May 2012 Archives (all archives)

May 31

Or is it just me?

I like the DECK ads, but the American Apparel ones aren't like the others. They are objectifying and cliched and make me wince every time they pop up. Any way for MetaFilter block those specific ads or send feedback to the DECK people to let them know they're hurting their brand by allowing that kind of crap?
posted by jsturgill to Feature Requests at 7:08 PM PST - 270 comments

Could we not scream "FAKE" without some evidence to that effect?

FAKE!!! Wait, maybe not. Could we consider not derailing a post with screams of FIRE errr... FAKE, without a bit of evidence that points to that? Could we especially not do it when there seems to be evidence that it ISN'T fake?
posted by HuronBob to Etiquette/Policy at 6:05 PM PST - 81 comments

May 30

What Was this Term In a Comment?

A few months ago there was an AskMe or MeFi comment that described a very specific term for when layoffs or pink slips are used to force a political agenda. I think the context was education. Can anyone remember the comment or term? Please forgive or delete this if it's misuse of MeTa. And thanks too!
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 6:27 PM PST - 13 comments

The Cold War now on DVD

As a followup to this post: The Only Winning Move is to Watch This, you can now buy The Cold War on DVD. [more inside]
posted by fellion to MetaFilter-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

The Wheel is real?

Wait wait — The Wheel is real?
posted by Tom-B to MetaFilter-Related at 11:12 AM PST - 61 comments

May 29

She asked for help getting rid of shame, we gave her more.

Metafilter collectively piled on to this OP so hard that she returned to update that she was actually essentially being triggered by the responses. How can we do this better and keep our own issues out of being helpful? Is there a way to "report pileon"? Should there be? [more inside]
posted by corb to Etiquette/Policy at 12:33 PM PST - 266 comments

MeFi's Own Toekneesan Sees the Future of Books

MeFi's Own Toekneesan has interesting ideas about book places in the digital age. Andrew Sullivan and Inside Higher Ed's Scott McLemee think so too. Congratulations, Toekneesan! [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter-Related at 9:35 AM PST - 29 comments

May 28

AskMe vs WaPo

The Washington Post has turned this anonymous AskMe question into an online poll.
posted by chrisulonic to MetaFilter-Related at 1:46 AM PST - 247 comments

May 27

What Is This Creepy Site Advertising? A book, perhaps?

Upon revisiting the classic Ask thread What Is This Creepy Site Advertising? (a.k.a., the thread where tons of Mefites congregated for weeks to solve the puzzle behind an unusual viral marketing website), I discovered something intriguing about the site in question. [more inside]
posted by jeudi to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 PM PST - 33 comments

Perhaps we could save the zombie jokes for threads that aren't about actual cannibalism

I don't know what sickens me most about this post, the content itself, the framing of it, or the lolz comments. I'm not asking to have it deleted, and I'm not sure what I am asking for. Perhaps it's just that we show a little more respect for the victims of these horrible psychotic crimes. For example, I don't think anyone would write a post about real life rapes that referenced some sort of fictionalized supernatural rapists.
posted by orange swan to Etiquette/Policy at 6:07 PM PST - 89 comments

When is a Double not a Double?

I'm not entirely sure how I came to it but I was reading this post at Gawker & wandered down into the comments only to find this odd bit of writing. Some of the replies were witty but then (MeFi's own?) Gawker editor Maureen O'Connor pointed out it was essentially identical to this anonynmous AskMe from 5 years ago. At the very least I figure it's a curiosity worth pointing out to my fellow MeFites who have too much free time on their hands & want to dissect it under the usual microscope.
posted by scalefree to MetaFilter-Related at 2:22 PM PST - 52 comments

Site Search

404 error in the site search when logged out. [more inside]
posted by Lanark to Bugs at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

long way to the top

It's a long way to the TOP if ya gotta scroll 'n' scroll. [more inside]
posted by de to Feature Requests at 3:13 AM PST - 39 comments

May 26

Best of the Wiki

What are some of the best things on the Metafilter Wiki? [more inside]
posted by Scientist to MetaFilter-Related at 10:38 PM PST - 16 comments

May 25

Is there an ignore/block function? Should there be?

