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What Is This Creepy Site Advertising? A book, perhaps?

Upon revisiting the classic Ask thread What Is This Creepy Site Advertising? (a.k.a., the thread where tons of Mefites congregated for weeks to solve the puzzle behind an unusual viral marketing website), I discovered something intriguing about the site in question. [more inside]
posted by jeudi on May 27, 2012 - 33 comments

When is a Double not a Double?

I'm not entirely sure how I came to it but I was reading this post at Gawker & wandered down into the comments only to find this odd bit of writing. Some of the replies were witty but then (MeFi's own?) Gawker editor Maureen O'Connor pointed out it was essentially identical to this anonynmous AskMe from 5 years ago. At the very least I figure it's a curiosity worth pointing out to my fellow MeFites who have too much free time on their hands & want to dissect it under the usual microscope.
posted by scalefree on May 27, 2012 - 52 comments

AskMe Duplicity

Hey, I just saw that AskMe... oh wait, it was a different cat problem... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on May 22, 2012 - 18 comments

Even better than an advice column binge: how to search for most favorited/commented AskMes in a particular category

Is there a way to look at popular AskMe questions in a particular category, either in the recent past or over time? The infodumpster almost does this, but not quite. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 19, 2012 - 16 comments

Ask question re: disability, accommodation and Massachusetts?

Within the last week or so someone posted on Askme needing disability/accommodation referrals/support in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on May 17, 2012 - 2 comments

The Popular Tags cloud on ask.me just doesn't

Not Actually Extremely Problematic: The "popular tags" page on the green is a tag cloud, but none of the tags appear much larger than the others. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on May 12, 2012 - 28 comments

I'm suffering from a painful goiter

Thorn: "Ask Metafilter: Thousands of life's little questions, answered."
"I'm suffering from a painful goiter."
Thorn: "Even the weird ones."
A short commercial appears on the front page of AskMe if you're, get this, not logged in. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 11, 2012 - 97 comments

Help me find this comic about weight loss and healthy eating

Can you help me find a comic strip written by a woman that showed her weight-loss progress? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on May 11, 2012 - 16 comments

Malicious AskMe

This question seems to be asking us to come up with the most malicious gossip we can think up about somebody the OP doesn't really know very well. I don't think this is something we should be aiding and abetting. [more inside]
posted by nangar on May 2, 2012 - 131 comments

Fascination Street

Ya'll are being strange and interesting again. Two recent AskMe questions are about whether to correct someone close to you and the answers, along with their reasoning, are fascinating.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 27, 2012 - 149 comments

Poopy link got flushed.

What was the link to the cat post in this AskMe? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Apr 24, 2012 - 15 comments

Mainly cat name suggestions and obvious DTMFAs

I like to read interesting Ask Metafilter questions, although I rarely post anything myself. The Popular Favorites page is a good way to find these, but I've also noticed that questions with a lot of answers (say, over 50) are usually worth checking out too, even if they don't necessarily get a lot of favorites. Is there any way to view the AskMe site/feed in a way that only shows questions that have received more than a certain number of answers?
posted by theodolite on Apr 23, 2012 - 14 comments

This is not the time machine I was hoping for...

When reading Ask on my iPhone, if I use the back arrow to back out of the question to the main page, it always takes me "back" to March 9th at 730 am. Is it just me?
posted by anastasiav on Apr 17, 2012 - 25 comments

You have many questions, Mr. Sparkle.

I'm a prolific AskMe user, but I think I'm doing it wrong. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Apr 13, 2012 - 75 comments

There may not be fifty ways but there are more than one.

Ugh, I'm just going to say it: continuously posting to this breakup advice in Ask is lazy and more often than not it doesn't really fit the situation. I wish people would speak to the actual specific break-up someone is asking about or just stay out of it. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Apr 6, 2012 - 90 comments

ISO comment

Total longshot: I am looking for an askme comment from several years ago (probably between 2007-2009) where a user said they had been employed as a computer programmer by a big bank, designing a program to re-order transactions so that the bank could maximize its overdraft fees. I have searched high and low and can't find it. Help?
posted by yarly on Apr 5, 2012 - 32 comments

You say you want a resolution, well...

