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Some kind of weird AskMe troll?

This AskMe question was posted by "fairlysober", and a pointed response was posted by "prettydrunk". Both joined in the last couple of weeks and only have a 5 posts/comments between the two of them. How did prettydrunk happen upon his "extremely close friend of 10+ years" on a MeFi when he/she has no other method of getting in contact? Coincidence? Trolling? This doesn't pass the smell test.
posted by desjardins on Jul 16, 2008 - 94 comments

A house at the intersection of technology and politics.

So... I was doing some research online regarding the whole Obama/Rezko real estate issue re: Obama's house, the lot next door which Rezko bought, etc. As a result of my research, I have located Obama's house on Google Maps, which actually has overhead and *VERY* zoomable street-level views of the whole area. I've also checked Zillow, which shows all the nearby property prices. This information is new and very revealing, in that it suggests that Obama might have even slightly overpaid for his house, and that Rezko bought a potentially very profitable piece of real estate. But there are some issues involved, as you may have guessed... [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Mar 17, 2008 - 42 comments

Self link

Nice sleuthin' by Nelson to find this self-link.
posted by dobbs on Mar 2, 2008 - 5 comments

Do callouts have a shelf-life?

I'll probably regret it, but I guess this is a callout. [more inside]
posted by thinman on Dec 22, 2007 - 136 comments

Those meddling kids!

Mefi better journalists than Plum Sykes. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Nov 13, 2007 - 29 comments

Third Time's A Charm For Hero?

Hero Joy Nightingale: we posted on the blue about her, I posted on the green about her, but she seems to have left no trace for years...anyone want to help find out what happened?
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jun 8, 2007 - 22 comments

...if it hadn't been for you meddling kids

This stinks (and I know it was deleted), rinkjustice is supposedly raydexter's son. Although that might be true, the posting history in ask.me looks like ray is sockpuppet from the way the dates line up for the questions asked. They both have the same homepage in their profiles, and their answers and writing style line up as well. From his question in ask.me about his dad's comic promotion, it shows that he is involved in the success of the comic.
posted by the giant pill on Aug 30, 2006 - 30 comments

These totally cannot be the same person

When did the INS (DHS? ICE?) recognize the right of 21 year old virgin boys to marry British men and get them green cards?
posted by orthogonality on Jul 22, 2006 - 30 comments

Totally sweet detectivation

Totally sweet detectivation that makes me feel good. mr_crash_davis deserves a plate of hot wings.
posted by rxrfrx on Feb 9, 2006 - 61 comments

Mefi detectives: over-zealous?

Must we really put on our Mefi detective caps for every single thread, now? They're not all airnxtz's, and this one appears genuine, despite the nature of the link.
posted by disillusioned on Jan 30, 2006 - 42 comments


You have got to be joking? No. Considering the number of self-links that we've been having lately, I think that it's worth everyone's time to appreciate people who are keeping their eyes open for them, and to give them credit for trying, even if that particular link turned out to be a dud.
posted by crunchland on Jan 3, 2006 - 42 comments

eBay scammer identified

can anyone clarify what's happening here? seems like some mefi detective work might either shed some light on things, or clear the poster's name; i'm not sure browbeating him with false dichotomies is working.
posted by andrew cooke on Nov 13, 2005 - 64 comments

Greenlighting hoax revealed

Silly Metafilter, you fell for the hoax! Thankfully, this guy figured it out.
posted by mullacc on Aug 1, 2005 - 63 comments

terrier of truth on the pantleg of bullshit

Better than newsfilter : Metafilter as a terrier of truth on the pantleg of bullshit ? - I noticed, all of a sudden, an emerging posting trend which seems to me far healthier than reflexive newsfilterism - as shown in these six threads.
posted by troutfishing on Oct 2, 2004 - 9 comments

Meta News Verification Service

I thought that link about the internet enabled loo smelled funny. It turned out to be one of those many internet enabled hoaxes. People's general gullibility (including my own) makes me wonder about the viability of a Meta-news service like the proposed "MoJo."
If professional journalists have problems getting their facts straight, what chance do a buncha amateurs?
posted by jpburns on May 13, 2003 - 12 comments

MeFi Detectives go Pro

I have an idea for a new addition to the MeFi family of products... MoJo!

MetaonlineJournalism - A subsection of MetaFilter (like MetaTalk) where stories or rumors that need further investigation, research, or verification are actively worked on by webloggers, ideally working together to determine the truth of the matter.

This, I think, is increasingly important, since MeFi posts fade out a lot quicker than they used to, due to posting frequency. MetaOnlineJournalism posts might be around long enough to determine the truth of the matter, and would be presented in an environment that would ideally be far more about collaborative reporting, and far less about flaming.

I want my MoJo!
posted by insomnia_lj on Mar 5, 2003 - 143 comments

The Scooby Doo gang rides again

The Scooby Doo gang rides again: David Cassel mentions MetaFilter's crack investigative skills (and quotes headspace) in a piece about Coincidence Design.
posted by rcade on Jan 17, 2002 - 9 comments

Vigilante detective risks

An immediate wee-small-hours-of-the-morning reaction to the Kaycee threads (garment?): I think that a non-commercial site for the communal sharing of information and opinions is a great thing, in fact that MeFi is reason enough for the web to exist. I was also hooked by the Kaycee saga. But there was an element of it that made me uneasy, a feeling that in the wrong situation the community detective work could get into a tell-on-your-neighbors Stasi/McCarthyite area. I don't think this was the case here, and I appreciate that MeFi by and large still has a moderate (and, yeah, liberal) tone, that I share. I don't think the number of users should be limited. I just see the investigative power of thousands of people, and that that could be used to the wrong ends. I'm not suggesting any changes, but wanted to bring this up during this strange afterglow period.
posted by liam on May 22, 2001 - 30 comments

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