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Look at all these answers- see a pattern?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Etiquette/Policy at 1:36 PM (58 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Maybe we could include something in the FAQ about not copying and pasting the same "answer" to multiple, very old questions?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:37 PM on April 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


There's also the lying, since she says she's the anonymous girl in question on several of them.
posted by smackfu at 1:40 PM on April 20, 2006


Maybe she gets around a lot.
posted by Ryvar at 1:40 PM on April 20, 2006


(no pun intended)
posted by Ryvar at 1:41 PM on April 20, 2006


::snort::
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:42 PM on April 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


Maybe someone should send her a high-priced escort.
posted by geoff. at 1:43 PM on April 20, 2006


Pattern? What pattern?
posted by rooftop secrets at 1:53 PM on April 20, 2006


I see a pattern, yes.

OK, so she copied and pasted her answer a couple of times, and all her answers relate to pretty much the same kind of questions.

So what?

I don't really see any malice in her actions. If she happens to have something to offer on this subject, even if it is exclusively this subject, so be it. It's better than her going into another kind of question and derailing it with a snarky or otherwise unhelpful comment. And while cutting and pasting pretty much the same answer a couple of times could be considered lazy, given that (as you say) there is a pattern in the kind of questions she tends to answer, it stands to reason that one of her previous answers could be useful to the question asker, especially if the asker hasn't seen her answer before.

Lame call out.
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:55 PM on April 20, 2006


eh? haven't you just outed someone who was posting anonymous questions? i know she self-outed in one, but it seems unfair to out her everywhere if she was asking anonymously.

maybe i'm confused? sorry...
posted by andrew cooke at 1:56 PM on April 20, 2006


Easy now, she's a noob. She even explained herself for the most part:

I saw the great information here and the people seemed wise, so I joined specifically so I could post on this subject. You're correct in that I rambled. it was a particulary upsetting day yesterday. Anyway, as a new member I am not allowed to post for 7 days. I'm not the most patient person in the world. :-) Thanks for the advice. When I can post, I will post this in question format. :-) Have a great week!
posted by brain_drain at 2:02 PM on April 20, 2006


Obviously she's really quite stressed about her relationship troubles. And who wouldn't be? So let's we cut her some slack for being ditzy about it while she counted down the minutes 'til she could finally get it all off her chest in a real AskMe post.

Flag 'em and let M/J delete 'em as they see fit. Sheesh.
posted by five fresh fish at 2:03 PM on April 20, 2006


She's not claiming to be the anonymous poster. She's saying that she's the girl in her relationship, which she is then going to describe. I think.
posted by unknowncommand at 2:18 PM on April 20, 2006


By the way, she just asked a question herself.
posted by odinsdream at 2:23 PM on April 20, 2006


She posted her question in several older threads, it was pointed out that she would have better luck in actually posting the question, so she did once she was able to.
posted by modofo at 2:25 PM on April 20, 2006


Read the bottom three "answers". They all need to be deleted, since they're questions asked in other people's question threads.
posted by smackfu at 2:26 PM on April 20, 2006


I think the "I'm the girl" in several of the answers just meant that unlike the (male) posters, she was the female half of a relationship having similar problems.
posted by occhiblu at 2:38 PM on April 20, 2006


YES!!! When stated "I was the girl" I MEANT that I am the equal of those girls being discussed in that I am overweight with sexual troubles with BF. I DID explain myself and say that I COULD NOT POST until I had been a member for 7 days. THE DAY I COPIED AND PASTED those ansswers/questions, was the FIRST day I had ever even SEEN Metafilter. Sorry if what i did was such A HEINOUS crime in the Metafilter world. Geez... Won't happen again. I'm new for God's sake, so cut me some slack...
posted by VegasAnna at 2:51 PM on April 20, 2006


OK we all APOLOGIZE for SHOUTING at you and being SNOBBY but if YOU don't like PRETENTIOUS TWITS then WHY are YOU here?
posted by Ryvar at 2:53 PM on April 20, 2006


