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Formatting etiquette

Enough with the big / strong / italics.
posted by bshort on Sep 22, 2004 - 41 comments

Small text doesn't mitigate excessive length

Small text doesn't mitigate excessive length, karl. It exacerbates it, by making ALL THAT harder to read. What? Are you trying to make less work for those of us who will scroll past it? If you want to be read, leave your Iraq links + editorializing legible and stop pretending they don't take up as much space as they do.
posted by scarabic on Sep 21, 2004 - 45 comments

Formatting with Blockquotes

Not a huge deal, probably previously discussed, a little nitpicky, but a useful reminder:
Proper use of blockquotes in posts. More inside.
posted by Shane on Sep 10, 2004 - 11 comments

Is there any way to get more entries defaulting to the front page of the green?

I posted a question to the green yesterday evening and it's gone already. Is there any way to get more entries defaulting to the front page of the green? I would think 24 hours min would be better. 48 Would be ideal... Please?
posted by dobbs on Aug 17, 2004 - 26 comments

Open tag.

Open tag.
posted by eddydamascene on Aug 6, 2004 - 9 comments

Are em-dashes bad?

Are em-dashes bad? In my post from yesterday I used an — and some “ and ”s (double quotes). But looking at it just now I see they've been changed to plain old - and ". Was this done by hand or automatically? Are there still systems / browsers that mangle these charaters?
posted by Space Coyote on Aug 1, 2004 - 7 comments

ordered by "Date Modified" instead of "Date Created"...what do you think?

All MetaFilter Comments by [Member] , ordered by "Date Modified" instead of "Date Created"...what do you think?
posted by LairBob on Jul 20, 2004 - 14 comments

AskMe Standards

Some AskMetafilter standards? Debated posting this because conformity is like, so something the MAN wants you to do. But when I was looking through the AskMetafilter archives I noticed a few things, like "more inside" and [filter][/filter] stuff that breaks the formatting.
posted by geoff. on May 11, 2004 - 19 comments

AskMe: inline comments about the suitability or presentation are especially unwelcome

Dear No. 1: Maybe it's time for a little policy action. I think of AskMe much more in terms of archival value than I do MeFi, mostly because a great deal of the information shared there is anecdotal and experience-related, and as such is not wholly dependent on web links that may change or disappear. It seems that this is going to be a resource that will be referred to quite often in results for common searches, and in this way far less ephemeral than MeFi or MeTa. Therefore, I'm thinking that inline comments about the suitability or presentation of a posted question are especially unwelcome.

I understand that it will be overbearing and ridiculous to bring every single question of this sort to MeTa, but still, I think that in the long run it will be strange and distracting to have these asides remaining in the threads that survive to see another day, especially because they tend to drift off into discussions involving the complaint, and because the person complaining may have just been suffering from wrong-side-of-the-bed syndrome, the effects of which usually fade rapidly into obscurity on the blue and gray pages (and the inclusion of which is explicitly or implicitly more "built into" their more conversational structure), but which I suspect will end up being more "sticky", as well as oddly jarring, in the green. I also think that it will probably become impossible for you to monitor everything and delete all bad posts/comments one by one. [More, believe it or not...]
posted by taz on Mar 24, 2004 - 27 comments

When a FPP doesn't start with a link I get confused.

When a FPP doesn't start with a link I get confused. It looks like a continuation of the previous FPP, sometimes. And I can't tell what the featured post should be. Maybe it's just me, but I've noticed this with greater frequency lately.
posted by Slagman on Mar 19, 2004 - 31 comments

Cleanup on aisle 31410: formatting gone awry

Y2Karl's post appears to have messed up its layout. Looks like the html fixer-upper munged up some already buggy html y2karl fed it:
posted by fvw on Feb 25, 2004 - 4 comments

Format problems

Troutfishing's post about Miami seems to have some formatting problems.
posted by Irontom on Dec 2, 2003 - 10 comments

Pony: color-coded user names

Colored usernames. How about a per-user defined option to have usernames show up in custom colors to keep track of users I want to read (red) and users I don't (gray) and everyone else (default). Or some other way to highlight when a user I really like posts without having to memorize lots of names.
posted by stbalbach on Nov 21, 2003 - 42 comments

Italic tags

Looks like Metafilter didn't drink its V8 today. Close your italics tags, people!
posted by PrinceValium on Nov 13, 2003 - 25 comments

Tons of whitespace between description and comments in MeTa

The topmost thread on metatalk has tons of white(gray) space between the description and the comments/timestamp line. The space seems to coincide with the sidebar. Only when I'm not logged in, using Mozilla Firebird .6 through .7.
posted by angry modem on Nov 4, 2003 - 30 comments

Why is MeFi the way it is?

