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A tag-searhc Pony

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:13:41 GMT

Sometimes people misspell their tags on posts. An example: this old post of mine which I tagged with bobbygentry instead of bobbiegentry. (I've since fixed this.) Right now, when you search by tag you get back a list of matching tags and tags that contain your search as a substring. I think it would be helpful if we also returned a list of results that have similar spellings in case the post you're trying to find has a tag typo.

Metatalktail Hour: Media Recs

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:08:33 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I want to know what you've been reading, watching, listening to, or otherwise enjoying and want to recommend to everyone else who's looking for something new to enjoy!

Or tell us anything else that's going on! Avoid politics, and send me suggestions for future topics.

Stop the Violence

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:23:42 GMT

I've noticed an uptick in the number of comments I see that express the desire to see violence done to someone, whether from face-punches or guillotines. I know that the general MeFite psyche is bruised and battered after an exhausting 16 months since the election, but these types of comments leave me feeling like the only place I know on the internet with sane discourse is losing its way. I'd like to remind people that though their violent fantasies may feel justified, they are still troubling for others to read.

Article on creativity in rural vs urban areas - help me find?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:41:37 GMT

I *swear* I read an article here on MetaFilter about a study done that measured creative output in rural areas compared to urban ones. It found that urban areas had more creative output due to the higher concentration of creative types. There was synergy in being around other creative people that made you more creative yourself. I'm Googling and have searched the site but cannot find it. It was not a formal research paper but an article (that likely cited a study/studies). I'm helping with a UU sermon on creativity and would like to reference it if only I could find it! If it rings a bell for you, I'd greatly appreciate it!

Happy to be back...

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:34:40 GMT

A little bug came across me, out of nowhere, and reminded me: MetaFilter! It's been a handful of years since I've posted, and over a decade since I joined - with the Facebook et. al controversies of the world, I am thrilled to be back on the first "social network" community I joined aside from the myriad forums of the late '90's and early naughties. I am beyond thrilled to see that the same substance that drew me here to begin with is alive and well (HTML tags, yes!). Any other folks return after an extended hiatus? I have some profile work to do here but, feedback wise - is the magic still here? It still seems like it but we are fantastic at tricking ourselves into what we want to believe.

Thank you.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:08:30 GMT

It's been a rather crappy past decade for me.. Wife passed away in '09 as y'all well know, diagnosed with T2 diabetes and stage 4 kidney cancer last June, surgery to remove a kidney and tumor last September, and ongoing chemo to reduce the metastasis in my lungs, and I'll eventually need surgery to rebuild my left shoulder due to a bone lesion. Through all this - y'all have been the most kind, caring, considering, and just gently awesome folks I could ever as for. Even when I'm having a really crappy day, I end up reading something on here, or talking to a MeFite on twitter (I'm @mrbill) that just makes me smile and cheer up a bit. So, in short, I'm all schmoopy right now.. thank you. Thank you Matt, Cortex, Jessamyn, and all y'all.

Winter Storm Xanto

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:18:55 GMT

and all their assorted related mid April weather miseries check in thread. How are you handling the snow / freezing rain / thunderstorms / tornadoes / fire weather?


Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:22:04 GMT

Instead of Reddit I use MetaFilter. Instead of Twitter I use Mastodon. I'm interested in what your other alternative platforms are? I'm also interested in platforms like MetaFilter that are designed/maintained by people that are trustworthy. These choices matter because I'm trying my best to be a part of a more ethical/social platform and still stay connected with a digital community. What are your recommendations?

Metatalktail Hour: Empty Orchestra

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:50:33 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I'm curious to know your go-to karaoke song, if you have one! And if you don't (or even if you do!), you can tell us what you're doing this weekend.

Is your pet on Instagram?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:55:36 GMT

It's time for a roll call of the social-media inclined pets of Metafilter!

Inspired by dobbs' lovely comment in the rescue dog controversy thread, I am very curious to see what other Mefites have created an Instagram account for their furry (or feathered or scaly!) friends. Here is mine! Show me yours!

Fucking Fuck X - The Enfuckenating

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:05:02 GMT

Do not go gentle into that good night

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Here is where you post your cries for justice, your anguish and your fury.

Here is where you share your irritation at the world.

Or share something nice if you want. That would also be nice.

Also, support your fellow MeFite, for as someone wise once said, "Everyone needs a hug."

