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the real helpful folks

On our inividual profile pages, it says how many times we've posted to MetaFilter and MetaTalk, but it doesn't yet mention AskMeta. That way we know who the real helpful folks are.
posted by answergrape on Jan 9, 2004 - 39 comments

It used to be frowned upon to post links from other link agregators/filters. Has it changed?

When I used to read MeFi regularly, it was generally accepted that you didn't post anything from "the usual suspects" such as memepool, boing boing, b3ta, etc. because they themselves are weblogs about interesting, offbeat links and most readers read them as well as MeFi. Seeing as this "LSD art" story has been the top item on memepool for a week, I guess this policy has changed. (This is really not meant to sound rude or snide, apologies if it's taken that way)
posted by SiW on Jan 7, 2004 - 53 comments

Best posts of 2003.

Year end clearance! So, cats and kitties, what were the most memorable, most entertaining or most informative MeFi threads (in your humble opinions) of 2003?
posted by moonbird on Dec 28, 2003 - 26 comments

Front page skipping a range of posts

Front page skipping a range of posts [more inside].
posted by turbodog on Dec 17, 2003 - 4 comments

Awesome thread.

Great thread, people. Keep it coming.
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Dec 11, 2003 - 12 comments

Metafilter's 30,000th thread will be posted sometime tomorrow morning

It all started with cats wedged into scanners, and took off from there. Metafilter's 30,000th thread will be posted sometime tomorrow morning. Cat-scan your memory banks: what's your nomination for Best. MeFi. Thread. Ever? And is Woody Harrelson available to host the obligatory awards show...?
posted by PrinceValium on Dec 3, 2003 - 38 comments

Format problems

Troutfishing's post about Miami seems to have some formatting problems.
posted by Irontom on Dec 2, 2003 - 10 comments

Posts with no context at all.

a b c's, 1 2 3's. Here's a thread to critique these.
posted by stonerose on Oct 27, 2003 - 72 comments

Quick and lazy newsfilter posts.

Double-posts leak in. (1, 2)
posted by insomnyuk on Oct 16, 2003 - 42 comments

Are conspiracy posts appropriate?

Are baseless conspiracy theories appropriate MetaFilter threads?
posted by pardonyou? on Oct 16, 2003 - 35 comments

Is MetaFilter starting down that slippery slope toward Theme Days

Is MetaFilter starting down that slippery slope toward Theme Days (like on The Mickey Mouse Club)?
October 15th examples: We started the day with regrets and apologies, got playful with Hello Kitty, Fisher-Price and double Legos, and then it got ugly: bad wedding dresses, worse plastic surgery, nazi architecture, a nazi dog, a dinosaur frog, finishing up with maggots. Am I the only one seeing a pattern here?
And does this mean today will be Fun With Music Day? (Miguel, you jumped the gun)
posted by wendell on Oct 16, 2003 - 36 comments

Doesn't do what it says on the tin

Blog reviews 6 hits songs from the 50s; FPP claims every #1 song for the past 50+ years. Quite a jump, eh?
posted by mischief on Oct 6, 2003 - 25 comments

User number thread

What's Your Number? Got bored and found out the comments for a thread that is my user number is this. Is yours a fun thread or are you one of the dreaded 5 comment losers?
posted by Dagobert on Oct 3, 2003 - 65 comments

Can we criticize?

It's great that Matt is just one of the guys when it comes to posting but, with respect, this post of his seems way below average. It's a short news item, from a big media source, which will already be known to those who follow the news. The post, though, is not the point. My question is "To what extent are we allowed - or able - to criticize his posts as if he were just another user?" Is it ungracious, ungrateful or downright rude, for instance? Fwiw, my opinion is that special treatment and undue deference are just as annoying and even insulting.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 2, 2003 - 135 comments

Enough with the flash spam.

We needed another gratuitous product pitch? As the worthless Legs McNeil once said: please kill me.
posted by adamgreenfield on Sep 10, 2003 - 5 comments

September 11th anniversary.

Next Thursday is the second anniversary of Sept 11th. The inundation is already starting both here and in all other media. Mayhap the anniversary will be a good time to talk about anything but (i.e. actively posting non-9/11 material)? Or am I being stone cold and inhuman?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Sep 4, 2003 - 42 comments

Why was the WWV post deleted?

Why was the WWV post deleted? Not clever enough? Isn't the ";)" enough to denote it's some type of joke?
posted by @homer on Jul 16, 2003 - 15 comments

Deleted posts search feature?

This thread for googling for WMDs has come up I think three times now. (And will probably be deleted before most of you read this post.) As It took me quite a while to locate via search where the page in question was first posted, and this mistake could be made with similar distributed content is there any way that we can have the search feature include deleated posts? If it did this person would have probably seen the other two deleted posts and not posted this. Perhaps a checkbox on the search page for 'include deleted posts'.
posted by woil on Jul 8, 2003 - 15 comments

At what point does posting to a thread become pointless?

