June 2008 Archives (all archives)

June 30

Ugh, all RIGHT, mom, I get it.

Why do people feel the need to post the same (obvious) advice other people have given, especially after the asker has already marked the best answer? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Etiquette/Policy at 11:08 PM PST - 112 comments

Because having your questions answered by *one* know it all is so pre-AskMe.

Salon's Cary Tennis referred one of his questioning letter writers to AskMe for a discussion on sighing. So how long is until is it until Dear Abby and Ann Landers just start to tell their readers, "Get counselling, and read AskMe, dear."
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter-Related at 9:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Mefi Followup Kevin Everett walks after spinal injury

Remember Kevin Everett? Well, those of you who said Kevin Everett would walk, it turns out you were right. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 PM PST - 20 comments

My Little Pony Express

One thing that annoys me about long MeMail conversations is the lack of threading; before services like GMail and Facebook, which thread messages, this wouldn't have been such a big deal, but anymore I find it kind of irritating to have to click through several pages to read old messages in a thread. So how's about some conversation threading in MeMail? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty to Feature Requests at 9:53 PM PST - 19 comments

MeFi Follow-Up: Joe Horn is Cleared of All Charges

Remember Joe Horn? Well, those of you who said Joe Horn would walk, it turns out you were right. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand to MetaFilter-Related at 1:24 PM PST - 139 comments

They erased his face!

Faces disappearing on the MeFi Twitter page [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad to Bugs at 1:02 PM PST - 26 comments

June 29

First things first.

Can we more strongly encourage posters to make their first link their most important one? [more inside]
posted by washburn to Feature Requests at 8:55 PM PST - 70 comments

Fred and Sharon go to Hollywood?

Who needs a movie? Apparently Jimmy Kimmel needs a movie.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Portland, ME meetup on July 2nd?

Short notice: meetup in Portland, ME on July 2nd? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:44 PM PST - 50 comments

Can't find it.

I'm looking for a member's homepage that was a collection of weird and interesting facts. Can anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by 517 to MetaFilter-Related at 3:24 PM PST - 15 comments

how is babby scarred??

While composing an AskMetafilter question about where I might purchase baby clothes, I was told the following: [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley to Bugs at 2:40 PM PST - 23 comments

More than one category for AskMes?

I, too, would enjoy a pony: the ability to select more than one category for an AskMe question. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas to Feature Requests at 5:44 AM PST - 22 comments

June 28

Post editing ability

Can I haz a pomy^D^Dny? 60 second editing. [more inside]
posted by SirStan to Feature Requests at 8:49 PM PST - 79 comments

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.

One link music posts by mathowie? Ok. One link music post by plexi? Deleted.
posted by plexi to Etiquette/Policy at 7:49 PM PST - 141 comments

June 27

Kenya hack it?

Would you people stop trying to hack stuff? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky to MetaFilter-Related at 8:52 PM PST - 114 comments

Backstabbing is not conducive to intellectual discourse

Malor - your arguments have to stand on their own merits without bringing other people's names up. [more inside]
posted by Mutant to Etiquette/Policy at 7:43 PM PST - 76 comments [closed]

29: Happy Happy Joy Joy

Show #29 features calls from members describing their happiest MetaFilter-related moments as well as recaps from the last few weeks of postings across all MetaFilter sites. It was recorded on June 25th, and runs about an hour long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 12:59 AM PST - 73 comments

June 26

Single Day AskMeFi Archive Browse

Is there any way to browse the Ask archives a day at a time? Browsing by date (e.g. http://ask.metafilter.com/archived.mefi/10/01/2006/ ) currently brings up an entire month at a time, which is rather unwieldy. [more inside]
posted by kristi to Feature Requests at 3:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Quickest way to Metafilter Lofi

Is there an easy way to get to Metafilter's lofi version? I'm at work and must filter. But even a google search for "Metafilter lofi" can't get me there.
posted by iamkimiam to Feature Requests at 11:32 AM PST - 53 comments

We're not so backwards after-all!

