praised first novel, The Known World. [more inside]
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 1:21 PM PST - 4 comments

November 27

Help with links

I'm really sorry, but I am nowhere near as computer savvy as the rest of you. Could someone please explain to me (with small words; talk to me like I'm four) how to make links? Possibly relevant: I'm never on a real computer, I only have an iPhone. (yes, weird, I know.)
posted by Weeping_angel to MetaFilter-Related at 2:38 PM PST - 78 comments

Ponies on Safari

Three ponies for mobile browsers: remove posts from Recent Activity, go to my own comment after posting it (instead of the top of the page) and the ability to make a new post. Safari on ios 5 here.
posted by desjardins to Feature Requests at 6:34 AM PST - 54 comments

November 26

Find the derivative

Biggest comment-to-favorite ratios? [more inside]
posted by curuinor to MetaFilter-Related at 1:41 PM PST - 40 comments

Pre-emptive moderation considered bad?

Pre-emptive moderation considered bad? [more inside]
posted by lupus_yonderboy to Etiquette/Policy at 9:29 AM PST - 101 comments

November 25

mod abuse

Is it just me, or do we have a little new moderator problem with post and comment deletions? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot to Etiquette/Policy at 10:09 AM PST - 615 comments

The Extended Remix MefiSwap 2012-1

Happy Friday! It's time to sign up for the no-stress extended remix MeFiSwap! [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 8:53 AM PST - 112 comments

November 24


Secret quonsor wtf? So, in the Secret Quonsar swap I seem to have drawn someone who turns out to have done their PhD (last year) in my husband's department. Is there something in the algorithm that makes that more likely than the absolutely bizarre unlikelihood I would have thought it had?
posted by lollusc to MetaFilter-Related at 5:23 PM PST - 77 comments

November 23

Are drive-by questioners becoming a problem?

Are drive-by questioners good, bad, or indifferent? I've noticed a recent increase (I'm going to avoid specific links since this is more about policy than specific examples) of people who ONLY ask questions and don't otherwise contribute to MeFi or AskMe. Is this a problem or not? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ to Etiquette/Policy at 5:47 AM PST - 124 comments

November 22

A couple changes to make making Greasemonkey scripts more straightforward, please?

A couple changes to make making Greasemonkey scripts more straightforward, please? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie to Feature Requests at 10:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Pony request: option to disable editor shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts in the editor (which I think are recent since I haven't noticed them before?) clash with OS X's text-area shortcuts. Specifically, ^B for bold steps on the systemwide ^B for "move cursor back one character". Can we have a user preference to disable these?
posted by spitefulcrow to Feature Requests at 9:35 AM PST - 29 comments

MetaTalk Holiday Post Queue

It's almost time for another major US holiday and we're trying something new here at MetaTalk this Thanksgiving: a post queue. [more inside]
posted by pb to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 AM PST - 241 comments

November 19

A random MeFite is better than a random person from the hostel, right? Right???

Metafilter travel buddy matchup? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated to Feature Requests at 7:58 PM PST - 76 comments

Occupy that area over there, out of peoples' way.

Why is all news about the Occupy movement being funneled into a single thread? [more inside]
posted by edguardo to Etiquette/Policy at 11:19 AM PST - 192 comments

Thread bookmarking for recent activity

Recently active pony: Is there a way to see recent activity since specific, non-self comments? Or some other way to bookmark threads? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. to Feature Requests at 9:39 AM PST - 16 comments

November 18

Notes from the Metafilter research panel at AoIR's 12th conference

So, four mefites collaborated on a Metafilter-themed panel last month at at the Association of Internet Researchers's 12th annual Internet Research conference, and we thought we'd go ahead and share our presentation notes and such. Come on in! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 3:55 PM PST - 59 comments


Standards for science news posts? [more inside]
posted by nangar to Etiquette/Policy at 11:59 AM PST - 49 comments

