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Secret Santa on MeFi

I was contemplating tranquileye's previous post, and thinking that it's a fun idea to give something to and get something from somebody you don't know at all, but even more fun if you know at least a little something about them; wouldn't it be great to have a MeFi "Secret Santa" next year? And if so, how would we go about that? more...
posted by taz on Dec 28, 2003 - 38 comments

MeFi Numerology Time!

It's do-it-yourself MeFi Numerology Time! 17171, MetaFilter's most recent member has a very good number. So do Rich, who is 123; Eirixon, who is 11111 and, of course, Matt who is number 1 in more ways than one. Now that membership is opening again, good numbers, like primes, become increasingly rare. How long will 17171 remain the coolest? And are there any even cooler numbers attributed to non-posters, like the beastly Hafif, who is 666? [Please delete if this is too silly for words.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Nov 27, 2003 - 89 comments

Help with new user signups wanted

¡Finalmente! I'm finally going to turn on new user signups, and I'm shooting for doing it on Monday. But I could use some help [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 26, 2003 - 201 comments

a place for intellectual inbreeding?

Is Metafilter, as a community, in the process of degenerating from a gathering of the web's most interesting minds to a place for intellectual inbreeding? [more]
posted by VeGiTo on Nov 12, 2003 - 264 comments

a thread about a lazy, fu...

In light of the recent "pat-yourself-on-the-back" thread, I just resisted the urge to type a snarky reply to a thread about a lazy, fu... ahem... a recent thread here in metatalk. I invite you to please resist the urge yourself.
posted by crunchland on Nov 5, 2003 - 30 comments

Evolution of writers at MeFi

I'm sorry if this is a stupid, self-indulgent post (so no problems if it's deleted forthwith) but it's based on over two years of reading MetaFilter almost completely. It certainly seems interesting to me - but I may be wrong. See? I've noticed several users becoming ever more adept at expressing themselves: from more drawn-out to pithier; from abstruser to clearer; from all-over-the-place to more-to-the-point. Does anyone else find, by merely participating here and being exposed to MeFi's notoriously severe critique, that they're writing better than when they first joined? Specially foreigners (or non-Americans) like me? To what an extent is MeFi interaction good practice for writers?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 29, 2003 - 57 comments

Can we bring back the MetaFilter scholarship?

Can we bring back the MetaFilter scholarship?
posted by insomnyuk on Sep 19, 2003 - 42 comments

No news is good/bad/no news

Timely advice or what? (Just replace "MetaFilter" for "News".)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Aug 21, 2003 - 52 comments

I discovered TRIBE.net a couple of weeks ago

I discovered TRIBE.net a couple of weeks ago, and I'm smitten. This little anti-FRIENDSTER/nuevo-FIREFLY is currently in beta, but seems to be making the rounds... and there's not better time to make your mark, than during beta.

So why bring it up, here? Well, cuz there's a Metafilter tribe (a sub-set of the social network, not unlike a USENET group)... and I want y'all to come and play!

More inside.
posted by silusGROK on Aug 4, 2003 - 37 comments

Anyone else playing these games?

I found these two groovylittle turn based web games from the text ads here. So, I'm wondering is anyone else playing, and is there any interest in our forming a Mefi gang and wreaking chaos and terror through the world?
posted by dejah420 on Jul 25, 2003 - 6 comments

Shirky on Internet Groups

Shirky on Internet Groups: All groups of any integrity have a constitution. The constitution is always partly formal and partly informal. At the very least, the formal part is what's substantiated in code -- "the software works this way."
Article about groups (including Metafilter) on the internet. Quite Interesting.
posted by seanyboy on Jul 2, 2003 - 14 comments

Matt cited in English 101

Matt has been featured in Shift, Slate, Forbes, Wired, and The New York Times. Now he hits the big time: a citation in a college freshman's English essay.
posted by Shadowkeeper on Jun 26, 2003 - 16 comments

I miss newbies.

