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What should I know about privacy at Metafilter?
Moderators have access to your sign-up information and other information, such as your IP address. That information may be used for site purposes (such as checking out potential spammers), but it is kept strictly private from other members and the wider internet. This means that if you choose not to display your real name, email
address or location to other members, moderators will not reveal it. Mods also will not reveal the identity of second (sockpuppet) accounts as linked to your main account if you do not reveal this.
Members are also expected to respect each other's privacy in certain basic ways. Members' profile page information
is not visible to search engines and should not be brought over to the rest of MetaFilter. Similarly, copying and pasting MefiMail
to any other part of the site without the writer's permission is a bannable offense.
In emergencies--cases where someone has threatened to harm themselves, or if we are contacted by law enforcement--we cannot guarantee user privacy. Likewise, the Anonymous question function in Ask Metafilter is only intended to keep your details anonymous from the MeFi community, not to provide absolute anonymity--see here
Metafilter occasionally allows use of site data for academic study
and there is an Infodump
available for number crunchers. Users can download a copy of their site activity as a text file (see links at the bottom of your Preferences page).
Your posts, questions, and comments here are visible to the whole internet, and they will remain associated with your username permanently. If you need to ask about things that you want kept separate from your main username, you can get a second account
that you use just for that.
(tags: privacy etiquette anonymous stats profile ) December 12, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
What is the Infodump? Does Mefi release other data for study?
is Mefi's regularly-updated published collection of site statistics. It includes a great deal of information about posts, comments, tags, categories, favorites, and user behavior concerning all of those. The Infodumpster
was created and is run by user Combustible Edison Lighthouse. It is a convenient way to run searches on the information from the Infodump.
Mefi has also released the MetaFilter Corpus
, a collection of linguistic information which can be used to find things out about how language is used on the site, and how that use has evolved over time.
(tags: infodumpster infodump stats corpus data privacy ) December 12, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
How can I find out various MeFi statistics, like who has posted the most, or had the most favorites in a given month, etc?
Can I see which posts or comments have received the most favorites?
Yes. The Popular Favorites tab in both Metafilter and AskMetafilter will show you this. See here
for more details. Bear in mind the "all time" list is limited by when the favorites feature was introduced.
(tags: favorites stats ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions