Hope me, Obi-Wan Kenobi... October 21, 2022 10:50 PM   Subscribe

A curious thing: On 5 occasions in the last 9 days, I've seen AskMeFi posts containing the phrase "Hope me," in a context where I'd expect the questioner to use "Help me." Is this MeFi slang (or general/internet slang) I don't know about? Or just an odd coincidence?

Here are the posts:

Oct. 13: Where's my easy dessert recipe?

Oct. 18: Mylaptop dock randomly doesn't work...then it does...then it doesn't

Oct. 19: Leaving Academia, no STEM degree

Oct. 21: A cake with carrots (but probably not the one you're thinking of)

Oct. 21: Hair plan

And now I see 2 posts from September with the phrase too. Haven't looked further back than that.
posted by Artifice_Eternity to MetaFilter-Related at 10:50 PM (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I have always thought it was a typo that caught on here, maybe carried over from Yahoo! Answers?
posted by Bottlecap at 10:58 PM on October 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

It's an old Metafilter in-joke that originated from this Metatalk post. The Mefi Wiki has more (mostly) site-specific or self-referential jokes.
posted by taz (staff) at 11:00 PM on October 21, 2022 [21 favorites]

Thanks for solving this mini-mystery for me, too! I always thought it was a way of combining "give me hope" and "help me," but could never understand why the questioners just did not say those things.
posted by rpfields at 10:24 AM on October 22, 2022 [4 favorites]

Oh man, this one's a keeper.
posted by rory at 1:41 on November 23, 2001

I mean they weren't wrong
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:38 AM on October 23, 2022 [11 favorites]

The MeFi wiki is a lovely small backwater of the Web where you can learn a ton of useless trivia and in-jokes.
posted by theora55 at 8:04 AM on October 23, 2022 [7 favorites]

Every time someone links to the MeFi Wiki, I lose half a day :-(
posted by dg at 8:08 PM on October 23, 2022 [4 favorites]

posted by notquitemaryann at 4:47 AM on October 24, 2022

posted by Splunge at 7:06 AM on October 24, 2022 [2 favorites]

It's so hard to find good hope these days
posted by Press Butt.on to Check at 8:32 AM on October 24, 2022 [4 favorites]

I mean they weren't wrong

One of my proudest Mefi moments.
posted by rory at 2:56 PM on October 24, 2022 [6 favorites]

Don't ask about the taters.
posted by ctmf at 6:10 PM on October 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

Thank you Artifice_Eternity for making this post! I have noticed the "hope me" requests as well, including in an Ask today. I also assumed it was just a typo until I looked at the keyboard and was reminded that the E and O keys are nowhere near each other. Mystery solved, yay!
posted by Bella Donna at 12:02 PM on October 28, 2022 [1 favorite]

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