Having the "AskMe Tick" go up upon resolution rather than Best Answer? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Mar 29, 2012 - 51 comments

Duplicate posts on Ask Metafilter?

Sometimes I see posts that are very similar on Ask Metafilter. That got me wondering: is there anything done about duplicate posts over there? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Mar 27, 2012 - 41 comments

Why is my cat doing $weirdthing?

Ask Metafilter is becoming less useful as the site grows.

As the site has grown in popularity and more people join just to ask questions, the ratio between people who are knowlegeable and people who ask questions has fallen. This means that the questions on AskMe are coming in so thick and heavy that questions are buried before they can get answered properly. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 26, 2012 - 130 comments

BTW: I am a cat

Geneva Uswazi's profile made me crack up.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 16, 2012 - 81 comments

thank you, MetaFilter

MetaFilter made a bad week SO MUCH better.... [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Feb 17, 2012 - 18 comments

Lighter box good! Darker box bad!

When and why did AskMe best answer highlighting change from light to dark? I fear change, and the effect is more jarring than I expected it to be. If this isn't something we can toggle, anyone have a Greasemonkey script?
posted by StrikeTheViol on Feb 16, 2012 - 52 comments

Metafilter cited in Michigan Bar Journal

An AskMe legal question was mentioned in the Winter 2012 issue of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Lawnotes journal. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Feb 14, 2012 - 40 comments

a human being and a public servant

I haven't seen this happen on the site before. Is it something we should talk about? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 5, 2012 - 166 comments

Hairy old post

I'm trying to find an old thread on laser hair removal [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet on Jan 29, 2012 - 7 comments

Doctor, eventually.

Thanks, Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 27, 2012 - 30 comments

AskMe question prep: it's worth it

This AskMe thread about backing out of a high school chorus trip to Europe is an excellent illustration of the principle that you should always, always take the time to include all pertinent information in your question. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jan 18, 2012 - 255 comments

Kind of like TellMetaFilter but with a question mark at the end

Are there examples of someone using AskMeFi a question that they already know the answer to? [more inside]
posted by komara on Jan 17, 2012 - 47 comments

Do AskMe answers that have a lot of Favorites get weighted differently in Google searches? Should they be?

Do AskMe answers that have a lot of Favorites get weighted differently in Google searches? Should they be? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jan 11, 2012 - 39 comments

I don't have kids, but I DO have your answer...

What do we call the phenomenon we see in this thread? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Dec 31, 2011 - 41 comments

AskMe Dis-ad-biguation

Google ads on AskMe pages makes them very confusing to read (for non-members who see them). Is it possible to visually separate them a bit more from the content? Or move the ads below the "More Inside" content?
posted by spiderskull on Dec 17, 2011 - 69 comments

AskMe in the classroom

Can I (or anyone) use AskMe questions for educational purposes? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Dec 17, 2011 - 14 comments

Better question?

This question didn't get much of a response - one answer on the green, and one in mefi mail. Why not? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Dec 15, 2011 - 45 comments

Mail This Thing To A Friend

Has there ever been talk about a "mail this question to a friend" thingy for askmefi? I frequently see a question and know someone who would know the answer but completely forget to actually tell them about the post. This would probably also work on the blue... "mail this post to a friend." I never use those on sites, but I have that on my blog and I'm always surprised how much it gets used. Maybe put it up there under the "Share:" links?
posted by Blake on Dec 15, 2011 - 42 comments

Deleted Questions

I don't think posters on the green should be able to have their questions deleted just because they are done with them or don't like the answers they are receiving. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Dec 12, 2011 - 95 comments

Bad AskMe Deletions.

