August 2002 Archives (all archives)

August 31

MetaTalk Login Bug

MeTa login problem. I get this, when I try to log into MeTa from the login link at the bottom of a thread. I have no trouble logging in from the main MeTa page though.
posted by Grod to Bugs at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

eBay auction for MetaFilter song

I believe the oppurtunity has finally come for all MeFites to show their appreciation for Matt's efforts in keeping this community running.

And no, I'm not kidding either.
posted by Smart Dalek to Etiquette/Policy at 9:47 AM PST - 30 comments

How about a "send it to a friend" button?

how about a button
press here
within a thread
and up pops
a tiny window
enter friend's email address
s e n d i t t o a f r i e n d !

posted by n o i s e s to Feature Requests at 4:00 AM PST - 24 comments

August 30

Mozilla Disappearing Form

In Mozilla 1.1, when previewing a comment on metafilter, the comment form itself disappears (the text box and buttons). This, of course, means that you can't post a comment with Mozilla 1.1.
posted by dchase to Bugs at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Broken URLs on Metafilter

I don't know if its just in IE or what, but several posts, the Gnod and post are the most recent examples, point to (for example). I looked at the source, and this only happens on the posts that don't specify http. Is this an IE only thing, or does that always happen?
posted by Grod to Bugs at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Deleted MetaTalk post?

That's the first time I've seen a MetaTalk post deleted. Were we hacked, or was that the shortest MetaFilter membership on record?
posted by timeistight to MetaFilter-Related at 3:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I post links that I found on Fark first?

I visit several sites and it is interesting to note where a story appears first. More than once I've seen an article on Fark a day or two before it shows up here. I'm not complaining, I know not everyone reads Fark, but is there any sort of policy on this? I mean, I've considered posting articles found on Fark but never have simply because there are 50k Fark members, so anything there will show up on many Blogs, and is thus not likely to be new to a majority of MeFians. Am I wrong? I will only post a on the front page if I can find something that I think will be interesting and new. However that may be an impossible task. Yet it can be done.
posted by Grod to MetaFilter-Related at 11:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Minor quibble with drop-down menu

Here's a minor quibble: when you sort the front page by "recent comments" the drop-down menu goes to "recent comments" accordingly and you can then select "date" and the page will reset.

However, if you choose "most comments" or "my comments" the menu goes automatically to "date" so you can't reset the page to date-ordered posts in one click. You have to, for instance, select "recent comments" and then select "date".

This is probably very taxing on the server. Is there any cleverer way round it?

[IE6/W2K Pro]
posted by MiguelCardoso to Bugs at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Spelling Errors on Front Page Look Bad

The front page represents us to the world. If we're going to take the trouble to post to it, can we doublecheck our spelling?
posted by rushmc to Etiquette/Policy at 10:39 AM PST - 27 comments

we rehash the same things over and over and over and...

One annoying feature of Meta: we rehash the same things over and over and over and...well, you get the point. And we say essentially the same things. Here's the idea: a Meta sidebar that includes common topics, with links to where they've been discussed. There aren't that many, and it would prevent this kind of post unless we come to some new situation where it's really needed.
posted by frykitty to Feature Requests at 8:44 AM PST - 15 comments

What about requiring a valid e-mail to post?

How about requiring everyone who posts to have a valid e-mail accessable to other members, but only through a form mail, to hide the address for those who don't want it really public, and to protect addresses from farmers?
posted by rich to Feature Requests at 6:23 AM PST - 10 comments

August 29

Registration is better closed

Okay. I asked it in a thread, and only got one response. My question for the masses (without an agenda) is this....we've obtained about 1500+ new users in the last 4-6 weeks. When do we start talking about turning sign-ups off again?
posted by Ufez Jones to MetaFilter-Related at 10:58 PM PST - 42 comments

HTML breaks: bad form?

Are HTML breaks (br) bad form in a post?

This may be picky, but I'm a writerly-type. While I know a post is best as one paragraph, it's very tough for me to resist some type of break where grammar/common sense dictate a paragraph break should be. Still, I thought the above post was sloppy-looking or something when I actually saw it posted.

