Character limit on AskMe front page February 4, 2006 11:19 PM   Subscribe

How about a character limit on the first part of an AskMe question? I'm tired of seeing the AskMe page cluttered with questions like this one.
posted by mr.dan to Feature Requests at 11:19 PM (16 comments total)

You're not the only one.
posted by scody at 11:56 PM on February 4, 2006

You know frankly if given a choice I'd rather see posts like that than posts that consist of nothing more than "Arrg!!! This might be kind of vague but..." on the main page. If you can't describe your question succinctly in a couple of sentences you don't deserve to ask, IMO.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:00 AM on February 5, 2006

Surely there is a happy medium.
posted by AllesKlar at 12:06 AM on February 5, 2006

Perhaps "Hip-hop artist identification... vague details inside."
posted by knave at 4:59 AM on February 5, 2006

there is no happy medium. there is only an endless parade of meta posts.
posted by quonsar at 6:16 AM on February 5, 2006

mr.dan is mr.cranky
posted by mischief at 6:19 AM on February 5, 2006

"there is no happy medium"

I was fully prepared to believe this, but then I found this.

You have to admit, she looks pretty happy in that one.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:39 AM on February 5, 2006

mischief is a misanthrope
posted by grouse at 6:55 AM on February 5, 2006

I'm disappointed.

"There is a happy medium and don't call me Shirley."
posted by AllesKlar at 8:50 AM on February 5, 2006

posted by mischief at 9:53 AM on February 5, 2006

Here's my suggestion:

1) No hard and fast limits.
2) A flagging system, so people can report questions that take up too much space.
3) An administrator or two that will edit questions that get a lot of flags and that are too long.

I really think it will work.
posted by smackfu at 10:21 AM on February 5, 2006

Seriously. What is the "other" flag for, if not cosmetic/formatting issues such as this?
posted by Gator at 10:45 AM on February 5, 2006

I was fully prepared to believe this, but then I found this.

You have to admit, she looks pretty happy in that one.

She does look happy, which is strange because her husband is a real jerk. (And plus, she sees dead people).
posted by duck at 2:06 PM on February 5, 2006

He is so not a jerk! Can you imagine living with that woman? If she's not having endless nightmares waking him up every night, then she's flying off at the drop of a hat, and abandoning her family for days at a time.
posted by The Monkey at 7:26 PM on February 5, 2006

Oh admittedly, she's a pain to live with, I'm sure. But he bitches about it non-stop whenever he has to take his kids to school or make his kids dinner. Ummm...they're *HIS* kids. If he didn't want to take kids to school and make kids dinner, why did he have kids?

And he spent the whole first season going "Just because you have a dream/vision doesn't mean anything." Ok, now I can appreciate skepticism, but you'd think after the 20th vision, he'd start to believe her.
posted by duck at 8:09 PM on February 5, 2006

The husband's behavior is one of the things I like best about the show. He's not perfect in his reactions, some things annoy him more than others, sometimes he's saintly in his tolerance and other times he's a pain in the ass. In other words, human. The very normal and believable family life they have is a nice grounding and contrast to the supernatural aspects.

As far as this "they're HIS kids" thing, I read the annoyance in that kind of thing as being related to their division of labor and the schedules they have worked out. He works hard at a job they have established isn't always what he's most overjoyed to be doing, and he has a more rigid work schedule than she does. It may not be terribly PC to portray it in tv land these days but for my part I think an arrangement of "I work longer and harder to bring in more money and in exchange you do more of the gruntwork" is a pretty reasonable one.
posted by phearlez at 9:17 AM on February 6, 2006

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