May 2007 Archives (all archives)
I find the "7 minutes ago" style of dating found on the "My Activity" to be far easier to parse than the normal way it is listed in threads. Any chance of a profile switch to enable that site-wide with the detail time available on a hover or something?
cortex notes in passing something about the "admin console." Jessamyn drops a dark reference to the "admin-facing flags" interface. Come on MeFi elite admin caste! Let's see screenshots! Feel free to lie if the truth is not interesting.
MetaFilter Runs v.3.1 is nearly finished, and it looks like ajr is going to take out the speed title. Congratulations, ajr! There seems to be a consensus that the distance challenges are more motivating though (especially for those of us who are decidedly more tortoise than hare), so pj_rivera has proposed an ongoing series of monthly distance contests. The June one is just starting, so please list your Nike+ username if you haven't been issued an invitation yet.
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Are you ready for the third annual MeFi poker tournament? Sunday June 10th, 9pm Eastern.
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I'm not big on doing the call-outs, but when the question poster Mach3avelli asks a question and provides a big ol' great bunch of examples, well, just wanted to thank them for the thread.
I'm not big on doing the call-outs, but when the question poster Mach3avelli asks a question and provides a big ol' great bunch of examples right in the question, well, just wanted to thank them for the thread, and hope it makes the sidebar (which is NOT why I'm doing this, by the way). Thanks also to some of the stellar suggestions the hive has posted, and non sum qualis eram's description of Rossini. It's so easy to snark on people online, but it's good to thank someone when they do something nice as well. Y'all have almost always been so helpful, and I learn something new here everyday. Music is incredibly important to me - as I suspect so many of us! - so having a new playlist of music to investigate is a treat, and yet another example of why this was one of the best $5 purchases I've ever made in my life. Thanks all. *group hug, passing of Kleenex, etc. etc.*
Heading to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in a couple of weeks for the first time - any other MeFites planning on attending? (Anti-hippie comments to a minimum, please)
Our episode of Mythbusters aired tonight, aside from a MeFi sign noticed last month, did anyone spot any other promised shout-outs? [For those without TV, you can see a small segment on silver bullets here, under Mythbusters Uncut. Also, check out the Ask a Ninja clip, just because.]
PDF warnings are always appreciated by me. Lack of a PDF warning is annoying. PDF seems so outdated and unnecessary.
Getting the dog high? Why wasn't the whole thing deleted? Letting any comments ride on that one is a slippery slope, I should think. Especially ones condoning it or speaking of giving a dog something toxic.
Lore Sjöberg has a column/blog/whatever on Wired's website. In the most recent edition/post, he expresses a desire to "replace [the caps lock key] with a more useful key, like Reload MetaFilter Obsessively." Full thing here.
Another really awesome solving of a problem. Metafilter rules.
MeFi (and sub-domains) are still blocked to people with the wrong MTU settings using OS X (previously). Right now I can't access any of the sites following a complete reset of my router last night. Safari halts on *.metafilter.com when the status bar says, "... Completed 3 of 4 items". This happens on both my computers connected to the router. I'm currently accessing via www.siteglove.com, an anonymous proxy. To be honest, I'm not sure if the MTU value is causing the problem, but there's clearly something wrong. Admins: Please look at the comment on the previous threads about firewalls blocking network discovery traffic (from user eriko). That's your cure. Windows computers work around this automatically. Other computers don't, unless the user tweaks!
Threads like this make me wonder why we can't answer anonymous questions anonymously? (aside from the obvious potential for trolling)
Based on Gina Trapani's Lifehacker Blackener Greasemonkey script -- which she released into the public domain -- I made up a Greasemonkey script that puts a dividing line in-between Metafilter comments.
Why is THIS anonymous?
Inspired by this AskMe thread -- who's going to be in Washington DC for the American Library Association conference or for other reasons June 21-26? Who's interested in a meetup?
There's a Nethack tournament going on for all of next month. I know we have a bunch of Nethack fans. Want to be part of a MeFi clan?
