I wrote a little utility to convert the massive text file one obtains from the Export Your Comments page into a variety of other formats suitable for various purposes. Currently converts to HTML, JSON, or Unix-style MBOX (mailbox) format. [more inside]
I figured it was time to update these.
Graphs of the number of posts and comments, the number of unique posters and commenters, and users joining and leaving the site from January 1, 2010 through Jun 15, 2019. I may add some more later if I come up with any other interesting metrics.
I've been playing around with this API that I was making for kind of a joke Metafilter-filter extension (I have since shelved the filterer). Since I'm not planning on finishing Metafilter-filter, I wanted to still do something with the API, so I've hooked it up to this website! [more inside]
In long threads, the back-and-forths that arise can be hard for others to follow. I try to make a habit of linking back to and/or quoting the original comment, but the formatting can be a nuisance. This userscript adds a link to each comment to auto-fill your reply with those details. [more inside]
Rewrites of three existing Metafilter Greasemonkey scripts in web extension format. [more inside]
Last time, I trained an LSTM neural network to generate British placenames. This time, I trained one on Ask Metafilter questions to see if the questions it generated might tell us anything about humanity. (Spoilers: yes, of course it did). [more inside]
Magically translate AskMe song recommendations into Spotify playlists (it takes a minute or two). [more inside]
A once userscript, now Chrome extension that makes it easy to identify popular (i.e. heavily favorited) comments in a MetaFilter discussion. A line to the left of the comment increases in width the more favorites it gets, so you can easily spot them at a glance. [more inside]
As foretold eight years ago by goodnewsfortheinsane, it has come to pass!
A Greasemonkey script that allows adding custom tags beside usernames. It places a small link after usernames on posts/comments which can be clicked to open the tagger UI. From here you can create the tag [text and color] and it will instantly be applied to all occurrences of this username. Clicking an existing tag will open the UI again to edit or delete it. [more inside]
An independently-run MetaFilter-related project that tweets to all followers anything I've flagged as "fantastic". [more inside]
Tweeting MetaFilter post deletion reasons at @mefideleted to celebrate the wise and gentle hand of moderation reaching from the heart to the edge of our community. [more inside]
Seven current Greasemonkey scripts and Chrome extensions written by me, six(ish) following the request of MetaFilter users. These scripts and extensions have been successfully tested with MetaFilter after its recent redesign, including support for both the modern and classic themes. [more inside]
I spent some time writing a Greasemonkey script that allows a user to modify the number of comments shown on a metafilter post by the number of favorites it has received. This work is based heavily on previous Greasemonkey scripts (thanks go to Jordan Reiter and Jimmy Woods) which were no longer working on the new modern theme. I've added in a few new features as well. Works on all the subsites that have comments. For a full description and some screenshots, please view the Greasy Fork page. [more inside]
The exports of Metafilter are numerous in amount. One thing they export is Simpsons quotes, or as the Indians call it, “memes”. Another famous Indian was “Crazy Horse”. In conclusion, Metafilter is a land of contrast. Thank you. [more inside]
Put Metafilter Music in your pocket! With MetaFilter Radio for iOS, you can listen to songs posted to Metafilter Music, hear episodes of the Metafilter Podcast, and retrieve and play your playlists, all from your iPhone or iPod touch. Requires iOS 7 or higher. [more inside]
The Oracle of Mefi is a collection of intelligent, insightful, funny or otherwise interesting comments from all over Mefi. [more inside]
Secret Metafilter highlights discussions that are still active on older Metafilter posts. The idea comes from Metafilter user painquale, who wished there was a way to easily find older, active threads, and called the body of such threads "Secret Metafilter." [more inside]
On January 4th, 2013, Authorized User said: “For the longest time I have had the theory that for every FPP there is a somewhat relevant Mitchell & Webb sketch.” This project is intended to both test that theory and act as an indispensable tool for MeFites.
I made this bookmarklet to help me read through really long comment threads. Sometimes I don't have time to read through all of the comments, but still would like to read the "best" ones, especially those that contain supplementary information or links. [more inside]
A new Greasemonkey script that keeps the titles visible but makes them less (in my opinion, and no offense) obtrusive. It moves them down to after the main body, and just before the "posted by" line, in italics and the same font size as "posted by". It works on the blue, the green, and the gray. Screenshot here.
Beyond Flavortown - When the users of Metafilter found their website bombarded with negative reviews of the new Times Square eatery, they decided to shuffle on over and see for themselves what the fuss was about. We recorded their reactions.
There's an ongoing effort to transcribe episodes of the Metafilter Podcast. Using Fanscribed, we now have a good platform for letting people drop in and transcribe 30 seconds at a time, without special software. We've been using Fanscribed for a few months now; we've taken care of a dozen older episodes already. [more inside]
Life-Altering Experiences is free for the weekend in honor of MetaFilter's 13-year anniversary. The book is based on one of MetaFilter's most fascinating threads. [more inside]
This is a new Greasemonkey script that looks through the current Metafilter page for links. It puts copies of any that it finds (except for stuff like "posted by Somebody at 12:34") into a sidebar on the right of the page, under "Tags" (and whatever other stuff may be in that area). Also, if you hover your mouse over one of the links (in the sidebar), a popup tooltip will open showing more context (i.e. the text of the comment that the link was from, albeit a pretty poorly formatted version of that text (sorry)).
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!
The MetaCooler is a simple message boards where mefites can stand around talking about television. Spoiler tags included! [more inside]
I've been listening to the songs on Metafilter Music - all the songs! - from the very beginning. On weekday mornings, I'll add a song I like. It's a song of the day podcast. The most popular tags for the music I like so far: electronic, pop, dance, ambient, rock, electronica, synth, techno, instrumental, & indie.
Inspired by cortex's deletion reason, auctioned for charity, and now available as a holiday card for all and sundry. This year, play everyone hence with a Lute Cat of your very own.
The last comments written by MeFites before their accounts become (for whatever reason) disabled. [more inside]
I wrote a Greasemonkey script that lets you, on-the-fly, modify the "favorites" label on comments. Originally written because the November experiment's "faved" was unpopular, but since updated for the classic count of favorites.
I've spent the last few days conducting a comprehensive review, and constructing an annotated index, of the use of variations of the phrase "hurf durf" on Metafilter. The index covers 357 separate comments (and 10 posts) on various parts of the site, in chronological order.
It's Metafilter 2.0. Hopefully to blossom as a clearinghouse for absurdist mefi humor, including bizarre flash apps. This is brand-stinking new; if I'm omitting some good self-reflective mefi blogs or stunts or misc. content, please let me know!
With Matt's blessing, I'm pleased to announce the official, discs-are-in-the-mail, order-yours-today release of the Metafilter Compilation Album—a collection of original tracks by 24 different mefite music acts, put together over seven or so months, with all profits going to charity. We've got about 800 more of these discs, and there's not much time until Christmas/Hannukah/HappyGiftDay.
I spend too much time on Metafilter (and especially Metatalk). I've had I-don't-know-how-many conversations about the site—what it is, what it was, what has[n't] changed, and such—and so I've decided to go spelunking. I'm going to go back and read Metafilter, and blog it. I'm planning to read every n-hundredth or so post, starting from the beginning, and I'll be trying to note various observable trends—users, memes, tone, conversational structure, etc. It won't be rigorously scientific, but hopefully it'll be reasonably objective. Specific analytical notions welcome. Likeminded co-author proposals welcome. Cash welcome.