I think what you are asking for is called a "lightbox" and some people find it handy, others not. I think your best bet is to look for a browser extension or script that will automatically lightbox direct links to images for you. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 11:25 AM on December 20, 2012
Yeah, I'll add these to the banned list of advertisers. It's weird we already block about two dozen weirdo "russian mail order bride" ads from the system, but since it is by URL, any new URL can be a new ad that gets around it. I'll start blocking things now.
If you ever spot an objectionable ad, just note the URL of where the ad goes and send us an email to the contact form that you saw an ad for "creepywebsite.com" and I'll add it to the block list. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:18 AM on December 20, 2012
Yeah, sorry I didn't know the author was some sort of famous guy, but it looked like a half-assed cracked list of dodgy pseudo advice.
We already delete a lot of buzzfeed and cracked posts that are short lazy little lists of things, I expect something to at least be interesting and insightful or meaningful in some way to make the cut and this didn't feel like it to me. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 7:14 PM on December 19, 2012
I don't know, I think it's kind of overkill for all but the most sensitive sites, it's not like anyone could do anything with your login besides post a comment. In the 13 years this site has been around, I think we've only had 2-3 cases where someone left themselves logged in on a shared computer and a bad post or comment went up for a few minutes before we removed it.
Also as mods we deal with about 4-5 people a day with login issues, I imagine going to this more... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 7:34 PM on December 15, 2012
I should also add that I'm a huge fan of 2-step auth and I use it on Google, LastPass, and my Dropbox account. I've considered it for admin/mods of MeFi since our logins give us tons of rights to do stuff most people don't get, but for the average MeFi user, I'm not seeing the reason why this would be necessary (just like I'm fine with Twitter/FB not having 2-step auth though I imagine someday they might). posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 7:36 PM on December 15, 2012
Probably the best and only way is if you can find after-the-fact wrap-ups. Breaking news is kind of a waste here and of course both of these horrific events will launch the mothers of all gun control thread battles, so if in a few days there's a good analytical article in The Atlantic, or Harpers, or The New Yorker or something that we can discuss broader aspects of it beyond breaking news tragedies. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:05 AM on December 14, 2012
I'm sure we will have a thread about this today, but still the news seems to be breaking and much of it feels like rumors because every hour that passes I'm hearing new numbers of people wounded and dead and talk of a 2nd shooter. When information starts to stabilize (I'd guess in a few hours) I think we can have a thread about it. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 11:48 AM on December 14, 2012
Yeah, just to echo what Jessamyn said, a good neutral post about this with links to a variety of reports presented in a calm way would probably stay up. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 1:45 PM on December 14, 2012
Holy cow, three threads in a two minute window. MULTIBALL!!! MULTIBALL!!! posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 2:22 PM on December 14, 2012
(we'll figure out which one is the best and keep that) posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 2:23 PM on December 14, 2012
if you still have those two stellar.io invites I'd like to try it...
Sure, MeFi Mail me an email and I'll send the invite. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 8:50 AM on December 12, 2012
what happened over the summer?
They had this whole creepyshots subcommunity that took lurid photos of women in public without their knowledge, then defended to the death their right to do it because it was legally murky. Turned out later on it was run by a guy that was trolling the entire community with crazy stuff who eventually was outed and the whole thing was kind of ugly for reddit.
I mentioned it in passing to the... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 9:31 AM on December 12, 2012
One way you can do this today is to mark the thread as a favorite, and then hit the "my favorites" second tab on the Recent Activity page, where it will be. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 3:58 PM on December 8, 2012
I deleted a bunch of comments derailing it and I'm hopeful things can go back on track. Not sure exactly what we're supposed to talk about here in MetaTalk? I'd rather just contain the thread within the thread itself. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:41 AM on December 6, 2012
Ok, I'll close this up then. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:47 AM on December 6, 2012
This is covered in the FAQ here. You can't remove old questions, but if there is a specific reason you need a question or two out of your profile, we can discuss whether or not we can make them anonymous. Hit us up on the contact form with specifics.
The reason for things sticking around is this is a public site of helpful questions and answers and we try our best to keep the entire archive of old questions and answers intact. You never know when a problem you had two... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 1:48 PM on December 5, 2012
This idea kind of reminds me of an idea I've kicked around for years, a MeFi links pile, where anyone could leave a link, add some tags to it (kind of like delicious), but no comments on them. And we'd have a raw feed of interesting links and you could take one or more and put them together as a post on MeFi proper, in the same way we let you "promote" posts from Projects up to the blue.
I never could figure out how best to display a feed of recent links... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 11:34 AM on November 26, 2012
It was part of the kickstarter for the new season, so sadly that's the only plug you'll hear for ask metafilter on the show.
