June 2005 Archives (all archives)

June 30

Johnstown PA meetup for NAVS Summerfest

Anyone in the Johnstown, PA area up for a meetup? This Sunday, 3 July? Anyone attending NAVS Summerfest? I'll be there. One mr soyjoy will also be in the area.
posted by Shane to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:48 PM PST - 10 comments

What ever happened to majcher's Genefilter?

What ever happened to majcher's Genefilter? It was the best thing to hit MeFi in 2003, and it was still being updated last November. I miss it terribly. If majcher can't or won't bring it back, can someone reproduce it?
posted by languagehat to MetaFilter-Related at 5:36 PM PST - 13 comments

I can only view the most recent page of questions in archives

When I try to view the askme archives by category, I can only view the most recent page of questions in that category. Is this just me being mentally challenged?
posted by LittleMissCranky to Bugs at 3:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Can't see google maps for users in IE

Internet Explorer is giving me problems with opening up user pages for members. Looks like it's coming up ok then gives me a pop-up and aborts loading. Is this likely to be server end rather than mine?
posted by biffa to Bugs at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Author Info in RSS

Missing pony: Author information in RSS feeds. According to this earlier metatalk thread, the RSS feeds should contain the name of a post's author in the appropriate field, but there are no such tags showing up in the feed. Was that pony stillborn? Can it be revived?
posted by mendel to Feature Requests at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

SOMEBODY has been busy derailing threads

When will dios have the decency to go to the next thread, or to MetaTalk, rather than derailing a thread with attacks on the poster? Plenty of people like y2karl's posts, plenty don't; we all know that already. So what, exactly, other than forestalling any real discussion of the issues raised in the post, does dios think he adds by his knee-jerk and immediate (2nd comment in the post) carping and cavilling?
posted by orthogonality to Etiquette/Policy at 7:03 AM PST - 220 comments

I worked up a custom google maps view showing every user

I worked up a custom google maps view showing every user (screenshot inside). Once I get it working more smoothly, I'll post the URL for folks to play with it.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:08 AM PST - 86 comments

June 29

is the MeTa page grey or am I on crack?

is the MeTa page grey or am I on crack?
posted by delmoi to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 PM PST - 45 comments

MeFi CD Swap

So, this MeFi CD swap reincarnated (previously discussed here) has its own page now, but I don't see a whole lot of activity. Are we going to do this thing, or what? (Or am I just being impatient?)
posted by absalom to MetaFilter-Related at 3:44 PM PST - 26 comments

All the mefi sites display funny on my new Pocket PC

All the mefi sites display funny on my new Pocket PC. The coloured background (blue/grey/etc) appears in chunks so as I scroll down the background scrolls past the end of blue and shows white. Irritatingly, the text is white, so I have to highlight it to see what it says. Scroll down some more and the colour comes back then goes, then comes back, you get the picture? Anyway, its IE built into Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition running on a new Dell Axim x50v.
I'm going to look such a fool when someone points me to the "Make Metafilter display Ok" button.
posted by muckybob to Bugs at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Hyperlinked text weirdness

In the thread about setting suns and British empires, I made a comment to the effect of, WTF? I just didn’t understand what the discussion was about. After logging onto another computer, I finally see why. I wasn’t seeing the punch line link. In both Firefox and IE, I don’t see the hyperlinked text. This is not a problem in any other FFP. Weird; what gives?
posted by found missing to Bugs at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Thank you MetaFilter

Thank you MetaFilter, for nearly six years of mind-blowing links, ribaldry, debauchery, helping me become a bit better at critical thinking and debating, and for giving me illimitable examples of what to do and what not to do on the internets. Plus any other stuff I forgot to mention. Y'all rule.
posted by sciurus to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 AM PST - 26 comments

Trying to find an old post

I'm trying to find a thread about a guy who was asked to write a paper for a college student, which he does filling it with horrible errors. My search has turned up nothing. Can anyone hook me up?
posted by dial-tone to MetaFilter-Related at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments [closed]

June 28

Anonymous Extortion

How much do you suppose Mathowie makes in extortion from the people who post anonymous AskMe posts? Think about it: HE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE!
posted by Doohickie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 PM PST - 63 comments

Preview AskMe tweaks

When previewing a question on AskMe, under the "Your Question" field is the description for the "Extended Explanation" field: This will be the "more inside" area where you explain additional details about the question if necessary. If you use this space, don't write "more inside" to the question area, it will automatically be added for you.
posted by rhapsodie to Bugs at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

last 50 posts for everyone

I've swapped in the new mefi homepage showing the last 50 posts for everyone, including non-members. You can use the links at the bottom to page through more results. Gone is the feature that let you customize how many days to show on the front page, but on the positive side, this should make for a much better use of server resources.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:55 AM PST - 16 comments

