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What purpose do AskMe categories serve today?

Every time I post an AskMe, as I am pondering which category I should post it in, I wonder... Does anyone use these categories? Are they helping discovery or search in some way? Am I missing something by not using them? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Dec 26, 2021 - 16 comments

No "children" category

I just posted an AskMe in the Grab Bag category because I did not find a Parenting/Grandparenting or Children category. Librarians and others, should I have posted it to Human Relations instead? Just looking for a general consensus about where to post such things next time until/unless we add a Children category to Ask. (I think this has been raised in the past but couldn't find a thread when I did a quick search.)
posted by Bella Donna on Jul 16, 2019 - 28 comments

How about a Parenting & Kids Category on AskMeFi?

I've always felt that there is a category missing on AskMeFi. There are so many AskMe posts related to children, parenting, babies, etc - that I really think there should be some kind of all encompassing category for it. I've thought about this for a long time, but today is the day I finally speak up. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Sep 23, 2018 - 37 comments

Can we add more options for the Contacts' relationship categories?

I find the options in the Contacts form for relationships somewhat limiting. I know this is trivial but I can't help thinking it could be awesomer. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 9, 2015 - 61 comments

Help with a new site

We need your help on a new events site (sorta gigfilter + meetups + etc)! [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 18, 2010 - 241 comments

Gatherings somewhere in time and space but not on the page.

Is there a "Gatherings" link? What "categories"? Huh? [more inside]
posted by chairface on Mar 2, 2010 - 11 comments

Can I limit my favorites by category?

Miniature pony request: The ability to see categories while looking at favorites. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Dec 22, 2009 - 5 comments

How to search from

Is there a way to search within an AskMe category (e.g., Home and Garden)? I can't think of a unique enough keyword that would narrow it down under a few hundred questions, but I know the category. I know about tags; that's not helping me either. If this doesn't exist, can we make it so? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Oct 13, 2009 - 23 comments

Viva quien vence... but, still...

I'm wondering if we should add a "History" category to Ask Me? I posted this today, and was surprised to find that we don't have this category choice. I wavered between "Grab Bag" and "Society and Culture" and finally went with the latter, though my impression of that category is that it's meant to address quite different, mostly contemporary questions... and checking past questions seems to affirm that it's not a great fit, though probably the best we have. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 23, 2009 - 66 comments

posted AT-AT

Technical bobbin - when you click on any category in the right-hand bar in AskMe to browse only posts from that category, all the questions in the list have an extra 'at' in them: posted by variousdutchpeople at at 9:08 PM - 58 answers [+] [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Aug 3, 2009 - 42 comments

Travel Medical Tech Support Filter

have pros and cons ever been discussed for separating AskMe's into segregated categories for ( "what do you recommend I do during my three months in X / can anyone recommend a good shoe repairmen in X" ; "radioactive Y on my eyeball when I woke up-- should I see a doctor?" ; and "need help with Z computer-ish code-ism/softwareness" )? [more inside]
posted by candyhammer on Jun 4, 2009 - 45 comments

Back, back, back into time

I know we're all excited about tags at the moment but this comment got me looking at the 'MetaFilter gatherings' category. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Oct 30, 2008 - 12 comments

Why not MyMeta?

We have MyAsk. Why not MyMeta? How about a tab that filters by tags. Example: ignore anything with linux or politics. Keep anything with maps or art.
posted by desjardins on Aug 21, 2008 - 34 comments

More than one category for AskMes?

I, too, would enjoy a pony: the ability to select more than one category for an AskMe question. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jun 29, 2008 - 22 comments

My Ask MeFi

New Feature: My Ask MeFi [more inside]
posted by pb on Apr 2, 2008 - 153 comments

metafilter >> hodgepodge

Why aren't there categories in MeFi? AskMe has categories. MeTa has categories. Why not the blue?
posted by desjardins on Oct 1, 2007 - 46 comments

Tagging Metafilter

Is there any way of having an overlapping system of tags to categorize these MetaTalk posts? So for 'feature requests' that could be a sub-tag of either the 'Metafilter', 'Ask Metafilter' or 'Metatalk' tags. So when I want to see what is being discussed about improving Ask Metafilter I start by selecting that tag and then start clicking the sub tags to get more specific. Finally, the reason I am asking is because I am concerned about the flooding of questions on AskMe and the thing I would do is have a separate section for technology questions as those questions seem to be at least 50% of all questions asked. Cheers.
posted by GleepGlop on Mar 29, 2007 - 11 comments

Links not working for new comments in category view

When viewing the meetup category in metatalk (and maybe others?) the "x new" text is not a hyperlink.
posted by mzurer on Mar 9, 2007 - 6 comments

Categories on AskMe

Ask MeFi finally has category feeds.
posted by mathowie on Feb 5, 2007 - 47 comments

Can perennial AskMe questions be grouped for easier reference?