This is picky, but sometimes so are you : )
posted by Shane to Etiquette/Policy at 12:04 PM PST - 23 comments

MeFi post degenerating into holocaust debate

The development of a fun-mefi posting into a debate about the nature of the holocaust - any productive outcome imaginable?
posted by zerofoks to MetaFilter-Related at 11:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Would you be interested in a mefi garage sale?

Clav has an interesting idea. Would you be interested in a mefi garage sale?
posted by frykitty to MetaFilter-Related at 8:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Request to bring complaints about MeFi posts to Metatalk

God damnit! PEOPLE! Either participate in the posted thread as it is given, or IGNORE it. If you really have a problem with it, take it to MetaTalk and ask Matt to consider deleting it.

[whiny baby voice] "This is so tangentical..." This shouldn't be on a community blog it should be somewhere else.. blah blah blah!

Jesus Christ!
posted by ZachsMind to Etiquette/Policy at 7:58 AM PST - 122 comments

August 28

Login weirdness with Opera 6.04

Login weirdness with Opera 6.04: After I enter username/passwrd and hit 'login' the page stalls: just a white screen. If I open up another window and load mefi I'm logged in correctly, but the original window stays blank and has to be closed. Problem doesn't happen in metatalk login.
posted by slipperywhenwet to Bugs at 6:56 PM PST - 9 comments

August 27

Why did you deleted the CD swap thread Matt?

I'm curious. Why did you deleted the CD swap thread Matt?
posted by timeistight to Etiquette/Policy at 9:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Characters turning into question marks.

Can any one see what is behind the box? (?)
I can't. I have tried every browser I have on two platforms, OS X and WinXP. Is this case for most people, and if so, why do people keep posting like that?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Bugs at 3:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Eight front page posts in half an hour?

I've largely refrained from joining the chorus asking for some sort of throttle (one post per week, 2/3 posts per week, waiting period for newcomers, etc.), but Jiminy Christmas: Eight front page posts in half an hour? (number one, number eight.) Are you going to implement any of these post-flow-control ideas, Matt, or are we going to become "MetaFilter: A Firehose For The Thirsty"
posted by Shadowkeeper to Feature Requests at 1:23 PM PST - 49 comments

Would user-defined style sheets be possible?

Would user-defined style sheets be possible? I'm wishing I could control the presentation of posts more than the customization tool allows (spacing, leading, etc.).
posted by o2b to Feature Requests at 9:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Worldproofing link submissions

Tech point. When previewing and checking a link, could the check be through a 'vanilla' proxy machine with no cookies etc.? That way logon/password and regional barriers would be evident. I'm thinking of links to sites like The London Times which has regional restrictions and subscription sites for which I have a members cookie (even though I may have forgotten this). Just because my machine can link doesn't mean that yours can.
posted by grahamwell to Feature Requests at 4:39 AM PST - 10 comments

August 26

namecalling in mefi al qaeda/iraq thread

No, dumbass... this isn't a war on weapons of mass destruction... it isn't a war on the fucking "concept" of terrorism, wherever it rears it's ugly metaphorical head... Al Queda is a threat to us. Iraq is a threat to us. Do i have to spell it out for you morons? it's a war on threats to us. motherfucking DUH.

Inexcusable. I could say more, but it would get ugly.
posted by rushmc to Etiquette/Policy at 9:51 PM PST - 26 comments

It's really old; is it still a double?

Front Page Posts. Is there a time limit before a topic is reposted? If something was posted a year ago, and you've got something new, or want to explore a different angle, how long should you wait? Or will any repost elicit a thread composed of "repost" and "how about some pancakes?"

posted by Grod to Bugs at 6:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it time to call a moratorium on posts linking to typical op-ed pieces?

Is it time to call a moratorium on posts linking to typical op-ed pieces? Special ones, outlandish ones, or provacative ones are fine, but one columnist's opinion (often of the "I think he/she/it/foo is bad!" type) doesn't offer much for discussion, they rarely have much in the way of supporting evidence or links, and their appeal is wearing thin.
posted by mathowie to Etiquette/Policy at 2:41 PM PST - 48 comments

like, you know

I can't stop laughing, I realize this may be inappropriate, but I happened upon this link, and reading the sidebar is comedy gold.
posted by patrickje to MetaFilter-Related at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Did I do something wrong?

