Why was my answer deleted? July 11, 2006 6:10 PM   Subscribe

So my answer to this question was deleted. While slightly snarky, it was a legitimate answer to the question, and not terribly offensive.

I was suggesting divine/subconscious intervention at work. Is that not allowed?

What gives?
posted by gregariousrecluse to Etiquette/Policy at 6:10 PM (21 comments total)

remind me again exactly which snarky or semi-snarky comment in that thread was the unique snowflake that belonged to you?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:19 PM on July 11, 2006

posted by mischief at 6:24 PM on July 11, 2006

Divine intervention? Seriously? "God gives you mystery bruises when you drink because he hates you." How is that a legitimate answer?
posted by Rhomboid at 6:31 PM on July 11, 2006

Wait, you mean the answer where god was telling the poster to cut back on the drinking?

Yeah, that was stupid.
posted by hototogisu at 6:33 PM on July 11, 2006

Wow - I can see the trolls are out today - Rhomboid.

I was the snark who suggested that the Flying Spaghetti Monster might be sending a message (I'm not that into Buddha or Jesus).

Sometimes things happen that call attention to how you live your life, and perhaps suggest that changes should be considered. Repeatedly waking up with bruises and no memory of how they got there(nevermind the possibility that the operation of an automobile could be involved) qualifies as that for me.

Some people call it subconscious, others God. Either way it's a message.
posted by gregariousrecluse at 6:39 PM on July 11, 2006

Oh, and rabid mocking athiest trolls aside, I'd still like to know why my post violated the TOS - the reason for my post.
posted by gregariousrecluse at 6:40 PM on July 11, 2006

Wow, this really deserved a MetaTalk post. Second coming, first contact, global warming--take a back seat. I can't think of a topic more earth shakingly important. Something so important must be shared. Please, reprint it in full. We must deal with this right now or what is the meaning of life ? Gregariousrecluse's ego must be massaged forthwith ! Make it so. Let us all sell everything we own and start a religion devoted to his now deleted slightly snarky... but legitmate answer.
posted by y2karl at 6:41 PM on July 11, 2006

Y2Karl - my post was deleted. I'd like to know why. Seems reasonable to me.
posted by gregariousrecluse at 6:42 PM on July 11, 2006

Wow - I can see the trolls are out today...

You keep a mirror by your computer?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:42 PM on July 11, 2006

I am hereby personally deputizing Dennis Hooper to come through every monitor and grab every user by the lapels and scream Don't you see how important this is, man !?! Well, don't you !?!

Or, in case, if he is not available. then I am deputizing sgt. serenity.
posted by y2karl at 6:44 PM on July 11, 2006

To be a little more on-topic myself, the bar is higher in AskMe for what is considered on-topic. If your answer has a chance of helping the questioner answer their question -- without more justification, explanation or getting of your jokes -- then it usually stays. In this case the question was about mystery bruises. Your answer seemed, at best, like it was just calling attention to how much the poster drank, which wasn't the question.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:45 PM on July 11, 2006

Well, shit. Now I'm gonna be out there making grabass remarks just to get Dennis Hooper, and I know I'm just always gonna end up with the sarge.
posted by yhbc at 6:47 PM on July 11, 2006

posted by loquacious at 6:47 PM on July 11, 2006

Thank you for answering my question Jessamyn. I think your judgement was wrong, but appreciate the direct answer.
posted by gregariousrecluse at 6:49 PM on July 11, 2006

For yhbc, the designated lapel grabber and spittle sprayer will be Ruth Buzzi.
posted by y2karl at 6:50 PM on July 11, 2006

And that was Hopper, not Hooper. My baad.
posted by y2karl at 6:52 PM on July 11, 2006

You keep a mirror by your computer?

Doesn't everyone?
posted by Neiltupper at 6:57 PM on July 11, 2006

I think your judgment was wrong, but appreciate the direct answer.

If her judgment was wrong and we left wisecracks up like that, half of the answers posted to Ask MetaFilter would be jokes. We're trying to maintain a useful resource and even you admitted it was snarky in your original post here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:04 PM on July 11, 2006

Next time you want a direct answer, I'd suggest a direct e-mail to avoid this public spectacle.
posted by cribcage at 7:04 PM on July 11, 2006

Looks like maybe you should be less gregarious and more reclusive?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:15 PM on July 11, 2006

I'm happy to see that the internet is still as friendly as ever.
posted by gregariousrecluse at 7:20 PM on July 11, 2006

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