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[RSS PSA] Reminder to update your MetaFilter RSS feeds

Last month, an apparent error in Feedburner caused several of MeFi's legacy RSS feeds to not update for up to a week (at least in my popular feed reader, Feedly). The problem has been fixed -- for now. But it's an important reminder that the Feedburner platform is increasingly unreliable -- if it were ever shut down by Google, the thousands of readers who rely on those feeds to keep up with the site may lose contact without even realizing it. The good news is that the site has a new set of self-hosted feeds that should remain active no matter what Google does. So, if you read the site using an RSS reader, please take a moment to update your reader to the new feeds -- and check the related posts on MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter for a list of posts you might have missed during the outage.
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 11, 2024 - 2 comments

Google Assistant Comment Ignorer

Google Assistant screen reader skips to the About Metafilter section at the bottom of a thread, after reading the text of the original post. [more inside]
posted by asok on Apr 18, 2021 - 11 comments

Difficulty searching AskMeFi on Google

This morning I searched Google for a recent AskMeFi post I previously read and Google wasn't able to find it and I'm wondering what gives. [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian on Feb 26, 2021 - 12 comments

AMP is not the Open Web

Does Metafilter have a policy about Google AMP urls in FPPs like this one? Might we consider stripping them out? Or do the benefits (mobile friendly speed, primarily) outweigh the possible costs (Google controls more of the web)
posted by gwint on May 1, 2018 - 25 comments

Known issue: logged-out search not working right now

Quick heads up since a number of folks have noted/asked about this: yes, the search function for logged-out readers is currently not working. It throws up a complaint that is unhelpful but also not dangerous: "Unauthorized access to internal API. Please refer to...". We'll have it fixed soon, but just a heads up that (a) it is indeed a thing and (b) it's not something to worry about. Sorry about the annoyance!
posted by cortex on Dec 10, 2017 - 4 comments

I'm dreaming of a libre quonsmas

I love Secret Quonsar. I've participated twice and it was great fun. However, there is one fly in this sweet, creamy milkshake: Google. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Sep 26, 2017 - 55 comments

On iOS, Chrome seems to work better than Safari for very long posts.

... that is all.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jun 18, 2017 - 26 comments

MetaFeatured Snippets

A little while ago Google introduced “featured snippets” that get listed at the top of a list of search results. (Their perils have already been discussed on the front page.)
Surprisingly, if you search for “cheevos” you’ll get a featured snippet clipped from a blog post by one of mefi’s own. I’m curious if anyone has seen other MetaFilter, AskMe or MetaFilter-adjacent content show up in a featured snippet.
posted by Going To Maine on May 3, 2017 - 13 comments

For the love of God, Montserrat!

If you noticed a subtle font change on MetaFilter in the Modern theme in the last day or so, you're not hallucinating: one of the web fonts we use, Montserrat, got tweaked by its designer in a way that's affected us and a ton of other websites. Come inside for some details! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 10, 2017 - 94 comments

Google says "This site may be hacked" about a post on Metafilter

A Google search just turned up a "This site may be hacked" result for a Metafilter post. They recommend against visiting the website until this message disappears from the search result. I disobeyed their recommendation, and nothing jumps out as looking wrong. [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude on May 8, 2015 - 31 comments

Google’s Matt Cutts: MetaFilter Hit By Previously Undisclosed Algorithm

This article from June 12 has a lot of useful up-to-date info and context about how MetaFilter was penalized. There is also some discussion about a potential solution (although Matt Cutts is being typically cryptic) in coming "weeks or months."
posted by KokuRyu on Jun 20, 2014 - 75 comments

"How Google is Killing the Best Site on the Internet"

MeFi is the subject of today's TLDR podcast from NPR's "On the Media". [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 2, 2014 - 97 comments

Time warp to 2005!

