I'd love to know what others think is fantastic. October 11, 2011 4:32 PM   Subscribe

Pony request. Could we have a page view that would show threads and comments that have been flagged as "fantastic"?

I favorite stuff a lot, but I save "fantastic" flagging for stuff that I think is good enough to be side-barred or maybe mentioned in the podcast. Usually this doesn't happen. I'm totally cool with that. Everybody's tastes are different. But, I'd like to see what other MeFites think is super awesome. Is that possible? Or does this page view already exist and I just don't know how to get to it? Or if this is not a good idea, could you explain why? Thanks!
posted by marsha56 to Feature Requests at 4:32 PM (31 comments total)

On the one hand, this would expose me to excellent comments that I might otherwise miss.

On the other hand, it could only make my degenerate obsession with favorites worse.
posted by Trurl at 4:36 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Or does this page view already exist and I just don't know how to get to it?

I'm pretty sure it doesn't already exist, probably because the mods don't really want to expose flagging activity, even when it's positive, to the site as a whole, but the Popular page is probably a good start.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:53 PM on October 11, 2011


You know, I've never really understood the "fantastic" flag. Even pre-favourites it was sort of out of place.
posted by GuyZero at 4:53 PM on October 11, 2011


Yeah I think surfacing any sort of flagging is really changing what the flagging system is for. We've had the flags, I think, longer than we've had favorites, but the favorites pages are pointing to more or less the same stuff as the fantastic flags. We seem to have a small but dedicated group of people who use the fantastic flag, but a much larger group of favoriters. And while I'm aware that the two reporting mechanisms don't really do the same thing, I don't think making the non-public one public is something we're likely to do, though paying more attention to them and being a bit more active on the sidebar (which is my job, more or less) is a good idea.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:07 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Highlighting more awesomeness on the sidebar is never a bad thing.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:11 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Thanks jessamyn. I think that answers my question. I'm okay if you want to close this up.
posted by marsha56 at 5:21 PM on October 11, 2011


Does the person whose comment was flagged as "Fantastic" have any indication?
posted by jgirl at 5:41 PM on October 11, 2011


Fantastic flags have always been a kind of broken feature, no? I mean I frequently pass up flagging things as "fantastic", because while a comment may be exceptional it may not be the sort of material that ends up on the sidebar (judging from what does). So I don't use it, except for that kind of material, in which case it was probably destined for the sidebar anyway.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:16 PM on October 11, 2011


Does the person whose comment was flagged as "Fantastic" have any indication?

I guess somebody's never had one. Guess you'll just have to wait and see...

kidding...as far as I know
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:17 PM on October 11, 2011


In a community this large, statistically speaking nearly everything gets at least one "fantastic" flag.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:23 PM on October 11, 2011


From the mods' perspective, what is the practical application/consequence of the "fantastic" flag?
posted by cribcage at 6:33 PM on October 11, 2011


I still use the fantastic flag instead of favoriting. Favorites are really bookmarks, dammit. >.<
posted by Eideteker at 6:41 PM on October 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


Of course, now someone will favorite that comment in agreement...
posted by Eideteker at 6:45 PM on October 11, 2011


Goddamit, I wasted my post today on some bullshit. Now I found a collection of cats in boxes pics. If anyone wants to post it I will flag hay shit as fantastic so goddamn hard the post will wake up in the middle of last week.
posted by Ad hominem at 6:46 PM on October 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


I bet all those were grubbed from catsinboxes.com, so I'd be flagging that post as "breaks guidelines." See also catsinsinks.com for more feline furriness.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:11 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ad hominem, that site is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the fortnight I've been having. Thank you.

(I don't care from [previously]. :P)
posted by likeso at 7:15 PM on October 11, 2011


1. Flag fighty comments as 'Fantastic'
2. Wait for it to show up on sidebar
3. Followed by the inevitable Meta.
4. grab popcorn
5. ????
5.25 Profit!!!
posted by babby╩╝); Drop table users; -- at 7:31 PM on October 11, 2011


Does it mean fantastic in the sense of really good, or fantastic in the sense of lacking credibility?
posted by Decani at 8:24 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I always figured flagging as "fantastic" was synonymous with saying " hey mods, I think is is side-bar worthy," and that if enough people felt the same way, the comment would get sidebarred. Essentially, the sidebar is your "flagged as fantastic" page.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:05 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I flag as fantastic when I think something should be sidebar'd.

