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posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 9:47 AM (117 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

pb recently finished up a simple ajaxy flagging system, currently in use on MetaTalk. Let us know if it doesn't work for you, but clicking on a ! should bring up a hidden div, let you flag something, then close itself without ever leaving the page.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:48 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


it works!
posted by filmgeek at 9:52 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Cool, works!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:57 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Nice.
posted by Asparagirl at 9:59 AM on May 31, 2007


Shazam!
posted by carsonb at 9:59 AM on May 31, 2007


My mother was killed by accidentally ingesting a powerful cleaning agent. All this "Ajax" talk offends me deeply. Thanks to some magic new system, I did not have to navigate away from this page to make my feelings known.

Nicely done.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:59 AM on May 31, 2007


Nice!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:59 AM on May 31, 2007


Very nice... thanks!
posted by trip and a half at 10:00 AM on May 31, 2007


Did you know that Ajax used to be used primarily as a douche?
posted by found missing at 10:01 AM on May 31, 2007


I notice that if I refresh the page, it lets me flag it again. I assume that it does not count my multiple flaggings (I chose different reasons) more than once?
posted by Rock Steady at 10:06 AM on May 31, 2007


God hates flags.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 10:07 AM on May 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Is it okay to blow Ajax up my dog's nose?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:08 AM on May 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Did you know that Ajax used to be used primarily as a douche?

Ouch! Talk about silica in the vagina!
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:08 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Rock on, pb.
posted by danb at 10:08 AM on May 31, 2007


Flagged as noise.
posted by chimaera at 10:09 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Just flag it and move on.
posted by slogger at 10:11 AM on May 31, 2007


cool.
posted by phoenixc at 10:11 AM on May 31, 2007


I assume that it does not count my multiple flaggings (I chose different reasons) more than once?

Yeah, it doesn't track more than one per user per item.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:11 AM on May 31, 2007


Did you know that Ajax used to be used primarily as a douche?

If you're talking about Ajax Cleanser, no it didn't. It's scrubby. Women aren't that stupid.

Lysol advertisements advocated for it's use for feminine hygiene, it's doubtful that was ever it's primary use.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:14 AM on May 31, 2007


Does it update to the latest choice, in case an errant mouse-click resulted in an initial misflag?
posted by dreamsign at 10:15 AM on May 31, 2007


Damn, that's fun. Expect to see an uptick in flaggings in the near future.

not that I flagged every comment on this page or anything. fun!
posted by god hates math at 10:17 AM on May 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


dreamsign, it doesn't register a flag until you choose an option from the menu. Then it's flagged with that choice and there's no going back.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:17 AM on May 31, 2007


Did you know that Ajax used to be used primarily as a douche?

If you're talking about Ajax Cleanser, no it didn't.


Oh, sorry. I was just talking about how I primarily used it.
posted by found missing at 10:17 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'll miss the broken grammar of "Thanks for reporting the flag". Sob.
posted by cillit bang at 10:18 AM on May 31, 2007


chimaera : Flagged as noise.

Damn it, I wanted to say that.
posted by quin at 10:18 AM on May 31, 2007


Very cool.
posted by OmieWise at 10:20 AM on May 31, 2007


god hates math : Expect to see an uptick in flaggings in the near future.

For some reason my mind parsed that as 'floggings' and wondered briefly if we were instituting a harsher form of corporal punishment into our self policing arsenal.
posted by quin at 10:22 AM on May 31, 2007


what... wait. 26 comments and NOBODY has bitched about it yet? I'm going to have to go have a lie down.

seriously it suck looks and works great. The only thing I can think of would be to add some sort of indication that you have already flagged a particular comment/post. But that is pretty minor and personally I don't care
posted by edgeways at 10:27 AM on May 31, 2007


Seven flavours of awesome. It doesn't maintain any state, but I guess that's OK for flags. Which flag is permanently recorded - the first or the last?
posted by GuyZero at 10:31 AM on May 31, 2007


Swell.
posted by textilephile at 10:31 AM on May 31, 2007


GuyZero, first flag.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:32 AM on May 31, 2007


Woohoo!
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:40 AM on May 31, 2007


So if I make a mistake I can't fix it, but that's the same as before. Good to know (in a trivia buff kind of way).
posted by GuyZero at 10:40 AM on May 31, 2007


what... wait. 26 comments and NOBODY has bitched about it yet?

