February 2013 Archives (all archives)

February 28

Surely This

The level of naked bigotry in the comments to this thread is absolutely appalling to me. Is it really okay on MetaFilter to flat out claim that transfolk are just making it up?
posted by Proofs and Refutations to Etiquette/Policy at 7:25 PM PST - 953 comments [closed]


Live from Boston!
posted by grateful to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:51 PM PST - 71 comments

Hey, do you know what an unproductive comment looks like?

Can we have less comments like this, please? It doesn't really add anything to the discussion, and I'm glad that most people ignored it, but I'm having trouble just letting it go. [more inside]
posted by MattMangels to MetaFilter-Related at 2:52 PM PST - 63 comments

Mefites on Twitter

Apologies if this has been asked before, but is there any easy way of discovering which Mefites are active on Twitter (easier than checking 10,000 user pages)? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry to MetaFilter-Related at 1:17 PM PST - 48 comments

February 27

Oreo Blue

Oreo Blue? Really? [more inside]
posted by doreur to Etiquette/Policy at 5:01 PM PST - 242 comments

A video like that, you don't fake it all at once

Little pig at a petting zoo rescues baby goat. Suspicion: "This is setting off all my bullshit alarms. Seems an awful lot like a trained pig performing a trick." Rebuttal: "Is a petting zoo going to purposly strand a goat in water every day, and then train a pig to go rescue it, and not advertise? ... The whole idea of contriving small animals to be in peril and rescue themselves as a spectacle seems too complicated and beyond the expertise of a run of the mill petting zoo. This is a petting zoo you'd find in a Chuck Palahniuk novel, is what I'm saying." Reality: Not a Chuck Palahniuk novel. A Nathan Fielder series on Comedy Central. [more inside]
posted by maudlin to MetaFilter-Related at 12:56 AM PST - 46 comments

February 26

David Bull's Setup

MeFi's own David Bull gets interviewed for The Setup, and gives a shoutout to MetaFilter too. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature to MetaFilter-Related at 4:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Putting the "Meta" in "MetaFilter"

Based on the front page, I can tell that other posters use some of the same resources to find potential FPPs that I do. I'll lay my cards on the table, and hope you do the same... [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 1:10 PM PST - 88 comments

Survey: Metafilter Retreat!

A group of us excited about planning a possible Metafilter retreat have put together a survey and a tentative planning timeline. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 AM PST - 230 comments

February 25

App.net Mefites?

Today, app.net announced a free, invite-only tier. I know there's a bunch of MeFites on G+ (as we had a thread when invites for that went around) but what about this ad-free, you're-not-the-product social network? Any MeFites use that service? Any of you have any of the newly minted invites? Can y'all make it possible for Metafilter to represent?
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter-Related at 8:31 PM PST - 42 comments

What happened to elizardbits?

Did elizardbits migrate to a new account? I saw that her account is disabled and that makes me sad.
posted by JDHarper to MetaFilter-Related at 7:55 PM PST - 48 comments [closed]

There's a mod on every corner

Is Matt diversifying the site further than we previously thought possible? I was surprised to see this on my receipt after stopping for coffee today. Will there be a free pony with every 12 cups? Are our beans now being served in venti mugs?
posted by arcticseal to MetaFilter-Related at 11:57 AM PST - 49 comments

February 24


Pony Request: a search function for MeMail. We're able to search our activity and favorites, and I'd love to be able to do the same for MeMail. I know MeMail isn't meant to replicate the features of services like Gmail, but I think this particular function would be really useful.
posted by Anonymous to Feature Requests at 11:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Previous and Next Links While Browsing by Tag

When browsings by tag the only page nav links are numbers which takes careful aim to hit on a Nexus 7. "Previous" and "Next" links would greatly ease finger-based navigation.
posted by llin to Feature Requests at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Are there some metafilter scripts?

I find lately there have been numerous interesting threads, and comments to those threads. Is there a way to have the most favourited comments show up at the top? I don't generally partake in discussions and prefer to read.
posted by Clementines4ever to Feature Requests at 4:28 PM PST - 26 comments

AskMe To The Rescue!

