What is Ask MetaFilter?
December 9, 2003 7:50 AM Subscribe
MetaFilter 2.0 - Ask MetaFilter is born. What is Ask MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 to Computers & Internet (41 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So in a fun experiment with recursion I'm going to ask the AskMe forum what groundrules/guidelines should be for Ask MetaFilter. And yes, obviously I realize that it's not up to me (or anyone else here other than Matt), and that this really isn't mature enough to generate final conclusions, and that the plan is to let it run unrestrained for a while to see what falls out. But questions about what this is and how it should work still seem legitimate, and are going to be asked anyway. So why not.
Should we have categories? What types of questions are allowed? Is this available only to MeFi members? Will there be moderation? Will we have real hard rules (which MeFi lacks on purpose)? How will we avoid having ideological arguments drown out good advice? Will we everything? That is - Will users who constantly provide good answers be flagged as such? Will great questions filter to the top? How will avoid the AskMe version of the double post? Will "pancake" type in-jokes be allowed? Will thread-ends and chat be allowed? if someone is banned from Ask MetaFilter are they banned from MetaFilter as well? Is there such a thing as a dumb question? How will we prevent dumb questions?
I see a lot of parallels with the distributed journalism app we started a while ago. Should one of the end goals of each thread be a white paper document with a distillation of the threads conclusions?
It's only been up for about 18 hours, but it's already obvious to me that Ask MetaFilter (AskMe? AxMe?) will be huge. This is something MeFis have been chafing to be able to do for years. You spend all your time chatting with people about geek stuff, and politics, and movies, but there's this huge ocean of questions that we've agreed can not ever be asked. Well now the Pandora's box is opened and we can put all those hanging "help desk" questions to the MeFi Scooby crowd.
One thing I wonder about is how much this could be extended. So Matt has finally broken down and implemented the help desk forum we've been asking for for years. What else might he kick loose? Maybe we could have a selflink.metafilter.com. Or a local.europe.metafilter.com.
The mind reels at the possibilities. I'm also wondering how far we can draw Matt out before he rebels. New memberships *and* a whole new section added at the same time? Someone tell Matt's boss he has too much time on his hands.