I've noticed an increase in AskMe comments about housing, property, landlords, housemates etc in recent weeks and months. These are currently being posted in all sorts of different categories - Work and Money, Grab Bag, Human Relations and so on - making it difficult to find them in one place. Should we add a Housing category to Ask? [more inside]
posted by winterhill
on Jun 4, 2014 -
What's the rule for comments like this
, wherein a company mentioned in an AskMe purportedly registers an account and responds?
posted by dfriedman
on Jun 3, 2014 -
Can anyone help me find the post I'm thinking of? I'm almost certain this was in AskMe sometime within the last 2-3 months. I thought I favorited it but it's not turning up when I search favorites.
The question was something about how to organize this mess of files from years of various different computers, partial backups, etc. with a focus on avoiding redundancy. There were several good answers describing various programs to use, I think Evernote got trotted out too as it always does. Maybe WinDirStat too except when I use it as a search term I'm not finding what I want. Am I crazy? Did I imagine this thread?
posted by Wretch729
on May 19, 2014 -
I'd like to hear more from the mods behind the rationale for deleting this question
, from a person who is seeking advice related to their impending death. I'd also be interested in hearing feedback from the community at large about whether it's an appropriate question for askme.
posted by Greg Nog
on May 12, 2014 -
One of the nicer things about being a MeFite is exposure to new ideas and content we might never have otherwise encountered. I'm curious to know what life lessons and other bits of knowledge you've learned about the world thanks to MetaFilter. Please share!
posted by zarq
on May 8, 2014 -
How do you search through old askmes? I find tags pretty useless because I doubt they catch everything I'd want to find on a given subject. Google search limited by "site:ask.metafilter.com" is my main go-to, but on a broad topic, it is pretty useless as well, also it doesn't seem to always find everything. When I have a question, I'd rather see if it's been covered before rather than ask it again, but trying to find those old threads and sort through them is often overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Apr 29, 2014 -
I was in the process of replying to an ask me post, that I don't think violated any guidelines. In the process of responding, a little notice popped up that it was deleted. I don't want to go into specifics as to what the post was about if the poster asked for it to be deleted. I'm just curious how often this happens and what the reason is. The broad strokes description was that the post was a complicated relationship/mental health question, and the poster seemed to be in a lot of distress. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here]
on Feb 23, 2014 -
Last week I was going to make an FPP and got the "too soon!" message. I see this often because I tend to post in bursts, so I look up the last posting time and do some mental math.
Since the form knows I've already posted in the last 24 hours, would it be possible to just have it tell me at what time I can make the next post?
On attempted posting preview: I was notified that I had posted a MeTa within the last seven days so this had to wait, too. Maybe this pony could ride across the whole site.
posted by Room 641-A
on Jan 6, 2014 -
A while ago, someone posted a question asking for help working out a system of keeping track of fairly young kids at a party or gathering. I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by peep
on Dec 31, 2013 -
What would you say is the general culture of the AskMefi community? What sorts of questions get positive, supportive responses, and what sorts typically get negative responses? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee
on Dec 29, 2013 -
I'm concerned about the answers to this AskMe post
. Although I feel personal experiences can certainly inform our answers, in this case they seem to have become a basis for a debate on the efficacy/evilness of anti-depressants, with some over-the-top rhetoric thrown in that makes me really uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by misha
on Dec 19, 2013 -
What is the biggest life decision you've made based on answers to one of your AskMe questions? How did that decision work out for you? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz
on Dec 15, 2013 -
It was my 10th birthday yesterday and no one remembered. No cake, no presents, no birthday post, not even a memail.
posted by unliteral
on Dec 9, 2013 -
Assuming an AskMe poster does not explicitly request that advice or information be delivered in a specific way (e.g. "I need some tough love right now", "explain this to me like I'm five"), what prompts you to respond to an AskMe in a particular way? [more inside]
posted by koucha
on Nov 21, 2013 -
Last week, I asked this
question. I really was freaking out and sure I was going to screw it up. The memorial service was Friday, and my remarks were extremely well received. [more inside]
posted by janey47
on Nov 11, 2013 -
A while back, I asked my fellow mefites Do astronauts suffer from hypnic jerks?
There didn't seem to be any definite answer, but last night I went to a book signing by astronaut Chris Hadfield (previously
), and was able to ask him. He said that they do indeed have them while in space. Mystery solved! Science!
posted by borkencode
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I asked this
question a few weeks ago. I was able to see a dermatologist who took a biopsy and pronounced everything completely normal. And, I was able to complete both the Hartford Marathon and the NYC Marathon without worrying about my leg. Thanks to everyone who helped me.