I love it when a real-time AskMe ends well.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter-Related at 8:16 AM PST - 67 comments

stupid computer movies

Looking for a post about glaring errors in hacker movies. I am not sure if it is the post itself or if it came up in the comments, but I'm sure I remember a thread about stupid errors using IT in films, especially 'hacker' type films. Sorry, my search-foo is weak today.
posted by marienbad to MetaFilter-Related at 7:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Happy Birthday, John!

Hey MetaFilter, please join me in wishing a happy, healthy 40th birthday to your friend and mine, the master of the megapost and the bottomless well of relevant information for any damn thing you can think of: JHarris!
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 6:00 AM PST - 47 comments

February 23

Swap Me Maybe Mailing Deadline Reminder - Thurs Feb. 28!

Swap in those last few tracks and get those discs a-burnin! The mailing deadline for MeFiSwap 2013-1, Swap Me Maybe, is coming up quick! [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 3:03 PM PST - 65 comments

February 22

Sometimes the universe is just creepy.

As the previous Secret Quonsar threads have been closed, I thought I'd share the weird coincidence our giftenating hath wrought. (Anyone else have odd MetaFilter connections to share?) [more inside]
posted by Madamina to MetaFilter-Related at 3:45 PM PST - 44 comments

Proposed IRL Update Alerts

A few weeks ago we had a discussion about adding MeFi Mail alerts to IRL when an event is updated. We have some proposed changes that we think could help keep everyone informed if an IRL event is updated. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 12:46 PM PST - 54 comments

February 21

A New Baby Bunny

The legion of MeFites born to the title has increased! treehorn+bunny has given birth to a daughter! Please join me in welcoming Lilly, 7 lbs 7 oz and 19 inches long. May her reign be long and her justice swift!
posted by KathrynT to MetaFilter-Related at 8:24 AM PST - 144 comments

February 20

A new preferences option to hide titles on Mefi

We're putting together a new preferences option to toggle off titles on the front page of Mefi specifically, and we'd like some input on wording. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 2:03 PM PST - 133 comments

What would Bill do?

So, I neglected to favorite a user's comment pointing to a certain Easter Egg they buried in a news website before they left the job there. This "feature" led to a page which collected all the articles about what proposed legislation intended to do ("Bill would..."), to hilarious results. Can anyone point me to it?
posted by TheNewWazoo to MetaFilter-Related at 1:49 PM PST - 19 comments

February 19


I am not sure how elusive the Metafilter moderator GUI screenshot might be to the average MeFi user, but I have always wondered about it's efficiency and I was pleasantly surprised when I finally caught a (blurry) glimpse of it during Matt's SxSW 2011 talk: Lessons from 11 Years of Community
posted by TangerineGurl to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 PM PST - 42 comments

A thread from another time

This post and its subsequent thread from 2005 is hilarious. To anyone who registered after that (as I did) I recommend you read it. It's like Metafilter from another dimension. Warning: inline images and broken links to Tripod.com hosted media.
posted by codacorolla to MetaFilter-Related at 7:38 PM PST - 158 comments

Our friend, WolfDaddy

It's with great sadness and an unbearably heavy heart that I share the news that MeFite WolfDaddy (and most recently, PapaLobo) has died. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter-Related at 3:55 PM PST - 390 comments

Has Metafilter been targeted by China?

Given recent events in the news, how safe is Metafilter from foreign cybersaboteurs?
posted by Renoroc to MetaFilter-Related at 3:39 PM PST - 58 comments

Discourse and MetaFilter

We love the MetaFilter audience to bits, but we're not sure where Discourse -- a next-generation, 100% open source forum -- can fit in, if anywhere, in the existing MetaFilter empire. Are there any super-technical folks willing to dive in and host a Discourse instance for mefites? [more inside]
posted by codinghorror to MetaFilter-Related at 2:45 PM PST - 26 comments

February 18

Deleted post question. Was OP banned?

I have the greasemonkey script that allows me to see deleted posts, and I saw that this post was deleted. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere to Etiquette/Policy at 9:06 PM PST - 126 comments

Insert Title Here

This maybe just me with a particular writing hangup, but does anyone else find it difficult, sometimes have a "mental block", to come up with a title for the FPP they have constructed? End up sometimes spending more time on the title than constructing the rest of the FPP? Have abandoned FPPs as cannot come up with a decent title? Or have a fear that, no matter how good the FPP, a rubbish title will mean everyone will pass over it? Highly related; any tips for coming up with "good" (subjective, yes) titles. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter-Related at 2:30 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me find the story about a hilarious/offensive conference intro...