Well, it doesn't work if you have Javascript disabled. If you really need SOMETHING.
posted by smackfu at 10:41 AM on May 31, 2007


no safari
posted by four panels at 10:42 AM on May 31, 2007


safari
posted by four panels at 10:42 AM on May 31, 2007


Works for me. Very neat.
posted by fallenposters at 10:43 AM on May 31, 2007


Cool. Flagged as offensive!
posted by typewriter at 10:43 AM on May 31, 2007


Did you know that Ajax used to be used primarily as a douche?

Yeah, he was kind of a douche.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:46 AM on May 31, 2007


Did you know Ajax rhymes with "kayaks" in Dutch? I had no idea.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:47 AM on May 31, 2007


Ajax is dumber than Odysseus.
posted by Floydd at 10:54 AM on May 31, 2007


So is it a-jacks, with a hard 'j', or eye-acks, like the Greek mythical hero? I say eye-acks, but I may be in a minority of one here.
posted by Aloysius Bear at 10:55 AM on May 31, 2007


Fantastic!
posted by serazin at 11:04 AM on May 31, 2007


That's the first time I've flagged anything on this site. Now I feel like I truly belong!
posted by Koko at 11:06 AM on May 31, 2007


the flaggings will continue until morale improves

-- the mgmt
posted by pyramid termite at 11:07 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


hmm ... all i have to do is reload the page and the flag is gone ... and i can flag it again ... BWA HA HA HA HA!!
posted by pyramid termite at 11:09 AM on May 31, 2007


It'd be nice if when you clicked the "!" it automatically opened the dropdown menu instead of having to click the ! then clicking to open the menu.
posted by puke & cry at 11:13 AM on May 31, 2007


It would also be nice if there was no war.
posted by ORthey at 11:15 AM on May 31, 2007


Look at the dummies that favorited the post when they tried to flag it. Hey dummies! How does it feel to be so dumb?

I removed it as a favorite before mocking others.
posted by ND¢ at 11:18 AM on May 31, 2007


I flagged it. It was wonderful.
posted by chunking express at 11:25 AM on May 31, 2007


eye-acks, like the Greek mythical hero?

In English, the Greek mythological hero is AY-jacks, just like the cleanser/douche/dessert topping. (The Amsterdam soccer team is, as Blazecock Pileon mentions, pronounced EYE-ahks, but until they get another Patrick Kluivert you won't be having to say their name anyway.)
posted by languagehat at 11:38 AM on May 31, 2007


Let your flags fly, freaks.
posted by MsMolly at 11:40 AM on May 31, 2007


yay.
posted by shmegegge at 11:43 AM on May 31, 2007


works like a charm in OSX Opera 9.10
posted by shmegegge at 11:47 AM on May 31, 2007


Aloysius Bear: "So is it a-jacks, with a hard 'j', or eye-acks, like the Greek mythical hero? I say eye-acks, but I may be in a minority of one here."

I've never heard it pronounce /eye-acks/ once. Ever.

Apropos: "Hello, this is Linus Torvalds, and I pronounce Linux as Linux!"
posted by Plutor at 11:51 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'd flag it.
posted by NationalKato at 11:53 AM on May 31, 2007


Cool. Works. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 12:06 PM on May 31, 2007


I can has complain?

It's picking up my some of my OS color preferences, namely my bright green text, but ignoring my prefered background color and going with it's own... Looks like the same light grey as these comment boxes. As you can see here, it's very difficult to read.

It would be better if it either ignored both my set text color and background (forcing I assume black text on light gray), or followed both of them (bright green on black).

