What are your techniques and tools for making a killer post? I have a desire to start making somewhat regular mefi posts that have lots of substance and links... [more inside]
Hi Everybody! I'm trying to come up with a "MeFi glossary of terms / phrases / behaviors" to include in my PhD dissertation about linguistics and MetaFilter. If you could help me with this, that would be fantastic. I'm looking to create a list of the types of things that say to you (or to others) "Oh, that's so MetaFilter!" or "That sounds like something a MeFite would say." This could be anything from the use of a single character to a phrase or meme, to a way of doing things here. If you can think of something to add, please share it in the comments. Thanks! [more inside]
A month or so ago, I emailed Marco at Instapaper noting that MeFi and AskMe pages render in Instapaper without comments. A member of their support team was nice enough to look into it for me and, from the looks of how posts now render, you should now be able to read posts from across the site on Instapaper. [more inside]
Matt Haughey on WFMU right now, talking Metafilter legend and lore. Benjamin Walker, Too Much Information. Listen. [more inside]
A few other threads have asked about the error message "The page is still loading, please wait to add favorites." and have found solutions in turning off NoScript or AdBlock. I ran into the same issue this week and, after doing some investigating, found it was specifically necessary to make sure the cloudfront.net domain was "Allowed" in AdBlock. [more inside]
We are putting up a black interstitial about SOPA/PIPA for the next 24hrs or so. If you click away from it, you'll get a cookie stored so you won't see it again in the same browser, but what follows is my reasons for doing it. [more inside]
What percentage of FPPs have [more inside]?
Is tl;dr a MetaFilter thing? [more inside]
Mefite Anil Dash writes: "Simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet." Examples? Why Metafilter, of course, (as well as Stack Exchange sites, of which he is a board member). [more inside]
What percentage of FPP links get clicked?
What are the most creatively written posts on Metafilter? [more inside]
Is "community weblog" still a good description of Metafilter? The word "weblog" is just a long form of "blog," according to Merriam-Webster, and all other dictionaries I checked. "Blog" has come to mean "a Web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites." (from here) But you don't really need a dictionary to tell you that "blogs" tend to be about people's personal opinions and experiences. So "community weblog" doesn't strike me as an apt description of a site where posts on the main page are required to be impersonal. Might it be time to change the name "community weblog" to something else?
So, four mefites collaborated on a Metafilter-themed panel last month at at the Association of Internet Researchers's 12th annual Internet Research conference, and we thought we'd go ahead and share our presentation notes and such. Come on in! [more inside]
I was searching for hilarious elephant gifs that use to fill the older days with such warmth and kindness among members, in light of this latest dust up, and instead came across a word count on Google.
Am I crazy or is it strange that there's no posts since yesterday at 7:15 am on the blue, and the subfilters since before that? I'm just wondering if there's a problem or we've suddenly gone quiet or busy or what. I miss my mefi.
Do the mods ever get to say "Gotta say it was a good day?" [more inside]
Best breakup advice on MeFi? [more inside]
What are some of the best "Metafilter: description" phrases? [more inside]
Hey, anyone remember that Metafilter post about a thought experiment involving a fat guy and whether you should push him off a bridge or front of a train to save a bunch of other people? If so, what's the link to the post? I searched under "thought experiment" and "philosophy" but couldn't find it.
"Five years ago, I joined MetaFilter. MetaFilter began as—and primarily remains—an online space for members to share interesting links and comment on them. Period, end of sentence. But a few specialized subgroups have developed, including one of my favorite places on the entire internet: AskMetaFilter." —Liz Entman Harper, Editor/Stylist at The Morning News. [more inside]
Just over a year ago, blue_beetle commented that "If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." This made the rounds for a bit, as people recognized the truth in it. (Previously and previously on MeTa) Today, his comment has been featured -- without attribution -- on a "demotivational poster" comparing Facebook users to pigs.
So what does a guy have to do to get a listening room rockin' around here? I'd like to revive memebake's listening room for MeFites if anyone else is interested. [more inside]
shop.metafilter.com seems to be broken. There's only one option, and it's not available for sale. [more inside]
Metafilter: entrepreneurial inspiration.
My first pony. [more inside]
Are there any other MeFites on Fitocracy? Join the Metafilter group, and come get fit and level-up with us! We can be virtual running buddies. [more inside]
Not an ask me. My wife just described herself as a MetaFilter widow. Please help!
How futureproof is MetaFilter? [more inside]
You know that you use mefi too much when ... [more inside]
In a recent thread about Metafilter memes, I used the phrase "Beanplate Insane" to describe my own sense of frustration with certain over-indulged inside jokes on the site. It occurred to me that it would only be appropriate to have an exclusive inside phrase to go along with those exclusive inside jokes, so I submitted "Beanplate Insane" to the editors of the Urban Dictionary, who officially approved the listing a couple days ago and have now posted the term with my Metafilter-specific definition.
Does anybody have that comic fandango_matt made with the boy scouts and the anthropomorphic animals explaining metafilter? All the references/links to it lead to 404s and dead ends. [more inside]
Meta Filter, [1973-75] is an interactive console, two participants sit on either side and look at a series of neutral images of people, people as individuals or people in relationship to others on the small screen in front of them. [more inside]
Eat.MeFi.Pony [more inside]
Question (and I may have missed where this is): Metafilter is a geeky place - out of a certain curiosity, is there somewhere to get an OS/browser/whatnot stats breakdown for visitors? If not, that would be cool (even if merely in the form of a one-off FPP).
Can't hold back the schmoopy much longer. [more inside]
This request for sources on a comment I made is valid, but I don't want to derail the thread. Could it be appropriate to put sources and specifics in here, and let the thread continue on the content of the post?
What was that damn back door? [more inside]
On the eve of MetaFilter's twelfth birthday, the Willamette Week sits down with Matt Haughey to talk about his roots at the dawn of the blogging age, the value of lifestyle work vs. captaining industry, and the future of community blogs in an online landscape increasingly dominated by Twitter, Facebook, and mobile browsing.