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Hurricane Irma Help, Advice and Check In

Hurricane Irma is heading towards Florida, and I thought it would be good if we had a central place for information for and about MeFites. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Sep 5, 2017 - 256 comments

MedicalFilter

This post is based on is sensationalised and scaremongering reporting and should be deleted. And then the ground should be salted so that no other post like it can ever grow again. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Apr 26, 2016 - 30 comments

Posting to the Front Page: You Can Do It Too!

Posting to the front page of Metafilter can seem daunting, mysterious, and/or fraught with with uncertain outcomes. (Spoiler: It is easier than it might look.) If you have never or rarely posted a FPP but would like to, we’re here to help. Stretch your wings in September! [more inside]
posted by julen on Sep 1, 2015 - 96 comments

What works and doesn't work when creating FPPs?

Since WomensMarch, I've been making more FPPs off and on when something interesting crosses my path. So far, I'm generally pleased with how they've gone, but I've noticed some interesting variation. It's been making me curious, and I thought I'd ask more experienced posters: what kinds of advice do you have for new posters on the Blue? What kinds of things have you noticed that change how people respond to a post? How much effort do you put in when framing things?
posted by sciatrix on Apr 12, 2015 - 82 comments

MaTe MeTa

Looking for some advice given by commenters on MetaFilter (pretty sure it was the blue) about maths teaching. The advice wasn't specifically requested itself, just a response to the subject of the post—presumably maths education related somehow, though I've searched through a bunch of threads and haven't found them. Perhaps someone has the comments favourited and will know what I'm referring to. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 28, 2014 - 11 comments

louche mustachio, I have a boop for you!

*BOOP!* [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Dec 26, 2013 - 39 comments

Good Advice

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 - 172 comments

The comment about how to avoid or stop crying

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 - 13 comments

I want to collect all of these!

Is there anything you wish you had known when you were 18? What did you wish you knew when you were 20? What do you wish you'd known when you were 21? What advice would you give your 25-year-old self? What are your 30s like? What advice would you give to your thirty-year-old self? What do you wish you had done when you were 30? What advice would you give your 40 year old self? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 2, 2013 - 131 comments

There's a reason people wrote to Dear Abby

AskMe gets a shoutout in NPR's MonkeySee blog.
posted by EvaDestruction on Jan 17, 2013 - 49 comments

Best. Ask update. Ever.

What a difference a year makes. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Aug 13, 2012 - 60 comments

This isn't the advice you're looking for

Help me find AskMeFi questions where posters get advice that is nothing at all like what they would have expected. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Jul 18, 2012 - 542 comments

There may not be fifty ways but there are more than one.

Ugh, I'm just going to say it: continuously posting to this breakup advice in Ask is lazy and more often than not it doesn't really fit the situation. I wish people would speak to the actual specific break-up someone is asking about or just stay out of it. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Apr 6, 2012 - 90 comments

Plumbing the Depths of AskMeFi

Best breakup advice on MeFi? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Nov 6, 2011 - 34 comments

"Just show him this thread"

"Just show him this thread" - this advice gets given practically every other day and I was wondering, do people really mean it and think it is a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Sep 21, 2010 - 65 comments

OMG N00BS.

There are a lot of new people on MetaFilter and I want to make a Welcome to MeFi page on the wiki. Can you help me out with some things you wished you'd known when you were new here? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jul 26, 2010 - 236 comments

Advice for AskMe Annoyance

How bad would it be if I get snippy in my own AskMe? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Jul 12, 2010 - 121 comments

It's all you can do

A few months ago, a commentor on some thread I can't remember commented that a professor or mentor he had had, said that if a person could see one real thing about the real world and leave a good enough reference to it, in words, art, music or whatever for others to see it too, that was about all you could expect to do with a life. Does anyone remember that?
posted by carping demon on Jul 8, 2010 - 22 comments

Give Pete a Chance

DTMFA?! How about Calm The Hell Down? [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens on Jul 1, 2010 - 273 comments

Help me give more helpful answers on AskMefi

How can I answer Mefi questions more helpfully? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Feb 3, 2009 - 150 comments

Thinking of moving to Toronto...Advice?

