September 2007 Archives (all archives)

September 30

Greta Simone is home!

Greta Simone is going to come home! Follow-up to this post [more inside]
posted by greta simone to MetaFilter-Related at 10:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Wasting Away

On the green people sometimes refer to 'wasting a question'. Am I missing something here ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 to Etiquette/Policy at 5:29 PM PST - 41 comments

16: $40 Bridge to PEI

Show #16 of the podcast recaps from the last three weeks of MeFi and Ask MeFi. It was recorded on September 27, 2007 and runs about an hour long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 9:01 AM PST - 66 comments


chrismear in New York! Monday, October 8th. Head inside to plan! [more inside]
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:54 AM PST - 71 comments

September 29

Shoreline Meetup (Gilbano Grinders all around)

Shoreline, Washington meetup! [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Playlist pony pony please: I'd like to embed the "Recently Listened" (or similar) chart into my profile, much like the flickr photo scroll. (Alternately, if someone knows how to do that now, I'd appreciate it). [more inside]
posted by klangklangston to Feature Requests at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Are any mefites coming to this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Oct 5th through 14th? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Are any MeFites going to Iceland Airwaves?

Will any MeFites be at Iceland Airwaves? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

NYC Meetup: Astoria.

Photos of Wednesday's NYC meetup. [more inside]
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:53 PM PST - 26 comments

It's MetaFilter time!

Thank you, MetaFilter, for being the fastest site to load over a dial-up internet connection. [more inside]
posted by scblackman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:09 AM PST - 27 comments

SF meetup?

Anyone up for a San Francisco or East Bay meet-up? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:01 AM PST - 39 comments


Why is the term "USian" used on MeFi in place of "American" so often?
posted by davidmsc to Etiquette/Policy at 2:10 AM PST - 224 comments

September 28

All hail DaShiv.

NY Times: "DaShiv is a star, an internationally famous portrait photographer". The article also mentions ThePinkSuperhero and some guy named Matthew Haughey.
posted by epimorph to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 PM PST - 260 comments

"All-Stars of the Clever Riposte"

MeFi's own " All-Stars of the Clever Riposte"
posted by Anonymous to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

aww. come on.

Why'd we go and kill this. Just because of this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah to Etiquette/Policy at 8:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Not Exactly a Meetup

Is anyone planning on hitting the Adams Ave Street Fair this weekend? (San Diego, Normal Heights)
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Commuter paper Metafilter shoutout

Metafilter's work on this "Mad Men" AskMe has not gone unnoticed. Across Canada, commuters are asking "what's a metafilter?" [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk to MetaFilter-Related at 6:15 AM PST - 25 comments

September 27

Prenez soin de l'anonyme

In light of this art project, UbuRoivas went to 59,469 Mefites, chosen for their intarnerdiness, to analyze, translate, or reinterpret a selected anonymous AskMe. The resulting collection of responses filled the grey place at MetaFilter with beauty, music, snark & mirth. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 6:26 PM PST - 67 comments


Photos from September 26's Astoria, NYC meetup. [more inside]
posted by Stynxno to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Metafilter: Amusing lists outside of google's power

I was thinking it would be good to see a complete list of all those "Metafilter: eating babies and porking hamsters" things that crop up from time to time constantly, but my google-fu i dont know how to so i hereby throw myself on the mercy of the court
posted by criticalbill to MetaFilter-Related at 1:16 PM PST - 72 comments

Metafilter documentary

I had spoken with Matt about a month ago about the idea of doing a Metafilter documentary in time for the tenth anniversary. I'd still like to do it but am looking for help. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink to MetaFilter-Related at 11:28 AM PST - 178 comments

Topic-specific filter sites

FilteredFilters? How would the community view a site that catalogued posts from MeFi on a specific subject? [more inside]
posted by Miko to Etiquette/Policy at 7:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Muster Up for Halo 3, MeFites!

