September 2012 Archives (all archives)

September 30

Adam Savage Prefers Metafilter's Format

Adam Savage's AMA on Reddit might not be noteworthy here if not for This Comment: "I feel seriously so dumb about the reply thing. I'm used to the format on Metafilter."
posted by Blake to MetaFilter-Related at 5:17 PM PST - 56 comments

Phear of the Dark Green.

How shameless can one be on MetaFilter Projects? I've read the documentation, and guidelines. I've looked through posts. Being that I am so good at running afoul of MetaRules, can I be completely shameless about my company on there? We're part of an incubator programme and I'd like to give another team some love too. Can I be shameless about putting them on there? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell to Etiquette/Policy at 5:05 PM PST - 25 comments

September 29


Book reviews featured in a discrete area of the Meta-verse? [more inside]
posted by mr. digits to Feature Requests at 8:17 AM PST - 24 comments

September 27

I watch really trashy tv stations.

AskMe gets a pretty weird nod in an investigative show on truTV called Forensic Files. [more inside]
posted by phaedon to MetaFilter-Related at 6:58 PM PST - 49 comments

Tim Gunn reads Ask.Metafilter

Tim Gunn of Project Runaway fame finally provides the definitive answer to the question What color socks should I wear with brown shoes and blue jeans? in his new book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible. [more inside]
posted by Stynxno to MetaFilter-Related at 9:56 AM PST - 188 comments

I don't want to get reading glasses yet!

Okay, yeah, doing stuff in smaller script can be funny and all. But pretty, pretty please, can people at least do it in small rather than SUPER-small, like this? (It makes me feel old, man!)
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Etiquette/Policy at 8:48 AM PST - 74 comments

September 26

Overzealous comment deletion

Just had the comment below deleted from this thread. I don't feel that the deletion was merited. [more inside]
posted by knoyers to Etiquette/Policy at 6:16 PM PST - 96 comments [closed]

MetaFilter: It Gets Better

So we've now watched dozens, possibly hundreds of "It Gets Better" videos from different people and groups. And we've answered questions from all kinds of young queer folks about how to navigate the complexities of life. Isn't it about time that MetaFilter made an "It Gets Better" video? [more inside]
posted by jph to MetaFilter-Related at 7:55 AM PST - 220 comments

September 25

Ten Years Gone

I meant to do this yesterday, but thanks for ten years MeFites. You people are fuckin jake by me.
posted by timsteil to Uptime at 4:43 PM PST - 55 comments

i wanna know how many links that is in total....

500 Miles. 500 Awesome posts! Congratulations filthy light thief, and thanks for all the links!
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 2:28 PM PST - 34 comments

September 24

Kaycee Nicole is back

Eleven years later, Metafilter and Kaycee Nicole is the subject of today's Now I Know (a daily email that I highly recommend).
posted by saeculorum to MetaFilter-Related at 6:39 AM PST - 116 comments

September 23

Oh wait, I had MetaFilter upside down.

I object to this deletion since the double was Welsh and calling an Asda, not Belfast Irish calling what presumably is not an Asda. It would be ideal to post both in one thread as a compilation of pizza complaints but each is enjoyable to hear in its own way.
posted by michaelh to Etiquette/Policy at 12:02 PM PST - 65 comments

September 20

The Cabal just lost Doc Marten

I've been noticing basically the same question posted repeatedly on AskMe, "Please recommend some comfy walking shoes for me." [more inside]
posted by misha to MetaFilter-Related at 5:09 PM PST - 269 comments

Is MeFi down? appears to be down. I can access other subsites, but not the blue - just me? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave to Bugs at 12:34 PM PST - 26 comments

Mark a question 'favorite' when you're on the question page?

Re AskMefi: Can I mark a question as a favorite only on the main page, and not on the question page? Sometimes I don't know it's a favorite until I read some answers. But it appears I need to go back to the question list to make it a fave. Thx!
posted by LonnieK to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 AM PST - 8 comments

To memail or not to memail - that is the question.

What is the etiquette (or should be the etiquette) of memailing responses to individuals as a result of AskMe comments? [more inside]
posted by corb to Etiquette/Policy at 9:00 AM PST - 32 comments

September 19

Fiasco by Skype?

Any MeFites want to start up some Skype-based games of Fiasco? [more inside]
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 5:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Have ye forgotten then?

Arr! Have ye scurvy dogs forgotten then? It's officially Talk Like A Pirate Day so ye best start using the pirate lingo, else ye be walkin' the plank!
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 9:36 AM PST - 86 comments

September 18

Eating our own dogfood

We are currently looking for at least one part-time moderator for MetaFilter. Apply if you've got a flexible schedule and have been a member for a while.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 12:07 PM PST - 525 comments

Whither Kiva?