I don't want fantastic flags exposed to users, because I'm already unhealthily neurotic about my favorites and I don't need another reason to feel inferior to sonascope, y'know?
posted by pts at 9:45 PM on October 11, 2011


I always figured flagging as "fantastic" was synonymous with saying " hey mods, I think is is side-bar worthy

This is my approach too.

I don't need another reason to feel inferior to sonascope

I think sonascope's comments come with the fantastic flag on as default.
posted by arcticseal at 3:27 AM on October 12, 2011


Do the mods even use the fantastic flag, or do they use favorites for the sidebar?
posted by smackfu at 6:15 AM on October 12, 2011


jgirl: "Does the person whose comment was flagged as "Fantastic" have any indication?"

Nope.

Had a comment sidebarred last month and apparently didn't notice for several days.
posted by zarq at 7:06 AM on October 12, 2011


The onliest time I got sidebarred, I just noticed I had 100+ favorites on a comment, and figured I should look, and there it was.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:26 AM on October 12, 2011


Devils Rancher: "The onliest time I got sidebarred, I just noticed I had 100+ favorites on a comment, and figured I should look, and there it was."

Heh. My wife had to point it out to me.
posted by zarq at 10:41 AM on October 12, 2011


My house is home to the Great Facebook/MetaFilter Divide. I have to hand her a computer with one of Sonacope's comments open to get her to deign to glance our way.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:40 AM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heh. Mine reads MeFi on my account, but never comments. She was really annoyed when I punched the red button because she hates reading MeFi in its natural colors. (We're a professional white background family!)
posted by zarq at 11:48 AM on October 12, 2011


"Does it mean fantastic in the sense of really good, or fantastic in the sense of lacking credibility?"

Are you new here? Or do you just like commenting on posts you haven't read?

Or perhaps you just like reusing jokes...
posted by Eideteker at 12:27 PM on October 12, 2011


In a community this large, statistically speaking nearly everything gets at least one "fantastic" flag.

I don't know if you somehow intended this figuratively, but in a literal sense that's absolutely not the case. Most content doesn't get flagged at all; of the content that does get flagged, only a small subset is being flagged positively with the "fantastic" flag.

Does the person whose comment was flagged as "Fantastic" have any indication?

Nope.

From the mods' perspective, what is the practical application/consequence of the "fantastic" flag?

We have a flag queue on the front page of the admin interface, the "flag hotspots" area, which we monitor throughout the day for things that need fixing or other attention. There's an adjunct queue below that called "good spots" that separates out only the fantastic flags; we keep half an eye on that as a low-priority "hey here's some cool stuff" thing.

Do the mods even use the fantastic flag, or do they use favorites for the sidebar?

We use both; like jessamyn said, they tend to operate roughly in parallel with the flags being a much lower volume thing than favorites. There's been stuff sidebarred that had a lot of either or both or neither, but typically people have already collectively been Hey This Is Awesome via flags or faves or emails by the time we get something up on the sidebar. There's no formal procedure.

Does it mean fantastic in the sense of really good, or fantastic in the sense of lacking credibility?

Both, sometimes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:28 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I figured it was to make people give decent reasons on flagging (negatively) so:

*grar evil comment that breaks guidelines*
FLAG! pick reason to flag. As Fantastic? Heck no. Hmm. right, let's categorise this properly.

Metafilter: against drive by flagging?
posted by titanium_geek at 3:17 AM on October 13, 2011


I've always used the Fantastic flag as a signal to the mods "Hey, this comment is probably sidebar worthy!"

If I were running the show, I'd put in some sort of mechanism where, after mumble mumble "fantastic" flags, I'd get a little pop up that let me approve or veto the sidebaring of said comment. And I'd probably only use the veto if the same cadre of people kept upvoting the same types of comments over and over. (On the internet? Perish the thought!)
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 12:53 PM on October 13, 2011


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