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MetaFilter Stats 2013

Summary

39,418 members visited out of 62,566 accounts.

2,678 members joined.

5,428 members sent 52,628 MeFi Mail messages.

3,426 members flagged problem posts and comments 46,155 times.

14,148 members added 3,307,505 favorites.

81,681,269 unique visitors viewed 231,425,003 pages across MetaFilter sites.

MetaFilter

2,022 members added 10,777 posts to MetaFilter and 9,465 members added 592,692 comments (with 40,836,620 words).

Moderators removed 1,087 posts and 5,323 comments.

The most favorited MeFi posts:
  1. This ain't chemistry. This is Art. by Rhaomi (470)
  2. Allez Cuisine! by zarq (379)
  3. Mahna Mahna by zarq (351)
  4. July 30, 762 to February 13, 1258 by cthuljew (319)
  5. Basically every classic game and system in your browser by blahblahblah (272)
  6. I ♥ DULUTH, The Story of the Maria Bamford Show by Toekneesan (258)
  7. Where My Ladies At? by Blasdelb (246)
  8. The Logic of Stupid Poor People by parudox (242)
  9. How to Negotiate Your Job Offer by Jasper Friendly Bear (232)
  10. OK. 3, 2, 1. Let's Jam! by zarq (230)
The most favorited MeFi comments:
  1. Greg Nog's humorous comment about how there are only two birds on earth. (603)
  2. LarryC's story of connecting with his son by watching all of Star Trek. (400)
  3. Elsa's touching story of her Aunt and Uncle's Christmas cookies. (339)
  4. HuronBob's personal story of Louie Louie and his family's Wurlitzer Jukebox. (336)
  5. cashman's reframing of the tense situation leading up to Trayvon Martin's shooting. (336)
  6. cribage posted a takedown of the problematic Oscars montage by Seth MacFarlane. (330)
  7. Doroteo Arango II wrote a comment about the intelligence and beauty found in every octopus. (321)
  8. ceribus peribus shared the story of his father's tenture at Toyota and how their famous processes contrasted with American car makers. (309)
  9. Punkey explains why chemical weapons are worse than you can even imagine for a variety of reasons. (305)
  10. schroedinger reminds us that the invention of a home washing machine was a really big deal and changed society for the better. (295)

MetaFilter post authors added 35,722 unique tags to posts for a total of 80,584 tags.

The top new tags in 2013 were:
  1. nsa (60)
  2. davidbowie (27)
  3. spying (25)
  4. snowden (24)
  5. trans (24)
  6. Drones (23)
  7. breakingbad (23)
  8. grantland (21)
  9. buzzfeed (21)
  10. rockandroll (20)

MetaFilter posts and comments included 225,833 links. 194,002 of those were to external sites.

The most frequently linked external domains were:
  1. youtube.com (33,969)
  2. wikipedia.org (19,060)
  3. tumblr.com (2,710)
  4. google.com (2,650)
  5. twitter.com (2,574)
  6. nytimes.com (2,434)
  7. amazon.com (2,027)
  8. blogspot.com (1,674)
  9. flickr.com (1,586)
  10. imgur.com (1,439)
The most frequently linked youtube videos in MetaFilter comments were:
  1. Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu [Official Video] (9)
  2. How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist (7)
  3. Goats Yelling Like Humans - Super Cut Compilation (7)
  4. Dont Talk to Police (7)
  5. Janelle Monáe - Tightrope [feat. Big Boi] (Video) (7)
  6. Monty Python Royal Society for Putting Things on top of other things legendas (6)
  7. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (6)
  8. Key & Peele: East/West College Bowl (6)
  9. Bill Hicks on Marketing (6)
  10. "The Day the Clown Cried" Making Of Footage (With Subtitles!) (6)
The most frequently linked wikipedia articles in MetaFilter comments were:
  1. Betteridge's law of headlines (21)
  2. Basic income (7)
  3. Information Awareness Office (7)
  4. Dunning–Kruger effect (7)
  5. Just-world hypothesis (6)
  6. List of countries by suicide rate (6)
  7. Room 641A (6)
  8. Guaranteed minimum income (5)
  9. Fundamental attribution error (5)
  10. Utah Data Center (5)

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Ask MetaFilter

6,966 members asked 22,070 questions at Ask MetaFilter and 11,080 members gave 332,346 answers.

1,579 questions were anonymous.

30,226 answers were marked as best answers.

Questions appeared in the following categories:
  1. computers & internet (2,377)
  2. human relations (2,298)
  3. media & arts (2,073)
  4. work & money (2,040)
  5. health & fitness (1,880)
  6. travel & transportation (1,578)
  7. home & garden (1,312)
  8. technology (1,115)
  9. food & drink (1,094)
  10. grab bag (808)
  11. clothing, beauty, & fashion (793)
  12. sports, hobbies, & recreation (730)
  13. education (638)
  14. writing & language (623)
  15. law & government (602)
  16. society & culture (587)
  17. shopping (576)
  18. pets & animals (456)
  19. science & nature (381)
  20. religion & philosophy (109)
The most favorited Ask questions:
  1. Last time, you didn't have holes in your feet! by dmd (437)
  2. Help me find the kind of recipe that sticks in your memory for decades. by Vrai (375)
  3. What is the best piece of advice you got that worked nearly right away? by RapcityinBlue (310)
  4. What's your "go-to" salad? by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory (304)
  5. The Littlest Lifehack by griphus (283)
  6. Just saw "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for the first time. More, please. by a box and a stick and a string and a bear (281)
  7. Top 5 and Why by cjorgensen (281)
  8. What have you been wrong about, realized it, and it changed your life? by RapcityinBlue (257)
  9. What is a life changing realization that you wish you'd had sooner? by Bokonon11 (242)
  10. Mental hacks needed, please. by triggerfinger (235)
The most favorited Ask answers:
  1. phunniemee's amazing story of adding a bowl of fruit to every photo of an item selling on craigslist, to great effect. (478)
  2. phaedon posted a great way to interpret and deal with anger in your life. (314)
  3. decathecting gives some great advice on what to put into an "emergency card" intended for a young person's wallet. (280)
  4. Miko explains what makes a private individual's journal interesting to future historians and to museums. (255)
  5. myselfasme gives tough advice on what to do in a relationship where both partners are out of work and one spouse is spending irresponsibly. (203)
  6. FAMOUS MONSTER gives some great advice on how to interpret "let's talk about our relationship" discussions when dating someone. (198)
  7. lalex makes a short, and to the point comment on an inappropriate situation. (195)
  8. entropone shares how to directly confront a coworker making sexist comments. (188)
  9. taz spells out how much work and patience is required to make a decades-long marriage last. (186)
  10. phunniemee gives some matter-of-fact advice on how to handle a problematic relationship. (186)

