Some posts stay, some posts go, who knows... March 23, 2009 4:28 PM   Subscribe

I'm a tad confused. Do all AskMe's have to involve solvable problems, and not random questions to be answered?

My understanding is that the AskMe community prefers posts to be solvable problems, but they don't always have to be.

I thought it was OKAY for us to throw in a random question, such as the one I made a few weeks ago about prostitutes, which wasn't deleted and the discussion ended pleasantly.

On the other hand I notice that sometimes those type of questions are deleted. I think there needs to be clearer guidelines.
posted by sixcolors to Etiquette/Policy at 4:28 PM (24 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

It's because you wouldn't go to prom with me. :(
posted by mullacc at 4:30 PM on March 23, 2009 [9 favorites]


It's called ChatFilter and you should know better.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 4:31 PM on March 23, 2009


It's because you wouldn't go to prom with me. :(

It isn't prom season...yet. :)
posted by sixcolors at 4:31 PM on March 23, 2009 [3 favorites]


Here's the FAQ.
Here are AskMe guidelines!

Easy PEASY!
posted by Stewriffic at 4:33 PM on March 23, 2009


Yes, questions need to not be random. The FAQ is pretty clear on this. If the FAQ wasn't clear on it, perhaps the many reaons for deletion we've offered with your past questions or the emails we've sent might help. Your question about prostitutes may have been an idle curiosity of yours but it also contained an answerable question that people could say "oh hey I know something about this" or "here's a citation that will explain this"

We don't know anything about your neighbors, you haven't even offered any information about them, you just want us to speculate on why they suddenly seem to have money, mentioning that it's nothing obvious. Add to that the fact that your follow-up comment in that thread made it seem even more like you were just bored and goofing around with AskMe and we decided not to wait for the trainwreck this time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:33 PM on March 23, 2009 [9 favorites]


It isn't prom season...yet. :)

Don't tease me, sixcolors. I already rented my tux and booked the limo. And I totally look hot in that rented cummerbund.
posted by mullacc at 4:35 PM on March 23, 2009 [4 favorites]


I speculate that I am an arsehole.
posted by iamabot at 4:35 PM on March 23, 2009


I can't tell if sixcolors is a troll or stone stupid.
posted by Bookhouse at 4:35 PM on March 23, 2009 [23 favorites]


Can't it be both?
posted by waraw at 4:38 PM on March 23, 2009 [9 favorites]


It's been prom season for weeks now.
posted by Stewriffic at 4:38 PM on March 23, 2009


Every season is POM season.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:39 PM on March 23, 2009


We don't know anything about your neighbors, you haven't even offered any information about them, you just want us to speculate on why they suddenly seem to have money, mentioning that it's nothing obvious. Add to that the fact that your follow-up comment in that thread made it seem even more like you were just bored and goofing around with AskMe and we decided not to wait for the trainwreck this time.

I see where you are coming from but there were similar questions on AskMe that weren't deleted. I clearly remember one post about someone who had a neighbor who had random strangers stopping by at all times of the day/night. That one wasn't deleted. I remember there were tons of speculations about what could be going on in that apartment and it wasn't counted as chatfilter.
posted by sixcolors at 4:40 PM on March 23, 2009


Oh thank god. I was on tenterhooks waiting for the latest episode of sixcolors' performance-art-cum-batshit-inanity [not a typo].
posted by dersins at 4:40 PM on March 23, 2009 [7 favorites]


sixcolors, why would anybody care about your neighbors without any engaging information, anyway? There's nothing interesting in this question to save its pointlessness.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:41 PM on March 23, 2009


Well, they obviously have SOME money coming in from SOME where. Hell, I just want to know how/why, maybe I can hop on to the same sudden-money-making-bandwagon.
posted by sixcolors at 4:43 PM on March 23, 2009


Why are you so hard up for money, anyway?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:44 PM on March 23, 2009


Maybe they are renting themselves out as prom dates.
posted by gomichild at 4:46 PM on March 23, 2009 [3 favorites]


Well, they obviously have SOME money coming in from SOME where.

They've obviously solved the Trunk Cookies paradox, and they're not about to let the cat out of the pretty cellophane bag now.
posted by scody at 4:47 PM on March 23, 2009 [47 favorites]


Well, they obviously have SOME money coming in from SOME where. Hell, I just want to know how/why, maybe I can hop on to the same sudden-money-making-bandwagon.
posted by sixcolors at 4:43 PM on March 23


I guess you could bring over some trunk cookies - as a neighborly gesture - and ask them.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 4:47 PM on March 23, 2009 [2 favorites]


goddammit scody
posted by Optimus Chyme at 4:47 PM on March 23, 2009 [4 favorites]


jinx, OC! You owe me a (trunk) coke.
posted by scody at 4:48 PM on March 23, 2009


If we're discussing a specific deleted question, could someone please link to it?
posted by Bookhouse at 4:49 PM on March 23, 2009


They're dealing Adderall, duh.
posted by tristeza at 4:49 PM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


sixcolors - you are more than welcome to email the moderators via the contact form if you have questions about your posts and what happened to them.

However, this weird-question-deleted-then-immediate-Meta-thread pattern isn't going anywhere useful and again seems like you're just bored and messing around with the site. I'm sorry if the site seems somehow confusing to you and yet at the same time I feel that you're either willfully obtuse about how things work here or have some sort of cognitive issue that we can't help you with in AskMe or MeTa. I'm closing this up.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:50 PM on March 23, 2009 [24 favorites]


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