Anyone interested in a Central Mississippi Meetup? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:36 AM PST - 5 comments

A question and answer area for people to talk about writing/recording music

Request for another way to interact in Metafilter Music. [more inside]
posted by micayetoca to MetaFilter Music at 7:15 AM PST - 28 comments

It's an AskMe Miracle

The end result of this question just needs to be preserved as a "wonderful AskMe moment." Crushing problem solved in a way neither of us would have considered if it hadn't been for the suggestion in AskMe. Now we know, and the other credit-card-ignorant will know too when they search!
posted by sparrows to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 AM PST - 30 comments

June 24

Account Closing Protocol

What would be the reason someone would want to close their account? If someone didn't want to "belong" to this "community", wouldn't someone just quit posting to the site, and reading it? And what of the posts someone has previously posted? Would a request to delete all of someone's own posts be complied with? [more inside]
posted by sluglicker to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 PM PST - 251 comments

June 23

Give me disorder! In reverse descending order!

PONY: I like discussion! How about having some way of pulling up the "most active" threads...threads which have the most comments over the past x hours. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious to Feature Requests at 2:11 PM PST - 74 comments

help me find a post

Can anyone help me find an old AskMe post about keeping promises that I forgot to favorite? [more inside]
posted by PFL to MetaFilter-Related at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Weekly World MeFi

This is a crap post. Celebrity gossip, really?
posted by signal to Etiquette/Policy at 8:50 AM PST - 187 comments

June 22

Is MeFi music Creative Commons?

MeFi Music Uploading - Creative Commons license, please? Possible to replace or delete an uploaded song? [more inside]
posted by AppleSeed to MetaFilter Music at 6:48 PM PST - 20 comments

June 21

MeFi breaking WebKit Nightly

Any other WebKit Nightly users noticing the MeFi front page main content is being shoved below the sidebar until you hit 'Refresh'? [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote to Bugs at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

June 20

Spelunking for doubles

Searching for a url doesn't seem to work when the url is below the fold.
posted by homunculus to Bugs at 8:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Son of Mass Canoe Rental Meet Up Concept

Let us cast our boats upon the water. (Seattle meetup) [more inside]
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:52 PM PST - 64 comments

Cycling Streak Competition 2008

There are 73 days left in the Cycling Streak Challenge. It might look like ~35 days is a commanding lead, but any streak falls apart in just 24 hours, and with the adjusted rules - thanks to hanagashore's great generosity and competitive spirit - just about 2/3rds of the competition period is ahead of us. So let's go Mefites, fix up your bike, and take your shot at a Garmin Edge 705 (desc).
posted by Chuckles to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Inverted Sine Beta Sleep Waves.

Can anyone help me find the post where someone talks about a watch or clock that helps you wake up refreshed based on your wave cycles? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee to MetaFilter-Related at 1:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Go Team?

Metafilter is the 3rd Smartest Website in the World
posted by xod to MetaFilter-Related at 12:02 PM PST - 148 comments

Happy Mefi-day to me!

Today just happens to be my one-year Mefi-versary! In honor of this, I thought it might be fun for some of you old timers* to tell me about your favorite thread, post, question or project. MeTa tends to be kinda stuffy -- let's let the light in here and have a little fun, neh? [more inside]
posted by CitizenD to MetaFilter-Related at 9:24 AM PST - 201 comments


How about a Previously Box? People often make FPPs and link previous posts. Previously, previously, previously. Pretty Please? Previously (partially). [more inside]
posted by cashman to Feature Requests at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

June 19

Add to playlist from more places please

Mefi Music pony request: can we have an "add to playlist" link directly from the pages 1) listing all songs by a particular user 2) listing all songs with a particular tag. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal to Feature Requests at 12:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Metafilter Projects (Re)post Ettiquete...

Metafilter Projects (Re)post Ettiquete... [more inside]
posted by Bokononist to Etiquette/Policy at 12:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Can we get a policy regarding the ads on Metafilter?

Can we get a policy regarding the ads on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by krautland to Etiquette/Policy at 7:23 AM PST - 71 comments

One is feets, the other is boots?

How local is too local for the Metafilter front page? [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris to Etiquette/Policy at 5:02 AM PST - 82 comments

Stealth pay marketing sucks.

Can we get a policy to discourage the pimping of "stealth pay" games here on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to Etiquette/Policy at 2:41 AM PST - 53 comments

June 18

Happy stories wanted for the Podcast

For next week's podcast: call in (either use the widget after the jump or call +1 (503) 465-4522 and leave a message) and tell us your happiest MetaFilter story ever. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 4:14 PM PST - 39 comments

Montreal Meetup

Montreal meetup? [more inside]
posted by rbs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:07 AM PST - 23 comments

June 17

The Little House in Ballard is now empty.

