AskMe Proxies? January 25, 2007 6:41 AM   Subscribe

Did anyone else get an email yesterday from "a new member" saying you had a "friendly profile" and asking you to post a question for him since he'd "just joined" and couldn't yet post an askme? Monochromaticgirl and I both did and thought it was odd--especially since we don't have very friendly profiles.

Maybe we're just jerks, but we thought it was odd.
posted by misanthropicsarah to MetaFilter-Related at 6:41 AM (70 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I only get hate mail.

And only from Matt and Jessamyn.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:45 AM on January 25, 2007


Eponysteria!
posted by thirteenkiller at 6:50 AM on January 25, 2007


email in profile + female = friendly.
posted by peacay at 6:53 AM on January 25, 2007


Spambot sighted on the horizon, Captain! Load the cannons, Mateys, and prepare for engagement!
posted by yhbc at 6:55 AM on January 25, 2007


No. My profile is F+F, so what did I do wrong? Oh... yeah... well... that...
posted by Wilder at 7:11 AM on January 25, 2007


What was the quesiton they wanted you to post?
posted by scottreynen at 7:12 AM on January 25, 2007


Yeah, and do you see the question in AskMe now?
posted by OmieWise at 7:16 AM on January 25, 2007


Yeah please let us know either who the person is or whether you see the question in AskMe. The (short) waiting period is there for a reason and we don't want new members just signing up to email a bunch of people willy-nilly; it's got a bad faith ring to it, though perhaps they're just clueless.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:17 AM on January 25, 2007


A few minutes after my first post to metafilter last month, I got an email from user ParisPramus who complimented my post headline and in the email subject and gave one sentence of generic looking personal information. Is this normal also?
posted by Burhanistan at 7:43 AM on January 25, 2007


make that "complimented my post headline in his/her email subject line"
posted by Burhanistan at 7:44 AM on January 25, 2007


This just got interesting.

*Pops corn and grabs a chair*
posted by terrapin at 7:52 AM on January 25, 2007


misanthropic =? friendly
posted by caddis at 8:06 AM on January 25, 2007


A few minutes after my first post to metafilter last month, I got an email from user ParisPramus who complimented my post headline and in the email subject and gave one sentence of generic looking personal information. Is this normal also?

There's nothing particularly weird about emailing someone to say something (generally nice) about their mefi post or comment. I know this with absolutely certainty because I do it sometimes, and I never do anything remotely weird.

The initial thing here sounds kind of weird, though. Seconding the desire to know details about the request.
posted by cortex at 8:19 AM on January 25, 2007


Yes I got that email last night too. The person didn't say what the question was. I figured that others must have go it too, so I thought I'd wait and see.
posted by ob at 8:30 AM on January 25, 2007


Somebody needs to offer to take the user up, clearly.
posted by cortex at 8:32 AM on January 25, 2007


ParisPramus? or Paris Paramus? Interesting indeed.

*Pulls chair up alongside Terrapin. Opens beer.*
posted by Sk4n at 8:32 AM on January 25, 2007


sorry I meant 'others must have got it too'

The weird thing is that I don't think that my profile is particularly friendly. At least I wasn't going for friendly when I created it...
posted by ob at 8:34 AM on January 25, 2007


So ParisParamus (did you spell that wrong, maybe, Burhanistan?) is still around. Lurking. On posts about dig-your-own-diamonds. And he really likes those posts.

Okay, I got nothing. Somebody else care to try?
posted by koeselitz at 8:36 AM on January 25, 2007


ob: "Yes I got that email last night too. The person didn't say what the question was. I figured that others must have go it too, so I thought I'd wait and see."

