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A new theme for MeFi: Modern
Is there a way to choose one mode on my phone and another on my laptop, or is it simply "one mode per customer?"

Yep, you cookie your design choices by device. I have always used plain text on my mobile devices, but classic on my desktops and it supports that.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:50 PM on September 24, 2014
so would it be css or greasemonkey or something else to shrink titles and change the font?

If you installed Stylish on your browser, you could figure out the class for titles and tweak it however you wanted from there.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:52 PM on September 24, 2014
So when I click the subsite title in the scrolling header bar, the menu drops down, and the subsite I'm on is highlighted. All good. But I'm trained, after all these years on the internet (and metafilter) that when I click the header title, it should take me to the front page of that subsite.

Yeah, if I had to point to my top three list of things I'm still not sure about, this would be on that list. I am also used to clicking logos to get to front… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:00 PM on September 24, 2014
but could we get "skip to bottom" back?

The sidebar link on the new design should do the same thing on mobile, no?
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:15 PM on September 24, 2014
The addition of Dark Mode largely fixes this issue [...] but that really only benefits members

Dark mode will be on the front pages for non-members too.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:40 PM on September 24, 2014
The vast majority of drive-by traffic, whether from search queries or from inbound links from other sites, will be seeing the white version.

Yep, and if that presents a problem, we might try the A/B testing you describe, but I don't think the unknown affects on non-members of the site are going to change our site culture all that much. They weren't members before, they're likely not going to become members (there are literally thousands visitors for… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:49 PM on September 24, 2014
Flunkie, the fonts are slightly bigger than your Classic theme custom settings, and if you size the images the same height, you miss one comment in the new view, so it's not a huge change in my mind.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:17 PM on September 24, 2014
I'm not sure what you mean by "if you size the images the same height"

The larger screenshot showing more content is 600px tall. The second one is 532px tall. So you're saying the second one doesn't show as much content but it's also 68px shorter.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:21 PM on September 24, 2014
Yeah Flunkie, there is more whitespace with this design, more room for the text to breathe and in my opinion makes it easier to read and easier on the eyes. You can tweak your browser's zoom settings if you want smaller fonts that fit more text in a given window size.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:51 PM on September 24, 2014
But actually it might be cool to have our own user pictures there so people who share devices can easily see who's logged in by glancing at the page.

That's not a bad idea, though we'd have to scrunch down your user profile pic into a very tiny icon to fit it up there, so it might be an unrecognizable smear at the small size.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:53 PM on September 24, 2014
can we still have links that change color on hover?

We do have a hover state, but it's super subtle, going from dark blue to nearly black. I was considering doing a link underline on hover only a couple weeks ago, but never banged out a test for it. We still need to tweak the hover states to make them more obvious.

is pinch-to-zoom disabled on purpose?

It's disabled by default in… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:28 PM on September 24, 2014
what happened to the link(s) to the Wiki?

It's in the footer, on every page instead of just in MetaTalk.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:33 PM on September 24, 2014
The typing lag is only happening on long threads like this one

Yeah, I've noticed it myself on mobile devices. I think the browser lag is due to the live preview trying to render on an already huge page with tons of existing javascript. I bet if you turn off live preview on your mobile device, typing will be instant.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:39 PM on September 24, 2014
Can we have it at the top of all the pages?

It should already be at the top of every page throughout the site on mobile and desktop, in the new theme.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:45 PM on September 24, 2014

350-mile bike tour of the Oregon Coast - by Matt Haughey
Oops, I should have put this up on Projects.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:42 PM on September 15, 2014
If anyone is into Tumblr, I'm kind of perplexed what is happening to photos being posted there. They're way blurrier and saturated than the ones I'm uploading. I suspect there's some crappy CSS in the theme I'm using that resizes things in a bad way but it's annoying to me that the photos look kind of terrible on a desktop (they're fine on mobile).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:19 PM on September 15, 2014
Ugh, it looks like Tumblr is resizing anything I upload down to 500px wide. That blows.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:32 PM on September 15, 2014
Weird, the theme I'm using doesn't size down. It appears my uploaded (many megapixel) images were shrunk on the upload and stored as 500px in Tumblr? Maybe it's the slow hotel wifi I'm using that is the limiting factor.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:50 PM on September 15, 2014
Welp, figured out I was uploading >10Mb original images, which Tumblr doesn't like and resizes as tiny. Oh well.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:59 PM on September 15, 2014
Yes, if you felt like taking a couple shots / describing your setup and gear for this trek, that'd be swell.

