April 2008 Archives (all archives)

April 30

We, have, like...commas

Gasp! Commas! [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast to MetaFilter-Related at 1:57 PM PST - 181 comments

Does this fedora make me too awesome to breed?

Am I too awesome to breed? [more inside]
posted by electroboy to Etiquette/Policy at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments [closed]

keep comments while still killing posts

I was a little sad to see the Purple Reign post deleted; I realize that the post itself was DOA but I loved some of the links posted within the thread. Perhaps there is a middle ground that is a step above killing that would still allow folks to at least see the comments while still culling the post.
posted by zeoslap to Feature Requests at 8:25 AM PST - 54 comments

Easy Trips Down Memory Lane

On the front page sidebar, it says "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 years ago"—links to Metafilter, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 years ago. Could we please have this feature in Metatalk?
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 7:32 AM PST - 37 comments

April 29

Color coded usernames

I'm terrible at remembering names. It would be great to have usernames that are favorites show up as a different color. Is there a way?
posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 7:58 AM PST - 82 comments

AskMe != AskToBeJudged

I slept on it, and I’m still mad about it. This thread, which contains a clear and specific question, should not be a referendum on the poster’s character or the legal profession. [more inside]
posted by prefpara to Etiquette/Policy at 7:10 AM PST - 135 comments

Metafilter Music Collaboration #2

A bunch of us had fun with goodnewsfortheinsane's "It's the End of the World..." project last year. I think it's time to try another project, Exquisite Corpse style. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal to MetaFilter Music at 3:13 AM PST - 87 comments

April 28

I'll race! To feel the wind in my face! And I'll race! To feel like I own this place!

Mario Kart Wii friend code filter: Let's drive through malls, smashing our cars into each other! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt to MetaFilter-Related at 9:55 PM PST - 31 comments

So a murderer walks into a bar...

The filesystem jokes in this Reiser trial thread struck me as being in particularly bad taste. [more inside]
posted by Asymptote to Etiquette/Policy at 9:53 PM PST - 79 comments

favorite? well...i mean it's not bad....

A thought: how about adding a post specific "favorite" tool for the blue (et al). Kind of an open "mark as best answer" for individual fpps. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah to Feature Requests at 9:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Beer in Istanbul?

Beer in Istanbul? Any night between 2nd and 5th May inclusive, I am buying.
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Just a curious question

Dear mathowie, jessamyn, and cortex: how many hours do you commit to keeping MeFi afloat? Is it a huge time commitment, not a big deal, or somewhere in the middle? It seems like a lot to juggle between three people. True? And if so, what takes up most of your time?
posted by SpacemanStix to MetaFilter-Related at 4:39 PM PST - 86 comments

jason's_planet will be in London. Let's meet up!

Hey, there, London. I'll be visiting from May 16 through the 26th and would like to drink with you. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:09 PM PST - 81 comments

Mayday update

Hey, remember that MayDay meetup we will have in Minneapolis? Here is some updated info. Also mods can you create something where a user can update the info on the meetup sidebar? That would help. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:49 AM PST - 5 comments

When the cat's away the mice will SPAM.

Can we please have an automatic deletion and/or penalty box for posts that get flagged for breaking guidelines by many users at times when no mod is online? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine to Feature Requests at 4:11 AM PST - 110 comments

April 27


I came home to see that my answer in this thread was deleted. Was it made clear that mediocre's horrible roommate is not actually a prostitute?
posted by brujita to MetaFilter-Related at 10:47 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Popular favorites results expansion

Popular favorites (of all-time) is, well, one of my favorites. Is there a way to see even more posts that were favorited than are returned to the single result page?
posted by DB Cooper to Feature Requests at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Central Vermont Meetup to Welcome ThePinkSuperhero and Stynxno

ThePinkSuperhero and stynxno will be in the area over the Memorial Day weekend, and naturally we central Vermont folks must welcome them with a meetup on Saturday, May 24. [more inside]
posted by terrapin to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:23 PM PST - 51 comments

Bizarre Firefox behavior: MeFi background colors get lighter hue over time.