What neverending ax grinding?

uh, what neverending ax grinding? More inside.
posted by If I Had An Anus to Etiquette/Policy at 11:26 AM PST - 58 comments

MeFi RSS Dashboard plug-in

I've written MetaDash, a Dashboard plug-in that is an RSS reader for MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter. I'd like to ask Mac OS X 10.4 users for your comments and suggestions for improvement...
posted by Rothko to MetaFilter-Related at 4:17 AM PST - 31 comments

A call to end self spelling corrections

A call to end self spelling corrections. Very gently now....as much as your speling errar stends out to you...few of us even notice and even fewer care. (Even the good spellers among us.)

Do we really need an additional post to point out self spelling errors? Appreciate the courtesy and all...but really.
posted by telstar to Etiquette/Policy at 12:28 AM PST - 107 comments

June 27

Rules for FPPing sites closed to non-members?

What's the rule/precendent/whatever for FPPing a site that is closed to non-members (and is a pay site) but which may be of interest/use for Mefites? There's not much to see unless you're a member and I can't recall seeing a similar post in the past. Yes? No? Maybe?
posted by dobbs to Etiquette/Policy at 7:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Archive deleted threads and reasons for deletion

Archived deleted threads and reasons for deletion in AskMe and Metatalk? Pretty please?
posted by Saucy Intruder to Feature Requests at 7:27 PM PST - 6 comments

NYC meetup photos

Highlights of last night's NYC meetup.
posted by Smart Dalek to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:44 PM PST - 33 comments

We are from the internet.

Are we "friends" or what? [mi]
posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter-Related at 4:36 PM PST - 57 comments

Anonymous commenting for anonymous questions?

hey matt...any way we can get anonymous commenting for anonymous questions on AskMe? there are sometimes that i wanna answer the question but.....
posted by ShawnString to Feature Requests at 11:00 AM PST - 25 comments

That's right, a self-linking double post.

What do you do when you successfully self-link? Why, you do it again a month later. That's right, a self-linking double post. Afrooz, I must salute you, and your remarkable chutzpah.
posted by frykitty to Etiquette/Policy at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

Ressurrect the metafilter user sites feature?

I used to enjoy surfing MeFi members' sites by using the Links, links, links! page but it seems to have been non-functional for about a year and a half (data is out of sync with user pages and no new members listed since January 2004).

Matt, any plans to resurrect this feature to include the newer members (and possibly get the info in sync?)
posted by DBAPaul to Bugs at 8:04 AM PST - 642 comments

June 26

Why have these Terry Gross interviews been mentioned in the blue, and not others?

In the past year, Terry Gross has been mentioned in the blue a total of three times, regarding her interviews with William Gibson, Tommy Chong, and Daniel Clowes. I'm just curious: why these three guys, and not her countless other interviews? [more]
posted by ZachsMind to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 PM PST - 35 comments

Metafilter is not for pyramid scheme

It should be pretty obvious that stuff like this should not fly in the blue. Using this site as a quarry for pyramid schemes is inappropriate and action should be taken accordingly.
posted by baphomet to Etiquette/Policy at 12:18 PM PST - 47 comments

Logging in from the Sidekick works now!

OMG! Logging in from the Sidekick works now! Thanks, Matt!
posted by caitlinb to Feature Requests at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Could we have comments on the flag page?

This post about readings for a wedding has great responses, and links to other threads with great responses (disclaimer: I responded to one of them.) I flagged the link as Other, expecting to be able to comment, but sadly, there is no comment capability. Please administrator, consider granting this pony, "comments on the flag page," if it is not too large and cumbersome.
posted by theora55 to Feature Requests at 5:45 AM PST - 8 comments

June 25


Lately, there has been some discrepancy between number of "new questions/comments posted" in MetaTalk, and what I'm seeing highlighted on the page as new questions or comments. Until now, it hasn't been such a big difference to really annoy me, but at the moment, I see "There has been 1 new question and 12 comments posted since your last visit", but only two threads are highlighted as having new comments (one each).
posted by taz to Bugs at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Spoiler alert!

