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how about a customize option to have links open in new Tabs?
Not possible in code.

Possible in Firefox.

It's not a default option, but you can install a Firefox extension that will get the job done. Under "Tabbed Browsing" at https://update.mozilla.org, check out "Single Window 1.4" and "Tabbrowser Preferences 0.6.13".
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 1:18 PM on November 11, 2004
I guess I misunderstood you Matt. Anyway, the Mozilla developers are right. It would be incorrect to include such a feature in HTML since the language in its semantic form isn't meant to implement browser-specific features.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 7:40 PM on November 11, 2004

I was thinking of using the new open source FCKeditor on all textareas here
I think it's cool since it's XHTML 1.0 compatible and supports CSS. I'd say yes to using it with the basic toolbar options (bold, italic, lists and links) because it gives more members the ability to structure their input better while preventing broken and incorrect markup. Of course, I would vote no towards allowing any formatting options like size, color and font.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:23 AM on June 21, 2004

Filepile Comedy
Hm. MonkeyPile. I could certainly code it.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:54 PM on May 28, 2004

Please answer the actual question, not what you think should have been the question
I agree with this. I posted a question to Ask about how to safe-guard my parents' computer against adware, spyware and malware because they don't know how to avoid these things, and I always end up fixing it.

The first wave of answers I got were all along the lines of "you shouldn't pay any attention. that'll teach em. it's not your computer anywya."

Yeah thanks, that's real helpful. I eventually got some helpful answers, but not before... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 4:06 PM on January 8, 2004

Seasonal Greetings, MeFites!
Merry Christmas.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:37 PM on December 23, 2003

Login Problems
I guess so. Firebird 0.7 on XP Pro here, no problems whatsoever.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 5:00 PM on December 13, 2003

a place for intellectual inbreeding?
I agree to an extent. 2 and 3 years ago, I used to post a lot more frequently here. I used to be one of those (semi) conservative posters, too. I just got tired of the same old arguments, and feeling like I was being jumped on every time I said something that wasn't liberal. Don't get me wrong, I'm liberal when it comes to a lot of things, and I agree with a lot of the things I've heard on MetaFilter. Some of those things have even changed my mind a few topics.

That... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:20 PM on November 12, 2003

What happened to all the comments that got deleted?
It's my understanding that MetaFilter is Matt Haughey's web site.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 5:32 PM on June 12, 2003

The Return of I/P Filter!
As one of those "Metafilterian conservatives" from back in the day, I'll just say that I don't read MetaFilter much anymore. Reason being: it's too political for me. I may have beleifs, but I don't really care to debate them much with others. I just think whatever I think. When I do come around I hit up anything that's interesting or out of the blue, and keep my nose out of anything that might present conflict. Same reason I'll never bring up religion or politics in a bar.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 2:55 PM on June 4, 2003
Final thought: I'm not here to convince anyone of anything.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 2:56 PM on June 4, 2003

Login errors
Sorry to have inconvenienced you terribly by asking for help with a problem. I'll know better next time.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 7:28 PM on February 2, 2003

So why has Metafilter been down all day?
1.75 miles from Union Square and without the possibility of broadband? I live 7 miles from Union Square and broadband has been here for a while. Most of the major phone companies offer services, and I'm pretty positive that the entire island of Manhattan is covered by Road Runner.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:20 AM on December 27, 2002

Guidelines for contenious or inflammatory topics
I haven't read the post, but I can say that I've never really agreed with anything mapalm has had to say, and at times it does come off with that "I'm right, you're wrong, discussion over" mentality.

I think opinions on the front page shouldn't be eliminated, but rather kept quiet. The purpose of the post should be to present the link/purpose/information/facts and then let the comments kick off the discussion. I'm a fan of posters putting something on the front... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:46 PM on April 7, 2002

Count comment disparity
Is there a specific reason why you might change some kind of "status" field of a comment's record instead of just outright deleting the record? That would probably fix it, and save resources.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 3:35 PM on March 28, 2002

SXSW post, wherefore art thou?
Is there a reason why you're so awfully bitter, manero? I'd have deleted the link as well, and I think it's pretty obvious why it's gone. Only the fact that no names are singled out in your SXSW post holds it back from being a personal attack rather than a call for discussion.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 8:44 AM on March 11, 2002

Post Delays?
That's actually a pretty good idea.

