February 2005 Archives (all archives)

February 28

Filtering for Dollars

'Filtering for Dollars: Let's ignore the questions about the veracity of the claims of the particular user here. Where is the line when it comes to soliciting money via Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by daveadams to Etiquette/Policy at 10:06 PM PST - 179 comments [closed]

Hotlinking to movie files

Hotlinking... In the Ryan thread, I listed the direct links to the movie files in response to a request. Afterwards, I wasn't sure if this was proper. I flagged my own post, and searched Metatalk, and didn't find anything for hotlinking.
posted by adzm to Etiquette/Policy at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Death to Embedded Media.

Death to Embedded Media. Firefox extension for all you Embedded Media Whiners. [via LinkFilter.net]
posted by MiltonRandKalman to Etiquette/Policy at 5:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Would you like to help out u.n. owen?

You all remember how u.n. owen was set to audition for Jeopardy a couple months back? Recall how a string of bad luck kept her from doing so?

Seems things are still bad for her. When I saw this post in AskMeFi I contacted her just to check in and see how things were going. She's in a bit of a bind and I hope it doesn't embarrass her, but I thought there might be a few MeFites with a little extra pocket cash. Anyone feeling altruistic? [Details inside]
posted by FlamingBore to MetaFilter-Related at 4:03 PM PST - 151 comments [closed]

"Please read the link" callout

Metafilter fascism: Please click on the link at least once *before* filling up the thread with stupid comments. In this case, the poster (matteo) merely quotes pieces of a work of fiction before delmoi and TargetPractice jump in with knees in full-jerk mode.
posted by vacapinta to Etiquette/Policy at 2:33 PM PST - 30 comments

Expiration date for news-related posts?

Hypothetical question (brought to mind by a recent post) : Is there an expiration date for news-related posts? Is something that was published last weekend still front-page worthy today?
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 8:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Flagging error

After flagging a post I got this message: "Error Occurred While Processing Request... Element SITE is undefined in URL". Not sure if the flag registered or not, or if anyone else is seeing this message.
posted by taz to Bugs at 5:24 AM PST - 3 comments

February 27

Will there ever be a time when one link news posts are disallowed?

Will there ever be a time when one link news posts are disallowed?

A news link is rarely best of the web, in my view, and why Metafilter is the best of the web is in the density of the matter presented, a more comprehensive evaluation of our world.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 PM PST - 110 comments

Best Answer doesn't show "more inside"

The [more inside] tag doesn't show up in the best answer view or in the archives.
posted by Saucy Intruder to Bugs at 1:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Piracy of Calvin and Hobbes.

Perhaps I'm not the model MeFi poster, and call me old-fashioned, but I find something really, truly shady about the abject, unapologetic theft of another's creativity being advocated on the Blue. Does piracy qualify as the best of the web?
posted by AlexReynolds to Etiquette/Policy at 11:10 AM PST - 298 comments [closed]

February 26

page to view fantastic posts/comments?

To my knowledge, posts/comments flagged 'fantastic' only seem to decide towards sidebar announcement. How about a page where all posts flagged as such are listed? [+]
posted by Gyan to Feature Requests at 7:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Proposal: visible ratio of questions answered to questions asked

Petty Pony Request: Although it's easy to find out a persons AskMe ratio of questions to answers, I think it'd be nice to see that information on the comments page. It sounds quite childish, but I'd rather focus any answers I have towards those who themselves answer questions.
posted by seanyboy to Feature Requests at 4:44 PM PST - 47 comments

February 25

a limit on how far one particular detail can be discussed

I have a proposal for political arguments that might make them more productive: a limit on how far one particular detail can be discussed. A problem I noticed on this thread is that nothing gets resolved because the discussion revolves around one minor detail.
posted by [expletive deleted] to Etiquette/Policy at 9:34 PM PST - 62 comments

Not Quite a Self-Link

There are some interesting goings-on at my university that I'd like to post about. However, they regard a service which is currently under my jurisdiction on student council. My name might appear in some of the links, but none of them are BY me. I also don't intend to specify who exactly I am. Would that be considered a self-link?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Etiquette/Policy at 5:47 PM PST - 19 comments


This is my greatest stolen modified idea today. Metafilter hitpoints! We all get 5000 to start. Once you level up via unattacked thread posting, you can cast healing spells on your favorite, but inexplicably hated MeFi pals, or do double damage with Fireballs. Anybody who reaches zero has their account closed, unless someone ells resurrects you by sacrificing 3/4 of their remaining points.
posted by thirteen to Feature Requests at 12:34 PM PST - 153 comments

google made me awesome

I know that lots of people love y2karl's posts, but when he damn near admits that his work is courtesy of Google, then we've moved beyond being the "best of the web" and into the realm of "you need your own blog".
posted by Avogadro to Etiquette/Policy at 9:23 AM PST - 131 comments [closed]

Spellcheck needs updating

How about adding some frequently used non-words to the spellcheck, for example, "blog".
posted by Capn to Feature Requests at 8:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Covered by the Guardian.

MeFites star in this Guardian article stemming from the recent Kottke thread.
posted by initapplette to MetaFilter-Related at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Category Typo

As a sop to us nit-picking philosophers, could the Religion & Philosopy category be renamed "Religion & Philosophy"? Sorry, I know painquale already mentioned this in a comment in another thread, but that was months ago.
posted by bricoleur to Bugs at 5:57 AM PST - 15 comments [closed]

ru dirty like metafilter?

Another metafilter-like site, this time in Russian, which I don't think has been noted here before: Dirty.ru. It looks like a well-established place & claims over 7,000 users.
posted by misteraitch to MetaFilter-Related at 12:54 AM PST - 38 comments

February 24

Favorites Pony Request

Pony, pony, pony. Everyone wants a Pony. Here's the one I'd really like: The introduction of the [!] is nice. But I am way more interested in seeing the best, most interesting comments than I care about bad ones getting taken out behind the woodshed. If there has to be a [!] could there also be a [!!!]? In my pony dreams this spits out to a page like the del.icio.us popular list. Or something like that.
posted by limitedpie to Feature Requests at 10:12 PM PST - 18 comments

One word comments: annoying

posted by LittleMissCranky to Etiquette/Policy at 9:23 PM PST - 41 comments

Fearless Leader at SXSW

Fearless Leader will be at SXSW in a few weeks. Who else?
posted by Asparagirl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Japanese AskMe-style site launched

AskMe(-like) massive rollout in Japan. [mi]
posted by Bugbread to MetaFilter-Related at 6:10 AM PST - 23 comments

February 23

Invalid CFML construct error on front page

Invalid CFML construct error on the MeFi front page when not logged in. Happens in both IE6 and Firefox.
posted by neckro23 to Bugs at 4:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Tagging and categorizing old AskMe posts.