Please edit this comment in the AskMe conspiracy-movie thread to remove the spoiler.
posted by nicwolff to Etiquette/Policy at 9:30 AM PST - 114 comments

June 24

Not all members get the nickname question in profiles

How come members whose number is higher than 20149 don't get the explanatory "What's the deal with your nickname?" in their profiles?
posted by Rash to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 PM PST - 16 comments

OSX dashboard widget for recent MeFi threads?

So we have a bunch of intelligent os x programmers out there, right? Anybody willing and able to create a dashboard widget that spits out the past 10 threads in MeFi, or favorites that someone might want to track, or threads with the latest comments, etc? I just upgraded to Tiger and love the widgets; unfortunately, not enough of them are seriously practical for me. This, on the other hand, would be very useful.
posted by SeizeTheDay to Feature Requests at 8:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Scotland Meetup

All hail the inaugural Scottish MeFi meetup. Drink, steak, tempura, burger, pizza, chips and photographs were taken. Shout-outs were made. Return leg in August a dead cert.
posted by Len to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Toronto Meetup Reminder

posted by joelf to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

SF Meetup

SF Meetup reminder: tomorrow (Sat 25th), Thirsty Bear, 8pm. Pervious meta thread and upcoming.org page.
posted by andrew cooke to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Why the sarcasm in AskMe?

Has anyone ever noted an odd behavior regarding the first comments on some AskMetafilter questions? I've noticed the more than occasional instance of snarky, snide or oddball comments by the first person there. It's almost as if these people are marking their territory by pooping on the thread. Are there other sociological parallels or is there an name for this behavior?
posted by quadog to Etiquette/Policy at 2:46 AM PST - 36 comments

June 23

Something odd happened when I tried to post this comment

Something odd happened when I tried to post this comment. I got an error message, something about timing out. I hit back, preview and post again. And now it's a strange truncation.

Did I screw something up? Or is it just a MeFi glitch?
posted by Gucky to Bugs at 10:14 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

How is this thread not chatfilter?

How is this thread not chatfilter? The ensuing discussion about male vs. female doctors is pretty enlightening, but I don't really see how a question about we feel about a fake doctor's abilities as a doctor is the best use of AskMefi.
posted by chiababe to Etiquette/Policy at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

AskMe hosed due to a poster's bad HTML

http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/20292 thread is hosed due to a poster's bad HTML; please repair so that posts can continue. I already tried some closing tag fu on it, no luck. Thanks!
posted by intermod to Bugs at 10:08 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Can I make a claim?

All posts are © their original authors.

Does this mean I have a claim to a comment I wrote in a now-deleted AskMe thread? I am aware of how © protects an author's work from unauthorized reproduction, but how about unauthorized deletion?
posted by scarabic to Etiquette/Policy at 6:45 PM PST - 33 comments

Odd Safari bug - the nav in the green is grey

The nav in the green is grey.
posted by Robot Johnny to Bugs at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Missing AskMe

Ask.mefi just ate my question. I know it went through because I can't post another question this week, but it hasn't appeared on the front page.
posted by selfnoise to Bugs at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Get to the question.

Get to the question. Since the introduction of the system more inside feature in AskMe the number of posts where the question isn't on the main page has been trending upwards. Yesterday was especially bad. It would seem that actually asking your question where skimmers can see it would be a prudent course of action.
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

cannot connect to jrun server

I've been unable to view any part of Meta for the past four and a half hours today because of a "cannot connect to jrun server" error. Whilst this doesn't normally bother me (it is quite a frequent occurance) I find that most of the time other people are still able to continue posting during this 'outage'. So how come it is completely broken for me but not for everyone else?
posted by ralawrence to Uptime at 9:10 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm trying to find a link that was posted in the blue maybe three to four months ago.

I'm trying to find a link that was posted in the blue maybe three to four months ago. It was a WiFi site that had detailed maps of hot spots (I believe it was by lat/long). Anyone remember this? Sorry I can't be more specific. Thanks.
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

June 22

Can we drop the simplistic moralizing in AskMe?

Can we drop the simplistic moralizing in AskMe? The responses in darkness' recent thread are disgusting.
posted by nixerman to Etiquette/Policy at 4:10 PM PST - 117 comments

Buggy user search results

Frequently when I do a user search, they don't come up. If they do, it's because their user name is somewhere in the text, like "iconomy" at the bottom of this user page. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug?
posted by Specklet to Bugs at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Rebecca Blood interviews #1

Part one of Rebecca Blood's interview with Matt Haughey, the first subject of her new "Bloggers on Blogging" series; part two is to be posted Friday. Both Matt and Rebecca were listed among the AlwaysOn/Technorati Open Media 100 list.
posted by me3dia to MetaFilter-Related at 12:26 PM PST - 44 comments

Op-Ed Deletion

This post was deleted for the following reason: single link to an op-ed?

