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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I think it'd be cool if when posting as anonymous on AskMe, you had the option to provide a separate password which would let you log in as anonymous just for the thread you're creating
and post comments. The main benefit is that it would allow responders to ask for more information. The main risk I see is that someone could out themselves by accident if they forgot to log in as anonymous before commenting...
posted by Coventry
on Nov 19, 2007 -
MetaMail question: Would it be possible to allow users to MetaMail posters of anonymous AskMe questions without revealing the identity of the poster (and possibly the sender)? [more inside]
posted by baphomet
on Oct 30, 2007 -
In light of this art project
, UbuRoivas went to 59,469 Mefites, chosen for their intarnerdiness, to analyze, translate, or reinterpret a selected anonymous AskMe. The resulting collection of responses filled the grey place at MetaFilter with beauty, music, snark & mirth. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas
on Sep 27, 2007 -
PonyFilter: Since anonymous questions were first introduced, there's been the need for anonymous questioners to easily respond as a follow-up to their own question, and, to a lesser degree, given subject matter, for people to contribute their answers to the question anonymously. I imagine the admins have already thought about this, and I'm just wondering if it's a feature that will never seen because of the possibility of abuse or the difficulty of coding.
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 3, 2007 -
Threads like this
make me wonder why we can't answer anonymous questions anonymously? (aside from the obvious potential for trolling)
posted by chlorus
on May 29, 2007 -
I recently posted an anonymous question to Metafilter (within the past week). I browsed to the 'New Question' page without thinking about the question limits because I had a new query, but to my surprise the page didn't restrict me from posting. A bug? A way to get around the question limit? Am I shortly going to be shot for pointing this out?
posted by Phire
on Apr 30, 2007 -
I love the new tab feature, but there's a small bug with AskMe. When the posts are sorted by favorites, anonymous questions are credited to Anonymous Ask MetaFilter
instead of the usual anonymous
. No crisis, but an inconsistency that may distress some of our more sensitive members (you know who you are).
posted by Faint of Butt
on Oct 25, 2006 -
When someone asks an anonymous question on ask.metafilter, are people at Mefi or anyone else aware of the asker's identity? How anonymous is it really?
posted by vizsla
on Aug 28, 2006 -
At present, there seem to be some askmeta questions missing, notably 41851 to 41860. I only noticed because I refreshed and a question that I *knew* was several questions down was now at the top. The missing posts don't have deletion comments on them so I'm guessing it's just a glitch of some kind?
posted by RustyBrooks
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony: For the "Posts by category in the past month" list on the green, can we include a section for Anonymous questions?
posted by cior
on Jul 5, 2006 -
"Why does eating in a restaurant make me crap my pants?"
and 994 other
anonymous gems from the Anonymous Ask Metafilter archive. As AskMe readies for it's 1000th anonymous question, the community is hereby polled: How has the feature worked out for the community? Do you ever wonder how some threads
were resolved? And at the risk of seeming too voyeuristic, has anyone ever thought about writing fiction based on the scenario in an anonymous AskMe question?
posted by Saucy Intruder
on Jun 26, 2006 -
: As a sensitive, caring, intelligent, non-lecherous male, how do I fuck the shit out of anything that walks, regardless of race, religion, income, social stigma or species? The content of this post makes me want to vomit, but it's the tone that really makes it ick-tastic. Congrats to the original poster, at least you have the prowess to post onymously.
posted by |n$eCur3
on May 25, 2006 -
Displaying users who have marked Anonymous questions in AskMe as a favorite is potentially revealing of who Anonymous was in that instance. It is also potentially harmful, both to users who mark such questions as a favorite, as well as to future discourse at Metafilter in general. So I suggest that we remove the list at the start of the thread of those who marked an Anonymous question as a favorite. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on May 16, 2006 -
Anonymous posting: time-limited cookies to enable anonymous
to reply to their own threads for N hours? Perhaps tied to logins? It seems like the "anonymous" nom de plume
really only needs to be a setting that is applied when a thread is marked as such and the original poster is replying. Since most of these questions are for personal, medical, or other advice that usually need more input (perhaps to triangulate its position), it seems useful.
posted by kcm
on Apr 18, 2006 -
How can I post a question on AskMeFi using the anonymous account ? When I login using my username and try to post a question, I see a link to post the question anonymously but if I have already posted in the past 1 week, then this link does not appear.
posted by inquisitive
on Mar 17, 2006 -
Anonymous questions in AskMe, as I understand it, are for those questions which are of a delicate nature, could cause serious embarrassment, result in legal trouble, or cause some sort of other harm.
So how is a question about what tattoo to get
deemed worthy of anonymization? [MI]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy
on Feb 5, 2006 -
Can we please stop questioning the need for anonymous AskMe posters to be anonymous? The posters can't respond, and I find Matt does a decent job of filtering out the questions that have no possible necessity for anonymity. Maybe you can't think of a reason, but then again, it's not your life at issue.
posted by grouse
on Feb 5, 2006 -