AskMe saved me. Seriously. October 8, 2012 11:50 AM   Subscribe

AskMe saved me. Seriously.

One of the aspects of MetaFilter that drew me in was the incredibly vast breadth and depth of knowledge in the community. It seems that nothing is beyond the ken of the Mighty MeFites.

What sometimes goes unacknowledged are the collateral effects of the advice on AskMe. We don't know who else may benefit from the comments we post, usually never do.

A little over a week ago, this simple comment changed my life, even though it wasn't my question.

Without going into the boring details suffice it to say I was in an unrelenting downward spiral. I didn't know I had that ailment until I read the link in the comment. Treating it has brought immediate life-changing results. (Yes, I went to my doctor.)

MetaFilter is amazing because the people here are amazing. Thank you all for being you, thanks to everyone involved behind the scenes for making MetaFilter a great site.
posted by trinity8-director to MetaFilter-Related at 11:50 AM (17 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

That is terrific. This is the most well-informed, interesting and polite community I belong to, and I appreciate you all more every day.
posted by xingcat at 11:52 AM on October 8, 2012 [6 favorites]


Oh, I am SO glad you found something that helped! I read your question and had nothing helpful to add, but my heart went out to you. I could just feel your frustration coming through over teh intranets.

Yay! Score another +1 for AskMe!

To date, there are 30,641 AskMe posts tagged with "resolved". Go team!
posted by misha at 12:00 PM on October 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


Fantastic!

It actually wasn't the OP's question...
posted by Specklet at 12:21 PM on October 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Apt post for Thanksgiving! Glad you found your answer.
posted by arcticseal at 12:25 PM on October 8, 2012


To date, there are 30,641 AskMe posts tagged with "resolved". Go team!

Has there ever been a roundup of old unresolved AskMes on MetaTalk to get fresh eyes on them and see if they might possibly at long last find answers?

yes, it's still bugging me that I can't place that song
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:29 PM on October 8, 2012


"Has there ever been a roundup of old unresolved AskMes on MetaTalk to get fresh eyes on them and see if they might possibly at long last find answers?"

Here you go, have at 'em!
posted by Blasdelb at 1:01 PM on October 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well then favorite the comment already! I mean, if a lifechanging post doesn't deserve it...what does?
posted by inturnaround at 1:22 PM on October 8, 2012


Well then favorite the comment already! I mean, if a lifechanging post doesn't deserve it...what does?

No harm done, but nobody has to favorite anything. It's okay to not favorite something, and kind of not a great thing to tell people they ought to.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:35 PM on October 8, 2012 [8 favorites]


I sent a personal note to KathrynT expressing, however feebly, my appreciation. Thought that to be more appropriate to the occasion.
posted by trinity8-director at 1:43 PM on October 8, 2012 [7 favorites]


trinity8-director, it made my day. I am so glad you are feeling better and on the good road.
posted by KathrynT at 1:55 PM on October 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm confused. The comment you linked to was from tinamonster. Did you link to the wrong comment?
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:33 PM on October 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Blasdelb, just because a question got an answer, doesn't mean it got the right answer. I think the subset of unresolved is much larger than just the unanswered. I know I've had a couple questions that lots of people "anwered" but most were like "could it be this?" and it wasn't that.

OK, now I will stop arguing with people in this thread. Hooray for AskMe! It works! And hooray for trinity8-director!
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:39 PM on October 8, 2012


Here is the KathrynT comment in question. (I think.)
posted by purpleclover at 5:39 PM on October 8, 2012


prize bull octorok: "
yes, it's still bugging me that I can't place that song
"

One of my unresolved questions leads me to believe I should maybe open up a dog-sitting service in London...
posted by Grither at 6:23 AM on October 9, 2012


Purpleclover has the right link. Guess my RH is still getting in the way! (Now I have something to blame besides being run-of-the-mill stupid.)
posted by trinity8-director at 9:00 AM on October 9, 2012


Well then favorite the comment already! I mean, if a lifechanging post doesn't deserve it...what does?

Something you want to bookmark for later? If you've absorbed the lifechanging comment then maybe there's no need to return to it.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:45 PM on October 9, 2012


No harm done, but nobody has to favorite anything. It's okay to not favorite something, and kind of not a great thing to tell people they ought to.

Fair enough. We all have our own ways to use favorites, I suppose. I use them personally as thumbs ups to people, but my way is no more valid than any one else's.
posted by inturnaround at 8:17 PM on October 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


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