Attention Halo-ites: Please update the wiki with your GamerTag. I tire of being clubbed to death by mouth-breathing 12 year olds. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding to MetaFilter-Related at 6:52 AM PST - 32 comments

September 26

Suspicious minds

Maybe I'm being paranoid... [more inside]
posted by tkchrist to Etiquette/Policy at 1:37 PM PST - 177 comments

clarifying mystery links

Occasionally links without any real description are posted to the front page. It would be nice if any user could add a short description that would appear when you moused over the link, so users don't have to click on eight different links to find out what a post is about. [more inside]
posted by craniac to Feature Requests at 12:27 PM PST - 55 comments

Follow-up to "Single Forever?"

I want to do a follow-up to the anonymous post What do you do with your life if you never get married? and confess to being....The Anonymous. [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly to MetaFilter-Related at 11:43 AM PST - 98 comments


Wee pony: can we get Ravelry added to our list of social apps in the profile? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish to Feature Requests at 6:59 AM PST - 24 comments

September 25

Google search instead of built-in search

How do I get Google search instead of built-in search on Ask MeFi? [more inside]
posted by pravit to Feature Requests at 11:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Boston Meetup, Friday 5th October

Boston meetup! Myself and wimpdork happen (independently!) to be visiting the area at the same time, so how about a meetup on Friday 5th October? [more inside]
posted by chrismear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Fight iPhone Lag, disable comment autopreview

iPhone-y pony please: a way to supress the automatic inline comment preview to mitigate typing lag. [more inside]
posted by Good Brain to Feature Requests at 6:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Favorite counting bug?

I think there may be a bug in the "# favorites" accounting code. [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste to Bugs at 4:57 PM PST - 21 comments

YYZ Meetup

I'll be in Toronto tentatively from 10/5 - 10/14. If not, I'll be there the week after. Who wants to go drinking?
posted by pieoverdone to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Link to metatalk

Feature suggestion: If a thread or comment is referenced in MetaTalk thread, display a little indicator on the referenced thread/comment and have it link to the MetaTalk discussion.
posted by jclovebrew to Feature Requests at 3:39 PM PST - 73 comments

book me

Could Shelfari be added as a social networking selection?
posted by four panels to Feature Requests at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm not printing it, I'm reading it.

Please don't link just to the print format version of long articles. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne to Etiquette/Policy at 11:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Two requests: sorting threads and social linking!

Two requests: sort threads by number-of-favorites, and a bit of social linking in profiles. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome to Feature Requests at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Tracking tehloki faves.

Is there anyway to determine the number of times tehloki has favourited me? [more inside]
posted by chunking express to Feature Requests at 9:15 AM PST - 106 comments

September 24

Virginia Beach Meetup

Anyone interested in an informal Virginia Beach meetup this Friday, Sept 28th? [more inside]
posted by Benny Andajetz to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Fighting words make for a heck of a derail.

Will the blatent and offensive derail at the end of this thread be allowed to continue? [more inside]
posted by Crabby Appleton to Etiquette/Policy at 2:22 PM PST - 154 comments

How close is "close"?

This thread was deleted for being a link to the poster's friend's site. The FAQ includes material produced by "close friends" in the self-link category. Does this mean we can't post anything made by people we know? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc to Etiquette/Policy at 10:29 AM PST - 79 comments

LOLTAGS are not useful

Could we add the ability to flag posts as "these tags are dumb, please would somebody with a brain come and fix them?" [more inside]
posted by nowonmai to Feature Requests at 7:38 AM PST - 35 comments

I'm sure people would like to delete him in real life.

This thread should not have been deleted. [more inside]
posted by oaf to Etiquette/Policy at 6:37 AM PST - 61 comments

September 23

Better Google searching for MeFi?

Has Google changed/improved the way it indexes Metafilter? When looking up answers for some recent AskMe questions, I've been surprised to see the questions themselves show up in Google's search results. [more inside]
posted by O9scar to MetaFilter-Related at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Three cheers for AskMe

What’s the best question you’ve heard on AskMe? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy to MetaFilter-Related at 4:46 AM PST - 73 comments

September 22

NY Meetup: Ithaca

Photo (singular) of last night's upstate NY Meetup. [more inside]
posted by zamboni to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Traverse City, MI: Meetup

Are there enough mefites for a Traverse City, MI meetup? I am in town until October 11 and am curious to know if there are others in the area. Anyone? Anyone?
posted by mandymanwasregistered to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:13 PM PST - 26 comments

NYC Meetup: Revival, Manhattan.