Sorry if this has been covered, but will we have the chance to go back to our old AskMe posts and not only tag them (as is currently possible) but also put them in the correct category, as as currently not possible? And is there any volunteer effort being organized to go through and tag (and/or categorize) old posts that have not been tagged by their creators?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Feature Requests at 12:38 PM PST - 25 comments

February 22

Can I add a second question since my first one is answered?

meta-meta-question -
I nearly hit "post" a few minutes ago here, but I stopped myself because I was asking follow up questions, only slightly off-topic. Good ones I think (and the simple thread is nearly worn out). I can't post another question for another 6.5 days. Shouldn't I just ask the questions in the thread while it's a fresh topic instead of posting a new question in a week? Or should I just suck it up and wait?
posted by hellbient to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Discussion of y2karl's posting style (Feb. 2005)

Discussion of y2karl's small quote posting style in this thread got me thinking. I wonder what a pie chart or Venn diagram showing a breakdown of his contributions to MeFi into quotes, small quotes, alt-text quotes, his own words, etc. would look like.
posted by techgnollogic to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 PM PST - 189 comments

Pagination not right

Something on the "Showing results ... of ... answers by ..." pages seems to be broken.

This page should be my 50 most recent answers, and it is, but this page does not show answers 51 - 100 like its supposed to, but rather shows answers Most Recent - 100. Clicking either page number or NEXT yields the same results.

Also, Matt, as I post this -- should the dead blogroots.com link still be on the Metatalk posting page?
posted by anastasiav to Bugs at 8:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Close encounters with Sarah Vowell

Who says college can't be fun? Sarah Vowell spoke at Marist, signed some books, and offered some sage advice.
posted by Smart Dalek to MetaFilter-Related at 6:57 PM PST - 48 comments

MefiLawyers Google Group

Inspired by this thread, I've set up MefiLawyers, a Google Groups mailing list for the lawyer and lawyer-wannabe Mefite community. Given that Metafilter is growing in leaps and bounds, e-networking in subcommunities of shared interests seems like a good idea, so I figured I'd start the avalanche. Matt, if this is a pony that you'd rather take in-house, that would be cool too.
posted by Saucy Intruder to MetaFilter-Related at 5:39 PM PST - 20 comments

AskMe: field descriptions slightly misleading

Minor issue with Ask Mefi posting page: the blurb under the field for your main question (the part that posts to Ask Mefi's front page) says that it will be part of the "more inside".
posted by tracicle to Bugs at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Can't log out of the site.

Can't log out of the site. Both at w*rk and a 'Net cafe, clicking "logout" doesn't actually log me out -- just takes me to the front page. Right-clicking "logout" and opening it in another window does seem to actually log me out. FYI.
posted by Vidiot to Bugs at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Help find really good ADD/ADHD thread

Hiya folks! (Say it all together now, okay?: "Hi, Shane." Thanks, that made me feel good.) I've taken an interest in ADD/ADHD lately and I seem to remember a really good AskMe thread that I can't find now. It looks as if it was deleted. More inside.
posted by Shane to Etiquette/Policy at 10:47 AM PST - 42 comments

Errors displaying an an old thread.

Errors displaying an an old thread. [more inside]
posted by grouse to Bugs at 7:36 AM PST - 11 comments

February 21

Sidebar Hunter S Thompson story

"Stories like this in the Hunter S Thompson thread make it a real gem." Blue's front page side blog could use a direct link to the specific story. Ta.
posted by Feisty to MetaFilter-Related at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Lost Password Pony

Tiny Lost Password Pony Filter: Failed login attempts from an Ask.Me page request that you email number one for password help. The main page has a handy-dandy 'email me my password' field. (I said tiny pony...)
posted by nathan_teske to Bugs at 4:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Atlanta Meetup

Lets try this again...

March 4th, 7pm at Babs in midtown
posted by Hands of Manos to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Pittsburgh meetup

Uno tiempo mas con seriedad -- there are more than 30 of us in the Pittsburgh metroplex judging solely by those who've given zip codes. Is there any interest in a meetup? It's grey, it's cold, it's damp, we're entitled to a little fun, aren't we? (Related question: should we attempt to work through the rubric of meetup.com? I'd be happy to organize, fwiw.)
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

February 20

AskMe Flag?

"Didn't check google before posting"
Can this be added as a reason to flag an AskMe post? Or is this already covered by "it breaks the guidelines"?
posted by rajbot to Feature Requests at 7:33 PM PST - 59 comments

No New Windows

Minature Horse Request: When you add a contact and when you flag a comment for review, a new browser window pops up to continue on to the next step. Is there any way that this could be changed so that it continues in the same window? I know this is minor, but it's driving me batty.
posted by amandaudoff to Bugs at 6:39 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]

thanks matt and jess

Mathowie & Jessamyn, thank you for all of your work on the site.

This thread is not for complaints, but for all of us who appreciate everything that you have done to express our appreciation. If you have complaints, please find another thread for them.
posted by spaghetti to MetaFilter-Related at 1:14 PM PST - 146 comments

How about a best answer counter?

I Like Ponies: On the user page, where it says "posted X questions and X answers to Ask MetaFilter", it would be very nifty to add a counter of how many "best answers" this user has received on AskMe. It'll be a positive way to increase the signal/noise ratio -- and while it may provoke some competition, it'll be competition to be the most helpful and comprehensive, which should lead to good things for Ask MeFi.

This is a post from Jairus , who cannot post due to MetaTalk posting limits. Ironically, his last post was about changing the posting limits on MetaTalk.)
posted by LouReedsSon to Feature Requests at 11:30 AM PST - 55 comments

Why are metatalk threads disappearing?

Why are metatalk threads disapearing? Though I may not always agree, I do understand why mathowie would desire to close some. But deletion, as if they never existed? Is server space at such a premium?

Without some continuity, the site feels like a book with pages ripped out, or a newspaper that has been chopped up for a school project.
posted by jb to Bugs at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Is "lame" really an adequate justification for deleting a post?

Is "lame" really an adequate justification for deleting a post? [mi]
posted by Faint of Butt to Etiquette/Policy at 8:13 AM PST - 16 comments [closed]


You can now flag posts or comments you find problematic, distasteful, illegal, off-topic, whatever. Just click on the little [!] links and record your reasons. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 1:26 AM PST - 92 comments

February 19

I'm rescinding my offer to contribute to the Metafilter scholarship

I'm rescinding my offer to contribute to the Metafilter scholarship. I don't like the direction in which the site is going, and I won't be participating any longer. I would email Matt directly, but I made the offer in open forum, so I feel it's only fair to withdraw it here as well. I promise not to let the door hit me in the ass on the way out.
posted by mr_crash_davis to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 PM PST - 372 comments [closed]

London Meetup

Mefi London meetup disappeared from this page within 24 hours, due to a load of navel-gazing posts to MeTalk. Here's a reminder: P_G wants it to be Vaguely Competent this time, OK?
PS: I suggest Friday 25th March: venue - that's up to you.
posted by dash_slot- to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Toronto Meetup

Last reminder! Toronto meetup tonight!

