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can we find double posts in comments?

New member; first post; searched and searched; usual story. Then this comment, by furiousthought, pointing to the fact that my link had already been posted in a thread (albeit, in my defense, long before I joined and cryptically referenced). So I wonder whether the automatic URL search facility which exists when you preview a front page post could possibly be extended to include URLS mentioned in comments? At the very least, we could thank the first users to link to it. Nobody has the time to read all the threads or click on all the links in comments and searches, whether MetaFilter or Google, often fail to point to cryptically described links.

Forgive me if this is impossible to achieve, stupid or has been asked before, of course!
posted by Carlos Quevedo on Oct 27, 2002 - 15 comments

Sniper News Central

How about linking to one of the dozen-odd currently active sniper threads from the sideblog and designating it "Sniper News Central"?
posted by timeistight on Oct 23, 2002 - 64 comments

free demo- and psychographics for your zip code

Marketing, demographics, psychographics, no matter what key-word I try I can't seem to find the post I'm searching for. It was a link to two different sites that provided free demo- and psychographics for your zip code. I seem to remember seeing it on MeFi about a year ago, sometime between November and this Febuary. Anyone remember this, or am I imagining things?
posted by Grod on Oct 22, 2002 - 4 comments

Where are all the lefties?

This comment, made by red cell, is way over the line.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Oct 22, 2002 - 122 comments

The look of being banned

I'm just curious. What does one see when they've been banned from MeFi? After a smoting, do they just get the 404, or is there some neener-neener message? (I would have emailed number 1 with this query, but I'll bet dollors-to-donuts I'm not the only one who wants to know.)
posted by Wulfgar! on Oct 18, 2002 - 40 comments

Don't derail to recommend me a different browser

AnnoyanceFilter! [Much more inside...]
posted by Danelope on Oct 17, 2002 - 41 comments

furthering marginalization

im not happy with the fpp treating the homeless as though they were vermin. out of order.
(dont know how to link to it)
posted by sgt.serenity on Oct 15, 2002 - 25 comments

This is definitely now how we do an update

Something really got your knickers in a knot? Well, then, don't just put it on the front page once. Wait one day and post an update. Note that in this case, the update's new information is a week old and was already posted in the original thread.
posted by anapestic on Oct 12, 2002 - 2 comments

Can we stop with the ad hominem comments, please?

Grrr. Can we stop with the ad hominem comments, please? You don't need to repeat someone's "It's ugly!" comment over and over again. And over again. And then again. And then repeat the last person who said it again. And then repeat the repeat. And quote the last repeat to agree with it. And then say ditto. (See how annoying that gets?)

Probably a better question: Do we have guidelines for posting a good comment? Should we?
posted by SpecialK on Oct 11, 2002 - 61 comments

Is this a self-link?

Is linking to your employer's site within a post a self-link?
posted by i_cola on Oct 10, 2002 - 38 comments

Already read the NYT today

Of the 20 posts made to MetaFilter today, the majority are based solely or primarily on 17 links to major newspapers and/or other news sources on the Web. Three Yahoo news links, two Washington Post links, yet another dead-or-abused-child thread. [More inside.]
posted by Danelope on Oct 3, 2002 - 168 comments

Post meh, discussion makes it worthwhile.

In the interest of having a positive example in MetaTalk (rare, I know), I put forth this example. I thought the phrasing of the original link was sub-standard, but after the first few comments the discussion was positive and, as so often happens here, a member with a more in-depth knowledge of the field helped the understanding of others.

I also thought it might be worth mentioning so that those who are upset by his politics and (debatable) trolling can see that fold_and_mutilate does contribute positively in other ways.

posted by The God Complex on Oct 3, 2002 - 23 comments

self-link in comments crosses line to self-promotion

When does a self link inside the comments of a post every now and then border on sheer un-adulterated pimping of your personal site? More than half of this guy's comments are links to his own site.
posted by machaus on Sep 30, 2002 - 26 comments

Being trolled from the outside

Is he baiting us? Noted ex-Mefite Steven Den Beste, in self-imposed exile, says he left because we got "stranger and stranger" and, according to him, the inmates are still running the asylum. Are we guilty of lefty groupthink, or is SDB focusing on the posts that annoy him and ignoring the diversity of opinions here, and quit in a huff because we wouldn't all agree with him? (Note: we've talked about him before on Metatalk.)
posted by mcwetboy on Sep 25, 2002 - 85 comments

Fewer updates on google services pls

If I'm making something out of nothing, please let me know.

