September 2010 Archives (all archives)

September 30

New ads coming to MeFi (yes, for users, but only on the front page, and hideable)

New ads from The Deck will start showing up on front pages tomorrow, but don't worry, you can turn them off. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 7:49 PM PST - 118 comments

Favorite limit

"You hit your favorite limit for the day." - I'm getting this message a lot today, though I "only" have 30-40 favorites. I thought the limit was 100 or so ... [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm to Bugs at 11:38 AM PST - 134 comments

+ --> - ?

Pony request: On the front pages of each site (MeFi, AskMe, etc.), would it be possible to change the little plus-es to little minus-es when you add a post as a favorite? Or is there a reason this won't work/is a bad idea?
posted by reductiondesign to Feature Requests at 8:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Goodbye, Cruel Thread

Protip: When one says one is leaving the thread, one should probably leave it.
posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 8:20 AM PST - 431 comments

September 28


Front page rendering oddly.... [more inside]
posted by zarq to Bugs at 3:50 PM PST - 54 comments

Looking for a MeFi comment

I remember reading a comment on why the standard recommendation of "voting with your wallet" if you want to see political and/or economic change is bad/bullshit/bogus (in the opinion of the poster). My MeFi-fu is failing me. Please help? [more inside]
posted by gakiko to MetaFilter-Related at 1:29 PM PST - 37 comments

blame it on rio

any filterites living in rio de janeiro and up for a meetup? [more inside]
posted by yonation to MetaFilter-Related at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments [closed]

Hoder update

Hoder update: good news - not death. Bad news - 19 years. [more inside]
posted by aberrant to MetaFilter-Related at 9:08 AM PST - 70 comments

MacArthur in the House

The Metafilter community now includes a MacArthur fellow. [more inside]
posted by gwint to MetaFilter-Related at 8:07 AM PST - 64 comments


tl;dr? MeFi readers are apparently not as engaged as Facebook or BoingBoing readers: "I would have expected MetaFilter readers to hang around [and read the article] and Boing Boing users to quickly move along; but actually the opposite is the case."
posted by stbalbach to MetaFilter-Related at 5:49 AM PST - 92 comments

September 27


Can I have a pony IRL? I mean... for IRL? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis to Feature Requests at 7:53 PM PST - 47 comments

Content vs. Contentiousness

I believe this FPP fits exactly the model of what articles get deleted for. MeFtes complained it was deliberate trolling. What happened? [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf to Etiquette/Policy at 6:07 PM PST - 59 comments [closed]

How *nice* for Ask MetaFilter!

Well, bless our snark-filled, sugar-coated hearts: Your answers to my question, "'Bless your heart' and other backhanded phrases?," make it to public radio's "A Way With Words." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter-Related at 4:03 PM PST - 66 comments

September 25

For a good time call.

Seen in the bathroom of a Brooklyn bar : WTF MATT? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 PM PST - 113 comments

Self-link = TEH BANHAMMER!

How do we detect self-links? Interested in the mechanics and rules. [more inside]
posted by stratastar to MetaFilter-Related at 3:13 PM PST - 102 comments

September 24

Green checkmark showing that a question has best answers by anyone in

Tiny pony request. On the AskMe front page, a question has a green checkmark next to it if any of the answers has been marked "best answer." If you look at your own history of AskMe coments, there's a green checkmark next to any of your AskMe answers that was marked "best answer." In that same history of your AskMe comments, why not have a green checkmark next to the title of any question in which there have been "best answers" by anyone else? [more inside]
posted by John Cohen to Feature Requests at 6:35 AM PST - 57 comments

September 22

I/P Infringement

When can we expect to have this I/P ban lifted? [more inside]
posted by tybeet to Etiquette/Policy at 7:15 PM PST - 274 comments

MetaFilter in meatspace

What comprises the total hardware used in delivering to us our beloved MetaFilter? Not just the main server, but also any personal electronics a mod might use to regulate.
posted by Joe Beese to MetaFilter-Related at 5:41 PM PST - 69 comments

Twitter question

What is the protocol for reposting MeFi postings on my twitter stream? [more inside]
posted by pavi to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 AM PST - 43 comments

seeing deleted comments

So I was looking at this bizarre Metatalk thread and started to wonder: is there a way for me to see which of my comments have been deleted? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman to MetaFilter-Related at 7:52 AM PST - 207 comments

September 21

RSS for Recent Activity

Is there any chance of getting a RSS feed for Recent Activity? [more inside]
posted by Memo to Feature Requests at 10:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Was it something I said?

