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]
Guardian article on words with longer histories than you'd expect, gives this AskMe
I just found the book I was looking for in my very first Ask Metafilter post. I am so happy. [more inside]
I'm pretty sure it's one of the unofficial Twitter accounts, but does anyone know what happened to the @askmetafilter
feed? It looks like it stopped updating on the 5th. This feed was nice to have since it used the question title as the tweet rather than starting with the question itself like the @mefigreen
feed. Thanks all.
Ask MeFi gets a nice shout out from Slate
regarding this thread.
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]
When someone posts to AskMefi, is there a standard etiquette that posters should be knowing to follow? Something like "Do not post any responses for 24 hours after you've posted your question or else you will be threadsitting/tempted to threadsit," perhaps? I avoid Metafilter for 24 hours after I post anything because then I feel like an embarrassed ass asking a question, but that's just me. I was wondering if this was any kind of ... more official thing for everyone else, or should be, or what.
Has anyone else noticed the weird attention that this AskMe about a small liberal arts college in Iowa
I get that everyone is welcome to pay their $5 to sign up and say their piece, but it smells a little like astroturf to me. [more inside]
Has anyone developed any official or unofficial hacks with regards to loading Mefi/AskMefi threads onto their Kindle?
In the This American Life blog post
which is a list of the staff's favorite lists of other sites' favorite This American Life episodes, Ira links to a 2005 AskMeFi thread
in which MetaFilter members named their favorites. Notably, there was remarkable consensus among lists of that vintage and the lists that were published this month to observe the show's 500th episode.
I'm fairly surprised there hasn't been a more recent thread along those lines.
So if you look at an Ask thread on its own, best answers are marked with a distinct background.
However, in Recent Activity, best answers are marked with a green check. That's because "my answers" are marked with a distinct background.
I find this unnecessarily confusing and would appreciate some consistency.
Ideas from the floor on the best solution are welcome!
I would like to know why my answer was deleted from this AskMeFi thread
: [more inside]
was asked, and some respondents have been raising concerns that it might violate the student's honour code. Is there an express policy about this? [more inside]
I'm going bananas trying to find a comment that I *think* I read on the green. The story was about an intro at a conference, or maybe at just a business meeting? And the person giving the talk lead with a pretty raunchy or out-there joke or anecdote, after which half the people balked and left and the other half stayed and had like, the best conference ever. I seem to remember that the joke-teller was a woman in a male-dominated field, but I could be wrong about that. IIRC, this story was told reverently, not disparagingly, and I think it appeared within the last two years. Is this ringing any bells?
I like to post AskMes at around 10 am on Tuesdays.
If I have my post ready at 9:15 or 9:30, I'm prevented from posting until it's been a full 168 hours since my last post.
I think the one-post-a-week rule works really well, but it would be nice if it were a little less strict.
Would you consider changing it from 168 hours between posts to 160 hours or 162 hours or even 166 hours? [more inside]
Within (I think) the last couple years, someone had asked in Ask MetaFilter something to the effect of, what new cars are the Apple products of cars? That is, what cars these are Apple-like in designs and details, quality of materials, user-friendliness, etc. I can't find this thread now—does anyone remember it? Thanks.
I thought there was a question recently from someone looking for a job that basically said - "Here is where I'm looking online...is this the best I can do?" Someone in the 3rd or 4th comment provided a list of other job boards to look for work. I think the search and the boards were all IT/tech related but can't remember exactly. I've tried some key word and tag searches and have scanned ask questions though mid-December but can't seem to locate the question. The searcher might have been located near Chicago or the west coast.
AskMe gets a shoutout
in NPR's MonkeySee blog.
From the FAQ: "Do not post a question to AskMetafilter assuming you can have it removed once it has been answered. This is unfair to the people who answered the question and diminishes the usefulness of the site. "
Yet the poor soul who wasn't getting the answers they wanted was able to delete
">their question without a problem? What gives?
How to delete your previous questions within metafilter or AskMeFi? If you can't delete, why not and do they stay online forever?