Bizarre Firefox behavior: MeFi background colors get lighter hue over time. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Bugs at 3:45 PM PST - 21 comments

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend in New York!

NYC meetup next week? Sunday or Monday, 4 or 5 May? [more inside]
posted by grouse to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:35 AM PST - 54 comments

April 26

In my mind, I've gone to Carolina, and in May, I'll be there in person.

So, I'm going to be in Raleigh, NC, May 22 to May 29. Do any MeFites in the the triangle want to have a pub night sometime that week, and if so, may I join you?
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:26 PM PST - 46 comments

Why aren't my preferences saved globally?

Are preferences saved per machine only? I have the plain background at my work computer and on my laptop, but my home desktop is the default colors even though "plain" is chosen on the preferences page for all 3 computers.
posted by desjardins to Bugs at 6:37 AM PST - 13 comments


On the profile page, the box next to "gender" says "(this is free-form, go nuts)". [more inside]
posted by null terminated to MetaFilter-Related at 1:58 AM PST - 122 comments

Toronto meetup?

So, uh.. Toronto. Booze. Etc. Check one: [ ] YES [ ] NO
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:32 AM PST - 78 comments

April 25

PDX Meetup

Portland, OR Meetup? Looking back, it's been a looong time since a Portland Meetup. Any one interested? [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:58 PM PST - 87 comments

Meetup in Buffalo??

Did the big Buffalo meetup ever happen? [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek! to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:26 PM PST - 49 comments

Best deleted reason this week

Best "deleted for the following reason" of the week
posted by Rafaelloello to Etiquette/Policy at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]

MetaTalk RSS feed showing MeFi posts

The MetaTalk RSS feed is showing MeFi front page posts. I'm using NewsGator, and this has only happened (last I checked) within the past 24 hours. Does anyone else have this problem?
posted by divabat to Bugs at 4:31 PM PST - 10 comments

But I don't even like this post!

My big clumsy thumbs keep accidentally favoriting things when reading MeFi on my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Enroute to Feature Requests at 11:23 AM PST - 47 comments

Everyone Knows Something

Users of Yahoo Answers seek advice, opinion, expertise [more inside]
posted by curse to MetaFilter-Related at 11:02 AM PST - 53 comments

Should or shouldn't

93% say redesign. [more inside]
posted by derMax to MetaFilter-Related at 4:36 AM PST - 148 comments

April 24

A top 10 artist list in MeFi Music?

MetaFilter Music request: would it be difficult to implement a top 5 or 10 all time of MeFites with the most uploaded tracks, as well as most playlisted or played selections? [more inside]
posted by psmealey to Feature Requests at 2:27 PM PST - 20 comments

April 23

Creepy Dutch TV Host + Paedophilia Thread.

The 'Creepy Dutch TV Host' thread is fast becoming a train-wreck, for various reasons. Context seems to be one issue; possible acts of paedophilia seems to be the other. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:06 PM PST - 151 comments

Wonky Text Display...Just Me?

Is there some kind of residual April Fools joke going on? There's a weird glitch in the way MeFi displays for me over time. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 to Bugs at 1:39 PM PST - 32 comments

Making questions clearer

How can I word my AskMe questions better to get more relevant answers? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo to Etiquette/Policy at 10:16 AM PST - 36 comments [closed]

April 22


The GiveWell Affair gets some press on Fast Company. MetaFilter is mentioned.
posted by jazon to MetaFilter-Related at 7:32 PM PST - 126 comments

More than 10 posts on Mefi Mobile

Mefi Mobile Pony: Can we get more than 10 posts on mobile.metafilter.com? [more inside]
posted by pravit to Feature Requests at 2:13 PM PST - 23 comments

I need crack.

