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Happy significant numerical birthday, PB

PB celebrates his birthday today, as indicated by a tweet from mathowie... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Aug 30, 2013 - 77 comments

Chekhov's Dirtbike

Cortex and Griphus' Hellraiser recap podcast WE HAVE SUCH FILMS TO TO SHOW YOU (previously) comes to the end of all Hellraiser movies so they watch and talk about the 2012 meta-fictional horror trope breakdown, The Cabin In The Woods. And structure, and false codas and what kind of human sacrifice it is. And it's neat.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 26, 2013 - 127 comments

Better dead than Redd! Reddshit, not threadshit!

I was quite surprised when I realized that this absolutely brilliant comment hadn't been sidebarred. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Aug 21, 2013 - 2 comments

Writing for the blue.

Once upon a time I read a guide to writing for the blue by a fellow MeFite who is known for excellent posts and describes researching a topic after stumbling upon an idea for a blue post and making sure it's not already posted. It's very thoughtful, well written and detailed. Further, it describes how to achieve those three things in a blue post. It's not in the wiki and I haven't been able to find it in Google. Can someone help me find this?
posted by brokeaspoke on Aug 15, 2013 - 22 comments


Whenever I talk to friends about MetaFilter they always relate it to Portland - does MetaFilter have a historical or philosophical association with Portland, or is it just a nice way of saying it's liberal and wordy?
posted by four panels on Aug 6, 2013 - 388 comments

A gentle request from your Health Month organizer

It's almost a new month, and we all know Health Month is awesome. So awesome, in fact, that Team MetaFilter is reserved for actual MeFites. I've now got a dozen requests to join the team from people whose names on Health Month don't match users on MetaFilter. I don't want to needlessly blow people off. If you have asked to join the team, and haven't been added, please shoot me a message on MeMail, and I will add you posthaste so that you can get rolling for August. Thanks!
posted by ambrosia on Jul 31, 2013 - 59 comments


Just so I'm 100% clear on this. Is this is an acceptable standard for obit posts on the blue? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jul 20, 2013 - 111 comments

Lost comment

I recall a discussion on the blue about the ACA recently wherein someone stated there will be (or may be) a federally managed insurance option available on the exchange in all states. It was portrayed as a back door public, not-for-profit option. I can't find the post now. Anyone have it bookmarked or recall the details of who will be managing the plan and what it will consist of?
posted by jsturgill on Jul 16, 2013 - 9 comments

Happy BasTeal Day*, MetaFilter!

On July 14, 1999, Stan Chin stormed the internet with the first ever post on MeFi. It was about... cats. (Unrelated: later that same day, a Lampson Transi heavylift crane nicknamed Big Blue crashed through the walls of Miller baseball park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.)

* Oui, it's a few days too early for an anniversary post, but I'm traveling this weekend. [more inside]
posted by wensink on Jul 10, 2013 - 63 comments

Mefi users' extreme locations?

Geographic extremes of all kinds of Mefi users. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Jul 9, 2013 - 94 comments

New profile "also on" updates: Strava, Steepster, Newsblur, [more]

MeFi cyclists/runners: your Strava account, if you have one, is now linkable in the "Also On:" section of your profile. In this same update it looks like pb has also added: Steepster, Newsblur, Hacker News, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, and eBay (any others, pb?). Related link: MeFi Social Explorer (for finding other users with profiles on growing list of linkable communities). [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 3, 2013 - 50 comments

Deletion with a surprise twist: I'm actually not here to complain

Was redirected here from AskMe by a mod to ask the following question: Is there a way to block Metafilter comments without blocking the site? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on May 29, 2013 - 10 comments

The tiniest of ponies.

When previewing an IRL post and you get an error, the error is kind of in the middle of the page and in normal text, so it's hard to see what's missing from the form. Having it at the top of the page and with IRL's alt-color beige, would help a lot.
posted by Evilspork on May 21, 2013 - 10 comments

Price of Metafilter

This post got me wondering if anyone has tried to buy Metafilter, how much an honest value would be, and if people would leave if a similar entity to Yahoo bought the Blue.
posted by Renoroc on May 19, 2013 - 166 comments

Birds do it, bees do it, even couples on AskMe do it...

Good evening. I am considering the purchase of an account on MetaFilter for my fiancee. She may find it of use for work (academic librarianship, cataloging), domestic (cats, pies) and leisure; I've sent her pointers to FPPs on here which she has found of interest, and she may be able to contribute questions and comments to AskMe. But... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on May 10, 2013 - 131 comments

diachronic panposticon

Now you can use MeFi in the present and the past! jjwiseman made this cool thing. [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 3, 2013 - 58 comments

Happy birthday, Cortex!

