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HiveMind: Where's the door?

Bad day for posting here, but I'm miffed. How many chances do/should people get to drop insulting hurtful shits in AskMe threads of all places before they're just banned? I don't want to institute a talk nice policy, but being a dick to an OP looking for a psychiatrist or similar is, to me, a higher crime than just crayoning the walls, it's really demonstrating a bad fit here.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 2, 2007 - 36 comments

How many is too many?

I'm a little confused about the etiquette concerning favorites. I've had a few people tell me I favorite far too many comments, but I don't really see the harm in it. Is this something I should be worried about? Is there a compelling reason to curtail my willy-nilly favoriting?
posted by tehloki on Aug 1, 2007 - 153 comments

Give it up.

I am so goddamn tired of being rickrolled in the comments. I think somebody spilled some 4chan on my metafilter.
posted by tehloki on Jul 28, 2007 - 104 comments


You know, as the guy who has trouble pointing out that you just cut in line in front of him, I gotta say wtf davy? Is it that hard to imagine that there are people who actually are insufficiently assertive—problematically so—and that this may cause trouble with partners who don't feel they're 'manly' enough? The world doesn't view everyone the same way so it's a bit too much to ask that everyone refuse to project anything besides hesitant soppiness.
posted by Firas on Jul 24, 2007 - 77 comments

Ask the Moral Compass

A recent AskMeFi question: Should I have this affair?. Some responses: Is there any personal honor left in this world? Have you no sense of decency? Your tone is one of weakness before you fuck up his life with your own selfish interests Question 1: Why are some people in this community judgemental? Question 2: Do people practice what they preach? Has anyone ever given advice that does not reflect the way that they themselves live their life?
posted by pollystark on Jul 17, 2007 - 334 comments


This is why jokey answers are bad in AskMe.
posted by dersins on Jul 11, 2007 - 105 comments

Just post the links, please.

A personal request: If you think the formatting or content of your post needs defending (newsfilter and single-link youtube posts seem to be the prime offenders here), make your justifications in the first reply to the thread instead of pointing it out in the FPP itself.
posted by empath on Jul 11, 2007 - 39 comments

If you ever want to email more than one MeFi user...

The recent Wendell kurfuffle brought to mind a very simple rule of email that is quite easy to remember and it is amazing (and annoying) that so few people actually use it. So I share it here in the hopes that anyone emailing more than one MeFi user will use this technique, in the future:
If you ever want to email more than one MeFi user*: send the email to yourself and put the list of people you are sending to in the Bcc field. Any moron recipient who hits "Reply to All" will send their reply to an audience of ONE (the original sender) and (additionally) no recipient can see the other recipients' email addresses.
This is simple, basic stuff. *Obviously this applies to any email you send to more than one recipient, not just MeFi users.
posted by spock on Jul 11, 2007 - 67 comments

It's not rape if you're a guy?

CLEANUP: to a rape victim in this AskMe. [mi]
posted by cobra_high_tigers on Jul 9, 2007 - 107 comments

Photograph this!

Fine, already. Here's a MeTa thread for all the derailing going on here.
posted by pineapple on Jul 9, 2007 - 218 comments

Assholes in Aisle 12

Fucking flag it and move on. It's not about YOU.
posted by mkultra on Jul 3, 2007 - 169 comments

Anything goes on MetaTalk?

I was a bit confused by Jessamyn's post. Are insults really kosher in MetaTalk?
posted by desjardins on Jun 26, 2007 - 122 comments

Something's rotten with bitrot.

b1tr0t needs a time-out. Telling someone who was seeking psychological counseling but didn't want to tell their parents to use adultfriendfinder.com instead was ... well, I'd like to think the green has just slightly higher standards.
posted by SpecialK on Jun 25, 2007 - 39 comments


wendell sent a mass email to like 1000 users and so sorry I responded. I've also disinclined my email address.
posted by four panels on Jun 21, 2007 - 8 comments

Oh, not again! It gets worse every time he doesn't show!

Is there any chance that we can manage to behave ourselves for the benefit of Miguel's friend? Is that asking too much?
posted by Smart Dalek on Jun 18, 2007 - 121 comments

Not Awesome

Cleanup in Aisle 62093, please.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jun 14, 2007 - 81 comments

Is this really necessary?

