April 2012 Archives (all archives)

April 30

Maximal Fundimental Condiments

Who is attending MaxFunCon 2012?! [more inside]
posted by SassHat to MetaFilter-Related at 1:52 PM PST - 40 comments

April 29

April Last!

Just wanted to mention that the semi-official thread of this year's MetaFilter April Fool's Thingy (and the only one that continued to issue "staff tags" to every comment after April 1st was over) is going to be closing in a few hours. So if you haven't found out what your randomly-selected title is supposed to be, go there and leave a comment. (And if you don't like the tag you've been given, just refresh the page! It's so random!) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 PM PST - 48 comments

I promise I washed it...

Free metafilter shirt up for grabs! [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs to MetaFilter-Related at 10:00 PM PST - 78 comments

April 28

A MeFite at Bookforum?

Minor MeFi-spotting: is there a MeFite at Bookforum? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast to MetaFilter-Related at 6:53 AM PST - 41 comments

April 27

Meta MetaCensorship

I was repeatedly censored in a thread while discussing freedom of speech. When I posted again, connecting my censorship directly to the topic, I was censored again. I would like an explanation. [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf to Etiquette/Policy at 11:41 PM PST - 505 comments

Fascination Street

Ya'll are being strange and interesting again. Two recent AskMe questions are about whether to correct someone close to you and the answers, along with their reasoning, are fascinating.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Etiquette/Policy at 8:20 AM PST - 149 comments

April 26

Can we talk about hockey?

Maybe I'm just smarting because I was in the midst of composing a thoughtful comment when this thread got shut down. [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole to Etiquette/Policy at 1:25 PM PST - 97 comments

Happy birthday, Cortex!

Coooooooooooooortex! Happy birthday, dude! I think dude deserves a shoutout for his mod duties, for MeFi music, for all the data crunching, for the fascinating subsites and just for being an all-around outstanding contributor to the site. So, thanks man and again, happy natal anniversary!
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 AM PST - 154 comments

April 25

As seen on Metafilter

This FPP brought the wonderful Alabama Shakes to my attention. It got me to wondering if MeFi has ever been responsible for helping a musical act "break out" before. We've got a lot of members with blogs, Twitter accounts, etc. so we potentially have a lot of clout but is this something that can be measured?
posted by tommasz to MetaFilter-Related at 1:10 PM PST - 79 comments

These threads are already difficult enough.

If a linked article on the blue is about a delicate or heated topic, please read it before you leave an angry or dismissive comment. If you don't want to read it, please don't comment in the thread. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities to Etiquette/Policy at 8:13 AM PST - 162 comments

Show them this Meta

"Show them this thread." Has anyone ever actually done this? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter-Related at 5:41 AM PST - 104 comments

April 24

Turing test short stories

I'm trying to find a post that I'm pretty sure appeared in the last year or so. It featured two short stories; both were roughly concerning the subject of Turing tests and computer authenticity. The first was a chat log featuring a man who was locked in a room against his will, or perhaps (the story seemed to suggest) he was actually a computer. The second story was about a person who is convinced by a friend to be part of an experiment where the person has to crawl inside a sensory-deprivation tank, but it turns out they've been a computer all along. I know the post text was probably a quote from the first story. Does anyone remember this post?
posted by koeselitz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Do we need to load comments to flag something?

Is there a reason we can't flag a post without clicking in to the thread? It seems like it adds a click for no reason? Or is this an oddity of my out-of-date browser on an out-of-date OS on an out-of-date macbook?
posted by kavasa to Etiquette/Policy at 6:00 PM PST - 29 comments

Best of Blog launch is a go

Announcing the Best Of Blog! The very best bits of MetaFilter, updated a couple times a day (sideblog posts automatically go to it instantly, sometimes they expand into bigger posts). [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 4:05 PM PST - 125 comments

Poopy link got flushed.

What was the link to the cat post in this AskMe? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune to MetaFilter-Related at 3:51 PM PST - 15 comments

April 23

Make an effort, please.