Newbies. I miss newbies. Are there still any newbies out there? Remember newbies? I miss newbies. [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jun 2, 2003 - 90 comments

A Pony made of (Kevin) Bacon

There are so many interesting relationships here. I would enjoy a search function that queried two users and parsed them for shared threads. The output would contain all the threads that both user A and user B posted to--possibly with other criteria, such as key words? If this has been suggested before, I haven't been able to find it.
posted by squirrel on Jun 1, 2003 - 15 comments

Miguel Cardoso

Being endowed with great eloquence, Cardoso had many followers, but many enemies as well.
posted by Pretty_Generic on May 14, 2003 - 32 comments

How do I do IRC?

I know there is a metafilter IRC channel but I am clueless about how to setup and use IRC. Can someone explain it to an IRC newbie?
posted by srboisvert on May 2, 2003 - 32 comments

What did you first see on Metafilter that is now a permanant part of your life?

I was listening to Ode To Billy Joe today on a mix in my car and this afternoon I wrote a journal entry in my moleskin notebook. What's the point? These are two things I learned about on Metafilter and that are now part of my life. What did you first see on Metafilter that is now a permanant part of your life?
posted by adrober on Apr 29, 2003 - 43 comments

Is Metafilter in danger of becoming irrelevant?

Is Metafilter in danger of becoming irrelevant?

We're in desperate need of some new opinions around here.

Can it happen? Is it a technical limitation? What do you think?
posted by mark13 on Apr 28, 2003 - 60 comments

First impression of MetaFilter

What was your very first impression of MetaFilter, that first time you visited? [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Apr 17, 2003 - 89 comments

What is YOUR vision of MetaFilter?

Fulfilling the MetaFilter Promise. What is your vision of what the MetaFilter (and MetaTalk) project could be or should be? Those here tend to agree that this enterprise is important, so why is it so? What is MetaFilter doing and what might it do? As an exercise in originality, consider posting your ideas before reading the others. (Disclaimer: I'm writing a thesis on Blog Communities, and this one's my fave).
posted by squirrel on Apr 13, 2003 - 48 comments

Importance of private email exchanges?

The e-mail undercurrent: how important are private exchanges between MeFi users in day-to-day posting and, indeed, in the running of MetaFilter ? [More inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Apr 7, 2003 - 137 comments

Dangers of group mentality?

Does anybody remember a link posted that referenced the dangers of group mentality? I've been looking for days now and its making me crazy that I can't find it. Thanks
posted by redhead on Mar 21, 2003 - 11 comments

mefi lazyweb

I'm invoking the mefi lazyweb: help me gather notes for my sxsw panel [more]
posted by mathowie on Mar 7, 2003 - 39 comments

community-building online

An interesting article about building an online community and the choices the Author made . It also talks about other online communities and why he avoided certain features popular on other sites.
posted by gyc on Mar 4, 2003 - 8 comments

Metafilter in ruins

Metafilter in ruins
posted by oliver_crunk on Mar 4, 2003 - 32 comments

Choosing to remain anonymous, then being an ass

If you can't beat em, join em, eh? I have finally reached my tolerance threshold for people who choose—and are allowed—to be anonymous on this community site. If folks can remain anonymous and hurl invectives toward my wife (who is not even a MeFi member) then the time has come where I too must become anonymous.

I know it has been discussed before, but anonymity has no place in a community such as this. If people can't stand behind their own words then perhaps it is best if they hold their tongues?
posted by terrapin on Mar 3, 2003 - 59 comments

Inviting people to respond to threads about them?