Great N00b Influx of '04

Wow. It's just occurred to me that it was 7 years ago today that I signed up during the Great N00b Influx of '04. The day when, officially, this place started going to the dogs (in a good way). [more inside]
posted by veedubya to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 AM PST - 135 comments

It's a wonderful piebald Falabella pony

Could Recent Activity and Favourites be somehow colour-coded? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur to Feature Requests at 6:57 AM PST - 29 comments

November 17


How do I make a hyperlink on an AskMefi post? [more inside]
posted by dthm42 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:57 PM PST - 35 comments


Per Request by the man himself... "Take it to MeTa" [more inside]
posted by symbioid to MetaFilter-Related at 2:17 PM PST - 214 comments

Singling out the best single links

What are the best single-link posts in MeFi history? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaFilter-Related at 2:12 PM PST - 45 comments

For The Bestest Most Best'ed Comments Ever

Pony: a 'best-answer' kind of highlight on the comment that currently has the most favorites, at any given time, in any given thread. Better yet, what if each comment actually had a "best comment in thread" link next to the "+", and the comment currently with the most votes for "best" would be highlighted in the thread? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan to Feature Requests at 1:35 PM PST - 58 comments

Instagram on Profiles

Pony request: add Instagram as a social app on profiles. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis to Feature Requests at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Back button loop in chrome?

Infinite back button loop in chrome? [more inside]
posted by empath to Bugs at 9:52 AM PST - 18 comments

My middle finger is lazy

I use the mobile site on my phone fairly often. There's a convenient little jump to menu button, but the lovely links start with Mefi and Ask and Meta and have Recent Activity 12th, after things like My Preferences and Profile which I have never used on the mobile site. On the other hand, I use Recent Activity all the time. Can it get moved towards the top of the menu (or to the very top, like all the subparts if you are already in recent activity)? [more inside]
posted by jeather to Feature Requests at 9:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Is this really deletion worthy?

This hasn't been voted on yet, so let's wait and see what happens before posting. Respectfully, I think this is a terrible deletion reason. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 6:57 AM PST - 123 comments

November 16

flaggy pony wants more flags

Pony request: Flag categories to move negativity into the flagging system and out of the comments [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl to Feature Requests at 3:24 PM PST - 110 comments

Take your time

There should be a 15 minute waiting period after an FPP is live on the Blue before anyone can post a comment on it. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue to Feature Requests at 9:13 AM PST - 290 comments [closed]

November 15

Stop Censorship Banners

What's that black thing on the logo? MetaFilter is participating in American Censorship Day to help draw attention to a bill in congress that could hurt sites with user-contributed content—sites like MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by pb to MetaFilter-Related at 10:24 PM PST - 126 comments

Men of metafilter: A call to arms!

C'mon men of Metafilter. We need to up our Kiva loans! [more inside]
posted by Diag to MetaFilter-Related at 6:30 PM PST - 44 comments

Dual minor pony request

Dual (Falabella) pony request
  • Support for limited image upload for use in AskMe threads
  • Support for pagination of threads (even as little-documented URL edit feature)
[more inside]
posted by hincandenza to Feature Requests at 2:07 PM PST - 45 comments

blink. marquee. img src.

I was searching for hilarious elephant gifs that use to fill the older days with such warmth and kindness among members, in light of this latest dust up, and instead came across a word count on Google.
posted by four panels to Etiquette/Policy at 12:42 PM PST - 44 comments

November 14

Big text for small screens

Does the mobile stylesheet need the <small> tag? [more inside]
posted by zamboni to Feature Requests at 6:56 AM PST - 73 comments

November 13

threadshitters, trolls, and FPPs in general

Please, don't stop. It's just one post! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight to MetaFilter-Related at 5:18 PM PST - 620 comments


Are any mefites on Diaspora? I just got my invite and I see three other people there who are following #metafilter, but I bet there's more of you. I'd like to systematically add mefites as contacts, so if you are on there and want to be added, please either follow #metafilter, or contact me.
posted by lollusc to MetaFilter-Related at 5:08 PM PST - 26 comments

We need to talk.

