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Shilling projects in askme

Uh oh.
posted by MrMoonPie on Nov 27, 2006 - 14 comments

HomeworkFilter

Since when is it okay for a user to ask Mefi to do his research for him? (or her) This person wants studies and research as opposed to personal stories... so isn't that just asking us to google it for him/her?
posted by IndigoRain on Nov 26, 2006 - 39 comments

Looking for articles on processes in community blogs

i'm looking for articles/opinions summarising (self-)regulatory processes of community weblogs such as MeFi, as orientation for the latest bouts of antville soul-searching.
posted by progosk on Nov 23, 2006 - 14 comments

some really awesome & fabulous people could tag old posts

My petition for the creation of a squad of mefites with the power to add tags to old posts.
posted by interrobang on Nov 20, 2006 - 70 comments

There's been an awful lot of Obits lately.

I don't mean to be insensitive, but can can we give ObituaryFilter a rest?
posted by icosahedral on Nov 17, 2006 - 92 comments

Issues on sewing machine warez

I thought I'd clear up some of the issues raised in this (now closed - gee, thanks) Ask MeFi thread about sewing machine warez.
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 14, 2006 - 54 comments

Can I post an errand in Jobs?

Appropriate to use Jobs for someone to run you an errand?
posted by dobbs on Nov 14, 2006 - 17 comments

Aiding and abetting in AskMe.

"Help me get this stolen property fixed. Given how I describe receiving it, and given that I'm asking how to get it fixed without getting in trouble, I clearly know it to be stolen property. Don't help the rightful owners get compensated for their losses, but please do help me get their laptops working for my benefit, mm'kay? Because I can't afford to buy a legit laptop, and apparently I can't afford a conscience either."
posted by orthogonality on Nov 13, 2006 - 102 comments

Clarification on self-linking to your own blog in an AskMe comment

Linking to your own blog in an AskMe comment...
posted by Methylviolet on Nov 10, 2006 - 23 comments

Annoyed by "[more inside]" Jokes

"There's a lot [more inside]". Does anyone else find this annoying? I've seen it on a lot of AskMe's lately and it kind of bugs me. A little too cute I think. And its distracting when I'm browsing the questions because I tend to filter out the [more inside]s. What do you think?
posted by PercussivePaul on Nov 10, 2006 - 91 comments

Why was a question about Limbaugh's and Hannity's reaction to the election deleted?

Alright, this is just lame -- I asked a very specific question related to the election and it got deleted. I wanted to find a capsule summary of how Rush and Hannity were playing post-election as Wednesday programming opened. If my post is considered too redundant or inflammatory, fine, but telling me to go listen to the radio is kind of callous and rude. I said I missed the coverage and as it is, out where I live I don't even know if we get the shows. You all don't have to repost it; but I'm just kind of teed off.
posted by stam_broker on Nov 8, 2006 - 54 comments

Newsfilter: Zero Tolerance

Newsfilter: Zero Tolerance. [mi]
posted by Eideteker on Nov 8, 2006 - 116 comments

Is There a MeFi Policy for In Thread Music Links?

What's the policy on posting music links in thread?
posted by felix betachat on Oct 28, 2006 - 6 comments

Could we outlaw cryptic posts & headlines?

I posted this double in large part because the headline for this post from a few days before was so cryptic that it passed under my radar. I'm aware that there can be no official policy outlawing cryptic posts (I'm not arguing for a strict policy, either), but such doubles are bound to occur when the front pages are filled with non-descriptive links. Judging by this and other comments in my thread, I'm not alone in wishing that folks would provide a bit more info with their FPPs. At the least, it could save wasted time on the part of posters and readers alike. Wondering what the wider MeFi community thinks about this.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 26, 2006 - 49 comments

Just because philosophists don't get anything done...

Deleted?
This post was deleted for the following reason: chatfilter. What's the problem you're trying to solve again?

This isn't "chatfilter" this is an age-old question that could be served well by the hive-mind (community). Philosophical = Chatfilter?
posted by snsranch on Oct 24, 2006 - 58 comments

Why was my question deleted?

Matt, this is your playground, obviously. But the question was very seriously meant, and I find its deletion troublesome. First, it was as politely phrased as possible for those who are Bush fans; they were, in a very non-trollish and respectful way, warned away two paragraphs in. Second, the question most definitely was NOT an "xyz sucks amirite" question, and that's an inaccurate, hasty, and I even daresay somewhat insulting characterization of what the question was. Third, if that question as phrased isn't permitted on Ask MeFi, then what's the deal ... are politically charged questions, or questions speaking from an obvious demonstrable political bias, not allowed on Ask MeFi, even if they are legitimate and courteous questions? If they are, then by what guidelines can someone operate whether or not they're going to trigger a deletion (and it might be helpful to post those on the Ask a Question page)? Finally ... if someone's question is zapped, they still have to wait a week?
posted by WCityMike on Oct 23, 2006 - 44 comments

Do comments make good posts?