At some point today, lost in the webs of metafilter, I came across a link to a page where a guy described seeing two men share a crack pipe then have sex with each other. There were photos too. I, ah, need to find it again. It's for a friend, I swear.
posted by twirlypen to MetaFilter-Related at 2:13 AM PST - 77 comments

April 21

Iowa City 5/4/08

Iowa City,IA Michael Chabon reading (4pm) and dinner (6pm?) meet-up, Sunday May 4. [more inside]
posted by n y my to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:59 PM PST - 8 comments


I wanted to call out a post I like from misteraitch, circa 2003. I just ran across the site (specifically), and would have posted it myself had it not already found its way here five years ago.
posted by owhydididoit to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM PST - 28 comments


Drinks in the evening in Antigua Guatemala, around Sat May 3rd. [more inside]
posted by papafrita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Of The MetaFilter

Something amazing is happening on the Blue. [more inside]
posted by lostburner to MetaFilter-Related at 3:02 PM PST - 59 comments

Mathowie for the win

He also kicks! [more inside]
posted by klangklangston to MetaFilter-Related at 2:44 PM PST - 52 comments

Examples of repeated questions in Askme?

The Charlie White photo question came up again in Askme. Are there other specific questions that have been repeated over the years? Just curious...
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter-Related at 2:02 PM PST - 40 comments

With a hurf anf a durf and a plate full of beans

Hurf durf beanplating overlord.
posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 8:07 AM PST - 78 comments

You don't have to be bananas to post here, but it helps.

Metafilter's own soulbarn recently had his new book on bananas favorably reviewed at Salon. I look forward to reading it.
posted by TedW to MetaFilter-Related at 5:42 AM PST - 39 comments

April 20

Watching old askme posts

Is there a way to see what old ask threads have recent activity on them? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx to Feature Requests at 9:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

ContactPonyFilter: non-contact contacts? [more inside]
posted by aihal to Feature Requests at 4:25 PM PST - 34 comments

Is the contact form bugged out?

Having problem with the contact form. Don't know if admins got my message. [more inside]
posted by dabitch to Bugs at 5:24 AM PST - 34 comments

April 19

Metafilter gets a little love.

Jon Armstrong (Mr. Dooce) gives Metafilter a shout out at 20:20 on SLC's ABC affiliate.
posted by mecran01 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Screwing up the "less than" symbol

or the nth time just now, I used the 'less than' symbol to mean 'less than', not as the start of some HTML. The preview shows < as < but in the posted comment, it is treated as HTML and just screws up the post. Preview here also shows < as < The < in this post so far have been entered as & l t ; but here is a sample: 15 days <18 days and using the dread symbol itself 15 days <18 days Let's see what we get. I just noticed that on the preview page here, all the & l t ; in the Description: box were changed to <
posted by hexatron to Bugs at 4:37 PM PST - 48 comments

April 18

But it was funny!

What is the verdict on clever one-liners in AskMefi? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal to Etiquette/Policy at 8:04 PM PST - 118 comments

Server updated

Server upgrade is complete, but there were certainly bumps along the way. If you spot any weirdness after the fact, drop it here.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 11:33 AM PST - 97 comments


And the black majority went on to demonstrate to the world - leaving no uncertaintly - that they were utterly incapable of running their own affairs.
posted by chunking express to Etiquette/Policy at 8:31 AM PST - 341 comments

Incorrect SteamID link

"Also on" SteamID link in profile doesn't work properly. [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 to Bugs at 6:22 AM PST - 17 comments

It's the New Madrid Fault!

Who else felt this morning's 5.4-magnitude Illinois earthquake? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:21 AM PST - 81 comments

April 17


Really? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned to Etiquette/Policy at 9:38 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Move along!

Since Metafilter will be down tomorrow, who wants to meet up at the White House at noon to gawk at Catholics and grab some pizza?
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:15 PM PST - 29 comments

We're gonna adventure like it's 1983!

Red Box Basic D&D meetup: Sunday, May 4 in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Bloody Vikings.

Viking alert. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack to MetaFilter-Related at 3:53 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]


Too much hate. Why can't people just be nice? [more inside]
posted by plexi to Etiquette/Policy at 12:59 PM PST - 148 comments

Where everybody knows your name...

Team Fortress 2 Metafilter Server [more inside]
posted by eurasian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:49 AM PST - 184 comments

What's with the goats today?!?!?

70887, 70888, 70889. Coincidence? I think not! [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan to Etiquette/Policy at 9:13 AM PST - 59 comments

Youtube bug?

