Chatting about chatfilter July 8, 2010 7:28 PM   Subscribe

How can I tell if this question is consideded chat filter?

Someone told me the other day that I think like a programmer. I don't know what that means as I've never programmed before.

Is asking what this comment could mean an example of chat filter?
posted by dfriedman to Etiquette/Policy at 7:28 PM (40 comments total)

My head just blew up.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:32 PM on July 8, 2010


False.
posted by FishBike at 7:32 PM on July 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


I wouldn't it consider it chatfilter if you are asking people what they think that might mean. Like people giving insight on what it could mean to think like a programmer.
posted by ishotjr at 7:33 PM on July 8, 2010


Another thought, in relationshipfliter questions, people often basically ask for us to tell them what the other person meant by this or that statement or action, so I don't see how this is any more chatfiltery than that. You have an actual question that you would like to know possible answers to.
Please cross-post to Yahoo Answers and link the results here. (just kidding... sort of)
posted by ishotjr at 7:34 PM on July 8, 2010


This is a good example of how to frame a question so that it's not chatfilter.

If you just asked, "it seems to me that programmers must have a unique way to think about things, what do you guys think?" that would be chatfilter.

But any question phrased "Someone said that I'm X. What did they mean?" is probably going to be fine.
posted by mullacc at 7:37 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


IF (question) (might not fly in AskMe)
TRY (question) (in MetaTalk instead)

Yep, you think like a programmer, all right.
posted by yhbc at 7:37 PM on July 8, 2010 [17 favorites]


You have an actual question that you would like to know possible answers to.

Yes, but does he have an actual question that has an actual answer? Or just loads of speculation?

I think a programmer could answer these questions.
posted by carsonb at 7:37 PM on July 8, 2010


No, you have a problem to be solved. "I do not understand what this person was saying to me, can you explain it?"
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:39 PM on July 8, 2010


Post it in ask and you'll find out!

GET READY FOR A WILD RIDE, FRIEDMAN
posted by Greg Nog at 7:40 PM on July 8, 2010 [11 favorites]


This is an answerable question, and not just in the "theoretically answerable" sense under which it might just squeak by. It is very much answerable from various MeFites' experience of the way real programmers think.

The answers would help solve an actual problem, that being, somebody made a comment to the asker that the asker didn't understand.

So it seems to me that it's firmly in "not chatfilter" territory, from where I sit here in "not a moderator" territory.
posted by FishBike at 7:42 PM on July 8, 2010


Ok, well i put the question up. Thanks.
posted by dfriedman at 7:43 PM on July 8, 2010


That's funny. The other day someone told me I write code like a diseased donkey on crystal meth. I knew what they meant right away!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:50 PM on July 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


My head exploded because usually these metatalks start with, "My question about my bluejeans was deleted as chatfilter, since I asked if anyone ever had a pair of jeans that makes an ass look big." I don't think it should have been removed, so be honest, do these jeans make my ass look big?

yhbc has it right. 9 times out of 10 these posts are a dodge to get around what one knows will be deleted. The fact that you started here was/is what kills me.

I've been told I think like the opposite of a programmer. In this case I think they mean I have no idea what logical steps follows the next. Most likely they were right.

Also, stavros, sorry about the meth monkey comment.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:54 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah well people tell me I dance like MC Hammer on crack.

...that's alright, 'cause my body's in motion...
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 8:24 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


The other day somebody asked me about storing suet in my refrigerator. Is this fatchillter?
posted by jonmc at 8:40 PM on July 8, 2010 [7 favorites]


Does it float?
posted by Babblesort at 8:43 PM on July 8, 2010


Therefore, a witch.
posted by darkstar at 8:54 PM on July 8, 2010


My ass is pretty nice. Discuss.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:41 PM on July 8, 2010


By the way, questions like "would this make a good question?" are sort of okay for metatalk, but it seems like they generally work best when you just ask a mod directly. They are super helpful, and very good at giving tips and instructions on how to make a question work well on Metafilter.
posted by koeselitz at 10:12 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


My ass is a pretty nice discus. Find me fitting pants.
posted by qvantamon at 10:22 PM on July 8, 2010


My ass is pretty nice. Discuss.

My ass it's pretty nice.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:53 PM on July 8, 2010


How do I get this octopus off my wang
posted by Joseph Gurl at 11:05 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


> How do I get this octopus off my wang

Write "Holland" on one testicle and "Spain" on the other. The octopus will then crawl over and hug one of your nuts instead, and will also predict Sunday's World Cup final.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:10 PM on July 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


That or a ball-peen hammer.
posted by fleacircus at 11:10 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


How do I get this octopus off my wang

Octopuses have beaks. Beaks. Like parrots.

I guess what I'm saying is just give it some time and the problem will resolve itself.

Maybe think about adoption.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:20 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh lord, please don't talk about penis and parrots in the same comment. I panicked and I thought it was 1999, and I was still reading slashdot.
posted by Back to you, Jim. at 11:31 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


How do I get this octopus off my wang

DTMFA
posted by Elmore at 11:41 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


BEST ANSWERS FOR ALL MY FREINDZ
posted by Joseph Gurl at 11:44 PM on July 8, 2010


Have you tried this?



˙ɹǝɯɯɐɹƃoɹd ɐ ǝɹɐ noʎ suɐǝɯ ǝɹɐɹ oʇ ǝɹɐɹ ɯnıpǝɯ :ɹǝʍsuɐ
posted by special-k at 11:44 PM on July 8, 2010


How do I get this octopus off my wang

I think you don't quite get how tentacle porn is supposed to work.
posted by qvantamon at 11:49 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


BEST ANSWERS FOR ALL MY FREINDZ

I don't hate cops. I just feel better when they're not around.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:26 AM on July 9, 2010


Stavros, you are dead to me. FIRST EVAR SEOUL MEETUP, NEVER FORGET.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:31 AM on July 9, 2010


Lets say you have a friend who says you'd look good in red pants. You're not sure you agree, so you ask metafilter. We reply that no one looks good in red pants, not that good, anyway and your friend is probably the sort of social reptile that you would be better off feeding to some other larger reptile.
Your current situation is just like that.
posted by doctor_negative at 1:04 AM on July 9, 2010


I think someone should post an AskMe with "How can I tell if a question is chatfilter or not?"

It would either become the definitive reference on the subject with 5000 comments, or make the whole site go into a recursive death spiral.
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:46 AM on July 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Also, you know how you get a parrot off your testicles?

A. With a nut cracker.
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:47 AM on July 9, 2010


I vaguely recall a whole series of crabs-related jokes from a Russian joke book I had as a kid, like this one:

How do you get rid of crabs?

Tie an anvil to your balls. The crabs will fall off from laughing.

I suspect there's a PhD in there somewhere, for anybody thinking of specialising in post-Stalinist psychopathology.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:25 AM on July 9, 2010


In a strange moment of convergence, turns out a parakeet (with a beak) can also predict World Cup outcomes.
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:33 AM on July 9, 2010


Wow, morphic resonance really works!
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:49 AM on July 9, 2010


OP's getting decent answers to his question.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:04 AM on July 9, 2010


Why do people become protologists? It never gets old.
posted by fixedgear at 10:19 AM on July 9, 2010


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