New Favorites page! January 29, 2008 5:18 PM   Subscribe

New favorites page!

We redid the favorites page (here's mine). Here are the following improvements:

- Separated Posts from Comments on new tabs, easier to read/parse on the full page width, now shows you the poster's name, number of comments, etc

- Filter by Site lets you dive into showing just favorites from a single sub-site.

- Search oh my god did you say Search why yes I did I said Search. You can now SEARCH! your favorites by words or exact phrases and a stub of a url like searching for cnn.com should pull up favorites that contained that. You can also sort search results by relevancy or date in the upper right hand corner of results. You can also search other people's favorites from their page, but you have to be logged in to see the search options.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 5:18 PM (95 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

Yeaaaa!
posted by Mister_A at 5:20 PM on January 29, 2008


Well, goddamn.
posted by middleclasstool at 5:22 PM on January 29, 2008


:::hugs mathowie, but in a nerdy way:::
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 PM on January 29, 2008


Nifty. What a great word, nifty. It's just so.... well, yes, it is.
posted by klaatu at 5:23 PM on January 29, 2008


It's beautiful! Lovely job!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:23 PM on January 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Very handy. Nice.
posted by tkolar at 5:25 PM on January 29, 2008


Either he does not like them, or he can lie.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:25 PM on January 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Neat-o.
posted by inconsequentialist at 5:28 PM on January 29, 2008


Yeah, this is nice.

But, mathowie favorited the BMW thread. Go figure!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:29 PM on January 29, 2008


cool, when searching for stuff, it neatly separates the posts and comments.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:32 PM on January 29, 2008


Excellent! Also the My Favorites tab in Recent Activity!
posted by Kattullus at 5:36 PM on January 29, 2008


This is in no way going to reduce my obsession with how many favorites I am getting.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:37 PM on January 29, 2008 [9 favorites]


Piss laser? How did I miss piss laser?
posted by 517 at 5:38 PM on January 29, 2008


Woo!
posted by danb at 5:38 PM on January 29, 2008


Okay, "woo" is not really sufficient. This is awesome. This is better than that travel subsite y'all have been talking about. Thanks!
posted by danb at 5:44 PM on January 29, 2008


Thank you! Yay!

*hugs everybody*
posted by rtha at 5:44 PM on January 29, 2008


I know I said it over email when we beta tested this, but I want to say again that "Keyword in HTML" is total search pr0n. (example) So is context highlighting, so is the hot little switch in the "sorted by" text

Sorted by relevance Sort by date
Sort by relevance Sorted by date

*swoons*

This result looks sort of weird though -- tab says zero posts, tabbed view clearly shows one, why is that? Because it's mathowie's own post? Because it's MeTa?

A few other notes from testing

- there is a stop word list that keeps people from searching for words like "the" The list is SQL Server's default stop word list
- single letters, numbers, and most punctuation is also ignored
- searching for multiple words does not do a phrase search, even if you use quotes

I can't remember anything else we discussed that isn't obvious. Thanks pb and mathowie!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:45 PM on January 29, 2008


This is fantastic.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:56 PM on January 29, 2008


this shit is bananas.

bee
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posted by exlotuseater at 5:59 PM on January 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Today, my months and months of over-zealous favouriting finally bear fruit.
posted by chrismear at 6:00 PM on January 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


DO YOU SEE ME I AM DANCING
posted by exlotuseater at 6:00 PM on January 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


My god, it gave my coat a healthy shine and lemon fresh scent! Praise be!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:06 PM on January 29, 2008


IT SORTS FAVORITED COMMENTS BY THE POST THEY WERE IN.

I LOVE YOU MATTACORTAPBMYN!
posted by flatluigi at 6:07 PM on January 29, 2008


Sweet!
posted by anaelith at 6:09 PM on January 29, 2008


however, my enthusiasm is a bit dampened by the fact that those aformentioned posts aren't sorted by date -- my first three favorited AskMe comments are from '06, '05, and '07 respectively.
posted by flatluigi at 6:09 PM on January 29, 2008


But what have you done for me lately ?