Is anyone else hearing the sound from youtube videos played using the spiffy in-page viewer, but not actually seeing the video or player? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton to Bugs at 1:44 AM PST - 22 comments

April 16

Not funny.

This post on breast ironing has turned into a nightmare of inappropriate comments, jokes, and general trolling. [more inside]
posted by SassHat to Etiquette/Policy at 8:46 PM PST - 260 comments

Meetup Calendar Feature Requests

On the Add a new meetup to the Calendar page ground rule #1 states, Someone proposes a meetup in the gatherings category, people mull over a location and a date. Eventually an actual date and location is proposed, then people start saying if they're coming or not. It would be neat if there were (optional) entry fields for date and location and maybe location URL, and also neat if adding a meetup to the calendar posted a comment or notification in the thread stating all available specific details. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to Feature Requests at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Cycling challenges for 2008

MetaFilter cycling is starting to ramp up due to good weather, which has me wondering. Some plans for formal challenge(s) this summer would be good. And, head over to WeEndure and start entering your rides! [more inside]
posted by Chuckles to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Seeking clarity on mod communication

In this thread, languagehat has spouted several lies concerning myself, communications by email, and the mods' involvement therein. [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese to Etiquette/Policy at 11:49 AM PST - 172 comments [closed]

Sidebar Picture Pony

MeTa Sidebar Picture Pony [more inside]
posted by plinth to Feature Requests at 11:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Afloat in a sea of commentary...

Speak to me of the Recent Comments tab on the front page of the blue. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime to MetaFilter-Related at 9:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Everybody needs a mux.

Can we add muxtape to the social apps list on profile pages (and of course to the keen new social explorer)? I'd love to keep track of the mefi-mixes. [more inside]
posted by taz to Feature Requests at 12:46 AM PST - 62 comments

April 15

Paging Dr. ColdChef.

A new pony? Paging mathowie... [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to Feature Requests at 7:33 PM PST - 94 comments

Drinks at Trader Vic's Dallas?

Motorcycling to Dallas — meetup anyone? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Artomatic 2008 in Washington, DC

Any other Washington, DC area Mefites taking part in this year's Artomatic? It's May 9 to June 15. I'd like to see your work and maybe meet. Registration is still open (800 artists so far). You should at least go and see it even if you're not taking part. [more inside]
posted by princelyfox to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

From the green to the blue!

I would like some suggestions on what to post and what not to post on the blue. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors to MetaFilter-Related at 3:47 PM PST - 107 comments

Some MeFis in Paris

Anyone interested in a MeFi meet-up in Paris on Friday, May 2nd or Saturday, May 3rd? I think, other than myself, nasreddin can be forced to participate...
posted by nonmerci to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Mumbai (India) meetup in May?

Any mefites living in Mumbai, India? [more inside]
posted by cyanide to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

recent artefacts from all

recently.mefi? [more inside]
posted by bleary to Feature Requests at 7:27 AM PST - 30 comments

April 14

25: The Train Episode

Show #25 features recaps from the past two weeks of MetaFilter. It was recorded on April 11, 2008 and runs about an hour long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 10:36 PM PST - 42 comments

Jessamyn on FutureTense

Hey, I'm listening to Jessamyn talking about MetaFilter and revolting users on FutureTense. [more inside]
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 6:39 PM PST - 63 comments

User comment dumps

Many of us have spent quite a bit of time writing our various comments and posts on MetaFilter. In the spirit of "All posts are © their original authors," I would like to request the ability for a user to be able to download all of their own contributions as a simple data dump. [more inside]
posted by grouse to Feature Requests at 4:53 PM PST - 69 comments

I've got a bunch of good mixes just waiting to be made.

So it's mid-April already, and I haven't yet heard anything about MefiSwap 2008. So who's in? [more inside]
posted by god hates math to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:42 PM PST - 213 comments

iPoutine and iTakeout

Seattle Meetup! May 10 or 11! I am coming to your fair city for to find me an apartment. There should be beer. And poutine. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:24 AM PST - 117 comments

How can I add Social Apps that aren't currently on the "Also On" drop down menu?

