Out of the doorway the bullets rip September 2, 2011 3:04 PM   Subscribe

Remember Aardvark? Goodbye Aardvark. Aardvark will be shutting down at the end of September.

No word on where you're supposed to go to get an immediate, wrong, off topic and stupid answer from people who are spying on you
posted by cashman to MetaFilter-Related at 3:04 PM (31 comments total)

Weird. I always assumed they had a sort of rock-solid model. They sure had good PR. Oh well, what a bummer good news/bad news of a buyout for them.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:14 PM on September 2, 2011


I remember Aardvark. I wish they would update it so it works with newer versions of Firefox. Nothing else seems to have the "Isolate" command, which removes everything but the div that you're currently hovering over. So great for playing flash games that use the mouse, without having to worry about scrolling around by accident.

I have no idea what this other Aardvark is, though. Are you on my lawn, boy? Because if so, you know what that means.
posted by Eideteker at 3:21 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm totally lost. How is this MetaFilter-Related?
posted by gman at 3:22 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


People always asked me questions they could google themselves.
posted by Ideefixe at 3:24 PM on September 2, 2011


They're another Q&A site which, if you'd clicked the links, explains that it was the subject of a MeTa post some time ago.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:25 PM on September 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Oh I clicked the links. I saw that there was a previous MeTa talking about how AskMe and Aardvark are similar, but that leaves me no less confused as to what that currently has to do with this site.
posted by gman at 3:32 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I remember Aardvark. I wish they would update it so it works with newer versions of Firefox.

Eideteker, this link claims to have done just that.
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:33 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's another site doing nominally a similar thing to AskMe and Google decided it wasn't viable. There are many angles that are MeFi-related, to my mind.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:33 PM on September 2, 2011


Oh I clicked the links. I saw that there was a previous MeTa talking about how AskMe and Aardvark are similar, but that leaves me no less confused as to what that currently has to do with this site

This site and that site are similar. That is what that site has to do with this site.

I can type slower if that would help.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 3:35 PM on September 2, 2011 [10 favorites]


Thank you jessamyn.
posted by cashman at 3:35 PM on September 2, 2011


After September 30, there will be no way to retrieve your data, as shortly after that we will delete everything permanently.

Yeah, that's Google's general dumbass approach to the history of the things they acquire and then shut down. I'm sure the Archive Team will be along shortly to clean up Google's mess.
posted by mediareport at 4:03 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can type slower if that would help.

Note: Everyone needs a hug.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 4:20 PM on September 2, 2011


"Eideteker, this link claims to have done just that."

Firefox SEVEN? Man, I only have 6. But, I suppose I could just wait a few minutes.
posted by Eideteker at 4:27 PM on September 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


I've been a member since the early days, and get a question by email about once a week. The tagging system is impressive; nowadays, almost every question I get is one I'll know the answer to off the top of my head.

But as an asker, it's just not as useful as AskMe, and I don't think any question sites are. Lots of people in my world are still in love with Quora, and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Whenever someone links a Quora thread, it just seems like an unnavigable mess of non-answers and chatfilter.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:27 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Horace Rumpole: This site and that site are similar. That is what that site has to do with this site.

I can type slower if that would help.


Sorry for the delay, it took me a while to first read and then comprehend what you'd written. Then after that I had to type this entire comment out.
posted by gman at 4:45 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


FF7? I thought it was beta.
I just downloaded FF6.0.1 Won't someone think of all the little FFs in between?
posted by Cranberry at 4:46 PM on September 2, 2011


Holy crap was that ever some Apple flamebait that just got deleted!

Ahem, excuse me. Carry on.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 5:45 PM on September 2, 2011


FF7?

Are there espers in that one, or were they phased out after FF6?
posted by kaibutsu at 6:15 PM on September 2, 2011


I thought this was going to be about a web comic.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:23 PM on September 2, 2011


Firefox SEVEN? Man, I only have 6. But, I suppose I could just wait a few minutes.


Well, with the new update policy, you can't blame the folks doing the add-ons for being progressive :)

It claims to work with versions up to the 7 beta. I have 6.0.1 myself and am not having any problems, so far as I know.
posted by never used baby shoes at 6:56 PM on September 2, 2011


I just got rid of FF7 beta. It was very rhythmic. Click, click CRASH, click, click, CRASH, click, click, CRASH.
posted by taz at 6:59 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


WHO?!?
posted by hal_c_on at 8:35 PM on September 2, 2011


Click, click CRASH, click, click, CRASH, click, click, CRASH.

Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place...

posted by pompomtom at 11:57 PM on September 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


Yeah, that's Google's general dumbass approach to the history of the things they acquire and then shut down.

Yeah, they should totally follow the Sun model of buying things that lose money hand over fist, keeping them running in a half-arsed fashion, going broke, and being bought by Oracle.
posted by rodgerd at 12:19 AM on September 3, 2011

I'm totally lost. How is this MetaFilter-Related?
Because we won!

What did these guys do that StackExchange or Yahoo! answers didn't do?
posted by delmoi at 4:12 AM on September 3, 2011


Also I hate Mozilla's new numbering scheme.
posted by delmoi at 4:12 AM on September 3, 2011


Yeah, they should totally follow the Sun model of buying things that lose money hand over fist, keeping them running in a half-arsed fashion, going broke, and being bought by Oracle.

Or, you know, just keep the archive available on a server somewhere so the history is available to the net. But it's ok, like I said, someone else will probably be along to once again clean up their mess.
posted by mediareport at 6:33 AM on September 3, 2011


> Also I hate Mozilla's new numbering scheme.

I wouldn't really care as much even if Mozilla did something cartoonish and silly like naming each version after an adjective-modified animal. I just wish it wouldn't try pushing upgrades from stable versions (5 or 6) to beta versions (7). That's stupid and bad.
posted by ardgedee at 1:47 PM on September 5, 2011


taz: "I just got rid of FF7 beta. It was very rhythmic. Click, click CRASH, click, click, CRASH, click, click, CRASH."

Wow, it's working great for me. MUCH better memory management.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:30 PM on September 5, 2011


What did these guys do that StackExchange or Yahoo! answers didn't do?

A: Answered questions for people who couldn't be bothered to read the links.
posted by yerfatma at 5:23 AM on September 6, 2011


Oh thank god I'm not the only one who does not get the love for Quora!

I...I...I really feel like I'm missing something with that site.
posted by aramaic at 7:56 AM on September 6, 2011


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