November 2012 Archives (all archives)

November 30

Hey, I recognize that tattoo…

MeFi's OwnTM Juliet Banana was recently featured in Momentum Magazine. [more inside]
posted by Lexica to MetaFilter-Related at 4:18 PM PST - 49 comments


Polite request: if you post an AskMe question about a city - where to find so and so in so and so [city], tag it with the [city]. Thanks!
posted by plexi to Feature Requests at 3:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Find me AskMes about gently and efficiently getting kids out of the next, please

I promise that I Googled and searched with the on-site engine, but I just can't find things I know for sure are there - namely, AskMe questions about getting young adult children to gain independence. [more inside]
posted by SMPA to MetaFilter-Related at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

November 29

Looking out onto the ash-filled street, the poetry of T.S. Eliot seems more poignant than ever.

When the apocalypse comes, MetaFilter will be there.
posted by shakespeherian to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 AM PST - 148 comments

November 28

Doxxing Policy

I'm going to an IRL meetup later today, and as an extrovert I love meeting new people, adding them to my friends list on FB, and inviting them to fun things. However, I like to maintain boundaries between my online and offline personas, and my privacy will take precedence over establishing new friendships in 99% of all situations. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:30 AM PST - 285 comments

November 27

Mining the HiveMind

Is there a good way to have volunteer Mefites critique my grad school personal statement without asking an AskMe? [more inside]
posted by Katine to Etiquette/Policy at 2:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Greasemonkey hacks

Grease my monkey, guvnor: Greasemonkey scripts get talked about a lot in Metatalk comments, and they seem pretty useful. I would like to ask our more Greasemonkey-oriented friends to recommend the best ones and discuss their experience of installing and using them. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan to MetaFilter-Related at 5:57 AM PST - 79 comments

November 26

Pony Request: Stop a scaled up inline YT player from snapping to the centered position

Pony Request: Stop the Youtube inline player from re-centering itself on a scaled up page on an ipad. The Close link is unavailable when the player is scaled up, and won't work. [more inside]
posted by disclaimer to Feature Requests at 6:40 PM PST - 6 comments

My Penis is Anonymous But Yours Isn't

I love Ask and I embrace the legitimate need for anonymity, but I seem to be noticing an increasing number of questions where the asker is abusing Ask by hiding behind anonymity while expecting forthright and revealing answers from other members. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri to Etiquette/Policy at 10:58 AM PST - 102 comments

The Buddy System Works

How about an FPP mentoring/buddy system? [more inside]
posted by griphus to Feature Requests at 8:53 AM PST - 90 comments

November 25

Best Post Contest for 12/12?

We recently had a August Awesome Post contest. Is there any thought about doing a December one again, as in years past? December is a great time of year, and this contest has often been the icing on the cake! [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to MetaFilter-Related at 1:12 PM PST - 39 comments

November 24

An improvement to how obituaries are done?

It might be time to consider how obituaries are posted on the Blue. [more inside]
posted by jscott to Feature Requests at 7:44 AM PST - 114 comments

November 21

Mefi Holiday Gift Drive for Children!

Hello all you Santas out there! Time once again for our (4th!) annual holiday gift drive for children. Step inside to see how you can help out. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 7:57 PM PST - 82 comments

MetaTalk Holiday Queue Time

With US Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, it's time for another MetaFilter holiday tradition: The MetaTalk Queue. [more inside]
posted by pb to Uptime at 1:03 PM PST - 112 comments

November 19

Excuse me, you're hovering.

Was thinking it could be cool to have the title of posts available as hover text when you hover over the "more inside" or "X comments" links. [more inside]
posted by pwally to Feature Requests at 4:07 PM PST - 73 comments


I'd like to make a Holiday Request. [more inside]
posted by griphus to Etiquette/Policy at 6:54 AM PST - 192 comments

What's the deal with "limerence"?

What's the deal with "limerence"? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 to MetaFilter-Related at 3:54 AM PST - 260 comments

November 18

Cookie swap

In ancient times, our forebearers celebrated the coming of Northern Hemisphere winter with a Cookie Swap. Join the fun! [more inside]
posted by shothotbot to MetaFilter-Related at 8:38 PM PST - 139 comments

Eternal September started in November.