Is it policy now to delete op-ed posts, or is this just done on a whim? I guess you could call it a "troll," but then, about half the FPPs I see could be construed as trolls.
posted by alumshubby to Etiquette/Policy at 9:43 AM PST - 61 comments

GoDaddy thread deleted

GoDaddy recant thread deleted.
"Because the original is still on the front page".
posted by Goofyy to Bugs at 7:53 AM PST - 63 comments

Weird Google Ads

Do you need a liver or heart transplant? Do you have $175,000 cash on hand? Logout of MetaFilter (required), then go to this askMefi. Then tell me, how does Google know these things about Bangkok?
posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 2:38 AM PST - 8 comments

June 21

User Sighting on Jeopardy

Dreama is on Jeopardy tonight, on now! (I think)
posted by riffola to MetaFilter-Related at 4:04 PM PST - 36 comments

NYC Meetup reminder

Reminder: MeFiNYC Sunday, June 26, 7ish, The Ginger Man (midtown). I can't wait to see you! (You can always email or IM me, too.)
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:28 PM PST - 20 comments

June 20

April fools redux

Anyone else reminded of a certain April Fool's Day?

I considered posting this in the Blue, but, really, how meta can you get?
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 10:09 PM PST - 21 comments

NewsFilter NewsFilter NewsFilter NewsFilter.

Can we get more NewsFilter? Please? I really think it's the best of the web.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and on...
posted by Captaintripps to Etiquette/Policy at 6:44 PM PST - 84 comments

The Glasgow Meetup Thread!

Howay, it's the Glasgow meetup thread!
posted by bonaldi to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Changing Passwords

Seems like this was addressed as a future To-Do item last november, but is there any way to change one's password right now or in the near fuure?
posted by sdis to Feature Requests at 4:57 PM PST - 8 comments

WTF AOL? Stripping URL's from Metafilter?

This is bizarre. A person claims they sent an email with a link to a MeFi discussion over AOL's email system and the mefi link was removed and replaced with an error URL. The error page states "There is at least one URL in your email that is generating substantial complaints from AOL members."

Anyone got AOL and can test this by sending a mefi link to another AOL member? It sounds too weird to be true.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 AM PST - 57 comments

Oh look, someone just took dump on the front page!

Oh look, someone just took dump on the front page!
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Etiquette/Policy at 5:51 AM PST - 64 comments

June 19

AskMe poster shoots rabbit?

Fuckwit AskMefi poster wonders if torturing bunny rabbits is a good idea.
posted by Asparagirl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 PM PST - 134 comments

Who's going to ALA?

Who's going to ALA?
posted by willpie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Element CNT is undefined in NEWASKLINKS

Bug >>> Element CNT is undefined in NEWASKLINKS.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to Bugs at 8:31 AM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Deleted AskMe comment?

Anyone else having their comments deleted in AskMe threads? My comment in this thread was deleted as well as my answer in another recent thread. What gives? Am I just not that helpful?
posted by fletchmuy to Bugs at 8:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Are you on Flickr?

MeFites on Flickr: where does everyone reside over at the blue/pink? There's number one and our favorite moderator, how about the rest of us?
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter-Related at 5:50 AM PST - 76 comments

June 18

New feature: page through MetaTalk

New Feature: you can page through MetaTalk with the links at the bottom of the page, and the new comment counts should continue to function in older pages. Much simpler and easier than digging through archives and if this works as expected for most everyone, it will also be applied at Ask MeFi and MeFi
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 12:55 PM PST - 30 comments

June 17

Good deletion!

I, for one, Welcome our new Stark Fist of Removal overlords!
posted by Balisong to Etiquette/Policy at 7:53 PM PST - 43 comments

MetaFilter going down the pans

Theory: The recent influx of Crap on Metafilter may not necessarily be related to the recent influx of Noobs (like myself). Perhaps it is just because the internet has become just as mainstream as the other popular media. Therefore it is just full of crap.
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 4:14 PM PST - 47 comments

javaone/san francisco - anyone going? meetup?

javaone/san francisco - anyone going? meetup? saturday 25th maybe (yeah, i didn't realise the "java university" thing was an extra cost til i bought my tickets)?
posted by andrew cooke to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Am I the only one who comments in dead threads?

