doomed to repeat itself February 17, 2016 8:58 PM   Subscribe

That feeling when...

...you're googling around to get the answer to something and end up on one of your own Asks from multiple years ago.

please tell me this has happened to other people
posted by threeants to MetaFilter-Related at 8:58 PM (56 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

also, why did I not go with anon for a question about EATING PEANUT SHELLS
posted by threeants at 9:28 PM on February 17, 2016 [22 favorites]


Never happened with an ask, but I used to eat what my father called, "Indian nuts" which as an adult I think they are pine nuts, shell and all.
posted by AugustWest at 9:31 PM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


sort of...

Since gamefilter is down at the moment, basically what it amounts to is I was looking for a game that I had personally posted to gamefilter previously.
posted by juv3nal at 10:26 PM on February 17, 2016


I haven't had this exact thing happen, but what has happened to me on multiple occasions: I'm reading an old thread and laughing wildly at one of the comments, and I go to favorite it and realize that it's already favorited and I must've read this whole thread before, whoops.
posted by thetortoise at 10:51 PM on February 17, 2016 [21 favorites]



I'm reading an old thread and laughing wildly at one of the comments, and I go to favorite it and realize that it's already favorited and I must've read this whole thread before, whoops.


I sometimes find myself nodding in agreement with the advice on old Ask Me threads only to get to the end of the post and discover I posted it.

It's a relief, really, to know that I agree with myself.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:59 PM on February 17, 2016 [61 favorites]


I remembered peanuts and then Bimbo's were peanuts made good projectiles, and a huge picture of Harold Lloyd, Jimmie Durante in the corner...yep, peanut throwing was ALLOWED!
posted by clavdivs at 11:29 PM on February 17, 2016


Yes. Happened to me with an old sock puppet account once and it took me a minute to even realize I had authored the old question that felt so delightfully relevant.
posted by town of cats at 12:07 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Nope
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:27 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well, you all know about my recent minor stroke and my 10 days in an Acute Rehab* Center, and how I had my laptop brought in so I could continue to MetaFilter between therapy sessions when I'd get my right leg and arm working again. But at one point I started to get severe twinges of pain in my hip on my GOOD (left) side. While the doctors checked me for further misfunctioning and slapped Lidocaine patches on my lower back, I thought I'd check AskMe for some possible IANADoc Diagnoses... and the first thing that came up was this from 2½ years ago that I myself had posted then forgot about after it had gotten better. I was especially shocked by my own words "causing my left leg to buckle" because it was my right leg buckling that alerted me to the stroke only a week earlier (and I didn't "catch myself before hitting the floor" that time).

Then just a few days ago, looking at renewal time for several domain registrations that I got YEARS ago with intent to do something wacky that I never have done but I keep renewing, I thought about going to AskMe to get suggestions of what to keep and what to let go. And now I noticed I asked a similar question 12 YEARS AGO (when I was Wendell)... the result being abandoning the domain name I started out with only to come up with another for the same unfulfilled project that I'm still paying for the registration for... Aargghh...

Just more evidence that I am no longer able to take care of myself, I guess.

*NOT THAT KIND OF REHAB
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:43 AM on February 18, 2016 [14 favorites]


I sometimes find myself nodding in agreement with the advice on old Ask Me threads only to get to the end of the post and discover I posted it.

I've done the same thing once or twice with reviews I left some board or another. "Yeah, I kind of liked it but this really nails the problems I had with it . . . cool, this guy is singling out some of my idiosyncratic pet peeves, glad I'm not the only one . . . wait, never mind, this was me."
posted by mark k at 12:54 AM on February 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


also (moreso) on stackoverflow.
posted by andrewcooke at 2:02 AM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


"Never happened with an ask, but I used to eat what my father called, 'Indian nuts' which as an adult I think they are pine nuts, shell and all."

I'm familiar with piñones, also known as pine nuts, and with that variety you couldn't eat the shells. They are very hard. I once made a pasta dish with piñones but I wasn't paying any attention at all to what I was doing and skipped the shelling step -- I actually knew I needed to shell them, but I just zoned out or something -- and, wow, that was embarrassing when everyone started to eat.

