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Ask Metafilter Answer-ers and Reading the Question

I'm wondering if we could have a short discussion about Ask Metafilter answers. Yes, people respond there out of the goodness of their own hearts, but it does feel as if there's less attention being paid to questions' parameters, resulting in less-good answers and thus a less-good Ask Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by MollyRealized on Sep 12, 2022 - 152 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 - 29 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 - 18 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 - 360 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 - 199 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 - 101 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 - 42 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 - 56 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 - 197 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

Mefites on TikTok?

If you're an existing Mefite on TikTok, especially if you are active in posting stuff, post your username here if you'd like to be friended by a bunch of your Mefite friends. For extra points, if you have a particular thing you do (comedy, woodworking, juggling, teaching Klingon), mention that too ...
posted by MollyRealized on Mar 2, 2022 - 20 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 - 67 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

Mefi as a Counteraction to an Upcoming "Terrible Media Age"?

Corb, in a comment about a recent news story on The Root, wrote a comment that made me think about Metafilter, its history, and its potential future. They said: "AV Club itself was a shitty substitute for Television Without Pity (spare the snark, spoil the networks). Articles were shorter and had less depth. I just keep seeing site after site die because someone felt they weren’t squeezing every last dime out. We are entering a terrible media age and I don’t know what to do about it." What if Metafilter's the answer? [more inside]
posted by MollyRealized on Jan 29, 2022 - 28 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 - 5 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

MeFi Mall 2021

Maybe since shipping is being slow this holiday season, the Metafilter Mall should be refreshed and reopened early this year? I always peruse the mall, and i've spent the past year trying to spend money directly with artists, so I'd love to see a call-out for creators to refresh or add their listing to the mall. I bet a lot of other MeFites would like this too! Please, no NFTs!
posted by hippybear on Nov 6, 2021 - 7 comments

177: Good Soup

I accidentally wrote "make a podcast" on a colander instead of the calendar, so on the downside this episode is pretty late but on the upside it has been thoroughly rinsed. Is that anything? Can we do anything with that? Anyway, here's a podcast, it's about 90 minutes, and it involves me and Jessamyn getting off on at least a couple different tangents on the subject *of* getting off on tangents, so it's a very MetaFilter podcast indeed. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 13, 2021 - 21 comments

What do you know now that you didn't know before MetaFilter?

Checking in a decade later. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Sep 20, 2021 - 82 comments

Fundraising update

Fundraising updates now that August is over: we're up about $1100/mo in new recurring monthly subscription income from where we started at the start of the month. We've also received a few thousand dollars in additional one-time donations from site members and readers. And, as an extremely generous cherry on top, we also recieved a $15,000 donation from long-time nerd and friend of the site Jeff Atwood. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 3, 2021 - 35 comments

176: Low-Key Podcast

Jessamyn and I managed to stumble our way into and through a podcast despite both having the needle pegged hard to E this afternoon, and here is recorded evidence of that fact, at about 75 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 2, 2021 - 5 comments

Call Me By My Name: Mefi Newsletter 2, the Denominated

Okay, friends, cross your fingers and hold onto your butts, because I just pressed "send" on the second issue of the Metafilter newsletter (subscribe here!), and we'll soon see what surprises tinyletter might have in store for us this iteration... [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 17, 2021 - 33 comments

Hey, it's a MetaFilter newsletter!

Something new we're trying out: a MetaFilter email newsletter. I want to share the first issue with y'all, to discuss and brainstorm about. For the moment, we're calling it...Untitled MetaFilter Newsletter. You can subscribe here. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 3, 2021 - 88 comments

August is MetaFilter fundraising month

It's fundraising time! MetaFilter depends primarily on user and reader support to continue to operate: that funding pays for moderation, site development, and basic administrative costs like server hosting. It is increasingly difficult to operate a site like ours in the modern web economy, and your financial contributions through one-time contributions and recurring subscriptions have made, and will make, all the difference in keeping MeFi going.

