August 2011 Archives (all archives)

August 31

Not so fast, Louie.

Are AskMe questions containing an imperative "Quick!" annoying to you?
posted by Rash to Etiquette/Policy at 8:15 PM PST - 149 comments

Click here to DTMFA

Can we put Miko's Breakup Guidelines somewhere as a permanent link at the top of AskMeFi or like in the New Question page guidelines? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts to Feature Requests at 11:46 AM PST - 106 comments

Who are MeFites?

I have sent a query to admin, but to help me get a better idea of what the MeFi community (overall) thinks, and the perspective they come from, I'm looking for feedback and discussion about why my FPP was deleted. I'm looking for reasons why, not simple statements of objection. I'm not looking to respond or debate with anyone. Unless a technical question is asked of me, I probably won't respond. I would sincerely just like to read and take or leave what I find. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by ottimo to Etiquette/Policy at 5:32 AM PST - 269 comments

August 30

can't click - no time - want mouseover

Pony request: mouseover that shows who favorited a favorited comment. As opposed to having to click through to a list.
posted by flapjax at midnite to Feature Requests at 8:01 PM PST - 134 comments

MeFits unite!

It's time for another game of Health Month! Buster has come up with new features for September that give players better control over rules. [more inside]
posted by immlass to MetaFilter-Related at 9:05 AM PST - 52 comments

August 29

Graeber makes an appearance

David Graeber shows up to comment on a post discussing his work. [more inside]
posted by valkyryn to MetaFilter-Related at 10:57 AM PST - 214 comments

August 28

"Bitch" is an ugly word to throw around so casually.

It's disheartening to read a bunch of users, particularly women, repeatedly refer to another woman as a "bitch". [more inside]
posted by mkultra to Etiquette/Policy at 8:52 PM PST - 546 comments

August 26

BART Thread Derail (groan)

Arguing the validity of BART shutting down its comm bridge? Fine. Implying I'm a thug and calling me a combative fuckwad because I supposedly support police violence? Come on!
posted by ostranenie to Etiquette/Policy at 9:09 PM PST - 12 comments [closed]

It's kind of like D&D, except it makes you healthier, and might get a tan.

Are there any other MeFites on Fitocracy? Join the Metafilter group, and come get fit and level-up with us! We can be virtual running buddies. [more inside]
posted by schmod to MetaFilter-Related at 3:26 PM PST - 67 comments

August 25

Finding the articles only

I read metafilter for the articles and would love a way of filtering posts which contain mainly articles. Maybe a tag is the answer. There is a great 'givemesomethingtoread' site hidden in metafilter. Any suggestions on the easiest way to get at it.
posted by therubettes to Feature Requests at 3:28 PM PST - 44 comments

Hurricane Irene

This might seem a little early but Hurricane Irene is looking set to be a potentially very damaging storm. All folks on the east coast who may be affected need to pay attention to the forecasts and advisories, and plan accordingly. Please don't leave things until the last minute. [more inside]
posted by carter to MetaFilter-Related at 12:34 PM PST - 2231 comments

my recent favorite activity

I wish there was a way to remove a post from "Activity on My Favorites"...without actually removing it from my favorites. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to Feature Requests at 9:19 AM PST - 25 comments

You know, he's gonna see this thread, and will potentially comment on it... posted by

Speaking of 10 years ago, Wil Wheaton remembers about the beginnings of his blog that "MetaFilter declared that it was 'lame'". But if he'd read all 91 comments on the thread, he'd know he was called "cool" several times and "at least he isn't Corin Nemec". And just recently we credited him for inventing the "Sci-Five". [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop to MetaFilter-Related at 1:15 AM PST - 211 comments

August 24

Tell us about the old days, Papa Cortex.

Today I idly clicked on the 10 years ago today link on the front page and was revelling in the innocence of the fledgling metafilter from back in the era when a busy day saw a dozen FPPs and a really active thread might get nearly a hundred comments. I was startled to see a thread with 1729 comments. (By comparison, the initial 'Plane crashed into the World Trade Center' FPP three weeks later did not even break 500.) Alas, the link to the metafilter parody in the FPP is dead. Does anyone have it archived anywhere?
posted by ricochet biscuit to MetaFilter-Related at 12:39 PM PST - 45 comments

OK to post link to conference video I produced?

A video pertinent to a MeFi post came from a conference I run. Can I post it? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:14 AM PST - 19 comments

August 23

Accessibility vs. access

Nieman Lab mentions MeFi in an an article about the importance of content curation.
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 4:35 PM PST - 53 comments


5.8 earthquake on the east coast, everyone okay? The whole building was shaking here (a few miles from the epicenter).
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 11:09 AM PST - 475 comments

August 22


Hey! We weren't done hating on James Taylor! [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf to MetaFilter-Related at 6:12 PM PST - 179 comments

To us privacy is binary: an app is either completely private or not. Glassboard is totally private.

