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MeFi Compilation Album call for submissions

Metafilter Compliation Album:
Phase one: call for submissions.
[everything of substance inside]

posted by cortex on Apr 17, 2006 - 85 comments

Announcing the Jabber server.

See who is online currently and info about using the Jabber server here.
posted by mathowie on Jan 23, 2006 - 54 comments

The tags have gone missing from the ebay scam question.

Tag conveniently gone missing?. Like many others, I've been following the askme thread originally posted by airnxtz where he is found to be a scammer and where hopefully we will soon have word about the consequences of his scamming. Normally I search for this thread by looking at the "all posts tagged ebay", but the question is no longer listed on that page. In fact once I found the question, I see that it no longer has the ebay tag or any other tag. I assume that though airnxtz has lost his posting privileges, he still has the privilege to edit his own tags and has done so. Otherwise, what happened to the tag and can we get it back?
posted by duck on Jan 9, 2006 - 42 comments

Another Tagline Thread

Just becausw I'm bored and there is a new design, another tagline thread?
posted by wheelieman on Nov 26, 2005 - 32 comments

eBay scammer identified

can anyone clarify what's happening here? seems like some mefi detective work might either shed some light on things, or clear the poster's name; i'm not sure browbeating him with false dichotomies is working.
posted by andrew cooke on Nov 13, 2005 - 64 comments

Why do people post "."?

What exactly is the . in people's replies? I used to ignore them, but when I saw a dozen or so in the Nipsey Russell thread I just had to know...
posted by andreaazure on Oct 4, 2005 - 32 comments

Travelfilter

I bet "travelfilter" as a discrete site would be enormously successful, yea, even income-generating.
posted by mecran01 on Aug 3, 2005 - 39 comments

Spoonfed used to host a metatalk parody that's gone now

metatalk parody. no comment from me, i'll leave that to everyone else.
posted by yhbc on Jun 6, 2005 - 2685 comments

Origin of Shoutouts?

What is the origin of shout-outs at meetups? It seems like a strange tradition. For that matter, when was the first meetup?
posted by Plutor on May 23, 2005 - 32 comments

The early days of MeFi

Looking back in the archives, almost every post (except for 4) in August of '99 was submitted by #1. I wonder if those first few months of MeFi's life was frustrating.
posted by C17H19NO3 on May 2, 2005 - 24 comments

A lone voice cries out in the darkness

February 13 - March 12, 2005: A lone voice cries out in the darkness, and Jim Jones's tale of woe and madness is born. (The saga of his plight was unearthed here.)
posted by naxosaxur on Mar 16, 2005 - 73 comments

Lofi cold fusion error

Lofi is showing a cold fusion error if you are not logged in.
posted by Jim Jones on Feb 13, 2005 - 15 comments

orange clock needs to be addressed.

Can we lose orange clock and keep chicobangs, please? Okay, that's not the best way to say it. I am no angel myself, but this beyond-the-pale swipe at chicobangs and mathowie - from a member of dubious contribution overall (IMHO) - should not go ignored.
posted by scarabic on Feb 3, 2005 - 100 comments

Welcome jessamyn, our new user#1a

Welcome jessamyn, our new user#1a

Seeing as we didn't all get the memo..
posted by dash_slot- on Jan 26, 2005 - 90 comments

Jingle Rock Bell

AskMefiFollowup: I like to sing Jingle Bell Rock, but using only the words "bell", "rock", and "jingle":

bell rock jingle rock
Bell jingle rock
Rock jingle rock
Bell jingle bell
Rock bell
Jingle
Rock rock bell
Jingle rock, jingle rock
Bell bell bell

Drives my wife nuts. I'd record an MP3 of me doing it if someone could find me a karaoke track.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 10:25 AM PST on December 22

P. S. Tail, Esq, has followed through just in time for Christmas: May I present you with Jingle Rock Bell
posted by quasistoic on Dec 24, 2004 - 71 comments

A historical oddity: self-link gets a pass

I hate to say it, but: self link.
posted by scarabic on Dec 10, 2004 - 84 comments

Announcing the Metafilter design contest.

I'm hereby announcing the MetaFilter design contest. Post any questions here.
posted by mathowie on Nov 21, 2004 - 53 comments

Moving metafilter to new server

Moving on up... If all goes well, I'll start moving everything over to our new servers later today. When that happens, I'll be shutting the site off during the move (to conserve bandwidth for moving actual files). Just a heads up that the site may be down between now and say, Monday at the latest.
posted by mathowie on Oct 29, 2004 - 34 comments

will there ever be an anonymous way to ask questions?

