December 2009 Archives (all archives)
I nearly missed the news myself, but I was happy to see that Ayn Rand / Ronald Reagan fan John Mackey (of Whole Foods) has finally been forced to step down from his post as CEO, largely due to the public damage his really stupid comments about health care in Wall Street Journal op-ed caused. [more inside]
Just wondering what everyone who isn't headed for a meetup is doing for New Year's Eve, if anything? My hubby and I are going to see Avatar . . . . and you?
Could it be possible to unflag a post? [more inside]
Melbourne Meetup! (no really, honest, I won't drop out on this one, there are plane tickets involved and a wife who expects me to keep social commitments). January 8th, evening-ish...somewhere (the party planning committee is still working on the details). [more inside]
Are there enough Warren County NJ folks here to justify a meetup? Could we maybe arrange a surrounding-county thing, if not? I have a two-week hiatus, and would like to use it (plus New Year energy) to meet some new, quality folks.
Last-minute New Year's Eve Meetup Hijinx [more inside]
Twin Cities meetup [more inside]
Can it be added to see: "Most Favorited Posts in the Past 365 days"? [more inside]
Meetup in Singapore in 2010? Why not! [more inside]
Yay, Matt's brain is now officially (mostly) fixed! Also, he's horny again. Details are here on his blog. [more inside]
DC area Mefites: Would any of you lovely folk be interested in meeting up for a 'Get 2010 off on the right (boozy) foot' meetup? [more inside]
The numbers don’t support me but none the less I think MetaFilterians need a code word to “secretly” identify each other. [more inside]
Proposed: Remove MetaTalk from the Google index. [more inside]
Now that MeFi has over a decade under its belt, can we get "Most Favorited Posts in the Past Year?"
is it possible to start a new post that only members can see and answer and wont turn up on google?
What thread has the highest T number, where T is 'number of favorites given to comments' divided by 'number of comments'? [more inside]
Now we can see (most of) Kabul: City Number One. [more inside]
Copycat: Toronto's first meetup of 2010? [more inside]
Chicago's first meetup of 2010. [more inside]
I'm curious about why nobody posted anything to the front page about the foiled terrorism attempt on the 25th. [more inside]
Comment "posted in the wrong thread" -- why? How exactly does one go about making this mistake? Confusion with multiple tabs or browser windows? Or is it an in-joke I'm not getting? [more inside]
Today's London meetup location has changed.
Pony Request: So, it's been discussed before, but could we have some support for discussing spoilers in threads such as this one? Like maybe a tag for rendering text invisible until selection, or built in ROT 13 support or somesuch?
Merry Christmas! Got a game console for Christmas (either today or in the past)? Want to play a Mefite or three? Drop your info in here and lets go! [more inside]
MeFi Navigator and other Metafilter scripts are (I think) broken. But, merry christmas! [more inside]
Do we really need to promote, tolerate, celebrate ethnic slurs on MetaFilter? I don't think mocking someone because they are a "JAP" represents a quality post on MetaFilter. [more inside]
Seasonal Schmoopy: What's the best thing a fellow Mefite ever did for you?
I'll be traveling in Oaxaca from the 29th to the 4th. Are there any northern-hemisphere MeFites up for a Mexican-style meetup? [more inside]
I'm pretty sure that this has been asked before, but I can't find the post. So, what is the accepted etiquette for asking multi-part questions to AskMe? [more inside]
Is it possible to get "plus 21 hours offset" as a profile setting? I assumed when I went back to NZ that it was a daylight savings anomoly, but it hasn't seemed to autocorrect over time. Posted to MeTa in case I am missing something obvious that might help someone else later.
Where did "This." come from? [more inside]
Did I somehow miss the annual "best x of the year" post? [more inside]
Merry Festivus, everyone!
That's 602.920 US dollars or 420.566 Euros! (thank you, pleasure to entertain you, tip your waiter, etc.)
