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Do we need periodic MeTa "What current posts are you looking for but can't find?" consolidated threads (answering q's like this and this and this), lessening these same threads in AskMe? Do we need occasional MeTa posts in which we can all ask about AskMe post resolutions, too, like "Did she get all the glass out of her underwear?" Is this a plan? Pros/cons? Does the question of pros/cons of this plan need ITS OWN MeTa post, or is that getting all corporate/committee/Dilbert/Peter Principle/Call in the consultants?
posted by Shane to Etiquette/Policy at 8:02 AM (15 comments total)

i'm curious - do you really care?
posted by andrew cooke at 8:18 AM on March 3, 2005

I am not a fan of this idea. I dislike huge, unwieldy threads that are difficult to navigate. If MeFi was threaded, then this would work - as it is now, not so much.
posted by Quartermass at 8:27 AM on March 3, 2005

Yeah, I do care, it seems like a good logical idea, just waiting to be snarked or maybe legitimately shot down ;-) I can occasionally be community-minded, and we're going to get these follow-up and "I can't find this post" q's occasionally, so why not consolidate them to save space?
posted by Shane at 8:28 AM on March 3, 2005


i asked because it seemed to be worrying about the most insignificant little details, while any solution would seem to imply a lot more fuss and bother. this site's just three sections where you post stuff. the desire some people have to make detailed rules and plans plain baffles me.
posted by andrew cooke at 8:39 AM on March 3, 2005

the desire some people have to make detailed rules and plans plain baffles me.

Got it. I'm usually against all that nitpickery too, hence probably my unconscious desire to quote Dilbert and Peter Principle. But you see, on the other hand, if it is not spelled out as being okay to post AskMe follow-ups and such in MeTa, you're going to get people eventually nitpicking against that as well. Hence my "Is it okay?" and "Is there a way to minimize it?" questions. Although, to be fair, the occasional AskMe follow-up or such in MeTa hasn't received too much negative feedback, so perhaps laissez faire is the way to go.

Also, waaay too much coffee. Geez, I feel all Miguel-esque, what with my first potentially semi-unuseful chatty MeTa thread. Hope me, moderator, delete this!
posted by Shane at 9:08 AM on March 3, 2005

Have open threads ever been considered here?
posted by loquax at 9:23 AM on March 3, 2005

I think this thread should be used as a Mefi-wide referendum on the question of Shane.

Personally, I'm for it.
posted by soyjoy at 9:25 AM on March 3, 2005

One thought that occurs to me on the second issue -- outcomes of questions on AskMe -- what might be sorta cool is if the original questioner had the abililty to post a resolution to the original thread, and bump the thread to a "Latest Resolutions" sidebar.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:09 AM on March 3, 2005

I like George's idea a lot.

Is it an absolutely necessary, can't-live-without-it pony that is desperately needed? No. But I think that having some formal mechanism for allowing questioners to alert us about the resolution of their problems, and even to give thanks to those who took the time to answer, would be a good way of fostering the MeFi community. It nice to see that our communal effort at providing answers is useful and appreciated.

And before you snark, "Yeah, there's already a way for people to that - in the threads themselves," think about this for a moment: many questions take days or weeks to resolve. Katemonkey didn't get the glass out of her undies that afternoon, and many personal issues take some time to resolve. And with Ask MeFi volume as high as it is now, threads get pushed off the front page in a day or two.

I, for one, would dig a pony like this.
posted by googly at 10:21 AM on March 3, 2005

MetaTalk: Getting all corporate/committee/Dilbert/Peter Principle/Call in the consultants.
posted by wendell at 10:27 AM on March 3, 2005

I'm with googly and George on this. I'd love a latest-resolutions sidebar.
posted by cmyk at 10:43 AM on March 3, 2005

What, you mean like an "AskMeTalk" site. What color would it be?
posted by grateful at 11:05 AM on March 3, 2005

posted by kindall at 12:27 PM on March 3, 2005

Could we also have consolidated threads for these other pesky repetitive types:

1) Someone did something bad.
2) Can I have a pony and a handjob please?
3) Hey - let's have a meetup.
4) Someone someone knows did something notable.
5) The site is throwing an error.
6) I'm happy about something.

Actually forget that last one. Doesn't come up often enough. I'm really, really, really sick of having to see every frickin thread of all the other kinds in long-form.

Consolidate, people.


Oh wait! What's this? CATEGORIES?

[socks fly off]
posted by scarabic at 5:22 PM on March 3, 2005

Ripping idea George; or I also vote with googly and George and cmyk.
posted by Mitheral at 6:03 PM on March 3, 2005

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