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Hypothetical question

Am I stupid? Re: My very first deleted post. Yes, I've read the FAQ and some of the related discussions, and yes, I realize that hypotheticals are generally a no-no, but I thought this particular question could not be framed in any manner that was not hypothetical, if you catch my drift. Please berate me appropriately.
posted by brina on Sep 19, 2006 - 58 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

YouTube Etiquette

Why the need to type (YouTube) next to the link in a post that goes to YouTube? I don't care if your post links to YouTube, and since you posted it, neither should you. Following that logic, wouldn't we need to put (Txt File) next to links that go to pages of text, for example? YouTube seems to be a fully accepted internet format and as such does it need special deliniation? (say, unlike 'Flash")
posted by BrodieShadeTree on Aug 5, 2006 - 70 comments


I really like this thread (and, in fact, participated in it, but isn't it pretty much the definition of chatfilter?
posted by dersins on Aug 1, 2006 - 27 comments

Re-Post with Pictures?

I'm somewhat new to Ask MetaFilter, is it ok (scratch that), is it proper to re-post or a make a new post now that pictures are supplied? A few weeks ago I posted a question about the value of a Coke bottle with pork rib bones inside. At the time I had no pictures to go along with the original post, but a few days later I was able to post some, by that time the post was history - no response.

Thank you for your consideration.
posted by ok on Jul 16, 2006 - 30 comments

Music Guidelines

Question regarding the new Music section: Current guidelines run along the lines of "Music you have written and/or recorded". I have an album which I helped produce, but did not write/record. I was very much involved in the creation of this album and would like to post an example or two. [MI]
posted by edgeways on Jul 5, 2006 - 10 comments

Illegal Advice on AskMe

Seems to me that this question on AskMe is asking for advice on how to break the law, specifically how to break immigration law restricting the scope of the poster's employment. In order to get around the immigration laws, the income couldn't be reported to IRS, so he's asking how to break tax laws too.

I don't really care, but it seems to me that if "How can I break this law," violates the askme guidelines, then this post needs to be yanked.
posted by ikkyu2 on Jul 5, 2006 - 63 comments

YouTube Guidelines

Could we get a moratorium on YouTube links?
posted by The Jesse Helms on Jun 25, 2006 - 114 comments

Chatfilter Guidelines

Why was this deleted as "chatfilter" while countless indistinguishable threads weren't? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang on Apr 9, 2006 - 53 comments

This is new, right? I don't like it.

note: Help maintain a healthy, respectful discussion by focusing comments on the
issues, topics, and facts at hand -- not at other members of the site.

This is new, right? I don't like it.
posted by rxrfrx on Mar 23, 2006 - 108 comments

Askme etiquette on using first line of question as title

I've noticed that when posting questions to AskMeFi people will often just copy verbatim the first sentence of their question text into the title field.
posted by Rhomboid on Mar 13, 2006 - 20 comments

Bad Answers on AskMe

Q: "I'm unhappy about my wage system as a waiter." A: "stop being a whiner". I also don't think "move to Australia" is a very helpfull answer either.
posted by delmoi on Mar 10, 2006 - 60 comments

Obit Guidelines

The Kirby Puckett obit thread has attracted some rather distasteful snark about the propriety of discussing "minor celeb deaths." Are obit threads inevitable? Should they be?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Mar 6, 2006 - 166 comments

Link new question page to wiki?

On the ask.mefi "post a new question page," can we get a link to the What makes a good question wiki page?
posted by hooray on Feb 4, 2006 - 5 comments

Anonymous AskMe

When one submits an AskMeFi question anonymously, how long does it typically take to get posted? And if Matt rejects it, how would one know?
posted by jedicus on Feb 2, 2006 - 1 comment

US-centric MeFi bias

I just know I'm going to get beaten up for this comment, but a lot of FPPs seem to assume that the audience is entirely American, or at least North American. The level of unthinking parochialism seems to have increased recently (or maybe it's just me). The Guidelines are silent as far as I can tell on whether MeFi has a particular cultural focus or bias, is there or should there be a policy on this?
posted by wilful on Feb 1, 2006 - 202 comments

Can anyone please tell me what the requirements are for posting on MetaFilter?

Can anyone please tell me what the requirements are for posting on MetaFilter?

I mean, it looks random but I am not sure.
posted by Makebusy7 on Feb 1, 2006 - 4 comments

Deleted AskMe

I'm pissed and slightly baffled. My first post to Ask MeFi was deleted. Apparently I should have posted it here in MetaTalk instead? No one has bothered to explain why, but I'm assuming it's because it was a question about MeFi. (Why do I keep having to log in every time I return to MeFi on my iBook, but not on my PC?)

Well, excuu-uuse me!

