August 2005 Archives (all archives)

August 31

Breaking news on Mefi

So, I think that MeFi was the first to break the bit about racist looting captions. So why then do Wonkette and Flickr users get to pretend they broke the story? There are others, it's now quite the little hot Internet topic. But where's the MeFi love?
posted by symphonik to Etiquette/Policy at 2:23 PM PST - 58 comments

Katrina resources here please

Please, if you would like to link to or list any major good blogs (or resources) regarding Hurricane Katrina, please do so here.
posted by loquacious to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:32 PM PST - 39 comments

The speed of AskMe approaches the speed of light

I know I'm just asking for trouble since this has already been requested a few times before (and those are only the ones I could find), but the questions on AskMe are moving faster than the speed of light and it's becoming more and more difficult to follow some of the interesting discussions. Is it really difficult to put in the "Sort by recent comments" feature on AskMe?
posted by tuxster to Feature Requests at 1:31 PM PST - 8 comments

#mefi IRC channel has moved....

Now that the #mefi IRC channel has moved, someone might want to update the Wiki entry.
posted by me3dia to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Seeking Hurricane Katrina Blogs

I need all of the major blogs that are set up for Hurricane Katrina.
posted by bamassippi to Feature Requests at 10:39 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]

Toronto Filmfest Meetup

Any Toronto Mefites going the the film fest? Would a meetup be possible or are the schedules gonna be too fucked? Also, what are you seeing/do you recommend?
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:48 AM PST - 18 comments


How does a member with a user number so low make a post like this and say with a straight face, " I would also wish to add that I really don't wish to be seen as one who is trolling, because I am not...I actually don't think it's that terrible a post. "
posted by dhoyt to Etiquette/Policy at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]

Germany Meetup

How many mefites are living in Germany? How about a meetup?
posted by tcp to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I start a discussion without actually linking to something?

Where can I start a discussion without actually linking to something? I want to talk about Katrina ad my opinion on it, on a different slant -- but I don't really think it is good enough for the blue. But I still want to talk with other people from MeFi...
posted by andreaazure to Etiquette/Policy at 4:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Dios is blatantly trolling.

Dios is blatantly trolling. Again. This time, there can be no doubt in my mind that he is simply posting ridiculous, inflammatory and disingenuous comments for the purpose of starting needless arguments. If he had bothered to read the post, he would know that his point is invalidated completely. Do we have to tolerate his constant shitting on any political thread?
posted by [expletive deleted] to Etiquette/Policy at 2:32 AM PST - 45 comments [closed]

August 30 a cock

I want to second the .l. proposal. it would save a lot of people a lot of typing.
posted by afu to MetaFilter-Related at 10:04 PM PST - 46 comments


As mentioned, self link.
posted by null terminated to Etiquette/Policy at 5:45 PM PST - 61 comments

Paginating long threads

Would it be possible to move the most recent end of long, breaking story posts, like the NOLA one unfolding now into a separate thread, say the last 50 posts or so? Refreshing a long thread takes too long, and wastes bandwidth.
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 1:42 PM PST - 36 comments

hide inline images option

Could we please get a "Hide inline images" option in our preferences?
posted by riffola to Feature Requests at 9:55 AM PST - 37 comments

August 29

What does it mean to be Akbar'ed?

Can someone explain the Admiral Akbar pic? I got "Akbar-ed" a while ago, but dismissed it as an in-joke I'd eventually figure out. Then I saw someone post it on this thread. What's the deal? Is it a dumbass callout? Should I look out for another Akbar-ing?
posted by ObscureReferenceMan to Etiquette/Policy at 7:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Metafilter Group on

Andy Baio has just added groups functionality to Does anyone think that a metafilter group might be a good place to aggregate meetups on Metafilter.

I'm still a pretty new member, perhaps an older, wiser, or drunker member might initiate this? anyone? anyone?
posted by djdrue to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Metafilter IRC suspended, moved

The MetaFilter IRC channel, #mefi, that was hosted on the server by chrish has been suspended indefinitely. You can find the old school #mefi regulars at their temporary new home: #tapes on
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to MetaFilter-Related at 10:27 AM PST - 34 comments [closed]

Merging Two Katrina Threads

The two Katrina threads are functionally the same, regardless of their original intent. Can they be merged?
posted by Vidiot to MetaFilter-Related at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

August 28

Was I a jerk in this thread?

I wouldn't have thought this needed any discussion, but after a few emails and a lecture from my father, I'll open it up. In this thread I left some info for others, and upon receiving a "I don't think it's accurate" message, corrected them rather snidely. (The lead-in comments are the two immediately prior.)