We have space reserved under the name Metafilter.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:19 PM PST - 42 comments

Post Rating System?

Anyone get the feeling that the overall appeal of Metafilter threads has sharply degenerated in the past few months? I used to think $5 for posting priveleges was a bargain. Now I think it's about right. So much trivia. So little time. Maybe there should be some rating system for threads like Slashdot has for its posts?
posted by DirtyCreature to Etiquette/Policy at 12:15 PM PST - 76 comments

I would like to set up my computer so it captures images of MeFi throughout the day.

I would like to set up my computer so it captures images of MeFi throughout the day. I am hoping to save local copies of comments/posts that are later deleted. Is there a way to do this?
posted by mlis to MetaFilter-Related at 10:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Ottawa Meetup Update

MeFi Ottawa: 11 members, spousal units and lurkers made it to Pub Italia last night, where we consumed obscure beers, made boisterous small talk, annoyed other patrons with our flash photography, and crafted inappropriate shoutouts. So far, sboivert's photos and my photos have been posted to the MetaFilter pool on Flickr; aedra's photos, containing many more shoutouts, will be up once I let her have some time in front of this computer.
posted by mcwetboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:09 AM PST - 33 comments

Plea for editorial discretion when deleting AskMe comments

YA plea for editorial discretion/benevolent neglect. [greater within]
posted by kenko to Feature Requests at 8:45 AM PST - 90 comments

February 18

Mefi-a culpa

Calling myself out. Kind of unusual, I know. But I looked back at some of my recent comments and I realized that I've been a butthead and a troll lately. If anyone wants to take exception with my bad behavior, feel free to do so here. And in the effort to make things better- has anyone else fallen into such a rut? Any ideas about how to get out?
posted by Doohickie to Etiquette/Policy at 8:48 PM PST - 48 comments

Portland Meetup

How about a Portland meetup? The limitedpie family just moved to PDX from NYC and would love to meet Pacific Northwest MeFites. And to the New York meetup veterans: we miss you already, have a deep fried Mars Bar for us!
posted by limitedpie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:28 PM PST - 81 comments

Once per seven days or once per calendar week?

Once per week questions: Once per seven days or once per calendar week? Did I miss something on the first post page that said if I post, I can't post again for the next 7 days? (I'm normally attentive, but the first I noticed about this was just trying to post and being denied). Is once per week really appropriate on AskMe? Questions tend to bunch up, but then there are long quiet periods - how about no more than 4 times per month instead?
posted by Caviar to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Combined tags aren't working right on AskMe.

Something is screwy with AND-ed tag lookup on AskMe. The count seems correct but the result list is either empty or shows a post that is tagged with neither tag. Examples: art+music, mp3+music.
posted by smackfu to Bugs at 11:22 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Guidance on the correct use of AskMe's [more inside] field

Uhm, everyone using [more inside] in Ask MetaFilter sort of defeats the purpose if it and looks, err, bad, does it not? Is there anything to do about it?
posted by xmutex to Bugs at 10:41 AM PST - 32 comments

Someone links me in their profile as an "acquaintance"

Really basic question, bear with me, I'm a relatively new user. Someone links me in their profile as an "acquaintance" and I have never met or heard of this individual before in my life. Can I get this erroneous association removed somehow?
posted by grapefruitmoon to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM PST - 53 comments

If you have to update, please do it in one comment

I really wish ericb would post all of his findings in one message, instead of dribbling them out over several. Apparently he's got amberglow doing it, too. What's the point?
posted by crunchland to Bugs at 8:53 AM PST - 73 comments

Poetic FFP screening.

Within AskMe I offered a link
To a site that's quite helpful, I think
And I threw in a line
re: a pet cause of mine
As a post to the blue, would this stink?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Cat Fight Club rules

If anyone captured the Cat Fight Club rules before they were deleted from the Cat Fight thread, could you email them to me at mischief at mail dot ru , please? Apparently, my asking for this list in a separate question was also deleted. I would really like to have that list. Thank you. ;-)
posted by mischief to Etiquette/Policy at 8:19 AM PST - 54 comments

Toronto meet-up reminder

Toronto Meetup Reminder! Tomorrow! As previously discussed.
posted by DrJohnEvans to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:15 AM PST - 23 comments

February 17

Linking the Haughey webcam

Dare I post a link to the now deleted Haughey Webcam post of February, aught-five? I do.
posted by jonson to Etiquette/Policy at 11:55 PM PST - 34 comments

What constitutes a double-post?

Question: what constitutes a double-post? This is easy to answer for websites, but it seems to be harder for NewsFilter posts. One person recently argued that a second NewsFilter post on a previously discussed topic isn't a double if it offers a different perspective. However, I'm not sure that argument can be made for the topic of this post, which has already been discussed twice. So is every news article on a topic fair game for its own post? Early returns indicate that the discussion isn't going to be much different from the first two go-rounds, so what's the point? (yes, I know this is a double post).
posted by casu marzu to Etiquette/Policy at 9:03 PM PST - 11 comments

London Meetup

Let's have a London, England meetup. Let's make it Vaguely Competent this time.
posted by Pretty_Generic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:33 PM PST - 27 comments

RSS Feed For Our Latest Posts/Comments?

Matt seems to be going gangbusters on new features, so I'm not sure if this is the best or worst time to request another pony. This one is for some more RSS feeds...[more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 6:26 PM PST - 30 comments

Broken AskMe RSS?

Did the new AskMe ponies break AskMe RSS? I get invalid XML errors in T-Bird. Browsing to the XML file results in broken badness.
posted by mnology to Bugs at 4:06 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]


mefibookmarks.com - my pet project gets its own domain name. Please give it a test drive - go easy on it!
posted by FieldingGoodney to MetaFilter-Related at 4:02 PM PST - 20 comments

More inside - could it look nicer?

I like the new [more inside] feature in AskMe, but I think it looks clunky having all these big [more inside]s strewn all over the place. [more inside]
posted by grouse to Feature Requests at 3:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Consecutive Non-Spaces Are Breaking RSS Feed

Consecutive non-spaces in MeFi descriptions. See the title tag (the repeating dollar signs)? That gets translated into a headline in the MeFi RSS feeds. It's currently breaking the layout on my RSS page. Can we please not do this?
posted by ricecrazy to Etiquette/Policy at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Rules for user pages?

Are there, or should there be, rules governing the materials (specifically photos) on user pages? I ask because at least one user page I stumbled upon today would be considered NSFW at my place of employment, and I was at work at the time. If not rules, perhaps a way for users to mark their own user pages as NSFW?
posted by terrapin to Etiquette/Policy at 12:02 PM PST - 39 comments

Does he have some asshole pass from Matt?

What freen said.

or, in his own words: Why is dios's continual rude and offensive behavior tolerated? The vast majority of his comments are caustic and intended to be insulting. His behavior is not new and surely not unnoticed. Does he have some asshole pass from Matt?