However, I was wondering if we could possibly put a stop to FPPs that report on every new feature at the Google website? Considering the hand-in-hand nature of MeFi users and Google, it seems to be a given that we will all discover these new features by ourselves...

Yes, I know, we can discuss the usefulness of these new features. However, since when was MeFi a web-tech / design forum? Google is cool, but I use the site dozens of times every day — as I'm sure most MeFI users do. I don't really think we need burning missives telling us that a new tab has been added. It's not like Google is crowded; we're not going to miss seeing it ourselves.

Like I said, if I'm completely off base, I'm more-than willing to concede.
posted by Dark Messiah on Sep 23, 2002 - 60 comments

Are you a MeFi Lefty or a MeFi Righty?

Are you a MeFi Lefty or a MeFi Righty? I honestly don't get what comments like this one are getting at, or what they would prefer to see happen here. The lack of specificity in most of these complaints doesn't help. I see good and bad arguments getting called out regularly, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. What am I missing?
posted by mediareport on Sep 15, 2002 - 60 comments

Mea Culpa.

I apologise in advance for my transgression. Methinks I may have gone a bit far...
posted by Smart Dalek on Sep 11, 2002 - 25 comments

Is this relationship too close for posting?

There's this site that I visit fairly regularly. The creator of this site creates these cool (IMO) online illustrated one page stories. I think that many folks at MeFi might enjoy the site, but there is (what I perceive as) a problem. One of the sites I write for is one of this guy's front-page links....
[more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Sep 10, 2002 - 16 comments

I have no idea what I am clicking on and I don't like it.

Descriptive posting.

Perhaps this is just me, but I find posts crop up fairly frequently on metafilter with little or no indication within the post of what the linked site actually contains. Clicking links on the half-chance they are going to take you somewhere of interest is a little frustrating - I know it makes me a lot less inclined to follow the link at all - and as a result I'm possibly missing out.

Not to mention numerous accessibility issues, isn't it simply bad practice?

Apologies for not linking to any example posts - I'm not feeling at all confrontational today. No apologies if this has been discussed before - it seems to be an issue, and I think therefore worth discussing again.

posted by nthdegx on Sep 9, 2002 - 10 comments

Less is more...

'No link here...'

Then don't post. Less is more...
posted by i_cola on Sep 9, 2002 - 47 comments

Stop picking on the n00bs

I'd like to suggest that there might be a bit of a danger these days of stripping some potential away from the site. A lot of new users are being called out (or belittled) rather promiscuously for posts or comments that are often no different than what they have been accustomed to seeing from Metafilter elders pre-14k (as well as post-14k). Vigilance is worthy and needed in order to protect the integrity of Metafilter, but I suspect that there is a risk of creating an atmosphere of paranoia in which many promising new members will be afraid to post anything that they are not absolutely certain will not reap condemnation. (more inside...)
posted by taz on Sep 7, 2002 - 67 comments

What should we do about self-marketers who could enventually plant links on mefi?

yesterday, on./ was reading an interesting discussion about a product when someone accused the poster of Viral Marketing, in effect really trying to grab publicity off of ./ while they're covertly under contract to the company they are posting about.
Today, in a very useful MeFi discussion, someone raised the Same Suspicion.

Whether Octavius is correct or not, I think there's no reason to doubt that firms are cropping up to harness communities and blogs to plant publicity on the net. On its face, it would likely be far more effective advertising than a pop up or TV commercial... Once the corporate heavyweights catch on, it could get quite excessive and sneaky.

But it could seriously undermine a community since to some extent, we'll all start scrutinizing the motives of any given post and poster.

