LetmeMetathatforyou December 11, 2008 2:52 PM   Subscribe


You seem to be implying that at some point it wasn't snarky.
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:56 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's supposed to be snarky. Probably not a good idea to use that in askme though. That's just rude.
posted by dead cousin ted at 2:56 PM on December 11, 2008


Yeah I think we're gonna start removing links to that. The first few times people were like "oh hey I've never seen that bfore" and now it's just like a link to justfuckinggoogleit.com.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:57 PM on December 11, 2008


I remove basically every fucking one of those I see in Ask, yeah. (Not to neuter your post, but that's why those two are gone now, as well).

Folks, some people don't google as much as you think they should before they post their askme question. It's a fact of life. If that pisses you off to the point where the only thing you're willing to contribute to the thread is some hectoring about their poor googling, don't. Close the window and move on with your day. You don't have to answer the question, but you don't have to be obnoxious about it either.

This isn't a new discussion, and that there's a snarky new way to do the Just Fucking Google It routine doesn't make it okay—arguably it's even more of a jerk move, and it'd be great if folks would cut it out in the green. Save folks some flagging and us some deleting.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:57 PM on December 11, 2008 [11 favorites]


In one recent AskMe, I asked people not to link to Google results, and sure enough, someone didn't read the question and posted a link to Google anyway. Wave the flag with crossed fingers.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:59 PM on December 11, 2008


Is this where I go to cancel the Google?
posted by porn in the woods at 3:03 PM on December 11, 2008 [11 favorites]


It's new. It's popular right now. It'll die.
posted by gman at 3:03 PM on December 11, 2008


It's new. It's popular right now. It'll die.

I agree with you on 2 of the 3 points.

Oh, wait. You meant the act of linking to letmegooglethatforyou.com. I thought you were talking about something else. Ne'remind.
posted by BeerFilter at 3:11 PM on December 11, 2008


If nothing else, Googling has become steadily less useful over time. I remember when it was in beta and most people used AltaVista and Google was like fucking magic. These days... Google on a product? Review sites? I think not - more likely spam with shops selling the product. Technical problem? Most likely top results will be behind a paywall site.
posted by rodgerd at 3:16 PM on December 11, 2008 [3 favorites]


Sometimes when you say "not!" at the end of a sentence it sounds a little sarcastic.

...and dated, I guess.
posted by Artw at 3:23 PM on December 11, 2008


Googles all 5 moderators. Thoroughly enjoys it.
posted by Cranberry at 3:29 PM on December 11, 2008


great googly moogly!!!
posted by edgeways at 3:41 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


If that pisses you off to the point where the only thing you're willing to contribute to the thread is some hectoring about their poor googling, don't. Close the window and move on with your day.

But how I am supposed to yell "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this any more!"

Oh, you meant computer windows.
posted by ALongDecember at 3:42 PM on December 11, 2008 [6 favorites]


I use a Mac.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:45 PM on December 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


rodgerd; seconded - I frequently add terms to my searches to exclude expertsexchange and freepatents, among others. It's unfortunately gotten a lot worse lately.
posted by odinsdream at 3:50 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


The Googles, they do nothing!
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:50 PM on December 11, 2008 [4 favorites]


Googles all 5 moderators. Thoroughly enjoys it.

Don't let the beer-googles fool you!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:00 PM on December 11, 2008


Hotbot is going to come back, man. I'm telling you. Annny minute now. It's all about Hotbot.
posted by cashman at 4:14 PM on December 11, 2008 [5 favorites]


If YouTube MySpace I'll Google your Yahoo
posted by sephira at 4:23 PM on December 11, 2008 [4 favorites]


If you're using firefox and NOT using customizegoogle, you're missing out. I haven't seen a expert sex change link in ages, I have them filtered out.
posted by maxwelton at 4:42 PM on December 11, 2008 [10 favorites]


Callout has jumped the snark.
posted by 31d1 at 4:43 PM on December 11, 2008


If you're using firefox and NOT using customizegoogle, you're missing out. I haven't seen a expert sex change link in ages, I have them filtered out.

Browsing-wise, it was an important victory. Morally, you're on your own.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:47 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'll see your Hotbot and raise you a WebCrawler.
posted by gman at 4:58 PM on December 11, 2008


I'm OK with deleting those links as long as questions that are successfully and fully answered by those links are also deleted. How are they less noisy?
posted by DU at 5:14 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I actually have "Did you Google it yet?" tattooed on my forehead. Saves wear and tear on the vocal chords.
posted by loquacious at 5:16 PM on December 11, 2008


I will admit that I'm often tempted to send a link to the site to my mother.
posted by desjardins at 5:25 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


maxwelton: Thank you! Instant sanity.
posted by odinsdream at 5:39 PM on December 11, 2008


Hey, I take full responsibility for my snark in the blue, but I'll be the first to cast stones if someone's using it on hallowed green ground. I don't appreciate being lumped in with those jerks.
posted by mullingitover at 5:57 PM on December 11, 2008


Good places to start are the "Why Gopher?" and Using Gopher" areas!
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:02 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


rodgerd: "Technical problem? Most likely top results will be behind a paywall site."

maxwelton: "I haven't seen a expert sex change link in ages, I have them filtered out."