What we all need to know, I think, is whether the person said their username in the email they sent you.
posted by koeselitz at 8:38 AM on January 25, 2007


No they didn't send their username and they didn't send the question.
posted by ob at 8:42 AM on January 25, 2007


I have to say that I found it really odd...
posted by ob at 8:47 AM on January 25, 2007


Maybe it was Paramus. I don't know about these things, plus I deleted it forthwith.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:48 AM on January 25, 2007


All this sounds so familiar. Just last night, shortly after I posted a thread about my milk delivery route, I got an email from somebody named sexybutterfly18 , and the subject line said "hey u milkman ur the hottest." Is this normal? The bodytext said something about how she really wanted to "get to know me better." Has this happened to other people? I wrote her back and said I'd like to get to know her, too. Is this usual? She wrote back with her phone number and said she hopes to "hawp n my milktruck." Is this typical? I met her for coffee and it turned it to be jessamyn in a Tigger suit. Has this been the case for anybody else?
posted by Milkman Dan at 8:50 AM on January 25, 2007 [13 favorites]


It was user 4903, I remember the email now.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:50 AM on January 25, 2007


She did the Tigger suit for you, too?
posted by yhbc at 8:51 AM on January 25, 2007


And she all sits there singing, "the wonderful thing about library science / is that library science is a wonderful thing..."

It was pretty uncomfortable, really. I was so bothered by it that I signed up for a new account to ask the green about it pseudonymously—but it turns out there's a week waiting period, so I looked for some friendly profiles and sent some emails. No reply yet, though. Mefites are jackasses.

posted by cortex at 8:59 AM on January 25, 2007 [3 favorites]


*hurriedly cobbles together a metafilter post in hopes of receiving a complimentary email and bottle of ice cold chocolate milk from Milkman Dan because I like personal deliveries iykwim aityd*
posted by iconomy at 9:02 AM on January 25, 2007


Well, I just checked my e-mail and all I had was one from somebody called "hhgk949ud3ehiduez" saying my application for a 2nd mortgage was approved. Funny thing is, I don't remember applying for a second mortgage. Does this seem odd to anyone?
posted by Otis at 9:05 AM on January 25, 2007


Oh man, my profile is as friendly as a bag of puppies and no one ever emails me. *cries*

(Maybe it's because I haven't fed the puppies in a while... Some of them might be dead, I'm not entirely sure.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:15 AM on January 25, 2007


Let me be the first to propose that a disgruntled mefite is using hotmail to screw with people's POP email as revenge for a flamed-out askme question.
posted by koeselitz at 9:15 AM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


So far I'm disappointed by the lack of MeTaSleuthingTM going on in this thread. No requests for full headers? No calling up the NSA?
posted by OmieWise at 9:23 AM on January 25, 2007


I called the NSA.

Yes, their refrigerator is running.
posted by ODiV at 9:28 AM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


But, but, but, did you get them to let Prince Albert out?
posted by OmieWise at 9:34 AM on January 25, 2007


Have you considered that Hotmail may have done it to you?
posted by drezdn at 9:51 AM on January 25, 2007


Telephone call for Seymour Butz.
posted by ericb at 10:11 AM on January 25, 2007


I found the dude.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:26 AM on January 25, 2007


Was he abiding?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:30 AM on January 25, 2007


The dude.
posted by loquacious at 10:35 AM on January 25, 2007


Ah, so it was a dude. That narrows it down.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 10:37 AM on January 25, 2007


I found the dude.

I'm going to imagine you went all MacGuyver and checked access to known recipients' profiles in a limited time frame, matched the IP logged therein against signup/login records, and fingered the culprit on a match. If the process was more mundane than that, please don't tell us.
posted by cortex at 10:38 AM on January 25, 2007


Hehe the dude abides.
posted by Mister_A at 10:41 AM on January 25, 2007


You know who else abode? That's right: Paris Hilton.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:43 AM on January 25, 2007


Mathowie,
It has been 13 minutes since you found the dude. Shall you be revealing his identity soon?
posted by Cranberry at 10:49 AM on January 25, 2007


He's has seen the dude, and the dude is us.
posted by cortex at 10:54 AM on January 25, 2007


Plus if you look to long into that dude, the dude looks also into you. So I figure Matt is locked in an epic staring fight right now.
posted by cortex at 10:54 AM on January 25, 2007