Am I the only one who comments in dead threads? I'm not an insecure troll, but they seem to die so quickly, and it's a little frustrating, especially if you're responding to someone/something and they've moved on. E-mailing the person to let them know you've responded to them is of course one answer, but seems silly if it's not that important, and is often not an option anyway. Are there any alternatives I'm not considering, outside of getting over it? I feel like there could be a pony here, but can't think of what it could possibly be...
posted by hellbient to Etiquette/Policy at 12:02 PM PST - 38 comments

Possibly the worst post in the history of Metafilter

This is possibly the worst post in the history of Metafilter.
posted by a thousand writers drunk at the keyboard to Etiquette/Policy at 9:38 AM PST - 109 comments

June 16

See? We CAN have nice things!

The Thimerosal post could be considered an example of agendafilter, yet the resulting thread is a thing of beauty. Reasonable and enlightened discourse at its sunshiny best. See? We CAN have nice things!
posted by Floydd to Etiquette/Policy at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

JRUN error on long AskMe answers

Hey, you know what's fun? Getting a JRUN error when you try to submit a long answer to AskMe.
posted by keswick to Uptime at 9:27 AM PST - 45 comments

June 15

View all comments/posts by this user

View all comments/posts by this user. Some time in the past six months (possibly very recently), the "View all comments/posts" interface has changed. Instead of being an enormous page, referencing every post made (sometimes into the thousands), the big list is now split up into batches of 50. [This is good] - it's a no-brainer way of reducing server load. That said, could there be a way of viewing every post on one page?
posted by Marquis to Feature Requests at 4:30 PM PST - 16 comments

All the usual suspects say all the usual things and call each other names.

The Schiavo post is crap. The resulting thread is worse. The thread contains examples of everything wrong with MetaFilter, excepting the downtime. All the usual suspects say all the usual things and call each other names. Make it stop, daddy, it hurts.
posted by Ethereal Bligh to Etiquette/Policy at 4:10 PM PST - 43 comments

I claim this isle in the name of Asshattery

could we get a flag on isle 42780#957736?
posted by delmoi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:08 PM PST - 121 comments

I can't find the page with google

[moved from the green] A while back I remember a metafilter user replying to some FPP with a link to their site with photos of street garbage they had taken. The photos were pretty good, and the captions were very funny. I can't find the page with google, and a search of the archives isn't helping, anyone know who I'm talking about?
posted by splatta to MetaFilter-Related at 2:00 PM PST - 3 comments

This is the thread for any complainers about the Mary Cary thread and the trolls that ran about it.

This is the thread for any complainers about the Mary Cary thread and the trolls that ran about it.

/ not complaining, just preventing snarks on the MeTa page. Metafilter is rated G well for the most part. *shakes fist at Mary Cary*
posted by wheelieman to Bugs at 2:00 PM PST - 52 comments

NYC Meetup

MeFiNYC: June 26 (Sunday), evening. Someplace with beer, hopefully not too far from Penn Station - but where? Help a girl out!
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:11 AM PST - 24 comments

June 14

Etc | Metafilter page has some moribund links.

Etc | Metafilter page has some moribund links.
posted by BrotherCaine to MetaFilter-Related at 6:50 PM PST - 38 comments

Fireside Chats with MeFites

Every once in a while, I find myself wanting to ask questions in Ask Metafilter that would fall under the category of "chat filter." I wonder how successful/productive a section of Metafilter resembling Coffee Talk with Linda Richman (you know, "Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic.") would be. Is there, by chance, any effort to produce such a section in the works?
posted by Crushinator to Feature Requests at 5:07 PM PST - 17 comments

There seem to be fewer JRun errors lately and the site seems snappy.

There seem to be fewer JRun errors lately and the site seems snappy. Are congratulations in order?
posted by trey to Uptime at 12:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Deletion Notification

I don't know about you, but I'd certainly be interested in knowing why my posts have been deleted. Is there ever going to be some auto-notify feature?
posted by mystyk to Feature Requests at 11:38 AM PST - 26 comments

June 13

Obligatory Title for an Obligatory Callout on an Obligatory Metafilter Post

Obligatory Metatalk thread. [More Inside]
posted by drezdn to Bugs at 4:28 PM PST - 60 comments

Setting up a mailing list for shy MeFites

In an askme post, I said I'd be willing to set up a mailing list for shy MeFi members.
posted by grumblebee to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Chatty Cathy

Let's not set any precedents.
posted by Optimus Chyme to Bugs at 9:36 AM PST - 146 comments

Are tags broken?