And stop the "queen" shit too--it's offensive.
posted by amberglow to Etiquette/Policy at 11:23 AM PST - 171 comments

An awesome day on the blue

Something is deeply wrong with MeFi... the front page is simply choc-a-bloc with great links!
posted by five fresh fish to Bugs at 10:24 AM PST - 24 comments

So I shouldn't talk about guns or declawing cats. What else should I know?

I have some ideas about getting rid of religious fundamentalism, winning the War on Terrorism, and inoculating our nation against ever electing anyone like George Bush to the White House again -- all at the same time and using nothing more lethal than words and a few diagrams.

I'm new here, and I would appreciate suggestions on what I should particularly avoid doing in discussing such matters in this group.

I am also from an older generation, and I am extremely upset about the current atmosphere in Washington, if any of this helps to explain the kind of answers I need.
posted by jhilton to Etiquette/Policy at 9:35 AM PST - 55 comments

What's your favorite scam?

This water...

Recent discussions of scams haven’t focused on what interests me about you, Metafilter users.

Tell me, if you please, what’s your favorite scam?
posted by mcgraw to Bugs at 8:59 AM PST - 22 comments

HTML Formatting Request

My first pony request: in addition to the HTML shortcut buttons that currently exist below the preview field—bold, italic, href—it would also be useful to have buttons for 'blockquote' and 'small' since those tags often get used for quoting news sources. Failing that, what other buttons would be useful?
posted by dhoyt to Feature Requests at 8:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Posting limits reallocation?

Instead of one AskMe/MetaTalk thread a week, can we get four a month?
posted by Jairus to Feature Requests at 8:16 AM PST - 31 comments

Fix a spelling mistake, please?

Mathowie et al, can we get "Chacno" changed to "Chaco" in this FPP?
posted by rkent to MetaFilter-Related at 7:39 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Ottawa meetup reminder

Ottawa meetup reminder: tomorrow night (Friday Feb 18), 7:00 pm, Pub Italia, 434½ Preston St. They don't take reservations so we're winging it, but there are a lot of big tables there. I'll try to teach the hostess what a metafilter is. All the cool kids are coming.
posted by mendel to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:47 AM PST - 0 comments

Los Angeles Meetup

Los Angeles Mefis: How about a meetup?
Being a newish member, it'd be cool to meet some of the other posters.
posted by Radio7 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:33 AM PST - 11 comments

February 16

Calling All Bugs

This is the Ask MetaFilter is totally broken bucket. Please leave all refuse here, and I'll do my best to fix it in the next 24 hours. I just made the new posting page live and will try and get everything up and running before I got to sleep in a couple hours, but I'm sure I'll miss a lot. Help me here.
posted by mathowie to Bugs at 11:32 PM PST - 32 comments

Missing Anonyme

SecondTryFilter: After today's updates, the Anonymous AskMe link is gone from the post-a-question page.
posted by agropyron to Bugs at 10:32 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Changing Tags

I've started tagging my AskMeFi posts and realized that in some instances, the resulting answer(s) would serve as valuable tags. Not knowing what the answers are going to be when asking a question, I hope we'll eventually be able to change/add tags once a live question has been answered.
posted by Robot Johnny to Feature Requests at 7:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Nothing to see here

Every time you click "comments" to see the answers in Ask Metafilter, the page that loads says "Nothing to see here, move along... You've stumbled upon a non-existent post, or one that was deleted for various reasons."
posted by nooneyouknow to Bugs at 5:53 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Why was my comment in this thread deleted?

Why was my comment in this thread deleted? My comment was "How much do you make?" and I was serious. Is that somehow not appropriate? Does jessamyn or Matt get to decide what might be an appropriate conversation starter?
posted by fixedgear to MetaFilter-Related at 4:08 PM PST - 14 comments [closed]

Taglines and Slogans

Is there a way to see an aggregate of all the silly one-liners where someone takes a comment from higher up in a thread and posts "Metafilter: Blah blah blah blah"? I tried the search page with the query "metafilter:" but it just dropped the colon and returned everything that had the word metafilter in it. This is probably a futile request but I thought maybe someone either had a hack or was collecting them offline somewhere for his/her own amusement.
posted by matildaben to MetaFilter-Related at 2:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Is the redesign going to be similar across all the subsites?

The HTML markup of Metafilter proper ("the blue") differs from the markup of Metatalk and Ask Metafilter. Given the upcoming changes to Metafilter's look, can we expect similarity in markup across the site, or should we explicitly not rely on undocumented features of Metafilter? [mi]
posted by orthogonality to Feature Requests at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Unanswered AskMes?

For the samaritan looking to knock off a good deed for the day (and for symmetry, how I love thee), how about an AskMe button that shows only unanswered questions?
posted by mzurer to Feature Requests at 12:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Multiple best answers in askme: feature or bug?

I noticed an AskMe thread with two "Best Answers". Is the ability to mark more than one answer as "best" intentional, or is this a bug? I'm sure there are going to be cases of ties, so perhaps this isn't a bad idea.
posted by tommasz to Bugs at 11:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Nintendo DS now comes in Pepsi Blue

The perfect piece of plastic: the Nintendo DS now comes in Pepsi Blue. Via i4u
posted by turbodog to MetaFilter-Related at 10:40 AM PST - 15 comments

I think Matt should require an e-mail address to be posted.

It's really frustrating that so many Mefi people don't have e-mail addresses posted on their member page. In fact, it's really inexcusable given the ability to obtain free secondary and terciary e-mail addresses.

While no one can be forced to read their e-mail (or have the Mefi address mails forwarded to a primary one, I think Matt should require an e-mail address to be posted.
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 9:40 AM PST - 87 comments

Asshole pass?

Why is nofundy's continual rude and offensive behavior tolerated? The vast majority of his comments are caustic and intended to be insulting. His behavior is not new and surely not unnoticed. Does he have some asshole pass from Matt? If such a thing exists, can I get one too?
posted by dios to Etiquette/Policy at 9:24 AM PST - 123 comments [closed]

A single link to Amazon's front page? Really?

Yes, we all await the new Hitchhiker's Guide movie with equal parts fear and excitement. But an FPP linking to Amazon's home page to show the trailer for a new movie is bad form.
posted by mkultra to Etiquette/Policy at 8:53 AM PST - 62 comments

February 15

LokiTorrent: should I worry?

Should I worry or not?

Given the large response to the thread about the closure of LokiTorrent and an anonymous comment in AskMeFi on the 11th I thought I'd let the good users of MeFi know about this. It came from my ISP today. I'm in London England for reference purposes. I've also removed sensitive bits. The file (movie) in question was however a 'Hollywood Blockbuster'. I got 15 mins through it and ditched it it really was S**t.
Just to let you know I have only downloaded 2 movies in 3 years, this one I consigned to the recycle bin the other I bought on DVD as it had some merit! [full email]
posted by darksmiler to Bugs at 9:21 PM PST - 52 comments

There should be some room for frivolity and banter

Boo. There were a lot of fairly well-thought out and witty references to MetaFilter history, past and present, in that thread before it was closed to further comments and had its middle taken out.