Onlyconnect and I hosted a gathering yesterday evening starting around 6 pm eastern. Attendees included at least five Mefites. Topics dicussed at that party that have subsequently appeared on the front page through no action of our own include:
- An extended discussion of "Freaks and Geeks"
- The further creative output of Judd Apatow
- Lesbian Until Graduation (LUG)
So we've been working on backtagging old posts for about five days now. We've gotten about 10% of them done. I just wanted to drop a note here for anyone who missed the sidebar note, the podcast note or the other MeTa thread. If you'd like to help with tagging old untagged posts, drop me an email or IM with your usernumber and email address and I'll get you set up. If you're already helping, thank you very much, we're making great strides.
I am so sorry that Baud got Dance Around The World stuck in his head. Those frickin 80's tunes will get you sometimes.
How does a Providence/Southeastern New England meetup on Sunday, June 10th sound?
Did someone already post the follow up to the post about the guy with the disfiguring growths on his hands? If so, I missed it.
Can one of you kind admins please go in and put a spoiler alert in the link to this thread?
The Wild West Myths episode of Mythbusters will be airing this coming Wednesday, May 30th.
When I post a comment in a thread, the page reloads at the comment box, necessitating a scroll upward to view my comment and any comments that might have been posted while I was posting. Might it be better for the page to load at the last comment on the previous page (i.e. the last comment on the copy of the page used to post) or the comment directly after?
Since when did MetaFilter become Sexual Harrassment Filter? How is a link to videos showing a teacher being groped by her students appropriate for an FPP? HOPE ME.
I found this previous MeTa post, which states why numeric html entities are not allowed. However, there seem to be no named entities for the musical notes. How did this happen then?
An amazing interview with ColdChef about what life is like running a funeral home and what the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina taught him about MetaFilter. Also, a recap of the last two weeks, recorded on May 25, 2007. It runs long at 1 hour, 9 minutes total (about 35minutes with ColdChef, but totally worth it).
Would the admins (yes you kind folks) consider voting/nominations/suggestions for the featured songs for future podcasts? Just curious. (Prepared for a sound walloping.)
"I believe in the overthrow of the government, should the situation warrant." posted by valentinepig at 11:16 AM Please don't use MetaFilter to break the law.
Can I get rid of that guy with the floating T-bone on the front page?
I love the new Activities page(s) in the user profiles, but the timestamps on comments and posts there aren't being adjusted for time zones. For instance, I see this comment of mine as having been at 10:16am (which is correct) on the AskMe page, but at 7:16am on my activity page.
Wowee what a fascinating comment. Sidebarable?
DC Meta Meet-up Sorry for the delay, here are the pictures (and the great pickles) from last Saturday's Washington DC picnic meet-up. I am never again lending out my camera when I still have photos to upload.
There's something odd about the MetaFilter home page. A huge blank space next to the sidebar, between the date and the first post.
Matt, I have waited several hours for you to fix it, but the song parody you linked to in the Blue Sidebar is titled "Thou Shalt Always Filter", not "Thou Shalt Not Filter". And it is totally awesome... When I say “end” thou shalt not say “well”. When I say “Wen” thou shalt not say “dell”.
MA meetup, Marlborough-ish, Sunday June 17th? I'll be in town with a free evening. [Update! We're aiming for the Halfway Cafe, kicking off at six-ish!]
I'll be in Chicago at the end of July (27-29) for the BlogHer conferences. Anyone interested in trying to arrange a meetup there? I'll be in the Navy Pier area. Suggestions for possible meetup locations near there?
Often in Ask Metafilter the original questioner chimes in with clarifications or extra information, but answerers don't necessarily read all previous comments before chipping in. Do people think it might be a good idea to highlight the original poster's comments in thread? (Obviously this only makes sense for Ask).
Hey, so when is the Jabber servers going up if at all?
I don't know if the 'Activity' link on the profile page is still a work in progress. But, if so, how about adding a little bit of context to the Favorited tab? It's not very useful with just a couple of lines from the post and a date.
