What's the point of this question? October 10, 2006 11:02 AM   Subscribe

What's the point of this question? Do you want us to comfort you and hold your hand? Are you looking for advice? What are you looking for?
posted by Doohickie to Etiquette/Policy at 11:02 AM (93 comments total)

What's the point of this metatalk thread?
posted by dcjd at 11:05 AM on October 10, 2006


doohickie, she's asked how long it would take her to catch a'stomach bug' and/or food poisoning. not really the best worded question, but not bad either.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 11:09 AM on October 10, 2006


This MeTa works better without the hyperlink.
posted by found missing at 11:11 AM on October 10, 2006 [7 favorites]


I guess the paranoia angle threw me off the point of the question. And apparently, angelmouse's boyfriend sees this in about the same light I do.
posted by Doohickie at 11:13 AM on October 10, 2006


I thought it was more of a "help me with my paranoia" thing. That was what I answered to, anyways.

found missing: you made me laugh.
posted by routergirl at 11:14 AM on October 10, 2006


At the risk of starting a pileon over here on my question, I posted it here instead of in thread because if I really *did* miss something (and since others were able to decipher the question better than I, so apparently that was the case), I didn't want to mess up the original question.

Isn't that what MeTa is for? I was just looking for clarification (did not intend it as a criticism). Lester's sock puppet boils the original question down nicely, I might add.
posted by Doohickie at 11:17 AM on October 10, 2006


Now that I think about it, what is the point of life? Thank you for guiding me on this vector and remaining a motivating force towards the end, oh Hive Mind.

If I cannot sit around pondering vague assertions of psychological distress in the context of medical disorders that may or may not have been contracted from close contact with individuals who may or may not have experienced them previously in a given time frame than what, exactly, is my life worth? Nothing!
posted by prostyle at 11:19 AM on October 10, 2006


Doohickie, I also found it very poorly worded, it wasn't just you. I had to read it three times before I thought I knew what the question was and now realize I was entirely off base.
posted by routergirl at 11:20 AM on October 10, 2006


The point of the question is to demonstrate that getting rid of spell check was a poor choice.
posted by occhiblu at 11:20 AM on October 10, 2006 [4 favorites]


doohickie, you did right. yeah, the question is poorly worded.

whatever pileon that occurs after this point will be typical meta clutter and animated gifs ... and shouldn't bother you. besides, they're so much fun!
posted by lester's sock puppet at 11:29 AM on October 10, 2006


Also, "2ce" for twice should be added to the list of Bannable Offenses. (Unless I'm just being a lil nuts.)
posted by cortex at 11:34 AM on October 10, 2006


did i mention that i'm a speed reader?
posted by lester's sock puppet at 11:35 AM on October 10, 2006


Ow! That hurts my eyes! Why would someone who's not concerned about capitalization be concerned enough to get (nearly all) the punctuation right?
posted by Neiltupper at 11:37 AM on October 10, 2006


No, I'm right there with you on that cortex.

AskMe is going to hell in a handbasket these days. /grump
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:37 AM on October 10, 2006


i couldn't agree more, cunninglinguist and yet, still, i hang around there.

i wish there was a "this entire thread is a trainwreck" flag.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:42 AM on October 10, 2006


Since the question isn't anonymous, I don't think it would have been bad to ask for a bit of clarification in the thread. That would have spared us a call-out, anyway, and that can't be bad.
posted by OmieWise at 11:45 AM on October 10, 2006


I'd like to 2nd the fatwa on 2ce.
posted by Bookhouse at 11:46 AM on October 10, 2006


Relax, think, call your doctor if you feel it's necessary or will be reassuring.

We need to get these printed up as postcards and auto-mailed to everyone who registers an account and pray to fucking god it hits their mailbox before they can touch foot on the green. On the back of the card you should be instructed to affix the note to whatever surface you may be facing that day, your steering wheel, your office CRT, the forehead of your significant other. Just in case you forget. Again.
posted by prostyle at 11:48 AM on October 10, 2006


Relax, think, call your doctor if you feel it's necessary or will be reassuring.

Doctors everywhere thank you for this. Please book a full day off for your own next appointment.

We need to get these printed up as postcards and auto-mailed to everyone who registers an account and pray to fucking god it hits their mailbox before they can touch foot on the green.

