6 FAQ tagged with users


Can I have more than one account?

Having a second active account, known as a sock puppet, is generally discouraged outside of specific circumstances. MetaFilter allows users the use of sock puppets as a courtesy and only under specific circumstances. We expect you to have one main identity on the entire site; maintaining additional accounts with unique not-clearly-sock-puppet identities is not okay. Using a sock puppet account to harass other members or otherwise be an asshole on the site is not okay. Having more than one secondary active account (except for one-off joke accounts) is not okay. Here is a recent MetaTalk thread that discusses some specifics.

Some reasons people have sock puppet accounts:
- They want to "start over" with a Brand New Day - this is only okay if the new account is not causing the same problems as the old account. Please contact the mods if you are unclear on this.
- They want to ask an occasional question or give an answer in Ask MetaFilter that is not linked to their primary account
- They have a second account for making jokey comments (see usernames like baby jesus or Official Mefi Head Complainer)

It is against the rules to use a sock puppet to get around the time limitations for AskMe, MeFi and MeTa posts. People who do this will risk losing the sock puppet account, getting a time out on their main account and/or having their extra question or post removed. While moderators generally know which accounts are sock puppets, they will not reveal that information to users. That said, it is the responsibility of the user to maintain the privacy of that account if they want it to remain private. If your behavior with a second account is problematic, the mods will close that account if you do not curtail the problem behavior promptly yourself. Ask a moderator if you have questions about when it's okay to have a second account.
(tags: ) April 20, 2006 - permalink - back to questions

How do I find someone's profile page if I only know their username not their user number?

There are three ways:
-You can search for their username in the search box, then click on the tab "Users" within the search results.

-You can find a comment or post by them, and click on their username in the byline.

-Or you can do it manually, by adding their username to the end of a string like this:

http://www.metafilter.com/username/carsonb

This works with usernames with spaces or some with other odd characters and is not case sensitive

http://www.metafilter.com/username/PUKE & cry

Please note that this does NOT work with a small subset of usernames [for example c:\awesome].
(tags: ) March 23, 2007 - permalink - back to questions

What sort of RSS feeds does MetaFilter have?

All the subsites have feeds

MetaFilter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Metafilter
MetaTalk: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFi/MetaTalk
AskMetafilter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AskMetafilter
MetaFilter Projects: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/Projects
MetaFilter Music: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/Music
MetaFilter Jobs: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFi/Jobs
MetaFilter Podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFiPodcast
MetaFilter IRL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFiIRL
Best of MetaFilter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BestOfMetafilter

There are also a few specialized feeds

tag feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/tags/peace/rss [for posts tagged peace]
user feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/user/1/postsrss [for posts by user #1]
favorites feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/1/posts/rss [for favorite posts by user #1]
thread feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/12345/rss [works for all threads across all sites]
sidebar/best of blog feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BestOfMetafilter
popular posts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/PopularPosts
popular comments: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/PopularComments
playlist feeds: feed://music.metafilter.com/playlistpodcast/68 [for a particular playlist]
all music feed: http://music.metafilter.com/rss.xml
IRL location feed: http://irl.metafilter.com/go/us/or/portland/rss
resolved questions: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/resolved
unanswered questions: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/stumped

You can also get a feed from your MyMeFi and MyAsk pages and your Contacts page by clicking on the subscribe link on those pages.
(tags: ) March 6, 2006 - permalink - back to questions

What are contacts? Someone made me a contact, now what?

Adding someone as a contact is a simple way to keep track of their contributions on the site. You can have up to 750 contacts. To add a contact, go to that person's profile page and click on the "Add user as a contact" link there. You can choose what your relationship is with this user, or leave that part blank.*

Making someone a contact allows you to easily see some of their site actions in your Contact Activity sidebar on the front page: you can see if they make a new post, make a comment that gets more than 12 favorites, get a "best answer" in AskMe, or add contacts. You can also see their activity on the My Contacts page. If you have made someone a mutual contact -- you have linked them and they have linked you -- you will be able to tag each other's posts in AskMe and MeFi.

The most common reason to add someone as a contact is that you enjoyed a comment or post they made, and you want to see future things they post. There is no obligation to be reciprocal if someone has added you as a contact.

When you add a user as a contact, this information will be visible on your own user page as well as your usercontacts page. Contacts you have added are listed in your profile with the phrase "Links to", and people who have added you as a contact are listed under "Linked by".

*Note that a few users like to select jokey answers for the "what is your relationship" question, for example "crush" or "spouse" for people they don't know. Do not be alarmed if someone does this; it is a common friendly joke. It is also fine to ask them not to do that.
(tags: ) April 20, 2006 - permalink - back to questions

How do I link to my other online communities/social sites in my profile?

If you contribute to other online communities, you can link to your profiles at some other sites from your MetaFilter profile page. (announced here) To add a link, click on "Preferences" at the top of any page, and scroll down to the bottom of the "Customize Metafilter" page. Under the heading "Social Apps", choose a service name from the drop-down menu and then enter your username at that site. If you want to add another link, click "add another service" and you'll get another menu/name combo. When you're finished, click "Save your Preferences" to save everything.

If you want to remove a link to a site you've added, go back to editing your profile. Clear your username for the link you want to remove and click "Save your Preferences". The link won't show up on your profile anymore.

Adding a Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, LibraryThing or This Is My Jam username to your profile will give you the option to add a widget with your recent activity from those sites to your profile page. (Please note that only Twitter offers a secure version of their widget. If you have "Use Secure Browsing?" checked in your profile, you will only see Twitter widgets on profile pages.)