Here is where I ask if Glassboard can be added to the list of social apps, and the mods say "No, because it doesn't have web-facing profile page", and then you tell me your email address and I invite you to my Mefite board. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed to MetaFilter-Related at 4:19 PM PST - 31 comments


Is it kosher to repost someone else's self-link? [more inside]
posted by kyleg to Etiquette/Policy at 2:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Favourite Tags

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to mark certain tags as favourites to be able to follow certain ones? [more inside]
posted by jbw to Feature Requests at 8:39 AM PST - 61 comments

August 21

MeFiNomic III

It's time for another game of Nomic. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty to MetaFilter-Related at 3:40 PM PST - 37 comments

Mystery Meat Links

Hey, here's a link. Want to click on it? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy to Etiquette/Policy at 7:54 AM PST - 181 comments

August 20

Fat-fingering iPad favorites

Please space out the favorites/flagging buttons. It is far too easy to fat-finger the [+] on an iPad. [more inside]
posted by aeschenkarnos to Bugs at 3:17 PM PST - 63 comments

Is There Wife Beyond MetaFilter? Oops, I Meant Life

Not an ask me. My wife just described herself as a MetaFilter widow. Please help!
posted by Xurando to MetaFilter-Related at 10:33 AM PST - 204 comments

anonymous gift of mefi membership?

Is there a way to gift a membership anonymously, or at least without the gift linking to my username? [more inside]
posted by bystander to Feature Requests at 4:32 AM PST - 32 comments

August 19

Could MetaFilter die?

How futureproof is MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by Trurl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:27 PM PST - 125 comments

Flag, you're it.

Is there a way to see which comments have been flagged by other people? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to Feature Requests at 8:12 AM PST - 86 comments

Single Comment URL's

Single Comment URL's [more inside]
posted by seanyboy to Feature Requests at 4:58 AM PST - 43 comments

August 18


I'm disappointed my spammy AskMe got deleted. [more inside]
posted by mysmallbiz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:17 PM PST - 69 comments [closed]

What, there's a MeMail?

MeMail interface? [more inside]
posted by localroger to Feature Requests at 6:51 PM PST - 47 comments

I also seek an AskMe

I am looking for a conversation on the site that was at least partly about how smart/smart-aleck kids deal with teachers' mistakes in school. [more inside]
posted by not that girl to MetaFilter-Related at 12:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this AskMe

Can someone direct me to the AskMe described here?
posted by enn to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 5 comments [closed]

metafilter search fail

I am unable to find some design goodness previously posted. [more inside]
posted by archivist to MetaFilter-Related at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Searching for user x bar.

Of all the data that is collected on MetaFilter users, what does it average out to? Who is the everymefite?
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 6:50 AM PST - 127 comments

Just ask the question, don't be clever!

I've noticed lately that askers on Ask Metafilter often post something they think is clever but which gives you no clue to what the question actually is until you click through. Like this. [more inside]
posted by cilantro to Etiquette/Policy at 4:39 AM PST - 69 comments

Over 10,000!

Good morning, MetaFilter. At some point in the last twelve hours, I received my 10,000th favorite. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter-Related at 3:32 AM PST - 233 comments

You know that you use mefi too much when ...

You know that you use mefi too much when ... [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaFilter-Related at 3:16 AM PST - 22 comments

August 17

This plate of beans, it vibrates?

In a recent thread about Metafilter memes, I used the phrase "Beanplate Insane" to describe my own sense of frustration with certain over-indulged inside jokes on the site. It occurred to me that it would only be appropriate to have an exclusive inside phrase to go along with those exclusive inside jokes, so I submitted "Beanplate Insane" to the editors of the Urban Dictionary, who officially approved the listing a couple days ago and have now posted the term with my Metafilter-specific definition.
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 8:08 PM PST - 69 comments

F*** It All

It may be one of the most interesting words in the English language but is it really appropriate ... [more inside]
posted by JJ86 to Etiquette/Policy at 6:34 PM PST - 174 comments

Drive Me To Distraction!

Seeking your favorite "all-consuming, seriously-fascinating, makes-me-forget-the-outside-world-exists" FPPs to read when I need to distract myself. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 38 comments

> Play all

"As Seen on: MetaFilter." If you're paying attention to youtube videos you click through to from MeFi, you may have noticed this little link. The past 24 hours of MeFi-t00b, all in one place! [more inside]
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter-Related at 12:45 PM PST - 24 comments

August 16

Fuck You Apple's Safari 5.1

I would just like here and now to say a big "FUCK YOU" to Apple's "Lion Ready" Safari 5.1, which just ate nearly an hour's worth of work on an FPP for the sake of having to randomly and nonsensically "reload all windows and tabs" due to a single non-responsive web page. [more inside]
posted by hippybear to Bugs at 8:26 PM PST - 5 comments [closed]

The Dark Fortnight of the Soul

This week in MetaFilter History [more inside]
posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter-Related at 5:30 AM PST - 117 comments

August 15

Troy Goodfellow

Troy Goodfellow, of the strategy gaming blog Flash of Steel, joined MeFi this morning and commented briefly on Kattullus' fpp on his National Characters series.
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Who coddles the coddlers?