Sheesh. Motion to close this thread.
posted by knave at 2:55 PM on April 20, 2006


No harm, no foul, VegasAnna, but you might want to cut back on the capitals and try to condense what you write a bit. We're not a notably patient lot here at Rancho MetaFilter.
posted by languagehat at 2:56 PM on April 20, 2006


And second the motion.
posted by languagehat at 4:56 PM on April 20, 2006


I say we take up a collection for ThePinkSuperhero--she's obviously paying by the byte for her connection. Otherwise, surely she wouldn't mind a few (somewhat lengthy, I admit) posts from someone who is deeply upset, needing support, and totally new here.

I mean, if VegasAnn starts in with this on a "Bush Lied!" thread, then maybe we can ban her. Then again, maybe it would be a nice change, those threads get so predictable...
posted by Squid Voltaire at 4:58 PM on April 20, 2006


I don't think it's that big of a deal. Maybe unnecessary, but I don't think it caused any harm. While older posts aren't left open just to be dumped in, if they're old posts then probably only a few people read them. But maybe someone knows better than I do.

And, well, I think some people join Metafilter specifically for AskMe: some like to give answers, and some need answers. In my opinion that's what makes it an asset.
posted by penchant at 5:00 PM on April 20, 2006


I'm new for God's sake, so cut me some slack...

Relax. One person criticized you — and if you take a moment to breathe, you'll see that several others replied that she was out of line. Any community has its petulant, reactionary tattletales. Just because you've met one or two catty cupcakes doesn't mean the whole community is jumping down your throat.

Welcome aboard. You'll learn the ropes.
posted by cribcage at 5:03 PM on April 20, 2006


I think if we're going to have witch trials then we really need better costumes.
posted by nixerman at 5:03 PM on April 20, 2006


Wait, S. V.

You heard "Bush Lied!"? About what? Is there a post you could direct me to? That sounds like a really interesting subject. I've kinda thought it myself, but haven't been able to find anyone else that thinks so, too. I wish there were a post like that where we could share notes. I'm starting not to like that guy.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 5:03 PM on April 20, 2006


Welcome VegasAnna. Have you tried the slack? Here, let me cut you some.
posted by TimeFactor at 5:04 PM on April 20, 2006


Sweet zombies, VegasAnna should cut us some slack. Sheesh.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:06 PM on April 20, 2006


Wow... thanks guys. i am a pretentious over-educated twit as well and am THRILLED to have found you all! So sorry. I just read this thread and thought alot of people were upset. Geez... So here's some slack from me. :-)
posted by VegasAnna at 5:10 PM on April 20, 2006


You might find that a deep breath is a useful tool here. More people should use it, in fact...
posted by penchant at 5:11 PM on April 20, 2006


I think what five fresh fish is trying to say
is that we're all a little slack
on this big cutting-board called life.
posted by cortex at 5:12 PM on April 20, 2006


SO SORRY METAFILTER BIG WIGS INTERNET PEOPLES!!! PLEASE DO NOT DELETE MY METAFILTER PROFILE!!! NEVER EVER AGAIN WILL I POST OVER AND OVER TO OLD THREADS. :-)

There...I feel I've made amends :-)
posted by VegasAnna at 5:14 PM on April 20, 2006


Care for a portobello mushroom?
posted by Gator at 5:14 PM on April 20, 2006


This is tangential, but wth is with that tranceformer guy? He claims not to be a shill but damn, posting about a site three times in the thread? Geez.
posted by beth at 5:16 PM on April 20, 2006


Any community has its petulant, reactionary tattletales. Just because you've met one or two catty cupcakes...