The question is:
Given the offense (not checking facts before posting), did I come down too tough? Is this an effective way to get people to start thinking before posting, or is this just going to be seen as obnoxious and arrogant?
posted by mystyk to Etiquette/Policy at 4:27 PM PST - 51 comments

New Orleans MeFite refugees need shelter

Public service announcement: There are some MeFi members that may need temporary shelter from the evacuation of New Orleans. If anyone lives in the area and has an extra bed or couch handy, please post here.
posted by Civil_Disobedient to MetaFilter-Related at 8:21 AM PST - 44 comments

Live preview for posting to MeFi and MeTa?

How's about getting Live Preview for posting new FPPs on MeFi and MeTa? I think it would be even more useful there than it is for comments.
posted by skoosh to Feature Requests at 6:27 AM PST - 6 comments

August 27

Let OP update closed posts in AskMe

This is perhaps indulgent, but it would be potentially useful in ask.mefi if the instigator of the thread could post just once after the thread has been frozen. Some questions resolve after several months, and it would be a possible benefit for those googling for information to see closure, i.e. "this is what ended up working the best, x was right" or what have you. Perhaps this is just imposing a false narrative closure on messy reality.
posted by mecran01 to Feature Requests at 10:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Who are they and why are they copying MeFi?

Weird one:
Whilst googling for "MetaFilter Network LLC" [I was wondering how long Mefi had been so incorporated] I came across this page [google cache - they don't need the traffic.]
It appends a whole thread from on the end of their plain old links page of mortgage brokers - including the source code.
posted by dash_slot- to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Northern Delaware meetup

Northern Delaware meetup: Saturday, Sept. 3rd 7:30, Iron Hill Brewery in Newark... [+]
posted by moonbird to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

What part of "Best of the Web" do you have a problem with?

makes no sense

What part of "Best of the Web" do you have a problem with?
posted by dayvin to Etiquette/Policy at 5:34 AM PST - 84 comments

Please confine your AskMe answers to answers.

Here's an excellent example of people pulling AskMe answers out of their asses. If you don't know Latin, don't answer.
posted by Mayor Curley to Etiquette/Policy at 12:28 AM PST - 93 comments

August 26

Madison Meetup

A new Madison, WI meetup to welcome new Mefites to the area? What do you say?
posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Atlanta DragonCon Meetup

I asked in 2003. I forgot to ask in 2004. So I'm asking now.
Dragon*Con 2005 opens in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend. So 'fess up ... any MeFites going?
posted by grabbingsand to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:17 AM PST - 31 comments

posting each day instead of every 24 hours

What if instead of being able to post a link every 24 hours, we simply post ever metafilter day? That would take away the need to count down the hours, make posting easier, and still have the same limiting effect.
posted by Citizen Premier to Feature Requests at 10:44 AM PST - 30 comments

leave the metachat on metachat?

This seems like a pretty weak reason to delete a post, eh?
posted by monju_bosatsu to Etiquette/Policy at 8:46 AM PST - 80 comments

August 25

Can you read Metafilter at work?

NSFW? Would your bosses be okay with you looking at mindless garbage all day as long as it doesn't contain nudity? I'm really interested to know.
posted by null terminated to Etiquette/Policy at 10:12 PM PST - 42 comments

Followup postings - how can we do that?

What's the protocol for posting about updates to previously linked sites that members might like to see? For example, SmashUp Derby has four new downloadable mp3's but somehow I don't think it's postworthy.
posted by nile_red to Etiquette/Policy at 3:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Seeking a better contact for a certain user

Anyone have a better email address/contact method for occhiblu? [mi]
posted by ikkyu2 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:51 PM PST - 17 comments

NYC meetup August 2005

No idea if anyone's interested, since I'm not exactly a MeFi celeb, but since I'm leaving the NY Metro area (going back to school), I thought I'd invite people to an impromptu meetup. It would be at the No Idea Bar on Park & Broadway, THIS SATURDAY. (Like in two days). This will be my last NY area meetup, at least for the immediate future. Why are we having it there? Because Saturday's name (click the link) is Nathaniel, which just so happens to be mine. So if you had planned to be out drinking anyway, but didn't have a place in mind, stop in and see us. I don't have a time yet; I figure people show up when they can. 7 or 8 sound good?
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:30 PM PST - 16 comments

ParisParamus Turns Over New Leaf

I have decided to be kinder and sweeter on Metafilter. Less annoying, too.
(more inside)
posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 1:03 PM PST - 164 comments

Long-time metafilter member Alicia Frantz passed away on June 3rd.

Long-time metafilter member Alicia Frantz passed away on June 3rd.
There is more info on her site, and a news article. She will be greatly missed.
posted by milovoo to MetaFilter-Related at 12:15 PM PST - 82 comments

Mathowie in New York Times

Matthew Haughey, technology journalist (NYT, registration req.)
posted by planetkyoto to MetaFilter-Related at 7:29 AM PST - 39 comments

MetaFilter RSS feed broken?

MetaFilter RSS feed broken?

The last article listed in my RSS reader is "Take me on a magic cable car ride!", from yesterday...

Is it just me?
posted by jpburns to Bugs at 4:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Why has this question in Ask Metafilter gone so smoothly?

