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Pony: improving MeFi search

searching metafilter: a proposal. (more inside.)
posted by moz on Oct 19, 2001 - 9 comments

Old posts Italic? Great!

When were the old posts on the front page italizied. Knowing me, it happened a week ago and I just noticed. Great idea though.
posted by TacoConsumer on Oct 18, 2001 - 9 comments

Search by Date

As an alternative to machaus's idea (below) couldn't the search engine be searchable within a date range? For example use the MeFi search just over the past month and let google search the rest.
posted by DBAPaul on Oct 15, 2001 - 2 comments

More Granular Searching

A lot of times when I do a search here, I'm generally looking for a specific thread, not a specific comment. I'd like to be able so specify if I want to search only threads, only comments, or both. I imagine that this would help reduce the server load as well as making is a little easier to narrow down your results.
posted by skwm on Oct 14, 2001 - 2 comments

Would it be possible to make every post compulsively go through Spell Check first?

Would it be possible to make every post compulsively go through Spell Check first? It's very distracting but, worse of all, it diminishes the poster, who is unfairly judged on pedantic, orthographic criteria.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 14, 2001 - 47 comments


So is it time for categories on MetaFilter, specifically to filter mainstream news feeds from press releases from more personal, indie items?
posted by teradome on Oct 12, 2001 - 10 comments

How Can We Stop Doubleposts?

Wow. Three double-posts in a row. Nothing new in and of itself, but this makes me wonder if MetaFilter could implement a FilePile type icon based system for marking double posts. (Inside: I will try and explain myself)
posted by thewittyname on Oct 12, 2001 - 14 comments

RSS feeds for Metafilter and Metatalk (Oct. 2001)

If there were MetaFilter and MetaTalk RSS feeds that contained all of the information the front pages normally do, and we had permission to mirror them, it could take some server load off the site.
posted by rcade on Oct 11, 2001 - 6 comments

MeFi and MeTa should be standards-compliant.

How about a standards-compliant version of MetaFilter or MetaTalk?

Disclaimers: (1) ignominious self-link; (ii) tested in Internet Explorer 5.1 and Netscape 6, should work in all CSS-compliant browsers; (c) guaranteed to look hideous in Netscape 4 et al; (IV) XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS validated by W3C.

posted by kirkaracha on Oct 11, 2001 - 26 comments

Post a Comment Should Have an Anchor Tag

Add an anchor tag to the MetaFilter "Comments on" page and the MetaTalk "MetaTalk detail" page so clicking on the "Post a Comment" link goes directly to the comment form. This would save scrolling through a long page to post something.
posted by kirkaracha on Oct 9, 2001 - 4 comments

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


The ability to edit a post even after it's been well posted when glaring proof reading edits have been spotted by the well poster...
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 8, 2001 - 3 comments

Request: Member of the month poll.

A Member of the Month. With software for voting.
posted by ParisParamus on Oct 8, 2001 - 19 comments

display gender?

Most people's usernames aren't indicative of their gender. This leads to people automatically assuming all posters are male until proven otherwise, and this seems to be ticking off a number of female posters. Possibly a preference of 'display user's gender next to their username' would be useful? Turned on, it would display the male or female symbol next to the username (or (m)/(f) in text-only mode), if the user's gender is set in the profile. (Say, depending on what letter it starts with.) People not logged in wouldn't see any of this.
posted by darukaru on Oct 5, 2001 - 12 comments

MeFi Lite?

I'm currently visiting metafilter with my images turned off in the hope that it will reduce server load just a little. does it?

along the same line of thought, matt, an version of metafilter until server problems are resolved? ala emergency CNN? would it make a difference?
posted by rebeccablood on Oct 5, 2001 - 18 comments

Shorter user comments page

Could the user comments page (./search_comments.cfm?user_ID=XXXX) be set to return only the most recent 20 or so threads posted to, with an option to show the full list at bottom? Increasingly, I'll check the front page just to see if any new threads have been posted, then pop over to my own user comments list to follow up on recent threads I've been interested in and commented on (easier than re-find them on the crowded front page). I'm thinking this might help reduce server bandwidth and db querying, and return the page more quickly.

Unless I'm the only one that goes to my user comments page with any regularity, in which case it's not likely to make much difference. :)
posted by hincandenza on Oct 2, 2001 - 1 comment

Single link for a whole post?

We should be able to refer to a topic (i.e. whole of thread) using single link - in a way that will allow us to send it via email to other people who are likely to be interested, but don't use metafilter regularly.

posted by vinod on Oct 1, 2001 - 3 comments

Notification of new threads and comments.

Would it be possible to add a "There have been X new threads and Y new comments on MetaTalk since your last visit" to the MetaFilter page?
posted by skwm on Sep 30, 2001 - 5 comments

XML on MetaFilter?

an xml threaded metafilter with structure based on the dewey decimal system. whenever you make a post or comment it fits it into the big picture. your xsl transformation(s) output based on criteria chosen like dates of submissions/comments, terminology, subject, or other criteria the client can select using a gui/web form, or their own custom xsl stylesheet.
posted by greyscale on Sep 28, 2001 - 13 comments

Expand the timestamp to include the year, please.

