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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 - 102 comments

Wots up with the My Comments page only lists the past 7 days?!!?

I was using My Comments to locate a previous post via my comment. Wots up with the My Comments page only lists the past 7 days?!!?

Ok, Maybe I should post more often. Then, I use search, and using my user ID I get nada. Then I used google site search with time limit of 3 months and I get posts from 2004. Oddly, this Google results page is missing the "sort by date/relevance". Same for Yahoo; no date on results sort.

Regardless, this leads me back to a simpler question. Why does the My Comments page limit the results to 7 days? Now I can't rememebr what the post was to begin with, but I would like to hear why the forced limit on this page.

-Long Time Lurker
posted by xtian on Oct 8, 2006 - 9 comments

Favorites Request

Can the favorites pages be tweaked so comments retain their formatting and links? Also, when the page displays the whole of a comment, there shouldn't be an ellipsis after it. TY HUGS
posted by riotgrrl69 on Sep 24, 2006 - 15 comments

an exemplary specimen

I would just like to point out that the way in which louigi formatted his multi-question post to AskMe is superb, and should be a model for future questions of this nature.
posted by c:\awesome on Sep 22, 2006 - 61 comments

Can we strip posts of unhelpful links?

Metafilter: Unhelpful link text. Extra links added for padding that have little to do with the main topic of the entry. Are extremely loaded rhetorical questions the only thing that can save us now?
posted by onalark on Sep 6, 2006 - 44 comments

I want to make it purdy

Couple questions:

1) If I go to the AskMeFi "New Question" page, I do not see buttons for bold, italics, link and spell check. It appears that only plain text is allowed (or html, which I don't know). However, if I go to someone else's question, the comment area has all of the above. Does my browser/setup have a problem? I'm using Firefox 1.5.0.4, I've got various extensions (NoScript, Mouse Gestures, FoxClocks, ScrapBook, del.icio.us and ScreenGrab).

2) What is the easiest way to include a picture in the question? Posting it to flickr (or equivalent) and linking to it?

I've read the FAQ and performed searches on both topics, but could not find answers.

Thanks!
posted by eebs on Jul 18, 2006 - 31 comments

Pasting formatted code into AskMe response?

Is there a way to paste formatted (e.g. indented) code into an AskMe response? If not, could such a feature be added? It would really help out threads like this.
posted by grumblebee on Jun 29, 2006 - 46 comments

Usernames with @

@mathowie: Why are people starting to put commercial at signs before usernames when they are directly addressing other MeFites? Is this a convention from Digg or something? Am I the only one who finds this annoying, even more annoying than putting other usernames in boldface? Even more annoying than Todd Lokkenning? Can we make it stop?
posted by grouse on Jun 9, 2006 - 99 comments

"You just flagged..." offends my design sensibilities

I like the look of Metafilter. It is an attractive site. The only part of it that I hate with a passion is the "You just flagged something, good for you" page. It is an eyesore. I hate its whiteness and the lack of words on 90% of its surface. Let's make it a pretty color and spread the words out some. What do you say?
posted by ND¢ on Jun 5, 2006 - 33 comments

High turnover on AskMe

I've noticed that AskMefi has a high turnover rate these days, and some questions don't get answered because they age too quickly.

Suggestion: how bout we have two columns of questions instead of one? So that older questions show up next to the newest one - and have a longer life?
posted by mammary16 on May 30, 2006 - 155 comments

Freezing the Masthead

As I scroll through a page I would prefer to have the masthead, with its useful navigation links, stay in place at the top of my screen. Is there any way I can make this happen?
posted by jamjam on May 23, 2006 - 6 comments

Too many links makes a post something something

Can some sort of rule/guideline/something be considered, stating that FPP's shouldn't have a bajillion links, one in each individual word?

