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January 26, 2007 12:59 PM   Subscribe

I would like to thank parmanparman for unleashing the snark beautifully. The delivery was perfect.
posted by nasreddin to MetaFilter-Related at 12:59 PM (50 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Ah, it's a job.
posted by parmanparman at 1:04 PM on January 26, 2007


"unleashing the snark" is a curious phrase for an unhelpful Westphalia-level copy/paste spree. This isn't something to encourage.
posted by cortex at 1:04 PM on January 26, 2007


Not something to encourage, maybe...

but so freakin hilarious...
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:05 PM on January 26, 2007


Are you seriously calling out a bunch of pseudo-helpful answers in an AskMe thread that I contributed in and acting like it's something other than assy? I was trying to err on the side of "well gee maybe parmanparman is just a little cut and paste retarded" but now I'll just go in and elide elide elide.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:07 PM on January 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


This reeks of collaborative shenanigans. daninnj and parmanparman are in cahoots! Cahoots, I tell you!
posted by gigawhat? at 1:08 PM on January 26, 2007


It would have been beautiful if he hadn't used the wrong city. Not a winner.
posted by muddgirl at 1:08 PM on January 26, 2007


WTF. Can you elide this thread while you're at it, jessamyn?
posted by amro at 1:09 PM on January 26, 2007


MetaTalk: ELIDE, ELIDE, ELIDE.
posted by loquacious at 1:10 PM on January 26, 2007


For the record, I was using the place he mentions in his profile. It's Danninj's fault they didn't put the place of origin in the original post.
posted by parmanparman at 1:12 PM on January 26, 2007


actually, let me rephrase that: way to be a total dick parmanparman. For the record, in case anyone is confused, the thread included several lenthy crapfloods of weather data, I assume making fun of the OP for being a bit vague about the day he's looking for. Every comment of his in that thread was originally several hundred/thousand words.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:12 PM on January 26, 2007


Dear AskMe,
Can you tell me what day it was that I had a ham sandwich back in 1997? I think I was wearing a blue shirt that day, and it was humid. kthnxbye
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 1:14 PM on January 26, 2007


I posted this before the error was revealed. I think the snark was appropriate, frankly, because I don't understand how supporting this type of question won't result in a flood of "My foot itches. Why? PS: I wear green socks."

Not that I'm questioning your judgment or anything. I'm just confused, because an appropriate response to a question where not enough information is given is to list the possible days which could fit the criteria, thus making the point that AskMe is not a crystal ball.
posted by nasreddin at 1:14 PM on January 26, 2007


i was just there, flagging everything before i realized what was happening.

sorry.
posted by fair_game at 1:16 PM on January 26, 2007


It's not a question about the weather! It's a question about a day in the wintertime when the stock quotations were unavailable for hours. If such a day existed, it shouldn't be super tough to track down and verify.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:16 PM on January 26, 2007


I think the snark was appropriate, frankly, because I don't understand

Full stop. You just said it all.

Snark is not appropriate in Ask.MetaFilter.
posted by loquacious at 1:17 PM on January 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


The poster asks for days the stock market was shut down. I assume he realizes that it snowing in winter in NJ was not enough to go on; he threw that in to indicate that it was January or February, not as a means of narrowing it down further.
posted by occhiblu at 1:17 PM on January 26, 2007


Also, seconding amro. Elide away.

Sorry.
posted by nasreddin at 1:18 PM on January 26, 2007


I, for being a total dick, apologize.
posted by parmanparman at 1:18 PM on January 26, 2007


I don't think the question deserved that much snark. This "and something happened with the stock market" part at least gives us something to go on.

If the question had just been "Does anyone remember a day in 2000 or 2001 when it snowed" and further failed to give a location, then yeah, the snark would be well-deserved.

Though still inappropriate for AskMe.
posted by mr_roboto at 1:19 PM on January 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think the snark was appropriate, frankly, because I don't understand how supporting this type of question won't result in a flood of "My foot itches. Why? PS: I wear green socks."

Flagging it as noise would be appropriate. Writing an email to Matt or Jess would be appropriate. Shitting voluminously in the thread is right out.
posted by cortex at 1:19 PM on January 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


Geez, apologizing has suddenly made me really sentimental. I just apologized to my boss for being late to work. I hope this isn't the start of a trend but I am getting a little teary.
posted by parmanparman at 1:22 PM on January 26, 2007


Geez, apologizing has suddenly made me really sentimental. I just apologized to my boss for being late to work. I hope this isn't the start of a trend but I am getting a little teary.

