- What is MonkeyFilter?
- Who are the monkeys?
- So what's the point?
- What is metafilter?
- What are all the in-jokes and where
they come from?
- Everyone's having such a good
time. How can I join in?
- What's appropriate to post? What's
- How do I post?
- What are the Curious, George posts?
- Why is there a self-imposed posting
- What HTML can I use?
- How do I post an in-line link?
- Why is my post on the main page twice?
- I logged out and can't log back
- Why didn't anyone comment on my
- What do I do if my thread is
- What if I find a post or comment
- What do I do if I think someone's
abusing the system?
- How can I ask admin a question?
- How can I contribute to
- I don't like the site's colours. Can you
- The site looks funny in my
browser. Can you fix it?
- What's this #mofirc thing?
- I lost my password. Help!
. That's why the
two sites look so similar. Metafilter went through a long period of not admitting new members, so some of the Mefi lurkers got
together at MoFi just to have somewhere to hang out until registration
re-opened. This site began as a haven of sorts for Mefi wannabes
post and comment as they would on Metafilter, if
only get a
membership. Now it's become a community in its own right.
Originally the monkeys were Metafilter lurkers who came here to talk
about Metafilter and post links Metafilter-style. But when Metafilter
about how cool we were and that we had bananas, many rushed over to
take advantage of the low user-ID numbers. We love them dearly
appreciate their knowledge about what makes an online community
work. As word has spread we've met new monkeys from all over, not just
The point is to hang out and have fun. Like Metafilter, we
basically aim to find interesting, bizarre or just plain random links
on the web, bring them here to show off, and discuss them. While ostensibly Mefi is about the links, not the discussion, MoFi has a more explicit focus on discussion and debate - always friendly. We're
less political (at the moment) than Metafilter has been of late, but
otherwise the basic concept is the same. We like monkeys. We like
Metafilter. We really like pancakes. We're laid
back, hip, cool, sort of geeky.
is the original
community weblog. Matt Haughey created it in 1999 and it now has
20,000 registered members. Due to the high traffic and large volume of front-page posts
has until recently kept registration closed to keep the numbers down. Now anyone can join for a $5US fee.
A lot of in-jokes have emigrated from Metafilter where they were
born. Anything relating to ponies, pancakes or Pepsi Blue springs
the Metafilter well. Any online community will develop in-jokes:
a sign of an established and like-minded community. There are plenty more that you'll get to discover as you go, and someone is always willing to explain their origins.
First you'll need to register, by clicking on the "New User" link in
the navigation bar. Your email address will be hidden
from email harvesters who trawl the web for addresses to spam. We'd
love it if you told us lots about yourself in the profile section,
because monkeys are inquisitive little animals. Once you've
registered, you'll need to wait up to 24 hours for admin to authorise
you. This is to prevent random weirdos from registering just so
they can fill up the main page with crap (it's happened, and that's why
we do this). You'll need to keep checking back and trying the
"Post" button as we don't inform you when you're able to post.
Anything. Well, I suppose that's anything, within reason. Look around
at the sort of things other monkeys have posted. At the moment
not a lot posted along explicitly political lines,
but mostly little oddities found randomly on the web. That isn't
say that news headlines aren't permitted, but discussions here tend to
be lighthearted and war/Iraq/Bush links don't fit that scene right
now. Self-links aren't allowed as the main link in posts, and full disclosure is expected at any other time. As a secondary link, or a link in a comment,
it's fine. But we don't want to see you linking to your (or your brother's, or best friend's) blog right up
there on the front page, okay?
your link has been discussed on Metafilter, it's okay to link to the
Metafilter discussion. It's fine to post something that's been on
Metafilter, especially if you think us monkeys will have some unique
things to say on the subject. Not everyone reads Metafilter so the general consensus is that reposting something from Mefi is fine. But not too often.
Bear in mind that minors may be reading this site, so websites
dedicated to pornography might not be smart. If it's not safe for
work (someone could get in trouble with their boss if said boss was
looking over their shoulder), add a "NSFW" at the end of the post.
Check the guidelines
for more information about posting.
It's easy, honestly. I'm going to assume you're already
registered and authorised to post (new registrations take up to 24
hours to be cleared by admin). If you're logged in, click on
"Post" in the navigation bar on the top right of the screen. Make
up a title that will be shown in the right-hand sidebar and on the RSS
feed. Then add
the most relevant link in the URL box, and a brief description below
it. The description will be the intro to your post. In the "Link
description" window, type in some more information about
your link. You can add extra links here if you like, using
correct HTML. Any further info can go in the "Extended
Description". This will be inside your post, on the comments
page. If your post seems too long, move some of it to the
extended description, or put something in here about why this post is
interesting to you.
Some other useful hints:
- Note if your link is not safe for work (NSFW).
- Let us know if you found your link on a widely-read source such
as slashdot, yahoo, fark, boingboing, or metafilter.
- Try not to simply post a link with no explanation: many people
won't bother to look at it.
- State if it's a flash, shockwave, java, quicktime movie or other
such slow-loading site.