Not every thread here should be a linear progression from a problem to a solution. There should be some room for frivolity and banter. Without it, we lose our sense of community and shared experience.

posted by yhbc to Etiquette/Policy at 8:31 PM PST - 153 comments

Title Tags for AskMe

Is there any way to add a title tag to AskMe posts? A title would make it much easier and faster to bookmark well-answered posts.
posted by AlexReynolds to Feature Requests at 5:45 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Grammar Issue

It's worth its weight in grammarcheck to use it's and its correctly.
posted by divrsional to Etiquette/Policy at 5:25 PM PST - 56 comments

An archive-status related bug

I'm assuming it's related to this, but when I'm not logged in, each thread in the blue ends with the "This thread is archived and is closed to new comments" message, instead of the "Register or login to comment" message.
posted by Vidiot to Bugs at 3:47 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

I'm getting nothin' but CF errors when I try to access Mefi.

I'm getting nothin' but CF errors when I try to access Mefi. Can still go here and to AskMe.
posted by PinkStainlessTail to Bugs at 11:28 AM PST - 4 comments

I am TOO logged in. The thread has been taken out.

When viewing a deleted thread (While logged in) I see a bit at the bottom that says "You are not currently logged in. Log in or create a new account."

I can confrim that this is happening in every thread that is currently missing off of the front page.

Firefox 1.0, WinXP, &c.
posted by ChrisR to Bugs at 6:42 AM PST - 9 comments

February 14

"What x are you?" quizzes

Yes, I know that "what x are you?" quizzes are the worst of intarweb clichéry, but when I saw this one (via PreSurfer), I had to waste five minutes and take the quiz. Imagine my shock/delight/spewing-on-laptop when it gave me this result. (And I was trying for this result...) So, what website are we?
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 7:31 PM PST - 89 comments

1st-degree personal attack

This is a personal attack, and one that is way off base.
posted by mek to Etiquette/Policy at 6:00 PM PST - 41 comments

Baseless accusations

Have unsubstantiated smears become common currency at MeFi too now?
posted by semmi to Etiquette/Policy at 5:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Is using "best answer" on subjective questions appropriate?

The best answer feature used in this AskMeFi question seems a little disconcerting to me. For a question that's so subjective, is it really appropriate? I find it off putting.
posted by sophie to Feature Requests at 4:50 PM PST - 85 comments

Connection Timeout members

Upon refreshing the home page, I noticed that MeFi has "Connection Timeout members". Searching the archives makes it seem like I may be unique in seeing this minor bug.
posted by johannes to Bugs at 4:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Mention in "Cool Tools"

Kevin Kelly does a great newsletter called Cool Tools where he normally reviews hard-to-find stuff and geek gadgets. Today he offered up a nice review of Ask MetaFilter. It's not on the site yet, so here's a screenshot from email. I thought it got to the heart of Ask MeFi pretty well, especially the part about reading it for questions you didn't know you wanted to know, but were dying to find out the answers to.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 1:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Can we declare a moratorium on teh?

Can we declare a moratorium on teh? In the words of a recent double post, I'm concerned that we may need a refresher course in irony.
posted by Zurishaddai to Etiquette/Policy at 11:35 AM PST - 60 comments

Can I contact someone via MetaTalk?

I want to pass on some info to someone regarding their expired (and kind of unfulfilled) AskMe question, but there's no email listed on his/her contact page. Is it within MeFi etiquette to post an open note here on MetaTalk for nakedcodemonkey?
posted by blueberry to Etiquette/Policy at 9:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Any hope of making "crush" work again?

Happy Valentine's Day! Any hope of making "crush" work again? No response from Matt here or here, nor to my email a couple days ago. Is this feature disabled for a reason?
posted by scarabic to Bugs at 8:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Minor new tags feature.

Minor new tags feature. Look at the page for all posts tagged with flash. See the related tags on the side? Those are words commonly paired up with "flash". Clicking on the names will take you to posts tagged with that term. Here's the new part: see the + sign? That combines the two. Here's all flash posts that were also tagged music.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:34 AM PST - 21 comments

February 13

Lofi cold fusion error

Lofi is showing a cold fusion error if you are not logged in.
posted by Jim Jones to Bugs at 11:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Tag mispelling

okay, so I for some reason I keep mispelling veganism. I really don't care about the one in the post, but can the tag be changed?
posted by brevator to Feature Requests at 2:18 PM PST - 12 comments

NYC Meetup photos 2005

I've put up four superb photos from last night's NYC meetup.
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:01 PM PST - 45 comments

Seattle Meetip

Time for YA MeFi Seattle wingding? Early March. I suggest we try the Big Time in the University district, which is well lit, not smoky in the front, and advertises free wifi. A recent Saturday evening scouting trip with jimfl and Danelope revealed an uncrowded, quiet scene. Also, they have good beer.

posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:04 PM PST - 21 comments

MeFi Swap

What's up with the MeFi Swap?
posted by me3dia to MetaFilter-Related at 12:06 PM PST - 26 comments

It's okay to link to zip (or exe or...) files?

Genuine question here - and not meant to be a "call out".

When exploring the Text Adventures post I noticed that the Photopia hyperlink was to a .zip file.

I am cautious about clicking on any .zip and .exe files online. Is there any protocol about linking to such on an FPP? At the very least shouldn't one note that the hyperlink is to a .zip by indicating so (i.e. Phototopia [note: .zip file])?
posted by ericb to Etiquette/Policy at 7:17 AM PST - 15 comments

World of Warfare Guild?

A MetaFilter WoW guild?
posted by Ethereal Bligh to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:07 AM PST - 68 comments

February 12

I AM PMS-ing

Snark/non helpful alert. And we wonder why folks think this is a boyzone? Am I pms'ing? Yes. Overreacting? Possibly. Does not calling it out = acceptance, joking or not?
posted by yoga to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 PM PST - 66 comments

MetaFilter Quoted in the Press re: BBC "Office"

This New York Observer article uses a Metafilter thread as its sole source of "Internet" reaction to the new American version of the BBC program "The Office." Our dear mathowie is among those quoted.
posted by lackutrol to MetaFilter-Related at 12:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Do you find out why your Anonyme question is rejected?

If an anonymous question is posted to AskMeFi which is deemed inappropriate for the page, do the administrative powers e-mail the original poster to explain why?
posted by TeamBilly to Etiquette/Policy at 12:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Why does the recent comment page list them in reverse order?

Bug: the recent comments page is grouped again, but it looks like comments for the Blue are in reverse-post order. AskMe are in the correct order.
posted by Civil_Disobedient to Bugs at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

SanFran meetup photos

Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup.
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:12 AM PST - 40 comments

Posts that end in a ?