Is it OK to construct a FPP from links and comments within another FPP?
posted by dw on Oct 22, 2006 - 11 comments

Please Clarify AskMe Guidelines

Okay I get why my question was deleted. Would it be okay to repost it as 'are overseas webhosts protected from US Copyright enforcers?'
posted by petsounds on Oct 22, 2006 - 2 comments

Sidebar Guidelines

On the sidebar on Metafilter ("This sideblog keeps track of site news and noteworthy posts"): Who decides which posts get put on this wall of honor?
posted by ifranzen on Oct 21, 2006 - 6 comments

How is this kind of crapping in a thread legitimate

How is this kind of crapping in a thread legitimate?
posted by taosbat on Oct 21, 2006 - 347 comments

Ban Uncapitalized Posts?

Can we please have a ban on posts that are tiresomely self conscious about ignoring the conventions that apply to capitalization?

This is not pedantry. Capitalization provides the visual clues which enable rapid reading and comprehension. Its absence demands closer attention from the reader, which is excusable if you're e.e.cummings but painfully pretentious if you're not.
posted by Neiltupper on Oct 16, 2006 - 14 comments

your askme update is not a new askme thread

This Askmi is really a followup to this
posted by lester's sock puppet on Oct 16, 2006 - 18 comments

Is Jessamyn a volunteer or paid?

"I don't know if she's paid or volunteer, but I damned sure wouldn't want to have jessamyn's job." Well, me neither -- I sometimes disagree with the judgement calls, but wouldn't want to be the one making them, and I don't see why anyone would volunteer for it. So is jessamyn paid?
posted by reklaw on Oct 15, 2006 - 43 comments

Dawkins should be discussed sometimes.

I was sorry to see this post on Dawkins get deleted becuase it was "yet another Dawkings post", when the one from three weeks earlier was deleted as well. I understand he's discussed alot, perhaps ad nauseum to some folks, but they can skip the post. I think the mistake being made here is that the same arguments will always be rehashed over and over. This disregards the fact that new people may have registered since the last time the topic was discussed.

In a very "meta" sense, the addition of new people to the discussion allows the argument to evolve, over the course of multiple debates. These kinds of topics - religion, rights, abortion, etc. - appear not to have objectively correct answers, however the passions on all sides and the articulation of arguments are a reflection of the community and our collective culture. By returning to the argument, with newer and older members we start to understand everyone's basis for their position, the forces that motivate the passions behind people's positions and give rise to the issue in the first place.
posted by Pastabagel on Oct 13, 2006 - 99 comments

Bear vs. Monkey: -not- a valid AskMe?

Honestly, can't we have a little fun every now and then? Am I missing some precedent here?
posted by es_de_bah on Oct 5, 2006 - 55 comments

Finding the line between chatfilter and AskMe

What's the key difference between "what are some great movie scenes involving food?" and "what are some great upbeat 80s songs?" that gets one post deleted and not the other?

Supplementary question -- has anyone ever noticed these help-me-with-my-list posts turning up in articles? I can't help but think that some of the people asking "name some movies for me where happens?" are getting their journalistic homework done via Ask. Is that cool if they are, or do we feel used?

On another forum, someone asked a "name some TV shows where <foo> happens" question, and I not only heard my answer on the radio three days later but heard it word for word. The guy had obviously cut-and-pasted my exact words and read them out on air.
posted by AmbroseChapel on Oct 2, 2006 - 42 comments

Spoiler alert!

Should there be a spoiler alert for this question? I haven't read the book, but it seems to me that talk about the "final scene" on the front page of AskMe might qualify as such. Seems like it could be an easy fix.
posted by smorange on Sep 30, 2006 - 58 comments

Chatfilter is bad

Chatty open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of Ask Metafilter. Questions with no problem to be solved or where the problem is some variant of "I'm curious if other people feel like I do"
posted by prostyle on Sep 29, 2006 - 21 comments

Policy on posting personal info

Lately, we seem to do a lot of googling-and-posting of whatever personal info we can find. It's publicly available stuff, but it's proven to be a pretty powerful tool for getting to people, and it seems like using that power often might lead us down a certain road we might not want to take. Should there be some kind of guidelines or boundaries?
posted by koeselitz on Sep 28, 2006 - 65 comments

Policy about using sockpuppets to skip around the 1 question per week rule?

After reading this ask.me where it appears that a user accidentally outed their sockpuppet, what's the policy about using sockpuppets to skip around the 1 question per week rule?
posted by drpartypoopercrankypantsesquire on Sep 28, 2006 - 182 comments

Increasingly chatty askme

An interesting post that became ChatFilter. A subsequent post that IS chatfilter. What bothers me is the trend. More questions are becoming increasingly open-ended. (I don't think that occhiblu's phrasing was particularly wrong, but I think that a lot of people, just because they're guys, thought that their opinion was useful) Which allows people to simply take a stab in the dark, offer their "off the cuff" insight, or otherwise just give an unresearched opinion. IMHO, this sort of thing defeats the purpose of an answer-oriented site.
posted by SeizeTheDay on Sep 27, 2006 - 24 comments

Deletion emails?

