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Previously on MetaFilter

Is it time to let go of "Previously?" Some topics have been explored, revisited, or detailed here many times, meaning that revisiting them in order to choose a "Previously" can be a time-consuming exercise. In 2024, MetaFilter tags, the search bar, and search engines provide many ways to access old site content.* Finding older relevant MetaFilter content is not the challenge that it was in 1999. On the other hand, MeFites do still comment favorably on things they have found in "Previously" links. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Jun 18, 2024 - 37 comments

CamelCase reminder for tagging new posts?

Relatively small request: Can we change the text above the Tags field when making new posts so that it encourages using CamelCase when combining multiple words into one tag, to help members with visual impairments who use screenreaders? For instance, changing the example in the text "searchengine" to "SearchEngine"? This will help screenreading software better parse the meaning of the tag. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Jun 30, 2023 - 43 comments

Profile tags pony?

MeFi user profiles show a user's most used tags for the Blue and the Green. Could we find a way to add, and would other users be interested in adding, FanFare and maybe MeTa tags to that, too?
posted by hanov3r on Feb 23, 2021 - 5 comments

Platform/system requirements in video game posts

Many thanks to everyone who makes MetaFilter posts about cool new video games! And one request: When possible, could these posts please include information about which platforms the game runs on? [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck on Mar 1, 2020 - 33 comments

Can FanFare posts have a "where you can see this" field?

Often there are FanFare posts which don't mention where the movie or TV show can be watched - whether it's a streaming service, broadcast TV or only in theaters. A number of times, I've had to do web searches to find where I can watch something. Sometimes, a tag lists where to watch, but it's certainly not done consistently. Can a "Where to watch" field be added to the Show Information? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Dec 1, 2019 - 24 comments

Post tags and deadnames

I posted Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s latest instalment of his ongoing serial fic. When tagging the post, I was conflicted about tagging it with his deadname (which is “Mallory Ortberg”. Two questions: 1) on a technical level, will tagging with his full name link up with older posts tagged with his deadname, since the latter is included in the former? He’s the same author, and that continuity of work seems valuable. 2) on a trans-etiquette level, is this shitty and equivalent to deadnaming? (I’m more interested in hearing what trans folks have to say on this one.) I ended up tagging the post with his name and his deadname but I’m questioning that.
posted by sixswitch on Nov 20, 2019 - 22 comments


I’m here to propose that we pursue a season of fun and non-controversial posts on MetaFilter. Let’s fill up the Blue with the interesting, the comedic, the curious, the lengthy disclosure… the topics which are posted to share something groovy and/or interesting and not posted to stir up the grar. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 26, 2019 - 44 comments


What is your Meta "thing" so to speak. We know some people 🙄 post a lot about video games. I was looking at my profile and surprised but not surprised to realize I've made 211 posts with the tag: videogames and 161 posts with the tag: literature. What are your top tags? What do you find yourself posting the most about?
posted by Fizz on Jun 10, 2018 - 70 comments

A tag-searhc Pony

Sometimes people misspell their tags on posts. An example: this old post of mine which I tagged with bobbygentry instead of bobbiegentry. (I’ve since fixed this.) Right now, when you search by tag you get back a list of matching tags and tags that contain your search as a substring. I think it would be helpful if we also returned a list of results that have similar spellings in case the post you’re trying to find has a tag typo.
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 21, 2018 - 47 comments

Staff tags expanded to the Blue and the Green

To make mod notes a tiny bit easier to see and find, we've added Staff badges, like the ones currently used in MetaTalk, to MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Jan 6, 2018 - 18 comments

GraphFi + user tags chrome extension

Hi friends, Remember when yourcelf made GraphFi and it was great? Well, it still is great, only now it is also available as a chrome extension that I threw together. I've also added another thing that I've always wanted to make threads easier to follow - user tagging! Yay! Enjoy it (or hate it), and let me know what you think! Previous safari extension by nicwolff.
posted by durandal on Mar 28, 2017 - 12 comments

Created a GM/TM userscript to display tags on main pages

I created a GreaseMonkey/TamperMonkey userscript to show post tags on main pages. Check the page out for a screenshot of what I'm talking about. [more inside]
posted by XtinaS on Mar 8, 2017 - 10 comments

Marking links to tweets

There are a lot of links to tweets where the link text is the text of the tweet. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate not having to click a mystery link to find out what it says, and I understand that we want to cite our sources, but it's annoying to click something expecting to read about some topic and find that I've already read everything there is to read. Could we have some sort of post-link marker to indicate that clicking the link will take you to a tweet that says exactly what the link says? Maybe [tw] or [twpic] or something if the tweet has no other text but some multimedia content? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Feb 2, 2017 - 29 comments

How should you tag posts?

