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State of MetaFilter
Will the layoffs themselves save MetaFilter (money wise)?

We'll be back in the black with a little bit of padding, so yeah, it will help for the long term unless something drastic happened down the line.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:14 AM on May 19, 2014
I knew there'd be questions about ways to help. For now, rolling with the punches after June 1st is the best thing for us, and helping us along as we revamp some stuff around the site to make mod times easier.

On the giving money front, the best thing would be an optional monthly subscription (get a gold star, maybe an extra feature or two down the line) instead of a pledge drive, because pledge drives are one time deals that you have to push on everyone while the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:07 AM on May 19, 2014
will jessamyn still be on the podcast?

Yeah, Jessamyn said that was one of the funner aspects of it and would be sticking around for future episodes.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:09 AM on May 19, 2014
Also, mods... at http://www.metafilter.com/donate_thanks.mefi it lists my real name (because I hadn't actually signed up to the site at that point)

Man, that page is so old and out of date, it's from a 2001 fundraiser to buy a new server. I'm going to remove the big list of names, I figure people got 13 years of good vibes off it. Dang, that Amazon donation system was cancelled several years ago as well, I'll cut that off too.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:29 PM on May 19, 2014
Because as much as we joke about a cabal around here, having one would suck.

The thing is though, we're talking about a little star next to a username. I'm not sure if you've looked at similar sites before, but both reddit and Fark offer paid $4-5/mo accounts and they both offer not only insane amounts of power features and extra capabilities for those accounts, they also feature a custom private forum for talking ONLY to other paid users. Imagine a... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:08 PM on May 19, 2014
Please don't.

I was using it as a bad example of what we WOULDN'T DO so please don't think it's even on the table.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:14 PM on May 19, 2014

Not in so many words
As a wordy bastard who likes long, complicated posts, I hate the idea of hard-coding this

To be fair, we're only talking about above-the-fold text, nothing about the extended area where you do most all of your long, complicated postings. And that kind of wall-of-text on the homepage is a pain to deal with, as we're tasked with trying to figure out a way to edit someone's question on the fly after it starts racking up insta-flags.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:10 AM on May 19, 2014
I think the front page is a much more interesting read with a variety of styles and lengths of posts

We're comparing apples and oranges a bit here, the problem crops up most often specifically on the Ask MetaFilter front page, not the main MeFi site.

it looks like this post has the largest "above the fold" amount of text

Ironically, that was edited by a mod because the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:13 AM on May 19, 2014
zarq, also keep in mind we're talking mainly about Ask MeFi here, and 136 word limits would likely be ok anyway on Ask MeFi.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:20 AM on May 19, 2014

New FanFare Feature: testing the waters with Movies
Might be better to have an autocomplete search bar for shows and movies.

Yeah, eventually, I think that will be the first element on the page, Search for Movies & TV shows: that auto-completes to what we have. We'll add it once these lists get unwieldy, and there's always the Archives page to list all Movies.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:03 PM on May 16, 2014
Yeah, I was arguing with a friend last night that claimed the acting was bad in Pacific Rim and I said "what acting? I was too busy watching giant robots punch monsters to notice"
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:21 PM on May 16, 2014
Would it be too late for a Captain America: The Winter Soldier post?

Naw, that would make a good tester, probably the highest number of people have already seen that. I'll go add it now (we did have an amazing pseudo-thread about Marvel that was mostly about that movie on MeFi already).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:23 PM on May 16, 2014
Also: are documentaries allowed?

Yeah, they will, eventually. For now since it's mod-posting only for the first few weeks it'll just be blockbusters, but eventually we'll track things by genre and stuff.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:34 PM on May 16, 2014
Are there any big spoilers in Marvel universe movies? I know the recent Captain America sets up stuff from old comic books (formation of Falcon, etc), but I can't imagine a situation where someone brings up a comic book plot and says "I bet x happens to $character-name!" because the next future Marvel movie is what, 3 or 4 years away? Especially if we're talking current summer blockbuster movies.

