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Site extremely slow?
Yeah, the two Ferguson threads have been dragging down the server. We just rebooted everything and it feels speedy again, but those monster threads do eventually suck up all the memory/processing when they're active for weeks on end.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:44 PM on August 22, 2014
Yeah, it was all Phire's fault. :)
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:58 PM on August 22, 2014

IRL pony: Making meetup locations private
I totally understand the problem here, we designed this for public meetups at public spaces and now that a few private residences are used, it does present a problem for the FOREVER INTERNET that Google indexes. The problem though is that whatever flavor of "private" we all decide would work best (let's go with only logged in members that have said they want to go) isn't any guarantee of privacy.

We tend to stay away from trying to cloak sensitive material on… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:01 AM on August 17, 2014

What has anyone ever learned from Gawker?
What you describe sounds like reddit. Letting members get their own "subreddit" and then the best individual posts from those sub-blogs end up making up the homepage?

I know Nick Denton a bit, and I've actually sat down and talked to him about his ideal view of Kinja a couple times over the last several years. Some of it he patterned of MeFi -- trying to move from a top-down editorial type of publication model to more of a audience-generated bottom-up kind of… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:09 PM on August 13, 2014
AFAIK, MetaFilter's revenue traditionally came from AskMe (now I think it is the donation drive?), which people found via organic search.

Still does mostly come from Ask MeFi traffic, donations are about 1/3 of the revenue that Ask MeFi gets.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:10 PM on August 13, 2014

How would you clone Metafilter? (kinda)
You can make a decent enough metafilter clone with a simple copy of Wordpress. You'd just need to make people register an account to comment, etc, and could build anything custom you want in PHP off that database (user profile pages, etc). I am pretty sure that's now stavros runs Gamefilter.

Sportsfilter was a one-off clone of the MeFi codebase I did in 2001, and later they rewrote it from scratch in PHP I believe. Wheadonesque is custom, and I believe MonkeyFilter is… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:01 AM on August 12, 2014
I'd personally love to see a "community blog" that was really a restricted wiki where users edit one another's comments to produce a more optimal discussion.

That sounds kind of weird, but reminds me of how Quora works, where my questions and titles on questions get edited without my say (which I found kind of annoying).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:07 AM on August 12, 2014

A proposal for compromise on an Ask queue
Here's my take as a mod running the site.

- It's not in the site's best interest to help users push the limits set in place as hard as they can. We have the 1 per week limits to help keep the site from being overwhelmed with questions and to force users to think hard about which questions they choose. If someone forgot their week was up and posted 10 days or another couple weeks later, that'd be totally fine and better in an overall health of the site aspect to keep the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:19 AM on August 8, 2014
I want to discuss this intuition people have that more "low-quality" or "inferior" questions could sneak into the site and make it a worse place somehow.

I did a "find in page" for the word "inferior" that you quoted and there's only one mention, which is yours. I don't think anyone has said this, and you're making a bit of a leap.

I don't think pushing people to post more questions… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:58 AM on August 8, 2014

MeFi State of the Update
What about the plans to move the "help support" message from the tiny print at the top

We might move it down to the footer, I was thinking a sidebar type call-out would work but in some quick testing it didn't look right there.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:54 PM on August 5, 2014
There are no plans to do a mobile specific app. I explored this a couple times with different developers, and in the end, all we got was basically the same thing you see on the mobile web view. iOS development is also a massive expense, since neither me, nor cortex, nor pb code in Objective-C for fun.

Also, iAds from Apple are mostly terrible, and even though the ads aren't that great for iPhones with adsense, they're at least within the bounds of the subject matter of a… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:34 PM on August 5, 2014

#GlobalVoices / #NonWestNov / #GlobalSouthSept
This sounds like an interesting idea, about the only thing I'm not totally keen on it is that the theme for the month might dictate the subject matter of posts. You mention encouraging more posts about things outside the US, but the great thing about the July By Women project was it just encouraged females to post more, didn't dictate or suggest what anyone post about, and it worked out great to just having more posts and voices by women, not necessarily about any specific subjects.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:23 PM on August 5, 2014

95: #dickmove
That sounded good. Did you have to edit out all my mouthbreathing or was I doing better not doing it this time?

It sounded great in the original recordings! No edits necessary, though my setup is still making a slight hum I need to track down/eliminate. I think that "move the mic near your nose instead" solved it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:36 PM on August 3, 2014
Whoa, I had no idea Mexico had 31 states. I would have guessed like a dozen, tops.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:53 PM on August 4, 2014

Podcast Post Pony Petition
Hmm, yeah, along the lines of MeFi Music, this would make sense for us to extend. I don't think it would be used much (and abused even less often), but I sometimes listen to old podcasts on other networks and it would be fun to be able to participate, even if it's a year or two after it was released.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:51 AM on August 1, 2014

New Features: FanFare Talk, and Movies
Yeah, should make letting you make direct movie posts and picking tags, etc tons easier too.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:41 AM on July 18, 2014
if not having a list of everything in discussion might lead to doubles?

