what's the policy for/function of an anon question? November 8, 2005 8:25 PM   Subscribe

what's the policy for/function of an anon question? i've been using metafilter for awhile, but have never used it. since isaw about seven anon questions in a row, i'm curious: how long do they usually get to take approved? as i understand it, they are hand-screened? so, is it a few days...a week? and, do they count towards your question of the week (they have to, it would be too easily abusable, i guess...just one of the sentences in the explanation seems to mean that).

sorry for the confusion -_- just one of those things i never quite got around to figuring out.
posted by Lockeownzj00 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:25 PM (8 comments total)

They all get approved by mathowie or jessamyn, and all at once, which is why they always show up in sequence.
posted by interrobang at 8:30 PM on November 8, 2005

Search for "anonymous" in "Search Metatalk." This question has been answered repeatedly.
posted by Falconetti at 8:41 PM on November 8, 2005

what's the [...] function of an anon question?

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Oh, no, did I just ask that under my real username? Curses!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:35 AM on November 9, 2005

Actually, I believe anons are only seen by Matt, and not jessaymn.
posted by terrapin at 5:39 AM on November 9, 2005

I believe anons are only seen by Matt, and not jessaymn.

Correct. That's why they show up all at once, they're in some queue and Matt often adds a bunch at once. So, mathowie knows who the anonymous questions are written by, and I don't.
posted by jessamyn at 6:13 AM on November 9, 2005

As has been said before, if you want to post an anon q you might want to wait a bit before doing so after posting this thread, or you'll be a likely 'suspect' when the next round appears.

(Or, *do* post one now and we'll all have a guess which one of the next bunch is yours.)

I know you didn't mention an intent to post one and maybe you're just curious about the system, but I thought I'd point this out.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:11 AM on November 9, 2005

Some clues as to who anonymous really is. M Colto?
posted by grateful at 11:51 AM on November 9, 2005

oh, i'm not posting a question soon anyway :P. i was just wondering, because I see a lot of "personal" problems on Mefi that are anon.
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 12:24 PM on November 9, 2005

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