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Too much hate, too much judgment

Why are people being so judgmental in this AskMe question? Just because there is a celebrity connection? Other people like myself who have legitimate stories to share are being turned off by the sheer abrasiveness and lack of empathy displayed inside.
posted by divabat on Apr 22, 2007 - 114 comments

How to directly answer a question based on flawed assumptions?

"I think it's pretty clear that I'm not asking for your opinion on the idea's viability." Sorry, this question (and response from the asker) is crap.
posted by aberrant on Apr 11, 2007 - 10 comments

Shall we put a mint on your pillow too?

God knows usually I'm ALL over the travel posts. (Love 'em!) But I'm sorry... are we really supposed to be someone's pro bono travel agent?
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 4, 2007 - 109 comments

Ticked off at replies to "Irrational pregnancy fears".

From Ask: Why are so many saying that she must not know the facts of life and is it just me who finds this to be pretty rude?
posted by anaelith on Mar 30, 2007 - 31 comments

This is why we can't have nice things.

My, my...AskMe is mighty chatty today. If you can't answer the question, shut up.
posted by Falconetti on Feb 27, 2007 - 50 comments

Good ask metafilter thread that doesn't answer the question? Yes, they exist.

This (Medical Marijuana ask.mefi thread) is a good example of an ask metafilter thread where people don't answer the specific question of the poster, but still remain civil and helpful. Yay. So there's an existence proof that people can be helpful while not answering the question asked (and not fall all over themselves to be jerks).
posted by zpousman on Feb 22, 2007 - 118 comments


Is AskMe always this crappy when Jessamyn steps away for 40 minutes?
posted by Kwantsar on Feb 13, 2007 - 39 comments

Is it appropriate to ask AskMeFi for a scholarship reference?

Is it appropriate to ask AskMeFi for a scholarship reference?
posted by Inkoate on Feb 12, 2007 - 36 comments

Askme: answer the question or get out

Dios, can you please either answer the question or simply avoid pooping in the thread?
posted by loquacious on Jan 30, 2007 - 208 comments

elide, elide, elide

I would like to thank parmanparman for unleashing the snark beautifully. The delivery was perfect.
posted by nasreddin on Jan 26, 2007 - 49 comments

AskMe Proxies?

Did anyone else get an email yesterday from "a new member" saying you had a "friendly profile" and asking you to post a question for him since he'd "just joined" and couldn't yet post an askme? Monochromaticgirl and I both did and thought it was odd--especially since we don't have very friendly profiles.

Maybe we're just jerks, but we thought it was odd.
posted by misanthropicsarah on Jan 25, 2007 - 66 comments

Bad Question for AskMe

"There's no way random strangers can help you with this." Strongly agreed. This type of question does not belong on ask metafilter. Too many variables and no detail whatsoever.
posted by vacapinta on Jan 22, 2007 - 124 comments

A helpful, open place where the emphasis is on sniping

Since it seems the moderators are not reading the thread below, in which the community decided it was perfectly acceptable to launch personal attacks against a person whose only transgression was using the site as it's supposed to be used, I'm bringing it up as its own topic here. Nasty comments that serve no function in helping the poster find a solution are not allowed in AskMe. Allowing them in MeTa -- again, not because the poster has made some transgression or broken some site rule, but simply because he's fat or lonely or makes too much money or whatever else the community has deemed unacceptable today -- seems a completely shitty way of getting around the rules in AskMe, and seems to completely undermine what we as a community are trying to create there: A helpful, open place where the emphasis is on solving problems, not sniping.
posted by occhiblu on Jan 19, 2007 - 150 comments

AskMe Etiquette

AskMe etiquette: is it OK to use AskMe answers as a lead-in for business? Someone close to me is a professional career counsellor/resume writer & I've thought of recommending they join MeFi specifically so they can join in answering job-related questions, with a thought to promoting their own services if people want more in-depth assistance. I'm absolutely NOT talking about a cookie-cutter spamish approach that purely takes advantage of the community while giving nothing in return, but real answers that help people out with an understated offer to provide something more substantial at a price. I see a lot of job- & career-related posts to AskMe & I see it as a good fit, but I'll only suggest it to them if I get a thumbs up from the hive.
posted by scalefree on Jan 12, 2007 - 43 comments

self-cenetered and unsociable

Users who post AskMe questions but never answer others' appear self-centred and unsociable. What about a user who answers a tonne of questions, but never asks any? Is that user a know-it-all?
posted by loiseau on Jan 11, 2007 - 100 comments

stereotyping sucks

"part of American culture is to utterly ignore people who are outside your circle of personal friends/acquaintances/family" ... "there is a cultural thing re yelling and violence in American domestic relationships" ... we all know what those people are like ...
posted by AmbroseChapel on Jan 2, 2007 - 358 comments

Love Thy Neighbor, AskMe style!

