Do Mefites get sick of eating Chatfilter? June 12, 2008 3:09 PM   Subscribe

In the "Do chinese people get sick of eating chinese food?" AskMe discussion, which might have had a germ of a worthwhile idea behind it, the OPP has essentially come out and said "my question is chatfilter."
posted by adamrice to Etiquette/Policy at 3:09 PM (77 comments total)

And?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:14 PM on June 12, 2008


That was an annoying, overmoderated, confusing question. And maybe that was because the OP sort of just wanted to "make us think" and didn't really have a real question.

YOU COULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER THAT SOMEONE WITH THIS QUESTION WASN'T AMERICAN!

Oy. We've been trying to be lenient generally, no one likes their quesiton removed, and honestly almost no one flagged the question -- though many answers were flagged -- but I feel like we have to have Chatfilter Sensitivity Training here or something. If we approve your slightly chatty question, please do us the service of not waggling your nekkid chatfilter intentions at us. Thank you.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:15 PM on June 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


Man, all playing the Balut card, too.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:16 PM on June 12, 2008


Er.. my point being that jessamyn commented in that thread 25 minutes after the OP said that, it was left up.. not really understanding the post here, I guess is what I'm getting at.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:16 PM on June 12, 2008


And it doesn't help that the OP is repeatedly stating, back of hand to forehead, that "you just don't understand what I'm asking." *cue Victorian swoon*
posted by mudpuppie at 3:16 PM on June 12, 2008


YOU COULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER THAT SOMEONE WITH THIS QUESTION WASN'T AMERICAN!

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT I AM CONFUSED
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:17 PM on June 12, 2008


IS THIS A YELLING THREAD? I THINK SO!
posted by bigmusic at 3:20 PM on June 12, 2008


I'M NOT YELLING MY SHIFT KEY IS STUck oh there we go.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:21 PM on June 12, 2008 [14 favorites]


the question made no sense in the first place, despite the OP's attempted clarifications... i mean, unless you can come up with a particular community that actually only eats a limited range of dishes, what are you getting at? I mean, certainly China does not fit the bill to start with, any more than saying "so how do Americans stand eating the same stuff every day?"...
posted by modernnomad at 3:21 PM on June 12, 2008


WAIT WHAT?
posted by Skorgu at 3:22 PM on June 12, 2008



Er.. my point being that jessamyn commented in that thread 25 minutes after the OP said that, it was left up.. not really understanding the post here, I guess is what I'm getting at.


Also, I'm not convinced that the idea behind MeTa is that once the admins have spoken, implicitly or otherwise, we should all fall in line and keep our mouths shut.
posted by modernnomad at 3:23 PM on June 12, 2008


The irony of this:

I'm Filipino!

Kinda shoots the whole argument of my western mind, not being able to grasp this concept.

YOU COULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER THAT SOMEONE WITH THIS QUESTION WASN'T AMERICAN!


...is that Captain Shoutypants over there grew up in Minnesota.
posted by dersins at 3:25 PM on June 12, 2008


User#36958 has been marked for retraining.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:25 PM on June 12, 2008


I'd delete it, but it's probably already blocked by Chinese firewalls.
posted by klangklangston at 3:26 PM on June 12, 2008


The same person who started that thread also gave at least a few completely irrelevant and somewhat snarky AskMeFi answers that were soon deleted in other threads. Maybe he's having a bad day...
posted by Nattie at 3:28 PM on June 12, 2008


Mesach is acting like an annoying little jerk in the thread. He can barely string a sentence together but still has the temerity to complain that the problem is that WE don't understand. Lastly, he's provided a grand total of 3 answers for other users' questions on AskMe while asking 5 questions of his own. This is essentially his entire contribution to Metafilter.

BURN HIM.
posted by dhammond at 3:29 PM on June 12, 2008


YELLING THREAD! YELLING THREAD! I NEED A YELLING THREAD!

I'M PACKING FOR A ROADTRIP AND I THOUGHT I LOST MY GEEKPURSE AT A RESTAURANT LIKE 4 DAYS AGO AND I COULDN'T FIND IT AND I LOOKED EVERYWHERE SO I CALLED THE RESTAURANT AND WAS ALL FREAKED OUT AND PANICKING BECAUSE A CAMERA WAS IN THERE AND OH MY GOD SO MUCH STUFF I'M SUCH A FUCKING IDIOT AND IT WAS RIGHT HERE IN A BOX UNDER SOME LAUNDRY THE WHOLE TIME (IDIOT!) AND I'M ALL SORE FROM SKATEBOARDING THE MINIPARK WE'RE BUILDING AND I SHOULD HAVE WORN MY ELBOW AND KNEE PADS AND NOT JUST THE WRIST GUARDS OW OW OW AND I HAVEN'T HAD ANY WEED IN AGES I THINK MY ADD IS TRYING TO EAT MY BRAIN THOUGH THE TWO GALLONS OF GREEN TEA ARE HELPING SOMEWHAT AND I DRANK SO MUCH GRAPE JUICE THE OTHER DAY MY POO TURNED PURPLE AND I CAN'T FIND THE SHOE GOO TO FIX MY OTHER BOOTS AND WHERE IS MY RAINFLY, DAMNIT SHIT I HAVE TO PICK MUSIC FOR A DJ SET OR THREE AND SOMEHOW STUFF IT ALL INTO A FEW GIGS CAUSE I DON'T HAVE ANY CDS AND MY EXTERNAL DRIVE TOOK A CRAP OH MY GOD BUT I FEEL GREAT! BABIES EVERYWHERE!!!! RARRGGHHHFHHG
posted by loquacious at 3:29 PM on June 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


