OMGNOES December 14, 2007 6:21 PM   Subscribe

"[I removed all the links to cat photos, put them in your profile if they're nevessary for this question]"

Jessamyn, I hereby point at my food bowl and look at you angrily.
posted by Saucy Intruder to Etiquette/Policy at 6:21 PM (89 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Jessamyn, I hereby point at my food bowl and look at you angrily.

Why? Are you the cat in question?
posted by bluishorange at 6:30 PM on December 14, 2007


I hate Mondays, but I love lasagna. I'm torn.
posted by item at 6:31 PM on December 14, 2007 [5 favorites]


If anything we need more cat photos, not less!
posted by puke & cry at 6:34 PM on December 14, 2007 [4 favorites]


PSA: All cats look the same.
posted by Partial Law at 6:42 PM on December 14, 2007 [4 favorites]


Let the catalogue of caterwauling ensue.
posted by Rumple at 6:49 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


See how they run like pigs from a gun
see how they fly
posted by Autarky at 6:57 PM on December 14, 2007


For every cat photo you remove, I am going to brand a real live cat with a misspelled caption.
posted by Krrrlson at 7:04 PM on December 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


Don't you mean catpion?
posted by emelenjr at 7:06 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's a catastrophe.

I am catatonic.
posted by wendell at 7:15 PM on December 14, 2007


Good. We need less cats around these parts...
posted by pupdog at 7:18 PM on December 14, 2007


The question is, are they nevessary for this question?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 7:21 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Nevessary TOTALLY KICKED ASS in 87 at the Meadowlands. Opened for Loverboy. I totally copped a feel in the crowd that night.
posted by jbickers at 7:23 PM on December 14, 2007


Circumcision may not be nevessary. Even for cats.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 7:31 PM on December 14, 2007


It does seem kind of funny. People link to photos periodically on AskMe, mostly for "name that object", but also for "ID this drawing" or other visual questions. All of these seem legitimate.
posted by serazin at 7:32 PM on December 14, 2007


I nominate nevessary, misread as "neverssary" as the MetaFilter word of the day.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:37 PM on December 14, 2007


Odd.
posted by delmoi at 7:37 PM on December 14, 2007


The cats need a hug too!
posted by DMan at 7:39 PM on December 14, 2007


Whose cat photos? Were people just randomly posting photos of their cats? Not that that would surprise me in any way.
posted by smackfu at 7:42 PM on December 14, 2007


Jessamyn has sand on her strap-on today. Have you noticed that, smackfu?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 7:44 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


You mean Jevvamyn?
posted by smackfu at 7:47 PM on December 14, 2007






PSA: All cats look the same.
Umm...no? [1] versus [2]
posted by juv3nal at 8:15 PM on December 14, 2007


Jessamyn, I hereby point at my food bowl and look at you angrily.

Stop being such a pussy.
posted by dhammond at 8:17 PM on December 14, 2007


We can't do anything about the past.
posted by Sailormom at 8:31 PM on December 14, 2007


Does someone need some more cat photos? I have lots of cat photos. Is this the thread where we all share cat photos? Hey, who would like to see my cat photos?
posted by yhbc at 8:37 PM on December 14, 2007


In the thread or in the profile, makes no difference to me, as long as they quit crapping in my yard!
posted by konolia at 8:44 PM on December 14, 2007


In the thread or in the profile, makes no difference to me, as long as they quit crapping in my yard!

You have metafilter users crapping in your yard? I feel more fortunate than I did a few minutes ago.
posted by maxwelton at 8:50 PM on December 14, 2007 [3 favorites]


That's because you haven't looked outside yet.
posted by tkolar at 8:55 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


We see you when you're sleeping
We know when you're awake
We know if you've been bad or good, so be good
or we'll crap in your yard!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:00 PM on December 14, 2007 [6 favorites]


FEWER! Not less, fewer.

Except I am in favor of more cat photos.
posted by sugarfish at 9:06 PM on December 14, 2007 [3 favorites]


This ain't Cat Fancy, this ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:09 PM on December 14, 2007 [7 favorites]


Wait, AskMe posters can't have links to flickr in their questions? Since when? What's the harm in that?

Or...is it just flickr links that point to cat pictures?
posted by brain cloud at 9:23 PM on December 14, 2007


It does seem kind of funny. People link to photos periodically on AskMe, mostly for "name that object", but also for "ID this drawing" or other visual questions. All of these seem legitimate.

People link to photos and sites in their askme questions now and then; on a subset of those, we remove the links because they don't serve any purpose in getting the question answered, which veers uncomfortably close to self-link territory for something that gets as much traffic as the front page of AskMe.

There's no blanket ban on links in questions. There is an expectation that folks won't just throw in links for the hell of it, and a bunch of links to pictures of your kitty sounds a lot like the latter. I didn't see the original version of the post, but I'm not particularly surprised.

And now a gratuitous link to a picture of brownpau's fat white cat. Lookit that fat thing.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:38 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


The post specifically asks about how big a particular cat is going to get. I would think photos of said cat would help in answering the question.
posted by casarkos at 9:51 PM on December 14, 2007 [3 favorites]


D'Andre is only 6 months old, but he's already bigger than Cosmo, who's 4 and a half years old. Seriously what the fuck, y'all?