If someone posts a link to the front page that ends in a question mark, are they really linking to the best of the web, or are they just asking a leading question in order to generate discussion of their pet topic? And should we disallow front posts that are just trollish leading questions because they weaken the mefi brand and more importantly drive me nuts?
posted by craniac to Etiquette/Policy at 7:26 AM PST - 21 comments

"Mozilla not fit for general use"

Does the "Mozilla not fit for general use" FPP count as a self-link? It only calls out a single bug, which the author has commented on several times. For that matter, I don't think a layout bug is usually worthy of a FPP.
posted by grouse to Etiquette/Policy at 3:44 AM PST - 38 comments

February 11

tsk tsk - askme and illegal activity

In this post about music downloading the subject of ask.metafilter questions being used for illegal means [+MI]
posted by filmgeek to Etiquette/Policy at 8:55 PM PST - 27 comments

Toronto, how about another meetup?

Hey there, inhabitants of the centre of the universe Toronto, how about another meetup, next week-ish?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:24 PM PST - 24 comments

Patterns in AskMe thread numbers

Just noticing a quirk: The thread IDs of the anonymous AskMe posts seem to reflect the number that would be assigned to them had they been instantly posted at the time of submission. The three latest threads on AskMe are 14998,15006,15016 (all Anon threads) followed by normal threads 15032, 15031...etc.
posted by Gyan to Bugs at 12:16 PM PST - 13 comments

OK to compliment AskMe response?

Is it befitting to compliment a response in Ask Metafilter?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket to Etiquette/Policy at 11:57 AM PST - 10 comments [closed]

San Francisco Meetup

Reminder: SFMeFi meetup 7pm tonight at the Odeon.

If anyone has Twister, bring it.

Side note: I finally posted my pics from the Berkeley meetup. Enjoy.
posted by quasistoic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Lots of spelling errors in this post

Can you count the number of spelling errors in this post? I see five in the first sentence! Can we put a little effort into our posts?
posted by knave to Etiquette/Policy at 11:06 AM PST - 51 comments

Pony - best answer search

Another tiny new feature: you can search for just questions with good answers marked at Ask MetaFilter. Here's an example of a search result with this in action.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:40 AM PST - 34 comments

February 10

Best Answers Arrive on the Scene

Another pony is roaming free. It's now possible to mark great answers to questions you've asked on Ask MeFi. Details and screenshot inside.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 9:55 PM PST - 79 comments

Two questions about AskMe

I'm going to combine two questions into one here since they're related:
1. When did "mark as best answer" show up in AskMe? Sometime in the last few hours, if I'm not mistaken. What is the effect of marking something as the best answer? (Apologies if I missed an announcement)
2. Does asking a question, and then having it deleted, still use up your AskMe quota?
posted by kenko to MetaFilter-Related at 9:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Non-obvious links in posts

what? posts around here have often had lots of extra links about a topic, but is it too much to ask that the text of a post at least make sense? Personally, I'd like to get a clear idea of what I'm clicking on (even if it doesn’t elucidate the full scope) in mefi posts.
posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Monkey beans

Monkey beans.
posted by chasing to Etiquette/Policy at 1:43 PM PST - 20 comments

New York City Meetup

Is the aforementioned NYC meetup, 6pm at the Magician this Saturday (02/12), still on? Or did everyone just go to suck up to greet Jessamyn last weekend instead?

Just kidding about the sucking up :D I would probably have gone too if not for a prior engagement.
posted by cyrusdogstar to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:53 AM PST - 57 comments

Atlanta Mefi Meetup Reminder

Atlanta Mefi Meetup Reminder!
Hey guys, remember tomorrow to be at Manuel's Tavern in Midtown at 7pm!
and bring a jacket! By Atlanta terms, it's going to be cold."
posted by Hands of Manos to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Self link and then purchased ads? Wha?

I hit the blue page the other day and saw a JUST POSTED story that was nothing more than a link to a page where you can buy a t-shirt with a design/slogan on it. (I'm not mentioning/linking-to which one it was because that isn't the purpose of this post). The FPP was deleted within minutes (from when I noticed it). However, today I see that it is listed in the Blogads on the front page. All is as it should be - I'm not complaining - I just think it is interesting that self-linkers apparently (sometimes?) get the opportunity to purchase an ad that they were trying to get for free.
posted by spock to Bugs at 7:07 AM PST - 19 comments

February 9


I used the Google Search and it returned all these weird metafilter variants instead of the post I was looking for. bukake.metafilter.com? touchstevesnuts.metafilter.com?
posted by unsupervised to Bugs at 9:49 PM PST - 16 comments

lofi is throwing an exception

lofi is throwing an exception. (details inside)
posted by RichardP to Bugs at 5:50 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Hands of Manos' profile page is pretty freaking amazing

While, it'd be nice if you could still see his comments, links, and previous posts, Hands of Manos' profile page is pretty freaking amazing, especially considering the limitations of the space.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 4:35 PM PST - 47 comments

Bugs in Atom Feed

The MeFi atom feed is throwing a parsing error.
posted by rhapsodie to Bugs at 2:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Small bug

Small bug: on the "all of a user's comments to MeFi" page (search_comments.cfm), if one has commented more than once in the same thread, the article appears once per comment, each with one "jump to the comment in this thread" link. I'm pretty sure this is new behavior. Ask.Me and Metatalk responses are still grouped together.
posted by Zed_Lopez to Bugs at 1:23 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Pissing on Ask Metafilter

"Pissing on AskMeFi": pissing on AskMeFi. Keep it off the green.
posted by Eamon to Etiquette/Policy at 1:10 PM PST - 63 comments

Getting an error when I submit an anonymous AskMe question

Getting an error when I submit an anonymous AskMe question. (Yes, I have an embarrassing question to ask.) [mi]
posted by agropyron to Bugs at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Matt, will you ever sell Metafilter?

Now that bloglines is away to new corporate overlords (hopefully, to not be destroyed in the process), I find myself wondering when the other services I like will get gobbled up.

Personally, I'm curious - Matt, will you ever sell Metafilter?
posted by Caviar to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 AM PST - 53 comments

Known triple post = triple good?

Is a triple post okay if you knew it was one? (The person who posted this must have known, since the search included in the post shows it.) Is it okay if there are a few more links included this time, and the text is on a different site now? Finally, is it okay if the goal is simply to elicit more discussion on the topic, as it seems to be here?
posted by koeselitz to Etiquette/Policy at 9:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Error executing database query

Trying to get to the blue ... my default view is 20 most recently commented threads... get Error Executing Database Query. [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Invalid column name 'link_day'.
posted by crunchland to Bugs at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Tags for deleted double posts

Tag problem? Searching for the Jeff Gannon thread to post this juicy update, I found this page, which says there's a tag but doesn't show it. I think it may be a tag for a deleted double post?
posted by CunningLinguist to Bugs at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

February 8


posted by scarabic to Bugs at 8:33 PM PST - 38 comments

Is it ok to post followups in threads?