Uh, that seems a bit out of line. In fact, entirely out of line. Especially when talking about how we mostly don't jump down people's throats.
posted by occhiblu at 5:18 PM on April 20, 2006


Don't scrub it off with a loofa, let the skin thicken.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 5:18 PM on April 20, 2006


Sweetie, the caps and the emoticons are kinda icky. Just so you know.
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:19 PM on April 20, 2006


Just don't get pissed or even the slightest bit baffled.
posted by Carbolic at 5:21 PM on April 20, 2006


I think it's easy to get pissed off if you are a) a n00b and b) the subject of a lame call out.

VegasAnna; keep a cool head... and maybe stay away from this thread. Let it run its course until someone hopefully closes it. Seriously, this is the best course of action in situations like this. Trust me.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:25 PM on April 20, 2006


Or we could keep prodding her. This has the making of a classic flame out.

God, in my day hazing rituals were de rigeur. I've still got the cue ball stuck in my mouth to prove it.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:29 PM on April 20, 2006


Of course, my day was just a few months ago.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:31 PM on April 20, 2006


Plus, you showed up with the cueball in your mouth.

In fact, that wasn't really a hazing so much as an uncomfortable silence.
posted by cortex at 5:33 PM on April 20, 2006


VegasAnna, please use standard capitalization and punctuation. Your current style is pissing off my spam filter.
posted by ryanrs at 5:35 PM on April 20, 2006


A lot of people would do good with a tire iron to the face...
posted by Dreamghost at 5:35 PM on April 20, 2006


This is tangential, but wth is with that tranceformer guy? He claims not to be a shill but damn, posting about a site three times in the thread? Geez.

Agreed.
posted by rooftop secrets at 5:38 PM on April 20, 2006


Okay, live and learn. No more smilies and no more caps. By the way, I can take the flames. I'm not easily scared away. It's refreshing to have found a community that actually has members who use and understand words longer than 6 letters. "Bush lied" thread? I must go see!
posted by VegasAnna at 5:42 PM on April 20, 2006


That was quite possibly the fastest I've seen someone get the "AOL LOL :)" beaten out of them.

You'll do fine, VegasAnna. But stay away from the duck pond. That's where scarabic keeps the bodies.
posted by jenovus at 5:44 PM on April 20, 2006


Maybe someone should send her a high-priced escort.

Actually, these days you can pick up a decent-condition Ford Escort for less than $600, which isn't really high-priced...

Oh, wait.
posted by davejay at 5:48 PM on April 20, 2006


I'm admittedly a bit twitty at times, but usually just tell me once... Darn! I wanted to put a smiley right there. I even typed it and had to quickly backspace.
posted by VegasAnna at 5:50 PM on April 20, 2006


I even typed it and had to quickly backspace.

If you can hone that skill, you will be at a distinct advantage to many of your fellow mefites. Welcome to the family, and keep your goddam elbows off the table.
posted by cortex at 5:54 PM on April 20, 2006


Sheesh. Motion to close this thread.
posted by knave at 4:55 PM CST on April 20 [!]


Motion seconded.
posted by penchant at 5:56 PM on April 20, 2006


"I'm new for God's sake, so cut me some slack..."

We would if you weren't so fat.
posted by klangklangston at 5:56 PM on April 20, 2006


(Sorry. That was something I thought and typed but shouldn't have posted.)
posted by klangklangston at 5:56 PM on April 20, 2006


A veritable sig, klang.
posted by cortex at 5:58 PM on April 20, 2006


Apology aside, that was way out of line. This thread needs to be closed fast.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:59 PM on April 20, 2006


Out of line in a horribly self-defeating jackassy sort of way. I'm being optimistic and assuming he was trying for (if not succeeding at) edgy humor.
posted by cortex at 6:00 PM on April 20, 2006


The occasional smiley never killed anyone.

;-)

But I am so used to the abuse over the years I pretty much do as I please by now. Heh.
posted by konolia at 6:03 PM on April 20, 2006


Thanks, Klang.

Jack-N-Coke all over my screen.
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 6:06 PM on April 20, 2006


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