I know this had been requested here before, but if it is not too much trouble, can we have a year stamp added to the time stamp for each post?

Case in point, MiguelCardoso's this post was posted on the same date, but two years after the original thread started.
posted by tamim on Sep 23, 2001 - 1 comment


irc.metafilter.com: you know you want to set it up, matt.
posted by moz on Sep 20, 2001 - 7 comments

Would it be possible to implement a "watch thread" feature?

Matt: Would it be possible to implement a "watch thread" feature? With so many posts now there are some I really don't care to follow while others I'd like to check back on often and have them at the top when I log in or switch views. The sort by most or recent comments doesn't quite do the job in this instance.
posted by suprfli on Sep 19, 2001 - 9 comments

How Can I Filter Out 9/11 Posts?

My brain is mush - is there a way we could metafilter metafilter to filter out all the war/terrorism/WTC Attack posts for those of us on information overload. I'm longing for just plain old interesting links and news again
posted by Zebulun on Sep 17, 2001 - 4 comments

Let there be karma

A Karma (voting) system for thread quality coupled to a front page ranking/filtering method. Karma to be weighted by the degree of enlightenment of the voting MeFi (using join date as proxy). Selected MeFi luminaries accorded Budda status, capable of bestowing Big Karma. [more]
posted by RichLyon on Sep 17, 2001 - 11 comments

Often I want to go straight to my last comment in a thread

It would be really helpful if the comments (as seen from the comments by user page) within a thread were in order.

Often I want to go straight to my last comment in a thread, but sometimes finding them in threads where I've commented a bunch is difficult without careful inspection...
posted by fooljay on Sep 15, 2001 - 4 comments

HELP page

I don't see a MetaFilter HELP page anywhere...and I think some is needed.

For example, tinkering with Preview shows me that some HTML is accepted, but as it looks odd there apparently are restrictions that I can't find. I do see that a simple blank line is fine, and a Paragraph tag breaks the MF formatting.
posted by SEWilco on Sep 15, 2001 - 6 comments

Post Sept 11: Smaller text for more posts

Matt -- thanks for your work over the past few days -- will you indulge a suggestion? If the front page is being rendered manually, could the text be smaller, as in the same size as this text here (10pt is it?). With so many threads appearing every few moments it may make the front page more readable and the difference between discussion, news, solace and troll threads more apparent.
posted by feelinglistless on Sep 14, 2001 - 10 comments

Page Two?

We've been going through a several-month bitch session out here about what Deserves the special honor of Metafilter's "front page".

Problem: there is no Second page - the front page is also the back page.

So, why Not a secondary page? Allow stories to be voted to the front page by either the number of reader contributed posts, or by straight vote, which would give sufferage to the lurkers.

That way the purists get their crown position, and we don't have to listen to yet another border war in every other post about what belongs, what doesn't belong, what should be in Metatalk, what is a double-post from eight months ago, or hear yet another bemoaning of the lessening quality of Metafilter posts.

I personally wouldnt mind Meta-Aphartheid, if it would knock off all this stupid bickering.
posted by Perigee on Sep 10, 2001 - 3 comments

Can my comments include my posts?

I have no idea how difficult this might be, but it would be nice if "My comments" also included threads I started even if I didn't add any comments to them.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Sep 10, 2001 - 1 comment

What are people searching for on MetaFilter?

Since we get to see the search queries that bring people to MeFi, would it also be possible to track and post which search queries are the most popular within MeFi? The results may not be that interesting, but some of us would probably get a kick out of it.
posted by gluechunk on Sep 4, 2001 - 2 comments

A standard link format desired

A standard link format with fields for source, catagory, link & title, description. Reasoning inside.
posted by skyline on Sep 3, 2001 - 4 comments

RSS Headline Feed

If you don't already produce one, can we have an RSS headline syndication feed?
posted by jbond on Sep 2, 2001 - 2 comments

Simplified MeFi pony request

I would love a pared down version of MeFi that I could sync with via Avant Go. Ideally, it wouldn't have the sidebar or header links, and would limit the display to the last couple of days (since you can't have AvantGo use your cookies.) Yeah, I know, MeFi is all about discussion, why would you want to read it in offline mode? My local paper sucks, and I can't think of a better way to get through progress bars or waiting in the doctor's office.

posted by machaus on Aug 24, 2001 - 2 comments

How about a MeFi email digest?

If someone had the time to put together a daily or weekly e-mail digest, I know I'd subscribe. It wouldn't have to be Matt, obviously, and I'd like to personally nominate Joe Clark.
posted by gleemax on Aug 21, 2001 - 15 comments

Linking to Affiliate Codes

Hey Matt - I don't know how easy this would be, but how about a script that looks at links as they're posted and if it recognizes a link to an Amazon product (or any of 100s of others), it would automatically reformat the link with the Give MeFi 15% back if somebody buys this product off this link character string.

