December 2005 Archives (all archives)

December 31

Followup: home theater askme nets positive results

AskMeFi followup - nearly 4 months ago, I asked this question about home theater searching. Ultimately, the guidance from that thread led me to save up for and purchase an appropriate unit. Once I got the DVD player to output the right Dolby variant, we've been basking in good sound. Thanks, Civil_Disobediant and misterbrandt!
posted by plinth to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Why doesn't the new comment count coincide with what I have and have not read?

Hi, I've been following metafilter since 2000-2001 but just recently registered an account. One feature I notice is the "new comments" count. This count rarely seems to coincide with what I actually have and have not read. What criteria does the system use to determine the appropriate "new" comment amount?
posted by mulligan to MetaFilter-Related at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

User Maps

Link to a map on user page? As long as you have the coordinates, creating a link consisting of "" would be trivial. Pardon me if this has been suggested already, but I scanned the threads on the lat/long feature and didn't see it.
posted by George_Spiggott to Feature Requests at 11:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Occasionally, I am reminded why I shouldn't read the comments here.

Occasionally, I am reminded why I shouldn't read the comments here.

I guess I'm soft-hearted or something, but I thought that yankeefog's link was a pretty good one: inspiring, heart-warming, maybe a little fluffy, but it's the holidays. So, after I read the article, I clicked back to the comments and the first half dozen replies are people whining about having to register to read it. Particularly annoying is thirteenkiller's one word dismissal. I'm sure a lot of thought went into that. I mean, what purpose does that kind of post serve other than to make yourself look like a complete dick? Seriously, you have time to dress up your user page with ironic hideously stupid rainbow shit, but you don't have time to swipe a password from bugmenot? Yeesh.
posted by MegoSteve to Etiquette/Policy at 8:04 AM PST - 54 comments

Desperately seeking search

Please bring back some kind of built-in search capability.
posted by killdevil to Feature Requests at 6:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We're already well into it here in New Zealand, and I hope that as the rest of you catch up, yours get as good a start as mine.
posted by The Monkey to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 AM PST - 19 comments

December 30

AskMe Followups?

ponyrequest: was thinking, how about some sort of followup feature to askme? there are some questions that a few weeks after they are asked, i wonder...what ever happened? (mi)
posted by ShawnString to Feature Requests at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

microcapital venture capital fund

Let's start a metafilter microcapital venture capital fund, and some other thoughts on mefi projects. mi
posted by Paris Hilton to MetaFilter-Related at 7:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Complete lists of MeFi and AskMe tags - gone?

Complete lists of MeFi and AskMe tags - gone?
posted by hangashore to Bugs at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

black Americans on MeFi?

No offense or anything, but I am also curious to know how many black Americans are posting to Metafilter. Someone posted this to Metafilter and it looks like it was deleted. I am also curious. raise yr hand in this thread.
posted by dydecker to MetaFilter-Related at 12:28 PM PST - 126 comments

SF New Year's Meetup

Where's the (SF) Bay Area New Year's Eve MeFi party?
posted by Rash to Bugs at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

"Pedophilia" comment in torture discussion

Rothko I bow to your knowledge of pedophilia.
posted by orthogonality to Etiquette/Policy at 7:12 AM PST - 48 comments [closed]

December 29

Anonymous Posting

Roughly how long does it take for a question to be posted after someone submits an Anonymous post to Ask Metafilter?
posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 11:57 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

May I suggest that the "My Profile" link be changed to "My Contacts"

May I suggest that the "My Profile" link be changed to "My Contacts". [a little more inside]
posted by birdsquared to Feature Requests at 10:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does font size change after login?

Why does font size change after login?

When I come directly to (front page), the body text is displayed at what looks to be the default size for my browser. However, as soon as I click the Login link and login, when I am returned to the FPP, the font size being displayed is now larger.

Using Firefox 1.5, WinXP
posted by Dunwitty to Bugs at 8:02 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Metatalk layout in Firefox unusual

At least in Firefox for Mac, the layout of Metatalk is weird. There's no lefthand margin; and the top of the page contains these links, etc.:

MetaTalk is a discussion area for topics specific to MetaFilter itself, ranging from bug reports to feature requests to questions of content. The posts are sorted by date, and tagged by category.

Some helpful links:

MetaFilter meetups that are in progress, being planned, and/or coming soon

MeFi Status Blog

The Guide to MetaFilter Wiki/FAQ

All sorts of extra MetaFilter stuff

Subscribe to MetaTalk via RSS Feeds:
RSS feed of this page Subscribe in NewsGator Online Subscribe via Bloglines
posted by ParisParamus to Bugs at 7:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Philly Meetup

Philly meetup? I’m in South Jersey until about January 12th, and would love to meet up with some local (tri-state and beyond…) MeFites. Who’s game?
posted by amro to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Updated Mefi stats through December 2005

Andy at has updated his Mefi stats through December 2005.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 4:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Inciting a felony?

Ask.MetaFelony? Posts like this one seem to be Ask.Metafilter assisting someone to commit a felony. I know we have recently seen other criminally-related Ask.Me posts deleted, so why is this one allowed to stand?
posted by crazyray to Etiquette/Policy at 11:42 AM PST - 77 comments

jonmc reaches peak thread comment volume

I would just like to congratulate johnmc on no less than 45 posts in a single thread.
posted by furtive to Etiquette/Policy at 10:00 AM PST - 368 comments [closed]

FeatureRequest: MeFi bookmarks.

FeatureRequest: MeFi bookmarks. I would love, on AskMeFi and MeFi, to be able to click "bookmark this link", and then be able to go to a page that lists those links I have bookmarked. Ideally sortable by post date and last comment date, searchable by keyword, but the sort/search isn't totally necessary.

"Why not bookmark it in IE/Mozilla?" Well, call me picky but I really prefer to reserve browser bookmarks for main pages of sites I visit ALL the time (i.e. MeFi/AskMeFi). It'd be nice to have a local archive of the stuff I'm tracking and want to keep coming back to.
posted by twiggy to Feature Requests at 8:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Can we use Projects to suggest future projects?

Question about MeFi Projects - Is it acceptable to post an idea for a project in the hopes that others will be interested and want to help out? Or is MeProj just for projects that are already in progress?
posted by Afroblanco to Etiquette/Policy at 1:05 AM PST - 21 comments

December 28

MeFi on Google Earth

All MeFi members plotted on Google Earth (screenshot of the Western US). To load it into Google Earth, go to Add, Network Link, then put in in the location field. Wait a minute or so for the file and all points to load and you should be good to go.

That file will be periodically updated, but for now you can zoom around and see who is near you on a grand scale.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 8:21 PM PST - 101 comments

Does anyone have a cached version of my old MeFi profile page

LongShotFilter: Does anyone have a cached version of my old MeFi profile page? [MI]
posted by sjvilla79 to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 PM PST - 8 comments

another lat/long bug?

another lat/long bug? i saw the comment about integers only and tried to change mine. but although i enter "-33" the value stays at "-33.4".
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 2:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Choose map/lat-long or zipcode

Is there any way to make it possible to choose between the map/lat-long feature and the zipcode list or list without a map? [mi]
posted by dame to Feature Requests at 2:21 PM PST - 75 comments


Self link
posted by ryanrs to Etiquette/Policy at 12:55 PM PST - 61 comments

Profile Bug

I want to update my other preferences, but I don't want to enter my latitude/longtiude. Trying to do so leads me to an error page about my lat/long coordinates.
posted by hooray to Bugs at 12:54 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Request: An RSS feed for Best Marked Answers page

Request: An RSS feed for Best Marked Answers page
posted by unceman to Feature Requests at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm not able to add latitude and longitude on my profile.

I cannot add latitude/longitude to my userpage. More inside.
posted by matteo to Bugs at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Tag lists aren't up to date.