My FPP was deleted (not complaining; I agree with the reasoning). Aren't I supposed to get an email about this? I didn't. Forgive me if that's not the policy. I thought it was.
posted by grumblebee on Sep 22, 2006 - 13 comments

Can I post this to askme?

I want to post a question in the green about finding mp3 copies of This American Life or someplace where folks swap CDs of programs. We're headed back to Italy in October and I'd like to load some shows on my iRiver for the long flight.

I've googled for the past half hour and I'm half-crosseyed from all the conflicting opinions I've read about the producers of the show urging folks to remove links from their websites during the "deep linking" fiasco-lite over the summer.

The upshot is this - would I be asking an illegal-activities-war3z-type question? Cause I don't want to sully my good name...
posted by ersatzkat on Sep 17, 2006 - 8 comments

AskMe Guidelines

After seeing posts like little Miss Professor's object de amour, I don't think AskMeFi should be closed to scorn. Many people that ask questions are only looking for approval, not answers.
posted by matty on Sep 17, 2006 - 55 comments

$5 ad space

projects: It'd suck if the place turned into a $5 ad space.
posted by sergeant sandwich on Sep 8, 2006 - 43 comments

Seriously, do I need to answer more than I ask?

What approximate Question/Answer ratio I should attempt to maintain to avoid this sort of static in responses to my own AskMe questions?
posted by The Confessor on Sep 2, 2006 - 72 comments

Profiles: linking to commercial sites not OK?

Are we not supposed to have commercial homepage urls in our profiles?
posted by leapingsheep on Aug 29, 2006 - 19 comments

Let's Discuss Marginally Illegal Questions

This is the kind of borderline/gray area/marginally illegal question I love to see in AskMe.
posted by Rash on Aug 27, 2006 - 30 comments

Keep AskMe Clean, People.

Not cool.
posted by eustacescrubb on Aug 25, 2006 - 54 comments

policy on FPPs hosted on own site - self-links?

What is the proper way to FPP a fantastic audio link which is no longer available on the original site, but can be hosted on my own server? Does that make a self link even if it just an MP3 file download? Is there a third party service I should use?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Aug 25, 2006 - 4 comments

Semen-eating monkeys aren't welcome on MetaFilter.

You knew it was coming, and here it is! Is this really what Metafilter is about? Matt almost got run out of town by a howling mob for allowing ads for a popular site with scantily clad women, but videos of monkeys eating their own semen is A-OK and best of the web?
posted by Justinian on Aug 19, 2006 - 76 comments

Why the You Tube hate on Metafilter/AskMefi?

Why the You Tube hate on Metafilter/AskMefi?
posted by DieHipsterDie on Aug 13, 2006 - 174 comments

dimeadozen.org, a torrent site, requires signing up for an account. Would it make a good post?

I just found a site, dimeadozen.org, that I think might make a good Metafilter post. It's got torrents of tons and tons of live concerts. (I'm listening right now to the Tom Waits show in Nashville that I saw last weekend.) The problem is that it requires you to sign up for an account, and there's a limited number of account slots available each day. Would this still make a good post?
posted by UKnowForKids on Aug 11, 2006 - 26 comments

On sympathy-begging non-questions in askme

This is what I'm talking about. Posting a long rant that is skewed to your opinion with an inane question tacked on in order garner some empathy from a faceless crowd is inconsiderate.

I'm not going to lie. I think this is fascinating. When my browser loads up, it loads grouphug.us because these stories are entertaining. However, in the AskMe venue, all it does is provide a place for non-questions to get non-answers, contributing to the noise and detracting from the attention answerable questions can get.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose on Aug 6, 2006 - 49 comments

"Wasn't there some kind of . ."

I hereby resolve to never answer an AskMe question with anything based on "I vaguely remember . . ." or "I seem to recall . . ." or "Wasn't there some kind of . ." Those answers are about as useful as "It came to me in a dream" would be.

So - who's with me?
posted by Kirth Gerson on Aug 4, 2006 - 64 comments

Circumventing the one-week delay by posting to Projects

Can we keep the rule that n00bs can't post their first FPP on the same day they sign up? Especially when they are just trying to drive traffic to an escorts website?
posted by mds35 on Aug 3, 2006 - 25 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

Chatfilter?

I really like this thread (and, in fact, participated in it, but isn't it pretty much the definition of chatfilter?
posted by dersins on Aug 1, 2006 - 28 comments

Oops, I accidentally killed Decani's thread, which was

oops, I accidentally killed Decani's thread, which was:
A matter of idle curiosity.

Why did Meatbomb's post asking for examples of racist jokes get shat on from a great height yet this one seems to be perfectly acceptable?
I'll move the comments to this post.
posted by mathowie on Jul 31, 2006 - 57 comments

Posts roll off AskMe's front page too quickly.

Mathowie hates late people! ;-)

Is it possible to have the AskMe front page show the last 12 hours of questions instead of whatever it currently does (a number? a lesser time?)? As of now, questions asked in the morning appear to get many more replies than ones asked at night, which scroll off the bottom as the morning-risers repeatedly ask where they can get a tattoo or a decent meal in New York. ;-)
posted by Kickstart70 on Jul 31, 2006 - 19 comments

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