Censorship? [more inside]
posted by Biru to Etiquette/Policy at 4:20 PM PST - 87 comments [closed]

Previously On Metafilter... *cut to montage*

Is there an appropriate way to note follow-up on a closed MeFi post? [more inside]
posted by maryr to Etiquette/Policy at 2:04 PM PST - 15 comments


Giraffe-Update! The project to collect one million giraffes has succeeded!
posted by gubenuj to MetaFilter-Related at 9:45 AM PST - 31 comments

I give you the ability to do this because I trust you

They're talking about Metafilter's community guidelines and moderation policy over at Hacker News.
posted by chrchr to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 AM PST - 85 comments

Meet me between the PRT and the DFAC

OEF Meetup? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:02 AM PST - 7 comments

"Just show him this thread"

"Just show him this thread" - this advice gets given practically every other day and I was wondering, do people really mean it and think it is a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom to MetaFilter-Related at 4:26 AM PST - 65 comments

September 20

Wanted ads?

Are wanted ads welcome on AskMeFi? [more inside]
posted by londonmark to Etiquette/Policy at 2:11 PM PST - 58 comments

I guess this is a feature request?

Confirming Meet-Ups without including an exact address. Possible? [more inside]
posted by zizzle to Feature Requests at 7:01 AM PST - 32 comments

September 19

Update on hoder

According to a news report (in Farsi) shared through his Facebook group, hoder, or Hossein Derakhshan, has been sentenced to death in Tehran. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 to MetaFilter-Related at 3:08 PM PST - 217 comments

September 18

In which a post's deletion is questioned.

This post, if made as a comment, might stand a good chance of being sidebarred. Was there really no way to save it? [more inside]
posted by aberrant to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 PM PST - 109 comments

I just made my first post to metafilter.

I just made my first post to metafilter. [more inside]
posted by TheBones to MetaFilter-Related at 12:04 PM PST - 86 comments

Iphone favorite trouble.

My account doesn't remember that I favorited something with my phone [more inside]
posted by bilabial to Bugs at 9:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Why do we close AskMetafilter threads after one year?

Why do we close AskMetafilter threads after one year? [more inside]
posted by onalark to Feature Requests at 9:00 AM PST - 50 comments

September 17

Best of the Web: Stupid Videos?

5x SYLT (32x SYLT): Has simply become a Youtube/Othertube Internet video bookmarker? [more inside]
posted by gum to MetaFilter-Related at 11:54 PM PST - 138 comments

Help me stereotype and pigeonhole people.

How is this thread anything but an invitation to perpetuate ageist stereotypes? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman to Etiquette/Policy at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments [closed]

Most Favorited Comments

Can we have a Popular Comments tab like the Popular Favorites one? [more inside]
posted by smackfu to Feature Requests at 6:21 AM PST - 25 comments

Striving to make answers to vague AskMe questions more helpful and clear

In two recent AskMe threads (Non obvious things you shouldn't say to women and a similar about men), vague and general questions were asked. The community response wandered all over the map from very good, to not so good, where individual dislikes were conflated to be something all of certain subgroup dislke (1, 2). I think this is a problem that not only degrades the tone of the site in general and AskMe in particular, but also can confuse the asker. So I'm putting this issue before the community to see if the community views this as a problem and if so, discuss ways to mitigate it. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink to Etiquette/Policy at 6:20 AM PST - 150 comments

2027 in Britain, Again

Update-filter: Interactive fiction Flash Game The Curfew, mentioned and discussed at length in this now-closed post is out of beta and actually playable. Also, have you noticed how much dystopian sci-fi is set in 2027? It's the new 2019!
posted by Happy Dave to MetaFilter-Related at 6:18 AM PST - 7 comments

September 16

Bear Baiting Callout

This FPP appears to me to be intentionally inflammatory. I participated in the derail and am bringing it here at the suggestion of Navelgazer. [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno to Etiquette/Policy at 10:17 PM PST - 121 comments

Chrome breaking favorites?

Favorites not working in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal to Bugs at 5:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Google Reader is displaying MeFi in a weird way

In Google Reader breaks in text are displaying as brbr and single quotes are not appearing. This is in Firefox and in Chrome (Win7) but not on my phone (Palm Pre). [more inside]
posted by k8t to Bugs at 3:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Why would I care what Metafilter had for breakfast? Amirite?

