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Ways to make posts more accessible for neurodivergent folks

FPPs whose links are only to videos aren't very accessible to many neurodivergent people. Many people aren't aware of this. Wondering how to make things better here on Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jun 29, 2021 - 26 comments

Tiny Text - Please Stop

Can I respectfully ask the metafilter community to not so frequently use tiny text font? [more inside]
posted by NotTheRedBaron on Jan 12, 2021 - 166 comments

Time to change from HTML?

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before recently, but are there any plans to change or add on text coding options beyond HTML? Like Markdown or rich text? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 5, 2020 - 68 comments

Wordshore will speak words for you in an English accent

Following a short but successful experiment, the result of which being that Mr Bondcliff of the USA is now the happy owner of a most unusual phone ringing tone, I have decided to speak words of the choosing of MeFites. "Hit me up", as the young MeFites apparently say, with some words and I will - within reason - create a sound file of spoken delights for you and others to listen to. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 13, 2018 - 87 comments

Can we get a bigger text box on Mobile Modern?

The text box for posting comments on mobile (I'm talking about Modern theme here; Classic has similar but slightly different issues) is really small. It makes it hard for me to write more than a couple sentences without losing track of what I was talking about. Sometimes I just give up. Can it be bigger? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 12, 2018 - 16 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. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 5, 2018 - 72 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! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 30, 2018 - 107 comments

Metafilter Colours.

(Or, "colors", if you prefer..) While wearing my standard-version MetaFilter t-shirt a few days ago, I offhandedly commented to my husband that I liked the sort-of lime-ish green colour of the "Filter" portion of text. He was totally perplexed because, apparently, the colour is NOT green it's yellow. WHAT?? [more inside]
posted by VioletU on Aug 25, 2015 - 65 comments

Post about scanning text from images?

I've been looking for a recent post about a new site (or program or script) that will scan the text in an image. It was posted about a month or so ago...ring a bell with anyone?
posted by zardoz on May 16, 2014 - 7 comments

AskMe about mixed up text messages

I could have sworn that there was an AskMe not too long ago about sending one text message but having a different one come up on your recipient's phone. Of course, I can't find it. Am I thinking of something I read somewhere else, or does this question exist?
posted by amro on May 15, 2013 - 6 comments

Mobile site: truncated text

When browsing the front page on my phone, the text of many posts runs off the right-hand side of the screen. [more inside]
posted by av123 on Apr 6, 2013 - 9 comments

Look, you're really cute, but I can't understand what you're saying...

"Looks like you're searching for an exact phrase. The local search doesn't do that so well. Be sure to try your search for "_____" at Google if you don't find what you're looking for here." Perhaps it's just my colorblind eyes, but I can't see anything other than the "deep space nine" link in the notice above my search results. Is there any chance the Big Dark Bar of Highlighting could be changed to a different color so the text stands out more effectively? Thank you!
posted by zarq on Mar 28, 2013 - 33 comments

teeny tiny

Concerning small text. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 3, 2013 - 122 comments

Did the text size on the blue get shrunk?

Text size issue - looks smaller on the front page of the blue than it used to. I increased text size in my profile, now the blue looks "normal" (like it did before) but MetaTalk and AskMe look much bigger. [more inside]
posted by marble on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 comments

viewing job from profile removes formatting

I've just posted my availability in Jobs and it seems that when I go to view the ad from my profile, the formatting of my post seems to have disappeared. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Dec 15, 2010 - 12 comments

Just the text, ma'am

What if there was a tag for non-video posts? I can't watch videos at work, but I can read text. [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Sep 16, 2010 - 22 comments

In other breaking news, Hurricane Katrina. Wow.

So the first MeFi Projects post was four and a half years ago. Isn't it time to change this copy? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 comments

Anybody else miss the old Metafilter Text Ads system?

Anybody else miss the old Metafilter Text Ads system? Those were great, the ones where you just paypal $20 and get a little text ad for your blog or whatever. The only site I know of that still has that system (which I believe was pioneered here at MeFi) is Kuro5hin. Anybody know of any others?
posted by rabbit on Apr 12, 2010 - 36 comments

Doctor my eyes...

OK, so I know I can enlarge text in Fire Fox and Chrome and so forth.. but a growing number of of sites (e.g The New Yorker) provide the ability to resize text (usually 3 choices) and it's cookie stored so that every time the site is revisited, that text size is..automatacilly, magically, there. I don't personally need it, but I bet some older folks do. 'oh yes I do', he mumbled
posted by dawson on May 14, 2009 - 6 comments

Bigger is not always better

OK, I've tried fixing this myself, and I give up. Why is AskMe displaying text at a different size font to every other part of Metafilter on my home computer? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on May 9, 2009 - 20 comments

Where did it go? Oh, there it is.

Text display issues in MetaTalk (and MetaTalk only) after upgrading to Safari 4 beta. (Leopard) [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Feb 24, 2009 - 19 comments

Text-mode MeFi?