A quick googling and skim of the Wikipedia article I just linked shows that there are a number of varieties of edible pine seeds in world cuisine -- probably what you are referring to is Pinus gerardiana, although the most common is Pinus koraiensis, while apparently Europeans use Pinus pinea. What's familiar to me is Pinus edulis -- it's my understanding that during the early 20th century, it was a huge agricultural product of New Mexico, but enormous swathes of piñon were clear cut and today Pinus edulis piñones are mostly limited to those opportunistically gathered in small batches and otherwise the piñones used in cooking are imported and are most likely Pinus koraiensis.

As for peanuts, the farming community where I grew up produces about 80% of the kind of peanuts (Valencia) that are roasted and salted-in-shell and are meant to be eaten that way (as opposed to the varieties used for the majority of other foods). This is the sort of farming town that has an official Peanut Festival. As it happens, I don't much like peanuts in any form. But in my experience around folk who ate a lot of peanuts in the shell, it was not uncommon for some people to also just eat the damn shells. So you are not alone.

"I sometimes find myself nodding in agreement with the advice on old Ask Me threads only to get to the end of the post and discover I posted it. It's a relief, really, to know that I agree with myself."

I've done this when someone links to an old thread and I read along and am impressed with a comment and then discover that I wrote it. I'm always confused about how I ought to feel about this.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:59 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


I've done this when someone links to an old thread and I read along and am impressed with a comment and then discover that I wrote it. I'm always confused about how I ought to feel about this.

And now you've collected two symptoms. Many jewels to follow!

(Tiny leg pull, nothing stronger.)
posted by Wolof at 3:11 AM on February 18, 2016


A few months ago I thought baby #3 might be teething so I googled something like "4 month old baby teeth" and on the first page of image results was the picture I uploaded for this question 4 years earlier about baby #1.
posted by that's how you get ants at 4:40 AM on February 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


THE ANSWERS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE YOUR OWN ASKMES
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:48 AM on February 18, 2016 [27 favorites]


I heard that over-consumption of peanut shells was linked to memory loss, YMMV.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:48 AM on February 18, 2016 [11 favorites]


This has totally happened to me. A few years back I asked a very obscure technical web development question on AskMe which got no answers, and that I never quite figured out in subsequent years, and every once in a while I google to see if anyone else has solved it. My old unanswered question still comes up as the first hit. It's very Groundhog Day.
posted by spitbull at 5:58 AM on February 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


I've done this when someone links to an old thread and I read along and am impressed with a comment and then discover that I wrote it. I'm always confused about how I ought to feel about this.


I think you should feel awesome about this. Then again, if when this has happened to me (and Timehop and Facebook Memories) has taught me anything, it's that I'm my own biggest fan. I'm so happy that others put up with me so that I can be consistently entertaining to myself.

As for the original question, I've never searched and found my own question. I have, however, searched and found a question and then reading the answers found that I'd replied to the question I now I had, meaning I used to know the answer and then forgot both the answer and answering the question at all.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:09 AM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


I actually do something related, but different - I'll see an intriguing-looking FPP, and if it has a "previously" I'll click that and start reading it - and then forget that the "previously" thread isn't the current thread and start reacting to that and then get all fired up and want to comment and be all confused about "why is this closed alrea- oh."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:27 AM on February 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


I LOVE it when I read an old comment of mine and don't remember making it.
posted by yhbc at 6:29 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wednesday, February 10.
posted by zarq at 6:55 AM on February 18, 2016


Yes, apparently I still don't know how to do that thing in Excel despite the fact that someone graciously explained it to me a zillion years ago.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:58 AM on February 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


and then forget that the "previously" thread isn't the current thread

this seems as good of time as any to apologize to the mods for occasionally flagging things in 5 year old threads.
posted by nadawi at 6:59 AM on February 18, 2016 [26 favorites]


Yes this has happened to me, I believe multiple times.

I forget exactly what the question was, but it was one of my many, many "I forgot a thing from a thing, what was the thing" questions, where I forgot it again, googled, and found my answer from the last time I had forgotten the thing.
posted by phunniemee at 7:08 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, and like zarq, I have also done this here on the gray.
posted by phunniemee at 7:09 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yes, that has happened to me. I've googled questions only to come up with a) my own AskMe questions and b) AskMe questions in which I received best answer.