This was a perfectly serious question.
posted by unSane to Etiquette/Policy at 6:31 PM PST - 51 comments [closed]

Mainly cat name suggestions and obvious DTMFAs

I like to read interesting Ask Metafilter questions, although I rarely post anything myself. The Popular Favorites page is a good way to find these, but I've also noticed that questions with a lot of answers (say, over 50) are usually worth checking out too, even if they don't necessarily get a lot of favorites. Is there any way to view the AskMe site/feed in a way that only shows questions that have received more than a certain number of answers?
posted by theodolite to Feature Requests at 3:09 PM PST - 14 comments


A resource for MeTa: yourlogicalfallacyis.com [more inside]
posted by Argyle to Etiquette/Policy at 3:05 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

WTF Login issue?

I am somehow suddenly logged into Metafilter as someone else (that I don't know) - without changing cookies or logging out. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom to Bugs at 11:15 AM PST - 70 comments

How to tell when it is or isn't okay for a FPP to contain a single link?

Deletion clarification request! [more inside]
posted by Estraven to Etiquette/Policy at 2:28 AM PST - 115 comments

April 21

A room to park your drunk butt

I want to pass a Dragon*Con hotel room to a mefite. How? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi to Etiquette/Policy at 11:52 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Why doesn't Safari iOS remember where I was last reading?

I just got an iPad (the 3rd gen/newest one, if it matters). In Safari, when I hit the back button from a MeFi post to the main page, I am always taken to the top of the page, instead of where I was last reading. Am I doing something wrong? I don't have this problem on my iPhone.
posted by radioamy to Bugs at 8:22 PM PST - 17 comments

blue_beetle callout

blue_beetle gets a call-out - from the OUseful.Info blog.
posted by urbanwhaleshark to MetaFilter-Related at 7:09 AM PST - 29 comments

April 20

Automagic Hyperlinks

People are pasting urls as text a lot more frequently, it seems, despite how easy it is to make a hyperlink with the "link" button under the text area. Maybe it has to do with people using mobile devices? In any case, would it be possible to add a routine that would automatically detect for "http://" in the text, and turn them into hyperlinks?
posted by crunchland to Feature Requests at 8:18 PM PST - 71 comments

Chests are good, butts are bad, mmmkay? Bingo!

I'd like to know the reasoning behind keeping some posts up while deleting others, especially as it pertains to these particular threads. [more inside]
posted by misha to Etiquette/Policy at 12:48 PM PST - 268 comments

When pony was in mefi's land LOG MY PONY OUT

PONY TIME: Can we have a "manage active logins" page? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits to Feature Requests at 9:57 AM PST - 55 comments

Help Me Help You!

Pony AskMeFi request: "No Best Answers" filter/tab. [more inside]
posted by rich to Feature Requests at 9:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Swiper No Swiping!

Can't swipe to favorite anymore. Did y'all disable that function? Or is it on my end? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Bugs at 4:27 AM PST - 61 comments


Can I get some comments on how the CISPA post should have been done? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges to Etiquette/Policy at 3:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Bean Plates, the MetaFilter recipe blog

Bean Plates
posted by aniola to MetaFilter-Related at 2:58 AM PST - 24 comments

April 19

As happy an ending as we're going to get.

I have to say that I disagree with this deletion. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 1:58 PM PST - 83 comments

Thoughts on comment thread meta-comments.

Perhaps I don't have enough experience on the site to gauge this, but does anyone else find one liner meta comments about threads really annoying and useless? Perhaps this is something that should be mentioned in the guidelines? From the negative "This will not go well." to the typical sarcastic "This is thread is going nowhere..." to the positive "I'm surprised this went well!", they seem out of place and more about the person writing it than the topic at hand. When I remember, I'm going to start marking all of these as noise.
posted by smidgen to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 PM PST - 108 comments

Ride that Podcast Shownotes Pony?

Pony Request: Can we include the podcast shownotes in the podcast RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory to Feature Requests at 11:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Transcribing is Love

Fanscribed helps listeners transcribe their favorite podcasts into text, by fanning out the work involved to followers of the podcast in 30 second snippets, making the transcription process fun and interesting!

Requirements: A Flash and JavaScript enabled web browser. That is it! [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl to MetaFilter-Related at 9:39 AM PST - 36 comments

April 18

I hate acronyms!

Whither acronyms? Do we hate them? Should we allow them? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:36 PM PST - 149 comments

April 17

This is not the time machine I was hoping for...