So I found two cool sites, dealing with entirely separate things that could make meaty FPPs. I just don't have the time to do the research to flesh them out right now. Should I make a pair of posts, or one post connected in a jokey or left-field way? Should I just make follow-up posts in my own thread as I find more stuff, or would you prefer the style of my previous posts, in general, even if it means I forget about stuff that may potentially be cool? I see a massive variety of styles, but I figure I may as well sound the hivemind out. Please feel free to ignore me if I'm being too n00bish.
The target from here looks to be working again.
There's a little clickable tab thingy labelled 'My Comments', as well as a 'My Comments' clickable link in the list-of-things-to-do near the top on the front page. Clicking each identically named thing leads to markedly different pages, one of which is useful (the one which puts your comment in context), and one of which is not (the one which just lists the posts you commented on). This is deeply ontologically upsetting. Also, when you post a thread on Metatalk, the text entry box is labelled 'Description:', rather than, e.g., 'Text:', or 'Post:'. I feel this additional category violation affront is essentially a slap in the face.
What's your favorite simile about dumb people? Is this seriously not ChatFilter? It's a subjective question with a link in the post to a Google search with a ton of answers to choose from.
Minor feature add: you can set your flickr username in your account, and it will automatically grab your last six photos uploaded and add them to your userpage.
What standards of consistency to moderators apply in redacting comments? Can anything give rise to standards? I ask not so much to seek the retention of my own comments; the world wouldn't be worse off if all of them were deleted. But I am flabbergasted at the inconsistency in treatment -- e.g., the comments on this thread -- and amazed that there's no attempt to explain or even to identify the party responsible.
Thought some folks might like to see a presentation Matthew posted up on the most excellent slideshare site about building online communities. Fantastic selection of photos in the presentation...nicely done. (No, I'm not a crazy stalker person - I was checking slideshare out for some dull compsci reading, and
Mathowie's head popped up this was a featured presentation. Enjoy!
Santa Cruz, Calif. Meetup: June 22? [more inside]
NOLA meet-up? [more inside]
As nice as it is to know what people are NOT, what is the precedent for people in AskMe to so doggedly remind people that they are not a doctor, not a lawyer, and most importantly, not YOUR doctor or lawyer?
Do MeFites really look askance at fat people?
AskMe is not talk therapy.
Is there still a Metafilter Cafepress store? I'd like to buy another "Coffee is for Closers" mug, but the store seems to have disappeared. If it's truly gone, is there a (non-Cafepress?) alternative where I could get the same mug? (The non-MF mugs I've seen aren't as nice).
What ever became of the idea to retrotag older posts? There seemed to be a consensus in this thread, but it aged out before any decision was made.
Does anyone remember an AskMe post from a year or so ago where a list of household (maybe food specific) rules were generated and the OP was advised to print out the post and put it up for housemates to read?
The other day, MeFi and its subdomains started giving me the following ColdFusion error when loading the index page. (Firefox / Intel Mac, as below.) MeFi works fine for me in Safari, and I'm guessing that resetting my cookies will solve the problem. (Something's corrupted in there, maybe.) But I thought I'd pass along the error screen in case it's of interest to the powers that be... Error is as follows:
The Metafiltr project page has HTML in the title.
So, I was all set to take the survey which is mentioned at AskMe (right-hand side, under the list tags/post block)
"MetaFilter Readers. Support this site and its advertisers by participating in a brief survey: questionmarket.com."Unfortunately, this is the result when clicking on the link: "The website you're looking for cannot be found. The website may no longer exist, or may have moved."
In the never ending saga of lolcat scholarship (no snark please), our very own brownpau has gracefully snuck into the swaddling canon of of lolcat literature.
"My comments" by thread por favor.
A few weeks ago, I posted a question about our mountains of returnable bottles. Just thought I'd mention the outcome...two days after my post, we found a flyer attached to our doorknob. The local high school was collecting returnables as part of a fund-raiser for a student whose house had burned down. We hauled our many (many!) bags of bottles out to the curb as directed. We weren't there when they were collected, but a few days later our next-door neighbor caught me outside and mentioned that he'd been present when the kids came around to collect the bottles, and one of them yelled "Hey, jackpot!" to the others when they hit our curb. No particular point of this post, I guess, other than it was somewhat serendipitous timing that I had all our bottles bagged and had just posed the question as to what the heck to do with them.
