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[RSS PSA] Reminder to update your MetaFilter RSS feeds

Last month, an apparent error in Feedburner caused several of MeFi's legacy RSS feeds to not update for up to a week (at least in my popular feed reader, Feedly). The problem has been fixed -- for now. But it's an important reminder that the Feedburner platform is increasingly unreliable -- if it were ever shut down by Google, the thousands of readers who rely on those feeds to keep up with the site may lose contact without even realizing it. The good news is that the site has a new set of self-hosted feeds that should remain active no matter what Google does. So, if you read the site using an RSS reader, please take a moment to update your reader to the new feeds -- and check the related posts on MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter for a list of posts you might have missed during the outage.
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 11, 2024 - 2 comments

Welcome Kirkaracha: Our New Web Development Team Member

Hello MetaFilter!

We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to our team, a hire that has been highly anticipated - Kirkaracha!
[more inside]
posted by loup on Feb 9, 2024 - 60 comments

combine channels?

I want a single chronological list of posts -- blue, askmefi, meta, fanfare, whatever -- all pouring down and intermingled in the order in which they were posted. Let me just select or clear a checkbox for each channel that's possible to include in the combined list. Can we do that? Would others be interested in browsing like that?
posted by pracowity on Dec 29, 2023 - 28 comments

MetaFilter: The Quickening

Proposition: We should consider lowering the waiting time for new posts on the blue from one day to 12 hours. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 10, 2023 - 133 comments

193: What was previously my discretionary time

cortex has a new job and was hard to track down and we had a few months of missing each other. We found some time on August 14th and tried to play catch-up. Runs about 97 minutes. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Aug 14, 2023 - 19 comments

MetaFilter has a real problem with voicing class genocidal attitudes

There have been two threads i've bailed out on in the past while. One was a thread about how small communities are becoming less economically viable which I'm unable to find right now because I can't find the right keywords. The most recent is the one about the submarine that is currently lost in the ocean. In both of these threads members of this community, a community I dearly love, have expressed either a desire for the extinction of people living in rural communities, or a bloodlust for rich people to perish doing activities only they can afford. Neither of these are acceptable and both of them make our community look shitty from the outside. I don't know if this is a reduced moderation hours problem or an issue where this group of people is becoming actually worse, but it is becoming more unappealing to me with every iteration. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 20, 2023 - 658 comments

Community Free Chat Threads

This should not be paid moderator work. Let's discuss. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Apr 20, 2023 - 88 comments

What is MetaFilter's Astrological sign?

Discuss.
posted by Fizz on Mar 31, 2023 - 37 comments

192: The week between last week and this week

A nerdy debate about the relative term "this week" and "last week" and that mystery week in between them. We got together on March 4th and tried not to talk about the weather too much. Runs about 105 minutes. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Mar 5, 2023 - 32 comments

MetaFilter, SCOTUS, and Section 230

So, there are a couple of big cases coming up before the Supreme Court in the next week or so that might lead to the overturning of Section 230 of whatever law it's part of, I think the 1996 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. I'm wondering if the powers that be at MetaFilter have been looking at this and what the implications might be for our little community if this does end up getting overturned. Members of the community might have further insights.
posted by hippybear on Feb 20, 2023 - 32 comments

Best of the Web anniversaries and transcripts

Two three things:
1. The first podcast episode was posted on February 16, 2007! Happy 16th anniversary / birthday to the podcast!
2. I just finished running the last / first episode through otter.ai for an automated transcript, so *every* episode now has a transcript! So. Many. Transcripts.
3. I joined two days after that first episode!
Just, you know. Woot!
posted by Pronoiac on Feb 17, 2023 - 12 comments

New Moderation Team Member

Hello Everyone! Please join me welcoming our newly-hired Moderator: Brandon Blatcher! [more inside]
posted by loup on Feb 15, 2023 - 93 comments