I'm "Also On" social apps that are not listed in the profile drop down box. Is there a way to add these? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar to Feature Requests at 2:16 AM PST - 65 comments

April 13

My story, on Metafilter

I posted this thread on coming out of the closet several months ago and I've updated it a couple of times since. I left a final update at the end of the thread for those who might be interested. [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 PM PST - 59 comments

Feeling crowded?

Growth [more inside]
posted by Cranberry to MetaFilter-Related at 3:51 PM PST - 150 comments

Memorial Day MeFite Meetup in Detroit?

Detroit meet-up around Memorial Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

April 12

Canadian Prairies Meet-up In Regina in Early May?

Canadian Prairies Meet-up In Regina in Early May? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:19 PM PST - 15 comments

DC meetup over Memorial Day? Any takers?

I'm planning a trip up to DC over Memorial Day weekend. Anyone wanna meet up? My days of travel are somewhat flexible, but basically somewhere between Thursday the 22 and Tuesday the 27. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:13 AM PST - 41 comments

April 11

Questions about the way Contact Activity Works.

I have some questions about contact activity. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Thanks for the Catalogs...

Ten days have passed since I posted this thread to AskMetafilter. My postman is cranky with me, my friends think I'm crazy, I have about around 30 lbs of new catalogs [c. 200kb pics, flickr, 1, 2], and a reinvigorated appreciation for all y'all (not that it has ever been in jeopardy)... [more inside]
posted by cadastral to MetaFilter-Related at 7:32 PM PST - 49 comments

Los Angeleeeeeeez

Los Angeles-area Mefizens, I will be in your fair 'wood from Tuesday the 15th 'til Sunday the 20th. [more inside]
posted by loiseau to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:03 PM PST - 44 comments

but i *deserve* it…!!

this askme post really chafed me in it's whiny sense of entitlement conveyed by it's asker. [more inside]
posted by violetk to MetaFilter-Related at 3:22 PM PST - 77 comments [closed]

Ia! Ia! Cambridge, MA Meetup!

The mystical calculations and dire sacrifices have been made. As foretold by Mad Seer Wendell, there shall be a strange and wondrous confluence of mods in the Cambridge, MA on April 26th for a dread convocation. Surely we mere mortals may appease these inscrutable powers by drinking and feasting in their honor! The Stars Are Right, my friends, and you too shall be Right if you arrive at the Cambridge Brewing Company from 7PM to help toast our weary mods after they finish with their horrible rites! [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:31 AM PST - 166 comments

April 10

RSS feed scrubbed of deleted posts?

Greetings from a neophyte mefite. I was wondering: is there a way to get versions of the RSS feeds which don't include front-page posts that have already been deleted? If not, it's a feature suggestion, so please discuss. Apologies if I'm being dumb and this is simply not possible using RSS. (For a while I enjoyed the "guess if this post has been deleted" game, but it's getting old...)
posted by pantufla_milagrosa to Feature Requests at 11:05 PM PST - 160 comments

We are a Paragon

Does the five bucks make a difference in the quality of our discussions? There's a Freakanomics post on the NY Times today that points to a web page set up to compare comment-streams on MetaFilter and YouTube. [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie to MetaFilter-Related at 7:01 PM PST - 163 comments

A couple minor feature requests fulfilled

Slight preferences tweaks: birthday (year optional) and relationship status (datingfilter!) were just added. My profile shows what it might look like to logged-in users.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 4:57 PM PST - 264 comments

Four People Beating Up On Someone (YT): For the Blue?

I want to single link youtube post this to the blue, because it's probably the most disgusting thing I've ever seen broadcast on modern television, and I think it warrants discussion. Appropriate?
posted by awesomebrad to Etiquette/Policy at 2:47 PM PST - 20 comments [closed]

I blame thread deletion

I'd like to ask for a reconsideration on this on teh grounds that, well, I was finding bits of the discussion interestign, and though I disagree with the premise of the post (as do a lot of people discussing it) deleting it seems pretty harsh. [more inside]
posted by Artw to Etiquette/Policy at 12:55 PM PST - 68 comments

New York Comic Con 08 "Wooo!"

