March 15, 2004

DreamBoat2993

DreamBoat2993: who r u
DreamBoat2993: tell me now
DreamBoat2993: helo
DreamBoat2993: helo
DreamBoat2993: helo
DreamBoat2993: helo
DreamBoat2993: helo
DreamBoat2993: helo
DreamBoat2993: WHO R U

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March 15, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (75) | TrackBack (2)

matt75229

matt75229: hello
sylloge: ok
sylloge: s'^?
matt75229: what
matt75229: who r u
sylloge: who r u?

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March 15, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (43) | TrackBack (0)

March 10, 2004

XJeSsyGurLX143

XJeSsyGurLX143: i need your help!
XJeSsyGurLX143: i saw your s/n on a website that is willing to help people with their problems so do you think you'll be able to help me?
sylloge: hey
sylloge: I'm not really one for helping people with their problems
sylloge: but what's up?
XJeSsyGurLX143: i have a boyfriend and i like someone else so we got the hook-up last night now i wanna break up with my old boyfriend but i don't know how to break it to him

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March 10, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (45) | TrackBack (2)

March 08, 2004

SkyGurl4, Part III

SkyGurl4: yah know yuor icon...is that you?
sylloge: this is me
SkyGurl4: no that picture of that guy..is that picture of you?
sylloge: that is a picture of me

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March 8, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (33) | TrackBack (0)

February 27, 2004

SkyGurl4, part II

SkyGurl4: hiya
sylloge: hey
*** Auto-response from SkyGurl4: I am away from my computer right now.
SkyGurl4: i swwear to you yur sn is on this website of you and a person talking
sylloge: my SN?

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February 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (17) | TrackBack (1)

February 26, 2004

SkyGurl4

SkyGurl4: who is this?
sylloge: why would you send *me* an IM and then ask who it is?
sylloge: wtf r u?
SkyGurl4: sry but u were on the web

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February 26, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (39) | TrackBack (0)

February 17, 2004

Colombiangel1213 redux

Colombiangel1213: i need ur help again
*** Auto-response sent to Colombiangel1213: I am currently away from the computer.
sylloge: ok
sylloge: what's up?
Colombiangel1213: k i need to get info about whre in colombia are the tallest peaks and where are they
sylloge: Are you from Colombia?
Colombiangel1213: yup

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February 17, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (35) | TrackBack (0)

February 11, 2004

Aerochic455

Aerochic455: hey
Aerochic455: hey
sylloge: yo
sylloge: s'up
Aerochic455: r u a robot?
sylloge: no - I am a man!
Aerochic455: oo

February 11, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

January 20, 2004

Colombiangel1213

Colombiangel1213: do u no where i could get info bout hiking and mountains and stuff like that
sylloge: http://www.google.com/ ?
Colombiangel1213: thats it
sylloge: That's what you've been looking for? You could search for it
Colombiangel1213: yup

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January 20, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (35) | TrackBack (0)

January 15, 2004

Littlemotivride, part 3

Littlemotivride: do you know of any sites with valid cd keys
sylloge: I'm afraid I cannot help you there
sylloge: You have been reported to the authorities
Littlemotivride: for counter strike
sylloge: Legel proceedings will commence at the discretion of the supervisor

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January 15, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (114) | TrackBack (0)

simss2s

simss2s: Hey
sylloge: s'up, yo?
sylloge: I mean WHAT it is?
simss2s: Hey do you answer questuions
sylloge: Only if you put a question mark at the end

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January 15, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (35) | TrackBack (0)

Giddyup1155 redux

Giddyup1155: hey
sylloge: s'up?
Giddyup1155: nmjc u
sylloge: nmjc?
sylloge: What does that mean?

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January 15, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (32) | TrackBack (0)

January 14, 2004

Littlemotivride: redux

Littlemotivride: who is this
sylloge: wtf?
Littlemotivride: i'm just asking

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January 14, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

Giddyup1155

Giddyup1155: hey
sylloge: ahoy - how can I help?
Giddyup1155: r u a robot?
Giddyup1155: ??
sylloge: nope
sylloge: I am just a regular fella

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January 14, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (32) | TrackBack (0)

January 13, 2004

Littlemotivride

Littlemotivride: when did the iraq u.s. war start
Littlemotivride: do you know
sylloge: Have you ever checked out Google?
sylloge: http://www.google.com/

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January 13, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (37) | TrackBack (0)

January 11, 2004

rappinchild1 redux

rappinchild1: got a few more
rappinchild1: i didnt get them on google or yahoo
sylloge: ok
sylloge: by, the way, I think SeXyThUg150 likes you as more than a friend

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January 11, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (34) | TrackBack (0)

SeXyThUg150

SeXyThUg150: hey
SeXyThUg150: hey
sylloge: s'up?
sylloge: s'up?
SeXyThUg150: nuttin
SeXyThUg150: who is this
sylloge: wtf?
sylloge: you IM'd me

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January 11, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (14)

rappinchild1

rappinchild1: yo
sylloge: what it is, my friend?
rappinchild1: got sum q's for ya
sylloge: shoot
rappinchild1: What is the energy-releasing carbohydrate in biological systems?
sylloge: Duh ... glucose.
rappinchild1: man u r f-in awesome

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January 11, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (39)

pSyCokiLerKsekeC

pSyCokiLerKsekeC: hey
sylloge: hi there
sylloge: s'^?
pSyCokiLerKsekeC: im emilie
pSyCokiLerKsekeC: i hav questions

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January 11, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (39)

Patman 12 o4

Patman 12 o4: hey
sylloge: yes
Patman 12 o4: can you tell me some countries that export products to the US
sylloge: pretty much all of them?

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January 11, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (34)

January 03, 2004

What this site is

In June 2003, I wrote something about instant messaging that included the words "question" and "answerer". In November of that year, a young girl trying to finish her homework searched for "instant message question answerer", found the piece I had written, and IM'd me, looking for some answers.

Foolishly, I titled that post "Instant Message Question Answerer" which became "sylloge: Instant Message Question Answerer" as the title of the page ("sylloge" is both my AIM screen name and the name of my personal site). People linked to it, and now that is the first result on Google for "question answerer".

And so, people — mostly kids doing their homework — IM me their questions. Depending on my mood, I am helpful or snarky. For a while I resisted, but now I have given in. At some point it occured to me to save the transcripts, and these are the ones I have managed to find. It has slowed down quite a bit, but they still happen from time to time and I will post the results here.

January 3, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (111) | TrackBack (4)