It's been eight years since hell frozenth over! Happy five dollar newb day everyone!
posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter-Related at 6:15 AM PST - 75 comments

November 17

Cats vs MetaFilter

Dear The Internet: We have enough cat videos thank you. [more inside]
posted by eurypteris to Etiquette/Policy at 12:05 PM PST - 240 comments

MeFi's Perfect Movie Channel

Now that activity in it has ceased, can someone go through the Best Movie Channel thread and work out which movies are MeFi's favourites? [more inside]
posted by alby to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 AM PST - 20 comments

November 16

Let's put the cards on the table.

Whether we use them as bookmarks or +1s, many/most of us have multiple things marked as favo(u)rite. But let's get real here for a second: if you really had to name one favo(u)rite post and/or one favo(u)rite comment -- right now, that's it, that's all you get -- what would it be?
posted by davidjmcgee to MetaFilter-Related at 7:12 PM PST - 119 comments

November 15

Mr Haughey amusingly discusses MetaFilter

An interesting and entertaining interview of MetaFilter user #1 by Colin Marshall. It's a free podcast, an hour in length.
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter-Related at 5:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Does posting text of the article as a description count as editorializing?

Just wondering why this post was deleted. The text of the FPP was simply a copy/paste of the article posted. [more inside]
posted by czytm to Etiquette/Policy at 9:53 AM PST - 26 comments

November 14

Hanukkah is early this year and so is the MeFi Mall!

After five years the MeFi Mall is going self-service. Sort of. 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 over seventy participants. Interested in being involved in this year's Shops by MeFites? Read on... [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 3:04 PM PST - 51 comments

Just because you didn't say "go fuck yourself" doesn't mean you were civil

The Zwarte Pieten thread is grotesque. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty to Etiquette/Policy at 12:29 PM PST - 234 comments

Has Mitt Romney Eaten at Guy’s American Kitchen Yet???

Which has more deleted reposts -- Guy Fieri or the US election? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 12:17 PM PST - 96 comments

Support for 99% Invisible is provided by Ask Metafilter.

Support for 99% Invisible is provided by Ask Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor to MetaFilter-Related at 10:23 AM PST - 25 comments

November 13

Sometimes We Do Good

It shall be brought to MetaTalk's attention that This Thread Is Best Thread.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter-Related at 7:50 PM PST - 151 comments

Hummus for Us

In light of this post, I would like for the extraordinary Hummus Makers of Metafilter to share their Hummus Recipes, please!!
posted by whimsicalnymph to MetaFilter-Related at 10:17 AM PST - 121 comments

H / L keyboard shortcuts?

My world would be complete if, after navigating up and down through posts using j and k, I could then navigate left and right through the links in the selected post using h and l.
posted by swift to Feature Requests at 8:07 AM PST - 23 comments

November 12

All about sockpuppets, privacy accounts, Brand New Day, and other multiple-mefi account things

Hey there! No big thing, but it's time for a general reminder post about what's okay and what's not with sockpuppets, alternate accounts, Brand New Days, and other multiple-accounts-related stuff on Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by cortex to Etiquette/Policy at 11:24 AM PST - 177 comments


Is it time for another talk about the hipster thing? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen to MetaFilter-Related at 11:14 AM PST - 180 comments

2012 Presidential Prediction Contest Winner

Now that Florida has finished counting votes (always a challenge for us), the 2012 presidential election results are 332 electoral votes for Obama and 206 for Romney -- barring faithless electors. The popular vote is 50.6% Obama, 47.9% Romney and 1.5% other. The Nate Silver Medal for Political Prognostication goes to JKevinKing. J. Kevin was one of 15 people to tie for first in the electoral half of the contest with a perfect prediction. He finished third in the popular vote half, ahead of I am the Walrus and UrineSoakedRube who tied for ninth. The $50 Threadless gift certificate and life-size cardboard Joe Biden are on the way to JKevinKing as soon as I send them. Please keep Joe in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. [more inside]
posted by rcade to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 AM PST - 26 comments

It Gets Better II: Electric Boogaloo

Update on MeFi It Gets Better Project! Deadline approaching: December 1! [more inside]
posted by jph to MetaFilter-Related at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Secret quonsar 2012: Signups Are Open. Let the quonsing begin!