Is it possible to make the Mefi Sideblog Updates (mefi) Twitter account link to the actual thread, rather than the sidebar archive? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff to Feature Requests at 1:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Just the text, ma'am

What if there was a tag for non-video posts? I can't watch videos at work, but I can read text. [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon to Feature Requests at 7:52 AM PST - 23 comments

It's just a hall of mirrors here.

I read Glenn Reynolds read Ann Althouse reads Metafilter!
posted by Joe in Australia to MetaFilter-Related at 5:00 AM PST - 122 comments

September 15

Elizabeth Warren follow-up

Follow-up: Elizabeth Warren to be named as interim head of the newly created Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Previously. [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding to MetaFilter-Related at 3:53 PM PST - 38 comments

Nasty sexist icky men.

What are you all saying that poor Jessamyn has to keep deleting in this thread? Also, women of Metafilter, are men you don't know actually speculating to you about your bra size and suggesting your mood is reflective of your menstrual cycle?
posted by bluedaisy to MetaFilter-Related at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

September 14 is dead

The front page of Ask MetaFilter contains JavaScript which references the Federated Media ad server However, the ad server reports that it is should no longer be used. [more inside]
posted by RichardP to Bugs at 1:12 PM PST - 31 comments

Too soon?

Would a bunch of links about eschatology be a good FPP followup to this post? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn to MetaFilter-Related at 12:57 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

Favorite GM scripts?

Monkey-Riding-A-Pony-Filter: What are your indispensable MeFi-related Greasemonkey scripts? [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:45 AM PST - 71 comments

Hey! Guess what happened!

Pony Express: in which updates to profiles could be displayed to contacts. [more inside]
posted by Sparx to Feature Requests at 1:08 AM PST - 39 comments

September 13

NYT registration wall, zarq's solution.

Zarq appears to have offered up a solution to the NYT registration wall in this thread. [more inside]
posted by Ahab to MetaFilter-Related at 11:18 AM PST - 134 comments

September 12

blue_beetle's comment on reddit

blue_beetle's insightful comment on how the Internet funds itself has prompted a front-page reddit post.
posted by spiderskull to MetaFilter-Related at 7:56 PM PST - 84 comments

September 11

Leave your issues at the door...

Can we have an AgonyFilter for certain categories of questions on AskMe? [more inside]
posted by Biru to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM PST - 162 comments

Can we stop using 'mouth breather' as an insult

Can we collectively agree to stop using "mouth breather" as an insult? It's not civil, and it doesn't contribute to a discussion. I can't be the only one with a deviated septum on here who cringes everytime a poster uses it as a synonym for ignorant. I know we're not exactly a protected minority, but still ... [more inside]
posted by kanewai to Etiquette/Policy at 3:51 AM PST - 651 comments

September 10

Try putting an entire plate of Beans on that Sandwich

Odd callout: Are people really uncreative that they can't figure out what to add to their grilled cheese sandwich? Its chatfilter. Its beyond chatfilter... Its asking if we can write every itteration of cheese+bread+some special ingredient down. Plus, this has been covered before. Seriously, do we need to overthink a plate of cheese, bread, and butter a second time because someone can't search?
posted by Nanukthedog to MetaFilter-Related at 10:15 AM PST - 303 comments

September 9

Anonymity, what are the rules exactly?

Anonymity, what are the rules exactly? I want to ask a question for a project I'm pitching. If the project gets made it would be under my real-life name, which would allow people to connect me with my screen-name here. I don't really want that to happen. Is that an acceptable use of anonymity? Is there a means to sign up for a second account and somehow say "please note, this isn't a sock puppet"? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel to Etiquette/Policy at 8:11 PM PST - 54 comments

Calling on abuse

This poster is physically and emotionally abusing her boyfriend!! Why aren't more people picking up on this? [more inside]
posted by moiraine to MetaFilter-Related at 4:12 AM PST - 361 comments

September 8

Deleted Post

why was my AskMeFi response deleted? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi to Etiquette/Policy at 7:48 PM PST - 72 comments

I Want My MeFiMu!