Another Phoenix-area meetup: Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day) [more inside]
I got home from work yesterday to find my totally awesome MetaFilter t-shirt waiting for me in my pile of mail! Anyone else sporting one of these totally cool and very blue t-shirts?
The new flash media player from Jeroen Wijering can show mp3s, SWF and FLV video, photos and RSS/XSPF/ATOM playlists. Should MetaFilter allow FPPs to use this? Are inline video comments/playlists a feature to avoid?
So, um, who sent out the mysterious "PLEASE ENJOY" MefiSwap CDs?
Is Metafilter too labyrinthine, for a new comer at least? I’ve been here for a couple of months now, and I’ve gotten to know a few people, but I still don’t feel as if I’ve become a part of the community yet? Not sure if that’s my fault, may be I should post more often, or comment more in other peoples’ threads, or post better FPPs, but the question’s been on my mind for some time now. It just feels like a tough nut to crack. I am still trying though.
When I view my "My Comments" page, everything after this comment is small. There seems to be no closing tag. The original post page is fine. Is there some auto-closing mechanism that needs to be implemented in the new My Comments page?
I don't think this takedown was appropriate. Just because the story was "resolved" with flickr doesn't mean that there's nothing to talk about, or that it isn't interesting.
It'd be kind of awesome if we could see, in some generic way like "hits", how many looks our MeJobs job postings have gotten.
Now that we have this new interface for viewing our comments, I can no longer easily scroll through my ask.metafilter answers and see if any new ones have been marked as best. The word "best" appears, in small gray text, but the cool check mark that made me feel special is gone. :(
There isn't a footer on the My Posts page if you don't have any posts within the selected timeframe.
Today, for the first time, I wished I could favorite a thread deletion justification. "This post was deleted for the following reason: im in ur over-trafficked meme, stating ur ironic deletion raisin" - cortex
Without complaining about a specific thread, Matt, can we get "flagging" to be inline/ajaxy, as a drop down, rather than the press, choose, new page, back to thread? The way that the favorites work?
Dublin Meetup this or next Saturday?
Huh. So the blog of a certain Mr. Language Hat is linked in the sidebar at the Village Voice books section (under "Bookmarks") now? Is this old news? Did I miss something? Cheers for Mr. Hat, in any case.
Attention: Los Angles(L.A.) I'm flying in and staying around the airport and working near the Staples center for a few days. I'd like to organize a meet up and meet some American mefites. If some one would be so kind as to pick a place and time I would love to show up and tell you stories about Canada or something.
Calgary meet-up this weekend? I know it's very short notice, but unexpectedly I'll be stuck in Calgary by myself this weekend. Is anybody interested in a meet-up on Saturday 19th? I'm staying somewhere pretty central, but I don't have a car.
About those stars some people get... pointless tiny little request, but could those be given a transparent canvas so they show up nicey nice across themes? Currently when viewing with the white background they show up as a star-in-a-block. Or you could even render them as Unicode entities so they could be given the ol' CSS one-two punch and you wouldn't have to get clever with graphics.
Hot damn, Matt! I love the new "Favorited by others" page! Beautiful work, sir.
Followup--remember that story about the Hispanic high-school kids who entered and won the robotics contest at MIT? I just met with their advisor.
Silly thing: I remember reading a thread on MeFi a while ago where people repeatedly used an insulting word for people who just join in marathons without officially entering. But what was the word?
NYC meetup? I'll be in New York between 5 and 12 June, so let's have a meetup. Best days for me are 5, 6 and 7th. I'm staying at the Gershwin Hotel on E.27th Street. One of those dates will be a theatre night, but I don't know yet which one.
Is a domain an acceptable user name? Seems like it would be a perfectly good name without the .com on the end.
There's a new user history interface, at http://www.metafilter.com/activity/(your user ID). It's linked on user pages now and provides a consistent view of your posts, comments, and things favorited by others (including a new most popular favorited list from your history). Three cheers for pb for building it, it should be much easier to use and more consistent than the previous way we did things.
Seattle meetup: weekend of June 8th? I'm going to be there for just the weekend. What say you? Saturday the 9th might work the best.
