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Earliest examples of Internet- and computer-based art?

What are the earliest examples of Internet-based art? Are they still online? Do they date all the way back to the 1960s when the Internet was founded? Are there earlier examples of computer-based art from before the advent of the Internet?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mortaddams at 4:57 AM on April 21, 2012 (11 comments)

If I can do it, so can you

Matt Haughey: Lessons From* A 40-Year Old "taking a longer term view of your work and focusing on life/work balance and having a happy life as well as a fulfilling career." One big reason why MetaFilter is my favorite place on the Web.
posted to MetaTalk by oneswellfoop at 9:15 AM on March 19, 2012 (27 comments)

Please help me collect some meta MeTa Data data. Ta! –Me.

Hi Everybody! I'm trying to come up with a "MeFi glossary of terms / phrases / behaviors" to include in my PhD dissertation about linguistics and MetaFilter. If you could help me with this, that would be fantastic. I'm looking to create a list of the types of things that say to you (or to others) "Oh, that's so MetaFilter!" or "That sounds like something a MeFite would say." This could be anything from the use of a single character to a phrase or meme, to a way of doing things here. If you can think of something to add, please share it in the comments. Thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by iamkimiam at 11:29 AM on February 29, 2012 (324 comments)

Thanks, Mefites

AskMe enriched my pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum experience (thus far). Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
posted to MetaTalk by litnerd at 7:46 AM on February 12, 2012 (72 comments)

SOPA/PIPA blackout

We are putting up a black interstitial about SOPA/PIPA for the next 24hrs or so. If you click away from it, you'll get a cookie stored so you won't see it again in the same browser, but what follows is my reasons for doing it.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 9:06 PM on January 17, 2012 (562 comments)

Achievement Unlocked!

At the end of a three-week funding drive, MefightClub has collected $4444.44 dollars (gamers to the end!) for our 2011 donation to the Child's Play charity, which delivers games to sick kids in hospitals. Well played, Mefighters!
posted to MetaTalk by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:49 PM on January 11, 2012 (25 comments)

If your website is full of assholes, it's your fault

Mefite[1] Anil Dash[2] writes[3]: "Simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet." Examples? Why Metafilter, of course, (as well as Stack Exchange sites, of which he is a board member).
posted to MetaTalk by Tuesday After Lunch at 1:57 PM on December 29, 2011 (87 comments)


It has been 10 days since the last banning. In the words of Jessamyn, "None of us have ever seen the number go this high."
posted to MetaTalk by subbes at 12:45 PM on December 30, 2011 (221 comments)

Hard work and learning

Happy Holidays and Thanks to the members and staff for a year of learning, entertainment, provocation, rethinking, skepticism, compassion and every bodies hard work.
posted to MetaTalk by rmhsinc at 8:50 AM on December 24, 2011 (281 comments)

AskMe in the classroom

Can I (or anyone) use AskMe questions for educational purposes?
posted to MetaTalk by to recite so charmingly at 7:04 AM on December 17, 2011 (14 comments)

Here's to Previously Asked Questions

Looking at the old questions really does help so much.
posted to MetaTalk by jefficator at 8:52 AM on December 2, 2011 (52 comments)

mathowie interviews CmdrTaco

"I was a daily reader of Slashdot from about 1997 onwards, and it was a key inspiration for me starting MetaFilter." Matt Haughey interviewed Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, Slashdot founder.
posted to MetaTalk by hat_eater at 2:54 AM on December 1, 2011 (43 comments)

Five Golden Malls -- the fifth year of the MeFi Shops

It's that time of year when people who like that sort of thing can buy/sell stuff to/from other people who like that sort of thing. Last year we had about sixty participants. Interested in being involved in this year's Shops by MeFites? Read on...
posted to MetaTalk by jessamyn at 8:12 AM on November 29, 2011 (53 comments)

Startup alternatives to Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is out: I'm not an American, and don't know any that can front my project. What's the best alternative?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Shepherd at 12:57 PM on November 23, 2011 (7 comments)

MetaTalk Holiday Post Queue

It's almost time for another major US holiday and we're trying something new here at MetaTalk this Thanksgiving: a post queue.
posted to MetaTalk by pb at 9:17 AM on November 22, 2011 (235 comments)

Notes from the Metafilter research panel at AoIR's 12th conference

So, four mefites collaborated on a Metafilter-themed panel last month at at the Association of Internet Researchers's 12th annual Internet Research conference, and we thought we'd go ahead and share our presentation notes and such. Come on in!
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 3:55 PM on November 18, 2011 (58 comments)

