In case anyone was wondering, I took MetaFilter offline today while I worked on the Cool Site in a Day competition at Web2000 (there’s a processor leak in SQL server I haven’t nailed down quite yet). It was an exhausting day, and we obviously ran out of time, but I think we did a pretty good job taking this, and turning it into this. Among the things you can’t see are the database backend, allowing the owners to add new things to the site, and some Blogger functionality to let some officers in the organization write pieces. We didn’t have a lot of material to go on, and could have organized our time better, but I’m proud of the work we did as a team.
Overall it was an amazing experience, getting to meet faces behind the email addresses, working like a chicken with its head cutoff, and doing good work by helping out a charity. If you ever get a chance to do the cool site comp, by all means give it a go.