As previously reported, tag lists appeear to be non-current. specifically
posted by Ogre Lawless to Bugs at 9:29 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

"follow-up icon"

random request: there should be something like a clickable "follow-up icon" that connects old original threads with eventual follow-ups
posted by suni to Feature Requests at 7:08 AM PST - 11 comments

MeFi Hall of Shame

MeFi Hall of Shame: Since there has been great *read WHY THE HELL ARE THEY THERE??* threads, why don't we look back at the absoulute worst threads (Self links, troll attemps, etc)? Maybe we can learn from these.
posted by wheelieman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Self link

Self link.
posted by agropyron to Etiquette/Policy at 4:36 AM PST - 54 comments

a portion of the site?

Why doesn't metafilter add a portion of the site which shows interrelated links between sites that have been linked and tagged by users on the various metafilter domains, including users own homepages, projects, etc.
posted by cell divide to Feature Requests at 12:34 AM PST - 6 comments

December 27

a flagging option on MeFi Projects

This—combined with this—makes me wonder if there needs to be a flagging option on MeFi Projects.
posted by interrobang to Etiquette/Policy at 3:51 PM PST - 54 comments

This thread is a disaster.

This thread is a disaster. It has such a long pissing match in it that advances nothing that I simply cannot see going click-click-click all the way through the noise to flag each off-topic post. I feel like I need a button for "there's so many violating posts in this thread I cannot possibly flag them all individually and still have time for 3 squares and 8 hours of sleep in a day." [mi]
posted by phearlez to Feature Requests at 1:11 PM PST - 125 comments

How do I search for links on Metafilter?

This might be a pony request, I'm not sure, though...

While doing a bit of research for a possible FPP in the blue, (to avoid posting something that already had been) I was wondering if there was a way to search MeFi for given links.

In other words, say I found some new, interesting information about a widget that had already been discussed on MeFi - sort of a follow-up, hey, lookit what they're doing now-kind-of-thing.

Is there any way to quickly check if the sites I found had already been linked without reading through pages and pages of comments and multiple threads to make sure it hadn't already happened on MeFi? A straight URL checker or something? Or is there a search-engine technique I'm ignorant of that would prove useful. Finally, should I have taken this to AskMeFi?
posted by TeamBilly to Etiquette/Policy at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Notification of need to cooperate with LEO?

I've noticed that many AskMe threads (like this one) dealing with potential crimes and/or civil suits could be subpoened as evidence if the right person connected the dots. Should there be a notice on the anonymous question page that Metafilter may be compelled by law to release the IP address of anonymous posters?
posted by justkevin to Feature Requests at 6:48 AM PST - 40 comments

Is this chatfilter and do we want it?

Chatfilter? There's no "problem to be solved" and "each answer is equally valid". Which from what I understand is the normative definition of chat filter. I don't have a problem with chatfilter, but perhaps we could get some clarification, or fixing of the rules.
posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:12 AM PST - 10 comments

December 26

AskMe deletion

My Askme question, about a DVD that was burned on a PC that wouldn't work on my Mac, was deleted for no other seeming reason than that it mentioned P2P. [More inside]
posted by God to Etiquette/Policy at 11:47 PM PST - 132 comments [closed]

Cleanup on aisle 47857...

Cleanup on aisle 47857... Aw, to hell with it. I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
posted by loquacious to Etiquette/Policy at 11:40 PM PST - 202 comments

Your typical callout

like the piece of shit, worthless fucking nobody you are. aw, somebody got a lump of coal in his stocking.
posted by quonsar to Etiquette/Policy at 9:36 PM PST - 26 comments

Obituary Threads

MeFi obituary posts: Good, Bad and Ugly. Resolved: If you can't be bothered to find anything interesting about the person beyond a syndicated news story announcing their death or a slim encyclopedia-esque entry, you should let someone who does care post the obit to the front page.
posted by mediareport to Etiquette/Policy at 7:42 PM PST - 35 comments

[results 01 - 79 here]

Showing results 51 - 79 of 79 answers by carsonb:

[results 01 - 79 here]
posted by carsonb to Bugs at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Who needs a best answer?

Suggestion for user page:

change this:
and 16 questions and 215 answers to Ask MetaFilter
to this:
and 16 questions (3 missing a Best Answer) and 215 answers to Ask MetaFilter

posted by Kickstart70 to Feature Requests at 6:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Can we have the italics, bold and link buttons on the customize page, please?

Small pony please Santa. How about the 'i, B, link' buttons on the 'Customize' page? I'm not a(n) HTML samurai so that would really help someone like me when doing a mega-lazy/basic user-page layout.
posted by Frasermoo to Feature Requests at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Mexico City meetup?

Mexico City meetup? I'll be there January 1st-7th. Anyone want to get together?
posted by scarabic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Berlin Meetup

Anyone interested in a meetup around New Year's Eve in Berlin, Germany? Are there at all enough MeFites in Germany for a meetup?
posted by Herr Fahrstuhl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Self-linking is a no-no

Self Link. This is the first FPP by .:DataWhat?:. which was preceded by three comments. Two of them reference the all music website in this FPP. Going to the user's own blog shows a preponderance of posts regarding the user's direct involvement with this all music place.
posted by ooga_booga to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 PM PST - 48 comments

Referral link spamming?

Referral link spamming?
posted by blag to Etiquette/Policy at 9:45 AM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Anonymous askme derails: a reboot?

Umm, yeah. I realize this callout is pointless since the the poster in question is so blatantly abusive and off-topic, but I thought it might be necessary to create this thread so the original anonymous poster could have an additional thread in AskMeFi so we could help him.
posted by SeizeTheDay to Etiquette/Policy at 5:13 AM PST - 27 comments

December 25

Portland Meetup

Will Portland, Oregon accommodate a Yarthonto! Metafilter meetup? MatildaBen, DFT, alan, cortex et al, I'm talking to you. February 11th or 18th, else we'll meet on a Tuesday, baby.

I'll post again about this later in the new year. Pacific Northwest MeFites, I'm talking to you.
posted by rebirtha to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Berlin Meetup

Berlin Mefites! I'll be in town until January 2. Wie wär's mit nem Treffen?
posted by muckster to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Learning from our children

kirkaracha has been doing some fantastic stuff over at SportsFilter. Perhaps some of the changes made there should be considered for implementation on MetaFilter? [mi]
posted by panoptican to Feature Requests at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

mysterious tag copy

Why do posts without tags appear with the mysterious copy "Tags: Wanna reach people who know their way around the Web? Contact FM." in place of a blank "Tags:" field in the newish Yahoo search results? (posted under bugs out of a better place to file it)
posted by mwhybark to Bugs at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

December 24

Merry Christmas

At the risk of offending a number of people:

Merry Christmas.

Hope things are going well where you are at.
posted by edgeways to Etiquette/Policy at 5:01 PM PST - 108 comments

Borked askme RSS?

Is the askme RSS borked? It hasn't updated in the last 24hrs.
posted by filmgeek to Bugs at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

December 23

Geocoder no good for Canadians

The Latitude/Longitude geocoder linked on the "customize" pages doesn't work too well for Canadians (it thought the city I lived in was somewhere in Alberta), so I found, which allows more specific lat/long inputs for Canadians. Could we link this off the "customize" page, please?
posted by heeeraldo to Feature Requests at 9:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Lafayette Meetup

Fire on the Bayou - Swamp Mefites and Mofites, come to our New Year's bonfire bash on the bayou, outside Lafayette. Fireworks, collard greens, cornbread and black-eyed peas. Drop me an e-mail for all the details.
posted by atchafalaya to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Please stop posting animal shitting images, thanks.

Please stop posting animal shitting images, thanks.
posted by The Jesse Helms to Etiquette/Policy at 10:46 AM PST - 73 comments

self link

Self Link
posted by squirrel to Etiquette/Policy at 10:13 AM PST - 16 comments [closed]

Where did the taglines go?