I'm sorry, I'm new here. Did I do something wrong? I realize I derailed the thread from the start (for that I apologize), but somehow I became the poster boy for two warring sides in a flame war riddled with insults and heated emotions. I like to think I tried to maintain a civil discourse at the beginning, unfortunately I went to sleep when it got really nasty. Should I have not posted at all? What went wrong here, I would like to know for future reference.
posted by Stan Chin to Etiquette/Policy at 9:10 AM PST - 99 comments

August 25

Some come for the snarky discussion

Danger! An idea is loose! KillkillkillkillKILL!

This guy is obviously an idiot and is best ignored.

Sir I hope your ignorance bites you in the ass.

Farenheit 451, anyone?

I'd like to ask this guy to blow me.

Fuck dumb bastard and your attempts at public debate.

Well! I'm glad to see that the standard of Metafilter discussion is as high as ever! We wouldn't want this place to sink to the level of Fark, Plastic, or Free Republic, heaven forfend.
posted by Slithy_Tove to Etiquette/Policy at 5:58 AM PST - 51 comments

August 24

How do you find inspiration for posts?

Mediareport hinted recently in his Russel Wright thread that items from the media should be no more than starting-points for building an interesting post. Perhaps it might be useful to share research strategies, tactics, tricks and shortcuts for those who enjoy building out of the blue front page posts. That is, those which aren't extracted or glossed from the news media or simply borrowed from existing weblogs.

How do people here go about googling, finding and selecting links? Does the idea for the post come first or do some people still go surfing in the raw, as it were, waiting for something interesting to turn up? And then build on it? Is there life outside Google? Are there any good online guides for direct research on the Web? Does haphazard, serendipitous, anarchic surfing yield worthwhile off-beat results or is it generally a waste of time?
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 PM PST - 16 comments

August 23

What's up with all of these prefixes?

What's up with all of these prefixes? Do they mean something?
More inside...

posted by amberglow to MetaFilter-Related at 7:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Newsfilter's Greatest Hits

So in case you missed the posts linking to well-known news stories in well-known media outlets, there's now a post that collects them all for you. Nothing new here, just collected for your browsing pleasure. Call it MetaNewsFilter. Jeepers.
posted by luser to MetaFilter-Related at 7:28 AM PST - 30 comments

What constitutes a good post?

What constitutes a good post? Although there is no simple answer, perhaps we can get a general idea. Respond with a link to a post or thread that you think is good, and (briefly) explain why you think it is good. This thread can then serve as a database of good posts (and without needing any new code!) for future reference.
posted by TheIrreverend to MetaFilter-Related at 12:46 AM PST - 20 comments

August 22

Why is it not ok to post repeats of old posts?

Why is it necessary to point out to an author, that something that they posted and is being discussed, may have been talked about a year ago? I see this at least 4 - 5 times a week. Point in case today. I personally think this very rude, and falls under the "If you don't have anything productive to say, don't say anything at all" rule. Am I then only one who feels this way?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Etiquette/Policy at 5:47 PM PST - 15 comments

RSS Problems

Does anyone else use the rss feed? I've tried to use it with a news ticker with little success. [more]
posted by swift to Bugs at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Comment problems

Can't post comments on metaFilter.
posted by timeistight to Bugs at 4:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it time to reconsider a one-post-per-week limit?

A lot of days it seems like newer members make an equal number of posts compared to all other users combined. - jonah

His non-troll posts seem quite rare*. - websavvy

* - not to pick on hama7 again, just using his posting frequency as an example.

Frankly, there are too many things being posted now that we have all these new members ... - mathowie

Is it time to reconsider a one-post-per-week limit?
posted by yhbc to Etiquette/Policy at 6:46 AM PST - 148 comments

Can anyone explain why metafilter won't display correct apostrophes and open/close quotes?

Can anyone explain why metafilter won't display correct apostrophes and open/close quotes? I'm compulsive about them (I'm a graphic designer), they preview correctly, they work in normal html, but come up as question marks when posted.

some examples:

apostrophe: ’
open quote: “
close quote: ”

A suscpicion: maybe it's the spell check...


posted by jpburns to Bugs at 5:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Same sex marriage, 2002

OK, I'm going to call troll on this. It's a continuation from another thread, so it's unnecessary. It's trollish because the poster is using the post not to point out something interesting or debate-worthy on the Web, but to further an agenda. Also, the poster uses arguments such as "wank off wanker".
posted by Summer to Etiquette/Policy at 5:14 AM PST - 55 comments

The Guardian had a short article on Metafilter

The Guardian had a short article on Metafilter today, saying "The good news is that memberships are open again, at a price. Pay at least $10 via PayPal or Amazon's Honor system and you can get posting rights." Full marks for effort, zero for accuracy.
posted by adrianhon to MetaFilter-Related at 4:40 AM PST - 16 comments

August 21

Could we have a [more inside] feature to encourage people to keep their posts short?

