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Nothin' big, but I found it amusing that Lifehacker linked to a closed thread.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 2:14 PM (47 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The LH post went up at 1 pm which was about exactly when the thread was closed. So, they linked to an open thread that was then closed.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:19 PM on January 8, 2008


And Lifehacker (a Gawker site) has different standards as to what is considered "chatfilter" than the management of Metafilter, AMIRITE?
posted by wendell at 2:23 PM on January 8, 2008


That one was even worse than the itchy persistent rash of chatty chatfilter questions with no clear answer -- it didn't even have a clear question. I'm happy it was closed.
posted by ottereroticist at 2:35 PM on January 8, 2008


(not picking on you wendell)

Just wanted to take a tiny moment and say the "amirite" phrase/word/what-ever-the-fuck-it-is makes me want to punch the screen at the sheer 12-year-old-preteenness of it all. Lord how I hate that word when used by grownups, for some reason it provokes the same response as the insipid, passive-aggressive "just kidding" end tag. something something thousand suns.... *sigh*
posted by edgeways at 2:48 PM on January 8, 2008


sorry
posted by edgeways at 2:48 PM on January 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I love Mister_A 's answer over there. But it feels kind of odd to favourite in a deleted thread, not sure why.
posted by shelleycat at 2:51 PM on January 8, 2008


BOOYAKASHA! Take THAT Gawker media!
posted by shmegegge at 2:52 PM on January 8, 2008


I actually looked up the chatfilter guidelines to see if they were that hard to find, and I think they're a little wishy-washy compared to the state on the ground. It says "Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your question being removed." Is "may" really the right word there? In my experience, if you break those rules, you will get nuked.

Also, the next line says "Serious violations may result in your posting rights being revoked, or your account being banned." Is that even true? Has anyone ever been banned for Ask questions that break the guidelines?

My unsolicited rewrite:
What makes a bad question on Ask Metafilter?

- Please avoid "help me name my kitten/computer/website" and "help me make a mix CD" polling questions.

What questions are banned from Ask MetaFilter?

- Questions regarding MetaFilter, MetaTalk, or Ask MetaFilter. Post to MetaTalk instead.
- Chatfilter. Open-ended chatty questions that don't offer a problem to be solved.
- Hypothetical or jokey "What would happen if..." questions with no goal.
- Questions that are thinly veiled rants, like "What's the deal with U2, do they suck or what?"
- Questions asking for very specific personal information about other people.
- Questions that needlessly self-link.

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your question being removed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact an admin or chat with an admin.
posted by smackfu at 2:59 PM on January 8, 2008


edgeways has a case of the Mondays, amirite?

j/k

lol
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:02 PM on January 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


Chatfilter, sure, sure. Meanwhile, the filthiest question ever posted to Ask MeFi is still there. Sometimes I just don't know.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 3:06 PM on January 8, 2008 [16 favorites]


Is "may" really the right word there? In my experience, if you break those rules, you will get nuked.

May works. There are always edge cases and we'd rather have room to include stuff than get a bag of hell for not deleting something.

Has anyone ever been banned for Ask questions that break the guidelines?

We've time-outed people for really crazy PWD questions. We've also banned spammers whose first self-link was in AskMe. I'm pretty sure relentless "WTFFFFFFF" email from banned spammers is why that line is there.

That said, your rewrite looks good, might be time to tighten things up there a little.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:10 PM on January 8, 2008


LOLLIFEHACKER
posted by slogger at 3:11 PM on January 8, 2008


Just wanted to take a tiny moment and say the "amirite" phrase/word/what-ever-the-fuck-it-is makes me want to punch the screen at the sheer 12-year-old-preteenness of it all. Lord how I hate that word when used by grownups, for some reason it provokes the same response as the insipid, passive-aggressive "just kidding" end tag. something something thousand suns.... *sigh*

The funny thing is - I've never seen anyone use it seriously! Only ironically.
posted by pinky at 3:14 PM on January 8, 2008


I was serious about the pizza dough though.
posted by Jofus at 3:21 PM on January 8, 2008


Has anyone ever been banned for Ask questions that break the guidelines?

What, you don't read the paper of record?
posted by dersins at 3:22 PM on January 8, 2008


The LH post went up at 1 pm which was about exactly when the thread was closed. So, they linked to an open thread that was then closed.

Essentially, I was performing a lifehackerhack.

edgeways has a case of the Mondays, amirite?

so rite...they should call him "ON edge ways" rofl
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:30 PM on January 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Just wanted to take a tiny moment and say the "amirite" phrase/word/what-ever-the-fuck-it-is makes me want to punch the screen at the sheer 12-year-old-preteenness of it all. Lord how I hate that word when used by grownups, for some reason it provokes the same response as the insipid, passive-aggressive "just kidding" end tag. something something thousand suns.... *sigh*

For me it's when a grown person tell me they LOLed. You laughed out louded?
posted by special-k at 3:31 PM on January 8, 2008


I think they just linked to it because it had "GTD" in it.

As an experiment I suggest someone post the following AskMe to see if they link to it:

"What is your favorite tree? Mine is oak.

PS: GTD Rulez!"
posted by burnmp3s at 3:35 PM on January 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


For me it's when a grown person tell me they LOLed. You laughed out louded?

I don't know, I find that relatively comforting—they've correctly parsed the idiom, and have generalized a past-tense form for it according to pretty normal rules of generation.

At least they aren't one of those Lots Of Laughs people. Or LOLOLOLOLkin.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:38 PM on January 8, 2008


Huh. "Amirite" is supposed to sound like a 12-year-old?

I always thought it was supposed to sound like a bad standup comedian.
posted by roll truck roll at 3:40 PM on January 8, 2008


special-k said: For me it's when a grown person tell me they LOLed. You laughed out louded?