Ask Metafilter: some intuitive interface to Time-Periodic Frequently Asked Questions...(more inside)
posted by felix on Jan 23, 2007 - 73 comments

Categories for Favorites

Would it be possible to allow users to set up categories for favorites, similar to what YouTube lets you do? I find myself favoriting comments/threads in a few particular areas (copyright, politics, music, misc. funny/memorable, etc.) so it would be useful to be able to categorize them a bit, especially as my number of favorites continues to grow. You could have set categories or preferably, allow the user to name their own.

(I did a quick search and didn't see this asked but apologies if it's already been suggested.)
posted by Jaybo on Jan 18, 2007 - 13 comments

New Category Request

Could there be a 'family' category for AskMeFi? I felt weird asking a question about my daughter and categorizing it as 'human relations', which based on my reading over the last year or so seemed mostly to mean make-up/break-up questions!
posted by leahwrenn on Jan 6, 2007 - 3 comments

Why is there not an initial "Please select category" null option?

MeTa category dropdown: Why is there not an initial "Please select category" null option? Because we all get excited and make oopsies.
posted by Eideteker on Apr 10, 2006 - 13 comments

MetaTalk Site Improvements

MetaTalk Header and Categories [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust on Apr 6, 2006 - 16 comments

AskMe Archives by Category

Is there a way to see archived posts in Ask MeFi more than 30 days old by category? If not, it seems like an extremely useful feature--perhaps even show ALL posts by category and then just do "older results" at the bottom of the page on and on until the beginning of MeFi time...
posted by shivohum on Dec 10, 2005 - 2 comments

Make tag and category links work on preview

Make tag and category links work on preview
posted by Sharcho on Dec 2, 2005 - 13 comments

AskMe Archives

Is there a way to view the AskMe category archives beyond a month?
posted by o2b on Nov 3, 2005 - 2 comments

Can we get some more specific categories in AskMe than "Computers & Internet?"

Can we get some more specific categories in AskMe than "Computers & Internet?"
posted by Edible Energy on Jul 28, 2005 - 17 comments

I can only view the most recent page of questions in archives

When I try to view the askme archives by category, I can only view the most recent page of questions in that category. Is this just me being mentally challenged?
posted by LittleMissCranky on Jun 30, 2005 - 5 comments

History Category on AskMe

Could "history" be added to the list of ask.me categories? I know that theoretically there could be an endless number of these but "history" seems to be a pretty big omission. I put my recent history question in "society & culture", and so did flexxer, while cuke put his in "grab bag" and my wife put hers in "writing & language".
posted by Kattullus on Jun 12, 2005 - 7 comments

New askme category: gifts

Can we get a "gifts" category in AskMe? People seem to ask for gift ideas quite often, and it doesn't really belong in "shopping" because it's about brainstorming, not sourcing.
posted by orange swan on May 11, 2005 - 10 comments

Category Typo

As a sop to us nit-picking philosophers, could the Religion & Philosopy category be renamed "Religion & Philosophy"? Sorry, I know painquale already mentioned this in a comment in another thread, but that was months ago.
posted by bricoleur on Feb 25, 2005 - 15 comments

Tagging and categorizing old AskMe posts.

Sorry if this has been covered, but will we have the chance to go back to our old AskMe posts and not only tag them (as is currently possible) but also put them in the correct category, as as currently not possible? And is there any volunteer effort being organized to go through and tag (and/or categorize) old posts that have not been tagged by their creators?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 23, 2005 - 24 comments

questions get pushed down off the page at AskMe too damn fast

As has been noted before, questions get pushed down off the page at AskMe too damn fast. Most of the questions are good ones. Which means, I guess, we need some better information architecture (categories or something) to happen. When, oh lord, when?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Dec 14, 2004 - 93 comments

AskMe Categories

would anyone else like to see categories like here in metatalk on askme? (mi)
posted by ethylene on Sep 28, 2004 - 25 comments

Categories on Metafilter and AskMe?