I should probably also mention that after five years of supporting maximum fun I'm going to be pulling the plug unfortunately at the end of this year. The google ad market is constantly changing so I don't have leftover mad podcasting ad money any longer. :( posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 11:06 AM on November 14, 2012
Potomac Avenue, your best bet is to just go to Jesse's main donate page and pledge some monthly amount you can afford. My support was pretty substantial, in the thousands of dollars per month, so I am guessing his future pledge drives will be tailored to getting monthly patrons by the thousands to pony up some dough. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 9:04 PM on November 14, 2012
We regularly delete posts that boing down to "hey everyone, look at these shitty people being shitty" which is how I'd classify a bunch of sites collecting people using the n-word on Twitter. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 4:47 PM on November 11, 2012
This points to a bigger problem (and a recent one, strangely) that MetaFilter was never designed to handle 5,000 comment threads. The UI breaks down, the browser starts to break, etc because we never intended threads to get this big. Making commenting easier/faster would exacerbate the problem.
Ideally, things work best here when even the most popular threads are only in the few hundred comment levels. It's kind of weird how this is a sudden issue for us since the debate... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 12:14 PM on November 8, 2012
Given my recent acceptance of Instagram (I hated the way their filters ruined photos for the past few years, but it wasn't until I saw how a friend used it as a social network instead of just ugly photo filters that I finally "got" it), I support this. I'll crack the whip on pb today. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 9:45 AM on November 8, 2012
Ugh, I accidentally cut out the first couple minutes of me talking at around 38min to 41min, and now Garageband is shitting the bed trying to edit the podcast, so I guess just skip over that part. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 4:35 PM on November 6, 2012
ocherdraco, I fixed the links! posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 7:12 PM on November 6, 2012
"When we banned people we just used to change their password to 'banned'."
Ask Andre Torrez about that too. He came to the same solution eons ago. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:19 AM on November 7, 2012
This might be something we could use Twilio for (it's a telephony API company). We could enable SMS optionally when something is first set up and the night before/morning of the event, so you get a more prominent alert on your phone. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 5:12 PM on November 4, 2012
I have never liked markdown, don't really see how it saves time since I have to memorize a whole bunch of unintuitive shit, and prefer to just write HTML since that's what it's going to end up anyway. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 9:56 AM on October 16, 2012
Oh and the first run of shirts was all done on American Apparel shirts and it was a miscommunication mistake on my part. Future shirts will be on a different brand of shirt for obvious reasons, sorry about that. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:36 AM on October 15, 2012
Will there be an update when the first run is gone, so that those of us who choose not to support AA can buy?
Yeah, I'll mention something on MetaTalk when new shirts are reprinted.
The other problem is all the alternatives I've come up and (and used in the past) are problematic as well. No other nice-fitting well-made tshirt is done entirely in the USA, all of them source their stuff in either Haiti, Guatamela, or Egypt,... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 10:55 AM on October 15, 2012
The photos on the TopatoCo site are pretty small so here's some large ones just in case you wanted to see more detail.
Thanks all! I read this thread early in the morning, then spent the day running around playing "treat yo self" and forgot to pop in last night. Thanks for the birthday wishes, I was worried about turning 40 but it really is no big deal. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 11:20 AM on October 11, 2012
It's only common in other places because software does it for them. We don't leave any indicator for changes by design, and people don't have to say they edited their comment when it's a small window of time they can even do it in.
Since people are the ones doing it entirely on their own, I think we can get in front of this train and politely ask people to refrain from doing it. I suspect it'll be a short term transition as we get used to the new tools and as long as we... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 7:20 PM on October 5, 2012
If you have something to show off that's done and ready to use and it's something on the web people can use then sure, go ahead and post it. If it's just your company site, that's kind of not really a thing people can check out (look at other projects to see what typically gets posted, commercial stuff is fine, but it has to be interesting and not just a brochure site). posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 5:16 PM on September 30, 2012
I love everything about this. If we can come up with some rough ideas/guidelines on how long to record, where to upload, who will edt, etc, we can put the call out on the Best Of blog for entries from mefites. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 9:40 AM on September 26, 2012
For the ten year anniversary, I tried to get an interview with Julie. I wanted to know what it was like for her then, what happened to Debbie, and how she felt ten years later. It took weeks of research to even find Julie and eventually a reporter friend called her husband to inquire about an interview and she was not interested in discussing it. Oh well. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 6:59 AM on September 24, 2012
Why would Julie know anything about what happened to Debbie?
They were next-door neighbors at the time. I tracked down Debbie too in my research, but wasn't really interested in speaking to a person so messed up they would do this whole thing. posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 7:47 AM on September 24, 2012
I just wanted to post an update since most everyone that applied has dropped a comment here. Also, it's hard to dig up every email so far and email everyone back with a "Sit tight y'all!" response so there's this instead.
We got a bunch of applications so far. Tons of awesome longtime members we had no idea had time available, lots of lurkers we didn't otherwise know, and quite a number of serious contenders. I should mention just for the sake of taz's sanity,... [more] posted to MetaTalk by mathowieat 3:56 PM on September 19, 2012