An attempt at a solution to this [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind to MetaFilter-Related at 2:54 PM PST - 20 comments

So far on MeFi today: 16 posts, 57 links (external).

So far on MeFi today: 16 posts, 57 links (external).

Just an observation.
posted by o2b to Bugs at 11:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Time to remove the bold tag from MeFi front-page posts?

Time to remove the bold tag from MeFi front-page posts? I say yes. The unthinking over-use of bolded text seems to be spreading. Simple italics or using *this* works fine and doesn't light up the page so garishly.
posted by mediareport to Feature Requests at 6:49 AM PST - 57 comments

Why are threads deleted?

What causes threads to be removed? Deep-linking problems, threats by lawyer or is it someone's political sensibilities?
posted by drstrangelove to Etiquette/Policy at 6:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Cold Fusion Errors

Is anyone else getting a Cold Fusion error when they hit
posted by mkelley to Bugs at 5:49 AM PST - 7 comments

August 20

Bugs in Opera

Two things: 1) In Opera the spellcheck appears to be deleting my posts.
2) In the Opera browser the main page, but not metatalk or any of the comments, is blinking and resetting my scroll bars. It does look kinda cool but....
posted by elwoodwiles to Bugs at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Can't login to MetaTalk

Mozilla 1.0/Windows 98:

Can't login to MetaTalk: get a can't find username/password message.

In MetaFilter: shortcut buttons below comment box (link, etc.) are not there.

Using Mr. Gates' product, things work just fine.
posted by skyscraper to Bugs at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

On shiftlist we're in the top ten best websites.

We're number [nospoiler]!!! We're number [nospoiler]!! Sorry, the new shiftlist of the 10 best web sites (evah!) is only in print right now, but watch this space to see for yourself very soon. If you want me to run down the list inside the thread, just ask.
posted by maudlin to MetaFilter-Related at 9:46 AM PST - 32 comments

August 19

my ideal of a perfect thread

Someone said that there needed to be positive as well as negative examples of Metafilter Behavior. This comes close to my ideal of a perfect thread.
posted by hob to Etiquette/Policy at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

August 17

NY TimesFilter?

NY TimesFilter? Is it just me or are we getting way too many single link NY Times editorial posts? [and other papers too - the Times is just more obvious to me]
posted by srboisvert to Etiquette/Policy at 1:09 PM PST - 40 comments

Why did a post get such a small response?

I'm wondering about the meaning of small response to a posting. Is it because there is no provocation and little to add, or because the post is uninteresting to most people?

posted by semmi to MetaFilter-Related at 1:02 PM PST - 23 comments

August 16


Dismissiveness. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis to Etiquette/Policy at 6:38 PM PST - 38 comments

Your html done broke

Huh? How'd he do that, Willis?
posted by WolfDaddy to Bugs at 2:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Did anybody else find the wording of this FPP highly offensive?

Did anybody else find the wording of this FPP highly offensive?
posted by salmacis to Etiquette/Policy at 7:39 AM PST - 79 comments

August 15

Can't comment

Can't comment on Metafilter prime. Mozilla 1.1b. I get "Comment Preview:" but no comment box. It works in Metatalk however. I eventually had to resort to the evil IE to post a followup comment.
posted by geoff. to Bugs at 1:37 PM PST - 9 comments

August 14

MeFi Swap - how is it going?

Can I just drop a quick post about MeFi swap? I know Dreama has a wonderful site devoted to the whole shebang, but i fancied the MeFi format to find out how it is going with people. Well?
posted by Frasermoo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:35 AM PST - 60 comments

August 13

Can't log in from the MeTa front page.

Clicking the metatalk link on the front page gave me the metatalk banner and the message below. I was finally able to log in to metatalk via the "category list" button in the banner. No doubt this is Godzilla-related.
posted by swift to Bugs at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

It's an ad, but it's an old one!