I'm going bananas trying to find a comment that I *think* I read on the green. The story was about an intro at a conference, or maybe at just a business meeting? And the person giving the talk lead with a pretty raunchy or out-there joke or anecdote, after which half the people balked and left and the other half stayed and had like, the best conference ever. I seem to remember that the joke-teller was a woman in a male-dominated field, but I could be wrong about that. IIRC, this story was told reverently, not disparagingly, and I think it appeared within the last two years. Is this ringing any bells?
posted by Charity Garfein to MetaFilter-Related at 12:12 PM PST - 14 comments

— D R A F T   C O P Y —

Pony request. Essentially re-asking this after a seven year gap: what are the chances of having a draft mode for posts so they can easily be built up or refined at different times and locations?
posted by mazola to Feature Requests at 8:15 AM PST - 47 comments

February 17


I enjoy the sidebar and the Best of Metafilter subsite that draws from it. I can't help but notice, though, that arguably the most popular posts are not well-represented there. [more inside]
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 12:50 PM PST - 48 comments

February 16

Link Change?

Rhomboid asked this question about a link on the blue which switched from liveleak to YouTube. I'm curious about this as well, and a little ... concerned? Anybody know what's up there?
posted by Apropos of Something to Etiquette/Policy at 8:17 PM PST - 29 comments

February 15

So you think I'm racist?

What is the MetaFilter etiquette concerning trollish remarks to an innocuous comment? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse to Etiquette/Policy at 4:38 PM PST - 320 comments

How does wasting away together in Metafilterville sound?

Pursuant to this comment I made on the blue, (and ignoring what happened to the cruise passengers in that thread,) what does everyone think of our arranging a Metafilter cruise, resort or mountain cottages week-long getaway sometime? [more inside]
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter-Related at 2:24 PM PST - 453 comments

Chrome for iPad not obeying title size set to 0

I'm logged in and using Chrome on an iPad 3. I have title size set to zero in my preferences. That works on my laptop and elsewhere, but not on my iPad; I see the titles exactly as a non-logged in user would do. [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots to Bugs at 11:56 AM PST - 18 comments

attaching photos?

is there a way to attach a photo to askme?
posted by ebesan to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 AM PST - 36 comments

February 14


Is it time to update the "About" section of the Profile pages?
What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.
Certainly we oldsters can remember the advent of the internet, and there was a time when we may have thought it was for freaks. But for many you may as well ask "When did you first use electricity?" [more inside]
posted by The Deej to MetaFilter-Related at 11:48 AM PST - 126 comments

Another crazy deletion

Sorry, but this is a dumb deletion, IMHO. A lot of people like Newsfilter type stuff, and those are almost always the most interesting and longest threads. This is big news in the sports community, and the deletion reason is just silly.
posted by roomthreeseventeen to Etiquette/Policy at 6:43 AM PST - 74 comments

February 13

I/P discussions....

I know it's a hard subject to discuss civilly. I have a modest suggestion on how to improve such discussions. [more inside]
posted by el io to Etiquette/Policy at 6:03 PM PST - 159 comments

Cheezburger scraping content from Cortex

Garkov posted on Cheezburger dot com: Garfield comics randomly generated by a spambot algorithm
posted by kittensofthenight to MetaFilter-Related at 5:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Unpopular Tags

The page Popular tags on MetaFilter has a list of the 150 most-used tags. What about the least-used tags? Is there a list of tags that have only been used once? What about a list of tags only used by one user?
posted by the man of twists and turns to Feature Requests at 3:08 PM PST - 39 comments

Chatty Cathy

Since chat.metafilter.com is still active, why is it not linked anywhere on the main page?
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter-Related at 8:58 AM PST - 56 comments

Which are your favorite comments to tell at parties?