"Self-policing since 1999" up on the top left; gone the way of the dodo. Policy change or logo oversight?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Etiquette/Policy at 7:18 AM PST - 14 comments

New York Meetup

what 151 means is that there was a fair amount of drinking.
posted by dorian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:16 AM PST - 127 comments

December 22

Profile Locations

I updated the userpage location stuff. If you haven't noticed, you can now add your latitude/longitude anywhere on earth (not just the US), though I started by converting everyone over from zip codes. I also figured out sorting nearby users by zipcode, and now I'm showing the closest 50 people, along with a google map.

It works great in most cities. Seattle and Boston have a nice layout. SF and NYC are less than perfect because everyone in the same zip code got the same exact location, so points stack up. LA is the worst in that regard. The zoom level of the google map depends on how many people are near you, NYC gets zoomed in, while people in the sticks get zoomed out.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 3:54 PM PST - 109 comments

Can I AskMe about my website?

Ok don't know if this is permissable...I'd like to AskMeFi about my own site, but not as self-promotion. I'd like build a shortlist of why it sucks and what I can do about it. Ok to do so?
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

What the . . .

What the...
posted by loquacious to Etiquette/Policy at 2:02 PM PST - 35 comments

Post deletion reason?

Why was the AxMe post "If you were going to relocate permanently from the present day to Rome circa 100 BC, and you could bring only one piece of luggage (standard carry-on dimensions) what would you pack?" deleted?
posted by bshort to Bugs at 11:54 AM PST - 46 comments

Recrutiing bloggers as mentors

Recruiting bloggers? I am working on a youth blogging project and I want to ask MeFi bloggers if anyone is interested in being a one-week mentor. All they have to do is post a blog entry on a specific topic (i.e. heroes or community service) early in the week and comment on the kids' blogs throughout the week.

Where would be a good place on MeFi to post this?
posted by k8t to Etiquette/Policy at 10:06 AM PST - 22 comments

NYC Meetup

NYC Meetup Reminder: Tonight (12/22), starting at 6 p.m., at 151. Cross your fingers, kid- looks like we could be celebrating the end of the transit strike ::knock on wood::
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:36 AM PST - 57 comments

Why does my username appear as it does?

My username is PenguinBukkake, capital "P" capital "B". But my comment box, in Safari, reads,

Posting as: penguinBukkake (logout)


posted by PenguinBukkake to Bugs at 2:03 AM PST - 15 comments [closed]

December 21

Metafilter users closest to this user

Pony: at the end of the new "MetaFilter users near this user" query slap an "order by miles ascending". Not a big deal. I just want to stalk people in order, s'all. (That's a pretty damned sweet feature, btw).
posted by popechunk to Feature Requests at 10:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Let the OP to close their own AskMe thread?

JustAnIdeaFilter: The option for the OP to close their own AskMe thread upon choosing one or more posts as best answer.
posted by sjvilla79 to Feature Requests at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments

The menu bar is wacked

The menu bar is wacked in Firefox under 10.2. Screenshot inside.
posted by Mayor Curley to Bugs at 5:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Do sub-par AskMe posts get a second chance?

AskMeTa: Do sub-par AskMe posts get a second chance? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to Etiquette/Policy at 4:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for an old post.

Here or AskMeFi?

i'm not sure if i should post this here or ask mefi, but i'm looking for an old post that i found around Thanksgiving.

It was a blog and/or humorous editorial about Thanksgiving in the White House. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and/or know where I can find it?
I've searched for keywords and searched the tags, but i'm just not finding it.
posted by pelican to MetaFilter-Related at 4:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Google-bombing in MeTa?

What's the current ettiquette here on Mefi regarding googlebombing? I googlebombed in a MeTa here earlier today, and the thread has since been deleted. I guess I'm wondering if the deletion was because I acted out of line, or for another more reasonable cause.
posted by dash_slot- to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Free Weather Underground subscription

FreeStuffFilter: I just looked at my subscription-paid Weather Underground page and noticed that the WU is letting me send free 1-year memberships to anybody I choose. I've already sent these to my family, and the WU keeps giving me more, so if anybody wants one, ping me and I'll send you one, until I run out or WU decides I've sent enough.
posted by 40 Watt to MetaFilter-Related at 11:27 AM PST - 27 comments

AskMe Synchronicity

At last month's CT meetup, nomad observed that from time to time he would see two consecutive AskMe threads that, while not identical, would be similar enough in subject to be notable. Several theories were put forth, but then the tea tree oil toothpicks distracted us from writing a formal paper to submit to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. He's been spending the last few weeks emailing me whenever he sees these "twin threads" (my term, not his). Here, for your thank-god-it's-not-a-callout enjoyment are the ones he's pointed out to me: How do I get rid of [skin abnormality]: 28255, 28256; What to do in London: 28678, 28679; Bottled water: 29417, 29418. (Related, somehow, to eponysterical posts)
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 10:12 AM PST - 30 comments

What is's policy on linking directly to pirated material?

What is's policy on linking directly to pirated material, or overseas websites that exist to solely to host pirated material? I'm not trying to start a moral debate, and IANAL, I'm just concerned as to what mathowie or the poster's legal liabilities are, and what mathowie's policy on the matter is?
posted by Pseudoephedrine to Etiquette/Policy at 12:47 AM PST - 43 comments

December 20

Nearby Users outside the US?

Has anyone ever come up with a method or numbering scheme that would allow the "Users Near This User" option to work for non-US members? If not, could something be developed? (For example, are there unused Zip code numbers that could be designated to major world cities, regions or countries and which would then allow me to see other Canadians who live in my city or at least province?)
posted by Jaybo to Feature Requests at 11:38 PM PST - 45 comments

That's a lot of self-linking

One member, 104 comments, 34 self-links.
posted by Optimus Chyme to Etiquette/Policy at 10:24 PM PST - 86 comments [closed]

Why is the more inside portion of my AskMe Question showing up in (small)?

Why is the more inside portion of my AskMe Question showing up in (small)?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy to Bugs at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments [closed]

Thursday NYC meetup (Dec. 2005)

Thursday NYC meetup: If the MTA is still striking, should we reschedule? If so, what day should we reschedule for?
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:31 AM PST - 65 comments

Thread closed indicator on My Comments, My Posts

Can we get a [thread closed] indicator on the mycomments and myposts pages, please? Thank you.
posted by raedyn to Feature Requests at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Year-End Lists

Everyone is aware, I'm sure, that year-end or best–however many lists are really just not that interesting, and the discussion surrounding them falls along similar lines all the time.
So why this FPP?
posted by Kirth Gerson to Etiquette/Policy at 4:42 AM PST - 113 comments

Mark all as read

Mark all as read. [mi]
posted by panoptican to Feature Requests at 3:34 AM PST - 10 comments

December 19

Display bug in My comments.

My comments, how I love thee, let me count the bugs.
posted by Eideteker to Bugs at 9:05 PM PST - 30 comments

I am unable to add tags to my latest post.

I am unable to add tags to my latest post. I click on "add tags", and I am redirected to the Front Page. Safari, OSX.
posted by matteo to Bugs at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Jonson has a kid.

posted by cillit bang to Etiquette/Policy at 9:19 AM PST - 76 comments

Recovering from Safari crashes

For all of you OS X users who have lost a sparkling opus in the comment window, this tip from Mac OS X Hints might help you recover what would have otherwise been lost to civilisation when your browser crashed...
posted by i_cola to MetaFilter-Related at 6:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Please don't repost NYT links, thanks. And quit chatting in Metatalk!

This is the second–most prominant story in today's New York Times. Not what MetaFilter is for. Extra specialicious complaint: MeTa has become a chat forum. Also this, this, this, this, and this.
posted by Ethereal Bligh to Etiquette/Policy at 3:33 AM PST - 129 comments

login and new comment info on post pages?