"The link below was posted by someone else within the last 60 seconds. If this wouldn't make your submission a double post, click submit to continue."
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 3:26 PM on March 9, 2002

Editing Posts
Friends don't let friends drink and mefi.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:23 PM on March 9, 2002

Critical IP Sucks
If it's not false, it's not slander.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 11:52 AM on February 11, 2002
Perhaps google is creating on the internet the perfect implementation of the definition of democracy, something that is missing from pretty much every current governmental system in the world. What the people say, goes.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:05 AM on February 12, 2002

Links that inspire little or no discussion.
I have an idea. How 'bout you people lay off the whole over-played, redundant "self-policing" fascination for a while and stop being so darn negative. How many potential discussions have been derailed, halted or prevented from even starting because of comments attacking the "Mefi-worthyness" (oh how I hate that phrase) of a post?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 3:21 PM on February 7, 2002

moonlighting mefites
I don't need to worry about all you jabronis rushing in and crashing my party on the other site I frequent, because I know most of you won't go near it with a ten foot pole... the nancies.org message forums, seeing as I'm a Dave Matthews Band freak.

I read Fark for the links, but I dare not participate. I keep my distance from Plastic since it's impossible for me to leave there without being angry. Plastic is just one of those places where I never, ever, ever agree with... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:06 AM on February 7, 2002

Please label the NYC meetup photos.
Sorry I wasn't able to make it. I had a bunch of stuff to do and it just wasn't feasable. Maybe next time (I'll bring the ice cream and spin some DMB on the jukebox).
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:21 AM on January 25, 2002

Recommendaitons for PHP books?
On the contrary, I like the PHP Developer's Cookbook. It's given me a lot of ideas towards solving problems, and the entire book isn't based around the authors' code library. A good portion of it is based on Sterling's CURL addon and the sablotron xml/xsl module though.

Then again I do see your point; I'm also a seasoned PHP Ninja and am able to pick out the useful bits and pieces, while a newcomer using the Developer's Cookbook might be confused when stuff doesn't work.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:55 PM on January 24, 2002
The Wrox series are pretty good. I was actually asked to be an author for one of them. I passed that up though, and yes, I know I'm a bonehead.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 8:39 PM on January 24, 2002

Just how horrible is your namesake's blog?
No namesake for moi! Being that I'm a Marketing Genius, I dominate the searches for stuff that would normally be related to me or my sites. Huzzah.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:47 AM on January 23, 2002

Post-moderating?
I can't stand Radiohead. Personally, I don't think don't they have any talent and all they do is make noise. If I buried something like that in the description of a link, I'm sure this place would explode in a firey ball of fury.

That's exactly what happened here. When I read a few sentences alleging that my Most Favorite Band In The Whole Wide World is lame, you can imagine that nothing short of a brick wall would have kept me from putting in my two cents.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 9:31 AM on January 20, 2002
I would just like to state for that record that <nixon>I Am Not A Troll</nixon>. Just passionate about my music. Were I such a thing, I wouldn't have made any effort to help get things back on track.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:55 AM on January 21, 2002

New mefi t-shirt design
Front: You're Wrong!
Back: No, You're Wrong!

My favorite tagline.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:18 PM on January 19, 2002

would you pay for something you can get for free?
I'd be interested to look at the pmachine code. One of my pet peeves is that virtually everyone who writes apps in PHP uses a "Blazing Fast MySQL Backend". Granted, MySQL is common in many hosting packages, works well with PHP and is pretty popular, but there are other platforms and databases out there, the best of which isn't MySQL. I wish more people used abstraction layers when it came to data storage in PHP apps. That's one area where Perl has the one-up.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 5:32 PM on January 14, 2002
For high performance, intensive web apps, good rdbms are usually a good way to go. There's (usually) nothing a powerful server and code optimization can't fix, and good dbs will cache data and queries, minimizing load.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 1:10 PM on January 15, 2002

