Meta Ask: Share your favourite "Ask X" site for particular specialist topics.
March 29, 2009 5:49 PM   Subscribe

Meta-Ask: We know Ask MeFI is great, but sometimes you need to dig deeper among a smaller but more spedialised crowd. So which are your favourite "Ask X" sites?

I am in love with Stack Overflow, and I have found only yesterday that Instructables have started an Answers section that could be called "Ask Instructables". I like the format more than that of forums, so am curious to know which other "Ask X" websites mefites would recommend for specialist topics.

Old-style forum software is fine, I guess, but I dn't know what makes it less useful to me than a format closer to that of Ask MeFi / Ask Slashdot / Stack Overflow / Instructables Answers. So if you know of an "Ask/Answers" site, please mention it even though it may not be your first go-to resource on a given topic.
posted by kandinski to Grab Bag (17 answers total) 122 users marked this as a favorite
Ask a Linguist is pretty great for language-related questions.
posted by ORthey at 6:07 PM on March 29, 2009 [2 favorites]

Ask a Librarian
posted by mlis at 6:21 PM on March 29, 2009

You can post "AskX" to the following sites if they are good questions usually they are answered. thats where I go. Also just good sites in general.
posted by peregrine81 at 6:23 PM on March 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

MetaTalk, from the other day.
posted by hermitosis at 6:29 PM on March 29, 2009

Straight Dope forums.
posted by damn dirty ape at 8:10 PM on March 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

hermitosis: those are great from the reference point of view, I am definitely adding some of them to my reference list. However, few of them are of the "Ask X" form.

After posting the question, I have thought of one reason why I find the Ask X sites more useful tan forums. It's not the software, but the implicit contract that Ask X are less chat and more Q&A based.

Also, the only forums I use are mostly technical ones, where answers are drowned by noise or outdated (try being a Ubuntu newbie these days: it's great, and there are loads of information, but it's also too much information to manage).
posted by kandinski at 8:11 PM on March 29, 2009

Ask A Specialist about school-based behavior, autism, adhd, and mental health.

Ask a Special Education Expert
posted by Nickel at 8:39 PM on March 29, 2009

Stack Overflow is exceptional for programming questions. It's become my first (and often last) stop for advice on such matters.
posted by Afroblanco at 8:49 PM on March 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

FreeAdvice Legal Forum
posted by querty at 8:51 PM on March 29, 2009

My second link also has a lot of other Ask an Expert categories.
posted by Nickel at 8:52 PM on March 29, 2009

Ask Dr. Math
posted by ZeroDivides at 11:14 PM on March 29, 2009

Ask A Philosopher
posted by Thorrent at 5:42 AM on March 30, 2009

AVS Forum is where i go when i want to get the latest information on a particular piece of electronics. You want to know which TV is the best bang/buck right now then this is the place.

High Sierra Topix is where i go when i'm planning a trip to the high sierras. If i want to know recent conditions of a particular trail or advice on which trail/lake to visit, i go here.

Go (the board game) related questions go to Go Discussions.
posted by escher at 10:29 AM on March 31, 2009

Afroblanco: I even put Stack Overflow in the main text, it really rocks!

Everyone else: thanks, this is a keeper.

Now, if I only had remembered to ask about Linux video editing...
posted by kandinski at 12:50 AM on April 1, 2009

A shy soul sent me private email with this ReadWriteWeb article about "Ask" sites. Great one, and thanks, youknowwhoyouare!
posted by kandinski at 8:12 AM on April 10, 2009

geekhack forums is good if you're interested in keyboards. I am delighted that such a specific topic has such a (relatively) active forum.

Visa Journey for immigration information. This place probably helped me save thousands of dollars that I might have spent on a lawyer.
posted by where u at dawg at 3:23 AM on January 13, 2010

Ask Reddit doesn't have questions as specific as AskMefi, but it has some threads that are absolutely hilarious (see this recent one, for instance).
posted by chalbe at 6:57 AM on January 13, 2010

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