Before I took off I did this post on the blog. I also did a couple posts on what is in my bags, but mostly it's just one set of day clothes, two sets of bike clothes, stuff for rain/cold, and a laptop and gazillion cables.

So far in practice everything is working pretty well. I'm a little worried about my wispy light… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:36 PM on September 16, 2014
So do we get a gear list?

Yeah, go back in the archives and I describe pretty much everything I rode on and carried. I'll write some posts next week about reflections on it and what I would do if I did it over again tomorrow.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:31 PM on September 19, 2014

good faith flagging
Yeah, like Dumbo's magic feather, I imagine every comment had an implied sincerity flag already since the dawn of the site.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:45 PM on September 10, 2014
Seriously though, I like that unicode flag and would totally consider swapping the [!] someday for a [⚑] instead.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:46 PM on September 10, 2014

Mathowie 1, Travel Agency Shenanigans 0
So the company is now claiming they had nothing to do with it. I figured this might happen, since the emails we got weren't from an official address of their domain but instead came from sundancevacationlegal@gmail. Here's the full original email with headers and the PDF attachment over at dropbox if you want to see the message from them.

That someone completely unrelated to the company would do such a thing (and I exchanged several follow-up emails with them) seems… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:36 AM on September 3, 2014
This shows up as one a gigantic .txt file for me -- is that working as intended, or is the PDF attachment supposed to be a separate file from the email?

That's how attachments get transmitted, as encoded text.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:54 AM on September 3, 2014
Thanks for the detailed analysis, plinth!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:05 PM on September 3, 2014
Here's some more details for MeFi sleuths. The person originally contacted us using the IP: 65.115.36.4

From some quick lookups and traceroutes, it appears to be an IP block owned by a canadian company but I'm tracerouting to somewhere in Texas, so this is maybe an open Tor proxy point?

A string of emails came from a Brian Smith at sundancevacationlegal@gmail.com. Thanks to Google, that means this Google Plus profile is the person that emailed… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:25 PM on September 3, 2014
Holy shit, doing a bit more IP digging, I get a Courtyard by Marriot in Pennsylvania from that IP, which is *drumroll* the state where Sundance Vacations is based.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:28 PM on September 3, 2014
I'm imagining if you're a dummy about how the internet works, you'd send illegal threatening documents from a public WiFi point that would have lax logging procedures. It'd have to be something you could drive to easily, send off, then go back to your home/office. A starbucks or a hotel seems like a good public-ish free WiFi point to exploit.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:39 PM on September 3, 2014
I'd be surprised if there weren't anyone out there doing a false flag thing as a roundabout way of attacking their enemies.

Here's the thing that is nuts to me. This could be a random person trying to "get" the company from a semi-anonymous gmail account, but they emailed me about a specific thread the real company emailed me about a year and a half beforehand. I never told anyone (aside from the mods) about the email that happened in early… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:19 PM on September 3, 2014
Defendant Friedman

I can't believe I missed this until today, but yeah, I think that's some of the original court order they forgot to edit out.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:09 PM on September 3, 2014
A couple people looked up the number with that $10 account, it's some random thing from last year, I think a dispute about real estate or something.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:24 PM on September 3, 2014
Matt, did the IP happen to trace back to the King of Prussia Courtyard Marriott?

Nope, the downtown Philly one maps to the IP.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:54 PM on September 3, 2014
What are you just sayin? I literally have no idea what you are implying.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:09 PM on September 3, 2014
http://phldcgw001ll

I narrowed it down to any Philly Courtyard by Mariott via geolocation services online. There are three Courtyards by Marriott in Philly, an airport one, a south navy yards one, and a downtown location. Looking up the various locations, you will find the downtown location has "phldc" in its URL. I assume the gw001ll stands for "gateway 1" and I am assuming the matching subdomains put this at the downtown location.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:57 PM on September 3, 2014
Get your attorneys to send this company an ESI preservation letter and a notice of claim or presuit demand. This is bullshit.