In light of this discussion, and comments from matt... This thread seems to fit the bill for "not new" product announcement that only links to a marketing page. I know how much mac folks love their machines, but its not like this is the G5 announcement, right?
posted by malphigian to Etiquette/Policy at 8:45 AM PST - 29 comments

blogs talking about interesting jobs?

Does anyone know of sites/blog sections that let people talk about interesting jobs? My question springs from the IT Workers Get Back to Basics thread, particularly the guy who turned to music, the guy who wants to move to France and learn to make wine and the archeologist's assistant. I tried a couple of google searches, but didnt come up with anything that really yielded anything interesting.

I grew up in small towns and wasn't terribly outgoing, so I never got to talk to a wide range of adults about what they did and how they got to doing it in the first place. To me, it's one of the most interesting conversations you can have.
posted by Irontom to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 AM PST - 16 comments

August 12

MeTa "notify this user" pony

This is actually a MetaTalk feature request. When creating a thread about a specific post or user (e.g., 1, , 3) courtesy dictates that the singled-out member be notified. But I don't know how often that happens. How about an optional field, when creating a new MetaTalk thread, reading "Notify these users". The thread creator could then enter one or more usernames and/or usenumbers, separated by commas. When the thread is created, the specified users (assuming their email address are available) would receive an automated email reading something to the effect of "You have been asked to participate in MetaTalk thread xxxxx."
posted by Shadowkeeper to Feature Requests at 11:25 AM PST - 21 comments

August 11

I submit that namecalling is NEVER appropriate on Metafilter.

"Might not hurt to actually know what something is before attacking it, moron." Seems like some people who have been around long enough to know better could learn a lot about civility and manners from some of the 14k crowd. I submit that namecalling is NEVER appropriate on Metafilter.
posted by rushmc to Etiquette/Policy at 10:52 PM PST - 43 comments

MeFi gets print love in Chatelaine

Metafilter has been listed in both the print and web versions of Chatelaine Magazine's Third Annual Web Guide. It is listed under the Education > Reading category. (more inside)
posted by melissa to MetaFilter-Related at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

August 10

Should we be allowed to change our MetaFilter usernames?

Should we be allowed to change our MetaFilter usernames / nicknames? I only ask, because I'd certainly like to change mine, after being ribbed several times for not using British English (because I have 'Brit' in my nick doesn't necessarily mean I'm British). Or would a nick change feature cause lots of problems with people harassing others and then hiding behind new names? Discuss.
posted by wackybrit to Feature Requests at 4:08 PM PST - 28 comments

whats your story?

Hello, I am a brand new member, and I have been waiting to become a part of this for a very long time. Who else has been waiting for a space, and whats your story on how you got involved into metafilter? -Mine inside!
posted by Keyser Soze to MetaFilter-Related at 12:10 PM PST - 59 comments

Cinderella Story

CINDERELLA STORY. Aside from the fact that it would mean more work for Matt ... Every Friday, we always get a couple of frontpage posts that are not the sort of content that is desired on Metafilter. The "What Actor Do You Hate" is a fine example, but you could include any of the Friday flashy-goodness ones. The justification of them is always "it's Friday, and so just shut the fuck up, you uptight Mefi Nazi Cop Bastard." So what if we allow these sorts of things, but when the clock strikes twelve on Midnight Saturday morning, PST, they all turned into pumpkins, and were automatically deleted? (Alternately, you could just make posting replies to these threads disabled and allow them to scroll away.) I mean, relax the posting rules one day a week, let the people have their Friday fun, but clean up the messes they make, and prevent them from lingering on for days after the "let's loosen up because I've had such a hard week at work" crapola. Or would going to these lengths to allow the stuff just encourage people to fill the front page with complete crap 1/7th of the time?
posted by crunchland to Feature Requests at 5:32 AM PST - 31 comments

Should I be able to comment using lofi?

are all threads on lofi supposed to be deleted? i thought the change yesterday was that comments remained in deleted threads, but today i've noticed that i cannot post to any thread on lofi, even if they are active on the main page.
posted by andrew cooke to Bugs at 5:23 AM PST - 8 comments

August 9

How about a call for redesign submissions?

