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EEEEEEEEEEEEK. Matt, hope you see this soon.
posted by cheaily on Jun 6, 2001 - 54 comments

We're live again.

After an eventless trip across the United States, MetaFilter is now happily living again. I was trying to come up with a name for my apartment, now that MetaFilter lives here -- Pyra East? MetaBroadway? I'm not creative right now.
posted by delfuego on May 31, 2001 - 60 comments

How to conserve Metafilter bandwidth: I'm sure you're noticing that MeFi's running slow today. Matt posted in Metatalk that he's running it off his DSL line. In the same post, he asked that people try to limit their front page views to three days or under. If you're new here, here's how you limit the views: Go here. Scroll down to "number of days on front page." The default is seven; I've set mine, as suggested, to two. After you've set that number, don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "change your preferences." Now you're done! Kaycee fans, if you're not using IE as your browser, or have collapsed the right-hand sidebar, there's also a call to keep Kaycee discussion over at the Yahoo newsgroup. Cheers to Matt for going to all of this trouble. * Thank you, Matt! *
posted by metrocake on May 25, 2001 - 17 comments

Welcome back. Did you find interesting sites while you couldn't use Metafilter? I happened upon camborg.com and its galleries.
posted by gluechunk on May 25, 2001 - 14 comments


MeFi-O! Bingo for the MetaFilterian masses!

So very meta that it's probably too meta for MetaTalk. Made by our very own iceberg273, you naughty boy you.
posted by lia on May 18, 2001 - 14 comments

I'll be giving $50 to some Metafilter user

I'll be giving $50 to some Metafilter user (or group of users). The winner will be the person who links to the item that I consider to be "coolest." I set the bar here: in order to win, your item must be at least as cool as this, otherwise, I will declare myself the winner.

Aside from the increased size of the prize (the result of a few users who chipped in to the collection I took up), all other rules are identical to those of last year's Metafilter $30 Giveaway.

I will make my decision at 5 pm Friday, Chicago time.
posted by jbushnell on May 17, 2001 - 122 comments

Does the FBI read Metafilter?

Does the FBI read Metafilter? Is the FBI gonna lock you up for what you've posted? Has the internet made it easier for the FBI etc. to survey our reach into the world of ideas and thoughts and add our own? I may go by "crasspastor" and I don't want to be labeled crackpastor, but doesn't it all make sense? Seattle Independent Media reports this as of April 27 2001 as a side note.
posted by crasspastor on May 16, 2001 - 9 comments


Meatfilter? Mistyped URL's usually serve you up a porn site, annoying ads, or endless spawning windows. This one though, gave me a chuckle.

note: you probably don't want to click on any of the links 'cept for the meatfilter one
posted by skwm on May 14, 2001 - 25 comments

The Greatest Generation?

The Greatest Generation? (preventing some thread hijack) While I don't doubt the bravery of those that defeated Hitler, I wonder if it's a little presumptious of any generation to consider themselves "the greatest"
posted by owillis on May 7, 2001 - 29 comments

We all know the rules —

We all know the rules — no self-linking on MetaFilter. And yet I've often enjoyed peeking into people's User Profiles and checking out the sites they've put together. So, I'll risk creating a giant love-in thread, and I'll ask: what sites made by MeFi-ers have you enjoyed? (Besides the one you're looking at right now, I mean.)
posted by jbushnell on Apr 17, 2001 - 38 comments

Welcome back!

Welcome back, Matt! :)
posted by metrocake on Mar 18, 2001 - 25 comments

A little humor

A little humor found in the deep recesses of our profile data. Seems Rodii has a sense of humor [caveat: I'm not promising "LOL", but it certainly left me with a ""]
posted by silusGROK on Mar 9, 2001 - 14 comments

Cam thinks Metafilter's 'ruined'

Cam thinks Metafilter's 'ruined' Too many idiots and stupid posts? Thoughts?
posted by darren on Feb 27, 2001 - 91 comments

Powazek on Metafilter

Powazek on Metafilter Not sure if this has been posted before, but I just found it on a new sub-site of Communication Arts that appears to be more focussed on web design. Derek is writing a book on online communities, but I still got the impression that the interviewer didn't know who he was.
posted by jmcnally on Feb 26, 2001 - 13 comments


http://microsoft.sucks.my.metafilter.com I know it's self-referential, but I thought it was funny - I stumbled on this URL while doing a google search. Go on Matt, tell us how you really feel ;) - Also listed was "http://kottke-is-my-hero.metafilter.com" - sentiment as URL.
posted by kokogiak on Feb 21, 2001 - 17 comments

Blogger, Metafilter and Disturbing Search Requests sweep web awards.