Am I correct that there is no option to block/ignore all posts from a particular member? If so, could I please request that as a feature? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée to Feature Requests at 4:17 PM PST - 164 comments

May 24

Strip mobile tags

Can we strip the 'm' from links to Wikipedia? In a recent post there was a link to a Wikipedia page that went directly to the mobile site. If your on a mobile device you would automatically get the mobile version so there is no reason to force people on non-mobile devices to it. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch to Feature Requests at 4:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Gregor Samsa awoke from a night of clubbing former actress Lindsay Lohan.

MeFi's Own™ nasreddin has won the Rossica Young Translators Award for his daring and inventive rendering of a passage from the new Viktor Pelevin novel. An excerpt of his entry starts on page 34 of this PDF.
posted by Nomyte to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 75 comments

Habeas factus

This post ought not to have been deleted. The reason given: "This post was deleted for the following reason: Seems like an interesting and pretty fucked-up case, but most of the links here seem like they're kind of filler material and if the meat of the post is essentially "read this legal PDF" it might need to be presented a lot more in those terms, or with some good long-form journalism or analysis. Otherwise we've just got folks arguing about rape charges yet again. -- cortex" [more inside]
posted by anigbrowl to Etiquette/Policy at 1:03 PM PST - 206 comments

Minor preview bug?

Minor preview bug? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe to Bugs at 11:08 AM PST - 11 comments

+1 or Thumbs Up buttons

I would like to request a feature to distinguish favorites (answers/posts I want to go back and read) vs "promotes" (ability to vote for a post/answer without adding a "nthing" comment). [more inside]
posted by theobserver to Feature Requests at 10:45 AM PST - 67 comments

May 23

Big Companies FTW

Great Metafilter comment on moving up from a low-level position in a big company? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky to MetaFilter-Related at 12:02 PM PST - 18 comments

MeFi's own...

Once again, an FPP has attracted its subject to comment on the proceedings. Deborah Feldman has dropped in to offer many clarifications and responses to questions in this thread about her interview on xoJane and the ensuing drama.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! to MetaFilter-Related at 9:22 AM PST - 35 comments

Just because it's commercial doesn't mean it's a bad idea

Klout interface for Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell to Feature Requests at 3:09 AM PST - 102 comments

May 22

Say what?

Wait. Did he seriously go to the most expensive college in the country and tell the new grads to take the lower paying job? MeFi's own asavage gives an awesome commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

I'm with Leah Remini on this one.

Do I have the most inane first comment ever? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss to MetaFilter-Related at 9:23 PM PST - 98 comments

AskMe Duplicity

Hey, I just saw that AskMe... oh wait, it was a different cat problem... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune to MetaFilter-Related at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Where'd it go...

There was a FPP deleted about the blocking of parts of the NDAA and a link to a article by Naomi Wolf. Why was it deleted? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser to MetaFilter-Related at 12:40 PM PST - 40 comments

holdkris99's death was a hoax.

So, we were lied to. The good news is that holdkris99 is fine, rather than dead. He's also banned, his wife's (?) account is banned, and they're not welcome back to Metafilter, ever. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 12:03 PM PST - 1339 comments

"Well, I expressed them!"

Hat tip to MonsierBon, I think this might be the most disgusting Ask.Mefi ever. Is it? [more inside]
posted by amanda to MetaFilter-Related at 8:40 AM PST - 140 comments

May 21


Is Metafilter participating in World IPv6 Day? Can we get IPv6 connectivity? [more inside]
posted by khedron to Feature Requests at 3:59 PM PST - 66 comments

The blockquote tag is awesome! Let me show you how to use it.