Dear #1,

Could we have
"You are logged in as: null terminated / logout
There have been no new questions and 2 comments posted since your last visit"

on the post pages?


posted by null terminated to Feature Requests at 12:39 AM PST - 19 comments

December 18

Meta-Ask: Define Rock Bottom Addiction

meta-ask: Are there any scientific studies suggesting the need for addicted people to "hit rock bottom" before getting better?

I've noticed in a lot of AskMe threads dealing with addiction in a loved-one that people say that the addicted person needs to hit "rock bottom" before they can start to get better. Now obviously in retrospect every former addict will have some low point that they can look back on as their lowest, but often the advice given also states that people should avoid helping their loved-one, in a sort of effort to accelerate their decent, like the quicker they hit the bottom the quicker they can get better.

I'm just wondering, why do people think this is true? Are there any studies that actually state this? It seems like a really important thing to be just guessing about.

posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 9:09 PM PST - 38 comments

Author of Planet Simpson is a Metafilter user

So, have I missed that we have given proper tribute to gompa,for writing the recently published Planet Simpson, which is reviewed here, among other places ? More Inside
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 12:06 PM PST - 31 comments

AskMe sorting and posting

1 Etiquette, 1 request.

Etiquette - are you allowed to post to ask.mefi with no comments at all in threads? (looked all over etiquette questions+wiki couldn't find the thread/answer)
Any way to filter Ask.ME questions to those questions with <5 (or 10) answers with no best answer?br>
It'd be very useful to see all the questions with only one to four responses...that often get scrolled by.
posted by filmgeek to Etiquette/Policy at 10:34 AM PST - 25 comments

Using an appropriate tone of response to personal questions

Fair criticism: "I think your post was just a little over the top."
Getting too personal: "Pretty poor showing - but hey, we need to hear what [commenter] thinks we need to hear. Who am I to argue with that?"
Over the top arrogance: "Look [commenter], if you had 2mm of latitude to accept some criticism about what you said, this would have been over a long time ago. Don't feel the need to defend yourself." [Because I prefer attacking people who don't fight back -- editorial comment and emphasis added].
Hypocritical lashing out and name-calling: "Senor [another commenter] - other than playing an incredibly biased referee, what are you doing here? Don't you have more important threads to not participate in?"
posted by orthogonality to Etiquette/Policy at 8:38 AM PST - 108 comments

December 17

Poster acknowledges overlooking indicia of a hoax...

Poster acknowledges overlooking indicia of a hoax...
posted by rkent to MetaFilter-Related at 5:34 PM PST - 36 comments

what voice do you imagine particular MeFites speaking?

When you read comments, in your mind's ear, what voice do you imagine particular MeFites speaking? Likewise, in what voice would you have your own comments read?
posted by StickyCarpet to MetaFilter-Related at 11:56 AM PST - 88 comments

MeFis on Nintendo DS?

I'd like to organize or provide space for MeFites with a Nintendo DS and one of the several WFC-enabled games (Animal Crossing, MarioKart, Tony Hawk) to share their friend-codes. Anyone else interested? I ache to race against people I'm connected to! I want to bring oranges to your villages!
posted by mph to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Flag Request

Why not place the [!] flag on the front page instead of having to open a thread? The Dish TV post is so bad on so many levels that I felt all icky opening it to flag it. heheh
posted by mischief to Feature Requests at 9:22 AM PST - 14 comments [closed]

Can we move the byline to the top?

Suggestion for a small format change: how about putting the byline on top of the comment in discussion threads? This would allow us to efficiently skip comments from users we don't want to hear from without resorting to user killfiles, and without wasting precious seconds of I'm-surfing-at-work-and-I-really-shouldn't-be-doing-this time to realize that this is a comment from that guy. Having the byline at the top would save a bit of scrolling and skimming, since you'd know what you're getting into right from the start. Also, some MeFites are "must-reads" for me and I'd like to make sure I don't blow past them.
posted by Quietgal to Feature Requests at 8:43 AM PST - 43 comments

December 16

Obnoxious ad on front page

The "Access your PC from anywhere" ad is really obnoxious. It's a big white square with an un-antialised blue underlined headline that makes it looks like some CSS file has failed to load. Oh, and it blinks. It reminds me of the "Oh noes! You are broadcasting an IP address!" ads.

I realise these things make the site money, but that one sucks. :(
posted by Mwongozi to MetaFilter-Related at 4:29 PM PST - 25 comments

debating a conservative

Is it possible to engage in a debate with a Conservative on MeFi without calling him a troll? I give you this example.
posted by mkultra to Etiquette/Policy at 3:46 PM PST - 198 comments

RSS 2.0 feed test

RSSdorkfilter: Here is a proposed RSS 2.0 feed complete with timestamps, tags, and author names added. Here's how it looks in bloglines. Is there anything missing for any app writers that use the feed? (paging Rothko...)
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 2:44 PM PST - 12 comments

DNS Issues?

It looks like your DNS server is failing. Metafilter is hosted by, and they aren't answering for anything in I'm trying to get this posted quickly before my caches expire... I already can't reach

Eod has only one IP address for their 'two' nameservers, It pings, but doesn't answer name service requests.

You might want to consider hosting your domain with someone with enough money to put two servers on the net. :(
posted by Malor to Bugs at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Meetup at Eat Club?

Reminder: Eat Club is tomorrow (12/17) evening. Any other NYCers going to go?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:32 AM PST - 22 comments

December 15

Screwed up a comment, paging someone with fixing powers

Ouch -- screwed up a comment in this promising thread by concreteforest. Hope someone is around with fixing powers, as it might prevent others posting.
posted by Miko to Bugs at 10:09 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Spam commenting

Comment spam from new member veryvera.
posted by thatwhichfalls to Etiquette/Policy at 7:11 PM PST - 56 comments [closed]

I can't post a comment here...

I can't post a comment here...
posted by helios to Bugs at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Thanks for coding as a link

I may be late to the party but thanks Matt for coding the automatic translation of into a link.
posted by Mitheral to MetaFilter-Related at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments [closed]

Tired of bush/iraq/war/terror posts

Could someone skilled in JavaScript please compose a script for the Firefox extension Greasemonkey that will remove any FPP with "Bush", "Iraq", or "War on Terror" appearing in the text? It would also be great if this script could allow custom word filtering.
posted by sjvilla79 to MetaFilter-Related at 2:29 PM PST - 82 comments

Flagging on "Recent Comments"

Any chance we could get the "flag post" link on the my recent comments page? If it's easy that is, not really a big deal. I just spend a lot of time reading comments on there these days instead of the actual threads.
posted by loquax to Feature Requests at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

one link posts to one trick ponies

Christmas. Christmas. Smoke. We can do better than one link posts to one trick ponies, folks.
posted by frecklefaerie to Etiquette/Policy at 1:08 PM PST - 52 comments

Can we add a platform option for computer questions in AskMe?

Since many computer questions hit AskMe, can a notice be added to remind the poster to mark which platform he or she is using, or perhaps a pull-down menu? This will help people provide better answers.
posted by Rothko to Feature Requests at 11:42 AM PST - 28 comments

Let's nitpick

MetaTalk is a discussion area for topics specific to MetaFilter itself, ranging from bug reports to feature requests to questions of content, the posts are sorted by date, and tagged by category
posted by onalark to Bugs at 9:15 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

"I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry."

Re: "I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry."

y2karl's posts are *always* fcked up for me on LoFi (like the current one on Iraq). All the links after the graph break are pushed waaay to the left. Everytime. It happens with a few other posters, but mostly y2karl. Could there be a simple fix somewhere? (I assume that LoFi is not "supported." I'll post a screenshot if anyone's interested.)
posted by mrgrimm to Bugs at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Bondcliff's comment about showering was both funny and helpful

This AskMe comment was funny and helpful. Thanks for the advice and laugh, Bondcliff. (P.S. What's an "ass cootie"?)
posted by KevinSkomsvold to Etiquette/Policy at 7:37 AM PST - 28 comments

December 14

Andre Patel, ABD, MIT Media Lab

There Is No Spoon.
posted by Freen to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 PM PST - 44 comments [closed]

Why was the Stan Tookie Williams interview with Amy Goodman deleted?