Follow up to y2karl's post about the stubbornest old lady in Ballard (Seattle). [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast to MetaFilter-Related at 5:29 PM PST - 43 comments

Oh shit, it's a walk-off!

Tags page redesign vote-off: which is better A? or B? [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 4:11 PM PST - 386 comments

Two new features, feeds and more feeds

Two new features: resolved question sidebar (and feed) and RSS feeds for the Popular favorites page. All is explained within. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 1:18 PM PST - 62 comments

Bier in Sint Fransiscus

Hoi, let's meetup in SF around july 3rd! [more inside]
posted by jouke to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:18 PM PST - 55 comments

Toronto Pride Meetup!

Toronto Pride meetup? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:04 AM PST - 32 comments

June 16

Related Questions should appear in preview

I'd like to suggest that the "related questions" feature of Ask appear in the preview stage of posting a question. It may cause the asker to find their answer pre-posting (great for people who suck at searching, like me!) or rephrase their question in a manner that's more helpful and therefore cut down on the asker having to clarify repeatedly in the thread.
posted by dobbs to Feature Requests at 9:57 AM PST - 31 comments

Exact Phrase Search

Looks like you're searching for an exact phrase. The local search doesn't do that so well. Why not?
posted by sluglicker to Bugs at 12:43 AM PST - 36 comments

June 15

Don't ask me!!

Well, I've seen this type of phrase around, and it hit one of my questions. "This sounds like a legal question. You should really ask a lawyer." I think it's legit to ask legal related questions here. One, someone may have had experience with the situation. Two, there may be a friendly lawyer around (hey, I've given free advice for my areas of knowledge). When someone asks a question about what song was being played in this movie or whatnot, wouldn't it be rude or just useless to respond with, "That sounds like a music question. You know who could answer that? A DJ!" People might as well just put "I dunno" or "me too". "IANAL" is one thing, answering to say "don't ask me" is just fluff. Yes? No?
posted by jsmith77 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:23 PM PST - 141 comments

How to recall conversations with other users

Is there any way to identify threads that contain comments by me and another user? I'm picturing a world where I could click on someone else's profile, and there would be a link "conversations you've had with this user." I suspect I am missing something, but I can't find it.
posted by one_bean to Feature Requests at 8:51 AM PST - 46 comments

June 13

Metafilter: All opinion?

Metafilter: All opinion? According to Vanity Fair. [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Not About Tim Russert

Perennial Obit Thread Discussion [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer to Etiquette/Policy at 3:41 PM PST - 109 comments

28: Burning logs

Show #28 is a call in show, featuring answers to questions from a dozen or so members that left messages on the call-in line. It runs about 50 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:21 PM PST - 56 comments

Is it time for MetaFilter consignment?

I know a MetaFilter swapsite or Craigslist-y thing has been suggested before, but now that I have a thing burning a hole in my pocket that I'd like to give to an interested local Mefite -- like, today -- I'm wondering if it's time. I'd like to sell or give away things to you, and I'd like to buy stuff, too. I'm pretty sure that we could do some really interesting things with this, like what Miko did with her $9 something offer.
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 6:23 AM PST - 81 comments

seofeed? really?

I think seofeed should get a preemptive five dollar refund. [more inside]
posted by bunnytricks to Etiquette/Policy at 4:13 AM PST - 172 comments

June 12


This quiz demands a cell phone number for results. SPAAAAAAAAAAAM [more inside]
posted by effugas to Etiquette/Policy at 3:27 PM PST - 34 comments

Do Mefites get sick of eating Chatfilter?

In the "Do chinese people get sick of eating chinese food?" AskMe discussion, which might have had a germ of a worthwhile idea behind it, the OPP has essentially come out and said "my question is chatfilter."
posted by adamrice to Etiquette/Policy at 3:09 PM PST - 77 comments

Metafilter is....

Earnest Opinion. [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll to MetaFilter-Related at 12:44 PM PST - 150 comments

June 11

When I said "conceal", I meant pockets, not the rectum!