Photos of last night's NYC meetup. [more inside]
posted by DaShiv to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:32 PM PST - 74 comments

September 21

Giant stone statues shrink Recent Activity

When this post shows up in Recent Activity, the long small-text quote gets truncated, the <small> tag is never closed, and the rest of Recent Activity is rendered small.
posted by flabdablet to Bugs at 8:29 PM PST - 19 comments

No. 18 Matthew Haughey

NxE’s Fifty Most Influential Bloggers (whoever NxE is). Anyway, Matt made no. 18. [more inside]
posted by caddis to MetaFilter-Related at 7:15 AM PST - 79 comments

Jenny Diski wastes acres of time online!

MeFi shoutout from Jenny Diski in the NYT.
posted by mattbucher to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 AM PST - 66 comments

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Photos from last night's London meetup. [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:42 AM PST - 46 comments

September 20

Thank you for the books

I just want to thank the MeFites who faithfully answer all the book questions that get asked here, like this one. And very special thanks for those who include an Amazon link. I know not everyone supports them, but I don't usually buy from Amazon; I export my wishlist to a spreadsheet via Librarything, and take it whenever I go used bookshopping. Thus, I've had many, many hours of great reading thanks to AskMeFi. Having good books to read means a lot to me, and I just wanted to thank you all. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium to Etiquette/Policy at 9:32 PM PST - 42 comments

Wide-body preview plea

Feature request: Is there any way to make the preview box almost as wide as the real comments are? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi to Feature Requests at 5:42 PM PST - 43 comments

Embedding YouTube in [more inside]

Bug/Feature Expansion Request: YouTube links in MetaFilter's [more inside] don't display the optional embed icon. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to Feature Requests at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

RSS vs. Page formatting

Why does this question lose all formatting even though it is formatted in my RSS reader? Doesn't appear to have happened to other questions nearby.
posted by vacapinta to Bugs at 3:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Chelsea headhunter.

What makes this a good FPP?
posted by brautigan to Etiquette/Policy at 11:52 AM PST - 128 comments

September 19

Take your protein pills & put your diapers on

Update on this thread - defence calls in spin doctor in an attempt to humanise nappy-wearing astronaut.
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

What the world need now is crap, more crap?

ok, flag it as crap we know you want to. But do we both need you flagging it as crap and then posting a crap "flagged as crap" message in the allegedly crappy thread? Comment should be flagged as masturbatory noise.
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 7:07 PM PST - 58 comments

Cavemen demand fair treatment!

Cal OK, Cavemen not, huh? I call BS. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark to Etiquette/Policy at 7:10 AM PST - 141 comments

How do I "up vote" an AskMe response?

Feature suggestion: some way to flag an AskMe response as "good" if you are not the OP. [more inside]
posted by jon4009 to Feature Requests at 5:05 AM PST - 37 comments

The Grey Lady on The Blue

The Grey Lady on The Blue Now the The New York Times subscriber wall has come tumbling down, I though it might be interesting to see what she's had to say about us over the years. [more inside]
posted by Optamystic to MetaFilter-Related at 3:36 AM PST - 37 comments

Asheville, NC Meetup!

Asheville, North Carolina Meet-Up! [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:02 AM PST - 8 comments

September 18

Ottawa meetup?

Ottawa meetup? [more inside]
posted by St Urbain's Horseman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Invite Me!

Is asking for invites to private/beta sites an inappropriate use of AskMe? [more inside]
posted by melorama to Etiquette/Policy at 12:23 PM PST - 7 comments [closed]

Uninvited questions

Why are "do you have an invite to [web 2.0 site]?" questions allowed in AskMe? example 1, 2 [more inside]
posted by desjardins to Etiquette/Policy at 12:23 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm demanding this because it's clearly very important!

Pony request: being able to favorite comments from the Recent Activity page? [more inside]
posted by shmegegge to Feature Requests at 11:14 AM PST - 10 comments

September 17

Word Clouds: proportional summaries of user comment histories and thread contents.