Also the other day I was reading The Onion and I got curious who those people were in the "American Voices" column. So I googled it, stumbled across an old article on (Jeopardy champ) Ken Jennings' blog in which he links to an old AskMe thread. Spoiler: One of the dudes is a UPS drive in Madison, WI.
posted by bondcliff at 7:12 AM on February 18, 2016


nadawi: this seems as good of time as any to apologize to the mods for occasionally flagging things in 5 year old threads.

We need a Flag Begone option.

phunniemee: Oh, and like zarq, I have also done this here on the gray.

Yay!
posted by zarq at 7:49 AM on February 18, 2016


jacquilynne: I sometimes find myself nodding in agreement with the advice on old Ask Me threads only to get to the end of the post and discover I posted it.

yhbc: I LOVE it when I read an old comment of mine and don't remember making it.

I do more of the latter than the former, but both have happened. I start reading an old thread for some reason and I come across a comment that sounds good, and I then see it was mine. Worse, I browse my old comments and have absolutely zero recollection of writing that comment. They're not bad comments, just ones that sound ever so slightly odd as coming from me, which means I've changed as a person.

And now I realize MetaFilter is as close as I'll get to a pile of old diaries or journals I can page through to see how I felt in the past.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:05 AM on February 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


Does intentionally count? I once went through a huge process changing the ownership and permissions on all the files on my USB external drives. I wrote up the process (for myself) but I no longer know where the file documenting it is. Luckily I cut-and-pasted it into an AskMe question so I just google search that post when I need to refer to it.

Since it didn't seem to actually solve the posters problem I think I'm the only person on the Internet who gets any use from it. Thanks for providing the back-up, pb!
posted by benito.strauss at 8:30 AM on February 18, 2016 [5 favorites]


Hilariously, I've been here long enough that sometimes my views have changed on something, so I get to the end of a comment and am like "Who agreed with this asshole/naïf?" and then go "ohhhhhhhhhh" and quietly check "unfavorite".
posted by corb at 9:24 AM on February 18, 2016 [13 favorites]


^ Ha! I posted a bread recipe in an AskMe. As it turns out, this is the only place I've ever written this recipe down, so when people ask me for my bread recipe I just send them a link to this comment.
posted by workerant at 9:26 AM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


If anyone asks why we are willing to fund a weird text-only website where we yell at/with each other about politics and cats and stuff, I think we can all agree that "because it's also a reliable archive" is now a reasonable answer. Thanks to Matt for starting one of the longer lasting text repositories on the internet!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:33 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yep, it happened to me. Two cats later, same problems. I literally even googled "why does my kitten suck at life," which is what I titled the AskMe question ten years ago.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:37 AM on February 18, 2016 [13 favorites]


Also: oneswellfoop is wendell!?!? Mind. Blown.

(this will not... oneswellfoop? doesn't work.)
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:41 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


I expect to see this same Meta thread posted by threeants in about a year and a half.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:02 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Mind. Blown.

...in one swell foop.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:08 AM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


I guess it's like the feeling I get when I accidentally grade my answer key.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:28 AM on February 18, 2016 [20 favorites]


"This person didn't even bother to show their work! Sure, it's mostly right, but that error could have been avoided only if ... oh, damn."
posted by filthy light thief at 10:45 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well my answer keys are also solutions to post, usually, so they're often exactly what I want to see. When this happens to me it's usually like, "FINALLY at least one person really gets it, such a clear solution, let's see, who is this anyway... oh."
posted by Wolfdog at 11:01 AM on February 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


Well, that's better than "Hey, this person really seems to understand the concepts. Too bad they made this little miscalculation here and got the wrong final answer ...... wait, this is my key ..... wait .... <stares at pile that needs regrading>"
posted by benito.strauss at 11:21 AM on February 18, 2016 [9 favorites]


Interesting, I googled the orgininal keywords to an Askme I posted and dang if that hit didn't come up first.


I believe this empirical evidence that the world is getting smaller and soon the aquistion of spacecraft will be necessary.
posted by clavdivs at 12:21 PM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


I sometimes find myself nodding in agreement with the advice on old Ask Me threads only to get to the end of the post and discover I posted it.

It's a relief, really, to know that I agree with myself.