A while back, I tried to set my Flashgot Firefox plug-in to download all of the files with the address​music/​*.mp3, only to find that FlashGot doesn't like wildcards, only ranges (i.e. [a-z], [1...1000], etc.). But I really would like to have a quick easy way to suck all of this music onto my iPod. Dear AskMeTa, [more inside]
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 PM PST - 34 comments


Calling all football/soccer-inclined MeFites: UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football. Has anyone started a MeFi League? If not, I volunteer to do the honors. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira to MetaFilter-Related at 3:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Mandated reporting

In the CPS thread... [more inside]
posted by enn to Etiquette/Policy at 3:10 PM PST - 61 comments

Friend can't find button

A friend of mine has a really embarrassing question. My friend goes into his Mefi mail account and can't find the Compose button to send mefi mail. He's poked around and can't seem to figure it out. What a silly friend. Anyhow if there is someone who can help out my friend that would be great. My friend would really appreciate it.
posted by storybored to Etiquette/Policy at 8:11 AM PST - 87 comments


Any interest in starting a metafilter Minecraft server? Either creative or (the still very buggy) survival mode?
posted by empath to MetaFilter-Related at 8:10 AM PST - 134 comments

And there it is, gone !

A comment in this thread disappeared. What's up with that ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah to Bugs at 6:03 AM PST - 40 comments

September 7

CPB and the Ferris Club theory redux.

Cool Papa Bell gets another (uncredited) shout-out. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Mods are people too (confusingly)

Mods are mods, obviously--people with admin rights on the site. Mods are also users who sometimes toss in comments in threads speaking just as themselves. So say I want to send mail to a particular moderator as a mod--specifically, to request a cleanup that that particular mod's actions made more needful than it previously was. Mefi Mail? Not Mefi Mail? [more inside]
posted by jfuller to Etiquette/Policy at 3:16 PM PST - 61 comments

Blue or Green

So I have an article that I want to post, but the article is essentially a question regarding how people read. Abebooks had a blog post about it and the Guardian picked up on this issue as well. Should I post this on MetaFilter or under AskMefi? No matter where I post it, people will offer up their own preferences for how they read a book. As I see it, this post would be more appropriate in the Green, but I'm not certain.
posted by Fizz to Etiquette/Policy at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

me-fi "new" flag doesn't seem to work right.

The "New" Flag doesn't seem to be working right for me. A typical day in the life of Stagger Lee: I'll read a thread, leave and come back. Now it says "25 new!" Oh good! 25 posts to read! I'll read them and go back to the main page. But oh no! It still says "25 new!" And from there, the "new" number seems to grow, but rarely shrink. In short: the "new" flag doesn't seem to notice when I've actually read a post, and just displays all recent activity as new. Is this a browser problem? A me-fi problem? A mental problem? Thanks!
posted by Stagger Lee to Bugs at 11:08 AM PST - 28 comments

immigration law questions

What is the penchant for asking immigration law-related questions on AskMe? Immigration laws are very complex; the only answer should be "speak with an immigration lawyer." Is there any practical reason these questions are asked, but not deleted, on AskMe? See this, for example.
posted by dfriedman to Etiquette/Policy at 6:06 AM PST - 171 comments

September 6

Meta Culpa

Meta Culpa: looks like she might not be a racist liar after all. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia to MetaFilter-Related at 6:57 PM PST - 70 comments [closed]

Deja Voodoo

Seems to me this question was already asked and answered a week ago.
posted by zadcat to Etiquette/Policy at 4:05 PM PST - 39 comments

It's just like New York without all the noise

The thread for people in Toronto (and elsewhere) to complain about people in Toronto complaining about the airshow...inspired by this thread. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven to MetaFilter-Related at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]

Feed on Favorites

How can I create an RSS feed out of the 7 day popular favorites page on the Blue? If that's not a feature, well, there's my pony request.
posted by Taft to Feature Requests at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

September 5

So which one of you guys do I start rooting for?

Updates on this? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter-Related at 3:00 PM PST - 82 comments

Jessamyn Day!

Happy Jessamyn Day, everyone! [more inside]
posted by zizzle to MetaFilter-Related at 10:45 AM PST - 135 comments

September 3

Is "vi@gra" in Italian still "vi@gra?"