I posted a smartass answer in this thread.

I admit it was a rude, snarky answer and shortly after posting it I wished it was deleted. Without my request, it was--to my relief.

Over the course of the evening, however, I found it unusual that what would in any other Metafilter setting would be a hugely inflammatory post (SUV, taxes, as subjects), yet after several hours no one had contributed (despite the topic matter and a user base in the tens of thousands).

So: Have Mefites become exceptionally complacent, did the topic (against all expectations) generate no interest, or was there a culling of the thread?
posted by sourwookie to Etiquette/Policy at 12:08 AM PST - 31 comments

August 24

My Recent Comments link from profile or something

Minor request: could we get link to the new My Recent Comments doodad on our profiles or in the headers or something (unless there is one already, and I'm just having a brain seizure)?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 10:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Good Conversation

The participants in this thread (about the board game Arimaa) engaged in a long discussion about matters on which they tended to strongly disagree. Nonetheless, the discussion was almost universally polite and respectful, and took things to a level far beyond the premise of the original post. It's not every day you can watch people turn a chat about a child's game into a debate on the nature of intelligence and consciousness, or discuss such controversial issues without things degenerating into a slagging match. Kudos.
posted by obiwanwasabi to Etiquette/Policy at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Can we add Google Talk to profiles?

Now that Google Talk is up and folk are digging it, can additional messenging service fields be added to the profile customization screen, beyond AIM and ICQ?
posted by jazon to Feature Requests at 3:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Hide instead of delete

Rather than deleting comments that are "bad" because they're considered trolls (or just not helpful in AskMe), I think that it would be better to hide them so that only the person who posted the comment can still see it.
posted by freshgroundpepper to Feature Requests at 2:12 AM PST - 36 comments

August 23

Can I second reasons for deletion?

I wish I could post "Excelent Reason" to deleted post reasons.
posted by Balisong to Etiquette/Policy at 11:41 PM PST - 24 comments

It's hard to tell in text if a threat is serious, so don't do it.

It is ever so much a shame that one . . . can not be sure of getting away with offering $500 to see a specific user harmed. Because if I could, I would -- and I am dead bloody serious about this -- offer that much to see him hurt very badly.

This is just wrong.
posted by caddis to Etiquette/Policy at 6:17 PM PST - 337 comments

Pony: alternate payment methods

Can we get another way to pay for accounts then paypal? I'd rather pay $20 for an account through another service then use them. There are several, relatively cheap credit card transaction services out there.
posted by delmoi to Feature Requests at 2:06 PM PST - 48 comments

Bloggers discuss today's failed missile attack on American ships in Jordan

aacheson gets some ink on Slate.
posted by Vidiot to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 AM PST - 2 comments

August 22

Server is still starting up

Ask MetaFilter post message has spazzed out and I keep getting server errors ("Server is still starting up"??).

I just thought I'd impart this thrilling news for your edification and reading pleasure.

I'm done now.
posted by bat to Bugs at 9:57 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Links to Copyrighted Material

As it's alright now to start posting links to copyrighted material, I wondered if anyone could FPP details on where to find the latest movies, albums and software.
posted by seanyboy to Etiquette/Policy at 3:25 PM PST - 52 comments

A gmail account for anonymous askme followups

I created a gmail account for anonymous askme followups. The username is anon.metafilter and the password is metafilter. Anymore can post there. Just log in at and send email from that account TO that account (

Since gmail allows tags, you can tag your messages. You can also reply to them (or other users can reply to them) and gmail will automatically keep all the replies together.

Why hasn't someone already done this? Is it a bad idea? (No one will be forced to use it). If it's a bad idea, why is it a bad idea? Of course, it could (perhaps will) get utterly chaotic with people deleting each others posts, etc.

Lets see what happens.
posted by grumblebee to MetaFilter-Related at 12:36 PM PST - 40 comments

First ever Richmond, VA Metafilter Meetup!

First ever Richmond, VA Metafilter Meetup!
posted by rainbaby to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Will any MeFites be going to Burning Man next week?

Will any MeFites be going to Burning Man next week?
posted by nobody to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:20 AM PST - 31 comments

Search Error

The front page gives an "Unterminated String Constant" JavaScript error. I think it's something to do with the search box, but I don't really get it. The error's been around for months. IE6
posted by Mephistopheles to Bugs at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

August 21

Would an extremely cool Greasemonkey script be an acceptable FPP?

Would an extremely cool Greasemonkey script be an acceptable FPP? [a little more inside]
posted by Edible Energy to Etiquette/Policy at 10:53 PM PST - 30 comments

What questions work the best with Askme? Worst?

Ask.Meta Question askers/answerers.