Are tags broken? I can not add tags to my last post.
posted by caddis to Bugs at 5:16 AM PST - 4 comments

June 12

Invasion of Privacy in AskMe?

posted by cribcage to Etiquette/Policy at 8:02 PM PST - 43 comments

Meet up in progress


Meet up in progress. Details inside.
posted by joelf to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:28 PM PST - 33 comments

History Category on AskMe

Could "history" be added to the list of ask.me categories? I know that theoretically there could be an endless number of these but "history" seems to be a pretty big omission. I put my recent history question in "society & culture", and so did flexxer, while cuke put his in "grab bag" and my wife put hers in "writing & language".
posted by Kattullus to Feature Requests at 2:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Has mathowie gone commercial?

Disclaimer: This is something you need a TV to know about...
Has anybody but me seen a commercial for Volkswagen (apparently SoCal VW Dealers, but maybe showing in other regions) in which the salesman outside the car is pointing out all the comfort features to the wife in the driver's seat while the husband on the passenger's side is just using the power seat to go up and down and up and down? You'd know it if you saw it, because the actor playing the husband is (to me) a dead ringer for Matt Haughey (including the glasses). I can't find a video of that commercial online anywhere, but I wonder if some actor is going to make a career out of impersonating Our #1... (Or is the resemblence just another sign of my worsening dementia?) Dammit, they are the same glasses!!!
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments

June 11

Could I post this as an FPP?

I've been sent a preview of a new chapter in a forthcoming book by a friend / colleague / comrade. [more inside]
posted by warbaby to Etiquette/Policy at 1:02 AM PST - 26 comments

June 10

Bugs in Music

Questions/comments about MetaFilter Music. I can't download anything...are the files being moved? Do people still send MP3s for it? Does anyone still use it? It looks so neglected...

Also, starkeffect's page has some errors on it.
posted by iconomy to MetaFilter Music at 6:40 PM PST - 11 comments

So what was wrong with my answer to this question?

So what was wrong with my answer to this question?
posted by bh to Etiquette/Policy at 4:50 PM PST - 30 comments

Missing Tags

So my post posted but the tags I added at the time of writing did not.
posted by nthdegx to Bugs at 4:11 AM PST - 5 comments

June 9

Sock puppet accounts: threat or menace?

Sock puppet accounts: threat or menace? [mi]
posted by mediareport to Etiquette/Policy at 10:35 PM PST - 83 comments

Embiggen the URLs please

Pony: Post form searches for "tinyurl" in the link and kindly asks the poster to use the full url.
posted by gwint to Feature Requests at 11:17 AM PST - 18 comments

MeFiSwap is back and bigger than ever

It lives! It lives! After much fiddling, the MeFiSwap is back, bigger, brighter and better than ever with a new administrative system that will (knock wood) eliminate all of the human delays which have plagued it to date. Come, register, swap.

Also, if you were a part of the last one, please take a minute to follow-up on its success, if you would. Ta.
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter Music at 8:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Why Was I Deleted?

I posted a question to Ask Metafilter this morning, and it just vanished. What went wrong?
posted by a thousand writers drunk at the keyboard to Uptime at 7:55 AM PST - 45 comments

Firefox and New Tabs

I have my preferences set to open links in a new window, but this should only apply to external links right? When I click [!] on a post, the flag form appears in the same tab (using Firefox obviously, on Windows), but when I hit the "Flag this post" button on the form, the result (including the redirect back to the thread) opens a new tab. I've noticed other situations too where internal metafilter links open in a new tab. Minor, but an annoyance of note.
posted by If I Had An Anus to Bugs at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

June 8

Should we have a Worst Of The Web day?

Has anyone ever considered having a periodic "worst of the web" day?
posted by snsranch to Feature Requests at 5:15 PM PST - 89 comments

I had the weirdest freakin' dream about this website

Man, I had the weirdest freakin' dream about this website last night. [MI]
posted by PhatLobley to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 PM PST - 43 comments

Do old text ads live forever?

I'm seeing a textad for www.electoral-vote.com, a site that hasn't been updated since 2004. (I think.) Do ads, once bought, keep appearing forever? And if so, is that a feature or a bug?
posted by evinrude to Bugs at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

June 7

Is This a Self-Link?

I am thinking of posting this to metafilter. It's my brother's warblog.