Why did the "what would the scientific name for zombies?" question on AskMe disappear yesterday?
Pony request: Can we have temporary favorites? There are often threads I want to follow, but not make favorites, but if I make them a favorite, then I have delete from my favorites later on. This gets to be a chore when there's a lot of interesting stuff. Yes, there's the My comments page, but I find it useless, as it only tracks the last ten comments made to the thread, as opposed to only new comments since I last read the thread and it tracks threads I've commented on. With temporary favorites, I could say "watch this thread for x amount of time". Then if there was a page of just these temp favorites, it make it easy to keep tabs on threads that interest me. Or basically, just a better way of keeping tabs on threads the user finds interesting without having to make them favorites, which seem like a more permanent marker.
What if sometimes wisecracks do help people find answers?
Pony request... could there please be a character limit for the "summary" box? I mean, wow.
Bug: "Favorited by others" pages may have an issue sometimes when you try to go to the next page of favorited comments. I'm not sure what causes it, but for example: mine no worky, but mathowie's does.
ParisParamus made MetaFiler more interesting. He's been banned too long. Can ParisParamus be unbanned?
mathowie: Some Community Tips for 2007. Metameta, yeah, but I thought it was worth linking for those who haven't seen it, for some insight into how Matt tries to run the place.
Something about this post sounds not like a genuine question, but like anti-drug propaganda. It's been posted anonymously, so it's been past the finely honed bullshit-meters of our hosts here, but it still strikes me that something isn't kosher. Or maybe all the pot's making me paranoid.
I love the all time favorites page. Any chance we could have more than 20?
How about a Paris meetup? Say, some time between May 21 and June 2 so I can attend?
Seriously... you guys rock. Just sayin' thanks.
Should the breaking news of Jerry Falwell's death be posted to the blue? He was clearly a polarizing figure, and as such putting him up there may be, prima facie, a inflammatory post. It's NewsFilter at the least. Thoughts on how to handle these types of things?
This made me wonder who our youngest Mefite is.
Web-goddess regained the Mefi distance running title (previous challenges : 1, 2). Amazingly, she racked up 77.21 kilometer in 14 days. Silver and bronze medals go to AJR (76k) and Sanjayafan (75k). During the remainder of this month, we'll find out who's the fastest mefite (speed challenge over 5k). Previous participants have been invited to this new challenge via the Nike+ site. If you've got the Nike + Ipod sport kit and want in, post your Nike+ screenname in this thread.
Last August, I asked Metafilter about launching model rockets with my young son. I received lots of encouragement and some good advice. This past weekend, we finally launched our first rockets (photos, short video) and I wanted to say thanks.
Apparently it's time for our semi-annual argument over what constitutes a spoiler and when - if ever - they are acceptable. Personally I don't give a crap but if you really need to have this argument yet again, how about you do it here instead of crapping all over the question?
Hama7 recently posted this FPP on the blue and it got rightly deleted. Now it's back... and probably worse than before.
I noticed that the meetup mentioned in this thread has made the 'gatherings' sidebar. (I'm assuming that the meetup will take place this year, and not in 2009, as suggested.) In the thread, there weren't many details regarding a place or a time. Has any of this been decided yet? Not to make like Mother Superior and jump the gun, but if this thing is really happening, I want to buy my plane tix pretty soon.
So MeFi user Brian B. has chosen to use the recent Scientology thread to spread a bit of good old-fashioned antisemitism, selective quotes from the Talmud styley, explaining why, apparently, Jews believe is it ok to murder non-Jews, something my own rabbi omitted to mention at any point, starting here and continuing through the thread. As I am relatively new to posting here, I would like to ask what is the MeFi etiquette for dealing with a fellow MeFite who wants to use the site to spread racist propaganda of this sort. Because right now I am breathing very slowly and deeply and still seeing everything through an extremely red mist and I would appreciate some suggestions.
Seattle meet up concept within.