What jurisdiction is the crime taking place in? They forged Mississippi documents, but did it from an IP in Pennsylvania, and I'm in Oregon. Ideally, I'd like to see real criminal felony charges, and a judge subpoena the Marriott WiFi records (to get the mac address of the network interface that was connected) as well as the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:26 PM on September 4, 2014
Downtown Courtyard Marriott:

My IP was reported as 65.115.36.4.


Thanks SpiffyRob, that's the exact same IP as the original contact. So I'm 1000% sure now that they sent it from that exact location, and it sounds like you just walked up and logged on and sent it, so they didn't even need to be staying there to get on the WiFi.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:15 AM on September 5, 2014
Yeah, zarq, the CDA is still pretty tight and grants operators of forums pretty good insulation from what happens on their system by users.

I'm actually not stressed out about this at all, I wouldn't bother with a civil suit, I haven't suffered at all in this, it's mostly been amusing research and detective work for me.

Instead I'm looking at a company with two decades of shady dealings and disgruntled customers that seems like they might have… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:29 AM on September 5, 2014
Yeah, I get the chinese fake trademark warnings all the time, they scared me at first until I found out they were low-level scams.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:45 AM on September 10, 2014
Depending on how many times they have done this (and it appears they have done this a lot), this is a 20 year felony. Plus conspiracy to commit forgery.

I decided to finally sit down and contact the Mississippi courts about this. I called the number you listed Ironmouth, and they shuffled me off to the Attorney General's office, who shuffled me through three more people before I got I think an actual AG.

I explained the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:06 AM on September 10, 2014

You sound just like a _____!
My proposed action would be that all comments inferring, implying and down-right accusing other members in the way I have outlined above should be flagged for deletion by default.

I disagree, mainly because it's sometimes helpful to stop someone and say "hey this part in your comment where you said this thing? That sounds kind of racist/anti-semitic/etc" to get them to rethink or make sure they explained what they meant. I've been called… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:33 PM on September 8, 2014
I'm just saying if you have two... let's say mods, and one is female and one is male and they do more or less the same job on the same website to the same degree of competency, the female one will get more shit and more random aggressive (and sometimes sexualized) crap about it. Doing the same stuff. In the same way. And that's too bad.

Amazingly, we even had pissed off dudes emailing us naming every female mod and outlining how they wronged them on… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:24 PM on September 9, 2014
[yeah, things are getting a bit heated here, I'd like everyone to take a step back and reconsider how their comments add to the original points being made in the post please.]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:00 AM on September 10, 2014
corb, those are all time-intensive solutions on the mod side to research and track every thread where they come up, and note it on every user with a history of behaving that way in those threads -- what I'm saying is we're doing the best we can as mods but hope people can maybe treat each other better to help with the gap.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:32 AM on September 10, 2014

Net Neutrality day: September 10th
FWIW, this appears to be scoped per-subsite and not metafilter-wide

Dang, sorry about that. I'll ping the people behind it to see if they can set their hide cookies to be domain-wide instead of per-subdomain.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:23 PM on September 9, 2014
Hey, to solve the annoying-ness issue, we're going to restrict the popup to metafilter.com only, so you shouldn't have to whack this on seven different subsites if you click around. Sorry about that aspect of it, I assumed they'd honor closing it once across the entire server.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:36 AM on September 10, 2014

96: The Great Flip-Offening
This is my first attempt at a flip-off for Coldchef
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:55 PM on September 5, 2014
It's never too late, pjern.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:10 PM on September 5, 2014
Cue lots of frantic clicking noises

Normally I cut out keyboard noises (sometimes cortex answers a contact form email in the middle of a podcast while jessamyn or I are rambling on) but I thought the clicker clicky sounds were so hilarious and they just keep going while we talk over them and act like we're not actively playing them that I left them in since they work to good effect.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:29 PM on September 6, 2014

everyone you disagree with isn't a rapist
Yeah, I'm inclined to close this soon.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:33 PM on September 3, 2014

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