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Farts = not funny; Nuns = hilarious!

Help with Nun Humor: no? [more inside]
posted by mimi on Nov 11, 2007 - 87 comments

OMG CHEATING!

This is why jokey answers are bad in AskMe.
posted by dersins on Jul 11, 2007 - 109 comments

Because only "Dude, that's f*cked up" will do.

What if sometimes wisecracks do help people find answers?
posted by holgate on May 16, 2007 - 68 comments

"Humorous" titles give no clue on content by rss

I find the MetaFilter font page unreadable. And I mean that in the best possible way. I joined MetaFilter so I could participate in its well-above-average discussions that kept turning up in my Google searches. But now that I'm here, I can't find posts I'm interested in on the front page.

I use an RSS reader, and often the jokey headlines give no clue of the post's content. This is just a bad idea. And I understand that links are encouraged, but the visual distraction of link-overloaded posts, compounded with the 15 minutes minimum it would take me to digest them all, leads me to move on before I'm even sure what the post was about. If I only want to click on few, how do I know which of the ten are the best? And where are they going?

Maybe this is just my problem. I'm not dedicated enough to enjoy M.F. But I think it would be better to have a style guide that encourages clarity.
posted by Doctor Barnett on Aug 3, 2006 - 126 comments

Even if the question is answered, AskMe is not for jokes.

I'm about to post about a bug. This little AskMe bug. The question was already answered, nailed immediately by lekvar, so the conversation was drifting pleasantly, and lekvar says:

How can you think they're ugly? They have cute little accordion butts!
posted by lekvar at 7:27 PM PST on June 14


So I reply: "The accordions are necessary for the polka dots."

Now my little pun is deleted. There follow three extremely complimentary references to my pun, none of which is on topic, none of which is deleted. So now it looks like theperfectcrime made the pun. Now I don't mind deletions; I've had my share. But this is eerily selective, isn't it, jessamyn? Almost the perfect crime.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jun 16, 2006 - 29 comments

Why are some goofy threads deleted, and not others?

Just out of curiosity, how is it that some posts get deleted because the thread is full of the same animated gifs we always see, and some posts continue to live way past their prime? Is it the presence of ceiling cat?
I understand some of these are left in for humor value; such was the case with the infamous Mushroom post. But when the only thing that's different is the original post, and there are no actual responses anyhow, what's the criteria?
posted by hoborg on Jun 14, 2006 - 34 comments

Should including long humorous tags in AskMe posts be frowned upon?

Should including long humorous tags in AskMe posts (like ihopeclayaikendoesnthaveabiggerpenisthanmetoo) be frowned upon?
posted by i love cheese on Jan 21, 2006 - 27 comments

Can we make jokes in AskMe?

Would some "wisecracks" liven Ask Meta up a bit ?
We've all behaved very well so far.
posted by johnny7 on Mar 14, 2004 - 59 comments

We have been good so far

I nominate this thread as the point in AskMe's development cycle where we start giving in to to one-liners, boy-zone silliness, and the usual MetaFilter noise. We've been very good in Ask MetaFilter so far. - On topic. Helpful rather than chatty. Signal rather than noise. Do we want to allow this sort of thing? If so, how can we put limits on it? The question asked sort of invites grade school antics. Do we blame the poster, or the users who gave in to temptation?

If AskMe goes the way of MetaFilter, there isn't much point in having two sites.
posted by y6y6y6 on Dec 18, 2003 - 53 comments

How and when to use humour

Rules for use of humour (more inside)...
posted by Spoon on Mar 8, 2002 - 52 comments

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