What, exactly, is this? It's a comment posted right before the closing that really doesn't have anything to do with the thread. (I was just looking back at my own post today and found it.) The user seems to wanted to have posted something about the thread but didn't have enough time (maybe?) but instead just posted 5 random links, two of them to Mansferd Mann's Band, two now dead YouTube links, and some crazy Scobby Doo thing. Not that I have a problem with any of it, but it just seems... weird.
Eurofilter. Next year I think there should be the mega UK Metameetup of all time for Eurovision. You up for it?
Why no 'link' button in AskMeFi?
I feel like I might get a bunch of chirping crickets in response, but is there any interest in an Upstate NY meetup at some point in the near future? I'm not sure where the highest concentration of members is up here, but I'm located somewhat centrally in Syracuse... can we put something together?
HEY DENVER! yes you. I know this is short notice and all but i figured free beer, a rolling art party and a bunch of zombies couldn't possibly go wrong. May 16th. Details inside.
I AM HAVING AN ANN ARBOR/YPSI MEETUP ON MONDAY. I will be at Arbor Brewing Co. on Monday, as it's one of my last opportunities to do so. I will be drunk and bearded. Any of y'all are welcome and encouraged to join me.
Hey hey hey there, Seoul brothers an' sisters! I'm swinging through your fair, river-cleaved burg for the two weeks beginning 22 May - my wonderful wife has a show (and a talk) at Insa Art Space, and I'm coming to help her mount it, see some old friends, and generally be her number-one fan. This is time enough, me thinks, to arrange quite the soju-fueled shindig. What say? (Stavros, I'm looking at you.)
Recap from the last two weeks plus an interview with jjg and the new theme song by cortex, recorded on May 11, 2007. Also: Podcast site.
Annon posts a question asking if a guy likes her. The thread is 4 days old and still open. Annon posts a new question asking the same thing. Why was that allowed?
Could the "Post" button on new AskMe questions trigger a script to check that the first part of the question ends either in a "." or a "?"? This would bring an end to the [more inside] "witticisms" (e.g. Assuredly there's [more inside]). I realise it is minor, and that I have also once been guilty of propagating this lame disruptive meme.
I am not sure where landed on the whole posting follow-up to the grey debate, so hopefully this is okay. Since the Matt Sanchez thread got some people's attention, I thought I'd follow up here and let folks know that the gay porn star turned marine has (allegedly) turned back to the gay sexcapades that made him infamous. That last link has text that is NSFW and a photo that is questionable (topless stud).
I have an idea for a songwriting competition, and I think the musicians here are talented enough (and have the know-how / equipment) to pull it off. On a weekly or bi-weekly basis, someone (the winner of the last round) could post a challenge (ex: an old-school country waltz about flowers), then everyone who wants to compete could post their songs and the MeFites could vote. Opinions?
I'm looking for a post that I swear I saw on AskMe a while ago. It was a long discussion of why pop (soda, fountain drinks, etc) taste better out of Styrofoam cups than waxy paper or plastic (more inside).
Look, I'm sorry -- I can't be the only one who, while watching Heroes every week, sees this guy and immediately and unfailingly thinks of this guy, right?
Ok, So I committed a MeFi sin the other day and made a double post. I felt a bit embarrassed but it got me thinking about a couple ways to prevent some of the double posting that goes on around here. If any of these ideas are taken up maybe something good will come out of a double post for once.
Ok, I'm a sucker. I bought one. But I have to ask, what the hell is that little icon in the above Matt's right shoulder? A t-bone steak? And why?
But where did the awesome MeFi map come from?
Long comments still being chopped in My Recent Comments, not at a break or a tag. Older threads about this issue contain fixes. Little help?
Viral marketing video as front page post, up long enough that it doesn't seem like it's going to be deleted. Slippery slope, blah blah. What say you?
I know this is a long shot as we are in the land of introverts and it is very last second but: I'm in downtown St. Paul tonight and tomorrow night for a conference, anyone up for something I can walk to from the riverside (knda near the science museum area) after 4:30pm tomorrow (er, today I guess, Thurs)?