Lots of comments and answers make for good cocktail party stories, bon mots and so on. For instance, this one is a personal favorite of mine to relate when people start talking about Dune. What are your favorite comments that make good telling-stories (and not just reading-stories)?
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:47 AM PST - 116 comments

February 12

Want to play now that my computer's better

Old post filter: trying to find a post from within the past two years or so that featured a very weird little game. All I remember was that the animation was VERY high-quality (the game took a really long time to load on the computer I had at the time), and I want to say that the animation for while the game was loading featured a sheep on a hamster wheel. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there something to record where I've been?

I often read threads without commenting and thus they don't show up in recent activity. Is there a greasemonkey/firefox plugin that can show me which threads I have read and record my place in them - other than opening history up every time?
posted by marienbad to MetaFilter-Related at 8:31 AM PST - 33 comments

Metafilter et al Rocks! and yet.. Pony request for short-story subsite

So Metafilter right now consists of * Metafilter / MetaTalk- launched in 1999. Askmefi - launched in 2003. Projects - launched in 2005. Music - launched in 2006. Jobs - launched 2006. IRL - launched ?? Now I love, love, love, Meta and all associated sub-sites but I was wondering if perhaps a writing / short story sub-site (for original works) was also possible.?** [*all dates taken from wikipedia]
[**apologies if this has already been discussed, I searched and couldn't find reference to a writing sub-site on MetaTalk] [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams to Feature Requests at 6:54 AM PST - 100 comments

February 10

Show us what you swapped!

Have you gotten your MeFi Swap mixes yet? Are they awesome? Have you found new favorite songs? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 8:08 PM PST - 79 comments

Internet Spaceships

So, thanks to seanmpuckett and ryanrs, I'm playing EVE Online again. I know that a few others have started (or started back) recently as well. Metafilter used to have a space corporation (by the name of Hurf Durf Moon Eaters) but it seems to have gone by the wayside. Anyone interested in getting the band back together? [more inside]
posted by 256 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:35 AM PST - 60 comments

February 9

Lost in the archives...

On the monthly archives pages it is much easier to find out the time of day a post was made than the date a post was made. I think time of day and date should be equally accessible by listing both on the "posted by" line. [more inside]
posted by clorox to Feature Requests at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

I am Adaptive Systems' wife.

The wife of a reclusive author has appeared in a thread about him.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM PST - 89 comments

Unfortunately, "ransom" was not on the list.

Cortex is now AT YOUR COMMAND.
posted by dmd to MetaFilter-Related at 11:46 AM PST - 91 comments

MeFites attending or presenting at SXSWi 2013?

What are people's plans for SXSWi this year? Anyone presenting? Can someone more on top of things than me organize a meetup? Looking forward to see y'all soon.
posted by nightwood to MetaFilter-Related at 7:41 AM PST - 15 comments

February 8

Podcast Transcripts Are Here!

We'd like to say a big thanks to the volunteers who have transcribed the MetaFilter podcast for your reading enjoyment. At this moment, they have transcribed 31 of the 77 episodes. To celebrate, we're adding a visual indicator on Podcast posts to let everyone know a transcript is available. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 10:58 AM PST - 24 comments

February 7

When I was your age, this space was for jokes.

I like the sidebar on the front page, and how it shows nifty stuff and contact activity. When I'm on my phone, I don't have that, and it makes me feel sad inside. Would the powers that be consider adding a line to the menu on the mobile site that would link to the sidebar content? In my head, this looks exactly like what we have on the front page, except tinier and by itself.
posted by phunniemee to Feature Requests at 7:35 AM PST - 84 comments

February 6

NoScript? YesScript!

Has there been a change in rehosting some javascript? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss to MetaFilter-Related at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Meow Shoutout

I would like to point out the superhelpful answers to this wonderfully bizarre question: which in turn reminds me of this even more wonderfully bizarre question. Meowlectronics. It is a thing.
posted by Omnomnom to MetaFilter-Related at 2:05 PM PST - 35 comments

Homework Filter

Do we do homework? Seems like we should be able to flag a post as such.
posted by bensherman to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 AM PST - 97 comments

