Can I repost a deleted FPP as an askmefi? February 15, 2010 6:48 PM   Subscribe

I posted a FPP that was rightfully deleted, however out of it was coming some interesting details about the topic and I'd like to learn more. Can I rephrase it as an ask mefi or is that bad form?

I don't want to look like I'm upset it got deleted so trying again through some other method - because I'm not upset, it was the right thing to do to delete it, I should have worked on it more. But out of the limited responses came the fact theres more information about the topic out there in the community.

posted by Admira to Etiquette/Policy at 6:48 PM (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

It's fine to ask a question about something you posted about to MeFi. The big deal is that AskMe posts need to not look like MeFi posts. So no links unless they're absolutely necessary, and make sure you explain why you're asking the question even if it's "this is a topic I'd like to know more about"

So yeah your post was pretty okay, but just a little too on the bloggy side of a post about elevenses, so feel free to make an AskMe post about it, just leave all the links off except the absolutely necessary ones.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:57 PM on February 15, 2010

You must have one by eleven, that's just the way that it's done. For if you don't have one by eleven, you must have eleven by one.
posted by klangklangston at 7:10 PM on February 15, 2010 [4 favorites]

Not that it isn't widely known, but you, klangklangston, are a gentleman and a scholar, sir.
posted by GeckoDundee at 4:17 AM on February 16, 2010 [3 favorites]

I thank the both of you; you have added immeasurably to my store of knowledge. How was I not aware of that timeless quote?
posted by languagehat at 5:51 AM on February 16, 2010

I'm waiting to see if klangklangston can tell us more. Was the saying one that Knott picked up from a prospector from California or the Yukon? Had Knott himself tried his luck in the Klondike (he looks far to young to have been a forty-niner himself)? In short, was this Aussie icon reciting a well known American saying? Or did he coin it himself?
posted by GeckoDundee at 6:09 AM on February 16, 2010

Man, now I wish I could find the source that I had for that quote—I'll send my father an email, as he may have it in his library.

The salient details I remember were that it was a discussion of drinking and newspaper printing in America, and that it involved Eugene Field (and was thus likely in the mid-1880s, roughly contemporary with the Aussie quote). The discussion was about how printers had essentially a whiskey ration that was recognized even to union rules, including a break for elevenses, which was when you had your morning swig (which, for newspaper printers, was pretty much the end of their day, when they were changing over to setting the afternoon edition). The book offered the quote as a well-known aphorism; I don't remember if it cited Field as the source. I've looked around for it with brief web searches, but a librarian could probably do better.
posted by klangklangston at 7:39 PM on February 16, 2010

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