"Moderator, chief datawrangler at Metafilter", "cortex is a 32-year-old musician, computer geek, and generally reckless creative-type person in Portland, OR. His username on mefi is “cortex”, for reasons that aren’t particularly interesting."
posted by Lynsey on Apr 26, 2013 - 5 comments

bestof.metafilter.com/ down?!

Just clicked on a link in the sideblog and got a 404. Tried http://bestof.metafilter.com/ alone and got a 403. [more inside]
posted by KMB on Apr 17, 2013 - 1 comment

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

Fuck yo title. I'm Rick James, bitch!

Buy A Shirt - how long has that black shirt been there? Did it used to be a different color? I need to know if it's new or if I have absolutely horrible observational skills.
posted by nooneyouknow on Apr 16, 2013 - 32 comments

Master Thesis Survey about MetaFilter

I have been a longtime lurker here on MetaFilter who just recently registered and I thought it would be a fascinating subject to dive into for my master thesis. In order to get a better understanding of user activity on MetaFilter, I created the following survey:

Master Thesis Survey About MetaFilter

As I mention in the introductory text, the survey is completely anonymous and IP addresses will NOT be saved. I hope you take the time to submit your response and help a fellow MeFite out :) [more inside]
posted by RIABAMFR on Apr 15, 2013 - 119 comments


I've had it, I'm done.

Callouts for excellence: Pope Guilty, Drinky Die, Malor, Mayor Curley, delmoi, lupus_yonderboy, Meatbomb, AElfwine Evenstar, hippybear, BitterOldPunk, Civil_Disobedient, thsmchnekllsfascists, ioerror, loquacious, Joe Beese, Trurl, Blazecock Pileon, and orthogonality. I may have forgotten some. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 26, 2013 - 1 comment

We Need a Hero

@mathowie: "I think RSS is so important that I'd take a job (leaving MeFi) at any startup aiming to make an improved Google Reader (w/ social features). [...] I'm serious, and feel free to email me. MetaFilter can continue with the employees running things."

I think that this maybe merits some serious discussion here, pronto. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 14, 2013 - 203 comments


I am not sure how elusive the Metafilter moderator GUI screenshot might be to the average MeFi user, but I have always wondered about it's efficiency and I was pleasantly surprised when I finally caught a (blurry) glimpse of it during Matt's SxSW 2011 talk: Lessons from 11 Years of Community
posted by TangerineGurl on Feb 19, 2013 - 42 comments

Link Change?

Rhomboid asked this question about a link on the blue which switched from liveleak to YouTube. I'm curious about this as well, and a little ... concerned? Anybody know what's up there?
posted by Apropos of Something on Feb 16, 2013 - 29 comments

The $2.5 million comment

Last night I dreamed that Metafilter introduced premium comments that you had to pay to view, and some company posted a very long comment that was listed at $2.5 million. There was wild speculation as to its contents, and the motivation behind the high price, but of course no-one could afford it, so we never found out what it said. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 30, 2013 - 94 comments

Hold On To The Slight

Metafilter gets a shoutout on Salon.
posted by timsteil on Jan 20, 2013 - 2 comments

Why does Ask Metafilter sometimes displays greens differently.

Sometimes when I load Ask Metafilter the green color will show up washed out, but I can open it up in a new tab and it is now a different shade. Usually scrolling down the desaturated page or selecting text will change it back to a more saturated green. Any reasons for this? Safari OSX. screenshot
posted by travis08 on Jan 17, 2013 - 59 comments


In an effort to enhance your overall Metafilter Experience, I present the preliminary Metafilter Achievement System Slash Drinking Game. Comparing Achievement score is a widely accepted method for determining respectability, one's contributions to society, and for enhancing self esteem. Feel free to contribute suggestions, modifications, or cash. Bonus points for obscure references to Metafilter history. [more inside]
posted by Justinian on Jan 16, 2013 - 132 comments

Five days of MetaFilter interest

Out of curiosity (or work deadline avoidance), anyone know why the MetaFilter entry on Wikipedia suddenly get a lot more "readership" or views than normal for the five days of January 5th to 9th inclusive, then suddenly go back down to the previous background level? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jan 15, 2013 - 55 comments

Metafilter Frequency Tables updated, now with 636 million words!

It's been over a year since we first made the Metafilter Frequency Tables available, and now they're updated with word frequency information for all of 2011 and 2012 as well, bringing the total number of words up to six hundred and thirty-six million. Gosh! (Is a word we've collectively used 5,707 times since 1999!) [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 14, 2013 - 99 comments

Unpacking the viral ninja hack guru in the cloud

This AskMe thread about new and overused business cliches/jargon is a thing of beauty.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 10, 2013 - 181 comments

Rookie <3s MeFi

Maggie from Rookie gave MetaFilter yet another shoutout in her article about TV mythologies. Scroll down or search the page for "grumblebee".
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 9, 2013 - 16 comments

MeFi is adding titles

We're rolling out titles to the front pages of Ask, MetaTalk, and MeFi today (all the other subsites have titles on their front pages). In addition, we've revamped the posting pages on those subsites in order to make the title more obvious and prominent (along with improved helper text). [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 7, 2013 - 1923 comments

there's a good chance the VideoSift might not have survived without that spark.

