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bug with the autotranslation of certain characters into HTML codes

There's still a bug with the autotranslation of certain characters into HTML codes. In this thread I just posted, each paragraph describing the AIMbots began with an equals sign followed by a greater-than sign. Hitting "preview" retained these characters, though in the actual text-entry box, they'd all been turned into "=>". Then, upon posting, they all showed up as "=>".
posted by aaron on Mar 16, 2002 - 8 comments

Reducing the load time for long threads.

For exceptionally long threads, would it be more CPU-friendly to stop rendering new pages every time someone clicked into the page after a certain point? Say, arbitrarily, 100 posts?
posted by Hildago on Mar 14, 2002 - 7 comments

Skeleton next comment preview

Perhaps on the preview of a post or a comment, there should be a skeleton "next comment" that would show whether one has screwed up in one's tags (whether not closing them, or inserting an extra ") Obviously, this is a response to this entry.
posted by meep on Mar 3, 2002 - 4 comments

Is there a way to include the TITLE attribute in front-page post links

Is there a way to include the TITLE attribute in front-page post links? Obviously it's trivial to add this to any hand-coded hrefs you include in your description, but not in the main link via the submission form. And what's the word on pimping the site where you found the link? Should we manually give credit in the description, or should a VIA field be officially added?
posted by johnnyace on Feb 23, 2002 - 2 comments

Bad link formed, fixed

Hey there - A post I made about a WA state Bill has had its link text munged - was this deliberate, or a bug? The original text said 'WA Lawmakers try to remove "repugnant" Theory of Evolution from schools'. It now just reads 'WA Lawmakers try to remove'. Just a curious thing - maybe quote-related. Thanks.
posted by kokogiak on Jan 25, 2002 - 3 comments

What's going on with the fonts?

What's going on with the fonts? Everything is huge in
both MeFi and MeTa.
posted by Lynsey on Jan 12, 2002 - 4 comments

XML strips out HTML including links

Hi. I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature request... Why does the XML feed at http://xml.metafilter.com/ strip out any HTML (namely links) out of the nodeValue of the body elements? Why does the feed at http://www.metafilter.com/metafilter.xml provide a synopsis and a link to more while the previously mentioned feed shows the complete text (it also strips out HTML too)? Boy, it'd be nice to implement some XML-RPC functions for common tasks (posting, logging in, etc.) and spice up the XML feed so that a developer could build a different client for MeFi...
posted by internook on Jan 4, 2002 - 19 comments

Please don't change fonts.

Holden baby, come on. Leave our fonts alone.
posted by geoff. on Dec 26, 2001 - 39 comments

Preview does not match post

This post had a white background when I previewed it (like this one still does), but it disappeared when I posted it. Shouldn't "Preview" mean "show me what I'll get if hit Post now"?

The HTML filter appears to have elided the "style=" and quote marks from the tag.
posted by nicwolff on Dec 20, 2001 - 18 comments

I tried to embed a midi

I tried to embed a midi of "Celebrate (good times)" to topple a thread at 99 posts. It was there in the preview screen but absent after posting. This is a bug.
posted by holloway on Dec 12, 2001 - 15 comments

Broken html messing up the place.

It appears the code can be broken.
posted by geoff. on Nov 25, 2001 - 17 comments

Caching issues, maybe?

Whenever I have visited MeFi index.html today, and I am not logged in, I only see posts up to about 10 a.m. today (11/6). (I use a lot of public machines over the course of the day, so that's why I'm never logged in. It's also why I'm sure it's not a cache issue.)
posted by rschram on Nov 6, 2001 - 3 comments

Weird Code in Comments

It may be just me, but in just the last couple of days I'm finding that my comments are being auto-appended with extra &ltp>, resulting in a few lines of blank space after my comments but before the comment footer. At first I figured it was just me being careless with extra &ltp> tags lying around in my post, but it's happening every time and this test post exhibited the same behavior. In the second paragraph, I typed the line and inserted no paragraph or br tags, and didn't even hit return to start a new line- yet after hitting "Post" there are extra &ltp> tags in the HTML after posting. Thoughts?
posted by hincandenza on Nov 6, 2001 - 4 comments

You can now leave tags open wily nily on MetaTalk

You can now leave tags open wily nily on MetaTalk (coming soon to MetaFilter).

This is a test to make sure unclosed tags get closed. Of course it will work. (I purposefully left the bold and italics tags open on this post
posted by mathowie on Nov 4, 2001 - 93 comments

How to I use the image tag?

I have noticed some comment posts have images....is this "allowed" and if so, how does an oaf like me do it too? (Advanced apologies for my ignorance. I did search but couldnt find the answer.)

posted by Voyageman on Nov 1, 2001 - 23 comments

How does he do that?

Html question: how does Matt get the top table to extend all the way to the top, left and right, with no space? How does he get the Meta-logo and Community 'blog graphics to sit flush with the edges of the page?
Whenever I try something like that, there's always space between the edge of the page and the table and between the edge of the table and the images.
posted by signal on Oct 31, 2001 - 12 comments

Perhaps we need a mini-mini HTML tutorial?

Perhaps we need a mini-mini HTML tutorial (linked near to the submit button) for instances like this? I think we take it for granted that folks know HTML...
posted by owillis on Oct 24, 2001 - 75 comments

Is the front page shrinking?

Is the front page shrinking? (more..)
posted by samsara on Oct 22, 2001 - 7 comments

Open I tag on the MeFi main page at thread 11612

Open I tag on the MeFi main page at thread 11612.

I thought I was just dizzy.
posted by Su on Oct 18, 2001 - 6 comments

Danger, Will Robinson, danger! Runaway italics flag!

