June 2012 Archives (all archives)

June 30

No Leap Seconds here

I take it that Metafilter dodged the bullet tonight? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies to Uptime at 11:18 PM PST - 78 comments

No Numbers, No Colors, Linguistics

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes [more inside]
posted by spacewrench to MetaFilter-Related at 9:42 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

June 29

the youngest among us?

Youngest Mefite ever was... ? [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter-Related at 7:38 PM PST - 72 comments

Podcasting 101, please

It's been a while since this has been asked, and I think more folks than me would benefit from it (hence me doing a MeTa rather than using the contact form): Could the podcast team talk about their current setup, hardware and software-wise? [more inside]
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 9:24 AM PST - 21 comments

Dating on the green

Isn't linking to your online dating profile in AskMe self-linking? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr to Etiquette/Policy at 7:49 AM PST - 132 comments

June 28

Searching for a Health Care Article

I'm searching for a first-person account about one person's experience with health care costs that I read on the blue. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated to MetaFilter-Related at 5:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Find that Zoom & Enhance MeFite

There's a MeFite with amazing abilities for the computerized "zoom and enhance" trick who demonstrated those skills in an AskMeFi post a few months ago. If we can find that MeFite, s/he might be able to use those skills to help ID the hit-and-run car that struck down a DC Comics artist last weekend. [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese to MetaFilter-Related at 5:06 PM PST - 19 comments

What are policies or custom in terms of posting to "MetaFilter" regarding some controversial political or cultural issue?

What are policies or custom in terms of posting to "MetaFilter" regarding some controversial political or cultural issue? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:07 AM PST - 46 comments

June 27

Incisive decison about circumcision

Can we please not have any more circumcision posts inspired by current affairs? They never go well and I can't imagine anyone will bother reading the thread after it closes.
posted by Joe in Australia to MetaFilter-Related at 4:31 PM PST - 217 comments [closed]


The author of the Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number has joined up, and wishes to update his post with our findings. Welcome timeblimp!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson to MetaFilter-Related at 9:16 AM PST - 51 comments

June 26

Preview bug lite

I discovered just now that closing an <a> tag with an </i> tag looks correct in preview but blows up in the actual comment. [more inside]
posted by Bokononist to Bugs at 6:23 PM PST - 86 comments

Everything alright?

I noticed it's been 3 whole days (!) since the last MetaTalk post. Just wanted to make sure everyone's alright.
posted by MattMangels to MetaFilter-Related at 3:43 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

June 23

You know, just in case I want to write something for the Fringe Festival...

I'm looking for a comment that I just can't find and want to read again. It detailed a version of Sex In The City as performed as a Beckett-like Black Box stage production. The women wailed a chorus of " THE SHOES" someone said " I fear I am not fecund". I have tried every permutation I could think of with no success. I'm 99% sure I read it here.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter-Related at 1:00 PM PST - 74 comments

pornographic photos of women directly linked in FPPs

Re: pornographic photos of women directly linked in FPPs. [more inside]
posted by flex to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 AM PST - 461 comments [closed]

June 22


Anyone playing trivi.al on iOS? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 4:45 PM PST - 82 comments

Did you DTMF? Did you eat it? What's its name?

UpdateMe! I solved my infinity antonym problem. Have you had an Ask question that solved itself years down the line? What happened? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder to MetaFilter-Related at 4:29 PM PST - 84 comments

Looking for an app recommended on the green

Can anyone help me find the name of a smart phone application that many people recommend on the green to track emotional changes for those with depression? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 AM PST - 40 comments

June 21

One pill makes you larger... and one pill makes you smaller.

The text was small for a reason. Font size can be important in meaning and expression. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell to Etiquette/Policy at 9:03 AM PST - 396 comments

June 19

Help me find this word game!

I'm looking for a Metafilter post about a multiplayer boggle-like game. You compete against other players, and the game resets every 24 hours. The game also gives you a list of how many words of each letters you have left. There's also a chat room. I can't remember the name of the game and can't find the post anywhere - help?
posted by Autumn to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 PM PST - 16 comments

I plant this flag in the name of...

Can we please have a rundown on flagging etiquette? There seems to be a lot of "flag and move one" response from the mods as of late, and while that may be the best choice of action for a lot of the scenarios, 9 times out of 10 I'm stuck on the fence as to whether or not I should. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate to Etiquette/Policy at 8:11 PM PST - 97 comments

Piracy - better than sliced bread, or worse than murder?