WHO IS THIS SMART, WISE, INEFFABLY SEXY YES BUT ALSO STRANGELY HUMBLE PERS- oh
posted by Sebmojo at 12:25 PM on February 18, 2016 [9 favorites]


Obviously the solution is to favorite half of everything so that you'll immediately know you've read it before.

Also, what is the symbol MeFi uses for removing a favorite, and what's the code to type it on Windows? It'd make bookmarking so much easier.
posted by halifix at 12:50 PM on February 18, 2016


If I'm reading through an old post and a comment makes me laugh and it turns out I made that comment I still EARNED that favorite.
posted by maryr at 12:56 PM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Also, what is the symbol MeFi uses for removing a favorite, and what's the code to type it on Windows? It'd make bookmarking so much easier.

It is a minus sign. Here's the MetaTalk thread.
posted by yuwtze at 1:45 PM on February 18, 2016


I was just looking for a scansion tool a few weeks ago and was soooo excited when I saw a askme asking the same question! Wow I thought, this is great, I love askme and surely there will be a great answer, even if it's from 2008, it'll be a great starting point.

And lo! I was the asker, and it was sorta helpful but nothing that really solved the problem easily, I felt silly that day
posted by Carillon at 2:19 PM on February 18, 2016


I guess it's like the feeling I get when I accidentally grade my answer key.

100%, every time!
posted by mudpuppie at 3:51 PM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


I LOVE it when I read an old comment of mine and don't remember making it.

This is pretty much why I write things on the internet at all, half the time -- anticipating the pleasure of a future me rediscovering the self I am constantly in the process of forgetting, Memento-ishly.

Since gamefilter is down at the moment

Yeah, sorry about that. Cleaning up a malware bot-infestation on the server for the second time -- I guess I didn't get everything scrubbed the first time, and this time I want to do it right, but it takes a lot of time, and I'm a bit time-poor at the moment. It will be back soonish, for the folks who enjoy it, I promise.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:15 PM on February 18, 2016


Ha^2 workerant! I followed your link to see what your bread recipe is. I'm interested in trying something different from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recipe I've been using for years now, but yours is the same one!
posted by conic at 4:17 PM on February 18, 2016


This is pretty much why I write things on the internet at all, half the time -- anticipating the pleasure of a future me rediscovering the self I am constantly in the process of forgetting, Memento-ishly.

“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
-Italo Calvino
posted by Sebmojo at 4:54 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have. It's disconcerting. I also get disconcerted when I google something, click on the link, and then a familiar green background comes up. I seem to forget that I was working and my brain flips into just hanging out on metafilter mode, and the work never gets done. Out the window.

In real life I've also come across some really cool artwork, thought to myself that it's really cool, I wonder how they did that, then realized it was my own art. I get disconcerted easily...
posted by Vaike at 6:17 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


So how do you enter that minus sign? Alt-45 (Windows) isn't working for me.
posted by halifix at 9:34 PM on February 18, 2016


Googling and finding your own ask is a lot better than posting approximately the same question a year later without googling first. (No, I still haven't really gotten around to learning wood working, but I'll try really hard to avoid posting another question about it this August.)
posted by primethyme at 10:31 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's a relief, really, to know that I agree with myself.

Most of my old comments embarass me. Honestly I think the mods must have been sleeping on the job to let some of that stuff through.
posted by Segundus at 4:34 AM on February 19, 2016


In my first years teaching I went digging through my college library's database in search of some primary sources I had used to write my thesis a few years previously. The first search result had a crappy headline but a really intriguing subheading that looked like it was exactly what my thesis had been about. It would've been so useful! I was so mad that after a year of practically living at the library and all my googling I had somehow managed to miss a book that was basically exactly what I would've needed for my research, so in an indignant huff I clicked on the result to read more.

...And that's how I discovered my thesis had finally been uploaded to the library's database.
posted by lilac girl at 6:54 AM on February 19, 2016 [13 favorites]


lilac girl, I'm currently one of the few people I know writing in my research area. I upload some basic research findings to my blog once a week. Sometimes when I research entire families I will post one family member a week, but it has come to the point that when I start on a new blog post and go to pull up my sources online for the youngest family members, most of my Google hits are . . . my previous 3 or 4 blog posts on their older siblings and parents that I posted in the previous few weeks.
posted by chainsofreedom at 3:58 PM on February 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


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