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Welcome to the MetaFilter Wiki!

Note: this wiki is not controlled or owned by MetaFilter LLC.


MetaFilter is one of the web's longest-running online communities; it has been operating since 1999, with a reputation for thoughtful and varied discussion and an exceptional dedication to attentive moderation and community management. It has been focused for more than twenty years on fulfilling the web's potential to bring people together and to create genuine, vibrant, good-hearted community spaces. Keeping a repository of community knowledge up to date and organized is only possible at this scale with the collaboration of many people.

Getting Started

Supporting MetaFilter

Contributions from members are a vital part of Metafilter funding, as the moderation team are paid staff. You can find out more by visiting the main support page.


User accounts are available for a one-time $5 fee. (Metafilter can waive the fee for those with financial or logistical challenges. Please use the contact form to inquire.) Non-members can read everything on MetaFilter, but cannot post or use the site's customization features. Non-members are shown ads on MetaFilter and Ask MetaFilter.



All the Pages

The Index page is automatically updated and lists all the pages on this wiki alphabetically. If something is lost it might be here.

Stuff that is sort of organized

Interesting Topics


About this wiki

What is a Wiki?

A Wiki is a special kind of user-editable website. The purpose of this Wiki is to produce and maintain a general guide for the community weblog called MetaFilter. Feel free to browse the guide as a reader/lurker and do not hesitate to contribute.

If you're interested in contributing, you'll need to register (see the top right of the page) after which you'll be able to edit. You can't hurt the wiki, but if you persistently try to break it, you might find yourself IP-banned. Please see the About Mefi Wiki page for more on what we're trying to achieve here and why. If you're still confused, check out the short guide What is a wiki and the Editing Help pages. We encourage you to participate in our Wiki.