Then you could just sit back and rake in all of the subversively gotten gain.
posted by willnot on Aug 4, 2001 - 6 comments

Use the MeFi sidebar to draw attention to recent MeTa threads?

I posted this in another thread, but since you can't see new posts on MetaTalk, I decided to post it here. Would it be a good idea to list recent MetaTalk threads in a section of the right sidebar?

Also: would dates be better than days for right sidebar posts (7/27/01 instead of Friday)? Kind of like filepile. It's hard to tell how stale the news is with just days...
posted by timothompson on Jul 27, 2001 - 0 comments

Pagination Pony for Personal Pages

could the "http://www.metafilter.com/search_posts.cfm?user_ID=xxxx" page be split up into multiple pages? Kind of a "page 1 of 12" deal. When trying to read through the comments of our more senior members, the download time is reminiscent of post 1142.
posted by machaus on Jul 26, 2001 - 1 comment

Been-there-done-that Button Pony Request

Been there/Done that:

A button so that if a significant number of readers mark a post as a duplicate or just really boring, etc. then your preferences filter it out. So if someone were to post AYBABTU again, annoyed readers would mark it, and those who came later wouldn't see it unless they turned off their filter.
posted by mecran01 on Jul 24, 2001 - 11 comments

Search Comments by User?

Comment Search. A friend of mine just started reading metafilter and she wanted to read where I've made comments in the past. (Not sure why, but..) Is it possible to search for comments made by other people and I just don't realize? Is it unwise due to bandwidth considerations? Just curious.
posted by Apoch on Jul 21, 2001 - 2 comments

Pony - filter out semi-committed-participants

Obnoxious feature request: A user preference that allows me to avoid seeing all contributions by people who don't provide an email address or home page address in their profile.
posted by rcade on Jul 20, 2001 - 36 comments

It's too easy to post to the wrong part of Metatalk

It's too easy to post to the wrong part of Metatalk.
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 18, 2001 - 2 comments

Can we have more IM options?

More IM options. Not to seem to sad but I don't have an AOL screen name. Nor do I have an ICQ number. I do have a Yahoo! Messenger thingy. An MSN Messenger wotsit and (more importantly) a Jabber address (nrichards@jabber.com). What about adding some more fields for the most popular ones and a 'write in' for the Open source client of your choice.
posted by nedrichards on Jul 2, 2001 - 11 comments

New link indicator on front page; pony!

I'd find it very useful if there were marks next to links on the front page so that I could see straight away which links are new since my last view. If I check the front page and there are 20-odd new links, I can't remember which I've seen before. Something like this would be nice.
posted by smaugy on Jun 29, 2001 - 2 comments

common un/pwd for nyt?

Another NY Times suggestion...

Opensewer has a publicly available login and password to view articles they think are of interest. Is this feasible for us? I know there haven't been a lot of NYTimes posts lately, and someone mentioned in a previous MetaTalk thread that NYT might crack down on group logins. But since channel.nytimes seems to be closed for the time being, is this a possibility? Something like login: Metafilter, pwd: A-list...
posted by starvingartist on Jun 26, 2001 - 6 comments

"Older"/"Newer" links at the top of the page

I would just LOVE it if the "Older"/"Newer" links were up at the top of the page as well (in a fixed location). That way I could easily to the next thread without having to scroll down or go Back...
posted by fooljay on Jun 25, 2001 - 7 comments

When you reload the page, can the "new" comments be updated?

i have this tendancy to sit on mefi's home page and just reload every now and then for new comments. (am i alone?) anyway, i notice that when you leave the site and revisit, you get a different tally of what comments are "new", but when you stay and reload, what was new last time is still considered a "new" comment (with newer ones added onto what was there previously).

my idea is to change the code such that when you reload the page, the "new" comments for a user are updated as when you leave and revisit the site. i don't know the algorithm you're using matt, so i don't know if this even feasible or not, or if anyone else would want the behavior to change.
posted by moz on Jun 22, 2001 - 9 comments

"recent comments" browsing misses interesting stuff

For the past week or so, I've been browsing by "recent comments," which seems to work the best for me. However today I switched to "date" to check out what I've been missing and was surprised to see that there was quite a bit of very interesting links that I had missed.

It seems that the really chatty topics are the ones I've been seeing, but the really interesting links were in the date filter.

Anyway to make the side-bar customizable to add the feed of date or recent comments? Not that it's all that difficult to switch between the two, but it would be nifty to be able to look at both at the same time.
posted by chaz on Jun 15, 2001 - 14 comments

MeFi Primer: How Best To Post

Uh-oh Zach's got another stupid idea... A thought that has apparently been percolating in my head just surfaced: MeFi Primer: How Best To Post.
Of course, I don't know how, so I'm asking for input... [more]
posted by ZachsMind on Jun 13, 2001 - 23 comments

Can we bring back the floaty DHTML log list?

How about bringing back the floaty DHTML log list? At least just for fun.
posted by chaz on Jun 9, 2001 - 8 comments

How about a "Requested Feature" page?

How about a "Requested Feature" page?
posted by fooljay on Jun 6, 2001 - 5 comments

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