MeFiMentor November 19, 2004 5:46 AM   Subscribe

MeFiMentor: If you're one of the bazillion new folks here and have a question or two that maybe seems too dorky for MetaTalk and too 'Filter related for AskMe, or maybe you just want to run a front page post by someone, feel free to IM someone who's been around the block a bit. Willing old-timers inside...
posted by jessamyn (retired) to MetaFilter-Related at 5:46 AM (49 comments total)

you can IM me at home [iamthebestartist] or at work [rutlandfree]. Anyone else?
posted by jessamyn at 5:46 AM on November 19, 2004

Send me an email and I'll probably tell you to fuck off, 'cause I don't like people much, when it comes down to it.

But I heartily approve nice people like jessamyn making an effort to cut through the nastiness that has been threatening to take this place over in recent times, but has been beaten back, all Mr Incredibleish, in the last 24 hrs or so.

So I join jessamyn in inviting non-complete-bastards to step up to the plate and take a stand and be all communitarian and shit. I'll stand back and approve. From a distance.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:56 AM on November 19, 2004

you can email me (see my profile page).
posted by amberglow at 6:09 AM on November 19, 2004

Send me an email, IM me (riffola23), or find me in #mefi (whenever I'm in there). I am not as nice as jessamyn or amberglow though! But definitely nicer than stav ;)
posted by riffola at 6:12 AM on November 19, 2004

If you're not comfortable with taking advice from nice people, I'm 'Ryvar' on AIM, and am available for immediate response for 16 completely randomly chosen hours out of any given day, every day.
posted by Ryvar at 6:19 AM on November 19, 2004

I'm bored to tears at work 9-5 EST weekdays, and I'm generally a nice, No-Jumpy-Down-Your-Throat kinda person. Anybody's free to e-mail or IM me anytime. Most mxgers don't get thru my work firewall, though, so I use Yahoo. I'm username "argybarple."
posted by Shane at 6:20 AM on November 19, 2004

i too am bored silly during the working day, and have absolutely no problem leading any of you n00bs astray. [adamomfg] on aim.
posted by adampsyche at 6:26 AM on November 19, 2004

y'all can shoot me an email if'n y'all want. i was you in april.
posted by sciurus at 6:32 AM on November 19, 2004

Come over to #mefi on IRC and we'll be happy to paddle you in the buttocks repeatedly show you around.
posted by brownpau at 6:32 AM on November 19, 2004

nicer than the superchicken? almost everybody is, riffy.

anyway, yeah, new users can e-mail me, too, if they're desperate enough.
keep in mind that amberglow is much nicer than me. wait, almost everybody is
posted by matteo at 6:34 AM on November 19, 2004


You bastard.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:44 AM on November 19, 2004

I'm in. Can't let the colonials take all the claim all the virtues.

It's not unethical to hit on your mentee, is it?
posted by dash_slot- at 6:58 AM on November 19, 2004

AIM: ari8rown
posted by whatnot at 7:03 AM on November 19, 2004

Just wait for the "dummies guide to metafilter". 356 pages of useful info from mefi oldies.

Coming soon, dummies guides to "how to drink water", and "how to toast a poptart".
posted by justgary at 7:08 AM on November 19, 2004

Feel free to e-mail me as well. (You kids and your "IM"! Next you'll be telling me you can take pictures with your telephone!)
posted by languagehat at 7:22 AM on November 19, 2004

I'm not one of the founding mothers or fathers but I'll be happy to help in any way I can.

Ability to google: 7
HTML skills: 2
Sense of humor: 10
Snarkiness: 2
Sarcasm Detection ability: 9
Speech and Debate National Competitor 14 years ago: Yes
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:27 AM on November 19, 2004

Email's in the profile, although I'll probably tell you it's not worthy of posting.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 7:29 AM on November 19, 2004

sciurus: that explains a lot. Where did you leave my keys?
posted by fvw at 7:31 AM on November 19, 2004

Email and MSN are AIM is just jacquilynne. I'm not as well-filtered as some of the other volunteers, but I've been around awhile, and I don't think anybody hates me, so perhaps I can help.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:46 AM on November 19, 2004

Anyone can email me. (It's in the profile.) All I do all day is check my email 1000 times and knit, so I welcome any distractions. :D
posted by sugarfish at 7:49 AM on November 19, 2004

In one of the MetaTalk threads, someone expressed a concern that AskMe's usefulness would decline with an increased volume of questions. How reasonable would it be to suggest a set limit on the number of questions posted a day? Say, 30 q's a day, and after that you have to wait your turn.

(Too shy to post a suggestion on MeTa just yet..)
posted by agropyron at 7:53 AM on November 19, 2004

Thanks to the new members who trusted me enough to send e-mails with their questions - my "feelgood" factor shot up, so much so that I wonder who's getting more out of the exchange.

Feel free, in any case!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:55 AM on November 19, 2004

You know ... if we're too nice, it's not going to be very challenging. Figuring it all out is half the fun.
posted by milovoo at 8:02 AM on November 19, 2004

Thanks to all who've offered to help out. As a new member, I appreciate it greatly and will take you up on the offer if I get stuck.

Thanks again.
posted by meh at 8:20 AM on November 19, 2004

I'm in for n00b-aid too. (Lord knows I could have used it myself.)

Email me any time with any questions or why-don't-they-do-this type observations.