At the risk of sounding like a newbie (and my user# is embarrassingly large), I have to ask: How long do people read the threads? I often read MeFi in lurk mode, and sometimes don't get around to visiting for a day or two, at which time I will find a thread I would like to comment in, but no one else has posted to for a couple of days. I don't mind missing out on a chance to post a smartass comment, but at times I might have something intelligent to add to the discussion. At what point does posting to a thread become pointless?
posted by TedW on Jun 19, 2003 - 18 comments

Timestamps in wrong timezone

I'm logged in, but I'm still seeing timestamps in PST (I'm in EST, and my customize page still says that.)

(Win2K/IE6)...and at work so there may be firewall issues.)
posted by Vidiot on Jun 8, 2003 - 4 comments

Did I see this link here?

was I dreaming?

I thought I saw a link here a few days ago, about a bookmark that would quickly let you know, using amazon's database, whether a specific cd was put out by a member of the riaa. but when I searched for this link here, it was gone. And I didn't see it on lofi, when I looked there. Normally, I wouldn't care too much about a deleted thread, but I can't seem to find the link in question via google either. can anyone help me out?
posted by jann on May 23, 2003 - 8 comments

How kosher is posting websites in languages other than English?

How kosher is posting websites in languages other than English? Aren't we missing out on a sizeable - and valuable - part of the Web? The available online translation machines I've tried so far (Babel Fish et al.) are dreadful and hinder more than they help, but I've recently found WorldLingo to be appreciably less bad. MetaFilter users seem, to me at least, to be very interested in - and open to - "foreign" languages. Should posters risk posting a machine translation along with a link to a website in a non-English language, for instance?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Apr 28, 2003 - 17 comments

55 characters = 55 links?

55 characters = 55 links? http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/25409

While I appreciate all the hard work that y2kcarl put into the post, I have to ask, "Are the 55 links useful to anyone?"

I thought the idea was post a link or perhaps several, to point out somethign new and allow for a bit of discussion.

Who has the time/energy to look at 55 sites? Is the post more about style than substance?

Or am I out in left field here as a link minimalist?
posted by Argyle on Apr 28, 2003 - 94 comments

I am unable to find the link

There once was a MeFi thread about a psychological experiment in which people were presented several pictures of women and men and they had to choose the most beautiful among them. The most beautiful chosen were computer generated pictures.
I am unable to find the link and have extensively used the search engine. Anyone care to help me out?
posted by zerofoks on Apr 19, 2003 - 18 comments

Is it a good idea to edit a Front Page Post after it's posted

Is it a good idea to edit a Front Page Post after it's posted, changing obvious typos and grammatical mistakes? Isn't that kinda like changing history?
posted by jpburns on Mar 31, 2003 - 19 comments

Issues posts

Is this (this, or this) a new phase in the life of Metafilter? Meta the Meta? I for one support it.
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 16, 2003 - 29 comments

Links do improve and furnish a comment

Links do improve and furnish a comment: When people do a little research before they comment and include a helpful or amusing link (and some users, like sheauga and madamjujujive put in almost as much work as they do in their posts), threads gain a new life and go off in all sorts of interesting directions. Sometimes deliciously and all at once. Some more threadbare posts, like the Libeskind one, are actually repaired and rehabilitated by the ensuing links. For some, linky comments may be a pain - do many actually click on them, given that a few don't even read the main links? - but I, for one, think they're dandy and would like to see more of them.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Feb 27, 2003 - 31 comments

I can't insert links!

I cant post urls in my fpps apart from the title.
posted by sgt.serenity on Feb 20, 2003 - 9 comments

Why was my post deleted?

Can I ask why my post about Pat Robertson having prostate cancer was pulled?
posted by stevefromsparks on Feb 13, 2003 - 44 comments

Moderating your post moderation

Post moderation. I can empathize with feelings of attachment to posts which you submit. When you post as often as troutfishing has in his own post (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), however, I think you are overdoing things.
posted by moz on Jan 20, 2003 - 61 comments

How about limiting the amount of text for FPPs

How about limiting the amount of text for FPPs, and a bit of text instructing those with [More] to use it?
posted by xammerboy on Jan 17, 2003 - 23 comments

Was this post deleted?

Did I imagine the George W. posting concerning statutory rape yesterday? Or was it just yanked?
posted by puddsharp on Dec 12, 2002 - 37 comments

Can Posts Have Titles?