When reading Ask on my iPhone, if I use the back arrow to back out of the question to the main page, it always takes me "back" to March 9th at 730 am. Is it just me?
posted by anastasiav to Bugs at 7:09 PM PST - 25 comments

Boxster Short

Why is this question about buying a Porsche Boxster anonymous? The only reason I can think of is the shame of being associated with a car that is associated with being driven by douchebags, which seems like a pretty low bar.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy to Etiquette/Policy at 7:41 AM PST - 321 comments

April 15

An ugly debate

I suppose the "I know better" attitude is intrinsic to the format of AskMe, but wouldn't it be better to just answer the question as best you can and refrain from attacking other peoples' answers? Being angry because others don't share your opinion is natural , but projecting that onto someone else you don't even know seems insincere. I also don't see a need for anyone to apologize because some peoples' opinions are different from yours. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Etiquette/Policy at 8:40 AM PST - 140 comments

April 14

Lousy outrage filter

This is a lousy post and should be deleted. It's outrage filter and we don't have both sides of the story. Some of the links in the thread indicate that the blogger does not have a history of reliable behavior, so they may be nothing to be outraged about. I think it's bad policy to accept something apparently outrageous prima facie without delving into it further. If you can't find clarifying links, then don't post.
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 1:32 PM PST - 163 comments

April 13

The Semite Subset

As a Jewish hetero man who has been transported by OK Cupid into the company of some of the creepiest people ever--of all ethnicities--I must respectfully take issue with Metafilter's acceptance of this non-Jew's comment that we Jews of JDate comprise a "particularly annoying subset." And I was surprised that this post was favorited more than flagged. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz to Etiquette/Policy at 1:30 PM PST - 202 comments

You have many questions, Mr. Sparkle.

I'm a prolific AskMe user, but I think I'm doing it wrong. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte to MetaFilter-Related at 6:08 AM PST - 75 comments

April 12

mobile saddle required for old pony

For some time I've been moving around MetaFilter on mobile, and I'm missing the 'Contact Activities' (side bar feature). I can't keep up with my favourite pack nearly as well. [more inside]
posted by de to Feature Requests at 10:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Wikipedia Posts Here?

Copying, without attribution from Wikipedia, should be cause for deletion. Exactly the same, word for word, as the FPP. I pointed this out and got deleted. Why? If you can't write a reason for the post without using another's words, maybe the post shouldn't exist. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe to Etiquette/Policy at 7:55 PM PST - 105 comments

You +1 me, you really +1 me!

Again, with the sidebar! [more inside]
posted by eriko to MetaFilter-Related at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

We have a new meme. Yay! But it's like fingernails across a chalkboard. Boo!

Has anyone else noticed the quick spread of Yay! and Boo! on Metafilter, particularly AskMetafilter? I find it very annoying. I'm wondering whether others have noticed this too. [more inside]
posted by jayder to MetaFilter-Related at 2:59 PM PST - 128 comments

Sci-fi book recommendation AskMe threads

What are some of your favorite AskMe threads which are focused on recommending sci-fi books? It seems like this is a topic which comes up some with some regularity, and I even posted one myself a few years ago (and got great results). So I'm sure there are many more similar threads out there, and I'd love to see the ones you think are best. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to MetaFilter-Related at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

April 11

Which Active Users have been here the Longest?

Which Active Users have been here the Longest? [more inside]
posted by jcterminal to MetaFilter-Related at 9:04 PM PST - 171 comments

Give full disclosure; get deleted.

Give full disclosure; get deleted. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis to Etiquette/Policy at 5:18 PM PST - 112 comments

.231 isn't even a very good batting average.

Next time, can we discuss the FPP and not the via link? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 to Etiquette/Policy at 5:11 PM PST - 26 comments

70: phylactery, gegenschein, narthex, miasma & catarrh

Episode 70 of the MetaFilter podcast is the first one in a while and runs almost two hours. It was recorded on Monday April 9th. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 2:38 PM PST - 40 comments

Fitness, Not Hateness

It's not cool to hate on fit people. [more inside]
posted by unixrat to Etiquette/Policy at 1:36 PM PST - 225 comments

Is this MetaFilter feature a security issue?

Is this MetaFilter feature a security issue? [more inside]
posted by 200burritos to Etiquette/Policy at 11:45 AM PST - 31 comments

That's what the search function is for

Seeing quintuple (and counting!) [more inside]
posted by jenny76 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:14 AM PST - 28 comments

What made you pay?