This just might be the best AskMe troll I've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM PST - 41 comments [closed]

November 12

Cortex, your staff is broken.

In this old MetaTalk thread, cortex's staff icon isn't displaying for me. [more inside]
posted by Errant to Bugs at 7:58 PM PST - 56 comments

Ghost in the machine - bad moderating

Ninja Editing / Deleting by Moderators - how's about we see a bit of smoke? [more inside]
posted by Cheradine Zakalwe to Etiquette/Policy at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

December Awesome Post Contest?

Is there an interest in (or plan to have) another December awesome post contest this year? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to MetaFilter-Related at 9:44 AM PST - 23 comments

MeFi is getting gamed.

MeFi is getting gamed. [more inside]
posted by clarknova to Etiquette/Policy at 4:55 AM PST - 83 comments [closed]

November 11

When we hope each other

Is there a running list of Ask MeFi posts where we worked together to help strangers in serious trouble? What posts would you put on that list? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Keep Unread

Pony request: "Keep unread" for MeMail. [more inside]
posted by griphus to Feature Requests at 12:33 PM PST - 40 comments

secret quonsar 2011: Signups are Open!

It's secret quonsar time again! The randomized draw will be on American Thanksgiving, November 24, and the send by date is Monday, December 5. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, November 22. Spending Limit: $15. Note: We are doing things a bit differently this year. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 12:21 PM PST - 183 comments

Can't favorite on AskMe

Can't favorite anything on AskMe. Clicking a + takes me to the top of the page and does not add a favorite. No problems on MetaTalk or the blue. [more inside]
posted by marble to Bugs at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm first I'm first.

What was the first post and/or comment made on Metafilter? How about AskMe? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 AM PST - 39 comments

Meet the sexiest mefites

Mefi Magazine's sexiest mefite entries are now posted and the poll is live. Voting is open to mefites and non-mefites alike. Reading the entries is sexy. Voting is sexy. Poll closes at the end of November 13th. [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered to MetaFilter-Related at 8:11 AM PST - 66 comments

A chip off the old... dirt?

Congratulations to dirtdirt & his wife on the birth of their second son, Elliott, earlier this week! [more inside]
posted by questionsandanchors to MetaFilter-Related at 7:16 AM PST - 45 comments

question about deletion

Is my deleted question really unanswerable? [more inside]
posted by bearette to Etiquette/Policy at 6:25 AM PST - 57 comments

Numerology aside, it is still rememberance day.

Apparently I'm one of two or three people who finds this post massively disrespectful and flippant. After having a few (admittedly ill considered) posts deleted and being told to take it to MetaTalk here I am.
posted by Grimgrin to Etiquette/Policy at 4:43 AM PST - 119 comments

November 10

Where deleted meta threads go to die.

Is there still a page that shows all the deleted Metafilter threads? Because I was interested in the Occupy Oakland thread that was posted today, and I'd like to see the outcome of what happened to it. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 to Feature Requests at 10:52 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Passive-aggressive preview page

Irritable-old-man-pony request: could AskMe guidelines go directly on the new-question page, at least the list of things that don't make a great question? Or maybe... [more inside]
posted by supercres to Feature Requests at 6:19 PM PST - 22 comments

I gots a rep. to protect, man.

Bookmarking vs reputation - What is the purpose of the 'favorites' functionality? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts to Etiquette/Policy at 5:46 PM PST - 105 comments

Steam database compromised

Steam database compromised [more inside]
posted by Durn Bronzefist to Bugs at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Nazi Medicine Post on Mefi?