Anonymous Questions Update

We've noticed a slight uptick in the number of anonymous questions submitted recently, and we've found that sometimes the questions don't provide the context we need to approve them. So with that in mind we added a small change to the anonymous question form at Ask MetaFilter to help with that. We're now asking why the question should be anonymous.
posted to MetaTalk by pb at 3:22 PM on November 9, 2011 (85 comments)

Introducing shitmycontactformsays.tumblr.com

Curious about the weird this-is-so-not-Metafilter-related mail we get at the contact form? Then you might enjoy Thank You For Contacting Metafilter, aka Shit My Contact Form Says, a tumblr we've put together in the last few days.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 10:46 AM on November 8, 2011 (226 comments)

200,00 AskMe Questions

AskMe post 200,000 happened today. It's just 20k shy of double the number of posts on Metafilter.
posted to MetaTalk by Brent Parker at 11:16 AM on November 3, 2011 (51 comments)

Everyone needs a hug.

I think MeFi needs more hugs. You can join me if you want.
posted to MetaTalk by flex at 5:38 PM on October 24, 2011 (188 comments)

The sun never sets on mathowie's birthday!

Dear mathowie, I was at the Ann Arbor Meetup tihs evening and we made you something.
posted to MetaTalk by jessamyn at 9:15 PM on October 9, 2011 (95 comments)

MeFi stream graphs updated

A few years back I posted some stream graph visualizations of MeFi user activity. cortex pointed out that these had fallen off of the web at some point, so I took the opportunity to update the images through 2011.
posted to MetaTalk by Galvatron at 5:53 PM on October 6, 2011 (62 comments)

Staff Markers in MetaTalk

We just added (staff) markers in the bylines here in MetaTalk if the commenter is a mod.
posted to MetaTalk by pb at 2:46 PM on October 4, 2011 (274 comments)

taz levels up

Modflation continues apace! We're adding a nighttime EU based mod to help cover our bases and that user is (drumroll...) taz! Welcome taz everyone as your new moderator overlord.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:32 AM on September 30, 2011 (223 comments)

FaveRunner: The Video Game Of Missing The Point Of Metafilter

I'm teaching myself the blitting-centric Flash games library Flixel, and my Hello World program sort of got carried away and turned into this silly little platformer in which you try to collect favorites while avoiding the menacing flags. Fifteen levels in three worlds (blue, green, and grey), random fave and flag placement, and, in fine oldschool platformer fashion, compensating for it's shortness by being unfairly hard in spots. Features chiptune snippets of matthewchen is Spamming and Doing the Churlish Pule!
posted to MetaFilter Projects by cortex at 11:16 AM on September 29, 2011 (8 comments)

Game on!

MeFi Mag September issue is HERE!(MagCloud) and also HERE!(pdf direct). It's all about games, and while not the massive tome we'd hoped for (more a modest pastime), it still includes:
posted to MetaTalk by klangklangston at 12:00 PM on September 19, 2011 (60 comments)

Ask MetaFilter Travel Locations

Today we're introducing a new way to find travel questions at Ask MetaFilter: Travel Locations.
posted to MetaTalk by pb at 8:27 AM on September 7, 2011 (113 comments)

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:56 PM on September 1, 2011 (131 comments)


Is it kosher to repost someone else's self-link?
posted to MetaTalk by kyleg at 2:45 PM on August 22, 2011 (26 comments)

Has "worst answer" ever been considered?

Has "worst answer" ever been considered as a clickable response?
posted to MetaTalk by DMelanogaster at 11:40 AM on August 9, 2011 (95 comments)

Five dollars!

Meta-metafilter: What are examples of some other online communities that have successfully kept the quality of posts/forums at a high level by requiring a nominal $5 to $10 signup fee?
posted to MetaTalk by thewalrus at 8:21 PM on July 28, 2011 (50 comments)

ThereIsHelp comes to profile pages, please help us tweak a feature

Please help us finalize details of a ThereIsHelp indicator on user's profile pages who are interested in participating.
posted to MetaTalk by jessamyn at 10:14 AM on July 25, 2011 (403 comments)

Memories in the corners of the site

Memmmmmories.... For MetaFilter's upcoming 12th anniversary we're collecting stories to put on a special new site unveiled on the magic day. Your task is simple: tell us how you found MeFi and what your favorite memory is from the site. Submit your answers here. Thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 2:31 PM on July 6, 2011 (116 comments)