What does Ask.metalk work really well with? What does it suck with?
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter-Related at 10:11 PM PST - 36 comments

Mefi post in Wired

Not that it's anything earth-shattering but a post I made a few months ago has found it's way into the trackback section of Wired. September 05 issue, page 87. Just thought it was nifty. Doesn't appear to be on the web...
posted by glenwood to MetaFilter-Related at 5:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Calling out a racist comment

posted by Dreamghost to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:44 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

ticketstubs - what is this?

Here are some related websites for: Has anyone else noticed this?
posted by feelinglistless to Ticketstub Project at 5:54 AM PST - 8 comments

August 20

Opera Bug with Live Preview

Did the addition of live preview break comment posting in Opera? Comments still get posted, but on submit, the page never refreshes, and just sits there and spins.

Are other Opera users having this problem, or just me?
posted by Caviar to Bugs at 5:42 PM PST - 17 comments

August 19

Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup.

Photos of last night's San Francisco meetup.
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:18 PM PST - 49 comments


PickyProofreaderFilter: "You've stumbled upon a non-existent post, or one that was deleted for various reasons." Are threads never deleted for only one reason? :-)
posted by winston to Bugs at 5:11 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

ColdFusion error when trying to post a comment in the thread below.

ColdFusion error when trying to post a comment in the thread below.
posted by timeistight to Bugs at 5:10 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Deleted relevant thread questions

My FPP was deleted today. Which, relevant to an ongoing thread (that I had not seen prior to posting) brings up interesting (or not?) questions about prohibited speech and its implications/consequences. . .
posted by flotson to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

Coldfusion error?

On my home computer I'm getting a coldfusion error when trying to access metafilter, on both firefox and IE (win98se, by the way). I've deleted cookies and cache and still no go. Please hope me!
posted by ashbury to Bugs at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

What are your favorite MeFi taglines?

MetaFilter: Something more than an infantile masturbatory impulse.
wait, maybe Metafilter: No good can come of a thread like this.
perhaps MetaFilter: Flag it and move on...
how about Metafilter: It's a big ball of problems apart from one user with question marks.
I know, Metafilter: This post, it vibrates?
That's it. I give. What are your favorite MeFi taglines?
posted by mystyk to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 47 comments

What does the dot mean?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what does posting a single period (.) as the only text in a respons mean?
posted by TheFeatheredMullet to Etiquette/Policy at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

August 18

The blue is good lately!

Just a quick thumbs up to the MeFites - skimming the blue reveals a large number of posts that are, a. reasonably interesting and b. well supported with lots of links. I feel like Mefi has been consistently stronger of late, perhaps fallout from the 8/1 contest? Anyway, just wanted to spread some love.
posted by jalexei to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Happy 10,000, Metatalk!

Happy 10,000, Metatalk!
posted by mendel to MetaFilter-Related at 7:47 PM PST - 51 comments

"Post Comment" button is too close.

Pony request: Could the "Post Comment" button in the realtime preview be moved a bit more to the right? As wendell noted, it's too much of a hair-trigger.
posted by Smart Dalek to Feature Requests at 7:40 PM PST - 12 comments

See you there!

I'm heading over to Zeitgeist in SF for the Benday celebration. See you there!
posted by scarabic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

AskMe Categorization Request

Regarding So clearly the word "cult" went to my head when trying to categorize that question. But really, what would have been the right thing to have filed it under? It seems there should be a multiple categorizing feature at Metafilter. You know for things like Religion and Philosophy/Media and Arts. Basically having question/posts show up in both categories. Another example being this very question which is both a Feature Request as well as Etiquette/Policy. Peace.

posted by Neosamurai85 to Etiquette/Policy at 2:36 PM PST - 29 comments

'My Comments' page rolled out!

The My Comments page is up and ready for testing. It scours the comment databases to find all the comments you've left in the past 7 days, then shows you the thread you left them in, along with the comments that followed yours, up to the last ten comments. I've been using it for the past hour or so and it's great for keeping up on threads I left comments in days ago.

I'll clean up the layout and look eventually, but for now, it's the companion to the My Posts page, and I'm open to feedback or any problems you find. The URL will stay there, so feel free to bookmark both.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:41 AM PST - 71 comments

Richmond VA Meetup

There was some mild interest in a Richmond meetup. Seeing how we just embarassed ourselves on a global level, maybe now would be a good time to get together and commiserate?
posted by patgas to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:27 AM PST - 42 comments

August 17

Secret Service party invitation

Whoa. Do we really need what this might bring down on MeFi if it's picked up by some Drudge-type parasite? Yikes.
posted by realcountrymusic to Etiquette/Policy at 7:09 PM PST - 206 comments

Is the feed broken?

XML feed error?
posted by jonson to Bugs at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

I don't understand this AskMe question

I don't understand. But then again, this is some pretty heady stuff and I'm a simple man. [I wanted to flag it but apparently you can't flag AskMe posts]
posted by KevinSkomsvold to Etiquette/Policy at 9:46 AM PST - 46 comments

Background color and info in RSS ponies

QuickTwoPonyRequest: [1] Can a background color for alternating comment s be used to aid readability? [2] Can tags, category and poster information be added to the two RSS feeds?
posted by Rothko to Feature Requests at 6:21 AM PST - 35 comments

Thank you for the post double-question-mark.

