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If it's not answering the question, can it be deleted?

I know asking medical questions here is controversial. I don't expect to resolve that all here. But I do think there's a consistently problematic answer found in medical threads that has no answer-value and I wish this kind of answer would be deleted as such. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 2, 2014 - 222 comments

A proposal for compromise on an Ask queue

I know this has been asked before but I think it's worth discussing it again. Rather than a full-fledged "queue" in which you'd enter multiple questions at once and they'd automatically post once a week ...what about just prompting by email when your week is up and you're eligible to post another question? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Aug 8, 2014 - 149 comments

Tourette Syndrome Update

One of the first Ask questions I ever asked was about my Tourette Syndrome. A few different commented or contacted me to say that they'd never seen TS described so accurately before. I recently rewrote and expanded that comment into an article for xojane, and as a result, have been asked to present a keynote speech at the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada's yearly conference in October 2015. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jul 28, 2014 - 69 comments

AskMe quoted on NewYorker.com

AskMe gets a shout out on the New Yorker's Page-turner blog.
posted by tavegyl on Jul 4, 2014 - 103 comments

Cold tea, please

Hello everyone, I am looking for a specific comment on AskMe about brewing cold tea. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jun 24, 2014 - 19 comments

New AskMe category: property/housing?

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 - 76 comments

Companies mentioned in AskMe post to AskMe?

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 - 56 comments

Can't find AskMe about organizing years worth of files

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 - 3 comments

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

Humans can be drained of blood in 8.6s given adequate vacuuming systems

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 - 301 comments

How do you search AskMe?

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 - 20 comments

Deleted Askme Post?

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 - 42 comments

Pony Request: Math is hard!

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 - 46 comments

Help find an askme: a system for keeping track of young kids at a party?

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 - 25 comments

What sorts of questions of good for AskMefi?

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 - 239 comments

This AskMe is depressing me

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 - 177 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

I think I'll go and eat worms

It was my 10th birthday yesterday and no one remembered. No cake, no presents, no birthday post, not even a memail.
Ask MetaFilter.
posted by unliteral on Dec 9, 2013 - 121 comments

Method commenting?

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 - 93 comments

Should I eat this?

What if the characters of TV's Hannibal used AskMe to solve their trickiest Problems From Everyday Life? It is hilarious and challenging: Match usernames to characters from the show.
[via Projects, by tel3path and The Whelk] [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 16, 2013 - 30 comments

Thank you all so much - AskMe update

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 - 33 comments

Jerks on my spacestation?

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 - 64 comments

Do Not Enter The Dog Park

Attention: A classic AskMe Mystery Thread is emerging and it is wonderful
posted by The Whelk on Nov 4, 2013 - 153 comments

Thank you - AskMe update

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 - 13 comments

reminder to put your location in your question

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 - 106 comments

Seeking AskMe thread about baby/toddler headbutting dad in the groin

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 - 45 comments

TLDR

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 - 93 comments

But what has your mother done for you lately?

Jesus, MeFi, you were doing so well, and then… this. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Aug 13, 2013 - 196 comments

AskMe: Apologies before a question

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 - 84 comments

The pony prances through the meadow, sparkling

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 - 14 comments

The highest form of flattery?

Buzzfeed has long been notorious for "repurposing" advice/tips/jokes/memes from sites like reddit, and now they've come for our wisdom: relationship hacks from this "classic" thread.
posted by lunasol on Jul 9, 2013 - 88 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

Job interview questions on AskMe

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 - 118 comments

Free advice is seldom cheap

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 - 220 comments

We got some local color happening.

Is this a bug or by design? Gray frame around the most recent comment on recent activity. Instead of the usual gray box. This is what it looks like in Unprofessional Mode.
posted by zarq on Jun 19, 2013 - 97 comments

"Check your MeMail"

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 - 59 comments

MeFi PenPals

There seems to be some interest in letter writing, based on the responses to this AskMe: Need a surrogate older sister. [more inside]
posted by smuna on Jun 5, 2013 - 49 comments

An AskMetaFilter Question Thrice Cited Over Potential BS in the NYT

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 humor column 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 - 89 comments

We're Not The Fortean Times

Have validate my supernatural experiances and share your own questions always been allowed on The Green?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 29, 2013 - 189 comments

Obligatory "obligatory pet pic" comments

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 - 141 comments

AskMe about mixed up text messages

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 - 8 comments

AskMe Has Changed My Life

Back on April 20--three full weeks ago--I saw this AskMe about Sherlock/Watson fanfic, and idly clicked on it. Then I followed a few links, because why not? I'm a curious sort of person. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on May 12, 2013 - 186 comments

Don't' Drink The Water

An AskMe gone good. It was delicious.
posted by timsteil on May 8, 2013 - 51 comments

MeFi Bat Signal

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 - 88 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

Writing to find a post about writing

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). 1. Event 2. Climax 3. Ending And then 1a. Lead up to event. 1b. actual event. 1c. results of event. 2a. Lead up to climax 2b. Almost climax 2c. Climax! Showing a hierarchical method of laying out a story, so that the paragraphs practically write themselves. Thank you.
posted by b33j on May 1, 2013 - 30 comments

Looking for a MeTa

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 - 421 comments

Make the clothes fit you, not vice versa

I'm looking for an AskMe comment about getting clothes tailored. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Apr 6, 2013 - 12 comments

Frederick Jaffe's son shows up to answer a question

The answers in my old question about a Planned Parenthood were all perfectly good, but I got the best answer and some new documents in a MeMail from now mefite Dave Jaffe, son of the memo author Frederick Jaffe. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Apr 5, 2013 - 3 comments

A reasonless What's-Your-Favorite

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 - 60 comments

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