I tried going back to one of my favorite MeFi posts. It was based around a usenet discussion (or collection of usenet discussions) made in real time about the new Star Wars film "Return of the Jedi" in 1983. Sadly, the main link is now dead. Anyone know where this stuff can be found now? It survived from 1983 until 2005, so hopefully it's still available somewhere.
posted by Silky Slim on May 25, 2014 - 12 comments

Metafilter SEO

The Metafilter hardship has been caused mainly due to a lower ranking of the website in Google. I believe that there are a few small fixes that can significantly help. [more inside]
posted by Sharcho on May 22, 2014 - 171 comments

Not My Tube

Youtube is Google and coercive. I just tried to simply 'Like' that husky/head-scratch video, and was told I had to log-in. I loged-out permanently several months ago when I couldn't comment without logging in. Deleted all my content, too. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Mar 3, 2014 - 128 comments

Easily Googled AskMefi Questions

What are your thoughts on AskMefi questions that can be easily Googled and/or are based on erroneous information? (I'm thinking specifically of this question, which contains both factually incorrect details and could easily be answered with Google. There isn't a request for advice, experiential information, anecdata, or other relevant info that a search engine couldn't provide. What does everyone think? Is this a normal/appropriate use of AskMefi?
posted by schroedingersgirl on Feb 7, 2014 - 44 comments

Google Seceder

PSA: Google Reader shuts down in two weeks. Several alternatives capable of importing your subscription lists and starred items (exportable via Google Takeout) have popped up since the closure announcement, and that's OK. But there's one highly valuable aspect of Reader nobody can replicate and that will soon be lost forever: Reader's vast archive of cached feed data. Here's how to save it all. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 17, 2013 - 3 comments

No Avoiding Google

I was initially trying to read the metafilter post There's No Avoiding Google+ and I kept getting a server error: Your Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.31 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/26.0.1410.64 Safari/537.31 [more inside]
posted by UsernameGenerator on Apr 16, 2013 - 28 comments

79: Kibo Was Here

Episode 79 runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes and was recorded on Friday, March 29th, covering all the best posts from the month of March on MetaFilter. We did our best to abide by the swear jar and only slipped up a few times! [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Mar 31, 2013 - 30 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

Newsblur Friends?

Since a great deal of us have joined Newsblur, let's get connected to each other. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 16, 2013 - 61 comments

Errors loading www.metafilter.com in the latest Google Chrome on OS X?

This is pretty strange and we've gotten 3-4 reports of members not being able to load anything on www.metafilter.com (ask, metatalk, everything else works) in just Google Chrome's latest version (Firefox/Safari work fine), on OSX. Anyone have any ideas what could be going on? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 11, 2013 - 89 comments

Metafilter G+ Community

I just created a metafilter group on Google Plus. Just search for 'metafilter' under 'communities'. [more inside]
posted by empath on Dec 7, 2012 - 111 comments

Nooglers, Googlers, and Xooglers oh my

Nooglers, Googlers, and Xooglers reminisce. [more inside]
posted by chemoboy on Sep 11, 2012 - 2 comments


As mentioned in this post, iGoogle is going away. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jul 8, 2012 - 2 comments

AskMe Dis-ad-biguation

Google ads on AskMe pages makes them very confusing to read (for non-members who see them). Is it possible to visually separate them a bit more from the content? Or move the ads below the "More Inside" content?
posted by spiderskull on Dec 17, 2011 - 67 comments

Please Police Your Google Search Parameters

I'd like to respectfully ask everyone to please clean up their Google search URLs. [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote on Dec 10, 2011 - 85 comments

Your Plus is in my Reader

Matt Haughey and his random tweet lead to a larger soapbox for him to complain about the changes to his beloved Google reader [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on Nov 4, 2011 - 95 comments

Need help with the Google+ M.F. Taters account

I need help managing the Google+ M.F. Taters account and master list of MeFites on Google+. [more inside]
posted by M.F. Taters on Oct 22, 2011 - 44 comments

The Usual Suspects

Why do other Metafilter users, who I've never emailed with, show up as potential contacts on Google+ ? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Aug 13, 2011 - 48 comments

Sharing mefi with Google+

Mefi links look weird on Google+ and not like any other link I post there. Mefi example, AskMe example. Is there a way to provide a more descriptive description, or delete it altogether? Also, will there eventually be a widget (?) like there is with Twitter and Facebook?
posted by desjardins on Jul 25, 2011 - 12 comments

Let's assume everybody knows about Wikipedia

Perhaps we could share knowledge, and not just links to Wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jul 17, 2011 - 119 comments

Plus, Minus or meh.

