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Deletion of question about terminal illness

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 - 43 comments

anon answers

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 - 44 comments

Why is a question about wanting to meet people anonymous?

I'm sure there's a good reason for this, but I'd like to learn about it: why is this question about meeting people, with no embarrassing details that I can discern, anonymous?
posted by amtho on Dec 8, 2012 - 55 comments

My Penis is Anonymous But Yours Isn't

I love Ask and I embrace the legitimate need for anonymity, but I seem to be noticing an increasing number of questions where the asker is abusing Ask by hiding behind anonymity while expecting forthright and revealing answers from other members. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Nov 26, 2012 - 102 comments

Anonymous answers

Quick one; how can I answer an AskMeFi anonymously?
posted by BadMiker on Aug 23, 2012 - 24 comments

When is a Double not a Double?

I'm not entirely sure how I came to it but I was reading this post at Gawker & wandered down into the comments only to find this odd bit of writing. Some of the replies were witty but then (MeFi's own?) Gawker editor Maureen O'Connor pointed out it was essentially identical to this anonynmous AskMe from 5 years ago. At the very least I figure it's a curiosity worth pointing out to my fellow MeFites who have too much free time on their hands & want to dissect it under the usual microscope.
posted by scalefree on May 27, 2012 - 52 comments

Boxster Short

Why is this question about buying a Porsche Boxster anonymous? The only reason I can think of is the shame of being associated with a car that is associated with being driven by douchebags, which seems like a pretty low bar.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Apr 17, 2012 - 321 comments

Doctor, eventually.

Thanks, Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 27, 2012 - 30 comments

Anonymous Questions Update

We've noticed a slight uptick in the number of anonymous questions submitted recently, and we've found that sometimes the questions don't provide the context we need to approve them. So with that in mind we added a small change to the anonymous question form at Ask MetaFilter to help with that. We're now asking why the question should be anonymous. [more inside]
posted by pb on Nov 9, 2011 - 85 comments

Can mods see anonymous ID?

Two related privacy questions: (a) Can the mods see who has posted an anonymous AskMe? The submission page suggests "no" but the anonymous submission page suggests "yes". (b) can mods see if multiple accounts are created by an specific IP address?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 16, 2011 - 36 comments

We could maybe let up a little.

I want to suggest that maybe it's a good idea to give abused people, instead of their abusers, the benefit of the doubt. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jun 13, 2011 - 214 comments

Anonymous followups to anonymous questions

Would you ride this anonymous AskMe pony? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Apr 16, 2011 - 36 comments

Spies from the future

I think that there ought to be a caveat somewhere about AskMe questions, pseudonymity, privacy, and social network scraping tools. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 17, 2011 - 62 comments

The 7th anniversary is the desk set anniversary....

Happy birthday and 10,000th Anonymous post Ask MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 comments

What criteria do the mods use for allowing anonymous posts.

What criteria do the mods use for allowing anonymous posts. [more inside]
posted by TheBones on Aug 30, 2010 - 49 comments

Taters

A longshot, yes, but a possible explanation for 'taters'? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 23, 2010 - 118 comments

Where are you located? Where are you located? Where are you located?

Is it possible for the mods to edit anonymous posts on the Green? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Aug 2, 2010 - 38 comments

Similar questions on the anon preview page?

Feature request: When you preview a question on the green, you're shown five similar, previously asked questions. That's really helpful, and often eliminates the need to ask the question. But the anonymous-ask preview page does not do that. Can it?
posted by jbickers on Jul 8, 2010 - 33 comments

Anonymous Ask MetaFilter, we need to talk

The number of anonymous questions, as a percentage of all AskMe questions, has been rising steadily over time [13 out of 100 today]. We were sitting around talking about this over email and what limits we could implement, when we figured maybe we'd just try to talk about it instead.... [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jun 3, 2010 - 337 comments

You mean everything is going inside?

Small bug on the Post Anon preview page for Ask.Metafilter. When you are previewing your question before you post, under both the "Your question" and the "Extended explanation" boxes, it says both of those boxes will be used for the [more inside] part of the question. On the original Post Anon page, the box descriptions are correct.
posted by deezil on May 23, 2010 - 13 comments

Those who do not care about their reputations

What do the mods do with AskMe posts that aren't anonymous, but really should be? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 20, 2010 - 49 comments

/b/een found guilty

Update: David Kernell--the student who broke into Sarah Palin's e-mail account--has been found guilty.
posted by mattdidthat on Apr 30, 2010 - 59 comments

Reality check, please.

Can I get a reality check on the lap dance AskMe? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 16, 2010 - 279 comments

Doctorow Dust-Up

This post has become weirdly personal. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Apr 3, 2010 - 107 comments

A concern about anonymous posting

I'm a little worried that the increasing number of anonymous posts about personal and relationship issues may, if it continues, change the character and tone of AskMeFi. Have the Meta-powers that be ever considered hiving (heh) off the anonymous posts into their own page? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Feb 8, 2010 - 153 comments

Anonymity + audience = ?