I paid $5 for the privilege of posting one question a week, which is then deleted? That's just rude.
posted by blogrrrl on Jan 19, 2006 - 327 comments

Anonymous Posting

Roughly how long does it take for a question to be posted after someone submits an Anonymous post to Ask Metafilter?
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 29, 2005 - 2 comments

Obituary Threads

MeFi obituary posts: Good, Bad and Ugly. Resolved: If you can't be bothered to find anything interesting about the person beyond a syndicated news story announcing their death or a slim encyclopedia-esque entry, you should let someone who does care post the obit to the front page.
posted by mediareport on Dec 26, 2005 - 35 comments

Year-End Lists

Everyone is aware, I'm sure, that year-end or best–however many lists are really just not that interesting, and the discussion surrounding them falls along similar lines all the time.
So why this FPP?
posted by Kirth Gerson on Dec 20, 2005 - 113 comments

One Line One Link Posts

When is a one-line FPP with no (or little) description appropriate for MeFi?

Oh really? Is that so? Well, is this a good example then [MI]?
posted by sjvilla79 on Nov 14, 2005 - 41 comments

Guidelines for Katrina Posts

It's definitely the most horrible tragedy (and biggest news event, too) to hit the US since 9/11, no question about that. I'm just curious: will the Katrina posts ever end, in the near future? what's Matt's policy in this case? In short: what's the difference between a Katrina post that stays up and one that gets deleted? I don't mind Katrina being a large part of the front page, these days, of course. I'm just wondering. Frankly, most of the Katrina front page posts I see could have been just posted as comments in other threads, no disrespect intended.
posted by matteo on Sep 3, 2005 - 47 comments


As mentioned, self link.
posted by null terminated on Aug 30, 2005 - 55 comments

Links to Copyrighted Material

As it's alright now to start posting links to copyrighted material, I wondered if anyone could FPP details on where to find the latest movies, albums and software.
posted by seanyboy on Aug 22, 2005 - 52 comments

Deleted AskMe

http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/22288. Deleted. Boo.

I want to know why. This was by far one of the Best Ask questions I've ever seen (over pet peeves.) I even flagged it as such. It was insightful, illuminating, and gave me great insight on others, as a writer, as a human being. Did it have a single answer? No. Was it a valuable question? Hell yes. Look at how many responses in such as short period of time.

Makes me want not to come here anymore. Close it instead. Deleting it robbed me of the perspectives of others. At least in closing it (Rather than deleting it) I'd have a chance to archive what I wrote (which is my copyright, isn't it?) and what others wrote.
posted by filmgeek on Aug 8, 2005 - 149 comments

Op-Ed Deletion

This post was deleted for the following reason: single link to an op-ed?

Is it policy now to delete op-ed posts, or is this just done on a whim? I guess you could call it a "troll," but then, about half the FPPs I see could be construed as trolls.
posted by alumshubby on Jun 22, 2005 - 61 comments

Is This a Self-Link?

I am thinking of posting this to metafilter. It's my brother's warblog.


I wasn't involved in the creation of this site (other than installing his blog software), but he is my brother. His deployment began today, and he started blogging.... So I thought "hey, a chance for people to start following from day 1, that's the best of the web, right?" Anyone have any thoughts?
posted by bugmuncher on Jun 7, 2005 - 39 comments

Consulting Wikipedia before posting to AskMe

Matt, can you please add Wikipedia to the list of places to check on the AskMe post a question page? A number of times, I've noticed perfectly cromulent answers were in there. In fact, I bet Mefites can suggest at least a couple other "check here first" sources.
posted by Plutor on May 27, 2005 - 25 comments

Following the posting guidelines

I guess we are not even going to pretend to follow the guidelines for posts anymore.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Apr 28, 2005 - 115 comments

How long do I have to comment in order to post?

How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man? I tried to post a link to the front page but was told that I haven't commented enough to earn that right yet -- but nowhere can I find stated how many comments I have to make first. I did a MeTa search but either I was unable to refine my search terms properly or the question has never been posed. Does anyone know, or do I have to take this upstairs? It's a damn fine link, too.
posted by cirocco on Mar 1, 2005 - 25 comments

Not Quite a Self-Link

There are some interesting goings-on at my university that I'd like to post about. However, they regard a service which is currently under my jurisdiction on student council. My name might appear in some of the links, but none of them are BY me. I also don't intend to specify who exactly I am. Would that be considered a self-link?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Feb 25, 2005 - 18 comments

AskMe Flag?

"Didn't check google before posting"
Can this be added as a reason to flag an AskMe post? Or is this already covered by "it breaks the guidelines"?
posted by rajbot on Feb 20, 2005 - 59 comments

Is there etiquette on commenting in your own posts?

Is there etiquette on commenting in your own posts (FPPs?)? I'm exercising restraint - don't want to end up on Noobs Gone Wild. Looser in the green than the blue?
posted by hellbient on Feb 8, 2005 - 20 comments

Bad Grammar

Just let me know when your in town

Because your playing in the playground of the internets

Dude your going WAY out of your way to insult me personally

So I think your going over the top here

Jonmc your joking, right?

only you can prevent "your" abuse. for fuck's sake, please. [mo' inside]
posted by Hat Maui on Jan 26, 2005 - 81 comments

Deleted comment cipher?