I'm not sure whether the back of these cards should be printed with the same advice re: calling a lawyer, or whether it should be something more minimalist - perhaps just WWW.GOOGLE.COM in plain, block text.
posted by Urban Hermit at 11:57 AM on October 10, 2006


Also, "2ce" for twice should be added to the list of Bannable Offenses. (Unless I'm just being a lil nuts.)

Oooooh, I read that as "twosy" and was wondering what the hell it meant. Let's also ban people who don't understand how capital letters work!!
posted by echo0720 at 12:10 PM on October 10, 2006


new tagline

MetaFilter: ok i know you'll all think im paraoid
posted by matteo at 12:19 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


ok i know you'll all think im paraoid

Yeah. That got me thinking the problem really was paranoia. With no posting history to speak of, how could we possibly have formulated any opinion of the asker?
posted by juv3nal at 12:26 PM on October 10, 2006


oh 2ndly gotta see doc 2moro anyways... on wait for it... panic attacks.. im pretty sure im just a fruit case.. you'd all be wise to ignore me. *laughs*

Did we used to have standards about posts - "You must be this literate to not be deleted"? Forget the awful question - I'll support any sort of AOL-sp33k ban.

*chortles* TTYLOL kthxbi.
posted by unixrat at 12:26 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


I think she is looking for the shift key.
posted by LarryC at 12:33 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


Since the question isn't anonymous, I don't think it would have been bad to ask for a bit of clarification in the thread. That would have spared us a call-out, anyway, and that can't be bad.

Judgment call, that. As it worked out, I think it's better this way. The snarks largely landed here and the helpful answers landed in AxMe.
posted by Doohickie at 12:41 PM on October 10, 2006


And as you are apparently already having to type with your elbows, I'd have the doctor check your hands first.

Except for this one, of course.

And I'm serious about the banning of IM speak. How much harder is it to type "two" than "2"?
posted by echo0720 at 12:48 PM on October 10, 2006


I'd like to 2nd the fatwa on 2ce.

I dunno man, that stuff is a pretty good trip for a couple of bucks.
posted by ludwig_van at 12:55 PM on October 10, 2006


unixrat writes "Did we used to have standards about posts - 'You must be this literate to not be deleted'? Forget the awful question - I'll support any sort of AOL-sp33k ban."

Indeed. I know the level of discourse is a little lower at Something Awful, but I vote implementing dropping the probation hammer on l33t speak like they do.
posted by chiababe at 1:04 PM on October 10, 2006


I don't think any answers are helpful in this case. How can we not feel like the poster's pulling our collective leg, when she is self-admittedly pulling her own?

The question should be deleted. Hard.
posted by hermitosis at 1:06 PM on October 10, 2006


Doohickie writes "The snarks largely landed here and the helpful answers landed in AxMe."

That's precisely where we disagree. There wouldn't have been snarks, and/or there would have been fewer and they would have been deleted, had you simply asked for clarification in the thread. As it is, this call-out clarifies nothing and provides a forum for the kinds of comments which, while I agree with them, are forbidden in AskMe.

It's not like it would have been any more disruptive in the thread to ask the question than to post the MeTa link, both require a comment which is not strictly an answer.
posted by OmieWise at 1:08 PM on October 10, 2006


So what is the best way to politely induce this person to start spelling like an adult? She doesn't seem to be reading the grey yet.
posted by grouse at 1:11 PM on October 10, 2006


im in yur amish askme pancking yur severed phobia.
posted by quonsar at 1:14 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


yr all a bunch of h8trs, lol, dont b so asi9
posted by pyramid termite at 1:18 PM on October 10, 2006


you'd all be wise to ignore me. *laughs*

Next time put this in the original post, not the fifth post.

Personally, it's easier to type like a normal person than it is 4 me 2 type kewl (ugh, that was rough). Not to mention I don't think we come on here to do brain teasers. I think the headline and a related question would be fine, but this one is a little out there. "Help me with my paranoia" does not equate to "Will I get sick and if so, when?" in my book.

How on earth can she not be reading this? It was the FIRST POST!!
posted by ml98tu at 1:37 PM on October 10, 2006


Damn. I've had an account for all of -- what, seven months? Exactly seven months -- and I've yet to even post to the green OR the blue, and certainly not the grey.