(True Story)
posted by dhammond at 9:52 PM on December 14, 2007


How big will (your cat) grow to be? Fat. I have never seen a cat that doesn't get hugely, amazingly fat.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:54 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


And now a gratuitous link to a picture of brownpau's fat white cat...

Dammit. You do know how 'fat' threads usually end up, don't you?
posted by ericb at 9:55 PM on December 14, 2007


*Reaches into Bag O' Farm Cats, tosses a couple of the rangy bastards TPS's way*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:57 PM on December 14, 2007


The post specifically asks about how big a particular cat is going to get. I would think photos of said cat would help in answering the question.

Like I said, I didn't see the post in this case, so I can't say. But "pictures" rather than "picture" makes me suspect this one was overkill, especially with the question being "How can I figure out how long/tall/big my kitten will grow to be?" rather than "Please give me your best guess estimate of how big this kitten will be", which would be pretty weird belly-jean-counting for an AskMe anyway.

And now a gratuitous link to a picture of mulling it over's alcoholic cat.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:05 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


"belly-jean"?

Jesus.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:07 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Damn, that's one fat cat. Someone hide the donuts amirite?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:07 PM on December 14, 2007


This kitten grew into this cat.
posted by birdherder at 10:10 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


I have a miniature cat. I don't know why she is miniature, but she is. She is much smaller than my two other "normal-sized" cats. And I don't have a pic of her to post. But her name is Willow, if that matters.
posted by amyms at 10:19 PM on December 14, 2007


P.S. Methinks Jessamyn must have a hot date tonight since she hasn't responded to this thread yet. You go girl!
posted by amyms at 10:20 PM on December 14, 2007


Having just flown back from Dubai, I'm pretty sure she's on a hot date with Captain Sleepy.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:22 PM on December 14, 2007


Aww, way to ruin it for her, cortex.
posted by amyms at 10:27 PM on December 14, 2007


Little-known fact: brownpau's cat was at one point the unpublicized "Plan B" for the Ron Paul blimp.
posted by Krrrlson at 10:28 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Here's a gratuitous link to Matildaben's freakywinky yinyang kittehs.
posted by taz at 10:28 PM on December 14, 2007


Here's a bizarre, pointless juxtaposition of two very different cat pictures.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:34 PM on December 14, 2007


jesus, birdherder. give that cat some slimfast.
posted by puke & cry at 10:37 PM on December 14, 2007


Here's a bizarre, pointless juxtaposition of two very different cat pictures.

As a joke, my partner gave his mum a cooking apron that was... interesting... in its design. Namely, a picture of a woman holding up an aromatic pie, with cats walking towards her, tails up with their cat anuses facing the viewer.

His mum was so shocked that, by the following Christmas, when we saw her blushingly take it out of the drawer, she had sewn buttons over the puckers. Big shiny ones, too.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:05 PM on December 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


I recognize that mushimushigillamonster! The cat anus, not so much. But it does have one of the funniest Flickr notes ever - from ColdChef.
posted by taz at 11:05 PM on December 14, 2007


Big cats?
posted by edgeways at 11:56 PM on December 14, 2007


gratuitous link to a picture of brownpau's fat white cat
I can't see the claws in that picture. Say it ain't so, brownpau!
posted by Abiezer at 12:49 AM on December 15, 2007


P.S. Methinks Jessamyn must have a hot date tonight since she hasn't responded to this thread yet. You go girl!

Yes, I had a hot date with jetlag. It went well!

There were three photos that went to the URL of MeetMegan's cat's website. I don't know MeetMegan, but her question was mostly asking "Hey my cat measures this by that, is there a way to tell how big he is going to get?" not "Hey my kittie looks like this at six months, do you think he's going to be big?"

Links to photos as necessary illustrations are totally fine and this was sort of borderline. The fact that there were three links in one short question made it look sort of fishy and the general "no self-links in AskMe unless they're necessary" guideline is there so as admins we don't have to guess whether they're fishy or not or check the website to see if it has a bunch of Google ads on it. My apologies for not MeFiMailing MeetMegan or chiming in here sooner.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:39 AM on December 15, 2007


It's my cat in a box.
posted by wemayfreeze at 2:23 AM on December 15, 2007


so jessamyn's sleeping with jetlag? hmmm, can't find his/her user number...
posted by pjern at 3:26 AM on December 15, 2007


Belly-Jean is not my lover. She's just a girl that claims that I am the one.

But the kid is not my son.
posted by evilcolonel at 3:49 AM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Someone hide the donuts amirite?
posted by modofo at 4:00 AM on December 15, 2007


Anybody else remember the concrete cat that used to be moored at Newburyport?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:36 AM on December 15, 2007


moderation issue aside, WHERE ARE THE CUTE KITTEH PIX?
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:52 AM on December 15, 2007


dubai needs (well, needed) librarians?
posted by rmd1023 at 6:01 AM on December 15, 2007


dubai needs (well, needed) librarians?