Thank you for the post double-question-mark.

peacay is referring to '김치' but only sees '??'. There are a lot of people not getting the proper encoding, what's the best way to update, through the browser?
posted by The Jesse Helms to Bugs at 5:59 AM PST - 33 comments

August 16

The Best of Metafilter - book?

If you published a book and called it “The Best of Metafilter”, what threads would you include in it (besides the one about the best logo)?
posted by growabrain to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 PM PST - 20 comments

If a comment is deleted, is the user notified?

If a comment is deleted, is the user notified? I commented in the roach question, and now it's gone. Is it because I used a bad word?
posted by hellbient to Bugs at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

consI/Parcy theory

Are we allowing ConspiracyTheoryFilter to stay on the front page now? That's how it strikes me.
posted by brownpau to Etiquette/Policy at 2:52 PM PST - 49 comments

I lost an askme thread: song sample calling for doctors

I lost an askme thread. There was one some time back asking for the source of a sample in a song where someone calls for certain military personnel.

I've tried Google and tried various AskMe tags, but I can't find it. Did I imagine it (including the responses suggesting that the poster look on various stock cue CDs)?
posted by Tuwa to MetaFilter-Related at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

New Feature

Testing a new feature: Recent Comments on my Posts page [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 6:55 AM PST - 52 comments

August 15

responses above pullquotes

The trippy CaptainTripps has decided he needs to post his responses above his pullquotes.
posted by five fresh fish to Etiquette/Policy at 9:27 PM PST - 59 comments

Deletion requested - sloe

Someone needs a time out.
posted by wakko to Etiquette/Policy at 9:27 PM PST - 36 comments [closed]

I am not a lawyer but here is my advice....

This thread has me wondering: when does discussing the law on a forum like AskMe cross over to giving legal advice? Obviously, any lawyer's first answer is going to be "talk to a lawyer." But then what? (A very similar professional ethics problem for doctors has been discussed here before.) My legal ethics class was fantastic, but we talked more about Enron than the internet.
posted by footnote to Etiquette/Policy at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Yahoo vs Google

If it's true that Yahoo! has a more complete index of Metafilter than Google does - see here, here and here (just below) for tantalizing discussion - wouldn't it make more sense to point folks to Yahoo! rather than Google on the site's various search and posting pages? Anyone up for a semi-scientific test?
posted by mediareport to Feature Requests at 7:17 PM PST - 23 comments

AskMe thread update request

AskMetafilter update, I really want to know what happened to anonymous in the thread which involved a weird FBI message taped to their door with something along the lines of "call this person". It's been a while since the thread occurred and I really hope anonymous is reading this as for some reason I can't stop wondering what eventually happened.
posted by geoff. to MetaFilter-Related at 1:05 PM PST - 32 comments

What ever happened to costas's

Old-school MeFi question from a five-dollar-newbie: What ever happened to costas's that he won in the $30 giveaway?
posted by Plutor to MetaFilter-Related at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Mefi art mail swap

Mefi Art Mail Swap: Updates on Images, Membership, latest Theme, and Protocol inside.
posted by safetyfork to MetaFilter-Related at 11:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Comedy of Server Errors

Sorry for the downtime, I was tweaking one small aspect of the server when a comedy of errors ended up with two hours of hair pulling before the server was reachable once again. Everything should be back to normal now.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

I'd like to say thank you to jessamyn

I'd like to say thank you to jessamyn for her outstanding contributions to AskMe. She's contributed helpful and informative answers and links on a broad variety of questions, including some of mine, and raises the overall standard for answers.
posted by By The Grace of God to MetaFilter-Related at 6:46 AM PST - 38 comments

Hypothetical - reposting something deleted for bad form?

Hypothetical scenario: Someone puts up a front page post, but does it in a manner with heavy editorializing / intentionally trolling / etc. The topic is interesting, but it gets removed because of the garbage that came along with it. Someone reposts on the same topic, even with some of the same links, but without the editorializing. Would it be okay? Is there a policy on this?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to Etiquette/Policy at 6:35 AM PST - 16 comments

August 13

IP blockage error?

If my IP were blocked, would the symptoms be something like constantly getting a "Error Executing Database Query ... Server returned: No buffer space available (maximum connections reached?)" error, even though everyone else can connect just fine, until it occurs to me to ssh elsewhere and try connecting? At which point I get through fine?
posted by Harry Morgan to Etiquette/Policy at 11:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Favorite MetaFilter usernames?

