August 2010 Archives (all archives)

August 31

54: The Ballad of Hardcore Taters

Episode 54 of the MetaFilter podcast was recorded on August 25th and runs a bit over an hour long. We had some audio issues this time around and I ended up using a mixed skype recording instead of our each individual parts. New this time about is the awkward insertion of music breaks. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:27 PM PST - 36 comments

Contact form to mefi mail?

Can the contact form have the option of choosing where a response from the mods is sent if one is forthcoming? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton to Feature Requests at 3:07 AM PST - 86 comments

Be well Scody!

Sending good thoughts and hopes for a gentle recovery to Scody!
posted by brujita to MetaFilter-Related at 2:15 AM PST - 211 comments

August 30

What is MeFi's definition of a "recreational outrage" and why are such posts banned?

Pray tell, what is MeFi's definition of "recreational outrage" and why are such posts banned? [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky to Etiquette/Policy at 9:38 PM PST - 129 comments

For he's a jolly good fellow, &c.

Happy Birthday pb!
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 8:35 AM PST - 79 comments

What criteria do the mods use for allowing anonymous posts.

What criteria do the mods use for allowing anonymous posts. [more inside]
posted by TheBones to Etiquette/Policy at 7:30 AM PST - 49 comments

August 29

Six Colours Blue

This post is Pepsi-Blue. divabat isn't even trying to hide the fact. Smarties Australia paired 8 kids up with 8 artists to create art based on each Smarties colour ... getting the product name in twice in the lead sentence. [more inside]
posted by philip-random to Etiquette/Policy at 9:51 AM PST - 143 comments

August 28

MeFi Music Challenge Meister

This is the thread in which you can volunteer for, nominate someone or generally discuss the MeFi Music Challenge Meister position. [more inside]
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter-Related at 2:25 PM PST - 39 comments

Politeness Enforcement

The highly popular queue jumping post by garius made it into Oliver Burkeman's column in the Guardian weekend magazine today. [more inside]
posted by biffa to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 AM PST - 121 comments

August 27

Tiny Pony: highlight mods' user names

It might be helpful to subtly color a mod's user name differently from other user names, especially in MetaTalk. I occasionally click into a long thread and wonder if a mod has weighed in, and find it hard to scan for that information. I imagine it would also be very helpful for new users to know who the moderators are. Potential downside: ordinary commentary & thread contributions may appear more weighty and official than you actual want them to. Your thoughts?
posted by judith to Feature Requests at 8:53 PM PST - 105 comments Makes it to Time Magazine

iamkimiam's answer to a "Mad Men" related question on "" referenced at's Tuned In Blog (scroll to the last paragraph)
posted by The Gooch to MetaFilter-Related at 4:25 PM PST - 47 comments

Crunching last posts.

Riding off into the sunset on my pony. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 2:23 PM PST - 48 comments

We hold their wonderfulness to be self-evident...

Who are the patron saints of MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter-Related at 10:07 AM PST - 260 comments

Get Yer Ticket

I found Admiral Haddock's comment in the Ticketmaster thread so hilarious that I was determined to make an infographic. So I did. Get yer ticket here.
posted by quadog to MetaFilter-Related at 2:30 AM PST - 519 comments

August 26

It's Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobby-Jobbytime!

Pony of Indeterminate Size: I'm not sure if we've discussed this before, but would it be okay to add a "Jobs Wanted" side to the Jobs area? [more inside]
posted by Madamina to Feature Requests at 3:27 PM PST - 39 comments

Scroll me closer, tiny pony.

Teeny tiny pony: remove the #commentpreview anchor in the header redirect after posting a comment. [more inside]
posted by kmz to Feature Requests at 1:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Who axed insanely minor feature #4638-B3 from the RSS feed?

Where did the ‘X number of posts’ thingumijigwhatsit that used to be on the RSS feed disappear to? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb to MetaFilter-Related at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

The seekrits of MehFee

Where can I find a list of all the HTML-ish things I can do on MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by slogger to MetaFilter-Related at 7:31 AM PST - 94 comments

And the Meffy goes to...