I know it's not a serious thing, and a programmatic solution isn't the way to go, but when I see posts like this it drives me nuts. Am I the only one?
posted by pdb on Apr 29, 2006 - 56 comments

Clean up possible misquote to avoid nuclear fallout

Cleanup on aisle 50764.

While I appreciate what a fun fireball the thread might turn into, the subject of the FPP is miffed by syntax in the FPP which might be construed as attributing a quote to her (when in fact it is a quote by someone else whom she is disagreeing with), and the FPPer has also said he/she has no problem changing the syntax, so in the name of avoiding nuclear fallout, could Jessamyn or Matt edit the FPP?
posted by Bugbread on Apr 9, 2006 - 44 comments

AskMe causes problems when posting code

Problems Posting Code To Ask yet again.

I really wish AskMeFi handled code better. As in, handled HTML, JavaScript, Perl, whatever, with linebreaks and indenting preserved. Some people are smart enough to use the PRE tag, but they still need to escape the HTML brackets, and their code gets extra linebreaks added.

When I need to post code I pre-process it with a script now but the average person isn't that obsessive.

The "regular expressions are overkill" guy has a problem in his code, please note, as does the "screw the dom" guy.
posted by AmbroseChapel on Mar 27, 2006 - 25 comments

Linking Style

This is about linking style.

Many folk on MeFi and other, somewhat geek-identified sites like kuro5hin have a linking style as follows:

1. Placing multiple links such that several consecutive words in a sentence each link to a different page
2. (somewhat following from #1) Links that bear no relation to the text they mark.

Here is a (made-up) example: "Best Buy stocks several brands of electronics."

What is wrong here? The first link is well placed, but all the others are terrible. Firstly, logically, there is no reason why the word "several" should link to anything other than a page about the word "several". But what is worse than this is that the casual reader has no way to parse this sentence for information without clicking on each link. In this case the URLs are obvious, when hovering over the link in question, but many times the URLs are not so obvious.

Why not just use the much plainer, better style: "Best Buy stocks several brands of electronics such as Sony, Samsung, Mouser, and LG."

Or if it's not intended to give the linked websites so much importance, you could simply say: "Best Buy stocks several brands of electronics (examples 1, 2, 3, 4)."

Either of these would be a vast improvement. Discuss.
posted by splitpeasoup on Mar 13, 2006 - 91 comments

Comments Text-Box Width

Ponyfilter: It'd be really nice if the 'Comments' entry box could be the full width of the browser. MeFi does an excellent job in handling widescreen monitors in all respects but that one. [bit more inside]
posted by Malor on Mar 4, 2006 - 17 comments

MeFi Remixed broken

Formatting changes made sometime on February 7th or 8th have broken MeFi Remixed. Just thought you might like to know.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Feb 21, 2006 - 3 comments

who posted this? and, favorites foreshadowed

A couple of things:

1) When people view your profile and links to answers posted on mefi and such, it looks more like you've posted the question - this seems a little odd, could the actual comments be linked instead (I know they're accessible by clicking on the date, it just seems a slightly unintuitive way of doing it).

2) Mefi and ask.mefi have some GREAT posts on there that I'd love to be able to bookmark within Metafilter (part of my profile maybe?). An example, lots of ask.mefi questions are just damned useful, and I'd like to have a place where I could go and you could see "BishopsLoveSciFi's favourite questions / answers / FPPs".

If it makes it any clearer, think of it working like memories on LJ. (See this FAQ item if you're not an LJer.)
posted by BishopsLoveScifi on Feb 14, 2006 - 8 comments

The layout has gone all odd on the main Projects page

The layout has gone all odd on the main Projects page
posted by ZippityBuddha on Feb 8, 2006 - 4 comments

The Leonard Peltier thread has HTML in the 'Title'

The Leonard Peltier thread has HTML in the 'Title', which looks bad.
posted by unixrat on Feb 6, 2006 - 1 comment

I'm not seeing the usual buttons under the comment fields.

