About Metafilter

Metafilter is a weblog (what's a weblog? | comprehensive history of weblogs) that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. A typical weblog is one person posting their thoughts on the unique things they find on the web. This website exists to break down the barriers between people, to extend a weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members.

If you're new to the site, I'd suggest taking a look around, checking out the archives, and getting a feel for the place. You might also consider registering as a member. Members can post comments, customize the look and behavior of the site.

After becoming a member, check out some of the links and think about leaving a comment or two. If you stick around for a while, you'll get a feel for what types of things are posted as links, and if you find something amazing and/or enlightening, please post it.

The privilege of posting links to main page comes after posting a few comments and being a member for at least a week. This lag is built in to allow new members to get used to the place and to understand what other members consider good links. With the current number of members, even if fewer than 1% of the total membership post a link each day, it's far too many links to take in. Please take extra special care when selecting a link for the front page. To get an idea of what constitutes a good link, take a look at the link guidelines, to hear some philosophies guiding the site and community, check out the new user message.

To learn more about the history of MetaFilter and hear some Best Of stories, watch this video from May 2010's GEL Conference:

Terms used here

Thread: A thread (sometimes called a post) is one of the main messages you see on the MetaFilter homepage. These are the starting points for discussions, and are ideally unique, interesting, valuable links accompanied by commentary that starts an engaging conversation.

Comments: These are the heart of discussion at MetaFilter. Once a thread is started on the homepage, any member can contribute their voice to a conversation by posting comments. The best comments often include not just the member's opinion on a subject, but new links that relate to the topic being discussed, or personal experiences that might let other members see the topic in a new light.

MeFi: It's shorthand for MetaFilter. The kind of site you can feel so comfy with, it gets a nickname.

(thanks to Anil for the definitions)

Press

Occasionally, MetaFilter gets mentioned in an article, or used as a primary source for information. Google News offers up to the minute press mentions.

Tech Stuff

The site is currently being served from Amazon Web Services. The web server is currently serving approximately 17 million pageviews from 6.5 million unique users every month.

Supporting MetaFilter

The site and server can always use upgrades of hardware, software, and bandwidth. If you'd like to chip in, you can donate via this page.

If you find any errors, or have any suggestions of what you'd like to see to make this site better, feel free to contact us.

- Matt Haughey.