, an experimental home for hypothetical chatfilter and other "big discussion" questions.
The site is my attempt to answer the desire we've heard voiced repeatedly in Metatalk for some way to accommodate bull-session and what-if type Chatfilter
questions that don't really fit the AskMe guidelines. While Metachat
is in some cases a viable option and a great place in general, as a site it has a broader focus and its own social culture.
I'm hoping that Big Big Question will be a better fit for some of these things: by focusing specifically on just one big question a day, it might be a really good destination for the kind of creative, clever and imaginative conversation that makes some AskMe threads so dang painful to delete.
It's not an official Metafilter project, nor is it beholden to any Mefi goings on or in any way Mefi's responsibility -- I'm running this sucker as a side project, so, in essence, take it up with me. The FAQ
has some brief guidelines, the key one being Don't Be A Jerk. In general, I hope the overall feel and ethos isn't far removed from what we aim for in the best of Metafilter itself.
The basic plan is one new question each day, and relatively free-form discussion of that. User-submitted questions are welcome and encouraged, but selection and posting is all behind the scenes at the moment, just to keep things simple.
I'm very interested in ideas about how folks see it working and how it can be refined or improved. This is, as I see it, a rough draft -- just a gussied-up Wordpress install. If this takes off and gets some momentum (and especially if it outgrows the wordpress model), I'd be keen on putting time into a more featured 2.0 version in the future.
Registering is totally optional: you can submit and answer without doing do. On the other hand, low, low userids are pretty sweet. Just sayin'.
So questions, suggestions, bug reports, etc: fire away. I hope y'all enjoy yourselves.