April 2016 Archives (all archives)

April 29


Inspired by Greg Nog's comment in an earlier MeTa, I want to suggest Keep MeFi Weird May. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:58 AM PST - 237 comments

April 28

Comment about a boss always needing to be right

I'm looking for a comment that appeared on the Blue within the last few weeks about someone's boss (or former boss) who was unable ever to admit that they were mistaken about anything. [more inside]
posted by the return of the thin white sock to MetaFilter-Related at 1:16 PM PST - 15 comments

April 27

Is MeFi depressing?

I saw this Ask, and it really resonated with me. [more inside]
posted by primethyme to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 PM PST - 544 comments [closed]

Hiring a new tech person, revisiting expectations

I mentioned yesterday in the post about pb moving on that we are, in turn, hiring a new tech person. We're looking both within and outside the MetaFilter membership, so please put the job listing out there! But this is also a big transition for the site, so I want to talk a bit about my, and your, expectations as we go through this process. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 2:35 PM PST - 63 comments

The Best of All Possible News!

The world is a better place for all of us today because we now share a world with Duffell and CatastropheWaitress's BABY! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 AM PST - 57 comments

April 26

*end theme from Incredible Hulk plays*

After nine years of fixing bugs and granting pony requests, pb is taking his leave as MetaFilter's technical wizard. Come inside and wish him well! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 9:28 AM PST - 292 comments


This post is based on is sensationalised and scaremongering reporting and should be deleted. And then the ground should be salted so that no other post like it can ever grow again. [more inside]
posted by Ned G to MetaFilter-Related at 7:32 AM PST - 30 comments

April 25


This thread has made me think: who's interested in putting together a MeFi cookbook? [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering to MetaFilter-Related at 3:54 PM PST - 211 comments

Pony Request: MyTalk

Would it be possible to get the ability to filter MetaTalk posts by tags and create "My Talk"? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets to Feature Requests at 9:25 AM PST - 15 comments

April 24

Dead Pony Request

ObitFilter - Maybe it's time. Awesome people seem to be dying at an unprecedented rate, and the MetaFilter Front Page is filling up with Obit posts. Frankly, it's getting depressing scrolling the main site and seeing obituary post after obituary post. When someone famous dies we can generally assume that someone will post about it. Why not create a new section for Obituaries Only. This will keep the Main Page from being cluttered up with obituaries all the time, while still providing a space for them. When someone prominent passes, we can post about it "on the black," and when people hear about someone passing they can go to ObitFilter to join in the grieving without being distracted by election posts, cat videos, etc.
posted by Cookiebastard to Feature Requests at 10:46 AM PST - 159 comments

April 22

Amazon WP plugin?

The awesome Amazon affiliate plugin, which was kindly written and published by a mefite several years ago, seems to have gone defunct. Are there any good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 11:11 AM PST - 6 comments

April 20

Balancing IRL and Askme

Is it impolite or unethical (or even possible because of the rsvp function) to attend an IRL event to meet people and not reveal your online name? [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot to Etiquette/Policy at 10:01 PM PST - 154 comments

April 18

MeFites in Texas, Ecuador, and Japan

Nature is being a real mother right now in Houston, Ecuador, and Japan. Just wanted to put out a quick note hoping that Mefites and their loved ones in these different regions are all doing well and staying safe, and to invite folks to drop lines if they are struggling.
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter-Related at 7:46 PM PST - 29 comments

Check in app for people who live alone?

I feel certain that this was discussed on the green and I just am not figuring out the words that were used. Does anyone recall a discussion regarding various apps (I'm really looking for a text and not telephone service) that will text daily (or, alternatively, every other day) and, if no response is received within a specified time frame, will email pre-set contacts? I was hoping to read the input of others on mefi so that I don't have to waste time vetting services others here have already tried. [more inside]
posted by janey47 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM PST - 6 comments

April 13

Ad-blocker-blocker links

These user-hostile links are unreadable unless you are willing to disable your ad-blocker and expose yourself to malware. Should we consider a policy regarding posting them to the front page? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky to Etiquette/Policy at 12:53 PM PST - 107 comments

April 10

Bad deletion debate

First deletion of topic. Second deletion (mysteriously described as "triple", presumably another person besides me and AlonzoMoselyFBI attempted to post the Globe future front page. One assumes others will as well). On attempting to load the directed suggested repost location, my browser (Safari iPad) crashed due to excessive thread length. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 12:44 PM PST - 162 comments

April 9

MetaFilter's increased public profile

In an article published by the Guardian's executive editor for audience today, MetaFilter is mentioned in the same breath as Facebook and Twitter as an example of a website which 'provide[s] spaces for different kinds of communities to gather', despite having only a fraction of the membership and the traffic of those two sites. This is just the most recent example of how MetaFilter seems to me to be enjoying a greater public profile as of late. Is this so (or am I just imagining it)? If so, why? Can the staff or other users shed any light?
posted by Panthalassa to MetaFilter-Related at 7:51 AM PST - 71 comments

April 8

Amazon referral links in FPPs

So, today I posted about the upcoming new Santana album. It's amazing. It comes out next week. It is available for preorder on Amazon and I have preordered it. Also was a Carly Rae Jepsen link about a single off her new album. It was amazing. I preordered it. Should we, when we compose posts like these, include a link to an Amazon order page so MeFites who want to also purchase these things can give MetaFilter a bit of a kickback? Or is that too commercial?
posted by hippybear to Etiquette/Policy at 5:14 PM PST - 40 comments

thank you

I said goodbye to my sweet little dog yesterday. I want to thank this community for providing such kindness and guidance, without my even needing to ask. [more inside]
posted by changeling to Uptime at 4:36 PM PST - 29 comments

115: Boaty McBoatface, with barchan

Coasting in fashionably late, it's Ep #115 of Best Of The Web, wherein jessamyn and I chat with the geologirrific barchan about dunes, oil rigs, industrial accidents, her dog who also makes a couple cameos, and all kinds of MetaFiltery stuff. This show covers March 3 through April 7 and runs for just under two hours. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 12:51 PM PST - 29 comments

April 4

Site of the Dead

Could I suggest that if you know some really interesting figure, you find some good info on them and post it now, before they're dead? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread to Etiquette/Policy at 11:53 AM PST - 109 comments

April 3

You do it HOW?!

Yesterday I was trying to explain the great top sheet/no top sheet schism to a friend and it occurred to me that there should be a page on the metafilter wiki that lists all the threads that have exposed the shocking practices of our fellow Metafilterians. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 PM PST - 355 comments

A whale of a thread

I'm trying to follow the 4000+ comment election thread, and it's getting really difficult. Links are not where they look like they are, lines of text are duplicated and overwritten. Now, in addition to the jumping-links behavior, I'm having trouble scrolling. The page will just sit there as I wheel, then jump a couple of screens, so I have to go back, which also doesn't go smoothly. It's becoming unusable. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson to Bugs at 10:36 AM PST - 160 comments

April 1

Paradigm shifting the edit window

We're kicking off a trial partnership with tech startup Spell, Actualy to reduce the moderation load of edit-window-related site activity. Help us test out the new process inside! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 AM PST - 526 comments

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote...

Today is the first day of the United State's National Poetry Month. In celebration, I was hoping my fellow metafites would share their favorite poems/lines of poetry.
posted by CMcG to MetaFilter-Related at 7:16 AM PST - 127 comments