I had a dream about MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter-Related at 6:16 AM PST - 122 comments

Ground Zero Mosque Quote

Ground Zero Mosque Quote [more inside]
posted by newpotato to MetaFilter-Related at 5:56 AM PST - 11 comments [closed]

August 25

p.o.w. blues

every 25th of august i am sad... [more inside]
posted by clavdivs to MetaFilter-Related at 7:35 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

Mail for Wheelie

Send me mail! [more inside]
posted by wheelieman to MetaFilter-Related at 5:01 PM PST - 98 comments

MetaFiter: Don't let reality stop your white party, whatever you do, brave souls

Maybe this thread could use a clean-up, or a do-over? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis to Etiquette/Policy at 7:19 AM PST - 377 comments [closed]

August 24


Since I was accused of "announcing" a flag reason in the thread, I guess MeTa must be the place to object to pure advertising. [more inside]
posted by DU to MetaFilter-Related at 2:37 PM PST - 119 comments

My Pony can ride for more than 100 miles.

IRL Pony: Adjustable location radius for IRL events. [more inside]
posted by deezil to Feature Requests at 1:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Mefi Fantasy Football

Metafilter Fantasy Football is open! [more inside]
posted by box to MetaFilter-Related at 12:31 PM PST - 48 comments

Looking for a certain butter scuplture thread

Looking-for-an-old-thread filter. I remember a link to an article on the blue, talking about what exactly the Princess Kays do with their butter sculpture busts after they won. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore to MetaFilter-Related at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

It Does Seem Untoward

I didn't want to misbehave in the thread, so I'm here instead. This question is, at its core, asking for assistance in keeping a stolen computer. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands to Etiquette/Policy at 6:56 AM PST - 144 comments

August 23

What Links Just. Won't. Die!?

Per this comment, what sites/content/links are most frequently deleted on the Blue?
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 4:50 PM PST - 54 comments

Mobile Site Theme Preferences?

How are theme preferences stored? By username or by computer? I ask because the mobile site just switched to "professional white" when I logged on for the first time in a while, and I'm wondering if I could see white when on my laptop and color while I'm on my phone, without having to log out.
posted by moviehawk to Feature Requests at 4:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Book Club Democracy

So, we had a great discussion of On the Road, which actually made reading it worthwhile. Whether or not you've been involved before, please consider helping us choose the next book for MeFi Book Club, on condition of course that you 1) read the book 2) review the appropriate Professor Amy Hungerford lecture(s) 3) sign up with Meta Chat if you haven't already and 4) join us there on October 18, 2010 for the next discussion. [more inside]
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM PST - 72 comments


A longshot, yes, but a possible explanation for 'taters'? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:56 AM PST - 118 comments


Mathowie tweets about a photo on Flickr depicting a newspaper article about MeFi HQ. Typos included. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle to MetaFilter-Related at 9:54 AM PST - 85 comments

August 22

Searching within a category across Ask comments?

Is there a way to limit a search of Ask to a specific category? [more inside]
posted by Solomon to MetaFilter-Related at 7:15 AM PST - 7 comments

August 21

Teacher Teacher, Billy is cussing.

Pony Request: Could we please have a MetaTalk flag option of Flag it and move on, for new MetaTalk posts. [more inside]
posted by darkmatter to Feature Requests at 8:04 PM PST - 78 comments

Fantasy Football 2010

Fantasy Football 2010 time. We have 7 spots left. [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

This is ugly

The Julian Assange thread should never have existed in the first place, and should be closed now that it's turning nasty. [more inside]
posted by Optamystic to Etiquette/Policy at 9:56 AM PST - 205 comments

August 20

Is 'more inside' enough?

Would you change 'more inside' to say 'special snowflake details inside' and be done with it? Would you add it to the FAQ? [more inside]
posted by jardinier to Etiquette/Policy at 12:14 PM PST - 167 comments

Hilarity ensues.

The inventor of the Comedy Evaluator Pro software has dropped by the thread discussing the Comedy Evaluator Pro to evaluate our evaluations of the Comedy Evaluator Pro.
posted by Shepherd to MetaFilter-Related at 8:06 AM PST - 99 comments

August 19

Get Lamp

Update: MeFi's Jason Scott completed his Get Lamp project. Previously. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to MetaFilter-Related at 11:46 AM PST - 38 comments

Meet Up-ish Something at the North Fork Century?

Any chance any MeFites are doing the North Fork Century on August 29? If yes, we could connect for celebratory beers and self-congratulation at the finish line. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Bad Deletion

This post should not have been deleted. [more inside]
posted by thesmophoron to MetaFilter-Related at 6:32 AM PST - 267 comments

Improved Display of Comments in Threads

Can we have alternate cell background colours for discussion threads? [more inside]
posted by Biru to Feature Requests at 5:51 AM PST - 46 comments

Can we dial it down a notch in AskMe

How can we, as a community of individuals, learn to respond and behave better in AskMe threads like the one about the male colleague being "unwittingly pervy" at work? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink to Etiquette/Policy at 5:07 AM PST - 435 comments

August 18

Over and over and over again.

