thanks thankyou AskMe question March 30, 2010 4:32 PM   Subscribe

What's the best way to thank people who answer an Ask Me question?

I had some really nice answers to this recent question. I've posted a follow-up comment and marked the question as resolved. Is this the best way to convey my thanks to those who contributed to the thread? I could send individual MeMails, I guess... I just want all who contributed, some of whom may not read MetaTalk, to know that I sincerely appreciated everyone's help.
posted by cheapskatebay to Etiquette/Policy at 4:32 PM (67 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Pie of the month.
posted by klangklangston at 4:33 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


We're just happy you're happy. Ignore the pantsless man with the berry-stained t-shirt.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:35 PM on March 30, 2010 [20 favorites]


What, a call should kill you once in awhile?
posted by Think_Long at 4:36 PM on March 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


In the thread or via MeMail. But, really, marking something Best Answer is all the snickerdoodle this good doggie needs.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:37 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Eat tater in honor of them.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:38 PM on March 30, 2010


I really like when people post follow-ups. If people are using Recent Activity, they'll see it.
posted by smackfu at 4:40 PM on March 30, 2010 [28 favorites]


pantsless man wants pie.
posted by gman at 4:40 PM on March 30, 2010


I'm making pie tonight! Send cold hard cash.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:47 PM on March 30, 2010


Cookies for all, I say! (Failing that, a nice followup from you is great. It is also helpful for people who are interested in your topic at some later date.)
posted by bearwife at 4:49 PM on March 30, 2010


The tags you've chosen are not a good way to show appreciation to the people on this site.
posted by gman at 4:52 PM on March 30, 2010


I like favourites.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 4:56 PM on March 30, 2010 [8 favorites]


send them an HDMI cable.

Yea, I know that joke's about played right now.

When I get a really kickass answer I usually send a memail. :)
posted by TomMelee at 4:56 PM on March 30, 2010


Fixed the tags. gman is your "pesky" button stuck today?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:57 PM on March 30, 2010


Plate of beans.
posted by fixedgear at 4:58 PM on March 30, 2010


Fixed the tags. gman is your "pesky" button stuck today?

Why is this night different from all other nights?
posted by gman at 5:00 PM on March 30, 2010 [6 favorites]


In honor of the holiday, I'll accept vacuum packed, airmailed brisket in exchange for good answers.

I miss brisket. A little charoset would be nice, too.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:06 PM on March 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Paypal email is in profile.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:13 PM on March 30, 2010


I like to be told how much you liked the Todd Rundgren record I recommended, like when you're all "Which Zhu Zhu Pet would my nephew like best?" and I'm all "You want 'A Wizard, A True Star' from 1973" or when you're all "Should I eat this mushroom?" and I'm all "Yes, 1985's 'POV' will be delicious" so basically lifetime service in my zombie Todd army is just fine, thanks.
posted by mintcake! at 5:21 PM on March 30, 2010 [4 favorites]


We gotta get you a woman, mintcake!
posted by fixedgear at 5:25 PM on March 30, 2010


No need to go through all the trouble of sending a Memail. Your firstborn will do.
posted by special-k at 5:26 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pretty much everything suggested in this thread is great, but one thing that somebody did once for me (that was both nice and a little odd) was to submit my website to stumbleupon.
posted by kylej at 5:28 PM on March 30, 2010


This is probably much to serious compared to the other replies.

I'm a big fan of askme and it seems like pure luck to get so many thoughtful and intelligent people here to answer questions on almost any random subject.

But really it's the, strict but not power crazed, mods who really deserve the thanks.
posted by selton at 5:30 PM on March 30, 2010


Crush their enemies so they can see them driven before them and hear the lamentations of their women.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:33 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Stalk them and friend them in Facebook to dispense Farm Animals/Cards/Weapons/Eggs/Zoo Animals as needed.
posted by codswallop at 5:37 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love getting the "Best Answer" mark.
posted by oddman at 5:37 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Crush their enemies so they can see them driven before them and hear the lamentations of their women.

I would, but I respect biscotti's dog knowledge too much.

But yeah, me-mail or e-mail have worked best for me.
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:38 PM on March 30, 2010


Shoot the hostage.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:39 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Recent Activity makes a thank-you in the original thread convenient. For particularly appreciated answers, I've both given and sent MeMails; warm fuzzies abound.
posted by desuetude at 5:43 PM on March 30, 2010


mail-order spouses.
posted by qvantamon at 5:49 PM on March 30, 2010


Anonymous banjos.
posted by Duke999R at 5:50 PM on March 30, 2010 [24 favorites]


plo chops
posted by bardic at 5:56 PM on March 30, 2010


Banjo.
posted by iamabot at 5:56 PM on March 30, 2010


Contributions to the Cabal Scholarship fund are always appreciated.
posted by effluvia at 6:10 PM on March 30, 2010


The best way to thank me is by providing a good answer to somebody else's AskMe question.
posted by box at 6:26 PM on March 30, 2010 [4 favorites]


Give everyone in the thread Best Answer. I love it when people do that.
posted by water bear at 6:31 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ask another question in the same thread and tell them it's best 2 out of 3.
posted by fleacircus at 6:33 PM on March 30, 2010


I'll go rush in and enter a comment in the thread if there's any of that pie left.
posted by Drasher at 7:28 PM on March 30, 2010