Love Thy Neighbor, AskMe style! How to fend off the slobbering junkies who dared to penetrate your hard-won suburban isolation with their outrageous requests.
posted by hermitosis on Jan 2, 2007 - 75 comments

Fake statistics aren't valid answers.

Posting a esolutionsdata.com link in response to an Ask Metafilter question is bad form. Go hone your stand-up routine somewhere else.
posted by Rhomboid on Dec 29, 2006 - 31 comments

Should I mark my own comment as best answer on my own post?

So, I wrote a question and the responses weren't that useful. Afterwards, I posted a reply to my own question with all the information I wished that someone had told me in the first place so that others who stumble on the thread will get something useful out of it. Was it bad form to mark it as one of the best?
posted by mr_silver on Dec 22, 2006 - 39 comments

Axme post shilling for business

I believe this AxMe is shilling for her business.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Nov 24, 2006 - 27 comments

Noise in the menstruation question.

1, 2, 3, 4 are not answering the question.
posted by Melinika on Nov 15, 2006 - 118 comments

Beign a good answerer on askme

Two related questions:
1) Is there a ratio of answers posted to questions asked on AskMeFi that makes one a good citizen? Does only asking questions and never offering answers make one selfish?
2) If one's answer to a question has already been posted, should the same answer be posted again? Is reposting an answer a way to "vote" for that answer and show that multiple people think it's the best, or does a repeat answer that doesn't include any new information just get in the way of answers that have something new to them?
posted by andoatnp on Nov 12, 2006 - 29 comments

Wait, what? An ask vs. mefi callout

Wait, what?
posted by TheNewWazoo on Nov 3, 2006 - 9 comments

I will not even CONSIDER [the obvious and necessary].

Is it a serious faux-pas to suggest things or give answers contrary to specified criteria in the questions at AskMe?
posted by wackybrit on Oct 16, 2006 - 30 comments

pile-on against the poster

This AskMe question has quickly become a pile-on against the poster. Sure, the question has some elements of the ridiculous in it, but it's crossing the line. Two select comments: 1, 2. Also, this comment really addresses the problem we're creating by attacking the poster.
posted by Happydaz on Oct 16, 2006 - 189 comments

I feel guilty just having read the question

This seems barely different from the earlier version that was deleted.
posted by mzurer on Oct 11, 2006 - 25 comments

I think your questions are not worthy

Tune in next week for another exciting edition of jacobean's vapid, ignorant, stupid, shallow and inflammatory question show! What will he ask next? Is it true that clouds are made of water? Why don't people like the same things I do? How long can a person go without takiong a shower? All this and more, coming next week!
posted by Mr. Gunn on Oct 8, 2006 - 79 comments

Read Before Answering!

Is it really that hard for people to thoroughly read an AskMe question before answering? It seems increasingly more common to have mutliple answers to a question that duplicate material already mentioned in the question or answers that express concern for an aspect of the question the original poster already explicitly addressed. To get a sense of what I am talking about, see the first 6 or so answers here.
posted by Falconetti on Oct 5, 2006 - 30 comments

Policy about using sockpuppets to skip around the 1 question per week rule?

After reading this ask.me where it appears that a user accidentally outed their sockpuppet, what's the policy about using sockpuppets to skip around the 1 question per week rule?
posted by drpartypoopercrankypantsesquire on Sep 28, 2006 - 182 comments

This question is great, but the answers are not

This is a fine example of a decent question and good responses made much less satisfying because they are interspersed with responses from assholes who are just posting to see their names.
posted by Mayor Curley on Sep 24, 2006 - 74 comments

Is ask.metafilter becoming less civil?

I have followed ask.metafilter for several years--infrequent poster but faithful reader and occasional responder. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed in the last several months a slight decline in the civility of responses and an increasing harshness of tone. I note an increasing judgementalism particularly the reframing of the question to challenge the poster. It is still one of the most civil places I visit. Really, I was just curious. Obviously, it appears more often on the human relation issues. Thanks for any comments
posted by rmhsinc on Sep 21, 2006 - 67 comments

AskMe Guidelines

After seeing posts like little Miss Professor's object de amour, I don't think AskMeFi should be closed to scorn. Many people that ask questions are only looking for approval, not answers.
posted by matty on Sep 17, 2006 - 53 comments

OP starts judgements early

I'm taking myself to metatalk because I am honestly not sure what the best thing to do would be.