Honest, innocent question: Is this o.k.?
posted by mudpuppie to Etiquette/Policy at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there etiquette on commenting in your own posts?

Is there etiquette on commenting in your own posts (FPPs?)? I'm exercising restraint - don't want to end up on Noobs Gone Wild. Looser in the green than the blue?
posted by hellbient to Etiquette/Policy at 7:08 PM PST - 23 comments

AskMe is not for Help Wanted ads.

Ask Metafilter is not a volunteers wanted noticeboard.
posted by fvw to Etiquette/Policy at 1:01 PM PST - 27 comments

spell check is throwing me a cold fusion error.

The spell check is throwing me a cold fusion error. [mi]
posted by FunkyHelix to Bugs at 8:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Titles in AskMe

Maybe this was covered and I missed it, but why do individual AskMe threads not have unique titles? When I bookmark a Metafilter thread, it has a unique title but when I bookmark an AskMe thread, I have to change the title.
posted by agregoli to Feature Requests at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments

my nick is idiotic. can i change it?

i just had a realization: my nick is idiotic. can i change it?
i've only been a member for a week, and only posted about 3-4 comments.
posted by Silky Slim to Etiquette/Policy at 4:01 AM PST - 52 comments

I want to be able to ban myself from Metafilter temporarily.

I want to be able to ban myself from Metafilter temporarily.
posted by pracowity to Feature Requests at 3:27 AM PST - 60 comments

February 7

Acceptable to repost comments as FPPs?

Two things:

1) When is turning a comment into a FPP okay? The poster acknowledges it as such in the FPP itself and the old thread is still open for new comments. Shouldn't the new links be added to the old thread?

2) Also, pepsi blue.
posted by Stynxno to Etiquette/Policy at 3:16 PM PST - 47 comments

Server Update Announcement

I just updated the server to CFMX 7. If you see any obvious weird errors, toss them in here.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 3:15 PM PST - 39 comments

Missed the Meetup

Hi Mefites. I'm sorry I won't be able to make the Atlanta meetup or the Jeopardy tryouts. I'm really upset...I was hoping to meet all of you and see Atlanta, but it's just not going to happen. Some unexpected money things have come up and it's one of those really-bad-timing things. If the tryout was a month later, it'd be no problem. As it is, it's impossible. Thanks for all the good wishes. I'm sure I'll try out sometime in the next year, somewhere, somehow.
posted by u.n. owen to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Preventing mistakes in URLs

The person posting this today seems to have made similar mistakes in links as the person who posted this five days ago. Just wondering if the mistakes can be identified and better avoided.
posted by mediareport to Bugs at 8:42 AM PST - 29 comments

This is pretty egregious trolling.

The reality is that they stand around thinking they are playing a video game until somebody gets hurt. This is pretty egregious trolling.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket to Etiquette/Policy at 5:06 AM PST - 52 comments

February 6

San Francisco Meetup

MeFiSF! Fri, Feb 11, 2005, 7:00 PM. Odeon Bar, 3223 Mission St (near Valencia). Email me if you want a reminder later this week. We can't promise $5 rebates, but we do welcome new members!
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Self-link, don'tcha think?

Self-link, don'tcha think?
posted by squirrel to Etiquette/Policy at 10:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Ottawa Meetup

Ok Ottawa MeFites: Here are the details of the upcoming Meetup:

Date/time: Friday, February 18 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pub Italia, 434½ Preston St.

Hope everyone can make it!
posted by nyxie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this thread

There was a thread a while ago (on the green I believe) about a mefi member who had a friend who was considering becoming a police officer. I've tried searching for the thread, but can't find it. Does anyone have a link for it?
posted by drezdn to MetaFilter-Related at 2:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Pony: pagination, and preview for the actual comment

Last alluded to here: None of the redesign entries (unless I missed something) addressed the "comments by user" page, which is probably the clunkiest and least usable feature on the site. Long comment histories take forever to load (and tax the server); and you can't actually see any of the comments without clicking on each individual link. I think pagination, plus an ability to preview the actual comment, would be a great help.
posted by Saucy Intruder to Feature Requests at 7:27 AM PST - 17 comments

I got a pony

A baby eohippus, neatly saddled with a bar napkin inscribed with my name, just pranced by on the thinnest of air and winked at me, whereupon I had a pony shot in celebration.
posted by Opus Dark to Feature Requests at 1:42 AM PST - 17 comments

February 5

Redesign Contest Results

Hey everybody, it's the results of the Redesign Contest!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:34 PM PST - 94 comments

These aren't really good posts.

Natalie dee now has her very own dog. It's too bad she had to " stone-cold quit my job".

Does This combined with This really belong on the front page?

What _is_ the best way to address this stuff without seeming like a jerk?
posted by edgeways to MetaFilter-Related at 7:11 PM PST - 35 comments

Redesign status update request

You'll see it when I'm done with it, I don't know what else to say. Sorry it's taken so long, but I've been a bit busy the past month.

Didn't you say you were using some of the newbie windfall to hire a coding helper to help advance all the vaporware projects? Is this happening or have you changed your mind and decided to continue to do it all yourself in your spare time?
posted by rushmc to Feature Requests at 3:57 PM PST - 30 comments [closed]

Meet up on NYC

Just a reminder: drinks w/ jessamyn in NYC at Rififi, 7 PM tomorrow. If it's overrun w/ Superbowl fans let's try the back booth at Solas or the back room at Mickey's.
posted by nicwolff to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Can we get a preview of the new site design?

I'm highly interested in the new design of Metafilter. Is there any chance we could get a preview? I understand that we were able to view the winning designs, but I was under the impression that it would incorporate elements from all of the good ones, so I'd like a peek, as I'm sure the rest of the site would.
posted by angry modem to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

The timezone slips occasionally.

PST slippage in the blue... Occasionally my time reference on MeFi gets whacked back to PST, though my preferences are EST. When I see the problem, I edit my profile (changing nothing), submit and ta-da, EST. Don't need no pony, just bringing it up. Happens ~ once a month.
posted by nj_subgenius to Bugs at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

The title of the AskMe page reads "Announce Metafilter"

While I'm as excited as anyone about announce.metafilter.com, I wonder if the fact that the title of the ask.metafilter.com page reads "Announce Metafilter" is a bug?
posted by fake to Bugs at 9:34 AM PST - 46 comments

Linking to AskMe from MeFi

Hey, why is there no link to askmetafilter on 'the blue' as you metatalk hipsters call the main page? You have to click metatalk and then click askme. FIX IT
posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 12:41 AM PST - 69 comments

February 4

Your memorable mefi moments

Despite some recent messiness, snarking and call-outs on the green and the grey, I (as a noob) am impressed with the recent examples of true connection and "kinship" as exhibited by the life altering experiences thread in Ask MetaFilter (and discussed further here) and the heartfelt advice given to a frightened 20-year old who is about to enter a treatment center.