Trying to find an AskMe answer about what to do if you're swamped by the press/paparazzi. [more inside]
There must already be Ask questions about how to increase business/get more clients as a freelancer, but I'm not hitting the right search terms or something. Can anyone point me? Thanks!
Posts about finding work you can do from home? [more inside]
Can someone point me to a post (in ask.me I think) that featured examples of good science-fiction in non-Western Europe settings? [more inside]
What was that tag where... [more inside]
This AskMe thread
is just fantastic. A not-simple question with so many great, empathetic, caring suggestions from people who were at one point up a similar creek trying to fashion any sort of paddle. POSITIVE THREAD CALLOUT. EVERYBODY HUG.
Is there a way to look at popular AskMe questions in a particular category
, either in the recent past or over time? The infodumpster almost
does this, but not quite. [more inside]
Apropos of this thread
, I'm trying to find a MetaFillter comment from a few years ago in which the commenter related a story about a friend or family member whose company made a product that Walmart became interested in selling. [more inside]
Minor MeFi-spotting: is there a MeFite at Bookforum? [more inside]
I like to read interesting Ask Metafilter questions, although I rarely post anything myself. The Popular Favorites
page is a good way to find these, but I've also noticed that questions with a lot of answers (say, over 50) are usually worth checking out too, even if they don't necessarily get a lot of favorites. Is there any way to view the AskMe site/feed in a way that only shows questions that have received more than a certain number of answers?
I'm a prolific AskMe user, but I think I'm doing it wrong. [more inside]
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]
Ask Metafilter is becoming less useful as the site grows.
As the site has grown in popularity and more people join just to ask questions, the ratio between people who are knowlegeable and people who ask questions has fallen. This means that the questions on AskMe are coming in so thick and heavy that questions are buried before they can get answered properly. [more inside]
In answering AskMes, can we please try harder not to make presumptions that are absent from the question's details, especially if we are using that presumption as a jumping-off point to scold the asker? [more inside]
AcademicStudyFilter: What motivates answers on a Q&A site? [more inside]
About a year and a half ago, I asked this question
trying to identify a dj-mix I had heard on the radio. It remained my great personal unsolved ask-me-stery, the only Q that truly stumped the masses - until a few hours ago. Praise ooklala
! [more inside]
Problems with Ask parenting-thread deletions. [more inside]
Credentials. What about them? Are they useful? [more inside]
I find myself thinking of questions I want to ask when it's been only 5, 7, 9 days from my last question. Then day 10 rolls around and I can't remember what it was. Then something else comes up, and I ask a question about it, and like clockwork the next day I remember what that VERY IMPORTANT (but not urgent) question I want to ask was. Would it be possible for us to save a draft of a question or of multiple questions while we are working on them/formulating our thoughts/waiting for the clock to run out?
Why are some people so good at answering human relations AskMe's? How do you do it? And why do you do it? [more inside]
Randall Monroe, of xkcd
fame, time travels four and a half years into the past to sign up for a MetaFilter account
just so he can answer
a recent question in Ask
(see Apr 12) featured this
post, in which someone's seemingly obscure question was answered in just six minutes. I think MY experience
was even more amazing (as my question was more obscure), though it did take Gator an hour and ten minutes to cough up an answer. What are some other AskMe Astounding Stories of Snappy Answers to Obscure Questions?
I don't usually have time to read all of the questions on AskMeFi, so I rely on the Popular Favorites (24 hours) tab to screen the submitted questions for those found most interesting by other MeFites. The problem is that because of the way they are sorted I sometimes miss some.
Would it be possible to sort them chronologically by the time and date of submission, the most recent being at the top of the list? That way I could scroll down the list until I get to the question I remember from my last browsing session.
What do others think? Thanks!
kind of thing ok
? [more inside]
I'm a graduate student in library science and am conducting a research study project for one of my classes. Any volunteers interested in participating in a brief email interview about why you like to answer questions on Ask MetaFilter? [more inside]