Hi, I'm bored. What are some cool names around here?
posted by Smart Dalek to Etiquette/Policy at 6:00 AM PST - 106 comments

Seattle Meetup

MeFi citizens of Seattle: time again for a meetup? [mi]
posted by fatllama to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:11 AM PST - 32 comments

August 12

Pony request for live spell check

PonyRequestFilter: does anybody else (other than amberglow) perceive a rise in spelling errors since the deployment of live preview? Is a live spell check viable?
posted by kimota to Feature Requests at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Can we get more of this?

This is why I love Metafilter. Can we get more of this?
posted by angry modem to MetaFilter-Related at 7:59 PM PST - 48 comments

What does mrblondemang have against bloggers?

What does mrblondemang have against bloggers and others who write for a living or seemingly just because? Perhaps RodgerJ should beware.
posted by FlamingBore to Etiquette/Policy at 7:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Self-link. 'nuff said.

Self-link. 'nuff said.
posted by clevershark to Etiquette/Policy at 6:17 PM PST - 13 comments [closed]

Login redirect to referring page?

When logging in from the bottom of a thread could the log in page return us to the thread instead of to the front page?
posted by Mitheral to Feature Requests at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

going against the crowd? ok?

I've been letting my inner Stalinst (the one that I pretty much abandoned in college) comment for me and it's been fun having an opposing viewpoint instead of saying "yeah, me too!" Because that part of me has all the answers where the adult tends to shrug a lot. But I've been getting hate mail for it. Which is okay, even if it surprises me that anyone cares enough to actually do that.

But that leads me to my question-- does expressing strong views that run counter to general trends really ruin anyone's afternoon? My feeling has been that this is entertainment and no one's preconceived opinions ever change at the end of a discussion anyway. So polarity makes for more interesting angles instead of everyone nodding... [MI]
posted by Mayor Curley to Etiquette/Policy at 5:49 AM PST - 147 comments

August 11

Metafilter meetup in San Francisco

It's official! It's a Bendy Birthday! MeFiSF, Thurs, August 18th, 6 PM on, Zeitgeist. has info and a reminder function.
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

A seemingly editorializing post

What do you think about this? (mi)
posted by Count Ziggurat to Etiquette/Policy at 6:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Would it be okay for me to do a logo design competition in an AskMefi question?

Would it be okay for me to do a logo design competition in an AskMefi question? I'd like a logo designed, and I'm willing to pay $100-$150 or so, and I know there are some talented mefites who could probably knock my socks off when it comes to logo design. I am asking because I don't want to just do it and then get the smackdown for it. And I am asking publicly because I think others can benefit from the answer.
posted by beth to Etiquette/Policy at 12:11 PM PST - 35 comments

Denver Meetup

Denver Pavilions, tonight, 5-9 PM.
posted by m@ to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

"Me-Too-ism" in Ask Metafilter

"Me-Too-ism" in Ask Metafilter
posted by SpecialK to Etiquette/Policy at 10:31 AM PST - 36 comments

August 10

Photos from the Chicago Meetup

This just in: Photos from the Chicago Meetup. Chicago loves you MetaFilter!
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:03 PM PST - 35 comments

It's 12:52 am in New York.

It's 12:52 am in New York. For Mefites in earlier time zones {GMT -6 etc} does this post show up as being made on the 11th or 10th?
posted by Edible Energy to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Ask MetaFilter etiquette - timeframe of questions

Ask MetaFilter etiquette: I've got a ton of built-up questions and only found MeFi a couple months ago. Is it ok to post weekly (as often as I'm technically allowed), or should I give the space/attention to others with perhaps more immediately vital questions?
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 11:36 AM PST - 27 comments

unable to add gratefuldead as tag

Strange problem adding tags to a post in the blue.
posted by grateful to Bugs at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Chicago, Hopleaf, tonight, 8pm.

Chicago, Hopleaf, tonight, 8pm.
posted by kenko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Has anyone ever been sued unjustifiably for a post on Metafilter?

Has anyone ever been sued unjustifiably for a post on Metafilter?
posted by R. Mutt to MetaFilter-Related at 8:36 AM PST - 72 comments

August 9

Rook, I'm a lacist!

Rook, I'm a lacist!
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Etiquette/Policy at 10:56 PM PST - 249 comments

Minor Quibble

minor grammar quibble! when posting a link, this:

"The URL you entered was not found in previous threads, though you may want to check the search page for duplicates, just to be sure"

...should end with a period. bit you know that already.
posted by mcsweetie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:40 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

I created a MetaChat feed on LiveJournal.

Since I didn't see one, I created a MetaChat feed on LiveJournal.
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter-Related at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments [closed]

"Wifebeaters" in AskMe.

"Wifebeaters" in AskMe.
posted by Miko to Etiquette/Policy at 6:54 AM PST - 233 comments [closed]

September 2005 Baltimore Meetup

Baltimore meetup? I noticed that there are quite a few active MeFites here in Charm City, so I was wondering if anyone would be up for a get-together. September 3, perhaps? Anyone have ideas for a location?
posted by amandaudoff to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:34 AM PST - 22 comments

August 8

New Comments is/are broken.