I think I must just be too paraoid to post anything.
posted by seancake at 1:43 PM on October 10, 2006


What is the problem, the 'I'm proud to have been raised by wolves' typing style or the silly unanswerable question?

Unless we institute some kind of spelling/literacy test before people get in, why not just email the person and say we try to use the full keyboard here?

Or we could be jerkasses and have a little 'mefi wants you to try your best to spell words and use the shift key or we are going to give you a hard time about it' thing on the post page. Fine with me, the state of education is simply deplorable these days, really fogs my monocle.

Personally - I'm feeling groovy today - the phrase "im pretty sure im just a fruit case.." is charming me right now, fruit case!!!!
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:44 PM on October 10, 2006


Yes, the wording of the question was abhorrent and will haunt my nightmares. But translated?

My boyfriend had what he thinks was food poisoning, starting in the early hours of yesterday morning. Quick onset of diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pains. He was feeling well again by late evening. I have a severe phobia of being sick (as well as other anxiety issues) and have been panicking that it was a contagious stomach bug. When am I likely to know for sure?

Surprise, it's a typical AskMe question! And I think the responses to this version would have been quite different.

There's a cottage industry here for some industrious MeFite...
posted by gnomeloaf at 1:48 PM on October 10, 2006


why not just email the person and say we try to use the full keyboard here?

Because... they don't have an e-mail listed?
posted by grouse at 1:48 PM on October 10, 2006


OmieWise: Then let us agree to disagree.

ml98tu: Original Poster does not know what MeTa means, perhaps? Either that, or she chose not to get involved in this thread, a smart move for someone who sp33ks l33t.

(Personally, I only like l33t sp33k on can pictures. Somehow, that seems to fit the way cats would talk.)
posted by Doohickie at 1:49 PM on October 10, 2006


Well... then that's right out. Send her an sms or some shit...


PS... I love the use of... ellipsis... to indicate... sarcastic 90's style... rising inflection.... It's like an ascii episode of friends...
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:55 PM on October 10, 2006


Doohickie: agreed, but I'd have clicked just out of curiosity. But then again, I'd have also used real words. Yikes, I'm being catty - I need to go eat something!

In all seriousness, I can get over bad typing, as fun as it is to mock. The question was poorly phrased/misleading though.
posted by ml98tu at 1:58 PM on October 10, 2006


on CAT pictures.

Chit.
posted by Doohickie at 2:00 PM on October 10, 2006




It's like an ascii episode of friends...

l0l
posted by prostyle at 2:25 PM on October 10, 2006


I FIND FECAL MATER IN MAH FOD MAEKS ME BLOW CHUNKS AND SHIT LIEK HORSA FOR WHIEL!!!!!WTF AFT3R A FEW MONTHS UR SYSTAM G3TS USED 2 IT!! OMG WTF THEYRE RILLY IS NOTHNG 2 B AFRADE OF!!!! Hope this helps
posted by econous at 2:31 PM on October 10, 2006


Perhaps an admin could put my previous comment into the appropriate askMe thread. No idea how it turned up here of all places.
posted by econous at 2:31 PM on October 10, 2006


PS... I love the use of... ellipsis... to indicate... sarcastic 90's style... rising inflection.... It's like an ascii episode of friends...

Ouch. Stop!!!
posted by echo0720 at 2:32 PM on October 10, 2006


What's... the... magic... word???
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:52 PM on October 10, 2006


"Now!"?
posted by zoinks at 2:58 PM on October 10, 2006

What's... the... magic... word???
OR I WILL KILL YOU
posted by scrump at 3:05 PM on October 10, 2006


yes, i would like you all to comfort me and hold my hand, whats so wrong with that ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:07 PM on October 10, 2006



posted by Rhomboid at 4:12 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


the magic word is "p133z", duh.
posted by Divine_Wino at 4:15 PM on October 10, 2006

yes, i would like you all to comfort me and hold my hand, whats so wrong with that ?
THAT ISN'T YOUR HAND.
posted by scrump at 4:16 PM on October 10, 2006


...but it is quite clammy.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:28 PM on October 10, 2006


I hate the l33t speak. I hate it so. I've actually seen it in business correspondences. It made me whimper.