You know you can just scroll way down on the EE site and see the answers? I'm not saying it's a great site, but the answers are there for the taking, and overall I find it about as accurate as any average blog.
posted by Plutor at 6:28 PM on December 11, 2008


Hotbot is going to come back, man. I'm telling you. Annny minute now. It's all about Hotbot.


I'm sorry, did someone call me?
posted by shothotbot at 7:04 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I drink 1000 shipwrecks
Tonight I’ll steal your paychecks
I paint the sheets across my bed
The birds will all fly from my head
And in the morning I’ll be gone
posted by nola at 7:11 PM on December 11, 2008


Don't snark at these poor folks, it'll give them a googleplex.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:17 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Do you know why Google Answers failed?

The answer to every question was "Let me Ask Metafilter for you".
posted by lukemeister at 7:40 PM on December 11, 2008 [7 favorites]


You know you can just scroll way down on the EE site and see the answers? I'm not saying it's a great site, but the answers are there for the taking, and overall I find it about as accurate as any average blog.

Uh, I think it's still a pay site. I just checked, and at least the small sample I saw had no solutions available publicly.
posted by spiderskull at 8:06 PM on December 11, 2008


I want a googleplex. So much disk space... *drools*
posted by loquacious at 8:28 PM on December 11, 2008


loquacious, you can save a lot of disk space, without diminishing your experience at all, if you only store the first 3 minutes of every porno you download. You don't need a googleplex.
posted by dirty lies at 9:48 PM on December 11, 2008


This google that you speak of -can I google it?
posted by ob at 10:29 PM on December 11, 2008


Is this where I X to Y the Z?
posted by electroboy at 10:31 PM on December 11, 2008


I accidentally the whole Google :(
posted by Krrrlson at 10:50 PM on December 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


Uh, I think it's still a pay site. I just checked, and at least the small sample I saw had no solutions available publicly.

You did scroll all the way to the bottom, right? An EE page typically has an advert asked you to pay, a list of blanked out answers, and then if you scroll down some more, the actual answers are right there for free, for the benefit of google's spider.
posted by cillit bang at 12:09 AM on December 12, 2008


You accidentally the whole verb in your sentence.
posted by dirty lies at 12:33 AM on December 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


loquacious, you can save a lot of disk space, without diminishing your experience at all, if you only store the first 3 minutes of every porno you download. You don't need a googleplex.

That might work for you, but saving the first thirty seconds of each song in an album of free downloads from a netlabel kind of defeats the purpose.

Anyway, I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine. I'm complicated. 3 minutes isn't even enough time to take off my pants. My porn mostly consists of* plaintext files, radio shack catalogs - and the occasional lesbian-interest drama porn, which is usually about 75 minutes of terse dialog sandwiched around about 5 minutes of heavy petting and garnished with an unhappy ending.

The average content of the first three minutes of such a film generally consists of a montage of short depth of field landscape shots - which if that does anything for anyone besides Werner Herzog, more power to them.

*I'm actually serious. Am I oversharing again? Too bad! :) /me wishes Sarah Waters and/or the BBC would write more Tipping the Velvet episodes.
posted by loquacious at 1:07 AM on December 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


No problem loquacious, you are not the kind of mate I'm contemplating.

I know that the right plaintext file makes a hard man humble, and radioshack catalogs, although sexy in a trashy way, are nothing compared to my McMaster-Carrs and the Jameco's I have laying around the office, I have dreams their warehouses as industrial monasteries, a god in every golden cloister.

But lesbian-interest drama porn? Not the type of queens that would excite me.

When napster was HOT, I got as much music as I could store in hard drive to put in my Rio Player. I stopped when I realized that if I played a different song on every ear, at quintuple normal speed, I had enough music for the next 17 years.
posted by dirty lies at 2:09 AM on December 12, 2008


Note to self - never, ever quote Chess ever again.
posted by loquacious at 2:30 AM on December 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


When quoting Tim Rice, you can't be too careful with your company.
posted by dirty lies at 2:32 AM on December 12, 2008


Wow! There was a concert version, at the Royal Albert Hall in London last May.