Why was the Stan Tookie Williams interview with Amy Goodman deleted? Flamebait?
posted by wheelieman to Etiquette/Policy at 3:49 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Anti-leech script which only allowed image use on a few sites

After getting 20 gigs of traffic leached from my personal site I set up an Anti-leech script which only allowed image use on a few sites like metafilter, sa, etc, but to help the RSS users around here you'll need to allow a few more [more inside]
posted by holloway to MetaFilter-Related at 2:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Timestamps and bugs and issues, oh my.

Last month, there was this bug about posts from yesterday being timestamped as "this morning" in My Comments. The same thing is happening in My Posts. It is confusing.
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Bull and Firken?

So are we still on for our meetup at Bull and Firken (1835 Yonge, just south of Davisville), this Friday night, eightish?

And to those who say Firkin pubs are lame, I say hey, at least they have the virtue of being open for business [cough]
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Is humor verboten in the Green?

This certianly isn't a question that impacts the stability or sanity of my life, but: Is humor verboten in the Green? Over on this question, as people got worked up in one direction or another over the topic, I posted a humorous comment placing the question on the Bridge of Death from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I notice this morning that it was deleted. Are we so high-strung here that people can't take a joke?
posted by theonetruebix to Etiquette/Policy at 11:24 AM PST - 55 comments

Formatting problem ... sorry.

I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry.
posted by The Jesse Helms to Etiquette/Policy at 10:39 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Can this thread become the example of how not to use AskMe?

Can this thread become the example of how not to use AskMe?

(It's also an example of why hit-and-run doesn't work. I know there are people who join purely for AskMe, but that still feels sleazy: most users have certain good faith assumptions, and it feels like they're being taken advantage of by these mongs.)
posted by bonaldi to Etiquette/Policy at 8:34 AM PST - 34 comments

Problems logging in under Opera

I can't log in to AskMeFi using Opera. Logging in (it doesn't matter which login link I start with) gets me signed into Metafilter and Metatalk, but I still show as logged out in AskMeFi no matter how many times I log in.

Mozilla and IE work fine.
posted by tdismukes to Bugs at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

This is the most mean spirited thread

This is a front page tragedy. Lord Kinbote sums up my feelings well : "This is the most mean spirited thread I have ever read on MetaFilter."
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 7:13 AM PST - 126 comments

"My comments" page database error

"My Comments" page busted? I get a database error trying to view "My Comments" page from the blue, the green, or the... grey? Brown? [error screencap inside]
posted by antifuse to Bugs at 3:51 AM PST - 11 comments


Should I be able to flag my own posts? Because I just flagged all of them as Fantastic! (kidding, I just did one to test it). Am I making much ado about nothing?
posted by tweak to Etiquette/Policy at 12:48 AM PST - 13 comments [closed]

December 13

Broken links in the Asymmetric aircraft thread

The first two links in this thread don't work. One is a geocities page that has exceeded its bandwidth, the other just never loads for me. Hoping to get alternates - I like the post.
posted by mzurer to Bugs at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Changing Passwords

I've clicked all over looking for the place to change my MeFi password. WHere can I find that? It's not in 'Preferences', which was the most obvious choice.
posted by glycolized to MetaFilter-Related at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Add MeFi Project submissions and votes to user profiles?

What if we add MeFi Project submissions and votes to user profiles? [MI]
posted by pithy comment to Feature Requests at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Content or quality?

I'm confused. What is more important to mefites, actually responding to the content of FPPs, or rating their quality? I see a general (hence, no links in this question) preponderance to the former. It seems that many responses to posts are actually rating the quality of it and/or the poster, rather than the content of the FPP. I've read a lot of the sites about Metafilter and maybe I'm missing a concept or something.

I am truly not trying to be a smartass, I'm genuinely interested in understanding this. Thanks.
posted by Slap Incognito to Etiquette/Policy at 1:08 PM PST - 93 comments

Petition-linking maybe not best-of-web, maybe self-linking

Sign my petition! It's generated a big discussion, but I'm thinking that maybe a link to a blog that links to a petition might not be mefi material, especially from someone who has an interest (1, 2, 3, 4, from the only other thread he's ever participated in) in getting people to go there. If it walks like a self-link and quacks like a self-link...
posted by mendel to Etiquette/Policy at 10:19 AM PST - 19 comments

MeFites agree, don't report your boyfriend to HR.

Almost unbelievable. It is hard to believe, but we have an issue on which just about all mefites agree.
posted by oddman to MetaFilter-Related at 10:02 AM PST - 66 comments


porn link on the front page.
posted by quonsar to MetaFilter-Related at 7:51 AM PST - 29 comments [closed]

CAPTCHA problems

FYI, if you type in the wrong password the first time, the second login page continues to ask you to type in the letters from the image below, but doesn't show you the image any more.
posted by tiamat to Bugs at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

SantaCon Meetup Request

Any MeFite Santa Rampages in sight? (link inside)
posted by warbaby to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I post this?

Some friends of mine were stuck in a New Orleans during Katrina, and shot a documentary on HDV centering around the Superdome as shelter. They have a page up for the film, with a trailer and stills and whatnot. These are friends of course, and I've worked with them in the past, but I was not involved in this project. Would this be appropriate FPP material, or would it be dangerously close to a self-link? Or, for that matter, would a FPP about a movie trailer just suck to begin with?
posted by brundlefly to Etiquette/Policy at 1:20 AM PST - 32 comments

December 12

Connecticut Meetup Photos

Some photos from the Branford, CT meetup on 11/28. Hey, film takes time. Laziness does too, sorry for the delay. See also, smackfu's photos and the first (two) ever video shoutout(s) from smackfu
posted by nomad to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:02 PM PST - 22 comments

the rest of us will be left behind.

All the good NYC MeFites will be going home to their families for the holidays. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be left behind.

FIRE. BRIMSTONE. Two-for-one happy hour until 10PM.

I'm thinking the 22nd, although any time between then and the 29th will do. What do you guys think?
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:52 PM PST - 63 comments

Vancouver meetup Dec. 2005

Hey, Vancouverites! So if you're not too busy with Christmas shopping and personal grooming this weekend, maybe we could, you know, get together for some libations or general tomfoolery. How about it? Anyone interested?
posted by antifreez_ to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Another self link

Another self link. Thank you Mr. Runklfinker
posted by Dag Maggot to Etiquette/Policy at 4:20 PM PST - 38 comments

Self-link ahoy

This is the second time RonZ's linked to The first time was to the halloween lights display and this time it's the christmas lights. If I recall correctly, the original poster of the christmas lights thing was outed as a self linker (although I can't find the thread) so I suspect it's a sock puppet at work.
posted by ooga_booga to Etiquette/Policy at 12:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Are you taking away our freedoms for your security?

Ok, in this comment by #1, it is revealed that user pages have been considerably further locked down. I wonder, is all that extra security still in place? [more inside]
posted by mystyk to MetaFilter-Related at 11:40 AM PST - 23 comments

What is the MeFi Woo-Woo Brigade?

What is the MeFi Woo-Woo Brigade? And where do I sign up?
posted by Saucy Intruder to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 47 comments

Problem making a comment

My comments broken [more inside]
posted by Eideteker to Bugs at 10:26 AM PST - 11 comments

"fantastic post" page unreadable

The last 50 questions and answered [answers, surely] marked as "fantastic post" by other members at Ask MetaFilter page is all but unreadable. Both lists need the short form of the question at the very least in order to add context.
posted by nthdegx to Bugs at 9:40 AM PST - 33 comments

How should we format MeDumps?