No-favorite-bands policy
However small and insignificant it currently is, I think the transition to "message board" has begun and more people are confused about the rules (however prominant they may be). Were I in charge, I'd start deleting threads regardless of the comment count.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:18 PM on January 14, 2002
1. A web application that allows users to post links with a writeup that itself links to a discussion area, but it's NOT a MESSAGE BOARD

Nope. MetaFilter is a weblog, first and foremost. A weblog is not a message board. Spend more time reading and less time trolling, smart guy.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 2:10 PM on January 14, 2002
As for line breaks, Matt, if you make a tool available, people are going to use that tool. Some people communicate with a bit of flamboyance, are you going to ban their communication style simply because it does not conform with your own? ...

The availability of a tool does not imply the freedom to abuse. Common sense is a requirement.

Re: Line Breaks

Just because you can doesn't mean you should. It has... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 2:16 PM on January 14, 2002
"MetaFilter is a weblog" in name, arbitrary definition of the owner, and format and context in which threads are presented. The details make all the difference.

Whitespace is good. Too much whitespace is bad. Again... abuse and common sense.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 2:30 PM on January 14, 2002

Bad Post Callout
No link to outside content, instead it just poses a common question on a topic that everyone is garaunteed to have an opinion on (musical taste). At the moment it's reached something like 60 comments. Has it passed the point where deletion is an option?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:48 AM on January 11, 2002

NYC Meetup
Is Blah Blah a bar? Will they admit an underage person such as myself or should I come armed with a fake id?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:06 AM on January 7, 2002

Hey something happened at kottke.org!
"Hey Matt, betcha I can get myself on MetaFilter."
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 5:04 PM on January 5, 2002

making fun of handicapped children has no place on Metafilter
Making fun of real people with real disabilities is on a different level than signing up to an internet message board with ( . )( . ) as a username.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:13 PM on December 30, 2001
Regardless of the end, the means to the end was inappropriate.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:23 PM on December 30, 2001

A TextAd posted just to earn affiliate money?
People who take out Text Ads for businesses are probably making money from the Ads. How's this different?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:57 PM on December 22, 2001
I really don't see any point in taking Text Ads to MeTa. People are paying for them and if they don't meet the criteria, Matt doesn't have to accept them.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:59 PM on December 22, 2001

A great way to use a website to chronicle your college years: stealing overheard conversations
Didn't Lance Arthur do this a year or two back?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 4:26 PM on December 17, 2001

Best web-logs of the year, 2001?
Yep, I was just about to say that it looks like Dave lifted an idea or two from Nikolai. Not to mention Nikolai's intentions last year were a bit more noble.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:29 AM on December 17, 2001
Exactly. I've always said that a good rule of thumb for whenever Dave makes any kind of noise about anything is to ask yourself "how does this benefit Dave?" I can't remember anything he's ever said on MetaFilter that wasn't a self-link, borderline comment or something that eventually led back to him or Userland.

And Suck was a weblog? I'd have never known!
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:33 AM on December 17, 2001

Bollywood screenwriting overload
Information overload.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:41 AM on December 15, 2001

Author responds to mefi in village voice
Whether or not the piece was satire, the fact remains that were I to write a serious, non-satirical article on the subject, it wouldn't read all that much different from N. Bedford Couch's. I stand by my comments in the thread.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:54 PM on December 11, 2001

Since when did Microsoft start using textads at the top of the MSN Portal?
Y'know, I didn't even think of that. I've never paid any attention to the ads on Google; I forget they're even there.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:43 PM on December 1, 2001

At what point does "Community Policing" become censorship?
I haven't read the comments here yet. I will. Later. I just read Steven's post and his first comment and shot right down here to the comment form. I'm not in the mood now to read 42 more comments.

The reason I shot right down here to the comment form is that what Steven said makes sense, and I agree. A lot of what you say makes sense, Steve. A lot of the time you say exactly what I'm thinking only you put it into words better than I can.

But my... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 12:00 PM on November 29, 2001

mini-MeFi
Wasn't the php-mefi project the answer to this post's question? That was a really interesting thing, and I was sad to see its enthusiasm die down to almost nothing... twice. I've been developing php-mefi code on my own since then.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 3:04 PM on November 21, 2001

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