Considering two recent author responses to threads, I'm wondering if we should give certain parties the opportunity to rebut or respond to questions raised by MeFites, particularly if the parties involved are not members. I'm not sure how something along these lines could be established. We'd need some way to obtain provenance beyond an email. But if Metafilter is to raise questions and an author of an article wishes to respond, should we develop a policy to implement their participation?
posted by ed on Feb 18, 2003 - 36 comments

political predispositions out in the open just this once

Hey all. Yesterday the user aeschenkarnos provided a cool link for a political compass. I thought it might be somewhat worthwhile, and possibly entertaining, if just this one time, for the sake of posterity, we could all put our political predispositions out in the open. We might even be able to better answer that age-old FAQ question: Are we guilty of lefty groupthink?
posted by dgaicun on Feb 18, 2003 - 352 comments

Why can't MeFi do better?

I don't know what's worse: slamming Courtney over a photo shoot, getting riled up over the Bloggies or speculating over actors who may or may not be gay. Cult of personality or just plain boredom? Or is this a coping phase after the shuttle thread? Why can't MeFi do better?
posted by ed on Feb 4, 2003 - 83 comments

Metafilter wiki debut

MetaFilter wiki. "The main purpose of this wiki is to produce and maintain a general guide for MetaFilter" Yes, I know frykitty has created a FAQ, but this Wiki is pretty handy too.
posted by riffola on Jan 5, 2003 - 19 comments

Demographics of planet MeFi

Not so much a feature as a one-time feature. The thread on tort reform (quite entertaining and refreshingly civil, given the number of comments it spawned) left me surprised that so many MeFites are attorneys. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
But I often wonder about the demographics of planet MeFi.
Isn't there a simple way we could have a town census (a/s/l occupation etc. It would be mildly fascinating to have such info in our profiles as well, but maybe thats raising the veil too high.
posted by BentPenguin on Jan 3, 2003 - 43 comments

Cafepress Hoody with extra bling?

Cafepress Hoody with extra bling? With "Pancake Overlords" written in Old English type on the front? In time for the holidays?
posted by eddydamascene on Nov 26, 2002 - 19 comments

Orwell's Notes on Nationalism and... Metafilter

I'm re-reading Orwell's Notes on Nationalism and I couldn't help thinking of Metafilter- more inside
posted by Summer on Oct 7, 2002 - 18 comments

Fat through Short: Metafilterists as Common Populace

Fat or short , it seems like Metafilter is the internet's answer to the island of misfit nerds. As a short guy (we prefer the term "diminutive"), I'm curious about how many of the 16000 of us would be condidered "average" people. Can the members of MetaFilter be considered a fair cross-section of the population?
posted by Samsonov14 on Oct 5, 2002 - 41 comments

What do we think about kuro5hin?

What's the relationship between kuro5hin and MetaFilter?

Searching MeFi for discussion about kuro5hin.org didn't answer my question. The site founder, Rusty Foster, does have a MeFi account, but his comments don't help much, either.

It's been said at both sites that the readership overlaps, and both sites seem to be compatriots in the community blogosphere, but I was somewhat surprised that K5 readers (well two, at least :-) didn't buy buying my assertion that K5 didn't have to link to a certain story because MeFi already had done so. Then I realized that MeFi readers would probably say the feeling's mutual.

I'm relatively new to MeFi, but I think I'm a quick study. It seems to me that because of that site's structure, K5 is more suited to long, developed, original stories. Its sophisticated mojo system (comment ratings, etc.) and nested comments allow more thorough discussions. But MeFi feels much more like a traditional blog -- updated several times a day with brief links and comments. K5 favors technology and culture stories, while MeFi is much more eclectic.

I hope other, more experienced MeFi members who also hang out at kuro5hin.org will elaborate.
posted by tbc on Sep 22, 2002 - 31 comments

16,000 member!

We've just turned over 16,000 members according to the front page. Our lucky number 16,000 is hans_1984 who wins this lovely MetaTalk thread. Welcome aboard, Hans!
posted by timeistight on Sep 18, 2002 - 76 comments

Can't well all just get along?

Can't well all just get along? To an extent I can accept the 14k+ crowd misbehaving for awhile — at least till they pick-up on 'Metaquette' — but others should know better than to feed the trolls or fan flamebait.
posted by nathan_teske on Sep 9, 2002 - 74 comments

eBay auction for MetaFilter song

I believe the oppurtunity has finally come for all MeFites to show their appreciation for Matt's efforts in keeping this community running.