Metafilter really needs to take a consistent stance on coddling. Pro or Con?
posted by overeducated_alligator to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 AM PST - 137 comments

Trying to locate a comment on "settling" in relationships.

Looking for ask.metafilter comment about settling in relationships. [more inside]
posted by eiramazile to MetaFilter-Related at 3:21 AM PST - 9 comments

August 14

Another academic study of online communities

For those interested in academic studies of online communities, here's a new one: “Don’t feed the troll”: Shutting down debate about community expectations on [more inside]
posted by k8t to MetaFilter-Related at 7:14 AM PST - 81 comments

Threats of political violence are not OK

Can we please not throw around implications of wanting to assassinate politicians? [more inside]
posted by tocts to Etiquette/Policy at 5:43 AM PST - 216 comments

August 13

How can I access popular comments on the non-mobile interface?

How can I access popular comments on the non-mobile interface?
posted by bq to MetaFilter-Related at 9:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I Post This?

I was sent this by a friend and wondered if it would be ok to post to the front page. [more inside]
posted by marienbad to MetaFilter-Related at 12:48 PM PST - 17 comments

The Usual Suspects

Why do other Metafilter users, who I've never emailed with, show up as potential contacts on Google+ ? [more inside]
posted by mannequito to MetaFilter-Related at 12:39 PM PST - 48 comments

64: Unsticking a dead mouse

Podcast episode 64 features Josh and Jeremy talking over the last month of things on the site while I've been off on vacation. Enjoy! [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 2:58 AM PST - 38 comments

August 12

ass from the past

Does anybody have that comic fandango_matt made with the boy scouts and the anthropomorphic animals explaining metafilter? All the references/links to it lead to 404s and dead ends. [more inside]
posted by tehloki to Feature Requests at 5:11 PM PST - 41 comments

The sport of kings

This week on Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, hosts Josh Levin and Mike Pesca debate what is and isn't a sport.
Pesca: If you wanted to have a thumb-wrestling league, and you wanted to have real criteria, and you wanted to rank people on the internet, then it could be a sport tomorrow.
Levin (laughing): Anything that you rank people on the internet is a sport.
Pesca: Metafilter is a sport.
(Relevant portion at the 29-minute mark.)
posted by Horace Rumpole to MetaFilter-Related at 6:30 AM PST - 65 comments


Typical MetaFilter... [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq to Etiquette/Policy at 5:18 AM PST - 171 comments

August 11


What happened to WeEndure? [more inside]
posted by notsnot to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 PM PST - 22 comments

August 10

Password ruleset?

What exactly are the password limitations/parameters here? [more inside]
posted by pjern to MetaFilter-Related at 5:35 PM PST - 121 comments

If you really want the help of parents, maybe don't start by insulting them?

If you really want the help of parents, maybe don't start by insulting them? Lots of deletions, lots of parenting/breastfeeding flame-war brushfires being put out in this thread. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel to Etiquette/Policy at 2:54 PM PST - 725 comments

How to be an AskMe champion

Why are some people so good at answering human relations AskMe's? How do you do it? And why do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man to MetaFilter-Related at 12:02 PM PST - 84 comments

Who sent up the bat signal?

Randall Monroe, of xkcd fame, time travels four and a half years into the past to sign up for a MetaFilter account just so he can answer a recent question in Ask.
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter-Related at 9:44 AM PST - 79 comments

August 9

Enter all your responses into your copy of the Problem Book

Meta Filter, [1973-75] is an interactive console, two participants sit on either side and look at a series of neutral images of people, people as individuals or people in relationship to others on the small screen in front of them. [more inside]
posted by unliteral to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 PM PST - 39 comments

What happens when someone appears on the FPP and doesn't like it?

What happens when a link appears on the FPP and the content owner doesn't like it? [more inside]
posted by luckynerd to Etiquette/Policy at 9:54 PM PST - 31 comments

What is the minimum standard for posting a single link on the blue?

What's the etiquette for posting a link on the blue when your only real justification for it is "Wow, there are some amazing pics on this blog"? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin to MetaFilter-Related at 4:42 PM PST - 49 comments

Metafilter Yemen post contains link to malicious site

Meta Filter post links to malicious download site. [more inside]
posted by No Shmoobles to MetaFilter-Related at 12:48 PM PST - 36 comments

Has "worst answer" ever been considered?

