Linking to AskMe from MeFi April 9, 2004 8:55 AM   Subscribe

Just curious, is there some reason Ask Metafilter is linked to from MetaTalk, but not from MetaFilter? MeTa and MeFi are both linked from AskMe.
posted by beagle to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM (15 comments total)

It's a teaching tool: you learn how to use the bookmarks feature in your browser.

Matt's said somewhere (I'm too lazy to track it down, which somewhat invalidates my above sarcasm) that askme is in a beta stage and therefore he doesn't want a direct link from the main page.
posted by ashbury at 9:07 AM on April 9, 2004

It's in order to generate multiple MetaTalk posts.
posted by soyjoy at 9:44 AM on April 9, 2004

This is the relevant post:

mathowie: "I'll link to it from the main site when I think the site is ready. Until I make further adjustments to it, I'll leave it unlinked while it is beta."
posted by adrianhon at 9:44 AM on April 9, 2004

What soyjoy said. It feels like there've been dozens.
posted by rafter at 10:38 AM on April 9, 2004

Perhaps we need a FMQ link: Frequently Meta-ed Questions?
posted by papercake at 11:18 AM on April 9, 2004

To be fair, it's a hard thing to search for, what with AxMe in all its spellings showing up in pretty much every other MeTa thread.

Aside from maybe putting a big [BETA] sign on AxMe, this does run the risk of happening once a week until the green goes legit.

What a huge sacrifice we're all making by having threads like this clutter our lives!
posted by chicobangs at 11:25 AM on April 9, 2004

until the green goes legit.

rarely have i see such a beautiful and inspiring display of unsullied faith.
posted by quonsar at 11:55 AM on April 9, 2004

Every night, quonsar, I light a candle for the green, that it may reach the promised land, where blue and gray and green and all other colors to follow shall dance the hilltop dance of legitimacy in the eyes of the rest of the world, and front pages everywhere shall rejoice in the cross-link-happy utopia of the bravest of new worlds, and all the people will live life in peace, yeeoo-hoo-ooo.
posted by chicobangs at 12:00 PM on April 9, 2004

my brother! let us gather gifts, and make our way towards that star in the east! and dammit, stay out of the myrrh, willya?
posted by quonsar at 12:14 PM on April 9, 2004

(*exhales dramatically*)

Sorry, q, this desert of illegitimacy can be a bit of a drag. Hey, anyone got any doritos, man? I've got a case of mushmouth something fierce.

(The above question was cross-posted to AxMe, and promptly deleted.)
posted by chicobangs at 12:37 PM on April 9, 2004

When it seems like an obvious and legitimate question, it's probably been asked before. When in doubt, don't ask, lest ye be savaged. :)

In regards to looking for old posts. I found it easier and more complete sometimes to search through Google to find previous posts as opposed to through Metafilter, but that might just be me.
posted by graventy at 1:43 PM on April 9, 2004

no graventy, it's not just you! my limited understanding is that mefi's search function is, i think, a brute force search through every single record in the posts table (and actually used to include the comments table too!). that it often doesn't work or times out is an indication of the tremendous load it can place suddenly on the server. i think it was very very cool when there were only a few thousand readers and posts (never MIND comments!) but the databases have grown and the traffic has grown and...
posted by quonsar at 3:31 PM on April 9, 2004

I thought mefi's search function consisted of writing the term in question on a banana leaf and leaving it in front of the Sacred Cave, hoping that the gods would send a representative out to collect it in the dark of night and, if the omens were propitious and the ritual carried out punctiliously, might deign to leave a dried up piece of bat guano with the answer hidden in the center like a prize in a Crackerjack. But I don't understand these technical matters very well.
posted by languagehat at 5:12 PM on April 9, 2004

I was under the same impression, languagehat. Which could explain why my searches have not been very fruitful to date.
posted by dg at 5:33 PM on April 9, 2004

No, languagehat, I think you've got it. One day I hope to become the guy who cleans the bat guano away from the mouth of the cave.

I only wish to humbly subvert my will to that of the Great Blue Deity.
posted by chicobangs at 5:54 PM on April 9, 2004

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