New Comments is/are broken.

When someone adds a comment to a post, it used to say how many of the comments were new. It doesn't do that anymore.
posted by fenriq to Bugs at 2:57 PM PST - 28 comments

AskMe deletion causality called into question

The Anonymous AskMeta question about finding a phone number in the corner of the house disappeared. And I was just curious as to why.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 2:07 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

MetaSmutFilter on AskYahoo's Question of the Day. Anybody else catch the embarrassing subdomain in here?
posted by onalark to MetaFilter-Related at 10:17 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Deleted AskMe Deleted. Boo.

I want to know why. This was by far one of the Best Ask questions I've ever seen (over pet peeves.) I even flagged it as such. It was insightful, illuminating, and gave me great insight on others, as a writer, as a human being. Did it have a single answer? No. Was it a valuable question? Hell yes. Look at how many responses in such as short period of time.

Makes me want not to come here anymore. Close it instead. Deleting it robbed me of the perspectives of others. At least in closing it (Rather than deleting it) I'd have a chance to archive what I wrote (which is my copyright, isn't it?) and what others wrote.
posted by filmgeek to Etiquette/Policy at 9:52 AM PST - 153 comments

Spell check suddenly not working

Spell check suddenly not working, both the blue and the green. Get this msg:
Error processing CFX custom tag "CFX_JSpellCheck".
The CFX custom tag "CFX_JSpellCheck" was not found in the custom tag database. Please be sure to add custom tags to the database before using them. If you have added your tag to the database then you should check the spelling of the tag within your template to insure that it matches the database entry.
posted by Goofyy to Bugs at 1:15 AM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Somewhere around here it appears a closing tag is needed.

Somewhere around here it appears a closing tag is needed.
posted by RikiTikiTavi to Bugs at 1:11 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

August 7

AskMe Timeout

Ask keeps timing out on me when I do searches for anything except "questions only". I get: "The request has exceeded the allowable time limit Tag: CFQUERY..." In case it's relevant, I'm searching for stars of the lid. I'm on Safari 2.0.
posted by dobbs to Bugs at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

August 6

New webserver at

The new webserver is up and ready to go. It's at and I'd like a few folks to test it out before moving the DNS over. To hit this server instead of the current one, for now you need to edit your hosts file, adding, metatalk.metafilter, and mappings to the new IP. It runs off the same exact database server which is separate, so test comments will be seen on both the new web server and the old one. So far in testing the new server is going smoking fast.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 5:36 PM PST - 37 comments

Tips and Techniques for Searching Metafilter Wanted

Tips and Techniques for Searching Metafilter Wanted [mi]
posted by klarck to MetaFilter-Related at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

MetaFilter Members In Iraq

Are there any members who are serving or have served in Iraq? Any members who live, or have constant contact with someone who lives, in Iraq? If you're willing, I have language-related questions, both about American military usage and colloquial modern Iraqi Arabic. Email me at the address on the web site linked in my profile.
posted by Mo Nickels to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

User in Toronto Star

Joelf's live-action Scotland Yard game, which he told us about here, is featured in today's Toronto Star (stupid-ass registration required; use BugMeNot).
posted by flipper to MetaFilter-Related at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

August 5

Be nice to PP.

Be nice to PP.
posted by five fresh fish to Etiquette/Policy at 7:19 PM PST - 10 comments [closed]

Denver meetup

Okay Denverites, this thread is a call for a meetup, c'mon, let's DO IT!
posted by kamylyon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:21 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

New York City Meetup

New Yorkers: Tomorrow it will be cooler and we will celebrate by getting drunk with tourist Schyler523 (who does not stop in the middle of the sidewalk or at the top of subway stairs) at Manitoba's. We will begin at 7.
posted by dame to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Is My Email On File?

Last week I had to log in and forgot (temporarily) my password. I asked that it be sent to my email address and received the message that I had no email on file. Today I received an email from Jessamyn about something unrelated, so it has to be on file. Huh?
posted by Morrigan to Bugs at 6:15 AM PST - 24 comments

It's about time for an SF meetup.

It's about time for an SF meetup. I'm thinking, oh, Thurs, Aug 11, maybe Aug 18, from around 6 PM, at ... hmm, I don't know where! What do you think?
posted by caitlinb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:16 AM PST - 16 comments

August 4

Anyone want to do a MetaFilter podcast?

