A hypothetical question
prompts answers of varying violence against hypothetical dogs. Chatfilter? Useful analysis? Something in between? [more inside]
For a long time, I have been sad at the loss of HypotheticalFilter. When AskMe was young, such questions would arise. But those days are gone now, as the site matured.
It's simply not done, you'd say. It floods the page with nonsense. It makes the real questions get lost. Still, I thought, I want to know how to dispose of a body
, or how long we'd survive without the sun
. Who would win in a fight? A squirrel, or a squirrel's weight in ants? [more inside]
um, i don't really know what to do about this. and i've got no general prob with the mods. but, as you can see, one
of the mods has posted a question
that has been asked before
Some people feel this question
violates the guidelines. I disagree. [more inside]
is a great question but it didn't include the obligatory "For the purposes of a work of fiction..." disclaimer to keep it from being deleted as hypothetical filter.
is a great freakin question. I'd just like to use it to once more
point out that we really should be able to reopen this discussion
for a more full, rounded finalization.
In honour of the 1st, we're revisiting the "deliberately flameworthy hypothetical AskMe question thread" over at MetaChat
. Feel free to join in with fake questions or answers.
Regarding philosophical AskMe questions and answers to philosophical questions... [far too long for anyone to want to read]
of AskMe etiquette.
After much careful consideration, I don't think Lucy's question
should have been deleted.
Not really so hypothetical
. I think the question should stand.
Am I stupid?
Re: My very first deleted post. Yes, I've read the FAQ
and some of the related discussions
, and yes, I realize that hypotheticals are generally a no-no, but I thought this particular question could not be framed in any manner that was not
hypothetical, if you catch my drift. Please berate me appropriately.
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?
really what AskMe is for? There's some good conversation in there, to be sure, but it's treading a real fine line between "genuinely want to know an answer to my quesion" and "trying to start a conversation with my question".
What would happen if someone on MeFi actually took up Smedleyman's disturbing offer
to pay for plane fare out somewhere to put a gun to his head and pull the trigger?
Why was the AxMe post "If you were going to relocate permanently from the present day to Rome circa 100 BC, and you could bring only one piece of luggage (standard carry-on dimensions) what would you pack?" deleted?
So I posted a question about parallel universes on askmetafilter yesterday (got a bunch of great comments within the first hour) and when I checked in this morning I can't find the question either on the page or in the archives. Where is it?
Already there are BookFilter
for books; SportsFilter
for sports; a 9622.net
for chattiness and fun. Not to mention the increasingly vigorous #mefi chatroom and other offshoots I may be unaware of. There's been talk of a MovieFilter and a News and/or PoliticsFilter. The admirable FreeFilter
project makes it easy to set up other special-interest, breakaway micro-MetaFilters.
Is it possible that all this syphoning-off will one day syphon off the core of MetaFilter itself? Or are all these spin-offs mere adjuncts? For what it's worth, I'm plainly on the side of eclecticism and inclusiveness.
So, can any grievance be brought to MetaTalk? [More inside.]