Best-Answer checkmarks.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:33 PM on March 30, 2010


Compressed nuns with sprained ovaries.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:09 PM on March 30, 2010


Beer.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:17 PM on March 30, 2010


I like e-mails.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:27 PM on March 30, 2010


Best answer, thank you in the thread. I've also memailed a person in cases where the resolution to the problem came awhile after the post was originally made, and I'm not sure if they will see the thread update. But I don't think that's expected as the norm.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:31 PM on March 30, 2010


Small unmarked bills. Or, a simple, yet sincere, "Thank You" posted into the thread after the answers have been given. But I thought love was never having to say thank you.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:46 PM on March 30, 2010


BLOOD! BLOOD AND SOULS.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 PM on March 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Is there some kind of pie exchange I missed out on?
posted by biochemist at 9:10 PM on March 30, 2010


What's the best way to thank people who answer an Ask Me question?

Dump the motherfucker already. Seriously. We're tired of reading about it.

Also, don't eat the halibut filet you left on the windowsill overnight.

But if you're not going to DTMFA ... mmm, halibut.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:37 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is there some kind of pie exchange I missed out on?

No, the pie exchanges don't come into play until 2014. But you should make sure your state is participating in them.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:04 PM on March 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seconding the 'pay it forward.' As low as AskMe's signal-to-noise ratio is, it could always improve. What you did already as thanks is just fine; a thoughtful contribution to another question would be the cherry on top.

Mmm, cherry pie.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 10:06 PM on March 30, 2010


In seriousness, though - the followup saying thanks and explaining what you did and enjoyed is the best, I think.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:12 PM on March 30, 2010


Yeah, see if you can solve one of the really stubborn unanswered ones. I accomplished this once and felt like I won the lottery.
posted by sallybrown at 10:12 PM on March 30, 2010


I like pay it forward, too. If an answer's been outstanding, I'll memail and thank the answerer personally. Have done that every once in a while with anonymous questions I've posted, too.

Speaking of which... I always forget that memail is there. Which explains why I have several dozen unread memails at the moment. Dammit. Looks like I know what I'm doing tomorrow. :P
posted by zarq at 10:12 PM on March 30, 2010


I mark best answers sometimes, but since everyone helps by responding and contributing, I tend to thank everyone on the thread.
posted by goofyfoot at 10:36 PM on March 30, 2010


I'm with SpacemanStix. Provide best answers (you should always do this if your question gets succesfully answered) and follow up with thanks in thread, which just gives a nice sense of resolution. Plus - don't forget to add the 'resolved' tag if your question gets a good answer - you'll get a autoMeMail from AutoMatt to remind you of that anyway a month later, but it's good practice.

I have, I think, MeMailed if an answer brought up fascinating additional side issues or was particularly awesome, but that's superspecialsquirrelstuff.
posted by Sparx at 10:36 PM on March 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


. . .tend to thank everyone on the thread itself.
posted by goofyfoot at 10:37 PM on March 30, 2010


I've developed this new exchange market for pies. If you're pedestrian and boring you can simply swap pies for cash or other pies. You can also place orders for future pies. But! Here's where the genius comes in - you can place orders on eating future pies.

Of course, someone might eat that pie before you get to it. So, you can insure that pie and get replacement pie if your original order is eaten before the terms of the contract are fulfilled. You can even get new pie if someone else's pie gets eaten!

I call it a "pie default swap".

This also opens a whole set of derivatives markets with cakes, crullers, and custard. Everyone will be swimming in pie for the rest of eternity! The value of pies can only go up!
posted by backseatpilot at 7:31 AM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, and marking best answers is a good way of saying thanks.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:32 AM on March 31, 2010


In escalating order: Favorites, Marked best Answer, Follow up in thread, Memail, Blood sacrifices to a pagan god in their name, Cake/Pie.
posted by quin at 7:41 AM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


You could send 'em weed through the mail, man.
posted by Mister_A at 8:05 AM on March 31, 2010


Coke and hookers.

Or cake. I'll go with cake.
posted by purephase at 8:08 AM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cake and hookers? Cake with hookers in it? I'm confused, purephase.
posted by Mister_A at 8:31 AM on March 31, 2010


No thanks needed. We're all so self-important, that any thanks you can offer would be below our consideration.
posted by Danf at 8:40 AM on March 31, 2010


Living well is the best revenge.
posted by chrchr at 9:05 AM on March 31, 2010


BLOOD! BLOOD AND SOULS.

Just souls, please. Blood is messy and needs to be refrigerated and is potentially biohazardous and is subject to all kinds of federal regulations. Souls are easy.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:27 AM on March 31, 2010


strict but not power crazed, mods So you believed the No Cabal disclaimer, didn't you, selton?
posted by theora55 at 12:07 PM on March 31, 2010


I remixed a phone call for someone on askme once and they offered to buy me something off of my amazon wish list. It was fun to do so I turned him down, but I did appreciate the appreciation.
posted by cyphill at 3:19 PM on March 31, 2010


kisses, and tell me thank you, and name your dog after me, maybe only if it's a cute, sassy dog

okay just kidding, my name is WAY too long for a dog!

So, in summary...candy
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 9:59 PM on March 31, 2010


Unmarked twenties.
posted by spaltavian at 8:55 AM on April 1, 2010


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