Stealing and concealing, rectal bleeding, and being gay. Oh my! [more inside]
posted by sixcolors to Bugs at 8:22 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

June 10


From whatever mod deleted it, I just wondered why my repsonse to this post was deleted, and what exactly is so offensive about it that it needed to be removed. A Mefi mail is fine, but if you want it public that's OK too. Thank you. Truly, I don't care about the deletion, but am truly interested about the policy/ethics involved.
posted by timsteil to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 PM PST - 36 comments [closed]

Answers, not opinions.

I don't understand why some of the answers to this question aren't being deleted. They are expressing their opinions about whether or not it's appropriate to give children psychiatric drugs, or what drugs have worked for children they knew, and that wasn't what was asked.
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 2:18 PM PST - 114 comments

Full disclosure

A few weeks ago, there was a post about two Muslims about to be deported from Britain. Today in AskMe, the poster reveals that one of the potential deportees is a friend of his. Shouldn't this have been disclosed at the time? Is it okay to make posts about your friends?
posted by grouse to Etiquette/Policy at 12:47 PM PST - 40 comments


I asked a question and many of the responses were that I am "biased." Is a judgement of character a prerequisite for answering a question?
posted by plexi to Etiquette/Policy at 12:25 PM PST - 74 comments

Call in show needs callers

We're doing another call-in show for the podcast this week so we need people to call in some questions for us to answer (ideally, in the next 24hours). Click the giant CALL ME button on the podcast sidebar, plop in your number, and grandcentral/google will ring you up and let you leave a message free of charge. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:32 AM PST - 65 comments

double take

There appears to be a bug on the recent Flickr photos page. I've seen this bug regularly, though not every day. Today's example is a repeated picture by bibliowench on Jun 9th, 2008 and bevedog on Jun 9th, 2008. Both are displayed as "Omeka stickers", both link to the same external Flickr page. I am running firefox on macos. (I don't read MetaTalk much, so I apologize if this is a known bug. I did do a quick search for a posting about the same topic.)
posted by about_time to Bugs at 7:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Pepsi Blue Hawaii

Pepsi Blue...Hawaii will be sold in Japan this summer. We'll have photos from the next Tokyo MeFi Meetup (TBA) with our Pepsi Blue Hawaii in hand.
posted by gen to MetaFilter-Related at 2:48 AM PST - 17 comments

June 9

Where did that link go?

Should there be a visual indicator that someone has opted out of MeMail? [more inside]
posted by aspo to Feature Requests at 3:33 PM PST - 40 comments

June 8

Error when filling out your birthday in the preferences.

In your preferences, if you select a month and year for your birthday, but not a specific day of the month, you get an error message. Could that be changed so you have the option to fill in only the month/year?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Bugs at 6:21 PM PST - 97 comments

Because beer makes fire better

All right, andycasses: Chicago meetup on July 3rd, 6pm, Billy Goat on (under) Michigan [more inside]
posted by eriko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:41 PM PST - 95 comments

It's Quiet - Too Quiet

Did anyone notice that there were NO deleted posts on the Blue for all of June 7th? How common is that? [more inside]
posted by pupdog to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 AM PST - 66 comments

June 7

Education with your host, DaShiv.

Over the last few months one of the Metafilter regulars has produced a number of comments demonstrating an above average grasp of the democratic parties political process as well as an above average ability to articulate that understanding in to language that highlights the substance of the comments. [more inside]
posted by iamabot to MetaFilter-Related at 3:12 PM PST - 100 comments

AskMe is NOT an adoption service.

I adore konolia and have defended her before, but her comment in this thread is intolerable. [more inside]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] to Etiquette/Policy at 12:59 PM PST - 46 comments [closed]

eh ?

Does anyone know what is happening in waraws thread below ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter-Related at 5:28 AM PST - 9 comments [closed]

June 5

"Now with more time-suck!"

I know that there's a dedicated cadre of Team Fortressers out there. Anyone playing Call of Duty 4? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 PM PST - 48 comments

IRC Redux

I'd like to take the time to invite everyone informally to #metafilter on slashnet (irc://irc.slashnet.org/metafilter)! Ops for everyone! Please check your steve at the door. That is all.
posted by waraw to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:39 PM PST - 68 comments [closed]

Augusta meetup?

Augusta, GA meetup? [more inside]
posted by sephira to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:17 AM PST - 25 comments

Why do people make a post to say they've sent a mefi mail?