Quoting more then a sentence or two from a user or article? Let me introduce you to the blockquote tag to use in place of italics. [more inside]
posted by royalsong to Etiquette/Policy at 12:57 PM PST - 132 comments

Cab talk

Dmitry Samarov joined up and dropped by this post about his work.
posted by curious nu to MetaFilter-Related at 10:38 AM PST - 17 comments

World wide web

Single (or multiple) region-locked link posts: yay or nay? [more inside]
posted by fight or flight to Etiquette/Policy at 8:35 AM PST - 76 comments

May 19


So, apparently the term "showrunner" is new to Metafilter and Metafilter is offended by that. Shall we discuss it over here?
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 10:35 PM PST - 205 comments

Even better than an advice column binge: how to search for most favorited/commented AskMes in a particular category

Is there a way to look at popular AskMe questions in a particular category, either in the recent past or over time? The infodumpster almost does this, but not quite. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 3:58 PM PST - 16 comments

I guess I can post after 5,000 comments

"Your post could not be added. You have not posted enough comments to be able to post to the front page." Huh? [more inside]
posted by zardoz to Etiquette/Policy at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

May 18

"Expand all" on favorites?

Pony request: Expand all on favorites? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Feature Requests at 9:08 PM PST - 16 comments

There is no Lacuna Cabal, kid.

Author Sean Dixon is now a Grand Poohbah of Metafilter, thanks to this post. Also, a comment in that thread from suburbanbeatnik was quoted in a Globe and Mail article about the incident.
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 8:18 AM PST - 65 comments

May 17

Ask question re: disability, accommodation and Massachusetts?

Within the last week or so someone posted on Askme needing disability/accommodation referrals/support in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anya32 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

May 16

This is how I tell it, ohhhhhhhhhh but it's long

It’s with almost unbearable sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that my husband, Metafilter member holdkris99 took his own life on the May 12th. [more inside]
posted by mrs holdkris99 to MetaFilter-Related at 9:35 PM PST - 687 comments [closed]

May 15

Like, Transcription

The web transcription of last month's podcast is 90% done. Stop by, and do a couple of 30 second snippets! [more inside]
posted by zamboni to MetaFilter-Related at 7:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Wiiiiild Horses

Seeing all the prancing ponies on Metatalk lately reminded me of something I've been meaning to suggest for a while now, regarding links. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing to Feature Requests at 1:16 PM PST - 66 comments

Add Remove from Activity to Mobile Site?

Feature Request: "(Remove from activity") link on the Mobile site? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Feature Requests at 12:01 PM PST - 23 comments

mobile me, mobile you

I love reading MetaFilter on my phone! I have a couple discussion prompts/pony requests about it. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to Feature Requests at 10:39 AM PST - 28 comments

Pop-up YouTube HTML5?

Would it be possible to make the pop-up YouTube player have an HTML5 preference? [more inside]
posted by pashdown to Feature Requests at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

My Little Pony, Draggable YouTube.

My Little Pony, Draggable YouTube. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt to Feature Requests at 7:12 AM PST - 41 comments

May 14

SL vs. ML?

So this double was deleted (as it should be). However, I'm curious if my behaviour regarding the posts is unique or if other Mefites are in my company: when I saw the original post, I started reading it and quickly (half-way through the first sentence) scrolled past it. However, the double, which is a SLYT, was immediately clicked and I loved the content. Of course, my loss as it might not have been reposted, but... what are your browsing habits regarding verbose multi-link posts vs. succinct single link ones? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy to Etiquette/Policy at 8:28 PM PST - 84 comments

A plea for a smack on the wrist

It is Eurovision Time. A disclosed self-link in a high quality FPP with many links. I didn't like it, but didn't think the account should be banhammered as it doesn't appear malicious. To be clear, self-link bans are obviously good.
posted by jaduncan to MetaFilter-Related at 2:16 PM PST - 21 comments [closed]

Another Bad Deletion - It Ain't What U Post, It's How U Say It

This is a bad deletion. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl to Etiquette/Policy at 11:14 AM PST - 136 comments

May 13

Fair Deletion?

This was an interestingly selective deletion on the askme Ron Paul thread, no? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice to Etiquette/Policy at 10:14 PM PST - 82 comments

May 12

The Popular Tags cloud on just doesn't

Not Actually Extremely Problematic: The "popular tags" page on the green is a tag cloud, but none of the tags appear much larger than the others. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful to Bugs at 5:24 PM PST - 28 comments

May 11

I'm suffering from a painful goiter

Thorn: "Ask Metafilter: Thousands of life's little questions, answered."
"I'm suffering from a painful goiter."
Thorn: "Even the weird ones."
A short commercial appears on the front page of AskMe if you're, get this, not logged in. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 11:25 AM PST - 97 comments

See them fighting in the street, 'cause they can't make opinions meet.

