Closure? Let me have my own! March 9, 2009 5:16 PM   Subscribe

I think this is where I ask for my very own pony. Re: AskMe updates.

Every now and then something happens in relation to one of my askmes that has already been closed as a result of the time limit. I'm wondering if it might be possible to leave askmes open for update by the OP indefinitely, while still leaving it closed for everyone else.

I have a feeling this may have been requested before, but my mefi-google-fu fails. Please forgive me!
posted by sunshinesky to Feature Requests at 5:16 PM (32 comments total)

"Indefinitely" is a pretty long time.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:18 PM on March 9, 2009


Sure is, but I figure it's my post, why shouldn't I be able to update?
posted by sunshinesky at 5:20 PM on March 9, 2009


WERD
posted by DU at 5:23 PM on March 9, 2009


Oh, yeah, that's a MetafilterPlus membership feature. You need to pay another five bucks in order to use it.
posted by klangklangston at 5:28 PM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I don't know, I think a year is a pretty long time and allows for followups (you get a MeFi Mail reminder after 30 days). Keeping them open for just one user seems like it would have limited utility and open us up to people getting their last word in "suck it everyone that said I should break up with him, we just got married!!!"

What kinds of situations require more than a year for followups, sunshinesky?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:33 PM on March 9, 2009


What kinds of situations require more than a year for followups, sunshinesky?

Perhaps s/he finally learned the dark and arcane secrets of the highlighter pen.
posted by dersins at 5:39 PM on March 9, 2009


Keeping them open for just one user seems like it would have limited utility and open us up to people getting their last word in "suck it everyone that said I should break up with him, we just got married!!!"

That sounds awesome! Do that.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:40 PM on March 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


I would say anything advice-based that has no solid answer in the first place.

I suppose you have already weighed this option though, and since you/tehsnark^ don't think it's a necessary or sound idea. Feel free to close this up.
posted by sunshinesky at 5:42 PM on March 9, 2009


ack, sentence fragment fail...
posted by sunshinesky at 5:44 PM on March 9, 2009


Snow White will have to wait; this pony has a poison apple waiting for it.
posted by adipocere at 5:44 PM on March 9, 2009


What kinds of situations require more than a year for followups

Lawfilter for questions involving crimes with potential sentences > 1 year?
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:47 PM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Keeping them open for just one user seems like it would have limited utility and open us up to people getting their last word in "suck it everyone that said I should break up with him, we just got married!!!"


You gotta admit that would be pretty sweet, though. Especially punctuated with a pithy "FACE!"
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:59 PM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Indefinitely" is a pretty long time.

Electric word "indefinitely." It means forever, and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here to tell you there's something else: Metatalk. A world of neverending MeFi-related posts. You can always post an update to your really interesting AskMeFi question. Day or night.

(but it better be really, really interesting)
posted by The World Famous at 5:59 PM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


That coffee is for closure.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:00 PM on March 9, 2009 [5 favorites]


Oooh, I hadn't even considered the ability to tell you losers to suck it! I'm definitely on board now.
posted by DU at 6:13 PM on March 9, 2009


mathowie writes "Keeping them open for just one user seems like it would have limited utility and open us up to people getting their last word in 'suck it everyone that said I should break up with him, we just got married!!!'"

Must. Resist. Joke. Ask. Me. If only because the execution would take so long.
posted by Mitheral at 6:16 PM on March 9, 2009


Any and all AskMe updates are great, I think. Even "Suck it, losers!" would give us closure.


Why don't they update? *SOB*
posted by graventy at 6:58 PM on March 9, 2009


I would say anything advice-based that has no solid answer in the first place.

I'd argue that you shouldn't be using ask me for questions that have no solid answer.
posted by chrisamiller at 7:19 PM on March 9, 2009


I imagine returning to one of my questions in 2047, along with a handful of other survivors, to organize our attack on the others.
posted by odinsdream at 7:26 PM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


What kinds of situations require more than a year for followups
Travel. I might be going back to Ubud this year and if I come across a yoga class Still, once TravelFilter's up we'll be updating there indefinitely, yes? Places to visit and things to see and do don't remain locked, they're fluid.
posted by tellurian at 8:17 PM on March 9, 2009


You know what would be a nice idea though? The ability to "bump" an AskMe after, I dunno, 120 days or whatever. There are some good open-ended AskMe's (like MINE) that could really benefit from a second exposure to the front page of Ask.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:30 PM on March 9, 2009


Hello sunshinesky!

I studied your questionnaire and you have seemed to me is very interesting, you seem to me that kind sympathetic to date up, and the main thing present the girl to date up! While I read the questionnaire from the beginning and up to the end you have seemed to me the close person, that who we can to understand me and will allow me to understand itself to feel that happiness which so does not suffice in a life! I very much hope that I was not mistaken and I to date you up and shall receive the answer from you here my memail.
posted by `cortex` at 9:15 PM on March 9


what
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:13 PM on March 9, 2009


Be careful, cortex can switch on the ESL almost as readily as the fake markov-speak. Then he'll steal your wallet when you're trying to figure it out.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:33 PM on March 9, 2009


Medical questions should be left open for followups on answers that resulted in death or dismemberment*.


* this could also apply to questions about declawing or bathing cats
posted by blue_beetle at 11:31 PM on March 9, 2009


My zombie corpse totally wants to be able to come back and post about all of the medical questions that lead to my death.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:58 AM on March 10, 2009


Keeping them open for just one user seems like it would have limited utility and open us up to people getting their last word in "suck it everyone that said I should break up with him, we just got married!!!"

And the next last word 8 months later "oh crap you were right it didnt work out we just got divorced!!!"
posted by inigo2 at 6:39 AM on March 10, 2009


I suspect there's a way to have one's cake and eat it, too:

Only leave threads open for a year. If, after that, the OP has some sort of Earth-shattering conclusion, he can email it to a mod and the mod can post it in the original thread. My guess is this would rarely happen, but it would solve the problem when it did occur.
posted by grumblebee at 7:24 AM on March 10, 2009


My real question is, would it really bog down the server that much to have a capability like this? What's the big problem?
posted by sunshinesky at 9:37 AM on March 10, 2009


What's the big problem?

That there isn't one?
posted by cashman at 9:57 AM on March 10, 2009


don't get me wrong, sometimes a year is not enough, but indefinitely is probably too much.
posted by cashman at 10:55 AM on March 10, 2009


would it really bog down the server that much

Server space or CPU is not the limiting resource in this instance; mod attention is.
posted by ook at 11:09 AM on March 10, 2009


fair enough.
posted by sunshinesky at 11:19 AM on March 10, 2009


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