November 2022 Archives (all archives)
What The MeFi BIPOC Board Does
MetaFilter’s Global BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Advisory Board wants to share some context and plans with MetaFilter at large. This text is drawn from a conversation the BIPOC Board had with MetaFilter’s newly-elected Steering Committee in September 2022. [more inside]
🔊 📚 🔊 MetaFilter Events: Week 2 🔊 📚 🔊
Week 2 of
Metafilter Events is here! Following Week 1, we’re back with more as we kick off a week about books, fiction and the humanities. (NaNoWriMo participants - this week is calling your name ✨ ) [more inside]
Metatalktail Hour: It's what's inside that counts
Hello and welcome to your weekend, mefites! Since it's been a while, today I'd like to ask you, "what's in your bag?" Clutches, totes, diaper bags, purses, satchels, backpacks, pocketbooks, pouches, wallets — all are welcome to spill their guts here. Show a photo if you're brave enough ... otherwise, just describe the inner life of your bag. [more inside]
Thank you all
Happy Thanksgiving everybody. I don’t celebrate this holiday but every year , I think of great people who have made a difference in my life. This year , it’s all about you mefites who I’m thinking of today. [more inside]
Turkey Day in the MST Club room!
It is Thanksgiving Day, and as is our wanton wont, we are watching the official 2022 Turkey Day marathon (via their YouTube stream) of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in the MST Club room all day long! It started at 7 AM and should be going for quite a while, they have a lot of episodes this year, and they've been "surgically enhanced," meaning they're uprezed and restored! Come join us for a while if that sounds fun!
Can we stop plastering the top of the site with fundraising and community notices? It's incredibly annoying. [more inside]
Friends, our journey creating MeFiGiftGuide2022 has culminated in a fantastic FPP! Now the next stage of our strategy begins: sharing our content across other social networks to bring in more members and grow our community! [more inside]
Thinking ahead to a celebration!
MetaFilter has made so much progress! With both the fundraising and the community involvement. We should think about a celebration! Here are a couple of ideas: 1. We could do something by Zoom the last week of the events. 2. In January, we could designate a weekend where we encourage people to get together for IRL events.
It's Thanksgiving week, so I would like to give a big THANK YOU to the MetaFilter community. I am the least social person, but I check in with MeFi every morning and night. You all, as irascible and argumentative as you may be, are my friends. Thank you, everyone.
Bug warning: MeFi Mail issues
Heads up: Sending MefiMail might silently break. When it doesn’t work, the message is not sent, and it doesn’t show up in your Sent Mail folder. [more inside]
🔊 🎊 🔊 Announcing MetaFilter Events 🔊 🎊 🔊
The inaugural Metafilter Events is finally here! As one of the closing initiatives under our Metafilter Fundraising Drive, our online events series features presentations, workshops and discussions across a fascinating range of topics, themes and perspectives - from Mefites and friends-of-Mefites that have generously volunteered to speak and/or teach on these subjects. Tickets, bundled passes and gift cards are available now, and you can also sponsor fellow Mefites to attend paid events. [more inside]
Metatalktail Hour: Just Curious 💤 😢
Hello metafriends, hello Saturday, hello to everyone's cats and dogs and other babies. My question today is, does anyone remember what sleep is like? It's been so long. I have vague recollections ... but I just can't seem to get a handle on it. [more inside]
📢📢📢 Fundraiser Update 3: With your help, we’re charting a way forward
We’ve blown past our Survive target thanks to you, and are well on our way to being able to 🌱Revive🌱 Metafilter! As we enter the final week of the Metafilter Fundraiser 2022, here’s what you can do to help push the site over the finish line. [more inside]
MetaFilter Gift Swap 2022 THANK YOU!
By tradition, the first gift recipient gets to start the annual swap THANK YOU thread.... [more inside]
Metatalktail Hour: Step up to the plate
Happy Saturday, friends! It's that time of the week again when I ask you to look deep inside yourselves and share what you find. Today you are a delicious canapé. What are you and how do I make you? [more inside]
Display release year on FanFare front page?
When you click into them, FanFare posts show the release year for the movie or show being discussed. ("The 4th Man (1983)"). Can the year also be visible after the title on the Fanfare front page? As the focus of FanFare seems to have shifted away from new releases, this could be helpful in sorting through the posts.
Welcome newbs and noobs
I don't know what the difference is between a newb and a noob, but I know there's nearly a thousand of you. Greetings! How do you do?!