February 5

The Heat Is On

So thanks to this MeTa I found (and "Liked", of course) the MetaFilter Facebook page. Upon reading said page, however, one of the terms from the "Related Searches" section stood out: "metafilter convection oven". I am very curious to find out now why this is apparently a popular enough search to show up on the Facebook page. Is this merely a glitch on Facebook's end or is there something about ovens that I really should know and y'all can tell me about? What am I missing out on here?
posted by MattMangels to MetaFilter-Related at 7:17 PM PST - 45 comments

Sidebar Drought

There hasn't been a sidebar post of a non-administrative nature in over a month. Are we flagging fewer posts? Are the moderators occupied with something more urgent? Is the sidebar deprecated in favor of the best-of blog? Has the content quality gone down? Something else? I look at the sidebar regularly and would appreciate seeing new content there.
posted by Nomyte to MetaFilter-Related at 10:44 AM PST - 77 comments

Inconsistent Preview/Post buttons

The position of the Preview and Post buttons is inconsistent. [more inside]
posted by Lanark to Feature Requests at 1:11 AM PST - 45 comments

February 4

Bad Delete: Justfacts presentation

I understand the post was removed for the reason that it seemed likely to start fights. However, I'm not sure this post calling the banners for BDS activity against Israel, or this post attacking the Daily Express, or this I-hate-the-rich post wouldn't also qualify. What is the standard for what makes a post contentious, and is the standard lower for minority-view postings? [more inside]
posted by corb to MetaFilter-Related at 10:36 AM PST - 154 comments [closed]

February 3

Malware warning on almost all links including contact form

Just an FYI, anything I click link-wise, although NOT the new-post button, returns this warning in chrome. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee to Bugs at 8:30 PM PST - 62 comments

Can we get some edit window stats?

How many people have used it, average edits per post, how many the person with the most edits has used, etc (not naming names), how often its used the various subsites, how many flags/complaints you've gotten over editted posts, etc? Just curious how it's working out.
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 1:18 AM PST - 77 comments

February 2

All the therapy?

Did anybody ever do an analysis on what proportion of Ask questions get answered in some way with a suggestion to get therapy? [more inside]
posted by curuinor to MetaFilter-Related at 9:30 PM PST - 54 comments

Notification of Changes to IRL Meetups

Is it possible to get a memail if there have been date/time/location changes to an IRL event they've RSVP'd to? And as an extension, possibly a notification when a proposed event is confirmed? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 to Feature Requests at 10:27 AM PST - 30 comments

February 1

Irresponsible Medical Advice And What To Do With It

If you see medical advice given in an AskMe and it seems irresponsible, is it better to refute the advice in-thread, ignore, flag? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny to Etiquette/Policy at 9:58 PM PST - 66 comments

Metafilter n-gram viewer

The recent meta post about weird tags got me playing again with the infodump, and I was finally motivated to create something I've wanted for a while: A clone of the Google Books N-Gram viewer, but for Metafilter: http://mefingram.appspot.com/. [more inside]
posted by jjwiseman to MetaFilter-Related at 3:42 PM PST - 38 comments

What constitutes a thin post?

This post, a single-link recipe, was killed for being a bit "thin," yet innumerable SLYTs of cat--and, to be fair, dog--videos are allowed to stand. Lots of MeFites love pets, and lots of MeFites love food. What's the qualitative difference here?
posted by Johnny Wallflower to Etiquette/Policy at 2:51 PM PST - 38 comments

We love seeing where you work, now show us where you play!

Where's your hangout, your hideout, your favourite place to have fun? Show us pictures of the places you go and the things you do to relax when you get away from your work.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:46 PM PST - 49 comments

comment box boldface/italics/links on an iPhone

Is there any way to make boldface/italics/links easier when posting comments from an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco to Bugs at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Titles are back, despite title font size being set to zero

I just noticed that setting the title font-size to zero in my user preferences no longer prevents titles from being displayed with posts. [more inside]
posted by washburn to Bugs at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Mefi to Kindle toolchain

What is the killer solution for getting mefi threads, including comments, onto a plain wifi Kindle. [more inside]
posted by Iteki to MetaFilter-Related at 5:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Racial Slur

No matter how interesting I find the topic, I find the title of this thread incredibly problematic---is it just because i am canadian?
posted by PinkMoose to Etiquette/Policy at 4:09 AM PST - 167 comments