155 posts tagged with formatting.
Displaying 1 through 50 of 155. Subscribe:

Italicization is significant (again).

Should the search results pages' excerpts reflect the italicization of the original comments? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Jun 23, 2023 - 21 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

Determining "D'oh!" draft delay

Would it be possible to create draft FPPs before the end of the 24-hour delay? In other words, you would get the D'oh!/"you have already posted a link in the past 24 hours" page after hitting publish instead of when you click on New Post. I think the 24-hour delay is a good thing but it's intended to prevent people from posting not writing. Changing the order would allow people to check HTML formatting and link accuracy earlier in the writing process if they want to post on back-to-back days. Aside from changing the back end of the publishing process (which I know nothing about and may very well be insurmountable) would it add additional work or issues for the mods over time? Is this something that other people who post FPPs would like? [more inside]
posted by not_the_water on Jan 30, 2019 - 21 comments

Two hundred tiny tweets?

The formatting of the story in the How I Quit Spin post drives me up the wall, and I propose that we should avoid linking to stories formatted that way on Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jul 21, 2015 - 80 comments

pdfs, the silent killer...

Small feature request: can we have pdfs mark themselves as such automatically? [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot on Feb 27, 2015 - 36 comments

Titles are back, despite title font size being set to zero

I just noticed that setting the title font-size to zero in my user preferences no longer prevents titles from being displayed with posts. [more inside]
posted by washburn on Feb 1, 2013 - 5 comments

Markup Markdown Mark It All Around

I know that similar topics have been brought up in the past, but how about supporting Markdown on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 16, 2012 - 119 comments

Is it a good idea to limit the number of "best answers"?

Just wanted to start a discussion on whether it's a good idea to limit the number of "best answers" in an AskMeFi thread. I started reading this thread and thought about forwarding it to a friend of mine, but the entire thing is almost unreadable due to the color contrast because the original poster "best answered" every comment. In addition, especially to a new user who doesn't necessarily know all of the formatting conventions, the whole thing is really busy. Nothing against the original poster, who is well within their rights to "best answer" as they see fit, but readability suffers in cases like this.
posted by SeizeTheDay on Feb 1, 2012 - 66 comments

Big text for small screens

Does the mobile stylesheet need the <small> tag? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Nov 14, 2011 - 68 comments

Mobile page changes?

Or not rendering properly? [more inside]
posted by clorox on Sep 23, 2011 - 18 comments

Text not "MeFi" enough?!

Regarding this post, which was deleted. "This is the sort of thing you need to write a more MeFi-like post for." Well, considering that the text of the headline I used is very similar -- if anything, less graphic -- than the headline of the article I linked to, with much of the text is taken verbatim from the memo, with additional information accurately presented, can I get a clarification on how this isn't written in a Me-fi enough way, please?!
posted by markkraft on Sep 1, 2011 - 253 comments

Pony: AAC uploading to MeFiMusic?

From this distance it's hard to tell whether it's a pony or a stallion: making AAC files uploadable to MeFiMusic? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jan 1, 2011 - 13 comments

Linked to by/links to pages?

I noticed my Linked to by / Links to page has changed again. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Dec 29, 2010 - 7 comments

Italicization is significant.

Could the favorites pages reflect the italicization of the original comments? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Dec 12, 2010 - 29 comments

How did using italics for quoting become house style?

How did using italics for quoting become house style? If it didn't just evolve, who pushed it and why?
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 17, 2010 - 82 comments

Formatting question--whitespace, bulleted lists

How do I add white space between items in bulleted lists on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Oct 13, 2010 - 66 comments

1 step forward, 2 steps back

Safari 5 (on Mac) breaks the post comment box formatting options? [more inside]
posted by qwip on Jun 8, 2010 - 22 comments

I need [more inside] and less outside.

Can limit the main text area so that people are encouraged to put [more inside] rather than so much outside? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 22, 2010 - 67 comments

you're gonna love my blockquotes

I would like a small formatting pony. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Feb 5, 2009 - 67 comments

First things first.

