May 2003 Archives (all archives)

May 30

I'm getting tired of the increasing tendency to add "" as an implied criticism of the theme of a thread or post, e.g. in this thread we start off with two - and Is it just me, or does anyone think this getting a little old.
posted by johnny novak to Etiquette/Policy at 9:24 AM PST - 43 comments

May 29

Mozilla new window bug

In Mozilla (I'm using 1.3.1 in Win2K) the MeFi sidebar is opening links into the sidebar rather than into the main content window. It looks like the offending code specifies target="_main" in the base tag rather than target="_content".
posted by bshort to Bugs at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

When your webhost disappears

Akashik? I signed up a few months ago for hosting from these guys after seeing a MeFi textad. They have been down for over 24 hours now... Does anyone know a good place to go when your webhost disappears and they have no phone number and can't email them for help?
posted by VulcanMike to MetaFilter-Related at 9:00 AM PST - 41 comments

What constitutes SFW?

Since when are links to phone sex sites and "adult video news" safe for work?

A fair question - what constitutes SFW?
posted by backOfYourMind to Etiquette/Policy at 3:38 AM PST - 47 comments

May 28

This thread should go.

So this thread should probably get the hook as well given that it does nothing but link to someone's weird Amway site.
posted by billsaysthis to Etiquette/Policy at 8:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Thread Kill

This thread probably needs to be buried.
posted by crunchland to Etiquette/Policy at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

May 26

New York Meetup

I will be visiting NY in June and I am invoking my god given right to demand a MetaFilter meetup! MeFiNYC June 6, 2003. You may now all squabble over the locations, because I do not know the howfors or the wherewhys.
posted by eyeballkid to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:19 PM PST - 98 comments

May 25

a movie review on MeFi?

Even if you are a not a real mefi "purist" (and I am an admitted newsfilter violator) is this site really for posting a movie review?
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly to Bugs at 10:51 PM PST - 34 comments

A place to post short written things?

This thread makes it apparent that there a lot of creative writers in the mefite community. Perhaps a place, similar to Mefi Music, for users to post their short stories, plays, and poems?
posted by adrober to Feature Requests at 9:56 PM PST - 39 comments

May 24

ColdFusion error in an old thread.

I get a ColdFusion error message when viewing this thread.
posted by donth to Bugs at 11:53 PM PST - 13 comments

May 23

Did I see this link here?

was I dreaming?

I thought I saw a link here a few days ago, about a bookmark that would quickly let you know, using amazon's database, whether a specific cd was put out by a member of the riaa. but when I searched for this link here, it was gone. And I didn't see it on lofi, when I looked there. Normally, I wouldn't care too much about a deleted thread, but I can't seem to find the link in question via google either. can anyone help me out?
posted by jann to Etiquette/Policy at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

May 21

Would I be a spammer?

How about this: I run a newsbot (which shall remain unlinked) that parses MeFi regularly, looking for news articles. I am wondering: would it be kosher with y'all (Matt most importantly) if the bot pinged back MeFi with added information about any links that it found (using the existing trackback infrastructure)? Useful value-add or trackback spam? [more inside]
posted by costas to MetaFilter-Related at 8:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Link to MeFi cafe press on the etc page?

minor. but could we get a link to MeFi cafe press page on the MeFi etc page? save me poor fingers from wrastlin' the MeTa search box.
posted by danOstuporStar to MetaFilter-Related at 6:18 AM PST - 4 comments

May 20

Who is suing mathowie?

Who is suing mathowie? In the trailer for the documentary Blogumentary, Matt mentions that he is being threatened with lawsuits over "things people say on MetaFilter." Do we all need to chip in for a Mathowie Legal Defense Fund?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to MetaFilter-Related at 8:13 PM PST - 110 comments

May 18

oh hey, that was on MY blog!

so, fpatrick is browsing, finds a great link and posts it to mefi, giving proper credit to the site where he just happened to stumble on this great link. wow. how fortunate is that?
posted by quonsar to Etiquette/Policy at 7:30 AM PST - 43 comments

May 17

links breaking uup words make threads unfindable

The famous "bohemian rhapsody" post is utterly impossible to find with the normal search methods, due to the way the words are divided up into more than one hyperlink. If I didn't know it was y2karl's post I wouldn't have been able to find it at all. Also, search doesn't seem to let you search the text within the title tags, either.
posted by Space Coyote to Bugs at 5:10 AM PST - 21 comments

May 16

Would one post per week be better?

I think that there's a consensus that the one-thread-per-user-per-day rule is a good thing. If that's so, would one post per week be better?
posted by timeistight to Bugs at 9:38 AM PST - 46 comments

May 15

Several page errors on loading the blue

Surely I am not the only one noticing an unusual number of errors when trying to load pages from the blue side:

The request has exceeded the allowable time limit Tag: cfoutput

The error occurred in C:\metafilter sites\\header.cfm: line 189
Called from C:\metafilter sites\\front.mefi: line 149
Called from C:\metafilter sites\\front.mefi: line 290
Called from C:\metafilter sites\\index.cfm: line 28
posted by briank to Bugs at 1:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Why was a post deleted that a dozen or so people were actively discussing?