I guess, if you really want to get into it, it's following 3 out of the 4 colors set by the os. It's conforming to my "selected menu item" text and background, and the "unselected menu item" text color, but ignoring my "unselected menu item" BG color.

I don't know shit about ajaxy things, but I would think it'd probably be eaisiest to just force the 4 possible colors to the standard black on grey stuff.

posted by BeerFilter at 12:20 PM on May 31, 2007


Apropos: "Hello, this is Linus Torvalds, and I pronounce Linux as Linux!"

Pfft, the guy can't even pronounce his own first name properly.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:22 PM on May 31, 2007


Also, I just noticed it when previewing my above comment, all that flagging and favoriting ajaxy stuff dissapears from the page when I'm previewing a comment. Cause while I was writing that, I tried to scroll back to the top of the post to look at the flag menu thingy, and it wasn't there. Maybe it's always been like that, but I just now noticed it.
posted by BeerFilter at 12:23 PM on May 31, 2007


...and the rockets' red glare
the bombs bursting in air
gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there

Should this pony have been kept in the stable until June 14th?
posted by Cranberry at 12:23 PM on May 31, 2007


Holy crap, wha—
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:26 PM on May 31, 2007


"It breaks th' noise!"
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:29 PM on May 31, 2007


The [Flagged] note is persistent now.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:30 PM on May 31, 2007


I sure could use a good flagging.
posted by jefbla at 12:35 PM on May 31, 2007


I have broke the surly bonds of Earth and touched the face of Godlooked at a screenshot of the MeFI admin interface.

and it seems slightly confusing that nothing happens if you click the [!] on one comment while the dropdown on another one is open, but such mortal concerns seem... insignificant.
posted by arto at 12:46 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Works on Firefox 2.0.0.4/WinXP
posted by booksherpa at 12:46 PM on May 31, 2007


What happens when the admin presses the X next to the flagged item? Does the comment go poof?
posted by smackfu at 12:49 PM on May 31, 2007


No, just the flag notification. We'll actually click through to the comment/post to examine it first. Useful for quick cleanup—if a double got 12 flags before we got to it, we can just hit that [x] instead of deleting twelve flags manually, for example. The flags themselves live forever in the db.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:56 PM on May 31, 2007


Now that you bring it up, Cortex, I was wondering when people started flagging the shit out of this post, do any of you recall what the greatest number of flags for any post/comment was? No need to mention what it was (unless you want to), but I am curious how big a drop in the bucket each individual flag is.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:08 PM on May 31, 2007


Stop asking him questions! Stop learning things!

Before he came along there was some mystery to this place. We wondered what the hell admins did and how they did it and we liked wondering. All his behind the scenes looks are just ruining our sense of the unknown. His democratic urges are destroying the world that we hold dear. It may lead to a better world of freedom and knowledge, but what of those of us who like our captivity?

Cortex is like Eve or Martin Luther or Boris Yeltsin or scientists.
posted by ND¢ at 1:13 PM on May 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


I flagged Matt's comment as fantastic, but after seeing that I can't undo the flag, I no longer think it is as fantastic as I did before, and hence would like to remove my "fantastic," but I can't undo the flag.

And on preview, it appears that there are no flags allowed on preview.
posted by malocchio at 1:22 PM on May 31, 2007


But wait, can I learn one thing?

I always imagined you could see who flagged what, like we can see who favorited what. You can't?
posted by lampoil at 1:24 PM on May 31, 2007


Rock Steady: no idea on the big flagger. You can assume that any blatant self-link or badly malformed askme or psychotic flameout on metatalk that doesn't get nixed immediately is a contender of the title. Maybe Matt or Jess remembers a high-water mark, but it's not something we really look at for fun—a lot of flags usually means we've got a bunch of damn work to do. It's like asking if someone remembers the shiniest punchclock they ever used.

I always imagined you could see who flagged what, like we can see who favorited what. You can't?

