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taxonomy organization volunteers

As I understand them, Matt's plans for AskMe include some organization of the archives by topic. (I may be wrong about this; if so, stop reading here.) As the archive grows, it becomes a bigger and bigger job going through the individual posts and tagging them with the appropriate (sub)category. So my questions are, first, has any kind of organizing taxonomy been proposed for AskMe, and second, once that's done, would it make sense to organize an effort at distributing the tagging process across willing MeFi volunteers? If so, I volunteer.
posted by luser on Jun 2, 2004 - 43 comments

That was nice of you, but... (don't post my stuff to mefi)

Er-
I certainly appreciate the thought, and the enthusiasm, but when the time comes I'll buy a text ad like anyone else. I don't think of Metafilter as my personal billboard.
Matt, please kill the thread, or move it back here to "metafilter-related", as that's about as close to relevant to this site as my book is.
posted by dong_resin on May 12, 2004 - 50 comments

How do you find your MeFi time?

I can usually manage enough spare time to read and comment on a few threads a few times per week.
It occurred to me (while reading this MetaTalk thread) that other members must spend a much larger portion of their time here. Just out of curiosity are these folks unemployed or retired or are they spending a big chunk of their work-day here?
I'd also like to add a broader question: how many threads do other people tend to follow during whatever period they spend on MetaFilter?
posted by snarfodox on May 9, 2004 - 52 comments

Opinions, not agenda

I humbly and publicly request a moratorium on referring to opinions as agendas. The linked thread is full of this. Not only does it stifle any sort of honest discussion, debate, or genuine and warranted insulting, it also seems slightly fascistic, Fox News-ish, and embarrassing.
posted by xmutex on May 3, 2004 - 46 comments

Won't you be my MetaNeighbor?

Who is your MetaNeighhbor? Of mine, one is alive, one is not.
posted by Dagobert on Apr 30, 2004 - 49 comments

One asshole ruining it for everyone

Yesterday I said jokingly "I'm not a big fan of gatherings -- it seems when you get enough people together in one place, the chances of one asshole ruining it for everyone goes up exponentially." and someone went and proved it. This is why letting new users can be problematic.
posted by mathowie on Apr 13, 2004 - 72 comments

French MetaFilter

Nous sommes tous en cela ensemble: Aeiou, 'the blog of flu,' is a new French community blog based on the 'celebrated Metafilter.' They also give you Aeiou in bad english, through le poisson. (via boingboing via ecuaderno via pointblog via chryde).
posted by carter on Mar 25, 2004 - 15 comments

strange relationship between posts and the posters' usernames

We know that nofundy usually posts about "Fundies", hama7 has posted Hama-Net, and Vidiot's first post was about TV newscasts, but hasn't the relationship between posts and the posters' usernames gotten a little strange lately?

First, I saw Keyser Soze's AskMe about "my friend getting busted by the cops" and its MetaTalk follow-up. But then I noticed posts from PenDevil about rewriting the Chinese Constitution, Dome-O-Rama about an Act of Congress, psychotic venom about these depressing times, loquacious about Rumsfeld's words, ferociouskitty about howwasshe.com, and four panels about China's Building Blitz.

And AskMe has a problem with the French from staggernation and a mouse in a messy room from Slimemonster.

Am I just going overboard when I see the connections between a car insurance site and mr crash davis, Jay-Z and soundofsuburbia, or Sudden Oak Death and barkle (oops, that should be bargle) ? If so, just say "adjust your meds, Wendell", and we'll leave it at that. If not, I'll be back tonight with a post about Wendell Willkie.
posted by wendell on Mar 20, 2004 - 78 comments

Can I link to my organisation's new product on Mefi?

I work for a large organisation that has launched a new web product. Its a paid for service. I'd like to post a link in the blue, as I am personally interested in what people think about it. I do not work on the product, but I do use it. Is this against policy?
posted by davehat on Mar 19, 2004 - 23 comments

Men, women, and relationships

What are some good community sites, other than AskMetafilter, where people can intiate discussions on topics like this one? It's a good question in a bad place, IMO.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 6, 2004 - 42 comments

MetaFilter: Grand Royal experiment

What if everyone ponied up, say, five bucks to a PayPal account? That's $70K. We make that our max bid, and if we lose, we either get it back or make a donation to a music charity.

While the MetaFilter: Grand Royal experiment sounds noble, it would likely have to be conducted "off-site, yet in spirit". (Unless Matt's anxious for another burgeoning project to worry over...)

So how do we bell this cat, and how many brave mice want to participate?
posted by Smart Dalek on Jan 14, 2004 - 10 comments

PRIX ARS Electronica - digital communities

On January 12th, PRIX ARS Electronica will be opening up submissions for a new category, "Digital Communities." I would like to gather support to have Metafilter.com submitted as an official entry. (More inside.)
posted by gen on Dec 30, 2003 - 12 comments

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 - 43 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 - 61 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

politicalcompass what?

Sideblog: The mefi political compass. Umm, what the hell is this? The whois information for politicalcompass.org is as shady as it gets. The test has a few major flaws, in my opinion, and works on a significant number of assumptions, especially in regards to historical figures. I don't know if there's an obvious slant to it like there is to the Libertarian World's Smallest Political Quiz, but considering they won't even let you see the code should we be displaying the results of something that could have major flaws written by some anonymous "academics" so prominently on the front page? Not to mention its polarizing and the traditional political labels often fall short of defining anything meaningful nowadays. Oh, and also the Star Wars character I'm most like is Chewbacca.
posted by skallas on Feb 23, 2003 - 35 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 - 37 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 - 32 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

Self-policing scale-up?

From my point of view as a newbie, MeFi has grown beyond the ability of new people to quickly assimilate the unwritten rules of searching, communicating and posting without ruffling at least one person's feathers within the week suggested by the About and Posting Guidelines links.

It's time for MeFi to take the leap and encode a written policy document that's centrally located and easy to find, instead of relying on newbies to read literally years (3/26/2000 to 9/9/2002) of etiquette/policy postings on MetaTalk to shore up the scant information available on the official MeFi links about posting.

We've got 15,000+ users; it seems like we've enough of a community to put together a policy committee to slap a policy together for the use of all members, new and old. Let it be one that we all can find easily, and read in a reasonable amount of time.
posted by kalessin on Sep 9, 2002 - 51 comments

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