A while back there was a discussion about the non-informative RSS/RDF/XML feed titles, due to the fact that metafilter/metatalk threads don't have 'titles' as such. Could we perhaps have a an extra field in the 'post an FPP' form marked 'Post title' or something that was less than some arbitrary limit of characters long and could be used for things like the feeds, and more importantly (and the reason I'm requesting this) for page titles.
I tend to open all the links I want to read in one go. When I click on the "(n new)" link I don't go to the top of the story, and so when I get to the page after reading other FPPs, I don't know what this story's about anymore, and can't glance at the document title for a hint of the general subject as with many sites.
posted by fvw on Nov 7, 2002 - 7 comments


Poemfilter? I know we've entered into this territory many times before about movies, foods, beer, and recently politics, but is Metafilter really the place to post Nobel-prize winning poets on the front page?
posted by rodz on Nov 7, 2002 - 59 comments

What is the consensus regarding posting images to the front page?

What is the consensus regarding posting images to the front page? I don't have issue with it, I am just wondering. I find no mention of it in the guidelines, but I never see it happen....
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Nov 4, 2002 - 47 comments

What happened to the moratorium on op-ed politics pieces?

Despite this and this, today we have this.
posted by i_cola on Nov 1, 2002 - 29 comments

Take it to Sportsfilter

Here's a fun brain teaser for ya. Wouldn't sports oriented front page posts like this and this be better suited in SportsFilter? And if not, why not?
posted by ZachsMind on Oct 7, 2002 - 24 comments

Post opens print dialog

I know it has been discussed before, but this post's link to the light version does something different: it brings up the print dialog [ie 6/xp and moz 1.0/xp]. I'd prefer the regular version to a page that decides to open the printer dialog for me.
posted by birdherder on Sep 2, 2002 - 3 comments

9/11 anniversary special policies?

There is an onslaught coming. In nine days it will be the one year anniversary of 9/11. What is our policy with FPP on that day? Are there guidelines for such "busy" day?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Sep 2, 2002 - 52 comments

Can I post links that I found on Fark first?

I visit several sites and it is interesting to note where a story appears first. More than once I've seen an article on Fark a day or two before it shows up here. I'm not complaining, I know not everyone reads Fark, but is there any sort of policy on this? I mean, I've considered posting articles found on Fark but never have simply because there are 50k Fark members, so anything there will show up on many Blogs, and is thus not likely to be new to a majority of MeFians. Am I wrong? I will only post a on the front page if I can find something that I think will be interesting and new. However that may be an impossible task. Yet it can be done.
posted by Grod on Aug 30, 2002 - 19 comments

Is it time to reconsider a one-post-per-week limit?

A lot of days it seems like newer members make an equal number of posts compared to all other users combined. - jonah

His non-troll posts seem quite rare*. - websavvy

* - not to pick on hama7 again, just using his posting frequency as an example.

Frankly, there are too many things being posted now that we have all these new members ... - mathowie

Is it time to reconsider a one-post-per-week limit?
posted by yhbc on Aug 22, 2002 - 148 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

was it something I said?

OK, this thread, took a long time to die....was it something I said?

I was trying to promote a different way of dealing with trolls, but - in my early morning fatigue - may have overstepped some mark.
Or maybe it wasn't me, and I'm justy feeling Catholic (free-floating) guilt. Kindly put me out of my misery!

posted by dash_slot- on Jul 30, 2002 - 38 comments

Big FPP's can be annoying. Anyone else agree?

Big FPP's can be annoying. Anyone else agree?

Is there any chance of getting a 'maximum length of a front-page post' limit implemented? Or at least have a suggestion to the poster that their post is a little long?
posted by cheaily on Jul 25, 2002 - 25 comments

is there any way one can delete a thread one posted?

is there any way one can delete a thread one posted? i am the idiot behind the daniel pearl video rationalization thread that's clogging up the front page and had i realised the page i linked to included screen grabs i would have marked it as such. i shouldn't have linked to it anyway and i would really like to end my own embarrassment by taking it down.
posted by pxe2000 on Jun 6, 2002 - 39 comments

Chatfilter posts are bad posts.

You're kidding, right?
posted by Su on May 16, 2002 - 43 comments

Posts without any links.

Sean Meade posts a FPP without any links, but summarizes an article he read. The reaction is less than enthusiastic. Sean Meade takes offense. Can I post a summary of a conversation I had the other day?
posted by signal on May 14, 2002 - 12 comments

9401 not behaving in reverse chron order

This is probably not worth much investigation, but I'm curious to know if it's happening to anyone else. When sorting by "my comments", the commented threads are in reverse chronological order, except that one thread (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/9401) from July 2001 has for some reason sandwiched itself in between December 2001 threads and threads from 2002.
posted by ljromanoff on May 9, 2002 - 2 comments

FPP hogging the front page

Hogging the front page. Yes, I can read around this, but it takes up pretty much my whole window. As members don't we have some responsibility to keep the front page looking like a log of the web, rather than a Chinese protest wall?
posted by liam on May 3, 2002 - 13 comments

No more I/P or P/I words from me for at least 10 days.

No more I/P or P/I words from me for at least 10 days. My quota has been exceeded.
posted by ParisParamus on Apr 24, 2002 - 38 comments

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