It's secret quonsar time again! The randomized draw will be on American Thanksgiving, November 22, and the send by date is Monday, December 3. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, November 20. The spending guideline: $10-20. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 AM PST - 486 comments

Welcome to MeFi, Bill Roundy

So I posted this post about drawing cartoons about bars in Brooklyn and the cartoonist showed up. Welcome to Metafilter, Bill Roundy.
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter-Related at 1:22 AM PST - 6 comments

November 11

This deletion is racist!

Curious why this thread was deleted. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes to Etiquette/Policy at 4:34 PM PST - 56 comments

November 10

Franken Piano?

Video about breaking apart a piano and making a new instrument? [more inside]
posted by LarryC to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 PM PST - 8 comments

November 9

MetaFilter Wiki's Tenth Anniversary

Ten years ago today adrianhon, MetaFilter Wiki's generous host, announced the creation of MeFi Wiki. It's been a valuable addition to the community since its birth. Thanks Adrian!
posted by RichardP to MetaFilter-Related at 5:04 AM PST - 33 comments

Where was that post about cutup vanity URLs?

Hello! I'm trying to find an old post about vanity URLs. It linked to a cool site where you could type in a domain idea and it would carve it up in fun ways using strange domains. So for 'johnsmith' it would offer not only but also and other options...
posted by Cantdosleepy to MetaFilter-Related at 3:58 AM PST - 5 comments

November 8

make chat permanent.

I'd like to suggest that Chat be a permanent addition to Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky to Feature Requests at 4:10 PM PST - 173 comments

Instagram Web Profiles

Instagram Web Profiles [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM PST - 58 comments

November 7

Ajax for all!

Ajax updates that allow us to see new comments without reloading an entire page have been a wonderful addition to this site. Any chance we could get Ajax posting as well? This would be really helpful in long threads which can crash my browser after I post a comment.
posted by grouse to Feature Requests at 8:33 PM PST - 49 comments

Congrats to newly elected Justice of the Peace Jessamyn West!

So does this mean that the next Great MetaFilter Enspousening will be an IRL mass-wedding held in Braintree, Vermont?
posted by Jacqueline to MetaFilter-Related at 11:44 AM PST - 114 comments

Thanks, y'all.

I want to thank the mods for their stewardship of the site during this U.S. election season. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert to Etiquette/Policy at 10:41 AM PST - 88 comments

AskMe comes through yet again!

Thanks AskMe! Over a year ago I asked for some help with some technology to help my students use their cameras. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling to MetaFilter-Related at 9:49 AM PST - 5 comments

"World round, scientists say; others disagree"

Actual quote and source of (paraphrased): "World round, scientists say; others disagree"? [more inside]
posted by kimota to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

November 6

Thank Metafilter

A Proposal: Thank Metafilter - A place to say thank you long after the fact for people helping you in Ask Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon to Feature Requests at 7:33 PM PST - 17 comments

pb Rocks!!

Thanks to pb for the Ajax updates on threads. Otherwise I suspect that the election thread would break Metafilter tonight with reloading. I've already seen a JRun error or two.
posted by OmieWise to Uptime at 4:42 PM PST - 33 comments

74: LobsterMitten interview

New month, new podcast, this time we interview LobsterMitten on her new role as mod, then go into our favorites from the month. It runs pretty long, around 1hr 45min. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 4:11 PM PST - 51 comments

Election Day Jabber Server

We have live chat right now! You can log in with your brand new MetaFilter Jabber ID. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 10:59 AM PST - 169 comments

November 5

...the primary buffer panel just fell off my gorram post for no apparent reason...