For MeFis that joined after Nov. 17, 2004: what convinced you to pay the $5 upfront fee? Needed for a research project, details inside. [more inside]
posted by bmorrison to MetaFilter-Related at 10:04 AM PST - 144 comments

My Little Musical Pony

Pony request: music.mefi's 'most favorited this week' widget on sidebar (or at least this week's most favorited track). [more inside]
posted by unSane to Feature Requests at 5:19 AM PST - 32 comments

April 10

That was an ad.

Today there's a post that is only a series of links to a single retail website. The thread head offers no critique or external perspective: it's a glowing recommendation. If I were going to write an ad for that store (knowing mefi is my target sales demographic), it would look a lot like that thread. [more inside]
posted by diorist to Etiquette/Policy at 10:49 AM PST - 267 comments

Don't be lazy.

There is no tin. There is no box. Nothing is written on them. [more inside]
posted by crunchland to Etiquette/Policy at 7:28 AM PST - 299 comments

Delete and favorite query

Are search and favorite broken? [more inside]
posted by unliteral to Bugs at 5:38 AM PST - 20 comments

April 9

Much love to all of MeFi!

Shoutout!!!! [more inside]
posted by one4themoment to MetaFilter-Related at 7:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Can I hide a thread?

Is there a script I can use to hide a particular thread? It's freaking me out and telling myself not to click isn't working.
posted by Wordwoman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:26 AM PST - 30 comments


BIGGARFilter: Could we please use less subscript? [more inside]
posted by marienbad to MetaFilter-Related at 4:06 AM PST - 84 comments

Enough Wooshing Already

Hate to be the one to say it, but we will be expecting a 2 hour podcast extravaganza
posted by TangerineGurl to MetaFilter-Related at 2:43 AM PST - 27 comments

April 8

Mods get Gothic Blackletter.

Is there a userscript that can change the font of arbitrary users' comments/posts?
posted by dunkadunc to MetaFilter-Related at 9:52 PM PST - 7 comments

This post is basically 'you're not doing it correctly, do it my way'

This post is basically 'you're not doing it correctly, do it my way' [more inside]
posted by Argyle to Etiquette/Policy at 9:04 PM PST - 251 comments

April 7

So what exactly is the purpose of the profile?

What's wrong with referencing someone's profile info in a discussion? [more inside]
posted by bpm140 to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 PM PST - 51 comments

April 6

There may not be fifty ways but there are more than one.

Ugh, I'm just going to say it: continuously posting to this breakup advice in Ask is lazy and more often than not it doesn't really fit the situation. I wish people would speak to the actual specific break-up someone is asking about or just stay out of it. [more inside]
posted by nanojath to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 90 comments

April 5

ISO comment

Total longshot: I am looking for an askme comment from several years ago (probably between 2007-2009) where a user said they had been employed as a computer programmer by a big bank, designing a program to re-order transactions so that the bank could maximize its overdraft fees. I have searched high and low and can't find it. Help?
posted by yarly to MetaFilter-Related at 3:37 PM PST - 32 comments

Mudpuppie, we miss you!

Pony request! IRL photos in the sidebar. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly to Feature Requests at 8:59 AM PST - 27 comments

Potential MeFi post

This would make a neat Mefi post... [more inside]
posted by larthegreat to MetaFilter-Related at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

April 4

Is Metafilter sex-negative?

Is Metafilter sex-negative? [more inside]
posted by moammargaret to MetaFilter-Related at 9:23 AM PST - 270 comments

Hobgoblins of a little mind

April staff tags are not showing up in Recent Activity. [more inside]
posted by flabdablet to Bugs at 1:16 AM PST - 34 comments

April 3

Why did we treat this FPP differently?

A positive callout. [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 74 comments


Time to revisit the mefi Airbnb group! [more inside]
posted by Iteki to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 AM PST - 44 comments

April 1

Was GoT Worth a Shit?

Is the second season of Game of Thrones Good? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen to MetaFilter-Related at 7:51 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

This First-Page Party's Got to Go! Hey Hey!

Why do we treat FPPs differently? [more inside]
posted by benbenson to MetaFilter-Related at 7:48 AM PST - 268 comments