New toy: Word Clouds, a script that creates a proportionally-sized list of user- or thread-specific words used relatively frequently compared to the (approximate) mefi average. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM PST - 152 comments

Chicago meetup

Time for another Chicago meetup? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaBelly to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:26 PM PST - 61 comments


It's not ok to be fat. Yet, if anyone gets anywhere near this medical, social, and genetic consensus, people go apeshit and like magic, the comment is deleted. It just doesn't seem right to me.
posted by four panels to Etiquette/Policy at 11:50 AM PST - 245 comments

Belittling me only dwarfs my concerns.

Since Metafilter seems to be a self-policing paragon of sensitivity with regard to body type issues, I am genuinely curious as to why cracking jokes about those who are, say, modest in stature, is totally wink-wink "I'm just giving you shit" fine? [more inside]
posted by ghastlyfop to Etiquette/Policy at 11:18 AM PST - 68 comments

Meetup in Hamburg, Germany?

Are there enough Mefites in or around Hamburg, Germany to have a meetup? [more inside]
posted by chillmost to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:03 AM PST - 2 comments

September 16

Mefites at FlashForward 2007?

Any mefites going to be at FlashForward next week? If so, I hear they have beer in Boston. We should drink it.
posted by thinman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this chatfilter?

Why is this question not chatfilter? I re-read the FAQ and the question seems to be the definition of chatty and open-ended. [more inside]
posted by sneakin to Etiquette/Policy at 6:49 PM PST - 28 comments

VIFF Meetup?

VIFF meetup? [more inside]
posted by juv3nal to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Schadenfreude by proxy?

What are the limits to absolute hilarity when "in bad taste" comes into play before posting something to the blue? I ask because I'm itching to share this video with everyone. It's wholly repugnant, but ridiculously high on the Unintentional Comedy Scale. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli to Etiquette/Policy at 3:50 PM PST - 28 comments [closed]

Mathowie in London

I'm gonna be in London from Oct 1-6th. If there's a meetup that week, I'll be there. - Mathowie Can we firm up the plans? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:29 AM PST - 121 comments

Need help finding poignant AskMe answer regarding the road to lawyerdom

Trying to find what I think was an AskMe (or possibly MeFi) comment from a while back, wherein the commenter outlines the fictional life story of someone whose aim is to make a lot of money so they can be happy, but ends up missing the mark along the way and turns into someone rather unhappy (but with the money). [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar to MetaFilter-Related at 9:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Hubcap Diamond Star Halo

Notes on the 30th anniversary of the death of Marc Bolan.... [more inside]
posted by kimota to Etiquette/Policy at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments [closed]

September 14

South Florida Meetup

South Florida Meetup - Mid October 2007 - Post your date/place preferences below... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:15 PM PST - 8 comments


does anybody else see this? (Firefox/ (Ubuntu-feisty))
posted by quonsar to Bugs at 7:46 PM PST - 19 comments

*cue spooky music*

MetaTalk [more inside]
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 PM PST - 63 comments

September 13

Not cool.

Shame on you. [more inside]
posted by aberrant to Etiquette/Policy at 9:50 PM PST - 131 comments

I didn't request my password?

I got a "Your MetaFilter password request" e-mail but I didn't request my password? [more inside]
posted by zaphod to Bugs at 5:24 PM PST - 27 comments

Open Letter to the Mods

Thank you, Matt, Jessamyn, PB and Cortex. I don't idolize you. I don't always agree with you. Sometimes your decisions confuse me. Sometimes they anger me. Sometimes your ban hammer needs fine-tuning. More often than not, you are spot on. But no matter what, every little thing every one of you does is analyzed to the nth degree, and I wouldn't want your job. So, thank you for doing the dirty work so I can come in here and obsessively reload every day.
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 4:56 PM PST - 89 comments

Halifax NS meetup?

Halifax NS meetup next week? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:21 PM PST - 28 comments

October Philly Meetup?