I should know this, being one of MeFi's last surviving "early adopters" (user #206), but I don't...
MetaFilter's NO multiple-threads, chronological order, NO sigs or avatars, permalinked format for comment pages has become the standard default style for blog comments, used by most blog software out there. (And that format has been, with all its abuses, one of the major reasons why MeFi has been my favorite Web Hangout for most of its 4 years).
So, Matt, why is it so? Did you duplicate some even earlier weblog pioneer I don't remember? Did you just follow a K.I.S.S. methodology? Or was it all/partly about the limitations in the Cold Fusion database or your then-newbie abilities with it? Tell me, for the record, how much credit (or blame) do you think you deserve for "The Way We Do Comments"?
posted by wendell on Sep 19, 2003 - 15 comments

HTML Formatting

Comment window tooltips (bold, italic, link) appear, but are nonfunctional. Mozilla 1.3/WinXP.
posted by PrinceValium on May 9, 2003 - 15 comments

Kudos for concise posts

Kudos for concise posts [More inside]
posted by jaden on Apr 28, 2003 - 15 comments

MetaFilter looks like crap in Mosaic

Matt, MetaFilter looks like crap in Mosaic 1.0/PC.
Could you do something to fix it please?
posted by me3dia on Apr 23, 2003 - 29 comments

Bullets Messed Up Formatting

formatting of comments on thread all effed up by user who included bullets in his message.
posted by crunchland on Mar 6, 2003 - 25 comments

Plaintext MeFi?

Is the plain-text version of Metafilter available through a URL hack or a GET request? i.e. can I get the plain-text version without changing my profile? That would be useful for Palm and other small-device versions, esp. for comment pages...
posted by costas on Jan 19, 2003 - 9 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

Weird blank section showing up in Mozilla

Just posted this thread in Mozilla. Reading the front page in Mozilla briefly showed a huge blank section between the last line of my post and the "posted by" line. The blank section didn't show up in IE and is fixed now in Mozilla. What happened? (FWIW, I'm absolutely sure I didn't include 25 or so blank lines at the end of the post.)
posted by mediareport on Nov 15, 2002 - 4 comments

This [more inside] thing could be useful

I'm not getting at the actual poster's with this (I love both of the stories). But wouldn't a Wheadonesque 'more inside' style posting ability be really useful in cases like this and this?
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 21, 2002 - 23 comments

Fix Bad HTML, Please

Fake markup = unneeded closing tags? Anyways, the text layout is broken and the font's screwy. Please fix.
posted by Su on Sep 23, 2002 - 7 comments

Some textads are too wide

Some TextAds are too wide (on standards-compliant browsers). "www.ArtSwag.com" and
"STICKERS*PINS*SHIRTS For angry ranters and the people who love them" are two examples. It increases the width of the in which it and the sideblog are nested, thereby reducing the width of the main content column, not to mention leaving a large gap between the right-hand page margin and the sideblog.
    The culprit seems to be the title field. A multiworld title with spaces will wrap in the ad-box; the above two examples are long (but within 20-char limit) one-word titles. Can something be done?
posted by rschram on Sep 12, 2002 - 15 comments

Customized Formatting in MeTa

My font 'n' size customization displays just fine on MeFi, but doesn't seem to take effect here in MetaTalk. I'd like to have the customization on both pages. Is there anything I can do, or is that just the way it's gon' be? I appreciate any suggestions. (Win 2000, IE 5.)
posted by boomchicka on Sep 2, 2002 - 6 comments

HTML breaks: bad form?

Are HTML breaks (br) bad form in a post?

This may be picky, but I'm a writerly-type. While I know a post is best as one paragraph, it's very tough for me to resist some type of break where grammar/common sense dictate a paragraph break should be. Still, I thought the above post was sloppy-looking or something when I actually saw it posted.

This is picky, but sometimes so are you : )
posted by Shane on Aug 29, 2002 - 23 comments

Could we have a [more inside] feature to encourage people to keep their posts short?

An attempt at a solution to this [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on Aug 21, 2002 - 20 comments

Weird Symbols in Posts

All right, I'm on netscape 4.7, on a macintosh. Is this the reason everything I post ends with weird symbols?
posted by interrobang on Jul 17, 2002 - 7 comments

Not GrammarFilter

Could we possibly make an effort to try to appreciate the content of a given site, rather than have every other link derailed by some niggling critcism of the webmaster's use of fonts/flash/javascript/punctuation?
posted by Optamystic on Jul 7, 2002 - 86 comments

Formatting gets messed up

On some threads, at the bottom usually, the formatting gets messed up, i guess it's some tag people put in, but i don't see it. after the switch happens i can no longer post in the thread, although i have seen other people continue a thread with bad formatting. just wondering what it is, and, if it's a bad tag, maybe people can start closing them.
posted by rhyax on May 24, 2002 - 5 comments

Formatting Buttons Missing

Hey - is it a bug, my browser, or a glitch: where's the formatting button, ie, BOLD-italic - for Mefi posts? (Win98SE, NS6.2)
posted by dash_slot- on May 19, 2002 - 9 comments

FPP hogging the front page

Hogging the front page. Yes, I can read around this, but it takes up pretty much my whole window. As members don't we have some responsibility to keep the front page looking like a log of the web, rather than a Chinese protest wall?
posted by liam on May 3, 2002 - 13 comments

A William Carlos Williams poem, with every line as a link?