I don't think spoilers rules we set up for situations like future episodes... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:41 PM on May 16, 2014
Totally agree with you on MeFi posts vs. FanFare posts, filthy light thief.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:52 PM on May 16, 2014
We're still working out what is "normal" for the site, but I've seen a sentence or two after go pretty well, usually about some background, sometimes just raw opinions. I usually save a longer thoughts on a thing for the first comment like I did in the Godzilla one.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:23 PM on May 16, 2014

Expanding FanFare to More Shows
Why does a Mad Men post need a madmen tag?
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:28 PM on May 6, 2014
We're working on show pages, here's the one for Mad Men, just linking it in various places now.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:31 PM on May 6, 2014
How are you going to navigate to the show pages?

They're linked on the archive page and on thread pages in the top.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:39 PM on May 6, 2014
I would like to start a thread about The Good Wife, but I'm wondering: is it OK for the first thread about a show to be used as a sort of "catch up" for discussing the whole season/series?

Yeah, we don't have general discussion posts supported yet, just specific episode posts, so this won't quite work for now, but will in a few weeks. You could do a recap post for the latest episode though.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:41 PM on May 6, 2014
Hey, I love Sanford and Son and What's Happenin' but if someone put up the Doobie Brothers episode of What's Happenin' I don't think there'd be much to comment on. I feel like in practice this site is going to be most successful on current shows after they air.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:48 PM on May 6, 2014
Netflix shows can all go up on the same day, sure. My hope is that we follow the loose rules we've come up with so far, no spoilers on above-the-fold descriptions so people can avoid the threads until they've seen the episodes.

Orange is the New Black starts the next season on June 6th, so yeah stuff can go up as soon as someone wants to make a post about it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:50 PM on May 6, 2014
Etrigan, I don't think Pro Wrestling fits the episodic TV model, and is probably a better fit for Sportsfilter.com.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:51 PM on May 6, 2014
So is the episode posting left up to the poster(s)? Like if I wanted to start with Arrested Development S01E01, would it be up to the community at large to follow up?

Yeah, basically, I think this will work best for current TV show seasons/episodes because I think you'll hear a lot of crickets on older seasons of stuff people can barely remember. When we have discussion posts, I think we can use them to organize things like re-watching parties.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:53 PM on May 6, 2014
Yeah, one post per episode is how the whole site is organized. So during your binge watching, you'd want to take a break and make a post after each one.

If people do end up making 13 posts in a short period of time, we'll start doing things on the front page like auto-collapsing posts under the same show title so the first two pagefulls of the front page at FanFare aren't taken up by one show.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:12 PM on May 6, 2014
FF is not tracked on the profile page. Will it be added?

Eventually, yeah, it should start showing up everywhere.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 5:16 PM on May 6, 2014
pb added FanFare activity to your profile pages!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:50 PM on May 6, 2014
There's no plans for formal recaps, you can either post it as a comment or link to whatever recap you've written elsewhere.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:35 PM on May 7, 2014
Would sidebar links to recaps have to be authored by you? It might be a useful resource to link to any favorite ones you find online. I know I'm always surprised by some weird news outlet or tiny blog doing really deep good write-ups of certain shows and I always forget to revisit them each week. Might be cool if there were say half a dozen links on the side of a Mad Men thread to various recaps on the web about that same episode.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:30 AM on May 8, 2014
Albums of screencaps seems like a bit of overkill, I've often just linked to a single screencap image if I'm making a point in a FanFare thread about a scene.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:35 AM on May 8, 2014
I think it would be cool to somehow highlight the content from fellow MeFites.

Yeah, it could just be a checkbox on submission, like "I wrote this screencap" and shows it at the top of the list of all the offsite recaps. But, we might have to see how it plays out, if it comes off as too self-promotional or becomes an avenue where people are writing up every show they can to be on the list at the top, I dunno.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:38 AM on May 8, 2014
I would say that's still destined for the blue, especially since it's basically live blogging events and not what we're going for on FanFare either.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:13 PM on May 8, 2014
We just updated the Show Pages, listing all the discussions for a particular show. Check out the sexy-ass Mad Men page for a good demo of it.