PONY: Applying the same higher standard to FPPs about "the crisis in academia" as the one that's applied to other outragefilter FPPs? They come up regularly, they turn into trainwrecks. In fact, they always turn into the same trainwreck. I realize that these FPPs are not quite "newsfilter" and sometimes seem substantive, but experience shows that they never lead to respectful discussion, just acrimony and meticulous, systematic trolling.
posted by Nomyte to Etiquette/Policy at 10:09 AM PST - 152 comments

Help me find this comic about weight loss and healthy eating

Can you help me find a comic strip written by a woman that showed her weight-loss progress? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Wake Up, Tweeple!

I can haz FPP tweet-ability? [more inside]
posted by bardic to Feature Requests at 12:45 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

May 10

Pop goes the www

Please can we all try to do this thing, along with all the other things? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet to Etiquette/Policy at 11:13 PM PST - 43 comments

May 9

If you cannot say anything nice, quote somebody famous. [citation needed]

This is the [citation needed] thread. [more inside]
posted by Blue_Villain to Etiquette/Policy at 11:04 AM PST - 186 comments

May 8

Oh no, my dirty laundry!

Is there a way to nuke my profile/change usernames for the sake of posterity? What if people I'd like to keep out of my business find out my username and suddenly all my business is out in the open? Can MeFi help me with that? Yes, I lead a double life. FWIW you're the ones I don't lie to. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to Feature Requests at 2:12 PM PST - 136 comments

Walmart supplier comment

Apropos of this thread, I'm trying to find a MetaFillter comment from a few years ago in which the commenter related a story about a friend or family member whose company made a product that Walmart became interested in selling. [more inside]
posted by Miko to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Work harder

klangklangston's behavior in yesterday's Occupy thread sucks and it should stop. [more inside]
posted by Trurl to MetaFilter-Related at 5:50 AM PST - 370 comments

May 7

strange thing taking place on the front page

Could someone explain the strange thing taking place on the front page right now? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter-Related at 10:51 PM PST - 71 comments

We live great lives.

Looking for a comment from within the past couple of years, comment describes how in our current Western societies we live better than kings ever could have dreamed of, books on our shelves, good food easily found, tons of entertainment easily available at the click of a button, climate controlled homes, cars and bicycles and trains and planes, etc and etc.
posted by dancestoblue to MetaFilter-Related at 5:04 PM PST - 23 comments

A Plate of Venns

This hand-drawn Venn diagram that recently became semi-viral (via the usual chart-themed blogs) seemed MetaFilter-Related to me because it actually looks like a plate of beans, and note the legend for the outermost circle.
posted by oneswellfoop to MetaFilter-Related at 3:59 PM PST - 36 comments

That's a lot of words.

What is the longest metafilter comment that wasn't a stunt post?
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 4:54 AM PST - 52 comments

May 6

May sixth is RTFA Day

Enjoy reading some fantastic articles today!
posted by flex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:11 AM PST - 67 comments

May 5

Unfavorite is my unfavorite

When you unfavorite, it hurts people. This is not a victimless crime. [more inside]
posted by airing nerdy laundry to Etiquette/Policy at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

May 4

Metafilter: ???

Metafilter: WTF? [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 to Etiquette/Policy at 4:05 PM PST - 87 comments

How about quality over speed?

C'mon guys, enough with "first post wins". [more inside]
posted by Malor to MetaFilter-Related at 11:24 AM PST - 78 comments


What happened to the Metafilter post about NYC police sexually assaulting protesters? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs to MetaFilter-Related at 11:04 AM PST - 70 comments

The Favorites Experiment

As a follow-up to my previous MeTa, I've been running a little Mefi experiment where I strictly use favorites as references. Please join me inside for some bean cake and snark counseling. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis to Etiquette/Policy at 10:36 AM PST - 108 comments

How hurtful do we go?