With the new year around the corner, and recently noticing that Mefites have burned 490,834 calories, traveled 2,364 miles, and lost 378 pounds, I figure it's a good time to ask: Is there interest in some sort of MetaFilter weight loss/exercise challenge? (Meta-fitter? Har. Har. Sorry.) [more inside]
After our daughter was nearly killed back in April, we all struggled to find a way for her to heal both physically and emotionally. We found the answer halfway around the world. [more inside]
Metafilter gets a mention on cnn.com in an article about Modest Needs, a charitable organization we first talked about here back in 2002. [more inside]
Pony: An easier way to revert to the mobile site. Current link is 1. tiny and 2. all the way at the bottom. [more inside]
Miniature pony request: The ability to see categories while looking at favorites. [more inside]
Shothotbot rocks!. As of yesterday, was proud owner of three boxes of delicious cookies AND a great SQ gift. Thanks so much for the efficient and delicious organization of the cookie exchange.
Ask.meta pony - how about tracking followups from the OP in "new answers"? [more inside]
If I can turn off favorites, why can't I turn on deleted posts? [more inside]
Given the guidelines for AskMefi, this seems a particularly hard one to answer at all.
Tulsa is long overdue for a meetup. What say we get together for a post-holidays celebration of the Filter? Thinking of the second weekend in January. [more inside]
Best recipes, food ideas, cooking hacks of ask metafilter? [more inside]
If you need it, here is a MetaTalk thread to hash out feelings about the Brittany Murphy obit thread.
A lot of posts get deleted because they have too much "commentary" but in the metafilter about section it describes an ideal post as a link accompanied by commentary, perhaps this should be changed? [more inside]
Is there any interest in creating a space on the wiki to collaborate on future posts and prevent sniping? [more inside]
What happened to the Mefi blue and the green on my Acer Aspire one netbook? All I see is white. [more inside]
MeFi YouTube Embed: Now with fullscreen! [more inside]
Episode 5 of the Metafilter Music Podcast is the second, naughtier half of the two-part holiday series that started last week. It's about 46 minutes long and features 19 songs by 17 different metafilter musicians. [more inside]
Help us test a new version of Recent Activity. [more inside]
How did this post from September end up in popular posts for the past 7 days?
Minor Favorites Pony Request: has favorites, lots of favorites, favoritest [more inside]
"The page is still loading, please wait to add favorites." [more inside]
Let's say I've got a picture that's in the public domain, and is in no way related myself, my family, or anyone I know (or anyone still alive, for that matter), and would be very relevant to an FPP i'm crafting. Problem is, I can't find it anywhere else on the internet. So, if I put the image up on a website that has no other content and was created for the purpose of showing people on metafilter this thing that is not mine, does it still count as a self-link?
Would it be possible for posts that have the NSFW tag to be marked as such automatically on the front page? [more inside]
I use comment time stamps as bookmarks on a thread to return to that spot, but they're not working like they used to. [more inside]
Our last podcast of the year was recorded on December 11th and covers the last month or so on the sites including the charity drive/raffle and the favorites kerfuffle. It runs about an hour long, with notes inside. [more inside]
This NPR story from the 15th about radiation overdoses at three hospitals from CT scans reminded me of this post on the blue awhile back, which is now closed. I still think of this from time to time, so I thought some of you might be interested. [more inside]
Stylesheet pony: jump between subsites from individual posts? [more inside]
I have some pretty involved questions I am thinking of asking on Ask Metafilter. There is a lot of contextual information, which, the more people know, the better I feel their answers will be. If I put it all in one post, there would be a lot of interlinked questions. Is it better to put things all in one post, or to post a few different questions and provide links to the information in the other questions?
HTML error? Using a "<" sign inside small tags seems to have done it. [more inside]
I don't see the difference between the deleted duckface photos thread and the upside down photos thread. Can somebody explain to me why one got the boot and the other didn't?
BCS time, people. Let's pick some games. [more inside]
i'm sure i'm just doing it wrong - but i keep trying to remove a thread from recent activity and it keeps popping back up there? [more inside]
Small pony: MeFi search doesn't index tags. [more inside]
I just got an email using my metafilter user name that has been reproduced inside. Metafilter is the only site where I use this monkier, and I"m wondering exactly what the hell it is, and if anyone else has gotten it. It is called the "Living Life to the Full User Survey." [more inside]
There seems to be a mefi tradition to not speak ill of the dead in obit threads, but what do we do when the obit is for someone abhorrent to the community?
