Thanks to every person who's contributed their personal story on AskMe... November 3, 2005 2:43 PM   Subscribe

On any given week there's someone pissing about the degeneration of quality or civility on MetaFilter/the Internet/the World. As far as I'm concerned if there's one post like this for every 10,000 assclown postings I will still consider there to be more signal than noise. Thanks to you, paulsc, and every other person who's contributed their personal story on AskMe and made my life richer in doing so. There have been many.
posted by phearlez to MetaFilter-Related at 2:43 PM (22 comments total)

That's a good thread in general, and paulsc's comment is magnificent. Thanks for calling my attention to it.
posted by languagehat at 2:58 PM on November 3, 2005

Yeah, thanks for the hoist phearlez. And thanks for sharing paulsc, best of luck to both of your families.
posted by onalark at 3:01 PM on November 3, 2005

Err, best of luck to Windigo's and paulsc's families. But while we're at it, phearlez and languagehat, good luck to your families as well :).
posted by onalark at 3:02 PM on November 3, 2005

Yep, good stuff.

(I don't go there enough to know for sure, but it strikes me that there is more on AskMe deserving this sort of commendation than there is on MetaFilter proper.)
posted by jack_mo at 3:03 PM on November 3, 2005

If only there was a link that listed the really good posts on AskMe.
posted by smackfu at 3:05 PM on November 3, 2005

Paulsc's comments over the past few weeks have been consistently outstanding, as his ratio of answers to best answers demonstrates. What he has to say is thoughtful, polite, and to the point.

And I agree: AskMe is at its best when personal stories like this are revealed.
posted by jdroth at 3:08 PM on November 3, 2005

Thank you PaulSC. Younger folks need this sort of true wisdom more then ever and yet it is so rare.

Good luck with your decision Windigo.
posted by Skygazer at 3:11 PM on November 3, 2005

smackfu, are you being sarcastic?
posted by onalark at 3:24 PM on November 3, 2005

Amazing (and elegantly written!) comment, Paul -- it could be the outline of a book. Seriously.
posted by scody at 3:36 PM on November 3, 2005

I was very moved by that post as well.
posted by jennyb at 3:38 PM on November 3, 2005

Paulsc shows us the important things in life. Very nice. The part that I like is that his point is not what a hero he is, but how surprised he was to find not only that he could do this wonderful thing, but how rewarding it was for him as a person.
posted by caddis at 3:44 PM on November 3, 2005

Speaking of asshats.
(But then, maybe it's good that I've already used my MeTa post on a meetup instead).
posted by klangklangston at 3:52 PM on November 3, 2005

paulsc's answers are consistently wonderful, in all topics from this to home electricity. I really appreciate him as an askme contributor.
posted by tristeza at 4:01 PM on November 3, 2005

Good stuff all around. Thanks and best wishes to all parties involved.

Now what's this piece of crap doing still hanging around? I flagged it, but obviously I haven't moved on.
posted by marxchivist at 4:23 PM on November 3, 2005

More kudos for paulsc. It's rare and happy when I remember a new user because of the consistently great/funny/informative/thoughtful posts they make.

For more great AskMe comments, don't forget about this pony mathowie made for me a while back (and which he has promised to upgrade in terms of functionality later).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:24 PM on November 3, 2005

Wow. What a marvelous comment, paulsc.

Thank you.
posted by cedar at 4:30 PM on November 3, 2005

Thanks for calling this out. I feel a little brighter for having read it.
posted by yerfatma at 4:57 PM on November 3, 2005

As someone who's going through the same thing...albeit longer (going on 3 years) and more drawn out (Alzheimer's and heart failure) Paul's story gives me comfort and strength some days I cannot manage to give myself. So thank you.
posted by ltracey at 5:11 PM on November 3, 2005

it could be the outline of a book. Seriously.

I thought the same thing! (except screenplay)

What is it, three years and AskMe still seems like a secret wonderful internet place. Thank you paul, and thank you all.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:22 PM on November 3, 2005

Well said, paulsc.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 6:18 AM on November 4, 2005

So where's paulsc? Get in here and eat your cookies, dammit! We baked them just for you!
posted by languagehat at 7:17 AM on November 4, 2005

Ok, sorry.
posted by craniac at 8:21 AM on November 4, 2005

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