I've been wanting to move to Toronto for years, and now I'm finally able to do so! Now I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by Alex930 on Aug 31, 2008 - 3 comments

Please don't ask

I was in my local public library today and wanted to look up a thread about Paris that I'd seen in Ask Metafilter, so I got on one of the library's computers. I was surprised to find that the library blocks Ask MeFi. How common is this? How can I get the library to unblock it?
posted by lukemeister on Jul 19, 2008 - 30 comments

We'll build our house and chop our wood

Is there are gardening wiki, or do we have enough gardeners here to have a garden.metafilter.com?
posted by nax on Jul 3, 2008 - 48 comments

I am a commenter, but not your commenter

Please, for the love of all that is holy, can we please stop? [more inside]
posted by gjc on Jun 4, 2008 - 187 comments

Making questions clearer

How can I word my AskMe questions better to get more relevant answers? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Apr 23, 2008 - 36 comments

Top 10 Tips for MeFi posters

If you took Jorn Barger's Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers and replaced every mention of "blog" with "MeFi FPP", you could probably carve it onto tablets and present it as The Way.
posted by Plutor on Dec 29, 2007 - 19 comments

IAALBIANYL

This article gives some insight into the issues surrounging giving legal advice on internet forums, which we occasionally deal with on AskMe: The Dangers of Virtual Cocktail Parties. [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha on Dec 21, 2007 - 138 comments

AskMe screws the pooch

AskMe gets it badly wrong, as the original poster reveals here. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Dec 5, 2007 - 254 comments

How to Host the Perfect Meetup

So what makes a good meetup? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 26, 2007 - 54 comments

The Best of "How to Date & Flirt the Mefite Way"

There are about five googol plexes (googols plex?)* about dating and flirting on Metafilter. How do I flirt? Does she like me? How can you tell if a girl likes you? This girl is doing behaviors X, Y, and Z. Is she into me? This boy is doing behaviors A, B, and C. Does he like me? What is the most outstanding and/or insightful commentary you've seen a Mefite write about dating? The topic is such a huge morass of wordage (due to it being a common area of questioning and one that everyone likes to chime in on) that it's a bit daunting in its scope, and yet I know there are some incredible gems. What comments did you think were amazingly spot-on? * — please, don't everybody tell me what the plural of googol plex is and not answer the main one ;-)
posted by WCityMike on Aug 15, 2007 - 88 comments

Taxes and AskMe

We all know tax time is coming. Could we please have a moratorium on all tax-related AskMe's that are more complex than "I live in X, where do I mail my return to"?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Feb 1, 2007 - 37 comments

Murderous Confession

Well, askme got served with a doozy tonight and I think it's safe to say it didn't go well. It's not just the completely awful legal advice being dispensed, or the attempt to frame this question as a solely moral one that disturbed me, but the seeming justification of murder (and referencing religion to reason away that murder) that made me shudder.
posted by incessant on Oct 20, 2006 - 186 comments

Boo, my Askme question was deleted.

Boo, my Askme question was deleted. I'm disappointed, because I did mean the question seriously-- I was actually hoping to get some scientific information/insight into radioactive half-lives, heavy-metal contamination, global warming, etc. Was the tone too flippant? Could I have phrased it better?
posted by jokeefe on Aug 9, 2006 - 62 comments

Weirdest mention of MeFi in the press

Weirdest mention of MeFi in the press: in a press release about advice for college students by a boardgame company. They googled, got Ask MetaFilter, and printed it. I have no idea why.
posted by mathowie on Aug 3, 2006 - 31 comments

Fund raising post advice

I would like to make a MeFi post about a young Malaysian blogger trying to raise funds for treatment for a life-threatening disease. Is this ok? How should I go about it?
posted by divabat on Jun 5, 2006 - 22 comments

Where should I, a physician, draw the line at commenting on health-related posts in AskMe?

Where should I, a physician, draw the line at commenting on health-related posts in AskMe?

I enjoy thinking about folks' medical puzzles and often learn something in the process of trying to solve them. However, I'm a neurologist, so most of what I comment on is well outside my scope of practice. I've tried to make it clear in my user info that I'm not commenting in my professional capacity as a medical advisor, but instead as "just another Metafilter user." But if you scroll down to roofus' thought-provoking post a few days ago, you can read about a number of harmful things that we docs could inadvertently be causing, including but not limited to the inflammation of hypochondria, acute bad-adviceFilter, and sudden dismemberment or death.

What do folks think? Should I just can it before I get sued?
posted by ikkyu2 on Jul 15, 2005 - 52 comments

Medical Advice on AskMe

Do other doctors get this horrible sinking feeling when they read a medical question in Ask Metafilter? Usually the questions are OK, but obviously would be better directed at a physician. It's the answers that cause me a headache. Lots of non-doctors seem to wade in with "This one time I had something similar, and...". No actual doctors declare themselves and give a sensible answer. I work in a fairly sub-specialized area (uro-gynae) so I'm not necessarily up to date on most of the questions. None the less, I just can't stand it to sit by and see terrible advice given Equally I feel there's something unethical about attempting to play web-doctor. Any tips on best practice?
posted by roofus on Jul 11, 2005 - 82 comments

