August 2012 Archives (all archives)

August 31

Let's trade 3DS, DSi, and Wii friend codes!

Let's trade Nintendo 3DS friend codes! [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain to MetaFilter-Related at 3:34 PM PST - 21 comments

[Add to Favourites] [Add to Recent Activity]

Can we have a "follow thread" button? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse to Feature Requests at 11:16 AM PST - 36 comments

MetaTalk Queue: Late Summer Edition

MetaTalk posts will be queued this weekend starting this evening and ending late Monday. [more inside]
posted by pb to Uptime at 9:01 AM PST - 134 comments

Just another fantasy football league

Another Fantasy Football league for MeFites [more inside]
posted by Mojojojo to MetaFilter-Related at 7:41 AM PST - 10 comments


Why don't we have in-line video for non-members? I typically avoid sending posts with great videos in them to (like this) to non-members because they will just see a wall of text without being able to play videos in-line. Would it be possible to add the in-line video player for everyone who visits metafilter?
posted by rebent to Feature Requests at 6:45 AM PST - 29 comments

August 30

Podcast transcripts

We've been using Fanscribed to make transcripts of the Metafilter Podcast, and it's been working out well! We've just finished the most recent three - #69,* #70, and #71! Episode #68 is now ready to go. now. Join in! [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac to MetaFilter-Related at 9:48 PM PST - 43 comments

Doesn't Do President Well

Metafilter's own Avery Edison on our (hypothetical) thread with Obama: Thread is immediately deleted for being too similar to a recent post (“The Wire and the White House: Grantland asks ‘Is Obama All In The Game’?”) [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something to MetaFilter-Related at 4:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Aww shucks you guys...

Thank you so much for showing the love on the sidebar. Beyond deep appreciation, I would also like to offer this token of gratitude. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell to MetaFilter-Related at 3:53 PM PST - 26 comments

AskMe mobile not working properly since sometime Tuesday

Some time on Tuesday, mobile version stopped scrolling on my Motorola Droid I running Android 2.2.3. Still no worky. [more inside]
posted by thrasher to Bugs at 2:28 PM PST - 16 comments

August 29

Looking for a specific askme post about small, income generating websites.

Looking for an askme post that I am unable to locate. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill to MetaFilter-Related at 6:30 PM PST - 20 comments

I bet this goes well

MetaFilter is not a betting site. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog to Etiquette/Policy at 6:11 PM PST - 72 comments

Life Imitates Meta

So. The folks at NBCNews seem to be fans of this great site. It's Lebowski everywhere!
posted by Jaymzifer to MetaFilter-Related at 5:39 PM PST - 28 comments


Obligatory complaint about the AMA post deletion [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen to MetaFilter-Related at 1:38 PM PST - 258 comments

Give it a rest.

Can we just once have a thread about apple, that isn't Blazecock Pileon versus the world? [more inside]
posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 12:44 PM PST - 118 comments

Can't find post about suspended high schools student

Need help finding post about high schools student suspended/expelled? for writing (nasty) reviews about other students [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 to MetaFilter-Related at 12:30 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

yey him, yey us.

I just wanted to highlight 1) how cool it is that the schizophrenic programmer of Losethos has chosen to contribute to the thread about his operating system, and 2) that in response (almost all) the members of this site treat him with an admirable level of respect and genuine curiosity.
posted by leotrotsky to MetaFilter-Related at 9:57 AM PST - 96 comments

spread the jam

Super minor pony request: the option to add a This Is My Jam updating widget to profiles? [more inside]
posted by ifjuly to Feature Requests at 8:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Because I am lazy.

PONY: (# New) links in Recent Activity [more inside]
posted by jon1270 to Feature Requests at 4:02 AM PST - 18 comments

August 28

Hurricane Isaac roll call.

Hurricane Isaac roll call. How are Gulf Coast MeFites holding up? [more inside]
posted by radioamy to MetaFilter-Related at 10:09 PM PST - 109 comments

August 26

Podcast on hiatus?

I like the MeFi Podcast! The last one was posted June 12 so if I am not mistaken we are in the longest between-podcasts interval since they got started in 2007. That was a 20-podcast year. We've had four so far this year, good lengthy ones, to be sure. What has changed? Are people not so interested anymore, or are the mods just too busy?
posted by in278s to MetaFilter-Related at 7:40 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me find the log in my eye, please.

I would very much appreciate some help finding a particular comment from the Blue. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 AM PST - 16 comments


Do unexplained YouTube links annoy you? I don't mean FPs with a pattern of clearly identified YT links, or someone making a topical and fairly obvious post like "I like this version better"; but just an inline link with zero context. [more inside]
posted by pla to Etiquette/Policy at 5:27 AM PST - 123 comments

August 25

This is a very profound MeTa.