Social Apps Changes

The Social Apps on MetaFilter profile pages are a way for you to show where you're contributing at social networks on the Web. We have a list of 98 sites you can list including Flickr, Twitter, and Last.fm. (Full list here.) We're making a couple changes to Social Apps today including opening up the rules for what services are included and changing the way we include content from those services on profile pages.
posted to MetaTalk by pb at 11:45 AM on June 28, 2011 (116 comments)

Butt Elephant is now the most recent search term

Let's here it for team Butt Elephant.
posted to MetaTalk by 256 at 11:16 AM on June 23, 2011 (95 comments)

Ponies: a comprehensive study in equine requesting practices (MetaFilter, 2011)

What if there was a section of the site dedicated to research projects related to MetaFilter?
posted to MetaTalk by codacorolla at 3:59 PM on May 1, 2011 (13 comments)

Theorizing internet-infused life

Recommend a nonfiction book (or article/essay/shorter piece) that theorizes what life is like now with present internet (and, bonusly, smartphone) technology.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by skwt at 12:17 PM on April 12, 2011 (7 comments)

Everybody's workin on the weekend

Quick announcement to let you know we've brought on a new part-timer to help us out on the weekends, restless_nomad. She's sane, sensible and actually has mod experience from before MeFi. She'll be helping out Friday nights through Sunday nights and you might see her name on contact form replies or weekend spammer banninations.
posted to MetaTalk by jessamyn at 3:24 PM on April 10, 2011 (158 comments)

Wiki addition

I've created a new page on the wiki for images.
posted to MetaTalk by pjern at 5:57 PM on April 9, 2011 (41 comments)

Know of an artist named Art Seller? I do now.

I posted this question about 2 ½ years ago and I wanted to give a followup and say “thanks”.
posted to MetaTalk by horsemuth at 7:36 AM on April 5, 2011 (79 comments)

Calling all Kickstarter Projects

Kickstarter recently started a "Curated Pages" feature where organizations and sites can show off member projects (here's the Creative Commons one for an example). They recently put me in charge of a "MetaFilter" curated projects page and I know I've seen dozens of mefites fund projects on Kickstarter in the past, but if anyone is currently running a project there, let me know and I'll add you to our page and share the URL when we have a few projects listed.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 4:23 PM on April 4, 2011 (42 comments)

MeFi podcast: we'd like to hear from members in Japan

MeFites in Japan, we want to hear from you on the next podcast! After the devastating earthquake just a couple weeks ago, we've all worried about our members in Japan and it was great to see check-ins that things were mostly ok. We'd like to hear from mefites in Japan for the next podcast: call my new Skype Japanese number at (050) 5806-3941 and leave us up to a 90 second message letting everyone know what the quake was like, what the aftermath was like, and how the rebuilding it going. I know 90sec is short, so if you'd like to leave a longer story/message, you can always record a mp3 at home and just send us a link to download it on the contact form. Thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:40 AM on March 27, 2011 (21 comments)

MeFi's own

The Daily Beast has a great piece out on the saga of two Russian immigrants caught up in the sex trade and the work of a handful of brave MeFites who saved them. Cheers!
posted to MetaTalk by mkultra at 5:11 AM on March 23, 2011 (165 comments)

Offering one's services in an AskMe answer?

What is the etiquette for offering one's services as an answer to an AskMe seeking said services?
posted to MetaTalk by Lutoslawski at 3:58 PM on March 14, 2011 (25 comments)

Moderation on MeFi and NPR

"A 5-minute framework for fostering better conversations in comments sections." NPR's Matt Thompson interviews Jessamyn about why a thread about the assault on reporter Lara Logan turned so ugly on NPR's site, but didn't on the blue.
posted to MetaTalk by Horace Rumpole at 8:59 AM on March 7, 2011 (90 comments)

Including Video in an Online Powerpoint?

Easiest way to incorporate videos into a Powerpoint for online viewing?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by aka burlap at 8:23 AM on February 21, 2011 (5 comments)

In Focus - a new news photo blog

In Focus - a new news photo blog [via mefi projects]
posted to MetaFilter by pwally at 6:28 PM on February 9, 2011 (19 comments)

See Mom, all this time wasn't wasted

What do you know now that you didn't know before Metafilter?
posted to MetaTalk by desjardins at 11:31 AM on February 8, 2011 (334 comments)

There is help. Mefi win.

Buried deep in the Bill Zeller obit thread is this (new?) gem from the Mefi Wiki: There is Help.
posted to MetaTalk by nevercalm at 3:13 PM on January 18, 2011 (25 comments)
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