We can. What I screenshotted is the command summary bit we use to see what's happened lately in aggregate—we can also view a reverse-chron list of individual flags. That said, we generally don't care who flagged what, unless there's some really weird flagging behavior going down, which is something I can't remember seeing in the three months I've been watching.

And ND¢ is just bitter because I explained why that lady on the street corner was being so friendly to him.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:40 PM on May 31, 2007


Yeah, it doesn't track more than one per user per item.

Curses, now how am I going to secretly suck up to the admins.
posted by madamjujujive at 1:45 PM on May 31, 2007


lampoil wrote "I always imagined you could see who flagged what, like we can see who favorited what. You can't?"

Find the MeTa thread from a few days ago that links to mathowie's Powerpoint presentation - there's a screenshot of the admin interface in that that reveals a bit more.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:06 PM on May 31, 2007


Firefox 1.5.0.7 on Debian Stable:

JS ERROR:
d has no properties
flagpost(14296, 14296, 5)new-ajaxy-flaggin... (line 388)
onclick(click clientX=29, clientY=10)new-ajaxy-flaggin... (line 1)
[Break on this error] while (d.hasChildNodes()) {

So no love here. But a cursory glance at the comments suggests I am an anomaly.
posted by davejay at 2:13 PM on May 31, 2007


(that JS error courtesy of Firebug, btw)
posted by davejay at 2:14 PM on May 31, 2007


Firefox 1.5?! Debian!? Sheer Madness!!!!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:30 PM on May 31, 2007


There still isn't a "your mom" flag.
posted by sciurus at 2:39 PM on May 31, 2007


Good work, peanut butter.
posted by iconomy at 2:40 PM on May 31, 2007


Thanks, icon economy.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:46 PM on May 31, 2007


Is it okay to blow Ajax up my dog's nose?

I was at a party once where someone snorted a few lines of Ajax up their nose. They'd found an unmarked saucer of whitish powder on top of the toilet and bascially just went for it.

The results were not pretty. Friends don't let friends (or dogs) do Ajax.
posted by meehawl at 2:46 PM on May 31, 2007


Also a bad idea to snort: Lime Crystal Light
posted by smackfu at 2:50 PM on May 31, 2007


While I'd rather post jokes, I should mention that when I flagged the post, my cursor got trapped in the new div. This is frustrating because I page down using the space bar and, not having my cursor in the main page, I was unable to do so.

The workaround is to hit 'tab' once, which shifts focus to the main page.

This is not a big deal, but I thought I'd mention it.
posted by stet at 3:08 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


[NOT TESTERIST]
posted by stet at 3:08 PM on May 31, 2007


Did you know that Ajax used to be used primarily as a douche?

that was lysol.
posted by quonsar at 3:13 PM on May 31, 2007


Also a bad idea to snort: hops. Did that on a brewery tour once.
posted by brundlefly at 3:31 PM on May 31, 2007


stet, you should be able to flag and continue paging down with the spacebar now.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:36 PM on May 31, 2007


ND¢: "Cortex is like Eve or Martin Luther or Boris Yeltsin or scientists."

Or Toto.
MetaTalk: Stop learning things!
posted by Plutor at 3:38 PM on May 31, 2007


The wild dogs cry out in the night, Plutor, as they grow restless longing for some solitary company.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:41 PM on May 31, 2007


Flag that quip!
Tag that post as shit
Now with Ajax
Cuz pb's got leet hax

When a comment comes along
You must flag it
If the thread gets way too long
You must flag it
Before cortex writes a song
You must flag it

Now flag it
With all haste
Queues it up
To get erased
Go forward
Just move on
Take it to MeTa
Then make popcorn
Just flag it!
Flag it good

When a good thread turns around
You must flag it
They will never take it down
Unless you flag it
Take it to the Grey
Once you flag it

I say flag it
Flag it good
I say flag it
Flag it good



...and so on.
posted by Eideteker at 4:28 PM on May 31, 2007 [6 favorites]


[this is code]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:30 PM on May 31, 2007


I pledger leeches to the flag...
posted by wendell at 5:30 PM on May 31, 2007


It's like asking if someone remembers the shiniest punchclock they ever used.