And we have nothing to fear but dude himself.
posted by cortex at 10:55 AM on January 25, 2007


Yes I got that email last night too. The person didn't say what the question was. I figured that others must have go it too, so I thought I'd wait and see.
posted by ob at 11:30 AM EST on January 25 [+]
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Well, that blows my "he's targetting users with female, 6-syllabled usernames staring with the letter 'm'" theory out of the water.
posted by googly at 11:02 AM on January 25, 2007


Can someone pass me the cigarettes while matthowie gets back?
posted by micayetoca at 11:08 AM on January 25, 2007


Was he writing a check to buy milk when you found him?
posted by COBRA! at 11:30 AM on January 25, 2007


Did somebody call me?
posted by Meatbomb at 11:41 AM on January 25, 2007


yeah, do you have the entire treaty of Westphalia handy?
posted by micayetoca at 11:42 AM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


See what happens? SEE WHAT HAPPENS?! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A STRANGER POST ON ASK!!
posted by LionIndex at 11:44 AM on January 25, 2007


I got an e-mail from Paris Paramus after mentioning him in a comment once. Nice fellow.

Apologies to him and the other three mefites whose e-mails I never got around to replying to. God, I hate e-mail.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:04 PM on January 25, 2007


The worst thing about e-mail is the stamps all over the monitor.
posted by Mister_A at 12:18 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


notes that mathowie has not posted ID of emailer
*flies into rage, stamps all over monitor*
posted by Cranberry at 12:43 PM on January 25, 2007


"Married" is a gender now?
posted by davy at 12:56 PM on January 25, 2007


*Leans back, loosens waist-band a tad, pats Terrapin on the shoulder, and says. "Well, buddy, that's the six-pack finished. I'm off to bed. Nothing to see here after all."
posted by Sk4n at 12:59 PM on January 25, 2007


Here ya go, micayetoca.
posted by davy at 1:00 PM on January 25, 2007


Darn, I missed all the excitement... All my emails yesterday were trying to sell me Rolex watches.
posted by amyms at 1:26 PM on January 25, 2007



"Married" is a gender now?
posted by davy at 1:56 PM MST on January 25 [+]
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Turns out they've got waaay too good of a lobbyist firm to be considered a sexual perversion anymore.
posted by arto at 1:34 PM on January 25, 2007


DO NOT SEXUALIZE TIGGER! BAD MILKMAN!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:00 PM on January 25, 2007


Fuckin' a, man, I got a rash. ... Fuckin' a.
posted by evilcolonel at 4:21 PM on January 25, 2007


Was it a stripey rash?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:23 PM on January 25, 2007


Sorry, that might have been me. Yesterday I received an email asking me if my "woman" was "disappointed" in my "volume". Not knowing how to react and filled with sexual anxiety omg what if her previous guy could fill a pint glass I forwarded the email onto the entire userbase. If you didn't receive it, check your spam folder.
posted by blag at 4:28 PM on January 25, 2007


Dear Stavros,

I used to have an online alias called pablothewonderchihuahua. Did you steal your name from me?

Sincerely,

Milkman "The Tigger Sexualizer" Dan
posted by Milkman Dan at 4:35 PM on January 25, 2007


But didn't you hoik that alias from taoc teh wodner dough? Which came first, chicken or taco? It's a mystery inside a conundrum inside a doughnut.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:40 PM on January 25, 2007


Thanks for the brews, Sk4n. Too bad the show was a lousy one. Next time I'll buy.
posted by terrapin at 4:55 PM on January 25, 2007


Finally, a hilarious MeTa post.
posted by sciurus at 7:13 PM on January 25, 2007


Damn. I go home sick and I miss all this.

He didn't give me a username or the question.

It didn't reek of normal spam, which is why I MeTa'd it.

But, at least ya'll got some amusement out of it.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:32 PM on January 25, 2007


But, at least ya'll got some amusement out of it.

Well, I just spewed whiskey on my monitor, but that's solely due to drezdn.
posted by chundo at 11:15 PM on January 26, 2007


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