2ce was so far removed from normal l33t that I couldn't parse it in the thread. I assumed it was just a spasmodic fat fingering of the keyboard that managed to make it into the post.
posted by quin at 5:07 PM on October 10, 2006


Yes, the wording of the question was abhorrent and will haunt my nightmares. But translated?

My boyfriend had what he thinks was food poisoning, starting in the early hours of yesterday morning. Quick onset of diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pains. He was feeling well again by late evening. I have a severe phobia of being sick (as well as other anxiety issues) and have been panicking that it was a contagious stomach bug. When am I likely to know for sure?


Sentence fragment.
posted by delmoi at 5:22 PM on October 10, 2006


PS... I love the use of... ellipsis... to indicate... sarcastic 90's style... rising inflection.... It's like an ascii episode of friends...

I prefer to use the question mark? to indicate uptalking?
posted by delmoi at 5:26 PM on October 10, 2006


Or we could be jerkasses and have a little 'mefi wants you to try your best to spell words and use the shift key or we are going to give you a hard time about it' thing on the post page.

Isn't there a MetaFilter tagline that says, "Self policing since 1999"? I think that pretty much captures the same sentiment.
posted by Doohickie at 5:37 PM on October 10, 2006


Sentence fragment.

I wasn't shooting for perfection, just readability.

nub. *lolz!!!1*
posted by gnomeloaf at 6:07 PM on October 10, 2006


That question is 2 annoying 2 B 4given
posted by necessitas at 6:08 PM on October 10, 2006


I don't think any of you really understand what I'm trying to say here.
posted by carsonb at 6:26 PM on October 10, 2006


The original poster's actually going to die in a few hours, but I didn't want to scare her.
posted by ikkyu2 at 7:37 PM on October 10, 2006


ikkyu2 is really back. hurrah.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:58 PM on October 10, 2006


can pictures
nice post lol

posted by If I Had An Anus at 9:13 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


asi9

pyramid termite, I first read that as Asian, and I laughed for what I soon realized was the wrong reason.
posted by emelenjr at 11:43 PM on October 10, 2006


Do u want us to comfort u and hold ur hand?
posted by scarabic at 11:50 PM on October 10, 2006


Metafilter: Try your best to spell words and use the shift key or we are going to give you a hard time about it.
posted by bob sarabia at 12:09 AM on October 11, 2006


i seem to have offended many of you with my post. i apologise i am new to the site and didn't mean to ruffle any feathers. sorry!
posted by angelmouse3003 at 5:33 AM on October 11, 2006


i seem to have offended many of you with my post. i apologise i am new to the site and didn't mean to ruffle any feathers. sorry!

Masterstroke.

Look "angelmouse3003", grow up and use the shift key on your keyboard. The un-punctuated, un-capitalized style of writing makes a person look like an ignorant ass.

Unless you're E. E. Cummings. Are you E. E. Cummings?

That being said, I cannot believe that Something Awful is doing a better job of stamping this AOL-sp33k idiocy out than we are. For shame, Mefi.

Unless we're E. E. Cummings. Are we E. E. Cummings?
posted by unixrat at 5:52 AM on October 11, 2006


Nice job anti-apology snark. I hate it when people try to apologize. I think we should string them up for the first minor offense.

IM IN UR PURSNL SPAZE CALMIN UR FEERZ!
posted by blue_beetle at 6:48 AM on October 11, 2006


angelmouse3003, please don't take any of this too seriously. it's just a bunch of anally retentive failed novelists blowing off steam. it's funny actually. Though the occasional, but non-random capitalization, of a letter does help with readability. I guess the odd comma can't hurt either.

Can you feel the love yet?

If your comment was a masterstroke, then kudos. Most amusing.
posted by econous at 6:54 AM on October 11, 2006


bitch all you want about l33t...but fuck the shift key...though i admit i do use it when i post. algelmouse was just transferring her text message skills (2ce was actually pretty good, i thought). it's the way kids talk these days.

and no, lester, I WILL NOT GET OFF YOUR LAWN!!!1!
posted by lester's sock puppet at 7:19 AM on October 11, 2006


prtE plz gt of ma lon
posted by cortex at 7:34 AM on October 11, 2006


*unruffles feathers*
posted by grouse at 7:38 AM on October 11, 2006


Though the occasional, but non-random capitalization, of a letter does help with readability. I guess the odd comma can't hurt either.

