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January 3, 2009 12:28 AM   Subscribe

When you click on a "favorited X times" link, you are taken to a page with the title "All users marked nnnnn as favorite" (example). Should it not say "All users who marked nnnnnn as a favorite"? (The in-page text heading is "X users marked this as a favorite:", FWIW)
posted by No-sword to Bugs at 12:28 AM (31 comments total)

I think the who would be redundant.
posted by crossoverman at 12:58 AM on January 3, 2009


It's always sounded strange to me too, so it's nice that someone else feels that way too. Actually, maybe it should just say "x users feel that way too"
posted by sambosambo at 1:18 AM on January 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think it should say "All relevant users marked nnnnn as favorite".
posted by qvantamon at 2:52 AM on January 3, 2009


N!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:32 AM on January 3, 2009


I think it should be "Users who bookmarked 17180"
posted by flabdablet at 3:46 AM on January 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


IT'S INSANE THIS GUYS COMPLAINT
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:57 AM on January 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I would describe this as a grammatical oddity, not a bug.

I would also describe it as 'something better dealt with by an email to Matt or PB' than 'something requiring a MeTa post'.
posted by Happy Dave at 4:43 AM on January 3, 2009


Eh, you say grammatical oddity, I say bug. Doesn't really seem worth arguing about the definition of the word. Either way, if Matt/PB/any other admin wants to delete this post for excessive pedantry, that's fine by me.
posted by No-sword at 5:35 AM on January 3, 2009


SILENCED ALL MY LIFE
posted by No-sword at 5:45 AM on January 3, 2009

Should it not say "All users who marked..."
tick tock tick tock
Doesn't really seem worth arguing about the definition of the word.
boioioing
posted by The Loch Ness Monster at 6:46 AM on January 3, 2009


You're reading it wrong: it means what it says, everyone marked it as a favorite.

But seriously, yeah, it doesn't make any sense to me and it kind of bugs me too. Not too much, though. Just a bit. At my more irritable moments.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:53 AM on January 3, 2009


This is right up there with giving focus to the username field on the login page.
posted by carsonb at 7:26 AM on January 3, 2009


Attention! The white zone is for all users marked nnnnn as favorite only. The red zone is for all users focused the username field on the login page.
posted by chlorus at 8:09 AM on January 3, 2009


I agree, this should be changed. But you should have used the contact form instead of posting a MeTa.
posted by grouse at 8:17 AM on January 3, 2009


Overthinking a plate of favorites.
posted by Balisong at 9:05 AM on January 3, 2009


Seems like InterwebSpeak to me -- a phrase shortened to occupy less space but still retain its meaning. Kinda like MilSpeak (military shorthand). Very trendy.
posted by terranova at 9:46 AM on January 3, 2009


At the lower right corner of the MeTa page there is a link "contact". You could have used that for this.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:07 AM on January 3, 2009


I think it should read 'all users marking xxxx as favorite', since it's changeable, and the in-page heading should be 'nnnn users are marking this as a favorite'.
posted by jamjam at 10:22 AM on January 3, 2009


Metafilter: SILENCED ALL MY LIFE
posted by Rumple at 10:37 AM on January 3, 2009


I think it should say, 'All users by whom directory item NNNNN, in accordance with autonomously-defined conditions that are not necessarily inclusive of agreeance with or endorsement of any ideas presented in said item, was marked 'favorite'.'
posted by zennie at 10:53 AM on January 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'd favorite it.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:05 PM on January 3, 2009


I think the who would be redundant.
posted by crossoverman


No, the "All" is superfluous. It should read, "Users who marked xxxx as a favorite:"
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:23 PM on January 3, 2009


You could do it "Obama is your new bicycle" style and have a bunch of random phrases:
-The following people think this is great.
-These users agree.
-"Great point!" say these MeFites.
-It's possible these users just use favorites as bookmarks.
-Your favoriters, let me show you them.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on January 3, 2009


I think "xxxx's favoriteers" has a certain concise jollyness to it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:12 PM on January 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, so the general consensus is that the contact form should be used for such things in future. Sorry about that, folks.
posted by No-sword at 3:16 PM on January 3, 2009


What's all this caution about using meta for stuff like this? Not like there's a lack of real estate. And in cases like this it might be good for sussing out whether other user feel the same way and the mods can get a feel for whether there is a plurality of users agreeing on a change.
posted by Catfry at 3:16 PM on January 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Agreeance" is imperfectly cromulent.
posted by flabdablet at 3:33 PM on January 3, 2009


I think that weapons-grade pandemonium has the correct syntax.
I also think this is fine for MeTa, because a little help from the community in getting bad wording corrected has seemed to have been useful in previous, similar situations.
Finally, if I ever checked any favorites-related pages, this would have bugged the shit out of me, so I think the post is justified for that reason as well.
posted by obloquy at 3:42 PM on January 3, 2009


ALL YUOR USERS THAT ARE BELONG TO US
posted by not_on_display at 5:41 PM on January 3, 2009


goodnewsfortheinsane: You're reading it wrong: it means what it says, everyone marked it as a favorite.

See, that's why I haven't complained about this little typo, even though I noticed it; because, every time I look at one of my comments that's been favorited, I get that special, delusional glow during the five or six seconds in which I can convince myself that everyone on the whole of metafilter marked that comment as a favorite.

I think the special glow is reason enough to leave it.
posted by koeselitz at 12:40 AM on January 4, 2009


We just updated this today. Now the page title says "Favorites on [comment/post] [ID]".
posted by pb (staff) at 3:42 PM on January 7, 2009


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