Database mavens: what would be the best format for weekly database dumps of MeFi posts and comments (a followup to this comment).
posted by killdevil to Feature Requests at 8:18 AM PST - 23 comments

But not nearly as awesome as "King Shit of Dickmeasure Hill"

This thread, interesting in its own right, merits a few callouts for best usernames ever.
posted by voltairemodern to MetaFilter-Related at 7:52 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I steal my friend's apartment?

Dear ask.mefi, how can I fuck over my friend while he's overseas by stealing his apartment so that he doesn't have a place to live when he gets back. P.S. It IS a really nice apartment, and he IS a jerk for having let me live there while he's gone so I'm totally justified in my actions.
posted by furtive to Etiquette/Policy at 3:46 AM PST - 123 comments

December 11

Poor Deletion?

This post shouldn't have been deleted; while the first blog link had been posted before, the other material hadn't. And it was entertaining.
posted by thirteenkiller to MetaFilter-Related at 9:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Why Captcha?

I was subjected to the indignity of a CAPCHA during my latest login attempt. Why do we need this?
posted by punishinglemur to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 PM PST - 20 comments

I call censorship by the religious majority

I call censorship by the religious majority
posted by cbrody to Etiquette/Policy at 5:11 PM PST - 208 comments

Projects Contest?

So, who won the Metafilter Projects contest?
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter-Related at 5:05 PM PST - 19 comments

"Blogger Matt Haughey" gets a mention

"Blogger Matt Haughey" gets a mention in the NY Times Magazine {reg req} for his My Childhood, seen by Google Maps project.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

deleted askme still visible

This deleted Ask MeFi question still shows up on the front page of Ask MeFi.
posted by riffola to Bugs at 10:09 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Scotland Meetup Photos

Putting Ancient Rome to shame.
The survivors of the Scottish Meetup Testify and take it to the bridge.
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:00 AM PST - 27 comments

It saddens me that there is no Metafilter Folding@Home team.

It saddens me that there is no Metafilter Folding@Home team.
posted by knave to MetaFilter-Related at 6:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Will the search feature be coming back any time?

Ever since MeFi's search feature went away and it now lets you search google or yahoo, I'm having trouble finding past posts I'm looking for. Right now I'm looking for a post from within the last month or so where you could enter a URL into this website and it would give you a bunch of feedback on how good/bad it was, etc..

Will the search feature be coming back any time? Google/yahoo don't seem to order by date, and seem to mix in all sorts of stuff that clouds up my search. I loved being able to restrict my search to "within the last month", etc...
posted by twiggy to Feature Requests at 3:48 AM PST - 12 comments

December 10

Broken links can happen to anyone.

Can someone explain to me why the link in this comment on Ask.Me take me to
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter-Related at 11:12 PM PST - 32 comments

Limit on Best Answers?

Maybe there could be a limit on the number of "Best Answers" that a question gets?
posted by Kirth Gerson to Feature Requests at 5:54 PM PST - 34 comments

AskMe Archives by Category

Is there a way to see archived posts in Ask MeFi more than 30 days old by category? If not, it seems like an extremely useful feature--perhaps even show ALL posts by category and then just do "older results" at the bottom of the page on and on until the beginning of MeFi time...
posted by shivohum to Feature Requests at 5:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Bad HTML makes askme games thread a bad match.

This thread appears to be broken.
posted by selfnoise to Bugs at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

to put it on metafilter as a profound single-link post is ridiculous

"This is so obviously a retarded fabrication that to take it seriously is an admission of gullibility beyond measure, and to put it on metafilter as a profound single-link post is ridiculous."
posted by monju_bosatsu to Etiquette/Policy at 12:12 PM PST - 41 comments [closed]

What character should I play on MeFi?

What character should I play on MeFi?
posted by five fresh fish to MetaFilter-Related at 11:39 AM PST - 149 comments

best answer outside, not inside

This Ask me thread has the "Best answer" checked on the main page, but nothing is showing up in the thread. Just thought I'd let you know.
posted by McSly to Bugs at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

December 9

What motivates people to post FPP:s to MeFi?

What motivates people to post FPP:s to MeFi?
posted by keijo to MetaFilter-Related at 10:56 PM PST - 77 comments

Thanks for the community warmth.

Metafilterites rock. After posting this, I not only received a great number of helpful suggestions, but in my inbox today found a number of emails offering donations totaling to well, well, well over the amount of money I spent on the puppy. Unbeknownst to me my RL friends have also been holding a collection, so today has been a wonderful reminder of the generosity of friends and strangers and how awesome people are in general. Thank you! You guys are great! [MI]
posted by Anonymous to MetaFilter-Related at 5:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Screen shots featured in Computer Games Magazine

As a followup to this post back in October, I thought you all should know that my little blog featuring said screen shots was further featured in the most recent Computer Games Magazine. I was so excited, I posted about it again in my blog, making the circle complete. I've heard, through sources, that the editor's attention was bought over by mentions on Mefi and Quarter To Three. Thanks for the exposure, Metafilter!
posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter-Related at 5:44 PM PST - 42 comments


I didn't put the tag 'gay marriage' on my post, and I didn't change the formatting so as to make comments #2 & #7 nonsensical.

That's 'cos I didn't see it as being about gay marriage. I guess someone else did. You have got my email address, so...
posted by dash_slot- to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 PM PST - 16 comments [closed]

New York Meetup

Any NYCers up for Happy Hour? I'm leaving in a half hour.
posted by Lola_G to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:33 PM PST - 90 comments

End of projects grand opening contest

Just a reminder: The Projects grand opening contest ends today. If you were procrastinating, now's the time.
posted by smackfu to MetaFilter-Related at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Turn any textarea into a wysiwyg html editing form

Turn any textarea into a wysiwyg html editing form - something I and many others wished for the other day.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

I probably shouldn't be able to mark my own comments as fantastic.

I probably shouldn't be able to mark my own comments as fantastic.
posted by kenko to Bugs at 11:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Last 48 hours of MeFi posts are great

I just wanted to say that the FPP's of the past 48 hours or so have been of exceptional quality and entertainment. Thanks, all!
posted by sourwookie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 26 comments

"My Comments" Shoutout

Thanks for "My Comments". This is a great thing for MeFi.
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 8:16 AM PST - 31 comments

anon needs to be able to respond

Matt, threads like this underscore the need for the anon poster to have the ability to respond in his or her thread. I'm sure that it's not a trivial amount of work for you - what would it take to make this happen, and what can we do to support your efforts?

I think that this is one of the most important features on the to-do list. It must be so painful for the poster to be unable to respond in many cases.
posted by By The Grace of God to Feature Requests at 3:48 AM PST - 56 comments

Austin Meetup

Austin meetup! I'm going to be back in my hometown of Austin from 26 December to 8 January. Who wants to meet up and have a few drinks?
posted by grouse to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:44 AM PST - 9 comments

December 8

eponysterical collection

Just for fun I have begun to collect so-called eponysterical posts and comments - that is, postings which are funny in light of the poster's user name. Emhpasis is on the word "begun," here. Please email more submissions as you come across them. Just for fun.
posted by scarabic to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 PM PST - 44 comments

Matt? Bust a move, bro.

Matt? Bust a move, bro.
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter-Related at 2:12 PM PST - 33 comments

this has to be one of the more entertaining self links in a while

this has to be one of the more entertaining self links in a while
posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 12:54 PM PST - 42 comments

Yahoo's Ask

huh, Yahoo launches an Ask section.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:25 AM PST - 109 comments

Best way to search for previous posts?

Best way to search for previous posts? [+]
posted by fenriq to Etiquette/Policy at 8:12 AM PST - 163 comments

Login works on MeFi and MeTa but not AskMe

How can I be logged in to MeFi and MeTa, but not AskMeFi? When I'm reading AskMeFi and I try to login, the login page bumps me to MeFi. Then, when I click on AskMeFi, I'm not logged in. Que pasa?