Why doesn't the green or the blue have categories like the grey?
posted by smackfu on Jul 3, 2004 - 29 comments

I want this pony

I want this pony: To help make the AskMe archive a little more mineable and thereby cut down on repeat questions, might we include either arbitrary keywords, selected by the questioner, to flag the question, or more simply a choice of categories to apply to the question (as we have in MeTa)?
posted by badstone on Jan 17, 2004 - 7 comments

Making MeFi Experts

Perhaps we should make Ask MetaFilter a Clydesdale instead of a pony: if user profiles included a means of categorizing one's expertise, we'd be able to have Ask MetaFilter automatically email appropriate questions to the experts; we'd be able to hunt down an expert for 1:1 communication; we'd be able to create some sort of synergy.
posted by five fresh fish on Dec 11, 2003 - 18 comments

Clicking the AskMetafilter link in the "posted by x to AskMetafilter" bit gives an error.

Clicking the AskMetafilter link in the "posted by x to AskMetafilter" bit gives an error.
posted by Orange Goblin on Dec 10, 2003 - 5 comments

is there any chance of reinstating on MeTa the weblog-related category?

A forlorn plea: is there any chance of reinstating on MeTa the weblog-related category? Blogroots is just not the same - or even vaguely similar. MetaFilter is where so many bloggers hang out and, imho, discussions of blogging are part of the history and character of this place. As it is, items which would have been posted to the old MetaTalk category - such as this one - are showing up on the blue. I doubt whether many users here have the patience and fortitude to take them all the way to Blogroots.
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 9, 2003 - 35 comments

Changes to MetaTalk

Just a note to future posters to MetaTalk, I've removed the option to make new posts about "general weblog-related" items, as Blogroots is a much better place to do it, and designed for that subject matter. The site is just getting off the ground but will turn into a resource that is much more fully featured than anything MetaTalk can offer. I also took the "ticketstubs related" category out as I've languished on that idea for two years and it didn't make much sense to keep it around for now. I'm planning on going back to it this summer with the hopes of finally launching it, between the code here, at sportsfilter, and blogroots, I've got everything I need already written somewhere for it.
posted by mathowie on Jun 13, 2002 - 19 comments

Events and Categories

In a recent thread about events, dong_resin mentioned what I thought was a good idea. Basically, just add a category gatherings, or events to the category list.

On a side note, is it considered gauche to post a gathering or event request to MetaTalk? There were some people interested in a Seattle MeFi, but I think it got lost when it fell off the front page...
posted by patrickje on Mar 26, 2002 - 27 comments


So is it time for categories on MetaFilter, specifically to filter mainstream news feeds from press releases from more personal, indie items?
posted by teradome on Oct 12, 2001 - 10 comments

With the fine new interface, perhaps we could do without categories altogether.

With the fine new interface, perhaps we could do without categories altogether. Although the taxonomy is great, I am now able read MetaTalk chronologically and it feels perfect. The general classification "about Metafilter" is enough. Plus, you get to read everything in a much more exciting way.

P.S. Although I confess to having been a sucker for Metafilter-Specific...

posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 11, 2001 - 7 comments

It's too easy to post to the wrong part of Metatalk

It's too easy to post to the wrong part of Metatalk.
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 18, 2001 - 2 comments

Annual MeFi Awards

I think there should be an annual Mefi Awards, with categories and all that. Best thread. Best member name. Best proposed feature. Worst Proposed Feature. Worst thread, and so on. And I think the first order of business should be to vote on the categories.
posted by ParisParamus on May 16, 2001 - 7 comments

A callout that was moved elsewhere

Criminy ... can we at least confine our periodical links to stories published this century?
posted by rcade on Mar 8, 2001 - 3 comments

MetaFilter-specific area's post's number isn't increasing

Is anyone else noticing that the MetaFilter-specific area's post's number isn't increasing? It's been 31 for a couple of days now...
posted by cCranium on Sep 17, 2000 - 1 comment

Too many categories, not enough stats

1. these forums are too small to have so many different categories, a single metatalk forum might be better

2. this should go in feature requests, but see above: I would love to see stats, on the site, on links, on users. it's one of the best things about weblogs, and if this is a community weblog, then how about tables and tables of statistics?
posted by chaz on Aug 11, 2000 - 2 comments

Misfiled that under "bugs," not "feature requests."

posted by baylink on Jun 23, 2000 - 0 comments

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