Four live posts on the Park51 mosque. Two MetaTalk posts (three now). This is getting ridiculous. Suggestion: either introduce a separate "current events" area, or have a way of bouncing posts back up to the top if people are really interested in continuing to talk about it.
posted by Joe in Australia to Etiquette/Policy at 4:59 PM PST - 103 comments

vini vidi vici (via)

is it OK to link to a friend on a "(via)" link? [more inside]
posted by luvcraft to Etiquette/Policy at 4:11 PM PST - 26 comments

Well, according to Ask Metafilter...

An example of Ask Metafilter as a cited resource (my online world meets my offline world and that delights me to no end :) [more inside]
posted by jeanmari to MetaFilter-Related at 11:11 AM PST - 29 comments

A quick look in the mirror

So I'm sitting here bored and looking to see if MeFi has an IRC channel or something, and random google searches led me to the Alexa results for mefi... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee to MetaFilter-Related at 8:10 AM PST - 120 comments

August 17

jetBlue Unlimited Flights for 30 Days

jetBlue Unlimited Flights Group - For those of you who bought an unlimited pass from jetBlue and wish to save even more by comparing itineraries and possibly sharing rooms with fellow mefites!
posted by MrBCID to MetaFilter-Related at 10:20 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Someone loves to delete

I guess sexuality is a banned topic nowadays for me. Sorry Ask MeFi users... I guess someone is being a bit overzealous with their delete rights. This has nothing to do with me figuring out myself. This is a completely different side to the issue of sexuality and me trying to explain the facts to it.
posted by antgly to Etiquette/Policy at 6:19 PM PST - 198 comments

Thanks, jessamyn

Kudos to jessamyn [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp to Etiquette/Policy at 5:33 PM PST - 54 comments

SXSW Proposals

Which MeFites have submitted to speak at SXSW 2011? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore to MetaFilter-Related at 1:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Time Traveler Still Adrift

Update to now-closed thread: A time traveller in a 40s photo was theorized to be Albert and a message was dispatched to the internet to confirm. Today the internet replied that the time traveler is not Albert. (The property visible in the background did belong to Albert's family, though, according to this source.)
posted by DU to MetaFilter-Related at 11:48 AM PST - 34 comments

High signal profiles

I find that Mutant's profile is full of useful information, about himself and his areas of expertise. Do you guys know of any other profiles with useful and interesting information, particularly about specialty subjects?
posted by By The Grace of God to MetaFilter-Related at 2:12 AM PST - 70 comments

August 16

MeFi Fantasy Pick 'Em

MetaFilter Fantasy Football Pick 'Em at Yahoo. Let's do this. [more inside]
posted by theichibun to MetaFilter-Related at 12:37 PM PST - 30 comments

August 15

Where's the mute button?

Low pass through Grand Canyon derails, nobody hurt [more inside]
posted by GeckoDundee to Etiquette/Policy at 11:41 PM PST - 119 comments

On the Road Has Arrived

It is almost August 16. If you've ever read On the Road, or read it for our MeFi Book Club, which is still tracking the Open Yale course on the American Novel since 1945, then please check in for this next, August 16 discussion, which occurs on Meta Chat. Please also take a look at the two Professor Amy Hungerford lectures on this book. [more inside]
posted by bearwife to MetaFilter-Related at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Metafilter advertises on NPR now? Cool!

I was driving home tonight and listening to NPR, when a new show started and I heard "....sponsored by Ask Metafilter dot com," with a little blurb about the site. Have I been living under a rock, or did this just happen recently? Is the Mefi empire advertising anywhere else, or targeting any other particular subsites? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 4:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Please Hope Me Not Fail at Life

I've been really enjoying "lifehack"-type AskMe posts lately - questions about how to change one's own habits to be better at day-to-day life situations and challenges (How do I become one of those people who makes everyone they talk to feel great? from Chrysalis is a good new one). What are some of your favorites? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk to MetaFilter-Related at 10:49 AM PST - 34 comments

August 14

Gaga for MeFiSwap! Mailing deadline Saturday August 21!

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah!
MeFi Ooh-la-la!
Want your CD swap mixes!
Reminder: The MeFiSwap mid-year 2010 mailing deadline is one week from today, Saturday, Aug. 21st. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 AM PST - 93 comments

August 13

Bigger plus signs on the mobile site?