(I haven't been around much lately, apologies if this has been covered before.)
posted by scratch to Bugs at 6:53 AM PST - 3 comments

#1 in the NYT

#1 reviews a browser and a picture frame in today's New York Times.
posted by killdevil to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 AM PST - 29 comments

Happy 2nd anniversary AskMe

thirteen plants a seed and sure enough, 3,400 posts later it shoots. Happy anniversary AskMefi. [I ♥ that it was about cameras]
posted by tellurian to MetaFilter-Related at 12:47 AM PST - 20 comments

December 7

Search customisation pony

Dear Mathowie,
Could you so kindly add to the preferences an additional customization? If it isn't too much work. One in which I can choose which search engine the top right search input requests a search from. I don't ask for much. I only need a choice between Yahoo and Google. If it is any easier, I'm the only one asking so you can just give me the option and no one else. If it isn't all too much a bother, sir.
posted by TwelveTwo to Feature Requests at 9:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Comments for Projects

Dear Santa,

I already know that I'm getting the Schwinn "Stingray" 5 speed, ala 1977, and I already have one of my front teeth;

what I really, really need is "comments" for Mefi Projects.

I know it's been discussed, but I think it might be important. Frankly, I've seen a few things posted that could use some further insight. I haven't been inclined to send things to the blue for further discussion, it should happen their on the (white)?
posted by snsranch to Feature Requests at 9:04 PM PST - 39 comments

Error on preference saving

Can't save Preferences unless "Show email on profile page?" is checked; get error "Element USER_EMAIL_PREF is undefined in FORM."
posted by staggernation to Bugs at 7:13 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Is this wiki mefi-related?

Is the website just a blog or is there some connection between it and metafilter? I was just getting more background info and this one seemed a tad OTT. Please don't tell me there's people praying towards SF.

P.S. The search option could be much better. Sorry Matt.
posted by movilla to MetaFilter-Related at 3:21 PM PST - 40 comments [closed]

pickled eggs update, a callback for jonmc

for jomc*: pickled eggs update. as seen here.

*and other such masochists. like me.
posted by dorian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:41 PM PST - 36 comments

Trying to "out" a MeFian in meatspace?

In AskMe, CMichaelCook attempts to out the offline identity of a MeFite. I don't know if it's correct or not, but either way it seems completely out of place in that thread.
posted by raedyn to MetaFilter-Related at 12:26 PM PST - 261 comments [closed]

Tags with Phrases

Tags with "multiple words in quotes" instead of onewordwikistyle (and clear guidelines on the tagging convention) might prevent people from making such messes with their tags. (I know the posting area clearly says multiple words should be strung together, but people just don't read, and it's not intuitive.) Granted, I know this would screw up the hundreds of posts already tagged, so then maybe this is better off as a another call for a trusted "tagging clean-up committee"
posted by Robot Johnny to Feature Requests at 12:26 PM PST - 13 comments

AskMe about a Toronto meetup

In response to this link ( in the green, proposing a Toronto meetup. The "link" feature doesn't seem to be working for me, hence the URL. AKA: Toronto Meetup!
posted by Idiot Mittens to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:00 AM PST - 42 comments

Comparison of two FPPs on the same subject

Obvious vs Obtuse

More inside:
posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 6:21 AM PST - 53 comments

December 6

Haven't been paying rent but still want the house clean

The front page was festooned with a big ugly flashing ad today. I thought members didn't see ads. Bug or feature?
posted by clicktosubmit to Bugs at 11:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Checkmarks next to best-answers-marked-by-everyone...

In the "Best Answers" section of AskMe's Fantastic Posts page, would it be possible to add checkmarks next to best-answers-marked-by-everyone also marked as best-answers-by-the-original-poster?
posted by Rothko to Feature Requests at 6:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Glasgow Meetup

A reminder about this Saturday's Glasgow MeFi meetup: 7:00 at the Liquid Ship. (Time arbitrary and open for debate.) Previous thread here.
posted by Marquis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Automatically detect and fix HTML errors on comments/posts.

Automatically detect and fix HTML errors on comments/posts. In case of invalid HTML, it will automatically try to fix the markup using HTML Tidy, list the errors and force a preview.
posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 2:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Why is Projects top bar different from the others?

Perhaps I missed an already open thread (in which case, I apologize), but I was wondering about the formatting difference between the top bar MeFi projects and the other parts (MeFi, AskMeFi, and MeTa). [mi]
posted by JMOZ to Bugs at 2:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Shoutout for practical math in a post

eriko does some fantastic pratical math in this post, describing why 150MPH isn't such a good idea on your motorbike.
posted by Ogre Lawless to MetaFilter-Related at 1:06 PM PST - 46 comments

Metafilter census

I say we have an official MetaFilter census. It would be interesting to see where MeFites stand in terms of things like Race, Location, Religious Beliefs, etc. It would be entirely voluntary and anonymous of course. Any thoughts on this?
posted by matkline to Feature Requests at 11:55 AM PST - 161 comments

MetaTalk Formatting

Padding (?) on the top-right "MetaTalk" link makes a horizontal scroll bar appear on-click (screenshot). Seems to only happen in Firefox (1.5 on a Windows XP Home SP2 machine). This is totally the end of the world.
posted by tpl1212 to Bugs at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Pony request: Text formatting tools in AskMe

Can we get the little " B I link ABC" box for Ask Metafilter yet?

If we can have it for comments, we might as well have it for questions, too. Several posters could make use of it.
posted by MrZero to Feature Requests at 8:04 AM PST - 20 comments

SXSW Meetup

SXSW 2006. Who's attending?
posted by ijoshua to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:36 AM PST - 20 comments

December 5

Call for taglines being collected and posted somewhere

You know what someone more clever than me should do? They should cull all the " Metafilter: (insert quip here)" 's from the site that are found in so many posts. It'd be fun just to have them all, particularly out of context of the original thread. Then maybe another clever person could make a little randomizer java applet or firefox widget to make them appear on the top of the blue. That'd be nifty.
posted by BrodieShadeTree to Feature Requests at 10:39 PM PST - 22 comments

"Newer" link at FPP bottom is broken.

The "newer" link at the bottom of FPP #19 leads to #24 (Download Abiword) which doesn't exist. The "older" link from #25 also points to #24. Shouldn't #19 link to #25 and vice versa?
posted by blue_beetle to Bugs at 8:50 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Projects Bug

My RSS reader fails to parse the Projects feed, probably due to unencoded ampersands in this post.
posted by Galvatron to Bugs at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments


Can we get a partisan bullshit flag? [the more, it's inside?]
posted by Eideteker to Feature Requests at 6:58 PM PST - 65 comments

Austin TX meetup December 2005

I'm in Austin for a few days. Anybody want to meet up somewhere in downtown tomorrow night?
posted by monju_bosatsu to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Antiquated browsers fail CAPCHA

This new login "safeguard" bites. I was having good results reading Metafilter with the lightweight browser Dillo but logging in was impossible because Dillo lacks the capacity to display the coded characters one must enter "to prevent automated submissions". It doesn't work in Lynx either. This "feature" effectively restricts full participation in Metafilter to those who use recent fully-graphical browsers, which is a pain on this 9 year old machine I'm forced to use till my replacement power supply gets here. (It might also impact blind Mefites; anybody know?)

Is there another way to prevent automated submissions? Was there a problem with those that I hadn't noticed or is this new safeguard just one of those "nifty idea" kinds of things?
posted by davy to Bugs at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Why does this user's single MeTa post not match the post in the thread?

Why does this user's single MeTa post not match the post in the thread?
posted by Armitage Shanks to Bugs at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Light your torch and sharpen your pitchfork

stupid viral marketing. Light your torch and sharpen your pitchfork.
posted by crunchland to Etiquette/Policy at 4:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Can we get some moderation or is this just a free-for-all?