Why do people do this...? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta to MetaFilter-Related at 7:08 AM PST - 127 comments

Best Answer(er)

Is there a way to see how many of a person's AskMeFi comments are marked as best answer? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Feature Requests at 12:11 AM PST - 41 comments

June 4

Hooray for highlights!

When did you start putting that little highlight bar on AskMe comments that are from the original asker? Kickass! Thank you... [more inside]
posted by twiggy to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Related questions are awesome.

Related questions are awesome. [more inside]
posted by GuyZero to MetaFilter-Related at 3:37 PM PST - 81 comments

It's a shame a derail can get a good post on cervixen deleted.

It's a shame a derail can get a good post on cervixen deleted. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 to Etiquette/Policy at 1:20 PM PST - 118 comments

Quarters for PhatLobley!

So is the Ann Arbor MeFite mini-meetup tonight to save PhatLobley's laundry still happening? [more inside]
posted by bettafish to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:50 AM PST - 28 comments

Gee, man.

I would like to congratulate gman on the occasion of his thirteenth deleted post of 2008. Is this a record?
posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 11:03 AM PST - 60 comments

Mark askee answers

Mark askee answers. (Meaning, highlight answers posted by the user who asked the question in askmefi). [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks to Feature Requests at 8:38 AM PST - 105 comments

My Ask to include My favorites?

PonyFilter: when I favorite an Ask thread, it should appear in 'My Ask'
posted by NucleophilicAttack to Feature Requests at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Ant Man in San Fran

The Brit abroad - San Francisco Meetup in August? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

I am a commenter, but not your commenter

Please, for the love of all that is holy, can we please stop? [more inside]
posted by gjc to Etiquette/Policy at 4:19 AM PST - 187 comments

June 3


Perhaps this does not belong on the front page. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Etiquette/Policy at 11:07 PM PST - 50 comments

In Our Lifetime

Not sure if (justifiable) politicsfilter objections trump history in the making, but I don't know whether this merits an FPP or not. Hence it seems legit for MetaTalk, even if only to get a moderator to rule on whether we can have what I think will be an FPP comment thread for the ages. But dammit, Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant and a Kansas farm girl, is about to be the nominee of the Democratic party for president of the US of Doggone A, and it is a moment worthy of of being marked and reflected upon for many in this community, I am sure, regardless of our political commitments.
posted by fourcheesemac to MetaFilter-Related at 5:38 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Hello Sunnyvale!

Interviewing in Sunnyvale Thursday, nothing to do for 24 hours after, and I'd love to meet the locals... [more inside]
posted by potch to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Asked for X, got Y (where X equals help and Y equals grief)

Ordered X, got Y. Not only the title of the thread, but a good description of some of the answers received. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Etiquette/Policy at 2:11 PM PST - 179 comments

suspicious questions?

Just thought I'd mention that I noticed a couple of questions in askme that all had to do with ferreting out techniques people use to get around spam filters and the like. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge to Etiquette/Policy at 10:45 AM PST - 72 comments

Make that in triplicate!

Religious issues aside, do we really need three separate posts covering slight variations of the same thing? [more inside]
posted by tkolar to Etiquette/Policy at 10:44 AM PST - 79 comments

AskMe OP Fervor

Which AskMe threads have been most dominated by the OP? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious to MetaFilter-Related at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Midwestern Meetup?

Are there any Mefites out there interested in a central-Indiana meetup?
posted by CitizenD to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:35 AM PST - 46 comments

June 2

Neverending Stories

What if we never closed old comment threads? [more inside]
posted by jayCampbell to Feature Requests at 10:00 PM PST - 86 comments

It's Condiments All The Way Down

All of Metafilter's links taste like mustard. [more inside]
posted by felix to MetaFilter-Related at 6:43 AM PST - 155 comments

Hong Kong meetup

Hong Kong meetup on Lamma Island this Sunday? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:44 AM PST - 11 comments

June 1

The MeFi Music Challenge wants YOU!

The MetaFilter Music Challenge is back, (*cue triumphant fanfare, followed by sound of jubilant, cheering throng*) and suggestions for the monthly Challenge themes are open to all MeFiers. This means YOU! You are hereby encouraged, month by month, to offer suggestions, and if yours is chosen, not only will your name go up in lights at the Music page, but you'll also be the spark that ignites the creative genius of some MeFi Musician. A chance at a little slice of immortality! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter Music at 6:36 PM PST - 31 comments