It's not always easy to figure out your username at other services, so here's a quick guide to finding your username/id at some of the more challenging sites:

Facebook
To add your Facebook account to your profile you'll need your Facebook URL Name. To find it, go to Facebook and click on your name in the upper-left corner of the page. On the following page note the URL in your browser's address bar, it should look something like this:

http://www.facebook.com/[url name]

Copy the entire url name and paste it here. Sometimes the URL Name contains periods, but keep in mind it will never contain a space.

Flickr
Your Flickr photostream URL does not necessarily contain your Flickr username, and your Yahoo! login is not necessarily your Flickr username. To find your Flickr username, sign into Flickr and take a look at the line at the top of the page that says, "Signed in as...". Whatever appears there as a link is your official Flickr username. Make sure your Flickr profile isn't set to hide your profile from searches.

LinkedIn
Go look at your public profile page (you'll have to log in if you haven't already). Your profile page will show you your public profile URL and whatever is at the end is what you need to enter. You'll need to customize your profile URL to be something memorable/personal on this page if you haven't already. When you're done, your profile URL should look like this:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/[some name]

Grab [some name] and enter it as your LinkedIn Name in your MeFi profile.

SportsFilter
Log into SportsFilter and click on your profile page. You should see a URL like this:

http://www.sportsfilter.com/member/[some number]

Jot down the number, and enter it as your SportsFilter ID in your MeFi profile.

PoliticalFilter
Same drill as SportsFilter. Find your profile page and you should see a URL like this:

http://www.politicalfilter.com/content/member/[some number]/

Jot down the number, and enter it as your PoliticalFilter ID in your MeFi profile.

Steam
Log into the Steam website, and click the "View my SteamID" link toward the top of the page. You should see a URL in your browser address bar like this:

http://steamcommunity.com/id/[some name]

Use the name as your Steam Name in your MeFi profile. If you see a URL like this instead:

http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/[some long number]

Go into your Steam profile settings and set up a "Custom URL". Note what you enter for that custom URL value and use that as your Steam Name in your MeFi profile.

Shelfari
For Shelfari you need to find your internal user ID. Go to Shelfari and find your profile. The URL should look like this:

http://www.shelfari.com/o[some number]

Note the "o" at the beginning of your Shelfari user ID, you'll need that. Enter the whole thing including the "o" as your Shelfari ID in your MeFi profile.

Gawker Media
Gawker profiles show all Gawker Media sites.

World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft profiles are character and realm specific, so you'll need to specify the realm name and the character on that realm. To do that, find your character at World of Warcraft and note the URL. It should look like this:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/[realm]/[name]/simple

Now that you have the URL, copy the realm and character name as it appears in the URL and paste it into your MetaFilter profile. You should have a something that looks like "realm/name". We need both pieces separated by a / to link to your WoW profile.

Blogger
Go to the blog you want to link and look at the URL. It should be in the form of [prefix].blogspot.com. Note that prefix and add that at your MetaFilter profile.

Tumblr
Go to the blog you want to link and look at the URL. It should be in the form of [prefix].tumblr.com. Note that prefix and add that at your MetaFilter profile.

Posterous
Go to the blog you want to link and look at the URL. It should be in the form of [prefix].posterous.com. Note that prefix and add that at your MetaFilter profile.

Urban Spoon
Go to your Urban Spoon profile and note the URL. It ends with both a numeric ID and name, like so:

http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/profile/[id]/[name].html

Copy everything after profile/ and paste it into your MetaFilter profile. So the bit you paste will look like this: 12345/myname.html.

Fitbit
Log into Fitbit and find your "view profile" link. Note the URL, and copy everything after user/. It's typically a short string of numbers and letters like this: 224MH2. That's what you want to copy and paste into your MetaFilter profile.

Amazon
Finding your Amazon profile ID is a little tricky. Go to amazon.com and click the "Your Account" link in the upper right corner. From there, look for the "Personalization" section at the bottom of the page. Under the "Community" column, click "Your Public Profile". Note the URL. It should look something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A6N8HSYO8DN1R?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56

The section you want to copy is everything after the final slash and before the question mark. In this case that's: A6N8HSYO8DN1R. Copy that ID and paste it into your MetaFilter profile.

Google+
To find your Google+ profile ID, head to the front page of G+. Click the profile icon at the top of the page. (It's the circle with the head in it.) You should see your profile, listing your posts. Click 'About' and note the URL in your browser's address bar. It should look like this:

https://plus.google.com/116227882615569825302/about

Copy the long number you see in the URL and paste it here.

Glitch
You'll need to find your Glitch URL ID to add it. Visit your glitch profile and take a look at the URL in your browser address bar. Here's what it looks like:

http://www.glitch.com/profiles/PUVRH0T8ICE28JA/

Copy everything after /profiles/ and before the closing /. That long alphanumeric string is your Glitch URL ID. Copy that and paste it here.

Userscripts
Log in and click on your name at the top of the page. From there click 'public profile' on the left and note the URL:

http://userscripts.org/users/[some number]

Jot down the number, and enter it as your Userscripts ID in your MeFi profile.

Goodreads
Log in and click on "My Books" at the top of the page. You should be at a URL with a numeric ID:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/[some number]

Copy the number at the end of the URL and enter it as your Goodreads ID in your MeFi profile.

Strava
Log in and click on "My Profile" in the nav at the top right of the page. You should be at a URL with a numeric ID:

http://app.strava.com/athletes/[some number]

Copy the number at the end of the URL and enter it as your Stava ID in your MeFi profile.

(tags: ) August 8, 2007 - permalink - back to questions

How do I see who else belongs to a given online community/social site?