I wasn't involved in the creation of this site (other than installing his blog software), but he is my brother. His deployment began today, and he started blogging.... So I thought "hey, a chance for people to start following from day 1, that's the best of the web, right?" Anyone have any thoughts?
posted by bugmuncher to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 PM PST - 41 comments [closed]

Where's the line between being perceived as a shill and a real self-link?

posted by muckster to Etiquette/Policy at 1:00 PM PST - 22 comments

[closed] note does not appear on the archives pages

The [closed] note does not appear on the archives pages.
posted by raedyn to Bugs at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Email alerts about response to your question

Ask Metafilter: would be great if members posting questions could receive email alerts on new answers to their questions.

(please excuse me if this exists. I searched and couldn't find it)
posted by mirileh to Feature Requests at 12:28 AM PST - 12 comments

June 6

I was posting while Matt was deleting

It looks like I was posting a comment at the exact moment Matt closed the thread. Here's the error message (inside)
posted by warbaby to Bugs at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments

A mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a puzzle videogame preview

A mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a puzzle videogame preview wrapped in a shameless plug wrapped in a viral marketing blurb...
posted by Smart Dalek to Etiquette/Policy at 6:55 PM PST - 18 comments


PromUpdateFilter: This post concludes my prom episode. Previously talked about here and sorta here. [MI]
posted by C17H19NO3 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:44 PM PST - 58 comments

Keep it here, kids

If you have ominous suspicions about someone's motive for posting, it's preferable you send an email or start a MetaTalk thread rather than starting an off-site thread unbeknownst to the poster.
posted by jenleigh to Etiquette/Policy at 5:41 PM PST - 20 comments [closed]

Spoonfed used to host a metatalk parody that's gone now

metatalk parody. no comment from me, i'll leave that to everyone else.
posted by yhbc to MetaFilter-Related at 5:21 PM PST - 2686 comments

Wording of the preview button on AskMe

When posting a question to AskMefi or a thread on MetaTalk, the preview button says "Preview the Link." Should it say "Preview the question" or "Preview the post" instead? (Is no nit too small for picking?)
posted by patgas to Feature Requests at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Two accounts?

Pony time. Every time I ask a question on Ask...I have a need to ask another one (before my 7 days are up.) I could get a second account...now I'd have two logins, etc. [MI]
posted by filmgeek to Feature Requests at 1:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Askme caching and the delay in new posts appearing

I posted a new question to AskMeFi this morning, and after hitting submit, I was taken directly back to the main page, where my question wasn't listed. I tried going back in to post, but it said I'd already asked my question for the week. To be sure, I logged out and back in, and my question still didn't show up, and I couldn't re-ask it. What happened?
posted by nitsuj to Bugs at 7:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Mefite nudist arrested on child sex abuse charges

A freaky unfortunate turn of events: As an update on a very old thread on nudism that questioned and debated the gray area between nude adults and nudist children in the setting of a nudist colony, one defender of nudist culture from that discussion was arrested on charges of child sex abuse late last year (still being held awaiting trial afaict). It's freaky to go back and re-read the debate knowing what eventually came to pass.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 AM PST - 138 comments [closed]

Single-link newsfilter with MeFi comments?

Dammit, orthogonality, I'm every bit as rabid a liberal as you are, but I'm calling you out. This is ridiculous. A single-link NewsFilter FPP laced with links to comments in another MeFi thread? I appreciate your agenda, but seriously, get your own blog, at least until you can pull these scraps into something more meaningful.
posted by Faint of Butt to Etiquette/Policy at 5:11 AM PST - 68 comments

Foreign characters get turned into question marks upon posting

Foreign characters (chinese in this case) are previewed correctly, but get turned into question marks upon posting. It'd be nice if the behaviour was consistent.
posted by mosch to Bugs at 2:38 AM PST - 12 comments

June 5

AskMetafilter is awesome at identifying things.

The "ID this [blank]" results at Ask MetaFilter are pretty amazing.
posted by jca to MetaFilter-Related at 6:39 PM PST - 23 comments

June 4

Doubled posts on the blue

I've noticed a fair bit of double posts recently on MeFi (not AskMefi nor MeTa).
Here (keswick), here (bugbread) and here (3.2.3.) Is there some newly introduced bug in the posting code?
posted by birdsquared to Bugs at 9:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Greasemonkey script displays picture next to username

Ever wondered wonder what that user looks like? I've written a quick greasemonkey script that adds photos of users next to their usernames. Photos were gleaned from meetup pictures and there are currently about 75 photos in the database (Firefox only).

If you do not have Greasemonkey, you can install the script by clicking here. If you have Greasemonkey, right click here and hit "Install User Script".

I'd like to know what you guys think.
posted by null terminated to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 226 comments

Timezone bug?

did the timezone option JUST stop working in the blue, or has it been busted for a while and i just noticed?
posted by quonsar to Bugs at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

June 3

Request: a way to filter out particular users.

