MetaFilter was offline from around 9:45 PM Pacific Time to 4:00 AM Pacific Time. A hard drive failed in our database server, taking some of the database with it. We were able to restore from a backup that happened at 7:40 PM Pacific. So we lost data during those two hours. We apologize for that, the long downtime, and the bumpiness as we get things running again. [more inside]
I was recently off Metafilter for a bit and missed it. While thinking about how awesome Metafilter is I got the idea about having a place in real life that was Metafilter related. Maybe a bench in a public park somewhere with a plaque that says it was donated by Metafilter? Or a tree? I bet we could come up with some cool ideas. It'd be so fun to travel there and take a picture with THE METAFILTER in real life. Or does a place like that already exist? There are so many of us who truly value this site, maybe some would be willing to contribute towards a small offline presence? Any thoughts?
What do you use to read long mefi or askmefi threads offline ? I often read long threads weeks after the posting date. I send them to an instapaper queue (and send manually the link(s) to instapaper too) - then read them on my kindle when I have the time. I'm wondering if there is a better way to do this. [more inside]
Can I download askmefi questions and answers? [more inside]
MeFi Meetup Q: have you ever run into someone you know? How do you deal with someone reconciling your online and offline persona? [more inside]
Was anyone else offline last night between 6 & 11 p.m. PDT besides me?