Seriously, this is cool.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 6:11 PM on January 29, 2008


THIS IS AWESOME.
posted by numinous at 6:15 PM on January 29, 2008


THIS IS AWESOME.

We rolled it out special for you, numinous, we felt terrible about how you've been treated in MeTa lately.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:18 PM on January 29, 2008


flatuluigi, can you link to the page where you're seeing this? I'm not sure what you're encountering, but it doesn't sound right.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:21 PM on January 29, 2008


cortex: http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/52375/comments/ask/
posted by flatluigi at 6:22 PM on January 29, 2008


(I'm back to happy now, I'm finding some threads that I forgot were great, like this one.)
posted by flatluigi at 6:25 PM on January 29, 2008


Huzzah!
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:30 PM on January 29, 2008


Well, that is just about the sexiest thing I've ever seen. No offense to anyone else I've said was sexy lately.
posted by katillathehun at 6:32 PM on January 29, 2008


Ah ha. I think I see what's going on: it's sorting by date alright, but it's the date at which you added the favorite, not the date at which the post/comment you favorited was posted. Which is how it's always worked, we just never had the byline date for favorited items displayed previously.

In other words: working as intended.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:32 PM on January 29, 2008


And thanks to tehloki, this means there's also a new full-site search.
posted by Partial Law at 6:39 PM on January 29, 2008 [5 favorites]


this is dope.
posted by dawson at 6:40 PM on January 29, 2008


'Nother bug!

As seen on this page of my favorites, the small tag leaked a bit.
posted by flatluigi at 6:55 PM on January 29, 2008


Popular doesn't work for me anymore
posted by pantsrobot at 7:00 PM on January 29, 2008


posts aren't sorted by date

They're sorted in the order that you set them as favorites. So if you mark a post from 2002 as a favorite today, it will be at the top of your favorites, as the old page always worked.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:01 PM on January 29, 2008


What happened to Contacts' favourites?. Has it vanished or moved somewhere else?
posted by dhruva at 7:27 PM on January 29, 2008


It's a dessert topping AND a floor wax!

Thanks, this really is awesome, especially the SEARCH feature!
posted by misha at 7:33 PM on January 29, 2008


dhruva, your contacts' favorites are here. We'll have to find a place to link that. (There used to be a link at the top of the favorites page.)
posted by pb (staff) at 7:37 PM on January 29, 2008


thanks pb...I'll just bookmark that link for now.
posted by dhruva at 7:38 PM on January 29, 2008


Thanks, guys, this is yay.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:50 PM on January 29, 2008


Very cool, thanks.
I generally use favorites as bookmarks, but lately I was thinking of sending the bookmarks to del.icio.us and using favorites as a nod.
Now I have to think again.
posted by bru at 8:17 PM on January 29, 2008


This is great. But I'm worried. Can someone check on iamkimiam? I just want to be sure she didn't hit her head or pass out from having her mind blown just now.
posted by sambosambo at 8:28 PM on January 29, 2008


Nice!
posted by Artw at 9:46 PM on January 29, 2008


Thank you; this is fanbloodytastic!
posted by andraste at 10:00 PM on January 29, 2008


I just got finished reading a really good book by Agatha Christie (Murder of Roger Ackroyd, to be specific) and I really enjoyed the story and I was remembering how great so many of her books are and thinking of the cool plot twists of They Came to Baghdad, Endless Night, Man in the Brown Suit, etc. And I was thinking how freaking cool Agatha Christie was.

But then I came to Metatalk and I heard that we can now search our favourites.

You guys win. You are cooler than AC.
posted by mosessis at 10:22 PM on January 29, 2008


What about the favorite comments from the site? There used to be "best comment" section in favorites: now it's gone.

