Anonymous answers August 23, 2012 8:26 AM   Subscribe

Quick one; how can I answer an AskMeFi anonymously?
posted by BadMiker to Etiquette/Policy at 8:26 AM (24 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Send an email to the mods with your answer and they'll post it for you, or open a sockpuppet account.
posted by KathrynT at 8:26 AM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Get a sockpuppet.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:27 AM on August 23, 2012


Contact the mods and ask them to post it for you.
posted by griphus at 8:27 AM on August 23, 2012


Thanks. How do I know which mods are online?
posted by BadMiker at 8:27 AM on August 23, 2012


We all receive mail at that contact form; whoever is around will generally respond within a few minutes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:28 AM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


It doesn't matter, there's always someone watching and they all get the email sent via the contact form.
posted by griphus at 8:28 AM on August 23, 2012


The contact form wakes all of them up with a signal to the shocker belt they wear.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:29 AM on August 23, 2012 [34 favorites]


The contact form goes to all the mods.

And it's ok, we all know you've done a little ecstasy in your time, no need to hide it from us. We don't judge.
posted by Grither at 8:29 AM on August 23, 2012


Braw, thanks.

Lovin the idea of being a sockpuppet.
posted by BadMiker at 8:31 AM on August 23, 2012


Thanks. How do I know which mods are online?

This is easy. Find a bug in the site. Make a MeTa about said bug. pb will respond in under five minutes, no matter where he is or what he's doing. (My sources tell me he has a chip implanted in his brain.)
posted by phunniemee at 8:31 AM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hi -- I dropped you an email back but basically everyone here has it covered. To recap:

- You are welcome to have a secondary account for the purpose of occasionally making comments you don't want associated with your main account.
- We strongly prefer that people have one main account [i.e. don't start using the secondary account as if it were a separate person on the site, but you don't have to associate it with your main account though we will know on the back end that it is you usually] but talk to us if you have questions. Many people note "this is a sock puppet" on the profile page of their sock puppet account.
- Using a secondary account to get around posting limits is not okay, the limits are per person not per account.
- Using a secondary account in any way to do weird back-and-forth commenting with your main account is very not okay. Do not make up a fake human identity for your sock puppet especially one that is a different gender or location from you. This rarely comes up but it's weird when it does.
- We are also happy to post comments in AskMe threads that we'll say "This is from a MeFite who would prefer to remain anonymous" so that's an option as well. We will not pass messages back and forth if someone wishes to get ahold of the person who had us post something for them (though occasionally we'll point something out to you if your comment got a lot of favorites)

Let us know if you have any other questions.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:43 AM on August 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


(My sources tell me he has a chip implanted in his brain.)

I read that as "chimp", which would be really interesting.
posted by bongo_x at 9:40 AM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Can't be a chimp or by now he'd have written ten Shakespearean plays.
posted by misha at 9:45 AM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


No one knows my chimp pen name.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:58 AM on August 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


No one knows my chimp pen name.

You named the cage they keep you in? That's sick, dude.
posted by phunniemee at 10:02 AM on August 23, 2012


It's cool, I promise not to tell anyone about the "blisters". You can just MeMail me and I'll post your answer for you.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:45 AM on August 23, 2012


The contact form wakes all of them up with a signal to the shocker belt they wear.

Misread that as "hooker belt." I was greatly intrigued and wished to subscribe to the newsletter.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 11:28 AM on August 23, 2012


There seems to be a lot of misreading in this thread... chimps and hookers. What's going on with the world today?
posted by patheral at 4:12 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's people on the street
Getting diseases from monkeys
Yeah, that's what I said
They're getting diseases from monkeys
Now, there's junkies with monkey disease
Who's touching these monkeys?
Please, leave these poor sick monkeys alone
They've got problems enough as it is
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 4:31 PM on August 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


I love Janet Jackson!
posted by Burhanistan at 4:33 PM on August 23, 2012


This post almost made me fork over another $5 just so I could get a sockpuppet account with the name "This is from a MeFite who would prefer to remain anonymous". Or maybe someone else already did that.
posted by lollusc at 5:31 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


The streets are cruel
He tries to act cool
He goes to work with only his one tool
You can put away your tool, Jemaine
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:53 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think it's admirable that L'Estrange Fruit is talking about the issues but is keeping it funky.
posted by maxwelton at 9:51 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Stop touching that monkey.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 6:09 AM on August 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


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