There are a bunch of comments suggesting there was originally a misspelling in The Whelk's Foul Bachelor Goons FPP, including one by restless_nomad saying he'd never seen a word butchered so horrifically by accident. Now I'm really curious what the original spelling was. Does anyone remember?
posted by d. z. wang to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

August 24

You Found My Bubbleship!

MeFi is the best! Thank you for restoring a piece of my childhood. [more inside]
posted by ilana to MetaFilter-Related at 10:32 AM PST - 39 comments

August 23

Trying to find an AskMe answer about what to do if you're swamped by the press/paparazzi.

Trying to find an AskMe answer about what to do if you're swamped by the press/paparazzi. [more inside]
posted by facehugger to MetaFilter-Related at 9:37 PM PST - 29 comments

Mobile Site Help

I am sure this is covered somewhere, but I'm not finding it. How do I use the mobile site on my android phone while logged in? [more inside]
posted by Irontom to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 PM PST - 22 comments


Disappearing comment? In this thread my posts have disappeared. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl to Bugs at 6:56 PM PST - 75 comments

The percentage of Mac users of MetaFilter

Is the percentage of MetaFilter visitors using OS X or iOS higher, lower, or equivalent to the 9.5% of computer users in general?
posted by Egg Shen to MetaFilter-Related at 1:30 PM PST - 42 comments

Cat on a Scanner

Not a call out of anyone specifically, and certainly "be the change you want to see" but the front page today is comprised entirely of one-liners, mostly SYTL. Maybe it's decompression from the August Best Post Contest, but typically MetaFilter is known for it's "essay-like" posts and it feels like reddit today. [more inside]
posted by four panels to MetaFilter-Related at 8:46 AM PST - 119 comments

Anonymous answers

Quick one; how can I answer an AskMeFi anonymously?
posted by BadMiker to Etiquette/Policy at 8:26 AM PST - 24 comments

August 22

ask.mefi questions about getting clients

There must already be Ask questions about how to increase business/get more clients as a freelancer, but I'm not hitting the right search terms or something. Can anyone point me? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize to MetaFilter-Related at 3:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Cortex makes a funny

Can we favorite a deletion reason?
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter-Related at 2:50 PM PST - 31 comments

Crazy people are crazy, throw rocks at them

I'm rather new, but I feel there's a disturbing anti-psychiatric trend to Metafilter [more inside]
posted by syntaxfree to Etiquette/Policy at 10:33 AM PST - 139 comments

2012 MetaFilter Survey & Research Discussion Thread

Hi MeFites! This is the discussion thread for the 2012 MetaFilter Pronunciation Survey, available for 5 days to all logged-in site users. Even if you already took the 2010 survey, it'd be valuable to have you do it again. Additionally, this time around all survey participants will have the option to have a word frequency table of their MetaFilter posting history generated and emailed to them. If you would like to take the 2012 survey, I would ask that you please do so BEFORE you read or participate in the discussion here (as well as before you view the previous MetaTalk thread about the 2010 survey). This is to help ensure that your responses to these survey questions are entirely your own decisions and are not influenced by the opinions of those participating in this thread. If you have already taken the 2012 survey or are not interested in taking the survey but would like to discuss it, please go ahead and do so here. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM PST - 306 comments

Does Mefi take respect seriously?

Does Mefi take respect seriously? Because it sure doesn't seem that way to me [more inside]
posted by nolnacs to Etiquette/Policy at 7:23 AM PST - 235 comments

A Mefi profile guide: recommending web hosting, domain registrar, cms, e-mail services

Inspired by samsara's and deezil's helpful malware removal guides on their profile pages, I've written a short and practical beginner's guide recommending domain name registrars, web hosting, content management systems and e-mail services. I hope the guide is of some use to people who want to host their own stuff, as opposed using hosted platforms like Tumblr or Blogger, using solid and hassle-free tech. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaFilter-Related at 5:37 AM PST - 30 comments

August 21

All your cats are belong to MeFi

This month's Wired Magazine features an article about teh intarwebz fascination with cats, and the first entry in its "Invasion of the teh Kittehs" timeline credits MeFi! [more inside]
posted by radioamy to MetaFilter-Related at 9:25 AM PST - 52 comments

Metafilter Football Smackdown 2012

2012 Metafilter Football Smackdown! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to MetaFilter-Related at 9:08 AM PST - 37 comments

MetaFilter Maid Service

AskMe gets a lot of questions about which software to use to clean a Windows PC. Anyone have a particularly good one bookmarked? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

August 20

Best comment contest

We should have a best comment contest. I don't know how it would be decided exactly, but presumably the mods have come up with some criteria for the best post contest, so perhaps they could be applied to comments.
posted by desjardins to Feature Requests at 12:47 PM PST - 98 comments

the great day of deletions

I notice that a few posts have been deleted already today (and yesterday there were seven!), so I was wondering if the mods have any stories about days where they had to delete an extreme number of posts from the blue? [more inside]
posted by rebent to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM PST - 51 comments

August 18

Teensy Text on iPad

Is there a way to make MeFi more readable on my iPad? [more inside]
posted by loveyhowell to MetaFilter-Related at 4:46 PM PST - 35 comments

August 17

jobs + home + ???

