December 2017 Archives (all archives)

December 31

🎉 Happy New Year! 🎊

I just want to thank everybody involved with this marvelous, ridiculous, impertinent website and to extend my fervent wish that (to paraphrase Laurie Anderson) 2018 will be just like 2017—only much, much better.
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter-Related at 4:26 PM PST - 85 comments

December 30

Metatalktail Hour: RESOLVED!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Tonight's topic: What are your New Year's Resolutions? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 8:00 PM PST - 125 comments

Flavortown loses its flavor. RIP Guy's American Kitchen & Bar

Do you remember flavortown? First discussed on the blue in a metafilter thread, it spawned a meetup, a metatalk liveblog, and was discussed on a podcast episode. It was the subject of many a deleted post. [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em to MetaFilter-Related at 5:35 PM PST - 17 comments

December 28

Fanfare Errors / IMDB API Removed

You may have noticed over the past few days (approximately since the 25th) that adding new shows or movies to Fanfare has come up with nothing but errors. This should now be fixed, but other errors are possible. [more inside]
posted by frimble to Bugs at 12:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Who Are The Bloggers of Metafilter?

EmpressCallipygos's link to her blog post about losing a 5 lb. container of sugar in her apartment highlighted that my feed reader is short on personal blogs, as most of the personal bloggers I followed have quit. If you are still blogging somewhat regularly (for any definition of regularly that you like), and don't mind other Mefites reading your blog, please share the URL. I will add all to my feed reader. This will also help me avoid Facebook, which is something I am trying to do.
posted by COD to MetaFilter-Related at 10:36 AM PST - 82 comments

December 26

DECEMBER BEST POST CONTEST! Dec 24 awards, observed!

Click within to discover the full glory of the third week of the December Best Post Contest, including best posts of the week, all our first- and second-time posters for the week, and a recap of categories for the month-long contest! This week actually closed on Dec 24, but what with the holidays today is December 24 Observed. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 10:42 AM PST - 3 comments

December 23

Metatalktail Hour: Holiday HoliYAY!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, an open thread for the holidays, and I hope you're having lovely ones! Tell us something holiday-y that's up with you.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 4:47 PM PST - 221 comments

MST Club Video Marathon 2017: Christmas In SPAAAACE

This is MST Club announcing our 4th annual "No Stress" Christmas Video Marathon! No Stress means it's pretty laid back as far as marathons go: feel free to have it going on in the background to cooking, sleeping, football or whatever, or exchange jokes with us in the chat window. The primary site of this thing is the MST Club Cytube page, with our room as a possible alternate if things go awry. The time is throughout December 24 and 25, from 6 AM Eastern/ 3 AM Pacific through to Midnight on the 25th. Come by with or without your favorite nog if you like! More details are in the extended description. [more inside]
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter-Related at 5:56 AM PST - 16 comments

December 22

Redirect Pony Request

Sometimes I browse MetaFilter while logged out. If I click Log In to comment and fill out the form, I get redirected to the main page. Usually my goal is to return to the post I was originally on. Right now that means a back-back-refresh. Thoughts on changing this? [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh to Feature Requests at 5:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Was there an increase in the edit window's window?

Went to make my second edit in an ask answer (i suck at typing apparently) and noticed the "Time Remaining to Edit: " was 5 mins and some seconds. Missed grabbing a screenshot unfortunately. I thought the edit window was 5 mins... did I mis-remember, has it changed, or just a random bug? [more inside]
posted by cgg to MetaFilter-Related at 1:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Metafilter and Twitter

It appears the official Ask Metafilter Twitter feed is everything posted, but it looks like the official Metafilter Twitter feed is most-popular. Unofficial ones set up by someone are deprecated from November 1, 2016. Are there any official or unofficial Twitter feeds that post everything posted to various Mefi subsites, including Projects, FanFare etc.? Would such channels pose a strain on the servers? Possibly could these be a pony request if no such thing currently exists?
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

December 21

Neural Networks and AskMe/MeFi

Has anyone trained a neural network to generate AskMe or Metafilter posts? ...If not, can we do that?
posted by Omnomnom to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 AM PST - 31 comments

December 20

Shout out to needlegrrl for the joyful card exchange

I had great fun participating in this year's card exchange. So many of the cards I received had nice notes of greetings and mefi love. Much appreciation goes out to needlegrrl for suggesting and organizing it. And I want to also shout out appreciation to all the card-senders!
posted by mightshould to MetaFilter-Related at 6:05 AM PST - 44 comments

December 18


Click within to discover the awesomeness of the fantastic second week of the December Best Post Contest, including best posts of the week, all our first- and second-time posters for the week, and a recap of categories for the month-long contest! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:26 PM PST - 13 comments


What are some of your favourite custom MetaTags. I was given the opportunity to create the #gayblacksanta tag with my most recent post and I was smiling as I typed it out. You have your every day #science #books #videogames kind of tags (and of course these are important and useful). But then you have those special ones that are specific to a particular post. They're often one-off kind of tags and may not ever be used again based on their specificity. What are some of your favourites?
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 10:13 AM PST - 24 comments

December 16

Metatalktail Hour: I want to get those stories recognized

Inspired by the post about furries being a community that helps each other out, I want to pose this here: Tell me about a time MeFites reached out and helped you. I wan to get those stories recognized. [more inside]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter-Related at 3:57 PM PST - 99 comments

December 15

Another end of year call-in show!