The Kiva team is now 301 members and $73,000ish of total lending. As a purely online lender pool it has maintained its position in the top five lending clubs for three-and-a-half years. It has been enshrined as the second most successful campaign for Kiva, but it has stopped growing. What could be next? Should it keep going? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Unofficial MetaFilter Apps

For the past six months I've been tinkering with a set of unofficial apps for MetaFilter. When I started this project there weren't any official apps on the horizon and except for an odd 3rd party iPhone app I couldn't find anything else so I decided to explore the problem on my own. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 26 comments

September 17

What's my problem?

I would like to understand what got a post of mine deleted today. I contacted the mods and got some feedback and then was directed here. So here I am. Community feedback requested. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Etiquette/Policy at 6:48 PM PST - 111 comments

Rolling down the street, smoking....

Damn my google-fu! Where was that anecdote comment about the guy who took his rap-hating friend to a Snoop Dogg concert, only to have him make friends with Mr. Dogg in the parking lot over "Gin and Juice"? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 PM PST - 15 comments

His Name Will Be Sung In Valhalla

A positive, happy callout: a few others probably share my opinion on this, but Deezil is a golden god. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter-Related at 5:56 AM PST - 57 comments

400 Bad Request

Can't get to the blue, can't get to contact form. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 to Bugs at 3:43 AM PST - 27 comments

September 16

Best MeFi satire.

What are the best examples of satirical comments on Mefi/MeTa/AskMe? [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers to MetaFilter-Related at 8:06 PM PST - 46 comments


Cool Papa Bell's Ferris Bueller/Fight Club theory has been turned into a poster. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:09 AM PST - 40 comments

September 15

Is an FPP workable if it requires having read a specific book?

With this FPP as a starting point, I wanted to ask: Is an FPP where every attempt at discussion is impossible because you have to read a book about the subject first, a good FPP? [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler to Etiquette/Policy at 5:40 PM PST - 77 comments

September 14

Getting good at writing FPPs

Am still a relative newbie here, and finding MetaFilter a fascinating source of high quality / low noise information and interesting stuff. But am struggling a bit with writing FPPs. So far, have had 7 go up, but 4 pulled. Stressing that am not complaining; every time there's been a reason politely given why, and I've retrospectively thought "Yeah, that's a fair point." But it would be nice to consistently put up interesting and always legitimate FPPs. I feel a bit that am learning the ropes of doing proper FPPs by trial and (often) error - perhaps have gotten practice on other forums, that are slightly or very different to Metafilter, hardwired into me and it's difficult to spot other than retrospectively when it's pointed out. Is there a sandbox area, or some other mechanism for getting other people to look at one's FPP before it goes 'live', to see that it's legitimate (beyond the clear warnings not to self-promote) in terms of content and style and any other criteria? I have no problem with constructive criticism, peer review et al.
posted by Wordshore to Etiquette/Policy at 3:28 PM PST - 97 comments

September 13

We are MeFi. We must have Bacon.

Need help finding a MetaTalk thread. I could swear I saw a thread about a MeFi homepage appearing on a monitor in the background in a scene in either a movie or TV show. I was thinking it was possibly the TV show Numbers, but so far my searches of MeTa have not been successful. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:57 PM PST - 18 comments

He already thought of that...

Deleting Ask.Me answers that duplicate things the original question has already mentioned, is this a new thing or have you always done this? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne to Etiquette/Policy at 12:01 PM PST - 34 comments

Weird double underlined words

I'm seeing some words on Metafilter double underlined and hightligthed in red. Do I have some kind of ad virus hijacking my browser or is Metafilter adding more add content? Scrolling over the words reveals it to be soe kind of deal cabby thing. I don't know what this is... Image here.
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? to Bugs at 10:01 AM PST - 29 comments

Really, no soda for you

Update on this post. New York City will become the only city in the country to limit the size of the sugary drinks you can purchase in March 2013.
posted by roomthreeseventeen to MetaFilter-Related at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

September 12

The website so nice they headed it, thrice and a half.

Every once in a while, while reading MeFi on my phone, the heading will freak out. Like this. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Bugs at 7:50 AM PST - 44 comments

September 11

Nooglers, Googlers, and Xooglers oh my

Nooglers, Googlers, and Xooglers reminisce. [more inside]
posted by chemoboy to MetaFilter-Related at 10:50 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

Looking for Marxism comment with many links

Looking for a recent comment about Marxism, was chock full of links and written by someone who knew a lot about it. I'd like to read up. [more inside]
posted by marble to MetaFilter-Related at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

We were ahead of the game back on 9/11.

HuffPo asks, "What would 9/11 be like if social media was around?" [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie to MetaFilter-Related at 1:14 PM PST - 119 comments

"Speaking of Personal Experience" isn't a citation.