I think I saw a post on the site a year or so ago about the ethics of using Nazi medical data in modern science. [more inside]
posted by eleanna to MetaFilter-Related at 2:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Nascent projects

I'm in the very early stages of developing a web app. Its not close to being ready for MeFi projects, imo, but I'd love to get some MeFite feedback on what I have so far! What is the proper channel for something like this?
posted by AceRock to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Lack of posts since yesterday morning?

Am I crazy or is it strange that there's no posts since yesterday at 7:15 am on the blue, and the subfilters since before that? I'm just wondering if there's a problem or we've suddenly gone quiet or busy or what. I miss my mefi.
posted by symbioid to MetaFilter-Related at 6:37 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

November 9

Anonymous Questions Update

We've noticed a slight uptick in the number of anonymous questions submitted recently, and we've found that sometimes the questions don't provide the context we need to approve them. So with that in mind we added a small change to the anonymous question form at Ask MetaFilter to help with that. We're now asking why the question should be anonymous. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 3:22 PM PST - 85 comments

Cleanup on aIsleRL

Could we revisit the close-a-proposed-meetup thing on IRL? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Feature Requests at 2:21 PM PST - 40 comments

Holiday Gift Drive 2011

Hello all, it's time once again for the (3rd!) annual holiday gift drive. Step right in for more information on how you can get involved. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 11:43 AM PST - 75 comments

Opera javascript bug

Clicking "Favorite" brings up a javascript error message in Opera. Is this a known bug with a known fix? [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 to Bugs at 9:09 AM PST - 20 comments

RIP Nancy Haughey (1946-2011)

RIP Nancy Haughey (1946-2011). A mother and a fighter, all the way to the end.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:38 AM PST - 418 comments

I'm from Metafilter, and I'm here to help.

A member at Occupy Portland fell and suffered a severe concussion. He posted an AskMe question that made it pretty apparent that he was still suffering and was probably not able to care for himself. The signal was sent out and ottereroticist swooped in and, with an assist from Troll, brought him to the hospital, gave him cab fare to get back the next day and orders to check in.
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 4:45 AM PST - 181 comments

November 8

Gotta say it was a good day?

Do the mods ever get to say "Gotta say it was a good day?" [more inside]
posted by Trurl to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 PM PST - 110 comments

Enough already, dude.

Why the hell is every second comment in this thread by empath? Yeah, I'm exaggerating, the real number is more like every sixth comment, but fuck, man, 35 comments in a thread with just over 200 comments is ab-so-fuckin-lutely ridiculous. I may not even have brought this up if it were in anyway an isolated example, but it drives me nuts and keeps me from commenting in empath-dominated threads. [more inside]
posted by gman to Etiquette/Policy at 12:58 PM PST - 316 comments

In the Red corner

Damn, I really loathe the "lost their battle to cancer" cliche. This thread. So as to not derail the Joe Fraser thread even more, I thought this might be an appropriate place to sort this one out. Apologies if this is considered incorrect use of Meta. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco to Etiquette/Policy at 12:51 PM PST - 120 comments


Curious about the weird this-is-so-not-Metafilter-related mail we get at the contact form? Then you might enjoy Thank You For Contacting Metafilter, aka Shit My Contact Form Says, a tumblr we've put together in the last few days. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 AM PST - 232 comments

Chili history...

It's that time of year (at least in my hemisphere)... Did anything like this metafilter Chili Cookoff ever happen? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld to MetaFilter-Related at 8:00 AM PST - 14 comments

November 7

3 comments, you're ...

What's the record for consecutive closed-after-3-comment metas? [more inside]
posted by philip-random to MetaFilter-Related at 3:38 PM PST - 90 comments

Is IRFH okay?

It's Raining Florence Henderson's account is disabled. Just wondering if anyone knows if he's okay, taking a break...?
posted by Specklet to MetaFilter-Related at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

"How much can you know yourself if you've never been in a fight?"

Have you ever been in a fight? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill to MetaFilter-Related at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

November 6

Cannot remove deleted threads from recent activity.