Would anybody be interested in a meetup in Philadelphia for mid-late October? [more inside]
posted by potch to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Ten days on #mefi

We used PieSpy to visualize the social structure of #mefi. Here's an animation of the last ten days.
posted by dmd to MetaFilter-Related at 12:09 PM PST - 41 comments

Older and Newer links

Can the “« Older” and “Newer »” links at the bottom of post pages use the post titles of the adjacent posts rather than the first few words truncated with an ellipsis?
posted by stopgap to Feature Requests at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

dashiv in new york welcome party

I heard that DaShiv is coming to NYC from September 17 through the 27th. NYC already has his goodbye meetup on the 26th planned. When and where is the big HI DASHIV! meetup?
posted by drpartypoopercrankypantsesquire to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Great work, spiderwire.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank spiderwire for his fantastic contributions to this thread. [more inside]
posted by joedan to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 AM PST - 19 comments

September 12

Upstate NY Meetup?

Upstate NY meetup, take two, anyone? I'm thinking a) Ithaca, and b) before winter gets here.
posted by zamboni to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:40 PM PST - 20 comments

JavaScript Error Drama

favorites.js refers to document.getElementById("fav") which is null. This will lead to error pop-ups on every page for some users. If this is not immediately fixed I will resign my membership in protest.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to Bugs at 8:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Country/Region/Location tags?

If there were a way to signal what locality ask.mefi posts pertained to, would that be a useful piece of data to know? [more inside]
posted by unmake to Feature Requests at 6:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me find an old post

Can anyone help me find a post that I'm sure I saw (and perhaps I even posted myself) here on Metafilter a while back with a commercial done by a regional county sherrif's office encouraging the viewer to narc on their significant others? [more inside]
posted by jonson to MetaFilter-Related at 12:08 PM PST - 100 comments


Hi there, mods. Yes, you. Mathowie, jessamyn and cortex. Please stop closing MeTa threads so early and so often. I think you're forgetting the "community" part. [more inside]
posted by loquacious to MetaFilter-Related at 1:34 AM PST - 609 comments

September 11


I would like to mark this day as one in which something profound happened on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by freebird to Feature Requests at 8:20 PM PST - 1 comment [closed]

Any chance of explaining this: "This post was deleted for the following reason: clearly my filter for these isn't working properly. But wait, Hitchens AND Dawkins you say...? * taps pager * Damn this thing is broken. -- jessamyn"

Wait.. a longtime user criticises the deletion of a post about one intellectual's review of another intellectual's book - a deletion with obscure sarcastic reason "clearly my filter for these isn't working properly. But wait, Hitchens AND Dawkins you say...? * taps pager * Damn this thing is broken. -- jessamyn" ... then you close the Meta thread? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- to MetaFilter-Related at 5:07 PM PST - 178 comments

so long

In reaction to jessamyn's apparently arbitrary deletion of the Dawkins/Hitchens fpp, I am hereby retiring this account. [more inside]
posted by Heywood Mogroot to Etiquette/Policy at 4:13 PM PST - 11 comments [closed]

MarkovFilter: Lemme see if any American supermarkets have taken in this stuff to decorate my dorm room.

Allow me to properly introduce you to MarkovFilter. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 1:37 PM PST - 369 comments

How many flags do I have?

Can we find out how many flags our posts get? [more inside]
posted by empath to Feature Requests at 8:03 AM PST - 67 comments

If we let this go past the fifth anniversary, it'll never go away.

Let's not this year. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea to Etiquette/Policy at 7:19 AM PST - 104 comments

September 10

Bob's Your Uncle

Why was my comment in this thread deleted? [more inside]
posted by solongxenon to Etiquette/Policy at 9:16 PM PST - 65 comments [closed]

AskMe Follo Up

Here's a follow up to my first ever AskMe post from over a year ago. [more inside]
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments to MetaFilter-Related at 8:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Goodbye, DaShiv

He's not even here in NYC yet, and we're already planning his gooodbye party- come to DaShiv's Goodbye Dinner on September 26th. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:00 PM PST - 40 comments

Hysterical Bligh

Is there a shrink in the house? I'm just curious what your diagnosis would be for this: (1, 2). Does somebody need a time out? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme to Etiquette/Policy at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

15: Call-ins and recaps

Show #15 of the podcast includes call-in questions from a handful of members and recaps from the last two weeks of MeFi and Ask MeFi. It was recorded on August 30, 2007 and runs about 50 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:37 PM PST - 56 comments

SLO Meetup?