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Nov 4, 2013 -
The answers to this question
depended largely upon the location and culture of the asker, yet most of the answers were US-based and thus not that useful. Two lessons here: 1) let's not assume we're all in the US; 2) let's remember to put our location in the question. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I can't believe I'm using my first MeTa on this, but I'm looking for an AskMe thread from about 1-3 years ago in which a dad was asking how to deal with his toddler headbutting him in the groin. It evolved into a long stream of anecdotes about testicular trauma induced by the innocent little ones. I found it highly hilarious. The keywords I thought of to search on did not reveal the thread, and the mods I contacted didn't remember it either. Thanks.
posted by matildaben
on Oct 4, 2013 -
The whole sad and wonderful jokes.txt saga
is the subject of this week's Tldr
, the newest podcast from the folks who make the superlative On the Media and who clearly have a long history of lurking here.
posted by Bunny Ultramod
on Oct 3, 2013 -
When do you apologize before posting an AskMe? Most recently in this post
about a Latin phrase, which the OP thought might be "obnoxious", I felt it was fine.
This isn't about posting guidelines (which I think I understand by now...) but about the community's perception of what kinds of questions are, well, obnoxious. [more inside]
posted by ipsative
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Would it be possible to stick a drop-down filter on the "Popular" page to filter posts by subsite? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert
on Jul 29, 2013 -
The comment about how to avoid or stop crying: That did not invoke the such-and-such reflex when you splash cold water on your face. I'm almost certain I read it in ask-me. From memory, which is really bad, it seemed really effective, obvious, smart. But obvious could mean, "oh yes, of course if you wind yourself by falling out of a tree, you're not going to be able to draw breath to cry" if that version of "obvious" makes sense. I would also like to help by saying it was posted by an insightful regular mefite, but unfortunately, once I notice two posts from a mefite that I like, even if they registered yesterday, I think of them as insightful regulars.
I *think* it was a physical method, pretty sure it wasn't deep breathing or mindfulness.
Thanks in advance for your help. My makeup thanks you, too.
Posting from phone, so italics etc beyond me.
posted by b33j
on Jul 3, 2013 -
I'm curious. What motivates people to give advice on job interview questions? I saw a recent question where the asker was looking for specific ideas to help them deliver a killer presentation in order to land the job of their dreams.
Surely, if your advice to the asker is helpful and causes the person to land the job, you're also crushing the dreams of the person who would otherwise have got it had you not helped the Mefite (someone who, perhaps, was going into the interview using all their own ideas, without help of the hive mind)? Is it just tribalism that we prefer the Mefite over the unseen non-Mefite?
posted by dontjumplarry
on Jun 29, 2013 -
Cribcage hit the nail on the head with this recent comment
: "people who have no idea what they're talking about but think posting answers on AskMe is 'fun' will now believe they have some factual basis for telling you in confident detail exactly what to do..." [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki
on Jun 20, 2013 -
I've been wondering:
What is the thinking behind a poster offering up "Check your MeMail" (and nothing else) in response to an AskMe? [more inside]
posted by nacho fries
on Jun 9, 2013 -
So I'm reading Inside Higher Ed
, this morning, as I'm wont to do, and I come across this article
about a New York Times Magazine essay
that seemed like BS to the IHE author. The reasons he questions the veracity of the events described are: this AskMe question
, this blog piece
also citing the AskMe question, and this Washington Post
also citing said AskMe question. It was odd to see AskMetaFilter three times before lunch. Congratulations, Junior Detectives, you may have caught a aviation bloviator.
posted by Toekneesan
on Jun 4, 2013 -
Maybe I'm the only one, but the "pics or GTFO" business with respect to pet questions on AskMe really gets on my nerves. I feel like it makes MetaFilter come off as clique-y, and it trivializes serious questions about pet behavior and health. I've been letting this issue bother me for a long time now without saying anything, but a recent example has finally pushed me over the edge of raising the topic here. [more inside]
posted by drlith
on May 23, 2013 -
I could have sworn that there was an AskMe not too long ago about sending one text message but having a different one come up on your recipient's phone. Of course, I can't find it. Am I thinking of something I read somewhere else, or does this question exist?
posted by amro
on May 15, 2013 -
Is there some sort of informal way that we can self-organize into a network of volunteers that can provide local assistance to AskMefites in need? Or maybe have the option for location information on AskMe questions so that we could receive alerts to local questions a la
IRL? Or something? (Apologies in advance -- this is long, half-baked, inarticulate & rambly.) [more inside]
posted by Westringia F.
on May 5, 2013 -
I'm curious what the status is on the idea of having an anonymous option for answering
questions in askme. [more inside]
posted by latkes
on May 3, 2013 -
Or it could have been a comment, about writing or planning a book. It went something like this. (I think it was askme, but I'm not sure).
1a. Lead up to event.
1b. actual event.
1c. results of event.
2a. Lead up to climax
2b. Almost climax
Showing a hierarchical method of laying out a story, so that the paragraphs practically write themselves.
posted by b33j
on May 1, 2013 -
Does anyone remember a MeTa about AskMe questions that really, really did not go the way the asker expected? I can't seem to find the post I'm thinking of. It would have been fairly recent, probably posted in the last year or so.
posted by capricorn
on Apr 23, 2013 -
I'd like to post a "What's your favorite X" AskMe. I'm using it to find the one answer I need for a specific use (and I'd be happy to update about my project in the thread later), but I think talking about my use in advance would bias people toward a too-narrow set of responses. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson
on Mar 26, 2013 -