I'm not seeing the usual buttons under the comment fields. Bold, Italic, Link, et cetera. Is there upkeep/pony-development going on?
posted by brundlefly on Feb 1, 2006 - 5 comments

I thought this was fixed?

This comment has italicized everything beneath it on "My Comments." I thought this was fixed?
posted by Eideteker on Jan 28, 2006 - 5 comments

Opera Layout

Layout on ask.me, the blue and the grey all seem to be a little messed up on Opera 8.51 since last night. All the content is showing up beneath the side blog boxes (on the blue.)
posted by bigmusic on Jan 25, 2006 - 2 comments

Wonky link in firefox

This post about Google is screwed up for me in Firefox 1.5. I can't click any of the links and the page is set really wide.
posted by smackfu on Jan 25, 2006 - 6 comments

"civilrights.metafilter.com" hangs over the right edge of the SideBlog

"civilrights.metafilter.com" hangs over the right edge of the SideBlogTM and makes the page too wide, generating an annoying horizontal scroll bar in my Firefox.
posted by rxrfrx on Jan 16, 2006 - 8 comments

Linebreaks in preview on AskMe.

AskMe apparently trims line breaks from posts. I guess I understand this, but it would be nice if it also happened in the preview. In preview, my line breaks were still intact, so I hit the post button, and now my post looks a bit silly. Not the end of the world, but I figure it can't be intentional.
posted by bingo on Jan 15, 2006 - 12 comments

Question formatting browser bug

A question about American Girl currently on AskMeFi's front page appears to be looking rather funky in MSIE6. (Yes, I know, use Firefox, but I'm on a Windoze machine at work, so that's where I'm noticing it.)
posted by WCityMike on Jan 9, 2006 - 2 comments

doubling the number of columns and rows in the post and comment textareas

To improve usability, might I suggest doubling the number of columns and rows in the post and comment textareas? I promise to brush it and feed it twice a day, pretty please!
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jan 5, 2006 - 32 comments

Does anyone have a cached version of my old MeFi profile page

LongShotFilter: Does anyone have a cached version of my old MeFi profile page? [MI]
posted by sjvilla79 on Dec 28, 2005 - 8 comments

"I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry."

Re: "I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry."

y2karl's posts are *always* fcked up for me on LoFi (like the current one on Iraq). All the links after the graph break are pushed waaay to the left. Everytime. It happens with a few other posters, but mostly y2karl. Could there be a simple fix somewhere? (I assume that LoFi is not "supported." I'll post a screenshot if anyone's interested.)
posted by mrgrimm on Dec 15, 2005 - 4 comments

Formatting problem ... sorry.

I fcked up y2karls formatting sorry.
posted by The Jesse Helms on Dec 14, 2005 - 2 comments

"fantastic post" page unreadable

The last 50 questions and answered [answers, surely] marked as "fantastic post" by other members at Ask MetaFilter page is all but unreadable. Both lists need the short form of the question at the very least in order to add context.
posted by nthdegx on Dec 12, 2005 - 33 comments

How should we format MeDumps?

Database mavens: what would be the best format for weekly database dumps of MeFi posts and comments (a followup to this comment).
posted by killdevil on Dec 12, 2005 - 23 comments

MetaTalk Formatting

Padding (?) on the top-right "MetaTalk" link makes a horizontal scroll bar appear on-click (screenshot). Seems to only happen in Firefox (1.5 on a Windows XP Home SP2 machine). This is totally the end of the world.
posted by tpl1212 on Dec 6, 2005 - 4 comments

Pony request: Text formatting tools in AskMe

Can we get the little " B I link ABC" box for Ask Metafilter yet?