I'm confused on the etiquette rules regarding when it's okay to push a thread off into lunacy. I was hoping that the pirates thread could be interesting (although the OP was a bit lacking), but it instantly turned into a useless flamefest. Is it too late to delete all the pirate songs and idiocy? Can we maybe agree on a brief moratorium to let threads develop before we turn them into Thomas Pynchon novels?
posted by spiderwire on Jun 6, 2007 - 51 comments

I don't buy it

This has to be fake.
posted by myeviltwin on Jun 4, 2007 - 69 comments

At least nobody has posted about gun control yet

Q: How do I get what I need from my husband to deal with some personal trauma? A: I'd be angry with you for what you did because it was stupid.
posted by peeedro on May 8, 2007 - 41 comments

Remember to stick to the subject and issues raised by the post, not people that commented on it

This US politics thread gets pretty painful to read. My complaint isn't that original, but please, please, resist the urge to make it about other members of this site.
posted by anthill on Apr 29, 2007 - 58 comments

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

End the Mefi-celeb love!

Could we please stop in-thread "celebrity" derails?
posted by drezdn on Apr 19, 2007 - 76 comments

Metafilter Self-Exam

As I stopped in here trying to catch up on threads, it was hard not to notice that LandedGentry's original post about Kurt Vonnegut's death had about 600 entries. (Will the more anal among us please count the periods?) davidmsc threw in his dime early on, and it was both counter to the general opinion and given in a very flippant manner. That SINGLE comment generated nearly three hundred other comments on the brown. Now I ask you all. Does this make any sense for the long term best interests of metafilter?
posted by Penny Wise on Apr 13, 2007 - 54 comments

Hi, I'm From MetaFilter, And I'm Here To Help

I find myself fascinated by unhindered's "contributions". Which is to say that I find them annoying as hell, pseudoscientific at best, and skirting the boundaries of acceptable behavior on MeFi.
posted by scrump on Apr 11, 2007 - 68 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


Today's edition of what irks me: Hijacking threads with unsupported claims of doubleness. Either put up or shut up--don't shit on good threads just because you read boing boing and have a bad memory.
posted by null terminated on Apr 10, 2007 - 62 comments

Maybe phrontist needs Thorazine or a lobotomy?

If it's wrong when I do it...
posted by davy on Apr 7, 2007 - 197 comments

Accusing anonymous posters of lying and being on chemo.

IANAD, but you're lying and you have cancer. I've never done a Metatalk callout before and never will again, I promise. But are answers like this really warranted?
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 7, 2007 - 33 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

LOL XTIANS #45,982,761,305...

I don't understand why this was posted. Most LOL XTIANS get deleted; why is this one still here?
posted by Methylviolet on Apr 4, 2007 - 79 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

Seeing Double

Mefi Music etiquette: would it be okay to post the album versions of demos I've already posted? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 30, 2007 - 16 comments

A Mediaeval Self-Link.

Posted 1 hour ago by stbalbach. As interesting as I might find the contents, technically this is a self-link. The main link is to something he himself uploaded to another site.
posted by Dave Faris on Mar 24, 2007 - 39 comments

Are we a bunch of politically correct nerds?

DiscussionFilter: Is Metafilter (as a collective) horrendously biased and therefore a crappy measuring stick for 'Real Life'? [MI]
posted by Phire on Mar 14, 2007 - 131 comments

Not our Lane

This is not something we should do. Regardless of our belief system, asking the group how to break the law is not the intended purpose of AskMe.
posted by Dagobert on Mar 4, 2007 - 20 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

Frist Pots!

Heywood Mogroot's "first-fpp" tag finally gets used in another maiden post. Is tagging your first FPP as such a good idea? Should NeoFites be recommended to do so? Should we all go back and backtag our front page deflowerings?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 22, 2007 - 51 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

Better way to link

Is there be a better way to automate links in comments and answers?
posted by SteveInMaine on Feb 18, 2007 - 23 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

pileon someone you disagree with

In this thread (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/58548) people are piling on jonmc simply because they do not agree with him..(MI)
posted by konolia on Feb 12, 2007 - 226 comments

No More Anna Nichole Postings

Metafilter quality challenge (in re: Anna Nichole postings)
posted by boo_radley on Feb 8, 2007 - 10 comments

Hacked account or gone crazy?

Comment Tourette's? Snoktruix seems to be all a twatter about something today.
posted by srboisvert on Feb 5, 2007 - 15 comments

hama7's getting grief for nothing.

hama7's getting grief for nothing.
posted by cgc373 on Feb 1, 2007 - 151 comments

Taking a dim view of a certain user

Why does MetaFilter revolve around Dios? Isn't this a community of circa 50,000? It feels like everyday there is another Dios soap opera. I dread clicking on post comments anymore because chances are it will be more about him rather than the post.
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 31, 2007 - 296 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

I keep seeing people wishing a happy birthday. Is this proper etiquette on mefi?

Umm... happy birthday? Now stop?
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jan 27, 2007 - 74 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

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