New York City Comic-Con is coming up soon, it's April 18 - 20th, I'll be going on the 19th and 20th. Anyone up for a MeFi-Meetup/Geekery/Walking around Jacobs Javits Center?
posted by Del Far to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Horay for Mayday!

Mefi Mayday (May 4) Minneapolis Meetup at Powderhorn Park! [more inside]
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:28 AM PST - 28 comments

April 9

Notice and Gratitude

Tomorrow's NPR episode of The Bryant Park Project will include features on Stuff Nobody Likes and Muxtapes, complete with an interview with our very own Afroblanco. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer to MetaFilter-Related at 9:37 PM PST - 67 comments

Looking for a post about new laws for liquor production

Please hope me find a post! It had to do with licensing liquor production on a small scale, home brew beer and micro breweries. I'm particularly interested in the new/ish laws. My search is FAIL. Thank you.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 6:48 PM PST - 12 comments

I tried. I failed. Why?

My first ever MeFi post failed miserably. Where'd I go wrong? [more inside]
posted by alby to Etiquette/Policy at 2:29 PM PST - 103 comments

AskMe hell

Hey, I'm successful young buck at 30 years of age, but enough about me, why don't you guys talk about me?
posted by besotted to Etiquette/Policy at 1:01 PM PST - 37 comments [closed]

was it THAT bland?

Hey dudes, any reason why the automat revival thread was archived? [more inside]
posted by [son] QUAALUDE to Etiquette/Policy at 11:58 AM PST - 51 comments

Hey MeFi!

Just a shout out to Lore , just watched your latest Alt Text, and spied what site you had on the computer behind you...its not tape on a door on a popular cable network show but I saw it at least
posted by ShawnString to MetaFilter-Related at 10:07 AM PST - 21 comments

I can haz add tags?

Why can some users add tags to some other users' posts? How long has it been that way? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas to Etiquette/Policy at 9:26 AM PST - 65 comments

"Another" Chicago Meetup?

"Another" Chicago meetup: Since only two of our members actually managed to meet up last time at Quenchers, shall we try again? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:25 AM PST - 13 comments

April 8

Recent Photos page is effin' huge.

Playing around, I discovered that our community flickr / "Recent Photos" page is about 0.5MB of html, and over 25MB of img tags and other stuff. It's cool and I'd like to check it out occasionally, but it locks up Safari for solid minute or so loading all that stuff. Can we paginate it or make it smaller or something?
posted by patr1ck to Bugs at 9:38 PM PST - 9 comments

We'll all need lobotomies to keep from shouting "Don't do it!"

Assuming the lobotomy question is for real (and I guess it gets the benefit of the doubt because the poster's previous questions seem innocuous enough), how can it be ethically answered within the guidelines of AskMe: Please limit comments to answers or help in finding an answer? It's good to see that people linked to Howard Dully's story in the answers, but is there room for saying "You must be insane! How on earth would a lobotomy make meditation easier? Don't even *think* about doing such a thing to yourself!" to the poster while staying within the guidelines? Don't we have an obligation to dissuade askers from doing dangerous things?
posted by amyms to MetaFilter-Related at 8:53 PM PST - 54 comments

Suffer the complainers in MeTa.

Will all those who think the YFZ Ranch FPP is a "yawn" or "not the best of the web" please complain about it in this thread rather than in the blue. Thank you.
posted by orange swan to Etiquette/Policy at 7:01 PM PST - 63 comments


SF Meetup for woebegone emigrating mefite duo's sousy sendoff? Needs to be April 19th! [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:18 PM PST - 85 comments

from a comfortable turret

You're a junior in a liberal arts program and you think you've got a career? 35 years after having had a vasectomy, you want children? Have you picked up a new trophy wife, or something, HuronBob? Wow, someone's got his panties in a knot over this. I guess we hit some sort of nerve. Maybe, but maybe you could be a little nicer Hildegarde
posted by The Jesse Helms to Etiquette/Policy at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments [closed]

Give me twisties or give me death.

Where's that greasemonkey script or Firefox extension that adds expand/collapse twisties to you 'recent activity' page? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne to MetaFilter-Related at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

April 7

Is an Infoviz of MetaFilter copying, stealing, or remixing?