Could the PlayStation Network be added to the 'Also On' profile list? [more inside]
Any chance of getting a mobile-formatted MetaFilter for non-iphone devices? [more inside]
Is there any way to view tags that have only been used once? [more inside]
Can we skip a step when memailing someone? I'd like to be able to type in the username in the TO field, rather than 1) searching for their username 2) clicking on their profile link 3) clicking on the "send mail" link.
Do front page links now open in a new window?
Congratulations to emelenjr and No-sword, whose comments (1 and 2) in scalefree's post on the school that banned "Meep" were quoted in celebrity lexicographer Erin McKean's column on the subject in the Boston Globe today.
Its Boxing Day. Surely you'd rather meetup than shop? [more inside]
Copyright... we've all followed the various debates, and we know theres all kinds of morally ambiguity and grey areas and stuff involved. But where there isn’t much grey area at all are sites that are explicitly for the warezing of mass quantities of digital media. Could we not link to them or offer them our breathless support on the front page or use the site for the swapping of invites for them? Plenty of other places for that. Thanks.
Um, is this a real member, troll, or a sock puppet? This post seems to strange to be true.... [more inside]
Problems Posting a Comment. [more inside]
Flagging own comments for deletion? Is there a convention? [more inside]
Portland "bah-humbug" meetup, Dec. 25 at Powell's Books downtown. Coffee, conversation, and board & card games. [more inside]
ZOMG! QUONSMUS!!!! ZOMG, THANK YOU!!! [more inside]
That's the THIRD time I write an answer in the green and click on the close tab button. No, it wasn't by mistake, I just thought better of it. Is it me??!? The last one was the one was a question by Goodgrief ("Keep a name from a previous marriage?"). I realize the question is a little chatfilterish, but I was going to post my opinion; like most others were doing. Then, right as I was writing an answer, I thought... What if they don't like that answer? What if everybody thinks I'm a jerk for spouting my opinion? This has happened a little too much to be comfortable.
This is the (long overdue) 4th episode of the Metafilter Music Podcast, and part one of two in a series of holiday-themed collections. This one is Nice, the next, in a few days, will be Naughty. This episode run just over 41 minutes and features songs by fourteen different mefite musicians. [more inside]
Can the pro- and anti-pregnancy sets please take their arguments here before this post is utterly derailed?
The welcome-back message on the front page reads 'x links and y comments posted since your last visit' (except, y'know, with numbers). But most posts contain more than one link. Would it be better to have it read 'x posts and y comments'? There's probably a downside I'm not seeing.
Where do you people find the things you post to the "blue", and how do you consistently find them before the rest of us? Specifically to those of you who make art or photography posts here on Metafilter, where do you first learn of the things you link here? Reddit? Stumbleupon? Digg? Certain blogs? Where is the bleeding edge of the internet? [more inside]
What's up with MeFi Office Hours? Is this a new feature? I've never heard of it before. [more inside]
In taking the Favorites survey and dipping into the Mike Rowe/TED Talk thread, I discovered something completely new about how I use them. [more inside]
There's always some drive-by snideness any time someone posts an AskMe post that mentions education in any of the humanities. This question from last night is an entirely valid question and is in good faith. Some of the answers, not so much. [more inside]
The 00s. Let's talk about them here. There's been a lot and will continue to be a lot of discussion of this past decade - 2000-09 - in the coming weeks (and perhaps months). Can we please stop talking about what to call them on the blue? [more inside]
Weird preview spell-check mistake... [more inside]
I Wanna Take A Ride On Your Media Stick! [more inside]
MetaFilter in The Guardian's 100 essential websites: Living if isolated proof that a site can be successful without pictures or video, and can also host thoughtful conversations.