Hi Mighty Admins (and MeFites). Just wondering if there are RSS feeds for posts? I've just recently discovered netvibes and it would be great if I could use RSS to keep track of posts. Of course, even better would be if I can get an RSS feed of my posts with an indication of how many comments are there. That way, I could quickly see if any new comments had been made, without having to add all these new RSS feeds everytime I make a post! Is this all pie in the sky, or is it do-able?
Looking for a specific comment (or entire thread?) either green or blue. It discussed the current popularity of zombie movies as a response to a contemporary fear of anonymity. May have involved references to the MySpace generation. Within the last 6 months, I think. Li'l help?
File this under cool questions with a couple really cool answers from just the right people. Despite the obligatory "this is a bad idea" warnings.
Chicago Looptopia Meetup?
So far, this has been one of my favorite days on metafilter, ever. I haven't been around that long, but between the bacon bookmarks (which I would like to officially nominate for the sidebar), the mysterious rocks surrounding Washington DC, and the all-sugar replicator, I am really fucking impressed. I know some of you hate America (Maybe you should check this out), but I loved that post too. Thanks rad people!
PonyFilter: Can we add a preference to remove the post titles from URLs? I occasionally read Metafilter from work. I clicked the Baby playing with a snake post and had a moment of terror as I viewed the URL.
Ask Metafilter: Help me become a professional shoplifter -- don't we have a guideline against helping people learn how to break the law via AskMe somewhere? Considering that repeat shoplifting is a felony, I think this would fall under that guideline.
I'm selling my first ever real silkscreen printed t-shirts, through Coudal Partners' Swapmeat. It's limited to 119 shirts in M, L, and XL, $19 each (paypal). Ever have trouble finding someone at a meetup? This should help. Also, if this goes well, I'll be doing more designs in the future.
Following up on this post from January, the Washington hospital which performed the "Ashley Treatment" has acknowledged that it broke the law.
"More Inside" is great and all, but perhaps it's time for absolute length limits in AskMe? Brain-dump essays like those (2600 and 1500 words!) don't help people answer, and all those posts need is some judicious editing before posting.
I looked in projects and music, no place to simply put words, no music. so... delete away if inappropriately located. we'll fedex all the boxes use this number for the price lets take whats left of life and pack it up all tight don't forget the waybill make sure you have the address right here let me pin this paper so you'll know your way outside can't I stay here said the snowman its so nice and warm tonight
Cortex, you ruthless bastard.
Scottish Meetup- let's depress each other again.
Apropos of nothing: a preview of this week's upcoming podcast.
Hey Boston/North Shore: Stynxno and I are coming to town. We'd like to meetup with you on Sunday, May 27th, in beautiful Salem, MA.
Much as I think that this news story merits discussion, I can't help but feel like askme isn't the place for it. There isn't really an answer anyone can give.
Jessamyn installs Ubuntu on donated library computers. Film at 11 (or at least the post from BoingBoing) P.S. Folk hero?
Q: How do I get what I need from my husband to deal with some personal trauma? A: I'd be angry with you for what you did because it was stupid.
The mystery of the duclod man is solved. Related to this post from March and this post from 2001. I think Sarah Aswell did a better job of unraveling his truth than the googling masses of metafilter.
There was a Mythbusters marathon recently. At the end of one of the the shows, behind Adam and Jamie, on the back wall, there was a masking tape "MeFi."
NYC Meetup on Saturday? I'll be in town for one night only, and would love to be able to meet the famous NYC MeFites before I head back across the pond.
It's probably about time to start planning the 10th anniversary for metafilter. It goes without saying that there should be a meet-up involved somehow. But where should it be?
Since apparently MeFi users want a way to rank each other, here's an easy way to do it. You take one of your posts, and a tag from that post. Then, you find out how many google hits the tag generates vs. the number of times it is used as a tag in MetaFilter. The winner is the person who has the highest google-hit to MeFi tag ratio.
Followup on Canadian spy coins. Today, an Associate Press FOIA request reveals that they were just the commemorative quarters we thought.
MetaFilter discussions about religion and politics tend to have comments which are basically the same as other MetaFilter discussions about religion and politics.
Why not make a page that ranks users based on how many "favorites" their comments, FPPs, and questions garner? I'm not sure hard how this would be to create, but it might be a nice incentive to post quality items. Also, it would highlight some of the dedicated, and/or imaginative members of Mefi. Just a thought.