Too much of this discussion is noise and pathetic behavior. It is really difficult to have a discussion when several people seem more interested in directly insulting the poster. Can we get some moderation or is this just a free-for-all? (There is more inside).
posted by dios to Etiquette/Policy at 2:14 PM PST - 56 comments

user login funtion is not working at all

HeadsUpFilter: the user login funtion is not working at all. Thank you.
posted by wheelieman to Bugs at 11:34 AM PST - 103 comments

December 4

New Flagging Reason

This had me thinking: wouldn't it make sense to have "needs 'more inside'" as a reason when flagging posts? I flagged it, but had to put "other;" and, if memory serves, plenty of good first-time posters have had their first threads derailed by the first few "whoa! muddying up the front page there!" comments.
posted by koeselitz to Feature Requests at 4:54 PM PST - 23 comments

Some long gone members are back to posting

Like the undead coming back to vote, people who haven't posted in several years are coming back to Metafilter...
posted by jonson to MetaFilter-Related at 12:31 PM PST - 106 comments [closed]

Help Me Find a Thread

There was something posted a few weeks ago (can't even remember if it was in the blue or the green) about a website that allows you to design your own paper robots or creatures and then fold them up according to a pre-made template. Trigger any memories?
posted by jeremias to MetaFilter-Related at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

A request for the abillity to edit posts after hitting "post."

Top of my Christmas list: The ability to go back and edit my posts. Also a quote block might be nice.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy to Feature Requests at 10:49 AM PST - 58 comments

Lawrence KS meetup photos

This is fun to make a gathering on the Lawrence bar: 100% fewer lost keys than last time. Also, we are not nearly as tattooed as Portland...
posted by hototogisu to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Pittsburgh Meetup

We've tried it before without success, but third time's the charm? How about a Pittsburgh-area meetup for the holidays? Get together, drink some nog, take some shout-out pics, celebrate the season?
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

for those who must know if Lee Marvin's dog gets Pernod

Not sure if we want to have closed threads updated when the included links go bad, but for those who must know if Lee Marvin's dog gets Pernod...
posted by blueberry to MetaFilter-Related at 2:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Seattle meetups photos

Seattleites met up, with special guest appearances from Madison, WI and Bellingham, WA. Frames were bowled. The mic was rocked. And a special birthday boy made a virtual guest appearance (in fact, without his knowledge).
posted by matildaben to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:28 AM PST - 22 comments

December 3

Do you remember the book about coincidences?

I saw something in the blue, sometime in the last 6 months, which was maybe a book about "real" coincidences and at some point it stated the frequency with which they occur. I've googled and googled to no avail. Anyone remember this? One of them had to do with 9/11, I think, and one of them had to do with a guy in a motel room getting a phone call on misdial but it was actually intended for him or something and maybe saved someone's life?
posted by unknowncommand to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

A FPP from scanned magazine pages they had uploaded

Someone recebtly created a FPP from scanned magazine pages they had uploaded. Beneath the mantra of "best of the web" how far can one go? I often find great subjects for a post are not adequately documented online. In that case is it okay to upload some images, or create a little page to fill in the blanks in anotherwise post-worthy subject?
posted by fire&wings to Etiquette/Policy at 6:06 PM PST - 36 comments

What about a sense of closure?

What about a sense of closure? [more inside]
posted by SassHat to Feature Requests at 6:03 PM PST - 30 comments

AskMe Wedding Follow-Up!

AskMefi has been very good to me, especially with questions concerning my wedding. Here is a collage of some of the photos. And here is a link to my drunkenly posted photos that my "bride" hasn't approved of yet, (oh, well.) A big Thank You to those who helped us!
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 5:41 PM PST - 19 comments

jessamyn: Thank You.

jessamyn: Thank You. I've been an internet forum moderator for years now and I think you've been doing a kick-ass job in my professional estimation. Kudos.
posted by Captaintripps to MetaFilter-Related at 5:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Why was my thread deleted?

Downright rude.
Why was my thread on 03/12/05 on George Best's funeral deleted? If you're deleting threads then explain to the poster. I know Meta is primarily US-based but you have no idea who George Best represented. I'm really livid.
posted by movilla to Bugs at 3:03 PM PST - 51 comments [closed]

What is this filtering you speak of?

I just saw a comment on Metafilter today, I think it was, talking about another "[Fill in the blank] Filter" website, but saying that "Not much filtering was going on..." As a neophyte, I'd need some explanation about "filtering". It seems to be far more than, say, censorship or limiting access... but I was wondering if somebody could offer a more complete definition that covers specifically how Metafilter and other sites like it are "filtering". Thanks!!
posted by Misciel to MetaFilter-Related at 8:51 AM PST - 36 comments

Phoenix meetup December 2005

This is the official Phoenix / Arizona area-wide meetup planning thread. (Inspired by mullacc) (more inside)
posted by loquacious to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:08 AM PST - 15 comments

December 2

Lost thread: wine crushing catastrophe

Please help me find an old (say, last 18 months) mefi thread: I don't remember what the thread itself was about, but within it, someone posted a link to a video of an accident a newscaster had while standing in a grape-crushing/wine-making vat on a stage. She falls, gets winded, and makes this weird gurgling noise. Almost immediately thereafter, someone posted a "remix" mp3 of the gurgling audio. I've rarely laughed so hard, but cannot think of the right key words to search for so I can share it with others.....

Also, I'm working under the assumption that since I'm asking a metafilter-specific question, that this is more apropos here than on ask.mefi. Please set me straight if I have that wrong.
posted by kimota to MetaFilter-Related at 8:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Is the Calgary meet up still on for tonight?

Meet up reminder? Is the Calgary meet up still on for tonight? If so where/when?
posted by Mitheral to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Make tag and category links work on preview

Make tag and category links work on preview
posted by Sharcho to Feature Requests at 8:48 AM PST - 13 comments [closed]

New tag suggestion method

What's the best way to suggest a new tag for an existing post? E-mailing or IMing jessamyn? The original poster? Or should I just not worry about it? I can just keep a mark of it in my own, but that doesn't help anyone else who wants to search the same thing.
posted by grouse to Etiquette/Policy at 6:44 AM PST - 33 comments

A better way to prevent double posts?

Seems to be an awful lot of double posts, often within a day or two of each other. Is there a better way to prevent reposts eg a tag search function which orders results by date. (No doubt this has been asked already, probably four posts down...)
posted by brautigan to Feature Requests at 5:08 AM PST - 14 comments

December 1

An air of prestige and exclusivity

If you close signups for a couple of years it will lend an air of prestige and exclusivity to Metafilter.
posted by The Jesse Helms to MetaFilter-Related at 5:47 PM PST - 55 comments [closed]

Kansas Meetup

Lawrence, Kansas meetup reminder: Saturday, December 3rd, at the Taproom, 8:00 PM. Be there!
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:22 PM PST - 22 comments


Feature request: Mark this FPP as "Keep" -- like the Bloglines feature that makes posts sticky, or perhaps a list in the "Preferences" section. You could just use Bloglines, but MeFi is one of the few blogs where the native interface is better than a reader. Having a personal archive of favorite FPPs would be nice.
posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 4:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Beta MetaFilthy 2.3 for Firefox 1.5.

Beta MetaFilthy 2.3 for Firefox 1.5.
posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 2:34 PM PST - 192 comments

GIF/PNG converter?

There was a post a few months ago about an online text to gif/png converter. I think it was deleted. Does anyone remember the address to that site?
posted by greasy_skillet to Ticketstub Project at 9:10 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]

Metafilter is a web hit.

"Is this the way (To Metafilter)?" and 42 other top web hits from across the blogosphere.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to MetaFilter-Related at 8:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Add projects activity to profile

Can we get a listing (in a members profile) of the number of projects a member has posted on Projects.Meta? Something similar to "oddman has posted 1 link and 208 comments to MetaFilter."
posted by oddman to Feature Requests at 7:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Ways to improve My Comments functionality.

My Comments: 62 total comments. 31 since your most recent comment, last 10 shown below...
posted by smackfu to Feature Requests at 7:34 AM PST - 22 comments