Can we more strongly encourage posters to make their first link their most important one? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jun 29, 2008 - 65 comments

Preformatted text formatting

Can we fix the <pre>formatted text bug where the live preview looks perfect, but the actual post ends up double-spaced? [more inside]
posted by knave on May 25, 2008 - 119 comments

Can't tell who said what

What happened to put quotes in italics?
posted by nax on Feb 23, 2008 - 126 comments

AskMe formatting wonkiness

Regarding the AskMe RSS feed formating - Currently there is no line break between the question and the [more inside]. Sometimes this makes for an odd run-on and repetitive paragraph that isn't what the poster intended. Since screen real-estate isn't a problem in the feed, might the powers-that-be consider throwing a paragraph between these sections? I use google reader but it's also formatted the same way in bloglines if this helps.
posted by FortyT-wo on Jan 24, 2008 - 5 comments

MP3 and PDF tags

You know those little MP3 or PDF tags on Wikipedia external links (see last external link), informing users they are about to click on a special file along with the file size? That would sure be nice for MeFi.
posted by stbalbach on Dec 15, 2007 - 26 comments

Line Break Issues in "Preview"

It's pretty annoying that inserting carriage returns shows line breaks as typed in the "preview" window, but the final result is breakless (after all, what's the point of the preview?). I've had unpredictable results manually adding "BR" tags and "P" tags...they seem to sporadically interact with the typed carriage returns and yield vast white space. If anyone can point me to a workaround, I'd be appreciative. But, really, it'd be fitting if postings posted per the preview, no?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Dec 10, 2007 - 29 comments

Contact List Formatting

A quick formatting request for the contacts lists: "links to" and "linked by" as vertical lists side by side rather than as blocks of inline text. Also, a little icon to indicate mutual contacts, and a little plus sign to add new non-mutual contacts from the "linked by" list. I have the del.icio.us contacts list in mind.
posted by brownpau on Nov 7, 2007 - 8 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

RSS vs. Page formatting

Why does this question lose all formatting even though it is formatted in my RSS reader? Doesn't appear to have happened to other questions nearby.
posted by vacapinta on Sep 20, 2007 - 12 comments

Older and Newer links

Can the “« Older” and “Newer »” links at the bottom of post pages use the post titles of the adjacent posts rather than the first few words truncated with an ellipsis?
posted by stopgap on Sep 13, 2007 - 7 comments

The New Left. No, wait...

Small inconsistency. On members' posts/comments pages, < newer / older>> point opposite to all the regular pages, which are < older / newer>>. Not terribly annoying, but easy to fix, no?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Aug 31, 2007 - 15 comments

Brevity is the soul of. . . what again?

Flagging a post as "too long."
posted by bardic on Jun 16, 2007 - 58 comments

An end to [more inside] "witticism".

Could the "Post" button on new AskMe questions trigger a script to check that the first part of the question ends either in a "." or a "?"? This would bring an end to the [more inside] "witticisms" (e.g. Assuredly there's [more inside]). I realise it is minor, and that I have also once been guilty of propagating this lame disruptive meme.
posted by roofus on May 11, 2007 - 105 comments

Office chair question bug

Is there a bug in this question? Looks fine on its own page, but on the main AskMe page it starts with the second sentence: "But this time...". Perhaps something to do with the fact that the first sentence is identical to the title?
posted by allkindsoftime on Apr 17, 2007 - 2 comments

Preferred method of quoting others' comment?

What's the proper method for quoting a commenter in a thread? For years, I had taken to just posting the thought in italics and nothing else. More and more however, I notice people pulling out the quote with the post date/time and user name. Are both methods acceptable? Neither? Better to link to the comment in question and not quote it at all? Please hope me.
posted by psmealey on Mar 21, 2007 - 101 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

I broke my FPP!

So despite reading the MeFi Wiki and crunchland's profile, I managed to screw up my FPP ( this one ) and it now appears on the home page without a title. Would one of the admins be kind enough to correct the link title of the post? You may also suggest suitable means of atonement for this extremely n00b-ish screwup.
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek on Mar 14, 2007 - 22 comments

Where does the via go?