This is largely a self policing community- but what are community thoughts on sharing every thought we have when someone who hasn't harmed anyone creeps us out? [more inside]
posted by xarnop to Etiquette/Policy at 5:17 AM PST - 160 comments

May 3

Single link reddit thread?

We know where reddit is, don't we? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom to Etiquette/Policy at 8:45 PM PST - 140 comments

Please stop deleting my comments

In a thread apparently inspired by a comment I'd made elsewhere a few days ago, I have had a comment deleted. Hardly my first time, but what I don't understand is why mods delete comments presumably because they disagree with the content itself. I responded in-thread a few minutes ago, but Metatalk seems more appropriate. And I'm sure my in-thread comment has already been deleted. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza to Etiquette/Policy at 5:15 PM PST - 305 comments

Beanplating SLYT

Okay, so what does SLYT really mean? [more inside]
posted by MustardTent to Etiquette/Policy at 12:49 PM PST - 57 comments

This thread is not being taped for a tv show

What was that thread that included a couple of examples of hidden camera "gotcha!"-type shows? [more inside]
posted by troika to MetaFilter-Related at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an article that connects bike riding to female pelvic pain

I'm looking for an article that was on the blue within the last few months. It detailed how bicycle seats were damaging to women's pelvises, or something like that. It might also have related to vaginismus. Anybody know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango to MetaFilter-Related at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Smart Quotes too smart for MetaFilter?

Are character entities for smart quotes supported? [more inside]
posted by modernserf to Bugs at 8:57 AM PST - 37 comments

May 2

Malicious AskMe

This question seems to be asking us to come up with the most malicious gossip we can think up about somebody the OP doesn't really know very well. I don't think this is something we should be aiding and abetting. [more inside]
posted by nangar to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 PM PST - 131 comments

sidebar pony

Pony Request: Indicate in a thread which comment(s) have been sidebarred. [more inside]
posted by axiom to Feature Requests at 4:01 PM PST - 48 comments

Music player not playing

Some of the music players on mefi music have a strange grey bit where the line goes when play is clicked and don't play when I click play. [more inside]
posted by marienbad to Bugs at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Non descriptive links harmful.

"This" considered harmful? I've noticed that it's fairly common when linking to something, that the link is given a non-description. This seems prone to cause problems with link rot. I know Matt has a long bet in place that link rot isn't a major issue, but I know I've stumbled onto dead links when looking at old AskMe answers. Should we consider links without description bad form? [more inside]
posted by borkencode to Etiquette/Policy at 8:19 AM PST - 45 comments

May 1

MetaFilter's teenage daughter/ fabulous teenage son

If MetaFilter had a sassy teenage child, he/she'd be OhNoTheyDidn't [more inside]
posted by ichomp to MetaFilter-Related at 11:03 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

single link old content

Say, that's swell that by providing "additional context" for your post to an old short story, escabeche, you made it "clear why you're posting it to MetaFilter". It's a good single-link archival content. Really, a very good post.
posted by Ardiril to MetaFilter-Related at 10:11 PM PST - 17 comments [closed]

Would I know if some of my comments had been deleted?

Would I know if some of my comments had been deleted? [more inside]
posted by kristi to Etiquette/Policy at 6:12 PM PST - 66 comments

Pony request: Place to put unasked-for tips

Pony request: a place for random answers, or tips, that have no immediate questions, but might be useful to someone, sometime, somewhere. [more inside]
posted by JHarris to Feature Requests at 2:31 PM PST - 66 comments is terrible and horrible.'s posts are SPLIT INTO TWO PAGES. Also, most of their posts are nothing but linkbate. Over 31 worthless FPP posts have been made linking to this waste of time. Thank goodness so many comments in the most recent "post" saw through their evil schemes! I say we reinstitute the previously-requested ban of anyone linking to
posted by rebent to Etiquette/Policy at 11:29 AM PST - 156 comments

+1 +1 +1

What's your Draw Something username? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:28 AM PST - 240 comments