I’ve made many posts, and given them lots of tags. Often, I’ve often gotten very specific with them - adding all of the names of the authors of news articles, etc. Lately, as I’ve tried to search for buried threads, I’ve become uncertain that getting so specific has been particularly useful. (Someone looking for a post isn’t likely to remember that it contained a particular news article written by person X as opposed to the article’s topic.) What are your best practices for tagging posts, and your best practices for searching for tagged posts?
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 3, 2016 - 29 comments

Pony Request: MyTalk

Would it be possible to get the ability to filter MetaTalk posts by tags and create "My Talk"? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Apr 25, 2016 - 15 comments

Follow Tags in My FanFare

We just added the ability to follow specific tags in My FanFare which should make it a bit easier to follow movie clubs and favorite topics. [more inside]
posted by pb on May 4, 2015 - 15 comments

The tiniest of #ponies

Well, perhaps not *that* tiny -- if one goes to the main Tags page, one finds a spiffy tag cloud of most-often-used tags. What I would love to see is the ability to enter a tag to search by -- say a text field with submit button. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 comments


Is there a way to see the tags on a post when using the mobile platform? If not, can this be added? Thanks awesome people!
posted by bq on Mar 1, 2015 - 38 comments

FanFare request: Make tagging a little easier

For TV episode posts in FanFare threads, can we have an option of importing tags from the previous episode's post? Or maybe have tags for the show itself that can be applied to each episode? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Nov 9, 2014 - 15 comments

Tags, singular and plural: smoosh them all into one?

Is there a way to get rid of the consistent problem of a plural tag and a singular tag "splitting" the posts that appear under a tag subject? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 13, 2014 - 29 comments

#GlobalVoices / #NonWestNov / #GlobalSouthSept

In the spirit of the success of #JulyByWomen, and with viggorlijah's permission, I would like to propose another month dedicated to Mefi posts from outside the West. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 5, 2014 - 234 comments

Allowing non-posters to add tags

Tags for posts are wildly variable, and plenty of tags that ought to be used on a post very often are not. It would be easy to fix this if any member, not just the poster or moderators, were able to edit or at least add tags to a post. This would make the entire tag system more accurate, make topics easier to find, research, and browse through, and otherwise make the site more useful. Any chance this could be implemented? Thanks.
posted by shivohum on Jul 29, 2014 - 70 comments

unique distinct idiosyncratic peculiar

I've noticed that I use a pair of tags for my front page posts that no other or only a few other posters use. Doing some digging, I've found a few unique or highly limited tags. Do you know of any more? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 4, 2014 - 53 comments

Pony Request: add favorites option to tag page

I'd like to be able to add favorite posts easily and quickly when I consult a summary page using the tag feature. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 2, 2014 - 21 comments

Fanfare pony request: automatic tagging?

The way that shows on FanFare are automagically coralled under the the show/ url is great! Would it be feasible (or helpful) to automatically add the show name as a tag for any posts made for a show? [more inside]
posted by subbes on Jun 20, 2014 - 13 comments

Tagging and construction posts

Hey, just a reminder that when tagging posts that if you put a space between words that counts as two tags, not one. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 7, 2014 - 34 comments

Tagging Users In Comments and Posts

I know that things are rough right now, and Metafilter is understaffed and all that (everybody donate $10 right now!), but I was hoping that maybe there could be a way to tag other users easily a la Facebook and Twitter, etc, so that if we add an @ in a comment or post, we could just add the username and the name would link to that person's profile. [more inside]
posted by degoao on Jun 1, 2014 - 156 comments

666 posts tagged with death

This got a chuckle out of me just now... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 8, 2014 - 33 comments

Android, Firefox, and Metafilter commenting

More and more I find myself visiting Metafilter on my Android tablet. I am using Firefox 25.0.1 on a Nexus 7 with Android 4.3. Recently, commenting has become almost impossible - namely, any kind of HTML tags get very screwed up. Typically, I'll copy a comment I want to reply to, surround that with em tags and then reply. Lately, in the process of posting, Android or Firefox or Metafilter decides to empty the closing em tag (leaving two carats) and append a set of empty carats and a closing em tag to my whole post. Trying to clean it up leads to all kinds of problems - the cursor jumps around and deletes things on its own. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it Android, Firefox, Metafilter, or some combination of all three? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by Benny Andajetz on Dec 9, 2013 - 41 comments

How do you decide which tags to include?