So most mefite google+ users probably have mainly mefites in their circle(s). As the sign ups are open again is this now significantly changing or are we just one small circle among many others.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 11, 2011 - 211 comments

Pony request: Add Google+ to the Social Apps list in profiles?

Pony request: Add Google+ to the Social Apps list in profiles?
posted by Jacqueline on Jun 30, 2011 - 249 comments

MetaFilter - making the best of the web by nature of being on MetaFilter?

Has anyone noticed just how shit-high MetaFilter seems to be on Google's radar? On more than one occasion I've noticed seemingly innocuous phrases in a MeFi comment or thread end up as #1 on Google, even after their first index of the post. For example, I will stunt post two keywords inside the bump. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on May 28, 2011 - 93 comments

Shield askmes from google searches?

This is probably a stupid question but is there a way to shield anonymous AskMe questions from google searches? It's a medical question about a very sensitive family matter and I'd hate to have any family member EVER stumble upon all the background details of my inquiry.
posted by bonobothegreat on May 18, 2011 - 38 comments

chrome os

How come nobody's posted this? [more inside]
posted by nzero on May 11, 2011 - 15 comments

Problem with Google Maps and the description of locations

Problems with entering cities/suburbs with using the Google Maps plugin in IRL. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Mar 6, 2011 - 5 comments

Content Farms Down, MetaFilter Up

Testing Google's New Algorithm: It Really Is Better ...for Ask MetaFilter, which broke into the top 10 results for "drywall dust" in this limited test. (via a namedropping Jay Rosen) (related)
posted by oneswellfoop on Feb 26, 2011 - 61 comments

Are profiles crawled?

Are MeFi profiles crawled by search engines? I remember reading that they weren't, but I just googled my real name and found my MeFi profile.
posted by defenestration on Feb 22, 2011 - 97 comments

Google saves del.icio.us!

As a follow-up to this thread, Google debuts tool to save your del.icio.us bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by hampanda on Feb 18, 2011 - 24 comments

My green direct line to YouTube / Google.

My recent AskMe question on YouTube / Google Chrome not playing nice got me talking directly with a "YouTube engineer here who works on, among other things, latency/developing world connections and HTML5." [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Dec 14, 2010 - 16 comments

About 2 hours.

I've gotten to the age that I've lost my Google-fu. In some M. Night Shyamalan thread, there was a link to a comic that showed a progression from "who?" to "this guy is great" to "this guy sucks". Where.
posted by DU on Oct 13, 2010 - 45 comments

Haven't we all had enough?

Do we have to have yet another mobile phone fight thread? [more inside]
posted by Talez on Jul 20, 2010 - 250 comments

Bing finds threads Google doesn't

FYI: Bing is finding old threads that Google is not. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on May 29, 2010 - 38 comments

Google Chrome Projects Bug

Small alignment bug in Projects with Google Chrome. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 27, 2010 - 13 comments


I wanted to point out a simply magnificent couple of comments about the Google Book Settlement by one of our members, grimmelm, or James Grimmelmann, as he’s know in the real world. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Jan 25, 2010 - 18 comments

Delist MeTa

Proposed: Remove MetaTalk from the Google index. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Dec 29, 2009 - 68 comments

Google Wave Invitations Available

I have Google Wave invitations. If you would like, please contact via [more inside]
posted by jivadravya on Dec 2, 2009 - 4 comments

More Google Wave

More Google Wave invites here. Come and get 'em. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 24, 2009 - 252 comments

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