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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:24:51 GMT

Greetings, Sapients! Did you know: MetaFilter has an official chat channel/room/etc.? This is a fact: IT DOES! [previously: the unofficial MetaFilter chat site] It is a very fun and interesting and wondrous place (especially when I am not there) full of assorted cute animal GIFs (especially when Metafilter's Own bread crumbs is there) and random nonsense (especially when I AM there). I promise you that we do not bite unless you sign the consent form and submit it in triplicate three weeks or greater in advance - guess how that tradition started! You will have to guess, the court records are sealed. Ha HA! Dental appliances. Please stay frosty and/or toasty, and as always, vote your preferred brand of quidnunc kid #1!

Real Life Impact

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:16:31 GMT

Tim Carmody, posting on, polled about "websites that changed your life". Of the relatively small number of answers, four were from MetaFilter:

1. The Emotional Labour thread
2. For the person who's got everything, an update seriously required here: "I read this post, applied, and had a play made for me."
3. A post by decathecting "that describes the grinding reality of daily low-grade sexual harassment."
4. AskMetafilter itself.

What else would you add?

Metatalktail Hour: Other Science Facts

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:48:22 GMT

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! In honor of the March for Science, share your favorite science story or science fact!

Science stories can be from history or they can be from your personal science adventures or they can be about how you set your high school lab partner's hair on fire (possibly I am speaking from experience ...)! Remember, these are just conversation starters, not conversation limiters, so feel free to kibbitz about anything you like, excluding politics!

Metatalktail Hour: Wrongness in the Kitchen

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:09:21 GMT

What's the weirdest/worst/dumbest/most obnoxious thing in your kitchen?

Today's question comes courtesy of last night's Portland Oregon meetup, specifically from Phire and LoRichTimes visiting from Canada.

It's a mixed-up weekend because of Easterlings (Eyebrows is out of the office), so I'm kicking this sucker off early because why not. As always, these are conversation starters, not conversation limiters, so feel free to gab about anything that's on your mind -- just not politics.

Best of the Best of the Best, Sir! With Honors, Sir!

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:09:45 GMT

Click on "My Profile". Click on the number to the right of "Favorited by others:". Just to the right of the phrase "Show Favorites Activity", click on the word "Popular". Copy and paste the top result into this MeTa thread (with hyperlink).

please shorten the new post window by a few hours

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:06:28 GMT

I frequently find myself with time to browse, compose, and share content at about the same time of day. Multiple times it's happened that I type my stuff in, hit 'post' and get an error message that I have to wait, say, 18 more minutes, or 6 more minutes. This is mildly annoying. I suggest the post wait time be shortened from 24 hours to say, 21 hours or 23 hours.

MeFites on Mastodon?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 01:57:37 GMT

I'm curious about the hot new Twitter alternative--it's decentralized, it's noncommercial, it's anti-Nazi, etc. But as with all social networks, it's only as good as the people you know on it. So if you're on Mastodon, tell what you think of the service so far, and if you recommend any particular instance.

"Most Favorited Tracks from your contacts" is A Thing

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:19:01 GMT

  1. Go to
  2. Check sidebars
  3. One will list "Most Favorited Tracks from your contacts"
  4. Some of these songs won't be Jingle Rock Bell (but luckily some will)
  5. Punch 'Em In The Dick!
  6. (Er, by which I mean "please comment, favourite or just enjoy listening to the best of MeFi Music")
  7. Cheers MetaFilter!

This is a good/bad post and I should feel good/bad (mods plz delete as appropriate).


Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:02:00 GMT

cortex shared some wikkid heavy synthy metal and video game covers made by Master Boot Record. Then MBR found MeFi, and answered some questions and provided some clarifications.

FanFare Needs a Pony

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:22:38 GMT

FanFare turns three years old this month and needs pretty pictures as a present.

At the bottom of the Visualizing the impact of US politics megaposts on the blue thread here on MetaTalk there was some surprising unanimity of opinion (Five people agreeing without dissent!) on the idea that FanFare would benefit from having the ability to post images and gifs.

The thinking here is fairly straight forward. With most of the discussions so centered around images it would be a boon to be able to post images in the thread as examples to make discussion easier and more enjoyable. It would also make FanFare more in line with the way people seem to be using the web now and other sites that discuss media and the arts.

My working assumption would be that the site would hide the images as the default and only show them when clicked on to make the threads less cumbersome to load and browse if this were to happen. I have no knowledge, however, of how difficult this would be to implement or maintain, so that is a consideration that could provide difficulty for the idea.

Twitter links broken?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:38:25 GMT

For the past week or two, anytime I try to click on a link to Twitter while reading Metafilter on my phone, I get an error message. I can access Twitter directly. What gives? Anybody else have this problem?

April Showers Bring May Flowers*

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:25:05 GMT

What we plant, we sow. The flowers we have during the summer can be of our choosing. How about we take from whenever this is posted until May 1 to create as many simply happy, joyous, silly, or positive posts as possible to The Blue?

Animal videos that are happy! "News Of The Weird" as long as the weird is wonderful! World Events News posts that bring a smile! We can use it right now! More explanation points!

I mean, really, I'm looking at the front page right now, and it's not a happy place overall. Let's pull the nose up on this negativity train.

