How will I search for my favorite pony? December 13, 2011 1:35 PM   Subscribe

Wondering if it's possible to limit a search to just within my favorited posts?

I use post favorites to bookmark threads that I want to "save." Usually it's threads full of useful information, recipes, answers to problems that I'm trying to solve or think I will need to solve one day. I have a lot of favorited posts.

Sometimes I'll do a search for something and will turn up a post that I've already favorited. I'm wondering if it's possible to just search within my favorites. I can imagine the technical difficulty that this might pose but just thought I'd throw it out there.
posted by amanda to Feature Requests at 1:35 PM (45 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Sure, go to your favorites page and use the search form at the top right of the page.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:39 PM on December 13, 2011 [9 favorites]


Is that new? I noticed it only last week.
posted by jamjam at 1:46 PM on December 13, 2011


Nope, it's been there since we added local search a few years ago.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:49 PM on December 13, 2011


Yeah, at least two and a half or three years now.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:52 PM on December 13, 2011


Yay!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:57 PM on December 13, 2011


Thank you for my beautiful pony! Heh. Wow. There it is. Even better than I imagined.
posted by amanda at 1:58 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


I knew about searching your own favorites, but I failed to generalize it to anyone's favorites. So thanks, amanda for this question, and pb, for linking directly to amanda's favorites page! Huzzah!
posted by skynxnex at 2:00 PM on December 13, 2011


i offhandedly mentioned this in a metatalk thread once, like "man it'd be awesome if..." and the mods immediately were like "it's already there!" i don't think i've ever asked for a pony before only to discover it'd been in my back yard all along.
posted by nadawi at 2:03 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ha! Now can we automatically have generated a psychological profile of me based on my favorites? Or is that already there, some button I just don't see yet.
posted by amanda at 2:04 PM on December 13, 2011


You joke about psychological profiles, but take a look at the suggested tag list for My MeFi and My Ask. They're based partially on things you favorite.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:08 PM on December 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


Ooooh.

Ha-ha.

Hmmm.... must log off now.
posted by amanda at 2:12 PM on December 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


Well if we're giving out ponies, I want a small one:

On the profile page the "search user's activity" field is on the upper right side of the page. On the search result page the field gets moved down and all the way over to the left.

This leads to confusion, particularly in the form of intending to search that user for another set of keywords, but instead accidentally using the global search field which is still on the upper right.

Could we keep the search user's activity field on the right on the search result page?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 2:12 PM on December 13, 2011


When you only saw one set of footprints, it was because that was all pb programmed you to see.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:13 PM on December 13, 2011 [11 favorites]


If we're taking a poll, my suggested tag list just freaked me out a bit with its accuracy. Nothing embarrassing -- or at least nothing that people who didn't also read my own comments couldn't figure out -- but as far as profiles go, it's certainly not INaccurate.

I always appreciate threads like these -- though they also make me feel a little guilty because y'all have obviously done so much work behind the scenes that I don't take the time to appreciate on a day to day basis.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:15 PM on December 13, 2011


music video game YouTube art baseball design flash games humor sports videogames videogame food tv puzzle caps football Meme statistics film logos movies photography DAY

That sums me up DISTURBINGLY well. Better than I'd like to admit, actually. What's the DAY tag about though?
posted by Rock Steady at 2:17 PM on December 13, 2011


music books dog children cat money work movies kids TV travel moving relationships sex family job games language dogs food Boston book video wii computer

My Ask rounds out my personality a bit better, but is also eerily accurate.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on December 13, 2011


music DoctorWho sex art writing men canada YouTube bbc education books humor tv feminism photographs relationships television video chinese comedy design history OWS race white

Uh. Whoa.
posted by Phire at 2:19 PM on December 13, 2011


If we're taking a poll, my suggested tag list just freaked me out a bit with its accuracy.

Mine is off.

pb, does the My Mefi suggested tags take into account the tags of your own posts? I was noticing the difference in tags from the 3rd column of my profile page [MeFi tags: art (28) space (17) photography (15) comics (12) film (10) fun (10) nasa (10) apollo (9) design (9) science (9)] vs the suggested tags on My Mefi (politics apple USA obama ipad iphone america terrorism BarackObama osamabinladen alqaeda art SteveJobs comics election palin GOP music photography YouTube women mccain sarahpalin history starwars)
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:22 PM on December 13, 2011


does the My Mefi suggested tags take into account the tags of your own posts?

No, it just uses tags from your favorite posts and comments.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:26 PM on December 13, 2011


Could we keep the search user's activity field on the right on the search result page?

Yeah, I can see the confusion there. You can also search through people's activity like so. And I think it would be confusing to start out with the search form on the right on that page.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:36 PM on December 13, 2011


No, it just uses tags from your favorite posts and comments.

Could tags from posts made by the user be added? I'm guessing that people would only post about stuff that interests them.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:40 PM on December 13, 2011


Could tags from posts made by the user be added?

Those are just some suggestions to get you started. They're not meant to be a comprehensive list of things you like. Sometimes it works out that way, that's why I mentioned it. But that's not what we're going for there.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:46 PM on December 13, 2011


Brandon Blatcher: I'm guessing that people would only post about stuff that interests them.