Blogger, Metafilter and Disturbing Search Requests sweep web awards. You go Matt! [More inside]
posted by Neale on Feb 1, 2001 - 19 comments

Happy 5000th post, MetaFilter.

Happy 5000th post, MetaFilter. On New Year's Day, no less; how touching. Perhaps we should talk about what MeFi means to us. (Wholly Meta, I know.)
posted by pnevares on Jan 1, 2001 - 6 comments

Metafilter taken offline

Metafilter taken offline for two and a half days by a Bay Area network outage, along with Blog*Spot, Evhead, and Megnut. Fortunately, everything appears to be back to normal. Good, because I think the DTs were starting to kick in.
posted by waxpancake on Dec 20, 2000 - 33 comments

The New Yorker dedicates ten columns to Meg, Jason, Ev, Pyra, Blogger, MetaFilter, and weblogs, and nobody blogs it. (Yeah, I saw M, J and E mention it, but it's as if you modest Maggies didn't want us to see it.) Probably the most appropriate journalist take on personal weblogs so far, too bad it's not online. High profile, with photo-- c'mon, this deserves bloggage!

Page 102, Nov. 13th, Cartoon Issue.
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Nov 9, 2000 - 31 comments

Now this is really too meta. MetaFilter's post about borrowed blogs being borrowed by borrowed blogs.
posted by lagado on Oct 30, 2000 - 6 comments

Group photo from the last MeFi lunch get-together.

Group photo from the last MeFi lunch get-together. (You mean you didn't hear about it?)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Oct 20, 2000 - 12 comments

o/~ Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday mathowie. Happy birthday to you! o/~ This has certainly been the week of celebration at the Haughey household. Best wishes.
posted by chrish on Oct 10, 2000 - 2 comments


Rat? Is anyone else seeing the words "Matt Rat" or "Mall Rat" when they open or refresh the the main page of Metafilter? Just a quick flash of the two words, above and below the first entry on the page. Or am I drinking too much Pepsi One today?
posted by paddbear on Sep 13, 2000 - 7 comments


Proof that Upside reporters read MetaFilter.
posted by baylink on Sep 8, 2000 - 1 comment

Read the comment.
posted by Eric_Reid on Jul 20, 2000 - 11 comments

In case you missed the metafilter promotion, here's a big fat link.

In case you missed the metafilter promotion, here's a big fat link. And here's where to discuss it in MetaTalk. I think that this post gives me a good enough excuse to say Happy Birthday MeFi on the main page. But I wont.
posted by Neale on Jul 13, 2000 - 0 comments

Is there a reason mattl.com points to Metafilter, but www.mattl.com gives me a 500 error? Or am I just going crazy again?
posted by deckard on Jul 12, 2000 - 12 comments

Use MetaFilter to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Use MetaFilter to prevent Alzheimer's disease. It seems that a love of reading may help reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
People with more education, in contrast, seem at lower risk of Alzheimer's. A study presented Sunday of Swedish twins where one twin had Alzheimer's and the other was healthy suggests a love of reading [metafilter.com], as a child and adult, might be protective.
posted by DragonBoy on Jul 9, 2000 - 0 comments

Does it bug anyone else

Does it bug anyone else that if you have a MetaFilter account with cookies enabled, it automatically enters your password (which can be read in view source)???
Personally I think this is a very bad thing, as I've visited metafilter at the library a few times..
posted by Bane on Jun 28, 2000 - 15 comments

Unsurprising posts:

Unsurprising posts: Perhaps this should be in Metatalk (and certainly it's more Matt's business than mine), but I want the readers of MetaFilter to read it. Unless I'm confused, the point of a post to Metafilter is to satisfy two criteria:

1. It's interesting to the readership.
2. It's something they're unlikely to discover or encounter elsewhere on their own.