Here was a heartbreaking post from a grieving person who specifically asked people not to take their abortion debates into the thread. The Confessor posted what I thought was a completely uncalled for judgement on those who have abortions ("for convenience"-- a common anti-abortion term). I found it personally offensive and noted so in-thread, stating I didn't want to hijack (or debate) but that I found the judgement to be uncalled for. Now I am not sure if that was the right thing to do. Should I have called out here to begin with? Should I have ignored it?

And I want to apologize to anonymous for making a "thing" in his thread.
posted by miss tea on Sep 11, 2006 - 118 comments

Divorce too often recommended as solution

This sort of thing irks the hell out of me. When I asked for advice on getting my picky wife to eat well while pregnant, I also got advice like this ("my question in your circumstances would be about divorce lawyers"). I've seen a number of others like this too over the last year(s), advocating divorce or 'dumping' for any sort of relationship issue. Can we get a smackdown on these idiotic AskMe answers?
posted by Kickstart70 on Sep 9, 2006 - 62 comments

What you REALLY wanted to ask was...

So, at what point does answering the question you feel someone *should* have asked cross the line?
posted by baylink on Aug 18, 2006 - 72 comments

Shrill cries of "tasteless!"

Hello, JudgeMe! A guy asks about copyright infringement, and everyone jumps all over him. It may be tasteless to you...
posted by frogan on Aug 10, 2006 - 52 comments

Answer the question without preaching

I'm going to totally ignore your question, but I am going to pimp my religion.
posted by bigmusic on Jul 29, 2006 - 126 comments

AskMe posts deleted, not discussed

Some posts to AskMe about tailgating and driving etiquette were deleted from this thread. Discuss amongst yourselves...
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 21, 2006 - 46 comments

Help me clarify my AskMe question

How could I have phrased this question in a more clear fashion that I didn't want any systems or methods or computer programs to track finances?
posted by bigmusic on Jul 17, 2006 - 22 comments

I know we can be catty, but this...

"Hi, can someone help me kill my roommate's cat"
posted by necessitas on Jul 11, 2006 - 140 comments

AskMe question being dragged into chatfilter

Who has ever, or intends to ever, or never will, view pornography, at work?
This Ask Metafilter is devolving into this question rather than how the situation should be handled.
posted by tellurian on Jul 6, 2006 - 200 comments

a bit of mischief behind, and in, AskMe

I suspect a bit of mischief behind this post. I rather like it.
posted by Neiltupper on Jun 28, 2006 - 27 comments

Why do people kick the other kid's toys in the Sandbox (Ask Metafilter)?

I would like to commend the regulars of AskMetaFilter for letting their style of asking questions happen. It inspired the way I write AskMe questions now (and now I don't care if any people answer). Which brings me to my next and final point; about ettiquete and policy. Why can't people relax and just realize that's it's a sandbox, and if you kick the other kid's toy or throw sand in their face, I'm going to shove you? The conflict is necessary to watch the community form, but I think it's time to move to the monkey bars, you know what I mean kids?
posted by tweak on Jun 20, 2006 - 43 comments

What Not to Post to AskMe

Here's a very entertaining and highly instructive thread on What Not To Post To AskMe.
posted by orange swan on Jun 15, 2006 - 65 comments

heated, and off topic

This AskMe thread is getting a bit... ermmm... heated, and off topic.
posted by antifuse on Jun 6, 2006 - 143 comments

Bad AskMe response

This post is abusive, flamebait and does not address the question.
posted by unSane on Jun 5, 2006 - 13 comments

Too much information and not enough privacy? Where does one draw the line?

To etiquette/policy: How bad is it to have posted a full name with some work history while asking AskMe for help in finding that person?
posted by snsranch on May 12, 2006 - 19 comments

the most annoying person ever to post in the green

Congratulations, AmbroseChapel! You're now the most annoying person ever to post in the green.
posted by dobbs on May 11, 2006 - 124 comments

Answerers jumping the gun

While it's very nice to, for once, see an answer-poster own up to
"Crap. I posted my brilliant secret before reading the whole post. Really sorry.
I guess I got caught up a, "Holy crap I can contribute trip". Really, really sorry, and I have nothing useful to say.
there are another 106 times that I've seen answerers who never realized that the [mi] should have forestalled their answers.
Any ideas? Perhaps, including a "Did you read the [more inside] at the top of the page?" reminder?
posted by Aknaton on Apr 21, 2006 - 15 comments

Presumably-drunk user shitting in AskMe

Presumably-drunk user shitting in AskMe: 1, 2, 3, and most egregiously 4.
posted by nicwolff on Apr 20, 2006 - 51 comments

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