HOPE ME!
posted by lalochezia at 10:44 PM on January 29, 2008


Search oh my god did you say Search why yes I did I said Search

Did somebody replace your albuterol with poppers?
posted by boo_radley at 10:52 PM on January 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


this was discussed once before, but it would be nice to have an rss feed of my recent favorites.
posted by sswiller at 10:52 PM on January 29, 2008


lalochezia, do you mean Popular Favorites? We'll have to find a place to link that. (There used to be a link at the top of the favorites page.)
posted by pb (staff) at 10:53 PM on January 29, 2008


I hit my head, passed out, and my mind is blown. I am still reeling from the awesome.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:15 PM on January 29, 2008


This is fabbo. Yes, I said fabbo. Because that is what this is.

Fabbo.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:18 PM on January 29, 2008


Fabbo is my new favoritest word.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:04 AM on January 30, 2008


fabbojax at midnite
posted by item at 1:23 AM on January 30, 2008


Hah! I knew caving and going back to Metafilter after two days straight of Marketing homework would pay off. This is mind-asplodey-stuff. Srsly.
posted by Phire at 1:26 AM on January 30, 2008


Please make the link to Popular Favorites come back. I mean, I can come here and get it, but I was freaking out for about the last 3 minutes that it might have been gone for good, until I found it here.

Also, yay.
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:27 AM on January 30, 2008


this puts the fabbo in ri-fabbo-diculous.
posted by farishta at 2:03 AM on January 30, 2008


So if I favorite every single post and comment on the site I will have full text search back again?
posted by Wolfdog at 2:03 AM on January 30, 2008


Is it possible to have 'Popular' tab of the list of your stuff other people have favorited go to more than one page? Both 'Fuzzy' and 'Precise' go back multiple pages via the Older link, but 'Popular' has just that one page of the top 20.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:50 AM on January 30, 2008


I, too, was going to coin a new term to describe how awesome this is, until said awesomeness scrambled my brain.

Also, what bru said.
posted by somanyamys at 5:52 AM on January 30, 2008


Ver' nice, ver' nice. Thanks, Powers.

(Another request here to link metafilter.com/favorites/all somewhere prominent. The only reason I ever go to my favorites page is to hit the link to that one [though now I'll go more often just for the aesthetic boost it gives me].)
posted by gleuschk at 6:11 AM on January 30, 2008


"thanks pb...I'll just bookmark that link for now."

Or favorite it!
posted by Jahaza at 6:25 AM on January 30, 2008


THANK YOU.
posted by kidsleepy at 6:44 AM on January 30, 2008


How do I get the most favorite comments in the last 7 days?
posted by grouse at 6:50 AM on January 30, 2008


This will definitely increase my use of favourites from 'practically never' to 'w00t - I R FAVRIT MASHEEN''.
posted by Sparx at 7:25 AM on January 30, 2008


There is a whole lot of awesome here. Seriously, we are talking about an inordinate amount. The kind of thing, where you look at it, and think 'damn, that's a sizable quantity of awesomeness' but since you are at a distance, you can't really appreciate how much is actually there.

To put this in quantifiable terms, this is a fuckton of awesome.

In deference to our metric users, that's about 1016 kilofucks.
posted by quin at 7:30 AM on January 30, 2008


Another request here to link metafilter.com/favorites/all somewhere prominent

For now, it's always in the header of MetaFilter pages, under the word "Popular"
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:48 AM on January 30, 2008


Astro Zombie, you deserve every one of those favorites.

P.S. Don't look at The Pink Superhero's profile.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:55 AM on January 30, 2008


Hot damn, seems I picked the perfect week to join!
posted by pyrex at 8:01 AM on January 30, 2008


Please favorite this comment.
posted by Dizzy at 8:46 AM on January 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


So if I favorite every single post and comment on the site I will have full text search back again?

Full text search is in the works right now, and will be rolled out soon.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:05 AM on January 30, 2008


OMFG.