What do you mean here? That we got rid of the long list of all shows? Or that the discussion page will have repeats?
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:52 AM on July 18, 2014
Oh ok, yeah, we got rid of the massive list because it was getting too big, and instead swtiched to cover images from recently added shows/movies.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:53 AM on July 18, 2014
pb is working on a double-post checker for movies, yeah.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:12 AM on July 18, 2014
Can we use the talk page to see if anyone else is watching a show and decide whether or not it would be worth posting about it?

Yeah, that's a perfect reason to make a post there, and why I did a Star Trek:TOS post there in that vein.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:26 AM on July 18, 2014
RSS feed is here.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:33 AM on July 18, 2014
Just to be clear, I'm not intending to be completist about the entire Star Trek universe. I was going to go through one episode a week of the original series only, so that's about a year and a half of do all 79 episodes, and I was going to stop there (if it even gets that far). I figured it was a very famous old show almost everyone (but me) has seen but it's not a huge endeavor to rewatch them.

Old series are kind of weird for FanFare and I don't think it works very… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:43 AM on July 19, 2014

A IRL project, based upon Metafilter postings.
Sounds like a cool project.

Yeah, contacting users via MeFi Mail and/or email will be the time-consuming tricky part, you might want to contact them via social sites if they have those in their profile as well (twitter, fb message, etc) if they don't respond.

I'd love to see a show around that whole notion of ask vs. guess culture, it's still a fascinating phenomena that every time I tell people new to it about it, they invariably fall into one of those two camps.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:52 PM on July 18, 2014

FPP's celebrating every judge's ruling on SameSexMarriage are NewsFilter
Part of the whole "be the MetaFilter you want to see in the universe" is that instead of seeing a "shit FPP" and dropping into it to tell everyone how much you think it sucks, to instead offer up a rewrite or additional links or better material to help flesh it out. So sure, the original post might be thin, but you can help make it better by posting additional material about the story.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:23 PM on July 17, 2014

So What Are You *Really* Trying To Say?
Did a comment just get deleted?

Yeah, gman and shakespeherian, you guys need to cool it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:26 PM on July 16, 2014
The line was pulled directly from his user profile and there was no ill will.

Ah, I see. Still it came off as kind of judgey and the gazillion people that flagged it didn't know it was a direct reference to his user profile.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:31 PM on July 16, 2014
gman, young rope-rider, and everyone else, please take a step back and chill out a bit. This thread is starting to spiral out into insults and nonsense and is looking like it should be closed rather than continue.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:58 PM on July 16, 2014
Gman's comment to nadawi is really shitty, matt.

Ok, deleted.

Is this a record for deleted comments in a meta thread?

Maybe? People are snipping at each other and being shitty to one another in a way that is really lame and one person has already quit the site over this thread. So please again, for the love of god, stop being shitty to each other here.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:09 PM on July 16, 2014
Alrighty, I think we've had about enough sniping at each other. I'm closing this up.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:45 PM on July 16, 2014

deleting derails & off-topic comments
It's a tough game all around. flex, I think our message was, less mod time means we might side more with deleting first, asking questions later, not that we'd be generally be on top of every early thread derail because obviously we have less mods around less often.

The toughest part is this is all in hindsight now. You can say one comment ruined a thread days later but you never know in the moment.

I was the person that deleted the trans*… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:35 AM on July 14, 2014

94: Incremental RPGs
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:21 PM on July 8, 2014
it's my username and I pronounce it how I like to

That was my favorite Supremes song from the 1960s. They were so ahead of their time.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:05 AM on July 10, 2014

MeFi Horror, #3 Carnival of Souls/#4 Pontypool
Pontypool has been posted!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:59 AM on July 9, 2014

#JulyByWomen project
I just wanted to pop in and say how stoked I am on how well this has gone. At first I was unsure if 90 posts was a realistic number to get non-posters to post. I always found it was hard to "force" myself to make a MeFi post and instead I have to wait until something interesting that hasn't been posted yet crosses my path, but that's currently only about once a month. So I wasn't sure the collected women following this thread would find enough ideas for posts that hadn't been done… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:55 PM on July 7, 2014

AskMe quoted on
Oh cool, but yeah, why don't they link to the thread so people can read the suggestions themselves? Odd.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:25 PM on July 4, 2014

