It took 2+ years to find it, but it was worth it! August 6, 2008 9:14 AM   Subscribe

I found what I was looking for, after 2+ years, including an answer to my very first AskMe post! For posterity, the answer to this question is this, and the answer to this question is "Happy Go Lively" which is available here. I'd love to be able to update my own askme posts, even if they were from years ago. I understand that the discussion has to end at some point, but if I found what I believe to be the definitive answer (since it was my question, after all), it would help those who come searching later on to keep the answer and the question together.
posted by Wild_Eep to Feature Requests at 9:14 AM (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Umm...you could've saved some time on the first one there... Paragon answered it in the thread itself.
posted by inigo2 at 9:18 AM on August 6, 2008


This has happened to me a couple of times as well. Perhaps users could e- or MeMail admins and have special comments put in when an asker finds an answer years later? I can't imagine that they'd be inundated with such requests.
posted by Kattullus at 9:20 AM on August 6, 2008


Crud.

I guess I didn't come back to it 2 months after I asked it. Marked as best answer.
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:25 AM on August 6, 2008


I understand that the discussion has to end at some point...

I don't. What *is* the deal with that?
posted by DU at 10:15 AM on August 6, 2008


you could've saved some time on the first one there

Permit me a sympathetic "heh", Wild_Eep.

Perhaps users could e- or MeMail admins and have special comments put in when an asker finds an answer years later? I can't imagine that they'd be inundated with such requests.

Personally I'm neither here nor there on it. In a wave-a-magic-wand POOF IT IS DONE sort of way I think it's a reasonable idea, and with the new "resolved" tag/tab situation the stuff would be findable thereafter, so that's a nudge for.

But I think you're right that we wouldn't see much traffic there, so while it wouldn't be a big pile of labor to handle the requests for late-add, it'd also be putting in the there's-no-magic-wand work to add late-comment functionality of some sort to AskMe for a real once in a blue moon sort of situation, and that may not be worth the effort to Matt or pb when the vast majority of late updates seem to come in within three to six months as it is.

Which I think sums up to what I said last time this came up: if someone has a really late but kind of awesome update, a metatalk thread about that sort of thing now and then is pretty much okay and might just be enough considering the rarity with which it comes up.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:16 AM on August 6, 2008


I don't. What *is* the deal with that?

The proportion of comments that are spam or grief or CANCEL MY GOOGLE confused wanders goes up sharply with time. A year is a happy medium for catching most updates without making a sprawling, unconstrained home for real estate spammers and SEO toads and WoW gold farmers.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:17 AM on August 6, 2008


As the "related questions" feature becomes stronger, the ability for the OP to post a year-plus-after answer could really help repetitive questions. It would also up the value of finding an old thread through Googling.
posted by sjuhawk31 at 10:27 AM on August 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


cortex: The proportion of comments that are spam or grief or CANCEL MY GOOGLE confused wanders goes up sharply with time.

Doesn't the $5 signup fee stop 99% of that cold? And don't SEO toads mostly post single sentence comments in random threads from the front page of the blue?
posted by Kattullus at 10:57 AM on August 6, 2008


I desperately need to update answer these questions, but they're closed. I have direct first-hand experience that I think would be valuable for the asker. But now the internet will never know.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:10 AM on August 6, 2008


A year is a happy medium for catching most updates without making a sprawling, unconstrained home for real estate spammers and SEO toads and WoW gold farmers.

SPEAKING of which, I kind of desperately need 100 gold. If anyone, you know, knows anybody... My mefimail box is open is all I'm sayin'.
posted by shmegegge at 11:11 AM on August 6, 2008


CANCEL MY GOOGLE
posted by DU at 11:12 AM on August 6, 2008


Doesn't the $5 signup fee stop 99% of that cold?

Yes, and thank god for that. And yet, nonetheless, at the 9-12 month late-answer threshold random spammer folks are easily giving actual-update folks a run for there money. That's what I mean when I say that this isn't something that comes up a lot and that the closure after a year seems like a good compromise.

And don't SEO toads mostly post single sentence comments in random threads from the front page of the blue?

Some do. That's your Poster-Spammer right there: they want to get up their comment count so they can self-link or spam. What I'm talking about above is generally your Link-Spammer, who has already done their job as far as they care when they've linked to WidgetCo.com in a ten-month-old askme.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:16 AM on August 6, 2008


Perhaps closing comments to everyone but the poster after a year?
posted by Skorgu at 11:35 AM on August 6, 2008 [3 favorites]


Agreed. OP should be able to update indefinitely.

"Well, I finally DTMF, but after 42 years of marriage. I'm moving to a retired singles community..."
posted by Eideteker at 11:37 AM on August 6, 2008


Heh. Riffing aside, that's not a terrible idea—very simple, solves the problem. I'll try to make sure Matt and pb see it (busy week on the farm).
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:41 AM on August 6, 2008


How about the original poster AND anyone they mark as crush or muse in their contacts.

* crosses fingers *
posted by blue_beetle at 12:05 PM on August 6, 2008


CANCEL DU's GOOGLE!
posted by pompomtom at 11:27 PM on August 6, 2008


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