Ask MetaFilter authors added 28,509 unique tags to posts for a total of 100,296 tags.

The top new tags in 2013 were:
  1. lunch (36)
  2. massachusetts (33)
  3. gender (33)
  4. minneapolis (32)
  5. tech (32)
  6. beauty (32)
  7. shortstory (31)
  8. hospital (30)
  9. feminism (30)
  10. puppy (29)
The most frequently linked youtube videos in Ask MetaFilter comments were:
  1. The Mountain Goats - This Year (Video) (7)
  2. Sugar: The Bitter Truth (6)
  3. Stanford's Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture) (6)
  4. Lightning Seeds - Pure (6)
  5. Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks (5)
  6. How To Be Alone (5)
  7. a-ha - Take On Me (Official Video) (5)
  8. Dont Talk to Police (5)
  9. Bright Eyes "First Day Of My Life" (5)
  10. Great Big Sea - Ordinary Day (5)
The most frequently linked wikipedia articles in Ask MetaFilter comments were:
  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (8)
  2. Joe job (7)
  3. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (7)
  4. American Gods (6)
  5. Pomodoro Technique (6)
  6. Derivative work (5)
  7. Gochujang (5)
  8. Fair use (5)
  9. The Phantom Tollbooth (5)
  10. SMART criteria (5)

MetaTalk

501 members added 753 posts to MetaTalk and 3,256 members added 80,891 comments.

Posts appeared in the following categories:
  1. MetaFilter-Related (448)
  2. Etiquette/Policy (159)
  3. Feature Requests (92)
  4. Bugs (32)
  5. MeFi Podcast (12)
  6. Uptime (5)
  7. MetaFilter Gatherings (3)
  8. MetaFilter Music (2)

There were 12 episodes of the MetaFilter Podcast totalling 19 hours and 29 minutes of audio. Transcribed, they contained 229,000 words. (17,000 more than Moby Dick.)

Projects

289 members posted 360 Projects.

999 members voted for projects 3,665 times.

The most voted-for Projects were:
  1. Secret Metafilter by jjwiseman (63)
  2. Twitter Anagram Hunter by cmyr (55)
  3. Twitter: @HardSciFiMovies by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 (46)
  4. RealJobDescription.com by Dansaman (42)
  5. Gnomeland by kaszeta (40)
  6. We Think He Might Be a Boy: Raising a Transgender Child by not that girl (39)
  7. Slow Paparazzo by dontoine (37)
  8. Decorated lunch bags for my two kids by Presidente de China (36)
  9. The Disappearance of N by ignignokt (35)
  10. Japanese Woodblock Print Database by jeresig (34)

Music

155 members posted 450 tracks at Music.

That's 2 days, 20 hours, 59 minutes, and 13 seconds of music if you play them all back-to-back.

The most favorited Music tracks:
  1. Mele Kalikimaka by chococat (75)
  2. Walking on Sunshine by chococat (50)
  3. Strange & Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell On You) by greenish (25)
  4. Margaritahell by cortex (23)
  5. Are You Being Served? by uncleozzy (22)
  6. It Ain't Easy (Bowie cover) by cortex (17)
  7. Suffragette City by flapjax at midnite (17)
  8. Verbena by greenish (12)
  9. Jonathan by greenish (11)
  10. The Lonely Karmic Cop by Doleful Creature (10)

Jobs

87 members posted 94 openings at Jobs.

14 members posted their availbility at Jobs.

IRL

295 members posted 556 events at IRL.

387 events were MetaFilter Meetups.

Meetups happened in 15 different countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore, United States.

In the US, meetups were held in 35 states:

35 states with meetups

1,293 members indicated they would (or might) attend an IRL event.

The IRL events with the biggest guest lists were:
  1. Official NYC Friendz R Hard Meetup by showbiz_liz (58)
  2. Meetup at Sunset Beer in Echo Park by mandymanwasregistered (48)
  3. Think white truffle artichoke ketchup. by iamkimiam (42)
  4. Boston-Area Board Games! by Rustic Etruscan (42)
  5. Bourbon & Rye by aubilenon (37)
  6. Mefi End(ish) of Summer BBQ by ThePinkSuperhero (37)
  7. It's a Meetup in Hell's Kitchen/Being held at Perdition by ausdemfenster (36)
  8. April meetup in DC by EvaDestruction (35)
  9. Board Room Meetup, July edition by EvaDestruction (34)
  10. Post-PAX Two Mod Meetup by jessamyn (32)