What askMeFi question has the most answers ever? April 25, 2006 6:46 PM   Subscribe

What askMeFi question has the most answers... ever?
posted by bjork24 to MetaFilter-Related at 6:46 PM (31 comments total)

I don't know, but I pretty much guaran-goddamn-tee you that it's a Bad Example of AskMe use -- one of those 'what's your favorite colour?' type of poll questions.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:48 PM on April 25, 2006


I'd gamble that it's the airnxtz thread.
posted by cribcage at 6:52 PM on April 25, 2006


More ChatMeta. Ugh. Why didn't you just email Matt? He'd know, if it's possible to get the answer quickly.
posted by mediareport at 7:11 PM on April 25, 2006


Sorry. I didn't have Matt's e-mail.
posted by bjork24 at 7:33 PM on April 25, 2006


More ChatMeta. Ugh. Why didn't you just email Matt? He'd know, if it's possible to get the answer quickly.

Hey, that's a great idea! Instead of one person posting here, and Matt replying when he's got a second to figure it out (or to say "Who cares? I'm not looking it up"), and then everyone else finding out the answer, all the people who want to know the answer can email Matt individually.

God forbid someone should post in "Metafilter-related" for something other than complaining about other users.
posted by mendel at 7:33 PM on April 25, 2006


This thread has fewer responses, but more of them are answers, because it doesn't get sidetracked by the fact that the question is a scam.
posted by Dasein at 7:37 PM on April 25, 2006


Matt's user page, including email.
posted by scody at 7:49 PM on April 25, 2006


i just hit the "~" key, and got the answer immediately.
posted by quonsar at 8:14 PM on April 25, 2006


i just hit the "~" key, and got the answer immediately.

I tried that too. The answer I got had so many answers, it collapsed into itself, removing all visible trace.
posted by Godbert at 8:20 PM on April 25, 2006


cribcage, thanks for reminding me about that thread. Ah, good times.
posted by danb at 8:40 PM on April 25, 2006


God forbid someone should post in "Metafilter-related" for something other than complaining about other users.

Yeah, like that was my point. Anyway, questions like this are at least part of what Metachat and the #mefi IRC channel were created to handle. Metatalk's supposed to be at least mildly useful, and questions like this just encourage more chatty stuff that drowns out stuff actually related to helping the site handle its growing pains. Yeah, that "how did you first hear about Mefi" thread was pleasant enough nostalgia, and sure, a tendency towards chattiness is pretty much why most of us are here, but this was a lame excuse for a Metatalk post that just sets yet another low benchmark for folks to aim at on the site.

To me, that is, of course.
posted by mediareport at 9:17 PM on April 25, 2006


It's true. I am lame.
posted by bjork24 at 9:23 PM on April 25, 2006


Nah, the question was lame. You're probably fine.
posted by mediareport at 9:28 PM on April 25, 2006


*breaks bjork24's leg*
*sets the bone badly*
*allows 6-8 weeks*

There, now you're lame. If you're concerned, I can make you dumb, too. *readies the long scissors*

*types lots of actions*
posted by Eideteker at 9:37 PM on April 25, 2006


Huh, <hr> is still enabled. Wonder how long until we lose that tag too.
posted by Eideteker at 9:38 PM on April 25, 2006



Attributes enabled too.
posted by TimeFactor at 9:44 PM on April 25, 2006


OK, if you want to use the HR tag you better do it now cause I've probably killed it. Sorry.
posted by TimeFactor at 9:46 PM on April 25, 2006


Weird




But I think I've seen it here before.
posted by jmhodges at 10:12 PM on April 25, 2006



             Coincidence?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 1:26 AM on April 26, 2006


Anyway, questions like this are at least part of what Metachat and the #mefi IRC channel were created to handle.

It's #tapes, now, for those who aren't aware (I assume you knew this media, and were speaking in the past tense).
posted by Ryvar at 1:49 AM on April 26, 2006


Hmmn, it doesn't change the focus (think that's the right term), so when I use the '.' to scroll down the page to an interesting post, I can't hit 'tab' to move to the first link of the post in question, then hit enter to follow it (hitting tab takes me to the first link on the page). Shame.

Dunno if the focus thing could be changed, or even if it's worth it - do many people navigate web pages that way?
posted by jack_mo at 6:35 AM on April 26, 2006


Oop, totally wrong thread. Sorry!
posted by jack_mo at 6:36 AM on April 26, 2006


On the one hand, mediareport's right: this is a lame post. On the other, it makes me a little nostalgic for Miguel, who posted questions like this all the time, only with more style, wit, and cigars. Here, let me see if I can channel the loquacious Portagee:

Some AskMe questions are brutally short and (forgive the impertinence) too narrowly focused, eliciting answers that, while undeniably useful for the questioner, provide little entertainment for the rest of us. Others, while officially deprecated as "chatfilter" (but isn't chatting what we're here for? come now, be honest), create such a wave of excitement that they give rise to scores, perhaps hundreds, of responses, some to the point, others the kind (or unkind) of riff that gives the indulgent reader, wishing for distraction from the challenges of the day, a much-needed laugh. Here's a challenge for you MeFi statisticians: what lucky AskMe poster holds the world record for responses? Winner will receive a free drink upon personal application in Lisbon!
posted by languagehat at 6:56 AM on April 26, 2006


Yeah, like that was my point. Anyway, questions like this are at least part of what Metachat and the #mefi IRC channel were created to handle.

I'd agree if either of these channels of communication were hosted by Matt. Neither of them are, so it makes sense that MeFi things stay at MeFi.
posted by jmd82 at 7:17 AM on April 26, 2006


Very close, languagehat, although I like to think he would have somehow included a good-natured potshot at Americans (followed up by a comment in the thread protesting anyone who took exception to it by proclaiming his love for all things American) and he probably would have worked in a little fawning towards Matt while he was at it.

Cheers, Miguel!
posted by iconomy at 7:30 AM on April 26, 2006


provide little entertainment for the rest of us

just add anonymous as a contact
posted by matteo at 8:24 AM on April 26, 2006


I'm not a big fan of "adding anonumous as a contact" because I can't mark him/her/it as simultaneously mother/father/child/friend/stanger/lover. It's so INEXACT!
posted by blue_beetle at 9:17 AM on April 26, 2006


anonymous either
posted by blue_beetle at 9:18 AM on April 26, 2006


I would assume the 9/11 thread?
posted by agregoli at 9:33 AM on April 26, 2006


The 9/11 AskMe thread?
posted by languagehat at 10:19 AM on April 26, 2006


The 9/11 AskMe thread?

Could you recommend a place to crash in NYC?
posted by mr.marx at 3:05 PM on May 4, 2006


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