After reading this previous thread, I started thinking. How about a call for redesign submissions? How about the ability to customize and select our own designs? I am aware of this feature, but I mean, completely different layouts. There are many, many, many, many css resources with solutions that are more than robust enough for metafilter's basic one column layout. Is this inappropriate for me to ask? I would like to see a Metafilter with several layouts to choose from, first on my list, would be coldchef's; just cause he's so friggin funny.
posted by folktrash to Feature Requests at 9:30 PM PST - 29 comments

I can click on "Logout" and it seems to go ok, but I'm not logged out

I can click on "Logout" and it seems to go ok, at least it doesn't spawn any kind of error message. But when the page reloads, I'm still logged in...
Using win98, and IE 5.5
posted by BentPenguin to Bugs at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Anyone want to see my vacation slides?

On initial inspection, this post by y2karl appears to me more suited to his own weblog. For me it just doesn't seem to belong on the front page. It's long winded, with lots of "this" for the links. Yet it seems to work as well..? It seems to highlight a desire for the 'community' to exchange not only ideas and opinions but also experiences and holiday destinations....
Perhaps it's a 'bridge' of a post that signifies a new direction for MeFi?

posted by Frasermoo to Etiquette/Policy at 6:43 AM PST - 67 comments

August 8

Cookie problem

I'm getting big giant "Element USER_NAME is undefined in COOKIE" messages instead of a front page on MetaFilter in Mozilla 1.1b for Windows. IE seems fine. I get the header, then a big gray error box with a stack trace and stuff. MetaTalk appears fine, and I can look at individual MeFi threads and archives and such. It also appears to come and go; I was able to get a front page earlier today, but now I can't. Happens when logged in, when not logged in. Been happening for a couple of days. Any other Mozilla users seeing this?
posted by dan_of_brainlog to Bugs at 5:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Add visual delimiters between fpps?

On the front page I sometimes mistake a thread with an empty line and then another link in the comment for two separate threads. I don't associate all of the text with a single post because the spacing is the same as it would be for two posts. It's a minor thing and I realize there was more to the comment when I view it, but what about adding a delimiter to make it easier to tell threads apart? Or am I the only one that makes this mistake?
posted by jaden to Feature Requests at 4:14 PM PST - 35 comments

This is what MetaFilter should be like.

a truly outstanding thread. reminiscent of whatever 'metafilter golden age' era for which you pine. nearly all the discussion posts were well thought out, offered interesting perspectives gained through personal experience or outside reading; and many viewpoints were supported by unique and interesting off-site links. whether or not this topic grabbed your interest, this is the type of discussion we should always be striving towards. what can we do to encourage such behavior?
posted by mlang to Etiquette/Policy at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

August 7

Should there be a Mefi "canon"?

Should there be a Mefi "canon"?
[more inside]
posted by PrinceValium to MetaFilter-Related at 7:07 PM PST - 35 comments

August 6

PayPal sent for textad, but no textads yet?

Possibly a bug, possibly not:
My PayPal payment for a text ad went through three days ago, yet no text ad in the queue. I say again: my money has left the building.

What gives?

posted by adamgreenfield to Bugs at 10:28 PM PST - 16 comments

NYC meetup photos

As the first person home from the NYC gathering (uh, as usual)...
posted by rich to Bugs at 8:34 PM PST - 138 comments

Austin Meetup

Meetup - did it suck as much for you as it did for me?

When I checked yesterday, the Austin meetup was in some lame-o Starbucks downtown. When I checked back today for the address, it says the meetup was canceled. Maybe we should try again, but this time I think we need a Plan B ...
posted by chipr to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:06 PM PST - 31 comments

Are links to paysite articles okay?

Are links like this akin to saying "Harper's, page 27"? I did some metatalk searching and all I could find was a post discussing copy-and-pasting of whole pay site articles, it seems like this would have been discussed before, but I guess not.
posted by geoff. to Feature Requests at 2:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Why didn't moviespoilers FPP show up as double

When I posted this it came up as not a double. Then brownpau pointed out this. The HTML for the links seems to be identical, plus I searched the archives (used the google search option). What else should I have done?

posted by PinkStainlessTail to MetaFilter-Related at 11:36 AM PST - 32 comments

a new kind of selflink

Posting a link to a couple of paragraphs that talk about you is an entirely new subspecies of self link. Join me, and together we can smother it in infancy.
posted by rcade to Etiquette/Policy at 10:33 AM PST - 28 comments

Given the chance to respond...