San Luis Obispo, CA Meetup in late September? [more inside]
posted by lekvar to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Prank War 6

UpdateFilter: So, you thought Prank War was hilarious? Lame? Either way, it's tough to imagine topping pranking (/ruining the life of) your friend in front of a sold-out Yankee Stadium.
posted by kyleg to MetaFilter-Related at 2:09 PM PST - 16 comments [closed]


Yes, another NYC meetup. [more inside]
posted by essexjan to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:43 PM PST - 28 comments

congratulations, pb!

pb, MetaFilter fixer-upper and generally awesome dude, welcomed a new addition to his family. congratulations! [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo to MetaFilter-Related at 11:14 AM PST - 35 comments

[more than you wanted to know inside]

Ladies: it's cool. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki to Etiquette/Policy at 12:53 AM PST - 101 comments [closed]

September 9

item for your attention

Is there a shrink in the house? I'm just curious what your diagnosis would be for this: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Does somebody need a time out?
posted by spock to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 PM PST - 254 comments

NY hearts plep

The enigmatic plep, originator of many remarkably fine FPPs, now resides in NYC for an indefinite length of time, on unspecified business. This calls for a meet-up, if only to pin him down as to location, and how much he's paying for rent.
posted by vetiver to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Metafilter Walking Challenge

What happened to the walking challenge? [more inside]
posted by tejolote to MetaFilter-Related at 3:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Coming out of the MetaCloset

MeFi Meetup Q: have you ever run into someone you know? How do you deal with someone reconciling your online and offline persona? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker to MetaFilter-Related at 2:43 PM PST - 53 comments

Clicking links ≠ open new?

Clicking links ≠ open in new tab/window? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish to Bugs at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Hello, Radios!

I'll be doing a short, on-air, phoned in interview with Ronald Jenkees of youtube fame this Wednesday starting at 3pm (eastern standard time). You can listen to it live here. There will be a recording on that site shortly thereafter. If there are any questions the MeFi crowd would like me to ask, post them.
posted by phrontist to MetaFilter-Related at 6:34 AM PST - 21 comments

keeping with the subject of things

At last! San Francisco Meet-up Pictures!
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:39 AM PST - 10 comments

September 8


Cortex restarted genefilter. It's in beta but still good. Forgive me if this has already been mentioned.
posted by puke & cry to MetaFilter-Related at 11:07 PM PST - 84 comments

coney island meetup pictures .: us > you.

Pictures from the world famous Coney Island Meetup.
posted by Stynxno to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:55 PM PST - 37 comments

Improperly formed MetaTalk RSS.

MetaTalk RSS doesn't validate, isn't properly formed XML--due to unquoted special characters. This seems to be getting irritatingly common, is something missing out of the auto-quote list, or could we have auto-quote for the RSS beefed up in general? AskMe never seems to have problems, just MetaTalk almost every week or so.
posted by anaelith to Bugs at 3:43 PM PST - 39 comments

Would anyone care to join me in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk?

Would anyone care to join me in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk? [more inside]
posted by sequential to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this the end ?

It's been 19 hours and no posts to the front page today - have we reached the end of the internet ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity to MetaFilter-Related at 11:22 AM PST - 32 comments


Has anyone else had this problem with Internet Explorer while logging onto Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy to Bugs at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

XK Cee you Dere

XKCD meetup in Cambridge? Is anyone thinking of doing this? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:13 AM PST - 35 comments


Can I just say this question rocked me to sleep. But it also made me think about what I would do in this situation
posted by ShawnString to MetaFilter-Related at 5:03 AM PST - 23 comments

September 7

A pony called "Thesaurus"

glbt (6) / lgbt (2); color (98) / colour (30); theatre (72) / theater (78). Previously. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa to Feature Requests at 10:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Mefi frontpage is blank in Opera 9.23

I'm using Opera (9.23, Windows NT 5.1; U; sv) and all I see at the Metafilter frontpage is nothing at all (image). Mefi works fine in IE. Whatever has caused this, it must have happened during the past 12 hours.
posted by Foci for Analysis to Bugs at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Lawrence MeFites, let's meet up.