I'm a relative newbie, so forgive me: Someone earlier today posted about Jack Russell Terriers. A useful (to me) discussion ensued. That thread has since been deleted for some reason. How can I retrieve it? There was some important information in that thread that I need to convey to my parents, who are buying a new dog. Why was a post deleted that a dozen or so people were actively discussing? Isn't that just cruel?
posted by dougb to Etiquette/Policy at 12:08 PM PST - 38 comments

Am I the biggest loser on MetaFilter?

Am I the biggest loser on MetaFilter? Wait - don't answer that. Let me start again. Am I the only user who keeps track of the posts on the front page as they scroll by? I don't check MeFi every day (weekends, if I'm on vacation or something, etc.), but then when I come back I try to catch up with a quick scroll-thru. Now, this is not in any way a personal slam against joedan... [more inside]
posted by soyjoy to Etiquette/Policy at 9:04 AM PST - 41 comments

the I-word

is "I" word off limits from this point forward?
posted by specialk420 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:02 AM PST - 44 comments

May 14

Miguel Cardoso

Being endowed with great eloquence, Cardoso had many followers, but many enemies as well.
posted by Pretty_Generic to MetaFilter-Related at 6:17 PM PST - 32 comments

Have signups opened again?

Welcome to ascullion, a member since May 1, 2003. Did I miss something? When did new users signups begin again? Only asking because I've got a couple of online buddies who would be interested.
posted by feelinglistless to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM PST - 24 comments

NYC meetup for Blogger Bash

Big Apple Blogger Bash, 16 May 2003, Siberia Bar, 356 West 40th Street. Unmarked door.
posted by Mo Nickels to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

More updates and info on updates in Music

A question and a related request: I see on our music site that Matt is behind in adding songs, but should be caught up by April 27th. The question: Matt, did you get all the new songs posted?

And the request: is there a way to include posted-on or updated-on dates with each musician's folder, beyond the "new today/new yesterday" labels?
posted by jazon to MetaFilter Music at 7:07 AM PST - 3 comments

MeFi Swap

Would it be a self-link if I mentioned that it's that time again? I hope not -- MeFi Swap is all about you! And signups for '03/Q2 are now open.
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Music at 4:06 AM PST - 20 comments

May 13

Self-linking policy

I'm sure this has been covered before, but I'm fairly new here (to posting, especially), so I thought I'd ask again. Please don't kill me, but:

I've had aspects of a meme-type thing that I helped to create posted about here. These linked to a site I contribute to but, since I didn't ask for or advocate the subject were in the clear.

Now, I've got a site dedicated to the subject that inspired the first game/challenge that the original story was part of. It seems to me that if people here enjoyed the tidbit on the matter they'd like to see the new whole site. would very obviously be a self-link, and I completely understand the point of outlawing those. What's a guy to do? Is there some third-party I could suggest a link to? Should I wait till a vaguely applicable post comes up and post it in the message boards? Should I just wait around and hope that eventually someone from here manages to find it?

I'd like to participate, but I'm too new to guess at these rules. I'm glad I at least found this area to post in (and I'm hoping that fact will shield me a bit from the flames I'm expecting to receive).
posted by davebug to Etiquette/Policy at 4:05 PM PST - 24 comments

New Blogroots Sidebar

Ask for blogroots sidebar, and ye shall receive. Report any bugs here.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 2:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Namecalling in MeFi comments

This entry seems out of order to me. Am I overreacting? I see why this place gets a bad name sometimes. Rant over.
posted by BobsterLobster to Etiquette/Policy at 9:41 AM PST - 33 comments

MetaTalk archives have stopped indicating new comments

MetaTalk archives (e.g., May) have stopped indicating new comments. This makes it hard to find recent comments in threads that have fallen off the main page.
posted by timeistight to Bugs at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Are we supposed to moderate our own posts?

How authoritative is a poster on MetaFilter? [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso to Etiquette/Policy at 6:18 AM PST - 50 comments

Meta News Verification Service

I thought that link about the internet enabled loo smelled funny. It turned out to be one of those many internet enabled hoaxes. People's general gullibility (including my own) makes me wonder about the viability of a Meta-news service like the proposed "MoJo."
If professional journalists have problems getting their facts straight, what chance do a buncha amateurs?
posted by jpburns to MetaFilter-Related at 5:02 AM PST - 12 comments

May 12

How about a spoiler alert next time.

