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It's because they're dicks, right?

Why do people on (phpBB-style) web boards have such a thing against thread necromancy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fleacircus at 1:03 AM on December 12, 2009 (18 comments)

Trolling the front page.

"Publishing anonymous, unvetted, and unreviewed commentary online is hugely divergent from the policies of [mainstream media] publications' print editions. It's a different kettle of fish, one that can stink for the publishers. Indeed, those publishers and their new-media managers are being reckless."
posted to MetaFilter by Ouisch at 11:18 PM on December 5, 2009 (58 comments)

November Favorites Experience concludes. New preferences! Survey! Discuss!

November is over, and favorites are back to normal. In addition, we've got a couple related things to mention: a survey about the November exercise and favorites in general, and a couple of new display options for folks who want to alter the default favorites view.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 12:36 PM on December 1, 2009 (462 comments)

AAAA++++ WOULD SHOP AGAIN - the return of MeFi Mall

Show us your shops! Every year we do a pretty simple page where MeFites who offer things for sale can show off their wares in a holiday store sort of fashion. Last year's shops page is here and we'll start populating the new page over here and eventually replace the older one with the newer one. If you'd like to be part of this, send me your info.
posted to MetaTalk by jessamyn at 6:39 PM on November 22, 2009 (31 comments)

100K raffle is over! Congrats to jamaro!

The 100K raffle is over! In just four days, we raised $12,745 for five good causes thanks to the generosity of several hundred mefites. Video of the drawing here...or if you can't stand the suspense, winners and miscellaneous details are below the fold.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 9:21 PM on November 20, 2009 (264 comments)

Raffling off the big 100K

We're raffling off usernumber 100000! For the next week Through Friday, you can buy $5 raffle tickets (to benefit your choice of five charitable orgs) for a chance to win the big account and airfare to a meetup of your choice.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 8:32 AM on November 16, 2009 (704 comments)

We can remember it for you wholesale!

Memory is not what it used to be! Using a camera to record your daily activities so you will remember what life was like years later? Try SenseCam! Does keeping a Digital Diary screw with your mind and memory?
posted to MetaFilter by mfoight at 10:01 AM on November 3, 2009 (32 comments)

November is National Let's Try Obscuring Favorite Counts Month

For the month of November, we're going to try an experiment with how favorites are displayed. [Note: if this whole experiment is driving you crazy, here's a note on reverting the changes.]
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 12:02 PM on October 31, 2009 (2679 comments)

RT @mathowie Anybody seen sites that scan cats?

Are there good examples of Twitter (or status updates on Facebook) being used to answer questions AskMe-style? Or even better, to collaboratively solve a problem, like when the Scooby Gang here sussed out Kaycee Nicole?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:13 PM on October 22, 2009 (16 comments)

Seeking help with my research of online communities

I am writing a dissertation about online communities, and MetaFilter will serve as the primary focus of my research. I need your help to better understand why MetaFilter functions better than so many other online communities. Can you spare 15-30 minutes to complete a short survey to improve our understanding of online communities?
posted to MetaTalk by lewistate at 10:55 AM on October 20, 2009 (733 comments)

"One of you will betray me with a self link before the cock crows thrice"

Some time ago, I did a post about parodies of "The Last Supper". Little did I know at the time that the Greatest Spoof Ever would feature MetaFilter's Own Jesus H. Shatner (although in retrospect, it seems obvious). Ladies and Gentlemen, a masterpiece by leonardo pjern, "The Last Round"
posted to MetaTalk by wendell at 12:03 AM on October 5, 2009 (117 comments)

What Should I Do To Make My Blog Grow And Kick More Ass Even Though I Have No Free Time?

Tips on how to keep a blog's potential growing when your available time is shrinking...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by miss lynnster at 11:41 PM on September 19, 2009 (11 comments)

“We believe this is a revolution...Content retrieval is now centralized and production is decentralized.”

Google makes public domain books available for instant custom printing. Show up anywhere that has one of the book printing machines. Select one of the millions of public domain titles in Google Books digital library. Pay around the price of a mass market paperback. The machine then prints a copy of your desired book* in a few minutes, as demonstrated in this lovingly narrated video.
posted to MetaFilter by voltairemodern at 10:29 PM on September 17, 2009 (48 comments)

Where do the insiders hang out?

Do you know of any industry specific public online forums where insiders discuss common problems or share helpful tips?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Diddly at 10:08 AM on September 9, 2009 (12 comments)

What great town Web sites are there? Or what should be on one?