In the same spirit of recalling favorite migs moments, can some of the longer-term folks share memorable moments where MeFi has demonstrated such “poignancy” and support to fellow MeFites?
posted by ericb to MetaFilter-Related at 5:52 PM PST - 34 comments

My dear friends , where is migs ?

My dear friends , where is migs ? how do you feel about migs ? what was your favourite migs moment ?
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter-Related at 2:55 PM PST - 83 comments

IRC Without Download

I've been too busy to hang out on the metafilter irc channel, so I just wanted to say hi to all the cool people there. Is there any way one can access that without downloading an irc client?
posted by dios to MetaFilter-Related at 1:07 PM PST - 35 comments

TextAds -- more of a good thing?

As long as we're talking about non-fleshy non-sucidal ways for Matt to help pay for this place and his services herein, how about some tweaking of the Original TextAds Program? [much more inside]
posted by wendell to Feature Requests at 12:32 PM PST - 19 comments

WARNING - this link will take you to another page!

When posting a front pager, I understand that other Mefites want to be warned if a linked-to Web site requires a login/password, but we're supposed to warn of cookie placement from a Web site as well? Not being snarky, just being curious.
posted by NoMich to Etiquette/Policy at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments [closed]

the poster clearly asked for a female response

We've been over this already.
posted by Quartermass to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 AM PST - 67 comments

Is it time for Ask Metafilter to be promoted?

Given the fairly high usage and value of many of the threads, isn't it time for Ask Metafilter to be promoted to be listed on the Blue? The link in the sideblog to this amazing thread is a clear sign that it's ready for primetime. How about it Matt?
posted by tommasz to MetaFilter-Related at 6:09 AM PST - 36 comments

RSS for Sidebar?

Now that the sideblog is back in action, would it be possible to get an RSS feed for it? If this would involve a lot of work, just put it somewhere on the list of Ponies, but I'm wondering if, since the sidebar is powered by Blogger, there might not already be some sort of automatically generated feed that I just need to point my reader at.
posted by yankeefog to Feature Requests at 3:01 AM PST - 4 comments

February 3

new MetaTalk post limit

This will be my last MetaTalk post for the next seven days, because MetaTalk is now subject to the same time limits as Ask MetaFilter.
posted by me3dia to Etiquette/Policy at 8:12 PM PST - 49 comments

Ad Hominem logical fallacy

Ad Hominem logical fallacy: Attacking a person instead of their argument. Or, in this case, attacking them because of a perfectly valid comment.
posted by neckro23 to Bugs at 7:19 PM PST - 28 comments

orange clock needs to be addressed.

Can we lose orange clock and keep chicobangs, please? Okay, that's not the best way to say it. I am no angel myself, but this beyond-the-pale swipe at chicobangs and mathowie - from a member of dubious contribution overall (IMHO) - should not go ignored.
posted by scarabic to Etiquette/Policy at 11:30 AM PST - 100 comments [closed]

Thank you for turning off Suicide Girls.

Matt Haughey has shown tremendous compassion by rejecting a large revenue stream for the sake of this major Internet community. Rare is the system admin who is both concerned and available. I'd like to remind the users there exists a way to thank him and fund the site directly.
posted by orange clock to MetaFilter-Related at 8:39 AM PST - 137 comments

Where to put Askme Followups

Matt, should we use MetaTalk to follow-up our AskMe questions? Or should we use AskMe? Or neither?
posted by Pretty_Generic to Etiquette/Policy at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Selflinking crossposting snafu

The spectre of self-linking once again rears its ugly head. Allow me to present Exhibit A - "The clueless reviews the Mac Mini", submitted on MacSlash by StormBear. If it may please the court, here also is Exhibit B - "The clueless reviews the Mac Mini", submitted in the blue by user #3411, alias StormBear. Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution rests.
posted by Smart Dalek to Etiquette/Policy at 5:01 AM PST - 33 comments [closed]

February 2

Please limit to answers in askme

Please limit comments to answers or help in finding an answer.
posted by Jim Jones to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 PM PST - 79 comments

Matt, I'm not trying to be irritating here

Matt, I'm not trying to be irritating here; but I am wondering, if you're not going to update the sideblog anymore, is there any reason to keep it? (And for the more anal among you, yes I'm well aware that it can be collapsed).
posted by Wulfgar! to MetaFilter-Related at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

And it's not even page 3

posted by DevilsAdvocate to Etiquette/Policy at 2:07 PM PST - 39 comments

a way to replace the SG revenue

Matt's clearly not being compensated adequately for the time and $$ he spends on this place, and the avenues open to him are apparently distasteful to many of us. As fun as it is to complain about SG, it might be even more fun coming up with a way to replace the SG revenue ourselves. -->
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to MetaFilter-Related at 12:22 PM PST - 116 comments

Suicide Girls TextAds

So yeah, suicide girls. After some teeth gnashing, and asking all my female friends about taking on suicide girls image ads on mefi, I decided to take them (they seem tasteful to me -- I dropped the ones showing too much skin) with the caveat that a simple click and anyone could hide them forever. Here's what I said when I took their first textad long ago and the same applies here. They are as racy as I will go, and this won't start a slippery slope as they're the exception to the rule.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:27 AM PST - 649 comments [closed]

February 1

Fucking maniacs, or, the life and oeuvre of one luckyclone.

Fucking maniacs, or, the life and oeuvre of one luckyclone. Though a prior specialist in one-liner snark (rare exceptions), this user hasn't made a coherent comment since December 6.
posted by dhartung to Etiquette/Policy at 11:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Is there a way to add words to the spell checker???

Does anyone besides me find it ironic that our spell checker doesn't know the word "MeFi"? and... scary that the suggestion for the correct spelling is "Mafia"

Is there a way to add words to the spell checker???
posted by HuronBob to MetaFilter-Related at 5:15 PM PST - 13 comments

u.n. owen on Jeopardy

"I'll take swords for 2 million, Trebek"

Calling all Atlanta Mefites: Come see if U.N. Owen owned at her try outs to be on Jeopardy. We'll meet at Manuel's Tavern in Midtown on Feb 11th at 7pm!
posted by Hands of Manos to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:33 PM PST - 17 comments

AskMe in Lifehacker

Lifehacker (another in the Gawker empire), has a roundup of askmefi threads. We're all on our best behavior, right?
posted by mileena to MetaFilter-Related at 11:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Why was this question anonymous?

I'm not sure I understand why a question about driving with earphones in, was posted anonymously...
posted by benzo8 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:52 AM PST - 50 comments

Actually I don't think this was his own website...

I don't think the site in this deleted thread belongs to the poster. The names don't match up, and neither do the writing styles. He just improperly quoted the phrase "The Goleta Air & Space Museum is just my web site." While not formatted very well, I think the link holds up to scrutiny.
posted by zsazsa to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Wired on MeFi

MeFi tags on Wired; article here.
posted by tr33hggr to MetaFilter-Related at 5:52 AM PST - 25 comments