Stet's question reminds me: will there ever be an anonymous way to ask questions? I'm sure there are lots of people out there with things to ask that they don't want brought up when they're running for office...
posted by bonaldi on Oct 10, 2004 - 2 comments

How much cash would it take for Matt to quit his job and devote himself to moderating Mefi?

mathowie has written that if it generated enough cash he'd quit his job and devote himself to moderating and maintaining MetaFilter. This prompts two questions:
posted by timeistight on Aug 8, 2004 - 161 comments

Sidebar please

Ummm, this needs to be on the sidebar.
posted by machaus on Jun 14, 2004 - 30 comments

Anyone really know the history of MetaFilter?

Anyone really know the history of MetaFilter? (more, as you expected, inside)
posted by answergrape on Jan 14, 2004 - 18 comments

How about allowing anonymous questions on AskMe?

Posting something in Blue or here should have a definite link to a persona set up here. But a question? There are some questions we want asked but not have anyone know we asked them. What about an anonymous possibility?
posted by Dagobert on Dec 15, 2003 - 10 comments

Ask Metafilter is Born

Ask MetaFilter is born. Feel free to pose a question to other members here. Obviously those of a technical nature are going to meet with the most success, but questions outside of that realm are also good too.

I'll delete dumb questions or those that prove to be nothing but flamewars and/or goof-off fests, and if this section takes off I'll be adding more features to it (like rating what the best answer was) and move it into its own area.
posted by mathowie on Dec 8, 2003 - 98 comments

Help with new user signups wanted

¬°Finalmente! I'm finally going to turn on new user signups, and I'm shooting for doing it on Monday. But I could use some help [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 26, 2003 - 201 comments

MonkeyFilter: More Bananas, Less Flinging.

As proposed in the recent "new members" thread, the lurker-activist MonkeyFilter is now open for the huddled masses.
posted by Dean King on Nov 26, 2003 - 55 comments

MetaFilter Purity Test

Inspired by the recent Nerd Purity Test, what questions do you think would belong on a MetaFilter Purity Test? [much more inside]
posted by wendell on Nov 17, 2003 - 167 comments

Can a system be devised for users who've appreciated a post to click on an "I enjoyed this" button?

A lot of excellent, original posts, like this one from homunculus, get zero comments because users (I'm guessing) feel it's lame just to say "Thank you"; "Good post" or something equally trite, though sincere. My feeling is that outsiders, when they see 0 or 1 comment, erroneously judge that it reflects on the post and pass on. Which is a great pity.

Can't a simple system be devised whereby those users who've appreciated a post click on a "I enjoyed this" or "(this is good)" button, the result appearing much as the trackbacks do now?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 27, 2003 - 28 comments

I just got fired for reading this thread.

I just got fired today for reading this thread. Any of you ever had bad repercussions from reading Metafilter at work?
posted by beth on Aug 26, 2003 - 127 comments

spawn-of-metafilter advice site

How about a spawn-of-metafilter advice site? A site where mefites can go to give and get advice and suggestions regarding life's conundrums - technical, personal, financial, etc.? Most of us know a thing or two about something or the other, and most of us need a hand (or a shoulder, or other assorted body parts) on occasion. Who you gonna call?

Do any of you "philter" people have the inclination and bandwidth for an idea like this (Wendell? Metalifter?)? Would any of the rest of you participate? And... did I just commit metacide?
posted by taz on Aug 4, 2003 - 34 comments

My name is demo, for we are many

please oh please would someone enable new users on mefi again. the shame and humiliation of posting as "demo" is monumentally soul-destroying. Won't anyone think of the children?
posted by demo on Jun 10, 2003 - 134 comments

How would you like to have MeFi Music?

The MetaFilter Music channel. I've got another server setup with loads of bandwidth, so I was thinking of this as a new project/feature at MetaFilter: A place to download and stream music created by MetaFilter members. Would anyone be interested in taking part? Do that many MetaFilter members create music?
posted by mathowie on Apr 10, 2003 - 128 comments

Googlewashing recursively

MetaFilter: Such a powerful force, it has "Googlewashed" the term "Googlewash".
Now, let's try a really challenging meme: OW! (which actually started here to give credit where it's... OW!
posted by wendell on Apr 5, 2003 - 5 comments

Spread the Dot on MeFi

At what point did the "Spread the Dot" thing get added to Metafilter? It's a googlebomb attempt.

WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
MATT?
posted by Irontom on Aug 1, 2002 - 51 comments

Announcement: new user signups are back on. 20 people a day.

New user signups are back on. 20 people a day are going to be allowed in, starting at noon each day. Only one signup per person, per day as well. Report any probs with it here.
posted by mathowie on Jul 26, 2002 - 70 comments

Why is thomcatspike incomprehensible?

Matt has just deleted thomcatspike's latest incomprehensible post. Although some think he's just pulling our chains, many of us think that he's simply having trouble with English. If that's the case, how can we help him?
posted by timeistight on Jul 3, 2002 - 132 comments

I love the thread-ends

When a MeTa thread has played its course, chattiness and jokes sometimes rush in. Although I realize it's a minority sport, I just love thread-ends. There's something ecological about using left-overs for imaginative and friendly banter. Is my excuse, anyway...

