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April 27, 2011 7:07 PM   Subscribe

Is there a way to search my favorites for comments I have favorited by a specific user?

Normal text search of my favorited comments only brings up comments in which a username is mentioned in the text, not comments made by that user.

(For example, if I wanted to find comments I have favorited by mathowie, is there a way to do that? Right now the search function, applied to my favorites, only brings up comments in which the word "mathowie" occurs.)
posted by LobsterMitten to Feature Requests at 7:07 PM (47 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

Dumpster dive for it.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:13 PM on April 27, 2011 [4 favorites]


http://mefi.marksmith.org/?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:16 PM on April 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


I don't see a way to get the information I'm looking for from the site you linked. (Possibly I am missing something obvious.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:29 PM on April 27, 2011


Who favorited the most posts (or comments) by Lobstermitten.
posted by zarq at 7:48 PM on April 27, 2011


Whose posts were most favorited by LobsterMitten. (Sorry. Misread your request.)
posted by zarq at 7:50 PM on April 27, 2011


You can click on the number to get a list of the posts/comments.
posted by fleacircus at 7:50 PM on April 27, 2011


Okay, this is really, really cool. Although my mind must be going. I don't even remember making some of those posts.
posted by zarq at 7:54 PM on April 27, 2011


who made this site? its awesome! I don't remember seeing a MeTa about it, and nothing turns up in a cursory google...
posted by milestogo at 8:03 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Which comments by mathowie were favorited by LobsterMitten in MetaFilter?

Which comments by mathowie were favorited by LobsterMitten in Ask MetaFilter?

You can get those by searching for mathowie's "fans," then looking for your username.

Another way is:

Whose comments were most favorited by LobsterMitten in MetaFilter?

Whose comments were most favorited by LobsterMitten in Ask MetaFilter?

Then look for "mathowie."
posted by John Cohen at 8:08 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, that is really neat.
posted by Forktine at 8:09 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, that's great, thank you for showing me how to do that. I had been thrown by the wording of the input fields and didn't realize such a search was possible! Thanks!
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:12 PM on April 27, 2011


I also thank you for pointing this site out to me.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:40 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


The 'dumpster is worse than TV Tropes, I swear. Man, what a rabbit hole.
posted by rtha at 8:47 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


It takes me hours to escape the dumpster...
posted by Blasdelb at 8:51 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man I keep forgetting about that page. It's so great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:07 PM on April 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


milestogo: who made this site? its awesome! I don't remember seeing a MeTa about it

The nifty infodumpster is Combustible Edison Lighthouse's project. I don't remember seeing a MetaTalk thread announcement either, but it looks like he introduced the infodumpster in this earlier MeTa thread about favorited comments/infodump data.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:00 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank you Combustible Edison Lighthouse!
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:31 AM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is there a way to see who has "given" the most favorites sitewide? Tried to use the infodumpster but I'm a tad fried this morning.
posted by jtron at 6:17 AM on April 28, 2011


Is there a way to see who has "given" the most favorites sitewide?

tehloki. Nobody else is even close.
posted by FishBike at 6:37 AM on April 28, 2011


Does anyone else wake up with a tingle of anticipation at checking in first thing to see what you might have missed overnight? Then I discover, and I mean EVERY TIME, that someone has posted a new way for me to spend MORE time looking at info in new and unusual ways. So for that...thank you (and my job officially hates you).
posted by victoriab at 7:15 AM on April 28, 2011


Does anyone else wake up with a tingle of anticipation at checking in first thing to see what you might have missed overnight?

Well, something like that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:19 AM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Interesting that the people most likely to favorite my comments are also likely to be geographically close to me (but we haven't met). Perhaps a meetup is in order!
posted by desjardins at 7:53 AM on April 28, 2011


Well, something like that.

It's just ASMR.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:58 AM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Interesting that the people most likely to favorite my comments are also likely to be geographically close to me (but we haven't met). Perhaps a meetup is in order!

I know we don't have the lat/long data in the Infodump for good reasons, but it would be kind of neat to study this effect. Is it just a population density effect? A time zone effect (in which case you'd expect it to correlate strongly with longitude but not latitude)? A language or cultural similarity thing?
posted by FishBike at 8:49 AM on April 28, 2011


I think in my case it's a function of posting a lot in the same threads that are directly relevant to our geographical area.
posted by desjardins at 9:04 AM on April 28, 2011


REALLY, LOBSTERMITTEN? Not even one? I guess I mean nothing to you. That's fine. I'm not taking it personally.
posted by pineapple at 9:20 AM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nice tool, which I had no clue existed.

Though non-obvious at first where you can enter stuff.

Well, I discovered there are basically no patterns regarding who I favorite or who favorites me. Which is strange as there are plenty of usernames I tend to associate with people whose comments I especially tend to like.
posted by philipy at 10:27 AM on April 28, 2011


You know what's fun? Find posts in MetaFilter where the deletion reason contains fuck. I shouldn't like irritated mod outbursts so much, but I do. I'm a bad person. But now I have my favorite deletion reason:

I don't even know where to begin here. Fuck it, I'm gonna go play sega
posted by Errant at 12:40 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


The list of favorites by Lobstermitten's here! The list of favorites by Lobstermitten's here! There it is, down at the bottom: Hoopo, 2 favorites! I'm somebody now!
posted by Hoopo at 12:56 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


They don't contain the word "fuck" but these are still awesome:

This post was deleted for the following reason: This is not what metafilter is for. This is not even close to what metafilter is for. If what metafilter were for was in, say, Fenway park, this would be an Amway presentation in Santa Monica. -- cortex

This post was deleted for the following reason: A rambling story about student electioneering, and a self-link to a pair of breasts? Congratulations: this is one of the worst posts I've ever seen. This is prize-winningly bad. Pure stunno. You have done exactly nothing right. -- cortex

posted by zarq at 1:11 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


We get a little more info on the admin side. So for that first post...

