Pony: not-the-best-of-the-web flag June 1, 2006 1:44 PM   Subscribe

May we have a "not the best of the web" flag?
posted by Captaintripps to Feature Requests at 1:44 PM (45 comments total)

And a "pepsi blue" flag too.
posted by zarah at 1:47 PM on June 1, 2006


And a "meh" flag too.
posted by ND¢ at 1:49 PM on June 1, 2006


"Bad pony"
posted by Plutor at 1:49 PM on June 1, 2006


Doesn't "not the best of the web" fall under "It breaks the guidelines"?

Flagging this post.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:51 PM on June 1, 2006


And a "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!" flag. Damnit.
posted by loquacious at 1:52 PM on June 1, 2006


I always use "It breaks the guidelines" for this purpose.
posted by Mitheral at 1:52 PM on June 1, 2006


"not the best of the web" flag

What would having it accomplish?
posted by iconomy at 1:52 PM on June 1, 2006


Sweep the leg!
posted by loquacious at 1:52 PM on June 1, 2006


I like this idea. But didn't the "best of the web" thing get officially deprecated about three years ago? I mean we seriously don't think the heart of MeFi is still "best of the web" do we?

Personally I wish we did. But I think that boat sailed long ago.
posted by y6y6y6 at 1:52 PM on June 1, 2006


this is a great idea. then we could just flag newsfilter to oblivion!

oh wait, we still could with one of the other flags I guess. nuts to this pony.
posted by shmegegge at 2:02 PM on June 1, 2006


Flagged as "close this thread."
posted by cribcage at 2:04 PM on June 1, 2006


What y6y6y6 said. "Best of the web" used to be a phrase found on the posting page. Several years ago, Matt removed that phrase, and now simply asks, "Find something cool on the web?" "Best of the web" is no longer part of any of the guidelines.

Nonetheless, I wouldn't mind having a "this is crap" flag. For now I use "noise."
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:10 PM on June 1, 2006


I'd like to see a "post has minor errors" flag, to alert jessowie to come by and clean up a typo or fumbled link.
posted by fleacircus at 2:16 PM on June 1, 2006


While you're at it, I propose a flag for each country.. you know.. so I can stick the flag of my home country in each post I read...
posted by twiggy at 2:21 PM on June 1, 2006


The problem with a "this is crap" flag is that *everything* would get flagged. One key to MeFi's success is that we as a community have zero agreement about what is crap, yet we can sit down together and talk about anything.

Inviting us to flag things we think are crap would be a waste of time. Over and over I see that one person's crap is another person's [this is good].
posted by y6y6y6 at 2:25 PM on June 1, 2006


Are we having this conversation again? Good!

Mandatory tagging is what we need, from a finite list of approved tags, along with a feature that allows user customization of what they want to view. My MetaFilter would be mostly arts and culture, plus science and tech. Your Metafilter might be news and politics. Or old-school unfiltered if you prefer. Give everyone the Metafilter they want.
posted by LarryC at 2:34 PM on June 1, 2006


Needs a "y2karl" flag.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 2:46 PM on June 1, 2006


Maybe a "ce n'est pas un drapeau" flag.
posted by cortex at 2:48 PM on June 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


How about a "moving on" flag? Because them we could flag it and ummm... you know.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:50 PM on June 1, 2006


You're right, y6y6y6, a "crap" flag does open a door Matt probably wants to leave shut.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:51 PM on June 1, 2006


i ask that you all abide by the guidelines during this discussion.

i'll set the example:

i attempted to register my disgust with this feature request by means of a combo box on a linked page, but the bits of memory holding the value of said combo box must have been flagged as noise by my system's memory controller, because there was an error when i hit "send".
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 3:20 PM on June 1, 2006


Agreeing with y6y6y6 but flagging it "crap" anyway because I'm put out that he said it first.
posted by Ryvar at 3:22 PM on June 1, 2006


What iconomy said, but in a slightly deeper voice. I thought it was reasonably obvious that flagging is just a measure that Matt and Jessamyn glance at to see trends. Personally, the very occasional times I flag, I use 'noise'. Isn't 'worst of the web' noise? Don't you think that M & J just approach things as good/bad/better-take-a-look? A flag is not a unique snowflake. I think the many flag categories we have now are just appeasements but I'd be really surprised if they were used in any other way than as mere trendspotters.
posted by peacay at 3:32 PM on June 1, 2006


we also need "suspected drunk post"
posted by b1tr0t at 3:42 PM on June 1, 2006


how about a "possibly unpopular with a subset of the userbase" flag
posted by cellphone at 3:55 PM on June 1, 2006


Please use the "mullacc" flag for anything you'd like me to see.

Thx.
posted by mullacc at 4:18 PM on June 1, 2006


how about a "possibly unpopular with a subset of people who are not me" flag?
posted by public at 4:29 PM on June 1, 2006


"Too much work"
posted by mischief at 4:40 PM on June 1, 2006


I tend to flag shit posts posts I don't like as 'it breaks the guidelines' on the grounds that I assume it's the very naughtiest of infractions, and therefore most likely to catch the stern eye of The Jessowie.
posted by jack_mo at 5:07 PM on June 1, 2006



posted by Eideteker at 5:14 PM on June 1, 2006





posted by Krrrlson at 5:18 PM on June 1, 2006


aww, strips out the FORM tags :(
posted by Krrrlson at 5:18 PM on June 1, 2006


Matt's not available right now. In his absence, he asked me to relay this to you (all of you):


posted by Doohickie at 7:41 PM on June 1, 2006


Proposed AskMe-relevant flags:

Just Answer The Fucking Question
Eleventy-Millionenth Time This Has Been Asked
posted by desuetude at 7:43 PM on June 1, 2006


"Moderate Point of View"
"I Want Things The Way They Were!!!"
"GRUDGE!!!"
"Do As I Say, Not As I Do!"
"Positive Portrayal of Religion"
"GRUDGE, DAMMIT!!!"
"I Was Stuck In Traffic For Three Hours This Morning, and I Think This Member Snarked At Me Last Week!"
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:54 PM on June 1, 2006


Do you people even understand what the "noise" flag even means?
posted by delmoi at 11:55 PM on June 1, 2006



posted by delmoi at 12:05 AM on June 2, 2006


blah, forms are broken!
posted by delmoi at 12:06 AM on June 2, 2006


Could we get rid of the ComboBox and get Option/Radio buttons instead, I say STOP THE INSANITY!
posted by blue_beetle at 8:31 AM on June 2, 2006


Or at least a fancy knob of some sort.
posted by Captaintripps at 9:32 AM on June 2, 2006


I got your fancy knob right here.
posted by ewagoner at 11:06 AM on June 2, 2006


"Do you people even understand what the "noise" flag even means?"

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posted by mischief at 12:02 PM on June 2, 2006



posted by cellphone at 1:04 PM on June 2, 2006


Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Columbian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.
posted by b1tr0t at 1:06 PM on June 2, 2006


Mr. Trebec likes contestants who are in shape.
posted by airguitar at 4:10 PM on June 2, 2006


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