Like soon-to-be-deleted threads on MetaFilter, they serve a useful pressure-valve purpose: they redirect playfulness away from serious discussions and probably inhibit initiating purposefully chatty posts. At least for me. Is this acceptable, now that MetaTalk has become specifically Meta again? Or, at least, can it be lived with? I hope so.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Apr 25, 2002 - 124 comments

New: MetaFilter Gatherings.

A new category for MetaTalk: MetaFilter Gatherings. Post all gathering-related bits there.
posted by mathowie on Apr 5, 2002 - 14 comments

Critical IP Sucks

Google bombing at it's finest. Matt's Critical IP Sucks page has officially overtaken search result numero uno, directly preceeding the official Critical IP site.
posted by tomorama on Feb 11, 2002 - 73 comments

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posted by goliche on Nov 22, 2001 - 50 comments

We're up to 12,500 users

12500, everyone. Lovely round number.
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 10, 2001 - 17 comments

Compiling a best of Metafilter

I was thinking of doing a list of "best of" threads for metafilter, on the archives page. Do you recall any of the best threads that meet the following criteria? If so, post them here as a comment.

How about by topic?

threads on:
globalization: (I know there were at least a couple great, civil, long threads about it)
prisions: (among the 5 or 6 in recent memory there must be one or two good ones)
abortion:
homosexuality:
SUVs:
death penalty:
huge news threads: (the biggest kaycee one, the seattle earthquake, and the first WTC one?)
good audience participation threads:

good weird finds? best thing for $30 threads? Just plain good threads that don't meet any of the above criteria?

If you have any favorites, post a link to them, and I'll try to organize them. Think about the best MetaFilter has to offer, and find those threads that exemplify what the site can be.
posted by mathowie on Nov 6, 2001 - 40 comments

MetaFilter is now neither meta nor a filter

MetaFilter is now neither meta nor a filter. Discuss.
posted by jkottke on Sep 22, 2001 - 141 comments

NJ-Based Post-9/11 Services (Grief Couseling, Missing Persons)

There is so much going on the front page, I didn't know where to include this. I know this doesn't affect everyone as it's more New Jersey info, but putting it out in the hopes that the right people get it makes me feel less useless. (more inside)


posted by FunkyHelix on Sep 13, 2001 - 3 comments

Should I filter MetaFilter (asks mathowie)?

This thread sucks. The link doesn't jump down to the story, the subject matter isn't very funny or interesting, it's just stupid. The post is too long, the comments are pretty pointless. I would delete it, but it could create more trouble than it is worth. What should be done about sub-par links? Anything? Take the good with the bad?
posted by mathowie on Aug 29, 2001 - 25 comments

From the mists of time....

Let's respect MeFi's past, while looking to chart its future. I've scanned through the archives and pulled up some of the more important threads in my time on MeFi, and I encourage you to do the same.
posted by hijinx on Jul 20, 2001 - 6 comments

Second Anniversary of the First (Extant) Post

I know the anniversary of the domain name has come and gone, but did you know that the oldest extant post to Metafilter will have its second birthday on Saturday? Planning anything special?
posted by rschram on Jul 11, 2001 - 38 comments

Opening up registration again?

After/Upon the deluge. I feel somewhat self-conscious writing this since I only discovered Mefi in March. Nonetheless, I wonder if Matt has considered how to re-open Metafilter to new members. At this point, the pent-up demand is likely quite large, which could cause a kind of chaos. So I would suggest the when the gate re-opens, it be done in phases: maybe a certain number of posters per-day or per-week for a certain number of weeks; it's how we would do things back in Paramus. Just a thought.
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 10, 2001 - 26 comments

Kaycee unveiled

Let us take a moment and commend the Metafilter community on its Kaycee discussions. Despite the occasionally biting commentary, this thread spawned one of the most intense, fascinating, and exciting community discussions I've ever read (and that dates back to BBSes in 1987). The unstoppable curiosity of this site's members, coupled with a heavy moral and emotional burden, made for an incredible read. I have never been to Kaycee's site and I still spent my entire morning plowing through the 600-plus comments related to the incident.

Congratulations to MetaFilter on a fantastic thread. This should, I hope, quell some of those "it's too big, too boring, too typical" comments for a while.
posted by werty on May 21, 2001 - 2 comments

People shouldn't snipe in the Kaycee Nicole obit thread.

I'd like to see a squelch button so that rudeness like this and this/this don't have to be viewd by everyone.

And for those of you who snipe in basically amounted to someone's wake... I hope you're embarrased enough that you never come back to MeFi. What kind of community can we be when two people can't even keep their mouths shut when we're basically holding a funeral?
posted by SpecialK on May 17, 2001 - 17 comments

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