Apostrophes, don't forget about apostrophes!!

Is apostrophes really the plural of apostrophe?
posted by echo0720 at 8:00 AM on October 11, 2006


eecumkings
posted by quonsar at 8:13 AM on October 11, 2006


It's actually apostrophæ
posted by cortex at 8:24 AM on October 11, 2006


That's apostropocryphal.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:37 AM on October 11, 2006


I am against symbols in html. Mostly because I am too lazy to figure out what they all are.
posted by echo0720 at 8:58 AM on October 11, 2006


I am against symbols in html.

— it all!
posted by cortex at 10:19 AM on October 11, 2006

i seem to have offended many of you with my post. i apologise i am new to the site and didn't mean to ruffle ROFL any feathers. sorry!
posted by scrump at 10:43 AM on October 11, 2006



That being said, I cannot believe that Something Awful is doing a better job of stamping this AOL-sp33k idiocy out than we are. For shame, Mefi.

Unless we're E. E. Cummings. Are we E. E. Cummings?


naw, we're Walt Whitman:
We contradict ourselves. We are vast, We contain mul717ud35.
posted by juv3nal at 10:46 AM on October 11, 2006


Metafilter: Try your best to spell words and use the shift key or and we are going to give you a hard time about it anyway.

IM eecummings IN UR DREEMZ
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:08 AM on October 11, 2006


It's actually apostrophæ

Well, actually, the plural of apostrophe 'a figure of speech, by which a speaker or writer suddenly stops in his discourse, and turns to address pointedly some person or thing, either present or absent' should be apostrophæ, since it's from Greek αποστροφή, the plural of which is αποστροφαί. But the plural of apostrophe 'the sign (') used to indicate the omission of a letter or letters' is correctly apostrophes, since that apostrophe is a borrowing of the (identically spelled) French word. As the OED says, the punctuation term "ought to be of three syllables in Eng. as in French, but has been ignorantly confused with the prec. word." So if you want to be truly, unbearably correct, you should pronounce it "apostrof." And since the French word is from Greek απόστροφος, whose plural is απόστροφοι, the English word should be apostrophus, with a plural apostrophi. This has been your Pedantic Post of the Day.
posted by languagehat at 11:39 AM on October 11, 2006 [2 favorites]


Oooo baby, it's so hot when you talk to me like that.

(Also, cortex, your funny ratio has been high lately. Kudos.)
posted by dame at 11:41 AM on October 11, 2006


languagehat, you miserable beautiful son of a bitch...
posted by cortex at 12:29 PM on October 11, 2006


But the plural of apostrophe 'the sign (') used to indicate the omission of a letter or letters' is correctly apostrophes

I am going to ignore the rest of your comment and say "yay, I'm so smart!" about this part.
posted by echo0720 at 1:05 PM on October 11, 2006


I'm guessing the reason MeFi has not been successful at banning l33t and enforcing appropriate caps is because
U LUV IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yer juswaiting for a chance to show off your ASSHATTERY!!

haha

You all shit your pants when a funny post comes along, and I'm guessing that is why you still get them.

That said, carry on, I think you are all very funny.
posted by bobobox at 2:33 PM on October 11, 2006


Unless we're E. E. Cummings. Are we E. E. Cummings?
Shouldn't that be ee cummings? Or was that a joke that went straight over my head?
posted by dg at 3:36 PM on October 11, 2006


*tries, fails to put together Nintendo Wii Cummings joke*
posted by cortex at 3:46 PM on October 11, 2006


dg, Cummings himself was pro-capitalisation when it came to his own name:

"His publishers and others have sometimes echoed the unconventional capitalization in his poetry by writing his name in lower case, as e. e. cummings; Cummings himself did not approve of this rendering."

/poet derail
posted by hot soup girl at 5:00 PM on October 11, 2006


So, not only did I not get the joke, I was wrong in the first place? Everything is as it should be, then.
posted by dg at 6:47 PM on October 11, 2006


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