Posts about finding work you can do from home? [more inside]
posted by royalsong to MetaFilter-Related at 1:07 PM PST - 8 comments

I can't find it

Can someone point me to a post (in I think) that featured examples of good science-fiction in non-Western Europe settings? [more inside]
posted by oddman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:42 AM PST - 24 comments

August 16

What's your favorite way to use favorites?

What's the best way to use your favorites? How do you make the most of them? Looking for tips, tricks, hacks, organization methods, the works. [more inside]
posted by thrasher to MetaFilter-Related at 4:04 PM PST - 70 comments


Perhaps the AskMetafilter question form should point out that the title of the post does not appear on the front page? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia to Feature Requests at 1:08 PM PST - 45 comments

August 15


Don't just get a lawyer, get a shark. [more inside]
posted by eas98 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:45 AM PST - 1973 comments

August 14

loquacious seems to need some help

loquacious seems to need some help. Is there anyone in Seattle/King County who could lend him a hand? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu to MetaFilter-Related at 10:59 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

URLs on projects

Clarification about Projects (not on the FAQ): do projects need an external URL? [more inside]
posted by syntaxfree to Etiquette/Policy at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

...are the rivers Pepsi Blue?

Village, village, village, village, village... buy a village. Done. I'm sure that this post is both good quality and made in good faith. I am however wondering where we stand on Pepsi Blue stuff these days, even that it's extolling a Rio Grande commercial card set and video game. [more inside]
posted by jaduncan to Etiquette/Policy at 8:59 AM PST - 85 comments

Just-clicked link colors

Weirdness in the color of just-clicked links on an iPad. [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault to Bugs at 12:39 AM PST - 29 comments

August 13

Ten years - of thanks.

Ten years. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by mrbill to MetaFilter-Related at 6:20 PM PST - 82 comments

Are we opening a social network?

Mathowie + Josh Miller + Branch = how babby social networks are made? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri to MetaFilter-Related at 2:41 PM PST - 77 comments

Best. Ask update. Ever.

What a difference a year makes. [more inside]
posted by phearlez to MetaFilter-Related at 1:44 PM PST - 60 comments

August 12

Small display bug in mobile, bold menu

Minor display bug in mobile style sheet on the blue only: menu at the bottom is bold, inside posts. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Bugs at 5:10 PM PST - 13 comments

New Mefi's Own

From time to time, people who are the topic of a thread register and participate in the conversation. I was looking for some kind of list in the Wiki and didn't find anything. So I searched through tags and found these: newmember, mefisown, metafiltersown. Anywhere else?
posted by bru to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM PST - 13 comments

August 11

Highlighted terms in search results

The site search sometimes highlights words as hits which are not hits. [more inside]
posted by stebulus to Bugs at 2:35 PM PST - 57 comments

Midnight mod bday

posted by brujita to MetaFilter-Related at 4:59 AM PST - 94 comments

Bad guy is silly and bad, also stupid.

This long and discursive post has a huge amount of editorialising in it and would really be a better fit on someone's personal blog.
posted by Joe in Australia to Etiquette/Policy at 4:55 AM PST - 45 comments

August 10

Is Metafilter compatible with the iPhone Reader function?

Is Metafilter compatible with the iPhone Reader function? Is there some step I need to take to make a post's comments readable in Safari's Reader? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem to MetaFilter-Related at 8:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Mel Stuart deserved better

Why editorialize in a FPP obit? [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe to Etiquette/Policy at 9:21 AM PST - 74 comments

I really wanted to say Reddit.

Grantland again? [more inside]
posted by theichibun to Etiquette/Policy at 8:18 AM PST - 76 comments

August 9

Travel overkill?

Is it bad form to post a third (and possibly fourth) travel question that is quite similar in content to two I've already posted? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque to Etiquette/Policy at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Does Meta/Ask have a 'Trigger' etiquette for posts?

