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Metatalktail Hour: Beautiful Things

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I want to know about the most beautiful thing you saw this week. It could be a piece of art in your home, a tree you pass on your walk, a glorious soccer play from the World Cup, an architectural marvel in your city, whatever you've seen this week that's beautiful!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 7 at 5:32 PM - 140 comments

New Post Counter?

So, I have a tab open with a MetaFilter post in it, and it will give me an indication if there are new comments. Can I have the front page tab/page open and have an indication about how many new FPPs are awaiting my viewing? I have no idea what kind of server load or technical problem that might pose, and am certainly willing to forego it for either one of those reasons if they are burdensome, but I always have a tab of the front page of MF and I refresh it a lot but maybe I wouldn't refresh it as often (reducing server load) if I had a "X new posts" or a "see new posts" there instead of a black box that only reveals new posts if I click. I don't know what the community feelings are about this, and I'm only suggesting it, but maybe it would be felt to be generally useful?
posted by hippybear on Jul 11 at 10:33 AM - 8 comments

Extended new comment Show Pony

Currently for a limited period of time if a new comment(s) are posted to a thread you have open one gets a notification "Foo new comments, show". My understanding is this feature is time limited because it loads the server by regularly checking for new comments since the last displayed (hence the reason one sometimes sees the notice "0 new comments, show"). After the limited time period one gets the message "No recent updates. Reload to check for new comments". Here's the pony request: Would it be possible to have a link in the last statement that manually runs the new comment check code and then displays an appropriate message if new comments are found?
posted by Mitheral on Jul 11 at 12:01 PM - 6 comments

Flagging update: new free-form text option, tweaking flag lists

I'm excited to announce we're rolling out a long-requested feature: free-form text flagging, a new flagging option that will allow you to, when necessary, leave a brief note when you flag a post or comment. We've also tweaked the list of predefined flagging reasons to reduce the length of the list a bit.
posted by cortex on Jul 5 at 7:01 PM - 73 comments

Muting Certain Commenters

I find I'm reluctant to post any sort of "human relations" question because there's always going to be people who invidiously misrepresent or distort the question or otherwise show gratuitous ill-will. And even just coming here occasionally, I've noticed it consistently tends to be the same people. I understand that MetaTalk serves to give everyone a voice, and that's fine, but is there a way, or could a feature be added, where I personally "mute" selected commentators? Others can read their comments if they find them constructive and I could filter out what I perceive as malignant.
posted by Jon44 on Jul 1 at 8:22 AM - 189 comments

Pony request: clearly marked political megathreads

I love the unique titles MeFites comes up with for posts. I live for a well-constructed description full of links and clever word play. But, that makes it hard, sometimes, to differentiate a thread about some current event and the latest political catch-all. Can we have an above-the-fold notice that this, for whatever the value of 'this' is, is the current political megathread?
posted by hanov3r on Jul 5 at 10:54 AM - 44 comments

Want more site activity? Yes! When do we want it? Hopefully soon!

We've been chatting in the funding thread about a number of things, including the necessity of growing MeFi's userbase and creating a site climate that facilitates that. That discussion has a lot going on, so I thought it might be good to have a dedicated space specifically to talk about user site climate encouraging more discussion, commentary, and joining in on this community. That is: how can we as a community make this space enjoyable and interesting to engage in, both for strangers and each other?
posted by sciatrix on Jun 15 at 1:04 PM - 821 comments

Who's Runnin'?

Are you a Mefite who's running for elected office this year? Come on in and talk about it!
posted by saladin on Jun 25 at 6:52 AM - 23 comments

Huzzah for Fizz!

I am calling out Fizz for being awesome. He has now posted 1405 high quality posts to MeFi, which would earn him a Big Fucking Gold Medal for most posts ever, if only such a thing actually existed. He's a lean, mean posting machine. Join me in congratulating him!
posted by homunculus on Jun 26 at 12:45 PM - 46 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Show Us Your Bags!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, a rerun of the thread that I loved so much I decided to create Metatalktails: Show us your bag! Or your EDC, if you're not a bag person. Your purse! Your backpack! Your messenger bag! Pictures! Links! Descriptions! I love hearing about other people's bags!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jun 16 at 5:12 PM - 185 comments

MetaHeatWave

A fair number of countries/places around the world are experiencing extreme heat and weather conditions. I wanted to have a place for us to check-in with each other. Remember to reach out to your neighbors, friends, family, and loved ones to make sure they're ok. People who are older, as well as our MetaPets, should also be given extra consideration as they're particularly vulnerable to this kind of heat. A reminder to drink lots of water and find some shade and/or air conditioning if possible. Feel free to share your own tips/tricks for keeping cool.
posted by Fizz on Jun 29 at 12:29 PM - 70 comments

Argument clinic: arguing without fighting

Arguments are fun. Fights aren't. What makes a good argument, and how do we avoid turning them into fights?
posted by biogeo on Jul 2 at 12:56 PM - 168 comments

Help test flagging with a free-form text field

Hey! Help us test out a new feature: a flagging option to leave a short note in a free-form text field instead of choosing one of the pre-defined flagging reasons. We'd like to make sure the core functionality is working well in this thread before rolling it out on the site for actual use, so come on in and kick the tires a bit!
posted by cortex on Jun 30 at 11:34 AM - 109 comments

State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions

Important site updates, folks:

1. The site is running at a significant deficit and we urgently need to make that up. Part of that is through additional direct community funding; you can help here.
2. We're looking at—and inviting community input on—several big-picture questions.

Today I want to lay out our budget and income streams, to explain where we're at and what we need to accomplish. I'll also talk a bit about how the community is doing, and what's coming up in the future.
posted by cortex on Jun 13 at 3:54 PM - 1051 comments

Threads for introducing new people to metafilter

There was a doc a member put together that was a bunch of links to threads they felt were a good introduction to metafilter, for people who had never heard of metafilter. I swore I bookmarked it, but where?
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 30 at 1:56 PM - 9 comments

PSA: "Stylish" browser add-on steals your internet history

The popular "Stylish" browser extension, which allows you to download custom styles for a given site (such as making text more readable, removing UI cruft, or adding a professional white background), has been silently logging its users web activity for the last year and a half. The new owners of the add-on at the time, SimilarWeb, offer products including “Market Solutions To See All Your Competitors’ Traffic.”
posted by Riki tiki on Jul 3 at 7:33 PM - 14 comments

Podcast on the to-go menu

Pony request: When I'm reading MetaFilter at my desktop, the menu options at the top of the page include the podcast. But when I'm reading on my iPhone, the podcast isn't on the menu. Can we add it, please?
posted by nickmark on Jul 2 at 11:26 AM - 3 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Looking forward to it!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I want to hear what you're looking forward to in your life right now! As always, these are conversation starters, not conversation-limiters, so tell us whatever's on your mind (avoiding only politics).
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jun 23 at 6:53 PM - 151 comments

Group preserving access to reproductive healthcare, come what may?

Very quickly: somewhere back in the megathreads, I remember a bunch of y'all mentioning a group mobilizing to preserve women's access to reproductive healthcare services, including abortion, no matter what happens with the law of the land.
posted by adamgreenfield on Jun 28 at 8:59 AM - 19 comments

MetaGoodness

Tell me something good. Something happy. Maybe it's a thing you did. Maybe it's a thing that was done for you. Share something good with me and the rest of us. I feel like we need some of that. There's been a lot of serious happening the last few days and I want to just hear something good, positive, and light. I like this place and all of you. Be kind to each other, love yourself. Tell me something good.
posted by Fizz on Jun 20 at 2:12 PM - 279 comments

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