Like hardcore alien porn, for example.
posted by gman at 2:48 PM on December 13, 2011


I have no favorites but My Mefi still suggests: music art History youtube photography Science video japan politics india apple fashion film WWII language UK war wtf Asia Jobs life obit rock text work.
posted by unliteral at 2:49 PM on December 13, 2011


Sorry I misspoke unliteral, it uses tags from posts you've commented on as well as posts you favorited.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:51 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Like hardcore alien porn, for example.

You pedantic asshole.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:53 PM on December 13, 2011


My first three My Ask tags were "cat relationships therapy" ... yeah, ok.
posted by little cow make small moo at 2:54 PM on December 13, 2011


music books games car movies food computer rap hiphop bike mp3 cars video audio history film library tattoo videogames bicycle money iPod literature TV jazz

Hey, I don't like iPods that much!
posted by box at 3:50 PM on December 13, 2011


I'm going to throw out a question now, because I don't want to clutter up the MeTa front page with "do you remember this" posts, but I remember an FPP from forever ago, about a different thread where people shared adorably mortifying stories about their kids. It was a great thread, but I can't find it, and the most memorable one (the story which I believe began the linked thread, IIRC) was also horrible to try to search for, but involved a dad having his poker game with his buddies, and his two-year-old daughter running into the room naked and excited, shouting, "daddy! I've got my own pocket! It can fit a pen!"

This is an awful thing to be searching for based on what little specifics I remember, but it was a great thread and I'm almost certain I found it here. Does anyone else remember this? Searching My Favorites does nothing (and it might have been before favorites were implemented, actually.)
posted by Navelgazer at 3:52 PM on December 13, 2011


music egypt art protest mubarak film jan25 khalidsaeed dance history photography youtube culture Women video feminism rape fashion movies NYC society technology Twitter animation blog

Interesting. I hope I remember to check back in on this in a year or so to see what has changed.
posted by EvaDestruction at 3:53 PM on December 13, 2011


Navelgazer - Here you go. Unfortunately it looks like the blog with the original story is kaput (or at least it's just sending me to Blogger), but the comments are still there.
posted by grapesaresour at 4:16 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks!
posted by Navelgazer at 4:26 PM on December 13, 2011


Suggestions: music art Photography film history politics video youtube movies animation science Obama japan usa comics mefiprojects movie television google tv books hiphop videogames twitter internet

Hah, I don't like Twitter at all! Stupid computer.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:34 PM on December 13, 2011


Mine are video politics art war obit film obituary USA bp Japan comics blog interview newzealand deepwaterhorizon photography vancouver food crime television npr death nasa sex apple

Does the order mean anything, because if the last 4 on that list are anything to go by, I'm in for a hell of a ride.
posted by arcticseal at 7:47 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lots of cat cats, starwars and cute in mine. Surprise! {/}
posted by deborah at 8:00 PM on December 13, 2011


sanfrancisco music food cooking Sex motorcycle relationships fashion art books recipes travel California love work apartment dating hair tattoo costume roadtrip wedding jewelry moving recipe

Aside from "wedding," that's pretty accurate. And yes, I like Sex well enough to capitalize it.
posted by mollymayhem at 11:37 PM on December 13, 2011


That sums me up DISTURBINGLY well. Better than I'd like to admit, actually. What's the DAY tag about though?

Ha, I have the DAY tag too. I figured it out because I also have its brothers CAPS and LOCK.

So, yeah, it's because of the CROCKETY BLOATS
posted by maqsarian at 11:50 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]



Yeah, I can see the confusion there. You can also search through people's activity like so. And I think it would be confusing to start out with the search form on the right on that page.


Hmm. Good point.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:59 PM on December 13, 2011


pb: "They're based partially on things you favorite."

computer mefiprojects lazor laser gaming awesome mousepad mouse steel rememberravenholm oxidize optical music popculture paper motown 80s diy cutoutandkeep craft ceilingcat ceiling cat

I like lasers, apparently.
posted by Grither at 5:22 AM on December 14, 2011


medicine music science photography food history art health politics children brokenlink video death law obituary batshitinsane youtube Religion Ethics obit space NASA uk medical usa

That is really good, but whats with the brokenlink tag?
posted by TedW at 5:23 AM on December 14, 2011


That is really good, but whats with the brokenlink tag?

If you were part of the backtagging project, you might have tagged old posts whose main link or links were broken.
posted by cashman at 5:25 AM on December 14, 2011


No, I didn't help out with that (and feel bad about it)
posted by TedW at 6:15 AM on December 14, 2011


So, yeah, it's because of the CROCKETY BLOATS

It's all because of the CROCKETY BLOATS, maqsarian. It's all because of the CROCKETY BLOATS.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:17 AM on December 14, 2011


TedW, I'd guess that it's that you commented in a lot of posts that got brokenlink tags added later by backtaggers.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:27 AM on December 14, 2011


That would make sense; thanks
posted by TedW at 7:31 AM on December 14, 2011


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