I have an opportunity to produce a kickass community Web site for my town. What cities already have wonderfully interactive, community Web sites I can look at for inspiration, or what do you think a killer town Web site should have or be like?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by wackybrit at 5:44 PM on August 4, 2009 (13 comments)

MeFi Auctions

A dude set up a tiny auction site designed to sell to a small, trusted community. I think something similar would work well for MeFi. (via DF)
posted to MetaTalk by The Devil Tesla at 7:14 PM on July 27, 2009 (64 comments)

Chopin's Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4, for Guitar and Kazoo

As promised.
posted to MeFi Music by nosila at 8:14 PM on July 15, 2009 (8 comments)


Coding Horror Guy celebrates MetaFilter's 10th Birthday by making a post with the title Meta Is Murder and bringing in cortex to explain how MetaTalk "is key to the success of the site because it's a sort of release valve." So relieve yourselves here.
posted to MetaTalk by wendell at 11:20 AM on July 17, 2009 (62 comments)

Should the profiles of deceased MeFites be preserved?

When an account is disabled, all the profile information disappears. Might it be better to preserve the information when the account is disabled due to the owner's death?
posted to MetaTalk by Faint of Butt at 9:09 AM on July 16, 2009 (83 comments)

Bringin' it old-school.

Birthday thoughts from an old-timer.
posted to MetaTalk by solistrato at 12:05 PM on July 15, 2009 (82 comments)

Hapyy birthday, MetaFilter, from TechRadar!

TechRadar has celebrated MetaFilter's 10th birthday.
posted to MetaTalk by salmacis at 5:38 AM on July 14, 2009 (64 comments)

I'll Trade You Ten Mint Patties For A Pack Of American Spirit

Anybody interested in some Australian-American free market shenanigans?
posted to MetaTalk by turgid dahlia at 6:45 PM on July 11, 2009 (175 comments)

Who has cameras?

So who's engaging in tenth birthday webcammery?
posted to MetaTalk by pompomtom at 8:13 PM on July 12, 2009 (33 comments)

How to scan a cat and other subjects

A nice piece on Metafilter, including an audio interview with Mathowie, from the Toronto Globe and Mail.
posted to MetaTalk by bowline at 10:16 AM on July 9, 2009 (131 comments)

MeFi user matching?

You know what would be neat? If MetaFilter could show you a list of users who are similar to you, based on your favoriting histories, the tags on your posts, the tags on AskMe posts to which you've replied, etc. Or if MeFi matched up users who favorited each other's stuff a lot. Sort of like OkCupid's matching engine, but simpler—and not necessarily for dating purposes.
posted to MetaTalk by ixohoxi at 7:59 PM on June 19, 2009 (79 comments)

It is available through churches and at Wal-Marts....

“They are brands that may not be considered cool by the often elitist and self-absorbed standards of New York media,” she said. She had taken a car from Manhattan that morning, and wore a pink wool shirt-dress, patent leather Manolo Blahnik heels, and diamond hoop earrings.

Reader's Digest jumps the shark. (NYT)
posted to MetaFilter by squalor at 10:27 AM on June 19, 2009 (177 comments)

You Can't Filter Twitter: Clay Shirky TED Talk on Global Citizen Journalism

As turmoil continues in Iran, with protesters and members of the opposition party empowered by Twitter and camera-equipped cell phones, Clay Shirky gives a TED Talk on the emerging global era of bottom-up journalism, including the phenomenon of the transfer of social technology patterns from the second and third world to the first. Previously
posted to MetaFilter by macross city flaneur at 6:21 PM on June 16, 2009 (48 comments)

The Hallway

The Hallway by Miranda July.
posted to MetaFilter by 2or3whiskeysodas at 7:29 AM on May 28, 2009 (46 comments)

Help me find a blog post on web hosting!

Where did I read about a semi-famous blogger and entrepreneur's advice on webhosting?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pwnguin at 7:56 PM on May 24, 2009 (6 comments)

"An approach to fair ad blocking"

The maker of popular plugin Adblock Plus has issued a proposal for a solution that would allow publishers to unblock their ads in certain circumstances.
posted to MetaFilter by jbickers at 2:20 PM on May 11, 2009 (188 comments)

Twits in space

Astronaut Mike Massimino is twittering his experiences today, as he undergoes preparations for launch to the Hubble Space Telescope. He is supposed to keep up the updates during the entire mission.
posted to MetaFilter by Catfry at 7:01 AM on May 11, 2009 (43 comments)

How come nothin is tagged "nekkid?"