- Do a quick search
to make sure your link hasn't been posted before.
- At the moment, posting images in a post or comment is not
permitted due to bandwidth and server space limitations. Post a
link to the image instead.
- Last thing: special characters tend to show up in strange and
unexpected ways. I'm talking about accents, umlauts, all those pretty
letters that aren't from the English language, and occasionally
characters that have been copy-pasted from MS Word. If you can, avoid
using them. If they're integral to the post, it's cool. Just consider
this a friendly warning that someone will probably say, "What on earth
is that word??"
Metafilter recently started a side-site called Ask Metafilter
(or AskMe). It
seemed like such a good idea that we blatantly ripped it off with
Curious, George. Essentially, you're welcome to post a question about
almost anything. Technical problems, advice on what car to buy, how to
find a certain song or book, all these and more may be answered by your
fellow Monkeys. When posting, put "Curious, George: $problem" in the
Title, a little bit of info on the front page and, if it's a long
question, place the remainder in the "Extended Info" box. To look up
past Curious George questions and answers, do a search for "Curious
George" in the search page. Monkeys also use Curious, George for friendly discussion on silly things like "What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done?" These sorts of posts are a great way to get to know your fellow monkeys, but try not to overuse them because ideally Curious, George are about seeking and receiving helpful advice.
We want quality of posts to be as high as possible. Many Monkeys
believe that the more you post, the less interesting the posts will
be. We ask that you post one good, interesting and
post per day. If you think you have more than one, so be
certainly not forcing you not to post. Make 'em good!
These are the usable tags:
Use a hyperlink tag like the one above. A basic link looks like
This is a link to <a
href="http://monkeyfilter.com">MonkeyFilter</a>, the best mefi
lurker site ever.
Type the URL of your link between the quotation marks and the title you
want to give it in place of "MonkeyFilter". The above link will
look like this in a sentence: This is a link to MonkeyFilter
, the best mefi lurker
site ever. Don't forget the </a> close tag.
There's a couple of possible reasons: one is that you hit the "Post"
button twice, or the "Back" button to repost the form. The other
possible reason is issues with the Metaphilter engine itself. Let admin
know if you receive any
error messages while posting. If you can say exactly what the
error message said (yay for copy-paste), we can resolve the issue.
In the meantime, keep comments to one of the double posts if possible
and admin will remove the other as soon as she sees it.
Delete any cookies for monkeyfilter.com and try logging back in.
If no one comments on your post, that most likely means it's just not a
very good post, sorry. A post should be discussion-worthy, or you
should make it so. Take it as a hint that you should reconsider
what sort of links you're posting, or the style you're posting them in.
If someone goes off-topic in your thread, you'll just have to grin and
bear it. It happens all the time, and more often than not Monkeys
will return to the topic at hand. On the odd occasion you may
find that the new topic is as interesting (or more so) than the topic
of the original post.
Try not to start a big argument in the thread. If you
feel you're being trolled or abused, the usual "ignore them" statement
applies. If it continues in the thread or elsewhere on
MonkeyFilter, contact admin
Trolls are common everywhere on the internet, and it behooves us as
monkeys to be the bigger simian and ignore them until they go away.
Contact admin via email or blog comment, and she will
investigate. Don't, please for the love of God don't start a
flamewar on the main page. Really.
or post a comment in her blog
. Try not to
post a complaint or bug to the main page.
Apart from posting and joining in the discussion, there's not a
lot. Occasionally we're on
lookout for new logos, and if you have a stylesheet you'd like to see
on MoFi, we'll be happy to add it. We have a metaphilter project
that's current dormant as the code is running pretty well now, but we
may add features in the future.
If you are interested in working on the metaphilter code, check Tracy's blog
for a current
list of bugs that need resolving. We have a sourceforge
metaphilter-hack project up at this project page
If you're interested in being a code monkey, join sourceforge and email
me with your username. I'll add you to the project and mailing list. If
you just want to be in on the mailing list, that's okay too. Email me
and let me know (you don't need to join sourceforge).
Nope. You're one of the minority. But if you have a colour
you'd prefer, make it into a stylesheet (preferably a valid W3C css
file, since we don't have the time or inclination to edit it) and send
it to admin. You can select a prewritten style in which to view MoFi
from your profile page.
Most bugs related to the site in general are fixed. For a list of
current unfixed bugs, check Tracy's
. It's possible that if it's not fixed, it's related to
the browser you're using. Try viewing MonkeyFilter in another
browser if possible. If it looks fine, it's
browser-specific. If it's still buggy, let me know. If your
bug isn't listed on the blog, email
or leave her a comment.
MonkeyFilter has an irc channel available on slashnet
. To chat with other monkeys in
real time, connect using an IRC program to irc.slashnet.org, channel
is a basic irc tutorial.
Monkeys recommend Chatzilla
if you don't have an irc
Sure I can. Email Admin
and we'll reset your password and email you a new one asap. There's no
automatic password retrieval but we never forget a monkey.