Could well be the beginning of the end (or at least the end of the beginning) of the innocence for MeFi etal... Any ideas on how to contend with this?

posted by BentPenguin on Sep 6, 2002 - 39 comments

Good warcrimes post destroyed by personal attacks in discussion

I am disturbed by the conversations attacking the original poster in F&M's post on warcrimes (sorry I don't know how to hyperlink without the button.) I found the post well reasoned, free of ideology, and providing important considerations regarding future military action in Iraq. If someone had a legitimate complaint about the post it seems it should have been made here. To denegrate the post, the poster, and those who responded thanking the poster seems juvenial and small minded.
posted by pjgulliver on Sep 5, 2002 - 72 comments

Spellcheck flagging 'MeFi'

Isn't it internally ironic that when you run your post through a spell check, it gets caught on the term "MeFi"?
posted by BentPenguin on Sep 5, 2002 - 13 comments

Just because it's "another Coulter thread"

Hi, Jack. Just because it's "another Coulter thread" doesn't mean raysmj ought to piss all over it with his off-topic opinions on proper journalistic style. How many other threads have been similarly derailed by snarks on the writing style or site design of the linked page?
posted by mcwetboy on Sep 5, 2002 - 64 comments

What the dogmuffins is up with this?

What the dogmuffins is up with this? I think that searching for the phrase "fuckwit" will prove that I've never used it. Is there someway to delete comments like this, which serve no purpose except to be nasty?
posted by dejah420 on Sep 4, 2002 - 52 comments

How much will we talk about 9-11?

Can the September jitters, already being felt from all sides of the political table, be in any way lessened or avoided?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Sep 4, 2002 - 55 comments

I really liked that movie -> FPP

Is this thread front page material? [more inside]
posted by Hildago on Sep 3, 2002 - 55 comments

Why did you deleted the CD swap thread Matt?

I'm curious. Why did you deleted the CD swap thread Matt?
posted by timeistight on Aug 27, 2002 - 18 comments

Eight front page posts in half an hour?

I've largely refrained from joining the chorus asking for some sort of throttle (one post per week, 2/3 posts per week, waiting period for newcomers, etc.), but Jiminy Christmas: Eight front page posts in half an hour? (number one, number eight.) Are you going to implement any of these post-flow-control ideas, Matt, or are we going to become "MetaFilter: A Firehose For The Thirsty"
posted by Shadowkeeper on Aug 27, 2002 - 49 comments

namecalling in mefi al qaeda/iraq thread

No, dumbass... this isn't a war on weapons of mass destruction... it isn't a war on the fucking "concept" of terrorism, wherever it rears it's ugly metaphorical head... Al Queda is a threat to us. Iraq is a threat to us. Do i have to spell it out for you morons? it's a war on threats to us. motherfucking DUH.

Inexcusable. I could say more, but it would get ugly.
posted by rushmc on Aug 26, 2002 - 26 comments

It's really old; is it still a double?

Front Page Posts. Is there a time limit before a topic is reposted? If something was posted a year ago, and you've got something new, or want to explore a different angle, how long should you wait? Or will any repost elicit a thread composed of "repost" and "how about some pancakes?"

posted by Grod on Aug 26, 2002 - 12 comments

Did I do something wrong?

I'm sorry, I'm new here. Did I do something wrong? I realize I derailed the thread from the start (for that I apologize), but somehow I became the poster boy for two warring sides in a flame war riddled with insults and heated emotions. I like to think I tried to maintain a civil discourse at the beginning, unfortunately I went to sleep when it got really nasty. Should I have not posted at all? What went wrong here, I would like to know for future reference.
posted by Stan Chin on Aug 26, 2002 - 99 comments

How do you find inspiration for posts?

Mediareport hinted recently in his Russel Wright thread that items from the media should be no more than starting-points for building an interesting post. Perhaps it might be useful to share research strategies, tactics, tricks and shortcuts for those who enjoy building out of the blue front page posts. That is, those which aren't extracted or glossed from the news media or simply borrowed from existing weblogs.

How do people here go about googling, finding and selecting links? Does the idea for the post come first or do some people still go surfing in the raw, as it were, waiting for something interesting to turn up? And then build on it? Is there life outside Google? Are there any good online guides for direct research on the Web? Does haphazard, serendipitous, anarchic surfing yield worthwhile off-beat results or is it generally a waste of time?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Aug 24, 2002 - 16 comments

Newsfilter's Greatest Hits

So in case you missed the posts linking to well-known news stories in well-known media outlets, there's now a post that collects them all for you. Nothing new here, just collected for your browsing pleasure. Call it MetaNewsFilter. Jeepers.
posted by luser on Aug 23, 2002 - 30 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

my ideal of a perfect thread

Someone said that there needed to be positive as well as negative examples of Metafilter Behavior. This comes close to my ideal of a perfect thread.
posted by hob on Aug 19, 2002 - 11 comments

Long posts are cluttering up the front page.