Lawrence MeFites, let's meet up. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Question about deals: Bad deletion

How was the AskMe about "your favorite frugalities" chatfilter? Seemed like a legitimate question to me with some decent, interesting answers. Bad deletion.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 7:05 AM PST - 80 comments

September 6

Stood up at the meetup?

What happened, Tucson? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:06 PM PST - 28 comments

no fans my ass

Allow me to nerd out briefly on behalf of one of our own. Say, Mr. William "I invented cyberspace" Gibson, what were you listening to while writing your new bestseller Spook Country? Why, I was listening to Brad Sucks, nanojath! (see Sept. 1 entry) [more inside]
posted by nanojath to MetaFilter Music at 10:53 PM PST - 54 comments

More inside picky?

I just posted in a thread on the blue and the more inside wasn't visible in preview. I'm on Safari. Anyone else seeing this?
posted by dobbs to Bugs at 9:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Podcast call-in

We're podcasting tomorrow and would love to get some questions beforehand. As always, call Call +1 (503) 487-0014 and leave a message. We'll play back the good ones on the show and answer them.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 6:51 PM PST - 33 comments

First we take Manhattan

Hello fellow MeFites. cortex called my music ass-bumping orwello-euro electropop (still one of my favorite reviews ever). You may have heard a bit of it on MeFiComp. And now (somewhat to my surprise) I will be performing it live this Saturday night at The Knitting Factory (NYC).
posted by Artifice_Eternity to MetaFilter Music at 5:26 PM PST - 88 comments

More Inside? You bet.

More inside everywhere! [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 3:11 PM PST - 47 comments

ZBS Podcasts Update

Update: back in this post on the podcast version of the radio series Moon Over Morocco a few people expressed disappointment that ZBS wasn't giving away the earlier and better known series The Fourth Tower of Inverness. Well, now they are.
posted by Lentrohamsanin to MetaFilter-Related at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Is calling a poster a cheap jerk appropriate for the green?

This guy is getting an awful lot of insulting and unhelpful responses, most calling him petty, a jerk, and cheap (based upon the supposed cost of his wedding and inferred wealth). Appropriate?
posted by cmgonzalez to Etiquette/Policy at 12:31 PM PST - 149 comments

It just seems wrong somehow.

Great thread and everything, but shouldn't we be a bit concerned that the post itself is just the first two paragraphs (even the same links) of the main atlantic article, without even attribution? Seems a bit off to my delicate sensibilities.
posted by Sparx to Etiquette/Policy at 2:11 AM PST - 64 comments

September 5

music challenge topic

Can't seem to find this month's music challenge topic. Is there one?
posted by AppleSeed to MetaFilter Music at 9:13 PM PST - 21 comments


What's this whole "wendell!" thing about? Why do mefites shout out wendell in the middle of threads?
posted by humannaire to Etiquette/Policy at 4:24 PM PST - 151 comments

It's Jessamyn's birthday. Greet her.

Happy birthday to the lifeguard of our hearts.
posted by brownpau to MetaFilter-Related at 9:40 AM PST - 150 comments

September 4

xkcd's internet map tool implemented. Can we have?

Someone went and implemented xkcd's internet map - it generates pictures like this. Matt, would you be willing to dump a couple days worth of access_log IPs into this tool?
posted by dmd to Feature Requests at 3:22 PM PST - 63 comments

please don't kill the thread while i'm replying

i imagine that kelvin-helmholtz is so long because there's some kind of balance related to radiation pressure (vaguely vaguely like eddington limit?) but i may be way off - never thought about it before. if it is radiative pressure (or anything related to being hot) that holds things up that means that you'll still get an initial collapse and ignition. so i think initial "inner" thermal equilibrium will be much faster, but final steady state could take a long time. and why on earth (or sun) is this chatfilter? delete the stupid answers, not the question. i realise it's not one of your valued "what stupid piece of crap for my kitchen should i waste money on today because i can't cook for shit but boy i know how to use my credit card like a pro?" questions, but it still has a valid answer.
posted by andrew cooke to Etiquette/Policy at 6:15 AM PST - 100 comments

September 3

Get to Know Your Fellow MeFites.