Click on any of the show titles on the current Archives page, as I've gone out and found big images of each show. It was kind of amazing to find studio photos of the entire cast standing in a line crossing their arms for almost every single show on the list.

The pages are designed to look great in modern... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:01 PM on May 8, 2014
We should organize a rewatch of True Detective. I only got up to episode three before I got tired of downloading it and a few months later I finally got HBO so I can watch them on demand with HBO GO, so they'd be mostly new to me. Maybe I'll go through it in the next week or two, and if I do I'll do a MetaTalk post announcing it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:25 AM on May 9, 2014
Yep, it was to prevent live-blogging, since when the site launched, the feeling in these threads was that half the people participating REALLY WANTED LIVEBLOGGING and the other half really didn't. I noticed that new TWOP Gawker site is purposely called something like "morning after" and they do their posts the next day, so waiting 3hrs isn't the worst, but yeah, if we can eliminate live-blogging, we could post them earlier, but that's asking the community to use some restraint as well... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 8:02 AM on May 12, 2014
We added a recap widget to pages, you should see the option on the right side of the page below the tags widget. Feel free to add some for pages while we tweak the display of it slightly.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:27 PM on May 13, 2014
Here's what the sidebar looks like on the latest Louie post (look to the right, below tags).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 3:36 PM on May 13, 2014
Here's a screenshot of the add a recap widget. The "I wrote this" checkbox means that writeup title will get a little MeFi favicon next to it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:25 PM on May 13, 2014
That's a good re-write mediareport, I'll update the page with it soon.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:00 PM on May 15, 2014
I think we'll just let them naturally atrophy. FanFare isn't perfectly right for every show ever made. It seems to be working best for ongoing, new shows as they play. Doing old episodes of other stuff will be problematic without organized rewatches and whatnot.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:44 AM on May 16, 2014

MetaFilter Radio on the App Store
This is a volunteer project by scottandrew, so I highly doubt he's going to be learning python/Android development to port this app to other devices. I believe he used it as a way to teach himself how to program in Objective-C and I suspect once this is out and a few bugs get patched, the chances of major new features or updates will be slim.

Still, if you have an iPhone, it's a nice little app.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 12:48 PM on May 15, 2014
It's mostly just pulling in RSS feeds of everything.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 6:42 AM on May 16, 2014

92: Numb and Number
Yep, those were the islands I was thinking of.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:49 PM on May 13, 2014

Deletion of question about terminal illness
There is some kind of tomfoolery suspected.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 12:31 PM on May 12, 2014

pony request: linking to comments
It's the way it is by design really, I'm not interested in giving people a way to skip reading a post, and in practice it's not that big of a deal to scroll past most short posts (the more inside ones do let you skip down a little, yeah).
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:09 AM on May 6, 2014

Can't readd posts to Recent Activity?
Pretty sure we honor your setting of "remove from recent activity" even after you comment back in. At the bottom of the page you should see an option to view threads you have set to remove and you can re-enable them there.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 7:16 PM on May 5, 2014

Pony request: unread items on the recent favourites page
Thanks for the reminder that 'power users' are still a vanishingly small minority here

We have limited resources in both processing and programming time, so we have to pick the battles to fight and this specific request feels like a really edge-case behavior and use of the site that might not be worth the work to build.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:02 AM on April 29, 2014

Comments
In general, I hear you, but it was a tiny offhand remark at the end of a comment, and it did make a point about how subtle sexism creeps into things. I thought the original comment was fine.

I flagged the comment earlier today and it's still there, so I am assuming that the mods countenance this practice. I think they should reconsider and I would like to know how others feel.

By the time people flagged it, there were 4-5... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 10:44 AM on April 29, 2014

Happy birthday Cortex!
Happy Birthday, cortex, may your day be filled with endless roguelikes to play. 🎉
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:35 AM on April 26, 2014

New subsite beta (alpha?): FanFare
I was asking what the ETA was on us being able to make our own threads (since the timeframe mentioned in the original post has already passed) and subsequently when we'd be able to make reader-friendly GOT threads.

The queue for people to make new posts is live, but still just the two shows for now. I can't give you an ETA on reader-friendly GOT threads.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:37 PM on April 24, 2014

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