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Comments on MetaTalk post Ten percent of nothin' is, let me do the math here... nothin' and a nothin', carry the nothin'...Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:02:26 -0800Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:02:26 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Ten percent of nothin' is, let me do the math here... nothin' and a nothin', carry the nothin'...
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An Infodump Question™ <small>and followup to <a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/13599/Is-someone-compilinghas-someone-already-compiled-statistics">this post</a></small>: What is the average number of favorites per post received for each of the various MeFi subsites? Per comment? Average number of favorites given and received for the userbase?post:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:00:46 -0800zarqBy: zarq
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And while I'm asking... how many favorites have been given and received by mefites in total over the history of the site?comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952250Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:02:26 -0800zarqBy: pb
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<em>how many favorites have been given and received by mefites in total over the history of the site?</em><br>
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That's a little tough to answer because the number fluctuates. People remove favorites and there's no record of that. At this moment there 7,767,509 recorded favorites. The maximum auto-incrementing favorite ID is 8277470. That's probably a good approximation of the total number of favorites ever given. There will be some things inflating that number like testing, but it should be pretty close.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952256Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:20:14 -0800pbBy: zarq
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<a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952256">pb</a>: "<i>The maximum auto-incrementing favorite ID is 8277470.</i>"<br>
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Wow. That's a <em>lot</em> of favorites.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952258Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:30:46 -0800zarqBy: pb
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Average favorites per post, comment, and user is going to be low because the site hasn't always had favorites. It might make sense to start with the addition of favorites (sometime in 2006?) and get the averages from that point on. Of course people can go back to the <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/19/CatScancom">first post</a> and add it as a favorite today, but the averages for the first six or seven years of the site are going to be low.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952259Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:35:01 -0800pbBy: zarq
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952260
<a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952259">pb</a>: "<i>It might make sense to start with the addition of favorites (sometime in 2006?) and get the averages from that point on.</i>"<br>
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That makes sense. Perhaps broken down by year from 2006 onward makes more sense then.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952260Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:38:20 -0800zarqBy: jessamyn
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They'll just count as two favorites, pretty certain.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952263Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:39:33 -0800jessamynBy: pb
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<em>What about favorites added, then removed, then re-added?</em><br>
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Yeah, that would roll the auto-incrementing ID forward twice.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952265Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:42:16 -0800pbBy: cortex
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Yeah, while leaving only one actual favorite as a row in the db/infodump.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952267Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:44:16 -0800cortexBy: pb
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For simplicity, let's go with including posts that have received at least one favorite. Of those, here are the average number of favorites/post by subsite:<br>
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Mefi: 14<br>
Ask: 7<br>
Projects: 2<br>
Music: 4<br>
Jobs: 1<br>
IRL: 1<br>
MetaTalk: 5<br>
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And including only comments that have received at least one favorite, the average number of favorites/comment by subsite:<br>
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Mefi: 4<br>
Ask: 3<br>
Projects: 1<br>
Music: 1<br>
IRL: 1<br>
MetaTalk: 3comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952269Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:51:32 -0800pbBy: shakespeherian
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952273
Just to make this annoying I am going to favorite and de-favorite and re-favorite a comment by zarq from 2004 46 different times.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952273Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:59:29 -0800shakespeherianBy: Brandon Blatcher
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952277
Ok, I've 2005 covered.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952277Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:11:17 -0800Brandon BlatcherBy: Brandon Blatcher
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952278
Put a 'got' in there. You decide where.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952278Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:12:06 -0800Brandon BlatcherBy: zarq
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952279
<a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952269">pb</a>: "<i>For simplicity...</i>"<br>
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Huh. Much lower in MeFi and Ask than I expected. I thought they would average about 20 and 10, respectively.<br>
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Also, thanks, pb! :)comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952279Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:12:43 -0800zarqBy: zarq
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952281
<a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952273">shakespeherian</a>: "<i>Just to make this annoying I am going to favorite and de-favorite and re-favorite a comment by zarq from 2004 46 different times.</i>"<br>
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I checked to make sure I'd commented in 2004 and came up with <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/37113/For-November-we-are-offering-a-toy-modeled-after-the-penis-of-an-Akita">this post</a>.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952281Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:16:00 -0800zarqBy: griphus
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952282
Meanwhile, I have been sending out MeMails for people giving me favorites on the 5,000s and <i>none of you fuckers have replied</i>.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952282Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:22:42 -0800griphusBy: zarq
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952283
<a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952282">griphus</a>: "<i>Meanwhile, I have been sending out MeMails for people giving me favorites on the 5,000s and none of you fuckers have replied.</i>"<br>
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I got a memail from somebody once for giving them their 6666th comment. For the life of me, I can't remember who.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952283Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:28:39 -0800zarqBy: zarq
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er.... 6666th <em>favorite</em>. <br>
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<small>....bloody typos. I blame Cthulhu....</small>comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952284Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:29:37 -0800zarqBy: iamkimiam
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When I was doing research for the AoIR presentation, I was real surprised to find such a contrast between favoriting behaviour from comparable 2006 and 2010 threads. The 2006 one was just before favorites were introduced (in late Spring of that year). As such, that thread only had TWO post-post favorites (and both were explainable for other reasons...I think one of them was actually me, for research reference purposes). But the 2010 one had hundreds of favorites, for all manner of reasons.<br>
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My point is, to get an accurate answer to this question, you really need to track and scale the popularity of favorites over time by subsite and topic (and probably other factors) to get an accurate picture of what's been going on. A raw, unscaled count would get watered down in uninteresting ways.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952288Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:22:08 -0800iamkimiamBy: Decani
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<em>They'll just count as two favorites, pretty certain.<br>
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:39 PM on December 13</em><br>
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TIL how to favourite my favourite posts to infinity and beyond!comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952289Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:32:30 -0800DecaniBy: Sys Rq
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Piggyback question!<br>
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What's the most-favorited comment from the pre-favorites era?comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952294Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:35:19 -0800Sys RqBy: pb
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<em>What's the most-favorited comment from the pre-favorites era?</em><br>
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If we define the pre-favorites era as any post made before <a href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/11851/Announcing-favorites-and-flagging">May 10, 2006</a>, the top 5 favorited comments are: <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/10034#128648">1</a> (190), <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/12512#178067">2</a> (118), <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/10034#128502">3</a> (112), <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/48654#1189388">4</a> (106), <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/40958#896414">5</a> (105).comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952304Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:00:00 -0800pbBy: phunniemee
http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21285/Ten-percent-of-nothin-is-let-me-do-the-math-here-nothin-and-a-nothin-carry-the-nothin#952335
<em>Meanwhile, I have been sending out MeMails for people giving me favorites on the 5,000s and none of you fuckers have replied.</em><br>
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You're just not trying hard enough. I MSpainted a stegosaurus for the mefite who gave me my 7777th favorite. And a parasaruolophus for some other milestone number.comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952335Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:27:14 -0800phunniemeeBy: arcticseal
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pre-favourites #5 from Divine Wino is just stupendous and will change the way I shave for the better (or result in permanent disfigurement).comment:metatalk.metafilter.com,2011:site.21285-952354Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:41:41 -0800arcticseal