AskMeFi should consider making a separate section for travel/location questions June 26, 2006 5:20 AM   Subscribe

AskMeFi should consider making a separate section for travel/location questions. Unless I'm going to be in London (Istanbul, Des Moines), I don't have an interest in the question or the answer.
posted by megatherium to Feature Requests at 5:20 AM (36 comments total)

I don't have an interest in the question or the answer

So what? I just looked at the 14 questions you've asked and I don't give a hoot about any of them. Doesn't mean they shouldn't be on the AskMe front page.
posted by matthewr at 5:30 AM on June 26, 2006


What would you do with the extra 30 seconds a day that you would gain by having these questions moved to a separate section?

That's silly. What if we had a separate section for questions about cats, so that people who didn't own cats didn't have to read them? Then we could have a separate section for questions about dogs, because dogless people don't need to be subjected to questions about dogs.

Maybe you could skim the category under the question, and bypass any from the travel and transportation category.
posted by iconomy at 5:31 AM on June 26, 2006


Yup, silly. And I'm interested in many of those questions, even if I have no plans to go to the place. Go figure.
posted by languagehat at 6:21 AM on June 26, 2006


I think we need a separate section for users who request dumb ponies.
posted by mrmojoflying at 6:22 AM on June 26, 2006


OTOH, it may be useful to split up the travel & transportation category. It's half travel questions and half car questions and they don't really go together.
posted by smackfu at 6:37 AM on June 26, 2006


Much better solution: Allow each user to select categories that they don't want displayed on AskMe. Not sure if that would be too hard on the database.
posted by agropyron at 7:07 AM on June 26, 2006


Man, this is funny.

Unless I'm going to be in London (Istanbul, Des Moines), I don't have an interest in the question or the answer.

No one's forcing you to read/answer any questions, jackass.
posted by puke & cry at 7:18 AM on June 26, 2006


I guess I haven't been here that long (as of late) so perhaps someone can clear something up for me. Has puke & cry always been such a tactless, belligerent loudmouth, or was he civil at some point? ::winks @ puke::
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:23 AM on June 26, 2006


signs point to yes
posted by cortex at 7:32 AM on June 26, 2006


I'm NOT going to be in Florida in august, can any suggest a good place to have a body disposed of down there? Also, I'm looking for research materials on building nuclear weapons, to sell to terrorists, can anyone point me to a bookstore in Orlando that could help me out, if I were to go to Orlando, which I'm not?
posted by blue_beetle at 7:34 AM on June 26, 2006


I had no interest in this thread, not in the question itself or any possible answer that might result. Somehow I felt compelled to follow the link, and then read every last comment, some of which I read twice, despite them being not at all relevant or interesting to me. I must be silly or something.
posted by econous at 7:35 AM on June 26, 2006


AskMe has sections. That's what the topics and tags are for - filtering. Client-side filtering.

What you're asking for is a drastic server-side change based on your own flimsy whims. That's a dumb idea. Filter things yourself.

Why? When you make drastic, sweeping changes to the server side of things, it affects everyone based on your own preferences. When you make changes to how you filter and view things - even if it means simply ignoring that which bores you rather than using the tags and topics - you affect only your own views of AskMe. Which is how it should be.

There's no good argument for what you're asking for. If we make a section for travel/transportation, then why not one for science? Health? Anuses!? They're already in groups and sections!

posted by loquacious at 7:43 AM on June 26, 2006


On top of the fact that not reading threads is not too onerous a burden, splitting travel stuff into a separate place would greatly diminish the value of travel questions.

I am not planning on going to Chicago, but I did live there for 5 years. I wouldn't go searching for questions about it, but if I happened across one, I might be able to offer a suggestion.

So, there's no problem with the way things are set up, plus the suggested fix to a nonexistent problem would make the world worse off. I vote no.
posted by ibmcginty at 7:50 AM on June 26, 2006


Hey, I dont give a fuck that you travel the world, buddy...drinking your cappochinos and eating francy french musterd, watching the world cup on your plasma and driving the autobahn in your swanky red frerrari while snorting hashish off a 7-foot-tall ukranian model's bare ass. ....I still live in the same trailer that i grew up in with my 15 cats, and that's just the way i like it!
posted by naxosaxur at 7:59 AM on June 26, 2006


I am amazed that we have seen neither the cat nor the elephant yet.
posted by caddis at 8:25 AM on June 26, 2006


GIF request: Ceiling Cat protruding from the ass-end of the pissing elephant.
posted by loquacious at 8:35 AM on June 26, 2006


Unless I'm going to be in London (Istanbul, Des Moines), I don't have an interest in the question or the answer.