As I look at MetaFilter today, I see several articles which are nothing except digests of news events which I could just as easily have read at Reuters, or the BBC, or CNN, or any of half a dozen other normal web sites. Unless the post here includes an odd editorial slant, just what does it contribute that I can't get from those other sites?

To contrast this, we spent a great deal of time discussing Elian over a period of weeks, and many of those articles included links to the mainline news organizations. But these were means to permit commentary, not treated as ends in themselves.

If you want to tell us that the Dutch truck driver has been indicted, tell us something else besides which we can't discover by visiting CNN or Reuters or the BBC. And why were we told about the end of the hostage standoff in Fiji? What was added here beyond what I would have discovered on my own at CNN?

Unfortunately, what this looks like is "Gawd, this is neat! I want to participate, too!" syndrome. That part's fine, but before you say something, make sure you have something worth saying!
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jun 23, 2000 - 25 comments

Kottke offers a good critique of online discussions (like MeFi), and he makes some excellent suggestions on how to improve them. He quotes an unnamed source: "The problem with online forums is that those who have very little to contribute participate the most while those with valuable information to share participate the least." Now, let's try to keep the conversation cordial...
posted by ericost on Jun 21, 2000 - 2 comments

404: Blog Nicely III has moved to MetaTalk

404: Blog Nicely III has moved to MetaTalk
Please post your comments there. Thank you (This is a recording)
posted by EricBrooksDotCom on Jun 14, 2000 - 0 comments

Is it me, or are things getting entirely too self-referential around here?

Is it me, or are things getting entirely too self-referential around here?
posted by baylink on May 26, 2000 - 21 comments

I have a question for Matt. I notice on the Zeldman comment that someone also has the same username as me. I am jay. There is also another jay. I don't think anyone would want to impersonate me, but for some people on this list, this might be a problem. We could all become mathowies, I even created my own mathowie account to see if this really works and it does.
posted by jay on May 19, 2000 - 10 comments


GiveQuick! I'm not sure what triggered the thought, but I realized that MetaFilter - and many of the sites of MetaFilter users - weren't around when GiveQuick began, and so I thought it might be nice to (re)introduce the idea. The premise? Affiliate fees from your own site can easily be redirected to nonprofit organizations - with absolutely no administrative costs deducted from those fees. You might also consider making online purchases through a participating GiveQuick site. Just a thought.
posted by judith on May 3, 2000 - 1 comment


Autobloggatio I had a good laugh not once but twice at the bitch-slapping I underwent for the putative sin of blogging myself on Metafilter. I had a laugh even though I thought the intent was to ridicule, slag, and deride. En tout cas, I blogged myself two different ways. On a couple of occasions, I pointed to pages I'd developed as a service to netters and bloggers Xenoblogs (list of un-American blogs) and the Buyer's Guide to Alternadomains. One makes no apologies for providing pages as a public service and making them known to the public. The other case involved ruminations on love at first sight. Lacking a discussion mechanism at my blog and knowing that people would have knowledge on the topic I had no access to (breeders, for example), I posted on Metafilter. IMHO this reveals an unserved need: Blogger et al. may make it possible to update your Weblog from any browser, but what we need is a way to automate discussion on topics blogged on individual pages. As it stands, bloggers are like home-office workers who have to meet clients at cafés: They have to go out of house. Is it possible that, for blogging to work at a level beyond howling at the moon or a tree falling in the wilderness, we need automated tools for dialogue at our own sites? Should Metafilter and (to a lesser degree) Webqueeries be the only collaborative Weblogs? Clearly this would blur the distinction between blogs and mailing lists, but so what? Among mailing lists, blogs, Yahoo clubs, and instant messaging, we already have a fractured set of media of two-way and multi-way communication. A bit more fracturing ain't gonna hurt; the horse has long since bolted from the stable. (Aside: Guestbooks work poorly in my experience. Even Zeldman's. Mine is a joke. In the immortal words of Bad Religion, there's no substance. A blog gives visitors something to talk about beyond "How do you like my page?")
posted by joeclark on May 2, 2000 - 33 comments