Was Balut the bear in The Jungle Book?
posted by box at 3:31 PM on June 12, 2008


Here is the story of how I lost my wallet and it was returned to me through an unlikely set of circumstances.

Can someone get some weed to my friend loquacious? Thank you.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:31 PM on June 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


Did the ancient Egyptians get tired of people calling them ancient?
posted by found missing at 3:33 PM on June 12, 2008 [11 favorites]


That was a long time ago, found missing. They're totally over it now.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:35 PM on June 12, 2008


Dude, if Loquacious would ever come down to LA, I'd be happy to get him high out of his gourd. But no, he stays up in SF like … Wow, I just realized that I can't think of any derogatory terms regarding San Francisco that aren't at least vaguely homophobic. I dunno, some sort of Barbara-Manning-loving, uh, fog-sniffing guy who pays too much for housing or something.

Maybe I should move there.
posted by klangklangston at 3:36 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


That was a long time ago, found missing.

Ancient history, you might say.
posted by dersins at 3:39 PM on June 12, 2008


Is there actually someplace in the world that is so remote that you cannot get a variety of foods from around the world? Granted that poor people will always have a more limited variety but that goes for anywhere, whether it is Sudan or New Orleans.

On topic, I did get sick from eating chinese food, but I think that was just undercooked chicken.
posted by JJ86 at 3:39 PM on June 12, 2008


Wow, that was like, three days ago!

I'm glad you got your wallet back, Jess.
posted by SlyBevel at 3:42 PM on June 12, 2008


Whoops, I mean...

WOW, THAT WAS LIKE THREE DAYS AGO11!!11!
posted by SlyBevel at 3:42 PM on June 12, 2008


Deluge under the bridge, as it were.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:43 PM on June 12, 2008


Jessamyn that was a great story.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 3:44 PM on June 12, 2008


That certainly wasn't helped by people coming in 30 answers in, and saying the same thing that the second response said ("Chinese food is complex you ignorant dolt"). Like they were so inspired to share their knowledge of how American Chinese Food isn't the same as Real Chinese Food that they didn't need to read the other answers.
posted by smackfu at 4:02 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Can someone get some weed to my friend loquacious? Thank you.

New subsite, top secret: finddrugs.metafilter.com. There is an opportunity for code reuse thanks to April 1st of this year.

But no, he stays up in SF

In SF and has no weed? I've only been once, but my problem was so much weed was on offer it got bothersome. Hell, a gutter punk offered to trade my friend a nug for a cigarette.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 4:20 PM on June 12, 2008


"Do Chinese people get sick of eating Chinese food?" posted by adamrice
Eponysterical? What? so last year? oh, sorry
posted by Cranberry at 4:26 PM on June 12, 2008


OH HAI! I CAN HAS MEFI SHOUTING WEED?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:27 PM on June 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'm a pothead who got tired of smoking weed, does that count?
(Once it got up to $20 an ounce I had to give it up as a matter of principle. I'm sure it's cheaper than that now.)
posted by Floydd at 4:51 PM on June 12, 2008


I think the question could be forwarded to Larry the Cable Guy. He could use it in his act.
posted by stubby phillips at 4:56 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


"(Once it got up to $20 an ounce I had to give it up as a matter of principle. I'm sure it's cheaper than that now.)"

$20 a gram for midgrade.

But yeah, my dad likes to give me the "It was five dollars for a LID! You kids don't even know what a lid is!" lecture. To which I say, yeah, but dad, half of that lid was twigs and lawn clippings, and the better half was only Mexican ditch weed. I get higher on a gram of this than you got on a pound of yours. That's why it was so damn cheap!
posted by klangklangston at 5:11 PM on June 12, 2008


I dunno, I'm an American and it sure didn't take long for me to get sick of eating at McDonalds.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 5:13 PM on June 12, 2008


If we make 100 comments, we get eggroll.
posted by jonmc at 5:15 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]



Mesach is acting like an annoying little jerk in the thread.