I love the idea of this Ask post, but is there any way to modify some of the answers so this poor person/couple doesn't get spammed like crazy? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm to MetaFilter-Related at 11:33 PM PST - 33 comments

Trees of hierarchy are pretty, let's plant some

I must organize. My favorites. This house is a pigsty. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to Feature Requests at 2:53 PM PST - 29 comments


Have any thought ever been given to creating a "Help a Mefite in Need" space on the site? [more inside]
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 AM PST - 69 comments


It's time for the MeFi Fantasy Basketball league! [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Always Bet on Duke

Strangely, this deleted post, which meant to confirm the death of the long storied Duke Nukem franchise occured on the same day as the first concrete information that the Duke lives on emerges from the Penny-Arcade Expo (PAX) [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

The Guardian Liveblogger is still in therapy, however.

Follow-up: Remember the Long Match? The Smithsonian's American History Museum has acquired John Isner's racquet from that match. (Also: Xan Brooks' live blog for the Guardian) [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe to MetaFilter-Related at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments


Flagging this post as 'fantastic' doesn't seem appropriate, so I just want to say that the outpouring of compassion, caring and genuine feeling makes me really happy to be part of this community. [more inside]
posted by mippy to MetaFilter-Related at 4:47 AM PST - 131 comments

September 2

Write is Music for the inner voice

MeFites can post their music to MetaFilter Music and be critiqued. I would love it if the same could be done for prose and poetry. [more inside]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out to Feature Requests at 10:00 PM PST - 61 comments

I can't believe I'm actually asking this.

I'm looking for a video I'm pretty sure I saw linked in a comment either on the blue or the green. It was a humorous music video about the singer's dislike for vanilla sex and their preference for loving of the anal variety. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! to MetaFilter-Related at 8:25 PM PST - 18 comments

filtering rss by tag

Restricting user RSS feeds to specific tags? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin to Feature Requests at 4:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Help us with a new feature for Jobs

Sneak Peek at a new feature. Looking for work? Post your job availability at Jobs. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 4:09 PM PST - 107 comments

I'm a little lost here, were do I put this?

I asked a question in AskMe about a story I'm writing, now the story is pretty much finished, and I'd like to share -- just in case anyone is interested. But I'm not sure how. [more inside]
posted by patheral to Etiquette/Policy at 2:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Is the term "Batshit Insane" offensive?

Yesterday, this post about the Discovery hostage-taking was edited (with the poster's permission) by Matt. The main result of editing was to remove the term "batshit insane" and the batshitinsane tag. I have mixed feelings about this. Is the term so offensive (presumably, to sanity-challenged folks) as to be unusable? If so, should it even be allowed as a tag? [more inside]
posted by CCBC to Etiquette/Policy at 2:38 PM PST - 42 comments

Deletion at the poster's request

Last night this post was deleted at the poster's request. It seems from the context within the post that the poster probably requested deletion because the discussion wasn't going the way he imagined it would. Something about asking to have a post deleted for that reason rubs me the wrong way. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise to Etiquette/Policy at 9:09 AM PST - 138 comments

login farm animal

When I log out of my regular account and log back in as a sock, I have to re-find the post in order to comment on it. [more inside]
posted by lover to Feature Requests at 9:00 AM PST - 37 comments

how to link to a new page, womewhere other than the top?

How do you link to a comment, not a page? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to MetaFilter-Related at 8:00 AM PST - 36 comments

September 1

The eyes of Texas are upon AskMe

An old, yet already publicized AskMe thread was mentioned today in The Daily Texan (University of Texas newspaper). [more inside]
posted by elpea to MetaFilter-Related at 1:00 PM PST - 60 comments

Hope Rides Alone into PDX

Impromptu Meetup? MetaFilter Approved rock opera-ers The Protomen performing a last-minute-announced show in Portland. [more inside]
posted by mediocre to MetaFilter-Related at 12:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Hostage situation at Discovery Channel

Followup. Shots fired, hostage taken at Discovery Channel headquarters. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:47 AM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Looking for an askme comment about budgeting.

I'm looking for an AskMe comment about budgeting. The commenter described a budgeting system in which all income was immediately paid into a category, so the final balance was $0. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

MeFi RunnerPlus Challenge September 2010

Sept. 2010 distance challenge now up for the MetaFilter group at Runner+. Please join in! [more inside]
posted by flex to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 AM PST - 39 comments

How did it all turn out?

Some of the more interesting or emotional questions and discussions on AskMe leave me wanting a final follow-up from the original poster. How did it all turn out? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack to Etiquette/Policy at 3:57 AM PST - 48 comments