Why was this deleted before it even got off the ground [2 posts]?

Glen Reynolds' Instapundit links to a Meryl Yourish post countering a comment by our own mediareport. I tend to disagree with MR on the Middle East, but seeing as how MeFi is where he expresses himself, it seems appropriate he should have the opportunity to defend himself here.
(This is not an I/P thread, this is a meta-I/P thread. Be nice.)
posted by joemaller at 8:25 AM PST

I thought that joemaller had a good point giving mediareport - and other MeFites - the chance to respond.
posted by i_cola to Etiquette/Policy at 9:22 AM PST - 34 comments

y2karl: informative and interesting

I just wanted to say y2karl has some great posts lately [1, 2 & 3].
I liked them not for the content, but for how he did it.

In order to understand his point I had to read the links. Not only that, the TITLE tags he put in there were wonderfully informative.
I've seen others do this from time to time, I just think it's quite nice.

I like the idea that to fully understand the thread people need to go and read something, learn something to actually make a comment that makes any sense.
After all, we are all here to learn something, are we not?
Anyone have any favorite threads, based on how they were done, not what they talk about?
posted by Blake to Etiquette/Policy at 6:10 AM PST - 21 comments

August 5

if it's ever appeared anywhere, it can't appear here?

There we go, a day's worth of Slashdot stories for you.
posted by wackybrit

So, is the new rule that if it's ever appeared anywhere, it can't appear here?
posted by dejah420 to Etiquette/Policy at 1:29 PM PST - 36 comments

Dallas Meetup

Is Meetup working or falling short of people's expectations? I'm honestly trying to attend for once, but I feel a bit out of the loop. 212 people signed up for tomorrow's gathering. Ten in my hometown of Dallas. Only 3 of us have RSVP'd. Is there gonna be no party or am I missing the boat? Ufez Jones suggests we meet somewhere else, maybe. I just don't wanna get left out.
posted by ZachsMind to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:33 AM PST - 42 comments

August 4

Callout: comments in Asian bride spoof going to far?

I'll bet that makes her a Sour Kraut... in this episode, Perigee goes all Don Quixote...
posted by Perigee to Etiquette/Policy at 5:36 PM PST - 98 comments

CFMX upgrade woes

Matt, when you changed server you seemed pretty pissed off with CFMX. Do you still stand by that? I reckon your opinion on this would be of a lot of use to those thinking about using it or upgrading.
posted by Zootoon to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 AM PST - 5 comments

August 2

Easing the transition for new users.

20 neophytes a day - and I'm one of yesterday's crop. Fresh-faced, clean-skinned...

As a Content Editor at Everything2, I'm intimately acquainted with the stickiness inherent in introducing new people to an online community (especially a content-oriented community, as opposed to activity-, hobby-, or interest-oriented ones). There seems to be a dearth of documentation. I guess this site is pretty self-explanatory, which is refreshing - I've been an E2 user for two and a half years and I still occasionally scratch my big, fat head. Also, after such a long, long time with no new users (I know it was a long time because I spent a long time checking the new user page), you guys must be experiencing something of a shock, too.

Any ideas as to what could be done to ease the transition for newbies and allay the angst, if any, of the old guard?

Feel free to kill this if I'm out of line, long-winded or otherwise. I'm a new at this.
posted by bingbangbong to Etiquette/Policy at 1:28 PM PST - 86 comments

manhattan meetup preparty

manhattan meetup preparty: early dinner (6:30 p.m.) at pao (in honor of miguel).
posted by mlang to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:49 AM PST - 61 comments

August 1

Spread the Dot on MeFi

At what point did the "Spread the Dot" thing get added to Metafilter? It's a googlebomb attempt.

posted by Irontom to Etiquette/Policy at 12:56 PM PST - 51 comments

ASCII display errors

I'm seeing these ? everywhere. It's maddening for those who post them (when they go unseen in the preview), and makes reading difficult. Is there anything that can be done about this? I don't just mean a programming solution, but what is it, specifically, that the users are doing which causes this?
posted by insomnyuk to Bugs at 7:54 AM PST - 45 comments