In the spirit of airing minor annoyances, I'd love to see the little plus signs that denote favorites either be made larger or moved away from other links on the mobile site, so that I don't have to zoom in to click them on my touchscreen. [more inside]
posted by coolguymichael to Feature Requests at 12:35 PM PST - 74 comments

Not too old to fuck, either.

Am I the only one seeing the ageism and sexism here? [more inside]
posted by xenophile to Etiquette/Policy at 10:45 AM PST - 169 comments

August 12

What percentage of Ask MetaFilter questions are "hole-in-ones"?

What percentage of Ask MetaFilter questions are "hole-in-ones"? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 PM PST - 38 comments

Ve haf vays of making u talk...

Today at work my friend Trevor told me that on Sunday (my day off) afternoon, a man and a woman came up to him and asked for 'jonmc.' He said they had 'European accents.' He told them I was out and to come back. They haven't. Which one of you people is it? Fess up.
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 4:54 PM PST - 175 comments

August 11

cortex made a meme

Folk music, viral weirdness, and the Ballad of Steven Slater. Josh Millard, known to all and sundry here as cortex, analyses how The Ballad of Steven Slater written by Max Sparber, a.k.a. Astro Zombie, which cortex set to music and performed, went viral. How viral? Wolf Blitzer viral.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:44 PM PST - 124 comments

How many hits of this acid should I eat?

Seriously, we're going to tell somebody how much ativan to take? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper to Etiquette/Policy at 8:42 PM PST - 101 comments

Missing contact's most favorited posts on sidebar but not elsewhere.

My front page contact sidebar is no longer showing posts by contacts that have received the threshold of 12+ favorites, plus other odd behavior. [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter to Bugs at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Oh, Come On Already.

This just gets more and more curious and a lot less peachy. [more inside]
posted by dzaz to Etiquette/Policy at 6:40 PM PST - 483 comments

Not Really A Double, But Not Original Either

Shouldn't this post on ASL songs be a comment in this open thread on ASL songs? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 PM PST - 17 comments


Can we please differentiate "bicycles" and "motorcycles"? Asking about a "bike" is confusing. [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus to Etiquette/Policy at 11:51 AM PST - 187 comments

August 10

Simmer down now y'all

Just making a home for the he-said she-said Decani debate over here [more inside]
posted by thesmophoron to Etiquette/Policy at 2:36 PM PST - 95 comments [closed]

Let 'er RIP

This is where we discuss the Ted Stevens obit post.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey to Etiquette/Policy at 1:15 PM PST - 195 comments

MeFatulations, zoomorphic and Optimus!

This week MeFite zoomorphic surprised erstwhile MeFite Optimus Chyme with an engagement ring. In a photobooth.
posted by hermitosis to MetaFilter-Related at 1:06 PM PST - 204 comments

Meet me at the drinking post.

I swear we've seen these Askme questions dozens of times before, but I can't find them. I'm looking for those posts about not being able to drink and how to cope with it. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea to MetaFilter-Related at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

August 9

MeFi / Facebook cross polination

As a traffic/stats nerd, I posted the P!=NP story today to my Facebook wall. That got me wondering, is a significant/noticeable amount of traffic on the Blue from non-member FB referenced visitors? [more inside]
posted by cgk to MetaFilter-Related at 6:31 PM PST - 39 comments

What was this novel, again?

Trying to find a comment in Ask about a novel, a lengthy period piece sort of novel, where the protagonist was unsure of relationships between other characters. Multiple family trees involved somehow. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol to MetaFilter-Related at 2:09 PM PST - 11 comments

August 8

Death is the final heat

At the Sauna World Championships in finland, featured in this post, A Russian competitor has died in the finals. The contest will never be held again, it has been announced.
posted by longsleeves to MetaFilter-Related at 9:11 AM PST - 17 comments [closed]

When it is too hard not to judge an AskMeFi.

When it is too hard not to judge an AskMeFi. What is the proper response when the questioner is just such a turd that you can't avoid calling her out on it? [more inside]
posted by Invoke to Etiquette/Policy at 6:47 AM PST - 156 comments

August 7

I Like Big Body and I Cannot Lie

Why doesn't: javascript:void('200%') increase the font size of MetaFilter pages? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 to Bugs at 3:59 PM PST - 20 comments

btw, I've been meaning to ask...