Oh, L.L. Bean, no question.
posted by lampoil at 5:32 PM on May 31, 2007


stet, you should be able to flag and continue paging down with the spacebar now.

Flagged as fantastic!

the ocd me who's been forced into testing software lately will try and repro on my work machine tomorrow
posted by stet at 5:40 PM on May 31, 2007


For wendell...

"Take this shit to MetaTalk"
"I think this one's a double"
By now the comments will be quite banal
Don't believe the barbs and snarks
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I'm with the damned cabal

Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?

There's a post on circumcision
And another on declawing
On the front page of AskMe
Better you should mention God
And weather the "lolxtians"
Than use the word "fat" in an FPP

Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?

Swear allegiance to any flag
That's in the drop-down menu
Never select "it breaks the guidelines"
Teach the children by example
For some day sons of minya
May get up and go outside where we grew pale

Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me flagging?
Can you hear me seething, can you hear me hating you?

etc.
posted by Eideteker at 5:51 PM on May 31, 2007


Me thinks Eideteker dost try too hard...
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 5:59 PM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Surprised nobody has asked yet. I'd be interested to see a count of how people flagged this post. I flagged it "Fantastic," myself.
posted by lostburner at 6:49 PM on May 31, 2007


cortex's screenshot showed 128 flags. But that was a long time ago.
posted by jacalata at 7:21 PM on May 31, 2007


Alright, now I need to know.

What got the most flags ever?
posted by Brainy at 7:39 PM on May 31, 2007


Dirty Flaggot!
posted by Balisong at 9:17 PM on May 31, 2007


Firefox 1.5?! Debian!? Sheer Madness!!!!

Hey, I'm a webdev for a living. Be glad I didn't try it on Opera, Konqueror, or Be+.
posted by davejay at 12:24 AM on June 1, 2007


A web developer who tests on Be+ is a web developer who charges by the hour.
posted by Plutor at 4:50 AM on June 1, 2007


I'm flagging all you guys.
posted by LarryC at 7:53 AM on June 1, 2007


Mods:
If you're still reading this, flagging posts in MeFi/AskMeFi no longer auto-redirects back to the thread. FF 2.0.4/XP Pro.
posted by jmd82 at 10:33 AM on June 1, 2007


jmd82, that'll be fixed when we roll out this new version of flagging.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:39 AM on June 1, 2007


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posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:58 PM on June 1, 2007


(sorry, someone just left this as a comment on my blog and I thought it was so cool I wanted to see if it worked here)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:59 PM on June 1, 2007


Wow - I actually lost consciousness there for a minute.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:01 PM on June 1, 2007


For similar reasons:

you have great site! I telling all friends!! 100% SEX TIME V 1 A G R 4
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:02 PM on June 1, 2007


It doesn't work — whatever monospace font you're using turns out to not be monospace when it comes to ASCII art that uses the drawing characters, at least on OS X and other Unixes.
posted by blasdelf at 5:58 PM on June 1, 2007


Works for me on OS X. Firefox 2.0.0.3.
posted by brundlefly at 6:03 PM on June 1, 2007


A web developer who tests on Be+ is a web developer who charges by the hour.

Eh, it was more random of a browser than "lynx", which is what most people would have posted.

And Matt, that sleepy thing, THAT worked perfectly on Firefox 1.5.0.7 on Debian Stable. And now you've made it possible for people to do inline art again, albeit highly pixelated. It'll be like ATASCII BBSs back in the day...
posted by davejay at 6:59 PM on June 1, 2007


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posted by davejay at 7:00 PM on June 1, 2007


Emoticons, you're old and busted. There's a new (old) sheriff in yer FACE!
posted by davejay at 7:01 PM on June 1, 2007


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posted by Eideteker at 7:34 PM on June 1, 2007


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