Bug, or just me? Cannot remove deleted threads from recent activity. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom to Bugs at 3:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Verboten Schmoten

This post was deleted for the following reason: Pretty thin for a notoriously hot-button issue; there might be a way to do this, but as a stand-alone – not so much. -- taz [more inside]
posted by troll to Etiquette/Policy at 12:36 PM PST - 334 comments

Plumbing the Depths of AskMeFi

Best breakup advice on MeFi? [more inside]
posted by glaucon to MetaFilter-Related at 9:55 AM PST - 34 comments

November 4

Your Plus is in my Reader

Matt Haughey and his random tweet lead to a larger soapbox for him to complain about the changes to his beloved Google reader [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl to MetaFilter-Related at 8:13 PM PST - 98 comments

Self-deletion request

Saying "Wouldn't it be funny if..." near a crowded theatre? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow to Etiquette/Policy at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

shortcuts for bold and italics

Would it be possible to have keyboard shortcuts (like ctrl-b and ctrl-i) for bold and italic formatting when composing posts and comments? I would envision it automatically putting the correct tags around whatever is highlighted. I don't use a mouse much when I compose stuff, and it would feel oh-so-good to ctrl-shift-arrow highlight, and then ctrl-b. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to Feature Requests at 2:07 PM PST - 80 comments

MetaFilter: erudite dialog

Apparently we're erudite! And beloved by children (or something...) [more inside]
posted by libraryhead to MetaFilter-Related at 1:07 PM PST - 148 comments

Music pony request

Pony request: Total play and download counts on Music tracks.
posted by empath to Feature Requests at 8:20 AM PST - 35 comments

Moderator provoceteurs.

Why is video evidence of a police officer breaking the law not considered FPP worthy? Why, when subsequently posted (read: buried) in a thread two days old, 330+ comments large, and long-since derailed, is that post deleted as well?
posted by Civil_Disobedient to Etiquette/Policy at 5:23 AM PST - 77 comments [closed]

November 3

200,00 AskMe Questions

AskMe post 200,000 happened today. It's just 20k shy of double the number of posts on Metafilter.
posted by Brent Parker to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM PST - 52 comments

November 2

No kickstarter links

No kickstarter links? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle to Feature Requests at 4:37 PM PST - 45 comments


I just wanted to thank everyone who has shared their personal stories, outrage, opinions, wisdom and advice in this thread. [more inside]
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 4:15 PM PST - 166 comments

Official 2011 Halloween Costume Thread

Here it is, ghouls and goblins...the (sort of) annual, mod-approved Halloween costume MeTa! Go on with your scary selves, and show us what you got! [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to MetaFilter-Related at 6:41 AM PST - 126 comments

November 1

Weirdo alert! No, wait...

Welcome MeFi's own Jeff Vandermeer, who says he's just popping his head in on Scattercat's post on The Weird, but it would be lovely if we could entice him to stay.
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 3:14 PM PST - 47 comments

Trying to find Cooking for n00bs questions on

I'm having stupid-brain when it comes to finding a specific kind of cooking-for-total-newbies question on Ask. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful to MetaFilter-Related at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Academic study - motivations to answer on Q&A sites

AcademicStudyFilter: What motivates answers on a Q&A site? [more inside]
posted by k8t to MetaFilter-Related at 12:12 PM PST - 56 comments

Interesting Mefite Blogs

Which interesting Mefite blogs do you follow? I know of some: blort, languagehat and bibliodyssey. Tell me more!
posted by beshtya to MetaFilter-Related at 5:28 AM PST - 85 comments

One of these things is not (apparently) like the other.

Is seems curious to me that this post was deleted for editorialising while this post remained. [more inside]
posted by unSane to Etiquette/Policy at 4:39 AM PST - 77 comments

Who is Mefi's sexiest Mefite?

Who is Mefi's sexiest Mefite? Make your case here.
posted by Wolof to MetaFilter-Related at 3:34 AM PST - 188 comments