Has a MeFi copyright thread ever "gone well"? Relatedly, has anyone ever had their mind or behaviour changed in the slightest respect by it?
posted by Sebmojo to MetaFilter-Related at 6:37 PM PST - 218 comments [closed]

Two new tags: Updated and ReAsk

Let's create two new special tags for AskMe: Updated and ReAsk [more inside]
posted by alms to Feature Requests at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Why aren't we doing this topic well?

Jessamyn: [Folks we're sort of done with the "what crayz thinks about this post" angle. Please email crayz directly if you want more of crayz's opinions, otherwise this is getting to the "Take it to MeTa" point. Put another way, everyone who continues to hyperrespond is also part of the problem here, please consider that.] So, okay. Let's take it to Meta. As a community, we keep having the same conversation about sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances and other related issues. Sometimes, with positive results. Sometimes, not. Personal attacks fly back and forth, fueling anger and frustration. Why are so many of us talking past each other? Is there no possibility of finding common ground, or gaining further understanding and empathy from such incidents?
posted by zarq to Etiquette/Policy at 7:35 AM PST - 686 comments

MetaFilter naming culture and conventions

This post got me thinking about Metafilter and screen names: why is MeFi unlike other websites? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 AM PST - 100 comments

June 18

Informative post about "green" disposable cutlery

Looking for a post detailing the impact/efficacy of "green" disposable utensils... [more inside]
posted by broadway bill to MetaFilter-Related at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Question for datawankers about the most highly favorited posts.

Question for datawankers about the most highly favorited posts. [more inside]
posted by cairdeas to MetaFilter-Related at 10:46 AM PST - 55 comments

Sex Negativity on MeFi

I feel like a lot of AskMe comments about sexuality are conservative and prescriptive. Between giving shit to the guy who is masturbating a completely normal ten times a week, and calling the guy who gets the occasional hand-job from sex workers a terrible human being, the level of prescriptive, normative, and negative attitudes towards sexuality on MeFi this week seems high and troubling. I feel that much of the conservative and prescriptive nature of it eludes the MeFi goal of a wide variety of opinions/discussion/discourse and can be intimidating to people who might have non-normative information to share which is the sort of information we should be specifically encouraging. Can we have a chat like this--because I feel conspicuous and kind of like I cannot say anything at all when you have a dozen responses that contravene what I might have to say. I'm finding this frustrating.
posted by PinkMoose to Etiquette/Policy at 9:49 AM PST - 302 comments

The Metafilter iOS/Android App Request

I want an official Metafilter app for iOS. Is one in the works? If not, would The Powers That Be object to one being made by a community member? And what would the community want in such an app, and how much would they be willing to pay? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 7:15 AM PST - 81 comments

June 17

I ain't payin' for this wifi

"Hotel internet down. I scanned the network, found wifi router running port 80, logged in as admin/admin, rebooted, fixed. All on my iPhone." Tweet by @mathowie earlier tonight. Does nothing stop the super hero staff of MetaFilter? Are there other stories of MetaStaff extraordinary efforts to stay online?
posted by lee to MetaFilter-Related at 8:24 PM PST - 51 comments

Self links are like wire hangers: None. Ever.

Self-links are always forbidden. Always. Without exception. My question is: why? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse to Etiquette/Policy at 2:26 PM PST - 50 comments

Can't find this post - student asks blogger to write paper for her

Looking for a post about a blog--the blogger was asked to write a paper by a college student who was offering money. They had a lot of back-and-forth communication, and eventually he published the whole thing on his blog. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Does MeFi have a policy on non-English language posts?

Does MeFi have a policy on non-English language posts? I thought it was odd to see a post that only French-speaking members could really understand or participate in since no English translation of the poem was given.
posted by timsneezed to Etiquette/Policy at 9:11 AM PST - 152 comments

Help me find the weavers

Wasn't there a post on the blue about this website/app that created virtual "weavers" or something--autonomous virtual make-believe people who would go out on the web and start developing interests? You could set one up with an age, location, set of interests, and so on. I've been searching for it but nothing's coming up. Thanks.
posted by circular to MetaFilter-Related at 12:44 AM PST - 2 comments

June 16

MeFites, let's connect on GameCenter

MeFites on GameCenter for iOS, unite! [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 6:42 PM PST - 59 comments

it's been three years......

Happy anniversary to all the spousen. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 AM PST - 155 comments

June 15

On par with Ars Technica, BuzzFeed, Geekwire, and others

The legal response that The Oatmeal sent to FunnyJunk in response to the defamation claim previously posted on The Blue references MetaFilter as one of the "internet's most recognizable media outlets" (page 3, paragraph 3). [more inside]
posted by Phire to MetaFilter-Related at 9:45 AM PST - 60 comments

June 14

Can we maybe start trying to label video links in posts?