Group hug!
posted by amro at 1:23 PM on January 26, 2007


A nosegay which Time clutched from out
Those fair Ellidian fields,
With weeds and broken stems, in haste,
Doth make the rabble rout
That waste
The day he yields.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:33 PM on January 26, 2007


Give that man a citation.
posted by Dave Faris at 1:35 PM on January 26, 2007


Dave Farts made a funny.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:49 PM on January 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


Snark is not appropriate in Ask.MetaFilter.

I can't tell you what's appropriate in Ask.Metafilter, but I can tell you that there's no shortage of snark (or, as I like to call it, snottiness) there.
posted by Clay201 at 1:50 PM on January 26, 2007


yz pinpoints the day the OP was trying to remember in the AskMe thread!
posted by ericb at 1:56 PM on January 26, 2007


And the question has been answered, so I guess it was not that impossible a request.
posted by onlyconnect at 2:00 PM on January 26, 2007


ericb scooped me, sorry!
posted by onlyconnect at 2:01 PM on January 26, 2007


nasreddin : "an appropriate response to a question where not enough information is given"

You mean, a question unlike the one in question, which does give enough information, as can be seen by the fact that yz answered it correctly?

Well, an appropriate response to a question like that would be not to respond.
An appropriate response to a question like this one, which is wholly different than that one, would be to give a helpful or correct response.
posted by Bugbread at 2:04 PM on January 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


I love snark; this one wasn't funny.
posted by GuyZero at 2:07 PM on January 26, 2007


Hugs all around!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:13 PM on January 26, 2007


Hugs!
posted by cortex at 2:14 PM on January 26, 2007


Yeah, the fact that the question was answered shows that it was a resonable question.
posted by delmoi at 2:22 PM on January 26, 2007


I, for one, thought it was such a loosely asked question that perhaps it was a snark itself about the derth of badly asked questions on AskMe.
posted by parmanparman at 2:41 PM on January 26, 2007


By derth do you mean spate?
posted by cortex at 2:45 PM on January 26, 2007


I don't think you mean dearth.

Or maybe you've reached a new level of sarcasm that exceeds my ability to grasp it. I could see it going either way, really.
posted by occhiblu at 2:46 PM on January 26, 2007


If parmanparman was a cat, I'd put him in the Cat Spa.
posted by fandango_matt at 3:20 PM on January 26, 2007


Wow, didn't see this 'til now. I didn't see it as snarky. I just thought thought he was trying to be a little too helpful. Or something. I included the snow part because it's one of the things I best remember about the day and it confirmed the January or February remark.

Sorry if I ask stupid questions. I just have a memory of weird stuff.
posted by daninnj at 3:23 PM on January 26, 2007


The funniest part is that given the NASDAQ data point yz references, the weather info is actually useful. It confirms there was snowfall in the Northeast on 2/18/2000 and basically serves as verification of the question.

I thought the question was perfectly valid, although we're pretty unlikely to see a double post...
posted by cacophony at 3:34 PM on January 26, 2007


I just thought thought he was trying to be a little too helpful. Or something.

Good-natured innocence overpowers 'snark' and grinds its face into the dirt every time, and with such effortless ease that the innocent isn't even aware anything has happened.

Pleased to meet you, and more power to you, danninnj.
posted by jamjam at 3:43 PM on January 26, 2007


If parmanparman was a cat, I'd put him in the Cat Spa.

I would like to thank fandango_matt for unleashing the snark almost perfectly. An imperious gesture of contempt, relying for its comic incision on a recent event which was itself a source of much snarkiness and disputation, enjoyed by everyone involved. The only way to improve that comment would be correct use of the subjunctive mood.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 3:46 PM on January 26, 2007


parmanparman: I, for being a total dick, apologize.

Into the chicken with you!
Bring back [img].
posted by Chuckles at 3:57 PM on January 26, 2007


I'm not huggin' nobody until I get my coffee.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:57 PM on January 26, 2007


Metatalk used to be fun to read.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 PM on January 26, 2007


Zap Branigan?

It was an afternoon... no... a late afternoon... in the early part of this century... one of those very early years, a very low-numbered year; and I was thinking... no, reminicing - about a time - when I was doing nothing in particular, except for some minor things which I recall as of no special import to anyone but myself... and it snowed - oh yes, it snowed...heavily... where I was. And something... happened - some... thing occured, a thing of great interest and significance... related... indeed connected... with the stock market...
posted by scheptech at 6:08 PM on January 26, 2007


Belt. Onion. Fashion at the time. Etc.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:13 PM on January 26, 2007


Brandon Blatcher wrote...
Metatalk used to be fun to read.

Take it to metatal.... oh wait, now I'm confused.
posted by tkolar at 7:57 PM on January 26, 2007


If parmanparman as a cat I would give him a massive overdose of LSD.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:21 AM on January 27, 2007


that might have an interesting effect on the web he weaves.
posted by quonsar at 2:03 PM on January 27, 2007


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