2008 can only go downhill from here.
posted by chrismear at 9:20 AM on January 30, 2008


So swell it's keen. Muchas gracias.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:38 AM on January 30, 2008


I am quite pleased with these improvements on the favorites system, they make perusing my impeccably selected favorites a thoroughly improved experience. 2 questions:

- Can http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/ refer automatically to http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/[loggedinuserid] or perhaps to some adaptation of Popular?

and

- Wouldn't a Random button/tab on this be neat?
posted by carsonb at 11:17 AM on January 30, 2008


Bug report: It's not letting me remove favorites. I'm using IE 6 (at work). Javascript is enabled and works otherwise.
posted by desjardins at 11:19 AM on January 30, 2008


I would like to be able to adjust the amount of displayed comments, why is 50 a hard limit? I would like to be able to adjust the sorting order, starting from the first favorite and ending at the most recent. I would like to see these changes available while browsing comments through this interface as well. If I could see 500 comments at once it would be a lot easier for me to scroll to the bottom and read up, but I cant. If I could sort by date I could read the 50 oldest ones and hit the links for more, but I can't. At they very least could we move the Older >> and << Newer links to the TOP OF THE PAGE so you don't have to scroll to the bottom and hit them 10x over to get to the beginning of a 500 comment history?
posted by prostyle at 11:20 AM on January 30, 2008


desjardins, are you trying to remove posts or comments? And are you removing them on your favorites page or someone else's?
posted by pb (staff) at 11:21 AM on January 30, 2008


Oh and

Showing posts from: [Music]

is just begging for playlist action, or embedded something.
posted by carsonb at 11:23 AM on January 30, 2008


Heh, my favorite metatalk comments page has Rhomboid's red smiley.
posted by carsonb at 11:27 AM on January 30, 2008


pb, I was trying to remove posts from my own favorites page (having used favorites somewhat as bookmarks, and having already read the posts in question, I now wish to un-favorite them). This occurred on the "All" view and the "MetaTalk" view. Not sure about the other views, and I hadn't tried removing comments. I can still remove the favorite from the post page itself.
posted by desjardins at 11:40 AM on January 30, 2008


Another request here to link metafilter.com/favorites/all somewhere prominent

For now, it's always in the header of MetaFilter pages, under the word "Popular"


Yay, thanks!
posted by gleuschk at 11:43 AM on January 30, 2008


Thanks for the extra info desjardins, removing favorites should be working for IE now. If you're still having trouble, the old log out/log back in trick might help. (Oh, and a shift + reload might be required to make sure you have the latest version of the page.)
posted by pb (staff) at 12:15 PM on January 30, 2008


Holy Christ this is great.
posted by trip and a half at 1:17 PM on January 30, 2008


What is the opposite of EPIC FAIL?
posted by Durin's Bane at 1:47 PM on January 30, 2008


What is the opposite of EPIC FAIL?

Traditionally EPIC LULZ, but I'm pretty sure that's not appropriate.
posted by tkolar at 1:57 PM on January 30, 2008


What is the opposite of EPIC FAIL?

EPIC WIN!!11!!!!!11one
posted by numinous at 1:57 PM on January 30, 2008


In exceptional cases, it may involve winning one (1) or more internets.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:28 PM on January 30, 2008


Peachy keen!
posted by deborah at 2:37 PM on January 30, 2008


You're da man mathowie. wow. Thanks so much for this generous and excellent addition to an already awesome site.
posted by nickyskye at 10:59 PM on January 30, 2008


Hah. Hahah. I just realized that being aware of the greatly increased functionality of the favourites page makes me favourite that much more obsessively. Watch out, tehloki!
posted by Phire at 5:59 AM on January 31, 2008


Just added paging to the favorites pages so it'll be easier to go back and forth in time.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:47 PM on January 31, 2008


I dig, thanks!
posted by prostyle at 5:51 PM on January 31, 2008


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