Could we maybe try to be a little better at labeling links that go to videos? Not everybody is in a position to view video content at all times and it might be nice to have a little advance warning. [more inside]
posted by Scientist to Etiquette/Policy at 10:56 AM PST - 83 comments

Fake, fake, fake

The rest of the world is just figuring out what we already knew about House Hunters. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 133 comments

Geek Guru Harris Joins Metafilter

Stephen Lea Sheppard, who starred as recurring character Harris on the critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks" has joined the discussion on yesterday's FPP about his life post-acting.
posted by The Gooch to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM PST - 41 comments

Call me

I made a post earlier today and the more inside included this cryptic message from the back of a postcard: 7.15.20 13.25 9
Am going home for week and you know what takes me. There was an awful smell of burning in Mitchell St. last night. Were you making toffee again. C.B.
[more inside]
posted by unliteral to Bugs at 4:32 AM PST - 47 comments

June 13

Doubles of deleted doubles are also doubles

Hey, I just posted something that was deleted because it was a double. I didn't know it was a double because the original post that it doubled had a different link and keywords (I even searched, nothing came up, wish I'd thought to search for just "iron"). However, it was an exact copy of another double that did match the URL and keywords exactly. So, it seems to me, that when searching past posts in the "New Post" form, it should search through deleted posts as well, to avoid these "doubles of doubles" type situations. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious to Feature Requests at 6:54 AM PST - 74 comments

June 12

71: Best Concert Ever

Podcast 71 features restless_nomad sitting in for cortex who is away this week. We cover our favorites from around the sites and it was recorded on Monday June 11th. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:53 PM PST - 44 comments

For the millionth time, you can't have your pony!

The good news: MetaTalk has over 1,000,000 comments as of today. The bad news: the millionth comment was apparently deleted.
posted by double block and bleed to MetaFilter-Related at 1:57 PM PST - 103 comments

The Green is Blocked

Open DNS thinks AskMe is naughty? [more inside]
posted by skittlekicks to MetaFilter-Related at 7:35 AM PST - 71 comments


why cant i post yet
posted by peters shop to MetaFilter-Related at 4:42 AM PST - 43 comments [closed]

Happy Moderator's Day!

Summer is not just the time for a MetaTalk queue. It also brings June 13. [more inside]
posted by bardophile to MetaFilter-Related at 1:34 AM PST - 96 comments

June 11

We were all eleven. Well. Most of us.

This AskMe thread is just fantastic. A not-simple question with so many great, empathetic, caring suggestions from people who were at one point up a similar creek trying to fashion any sort of paddle. POSITIVE THREAD CALLOUT. EVERYBODY HUG.
posted by davidjmcgee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:57 PM PST - 39 comments

MetaTalk Queue Redux

Summer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means it's time for camping, barbecues, and the MetaTalk queue. [more inside]
posted by pb to Uptime at 4:14 PM PST - 74 comments

My "Ask MeFi" Post was plagiarized on another website!

My "Ask MeFi" Post was plagiarized on another website! [more inside]
posted by Jon44 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:54 AM PST - 125 comments

June 10

MetaRecommend? No, MetaRec? No, MetRar? Erm, no.

A meta for recommendations? A lot of AskMeFi posts are about stating your favourite stuff and asking for recommendations of the same - movies, books, games, music, this one new thread is about podcasts. So how about it? A new Meta where you list the stuff you like, and others give you recommendations based on that. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto to Feature Requests at 9:40 PM PST - 48 comments

late night missive

The recent Hegel post made me miss seeing Lovecraft In Brooklyn around the site, maybe you'll be back again some day. [more inside]
posted by four panels to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

The Champion of What Ask Metafilter Is

AskMe got a shoutout on Rookie.
posted by pxe2000 to MetaFilter-Related at 4:22 PM PST - 14 comments

June 9

Small bug with [more inside] alignment

Small bug with [more inside] alignment. Chrome, 20.0.1132.27. Perhaps it happens right after a bullet list of items?
posted by SpacemanStix to Bugs at 7:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Ow! My eyes!