So, I made a post last week and now the main link (the only one above the "more inside") is broken. It's a youtube video that was apparently removed by the copyright holder. What is normally done in these situations? Do y'all summarily delete? Ignore? Is it at all possible (or even worth it) to re-work the post? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Etiquette/Policy at 9:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Election 2012: Domo Arigato, Larry Sabato

The pundits and psychics have already weighed in. Now it's your turn in MetaFilter's (mostly) quadrennial presidential prediction contest. The winner will receive a $50 Threadless gift certificate and a life-size cardboard Joe Biden. To enter, predict the percentage of the vote that President Obama, Mitt Romney and Everybody Else will receive and the number of electoral votes that Obama, Romney and Everybody Else will receive. Entries must be submitted before Dixville Notch, N.H., reports its vote early Tuesday morning. [more inside]
posted by rcade to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 368 comments

secret quonsar 2012 planning time

secret quonsar swap time is fast approaching! Last year, we had hundreds of participants from locations around the world. It was fun. But before we can get to swapping this year, we have a few preliminary things to resolve. Fa la la la la. La. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 5:25 AM PST - 64 comments

MetaFilter Election 2012

What's the plan for US Election Day? Is there going to be one thread continuously updated with the election results or a bunch of them. Conversely, will there be no talk of the 2012 election at all? Do the mods have the day off and will the site be inactive?
posted by Renoroc to MetaFilter-Related at 4:38 AM PST - 172 comments

Help, please : Differences in news magazine covers?

Does anyone remember a post on the Blue, or the Green, or maybe it was here on the Gray, about differences in cover stories published in North America and international editions of news magazines? [more inside]
posted by MelanieL to MetaFilter-Related at 2:39 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

November 4

Comment inflation in Google Reader

I subscribe to AskMe via Google Reader, and the bottom of each post provides a link to the post. The link reads "X comments on this item," where X is always 1 more than the actual number of comments. Not a huge deal, but something I wonder about ever so often. Bug? Ghosts of comments past? [more inside]
posted by illenion to Bugs at 11:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Prison callin' prisencallin omg this is googleproof

Weekend NPR All Things Considered host Guy Raz gets Prisencolinensiainciuol artist on the horn. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 5:52 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

opt into notification for IRL meetups

Feature request: opt-in email or MeMail when a meetup in your city is proposed. [more inside]
posted by gen to Feature Requests at 5:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Wandering nomad works 8 months a year?

Interesting linked site might also be scammy? What do we do? [more inside]
posted by zippy to Etiquette/Policy at 12:39 PM PST - 33 comments

Either this or I'm posting in my sleep

My comment in the Catcher-in-The-Rye thread is showing up with an earlier time stamp than comments ahead of it. I can read everything fine, just wondering if it's A Daylights Savings Time thing or if I/the mods should be concerned.
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Bugs at 1:21 AM PST - 61 comments

November 2

Halp: Googling "your fucking Macbook Pro" didn't bring up any MeFi results.

My Google-fu is failing me: someone posted a comment a while back, probably on the Blue, ranting against the privileged idiocy of "minimalism"/"simplifying your life". It brought up the privileged idiot's Macbook Pro several times, and how they'd like everything in life to be more like it, not realizing that their smooth-lined aluminum shit costs money and most people don't have that. If anyone remembers the comment, I'd greatly appreciate a link!
posted by randomname25 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:44 PM PST - 69 comments

I didn't even ask for this pony, but I'll take it!

Same account, two different browsers - my Theme preference isn't respected in both browsers. I like this "feature," so I'm just mentioning it - not requesting a change. [more inside]
posted by PCup to MetaFilter-Related at 5:40 AM PST - 20 comments

November 1

Tubular Balls

Ready for another awesome MeFi Music collaboration? November's Music Challenge is to create a MeFi version of Tubular Bells. Please drop by and overdub something, and make sure to announce your instrument in true Tubular Style.
posted by unSane to MetaFilter Music at 12:16 PM PST - 30 comments

you can't see them

The eyeball leech derail from the cave thread now has a personal anecdote. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky to Bugs at 7:37 AM PST - 118 comments