And if you don't own a mac, those questions are useless. And if you aren't in a relationship, those questions are useless. And if you're male, all the questions about female anatomy are useless.

Shall I go on, or do you get that this request is kind of silly?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:52 AM on June 26, 2006


"And if you're male, all the questions about female anatomy are useless."

I heartily disagree.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:54 AM on June 26, 2006


Clearly he meant only the icky questions, blue_beetle.
posted by cortex at 8:59 AM on June 26, 2006


Clearly he meant only the icky questions, blue_beetle.
All the more reason to disagree.
posted by jmd82 at 9:17 AM on June 26, 2006


Who cares about travel anyway, when
THERE'S A SIT OR STAND WHILE WIPING YOUR BUTT QUESTION?

This affect us all, people.
posted by slimepuppy at 9:44 AM on June 26, 2006


Actually, I don't wipe my butt, and have no interest in that thread...could we move it to its own section..?
posted by HuronBob at 10:07 AM on June 26, 2006


Can we move HuronBob to his own section?
posted by cortex at 10:53 AM on June 26, 2006


megatherium posted "Unless I'm going to be in London (Istanbul, Des Moines), I don't have an interest in the question or the answer."

Maybe the answers will be so compeling you'll want to travel to those places?

mathowie writes "And if you're male, all the questions about female anatomy are useless."

I'll have to join blue_beetle's camp on this one.
posted by Mitheral at 11:37 AM on June 26, 2006


Boobs are anatomy, right?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:37 AM on June 26, 2006


loquacious : "GIF request: Ceiling Cat protruding from the ass-end of the pissing elephant."

Sorry, jpeg:


posted by Bugbread at 11:42 AM on June 26, 2006 [1 favorite]


Bugbread, did someone put acid in your Wheaties?
posted by Mr. Six at 12:54 PM on June 26, 2006


On the basis of the complex interplay between light and shadow, and evidence of rather heavy handed use of the extract tool, I'd say that was a photo-shopped image.
posted by econous at 1:08 PM on June 26, 2006


*dons Satanic art director beret, steeples fingertips*

Excellent, bugbread. That'll do nicely.

Here, you've earned yourself a "Croissant Of Penultimate Woe and Too Much Fucking Overtime" and a quintuple-shot "Mocha Of I Spent 6 Years At Art Center For This Shit!?"

If anyone wants to go for super mega bonus round points the stream of pee should come out of Ceiling Cat's mouth and nose like some kind of unholy elephant-pee cat-head sprinkler or showerhead thingy.

A single stream would suffice, but ideally there should be judicious use of the clone and heal tools to make distinct streams.
posted by loquacious at 1:34 PM on June 26, 2006


If anyone wants to go for super mega bonus round points

...then they should animate that shit.

Yo.
posted by dersins at 1:41 PM on June 26, 2006



posted by fandango_matt at 4:09 PM on June 26, 2006 [6 favorites]


You know, lately, the use of images has really gotten out of hand here. I don't think they should be gotten rid of, because there are times when they are very germane and useful, but lately it's reached the point of abuse. Maybe individual user image posting rights could be controlled by matt, so that abusers could lose the ability to post image tags.

If that ever happens, for the pissing elephant picture above, I hope that fandango_matt gets some sort of permanent exemption; a vested right, as it were, to post pictures.
posted by Bugbread at 4:37 PM on June 26, 2006


*applauds. Removes soiled panties*
posted by econous at 4:40 PM on June 26, 2006


Well this thread took a piss.
posted by snsranch at 5:05 PM on June 26, 2006


OMG

do the fandango
posted by caddis at 7:10 PM on June 26, 2006


Nice homage, bugbread - http://www.bugbread.com/miscweb/2006/06/quonsarv2.jpg

fandango_matt just increased his favorited comment count.
posted by geekyguy at 7:18 PM on June 26, 2006


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