In a rip-snorting manifestation of "Be the MetaFilter You Want to See," DirtyOldTown is on the verge of publishing his 1,000th FanFare post. [more inside]
📢📢📢 Week 2 Fundraiser Update: We need your help to REVIVE Metafilter
We asked Mefites for funds, we opened up site finances to show their dire state, and you stepped up. Today, we’re only $500 a month away from our Survive target!* The community is coming together to keep the lights on at our shared online home. But we need to go further to safeguard Metafilter’s future. It’s time to 🌱Revive Metafilter.🌱 [more inside]
Urgent Site Fundraising Appeal: Who is Responsible for the Banner?
Over the last few days, there have been numerous comments on the Gray, the Blue, the Green, and on MetafilterMeta on Reddit asking why the fundraising banner in the Metafilter menubar isn't communicating the site's fundraising needs both more urgently and more noticeably. It's well-known that not everyone reads the Gray. That means that non-Gray readers, which includes long-time lurkers and friends of the site, are not being well-served here. Who has control over the banner, and why isn't this a priority? [more inside]
MST Club Election Day Show
Mystery Science Theater Club, that odd tiny little corner of MeFi that shows bad and weird movies Thursdays every week, is doing a day-long show on Tuesday for US Election Day, in our video share room. Most of what we'll be showing is riffed material this time, with the expectation that we'll need something cheerful. It is no excuse for not voting if you're in the US, but other than that come on by! [more inside]
2022 MeFi Holiday Card Exchange
It's time for the sixth MeFi Holiday Card Exchange! [more inside]
⭐️ Bid for glory with the Metafilter Fundraising Auction! ⭐️
The Metafilter Auction is now live! Head over to https://www.myminiauction.com/metafilter and place your bids. It’s part of Metafilter’s Fundraising Drive - to contribute directly, visit Help Fund Metafilter! Take a look at the listings and comment below to tell us which ones you love! [more inside]
Approaches to reduce AWS hosting costs
Right now, Metafilter has two major costs. One is people time, mostly for moderation, along with a single part time developer. The people time, of course, is what makes Metafilter Metafilter. We want MORE people time, not less. The other is hosting costs. This, to me, is where the lowest hanging fruit is, because there is not a single member who will be sad if we send less money to Jeff Bezos every month. This is a thread for thinking about how to reduce AWS hosting costs in the timescale of days to weeks while retaining the existing code base and maintaining existing functionality. [more inside]
Proposed: Auto-replace Twitter URLs with Nitter instead
Twitter's descent into becoming naught but a poorly-run distributor of hate speech and adbots is well documented elsewhere on the site. It may no longer be ethical to participate in the Twitter ecosystem. Why give them any of our web traffic, or allow them access to our computers? The proposal is that whenever a URL in a post or comment is being sent to the site, it automatically swaps out "https://twitter.com" with "http://nitter.it" [more inside]
Mefi Mastodon server?
Would there be interest in having a Metafilter Mastodon server? I think this idea has come up a couple of times, though scattered around; having the conversation in one thread might be helpful. [more inside]
Metatalktail Hour: Life of Pie
What's the last pie you made or ate? Tell me pie things, because I love pie. [more inside]
What is MetaFilter worth to you?
As we continue with the fundraising drive to try to keep the lights on here (please donate if you can!), this has had me thinking about what the value of MetaFilter is in my life, relative to other regular expenses I have. The Steering Committee's financial update has made it very clear what it costs to keep MetaFilter running, and the question I've been turning over in my mind is, what is the value that MetaFilter provides for its members? [more inside]
After the Fire – Metafilter Should Consider Replacing Itself
Once Metafilter has stabilized its finances enough to keep the lights on for at least months, instead of weeks, it will be time to give more thought to the longer term. That longer term should include a “spin-off” to increase the user base. [more inside]
AskMe Black Friday Fundraiser
The simple idea: Over the next two weeks, we post some interesting gift questions on AskMe, then on Black Friday, collect those in an FPP and promote the FPP heavily across the internet. I’ve created a project plan and framework, got approval from staff and the supreme council, and am looking for advice and volunteers to help tune this idea into a winner. [more inside]
Advertising a text based website in 2023
I made a TikTok about the user sponsored Metafilter post that Jessamyn created from my suggestion and I'm posting it here in new thread to help spur ideas about putting this text based website on modern day social media. [more inside]
MetaFilter Financial Update, November 2022
In preparation for the 2022 Fundraising Drive, the MetaFilter Steering Committee has been trawling through the site’s finances and fundraising history. Here’s what we’ve found - and why we’re asking you to contribute to funding the site. [more inside]
Metafilter Wants You - Fundraiser Week 1 update!
Seven days into our fundraiser, here’s an update on where we stand. (Click here to help fund Metafilter). [more inside]
It's November!! Join the Metafilter Strava Club!!
Did you know there is a Metafilter Club on Strava? And you are invited!!! [more inside]