— deleted by vacapinta at 9:35:28 AM
— deleted by cortex at 9:35:54 AM
— deleted by cortex at 9:36:37 AM
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:18 PM on April 28, 2011


The "Christmas share the invite" thread was deleted three times?

That's hilarious. I have this image of cortex hitting the delete button while saying, "And STAY DEAD!"
posted by zarq at 1:25 PM on April 28, 2011


I think it was a simultaneous delete followed by me fixing a spelling error.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:10 PM on April 28, 2011


The dumpster is awesome.
It makes me hear the 'Family Ties' theme song.

:')
posted by herbplarfegan at 2:35 PM on April 28, 2011


Nice tool, which I had no clue existed.
Though non-obvious at first where you can enter stuff.


*snicker
posted by herbplarfegan at 2:38 PM on April 28, 2011


Another cool thing is that, for people who would like to see a deleted threads blog for AskMetafilter (like the one that already exists for Metafilter), you can create a makeshift list yourself by searching for deletion reasons that contain the mods' usernames.
posted by John Cohen at 2:41 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


You know what's fun? Find posts in MetaFilter where the deletion reason contains fuck.

Oh man, I am enjoying the fuck out of these! This might be my favorite:

wow, zero to fucked in like five comments. nice work, team. -- jessamyn
posted by grapesaresour at 3:14 PM on April 28, 2011


Another cool thing is that, for people who would like to see a deleted threads blog for AskMetafilter (like the one that already exists for Metafilter), you can create a makeshift list yourself by searching for deletion reasons that contain the mods' usernames.

I don't know if they all use the '-- name' convention to sign their deletion reasons now, but searching for deletion reasons containing '--' seems to work nicely to get all of them.
posted by FishBike at 3:23 PM on April 28, 2011


pineapple, there are 5! Including of course your most famous comment with the 5-3-1 method explained.

But I have to admit, I am sort of surprised on that list by some users being lower than I would have guessed, based on how frequently I agree with them. (Though I don't usually favorite things mainly out of agreement, I usually favorite them out of a vague sense that I might want to track the comment down again someday because it explains something well, or makes a point I hadn't thought of, or that sort of thing. So for example if a whole thread like this one will be easy for me to track down, I usually don't bother favoriting individual comments in it.)(Not that I think anyone is actually interested in my rationales for things like this.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:39 PM on April 28, 2011


I don't know if they all use the '-- name' convention to sign their deletion reasons now, but searching for deletion reasons containing '--' seems to work nicely to get all of them.

The "-- modname" convention came into being sometime in early 2007, shortly after I came onboard; I think it started happening on askme and metatalk a bit later, but am not sure. Reviewing the deletions chronologically should make that clear, in any case.

The postfix is actually automatically done; none of us type it in ourselves, the system just tosses it on the end of the content of the deletion reason field when we hit the delete button. That's why there's some reasons that have multiple modnames chained together: I delete a post with "this post sucks weenus", system adds "-- cortex", jessamyn goes in and example.coms a url i missed, system adds "-- jessamyn" to the already amended "this post sucks weenus -- cortex" reason.

I try to be good about going in and nixing the previously amended postfixes when I re-delete something but I don't always remember to. I think Matt and Jess are less annoyingly fastidious about that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:27 PM on April 28, 2011


I sometimes leave them for humorous effect.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:24 PM on April 28, 2011


I am sort of surprised on that list by some users being lower than I would have guessed, based on how frequently I agree with them

Yeah, same here. I picked a few people with whom I typically agree and was surprised not to find my name anywhere near the top of their fans. Basically, I like all of your comments a lot more than these stats would indicate!
posted by salvia at 10:19 PM on April 28, 2011


Oh, I know tehloki is our king. I was more curious who the other profligate favoriters were besides him and me.
So we can form a club
posted by jtron at 7:33 AM on April 29, 2011


I was more curious who the other profligate favoriters were besides him and me.

Ah, well then, shall we do the customary top-N list? Yes, let's. As of Saturday morning's update to the Infodump, the top 30 users by favorites given are:
tehloki: 41230 favorites given
blueberry: 32226 favorites given
Pope Guilty: 27173 favorites given
JHarris: 24771 favorites given
ShawnStruck: 22730 favorites given
liza: 21238 favorites given
Joe Beese: 20542 favorites given
nooneyouknow: 19835 favorites given
ifjuly: 19553 favorites given
misha: 18471 favorites given
hot soup girl: 17006 favorites given
limeonaire: 16706 favorites given
marble: 16553 favorites given
chicainthecity: 16137 favorites given
burnmp3s: 15811 favorites given
DevilsAdvocate: 15794 favorites given
koeselitz: 15593 favorites given
BrotherCaine: 14072 favorites given
aeschenkarnos: 14033 favorites given
yeloson: 13652 favorites given
nasreddin: 13401 favorites given
Artw: 13286 favorites given
Nattie: 13091 favorites given
deborah: 13010 favorites given
sebastienbailard: 12975 favorites given
divabat: 12819 favorites given
axon: 12626 favorites given
thsmchnekllsfascists: 12372 favorites given
Reverend John: 12213 favorites given
jtron: 12103 favorites given
posted by FishBike at 4:19 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank you :D I see I'm in good company!
posted by jtron at 6:46 PM on April 29, 2011


Aw, thanks, LM. But... when I click zarq's link, I still can't find me on it. Maybe the infodump just doesn't like me.
posted by pineapple at 4:45 PM on May 1, 2011


The lists for Metafilter and Ask Metafilter are separate, you can see both in John Cohen's comment. Look at the last link in his comment.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:16 PM on May 1, 2011


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