By golly, you're right! But LedOL just looks weird.
posted by amyms at 3:40 PM on January 8, 2008


I just remember that old line about William Safire ordering two Whoppers Junior, and LedOL all over again.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:44 PM on January 8, 2008 [4 favorites]


I can't believe they linked to "How do I google Ron Paul?" That's one "hack" I thought was self-explanatory.
posted by SassHat at 3:51 PM on January 8, 2008


Cortex: Yeah, you're right, I guess. And it's 4 pm and I can't spell (tells me*). But what really weirds me out is seeing someone like my 40 year old cousin typing LOL.
preview is my friend
posted by special-k at 3:51 PM on January 8, 2008


I can't believe they linked to "How do I google Ron Paul?" That's one "hack" I thought was self-explanatory.
posted by SassHat at 3:51 PM on January 8


Missed that one on LH. Strangely I saw that sign at lunch today. Couldn't they just put Ron Paul's URL on the sign? Why do they have to ask people to google him? Wouldn't people just find a bunch of MeFi threads calling him a looney?
posted by special-k at 3:56 PM on January 8, 2008


I hear ya. Every time my mom sees my "butts lol" t-shirt she says "Butts Ell Oh Ell" and I just don't know what to think.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:56 PM on January 8, 2008


For the record, I used "AMIRITE" because I thought it sounded like Gawker Networks Inc. Whether that falls into the 12-year-old or standup comic category is up to you. Still, Consumerist and Lifehacker are frequent-but-not-consistent providers of useful information and generally worthy of sharing the same web with MetaFilter. And if you only 'need' one sex video per day, Fleshbot is your porn portal. Still, I have not yet forgiven them for shutting down Sploid and Screenhead.
posted by wendell at 4:07 PM on January 8, 2008


Jessamyn, thanks for taking a look. In reflecting further, I don't even know if the guidelines really have a point other than being linked to when you delete stuff. Besides, there aren't that many deleted question on Ask.
posted by smackfu at 4:18 PM on January 8, 2008


@cortex: lmao

@wendell: 2x on Sploid

heh. heh heh.
posted by slogger at 4:19 PM on January 8, 2008


No, wendell, you used "AMIRITE" incorrectly. It's to indicate an ironic push-polling position, in a faux-stand up comedian way, a mocking of an attempt to garner crowd sympathy.

Trust me, as I read I Love Music regularly, and it's nearly done to death.

But it's got nothing to do with "Just kidding," so edgeways can back up off it—it's useful when used correctly.
posted by klangklangston at 4:40 PM on January 8, 2008


AMIRITE?
posted by klangklangston at 4:40 PM on January 8, 2008


But what really weirds me out is seeing someone like my 40 year old cousin typing LOL

Thanks a fuckin' million, dude.

Goddamned kids
posted by popechunk at 4:52 PM on January 8, 2008 [4 favorites]


I'm going to try edit this question so it will not be chatfilter as per AskMeFi guidelines, but will still appeal to LH and Gawker Media:

[start]

How do you do it replace your hard drive? What's your secret to replacing a hard drive?

People are supposedly always looking for the "secret" to replacing a hard drive. What's your secret that helps you better do something replace a hard drive in a more personal, professional, or social way?

Another way to pose this question would be what is something you explicitly do to improve your performance in personal, professional or social life so that you can replace a hard drive? For me it's Nozbe, which aims to be the ultimate GTD app, — for you it might be something much better.

[end]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:46 PM on January 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


You can't say "For me"! That's like saying "I go first".
posted by smackfu at 5:59 PM on January 8, 2008


she says "Butts Ell Oh Ell"

yea psssh ever1 knows it prounounced LOLL

WAAAATTTTUFFF?
posted by fishfucker at 6:00 PM on January 8, 2008


also that deletion was balls.

PEAS
posted by fishfucker at 6:01 PM on January 8, 2008


Ohhhmuugg i just snorted milk out ma nose fuweeewuh
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:02 PM on January 8, 2008


Lifehacker is that something I would have to have a life to know about?
posted by Sailormom at 6:33 PM on January 8, 2008


OMGWTFLOLBBQ

AMIRITE?
posted by carsonb at 7:14 PM on January 8, 2008


Rhonda Byrne's Secret is to just think positive. Like attracts like, so positive thoughts about what you want in/from life will magically attract those things to you. And I'll tell you what, hoo! I've never had so many hookers with so much blow. That's my Secret.
posted by carsonb at 7:18 PM on January 8, 2008


For what it's worth, I miss Sploid, too. Something's going on there, still, I just realized. At this point, it's made of seemingly random tests. Maybe it will return?
posted by bonobo at 8:15 PM on January 8, 2008


For some reason I had never heard about GTD. Now I have I feel ... strangely ... organized. I may even go so far as to accomplish something, later. Oh ... no. No. Feeling's gone.

I think I just dodged a bullet point.
posted by Sparx at 2:25 AM on January 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


LedOL?

...RsBI?
posted by danb at 8:20 AM on January 9, 2008


WsMD.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:34 AM on January 9, 2008


Hunh, they don't allow comments on their AskMe Roundups copyright infringements.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:08 AM on January 9, 2008


Chatfilter, sure, sure. Meanwhile, the filthiest question ever posted to Ask MeFi is still there. Sometimes I just don't know.

This has so far received 10 favourites... Now, either "Tak[ing] your kid up the Amazon" is some euphemism I've not heard of before, or maybe you all were thinking of this thread? Or maybe I've missed something - it's almost 5am here, so that's quite possible too...
posted by benzo8 at 7:58 PM on January 9, 2008


benzo8 - it just sounds like a(n?) euphemism.
posted by deborah at 10:45 PM on January 10, 2008


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