What are the odds of a reverse meetup happening, do you suppose? [more inside]
posted by infini to Etiquette/Policy at 6:07 AM PST - 151 comments

August 6

I can't tI want to favorite other people's favorites.

I would like to be able to favorite posts from this page, this one, and that one. That's pretty much it. [more inside]
posted by desjardins to Feature Requests at 10:54 PM PST - 50 comments

[6] See my show at 7pm! [6] See my show at 8:30! [6] See my show at 10:00!

IRL, performances: how many posts is reasonable for a single show with multiple performances? [more inside]
posted by davejay to Etiquette/Policy at 1:31 PM PST - 46 comments

Beating a dead pony, but with pictures.

I'd like an image preview like we have youtube previews. [more inside]
posted by chairface to Feature Requests at 10:05 AM PST - 112 comments

Adelaide meetup?

It looks as though the proposed Adelaide meetup ended up being very small (two people, and a third who didn't find them), so I was wondering if anyone felt like trying again, perhaps on the afternoon of Saturday the 28th of August? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors to MetaFilter-Related at 2:10 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

August 5

IRL launch is a go

Thanks everyone for trying out IRL during our alpha test and for putting up with the awkward dual MeTa/IRL posts for a while. We're ready to unveil new features and a new approach to meetups. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 4:51 PM PST - 128 comments

Filtered Live Preview

Help us test a new version of Live Preview for comments. [more inside]
posted by pb to Bugs at 11:45 AM PST - 203 comments

August 4 tags might be broken tags don't seem to be working. At all. Logged out/deleted cookies/tried different browser.
posted by filmgeek to Bugs at 1:12 PM PST - 68 comments

MeFites playing StarCraft II?

MeFites playing StarCraft II? I'm looking for friends for multiplayer shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by sciurus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Perhaps we should limit posts about the Cordoba House to the still open thread from 4 days ago

Is a second post about the Cordoba House issue (first, latter) within 4 days really necessary? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 AM PST - 78 comments

we could do better, y'all

When philip-random made this comment: "There's much talk at MetaTALK of all the things that Metafilter does NOT do well, but seldom do we hear of the one thing that MetaFilter routinely tanks at, which is anything to do with WRITING." ... he was damn well spot-on. Anything we might possibly do to remedy this depressing reality?
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter-Related at 6:41 AM PST - 403 comments

August 3

Free comix related thingie

Are other Minnesotans planning on going to Indie Xpo (warning: auto-starting video embedded) on the 21st (at the Soap Factory in Mini-apple-ous)? [more inside]
posted by edgeways to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Metafilter on Flipboard iPad app?

Any other mefites using Flipboard? [more inside]
posted by butterstick to MetaFilter-Related at 8:29 AM PST - 19 comments

August 2

Where are you located? Where are you located? Where are you located?

Is it possible for the mods to edit anonymous posts on the Green? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia to Feature Requests at 11:18 AM PST - 38 comments

AskMetafilter is the Cool Site of the Day.

As you might have noticed from looking at the very top of AskMetafilter today, AskMetafilter is the Cool Site of the Day. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM PST - 107 comments

August 1

The MeFi Fantasy Football Challenge 2010/2011

It's August, which means it's getting time for Metafilter Fantasy Football (soccer) 2010/2011! [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 PM PST - 67 comments

Hamburgering RASSMUSSEN opinion poll data

The bias problems with Rassmussen have been discussed and mocked by the lefty blogosphere for years. This year, after an article in Politico, there seems to be a growing consensus among the MSM punditocracy that unless there are polls by other firms that can confirm Rassmussen's data; you shouldn't use them as your primary source for opinion polling. [more inside]
posted by liza to MetaFilter-Related at 6:37 PM PST - 79 comments

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”

Jobsfilter. A year and a half ago, the idea of a jobseeker section for Jobs was broached, but there was no definitive response from the mods. Has there been any movement on this? This would be a wonderful addition for those Mefites who find themselves among the unemployed.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts to Feature Requests at 9:21 AM PST - 39 comments

Weird posting error whilst using Safari 3.1.2 on OS X 10.5.5.

Weird posting error whilst using Safari 3.1.2 on OS X 10.5.5. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast to Bugs at 8:59 AM PST - 19 comments

MeFi should refudiate bigotry

MeFites can't handle dissent. [more inside]
posted by norm to Etiquette/Policy at 7:34 AM PST - 751 comments [closed]

Videophone dilemma solved

Mefi seems to have no TinyChat. So I opened a TinyChat room. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 AM PST - 103 comments