How about a spoiler alert next time.
posted by Beholder to Etiquette/Policy at 5:11 PM PST - 32 comments

zipcode query pony wanted

I respect the new zipcode geotracker as much as the next guy, but I think it would be that much cooler if there were a page where we could enter a zipcode and see the users around it. I'm road-tripping next week, and it would be awesome to see which of my favorite MeFites lie en route.
posted by kaibutsu to Feature Requests at 7:19 AM PST - 37 comments

May 10

God bless Google's ad targeting algorithm.

Alongside the gay wedding and anti-homophobia ads lured into the seductive clutches of the Mark Foley story, there sits an ad for Texas Congressional candidate Randy Neugebauer, a "committed pro-family, pro-life conservative who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ." God bless Google's ad targeting algorithm.
posted by rcade to Bugs at 6:35 AM PST - 112 comments

May 9

HTML Formatting

Comment window tooltips (bold, italic, link) appear, but are nonfunctional. Mozilla 1.3/WinXP.
posted by PrinceValium to Bugs at 12:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Logging in direct to main?

Is there a reason why when logging in one isn't redirected to the index page? Having to click the link everytime is annoying and it would seem better to be automatically redirected. I did a quick search here on MetaTalk, but saw nothing about it...
posted by thebabelfish to Feature Requests at 8:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Profile website

What's the deal with weblogs in user pages? No harm intended, just want to know.
posted by will to Bugs at 6:54 AM PST - 37 comments

is there any chance of reinstating on MeTa the weblog-related category?

A forlorn plea: is there any chance of reinstating on MeTa the weblog-related category? Blogroots is just not the same - or even vaguely similar. MetaFilter is where so many bloggers hang out and, imho, discussions of blogging are part of the history and character of this place. As it is, items which would have been posted to the old MetaTalk category - such as this one - are showing up on the blue. I doubt whether many users here have the patience and fortitude to take them all the way to Blogroots.
posted by MiguelCardoso to Feature Requests at 2:43 AM PST - 35 comments

May 8

bush bush bush bush. bush bush! bush bush bush? bush.

In the last month: Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush (George H.), Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush (Jeb), Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush. Obsessed?
posted by timeistight to Etiquette/Policy at 11:35 AM PST - 44 comments

May 7

This shouldn't even be on the news...

Dude! I have always wanted to be the first person to post a snarky "double post" meta thread. Kick ass!
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly to Etiquette/Policy at 11:13 AM PST - 66 comments

May 6

Why is mefi black and white for me? Where's the blue?

So I found myself logged out, and I went and logged back in. The 'You're logged in now!' page was black on white, kinda lofi-stylee and so, after that, was the front page, and everywhere else that would normally be a reassuring #006699. [more]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 3:40 AM PST - 22 comments

May 5

Is the graveyard dead?

Is the graveyard dead? I tried this link and got this cryptic error about the link being refused by "urlscan".
posted by Irontom to Bugs at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

May 4

About Metafilter....

I changed the link in the main metafilter nav from "donate" to "etc" which links to this grab bag page of various metafilter resources. I don't want to mimic the wikis or faqs, but wanted a place to hold a bunch of common resources that come up often. Suggestions for additions are welcome.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:55 PM PST - 22 comments

May 3

Why is MetaFilter only No.28 in the BlogShares online game?

Why is MetaFilter only No.28 in the BlogShares online game, recently written about on Rediff? What does it mean, if anything? Just how influential is MetaFilter, compared to other blogs? Is it really true that "The sphere of influence a blog is generally gauged by the blogs linking to it. That means a blog's importance grows if several other important (well-linked) bloggers link to it"?
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 PM PST - 23 comments

May 2

New looks for MeFi

MetaFilter. MetaFilter. Bored?
posted by dhartung to MetaFilter-Related at 10:53 PM PST - 45 comments

MetaPop: another meta-clone

With all the talk of Meta-Clones and the constant back and forthing of what makes a good FPP - I just ran into this - MetaPop. Relieves the pressure of deciding what to talk about - just let the "group" do it for you.
posted by dhacker to MetaFilter-Related at 11:00 AM PST - 29 comments

CFHTTP and CFML errors

This thread is giving me errors.
posted by betaray to Bugs at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I do IRC?

I know there is a metafilter IRC channel but I am clueless about how to setup and use IRC. Can someone explain it to an IRC newbie?
posted by srboisvert to MetaFilter-Related at 4:24 AM PST - 32 comments

copious vitriol

Jesus christ you're stupid...fundamentally stupid...simple respect is too Herculean a task for you...your already febrile mind...what you cannot possibly looked into the abyss of your own soul, and found bottomless darkness...nutboy...God, I fucking hate you.
posted by Vidiot to Etiquette/Policy at 1:35 AM PST - 84 comments

May 1

Music entering blogs

i think there is a i-make-music meme slowly injecting itself into the normal DNA of blogs, spreading out from Here. Ken Layne and Derek have both recently posted old old songs as mp3's. Anyone else notice this? And is everyone recording new stuff to post? i hope so.
posted by th3ph17 to MetaFilter Music at 1:18 PM PST - 17 comments