I wanted to take one of AskMeFi's most awesome threads (the one about life-altering experiences) and turn it into an art project. This project is already done, except that nobody knows about it. Here is the link. I am using copies of almost every single post in that thread. This is potentially problematic. I'm asking the MetaFilter Community here, what do you think? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry to Etiquette/Policy at 7:33 PM PST - 142 comments

Huffington Post, Lifehacker, Metafilter

Metafilter is ranked #3 (is it a ranking?) on Time Magazine's first annual blog index. The full list on one page (via Valleywag).
posted by mrgrimm to MetaFilter-Related at 3:58 PM PST - 112 comments

This is ridiculous.

Can I get some more clear guidelines about what make an Ask Metafilter question ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by __ to Etiquette/Policy at 2:44 PM PST - 57 comments


Birthday notification? [more inside]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] to Feature Requests at 1:25 PM PST - 94 comments

Followup: Weingarten wins Pulitzer

Remember that post about Joshua Bell busking in a DC Metro station? Gene Weingarten just won a Pulitzer for the stunt.
posted by MrMoonPie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 PM PST - 37 comments

Salt Lake City meetup at the end of April?

Salt Lake City meetup at the end of April? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:35 AM PST - 22 comments

Best Answer AWOL?

This AskMe post shows on the front page as having a Best Answer, but on the inside page nothing is so marked. Did a Best Answer get deleted?
posted by beagle to Bugs at 11:09 AM PST - 49 comments

Favorites Filter

Filter filter. Assuming that favorited comments are better than non-favorited comments, wouldn't the next logical step for the favorites system be to provide a way to distill threads down to their essential goodness? How about adding a drop down box at the top of each thread, letting the reader choose to filter out all the comments that don't make the grade -- displaying only the comments that have X number of favorites or more.
posted by Dave Faris to Feature Requests at 9:08 AM PST - 43 comments [closed]

MyAskme pony

Pony request: Ability to add questions from particular members to "My Askme." [more inside]
posted by brevator to Feature Requests at 8:57 AM PST - 7 comments

April 6

Asking for the removal of a feature.

What's the point of "[Your Contact] just added [other member] as a contact."? Why should I care about that? I can understand highlighting the posts/fpps/best answers of my contacts but this just seems overkill. I'm casting my vote for removing this option. [more inside]
posted by dobbs to Feature Requests at 7:15 PM PST - 57 comments

Look, Ma, I'm full of piss and vinegar

Hickory Dickery Dank, this thread is full of wank. [more inside]
posted by crataegus to Etiquette/Policy at 12:08 PM PST - 216 comments

April 4

Is it possible to change a MeFi username?

It's important that I change my username--the reason deals with online identity cleanup. Is this possible, or must I create a new account? Thanks in advance.
posted by boeing82 to MetaFilter-Related at 9:11 PM PST - 27 comments [closed]

With an https

Dumb and perhaps dumber question: I tried posting something to the blue today that included a link with https: up front, and kept getting a not coded right error. After futzing with it for a while I took the s out, and it looked right, but then the link wouldnt work. I assume the https (secure link it sez) thing is to keep folks from hot linking directly to an article? Just wondering if its a thing on the place I am trying to link to, or just something with the way to post on mefi? thanks
posted by timsteil to Bugs at 5:18 PM PST - 17 comments

And here's a banning for you, and yes, one for you too...

Are there different degrees of being banned on MetaFilter, if you do something inappropriate? Or is every banning pretty much permanent? I've been curious if those who have been banned are able to atone for their sins. Do their IP addresses get blocked so that they can't create new accounts, that kind of thing? (I have no personal interest in the matter aside from idle curiosity, by the way.) And also out of curiosity, what's the worst thing anyone has been banned for?
posted by SpacemanStix to MetaFilter-Related at 1:12 PM PST - 126 comments

Excellent James Brown comment where?