Dear Mefi. What is the proper etiquette for the [via]? Some go inside, others on the front.
posted by dabitch on Mar 10, 2007 - 27 comments

href... slash... a.... dammit!

Is it just me, or did my autoformatting buttons vanish with my last Firefox update (I assume this is the cause, as the two coincided)? If I have to start hand-coding hyperlinks again I will probably just go into an unresponsive fugue state instead.
posted by nanojath on Feb 24, 2007 - 15 comments

Better way to link

Is there be a better way to automate links in comments and answers?
posted by SteveInMaine on Feb 18, 2007 - 23 comments

Youtube posts could be playlists.

A suggestion for Youtube (music video) posts: playlists. [how-to inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jan 2, 2007 - 11 comments

pulling out info from pages without anchors

FPP question.

In making up an art centered post, I'm finding lots of great images with data that describes the particular piece of art. However, the art and data about it is on a web page with other pictures (sometimes relate, sometimes not)and the specific pieces I want to use do NOT have anchers. The data about the images is important, because the images are part of a storytelling genre/style and the data helps shed light on the images (which are at least 100 years old usually).

So would it be better to link to just the images or link to the web page and just mention that you have to scroll?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 14, 2006 - 26 comments

Playing time of video in superscript? Annoying!

Is this the first time someone has linked to videos with the playing time in superscript? Am I the only one who finds it really annoying?
posted by chunking express on Dec 4, 2006 - 91 comments

vestigial more inside sentences

In askmefi, I occasionally see some posts where the first question field ends with "of course ..." as if the rest of the sentence is cut off. In older posts, though, that phrase usually ends with "... there's more" as in "of course there's more." Is it because it's an askmefi cliche and that metafilter users are perpetuating it as a joke, or if it's because that particular sentence is automatically truncated by admins who deem it unnecessary because of the [more inside] denotation?
posted by i8ny3x on Nov 30, 2006 - 16 comments

Ex-Image Formatting

Since you're already stripping out the image tag code (like on this post), why not either change it to a link or drop the whole line entirely? The code that's left is unsightly.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Nov 18, 2006 - 53 comments

Profile Changes Borked MeFi

Early Sunday morning I made two minor changes to my user page (added my new blog's address, changed the text in the location line), and when I saved the changes and viewed my user page again, it and every other page of MeFi suddenly appeared as white with black text. And so it has remained. If I delete cookies and log out, I see it in blue, grey and green, but not otherwise. Why has this happened and how can I fix it? I dislike the white so much I can't stand to read the site.
posted by orange swan on Nov 14, 2006 - 5 comments

Tag Guidelines

Tags: I hate how they have to be crunched into one word. What's the policy/ettiquette about using underscores? Does it break the database? Or should I avoid them just because they're not convention, therefore no one will know to search for them?
posted by Eideteker on Nov 13, 2006 - 53 comments

This huge thread kills Safari/OmniWeb

This huge thread kills Safari/OmniWeb. I'd like there to be a preference that allows me to see massive posts broken up by 100s of comments or something. Alternatively, is there a different CSS file that can be loaded for these that will keep Safari/OmniWeb from crashing?
posted by onalark on Nov 6, 2006 - 17 comments

Use of Wikipedia ^

I made a FPP (Stern Review of global warming) linking to Wikipedia using the ^ - for stylistic reasons, I wanted to emphasis the second link in the FPP and not the Wikipedia link, which is the first link, and so wanted to keep it small and unobtrusive. Someone< ?> then changed it and made it a full link. Is there a style-policy? Is it documented anywhere?
posted by stbalbach on Oct 30, 2006 - 50 comments

Smart Quotes and RSS

Smart Quotes Ahoy! Love 'em or hate 'em, they turn up awful weird in my RSS reader.

Not a major crisis, I was just surprised to see Word-style formatting passing through after the very recent thread on blocking entities.
posted by gimonca on Oct 17, 2006 - 31 comments

The link is what you're supposed to talk about

Would everyone please cut it out? Pretty please?!
posted by The God Complex on Oct 14, 2006 - 96 comments

Page: 1 2 3 4