You can start or increase your subscription here. I'll answer some questions about what we need, where the money goes, and what's coming up below, so come on inside if you want more detail. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 2, 2021 - 74 comments

175: Don't Throw The Banana Peel In The Toilet

It's only the first day of August, but the weather in Portland is such that it already feeling like plural dog days have elapsed. And yet, through it all, a podcast episode drags itself through the sun-baked streets to appear, sweating and winded, on your doorstep. Come along with Jessamyn and I as we...chatter about MetaFilter? Basically what we normally do. This one's about an hour and 45. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 1, 2021 - 6 comments

MetaFilter's new Privacy Policy document

We're rolling out a new formal Privacy Policy document for MetaFilter! You can read it here right now; in the next few days we'll get a link added in the site footer and update the FAQ, etc. If you want to discuss it or have questions, come on inside. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 16, 2021 - 16 comments

A change in moderator coverage of the site

I want to update everybody about how moderator schedules have changed recently to account for budget constraints. The short version is: we’re actively monitoring the site most of the time instead of 24/7 to reduce costs, and while this shouldn’t directly affect member experiences overall it does mean occasionally waiting a little longer than previously for moderator responses on flags and emails. Come on in for some more detail if you’re interested. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 14, 2021 - 58 comments

174: Knobs and Dials

Jessamyn and I were both feeling excessively chatty today so this one clocks in at about one hour fifty five, with discussions about MeFi, Ask, etc. along with a bunch of wanderings and heat wave chatter. Also there is a spider and a bird, and Jessamyn saw a bear outside her window. Also I fixed my goddam GarageBand, so we have music tracks again. I missed those. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 2, 2021 - 22 comments

173: No That's A Different Penguin

My dog ate my podcast synopsis. It's me, it's Jessamyn, it's a podcast recorded in the deep past of before the long weekend, it's about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2021 - 9 comments

Rosemary's Baby's Day Out

Five years ago today, an innocuous thread was posted about nerd culture mashup t-shirts. Before long, weird mashup creation took hold, and with this comment by Existential Dread, a format solidified. The ensuing madness would last more than a month, totaling more than 2,000 comments and at least as many insane mashup titles in a brilliant/stupid/hilarious thread that will still make you laugh today. Which are your favorites?
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 24, 2021 - 2398 comments

On the situation in Gaza, and MeFi discussions

The situation in Gaza is awful, and as a moderation team collectively we are horrified by the violence and destruction and loss of life the Israeli government has been causing in Palestine. As a Jew, personally, I am too; for the mod team and for many people in the MetaFilter community this isn't just a terrible situation but one with very direct and personal resonances. Jewish identity and history is complex; overt and oppressive violence isn't, and what the state of Israel is doing right now to the people in Palestine is wrong.

The desire to talk about and react to the situation on MeFi is completely understandable. But it's also a topic that has, in particular during times of open conflict, been incredibly difficult to manage as an open discussion without it escalating to a point of being more harmful than helpful, and that's something we can't knowingly support playing out in the community here.

It's hard to say when and how a broad discussion of this can go well; we are going to have to exercise a lot of care in assessing whether the framing of a post and available moderator resources will make for a workable thread. In the mean time it feels necessary to me to make this MetaTalk post acknowledging both that site dilemma and the actual situation at large since MeFi, as a place built around posts, can end up feeling conspicuously silent when there's not a thread happening organically.

I'd like to try and fill the gap left by the lack of an open thread by using the space inside this post to round up informational resources; the mod team will aim to add to this post periodically if folks will forward good links to us via the contact form. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 17, 2021 - 0 comments

172: I'll Get There At Some Point

I'll be straight with you: this is an episode, of a podcast, and it's me and Jessamyn, and we talk about MetaFilter and stuff adjacent to MetaFilter. There's no sugar-coating it: this is 90 minutes of MeFi-adjacent chatter. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 29, 2021 - 11 comments

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