If we can have it for comments, we might as well have it for questions, too. Several posters could make use of it.
posted by MrZero on Dec 6, 2005 - 20 comments

The archive page for July 2001 has weird text formatting

The archive page for July 2001 has weird text formatting. It changes after bytecode's post on the 28th. Everything below that seems to be in smaller text.
posted by Irontom on Nov 22, 2005 - 3 comments

Don't copy the article, link to it

When y2karl quotes 4000 words of an article, it's really annoying. Just link to it. Thanks.
posted by The Jesse Helms on Nov 19, 2005 - 25 comments

(via) format

I think the "(via)" cuteness is not as useful as "(via BoingBoing)", just to give a common example. Frequently, I'll think "is this the link I already saw, or another one on the same topic?" and having to actually mouseover to find out is just too strenuous.

Is it just me?
posted by Aknaton on Nov 17, 2005 - 63 comments

How do I make posts that don't start with a link?

Of all the posts I've made, I've yet to figure out how to make posts that don't start with a link, where the main link begins further into the post (example). I once tried opening with a closed-anchor tag, but no luck. What's in the secret sauce?
posted by Rothko on Oct 31, 2005 - 10 comments

format impedes discussion

Interesting post (maybe) - hoist by it's own petard.
Initial comments ignore the substance - format impedes discussion.

Administrators - PHM!
posted by dash_slot- on Oct 15, 2005 - 19 comments

Too many embedded MP3's spoil the post

Posting one embedded MP3 might be funny. Posting two is being a jerk. Posting three is... well... something to bring up on MeTa.
posted by Faint of Butt on Oct 7, 2005 - 18 comments

MeFi formatting on TabletPC

Ok, I was just viewing MeFi on my TabletPC. When in tablet mode, longer usernames in the "posted by" span mess up the formatting if they're near the top of the page. (It's pushed down by the sidebar.) I have an example here. (warning, ~130k. Please be gentle on my server.) Is there anything that can be done about this?
posted by mystyk on Sep 12, 2005 - 8 comments

responses above pullquotes

The trippy CaptainTripps has decided he needs to post his responses above his pullquotes.
posted by five fresh fish on Aug 15, 2005 - 56 comments

When a poster replies to his own post, would it be possible to mark it as such?

A suggestion to improve Metafilter: When a poster replies to his own post, would it be possible to mark it as such, such as starting out the post with "Poster: ", or maybe each poster could do this manually to make the thread more readable. Just an idea.
posted by cincidog on Jul 22, 2005 - 23 comments

Differentiating moreinside from main body

On thread pages in AskMe, can the More Inside section be indented like the answers are, or otherwise differentiated from the start of the post?
posted by cillit bang on May 15, 2005 - 8 comments

would you guys please make a little more sense?

"The post is what you bring to it."

What's the consensus? I find these 'random word links' very annoying. Can we at least have some etiquette rule that says if you have more then a hand full of links, the text of the link must reflect the content of the linked-to page? Or something?
posted by delmoi on Apr 4, 2005 - 53 comments

Plaintext AskMe and MeTa

There's also a plain-text theme for metafilter, with a white background.
posted by mathowie at 12:26 PM PST on March 20


I've always wanted to ask this question, how do I get the nifty white background in Metatalk and Ask Metafilter? The white background theme seems only to work on the main page. Am I missing something? Thanks!
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket on Mar 20, 2005 - 15 comments

HTML Formatting Request

My first pony request: in addition to the HTML shortcut buttons that currently exist below the preview field—bold, italic, href—it would also be useful to have buttons for 'blockquote' and 'small' since those tags often get used for quoting news sources. Failing that, what other buttons would be useful?
posted by dhoyt on Feb 17, 2005 - 20 comments

HTML Formatting

Have the recent changes included removing the "B | I | Link" buttons from the comment boxes? (Because they're gone).
posted by MikeKD on Jan 23, 2005 - 18 comments

no-caps does not mean no-value

We've been over this before. Some people prefer typing with the shift key. Others prefer all-lowercase. For the record: can we stop bitching about this in threads? No-caps doesn't detract from the quality of a post or comment. The bitching about it does.
posted by caution live frogs on Jan 18, 2005 - 130 comments

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