A William Carlos Williams poem, with every line as a link? Apart from wasting a dozen lines of front page space, it strikes me that the contribution didn't engender much discussion aside from debating how annoying the post was.
posted by skylar on Apr 20, 2002 - 13 comments

How to quote text

I suppose this is just a personal preference thing, but using italics to quote linked material in front page posts makes them hard to read (not to mention looong bold and linked text, too). I just want to encourage the use of quotation marks instead. They are faster to type and easier on my eyes.
posted by daveadams on Apr 5, 2002 - 40 comments

Bold Tag Etiquette

Overusing the bold tag. As the number of front page posts have grown, some posters have felt the need to yell to be heard. I think this is a troubling trend, and I'd like it to stop. What is the community consensus?
posted by gd779 on Mar 26, 2002 - 19 comments

Previewing the Poster's Name

How about putting the names of posters at the beginning of posts either instead of or in addition to at the end of posts? People are always saying, "Well, if you don't like what [x] says, just ignore him," but it would be easier to ignore people if you knew up front it was them posting.
posted by anapestic on Jan 6, 2002 - 22 comments

Strip extraneous line breaks at the end of posts.

Strip extraneous line breaks at the end of posts.
posted by gleemax on Nov 26, 2001 - 25 comments

Being picky about comment format

Good, bad or ugly? He basically changed the formatting of his comment. Is this acceptable? Can I make my comments any width I'd like? Why do bad things happen to good people?
posted by geoff. on Nov 7, 2001 - 14 comments

Post formatting

Is something in the posting code deliberately down-casing all the text in a link? In this thread there were two attempts to post a NYT link which included upper case letters and both failed, so the link was posted directly as text to be cut and pasted.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Nov 4, 2001 - 13 comments

MeFi and MeTa should be standards-compliant.

How about a standards-compliant version of MetaFilter or MetaTalk?

Disclaimers: (1) ignominious self-link; (ii) tested in Internet Explorer 5.1 and Netscape 6, should work in all CSS-compliant browsers; (c) guaranteed to look hideous in Netscape 4 et al; (IV) XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS validated by W3C.

posted by kirkaracha on Oct 11, 2001 - 26 comments

oops; i italicized the whole front page

Just wanted to apologize publically for not closing the italics in my recent posting + thus, apparently, italicizing the whole page (I assume Matt will step in swiftly + correct this.)


posted by ryanshepard on Oct 9, 2001 - 3 comments

Stop Allowing HTML

Strip all HTML from posts, only allow a few basic tags by using [ and ] like those funny message boards do. This could allow hyperlinking and basic formatting without the problems that, e.g., the style attribute brings up. (There’s no way to prevent people from impersonating other users, messing up the page, etc., except by disallowing the use of HTML.) What do you think?
posted by gleemax on Oct 9, 2001 - 9 comments

A standard link format desired

A standard link format with fields for source, catagory, link & title, description. Reasoning inside.
posted by skyline on Sep 3, 2001 - 4 comments

Good descriptions wanted on front page

is there any good way to encourage people to post real descriptions (of any kind!!!) to front page posts? please? it's tiring wanting to click a link without having any idea what the post is actually about. and the comments on that thread (at least the first few, when i saw it) don't exactly help.
posted by dogmatic on Aug 31, 2001 - 77 comments

No Blockquote?

when I use blockquote, it screws up the formatting for the rest of the page (margin way-left). what should I be using instead?
posted by rebeccablood on Jul 9, 2001 - 8 comments

How should I refer to another site when I quote them here?

i have a question for you guys. what is adequate reference info in quoting from another website? is just a link back enough? would it matter if the page is primarily composed of quotes versus sparing use?
posted by moz on May 11, 2001 - 2 comments

the genius of MeFi, to me, is the flat interface.

the genius of MeFi, to me, is the flat interface.

therefore, what would y'all think (and mainly Matt) about changing the form of MetaTalk so it's just one page (with a topic line in the post footer or header, if you want it)? it sure would make it easier to keep up, in my mind. sometimes i forget the last time i read and have to open the thread to see.
posted by Sean Meade on Mar 7, 2001 - 8 comments

Like the new comments, don't like the >>

Like the ability to click on (2 new ») etc to get to new comments. Don't think the » is necessary. That is all.
posted by lbergstr on Feb 17, 2001 - 20 comments

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