Tag! You're It! The Brooklyn Museum is inviting its user community to tag its online collection.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 3:19 PM on May 1, 2009 (26 comments)

Where are all the writers to fill up these blank pages?

How do I find writers for a site when I can't pay them anything yet? I've got a few sites I run with wordpress software behind them and they're all fairly mature and fall under different categories of success and usefulness. I just cannot run them all. Is there a site for disenfranchised writers of any skill to list themselves so I can pluck them from the masses?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TimeDoctor at 1:17 AM on April 25, 2009 (22 comments)

What are the best internet events for start-ups to attend?

What events should an internet start-up attend in the US and in Europe in order to get know and gain recognition?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by remcobron at 2:54 PM on April 23, 2009 (1 comment)

Avoiding "not available in your country" messages

I'm sick of "not available in your country" messages. What's the best workaround? I've tried looking for proxies but I can never seem to find a decent one and when I do find one that works (briefly) changing back and forth is a real pain.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by alby at 3:16 PM on April 19, 2009 (10 comments)

Help me find independent journalists

Looking for independent news sites and journalists' blogs
posted to Ask MetaFilter by reenum at 2:30 PM on April 16, 2009 (8 comments)

How do I find a flash gallery for my website that pulls from my Flickr account?

Is there a fully customizable flash image gallery for my website that will pull photos from my Flickr sets?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jnnla at 5:46 PM on April 15, 2009 (4 comments)

I want to put a web site on my Kindle.

Is there a simple way to convert a multi-page website to a mobi-format book for reading on a Kindle? The site contains html-text plus graphics, but no interactivity.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by grumblebee at 12:20 PM on April 10, 2009 (10 comments)

Why would a company need a blog?

Why would a company need a blog?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 913 at 6:06 PM on April 8, 2009 (13 comments)

How do I get my links in Twitter to post to Delicious?

Is there a way or tool to easily wed Twitter to Delicious, through sickness and in health? Preferably more health...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by metalheart at 3:31 PM on April 4, 2009 (3 comments)

Good examples of neighborhood/community websites?

Examples of good urban neighborhood community websites?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by octothorpe at 12:28 PM on April 3, 2009 (9 comments)

Looking for a multi-user video screening platform online.

I need to show a 45 minute film to a bunch of people spread all over the country. I want them to log into a space and all screen it at the same time – perhaps even while they are connected to me by conference call or webinar. It has to be a password protected space, and the film would have to taken down immediately after the participant completed the viewing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 7:01 PM on April 2, 2009 (8 comments)

Are there good alternatives to Google Moderator?

The White House highlighted the power of Google Moderator when they used it for their Open for Questions forum. Are there any alternatives to Google Moderator that would give me more flexibility with authentication?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ufris at 7:45 PM on March 27, 2009 (7 comments)

interesting profiles

We have profiles:
posted to MetaTalk by wheelieman at 4:47 PM on March 26, 2009 (55 comments)

What was the first website to hide troll's activity to everyone but the troll himself?

In this article, Clive Thompson says Disqus invented "selective invisibility" -- the moderation technique of hiding the activity of troublemakers and trolls from everyone but the troll themselves. I know this can't be true, mostly because I implemented it on Upcoming.org back in 2003. But I remember the idea floating around long before that, and some old online communities definitely implemented it, but I can't remember which ones. Any old-schoolers remember?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by waxpancake at 10:31 PM on March 25, 2009 (26 comments)

What is a reputable, low-cost, non-PayPal merchant account to accept credit cards online?

What are some reputable, low-cost, non-PayPal merchant accounts that enable you to accept credit cards online? Extra credit question: what are the best designed and lowest cost Web store options?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by roxie110 at 12:19 PM on March 17, 2009 (15 comments)

Help me delete America!

No matter what I do, the US-ENGLISH setting on my spellcheck keeps returning from the dead like a bad guy in a horror movie.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by the latin mouse at 2:42 AM on March 14, 2009 (8 comments)


Web Tech Guy and Angry [Museum] Staff Person. A very funny animation for the museums workers and librarians subset of Mefites. From Michael Edson at Smithsonian 2.0.
posted to MetaFilter by LarryC at 4:57 PM on March 9, 2009 (47 comments)
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