Strangers When We Meet

Strangers When We Meet There are no fewer than a dozen bloggeurs in Toronto, and four of us got together f2f on Saturday the 29th, experiencing a climate change from summer to autumn in the space of three hours. Always slightly alien to meet online friends in person, but it worked well. (Subject line is a Smithereens quote for which I can find no online lyrics – good copyright policing, that. "Please don't look my way when you see me on the street. We will still be strangers when we meet." Not anymore, bien entendu.)
posted by joeclark on Apr 29, 2000 - 2 comments

You know, we seem to be saying "wow" a *lot*, lately...
posted by baylink on Apr 27, 2000 - 5 comments


HTML Tags the new porn
posted by dangerman on Apr 18, 2000 - 7 comments

This whole click tracking thing...

This whole click tracking thing... There's a spinoff discussion going on concerning the fact that I post links with embedded click-counting munging, so that I can see how many people are interested in the various topics I post, both here and on my own 'log.

On the basis of 2 replies, Matt's decided "he's glad he doesn't do that", and I think that might be a slight overreaction...
posted by baylink on Apr 18, 2000 - 18 comments

Keeping up with the breakneck pace of life at a San Francisco startup isn't as easy as it looks.
posted by jjg on Apr 3, 2000 - 8 comments

I can't tell if this is an April Fool's parody of a certain someone or not, but have a great weekend! I'm still digging!
posted by mathowie on Mar 31, 2000 - 6 comments

For those of you that don't want to wade through the previous discussion - I'll summarize.     "It's all good."
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 29, 2000 - 14 comments

Metafilter is going down at 12 noon, PST (about 3 hours from now), and should be back up around 8pm. I just signed up this machine at TZO.com, so this site should be reachable at http://metafilter.tzo.com/ once I get it back up. TZO is actually a cool service, I've been running it for almost a year on my home cable modem, which changes IP addresses once a month or so (but thanks to TZO, I can always find it).
posted by mathowie on Mar 24, 2000 - 1 comment

now that's just sikk.

now that's just sikk.
posted by palegirl on Mar 21, 2000 - 1 comment

MetaTalk is now live.

MetaTalk is now live. I've been talking about it for a while, and now it's here. The addition of it and the Changelog does crowd up the menus a bit more, but a redesign is in the works so consider this a temporary inconvenience
posted by mathowie on Mar 3, 2000 - 1 comment

Matt "Mr. Metafilter" Haughey in his PJs

Matt "Mr. Metafilter" Haughey in his PJs
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Feb 24, 2000 - 6 comments

metafilter is famous!!! well.... maybe?

metafilter is famous!!! well.... maybe? "Metafilter is a weblog that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. Its purpose is to break down the barriers between people, to extend a weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members. The site has centralized numerous discussions so you can participate on topics ranging from the "New Northern Ireland" to "Microsoft's font demos". The topics get more interesting as people with different interests participate. Esoteric Collaboration"
posted by efader on Feb 5, 2000 - 3 comments


Bloat!, which has historically been a site with scathing reviews of popular weblogs, has in recent weeks become a source of excellent opinion and well thought out suggestions. For the first time, MetaFilter gets into the top ten, and I have to say some of the comments are right on the money. I hate posting information about this site on the main page, and T. Radhuis picks up on that. I'll be adding a couple links to the navigation, one being "news' with MetaFilter-centric posts and comments (and yeah, I understand that I just turned this post into another one about MF, I swear this is the last). I don't know about splitting the comments into good and bad, especially since posters would choose which thread to add their comment (which could be abused).
posted by mathowie on Jan 28, 2000 - 0 comments

Note to MF users: posting a link is down for the rest of the day until I rework some of the scripts. Too many "hey look at me" posts for one day, thankyouverymuch. Read an earlier set of comments to see what's coming soon.
posted by mathowie on Jan 27, 2000 - 9 comments

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