Hey all you wonderful MetaFilter folks! Last year I asked y'all to call in on our Google Voice mailbox and leave a message, and a bunch of you did, and it made a really nice podcast. So we're gonna do it again!

Call (505) 663-6334. That's (505) 663-MEFI. Just say who you are and share a quick thought—maybe a good thing from this weird year, or something you're looking forward to next year, or something you liked or appreciated on MetaFilter in 2017. Or a (short) poem, or a (short) song, or a (short, is this theme becoming clear) joke! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 3:08 PM PST - 38 comments

December 11

Another MeFi author sighting

If you read the short story Cat Person in the New Yorker and the NYT interview with author Kristen Roupenian, maybe you wondered what other MeFites thought of it, because it seemed to be right up Metafilter's alley. So did the author. Congratulations to MeFi's Own Sock Person Cat Puppet, who has great taste in sockpuppet usernames, among many other things.
posted by RedOrGreen to MetaFilter-Related at 1:39 PM PST - 34 comments

December 10


Click within to discover the full glory of the first week of the December Best Post Contest, including best posts of the week, all our first- and second-time posters for the week, and a recap of categories for the month-long contest! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 9:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Known issue: logged-out search not working right now

Quick heads up since a number of folks have noted/asked about this: yes, the search function for logged-out readers is currently not working. It throws up a complaint that is unhelpful but also not dangerous: "Unauthorized access to internal API. Please refer to...". We'll have it fixed soon, but just a heads up that (a) it is indeed a thing and (b) it's not something to worry about. Sorry about the annoyance!
posted by cortex to Bugs at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Dream Homes

Filling in for Eyebrows, who has been busy with Best Post Contest tagging, I bring you a Metatalktail suggestion from mefite sharp pointy objects, who would love to see members' "links to a home listing of their dream home in their dream city (or area) and [explanation] why this is their dream home/area. I love looking at home listings and would love to see other people's opinions and get to know them better." [more inside]
posted by taz to MetaFilter-Related at 1:18 AM PST - 61 comments

December 9

Thank you Thank you Thank you

This year was incredibly hard for me in a lot of ways. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM PST - 28 comments

December 7

The pitter-patter of Mefite feet

Good news is the best news: Mefites supercrayon and Paragon welcomed a healthy baby girl to the world on December 6, at 10:24pm local time. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 PM PST - 58 comments

Thank mod(s)!

I've never made one of these, but today I signed up to make a small monthly donation. The work the mods have been doing on the political threads is incredibly appreciated. I rely on those threads to have a sense of what's going on without having to go to twitter or facebook. Thank you mods for all the hard work you are doing. I really appreciate it. I hope that anyone else who is able to do so and has not done so before will consider donating to keep these folks with at least a bottle of ibuprofen for all the headaches we must cause them.
posted by sio42 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:40 PM PST - 15 comments


Congratulations to MeFi's Own jscalzi! Deadline reports Netflix Grabs Hold Of John Scalzi’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Old Man’s War’ For Jon Shestack, Madhouse "EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired John Scalzi’s modern sci-fi classic Old Man’s War to develop as an original film. The novel is the first in a bestselling six-book series and is considered to be one of the best of the genre over the past two decades, nominated for a Hugo Award. Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment will produce."
posted by Doktor Zed to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM PST - 33 comments

Who is the oldest Mefite?

Just wondering! I am 87 years old today.
posted by lungtaworld to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM PST - 107 comments

December 6

Not to abuse MetaTalk...

You don't need to tell us that you're not abusing the edit window. Just make the additional comment and say what you wanted to say. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate to Etiquette/Policy at 2:44 PM PST - 79 comments

SoCal Fire Check-In (December 2017)

Well, here we go again: Southern California is ablaze. A roundup below the fold. MeFites, please check in. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM PST - 33 comments

December 5

Can we not use gendered insults?

I really think the word bitch is problematic and highly offensive and adds nothing to the inclusivity here. This may be an antipodean thing but it’s a sexist and nasty insult. May I request we discuss not using it? Or any gendered insults?
posted by taff to Etiquette/Policy at 2:20 PM PST - 247 comments

Metafilter's Duplicate Finder and New Policies

Can the duplicate-link alert also alert if the link shows in a recent comment? I think this is actually needed, given megathreads. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

December 4

Responding to current events with art

The last year-plus has been a tumultuous time in the world. As announced last week, we're changing the norms of the USPolitics megathreads, and that includes less space for parody songs and similar stuff. Instead, folks can put that stuff here. Have you made some art, music, etc. (silly or serious), inspired by current events (from anywhere in the world, not just the US)? Show us!
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

December 3

135: It's A Dang Podcast

It's me! It's Jessamyn! It's a damn-the-torpedoes, full-amble-ahead ramshackle of an episode as we catch up on MetaFilter, talk a bit about the recent US politics discussion changes, and just recklessly chat about this and that while I enjoy a nice big glass of wine. Covers November and runs about 80 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 3:04 PM PST - 30 comments

December 2

Metatalktail Hour: Project Updates

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! Tonight for metatalktails, filthy light thief wants to know how far you got on your NaNoWriMo this year, or share how any other project they're working on (or recently finished!) is going. If it's a THING, pictures are great! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:06 PM PST - 79 comments

Fucking Fuck, v6

With the Unread, Illegible Tax Bill having passed the Senate, among other shattering, quotidian, or seasonal joys nightmares events, I suspect that a place to howl may be necessary. Please, howl here. [more inside]
posted by monopas to MetaFilter-Related at 1:34 AM PST - 207 comments