Looking for an oft-linked cartoon. Maybe? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Feb 3, 2010 - 22 comments

Anonymous with benefits

A suggestion for AskMeFi: rather than (or in addition to) anonymous postings, why not give everyone a few throwaway accounts? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 26, 2010 - 57 comments

Are follow-up posts by the asker to anonymous questions anonymous?

Anonymous questions [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Jan 12, 2010 - 54 comments

I have this rash...

Anonymous pony? One time I asked a question about squicky things, and I asked it in a way that wasn't very useful to the community. Not having it show up, I contacted Jess and she gave me some advice on how to improve it. What if failed anonymous questions were posted and immediately deleted and looked like regular deleted ones with reasons for deletion. This will only work for those with the Firefox script, but at least the asker gets an opportunity to remain anonymous, and other users acquire a sense of what's not going to work.
posted by b33j on Jan 6, 2010 - 31 comments

How to post anonymously?

Where is the link on to how to post an anonymous askme? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Dec 3, 2009 - 26 comments

The Quintessential Anonymous

Kind of a very silly question, but I recall seeing at least one post floating around that describes Anonymous - things such as having a poor sex life, needing a divorce, etc. Can you hope me find this post, hive mind? Mostly for the lulz.
posted by kldickson on Aug 7, 2009 - 30 comments

Pony Request: MyAskMefi to Track Anonymous Questions (or Track Users' Questions?)

Pony request: can following all anonymous posts (or maybe, more widely, following a specific user) be integrated into MyAskMefi? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 9, 2009 - 29 comments

I suppose the asker could be trying to escape the mafia...

Why is this AskMe about St. Paul, OR anonymous? I can't think of any possible reason for it to be so except to get around the once a week question limit (though I confess, I'm not sure if the software actually allows that). If we can get around the limit by asking any old question and making it anonymous, and the mods will approve it, why not take the limit away? And if that's not what's happening, I'm still not sure why it was approved; I just can't imagine why that question needs to be anonymous. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Jun 2, 2009 - 46 comments

Not so anonymous at all, are you!

Why can't I make my AskMeFi question anonymous? Was this changed and I missed it? I searched, but to no avail.
posted by phaded on May 25, 2009 - 4 comments

When a user plans to get an AskMe thread deleted

Should a user purposely post something in their AskMe thread, with the idea that they can get it or the thread deleted or made anonymous later?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 19, 2009 - 151 comments

Should this really have gone through?

This makes me very uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Feb 12, 2009 - 19 comments

Aye's without a face

This is a brief request for the ability to answer anonymously on AskMe, as well as gauge other's interest in such a feature. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 16, 2009 - 95 comments

Today is what Metafilter is all about.

Yet another shoutout for a MeFite going above and beyond the call of duty in real life: HopperFan. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Nov 24, 2008 - 38 comments

Anonymous questions of the most mundane order

Is it me or are some people abusing the anonymous question loophole? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Oct 21, 2008 - 55 comments

It was the one about sex with midgets...

Why is it that you can post to AskMe as Anon and then make a normal post, but you can't do it the other way around? Once you've made a post the Anon link vanishes from the post page. Is it just the link vanishing, or does the ability go too? Can it be changed? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Oct 21, 2008 - 12 comments

Mods, would you ever re-initiate contact with anonymous?

Do the mods ever ask an anonymous questioner for follow-up info, or does the anonymous asker always initiate the follow-up process? I'm just curious. [more inside]
posted by vytae on Oct 14, 2008 - 15 comments

Search and Destroy

I've been contemplating an Ask post for a while now, that deals with certain issues that I don't really want to appear in a search index... [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra on Sep 18, 2008 - 86 comments

Not sure what to search for

Yeah. I know this makes me seem wildly stupid, but... I was trying to post a question on AskMe. I wanted to post it anonomously. (It was a medical question.) But I couldn't figure it out. I either had to post under my pseudonym, or I had to get a new account. That can't be right?
posted by Dumsnill on Aug 4, 2008 - 47 comments

You need a license for that.

This question needs to be deleted or at the very least anonymized. [more inside]
posted by konolia on Jul 29, 2008 - 56 comments

Why anon?

This anonymous question about swimming has picked my curiosity. The guidelines say that questions that 'don't appear to require anonymity' may not be approved. Is swimming a reason to be ashamed in some part of the world?
posted by Memo on Jul 10, 2008 - 45 comments

Or do I have to be in the cabal?

Apologies if this was discussed elsewhere, but... why is there a best answer marked in an anonymous thread...?
posted by Phire on May 18, 2008 - 27 comments

Why close anon AskMe questions?

Why close an anonymous question at the poster's request? Here's an example (the recent question from a young guy who wasn't sure he wanted to marry) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 13, 2008 - 35 comments

Questions about the way Contact Activity Works.

I have some questions about contact activity. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Apr 11, 2008 - 18 comments

Round Numbers!

Only a little over a year ago, anonymous had asked 1500 questions. As of today, that number has doubled. By my calculations if this trend continues then by the year 2055 life on earth will have ceased to exist!
posted by ND¢ on Mar 14, 2008 - 84 comments

Word count ſhmörd cøunt!

Average word count for anonymous queſtions vs average word count for inanonymous queſtions. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Jan 27, 2008 - 20 comments

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