Danger, Will Robinson, danger! Runaway italics flag!
posted by gramcracker on Oct 9, 2001 - 1 comment

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

Can we ban the use of the tag?

Can we ban the use of the <font> tag? Or at least run a test to make sure if someone opens an HTML tag they have to close it? If I have to read one more shrunken thread I'm going to scream.
posted by mrbula on Oct 8, 2001 - 16 comments

What's up with the huuuuuge blank space?

What's up with the huuuuuge blank space between the Anthrax thread and the Ireland/sunken submarine post?
posted by Rastafari on Oct 8, 2001 - 4 comments

Overlapping date and topic headers

Anyone else getting screwy date and (MeTa) topic headers? They're overlapping the text in some cases.
I remember someone asking about the HTML coding for these recently, so maybe it's been changed, and not quite right. Matt, I've got cropped screen caps if you want.

posted by Su on Oct 3, 2001 - 1 comment

div v h2

Is there a reason you use <div class="monthday">September 28</div> instead of, e.g., <h2 class="monthday">September 28</h2>? I don’t know about everyone else, but I’d greatly appreciate a switch to the latter.
posted by gleemax on Sep 28, 2001 - 18 comments

Problems with Links

I can never include a link in my comments. I go through the motions and the appropriate window appears but then, when I preview or post the comment, it either comes out as gobbledygook or disappears.
Why is this? Subliminally it also makes me post more than I would feel like - because URL links are so effectively rendered when you post one to the front-page- so this is a real problem.
What can the matter be?

posted by MiguelCardoso on Sep 21, 2001 - 18 comments

Static HTML Issues

How long will metafilter's static-html "crisis mode" last? It's become quite difficult to follow and participate in conversations without the "New: X" portion of the comments link.
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 18, 2001 - 21 comments

Bug in the search results.

Is it just me, or are the "Go to the detail view for this result" links on search results not scrolling to the anchor points?
posted by machaus on Sep 4, 2001 - 2 comments

problem with the time stamps

In this thread there seem to be a problem with the time stamps. More Inside.
posted by bytecode on Aug 24, 2001 - 5 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

Community HTML fixes

I like the fact that posters can leave HTML tags unclosed and that other people come along and "save" the page. It builds communty strength. Even if a way is devised to automatically close tags, I vote against implementing it.

(and I don't like that I am incapable of editing copy on a computer screen and don't notice errors until it's too late.)
posted by ParisParamus on Jun 6, 2001 - 16 comments

can we validate?

Matt has said that a lot of the maintenance work he does is fixing HTML errors. Does anyone know of an easy way to run posts through an HTML Validator and reject the ones that don't pass?
posted by rcade on May 27, 2001 - 5 comments

Just happened to look at the MeFi source

Just happened to look at the MeFi source and realized that it contains no fewer than ten META tags, all identical expiration directives with a date in 1990. Is this some kind of workaround for a weird browser bug with expiring pages from its cache? If so I'm mildly curious to hear which browser needs ten copies of the tag to take the hint. ;)
posted by kindall on May 15, 2001 - 3 comments

Error with the MeFi scholarship link in Opera.

Opera5 shows the "MetaFilter college scholarship" as an off yellow link but it's not clickable. After a quick glance at the HTML it seems Opera doesn't like the negative value, "margin-top:-20px". It looks like there's an unclosed DIV tag around that area too, well, maybe.
posted by holloway on Apr 16, 2001 - 7 comments

HTML in Posts

This isn't a feature request per se, but I'm wondering if there are any guidelines about what HTML is OK in posts. I was experimenting tonight, trying to get a quote to format correctly as a block, and nothing worked. It seemed like using any block tag (yes, closed correctly) just totally trashed the formatting of the rest of the comment. No biggie, and I didn't want to mess things up for following posters, so I refrained. But. . . are there any general rules? (besides "just say no"?) And are entities OK or do they get munged somehow? (using IE5/Mac, btw)
posted by rodii on Jan 12, 2001 - 11 comments


when I try to go to the discussion on october 16 bug, I see a brief glimpse of the page, then it goes to "HTTP/1.1 404 Object Not Found".

It didn't do this yesterday.

that is all.

posted by rebeccablood on Oct 17, 2000 - 1 comment

MeFi stylesheet question

Another minor one: Is there any reason why the MeFi stylesheet is being inlined into the html instead of linking to an external file? Is this a browser support workaround or something?

I know its not a very big sheet, but seeing that linked stylesheets can be cached, that would knock off about 2K for every page viewed.

posted by lagado on Oct 16, 2000 - 20 comments

Putting HTML tags in a post works in preview, but not in the actual post

I wanted an HTML tag to appear in my post, so I typed ampersand-lt-semicolon and ampersand-gt-semicolon for the karats. Looked fine in preview, but they got converted to karats -- and therefore invisible comments -- for the post.
posted by luke on Sep 25, 2000 - 1 comment

I need html help

Can someone please point me to a FAQ or help section on this weird editor? I want to know specifically
a) how to post a link in a comment and
b) how to set bold, italics, other fonts, etc.

thanks. . .

posted by norm on Sep 13, 2000 - 3 comments


I realize I'm probably the last person on the web to have noticed this program, but HTML Tidy is pretty cool. It's an open source utility for cleaning up HTML: closing mismatched tags, etc. It seems that Haughey currently has to go in at times and close tags that posters leave open. I wonder if filtering entries through a program like this could save him from that chore. I'm sure this isn't the only utility of its type; does anyone know of others?
posted by harmful on May 10, 2000 - 3 comments

There should be an easier way to quote

There should be an easier way to quote someone else's post/comment. I've tried using
, but it doesn't always work as well as it should. (On another note, what should go in the URL in this case? I really don't have anything to link to).
posted by fil! on Mar 15, 2000 - 5 comments

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