We have a fandom post feature now, which of course is excellent. Now how about a random user feature? It could be called 'Get to Know A MeFite' or something like that. I think there are a lot of interesting user profile pages which many people have not and may not ever see, which is a shame, and this would be a potential way to highlight some of them. As an added bonus, this feature could lead to more Metafilter meet-ups as people stumble upon other users who they may not have known lived so close by. It could also lead people to explore their randomly chosen MeFite's posting history which may, in turn, lead many to discover several excellent (and awful) posts, questions and MeTa screeds which they may never have come across before.
posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 11:53 PM PST - 48 comments

34 Mefites think Mach3avelli is an asshat.

What do you guys think about instituting "personality points" towards users? You know, something along the lines of: 15 members think user x talks out of his ass too much. 6 members think user y suffers from a holier than thou complex. 24 members have been helped by user z. etc. Really, it's all about helping create context, especially for new and less frequent users. I would love an option where I could scroll my mouse over a name when I read advice in an AskMe thread and see something like, "173 users recommend against this user's advice." It could be all spelled out in a user's profile next to the "this user links to" category.
posted by Mach3avelli to Feature Requests at 7:32 PM PST - 164 comments

Steep and Deep: Mefi Whistler Summit 2007

Now that Labor Day is here, and Summer is on the way out. I thought it might be an auspicious time to discuss the Whistler Mefi ski trip proposed in this thread. The tentative date is for the weekend of December 15-16.
posted by [expletive deleted] to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:52 PM PST - 35 comments

Back-Taggers, Back to Work!

The back-tagging team seems to have languished in their zeal to backtag all old Metafilter and AskMetafilter posts (I know I have fallen behind). I think we should set a goal end-date for ourselves, and really push ourselves to get it all done. Details inside.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 3:31 PM PST - 58 comments

Metafilter Wiki: New and Improved!

After prolonged badgering and complaints from certain individuals (you know who you are!), I've finally upgraded the Metafilter Wiki to MediaWiki [more inside]
posted by adrianhon to MetaFilter-Related at 11:37 AM PST - 97 comments

Does the Mefi Navigator Greasemonkey script work in Opera?

Does the Mefi Navigator Greasemonkey script work in Opera? I followed the instructions on this page and put the script (with the original name) in my userjs folder, but nothing happens. I checked that the correct userjs folder is specified in my site preferences. Does it work for anybody else?
posted by davar to MetaFilter-Related at 9:50 AM PST - 5 comments

I guess I could google-cache the page for "Jessamyn"...

MeTa-pony-request: Can we highlight the mods' responses in MeTa threads? [MI]
posted by allkindsoftime to Feature Requests at 6:07 AM PST - 51 comments

Meetup Eire?

Given the fantastic quality of responses I got on AskMe recently, how about a Dublin Meetup?
posted by conch soup to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:16 AM PST - 15 comments

September 2

Please help me name my mix CD about kittens.

The AskMe guidelines make a simple-sounding request: 'Please avoid "help me name my kitten/computer/website" and "help me make a mix CD" questions.' But these kinds of questions are posted fairly frequently, and seldom seem to be deleted. How many of these kinds of questions are posted, and what proportion of those are removed? If the guideline isn't being enforced because people love the name-my-whatever questions, maybe it would be better to just get rid of the guideline. Alternately, if the guideline is to remain, maybe it would be better to make it more prominent, and/or to delete a larger proportion of the questions which break it.
posted by box to MetaFilter-Related at 9:19 AM PST - 76 comments

Copyright discussion

jessamyn has invited us to have a discussion about copyright issues in MetaTalk. So here it is.
posted by grouse to MetaFilter-Related at 6:46 AM PST - 62 comments

September 1

Could we get rid of the bunny craps in posts?

I'm not going to make any callouts, but could short comments like "that was ghey" or "boring" be deleted as policy? They seem way too... youtubey. I wouldn't want to see an end to criticism or snark, but grunts of dissent tend to damage my perception of the Metafilter brand.
posted by Citizen Premier to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 PM PST - 77 comments

Kaytrem says googlebomb!

What the hell kaytrem?
posted by phrontist to Etiquette/Policy at 4:15 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

MetaFilter in looooove

Ain't we a whole bunch of sweet romantics, eh?
posted by Kickstart70 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:46 AM PST - 48 comments