These are Bad AskMe Comment Deletions. [more inside]
posted by Poet_Lariat on Dec 11, 2011 - 188 comments

Hello haystack.

Looking for a needle. Back in 2004/2005, there was a response on Ask MeFi (I think) in which the commenter explained how he had made peace with/improved his life. I recall him saying that he just woke up one morning and decided to start doing more to help out around the house (i.e., washing dishes, doing things with his children, etc.). [more inside]
posted by ajr on Dec 4, 2011 - 32 comments

Are drive-by questioners becoming a problem?

Are drive-by questioners good, bad, or indifferent? I've noticed a recent increase (I'm going to avoid specific links since this is more about policy than specific examples) of people who ONLY ask questions and don't otherwise contribute to MeFi or AskMe. Is this a problem or not? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Nov 23, 2011 - 124 comments

When we hope each other

Is there a running list of Ask MeFi posts where we worked together to help strangers in serious trouble? What posts would you put on that list? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Nov 11, 2011 - 24 comments

Can't favorite on AskMe

Can't favorite anything on AskMe. Clicking a + takes me to the top of the page and does not add a favorite. No problems on MetaTalk or the blue. [more inside]
posted by marble on Nov 11, 2011 - 11 comments

question about deletion

Is my deleted question really unanswerable? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Nov 11, 2011 - 57 comments

Passive-aggressive preview page

Irritable-old-man-pony request: could AskMe guidelines go directly on the new-question page, at least the list of things that don't make a great question? Or maybe... [more inside]
posted by supercres on Nov 10, 2011 - 22 comments

Trying to find Cooking for n00bs questions on ask.me

I'm having stupid-brain when it comes to finding a specific kind of cooking-for-total-newbies question on Ask. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 comments

AskMe rocks.

Every now and then I want to ask a question on AskMe and find that someone has already asked it in more or less exactly the way I needed it to be asked. (Obviously, the search function at the top of the new question window works). This is a thank you thread! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 29, 2011 - 35 comments

Do Best Answers affect AskMe life?

Does the presence of a marked Best Answer in an AskMe keep it alive shorter or longer? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 28, 2011 - 26 comments

Did you actually read the question?

It's not helpful to answer a question you haven't read. It's driving me nuts that people don't bother to understand what's being asked, what the situation is, or what the OP is actually saying. [more inside]
posted by Specklet on Oct 21, 2011 - 115 comments

Correcting assumptions in AskMe?

Bad deletions. [more inside]
posted by smorange on Oct 19, 2011 - 166 comments

An infinite MeFi sidebar.

Ask Tell MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 12, 2011 - 134 comments

Bad grades

So, to this Askme, I posted this:
You do realize, don't you, I guess you even said it, that "'Analyze' something" is a horrible assignment. And though you said it, you still are looking for ways to get off the hook here. I know, I'm telling you things you've already said you don't need to hear, tough. 300 level, juniors, one step beyond sophomoric confidence (often that's a big step into a deep abyss), and you want creativity? Without reassurance? Really? Go in on Monday, or tomorrow if it's an MWF class and write a big "F" on the board - then tell them that's your grade. You still get off the hook in away you are trying to avoid letting them off, you don't have to make these asinine decisions, and the grade won't count against you the way it would them. Be honest with your kids (yeah, your and kids), it will make you a better teacher, and I've spent a lot of time on both sides of different level classrooms, and screwed up a ton too.
And it was deleted. I know he admitted that he made a mistake, and didn't want to hear about it, I don't like hearing about my mistakes either, but the asker won't admit the mistake to his own students, which is the real step he needs to take. Is the only allowed answers the ones that say, "Poor, baby, hears how you escape responsibility and screw your students that did their best"?
posted by Webnym on Oct 6, 2011 - 37 comments

Would credentials make AskMe more useful?

Credentials. What about them? Are they useful? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Oct 1, 2011 - 157 comments

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