Another historical event I've managed to miss.
posted by dirty lies at 2:35 AM on December 12, 2008


It started snarky, it's getting boojummy.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:27 AM on December 12, 2008


The.
posted by mullacc at 6:33 AM on December 12, 2008


MAYBE THIS WILL CHOKE THE FUCKER
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:05 AM on December 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


ringu stylee
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:28 AM on December 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


I know that the right plaintext file makes a hard man humble

Strike that, reverse it.
posted by inigo2 at 7:39 AM on December 12, 2008


You did scroll all the way to the bottom, right? An EE page typically has an advert asked you to pay, a list of blanked out answers, and then if you scroll down some more, the actual answers are right there for free, for the benefit of google's spider.

There's been talk about how that site works here before. I think the conclusion drawn at that point was something like, the first time you go to the site via google cache, the answers are there if you scroll all the way down. On subsequent visits (might be getting this part wrong), and if you visit without the google cache, then the answers are not visible without paying.
posted by inigo2 at 7:42 AM on December 12, 2008


I recently searched for something using google. The first hit was a forum where a person was asking the same question I was searching google for. Yay I thought, answer time! The first response was "go google it". That sucked.
posted by collocation at 7:46 AM on December 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


sup dawg i heard you like recursions so i put one in your car
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:17 AM on December 12, 2008 [2 favorites]




inigo2, I've found plenty of answers on EE. Never had to use the Google cache, and I always see the answers once I get below the "blank" ones. Maybe at one time you had to pay, but I think nowadays it's just to get rid of all the ads.
posted by JaredSeth at 9:13 AM on December 12, 2008


Let me google that for you is totally obnoxious, for sure, but can't we agree that it's worlds better than justfuckinggoogleit?

Not that anyone but a total d-bag would use either, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't ever been accused of douchebaggery
posted by solipsophistocracy at 10:29 AM on December 12, 2008


But rickrolls are still cool with the mods, right?
posted by Iron Rat at 3:03 PM on December 12, 2008


What's a RTFM?
posted by Artw at 3:36 PM on December 12, 2008


What's a RTFM?

Let me Google that for you...

On the off chance you aren't kidding, RTFM = Read The Fucking Manual.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:11 PM on December 12, 2008


Oh come on, you must know I was kidding...
posted by Artw at 4:15 PM on December 12, 2008


Twenty bucks, same as in RUINING A PERFECTLY GOOD STRAIGHT LINE.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:22 PM on December 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sigh, I'm even less cool now than I was in high school 20+ years ago. How'd I get so damned middle aged all the sudden?
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:26 PM on December 12, 2008


Twenty years ago, same as in town.
posted by dirty lies at 5:10 PM on December 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Twenty towns ago, same as in .... wait, what?
posted by desjardins at 6:18 PM on December 12, 2008


Twenty whats ago, same as in the.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:21 PM on December 12, 2008


Are we going to let Astro Zombie get away with this?

Please hope me! The whole idea behind how injokes is formed is that someone accidentaly the whole the.
posted by dirty lies at 6:34 PM on December 12, 2008


I think the conclusion drawn at that point was something like, the first time you go to the site via google cache, the answers are there if you scroll all the way down. On subsequent visits (might be getting this part wrong), and if you visit without the google cache, then the answers are not visible without paying.

That hasn't been my experience, but in any case, using Firefox + User Agent Switcher + "Googlebot" will let you see whatever Google crawls in the first place.

I was going to put in a link for User Agent Switcher, but I figured anyone interested could just fucking google it.
posted by me & my monkey at 9:24 PM on December 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


inigo2 writes "There's been talk about how that site works here before. I think the conclusion drawn at that point was something like, the first time you go to the site via google cache, the answers are there if you scroll all the way down. On subsequent visits (might be getting this part wrong), and if you visit without the google cache, then the answers are not visible without paying."

There's an Ad Block Plus setting that removes the interstitial blank answers. I won't google that for you.
posted by orthogonality at 3:09 AM on December 13, 2008



sup dawg i heard you like recursions so i put one in your car

Surely you mean cdr?

posted by ghost of a past number at 9:13 AM on December 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


radioshack catalogs, although sexy in a trashy way, are nothing compared to my McMaster-Carrs and the Jameco's I have laying around the office

Jameco is only hot if you're into power supplies.

(some people think Techni-tool is pretty neat.)
posted by ryanrs at 9:55 PM on December 13, 2008


It is not because of the power supplies. It is all the female connectors.

I am giving myself a $100 dollars worths of potentiometers this Christmas. There are going to be some ear shattering brain splitting square waves in mefi music next year.
posted by dirty lies at 12:51 PM on December 15, 2008


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