Targeted AskMe? June 20, 2010 5:16 AM   Subscribe

I have expertise in X, but I don't care about A-W, or Y and Z, so I don't check the green very often. I also just asked a question about F, and I'm sure there are F experts that steer clear of the green for the same reasons I do. AskMeFi moves fast. Faster than ponies?

Is there a setting that would notify me when an Ask question matches tags that I've listed as areas of expertise (or that match tags of questions in which I've been marked as best answer - though these tags'd need to be filtered for noise)? I don't really want an email or a MeMail, perhaps just an extra tab on my profile that lists questions I might be better placed to answer.

If not, can I have one?

I feel like if someone asks a question at X o'clock their time, it could be page 2 by the time Y o'clock rolls around in the States (for example), and they could miss that vital connection. I also think a feature like this would encourage better tagging of questions and, ultimately, more resolved.

There is the risk that people might, as a result, no longer read the front page of Ask, but I imagine a lot of people don't anyway because questions about what sexygirl153 should do while she's in Kansas City are noise to people that haven't been to Kansas City.

I vaguely remember a tag cloud of user interests based on questions answered but the FAQ says this has been gone for a couple of years?

I imagine this has been raised in the past, so close/delete/&c. if necessary.
posted by doublehappy to Feature Requests at 5:16 AM (36 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I would like to be alerted anytime a sexygirl asks a question.
posted by jejune at 5:38 AM on June 20, 2010


The tag pages have RSS feeds and there are plenty of web-based feed aggregators. e.g. Google Reader

Thus the New Zealand tag page has a feed at http://ask.metafilter.com/tags/newzealand/rss
posted by Busy Old Fool at 5:41 AM on June 20, 2010


This sounds a lot like the "My Ask" tab on the far right. It allows you to set favourite categories and tags and then generates a feed of just those questions. It even suggests tags you might want to select based on your history.

Shutting the stable door after the pony's safely asleep?
posted by him at 5:44 AM on June 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


If you are logged in and go to AskMe you will see little tabs on the right. One is My Ask which will pull out questions for you to answer based on your history. Check that out.
posted by shothotbot at 5:45 AM on June 20, 2010


thank you for explaining MyAsk... i've been a little nervous exploring around the green because it has been a new activity for me
posted by infini at 6:01 AM on June 20, 2010


You've been nervous clicking links? I can tell you right now, there's no goatse lurking there.
posted by bonaldi at 6:03 AM on June 20, 2010


not clicking links so much as feeling like a n00b still finding my way around there, it feels like a different world kinda (to me)
posted by infini at 6:12 AM on June 20, 2010


You shouldn't fear capitalization or punctuation either.
posted by gman at 6:22 AM on June 20, 2010 [11 favorites]


Well I feel like a real idiot. Thanks for pointing out My Ask. I've never really come to terms with tabs as a UI metaphor, but that's not really much excuse.

We had a Great Dane - it was like a pony that scared off little kids instead of attracting them.
posted by doublehappy at 6:36 AM on June 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Thanks for asking - I had never noticed the MyAsk tab before either.
posted by tdismukes at 6:43 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes! We built MyAsk for precisely this sort of thing. Yay time travel pony.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:52 AM on June 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Wait, WTF?
posted by nevercalm at 6:58 AM on June 20, 2010


I had never noticed MyAsk, either. Thank you for asking this question!
posted by zarq at 6:58 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, hi, pb went back in time and built you the pony you're about to ask for.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:08 AM on June 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


You shouldn't fear capitalization or punctuation either.

ah yes that bad habit picked up in form four english class after reading ee cummings

/;p
posted by infini at 7:29 AM on June 20, 2010


I was told there would be pathos here.
posted by killdevil at 8:16 AM on June 20, 2010


Wow, MyAsk?? That's awesome. A pony I didn't know I wanted, already waiting for me!
posted by devinemissk at 8:38 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


There should be annual post to to MetaTalk by the mods listing all the features of the site, just so users are made of aware of all the sunshine goodness they're missing out on.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:47 AM on June 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


You really should care about Y and Z, they are pretty important in today's world. A-W are kind of fading in importance, though.
posted by DU at 8:59 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't let Skynet get news of this new technology or there are going to be a lot of dead ponies.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:15 AM on June 20, 2010


I hadn't caught that tags were a My Ask option, so my Ask site experience has just been significantly improved. Thank you mods!
posted by immlass at 9:35 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, hi, pb went back in time and built you the pony you're about to ask for.

Did he make sure to use red ink? That's really important.
posted by maudlin at 9:40 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


pb went back in time and built you the pony you're about to ask for.

pb is SOOOO AWESOME, and doublehappy's a first runner-up in AWESOME-NESS for asking this question.

I never noticed MyAsk before either. I am so full of DUH.
posted by marsha56 at 10:02 AM on June 20, 2010


Well color me tickled! I never knew about the MyAsk either. Awesome!!!

AskMe is, once again, My Friend. I'm now free to move about the AskMe. Fly the Friendly Askme...
posted by matty at 10:02 AM on June 20, 2010


OH MY GOD THAT TAB IS AWESOME I HAD NEVER NOTICED IT EITHER!!!
posted by ErikaB at 10:37 AM on June 20, 2010


I don't know, DU...I went to A&W just yesterday. The root beer float was pleasing.
posted by redsparkler at 10:46 AM on June 20, 2010


Oh snap, I didn't notice this either. I should just go through and click on everything and see what else I'm missing.
posted by cj_ at 1:29 PM on June 20, 2010


Ponders capitalization and grammar, thoughtfully...
posted by infini at 1:45 PM on June 20, 2010


And punctuation, too.
posted by infini at 1:47 PM on June 20, 2010


I like MyAsk a lot. I like being able to meander through the green without seeing the human relations questions!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 4:36 PM on June 20, 2010


MyAsk isn't a pony; its a friggin stallion.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:55 PM on June 20, 2010


I would like to be alerted anytime a sexygirl asks a question.
posted by jejune at 7:38 AM on June 20 [+] [!]


Eponysterical.
posted by Jpfed at 9:32 PM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would like a pony where every so often (maybe once a week) someone writes an essay on "Amazingly useful bits of the MeFi user interface you might be oblivious to." These could all be linked from a tab on the far right side of the MetaTalk page where I would never notice them and....

Damn!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 11:01 PM on June 20, 2010


Retroactive pony!
posted by Michael Roberts at 1:30 PM on June 21, 2010


MyAsk is amazing. I never noticed it. Time to bring back the blink tag.
posted by davejay at 4:21 PM on June 21, 2010


Wow, those suggested tags are like a laundry list for a therapist.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:28 AM on June 22, 2010


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