Jessamyn's Blog Post on The Downsizing
First off, I think Jessamyn is awesome too. I agree with all the major points Jessamyn laid out and acknowledge we didn't always see eye to eye on everything over the last ten years but it was fantastic having her running the show the last few years. The site would definitely not be what it is today without her extensive work on it and I appreciate her efforts here for all the years she was behind the scenes.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:24 PM on June 27, 2014
I just ran across the greatest quote in the back of a book I just finished. It's by a famous Christian and while none of us mods are very Jesus-y I still think it's apt:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.
—John Wesley’s… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:13 PM on June 27, 2014
Yeah, oddly I've never heard of html5up before, those templates are great and I'm going to redo my personal placeholder page with one of them soonish. Kind of amazing that they're totally free and freely licensed, I hope the original designers of them get paid work out of it or something.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:51 PM on June 29, 2014

Reposting A Deleted Post
the post just quoted the exact dialogue

The title sunk it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:22 PM on June 28, 2014

World Cup matches as FanFare?
Yeah, it's something we're considering supporting in some way. The trouble is adding "Sports" as a general category is an undertaking. If we instead maybe had threads for "Live Events" that eschewed the rest of the rules of no live-blogging and instead made it for special one-off events like World Cup games or stuff like the Oscars and Emmys being shown live on TV, but we're still thinking it over.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:09 PM on June 25, 2014
I don't know about delayed talking only post-games. Personally, I might read one or two articles about a sporting event after but live blogging/tweeting is huge and where I happily spend much more of my energy. Articles days after the Super Bowl about the super bowl were pretty boring and I only read one I liked, but I was glued to Twitter for four hours enjoying every second of reading and making posts, so I think live-blogging a World Cup game vs. only doing a post-round wrapup for all games… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:21 PM on June 25, 2014
And again, that uncertainty and the need to think through these issues and reflect on where we think FanFare should expand to are all reasons why we're not rushing into these things super quickly. We want to grow the site a bit carefully to try and have the highest success possible without making a bunch of mistakes that could have been prevented.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:25 PM on June 25, 2014

It's a bird...
Thanks for the clarification fraula, I knew there had to be some angle on the language to explain why no French users had pointed out the nickname meant something like "danger", hearing it was a language from Nice makes a lot of sense.

On selling the name, keep in mind no one offered money, the $10,000 number was plucked out of thin air while discussing it with friends as well as a few here coming up with 100,000 Euro as a price. Selling a twitter handle is… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:40 AM on June 25, 2014
I hate beer generally but the greatest beer I ever drank was an ice cold "Natty Light" while soaking my blistered feet in a snowmelt stream in 100F/37C weather, after a 20 mile off-trail bushwhack hike across a mountain range a friend was trying to establish a new trail on. I'll never forget how great that tasted.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:01 AM on June 25, 2014
hal_c_on, I think you're splitting hairs. I've also heard that Twitter has shut down accounts over big sales of accounts, which is why I avoided it.

I told them I've give them the account, and if they wanted to send me something in return, a couple jerseys would be nice, so it was optional on their end (they also got the account months ago, the jerseys just showed up by surprise yesterday).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:54 AM on June 25, 2014
I guess within the bubble of metafilter, an accusation of "splitting hairs" is supposed to shut down the argument

No, please go on for five more concern trolling comments about how demanding $10,000 and saying "hey if you want to send a couple jerseys my way feel free" is exactly the same thing in the imaginary Twitter court of law.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:52 PM on June 25, 2014
enabling animal cruelty

I don't know how they treat the eagle, but every bird of prey I've seen on display at zoos, etc is taught to exhibit and display their natural instincts. This isn't an elephant on a bicycle, they take a bird out, let it fly high, bring out something that looks like their prey, the birds swoops back and gets a treat.

Sure, I wish it was a guy in a bird suit, because that'd be funnier, but on the giant… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:54 PM on June 25, 2014
The Pelicans have the best mascot. It's exactly what I see in my nightmares every night.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:00 PM on June 25, 2014
if a professional football club in the French Riviera contacts you out of the blue offering money

Which again, did not happen. There was never any talk of money and the rules at Twitter that selling accounts was forbidden was in the front of my mind.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:00 PM on June 25, 2014
Sure paint what I said however you want.

If you look up the definition of concern trolling, you're doing exactly that. Telling me I am in imaginary legal danger.

you're off giving away stuff for free to MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATIONS

Again, straight up selling a twitter account is NOT ALLOWED. They asked nicely, and I obliged.

If this has you so riled up, I can give you a refund on your donation.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:57 PM on June 25, 2014

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