And if you're buying, I'm drinking Smithwicks.
posted by chicobangs at 8:31 AM on November 19, 2004

I would like to think I was qualified to assist in these activities but my posting record, general taste and temperament lead me to believe otherwise.
posted by Jeremy at 8:34 AM on November 19, 2004

Well, I visited #mefi this morning and found it extremely helpful. I learned that I must drop my pants and bend over the couch whenever I post, for one. So thank you to all who took the time to instruct me.
posted by idest at 8:41 AM on November 19, 2004

agropyron: AskMe is working just fine, even amidst the flood of newcomers posting. So far it looks like every question or almost every question has been answered. I posted a meaty, pithy question last night/early this morning, and was absolutely astounded that it already had over a dozen lengthy and comprehensive answers by 8:30 this morning.

I'm also available for MeFi consultations, but there seems to be plenty of much more qualified help already. Be patient for replies. (, nacsjason for AIM)
posted by loquacious at 8:58 AM on November 19, 2004

Where did you leave my keys?

Those were your keys? I pawned them off so I could go buy an all-you-can-eat pancake meal at IHOP.
posted by sciurus at 9:44 AM on November 19, 2004

I'm game to help as well, email's in the profile...especially but not limited to those who prefer Republicans.
posted by konolia at 11:44 AM on November 19, 2004

My email is in my profile. Happy to be of assistance.
posted by Lynsey at 12:33 PM on November 19, 2004

I've loved MiguelCardoso's posts all my lurking years, and I asked him a really dumb question, all nervous and giggly, and he was courteous and friendly and, I might be hitting on him right now ... That can't be a good idea ...
posted by thinkpiece at 12:33 PM on November 19, 2004

I'm happy to offer whatever tainted insight I'm capable of. Email's in the profile and I'll go over and add my AIM if it's not in there already.
posted by fenriq at 2:17 PM on November 19, 2004

I'm not prolific, I'm not an a-lister, I'm not that verbose, but I am pre-9/11 which should give me some street cred. I'm able to provide advice to any newbs who come along and ask me. Email is in the profile. I'm old school and don't IM. Maybe one day. I also like long walks on the beach, backyard fires, reading, sunsets, good music, horse riding, motorcycles, computers, and s & m.
posted by ashbury at 2:56 PM on November 19, 2004

I'm available for skin-thickening boot camp, in the course of which I'll happily mock and berate any ignorant slut who wants to email me.
posted by scarabic at 4:32 PM on November 19, 2004

I dont't want general questions but if you want to show me a post and get my opinion on whether its good for the front-page, I'll happily oblige.

Also, If I give it the thumbs up and you get a negative response, I'll step into the thread and take the blame. (But, if its well-received, I'd rather stay anonymously in the background. What a deal.)
posted by vacapinta at 4:44 PM on November 19, 2004

Boy, you guys are really quite nice. Much appreciated.
(Now, please spew insults at me, I need the training.)
posted by stray at 5:06 PM on November 19, 2004

E-mail me any time -- my username at GeeMail. Or use the address in my profile.

Available for consultation, gossip, queries about "the hell's wrong with _______?", and discussions of how quonsar is just simply divine.
posted by Vidiot at 5:11 PM on November 19, 2004

Hey, how long has that zip code things been around and how have I missed it? Tres cool. Can something like that happen for Canucks too?
posted by stray at 5:18 PM on November 19, 2004

I'm not as old as most of the others here in MeFi terms (17k), but I'm always happy to be of assistance to others. Also, I like sunsets, walks on the beach, and jazz music. Reply to box 17347.
posted by antifreez_ at 5:19 PM on November 19, 2004

Isn't there just 1 zip code in Canada? I hear you guys have fewer people up there than Rhode Island.

how was that? ;)
posted by scarabic at 5:56 PM on November 19, 2004

An older member just responded to me! *gets excited, tries to play it cool*

Laff. Thanks, I feel warm and squishy inside.

Wait, that's just my undies.
posted by stray at 6:09 PM on November 19, 2004

stray, you slut.

I am not jealous.
posted by idest at 7:25 PM on November 19, 2004

All Right, I've gotten NO emails so far. I didn't want to have to do this, but I see I must pull out the BIG GUNS:

Unbelievably adorable puppy picture on user page....yes.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:02 AM on November 20, 2004

I've been here juuust over a year now, so I'm by no means an old-timer. I'll just say when I was new, there were a set of more experienced users who'd offered me advice -- some of it solicited, some not -- all of which was extraordinarily helpful. (I rather doubt I'd have had the nerve to post my first FPP anywhere nearly as quickly as I did without encouragment from bunches of folks, and a bit of wonderfully constructive editorial criticism from languagehat, who reviewed an early draft for me [thanks again, lh!]) In any case, I'd be more than willing to repay my karmic debt; so if you have any questions, particularly ones that you might prefer to send to a newer member, feel free to send them along, and I'll happily share the little I know.
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:04 AM on November 20, 2004

I'd say don't underestimate how well MetaFilter + Email go together. You don't have to say everything here, and often times you'll make a more interesting connection with someone cool if you take it offline for a while.
posted by scarabic at 11:02 AM on November 20, 2004

If you're going to ask for advice you might want to pick a member in the 10,000s and below. And most certainly don't go above the 14000s.

You'll probably end up asking someone who has no idea what best of the web is, and has decided metafilter is what they envision it to be. Yes fenriq, I'm looking at you.
posted by Dennis Murphy at 11:09 AM on November 20, 2004

I've been here forever. You jerks can email me anything you want.
posted by jennyb at 3:37 PM on November 21, 2004

feel free to email me at katzke (the usual goes here) gmail (the usual also goes here) com ... minus the spaces, of course.
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