When constructing FPPs for the blue, how do you determine which tags to use? Nouns, proper nouns, verbs, adjectives, things that appear in your post, things that don't appear in your post, number of tags? I'm rarely ... no, never ... happy with the tags I assign to a post and wonder if they are rubbish, and future readers interested in the subject will never find it because of insufficient tagging, or readers not interested in the post will come across it because of vague or overdone tagging. Reminded of this issue when looking at, and admiring, the (IMHO) beautifully contextual and comprehensive tagging that has gone into that post. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 6, 2013 - 67 comments

Scatter pony

I have a dual-foaled pony request for AskMe: 1. That there be a separate category for identification requests, for everything including Flora and Fauna, Music and Movies, etc. 2. When these ID questions are marked as resolved, the asker has an additional prompt to add the correct/bestest answer to the tags, in addition to resolved. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Jun 14, 2013 - 12 comments

Is there a way to find most favorited posts with [xyz] tag?

We can find "popular favorites" going back a day, week, month, all-time. And we can find all of the posts with a given tag. Is there a way to combine these two features, to find, say, "Posts with the tag [books] that have been most favorited?"
posted by Asparagus on May 1, 2013 - 3 comments

Unpopular Tags

The page Popular tags on MetaFilter has a list of the 150 most-used tags. What about the least-used tags? Is there a list of tags that have only been used once? What about a list of tags only used by one user?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 13, 2013 - 39 comments

Tags with weird characters

When tags with non-ASCII characters appear in the tag search results, the links are broken (while tags with non-Latin-1 characters are simply not accessible by any means). Tags with percent signs make the server grumpy. Underscores also seem to be treated somewhat inconsistently (or at least counterintuitively) by the tag search. [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Jan 28, 2013 - 25 comments

Also, I would like an inter-engine fermentation system.

We have clouds for the top 150 tags posted to Mefi, Music, Meta, Jobs, IRL and Ask. We can see the top ten tags we've used listed on user profiles. Would it be possible to view all tags (or a greater subset than 'top ten') for individual users, either in a list or cloud form? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 23, 2013 - 15 comments


I'm curious about how people make use of tags on MetaFilter. Is there any data on it? I only ever find myself using them while searching to avoid double-posting, but I wonder if people use them to find content and threads? I know one way to use them is through the MyMeFi page. Is there any data on how many people primarily read MetaFilter that way?
posted by OmieWise on Jan 17, 2013 - 45 comments

Change scares me

All of a sudden I am seeing some odd symbols (associated with some Java tomfoolery)? Did a new pony ride into town? Are we in the Matrix? [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Dec 17, 2012 - 56 comments

Ponies for everyone!

Pony clydesdale request: a community-edited list of recommendations for AskMe questions that aggregate the answers in the discussoin thread and put them together in one place along with relevant links. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 10, 2012 - 14 comments

It was not Treaty of Westphalia length

What is the maximum character length for a tag? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 11, 2012 - 22 comments

more better tag

Can we get a frequency count for users following / tracking tags? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 5, 2012 - 19 comments

I know, write it in a word processor, then copy/paste if you don't want to lose it.

Bug (or at least unexpected behaviour): deleting tags sends half-written comments to the aether. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 comments

this is not a chawade

What was that tag where... [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jul 3, 2012 - 51 comments

Two new tags: Updated and ReAsk

Let's create two new special tags for AskMe: Updated and ReAsk [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 19, 2012 - 11 comments

The Popular Tags cloud on ask.me just doesn't

Not Actually Extremely Problematic: The "popular tags" page on the green is a tag cloud, but none of the tags appear much larger than the others. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on May 12, 2012 - 27 comments

April Last!

Just wanted to mention that the semi-official thread of this year's MetaFilter April Fool's Thingy (and the only one that continued to issue "staff tags" to every comment after April 1st was over) is going to be closing in a few hours. So if you haven't found out what your randomly-selected title is supposed to be, go there and leave a comment. (And if you don't like the tag you've been given, just refresh the page! It's so random!) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 29, 2012 - 48 comments

Can we increase the amount of space allowed for specifying our "favorite tags" for controlling what is shown in My AskMefi and My Mefi?

Can we increase the amount of space allowed for specifying our "favorite tags" for controlling what is shown in My AskMefi and My Mefi? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 comments

Achievement Unlocked

My Little Pony Request [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 19, 2012 - 78 comments

Big text for small screens

Does the mobile stylesheet need the <small> tag? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Nov 14, 2011 - 68 comments

Stars vs. Staves On Mod Names

Stars vs. Staves? [more inside]
posted by Aquaman on Oct 7, 2011 - 4 comments

Why, cortex, why??

I have no desire to contact the mods, or use the contact form, I just want to ask people a question, and have them answer it. But whenever I do so, my posts are deleted. Can I get my five dollars back? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Sep 8, 2011 - 128 comments

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