Has "worst answer" ever been considered as a clickable response?
posted by DMelanogaster to Feature Requests at 11:40 AM PST - 95 comments

August 8

Fantasy Hockey, anyone?

Inspired by this post, is anyone interested in MeFi fantasy hockey? [more inside]
posted by biochemist to MetaFilter-Related at 5:27 PM PST - 38 comments

Fabulous Edible Spam Creations

I was wondering if the powers that be had given any thought recently to perhaps raising the admission price for Projects. (You know, now that Metafilter rules Google and all...) [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri to Etiquette/Policy at 4:00 PM PST - 46 comments

We all know Deezil has an awesome profile.. who else?

What are some really cool mefite profiles? [more inside]
posted by royalsong to MetaFilter-Related at 12:38 PM PST - 39 comments

August 7

Hut, hut, hike!

Anyone up for some Me-Fi fantasy football? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to MetaFilter-Related at 3:51 PM PST - 40 comments


newsfilter. don't we have an unspoken rule in these cases to let a couple days pass until a full FPP can be created? Nope, looks like that rule is not only unspoken, but unenforced and generally unthought of. One might even describe it as non-existent.

I would like clarification on this aspect please. The first sentence is mine. [more inside]
posted by infini to Etiquette/Policy at 4:11 AM PST - 71 comments

New Time-Delayed Action!

Is there something broken with comments? When I hit "post", the page reloads, but my comment doesn't appear for a good 30-60 seconds, and then I have to either reload the page again or hit the Load New Comments button before my comment appears in the thread. This is decidedly not the functionality I'm used to on this website.
posted by hippybear to Bugs at 2:42 AM PST - 56 comments

August 5

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear.

[This thread needs to not become Ironmouth v. Everyone. Thanks. ] [more inside]
posted by rodgerd to Etiquette/Policy at 1:41 PM PST - 328 comments [closed]

PNG logo for MetaFliter sites?

Has anyone made/can someone make higher-resolution logos for MetaFilter and related sites? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto to MetaFilter-Related at 7:27 AM PST - 31 comments

Your post, "Gorbachev sings tractors: Turnip! Buttocks!" has been deleted....

mccarty.tim's latest project: Worst Post Ever is a "home version of the deleted post game." Bonus: See the red box of deletion in action! (Via Projects.) [more inside]
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 7:01 AM PST - 182 comments

Come chill out with MeFi Mag#5

New month, new MeFi Mag! Read on for more about this and upcoming issues and deadlines. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter-Related at 6:23 AM PST - 44 comments

Unhappy baby faces

Anyone remember an FPP about an artist who made realistic baby head masks? There was a youtube video with a family of three people walking around (maybe NYC)? The heads were mucho creepy. Googling has failed me. Thanks!
posted by Cantdosleepy to MetaFilter-Related at 5:05 AM PST - 11 comments

August 4

Moving about in the text boxes in an iphone4

I can't move around inside the text boxes on any of the sites. I'm on an iphone4 that has whatever version if Safari that Apple blessed me with. [more inside]
posted by taff to Bugs at 10:16 PM PST - 24 comments

I don't think our vegetarian friends would care for MeatFilter

Eat.MeFi.Pony [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous to Feature Requests at 10:04 PM PST - 54 comments

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion

I'd never seen a deletion actually happen before. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM PST - 131 comments

You can lead a ponyto water, but don't be surprised if I spend my time talking about ponies on the beach.

"Please refrain from bicyclist vs. driver discussion here. This post is about recovering from a serious injury." Sorry, I'm afraid I can't do that... as such, I'll flag this comment and stay out of the thread. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog to Etiquette/Policy at 8:47 AM PST - 88 comments

Desperately Mouthing "Help Meeeeee"

This is too dumb but here goes - I can't post on the mobile site. I can't find the "New Post" links on blue, grey or green. Where are they? (FWIW I can comment just fine, just not post from my phone.)
posted by Omnomnom to Bugs at 3:25 AM PST - 53 comments

August 3

Browser/OS stats

Question (and I may have missed where this is): Metafilter is a geeky place - out of a certain curiosity, is there somewhere to get an OS/browser/whatnot stats breakdown for visitors? If not, that would be cool (even if merely in the form of a one-off FPP).
posted by jaduncan to Feature Requests at 6:47 AM PST - 150 comments

August 1

My God, it's full of nothing.

My personal distaste with the FSM milieu aside, why is this post still up?
posted by griphus to Etiquette/Policy at 5:31 PM PST - 367 comments [closed]


Why did Jessamyn delete her own post? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin to MetaFilter-Related at 2:40 AM PST - 186 comments