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MeTas about Ask MetaFilter answers
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- 1 General Etiquette
- 2 Good Answers
- 3 Bad Answers
- 4 Are You Answering The Question?
- AskMe Etiquette: Making recommendations against a physician or business on AskMe?
- On AskMe, it is considered acceptable to ask for more information/detail about a particular answer on the original question's page?
- What is the verdict on clever one-liners in AskMefi?
Calling Out Bad Advice
- Protocol and Decorum: So what, if anything is the protocol for calling out advice on AskMe that is destructive, inappropriate, incorrect, or just plain bad?
- Safety First Filter: Can we not advocate actual death, please?
Deleting Bad Advice
- I believe that AskMe answers that are factually incorrect (and thus dangerous) should be deleted.
- If it's not answering the question, can it be deleted?: there's a consistently problematic answer found in medical threads that has no answer-value and I wish this kind of answer would be deleted as such.
- AskMe feature request: in the drop-down menu for post flagging, can we add 'criminally bad advice' to the list of options?
- why not have a publicly displayed flag that you'd click only if you thought the advice was dangerous?
- I don't understand why some of the answers to this question aren't being deleted. They are expressing their opinions about whether or not it's appropriate to give children psychiatric drugs, or what drugs have worked for children they knew, and that wasn't what was asked.
Are You Answering The Question?
Reading the question
- Did you actually read the question?: It's not helpful to answer a question you haven't read. It's driving me nuts that people don't bother to understand what's being asked, what the situation is, or what the OP is actually saying.
- Do people's just not read through the questions on AskMefi before leaving answers?
- Could we add "already in the question" or something similar to the flagging options for AskMe?
Let Me Google That For You
- Some people seem to think "seek therapy" is a good answer. Some people think therapy is never the answer. Most people fall somewhere in the middle, but it still comes up in thread after thread.
Questioning the Premise
- Problem questions get problem answers
- Striving to make answers to vague AskMe questions more helpful and clear
- Should I use the candlestick or the lead pipe?: A MeFite with no previous history on the site asked us to choose between (what many of us felt were) two rather bad choices based upon a potentially faulty assumption. Chatfilter ensues.
- Possibly problematic posts?: A couple recent AskMes have left me a little confused about how to address problematic, but not intentionally offensive assumptions.
- Offering Answers Pre-Emptively Declined
- Response to a point about the best way to answer an AskMe.
- Can we simply answer the question, rather than snarking or preaching? Thanks!
Questioning the Premise: Medical Edition
- What is with Askmes where a three year old could tell you that the answer is "DOCTOR NOW NOW NOW"?
- Not everybody lives in Canada.: "If it's bothering you, go see a doctor." This isn't helpful in many cases; can we stop saying it?
- Could people please stop giving medical advice with no basis in science in this thread?
- Assuming the lobotomy question is for real (and I guess it gets the benefit of the doubt because the poster's previous questions seem innocuous enough), how can it be ethically answered within the guidelines of AskMe: Please limit comments to answers or help in finding an answer?
- I know asking medical questions here is controversial. I don't expect to resolve that all here. But I do think there's a consistently problematic answer found in medical threads that has no answer-value and I wish this kind of answer would be deleted as such.
IANAL, IANAD, etc.
- A different kind of IANAL: Just like legal questions or medical questions, questions involving Roman Catholic canon law require a lot of specialized knowledge. That's become a real problem in this thread.
- I know we've been over this before, but it bothers me to see people giving legal advice on askme, like this.
- Stop the pile-on nazis: The answers to this question have just been a horrible pile-on and it needs to stop.
- Why do people feel the need to post the same (obvious) advice other people have given, especially after the asker has already marked the best answer?