Saying "I have personal experience in this" doesn't invalidate or even contradict information given in ask. [more inside]
posted by xingcat to Etiquette/Policy at 11:31 AM PST - 37 comments

September 10

Death to Bike Thieves

MeFi's own bhance got a commendation for his work on the Stolen Bike Registry.
posted by turbodog to MetaFilter-Related at 11:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Linking to the Pope / leader of Southern Baptists = banhammer?

I know that MeFi avoids conflict, but is it entirely fair that MeFi has hosted numerous posts in the past about President Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright -- and many, many critical posts about The Church of Scientology -- but that starting a discussion about Mormonism and whether his faith could effect the Presidential election are off-limits? Is it possible for others to create a post that would point out similar official religious criticisms of Mormonism and their ramifications in this election without being similarly deleted?
posted by markkraft to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 PM PST - 88 comments [closed]

September 9

Artw's 750th post

On the occasion of his 750th post, a shout out to Artw for the abundance and quality of his contributions to MetaFilter.
posted by Egg Shen to MetaFilter-Related at 12:06 PM PST - 145 comments

September 6

So what brings you to post 117949?

Is it cool to ask people why they are discovering a post or comment months after it was made? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus to Etiquette/Policy at 2:39 PM PST - 63 comments

Pony: Can we get a keyboard shortcut for adding favorites?

Can we get a keyboard shortcut for adding favorites? I use the j/k and m keyboard shortcuts all the time, but when I want to favorite a post or comment, I need to reach for the mouse. This will not do! [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu to Feature Requests at 2:29 PM PST - 26 comments

72: Best Post Contest Results

The results of the August Best Post Contest are finally here, in this 1:15 long podcast where we recap our favorites [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 12:53 PM PST - 134 comments

include Projects in duplicated link/tag search for FPPs

Could the duplicated link/tag search for FPPs also include Projects? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. to Feature Requests at 12:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Metafilter is...

Is there a machine picking up on all the "Metafilter: [catchy slogan]" comments? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon to Feature Requests at 10:10 AM PST - 61 comments


I'm going to ask the moderators from other countries not to interfere with our discussion of American politics. It's more difficult for them to deal with this, because we can all get crazy every four years about this and we need to do that, and they need to let us get crazy about this. I'm not going to mention specific instances, but they exist. Please chill out about this. Things will get back to normal afterwards.
posted by twoleftfeet to Etiquette/Policy at 1:45 AM PST - 350 comments [closed]

September 5


posted by Specklet to MetaFilter-Related at 11:09 AM PST - 104 comments

Sidebar box with links to open political threads?

Election season idea: could a small box get added to the sidebar highlighting the open politics threads, below The Deck ad and above the sidebar? An opt-out (or opt-in option) could also be available. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief to Feature Requests at 7:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Use Your Words

I'd like to have a discussion about use of the word mansplain on this website. Man or woman, doesn’t matter, if you use a word that many people find offensive, they're going to tune out what you have to say. In conversations about gender relations, is the objective to create an atmosphere of mutual understanding, or is it to demonstrate the destructive power of gendered insults by consistently ignoring repeated requests to stop using a word that people feel unfairly defined by? Because those two objectives are not compatible. [more inside]
posted by gman to Etiquette/Policy at 4:41 AM PST - 541 comments [closed]

September 4

It's Jess's Day!!!

Happy Birthday Jessamyn!!! [more inside]
posted by pearlybob to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 PM PST - 87 comments

Welcome, AssassinPrincess!

AssassinPrincess shows up to answer questions about being a professional princess.
posted by plinth to MetaFilter-Related at 7:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Social Media and the Fight Against Homelessness

A wonderful update on my post from July: SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS [more inside]
posted by jillithd to MetaFilter-Related at 7:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Kickstarter Etiquette

A request for clarification on Kickstarter-linking etiquette in FPPs. [more inside]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 7:13 AM PST - 17 comments

September 3

Cabal much?

Why was this post deleted? The given deletion reason ("Wacky conspiracy stuff isn't really a good post for Metafilter. -- taz") doesn't really apply to the linked video, which is quite obviously comedy lampooning wacky conspiracy stuff. [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq to Etiquette/Policy at 11:08 AM PST - 126 comments

September 2

OK MetaFilter

Back in June everyone was invited to cover a song from Radiohead's OK Computer for the July '12 MeFi Music Challenge #58. (Music Talk thread) Over the past 2 months—the challenge was extended at the end of July—48 songs were recorded covering the entire album and even one excellent B-side. So much about this challenge excited me, like recording and submitting my first (second, and sort-of third!) Music tracks. And I love Radiohead, so. But this part, where I pick my favorite cover version of each song on the album and build my perfect MeFi Music tribute, OK MetaFilter, that's the part I've really been looking forward to. Come inside for links to playlists for each track of the album so you can build yours too. [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 2:32 PM PST - 24 comments

September 1

It's not you and it's not me.

I know there is an ultimate break up script. Why can't I find it. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes to MetaFilter-Related at 10:53 AM PST - 53 comments