And no, I'm not kidding either.
posted by Smart Dalek on Aug 31, 2002 - 30 comments

Would you be interested in a mefi garage sale?

Clav has an interesting idea. Would you be interested in a mefi garage sale?
posted by frykitty on Aug 29, 2002 - 12 comments

Anyone want to see my vacation slides?

On initial inspection, this post by y2karl appears to me more suited to his own weblog. For me it just doesn't seem to belong on the front page. It's long winded, with lots of "this" for the links. Yet it seems to work as well..? It seems to highlight a desire for the 'community' to exchange not only ideas and opinions but also experiences and holiday destinations....
Perhaps it's a 'bridge' of a post that signifies a new direction for MeFi?

posted by Frasermoo on Aug 9, 2002 - 67 comments

is self-policing the best way?

What is the best way to establish and enforce community standards on MetaFilter/MetaTalk?
posted by willnot on Jul 31, 2002 - 23 comments

So what happened about the MeFi Swap II?

So what happened about the MeFi Swap II? Is it still going ahead? I signed up, but I'm still waiting to receive my list. I thought the list was supposed to be sent out by the 5th July.
posted by salmacis on Jul 8, 2002 - 40 comments

What's up with irc?

Any sign as to when irc.metafilter.com, irc.turlyming.net will be back up? Anyone want to institute a quick fix in the meantime?
posted by geoff. on Jul 2, 2002 - 4 comments

I'm going to draw attention to this thread

At the risk (feh, who am I kidding?) of pouring salt in the proverbial wound, I'm going to draw attention to this thread. These two users were apparently engaged in some buffoonery, and perhaps the community was a little harsh, but their reactions really made me mad. Do I, or we, or MeFi in general, really need these guys maliciously baiting other users?
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Jun 16, 2002 - 54 comments

Welcome back (.)(.)?

Welcome back (.)(.)?

Or am I just confused?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jun 14, 2002 - 14 comments

imminent death of Metafilter

Posited : that the 'imminent death of Metafilter' that has been so long and often predicted is finally beginning to happen. Exhibit A : A tiny truncated little MeTa flatpage. Exhibit B : An average of about 12 comments each for the limp and lackadaisical posts in the blue in the last 24 hours... Is the Fat Lady singing? Is that a croco-tear in my eye?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on May 28, 2002 - 83 comments

A picture of weblogs

A picture of weblogs shows a cool gridded pattern of many weblogs and the incoming, outgoing, and shared links. Not all blogs listed (but you can add yours, or request that it be taken off). A cool representation of the blogging community. (via daypop top40)
posted by Ufez Jones on May 8, 2002 - 13 comments

Anil on weblogs and the web

Although Anil's post is mostly rah-rah for metafilter, he makes some great points about weblogs and the web in general. Maybe this is the people's medium afterall.
posted by mathowie on May 3, 2002 - 26 comments

Dreamhost Shut Down My Sites. Help?

Yesterday I was accused of spamming by my host. Today 10+ websites and my email service has been shut down.
(cockybastard.com, Globalgasm.com, etc.)
I am *hoping* I can resolve this asap. But what if they refuse to listen to me.
I'm struck by how helpless I am. Has this ever happened to anyone here? I am close to actually driving to the Dreamhost offices in person.

posted by halcyon on May 3, 2002 - 32 comments

webloggers should cluster themselves into like-minded groups

SDB suggests that webloggers cluster themselves into like-minded groups, and cross-link accordingly. Disagreements (including here) are what he calls "religious" in nature: "A-list" vs. warblogger, "E/N" vs. "A-list", etc. Does Steve's structuralist argument hold up? Are his characterizations fair or accurate? Do you slot yourself into a group? Are the blogs you link to in a similar vein as yours?
posted by mcwetboy on Apr 26, 2002 - 113 comments

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