Anyone want to do a MetaFilter podcast? I know slashdot and digg have toyed with these where basically some users grab a six-pack, turn on a microphone, and scroll through the previous week's posts and discuss them. I tried it by myself and quickly realized I hadn't read all the posts or had much to say about the popular ones. Anyone that's an avid reader and wants to try doing the audio thing want to take a crack at it? I'd be happy to host a podcast and deal with all the bandwidth costs.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 2:52 PM PST - 133 comments

Searching Comments

Is it possible to update the search function so that you can search not only posts but the comments? Didn't it used to do that? Google doesn't seem to drill down to the comments (except in fairly new threads) and neither does the MetaFilter search function which can make it very difficult to track down an old comment or links that appeared only in the comments.
posted by caddis to Feature Requests at 1:46 PM PST - 12 comments

creaky server, creaky software

creaky server, creaky software [mi]
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 1:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Denver Meetup

Things to do in Denver when you're...
posted by m@ to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:07 PM PST - 194 comments

August 3

Oddball subdomain wildcards - where Ask Yahoo! comes for links. (pun intended. gotta love subdomain wildcards)
posted by tweak to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Should a religous dietary question open the debate about theology?

When someone posts a serious question to AskMe in order to help properly observe a religious food law, do you:

(a) Answer the question, or
(b) Attempt to engage in theological debate about their religion?
posted by 김치 to Etiquette/Policy at 5:23 PM PST - 146 comments


I bet "travelfilter" as a discrete site would be enormously successful, yea, even income-generating.
posted by mecran01 to Feature Requests at 1:44 PM PST - 39 comments

gradschool + grad_school + graduateschool = 25 posts.

Follow-up: gradschool + grad_school + graduateschool = 25 posts.
posted by cribcage to Bugs at 11:23 AM PST - 31 comments

entrance examination

Do we need some kind of entrance examination on sign-up to make sure Metafilter members actually know how to make hyperlinks?
posted by Jimbob to Etiquette/Policy at 4:41 AM PST - 48 comments

An incorrect assumption

Well, that was certainly surprising (wherein the author tries to make a statement with a product release related front page post but ends out learning a little about his own preconceptions about Metafilter) [MI]
posted by Bugbread to Etiquette/Policy at 4:01 AM PST - 62 comments

August 2

Do you have a cat?

There are often questions on ask metafilter about animals, but most of the time, the questions are about cats. It seems to me that--among pet owners--most metafilter users that have pets have cats. Is this so?
posted by interrobang to MetaFilter-Related at 10:11 PM PST - 54 comments

Best of Metafilter: August 1, 2005

Well, no need to wait any longer. We have a winner....
[lots more inside]
posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter-Related at 7:32 PM PST - 36 comments


posted by mischief to Etiquette/Policy at 7:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Hey Chicago ... wanna hang out?

Hey Chicago ... wanna hang out?
posted by kenko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:16 PM PST - 31 comments

current mail art swap

I thought I'd start a thread for the current mail art swap (pieces due in the mail August 1).
I'm excited.
posted by Jon-o to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Mac vs. PC flamewars - stop it already

Is there any way to curb the Mac vs. PC flamewars that always seem to erupt when there's a Mac-related FPP? I point to this versus this on today's front page, which makes the blue seem like sort of geek Hatfield/McCoy thing. Should we just ignore it until it goes away? Is there a solution at all? (This is my first MeTa post, and I didn't get far with the search function, so many apologies if this is an unanswerable question or has been thoroughly covered in the past.)
posted by hifiparasol to Etiquette/Policy at 12:25 PM PST - 64 comments

How about a MeFi cookbook?

Ravin Dave suggested a MeFi Cookbook. Though it terrifies me, I would volunteer to organize this thingamajig. However, not sure how Matt would want to deal with it. Discuss.
posted by Medieval Maven to MetaFilter-Related at 6:27 AM PST - 102 comments

August 1

HUZZAH for super-dense ultra-lickable linkfest

I just wanted to say HUZZAH and thanks to posters from 5-ish Pacific yesterday to, er, NOW for a super-dense, ultra-lickable linkfest! I'll be days behind! HUZZAH!
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 6:59 PM PST - 30 comments

One Million Customers Served!

One Million Customers Served!

It's taken six years, but the one millionth comment has just rolled through the site! Raise your glasses everyone, and drink to MetaFilter!
posted by benzo8 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM PST - 51 comments

Greenlighting hoax revealed

Silly Metafilter, you fell for the hoax! Thankfully, this guy figured it out.
posted by mullacc to MetaFilter-Related at 10:03 AM PST - 63 comments

Anon additions

It would be really nice if there was a mechanism for someone who posts an anonymous Ask MetaFilter thread can come back and make additional postings to the same thread. People often make anonymous postings because they are asking about something they find personally embarrassing, and consequently the original post is kind of vague or evasive. Many of the MeFites trying to help ask for additional information, but there's no way for the anonymous person to provide it.
posted by curtm to Feature Requests at 8:20 AM PST - 20 comments

"this comment/post is broken"

Could we have a flag option called "this comment/post is broken"? For use in times of bad html or links that don't work.
posted by smackfu to Feature Requests at 7:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Best of the Web, runner-up

Post any complaints about the contest or any nice compliments here. Be nice little trolls noe!!
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter-Related at 5:29 AM PST - 59 comments