Yeah, what the hell is wrong with that person? I had a wonderful answer prepared involving my previous time in India and an interesting article that answered academically this exact question. But once you start acting vaguely hostile towards the people trying to answer your stupid chatfiltery question, well, fuck you pal.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:18 PM on June 12, 2008


He was trying to make us THINK.

Heh, good luck, pal. If my wife can't do it, nobody can.
posted by stubby phillips at 5:20 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, I'm not convinced that the idea behind MeTa is that once the admins have spoken, implicitly or otherwise, we should all fall in line and keep our mouths shut.

Well, that wasn't what I was saying. I guess it was the framing of the post that seemed off.. it seemed like "OMG BAD POSTER MODS SUCK FOR LEAVING IT AMIRITE".
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 5:27 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


I DRANK SO MUCH GRAPE JUICE THE OTHER DAY MY POO TURNED PURPLE

Huh. Red-purple food/drink should actually turn your poo green. You should have that checked out.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:41 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


like black licorice.
posted by stubby phillips at 5:43 PM on June 12, 2008


Red-purple food/drink should actually turn your poo green.

Really? What does green food turn your poop. When I was a kid, I had a Shamrock Shake and it turned my poop green. Another time I bought on eand I slipped on some sand in the parking lot and spilled half my shake. Then the next year, my mom hit a bump as I was drinking one and it spewed all over the car. Luck o' the Irish, my ass.
posted by jonmc at 5:43 PM on June 12, 2008


Depends. If the green food contains blue food dye, it'll turn your poop green. And your pee goes Mr Clean yellow.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 5:44 PM on June 12, 2008


He was trying to make us THINK.

Maybe he should try directing that inward.

(Also, yeah, green stuff too. Those guacamole Doritos do it some fierce.)
posted by Sys Rq at 5:45 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Huh. Red-purple food/drink should actually turn your poo green. You should have that checked out

Well, it was more of a greenish-purple. Seriously, I ate a lot of fig newtons and grape juice. My guts are just fine. For now. Though I did just eat not one but two prepackaged sandwiches of questionable origin and expiry. For once I'm actually hoping they're laden with carcinogenic preservatives.

I'm thinking about wiring up my webcam and sending it down to see how they're doing.
posted by loquacious at 5:50 PM on June 12, 2008


Coming soon to cable: Inside Loquacious!
posted by jonmc at 5:58 PM on June 12, 2008


Richard Attenborough narrating?
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:07 PM on June 12, 2008


Did the ancient Egyptians get tired of people calling them ancient?

YOU COULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER THAT SOMEONE WITH THIS QUESTION MIGHT BE ANCIENT!
posted by Greg Nog at 6:07 PM on June 12, 2008 [8 favorites]


They do that for you once you reach a certain age. But it's not as glamorous as you might think.
posted by stubby phillips at 6:08 PM on June 12, 2008


Coming soon to cable: Inside Loquacious!

I smell an FPP coming. Or a sockpuppet.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 6:23 PM on June 12, 2008


Red-purple food/drink should actually turn your poo green.

What about beets? The exception that proves the rule?
posted by timeistight at 6:34 PM on June 12, 2008


I had a wonderful answer prepared

That is rather sad of you. Why deprive the other readers of interesting anecodte just because you don't like the questioner? Do you think AskMe only exists for the questioner?
posted by smackfu at 6:38 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Richard Attenborough narrating?

If Ron Jeremy's unavailable.
posted by jonmc at 6:42 PM on June 12, 2008


dirtynumbangelboy--I had not caught jessamyn's comment following the OP's "this is chatfilter" comment when I started this MeTa thread. If I had, I wouldn't have started it. It wasn't my intention to call out the mods for not doing their job.
posted by adamrice at 6:45 PM on June 12, 2008


What about beets? The exception that proves the rule?

Should have been: artificial purple/blue/green food colouring.

adamrice.. cool.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 6:55 PM on June 12, 2008


Problem: There's a pretty clear inverse relationship between the number of OP replies in a thread (attempting to moderate) and the quality of the resulting thread.
Feature request: prevent the OP from replying to their own thread within the first ~30 minutes.
Result: Fewer potentially good threads derailed by overprotective authors; and when they inevitably sockpuppet up to defend their shit post, MeFi gets another $5.

(I'm really asking for myself. I fear I have a mighty portabellicosity within.)
posted by theclaw at 7:47 PM on June 12, 2008


OP's an idiot. Even when my parents were kids 40 years ago, they ate basically the same thing every day - ethnic food was for ethnic people. Dad remembers having tinned spaghetti once, that counted as Italian food.

Also, people assumed he was American because Americans are the ones who normally show complete ignorance about every other culture in the world, especially on the internet.
posted by jacalata at 8:00 PM on June 12, 2008


Here is the story of how I lost my wallet and it was returned to me through an unlikely set of circumstances.