191: Thoroughly insinuated into the normalcy of our life

More or less on time! New theme song! We talk about heating up water and heating up ourselves. cortex read a lot of MetaFilter this month, Jessamyn's still reading old FanFare threads. Runs about 82 minutes. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 11, 2023 - 9 comments

190: New Year, New Me... Fi

Back on track this year. We resolve to get these out on time. More or less. Maybe. Cortex and I talked on January 3rd about our usual nonsense for a tight 87 minutes. Thanks for listening. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jan 8, 2023 - 14 comments

189: Snowperson Trauma

Cortex and I decided to make up for lost time after the delayed previous episode by knocking out another one quick-like, and here it is! Catching up on what we can of the last couple of months of MeFi, and also ranting and philosophizing a little bit about recent seismic changes in the social media sphere and also about design skeuomorphism and the semiotics of interfaces? That last bit is probably overselling it a little? Anyway, runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 11, 2022 - 8 comments

188: Big Stride Moonshot

Some difficulties hitting escape velocity with this one. We recorded it in October 5th and, well, here it is now. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 5, 2022 - 29 comments

After the Fire – Metafilter Should Consider Replacing Itself

Once Metafilter has stabilized its finances enough to keep the lights on for at least months, instead of weeks, it will be time to give more thought to the longer term. That longer term should include a “spin-off” to increase the user base. [more inside]
posted by NotLost on Nov 4, 2022 - 101 comments

Advertising a text based website in 2023

I made a TikTok about the user sponsored Metafilter post that Jessamyn created from my suggestion and I'm posting it here in new thread to help spur ideas about putting this text based website on modern day social media. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 3, 2022 - 15 comments

Hope me, Obi-Wan Kenobi...

A curious thing: On 5 occasions in the last 9 days, I've seen AskMeFi posts containing the phrase "Hope me," in a context where I'd expect the questioner to use "Help me." Is this MeFi slang (or general/internet slang) I don't know about? Or just an odd coincidence? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Oct 21, 2022 - 12 comments

Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Long

User 292 speaks with user 15348 on the podcast Reimagining The Internet about the past, present, and future of MetaFilter.
posted by terrapin on Sep 7, 2022 - 28 comments

MetaFilter Gift Swap needs a new organizer!

After three years, the Gift Swap needs a new organizer (or three)! [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 2, 2022 - 16 comments

187: Man, It's A Hot One

Belated podcast for August, American summer is just like that. No idea what we talked about, but I know we had a good time. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Aug 30, 2022 - 23 comments

Convert exported Metafilter comments to HTML, JSON, or MBOX

Convert exported Metafilter comments to HTML, JSON, or MBOX "I wrote a little utility to convert the massive text file one obtains from the Export Your Comments page into a variety of other formats suitable for various purposes. Currently converts to HTML, JSON, or Unix-style MBOX (mailbox) format. " more @ mefi projects
posted by aniola on Aug 27, 2022 - 2 comments

What is the difference between MetaFilter and AskMeFi?

1)When do post on MetaFilter and when on AskMeFi? I can't decide which one to post my questions on? I read many questions on both but they all look general (any topic except about the website itself) to me. 2)What is "Uptime"? I see it in the "category" below 3)Why doesn't the category list AskMeFi, and MetaTalk Couldn't the question/request be specific to MetaTalk for example? 4)"My request requires community input and cannot be addressed by contacting MetaFilter staff." I checked the box because you have to in order to post but I don't think that it can't be addressed by the staff, I just find the community could answer it sooner, and others may have the same question.
posted by nfub on Aug 24, 2022 - 17 comments

MetaFilter Steering Committee Voting

Voting for members of the Steering Committee is now open. The vote will run from 5pm GMT August 15 to 5pm GMT August 25. Each user has seven votes (i.e. can vote for up to seven people). Your ballot is at https://www.metafilter.com/voting/, and you can change your votes at any time up until the election closes. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 15, 2022 - 323 comments