Hi, would a "filter user comments" option be a lot to ask? There are a few users who just never really say anything useful or contributory, and I think if I could just filter them out it would be nice.
posted by plexi to Feature Requests at 11:51 AM PST - 58 comments

2005 Chicago Meetup Photos

Photos from last night's meetup in Chicago.
posted by felix betachat to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:20 AM PST - 55 comments

MeFi obit accidentally released early

I guess reports of MeFi's demise are greatly exaggerated.
posted by Doohickie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:07 AM PST - 47 comments

Link date error when posting to AskMe.

Variable LINK_DATE is undefined. [more]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Bugs at 1:29 AM PST - 8 comments [closed]

Timeouts in search

In my experience, the exact phrase search for AskMe usually times out when searching through "answers only" or "questions and answers." I assume this is simply due to the size of the data. I'd hate to see this functionality disappear, as Google is pretty useless for AskMe. If a dedicated MetaFilter Search Cluster is not an option, perhaps we could have a way to specify date ranges?
posted by Galvatron to Bugs at 12:17 AM PST - 4 comments

June 2

mefiswap- and postcardx-style metafilter art exchange

Is there any interest in a mefiswap- and postcardx-style metafilter art exchange?
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter-Related at 7:20 PM PST - 66 comments

unquestionably the greatest 1000 member group

"Unrelated, but let's just point out once again that the 14K group is unquestionably the greatest 1000 member group in the history of Metafilter."

I would like to hear the opinions of 14k'ers on this subject.
Various Mefi-Untermenschen are free to offer us , the 'greatest generation' , their tributes.
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 PM PST - 104 comments

CD Swap 2005

Is there going to be another CD swap soon?
posted by matildaben to MetaFilter Music at 1:53 PM PST - 17 comments

NYC meetup June 2005

Hey NYC: Why wait for scody when you can drink with ME on June 26th?
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

NYC meetup

Summertime, and the meetups are easy... So hey! NYC MeFites, you just had one meetup, howzabout looking in your crystal balls to think about another? I'm going to England sometime in August or September. [more inside]
posted by scody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:33 PM PST - 13 comments

San Francisco Meetup

WWDC Meetup? Any other MeFites coming to San Francisco for the World Wide Developer Conference next week want to get together some night? Or any native SFers want to show the visitors what's what?

I don't know SF at all, so I'll agree to any popular consensus for time and place. Close to the Moscone Center would be preferable, of course.
posted by Space Coyote to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Userphrases vs Usernames

I'd like to open a discussion on the seemingly growing trend of new users choosing a phrase as a username. My opinion of these username choices is _____. My suggestion to Matt is _____.
posted by Witty to Etiquette/Policy at 6:54 AM PST - 98 comments

Is this incriminating evidence or what?

If this AskMe question were deleted and purged as suggested in the thread, would that be destroying evidence given the Texas state laws as described therein?
posted by mischief to Bugs at 6:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Poker Meetup

The Metafilter No Limit Hold 'Em Tournament is set for this Saturday, June 4th at 21:00 EST. (Old thread) (Wiki page)
posted by ODiV to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:22 AM PST - 26 comments

June 1

Houston meetup

Houston meetup, Saturday, June 18! More inside.
posted by NickDouglas to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Goatse t-shirt in NY Times photo

Did everyone see Anil's t-shirt in the recent article on Google in the NY Times?!?!?!
posted by gen to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM PST - 28 comments

nyc meetup thread photos

Last Thursday's NYC meetup for Mateo was a blast. This is a thread for all the photos.

naxosaxur's photos
Smart Dalek's photos
posted by splatta to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:14 PM PST - 27 comments

The Watchers

What's the deal with users 13965 through 14006 inclusive? None of them have ever posted to the blue. Isn't it strange that MeFi has 42 consecutive silent accounts?
posted by Kwantsar to MetaFilter-Related at 4:37 PM PST - 49 comments

Metafilter Server Performance

I for one am interested in any plans for possible future improvements to the uptime capabilities of the website "MetaFilter". I am eager to discuss these issues with the group as a whole!
posted by Pretty_Generic to Uptime at 7:54 AM PST - 59 comments

MetaChat link in the MeFi top bars

Can we please get a MetaChat link added to the MeFi top bars? It might help prevent threads like this one. [Though my hopes in that direction are faint.]
posted by orange swan to Feature Requests at 5:21 AM PST - 36 comments