Nice answers in Onion Askme January 5, 2004 9:16 PM   Subscribe

Ask MeFi's finest hour. Enough to bring tears to my eyes.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 9:16 PM (16 comments total)

How is it that a doublepost which, in the blue, would have been hooted down, snarked up, and generally dragged through the streets, in the green is treated with deference and high-quality responses? It's enough to make one swear off MeFi for good. Tip o' the hat to the AxMe community.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:16 PM on January 5, 2004

Perhaps the recent talk about a search function for AskMe has led some users to forget that the MetaTalk search works well.

Still, double post reminders should be made in the thread, rather than dragged to MeTa. If one double post about onion-dicing is enough to make you swear off MeFi for good, I suggest you are taking things far too seriously. Though your nifty handle reminds us you're not always this clenched. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:49 PM on January 5, 2004

Unless you're actually applauding double posts on AskMe, despite the complete similarity and few hours' interval, in which case you should disregard my previous advice and re-clench!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:57 PM on January 5, 2004

AskMe: disregard my previous advice and re-clench!
posted by namespan at 10:04 PM on January 5, 2004

Oy! My sphincter is at full rest, reclining on the divan perusing last month's Cigar Aficianado, idly swirling the ice in a highball glass. Sorry to be unclear. I'm applauding the fact that the most egregious doublepost possible provoked no snarkiness in AxMe, in fact the double survived to spawn some interesting answers not found in the first post. Whereas in the blue-- well, sometimes it's not pretty.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:33 PM on January 5, 2004

Oh well, that's alright then! :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:45 PM on January 5, 2004

AskMetaFilter: My sphincter is at full rest.
posted by Vidiot at 11:17 PM on January 5, 2004

I don't see it as a double. One person asked how to dice an onion so that the pieces look nice, another person asked how to chop an onion without crying. We've had several questions about cookware and dogs and plumbing and ipods and whatnot...not a big deal.

Maybe we can have a separate category for onions ;)
posted by iconomy at 6:03 AM on January 6, 2004

The two questions were different and the results overlapped a great deal. Anyone who didn't need onion chopping advice might not have looked at the first thread and realized there was even more good info in it. I agree, it's a nice set of threads. I caught your gist, ssf.
posted by jessamyn at 9:03 AM on January 6, 2004

It is inevitable that there will be doubleposts in AskMe, and that they will be more common than in MeFi once all the "basic" questions have been asked once. What is the mechanism for dealing with them? Will mathowie have to keep on top of things in order to delete them all, or will they be allowed to stand? Is a doubleposted question 6 months after the original of as little value as a doubleposted MeFi post? Again, some sort of policy declaration now would go a long way toward stemming what will otherwise be an interminable period of complaint and confusion.
posted by rushmc at 9:39 AM on January 6, 2004

Mom! Rushmc's trolling for Metafilter taglines again!
posted by gleuschk at 10:05 AM on January 6, 2004

Ask MeFi's finest hour.
Thought it was mischief in this thread.
posted by thomcatspike at 10:35 AM on January 6, 2004

Ooh, thomcatspike, that was a great comment. Missed that one.
posted by luser at 11:40 AM on January 6, 2004

It's a good thing we hashed this out, guys. I think we've come to some satisfying conclusions about absolutely nothing that will serve us with disinterest and a festering hatred in the coming months.
posted by The God Complex at 11:47 AM on January 6, 2004

AskMetaFilter: My sphincter is at full rest.

I'm having difficulty getting fecal stains out of soft furnishings. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by Blue Stone at 21:21 PM PST - 2 comments (1 new)
posted by Blue Stone at 1:22 PM on January 6, 2004

Yep - once again, sorry for the double. Using the MetaTalk search should have come to mind, or even [gasp] an in-page find. My bad, and considering the randomness of onions, a pretty embarassing one.

As for why others participated in it rather than hoot it down, I can only offer my own usage pattern of AxMe, which is very different than MeTa or MeFi. I try to read all the threads on those, but with AxMe, I simply swoop in from time to time, check the ones that pique my curiosity, answer the ones I think I can, and leave. I don't make an effort to read it all. Perhaps I simple managed to catch people who, like me, had missed the first one.
posted by scarabic at 1:17 PM on January 7, 2004

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