Well, January Schofield's father just got his book deal. [more inside]
Ask MetaFilter is six years old today-ish. The subsite that began without its own URL has grown into its own fully tagged, categorized (mostly) searchable archive of our little hive's collected wisdom. Just last month over 1900 users wrote questions and 5300 users gave answers. [more inside]
Looking for a relatively recent ask mefi thread concerning scenes in movies and short, internet available videos that would cause one to cry, although not necessarily sad. More along the lines of "uplifting and touching." All I remember is that both Big Fish and UP were mentioned, and it was around 3 weeks ago. Help!
Dear Mathowie, [more inside]
Is anyone interested in an actual cookie exchange? [more inside]
that's a lot of cookies, mefi... [more inside]
Eugene Meetup? [more inside]
Is there a radio station of Mefi Music? [more inside]
I'm looking for an old metatalk thread about adblocking and host files. [more inside]
What is up with all the shockfilter/outrage filter lately? [more inside]
Mysterious package arrives...thank you secret quonsar! [more inside]
DARPA Balloon Challenge - Team Metafilter - This Saturday [more inside]
I live in Melbourne and need a roommate! I don't know what to do! Help!
I'm moving to Melbourne and need a place to live! I don't know what to do! Help!
I'm moving to Melbourne and need a place to live! I don't know what to do! Help!
Would it be possible to have a search box on Activity subpages -- in other words, a search function that limits itself to a single user's comments or posts? [more inside]
I got an email from another member letting me know that litterateur, the young woman who posted a few questions to AskMe about her leukemia and its relapse, died at the end of October. Her questions and comments encouraged a lot of us to become bone marrow donors and learn more about marrow donation. [more inside]
Paypal update: after two weeks of stalling, it's off to final review. Results should come in a few more days. [more inside]
What ever happened to the Metafilter redesign contest? Weren't we going to see one of these designs as the site design at some point?
Congratulations to MeFi's own Interrobang, whose first book for young readers, The Secret of Invisibility, was just published! He is both author and illustrator - preview the illustrations here. [more inside]
Where is the link on to how to post an anonymous askme? [more inside]
You listen to good music. You pick some of it out, and you put it in a certain order, and you listen to your mix all the time. It's good! It sounds good, too good to keep to yourself. So you burn 5 copies of your mix to CD and you put 'em in the mail. Soon 5 different discs containing 5 different mixes from 5 other people appear in your mailbox, and this is good because you're tired of listening to the mix you made and some new tunes from cool MeFites is just the right thing.
MeFi Swap Winter 2009 is open for sign-ups. [more inside]
MeFi Swap Winter 2009 is open for sign-ups. [more inside]
My home computer is my Blackberry. Thank you so much for the "Mark resolved" link. It saves so much work!
Browsing long(ish) MeFi posts on my iPhone makes me want to kick puppies. Every time I hit refresh to see new comments, a little piece of me dies as I look forward to another six minutes of flicking my finger down the screen. I know, I should be lucky to have such problems, am I right? Anyway. [more inside]
I realize we have sort of a policy of not editing posts, but is there any chance an update could be added to the NY Marriage Equality post? [more inside]
I have Google Wave invitations. If you would like, please contact via [more inside]
Many ask.metafilter questions don't have an "end" to the story. Which questions are you most curious about how they ended?
Hello, San Francisco! I've been living here for six weeks now and already I know that this is the perfect place and time for me to exist. I love everything and everyone here, and I want to marry you all and best friend you and have a thousand million babies with you. Which is to say, YES! I live here now! KEEEEE YAH! Which is to say, YES! LET'S! MEET! UP! [more inside]
On this activity page, the "more" on the first item links to http://www.metafilter.com/2839866/We-know-what-happened-because-he-said-yes#2839866; unfortunately, we haven't reached 2.8M posts on MetaFilter. Also, the same comment appears as item 3 of the list, but this time the "more" link works (gets to the right comment in the existing thread). [more inside]
A thread for discussing November Experiment data, stats, graphs, and other datawankery. [more inside]
November is over, and favorites are back to normal. In addition, we've got a couple related things to mention: a survey about the November exercise and favorites in general, and a couple of new display options for folks who want to alter the default favorites view. [more inside]
Woot! Favorites are back. [more inside]
Meetup - Northwest Europe. Let's try this again! [more inside]