Yes actually. There are no library schools in the UAE. Add to this that many women are not allowed (by their families/fathers) to leave the country to go to school and the fact that the schools there want to hire degreed librarians BUT don't accept distance degrees, and they're in a bit of a jam. Most of the librarians I met there were Westerners.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:35 AM on December 15, 2007


Did someone say cat pictures?


What a difference 3 years will make.

And gratuities fat orange tabby.
posted by mrzarquon at 6:51 AM on December 15, 2007


We need less cats around these parts

No, we need less parts around these cats! GET THOSE CATS FIXED, PEOPLE!

I have never seen a cat that doesn't get hugely, amazingly fat.


My cats do not get fat. I don't feed them from the table or equate food with love. They get their daily quota of catfood and kibble and that's all she wrote. Plus they chase each other around and work off the calories. (The male looked amazingly like the kitten in modofo's picture a year or so ago. Now he's bigger, of course. Rangy and powerful, able to leap to the top of the mantelpiece in a single bound. BUT NOT FAT!)

Having just flown back from Dubai, I'm pretty sure she's on a hot date with Captain Sleepy.

I knew Jessamyn was in Dubai; I didn't realize you were too. Did you fly back together?

Zing!
posted by languagehat at 7:24 AM on December 15, 2007


Less cats, more river otters.
posted by Evangeline at 8:06 AM on December 15, 2007


I've been a member of this place for over 5 years and was a reader 2 years before that. Twice have threads affected me in a weird way upon reading them when I first woke up. When I awoke to read that Hunter Thompson shot himself I was devastated and my day was ruined. Now, there's this thread. I can't say for certain what effect it'll have on the rest of my day, but it'll have one. You just wait. It'll have one.
posted by item at 8:13 AM on December 15, 2007


I have never seen a cat that doesn't get hugely, amazingly fat.

Another non-fat cat. Six years old. (I didn't claim he wasn't lazy.)
posted by desjardins at 8:13 AM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


desjardins, that cat is clearly downcast because it is not fat.
posted by everichon at 8:49 AM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


I adopted two cat sisters that look almost exactly alike. I would post pictures but I don't have a camera. They are snuggling up against each other and grooming each other and doing all sorts of adorable cat things all the time, so much so that I've become immune to cute pictures of cats sleeping against one another. It is a goddamned tragedy.
posted by schroedinger at 9:00 AM on December 15, 2007


My cat isn't fat.

Also, she's a dog.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:05 AM on December 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


How big will (your cat) grow to be? Fat. I have never seen a cat that doesn't get hugely, amazingly fat.

*heads down to local cat farm to find participant for a "scientific" study.*
posted by terrapin at 9:27 AM on December 15, 2007


My Mom feeds her cat like he's King Henry VIII. He's thin as a rail.

I don't know about his cholesterol or triglycerides.
posted by SteveTheRed at 9:31 AM on December 15, 2007


The cat is thin as a rail, before LH descends upon me.
posted by SteveTheRed at 9:32 AM on December 15, 2007


Well, while we're all here: Here's what Lucy looks like when she's lying on her back.

PAW PAW PAW
posted by Greg Nog at 9:51 AM on December 15, 2007


Your Lucy looks a little like my Amelie, with bonus Mabeline.
posted by sugarfish at 10:44 AM on December 15, 2007


One of our cats obsessively pulls out its own hair on its hindquarters and belly. When she sits up, this bare cat belly sags over her rear feet. Not a good look, but it is a bit like looking in the mirror.
posted by maxwelton at 11:22 AM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Cat vs. Zucchini
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:26 AM on December 15, 2007


(sneezes)
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 11:37 AM on December 15, 2007


behold the mighty leo, world's longest housecat.
posted by bruce at 12:35 PM on December 15, 2007


Whenever there's a MeFi thread that features cats in any significant way, I feel obligated to mention that every cat needs to be exterminated from the planet as quickly and efficiently as possible.
posted by baphomet at 5:42 PM on December 15, 2007


jessamyn - interesting!

and while cats and river otters are way cute, this thread needs more pictures of ferrets and puppies.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:21 PM on December 15, 2007


Wensleydale is going to get my credit card, pay her $5, and start posting on MetaFilter as soon as my back is turned, I just KNOW it.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:33 PM on December 15, 2007


I love cats but I can't eat a whole one.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 10:30 PM on December 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Our new kitten, follow-up to askme. [disclaimer: links to my blog entry]
posted by misha at 1:07 PM on December 16, 2007


Is this where I get to post a picture of lil' Pete?
posted by dirtdirt at 8:39 PM on December 16, 2007 [3 favorites]


Our demon cat. Spoiler alert: he's a fatty, too.
posted by emmastory at 8:08 AM on December 17, 2007


dirtdirt, you gotta be kidding. That has to be photoshopped.
posted by schroedinger at 8:29 AM on December 17, 2007


Pete is, I promise you, completely real. He's giant, and fat, and extremely fluffy, and the woman holding him (my brother's (almost ex) wife) is small, but that picture is what the camera saw, unmodified. Scout's honor.
posted by dirtdirt at 10:47 AM on December 17, 2007


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