MetaFilter Steering Committee Self-Nominations Open

The Transition Team (TT) is now seeking self-nominations from people who would like to become members of the MetaFilter Steering Committee (SC). Self-nominations will be open July 25 through August 7. SC member selections and voting will take place over the following weeks. The Steering Committee will launch on September 1, 2022. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jul 25, 2022 - 176 comments

186: Am I Being A User Right Now

It's episode 186 of the MeFi podcast, with Jessamyn and I...and loup! Who joined us to talk a bit about their experiences with internet past and present and their last couple of years as they've been working here. The three of us have a long and winding conversation about community management, internet ethics, MeFi in particular, the recent transition process, etc. Runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 5, 2022 - 21 comments

Editing posts and stuff!

I know Metafilter has long thing about not wanting to edit comments but I totally garbled a recent AskMe post. A simple Edit window would have fixed it. I asked a similar request for comments and it was resoundanly rejected. I can email mods but every other site/forum/chat thing has an edit window and a history so you can see the post edit history (perhaps not a comment). Frankly Metafilter is hard to use compared to other sites and is not a great text editor. Rather than putting this on the remaining mods can we just implement this for just posts themselves and with a history we can see abuse! [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jun 15, 2022 - 92 comments

Metafilter does Adult ADHD

I know I've come across many good answers, comments, posts and questions about adult diagnoses of ADHD. Do you have any in your memory banks or favorited, followed or flagged you could share with me?
posted by Grandysaur on Jun 6, 2022 - 22 comments

185: A very wearing my bathrobe all day day

It's episode 185 of the MeFi Monthly Podcast, with Jessamyn and I talking for a good chunk up front about the whole process over the last couple months of figuring out transferring ownership of the site from me to her. We also talk about, like, good stuff from the site for most of it. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 31, 2022 - 32 comments

MetaFilter: A Utopia of Rules?

This (quite positive) write up of MetaFilter came into my inbox this morning via the New_ Public newsletter. Featuring some thoughtful quotes from some guy "Millard". Enjoy!
posted by ropeladder on May 15, 2022 - 54 comments

184: Sentences are music

I didn't edit or write this month's podcast (other than this little bit)! Thanks so much to eotvos for all his work on this; note his note at the end of the podcast about other possible contributions as well! In any case, Jessamyn and I talk about MetaFilter as we are wont to do; it runs the usual 90-ish minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 8, 2022 - 28 comments

Transition Team initial discussion summary and kickoff

I've had an initial discussion with several folks in the MetaFilter community about planning the next steps in building the community management and engagement structure necessary for the long-term health of the site. I'd like to report on who I've talked with, what we've talked about, and some of the core questions and ideas that came up in that discussion of what we're now calling a temporary Transition Team. This is the start of a process that I expect will actively involve the whole MetaFilter community in new and constructive ways, and I’m excited about that. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 18, 2022 - 41 comments

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Hey MetaFilter! I have some happy/sad news: I’ve taken another job! I will still be around here, but professionally I’ll be moving on. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 17, 2022 - 55 comments

183: Severance, not Succession

It was a very busy turn of the month so we're wandering in pretty late with this episode. I talk a little bit about my recent decision to transition away from running MetaFilter (but we'll, inter alia, keep podcasting); Jessamyn and I talk about MeFi stuff as per usual; we establish that she started watching the wrong show and couldn't figure out why people liked it; and we chatter about at least three words we're not sure how to pronounce and establish, once more, that neither of us can read IPA. Runs our usual "about 90 minutes". [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 11, 2022 - 33 comments

First steps in some MetaFilter changes

I've come to the conclusion that I need to step away from running MetaFilter. I'm still figuring what the totality of that will look like, but the initial steps include handing over day to day business administration processes to loup, mod duties to the existing mod staff, and working to set up a steering structure that incorporates community members. My goal is this transition shouldn’t disrupt day-to-day member experiences on the site. Come on in and I'll go into some preliminary detail. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 29, 2022 - 193 comments

Short site outage earlier this morning

The site was down for a couple of hours this morning; resolved now and we're looking into what triggered it. Sorry about the inconvenience, y'all. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 21, 2022 - 22 comments

182: too many trees, not enough goats

Psst, hey kid, wanna buy a podcast? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 7, 2022 - 19 comments

Newsletter 6: Happy belated Valentine's Day!