*but what to May flowers bring? Pilgrims! #sorrynotsorry

Quiet Car Dance Party

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:53:47 GMT

Mod Emeritus Jessamyn is stuck on a delayed Amtrak train but she seems to be ok.

LearnedLeague roundup 2

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:21:51 GMT

It's been 2 1/2 years since the last "Hey, who's on LearnedLeague, and who wants to be?" post. Some folks got invited then, and some folks (like me!) got invited later, as a result of posting in that thread. Referrals for LL73 are open, so: Who's on LL, and who isn't but wants to be?

As before, nobody can promise you that if you ask a Mefite directly, that they will be able to refer you. Referring someone is vouching for their reliability and non-cheatenousness. I recommend that if you want in, that you post it in the thread, and then over time the Magic of the Internet may bring you an invite.

I'm EdwardsDP, in (checks) Tidewater A, until I go 0-25 next season and get relegated back down to B. Thanks to RossS for my invite!

Metatalktail Hour: Influential Media

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:11:58 GMT

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! I'm late today because I got sucked into The Andy Griffith Show with my 7-year-old, who sometimes deigns to watch old black-and-white sitcoms with me. Today's question is courtesy of frimble, what book (and/or movie and/or etc.) has influenced your life the most, for better or worse?

Remember, these are conversation starters, not conversation limiters, so feel free to gab about anything that's on your mind! Try to avoid politics, or at least skim lightly over it if your pick happens to be political. :)

IRL post achiving pre-event

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:55:13 GMT

This IRL post concerns an event with a long lead time. It's been closed/archived long before the event. Should we rethink archiving posts long before the event? [I tried to use the contact form, but got some weird error page about an invalid construct]


Tue, 04 Apr 2017 07:53:54 GMT

I am not on Facebook. I'm not going to be on Facebook. When a FPP consists of a single link to a Facebook page, it's not much use to me, since FB blocks half the page with a sign-up popup. Maybe posters could warn us private persons that we'd be wasting our time clicking on the link? Thanks.

127: I Have No Tabs And I Must Stream

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:46:33 GMT

Jessamyn I are back in normal podcast business, making up for lost time after last month's Ask A Moderator show by trying to recap two months of MetaFilter despite neither of us having the time to prepare. The result: a goofy biggun at an hour and forty five minutes, covering as much as we can from February 8th through April 3rd.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadMisc - mathowie's recumbent bike selfie photoshop goofiness, flickr group - pupper! April Fools - the Faves & Flags roleplaying system - random character generator - cortex runs an adventure Jobs - Reentry Coordinator by anotherpanacea - Cleaning up a hacked Wordpress by imsoymilk - WordPress in Indy? by Thorzdad - 10-min market research survey about dog parks by schroedingersgirl Interlude re: Deck ads - Fond farewell to ads from The Deck by cortex - Suicide Girls TextAds by mathowie Projects - Vermont Fall Fiber Tour by turtlegirl - Will It Skillet?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet by veggieboy - | An unordered list of every name by AndNeverWell (MeFi Post) - LinkedIn Thought Leadership Generator by missjenny - Ten years of instrument-a-day by moonmilk (MeFi Post) - Double exposure twitter bot by smasuch MetaFilter - "I thought it would be a nice lark. It wasn't." by bondcliff - "No friends. Nothing else to do. Nothing to fill the cold hour." by the man of twists and turns - prioritize and continue to strengthen friendship with Joe and Dennis by theartandsound - Own a skinny piece of Boston history by overeducated_alligator - I've got boxes full of Pepe! by komara - 49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar by jessamyn - I've been thinking about you a lot lately. by cortex - NSFW NSFW Butt Lips Vine Compilation NSFW NSFW by josher71 - "We all float down here." by Fizz - How to make nuts secure by standardasparagus - I told you we were going in deep. by Evilspork - a comment by anildash - Celebrating April Fools' Day, Slashdot Wears Hacker News' Attire by destinyland - a comment by zabuni - Chondrichthyan Tree of Life by tchemgrrl Ask MetaFilter - Where is this Gif from? Odd man skipping in the water version. by Vaike - Who gets to eat this? Quesadilla edition. by reshet - Help me identify an actor! by mikel - Oh ho ho ho!? Porquoi? by Huffy Puffy - Help! My house and everything in it smells like a dirty hippie commune. by Mystical Listicle - No one eats like Gaston by DoctorFedora - Detailed Tech Tales! by capnsue MetaTalk - State of MetaFilter, 2017 by cortex - Visualizing the impact of US politics megaposts on the blue by strangely stunted trees Music - Exit music this episode is Eunice Waltz by frecklefearie. BONUS METAFILTER - Mr. Toad's Wild Hat by Room 641-A [...]

Metatalktail Hour: The Requested Pony

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 23:42:18 GMT

Good Saturday Evening, Metafilter! This week we're hanging out in MetaFilter's new inn, The Requested Pony, from where diverse adventurers may set forth on quests. But we're just here to shoot the breeze!

No conversation starter this week, just general chatter about whatever's going on in your life/you feel like talking about!

The Shadow of Blueberg: A Faves & Flags adventure

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 23:05:06 GMT

Alright, Faves & Flags fans: you rolled your character, you've read the player's manual, and now you're ready to adventure. So sidle in to the local tavern and let's begin!