So you say, but how do we know that you aren't new, improved, identity-theft jessamyn? Having found a wallet lying on the floor, you might have simply adopted the owners identity?

Also: I'm disappointed in the story. I'd hoped a chain wallet was a bit like a chain letter, where someone finds it, adds $20 and then forwards the wallet to four of their friends, each of whom also adds $20.

By the time the wallet gets back to the original owner, it contains more money than you could possibly imagine, and everybody below you in the pyramid is out $20.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:07 PM on June 12, 2008


waggling your nekkid chatfilter intentions

UNWANTED MENTAL IMAGE.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 8:41 PM on June 12, 2008


I'm with smackfu on this one: if I asked a question with a potentially interesting anthropological angle but mistakenly tried to illustrate it was a poorly-chosen example, and a few dozen people did nothing but discredit the example while ignoring the meat of the question, I'd be pretty pissed too.

That said, I don't think that my small contribution deserved to be a "best answer" just because it agreed with his assumption.
posted by kittyprecious at 9:28 PM on June 12, 2008


I've had balut AND I AM AN AMERICAN!!! It was gross.
posted by Falconetti at 10:06 PM on June 12, 2008


I get hives from eating chatfilter, but I never get tired of chaatfilter.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:58 PM on June 12, 2008


If we can return to the loqconcern for just a moment, I want credit for reminding him that he went back into that restaurant to get the manpurse and I was sure he just left it somewhere silly and you smoked week sunday night, dork.

I don't yell.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:16 AM on June 13, 2008


If we can return to the loqconcern for just a moment

SHH YOU'RE BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL
posted by loquacious at 2:40 AM on June 13, 2008


Sunday night? What's today, Friday?
posted by box at 6:17 AM on June 13, 2008


Into what color does Chinese food turn your poo? Specifically, if you order a pu-pu platter?
posted by ericb at 6:32 AM on June 13, 2008


Is there actually someplace in the world that is so remote that you cannot get a variety of foods from around the world?

Payette, Idaho 1955
posted by y2karl at 7:36 AM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Is there actually someplace in the world that is so remote that you cannot get a variety of foods from around the world?

Yeah I'm not sure I understand this question. What are the parameters?

I'd have to drive over an hour to go to a place that serves Indian or Thai food, even further if I wanted to get the ingredients and make it myself. I have a supermarket 20 minutes from here that has the standard "ethnic" aisles but its pretty limited and is like the McDonald's of non-American styles of food [Goya, Old El Paso, Manischewitz etc] though there are two Chinese restaurants and a Mexican place in the next town. I guess I could order ingredients from the Internet and wait a few days and maybe that's your point, but at what cost? And why would I choose to do that if I was happy eating what I'm eating.

That said, this pales in comparison to Botswana where my landlady (who was in the Peace Corps) had to walk a mile or two to get water and take a two hour bus ride to get pretty much any food at all that wasn't animal milk or tuber/root vegetable from storage. I also explained what getting food was like in Romania in 1995. Any spice you want as long as it's salt, pepper, cinnamon or oregano.

The question was interesting, the "thought experiment" aspect of it and associated hectoring, much less so.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:57 AM on June 13, 2008


theclaw, I think that's a bad idea. I've posted questions asking for tech help, and often the answerers needed more information to help solve my problem.
posted by djgh at 8:08 AM on June 13, 2008


I broke down the fourth wall once. My neighbor in the apartment next to me was super pissed.
posted by quin at 8:28 AM on June 13, 2008


Oh man, I want Fig Newtons bad. The cookies here in BC suck (way too dry).
posted by deborah at 12:31 PM on June 13, 2008


Did Isaac Newton ever get sick of eating the cookies that bear his delicious name?
posted by box at 2:21 PM on June 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


There is no documentation of his ever enjoying Fig Newtons, although he was known to scarf down the occasional Apple Newton when he craved something crunchy.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:00 PM on June 13, 2008


Sys Rq: "There is no documentation of his ever enjoying Fig Newtons, although he was known to scarf down the occasional Apple Newton when he craved something crunchy."

Wow, I didn't even know he was married!
posted by misha at 3:36 PM on June 13, 2008


Believe it or not, back in Newton's day there were no statutes limiting only to married persons the ingestion of personal digital assistants. Even a little kid could nibble a Palm Pilot RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN and no one would see a thing wrong with it.

You could go to a diner and order a slice of Blackberry pie. Can you imagine? Nowadays you'd get 15 to 20 just for the crust!
posted by Sys Rq at 5:19 PM on June 13, 2008


And just try to get those insurance bastards to honor your claim! "Did you drop it in the toilet? Did you leave it on the roof of the car? Did you eat it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?" What is this, an excommunication? Just send me a new one!
posted by box at 5:08 AM on June 14, 2008


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