Reading works just fine already, either via RSS or just a text-mode browser. Posting is a little harder. Links, Elinks, and w3m all seem baffled by the login---Elinks, for example, reloads the login page, while w3m gets back to the question but then asks me to log in again. Does anyone know why this is so? Is there some common unsupported standard that prevents these browsers from logging in? (Note: It happens with a lot of sites that need login, not just MeFi.)
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 7, 2008 - 13 comments

Wonky Text Display...Just Me?

Is there some kind of residual April Fools joke going on? There's a weird glitch in the way MeFi displays for me over time. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Apr 23, 2008 - 32 comments

Giant stone statues shrink Recent Activity

When this post shows up in Recent Activity, the long small-text quote gets truncated, the <small> tag is never closed, and the rest of Recent Activity is rendered small.
posted by flabdablet on Sep 21, 2007 - 19 comments


Ooh, I'm so excited! My very first pedantic MetaTalk post! The text of the link on the user favorites page says "You can also view a list of the most popular in the last 24 hours," but the actual Popular Favorites page lists the "most favorited posts in the past 7 days." Do I get a prize?!?
posted by designbot on Jun 21, 2007 - 2 comments

Tiny text is hard to read!

The tiny text that some posters tend to use as asides (example here in miss lynsters comment) is truly hard to read in anything longer than a sentence, particularly for those of us born to the mole people. This seems to be the best place as any other to ask that people consider that [small] font is rather difficult to read in chunks! ( I realize that yes, the actual answer is to Ctrl-+ on FireFox read it and reverse, but then everything else goes huge. )
posted by canine epigram on Mar 19, 2007 - 88 comments

Mouseover text annoying, unhelpful

57-Chevy-with-a-double-headlight-kit-Filter. Why, when one hovers a link in a post, does the text in the status bar now read 'short cut to x' ? This actually makes it harder to tell to what the link is. Short cut to 53601 tells one nothing. Why does it now have be a detective novel to tell where the link leads ? This is counter-intuitive--why make it more work to tell what the link is ? This is not user friendly.

Please bring back to the status bar the address one would read in the address bar and forget this 'short cut to' crap. Here's a concept: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
posted by y2karl on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 comments

I can't get my posts to switch font modes in a single text area.

I can't get my posts to switch font modes in a single area of the text, it's all or nothing. I have a mac with OS 10.4 and use safari.
posted by iwouldificould on Jul 29, 2005 - 13 comments

Mouseover Madness, Or, The Terrible Title.

Mouseover Madness, Or, The Terrible Title.

I applaud the use of the title attribute, but here the text is so long there isn't time to read it before the browser hides it again.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Apr 21, 2003 - 24 comments

Textbox more constricting than tighty-whiteys

Could we make the Post a Link page's description field be a bit bigger? On my most recent FPP post, I found that I was using a lot of markup (really the first time I had done markup this extensive for a FPP) and having trouble making code changes/editing content because the textbox just seems a bit constricting. Also, this could be helpful for Metatalk as well.
posted by Hammerikaner on Jan 8, 2003 - 12 comments

Hard-to-read trackback

Trackback is almost illiegible in the plain text theme (black text on dark blue).
posted by monkey closet on Nov 7, 2002 - 7 comments

There is a minor bug with the text stylesheet.

There is a minor bug with the text stylesheet. The a:hover in the head class is not declared, causing the text to disappear into the white background when moused over.
posted by xyzzy on Nov 2, 2002 - 18 comments

Problem with MeFi displaying really large text.

In Windows XP version 2002, using either Mozilla 1.1 or IE6, renders Metafilter with really big letters that make reading the site difficult. Anyone got any solutions?
posted by moz on Sep 25, 2002 - 16 comments

text ad does not fit in box

Is anyone else seeing problems with links on some text ads being a bit too long to fit the box? Screenshot is from MSIE 5.1.3 on Mac OS X.
posted by nathan_teske on Mar 27, 2002 - 4 comments

[will be posted in metafilter >> feature requests]

In the preview view of the post I just made, it said "[will be posted in metafilter >> feature requests]." Shouldn't that say MetaTalk, not Metafilter?
posted by rushmc on Nov 10, 2001 - 3 comments

Text preferences not changing on second computer

I read MeFi from two different computers (one at home, one at work); I changed my MeFi text preferences on my machine at work and they applied without problem. The prefs don't take on my home machine, though, even after I went to the bother of going back into the prefs on my home machine and resetting them again to be exactly the same as my work machine.

Yes, I have the same fonts on both machines, as well as the same browser (IE 5.5 SP1).

Any clues?
posted by briank on Mar 31, 2001 - 3 comments

Can the stylesheet please be changed to not hard-code the point sizes for text?

This has to be an FAQ, but I couldn't find it anywhere:

Can the stylesheet please be changed to not hard-code the point sizes for text? I really would like to make the text smaller, and IE 5.5 won't ignore those absolute sizes. I hear Opera will, but I'm not ready to switch browsers.
posted by mw on Mar 12, 2001 - 2 comments

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