Crazy idea: What if Matt removes the paragraph/linefeed tag from the front page and all text formatting and adds a 'first post/more inside' box to the post a link page? The front page is simply cluttered and annoying when people have a lot to say directly on the front page. Perhaps even a character limit. The less of this the better.
posted by skallas on Aug 14, 2002 - 64 comments

Anyone want to see my vacation slides?

On initial inspection, this post by y2karl appears to me more suited to his own weblog. For me it just doesn't seem to belong on the front page. It's long winded, with lots of "this" for the links. Yet it seems to work as well..? It seems to highlight a desire for the 'community' to exchange not only ideas and opinions but also experiences and holiday destinations....
Perhaps it's a 'bridge' of a post that signifies a new direction for MeFi?

posted by Frasermoo on Aug 9, 2002 - 67 comments

Add visual delimiters between fpps?

On the front page I sometimes mistake a thread with an empty line and then another link in the comment for two separate threads. I don't associate all of the text with a single post because the spacing is the same as it would be for two posts. It's a minor thing and I realize there was more to the comment when I view it, but what about adding a delimiter to make it easier to tell threads apart? Or am I the only one that makes this mistake?
posted by jaden on Aug 8, 2002 - 35 comments

a new kind of selflink

Posting a link to a couple of paragraphs that talk about you is an entirely new subspecies of self link. Join me, and together we can smother it in infancy.
posted by rcade on Aug 6, 2002 - 28 comments

y2karl: informative and interesting

I just wanted to say y2karl has some great posts lately [1, 2 & 3].
I liked them not for the content, but for how he did it.

In order to understand his point I had to read the links. Not only that, the TITLE tags he put in there were wonderfully informative.
I've seen others do this from time to time, I just think it's quite nice.

I like the idea that to fully understand the thread people need to go and read something, learn something to actually make a comment that makes any sense.
After all, we are all here to learn something, are we not?
Anyone have any favorite threads, based on how they were done, not what they talk about?
posted by Blake on Aug 6, 2002 - 21 comments

if it's ever appeared anywhere, it can't appear here?

There we go, a day's worth of Slashdot stories for you.
posted by wackybrit


So, is the new rule that if it's ever appeared anywhere, it can't appear here?
posted by dejah420 on Aug 5, 2002 - 36 comments

Writing twice as much stuff for twice as many blogs

For those of you with your own weblogs who also are heavy contributors here: How do you split your "output" between your own joint and Metafilter? Is there so much to say and link that both places get a lot of original stuff? Do you post/talk about the same things both places? Do you only comment in threads here, and save links for your own blog? I'm curious. What brought it to mind was Miguel's prodigous posting here, knowing he's got that crazy-remunerative blog gig (blig) going on over there.

Also, for the first 38 yrs of my life I said "renumerative." ::shrug:: It seemed to make sense.
posted by luser on Jul 25, 2002 - 55 comments

non-users posting by proxy: kosher?

I'd like to discuss the appropriateness of allowing non-users to post by proxy, in relation to a conflict here between Medley and myself. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Jul 24, 2002 - 34 comments

What effect does being mentionned on MeFi have, trafficwise?

Inexactly how much, numerically and psychologically, does a link on MetaFilter affect the traffic to the blog or web site referred? Is its effect transient or does it, so to speak, carry on? Also, just how many hits does MetaFilter get nowadays? [After reading stavrosthewonderchicken's interesting remarks on hits, pageviews and other popularity statistics and his comment on owillis's web site about how being linked on "The Mothership" makes traffic soar.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jul 21, 2002 - 29 comments

metafilter stopped pinging weblogs.com

Is metafilter no longer pinging weblogs.com a few times a day? looks like the last time was june 16.
posted by anitar on Jul 20, 2002 - 4 comments

How about a little meat to go with that book?

Starting a thread with an Amazon link. Weak.
posted by jjg on Jul 20, 2002 - 42 comments

recent posts not best of web

boobies and boobies and gay bashing... oh my! are we living through a mefi nightmare?
posted by mlang on Jul 18, 2002 - 39 comments

pop-ups - are they from mefi?

Is it just me, or is everyone else being attacked by pop-ups while trolling around in here?
posted by lilboo on Jul 17, 2002 - 15 comments

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