There's a new newsletter, and it's in your inboxes! Wanna subscribe or read it?
posted by Pronoiac on Feb 24, 2022 - 6 comments

Let's play a MetaFilter search game

The rules are simple:
1. Think of something—a notable person, tech product, cultural phenomenon, et cetera—that has attained fame, achieved prominence within the zeitgeist, and/or become a normal, everyday part of our lives at some point over the course of the past 20 some-odd years.
2. Plug your word or phrase into an All Sites search (sorted by date) and scroll down to find the earliest on-site mention of that concept—via comment or post.
3. Post any interesting results to this thread. [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on Feb 10, 2022 - 65 comments

181: Pivot Table the Calendar

I love podcasts, woo woo woo! I love podcasts, how 'bout you? Here's episode 181, with jessamyn and I contemplating the idea of a week and a month and talking about misc. MetaFilterian stuff. Runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 4, 2022 - 14 comments

Hive Mind replacing WireCutter?

This seems like a huge opportunity that the MeFi empire should jump on. was a comment made about Wirecutter becoming useless. I agree with the sentiment. Any way to make this happen?
posted by dobbs on Feb 2, 2022 - 48 comments

Introduce yourself!

Hey, are you newish to MetaFilter? Or not new but you don't comment or post much? Come on in and say hello, introduce yourself, talk about what brought you here, and so on! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 24, 2022 - 119 comments

180: Is Sunset A Local Phenomenon?

I checked in with management and apparently we have to do a 2022 now even though we just finished wiht 2021. Jessamyn and I do our best to roll into the new year and talk about MetaFilter stuff and get in a philosophical discussion of the nature of the literal horizon qua solar objects. Runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 6, 2022 - 27 comments

Newsletter 5: Farewell to 2021

Newsletter 5 is in your inboxes! (subscribe here) You can visit it on the web at the archive link here. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Dec 23, 2021 - 2 comments

download/dump of posts (not just comments)?

Is there any way for MeFites to download/export our own posts? I'm pretty sure the Comments download only gets comments, not posts. If this feature doesn't yet exist, could it go on the list of nice-to-have features? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Dec 21, 2021 - 4 comments

Newsletter 4: Secrets

Newsletter 4 is up in your inboxes! (subscribe here!) You can visit it on the web at the archive link here. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Dec 2, 2021 - 5 comments

179: Calendrical Is Totally A Word

In our triumphant return to posting podcasts at the turn of the month, Jess and I talk about time management and reminders, complicated conversational dynamics, the assassination of JFK (but only very briefly), and a bunch of somewhat more MetaFilter-centric things. We time-managed our way up to about 93 minutes. Also I play a euphonium. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 30, 2021 - 11 comments

Newsletter 3: The Handovering

Newsletter 3 is, after some delay, in your inboxes! (subscribe here!) You can visit it on the web at the archive link here. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 14, 2021 - 12 comments

178: Leisure Suit Larry's, Uh, Pixels

We got a rootin' tootin' podcast here. Darn tootin'. Can you both rootin'- and darn'- something that's tootin' in the same paragraph like this? I don't know. I really don't know. I might be going to podcast jail. Before that happens, though, here's me and jessamyn chattering about MetaFilter, the nature of daylight, representation vs. allusion in crappy old Sierra erotic comedy adventures, MetaFilter, the concept of (for some reason) No Nut November, "Meta", and who knows what else because we're both still getting used to the time change. It runs exactly, precisely, to the second 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 10, 2021 - 24 comments

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