Learned League and more

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:10:53 GMT

User 1 interviews user 292 on the Hobby Horse podcast.

"Also On" Cleanup

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:32:39 GMT

We've tidied up a bit in the "also on" sites in your profile. First, the cleanup discussed previously has been done. Thank you to everyone who categorised websites on the wiki and made it easier on me (if no less saddening) to remove deceased sites. Second, Mastodon and Diaspora have been, after requests and discussion, added.

Because of the federated nature of both sites and because there's no way to guarantee the location of a profile page, for these two social networks, the thing to do is to copy and paste in the URL to your profile, rather than your username.

For instance, rather than using as a username, you would use

For Diaspora, the same applies: Instead of, the sadly unwieldy is the thing to use.

Other than that, all the requested sites in the Wiki have been added, as well as Autostraddle and GitLab, which were in Past Suggestions but now able to be added.

Please let us know if there are any problems.

RIP kmennie

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:18:25 GMT

I am sad to share that longtime member kmennie passed away on December 26th, 2017.

Her family announced this on her Facebook page, which has been memorialized. She was a smart, opinionated lady and a devoted mother; I'm sad we won't have her around for the years to come.

Metatalktail Hour: I Need a Hero!

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:43:19 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, AugustWest wants to know, "Do you have any heroes and if so, who are they and why are they your hero?"

as always, chat about whatever's on your mind except politics. (And of course heroes might involve a little politics but let's not fight about the Present Unpleasantness.)


Sat, 07 Apr 2018 01:51:47 GMT

What are the best 'called it' moments from here?

Can't we have nice (fake) things?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 23:31:16 GMT

This isn't a call out at all, I just wanted to let people know how I'm affected and see if others have had the same difficulty. I'm pretty sure my executive function isn't as great as it could be... but I REALLY struggle when people are telling backstories and asking for advice and use letters instead of fake names to anonymise the people they're discussing. Eg X said to Y they failed to post the letter but Y had given it to B on the way to C and D's house because Z was in Hobart . Easier for me : Patrick said to Tim he'd failed to post the letter but Tim had given it to Trinh on the way to Rachel and Krista's house because Bronwyn was in Hobart. May I suggest that it's a lot easier for us to follow who the actors are if you give fake names? I'd like to ask people to consider using entire names, or nouns or something other than letters. It's super hard to follow. Even on a professional white background. ;-)

As a narrative practice it dehumanises very human questions and makes it complicated to follow for people like me. (And maybe others?) When it's only two actors it's hard, but when there are more it's very confusing and almost impossible in a sea of text.

The green is my favourite place and human relations are my favourite thing to read and consider (much more than I comment). This convention which works to anonymise can also dehumanise. I've noticed that journalists tend to use pseudonyms rather than initials. (Which seems more legal thing. )

I'm only posting because I wanted us to talk about it and wondered if others struggled the same way with those style of questions and for people to consider it might be hard for some to follow single letters in a wall of text. My eyesight isn't what it was, maybe that's part of but it affects my ability to engage but either way it's very challenging for me. Thank you for your consideration. .

Question about lack of a post on Gaza.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:30:37 GMT

Do we not have a post about what's happening in Gaza because of the whole "Metafilter doesn't handle Israel/Palestine well", or because no one has made a post yet?

If it's the latter, I wonder if it's because of the former. Are the mods willing to approve periodic I/P posts, but no one bothers to make them because the expectation is that we aren't supposed to?


Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:40:45 GMT

Can this be the thread where we post pictures of our bicycles?

With this FPP, presumably Springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, and #30daysofbiking in effect for the month worldwide...


Paypal fee increase for Australians

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:18:44 GMT

Australian Paypal has informed us that as of April 5th, "sending money internationally to friends or family" will now incur a fixed fee of $5.99 AUD+2.6% of the portion funded +fixed fee based on the currency.

Is Metafilter accepting donations via Paypal as a transfer from friends or family? Because this will obviously eat up most if not all of a small donation to Metafilter made by through australian paypal. Or we'll get charged $12 for a $5 donation. The only other fee structure seems to be sending money to sellers, which is a small % fee. At least one aussie mefi has changed to Stripe, which I believe has worked.

Here are the new fee details:

I'm not sure if this is happening in other countries. Surprisingly hard to google. But it's worth reading the small print on fee change info that Paypal sends.