Somewhat snarky but very apt description of Mira Grant's Feed. I want to find it again. [more inside]
posted by not that girl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:20 AM PST - 14 comments

June 8

It's not fundraising if you're not asking for donations

I don't quite understand why this FPP (about pet adoptions) was deleted. The reason given is that 'Heya, posts built around charity/fundraiser stuff are kind of not okay in general. If you want to make a post about adoption stuff in abstract independent of the sort of Get Out The Adopt angle, that'd be more okay.' Except that the charitable foundation mentioned in the post doesn't solicit donations, so there's no fundraising aspect involved, zero, zip, nada. As far as I know it's funded entirely by some rich person's bequest in memory of a beloved dog. They don't even have a donate button on the website, and the text of the FPP made it clear that they were in the giving-it-away business rather than the taking-it-in business. I'm not quite sure how to do a post about pet adoptions 'independent of the sort of get out the adopt angle.' Unless it's a post saying 'why you shouldn't adopt' or 'the dark side of pet adoptions' or something. This FPP was about a) the cool commercial video, which is a cut above most efforts of this type and b) the existence of resources for people who are interested in adopting a pet but might be worried about the cost.
posted by anigbrowl to Etiquette/Policy at 11:19 AM PST - 125 comments

June 7


Deleted comments discouraging. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell to Etiquette/Policy at 8:07 AM PST - 270 comments

Metafilter Fantasy EURO 2012 league

EURO 2012 starts tomorrow, as does of course its fantasy football game! Join the MetaFilter league! [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed to MetaFilter-Related at 7:36 AM PST - 35 comments

June 6

What does (or doesn't) MeFi do well?

What does (or doesn't) Metafilter do well? [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky to Etiquette/Policy at 6:16 PM PST - 166 comments

Thank you

An update and a thank you from the bottom of my heart. [more inside]
posted by ADent to MetaFilter-Related at 6:14 PM PST - 40 comments

Can we give a little more charity to anons?

Are we, as a community, doing the best we can in anon askmes? [more inside]
posted by smoke to Etiquette/Policy at 5:37 PM PST - 132 comments

What happened to jonson?

What happened to jonson? [more inside]
posted by Trurl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:59 AM PST - 28 comments [closed]

It may very well just be me.

This AskMe thread is making my flesh crawl. Am I just paranoid? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto to MetaFilter-Related at 1:26 AM PST - 6 comments [closed]

June 5

Trust me, it's research.

Anyone viewing MetaFilter at work or at school may want to take note of the release of Firefox 13.0; by default, every newly-created tab now "pins" a thumbnailed history of the sites you've visited. In Win7, the feature's part of the OS's taskbar.
posted by Smart Dalek to MetaFilter-Related at 5:04 PM PST - 29 comments

HIV+ = history of poor decisions?

Sex and the Negative Guy: " . . . you are choosing to trust your health with a person who has a demonstrated history of making poor decisions about their own health." [more inside]
posted by MeiraV to Etiquette/Policy at 12:03 PM PST - 18 comments [closed]


I wanted to follow up on the Russian human trafficking story that unfolded here in 2010. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to MetaFilter-Related at 9:33 AM PST - 256 comments

MeFi Post Differentiator es broken.

Why does the Pocket Chrome extension break the MeFi post differentiator? [more inside]
posted by denriguez to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

June 4

Deleting the thumbs down?

Were there some comments deleted from this post? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious to Etiquette/Policy at 5:25 PM PST - 59 comments [closed]

Wal-Mart: resistance is futile

"Wal-mart is software" - MeFi post or comment? [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments

June 3

Quit popping things up on me!

Bug (or feature?): The "mark question resolved" button on the "confirm resolved" page on Ask Me pops a new tab, where it probably should use the same tab, as you don't need the question anymore. (Also, on the MetaTalk preview, it says use the back button to tweak the form, when you don't need to, as the form lives down below. Which is where I'm typing this in. Alright I'll shut up and stop causing pb more work.)
posted by deezil to Bugs at 10:28 AM PST - 13 comments

MeFiSwap 2012-2 The Swappening

Hi if you're interested in making a mix of some music, burning it to a CD-R, and mailing it to 5 other MeFites, I'm interested in facilitating your experience. Come inside for the MeFiSwap 2012-2 details. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 AM PST - 118 comments

June 2

The page is still loading, please wait to flag.

The page is still loading, please wait to flag. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks to Bugs at 9:52 PM PST - 38 comments

June 1

Askme comment: answers your doctors need to decipher mystery symptoms

Looking for an AskMetafilter comment that listed recommended questions the OP should think about for an upcoming doctor's appointment. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita to MetaFilter-Related at 10:51 PM PST - 10 comments

You're not Freud, you're not Sidney Friedman, you're not even Lucy Van Pelt

Can we stop with bullshit, hateful mental illness accusations? [more inside]
posted by Snyder to Etiquette/Policy at 8:15 PM PST - 673 comments