AskMe Caucuses

as i wander through every bike-related askme query and see the same user names replying to each question i've started to wonder: would there be a benefit to allowing mefi users to organize themselves into caucus-like groups? would it serve the community better if, in much the same way individuals are grouped by region on their profile pages, we could somehow align ourselves by interest/expertise to make better use of our collective resources?
posted by RockyChrysler on Apr 20, 2005 - 39 comments

Mefi-a culpa

Calling myself out. Kind of unusual, I know. But I looked back at some of my recent comments and I realized that I've been a butthead and a troll lately. If anyone wants to take exception with my bad behavior, feel free to do so here. And in the effort to make things better- has anyone else fallen into such a rut? Any ideas about how to get out?
posted by Doohickie on Feb 18, 2005 - 48 comments

Visiting DC for the Inauguration

I may be in D.C. for the inauguration. Anyone else? I've never been to Washington. Any tips for travellers? Or tips for someone going to a public gathering like this? I've been to a football game before, but I imagine this is a different type of get-together.
posted by airguitar on Jan 16, 2005 - 21 comments

anonymous has some serious relationship problems

Once I ran to you, I ranNow I'll run from youThis tainted love you've given
75% of this "anonymous" guy's output is love-related. I keep reading that we suck at politics, we suck at religion, we suck at (insert your favorite pet peeve here). I dare to suggest that, no disrespect intended, we suck at giving love advice (assuming that giving useful love advice is actually possible, which I doubt). Is this just a coincidence, or we'll use the anonymous feature mainly to turn AskMeFi into Mr/Mrs LonelyheartsFilter/BrokenheartsFilter?
posted by matteo on Oct 13, 2004 - 30 comments

Where to post an AskMe followup?

I apologize two-fold, one for my unwilling absence from the scintillating minds that are my MeFi sisters and brethren...and secondly, because this may very well be the wrong arena, but darned if I know where to post AskMe follow ups...so here it is. A month or more back, I asked for advice on taking a specific type of pictures. The advice that I was given, both online, and in one case, carried into email, was invaluable. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who contributed. You not only made me a better photographer, but you taught me a new way to see.
posted by dejah420 on Oct 5, 2004 - 13 comments

How to do Newsfilter

News posts: done right and not so right [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Oct 29, 2002 - 17 comments

Dreamhost Shut Down My Sites. Help?

Yesterday I was accused of spamming by my host. Today 10+ websites and my email service has been shut down.
(cockybastard.com, Globalgasm.com, etc.)
I am *hoping* I can resolve this asap. But what if they refuse to listen to me.
I'm struck by how helpless I am. Has this ever happened to anyone here? I am close to actually driving to the Dreamhost offices in person.

posted by halcyon on May 3, 2002 - 32 comments

Post construction advice wanted

Assuming one has identified 1 interesting front page "lead" post and 3 "supporting" posts that may add value to a discussion. What is the better : a) Include all 4 posts on the front page and be done with it. b)have 1 lead post in the front page and 3 supporting posts in the first comment. c) sprinkle 3 supporting posts one by one as discussion develops. Realize every situation is unique but some general guidance would be very helpful.
posted by Voyageman on Mar 25, 2002 - 6 comments

My post asking for advice on cults was deleted. Is there a good site where I could get advice?

I posted something on Mefi that was apparently inappropriate (OK, thinking back on it, it wasn't a good idea): a request for advice about a family member becoming part of an orthodox religious "cult" like organization. It was killed pretty quickly. Can anyone tell me a good place to ask questions like this, here on this site or somewhere similar? I was hoping for advice from the people here; after hanging around here for a few months, I'm continually impressed by the quality (and quantity) of comment posted here.
posted by luriete on Dec 13, 2001 - 21 comments

curious if the MeFi community could advise me

i've remember threads like this before, but my searches turned up nothing, i think im searching for the wrong things ... anywho. i was trying to set up an apache server with some fun toys and was curious if the MeFi community could advise me on what i would need to set up to run PHP, and all that fun stuff.
posted by a11an on Jun 25, 2001 - 2 comments

Funding People Through Public Markets (Self-Link)

Funding people through public markets. I thought it could apply to all sorts of people and ventures, like weblogs and independent content.

(Self blog, thats why it's here. If anyone wants to let the world in.. :) )
posted by owillis on Mar 7, 2001 - 2 comments

Advice Threads in MeTa

Would anyone be interested in having a new MetaTalk topic where we could ask advice and opinions of each other? I am interested in buying a digital camera. This one in fact. I know many of you have digital cameras, maybe even the one I want. I would be curious to know what you think. We have tech people here who could advise people about fixing their machines, etc. What do you think?
posted by thirteen on Jan 25, 2001 - 10 comments

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