Is there a 'triggering' etiquette here? If so what is it, because I can't find any reference to tagging posts as 'triggering' on the FAQ. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams to Etiquette/Policy at 2:18 AM PST - 139 comments

looking for a blog post 'users are the problem'

I remember a blog post somewhere advocating for strong moderation, with the theme 'users are the problem.' But now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 2:17 AM PST - 6 comments

August 8

Another AsMe Moment

Just wanted to respond to concerns here, rather than creating a derail in this thread. Replying here because if the anon OP has seen the comment I am responding to, it might be more helpful than taking it private to Memail with the commenter. [more inside]
posted by jbenben to Etiquette/Policy at 11:49 PM PST - 18 comments

"Metafiltered" as a verb

So, as a newbie (on here; rather older in real life) and as (currently) an Englishman, is "Metafiltered" an acceptable verb? e.g. "Spotted this great little news story so I Metafiltered it", or, like, are people going to start getting all OED on me if I do that?
posted by Wordshore to Etiquette/Policy at 6:07 PM PST - 93 comments

Mefight Club 4.0

If you've never visited MefightClub, or maybe you drifted away because of the server capacity issues we were having for a while a while back, the site's had a big round of updates, and right this very minute is a great time to come play games and hang out with us! [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 PM PST - 50 comments

Facebook's Edit feature looks mighty perty; can I has edit comments plox?

Facebook has finished its roll-out of an edit feature for comments on wall posts/comments. If you have a Facebook account, I'd ask you to take a look at it. I think it works and would like to discuss why it could work on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by cavalier to Feature Requests at 12:15 PM PST - 386 comments


At first I thought someone had hit "post" twice, but no, it was just that that Fight or Flight and Zoomorphic entered the Metafilter Singularity at 1:01 PM.
posted by alms to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 AM PST - 50 comments

Welcome to our little shop

Another neat new member: Hugo-winning author Tim Pratt just joined up to comment in a thread about the wonderful Israeli adaptation of one of his short stories, "Impossible Dreams."
posted by koeselitz to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 AM PST - 5 comments

August 7

cats kittycam mefisown metafiltersown 100watts

One of the subjects of the KittyCam research project has appeared in the KittyCam thread and is answering questions! Hooray! [more inside]
posted by Scientist to MetaFilter-Related at 8:45 PM PST - 20 comments

August 6

How to count favorites.

FAQ: "There is an upper limit of 100 favorites per day". What's a day? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss to MetaFilter-Related at 5:13 PM PST - 80 comments

How strong is your MetaFilter password?

How strong is your MetaFilter password? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen to MetaFilter-Related at 8:41 AM PST - 212 comments

Pop music mystery

Searching for a (possibly) Canadian female pop singer who was mentioned on here sometime in the past few years. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine to MetaFilter-Related at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

MetaFilter vs. Reddit 3 in 3-D

It's that time once again--the London Mefite contingent is going to do battle tonight with Reddit in an epic pub quiz. It's a smaller crowd this time, with only nine of us confirmed, but it's still enough to do two teams. Come by and cheer us on, or do so here. As usual, one of us will be posting updates at the halfway mark and afterward.
posted by Mr. Bad Example to MetaFilter-Related at 1:09 AM PST - 81 comments

August 5

more better tag

Can we get a frequency count for users following / tracking tags? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin to Feature Requests at 1:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Magical musical singing ponycorn

Hey, how about some way to re-order the songs in playlists on MeFi Music? [more inside]
posted by speicus to Feature Requests at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Trying to find a comment about Chinese people paying a restaurant bill

Looking for a comment describing a Chinese or Chinese ancestry persons description of a family arguing about who would pay the bill at a restaurant. [more inside]
posted by mlis to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 AM PST - 19 comments

August 4

Would someone be willing to print and sell more Metafilter shirts?

Hey, could we have another run of shirts printed out? I'd like to buy one.
posted by bookman117 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:44 PM PST - 56 comments

Sort favorites by author?

Is there a way to sort my favorites by author, or to get a tabulation of quantity by author? [more inside]
posted by etc. to Feature Requests at 5:10 PM PST - 14 comments

August 3

…and I hate baseball

Isn’t coming into this thread to say "Photorealism sucks" and this one to say "I’m not into fashion, who cares what your jeans look like, quit being so shallow" pretty much the same as coming into a baseball post and saying you hate baseball? [more inside]
posted by bongo_x to MetaFilter-Related at 5:08 PM PST - 118 comments

Regrets, I've had a few

Looking for a comment thread that I believe may have originated at Reddit and was linked here: stories from men talking about how they (often painfully) missed clues from women who were interested in them, and the agony and regret when they realized what was actually happening at a later date. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 PM PST - 40 comments

August 1

Motion blur

There was a blog (tumblr, maybe?) posted a while back that had screenshots of cartoon frames that compensated for the lack of motion blur by multiplying the image onto itself. The only one I can recall was Spongebob with three or four faces. Anyone remember what it was?
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:48 PM PST - 19 comments

OK Cover

Back on June 8, the Metafilter Music Challenge announcement was made: cover an assigned track from Radiohead's OK Computer. Lotsa folks signed on. Now it's August 1st, deadline is passed. Check out the 46 submissions that came in!
posted by flapjax at midnite to MetaFilter-Related at 6:37 AM PST - 30 comments