In this post a number of comments that (at least in my opinion) were legitimately funny but a little tasteless were removed without notice. Two questions - (1) would it make sense to have a "comment deleted" notice so that meta-comments make a little more sense, and (2) why were they deleted if none of the guidelines were violated?
posted by thedevildancedlightly on Jan 24, 2005 - 52 comments

Update guidelines page

Phil Greenspun has, sadly, closed Loquacious due to spam, and BlogVoices appears to have gone bye-bye too, but we're still pointing people to them on the guidelines page.
posted by nicwolff on Jan 20, 2005 - 7 comments

Single-Link FPPs

Are one link posts on Metafilter taboo these days? I often see it listed in complaints for bad FPPs. I couldn't find anything in the posting guidelines. Just curious.
posted by agregoli on Jan 3, 2005 - 123 comments

Askers are asking multiple questions in AskMe threads

Stop cheating.
posted by rushmc on Dec 31, 2004 - 44 comments

Adding a question mark doesn't make a legit AskMe

I don't care if it is phrased in the form of a question. Using AskMe to get in a second post because you "already shot [your] wad today with a different MeFi front page post and thought this merited a posting" is just not on.
posted by mcwetboy on Nov 28, 2004 - 73 comments

A Word of Advice for New Users, From Your Uncle y6y6y6

A few words to our new users, from someone hardly qualified to give them. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 on Nov 18, 2004 - 116 comments

Guidelines for FPP

I have at least five more recent journal entries from soldiers in Iraq that I wanted to share, but I can't link people directly to these entries, as some of the posts are locked. Even though I provided a screenshot last time I shared a letter, showing the original post but censoring names, pictures, and possible OpSec issues, I still heard from people saying that it doesn't sound real and another person who supposedly wanted to send it to Snopes. So, my question is this... how best should I present this kind of material, and how can I / who can I trust to take a look at my sources and vouch for their authenticity, while still respecting these soldier's confidentiality?
posted by insomnia_lj on Nov 17, 2004 - 25 comments

Why Was I Deleted?

What happened to my thread about the November 9, 2004 Christopher Hitchens article on Slate.com? I know it was not DP (I searched), so that's not the answer. What exactly are the guidelines for deleting a thread? In light of the fact that I though my thread was relevant, appropriate and interesting I think the guidelines should be posted somewhere or e-mailed to MIFI uses.
posted by Bag Man on Nov 10, 2004 - 59 comments

AskMe Legality Guideline

Should Ask MetaFilter be used to help someone find software that is not suppose to be distributed?
posted by terrapin on Nov 3, 2004 - 12 comments

"Thanks" is not a question

ThanksAskMe: Can we just assume we're all thankful for the bounties of AskMe, without posting there to that effect?
posted by luser on Oct 16, 2004 - 19 comments

AnonyMe Guidelines

AnonyMe is up. Posts ensue! Yay! A pony! I personally think the Paxil query is exactly what AnonyMe should be for, and the good-lookin' cheaters question would have been better asked in the light of disclosure. What do you think? What's a good reason for anoymous posting, and what's a bad one? Let the guidelines scrimmage begin!

(Thanks Matt and thanks Seanyboy!)
posted by mwhybark on Oct 12, 2004 - 35 comments

Watching Threads

How much flak will I catch if I start using "." to mark threads that I want to track on my "My Comments" page? I ask because there are several interesting threads that I want to monitor but in which I don't necessarily wish to post a message.
posted by five fresh fish on Aug 11, 2004 - 35 comments

More Inside

[more inside] [mi], and all the variations thereof: is this not superfluous? If further initial content is needed from the poster (in order to avoid a long FPP), isn't simply adding the first comment sufficient? Looks like about 75% of posts in the green have that final embellishment.

There was a post in MeTa about dropping the [mi] habit I think within the last year, but over 2,000 results showed up when I searched. Stav possibly posted it?
posted by yoga on May 21, 2004 - 44 comments

AskMe Standards

Some AskMetafilter standards? Debated posting this because conformity is like, so something the MAN wants you to do. But when I was looking through the AskMetafilter archives I noticed a few things, like "more inside" and [filter][/filter] stuff that breaks the formatting.
posted by geoff. on May 11, 2004 - 19 comments

Personal information disclosure guidelines?

While I'm guessing this has been discussed before, I feel it might be good to go over again, given the n00bs -- like me. Are there any policies/guidelines/unspoken rules regarding the inclusion of personal information, and specifically the details of less than legal or moral behavior, in threads, comments, and AskMe answers? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile on Apr 5, 2004 - 11 comments

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