This is a post for discussion on a yet-to-be-scheduled MeFi Tokyo meetup.
Northeast New England Meetup was a great success. There were lots of cameras and a delicious cake our wonderful hostess provided.
Many a drunken NYC mefite has gazed into his/her half-empty glass and wished aloud that DaShiv would come to NYC and take photos of us. Well, I say life is short, and we're not getting younger. Let's take up a collection and get him out here for a meetup. I'll start with a pledge of $50 towards his airfare and any other necessary expenses.
Lets play Mafia. It is normally a party game but I've seen it played on the internet a couple times. I've played it in real life, but there was always something so appealing about playing an online round. I've wanted to arrange a game but never had the right internet forum for the job. I think MeFi would be a perfect group of people for the task. Anyone else interested? If the admins are cool with it, I think it'd be a blast.
Admins: Metafilter is blocked for people with incorrect MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) settings on their router/computer(s). See this thread. I had this problem for several weeks, during which Metafilter's banner would load, but nothing else. Something needs to be tweaked on either the Metafilter server, or the Metafilter routing system (firewall settings?). My router was set to the default values for my ISP when this happened (BT Broadband in the UK). In other words, this isn't caused by people tweaking their settings—some ISPs are effectively incompatible with Metafilter in its current setup.
If you've given up on that long Corporal Sanchez thread, it suddenly gets interesting at this point, when the author of the website that's the subject of the post joins MetaFilter and the discussion.
Would adding a feature to upload original stories similar to Mefi Music be of interest to anyone?
It's Friday. The people want -- nay, demand -- their Drunken Hoff, dammit.
MetaParent Bay Area Meetup? Inspired by this AskMe thread, would any MeFi parents in the Bay Area be interested in a family-friendly Meetup?
DC Meetup? Thinking last week of May, perhaps the Thursday night (May 24) before Memorial Day weekend? Also, how do people feel about meeting in the Capitol Hill area?
Inspired by this thread, and in an effort to help us know each other better, would it be possible to have tag clouds of everything we've ever written on metafilter - not just the tags from our posts - displayed in our profile?
Are the deletions a bit wonky today? Some are showing up as the less uncommon scorched-earth-deletes (61928, 61950); some aren't appearing on the front page but have no deletion reason and appear open once you enter their thread (61932, 61936, 61942).
Chicago Meetup: Wanna give it another shot?
London Picnic: Now switched to Saturday May 5th, 2pm. Details inside.
Never mind "best of the web," this thread is surely the best of MetaFilter.
Callout for awesomeness: Want to know about farming history? Well, ontic's dad will tell you about farming history.
This Thread. Got me thinkin as to how the Meta World is powered; Are there things we could do to make the Blue a little bluer? The Green a little greener? The Gray a little… sunnier? I for one would happily slap down another $5, or more, to make this happen.
Hey everyone, a friend and I will be down in L.A. for a convention, May 23 to May 29th. Anyone want to get together with me for a night of fun?
Who’s up for some drinkin’? The East Atlanta Beer Fest is on Saturday, 12 May, from 1 - 6 PM.
How personally embarrassing does something have to be to qualify for an anonymous AskMi? Mold in one's microwave?
Remember that deadline Patrick Leahy set at Alberto's hearing? Well, Gonzo apparently missed it. Leahy responds with a letter, subpoena included. (direct link to pdf) A follow-up to this post.
Since people are always posting about their GuFfs, BuFfs, and SO's, some of which are also MeFi users, I was wondering if there were parent-son/daughter or sibling users as well (that don't care if we know). Might make for some fun reading.
Asheville / East Coast / South East meetup? I'm visiting the area for a while. Who wants a piece of me?
Episode 7 of the MetaFilter podcast, recorded last friday, April 27, 2007
This video, "Metafilter vs. Ask a Ninja Video" has a very obvious MeFi callout.
MeFi has got all kinds of RSS feeds, but there isn't an official feed of the popular favorites page, which would be a great way to filter out the site to the most popular posts.