Where is the excellent comment about James Brown being constantly in the process of re-inventing James Brown? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter-Related at 7:45 AM PST - 37 comments

Free style

A CSS fix for the line-height issue with <sub> and <sup>, an example of which can be seen in this thread. [more inside]
posted by furtive to Bugs at 7:05 AM PST - 41 comments

Accessing the scan of existing posted URLS

My blushes at making a duplicate post to the blue have been spared more than once by the code which scans my proposed URLs and looks to see it there is an existing match. Phew! However I have only ever found a way of accessing this facility after having first of all composed a post to the point where I can preview it - hence wasting quite a lot of time. Is there a way to access this scan directly?
posted by rongorongo to Feature Requests at 2:13 AM PST - 19 comments

April 3

This is chatfilter, AMIRITE folks?

Is this chatfilter? [more inside]
posted by dhammond to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 PM PST - 80 comments

Moderation ate my homework!

I'm not sure what happened to that gaming/game reviewing link that was just posted a few minutes ago, but after having just spent a decent amount of time transcribing some portion of a Zero Punctuation review, I'm hesitant to let the effort go to waste. [more inside]
posted by Slothrup to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 PM PST - 39 comments

Scientology and Metafilter: Perfect together?

MetaFilter ad links to Scientology site. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A to Etiquette/Policy at 6:45 PM PST - 80 comments

Metafilter self-fashioning

Is there something more to this post that got it deleted? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche to Etiquette/Policy at 5:01 PM PST - 41 comments

Hi. I'm Diana Christensen, a racist lackey of the imperialist ruling circles.

I know this is last-minute, but is anyone in the L.A. area interested in a Paddy Chayefsky double-bill meetup at the New Beverly Cinema? They're playing a brand-new print of "Network" followed by "The Hospital". [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Where's that post about what happens in the ER?

I can't find the comment about what happens when you show up at the ER for a mental health issue. I'm pretty sure it was in an AskMe thread posted by an anonymous person with bipolar symptoms, and I'm pretty sure it was sidebarred. (Is there a sidebar archive? Pony request!) [more inside]
posted by desjardins to MetaFilter-Related at 8:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Embrace this new feature, and take it to where it needs to go, where the world clamors for it to go -- OPTIONAL HYPOTHETICAL FILTER

Matthew: For a long time, I have been sad at the loss of HypotheticalFilter. When AskMe was young, such questions would arise. But those days are gone now, as the site matured. It's simply not done, you'd say. It floods the page with nonsense. It makes the real questions get lost. Still, I thought, I want to know how to dispose of a body, or how long we'd survive without the sun. Who would win in a fight? A squirrel, or a squirrel's weight in ants? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Feature Requests at 8:46 AM PST - 97 comments

April 2

Civilized discussion?

Is it just me, or is tkchrist being a bit rude in this post about child exploitation? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz to Etiquette/Policy at 10:08 PM PST - 149 comments [closed]

Boobs + Cured meat /= Best of the Web

A new low...the one link Flickr post. [more inside]
posted by SassHat to Etiquette/Policy at 9:18 PM PST - 102 comments

It's my happening and it freaks me out!

Central Illinois meetup @ Ebertfest? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

My Ask MeFi

New Feature: My Ask MeFi [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 11:05 AM PST - 154 comments

Can't get in to Metafilter with Firefox

I can't log in with Firefox, Safari's working just fine. Following Jessamyn's suggestions I deleted cookies & disabled greasemonkey, but just get directed back to MeFi homepage as not logged in. Anyone else having trouble? Anyone solved it? [more inside]
posted by tula to Bugs at 9:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Enough Ebert

What is the fucking deal with Roger Ebert? [more inside]
posted by serazin to Etiquette/Policy at 9:37 AM PST - 79 comments

April 1

context is for quitters

Kottke highlights aeschenkarnos' facetious review of "the outside".
posted by pwally to MetaFilter-Related at 10:20 PM PST - 60 comments

Ordinary People

Unfortunately, I can't post it to the original thread because it's more that 30 days old, but Paul Schmeltzer just posted my contribution to his Signifier-Signed project to the blog. Heh. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher to MetaFilter-Related at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Taste the rainbow!

Why are metafilter pages showing up in different colors today? I've seen red, light green, and purple in addition to the regular colors. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM PST - 176 comments

metafilter will kill us all

Metafilter will kill us all!
posted by joelf to MetaFilter-Related at 8:43 AM PST - 28 comments