The History of VideoSift Part 1 details the founding of a popular video site by a couple of MetaFilter members, Dag Maggot and Sourbrew. MetaFilter and Our Glorious Leader are heavily credited.
posted by lazaruslong on Dec 28, 2012 - 53 comments

Secret Quonsar Recieved

Yay for secretquonsar! Got my gift today! Hoping mine wings its way on time.
posted by infini on Dec 15, 2012 - 3 comments

How has MeFi changed in the past few years?

How has MeFi changed in the past 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues on Dec 10, 2012 - 215 comments

The Joy of FPPing

To people who have done this; why did you create Front Page Post(s) on MetaFilter? The motivations are interesting in themselves, and may also provide positive reasons for people to cross the rubicon from lurker to poster. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 7, 2012 - 122 comments

Looking out onto the ash-filled street, the poetry of T.S. Eliot seems more poignant than ever.

When the apocalypse comes, MetaFilter will be there.
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 29, 2012 - 147 comments

Mining the HiveMind

Is there a good way to have volunteer Mefites critique my grad school personal statement without asking an AskMe? [more inside]
posted by Katine on Nov 27, 2012 - 32 comments

Greasemonkey hacks

Grease my monkey, guvnor: Greasemonkey scripts get talked about a lot in Metatalk comments, and they seem pretty useful. I would like to ask our more Greasemonkey-oriented friends to recommend the best ones and discuss their experience of installing and using them. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Nov 27, 2012 - 79 comments

The Buddy System Works

How about an FPP mentoring/buddy system? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 26, 2012 - 90 comments

Mr Haughey amusingly discusses MetaFilter

An interesting and entertaining interview of MetaFilter user #1 by Colin Marshall. It's a free podcast, an hour in length.
posted by Wordshore on Nov 15, 2012 - 23 comments


Is it time for another talk about the hipster thing? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Nov 12, 2012 - 180 comments

2012 Presidential Prediction Contest Winner

Now that Florida has finished counting votes (always a challenge for us), the 2012 presidential election results are 332 electoral votes for Obama and 206 for Romney -- barring faithless electors. The popular vote is 50.6% Obama, 47.9% Romney and 1.5% other. The Nate Silver Medal for Political Prognostication goes to JKevinKing. J. Kevin was one of 15 people to tie for first in the electoral half of the contest with a perfect prediction. He finished third in the popular vote half, ahead of I am the Walrus and UrineSoakedRube who tied for ninth. The $50 Threadless gift certificate and life-size cardboard Joe Biden are on the way to JKevinKing as soon as I send them. Please keep Joe in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. [more inside]
posted by rcade on Nov 12, 2012 - 26 comments

Election 2012: Domo Arigato, Larry Sabato

The pundits and psychics have already weighed in. Now it's your turn in MetaFilter's (mostly) quadrennial presidential prediction contest. The winner will receive a $50 Threadless gift certificate and a life-size cardboard Joe Biden. To enter, predict the percentage of the vote that President Obama, Mitt Romney and Everybody Else will receive and the number of electoral votes that Obama, Romney and Everybody Else will receive. Entries must be submitted before Dixville Notch, N.H., reports its vote early Tuesday morning. [more inside]
posted by rcade on Nov 5, 2012 - 368 comments

MetaFilter Election 2012

What's the plan for US Election Day? Is there going to be one thread continuously updated with the election results or a bunch of them. Conversely, will there be no talk of the 2012 election at all? Do the mods have the day off and will the site be inactive?
posted by Renoroc on Nov 5, 2012 - 172 comments

Help, please : Differences in news magazine covers?

Does anyone remember a post on the Blue, or the Green, or maybe it was here on the Gray, about differences in cover stories published in North America and international editions of news magazines? [more inside]
posted by MelanieL on Nov 5, 2012 - 4 comments

Halp: Googling "your fucking Macbook Pro" didn't bring up any MeFi results.

My Google-fu is failing me: someone posted a comment a while back, probably on the Blue, ranting against the privileged idiocy of "minimalism"/"simplifying your life". It brought up the privileged idiot's Macbook Pro several times, and how they'd like everything in life to be more like it, not realizing that their smooth-lined aluminum shit costs money and most people don't have that. If anyone remembers the comment, I'd greatly appreciate a link!
posted by randomname25 on Nov 2, 2012 - 69 comments

MetaFilter covering election day, vote counting, subsequent wrangling

Assuming any MetaFilter users are interested in writing posts or comments during voting and counting, how will this bloggie handle what will be its 4th US presidential election? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 30, 2012 - 80 comments

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